IOOTBALL CHAT. [BY "LINESMAN."] There was not much doing in the local football -world last week, but much interest was centred around the result of rtfre 'Welsh Junior Cup tie at Bala. From all accounts a "very good game resulted Machynlleth just about getting home by two goals to one. I think it would be very much more satis- factory to the Towyn team if they went in for the junior competition, and although I do not imply that they are not good enough for the senior branch, the fact must be faced that they have not so far got =tny further than their first match, whereas in the junior they would probably have a lot to Pay in the concluding stages of the competi- tion, which would be more satisfactory than to be knocked out in the first or second round for the senior trophy as at present. This is, however, merely a suggestion for the committee. The further progress of Machynlleth will be watched with interest. On Saturday a, practice game was beld at the club ground with the assistance of the Intermedi- ate School team, which will enable the Rovers to keep in trim for the Dolgelley final. The fateful day is fast approaching, and the interest is getting more pronounced. It is very difficult to forecast the resuls, more especially as the teams are very evenly matched, and it will probably be a question of the best form. It is regrettable that some people attending matches of this kind cannot control their feelings, but the fact remains that they cannot, so I trust that the Dolgelley committee will take pre- cautions against any unseemly disturbance. Another point to which I should like to refer is the conduct of some players on the field who, when they hear unpleasant remarks made, would do well to take some notice. A true sportsman never utters anything in any way derogatory of his opponents. I am not referring to any particular team, because these cases exist in almost all local 0"K VlNNMO O va. WNYAA.IKFOTI playing, with as many as say, 50,000 looking on, will appreciate the thoroughly sportsmanlike quality of English football crowds. The Barmouth Wednesday came over to play off their return with the Towyn Wednesday, but this timo they were still more easily defeated, the score being 5 goals to 2. They were, however, very poorly represented and the game was consequently devoid of interest. The failure of Portmadoc at Carnarvon aroused some interest. This team is evidently keeping up ts reputation of being brilliant and mediocre by fits and starts, for they were not in it at Carnarvon and were finally defeated by 5 goals to 1. The hopes of the Coast have once again departed ia thin smoke.
♦ THE LEAGUE. 1 Goals. P. W. L. D. F. A. P Sunderland 21 13 4 4 35 23 30 Everton 21 11 5 5 41 25 27 Aston Villa 23 11 7 5 30 23 27 Blackburn Rovers 22 10 7 5 33 27 25 Sheffield United 22 10 8 4 43 29 241 Wolverhampton W. 22 9 8 5 30 35 23 Bolton Wanderers. 21 8 7 6 34 30 22 Notts Forest 23 8 9 6 28 31 22 Stoke 22 8 8 6 31 36 22 Derby County 20 7 6 7 22 20 21 Sheffield Wednesday 19 8 6 5 32 33 21 Newcastle United 20 6 6 8 29 17 20 Bury 21 7 8 6 28 26 20 Liverpool .19 6 7 6 28 24 18 Grimsby Town 21 7 11 3 20 38 17 Notts County 23 7 14 2 31 46 16 Small Heath 20 6 11 3 25 33 15 Manchester City 20 3 13 4 16 40 10
THE COMBINATION. Goals. I P. W. L. D. F. A. P. Nantwich 17 10 5 2 43 30 22 Wellington Town 16 9 4 3 29 18 21 Wrexham 12 8 0 4 36 10 20 Witton Albion 18 9 7 2 31 28 20 Oswestry United 16 7 6 3 35 25 17 *Burslem Port Vale 12 6 2 4 27 17 14 Tranmere Rovers 14 5 5 4 29 24 14 Liverpool White Star 12 6 6 0 29 26 12 Chirk 17 6 11 0 30 43 12 Bangor 12 4 5 3 24 28 11 Rhyl 12 3 5 4 23 27 10 •Chester 15 3 8 4 31 40 8 Newton- 14 2 9 3 17 53 7 Birkenhead 11 2 7 2 14 29 6 *Two points deducted for playing an ineligible man.
