ESGAIR HIR MINE This lead mine well illustrates in many par- ticulars some objectionable phases in Welsh mining enterprize, and its history may be read with interest and profit by those who feel dis- posed to invest capital in undertakings respecting which, as a rule, they can obtain DO information beyond what is volunteered in prospectuses issued by promoters of companies. That there is lead in large and paying quantities amongst the hills of Wales there can be no mannsr of doubt, and it is equally certain that there is lead at Esgair Hir, but whether the new companv recently formed will obtain the covaed mineral in divi- dend paying quantities, fime alone can decide. If in the past the capital obtained in London, or even fifty per cent. of it, had been spent in de- veloping the Welsh mines, for which ostensibly it was raised, mining in Wales would have occupied a less dubious position in the estimation of the public than it does to-day. The Marquess of LONDONDERRY, Sir WATKIN, Lord LISBURNE, Sir PRYSE PiiYSE, and Colonel POWELL, the great landlords of the district, on whose estates lead mines are worked, are anxious to develop legitimate mining, and to prevent mine jobbing, which is extensively carried on, and interferes prejudicially with the operations of companies like that recently formed to work Esgair Hir. So completely has the con- fidence of the inhabitants in the dis rict been des- troyed by mere speculators and jobbers that shares in companies for working lead mines are now seldom or never taken by anyone who knows the country in which they are situated. This ought not to be so, especially as there are many mines, which, if fairly worked, would pay good interest on the capital expended. Local confi- dence, however, will not be restored until the landowners of Wales take a personal interest in mining, encourage the establishment of local com- panies, and work at any rate to some extent with local capital. The past history of Esgair Hir mine, with slight variations in the details, might be applied to a score of similar undertakings in Cardiganshire and elsewhere. From about the year 1870 to 1875 Esgair Elir mine was worked by a company with a capital of £ 10,000. After going on for some time an additional sum of £ 4,500 was raised in debentures. During the! period the Company was in existence lead worth something like £ 8,000 was raised and sold, and this sum was also invested in the mine. In 1875 the Company was wound up, and early in 1876 the mine was sold with all the plant, machinery, &c., to Mr. GRIFFITH WILLIAMS, of Aberystwyth, for £ 1,500. The purchaser worked the mine for about a year at a cost of not far short of £1,000, and in March last he sold it for about£2,500 to Mr. THOMAS Hnn: GREEN. A com- pany was then formed with a capital of ;Cloo,ooo, and the mine was purchased from Mr. GREEN for £ 70,000 in shares, leaving ESO,000 for working the mine and other expenses. If this large amount for which the mine has been purchased and paid for in shares was net to bear dividends until the ordinary investors had received say ten per (ent., nobody would have a right to complaiu, but that a mine sold for £ 2,500 should become worth S70,000 and be able to bear a capital of -vioo,ooo requires faith--more faith than can be found in Wales. Suppose a sum of £ 20,000 out of the capital of R100,000 ultimately finds its way to Esgair Hir, and is expended there in developing the workings it is not impossible that the results may show a decent return on the sum expended, but how about the £ 70,000 purchase money and the ex- penses consequent on placing the remainder of the shares ? The public in nearly all cases of new companies are led to expect large immediate returns on investments in lead mines; and although experience is always teaching the hollowness of these expectations, promoters of companies and captains of mines continue to represent the properties for which they seek to obtain capital as on the eve of paying immense profits. This conduct on the part of promoters and captains is perhaps not so extraordinary as" the trustfulness of the public, thousands of whom do not know the difference between a lead mine and a slate quarry, but who nevertheless are willing to invest their money on the faith of flowing reports, which in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred are less worthy of credence than the wildest tales of the Arabian Nights. It must not for a moment be presumed, because promoters are over sanguine and disappointment ensues, that there is no lead in Tv .ties There is plenty of lead and, if honestly conducted, mining is a business that pays. Of course there are great riÙs, but then there are great prizes and, after all, it is doubtful if a reasonable proportion of the money raised by companies was spent in opening ground, whether lead mining would not be a safer and more profitable investment than some of the so-called "securities" of foreign coun- tries. Mining is at a low ebb just now, and nothing would so quickly restore the confidence of the public as to see the landowners and resi- dents in the district once more taking shares in Welsh mining companies. Everybody in the neighbourl'ood naturally desires to see a company like that formed to work Esgair Hir succeed, heavily weighted though it is, but whether anybody who knows all the circumstances of the case be- lieves success is pcssible is more than we are able to say. Fortunately for investors in mines, success does not depend upon beliefs, but it does depend in no slight degree upon the amount of capital wisely expended on the particular workings from whence the ore has to be drawn if dividends are ever to be paid.
