LOCAL & DISTRICT NEWS. LLANGOLLEN. RELIGIOUS SERVICES AND PREACHERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY.—At the Parish Church, Matins at 10 30 a.m., Litany and children's service at 3 15 p.m., and Evensong at 6 p.m.; and at St. John's(Welsh) Church (Abbey-road), sermons at 10 30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; clergymen, Rev. E. R. James, B.D., vicar, the Rev. R. Bowcott, B.A., Rev. Th. LI. Williams, M.A., and the Rev. R. Ellis, LL.D., curates.-English Baptist Chapel (Penybryn): sermons at 10 30 a.m. and 6 p.m., by the Rev. James Williams, pastor.—English Wesleyan Chapel (Market-street): sermons at 11 15 a.m. and 6 p.m., by the Rev. E. Evans, Wrexham, —Welsh Wesleyan Chapel: the Rev. R. Jones, Cefn, will preach at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.— Congregational Chapel (Church-street): sermons at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., by the Rev. Thomas Davies, Llandrillo.—Welsh Baptist Chapel: the Rev. D. Williams, pastor, will preach at 9 30 a.m. and 6 p.m.-Calvinistic Methodist Chapel: sermons at 9 30 a.m. and 6 p.m., by the Rev. W. H. Jones.M.A.,Shrewsbury.—Penllyn Mission Room: the Rev. J. T. Jones, Llan. uwchllyn, will preach at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. THE RIGHT HON. GEORGE OSBORNE MORGAN, Judge Advocate General, will take the chair at the annual meeting of the Welsh branch of the London City Mission. It will be held at the hall of the Young Men's Christian Association, Aldersgate-street, on the 26th instant. Madame Martha Harris and others are expected to sing, and several Welsh Nonconformist ministers have promised to speak. THE PROPOSED ALTERATION IN THE VAGRANCY LAWS.—With a view to diminish vagrancy Mr. Pell, M.P., proposes to change the present system as to the reception of "casuals," and to make it a condition of his admission into a Work. house that he shall not be discharged without reasonable notice being given-an appearance of the pauper before the Board of Guardians being made a necessary preliminary to such notice. Moreover, if anyone, for the purpose of obtaining relief from a Board of Guardians, gives a false name or makes a false statement, the Bill would make him an idle and disorderly person and on a second offence, "a rogue and a vagabond." FREEMASONRY IN WALES.—By order of Brother Sir W. W. Wynn, Bart., M.P., the P.G.M., a grand lodge of the Province of North Wales and Shropshire was held on the 20th instant, at Bangor, in connection with the opening of the Masonic Hall, which has been erected from the designs of Mr. Asahel Bell, Manchester. The last occasion of holding a grand lodge in Bangor was five years ago, in connection with the bi-centenary jubilee of the St. David's Lodge, which is one of the oldest lodges in the principality. As a mark of respect to the memory of the late Bro. W. Bulkeley Hughes, M.P., for many years the D.P.G.M. of the province, the brethren appeared in mourning. It is stated that Bro. Henry Platt, the I.P.M. of the Royal Leek Lodge, is the new D.P.G.M. Messrs. Brown and Pugh, British Hotel, supplied the banquet. THE PARCELS POST.—The leading railway companies of the kingdom have just completed a series of returns containing full and valuable information as to the parcels traffic for a period of 14 days. The returns give the number of parcels carried under the following weights— namely, 71b., 141b., 281b., and 561b. The return also gives details of the number of insured parcels, containing jewellery and valuable fabrics, together with the method of their conveyance in sealed hampers from one town to another, and the proportion of parcels for rural districts. These returns will furnish important data as to the plant to be provided by the Post ()%;g tMifcHorikitts in. carrying out of th.€ post scheme. It is anticipated that assodS^sthe parcels post is well established the limit will be extended from 71b. to 141b. weight. ANOTHER COMET.-A comet has recently been discovered in America which promises to become an object of great brilliancy. It is at present faint, but is daily increasing in brightness as it approaches the sun. It will pass the perihelion (nearest approach to the sun) about June the 15th, when its brightness will have so immensely increased that Mr. J. R. Hind, the eminent astronomer, considers that it may possibly be visible even in the day time. At present it may be found with a small telescope a little to the north of the bright star Vega. According to an orbit calculated by Mr. Hind, it will during the month of May pass about midway between the Pole star and Chair of Cassiopeia. It will then descend rapidly to the sun, passing near the bright star Capella during the first week in June. It will probably be visible in this country for some time after its passage round the sun. Should Mr. Hind's calculations prove correct, the comet will be one of the finest on record. LLANGOLLEN DISTRICT HIGHWAY BOARD.