CHARITABLE ACTIONS AND POLI- TICAL MOTIVES. ONE of our Tory contemporaries has discovered a mare's nest. It gives editorial prominence to a statement that it has heard rumours to the effect that political moMves are at the root of the present, as we think, noble attempt to found a fund for the purpose of assisting the widows and orphans created by the heart- rending disaster which has occured at Nantlle Strange that our contemporary should have "L been the first to hear this rumour. Can it have existed at all except in the imagination of the writer? The newspaper press, especially of the Tory ilk, is credited with much p >wer of Pagination. We fear our contemporary is, in this particluar instance, only exemplifying the correctness of this popular idea. We, on our side, can only understand this attempt to quash a benevolent object as emanating from political motives of the meanest kind. Sllrelr it should not be deemed a crime that the first intimation of the desirability of this scheme to tender timely assistance to the surviving victim of an untoward providence, should have been made in our columns, and if the appeal made to the benevolent and charitable district received a, heartier response from Liberals, which und( ubtedly is the case, than from Tories, the fact should not be construed to the discredit of the former. What can be really thought of the uncharitableness, yea, t'ven cruelty of the party, who can, under cloak Qf a sanctimonious regard for purity of mo- tives, to serve party purposes, damage an object eo noble.
OUR LONDON LETTER. fny OUH OWN CORRESPONDENT]. LONDON, WEDNESDAY NIGIIT. General Booth—Veifetarians—Sir John Beitizelf- Buchanan and CarLyle—Bismarck again- Definition of a Tory—Agricultural Labourers. Last Monday evening was, for me, a busy time. In the space of some two hours, I attended as many as three different meetings, all advertised to com- mence at eight o'clock—we not yet having begun say twenty o'clock. 1 irst ot all, 1 went to a Salv ation Army meeting in Exeter Ilall (large hall), where 1 listened for a time to the brilliant eloquence and overpowering enthusiasm of Genera: Booth. The hall was crowded in every corner, and the Scarlet jerseys of the men and the peculiarly con- 8tructerl bonnets (excuse my inability to give the technical adjective) of the ladies, presented a most ^eoiarkable appearance to the eye unaccustomed to Sv»ch scenes. Everybody was lively, very lively, ii-oin Vne General to the most insignificant private aUd w \enever the General uttered some powerful or witty words, which was an event of frequent occurrence, you could see one of those bonnets or Scarlet ierVy8 bobbing up, like .Jack-in-the-box, arjd from somewhere near them you could hear a voice crying "Hallelujah," "Glory to God." Blessed beLHis name," &c. Then somebody upon the platform wou.'d blow a whistle as a signal that I order and silence should be restored, and the General would proceed with his address. The meeting. I should have said, was a Farewell meet- hig the army had been summoned together to bid good-bye to thirty ollieers. who were being sent to furrin parts." Most of these officers were Wl:e-, and their destinations were numerous and Varied. Some were bound for Canada, others for the United States, others for New Zealand, Cane Colony Australia, Zululand, New Guinea, Samoa Islands, Formosa, St. Lucia Bay, Angra Pe<pieua, Tonquin—but I suspect 1 am getting mixed in my Sinography. All 1 can say for certain is that these ■very yoanc lady sold:ers were being booked to distant lands to light the horrid barbarians. After enjoying the rhetoric of the energetic General for some fifteen minutes, [ descended from the great hall, which, as many of your readers well know, is situated at 1 the top of the buildiug, and made tracks for a smaller room, where a meeting Tv&s held by the Vegetarian Society. On the list of ■speakers were the names of two, whom I was particularly anxious to see and hear, namely, Pro- fessor Mayar of Cambridge, and Mrs A-nna Kings- ford, M.D.. of Paris, whose address was given on the handbill an Atcham Vicarage, Shrewsbury. I am elad to say that I was exceedingly fortunate, as I had the pleasure of hearing the end of the pro- fessor's speech, and the beginning of the lady- Hoctor's. Professor Mayar is now the President of the Societv, bavikig succeeded Professor Francis Bowman in that office. He is a calm and moderate speaker, a great quoter of Greek and Latin phrases, and even condescends at times to be witty. His appearance is that of a benevolent parish clergyman, only his forehead is full and protruding. Against ■him I had a grudge from of old; for of all the dry-as-dust anuotators of the classics, he is the most incorrigibly learned and though he seems to be very tender-hearted in the matter of killing pigs and cows, 1 doubt whether he is so conscientiously charitable in the matter of grinding poor students' brains. Mrs Anna Ivingsford, M.D., is a handsome lady, with a face somewhat pale and care-worn she is tall and very well dressed—her dress consisting of black material (once more, excuse my not the material), all the knots and fluffs, you know, with innumerable ends of ribbons peeping out everywhere. The colour of her hair is yellow-I beg pardon, gohi^n, and alarge heap of it is made up in little curls just over her forehead. She is an ardent scientist, and, I should say, an enthusiastic evolutionist. As a speaker, Mrs Kingsford has one or two thing* yet to learn. She is not so fluent as Mrs Bo <tii (I mean the General's wife), not so Powerful as Miss Helen Taylor, not so earnest as Mrs Besant. She is rather a businesslike exponent of science. Headers of the Times will have noticed that she takes part in the controversy going on in the columns of that journal concerning vivisection. I may add that Mrs Kingsford believes that the adoption of a vegetarian diet has been the means of saving her from falling a victim to tubercular consumption. I thought it wouldn't be at all a bad idea to finish up with something