LOCAL AND DISTRICT NOTES. At the Llanilar Sessions on Friday last, seven men were fined somewhat heavily for an assault upon a man named HENRY EVANS. This was another of those assaults now so common, in which gangs of disreputable men attack people on the highways and beat them without provoca- tion. Fines rangiseg from fifteen to thirty shillings have little effect on ruffians who frequently owe it to accident that they are not charged with manslaughter or murder instead of with coiamon assault. A labourer's wife siamed MARGARET EVAXS was sen- tenced to a month's imprisonment in Cardigan Gaol for stealing milk from a cow at four o'clock on the morning of the 27th of July. Tlie prosecutor, Mr. HENRY DAVIES, Cefn Graigwen, had been losing milk for three weeks, A watch was set, and MAILGARET EVANS was caught milk- ing the cow. Are the people of the district becoming less honest, or are they only getting found out ? Borth Parochial Committee has done nothing-not even held a meeting-during the past month. The Aberyst- wyth Rural Sanitary Authority resolved on Monday last that the Inspector should report on the water supply of all the villages in the district. When will the Authority .act on the reports it has had already ? Is there never to be an end of reporting and a beginning of work'! Mr. FRYER supplies Tre'rddol with water, Mr. LOXDALE is ex- pected to supply Llanilar, but when is the Authority going to do something besides talk and read reports ? o Last week an important Cardiganshire eviction case was tried at Swansea Assizes. MARY DAVIES and JOHN JENKINS sought to recover certain farms in the parish of Cileenuin, under a will made in 1778. The case is remark- able in that the plaintiffs, who have now succeeded, were defeated in 1872. when they tried at Cardigan to obtain possession of the property. During the hearing of the case, which occupied three days, several curious facts were D —.— m L -.L-- brought to light. Among other things it was shown how Hendre estate originally became divided. First a cottage was built; then it was enlarged. Afterwards land was apportioned to it, and at last the holding became a suffi- ciently distinct property to be the cause of two expensive actions at law. Another interesting fact was that, eighty years: ago, it was a common thing for the VICAR of the parish and one HUGH the tailor to play ball against the church wall. How a marriage was stopped by the bride giving birth to a child, and how that child's bap- tismal register showed it to have been born thirteen months after marriage, will be seen from the report of the trial published in another part of the paper. t f At the last Council meeting at Aberystwyth, Alderman JONES called attention to the stench cansvd by the rotting under the promenade pier. Near Craiglais Point a ead animal has been lying«for several days. If the In- spector of Nuisances will visit the gardens at the back of the railway station he will there find four orfl ve live pigs. If he h- difficulty in finding them he has only to come into Aberystwyth by train to discover their whereabouts. A f- brigade has been formed, and naturally enough the first thing the men ask for is a fire engine. The Town Clerk asks if the town has power to purchase one. Has not the town power to purchase hose, implements re- quired to work the hydrants, or any other instrument necessary to extinguish fire. It surelv cannot be right that a town possessed of a valuable estate in house pro- perty should allow it all to be burnt down for want of pro- per means to extinguish fires ? The fire brigade may do good service by insisting upon the purchase of engines. It is to be hoped no cottages will be erected in Ship- builders -row so as to narrow the street in a way that will interfere with the health of the inhabitants in that part of the town. This matter has been referred to the Public Works Committee who will perhaps in their report deal with the house in Trefechan referred to them nearly a year ago. Two dogs have been poisoned this week on land near Brynymor, Aberystwyth. Every week valuable animals are sacrificed in this way, and yet the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood bear the wrong without the slightest sign of resentment. One of the dogs poisoned this week belonged to some visitors, and was an old favourite. The other was taken by the owner to Mr. ELLIS, chemist, Terrace-road, under the impression that it was in a fit. Surely the time has came when this nest of dog poisoners should be rooted out and destroyed. The evil is intolerable, and demands severe remedies. ♦ It will be seen from an advertisement in another column that an eisteddfod will be held at AL>er<rynolwyn on August 17th. At Aberystwyth Petty Sessions, last Wednesday, J OHY MORGAN EVANS, a boy aged thirteen, was committed for trial at Cardigan Assizes on a charge of setting fire to a hay rick at Piersfield, Aberystwyth. The death-rate in Machynlleth Union is considerably below the average this quarter. Whatever may be the reason for the favourable return, it is clear the Parochial Committee formed some months ago cannot take the credit of having brought about more healthy conditions in the town. The Tynewydd colliery disaster, and everything con- nected with it, has been written about until the people of South Wales must be heartily sick of it. James Thomas, the manager of the mine, who was put upon his trial at Cardiff fer manslaughter, has afforded the topic for dis- cussion. The jury could not agree and the accused was discharged, but will have to come up at the next Assizes if called upon. The accident happened as far back as last April, and without injustice to