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4 A lady, residing in a quiet village in Suffolk, used to take an interest in a very aged cople who were spinning out the last thread of life in "Darby and Joan" fashion, seated on-either side of their fireplace. She often paid them a visit to cheer them up. The old man had been ailing, and at last a day came when the visitor found only one chair occupied. Darby was not in his usual place. "Where is your husband ?" "Well, mum, he be gone at last." "Oh, I'm so sorry; that is very sad for you," said the lady, seeking to find some words of consolation. "Yes, mum, it be sad," replied thfc old woman; "but then, you see, he were fearfully in the way of the oven."
( COP/fright. ) THE MISSING LINK. By the Author of "Secret Chains," "Restored," "Until the Day Breaks," &c., &c Your brother's life Falls into forfeit. Alas, what poor ability's in me To do him good ?" "Commend me to my brother, soon at nijhb I'll send him certain word of my success." Meature for Measure, CHAPTER XVI. RUN TO EARTH. Two days later, Anne Derrick left Row-tor Farm at an early hour. She drove to St. Stephen's railway station with Richards in the "trap," and started on her journey to Hath. She had kept her last discovery a secret frcm every one, and she said merely that she was hopiag to gain some information respecting Susan from her former mistress. It was about half-past three in the after- noon when she arrived at Bath. Carrying her little black travelling bag in her hand, she found her way to a post-office, where she asked to see a Bath directory. With finders trembling with excitement, she turned over its pages. Yes, here was the name of Mrs. Norton, and at the same a,ddross--24, Lansdown-crescent. Anne set off at once for a walk as steep and toilsome, although houses lined the way, as ascanding one of the Dartmoor tors. On she went, up and up, until she reached the stately semi-circle of mansions, which had a sloping green lawn and ancient elm trees just below them, and beyond a wide expanse of wooded hills stretching far away westward, with the city spread out in a misty hollow some hundreds of feet beneath the Crescent. It had been a calm and bright December day; the sun, declin- ing towards the opposite hill, shed a ruddy lustre on the quaint, last century buildings, many of them leafy, with climbing jessamine. magnolia, and pomegranate. Anne went aiong the broad pavement looking for No. 24. It was no slight ordeal to the country-bred woman to ring at the bell, and to ask the supercilious-looking footman who opened the door, if Mrs. Norton would see her. Going down the riverside in the darkness at Tavistock, to keep an appointment with an unknown, was nothing compared to this. But Anne's whole mind and soul were so entirely absorbed in the work she had to accomplish, the regaining of Martin's freedom, that she would have been ready to go to Windsor Castle, and request to see the Queen, if that would have served her purpose. Anne was shewn into a large and prettily furnished drawing-room, where, in a het-hous* atmosphere, and amidst hot-house flowers, sat a handsome, though rather hard-featured woman of sixty, in a black velvet gown, with iron-grey hair beneath a delicate lace cap. The name "Miss Derrick,* by which Anne was announced, conveyed no idea to her mind, and she looked surprised and somewhat haughty when her visitor entered. Anne was as refined and as calm in manner as anv princess, and she was dressed in what Mrs. Lawson called "very hand- some mourning;" still, she spoke with a West- country accent, and, of course, was not, techni- cally speaking, a gentlewoman. "I have come to ask you, madam," she began, "if you could kindly tell me something about my sister Susan, who lived with you as maid in the year 1876." Mrs. Norton started, and drew herself up. "Really," she replied, in a freezing tone, "I cannot be expected to remember the various servants I have had in my life." "The matter is very important, or I would not have ventured to trouble you. My sister has lately died. Since her death I have found out that she married whilst she was in your service. Did you know it, may I ask, madam ? "I P Certainly not All I know about Susan Derrick is that she grossly misconducted herself, and that I sent her away at a day's notice. I remember so much, if that is any satisfaction to you." Anne's face flushed a little, but she went on very calmly. "The fact of my sister's marriage in that year is beyond a doubt. Did you ever know anything of a gentleman named Francis Carteret ? Because he is the man Susan married. Mrs. Norton