CORRESPONDENCE. [WB do not hold ourselves responsible for the opinions of our correspondents.— ED.1 THE VICAR AND HIS CHARGE. To the Editor of the Llangollen Advertiser." Sir,-Probably you are already aware of the Ven. Arcddeacon LI. Wynne-Jones has been cutting up new ground by writing a lengthy New Year epistle to his flock at Llangollen, dated The Canonry St. Asaph, January, 1st 1,900, but you can hardly be aware that the letter contains the following words, otherwise you would have contradicted them I hope to induce more of our people to be regular subscribers to the Parish Magazine,which is the only ordinary means we possess of circulating parish news." The italics are mine. The sense they convey cannot be correct, and I am sure the new vicar wrote them in ignorance the from week to week for years you are publishing a list of the services of the Established Church, and I know as a fact that all news paragraphs concerning that church are welcome in your columns. I have often wondered whether any churchman or noncon- formist has ever thought of thanking you for these free advertisements ? If they have not, all ought to do so. Apologising for broaching the question, I am, yours respectfully, A GRATEFUL SUBSCRIBER. SMOKY LOCOMOTIVES. To the Editor of the Llangollen Advertiser." Dear sir,—In view of the complaints which have been made by the residents along Abbey-road of the filthy smoke emitted by the locomotives, the enclosed cutting from to-days edition of the Daily Mail may no doubt prove very interesting, not only to the Council, but to the public of Llangollen also, if you will kindly print it in your next issue and oblige,-yours truly, G. W. SPURRING. Lyndonhurst, Llangollen, 17th, Jan. 1900. "For permitting locomotives to belch forth dense black smoke at the sidings, King's-cross, the Great Northern Railway Company were yesterday sum- moned at Clerkenwell Police-court. The company complained that the London County Council had served the summonses upon them six weeks after the alleged offences had been committed. Inquiries were then very difficult to make. Their engines were perfectly adapted te consume their own smoke. It is the fault of the stokers," said the magistrate, who added that he would convict in two cases only. Fines and costs amounting to .£10 were imposed."
FOOTBALL INTELLIGENCE. Llangollen United Reserve v. Hughes Sf Lancaster. —This match was played on the Tower Field, on Saturday, in dull weather. The home team won the toss, Jarvis starting for the visitors, who soon had to act on the defensive. The home right got away, but W. E. Edwards shot over. The visiting forwards tried to break away but A. Roberts and L. Hughes defended well. The United, through D. R. Edwards and Wesley, got down, and the latter beat Brown with a good shot. Shortly afterwards he added a second. Half-time :—United Reserve, 2 goals Hughes & Lancaster, 0. On resuming, the visitors were the first to show up, and Thompson scored. J. E. Roberts, for the homesters, raced away and defeated Brown with a swift low shot. The visitors began to trouble the home defence, and from a corner Jarvis scored a second goal for the visitors. A penalty kick was awarded the home team, W. E. Edwards took the kick, bat failed to score, placing the ball wide of the posts, D. R. Edwards scoring the fourth for the Reserves. Final:—United Reserve, 4 goals; Hughes & Lancaster, 2. INTERNATIONAL TRIAL MATCH AT CHIRK. Despite the attraction of Chirk on Monday after- noon there was a rather disappointing attendance there on the occasion of the Welsh international trial match. The teams selected for the match included several prominent well-known Welsh exponents of the game, and were as follows :— Whites Goal, J. Morris, Chirk backs, T. Knight (Llandudno) and Smart Arridge (Banger and New Brighton) halves, Sam Meredith (Chirk), Bllek- land (Bangor) and W. Harrison (Wrexham); forwards, W. Meredith (Manchester City F.C.), Griffiths (Wrexham), T. D. Parry (Oswestry), C. Davies (Hereford), centre-forward, Trevor Owen (Llangollen and Wolverhampton Wanderers.) Stripes Goal, Fred Griffiths (Blackpool) backs, J. S. Mathias (Brymbo and Wolverhampton Wanderers) and Blew (Wrexham) halves, George Richards (Druids and Gravesend), J. Price (Druids) and M. Morris (Chirk) forwards. D. H. Pugh (Wrexham and Lincoln), W. M. Watkins (Oswestry) W. Jackson (Flint and Newton Heath), A. E. Watkins (Caersws and Aston Villa), centre, Jim Davies (Druids). Owing to a cup-tie Trevor Owen and Matthias of the Wolves" were absentees but their places were filled by D. Davies and Pcvah (Wrexham) respectively. In the first portion of the game both teams exerted themselves to the utmost, but the Whites gaining the upper hand compelled