ABERYSTWYTH AS A WINTER RESORT. There is an idea in the public mind that Wales is exceptionally unfavourable as a winter residence, and as the temperature of Aberystwyth is well known to be influenced by the warm west and south-west winds which prevail during three- fourths of the year, the only way to account for the unfavourable opinion referred to is that the people of watering places like Aberystwyth have not been careful to make known to the public the natural advantages of the towns on the coast of Wales. For years Mr BALCOMBE has been trying. to induce the people of Aberystwyth to spend about £ 20 or £ 30 in purchasing a thermometer, so that the readings might be sent tc London weekly, and published in the newspapers, thus giving the town a cheap and effective advertise- ment. It is believed by Mr BALCOMBE and our- selves that these readings would compare favourably with those of places in other parts of the kingdom resorted to by invalids during winter and it is greatly to be regretted that the lodging-house keepers, tradesmen, and others do not recognize the importance of subscribing to- o 10 wards an object of this kind, which would at any rate convince visitors that the residents were not afraid of publicity. The sum required is so small that we are compelled to own the money is not the obstacle in the way, but rather that want of co-operation which leaves Aberystwyth without a fire engine, and that petty jealousy which is afraid all the advantages of increased prosperity would fall to the proprietors of the large hotels. There are other ways in which the advantages of Aberystwyth might be made known besides the one here recommended for instance, in summer when thousands ot people from all parts of Eng- land are residing in the neighbourhood, it would o J 1- be advisable to pubnsn me ciaims of this place, and adopt every possible means of spreading its fame. As regards the thermometer, we have no doubt Mr BALCOMBE will continue to bring the matter forward until he succeeds in toeing this to the list of improvements he has promoted since he became a member of the Council* and if our Aberystwyth readers would only give the question a moment's thought we are confident tio sary amount would be forthcoming*^ a improved prosperity of the town benefits eve y person in it. If Aberystwyth will, however, not adopt Mr BALCOMBE's suggestion it is open AOI other places of more enterprise to do so, and then, perhaps, Aberystwyth may follow where it has not the courage to lead.
Our readers wi I see that gns coxp -mes can be proceeded against for contam-n iticg sewer-. In consequence of com- plaints by the inhabitant 8 cf Nottinghill about an offensive discharge of refta j fro ait he Gas L g t. ud Coke Company's Works into the pubic rewe s, the vestry lock out a the Company at tha police court. It jwas arfeu d f >r the defence twa", the pro- hibition- of le'use did nt apply to liquid0, and that the company had a right j to four into the sewer all their liquid matter which would not obstruct it. On the merits of the case, it was said to be only a queatio i of time, as the company were doing all they could to comply with the re- quirements of the yeetry. The heiring of the summons was adjourned, on the understanding that arrangements Would be made to prtYent a recurrence of the complaint.
[ The Inspector cf Nuisances for the Rural Sanitarv Authority at Tregaron has presented his first report, and our readers in tha- district will find in the carefully pre- pared statement of that officer, published in another column, material for grave consideration. In-efficient drainage, offensive manure heaps, lack ef privy accommo- Nation and othei defects inimical to health, prevail to such an extent that unless the Board of Guardians, supported by the inhabitants generally, do their utmost to bring about a. better state of things, it is to be feared that the alarming sickness which nOiV exists will increase in extent and dead- liuess. The Inspector is, of course, helpless, unless he is armed with pownr from the authorities to proceed against those parties who neglect to take action on the notices served upon them by the officer. It is melancholy | to think that year by year numbers of people die in Tre- garon from causes which do not exist in larger towns, the fact being that several people out of every hundred lose their lives yearly in this place who, in all probability, would live if it had been their good fortune to reside in London or Birmingham. We trust that the excellent suggestion made by Mr FRYER, the chairman of the Aberystwyth Board of Guardians, to hold a conference with the view of deciding what would be the best steps to take in forming a Counties Friendly Society, will be carried out before the coming con- ference of Gaardians at Swansea. One of the advantages of conferring together before the Swansea meeting wou ct be that the representatives from this district would be able to speak with a considerable degree of authority, as they wouid represent the distinct opinions of their colleagues on the question, the importance of which can scarcely be over- estimated. Pauperism is undoubtedly far higher in Wales than it ought to be and seeing that there is so great an antipathy to applying the workhouse test with a sufficient. degree of stringency, it is all the more desirable to establish some other test that would be of more universal application. At this conference other questions which will be discussed at Swansea might be touched upon, but of course the 4reat object would be to devise a scheme for at once bringing into operation a society estaolished on a sound basis, open to men, women, and children, and offering inducements available to those whose wages are a3 low as 15s. a week. On Friday the most important vestry of the year will be held in St. Michael's Church, Aberystwyth, when guardians and overseers will be nominated. We trust the ratepayers will attend in large numbers, as the question of pauperism and out-door relief is rapidly becoming a pro- minent question, and one which it is desirable should be dealt with by men determined to cope with the evils arising out of a lax administration of the Poor laws firmly and with a due regard to those who have to provide the large sums annually expended in the encouragement of thrift- lessness and the spread of poverty. We believe other questions of great interest to the inhabitants of the town will be brought forward at this meeting, and if those who pay rates neglect to attend they will have only themselves to blame for evils which can only be remedied by seeing that the best class of men, willing to act as Guardians, are elected to fill that important office. The people of Borth are in the midst of one of those little education wars which Mr FoRSTER's Act unfortu- nately originated; but they are to be warmly congragu- lated on the fact that a School Board has been irrevocably decreed for them, and that they will have an oppor- tunity of getting all the children educated, and educatel efficiently. Happily, there is not the slightest necessity for the School Board to come into collision with any existing school. If the present schools like to place them- selves under the Board, so much the better; if not, they can pursue their course peacefully as before. The desire to have a Board does not cast any refleption upon them, or intimate that they have not been conducted efficiently. A Board is needed to enforce the attendance of children who now attend no school, and of those who attend irregu- larly, and are, therefore, imperfectly educated. The chief thing to attend ts in the election of a. Board is to see that fair-minded men, who are far more for education than for church or chapel, are elected. All persons who are likely to promote the interests of any existing school at the exptsse of ethers, or of the public, should be at once discarded. It is the'duty of a School Board simply to see that the children are perfectly instructed in elementary knowledge, and we earnestly trust that the ratepayers will proceed to the election in a generous and fearless spirit, and do their duty as citizens, trying to forget for a moment that there are such things as churches and chapels to divide them into opposing parties. At a meeting of Newtown Local Board last week three fresh cases of fever were reported, and it was stated that the house where the disease was at first discovered seemed to be a centre of infection. Meanwhile the Local Board appear to be waiting for a reply to a letter which they ad- dressed to the Board above. It is strange no reply has been received but are not the Board waiting for an assu- rance of their powers which they can obtain in a quicker way ? Is there any doubt that they may prevent this house from being a centre of infection? We imagine not; but if there L;, we are sure a stretch of power on the part of the Board, to protect the town from the ravages of fever, would be speedily condoned. A little daring is often very useful, and local authorities should sometimes think rather more of the public welfare than the letter of the law. .?. The nominations for the election of members to serve on the united Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn School;.Board have been made, and it is to be hoped that gentlemen will .h be elected who will carry out the impartial and enlightened p0i;cy of the old Beard. A steady and determined effort has been made, in the face oi great and factious opposi- tion, to promote education in the widest, most effective, and most economical way, and we fancy the ratepayers of Newtown are sufficiently sensible of the facts to give their vote for representatives who will persist in the same pub- lic-spirited and independent course. The complaints brought against the old Newtown Board are plausible enough, but nothing more. Looked at by the light of de- nominational rivalry the members may be condemned but looked at from the stand-point of public interest they tand the test of criticism. The last Wrexham stabbing case came before the county magistrates on Monday, when HOUGHAGAN was committed to the assizes and admitted to bail. In the prosecutor's evidence, he admitted that after the prisoner's wife had called him a scamp he used a very opprobrious name to her, and it was then that IIOUGHAGAN, who seems to have been drunk, attacked him.
