fluMw Comfrattws, &C. A Home industrial business, with present sales and trade contracts, according to the Report of Messrs Izard and Izard, below set forth, for the supply of Maypole Soap, at the rate of over eight million tablets per annum, which should yield profits equal to 227,058 per annum, with the prospect in the immediate future of much larger returns. Application for 50,000 Shares have been received or guaranteed. THE MAYPOLE COMPANY, -t. LIMITED (whole world rights), as below mentioned. Incorporated under the Companies Acts, 1862 to 1993. CAPITAL, £ 200,000, di7ided into 50,000 B7 per cent. Cumulative Prefer. ence Shares of Cl each (Preferential as to Capital and Dividends), and 150,000 Ordinary Shares of £1 each, for both of which Subscriptions are now invited. The Vendors stipulate foi the right to call for an allotment of not less than one-third of the entire issue -of each class of Shares, being the largest amount allewed by the rules of thr, Stock Exchange. The Shares are payable as follows 2s 6d on application 7s 6d on allotment and the balance, when required, in calls of not more than 5s at intervals of one month. It is proposed to pay the interest on the Preference Shares half-yearly. The Articles of Association provide that no Debentures shall be created without the consent of the majority of the holders of Preference Shares present at a meeting specially convened for the purpose of obtaining such sanction. DIRECTORS. V. M. HOLT-BEEVBR (Chairman Maypole Soap Syndicate, Limited, 67, Eaton-terrace, London, S.W. EBNEST C. BUSS (Director of Mellin's Food, Limi. ted), Marlboro' Works, Peckham, London, S.E. GEORGE GRAY (Director Clarke, Nickolls, and Coombs, Limited), Firwood Bury, Tunbridge Wells. ft. O. JOHNSON (Fassett and Johnson, British Depot for Sapolio, Snow-hill, E.C.). ARTHUR H. DEAKIN (Managin? Director Maypole Soap Syndicate, Limited), 98 and 99, High Holborn, London, W.C. bankers. The CRY BANK, LIMITED, Threadneedle-street, London, E.C. Holborn Circus and other branches. The LONDON AND SOUTH WESTERN BANK, LIMITED, Bloomsbury, London, W.C., and other branches. SOLICITORS. DE MORTIMER McLNTOSH, 59 and 60, Chancery. lane, London. W.C. B. B SIMEON. 80, Chancery-lane, London, W.C. AUDITORS—MELLORS, BISDEN, and CO., Char. tered Accountants, 33, St. Swithin's-lane, London, B.C. SECRETARY (pro tem.).—E. E. MURRAY. REGISTERED OFFICES.—93 and 99, High Holborn, London, W.C. ABRIDGED PROSPECTUS. This Company is formed to acquire, work, and ex- tend, both at home and abroad, the successful and valuable business and rights of Ma.ypole Soap, and provide adequate working capital to cope with its marvellous growth. Maypole Soap may be said to be unique, and ts a proved success, it being a greater novelty than the majority of Soaps upon the market. It not only washes and thoroughly (-Ieanses the fabric, but also simultaneously and permanently dyes the same almost any desired colour or tint. The word Maypole" has been registered as part of trade mark, or applied for in nearly every civilised eountry, both in respect of Soap and other kindred Articles, and is daily becoming more valuable, and bids fair to be soon world renowned. Maypole Soap was practically only put upon the ■arket in January last, the advertising, which has been on a moderate scale, commencing towards the end of that month the result has been a phenomenal and striking success, the demand largely increasing month by month, showing already upon present Sales and Contracts (as per Messrs Izard and Izard's Report) profits at the rate of no less than £ 27,058 per annum, without allowing for any increased sale, and this Wonld be sufficient to pay dividends on 50,000 Cumulative Preference Shares at 7 per cent £5,500 160,000 Ordinary Shares at 12 per cent. £18,000 Rel,500 waving £5,558 as a margin for Administration Ex- penses, Reserves, etc., &c. jyjAYPOLE SOAP, J^JAYPOLE SOAP, MAYPOLE SOAP. Messrs Mellors, Basden and Co., Chartered Accoun- tants, of St. Swithin's Lane, E. C., in their report state Having examined your Books for the nine months ing September 30tli, 1896, we and that the sales of Maypole Soap in the United Kingdom and the Colonies daring that period have been as follows :— 1896. 1896. I January 1,122 doz. April 6,072 doz. February 3,312.. May. 10,953 „ March 5.893 June 12,483 „ 1st Quarter 10,327 doz. 2nd Quarter 29,508 doz. 1896. July 16,783 doz. August 17,632 „ September., 24,627 „ 3rd Qaarter 59,042 doz. Mr Athelstan Dangerfleld, Chartered Accountant, 1:1 and 18, BasinghaJl-street, London, E.C., in his I report states as follows on the American and Foreign Tmde The Sole Consignees thereby appointed for their respective countries agree to purchase stipulated laantities of Maypole Soap (in some cases on a '«r*«es8ive scale). The minimum quantities specified km the Contracts already entered into will, when the Contracts are fully operative, amount to 6,990 dozen yer week. The Contracts are for periods of five or ten years, •ad contain varying conditions as to their prior Jerermination or extension. With reference to the combined Profits of the Home, Colonial, and Foreign Trade. Messrs Izard and Izard, I 8f 52. Gracechurch-street, E.C., Trade Accountants tfund Valuers to the Grocery and Drysaltery Trade, in their report state We find after providing ample margin for advertis- tog, depreciation of patents, reserves and all working md other expenses, except Directors' fees, that the .profits upon- The Home and Colonial Trade, J as per September last. 6,156 doz. per week. 4 'HThe American and Foreign Trade (as per Contracts) 6,990 doz. per week. ) Total 13,146 doz. per week. should be equal, on the basis of the past advertising expenditure and the terms of the above-mentioned contracts, to a net profit of En-,058 per annum. Wo also find that upwards ef 50 per cent, of the 1 present orders are repeat orders, and that the trade is an the increase. j Taking, therefore, the net profits as per the fore- going certificate at £ 27,058 per annum (sufficient to j pay the Preference Dividend nearly eight times over), and without making allowance for any increase, I although the Colonial and Foreign Trade is quite in its Infancy, the directors have every reason to believe that the profits will be amply sufficient to pay the J above-mentioned dividends of 7 per cent. on the Pre- ference Shares and 12 per cent, on the Ordinary Shares < while a further large increase in the present rapid ] growth of the business is anticipated forthwith, owing j Jo the fact that since the above results were obtained, Maypole Soap, which has hitherto only been recom- I Bended for dyeing Silk, Satin, and Cotton Goods, Ac., tit now made to dye Wool, or Mixtures of Cotton and J Wool. JlT A YPOLE SOAP, T%T AYPOLE SOAP, ? MAYPOLE SOAP. « Ample provision has been made for a sufficiency of 1 Working capital—50,000 Shares being available for this I purpose. The Directors propose, on the closing of the | lists, immediately to proceed to allotment, applica- tions for 50,000 Shares having been received or guaranteed. The Vendors are the Promoters, there being no in. termediate profit, and all the preliminary expenses up to and including Allotment will be paid by them. • The purchase price has been fixed by the Vendors at £ 150,000, payable in Cash or Shares, Preference or Ordinary, at the option of the Directors. subject to the right of the Vendors to call for one-third of the entire issue of each class of Shares the Vendors are, however, willing to accept the whole of the purchase consideration in Shares if required. For Contracts see full Prospectus. Application will be made to the Compoittee of the I Stock Exchange for a. settlement and quotation in the | muuiai 11". | Where no allotment is made the deposit will be at once returned in full, and where a less number of i Shares is allotted than that applied for the balance j Will be credited in reduction of' the amount due on j allotment. j Applications may be made on the form below and j forwarded to the Bankers or Secretary of the Company, | together with a deposit of 2s 6d per share. The contract for sale, and copies of the Memorandum and Articles of Association, and the reports may be j lien at the offices of.the Company. 