-The ordinary bi-monthly meeting of this Board was held on Friday, April 14th, at the New Inn, Glyn- ceiriog, the following members being present:-— Capt. J. C. Best, R.N. (chairman); Messrs. Ed. Edwards, Llangollen D. Parry, Rhospengwern II. M. Jones, Bryndethol; T. Morris, Temperance Hotel, Glyn; M. Thomas, Bryneglwys; W. Williams, Wern Tower; John Evans, Talygarth R. Richards, Glascoed; R. Sides, Golfa Evan Jones, Plas, Tregeiriog W. Evans, Ty'n-y-fron John Edwards, Caerfach;' W. Morris, Trewern (vice-chairman); H. Hughes, Migin; John White, Tregeiriog C. W. Richards (deputy clerk); and Evan Evans (surveyor). The clerk reported that in obedience to the resolution passed at the last meeting, the attention of the Llangollen and Corwen Railway Company had been called to the dangerous character of the north end of Glyndyfrdwy bridge. The secretary of the company had written to the Great Western Railway Company on the matter, but no reply had as yet been received. Resolved that the secretary to the Llangollen and Corwen Railway Company be asked to write again about the matter. —Mr. Morris, Trewern, in a few well-chosen words, brought forward his motion on the desirability of publishing a balance-sheet in the Llangollen and Oswestry Advertisers, as soon as the annual audit had been made, shewing the contributions of each parish separately towards the funds of the Board, and the various other items of receipts in detail, as well as the expenditure on main and district roads, salaries, &c. This motion was carried unanimously, Messrs. Morris,White, J. Edwards,and the clerk being requested to draw out a form of account in accordance with the spirit of the resolution.- The chairman read a letter, signed by Mr. Owen Parry and others, containing a resolution adopted at a vestry held in the Australia Arms, Trevor, requesting the Board to interfere in the case of an old right of way to the river Dee near Pontcyssylltau, which had been closed by one Mr. Sylvester, by putting up a fence across it. Mr. Edwards, Llyn, explained the position of the place, and said that, as long as he could remember, people used to turn their cattle there for water. The Board, after some discussion, however, decided that it was not a matter for them to interfere in, and that the inhabitants of that part, who felt aggrieved, had the remedy in their own hands. A letter was read from Mr. Deacon, C.E., referring to the roads the Liverpool Corporation intended to use, to haul their pipes over during the coming months. The roads leading from Pentrefelin to Efail Rhyd would be used until June, and afterwards the Sychart and Llansilin roads as far as Bodlith. The surveyor, after being ordered to prepare for this traffic, remarked that a difficulty had arisen as to a quarry in connection with the first-named road. Mr. Jones, the new tenant of Ty'n-y-graig, had stopped the workmen of the Board to take stones from bis land, although it had always been the custom to do so. Several of the members expressed their surprise at the action of Mr. Jones, inasmuch as he, being ratepayer, ought to assist the Board in obtaining stones from the most convenient place. Mr. Edwards, Caerfach, and the surveyor were requested to see him, and request him to re-consider his decision in the matter. I ILC Surveyor's Salary.—Mr. White, Tregeiriog, introduced his motion with respect to the salary of the surveyor, and proposed that the same be advanced £ 40 a year. This was seconded by Capt. Best (the chairman). Both the mover and seconder explained the vast increase in the work which the Surveyor had to perform since his appointment to the office, and expressed the thorough satisfaction of the Board at the highly satisfactory manner in which that work was being done. Mr. Michael Thomas proposed an amendment to the effect that the salary be increased ze20 per annum, and that when the present heavy expenditure of the Board would be reduced, and the agricultural interest in a better condition, the matter could be further considered. The amendment was carried by 11 votes to 5. Surveyor's Report.—The following report of the surveyor was read:- Gentlemen,—I have to report an encroachment at Vroncyssylltau. Mr. Edwards, The Woodlands has dug a foundation for a house on an unenclosed plot of land within 15ft. of the centre of the Vron main road. I submit a plan of the place from a survey I have made, and a tracing of the plan on Mr. Edwards's deed. The wafls on each side of the road leading from the White Lion, Vroncyssylltau, to the top of Vron, are out of repair. The wall on the north side protects the public from a precipice 20 yards deep, above an abandoned lime quarry worked under the management of Mr. Eddy, and the wall on tho south side from a precipice about the same depth above a quarry now worked under his management. This plan is without doubt extremely dangerous. I submit a letter from Mr. Swettenham, the referee appointed by your agreement with the Liverpool Corporation, directing the claim for extraordinary traffic up to the 25th March last to be forwarded to the Town Clerk of Liverpool. A statement of the claim in detail has been drawn out, and now awaits your approval. The number of extra men employed on account of this traffic is 15. The number of men employed on the Glyn main road is 25, and 800 yards of road has been already