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TIPYN 0 BOB PETH. A club called the Grosvenor Bicycle Club has been formed at Chester. The Cardiff building strike, after lasting twelve weeks, ter- minated on Monday, July 2, the masters conceding to the men the extra halfpenny in dispute. Mr. Horatio Lloyd has sent to prison a bailiff of the Mold County Court for not paying into court money which he had re- ceived for that purpose. At a recent meeting of the committee of the Conway Liberal Association, it was resolved to carry on vigorously the work of registration in the Conway, Colwyn, Caerhun, and Llandudno polling districts. At the Crewe Police Office on Monday, June 25, William Warburton, a member of the Crewe Police Force, was charged with a robbery with violence upon the person of a married woman named Eliza Foxley. At the close of the investigation the magistrate (Mr. T. L. Boote) dismissed the case, and said he had no doubt that the accused was innocent of the charge. The annual Festival of the Choral Union of the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen took place on Tuesday, June 26, at St. Peter's Church, Carmarthen. Mr. Radcliffe conducted. There were upwards of 600 singers. The sermon was preached by the Yen. Archdeacon Lewis. The dead bodies of two children, named Sarah Pullen, fifteen years of age, and William Edge, seven years of age, of Newtown, Chester, were discovered floating in the canal near the City Baths on Sunday morning, June 24. It is supposed that the little fellow accidentally tumbled into the canal, and the girl in endeavouring to rescue him was drowned with him. At Shrewsbury, on Thursday, June 28, William Neville, who gave his address as Liverpool, was charged with stealing a silver watch from his lodgings. The prisoner first described himself as an actor, but now said he had been a surgeon on board a steamer trading between Liverpool and Africa. The magistrate sentenced him to three months' imprisonment, with hard labour. An instance of the survival of an old superstition was dis- closed in an application made to the Chester magistrates, on Thursday, June 28. An elderly lady, residing in Castle-street, possessed a Skye terrier dog, which the other day bit a child in its hand. The parents of the child, believing that if the animal was not killed the child would go mad and die, effected a for- cible entrance into the house of the old lady, assaulted her, and having obtained possession of the dog, destroyed it. The magis- trates granted the lady a summons for assault. The following is from Trllth-" The experiment in wine grow- ing, which the Marquis of Bute in carrying out is the neigh- bourhood of Cardiff, is said to be not without considerable promise so far. His vineyards at Castle Loch have just been visited by an expert from the department of Cote d'Or in France, and pronounced to be in excellent condition. The Marquis in- tends, at the end of the summer, trying his hand at the manu- facture of avowed English wine from his English or rather Welsh grown grapes. There has been a gradual decrease in the number of cattle attacked with disease in Cheshire, since October 1875, when the number amounted to 6,106, to the present time, when for a month there has not been a single case of foot-and-mouth or pleuro-pneumonia reported. For 30 years past the county has not been free from the last mentioned disease for so long a time. On Friday, June 29, the Chester Town Council passed a resolu- tion rescinding the cattle plague orders lately put in force. The chief excursion of the season of the Chester Society of Natural Science was held on Tuesday, June 26, when a visit was paid to Haughmond Abbey, near Shrewsbury, the founder of which was William Fitz Allen, on whom William the Conqueror bestowed the Castle of Oswestry. A paper was read upon the subject by the Rev. A. Thursby Pelham, of Cound, near Shrewsbury. The party subsequently visited the museum on College Hill, Shrewsbury, and inspected the interesting collection of Roman relics found on the site of the ancient city of Ureconium. At the Central Criminal Court, on Tuesday, June 26, a young man named Morgan Lewis, who is stated to be the son of a clergyman in North Wales, was indicted 'for unlawfully neglect- ing to deliver up the whole of his estate after he had been ad- judicated a bankrupt, with intent to defraud his creditors. The prisoner came to London a few years ago and began business as grocer, but subsequently went upon the stage. The jury found the prisoner guilty, and he was sentenced to two years' imprison- ment with hard labour. On Friday, June 29, a festival of the choirs of the diocese of Chester was held in Chester Cathedral. There were 26 choirs and about 750 voices in all, divided as follows :—Treble, 380: alto, 60 tenor, 120 bass, 190. The Rev. E. L. Deacle (the late precentor) intoned the service, and directed the singing throughout. The anthem was "Praise the Lord, 0 my soul," by Sir John Goss. The hymn before the sermon was Handel's Rejoice, the Lord is King," and that after the sermon, "Angel voices ever singing," by Arthur Sullivan. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Canon Tarver, from Psalm lxxi., 20-21. The Rev. J. Hylton Stewart, the precentor, played the organ. The third annual encampment at Rhyl of the First Adminis- trative Battalion of Flintshire Rifle Volunteers, including the Corps of Carnarvon and Portmadoc, was brought to a close on Monday, June 25, when the volunteers were inspected by Col. Cooper, commanding the 23rd Brigade Depôt, who said he should have much pleasure in making a good report to the War Office. The Lord Lieutenant of the County (Mr. Hughes) also ex- pressed the great pleasure he had had in witnessing their manoeuvres, and fully endorsed the praise bestowed upon them by Colonel Cooper. The camp numbered over seven hundred men. Not a single instance of misconduct was reported. On Wednesday, June 27, a silver salver, a gold watch and chain, and a purse containing £ 84 19s. were presented to the Rev. Lewis Price, R.D., vicar of Llywel and Rhydvbriw, by his parishioners and friends as a token of respect as well as of their high appreciation of his energetic labours and faithful ministrations for the benefit of the parish of Llvwel since his ap- pointment in 1862." During his incumbency Mr. Price has by his personal exertions secured the erection of excellent school- rooms and minister's residence, and a handsome vicarage at Tre- castle, and the restoration of the parish church, the total cost of these works being £ 4,000. In January last, Mr. J. Howell Thomas, of Starling Park, near Carmarthen, was thrown from a