4 4th December, 1896. I THE MAYPOLE COMPANY, LIMITED, a Form of Application for Shares. 1 JW the Directors of A THE MAYPOLE COMPANY, LIMITED. | i 93 and 99, High Holborn, London, W.C. i§ Gentlemen, 1 JW the Directors of A THE MAYPOLE COMPANY, LIMITED. | i 93 and 99, High Holborn, London, W.C. i§ Gentlemen, I Having paid to the Company's Banker! The I City Bank, Limited, the sum of £ being a j deposit of 2s 6d per Share on Shares of £ 1 I aach in the above-named Company, I request you to ■J allot me that number of Shares, and I agree to accept I fee same or any smaller number that may be allotted la me, subject to the Memorandum and Articles of 1 Association, and npon the terms of the Company's *j Prospectus dated the 4th day of December, 1896; and J I authorise you to place my name on the Register ef i Members in respect of the Shares so allotted to me, 1 and I agree to pay the further instalments upon such 1 ftllott ea Shares as the same shall become due, as t required by the said Prospectus. In the event of my 1 aot receiving an allotment, the amount to be returned j to full. r; (Please write plainly.) 2 Nsme in fun. 1 Address » Dfteription [ Date J (Signature) 3 An Cheques to be made payable to the City Brink, Limited, Holborn Circus, London, E.C. 5686 *State here whether Preference or Ordinary. ? 1) 1 N N E F 0 MAGNESIA. E The Best Remedy for B ACIDITlf ef the STOMACH, HEARTBURN, I GOUT, and HEADACHE, | INDIGESTION, And safest Aperient for Delicate Constitutions, Ladles, Children, and Infants DINNEFORID 7s 16817 1288 MAGNESIA. gTON E gROS,, Sons of the late Aid. Gains Augustus Stone), COMPI KTR FUNERAL FURNISHERS AND FUN ERA). DIRKCT* RS Every requisite for Funerals of all classes. Proprietors of Funeral Cars, .Hearsea, Sbilli- biers, and Coaches. Superb Flemish Horses, Ac. Price loist on Application. Please Note the Op'y Address:- 5, WORKING-STREET Telegraphic Address "STONE BROS., CARDIFF.' 1410 gHOOTING JJOOTS, JpOOTBALL BOOTS, EVENING SHOES BEDWELLTY HOUSE, 78. QUEEN-STREET. CARDIFF. 4496 ONE BOX OF CLARKE'S B 41 PILLS is warranted to cure Gravel, Pains in the Back, aad all kindred complaints. Guaranteed free from ry. Sold in Boxes 8 6d each, by all Chemists I aad Patent Medicine Vendors throughout tneworta otsent to any address lor sixty stamps bytto MaJters geLfawln and Midland Coaatios Drag Cojh^mjt I "IF fnblit Compaitbs, &r. The LIST will OPEN TO MORROW (THURSDAY), the 10th insi., and CLOSE on or before FRIDAY EVENING; the 11th inst., for TOWN and COUNTRY. TH "EVENING NEWS," LIMITED. (Incorporated under the Companies Acts, 1863 to 1893.) CAPITAL, £ 250,000, Divided into 25,000 Five per Cent. Cumulative Pre- ference Shares of 25 each and 125,000 Ordinary Shares of Rl each (the whole of which latter are taken by the Vendors). ISSUE OF 25,000 FIVE PER CENT. CUMULATIVE PREFERENCE SHARES OF B5 EACH. The Preference Shares will be entitled to a fixed Cumulative Preferential Dividend of 5 per cent. per annum, payable half-yearly, and will rank as to capital in priority to the Ordinary Shares. The books will be made up to the 31st August in each year, the first interim dividend will be payable on the 1st day of June, 1897, and will be calculated from the dates of payment. The Shares will be payable as follows10s per Share on Application, £ 2 per Share on Allotment, and £ 2 10s per Share on 1st February, 1897. The Articles of Association provide that no Deben- tures can be created without the consent of three. fourths majority of the holders of Preference Shares present in person or by proxy at a meeting specially summoned for the purpose. DIRECTORS. ALFRED C. HARMS WORTH.. HAROLD S. HARMS WORTH. 1 Directors or Share- CECIL B. HA RMS WORTH. I V, KENNEDY JONES (Managing! v»ndo1 Coin- Director). J pany. Director). J pany. JOHN HOOD LINGARD, Managet, Daily MaiL" BANKERS.—Messrs COUTTS and CO., 59, Strand, W.C. SOLICITORS.—Messrs NICHOLSON, GRAHAM and GRAHAM, 24, Coleman-street, London, E.C. AUDITORS.—Messrs DELOITTE, DEVER, GRIF. FITHS and CO., 4, Lothbury, London, E.C. BROKERS.—Messrs JAMES CAPEL and CO., 31, Throginorton-street, E.C. SECRETARY AND OFFICES.—Mr J. COWLEY, 32, Carmelite-street, London. E.C. PROSPECTUS. The Company is formed for the purpose of purchasing and carrying on the well-known and highly successful Evening Nemspaper the Evening News." The Evening News was first published in the year 1831, and a large sum of money. exceeding (it is believed) 2180,000, was expended by the original and subsequent owners in the establishment of it. In the voar 1894 Mr Alfred Harms worth with others purchased the "Evening News" from the then pro- prietors at the time of purchase the paper had acquired a large circulation, and by the energy dis. played in the management since it has become the most largely circulated of any Evening Newspaper and one of the most successful Newspapers published in the United Kingdom. The net sales of the paper, after deducting returns, for the first year of the Vendors' ownership was 40,532,000, for the second year it was 51,358,000 copies, and the sales for the months of September, October, and November, the first months of the third year, show an increase of 327,125 copies over the corresponding period of last year. The Company will acquite the leasehold premises in Whitefriars-street, the goodwill of the Newspaper, the complete and extensive printing plant employed in the production of it ia plant which is claimed to be the most modern and complete of its character in the United Kingdom), and the stock and book debts of the Vendor Company as on the 1st September, 1896. The business will be taken over as a going concern as from the 1st September, 1295, the Company paying intorest at 5 per cent. per annum upon the purchase money from that date until the ompletion of the purchase. The purchase will include the stock of paper, book debts, and other commercial assets at las September last. It is considered that a sufficient working capital will thereby be provided, but, in view of the increasing circulation, a sum of £10,000 will be provided out of this issue for meeting the requirements of the further extension of the business. The newspaper will be conducted under the present management, which has proved so successful. It is univeis illy known that an established Daily Newspaper, with a large and increasing circulation, constitutes one of the safest and most lucrative invest- ments in the commercial world. The books of the Vendor Company have been audited from the commencement of its operations, namely, the 1st day of September, 1894, by Messrs Deloitte, Dever, Griffiths and Co., and they have given the following certificate 4, Lothbury, London, E.C., 10th November, 1896. To the Directors of the Evening News," Limited. We have acted as Auditors of the Evening News for some time nast, and have regularly prepared the Balance Sheets and Profit and Loss Accounts, and we beg to certify that, during the two years' ownership of the Paper by you the profits have been as under For the year ending 31st August 1895 1:14,018 0 0 „ to 1896. 