FOOTBALL NOTES. [BY "VETERAN."] I said Well dene Machynlleth in my last notes, and now I must say Better done, Machynlieth, If the first defeat of Aberystwyth by this team found them unprepared and on a wretched ground, what about this game which was played at Aberyst- wyth and on a good field. Machynlleth won by 3 to 2, and the greatest partisan of the home team cannot deny that the victory was well earned. Now how is it brought about. Well, the answer can be given in a very few words. The Machyn- lleth men put more life into their play. They played a much more dashing game than their opponents, and also it must be confessed played better football. From the start they meant business and at times their play was very fine. The right wing pair showed down right good form in passing and dash, and much of the victory must be put to their credit. They were far and away the best forwards on the ground. When they had the ball there was always danger looming to the opposition. I must give the centre forward credit for "gumption." He early saw that these were his best partners, and he took very good care to feed them well. In comparison with the play of the Machynlleth men, that of Aberystwyth seemed very lifeless especially in the forward ranks. When a chance presented itself they did not t: line up properly nor did they buck up" all through the game. There is talent in the team but little life, and as I watched the game I longed for play of the style of Rea, Morris, and Garner among the forwards, and "rousing" defence like that of John Henry, D Morgan, and W R Jones. If the Aberystwyth players mean to do good work this year there really must be much more life in the play. Lacadaisacal play never yet won a game and there was too much of this on Saturday. W Jones put plenty of life into his play, but one player cannot win games any more than one swallow makes a summer. 0 Green at times did excellent work, but he too requires a little more rousing." I have a very good opinion of this young player and with more life thrown into his play he should be quite the equal of his brothers if not superior to either. He can go and has great strength. The backs at times defended well and the goalkeeper kept cool and could not be blamed for the goals scored against him. For the winners the palm must be given to the right wing pair whose play I have noticed, but the backs must not be forgotten. They are as steady and determined a pair of young players as one would wish to see. They tackled well and kicked cleanly and also kept their places fairly well. The play of the halves was pretty fair but they did not seem so well up to their work as the others. The goalkeeper was good and saved some stingers. For the life of me I can- not understand why this promising team has not joined or promised to join t'1e Mid-Wales League. There is undoubted talent here and it only requires practice in good games to perfect it. Aberystwyth have been compelled to scratch to Welshpool in the English Cm tie. They can not be blamed for this in tL. t UuG r present cir- cumstances. In the first place the funds are low- very low. In the second the railway arrangements are bad. There is no train this season to take them back after 3-40 p.m. The expense of the journey to Welshpool and a night's lodging would entail a very heavy expense, which the committee could not see their way to stand. It is certainly hard lines on Welshpool, but I trust they will benefit to a greater extent by a favourable draw in the next found. Fresh from their victory over Stoke Swifts in a friendly, Wrexham visited Oswestry on Saturday to play a Combination fixture. The United held an unbeaten record in the Combination table and a good game was anticipated. Mark Watkins having joined Stoke, Hammond was put in his place, but to put T Parrv and D Davies out of their regular place was risky. If they had kept their old places possibly the results would have been more favour- able to Oswestry. Price, the new full back, figured in the Owestry team for the first time. The game was fast and evenly contested throughout and the result about indicates the play. Unfortunately a high wind blowing across the ground somewhat interfered with the play of the forwards in shooting for goal. At the outset Oswestry held the upper hand and Pountney and D Davies were given plenty of work. The latter has a strong kick and cleared well. The visitors next assumed the upper hand and on one occasion lcoked like getting through, but the veteran C Parry and Price cleared their lines and of the two Price showed to rather better advantage. The home half backs then did some grand work by breaking up the visitors' front line, and forcing the players into goal. A corner proved fruitless and a free-kick near goal looked bad for Wrexham. C Parry with. his usual wiliness took the kick and tipped the ball back to H Evans, who planted it on the cross-bar, and R Evans fisted it over. The corner brought no advantage. After this the venue was changed, and the visitors put. the United on the defensive, but the nut was too hard to crack. When they did get through, Tracey was equal to all calls. At length the homesters got away, and Tom Parry with a long shot sent the ball into the net out of the reach of Evans. There was no further score up to the interval. In the second half Wrexham played determinedly, which looked like bringing success, but they were kept out by the grand play of Richards, Evans, Butter- ton and the back division. The Unitedlthen pressed. Goodrich who was closely watched and could not get away, at last beat his opponents, but was deliberately fouled, and the free-kick brought no advantage. Neither did a corner which followed. Then Wrexham after a fruitless corner made a more determined rush on the home goal and Kelly equalised. Play became still faster, but neither side scored again, a really splendid game ended in a draw. The home defence undoubtedly were a grand lot. Price, the new man played well, and his clearances were very good. Butterton showed improved form, while G Richards was as good as ever and his finished style was greatly admired, H Evans is a young player who will prove a first class man. He tackles, feeds well, and works hard, and he also knows where the goal is situated when he shoots. The forwards played well considering the changes which bad been made. As it was, Goodrich who was watched closely and therefore was not given a chance, seemed lost without his trusty friend Parry. Davies did not either get on so well without D Davies., The gosj. which T Parry scored was a regular beauty and the Wrexham goalkeeper had no chance to save. The record is still unbroken and I trust it will keep so. The Wrexham men played for all they were worth and caused Oswestry many anxious moments. They were undo' otedly disappointed and at the same time surprised at the f,°od play of Oswestry. Mark Watkins is doing good work for Stoke, and the committee are so well satisfied with his play that he seems settled as a permanent player. The Druids did good work on Saturday at Hales- owen when they succeeded in making a draw with the homesters. For this they were in no little measure indebted to our old friend Roose, who in addition to many fine saves stopped one nailing shot from about three yards' range.