jolly. A change came o'er the spirit of my dream. I toddled off over Waterloo Bridge, and sought the Phcenix Hall, Bo'ough, where the merry knight, Sir John Bennett, was onlightenin' a number of fellow- workin' men on the wickedness of the House of Lords. I was in tune for only itlie fag hend of this meetin', and I heard not the speech of the great watchmaker of Clieapside. But I heard one work in' man proposing and another workin' man secondin', a 'carty vote of thanks to the lecturer, to which Sir John suitably and characteristically responded. He knew very well that he should have been an alderman long ago,and mayor this very year; but perhaps it was better for him that Providence kept municipal honours from him. so that he might devote himself entirely to the cause of the working-men of England; and he found his consolation for the neglect of his fellow-citixensin the indulgent and hearty receptions which he received among1 working-men wherever he went. Sir John ter- minated the meeting by leading a round of hip, hip, hip hurrah to the chairman, Mr George Howell. I should say that Mr Robert Buchanan is a clever gentleman and a courageous, desperately courageous, without a doubt. Some time ago he published a paper on the "Insincerity of Carlyle" in a journal bearing the name of Christian Leader. The title of Mr Buchanan's article appearing to me somewhat amusing-, I en- deavoured to procure a copy of the above- mentioned journal; but, alas after enquiring in nearly a score of newsagents' shops, I had to give up the task, and even unto this day, the startling revelations of Mr Buchanan are to me sealed documents. But in an evening paper, a day or two ago, I see that Mr Buchanan comes forward to publicly claim the honour and dis- tinction of being the first to detect the insincerity of Thomas Carlyle, and to expose it to the world. I envy thee not, Robert Buchanan For though I am acquainted neither with thy inward nor with thy outward man, I gravely suspect that thouart a priggishfellow.audthatthoulioldest thy head proudly, showing thereby to thy fellow-men that thy brow is "unfurnished." But enough of this great discoverer, Mr Buchanan; I will make one other brief remark. With two classes of men. Carlyle ever has been, ever will be, more or less unpopular: In the estimation of narrow- minded and bigoted orthodox Christians, the seer of Chelsea is not religious enough, or rather, his religion does not exactly correspond to their's; while purely literary men disapprove of his style, and wholly condemn the intrusion of didactic and philosophical writing into literary work. Carlyle was no Christian; neither did he solely aim at grace of diction and purity of style. His role was a strange anomaly; a preacher of righteousness forced by necessity to assume the garb of the literateur. Hence, between the two. lie often had to endure a bad quarter of all hour. But this very anomalous character of his writings make them valuable and most readable to people of broad minds, who make gods neither of purity of style nor of nêllTtlW orthodoxy. And I venture to believe that Carlyle's readers are far more numerous than the frequent snubs against him, in which the purely literary men so often indulge, would lead the unwary to think. Mem. I believe that Carlyle's house in Cheyne Row is still un- tenanted, though the "card" has been in the window for a long time. Two Cabinet Ministers have been pleased to assure us that Prince Bismarck is not the Glad- stone-eating demon he is represented by some to be. Bismarck himself has sworn, both through his organ, the North German Gazette, and by word of mouth in the Reichstag, that the friendly relations of Germany and England continue to exist. And yet, in spite of all that common sense says to the contrary, some of our English papers will make themselves ridiculous by endeavouring to pitch Bismarck against Gladstone. My old friend, the Times, is gone altogether mad in this matter, and I, for one, entirely fail to detect any the least method in his madness. I am getting quite tired of Bismarck; the papers make him quite a bore. But of all the silly stuff written about him. this tale of the World, is certainly the most silly. Last summer, Bismarck fancied that England, under Mr Gladstone's rule, would lead on a dreadful revolu- tion, in the wake of which all England would follow. The fall of the English House of Lords would be a signal for a general smash of Conti- nental thrones and other like ornaments. Now. Bismarck thought he would stop this game, and that the best means of doing so would be to over- throw the Gladstone Government, and set up Salisbury and his comrades instead. Soon after, however,occurred the coalition between the English leaders, and this opened Bismarck's eye. He no longer looked upon the Liberals as so many un- scrupulous revolutionists, and the Conservatives as so many honest politicians, desiring simply to maintain order, and to further the safety and happiness of the dear kings and emperors. The coalition convinced him that one party was quite as bad as t'other' and that Salisbury, if set up in Downing-street, would only out-Gladstone Glad- stone, and be more of a Radical than any dweller in Birmingham. So Bismarck was disillusioned; lie resigned himself to his fate, and never said a word to anyone about it. That is what the World says." Too bad, 'pon my word. There is nothing like a good definition. For many years I have tried my hand at defining a Tory, but without success. If you say that he's an innocent soul who wants to return to the Middle Ages, lie will not agree with you, and will be vexed .with you. If you say, on the other hand, that a Tory is a man who desires progress, but not quite on so large a scale, or at so rapid a rate, as a Liberal, you are open to the charge of vagueness. And then the deiination of a Tory, like the article itself, gets out of date in no time. gets antiquated and fossilised. Some years ago. who would have thought of a Tory trusting the people ?" Now, however, we hear