BANGOR. CHURCHES AND CHAPELS. The Cathedral. —Canon in residence, the Rev T Will iams. Organist, Dr. Roland Rogers. Sunday, Holy Com-nuaiou 8 a in., and services at 11.0 a.m., and 4 p.m St. Ja,a»xs Ch'.irch, Upper Bangor Sundays. 11 a.n and (5.30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 12 a.m. English Congregational Church, Upper Bangor.— Minister, the Rev. Hugh S. Griffiths. Sundays, 11 a.m. an,1 0.30 p.m.; Sunday-school at 2.30 p.m.; Wednesday evenings at 7. English Prahyierion Church, Prince s-roaO. Upper B*n.f->r.—Sunday 10.30 a.m.. and <>.30 p.m. Sunday School at 2.30 p m. Preacher next Sunday, Rev. D Charles Davies, M.A. English B'iptistCh--ipd. Pcnrallt-road, Uppjr-Bangor. —Sundays. 10.30. a.m., Mid 0 p.m Wednesday evening at 7. Pastor. Rev W. R. Saunders. English Wesleyan Church.—Sunday morning at 10.30 evening at GO; Sunday-school in the afternoon at 2.30 services on Thursday evenings at 7.0. Circuit Min- ter. Rev C. Willis (Carnarvon). Preachor next Sunday, Rev W. D. Watson, Portmadoc. St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, High-street.— On Sunlays, Mass at 8.30 and 10.30 a in; evening ser- vice at H 30 p m. Weekdays service, t; a m. Presbyter, the Rev. Charles Coelenbier. THK TRAINING SHIP I, boys of the Clio training ship, by the kindness of Captain and Mrs VJoger, had their customary treat on Christmas Day. TMH CORPORATION OFFICIALS.—The annual dinner of the officials in the employ of the Bangor Corpora- tion took place on Friday night, at the Railway Hotel, a large party sitting down to the excellent catering of Mr and Mrs Towers. Mr John Gill, the city engineer, presided. 7 BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—Colonel West presided at Wednesday's meeting. The Local Government Board wrote stating thatforaperiodof six months they as- sented to the guardians allowing the inmates of the workhouse, on Fridays, fortnightly, a dinner of fish, potatoes, and bread. They requested, at the end of that period, to be furnished with afurtherreport from the medical officer of the workhouse as to the effect of the fish diet upon the health of the inmates. —A letter was received from Mr Marks, clerk to the Llandudno Improvement Commissioners, asking the z, guardians to join the authority to memorialise the London and North-western Railway Company to continue during the winter months as well as the summer a train leaving Chester at 8.40 a.m A dis- cussion followed, and the chairman pointed out that the subject was outside their province, and conse- quently the matter dropped.—A letter was received from Mr J. Lloyd Griffith, clerk of the peace for Ang- lesey, enclosing a report prepared by a committee ap- pointed to revise the basis of the county rate in Ang- lesey. The chairman did not see that the revision affected them as a board, but the Anglesey guardians, who were members of the board, should attend to it. A fortnight ago he attended the Poor-law Conference at London, and was much interested in the proceed- ings, and he was sure if any of the guardians attended theseconferences they woutdderivegreatbenenL On the motion of Mr W. Edwards, it was resolved to pay the expenses of one guardian to attend these confe- rences in future.—The master (Mr Owen) reported the number in the house to be 109. as compared with liD for the corresponding period last year; vagrants relieved during the fortnight, 27, against 40. From his report on therelative cost of iish and meat din- ners it appeared that there was an average difference in favour of tish diet by 2s 2Jd, Mr K. It. Rathbone observing that it did not seem so much as one would suppose. SKATIXG.—In consequence of the severe frost of Saturday and Sunday nights, Treborth lake was frozen to such an extent by Monday that skatingcould be indulged in freely, and, through the kindness of Mr Richard Davies, M.P. (lord-lieutenant of Anglesey), the public were admitted on the lake. The pleasant pastime was enjoyed by a large number of persons, Mr Richard Davies being amongst the spectators. Towards the evening, however, thaw set in, and it was considered prudent to abandon the skating, and the lake was consequently cleared. CoMPKTiTiv.fi MEF,T[N< A literary and competi- tive meeting, of a very successful character, was held at Pendref Independent Chapel, on Saturday evening, under the presidency of Mr W. J. Parry, Coetmor Hall, the ILev. E. Stephens (Tanvmarian) acting as conductor. The chairman having delivered an appro- priate address, the proceedings commenced, when Catherine Farrv was awarded the first prize for recit- ing a psalm, William Williams, Glanadda, being the successful competitor for an essay on "Joseph best rendering of "Tin". Blind Girl," Miss Parry. Llanrug; translating into Welsh Ossian's Address to the Sun," Miss Sarah Thomas: song, Mr R. Thomas, Bethesda best crewel work, Miss Annie Savage (who returned the prize to the committee). For the b,t l:ololln,d map the lirst prize was carried off by Mr W. J. Mills, and the second prize fell to the lot of R. Francis Jones; recitation, Nelson's Address," the prize being divided between Mr Walter Pritcbard and John Wil- ii,ii(I Ali- Walter Pritcbard. There were fifteen competitors for a solo, the winner of the prize being Mr J. Phillips Jones, Waenfawr. In a dialogue competition. J. Williams and W. Williams, Glanadda, were adjudged equal; for the essay on "The Church: its duty towards the children," tiie prize was divided between Hugh W il- liatns and John Williams solo, "HOnOlll" and Arms," Mr R. Thomas, Bethesda. Mr Walter Pritcbard and Mr J. Williams, Llaniestyn, were also awarded prizes for poetry. The adjudicators were: —The Revs. F. Stephens, 1). Williams, H. S. Griffith, Mr W. J. Parry, Captain Savage, Mr John Richards (fsalaw), Mrs Millward and Miss Hughes. Bethel choir stood alone in thechora) competition, but. were considered worthy of the prize offered. Mrs Millward was the accom- panist. THE HOLIDAYS. — Business was suspended on Christmas Day, and all the principal establishments were closed on Bank Holiday. The weather was most seasonable. The usual services were held at the Cathedral and the different churches in the town. As there were no special attractions here on Friday, visitors were few, and a large number of Bangorians travelled to Carnarvon to witness the football tourna- ment, whilst many took advantage of a special train to Llangefni, where a "Crown Eisteddfod was held. On the whole, the town was free from disturbances arising out of intemperance, but we must express our regret that drunkenness prevailed to a deplorable ex- tent among the younger members of the community especially on Christmas night. THE ORGAN RECITALS -The last of a series of organ recitals was givon by Dr. Roland Rogers at the Cathedral on Monday evening, Miss Annie Hope, of Carnarvon, being the vocalist. These recitals have been highjy ap- preciated as far as the attendance went, but the collections were far from being substantial. ACCIDENT TO MR PENNANT.