THE LLANDUDNO CHAIR EISTEDDFOD. GREAT VICTORY OF THS LLANGOLLEN CHORAL SOCIETY. London having monopolised this year's National Eisteddfod of Wales, the Principality has had to rest content with minor gatherings, which have been designated "chair" or "provincial" eisteddfodau. The first of these was held last month, at Portmadoc, and its pecuniary success or failure-the latter it is feared—has yet to be chronicled. Carnarvonshire is also the county selected for the second gathering, identified as "The North Wales Chair Eisteddfod and Musical Festival," which was inaugurated on Tuesday at Llandudno, under the presidency of Lord Mostyn, who has a large interest in this popular watering place-the greater part of the houses being built upon leases granted by the Mostyn estate- and who filled the same honourable position at the opening of the London National Eisteddfod. The Llandudno festival is upon a less extensive and pretentious scale than its rival at Portmadoc, its proceedings being limited to a couple of concerts and two ordinary meetings, and extending over Tuesday evening and Wednesday. The committee have been spared the expense of erecting a suitable structure—an item which always figures heavily upon the debit side of an eisteddfod balance sheet- being able to avail themselves of the commodious pavilion which owes its erection to the energy of the Pier Company. Again there was no difficulty as regarded the formation of an orchestra. At Portmadoc, that connected with the Liverpool Philharmonic had to be largely drawn up to rein- force local instrumental talent, whilst at Llandudno the promoters were enabled to avail themselves of the splendid orchestra conducted by M. Riviere, the performances of which have been amongst the principal attractions, and have materially assisted in prolonging a season which, commencing late, threatens, owing to the unsettled and unseasonable weather which has of late set in, to have a termi- nation earlier than will be satisfactory to the feelings of hotel proprietors and lodging-house keepers. Mr. John Jones (Central Buildings) is the chairman of the Executive Committee, which has laboured strenuously for months to ensure that success their efforts deserve and associated with him are the Rev. John Morgan, B.A., vicar of Llan- dudno. who acts as vice-chairman, the duties of honorary secretary and treasurer devolving upon Mr. T. W. Griffith and Mr. A. Foulkes. The Gorsedd was held early in the day "in the face of the sun,, the eye of light," on a piece of ground contiguous to the Tudno Castle Hotel. The Arch Druid (Clwydfardd) had charge of the cere- monies, and was assisted by Gwalchmai, Cadfan, Nathan Dyfed, and other minor constellations in the bardic firmament. Ap Myrddin (Mr. T. T. Marks, C.E.) was the trumpeter. Shortly after seven o'clock a torchlight procession met the presi- dent (Lord Mostyn) on his arrival from Gloddaeth, and, headed by the band of the Conway Rifle Volunteers, escorted him to the pavilion, which was reached nearly half an hour after the time announced, the audience, the largeness of which fully justified the anticipations which had been formed as to the success of the Eisteddfod, bearing the delay without any sign of impatience. The decorations of the building, although not over- lavish, were very suitable, and extremely creditable to the good taste of Mr. Elias Jones, who was assisted by Mr. Richd. Jones and Mr. John Roberts. The armorial bearings of the fifteen'tribes of Wales, very tasteful specimens of the designers' art, were displayed from the balcony running round the pavilion. A large eisteddfodic device, embracing the Red Dragon of Wales, the Welsh Harp, and other national embiems, was a striking ornamenta- tion of the platform; whilst prominence was accorded to the names of bards and literati past and present, that of Dr. Edwards, Principal of Bala College, occupying an honoured position in front of the orchestra.. Lord Mostyn, who was accompanied on the plat- form by Lady Mostyn and Sir John Puleston. M.P., remarked that the year had been a great one in the history and annals of Wales, the National Eistedd- fod having been held in London and presided over by the Prince of Wales, who had expressed a hope that at no distant future he would be able to visit the Principality—(cheers)—and preside at an eisteddfod. He agreed with Mr. Lewis Morris that an eisteddfod was not a place for long speeches or Drosy addresses, and so he would ap.h upon hig advice. In Lhe Creuaclyn district, in which Llan- dudno was situate, an eisteddfod was held in the sixth century, under the presidency of Prince Maelgwyn, who made harpists and bards swim across the river, an old bard recording that, although the harpers were not worth a halfpenny after swimming over the stream, the bards, thanks to the attention of their wives, were able to go on with their compositions. (Laughter.) The Welsh were fond of music and poetry, and it was for these and the preservation of their ancient language that these eisteddfodau were kept up; and so long as these were the objects at which the eisteddfodau aimed, he was sure they would continue to flourish. He hoped that their English friends, whom he was glad to see in such numbers, would go away pleased with what they had seen and heard, and that there would be an appreciable surplus to benefit those charitable objects to which such surplus would be devoted. (Hear, hear.) Sir John Puleston, who had always been closely connected with the national gathering of Wales, was, he was glad to find, amongst those on the platform, and he was sure he was heartily congratulated by all Welshmen upon the honour her Majesty had been pleased to confer upon him during her Jubilee year. (Applause.) The programme was then proceeded with, Mr. J. Jones acting as conductor. Miss Mary Davies was the chief attraction, and had a most enthusiastic reception, her rendering of I will extol Thee," from Costa's Eli," being re-demanded. Mr. James Sauvage sang the old Welsh melody I Bias Gogerddan;" and, as a finale, "Hen wlad fy Nhadau," the chorus being sung by the audience. Miss Annie Hope, a contralto who is a great favourite with Welsh audiences, and Mr. Maldwyn Humphreys were included in the programme, and The March of the Men of Harlech" was played by M. Reviere's orchestra, the conductor being heartily received upon this his debut at a Welsh eisteddfod. During the evening there was a com- petition in pennillion singing, the president giving the three prizes, and Idris Vychan, who is an adept at this style of vocalisation, adjudicating..mere were also competitions in singing The National Anthem," and for soprano and tenor vocalists, Lady Augusta Mostyn and Mrs. Jones Williams being the donors of the awards. Mr. Parry (Llan- rwst) was the accompanist. Miss Parry, Llanrng, Carnarvon, was adjudged the best soprano. The only blot in the programme was allowing the Conway band to perform on the same platform as M. Reviere's orchestra. Comparisons, unfavourable particularly to the former, were invited thereby. On Wednesday what may be termed the practical Work of the Esteddfod opened, when a Gorsedd was again held. At ten o'clock the first meeting was commenced under the presidency of Sir John Puleston, M.P., who was escorted to the Pavilion by the Band of the 4th Battalion of Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The Rev. Hugh Hughes, Wesleyan minister, acted as