MUNICIPAL.—The three retiring members of the Pembroke ward are Messrs. W. B. Wall, surgeon; W. M. Griffiths, grocer and baker; and J. Mathias, farmer. It is stated that the two last-named gen- tlemen will not seek re-election. Dr. Wall has promised to come out again. Mr. Walter Simon is mentioned as a candidate. Mr Simon was returned at the head of the poll in 1879, but did not seek re- election at the expiration of his term of office, in 1882.
TOWN COUNCIL.—The usual monthly meeting of the Council was held at the Council Chamber on Friday night, the Mayor (Mr W. Farrow), presiding. The members present were Aldermen Thomas, James Phillips, and Joseph Marychurch and Councillors W. P. Ormond, James Rowlands, Henry James, W. M. Phillips, Thomas James, Thomas Barker, John James, and R. T. P. Wil- liams.—Mr William Williams brought forward a matter, of which lie had given notice, touching the conduct of the Town Clerk in giving the Council evasive answers relating to the tenancy of a piece of ground and cottage at Portfield, and for which he blamed the Town Clerk and also neglecting to pay rent for the property for eight years. The Town Clerk said the matter was in the hands of Mr James Price, solicitor, who would no doubt be pre- pared to answer all questions.—Mr Ormond sug- gested that the Clerk should leave the room during the discussion.—The Clerk claimed his right as Town Clerk to continue in his seat.Alderman Thomas urged the clerk to withdraw if not, he was prepared to divide the Council on it.—The Clerk, while expressing his willingness to withdraw, protested that lie had been guilty of no breach of conduct, for as soon as he was asked he paid the rent.—Mr John James ridiculed the withdrawal of the Clerk, seeing there were reporters present, and asked if they were to withdraw.—The Clerk was about to withdraw, when the Mayor said Come back," and the Clerk resumed his seat.—Mr Wil- liams, resuming, said that the Clerk had paid the rent, not freely but grudgingly, in fact it was re- tained out of his salary, whereas it was his place to tender payment, and he desired the opinion of the Council as to whether they were to continue to place confidence in the Town Clerk.—Mr W. M. Phillips said that the Council had no right to grant a lease of the property in the first instance.Mr Alderman Thomas moved that the Council follow up the notice to quit served on the Town Clerk, as he thought it would be child's play, after giving notice, not to follow it up.—Mr Williams said that they were in a dilemma, seeing that the Town Clerk, who was their legal adviser, was in this in- stance the defendant.—Mr Henry James was averse to law proceedings, especially when looking at the state of their finances, and he believed the Town Clerk was entitled to the property. -At the sugges- tion of Mr James Rowlands, a committee of Coun- cillors, John Jalnes, R. T. P. Williams, and William Williams was appointed to report on the matter.- Application was made by Mr T. James, on behalf of Mr Levi Harries, to erect a portico in front of his house to display the royal arms, he having driven the Duke of Edinburgh to St. David's on the occa- sion of his visit, and consent had been given to his using the royal arms. The application was granted. —Mr Alderman Thomas were appointed to act as returning officer on the 9th of November, when the mayor's election takes place.
ROSEBUSH AND FISHGUARD RAILWAY. The prospects of this line being completed are just now rather more encouraging than they have been for some years past. A meeting of the share- holders of the company, which was formed some years ago for the purpose of constructing the line from Rosebush to Fishguard, as a continuation of the present Maenclochog Railway, was held on Friday, at Clynderwen, Sir Hugh Owen presiding. The directors of the company met previously, and the business of both meetings was the consideration of the final arrangements which were proposed to be made with the fontractors for the construction of the line. These arrangements were, after con- siderable discussion, approved of and confirmed. It will be recollected that the first sod of this line was cut at Rosebush, amid considerable public rejoicing, on the 28th August, 1879, but for some reason the works were not continued, and have for some time been in abeyance, the Maenclochog Rail- way (which is solely owned by Mr Cropper) having been closed to traffic in the meantime. There has been some talk of the Great Western Railway Company taking over the Maenclochog line, but we have not been able to obtain certain information on this head. It would be somewhat curious if, by means of that line and of the proposed extension, the Great Western Company should ultimately reach the terminus in South Wales which they first aimed at, namely Fishguard. At any rate, it is intended by the Rosebush and Fishguard Com- pany to re-commence the works immediately, and we are officially informed that there is no reason why the line should not be completed as far as Letterston and opened for traffic before the end of 1884.-S011th Wales Daily News.
