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LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPKL IN FOREIGN PARTS.—Sermons were preached in St. Mary's Church, in this town, on Sunday, the 13th inst, in Hid of the above Society, by the let- K. Lewis, Rector of Lampeter Velfrey, when the collection amounted to XS lis 3d. IRISH CHURCH.—The Rev J. Bardsley, of London, delivered a lecture on the It'i-h Church, at the Shire II all, on Thursday even ins. The chair was taken by S. Pitman, Esq. Mr Bards'ey delivered a very able and instructive lecture, and was frequently applauded by a very numerous audience. BLETHF.KSTON.—HARVEST THANKSGIVING SKRVICE.— On the afternoon ot Wednesday last, the 23rd inst, the inhabitants ol the above place assembled together at the renprable parish church to express their gratitude to the Fattier of all mercies (or the abundant harvest of the present yesr. The prayers were read by the new and enorgatic curate of the parish, and appropriate discourses delivered by the Rev D. Jones, Vicar 01 Llawhaden, in English, and the Rev J. Jones, Curate of St. John's, Brecon, in Welsh. The musical part of the service was fdmirably rendered by the Li .whaden choir, couducted by the Misses Jones, of the Vicarage House. It was very pleasing to see so many of the fanners and their workmen together on the occasion. The congregation seemed to enjoy the service immensely, and especially the anthem, which was very creditably sung. A col- lection, amounting to £ 1 2* iLl, was made at the con- clusion of the service in behalf of the Pembrokeshire Infirmary. WALTON "WEST.—On Thursday evening last, a special service of thanksgiving for the productive harvest, was given in the parish church of this place, which was most- t.atefully and elegantly decorated. An impressive and eloquent discourse was delivered to a crowded and deeply attentive congregation, by the Rev J. Fownes, B.A., from I Exodus, xvi. chapter, and part of the 18th verse He that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack.' The Anthem, as well as the appropriate Hymns, were very effectively and harmoniously sung. After the conclusion of the services, about a hundred and twenty assembled in the schoolroom adjoining, which was also beautifully dressed, wheie they sat down to a tea, provided for them by the Rev E. F. Woodman, M.A., who was most kindly as- sisted by other influential friends. The rev gentleman, after all had partaken, addressed the meeting and pro- posed, in closing, that all should unite in singing God save the Queen,' which was heartily responded to. ROOSE PETTY SESSIONS. These sessions were held at the Shire Hall, on Saturday, b 'krc A. B. Starbuck, Esq, J. P. Jones, Esq, Rev P. Phelps, and Rev James Phiiipps, D RUNK !2NN ESS. John Howells, James Fuyk, David Tudor, and John White, were charged with drunkenness. The charge against Tudor and HoweJis was dismissed, and the other two defendants were fined 58 and costs. STRAYING ON THE HIGHWAY. John Harries was charged with al owing three pigs to Stray on the highway. The defendant was fined Id for each animal, with costs. Thomas Harries was charged with allowing two cows and one colt to stray on the highway. The case was