COEWEN. ACCIDENT.—Whilst a man named Itob(et Jones was following his occupation at Penart) Quarry, on Monday week, a heavy stone feU upon his shoulder, inflicting severe injuries. We hear that he was attended by Dr. Jones, and gets on well. CONCERT.—On Thursday evening week a concert in aid of the family of Evan Jones, Hill- street, who has lately met with an accident, was given at the National School. Mr. R. Roberts (Eryr Alwen) conducted. The following were the artistes who gave their services on the occasion: Miss L. Williams, Miss Winnie Wood, Miss Anne J. Williams, Miss Lizzie Pavies, Mr. O. Roberts, Mr. Williams (Glyndy/rdwy), Mr. R. H. Davies, Mr. R. Williams, Mr. E. M. Jones, Mr. J. Hughes, and the Corwen and Penarth Glee Parties. Miss Appleton acted AS accompanist. Much praise is due to Mr. 0 Roberts for his exertions in getting up the concert for such a charitable purpose. A goodly sum was realised, as all the friends gave their services gratuitously. M MOLD. I HE DEPRESSION IN TIADE was the subject of a very thoughtful discussion on Tuesday week at the Literary Institute. There was a very large attendance, the room being inconveniently crowded. Mr. F. L. Lambert presided. During the debate Mr. E. Owens (Gas Works), Mr. W. G. Hanmer, and Mr. John Pigford (Oak Pit Colliery) read papers. Short addresses were also delivered by the Rev. D. B, Hooke, Mr. F. L. Lambert, and Mr. Joseph Eaton. After thanks had been voted to the essayist, Mr. F. T. Smith promised to open next week's debate. RUTHIN. A VOTE OF CENSURE ON THE MAYOR.—On Monday, a meeting was held of the town council of Ruthin, in which the public took much interest. The seven gentlemen voting against Mr. Louis as mayor, indignant at the language he used about them, sent him a requisition to call a special meeting, at which his conduct and language should be discussed. He then called such a meeting for February, 1879. The members on Monday called a special meeting of the council, at which eight members were present. The mayor not attending, Mr. D. E. Davies presided, and stated that every effort had been made to induce the mayor to withdraw the terms he had used, but he refused to do so.—Mr. Hugh Jones produced a list of some of the offensive remarks applied by the mayor to them, such as "Hold your tongue," "Shut your mouth." If that was not Billingsgate, he did not know what was. He bad threatened to send for a policeman to turn one member out; another he said was "Like dust before his eyes:" one of the most clear-headed members he called "a broken reed;" another member the mayor actually called an impudent scoundrel," and the seven that opposed his re-election he had denominated "an unscrupulous, ignorant, obstructive lot." Such was the language of their mayor, with a great deal more of the same and worse kind, such as saying to members "You are a liar;" "That's lie number two," and so on. He had only been elected by mere accident, and instead of his arrogance he ought to be quiet, behave himself, and be thankful that he was in the chair at all. (Applause.) He proposed That, the mayor not having apologised for his insulting and undignified language, this meeting expresses disapproval of his language and conduct, and considers it highly censurable; such resolution to be entered on the minutes."—Mr. William Edwards seconded and Mr. T. P. Roberts supported the motion.—The motion was carried by an unanimous show of hands, and placed on the minutes.-Liverpool Mercury. LLANRWST. A TEAM OF HORSES FORCING A TOLL BAR.—A few weeks back, two bars with a chain were placed on the road by Gwydir Castle, within about a quarter of a mile of this town; and above the bar was a large board enumerating the tolls charged for passing through, and at the bottom was the name of Mr. Owen Jones, clerk of the old Carnarvonshire turnpike trust. The bar was intended to catch carriages going to Llanrwst from the direction of Bettwsycoed. Several persons objected to pay; and one day a team belonging to the Llanrwst lead mine (Capt Knapp's) came up, and not being allowed to pass through, the horses were attached to the chain placed across the road, and the bar was forced. Several others refused to pay, and among them a magistrate of the county. It appears that, before a new bar can be placed across a road, a fourteen days' notice of the same must be placed on every turnpike belonging to the trust. This was not done in the present instance, and hence the objection to pay. It appears that the magistrates of the county are the trustees of the road. Some of those who have been compelled to pay toll threaten to sue the trustees. It will be rather awkward for the magistrates to be summoned before themselves!