225 357 0 0 These profits are arrived at after providing for depreciation of Plant and Machinery, but before charging Interest, Income Tax, or Directors' Fees. The net sales of the Paper, after deducting returns, were 40,532,000 copies in the first year, and 51.358,000 copies in the second year. DELOITTE, DEVER, GRIFFITHS & Co., Chartered Accountants. The above figures show that the profits have amounted during the last financial year to £ 25,357, thus being more than four times the amount required to pay the Preference Dividend. The Preference Shares now offered for subscription are Cumulative as to Dividend and Preferential as to Capital, and it is provided by the Articles of Associa- tion that no Debentures or Debenture Stock can be created without the consent of a three-fourths majority of the holders present in person or by proxy at a meeting specially summoned. The Preference Shares will theiefore practically be a first charge upon one of the most successful and progressive Newspaper businesses in the United Kingdom. The holders of Preference Shares will not be entitled to vote at General Meetings of the Company unless the Preference Dividend shall not have been paid, or unless a matter directly affecting their interests as against any other claes of Shareholders or in respect of any proposed Debenture issue be under discussion. Mr Kennedy Jones will continue to act as Editor and Managing Director for eight years from the incorporation of the Company without remuneration, he being satisfied with the profit anticipated to be received by him as a. large holder of Ordinary Shares. The other Directors have also agreed to act without remuneration. The purchase price has been fixed by the present Owners of the business, who are the only Promoters, at 2240,000, of which Z115,000 will be paid in cash, and the balance by the allotment of the whole of the Ordinary Shares credited as fully paid up. The following Contracts have been entered into, dated 8th December, 1896 (1.) Between The Even- ing News," Limited (the old Company), and Harold S. Hamsworth, its Liquidator, of the one part and The Evening News," Limited, of the other part. (2.) Between Kennedy Jones of the one part and The Evening News," Limited, of the other part. The Company acquires the benefit of the existing Contracts entered into by the Vendor Company in the ordinary course of its business, which are too numerous to specify. Subscribers will therefore be deemed fo waive the insertion of the dates aud names of parties to such Contracts and any further compliance with Section 38 of the Companies Act, 1867, than herein appearing, and applications for Shares will only be entertained on that footing. The Vendor Company (which is the only Promoter) will pay all expenses relating to the formation of the Company up to the allotment of Preference Shares, and accordingly has entered into arrangements or con. tracts with various persons, and the waiver mentioned in the last clause must be deemed to apply to such arrangements and contracts. Copies of the Memorandum and Articles of Associa- tion of the Company, the above-mentioned Contract, and the Auditors Certificate may be seen at the Offices of the Solicitors of the Company. Application will in due course be made to the Corn. mittee of the Stock Exchange to grant a settlement and quotation. Applications for Shares should be made on the Form below, or that accompanying the Prospectus; and forwarded to the Company's Bankers, together with a remittance for the amount payable on applica- tion. Cheques should be made payable to Messrs Coutts and Co. If the number of Shares allotted be less than that applied for the surplus will be credited towards the amount payable on allotment. When no allotment is made the deposit will be returned in full. A separate cheque must accompany each application. Prospectuses and Forms of Application may be obtained from the Bankers, Solicitors, and Brokers, and at the Offices of the Company. Dated 8th December, 1896. i Separate Cheques must accompany each Application. This Application Form may be used. THE h EVENING NEWS," LIMITED. JL Issue of 25,000 5 per Cent. Cumulative Prefer- ence Shares of £ 5— £ 125,000. To the Directors of the EVENING NEWS," LIMITED. GFNTLEMEN,—Havingpaid to the Company's Bankers the sum of being the deposit due on application for Preference Shares, I hereby request you to allot me the same, and I hereby agree to accept the same, or any less amount allotted to me, and I agree to pay the instalments thereon as required in the terms of the Prospectus, and I authorise you to place my name on the Register in respect of such Shares, and I agree with the Com- pany, as Trustee for the Directors and other persons liable, to waive any claims I may have against them for not more fully complying with Section 38 of the Companies Act, 1867, than in the statements con. tained in such Prospectus. In the event of my receiving no allotment, the amount to be returned in full. Name (in full} Description «. -w. ¡,. Date _<w. 1896. All Cheques to be made'payable to Coutts and Co. 7 This Form must be sent, with remittance, to the Company's Bankers, Coutts and Co., 59, Strand, London, W.C. Separate Cheques must accompany each Application. The Leading Advertising Agents in the West. —Vide Press Notices. TONES B ROS. Quote LOWEST POSSIBLE JONES BROS. PRICES for JONES BROS. BEST POSSIBLE JONES JJROS. M1^A* AU Inquiries Answered 39. Per Botura, or PERSONAL VISIT QUEEN'S-BOAD, Made to Intending ADVERTISERS CLIFTON, PRBE OF CHARGE RISTOL, without regard to distance. Pamphlet on Practical A-drerti,.Ing"forwar(led on receipt of Post Card. 57111 TELEPHONE 459. TELEGRAMS ELLOC, CARDT". ESTABLISHED 1807. GEORGE COLLE, TAILOR AND BREECHES MAKER, LADIES' TAILOR, 7, DUKE-STREET, and 4, HIGH. STREET, CARDIFF. CIVIL AND MILITARY UNIFORMS. RIDING HABITS AND COSTUMES. Patronized by the Late H.B.H. THE DUKE OF CLARENCE AND AVONDALE. 1410 THE DE REES BILL-POSTING AND ADVERTISING COMPANY, LIMITED, PROPRIETORS of 150 of the LARGEST STATIONS) NEWPORT. PONTYPOOL. RISCA, EASTERN and WESTERN VALLEYS. .« TERMS ON APPLICATION. M COMMKRCIAIrSTREET,NEWPORT. 1000 r public Companies, &t. The SUBSCRIPTION LIST OPENED on MONDAY last at 10 a..m and will CLOSE THIS DAY (WED- NESDAY) for town and country. THE RAGLAN CYCLE AND ANTI- JL FRICTION BALL COMPANY, LIMITED (amalgamation of Taylor, Cooper and Bednell, Limited, and the Anti-Friction Ball Company, Limited) (incor- porated under the Companies' Acts, 1862 to 1893). CAPITAL, 1;120,000. divided into 120,000 Shares of £1 each. Payable 2s 6d per Share on Application. „ 78 6d „ on Allotment. it 10s Od n One Month after Allotment. £1 Os Od DEBENTURE ISSUE, :050,COO. divided into 500 First Mortgage Debentures of £ 100 each, bearing interest at the rate of 5 per cent., redeemable at £ 105 on the 31st December, 1906, or earlier at the option of the Company on six months' notice. Payable £ ?5 on application, E25 on allotment, and the balance one month after allotment. DIRECTORS. The RIGHT HON. LORD KINGSALE, Stoketon, Saltash, Chairman. RICHARD G. EVERED, Solihull, Director of Evered and Co Limited. G. J. EVESON, Wootton Hall, Warwickshire, Director of Reliance Tube Co., Limited. •CHARLES D. TURRALL (Taylor, Cooper, and Bednell, Limited, and the Anti-Friction Ball Company, Limited), Managing Director. .GEORGE TAYLOR (Taylor, Cooper, a.nd Bednell, Limited, and the Anti-Friction Ball Company, Limited). *ALFRED BEDNELL (Taylor, Cooper, and Bednell, Limited). *Will join the Board after Allotment. BANKERS.—LLOYDS :BANK, LIMITED. Birmingham, Coventry, London, and its Branches. SOLICITORS.-F. H. PEPPER and TANGYE, Bir- n n. mingham and London. AUDITORS-KING-PATTEN, PALK &CO., Chartered Accountants, Birmingham. SECRETARY—F. A. BULLOCK. REGISTERED OFFICES (pro. tem.)—105, COLMORE- ROW, BIRMINGHAM. WORKS. 