Griffiths, the opposing custodian to submit on two occasions. The second moiety of the game saw the Stripes at a disadvantage they having fallen "off colour" considerably. Watkins (Aston Villa), however, registered their only goal. The Whites seored thrioe from the interval, and a good game ended in a victory for the Whites by five goals to one. For the winners Parry, Oswestry, scored (2), W. Meredith (1), R. Davies (1) and Griffiths, Wrexham (1). W. Meredith, who is a native of Chirk, met with a hearty reception for his admirable play which has earned for him in England an almost premier position at outside right. THE SCOTLAND v. WALES MATCH. The meeting of the General Committee of the Scottish Football Association was held on Tuesday evening at Carlton Place, Glasgow. Mr. James H. M. M'Laughlin (Celtic) presided over a full attend- ance of delegates. Previous to this meeting the International Seleetion Committee chose the following team to represent Scotland in the annual encounter with Wales, which is to be played at Aberdeen on February 16th :—Rennie (Heart of Midlothian), goal Smith (Glasgow Rangers) and Glen (captain) (Hibernians), backs; Breslin (Hibernians), Neil (Glasgow Rangers), and Robert- son (Glasgow Rangers), half-backs; Bell (Celtic), Walker (Heart of Midlothian), R. C. M'Coll (Queen's Park), Hamilton (Glasgow Rangers), and Smith (Glasgow Rangers), forwards. The Council of the Welsh Association has selected the following team to represent the Principality against Scotland:—Goal, F. Griffiths (Blackpool) backs, D. Jones (Manchester City) and Smart Arridge (New Brighton Tower) half- backs, S. Meredith (Chirk), J. L. Jones (Tottenham Hotspur), and Sydney Darvel (Oxford University and Corinthians) right wing, D. H. Pugh (Lincoln City) and W. Meredith (Manchester City); left wing, A. G. Morris (Notts Forest) and A. E. Watkins (Aston Villa); centre, Trevor Owen (Wolverhampton Wanderers). WALES.. AND BORDER COUNTIES ASSOCIATION JUNIOR CHALLENGE CUP (THIRD ROUND). Singleton and Coles v. Snaitbeaclt.-A, Shrews- bury. Singleton's were infinitely superior during the initial half and scored four times, Snailbeach failing to respond. Soon after the interval Singleton's added the fifth. A Snailbeach player was ordered off, and refusing to go, the game was stopped. Final :—Singleton and Coles, five goals Snailbeach, none. Llanrwst Town v. Colwyn Bmy.—At Llanrwst. Play throughout the first half was of an even description, and when the ends were changed neitfier side had scored. In the second half the home team had slightly the best of the exchanges and scored once, whilst Colwyn Bay failed to do so. ResultA win for Llanrwst Town by one to none. DENBIGHSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. Wrexham Reserve v. Oswestry United Reserve.— On Wrexham Racecourse. Special interest was taken in this engagement, as the clubs are at the head of the league, table. In the first half the United scored once, but the home side failed to get through. In the second half Wrexham scored twice, whilst the United failed to add to their score. ResultWrexham won by two goals to one. DENBIGHSHIRE AND FLINTSHIRE CHARITY CUP (THIRD ROUND.) Wrexham Victoria v. Llangollen United.—On Salisbury Park, Wrexham. Victoria pressed at the start, but the visitors scored first, the result of pretty combination. The home forwards, however, suceeded in capturing the Llangollen goal twice before half-time, when the score read—Wrexham two goals Llangollen United one. In the second half the home team added a goal, and the United failing to again score the result was a win for Wrexham Victoria by three goals to one. COMBINATION. Bangor v. Druids.—At Bangor, in dull weather. The opening exchanges favoured the home team, and after repeated attempts to score Walter Lewis registered the first point for Bangor, two minntes from the start. The Druids retaliated, the left wing reaching the Bangor defence, but the visiting forwards were very erratic in their final efforts. The home team then pressed, J. Arridge nearly scoring from long range. Continuing the pressure, the home forwards had hard lines. Price, the visiting custodian, playing a fine game. Towards half-time, play greatly fluctuated. The greater part of the half was most uninteresting, the players apparently kicking in an aimless manner, the home forwards being particularly faulty before goal. About twenty minutes after resuming, W. Lewis, from a corner kick placed by John Roberts, headed a second goal for Bangor, whilst towards the close the visiting outside left scored a splendid goal, the result of an individual effort on his part. The Druids made strenuous efforts to equalise but fiiled to do so. Result:—Bangor, two goals; Druids, one.