daily of the Tory Democracy." Yes, undoubtedly, it is hard to define a Tory. At last, however, the gigantic task has been performed; whether satisfactorily or not, the reader shall judge. The gentleman whom we have to thank for this important service rendered to humanity is Mr W. H. Smith, M.P., the great Mr Smith of the railway bookstalls. and somcitime ruler of the Queen's Navee." Speaking to the Westminster Conservative work- ing-men, he said that what we want in England are" statemen vli,) were capable of directing the affairs of the country with foresight,'courage, and without the sacrifice of a single interest which Englishmen can justly and properly maintain." There bravo, immortal Smith Read those golden words over again, dear reader, and commit them to memory. And Jet me tell thee, if their very sound dose not conjure up before thy mind the glorious images of Lord Salisbury, Sir Stafford Northcote, Lord Handolph Churchill, Jim Low- lb er. Ashmead Bartlet, and Blocker Warton, that tin HI art a dullard in very deed. Professor Leone Levi has just completed his report on The wages and earnings of the work- ing classes," which he compiled at the request of Sir Arthur Bass, M.P. As it has been published, either in full or in a summarised form, in most of the papers, I shall bore only call attention to the figures dealing with agricultural labourers. In 1867, the number of agricultural labourers in the United Kingdom was 2,700,000, with average annual earnings of £ 31 last year their number ha-d dwindled down into 1,900,000, while the earnings had risen to t34 14s. In Eng- land and Wales, out of every hundred people, 5 (decimals omitted) are agricultural labourers, in Scotland the number is 7, and in Ireland 19. It I will be seen that the decrease in the number of agricultural labourers in 1884 as compared with 18<!7 is SCO QUO. These eight hundred thousand men have been obliged to forsake the land, and to seek their livelihood in unhealthy towns. "Let's have them back to the country," says Mr Chamberlain, that is, says modern Liberalism. But how ? Farmers will not till their lands if it doesn't pay them to do it; the prevalence of pasture now implies that pasture land pays better than arable land. But Liberalism means to examine the matter carefully, to overhaul the land laws, and to see if any change can be made which will win the labourers back once more to the fields. The problem is an exceedingly difficult one; and as yet the skilled man that is to solve it has not made his appearance. But it will have to be solved, sooner or later, and cautious experi- ments will permanently harm but very few. BAKGOR CATHEDRAL.—Saturday. op.m: Service, Goss in E anthem, The Lord is great (Best). Sunday, 8 a.m., holy communion; 11-30 a.m Service, Harnby in E anthem, Lift up thine eyes ((ioss) Preacher, the Very Rev the Dean 4 p.m Service; Barnby in E an- them, "0 where shall wisdom" (Boyce); Treacher, Canon in Residence, NORTHERN WELSH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION.— Second tie for Challenge Cup.—Rhyl v. Cunway- After a good game, Conway was defeated by 4 goals to 1. MESSRS W. HUGHES AND SON, the well-known firm of pork butchers, have this year presented their customers with a most useful almanac, especially for oflice purposes. Those of their customers who have offices should apply for a copy at once, ere it is too late. ] [LICENSED VICTUALLERS' SOCIETy.-The mem- bers of the Vale of Clwyd branch of this asso- ciation sat down to dinner at the Farmers' Inn, on Friday last, Mr Steer presiding. W* THE BETHESDA POACIIIXG CASK.—A petition, signed by 2181 (luarrpnen and residents of Bethesda, was presented on Saturday to Lord Penrliyn, asking for the reinstatement at the quarry of the two men who, in addition to being fined at the Bangor Petty Sessions for an infringement of the Salmon Fishery Act, and assaulting- a keeper and policeman, were also dismissed from their employment at the quarries and served with notices to leave their houses on the Penrhyn estate. IMMINENT CHURCH BKREAYRMK vr.—The Church in Conway is about to sustain a loss which she can ill-afford, in the removal of the Rev. D. Grimaldi Davis to the curacy of Corweti. He has been here for live years, and during that time has done some good work, especially with the Welsh Sunday School, held at St. Agnes' Chapel of Ease. At the timo he came from Glanogwen, the school consisted of about twenty-live members, but now, through his diligence and care, it has sprung up to good proportions, and there are about 14U members on the books. On Sunday last, he preached his farewell sermons the morning's text taken from 51st chapter of Isaiah, and the Otli verse, and that of the evening 1st chapter St. Paul's Epistle to tho Phillippians, 27th verse. In both sermons he was very emotional, and in the morning the strain was almost too great to bear, for more than once he was speechless, whilst labouring under his suscep- tibilities. An eloquent preacher—Welsh and English— a faithful friend, and kind preceptor, he endeared himself to all who had intercourse with him, and wherever his lot may be cast, lie will never be short of admirers and willing hands to assist him ia his labours. Testimonials are to be presented him next week from the town and the Welsh Sunday School. DENBIGH ASYLUM BALL.—The ball, which is held at this season every year, took place last Wednesday night, when a large number of persons assembled. The band of the establishment, under the leadership of Mr John Jones, played a capital collection of dance music. The refreshments were supplied by Mrs Davies and Mr Moyes. The hall looked very cheerful and the patients seemed to enjoy the change. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF WALKS, AnnaYSTWYTII.— Mr B. C. Morgan, a student of this College, and formally a pupil at the Aberystwyth Grammar School, was elected, last Saturday, to tho Senior Mathema- tical Scholarship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The scholarship is of the value of XGO pjr annum.