The Queen received several addresses of congratulation on her son's marriage, at Windsor on Wednesday. Her Majesty has officially expressed to the troops en- gaged in West Africa her "highest admiration of and warmest thanks for the gallantry they have displayed in the recent engagements." A deputation has triei to impress upon the Chancellor of the Exchequer "the injustice and inequality of the inhabited house duty." The Benchers of Gray's Inn have resolved to enquire into Dr Kenealy's conduct in the Orton case, and ap- pointed a committee to report upon the charges which the learned doctor should be called upon to answer. At the same time Mr Whalley, who is a member:of the inn, has given notice that he shall ask for an investigation into Mr Hawkins's conduct in charging the hon. member with conspiracy. There are now 107,000 paupers in the Metropolis 40,000 less than in 1871- The case of Dr Hayman is still proceeding in the court of Vice-Chancellor Malins. The charge of conspiracy against Halliday and others has been opened, but is not yet completed. In additional despatches from the Gold Coast Sir G. Wolseley passes a warm eulogium upon Captain Glover. Some of the troops, as we announce by telegram, have reached England from the West Coast of Africa. The Queen's speech was read to Parliament yesterday, and will be found in our latest intelligence. a letter to the Daily Ncics, Mr H. M. Stanley says a c >piouH record of Livingstone's discoveries, extending over a period of six years, which I brought to England 2nd August, 1872, is safe in the hands of Miss Agnes Living- stone, his eldest daughter. This record begins from the day N -LA™ ^aBzibar in December, 18G6, to the 13th of Marc record will now be published, accord- ing to Dr Livingstone's directions and Mr Stanley adds that there must be many interesting bits of Darter written v/itk bloo or ^ant scraps of newspapers closely •written oVe^ no, ,0o!is» ^asty jottings here and there, which will be brought to England soon, let us hope, by Lieutenant Murphy, which will add immensely even to the vajue 0f the ponderous journal."
TocaiTAND~HSTRIC^ A marriage is arranged between Mr Robert T. Harrison, of Caerhowel, Montgomeryshire, and Charlotte Henrietta, third daughter of Mr and Lady Charlotte Montgomery.— COUBT.-Her Majesty the Queen held a Court at Buckingham Palace on Friday afternoon, March 13th The following were amongst Ithe presentations — Lord Kensington, by Earl Sydney. Lady Kensington, by the Duchesa of Roxburghe. PETITIONS FOR LIQUIDATION. — E. Foulkes, Carnarvon, draper. NiS-UHt WALES WESLEYAN SUNDAY SCHOOL CONFRR EKCM. -On Monday and Tuesday, March 16th and 17th, a conference of t' e representatives of t be Wesleyan Sunday schools of North WJ-n wa,s held at Denbigh. The dele- gates numbered about 200. I' was generally admitted that the work of the Sunday schools was not so successful a character as could be desired, and various means were adopted with a view of promotiug the efficiency of the schools aud their popularity with the children of the Wes- leyan families. TiiE QTJEEN's LEvEF,His Ro.ti Highness the Prince uf Wales held a levee on behalf "f the Queen ar, St. James's Palace on Thursday, March 12th. The following ivtre amongst the presentations —' 'aptain R. J. Harrison, Royal Montgomery Rifles, by Colonel Beadnell. The following attended the levee—The Earl of Powis, Viscount following attended the levee-The Earl of Powis, Viscount Newry, the Hon. R. Neville Lawley, Hon. A. Walsh, Sir Baldwyn Leijhton, Mr Dillwyn, M.P., Mr Jasper More, Mr C. W. W. Wynn, M.P., and Colonel the Hon. G. W. Clive. FIRE ON THE BREIDDEN.— On Saturday night, persons who were returning to Oswestry from the unfortunate fire at Brogyntyn were astonished to see an immense mass of flame in the distance. Various surmises were offered as to the cause of it, and some people went 90 far as to fix upon Weston Mill as the locality, and to walk part of the way towards it. The fire was a good deal further off on the Breidden, where a large quantity of gorse was burnt. Mr Disraeli will receive the deputation of the Central and Associated Chambers of Agriculture on local taxa- tion, at 10, Downing street, on Monday next (23rd March), at half-past two o'clock. All the Chambers of Agricul- ture have been requested to send up representatives on the occasion. The deputation will be introduced by the Vice- Chairman of the Central Chamber, Lord Hampton, and Mr Albert Pell, M.P. The members of the deputation will assemble at 10, Downing-street, at a quarter past Wo o'clock, — Chamber of Agriculture Journal. Thanks to the persistency of the Assessment Committee of the Wrexham Union, the general body of ratppayers have promise of considerable relief at the cost of the Great Western Railway Company. The committee raised the assessment of the Company's line from CI6) per mile to considerably over 21,200 per mile. After considerable demur the assessment of Sl 200 was accepted by the Rail- way Company. This adds about £17,000 to the rateable value of the Union. It is expected that a similar course will now be adopted with regard to the collieries. _n- GENERAL SIR PEROY HERBERT, M.r., AND THE INEW MINISTRY.—General Sir Percy Herbert, M.P. for the southern division of the county of Shropshire, has been obliged, in consequence of his health, to dec'ine the office of Surveyor-General of the Ordnance, which had been offered to him by Mr Disraeli, informing the new ministry. We regret to add that General Herbert has been directed by his medical adviser to abstain from every kind of busi- ness for some months. NORTH WALES CHORAL UNION.—A meeting of the executive committee of the North Wales Choral Union was hell at Bangor on Saturday. March 14, Archdeacon Evans, presiding. Mr W. J. Parry, of Betheidt, ex- pressed his readiness to continue in office as the general secretary, in compliance with the request made at the pre- vious meeting; and Mr Arioniah Evans was appointed assistant secretary. The financial position of the union give rise to a prolonged discussion, and it was resolved that a further appeal for subscriptions should be issued. Letters were read from Sir Stephen Glynne and other gentlemen promising subscriptions. It was agreed that the music accounts should be called in by the end of the present month. The divisional rehearsals were fixed as follows Bangor, March 28 Liverpool, April 4 Port- madoc, April 11; Rhyl, April 18; and Carnarvon, April ::5. It was resolved that full rehearsals for all choirs from Denbigh eastward should take place at Chester on May 8, and for choirs from Denbigh westward at Carnarvon on May 23. THE PRUDENTIAL ASSURANCE COMPANY.