-1 LETTERS FROM THE FRONT. HORRORS OF WAR. EXPERIENCES JFA WELSH SURGEON. The following extracts from a letter received by Or. Yaugban Roberts, BIaenau Festiniog, Nortb I Wales, Ïrom his former "¡si!!tant, who i9 now one 3f the assistants in the 9th General Hospital at Bloerafontein, be of iaterest as confirming 'n some respects some of the statements of Mr Burdett-Coutts. regarding inadequate provision for the wounded at the ft oat. The writer ref string to the hospital and its work says "This is the largest hospital in South Africa, and is entirely nnder canvas. It ia situated on a leval tract of ground about a mile from the town (Bloemfon- Sein). It consists of 96 large tents and above 200 smaller one, and this number is being daily added to. There ate above 2.000 patients in the hospital at present. including the wounded and men suffering from dysentery and enteric fever. The death-rate is very high-10 or 12 daily. The work is very hard: and no one can imagine the I hardships we have suffered. We were obliged to live foe a fortnight on only one bissuit and a little tinned meat daily without any tea. The water has been scarce as the Boers had destroyed the water works. We have to sleep on the ground w'th only a mackintosh under na and a blanket over as. It is very cold here at night, and I am obliged to sleep in my clothes and ovsreoat. We commence our work about 53C a.m, alld finish about 8.45 p.m. sach day. When on night duty I have to make the rounds of the tent3 and nothing can be heird but the moans of the unfortunate wounded. It is awful to hear them. There is not sufficient room in the tents for them to be comfortable as 12 or 14 are crowded into one tent. War ia a terrible and horrid thing to picture. The accounts related by those soldiers who have been through tb3 campaign from th9 commencement are almost incredible. All have had enough of the war. A Red Cross waggon came in a, few days ago with a. wounded lieutenant he had been shot in the eyes wounded in thigh. Both eyss had to be tpken out. and a piece of iron was also extracted from his thigh, but he is now re- covering. We havs 14 nurses on our staff, but one of them died yesterday of enteric fever, which is very prevalent in the camp, and at times the stench is unbearable. When the hospital was first opened we were very short of men to attend the sick. Each man had to attend about 80 patients, and of course it was impossible to do so properly, and consequently they were dying like dogs." WELSH WAITING COMPANY. LIEUT. J. C, GA.SHELL'S ACCOUNT OF THE VOYAGE OUT. Lieut. J. C. Gaskell, of the Waiting Company of the Welsh Volunteer section, which, on board the transport Assaye, reached Cape Town on May 31st, and thence proceeded to Port Eliza- beth, has written a long a.nd interesting letter home describing the voyage from St. Vincent to Cape, a.nd in the coarse of which he says :— The day after leaving St. Vincent 1 was in- oculated, a very painless operation, and one with, in my case, very slight effect. I felt seedy and a bit sore near the soot where I had it done for a day or two, but soon got fit agxin. Since leaving St. Vincent concerts, boxing, and sports have been going on almost daily, but to-day we are Illore business-like etting oar valises packed, parading for inspection in marching order, and generaily- getting raady to disembark. We hope to get to Cape"Town about 8 o'clock to-morrow morning. The first we heard about the relief of Mafeking was at St. Vincent, and also of Lord Roberts's advance to Kroonstad. Of coarse we were all delighted to hear such splendid news, but in a beastly fuuk that we should be too late So see a, little service. I shall be glad to et on shore once more and have a, real good walk, as we haven't been off this ship ;3incG we left England on the Uth, and it is now May 30th, and we have seen no land since the 19th." Writing on June 3rd Liententant Ga^kell says "We have now been to Cape Town, landed about half our passengers, and are cn our way again for Port Elizabeth, East London, and Durban, some of Us having to disembark at each place. The Welsh get off at Port Elizabeth, I expect, to-morrow morning. The officers were allowed off the ship t Cape Town, and I availed myself of the oppor- tunity of seeing the place. It was rather strange coincidence that in dock at Cape Town next ship to onrs was the Greek. I now appreciate our luck in getting this boat. The Greek, I dare say, was very comfortable, but did not appear to have any- thing like the desk room for exercise, nor was she anything like as big as this ship, which was one of the largest, if not the largest, in the port. I have heard indirect news of the Volun- teer Service Company. We took on board about 20 men of the Welsh as Cape Town bound for Port Elizabeth one of whom had only left the regiment two weeks ago. He says, so my ser- geant telis me, that up. to the time of his leaving tiie VoJjuUieers had not joined the regiment.
COLONIAL. GOVERNORS IN CONFERENCE. Cape Town, Monday.—Sir Walter Hely Hutchinson, Governor of Natal, will arrive here to-morrow to confer with Sir Alfred Milner un the settlement of South Africa after the war. The foreign military attaches have arrived here from the front. Only the Russian attache remains to watch the final operations.—Renter.
HIGH TREASON. Cape Town, Monday, 1.20 p.m.—Mr Botha, the member of the Cape Legislature who is charged with high treason, has been released upon had amounting to £ 4,000. He proceeds to Aliwai, were he will undergo his trial.—Central News..
THE TRANSPORTS. The Sicilian arrived at Gibraltar from the Cape 0G Sunday evening The Cuban, from New Orleans, arrived at Cape Town on Saturday. The Pinemore. for Cape Town, left Las Paimas on Saturday. The Tamplemore,from London for Cape Town, arrived at LJ,3 Paimas on Monday. The hospital ship Maine, for London, passed Uahant on Monday.
MERTHYR MAN'S BRAVERY RECOGNISED. P.C. Fowey, of Merthyr, a Reservist of the 41st Welsh Regiment, who left for active service soon after tha declaration of war, in consequence of allantry displayed iu the engagement at Drie- fontein has been recommended for the distin- guished service medal. Capt. Lindsay, the chief conatable; recently reported to the Joint Stand- ing Police Commutes that he had henrd of the ncornmendation, and this is now confirmed by Private T. TSJ icholas, Pontypridd, who wad inva, lided home after being wounded at Driefontein. Up to the present P.O. Fowev, who is about 24 years of age, has gone scatheless through the different engagements in whicb be has taken part, and his friends in the fores are delighted to hear of his COll8picnous bravery. A CANADIAN'S WIDOW. New York, Monday.—The widow of one of the Canadian contingent who fell iu South Africa has been anted by tbe Hritish GQvernment It hoase j and lot at Toronto and a pension of 35 dollars a month. The soldier was an American by birth.— Central News. RETURN OF A LLANDYSSUL LAD. When news Teas received at Llandyssul on Saturday afternoon that Private T. L. Richards, 5666, 1st Welsh Kegiinent, son of Mr D. Richards, Somerset Honse, who had been invalidsjd home. wonld arrive by tbe 7.50 p.m. train, consultations were h.,11 SR t1 th., best meaps of giving him a reception worthy cf one who had foaght and b-ed for his Queeo and country. Owing to the inclement weather that prevailed and the short- ness of the notice, preparations 011 a large scale were r.Q to be th01Jght of. Hundreds, however, cocgregn.red outside the station at the tiriM the train wail due, and when the engine steamed in the fife band struck up See the Conquering Hero Comes." Immediately a proces- sion was formed, at whose head marched Mr Jvrugor Ffovsells dressed in khaki uniform and leading a goat. after which came the fife band, followed by the gallant soldier mounted on Jat-lr," the valuable horse of Mr D. Jones, Cilgwyn Arras. Then followed hundreds of men, woTnet, and children, walking four abreast. The procession marched through the principal :!treet, which wery lined with pople. cheering the hero hoau». P:irate Richards had. nfter the Storobe;g disaster, been transferred to the 6th Mounted Infantry, l)e Lisle Company, and ha3 been present in the engagements, namely, Paar- deberg, Driefoctein, Slingersfontein, Camel- font em, mi'3 Karstt Siding. He was struck down by e^er-c fevsi when a mile or two outside Rrccnatad.
