MOLD. MOLD CHARITIES. The trustees of these charities for the parish of Mold, have now issued to 204 poor and deserving people, tickets of the value of 3s. each, which can be converted into kind, which at this time of year are greatly welcomed. UNCOMFORTABLE WEATHER. For the past week the weather has been most changeable, first frost, then snow fol- lowed by a rapid thaw, and frost again. A great many people are suffering from colds, and what with children being laid up in measles, Moldavians are not having a happy time. AN IMPROVEMENT. For a long time past, the bellringers of the Parish Church, have dispensed with their practice, and the result has been that through new ringers being taken on, and the want of practice, the ringing of the bells has been very indifferent. The ringers have now, however, resumed ttieir practices, a,nd an improvement is already noticeable. HOCKEY. The trial match between North and South Wales for selection of a team to represent Wales against Ireland took place on Saturday, on the Mold County ground in a blinding snow storm. The South Walians completely outp'ayed their nor- thern brethren, and won by seven goals to love. Two representatives of the home club played in the team-Dr. Lunt and Mr. J. Evans-and they came creditably through the ordeal. Taking the play, however, of the northern men, a considerable improve- ment could have been made in the selection. The local secretary, Mr. J. M. Lowsby, bad spent two days in getting the ground in order, but this was made fruitless by the wretched weather. FOOTBALL. The local team journeyed to Rhos on Saturday last to engage the Eagle Wander- ers of that village. The elements were arctic in their character, but still a good number of enthusiasts witnessed the game. Both sides were very evenly matched, give and take play being the order of the day. About ten minutes from time, the homesters got close up, and were awarded a goal, again scoring a few minutes afterwards. Great confusion was caused in consequence of goal nets not being provided, the Mold men stoutly asserting that the ball which scored the first goal)given against them, bad passed the wrong side of the post. If nets had been fixed, and had the ball passed within, such disputes would be impossible, and it is to be hoped that the matter will be brought forward at the proper quarter, and so com- pel all clubs to provide uets. The game was two to nil in favour of Rhos, but when it is to be considered that they have trounced all comers on their own ground this season, Mold did exceedingly well under the circumstances. SERVANTS' BALL. The annual dance to the servants of Hafod, and their friends, kindly given by Major Lloyd, was held at Mr. J. D. Row- lands' Cafe on Thursday evening. The dance had in previous years been held at Gwernaffield, but Mold being more central, and such a splendid room being available, this year it took place as above stated. The arrangements for the dance had been conducted by Miss Rathbone, and the party was constituted of the following:— House Party. Misses Rathbone, Ed- munds, Probert, Liverage, Lloyd, Griffiths, Lewis, Messrs. J. Foulkes, J. J. Lloyd, Mr. and Mrs. J. Parry, and Miss M. Humphreys, Pare Arthur Cottage. Gwysaney Party. Miss Roberts, Miss Ingle, Miss Judson, Mr. Stonley, and Mr. Gunner. Lower Soughton Party.—Miss A; Liver- age, Northo,, Mr., Jones, Soughton Mr. and Mrs. R. Robinson, Nannerch. Mold.—Mr. and Mrs. James, Cambrian Vaults Mrs. Cooper, King's Head Misses Probert, Mr. J. P. Probert, Mr. Wilson Pro- bert, Misses Welch, Pentre; Messrs. E. Jones, T. A. Lawton, Arthur F. Rees, J. Clarke, A. Evans, Edwin Barnett, J. Ro- berts, and Mr. Davies. Gwernaffield. -Messrs. A. Woodward, J. Hayes, Mr. Pierce, Rhual, and Mr. E. Lloyd, Maesgarmon. The room had been tastefully decorated on the occasion,and looked veryattractive. A splendid selection of music was supplied by Mr. Davies. Maesydre, who pjroved himself to be a firstclass pianist. Refreshments were served out by Mr. Rowlands, and every consideration had been paid to the comfort and enjoyment of the gathering. Dancing was briskly indulged in from 8.30 till 3 p.m., Mr. J. Parry being the master of the ceremonies. Before the company dispersed, Mr. Parry, in well chosen terms, moved that a hearty vote of thanks be accorded to Major Lloyd for his kind and continued hospitality. Mr. James responded, and also proposed that the best thanks of all be given to Miss Rathbone for the thoroughly successful and agreeable manner in which she had carried out the arrangements in connection with the dance. Both compliments were heartily received, and warmly passed. Mr. E. Jones further moved that the best thanks of all concerned, be given to Mr. Rowlands for the efficient manner in which he had catered for the event, which was well taken up by those present, all being highly gratified with the Catering!. A fflost enjoyable evening was spent, and all passed I off in an exceedingly pleasant manner, MEETING OF THE BAKERS' UNION. m -11 1 ,tikfe other labour progreSslMligh, &ini following the example of