LOUISE MASSET EXECUTED. PRISONER CONFESSES TO THE CRIME. Louise Josephine Masset, aged 36, a French Veipess, was executed at Newgate on Tuesday 1 ^°r mur^er her illegitimate child, J-jOUIS Masset, aged three and a half years. The -as of a peculiarly cold-blooded nature. The 1 had been reared by a woman who received fnfh Payment from Miss Masset, through the cliil<frv.a She regularly visited the fo t- 0n ^^ok01" 26th she took him from his liTH,r"Ij°^er' ostensibly to send him to France, 7 e desire of the father, but at Dalston Station was proved she went into the ladies' lava- bocf' ^ere strangled the child, leaving the a nude state, covered only with a shawl" th 8i y0r' ^he notorious Reading baby farmer, was e ast woman executed at Newgate. At a quarter 2 0QONE ^LE Pri'son bell began to toll, and between Not an^ persons must hare been present, 1 m°re than a few seconds had elapsed after the nr of nine had struck when the black flag was U, jP ^rom the quadrangle, announcing to the or d that Louise Masset had met her doom. The ppearance of the flag was greeted with loud cheers but the crowd, which was a most orderly one, at Once quickly dispersed. The execution was carried out by Billington, assisted by his son. Since iday, when the Home Secretary's final decision as communicated to her, the wretched woman remained in a most despondent and de- Jed state of mind. The condemned woman 1 not show the slightest symptoms of fear at her pproaching end. She scarcely touched her break- a-st which consisted of bread and butter and tea. e Rev Mr Ramsay (prison chaplain) was with ler to the last. The process of pinioning was earned out without the slightest resistance, and, to e relief of all, she confessed to the crime, her last Words being, What I am about to suffer is just, and now my conscience is clear." rp, walked without assistance to the scaffold. e final preparations were speedily made and the o t drawn. Death appeared to be instantaneous. le wretched woman behaved with wonderful roiness and self-control right up to the last.
+ — FOOTBALL. BANGOR SUBMIT AT CHIRK. In unpropitious weather at Chirk on Saturday aj-ternoon. The champions played James in place of Joe Roberts and were strongly represented, whereas the Seasiders were without the services of four of their usual players. The seasiders won the toss and Chirk started operations, immediately reaking away and Wynne located the net after a seconds' play. This unexpected reverse reused -j. e visitors and through the instrumentality of R ones they came within an ace of equalising. Re- turning to the attack their pretty combination severely taxed Chirk defence, but Jones finally Pjaced the sphere out of range. Twice were glorious opportunities presented to the homesters but both S Roberts and E Williams failed igno- ttllniously. Chirk continued to pen in the Bangor and Lockley shot in the net but was off-side, he Seasiders excelled in tackling and rained shots Morris who, however, never failed. At length Chirk transferred play, but Wynne shot out. FOllowing this, S Roberts obtained a corner, entrusted to M Morris, who got in a brilliant shot, which Lockley turned in goal, amidst much applause. A minute later Bangor forwards raced ?Way, and Pritchard receiving from an oblique shot eat Morris. Chirk, however, retaliated, James Receiving from S Roberts and registering. At the ^Wval the score stood Chirk 3 goals, Bangor 1. es,iming hostilities in a drenching rain, Arridge repelled several determined incursions. 've minutes from the re-start a visit was paid to the Bangor custodian, who after a fine exhibition ^btnitfced to Lockley for a fourth time. Sam oberts was afterwards almost successful, but oCkley, who was playing a splendid game, again j^gistered after Owen had fallen. Wynne again °°ated the net. The closing stages of a most inter- esting game were all in favour of Chirk, and when the Whistle sounded the score stood-Chirk 6 goals, Bangor 1.