WELSH JUNIOR CUP. DRAW FOR THE FIRST ROUND. The draw for the first round of the Welsh Junior Cup took place at Wrexham on Wednesday, and resulted as follows:- DIVISION I. Flint Red Stars v Rhyl Reserves. Bangor Reserves, Flint Reserves, Holyhead Swifts, Church Guild, St Asaph Town, Llanrwst Town, and Shotton Rangers, byes. DIVISION II. Llangollen United, Wrexham Victoria, Adwy Victoria, Dolgelley, Wrexham Reserves, Broughton United, and Summerhill Albion, byes. DIVISION III. Druids Reserves v Ruabon Albion. Llanfyllin, Chirk Reserves, Oswestry United Reserves, Whit- church Alexandra, St Martins, Elesmere Town, and Whittington, byes. DIVISION IV. Welshpool Reserves, Singleton and Coles, Machyn- lleth, Barrack Rovers,Shrewsbury Railway Officials, and Llandinam, byes. Ties to be played off on or before November 10th. The first-named Club has choice of ground.
-+- FOOTBALL AT MACHYNLLETH. [BY D.T.H.] The members of the little team of this town have been so consistent in their play this season that they deserve every word of praise and encourage- ment. Veteran's" kind words and comments last week were much appreciated by the players individually, and as a result of "Veteran's" "rousing cheer," they entered the arena on Satur- day afternoon full of confidence and determined to maintain their good reputation at all costs. The College men are old antagonists, and are tough fighters too, so that it behoved the Dovey Brigade to appear at its best. Therefore the best possible eleven was put in the field to do duty for the ancient and historic Maglona. The day was an ideal one, and there was a nice sprinkling of spectators. The game proved a fast one and exciting from start to finish. There was hardly one dull moment. The long grass at one end of the field hampered the players seriously on several occasions, and the home committee should see to this at once. Mr Fielding was referee, and he performed lis work very well. The homo skipper, Humphn a, having won the toss, decided to play with the sun at his back. The game started at a fearful pace-E Humphreys and Vaughan on the left wing making things lively for the visiting custodian-whose coolness and judgment were put to a severe test. Then the College outside wingers would make a bold spurt, but only to be rudely checked by the sturdy home backs. Befo-e the game was fifteen minutes old the homesters bad had the measure of their learned opponents, and peppered away continually, but the goals would not come. The home right wing-Hughes and Humphreys- was jealously watched by 0 Green who was a tower of strength to the College. All the home forwards had several hard driving shots at goal, but the guardian of the posts was not to be caught napping, and fisted and kicked in a marvellous fashion. Towards the end of the first half the leather was rushed through the College goal in a scrimmage, being in the goal-keeper's hands-a peculiar goal, but perfectly legal and fair. The homesters were now making rings round their opponents, who seldom came over the mid-field line. Half-time came with the score one-nil in favour of the homesters. The pace did not slacken a bit in the second half-the play being dogged and fast. Green at back and the goalkeeper were the saviours of their side, for they relieved grandly time after time. After several bouts of pretty passing, and several fruitless shots at goal. Dick Hughes received the leather as the result of a beautiful bit of passing between the left-wingers and the centre-and no sooner was the ball at his toe, than he sent in a lightning stinger which found the net, and then the air was rent with a mighty shout. The College men had one or two runs towards the citadel-but that was all — nothing came of it. A capital game ended in favour of Machynlleth by two goals to nil. A very pleasant game, feught in the best spirit and temper. For the visitors the palm must be given to the goalkeeper and 0 Green, both of whom played a grand game. By the by—it was rumoured loudly in the field amongst the spectators that Green had no right to piay for the College. I am not in a position to confirm nor to contradict this statement. 1 hope it may not be true. The pick of the college for- wards was the centre, who fed his wing men care. fully and unselfishly. For the homesters, every man played for all he was worth, though I have seen the captain much more deadly in his tackling than on Saturday, but he got into his old stride before the end of the game. Weaver was off colour in the first half but improved towards the end. Hughes and Humpreys on the right were too carefully watched to have many chances of exhibiting their sprinting capabilities. Hughes dallied a bit too much with the ball at times, but his play on the whole was very pretty. Vaughan and Humphreys were very dangerous and speedy, Vaughan out-stripping his opponents several times. The best half on the field was little Jack Edwards, who is a deadly tackier, runs like a hare, and is fof pluck and dash. He is a great i urite itli the crowd. 0 Morris and Evans at back played a superb game and only miskicked once or twice. They are both as hard as nails, f and very difficult to pass.. Holt, in goal, was half starved, and did not have a single shot to negoti- ate. Bob Humphreys, centre-forward, was as good as ever. The Machynlleth County School eleven play the Aberystwyth County School on Saturday at Aber- ystwyth.