1. RAGLAN WORKS, RAGLAN STREET, I 3. ANTI-FUICTION WORKS; CAN- | 2. VINE-STREET, COVENTRY, 3. ANTI-FUICTION WORKS; CAN- | TERBURY-STREET, J ABRIDGED PROSPECTUS. This Company has been formed for the purpose of acquiriug as going concerns and amalgamating the two well-known and successful businesses of Taylor, Cooper and Bednell, Limited, of Coventry, and 33, Holborn Viaduct, London, Cycle Manufacturers, and the Anti. Friction Ball Company, Limited, of Coventry, Manu- facturers of Steel Balls for Cycles, Pedals, Nipples, aud other accessories. Taylor, Cooper and Bednell, Limited, founded in 18S9, has acquired a wide reputation as the manufac- turers of the Raglan Cycles, which have achieved very great success on pa.th and road, including, among many other prizes, in one year the World Champion- ships for one and five miles, and the mile championship of the London Centre. The one mile Tandem Cham- pionship of the World was also won on a Raglan Tandem. The Anti-friction Ball Company, Limited, was established in 1890 for the manufacture by automatic machinery (the invention of Mr Taylor) of Balls for Bearings, and also of Pedals and other Cycle Parts and Accessories. The Customers of this Company include nearly every cycle firm of importance. The books of both firms have been audited for some years by Messrs King-Patten, Palk and Co., and the accounts have been independently examined on behalf of the Directors by Messrs Gibson and Ashford, Chartered Accountants, Birmingham, who report as follows:— To the Directors of the Raglan Cycle and Anti-friction Ball Comp i ny, Limited. 3S. Waterloo-street. Birminirham. 1st December, 1896. Dear Sirs,—In accordance with your instructions, we 'have examined the books of Taylor, Cooper and Bednell, Limited, and of the Anti-frirfion Bail Com- pany, Limited, and we certify that the profits of the two concerns for the year ended the 27th August. 1896, subject to the payment of remuneration to Directors and Managing Directors, amounted to E23,408 17s 2d. In arriving at the above figure, adequate provision has in our opinion been made for depreciation. "Sours truly, GIBSON & ASHFORD, Chartered Accountants. Without allowing for the anticipated increase of profit, resulting from the increased turnover and better prices, and the introduction of the additional working capital, the profits for the past year work out as follows :— £ 50,0C0 Debentures—5 percent. £ 2,500 £ 120,000 Ordinary Shares, say 10 per cent. £ 12,900 Total 214, leaving a balance of B8,908 17s 2d available for increased dividend, reserve fund, Managing and other Directors' remuneration, etc. The Directors and their friends are subscribing for 65,000 Shares and £ 25,000 Debentures, and they also reserve the right to allot a fair proportion of the 1 balance to the Company's customers and agents, but' otherwise a pro rata allotment will be made as far as practicable. Birmingham, 2nd December, 1896. APPLICATION FORM FOR SHARES. The Raglan Cycle and Anti-friction Ball Company, Limited; Issue of 120,000 Ordinary Shares of £ 1 each: £ 120,000. To the Directors of the Raglan Cycle and Anti-friction Ball Company, Limited. Gentlemen,-Having paid to the Company's Bankers the sum of S. being a deposit of per zhare due on application for shares. I hereby request you to allot me the same, and I hereby agree to accept the same, or any less number allotted to me, and'I agree to pay-the instalments thereon, as required in the terms of the prospectus and I authorise you to place my name on the register in respect of such shares, and I declare that I waive any,fuller compliance with Section 38 of the Companies' Act, 1867, or other- wise, than that contained in such prospectus. In the event of my receiving no allotment the amount to be returned in full. Ordinary Signature „ Name (in full); r. (Mr, Mrs, or Miss); Description Address w. 5710 Dated this day of i896 ""1, JMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT IR1..A Jp E W A Y Sv. ..Iiiiiíi ( R W HITWORTH it (i. L n S. íï OVtltddAirs FOR MEN, 18/6 TO 45/- 0VE&COATS FOR YOUTHSJ 8/11 TC 25/6 I- QVERCOAT3 FeR Borst 6/11 TO 21/- i MASTERS & CO.. 29, 30, ST. MARIT-STRS 4T 292, BUmSTRER*, i, QUEEN-STREET I (CorBu of Shi John'«*8q«ar#)r ALSO At SWANSEA, NEWPORT, i MERTHYR, PONTYPRIDD, HEREFORD, ABERDARE. fONTYPOOIi, ABERGAVENNY, AND ItiANEIiLY. 47e 1227 I ¡ j' flpEETlt*—One Guinea. ■A FIVE rears'warranty. GOODMAN AND CO., U, ttaftB'rtrw? and 66. Otteevskeet, Cardiff, I304M11A- U!íítUss ^.oormas. rpHREE JMPORTANX ANNOUNCEMENTS. -M- B EN JfJVANS & Co., LTD. Q RAND B AZAAR, QPEN JJAILY UNTIL CHRISTMAS. SPECIAL £ JISPLA\ OF JgVENING GOODS, rjl O D A Y, EDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9TH. p RINCIPAL SHOW or WINTER F ASHIONS, AND DISPLAY OF WARM WINTER GOODS IN EVERY SECTION OF THE BUSINESS, T O-DAY, w EDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9TH. JJEN. JQVANS & Co., LTD., SWANSEA, R. BERTELLI'S CATRAMIN PILLS (Globular-shaped Pastilles) FOB 0OUGHS, CATARRH, JNFLUENZA, CONSUMPTION. This celebrated Medicine is strongly recommended for all affections of the Throat and Lungs. It is in- valuable for Singers, Lecturers, and Clergymen. Price, Is l%d and 2s 9d per box. 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BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, DEATHS Notieea of Births, Marnage8. and Deaths, la ettoh, if Hot ftxeeedina SO words. and 6d for each extra 10 wordi. BIRTH. yiain.—December 5th, at 4, Victoria-square, Peuarth, the wife of Harris Wain, M.A., Oxon.. of a son. 912 DEATHS. EVANS.—At Court Hotel, Tonypandy, December 6th, after two days' illness, Graham, the beloved son of John and Sarah Evans. age 7% years. Funeral on Thursday, at 230 o'clock, for Lledrddu Cemetery, Trealaw. 757 EVANS.—Died at Pickton Honse; Bridge-street. Llandaff, on the 7th inst., Miss Eliza Evans, late of Trinity-street, Cardiff. 897 MASKELL.-On December 7th, at 56 St. Mary-street, Teddy, only surviving child of George and Alice Maskell, aged 3 years. 856 BEES—On December 4th, at Ynyshir, R. S. Rees, 0' grocer. Funeral Thursday, December 10th, at 2.30, Lledrddu Cemetery. Friends please accept this intimation. No wreaths. 649 STANLEY.—On December 7th, Lucy Mary, the beloved wife of James Stanley, 97, Broadway, Cardiff, the eldest daughter of Henry Nance (deceased), late of Stacey-road. Funeral on Friday at 2 p.m. 885 IN MEMORIAM. BUTLER.—In loving memory of our dear son, Clia < Austin Butler, age 14, who died December 9th, 1895 Gone from our home, but not our hearts. Never shall his memory fade. 931
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9.1896. SHOP ASSISTANTS' HOURS OF WORK. Sm CHARLES DILKE'S speech at Cardiff last night, in addition to the many other valu- able lessons which it taught, was a masterly and vigorous enforcement of the time l: honoured truth that Providence helps those who help themselves. The shop assistants throughout the Kingdom have not secured the reform of the many and grievous abuses, and the tyrannously oppressive customs under which so many tens of thousands of them suffer, simply because they are not efficiently organised and; have not yet learnt the essential lesson of working together in loyal unison upon specifio and generally recognised lines of action. In writing thus we are aware that there is a National Union of Shop Assistants," with branches in most large towns and in many thriving villages, and that the Parent Society and the branches are doing much useful and necessary work in infusing into shop assistants in every district a spirit of resolute determination to vindicate their rights and to magnify their calling, and in drawing them into closer unity and combined action. But what has been done in this way, most valuable and important though it is, is only as a drop in the ocean of effort to what will have to be done before the shop assistants as a body will possess power sufficient to constrain the Legislature to listen to and to concede their rights and demands. Sir CHARLES DILKK, who intends to bring a Bill into Parliament to remedy some of the mischiefs under which so many tens of thousands of shop assistants groan, and who visited Cardiff yesterday at the solicitation ot the Committee of the Cardiff Branch of the National Union, said in his last night's speech that the reforms they sought would be most probably