anybody we might now be allowed to hear about it less frequently—say every other day for a beginning. The annual meet;ngs of the Welsh Congregational Union have been held this week at Portmadoc, under tht. presidency of the Rev. WILLIAM EVANS. On Wednesday, a deputation from the General Assembly of the Calvinistic Methodists, attended the Conference, and received a very cordial and fraternal welcome. Mr. HEXKY RICHARD, M.P., presided at a public meeting which was held in the evening. Mr. J. BAILEY DENTON has addreseel a letter to the Timrs drawing attention to Mr. WHALLEY'S Reservoir Bill, which he describes as a very valuable measure. The Bill when it becomes law will enable any landowner, however limited his interest to collect water on his estate from anf-) pure source at his command, and having entered into a contract to supply it to any sanitary authority .within reach, he can borrow the money required for the neces- sary works, and with the approval of the Enclosure Com- missioners, charge his estate on two conditions-first, that the amount is repaid by instalments extending over a limited period of years, and, second, that the income to be derived from the water shall be sufficient to satisfy the Commissioners that the reversionary interests will be benefitted by the transaction. At the last November County Court at Aberystwyth a case, BeBB v. JONES, clergyman, rector of Cellan, was heard. The claim was for work done at the instance of defendathe failure of the contractors. Mr. GRIFFITH JONB< Aberystwyth, appeared for plaintiffs, and Mr. J. J. ATWOOD for defendants. A verdict was given for the plaintiffs for £ 5. An application was made for a new trial, which the JUDGE granted, and remarked that the verdict was one given by Aberystwyth tradesmen to an Aberystwyth tradesman. He removed the case for trial to Newtown, and it was heard in June, when a verdict, which the JriKJE said was a perverse one, was given for plaintiffs for £ 7s. Another application for a new trial was made, on the ground of fresh evidence. This .time the case went still further north, and was heard on Wednesday last at Welshpool, before >T a<li.re BEALE. A verdict was once more given for the plaintiff, for £ 5 10s. On each occasion the Ji-L,il- said that vilfsil and corrupt perjury had been committed by one side or the other. At the last trial, out of the five jurymen who tried the case, four were churchmen and three were churchwardens.
Statistics presented at the Wesleyan Conference on Wednesday, show that there are now 382,289 members in the society, which is an increase of 9,351 on the year, and 28,002 on trial for church membership. With one excep- tion the increase is spread over all the districts. The application for the postponement until next Ses- sions of the trial of the four persons charged with murder- ing Mrs. Harriet Staunton, came before the Lord Chief Justice on Wednesday. His lordship granted the appli- cation, although he considered it unreasonable, as there had been plenty of time to obtain the medical evidence which was said to be still wanting. On Wednesday, August 8, Joseph Quinn, a young man, was committed for trial at Liverpool for having sent al threatening letter to Mr. Justice Hawkins. The prisoner remarked that it seemed strange he should threaten a judge in order to force him to be lenient to the man that killed his sister. The Times says it is hoped that public business will be sufficiently advanced to enable her Majesty to prorogue Parliament on the 14th or 15th of August. The arrears of business in the Law Courts are becoming more and more formidable. The Times states that there are about a thousand causes waiting for trial in the Com- mon Law Division of the High Court of Justice. A correspondent of the Times gives what is an amusing illustration of the ignorance of foreigners as to English titles, and at the same time an explanation of the frequent disappointment of English travellers on the continent, in reference to the receipt of letters. He says:—"The employes at the various offices do not usually understand English titles, and the words Baronet' and Esquire' being often mistaken to mean the surname, the letters so addressed get sorted, accordingly, into the various pigeon- holes. During a tour on the Continent last year I was in Prague, and on asking for my letters at the postc rcstante I was handed several addressed to a most distinguished English judge, the word Bart.' being mistaken for my name, and on my return to England I received another parcel of letters from the same source. Some years ago I saw in a poste rest-ante at a small German watering-place quite a packet of letters addressed to various travellers, sorted up under the word Esquire.' At the Abingdon Borough Sessions on Tuesday, August 7, a clergyman named Henry James, aged seventy- two,was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment for obtaining a service of communion plate by false pretences. The Liverpool Mercury says that a Colorado beetle, the identity of which is established by Mr. Moore, curator of the Free Public Museum, has been captured on board an American steamer in that port. The beetle has been forwarded by Mr. Moore, to the Home Office. Mr. W. H. Smith has been appointed First Lord of the Admiralty in succession to the late Mr. Ward Hunt. The selection is a popular one. and will probr>,My please everybody except aristocratic Torus, wb. dislike to see a plebeian man of trade in the Cabinet. The appointment will tend to conciliate the Tory borough members, who com- plained that the Prime Minister had not given them their fair share of official positions. A new writ for estminster was ordered in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Mr. Smith will, no doubt be returned unopposed. It is said that the vacant office of Secretary of the Treasury will probably be fined by Sir Massey Lopes, the present Financial Secretary, whose place will be filled by Mr. Sampson Lloyd, the member for Plymouth.