4 FOOTBALL FIXTURES. The matches are played on the ground of the first-mentioned club. NOVEMBER. 24 Oswestry United v Welshpool 24 Llanfyllin v Welsbpool Reserve DECEMBER. 26 Welshpool y Ellesmere JANUARY. 5 Royal Welsh Warehouse v Welshpool MARCH. 24 Welsbpool v Aberystwyth OSWESTRY F.C. FIXTURES. October 27 Wrexham Away November 3 Birkenhead Home „ 10 Hudson's Away „ 17 Bangor Home December 1 New ton-le-Willows Away 11 8 Bangor Away „ 15 Welsh Cup Third Round „ 26 Buckley Home „ 29 Birkenhead Away January 5 Tranmere Rovers Away „ 12 Chirk Home „ 19 Welsh Cup 4th Round. n 26 White Star Wanderers. Home February 2 Chirk Away j, 9 Buckley Away „ 23 Welsh Cup Semi-final. March 2 White Star Wanderers Away )f 9 Welsh Cup Semi-final. }) 23 Tranmere Rovers Home „ 30 Rhyl Away April 6 Warrington Home j, 8 Welsh Cup Final -—— „ 13 Rhyl Home j, 20 Warrington .Away
THE WELSH VOTE. PROPORTIONATE REPRESENTATION. The Daily News gives the following tabulation of WelshiElection results The return of Mr Samuel Smith for Flintshire completes the Welsh elections, and it may be interesting to tabulate the general result. The high-water mark of Liberalism in Wales was in 1892, when only two Unionists were returned. The Liberal gain of four seats in the present election goes a long way towards reaching tne 1892 standard. Here are the figures showing how the 30 Welsh seats have been divided among the parties. > U L.10 1'(AJJ. UJ.IVQ.1885 1886 1892 1895 1900 I Liberal 27 23 28 22 26 Conservative 3 7 2 8 4 The Welsh results are equally favourable to the Liberals from the point of view of votes. Treating the uncontested constituencies in the way already described in our articles on the borough elections in England, we find the total number of Liberal electors to be 144,077, against 88,354 Conservatives. The following table shows how these figures com- pare with previous elections 1892 1895 1900 Liberal vote 126,993 124,295 144 077 Conservative vote.. 75,390 93,940 88,354 In Wales, alone among the divisions of Great Britain, has the growth of Conservatism been arrested, though the diminution is not, it will be seen, very large. What has carried the day for the Liberals is the great increase to the Liberal polls. This has amounted to nearly 20,000. It is a feature of our electoral system that to him that hath shall be given the party which has a great majority of voters is almost certain to obtain a yet greater majority of seats. In England this law tells in favour of the Conservatives, and creates for them their huge majority in Parliament. In Wales it tells in favour of the Liberals. Thus, if we treat the Principality as an electoral unit and allot seats in proportion to votes, we find that the Liberals would be entitled to 19 seats (instead of 26) and the Conservatives to 11 (instead of 4).