THE NORTH WALES BAPTIST COL- LEGE ITS AFFILIATION WITH THE BANGOR UNIVERSITY. On Monday evening, the loth inst., the Local Committe of the Llangollen Baptist College, under ebb affiliation scheme of the college with the University, met at the vestry-room of the Baptist CImpel (Welsh), for the purpose of fotmally accept- ing the three new students at present studying iu the University College, viz., Messrs Evan Williams. Llanfairfechan \V. Morgans, Aberdare, and T. Shankland, St. Clears. The following members of the committee were present among others, the lie vs. Gethin Davies, Principal of the College; Owen Davies, Carnarvon; W. R. Saunders, and Dan Davies, Bangor; Mr Williams, Upper Bangor; Mr Gray, soliGitor, and Mr G. Roberts, bak«?r. Having gone through the busiuess of the meeting, addresses were delivered to be students by the Rev. Owen Davies, who said that the present occasion brought to him lively recollections of the beginning of the college at Llangollen in 1862, when he was among others tne firstfruits of students to the college there as the present three students were the firstfruits of the Llangollen College to the University of North \Vales. I The Principal gave his advice to the students as to health and manner of study, and referred to the excellent manner in which the Council of the University were preparing to meet the needs of the students in this respect. After a few laudatory words relating to the con- duct of the students during the last term, the meet- ing was terminated through prayer by the Rev. Dan Davies.
THE LOSS OF THE POClfARD AND ALL HANDS OFF HOLY HEAD. A Board of Trade inquiry into the loss, with all hands, of the Liverpool steamer Pochard, off Holy- head, on the 7th December last, was opened at St. George's Hall, Liverpool, last week, before Mr Rallies (stipendiary magistrate), with Captains Castle and Davies as nautical assessors. Mr Paxton appeared on behalf of the Board of Trade Mr W. R. Kennedy, barrister, for the owners of the vessel (the Cork Steamship Company) and Mr Alexander Wilson, solicitor, watched the pro- ceedings as the representative of the friends of the deceased captain of the steamer. Upon the close of the evidence, Mr Paxton, for the Board of Trade, put a number of questions, in reply to which the court gave judgment as follows :—When the Pochard left Liverpool she was in all respects in a L,o ( good and seaworthy condition. The court consi- dered that the evidence showed that her deck fastenings were properly and sufficiently pro- tected and secured. Her cargo seemed to have been properly stowed and secured by the steve- dore usually employed, and the vessel sailed in her usual trim. The cause of the loss of this vessel can only be connected. The court thought, however, there could be little doubt that when she bore up apparently for Holyhead some defect must have been discovered in the machinery which necessitated her return. The fact that they attempted to make sail when within a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes of a place of safety seemed to show that the defect, whatever it may have been, had suddenly increased to such an extent that she became in imminent danger, and they were compelled to have recourse to her sails. There must have been some sudden influx of water aft which filled the after hold and caused her suddenly to founder, stern foremost, in the appalling manner described by the witnesses. The vessel was well provided with boats and life- saving apparatus, but she foundered so suddenly that there was no time to make use of either. Every possible effort was made from the shore to render assistance.
JjirtK gjtmwgcfi, an) Bnitljs. BIRTH. MONTGOMERY—At Rosemount Cottage, Maxwelltown, Dumfries, on the lltli iust., the wife of J. S. Mont- gomery. stationer, of a son. MARRIAGE. DAViEs—WtLHAMS—January 8th, at the Cathedral, Bangor, by the Rev. John Morgan, Mr Joha Francis Davies, son of Francis Davies, Wellington s Passage, Welshpool, to Miss Margaret Williams, Port Dinorwic. DEATH. WILLIAMS—January Ilth, at George Hotel Taproom, Bangor, Mr Robert Williams, aged GO years.
LIBERAL MEETING AT CONWAY. On Wednesday evening. the electors of this town were honouied with a visit by Mr Love Jones-Parry, the member f(,r the Boroughs, sup- ported by several influential gentlemen of this county. The meeting was held within the pre- cints of the Market Hall. and was announced to commence at half-past six but. owing to the slow manner in which friends trooped in, and the re- markably small audience, the proceedings were y I delayed awhile, to give those who desired an opportunity to arrive in time for the initiatory introduction. Although this was resorted to, the expedient did net prove so successful as one might have expected, for very few, in reality, availed themselves of the pleasure of meeting their Parlia- mentary representative. It could not be anythin g but a pleasure, or, at all events, should not be: so it is not a very easy task to probe the mystery of absenteeism, but no harm should arise from sub- mitting what was heard said in the Hall on that night, and this it is :— Conway has no Liberal Club, and therefore lacks that sympathy without which there is no chance of her right and privi- leges being used to the best advantage." Without organization chaos holds sway, and following closely in its track, comes positive ruin, indelibly written, which is an immutable consequence to lax and improper vigilance. It is a matter for serious consideration, and it would be well if the leading men of the town were to hold a convention for the purpose of discussing the advisability of forming some kind or other of an institution, be- fore anyone else gets a propitious moment to wreak his grievance in assigning this, or chat, as the cause for meagre assemblies. Mr Thomas Abram, Castle View Hotel, the local secretary, informed the meeting that owing to the unavoidable absence of Mr Albert Wood, Bodlondeb Hall, it was decided to install Mr Pughe-Joues pre- sident for the evening. Also he had received a com- munication from Mr H. L. Squires, Castle Bank, expressing his deep regret at not being able to be amongst them. Mr Fughe-Jones, barrister, resid- ing at Criccieth, having formally taken the chair, proceeded to deliver his address. which proved to be rather lengthy, but at the same time redolent with useful information, teeming with statistics. collated with care and acquired by elaborate re- search it may be of great service to those who have a capacity for such weighty matter. There were not wanting several, who deemed it imprudent on his part, to take up so much time, even to the extent of usurping other estimable speakers; but a good hearing was given him. in spite of the sup- pressed impatience. His remarks turned upon com- merce and its depression. He alluded to Mr George and his pet theory, "equalizltion of pro- perty," and he found that if Mr George's theory were adopted, each one would get about one and "a half acres of land, and the demands for helpmates would increase more and more, thereby incuiring unprecedented strain on the matrimonial market. Depression in the shipping t-ade was to him just a passing