dog cart and seriously hurt in consequence of the negligence of the local authorities, a deep drain having been opened in the roadway and left at night with- out anything to warn passengers of their danger. Mr. Thomas, upon public grounds, claimed damages to the amount of t500 of the Carmarthen Town Council. The Town Council for some time resisted the claim and repudiated their liability, but they subsequently offered Z200 as a compromise. Mr. Thomas has not only accepted the offer but has returned £ 100 to the Council, at the same time stating that the moiety he has retained would not cover the actual losses he incurred in consequence of the accident. Mayfair has the following comment upon a recent case at the Oswestry County Court:—"It seems that Dr. Kenealy, in the shape of Answers to Correspondents," gives the subscribers to his inestimable Englishman the full benefit of his legal know- lege on any practical points of law in which they may have be- come involved. This valuable piece of information transpired the other day in an amusing case in a provincial County Court, in which a newly-married husband was sued for payment of the cost of his bride's wedding dress. The husband, as witness in the case, stated that he had the' opinion of 'an ex-Q.C.' that he was not liable for the dress. The Judge having elicited that the ex-Q.C. was our umbrella-carrying doctor, who had answered the inquiry in the columns of the Englishman, said he was afraid the opinion of the ex-Q.C. mustprevail!' So the husband and his friends swear Kenealy to be a bigger boon [and blessing to men than ever." The Gardeners' Chronicle says-" Those who have given atten- tion to the subject of the longevity of Oaks could not fall to assign to the Cressage Oak a greater antiquity than that of the Venison Tree in Bagot's Park, which is known to have been standing at the Conquest. One half only of the Cressage Oak remains, con- sisting of a massive skin' of timber eighteen inches thick. The circumference of the tree, above the projecting base, would be about thirty feet, is it were complete, the measurement of the remaining half being fourteen feet. Part of the standing portion of the shell was so much injured by a fire mischievously lighted many years ago in the hollow trunk, that its envelope of liark is now dead, as well as the crown above it. In the re- mainder of the crown life still remains, and a crop of small branches is still fed by the bark below. The tree is in fact a natural pollard with an overhanging rugged crown." At the Carnarvon petty sessions, on Saturday, June 30, before Lord Newborough, and other magistrates, Thomas Ryan and J. (1. Pritchard, quarrymen, from the neighbourhood of Ebenezer, were charged with brutally assaulting Police-constable Evans. Thomas Roberts and G. Roberts were also charged with resist- ing and interfering with the constable, whose head and face were considerably scarred. From the evidence, it appears that in a drunken row on the previous Sunday night the prisoners Ryan and Pritchard attacked the constable, the former dealing him six running" kicks in different parts of the body. A special warrant was issued for the apprehension of Pritchard, who, on being captured, again kicked the officer in a savage manner. The other prisoners made a "desperate attempt to rescue him from the custody of the constable. Several letters were handed to the Bench complaining of the ruffianism preva- lent among some of the quarrymen in that neighbourhood. Mr. Allanson (Carnarvon), and Mr. T. Roberts (Bangor), appeared For the prisoners. The Bench sentenced Pritchard to four months' imprisonment with hard labour and Ryan, six months' with hard bbour. The other prisoners were each fined 40s. and osts. We referred last week to the reports of the Medical Officer md Inspector of Nuisances of the Llanrwst Rural Sanitary Authority, on the extremely bad sanitary condition of Llanrwst. [t appears, however, that the village of Penmachno, which is within the jurisdiction of the same Authority, is in an even more filthy and disgraceful state. At the meeting of the Authority on Tuesday, June 26, Dr. Rees, the County Medical Officer of Health, reported the results of a recent visit to this tillage, which he described as a veritable sink of abominations. riie water supply was polluted, being obtained from pumps .vhich were within a few yards of choked up drains, or from the iver, into which all kinds of decomposed animal and vegetable substances are thrown, and into which the contents of several trains and privies are discharged. At the upper part of the 'illage the sewage flows in an open gulley along the side of the •oad, and in warm weather is, of course, a dangerous misance." All the drains have been long since choked up, and converted into a series of elongated cesspools," and the con- sequence is that as the soil is porous, it has become saturated ivith sewage. It is said that other villages in the district are in ilmost, if not quite, as bad a state. The work of sanitary im- provement seems to make extremely slow progress in some Kirts of Wales. The tenth annual festival of the parish choirs of the Lichfield Diocesan Choral Association was held on Thursday, June 28, in Lichfield Cathedral, when morning and evening services were leld. About 1,600 choristers took part in the Festival, and tbout 200 clergymen were present in their surplices. Mr. Beds- nore presided at the organ. The sermon in the morning was weached by the Bishop of Manchester. In the course of it his ordship remarked that in small churches, where the musical resources could not possibly be very ample, it seemed to him ,he height of absurdity to try to imitate the ritual of a great cathedral, and he ventured to think that anthems would hardly sdify an ordinary rural congregation. The Bishop made iinne very sensible remarks with regard to church hymns, which clergymen and others, whose duty it is to select hymns :or congregational singing, would do well to lay to heart. He ,aid that for edification it was necessary that there should be a careful choice of hymns. He felt that there was a strange inreality of language in many of our popular hymns, and that ;hcre was just cause for complaint of the material, mystic anguage of many of them. The material language of a great ?any hymns was most marked. Let them take, for instance,— Ihere is a fountain filled with blood," as though it were the ;hemical fluid of the Redeemer's veins that washed away the iinsot the world. Then there was language teaching Christ's presence in His sacrament, which went beyond even the -neological tenet of transubstantiation as that was theologi- ally accepted. °