WELSH JUNIOR CUP. THIRD ROUND. °S WESTRY UNITED RESERVE (HOLDERS) V. DRUIDS RESERVE. These teams met at Oswestry on Saturday to decide which should enter the fourth round of the a ove competition. A more unfavourable day for otball could scarcely be imagined, rain falling cessantly, and a bitterly cold wind blew across 8 ground. The referee, Mr R Davies, Wrexham, fronounced the ground fit for play, and the teams Ined up in the following order — P OSWESTRY "UNITED RESERVE. h .f0^' Foulkes backs, Humphreys and H Jones for °ks> R Jones, W Morris, and R Morris; Wards, Cooper, Hammond, D Davies, Mack, and berts. Linesman, Mr C Plimmer. p DRUIDS RESERVE. Edwards; back, T Price; half-backs, 2 erton, R Davies and W Phillips forwards, G T • J Harris, T Ellis, W Butler, and Allshorn. -^oesman, Mr J Jones. e Druids only had ten men, one of their players IQ'S8e<I the train. The homesters won the' 8tn ..an<^ the Druids started operations, before a tnatri^er spectators. The United were the beincr° '3ecome dangerous, Cooper and Hammond coroerC°nr?'CUous on "S^t wing and forced a depe -his was cleared, Edwards and Price vigjtn ln&' well. A free-kick was granted the turugj8' was Puk behind. The United re- gQopj6 the attack, and were eeveral times near .Ho"* Awards being tested with some capital g°od" t'ie °^er en<^ Foulkes saved a couple of got i S *rom the visitors' right wing. Cooper grant^ sh°t wide. A penalty kick was hurlv^i homesters, which was entrusted to the at Ed M?phre7s> hut he banged the ball straight ius? u wh° managed to avert disaster. Keep- rewiiH ,e Pressure the United were ultimately hou^'8C e-| ack scoring the first goal after half-an- a swiff £ ^ie ^nited came near scoring again, S JonpSi'°- Cooper and a long shot from niee con k-01n^ c^eare(^ with difficulty. After some in v! 1inat!on hy the home forwards Mack was with a p^Tf011' an(^ Save Edwards no chance before thf1- s^ot' Nothing further was scored interval, which arrived with Oswestry leading by two goals to none. In the second half the Druids refused to turn out, and the referee ordered the home team to score another goal, which was done, and the result was: Oswestry Reserve, 3 goals; Druids Reserve, 0.
THE LEAGUE. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS Sheffield United 21 14 0 7 44 15 35 Aston Villa 21 13 5 3 48 23 29 WolverhamptonW 19 10 4 5 28 19 25 Bury. 19 10 6 3 31 25 23 Sunderland 19 10 7 2 30 20 22 Stoke 21 9 8 4 26 27 22 Notts Forest. 19 8 6 5 32 29 21 Derby County. 11 7 7 4 24 23 18 Newcastle United.. 17 6 6 5 28 20 17 Manchester City 19 7 9 3 31 27 17 Everton. 20 7 10 3 22 30 17 West Bromwich A. 19 6 8 5 21 29 17 Burnley. 20 6 10 4 20 34 16 Blackburn Rovers. 17 7 9 1 27 33 15 Notts County 19 5 10 4 28 41 14 Liverpool 20 4 11 5 25 33 13 Preston North End 19 4 11 4 16 30 12 Glossop 17 3 10 4 18 41 10
THE COMBINATION. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS Chirk 14 9 2 3 29 13 21 Wrexham 11 8 1 2 43 18 18 Druids 12 7 3 2 25 17 16 Newtown 10 4 5 1 24 30 9 Aberystwyth 8 3 3 2 16 19 8 Bangor 7 3 3 1 12 11 7 Oswestry United. 10 2 6 2 19 23 6 Birkemhead. 7 2 4 1 12 16 4 Rhyl 7 1 4 2 10 22 4 Llandudno Swifts.. 10 0 8 2 14 37 2
SHROPSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS Singleton & Cole's. 8 5 2 1 32 12 11 Iron-Bridge. 5 4 0 1 10 3 9 Bridgnorth 7 3 3 1 21 22 7 Newport 8 3 4 1 14 16 7 St. George's United 6 2 2 2 12 16 6 Wem 7 2 3 2 9 18 6 Stafford C.C. 3 1 2 0 10 8 2 Welshpool United.. 6 1 5 0 9 22 2
DENBIGHSHIRE & DISTRICT LEAGUE. EESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS Oswestry Reserve.. 8 5 1 2 36 11 12 Wrexham Reserve. 8 5 1 2 21 12 12 Chirk Reserve. 7 3 1 3 22 7 9 Adwy United. 6 3 1 2 14 10 8 Druids Reserve. 9 3 4 2 23 23 8 Ruabon Albions. 8 2 4 2 17 26 6 St Martins. 6 2 3 1 10 21 5 Vron St Albans. 5 1 3 1 8 23 3 Ellesmere Rangers 6 0 5 1 6 24 1 ♦ —