—Persons who are thinking of insuring—and that ought to be almost everybody—will do well to study the report of the Pruden- tial Assurance Company, which appears in our advertising columns to-day. It will give some notion of the business transacted by the society if we state that 2,828 agents are working for it, and that, speaking in round numbers, some- thing like 1,000 letters are received at the London office every day. An account of a visit to the office, published in the Insurance Guardian, for January (and published by Allen, 11, Ave Maria-lane, at the price of a penny) gives one a very favourable impression of the way in which the company is managed, and we cannot do better than quote the following:—" There had been 85 claims received on the miming of our visit, up to eleven o'clock. Each claim was accompanied by the particulars on the policy, a certifi- cate from the registrar of deaths, a certificate from the medical man in attendance, a certificate of identity from some person not being a relative of the deceased, a certifi- cate from the claimant, and a certificate from the asrent who answers a number of questions, states what surviving children there are, and vouches for the accuracy of the nts an documents. After the papers had been examined and found correct, cheques were drawn, and we were assured that either cheques or post-office orders would be despatched to about eighty out of the eighty-five by that evening's post, the five being about the average proportion likeIy°to be incomplete-the claims having been received, as we have said that very morning. A notice is also sent direct to the claimant, stating the precise amount be has to receive, and informing him that the agent is to pay him that amount, and make no deduction on any pretence whatever for his own trouble in the matter." It is, of couise, very dearabls to insure in an office where policies are promptly met and paid with no more than the necessary amount of examination. It may be added that the com- pany has a total fund of E5-!4,081 for the protection and security of the constituents of the company. ROBINSON v. THE CAMBRIAN RAILWAYS COMPANY.—The object of this petition (which came before the Lords Jus- tices of Appeal, in the Court of Chancery, on Saturday, March 14th), was to determine the rights inter se of two classes of shareholders in the Cambrian Railway Company with regard to the payment of a certain rent for the use of rolling stock. The affairs of this company (which was constituted by an amalgamation of a number of distinct undethkings) were for some years involved in considerable financial difficulties. In 1868 a private Act, called the Cambrian Railways Act, 1868, was passed for the arrange- ment of the company's affairs, and under this Act an order was made by Vice-Chance]]-, -Iiuies in May, 1870, by which it was, inter alia, d clared that the creditors gene- rally of the company were euuued to have a proper sum, by way of annual rent for the use and occupation of the machinery, plant, and rolling stock of the company, al- lowed or paid to them in or towards satisfaction of their claims, and charged against the working expenses of the company. An appeal was presented from the Vice-Chan- cellor's order, but was afterwards dismissed by consent, and two schemes for the settlement of the company's affairs were filed and approved by the Court under the Railway Company's Act, 1807. The question now raised for the determination of the Court was, in effect, whether the above-mentioned rent for the use of machinery and rolling stock should be charged on what is called the Common Fund of the company generally, and if so, whether it should be, as between those shareholders who constitute the Inland Section of the Company, and those share- holders who constitute the Coast Section," thrown exclusively upon that portion of the "Common Fund" which belongs to the "Inland Section," so as to relieve the "Coast Section entirely from the burden. In the general revenue account of the company for the half year ending the 30th June, 1873, there appeared a charge against the Common Fund of £2,130 9s. 6d. for this rent, and, ntrain, in the account for the half year ending the 31st of December, 1873, there was _t 8 a charge of the same amount, and also a charge of £9,938 10s. 2d. for arrears from the first of July, 1870, to the 31st of December, 1872. This petition was presented on behalf of the Coast Section" shareholders. Mr Jackson, Q.C., and Mr Montague Cookson were for the petitioners Mr Mackeson, Q.C., and Mr Romer were for persons in the same interest; !Nlr Kay,Q. C., rilr Edis, Q.C., Mr Fry, Q.C., Mr Speed, Mr H. A. Giffard, and Mr Bunting appeared for shareholders of the Inland Section," in opposition to the petition. Their Lordships were of opinion that the petitioners were entitled in substance to what they asked. The debts in respect of which this rent was to be paid were really the debts of the Inland Section," and the simple question was whether the "Coast Section" ought, with- out any consideration, to pay the interest on the Inland debts. The former order of Vice-Chancellor James was made for the protection of the creditors, and was not in- tended to affect the rights of the two sections of share- holders as between themselves. It must now be declared, without prejudice to the rights of the creditors, that, as between the two sections of shareholders, this charge must be borne by the Inland Section." The costs of all parties would be paid out of the Common Fund." NORTH WALES COLLIERIES.—A general meeting of the managers of collieries in connection with the Wrexham, Ruabon, Mold, Tryddvn, and Buckley districts was held at the Queen's Hotel, Chester, on Monday evening, for the purpose of taking into consideration their position with respect to the Mines Regulation Act of 1872, and the ad- visability of forming a Managers' Association. The chair was occupied by Mr W. Griffiths, of the Broughton Hall Colliery, near Wrexhain, and there was a large attendance. Mr Hopton, of Sutton Heath Colliery, attended with the view of assisting the meeting in its deliberations, as he has had considerable experience in the formation of such asso- ciations. From the discussion which took place it appears that the object of the association is to protect the managers against undue interference in legislative matters, and to assist each other in defending themselves in cases where they are wrongfully harasstd by inspectors or others under the Act of 1872. In addition to this, the association are to set themselves the task of defining the meaning of the position of manager as between masters and men. At pre- sent the law does not define the position, and all the re- sponsibility in connection with collieries falls upon the managers. It was arranged that a. committee should be formed composed of nine members, each district to be re- presented by one member, and five ti, form a quorum. The following were appointect on tne cemmitteeMr William Griffiths, Mr Owen Price (secretary), Messrs. Johnson (Hafod-y-bwch), Holton, Robson, Hollis. Williams, (Holywell), Garside (Chirk), J. Newton (Buckley). The committee were instructed to draw up a code of rules, and submit them to a general meeting of members, the date of which will be hereafter fixed. It was resolved to hold all future gent ral meetings at Chester, as being most con- veniently situated for the purpose. HUNTING APPOINTMENTS. [WEATHER PERMITTING.] Sir W. W. Wynn's Hounds vnll meet on Friday, March *20 Brynkin It Saturday, March 21 Oteley Tuesday, March 24 Baschurch Wednesday, March 25 Persham Friday, March 27 Gallantry Bank Saturday March 28 Knolton At 30-30.