WAR FUNDS. SOLDIERS AND SAILORS HELP I' SOCIETY (SLAM. BRANCH). TO THE EDITGB. Sir,—T shp-llejtofsm i: n.favouryourjkindlyallow- ing méj to aokcowle ige through your columns the receipt c,f the following sums since the 25th iust. ;a i-c:.pc;).->e to Lord Windsor's appeal:—Miss Talbot, A'50 per Lsf>v Kill—MrJ. H. Christie, .£5; Sir E. S. Hill, £5; Mrs W. Forrest, JE3; Mr J. H. Beam, 9s Colonel H. O. Fisher. totai, .£17 12s: Mr Herbert Lloyd, Plas Cilibebyll, £5; Mr n.J.Simpson (J. P. Hac- qaoil nd Co.), A5 Captain de Wintori, per Me.?;) J. Maddox 2,; Mr .J. J.». W. Ward, J.P., Merthyr, £1 1"1 am, &e., 3. f t. LEB, Dinp." Pow..«, 3th J'e..1:rOO
-J7>J' D8ATH OF MR YENDOLI.^EBBVF VALE; < Mr Yo.ndoll, pron*•••*•*or d ths Hotel, yt-.c;- combed to piotro-^tid ilhjef^ 0: Mo:v.ty Tr.nt&iog, He had for SOECO time been part ■ a.-lysed. The deceased was highly reap; » uc 11 sympathy to felt for r6 Yf;i1\qU. j
I WELSH HOSPITAL; r THE VOYAGE OUT. STATE OF BLOEMFONTEIN. SOAKED WITH INFECTION." An esteemed correspondent with the Welsh Hospital in South Africa, writ.ng from Spring- fontein, under date June 5th, sn.^s:— The Royal mail steamer Cinada, belonging to the Dominion Line, left Southampton en April 14th for the Cape, conveying the 22nd Bat- talion Imperial Yeomanry and various details of the same branch of the service, as well as the stuff and personnel of the Welsh Hospital, under the command of Major Cockerill, Royal Army j Medical Corps, with Professor Jones, of the Vic- toria University (,Ianchester,as cbief im:geon.The voyage out was Quite uneventful, except that two deaths took place among the troopers of the Im- psrial Yeomanry. There was a considerable amount of illneus among the mefl> many ot whom reported themselves sick immediately after ieav- ing England, Evidently they were sick before embarkation, but owing to their zeal for active service they had borne up until after leaving England. The ship reached Cape Town early on May 3rd. Land had been in sight for hoars, and those who were sufficiently energetic to watch for the san- rise saw a beautiful sight. Our first inquiries were natuially aa to news of the war, but our curiosity had little to appeasa it, as apparently little or nothing fresh had occurred. Lord Roberta was still in BloernfoQtein, and the forward march had still to take place. We received information that our destination was to be Springfontein, the junction in the Orange Free State of the Cape Town Port Elizabeth Hallways. For a day or two stayed at various hotels, about which perhaps the less said the better. I will not weary vosr readers as to the beauties of Cage Town and Mountain, the pines of Wynberg, and the wonderful scenery, for, truth to tell, we had litilft time for sight- seeing. On Tuesday the principal medical officer asked if we would go on to 13106mfontein and help in the military hospital tkere. That same evening the surgeons and drc8se::a and most of the orderlies left by the eveni D train. The most notable feature of the journoj was the Hex Pws, where the line is guarded by anned sentries every half mile or so. Poor fellowa, theirs is indeed a miserable duty, only rendered ueiessary by the loyalty and neutrality ''of our own fellow- subjects. Here an army vonld be stayed by a few determined men, and we cahoot afford to run any risks. No more monotonous service can be imagined, no glory, no excitement, only the knowledge of an irksome doty performed to en- courage them. Yet, if all were considered, many more notable services have been leas bene- ficial to Queen a.nd country. On through De Aar Junction, where time tables cease," as I think Mr Rudyard Kipling In bis article on He also makes remarks on the odours to be found there. I can only corroborate his olfactory sense. Then comes Norvals Pont, where we bat the opportunity of seeing a WONDERFUL PIECE OF ENGINEERING- which reflects great credit on concerned. The Boers in their retreat ha.d blown up the two central spans of the bridge which is of high level and consists of six spaas. Nothing daunted the Royal Engineers had nfade diversion, and built a new pile bridge in the bed of the river, clinging to the piles of the one. Then moving the spans bodily they bridgsd the chasm, leaving ihe inshore spans to be rellaced by woodwork. Thus in an incredibly short time trains ran sgain, and when our sisters followed us a week later tbey paired high above theriver bed over the re- stored bridge. I will not describe Bioemfontein. We were scattered among the different hospitals, wiiich we found full ot p?tispi:s suffering from typhoid aud dysentery, witl Jllst a few wounded, whole place seems foa-ksd with infection. and unfortunately onr own staff were not tin- affectsd for one of the melical students who had volunteered for service, f MR S. R. EAMES, SUCCUMBED ON MAY 27, and was buried in the ft growing cemetery with deep regret only a day before we wsra re- called to Springfontein. Major Cockerill re- mained behind to bring nl all our equipment and pitch the camp, and I fear he had a difficult task. Every detail which cOnc&llS the installation of our hospital and the ecnimissfu-iat has to be organised and personally sipermtended by him. The railway is only a singli line, and not a truck is allowed to pass over it wlhout the direct sanc- tion of Lord Kitchener. I' was intended that the hospital be opened in corilgated iron huts, but owing to the difficulty ofrnsport these had to be left behind, and tnaquees of the ordinary hospital pattern were issual instead. Owing to the same circumstance llltI1Y things ab60lute]v necessary for camp life lia< to be nurehased in Cape Town. On arrival it Springfontein, the difficulty of conveying our impediments to the site chosen was very grel!.t a5 there is, practically speaking, no transport leftia the station, all hay- ing been ssnt to the front to meet the require- ruents of the Army there J'I:1Íntumed, However, with the kind help of all etneerned the work was accomplished. And now before this leaves the station, we shall have recsvijd our first convoy of sick. Springfontein is A MELANCHOLY DOKING PLA.CE. I We have DO tree" or greenof any kind in sight, l the surface of the ground is covered with patches of parched-up stubble, andwe are surronnded by a cirsle of hiJh. On a gertly sloping plain to the east of the railway, betwelu the growing camp of the 3rd General Hospital and the camp of the 3rd Durham Light Infantry. liea the site chosen for the Welsh Hospital. Abetter one could hardly have been selected, and vp. can only hope that the bracing air of the pkco may prove bene- ficial to onr patients. Tb; sisters' quarters are at one end of tbe hospital cfltnp; Brid the officers' mess and commandant's offices at the other. We hope sosn to erect 1 kitchen and other out- building" in corragated iron. The interior of the hospitallliflrquee", is tost comfortable, with seven beds in each. rJlieae have all woven mattresses, white sheets and dainty connter- panes. Bepide each bed is a locker, forming shelves, and tables and chairs, well pro- vided with cushions, lookbg most inviting. Fancy what it mut be to an nvaiid back from the j front, with tattered clones and aching body, who has had no bsd so rer than the ground, no roof noarer than the skv to find himself in these homelike snrroandings. Many of the beds have suspended over them :i pi^card, indicating the name of the donor or Lhe district which en- dowed it, and could these kind benefactors paep at the results of their gfnarosity I feel sure they would be amply rewarded. [Smce tbe foregoing was written and despatched Professor JQnÐ, the mid surgeon, has suc- cumbed to fever, donbtl3(3 contracted during the hoanital staff's stay in •'infection-soaked tHoem. fontein."— Ed.J
THE SALVATION ARMY. GREAT GATHEPJNG AT CARDIFF. On Monday ths 35th anniversary celebrations of the Salvation Army—-Wales Provjuce-were held at ths Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. All the divisions of Wales were ?ePre?>ented, via., North Wales, Rhcndda, Car*ifi> Swansea, and Mon- mouthshire, who contrikatd among them ciose upon 4(000 adherents, l'he following bands took part Cardiff, Hereford, Dock, Rhondda, Swansea, Abercarn, Navport:i Abertiilery, Tre- forest, Nantymoel, Monnouth, Trealaw, Pentre, I Pontycymmer, Porth, ilerthyr, Cadoxton, Ebbw Vale, Oswestry, Tbo pretestings were very varied. In one part of the field the army rescue depart- ment wer' conducting s of an assortment of articles made in the rescue home, and in another the officers urged the advantages offered by the life assurance in correction with the army. Other prominent featusss of the day's programme induded the YoI:,n J)op!t; s demonstration, In which the warriors cf f ntcte rendered a very good account of themselves. The Indian Durbar representation of life in India, the Welsh demonstration, the of Lovg demonstration, and also the women's eights meeting, at which a force of "llallelojtll Amazons," as they were called, prnveC the right of woman to preach the Gospel) wore also features that proved very popular. Following a, brass band festival, in which no than 21 bands partici- pated in rendering A Nj^gara of Music," under the couductorship oi Captain Neate, a grand march past and retieW of troops wa3 mar- shalled by Brigadier Jeffries. Then followed a musical carnival, in which the entertainers were the Rhondda Minstrels and Variety Troupe conducted bj Major Hamments. Con- currently with this of mnsic a rescue rally presided over by Nr Percy Thomas was held in an adjoining lent- The daj'sproceedings were brought to a close with a monstre com- memorative "jathenns pressed over by Alderman R. Corvalld conducted by Commissioner Coombs. The arrangements cur;n the day wen, excel- lently carried out j.y C. H. Jeffries (provincial officer), who received valuable co- operation from the o'.her officers.
.s. FATALITY" ATBRYNMAWE, I SEQUEL IN THE POLICE COURT. William Evans Ebbw Vale, was charged ?.t Brynma-wr poJice Court on Monday with fnrioa3 riding a. J^rynsnawr, on June 9th, when Benjamin Jatnes- Nautvglo, G9 years of ge, was knocked dofn, and dkQ frcm concussion of the brain and on June 25th. The ver- dict at the Coroner's inq uiry was that deceased met his death by mitad yeatnro whilst watching a trotting display, and, whilst not impact blame for ttit; of deceased to Evans, the jury severely condemned the practice af displaying trotting fcsrses ia a public thoronghtVre. evidence of three wi1lléS"'S went to prove tbBt de- fendant was ridin at from rune to 13 miles all hour. Mr Daniel Evai;s> Brecon, who appeared for defendant, pointed out that if the|Bench found his client guilty of furious riding on the occasion thun. notwithstanding the verdict of the Coroner's Court, he tvocld have to be cammitted lor manslaughter. 0u behuli of aefendttOu ha put in a large nrimbsr of testimonials, and the charge was dismissed.