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MR. AND MRS. THEODORE MARTIN AT HOME. At Braich-y- Gwynt-the elbow of the wind,' a spur of Bryn-Tysilio—the nest of the Martins, as their many friends love to call it, clings to the hill- side amid ashes and other shrubs of constitution robust enough to withstand the wind aforesaid, which, when in the humour, roars lustily round the pretty house built in defiance of it, and, as if to show what it could do if it liked, lifts a few standard rose-trees out of the ground, and whisks them away towards Llangollen, or over the hill to Capt. Best's garden at Plas-yn-Vivod, or down to the abbey of Valle Crucis, or into the Dee itself, rushing past with angry hiss as Bala Lake pours its mass of waters into its narrow and rocky bed. Pretty, with its verandahs overhung with rose and jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle, Braich-y-Gwynt is one of those modest structures which conceal, behind the pretence of a cottage, the substantial comfort and elegance of a country house. From the velvet lawn, spread before the principal front, a magnificent scene is beheld. On every side rise great hills, wooded at the base, clothed with rough pasture at a higher level, and capped with purple heather. Climbing to the brown herbage are huge patches of golden gorse; above drift the ever- changing cloud and mist which give the charm of variety to Welsh scenery; below, the eye plunges into the well-wooded gorge of the Dee, with its quiet canal jogging along, cheek by jowl, with it, like plodding merit by the side of brilliant uselessness. It is now several years since the famous colleague of Professor Aytoun discovered, in the course of his professional experience, the upper valley of the Dee, and pitched upon Braich-y-Gwynt as the perfection of a summer residence. Be it well understood that, when we speak of professional experience, we refer not to the profession of literature. Concerned in fighting railway and other cases-first as a solicitor at Edinburgh, and then before Committees of the House of Commons —Mr. Theodore Martin is one of those fortunate authors who have used the pen rather as a wand to charm than a staff to lean upon, and is thankful that his fate has been as it is. His numerous and admirable works in prose and verse have been written, as the late Sir Arthur Helps somewhat unnecessarily said of his own essays, in the intervals of business.' Whatever rank may be assigned by posterity to the smooth, sparkling, original verse of Theodore Martin, and his truthful and musical rendering of Goethe and Schiller, Horace, Catullus, and, last of all, Heine, nothing is more certain than that work of this kind is really relaxation to him after a hard fight at Westminster. Some of his best translations, such as the Fight with the Dragon,' were struck off at a heat, finished, and sent away in one evening. He has a theory that verse composition should be done in this way that the writer should master his subject, and decide upon his treatment, and that then the production should be both easy and rapid. At an early age he displayed that inventive faculty which makes literature possible as amusement rather than drudgery. After some preliminary skirmishing in various magazines, he shared with the late Professor Aytoun the glory of the < Glenmutchkin Railway.' It is at least possible that he supplied Aytoun with the backbone of his extraordinary lampoom but it is certain that he invented the curious list of dramatis personw—the Factor of Glentumblers, the Captain McAlcohol, and the rest, which remain in the memory when the details of the Glenmutchkin speculation have passed away. About the same time he collaborated with Aytoun in the production of the famous ballads since collected and republished under the name of Bon Gaultier.' There are incidents in the history of these ballads not undeserving a place in literary archives. Among the most successful of the series were the so-called American ballads, including the Lay of Mr. Colt,' the Alabama Duel,' the Scene in Congress,' and the American's Apostrophe to Boz.' With that generous freedom in dealing with other people's property for which American publishers are celebrated, these ballads went the round,' as it is called, of the American press (of course without acknowledgment), as they appeared in Bentley's Miscellany from time to time. When they were collected and republished as Bon Gaultier's Booh of Ballads, sundry not very well-informed American scribes denounced John Bull as a plagiarist in culling the choicest flowers of Transatlantic humour. Nothing funnier than this can be found in the CnriosiUcs of Literature. Of this (the Edinburgh) part of his career, before Mr. Martin decided to burn his ships and plunge into the greater world of London,he always speaks with the utmost tenderness. He is never tired of singing the praises of Professor Wilson, as he appeared in his real flesh and spirit, as distinguished from the fantastic reveller, on paper, called Christopher North. Nor are his recollections of Aytoun less tinged with that feeling which springs from reverence for intellectual qualities and personal affection. In explanation of his dual existence, legal and literary, Mr. Theodore Martin