TEHRIBLE TRAGEDY ON THE HALKIN ROAD. ATTEMPTED DOUBLE MURDER AND DETERMINED SUICIDE. It is not often that the town of Holywell seethes with excitement, yet this was the con- diiion prevailing on Friday evening. About six o'clock in the evening several shots were heard to have been fired on the south-east aide of the town-reports that quickly attracted at- tention. The cause of the reports was soon seen. Mr and Mrs E. B. Marsden, of the National Provincial Bank, had been up the Halkin road as far as the Workhouse for a walk, and when returning they were met by a man named Captain Walter William Fyson, late of Elm Villa, Lowestoft, near Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, who, immediately drew forth a large heavy calibre six-chamber revolver, and ex- claiming Now I have got you, I am going to shoot you," fired two or three shots at Mr and Mrs Marsden, as they stood on the footpath, Captain Fyson standing almost against the gate on the opposite side of the road to Ashurst Lodge gate. Mr Marsden was hit by one of the bullets in the hand, the other shot falling wide. Evidently, upon seeing the blood and the approach of some persons, their assailant took it he had effected his purpose, and putting the muzzle of the revolver into his mouth fired, the bullet entering the brain and killing him instantly. Mr Marsden oarried only a thin cheiry-wood stiok with a hooked handle whilst Mrs Marsden had an umbrella. The first shot struck Mr Marsden in the left hand, in which he held the stick, and according to his statement at the inquest, he had placed his arm round his wife to draw her aside and behind him as Fyson fired. It is very probable from the description that the eaoape of Mrs Marsden was miraoulous as also when the second shot struck and broke the umbrella. The walking stick was splintered by the bullet, and on the wall on the right hand Bide of the road are the marks of the bullets as they s ruck the stone. One of the splashed bullets was afterwards picked up on the road. There were a number of people in close proximity to the scene at the time, and they saw all that took place. It was not anticipated from the ap- pearancesof the parties that such a tragio oc- currence waa about to take place; so sudden was the shooting that the whole affair was over before the eye-witnesses comprehended the seriousness of the attack. When deceased shot himself a number of people came upon the scene, and Mr and Mrs Marsden were removed to Ashurst Lodge where they were attended by Drs. James Williams and K. M. Lloyd. Mrs Marsden suff-red, very naturally, from shock, whilst in addition to shock Mr Marsd&n's fingers in his left hand were considerably injured. The corpse was ultimately removed in a cart to the Holywell Police Station, and afterwards was placed in a dis- used room of one of the cottages in the station yard. Dr. Thos. Jones, of the Flintshire Dispensary, was oalled in, and he made an examination of the body, and it was found thai the deceased in firing into his mou, h had pointed the revolver to discharge into the roof of his mouth. The bullet had entered at the base of the skull which was considerably shattered, and had evidentlytarned aside and buried itself in some part of the brain. It appears that the deceased was related to Mr and Mrs Marsden. having some years ago married a Miss Lidle, sister of Mrs Marsden, whose dowry was secured in trust, by her father and at her death reverted to her relatives failing issue. To this arrangement the deceased was opposed and to such an extent that he manifestly thirsted for revenge for the fanoied wrong, and with the object of oarrying out his plan of revenge he visited Holywell, arriving in the town some days prior to the tragedy. He had, it seems, taken apartments in Well-street, and during his stay he had mixed pretty freely among the townspeople to more thaa one of whom he expressed his intention of having revenge. To these threats but little heed was taken, being regarded more as empty ravings than of one intent upon committing a heinous crime. The greatest oonsternation was caused in the town upon the spread of the news and crowds of people flocked to the spot. An inquest was held on Saturday, at which a full and detailed description of the particulars leadiBg up to and inoluding the tragedy were given. THE FUNERA.L OF THE DECEASED, The interment of the deoeased took place at Holywell Cemetery, on Monday afternoon, at half-past five o'clock, in the presenoe of a large crowd notwithstanding that considerable pre- cautions had been exeroised by the polioe in the oarrying out of the funeral arrangements. The remains were enclosed in a plain oak ooffin with black ornaments, the oentre plate bearing the inscription Walter W. Fyson, died May 13th, 1898, aged 46 years," and on the plate was the text" The spirit shall return unto God who gave it," and on a foot plate It Thy will be done." The undertaker was Mr Thomas Hughes, High-street. The Rev. D. Oliver, of the Welsh Congregational Chapel, Chapel-street, officiated at the grave, and read a portion of Scripture, afterwards offering a short prayer in which he said We have met this evening under unusual circumstances; we feel we are committing the body to the dust according to Thy oommand, bat we leave him with Thee, the righteous Judge. We are not able to scrutinize, and we are told distinctly not to judge. Thou art the only Judge and we believe in Thy goodness and in Thy righteousness. We commit the departed to Thee, knowing that he shall be justly dealt with. We feel there is a lesson iu the circum- stances to us who are left behind. We are told to govern our passions; to regulate our desires; we are told we are also liable to be led