PUBLIC NOTICES. COUNTY OF MERIONETH TO WIT. A T the General Quarter Sessions of the Peace of our Sovereign Lady the Queen, held at Dolgelley, fci and for the said County of Merioneth, the Third day of July, in the 41at year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria, by the Grace of God of the United King- dom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen, Defender of the Faith, and in the year of our Lord 1877, before Charles John Tottenham, Esquire, Chairman, and John Vaughan,Esquire, and others their companions, Justices of our said Lady the Queen, assigned to Keep the Peace in and for the said county, and also to hear and determine divers felonies, trespasses, and other misdemeanors com- mitted within the said County; The Justices of the Peace for this County having at these Sessions, pursuant to an Act passed in the 9th year of the reign of his late Majesty King George the 4th, intituled An Act for the better Regulation of Divisions in the several Counties of England and Wales," proceeded to the consideration of a certain statement laid by the Clerk of the Peace before the Justices assembled at the last General Quarter Sessions of the Peace held in and for this County, of which the following is a Copy, that is to say:— County of) We, the undersigned Justices of the Merioneth "Peace for the County of Merioneth, are to wit. j of opinion that the Parishes of Llanegryn and Llanfihangelypennant; now forming part of the Talybont Division, ought to be annexed to the Estimaner Division as a more convenient and proper arrange- met for the purpose of holding special sessions for such Divisions respectively. Dated this seventeenth day of March 1877. WILLIAM R. M. WYNNE, W. WMS. WYNN, WM. W. E. WYNNE." And it having been proved to this Court that due notice of the said statement and that the same would be now here taken into consideration hath been given in the Cambrian News, North Wales Chronicle, and the Herald Cymraeg, being three weekly newspapers usually published or circulated in the said County, and in which the advertisements of County business are usually inserted, and it appearing to this Court that the several allegations in the said statement are true, and that the convenience of the inhabitants of the said Parishes of Llanegryn and Llanfihangelypennant will be promoted by the proposed alteration. It is ordered that the said statement and the alteration proposed thereby be adopted by this Court. And it is further ordered and determined by this Court that the said Parishes of Llanegryn and Llanfihangely- pennant be from and after the First day of September next disannexed from the said Division of Talybont, in which they are now situate, and thenceforth added and annexed to the said Division of Estimaner, and shall from and after the said First day of September next be taken to be and form part of the said last mentioned division for all matters and things required to be transacted or de- termined at special and petty sessions, and all other pur- poses whatsoever. By the Court, EDWARD BREESE, Clerk of the Peace. FESTINIOG UNION RURAL SANITARY AUTHORITY. NOTICE is Hereby Given that it is the intention of the above named Authority, on or after the 1st day of October next, to erect and construct an embank- ment 136 feet long, 60 feet wide, and 16 feet in height on the west side of Llyn Morwynion, in the parish of Fes- tiniog, in the county of Merioneth, on lands belonging to Phillip Lloyd Fletcher, of Nerquis Hall, Mold, Esquire, and in the holding or occupation of David Jones and Robert Powell, for the purpose of damming up the waters of the said lake to enable the said Authority to supply their district with water from such lake. All persons affected by the said proposed works, and objecting to their construction must give notice in writing of their objection to me on or before the 29th day of Sep- tember next. Dated this 23rd day of July, 1877. G. S. JONES, of Portmadoc, Clerk to the said Sanitary Authority. PROMENADE AND TOWN BAND. MESSRS. WATERS & ADIE having commenced the season at Aberystwyth with their celebrated band, beg respectfully to inform the visitors that the sub- scription book will be presented once each week—the band being entirely supported by voluntary contributions—and hope by a careful rendering of a choice selection of music, they will meet with that liberal patronage an earnest at- tention to the musical requirements of the town deserves; and, while thanking resident subscribers for their patron- age, beg to remind resident non-subscribers that it is only fair the band should receive that support, while having to act as their own committee, they would receive were a resident committee collecting for them but still hope to have a favourable resident list to publish at the end of the season. Each subscriber will receive a printed subscription list the end of the season. The band will play on the Terrace every evening, and in various parts of the town from 9 till 11 in the morning. NOTICE. I HEREBY give notice that I will not be answer- able for any debt or debts my wife, Ellen Jenkins, may contract after this date. Signed—JAMES J. JENKINS, Vulcan-street. Witmess-J. L. EVANS. ■July 31st, 1877, Aberystwyth. BALA UNION, MERIONETHSHIRE. MASTER AND MATRON WANTED. THE Guardians of this Union require a Master and Matron, married, to take charge of the Workhouse at Bala. Salary, for the Master, £30, Matron, £20 per annum and Rations, &c., &c. Applications in the handwriting of the Candidates, stating age, and if any incumbrance, with testimonials of character and competency, to be addressed to the Chair- man <if the Board of Guardians, Bala, North Wales, on or before Saturday, the 1st day of September, 1877, at 12 ■o'clock noon. A knowledge of Welsh indispensable. By Order, THOS. ELLIS, Clerk. Henblas, Bala, N.