—On Saturday, while hunt- ing with the Grafton hounds, near Lillingston Dayrell. the Hon. G. Douglas Pennant met with a serious accident by being thrown on to his head. The wound bled freely, and Mr Pennant was taken home to Wicken Park. DINNER TO THE BLIND.—Yesterday (Thursday), Mrs Glynn Williams, Friars School, gave a dinner to the blind employed in basket-making by the Home Teaching Society for the Blind, at the Crown Cafe. Mrs Williams, who is the hon. secretary of the society, has manifested the greatest interest in the blind, and is most regular in her daily visit to them. Mr Webster, chemist, has also been closely connected with the society. KKF.VINOUP CHRISTMAS.—At the Police Court on Monday, before Dr. Richards, William Owen, quarryman, Caellwyngrvdd, was charged with being drunk and riot- ous on Saturday night, and was lined 2s (id and costs. He was remanded on a charge of assaulting P.C. 2-1.— William Jones, rjuarrjinun, Waenhir, was fined 10s. and costs for druukenness on Sunday. CHRISTMAS SERVICE.—On Christ masmorning.a ser- vice of prayer and praise was held at the English Presbyterian Church, Prince's-road, Bangor. The following hymns were sung ;—" Angels from the realms uf glory," "Hark: the herald angels sing," Brightest and best of the sons of the morning," We praise, we worship thee, 0 Cod," and an anthem 'Tis night on the silent mountains." Miss Marian Williams, who is ever ready to assist in a good cause, gave an exquisite rendition of the solo 1 ICDOW that my Redeemer liveth." The lessons were read by Me.-srs.J. Rowlands, W. Bayne, J. Glynne Jones and T. Awstin Jones, and devotional exercises engaged in by Messrs. Dargie, C. D. Humphreys and Henry Lewis. The service, although of a simple nature, was largeiyatteudfd. TilE MAPIVKT HALL.—The conlract for extending the Market Hall, covering tlu> WaUrloo Yard, for the jiurpo.-e of making a commodious r<cption-reom for green-grocer. ivr.. ha>, we understand, been let to Mr T. J. 11 uinph r; s. SUDDEN DI.ATJI.—On Tuesday afternoon, Mr Gjorge Thomas, deputy-ruroner, held on inquest on the body of Jehu iiegau. Brick-street, who died suddenly on the pre- i viniis evening at the Red Lion Jun. He was observed bv a poiice-coustablc entering the house in question sit about tea minutes to seven, and it appeared that he called for a. gia.-s of Ik-t, sat down on a chair, and on the bef>r j being taken to itim he was found to he dead. JJrs. R. Jon. :• ami l.iingford Joiies were rall.-d, who pronounced life to he extinct. A verdict of Death from natural causes" was returned. I BANGOR CATHEDRAL.—Saturday, 5 p.m, service, Stanford in B flat; anthem, "0 Lord our Governor" —(Gadsby). Sunday, 8 a.m., Holy Communion; 11-30 a.m., Litany and Holy Communion; service, Dykes in F anthem, Ascribe unto the Lord "-(Travers); preacher, the Very Rev. the Dean. 4 p.m., service, Sclby in A anthem, In Christ dwelleth "—(Goss) preacher, Canon in Residence. SEASONABLE BKNKVOLENCE.—Mr Edward Jones, Brynmeirion, has distributed a large quantitv of coals and groceries to the poor and needy in Bangor as a New Dear's gift, which, in the face of the great po- verty that prevails, is very praiseworthy. Mr W. A. Dew also distributed coals to the poor. DISNKII TO WOHKMHX.—On Wednesday evening, Messrs Issac R jberts and Son entertained their work- men tu dinner at the Garth Hotel, the catering of Mr John Williams being everything that could be desired. THE members of the Conservative Working Men's Club sat down to a sumptuous supper at the Ship Launch, Garth);on Thursday evening. LXUIBITIOX AT LLANDKGAI SCHOOLROOM.—The boys schoolroom at Llandeg;ii proved very attractive on Tuesday and Wednesday last, when it was visited by a large number of persons of all classes, the event being a small industrial and art exhibition, held under the patronage of Lord and Lady Penrhva. The dis- play was peculiarly interesting, and comprised needle- work (old and modern), drawings and paintings, spe- cimens of white and stone carving, iron work, and other objects of interest. The Penrhyn family Not only-took pains to bring about the affair, but also contri- buted to the articles exhibited by their industry. Captain and Mrs Verney and a number of the neighbouring gentry honoured the exhibition with their presence. LODGING JIOCSKS FOR SYI DEXTS.—From an adv«r- tisement in another column, it will be seen that the Board for the registration and regulation of students' lodging houses will meet on the 7th January, and householders desirous of being placed on the register should at once obtain forms of application from the registrar. THE I'ROPOSK.I) ALTERATION OF THE MARKET DAY.—A numerously signed petition against changing the market day will be presented to the public meeting to be held to-day (Friday;. at the Penrhyn Hall, and the memorialists record their unqualified disapproval of such a course of action under the certain conviction that it would result in disastrous consequences to the trade of Bangor without one redeeming point con- ducive to tlie best interests of the city. The petition has being signed by three Aldermen, four Councillors, three bankers, 123 principal tradesmen in lligh-st. and Dean-st. The refusals included one butcher, one saddler, one chemist, two shoemakers, and two public houses. THE NEW YEAIt AT BANGOR.—The new year was ushered in at Bangor with what might be termed a nocturnal'' demonstration, and as it was a the moon- light night, hundreds of people were induced to leave their firesides and to give a kind of open-air farewell to the old year as it joined its predecessors. High-street presented an animated appearance and the sweet strains of the Artillery Volunteer band as they wended their way towards the Cathedral in- creased the number of pedestrians. The band halted opposite the Cathedral, and, as the clock struck the hour of twelve, simultaneously with a canon-firing, they played with telling effect" Auld Lang Sang." ,in The customary greetings followed, when the band marched down to the SkatirU Rink, where a dance was given and kept up until about four o'clock in the morning. At Horeb Wesleyan chapel the usual watch night service, preceded by an entertainment, was held. There was a good attendance, Mr Thomas Lewis, J.P., Gartherwau, occupying the chair. A very pleasant meeting was enjoyed by songs rendered by Miss Jones (Mair Menai), TenorydfI y Bryniau, Miss M. E. Edwards, Mr W. H. Jones, and several anthems were given by the choir, under the conduc- torship of Mr R. Pritcbard. Mr D. R. Ellis was the accompanist, and, as usual, gave the utmost satisfac- tion. Instructive addresses were also delivered by the Revs. Samuel Davit's and Evan Evans, and at midnight silent prayers were offered. A watchnight service was also held at the English Wesleyan chapel.