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| SIPIDO ON HIS TRIAL. PRINCE OF WALES'S ASSAILANT. QUESTIONS FOR THE JURY. Brussels, Sunday Night.—The trial of Jean Baptiste Sipido for attempting the life of the Prince of WaSea at the Northern Station of Brussels, on April 4, and of Meert, Meirs, and Peaekot as accessories to the crime, will bo com- menced to-monow (Monday) at the Brabant Court of Assizes, held in the Brussels Palace of Justice. The details of the outrage are too familiar to need recapitulation. I am, however, (ays a Daily Chronicle correspondent) in a posi- tion to give certain lbarticulars bearing on the I trial which have not yet been made public. The questions which wiil be put to the jury are four in number. Here is a literal translation :— I 1. Is Jean Baptiste Sipido guilty of having attempted, with premeditation to cause death by an act of voluntary homicide on the person of H R.H. the Prince of Wale3, the resolve to do so having been manifested by visible acta (actes exteiienres), which have only failed in their design through circumstance? independent of the will of the author ? 2, DJd Sipido act with premeditation ? 3. Did he act with full discernment ? 4. Are there any grounds for extenuating cir- cumstances ? The punishment for the first two charges is death (commuted under an unwritten saw in Bel- gium to a life sentence). Sipido being under age the penalty would be 15 to 20 years' imprison- ment, with or without hard labour. If found gnilty on charge No. 3, but not No. 2, the sentence is 10 to 15 years' imprisonment. If acquitted on charge No. 3 the sentence would resolve itself into committal to a house of correc- tion till the age of 21. This is tantamount to absolving the accused from all moral responsi- bility. The foregoing covers the whole case as it will go before the jury. Sipido's cotingeli Maitre Henry, with whom I had an interesting interview, tells me he will ask for an acquittal pure and simple, on the ground that the attempt failed by reason of insufficient means." Experts will prove firstly that the ball could not have touched the Prince at the angle at which Sipido fired from the footboard; and secondly, that the weapon was too frail to cause death. Some of the cartridges were 18 years old and experiments wera made on a corpse with the revolver. The result showed that 10 shots oat of 60 missed fire. The alarmist ramours of a widely-concerted Anarchist plot have, needless to Bay, vanished into air. THE HEARING COMMENCES. A "JOKE" PLEADED. Brussels, Monday.—The trial of Sipido and his three comrades commenced this morning. There was a, large attendance of the public, who made a great deal cf noise and hindered the work of counsel and the officera of the court. Admit- tance was by ticket only. The four boys eutered the dock escorted by guards with fixed bayonets. The accused, who | looked very young, very abashed, and very in- significant, gave their names and ages in low trembling tones. The Clerk of the Court then read out the long indictment, to which they listened in silence. Sipido answered to the questions of counsel in a very low voice, and was almost inaudible. lie contradicted himself frequently. Finally he confessed that he arranged the attempt two day3 before for a joke. He made a. bet with Meert that he would shoot the Prince. Meert taught him how to manage the revolver. He loaded the weapon in the lavatory ot a cafe. He did not seriously aim at the Prince. He only filed once. After Sipido bad been questioned Meert, who egged him on to make the attempt on the Prince of Wales, was examined. He admitted that he had said that the Prince, being the cause of the war in South Africa,, deserved death, but he ex- plained that his remarks to that effect were in- tended to be regarded in a jocular sense. He also by way of keeping up the joke sold Sipido a revolver, a weapon which was quite incapable of killing anybody. Peuchot, in reply to questions, also declared that the whole affair was a joke, and the prisoner Meire gave a similar explanation of his share in the plot. Inspector Odensa, Chief of the detective de. partment of the Copenhagen Police, deposed that on the arrival of the train in the Danish capital he examined the Royal saloon, and found a bullet embedded in the cushion exactly over the spot on which the Prince's head had rested. The most sensational evidence of the day was now given by M. Gaudy, an expert in the use and effects of firearms. He related to a deeply- intsrested audience some extraordinary experi- ments which he had carried out on a corpse. He fired into the corpse 38 bullets of the same calibre as those found on Sipido with the object of seeing whether the prisoner's bullet could have killed the Prince had it struck his Royal Highness, The experiments were., however, inconclusive. Another expert who had also made a number of gruesome experiments declared positively that Sipido's bnllet could not have ioflicted a mortal wound. The trial was adjourned until to-morrow.— Central News.
BARRY RAILWAY (STEAM VESSELS) BILL. PREAMBLE NOT PROVED. The Select Committee of the House of Commons presided over by Mr de Tatton Egerton on Monday continued tbe consideration of the Bill of the Barry Railway Company authorising them to provide a. steamboat service to ply between Barry and places on the Bristol Channel, the object being to accommodate the ordinary traffie-ooth passenger and goods— between Barry and Weston, Ilfracombe, and Minebead, and also to meet the nesds of the summer pleasure traffic. The Bill was opposed by Messra Campbel^ steamboat proprietors, of Cardiff, and the Great Western Railway Company chiefly on grounds of competition. The Bill has passed the Upper Hoose. Mr Balfour Browne, Q.C., addressing the Committee on behalf of Messrs Campbeli, said the Bill raised an impottant question of principle. The preamble of the Bill was not borne oat by the clauses. The preamble said that it would be for the public convenience that the railway company should have the powers asked for in order to facilitate the transmission of traffic from their railway to places on the Bristol Channel. That pointed a ferry service. There had been no real evidence offered of any other public want. There had been talk of an excursion traffic, but that was not within the meaning of the preamble of the Bill, and he would ask the Committee to say tha.t it was not right for a railway company to undertake such traflic. If there was an excursion traffic that would pay to carry Messrs Campbell were qniie williDg to ran boats to accommodate it. If, however, the Committee thought fit to pass the Bill he would ask that the service should be confined to the ferry traffic in connection with the company's trains, and that the railway company should be excluded from plying between Bristol and Bairy. If these restrictions were not placed on the railway company Messrs Campbell would be driven off the Channel, and the whole traffic would pass iuta the hands of the Barry Railway Company. Captain Alex. Campbell, managing director of Messrs Campbell and Company, said that prior to 1893 his brother and himself had ion steamers on the Bristol Channel. In that year a company was formed with a capital of £60,000. which had since been increased to £80,000. The shares were paid up and held by the general public. His com- pany had nine steamers plying on the Bristol Channel, and they were ready to increase their fleet to meet the farther demxnds of the public. They had had no complaints as to the way in which they conducted their business. £120,000 had been sunk in their undertaking, the amount above the capital of the company having been borrowed. Their steamers plied between all parts of the Bristol Channel, both on the north and south sides. They had earned a dividend of 7 per cent. in late years, and they had had to compete with six other companies in that time. They did not desire a monopoly, but feared competition with a large railway company. If the Bill passed they would be run off the Bristol Channel in the same way as they had previoasly been run off the Clyde by railway competition. While they were prepared to give Barry company any steamship service they might reasonably require, they could not be tied to a particular service. In the service his company had afforded at Barry during Aagust and Septem- ber in last year they hai lost over £1,000 If there was a paying traffic his company would be delighted to sapply tbe boats, but they found it was only on Saturdays and Bank holidays that it w&3 worth while to go to Barry. His company had offered to the railway company a Weston service, to commence in April, and an Ilfracombe service, to commence in June, from B",rry, if the railway company would make up the receipts to £6,500. The Barry Company, however, declined to do that. It would have cost his company more than that to do the rnnning. At this point Mr Balfour Browne, for Messrs Campbeli, said the promoters had accepted words to be inserted in the Bill limiting the powers of the Barry Railway Company so as to remove the necessity for Messrs Campbell continuing their opposition. Under the agreement come to the Barry Company would not be able to carry passengers out of Bristol other than those carried there by them, and would not be able to run ex- cursions from Cardiff, Newport, or Chepstow. Mr Baggallay, Q.C., for the Great Western Co., said the question of public policy had to be con- sidered by the Committee under the Standing Order of the House. He asked the Committee to reject the Bill, or, at least, to restrict the. Barry Company to a ferry service to particular places, Mr Pember, replying for the promoters, con- tended there were dozens of precedents for allow- ing railway companies to conduct undertakings in connecticn with their lines. Barr/ was the best port for a steamer service in the Bristol Channel. The railway company hid spsnt under the sanction of Parliament, on the provision of the pontoon and other facilities, and unless the Bill were passed no such service could be pro- vided nor any benefit be derived front this great expenditure of money. The Committee, having deliberated, declared that the preamble of the Bill was not proved. The measure is therefore lost for the present Session. BRECON ELECTRIC LIGHTING. A Bill to confirm certain Provisional Orders made by the Board of Trade under the Electric Lighting Acts, 1882 and 1888, cJ¡m on Monday betore the Examiners of the Honse of Commons for proof of compliance with the further Standing Orders, it having already been passed by the House of Lords. There was no opposition at this stagu, and the necessary formal prcofs having been given the Biil was ordered to be reported for second reading. Among the orders contained in the Bill was one enabling the Corporation of Brecon to sapply electricity within the borough. Another order gives similar powers to the Urban District Council of Llandilo.