dismissed. ASSAULT. John Harries, sen., and John Harries, junr., were charged with assaulting Thouias Nicholas, on the 7th September. Mr W. M. Davies appeared for the complainant, and Mr W. John tor the defendants. The defendants were ordered to pay a fine of 5s each and costs. USING ABUSIVE LANGUAGE. Mary iVebb, of Church L•<•?, was charged with using abusive language towards John Kvaas. The case was dismissed. DESERTING APPRENTICESHIP. Edmn Lake, an apprentice, was charged by his master, Ivlr Jubll Lloyd, ship builder, of Hakiu, with deserting his apprenticeship. The defendant consented to return to his service. Tne complainant stated I iiiit he had paid ,-g-l 10s to Scnr. Carroll for the expenses of journeys in search of the defendant. Tne bench adjourned the case, directing enquiries to be made a, t'l why the expense* were so liea-'v,
T E N B Y. P.ETURN HOME OF C. H. WELLS, ESQ. —On the 23rd ipst. it being expected Mr C. H. Wei ? would bring home Lis bride, toe v:liage of Pen.»i'y wa* saily deeo>ated, no Ie's than seven festoons of flowers and evergreens being stretched across the road alonti which the newly wedded pair would pass. Shortly a'ler two p.m. the tenants of the Penally estate, togetinr with a large concourse of people, assembled at and near thp. railway station, when, on the arrival of the happy pair by the 2 30 trnill, they were saluted by the firing of cannon, the rinsing of the church bells,.and the cheering of hundreds. The horses were removed :ro r his carriage, winch was ia waiting at the station, and drawn by the villagers up to Penalty House, where .Ms- Wtils, in a short but appro- priate speech, thanked them ior the kind feeling they had shown. ;o him. The assembled multitude were then liberally supplied with refreshments. At night there was a boufirc) and a good disp-ay of fireworks, THE RACE BALL.—The first race ball took place on Tuesday evening, the 22nd inst, at which about 130 ladies and gentlemen were present. Dancing was kept np with great spirit until nearly four o'clock, under the able management of the stewards. About one o'cletrk the company sat down to an excellent supper provided by Mr Gregory, in his usual recherche sty!e. Amongst these present we noticed:—Lady C. Allen, Miss C. Alien, Mrs Meyrick, Miss Hill, Mrs T. Allen, Miss F. Allen, Miss J. Allen, Mrs J. Wedgwood, Miss Tyler, Mrs Summers, Miss Summers, Miss Jordan, Mrs Davies, Miss R.Dalies, Miss A. Davies, Mrs Smith, Mrs Ouslow, Miss Douglas, Mrs Ferrior, Mrs Owen Owen, Miss E. Owen, the Misses Thomas, Miss Corhett, Miss Phelps, Mi.->s Herbert, Mrs Abadam, tlJe\1 is,s Abadam, Miss Mogg, Miss Price, Miss Gower, the Misses Duntzo, the Misses Poole, Mrs Lloyd Price, Mrs Anderson, Mrs Shipley, Mrs Turner, &c,&c; the Hon. F. Morgan, Mr Meyrick, Baron de Rutzen, Mr Laws, Mr C. Allen. (Cresel!y). Mr Scourfield, Mr Richards, Mr T. Allen, Mr Summers. Mr Thomas, Mr Herbert, Mr Onslow, Mr Allen, Mr E. Allen, Mr D. Allen, Mr Duntze, Mr Abadam, Major Carmichael, M. jor Nicholas, Captain Flowers. Captain Shipley, Captain Richards, Mr Kitchener, Mr Bowling, Mr Lynch, Mr ) Pcmherton, Mr Clark, Mr Bell, Mr Stokes, Mr Hawkesley, I Mr Blythe, Mr Smythe, Mr J. Laws, Mr Lock, Mr MadeweSl, Mr Turner, Air White, &e, &c.