astray. We thank Thee heavenly Father we have been kept from evil. Let him that standeth to-day be oareful least he fall Keep as from evil habits; from the influences of our evil hearts. May our passions be regulated so that our lives should be in all things feeling that we are responsible to Thee for all our aotions. We ask Thee to bless those who naturally feel distressed by his actions; possibly some near and dear td.tlve8 b,)wed down with trouble. We ask Thee to sustain them and bless them in this hour of trouble. We would also recognise Thy Ko idness in the lives thlit nave been spared It might have been worse. We recognise Thy protecting hand, and we thank Thee, that we Mn acknowledge Eh*e as our Ruler. We would blosM rhy name and take a lesson from this deed to guard our lives in such a way that when d-nth vvllt come we shall receive the blessings of the rirfbt^ous Hear us in our prayers for Christ's Sake, Amen. The service was con- ducted under the provisions of the Burials Act. THE INQUEST. An inquest was held on the body of the deceased at the Court House, on Saturday moruiug, before Mr Richard Bromley, County Coroner. Mr J. H. Hague was elected foreman ot the Jury. Mr H A. Cope appeared on behalf of Mr E. B. Marsden. There were a large number of people present in Court during the hearing The Coroner in opening the inquiry said, no doubt this was a matter which had caused some amount of oonsternation, having regard to the circumstances in colnectioa with the care. The deceased first fired at M r and Mrs Marsden and then turned the revolver upon himself. It was for the jury to oonsider whether the deceased Was at the time temporarily insane, or whether the deceased killed himself being at the time sane, which would be equivalent to felo de se. A Jury sometimes considers that when a person kills himself, naturally he must be temporarily insane. That did not follow at all, for then every person who killed another would be considered temporarily insane, and be free from the penalty of the law. It wan of some importenoe that the Jury should oonsider that question, and the only way to arrive at a deoision would be by the evidence to be plaoed before them. Dr. Thos. Jones, of the Flintshire Dispensary, said: I was sent for about a quarter past six, yesterday (Friday) evening, to see a man whom I was told was injured and was at the Polioe Station. I went instantly, seeing a orowd along the road, I saw also a cart containing a body. I afterwards examined the body, in the police station, first and afterwards in the house in the station yard. I found there was a hole in the roof of the mouth and the base of the skull was also considerably shattered. I could feel splinters of bone but could not traoe the bullet. I traced with my finger and with forceps. The probability is that the bullet is buried in the brain. I did not make any further examination. I was shown a revolver (produced). The wound I saw was one consistent with a shot from suoh a revolver and the position was consistent with the deceased having shot himself. Mr Edwin Bowen Marsden, manager of the National Provincial Bank, Holywell, said the body lying in the Polioe Station and which I have just seen 1 identify as that of Captain Walter W. Fyson. He lived until recently at Gorleston, Great Yarmouth. His wife died there a month ago, and I had notioe that he was going to leave there and coming to Holywell to annoy me. He came to Holywell about a week ago and lodged in Well-street. He would be about 45 years of age, and was a sea-faring man. Some years ago he was captain of a vessel that went to South Afrioa. He scuttled the vessel and came home. He married my wife's sister. The Coroner: Was he retired or on aotive service ?-He was a sea-faring man, a certificated master. Was he retired?—No, I cannot oall him retired. He might have gone to sea again. I understand you are represented, as you are not very well. I simply ask you the questions for the purpose of burial and we will see about adjourning the inquiry ?—Witness: If not un- necessarily long I can manage if seated, and thus save you and the jury.—It was aooordingly decided to proceed with the evidence. Witness: Deceased did not write to me, but he wrote to my sister-in-law, stating that he was going to Holywell to oarry out his revenge. He married my wife's sister, and my father-in- law settled a thousand pounds upon her with the rest to come to her after death. She died about a month ago. The money was in trust, and he could not participate in anything after her death. Had he written any threatening letters to you before he came to Holywell ?—Many times. And to your wifeP-Yes. Did you write to him requesting him to come to Holywell at all ?—No, he came himself. He wrote to my sister-in-law to say that he was going to Holvwell to oarry out his threats, and that was to shoot us. In any letter has he told you what he intended to do-what kind of a threat-simply II to make it hot for you," or what ?—Some years ago, after the settlement was made, we had an action in London; the deceased tried to upset the deed of settlement. He then threatened to shoot me and Mr R. W. Williams of Cardiff, the solioitor in the case. Have you ever taken any proceedings to have him bound over to keep the peace ?-No, but I told his wife if I took any proceedings it would be serious. and she tried to keep him quiet. He only threatened you and your wife on this partioular question of money P-Yes, and the solicitor especially. I may tell you when the action was heard in the High Court the Judge gave a very strong opinion, that no costs should come out of the estate, and that it was a disgraoeful attempt to get hold of his wife's money. I tried several times to be released from the trust, but I could not be. Did you oonsider at all that his mind was deranged ?