"If you want perfect rest and quiet," said Sir George Newnes, at the Advertisers' Exhibition luncheon, "go into the shop of a man who does not advertise." For the convenience of West of England and South Wales Advertisers, a copy of this paper is regularly filed and may be seen at any time, at JOWBS BBAIHXBS' Advert- ising Offices, 39, Queen's Read, Clifton, Bristol.
H COMPANY 1ST V.B.R.W. FUSILIERS. COMPANY ORDERS, By Capt. J. E. GRIFFITHS. Llangollen, 11th Jan., 1900. Friday, Jan. 19th, signalling Saturday, bugle band; Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, recruit drill; Thursday, cadet corps 7 30 each evening. By order, (Signed) J. E. Griffiths, capt., Commanding H Company. Change in roll of service company for South Africa Sergt. T. A. Waltho takes the place of Sergt. E. Evans, withdrawn. The bayonets of five" itlrvicQ men" of H Co. have been sent to Birmingham to be sharpened. The following reply has been received from the War Office, in answer to the offer of Lieut-Colonel T. A. Wynne Edwards volunteering the services of the 1st V.B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers for service in South Africa War Office, London, S.W., 6th Jaauary, 1900. Sir,—I am directed by the Secretary of State for War to acknowledge the receipt of a telegram, of 18th Dec., 1899, from the officer commanding the 1st V.B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, offering the services of his battalion for service in South Africa, and in reply to acquaint you that Lord Lansdowne, and the Com- mander-in-chief, highly appreciate the spirit in which this offer is made, but are not at present in a position to say whether it will be possible to meet the wish for employment expressed by the corps, except as provides in special army order of 2nd January, 1900.-1 am, sir, your obedient servant, (Signed) H. Barrett, I.G.A.F. The special army order referred to is the per- mission to form a Volunteer company for service in South Africa with the Ist B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, to form a reserve company. These two companies have now been selected, and will probably mobilise about the 22nd instant, at the Barracks, Wrexham.
BATTALION ORDERS, By LT.-COL. T. A. "WYNNE EDWARDS, Commanding 1st V.B.R.W.F. Wrexham, 17th January, 1900. 1. The following extract from the London Gazette is published for information:—1st V.B. R.W.F., William Roberts Wilson, Gent., to be Second Lieutenant. 2. The O.C. 23rd R.D. directs that all sections of Volunteers[(service and reserve companies)should be on the Racecourse, Wrexham, at 12 noon, on Monday next, the 22nd January, 1900. Dress—drill order, without pouches. Tunics are on no account to be worn. Great coats will be carried loose. With reference to the above, all offieers, N.Co.'s, and men of the service and reserve companies will parade at their respective headquarters (and pro- ceed to Wrexham by the named trains) in kerseys, trousers, F.S. cap, waist belt and frog, rifle and bayonet (care will be taken that each man has a life protector, oil bottle, and pull through). Sergt.- Instructors will accompany their men Sergt.- Instructor C. Gorst will be attached to the service company until date of embarkation. Return tickets (Volunteers) will be taken. A meal will be provided in Barracks. After the reserve men have been attested, they will be taken heme by their sergt.-instructors. Sergt.-Instructor Galloway will take charge of C and Ell (Chirk) reserve men. The officer commanding is most anxious that this parade should reflect great credit, not only upon individual members, but also upon the corps. He is both gratified and proud that so many men of his regiment have responded so nobly to his appeal for men to serve their Queen and country in South Africa, and he takes this opportunity to place on record and his instances of the men's devotion to their country. He thinks that it is hardly necessary to state that he desires this parade to be a great success, and as the companies will march through Wrexham on their way to Barracks, he hopes that every man will take care that his equipment is bright and clean, and behave in a soldier-like manner. Company. Hours of Parade. Train. A and B 11 a.m. — C 930 10 56 a.m. D 830 9 55 „ EJ (Chirk) 10 „ 10 45 „ E £ (Gresford) 10 15 11 35 „ F 10 March route. G 8 9 28 a.m. H 915 10 28 „ Officers commanding companies are held per- sonally responsible that the men of the service and reserve companies are made acquainted with these orders. 3. Second-Lieut. R. W. Wilson having joined, is taken on the strength of the battalion from the 10th iast., and posted to B Co. By order, (Signed) R. BARNETT BARKE, Capt. & Adj- 1st V.B.RW.Fusiliers.