conducter. The president having given an address, the programme was proceeded with. Owing to the various competitors not answering promptly to their names the proceedings were considerably delayed. Mr. Hughes (Elfyn), Bangor, was awarded the prize of 3 guineas for an ode" Yr Hebog (The-Hawk). Song, Bwthyn yr Amddifad" (The Orphan's Home), by Miss Annie Hope. For the best English essay on '• The Art of Pennillion Singing," Idris Fychan awarded the Prize of 5 guineas to Mr. Robt. Griffiths. Manchester. For the best satirical poem on '-The English Law Courts in Wales," the prize of £ •» was awarded by Llawdden and Cadvan to the veteran poet N atban Dyfed," Merthyr, who is now in his SiHh year of age. Much amusement was caused by the appearance on the platform of a male and female in Welsh costume, to compete for a prize given by the committee and Mr. Elias Jones, Glan-y-mor. The successful competitors were Miss C. J. Jones, Con- Way. and Mr. W. Foulkes, Llanboris, both of whom sang a Welsh song amid loud applause. A prize of 4 guineas for an ode upon the Queen's Jubilee was awarded to Elfyn Bangor. Owing to the want of time several items, including the bass solo com- petition, were deferred to the afternoon meeting. CHIBB1 CHORAL COMPETITION. Jhe greatest interest of the morning meeting Was cent-ed in the chief choral competition, the prize including £ 70 and a silver cup, valued at £ i>, for the conductor. The following choirs entered the lists, and competed in the following order :— Holyhead Choral Society (conducted by Mr. W. Owen), Llangollen Choral Society (Mr. William Williams), Llwynypandy, Mold (Mr. E. Davies), Tanygrisiau, Festiniog (Mr. Cadwaladr Lewis), and Gyrn Castle, Mostyn (Mr. Fritz H. Jackson). The test pieces were the chorus 1; Duw sydd Noddfa," by Mr. J. H. Roberts (Pencerdd Gwynedd), and the anthem Come unto Him (Gounod). The com- petition commenced shortly after twelve o clock, and occupied considerably over two hours, notwith- standing which the keenest interest seemed to be felt in the contest, the performances of each choir being closely watched and followed by a very large audience. At the close of the competition Mr. James Sauvage gave a splendid rendition of She must be mine," and was loudly applauded. The adjudicators, Mr. J. H. Roberts (Pencerdd Gwynedd), Mr. John Roberts, Llanwrtyd, and Mr. Benjamin Williams, Llandudno, took a considerable time to adjudicate, and after a slight pause in the pro- ceedings Llew Llwyfo, at the urgent request of the conductor, sang in capital style, Cadlef Mor- ganwg." The adjudicators subsequently appeared on the platform, the award being made by Mr. J. H. Roberts, the composer of the Welsh chorus set down for competition. Amid great silence Mr. Roberts said that he and his co-adjudicators had been highly pleased with the high character of the competition which they had just been listening to it had given them the most intense pleasure and delight. The test pieces possessed considerable difficulty, more especially in the expressive portions of the music. Out of the five choirs which sang, there were two which excelled. They had had a little difficulty in coming to a final decision, but after weighing and balancing the comparative merits and defects of the two, they had ultimately arrived at a unanimous decision. The Llangollen Choir had given a magnificent (ar- dderchog) performance of the two pieces, while the Tanygrisiau Choir had also sung in excellent (rhagorol) style.. Had they not met with an accident with the intonation of the second piece their choruses would have been better. They had, therefore, great pleasure in awarding the prize to the Llangollen Choir. The announcement was received with tremendous cheers, especially by the members of the choir and the friends who had accompanied them that day. Mr. Wm. Williams (Pencerdd Berwyn), the conductor, them mounted the platform, and had the honour of being invested by Madame Riviere, who afterwards shook him warmly by the hand, the same compliment being paid to him by Sir John Puleston, the president, and a number of other gentlemen on the platform. The silver cup, which is a massive and elaborate piece of workmanship, was also presented to Mr. Williams, amid the rounds of applause by the audience. The morning meeting then terminated at about two o'clock, which was the hour fixed for the commencement of the afternoon meeting. The silver cup is on view at Mr. H. Jones's, stationer, Castle-street. In the afternoon meeting, Mr. Llew Jones, Llan- gollen, our favourite and promising basso, far distanced about 25 or 30 other competitors in singing Bedd fy mrawd" (" My brother's grave ") for which he received a prize of £ 1 Is. Elfyn, Bangor, obtained a prize of 2 guineas for a descriptive song. For a treatise on the history of Wales under Charles I., Cromwell, and Charles II., a prize of 10 guineas was divided between" Glan Menai" and the Rev. D. Griffiths, Dolgelley. Mr. David Jones, chemist, Carnarvon, obtained a guinea prize for the best rendition of "Y Cymro Dewr." The prize of £21 and a carved oak chair value £ 7 10s. was awarded by "Llawdden" and "Cadvan" to the Rev. J. Ceulanydd Williams, Baptist minister, Maesteg, the representative, the Rev. W. Edwards, Llandudno, being installed in the chair with the usual rites and ceremonies. Mr. Robert Roberts and Miss Maggie Williams, Festiniog, won the duet prize. The Trefriw Choir won the prize of £ 10 for juvenile choirs, the 2nd prize of Y,5 being divided between Llanberis and Llanrwst Choirs, The soprano solo prize was won by Miss Emily Mowll, Birkenhead, and the contralto by Miss Catherine Jane Jones, Conway. The prize of £10 and a gold medal for the best rendering of "Y Gof was carried off by the Tanygrisian Male Voice Choir. THE CONCERT. In the evening, a grand concert was held, and it was believed that at least about 3000 persons attended. The president was the Rev. J. Morgan, B.A., Vicar of Llandudno, and the following were the artistes :—Miss Mary Davies, Miss Annie Hope, Mr. James Sauvage, Mr. Maldwyn Humphreys, the winning- choira, and M. iii v*iorc^ orcHcM;i:;iI band. The concert was opened by the Llangollen Choir singing the test pieces, and as was the case in the morning meeting their capital rendition again evoked the hearty plaudits of the vast audience which had lassembled. At the close of this per- formance, the President called for cheers for the winning choir, which were repeated again and again as the members left the platform in order to catch the train. The concert was then proceeded with. The train arrived at Llangollen at 11 o'clock after a fast run. The approaches to the station were crowded with people, who set up a hearty cheer on the arrival of the victors. A torchlight procession, under the command of Mr. Hiram Davies, was formed, Mr. Wm. Williams and Llew Jones were borne up shoulder high, and to the strains of the Llangollen Volunteer Band, who played;" See the conquering Hero comes," the crowd marched up Castle-street, through Chapel- street, Church-street, Regent-street, and finally halted in Victoria Place. Here, at the request of Mr. Williams, Mr. Clarke briefly thanked the crowd for the splendid reception they had given him and also to Llew Jones, and the crowd afterwards dispersed. Great credit is due to Mr. Hiram Davies for the admirable arrangements he made in connection with the reception demonstration. The eisteddfod was a financial success.
