FOOTBALL. THE LEAGUE. GoaJs. p. W. J., D. F. A. PTS. Sheffield United.. 19 11 6 2 32 21 24 West Bromwich. 18 il 5 2 35 2o 24 Derby County 18 11 5 2 34 23 Notts County 19 9 4 6 22 21 24 Sheffield W'u'day 19 11 7 1 31 23 23 I1? *9° 6 2 27 18 20 1? I 5$I ? ? 6 | | Everton 20 7 9 4 30 29 Is Aston Yilla 17 7 7 3 29 23 17 Newcastle United 17 7 8 22 25 lo Middlesbrough. 18 6 9 3 27 15 BlackburnRovers 19 5 12 2 23 40 12 Grimsby 18 2 10 6 24 38 10 Bolton Wand. 19 0 16 3 18 55 3 THE COMBINATION. Goals, P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS. Witton Albion 18 10 2 6 37 23 26 Wrexham 14 12 1 1 43 7 25 Oswestry 14 8 4 2 37 20 18 NaRtwich 15 8 5 2 31 27 18 BurslemPortYale 14 6 5 3 39 26 15 Birkenhead 12 7 4 1 24 18 15 Chester 14 5 5 4 30 24 14 Middlewich 15 4 6 5 18 36 13 White Star Wand. 10 5 4 1 13 15 11 Winsford 16 4 10 2 32 43 10 *Bangor 13 4 6 3 27 39 9 N'ton-le-Willows. 14 4 9 1 28 51 9 Rhyl 10 4 6 0 25 25 8 Chirk 11 3 7 1 17 29 7 Tranmere E/Overa 16 2 12 2 16 44 6 Two points deducted for playing an ineligible man.
FRIENDLY MATCHES. BALA PRESS V. QUEEN'S ROAD MISSION, LIVER- ,q POOL. -This match took place at Bala on Boxing Day, it being the second visit of Queen's road to play the Press, when they were then beaten by goals to 2. The Press were lacking the services of Trevor Lewis, which necessitated D. M. Davies, the left full back, playing right half, and E. T. Jones came in to fill the place of Davies. The visitors were fully represented. The homesters won the toss an A elected to defend the Town goal with a strong wind. The referee was selected from the visitors' supporters and I may state here that he proved a little partial to the visitors, especially before the concluding stages of the game. Good play was oat of the question with such a wind blowing. Very even play continued for the first 15 minutes after which the home team began to pres-s, and Birks and Harris resorted to kicking out tactics. Brookes saved splendidly a long shot from Tom Hughes. The last named player got hurt about t his time, but was able to resume after having- his leg bandaged. Shortly before half-time Leary see red a olever goal No further scoring took place when half- time arrived with tha Press leading by one to goalkeepers being called upon in turns. Parry was loudly cheered for having caught a grand shot from under the bar at short range. Rylands, shortly afterwards, equalised from a serins mage in front of goal. By this time the wind blew stronger and every appearanca of the storm coming on was not very far off. Nevertheless, the homesters were not long in asserting themselves, the half-hacks especially playing a sterling game. The last 15 minutes was very trying to the visitors' defence, the ball being continuously in front of their citadel. Once Dick Evans claimed a penalty and afterwards a corner, but all to no purpose. When time arrived the game was left drawn, 1 goal each. The following were the teams :—Bnla Press: Goal, T. O. Parry; backs, J. W. Roberts, and E. T. Jones; half-backs, D. M. Davies, R. H. Williams, and H.R. Davies; forwards, Tom Hushes. E. LI. Edwards, Dick Evans, J. D. Leary, and J. H. Lloyd. Queen's Road Mission: Goil, Brookes; backs, Birks and Harris; half-baeb, Geldart, D. Bain, and E. Wild man; forwards. Rylands, Moore, W. Bain, Ramsay and Kelly.