started to her feet; her face became crimson. "How dare you," she cried. How dare you name Captain Carteret in the same breath with that woman ? Captain Carteret marry a servant! I have never been so insulted in my life!" She turned to the fireplace, and pulled the bell so violently, that the footman appeared without a moment's loss of time. "Shew that person out immediately," said Mrs. Norton. Anne replied only I have the marriage certifi- cate in my pocket, Mrs. Norton," and then she departed with unruffled dignity, thinking too much of the information she had gained to be much troubled by the insult to herself. She had advanced a further step, although, M before, she had been baffled in the very moment of success. Mrs. Norton was a friend of the mall who had married Susan, that much was certain. Else, why her anger ? And why did the call him Captain Carteret, when Anne had mentioned him only by his Christian name P There was now nothing for Anne to do, but (to use an ancient term of warfare) to "sit down bef,re the stronghold she hoped to take. I may have to remain in Bath a week or two,* thought she, rather sadly, "when I had hoped to go to Exeter to-morrow to see Martin, and tell him ail I had found out. I may have to set a put, and that is the worst thing I have had to do yet. But if I did not do it myself, I should have to get a detective to do it for me; and be wouldn't have the excuse that I should have- that it was done to save the one that's nearest and dearest to me in the whole world. No, what- ever lies have to be told for Martin's sake, I'll tell them myself and settle the matter with my own conscience afterwards." There was a pastr) cook's shop, of a homely and unpretentious sort, which Anne passed as she was descending the steep road which led from Lansdown Crescent to the City of Bath. She was reminded by it that she had not touched food since her early breakfast at Row-tor Farm; and a cup of tea and a roll would be very welcome. And while she drank the tea, she made a few trivial remarks to Mrs. Brown, the mistress of the shop; but these remarks were the beginning of Anne's campaign. "I am quite a stranger im Bath," she said. "This is the first time I have ever been here." "You are from Devonshire, surely," answered Mrs. Brown. "I knew it by your way of speak- ing. Do you happen to know Okehamptoa P" Yen, very well"; and then Anne felt thankinl that it was not Tavistock that she was to be questioned about. "To think I should have met some one -who knows the dear old.place! I was bom and bred at a farm a few miles away, right under Caw- sand Beacon. Well, well, I shall never see it again. I suppose all my friends there are dead or gone away; but it does my heart good to meet some one from the old country. I shall never forget how sweet the air smelt on the moor—we never seem to get a breath of real fresh air in Path-and the heather &M in a blaze of purple, and the whortle-berries, and the v-llow clotted crsam we had for tea." IUIO M a little more talk of this sort, and then Mrs. Bruwu inquuedi "And what's brought you to Bath ? "I want to get a situation as lady's-maid," replied Anne without hesitation, though her cheeks burnt as she uttered the first untruth she had spoken in her life. "I have excellent refer- ences to shew you," and she took from her pocket the letter of recommendation written by Miss Evelyn, Susan's late mistress, which Anne had found, and had brought with her, thinking it might possibly prove a useful weapon. "Can you tell me of a quiet lodging where I could stay whilst I was looking out tor a situation P Mrs. Brown was so favourably impressed by Anne's appearance, and by the fact of her being a Devonshire woman, that she said at once that she had a little bedroom at the top of the house to let, which Miss Derrick could have, if she pleased. "Nothing could suit me better," replied Anne, with secret satisfaction. Do you think I have any chance of getting a good situation in Bath P I dare say, now, you know all about numbers of the families in this neighbourhood." "Well, yes, we serve a tidy few of them with bread. I am thinking now-there is a young lady just come to live in one of the houses up there in the Crescent, she and her pa have just taken it furnished for the winter—very rich folks, I understand, name of Hartley. We have got most of their custom, luckily, for I happened to know their cook before she went to live with them; and I did hear that the young lady was going to be married soon after the New Year. Now, I wonder whether she'd be likely to want a maid ? But I shouldn't be surprised if the cook dropped