TENBY RACES. On Tuesday and Wednesdpy last this event came off on the Marsh Race Course. On both days the races were well attended, both as to numbers and quality. The course was in excellent order, improving annually, and will before long be worthy of a much more important meet. A grand stand was, as usual, erected, from whence the whole course was visible, and was largely patronized on each day. Excursion trains and packets combined to increase the numbers of the lookers-on, and a more nu- merous and orderly body we never yet saw on Tenby Race Course. The Tenby Band played during the inter- vals between the races, and helped to while avay the time. Everyone connected with the management seemed to have buckled to and done their best towards the suc- cessful carrying out of the days' programme. The Stewards were. Colonel the Hon. F. Morgan, of Ruperra Castle, Thomas Meyriek, Esq, of Bush, Baron de Rutzen, of Slebech Hall, Edward Lawes, Esq, of Tenby, and H. L. Puxley, Esq. The first event of Tuesday was the Innkeepers' Plate of Twenty Sovereigns, added to a sweepstakes of three sovereigns each, when the following horses starled:- Mr J. James's Alma; Mr B. Roberts's Resistance; Mr P. Merton's Confederate; Mr Adams's Maid of < Burghley; Mr Richardson's Chance; Mr Thomas's, Game Pullet. ( Chance went off with a strong lead, which however she was unable to maintain: she, however, worked up gamely to the finish, coming in a good second. G.ime ( Pullet proved a little too game, and making gsaie of his ( rider threw him, rolling rather awkwardly over him. I This race was finished as follows .— Mr B. Roberts's Resistance. or (J.Clark) 1 Mr Richardson's Chance (Sopp) 2 I Mr Adams's Maid of Burghley (Rudd) o t 'ihen followed The Ten by Handicap of Sixty Sove I reigns, added to a sweep of ten sovereigns each (two ( only to the fund). For this eleven horses wer. entered, c but only the following started Mr E. Edwyn's Needle Gun, Mr Morgan's The Colonel, Mr R. Thomas's Pinch- beck, Mr P. Merton's Little Ellen, Mr T. Parr's Recom- perice, Mr Broad's Triana, Mr R. Green Price's Tom Tough. As before, the horses went off all in a ruck, and con- tinued well together for the first time round the second j round, however, left some behind, and, after a most j exciting race, came in as follows .— Needle Gun (Sopp) 1 ( Triana (Clark) 2 < Recompence. (Grey) 3 j The next race on the programme was one of Mile Heats, The Hack Handicap of Fifty Sovereigns, added ( to a sweep of one sovereign each, for horses the property I of persona residing within thirty miles of Tenby. Eleven s horses were entered and nine started :—Mr Handcock's Castlemartin, Mr Donelan's Holy Boy, Mr Lewison's I Spice, Mr Albtt's Martingale, by Sir Colin, Mr Allatt's Gin by Trapper, Mr Flutter's St Covin's, Mr Thomas's St Aqnes by Caliban, Mr Roberts's Resistance, Mr Thomas's Game Pullet. The first heat the horses came in in the following order; — St Agues 1 St Govin's 2 Resistance. 3 For the second heat five started, when they came in- Resistance.. 1 1 St Agnes 2 ( The others no where particular. For the Deciding Heat a very game tussle took place, 1 which ended in Resistance being landed the winner. The Garrison Handicap Hurdlo Baca a sweepstakes 11 of five sovereigns each, half forfeit. Two miles. To ( be ridden by officers. Mr Ailatt's (58th Regt) Martingale.. (Owner) 1 < Mr Donelan'a (9th Regt.) Holy Boy.. (Owner) 2 Four ran. Won easily. The Bush Handicap Hurdle Race of Twenty-five Sovereigns, added to a sweepstakes of five sovereigns each. One forfeit (to the fund). Mr Wevman's The Colonel (Tomlinson) 1 Mr F. Bower's Flatcatcher (Goodwin) 2 Mr Richardson's Diadem (Thomas) 3 Threa ran. Won by half a length. 