theif trade con- freres in other towns, the bakers of Mold during the summer months met, and after discussions, resolved to form themselves into a branch of their own, and attach them- selves to the Amalgamated Union of Opera- tive Bakers and Confectioners. The move- ment was well taken up, and has since not been allowed to collect grass,' and the role 'Of membership has increased almost weekly, so that by the present time, the majority of the bakers in thfe town have been enrolled. in order, so to speak, to rejoice over the goodness of the past, and to welcome their delegate tp a social gathering, it was de- cided to hold a smoking concert, and on Saturday evening a pleasant meeting was held at the Cambrian Vaults. There was a very good attendance, and for the occasion, the room had been very nicely decorated with bunting and otherwise. Amongst those present was Mr. Tuiley, Birkenhead, the delegate for the Birkenhead and North and South Wales Division. Mr. Tulley was voted to the chair, and he was supported by Mr. Thomas Jones, the branch chairman. Addressing the meeting, the chairman re- ferred to the progress of the union since its establishment in 1861, remarking that never —but with the one exception when in Lon- don some hundreds of Germans and Jews joined its ranks during an agitation, and afterwards left it-was the union so strong in point of number, as at -the .present time, (hear, hear). In almost all parts there were increased membership, and he was pleased to say that generally the popularity of the union was increasing. That was a matter of great satisfaction, and he hoped it would continue. He then alluded to the Bakers' Forty-eight Hours'Bill, remarking that he was glad to find that their secretary had received favourable replies to it from the boroughs and county members of Parlia- ment for Flint Messrs. J. Herbert Lewis and Samuel Smith. He spoke as to the nature of the occupations of bakers and confectioners, and to the confinement which they are subjected to, and its effects upon the human system. He was sure that they would all rejoice when the hours of their labour should be curtailed, and regulated in such a manner as would make them more conducive to their health, and pleasure (hear, hear). During the evening, 01 e of those present spoke as to the advantages of union and unions generally, if based upon sound prin- ciples, and under the leadership of reliable persons. He attributed the increase in trade during the last fifteen years to be mainly due to the combination of labour, which brought the masses under a manageable and controlable form, in cases of dispute, and for the ventilation of greivances. He also referred to the most recent Act passed for the benefit of the workman, the Workmen's Compensation Act,' which he pointed out was the outcome of the pressure brought by the labour candidates backed up by the unions in the country. At the pre- sent time, the Act was almost in skeleton form no doubt great improvements would be made in future in rectifying some of the clauses, and in adding to the bill pro- visions which were not foreseen when it was passed. At the same time, the passing of the Act was done with object of protecting the workman, and it would be an everlast- ing benefit to thousands who brought about their mishaps through no neglect or fault of their own. Mr. Tulley endorsed the above remarks, and appealed to all to be most careful in carrying out the duties of their occupations, for if any neglect on their part could be proved at the time they met with an acci- dent, no claim for compensation could be legally sustained. At this point, Mr. Tulley gave a resume of the proceedings of the meeting of the Executive Council recently held at Bir- mingham. He explained that some good amendments had been made in certain rules, and also with regard to the finances of the union, so that these should be pro- perly defined by having specific accounts opened, for specific purposes instead of having the whole amount of their money lumped up in one total. The remainder of the evening was spent in harmony, the following contributing songs: Messrs. Albert Edwards, W. S. Jones, D. Arthur Roberts, J. E. Jones, Maesydre; Jack Jones, C. Humphreys, H. North, Luther Wynne, J. McAllister, and others. Mr. Jones, Lead Mills, gave selec- tions on the melodion, which added to the enjoyment of the evening, the songs also being well rendered. Mr. Herbert T. Jones was the accompanist.