CARNARVON. CODNTY MAGISTRATES' COURT.—On Saturday, be- fore Captain J. G. Wynn-Griffith and other magis- trates, a tramp, giving the name of William Jones, for stealing a coat from a house in Salem-terrace, Bettwsgarmon, was sentenced to fourteen days' im- prisonment from the date of his apprehension. Hav- ing beon in custody a fortnight, he was now released. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—At the fortnightly meet- ing on Saturday, Mr John Thomas presiding, votes of thanks were accorded the following ladies and gentle- men who had sent Christmas gifts to the inmates of the workhouse: Miss Sampson, Tower House; the Misses Owen, Ty Coch the Rev. E. P. Hughes, Waterloo Port; Mr J. Pritchard, Pool-street market; Mr John Griffiths, waterman; and Mr H. Jonathan, hatter. It was also mentioned that Miss Sampson at- tends the house weekly to teach the girls to knit.— Mr Thomas (the master) reported that there were 84 in the house, as compared with 87 in the correspond- ing period last year; tramps relieved during the fortnight, 22. BOKOIKJH MAGISTRATES' COURT.—On Monday, before the Stayer (Alderman Lewis) and other magistrates, John Millar, a journeyman shoemaker, was charged with steal- ing a coat from the Garmon Arm!, and committed for two months with hard labour. A Mrs Nasmith, who was in his company at the time, and who was alleged to have connived at the robbery, was severely reprimanded by the magistrates. THE Soup KITCHEN.—The lady secretaries wish to acknowledge receipt of gifts from the following :—Mr W. Rice Tho-nas, Coed Helen, X5; Mrs Hughes, Coed Helen, £ 1; Mrs Hughes, Penybryn, 10a; Mr G. W. D. Assheton Smith, £5. ON Tuesday evening, January 6th, Mr Sarjeant, the evangelist, will deliver a lecture at the assembly room of the Royal and Sportsman Hotel. The previous lectures delivered by this gentleman brought together large audiences. Ox Tuesday evening, a charity concert was given at the Guild Hall, the attendance at which was very large. Several local talents took part, amou, them John Trevor Williams, Esq. Sir Llewelyn Turner was the president. We regret that our space will not allow of our reporting the concert in full. We ought, however, to mention that Mr W. Thorman was the secretary of this charity movement, and that he spared no effort co make the thing a success. WITH his usual liberality, Mr D. Morgan, Castle- square, distributed several tons of coal to the most needy of the poor of the town. Mr Morgan also gave his annual gift of money to the Corporation labourers. ON Christmas evening, an annual competitive meet- ing was held in Caersalem Chapel, a tea meeting having previously been held in the afternoon. Both meetings were successful
HOLYHEAD. THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL.—On Friday, the 19th ult., 01 the occasion of the breaking up of this school for the Christmas holidays, the head-master, Mr R. Morgan Jones, B.A., gave a treat to his pupils. This sehool is evidently in a very flourishing condition. There are nearly 40 scholars, and these had gathered together to the tea-meeting last Friday. After the tea was over, the boys thoroughly amused themselves for several hours with a variety of games in the school-room. Among other things, Mr Jones treated them to the display of an excellent magic-lantern. It was very gratifying to notice throughout the whole proceedings the thorough good-will that existed between the pupils and Mr and Miss Jones, together with two assistant-masters—Mr Williams and Mr Owen. It may be well to mention the success of some of the pupils during last term. Mr H. S. Jonos, Llan- gefni, passed the Matriculation Examination of the Isew Veterinary College, Edinburgh, where he is now a student. Mr W. G. Guest, Holyhead, passed the examination held at Chester, for admission into the manager's office of the London and North-western Railway Company. And lastly, Mr R. T. Ellis, of Holyhead, passed the Entrance Examination of the North and South Wales Bank. The school re-opens on the 19th of this month. ENGLISH PAPTIST CHAPEL CHRISTMAS TREK.—The annual Christmas tree, in connection with this place of worship, was held on Tuesday, December 23rd, 183+, ill the chapel. The trees (there being two) were kindly supplied for the ocassion by the friends con- nected with the English Baptist Chapel, Bangor. The articles, which were very numerous, were given by various friends connected with the chapel, as well as some who are connected with other places of worsnip, among whom may be mentioned Mrs Jones and Mrs Roberts, Stanley Arms Mrs Williams, Boston House; Mrs Riddiford, and Miss Gardener of Bideford. The trees, school-room, and fancy-stall were all neatly de- corated, the evergreens, being supplied by Mr Ev.rns, London-road, and the 11 igs by Mr Williams, principal of the coast guards. The queen of the tree was the «ift of Mrs Thomas, New London House. The stall for largtf articles was under the a> le management of | Miss Patnti. and Mrs Thomas, while the refreshment j department w.;s superintended by Mr. If. Ovv-n and Mrs Cooke, assisted by Mr Cottriil. We uudjistaod tLat ai-oir L"J," ha- been t, the tree, ami it i hoped that with the rcce.pts t'ru.ii tu- appro.c.'ne; social tea, ther« will be a clear profit of -C30. j EISTEDDFOD AXD CONCERT.