THE ANTI-TITHE AGITATION. In his recent tithe rent charge audit the vicar of Llanrhaiadr-yn-Mochnant voluntarily made an abatement of 10 per cent. Mr. R. Bellis Jones, Board School, Llanrhaiadr, has received the following letter from the Dean and Chapter, St. Asaph :— August 27th, 1887. Dear Sir,—As you wrote some time ago on behalf of the tithepayers of your parish for an abatement of the tithe due 1st July last. The Dean and Chapter are anxious and willing to make what abatement they can, but as you are probably aware, their income is very limited, and their outgoings are such as have to be met. No part of the Chapter funds are appropriated to their personal use, and they only administer them as trustees. The value of the tithe rent charge being so low at present (487 8s. lOd. for every .4100), the amount due for the current year is insufficient to meet their liabilities, and several of the Cathedral officials have already received notice that it is probable their salaries will have to be reduced. I mention this that you may understand their position; at the same time they hope to be able to make an abatemeet of n per cent., which sum I am authorised to remit at the approaching audit, and I hope the tithepayers will accept it in the same spirit in which it is offered. This n per cent., with t'8 the reduced value of the tithe over the last year, will be more in proportion than the 10 per cent. allowed off the last year. Kindly communicate this to the tithepayers.—Yours truly, ROBERT JAMES SISSON, Chapter Clerk. Mr. 11. Bellis Jones, -board benool, ijianrhaindr M., Uswestry. Mr. T. E. Ellis, M.P., in addressing a few days ago, a meeting of the Llanelly Liberal Association, < and in referring to the tithe enquiry, said the Government ought to have instituted a real enquiry by men who knew something of the subject, and who had knowledge of Wales and the Welsh language. (Cheers.) After appointing a com- missioner, a metropolitan police magistrate, who was already in somewhat bad odour in South Wales, and whom he (Mr. Ellis) imagined was a fine, old crusted Tory—(laughter),—they had the results of the enquiry in the facts stated by Mr. Bridge. In effect, Mr. Bridge gave up the whole case, and said the Welsh farmers were justified in their agitation. Mr. Ellis dwelt upon the commissioner's recom- mendation that it was most important that the question of the tithes should be settled by itself, and not mixed up with graver questions" and said that two of those graver questions were Disestab- lishment and Land Reform. (Cheers.) It was those questions the Tories disliked to see involved in that of the tithe but the Welsh people had placed their hand to the plough and they would not turn back. (Cheers.) They wanted to see the first charge upon the land applied to national and secular purposes, and they had grasped the further fact that religious freedom meant national freedom. (Loud cheers.)
The death took place suddenly on Tuesday of LorJ Lovat, in his 59th year, while shooting on the moors at Moy Hill, Inverness. The d-ath also occurre.t suddenly- the same day of Earl Compton, eldest son of the Marquis of Northampton, at the family seat in the Isle of Mull.
PARLIAMENTARY SUMMARY. The Lords, on Friday, read a third time and passed the Coal Mines Regulation Bill, the Labourers' Allotment Bill, and the bill to amend the Friendly Societies Act, 1875, and on Wednesday virtually brought the session to a close by passing several other measures through their remaining stages. The sitting was then adjourned until this day (Fri- day), when the Queen's Speech will be read. The House of Commons concluded its business on Tuesday, when the Consolidated Fund (Appro- priation) Bill was read a third time. The House then adjourned until to-day. An important dis- cussion took place on Monday, when Sir William Harcourt entered a strong protest against the Irish policy of the Government, more especially in regard to its action in suppressing the right of public meeting. Mr. Balfour, Mr. Gladstone, the Attorney- General for Ireland, Mr. Dillon, and Lord Randolph Churchill followed. Mr. Parnell then moved the adjournment of the debate, but on a division the motion was defeated by 228 to 87. On Tuesday morning, during discussions in committee on the Coal Mines Regulation Bill and the Truck Bill, a Scotch member and an Irish member (Mr. Graham and Mr. E. Harrington) were suspended for dis- regarding the authority of the chair. 1VEL fill Q UESTIOJSfS. AGRICULTURISTS' PETITION FOR PROTECTION. In the House of Lords, on Thursday, Earl De la Warr, in rising to present a petition tj'pm e members of the Denbighshire and Flintshire Agricultural Society, said he desired to do so because he thought the subject of which it treated was of such importance that he might reasonably ask their lordships' attetnion to it. The petitioners desired to impress upon their lordships the grievous state in which the agricultural interest was placed by the low prices which had ruled for some time for agricultural produce, and to express their conviction that if the present state of things continued a very large proportion of the land in Great Britain would of necessity go out of cultivation. They also called attention to the fact that nearly 50 per cent. of the food of the people was derived from foreign sources, and that,in the event of a war with any of the great naval Powers the food of this country would be raised to famine prices. In conclusion, the petitioners earnestly prayed that your lordships, right honourable House will give its most serious attention to the present condition of things, and if it is considered undesirable to place import duties on foreign produce, it is quite possible to relieve the agricuttu-al interest frommany of the ratesaud taxes which now press so heavily upon the industry." This was the substance of the petition he had the honour to present, and he wished to express his entire concur- rence in the object and wording of the petition, and therefore asked their lordships' attention to the very reasonable views which it expressed. (Hear hear.) He had ventured to bring this petition under their notice because he was reminded that no measure had been passed in this protracted session with a view to giving relief to agriculture, and at the same time he was bound to add that no attempt, so far as he was aware, hal been made by her Majesty s Government or by Parliament, to solve the difficult question of foreign and colonial competition which was undoubtedly striking a deadly blow at the interests of agriculture. On the contrary, early in this session the noble marquis at the head of her Majesty's Government stated that he did not entertain any hope of being able to cope with relict of this kind by legislation. He, therefore, ventuieu to think that the prayer of the petition w as wi in the scope of legislative action by the alternative of "relief by taxation." There was unmistakable signs that the country was beginning to think that something must be done, and that shortly, to relieve the agricultural interests either by a reform of the fiscal system and the incidence of taxation, or by a readjustment of foreign and colonial tariffs so far as was possible. His lordship gave notice that early next session he should move a resolution to the effect that, having regard to the present depressed condition of the agricultural interest, it was incumbent upon the Government to consider what measures could be adopted to avert the grave consequences that might otherwise ensue. THE TITHES. Ill the House of Commons, on Thursday, in reply to Mr. H. Gardner and Mr. J. Talbot, Mr. W. H. Smith said that the Government had come to the conclusion that, under present circumstances, it was not desirable to appoint a royal commission to inquire into the question of tithes. In answer to another question from Mr. Talbot on Monday, Mr. W. H. Smith said the subject of tithe rent charge would receive the serious attention of the Government during the recess, and he had every hope of being able to submit proposals to Parliament early next session. The same evening Mr. Herbert Gardner inquired whether the Government would extend the scope of a new bill to remedy some of the abuses of the Tithes Commutation Act of 1836, as well 'as include the question of readjustment.