WELLINGTON AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. I P. W. L. D. F. A. P. Trench 5 5 0 0 26 4 10 Hadley ,8 4 3 1 17 14 9 Singleton & Cole's. 6 3 1 2 22 7 8 Bridgnorth 5 2 2 1 11 15 5 Shrewsbury R. 0. 4 2 2 0 12 11 4 Broseley 4 0 4 0 5 16 0 Welshpool 4 0 4 0 6 32 0 —
FRIENDLY MATCHES. TOWYN WEDNESDAY V. BARMOUTH WEDNESDAY. -This return fixture was played at the Csrbett Arms ground on Wednesday afternoon. The visitors turned wp short of their required number, and having to be assisted by local men, all interest in the result of the game vanished. The final resalt was Towyn Wednesday 5 goals, Barmouth Wednesday 2 goals. J
WELSH JUNIOR CUP. lFoURTB ROUND.] BALA V. MACHYNLLETH. This took place at Bala on Saturday last in perfect weather, and before a very respectable crowd. I, however, expected a much larger gate. It was, for a Fourth Round Cup Tie, an exceedingly meagre one-barely reaching the number of 150. This is not altogether to the credit of Bala foot- ball enthusiasts. Bala stepped into the Fourth Round under very favourable circumstances. What I mean by that is, that they only played one mateh which was against Corwen, so that two matches were byes or scratched. So much the better for them. Bala wa& to Machynlleth what Veteran calli a "dark horse." Some said one thing, and others said another. Some said they were a cheap lot and to be easily walked over, while others said they were a force to be reckoned with. However, putting two and two together, the Machynlleth men thought they had a soft thing on, but they very soon found out their mistake, and almost paid for their folly by being robbed of the honour of partaking in the Semi-Final. Close on 40 friends and supporters accompanied the team, and Bala was reached about 11 30. The game was timed to start at 2 15 so as to allow the visitors to reach home. Promptly to time Mr Postle blew the whistle, The sun shone brightly in the eyes of the visitors, and seriously handicapped them. Bala romped off before the Dovey men knew where they were. But it did not last long. The Bala outside left had chances time after time, but he lost his head and shot wide more than once. Morgan and Vaughan had several shots at the Bala citadel, which the home custodian grappled with manfully. He was really a good man, and saved his side time after time. The teams, on the whole, durieg the first half hour were fairly even. Bala, however, were smarter on the ball, and robbed the visitors of several chances through their alertness. The visitors' goal was hotly besieged for the first half hour, but Arnold saved well, backed up magni- ficently as he was by the backs and halves. The two shots he had to deal with he cleared easily, but his vis-a-vis the Bala custodian had a tropical time of it—and saved brilliantly time after time. Hot shots from Bob Humphreys, Dick Hughes, Holt, Billy Vaughan and Morgan, were sent in in masteriy fashion. The Bala left wing missed golden chances at this stage of the game—chances which did not come their way again. The game was very fast, but the visitors were al) over the shop," not finding their level at all. They were capable of much better things, but they failed to bring it about during the first half. At last the "cropper" came. The home cen tie-half and centre-forward were playing a superb game, and as the result of a combined rush, the centre shot, with the result that Arnold stopped the and to pass through. Tms'was goal number one for Bala amidst deafening cheers. Evans and Morris were stopping rush after rush with unerring promptness and regularity. Half-time arrived Bala one goal, Machynlleth nil. From the kick-off the visitors made very determined attacks and exhibited much doggedness as the visitors' would corner followed corner with disheartening regu- larity. Bala were fairly penned in, but no score. Four minutes and a half from the finish-when all seemed over-the ball was rushed through by Vaughan. Machynlleth pounded away for all they were worth to get the leading point, but the defence of Bala was superb. The excitement was intense. Two seconds from the end of time, Billy Evans, the risuiiig full-back, who was well up, returned with a. nice volley which dropped snugly on the Balagoal- keeprs s fingers, but he failed to clear, and the leather lodged itself in the net. Just as the leather was about to be placed for the kick-off, the Referee blew his whistle, and Machynlleth were left victors by two goals to one. Machynlleth have every reason to be proud of their performance. The shining lights of Bala were the centre-forward, centre-half, and goalkeeper. For the winners every man deserves high praise. D.T.H.
THE WELSH CUP. FOURTH ROUND: REPLAYED TIE. R.W.W. (NEWTOWN) v. WREXHAM. This replayed tie in the fourth round of the above competition came off on Wrexham Race. course on Saturday last, when there was a large crowd present. The Newtown team were without Nock, who was injured early in the week at prac- tice, thus letting in Latham (who has recently returned from South Africa), while the homesters were fully represented, Grainger (right half) and Evans (goal) reappearing. Mr R. T. Gough, Os- westry, was referee, and the gate receipts amounted to over £60. The following were the teams:- R.W.W. Goal, A Edwards; backs, Evan Rees and J Harper; halves, A Rathbone, M Pilot and Teddy Davies; forwards, J Miller, R Morris, W Tudor (centre), G Latham and W Parry. Linesman Mr A Townsend.