in for half-an-hour this evening. She told me she'd be at leisure, as the family was dining out to-night, and then I'll ask her what she thinks about it." Mrs. Brown shewed Anne upstairs to a small but very clean and neatly furnished little attic. A fire was lighted, and then Anne, feeling very weary and exhausted, laid down upon the bed and slept for nearly two hours. By-and-bye Mrs. Brown summoned her to a substantial tea in the little panour behind the shop. "My husband is out this evening," said the pastrycook's wife, "so I am particular glad of your company," and then again she fell talking of Okehampton, until she was interrupted by somebody coming into the shop. In another minute Mrs. Brown returned to the parlour, bringing with her a very important- looking personage in a black silk gown, Paisley shawl, and bonnet laden with flowers, whom the baker's wife introduced to Anne as the cook from Mr. Hartley's in Lmsdown Crescent. "This young person is wanting a situation as lady's maid," said Mrs. Brown. "I was wonder- ing whether you knew of one; perhaps your Miss Hartley might want to make some change when she gets married." "That's more than I can say, replied the cook, scarcely deigning to glance at Anne. "I don't even know when the wedding's coming off, for my part. But I'll bear it in mind, if it's for a friend of yours, Mrs. Brown." "Well, she isn't what you call a very intimate friend, I can't say as she is-only she knows my old home near Okehampton as well as you know Bath, and I feel quite an interest in her. Anne sat in a dark. corner of the parlour, her cheeks burning, feeling acu'ely the false position in which she was placed. She was about to speak, feeling that she must say something to change the subject, when Mrs. Brown went on: "You don't quite like all *4 hear about the wedding, do you t" fo.6 No," answered the cook. "I feel quite sorry for Miss Hartley, poor little thing. I've put two and two together, and it's as clear as daylight to me, frem all I've heard, that be don't care a straw for her; he's just marrying her for her money, and slights her shameful sometimes, and she ready to worship the ground he walks on all the time." "She's quite a hairen, I suppose?" Well, they do say Mr. Hartley made a lot of money in the diamond trade at one time. But, however that may be, he lives like a gentleman now, with nothing to do." "And he's marrying her for her money, poor girl ? » "Not a doubt about It, f should say. But what could you expect P She, a poor ugly little de- formed thing; and he, a regular, dashing swell of a military gentleman. She's a good sort of girl, too, and, for my part, I shouldn't be sorry to hear that the wedding was put off altogether, for it's my belief she'll lead the life of a dog with him, and she'd ten times better stop at home with her pa, as he's pretty kind to her on the whole." "What did you say Miss Hartley's gentleman was eallect P" uked Mrs. Brown. "I did hear, but I've forgotten the name." "Captain Carteret," replied the cook. "He's a son to Mrs. Norton, isn't heP That very aughty-looking lady at No. 24 ? "Yes, her son by her first husband. He's stopping at Mrs. Norton's now." Here Anne rose from her comer; as she came forward into the light Mrs. Brown observed that her face was deadly pale, and there was a strange gleam in her eyes. Why, how bad you do look, to be sure! You aren't going to faint, are you ? Mrs. Brown's kind heart was filled with concern. But Anne answered in a tolerably firm voice: "I think I will go out for a little turn in the air. I shall feel all right directly, thank you." "Bear me, I'd go out with you, and welcome, only Brown's away and I can't leave the shop." Anne thanked her again, and then escaped irom the room. She flew upstairs, put on her bonnet and cloak as quickly as her trembling hands would allow her; then she ran downstairs again, out into the lamp-lit street, and so down the hill to the post-office, which she had passed on her way from the railway station to Lansdown Crescent. Her work was done so far; she haa run the prey to earth; the task of actually capturing him must be handed over to another. Arrived at the post-office she took a telegraph form from the counter, and without stopping to reckon up the nuirfber of her words—caring only to make her message clear, and, above all, urgent—she wrote the following telegram, think- ing as she addressed it; "He shall have this to-night at his own house; not a moment shall be loat": To John Harrison, Esq. "Bedford ViMa, Tavistock. A Most urgent. and important. I have found out all about my sister's death. Come to