WORK AND WAGES. NEWPORT PLASTERERS' STRIKE SETTLED. The strike of the operative plasterers at New- port was adjusted on Saturday evening at a con- ference of musters and men. The strike had lasted for 15 or 16 months, aud was commenced by the masters locking out tho Newport men in obedience to orders from London, where u. dis- pute was then pending. The masters have been willing to settle on their terms for some time, bnt the men claimei a settlement according to their interpretation of the national settlement. Hencs the delay in arriving at an adjustment at Newport. It is understood that in the settle- ment arrived at on Saturday both parties have made concessions. DOCKERS' STRIKE AT BRISTOL. The men employed at Bristol, AvoQfnouth, and Portisherd Docks returned to work on Mon- day—the imported men having been paid off—on the understanding that their grievances would be settled by arbitration. The strike has lasted a fortnight, and it is understood that the advanced ft3.ges demanded by the weighers in-January will, should the settlement be in their favour, date from to-day. All the conditions of employment in the corn trade are to be placcd before the arbitrators. Messrs Elder, Dempster, Messrs Hill and Sons, and others will have nothing to do with the arbitration question, tl1t :-1.8 their work is done by contract the settlement will pro- bably not be affected by them. Mr German, the dockers' secretary, being detained at Avonmouth, was unable to meet the corn merchants at thsir mueting on Monday to settle preliminary matters re arbitration. Four representatives from either side are to be chosen to lay their cases before the arbitrators, LABOURERS'STRIKE AT CHEPSTOW. Recently the members of the National Amal- gamated Labourers' Union employed by Messrs Finch and Co., Chopstow, sent in a demand for a wage increase of 2 a week for ordinary labourers and for an increase of aa average of 15 per cent, on the different classes of pieeo work. They also submitted a code of rules as to hours of working, overtime, etc., for signature. The conditions as to hours, pra^tic-iily the same as at present, the company agresd to, and also as to payments for overtime, viz., double time for Chrjfitma Days and Sundays, time and a half for Bank Holidays, and time and a quarter for overtime after 5.30 p.m., but they declined the adVance, stating that they already paid more than the average wage in contract shops either in Newport.. Bristol, Gloucester, or the Midlands, and that at the pro- posed rates of wages they could not compete with other firms, and would to be at a loss or close the works. Another point at issue was that by an arrangemsnt with the boilermakers the labourers were paid by the boilermakers extra when working with them on piece work, but the labourers have given the boilermakers notice to determine that [I,greement, and ask that the lJay- ment for such piece wOik should be from the firm. The latter, however, consent to pay the labourers for such work either through the boiler- makers, or deduct, it from the boilermakers and pay to the labourers direct, but decline to be re- sponsible for such payments themselves. An agreement not having boon arrived at by Saturday on Monday the labon:ers did not resume work, and a prolonged strike is possible, as the firm's disposition ia at present to resist further demands upon them. DUTCH DOCK LABOURERS. In consequence of the lockout of 200 workmen by the Holland-America Line, a meeting of dock labourers held in Rotterdam Oil Monday resolved to demand a higher rate of extra pay for atght work and Sunday work. If the OWDers decline, a. strike of dock ]¡:b0ar("8 will be proclaimed in Rotterdam, and possibly in three days hence also iu Amsterdam, Flushing, and Terneuzen,
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THE REPRESENTATION OF SWANSEA TOWN. MR BURNIE'S WITHDRAWAL ACCEPTED. On Monday It meeting of the Council of the Five Hundred of the Swansea. Town Liberal Associa- tion was held at the Albert Minor Hall for the purpose of receiving a, communication from Mr R. D. Barnie, in which be withdrew his candidature; and a recommendation thereon from the execu- tive. There was a large attendance. In the absence of Mr Cory Yeo, the pre- sident, the chair was taken by Mr R. L. Sails, the vice-chairman of the Execn- tive who said that as it was clear from the letter and as he had satisfied himself that the step Mr Burnie had taken was definite the executive had paesed the following motion :— That this meeting of the Executive of the Swan- sea Liberal Association. having heard Mr Burnie's letter of resignation of his candidature, regretsthat it has no alternative but to recom- mend its acceptance to the Council, and at the same time desires to place on record its high appreciation of the imaluable services Mr Burnie, both as a member of Parliament for several years and as a, worker generally during a. much longer series of year3, has rendered to the party, and its deep regret that the services of so loyal a Liberal may as a candi- date no longer be available." The Chairman, after paying a very high per- aonal" tribute to Mr Burnie, proposed the adoption of the motion, which Mr 0-. W. Morgan seconded. Mr David Harris proposed that a deputation wait upon Mr Burnie and ask if there was any possibility of him withdrawing his resignation bat after discussion it was withdrawn and the Chairman's motion adopted. The Chairman then said the president had written strongly advocating tbe appointment of a new Council co deal with so important a question as a candidate, especially as the present one had been in office six months beyond its term. After discussion it was resolved that immediate steps be taken to select a, new Council, and that in the meantime the Executive be empowered to obtain the names of tuitable candidates for submission to the new Council. LETTER FROM MR BURNLE. LIBERAL TRADITIONS AND IM- PERIALISM. In a letter to the Morning Leader on 4iis desire to withdraw from the position of Liberal candidate for Swansea (Town Division) Mr Barnie srvs :—" I have all dong feared that noth- ing .but discredit to the Empire could re'scls* from the debased type of Im- perialism adopted from the first as the Government's foreign policy, and it is now seen that amongst other disasters it has landed us in a deplorable war in South Africa, with all its terrible bloodshed, the dishonouring of the nation's prestige, and the squandering of the. nation's wealth. Where farther it may lead is not pleasant to contemplate, but it 111 tending in the direction of an aggressive militarism, with all its consequent crushing taxation and the prospect of poverty amongst the masses becoming more chronic than ever. The promotion of progressive, social, and political reforms and a fairer system of taxation, together with commercial questions, were to me the attractions of public work, and to the House of Commons, whilst absorbed in militarism, I have but little desire to return, even if the personal considerations had not arisen. In conclusion, I can only express the hope that the Liberal party will not allow itself to be tempted away frcm its proud traditions, to coquet with a paltry and I will o'-the wisp 1m. perialism.
THE SLOUGH DISASTER. INQUEST AT PADDINGTON. The inquest on Robert Geoghegan, one of the victims of the Slougty disaster, concluded at Paddington on Monday. Woodman, the driver of the express, repeated the evidence he gave before the Sloogh and Windsor coroners relative to the disaster. He admitted that he did not see the signals were against him until his mate shouted out, and then the train had passed the distance signals. Until then he was not aware that they were approaching Slough. He could not re- member ever having stopped at Slough when driving this particular train, and it was exceed- ingly exceptional if they were stopped or had to slow down before reaching Reading. Replying to the Great Western Company's solicitor, Woodman said he seemed to feel entirely lost on this occasion, but why he was at a loss to explain. He had had no intoxicating drink that day. • The jury founhat toe collision was caused by the negligence or the driver in running past the signals. They, however, expressed the opinion that afÛli\r hearing the statement of Woodman they did not consider he should be charged with manslaughter, as was done at Windsor. The Jury highly commended the conduct of the fire- man of the express, Oliver Cann and the porter on Slough platform, Walter Penn, for their prompt and meritorious action, and recommended that in future drivers should be medically examined at an earlier age than at present; waa the practice cf the G. W. R.
F GRAND THEATRE, CARDIFF. A very large and enthusiastic house witnessed at the Grand Theatre last evening the production in Cardiff for the first time of Mr John Sargent's new drama, entitled Master of the Chain." The piece belongs to the best type of drama, contains a story the interest in which never flags, and in the hands of Mr Sargeni's presentable company it receives a representation that leaves nothing to be desired. The plot turns apon the iniquitous desire of the leader of the secret brotherhood to possess the inheritance of another, employing the brotherhood as a means to attain his nefarious purpose. The acting was good all round. Mr Sargent, himself one of the best of character actors, sustained with great skill trie role of Ralph Legend, tbe good genius of the piece, while Mr William Mathews did ample justice to the character of Valois de Riche, the villain of the piece. Excellent taste was also shown by Mr A. McColloch, who played the part of Maurice de Chant. Of the lady actresses chief honours were shared by Miss D. Pender Cudlip and Miss Florrie Haydon, both of whom showed perfect appreciation of their roles. The light vein of the piece was brought out to capital advantage by Mr Allan Carruthers and Mias Lily Beverly, who also contributed some graceful dances aud ttAeful songs, which the audiance highly appreciated. There are several stining situations in the piece, two of which deserve special mention, viz., the quarry scene aud The Devil's Gap." These are about <\1:1 sensational as anything ever witnessed locally. Judging by the exceptional cordiality with which Mr Sargent's latest work was receiv6å last evening it is certain that a second visit in the near future will be looked for by local playgoers.