ob- tained by instalments, or, rather, that milder measures of shop reform would have to precede the more drastic measures which will be necessary before the grievances of the assistants as to their hours of work, the unjust fines to which they are subjected by their employers, their conditions of living, and their pay could be finally and righteously adjusted, and shop arrangements be brought into harmony with the law of equity and of national well-being. We are aware that very many tradesmen treat their shop assistants fairly, and that the hours of work, conditions of living, and the wages are equitable. But the law is needed for the lawless and not for the law-abiding. The principles of equity would not need to be enforced it aU menwereeqiwteble. Voluntary arrangements between employers and employed are unquestionably better, 'vastly better, than enforced rules, but voluntary arrangements become impossible when a few tradesmen in a town, inflamed by the lust of gain, stubbornly refuse to abide by agreements for the welfare of their employees to which the other tradesmen have conformed. Take an instance like this, and unhappily such instances are not unknown in Cardiff: The majority of the drapers or of the grocers have agreed to close their shops, say at seven o'clock, if all the drapers or grocers in the town will do the like. A. few of the unregenerace amongst them, the scabby sheep which infect the rest of the flock, refuse to agree, influenced by the hope that the others will nevertheless close, and that they will, therefore, be able to do a little business with belated purchasers after legitimate hours to the benefit of their own till. The others, however, refuse to close under such conditions, and the shop assistants of a whole town have therefore to grind on at their weary work because of the selfish greed of a few whose sordid worship of Mammon blinds their perceptions of justice and of fair dealing to those in their employ. But the whole system of shop arrange- ments needs revision and reform, and as voluntary efforts have failed, as Sir CHARLES DILKE said, because of the opposition of some tradesmen, therefore compulsory methods must be adopted. The old Romans maintained that a wrong done to the meanest subject of the Republic was a wrong done to the Republic. The present shop system inflicts intolerable wrong, frequently per- manent, and sometimes fatal wrong, upon thousands of young men and women WIJO are not amongst the meanest subjects of the State. The prolonged hours of work in the majority of these shops reduces the vigour, undermines the health, and often leaves a lasting enfeeblement in the lives of the victims of the present system. The hours when the shops are open to the public buyer, long enough in all conscience, are not in the majority of cases, we believe, the measure of the shop assistants' hours of work. They have to labour in dressing the shop windows before business in the morn- ing, and in undressing them and putting the articles away for the night in drawers or on shelves, and frequently, as we have been informed, for a considerable time longer than the lengthened hours during which the shops are open. Young and immature girls, moreover, with strength un- formed, and sometimes not possess- ing the most vigorous health, have to stand in the majority of these shops for 'ten or twelve hours, day after day, all the year through, without being permitted to rest themselves by sitting down when they are not attending to customers. To sit down would be the one unpardonable sin for which there would be no redemption. There are many exceptions to this rule, we know, amongst the shops of the Kingdom, but we are dealing with the rule and not with the exceptions. Before relief can be obtained it will be necessary to grapple with the evils by Act of Parliament. The employment of any of the assistants in the shops after closing hours should be rigidly prohibited by stringent fines, and sitting places for the female assistants should be provided inside the counters, and sternly enforced by compulsory laws. These are some of the reforms upon which Sir CHARLES DILKE insisted last night, together with the total abolition of unjust fines exacted by arbitrary house rules, and the pr6vision of improved sanitary arrangements and better condition- of living. Local authorities should be compelled and not merely permitted to appoint Inspectors to enforce the pro- visions of the Shop Hours Act. As a proof of the utter indifference of these Local Authorities to the health and the lives, not to mention the comfort and the well-being of those over whom they have a kind of legislative guardianship, Sir CHARLES DILKE stated that in the whole of Wales there had not been an Inspector appointed in the Counties or in the County Boroughs, save in the County Borough of Cardiff, whose sole duty it is to enforce the provisions of the Shop Hours Act. This is a culpable neglect on the part of these Local Authorities which needs instant remedy, and it is sincerely to be hoped that Sir CHARLES DILKE'S speech last night will spur the sides of the intent of these neglectful Welsh County Councils and County Borough Councils to provide that remedy.
INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION. Is it possible to formulate a system of Interna- tional arbitration which shall be complete and thorough, and by which every difficulty and every quarrel which might arise between nations can be adequately and equitably settled If it be possible then we rejoice exceedingly at the statement made by President CLEVELAND in his annual Message to the United States Congress, that the arrangements for a general treaty for arbitration upon any matters of dispute between Great Britain and the Uaited States have reached an advanced stage, and promise to attain a successful consummation at an early date. The South Wales Daily News has been ever the strenuous and consistent advocate of arbitra- tion for the settlement of national disputes. No policy can be more irrational or more repugnant to the highest and truest ethical teaching than for two nations, whose best interests is peace, to rush into a fratricidal strife of blood- shed and death over questions which could be settled amicably and equitably by friendly negotiations. But are all national grievances and wrongs, or alleged wrongs, amenable to this kind of settlement ? It is conceivable enough that a grave national crisis might arise, which it would be intoler- able to the dignity and honour of an in- dependent and powerful people to submit to the arbitration of any third Power. Dr. CHALMERS, in his once immensely popular Astronomical Lectures, delivered when most of us were young, attempted to illustrate a perplexing theological diffi- culty byl supposing what line of action Great Britain would adopt if some strong hostile Power were to forcibly seize the smallest spot of earth which she claimed as hers. It might be only some few acres of almost worthless land on some barren rock in some remote sea. Nevertheless, arbitration would be out of the question here. The first act of the Sovereign Power would be to drive, or attempt go drive, by force the invader from iier soil. This might be au extreme case, but it will serve to show that there is a class of cases in which arbitration might not be possible, and in which the honour and dignity of an insulted nation would demand that she herself should be her own avenger. A treaty for general arbitration on all questions without making provision for the exceptional cases that might arise would possibly, in the long run, bring the system of International arbitration itself into disre- pute. But arbitration, in the vast majority of the disputes that arise between nations, is not only the safest and noblest, but is the most righteous and the Christian method of settling national quarrels.