ascribes his ability to make a fortune at one and achieve fame with the other to his habit of never wasting any time. Whether in Onslow-square or at Braich-y-Gwynt, he is awake and at work by six in the morning. In his Welsh home his own" den" is a compound of bedroom, sitting-room, and library-a spacious apartment looking on the great purple hills, and fitted within with a small artillery train of books of reference. In one corner is a fine old desk, inlaid with various woods, an escritoire, retained rather for intrinsic beauty than use, the actual work-table being in the centre of the room-a flat writing table encumbered with a mass of papers of all kinds, and just now with every kind of work bearing, directly or indirectly, upon the career of the late Prince Consort, whose life Mr. Martin is engaged in writing. Opposite the armchair of the author is a fine impression of Hogarth's portrait of himself, and on an elegant side table stands another curiosity, a mirror with silver frame and stand, once the property of Lola Montez. Side by side are ranged tin boxes filled with the correspondence of the Prince Consort with kings and kaisers, princes and potentates, friends and confidential advisers. It is well-known that in writing the Life of Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha the first object of the author, after accepting an at first by no means welcome task, was to obtain permission to allow as long a period as might be to elapse before the appearance of the first volume. Only undertaken at the express command of the Queen, the work of arranging and extracting the essence from the enormous mass of manuscript and printed matter placed in his hands has been made pleasant by the freedom allowed him in dealing with it. Still the difficulty of treating of events in which hundreds of living persons have been actively concerned is great, and has retarded the completion of the work very considerably. The freedom to express unreservedly his own opinion also, while raising the author to the position of an historian as distinguished from that of a court historiographer, has materially increased his responsibility. By dint of severe application Mr. Theodore Martin hopes to complete his thorny task very shortly; but whether one or two volumes will be required can hardly be calculated at present. From six in the morning till four in the afternoon he works resolutely away, allowing himself but a short interval for breakfast and none for luncheon, holding the latter to be a treacherous meal, wasting much time in itself, and involving further waste afterwards.' At four o'clock the working day is over, and Mr. Theodore Martin seizes his stick and walks over the hills at a good smart pace for two or three hours; after which a dawdle and chat on the lawn, the favourite resort of wild-birds and squirrels, which are as stringently preserved as furred and feathered game on larger estates than the mountain-home of the Martins. As the master of the house walks with quick firm step up and down the gravel walk between the rosebushes, his long hair and velvet jacket blown hither and thither by the wind, there appears suddenly a lady, tall and graceful, with features concealed by a blue veil depending from a very wind-defying looking hat. Arrayed for a mountain stroll, in a quaint,simple country dress,Mrs. Theodore Martin hardly recalls the elegant hostess of Onslow-square, whose toilettes excite other feelings than love and sympathy in the average feminine bosom. But there is no doubt about the voice, the organ of extreme sweetness and marvellous penetrating power with which Helen Faucit held her audience spellbound. The Alpine stick is the staff of Rosalind after all, the voice is the voice of Imogen, the manner is that combination of perfect sweetness and self-possession which made Helen Faucit the cynosure of the brilliant society which clustered round kindly old Sir Archibald Alison. Mrs. Theodore Martin is eloquent in praise of the land of Jenny Jones for whom she evidently cares more than for the celebrated ladies of Llangollen,' who were hardly prophetesses in their own valley. It need hardly be said that Mrs. Theodore Martin is beloved and appreciated far beyond the breezy range of Bryn-Tysilio and that when she gives her annual reading for the local hospital, all persons having the slightest pretence to culture, and dwelling within a radius of twenty miles, crowd to Llangollen to enjoy one of those renderings of Shakespeare which present the net result of severe thought, wide reading, scholarly appreciativeness, and dramatic experience, tempered by a certain tender womanliness of infinite charm. When in the height of her brilliant and, for the public and the best interests of the drama, far too short professional career, Helen Faucit set a notable example to her colleagues. Far from confining her attention to the part which she was to enact, she invariably studied the whole play, and made herself mistress of all the shades of character portrayed by the author. So perfect was and is her knowledge of several of Shakespeare's dramas, notably As You Like It and Cymbeline, that a provincial company acting with her for a few days became inspired with new life. She still continues her study of