completed I beg to submit to your notice a letter received from Major Barnes's agent, complaining of the state of the roads about Plas Crogen, and Tainymynydd. The men usually employed upon these roads are now working on the Glyn main road. Mr. Jebb desired to know what price the Board would pay for stone from Hafod Quarry, the same to be carted away at the expense of the Board. Stone of a fair quality is got out already. In obedience to the order of the Court, in connection with the case of Mr. George Edwards v. The Llangollen Highway Board, I have constructed'a 12-in. drain across the road near Trevor Station. I beg to submit the estimate for the current year, amounting to < £ 4,555 16s. 8d.' The great increase in the estimated expenditure as compared with last year is caused by the heavy outlay on the Glyn main road, and by the extraordinary traffic of the Liverpool Corporation. Men'« wages for the next two months I have estimated at £ 500. I will feel obliged by your kindly signing cheques to that amount. I have the honour to be, gentlemen, your obedient servant, EVAN EVANS. The report was discussed, and the following resolutions thereon passed:-A committee, consisting of the waywardens of the parish of Llangollen, the chairman and surveyor, was appointed to view the encroachment at Vroncyssylltau, and to decide thereon, the clerk meanwhile to write to Mr. Edwards to desist encroaching. The clerk was instructed to call the attention of Mr. Eddy to the dangerous nature of the walls mentioned in the report. The claim against the Liverpool Corpora- tion was approved of, and ordered to be forwarded to the Town Clerk. The surveyor was ordered to repair the roads about Plas Crogen. The clerk to write to Mr. J ebb, stating that the price of 2d. per load, as suggested by the surveyor, was sufficient for the stones from Hafod Quarry. The wages cheques for £500 were signed. The Rate.-After considerable discussion upon the expenditure, the surveyor's estimate was passed, and a rate of Is. in the Z- for the year made. Several of the waywardens expressed their satisfaction at the low amount of the rate, considering the great increase in the expenditure. The Talwrn Rock.-A letter from Mrs. C. Thomas was read, refusing the cheque in payment of royalty on the stone dug from the above rock during last yea,i-, as she considered the amount insufficient. The chairman explained that Mrs. Thomas was evidently under a wiuug impression, as no doubt she thought that this cheque covered the value of all the stones obtained from the quarry since 1873, whereas it was for last year only. No bills had been received until lately from her, and he could not see how the Board now could pay for all those years. It was ultimately resolved to pay royalty for the years 1878-79 and 1880 at the rate of 17s. 6d. a year, in addition to the amount of the cheque for last year. Appointment of Officers.—On the motion of Mr. White, seconded by Mr. R. Richards, Capt. Best was unanimously re-elected chairman for the ensuing year. Mr. Michael Thomas spoke in highly eulogistic terms of the admirable manner Capt. Best had fulfilled the duties of his office, and the benefit accruing to the ratepayers from the fact that a gentleman of the position of the chairman took such an active interest in matters of this kind. Capt. Best moved, and Mr. Morris, Trewern, seconded, that Mr. R. Richards be elected vice- chairman. Carried unanimously. ]Jays of Meeting.—The chairman proposed that the meetings be held as heretofore at the same time and place, with the exception of the December and February meetings, which were to be held at Oswestry and Llangollen respectively. This was agreed to without a division, and the meeting ended.
DYSERTH. THE SEVEN THOMASES.—In the London Gazette we find the following item under the heading Liquidations by Arrangement:— Thomas Down- ing, John Thomas, Edward Thomas, William Thomas, David Thomas, Charles Thomas, and burners'' ^°maS younSer> Dyserth, lime
HAWARDEN. THE REV. STEPHEN GLADSTONE, the indefatigable rector of Hawarden, has, in connection with the elementary schools under his management, estab- lished a night school for backward children, the nominal charge for admittance to which being two-pence per week. The children are invited "to come clean, but may come in any clothes, and bare-footed if they like." THE PRIME MINISTER.—In taking his departure to attend to his official duties, on Monday last, the premier, as is his wont on such occasions, warmly shook hands with a number of his tenantry and neighbours. To their general expres- sion wishing him enjoyment, he quaintly replied, It is the wrong direction."
TREFRIW. THE VISITORS staying here at present are few and far between. The number present during Easter week and the early part of the succeeding one was unusually large. THE WELL.-It was in contemplation to make considerable alterations in the Pump House, by enlarging it for the approaching season. Even- tually, it was decided not to proceed with the undertaking until the fall of the year. STORM.—From Friday evening until Wednesday noon a most severe storm of wind and rain raged here.