—Well, his sister told me that when he was young he had sunstroke. I don't believe his mind was deranged, only when he took liquor. Do you believe he committed this deed when his mind was deranged P-O, no; he did it when in apparently sound mind, for when in a proper frame of mind he would reiterate the threats no matter what his oondition was. I come now to yesterday, or rather to his ooming to Holywell. When he came here a week ago, what was his oourse of conduct P-I oannot say more than that he was seen walking up and down the street. On Friday morning I was in the Market Place with my wife. Deceased followed us and looked hard at us. He did not speak, but came olose to us and looked hard at us. Did you notice the look; was it malignant?— Yes, it was very plain. You did not see him again during the morning ?—I met him about one o'olock in the street. He was on the opposite side of the street; he crossed and met me, but nothing transpired. He passed without saying a word. Did you ever speak to him at all when in Holywell ?-I said "Good-day" to him once, but he made a rather wide reply to go somewhere. Did it strike you, when you saw him early on Friday, that he was out of his mind ?-No, he was observant, looking at the stalls and then came towards us and looked hard at us. After one o I clook, did you see him again that day ?-Mrs Marsden and I went for a walk about five o'clook. We were going up Halkyn- road. He came out of the Hotel Victoria as we passed and looked at us. Did he look at you in the same old way ?— No, he looked at us in a determined manner. Did you take any notioe ? Wa went on. You did not say anything ?-No, we walked on up the road until we got near to the Workhouse, and then turned baok. As we came round the curve in the road below the Workhouse we oould see a man standing near Ashorat Lodge. When we got down to within about 300 yards of the Lodge gate he crossed to the other side of the road. We walked on steadily, and just as we got within 30 or 40 yards, the deceased drew from his pooket a revolver and said "Now I have got you, and I am going to shoot you." He stood against a gate almost opposite Ashurst Lodge. My wife asked protection of some men on the road to try and stop the deceased. We walked back a few yards and asked a man to go to him, to proteot us, we thought that he would not shoot at the man. I do not know who he was; he did not do it. Did he see the revolver ?-He must have done, I should think. Who elae saw it ?-One man came along on a bicycle but he was afraid and went over the hedge I think. He went on ?-The first man did. I think the cyclist left his maohine and went over the hedge. At any rate he did not interfere. My wife sor earned. Did you Mk the oyolist to help you ?—He was far off. He saw you ?—Yes, and so far as I can ascertain he jumped over the hedge and left the bicycle behind. Then Mrs Marsden screamed P—Yes, and Mrs Cassels came down from Ashurat Lodge to the gate and she screamed as well for aasiatance. What was he doing at this time ?-Holding the revolver and pointing it now and again if we moved. My wife said You shall not shoot my husband; you shall shoot me," and she stood in front before me. I had no protection except a walking stiok. He was oontinually aiming more particularly at me. I was not quite behind my wife, but beside her. I watched him fingering the revolver and as he put his finger on the trigger I put my left arm round my wife and drew her quickly behind me. At that instant the deceased fired and the bullet struok the stiok I held in my left hand and at the same time injured my fingers. You saw him take aim ?—I saw him put his finger to the trigger, and as he did it I twisted my wife round, and my hand got it, unfortunately. What took place after that ?-I do not know whether he loaded the revolver then or not. He was not many seoonds before he fired a seoond time. I twisted my wife round again, and the bullet struok the umbralla she held. I believe the umbrella saved her. With that Mrs Cassels screamed out, and Mr Bertie Pierce oame towards them. The deoeased loaded the revolver, and as soon as he loaded it he put it into his mouth and shot himself. My belief is that he saw the tremendous amount of blood from my hand and thought he had done me bodily harm. I think Mr Pieroe saw him shoot himseif; Mrs Cassels also saw him. He plaoed the revolver in his mouth, fired, and dropped down. Did he say anything from the time he threatened you by saying "Now I have got you" till his death P—No, he said nothing. I see your arm is in a sling. Is that in consequence of the shooting P-Yeø, my three fingers are badly hart. We were both taken to Ashurat Lodge, and there the doctors attended to me. The Foreman Can Mr Marsden tell us anything as regards his health; whether he was generally in good health or not ?-He was always in good health. He led his wife a terrible life in Yarmouth. His oondact drove her- The Coroner: Never mind those details. So far as his physioal oondition was concerned he was a strong man. My objeot is to lead the jury in order to ascertain what was his condition. I do not want to go into too minute details. Toera is nothing to be served by it. Physioally he was a strong healthy man P—Witness Yea, a wiry man but very much addicted to drink. He was not in drink during the time he bad the revolver ?-I could not tell you the state of the deceased at the time, as he stood almost up to the gate. You can form no opinion ?