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TIPYN 0 BOB PETH. Lady Mabel Selina Bridgeman, eldest daughter of the Earl of Bradford, is to be one of the bridesmaids at the Bamiage of the Duke of Connaught. It is reported that the first sod of the Ruthin and Cerrig-y-drudion Railway will be cut on St. David's Day, by Mr. Chas. Mainwaring. The Chester Town Cour.cil have refused, by fifteen votes to seven, to petition in favour of the Bill for giving par- liamentary votes to women. The Chester Literary and Debating Society have de- cided, by 27 votes to 12, 'that the Women's Disabilities Bill ought not to become law. The directors of the proposed railway from Rosebush to Fishguard hare announced that they feel justified in let- ting the contract for the first portion of the line. A football match was played at Abergele on Thursday evening, Feb. 13, by electric liglih, which is said to have been very successful. 0 The Rev. H. Rees, vicar of Conway, has been offered the living of Pwllheli, which is worth about 2130 more than his own, but has declined it. The prizes won by the 2nd FHntshire (Hawarden) Volunteers, during the last twelvemonths were presented by Mrs, Gladstone at Hawarden on Friday, Feb. 14. -A. Roman Catholic mission which the Very Reverend, the Father Athanasius has been holding at Mold was very well attended. John Hill Simpson, farmer, Audlem, and Arthur Robinson, of the Grange Farm, Wrenbury, were each hued £ 2 and costs at Nantwich Petty Sessions for not deporting the existence of scab amongst their sheep. The Art Journal for February contains a further con- tribution from the Dean of Chester on Chester Oathe- AIJ? restoredand unrestored," with illustrations by Mr. Alfred Rimmer. It is said that a ship containing 416 boxes of dynamite recently arrived at Mostyn, where the Custom House authorities refused to allow it to be landed, and it was or- round to Liverpool or Conway. On Tuesday morning, February 11. a little girl, twelve years of age, named Agnes Purcell, was accidentally drowned at St. George's, Salop, in a water tank at the her father's house. „ ir The Gardeners' Chronicle for Saturday, Feb. 1<>, contains illustration of a beautiful tot vine grown as a standard *or table decoration, in the form of a pillar or column, by *!• Sage, Lord Brownlow's Ashridge gardener. America is sending missionaries to England. For some time the religious public of Chester have been much exer- cised by the question What is Mr. Todd -a gentleman Who has been preaching to large congregations in that city. It now appears that Mr. Todd has been sent to Chester by the American Christian Missionary Society to "teach the Bible," at a stipend of £450 a year. The other day the body of Edward Mulligan, aged thirty-two, a shoemaker living at Bougliton, was found horribly mutilated in the canal, where his clothes had be- come entangled in the screw of a steamtug. The last that Was heard of him alive was at an inn where he was refused <lrink by the landlady. A. few days a°"0, as IVtr. Owen Jones, the landlord 01 fcne Ship and Anchor Inn, Flint, was returning home along the Holywell road, he was stopped by two men who Proceeded to rifle his pockets. Being a powerful man he resisted. They attacked him savagely, but he continued to struggle until a carriage came up, when they decamped, having secured only 3s. 9d. ITT W I At the half-yearly meeting of the Chester Water Works Company, held on Friday, February 14. an increase in the receipts was reported, and a dividend of six per cent. Per annum, free of income tax, was declared. A motion the re-election of the Chairman of the Board, Mr. "illiam Brown, as a director, was carried, after a strong and personal protest from Alderman T. Q. Roberts. -A. man named Robert Hughes was charged at the Chester City Police Court on Friday, Feb. 14, with com- uaittin., an aggravated assault upon Elizabeth Dodleston, & Woman with whom he cohabited- It was proved that on Thursday night the prisoner went home drunk, and with- out any provocation brutally maltreated the woman as she lay in bed. He had been several times convicted of serious assaults, and was now sentenced to six months im- Pnsonment with hard labour. The funeral of Mrs. Corbett Winder, who died recently the age of 86, w"as solemnized