SALES BY MESSRS. DAVID ROBERTS & SON. ON MONDAY NEXT, April 24th, 1882, at V, LLANDYN HALL FARM, LLANGOLLEN, neat and useful HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, the property of Mr. R. Edwards, who is leaving. Sale at 12 o'clock. (1113) 0X „FIiIDAY. April 28th, 1882, at PEN- HALL, LLANGOLLEN, Superior ti i „ HOLD FURNITURE, contained in Hall, ^lea^ast and Dining Rooms, 6 Bedrooms, Kitchen, r*y> an^ Dairy; Table Glass, Cutlery, Plated T n s> the property of Mr. Lloyd, who is leaving. catalogues may be had at the Hotels in Llan- gollen, and from the Auctioneers. Sale to commence at 12 o'clock. (1114) 0X MONDAY, May 1st, 1882, at the ROCK- W MAN'S ARMS INN, VRONCYSSYLLTAU, near Llang-ollen. HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and BAR REQUISÚES, very Stylish Cob, Cow and Fat a t, J i me Sows, Spring Cart, Shandry, Implements, otatoes, &c., the property of Mr. Evan Richards, who is leaving. Sale to commence at 12 o'clock. Auctioneers' Office, (1115) Temple Buildings, Corwen. LEY FOR CATTLE AT CHIRK CASTLE, IFrom 12th of May to 12th of October, 1882, at the following rates :*— £ s. d. YEARLING HEIFER OR STEER 1 8 0 2-YEAR-OLD HEIFER OR STEER. 2 0 0 Cow, OR 3-YEAR-OLD HEIFER 3 0 0 The Cattle to be booked at the Castle Office, in Chirk; or with the Bailiff, Chirk Castle Farm; Mr. Joseph Edwards, Pentre Farm; Mr. J. B. Murless, Jun., Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Wrexham; and Messrs. Mmshall & Davies, Ironmongers, Oswestry. It is requested that all the Cattle may be brought in and taken out of the Ley on the days above mentioned, as there will be no attendance afterwards. Chirk, 1st March, 1882. (1108) R. A. TURTON, PROFESSOR OF music, ORGANIST AND CHOIRMASTER OF THE PARISH CHURCH, LLANGOLLEN. LESSONS ON THE ORGAN, PIANOFORTE, HARMONIUM, SINGING 4- COMPOSITION. TERMS ON APPLICATION. Address- Westbourne House, (1109) West Street, Llangollen. ESTABLISHED 1817. DYEING! DYEING!! DYEING! FIRST-CLASS I CERTIFICATE OF PRIZE MEDAL MERIT Awarded 1874. Awarded 1874. THE LARGEST DYE WORKS IN THE MIDLAND COUNTIES. IMPROVEMENTS in the ART of A DYEING and FRENCH CLEANING, at the MIDLAND COUNTIES STEAM-POWEK JDYE WORKS, LEICESTER, AND BURTON-ON-TRENT. JOHN SMITH, SOLE PROPRIETOR. AGENTS IN THIS DISTRICT:- XLANGOLLEN; MRS. W. HOLDING, Fancy Repository, Berwyn-st. WREXHAM: MISSES WHITING, Fancy Re. pository, 2, High-street. OSWESTRY: MRS. E. REASON, Fancy Repository, Church-street. RUTHIN: Mrs. M. J. Williams, Glass and China Warehouse, 65, Clwyd Street. Goods sent to, and received from the above Agents Weekly. AGENTS WANTED IN RUABON AND UNREPRESENTED DISTRICTS. The New Price and Colour List to be had Gratis or Post Free. CHOICE NEW STOCK OF WALL-PAPER JUST ARRIVED, AT M. H. ROBERTS'S, COMPLETE HOUSE FURNISHER, 4, BERWYN STREET, LLANGOLLEN. Patterns sent free to any address on application. (1085) STRONG, WILLING GIRL, about 18, C7 WANTED as General Servant by Mrs. Phillips, Meadow Cottage, Llangollen. (1107) WANTED, a good GENERAL SERVANT. Must be able to wash and iron, and also be a good plain Cook. Two in family. Apply at 9, Kino- Street, Wrexham. (1110) ° APARTMENTS TO LET at Miss Daviess, JLjL No. 1, Ormonde Place, Llangollen. (1079) rPO LE LET, GREEN BANK, Llangollen, X containing Parlour, Kitchen, Back Kitchen, Back Parlour, 6 Bedrooms, Wash-house, Cellar &c' Apply to Mr. T. Nicholas, No. 9, Hill Street. Llan- gollen. (iin) TO BE LET, yearly or for a term of years, X BRYN COLLEN, PENYCOED, Llangollen, containing Eight Rooms, with Water Closet, Garden, &c., and commands a splendid view of the vale. Rent moderate. For further particulars, apply to Mr. Moses Humphreys, Cross-lane, or at the office of this paper. TO BE LET, FURNISHED, a HOUSE, X pleasantly situated, commanding beautiful scenery. For particulars, apply at this office. (1051) 'T0 BE 7LET, a DETACHED HOUSE, X containing Kitchen, Scullery, Larder, and Coal Leiiar, Dining Room, Diawing Room, 5 Bedrooms, Bathroom inside, W.C.'s. The above commands a charming view of the neighbourhood of Llangollen, is fitted througnout with water supply. For parti- culars, apply to M. H. Roberts, 4, Berwyn-street, Llangollen. (1105) HOLSE TO LET in an eligible situation, JH. southern aspect, within a few minutes of Trevor Station, and 3 miles of Llangollen, commanding fine scenery of the Vale, Aqueduct and Vii luck, and consi-ting of 2 parlours, kiu-hen, ba.:k kitchen pantries, 4 bedrooms, and .t i s 3 gardens, wash- house, 2-stall stable, coach-house, and about 1 acre of land with spring water, and p,ol for poultry. immediate possession rent moderate. Apoly at this office. -(1112) A HOUSE A.\D GARDE A TO LET in Regenu Jjireai., Llangollen. Apply—G. Lobercs, 19, Regent Street, Llangollen. (UQ3) LLANGOLLEN BOWLING CLUB, PONSONBY ARMS. THE above Club will be OPENED for the ensuing SEASON on SATURDAY, the 29th Day of APRIL, at Four o'Clock p.m. to the minute. Members and friends interested in the Game are respectfully invited to attend. Gentlemen desirous of joining the Club can have every information at THE PONSONBY ARMS. (1116).
TO CORRESPONDENTS, &c. Our Bardic Editor is the Rev. J. H. Hughes, 16, Derby-road, Wrexham. The bards will, there- fore, send their productions to his address.