BALA. ,I PENLLYN NURSING ASSOCIATION. We are glad to learn that the Committee have made arrangements for the delivery of lectures by Nurse Jones, explanatory cf the proper treatment of the Hick. AT HOME. On Tuesday last, the Rev. and Mrs. Hugh Williams, Theological College, invited the pro- fessors and students of the College and Pre- paratory School, as well as a large number of friends, to an at home.' A very enjoyable evening was spent. BALA SHOW. At a meeting of the Committee, held on Mon- day last, it was decided to hold Horticultural, Dog and Poultry Shews, Athletic Sports and Trotting Competitions, this year. Mr. J. C. Evans, County School, was reappointed Presi- dent of the Committee; Dr. Williams, Vice- president Mr. J. Hurlbutt, N.P. Bank, Trea- surer and Mr. T. R. Dakin, Secretary. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The ordinary meeting was held on Friday evening last. There were present:—Mr. R. Ll. Jones (Chairman), Mr. R. W. Roberts (Vice-chairman), Messrs. D. Jones (Birming- ham House), J. W. Roberts, Evan Jones, H. Ll. Davies, H. Evans, W. T. Jones, M. J. Jones, D. W- Jones, and T. R. Dakin (Deputy Clerk). The debit balance was reported to be £ 482 19s. 2d., this added to £ 131 15s. 7d., the cheques signed that evening, increased the Council's liabilities to JE614 14s. 9d. MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH'S ANNUAL REPORT. GREAT DECREASE IN MORTALITY. Dr. Williams, the Medical Officer of Health for the district, submitted his report for the year 1898, of which the following is a resumS:— 'The population of the district, according to the last census, is 1,622. During the year, the number of. births and deaths were :—Births, 38 (21 boys, 17 girls),; deaths, 26 (16 males, 10 females); 1897, births, 27 (12 boys, 15 girls), deaths, 41. So that, in 1898, there was a de- crease of 16 in the number of deaths, and an increase of It in the number of births. There occurred seven deaths in the district of people ¡ who did nob belong to it, so the number of births is estimated at 19, making a death-rate of 11-71 per 1,000, nearly half that of 1897. Of the above seven, three belonged to the parish of Llanuwchllyo, one came from Ireland, one from Fsstiniog, one from Lonaoa, and Ð e a stranger of no fixed address. Of th, 26 deaths four wer« ^ue to phthisis, fOI:r to other chest diseases, i, n to heart Li- sease. There was one ¡ jrQpi ,.i?:cif»e. During the year, there have Bestl ep. licsof scarlet fever and meas* lee, Althoug, "here were a great number of cases, none prov fatal. The ordinary pre- cautions were taken to check them. The day schools were close for several weeks. The dwelling-houses, with the exception of a few cases which had had the consideration of the Council, are in a fairly satisfactory condition. At the same time, it is advisable to be careful not no allow over-crowdiug. Building seems to be going on steadily in different parts of the town. Slaughter-houses are regularly white- washed and kept clean, and no refuse are allowed to remain long enough to decompose. The sanitary condition of the town is steadily improving. Great care has been taken during the year to keep the privies clean, and to evade any oftensive smells. Dung heaps are carted away to a suitable place. Ashes and other re- fuse are remove twice a week to a field distant from the town. The drains are in good work- ing order, and are kept asdeain as practicable. The streets are kept clean, and nothing in- jurious to health or offensive to the eye has been allowed to accumulate. The water supply is satisfactory in every respect, the quality is excellent and the quantity is ample.' It was resolved, upon the motion of Mr. D. Jones t,(Birmingham House), seconded bv Mr. D. W. Jones, that the report be received, and that the Council express, to the Medical Officer their satisfaction at receiving such a favourable report. The Chairmlati, alliiiting to the number of deaths deducted as not belonging to the dis- trict, said that last year the compiler of the county statistics did hot deduct this class from •the number of deaths, although our Medical I Officer had done so. This, of course, increased I the death-rate of the district. Mr. W. T. Jones enquired whether his atten- tion should not be called to the mistake. Mr. Evan Jones thought it was too late to do so now. The Chairman The matter has been under the notice of this Council before, but nothing was done. Mr. J. W. Roberts enquired whether it was the rule to send in a report once a year. The Chairman said this was a matter to be arranged by them. Mr. J. W. Roberts said that, personally, he should like to have one at least once a quarter. AREA IN FRONT OF TREMYNFA. The Street Committee reported that they had visited this place. To put this in proper re- pair the Council would have to incur consider- able expense. A supply of gravel there would not do away with the complaint, and what they suggested was to elevate the parapet. It was resolved that the report be adopted, and that an estimate of the expense be sub- mitted to the next meeting, as well as for ex- tending the parapets alongside Tegid House and Tremynfa. LIBRARY. The number of books given out during last month was reported by the Librarian to be 328. SURVEYOR'S STONES. Mr. W. T. Jones reported that the Commit- tee had, as requested, examined the stones kept by the late Surveyor, and found everything satisfactory. VARIOUS. A letter was read from the Churchwardens of Christ Church requesting the Council to supply the necessary service pipes for convey- ing water there as soon as possible. It was resolved to ascertain whether the Council could do so in face of the resolution passed to do away with the supply of service pipes, &c., so as to have the work done. The Chairman brought under notice that in connection with the recent conference of the two authorities, a breach of privilege had been committed, in reporting the figures of such meeting to the Herald,' when it was desirous that these should not appear. It put the Coun. cil into such a position that under like cir- cumstances in future they could not rely on the discretion of reporters. The interests of the ratepayers had been disregarded. The reporters present denied having sent the report.
BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The fortnightly meeting was held on Satur- day last, there being present :-Mr. Evan Jones (Chairman), Miss Parry (Vice), Mrs. Parry, Mrs. Morris, Messrs. R. Thomas, R. Jones, R. Hughes, Robert Davies, John Jones, E. M. Roberts, Daniel Roberts, J. J. Edwards, Wm. Richards, J. Ll. Jones, John Roberts, J. R. Jones (Clerk), and T. R. Dakin (Assistant Clerk). The balance in Treasurer's hands was re- ported to be JE557 15s. 2d., and in the Relieving Officer's hands 98 lis. Cheques for f,532 13s. Id., these including county rate (9492 13s. Id.), were signed. SALE OF INTOXICATING LIQUOR TO CHILDREN. It was resolved, upon the motion of Miss Parry; seconded by Mr. Wm. Richards, that the following resolution, passed by Bodmin Union, be adopted That the Guardians of this Union being of opinion that the excessive consumption of intoxicating drink is one of the most fruitful sources of pauperism and crime, and that the sale of such drinks to children is largely conducive to such lamentable results. They, therefore, respectfully urge Her Ma- jesty's Government to promote such legislation as shall render it illegal to sell or supply any intoxicating liquors to children under the age of 13 years for consumption off the premises.' AMENDMENT OF POOR LAW ACT, 1889- It was resolved, upon the motion of Mr. R. Thomas, seconded by Mr. R. Davies, to adopt the resolution passed by the Keighley Union, i.e., to approve of the bill introduced in the last session of Parliament, to amend the above Act. VACCINATION. From the returns submitted by the vaccina- tion officer in respect of year 1897, it appeared out of 119 births, 90 were successfully vac- cinated; dead unvaccinated, 16; postponed, 10; removals to other districts, 2 to places unknown, 1. For the half-year ending June, 1896, shere were 59 births; successfully vac. cinated, 47; dead unvaccinated, .5; postponed, 1; removed to places unknown, 1 number re- maining, 5. THE HOUSE. The Master reported that there were 27 in- mates in the Workhouse last week, as com- pared with 26 last year. The number of va- grants relieved during the past fortnight was 47, as against 46 last year. Mr. William Richards reported that they had visited the House that day, and found everything in order as usual, and no complaints. The Master further reported that Mr. W. Owen, White Lion Hotel, had presented the women of the House with tea and sugar, the children with oranges, and the men with two ounces of tobacco each, besides a quantity of cigarettes, &c. He also presented all with 2d. each. Upon the motion of Mrs. Parry, seconded by Mr. R. Thomas, an unanimous vote of thanks was accorded the donor. An application was made for the adoption of one of the lads from the House. After some conversation with the applicant, the application was granted. THE RECENT DISTRESS IN PLASEY. Miss Parry stated that the Committee were enabled to repay the Relieving Officer the amount given out for coal to the paupers in Plasey. The Committee felt indebted to him for his assistance, and at his suggestion they also repaid a sum in respect of those who were not paupers, so that there was no expense on the rates. On the motion of Mr. W. Richards, seconded by Mr. R. Thomas, a cordial vote of thanks was passed to the ladies for their trouble.
cxt. 'n__ 1.JL 0- 1 ME DEATH ON THE ROAD I SIDE. I ADJOURNED INQUEST; An adjourned inquiry Into the eireuffittittaees touching the death of Edward Lloiyd, of Dol- llychwyn (who was found dead on the road side near Gwernhefin on the 30th of January), was held at the County Hall, Bala, on Tuesday last, before Mr. W. R. Davies, county coroner, and the jury named in our last report. There were also present Dr. Williams, Major Best (Chief Constable), and Inspector Morgan. The first witness called was Dr. Williams, Who said I made a post-mortem examination of the remains of the deceased. I attribute the death to exposure to cold. He was in a state of health that exposure would more readily affect him than most people. There were no signs of external violence, except scratches in the back of the right hand, a small bruise on left knee, most probably caused in descending from the car. The organs were almost too fat, otherwise they were healthy. The heart was about normal weight. The left lung was slightly congested and fresh, the right was normal, the liver was in good condition, and there was no enlargement and no disease. The kidneys were covered with too much fat, otherwise they were able to perform their functions. The bladder and brain were normal. The stomach and intestines were perfectly empty, indicating that he had not partaken of food requiring digesting for 36 to 48 hours, that, added to the exposure, would be quite sufficient to account for his death. The body was on his back on the road. My opinion is that deceased was left in the hedge, slept, and had spasms, he had been dead from six to seven hours, and must have been exposed five or six hours before death. s By Mr. R. Ll. Jones: He had not taken any i food for hours, no bread and butter, nor bread. 