cycle soon to be gone. Since the demand for ships was so small, even so would be the stagna- tion in ship-building, and immediately things were to revive in general, a gradual tendency for the better in this trade would be perceptible. In a similar current flowed all his remarks, and to wind up he had great pleasure in introducing to them Mr Jones-Parry, who had done so much for them at all times, and now lie would address the meeting. Mr Jones-Parry, on rising to speak, was accorded a hearty reception. He said that when last he had had the pleasure of addressing them, a very dear old friend was present, having since passed away to his eternal rest—the late Mr William Hughes, solicitor—who had procured a carriage because of his decrepidity or infirmity, to convey him into the hail in order to give his support by his venerable presence, and it was with feelings of gratitude that he looked back at the scene. He had come amongst them to give an account of his stewardship, and to convince them of his conscientious efforts to fulfil all their wishes. He referred to the Franchise Bill, the benefit it confers on the two millions thereby added to the electoral register, and the probable time it will come into practical operation. The difficulty with the bill during its progress in the House of Lords, he said, was much greater than would be supposed, and the fact of its having eventually passed is conclusive evidence to show now assiduously the present Government has worked to accomplish it. The divisions of the county were spoken of by him, and he thought that his excellent friend, Mr William Rathbone, would get the choice of seats, because he is so well liked, and because of his abilities. As for himself, he would be perfectly satisfied, if, at the next general election, they would return him as their representative. The education question, he thought, had received considerable attention at the hands of this Government the impetus given was thoroughly good, and with the Bangor and Cardiff University Colleges. Wales should be proud. Witli regard to County Financial Boards, he would very much like to see them esta- blished; and nothing would please him more than to see Mr Dillwyn succeed with his motion for Disestablishment in Wales. Through his endeavours, more particularly, had the constable- ship of Conway Castle been secured to be vested in the Mayor (pro. tern.), but he failed to get them to continue the fee of t22 10s annually, as was the custom previously to give the constable, and if he could have induced them to do so it would be something towards repairs. Also, he did not achieve (he remarked) the transfer of the town walls, which he tried with a will, but the officers he visited, to make inquires respecting the same, were not able to say whether the walls \vere the property of the crown or not (e.g., princi- pally the office of Woods and Forests"), but he would spare no exertion to obtain possession of them for the town if possible. He had been informed by a native of the town that the Cor- poration pay a nominal rent for the walls; such being the case, he might derive from the fact some facility in his research. In conclusion, he wished to remind them of his willingness to perform anything in his power for their good, as their political servant, and thanked all for the patient hearing given him, hoping confidently they would repose on his trust, and give him. when required, that support necessary to return him as their member. The Rev. David Williams of Gyffin, on rising to move a resolution approving of Mr Jones-Parry, made a few brief remarks in a very happy vein, producing a favourable impression, and creating good humour. He related an incident which happened when he was a mere boy, and the time when Sir Love Jones-Parry contested a parlia- mentary seat, and he said that, as the old gentleman was being carried in a chair on sturdy shoulders, someone out of the crowd struck him a most eruel blow with a stone on the cheek, cutting it fearfully, causing the blood to gush forth in a stream, but in a calm way, he reached his handkerchief to apply to the wound, disregarding the offender, and so you see my friends (said Williams), that Sir Love Jones- l'arry, the present member's worthy predecessor, bled for the Liberal cause. The Tories are just like the woman and the robber; they are always looking under their beds for a robber, and if he cannot be found, well, they must conjure one. In peril of war in South Africa, in peril of war with France, or something threatening in Turkey, there is always some great bug-bear to contend with, having more of an existence in their imaginations than in reality. He moved this resolution with the greatest of pleasure :—" That this meeting of voters of the borough of Conway, expresses its unabated 1:1 y confidence in Mr Love Jones-Parry, as the Parlia- mentary representative of the Carnarvonshire Boroughs, and begs to thank him for the services lie has rendered to Liberalism. This resolution was submitted both in English and Welsh, and Mr John Davies (Gwyneddon), Carnarvon, seconded it, and gave an elaborate address in Welsh. He contrasted the prevalence of agrarian outrages during the Conservative ad- ministration of '74, and the administration pre- ceding it in office. From 200 in the latter, the figure rose to 963 in 1874. Touching on the liquor traffic, he mentioned of Mr Bruce who brought in a bill, having for its aim the limita- tion of the hours of sale, but, on its rejection, the Conservatives responded by putting on an additional two hours. Both the Artixan's Dwelling Act, and the "Agricultural Holdings j Act" were passed by the Tories in an imcom plete form, making them fit for nothing else but shelving, because of their supreme impotence, and, in ali these cases, the Liberals have been the means of extricating them from oblivion, and setting them in thorough working order. He could mention how much the present Government had done fur all classes, but suffice it to say The Irish Land Act," Corrupt Practices Act," and the "Married Women's Property Act," which have all been dealt with so recently. Lord Weniyss flie remarked) wishes to repeal the "Sunday Closing Act." at an early oppor- tunity, the force of a Conservative training breaking forth. He (Gwyneddon) failed to understand how it was possible for any working man to be a Conservative, unless it was to gain the privilege of licking the crumbs which fell from off his maker's table. After making these remarks, he commended Mr Jones-Parry as a good conscientious man. one who has seldom been from his place on important occasions, and has always voted agreeably to the mind of the electors. A friend of his told him not long since, that Mr Parry's father and family bad spent about £ 50,000 in the cause of Liberalism, and since Mr Parry had at all times given satisfaction, and intended pursuing the same course in the future, he thought that he was justly entitled to a renewal of confidence when required. Mr Jones-Parry moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, which was seconded by Mr Thomas Hughes, Tanybryn, near Conway, who made a few brief remarks, and the meeting terminated.