me here by the first train to-morrow morning. It is here you must act without a moment's delay. I will meet you at Bath railway station. ANN* DBBRICX." To which she added the address of the house where she was lodging. The tele ram despatched, Anne left the post- office, thinking, as she somewhat reluctantly turned her steps back to Mrs. Brown's, that nothing more could be done to-night, and that she must endure, as best she could, suspense and inactivity until Mr. Harrison's arrival at mid- day to-morrow. Then a sudden and terrible thought flashed into her mind, and she stood still in the middle of the stieet. "My calling at Mrs. Norton's to-day will have given them the alarm. Captain Carteret v i-11 know that I am on his track. He may escape—he may have fled already. Ob, my God, if I should be too late! I must go to the police; they may refuse to listen to me, but I will make them." She had to inquire her road in this city, where all was strange to her, and then with fleet footsteps she soon sped her way to the central police-station. She entered a bare-looking, stone- walled room, where a couple of policemen were lounging. "I have come on very important business—a case of murder," she began, quietly enough, but her face betrayed her intense excitement. She was requested to walk into an inner room; there, behind a desk, sat an inspector, of severe and somewhat supercilious mien, to whom she told her storv clearly and as briefly as was possi- ble. The officer, who at first was inclined to pooh-pooh what she had to say, became a very keen and attentive listener before she had finished "Telegraph to the ) olice at Tavistock, or to our lawyer, Mr. Harrison," said Anne. "But you will be held responsible if that man escapes to-night." "He will not escape," said the inspector, with a alight smile, which had a grim meaning. "The hrUle will be watched. Of course we shall telegraph to Tavistock at once," and then, after writing down Anne's name and address, he politely dismissed her with the words: "You can now leave the matter entirely in our hands, madam." But Anne could not rest that night until she had walked along Lansdown Crescent once more. When she came to No. 24, the house of Mrs. Norton, her heart beat as though it would have suffocated her. It was a fearful thought that this very afternoon she had again been in the same house with her sister's murderer. The drawing-room windows were ablaze with light behind their lace curtains; sounds of music floated out into the street. Anne could just dis- tinguish the dark figure of a man leaning against the railings opposite the house, which divided the road from the fields below. Slowly and cautiously she crossed the road, and went towards the man. He appeared to recognise her; possibly he had seen her at the police-station that evening. "It's all right, ma'am," said the detective in a low voice; he's in the house, and he can't get out of it without our knowing where he goes to." There waa not much sleep for Anne that night. But still, though she Jay wide aw-.ke for hours, in her little room at Mrs. Brown's, she was able to rest peacefully, her soul fille(I with thanks- giving that she had enlisted powerful help, and was now nearing the goal of all her efforts- Martin's freedom. Soon after breakfast on the following morning Anne received a brief telegram from Mr. Harri- son: "I shall arrive in Bath 12.23. Meet me at the station." The lawyer had not attached much importance to Anne's message of the night before. But, having a couple of days of comparative leisure before him, he thought the excursion to Bath at his client's expense would be a pleasant little holiday. Anne met him at the railway station, they had a few minutes' conversation in the empty waiting-room, and then Mr. Harrison, the dry, cynical lawyer, Leeauia all at once another man. "You have got them all with you ?" he asked eagerly. "The marriage ceitiricate, the letter, and the sleeve-link r "All here, safe in my pur.se," and Anne pro- duced them. "Then we'll go to the i olioe-station at once," said Mr. Harrison. "I shall not be surprised to find that they have already arrested Captain Carteret." (To be continued,)
Sincere and Manly Retraction.—An excited military-looking gentleman entered an editorial sanctum one afternoon, exclaiming: "That no- tice of my death is a lie, sir. I'll horsewhip you within an inch of your life, sir, if you don't apologise in your next issue." The editor in- serted the following apology the next day: "We extremely regret to announce that the para- graph which stated that Major Blazer was dead is without foundation."