-No, I thought he was sober when he oame out of the hoel. I understand he then went down to Well-street for the revolver. We will get that later on. You only know that from hearsay. Deputy Chief-Constable Hughes: That is our presumption from the inquiries made. The Coroner: That will do, and I am sure the jury will agree with me that we are glad you and Mrs Maraden came out so fortunately from this truly terrible affair. Mr Marsden: Thank you. Bernard Rafferty, of Blue Bell Yard, said, I was going up the Halkyn-road to the field with a horse when I saw the deceased going up the road. I also saw Mr and Mrs Marsden coming down the road. I noticed that the man was staggering a little as he went up the road, and it wai that which drew my attention to him. He had also a very peonliar look and he looked very hard at me as he went up. He had his left hand in his pooket and his right hand under his ooat behind his baok. He was walking leeuirely up the road as I passed him. Aftar passing him I saw Mr and Mrs Marsden, and after going about 40 yards I turned round and saw the man walk aoross the road towards Mr and Mrs Marsden, and when he got to about ten or fifteen yards from them he pulled his hand from underneath his ooat. I heard him say" Now for it," and fired two shots in rapid suooession at Mr and Mrs Maraden aud then one a little later at them. When I taw this, I left the horae and ran towards Mr and Mrs Maraden till I got about 20 yards from the man. The man stood still with his right hand behind his back under his coat and the revolver in it. I shouted to Mr and Mrs Marsden to come away from him, thinking to get them up the Red Houses. They came up the road and the man put something from Uio tot* band Into the revolver, and I shouted 44 Murder," and the man put the revolver in his mouth and fired. I did not see Mrs Cassells. I saw a man on a bioyole who jumped off and went over the wall on the right haad side. There was then quite a orowd coming up the road. The deceased was facing me when he fired. Mr Pierce was the next man to come up, and after that the polioe and the dooter were sent for. By a Jaror: Toe deoeased was about ten yards off when he fired the first shot and then went closer to them. Mrs Mary Roberts, Red Houses, said she was retaining from the bakehouse, and going up to Red Houses, when she saw the shooting. She was some little distance off. Deputy Chief Constable Hughes said, on Thursday evening last the deceased oalled at the Polioe Station, I noticed he was exoited. He said I have been told in the publio-houses in the town that you have a warrant against me, and I have come to give myself up to save being arrested." I told the deceased I had not got a warrant. Deoeased after. wards asked had I written to the Chief Constable of Great Yarmouth. I said "Yes," and he asked Why did you do so P I replied In oonsequenoe of the threats you have used to Mr and Mra Marsden." Deoeased said he had not done so; he bad come to Holywell in the hope that Mr Marsden would invite him to his house. He had seen Mrs Marsden in the street, but she ran away from him. He also said they need not fear,-he would do them no harm, as he was going to Liverpool on Monday to see his solicitor. Seeing his exoited manner he had a oon- vereation with him, and after an hour's stay he left very abruptly. On Friday afternoon he watched the deoeased; he seemed like a man with his mind unhinged and irrational in his manner. When the body was brought to the police station, the deceased had on him seven £10 notes, some silver and oopper, and six foreign ooins. There were letters on the deceased but not any bearing upon the case. The Coroner: There was nothing to shew from his oondnot that the man contemplated something ? -We were suspicious. It was quite consistent with a man working him- self up to a oertain pitoh to do something of which you had no knowledge ?—He spoke of Mr Marsden's family having done him an injustice, and it seemed to prey upon his mind. He waa anxioas to relate the whole matter to me, but I told him I did not want family matters. I saw him at 4.30 on Friday afternoon. He was excited and bad the appearance of having had drink. As to the obtaining of the revolver, from iuquiries made of the deoeased's landlady she could not say that he came there for the revolver, but he came to the house between five and six and went upstairs and afterwards left the house. The revolver (produced) had been in his possession sometime for be had a license taken out in October last. I should oonclude that the deceased re-loaded the revolver after firing at Mr and Mrs Marsden, for foor of the six barrels contained cartridges. You say you had had communications with the Chief Constable of Great Yarmouth, with regard to the deceased ?-The Ohief Constable said he was respectable, but drank heavily; he thought he was sane. The Coroner: That is all the evidence I intend to put before you. As I indicated at the opening, you have to consider how the deceased came by his death. The evidence clearly ishows-by a revolver shot, fired by himself. The next question il!