1 He might have taken milk or drink. There were no signs of drink when the liver was I opened. If he had drunk much there would have been a smell of it. Bp the Chief Constable: Witness had not I seen a bottle near the body. By the Coroner There was nothing to indi cate from what had been seen that deceased was not alright when he left that nigiit. Garibaldi Roberts, after confirming the evi-1 dence given at the first hearing, said: The whisky bottle was in my pocket, but I am not sure whether we had a drink after he sat down. When I came back from the hayshed I found him in the same place as I had left him, except that he dropped down into the road. His hat was on the hedge. It was drizzling at the time, he was not drenched. He was, as far as I could see, dead. When I came to him I the second time, I knew that some of them at Gwernhefin were ill, and thinking as be was dead, it was better to go to Dol llychwyn to tell his brother. You had two bottles of whisky with you? I had one. I do not know whether someone else had another. Was that given in the house, or was it brought out ? The deceased, in mounting the trap, gave me the bottle. I do net know how he got it. Asked to explain why he had stated at the first enquiry that the bottle was bought the Saturday previous, witness said deceased told him'he intended going home on Saturday, as he wanted to make some preparations for the threshing on Monday, but did not go, adding that if his brother John had told him that he was going home in the car, he would have gone with him. Deceased told this when he went up to his bedroom at the Goat on Sunday. Mr. D. T. Lewis What time was it when you saw him on Sunday? Witness Between two and three in the after noon. Foreman You knew he was ill? Witness No, I did not. He said to me in an off-hand way, 'I am not at all well.' When we got to Gwernhefin he did not say he was un- well. I said to him, I Come on, Lloyd, do not go to sleep, or it will be difficult to awake you.' The more one begged of him the stiffer he be- came, so I started with the idea that he would follow me. Foreman You said you were sober? Witness: I was sober starting from Bala. Deceased was quite sober when he started, and was alright when he left the car. i Was is noc strange for a sober and healthy man alighting to sit down on the side of the road? Witness He was a man of that sort- Foreman You left the place and faund a shelter for yourself, leaving deceased knowing what sort of a man he was ? Witness: I thought he would follow. Foreman How much did you drink of the bottle ? Witness: I do not know. It was full at the start, and held about a pint. The bottle was empty when I awoke. How much did Lloyd drink after leaving the trap ? Witness: I believe deceased and I just took a sip as he was going to sit on the hedge. Mr. O. W. Roberts: Did Lloyd walk from the trap to the hedge ? Witness: Yes, I think. I opened the gate and he followed. Foreman How long had you been with him in the Goat? Witness: I went there between two and three p.m. Lloyd was there. I had business with him for his brother John. The servant went up to tell him, and I was ordered to go up. when I told him my business. He said he would come down soon, and at the time asked me to wait, and he came down in about an hour. The Coroner You said you had one bottle, did you have a drink from the other ? Witness One of the other two had a drink from the other. I am not sure whether it was Lloyd or Ellis, Replying to the foreman, witness said Lloyd gave him the bottle after leaving the house. Inspector Morgans Did you see any signs of illness or madness on Lloyd during the time you were in the bedroom ? Witness No, none whatever. Were you informed that he was not well ? Witness: I was told by the servant that he had been ill on Thursday. W, T. Ellis, High Street, said I drove Lloyd in the car, on the Sunday in question, from the Goat to Gwernhefin. This was about 6.30 p.m. Deceased looked then much the same as usual. He looked a little nervous, that was all. He was quite sober. There were two bottles. I had the two. I gave one to Roberts to carry, as they hurt my side. It was John Phillips, the landlord of the Goat, who gave me them, asking me to carry them, and that th6y be- longed to Edward Lloyd. Deceased asked Roberts on the way to tapftlie bottle, and we had each a drink from it. The bottles were given me in the house when the car was on the point of starting. All of us had a drink on the road. That was the only time