on Thursday, lebruary *■3, at Lebotwood, near Shrewsbury, and in accordance With the wishes of the deceased lady, was as unpreten- tious as possible. Amongst the mourners were Major Corbett, Mr. Uvedale Corbett, the Rev. Robert Corbett, the Rev. Lionel Corbett, and Mr. Reginald Corbett. The statue of Lord Hill which surmounts the column at the entrance into Shrewsbury on the London road, shows serious symptoms of decay. Large pieces of cement have fallen from various parts of it, and although an attempt is being made to restore it, it is feared that the material of which it is composed will in the course of a few years suc- cumb to the severities of our climate. It has been sug- gested that the statue should be replaced by one of more durable material. An enquiry has been instituted by the Bangor Board of -Wealth into the causes of the depression of trade in that district. At a meeting of the Board, held on Thursday, r ebruary 13, Dr. Ellis stated that vessels were kept wait- at Bangor for cargoes for weeks and even months. j^Qglish merchants complain of the port restrictions at Bangor, and it is believed that those restrictions have something to do with the decreasing demand for Welsh states. At Bangor County Court, the wife of Wm. Parry, of Jjrwynfro, Anglesey, who has filed a petition, applied to placed on the list of her husband's creditors for the sum of 2850. Mrs. Parry had obtained a judicial separ-, ation on the ground of an aggravated assault committed her by her husband; and she was to have the custody °f the children with an allowance of 20s. a week. The sum had been capitalised at 2850, for which she now sought to become a creditor. The Judge deferred his decision. At the last meeting of the Bangor Board of Guardians, Captain Verney proposed that the office of schoolmaster should be abolished, and that the children should be educated in a Board School. Mr. Murray Browne, after referring to the fact that a similar system answered well at Pwllheli, Festiniosr, and other places, said the children would be benefited by mixing with others, and would get good rather than harm by their journey to and from school. The question was adjourned. Three working men of Rhuddlan have been com mitted for trial on the charge of being ringleaders in a (so- called) School Board riot. It appeared that an anti-School Board meeting had been held, and that at the close of it the speakers were mobbed and stoned one of them was kicked and beaten until he was insensible, and others were Roughly handled. The carriage of the Chairman (Capt. ^onwy) was also attacked. The defence was, that the Persons anxious for a School Board were irritated by some ery offensive remarks made at the meeting, and that no aliize(I riot took place. riu he Duke of Westminster presided over a meeting at t ester Town Hall on Thursday, February 13, to consider e best means of relieving the great distress which pre- cis m that city. The Charity Organization Committee ^bmitted a scheme founded on the well-known Elber- £ }<« system, by which the city will be divided into dis- ^ts worked by Local Committees, consisting of clergy, suardians, and district visitors, with a central office for the Ration of all applications. The scheme was ap- proved by resolution, and the Charity Organization Com- fcT ee are to draught the details, which will be submitted another meeting. fo*i-L Arthur Pritchard, brewer, was_ summoned be- chsfJ Chester magistrates for neglecting to send his n' AmY aged 11, and Florence aged 9, regularly to m, The children were in the habit of attending an school, kept by Miss Cooper, but they were It J? a^.sent on account, it was said, of delicate health. as further contended for the defence that the children tov, educated, and that the summons ought never into* -e heen taken out. The magistrates, after a private Well IJ6w with the children, said they appeared to be Ti-ted, and no order would be made at present. ilWf! ^ec,essity for a School Board at Mold was curiously BOAW?3* the other day by a memorial presented to the the *rom a number of ratepayers who complainedot Cm X?e,nditure. The document began The humble thi °"?1 of we, the undersigned." and amongst other enh-w, stated that the memorialists viewed an intended reffro»-Cealent Public