< Wales, Aug. 4th, 1877. To theO verseers of the Poor of the Parish ofjLlanuwchllyn, and to the Superintendent of Police for the Division of Penllyn, in the County of Merioneth, and to all whom it may concern. T THOMAS DAVIES, now residing at Aran iy House, Pandy, in the Parish of Llawa wchllyn, in the 'County of Merioneth, shopkeeper, do hereby give notice that it is my intention to apply at the General Annual Licensing meeting, to be holden at Bala<m t'he2ath day of August instant, for a Licence to hold any Excise Licence or Licences to sell by retail Sweets, to be consumed off the house or premises thereunto belonging, f&fraate at Pandy, in the parish of Llanuwchllyn aforesaid, and commonly Tcnown by the name of Aran House, and of which premises I am the owner. Given under my hand this 1st day of August, 1877, THOMAS DAVIES. WANTED, TO LET, &c. "J'J NOTICE TO MINE AND QUARRV AGENTS. WANTED, to purchase all kinds of OLD TV MACH INERY, METAL and SCRAP IRON. -Address MCILQUHAM, Machine Broker, Aberystwyth. N.B.—Mining Plant, &c., Bought and Sold on Commission. ANTED, a PATTERN MAKER of thorough experience in patterns for quarries Mid mine works. Liberal wages given.—Apply to J. and D- DAVIKS, Rock -Foundry, Machynlleth. STONE CUTTER BUSINESS. ANTED, a MANAGING PARTNER for a TV Stone Cutter's Business at Portmadoc, which is -already large, and promises to become extensive. A rare opening.—Apply to M. E. MORRIS, Portmadoc. \XTANTED, a Stron^A^tive Youth, a* PORTER. Also, a good BAKER.—APPLY, T. LEWIS, Baker ■and Confectioner, Bailey-street, Oswestry. AN TED7 Respectable ^to Ml Standard Publications (ready bound), in Cardigan and neighbouring Counties. balary and Commission to suitable applicants. — Apply by letter, 6, Wellington Crescent, Waterloo, WelshpooL -=- OR SALE, a very handsome large BLACK DOG (of the Colley breed), with a little white about the **eck.—Apply to the Rev. WM. HUGHES, at LlanenddwyH Rectory, Dyffryn, Merionethshire, where the dog can be CARDIGANSHIRE. FARMS TO LET, on the CROSSWOOD ESTATE, From 29th September, 1877 :— Pentredu, in the parish of Lledrod, containing 194 acres. Nanthenfoel Fawr, in the parish of Llanfihangel Y-tfbrad, atid near Lampeter, containing 350 acres. -Apply to Mr. R. GkJtDiNER, Crosswood Estate Offise, "0grove, and on Mondays at 12, New street, Aberyst- wyth. TO BE LET, No. S, Cambrian Terrace, Borth. p T Furnished, with exemption of bedding.—Apply, L. NES, surveyor, Borth, Cardiganshire. To LET, FUKNISHED APARTMENTS, by Mrs. Jr~ OWEN. Meirion House, Penrhyndeu lraeth. REGISTRY OFFICE FOR FAMILIES AND SERVANTS \r AT LOWELL'S FAN C Y WAR E H ° USE, 8, LITTLE DARKGATE STREET, Opposite the Infirmary, AOBYSTWYTH. MEETINGS. "J"v" SHROPSHIRE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. THE RIGHT HOT?'THE* EARL OF POWIS. THE Committee have the honour to announce that -L the annual grand FLORAL AND HORTICULTURAL FETE Will be held in the far-famed Grounds of THE QUARRY, SHREWSBURY, (Kindly granted by the Mayor and Corporation), WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 & 16,1877. The Exhibition of PLANTS, FLOWERS, FRUIT, &C., Will be held in splendid Marquees erected for the occasion, and will be the finest display ever seen in the County. PRIZES TO THE AMOUNT or £250 ARE OFFERED FOR COMPETITION. The SHROPSHIRE BEE-KEEPERS' ASSOCIATION Will also hold their first Show of BEES, HONEY, BEE APPLIANCES, AND THE MANIPULATION OF BEES, On the same Ground, at which liberal Prizes will be awarded. MILITARY PROMENADE CONCERTS On both Days of the Show by the magnificent Band of the COLDSTREAM GUARDS, (By permission of Col. Hon. PERCY B. FEILDING, C.B.), Conducted by Mr. FRED GODFREY and the FULL BAND OF THE SHROPSHIRE MILITIA, (By permission of Col. CORBETT, M.P.), Conducted by Mr. PARRY. THE NATIONAL OLYMPIAN SOCIETY Will hold its Fifth Great FESTIVAL (Open to all England), in the Grounds of the Horticultural Society on the same days. GRAND TILTING TOURNAMENT, At which the Champion Tilter of England will Challenge all Comers. FIFTY SILVER CUPS, &c. of the Value of £240 and SILVER and BRONZE MEDALS of the Society will be awarded in the following Contests :— Tilting at the Ring over Quarter Mile Flat Race Hurdles and on the Flat One Hundred Yards Flat Pentathlon, or General Com- Race petition High Leap Quarter Mile Hurdle Race Leng Leap Mile Flat Race Pole Leaping Half Mile Race Throwing the 321b. Shot One Hundred and Twenty And other Races. Yards Hurdle Race GRAND AMATEUR REGATTA, Under the Management of the Pengwern Boat Club, open to All England, when the following PRIZES will be competed for :— SHREWSBURY PLATE, value £30, and 4 Silver Medals. CORPORATION PLATE, value JE15, and 4 Silver Medals. LADIES' PLATE, value £10, and 4 Bronze Medals. QUARRY PLATE, value B5, and 2 Bronze Medals. A SCULLING PRIZE, value J36, and Silver Medal. A SCULLING PRIZE, value B3, and Bronze Medal. SCRATCH FOURS, for 4 Cups. The Athletic Competition will be held on both days. The Tilting Tournament and Regatta will take place on Thursday. At dusk, each evening, a magnificent display of FIR E WORKS, BALLOON ASCENTS! GRAND ILLUMINATIONS of the Quarry Walks and magnificent Avenues of Trees by Coloured Fires and