Conference at Southport. Our readers will doubtless be much interested in the following account of the visit of our worthy Librarian, Mr George Hughes to the Conference held last month in Lancashire:- It must be plain to all that th„ work of a Librarian is irksome and monotomus enough, and the week's attendance at the Annual Con- ference is a most welcome change to everyone who has the privilege of being present. It is a change from the study of books to the study of men, many of whom have large expvienje and profound knowledge, and the amount of work performed by these, and the leading members of the organisation, for the instruction and en- tertainment of the members is quite astonishing. This year's conference is, however, specially memorable on account of its being the 21st meet- ing since its foundation, and also the year in which the Association had been granted its Char- ter of Incorporation. It will also be memorable from the fact of having as its president so dis- tinguished a man of letters as the Earl of Craw- ford, F.R.S. The first session took place on Tuesday, when we were welcomed by the Mayor of Southport in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall, a really magnificent building. The Earl of Crawford took the chair, and delivered his address, in which he showed a marvellous knowledge of all the most valuable books in every country of the world. Interesting papers were read by members of the Association on Library work and administration. Wednesday, the 24th, the Association trained to Preston, and was met by brakes, in which they drove to Wltalley Abbey, and Stonyhurst College. WHALLEY ABBEY is, indeed, both in its exterior and interior, a most remarkable structure, the oak carvings being of a most elaborate and costly description. Hung around the walls were many manuscript tablets recording some of the strange and most interesting events in the history of the Abbey. From thence we drove to STONYHURST COLLEGE, four miles to the north of Whalley, and 14 from Preston, The college is a quadrangle, 100 feet long by 80 wide, and comprises chapel, dining Ball, picture gallery, a library, museum, philosophical room, and an observatory. The college, which was built in 1590, is dedicated to St. Peter, and has about 300 students. The library contains 30,000 volumes, and one of its treasures is a book which belonged to the un- fortunate Mary, Queen of Soots. It is said that Cromwell stayed for some time at this college. The Association afterwards visited the PUBLIC LIBRARY AND MUSEUM of Preston, which is a grand and imposing structure. The following brief facts will, I think, sufficiently exemplify this:—Cost of building site,' £ 30,000; cost of building, 975,000; furnishing, etc., £ 15,000; en- dowment fund, L15,000, making a total of £135,000, which was obtained from the bequest of Mr B. R. Harris. I need not say that the work throughout seems to have been executed on a most lavibt scale. All round the building there are life-size statues of Greek and Athen- ian celebrities, massive staircases, and costly pictures, all giving it the appearance of a rich- ly-Eept mansion. The principal inscription on the building is: On Barth there is nothing great but Man. In Man there is nothing great but Mind." The second is: The mental riches you may here acquire will abide with you always." There is also a fine Art Gallery, to the for- mntien of wlbich Mr Mehard 1rewshmm be- queathed £ 40,000. The Library contains nearly 50,000 volumes, and in the Reference Room, there were on the tables, open to all, vol nines which cost L20 and jS25 each. Several papers of considerable interest were read on Library work and literary subjects by Mr Campbell, of the British Museum; MrG. Smith, Belfast; Mr Mac Alister; Mr John Ballinger, of Cardiff; Mr Norris-Matthews, Bristol; Mr Potter Briscoe Mr Brassington, of the Shakespeare Library; Mr Stanley Jast; Mr J. S. Billings, LI.D., New York; and other librarians present. On Friday arrangements were made for special trains to take the Association, which numbered about 350, to Wigan, where brakes awaited our arrival to convey us to HAIGH HALL. the seat of the president. We were wel- comed