§l!itTgoIUii FRIDAY, APRIL 21st, 1882. THE QUEEN landed at Portsmouth on Friday at four o'clock, having been a little delayed on the voyage by the weather. Her Majesty, who seemed to have derived much benefit from her sojourn in France, was most enthusiastically received, and left by train en route to Windsor, at 20 minutes to five. A MEMORIAL TO LORD BEACONSFIELD, including stained-glass windows, a peal of bells, and deco- rations, were dedicated on Wednesday (the anni- versary day of the death of the noble lord) in Hughenden Church. Her Majesty sent two wreaths for the grave-one of immortelles, and the other of primroses, his favourite flower. The wearing of primroses in memory of the deceased statesman was largely practised throughout the country. THE CHESHIRE CHAMBER OF AGRICULTURE discussed the very important question "Is any further legislation on the tenancy of agricultural lands desirable ?-and if so what should be its character?" Mr. Thomas Rigby opened the discussion in a paper, and he was followed by, amongst others, the Duke of Westminster, Mr. Latham, Mr. H. J. Tollemache, M.P., and the representatives of several farmers' clubs. The farming interest was strongly in favour of the cultivation and compensation for unexhausted improvements, and, as regards the latter, its necessity was hardly disputed. AN ASTOUNDING, series of impositions are reported in connection with a next-of-kin agency which appears to have carried on operations in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Glasgow. The firm inserted the following advertisement in most of the English papers :—" Unclaimed money and property. Heirs wanted to £25,750,000, left by persons dying both in England and abroad.-Address J. S. Rogers, Esq., B.A., 27, Market-street, Manchester. Everyone should read index of persons wanted. Consultations free." Hundreds, if not thousands, of persons hoping to acquire unclaimed property from some source of which, in most cases, they knew nothing, have been in treaty with the firm and paying fees liberally. Two persons connected with the agency, Arthur M' Kenzie and John Henry Shakspeare, have been arrested at Manchester. J. S. Rogers and his manager, Ed. Beeton, are II wanted." THE DISCUSSION at the Flintshire Quarter Sessions regarding the sum paid by the county for the protection of Mr. Gladstone, and the resolution passed by the assembled magistrates, gave rise to a meeting of the ratepayers of Bagillt and neighbourhood, which was held on Saturday, to protest against the magisterial action. The proceedings were enthusiastic. It was pointed out that the expense grumbled about signified about one-ninth of a penny in the pound, and resolutions were adopted disavowing all ayuipatby witk ilxs quarter session. The following has been received in reply to a letter forwarded to the Premier containing the resolution passed :— 10, Downing-street, Whitehall, 18th April, 1882. SIR,—I am directed by Mr. Gladstone to express to you his thanksafor the resolution of which you enclose a copy in your latter of the 15th inst., and to assure you that he is very sensible of the kind expressions with regard to himself which they contain.-I am, sir, your obedient servant, HORACE SEYMOUR. Harry Lupton, Esq., Bagillt. THE PRESENT IS THE TENTH PARLIAMENT of Queen Victoria, whose reign in June next will have extended over forty-five years. This would give an average duration of about four years and a half to each, and this it will be seen is a very fair length of time for a Parliament to run. The shortest of her Majesty's reign was that which met in April, 1857, and was dissolved in March, 1859. The longest was that which met in May, 1859, and was dissolved in July, 1865. Through- out the whole of the remarkable vicissitudes which 45 years have witnessed, only once has a Parliament been dissolved by the same Minister who called it. That was in 1841, when the House which Lord Melbourne had summoned in 1837 pronounced against him by a majority of one. The vote was 312 for the Opposition, and 311 for the Government, and writs were issued for the election of a new Parliament. In every other instance the dissolution has been advised by a political opponent of the Minister by whom the House was summoned. THE ENGINEERING EXPERIMENT in connection with the Channel Tunnel works is followed with great interest by scientific men, and the numerous visits which are made to the works show the eagerness with which the controversy as to its practicability is followed. The" question of ventilation is one which, as much as any, is receiving the attention of those who understand its importance. It is pointed out that in the tunnels of Mont Cenis and St. Gothard, which are not so long as this submarine passage would be, the problem of successful ventilation has not yet been solved. The passengers in the trains which pierce those mountains are always glad when they get out into the fresh air. Still the science which has enabled man to send a locomo- tive through these everlasting hills would certainly be equal to the task of pumping fresh air into a tunnel which human ingenuity and perseverance had excavated under the bed of the sea; and if there is no greater obstacle to its construction than the mode of ventilation, it may safely be assumed that science will overcome it. THE EXAMPLE set by the Good Samaritan of Bible record has doubtless prompted many a kindly act involving self-denial since. The fol- lowing incident will show this:—A gentleman with a large family of his own, and with only a moderate non-elastic income, recently entered a market town in the West of England a few days after the annual chartered fair had been held and closed. His attention was attracted to a solitary caravan standing on the site of the pleasure ground, and whose appearance denoted a some- what forlorn condition. Upon inquiry, it was found that the exhibition had not been a success, that the van was impounded for rent of ground; that the horse was also on lien for its keep that the hand-bell and gong which announced the opening of the show had been sold and, in fact, that the prospects of the proprietor were in dismal plight. The debts were soon paid and the bell and gong re-purchased; and then, with a little gift of money and a few well-chosen remarks about Him for whose sake the act was done, the poor showman, ill, but grateful and jubilant, departed. The benefactor, however, was not at ease. He noticed the illness of the van proprietor, and troubled that he had not done sufficient. A vehicle was obtained, the man overtaken, medical advice sought, and the invalid brought back to the i ifirmary. where a subscription fee was paid, and certain necessary precautionary guarantees given. In about a fortnight, however, the guarantee given to meet the funeral t-xpenses of I inmates dying in the hospital had to be met; for disease, medical want, aud anxiety had proved too great for skill and Christian kindness.