—On the afternoon of Box- ing Day, the annual Eisteddfod was held in the Town Hall, under the management of Measrs J. W. Ellis and R. M. Williams, Market-street, and in the evening a grand concert was given. The attendance in the after- noon was thin, but in the evening the Concert Room was filled to repletion. The presidents were respectively Messrs W. Evans, M.D., F.R.A.S. (Tudur), and W. Cadwaladr Davies, North Wales College, Mr J. Thomas (Efionydd), Carnarvon, conducting. The programme of the afternoon meeting consisted of literary, musical, and other competitions, the principal item being a choral competition for choirs of not less than 25 in number who should render best tha congregational tunes, Bavaria and "Alexandria" (the Rev. J. Roberts). Four choirs competed, the prize of three guineas and a silver medal to the conductor being awarded to a choir from Bodedern. At the concert the artistes were Miss Maggie Ivor Jones, R.A.M.; Mr Henry Beaumont, principal tenor of Chri:it Church Cathedral,-Dublin Mr James Sauvage, the emi- nent baritone of Carl Rosa's Royal English Opera Com- pany and a strong baud composed of Mr J. G. Dowdall, Dublin (1st violin) Mr Tom Johnson, NewryFawr (2nd violin) Dr. R. F. Maguire (viola) and Captain Ken- dal (violincello). The accompanists were Miss Williams, the Rectory, Llanfaelog and Mr T. F. Parry, Holyhead. Miss Maggie J. Jones was in excellent voice, and sang with her usual taste. Mr Sauvage's rendering of Oh Ruddier than the Cherry was well deserving of the loud and continued applause which it elicited, and the encore, I'm a Friar of Orders Groy,' which was called for. The duet, The Sol-fa Lesson,' was highly appreciated, and obtained an encore. The singing of Mr Henry Beaumont in My Queen aad The Death of Nelson was of the most exquisite kind, and he will be certain of a good re- ception should he again pay Holyhead a visit. The pieces performed by the band were executed with wonderful accuracy and precision, considering that they were a group of amateurs who had had no opportunity of rehearsing together. PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY, 24TII DECEMBER.— Before .Major-General Hughes, Messrs II. Edwards, and T. Owen, R.N. Unjust Scales.-TIenry Williams, Rock-street, Mill Bank, was charged by Superintendent R. D. Davies, inspector of weights and measures, with having in his shop, on Decmber 1st, a pair of scales, used for weighing flour, which was 0 oz. against the purchaser. Defendant, who did not appear, was lined 10s and costs, which were paid by his wife. Stealing Wreckage washed up from the ss Poachard. -Richard Williams, Cae Crin, Rhoscolyn, was charged by P.C. Hugh Jones, Valley, with having, on the 8th December, stolen a box of soap, which was one of a number of boxes which had been washed ashore from the sunken steamer Pochard, which, it will be re- membered, foundered off North Stack on the previous day. A Wandering Horse and Ca rt.-Owpu Owens, carter, Mill Bank, was charged by P.C. Wdliam Jones with allowing his horse and cart to go along Stanley-street, on the 10th December, without any person in charge. Dismissed on payment of costs. The Wet 'Uns.—George Cox, Well-street, for being drunk and riotous, was lined 2s 1;(1 and costs Julia Cooke, London-road, charged with being drunk and incapable at Lands' End, on December loth, was fined los including costs, or, in default, seven days Wil- liam Rowlands, Roek-street, for being drunk and riotous William Rowlands, Queen-street, for boing drunk and refusing to quit the Royal George Inn, and Robert Watkin, Harp-street, for being drunk, were lined 2s Gd each, and costs Lewis Roberts, Porth Sach, similarly charged, was cautioned and dismissed, General Hughes informing him that his lenient treat- ment was in consequence of his good conduct for the last eight years. A Cate 'Un.—John Lewis, alias "Jack Diggery Gwyn," of Jew-street, was charged with being drank in Market-street on the night of December 1st. On being informed that he was fined 2s 6d and cost—10s, he begged hard to be allowed a fortnight in which to pay, but being denied the privilege, and being informed that if he did not pay it at once he would be locked up and incur further costs, he quietly drew a neatly folded paper from his vest pocket and handed it in, which, on being opened, was found to contain the exact amount required. This caused considerable amusement and laughter both amongst the audience and on the bench. After th s e d subsided, General Hughes complimented the town .i its general free- dom from cases of drunkenness, but was sorry to see to-day that out of twelve cases on the sheet the majority were cases of drunkenness.
MENAI BRIDGE. LOCAL BOARD.—There were five applications for the clerkship presented at the last meeting of the Board, on Tuesday evening, only two of which found a proposer and. seconder, viz., Mr R. G. Thomas, architect, who was proposed by Mr John Morgan, and seconded by Mr Hugh Ellis, and Mr Thomas Hughes, tea merchant, and formerly a clerk with Mr Pritchard, solicitor, Llwydiarth Esgob, being proposed by Rev. E. Cynftig Davies, and seconded by Mr Hugh Wil- liams. When the amendment was put to the meeting, it was found that the majority of the nine members present was in favour of Mr Hughes, who was there- fore duly elected It was resolved that a request be made by the clerk at the right quarters for all the papers, documents, maps, &c., relating to the parish of Llandysilio.-A deputation was appointed by the Board to present a petition at the next Quarter Sessions in favour of the removal of the Sessions, if removed from Beaumaris, to Menai Bridge and Holy- head, to be held at both places alternately, the depu- tation to consist of the three following:—The Chairman, Rev. E. Cynffig Davies, and the Clerk. It is generally conceded that Menai Bridge has a strong claim, the grounds and reasons for which have been clearly and convincingly placed for months before the public and the Bench of Magistrates, in whose hands the decision rests.