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WELSHPOOL. BOROUGH POLICE COURT.—TUESDAY. Before the Mayor (Mr D Jones), Colonel Twyford, Messrs D P Owen, John Reese, W Rogers, and D Wall. BREACH OF THE QUARRIES ACT.-James Baker, quarry owner, was charged by P.S. Pryce on behalf of Mr Clement Neve Foster, Llandudno, H.M. In- spector of Mines, with offences against the Quarries Act of 1894.-Mr Lloyd Carter, solicitor, Carnar- von, prosecuted on behalf of the Treasury.—The case against defendant, said Mr Carter, was that he had neglected to put up in his quarry rules and re- gulations, duly forwarded to him by the proper authorities, referring to intervals of work and the provision of proper signals for blasting operations. Under the Act of 1894, which also incorporated a similar measure passed in 1872, it was incumbent upon owners and agents of quarries to draw up rules foi their regulation, and it was most import- ant that these rules should be kept constantly posted in the quarry. As far back as May, 1898, the Assistant Inspector of Mines, Mr Rowland Jones, Chester, had called the defendant's attention to the fact that no such rules were to be found in his quarry. In July last Mr Jones had again noti- fied Mr Baker of the omission. He had further journeyed to Welshpool on September 14th and interviewed Mr Baker who asked what kind of rules he should put up. Accordingly Mr Jones sent him specimen copies of rules commonly adopted by quarry owners; but coming again on December 1st, still found no rules posted up. Continuing, Mr Lloyd Carter said the provision of rules was desirable not only for the protection of workmen, but also for the safety of the public. He was told, he did not know with what truth, that about six years ago a man had been killed at defendant's quarry by an accident in blasting.—Mr D P Owen I don't think you ought to mention such a circumstance. We know nothing about it.—Mr Carter I can prove it.- Defendant: You can't.—Mr Carter: The point is that defendant, by infringing the 41st section of the Metalliferous Mines Act, has made himself liable to a fine of 920 or three months' imprison- ment.—The Assistant Inspector of Mines said, when he visited the quarry on the first of last month, he saw Mr Baker's foreman and asked him if the rules which had been sent had been posted up. The man, showing him some old rules, replied that those were all they had. He was then, as Mr Baker had given him so much trouble, obliged to report the case. Defendant on one occasion told him that he did not know what to put up, and so, out of courtesy, he had sent him a specimen copy of regulations. Defendant: You never did.— Witness: I did. I was not obliged to do it. I could have prosecuted you months ago if I had liked, but I refrained, thinking all the time that you would frame some sort of rules, at any rate.— Defendant: But I have framed rules and regula- tions. I can bring ten witnesses to prove that I have. I can also bring a painter to swear that two months ago I gave him an order to paint on a board a warning that blasting operations were carried on in the quarry. Another thing I will say and that is that Mr Carter has insinuated that a man was killed at my quarry some years ago through proper precautions not being observed in blasting. I will ask him to prove it. If we had an accident it was not our fault. Defendant here handed up some papers to the Bench, exclaiming the while If you can bring any man to swear that I did not put up these rules, then I'm beat."—Mr Carter explained that all quarry owners were permitted to make slight alterations in the rules to suit their particular district so long as the alterations were approved by the proper authorities.—This being all the evidence the Mayor, addressing defendant, said the Bench considered he bad infringed the law, but as Mr Carter did not wish to press the case they would only fine him 10s including costs.—On hearing this defendant took his hat and stalked towards the door.