Shakespeare, reading and thinking constantly in the endeavour to grasp every subtle train of thought. Her husband and friends naturally ask her to put the result of her Shakespearian studies upon paper, and give the world the benefit of them. The answer is that the art dramatic, by which alone the more delicate shades of feeling can be rendered, cannot be taught by book, that the role of the instructress is not exactly that of the writer. Without precisely striving to prevent his wife from either acting, teaching, or*writing, Mr. Theodore Martin deprecates extraordinary exertion on her part. Of the true emotional fibre of which great actresses are made, and which is revealed in every tone of the vibrating voice that, without apparent effort, fills every part of a great theatre by virtue of its quality, Mrs. Theodore Martin cannot act or even read without passing through a phase of excitement which at times affects her health seriously. Macready, an old actor saturated with tradition, was horrified at the spontaneity of Helen Faucit's acting, and told her, in pretty round terms too, not to commit the blunder of becoming excited, and forgetting her own individuality in that of the personage she represented. It was all in vain the sympathetic nature, like the voice, vibrated with passion, and affected English audiences as they have never been affected since. Mrs. Theodore Martin is especially fond of Braich-y-Gwynt, and insists that Welsh weather is unjustly given a bad name that rain is rare, as it should be, in the 'wind's elbow;' that Welsh scenery is more beautiful, that Welsh grouse are heavier, than any other. It is this preponderance of properly-tempered enthusiasm which gives Mrs. Martin's character its peculiar charm. Entirely sympathetic, ever ready to enter at any moment into the hopes and fears, aspirations and dis- appointments of others, there is in her finely-strung temperament no tendency either to what is vulgarly called' gush' on the one hand, or affected indifference on the other. In her surroundings her worship of the beautiful is agreeably apparent. Braich-y- Gwynt, outside a cottage with bushy creepers and avalanches of blossoms, is within an Italian house, deliciously cool in disposition and decoration. The central hall, in which the ceremony of kettledrum is usually performed, is beautifully light and airy in its scheme of colour, the motive of which is carried through the entire building. Neither few nor far between are disposed gems of art. In the hall is a copy of Foley's bust of Miss Helen Faucit, decked every day with the rose which forms the solitary floral ornament of the living model. In the cottage morning-room are two groups, modelled by the same sculptor, as they came from his hand-one of Lear and Cordelia, the other of Prospero and Miranda. This pleasant apartment is also decked with a charming picture by Caffieri of a girl in a studio; with an engraving by Hall of Lehmann's portrait of the hostess, the original of which is at Onslow-square with drawings by Williamson, and others by Cotman. In the little library hard by -furnished with a marvellously-selected store of books, and which serves as a writing-room for studious guests-hang rare engravings, drawn from copious portfolios, portraits of Machiavelli, Petrarch, Michelangelo, a fine Milton cut from his History of England, and a beautiful Erasmus. In the drawing and dining-rooms are beautiful pedestals of satin- wood, exquisitely painted-in medallions, and, so far as the painting is concerned, as fresh as if they had left the atelier yesterday, while the wood has the beautiful tone only acquired by age. On the airy stair-case, decorated in cool half-tones, are busts by Flaxman, and two wonderful Gudins-one all sun and light, and the other all wind and storm, with a wreck wildly tossed in the ocean caldron. Mrs. Theodore Martin's own rooms are also decked with dainty gems of painting and engraving a delicious portrait of Madame Vigee Lebrun, the female analogue of Greuze-the artist-wife of a ruthless husband,as he was the artist-husband of a treacherous and troublesome but jolie pa?fumeu.se. In a favourite nook-like unto Thackeray's corner' at Onslow-square—are the choice gems of painting beloved by the great satirist, the work of Duverger. Mrs. Theodore Martin reveres everything connected with the memory of Thackeray, of whom she possesses several memorials but of all the treasures in her possession, few excite more jealousy than the costly jewels presented her by the Queen, and more than these a certain Birthday Book, also the gift of her Majesty, and inscribed with the authographs of her children and grandchildren- roundhand signatures written by chubby baby- hands. Braich-y-Gwynt-filled with an atmosphere of culture and refinement, and famous for its elegant hospitality-is never without guests, literary, artistic, and scientific. Of the latter world great luminaries are not unfrequent; and it is pleasant to hear Professor Adams tell how, when the Queen expressed her delight at Alice in Wonderland, and hoped she might have any other books written by the same delightful author,' Mr. Dodson (Lewis Carroll), an eminent mathematician, hastened to submit to her Majesty his standard work, Dodson on Determinants.