1 The Stewards' Ordinary took place at the Cobourg Hotel in the evening, when about sixty gentlemen sat down to a capital dinner, comprising all the delicacies of the season, served by Mrs Hughes in her well known style. The chair was occupied bv C 1 nel the Hon. F. Morgan, and the vice-chair by Thomas Meyrick, Esq, of Bush. The usual loyal and other toasts were given and Quiy honoured, after which the company separated, WEDNESDAY. The attendance was not so large as on Tuesday, no doubt owing to the threatening aspect of the weather, i ■still there was a large concourse of persons on the ground. Rain fell heavily for a short time about two o'clock, but during the remainder of the day it was fins. The Ladled Plate of Thirty Sovereigns, added to a sweepstakes of five sovereigns each. One forfeit (to the ) fund). One mile and a half. i Mr Broad's Triana (Clark) 1 t Mr P. Merton's Little Ellen (Sly) 2 Mr E. Edwyn's Needle Gun (Sopp) 3 t Four ran. Triana won easily. [ The Castlemartin Stakes of Twenty-five Sovereigns, added to a sweepstakes of three sovereigns each, for horses the property of persons residing in South Wales or Monmouthshire, and that have been regularly hunted i with an established pack of hounds during the seasons t of 1867 or 1868. Two miles. ( Mr Bower's Fla*c-tuber (Thomas) 1 j Hon. Colonel Morgan's Augur. (Owner) 2 J Sir Hancock's Castlemartin (Flutter) 3 The Town Plate. A Selling Race of Twenty Sove- reigns, added to a sweepstakes of three sovereigns each. One mile and a quarter.. Mr Richardson's Chance (Sopp) 1 11 Mr Adams's Maid of Burghley (Wuikins) 2 After a splendid race, Chance won by a short head, SAILOR'S RACE. For the the sum of .€), given by Colonel thO) Hon F. j Morgan, for horses that have been driven in Tenby cabs or bathing machines, during the seasou. To bo ridden t.y Teribv ifshermen. 1 William Way £ 2 10 2 \V. Price. 1 5 3 W. John o 15 4 R. Williams o if) This race created the greatest amusement, as about a dozen horses started, all well mounted. Several of the riders, however, Cilme to grief on the way round, and the bathing machine horse was !anded the winner by a dozen yards. THE VISITORS' STAKES. A Handicap of 20 sovs., added to a sweepstakes of 2 sovs. each. One mile. Mr Lowden's Mfiid of the Mill (Clark) I Mr Biown's Pinchbeck (Sopp) 2 Mr Adams's Maid of Burghley.( Bannister) 3 Six ran. Won by a length. Neck between the second and third. THE SELLING HURDLE RACE Ora) sovs,, added to a sweepstakes of 3 sovs. each. One mile and a half. Mr Richardson's Diadem .(Thomas) 1 Mr Bowers's Catcli-'em-Alive .(Mr Allatt) 2 Mr Price's Tom Tonuh (Rudd) 3 The Race Ordinary took place at, the Royal White Lion Hotel in the evening, when about 50 gentlemen sat down to the good things prepared by the host, Mr F. Bowers. The chair was taken by Colonel Penn, C.B., and the vice- chair by T. Meyrick, Esq, of Bush.
MIL F O it D. ARRIVAL OF THE CHANNEL SQUADRON, — The Channel Fleet, consisting of the Defence, Bellerophon, Minotaur, Flag Ship, Achilles, and Penelope, flag ship, came up the harbour on Wednesday, under easy steam, an.1 the four first named, came to an anchor just off Miiford, in the order mentioned, the Defence taking up the eastern position, but the Penelope went up the harbour and took the Revenge's summer mojrings, the latter having moved up to her winter quarters the previous day. The public will be admitted on board each day from twelve till six o'clock.
N A R B E R T H. LAMPETER VELFREY.—Thanksgiving service for the late harvest were held in the above parish church on Tuesday week. The service in the morning was in English, and the sermon was preached by the Venerable Archdeacon Clark; the Welsh sermon in the evening being preached by the Rev T. Johns, Curate of Henllan Amgoed. The decorations of the church were peculiarly bcauti ful and appropriate, and helped to remind theassem bled worshippers of the duty which they were invited to perform—that of lifting up their hearts with thankfulness and praise to t he bountifulgiver of allcood. The collections after the services, in aid of the Archidiaoonai Board of Education, amounted to £ 3 14s 9d.