THE EMPIRES. CAUDHF. Thea,musing sketch, "Jail Birds," by the Fred Karno troupe of speechless comedians, kept exceedingly large audiences at the Cardiff Empire on Monday night in a roar of merriment. From beginning to end there was no respite to the "o," though the fun was inarticulate, and appeared exclusively in incongruous and gro- tesque situations. George Lashwood had, of course, a cordial reception. He was in fine form, and more than sustained his splendid repu- tation. G. B. Snyder and Hairy Buckley created a favourable impression by the performance of their quaint comedy, Blatz Wants a Drink," whilst Harry Lawaon, a comic vocalist of great powers, was much applauded. Hector and Liauraine created much diversion by their funny prattle, and Ned Gray, musical specialist, and Harry Kent, comedian, were thoroughly up to form. The Sisters Paris were unable to appear, but they hope to fulfil their engagement to-night. SWANSEA. Arthur Leonard, one of the most successful music hall artistes of the day, provided a capital tarn at the Swansea Empire on Monday night, and his role as actor-vocalist was splendidly aus- ¡ tained. Griff proved himseJfi a masterly juggler and mimic while Will Crackles, as comic char- acter Hinge. and dancer, was seen at bis best. Cora Cardigan, for a series of flute and piccolo solos, won warm encomiums, and Frank Davis I and IMillie Russell, in the clever skit, Copper lVIalone, were irresistibly funny. Other artistes who took part were Clarice Netta, vocalist Lizzie Fletcher, comedienne and Hairy Cars- 'I dale, mimic. NEWPORT. A fine exhibition of war pictures, falling within tbe Bio-Tableaux group, kindled the ( highest admiration of an overflowing audi- ence at the Newport Empire last night. Some of the representations were master- pieces of photographic skIll, the Cameron Highlanders marching through Bioemfontein and the inspection of the Naval Brigade at Whitehall being among the pick, though all were wood. Typical miriic hall items were en^in^ered io. firat-clasn sty-It by the well-known society entertainers, Bella aud Djjou. The Six Brothers Liucu iu tiiu;r sketuu, xhe Hermit, were, m another vein, equally successfol. Harry Alberry was as quaint as ever, and Nelly Randall gave a marvellous exhibition of dancing.
LOCAL PROBATE CASE. London, Monday.—In the Probate Division tö- day Justice Barnes granted probate of tlfe draft of a will dated 2nd July, 1897, of Mr William Turberville, farmer, of Ebbw Bridge, who died on the-4th October last, having two brothers and two sisters next oi kin. The original will wa missings and affidavits were presented to show that deceased had not revoked the will. By ti e wiJI deceased made Q, nephew and niece exec U eCl and executrix, and left them his property. ¡
MANSLAUGHTER AT SEA. ON A CARDIFF-LADEN VESSEL. At Winchester Assizes on Monday!Geo. Francis illegoogil was convicted of manslaughter on the high seas, and sentenced to 15 months' hard labour. Whilst the 3tuamer Rustington, from Cardiff, with coals, was at Santos ou March 10th McGough, who was intoxicated after being ashore, wanted to light, and fastened on Divyer, whom he butted in the stomach, and, as alleged, threw him over the hatchway into the hold 20 ieet, causing death. The defence was that the affair was accidental.
LLANDAFF. Boys and Bathing.—Three schoolboys named J. Nicholson, F. Nicholson, and W. Darkey, living in Plasturton-avenue, went to bathe in the Taff near the Rowing Club's boathouse at Llandaff on the 23rd ult. without bathing drawer*. For this omission they were summoned at the Llan- datI Pohce Court on Monday. Dr Ta.ylor, on the bench, said h3 and his fellow magistrates liked to see boys learning to swim, bat in doing so thoy must not offend the proprieties by bathing in a nude Ptate." Xou can go now," added the doctor, but don't do it again." Colonel Woods for the information of ths lads said a bathing outfit would cost them only 2d or 3d at .mO!!t Disorderly at Taff's Well.—James Miller, of Whitchurch, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly at Taff's Well, and also for assaulting a brake driver. Defendant, accord- ing to the evidence molebted some of the occu- pants of a brake standing in the street and knocked down the driver. For being disorderly he was fined 5s and costs, and for the second offence he was fined 10s.
NEWPORT. Neglecting His Family.— William Henry Evans, boilermaker's helper, was before the Newport magistrates on Monday for neglect- ing to maintain his wife and two children. Mr J. H. Griffiths, warrant officer to the Newport Board of Guardians, said the prisoner was a good workman and could earn 6a per day, but he gave way to drink and had no home. He never worked long enough to get together a home. He had been five or six times in the Workhouse with his wife and family during I the past 18 months. Last week he took the two children out of the" house" with him and deserted them. leavine them outside a doorwav. I There was a iongthy record against the prisoner, whom the Bench sentenced to one month's hard labour. In Search of Lodgings.—Henry Williams, engraver, Tonypandy, was summoned fer wilfully damaging the front door of a model lodgiug-hoase in Dock-street. About 1 o'clock on Sunday morning he was found in the back room of the premises, having burst the staple off the front door and forced it in. There was apparently no felonious intent in the escapade. The defen- dant was really in search of lodgings, and had called at the particular house earlier in search of a bed. P.C. Hensby saw the defendant from a distance slide his burly form against the door, and decided when he returned to that part of the beat again to move him on. Defendant, described as being a clever craftsman, must have broken in the door by his sheer weight-a possi- bility the keeper of the house did not dispute. The Ma,yor tolrl defendant he hoped the incident would be a caution to him, and let him off without a penalty.
PENTRE. A Mean Lodger at Trealaw.-On Monday, at the Pentre Police Court, David Williams, lodger, Ynyscynoc-road, Trealaw, was charged with stealing two half-sovereigns from a fellow-lodger named Henry Stoneman on Saturday night last. The .two slept together, and on Sunday morning prosecutor missed the money from his waistcoat, which was hanging at the foot of the bedstead. Prisoner was arrested in the afternoon at the house and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to one month's imprisonment with hard labour and ordered to pay the costs. I
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CARDIFF. Ex-Police Inspector Wi Iliams.-Mr Reet Williams, an ex-in3pector in the Cardiff Borough j Police, died at his residence 111 Talworth-street, Roath. Deceased had been superannuated for nearly 20 years. He had been in charge of the lioath division for many years, and ivas succeeded by Inspector Cox. l< The Insanity of the Age."—At the asnal meeting of the Intsrnational Brotherhood League at 17, Working-street, Cardiff on Sunday even- ing a paper was read on Unbrorherliness, the Insanity of the Ag £ This phrase might surprise many, as the commonly held opiaion was that it was insane to be brotherly and altruistic. Yet it was the selfish in refdity who were insane. Brother. hood was a fact in nature men were sonl8 having their common origin in tho divine self ot the universe. Therefore cot even the acute self- ishness of modern life could really alter the loot condition of things, and selfishness and an. brotherliness isolated a man, cat him off mentally and spiritually from humanity, and if persisted in actually starved him to spiritual death. He was acting against the laws of his own being, lay. ing the axe to his own root, and was therefore in. sane. But by a recognition and constanf prac- tice of human brotherhood, humanity would yet become truly sane on every plane of being. Workmen's Outing,—On Saturday the em- ployees of the Windsor Slipways Company's Works held their annual outing, the place selected this year being the ancient city of Wells. The number was about 80, who were conveyed to Burnham by the Lady Margaret.
PUTRID FISH AT NEATH. At NtiJ hcrcs.Th Police Co.:t on Monday three fish v-sndor* named Richard Mears, William Gregory, and Hllièr were chargfci with pelling three mackerel Tvith exposing for sale 53 sutcbercl aud 32 pu-res of ray all of which "ere putrid. Mr Powell prosccurod, and Mr A. J. Jeffreys defended. The three dftfemiscta p'c-del guilty, each fined 308 and •.ubooaten and doctors' fee* iip r.Movjod.