WELSHPOOL Y. BEDFORD A.F.C. On the Town ground on Saturday Welshpool played Bedford A.F.C., winners of the Liverpool District League. The weather being beautifully fine and the homesters having on the previous day gained a victory over Aberystwyth a good number of spectators assembled to again cheer them to victo-y. Mr G. Parry was in command of teams which were as follows WELSHPOOL. Bob Hamergoal, R. Heath and Pritchard backs, H. Evans, Tuker and Walter Davies halves, Miller, G. Morgan-Owen, Whithers, T. Davies and Jack Evans. BEDFORD Watson goal, Patrick and Anderson backs, Noland, Cooper and Watson halves, Watson, Beavers, Mitchell, Kay tin and Beavers. The visitors winning the toss decided to play down with the wind in their favou Several good runs were made on both sides Jack Evans putting in good centres, some of which were sent buzzing at the goal but were cleverly stopped by Watson. After some pretty work in midfield the homesters worked their way up and from exciting play in the goal mouth T. Davies scored amid cheers. This seemed to liven the visitors and they tried hard to equalise. The left wing showing good work sent in a long shot which would certainly have gone in bad not Heath fisted out. A penalty was given but Hamer cleared. The leather now was travelling from one end to the other. Both goalkeepers were in grand trim, Watson bringing off borne marvellous saves but was beaten with a surprise shot from Miller. At this stage Morgan-Owen put in some very good The interval arrived with Pool leading by two to nil. On rts mis g Heath changed places with Hamer. The leaguers were now kept, within the halfway line, now and thin having a run v.p, but only scored once through Heath un- ing out of his goal. F'om a cross by Evans T Davies again scored. Welshpool were not yet satisfied and kept on trying to add to their score. Several corners were forced Miller putting right across the month of the goal but Whithers missed by inches. The full backs playing a good plucky game saved the visitors from a much heavier defeat. Walter D-:<uss tried hard to Bcore and suaceeded with a high shot which dropped a few inches under the cross-bar. After a long bombardment Whithers scored number five. The last two goals were well tried by Watson but were quite out of reach. Daring the bombardment the home halves, Evans, Tucker and Walter Davies played a splendid game, the way they were placing the ball was all that could be desired. The backs also played their part in breaking up the flying columns very well. Welshpool tried hard to register their sixth but failed, time arriving with the score, Welshpool 5, Bedford 1.
THE WELSH CUP. [THIRD ROUND.] ABERYSTWYTH v. OSWESTRY UNITED. This replayed tie came joff at Aberystwyth on Saturday. It will be remembered that the teams made a draw of one goal each at Oswestry, and interest in the game was very keeu. The teams were— ABERYSTWYTH. Goal, C. White; backs, Joel Rowlands and 0. Green; halves, G. Green, J. Barson and Bevan forwards, T. Rees, A. Jenkins, Ivor Evans, O. James, and J. Edwards. OSWESTRY UNITED. Goal, C. Parry; backs, J Morgan and Richards halves,'Tabor, T. Parry, and Jones; forwards, A. Pierce,' Smallwood, Percival, Hammond, and Ralph Jones. Referee, Mr Postle. The home team won the toss and allowed their opponents to kick off with the wind at their backs. This upon consideration seems to have been mis. taken policy, for even supposing the breeze would have increased at sunset the throwing away of so nseful an assistant as a strong wind in the first half of a cup match is nothing less than foolishness, as it proved to be. The visitors were not by any means the clever players they were expected to be, and during the first halt the home eleven held them in their ground and C. Parry was called upon to clear his goal on more than one occasion, The defence of the home team was really good, but with the except ion of the left wing they might just as well have beeu without any forwards. Jack Edwards and James did some creditable work, and the shots sent in by this wing were suroag and sure. Rees did get a couple of shots in, but these did not make up by any means for the alack way in which his wing and the centre showed Lp. Teddy Evans should have been left is the frons rank, Barson should have taken the centre, and Brotherton brought into the half-back line. If this had been done Oswestry would have been whipped for their defence was far from safe and a sharp couple of forwards could have ran r riJlgs rou i L hacks. The goal scored by Oswes- tiy in the tiJL'ot half was a soft sort of goal and so was the second in the last Half, the latter being apparently due to a misunderstanding. Aber- ystwyth found the net three times but none of the goals were allowed, and they were thus defeated by two t) none. The Oswestry forwards played a careful game and used their thinking powers more than their opponents, who unfortunately for their side never used their heads and some rarely their feet. It is iuat .as well. an1mft £ and watt r style of play, and iu eayiug this one does not mean to say that a rough style of play is essen- tial, but what is really necessary is dash and go without cessation, and it will be found that it is the pace that tells and the pace that generally wins. With the indifferent defence opposed to them Aberystwyth should have won easily had they made up the team in the way indicated above; as it was on the day's play the best team won, and Oswestry have to thank Parry for the way he saved the few shots sent in.