I CORWEN ctbis paper may be obtained at Corwn of Mr Erasmus Edwards. MISCELLANEOUS AND DEBATING MEETINGS.—On itfonday evening, March 16tli, the hisS )f tue series wa" iieiii at the b-iti h Schoolroom, under the presidency of Mr E. Jarrett, Plas- ynfaer,ire, Llandrillo. The performers consiswd of the Llan- drillo choir, Mr John Hug .es and party, Mi-s Maggie Jones, Denbigh, Mr Davi* S and parry, and Mr E. Jones. Miss Harrold ably presided at the pianoforte. At the close f the meeting the Rev. H. C. Williams briefly remarked that this would be the last entertainment this winter. He also wished to express his sincere thanks to all who had given their kind assistance at these entertainments, especially to Mr Edward WilliamEarfog, as the secretary of these meetings, for his 'adef^t:^able exer- tions to make the programmes as good and attractive as pos- sible. Votes cf thanks having been accorded to th Chairman, this most successful eatenninment was brought to a close by singing the old VWl^k air, Yindaiih Gwyr H;u l- ch The pro- cepds are to be devoted towards the Corwen Eisteddfod. "U- LECTURE AT TRE RDDOL.—On weanesuay evening, •■"en 11th, a lecture was delivered by the Rev. Humphrey Ellis, Llangwm, at Tre'rddol Chapel, on Williams y Wern." The lecturer gave an account of this great man, and drew many lessons from his useful life. The chair was occupied by the Rev. H. C. Wiliiams, Baptist Minister, Corwen.
BALA. This raper may be obtained at Bala of Mr Jacob Jones, High- street. P.TTY SESSIONS, SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH.-Before W. P* Jones, O. Richards, and E. G. Jones, Ksqs. Trespassing on Railwau. -Thomas Jones, Berthlafir, farmer, was charged by Mr R. F. Brooker, Chester, with this offence.— Peter Robert, platelayer on the Corwen anJ Bala Railway, said On the 24th Feb. I saw defendant on the railway at the eleventh milestone from Corwen, walking up the line. I said to him, You have been warned not to walk on the railway." He re- plied, Yes." I then said, Then you are on again." Defendant then said, I hope you .won't bother; do you think I will do the railway any harm I told him to leave the line. He said he could do that, and would do it when he liked. I said he had better do it at once. He replied that I had no right to tulk with him. He then walked along the line about fifty yards, and turned out over the fence. There were no sheep on the line.- C oss-examined by defendant: You did not ask me if there were any sheep on the line.—Thomas Roberts said: I remember seeing Poter Roberts and defendant talking together on the line. All I heard was defendant saying, "You have no right to talk with me."—Hugh Roberts, foreman of the platelayers, said: I have dozens of times warned defendant not to trespass on the railway. I last warned him on the 8rd October, 1873. Defen- dant did not always IGave when I told him. I have seen him go over the fence several times. The quick was broken down.- Defendant said that he went on the railway to look for his sheep, as he had been told that day that some of his sheep were on the line.—Fined ti, including costs. "_r COUNTY COURT, MARCH 12TH.—ueiore J. aiaurice Da vies, Esq., Deputy Judge. R. Jones against J. Price.-Claim of £5 5s. 6d, for clover and ryegrass seeds and two sheep.—This case came on for LeAring at October Court, when the plaintiff was nonsuited by Mr Homersham Cox, because he would not give his evi- dence in English. On the present occasion owing to the indisposition of Mr Homersham Cox, Mr Davies was the presiding Judge, and he understood and could speak Welsh, as could the two advocates also, and the parties gave their evidence in their language, which was very satisfactory to all concerned. Mr Knowles, of Denbigh, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr W. R. Davies, Dolgeiley, for the defend- ant. The plaintiff said, I gave up the farm to J. Price. Mr Gillart, agent to Sir E. Buckley, came to me, I offered him a tenant instead of myself, but that person was re- fused. The agreement between the plaintiff and defendant was produced. The defendant promised to pay for the clover and ryegrass seeds when I would produce the receipt showing what I had paid for them, without which I did not know how much to charge for them, and this is the reason why they were left out of the agreement. J. Price ha.d seen the state of the land, and all the farm before he paid. Mr Gillart bought the sheep and delivered them to J. Price. The defendant took possession of the sheep, and turned them through the gate into the field where I had sown the clover and rye seeds. Some of the sheep were missing. I took one to J. Price, and knew there was one wanting.—Cross-examined by Mr Davies A man sold the sheep for me to Mr Jones, Cyffty, there was a man repre- senting each party. I received payment from J. Price and Mr Gillart. Mr Jones, Cyffty, represented them; Mr Gil- lart fetched him. (The receipt was shown to the plaintiff, who said he was illiterate and could not say whether his name was there or not, but he used to sign by a cross mark) 22i) sheep were paid for and one over the number making eleven score and one. One of the missing sheep was found, and I gave it up to J. Price and received 19s. for it. There is another one. I did not see that. I know there was one missing, Mr Gillart took deliverance of them. Mr Jones, Cyffty, valued them for Mr Gillart. I will not swear that J. Price paid for them. I produced a receipt for the clover seeds which I bought from Mr E. Edwards, Llanuw- chllyn, 60 lbs at 8id— £ 2 2s. 6d. I sowed them in the field at Ddolwen in May, 1872, at the time when I sowed bar- ley. I mowed the barley which was mixed with them about November the 8th, it is a large field twenty-seven acres. There was no hedge nor wire fence dividing the part of the held in which the seeds were sown. The cows and horses used to graze the after grass, but 1 and my bro- ther watched them and the sheep, and turned them away when we left. They grazed twice or thrice a day as we had time. The sheep were not sent there before October they were there before Christmaf. There were sixty or eighty sheep in the turnips, but we watched that they did not go to the clover and ryegra3s I gave up possession of the sheep about the last Tuesday in December. When the agreement was made on the "6th December, J. Price promised to pay me for the clover and fencewire when he shou'.d seethe receipts.—Re-examined I was at Llansanan when the last sheep was found.—By Mr Davies: A letter was sent from me to Mr Gillart claim- ing one sheep, the one I gave up to J. Price.—Re-examined. I claim £37s. 6d. for the clover and rye-grass seeds—cost prjce_j0]iu Edwards, Llanycil, prepared the agreement, and said that he (witness) asked if they were going to enter the rye grass and clover seeds in the agreement. J. Price replied that they were going to settle that with the sheep. -W. Williams, Maeshir, deposed that the sheep and seeds were to be subsequently settled for.—W. Thomas, Cwm- paethnen, gave evidence as to the sheep found on the 14th June, and marks, and said that it had not the deliverance mark.- W. Jones, Maeldmas, gave corroborative evidence, and said that the marks were those of R. Jones.