FORMATION OF A LLANGOLLEN CADET CORPS. Mr. C. H. Everitt being in eontinual contact with the boys of Llangollen and appreciating their merits, has formed the idea of starting a Cadet Corps. A committee was appointed, and on Tuesday evening he invited the boys to meet him at the Armoury. Mr. Everitt explained to them what a Cadet Corps meant, and that if they afterwards attached themselves to the Volunteers they would reap further advantages which they could not acquire otherwise. About 100 boys were present from the Board, County and National Schools. Boys only who were in employment in Llangollen were enrolled that evening. Boys at these and other schools will be enrolled later on. 57 boys have been enrolled, and their first drill took place yesterday (Thursday) evening. Mr. Everitt intends to give them lectures on history and geography. +,
The Convocations of Canterbury and York have been prorogued until the 31st inst. The Duke of Fife succeeds the late Duke of West- minster as Lord Lieutenant of the County of London. The Rev. D. Charles Davies, the well-known Cardiff Welsh Baptist minister, intends visiting the United States in the Spring. The Rev. A. W. Carter, formerly minister of Huy- ton Congregational Church, began his ministry in the Church of England on Sunday, when he preached in the morning at St. Luke's Church, Liverpool. It is announced that the Vicar of Rhyl (the Rev. Daniel Edwards) has resigned the living of Rhyl and accepted that of Misterton Leicestershire, in the dio- cese of Peterborough. MEMORIAL CARDS of the newest patterns, printed on the shortest notice, in beautiful typography, at most reasonable charges, at the "ADVERTISES" OFFICE.
THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY. A PUBLIC BOON DESIRED. A public meeting was held in the Anteroom of the Assembly Rooms, Llangollen, on Tuesday evening, in support of a petition already sent to the G.W.R. Co. for an improved service of trains from Ruabon to Llangollen. There was a fully repre- sentative assemblage of tradesmen and others who are more closely affected by the present system of service. Mr. C. W. Richards occupied the chair, and among those present were—Messrs. J. E. Griffiths and R. LI. Baker (hon. sees.), E. Green- Davies, D. Griffiths, T. Q. Davias, H. Ninnis, E. D. Jones, J. Rowlands, G. Saint, R. Edwards, E. R. Parry, S. Morton, P. P. Pace, T. Bushby, E. M. Parry, D. Jonu, "Advertiser" office, J. Clarke, T. M. Rowlands, H. Davies, S. Rowlands, LI. Rowlands, D. Jones (Berwyn-street), R. Darlington, M. H. Roberts, W. B. Roberts, T. Hughes, R. Horspool, E. Evans, Rev. D. Williams, & a. The chairman briefly explained the object of the meeting which was to petition the G.W.R. Company for an improved train service from Ruabon to Llangollen. A petition had already been forwarded to the company a short time ago, and Mr. Baker would read the correspondence. It was as follows Mr. G. Grant, writing from the Divisional Superintendant Offiee, Chester, on the llth inst., to Mr. R. LI. Baker, says "The matter shall have my attention to see if an improvement can be made ia the service on other days. As regards a train from Ruabon to Llangollen in the morning at 8 20. I am quite sure this company will not see their way to increase the service of trains from Ruabon to Llangollen in the evening, as there are already nine trains duriug the day to serve Llangollen. I would suggest for your coasideration whether you would have one ef the existing trains discontinued and replaced by one in the evening at 8 20 or 8 25." Mr. G. Grant, again writing from Chester, says Your letter on the 11th inst., as to improving the train service between Ruabon and Llangollen was read at a meeting of townspeople held here yester- day, and we were requested to write and thank you for the trouble you have taken. The meeting was glad to learn that the improvements in the 12 21 train from Llangollen was having your attention and hope you will be