in the most cordial manner by his Lord- ship, who seemed to have taken up our visit with great thoroughness. Of course, the princi- pal attraction at Haigh Hall was its unrivalled library, which is generally! supposed to be the finest private library in Burope. As an instance of his Lordship's desire to facilitate our enjoy- ment he had had specially printed a complete catalogue of the manuscripts and printed books in his library for the especial use of librarians. His Lordship assured us that during our stay there we were to consider ourselves our own masters, and each and all could roam over the house at pleasure. It is impossible, however, to describe, in a Erief report like this, the AMAZING TREASURES of such a library, containing, at it does, some of the rarest manuscript work known, such as the four gospels in Greek manuscript, of the lltk century; Lives of the Saints, Greek manuscript,on vellum, 11th century; the Bible, illustrated on vellum, 13th century; many manu- scripts on leather of the 15th and 16th centuries. The works of Boccaccio, translated into English 1425; Spanish manuscripts, Celtic manuscripts, Hebrew and Egyptian manuscripts; amongst the latter is the wonderful "Book of the Dead," being a papyrus roll of 300 years before Christ. Many of the manuscripts were written on bamboo and are in a beautiful state of preservation, the writing being wonderful in its minuteness and accuracy. In addition to the many thousands of priceless volumes in Lord Crawford's library were pictures by many of the old masters; for while his lordship devotes his time and energy to the acquisition of valuable books, his son and heir is equally interested in the collection of valuable paintings and works of art. After a careful inspection of this unique library, which astonished the majority of the librarians by its extent and excellence, his LorSship entertained the Association to luncheon, over which he graciously presided. After luncheon, his Lord- ship gave us a most graphic and interesting account of the history of his great library, from its earliest beginnings to the present time, in which the history of Scotland seemed to be close- ly involved. So great is his Lordship's enthu- siasm for the collection of rare and valuable work's, that he has agents in every city in the world to look for and secure any rare work of literature and art that comes into the market, no matter at what cost. I am bound to say that on the whole the visit to Southport was of more interest and importance than any of the previcJus visits, and I am at the same time compelled to admit, with other librarians of far greater ex- perience than myself, that the visits to Preston Libary and to Haigh Hall Library made us feel small indeed. THE TOWR OF SOUTHPORT is admirably designed, the streets are supposed to be equal to any in the Kingdom for their great width and regularity. During onr stay there the election of a member to succeed the Right Hon. Mr Curson took place, and the en- thusiasm and excitement were great. I do not think that I have ever seen such a sight as that at the declaration of the poll. There were around the Cambridge Ball Buildings at least 40,000 people, whose excitement ,when the poll was declared in favour of Sir Naylor-Leyland, was of the wildest description. The front of the Cambridge Hall Buildings where the Asso- ciation held its meetings, was decorated ,in a most artistic manner in honour of the visit, and these were kept up until the election was closed. The buildings in Southport are generally of a costly character, but in my opinion our! library in Pontypridd is in every respect both as to size, arrangement, and order, fa- superior to theirs. It only remains to add that the Mayors of Southport, Preston aid Wigan. did their utmost in h. nour of th", Library Adora- tion. One thing impressed t) c grnally at Wigun was lie splendif' C uncil Gb'" bnr ,tr, i (-, inm,i- tee l'ccms, wiu'h were •rr**<-i in circular form, with high «?a'ked-cii»",s for l-i-e Mayor, Deputy-Mayor, and Clertc, while around the walls were recorded in boldly printed letters, the names and dates of the Mayors, from Ald. Dc Wynd, in 1409, to the present time.