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PARLIAMENT. Parliament was opened, as stated in our last, on Thursday by commission. The royal commis- sioners took their seats in the House of Lords at two o'clock. Immediately after, the Commons were summoned, and the royal speech was read by the Lord Chancellor. The sitting was then suspended till five o'clock. On the Lords reassembling, Lord Cranbrook gave notice that on Monday he will move that the revenues of India be applied to defray all the expenses of the Afghan expedition incurred by operations beyond the Indian frontier. The address in reply to the speech from the throne was moved by Lord Ravensworth, and seconded by Lord Inchiquin, whose speeches were mainly devoted to defending the policy of the Government in declaring war against the Ameer of Afghanistan. Lord Gran- ville prefaced his criticism of the Government's Afghan policy with the announcement that he did not intend to move an amendment to the motion, because the short time the Central Asian despatches had been in the hands of their lord- ships prevented the full discussion of them. Lord Cranbrook followed, and he seized the earliest opportunity of taking upon himself the whole responsibility of the despatch to Lord Lytto.n, which had been so adversely criticised, asserting that if he had to write the paragraph again, which had been so much complained of, he would re-write it in the same sense. Earl Grey moved an amendment to the address expressing sorrow at the great calamity of a war with Afghanistan, and regret that Parliament had not been summoned earlier. After a prolonged debate, the amendment was negatived without a division. The House of Commons met for the transaction of business at four o'clock in the afternoon. New writs were issued for Maldon and for Bristol. Mr. E. Stanhope gave notice of a resolution asking the consent of the house that the Indian revenues may be applied for the expenses of the military operations in Afghanistan. Mr. Fawcett intimated that he should oppose it. Among the bills of which notice was given were the follow- ing :—Mr. Balfour and Mr. O. Morgan, for the amendment of the burial laws Sir W. Lawson, the permissive bill; Mr. Chamberlain, to extend the hours of polling in boroughs; Dr. Cameron, to amend the law as to jointstock banks; Mr. Stevenson, to amend the law as to Sunday closing of public houses in England and Wales; Mr. Burt, to extend the Employers and Workmen Act to seamen; and Mr. Rathbone, to remove disqualification on account of medical relief. Lord Castlereagh moved, and Mr. Hall seconded, the address in reply to the speech from the throne. The Marquis of Hartington and Mr. Gladstone having indicated the course of the Opposition, and offered some criticisms, the Chancellor of the Exchequer replied. In the House of Lords, on Friday, it was officially announced that the Lord Chancellor had been created an earl, his new title being Earl Cairns. Notice was given that on Monday Lord Halifax will move an amendment to the India Secretary's resolution as to the cost of the Afghan war, the motion in effect proposing a vote of censure on the Government for declaring war. In the House of Commons, Mr. Gladstone presented a petition from various denominations of dissenting ministers expressing dissatisfaction with the Afghanistan war, calling upon the house to vindicate the constitutional rights of Parliament, and to secure an honourable and lasting peace. Mr. Whitbread (amid Opposition cheers) gave notice of his intention to move, at the earliest opportunity, "That this house dis- approves of the conduct of her Majesty's Govern- ment. which has resulted in war with Afghanis- tan." Mr. Chamberlain gave notice that, when Mr. Whitbread's resolution was proposed, he should move to add to it "That this house regrets that in the present instance the consent of the nation, through its representatives, was not obtained before war was declared, and that the Government withheld from the public until after the declaration of war the papers which would have enabled a correct opinion to be formed as to its justice or necessity." Several bills by private members were read a first time. Mr. Monk obtained leave to bring in his Conse- cration of Churchyards Act Amendment Bill, which Mr. Osborne Morgan characterised as "the worst he had seen;" while Mr. B. Hope said Mr. Balfour's Burials Bill would add infinite con- fusion to a question which was already infinitely confounded. In the House of Lords, on Monday, Lord Cranbrook moved for the consent of their lordships to the revenues of India being applied to defray the expenses of such military operations against the Ameer of Afghanistan as may be carried on beyond the Indian frontier. In the House of Commons, Mr. E. Jenkins gave notice of the following ameudment:—" That this house, whilst congratulating her Majesty's Government on the satisfactory assurance in her speech from the throne with respect to the Berlin Treaty, and whilst approving of the resolution of the Government to guard against the extension of any foreign Power in such a banner as to menace the safety or interests of the empire, records its regret that the Govern- ment should have engaged in a war with Afghanistan without due regard to the con- stitutional privileges of Parliament, but reserves its privilege of reviewing the policy of the Government until its results have more fully developed." The Chancellor of the Exchequer said the Government had been informed by Count Schouvaloff that the Russiau mission to Cabul, which was stated to be one of simple cOurtesy, had left Cabul, and they had heard from other sources that it had departed for Europe. Mr. Whitbread then proceeded to move the resolution of which he had given notice- That this house disapproves of the couduct of her Majesty's Government, which has resulted in war with Afghanistan." He was followed on behalf of the Government by Mr. E. Stanhope, and the debate was adjourned on the motion of Lord John Manners. The debate in the House of Lords on the Policy of the Government in declaring war against -Afghanistan was resumed on Tuesday by Earl Grey, whose adverse criticism was replied to by the Lord Chancellor. Lord Selborne followed. The next speakers were Lord Houghton for the Government, the Marquis of Bath against, the Earl of Jersey for, the Marquis of Ripon against, Lord Middleton for, and Lord North brook against. In the House of Commons, Lord John Manners resumed the adjourned debate on Mr. Whitbread's resolution. Mr. Gladstone spoke next, utterly demolishing the assumed trustworthiness of the Afghan papers, and trenchantly attacking the Afghan policy of the Government. He was followed by Sir R. Peel, Mr. Leatham, and other speakers, the debate being adjourned, on the motion of Mr. Grant Duff, to Thursday last.