—Mr. W. H. Smith said it was impossible to say what the result of the serious consideration he referred to would be.
LIBELLOUS.—At the risk of being instantly put to death by a jury of infuriated young ladies, Mrs. J. begs leave to ask this—What is the difference between a honeymoon and a honeycomb? Why, the latter, you see, is made up of a whole lot of little cells, while the former consists of only one— a very big sell.—Judy. A MADMAN'S FREAK IN A CHURCH.— On Sunday afternoon last, an elderly man suddenly entered Elgin Place Congregational Church, Glasgow, and taking off his coat ascended the pulpit stairs, and embraced the pastor, the Rev. Albert Goodridge. The officers of the church immediately removed the man, who shouted "I have a message from God." He added that he had come from Hell. He carried a T square, saying it was a cross. On removal to the police office he gave the name of John Caldwell, and the surgeon, finding him insane, ordered his removal to an asylum. THE POPE AND IRELAND.—Monsignor Persico, acknowledging an address presented to him at Tipperary, the other day, said-The Pope loves Ireland. He knows all the sufferings she has gone through, and feels the deepest sympathy for her people. He has sent me to tell you of his love and sympathy and moreover, that he intends to do great and real good for Ireland, and when he raises his voice the potent of the earth will listen with reverence, because that voice is never raised but in truth and justice. He will do all that lies in the power and province of a Pope for the future prosperity of Ireland. A MONTH IS NOT FOR EVER.-At the Warrington Borough Court, before Aldermen Davies and Harrison, three young women named Bodelia Knockton, Margaret O'Brien, and Annie Daley, well-known characters, were brought up charged with having disturbed the peace by fighting with some militiamen in Buttermarket-street.. They were each ordered to be bound over for six months, themselves in £ 10 and one surety of £ 5, or go to prison for a month. After being dealt with, prisoners created a disturbance by laughing, and were ordered below. On being taken out of court one of them commenced singing A month is not for ever," and caused considerable commotion. A WELSH QUARRY LITIGATION.-The arbitration suit, in which the Welsh Slate Quarry Company were suod by Mr. W. E. Oakeley for the recovery of damages originally laid at a quarter of a million, for not working the quarries according to the terms of the lease, has been decided by Mr. Gully, Q.C., who sat as arbitrator, against the company. The damages are assessed at £ 90,000, and the costs, it is expected, will reach about £ 30,000. Nearly every quarry proprietor and manager in North Wales was examined, the arbitration, which took place in London, occupying several months. WALES AND THE CONGREGATIONAL UXlON JUBILEE.—The final report of the Welsh Auxiliary to the Jubilee Fund of the Congregational Union shows that upwards of £ 86,000 has been raised by the Welsh Congregational churches of the Princi- pality, in connection with this fund, for the extinction of chapel debts. In addition to this, the English churches in Wales have also raised a considerable sum; s) that nearly £ 100,000 have been paid off the Congregational chapel debts of Wales during the past five years. In the case of the Welsh churches, the amounts raised by the various counties is as follows :—Cardiganshire, £ 2300; Breconshire, £ 214; Carmarthenshire (Upper), £ 5336; (Lower), £ 1551: Glamorganshire: West, £ 16,181; South, £ 4077 East, 13,817 North, £ 9457 Monmouthshire, £ 3038 Anglesey, £ 2510 Carnar- vonshire North, £ 5783 West, £4:)72; Flintshire and Denbighshire, £4619; Merionethshire, £:3345 Montgomeryshire, £920; and Pembrokeshire, £2520. The final report of the fund will be presented at the forthcoming meeting of the Congregational Union at Leeds. The total fund is said to exceed £ 400.000,
HOME & FOREIGN CHIT-CHAT. Mr. and Mrs. Osborne Morgan paid a visit to Mr. and Mrs Gladstone, at Hawarden, on Saturday. The standard of height for the Royal Marines and the Artillery divisions has been raised to 5ft. 8in. The death is announced of Sir Charles Young, the author of Jim the Penman and other plays. Since the commencement of the session 388 bills have come under the notice of the House of Commons. The Liberation Society are arranging for an active Disestablishment campaign in Wales during the winter. The memorial stone of a new church at the Bryn in the parish of Ruabon was laid on Tuesday by Mr. James Ormrod. Mr. Archibald Forbes contradicts the statement that his health is improving, and that he will shortly be upon the warpath again. One million bushels of edible oysters, it is esti- mated, were caught in the waters of Long Island Sound during the past year. The Rev. Buchanan Warren Wright, vicar of Nor- ton Cuckney, Notts, has committed suicide in a lunatic asylum in Nottingham. A man and two women, all fashionably dressed, have been arrested in Cardiff on a charge of stealing, at Manchester, jewellery valued at < £ 2,000. An attendant in the Prestwich Lunatic Asylum was, on Thursday, killed with a spade by an inmate in the garden attached to the institution. Two young girls were drowned while bathing at Porthcawl, Glamorganshire, on Thursday afternoon. They came from Newport, Monmouthshire. A tramp, named William Hunter, last week, when near Carlisle, killed the child of a woman with whom he had been living, and afterwards cut his throat. The Hungarian Government have ordered 2000 rail- way waggons, having resolved to abandon the system of renting carriages from companies as most costly. All the business portion of the town of Newburgh, Ontario, has been destroyed by fire. Ninety families have been rendered homeless, but there was no loss of life. A statue of the lata Mr. Hugh Mason was unveuea on Saturday, at Ashton-under-Lyne, a borough which he represented in the House of Commons from 1880 to 1885. The Chester Society of Natural Science held its annual conversazione at the Grosvenor Museum on Thursday, under the presidency of Professor T. M. Hughes. The memorial stones of a now Baptist Church in Rice-lane, Walton, near Liverpool, were laid on Fri- day. The