-Alr Davies addressed the Court for the defence, and called J. Price —Defendant, who said that he took the farm from Mr Gillart. Agreed with R. Jones on the 6th of December. The auction was on the 5th. Agreed with him for the convenience, to leave the farm on the 25th of March. Never agreed to buy or pay for the clover nor rye-grass seeds. Saw two horses grazing the clover before I took the farm. Another time saw some sheep there, and also on the 5th of December, and no person watched them. Saw some sheep there on the 6h December. Witness proceeded: It is not true that I send the sheep there. When I paid X27 it vras for the convenience of fencing and the crops that I paid for; there was nothing said about the seeds. R. Jones first mentioned the seeds in the house about a month after I was in possession. I said I would have nothing to do with them as he had sent the animals to graze the place. He was there when the sheep was brought, and though he failed to find the deliverance mark when looking at the sheep in the fold it was afterwards discovered. -Cross-ex- amined: I made no use of the clover or ryegrass. I did not send the sheep to the clover or ryegrass, but to the field where they were. I did not watch the sheep they .vere sent alone; T. paid for the sheep I had of R. Jones. There was another sheep which had my mark on: a red fore mark, and also on the ear a mark.—Re-examined R. Jones was with me all along until I found the deliverance mark on the sheep.—R. Jones, Gwernrewig, said ha saw the deliverance mark on the sheep.—Cross-examined: There was a good crop of ryegrass before the sale. -Ite-examined: I had seen many sheep in the crop of clover and ryegrass. —Edward Edwards said he saw sheen in the clover on t.hp day of the sale.—Mr Knowles then replied on the whole ca,e, and his Honour gave judgment for plaintiff for k3 7s. 6d. PENLLYN PLOUGHING MATCH. This match, which should have come off according to previous announcement, on the 10th March, did not come off owing to bad weather until the 16th, and proved to be one of the most successful affairs that the Bala Local Com- mittee have ever inaugurated. Though in connection with the Merionethshire Agricultural Society the funds are sub- scribed by the gentry, farmers, and tradesmen of Bala and the district, it being understood that the two first prizemen are to compete for the society's blue ribbon at the society s annual show to be held at Dolgeiley next autumn and we must say that the Local Committee have made praise- worthy efforts to collect funds so as to give an amount of prizes that have never been equalled in this county. Not only have they been able to give prizes to the five best ploughmen but also to the maker of the winning plough, to the best team in the field, as well as to the ploughman who finished his work (to the satisfaction of the judges) in the shortest time, and also to the prizttaker that finished hi, allotted work quickest. The priz of £ 1 for the best team was given by Mr R. O. Anwyl, Brynygrocs for him who did his work in the shortest time by Mr F. Parmeter, Brynyraber: and to the pnzetaker who did his work quickest by Mr J. Williams, Gwernhefin. With such an array of prizes we did not wonder that the ent. i s were very numerous. But as the committee of the Agricultural Society limited this competition to only one class (and not two classes as in some previous years), there were not so many entries as we have seen still we think the committee was right, as last year and the year before the second class proved to be as good on the whole as the first, and this year has again showed that there was no necessity of two classes, for this year's winner proved to be, in racing terms, a rank outsider. The field for the occasion was kindly lent by Mr Edward Vaughan, Penisa'rllan; a name we have no hesitation in saying will figure prominently in the agricultural history of the county. The ground was admirably and judiciously laid out by Messrs Robert Roberts and Edward Ellit7, who on previous occasions have proved themselves able to dis- charge this onerous duty in a most satisfactory manner. A finer field could not be desired, and all the arrangements were under the direct superintendence of Mr Thos. Ellis, the worthy secretary of the agricultural society of the county. It was, therefere, no wonder that the inhabitants of Pen- county. It was, therefere, no wonder that the inhabitants of Pen- llyn took a very keen interest in the result. There were for the first time youths to compete against cracks, and people said—is it possible that young, raw, untrained straplings can have a chance against old and tried hands ? Was it at all likely that No. 10, who had never been seen in a district mateh, a mere boy of nineteen, could have a chance against Nos. 9and 13, who have gained prizes in every match for the lasft'five years, No 9 having competed for the champion prize twice, or was it not 10 to 1 on No. 2, list year's winner, now that he had everything in his favour? A great number felt inclined to back No. 13, who had been a steady hand and pained many third prizes; cer- tainly, they sna, lie WIil come just this time. But all I these speculations were of little use, for at 9'30 the word of 1 command was given by Secretary Ellis, and then we saw for ourselves who were most likely to win. They star-ted even, but; in lesi thrm ten mmutes what a difference One pdor feilow who bad backed his chance for a sovereign made such a iiiwddle of hig first attempt that, work as hard as I ver he might to the finish, it was ee rtain he would be no. I wbf-re The cracks are not much better, and in kalf as I hour the field are surprised to find that three youths under twenty have done the best work so far. Another hoar is I counted the youths are yet to the front, but closely pressed by No. 9 and No. 13. Weariiy passes the next two houns with varying successes. Now it is No. 10, said an old hand; p*°- 13, aid another: don't make a mistake, said the third, for No. 9 is safe to win. But, alas better judges than any in the field shortly appeared. Mr David Morgan, Goger- r r f aniel Roberts, Bachirig, are busy at worki and before long we are gratified to learn that No. 10 is first, ISo. 9 second, So 13 third, No. 3 fourth, No. 8 fifth. Mr Edward C/.lis s (Brynbwlan) team was deservedly awarded the first prize as the best farmer's team on the field. The priz-s were distributed by Mr R. J. Lioyd Price, and both him3elf And bis ftmiflbls wife vocix6rouslv chcfirtid Ky the whole crowd, and so terminated one of the most suc- cessful matches ever contended in the district of Penllyn. The followinsr were the awards :— 1 T. Francis Jones, Caepant 2 Cwen Owens, Brynmelyn. 3 Hugh Davies, Tycerrig, Cwmtirmynech. 4 Ellis Davies, Brynbwlan. 5 Robert Davies, Caerau-ucba. The successful competitor, who finished his work quickest and obtained the prize, was Ellis Davies, Brynbwlan. The prize f«r finishing the allotted work quickest to the satis a ;tion of the Judges 1 Daniel Roberts, Fcdwarian. 2 Edward Edwards, Tyncba. Tie best team in the field:— 1 .o. Mr Edward Ellis, Brynbwlan. 2 Mr Howell Jones, Gelligrin. Prize to maker of first winning plough :—Mr Zecharia Jones, Cynwyd second, Mr J. Owens, Llandrillo.