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1 THE AFGHAN' WAR. MONDAY. The reply of the Ameer to the Viceroy has arrived. It is dated November 19th, and is couched in conciliatory terms. He declares that no enmity exists between Afghanistan and the British Government, that he desires to resume the former friendly relations, and that he would not resist the visit of a small temporary mission to his capital. Reuter's Lahore correspondent says it is stated in official circles there that the letter, though dated November 19th, must really have been written later, as it did not reach Dakka till the 30th ult.. The Ameer, on the other hand, is said to have explained that his envoy with the reply reached the Khyber Pass on the 21st ultimo, but hearing cannonading he turned back. At whatever date the letter may have been written, it must now be apparent to the Ameer that he is engaged in a hopeless struggle, and it is to be desired that he will not be pressed too hard in the settlement of the terms of peace. The great services rendered to England and India at the time of the Indian mutiny by Dost Mahomed, the father of the present Ameer, give his son a claim to considerable gratitude on our part, and it must not be forgotten that Shere Ali himself was quite disposed to be the devoted friend of England until he really feared that we were about to desert him and to leave him at the mercy of the Russians.
TESTING THE NEW STEAM FIRE ENGINE. On Saturday afternoon, at Blackpool, a Merry- weather steam fire engine was publicly tested, previous to purchase by the Corporation. The display took place in Talbot-square, in presence of most of the members of the Council and a large number of spectators. Shortly after three o'clock Alderman McNaughtan ordered the boiler to be filled with cold water, and the signal was immediately afterwards given to light the fire. The fire was lit at four-and-a-half minutes past three, and three minutes later the gauge recorded a pressure of five pounds on the boiler. In other three minutes the record showed 20 pounds, and with each succeeding thirty seconds 10 pounds were added. In about 8t minutes from the time of lighting the fire the pressure upon the boiler was 100 pounds, and a jet of water was thrown over the Clifton Arms Hotel (about 85 feet). Streams of water were projected from two f-inch nozzles to an equal 4 height, and four 5-8 jets were displayed to equal advantage. A 1t-inch jet, the largest size, was next exhibited. Water was thrown to a con- siderable height at the rate of 360 gallons a minute. This test afforded much satisfaction to the Fire Brigade Committee. The water was pumped from the salt water main, and was heavily charged with sand. The engine was afterwards taken in charge by Messrs. Merryweather's representative engineer, Mr. W. Page, C.E., and taken to the Fire Brigade station. It was there critically examined by several members of the Council, and the valves were found to be in the same condition as when the engine commenced to work. It was clearly demonstrated that Messrs. Merryweather's engine is capable of doing splendid work with salt water. So far as this point is concerned, however, we believe that the engines of this firm are used in Her Majesty's dockyards at Woolwich and Plymouth. While the work of raising the Eurydice was being carried out two small engines from Plymouth Dockyard were brought into requisition. They were fixed on the old frigates Pearl and Rinaldo, and during the three months the raising operations were in progress they pumped millions of gallons of salt water. The engiue that was tested on Saturday is afac-simile of the "Hamilton," winner of the gold medal at the Vienna Exhibition in 1873, and which is now one of tho three steamers in the possession of the Liverpool Fire Brigade. A similarly constructed engine was awarded the gold medal at the Paris Exhibition in 1867. The Council have decided to purchase the engine of Messrs. Merryweather.
ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ROBBERY OF £300. A daring highway robbery and attempted murder was committed about a mile and a half from Brierley Hill, Staffordshire, on Friday afternoon. About three o'clock a clerk employed at Messrs. Hill and Smith's ironworks was walking from the bank at Dudley, with £300 for the next day's wages, when he was shot in the back of the head and robbed of the money. He is not expected to recover. A man has been arrested with the money and a pistol in his possession.