building will cost £2,200, of which sum about half has been raised. A tel 'gram from the Queen was received at Exeter on Saturday, intimating that her Majesty would contribute £100 towards the fund for the relief of the sufferers by theatre the disaster. Funds not being forthcoming to provide bells for the new English Episcopal Church, Copenhagen, the Prince of Wales has sent telegraphic instructions to London to have them provided at his own expense. We understand that the Rev. J. Varteg Jones, pas- tor of Castle-square Presbyterian Church, Carnarvon, has returned home much improved in health, and that be will preach next Sabbath dav at his church. A true bill was returned against Police-constable Endacott (who will be remembered as having arrested Miss Cass) at the Old Bailey, on Tuesday, for perjury. The trial has been postponed till the October session. The St. Leger was run on Wednesday, with the following result :-Kllw,tTline first,'Merry Hampton second, and Timo by third. Time by Benson's chrono- graph, 3 mins. 26 sees.; time last year, 3 mins. 21 and two-fifth sees. The burning of Newsome's Circus, Edinburgh, has resulted in the loss of a wardrobe and instruments to Mr. Sam Hague's Minstrel Company, Liverpool, who were running a six weeks' engagement there, and had four weeks to run. On Thursday, Mr. Thomas E. Ellis, M.P., and Mr. Ellis Jones-Griffith, of Downing College, Cambridge, and Ty Coch, Anglesey, left Holyhead en route for Michaelstown, Ireland, to be present at the trial of Mr. W. 0' Brien, M.P. The statistical statement furnished by the police to the Flint magistrates, on Monday last, shows (hat there was an increase of 16 in the cases of diunkenness this year over last year, the numbers being respec- tively 55 and 39, an increase of about 45 per cent. The Lancet states that the Crown Prince of Ger- many has greatly benefited by his stay in the High- lands, both in general health and with regard to his throat. Dr. Morrell Mackenzie is to receive the honour of knighthood from the Queen in recognition of his success in the treatment of the Crown Prince. Early on Sunday morning, a huge stack of coal, consisting of some 9,000 tons, stored at the Daven- port Colliery, near Bolton, belonging to the Darcy Lever Coal Company, was discovered to be on fire, and, notwithstanding the efforts of 50 men with hose- pipes, under the direction of the managers, the flames had not been extinguished up to Wednesday night. It has been arranged that Mr. Gladstone, on the occasion of his visit to Nottingham in connection with the annual meeting of the National Liberal Federation, will address a mass meeting in the Alex- andra Rink, on the evening of October 19th The right hon. gentleman is at present resting at Hawar- den Castle, and is in the enjoyment of excellent health. An old man, 83 years of age, named Thomas bat- terworth, of independent means, was fount dead in his own home at Oswaldtwistle on Friday. His body was frightfully decomposed, and it w is thought he must have been dead three or four weeks. He lived alone, and about a month since said he was going to Sottthport. Suspicion being aroused by his non- appearance, a ladder was procured, and he was found in bed. --1L yeorge Urice the man charged witn all a,sjsd.uiu ju a railway carriage, was brought before the Shewsbury borough magistrates on Monday and discharged. He was then taken into the custody of Superintendent Qalhers, deputy chief-constable of the county, and charged with assault with intent on Caroline Scragg. He was formally remanded to Wellington petty sessions on Monday next. Prisoner, who looked very ill, said he knew nothing about it. Over 30,000 Protestant and Catholic school children were entertained on Saturday at a Jubilee fete on Glasgow Green. Several military and volunteer bands and the Bridgeton Choral Society provided music, and the Dragoons and mounted police kept order. There were three circuses, and 8,0U0 prizes awarded in sports, the chief being, given by the Prince of Wales, 'the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Cam. bridge, and Lord Rosebery. William Darby was admitted to the Leicester Infirmary, on Friday, suffering from injuries recaived on the railway. He was travelling alone in a North Western train to Leicester, and when near Glen Parva the door of the compartent flew open, and he fell out. No one appears to hive seen him, and he lay on the line all night, being discovered about seven on Friday morning. His toes were crushed, and he was other- wise injured. Police-sergeant Evans and two constables on Fri- day night captured three women, rabbit smugglers, wives of well-known poachers who killed the game. The women, who were searched by the police, had thirty rabbits concealed under their dresses carrying them home. One silk and one string net wera also found on them. This is :a new departure in the art of poaching, making the men when caught exempt, nothing being founi upon them. IVIR. William Nelson, head of the well-known pub- lishing firm of Thomas Nelson] and Sons, died at his residence in E iinburgh, on Saturday forenoon, from an attack of bronchitis. Mr. Nelson was of very philanthropic disposition, and had recen ly restored St. Margaret's Chapel and Argyle Tower, Edinburgh Castle; while at his expense, workmen are now engaged restoring the old Parliament Hall. Mr. Nelson was 71 years of age, and leaves a widow, a son, and four daughters. At Huddersfield on Wednesday, awoman named Annie Wadsworth pleaded guilty to a charge of damaging windows at public ) houses. The woman was spoken of a-s violent tempered. When a super- intendant was speaking to her about bail she threw a can of coffee to his face. Being sentenced to a month's imprisonment, she sat down in the dock immediately afterwards, and without the least warn- ing, threw her bout violently at the bench, smashing an inkstand. Another month waa added to the sen- tence. The man named Owen Perry, who deserted in March from the Manchester Regiment stationed at Ashton-under-Lyne, was locked up for safety in Holy- well gaol last week, and since then he has been removed to Denbigh Asylum. It will be remembered that Perry whilst serving in the Egyptian War dreamt that under a certain stone on the Mostyn and Gronant road a large amount of treasure lay, and with a number of men, who believed his story, he dug for several days but without effect. The explorations were suddenly stopped by Perry's beig arrested. THROAT IRRITATION AND COUGH.—Soreness and dryness, tickling and irritation, inducing cough and affecting the voice. For these symptoms use Fpps's Glycerine Jujubes. In contact with the glands at the moment they are excited by the act of sucking, the Glycerine in these agreeable confections, becomes actively healing. Sold only in boxes nJ., tins Is. li-I., labelled "JAMES Erps & Co., 2 Homoeopathic Chemists, London. Dr. George Moore, in his work on Nose and Throat Diseases, says The Glycerine Jujubes prepared by James Epps and Co., are of undoubted service as a curative or palliative agent," while Dr. Gordon Holmes, Senior Physician to the Municipal Throat and Ear Infirmary, writes "After an extended trial, I have found your Glycerine Jujubes of considerable benefit in almost all forms of throat disease."