able to arrange that the passengers are not kept three-qurters-of-no-hour at Ruabon as at present. As regards the evening train the present trains arriving at Llangollen at 6 25 and 7 23 are convenient trains for a good number of passengers. We understand that from the 1st May to 30th Sept. there is a train from here at 7 25 p.m. to Ruabon and that the engine and carriages return to Llamgollen empty. It was the earnest and unanimous desire of the meeting that the engine and carriages instead of returning empty should bring a train in this direction, leaving Ruabon about 8 15 p.m., to connect all trains from North and South, and that this train runs on to Corwen on Saturdays. Do you think that this can be arranged ? It would be a great convenience to passengers on the branch." Writing from Llangollen to Chester, on Dec., 1899. Mr. Baker says Dear sir,—We the undersigned tradesmen and residents of Llangollen and district, beg to petition the G.W.R. company through you to grant us better facilities to get to Chester, Liverpool and Manchester by the 12 16 p.m. train from Llangollen. At present the train arrives at Ruabon at 12 10 p.m.. and passengers for these towns have to wait three-quarters-of-an-hour to meet the connection, whiist a train runs through Ruabon Station at 1 5 p.m. without stopping. Is it not possible to have this train stopped at Ruabon as was done last winter ? Also in the evening a train from Manchester and Liverpool arrives at Ruabon at 8 10 p.m., and the Bristol Express at 8 15 p.m. Passengers from Llangollen and district now have to wait until 10 20 p.m. If a con- nection was made to meet these trains it would be a great convenience and would fill a long felt want in the district." The matter was then discussed in its various aspecte at considerable length, Mr. J. E. Griffiths remarking that Llangollen had a wretched connect- ion with Oswestry all the day through.—Mr. M. H. Roberts complained of the lack of railway accommodation to Glyndyfrdwy and Carrog, and suggested that a particular train mentioned should be run to Corwen on Saturdays. Mr. John Rowlands considered that they had now around them a fully representative meeting of the town and thought they had a just right to press their claim. Improvement was also needed from another quarter—Ruabon, Acrefair and Chirk -from which places cheap tickets on given days might be issued. Similar advantages were granted to other market towns. Their endeavour should be to make Llangollen the centre of the sarroand- ing district.-(Hear, hear.)—They had lost Glyn- ceiriog entirely because of want of accommodatioa and through having to wait at Chirk Station for a long time. He thought this lack of service might also be included in the petition to the Company. It was unanimously agreed to forward the petition, signed by Messrs. C. Richards (chairman) and J. E. Griffiths and R. LI. Baker (joint secretaries). Mr. John Rowlands ineidentally suggested that cheap tickets might be issued on market and fair days from Corwen, Glyndyfrdwy and Carrog also from Ruabon, Cefn, Trevor and Acrefair also an improved service and cheap tickets to Oswestry on market days. It was finally resolved on the motion of Mr. M. H. Roberts, seconded by Mr. R. Edwards, that a petition in favour of the increased facilities be taken round the town by Sergt. Hughes for signature.
Births, carriages, an& deaths. BIRTKS. Jan. 9th, the wife of Mr. Thomas Jones, The School, Ffynnongroew, of a daughter. MARRIAGES. Jan. 15th, at Glaa'rafon Chapel, Llangollen, by the Rev. Huw Parri and Mr. James Clarke; registrar Mr. Henry Jones, Vroncyssylltau, to Miss Maria Edwards, Beatrice-street, Oswestry. DEATHS. Jan. 8th, aged 74, Miss Jones, College View, Bala. Jan. 6th, aged 17, Mr. Thomas E. Joaes, Rhydlechog. Bala. Jan. 6th, aged 71, Mrs. Margaret Davies, Bryn Banon, Corwen. Jan. 5th, aged 54, Mr. Hugh Jones, Hendwr, Llandrillo. Jan. 14th, Mrs. Jane Jones, late of the Cross Keys, Inn, Corwen.