DEFRAUDING THE ST. CLEAR'S POSTMISTRESS.— At the county petty sessions, on Saturday, Elizabeth John, a domestic servant, was charged with ob- taining £1 by false pretences from Mrs Morris, of the post-office, St. Clears. The defendant went to Mrs Morris on-the 12th inst., and giving the name of Jane Davies, said Miss Thomas, of Hurst House, Laugharne, had sent her to borrow a sovereign. The money was given"but Miss Morris subsequently discovered that the woman's statement was untrue, and that Miss Thomas knew nothing whatever about her. To the policeman, who arrested her, defendant admitted her guilt. —The Chairman said that as the Summary Jurisdiction Act contained nothing about false pretences, the bench could only commit the defendant for trial at the next assizes at Swansea. Witnesses were accordingly bound over.
The Australian cricketers have, it is stated, de- cided not to visit England next season on the old terms of receiving half the gate money, but nego- tiations are in progress with a view of obtaining better terms. A proposal that the Australians should receive half the proceeds of reserved seats was rejected last June by_the representatives of the EngUah counties. >
THE WILL OF THE LATE MR JAMES I BUCKLEY, LLANELLY. The will (dated Oct. 1, 1874), with two codicils I (dated Oct. 26, 1880, and Feb. 1, 1883), of Mr James Buckley, late of Penyfai, Llanelly, Carmar- thenshire, brewer, who died on March 3 last, was proved on the 22nd ult. by Joshua Wedge Buckley and William Joseph Buckley, the sons, the surviving executors, the value of the personal estate amounting to over £ 63,000. The testator bequeaths to his wife, Mrs Elizabeth Buckley, the household furniture and effects, and a few other legacies, and he makes provision for his daughters. All his freehold and leasehold properties, and the residue of the personalty, he leaves, upon trust, for his wife, for life or widow-hood. At her death, or marriage again, he makes specific devises, upon trust, for each of his four sons, including the Castle Gorvan property to his son Joshua Wedge and his freehold and leasehold properties at Elm Grove and Cae Swan, Llanelly, used in connection with his business as a brewer, malster, and mer- chant, to his sons Joshua Wedge, James, and William Joseph. The residue of his freehold and leasehold property he leaves to his four sons, and the residue of the personalty to his sons and daughters.
A WOMAN KILLED NEAR LLANIDLOES. On Saturday morning an elderly woman named Mary Lewis, residing at St. Harmon, Radnor, was on her way to Llanidloes market. She left Ty lwch railway station, on the Mid Wales Railway, and .proceeded to walk along the line to Llanidloes. The passenger train from Brecon to Llanidloes, due at the latter place at 9.50 a.m., overtook her. The driver blew his whistle to warn her of the approach of the train.' She turned round, and seeing the train, began to run, but could not get out of the way in consequence of the bank of the cutting. The driver gave a second alarm, and the poor woman, evidently much frightened, made a frantic attempt to cross the line, when she was knocked down and the train ran over her. The head was completely severed from the body. The remains were conveyed to Tylwch station to await an inquest.