Lamps, producing picturesque and fairy-like effects, on a scale hitherto unattempted in Shrewsbury. The Illuminations and Fireworks will be under the superintendence of Mr. Follows, of Stafford, and will far exceed anyfpyrotechnic display ever given in this County. Special Excursion Trains, at cheap rates, from all parts. Prices of Admission: — Wednesday, One to Four, 2s. 6d. each; Four to Seven, Is.; from Seven to Dusk, 6d. Thursday, from Eleven to Four, Is. from Four to Dusk, 6d. Tickets sold at the followingprices—Half-crown Tickets at Is. 6d. each, and Shilling Tickets at 9d. each, if pur- chased on or before Monday, August 13th. Full Programmes and Tickets may had from Messrs. ADNITT and NAUNTON, Booksellers, Shrewsbury, who will forward Tickets per return of post, to any address, on re- ceipt of Post-office Order or Stamps. JBSTFirst and Second Class Refreshments and Tea Tents will be provided by Mr. TRENTHAM, Shrewsbury. H. W. ADNITT, ) W. W. NAUNTON, f Hon" beC8' ABERYSTWYTH. NORTH CARDIGANSHIRE AGRI- CULTURAL SOCIETY. AT THE roURTH SHOW OF THIS SOCIETY TO BE HELD AT ABER- YSTWYTH, ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TII, 1877, THE SCM OF £339 15s. WILL BE GIVEN IN PRIZES. ABSTRACT OF PRIZES. £ s. d. Class A. Open to all who shall be annual subscribers of £1 Is. and upwards 95 10 0 Class B. Limited to occupiers (whether owners or tenants), the rental or gross annual value of whose farms does exceed £200 a year, who are making their livelihood principally by farming, and are subscribers of not less than 10s. 6d. yearly 81 0 0 Class C. Limited to occupiers (whether owners or tenants), the rental or gross annual value of whose farms-does not exceed £80 a year, who are making their KTelihood principally by farming, and are «ubseribers of not less than 5s. yearly •• 58 0 0 Class D. Open to every member of the Society, and to tenants nominated in accordance with Rule 12 46 5 0 Class E. Open to Classes B and C, and tenants nomi- nated in accordance with Rule 12 14 10 0 For best managed Farm, 3 prizes 20 0 0 For best Root Crops, 2 first, 2 second, and 1 third prizes 13 10 0 Extra prizes 6 0 0 Medals for best Bulls, value. 5 0 0 JE339 15 0 Entries of stock to be made to one of the secretaries on or before the 27th August. Entries of farms and root crops must be made to one of the secretaries on or before the 20th of August. For further particulars, list of prizes, and conditions, apply to H. C. Fryer, Lodge Park, Glandovey, R. Gard- iner, Wenallt, Crosswood, Lewis Williams, Abermaide, Aberystwyth, and Jonathan Pell, Belle Vue Royal Hotel, Aberystwyth. Arrangements have been made with the Cambrian Rail- ways Company, as under :—Cheap tickets for the double journey will be issued from <Jswestry, Pwllheli, and in- termediate stations to Aberystwyth, available by ordinary trains which stop at the stations on day of issue only. A tram will also run from Aberystwyth to Machynlleth at will be convfj-ed by the down mail on the 'lay <>t the Show, or by any <af the goods trains on the preceding day. The Manchester and Milford Railway Company have also agreed to isue tickets at siugle fares for the e Journey from all the actions on the day of (the Show.. J ABERYSTWYTH. ENGLISH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. On SUNDAY, AUGUST 19th, the ANNIVERSARY SERVICES Witt be held at the Congregational Church, Portland- street, when The Rev- E. HERBER EVANS, of Carnarvon. Will preach^in the morning at eleven, and in the evening at six. Collections after each service. MEETINGS. EISTEDDFOD GADEIRIOL CADER IDRIS Will be held at ABERGYNOL W YN, AUGUST 17th, 1877, Under the patronage of the following gentlemen— S. Holland, Esq., M.P., Caerdeon. W. McConnel, Esq. C. F. Thruston, Esq,, J.P., Talgarth Hall, D. E. Kirkby, Eeq., J.P. Llanfendigaed. R. A. Kettle, Esq., Glanydon. J. Silvester, Esq., Sandiland. J. Webster, Esq., Aberdovey. R. Jones, Esq., J.P., Machynlleth. Dr. J. F. Jones, Towyn. Dr. J. T. Jones, Corris. Capt. Hancock, Visitor at Talyllyn. L. Ruck, Esq., Machynlleth. S. N. Norris, Esq., Cheshire. TWO MEETINGS, 10 A.M. AND 2 P.M. ALSO GRAND CONCERT AT 5.30. P.M. Cheap Trains from Portmadoc and Cemmes Road and intermediate stations. LLANBADARN-FAWR. A SPECIAL MORNING PRAYER & SERMON, IN ENGLISH, WILL be held in the Nave of the above Church Vt EVERY SUNDAY at 11.30 a.m, during the Summer Months, commencing on the First Sunday in June. Hymns Ancient and Modern (Old Edition.) Offertory towards the Restoration Fund.' MONTGOMERYSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. THE SEVENTH SHOW WILL TAKE PLACE AT MACHYNLLETH, ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 1877, PRESIDENT The Most Noble the Marquess of LONDONDERRY. ENTRY Forms, List of Prizes, and all other in- -LJ formation can be obtained from the undersigned. R. GILLART, Hon. Sec., Machynlleth. W. ASHFORD OWEN, Secretary, Welshpool. TREGARON CHURCH. A B A Z A A R IN aid of the Funds for the Restoration of the above Church WILL BE HELD IN THE SUMMER OF 1878. Further particulars will appear in future advertise- ments. E. & J. JONES, ¡ :=-c- '=: I SUMMER CURTAINS in Ecru and White Lace. Early'English Designs. CARPETS, FRENCH CHINTZES, CRETONNES, DIMITIES, &c., in t Early English Design. — j CABINET FURNITURE. One of the Largest Stocks in the pro- | vinces to select from. "0' ,°. tl." SPECIAL DESIGNS prepared on the premises, and Estimates given for Artistic Furnishing. CABINET MANUFACTURERS, I OSWESTRY. -L- TO CONTRACTORS AND BUILDERS. discharging a PRIME Cargo of PITCH -lAI PINE the logs are fresh, clean, and sound. SELECTED CURLY LOGS FOR PANELS, &c., APRIL, 1876. Our Brig Martha" has arrived with a very good Cargo of Red Pine Deals, Battens, Red and White Floor L 4Vds. MAY, 187C. The above cargoes, added to our former stock of PITCH PINE, RED PINE, YELLOW PINE, OAK, ELM, BIRCH, MAHOGANY, RED AND WHITE FLOOR BOARDS, will be found an excellent Lot from which to make selection. TFt/trfows, Doors, all sorts of Mouldings, Angle Beads, &c., manufactured on the Premises. JONES AND GRIFFITHS, ABERDOVEY, YNYSLAS, AND MACHYNLLETH. ra- Orders to be sent to Aberdovey. Saw Mills at Y nyslas. We are now yarding a cargo of RED and WHITE Prepared FLOOR BOARDS. July, 1876. JOHN BAKER, Rhydypestau Farm, Bow Street. BY the request of numerous friends h:is been in- duced to take a VALUER'S LICENCE, and he will be happy to attend to the commands of gentlemen leaving their farms or requiring a Valuer's services con- nected with land or stock. 