SOUTH WALES COAL TRADE. STRIKE AT PERCH'S COLLIERIES. Owing to a dispute with regard to cutting the bottom at Messrs Perch's collieries at Glyn- corrwg and BlaengwynLi, work has been suspended. Notices expired on Saturday last, when the workmen brought out their tools. It is feared that the strike will be of long duration, as the workmen have decided to level-up the cutting prices with those of adjacent collieries before resuming work, MERTHYR DISTRICT. The monthly meeting was held 011 Saturday evening at the Barley Mow Inn, Mr raes Harris in th9 chair. There were also present Mr Thomas Fitzgerald, treasurer, and Thomas Thomas, secretary. It was decided that the new agent, Mr Thomas; should commence his dnties forthwith, and that the executive should draw out an agree- ment to be signed by the executive and the agent. It was decided that all affairs of the district should be left in the hands of the agent, includ- ing compensation in all its phases. The secre- tary was instructed to write the district auditor to attend a meeting at the Barley Mow so as to hear the complaint with reference to the last audit, the agent to be present also. Mr Sam Thomas, Three Horse Shoes Lodge, was elected junior auditor. The secretary brought up the case of David Plica, who was compelled to proceed to Guy's Hospital, London, for special treatment to liia leg, which would have to be rebroken. It was decided to request the Mardy Lodge to advanca Price the sum of sE5 as a loan, the lodgo to be re- couped again. Complaints having been made from C'win Pit with reference to the carrying away of tools from the working places, the matter- I was referred to the agent to deal fvith and see the manager. The monthly report was received as satisfactory. FFALDAU COLLIERY. The men at thi3 colliery, in the Garw Valley, gasp. notice on the 1st June to terminate con- tracts, in consequence of the employment of soma non-Unionists. For a few hours on Monday the men refused to.work, but the 12 non Unionists having joined the Federation operations were resumed. ABERDARE DISTRICT. The monthly meeting of the above district was held on Monday at the Fall Moon, Aberiman. Sir W. Williams, Bwllfa., presided. Three new lodges were received members of the district, viz.. Tradesmen and Outside Fitters' Lodge. D3 Winton Lodge, and Cwmneol Lodge, The agent, Alderman D,Morgan, and Mr Thomas Evans, Hirwain, presented a report on the South- port Conference, and a resolution was passed condemning the consulting of inspectors and mineowners without reference to thtj men. The I ■same delegates were:appoi n led to attend the future I conference in LoutIOD.-The Agent reported the result of the Bwllfa arbitration, and the terms of settlement at No. 9, which were both considered to be satisfactory. An application for strike pay to two workmen at Aberauz-an was grantee). The meeting decided to pay the levy to the cost of the Sliding Scale as I well as any future levies demanded by the Council on condition that they pay the legal costs of the Plymouth dispute on receipt of the second Y-100 from the district, and if this is not carried out according to the decision of the Cardiff Conference that the (payment be stopped. It was decided that the dispute at the 7ft seam at the Fforchwen Colliery. Cwmaman, he referred to the district and placed in the agent's hands for settlement, failing which arbitration will be offered to the f-mploytrs. The question of the hauliers of Werfa and Abernant, A he wished to advance their position to the same as those nnder the Powell Duffryn Company, was referred to tho agent,
PUBLIC HEALTH LABORA- TORY, CARDIFF. POSITION OF THE CORPORATION. I Mr J. L. Whuatley, Town Clerk, reported to the Finance Committeo on Monday that the finan- cial liability of the Corporation to the Cardiff and Ccnuty Laboratory: University Collage, Cardiff appeared to be limited to a contribution of half the cost of working the laboratory for two years. There appeared to be no liability as regards the capital costs. The Corporation had made the fof- lowing payments to the laboratory :—1889, fc'J April and Jane, 1900, £ 120 and £ 150: total, £ 330, April and June. 1900, E120 and £ 150: total, £330. The report, which was called for by members who desired the liability to be defined, will be difscnssed at the next meeting.
WOOD-bTREET CHAPEL, CARDIFF. SELECTION OF PASTOR. At the adjourned meeting held on Monday night ct the Wood-street Congregational Church, Cardiff, the secretary, Mr A. W. Pyle, reported I that the Rev. John T. Peace, of Ponders End, London, had accepted the call to the pastorate. The Pjnuouncemeut was received wtih acclama- tion. The rsv. gentleman preaches at VVood-HU<;et on July 29th, and enters npon hie ministry on I the first Sunday in September. m ■■■■Mi ■ IM.
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THE LYCEUM, NEWPORT. Under the Red Cross," a drama with its scene of operations placed in the Transvaal, was produced last night at the above theatre, with every prospect of a successfnl run. The villain of the piece is a retlegade Englishman, and there are English farmers settled in the latest colony to be annexed to the Crown, and military men, together with a contingent of Boers. After this week the management announce that the theatre will be closed for a month.
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WELSH CONGREGATIONAL UNION. MEETINGS AT PORTMADOC. Portmadoe, Monday Evening.—At the time of writing considerably more than 200 delegates, including ministers and laymen have ariived here for the occasion of the annual meetings of the Weish Congregational Union. FalJy this number assembled at the Town Hall about 4 o'clock, when the Local Committee entertained them to a reception and tea. On behalf of his to wnsrnsn, the Rev. W. J. Nicholson gave ahearty welcome to the visitors, The Union, he said, had grown so much since it last visited the place, in 1877, that they feared they woali not be able to accommodate them, for Portmadoe had remained almost the same size, but (as Mr Nicholson happily remarked) the inhabitants had increased in kindness and hospitality, and all the visitors would be made as comfortable as pos- sible, Other religious denominations had assisted, and both the Liberal Club and the Conser- vative Club premises had been requisitioned for the use of the delegates. Dr Gwynne Jones, of Llanbadarn, pronounced grace, and soon after the tea a series of meetings were held, which made a commencemnt in earnest of the session. CHILDREN'S MEETING. The first of these was the children's meeting, which took place in Salem Chapel. Disappoint- ment was keen that Mr Tom John' of Llwynypia, the elected chairman, was not ablo to attend, and his position was filled by the Rev. H. Ivor<Jones, of Chester. An interesting address was delivered by Mr L. D. Jones, Bangor, on The History of Congregationalism in Carnarvonshire." In the course of his address Mr Jones said in olden times the Welsh people were very jealous of their lineal descent, and this practice, he thought, should be retained, for it stimulated the young to brave deeds worthy of their ancestry, and would be found an element of pride and mutual en- deavour: A religious denominatijn should en- courage the practice, for it instilled into the young the good qualities of the fathers, and taught them to keep up traditions. He suggested also that the history of a church might be con- tained in the name given to its minister, and thus be an incentive to that church to greater deeds. Branches bad sprung out from Pwllheli in the south and Carnarvon in the north. Henry Maurice started the cause in the vicinity of Pwllheli in the year 1672, bnt little was done during the following century. The North caune was started in 1782, and by the year 1850 about 60 churches had been founded, which in 1870 had in- creased to over 80, whilst at the present day the churches numbered more than 100. The speaker concluded an instructive address by appealing to them to be faithful to their denomination, in- dustrious, and worthy of their fathers. SUB-COMMITTEES. The sub-committees on Education. Temper- ance. and the Missionary Society met to draw up reports to present to the Union Committee. TEMPERANCE MEETING. The temperance mealing, which was held in the large and beautiful Memorial Chapel, was well attended, and some excellent addresses were delivered. Dr. Rhys Davies, of Swansea, pre- sided. The Revs. W. R. Bowen, Maesteg R. Talfor Phillips, Pestiniog, and J. Davies, Beth- esda, Talybont, were the speakers. DR. RHYS DAVIES, SWANSEA. The chairman of Monday's temperance rcieet- ing. Dr. Rhys Davies, of Swansea, is a prominent citizen of Abertawe, and is an ex-chairman of the Swansea School Board and ex-president of the Swansea Cymmrodorion Society. Dr. Davies, who holds the degree of M.D. of Edinburgh iwith distinction), ia a native of Llanwrtyd, and he and his relatives have long been connected with Con- gregationaliano. He is related to Dr. Gwesyn Jons3 and the late revered patriarch, Hev. D. Williams, of Troedrhiwdalar. His father and hi3 grandfather were deacons of the Congregational Church at Llanwltyd. Dr. Davies has always taken a. deep interest in temperance work, and being a member of the medical profession his testimony on the evil effects of alcohol on the human system carries a deal of weight. REV. THOMAS JOHNS, LLANELLY. The retiring cb&amsm of the Welsh Congrega- tional Union is 63 years of age. Born at Llan- wrcia, Carmarthenshire, in 1836, he left school when 14 years old to be instructed in the weav- ing trade, of which his father was a master, bat be was soon called for higher work. Having suc- ceeded so well at school be followed up his studies assiduously, and was invited by tho committee which managed Ty'nyllether School to become its headmaster, which position he accepted, and laboured with remarkable success for two years. He was, however, destined to fill another sphere. Like his father the Bible was his study and de- light, and being brought up in a Christian home he received the right hand of fellowship from the Rev. Thomas Jonea, the poet-preacher, at Tabor Chapel, Llanwrda, when only 13 years of age. At 22 years of age he commenced preach- ing and went to .Llandovery School, subsequently iin 1861) entering Brecon College. Three years later he was ordained minister at Ebenezer Chapel, Carnarvonshire. Having done good work here for a period of five years he became the suc- cessor of the immortal David Rees as pastor of Capel Als, Llanelly, a church which is now 120 years old and is the parent church of the numer- ous Independent causes in and around Llanelly. For 30 years has the Rev. Thomas Johns minis- tered at Llanelly, with a success to which the pro- gress of his own church and the nrosperity of its offshoots bear testimony. After bis advent a schoolroom was built, Tabernacle Chapel was raised at t cost of zCI,500, and i a 1895 Capel Ats and its schoolroom were rebuilt at a cost of X5,000, and it is now spoken of as one of tht handsomest chapels in the Principality. The architect who designed it is a resident of Portmadoc. There are at present about 800 members, tnd the spacious building is on Sunday evenings gener- ally filled to overflowing. Being almost entirely composed of working men, the church is still encumbered with debt, and if the present effort to raise £1,000 this year is successfnl one more tribute will be given to the energy of the pastor and to the practice of voluntary principles in Nonconformist churches. Capel Als keeps pace with the times, having created a powerful orchestra, which accompanies the singing every Sunday, from the midst of the congregation. Johns Capet Als" is an extremist in many thiugs, Abstemious in his habits and of sterling character, he denounces all forms of worldliness, and it will be in keeping with his characteristics if the president's address at Portmadoe tends in that direction. Convinced that the drink traffic, does more than any other single cause to ruin men, he continually preaches abBtinencs, and 25 years ago he established a lodge of Good Temp- lars in connection with Capel Als, which is still doing good work. In politics he is a staunch Liberal and an earnest and active worker, and for his political services the highest compliment he receives is the hatred of the Tories for his fear- less speech and his uncompromising attitude. Mr Johns serves Lhtnellyon the County Council, and in add ition he spends much of his time in literary labours. For 30 years he has edited Tywysydd y Plant, a monthly magazine for the youne, which has now a circulation of about 35,000. For the last 12 years he has written every month a bio- graphical sketch of some brother minister for its pages. He was a contributor to the Beimiad and other Welsh magazines, and has issued essays on the following subjects in pamphlet form The Origin of Welsh Nonconformity," The New Testament, translated by William Sales- bury," The Welsh Bible," and The Tempta- tions of Rural Districts." The subjects of his moat popular lectures have been Gold," The Glory of Young Men," John Penry the Welsh Patriot," Martin Luther and the Puritans." The Rev. Thomas Johns deserved the honour of presidency conferred upon him last year. At its formation in 1872 lie acted as joint-secretary of the Welsh Congregational Union for two years, his colleague for the first year being the Hev. Josiah Jones, Machynlleth, and for tbe second year Rev. D. M. Jenkins, 'Liverpool. Both have liince been presidents, of the Union. When the Union visited Llanelly in 1884 Mr Johns was secretary to the Loeal Committee, and on its second visit last year he was chairman of the com- mittee.