WREXHAM. Goal, Evans; backs, D Davies and H Blew; halves, Grainger, E Robinson and Ll Davies; for. wards, R Hughes, Gordon, W Pountney (centre), J Brookes and J Owen. Linesman, Mr J P Jones. TudoJ started the game for Newtown, the sun being in their faces. Wrexham went off like a shot and tried the visiting defence, Harper clearing. Latham was penalised, but the free-kick came to nothing. The home left essayed a nice run, but Rathbone cleared and sent to Morris, who with Parry worked the ball up, but the former shot wide when in a good position. The home forwards now swarmed round Edwards, who saved twice in quick succession amidst loud cheering, while a minute later Edwards took the ball off the toe of Gordon as be was about to shoot. Miller forced the game and wended his way through all opposition, Tudor from his centre shooting over. Foul against Pilot brought pressure upon the Newtown goal, Rathbone being conspicuous for grand defensive work. Tudor was cantering ur, but Blew was too much for him. The Wrexham backs were playing a superb game, the goalkeeper having very little work to do. Rathbone was penaliped for a foul throw, Rees conceding a corner, which resulted in the ball being headed over by Hughes. The Referee was very strict on fouls, and from one of the free-kicks I against Wrexham, R Morris gained possession, and passing to Miller, the latter raced up at top speed, W Parry meeting bis centre and banging the ball in the net amidst loud cheering, Evans having no chance whatever. Shortly after this Harper was winded, but was soon all right. The Wrexham forwards now played in grand style, forcing corner after corner, but Harper, Rees and Edwards cleared all sorts of shots. E Davies pulled up the YVrex. ham right, but the ball was sent back with a huge kick by Blew. Rathbone was a favourite with the crowd, and was often applauded for clever work, From now to half-time Wiexham were having slightly the better of the game, but try as they would Edwards could not be beaten, and the interval arrived with Newtown leading by one goal to nil. The visitors, after the interval, went off with a rush but Miller shot over the bar. Owen and Brooks brought the ball up the field, but could not pass Rathbone, who crossed to Morris. The little Newtown forward rushed off ah top speed, dodging two or three opponents, and finished up by sending the ball against the side of the net. Foul against Newtown ended in Rees having to concede a corner, Edwards clearing under difficulties. Brooks got possession but was fouled by Morris, and from the free-kick Harper had to kick out to save. Shots rained from all directions on the Newtown goal, but the defence was equal to the occasion. The bustling Kiovements of Miller and Latham got the ball down to the Wrexham goal, Parry having hard lines in heading over. The home supporters were getting excited and shouted at their pets, who responded to the call, but Alf Edwards saved bril- liantly amidst cheers. Parry and Morris worked their wav down, but Blew and Davies could not be beaten. From a return by Blew, Hughes cantered along the right, and from his centre Pountney headed into the net amidst the deafening cheers of the home supporters. Newtown forced a corner, and from the free-kick D Davies missed the ball, but Evans came to the rescue. The Wrexham men were pressing severely on the Newtown goal, but Edwards saved marvellously, being ably assisted by the backs and the halves, Teddy Davies showing a glimpse of his old form. After a short incursion to the home goal, Pountney, at the other end, ran clean through, but shot in Edwards's hands. The homesters forced a corner, but Owen missed a glor- ious chance by shooting over. A long shot from Morris nearly beat Evans, while a minute later Miller executed a run and finished up by sending in a grand shot which Evans had some difficulty in clearing. Wrexham forced a corner, and during the scrimmage the whistle went for time. The final result was as follewsR.W.W., 1 goal; Wrexham, 1 goal. Alf Edwards came in for a grand reception as he left the enclosure, and was carried shoulder high to the pavilion. The match will again be replayed at Newtown to-day (Saturday).