DYNAMITE SCARES IN ANGLESEY. A resident writes us :—Last Saturday, the quiet little village of Aberffraw was the sseuc of terrible excitement and bustle by the arrival at the Post- oliice from the morning train of a suspicious look- ing wooden box addressed to MacOwen, care of Postmaster, Aberffraw, and which was at once supposed to contain dynamite. It was highly amusing to watch the anxious crowds of both sexes that had assembled in groups at a distance of a hundred yards from the Post-office, where they stood with eyes ri vetted on that building, expecting every second to see it erased to its foundations. At | la-t, being tired of waiting, a deputation of the bravest was formed to go to Mr Thomas, the post- master, to insist upon him, in the name of heaven. to have the box, with its dangerous contents, re- moved to the common or not a trace of the village would be left by the morning. There it was sug- gested it should be put up as a target, and fired at by all possessing guns. Others proposed inserting a piece of bent iron under the lid, and by means of a rope, 100 yards long to it, to give a sudden jerk, so ,8 to remove the lid. It was late in the evening and none of the suggestions had been carried out, and many were getting their pack ready to go to a neighbouring village to spend the night, when a 11 lrty of men arrived, hiving walked a distance of six miles in order to view the box. and possessing more courage than the rest, inserted the blade of a knife through the side, and on withdrawing it. a most offensive smell emitted therefrom. Then. thinking it could not be anything of a very daa- gerous nature, they opened the box cautiously, when, to the surprise of all beholders, it turned out to contain a few red herring. Peace has now been restored, and the box, with its harmless contents, has been claimed, but the disappearance of the poor tailor that lives next door to the post-office, and who, by the by", is always noted for his courage, is still a matter of anxiety. On Christmas Eve amongst the packages arriv- ing by the express steamer from Dublin, was a ham- per addressed ''Messrs B. and (J. "Ward, England (town)—wishing you a liappy Irish Christmas. The ambiguity o! the addiess puzzled the potters, and the hamper w;-s depos ted in fie lost property ollice to await eiifnr,i,s for it..Attention having thus been cal'ed to it, a whisper soon spread about that in all prob ibilitv the hamper eoiitained explo- sives, and had he, SO addie-sId that it might be detained ;.1 Holyhead, and so ca 'so destruction to life and property. For a short time great excite- ment p-rv.iiJed, and a '.Tide berth was given to the room, in which the hamper was deposited. Soon, however, inquiry was made for it by a passenger who had arrived by the same steamer, and tie soon satislie I the officials that it contained nothing mote potent or dangerous than some of "•Johu .Jameson's best (whiskey), and took it awav, en- joying a quiet laugh at the scare which his Irishly addres.se 1 parcel had occassione l.
I'Ki. [ T POR i)ESKKT.—Birkett's Stores have now j fi'.ei ved the hulk of their Christmas Fruit. They beg to draw attention to its superior quality, I
LIVERPOOL LETTER. J LFROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT). WEDNESDAY NIGHT. It has been decided to call a public meeting in three or four weeks' time for the purpose of form- ing the Society of Gordovigion." Will this National Club be a success ? A few weeks ago, no one thought of asking such a question, but so much time has been taken up in considering the name which should be given to the society, the amount of the annual subscription, the ob- ject in view, and several other matters, that people are already losing interest in the move- ment. Almost every member of the Eisteddfod committee had expressed his opinion months ago in favour of the formation of a Welsh National Society in Liverpool. Five weeks have passed since the resolution formally moved by Mr Isaac Foulkes was carried, but we must wait for another month before anything can be done. It is to be hoped the enthusiasm among the principal promo- ters will not have diminished in the least, because I fear it will require all their zeal to create sufficient interest in Welshmen generally as will guarrantee a succesful public meeting whenever it is held. Mr J. Alun Jones has given notice of hia inten- tion to propose at the next Eisteddfod committee that a grant be made of the surplus, if any, remaining in the hands of the treasurer, in aid of the Celtic Professorship in the Univorsity College of Liverpool." The accounts of the Eisteddfod have not yet been closed. I believe I stated in a previous letter that the receipts exceeded the pay- ment by about £ 45. According to the resolutions passed many months priorto the Eisteddfod, the first call upon this amount was towards defraying the expense of publishing the successful composi- tions, &c. Several members of the Executive being anxious to refund the National Eisteddfod Association (which had contributed C75 in prizes), an appeal was made to members of the general tte, committee for subscriptions. It was however un- derstood that the Eisteddfod council would be 1. more than satisfied," if the e75 were returned to them. It appears that the subscriptions received will enable the committee to publish the