- What was the oondition of the deceased at the time-was he insane or in his proper friinti of mind ? Some have the idea that if a man committed suioide, he mast at the time have lost possession of his senses. What are the circumstances ? Here is a man, ao- oording to Mr Hughes' evidence of the oommanica- tions with the Ohief Constable of Great Yarmouth, sane. No doubt if the Chief Constable of Great Yarmouth had snggeated to Deputy Ohief Constable Hughes that the deceased was insane, he would have taken steps to keep him under control. The Deputy Chief very naturally thought the man was a little exoited over some imaginary wrong done him. People often got those ideas, and followed them out to an extraordinary extent they got weak on oertain points. To be weak on oertain points is not sufficient to warrant a jury saying a man is insane. This man oomes to Holywell for a certain specific purpose to annoy the Marsdens. You have been told the whole of the oiroumetanoes by Mr Marsden, and you must feel satisfied that the deceased came to Holywell for that lIole purpose of annoying Mr and Mra Marsden, and brings with him a revolver. Ooming to the events of Friday: he went to the market hall, followed them about, and as Mr Maraden said looked malignant." He never said a word, and the only conversation that hai taken place during the time he was in Holywell was the remark of Mr Marsden Good.day," for which he oondemned him to a certain plaoe. That showed he had a terrible hatred for Mr Marsden, and I take it for Mrs Marsden also. It has been suggested that deceased weat down to his loigings for the revolver after he had seen Mr and Mrs Marsden pass up the Halkyn-road. It was very probable; there would be time for that purpose and for him to meet them as they returned in the manner described. The description given by Rafferty of the way the deceued held his hands showed that had he had the revolver before he went to his lodgings it would have been notioed. The evidence clearly showed the deceased meant misohief. He did not mean merely to kill himself, beoause he could have done that in his own room, without the fear of any interruption to prevent his object. He meant something, and that something came out very clearly in the evidenoe. He met Mr and Mrs Marsden on the road and said Now I have got you, and I am going to shoot you." He took out a revolver and commenoed shooting. Mr Marsden spoke as to two shots, but Rafferty asserts there were three fired at the Marsdens. Taking it that he shot but twioe, we don't know but that the stiok saved the life of one or tha other, as also did the umbrella. We know that the deceased did deliberately attempt to do them grievous bodily harm. Suppose he killed either of the two people, is the evidence saffioient for you to consider that he would have got off before a jury on that question of the state of his mind that he was insane f Did he really mean simply to kill himself, after having seen what he bad done to Mr Marsden f It is quite possible he might have thought he had better shoot himself. Of coursa the man oommitted suicide, but you have to oonsider whether he was sane or temporarily insane. There is no evidenoe to show he was temporarily insane and failing that you must bring in a verdict of felo de se. The Jury after a few minutes deliberation returned a verdiot of felo de se. WHAT THE SUIOIDE HAD BEEN BROODING OVER. AUDACIOUS ATTEMPT TO UPSET A MARRIAGE SETTLEMENT. DEOEASED'S ALLEGED GRIEVANCE LAID BARE. There can ba not the slightest doubt that the deceased had for years been brooding over an imaginary grievance, but how fictitious that supposed grievance really was is laid bare in a report in the Western Afail of July 28tb, 1888, a oopy of which we have at hand. We extract the report in order to show the opinion held by a Judge of the Supreme Court, of what the deceased unhappily magnified into a grievanoe, and also to shew the long period uuder which Mr and Mrs Marsden had patiently endured the moat dreadful threats and annoyanoes. —The report says: 44 Mr Justice Kay has just given judgment in an interesting marriage settlement case, heard before him in the Chanoery Division of the High Court of Justioe. The plaintiff was Mrs Fyson, wife of Mr W. W. Fyson, a master mariner, and she sought t.) reolify a marriage settlement under the following circumstances: -Plaintiff was a daughter of the late Mr Edward Lisle, of Penarth. In the year 1881 she was desirous of entering into a matrimonial allianoe with Mr Fyaon, and on the 5th of January, 1882, her father, aooompanied by his son-in-law, Mr Marsden (of the Cardiff branch of the National Provincial Bank), went to the office of Mr Williams, solioitor, for the purpose of giving instructions with regard to the marriage settlement. The father told Mr Williams that his daughter was going to make a marriage of whioh he did not approve, and that he was desirous of making a settlement of XI,000 upon her, and he was particu- larly desirous of tying up the property so 803 tj keep it from her husband. The solioitor prepared a draft settlement in pursuance of these instructions, and the 11th of January was fixed for completion. At the interview on that data the settlement was read over, and no word of objection was raised by anybody. The marriage subsequently took plaoe. On the 20th of September, 1886, Mr Edward Lisle died intestate, and Mrs Fyson became entitled to a share in soma considerable property, about .£15,000 worth. A question then arose whether Mrs Fyson's share of this property was bound by the marriage settlement or not. The trustees contended that it was, and eventually the lady issued a writ soaking to have the settlement rectified. In giving judg- ment Mr Justioe Kay expressed the opinion that the marriage settlement was entirely in accordance with the instructions givea by the father to the solicitor. His lordship was satisfied that if the father had been living this action would never have been brought. It was one of the most aadacious attempts to intar- fere with the provisions of a marriage settlement he bad ever known, and he should most deoidely refuse to rectify the settlement. The aotion was dismissed with oost. With regard to costs, he was satisfied that this was more a husband's action than the wife's, and if it were found impossible to obtain tha costs from the wife, he should order the payment of them by her husband. He would not burden the trast fund with the costs of the sotion.-Mi R. W. Williams, of Cardiff, was solicitor for the defendant. 0