THE WELSH AMATEUR CUP. [THIRD ROUND."] LLANIDLOES v. NEWTOWN NORTH END. Great interest centred in this match, which took place at Llanidloes on Saturday. There was a large attendance, the gate receipts amounting to nearly £ 8. Both teams were confident; and it ia interest- ing to note that whilst the North Enders took matters easily during the holidays, the Llanidloes men had defeated Llandinam 6-1 on Christmas Day, and Bedford 8-0 on Boxing Day. The teams lined up, under the charge of Mr H. Smith, Welsh- 1 pool, as under :— NvRTH END. Goal, Eagles; bauke, S. Morgan and Pritehard halves, Hamer, C. Jones and R. Evans; forwards, W. Nook, H. Humphreys, Pilot, P. Little and Phillips. LLANIDLOES. Goal, Eyans backs, C. Smith and Morgan halves, D. Jones, E. V. Davies, and T. Jones,; for- wards, W. H. Hughes, E. Jones, Hewitt, J. Jones, and J. Hampton. Newtown won the toss and played down the slope. The home custodian was first called upon and saved from Phillips. The ball travelled quickly from end to end without either goalkeeper handling, mainly swing to the good play of the backs, Nock forced a corner, but before the ball was got away a penalty was awarded Newtown for hands against Hughes. Nock took the kick, the ball striking the upright and rebounding into play, eventually going behind. Morgan placed nicely in the North Eadgoal mouth, and one of the home forwards put over- the bar with a tbeatitiful shot. Smith stopped Phillips, and E. Jones and Hughes got up by pretty passiug, but, bciug ham- pered, the latter sent behind. Newtowll were awarded another penalty for E. Jones handling, Nock was again entrusted with the hick and although J. Jones touched the ball with his fingers it roiled into the net, and North End were one up 20 minutes from the start, The homesters played well after this. Jones got away and a corner accrued, J. Hampton placing on the net. Newtown right got down but were neaily pulled up by Morgan, who wal playiDg (1 deier genae at back. Davies worked a nice opening but J. Jonos misted a splendid chance of equalising. Another corner fell to Newtown but Evans saved. Through a mistake by the home backs, Pilot again scored for Newtown and the interval arrived with North End leading by 2 goals to 0. On resuming matters lo -k-d black f jv the homesters, but playing down the slope they had tf e advantage E. Davies shot in and Hewitt rushed ball and goalkeeper into the net and Llani loes scored their first goal. Hampton ran along the left and shot behind. J. Jones afterwards shot across goal, and Hughes had a splendid chance but slipped just as he was about to shoot. Llan- idloes were forcing the game, but Morgan, C. Jones and II. Evans were splendid in defence. The ball 'continued hovering about North End goal, and J. Jones equalised the score, the ball going through the custodian's legs. Exciting play followed; Newtown got up and forced two corners in succes- sion, which were cleared. Hughes got away, but Eagles ran out and removed danger. Two corners fell to Llanidloes, but nothing resulted. North End light were prominent, but were beaten by Morgan. There was no holding the homesters at this juncture, and E. Jones gave them the lead with the best shot of the day, amidst, tremendous excitement. Newtown were not quite done with, and Little and Phillips were dangerous. Hampton got away, but was ruled off-side. Play was in home quarters, Clem Jones shooting in. Morgan clearing. The visitors tried hard to save the game, bat nothing further was scored, and a hard feught game ended with the score Llanidloes 3, North End 2.
--+- ABERYSTWYTH BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The fortnightly meeting of the Guardians of the Aberystwyth Union was hed on Monday. Preocnt, Mr Hugh Hughes (chairman), Rev. John Davies (vice-chairman), Mrs Colloy, Mrs Evan,, Rev. T. A. Penry Messrs D. James, J. S. Joues, M. D. Williams, T. E. Salmon, Rd. James, B. E. Morgan, J. Parry, Ed. Jones, D. Davies, John Davies, John Jones, Evan Jones, Dl. Jones, Wm. Davies, Evan Lewis, Rev. J. Morgan Lewis, Rd. Thomas, Thos. James, J. Roberts, with Mr Hugh Bughes, clerk, and Mr Llewellyn, deputy clerk. AN OLD PENSIONER. An old pensioner who had fought with the 88th regiment on the heights of Alma appeared before the Board and asked what the Gu.irdims iiltendpd charging him for his keep in the House. He had been in the House since Oct. 18th and had during that time done duty at the gates as poiter. He t.o a pension of £ 4 lis for the quarter. In answer to a question he said that (he House was clean and comfortable but he wanted to go out to have his freedom.—The Board discussed the ques- tion, and on the motion of Air Salmon decided to charge him P,2 for his keep; the avtiaire cost per head working out at 5s 4d per week a slight reduc- tion was made in his ease. NEW AUDITOR. The Clerk reported that Mi J. E. Pugh Jones had been appointed auditor in p!ace of Mr Williams who had been removed to Manchester. YAGEANTS. P.S. Phillips reported that owin¡,¡' to the work- house closing at 6 p.m. a number of vagrants failed to obtain admission and they were found with beds at the expense of the guardians at the common lodging houses. The vagrants ea:d that Aberyst- wyth was the only workhouse which closed so early as six o'clock and, as a cosequenoe, ihey could not finish their tasks at Machynlleth and Aberayroa and reach there in time for admi.sion. lie ask'd for instructions.