Tlfl "SEE" TESTIMONIAL. If Cardiff Uuaires to substantiate its claim to be i-ceikfdel as the Metropolis of Wslaa, it lutimb do distinctly better than it has yet done i supporting the national testimonial to Mr Thomas GM. Th« (and now ammu", to \1' £ 700, but we believe we are not far wrong when we assert that the bulk of this amount halO been found in North Wales. In a matter of t,his kind, where the nation seeks to honour a man whose eminent services to Wales can never be requited, South Wales, with its teeming population, its intense nationalism, and its great wealth, must not be behind the northern half of the Principality It is pleasant, having regard to the reputation of this district, to find that a few weeks yet remain before the fund will be closed. It is now proposed' to close it with the end of the year, so that there is no time to waste, and those counties which, more for want of organisation than lack of sympathy with the movement, have not yet taken a share in this laudable effort to express the national regard for the Grand Old Man of Wales," must at once be up and doing. We are pleased to find that the Rev. Towyn Jones a being asked to organise Carmarthenshire, and Mr Tom John, the well-known educationist of the Rhondda, is undertaking the work in the Glamorganshire Valleys. Mr Gwilym Hughes, of the South Wales Daily News Office-in conjunction with Councillor Edward Thomas, J.P. -is taking charge of the movement for Cardiff and the district around, and intending subscribers should therefore place themselves in communication with these gentlemen. The great and manifold services of Mr Gee to his native country are too well known to need recapitulation. Mr Thomas Gee," a correspondent wri tile to us, "is one of the most remarkable men Wales has produced, whether we look upon him as editor, publIsher, politician, orator, divine, or educationist. During his long life he has been loya! to the truth as he conceived it. and fearless in battling for it with voice and pen. To everything that tended to uplift his beloved Wales voice and pen and strength he has given without stint, and often at great sacrifice."
HIGH PBBOBNTAGK OF DEATHS IN THE SOUTH WALES COLUKKIES. It is easily explained (writes a Rbondda mining correspondent) why, as shown in the returns just published, the percentage of deaths is higher in tbe Sojth Wales Coal Field than in the other coal-mining districts of the United I Kingdom. From the statistics compiled by Mr Neve Foster, D.Sc., F.R.S., her Majesty's Inspector of Mines, in his annual report, it appears that South Wales, which employs only 18 3 per cent. of the persons, is accountable for 24 per cent, of the deaths, whereas in the Northern, Coal Field, which has about 20 per cent. of persons, there were only 13 9 per cenb. of the total number of lives lost. Considering the fact that a large number of the fatalities result from falls of roof, Mr Neve Foster suggests that systematic timbering should be strictly enforced by the Legislature. A similar suggestion was Made by Mr Robson, her Majesty's inspector, a few years ago, but if such a proposal had been enforced it would have caused the stoppage of a large number of collieries, and raised the coat of production so much in the other mines kept going that the wages of the men would have been reduced and the colliery owners would have suffered considerable loss. In the Northern col. lieries the miners work shorter hours-less than eight hours per day-the roofs in the various seams are stronger, and consequently less timber. ing is required the seams are not so gaseous as the steam coal seams in South Wales. The timbering in the collieries in Northumberland and Dnrham is done by a staff of men specially engaged for that work in South Wales a system of the kind would be impracticable. The miners themselves do the timbering work in their own stalls or headings because frequently timbers have to be set up immediately it is discovered they are required, and there is no time to communicate with the officials to have timbermen brought there, because if any delay occurred the minors would have to suspend operations and the roof might fall, causing further stoppage of work at coal. Systematic timbering—that is, the setting up of timbers at a certain distance from each other throughout the mines, whether they were required or not-would not only be an absurd system here, but would also cause a gteat deal of unnecessary cost.
CARDIFF LIBERAL ASSOCIA- TION. MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE. CLEARING THE OLD DEBT. A well-attended meeting of the Executive Committee of the Cardiff Libertll Association was held on Tuesday evening, Mr R. Btrd, J.P.. the president, in the ebair. A considerable amount of routine business was transacted, the chief items of discussion being fcha financial position and the development of the educational work inaugurated by the Saturday night meetings. With regard to the former the balance-sheet up to date showed that since the reorgani- sation in May the finances had been placed upon a satisfactory footing, nothwith. standing exceptionally heavy outlay in the period that since has elapsed. The subject of the old debt—about £ i00—due to the bank upon guarantee of certain gentleman was mentioned and upon Mr Fisher expressing opinion that this should be no longer allowed to lie and his promising a donation towards its liquidation, the President made offer to see that one-half the amount was cleared off provided the Executive would undertake to clear off the other half without appeal to the guarantors. This offer the members present promptly accepted, with thanks to the president; and the Finance Com- mittee will be called together at an early date to bake the requisite steps for carrying out the undertaking. Ml" Rees Jones, J.P., and Mr E. R. Moxey, J.P., were unanimously eleoted vice-presidents. The Secretary reported good attendances at the Saturday evening meetings, the room having proved too small on one occasion, and as there had been expression of wish to that effect the Exeoutive formally authorised change of meeting time to any other evening that might be chosen. It was stated that steps were being taken to extend this work to the wards, there being a demand for localisation of the meetings, and the secretary (Mr AUgood) announcing his readiness to receive and deal with applications to that end.
FEDERATION WITH THE COLONIES. SIR CHARLES TUPPER ON ITS POSSIBILITIES. Sir Charles Tupper, late Premier of Canada, was entertained at lunch in London by the United Empire Trade League on Tuesday. The chairman, Mr James Lowther, M.P., coupled his name with the toast, The Commercial Federation of the British Empire." Sir Charles, in response, said that the policy of this league was deserving oi the attention of statesmen as a means of binding still closer together England and her Colonies. A Free Trade union between them was impossible because the colonies could never have been, developed without import duties. The recent taxation could not have affected adequate security for public loans to develop them. Bub import rates between the various portions of the Empire, lower in amount than those imposed on goods from foreign countries, were possible, and would be of enormous advan- tage. Both parties in Canada were in favour of such arrangement, and it was undoubtedly also favoured in the Australian Colonies. Two treaties with Belgium and Ger- many alone stood in the way, and the sooner the lion was got out of the path the better. He ridiculed the fears of retaliation, and argued that our means of defence would be strengthened and the Empire consolidated by the adoption of the principles of this league. Sir Howard Vincent and Mr John Lowles supported these views.
THE DYNAMITE PLOT. DEFENCE OF IVORY. It is understood thao the friends of Ivory, alias Bell, who is at present in Holloway Prison awaiting his trial at the Central Criminal Court in connection with the alleged dynamite con. spiracy, have decided to provide the accused with the best possible defence, and have requested Messrs Day and Russell, solicitors, of 37, Norfolk-street, Strand, to conduct the case on the prisoner's behalf. Mr Cadby, solioitor, of Chancery-lane, who defended Bell at Bow-street, will also aMist in the conduct of the case, and the Right Hon. Mr Edward Carson, Q.C., M.P., Mr J, F. Taylor, and Mr Cecil Dwyer are the counsel engaged for the defenoe.
THE SWANSEA NEW WATER SCHEME. The Water and Sewer Committee of the Swansea Corporation is said to have arrived at a decision by which Mr Hill is to be consulting engineer; Mr Steveus, resident engineer; and Mr Wyrill, the Corporation engineer, I" to have his salary increased from 9375 to dBSOO per annum.