Manlio Garibaldi, the youngest son of General Garibaldi, died on Saturday. With the beseiged garrison in Ladysmith is a son of Mr. Thomas Davies, grocer. &c., Glyndyfrdwy-Col.- Sergt. Edward Davies, of the Liverpool Regiment. At the Wrexham County Police Court on Monday Henry Gillam, of Burton, near Rossett, was committed for trial at the assizes on a charge of having com- mitted perjury at an inquest at Rossett on New Year's Day. A labourer at the Wynnstay Collieries, Ruaboa, named John Richards, was on Monday afternoon fouud unconscious on the railway near the pit mouth, and died a few minutes afterwards. It is supposed that he fell from the top of the screens. In the Divorce Court on Friday the President (Sir E. Jeune) in the case of Wiiliams v. Williams and Roberts, all of Merionethshire, granted the petitioner a nisi for the dissolution of his marriage, with costs against both the respondent and co-respondent. Journalism in a beleaguered town is carried on under difficulties but it does a good deal to keep up the spirits of the besieged. Two papers, made by pen and stylographic process, are issued weekly in Lady- smith, and command a ready sale. They are called the BombshelllIDd Liar.
VOLUNTEER NEWS. An important order was issued on Wednesday night by the officer commanding Ruabon C. Company 1st V.B.R.W.F. (Lieut W. H. Ellis), whereby recruits to the Company will be enabled to drill at Rhosymedre, and not journey to Ruabon Armoury as hitherto. This convenience will undoubtedly act as an inducement to respectable young men to join the Company. It is intimated that those wishing to join are requested to give in their names to the Sergeant-Instructor at the National Schools, Rhosymedre, any Wednesday or Friday evening between 7 30 and 8 30 p.m. during the present month and February. Drills will commence at the National Schools, Rhosymedre, this (Friday) evening, and will be continued there every Wednesday and Friday evening until further notise.
At the fortnightly meeting of the Band of Hope connected with Rhosymedre Primitive Methodist Chapel, on Monday night, an excellent entertain- ment was given under the presidency of Mr. P. W. Jones (Rhosymedre). Two appreciable vocal solos were volunteered by Master Jones, Cefn Byehan, whilst the two vocal quartettes by Mrs. P. W. Jones and party met with considerable applause. A song by Mr. Samuel Lloyd. Rhosymedre, was followed by an item by Mr. George Jones (Cefn Mawr). During the proceedings an address on temperance matters was given by Mr. John Evans (Vroncys- sylltau.) The usual votes- of thanks having been accorded an enjoyable meeting terminated. Misses M. A. Hughes and Cissie Lloyd (Rhosymedre) acted as accompanists. The National Schools, Rhosymedre, were crowded to their utmost capacity on Friday evening, on the occasion of the distribution of prizes to the Sunday school scholars of St. John's Parish Church. Mr. E. Lloyd Joneii, J.P., C.C., Plas Issa, Rhosymedre, occupied the chair. Misses Marsh, Rhosymedre, having collaborated in an admirably executed pianoforte duet, an address followed by the chairman, who in eulogistic terms alluded to the excellent services in increase of membership, etc., rendered by Mr. John Mostyn as superintend- ent of the school. He had known him for several years and had always found in him a thoroughly earnest churchman and one whom he was certain was an equally good superintendent. Mr. Enoch Roberts was greeted with loud applause for his recitation, What the train brought," whilst creditable songs were volunteered by Mr. R. A. Jones, |Ruabon, and Mr. Edward Davies, Ruabon. Following these items a violin solo was given by Mr. J. W. Ellis, Ruabon, in commendable style. Mrs. J. W. Thomas, Vicarage, then responded to the request to distribute the prizes to the 46 successful scholars, which she did in extremely graceful manner. Eight special prizes, kindly given by Mr. E. Lloyd Jones, were awarded to W. H. Mostyn as best boy" in the sohool, Tunatt Owen, second prize Kate Bailey, best girl; Nellie Roberts, Lilian Holt and Rosa Roberts, the three best infants. In the Welsh section Mr. Edward Williams carried off the first prize. Mrs. Jones and Mr. E. Davies having favoured the audience with vocal items in appreciative style, the Rev. J. W. Thomas, M.A. (vicar), proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman, whom he characterized as one of the best men of the district, assisting geaerously in all local movements for the general welfare of the public. He was glad to know that the school was in such a flourishing condition and he earnestly trusted it would continue progressing. It needed no apology to pay a tribute to thsir energetic secretary Mr. W. LI. A. Gray, Newbridge, for organising the musical portion of the meeting. Mr. Mostyn seconded the motion with a few well- chosen