1877. NOTICES OF THE PRESS. IS77. THE following amongst other notices of the new t_ eOtions of the Gossiping Guide te Wales have recently ap- peared. BIRMINGHAM DAILY GAZETTE.—" This is a "Bhorouchly exhaustive guide to the Principality. There is hardly anything which an excursionist would care to know that camnc/t be found in Mr. Askew Roberts's work. The author is fanriirillrwith the whole region described, has traversed some parts off it hundreds of times. Besides the ordinary kind of in- formation-furnished by guide books, Mr. Askew Roberts has got togetbern I singularly interesting collection of legends and traditionary lore, which relieves the drier parts of the work." BIRMINGHAM DAILY POST.—"Many Welsh tourists will be glad to see a new, revised, and enlarged edition of this most useful gttide book. It is written in a lively, readable style; is very full, and (so far as we have tested incom- plete in its descriptions of scenery and places of interest; con- tains "ketches.of routes; gives a good account of the geological and botanical features of Wales; and is illustrated with twelve maps, upon some of which routes not marked in the oidnance survey are indicated. No trouble, indeed, has been spared to make the book a thoroughly good Welsh guide and it has the further advantage of not being too large for the knap- sack orfche poriket." YCYMMRODOR.—" An enlarged edition of this JL Gossiping Gv i<le to Wales has appeared. We have perused its multifarious cuntents with more than ordinary interest; and we can thoroughly recommend it to the tourist as an instructive and pleasant companion in ramblestihrough North Wales. While professi^;todeal orth/ with gossip, it gives valuable and reliable information. The writer touches se:l1'cely:t spot that he does not reanimate with life. Description, history, anecdote, and poetry, flow from hit; pen as though they would chase one another for the precedence. The old heroes renew their powers, and the bands re-sing their songs. In short, the Gossip' is ex- actly what w.e would re? ommend to one seeking recreation and rest from the worries daily life amid romantic and quiet ttcenery." THE STANDARD, Era, Figaro, Leisure Hour Fun, llvrxua/ Spert&or, Queen, Tablet, and other London papers have also given favourable notices of the earlier editions of the Gossiping Guide to Wmles; as also have the following pro- vincial papers Breton Couttiy Tim-ex, Staffordshire Advert'zer, Shrewsbury CU'O&kle, Liverpool Mercury, Manchester Courier, Wrexham Advertiser, Chester Chronicle, Eddotces's Journal &c., &c., &c, 1877. GOSSIPING GUIDE TO WALES. 1877. THREE editions are published, viz. The JL "Popular" at Is. &t.; the H.Jf-Crown and the Crown. Oswestry, WOOPALL and VEXABLES, London, HODDEB and SLOL'OHTON.
A PHANTOM EISTEDDFOD. WE publish to-day a correspondence between Mr. CEIRIOG HUOHKG, on behalf of the Vord Gron, and the Secretary of the Eisteddfod which it is supposed will be held some time during the present year at Carnarvon. Of the actual inten- tion to carry out the announcement made last year at Wrexham we are unable to speak, except from such intimations as are afforded by the correspondence in question. The whole aflair has been kept a profound secret from all; except a select few, and it is only a matter of speculation whether the National" Eisteddfod is to be held in August, September, October, November, or December, or, indeed, whether it is to be held at all. We are afraid the secrecy which is preseived must give rise to the darkest forebodings. Whether there is some serious hitch in the arrangements which occasions fears of failure whether, no proper notice having been given of the prizes, there is a meagre list of competitors; whether the singers wo'nt sing, or the players refuse to play, we do not know. Perhaps it will all come right in the end, but if the meeting is to be held while it is yet summer, there is scarcely time to make an effective announcement. We are inclined to think it is a bardic joke, and the committee must have smiled a merry smile as they answered Mr. HUGHES'S letter, and thought of the brilliant surplus that would be handed over to the cause of education at Aberystwyth! On this hypothesis, we can understand the refusal of the Committee to lay the accounts before the Vord Gron. But they might have kept up the joke, and cheerfully agreed to submit the ghostly columns to Mr. HUGH OWEN'S scrutinizing glance. Altogether it is a puzzle, and we give it up. & vague impres- sion prevails in Wales that what is called a National Histeddfod is a'.jour. to be held, but nobody knows the date, or the names of the singers fif any), or the im u,.t of the prizes, if indeed some novel plan has rot been invented by the Committee-if there is a Committee!—to do away with prizes, aud perhaps to abolish music and poetry from the platform of the national institution. Is there a grand surprise in store for us ? After all this mystery, are we to be astonished by the anuouncementthat the old eisteddfodic programme is effete, and that a number of trained goats will climb greasy poles. whih old women in Welsh costumes pursue smo.)th-tuiled pigs ? There must be somn reason for keeping us all in the dark about the 11 National Eisteddfod."