INTERNATIONAL ATHLETICS. TRIPLE VICTORY OF E. C. BREDIN. The first day of the International athletic pro- fessional competition at Paris Exhibition on Sun- day was distinguished for the triple viotory of C. Bredin, the ex-amateur champion of England. He won the 100 metres, the 400 metres, and the 1,500 metres fiat races, and Sweeney, the Ameri- en! won the high jnrrp.
CADUURY'S COCOA has a world wide reputation is a delicious, strengthening beverage, and a valuable nutritive food. The Lancet says it represents the standard of highest purity." Always insist on having C,,(Ibury's-s ti only in Paekete and Tins—as other Cocoas areoftien sabtitatesd fee the sake of extra j pvofii 1113b ¡..
CARDIFF. Embezzlement. A lad in his early teens, Charles Fradd, appeared before Alder- man D. Jones, Mr J. B. Perrier, and Mr Alex. Duncan at the Cardiff Police Court on Monday on a serious charge, it being alleged against him that while a messenger in the employ of Messrs D. Jones and Co., What" -ton-trept, he embezzled two sums of 6" 9d and Is lid respectively. Mr Belcher represented the company, and remarked that the prosecution was instituted only as a public duty. It was given in evidence that the lad delivered goods up to the value named in the charge, signed the bills, and kept the money. Detective Rankin deposed to arresting the lad in Bakers'-row on Saturday afternoon.. Defendant was charged at the police station, and in reply to one of the charges said he had made a mistake in signiug the bill, but added that he did not receive the money. He did not remember the other case at all. In reply to the charges the lad continued to protest his innocence. The Bench considered the case proved, and bound the lad over in the sum of S5 to be of good behaviour for six months. Ald. Jones informed the company's manager that he and his colleagues on the Bench did not think that young messenger lads should be allowed to receive money on behalf of the company. It was onlv putting temptation in their way. Mr J. B. Ferrier expressed hia concurrence, remarking, It is not right." Scene in Court.—An incident in Louisa-street on Jane 9th occupied the attention of the Bench for some time. Elizabeth Tomlin. of 26, Louisa-street (represented by Mr I Lloyd Meyrick) was complainant, and a young man named George Crock, of the other side of the street, was the defendant. Mrs Tomlin came equipped with liberal samples of hair, which she alleged defendant had pulled out of her head while drugging her from her doorway to the road. Defendant's sister shad new light upon the hair, declaring that a fortnight before the row prose- cutrix showed the self-same relics and explained that her hair was falling out in consequence of a severe illness. The magistrates proceeded to consider their decision, but the consultation was cut short by a gurgla from Crock. It was found he was suffering from an epileptic fit. and two police constables removed him from the court. The Bench dismissed the case. Darker Cardiff.—Annie Brown appeared on a warrant to answer a charge of having kept a dis- orderly house at 36, Maria-atreot on Saturday. Prisoner waa in tears, and seemed very penitent. She was fined £5 and costs in default a month's imprisonment Her daughter, Beatrice Caulfutt (21), was charged with having assisted in the management. The Bsnch thought she had been acting under the influence of her mother, and discharged her with a caution. Window Smashing.—On Satorday night David Phillips, a young fellow of 24 years, behaved in an extraordinary manner, according to a story told to the Court. Charles Lanson, of the Locomotive Hotel, was the narrator, and he informed Alderman D. Jones, Mr J. B. Ferrier, and Mr Alex. Duncan that on Saturday night defendant, whom he had never seen before, broke windows at the hotel to the value of JE3. Defen- pant declared he was driven to the rashness by an act of violence on the part of the prosecutor. This alleged provocation prosecutor absolutely denied, informing the Bench that he had never seen defendant until he 8M him on Saturday night engaged in demolishing the hotel windows. The Bench ordered defendant to pay the damage, Y,3, and fined him 10s and costs; in default 14 days' imprisonment.
MERTHYR. Assault.—Thomas German, summoned 011 Monday at the Merthyr Police Court (before Mr March-ant Williams and Mr T. E. Morgan) for assarting Isaac Williams on the 25th nit., was lined 10s and costa, Attempted Suicide. Thomas Wood was charged with attempting to commit suicide in the canal, Abercynon, on Friday. Mn Jemima Davies, wife of Morgan Davies, stated that she saw the accused splashing about in the canal, the water of which was over his head. She pulled him out,, and he said he had tried bard to drown and it was God's wish that he I had not drowned. He made a similar statencent to the police sergeant who afterwards came on the scens. The prisoner, who was said to be affected in his mind, said he was intending to go to his lodgiugs, when he came to the water,-and he was bound to go through it. He could swim. He was remanded for a week.
SWANSEA. Sunday Trading.—On Monday the magis- trates ived over 20 small tradespeople before them for breaches of the Lord's Day Observance'Act. The first offenders were fined 2s Gd, and those who had been tined before had to pay the maxi- mum fine of 5s.
ABERAVON. Brutal Assault.—For committing a brutal assault on his mother-in-law, Sarah Cudo, of Pontrhydyfen, on the 23rd June last, Thomas Evans was fined X3 aud costs.
COUNTY INQUIRY AT ABERCARN. On Monday Alderman Phillips, Tredegar, held an ioquiry on behalf of the Monmouthshire County Council into the application of the Aber- carn District Council for the West Wiird to be i-.plit into two wards, to be called the West Ward and the Torlai3 Ward, so as to secure bdter representation for the Newbridge portion of the district. Alderman P. Wilson Kaffan supported the scheme. Mr Gustard, clerk to the County Council, said with reference to the division for I Council Council purposes his autbority would havo to n.:en:wria.lisc the Local Government Board, who would hold an inanity, which would meau a lot of expense. Alderman Raffan did not think chore would be the slightest opposition. Plans Were put in, and the inquiry closed.
PRIZE FIGHT NEAR CWMAVON. On Saturday two well-known manipulators of the raw 'nns," in the persons of Buller Rees, of football fame, ttnd Wm. Lane, both of Cwmavon, met on a mountain at Cwmavon and fought ft determined fight forE5 a side. After 27 rounds had been fought Rees was declared the winner. The affair came oS unknown to the police. There was a large crowd round the ring.
AN ABERDARE BANKRUPT. Arthur Morris, who was represented by Mr J. D. Thomas,came up for his public examination at Aberdare on Monday. His liabilities were zES60 and assets X37. He had lost moneys on certain patents and also during the strike of 1898. The examination was adjourned for amendments in the a.ccounts.
ABERAVON. Free GardenBrg.-The Cwmavon and Aberavon Lodges of the National United Order of Free Gardeners Friendly Society held a successful demonstration, dinner, and concert on Saturday. There was a splendid muster of members present aud tho lodges were reported to be in a flourish- ing couditiou.