PARLIAMENT PROROGUED. At a Privy Council held at Balmoral on Thurs- day the Queen signed a proclamation farther pro- roguing Parliament for six weeks. The exact date is understood to be December 10. Early in De- tooc cember a further Council will be called, and the date of the meeting of the new Parliament will then be fixed. .—
v. R. 5TH VOLUNTEER BATTALION THE SOUTH WALES BORDERERS. REGIMENTAL ORDERS By LIEUTENANT-COLONEL E. PRYCE-JSNES, M.P., Commanding. Headquarters, Newtown, 20th October, 1900. CERTIFICATEs.-The undermentioned members of E Co (Aberystwyth Detachment) have been awarded certificates of proficiency in the order named 828 Cpl Millington, 829 L-Sergt Parkes, and 804 L- Cpt D S Jenkins. PROMOTION.— The Commanding Officer has been pleased to approve of the following promotions in E Co (Aberystwyth Detachment) :—828 Cpl Mil- lington and 829 L-Sergt Parkes to be Sergeants; and 804 L-Cpl D S Jenkins, 815 L-Cpl H J Edwards and 800 L-Cpl J T Walley to be Corporals. By Order, C WALKER, Captain, Adjutant 5th V.B. South Wales Borderers. COMPANY ORDERS. The members of the Gymnasium and Reading Room Committee at Newtown will meet at head- quarters on Tuesday next at 8 p.m. W E PRYCE-JONES, Captain, Commanding Detachment 5th V.B. S.W.B.
MARKETS NEWTOWN GENERAL, TUESDAY.—Eggs 11 to for Is butter Os to Is 3d per lb; fowls 3s Od to Os Od chickens 3s 6d to 4s 6d; ducks 4s 6d to5s0d; rabbits, Os Od to Is 6d per couple. WELSHPOOL GENERAL, Monday.—Wholesale price Butter, -d to Is 2d per lb; eggs, 11 to 0 for Is fowls, 3s Od to Os Od; chickens, 3s 6d to 4s 6d ducks, 4s 6d to 5s Od; rabbits, Os 6d to Os 9d each. LIVERPOOL CORN, TUESDAY. — Wheat, quiet trade, about Jd under Friday. 1 Northern Spring, 2 6s 4dto6s4Jd; 1 Northern Duluth, 6s 6d to 6s 6jd; 2 Kansas, 5s 10^d. Beans-Saidi, 29s 9d to 30s Od. Peas, Os Od to" 5s 81d. Oats, firm, but quiet- 2 new white, 2s 5d to 2s 7d yellow and black, 2s 2d to 2s 3d. Maize, high price, check business—new mixed, 2s 5id to 2s Sjd. Flour, unchanged. 4 2 LONDON HAY AND STRAW, TUESDAY.—Prices :— Good to prime hay, 80s to 92s 6d inferior to fair, 50s to 70s good to prime clover, 85s to 100s inferior to fair ditto, 75s Od to 80s mixture and sainfoin, 70s Od to 90s Od; straw, 28s to 38s per load. LIVERPOOL CATTLE MARKET,MONDAY.—Numbers: Beasts, 1,840; sheep, 7,116. Quotations:—Best beasts, 6d to 6jd second, 5M to 53d third, 4|d to 5kd; best Scotch sheep, Od to 8d; other sorts, 6d to 7jd lambs, 61-d to 7jd per lb. The supply 2 of cattle was larger than last week, showing an increase of 383 beasts and a decrease of 1,159 sheep and lambs. Fair demand for all classes at about late rates. BIRMINGHAM CATTLE, TUESDAY.— Slow supplies, and trade inactive. Prices ruled as follows: — Beef, Herefords, 6Jd to 7Jd; shorthorns, 6d to 6Jd bulls and cows, 4Jd to 6d 2 2 calves, 6d to 7jd wethers, 7^d to 8Jd ewes and rams, 5Jd to 6jd lambs, 71d to 8d per lb; bacon pigs, 9s 0d to 0s 0d; porkets, 10s Od to lis Od; sows, 7s 6d to 7s 9d per score. SALFORD CATTLE, TUESDAY. — At market :— Cattle, 2,886, fair demand sheep and lambs, 7,943, choice light weight scarce calves, 154, dull market. Quotations as follows: — Cattle, 5d to 6^d sheep, 6d to 8|d; calves, 5d to 7Jd per 2 '? lb; pigs, Os Od to Os Od per score. CORK BUTTER, Thursday.-Primest, -s prime, —s firsts, 91s seconds 85s kegs, —s thirds 80s kegs —s fourths 78s fifths —s; choicest—s; choice -s; superfine 96s; fine mild 90s kegs —s mild —s choicest boxes 97s choice boxes, -9. 