—" Mr Baker Mr Baker called the Mayor. The only answer that came was in the stentorian tones of the defendant calling to his foreman: Come on Jim let's get out o' this." TRESPASSING.—David Gardner, gen., a labourer of no fixed abode, was summoned at the instance of R B Belson, Oswestry, inspector to the Cambrian Railways Company, for trespassing on the line near the Gas House on December 9th.—Mr Minshall, solicitor, Oswestry, prosecuted for the Company.— George Hamer, porter, Wellington Crescent, said about 11-30 p.m. on the 9th ult., whilst going to the gasworks, he found defendant on the line. He had been previously warned for the same offence.— Defendant said he did not remember being warned before.—Witness said that on one occasion when trespassing on the line defendant was very drunk. -MrMinshall not wishing to press the case, Gardner was fined 2s 6d including costs. (During'the hearing of the following cases Mr D P Owen took the chair). HOW A BUTCHER MADE HIS MARK. Herbert Kirkham, butcher, Market-street, Newtown, was charged by George Snook, Borough Surveyor, with unlawfully cleaving meat upon the meat stall in the market, on Thursday, the 21 st of December. —Defendant did not appear.—Mr Snook said he had often warned Kirkham, who had set him at defiance.-By the Bench He had a lot of trouble with these men especially with the representatives of the foreign meat firms. The actual damage to the stall would be slight, about sixpence, perhaps. What made the offence serious was, he thought, defendant setting him at defiance.—Mr W Rogers thought the damage to the stalls was much greater. —Fined 20s including costs or 14 days hard labour. ADJOURNED.—A charge preferred by Mr Snook against Thomas J Evans, ironmonger, Berriew street, of obstructing the street, was adjourned for a fortnight. SCHOOL CASES.—The following were charged, at the instance of the School Attendance Officer, Mr D A Breeze, with not sending their children regu- larly to school or with neglecting to comply with attendance orders previously made Samuel Payne, Mount Pleasant, with non-compliance in respect of his son Harry (5), fined 5s, including costs; also a fresh order made in respect of his two daughters, Sarah (12), attended 47 out of a possible 57, and Mary (7), attended 33 out of 49.— William Pryce with non-compliance in respect of his two children, George (11), and Robert (9), fined 5s; Martha Davies, Bowling Green Lane, order made in respect of her two children, Mary (12), absent 237, out of a possible 237, and David (10), absent 47 out of 48; Edward Davies, Mermaid Passage, order made in respect of his three children Edward, (10), attended 38 out of 48, Lewis, (8), 32 out of 48, and Charles Moses, 30 out of 49. MR D P OWEN'S OPINION ON VACCINATION. Andrew Carter, Hawthorne Cottage, Salop road, applied to the Bench for a certificate exempting him from vaccinating his infant child born on Sep- tember 19. Not many months ago Mr Carter ap- plied for a similar order in respect of another child of his, which was granted. Mr D P Owen I told you before that you were doing a very cruel act. If I had my own way I should never grant an application for exemption. You will suffer for this if you have the small pox in your house. The Government ought to be ashamed of them- selves for passing such an Act.-The application was granted.
BERRIEW. PETTY SESSIONS. Before Capt Johnes and Mr W J Corbett-Winder. EDUCATION. Thomas Goodwin, Cefn Vaynor, and Robert Williams, Bridge End, were summoned by Robert Tomley, Montgomery, for not sending their children regularly to school. Fined 5s each. —Attendance orders were made against Ed Jones, Middle House, and Joseph Pugh, Brooks and the cases against W Bennett, Llandinam Bytake, and Robert Pryce, Plasllwyn, were dismissed. MAINTENANCE ORDER. Thomas Evans and J Evans, Manafon, were summoned by J Wilson, relieving officer, Caersws, for a maintenance order. —An order was made for 2s each per week towards their parents' support.