I saw Lloyd have a drink, after which he told Roberts to put the bottle in his pocket. I gave the other bottle to Lloyd as he was going home. This was un- touched. Deceased was sober when he descended from the trap. I did not notice that he was ill then. I then started home. This was about 7.15 or 7.20. The last I saw of them was going through the gate. Foreman Is the bottle produced by the In- spector one of the bottles? Witness: It was very like it. I am quite sure there were two bottles. Mr. D. T. Lewis: Whose trap was ib? Witness: John Phillips. We sat three abreast in it. Replying to Mr. Evan Davies, witness said deceased spoke like a sober man on the road. Inspector Morgan said I heard of the death about 6 a.m. on Monday morning, the 30th of January. I accompanied Dr. Williams and Garibaldi Roberts to the place were the body was found. I searched for the bottles, but failed to find any trace of them. I agree with the doctor as to the position of the body. There were no marks of struggling. There was no indication that a second man had been strug- gling with him, neither was there any indica- tion that he himself had been struggling. We would expect to find marks if there had been. I searched the deceased and found a lot of let. ters and also a watch on his person. I found his watch In the right; place. I had the body removed to the mortuary, The Coroner here interposed with the re mark that thft ftlortuary was the most con- venient piace. It would have been very in- COQVenient to have the post-mortem in de- ceased's home among the relatives, and it would have been equally so to hold the inquest there. Continuing, witness said When Garibaldi Roberts came to my house he was under the influence of drink. I found the bottle produced in his possession. This was after the body had been brought to the mortuary. I drove down with the doctor, leaving the body in charge of Robert Jones and Garibaldi Roberts. Un. fortunately, I found Roberts in the trap un- conscious under the influence of drink. After calling the doctor to him, I searched him, and found the bottle on him. I arrived in town be fore Robert Jones and Roberts to make pre- porations for receiving the body, and they brought it direct to the mortuary. The foreman here stated that they should like to have the evidence of the landlord of the Goat. The Coroner remarked that deceased ap- peared to have left the Goat in an aoparently good state of health. What happened at the Goat could not have anything to do with the man's death. If the idea was that the landlord was guilty of neglect in not sending for a medical man, all he would say was that the man was old enough to know. The Foreman We have it that he was three weeks on the booze,' and the inference is that he was at the Goat. Mr. H. Evans: That has not been stated in evidence. The only evidence we have is that he was there on Thursday. The Coroner said it was not fair to ask for the evidence of the landlord, when they had ascertained that the man was sober when he started from there. If, iiowever, the jury de- cided to have it, he would not object. A vote was then taken, when the majority voted against asking for the evidence. VERDICT—SEVERE CENSURE. The jury found a verdict of Death from exposure and cold accelerated by absence of food.' Addressing Garibaldi Roberts, the Coroner said the jury were astonished that a man like him should have left the deceased on the road on a night such as it was, knowing that he was hkely to sleep there, and they could not find words to express their regret that a man in this district should leave another on the road side. If he had done his duty, the man would have been alive now. The jury hoped it would be a lesson to him, and that he would in the future remember that had he done his duty the man would be still living. It was not his duty to lecture him on abstention from whisky, but if he were to remember that it had in the present instance caused him to leave a man on the road to die, it was a lesson that ought to be borne in mind. Garibaldi Roberts I should like to say that it was not my fault. Lloyd asked me to go on, and I went, thinking he would follow. The Coroner said the jury had given this full consideration, and were of opinion that if he was on that night in the condition he was now in, he would not have left deceased. Un- fortunately, he slept for hours and forgot his duty towards his friend. He hoped it would be a lesson to him as long as he lived.
