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HOME & FOREIGN CHIT-CHAT. Rev. J. M. Davies, of Penllwyn, near Aberystwyth, has accepted a hearty call to the pastorate of Hermon Church, Dowlais. Denbighshire Election.—Oh, Morgan great is thy victory. You win, and the loser's Wynn.-Funny Folks. Mr. Spurgeon left England on Friday for the con- tinent, for a season of rest and recuperation, after a somewhat severe attack of rheumatism. A cattle-drover named William Butler, about 50 years of age, was found on Thursday frozen to death, near Pontypridd. Thomas Morris and two sons were fined X5 or one month, at Eastbourne, on Monday, for smoking out a county court bailiff with sulphur. The late Lord Dudley's famous Raphael "The Three Graces," has just been sold for £25,000, to his Royal Highness the Due d'Aumale. The Rev. Lord Alwyne Compton, dean of Worcester, has accepted the Bishopric of Ely, vacant by the death of Dr. Woodford. At the recent rent audits on the Wynnstay estate, Sir W. W. Wynn showed his sympathy with the farmers by returning ten per cent. to all his tenants. The Duke of Westminster has intimated through his agent that the whole of his; Flintshire tenantry will have 25' per cent. returned upon their current rents. The marriage of Sir Richard Bulkeley, Bart., with the Lady Magdalen Yorke, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Hardwicke, took place at the Chapel Royal, Savoy, on Thursday afternoon. Robert Kirkpatrick, of Spring Cottage, Gobowen, attempted to commit suicide at Welshpool, on Friday, by swallowing rat poison. He is now recovering. Mr. Osborne Morgan paid a visit to Rhos on Mon- day, and at a largely attended meeting of the Liberal committee in the evening,"thanked the electors for the splendid victory that had been won. John Rone, a labourer, of Northwood, Ellesmere, has been committed for trial for stealing a bag con- taining X26 10s. from a pig dealer, named Thomas Reeves, of Hampton's Wood, near Ellesmere, when the latter was in drink. The annual report of the Welsh Baptist Total Ab- stinence Society, just published, contains the names of about 120 Baptist ministers in the principality who are pledged abstainers. The society was formed in 1879. A grocer's assistant named Bennett, who varied the monotony of a political meeting at Wimborne by throwing across the room a packet of pepper, which burst in the eyes of a constable, has had to pay four guineas for his amusement. A fatal accident occurred on Friday afternoon, at Grangetown, Cardiff. A number of people were skating on the roach pond, when the ice gave way, and a man named Grant, who lived at Penarth, was drowned. He leaves a widow and large family. At the City of York Chancery Court, on Friday, the Rev. James Bell-Cox, incumbent of St. Margaret's, Prince's-road, Liverpool, was* suspended ab officio for six calendar months for contempt and disobedience to the order of the court. The Marquis of Bute has presented X50 to each of the successful translators of the Alcestis of Euri- pides into Welsh, and it is believed that a performance of the translated play will be undertaken at his lord- ship's expense. The French Minister for Foreign Affairs denies all knowledge of the treaty alleged to have been agreed to between the French agent at Burmah and the Burmese Government, and which is reported to have been brought to light since the British occupation of the Burmese capital. Miss Annia Butterworth, the contralto-singer, who at an early age won the Westmoreland scholarship and the Christine Nillson prize, at the Royal Academy of Music, and also carried of the prize at the last national competition at the Crystal Palacfe, died at Hendon, after a long illness, last week. Dr. Howson, Dean of Chester, died at Bournemouth on Tuesday evening, aged 69. He had been very seriously ill for some time, and towards the end of November left Chester to winter at Bournemouth. A telegram received at Chester thus announces the Dean's death:—"As it struck six o'clock he slept quietly away. At Friday's meeting of the Conway Board of Guard- ians, the Rev. W. Venables Williams in the chair, the master of the Workhouse was empowered to employ able-bodied women for test purposes in oakum picking. It was decided to allow the usual Christmas dinner for the children, aged poor, and infirm in the Work- house. The death is announced of Mr. E. K. Kynaston of Southport. Mr. Kynaston was noted as a successful fruit grower, and his name is associated with the sys- tem known as root pruning, by which method he claimed to be able to grow a crop of fruit every year independent of bad weather. Mr. Kynaston was the author of several small works on fruit growing, moat of which are published under the pseudonym of "Head Gardener," and were printed at the Advertiser Office, Wrexham. He formerly resided in the neighbourhood of Oswestry, and was well known in North Wales. About 5,000 people followed the remains of the Rev. R. Hughes (Tremrudd), of Maesteg, on Wednesday, to the grave in the burial ground of Bethania. The funeral was the largest ever witnessed there. There was a partial cessation of labour in all the collieries and \ironworks, all the shops were closed, and the blinds were drawn in all the dwellings from Ivy Cottage to the burial place. A somewhat remarkable occurrence took place on the same day, -viz., the burial of Walter Hughes, Ivor-street, aged 88 years, the oldest member in Bethania,where poor"Tremrudd" had ministered for over 34 years. It is understood in the North of London, says the London correspondent of the York Herald, that the Rev. W. M. Statham, of Hare Court Chapel, and for- merly of Hull, is about to take orders in the Church of England. Mr. Statham has lately distinguished himself by the energy with which he has spoken and written against Disestablishment, and in politics he is a Conservative. But he is personally exceedingly popular with the congregation he is leaving, and there is no doubt that, if he joins the Church, his eloquence and originality will be as much appreciated as it has been by Nonconformists. Mr. Statham's views on the Disestablishment question form one of the papers in England's Church the Nation's Strength." A JUDICIAL PUZZLE AT STORNOWAY.—The Authorities at Stornoway have, it is said, been somewhat nonplussed by the action of a man who was summoned to appoar at the Burgh Court there. It appears this person has cited all the magistrates as witnesses, and so there is no one left to try his case. The magistrates, of course, are bound to obey the citation; but, on the other hand, should they refuse to attend, there is no other magistrate to issue a warrant for their apprehension, and if they did obey the call there would be no judge to try the case. There is no doubt that this man by his ingenuity has for a time rendered it impossible for his trial to go on. It is said that such conduct amounts to contempt of court, as the gentlemen summoned are said to have no knowledge of the case, and to have been called as witnesses simply to obstruct the progress of the action. Whether that be so or not, the man has created a state of affairs for which there is said to be no precedent.- Scotchman. PEGGY EVANS OF LLANBERIS.The deeds of the far-famed Margaret-uch-Evans, better known as Peggy Evans," of Llanberis, have been cele- brated both in prose and verse. Pennant, in his Tour in zles, says—" This extraordinary female was the greatest hunter, shooter, and fisher of her time she kept a dozen, at least, of dogs-terriers, greyhounds, and spaniels, all excellent in their kinds. She killed more foxes in one year than all the confederate hunts did in ten rowed stoutly and was Queen of the lake fiddled excellently, and knew all the old British music did not neglect the mechanic arts, for she was a good joiner and at the age of seventy was the best wrestler in the country, and few young men dared to try a fall with her. She had a maid of congenial qualities but death, that mighty hunter, at last earthed this faithful companion. Margaret was also blacksmith, shoemaker, and boat-builder, and maker of harps. She shod her own horses, made her own shoes, and built her own boats, while she:was under contract to convey the copper ore down the lakes. All the neighbouring bards paid their addresses to Margaret and celebrated her exploits in pure British verse. At length she gave her hand to the most effeminate of her admirers, as if predetermined to maintain the superiority which nature had bestowed upon her."




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