CORRESPONDENCE. We do not consider ourselvesresponsible for the opinions and sentiments of our Correspondents SIR,—Your insertion of this in your next inpre a on will oblige me, and perhaps benefit the public, by the exposure of a new attempt to revive an old method of swindling. Last week a female of respectable appearance, called on several parties with whom I am acquainted, and after introducing herself as Mrs Bennett, from Waterford, (the name of a relation of mine there), she was heartily welcomed and well entertained. It transpired that, the object of her visit was to solicit charity for the purpose of providing for some orphan she knew, and her philan- thropic intentions bcinv, sympathised with, and duly en- couraged, she took her departure for the purpose of calling on other parties to whom she had been recom- mended. Soon afterwards it was found out that the alleged Mrs Bennett was a different party altogether, and her whole story entirely false. This woman, it seems, belongs to the neighbourhood, and I alft in posssssion of her name. As I have been alluded to in the matter, I think it only proper to caution the public, as it is proba- ble that the story so well put together on the above occasion will be tried on further, seeing that she suc- ceeded so well. I am, Sir, Yours &c. T. H. COOKE. Miiford Haven, Sept. 24th, 1868. SIR,—Perhaps, if you can find room, the accompany- ing extracts may be acceptable to some of your readers. Although perfect religious liberty exists in Ireland, so well as in Great Britain, a numerous and noisy party, in order to bring Mr Gladstone back to office, expatiate on cruellies to which Ronrm Catholics were formerly sub- jected. Without curtailing said perfect religious liberty, it is surely wise to guard against further encroachments of Popery, and to recollect the broken vows of the Irish Roman Catholics, who took a tolemen oath not to con- spire against the Irish Church. When we reflect on the narrow escape our lives and liberties had not quite two hundred years ago, all loyal men should pray that our Gracious Queen may not be insulted by a request from the Radieal faction to break her Coronation Oath. I am, Sir, your obedient servant, A. B. STAREUCK. Milford, 26th Sept., 1863. THE HUGUENOTS, BY SAMUEL SMILES. London, 1868. "Page 223.—Meanwhile, James II. succeeded to the British throne at the death of his brother, Charles II., on the 6th of January, 1685—the year memorable in France as that in which the Edict of Nantes was revoked. Charles and James were both Roman Catholics -Charles when he was not a scoffer, Jjmes always. The latter had long been a friend of the Jesuits in disguise; but no sooner was he King than he threw off the mask, and exhibited himself in his true character. James was not a man to gather wisdom from experience. During the exile of hi family he had learnt nothing and forgotten nothing and it shortly became clear to the English nation that he was bent on pursuing almost the identical course which had cost his father his crown and his head." "Page 228-James proceeded steadily on his re- actionary course. He ordered warrants to be drawn, in defiance of the law, authorizing priests of the Church of Rome to hold benefices in the Cnurch of England and various appointments were made in conformity with his royal will. A Jesuit was quartered as chaplain in Uni- versity College, Oxford; and the Roman Catholic rites were then publicly celebrated. The deanery of Christ- church was presented to a minister of the Church of Rome, and mass was duly celebrated there. Roman Catholic chapels and convents rose all ov¿r the country and Franciscan, Carmelite, and Benedictine Monks ap- peared openly, in their cowls, beads, and conventional garb. The king made no secret cf his intention to destroy the Protestant Church; and he lost no time in carrying cut his measures, even in the face of popular tumult and occasional rioting,-placing his reliance mainly upon his standing army, which was then en- camped on Hcunslow Heath. At the same time Tyr- connel was sent over to Ireland to root out the Protestant colonies there, and one of his first acts was to cast adrift about 4,000 Protestant officers and soldiers, supplanting them by as many staunch Papists. Those in his con- fidence boasted fhat in a few months there would not be a man of English race left in the Irish army. The Irish Protestants, indeed, began to fear another massacre, and a number of families, principally gentlemen, artificers, and tradesmen left Dublin for England in the course of a few days."