DOLGELLEY. I MEDICAL SUCCESS.—We are glad to understand that Mr. Hugh Jones, the second son of Dr. Edward Jones, Cae'rffynnon, has successfully passed the medical preliminary examination at the Glasgow University. He also passed in G reek, natural philosophy,and higher mathematics, which were optional subjects. This will qualify Mr. Jones to proceed for the degrees of M.B. and M.C. in the same university. We wish him every success in the career which he has so honourably entered upon.
OSWESTRY. JJEATH OF MR. SAMUEL EVANS, CURRIER.—On Friday week, Mr. S. Evans, currier, Leg-street, was taken ill, and it was afterwards found that the case was one of apoplexy, and death ensued on the following Sunday morning. He was the last of three brothers residing in the town, the other two having died within the last few months.
RR CARNARVON. IHE JBLUE RIBBON ARMY.—A demonstration in connection with the Carnarvon branch took place in the Pavilion on Saturday night. Alderman Lewis presided, and addresses were delivered by Sir Llewelyn Turner, Mr. Hugh Pugh, Mr. W. n. Davies, and others. A choir, under the leadership of Mr. W. J. Williams, took part in the proceedings.
RP „ LLANDUDNO. lHE WELSH BAPTISTS.— l'he reply of Mr. W. Edwards, the senior student of the Baptist College, Llaugollen, accepting the invitation to the pastorate of the Welsh Baptist church, of this town, was read at a meeting of that church on the evening of last Lord's-day. Most likely, Mr. Edwards will enter upon his pastoral duties early next August. I
WREXHAM. THE BRYMBO PASSENGER BRANCH.—On the morning of the 13th inst. the new carriages for the Brymbo Branch Line of the Great Western Railway arrived at Wrexham station, and are now standing at the sidings. There are two trains of four vehicles each, including two break- thirds, one third-class, and a composite first and second. The carriages are all comfortably cushioned and conveniently fitted up, both trains being fitted with a continuous break worked from the guard's van. On Friday, Col. Rich, the Government Inspector, went over the line, and should his report prove satisfactory the branch will be opened immediately for passenger traffic. It is at present intended to run three trains each way daily (Sundays excepted) and four trains on Saturdays. THE ASSEMBLY OF THE MILITIA.-The main body of the 3rd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers assem- bled at the 23rd Brigade Depot on Monday for the annual training, when the town was enlivened as usual by the martial music of the well-trained band of the battalion, under its efficient band- master, Mr. Wells. We understand the dress this year will be half black and half red, the black or fatigue dress to be worn during the week, and the red, or full uniform, as ordered, probably on Saturdays and Sundays. FREEMASONRY.—At the usual monthly meeting of the Square and Compass Lodge (1336), a few days ago, a handsome Past Master's jewel was presented by the brethren to Bro. Howel Davies, on the completion of his year of office as W.M. of the lodge. The presentation was made by the present W.M., Bro. Maxwell Smith, in appropriate terms, and responded to by the recipient. The office of W.M. is the highest in the lodge, and the onerous duties connected with it have been ably and satisfactorily performed by Bro. Howel Davies. DEATH OF MR. PETER WALKER.—Mr. Peter Walker, brewer, died at his suburban residence, Coedyglyn, about 8 o'clock on Thursday morning week. His connection with Wrexham extended over a period of nearly forty years. We often heard him tell the story to some of his more intimate friends how his father sent him to Wrexham when he was about 17 years of age to the Cambrian Brewery, then carried on by the late Mr. Joseph Clark. His father, having fought his way upward by untiring industry and plodding perseverance to that wealthy position which it was well known he had reached long before his retirement from business, was anxious that his son should, as early as possible, be thrown upon his own resources, and obtain a practical knowledge of the business he was about to pursue, by seeing other modes of carrying on the work besides what he had seen at home immediately under his father's eye. After leaving the Cambrian Brewery, he started several wine and spirit establishments in Liverpool and its neighbourhood, and in the year 1860 he bought the Willow Brewery in Wrexham from the late Mr. Richard Evans. This led to his final settlement in Wrexham, and from that time until very recently he had gone on adding to the accommodation of the brewery, improving its plant and machinery, and adopting all modern improvements until it ranked as one of the most convenient and commodious breweries in the country. His success in business was of a most signal character, and may be attributed to a variety of causes. First, we would class his own business habits, his promptitude in all his com- mercial payments, and the deep penetration he displayed in the selection of his managing men, and his liberality in promoting and rewarding those whom he found worthy of the confidence he had placed in them. So perfect were his business arrangements that, during his long and painful illness, which ended fatally, the affairs of his big brewery went on with the regularity and precision of a fine piece of clock-work. Mr. Walker's many virtues were soon rewarded in