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FLINTSHIRE STANDING JOINT…

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THE HARVEST.

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THE ALLOTMENT QUESTION.

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WILL OF COL. WILLIAM BLACKBURNE.…

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WELSH DISTRICT OF NATIONAL FIRE BRIGADES' UNION. + MEETING AT SHREWSBURY. The annual meeting of the Welsh District of the National Fire Brigades' Union was held on Thursday at the Salop Fire Engine Station at Shrewsbury. Captain Lyne (Newport, Mon.) presided, and among those present were Captain Theodore Rouw (Ruthin), hon. secretary and treasurer; Lieutenant Coulman (Newport), Superintendent Kelly (Sandycroft), Lieutenant C. D. Phillips (Ruthin), Superintendent E. Vaughan (Shrewsbury), Captain R. Reynolds (Darliston), Lieutenant Harrison (Chester), Lieutenants Davies and Helsby (Denbigh), and representatives from most of the fire brigades in Wales. Captain Rouw announced that during the present year it was proposed to establish another district, called the North- Western District, which would include Chester and Shrewsbury. But in the Welsh district many brigades were joining, and he trusted that before long it would be as powerful as any in the Union. (Applause.) It was difficult to find a central place of meeting, but this year Shrews- bury had been selected, and next year they hoped to have a big meeting in South Wales. This year there would ,be no tournament, but next year the volunteer brigades would hold a tournament at the Agricultural Hall, London, in aid of the Widows' and Orphans' Fund. (Applause.)—Superintendent Kelly, Firemen T. G. Griffiths, W. H. Jones, and W. Davies, of the Sandycroft Brigade, were made the recipients of long-service medals.—Captain Rouw alluded to the importance of obtaining a challenge shield for competition by brigades in the Welsh district, and this sug- gestion was received with applause.— The election of officers was then pro- ceeded with. Sir John H. Puleston was unani- mously re-elected president, and Lord Mostyn was re-elected vice-president.—Captain Lyne, of Newport, was again appointed chairman of the Council, and Captain Taylor, of Sandycroft, was appointed vice-chairman. Captain Rouw, of Ruthin, was unanimously re-elected hon. secretary and treasurer. An address was after- wards delivered by Captain Lyne, who said the Union desired to improve the status of firemen, and with that object in view the committee was considering the desirability of passing through Parliament a Bill which would greatly affect firemen. It was proposed that by the Act fire- men should have a status in England similar to that of the Volunteers.

THE ROYAL VISIT TO IRELAND.…

Cbe Armp anb Foluntecro.

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