PORTMADOC THE SLATE TRADE.—This trade is now in a flourishing con- dition, as will be seen on reference to the number of ships sailing hence every week. The harbour is fall of ships loading. It is piobable that the demand for slates this year will be greatly in excess of the supply. There is much building going on. but for all that there are not nearly enough houses for the demand for them. DARING ATTEMPT OF A PBISOOTR TO ESCAPE.—On Saturday, March 14th, as Superintendent Davies, Portmadoc, was taking a prisoner of the name of Hugh Roberts, Tremadoc, who had been committed at the Portmndoc Petty Sessions on Friday to take his trial at the assizes on the charge of obtaining money by false pretences, to Brynkir Station, to meet the train for Carnarvon, and when wittrn two miles of that station, the prisoner, intentionally, it is believed, let the wind carry his hat to tne field close by. He asked to be allowed to go for it, but the officer, ordering him to remnin where he was, went for it himseif. The prisoner had.previously taken offhis shoes,under the pretence that tney ere hurting his feet. On the return of Superinten- dent Davies to the car, he f >und the prisoner standing on the road, and on the refusal of the latter to step up to the car a struggle ensued, which continued for some time. The officer then tried to lift him bodily up to the car, but the prisoner, who is a light, active man, struck his feet against the side, and thrust the officer with such force that they both fell into the ditch tkere. Eventually the prisoner managed to escape into the fields, but the servants at a farm close by gave chase and caught him. He was at last safely lodged in Carnarvon Gaol. We presume the offiect will take the precaution to have all such prisoner., hand- cuffed when taking them to gaol in future.—Communicated. LAUNCH.—A new vessel, of about four hund"ed ton" named the Fleetwing, and built by Messrs Richard Jones and William Pricliard, shipbuilders, Portmad c, was launched at Borth, Port- madoc, about eight a.m., on Wednesday morning, March 18th, in the presence of a large number of spectators. The principal owners are the builders, and the captain, Mr William Evans. The ceremony of christening was duly performed bv Miss Pricbard, Osmond View, and Master Ritchie Griffith Pricliard, son of one of the owners, aod tli; vessel glided most beautifully into the water. The weathar was delightful.
DOLGELLEY. A NEW CEMETERY.—On Tuesday evening, March 18th, a meeting was held at the Public Rooms, to take into consideration the desirability of providing a new cemetery- The old Parish Churchyard was filled years ago, and al- though a new churchyard ha3 been roince provided, the Dis- senters are anxious to have a cemetery. It is reported that the inhabitants are very much against sheep grazing in the new churchyard, and it is said they are to be found there all the year round. The Kev. Henry Morgan, Bap- tist minister, was elected chairman of the meeting. The attendance was very limited, when we take into consider- ation the number of Dissenters in Dolgeiley. Among those present we noticed the following gentlemen Mr David Jones, tanner, Mr Richard Wynne Williams, chemist, Mr David Griffith, Angel Hotel, Mr Wm. Owen, enameller, Mr Griffith Ellis, builder, Mr John Jones, relieving officer, Mr Robert Oliver Rees, chemist. It was pro" posed by Mr Robert Oliver Rees, chemist, that this meet- ing should appoint a committee to carry the arrangements out.—Mr David Jones, farmer, proposed as an amendment that the subject should be laid before each chapel in Dol- gelley, and that each chapel should appoint a committee.— Upon this being put to the meeting, the original motion was carried, and the following gentlemen were unanimously elected to act on the committeeMr William Griffith, Glynmalden; ATr W. R. Davies, Brynrodyn; Mr Griffith Ellis, builder Mr Itobert Oliver Rees, chemist; Mr R. W, Williams, chemist, &c.—The meeting then broke up, but the committee remained to consider what should be done. It was agreed to defer everything until Friday evening, at the Public Rooms. We are given to understand that Mr Lewis Williams, of Fronwnion, has consented to sell a pieoe of land for the purpose, situate near the Union house. LETTING OF THE RECREATION GROUND.—The Marian Mawr has just been let by auction for the ensuing year to Mrs E vans, Storehouse, at £ 54. PETTY SESSI MARCH 17TH.—Present: Lewis Williams and John aughan, Jisqs. Trespassing in Search of Rabbits.-David Williams, of Aberganolwvn, quarryman, was summoned on the informa- tion of Samuel Hilley, gamekeeper to G. J. Scott, Esq., of Peniarth uchaf, Llanegnyn, for being, on the 21st Feb- ruary, upon a certain piece of land in the occupation of Evan Evans, in search of conies.-Siimuel Hilley deposed: On the 21st of February I saw defendant on the land of Tyny Cornel, about a quarter past six in the evening. There were three of them, and they had two dogs. He owned to one dog belonging to him. One was a large lurcher, or something of that description, and the other a terrier.—Defendant appeared and pleaded guilty.—Fined 21s. and costs 15s. in default one month. This was the only case for hearing. A PLOUGHING MATCH. On Tuesday, 17th March, a ploughing match came off in a field about a mile from Dolgeiley, on the road to the Torrent Walk, belonging to Dolgwyn Isa farm, in the holding of Mr Edward Walker, of Brynhyfryd. A good deal of rain fell the night before, but the weather was pretty favourable during the day. The committee were on the ground at an early hour. The competing teams, eleven in number, assembled at ten o'clock. The ballotting for places took place imme- diately after, and the work began at 10.30. There was but one class. A charge 0 threepence was made for admission to the field. There was a large number on the ground, for whom refreshments were provided, Mr Thomas Thompson, Lion Street Vaults, being the caterer. The right to com- pete in the ploughing was confined to the parishes of Dol. geley, Llanelltyd, and Llanfachreth, but we are forry to say that Llanfachreth parish was not represented by any one on this occasion. There had not been a ploughing competition held in Dolgeiley for upwards of twenty years. The entries were as followsThomas, Da,vies, plough- man to Mr William Griffith, Glyn, Dolgeiley; Price Prfco, ploughman at Home Farm, Dalserau, near Dolgelley; Henry Morgan, coal dealer, Dolgeiley; Evan Lewis, plough- man at Penmaen Cliffe, Dolgeiley Williams, Brynrhug Edward Morris, waggoner, Dolgeiley; Richard Tanner, Penycefn, near Dolgelley; John Jones, Cefnroweu, Dol- gelley; Ellis Williams, Penrhyn gwyn, Dolgeiley, (with- drawn from competition); William lids, Vosl.j Llanelltyd, (withdrawn); John Jones, Erwgoed, (withdrawn); John Jones, Aberawvnant Morris Jones, Vanner Abbey, Dolgeiley William liicl a d, Ship Hotel, Dolgeiley. There was a large number of spectators on the ground as soon as the ploughing began, and speculation as to the pro- bable results was immediately indulged in. Evan Morris, Thomas Davies, and Heiry Morgan was about equal f. vor- ites. The ploughing was pronounced by excellent J udges to be very good. The judges came on the ground about two o'chck. They were Mr Morgan, Go^erddan, Aberystwyth, Edward Davies, Bryncanon, Bala, and Edward Ellis, Brynbowlan, Llandderfel. The judges were most careful in coming to their decisions, ani it was not until after three o'clock that their decisions were announced, after they returned to Dolgeiley, where a dinner was prepared for the ploughmen at the Golden Goat Inn. Immediately after this a large crowd of people assembled before the Ship Hotel to hear Mr David Williams, Home Farm, Dolserau, announce the 6The following were the resul s:-1st prize, £ 3, Evan Morris, late of Corwen. now of Dolgeiley waajgoner •, 2nd, £ 9 Thomas Davies, ploughman at Glyn Farm, Dolgeiley 3rd £ 1, Henry Morgan, coal dealer, Dolgeiley; 4th, IS* Evan Lewis, ploughman, Penmaen Cliffe, Dolgeiley 5th, 103., Richard Tanner, Pencefn, Dolgeiley. Extra prizes were also given, viz..—Is', for the best team, £ 1, Mr Griffith, of Glyn. 2nd, for the best plough 10s. this was awarded to Mr Edward Williams, black- smith, Corwen. 3rd, for the first finishing his share of ploughing at this comp tition, 10s. carried by Evan Lewis, Penmaen Cliffe. 4rh, to the best ploughman with- out wheels to his plough: carried by Richard Tanner, Pen- cefn, Dolgeiley. -The following gentlemen were the stewards :—Mr John Vatii,,han, of iNannaiA Mr Wm. Griffiths, o f Glynmaldtn Mr Edward Waiker of Brvnhvfrvd Mr Edward Jones Royal Ship Hotel Mr Hugh Roberts, Gwanai"; Mr David Williams, Vrcnalcli'n Mr Robert Pugh, Helygog; Mr Evan Jones, farmer and maltster; Mr Evan Jones, Phjdwe^, tc. A dinner took place at the Golden Goat Ir*, at th.-ee o'c'ock, for the plougbinen, committee, ard others, and there the adjudications were read. The arrangements were verv satisfactory, and tha dinner was served in a s:yJe which did credit to Mr and Mrs Jones. Everything pa,d off most successfully. Mr John Ellis, of S^rirgfield Cottage, Dolgelley, was the secretary.