-—The Board referreJ the letter to the House Committee.—Later on when the Reliev- ing Officer asked for confirmation of tha payments made to the assistant officer, Mr S"lm m expressed the opinion that the sergeant of p idee ought to find out if the workhouse was full before sending the tramps to a common lod-»;ng-house.—TJ • Chairman said that if there was 8ulv one (ramp in the honse none could be admitted after 6 p.m. OUT-RBLIJEF. During the past two weeks the fellowiug amounts wertpaid in out-relief: Per Mr J. J. Hught s, £46168 to 142 recipients; per Mr T. Vtiughm, £ 61 16s 61 to 172 recipients; psr Mr T. Morgin, £ 58 lis 6d to 165 recipients. MASTER'S KKPORT. The Mister reported that, there wn'e 48 inmates in the House as compared with 43 in the fame period of 1901. During thepust. two weeks 41 tramp* had been relieved compared with 31 in the same period of last year. The inmates were treat-id to special Chiistmas meals on CI. ristmns day find gilt-* were received from Mrs McPhie, Mrs Murray, Mr T. Owen, Mr Mcllquham, Mr L. Beaaie, Councillor R. Peake, and Mr J. Roberta, Terrace ria-d. The usual votes of thanks were passed. GRANTS OF MONEY. It having trauspired inth., course of the mor.iicg that certain grants made by .c i 'vi; g officers had never been refsnded, the officeis were iiireoted to bring in a report and l'st of th pardonscoucermud, with a view to the recovery of tl1,) snnn due if need be, by entering tkem in the County Court.
The Morning Post states that tie mainag0 arranged between Harry Arthur Clift >n, 7th Dragoon Guards, third son of the late Thomas Henry Clifton, of Lytham Hail, Lytham, and Lady Drummond of Hawthorndeu, and Gladys, socond daughter of the late Sir Griffith Evans, K.C I.E and of Lady Evans, of Lovesgrove, Aberystwyth, will take place very quietly at Llanbadarn Fawr, on January 6. Printed and Published by David Rowlands, of 21, Berriew Street, Welshpool, in the County of Montgomery, and at Towyn, in the County of Merioneth.—Thursday, January 1, 19C3.
CORWEN V BALA PRESS. These old rivals met at Corwen on Saturday, Bala Press being conveyed in a special train, and were accompanied by about 80 supporters, great interest being taken in the match. The weather was all that could be desired, with the exception that a very strong wind prevailed. The visitors won the toss, and decided to play with the wind in their favour. As soon as the kick-off was given it was noticed that the rumour of the homesters' splendid condition and strength was no idle boast. They started well, and were several times, though fighting against a terrible wind, in close proximity to the homester's goal, but Parry, Roberts and Davies were there to see that they did not come too close. A little midfield play was then indulged in, followed by a rush by Bala towards their opponents' goal. Tom Hughes, the visitor's outside right, sent a terrific shot towards goal, but the home custodian felt quite happy there and cleared with his fists. Corwen followed the ball and pressed rather heavily, but were repulsed several times, Lewis, Williams, and Davies, of the visitors, proving themselves equal to the occasion. Many opportunities of scoring were given on both sides, but they proved futile. The ball, after some play in front of the visitor's goal, was sent by their defence towards the Corwen goal, when Tom Hughes with a clinking" shot, scored the first goal for Bala. This was received with loud continued cheers. Corwen then played with a dash, and showed some plucky spirit. It was not long, however, before Dick Evans, the visitor's gallant captain, got the leather, and with one of his famous abets, notched the second goal for his side. Shortly after the whistle sounded for half-time, when Bala were leading by two goals to nil. On resuming play, Corwen's spirit, in spite of the goals against them, did not drop, and they plaved a plucky game. Bala were now in bigh spirits. The two goals scored had given them hope, and another thing—they were now playing against the wind, which is their safeguard. We canootsay that Corwen p'ayed so well during this half as the first, but they managed to score their first goal amidst t V goai wss scored Bala were seen to fight as for their very lives to prevent another. Edwards, Leary and Lloyd playing a great game, Leary scored the third for Bala within a few minutes of time being up. When the whistle sounded the Balaites cheered and cheered, and the Press were escorted to the town amidst the greatest enthusiasm. Buth teams were in fine form, and we have never before seen such good play by Corwen. They have showed spirit and energy well worth seeing, and this match, we feel sure, was the best ever played on TyndJol Park. Every possible fairness was given to both teams by the referee, Mr Arthur Lea, of Wrexham, and the better team won. On the arrival of the train at Bala ou Saturday it was met at the station by a vast crowd, and the team was escorted through the street, the crowd singing, Hurrah for the Bala Press." They deserved it.