CAMBRIAN RAILWAYS. CHEAP WEEK-END EXCURSION TICKETS Are now issued on EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY TO Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Peterborough, ^Leicester, *Derbv, *Burton-on-Trent, ^Stafford, *Coventry, Manchester, Preston, Blackburn, Bolton, Leeds, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Liver- pool, Birkenhead, Wigan, and Warring- ton, from Oswestry, Llanymynech, Llanfyllin, Montgomery Welshpool, Newtown, Llanidloes, Machynlleth, Borth, Aberystwyth, Aberdovey, Towyn, Bar. mouth, Dolgelley, Ha-rlech, Portmadoc, Penrhyn- deudraeth, Criccieth, and Pwllheli. SIMILAR TICKETS ARE ALSO ISSUED From Aberystwyth, Borth, Aberdovey, Towyn Barmouth, Dolgelley, Harlech, Penrhyndeudraetb Portmadoc, Criccieth, and Pwllheli, to: SHREWSBURY. Tickets to hese stations are not issued from Welsh pool. EXTENDED ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ISSUE OF TOURIST TICKETS FROM CAMBRIAN STATIONS TO THE VARIOUS HEALTH RESORTS IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, AND IRELAND ARE NOW IN OPERATION. For full particulars see Tourist Programmes, which may be had at all stations. EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, CHEAP WEEK-END & 10 DAYS, TICKETS Will be issued from Liverpool, Manchester Stock- port, Chester, Crewe, Stafford, Shrewsbury, Brad- ford, Leeds, Oldham, Huddersfield, Halifax, Roch- dale, Wakefield, Blackburn, Chorley, Accrington, Burnley, Bolton, Wigan, Warrington, Preston Leicester, Derby, Burton, Stoke, Burslem, Hanley Birkenhead, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Wed- nesbury, Walsall, Peterborough, Northampton, Hull, Sheffield, Barnsley, &c., &c., to Oswestry, Llanymynech, Llanfyllin, Welshpool, Montgomery, Newtown, Llanid- loes, Machynlleth, Borth, Aberystwyth, Aberdovey, Towyn, Barmouth, Dolgelley, Harlech, Portmadoc, Criccieth, & Pwllheli. CHEAP WEEK END TICKETS (Friday and Saturday to Monday or Tuesday) will be issued on EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY Also 14 DAYS' EXCURSION TICKETS From nearly all Cambrian Inland Stations, to Machynlleth, Borth, Aberystwyth, Aber- dovey, Towyn, Barmouth, Dolgelley, Harlech, Portmadoc, Criccieth, and Pwllheli, also to Rhayader, Builth Wells, & Brecon. ♦ ON EVERY THURSDAY and SATURDAY in DECEMBER, FULL-DAY & HALF-DAY EXCURSION TICKETS will be issued to LIVER- POOL (Lime Street, Edge Hill, Spellow, or Walton), via Whitchurch and Crewe, and to SEACOMBE, via Ellesmere, Wrexham, and Hawarden Bridge; and to MANCHESTER (Lon- don Road), as under :—From Oswestry, ull day at 8 40 a.m. and half-day at 11 50a.m. and 1 55 p.m. (via Whitchurch and Crewe) from Ellesmere at 9 0 a.m for full day, and 12 5 and 2 15 p.m. for half-day; to Seacombe only (via Wrexham) 9 5 a.m. for full day, and 12 10 p.m. for half-day. Third-clsss fares for full day To Seacombe and Liverpool, 3s 6d To Manchester, 4s. Half-day To Seacombe, Liverpool and Manchester, 2s 6d. Passengers return the same day from Liverpool (Lime Street) at 6 50 p.m., or 11 55 p.m., Edge Hill at 12 0 midnight, Seacombe 7 5 p.m.; and from Manchester (London Road) at 7 0 p.m., or 12 0 midnight. RAMS Are now conveyed between Stations on the Cambrian Railways, at a charge as for Two Dogs, with a MINIMUM OF TWO SHILLINGS EACH RAM — ♦ EVERY THURSDAY AND SATURDAY IN DECEMBER, 1899, CHEAP rAY EXCURSIONS WILL BE RUN TO LIVERPOOL AND MANCHESTER From Llanidloes 6 40 a.m., Newtown 7 12, Mont- gomery 7 28, Welshpool 7 50, Llanymynech 8 15, Llanfyllin 7 35, Oswestry 8 40, Ellesmere 9 0, and Fenn's Bank 9 21. For times of trains at intermediate stations s handbills. ON EVERY THURSDAY and SATURDAY in DECEMBER and until further notice. Cheap Day and Half-Day EXCURSION TICKETS wil be issued to SEACOMBE, and HAWARDEN (for Harwarden Castle), from Oswestry, Ellesmere, Overton-on-Dee, Bangor-on-Dee, and Marchwiel. For full particulars of train times and fares, see handbills.