DENBIGH. TEMPERANCE MISSION.—A temperance mission has been held in the Drill Hall during the week, at which the various religious bodies in the town have co- operated in. The meetings have been crowded, and much good is expected to result. Moody and Sankey's hymns were used upon every occasion except Wednesday, when they were dispensed with, to meet the wishes of the Roman Catholic representative. COUNTY POLICE COURT. Wednesday.— Before Mr R. H. Chambres and Dr. Tm-nonr.—Mr J. P. Lewis applied that the case of assault against a man, whose name was not mentioned, who was charged with poaching upon land belonging to Mr David Parry, Nantglyn, should be with- drawn. The application was acceded to.—Thos. Williams, Llausannan, who did not appear, was fined 5s and costs, on the information of P.C. Davies, for being drunk on the :è7th ult.—Robert Thomas Hughes, John Roberts, and Edwin Wil- liams, from Pentre, Llanrhaiadr. were fined 5s and costs each for trespassing on land belonging to Mr John Jones, Cae Du, in search of rabbits, on the 27th December. COUNTY COURT, TUESDAY. — Before his Honour Judge Horatio Lloyd. Administration Orders.-In the case of Thomas Williams, LLndyrnog, who owed the sum of about X20 to various creditors, but had no valuable assets for the payment of the debts, the amount was reduced to one-half, payable by instalments of 108 monthly. His Honour explained that these orders were not made as a matter of course, and good reason had always to be given as to how the person had gone into debt before the order was made; among things which he recognised as good reasons were illness, unforeseen misfortune, and sometimes large families. When the person got into debt through idleness or intemperance, lie did not entertain the case, nor reduce the debt to the extent of one farthing. In this case, especially as no creditor had opposed the application, he thought the order was a proper one. Mr Boaz Jones would have authority to conduct the order.-A similar case was that of Edward Wright, slaterer and plasterer. Two creditors appeared in court, viz., Mr T. P. Hughes, to whom defendant owed £4 10s and Mr Thomas Roberts, who had supplied goods to the extent of X2 2s. Wright said lie had lost money over a building specu- lation, but Mr Roberts remarked that defendant put too much colouring upon this. Defendant said this was false. Mr Hughes said he was not in a position to say that defendant had been particularly intempe- rate. His Honour said, this defendant's position had been brought about by unforeseen circumstances, and the debts would be reduced to one-half, payable at the rate of 10s a month. Mr Hughes to conduct the order. Trade Revelations.—The Ruthin Soda Water Com- pany sued Peter Jones for jEG 8s, value of aerated water. Mr T. M. Gee, the company's traveller, read a letter from defendant offering to pay the money by instalments, provided Ss was deducted and the costs of court. The defendant said the bill was too high, and the charge was only to have been 3s Od per hamper of three dozen, when as they had charged 4s. Mr Gee said their charge was 3s lid for cash per hamper, and 4s for credit. The goods were supplied to defendant en credit. The defendant said the company sent out circulars advertising the firm,|in which it was stated that the charge was 3s 6d for cash and 3s Odfor credit. Mr Gee said this was not true. Judgment was en- tered for £ 6 Is and costs.—James Davies, farmer, blandyrnog, was sued by Cadwaladr Hughes, cattle dealer, for £3 10s. balance of a one month's bill of exchange accepted by William Williams, Wern, and James Davies. MrAluu Lloyd appeared for defendant. It seemed that the bank had given William Williams time to pay a further instalment. Mr Alun Lloyd appeared then said the present defendant was released from payment, and there would be a particular hard- ship if judgment, was found in favour of the plaintiff, because he would have been able to recover his money, if the bank had not given William Williams time to pay. Defendant did not know that the money was not paid until Williams had been sold up. Verdict for the defendant, but his Honour remarked that as plaintiff would not recover his money, costs would not go with the judgment.