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RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. At the meeting of this Council on Friday, there were present—Messrs Wm. Roberts (chairman), Wm. O. Pickering (vice-chairman), John Petrie, R. Foulkes, Thos. Williams, J. Prinoa, Edw. Jones, T. J. Pownall, R. Williams, Wt Thomas, Rev. Watkin Williams, Mrs Johnson Jones; olerk-Mr P. H. Roberts inspeotor—Mr J. P. Jones. A VBBSH XOVB AS TO THB BAGILLT AND XOSTYN LBVJlL OROSSINGS. A letter was read by the Clerk from Messrs Kelly, Keene and Co., in reference to the London and North Western Railway (Wales) Bill, dated May 4th, and stating that the Railway Company had withdrawn from their bill the power to widen ifne and Mostyn level orossings, so that the ground has been out from under their feat, as to tha bridges at those two places. The Railway Company would not givd them what they asked at Dee Bank, alleging that h was only a private road. The County Council did not feel justified in going into committee on the question. Quite reoently another point of some importance had oome to notice that the Company claim the right over the road to the wharf at Mostyn called the Marsh-road, and threaten to absorb the greater part of it and also assert their power to stop it up entirely. So that with regard to the road and bridge the publio may be put to the greatest inconvenience. If the Council took an int3rest in the matter and would assist the County Counoil in contesting the claim of the Railway Company in the House of Commons, would they with that objeot join the County Council in petitioning against the proposal. It was a serious question, whether the County Council would have a locus standi in the event of the road not being a main road, and if not it would be a district road.—In reply the Clerk wrote to the effect that with regard t) the Marsh-road he could not give a reply definitely before receiving instructions from the Coanoil as to their intention to join in petitioning as suggested. If the Railway Company intended to interfere with the publio road it was of much importance and no doubt the District Counoil would join the County Counoil.-The Clerk said the Marsh-road, if not repairable by the Counoil, the claim would be the right of user.—The Chairman: The road never was a distriot road.—The Clerk: You, as a District Coanoil have the right to use the road if not to repair it.—The Chairman It was a turnpike road, but was never dedicated aa a district road. It has never been repaired except by the Mostyn Iron Works. I have been told by Mr David Williams that on New Year's Day everyone who passes the level crossing is made to sign a book. 1 never heard of it before. I always thought it to be a publio road and orossing.-Ur Pownall: Had it been oloaed I should have heard of it.—Mr Pickering As far as the right of way over the level crossing is ooaoerned, I believe, that the rights and interests of the Mostyn Estate are safeguarded and Lord Mostyn will be able tj allow his tenaats to use the road. I have never heard of the signing of any book at any time, or of anyone being stopped. I always under. stood that the public enjoyed the same right as before the disturnpiking of the roid.-Rev. Watkia Williams The Railway Company cannot stop that way. It is all nonsenoe to fight them and spend money.—The Chairman: You prefer to let them have all their own way and do what they like ?— Mr R. Foulkes: I propose that the District Counoil ajt in ooncert with the County Council in defending the publio rights to the road and the level orossing. —Mr Pownall: I second that proposition.—Mr T. Williams: The Railway Company intend to stop all convenienoe down to the watir.Rev Watkin William: I protest against any law proceedings; we have had too much alraady.-The Clerk That statement requires justifying. I am not aware we have had any law that we could otherwise help.— Rev. Watkin Williams: I believe that the Railway Company will do what is right and fair they do not whh to interfere with the publio (laughter).—Mr Pickering I should like to know whether this road will be a main or district road.—The Clerk: I will not say it will be either.—Mr Pickering The County Counoil are well ab'e to defend our rights.-The Chairman: I believe it is really a main raad.—Mr Piokering: If it is so, the County Council are responsible for the defence.—The Clerk The County Coanoil want you to join with them in petitioning against the proposal of the Railway Company, so that in the event of the Company contesting the losus standi, and assuming they should hold their objeotion to the County Counoil being in Court, the County Council would still have a locus standi under the cloak of the District Counoil. Ur Thos. Williams: We shall soon have only the railway for traffic. The Railway Company are trying to blook all approaches to the sea. Rev. Watkin Williams It is useless to expend money in law.—The Clerk: Allow me t) put Mr Williams right.—Rev. Watkin Williams You cannot put me right. You have an arbitration case going on now. —The Clerk: For which you are responsible.—Rev. Watkin Williams: How is that?-The Clerk As a member of the Council at the time.—Rev. Watkin Williams: It is a house divided against itself. L800 gone already in nothing but law. It is only right that the ratepayers should know how you are going on. It is perfect nonsense. It would be much better.-Ur R. Williams: To go on with the business (laughtar).—Rev. Watkin Williams Much better that the thing should be settled and not to go to any expense.—The Clerk We had no option.— Rev. Watkin Williams: I never heard anything until the facts of the E800 was read.