his adopted town by having municipal honours thrust upon him. In politics, Mr. Walker was a firm Conservative himself, and within the last few months he had avowed his intention of contesting the county of Denbigh in the Conservative interest whenever an opportunity should present itself. His last large trade speculation was entering into a contract for the erection of a new brewery at Burton, the foundation stone for which was laid on the 17th February in this year. He was born in October, 1820, and was, therefore, in his sixty-second year. The funeral took place on Tuesday. Deceased was interred at the Old Cemetery, Wrexham, in the vault his first wife was buried in. The procession was one of the largest ever seen in Wrexham, and included, in addition to members of the family, the town council and other local bodies, tenants, and friends from Liverpool, Birmingham, Wolver- hampton, and other places. CONGREGATIONAL TOTAL ABSTINENCE SOCIETY. -In connection with the meeting of the North Wales Congregational Union, held in this town last week, the Rev. G. M. Murphy, of London, delivered a lecture on temperance, in the Public Hall, on Thursday evening, the 13th instant. The chair was occupied by W. Thomas, Esq., J.P., and the Revs. T. R. Jenkins, H. J. Haffer, W. Tiller, and others took part in the meeting. Mr. Murphy is an admirable speaker on temperance, and all present seemed delighted with his wise and racy remarks. THE WEEK OF TEMPERANCE MISSION. The result of the united effort for a whole week in behalf of the good cause of temperance, conducted by the Welsh branch of the Blue Ribbon Army here, has been very gratifying. Nearly two hundred persons took the pledge, most of them for the first time. Meetings are held every Friday evening to advocate the cause, in which members of all the Welsh denominations in the town take part. ANNIVERSARY SERVICES.—Two sermons were preached last Sunday at Olivet Congregational Chapel, near this town, by the Rev. J. 11. Hughes, Derby-road. The attendance was most encoura- ging, and the feeling pervading the audience seemed deep and general. About twenty fresh members have been added to this small church during the last month. BLUE RIBBON ARMY.—A united meeting of the English and Welsh branches of the army was held in the Temperance Hall, on Tuesday last. The chair was filled by Mr. II. Davies, and addresses were delivered by Mr. Enoch Edwards, Mr. Hughes, builder (in Welsh), Mr. W. Thomas, and the Revs. II. J. Haffer, and J. H. Hughes. The hall was densely crowded, and a large number took the pledge at the close. Very interesting testimonies were given by several gentlemen in the body of the hall.
BRYMBO. BLUE RIBBON ARMY.—On Monday evening, a very crowded meeting was held in the Baptist Chapel with a view to establish a branch of this society in this popular district. The chair was occupied by the Rev. J. H. Hughes (leuan o Leyn), who gave a brief and interesting account of the origin and progress of the movement. Then, the Rev. D. Rhys Jenkins, and Mr. E. Jones, Wrexham, addressed the meeting. At the close about 170 joined the movement. The friends at Brymbo seem to be thoroughly in earnest, and, no doubt, with God's blessing, they will prosper.
TOWYN. TOWYN AS A SUMMER RESORT.—The country about Towyn is beautiful. We say "beautiful, for such is the spot and its surroundings in every sense of the term. Standing on the verdant slope, the base of which is washed to-day (Easter Mon- day) by the azure waters of Cardigan Bay, a scene at once grand and imposing presents itself* The scenery is commanding to the visitor, and such as a Schorel or a Domenichino would have worshipped. The spectator mechanically turns seaward, for in that direction the views are the more imposing. Neptune's domain is stretching itself out as far as the eye can reach. Bardsey Island and the Carnarvonshire mountains are to be seen on the right, and the Cardiganshire and Pembroke hills on the left; and some inland spots are open to the view, and also the adjacent country near Borth, which bursts forth with all the genial tokens of spring. Far at sea can be discerned large vessels outward bound or bringing home welcome freights from Oriental lands. To- day the bay is in all its quiet but commanding beauty-not torn and tossed as we often view it, but almost as smooth as glass, the only break in this mighty reflector of the sun's rays being the intermiuable white border of foam gently dIS" turbing the pebbles on the beach. Here could one sit, and gaze, and dream, > Forget the world, and each proud scheme; f Yon beautiful, majestic vision Bearing the thoughts to scenes Elysian Not dread, not sadness, but deep calm Soothes the full heart like holy balm 'Whelmed, yet exalted and spell-bound, Soul feeds upon each sight and sound— Sights, sounds, that poets and grave sagog Will hand through all the coming ages." The most picturesque objects for which Wales i 1 famous can scarcely vie with the peculiar beauty to be witnessed in the background of this health- giving resort. The enchanting undulations of land, decked here and there with the amber gorse, and interspersed with fertile ground-in the autumn rich with waving corn, and now traversed by the plough—gives a pleasing relief to the sea- girt heights of the coast. Pleasurable rambles can be made in search of pyrites, belemnites; hepatic ore, and other geological treasures-to say nothing of botanical rarities. Every step here is romantic ground, and, turn where YO" will, new features and never-tiring embelli8^" ments present themselves. Towyn has generally a great influx of visitors during the season, and if the projected scheme is carried out we shall have the satisfaction of seeing another terrace and an additional number of villas erected at this healthy and salubrious watering-place. ELECTION OF CHURCHWARDENS.