WREXHAM. -f.j- EXTRAORDINARY CHARGE OF ROBBERY. ALLEGATION OF BLACKMAIL AGAINST A LIVERPOOL WOMAN. On Monday, at the Wrexham County Police Court, John Jones, farmer and cattle dealer, living at Talwrn, Coedpoetb, was charged by Sarah Windsor, wife of George Windsor, of 266, Victoria Square, Cazneau Street, Liverpool, with stealing £30. Mr. W. Wynn Evans, who prosecuted, said the case was a most peculiar one. The complainant was a niece of the defen- dant's, and on October 20th last she had a dispute with her husband, and left him to go to Wrexham, with the intention of taking a small shop. Before leaving Liverpool she withdrew £ 30 from the savings bank, and took it to Wrexham with the idea of bank- ing it. While walking down Hope Street in Wrexham she met the defendant, and he nsked her where she was going. She told him all the circumstances, and added that she was going to the bank then with the E30. He told her she was too late to bank the money, and asked her to go and stay with him. She accompanied him hon¡e and had tea. In the evening she went to see a rela- tive, but before going out be said it would be safer if she left the money in the house. The money was tied in a handkerchief, and she placed that and her gold W>i tch and chain and brooch in a drawer, which she locked, and gave the keys back to defen- dant. She afterwards went to stay with her sister. One day she called upon the de- fendant, and as he was going out he asked her to look after the house. While dusting she came across defendant's keys, and opened the drawer in which she had placed the money, and, to her amazement, she found that the handkerchief and the con- tents were missing. She followed the de- fendant to the Wrexham Cattle Market, and asked him about the money. He replied, It's all right. I have put it in a safe place.' He put her off from time to time, but afterwards said he had bought a cow, which was not quite right, which she could enter in a sale at Bwlchgwyn in her name, and she could have the money. It was sold for Xio 12s., and she got the money from the auctioneer. She bad since gone back to live with her husband, and defendant had never paid her the balance of the money. The prosecuti-ix ind her son, Geo. Albert Windsor, a blacksmith, employed at the Brymbo Iron and Steel Works, gave evi- dence in support of this statement. Mr. H. Bate (Messrs. Allington, Hughes, and Bate), for the defence, submitted that the prosecutrix's evidence was pure fiction, and that the case was a blackmailing one. On the first day the complainant went to the defendant's house, she asked the de- fendant for a loan, but he refused to lend her any money. She then said she would put it about that he had stolen £30 if he did not lend her some money. The defendant, after being sworn, denied any knowledge of the X30, or that com. plainant had ever told him anything about £30. He did borrow £6 from her, which she volunteered to lend him, and he allowed her to sell a cow, which fetched £ 10 123., and she kept the JE6 out of that, and gave him the difference. Mr. Evans: Can you suggest why they should conspire to tell such awful lies against you ? Defendant: No; but it is cot the first time. Evidence for the defence having also been given by George Edward Jones and Thos. Daniel Jones, sons of the defendant, and Alice Roberts, of Talwrn, Coedpoeth, The defendant was committed to the assizes for trial.
DENBIGHSHIRE STANDING JOINT COMMITTEE. APPOINTMENT OF THE CLERK OF THE PEACE. REMUNERATION OF THE DEPUTY CLERK. A special meeting of the Standing Joint Committee for the county of Denbigh was held at the County Buildings, Wrexham, on Thurs- day. Captain Griffith-Boscawen presided, the other members present being Colonel Mesham, Colonel Heaton, Captain Cole, Messrs. W. G. Dodd, Edward Hooson, J. T. Jones-Parry, J. Watkin Lumley, Walter Pen Dennis, Simon Jones, and William Griffith, with the Deputy Clerk (Mr. John Roberts). The principal business of the meeting was to receive and consider the report of the sub- committee appointed to take the necessary steps for fixing the salary of the Clerk of the Peace, making arrangements for the appoint- mentofasuccessorto the late Clerk oi the Peace, and taking into consideration the fixing of the remuneration to be paid to the deputy clerk (Mr. John Roberts). This sub-committee met at Denbigh on the 30th ult., when all the mem- bers attended, viz.—Representing the Quarter Sessions, Captain Griffith-Boscawen, Colonel Mesham, Colonel Heaton, Captain Cole, and Major Saxon G. Ellis; representing the County Council, Messrs. Simon Jones, J. Watkin Lum- ley, W. G Dodd, O. Isgoed Jones, and Edward Hooson. The report ot the committee (chair- man, Captain Griffith-Boscawen), which was agreed to unanimously, was as follows:- The outline of the principal duties devolving upon the Clerk of the Peace, prepared by the Deputy for the information and guidance of the sub committee, & copy of which had been previously sent to each member, having been considered and discussed at some length, the following resolutions were unanimously passed, viz :— (1.) That the statement be printed for the use of the members of the Standing Joint Com- mittee of the County Council (Appendix A.). (2.) That the salary of the Clerk of the Peace (who must be either a barrister or a solicitor of vhe Supreme Court of Judicature) be E850 pet annum, payable quarterly,, to cover all t-ravell- ing expenses to Quarter Sessions, to meetings of the Standing Joint Committee and its com- mittees, the County Council and its Commit- tees, Registration or voters, business done under the Assessment Acts, office rent, and ex- penses, attending all other committees and