j-- The Parliamentary Register of voters for the Montgomery Boroughs was issued from the Town Clerk's Office, Montgomery, on New Year's Day. The fodiwing is a comparison of the numbers for the two years, 1902 and 1903:- 1902.' 1903. Llanfyllin 170 162 Llanidloes 463 474 Machynlleth 376 400 Montgomery 230 222 Nesvtown 1119 1124 Welsbpool 880 846 Total 3238 3228 One of the most remarksble cities in the world is Kelburg, near Cracow, Puland, for, besides being situated underground, it is excavated entirely in rock salt. The inhabitants, to the number of over 3000, &re of course workers in the famous salt mit.es and all the streets and houses are of the puiist white imaginable. One of the most famous features of the city is the cathedral, carved in salt and lighted with electric lights, and when the late Tsar Alexander yisited it eleven years ago he was so facin- ated with the magnificent effect of the light upon the crystal walls that he presented the cathedral with a jewelled altar cross. Such a thing as in- fectious disease in unknown in Kelburg; in fact, the majority of the inhabitants die of old age. A London correspondent publishes the fol oving aneodote of the late Archbishop Temple:—"May I add one to the stories that are being recorded of the late Archbishop of Canterbury? It is nl arty thirty years old, but I do not think it ever became public. Soon after he was appointed Bishop of Exeter be came to my father's rectory for a con- firmation. My eldest sister wa.s just old enough to come down to dinner, and her proud mother could not resist telling the Bishop of kur u.-e'ulne^s in the parish. 'vVherever I go,' replied Dr Temple, 'I find a rector, a di-rector '-indicating my mother and a misdirector, indicating my sister. And when your Lordship c. mes,' replied my mother, with a profound obeisance, we have a cor-rector.' The future Archbishop, who could say a hard thing but knew when he had got his answer, flung his head back and filled the room with his laughter. Yet it is rather in oar family than elsewhere that the story has been kept alive."
MR. CHAMBERLAIN IN AERICA. Mr Chamberlain, accompanied by Mrs Chamber- lain, asd the members of his snite arrived at Dur- ban in tha Good Hope on Saturday, when some- remarkable scenes took place. Crowds waited for hours to see the Colonial Secretary, and cheers him wildly when he appeared. He spent the day in conferriag with different persons, and in t ie evening dined privately at the hotel. An immense crowd assembled, and in response to their enthusi- asm Mr Chamberlain appeared on the balcony &]ad made a speech, in which he spoke of the keener interest now manifested by the mother country in colonial affairs, aud urged that-, on the other hand, the colonies should show a, full Eense of fehsrir obliga- tions to the Empire, whoso foundations, hesrawi.were based upon mutual help. Mr and Mrs Cinasiber- lain left at two o'clock on Sunday for Pietermaritz- burg, and were given an enthsiastic send-off. The Birmingham Daily Mail having forwardt-d to Mr Chamberlain, in the name of bi1 constituents,» message wishing him and Mrs Chamberlain a. Merry Christmas," has received the following tele- gram in reply from the Marine Hotel, Durban • Thanks for good wishes, which are heartily i eei- proeated to all in Birmingham,-OHAMB:&RLAIN." A Standard correspondent telegraphs that Mr Chamberlain is extremely g atified by the warmth of his reception on Friday. The Colonial Secretary is adding to his popularity every hour, and he and his wife are received enthusiastically wherever they go. Replying to deputations which waited on him on Saturday, Mr Chamberlain said that the Federation of South Africa was bound to come, but the time was not yet. He would represent to Lord Milner the desirability of summoning a coiiferaiiee to deal with the question of a union of Customs at-d Railways. Mr Chamberlain was on Monday presented with an address welcoming him to Pietermari zburg. In reply he said he hoped his visit would help on the progress of the idea the realisation of which was desired by the whole Empire—namely, federation. He urged all to rise to a highar Imperial patriotism, and to bear each other's responsibilities as weli liS to enjoy mutual privileges.