WHAT A GRAND ASSORTMENT of Swings, Rocking Horses, Tricycles, Dolls, Perambulators, Dolls' Mail Carts are to be seen at Spencer's, The Universal Provider for Babies, St. JoWs-s^uare,
WELSH GOSSIP. The population of Cardiff in 1776 was just 800. There has been a slight increase sinoe then. Much gratification is felt at Merthyr at the appointment of a. townsman-Mr Tom Price-to the post of travelling teacher of music under the Glamorgan County Scheme. The Lord Chancellor (Lord Halsbury) has promised to preside over the annual dinner of the Commrodorion Society, which is to be held at the Hotel Cecil on Thursday, the 17th inst. Mr Herbert Lewis, M.P. (says the London. I Kelt), has the reputation of being a great French scholar, and speak-i the language of gay Paris as fluently as he does English or his native Welsh. At Brecon the outgoing Mayor recently gave the first teetotal banqueb on record in that borough, but not a single magistrate or town councillor attended! So, at least, avers the Methodist Times. Is there to be a clock on the new Town Hall at Merthyr ? It would be a great boon, writes a correspondent, for since the removal of the; Alderman's clook High-street has been without such a convenience. Many English churches in Wales are yielding to an invasion of Welsh music, so peculiarly adapted to sacred song. "Jesu, lover of my soul," sung o tDr Parry's hymn tune "Aberyst- wyth," is proving a great favourite among English congregations. Islwyn was a pupil of Gwilym Maries, at the letter's celebrated school at Pontshfin, near Llandysaul. Master and pupil became the two best imaginatIve poets in the Welsh language. So at least we have b"n informed by the editor of the Llenor, where Gwiiym Maries's productions, were first published. Mr Lleufer Thomas is recuperating at Sid. mouth. rho secretary of the Welsh Land I Commission is by no means in the best of health, and probably his present collapse is attributable to overwork and anxiety in super- intending the publication of the Land Oom. mission Report and the Digest." Cymru nm byth J" is the war cry of the London Wolsh Football Club, and Welsh only ia their language on the field of play. There is an exception, however, for when they desire to indulge in strong expressions they have to resort to the vernacular-of England. There are no Welsh swearing words, Kipling notwithstanding. As the resultof thsrecent interview he had with a representative of the South Wales Daily News, and published in these columns, Mr Morgan Richardson, of Cardigan, has been invited by the editor of the National Review to write for that journal an aiticle on the Welsh Land Commission and its Report, and it will appear in the January number. The Shop Assistant, a smart and go-ahead little monthly published in Cardiff, in its current number gives some interesting facts concerning the career of Mr T. Spencer Jones, of thab town, the ex-president of the N.U.S.A., and chairman of the Cardiff branch, of whom a very excellent portrait is given, Mr Jones is an Aberdare man, and has for years occupied a leading place in the movement for bettering the conditions of shop life. In these days of Welsh Catholic missions it ia interesting to know that m the latter half of the 16th century Wales was thoroughly Roman Catholic. So at least Fatbei Parsons, the Jesuit, and sometime Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, thought. He expressed this opinion in a secret communication to the then reigning Pope, and held out this fact as a strong reason why the Pope should support a Spanish invasion of England. Parson's words were, All Wales is Catholic." The Rhondda Valleys will loom largely at the next Eisteddfod, which will be held on Whit- Monday and Tuesday, in aid of thePorth Cottage Hospital, for prizes will be given fo.- ati essay on The Historical Landmarks of the Rhondda for the best collection of fossils of the mineral re- sources of the valley for pen and ink sketches of the Rhondda; and for the best series of photos of five local collieries and the Cottage Hospital. This is a departure for which the committee ia to be highly commended, and it is to be hoped it will meet with much success. The late Dr. Enoch Davies was distrained upon more often, probably, than any man in the kingdom, and there was hardly an article of furniture in his house which was inot carried off, at some time or another, by the bailiffs. He was elected to the Cardiganshire County Council, and was one of the foremost of those who reformed the police system of the county. Three things," he once said, the police of Cardiganshire was expected to do To protect the hares on Mount Gurnos, to watch the salmon of Teivi, and to collect the parson's fees." Now all that is changed, and a good deal of the credit is due to Dr, Davies. The other morning a Llanelly Jehn proceeded to fill an engagement in connection with a marriage. Unfortunately he mistook Craddook for Paddock-street, and drove gaily to the latter, pulling at the number where the bride resided. Knocking boldly at the door, he was answered by a buxom young girl who had just come from the washtub. Are you ready ?" he asked there is no time to lose. R(\dy for what was the inquiry. To be married, of course," he rejoined, this is your wedding morning." "Quite ready," was the reply; "whom to" Cabbie then discovered bis mistake, joined in the laugh, and drove away. One of the most genial and popular men in the Cynon Valley is Mr David Thomas, of Primrose HIli, Mountain Aab, whose Welsh book, "Pebhau bynod oud gwir," has created many a hearty laugh. A short time ago the church at Carmsl, Penrhiwceibyr, of which he is a member from its formation, secretary for 17 years, and deacon for the past 10 years, decided to make him a testimonial, but when the project became known to Mr Thomas's outside friends in Penrhiwceibyr, Mountain Ash, and Aberdare, it was resolved to give the movemenc a wider scope in recognition of the services rendered by Mr Thomas to all public movements in the district. Welsh literature ia quietly getting on. On Saturday, among the books issued by Elliotb, Stock was Gwen and Gwladys," by William Rees, D.D., translated from the Welsh by W. Rees Evans the price is 6s. On the same date an Oswestry firm issued the work of the Rev. Elias Owen, M,A., on Welsh Folk-lore," which won the prize at the National Eisteddfod of 1887. Mr Llewelyn Williams has a novel in the Press, and altogether thore now aeems to be no lack of Welsh story-writers. Mr O. M. Edwards's magazine, Wales, will, ab the beginning of the year, be reduced in price to 3d and its character popularised" with the view of bringing it within reach of the farmer, the artisan, and the labourer." The engineer of the Cardiff Forward Movement —the Rev. John Pugh, whose lecture on "South Africa" is attracting attentiori-gives some very interesting accounts of his meetings with Welshmen in the Cape. Casually entering a shop to purchase some articles on his arrival, he found himself being served by a young Welshman from Carnarvon. He found one of the highest officials of the Cape Government Railway was a Mr Price, nephew of the late sainted Dr. Rees, of Swansea. At Johannesburg his host was Mr Hamilton-an old Tredegar friend of Mr Pugh's and the Mayor of West London. Mr Reea was such an ardent Welshman that he omitted to attend an important business meeting in order to see and sheke hands with his two fellow-country- men—Mr Pugh and the Rev. W. Lewis, Pontypridd. Mr H. G. Barnes, Graig, Pontypridd, who is engagad as a signnlman on the Barry Railway, has executed in a very clever manner six mechanical models, viz. 1, Albiou Colliery, measuring about 5 feet long by 4 feet deep and 18 inches wide, in which the journey of coal can be traced from the bottom to the surface, theaca to the screen, and finally into the railway trucks, the trams, cage, fauge and coal screens, being marvels of engineering skill 2, a pair of horizontal winding engines, which can be worked by steam or by an air tube; 3, a launch engine, with propeller worked by steam or air 4, a pair of marine engines, with oscillating cylinders and paddle wheels 5, a locomotive running on a ciroular railroad, about 3 feet in diameter. At this week's meeting of the St. David's Mutual Improvement Class, Pontypridd, Mr Barnes gavo a very interesting exhibition of his models, wbiob were set in motion, ateam being supplied from a model of a vertieal boiter. It is declared that his works deserve a place among the models of the Science and Art col- lection at Souti) Kensington and as Mr Barnes has had no experience in any branch of engineer- ing, the construction of the models ahow thab be ia a genius in the work and how a natural I aptitude for engineering.