.Sm,-Our opponents seem to have forgotten that they, at ehe commencement of the present contest, by one of their champions, expressed a wish to have the great question of the day, the Irish Church, discussed, in o:d-;r that the truth might be got at. They appear also to have forgotten that they said, when the Rev B. Grant was here, and after he had gone, that they would have a,ked him questions, only that be did not go into" tbe question of the Irish Church itself." Can it be possible that they have changed their minds, and thini it. is not Uir to expect them to argue the ques- t'on with any one othe)* than a 11 local man?" Or- which seems the most probable—is it, that they led assured their cause will not gain by it? This is it most, probably. \Veil I don't blame them much. It is not fair, I confess, that they should be called upon to have their facts disarranged, as the better part of such tacts is drawn from imagination, and as we know imagination cannot, be literally examined, and as we rely upon facts, it is obvious that the fighters would be a very unequally matched pairs for 30U know they cry out, for equality, and thereto, c they could not consistently engige in the fight, nor could we, to be just to the weak, expect them tu do it. I conclude that such is the case, or else why will they not come forward to meet Mr Aulr. ? Do you not think, Sir, this smells rattier fishy on their part? I nm snre I should be ashamed of our cause if "A e were afraid to bring both sides of the question within the same wails at the same time. I have attended the public meetings held by them, but I have heard very little but a display of their powers of imagination. Jm- agination is not proof: therefore I conclude that they have none, and are for that reason inclined to shun a manly discussion as if it were a viper. They are, in my opinion, playing the old schoolboy game of" thou art bigger t hiin me tieht aumbry thy match." 1 would put them in miiid of one thing, and recom- mend it to their special notice, and it is this—that the tlllrden of proof falls on them. I think, seriously, that it would be a great boon to the Electors of Haverford- west to see them make an attempt to bring forward proof of all the horrible things which they have told us of late. If they can prove that the State has power to take away the endowments, that the Irish Church has failed, and that it is an alien Church, nothing. 1 think, would he more certain that the return of Col, Edwarde# to Parliament. The inajority of the electors of-Haver- fordwest only want tn be shown by proof—don't forget ulint-what threif duty is,, to do it. 1 ill such proof coraa it will be worse than useless for the Liberal Candidate to go to the poll J. submit that if we he not satisfied bero¡" the polling day, t hat it is justice to Ireland, and that we are right in disendowing the Church, the act we are asked to commit, by supporting one who riledges himself to disendow it, will be nothing" more nor less than an act of sacrilege. y OUTS &c., A CONSERVATIVE. September 29th, 1868.
DEAR SIR,- The enolosed is so good that I trust you will give it insertion with this note in your paper/for Dr. Davies's and others' bennnt. 1 The Academicians or young Baptist clergy of Haverfordwest ought to know their duty. Their pecu- liar outward man with some people is preferable to that of the regular clergy. The inconveniently Ion, coat and drooping locks savour to some poor people of a goodness which it is to be hoped is not wasting. Let them take advantage of it and on the strengih of the learning they get at the Academy, which we trust is based upon faich, hope, and charity,' try to raise the depraved among the people. No religious equalizing could put the 'student' and the clergyman on the same footing. It is a pity that they should be deluded with such dreams, but no one would deprive them of really go-id works. Instead of annoying poor people in Country Chapels with petitions they don't want to sign, and which would proline no effect if they did sign them, let them teach the Ten Commandments, (with a* little' Baptism as possible) to those who want such instruction, and prefer having it from them. Dr Davies fas a good dfal to answer for, one way or other, for he has the training of the country sel'V..mt: ministers. Yours very truly, „ CARITAS. September 25th, 1S68. In the face of such a fact as this, what can we think of all the metaphysical quibbles, and the vestment squab- bles, and the gratuitous innovations, which are now dis- tracting the attention of half our clergy, and which they think, and are sotaetimes encouraged to think, the great questions of the day ? It is worse than Nero fiddling while Rome was burning. While they are compassing sea and land to make one proselyte to lighted candles, there are thousands of people around them ignorant of the very alphabet of morality and reason. While a qrosS pollution is spreading under the cognizance of their very senses, they must needs spend their own energies and waste the energies of others upon embroidered dresses, and incense, and hymns to the Virgin Mary, and asso- ciations for promoting the unity of Christendom. This spectacle is proof how gigantic a work lies before the clergy, and it is grievous that their exertions should be for a moment diverted by these trumpery controversies. They are perpetually devising new maohinerv, rearrang- ing buildings, inventing new agencies, and, in short, making endless preparations to evangelize the people, but failing to throw their whole energies into the actuai task. The work that is necessary among such people as hold the Bird Fair in Shoreditch can be done equally well by any machinery or by no machinery. Earnest men, with their hearts in their work, have done wonders in such scenes with no other instrument than the Bible in their bauds. In fact, it is the Catechism, not the Prayer Book, the Ten Commandments, and not the Thirty nine Articles, that are needed Yet we wi'l be bound to say that Dr Gray has enlisted far greater exer- tions in his squabble with Dr Colenso, and that far warmer feelings have been called out by Mr Lyne's ex- triivaaaiicies in Lombard street, than the Shoreditcb Bird Fair is likely to raise. Yet the Bird Fair and the people who compose it offer a terrible reality, utterly beyond dispute or exaggeration. We know that no time and no labour can be misemployed there. When will people te more concerned with the certain good, and the certain evil, which lie before their feet than with the speculations and the vain ambitions which are so pleas- ing to the fancy just because they are so wholly unreal."