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NATIONAL FOOTPATH PRESERVATION SOCIETY. To the Editor of the Llangollen Advertiser." Dear sir,—You some time back kindly noticed this society, and perhaps you will oblige us with another few words in your paper on the progress we have made. There are now thirty-two vice-presidents, besides His Grace the Duke of Westminster as patron, and the Earl of Bective, president. Our prospectus shows that upwards of forty members of the House of Com- mons (irrespective of party) have joined the society. We are constantly applied to from all parts of the country for advice respecting the closing of public footpaths, encroachment on roadside land, and I am glad to report that three branch or local societies have lately been formed—at Scarborough, Leicester and Bristol-all doing excellent work. The Bristol Society has already saved two footpaths, or I should say one was a country lane, which had boldly been taken possession of by a farmer and actually cultivated with wheat and potatoes! What audacity this, and yet there are some persons who ignorantly declare there is no necessity for such a society. May I urge on the authorities in your locality to form a branch society to prevent illegal acts of this nature, or at all events they should mark the public footpaths red on the 6-inch ordnance maps, before disputes arise. Parties desirous of erecting convenient stiles should obtain our prospectus, which gives drawings of numerous stiles. It can be forwarded on receipt of two stamps. Our reports are 6d. each to non-members. An increase of members is much desired. The subscription is 5s. a year. I hope for the good of such an important cause you will kindly oblige me with a notice, And am, sir, yours very truly, HENBY ALLNUTT, 42, Essex-street, Strand. Secretary.
"WALES AWAKE!" To the Editor of the Llangollen Advertiser." Sir,-I shall esteem it a favour if you will permit me, through the medium of your excellent paper, to call attention to a pamphlet bearing the above title. The author-Mr. Edward Glyndwr—has an important message to the Welsh people; and they will do well to ponder carefully his suggestions. He triumphantly indicates the claim of Wales to be regarded as a dis- tinct nation, against the transparent fallacy of Mr. John Bright. Some timely hints are given on Welsh representation. Here is a specimen Just imagine the difference it would make in the quality of our preaching if only the rich were qualified to become ministers. The poor have supplied the best brains for the pulpit, and they would, doubtless, as readily supply the best brains for Parliament." Copies of the pamphlet may be obtained post free for 2Jd. from Mr. D. Owen, Victoria Park, Aintree, Liverpool. I have no other interest in recommending it to the notice of my countrymen than that which should ever be the greatest of all-the sacred interest of patriotism. —Faithfully yours, BRYN ITHOX.
VOLUNTEER BANDS AND POLITICAL MEETINGS. To the Editor of the 11 Llangollen Advertiser." Sir,-I am sorry to trouble you, and you may be sure that it is no very agreeable task that I have under- taken to draw attention again to some irregularity on the part of my old friends, the Constitutionalists, in the hope that it may prevent any harm befalling them or any other persons in the future through their thoughtlessness. You reported last week that the Llangollen Volun- teer Band took part in the Conservative demonstration held at Trevor Park. Now, it is well known to all, or at least ought to be by this time, that the Govern- ment has issued, and circulated among the authorities of both the regular and auxiliary forces, general orders prohibiting military, militia, and volunteer bands from attending political meetings in their military capacity. I suppose that some penalty is inflicted for disregarding general military orders. Let us hope, however, that the local Volunteer corps will not be made to suffer.—Yours, &c., A LOYALIST.
A FIRE ENGINE FOR LLANGOLLEN. To the Editor of the Llangollen Advertiser." Sir,—Your correspondent J's admirable propo- sition for commemorating her Majesty's Jubilee by providing Llangollen with a first-class fire engine comes very opportune, and, as far as I can judge from enquiries, is generally accepted as a most happy one. What more noble to show our appreciation, our thank- fulness, for the Queen's glorious reign than to provide the means of escape for humanity from distress, pain, yes, and even death ? The one thing wanting now is that the Jubilee Committee should take the matter at once in hand.—Yours humbly, A WOULD-BE SUBSCRIBER,
CENTRAL NEWS TELEGRAMS.] LLANGOLLEN ADVERTISER OFFICE, Thursday Evening. Mr. Balfour arrived in Dublin this morning, and will consult, during the day, with the leading officials. District-inspector Roughan, of the County Kil- kenny force of the Royal Irish Constabulary, has resigned, as a protest, it is said, against the action of the police. The Llandudno Chair Eisteddfod has turned out a great success. The takings amounted to over £ 400. The Llangollen Choral Society is very highly spoken of, the audience at the concert being delighted with their singing. The Lords of the Admiralty arrived at Ports- mouth, to-day, for the annual inspection of the dockyard establishments. The Mayor of Portsmouth requested their lordships to receive a deputation concerning the discharged labourers. The consider- ation of the question was, however, postponed.