remarks, and after further votes of thanks had been accorded the artistes and Mrs. Thomas for presenting the prizes a very pleasant evening terminated with the singing of the National Anthem, Miss Marsh accompanying. Mr. Sumnal, the treasurer, is also worthy of thanks. -+- The following adjudication of Mr. Emlyn Evans upon the singing of the Llangollen Male Voice Choir at Chester Eisteddfod last Boxing Day will no doubt be of interest to the supporters of the choir. In giving his adjudication Mr.. Emlyn Evans said that the 1st choir, viz., Llangollen, had given an intelligent rendering of the piece. The choir had gone into the spirit of the prayer, which had been beautifully sung. The ff. passages at the end were very well rendered, the intonation all through the piece being excellent. The voices were goed and showed intelligent training. Honest ork had been done by this choir, and on the whole rendering of the piece had been given. .r* -kmlyn Evans also writes as follows in reply to a letter of the choir secretary :—" I have nothing to add to what 1 publicly stated concerning the singing of your choir at Chester, but that I was pleased in every way with their performance vocally and intellectually, showing good training and mental grasp." The third meeting of the Soar (Calvinistic Methodist) Mutual Improvement Society, Glyn- ceiriog, took place in the vestry room yesterday evening week. There was a large attendance and a very successful meeting. Mr. John Williams. Wynne-terrace, ably presided, and the subject of the evening was which was the destructive agent war, or in temperance. Mr. Richard Jones, London House wrote an excellent paper on •' war." which in his unavoidable absence was read by Mr. J. T. Jones, B.A. and the evils of intemperence were vividly fortrayed by Mr. Edward Jones, London Howse. Both papers were of an instructive and interesting character, and were much appreciated, The following took part in the idebate Messrs. Edgar Foulkes; J. Foulkes Ellis, Plas Eivion J. D. Davies, New Shop David Jones Hughes, Maesyffynnon J. Thomas Morris, Hafodygynfa J. Thomas Jones B.A. John Giles, Coedyglyn, and David Jones, Rhospengwern. The voting as follows —For war as being most destructive, seven for "intemperance" thirty-five; neutral, eleven. On the proposition of the chairman a vote of sympathy was passed with Mr. Evan G. Jones in his illness. The usual vote of thanks to all who had taken part was given. 4
THE WAR. At a late hour on Tuesday night the War Office announced that no further news had been received from Sir Redvers Buller. A message from Capetown dated Saturday says there is good reason to believe that the statement of the "Natal Advertiser regarding the movement of troops in Natal is correct, and that important news may be expected shortly. From Durban there comes a report that that town is full of rumours of desper- ate fighting at the front, some of them of the wildest character. The censors at the front are stopping all the messages, and everything it is said, will be suppressed now until Gereral Buller has notified the result of his combined movement. Despatches received at Pretoria from the Boer headquarters before Ladysmith say that an ominous calm prevails at that town and along the Tugela. The attack on the Platrand Ridge on the 6th inst., one despatch states, is said to have been disastrous to the British, and Lady- smith appears to be in sore straits. A message sent from the invested town on the 8th inst., however, says the Boer losses must have been severe, and that over 90 were carried off Waggon Hill alone. The only information issued by the War Office on Wednesday with reference to the Militory operations in Natal was a brief message from Sir Redvers Buller announcing that on Monday one man was wounded in a reconnaissance near the Tugela river, and that another had succumbed to dysentery in the camp at Springfield Brigade. Late at night the War Office authorities stated that they had nothing further to communicate in reference to General Buller's movements. A despatch from Lord Roberts dated Capetown, Tuesday night, was issued yesterday by the War Office. The Commander-in-Chief states that on Monday the Boers made a determined attack upon General French's advanced post, but were repulsed. They left behind them 20 killed, and their wounded are estimated at not less than 50. Otherwise at the time of telegraphing there was no change in the situation. A demonstration in force was made on Tuesday from the camp at Modder River. Lord Methuen took out a divi- sion for the purpose of ascertaining the strength and disposition of the Boer forces and at the same time drawing them away from Kimberley, where they have been displaying great activity. The Boers were found to be in great strength, and it is also discovered that they were being reinforced from