t PERSONAL. Mr Andrew Carnegie has commenced to build up a library for his own use at Skibo Castle. Mr Carnegie gave an indication of the classes which he desired to be represented, and the work of selection has been entrusted to Lord Acton, the Professor of History in Oxford. The books will probably number 8,000 and the total initial cost will run to £ 10,000. The books are all being bound in par- ticular bindings. At the marriage at St Margaret's, Westminster, on Saturday afternoon, of Captain Heneage, of the Grenadier Guards, and Miss Dorothy Helyar, as the newly-wedded pair passed out of the Testry they were preceded by a small drummer boy. Colonel Pryce-Jones, M.P. for the Montgomery Boroughs, was on Monday evening installed as Worshipfal Master of the Grand Masters' Lodge of Freemasons (No. 1), at the Freemasons' Tavern, Great Queen Street, London. At the installation banquet the Master's guests included the Right Hon Walter Long, the Lord Mayor of London (Sir Joseph Dimsdale), Lord Stanley, M.P., Sir Horatio Davies, General Laurie, M.P., Mr Joseph Lawrence, M.P., Sir Homewood Crawford, Sir John Monckton, Mr Edmund Cleaton (South-West London Welsh Lodge), and Mr Tincent Evans (London Welsh Lodge). Mr Walter Long and Sir Edward Clarke (who delivered a charming speech) responded to the toast of The visitors." General Laurie re- sponded to the toast of The grand officers-past and present," and the Lord Mayor replied to the toast of The past masters of the No. 1 Lodge." A very pleasant evening was spent, and the new Master started on his year of office under the most favourable an-pices. Queen A exandra will, it is expected, divide her time between Marlboraugh House and Sandringham until the third week in March, when she is going to Copenhagen on a visit to the King of Denmark and the Empress Dowager of Russia and the Duchess of Cumberland are also expected there for the Easter holidays. The three sisters will stay at Copenhagen until after the celebration of King Christian's eighty-fourth birthday on April 10. Lieut Osmond Williams is on his way home from South Africa, and is due in England on Sunday. Preparations are being made for giving him a cordial welcome at Penrhyndeudraeth. Lady Annabel Crewe-Milnes, eldest daughter of the Earl of Crewe, was married on Tuesday at St Paul's, Knightsbridge, London, to Mr Arthur O'Neill, eldeet son of Lord O'Neill. The Bishop of Bangor has taken up his residence at Aberdovey, where he is expected to remain for some months. The Countess of Aberdeen gave the first Liberal re-union of the season at her residence in Grosvenor Street, London, on Saturday evening. Among those present was Mr 0 Williams, M.P. Wednesday was the first anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria, which took place on January 22nd, 1901. Busts of Queen Victoria and of Prince Albert are about to be placed in one of the reception-rooms in the private apartments at Windsor Castle, probably in the corridor. The bust of Prince Albert was taken from a cast obtained after his death, and it has always stood in one of the late Queen's own rooms. The bust of Queen Victoria was taken early in 1862, but her late Majesty did not wish it to be seen during her lifetime, so directly it had been completed it was hidden away in the private apartments at Windsor. A few weeks ago one of Queen Victoria's old con- fidential servants was able to point out the place where the bust had been bricked up in a cavity in me of the walls nearly 40 years ago, and it was tound to be in good preservation.
• An earthquake has occurred in Mexico, and six hundred persons are reported to have lost their lives. The prize meeting of the National Rifle Associa. tion, at Baisley, of the present year is to be from Monday, July 14th, till Saturday, the 26th. The congregation of the Wilton Square Welsh Church, London, have decided to invite to the pastorate Mr Gwilvm H Havard, of the Bala Theological College. Sir Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, M.P., who had represented the EcclesaIl Division of Sheffield in the Conservative interest since 1885, died on Satur- day morning, at the age of fifty-three. He under- went an operation some days since, and although at first he seemed to be going on satisfactorily, a change for the worse occurred on Friday. j
R. 5TH VOLUNTEER BATTALION THE SOUTH WALES BORDERERS. REGIMENTAL ORDERS By LIEUTENANT-COLONEL E. PRYCE-JONES, M.P., Commanding. Headquarters, Newtown, 18th January, 1902. ENROLMENTS.—The undermentioned having been enrolled are taken on the strength of the Battalion, posted to Companies, and allotted Regimental numbers as stated against their names :—A Co. (Llanidloes) 1086 Harry Halford, 1087 John Richard Williams, and 1088 Owen Owens. E Co.: 1089 Harry L S Griffiths. CYCLISTS.-As there are vacancies in the New- town sub-section those from Newtown desirous of joining it should apply to the Adjutant as soon as possible. HAVERSACKS in future will not be worn rolled np. TRANSFERS.—339 Acting Drummer L Rees to be Acting-Bandsman, and 25 Acting-Bandsman D Jones will join the ranks. NEW FIRING EXERCISE having been issued to all Officers and Sergeants will be taken into use from this date. STRUCK OFF.—The undermentioned are struck off the strength of the Battalion :—592 Pte R Morgan, B Co. (Montgomery), and 438 Pte H Jones, F Co. APPOINTMENT. — The Commanding Officer has been pleased to approve the following: 1010 Pte Morris H Owen, A Co. (Llanidloes), to be Lance- Corporal. By Order, 0 WALKER, Captain, Adjutant 5th V.B. South Wales Borderers.