transac- tions. to pay back the £7.5, and still have a balance on the right side and it is out of this small amount that Mr Alun Jones proposes to aid the Celtic Professorship in Liverpool. Had not a limited number (and very limited too, I am told) of mem- bers of the committee subscribed, we should have the painful task of recording a deficit. Bearing this in mind, a very pertinent question is asked. viz., will the disposal of the surplus be left en- tirely in the hands of subscribing members? We shall see. The annual tea meeting of the Victoria Calvin- lstic Methodist Chapel was held as usual on Christmas Day. In the evening a successful concert was given by Miss M. Ivor Jones, R.A .M.. Mr Hirwen Jones. Teiiorydd y Bryniau, and the Cambria.n Glee Party, under the conductorsliip of Mr D. O. Parry. Judging from the encores the audience appeared to appreciate the singing of Tenorydd y Bryniau far more than that of Mr Hirwen Jones. Mr Jones would doubtless be more acceptable to Welsh audiences if he sang with a little more animation. Mr Edward Lloyd. Overton-street, presidod over a meeting of Good Templars, held at Grove- street Schoolroom on Christmas Day. The Welsh Wesleyans had no less than three meetings on Christmas Day. Mr Edward Lloyd presided at the Boundary-street competetiTe meeting, and Gwaenys conducted. Several solos were rendered by Miss Lucy A. Jones and Mr W. H. Marks; accompanist, Mr T. Morris Jones. During the meeting a handsome silver-plated tea and coffee service was presented by the chapel choir and a few friends to the precentor, Mr W. H. Marks, in appreciation of very valuable service rendered in connection with the singing at Boundary-street. Mrs Owen, Messrs Ellis Owen, Thomas Owen, Richard Parry, John Parry, R. Hughes, and John Davies were among the successful competitors. — At Plimsoll-street, Edge Hill, a concert was given by the local choir, assisted by Misses Selina Bryan, Sarah Jones, M. J. Richards, &c. Mr John Thomas, Grove-street, presided.—At the concert given in the Wesleyan Chapel, Birkenhead, the artistes were Mrs Alltwen Williams, Miss Annie Williams, Messrs W. Hum- phries and John Lloyd. The Liverpool Cambrian Choral Society (under the conductorship of Mr William Parry) per- formed the Messiah" at St. James' Hall, Lime- street, in the afternoon, the soloists being Mrs Alltwen Williams, Miss Annie Williams, Mr Tom Harris, Mr David Williams, &c. Accom- panist Miss Maggie Evans. A miscellaneous concert was given by the same choir in the evening. On Boxing Day the Good Templars of South Lancashire district held their Eisteddfod at Hope Hall. The Rev J. O. WilliamB presided in the afternoon, and the Kev Griffith Ellis, M.A., at night. Dr Joseph Parry adjudicated the singing. Ten competed in singing a bass solo— the winner being Mr R. W. Dodd. The Chatham Choral Society (conductor, Mr T. Jones) won the prize of £ 10 for the best rendering of Gweddi gwraig y meddwyn." In the choral competition the Kensington choir, conducted by AlawMadog, was victorious. Great praise was given by the Rev Roger Edwa.-rds to Glan Menai's pryddeat on Daeargryn." The other successful com- petitors were Mrs Elizabeth Hughes, Colwyn Bay; Miss Jane Hughes, Talybont: Mrs Min- shull, Miss Owen, Messrs Elias Hughes, Colwyn Bay; J. Denman, R. H. Hughes, J. R. Jones, Gwilym Caeriog, Owen Lleifiad, M. G. Roberts, J. D. Jones, J. T. Williams, N. and S. Wales Bank. Denbigh; and William jGriffith. The arrangements were efficiently carried out by the secretary—Mr Edmund Griffith. The success of the meeting is due in a great measure to the business like manner in which Mr Ellis and Mr Williams performed their duties as conductors. I regret to say that one of the competitors who took part in the meeting was so indiscreet (perhaps a stronger word ought to be used) as to write a letter to Dr Parry bearing upon the competition which was to take place at Hope Hall. Some are of opinion that the letter should have been read at the meeting as a warning to others and as an effectual lesson to the offender. It is to be hoped the writer of,the letter will send an apology to Doctor Parry, accompanied with a promise that he will never be guilty of such a thing again. I The distribution of the Mayor's hot-pots was carried out most successfully. It is estimated that at least thirty thousand poor people were specially provided for on Christmas Day in Liverpool. LIVERPOOL AGENTS.—Messrs Foulkes and Evans, printers, Dale-street: R. O. Roberts, 46, Old Hall-street; T. Lloyd, 52, Everton.road, James Woollard, 52, Castle-street; Mrs Parry, bookseller, Heyworth-street, Everton.
LLANLLWST. r ALE OF Cos-WAV Auiiicri/rrnAL SOCIJCTY.—The anuual meeting was held at the Eagles Hotel, Llan- rwst, oil eduesday, Mr P. M'lntyre in the cheir. The annual statement of accounts showed a balance of £5V tj8 2d in hand. Mr II. Lloyd Mostyn, J.P., of (iloddaeth Hall, Llandudno, was elected president, and Mr Thomas iloberts, Tanyfynwent, Aber, Bangor, vice-president, for the next year. Dr. M'Culloch, Messrs G. R. Ashley, Murray, E. W. Davies, and D. Williams were added to the committee of manage- ment. It was resolved to held the 1885 show "at Llanrwst. The meeting closed with a cordial vote of thanks to Mr It. -J. Ellis-Xauney, .).)' and Mr 1', M'lntyre, for their services as president and vice- presidentduring 1884.