RHONDDA BOARDS TELEPHONE SERVICE. To the Editor. Sir,—I will not take up your valuable time and space in airing my opinions on the contribu- tion of Mr Thomas in your current issue. Suffice it if I shew that Mr Thomas has only criticised what appears to him to be "palpable and glar ing blunders," hut in reality are no blunders at all only when he makes them so. Take the poles. These are not wanted in a casa like this, where there are houses and chim- neys all the way to which the few wires wanted for the schools could be conveniently and secure- ly attached, making it unnecessary to trouble or lease poles either from the National Telephone Company or Post Office. Mr Thomas is swely aware that in large towns the Post Office carry all their wires over houses. He doesn't deny I allowed for line stores. Again, take the wire. I allowed 30 miles. If, as Mr Thomas asserts, this is only enough for one single line-well, supposing this to be the case, then we have it equal to the Board's pre- sent system, and we go one better because it is our own at a lesser cost. But is it 30 miles from the Council Offices, Pentre, to the Board's farthest school in the district? I, for one, much doubt it, as it is only about 20 miles to Cardiff, and I don't think our district extends so far as that. Again, with reference to engineer's pay, I allow Z130 for one year, with a balance of £ 180. Add otthis what the Board pays—1 £ 750; or have agreed to pay on a useless, un- satisfactory, provoking article, 2106; deduct engineer's pay for 5 years, £ 65; balance, 941; and you have a larger balance than I wrote off in my estimate. Again, about. R40 switches. You can buy switches at all prices from Is up. Mr Thomas can take it from me, and add to the information already supplied, that there are no 240 switches in the Rhondda Valley of the sort he means, and also that I allowed enough for satisfactory, if not elaborate, switches. Lastly, I would advise Mr Thomas to give up a discussion where he must be hopelessly beaten even did he know more about his subject. But I will give him credit for honesty of pur- pose, for did he not have the courage of his con viction he never would have attempted such a hopeless task. Before I close this, I would like to clear one paragraph in my last letter from misconstruc- tion, in which I said I did not advocaifce the sys- tem I proposed, the following should have been added "When there are public lines in the district' which can be hired at a reasonable price." Thanking you, Mr Editor, for your courtesy in allowing us the use of the columns of your popular periodical for the discussion of grievances, I have the honour to remain, Sir, Faithfully Yours, YSTRADYFODWGIAN. N.B.—I will give Mr Thomas another chance possiffiy within a few weeks.
SHEEP DOG TRIALS AT LLANWONNO. The fourth annual sheep dog trials were held on Monday at the Penrhiw-Caradog Farm, Llan- wcnno. The morning opened with a thick mist and a heavy rain, which increased during the day, until there came a regular downpour be- tween 11 and 12 o'clock, during which some of the dogs in the novice class were bringing in the sheep. In the afternoon rain ceased, and the open classes were proceeded with in better weather. The course for the novice class was one of some 450 yards, the dogs having been brought from the mountain through the gate, then between two poles and twice through the cross hurdles and then penned. In the open class the distance was 600 yards, and after being brought through the gates and between the poles the sheep had to be brought through a couple of narrow hurdles, this being one of the most difficult parts of the trials. The president was Dr W. W. David. In the novice class, for which prices of £4, P.1, and 10s were offered, 16 dogs entered, and there waA an excellent competition. The first prize was 'won by Ttock, owned by Mr R. Llewelyn, Darwonno; and the second and third prizes were divided between Mag, owned by Mr Thomas Morgan, Gellywrgan, LlanWonno, and Toss, owned by Mr R Llewelyn, Darwonno, a sperial prize Being awarded to Tape, owned by Lewis Da vies, Brynmefyn, Tre?ewis. Bach dog had three sheep to deal with. The winners in the open classes were — uno owned by David Harry, Cwrtmawr Yelmdre, Swansea; 2, Glynfach Wonder, owned by Thos. Morgan, Glynfach, Porth; 3, Hero. owned by D Griffiths, Revel, Cwmau, Cnckhowell.
A Caerphilly Boy's Success in America. The "Scranton Republican" reports:—In a rock drilling contest which took place at Lake Poyntelle on Tuesday, the 2nd inst., a prize of 50 dollars was offered by the Heptasophas (who conducted an excursion to that resort), and was won by Mr William Nicholls and Mr David John, of the same place. David John is a native of Caerphilly, where his parents live.