-The Clerk It is a reflection on the Coanoil.—Rev. Watkin Williams It is not a reflection on the Council.- Mr Petrie We are sent here to represent the rate- payers and look after their interests and to sea that their rights are not interfered with. That being so we had better go on with the business.—Rev. Watkin William: Go on; but we have to consider the ratepayers.—The proposition to act with the County Counoil in petitioning against the interfer- enoe with the Marsh road was carried. THB HOLYWBIiL BAOg-OOUBSB. The Ysoeifiog Parish Counoil requested the re-oonaideration by the Counoil of the question of the common land near the Holywell Raoe-course, in the parish of Ysceifiog, with the hope of obtaining their advice and assistance in order to redeem the plot of land.-The Clerk explained that the Counoil had not the power to initiate the matter. It was one that the Parish Counoil could take up and he had on a previous oooaaion advised them to that effect.-It was decided that the Clerk repeat the reply sent in September, 1897. L LAN ABA WBLLS. The Inspaotoi reported as to the inspection made of the wells at Axton, Afongooh and Berthengam, in the parish of Llanasa, and made reoommeadations as to the repair and protection of the same.—The matter was referred to the Lianas* Paroohial Committee. HALKXJT. The Halkyn Parish Counoil forwarded a complaint of the dangerous and unfenced condition of quarries at Rhydymwyn, alongside of the road. An account of the rdpairs to Wells in the parish of Halkyn, carried out at the direction of the District Counoil was received. The cost amounted to Z10 19s. Od. —It was decided to request the Parish Council to make the payments, in order to save the expense of the issue of a precept upon the parish for the same. NBWHABKBT DBATNAGB. A letter was received from Messrs Chamberlain and Johnson, solicitors, Llandudno, on behalf of Mrs Parry, tenant for life, of property at Newmarket, complaining of the drainage of Newmarket being turned into the pond adjoining her property, and stating that steps would ba taken to prevent the foul and grave nuisance unless the protection required was given.—The resolution of a parish meeting held at Newmarket on the 3rd inst. was also received. The resolution was to the effeot that notice be given the District Council that the drainage be ramoved within 28 days, and that the parishioners were determined not to pay any part of the expense of the said drainage.-The Chairman Are they going to law ?-Mr R. Williams: They are going to let themselves into trouble. I should like the Clerk to write to the Parish Counoil explaining the position of the authorities on sanitary matters. They aoouse me of mis-leading in this affair, but I can say that I have always had the interests of the ratepayers at heart.-The Clerk: They are certainly preoipitating a drainage soheme of considerable expense.—Mr Foulkes suggested that the matter be referred to the Paroohial Committee. The Clerk: We have had not one but dozens of paroohial and special committees on the matter.—It was decided that the matter be further aonsidered as to obtaining an outlet for the drainage. BATING THB MOUNTAIN SHEHP. Mr Daniel Price, Rhosesmor, wrote he wished to give notioe of motion for June 13th, 44 that all sheep on Halkyn Mountain be rated at so muoh per score." Thert were, ho stated, hundiedit of aoies of land on which sheep were kept, and for which the owners did not pay a single penny towards the expenses of the parish. He coasidered it was only fair and just they should contribute their share of the burden. Roads had been made over the mountain and he was of opinion that something should oome out of the mountain to keep them in repair.—The Clerk That notice of motion is out of order.—The Chairman: Completely I should think. I do not see what right we have to interfere with the mountain at all. —Mr Thomas Williams: Is it not the business of the Duke of Westminster to look after the mountain. —Mr Piokering Undoubtedly, it is not oars. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. At the fortnightly meeting of the above Board on Friday, there were present:—Messrs. Wm. Thomas (Chairman), J. Kerfoot Evans (Vioe-Chairman), Walter Garner, J. Prinoe, W. H. Lloyd, J. L. Muspratt, S. Wilkinson, Miss Hughes; Clerk—Mr P. Harding Roberts. THB HOU3B. The Master's Journal showed that the number of inmates in the house last Board day was 168 admitted since, 9; discharged, 11; number remaining 166 vagrants relieved, 176. VISITING OOiOUTTBB. Mr Petrie proposed that the Visiting Committee meet for the inspetion of the new oottage home and the house, and also that the Committee form a. systematic oourse of visitation by two Guardians.— Mr J. Prince seoonded the proposition which was oarried. j SPHOIAL OHABQBS ON PABISHBS. Precepts for special charges on parishes were signed. Northop drainage, A68 18s. Od.; Bagillt drainage, £ 154; Wbitford, S107 10s. 6d. and several others for small amounts. THB NETTBBVILLB LBOACY. The Clerk stated he had received a letter from Messrs. Sewell and Maughan, solicitors, London and Paris, in reference to the Susan Netterville legaoy of A2,000 to the poor of Holy well, stating that they regretted the appeal had not yet come on for hearing. As soon as the decision was given they would oommunioate with the Board. As the first Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Franoe was overorowded a considerable time must elapse before the case could be heard. TBB OOTTAOa BOUBI. The final certificate of Messrs. J. H. Davies and son, Chester, architects of the cottage home, was received. The amount of the contract was £1,150 payment had bean made to the contraotor to the sum of 13997. leaving S168 payable, inoluding extras. It was decided to allow Mr Sibeon E100 on aooount of the contract, and in the meantime the Building Committea to inspect the building prior to its being taken over by the Board. It was also decided to insure the building against fire at £ 1,200.