MERTHYR. Funeral of an Old Inha.bitant.-On Monday afternoon the funeral of the iate Mr George James, 79, of 13, Alma-row, senior deacon of High-etreet Baptist Church, took place, and was attended by a large number of the congregation and townspeople. The deceased was a native of Haverfordwest. So long ago as 1846. he was baptized at Hi&b-street Church by Dr. Davies and for 52 years he remained a deacon of the church. He was treasurer of the Sunday School library 47 years, and almoner of the chnrch 40 years. Twice he was Sunday School superin- tendent, and he was at one time president of the local Sunday School Union. He liyecl during no less than ten pastorates of the charcb.
ABERDARE. Legal.—We congratulate Mr W, ThomM, Station-street, upon passing:the final examination of the Incorporated Law Society. Mr Thomas was articled to Alderman J. W. Evans, Aberdare. His articles were for the minimum time allowed by the Incorporated Law Society—three years— and he sat for his final within that time. Taking into consideration the fact that during the whole of the time lie was articled he managed the office.' and that his studies were confined tu the evening, his success ishighly creditable.
FOOT RACE AT TREFOREST. BREDIN BEATS CULLUM. A foot race between Bredin and Cullutn for £511 took place on Monday evening on the Running Grounds, Treforest. Considerabls interest was centred in the match, which was witnessed by about 600 persons. The distance, 1,000 yards, was twice round the course and halfway down. Cullnm appeared to be in good form, bnt Bredia looked a trifle seedy, owing to the overnight journey from Paris, where he won several prizes on Sunday. Odd3 of 5 to 4 against Bredin were freely laid and accepted. Mr T. E. Lewis, Pontypridd, was the starter, and Welsh Athlete the referee. Ccllnm at once took the lead, his opponent being two or three yards babied during the two laps. About 100 yards from iioire, however, Bredin put in a fine sprint and won just by a foot. Time, 2min. 36jsec.
YACHTING. ROYAL CLYDE REGATTA. For the first time since the Clyde Regatta bggan the weather on Monday at the Royal Clyde fixture was of au unfavourable kind for good racing. It promised well during the early day, but a southerly breeze gave way at 1 o'clock, and the succeeding hours were passed in drifting in the Firth. The yawl Brynbild, although sailing in masterly fashion through the variable puffs, was fortunate to get all the best of the wind. The victory was so well deserved that no one grudged it to her. The first round was timed H. M. S. IT. M. a. Brynhild 1 1 50 Irene 1 30 30 Khams 1 1 52 Thalia 1 33 50 Caress 1 13 50 Vindetta 2 8 5 The finish was as follows :— H. M. S. H. M. S. Brynhild (win) 4 44 58 Caress (2nd) 5 8 29 Khama (3rd) ..5 4 54 I Thalia 5 56 8 Irene and Vendetta gave up. Penitent and Seugtt sailed a remarkable match, nnd the former won by seconds only, the times being ■ H. M. S. H. M. s. Penitent 7 0 52 | Senga 7 11 0
NEW YORK PRICES. fReater's Telegrams.1 New York, Monday. Stocks opened with an undecided tone but generally lower in sympathy with London, bat became strong though dull on better crop news and professional buying in anticipation of the reinvestment of part of the immense sum disbursed in payment of July interest. The market closed quiet but steady and near the best figures with notable net gains generally. Government Bonds were irregular and Railroad Bonds firm, Atchison Share", North-Western Ordinary. Louisville and Wabash Preference advanced t t Atchison Preference, Reading First Preferred, and Union Pacific Shares, J; Baltimore Shares, lg New Jersey, 3; Quincy and Milwaukee Common, IM Rock Island ano Missouri Pacific, l&; Delaware-Hudson, 22 r Illinois Central, 2 New York Central, Northers Common, and Union Preferred, í and Norfolk Preferred and Pennsylvania Shares, 1. Monej,- easy. Sterling Exchange urmer. Silver-com mercial bars unchanged. Cotton advanced early on recipt of unex- pectedly favourable cables, but fell away later oi a good weather report, and closed barelf stettdy spot qaiet at V. reduction. Cottoff oil, dnl I unchanged to 1 lower crude 32c., yellow 36c. Petroleam-refined steady, at late rates. Lard--caih steady, but five poiutg down. Whea.t declined after the opening, then improved on talk of less favouraole wsathei abroad, but again relapsed on reports of more favourable crop conditions and closed weak spot. weak. Flonr weak in sympathy with wheat and 20 points down. Corn receded for awhile, then rose on covering, but again de. clined with wheat, and finished weak; spot, easy. Sugar strong; at A gain. Coffee has been buoyant 011 higher Havre and Hamburg cables, and left off steady upot firm, at ï4: advance, Tin dull, and 50 points down. Iron weak. Coppez steady. July 2 June 30 Call MOHSV W.S. GOV. Bamds 2P.c. p.c. Ditto, other securities 2 p.c. p.c. Exchange outiondon.feOdays'sight 4 83% Ditto, Cable Transfers 4 66% 4.8654 Exchange Paris, 68 days' sight .I 5.1S34 518% Exclian,!e )n Bcrlia d aN 94 sl"i Four per Cent. U.S. Funled Loaa. JM 115 Western Union Telegraph Shares 79 79 Atchison Topeka, and S. Fe 25} £ Ba. De. 4 p.c. Mor 107^ j(w/t B*. Do. 5 p.c, Preferr. 72 I'altiwore and Ohie 72% 71, Do. D" S.W. 4 )D.c. — Canada, Southern Shares 4V £ Canadian Pacific Central New Jersey '27 3'i4 Ctnlral Pacific Shares — Chesapeake and Ohio 25' j 25 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy.. 125 t23;, Chicago and North-Western Ord. 15g,; 153 Chicago and N-Wester* Preferred — — Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul 111^ ]09% Chicago and Kock Tslaad 165% "041.i Clerel'd. Cin., Ch.,<fc St. lis. O 57 57 Belaware and Hudson 11254 150 Belaware Lackawanna 17634 !76 Benver and Kio Grande Shares ..J 17 ir'j Benvei- Preferred 6b- 67 Illinois Central Shares J12M 110^ Lake Shore & Michigan Southern 213;* Louisville and Nashville Shares. 74% 71;" Michigan Central Shares 1;)5 Missouri, Kansas, and Texas f\ 10 Missouri Pacific *• c.1'i New York, Lake Erie, <fc Wester* H n LIIL \69 70 New York Central & Hudson R'T- 28j 127!>f New N orkil-it:irin Or-A., 19% 19X erii Sl Northern Pucilic 70: Norfolk and West,-ri —. v 75 Pennsylvania and Philadelphia.1 327^ IZSii Philadelphia aud iieadiug Shares 17 [ga.| Philadelphia &Keading5P-c'lstiInc 59?, 5$'.4 Do. d«. 4 P-c 87 r,8?i Union Pacific Shares 50;^ 59 D». Preferred 7^ 71 Wabash, St. Louis, snc, poloi 7yg '1 Wabash, St. j. ret. Sfcr. j 37-.4 Si ver 61% in" eOSSON AN» FSOPUCR MARKETS Cstton.day'sreceipts at U.S. ports 2.09S Cotton, day's receipts att>ul ports 0 );):? 4'030 Cotton,tip.y*,Se-xp rt to (.i, L, t-i fri!l. O.t) O Gli Cetton,day's export to Continent 3>4-: Cotton future Aug. delivery o ,30 9 Cstton future Oct. unlivery 3.2:1 p, (-7 Cotton middling upland N. TorV. 9% ]0 Cottcn middling Nc-.s- Orleans 9% Petroleum,refined, incases 9.15 9.1 j 7.85 T.15 Petroleum, stVlwhitel-hiladelphia 7.8() 7^5 Petroleum, iipe Liaj Certs' us l) Spirits of Turpeutine 47 47 Lard. Wilcoxs spo» 7(vj ?5 fallow, Prime City 4.^ Su?ar, fairrefiim.iur.c<?vado 4W D#. 96 p.c. Centrifugal 4?4 4»i C»rn New mixed, Western s»ot. 4S34 43}? Corn Futures July 47% 47-4 Do. Sept «7t £ 4312 Spring Wheat,No. 1 spot 8!!i f ?CV. Wheat, red winter on tie spot .j 875^ Wheat delivery July 37U Wheat delivery SeDt 83? £ Sfi5* Coffee Rio No. 7 gj|' 3^ Coffee Rle No. 7 Low Or«i. Aug, .j 7.65 ?.J £ Coffee ditto delivery Oct, 7.75 Flour ex State Shippingifra*ds.i .3.5 3 55 iron, K». 2 Northern 17.DO 57.5? Tin, Australian Si.oo 31'53 Copper ;6j,4 | 161,4 Steel Kails 1 35 i ;$r> 'Freights Grain Liverpool steajsiersJ Freight GraiastcamersLoade* 3^3 3g4 Freight, Cotton to Liverpool 3-32 3^ja Wheat Chicage.Aag^etiTery 77% Coria, Chicago, Aug. deliyery 42 4 XijSHentine, Sa»annaii J 437:1 43¥ ¡L