AN IDEAL DRINK. After all has been said and done that can be said and done in the cause of total abstinence and on the subject of alcoholic beverages, after the fever and fashion of this our day has changed and subsided, we believe that beer will still be found to be the national drink of the future, as it has been of the past, in this country. The reason of this is that it is, in fact, economically and physiologically a drink combining so many useful qualities that nothing, it is clear, can be provided for the price which is at all likely to supersede it. Tea and coffee, if universally drunk—solutions of tannin with a small and varying amount of more or less harmful alkaloid—would cause such an increase of'national dyspepsia and nervous troubles that a new crusade, with the Dean of Bangor, perhaps, as its Peter the Hermit, would soon drive them from their position as national beverages. Neither they nor milk can be provided good in sufficient quantity and at the price required; and milk is not always tolerated by grown-up stomachs. Oatmeal and water will soon pall upon the most enthusiastic palate," Sweet syrups or acid efferveseents can scarcely be habitually consumed without derangement of the gastric function. And as for water—the best of drinks when at its best— sanitation will have to make very long strides in- deed before it can be regarded as anything but the most perilous of thirst-quenchers. If a committee of unprejudiced scientific men had been appointed to compound anil recommend a perfectly aseptic drink, combining the qualities of nutrition and palatability with such small amount of alcohol as should act as a preservative to the fluid itself, an aid to digestion, and a mild and innocuous stimu- lant to the whole system, it is probably upon a light, bitter beer, brewed from good malt and hops, that the seal of their approval would be 'placed. Formed, as it is, from wholesome and indigenous materials, easily concocted, and at a small cost, tonic and nutritious, harmless except in almost im- possible quantity, it is just such an ideal drink as we should pine for it we did not already possess it. All questions of adulterated, fortified, or dishonest- ly compounded malt liquor, and all question of in- jury by excess, in this as in every other aliment, are beside the present issue.Mulicltl Times.
THE CENTENARY OF SIR MOSES MONTE- j FIORE. A public meeting was held at Rainsgate on Mon- day afternoon to make arrangements for celebrating the centenary of Sir Moses Montefiore, Bart. Mr Gladstone, writing in reply to the request that he would join the committee, expressed himself fully in sympathy with the object in view; but owing to the position he held lie was unable to allow his name to be added to the committee. The Duke of Cambridge, Earl Granville, Earl Shaftesbury, and others wrote expressing readiness to co-operate. It was determined to present Sir Moses with an address of congratulation and a committee was appointed to collect funds for erecting a permanent memorial to his virtues.
ATTEMPT TO WRECK A TRAIN NEAR DORCHESTER. A dastardly attempt was made early on Sunday morning to wreck the South-Western mail tram from London, about two miles from Dorchester Station. A heavy iron drag had been placed across the metals, but the train, which was running at high speed, fortunately cut through the obstruction. Some trifling damage was caused to the carriages, and several passengers were shaken. The spikes of the drag came in contact with the gas cylinder in the postal van, nearly causing an explosion.
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It is generally felt by candid politicians here that the Leeds conference has closed in a fizzle. The Radicals are not wholly enthusiastic about Mr Bright's speech, which they declare was in favour of giving Ministers permission to arrange their programme for next session as they might think best. The speech of Mr Herbert Gladstone strongly opposed the thing advocated by the re- solution of the conference, and the Daily News frankly concedes the impossibility which exists for separating the mind of the youthful member for Leeds from the mind and desires of the states- man and his father. Thus with Mr Bright com- placently blowing hot and cold on the one hand, and Mr Herbert Gladstone energetically appeal- ing for a prolongation of the life of the present Parliament on the other, the conference cannot be said to have terminated with complete unani- mity. There is, however, a gleam of hope. It is that the Prime Minister will after all be influenced by the opinion of the caucus managers that it is necessary to do something quickly to re-kindle the darkening embers of Radical enthusiasm. There is certainly some danger here, especially with Mr Chamberlain at hand, to play the part of the gentle Joseph in the plot. A remarkable pamphlet, entitled The bitter cry of outcast London," has once more drawn attention to the want of lodging accommodation for the poor of the metropolis and the unsanitary condition of the whole districts where they are obliged to herd together. The Artisans' Dwellings Act, as far as London is concerned, has been almost a total failure, and it is evideut that further legis- lation will be necessary before the fever dens in the East End can be swept away. At present, disgraceful as most of these places are, the poor cannot possibly find other or better accommodation anywhere near the localities where they are employed, and the