—Mr Muspratt made saveral reoommendations relative to the oottage home, which were referred to the Bailding Committee for consideration. AN BXTBAORDINLRY OHABAOTBB. A middle-aged man was brought before the Board having been admitted to the Workhouse in a half- naked and filthy condition. After being oleansed and clothed he left the bouse and it was found that he had returned to his mother's house, and turned her out of bed. He was brought back to the house. The man said he wanted to go out. Under the oircumstanoes the Board were not inolined to let the man go, and the alternative of gaol was offered him. The man wanted neither. He was told to behave himself and remain in the Workhouse for a time. The man was evidently weak minded, and a few minutes after he left the Board room, a call from one ¡ of the front windows attracted the attention of the Guardians when it was seen that the man had made a determined attempt to esoapa and was making his way down the road with the House Porter in hot pursuit. A souffle ensued resulting in the man being conducted back to the Workhouse, EAILDBHN'A FLBASUBES IN THB WOBKHOUSB AND THB ALLBOBD EVVRQT IN AETHB-LIFH. The Master desired to return to Mr Wilkinson the half-soverign which a few weeks ago had been handed to the Master for the benefit of the inmates by Mr Wilkinson on behalf of the donor a gentle- man whose name did not transpire. Mr Wilkinson said the donor had been enquiring as he had seen no acknowledgment of the half- soveriga. The intention was to give the children or the inmates generally a treat. He remembered the Master said he had quite a little fund for the purpose. Mr Prince: That causes me to mention a matter which I otherwise perhaps should not have done.. My wife on several occasions has sent small donations to the Workhouse to be used for the benefit of the inmates, but the other day I was considerably sur- prised to reoeive two postal orders for 10s. each, both issued from Oonnah's Quay, and one dated Deoember 20th, 1896. I have asked for the reason for the orders being returned and am told that "thIS children have qaite as much as they deserve." I do not think that is a proper explanation, and I do not think kindnesses should be flung back in donors' faoes in such a manner, or the public will not sand gifts to the children. Mr Wilkinson: The out-side public will think we are getting too independent and wealthy or some- thing of that sort. Mr Lloyd: I understood the money was for a treat next summer. Mr Foulkes: All money that oomes in here should be kept for games. Mr Lloyd: Don't teach them football (langhter). Mr Foulkes: Yes, football, cricket, and boxing too. The children are going to be put in that building which I don't agree with. I think the Master will aet as treasurer of the fand. Mr Prinoe: I inteuded to take the matter in another way, but I think the Master should give an explanation. The money was sent for the children for presents, oranges, sweets and auoh like, but the Master returns the money after having been in his hands for nearly two years Mr Wilkinson I regret to think that it will be taken as a direct insult to the donors. The Master I brought it before you last summer, but in the meantime Mr Muspratt treated the children to Rhyl. That did away with taking the ohildren anywhere last summer. It does the children no good. When they go to service they think it a hardship that they oannot go about to Chester, Rhyl and plaoea. It does them harm, they expect snob things when they go to service. The Chairman There is a great deal in that. Mr Prinoe That is not the publio sentiment then, and I am thankful it is not. I think we should do something for the children (hear, hear). Mr Petrie: Yes, 1 agree with that, brighten one day for the poor things if possible. If the Master does not care to take charge of the money I do not see that the children should be deprived of a little pleasure. Mr Muspratt said the treat he gave was in oslebration of the Jubilee, and not an annual affair. The Chairman: I would suggest that the money be retained for a short time. When the oottage homes are equipped we can give them a treat. Mr Muspratt: As to the question of games, there is no reason why the children af cer the lessons for the day should not have a reasonable amount of games indoor and outdoor. That is the way to make them think, and also develop them. Mr Prinoe: I gave the boys bate, balls, &e.. and the girls skipping ropes. I saw them onoe or twice. I heard afterwards something about the windows. The Master: Your sister sent a cart load of toys to the children. They are well off for those things. Mr Muspratt (laughing): Why, those toys should have been broken years ago. What is the use of toys unless to be brokei. They on "t to be used not preserved. Mr Lloyd said it was discouraging and unfair to outsiders generously inclined to hear that their gifts would probably be sent back in the course of a couple of years. Why could not the money have been spent in sweeti for the children, snuff for the old women and tobaoco for the old men. All would then enjoy something of the gift and they may be sure the small quantity eaoh would receive would be appreciated. The Master: Mr Lloyd seat oranges and the shopkeepers who are contractors send loads of things. It was decided to retain the money and further oonsider the question of its diappeal.
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