THE REV. W. FOULKES, of Rhos, has responded favour- ably to the invitation sent him to accept the pastorate of the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Llangollen. He pur- poses entering upon his duties in February next. THERE will be no change in the local train service of the L. & N. W. Railway Company for the month of January,
THE REPRESENTATION OF SOUTH CARNARVON. To the Editor of the OBSERVER AND EXPRESS. SIK,—I have to-day found time to look over an article on the subject of II Carnarvonshire Politics in your issue of the 26th inst. My first sensations aroused a contemptuous disgust. They were natural but they were transient. The emotions which abide are not less painful than they are humiliating. For is it not painful that a paper claiming to be The National Newspaper" should publish with the sanction of editorial authority such makeshift trash? And is rot the painfulness intensified when the implications suggested are false, and are false within the knowledge of the writer? For no one but himself has presumed to indicate who should be the accepted candidate for either of the county divisions. There have been no private arrangements. Any man who conceives himself capable of fitly and adequately representing a constituency may announce his candidature, and any elector may express his confidence in him or withhold his suffrage from him. Nor can I conceive of a humiliation more absolute than the ill-expressed, but not less plain. intimation, that "a man of merit from a distance may more competently represent us than any Welsh- man of this county. The men of real merit, the distances will retain for themselves. And have we no men of merit in Carnarvonshire ? Has Mr Herber Evans no merit? Is there any Englishman living who could more competently repfesent this county than he could ? Is he not a very man of our national life ? Is there any pulsation of our aspira- tions which does not vibrate in him, gathering force with every beat until it dashes away every opposing barrier ? Has Mr Morgan Richards no merit? As the representative of an urban constituency would he less truly or eloquently represent the cause of the workmen than does Mr Burt or Mr HroadhurstV Look at him as he stands on a platform addressing his fellows; where can you look upon a face mjre honest, or hear a voice that rings mure true. For thirty years and more has he not stoo 1 forward the fticnd of the aggrieved? Have we not seen him again and again ringing at the door of Friars School, claiming admission for the Welsh—the indigent and the poor? And has there been any movement to ameliorate the condition or to mitigate the hardships of the labourer and the artizan which has not obtained from him an impulse to which its success may largely be attributed ? Yes, the stranger has the money, he can pay higher retainers, he can make larger contributions. The recent statute has in terms limited the power of the purse, but a rich man will find little difficulty in driving his coach through the breaches which money may undermine and lay bare. And that is not all. Among the Welshmen of to-day there are unhappily some in whom lives the traitorous spirit which heralded the defeats of the Welsh in the thirteenth century. Words Kpokell or written that were never intended to convey the meaning assigned to them have aroused a morbid sensitiveness that torments itself into a condition of personal aggrievedness which can find no solace except in a frantic summons for the help of the stranger. Aye, and the stranger must take his directions from the delegate who selects him, to the man of the people every elector is a personal friend. And what offence have I committed? Certain re- presentations were made to me, and I conceived it to bx just possible that the anticipations which they indicated might be correct. Is it an offence to express in words an ambition which you cherish ? What I have done I have done publicly, and in a form sanctioned by a well-established usage. I will never be the mere nominee of a caucus. The appeal of the candidate should be addressed to the electors. It is for them in their several polling districts to select the candidate of their choice. And how can they have any dis- criminating discretion if candidates are not to be permitted to present themselves individually before them ? What the writer of this article insists upon is that the electors should depute generally and without limitation the confidence reposed in them to a number of delegates, and that candidates should make their applications only to such dele- gates. The people themselves are to have no direct voice whatsoever in the selection of their man. What I conceive to be a binding selection is a selection made by the electors in their several districts and in public meeting with the candi- dates before them, and registered by their no- minees at a general meeting of the constituency. The fact is, these articles and the paragraphs you publish under the heading "Here and There," have for their object to foist a candidate of the writer's choice upon the boroughs. I am satisfied that the electors of the boroughs would feel personally aggrieved were Mr Jones-Parry to turn his back upon them, and the man who stuck by Aberystwyth College, when informed that the penalty he would have to pay would be the loss of his seat, can estimate with accuracy the value of such representations as you publish. Mr Jones-Parry is the member for the Carnarvon Boroughs, and will remain their member until the electors in their polling booths select another in his place. Neither the present nor any future association has or can have any authority to deter- mine his representation. The necessary authority is by statute vested in the electorA.- Yours truly, R. PUGHE-JONES. 28, Kensington Garden Terracc, Dec. 30, 1884.
THE REPRESENTATION OF CARNAR- VONSHIRE. To the Editor of the OBSERVER AND EXPRESS. SIR,—Would it not be to the interest of the party for all candidates and" wuuld- be candi- dates t ) avoid premature overtures to the con- stitu-'uey till the proper time arrives for the calm and dispassionate consideration of all claims—come from what quarter they may ? Mr Morgan Lloyd's hastiness was pardonable—his seat being taken from him, and, as it were, trans- ferred over the Menai-it was not unnatural for him to try and follow it thither. But having an- nounced his candidature he has since maintained commendable silence, which reflects unfavou' ably upon the conduct of another candidate. No one disputes Mr Pugh-Jones' right to contest this or any other county, but I cannot forbear to mention the lack of discretion he displays in pro- claiming his own virtues, and more especially in dragging at his heals the name of the hon. mem- ber for the boroughs. I am not at all inclined to condemn his candidature, and to ignore his claiitis. I have a vivid recollection of his pluck at the time he was curate of Beaumaris, in de- nouncing at the Diocesan Synod in Bangor, be- fore the bishop and a large number of hostile and time-serving clergy, the conduct of the then head-m ister of Beaumaris Grammar School, and the management of the endowments. I know also he has done some service to the cause of higher education in Wales, and has well exposed the inequality of rating in South Carnarvon- shire. But what then ? We are not called upon yet to choose candidates for either division, and, when the time comes, I have sufficient confidence in the only Liberal organisation that exists in the county that it will submit the claims of each candidate to the decision of properly qualified representatives from the various districts. It is the best and safest tribunal we have for that pur- pose, and with our diversified opinions we need much more than tho Conservatives such a delibe- rative body to appeal and decide. With that ob- ject we must sink our personal predilections, and combine for the common good. Thorough loyalty to the party should be demanded of each candidate, which only can command success at the polling booth. United we are invincible; divided we are doomed to defeat and disgrace. Allow me to call attention to a suggestion made in your columns that the member for the boroughs might seek the suffrages of the South Carnar- vonshire electors. I take that to be a mere sug- gestion—that the hon. gentleman might be asked to choose either the boroughs or one of the divi- sions of the county. To me, as a thorough sup- porter of Mr Jones-Parry, there does not appear to be anything offensive in suggesting that 1 I'll I course, but we have no right—or, at all events, it would not be prudent—to dictate such a course to Mr Jones-Parry should he prefer to sit for the boroughs, I think it would be our duty to accord him our united support, We must be prudent as well as bold and we must take good care not to hazzard the fortunes of our party upon immature views and unstable speculations that at once would arouse the opposition of the forces of ignorance and interest. Therefore, be- ware of divisions close the ranks, and we shall be triumphant.—Yours truly, A LIBERAL ELECTOR. Carnarvon, Dec. 23, 1884.