the direction of Jacobsdal. After the artillery had sent a number of shells into the Boer entrenchments Lord Methuen brought the troops back to camp. On the British side no cusualties were sustained. MONTGOMERYSHIRE YEOMANRY. The two squadrons of the Montgomery Yeo- manry raised for service inSouthAfrica are to serve in conjunction with the Denbighshire Hussars, the Pembroksbire Yoemanry, and the Lancashire Hussars. Some disappointment is felt that the squadrons do not go out with the first body, and Sir Watkin Wynn is making an effort to get them included. About 250 men are now mobi- listed at Newtown, and Welshpool; DENBIGHSHIRE YEOMANRY. There was a special parade of the Denbighshire Yeomanry who have volunteered for service in South Africa at Wrexham Barracks on Tuesday. The Lord Lieutenant (Colonel Cornwallis West) addressed the men. ninety-five in number, and wished them good luck. General Savage Mostyn and Colonels Howard and Parry were also present. The Denbighshire fund for supple- menting the Government allowance for equip- ment of the yoemanry and volunteers was materially increased at a meeting held at Wrex- ham on Wednesday and now amounts to £ 1,200. It is intended to provide a field gun for the Denbighshire Yeomanry, and give each yeoman a good field grass. MORE LETTERS FROM LLANGOLLEN MEN AT THE FRONT. We extraet the following from a letter written by Pte. Tom Ellis, lst B.R.W. Fusiliers, to his friend, Mr. Lloyd Andrew, Church-street .Vaults,- Llangollen, from Chevieley Camp, dated the 17th of December We have got to the thick of the fight now. which I daresay you know by the papers, but I will just give you a bit of my own experience of it. We started out at 3 a.m. on the 15th of December. We had an idea that the enemy was in a position on a hill a mile from us. Our Artillery and Naval Brigade had been shelling them for about two days previous, so we went out in skirmishing order, but we saw no sight of the enemy until we came close to them, and then they started firing at us like the very devils, and we could not see one of them, as they were all in trenches the bullets were dropping around us like rain. I was close by Hiram, and I say it was'nt very comfortable, so we kept on fighting for about nine hours and we were obliged to retire, for there was a big river between us and them, and we could not get at them only over a bridge, and they had some dynamite under it ready to blow it up at a moment's notice. But we shall be after their carcass again very soon another way. We bad 1,000 killed and wounded. Our. Artillery and Naval Brigade is still shelling their position, and they came out this morning with a flag of truce, but I don't know what we are going to do yet. We are very short of water, to make things worse. This is all the news this time, so give my best love to them all. Hiram's arm is bad, he is in the hospital." Private Hiram Evans, of the 1st B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (referred to above), in a letter to his friend, Mr. Robert Jones, skinner, Church-street, dated Pietermaritsberg, Dec. 22nd, says-" Just a few lines to let you know that I am still in the land of the living, but I must tell you that I am very lucky to be alive. I was in the Battle of Colenso on Friday last, when we lost a lot of men. It was nothing but murder. You can't call it a battle. They shot us down like a lot of sheep in a slaughter house, and we could not see them. We were about 500 yards away from the rocks they were in, but we could neither see the Boers nor their rifles, but the bullets were falling like hail- stones among us. I saw sixteen shot down in a 'ruck' close by me. It was a terrible sight. We had to cross a great big open plain without any cover, they having burnt all the grass, so as to make good targets of us. We lost a lot of men, a fact which I expect you have seen in the papers. Thank God when this thing is over. It is an awful thing to witness. But a braver lot of lads never was seen on a battle field They walked into it just the same as walking into a public house at home. With a smile on all their faces they met the Boers, and will meet them again before the year's out, and we will show them what the British Bulldog is made of." A rather amusing incident happened during the early part of the charge at Elandslaagte. Major Sampson (one of the organisers of the Natal Volun- teers) saw a. man lying down and ordered him to go on. He said he was perfectly willing to go on but tl. he was to paralysed with fear. The Major weut on and shortly afterwards the trooper charged past him yelling out Where are the Devils ? Let me get at them." Major Sampson asked him what the matter was, and the trooper showed him his moustaohe, and part of his upper lip, had been carried away by a bullet. He was in front of the charge the whole way.