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THE NEW LICENSING POLICY- There his evidently been an infusion of rJt life and activity among the licensing ( rities throughout the country resulting wholesale recognition of the responsibility it in., upon them to act more in accordance ths public good than for the benefit of the ncpolists of the drink traffic. At Leeds, ter, Manchester, Birmingham, and Lifet this movement has been almost sensations I its effects on the liquor party. And the not yet.At Liverpool the magistrates have due notice that they intend to take i»t0 j sideration twelve months hence how far houses may be in excess in every part of theft and they pretty clearly intimate that they to make a large reduction. There are ÍJ1 tions that a similar policy will be followed other cities. THE OTHER PARTY TO THE OFF The number of convictions against pubJi supplying intoxicated persons with drink i been so few in comparison with the nuvaW > arrests for drunkenness that this matter 00 been commented upon with some force dørífl, Brewster Sessions at several places. It is evident that such a great number of c. drunkenness cannot arise without there b$ a breach of the law in supplying person* ready unfit to be served with drink, and Leeds and Leicester especially the 'f been discussed by the authorities with mud1 licity. That there are persons connected licity. That there are persons connected the liquor traffic on Watch Committees holding other positions of civic honour, is less a reason why the police do not succeed frequently in bringing to light the other to the offence; and until citizens recognise unfitness of making such selections to m"'f II and other public offices, the same paralysing fluence will continue to be felt by the police. < was suggested at Leeds that the existence. clubs over which the police have no control 1 responsible for much of the drunkenness, hot is doubtful if such an excuse can be a006 jt as accounting for the great disparity bet*. the two classes of offenders against public so- ty- EXPENSES IN HABITUAL DRUNKAO CASES. Although the Secretary of State is empo*^ By the Inebriates' Act to establish Inebf'V Reformatories, and to have the expenses carred paid out of money provided by Ya ment, yet if it be made to appear to a Ju&$e j County Courts that any person detained State or certified inebriate reformatory has real or personal property more than sufficid to maintain his family, if any, the Judge ol make an order for the payment of the exp incuirred in relation to the detention of that r » I s«n, and the order may be enforced against property «f that person in the same way judgment of the County Court. And aucb may be made on application by any authorised by the Secretary of State in the of a person detained in a State ReforL"Iltorfli ,a ref OJ of any two of the managers of a certified tbo matory, or of any authority contributing to maintenance of such person. DRINK AND SUNSTROKE. • tin* The excessively hot weather experience" summer has resulted in many cases of and not a few of insanity. It will be of to note the connection between inebriety & stroke. In a paper which a in 111 bi1' national Medical Magazine, Dr W. F. R. lips gives a table showing the influence of al tI holic beverages in determining both and fatality of the affection. Of 841 casesw amined, 465 had this history: Using to 140 cases, or thirty per cent; using modera 230 cases, or 50 per cent.; using not at all- cases, or 20 per cent. And of the 140 that occurred, the history of 70 is given a5 lows: Using to excess, 41 deaths, or 60 pet cent.; using moderately, 22 deaths, or 30 cent.; using not at all 7 deaths, or ten per c g, Thus the absence of "hot and rebellious liquot j from the blood make sunstroke less frequent 011 fatal to abstainers than to drinkers. A HAPPY DEVONSHIRE PARISH. A HAPPY DEVONSHIRE PARISH. There are few parishes which have so long rr^iC without public-house accommodation 05 stock in Devonshire. Fifty years ago there four licensed houses in the extensive pafl vi Practically the whole of Tawstock below the Wrey family, of Tawstock Court, and owing to the action of the holder of the baronetcy for the time Ihat the whole of public-houses were closed thirty years ago- the exception of the refreshment house ted with Barnstaple Junction, which is situ»*^ in the parish, Tawstock has had no licence thirty years. And no one seems to feel hardship has been inflicted. The case for Local Veto is that the power of determin11* whether or not public-houses are needed 111 given locality should not be left either to landed proprietor on the one hand or to irror sponsible magistrates on the other. The 1l,ej tion is one which directly affects the people. afl should consequently be determined by a pop11 vote. Tawstock's happy experience completely explodes the theory that a public-house is necessity to a rural community.
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