LOCAL MARKETS. LLANGOLLEN, SATURDA y.-=The quotations were as follow:— s. d. s. d Red wheat 4 0 to 4 9 White wheat 4 3 to 50 White oats 2 9 to 3 6 New wheat 43 to 5 0 Beef (per lb.) 0 5 to 0 9 Veal ditto 0 5} to 0 8 Mutton ditto. 0 6 to 0 7 Lamb ditto 0 6 to 0 7 Fowls (per couple; 3 0 to 3 6 Ducks ditto 4 0 to 4 6 Rabbits (each) 0 10 to 1 0 Trout (per lb.) 0 0 to 1 0 Solesditto. 1 4 to 1 6 Plaice. 0 0 to 0 5 Salmon. 1 0 to 1 4 Onionsditto. 0 0 to 0 It New Potatoes ditto 0 0 to 0 Oi Gooosberries (per quart) 0 0 to 0 2 Plums 0 3 to 0 4 Butter (per lb.) 1 3 to 1 4 Eggs 12 to 14 for 1 0
LIVERPOOL CORN,TUESDAY.—Wheat: Canadian, 6s. 3d. to 6s. 5d.; Oregon, 0s. Od. to Os. Od.; Califor- nian, 6s. 2d. to 6s. 4d. red winter, 6s. Od. to 6s. 8d. Wheat,moderate trade,at lastFriday's rates. Flour fair, Chilian, 6s. Od. to 6s. 3d.; Bombay, 5s. 8d. to 6s. 2d. Trade, steady; beans and peas steady, unchanged; oats quiet, unaltered.
WREXHAM, THURSDAY.—Wheat, 4s. 3d. to 5s* Od. per 75 lbs.; barley 3s. Od. to 3s. 6d.; oats, 2s.2d" to 3s. 6:1.; butter, Is. 3d. to Is. 4d. p3r 16 oz.; eggs, 12 to 14 for Is.; fowls, 2s. 6d. to 3s. 6J. per couple; ducks, 4s. Od. to 5s. Od. per couple; geese, Od. to Od. per lb.; potatoes, 4s. 6d. to 5s. 0d. per 90 lb 3.
Bill THS, MARRIAGES, §» DEATHS. Persons forwarding to this office announcements of births, marriages, and deaths must at the same time give their names and addresses. When any addition is made to the simple notice of marriage a charge of one shilling will be made. BIRTHS. Sept. 4th, the wife of Mr. W. E. Thomas, stone- cutter, 32, Berwyn-street, Llangollen, of a son. Sept. 12th, the wife of Mr. Llewelyn Rowlands, butcher, Bridge-street, Llangollen, of a son. Sept. 2nd, at 28, North-parade, Aberystwyth, the wife of Mr. James Metcalfe, Rheidol Foundry, of a daughter. Sept. 14th, the wife of Mr. Alfred Whittaker, Church Street Vaults, Llangollen, of a daughter. MARRIAGES. Sept. 6th, at the Register Office, Aberystwyth, before the registrar (Rev. W. Jones), Mr. Thomas Lewis to Miss Jane Jones, both of Devil's Bridge. DEATHS. Sept. 2nd, aged 60, at Brighton House, vlMoiia- terrace, Aberystwyth, Margaret Lewis, lodginghouse- keeper. Sept. 12th, aged 72 years, Mr. David Davies, Llidiart- Anni, Llantysilio, near Llangollen. Sept. 10th, aged 81 years, Mr. Robert Edwards, Oer- nant, Llantysilio, near Llangollen. Sept 13th, at Trefriw, aged 64, Mary Anne, wife of Alderman Edward Samuelson, of Liverpool. Funeral at Llanrwst Church, on Saturday, at two o'clock. Sept. 8th, aged 4, at 29, York-street, Wrexham, Geo. Ernest Eves, son of Mr. Thomas Croft. Sept. 6th, aged 23, at the Workhouse, Oswestry, John Drinkwater. Sept. 5th, aged 77, at Gwastad Llay, Wrexham, Mrs. Eliza Owen, late Red Lion Inn, King's Mills, Sept. 11th, aged 73, at 8, Marine-terrace,Aberystwyth, Sarah, the wife of Mr. Benjamin Roberts, Bryn Morda, Oswestry.