DISESTABLISHMENT. To the Editor of the OBSERVER AWD EXPRESS. SIR,-The question of the relation which the Church, as a religious organisation, sustained to the State is, undoubtedly, one of the burning questions of our times. Little by little, this question his been making its way to the front, and it is to be hoped that it will soon end in a severance of the Church from the State, in Wales, at least. But I am of opinion that if a State Church were an evil and an injustice, it was desirable that judgment should be pronounced calmly and not in frenzy, deliberately an 1 not in caprice, peacefully and not in tumult-nut like to what took place at Beaumaris and Llanberis. The Established Church will not benefit by such scenes, and no sober-minded man could desire that any change so great as that in- volved in the disestablishment of the Church of England should be precipitated in some turbulent manner. It is of very little importance who first introduced tithes, or linked the Church and State together; our great concern now is to break that link as regards Wales. We have a Church representing spiritual ideas and aims, but which is bound hand and foot t) a power which is not spiritual a Church whose supreme officers are not appointed by a spiritual body, but by the Prune Minister, who may not himself be even a member of that Church a believer in its doctrines, whose private life may be i scandalous violation of its moral teachings, and whose selection of archbishop or bishop may be lictated solely by political consideration. We iave a Church whose prayer-book is a sche Ink in. in Act of Parliament, aud whose services can neither be increased, diminished, nor modified, A ithout the consent Parliament, a Church in which such spiritual bodies as the dean and chapter of a cathedral are deprived of all power of effective protest against any bishop that might be appointed, however erroneous and dangerous his doctrine may be. We have a Church in which the great majority of the congregation has no freedom or voice what- ever in the selection of the man to be their spiritual vMiide. We have a Church which gives statesmen,, j idge- and lawyers more trouble than all the ebgious bodies in the nation put together, with its- endless disputes and prosecutions touching rubrics, ik.'ht->, incense, altars, vest-incuts, elevations, genu- Sections, cross ;-i. and rere los. In conclusion, I nay say that the Established Church has within iier now a liberation seciety which, while working on its own lines, is pursuing our end. There is a viowing number of Episcopalians who are begin- iling to feci that the two kingdoms of Christ and Caesar are distinct, that their rulers, their objects, their means, their motives, and their agencies different, and that the prosperity of each would be "'I'!t secured by a clear eejjaratiou of their re- spective territories. Hoping soon to SJe the day when Wales, at least, will, by a calm and ripenocf judgment and voice of the people, stand for ever free from the fetters of the State, I am, yours, &c., Beaumaris. ORTHODOX.
THE LATE POACHING AFFRAY AT BETHESDA. To the Editor of the OBSERVER AND EXPRESS. SIR.-Á most keen and general sympathy with the two quarrymen engaged in the above has been engendered by the subsequent action of the quarry managers. Last Monday they were dis- missed from the quarry, and, if I am correctly informed, are under notice to quit their houses --perhaps, a life-long punishment after the claims of justice were satisfied, very certainly as severe a sentence as was ever ordained by the laws of Draco. We repudiate any wish of interfering with the sentence of the magistrates, or of imputing this extreme measure, so pregnant of misery and un- happiness to the families of the two unfortunates, to tlie noble and generous lord, the owner of the quarry. But was it necessary, Mr Editor, that these men should be stamped with the indelible stigma of the handcuffs?—men who passively accom- panied their captors. .Every feeling of humanity, every sentiment of honour, claim for these men immunity from fur- ther punishment. The demands of the law are appeased, and the sacred rights of private pro- perty in river fish have been vindicated. The prevalent idea in Bethesda is that the noble lord, were he made aware of the facts of the [case, would reinstate the men—that it is the high-hand-ed proceedings of a minor luminary in quarry management that has caused this severity. This is not the time for adulation and flattery. The managers, according to their lights, have done their duty, and the neighbourhood now re- spectfully approaches the noble lord with mode- ration, claiming no rights, acknowledging the troubles of management, but trusting to the bright records of past generous deeds that he will once more put the two men on the right path—the path of honesty that the sins of the fathers be not visited upon the children, but be forgiven when sorrow and repentance overtake the culprits. This is not a private ebullition of sentiment, Mr Editor, but a wide-spread and deep feeling of the inhabitants, to which we hope YOll will give voice. A PLEADER.
PROPOSED CHANGING OF THE MARKET DAY AT BANGOR. To the Editor of the OBSERVER AND EXPRESS. SIR,—The absurd thought that our represen- tatives in Council possess such authority as to change the Bangor market day is enough to. justify anyone in calling the attention of the public to condemn such a folly. My huuible opinion is that the Market Company are the most likely to possess any authority over thf Bangor market; but I remember what the late chairman of the market directors, Mr J. W. Hughes, said on the subject of altering the list of charges, and, if he is a reliable authority, the Market Company also are powerless to alter the by-laws. Accordingly, to change the market day is out of the question. After ten years' manage- ment of the market, I may say that I pus,Vss some knowledge about those parties who sr'ninlv the market with different produce, and I m c tain the producers cannot supply the- lu ti-ket to the same extent if any change is made. fu order to see the absurdity of the present movement we will suppose, for argument's sake, t'Jat"a chaW will take place. But would it answe* anv nnrn > T o There is no authority to hinder Ihe parties that like to do so from coming on Fridays to offer for sale their produce. Not only the market would be open for them, but they will have two hours additional time on the above day. The co-nve our representatives have taken in call in," a public meeting, to invite the citizens to discussTa subject in which they are entirely pov. M-less to move viz the changing of the market, day, does not reflect any credit upon their knowledge and discretion. E. EVANS.
MOVEMENTS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.—Customs Mr T. J. F.ne, outdoor officer, se.;o:i(l diss, Beaumaris Holy- head, to examining ollijer, sec-imd class, London. ST. DAVIDS (IOLLFCGE, LAMPETER. — In the nrobihli* event of the proposed additions to ST. David's College being commenced during it is understood that the hrst stone of the new building will be publicly laid by the Archbishop of Canterbury. OPENING OF THE TELEPHONE TO BRIGHTON. ielophonic communication w,th Brighton was perfectly fompaif ThiTr;k7 laSt by th8 United Telephone oompany. The first message sent through, and which will probably become historical, was » Mavthe Telephone become as universal as Pears' Soap." This was as tableU W°Uld havo bfien across a dinner table,