TRADE GRIEVANCES. There are at the present moment very few trades in this country that have not some grievance—indeed, some trades enjoy several grievances. The nail trade is no exception but the odd thing is that the grievance of which it is complaining has arisen not from its depression but from its briskness. It appears that in Sedgley and the adjoining districts, while other trades are dull the nail trade is exceptionally flourishing, and the consequence is that persons belonging to "depressed" occupations have taken to nail-making at night and during their leisure hours, with the object of making some slight addition to their diminished incomes. These outsiders," as they are termed, are in the habit of applying to nail manufacturers for the iron necessary for making nails while the depression lasts, and in many instances their applications have been complied with. The course adopted by the employers in thus helping the outsiders has, however, given oifeace to the legitimate nail-makers, who maintain that the trade is injuriously affected by it. The nail- makers of Sedgley have accordingly notified to the employers that they will be compelled to cease from labour altogether unless steps are taken to prevent inexperienced persons from competing with them. If, however, the in- experienced persons can make as good nails as their experienced rivals, it seems hard that they should be denied the opportunity of earning an honest penny in the hour of need.-Pall Mall Gazette.
AN ATTACK ON MR. GLADSTONE. The annual banquet of the Nottingham and Notts Liberal Club was held on Wednesday evening in the club premises, Thurland-street, Nottingham, under the presidency of the Duke of St. Albans. His grace was supported by Mr. Samuel Morley, M.P., Mr. Ralph Bernal Osborne, Colonel Seely, Mr. Arnold Morley and others. Mr. Bernal Osborne, in proposing "The Lords and Commons," attributed the present condition of the Liberal party to mismanagement. No one could equal Mr. Gladstone in ability; but unfortunately, he was given to excitability. His ability, no doubt, was enormous, but as an inde- pendent observer, he (Mr. Osborne) questioned his judgment, for, after landing the Liberal party z, in a morass of difficulty, he bade them adieu and said he required repose. He would rejoice to see the right honourable gentleman in power, beeause he thought the responsibilities would curtail his super-abuudaat energies. His conduct since 1874 had been most perplexing. He then sought repose, but subsequently he had run a muck of politics, magazines, and postcards. Lord Hartington was a stout-hearted Liberal, and a sound-headed statesman, but it was a fact that a section of the Liberals would not follow him. Referring to the Afghan war, Mr. Osborne said it was the inevitable result of the scheming of Russia. The Ameer was nothing better than a robber chief,, ruling over a robber clan. He thought the debate in the Lords unworthy of the occasion, and Mr. Gladstone's Greenwich speech quite uncalled for.—Mr. Samuel Morley after- wards vindicated the action of Mr. Gladstone.
[CENTRAL NEWS TELEGRAMS.] LLANGOLLEN ADVERTISER OFFICE, Thursday Evening. The Bank rate is unaltered. Edward Madden was charged at the Bow-street Police Court, to-day, with sending letters threatening the life of the Queen, and remanded for one week for the translation of the letters, which are written in French, to be laid before the court. The threat was understood to be in connection with a demand for money and a visit to Balmoral to charge the Government. A Cabinet Council was held, to-day, all the ministers being present. The Princess Alice passed quieter last night' but was sleepless. The fever had somewhat diminished, yet the membrane was extended.