For MONUMENTS, TOMBS, HEADSTONES AND WREATHS, AND EVERY DESCRIPTION OF MONUMENTAL WORK, APPLY TO WILLIAM WILLIAMS, AT HIS SHOW YARD IN MARKET STREET, LLANGOLLEN. [1563a] It is in contemplation to issue the Royal Jubilee medal to every officer who was actually in command of a regiment at the Queen's Jubilee review at Alder- shot on the 9th July, the recipients including officers of regulars, militia, yeomanry, and volunteer corps. For a sustaining, comforting, and nourishing beverage drink Cadbury's Pure Cocoa, and do not be persuaded to accept a substitute. WAH,NING.-When you ask for RECKITTS' BLUE see that you get it. The Manufacturers beg to caution the public against imitation square Blue, of very inferior quality. The Paris Blue in squares is sold in wrappers baaring their name and Trade Mark. Refuse all others. WHITE'S Moc MAl); LEVER TRUSS is the most effective nvention for the treatment of Hernia. The use of a steel spring, so hurtful in its effects, is avoided, a soft bandage being worn round the body, while the requisite resisting power is supplied by the Moo-Main Pad and Patent Levers fitting with so much case and closeness that it cannot be detected. Send for descriptive circular, with testimonials and prices, to J. White and Co. (Limited), 22S, Piccadilly, London. Do not buy of Chemists, who often sell an IMITA.- TION of our Moc-Main. J. White and Co. have not any A gents. 16711 ESTABLISHED NEABLT 50 YEARS.—White's Celebrated Moc-Maine Trusses. Single Trusses from 10s.; Double Trusses from 18s. Sent free from observation and post ^HOLLOWAY'S PILLS.—Nervousness and want of Energy.—When first the nerves feel uns.rung, and listl.'ssness supplants energy, it is the right time to take some alterative as Hotloway's Piils to prevent disorder running into disease. these excellent Pills correct all irregularities and weakness. They act so kiadly, yet so energetic-illy on the functions of digestion and aisirailasioo, that the whole body is revived, the blood is rendered richer and purer, the muscles become firmer and stronger and the nervous and abs r;>eiit systems are invigorated. These Pil.s are suitable for all classes and "all ages. They have a most marvellous effect un persons who are out of condition they soon rtciify whatever is in fault, ivstore strength to the body and confidence to the mind. CHEAP LAW AT THE LONDON POLICE COURTS.— There is a growing custom amongst the general public to seek advice at the metropolitan police- courts, on questions of social home rule, and the vexed questions of evictions, and seizures fcr rent. If this was done by the very poor little complaint would be made, but persons in good positions come before the magistrates in pleading robes,Dot the gowns and wigs of the bar. but their most work- -i-day garb—and pitifully beg of the presiding justice to hear their complaint. The magistrate cannot condemn unheard, and having once heard he cannot, with the magnifying glass of a certain portion of the press on his actions, pooh-pooh the appeals away, and is driven to give his valuable opinions gratis. This is cheap law with a ven- geance. No wonder some of the lawyers are starving. Mr. Biron, of Cleveland-square, South Paddington, had upwards of forty applications for advice and summonses, on Tuesday morning at the Hammer- smith Police Court, South London. The majority of the complainants were females, and the matters upon which he had to adjudicate were of a most trivial nature as a rule. It was close upon a quarter to twelve o'clock when Mr. Biron was enabled to commence the list of night charges, and he remarked that it was getting beyond all bearing that such matters, and to such an extent, should continue to obstruct the regular day's business t being proceeded with.
To the Editor of the" Llangollen Advertiser Sir,—I am sorry that it is not in my power to throw much light on Mr. Fell's letter, that appeared in your last, respecting the will of Mr. Telford, the eminent engineer, and the -= £ 1,000 he left by the said will to the parish of Llangollen, to the minister in trust for the Library. I was curate of Llangollen from 1843 to 1849, and Mr. Eyton was then the vicar, and had been for many years before, but I never heard him saying a word about such legacy being left to the parish. There was no Library belonging to the parish when I first went there, but one was established before I left, chiefly through the assistance of Mr. Lockett, of Penybryn, in the said parish, who gave a large number of books to it, and more were bought by subscription and given by others afterwards. Mr. Eyton, the vicar, was a native of Mold, and a highly respectable man, a brother to Mr. J. Wynne Eyton, of Leeswood, in that parish, and his father was vicar of Mold before Dean Clough, and some of the family live in that parish now. Mr. Telford was a native of Dumfries, in Scot- land, and came to Shrewsbury, where he superintended most of his great works, more particularly the Suspen- sion Bridge over the Menai. But I cannot see what connection he had with the parish of Llangollen, so as to leave it such a large legacy, and I think there is some mistake in it. I believe Mr. Ebenezer Cooper of Llangollen's family had some connection with him, and some of them are probably in the place yet who may give some inform- ation about it. I am, your obedient servant, G. EDWARDS. T.i.anrraitfan R.sntnrv. Welshnooh Seot. 14th. 1887.
To the Editor of the Llangollen Advertiser." Dear sir,—In your last issue you publish a letter from Mr. Fell, in which he states that Thomas Telford, the eminent engineer, Joy will bequeathed to Llangollen the sum of ^1,000," &c. Unfortunately for Llangollen, the money was left for Langholm, in Dumfriesshire, Telford's native town. It is well that this fact should be known, as this is not the first time the mistake has been published. The error has doubtless arisen through the slight simi- larity in the English pronunciation of Langholm and Llangollen. -Yours, T. V. R. London, Sspt 15th, 1887.
HAIR ALBUM. So, you ask me, sweet Maria, If I love you as my life,- If I'll cherish and protect When you come to be my wife; And you beg of me a token For the album which you bear, Just a curl, a lock, or ringlet, Or a simple tuft of hair. But I must confess with sorrow, Though I fain would deeply blush, That the hair that decks my forehead For your book's not worth a rush. 'Tis a wig, my sweetest maiden, All my real locks are gone In adorning others' albums, Ere your face I gazed upon. —RHYWUN.
CRICKET. LLANGOLLEN v. WYSNSTAY.—1The return match between these two teams was played at Llangollen on Saturday, the home club winning by four wickets Score VTYNXSTAY. J. W. Ellis, b Roberts. 3 S. Wilcox, c T. Davies, b Roberts 2 C. E. W. Lancaster, b. Roberts 7 H. Lloyd, b Cope. 15 A. James, b Simon A..Jones, b Cope W. P. Jones, b Cope j? Sparling, c O. Davies, b Cope 2 Powell, b Cope. 0 N. Fairfax, not out 1 J. Morrison, b Simon 3 Byes. 4 Total. 64 LLANGOLLEN. E. Evans, run out 1 T. Roberts, b Lancaster 2) A. Davies, b Morrison 12 O. Davies, b Lancaster 10 H. F. Cope, b Lancaster 8 F. Jagger, not out 11 G. Jones, b Morrison 7 B. Simon, not out 3 Byes 3 Total for six wickets 75 t —H, Nimus, T. Davies, and Tyreman did not bat
OSWESTRY, WEDNESDAY.—The following were the quotations to-day: White wheat, 5s. 2i. to5s.4d.; red wheat old, 5s. 2d. to 5s. 4d.; new 0s. Od. to Os.Od; per 741b8.; barley (malting), 15s. 0d. to 20s. Od. per 280 Ib" oats 14s. Od. to 15s. OJ. per 200 lbs.; Indian corn, Os. Od. to Os Od. per cental; butter Is. 3d. to Is. 4d per lb.; eggs, 12 to 13 for a shilling fowls, 3s. Od. to 4-. Od., ducks, 4s. 61. to 5s. 6d. per couple; geese, Os. Od. to Os. Od. each turkeys, 0s. 0d. to Os. Od. each; potatoes 9s. 01. pjr bag; raboits, per couple, 2s. 4d. to 2s. 6d. cabbages Is. uJ. to Is. 6d. per dozen.