ROOT AND POULTRY SHOW. This society held its annual show in the Assembly Rooms, on Tuesday and Wednesday last, but was only moderately patronised. The number of ex- hibits also was not quite so large as last year, but the quality of the various articles displaced left little to be desired. We append the prize list:— FRUIT. Apples.—1, Mr Williams, Glan Clwyd 2, Wil- liam Jones, Pen Porchell Uchaf; hon., Mr Wright, Bodfari. VEGETABLES. Brussels Sprouts.—1. C. S. Maiuwaring; 2, Mrs Storey, Coppy hon., Ellis Jones, Henllan-st. Cauliflowers.—1, Mrs Storey 2, Hugh Hughes. Celery.—C. S. Mainwaring. Onions.—1, Mrs Storey 2, Hugh Hughes. Chrysanthemums.—1, Mrs Evans, Tros y Park. Kidney potatoes.—1 and 2, Mrs Storey; hon., William Jones. Round potatoes.-l, Mrs Storey; 2, E. Jones; hon., C. S. Mainwaring. COLLECTION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE. 1, Mr Ellis, Llanrhaiadr; 2, Mrs Storey; hon., Mr Ellis. Carrots.—1, Mrs Storey; 2, Mr Wright, Ty'uy- celyu hon., Mr Wright. Ptrsnips.—1 and 2, Mrs Storey; hon., Hugh Hughes. Beetroot.—1 and 2, C. S. Mainwaring hon., Mrs Storey. Red Cabbages.—1, Mrs Storey; 2, C. S. Main- waring. Ox Cabbage.—1 and 2. Mrs Storey. Turnips (six).—1, W. Jones 2, J. Robinson, Bryn Golen; lion., C. S. Mainwaring. Swedes (six).—1, Mr Robinson; 2, W. Jones; hon., Tudor Hughes. Treflaeli. Mangolds.—1, T.Ellis; 2,.J. R. Gratton, jun., Foryd Farm. Rhyl; hon., Mrs Storey. Swedes (grown by Goulding's manureh—1, T. Hughes 2. J. Jones hon.. Mrs Jones. Cae Gwyn. Cheese.—1. Robert Owen. High-street, Den- bigh 2. Mr Wright; hon.. Robert Owen. Tub Butter.—1, Mrs Lloyd. Llanynys 2. E. Powell Jones, jun., Plas, Llanynys; hon.. Mr Williams, Glan Clwyd. Fresh Butter.—1, E. P. Jones; 2, Mrs Lloyd; hon., Mrs Houghton, Broadlegs. POULTRY. Geese (two).-l, Mrs Storey 2, Mr Smith, PILLS yn Llan. Ducks (two).-l. Mrs Williams, Penyffordd 2, D. Roberts, Ty'npwll; lion., Mr Williams, Glan Clwyd. Fowls (two).-I and 2. E. T. Humphreys, Gob- lin hon.. Mr Johnson. The judges were:—-Butter and cheese, Mr Davis, Caerwys i- >* fruit, and vegetables. Mr Robert Morris, He -dr >. Rhuddlan, and Mr Shot- ton. gardener at Tremerchion College; fowls, Mr J. B. Pritchard, Galltfaenan.
LIVERPOOL LETTER. LFROM. OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT]. WEDNESDAY NIGHT. A special meeting of the MuiticalCommittae connected with the Liverpool Eisteddfod was held last Monday evening, in Westminster Chambers, Cr.isshall-street, for the purpose of presenting a testimonial to Mr O. J. Rowlands in appreciation of his services as secretary for the musical section of t:ie Eisteddfod. -Appropriate speeches were made hy Messrs James Venmore (chairman), William Evans, Thomas Phillips, J. D. Jones, Robert Jones, J T. Lewis, W. M. Roberts. John Hughes, &c. All the speakers referred, in most eulogistic terms, to the valuable services renderad by Mr Rowlands, and I can only add that the secretary of the Musical Committee fully deserved all the praise bestowed upon him on Monday evening. Councillor John Davies (chairman of the General Committee), in writing, expressing regret at his inability (through prior engagement) to be present at the meeting, stated that it would have, afEorded him much pleasure to have had the opportunity of bearing his testimony to the unflagging energy and conspicuous ability with which Mr Rowlands discharged the duties of secretary in the musical section of the Eisteddfod, to which the great success of the musical arrangements must fairly be attributed. The courtsey and assistance which he (Councillor Davies) received from Mr Rowlands during the whole period have placed him person- ally under deep and lasting obligations to the secretary of the Musical Committee. The testi- monial consisted of a handsome dining room timepiece, on which was inscribed the following, viz., "National Eisteddfod, Liverpool. 188L Presented by the Musical Committee to Mr O. J. Rowlands in recognition of his valuable services ag secretary." Very kind words were also spoken, at the meet- ing on Monday, of the great ability and tact shown by the chairman of the committee. Some very exciting discussions took place at some of the meet- ings of the Musical Committee, and I am not quite sure whether Mr Venmore on these occasions did not feel a little nervous however, he has every reason to be proud of the splendid manner in which he fulfilled his duty as chairman at all thosa meeting Last night, The Cymric Vocal Union," assisted by the Cambrian Prize Quartette, Madame Graefe, Miss Meredith, Miss Maggie Evans, and Mr Robert Jones, gave a concert at theToxteth Work- house, much to the delight of the inmates. A few days ago the same ladies and gentlemen kindly gave an entertainment at the Brownlow-hill Work- house. That evening they were assisted by Mr Ben Davies, and Mr Snazelle, of the Carl Rosa Opera Company. It was a rare treat to witness how the 1,500 female inmates enjoyed the rendering of Sally in our alley." Mr Ben Davies sang "Of all the girls that I know best There's none like our Sally, She is the darling of my heart, And she lives in our alley," &c., in a delightful manner, himself playing the accom- paniment. There will be no necessity in future for any Eisteddfod committee to engage other than Welsh artistes. Before very long, I believe Mr Bell Davies will be as popular as thu great English tenor, Mr Edward Lloyd, is. Miss Eleanor Rees has already had the honour of taking part at one of the Philharmonic concerts, so that we shall not be short of a Welsh contralto, and with Mr Sauvage and Mr Lucas Williams, there ought not to be any desire to secure the services of Mr Ludwig or anyone else to take the bass solos in the oratorias which may have to be