ABERYSTWYTH BATHS. ANY time during the past three or four years shops in thebest business parts of the town of Aberyst- wyth' have been to let. At the present moment one of the most desirable, positions in the townis unoccupied. This fact is, perhaps, more in- dicative of a special tendency in the direction of business than of its decliae. But, after all that may be said in explanation, there can be no dis- puting the fact that just now shops are more numerous than tenants, and that whatever changes in occupation take place, the result does not affect the number of vacant premises. Business has been subdivided to such an extent by the multiplication of competitors that another claimant in trade cannot well exist without driv- ing to the wall one or more of those already in the field. The peculiar position of Aberystwyth as an agricultural town and summer resort re- moves it from those sudden waves of depression and exaltation that in manufacturing centres swiftly follow every fluctuation of business. Bad trade ultimately affects watering places, but it only affects them slowly, as men learn to limit expenditure which reduced profits have ceased to justify. To keep up the average prosperity of a watering place, it is necessary, not only that there should be no decline in spending power, but that the number of visitors should be steadily multiplied, so as to take possession of the ever increasing accommodation. It is not necessary to enter into an elraborate argument to show that a town may be as popular now as it was ten years ago, but that with double the number of lodging- 0 houses everybody, directly dependent upon visitors, is worse off than formerly. To main- tain the old degree of prosperity it is clearly necessary that visitors should also have doubled in number. To achieve this desirable end it is in-dispensable that towns should be provided with those attractions which visitors expect, and, no doubt, find in the majority of watering places. First-class hotels, promenade piers, libraries, commodious lodging-houses, baths, music, gardens, walks and drives are amongst the essentials-the stock-in-trade, so to speak, of summer resorts, and yet how few places in Wales are not deficient in even some of these elementary things! Barmouth is, perhaps, as well off as most towns on the west coast, but much still re- mains to be done there. At Aberystwyth a Baths Company has been formed, and the tradesmen and professional men of the town have already subscribed for shares to the extent of about seventeen hundred pounds. The scheme is one that cannot easily fail to pay both directly and indirectly, and ought on many grounds to be warmly supported. Owners of property are deeply interested in everything that tends to prevent rents from falling to the extent they manifest a tendency to fall. That the prices given for house property three or four years ago are not now obtainable is well known and unless the landlords of the towrt come for- ward with substantial assistance in the efforts now made to increase the prosperity of Aberyst- wyth they will be compelled to accept greatly re- duced rents. This is not an assertion made merely to frighten owners of property into a gen- erous support of the baths scheme, but is a state- ment of probable results based on existing condi- tions, which have already been sufficient to rouse the tenants to action, simply because they feel the pinch earlier than it is felt by landlords. Aberystwyth is not declining: it is growing in size and prosperity, but the growth in prosperity is not equal to the growth ia size, and conse- quently rents must decline unless sometiiing can be done to attract visitors in greater numbers eariier in the year. With this object in view, sea water swimming baths are about to be eraeted, and whether they will be worthy of the town de- pends, in some measure, on the support the scheme receives from owners of property in the town and neighbourhood. These baths are not a charity to which those interested in the town are asked to subscribe a donation, but a soomd commercial undertaking, and an act of simple self defence and protection, in which they are asked to invest capital. Of course, a landlord may say 0, I have always received high rents for my property hitherto, and I could let half a dozen of my houses to-morrow., if they were empty." This was true five or sixyeaM ago, and it may be true of the best houses on the Terrace to-day but it is also true that houses in that part of the town have been offered for sale, and have not been competed for up to the sum for which they are mortgaged. Every owner and occupier of a lodging-house will be benefited by these baths, and ought to take an interest in them, so that they may be well and quickly made. Once tourists can be induced to visit this coast, it matters little whether in the first instance they stop at Barmouth or Aberystwyth. If they find the attractions they have a right to expect they will either not leave it until they have well ex- plored its beauties or they will return again another year. But it makes all the difference in the world if, on coming to one of these places, visitors go away in a day or two because there are no baths, or because the accommodation in other respects is not what it ought to be.