NEWS IN BRIEF. Another voluminous Blue Book on Venesuela will shortly be issued. A Cabinet Council has been summoned to meet at tho Foreign Office to-day. Lieutenants Hall and Macauley will leave England nexb week for Egvpt, travelling via Trieste. A strong draft of the Royal Artillery, Gordon Highlaaders, and Manchester Regiment left Aldershob for India yesterday. The Registrar General's return for the week ending Saturday last shows the average rate of mortality to have been 194 per 1,000. Dr. Shore has been appointed to the Cambridge University Lectureship in Physiology, vaeanb by the resignation of Dr. Lea. The eighth game in the Lasker-Steinitz chess match was concluded at Moscow at 2 o'clock yesterday morning, and resulted in a draw. The Prince of Wales left Marlborough Housa last evening for three days' shooting over Sir E. Lanson's estate ab Hall Barn, Beaoonsfield. Last night the condition of Lord Normantoo had undergone a great change tor the worse, and his state was regyded as extremely critical. Lord Rosslyn's services of silver and silver-gilt plate from Dysart House, Fifeshire, will be sold at Edinburgh next month. There are upwards of 12,000oz. About 50,000 persons are now in receipt of relief in the Bombay Presidency. In certain districts a famine has been partially averted by the late rains. The meeting which Sir Michael Hicks-Beaoh was to have addressed at Bristol on Thursday baa been postponed owing to the aerioua illness of hifl aged mother. Mr Richard Awdry, C.B., is to be Aocoontant- General of the Navy, and Comptroller of the Navy Pay Department, vice Sir Gerard Fita gerald, K C.M.G., retired. The Commander-in-Chief at the Nore bu ordered a Court of Inquiry to meet at Sheeraess to investigate the oollision between her Majesty's ship Wild tire and the ketch Raleigh. Although the situation at Zanzibar has been quiet of late, the cruiser Gibraltar and the gunboats Blonde, Fox, Racoon, and Sparrow are to remain at the station for some time longer. Cardinal Vaughan has been compelled to oaaeel his public engagements, but he is not confined to his bed, and was able yesterday to attend to important business. The cold from which he is suffering is taking a normal course. It is the intention of the South Africa Com- pany (says the W9rld) to apply for permission to confer its war medal, just sanctioned for the opernt ions of 1893, on those who have assisted in quelling the recent rising. The Commissioners under the Mersey Oon- servancy Act have appointed Vice-Admiral Sir George Strong Narea to be Acting Conservator of the river Mersey, in place of Admiral Sir George Henry Richards, deceased. Receipts into the Exchequer between the 1st April and 5th December were 261,811,393, against L61,078,657 during the corresponding period of last year. Balance in the Bank of England on Saturday last, £ 2,632,732,; Bank of Ireland, £ 586.928. The tenants on the Inae and Thornton estates of the lata Captain Park Yates, Master of the North Cheshire Hounds, who was killed in the hunting held last season, have decided to present a lectern to luce Pariah Church as a memorial of him. Lieutenant-Colonel Clements, of the Soath Wales Borderers, who succeeds to the vacancy among the aides-de-camp to the Queen caused by the promotion of Sir Herbert Kitchener, is serving as second in command of the battalion of his regiment at Gibraltar. Lord Dufferin was yesterday afternoon pre. sented with an address of welcome by the mem- bers of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club, of which b. is president. His Lordship said he was looking forward to having many pleasant cruises with the members during the ensuing summer. In the Queen's Bench Division yesterday, Mr Justice Hawkins stated that if no application was made to him within a week in the action brought by Mr Chance for libel against the Freeman't Journal, he should disoharge the jury, as it war not fair to keep them in attendance any longer. The Emperor William has decided to give a Jubilee Cup," three feet in height, to be sailed for by British yachts, in commemoration of the sixtieth year of Queen Victoria's reign. The cup is to be sailed for from Dover to Heligoland, and the Emperor will himself present it to the winner at Kiel. Under Lord Loch's presidency, in Whitehall Rooms last night, at a meeting of the Royal Colonial Institute, Sir Harry H. Johnstone lectured on England's Work in Central Afrioa." The lecturer paid high tribute to missionaries of religion as pioneers of civilisation, and described the encouraging progress made in the development of the British Protectorate in Central Africa. The Seatonian prize at Cambridge is adjudged to the Rev. G. W. Rowntree, M.A., Clare, who has won ib three times before. The Jeremie Septuagist prizes are adjudged to S. A. Cook, B.A. (Ca.ius), first E. W. Winstanley, B.A. (Trinity), second. The Washington Medal it adjudged to W. McDonall, B.A. (St. John). Mr Justice Romer on Tuesday gave judgment in the action brought by the Pneumatic Tyre Company v. the Eitsb London Rubber Company to restrain an alleged infringement of their patent known as the Welch Patent. The Judge held that plaintiffs' patent was valid, and that provi- sional specification did not exclude pneumatic tyres. The patent had not been anticipated, and there had been infringement. Usual release was granted. Lieutenant-Colonel Addison's report to the Board of Trade regarding the collision at the Coventry Station of the London and North* Western Railway last October, between an engine and excursion train, by which five persons were slightly injured, abates that the engine wat running a tender in front with no look-out ahead. The signalman and platform foreman must share with the driver of the engine responsibility foi the collision. At a luncheon at the Liverpool Reform Club yesterday afternoon, Lord Tweedmouth said tbe political representation of Liverpool and distriot could hardly be considered satisfactory from the Liberal. point of view. When he heard Liver. pool constttuenoiea and others spoken of as hope- less places, he told them there was no such thing as hopeless constituencies. A constituency waa only hopeless because the Liberals in it were hopeless and hopeless themselves. He also urged greater sympathy with the aims of the working classes. Lord and Lady Wimborne's shooting party at Canford Manor, Dorsetshire, included Prince and Princess Demidoff, tho Dowager Duohess ot Marlborough, Lady Ilchester and Lady Muriel Fox-Straugways, Lady Jersey and Lady MargaMt Villiers, Lord Clarendon, Lord and Lady Hindlifc Lord James, of Hereford, Lord Howard oi Effingham, Lord and Lady Rodney, Mr and Mtv Sackville-West, Mr Grant, Mr Gathorne-Hardy, Mr Rice, and several membeis of the Gaeet family. Upwards of 4,000 pheasants were killed in three days. The death has taken place of the Rev. the Hoik Thomas Edwardes, son of the second BaraC Kensington. He was born in 1819 and graduated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1844. He married in 1863 the Hon. Alice Eleonara, daughter of the second Baron Brougham aad nieca of the celebrated Lord Chanoellor, who ia the same year presented Mr Edwardes to the rectory of Belsford, Lincolnshire, where he served under three Bishops-Jacksou, Wordsworth, and King.
LORD WOLSELKYIN SCOTLAND. A FREEMAN OF PERTH. Lord Wolseley visited Perth on Tuesday and received the freedom of the city. The day was observed as a half-holiday, and the Commander- in-Chief received an euthusiastio welcome. In accepting the freedom, he said tho greatest wish of a soldier when abroad doing duty was that his services were appreciated at home. Later tbe Commander-in-chief unveiled a monument ereoted on Forth Inch in memory of the 90th Regiment, which, as Lord Wolselsy remarked, had supplied two commanders-in-chtefs, namely, Col. Rowland Hill and himself. There was a large muster of soldiers and Volunteers, and the proceedings were marked by much enthusiasm, notwithstanding the fact that raID fell. At lunobeon Lord Wolseley replied for The Army and Nary." aud said there had always been thest-rologess bond of union existing between the Army and Navy. While every right-minded man wished the naval service maintained in a high state of effloieaoy and strength, the Army should not be forgotten, for it would be absurd for a country to depend solely on the Navy.
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