(BY PRESS ASSOCIATION TELEGRAM.) THE CIIAliGE AGKINTST CAP-PAII N BROWN. captain Brown was to day committed for tua. at J5OW* street, on the charge of Perjury in the Tichbarne case. Bail was accepted, two sureties in £500.
GENERAL. The Lord May -r and Corporation of London v°-erdav proceeded to huckmgbam Palace to present aa s to the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, The detth is announced of Admiral Wodeh .use Uncle of the Earl or Kimberiey. ° A special Berlin telegram says the Government has abandoned its demand for three years' military service contenting itself with two years and five and half months- Bank rate unaltered. Lord Mahon was on Thursday returned un pposed for East Suffolk. Election petitions fixed:-Hackney, Kldd-riiiinster, Stockport, April 14ch, before Jubtices G,(,ve, ilr,,tLwell, and Mellor respectively; Wakefield, Windsor, Petersfield, April 21st, before the same judges. It was stated that the Duke and Duchess of iurgh would be present at the resumed sitting of the House of Lords yesterday evening.
COUNTY DUBLIN ELECTION. DECLARATION OF THE POLL. Tayitr (C) 2.1S3 Paria e I I (UP,) 1,235
DR HAYMAN'S CASE. TheVice-Chancellor, at the conclusiom of his a,-Luients in Dr Hayman's case on Thursday, stated that he would, considering the urgency of the case, give juckmtnt on Saturday.
ARRIVAL OF TROOPS FROM ASHANTEE: The Tamar, with the 23rd Fusiliers, the Royal Marine Artillery, Royal Artillery, and invalids from the Gold Coast, arrived at Splthead at three on Tnursdav morning, and has come into harboar. The troops will not disembark till nine this morning. The Sarmatian, with the Black Watch is hourly expected.
OPENING OF PARLIAMENT. THE QUEEN'S SPEECH. THCI SQAY, MARCH 10 TH. The following Royal Speech on the opting of Farlia- ment was delivered th's clay The Royal Commissioners were the Lord Chancellor, Marquis of Hertford, Earl Beauchamp, and the Earl of Bradford, Mr LORDS AND GENTLEMEN, I recur to your advice at the earliest period permitted by the arrangements consequent on the retirement of the late administration. My relations with all foreign powers continue to be most friendly. I shall not fail to exercise the iuilaence arising from these cordial relations for the maintinance of European and the faithful observance of internal obliga- tions. The marriage of my son, the Duke of Edinburgh, with the Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrowna of Russia, is at once a source of happiness to myself, and a pledge of fviend- ship between two great Empires. The war with the King of Ashantee has termn,,ted in the capture and destruction of his capital, and in negotia- tions which, I trust, may lead to a more satisfactory condition of affairs than has hitherto prevailed on the West Coast of Africa. The courage, discipline, and endurance displayed by my forces, both of the Jand and sea, service, together with the energy and skill evidenced in the conduct of the expedition, have brilliantly maintained, uni r the most trying circumstances, the traditionary reputation of the British arms. I deeply regret that the drought of last summer has affected the ino,t populous provinces of my Indian Empire* aud has produced extreme scarcity in some palls, amount- ing to actual famine over an area inhabited by many millions. I have directed the Governor-General of India to spare na cost in striving to mitigate this terrible calamity. GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS,— The estimates for the expenditure of the coming financial year will be forthwith submitted to you. My LORDS AND GENTLEMEN,— The delay and expense attending the transfer of Jand in England have long been felt to be a reproach to our srstem of law and a serious obstacle t) dealings in real property, This subject has in form-r Sjfslons occupied thi- attention of Parliament, and I tru,t that the measures which will now be submitted fi r your CJDsldcr tion will be found calculated to remove much of the evil of which complaiat hts "teen made. Y,;u will probably be of opinion tint ;he re- arrangement of the judicature and the blending of the administration of law and equity which were t-Ifeo'.ed for England by the enact neat of last Session, ought on the same principles to be extended to Ireland and you will be asked to devote some part of your time to the accomnlishment of this object. The greater part of these changes will be inapplicable to the tribunals of Scotland hu-. you will be invited as to that part of my Kingdom to consider the most satisfactory mode of bringing the procedure upon spnealsinto harmony with recent legislation and among other measures relating to her special interests, a Bill for amending the law relating to land rights and for facilitating the transfer of land will be before you. Serious differences have arisen and remonstrar ces have been made by large classes of the community as to the working of the recent Act of Parliament affectum the re- lationship of master and servant, of the Act of 1871, which deals with offeuces connected with trade, and of the Law of Conspiracy more especially as connected with these offeneez, -on these subject, I am desirous tha1-, before at. tempting any fresh legislation, you should be in possession of all material facts of the precise questions in controversy, and for this purpose I have issued a Royal Commission to inquire into the state and working of the present aw, with a view to its early amendment, if it should be found neces. sary. A bill will be introduced dea ing with such parts of the -1 Acts regulating the sale of intoxicating liquors as have given rise to complaints which appear to deserve the inter- ference of Parliament. Your attention will also be directed to laws affecting friendly and provident societies. All these matters will rfqu re your grave considtration, and I pay that the Almighty may guile your dedications for the v.-eifara of my realm.