—The Easter vestry was held on Thursday week, at the Local Board Office, Corbet-square, the Rev. Titus Lewis being in the chair. Mr. John Jones, draper, vvls chosen parishioner's warden, in the place of late Mr. Parry, deceased, and the vicar Mr. Edward Watkins as his warden for the ensuing year. CATTLE FAIR.-The April cattle fair was held on the 13th inst. There was a large attendance, and useful beasts were readily disposed of at £ to £ 5 per head more than the same sort fetched twelve months ago. Most of the animals were sent to England by the evening trains. ACCIDENT.—A few days ago, as the coachffla0 (Mr. Lewis Williams) was getting up on the bot, of the carriage belonging to John Silvester, Esq" Sandlands, the horse took fright and threw the coachman with great force to the ground. was very much injured, and is now under medical treatment. The man, being well stricken in years, may be some time before he will be able to resume his duties. THE AGRICULTURAL Snow.-Every exertion in their power is being made by the neighbouring gentry, farmers and tradespeople to make the forthcoming county show, to be held at Towyn, attractive, so far as prizes are concerned. At the last local meeting it was announced that Mr. Corbett, M.P., had given £10, Mr. Robertson, M.P., £10, and Mr. Rowland G. Price, Towyn, £ 3 3s. for special dog prizes. The tradesmen have made up another £10, by the aid of Lewis Price, auctioneer, towards a champion prize and those for cottagers' pigs, &c. Should the weather prove propitious, we anticipate one the most successful shows for many years.-C.
CORWEN. ALLEGED MANSLAUGHTER OF A CHILD AT LLANDRILLO.—On Monday an adjourned inquest was held at Llandrillo touching the death of i' R. Edwards, an infant four months old.—Dr. B" O. Jones and Dr. F. Jones, Bala, gave evidence) as well as others, proving that the child which was under the care of the grandmother, did live owing, it was alleged, to her coroner, G. J. Williams, Esq., having addressed the jury, they after a short consultation found the grandmother (Harriet Roberts) guilty of such neglect as to lead to his death. SPECIAL SESSIONS, Thursday week.—Before Cap*- Taylor and Dr. Walker. The Suspicious Death at Llandrillo.—Mr. CloUgk appeared to prosecute in this case against Ilarrie Roberts, of Llandrillo, who was accused of causing the death of an infant child of her daughter's. Dr. R. O. Jones, J.P., of Bala, stated that b0 had made a post-mortem examination of the child* who was four months old, but weighed only pounds, and was of opinion that the cause death was insufficiency of food.—D. F. JoneS corroborated.—In addition to the witnesses were called on the inquest, Mr. T. Roberts, Pentre, was now called, who had seen the three days prior to his death, but his testini00^ did not throw any new light on the case.—Th0 prisoner, having been cautioned by Mr. Louis* stated that the child was taken ill some tW0 months previously, and she called the Rev. Davies to christen him lest he should die. was committed to Ruthin to take her trial at assizes, and Sergt. Williams was bound over prosecute the case.
PORTMADOC. THE FATAL STABBING CASE.—Johan MadschoHr a Russian Finn, was on Friday charged °a remand, at Portmadoc, with the murder of J0^11 Jones, sailor, Aberayron. Superintendent Davi^ prosecuted, and the court was crowded.—Robert Thanes, a sailor, said he was at the Ship 011 Launch Inn, on the night of the 3rd inst., wbe» the prisoner came in drunk and wanted to the best man in the place. He was turned oW by Mr. Crocker, the landlord, who was assIst e by deceased and Thomas. A scuffle took place' and Madschon was seen by a man named Owen Thomas to draw a knife and strike the deceased w ho fell bleeding profusely from the arm. r' Jones-Morris was at once sent for, and th& deceased was removed to the Sailors' Howat There was a punctured wound in the upper par of the right arm, four inches deep, complete/^ severing the main artery, the sinews, and th nerves. 1 he hemorrhage was stopped, but ear y the next morning the deceased had a collapse an« died from exhaustion. Dr. Roberts, who the post mortem, said that the body was ne3fJL bloodless. After the affray, the prisoner we1*" his lodgings in Lombard-street, and whilst ing himself was apprehended by Police-constaf Thomas Williams. The knife was found on shelf in the back kitchen. The prisoner committed for trial at the assizes on a charge manslaughter.
RUTHIN. ,h0 BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—On Monday, annual meeting was held. Mr. Marcus Lou proposed the re-election of the Rev. the Ward of Ruthin as chairman, and Messrs. H. PO^E' J ones and T. Lloyd Roberts as vice-chairrue' which was carried. The chairman rttura thanks for the eighth time he had been eleC- V and pointed out the gteat decrease in pauperis For instance, in 1870 there were 1305 panPcr £ Lf classes, iu 1871 there were 936, and this JTe 560. l