local authorities, in considering any steps for the amelioration of the existing state of things so graphically described in the pamphlet I have mentioned, are always met by the difficulty of having to render large numbers of people abso- lutely homeless or to leave them alone to get on as best they can under the old conditions.. Recently the Metropolitan Board of Works has been be- stirring itself in the matter, and reports are being prepared by several vestries for presentation to the Board, which has an idea of introducing into Par- liament a Bill giving it more effective powers for dealing with these rookeries and for appropriating sites for the erection of new dwellings- There seems to be a slight advance in the direction of good taste in the autumnal fashion of the ladies' dresses, if we except the idea of such a regimental garb as the red ulster which we hear is to be the favourite style this season. The costumes of London smoke," though the name of the colour is somewhat depressing, will be more congenial to people of quiet tastes; and the use of plush, chenille, velvet, and other cosy materials will please either the grave or the gay. The West-end shops seem as usual to be hurrying on the approach of winter by offering an unlimited supply of furs of every description aud value, making the spectator feel grateful to that large proportion of the zoologi- cal tribe whose skins are such important items in the comforts of the world. With regard to hats and bonnets, there is plenty of floral and geometri- cal decoration, but the birds have all disappeared. At this no one will be more gratified than Mr Ruskin, who is so solicitous for the welfare of the feathered race that he exacts from the members of his St. George's Guild a pledge that they will not kill or hurt anything needlessly," but "will strive aud comfort all gentle life." He once told an Oxford audience that he hoped to make English youth like better to look at a bird than to shoot it. Perhaps it was this idea of Mr Paiskin that gave rise to the "Dickey Bird Society," which numbers 80,000 members in the North of England. The Saturday Review chaffs the Leeds conference. The writer opines that it might be unfair to Mr. Herbert Gladstone to speak of him as a feather in the Radical left wing, suggesting too pointedly a celebrated passage of Absolom and Achitophel. But for the rest, the conference consisted of chair- man or secretaries of caucuses. The moral of the analysis is plain, for, as the Saturday Review puts the situation, it is almost impossible to get any member to countenance the meeting, and it is im- possible to get any but members of the Schnadlior- stian ring to father its work. It is evident that, unless swamped with Mr. Arch's clients, the present constituences, sick of the leaven of independence, may commit what, in Radical eyes, would be the horrible atrocity of returning a Conservative ma- jority." The Dean and Chapter of Peterborough are just now in a rather awkward position. The ex- penditure on the cathedral far exceeds the sum ,which they have in hand to pay the architect and the contractors, and the expenditure is necessary, or the fabric will be down. As the work has pro- ceeded its absolute necessity has been demon- strated, and the more the contractors pull down the more they find they have to pull down. They have now just discovered that an additional fGOOO worth of masonry must be levelled and rebuilt. £ 60,000. is what it will take to reconstruct Peter- borough Cathedral, and after all their appeals they have not yet got a third of that sum. The Times says :—The political world will gladly welcome the re-appearance in the Quarterly Review of the trenchant pen which has so often given lustre to its pages. Readers of the new number will not hesitate to recognise in the article on Disintegra- tion," the political style, matured, perhaps, but unmistakable, of Lord Salisbury. From one end to the other the article is Lord Salisbury himself, though a certain difference may be detected be- tween his earlier and later style. There is more of epigram and less of invective, but there is the sturdy contempt of the born aristocrat for demo- cratic ideas and methods—the shrewd sagacity of the leader of the party of resistance in discovering his real antagonists in the Radicals, and delivering his blows straight at them. There is the old denun- ciation of the Whigs, pointed with the keenest epigram and the familiar recklessness of the literary swordsman so intent on the attack that he takes no thought for the defence. His attack is damaging enough, for it overthrows his own friends as well. If the Quarterly Reviewer is right, the whole policy of the English State has been hopelessly mischievous and mistaken siriee the first coftc^siok to Irish 1. demands. J
PROBABLE CLOSING OF RAGLAN CASTLE. An attempt is being made on the part of one or two ratepayers at Raglan to get the amount at which the castle is assessed to the poor-rate con- siderably increased. Should they succeed, there is every probability that the far-famed ruins will.be closed to the public. In 1851, when the castle was little thought of as a pleasure resort, the gross rating was fixed at £10. Eighteen years ago the overseers increased the rating several times the amount that it was before, with the result that the Duke of Beaufort, to whom the ruins belong, ordered them to be closed. Several months afterwards, however, they were re-opened, and the old rating was again levied. Within recent years, as all who have visited the place can tell, the castle has been greatly improved, and is a source of much income to the warden, whilst the county Lawn Tennis Club have also erected a tennis and archery hut, at a cost of some zC800, within the grounds. As the traffic by the roads is very great, and all the parishioners have to pay the rates, whilst only a few benefit from the visitors attracted to the place, it is proposed to petition the Assessment Committee in the matter, to which end a parish meeting has already been held. It is said that his grace will again close the castle if the agitation succeeds. a 11