173 cwt of fresh butter A, 98s to 97s B, 87s to 86s factory seconds, —. Total number of firkins, 348. OSWESTRY CORN MARKET, WEDNESDAY. — The following were the quotations:—White wheat (old) 4s 2d to 4s 4d white wheat (new), 3s 10d to 4s 2d per 751bs red wheat (old), 4s 2d to 4s 4d red wheat (new), 3s lOd to 4s 2d per 7blbs old oats, 16s Od to 17s Od new oats, 11s Od to 12s Od per 2001bs; malting barley, 16s Od to 18s Od; grinding barley, 13s 6 d to 14s Od per 2801bs. OSWESTRY GENERAL MARKET, WEDNESDAY.— Quotations :— Butter, Is 2d io Is 3d per lb eggs, 8 to 10 for Is beef, 6d to 8d per lb mutton, 7d to 9d; lamb, 10d to 10^d veal, 6d to 7d- pork, 6d to 8d fowls, 4s Od to 5s Od per couple ducks, 5s Od to 6s Od; rabbits, 2s 2d to 2s 4d per couple; r otatoes, Od to Is per score carrots, Id per bundle; damsons, Id to Od per quart; whinberries, 7d to 8d lb; cucumbers, 2d to 6d each; celery, 2d per stick blackberries, 2d to 3d kidney beans, 2d filberts, 6d cob nuts, 4d per lb plums, Id to 2d per quart; apples, 2s to 3s per 100; cauliflowers, 2d to 4d each. OSWESTRY WEEKLY CATTLE FAIR.—There was a good show of stock in the Smithfield on Wednes- day, prices being much the same as last week. A large clearance was effected. Messrs Whitfield and Son sold 191 cattle and calves, and 1,380 sheep and pigs Messrs Hall, Wateridge and Owen, in conjunction with Mr Doody, sold 115 cattle and calves, 32 sheep and pigs Messrs Whit- field and Batho had their usual sales. Prices ruled as follows :-Eeef, 6|d to 6|d per lb; veal, 2 4 7d to 7ijd per lb mutton, 7d to 8d per lb.; lamb, 6Jd to 7Jd per I b; pork pigs, 8s 9d to 9s Od bacon ? 2 pigs, 8s Od to 8s 6d per score. ELLESMERE, TUESDAY. -Quotations as follows Wheat (new) 12s Od to 12s 6d per 225 Ibs; barley (new), 16s Od to 18s Od per 280 lbs; oats (new), lis Od to 12s0 d per 200 lbs; butter, Is Od to Is 2d per lb eggs, 8 to 9 for Is fowls, 3s Od to 4s Od ducks, 4s Od to 5s 6d rabbits, Is 8d to 2s Od per couple; beef, about 7^d veal, about 9d mutton, 6Jd to 8d per lb damsons, Os Od to Os Od per 901bs; apples, 3s to 4s per 901bs. WHITCHURCH, FRIDAY. Wheat, 4s 2d to 4s 4d per 75 Ibs; barley, 4s Od to 4s 4d per 70 Jbp oats, 2s 9d to 3s 3d per 50 lbs; eggs, 7 to 9 for Is; butter Os lid to Is Id per 16 oz fowls, 3s Os to 4s Od ducklings, 4s Od to 4s 6d per couple potatoes, lOd per score beef, 6d to 8d; nntton, 7d to 9d lamb, 7d to 9d veal, 7dto 8d; pirk, 6Jd to 7d per 2 lb rabbits, Is 8d to Is lOd per couple apples, Jd to Id damsons, Os Od to Os Od per bushel. LEICSTER WOOL, THURSDAY.—Staplers report a fairly good inquiry, and the turnover, while less than that of last year at this time, is fully an average one, all the choicest staples of English wools, both bright and fine descriptions, passing into consumption very freely. The London sales commanded main attention, the most noticeable feature being the healthy:and sustained demand for good crossbreds, the values of which are in favour of the seller, and this fact explains to some extent the favourable demand for English wools already referred to.
CAMBRIAN RAILWAYS.—Approximate return of traffic receipts for the week ending October 21st, 1900. Miles open, 250. Passengers, parcels, horses, carriages, dogs and mails, £ 2,465; merchandise, minerals, and live stock, £2,938; total for the week, £ 5,403; aggregate from commencementof half-year, £ 122,877. Actual traffic receipts for the correspond. ing week last year: Miles open, 250. Passengers, parcels, &c., £ 2,260; merchandise, minerals, &c., £ 3,263; total for the week, £ 5,513; aggregate from commencement of half-year, £ 121,101. Increase for the week, passengers, parcels, &c., £ 205; decrease, merchandise, minerals, &c., £ 315; total decrease for the week, £ 110; aggregate increase passengers, parcels, &c., £1,820; aggregate decrease, merchandise, minerals, &c., £ 44; aggregate in- crease from commencement of half-year, £ 1,776.