STATE CEREMONIAL. The King's Procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminister on Thursday was attended by the same ceremonial as in Febrnary last. There was the same Military display aimilar, if perhaps leas numerous, crowds lined the route; and the same loyal enthusiasm characterised the whole proceed- iugs. In advance of their Majesties came the Prince and Princess of Wales in a State carriage, escorted by Royal Horse Guards, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, Princess Victoria, and the Duke of Cambridge, all being warmly cheered. The Royal Household occupied five State carriages, drawn by teams of six horses. Following these were the King's Marshal-men, and then the King's footmen in State liveries. The State coach was preceded by half of the escort of the 2nd Life Guards, and followed by the remainder, who gave the Royal salute as their Majesties, at a quarter to two o'clock, emerged from Buckingham Palace and took th»ir seats in the State coach, which, drawn by eight cream-coloured horses, proceeded along the Mall, through the Horse Guards, to Whitehall, and along Parliament-street to the Victoria. Tower of the Palace of Westminister. The King and Queen, who bowed in response to the popular wel- come at almost every stage of their journey, were received by the High Officers of State, and by them escorted to the Robing Room, whence they passed to the House of Lords, where Parliament was formally opened. At the close of the ceremony, their Majesties returned in the State coach to Buckingham Palace, amidst fresh outbursts of enl husiasm.
A FAMILY OF CORDWAINERS. MR. CHAMBERLAIN'S ANCESTRY. In view of the presentation of an Address to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, it is interesting to recall the close connection existing for many years past between Mr Joseph Chamberlain's family and the Cordwainers' Company. In 1740 the first member of the familv, William Chamber- lain, was admitted to the Company, serving the office of Master in 1769, and becoming the "Father" in 1787, having been on the Court for twenty-two years. His son William became a member when his father was the Master, and was a member of the Court for 42 years, for 20 of which he ranked as the Father." His brother Joseph became a member in 1778, served the office of Master in 1803, and was on the Court for 41 years. His son William was admitted in 1794, and was elected on the Court in 1823. Joseph Chamberlain, a son of the first Joseph Chamberlain, and the father of the present Colonial becretary, joined the Company in 1817, and served on the Court for 31 years, when he retired to Birmingham. His brother Richard who was admitted in 1819, and was the Master in 1847, served on the Court for 20 years. A brother of the last-named Richard became a member of the Company in 1820, but died in 1862. The Colonial Secretary joined the Company in 1857, and sub. sequently, feur of his brothers were admitted while, several years ago, his son, Mr Austen Cham. berlain, was elected on the Livery. The last of the family to join was Mr William Chamberlain, whose grandfather was the Master of the Company when Captain Cook discovered Botany Bay. The various members of the family, as may be judged from the record, have been amongst the staunchest sup- porters of this ancient Guild. They are, too, well represented in the plate of the Company. William Chamberlain, in 1794, left the Company a legacy of £ 100, which was spent in providing a tea urn to add to the plate. Other gifts included X100 from William Chamberlain, in 1826, which purchased two wine coolers. Further, the present Mr Joseph Chamberlain, in conjunction with his family, con- tributed to the collection a handsome silver-gilt two-handled cup, weighing 318oz. The last addi. tion was made by Mrs Richard Chamberlain, in memory of her husband, and consisted of a hande some silver cigar box.—City Prets.
At Plaistow near London on Saturday morn M an oil lamp fell from a hook in the ceiling and exploded, and three children were fatally burned Other members of the family very narrowly escaped the same terrible fate. Through the overturning of a lamp at Kirkmichael, Ayrshire, on Saturday an aged couple lost their lives. Printed and Published by David Rowlands, at 21, Berriew Street, Welshpool, in the County of Montgomery, and at Towyn, in the County of Merioneth.—Thursday, January 23, 19C2.