THE MARKETS. LLANGOLLEN, SATURDAY.—The quotations were as follow:— s. d. s. d. White whea,t (per 751b. bush.) 6 0 to 6 9 Red wheat 5 10 to 6 5 Malting barley 5 3 to 5 8 Grinding do. 5 0 to 5 6 Oats (per 33 quarts) 3 6 to 4 6 Beef (per lb.) 0 8 to 0 11 Veal ditto 0 8 to 0 10 Mutton ditto 0 8 to 0 9t 2 Pork ditto 0 7 to 0 8 Lamb (per lb.) 0 8 to 0 9t Rabbits ditto 1 2 to 1 3 Fowls (per couple) 3 0 to 4 0 Ducks ditto 0 0 to 5 0 Soles (per lb.) 1 0 to 1 2 Cods ditto 0 4 to 0 6 Plaice ditto 0 0 to 0 4 Potatoes (per measure). 3 6 to 4 0 Apples (per hundred) 3 6 to 6 0 Butter (per lb.) 1 3 to 1 4 Eggs 10 to 12 for 1 0 Onions (per lb.) 0 0 to 0 11 LIVERPOOL CORN, TUESDAY. Only a limited trade was done in wheat, and prices were again in buyers' favour, the reduction being Id. to 2d. for white, and about 2d. per cental for red. Flour flat. Beans 6d. cheaper. Indian corn in moderate demand, generally at 3d. per quarter decline since Friday, but quotations towards the close showed increased weakness, at 23s. 3d. to 23s. 6d. per quarter. for mixed. OSWESTRY, WEDNESDAY.—Whita wheat, 6s.0d. to 6s. 9d.; red wheat, 5s. 101. to 6 s. 5i.; barley, 5s. 3d to 53. 81.; oats, 3s. 6d. to 43. 6d. potatoes, 16 lbs. to 18 lbs. for a shilling butter, Is, 2d. to Is. 3d. per lb.; eggs, 8 to 9 for a shilling; fowls., 3s. 6d. to 4s. 6d. per couple ducks, 4s. 6d. to 6a. OJ; per couple. NEWTOWN, TUESDAY—Wheat, Os. Od. to -0s. Od barley, Os. Od. to Os. Od.; oats, OOs. Od. to OOs. Od. per bag eggs, 00 to 8 for a shilling; butter Is. 3d. to Is. 4d. per lb.; fowls, 3s. 6d. to 4s. Od. per couple; ducks, 4s. 6d. to 5s. Od. per couple; geese, 5s. 3d. to 5s. 9d. each; potatoes, 7 lbs. for sixpence; beef, lOd. to Is. per lb. mutton, Od. to lOd.: veal, 9d. to 10d.; lamb, Od. to 00d.; pork, Od. to 7d. ELLESMERE, TUESDAY —Wheat, 6s. Od. to 63. 9d.;barley,5s. 3d. to 5s. 6d.; oats, Os .Od. to Os. Od.;eggs. 0 to 0 for a shilling; butter, 1-. 51. to Is. 8d. per dish of 21 oz. ducks, 4s. 01. to 63. Od. per couple; cowls, 3s. Od. to 53. 61.; geese, Od. to OOd. per lb.; potatoes, 0s. Od. to 0s. 01. per bushel. WREXHAM, THURSDAY.—Wheat, 6s. 01. to 6^. Sd. per bushel barley, 4s. 01. to 5s. 9 L; oats, 3s. 21. to 3s. 10d.; butter, Is. 2d. to Is. 3d. per 18 oz.; eggs 0 to 6 for a shilling fowls, 3s. 01. to 4s. 6d. per couple; ducks. 4s.0d.to 5s. Od.; geese, Os. 9d. to Os. 101. per lb.; potatoes, 3s. Od. to 3s. 3d. per 120 lbs.
Births, Marriages, & Deaths. BIRTHS. Dec. 12th, the wife of Mr. Charles Roberts, Ty-du, near Llangollen, of a daughter. Dec. 10th, at the Cottams, Morda, near Oswestry, the wife of LI. W. Roberts, of a daughter. MARRIAGES. Dec. 6th, at the Welsh Congregational Church, Wrexham, by the Rev. D. Roberts, Mr. E. B. Jones, Post-office, Glyndyfrdwy, to Miss Jennet Jones, Efenechtvd. Llantysilio. kJ .T lU DEATHS. Dec. 10th, aged 73 years, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Mr. Edward Jones, Pengwern-square, Llan. gollen. The funeral will take place on Saturday, at three o'clock. Dec. 9th, aged 69 years, Mr. Richard Jones, Queen Inn (late tailor and draper), Llangollen. Dec. 6th, aged 82 years, Mr. John Jenkins, Church. street, Llangollen. Dec. 6th, aged 59, at Fine View, Llangollen, Miss Gwen Roberts. Dec. 7th, aged 57, Mr. Thomas Bourne, Brickyard, Four Crosses, Llanfair Caereinion. Dec. 9th, aged 83, Elizabeth, widow of John Evans, Brynhyfryd, Llanfair Caereinion. Dec. 3rd, aged 22, at Great Oak-street, Llanidloes, John Jones, miner. Dec. 5th, aged 81, Richard Kneshaw, Esq., of Pen- maenmawr, a deputy-lieutenant for Carnarvonshire. Dec. 5th, aged 79, at Goginan, T. O. Morgan, Esq., formerly of Aberystwyth. Deo. Sth, aged 25, at Carlton Villa, Santley-road, Wrexham, the wife of Mr. William Samuels, builder.
The Good Templars of Wales are in favour of the introduction -into Parliament of a bill for prohibiting the sale of intoxicating drinks on Sunday in Wales, and are about to resort to the expedient of making a complete cauvass of every parliamentary voter, to ascertain his opinion either in favour or against the project, with a view to supporting the passing of such a measure through the House of Commons.
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