THE EARTHQUAKE IN ANATOLIA. According to the latest intelligence from Chesmeh. 62 of the victims from the immediate vicinity of that town have been identified and interred. Eighty-five of the wounded have been removed into Chesmeh, and are receiving medical attention in the improvised hospital there. Arrangements are being made for the reception of others. The Govenor-General of Smyrna, in compliance with telegraphic instructions from the Porte, has pro- ceeded to the scene of the disaster with tents, provisions, and medical stores. By order of the Sultan, a corvette has been laden at Smyrna with tents, timber, provisions, and medicine for the sufferers by the earthquake. The Governor-General accompanies the stores, with orders to distribute them. The deaths are, says a Constantinople telegram, under 100 in number, but many more are wounded, and the dwellings in the neighbourhood generally are much damaged. His Majesty has given orders that aid shall be rendered immediately, and that correct reports shall be sent to him daily. Measures of relief are to be organised under His Majesty's auspices at Constantinople, and Lady Dufferin has requested his patronage at a grand concert in aid of the sufferers. 11 In view of the somewhat contradictory reports which were transmitted by officials and others in reference to the terrible earthquake which desolated a large tract of territory in this district last week, I determined to personally investigate all the cir- cumstances so far as possible, and with that object I landed here from Constantinople yesterday morning. I found here a great uneasiness pre- vailing, and certainly not without sufficient cause. Since the terrible visitation of Monday last shocks have been frequent. On W ednesday a perfect panic ensued, when a succession of shocks rocked the town, threatening to bring down every structure in the place.. The inhabitants, beside themselves with terror, ran into the streets and sought the open places, and here many of them l'enmin feeling more secure than when in their own habitation. This was the position of affairs when I arrived here yesterday, and- if anything was wanting to bring the situation the more forcibly home to my mind, it was supplied a few moments afterwards. I was thrown on my. face by a sudden shock. Before I could rise the earth was again violently convulsed, and this shock was followed by another, until, not knowing what was coming next, I joined the stream of flying fugitives, and sought a safer position among those who were already encamped at a distance from all other human habitations. Confidence slowly returned after the shocks had ceased, but the number of those who remained out of doors was sensibly increased. The damage caused was small so far as I could learn, and the injuries confined to those who, like myself, were thrown down by the suddenness of the shock. Later in the day I made the most specific inquiries in regard to the losses incurred through the earthquake of Monday last, and from a variety of sources, official and otherwise, I can give you the following as a fairly accurate estimate of the losses :-Around Tchesmch and Vourla eight vil- lages were totally destroyed. In four of these it is known that 70 were killed, and in this district, if I place the loss of life at 150, it will be as near as can be ascertained. From the same district over 500 are being immediately treated for their injuries. No authentic returns have been received from other districts, which it is known suffered severely, and all the numbers of deaths which have hitherto appeared have only been approximate guesses. In one respect, however, inquiries have shown 'that the official report has under, rather than over, estimated the effects of the earthquake. Instead of 20,000 homeless, there are now no less than 30,000 living in the fields of this region. Many of those have voluntarily forsaken their homes rather than incur the risks of another shock, but the vast majority are those whose homes were wrecked in the earth's great convulsion.
A ROYAL GIFT. On Saturday Captain Shaw, C.B., the chief officer of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, received at Winchester House, Southwark Bridge Road, a most handsome timepiece, which was accompanied by a letter from Sir Henry Ponsonby, dated from Buckingham Palace, in which it was stated that the Queen had commanded the clock to be sent as a present from Her Majesty. The clock is a massive one, of ebonite marble, and has above it a gold fireman's helmet, an axe, and a belt. There is also an inscription plate bearing the following :— Presented to Captain Shaw, Superintendent of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, by Victoria, R.I. 1883." This is surmounted by the Imperial crown.
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