SHIPPING. Week ending 18th March, 1874. i PORTMADOC. Arrived.—New Dove, Roberts, Waterfo/d Fara NVII- liams, Jones, Dnndalk; Hope Williams, Jor-.es, Dublin; Rebecca (s-), Williams, Liverpool; Qaeen, Jones, Dublin; William Owen, Jones, Cork Charlotte Ann, Davies, Pwll- heli J. W. Greaves, Davies, Gloucester; Commerce Thomas, Cardigan; Physician, Jones, Pwllheli; Thetis' Williams, Pwllheli; Elizabeth, Williams, Abers. ch Ellen Owen, Davies, Swansea. Sailed.—Rebecca (ss), Williams, Liverpool; Lc-stpr, Griffith, Hamburg; Glyn Caple, Jones. Hamburg' Mabel* Jones, Hamburg: Picton, Jones, Aaihuns: Eil-n JnnM Jones, Daiizie. l r- v v-v. ABERYSTWYTH. Arrived.—B.. E. Tavlor (-s), Weak'Tivt- AW ystvvvth (ss). Lewis, Dabli^. ^V Aber SaileJ.-11. E. Taylor (ss), Walk-Ins, Bristol.
THE EXPLOn:S OF an ex ^°i-ICEMAN".— Solera: Lea, of utcnurc higgler, &c.. lute a police officer, and tor a time aeang sergeant,was drought up in custody on Saturday, March 14, beiOie T. H. Saudford, En., and charged with being arunxt and refusing to quit the hou_<e of Mr Jas. Edwards, the Lamb Inn, Whitchurch, on the preceding evern'og, and also with being drunk and Jiotous in the public streets.— James Edwards said A. little after peven o'clock last even- ing (Fiidav) the prisoner came into my hmse ciuiik. He asked for three ha'porth" of bser. I told him he had liad quite plenty of beer already, but if he wou d corne^ next morning I would give him a glass. As -ie oegan to insult my cast uners and to use very b -d language, I <^ked h:m to go out of my housr. He said he would net i/o with • and that I could not put mm ou.. 1 » Sergeant Waterson, who after a btue tr- ur.le suc- ceeded in Fitting him ouL-Sr^t wr, roborated, and added When we wi rushed at me and doubled his S V" £ "IS0n^ t^c-s tVey*S £ d suasions were ir, Taut H;T~-S° H ?>' fP"* obliged to handcuffs onhia^ WHh thea^istaScI 2iMr^'CVflaVb!e Jon's 1 t.-ok him to the peliee Nation. *>*n,*tura asked prisoner what he had to say i« answer tQ che cuavge,—Prisoner said Le had not the le.st know- ledge of what had taken place.—He was tVn remanded until the next petty sessions, to be held on Friday, the 27th instant, instant,
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ESCHEATING AND ESCHEATORS. There are few subjects of so much interest to agriculturists, especially in an ill-fenced county like Cardiganshire, as that which forms the heading of this article. There is a considerable number of farmers who, owing to the dilapidated state of their hedge?, are utterly unable to pre- 0 vent their sheep from straying, and it is not too much to say that when an animal has once left its own pasturage the chances are considerably against its return, notwithstanding—we will not say in consequence of-the fact that there are escheators appointed by the Crown to take tem- porary possession of animals found wandering about in any manor or lordship without known owners. Of course sheep farmers on the hills, whose holdings are not fenced at all, suffer even more than those in the lowlands by loss of estrays, and the importance of carrying out the escheatorship fairly and honestly is obviously of great importance. In some counties a field of four or five acres is set apart near the escheator's premises, and all animals handed over to him are placed there, so that farmers who have missed live stock can go and see for themselves whether or not it has been placed under the escheator's care. The principle is a good one, but not only are there great defects in management where the desire to act fairly is unquestioned, but farmers have not hesitated to assert, on what we fear are good grounds, that escheators under the Crown in many cases are not deserving of public confidence. The law requires that estrays shall be proclaimed in the church and two market towns next adjoining to the place where they were found, but this is not done, at any rate in many parts of Cardiganshire, and it almost seems as if care was taken not to let the people know when meetings for owning estrays are to be held, so that the animals may be confiscated without the knowledge of the owner. The only case in North Cardiganshire in which this important work is even moderately well managed is on the private lordship of the Earl of LISBURNE. The other lordships being under the Crown there is no dis- interested person to see that announcements are publicly and properly made, and that farmers are not prevented from recovering possession of their property by acts which might be best described in words it would be inex- pedient to use, considering the probability there always is that any deficiencies in the system are in great measure due to that lack of interest in public affairs which is by no means creditable to farmers and others who are naturally looked upon as the leaders of the people. As we stated last week our columns are open for the discussion of both sides of questions in either Welsh or Eng- 0 lish, and seeing that the great bulk of our read- ers are interested in farming we are desirous that the example set this week by a correspondent who signs himself "Plantation" should be largely followed. We are determined that the Cambrian News shall be second to no newspaper in the United Kingdom for general excellence, and our efforts can be materially aided by our readers in country places taking the trouble to acquaint us with matters of public interest.
BEDDGELERT. An agent wanted here for the sale of this paper. A DISTRESSING CASE.—At a farm-house on the Bide of the moun- tain. not far from the Aberglaslyn Bridge,Jchere lives a boy,who has not known the luxury of lying in bed for the last four years. he has sat in a peculiar sort of chair made for him all that time, without ever having left it. His lower extremities are said to be in a shocking condition, and no attempt is ever made to wash and clean him. He is an intelligent lad, and he can read. Every- thing about his person is in an abominable state. His parents say that about four years ago he resolutely refused ttl go to bed, stating as his reason that he could not sleep. A cushion is brought him before the family retires, on which he rests his forehead. and occasionallv sleeDs. This matw m"},t tn looked into. -u-- B WQ
past, and set to work in an earnest spinL io deal with the pressing questions of the hour. Right or wrong the power is on the side cf the central board, and great as the annoyance must neces- sarily be in having the parish of Irefilan I separated from the union, we fear this is by no means all that will be done if the guardians do not bestir themselves and make a dat; alined effort to grapple with the difficulties by which they are surrounded. By the separation of Tre- filan more has been lost than gained, and how- ever just the indignation of the guardians, may jbe, it is useless to strive against the inevitable, especially as there is reason for thinking that a good deal of the trouble has arisen out of misunderstandings between Mr DOYLE and the Board—misunderstandings which we think might have been avoided at one time by a little mutual forbearance. Mr DAVID LLOYD, the Clerk has great influence with the Board, and we trust be will see the advisability of making a fresh start, so that there may be a united effort to adminis- ter the Poor Laws with advantage to the rate- payers and the poor.