money," with a sense of deep Xh. An explanation was given them, and the Chair- Pmn«retnar'Je^ that if they were still dissatisfied their ^lection 0Ur8e wou be to choose a new Board at the next Week an old man named Thomas Radnor, of Clee com charged at Ludlow with having attempted to lon^ suicide. It appeared that the old man was no he f v1- work, and was in receipt of parish relief, and his In,8 throat while shaving,because being unable to pay at T nS was afraid he should be turned out of his cottage man H-e had always been a steady, hardworking Tu 6 maS1?1trate (Mr. Betton) told him he himself th;„ b,e responsible for his rent, and would see if some- £ «ig else could not be done for him by the Guardians. Hor« • s,°.me, words of kindly admonition, placed • toe silver in his hands and ordered him to be taken m a fly. he belief in witchcraft still survives in some parts of j*ales. At Caergwrle Flintshire, a Mrs. Braithwaite y* supplied a Mrs. Williams with milk but a short time tO rfused to serve her. Mrs. Eraithwaite had up to time been very successful in churning her butter, but \2°ut a month ago the butter would not come. She said it Williams had witched her. The neighbours believed jV aud Mrs. Williams was generally called "The Witch." these reports, Mrs. Williams went to_ Mrs. Braith- to expostulate with her, when Mrs. Braithwaite said, h1: ut with you; if you don't leave here I'll shoot you." bj' "illiatus on Thursday applied to the Caergwrle Magistrates for a protection o^der against Mrs. evpi, waite. She assured the Bench she was in danger, X0I1e believed she was a witch.— IheCler^.V hatdothey thenvi^16 reason?—Applicant: Because she cant churn on J? k* (Laughter.)—Mr. Kyrke: D6 they see you riding tet\ Applicant (seriously): No, sir. (Laugh- AjJ -j?he Bench instructed a police officer to caution At /Sv*aithwaite against repeating her threats.. the hester Countv Court an action was brought a„< CotoSurerand secretary of the Chester Autumn Sports r>xielif-1 i.e "° recover two prizes which, it was alleo > v'^ ave been awarded to members of the Maccles- >erp oiuuteer Fire Brigade. The prizes in question ^8a warc*eu in a race for firemen in full uniform, carrj Wsiter and a length of ladder. The plam- ^obin« n f° + Harrow came in first and second, and I'Cr, ? that When he was standing by the win- ut t £ ?3t 80™e°ue came up and kicked his bucket over, the It was further asserted, on the part ^ide,f TTil the condition on which the race was iSwJi man. with the fullest bucket should win Jhe t n.°t in the original conditions, but laid down after jhe tlac' commenced. The jud^e however, considered ^ken f s.° reasonable tb at he said^e very one ought to have Y, At Ator granted, and he non-suited the plaintiffs, farm quarterly Tmeeting of the Carmarthenshire 5?-t>er 0 V< i ^r- Lewis, of Gurrev Manor, read a ^"he use and abuse of lime. Considerable ?• lirrtfT16,0/ cpiui011 seemed to prevail as to the benefit • ^ewis, for instance, deprecated the use of ()nta,ill a caustic state on sandy soils, because those soil", ih cUy I? a,very limited quantity of organic matter, while ,> he said, lime improved the crops and the i; the s c°udition of the soil. On the other hand, one ]:^e, akers, Mi\ Coysh, thought sandy soils required ha e n'fJ, contained none, while clay soil contained V, a Lime, he added, would make a soil 1 t> 1 ri wpuld never make a soil light; on v.-ac, le Chairman remarked that his experi- a T)ar. 1uite the reverse. Mr. C. Bishop said he Was fu ere not long ago, in which he pointed out tlf Partov. common waste of farming in the district. Jfr lr. Tas commented upon at some length in several w-i,0 u Papers, and Mr. Gibson, of the Cambrian aii atMr-i u d drawn hints from it for his late pamphlet f fture, was at the same time kind enough to °^evei. e PaPer itself. That paper he had read there, a|p,Per n' Was used against him by a gentleman in the P of W* the country in a contest for the guardian- (Mr. Bishop's) parish. Because he had spoken and, perhaps, rather roughly, in telling the k be Pjain truths, which he and many others believed a farmers' good; he was represented as being y to the farmers.

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I FEBRUARY 19, 1879.

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