performed. I don't think an English soprano has ever been engaged for our national gatherings, and there is no likelihood that we shall require on?, for a long time yet, at anv rite. Miss Mary Davies took part last night at Halle's concert in the Philharmonic Hall. That was the third or fourth time Miss Davies has sung at the Philhar- monic Hall since the Eisteddfod was held here. Speaking of Welsh artistes, I think Mr Dyfed Lewis ought to be better known in Liverpool and in North Wales. It is a pity he had not a better opportunity of displaying his talent at the recent Eisteddfod. He sang admirably on the Saturday evening, and there is nothing more certaiu, in my opinion, than that he will become a great favourite before very long. I received a circular by post, the other day, in which attention was called to the Lecture Class which is held at 8-.10 p.m. on Monday evenings for the reading and interpretation of the Mabin- ogi Penadur. It appears that only a very limited number of Welshmen have availed themselves of the opportunity of attending Dr. Kenw Meyer's Celtic lectures at the University College of Liverpool, hence the appeal for support, which I sincerely hope will not be made in vain. The fee for the course is only six shillings. I hear that some misunderstanding has arisen between the conductor and chairman of a Local Welsh Musical Society. "Coifeeand pistols" have not been ordered as yet. but the conse- quences may be serious if the offending party does not tender an ample apology between now and Friday night, when, I believe, the society is to meet. Possibly, the gentlemen referred to will not forget the "scene" which took place the other evening at St. George's Hall. Still, it is to be hoped this dispute will not be the means of breaking up a society which has so often delighted Welsh and English audiences. LIVERPOOL AGENTS. illeSSI-S Foulkes and Evans. printers. Dale-street; R. 0. Roberts. 40(), Old Hall-street; T. Lloyd, 52. Everton-road, James Woollard, 52. Castle-street; Mrs Parry bookseller, Heywortli-street, Everton.
BANGOR AND BEAUMARIS UNION [AS- SESSMENT COMMITTEE AND THEIR NEW VALUATION LIST. A public meeting of the ratepayers of the diffe- rent parishes situated in Anglesey, of the above Union, was held in one of the large rooms of the Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge, on Monday last. Mr Hugh Ihomas, Beaumaris, presided, and amongst those present were Messrs Owen, Lled- wigan Owen, Llanfawr Hughes, Llangristiolus D. Delaware, Parker, Cremlyn Brockleoauk. Plas Llandegfan; Roberts, Panthywel: T. Jones, Menai Bridge Williams, Brynmeurig J. Morgau, Cadnant; J.Jones, Prince of Wales, Beaumaris; Wm. Jones, Tyddynygwyut Roberts. Gyfanwy; .1 R. Roberts, Cechle; It. Hughes, Llanfaes; D. Roberts, Rhyd; O.Owens, Penwynlivs: D. Row- lands, Bryn ma wr Wm. Owen, Beaumaris; John Roberts. Beaumaris; R. Parry, huHder: Pritchard, Wern Edwards, Wern Davies. Bryncoed Pritchard, Llanddaniel R. Jones. Tyddyn Hir; Williatus. Llanddaniel; Morris Roberts. Brvnmain; J. Williams, Bonhwen i T. Hughes, Mcna' Bridge, aud several others. The meeting1 was convened by Mr W Ihomtou Jones, solicitor, on behalt of the Llangoed eommittee. The new valuation was con- demned by Mr Owen, Panthowel .\Ir H. Parry, builder; Mr J. Watkins, Beaumaris; Mr Lewis Morris, Mr Ebenezer Owen, Tower Hill, Mr John Morgau, Cadnant, and others. The Chairman asked for a show of hands in favour of the valua- tion, but not a single hand was raised, whilst against it every haud in the room, with one excep- tion, was raised. It was then resolved that a de- putat:on should wait upon the Assessment Commit- tee, and point out the most glaring cases, and also 9 request that the new valuation should be made on it betrcr basIs thau those of the income t ix. The deputation consisted of the following:—Mr'owen, Lledwigau Mr Owen, Llanfawr; Mr Johu Morgan, Cadnant Mr Morris Williams, BrVJi- meurig; M) Robetts. Panthywel; Mr Morris Owen. Bryniau Mr Roberts, 'Rhyd. and .11 Thornton Jones, solicitor, to accompauv. It was! further resolved that each parish should call a vestry, and appoint one representative frum each. l parish to accompany the deputation.
Us. We had some conversation the other day ^vitli the vicar of a certain parish in Nortli Wales. The conversation turned by and bye upon the question of Disestablishment, and a»iongst other things he said he was very Positive that there was a large number of Dis- inters in bis parish who would not vote for disestablishment. We venture to dispute the accuracy of that statement, and to warn him Against putting his trust in such slender props. When aslied to state on what grounds he could possibly base such a conclusion, he replied: (1) T&iat there was a large number of fa,r'ners who feared that in the event of Dis- establishment being brought about the sum they would have to pay in lieu of tithes would be considerably more than the sum now paid as tithes, and that these would to a man be against it. (2) Those Dissenters who are Conservatives in general politics will be op- posed to it. (3) That many business men, from fear of losing customers or some such n sordid reason, can be induced even to sign a Petition against it. What force there may be lr* these observations, let our readers judga for themselves. That there is some force is Pretty evident, but that there should be any- thing like sufficient to retard the progress of tha.t great movement, which is now going for- ward so triumphantly, would be a. "wonder" indeed, which even Wales does not often pro- ^uce. It mav be that there is some amount Of education required vet, and no time should be lost in the matter. There must bo no testing upon the oars until the stream is crossed.