SIR,-I rely on your sense of fairnesr.Jfor the inser- tion of this letter in your next issue of the Pembrokeshire Herald. In reply to Mr Ault's reference to myself, I say that I have hitherto never (with the exception of a short piece of rhyme) written anything that could possibly be construed to have any reference in the remotest degree to the corniug election. I have never been connected with any anonymous production of any description. Yfhat I write I invari- able initial or append thereto my full signature. Mr Ault will have no more difficulty, therefore, in future in identifying my productions than Lord Dundreary had, who said I always know when brother Sam sends me a letter, because I s'ze his name at the bottom." I have not the slightest connection with the Telegraph- I am as unaware of the existence of Vindicator," one of its correspondents, as he is of mine. The services of the numerous other correspondents who have felt called upon to defend me in its last issue, as if I were a child of tender years and limited experience, have been purely gratuitous. I profess* to be fully competent to defend myself in every respect. Under the circumstances you will excuse my saying that, as far as I have studied politics, I am at present far more inclined to use my pen in the cause of the Conservatives than in that of their opponents, although, as far as the contest in Haverford- west is concerned, the various little personalities that I consider have exclusively emanated from members of the Conservative party here, have prevented me from openly asaistin;.1:, to the extent of my limited power, those whose principles and their pure advocacy have my regard ani sympathy. I am, Sir, yours obediently, WM. MED WAY DAviEs. Haverfordwest, Sept. 24, 1868.
DEAN RAMSAY, in his Pulpit Table Talk," related a story of Robert Hall. One of the members of bill flock, a presumptuous and pomp-jus man, took Hall to tabk for not preaching more frequently or more fully 00 predestination. Hall, the most moderate and cautious of men on that awful question, was very indignant, and, looking steadfastly at his censor, said Sir, I see y°a are predestined to be an ass, and, what is more, I se0 that you are determined to make your calling and eleC- tion sure." YOUTHFUL MARRIAGES IN LANCASHIRE.—The ROYSJ Commission on the Law of Marriage has opened out some curious and instructive facts relative to the early age at'which persons frequently enter upon wedded Strangely enough, such cases are not of the most coV?" laon occurrence in Scotland, where, as is well known? tf consent of the guardians to the marriage of minora is n1- required, and where, in consequence, the facilities contracting wedlock at a tender age are ver^ gre-it greater indeed than in any part of the United KmgJ Instances of what may be called immature seem to belong chiefly to Enghnd and the cotton distri of Lancashire is the favoured locality where they ^°urlje in the most exuberant abundance. Thus, (or exam]p » the census returns of 1861 show that in Bolton 4° bauds and 175 wives vrere married at the age of under But B ilton does not stand alone in the PJ"ec°anJt} of its marriages. Burnley comes within 22 of i° eS number. It can boast of its 51 husbands and 141 coupled at the same tender age. But botn p ac thrown into the shade by Stockport, which, or trimonial proclivities, asserts a proud pre-eminen • 8 ■ias its a9 hu.-banda and 179 wives who are in LA category as the Bolton and Burnley chudien.