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llotes anb ummary The Committee of visitors of the North Wales Lunatic Asylum have just issued their annual report, f. om which it appears that the number admitted during last year was 147 died and discharged, 115 remaining charge- able on January 1st, 1888, 520 patients. The total receipts amounted to zCll,883, of which 21,285 was received from non-pauper patients. aud £9,424 for pauper patients. The total expenditure amounted to Cll,974, including zC2,541 for salaries and wages, equal to 21 per cent. on the total expenditure. ♦ The suggestion contained in the letter of 91. the Rev. Thomas Rippon is worthy of every consideration. He has personal reasons for watching with jealous care that the good name of Rhyl is not defamed. Two years ago he came here in weak health now, bj3 health has been completely restored, and he attri- butes it all to the health-restoring properties of the air and climate of Rhyl. Besides, he is in a position to judge correctly the influ- ence which any unfavourable reports may have on the centres of population from which our visitors are chiefly drawn We hope F some gentlemen will take the initiative in bringing about a round-table conference of the nature suggested by the rev. gentleman. Lord Salisbury has introduced two Tithe- Bills and promised a third so big a task does the Government find the settlement of the tithe-question! The object of the two Bills introduced on Friday is, in short, as follows. Tithe will still be paid by the tenant, but deducted from the rent, and the landlord will have no power to contract him- self out of this obligation. Distraint will be abolished, and when the tithe is in arrear, the County Court shall have power to send notice to the tenant to pay the tithes out of the first money that comes into his hands as the pro- duce of the farm. If the tenant neglects this notice it will be equivalent to accepting the tithe as his own personal debt. In the case of landowners occupying their own lands a receiver appointed by the Court can collect sufficient rent to pay the tithes and costs. Finally, a term of three years is substituted for seven in reckoning averages. The Bill still to be introduced will deal with redemp- tion. » — '| The excutive of the North Wales Temper- ance Association, meeting on Saturday last, considered the proposals of the Government with respect to the liquor traffic, and passed the following resolution :—" That we consider I the provisions of the Local Government Bill as regards the liquor traffic to be entirely unsatisfactory, in that it excludes all direct voice on the part of the people themselves on the issuing of licences that it proposes, by compensation, to make what is an annual and terminable privilege to be a legal and permanent vested interest that it proposes to offer a bribe to the new county boards for the retention of the traffic in transfer- ring to them the augmented proceeds of the licences; and that, therefore, we call upon all friends of temperance to resist these proposals 'to their very utmost, and to make it clear to the Government that no measure will be satisfactory which does not give the ratepayers in every district free and unfet- tered power when they so demand to refuse all licences at their termination." It was also resolved that the ratepayers in every parish in North Wales be invited to meet and pass a resolution condemning the attempt to throw the compensation of pubicans on the shoulders of the ratepayers. I The. Lord Lieutenant of Flintshire has placed two more Churchmen and Conserva- tives upon the Commission of the Peace for the County, Mr J. Lloyd Price, of Mertyn Hall, Holywell, and Mr Llewelyn J. Henry, of Lygenwern. Thus has the Lord-Lieuten- ant once again given a alap in the face to the Nonconformists and Liberals of the county; amongst whom, it has been clearly proved, there are plenty thoroughly qualified to sit on the Bench. Thrre has been a lull for some time in the agitation against these partisan appointments. But Mr Hughes is sadly mis- taken if he supposes that the feeling of dissatisfaction has died out. It is only slumbering; and will surely be aroused again. The new County Government Bill purposes to do much in the way of breaking the power of the aristocracy in the admistration of couuty affairs; and it is a pity that it leaves untouched this question of the appointment of magistrates. Until some legislation takes place on the matter, the Liberals and Nonconformists of Wales can have little hope that their just complaints will be attended to for Can the Ethopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots." In his speech at Cirencester, the other day, Sir G. Trevelyan aUuded to Lord Hartington's recent references to the state of Wales. Sir George said Lord [Partington said there were great disorders in Wales, which, if not repressed, would have the same consequences as in Ireland. Now, what was the cause of those disturbances in Wales ? Simply that all the religious eu dowmen ts of Wales which were given for the benefit of the whole Princip- ality were entirely absotbod by the Church of a small minority, which was likewise the rich minority. Lord Hartington said that even rebellion in an extreme case of tyranny and oppression might be justifiable. If Mr Gladstone had said that be would not have heard the last of it for a twelve-moath. We had now to listen to the superannuated casuistry that the Church in WALDS must be maintained because it was an integral and indivisible part of the Church. The Liberals intended as soon as they had the power to disestablish and disendow the Church in Wales—(cheers)—and to give the Welsh national property to the whole of the Welsh people instead-of to a section only." Mr Goschen's speech in introducing his Budget, on Mouday evening, occupied fully three hours iu delivery and it is aptly des- cribed by the" Times" as "jworthy to take place in the Parliamentary history of thia country beside the famous financial statements of 3ir Robert Feet and Mr Gladstone." The proposals contained in the Budget have met with a varied reception but on the whole satisfactory. It would be preposterous to suppose that the scheme should be accepted without opposition from some quarter or another. Several interests are seriously af- fected by it, and their representatives J will very naturally complain. The only proposal which elicited any dissent in the House on Monday night was the one refering to the tax on carriages used for trade purposes, and thia will certainly excite widespread disapproba- tion throughout the country. And this is a proposal which, if carried, will seriously affect a large body of heavily handicapped trades- men in our own town. Wheels, but not wheelmen, are to be taxed. The Cyclists escape. In addition to a special duty of 21 upon every vehicle exceeding 10 ewt., there will be a wheel tax upon every vehicle, save those used in husbandry. A revenue is also to be derived from horses used for racing and