I public inquiries under the Acts of Parliament, and the performance of all other duties which necessarily devolve npon the Clerk of the Peace under the Acts of Parliament relating thereto. (3.) That this sum shall not include convey- ancing, law charges, books, stationery, post- ages, and telegrams. (4.) That the Clerk of the Peace shall pay quarterly to the Deputy, appointed by the Standing Joint Committee, out of the above sum, a salary at the rate of E250 per annum. (5.) That the Clerk of the Peace shall have his offices at Ruthin, and reside within the county. (6.) That the advertisement of the appointment be inserted in the following newspapers:— 'Justice of the Peace,' Wrexham Aavertizer,' 'North Wales Guardian,' 'Oswestry Adver- tiser,"North Wales Times,' 'Vale of Clwyd Free Press,' and North Wales Chronicle,' and that the advertisement stipulate that any can- didate canvassing will be disqualified. (7.) That thirty copies of each application, together w'th thirty copies of two recent testi- monials, shall be deposited at the office of the Deputy Clerk, at 5, Castle Street, Ruthin, on or before the 6th day of March next; that the appointment of the Clerk of the Peace be made at a special meeting of the Standing Joint Committee, to be held at Ruthin on the 24th day of March next ,at noon; and that the Clerk of the Peace then appointed shall enter upon his duties as and from the 1st day of April following. (8.) That the Deputy Clerk (Mr. John Ro- berts) be paid the sum of jE153 5s. 3d, for per- forming the duties of Clerk of the Peace up to and including the 31st day of March, 1899, as well as the usual allowance made to the late Clerk of the Peace when attending meetings held elsewhere than in Ruthin. (9.) That a special meeting of the Standing Joint Committee be held at Wrexham on Thursday, the 9th day of February next, at 2 o'clock p.m., for the purpose of receiving and considering the report of the Special Commit- tee. Appended to the above report was an outline of the principal duties devolving upon the Clerk of the Peace, prepared by the Deputy Clerk (Mr. John Roberts) for the information of the Committee. From this outline, it appears that the late Mr. Adams was appointed by the Cus- tos Rostulorum of the county in September, 1883, and became in April, 1889, Clerk of the County Council. The salary and emoluments attached to the office as fixed by the court of Quarter Sessions were as follows-- (a.) £ 500 per annum ( £ 440 payable out of the County Rate, and 960 out of the Police Rate). (b.) £ 100 for Registration.. The salary of E500 was "fixed in the year 1854 (Trinity Sessions), and has not varied since. The allowance for Registration was origi- nally £ 30, but on the passing of the Re- gistration Act, 1885, was increased from E30 to E-100, the number of voters on the register having increased from 7,259 to 17,196. This salary did not include the following; —Conveyancing, law charges, stationery, and books, nor did it include fees receiv- ed from persons for inspecting awards and other documents of record, and fees payable by justices on qualifying, or charges properly incurred by him as Clerk of the County Assessment Com- mittee on occasion of the revision of the basis. On the 16th May, 1890, the following report of the Salaries Committee of the County Coun- cil, a print of which had been duly sent to each member, was approved of, and adopted, viz. Instead of the principle which has until now been acted upon by paying separate sams for different duties which the Clerk of the Peace performs, your Committee have thought it advisable to pay the Clerk a stated sum for all the duties which he now performs to the county.' They have very carefully considered the same, and the amounts which he at present receives, and have agreed upon the two following resolutions 1.—That the salary of the Clerk of the Peace remain as at present, viz., E600 per annum, to include Registration and all other ser- vices, which he performs to the Joint Com- mittee and the County Council, excepting only those rendered to the Intermediate Education Committee. 2.-That he be paid a guinea extra for all meetings which he attends at Denbigh, and a guinea-and-a half for all meetings which he attends at Wrexham or elsewhere (Ruthin excepted), but no extra charge whatever, excepting conveyancing and legal expenses incurred on behalf of the county. The above does not incluie books, stationery, stamps, and postages.' and it is on the basis of this report that the late Clerk of the Peace was paid from the date of the report up to the date of his death. The total sum received by the late Clerk of the Peace during the past three years, exclu- sive of actual out of pocket expenses refunded, &c., &c., was JE2,307 3s. 3d., or an average for one year of E769 Is. Id. The Chairman said that it would be seen from the report that the ten members of the sub- committee met at Denbigh and, fortunately, were able, after a discussion lasting an hour and a quarter, to come to an unanimous deter- mination. The Committee had kindly appoin- ted him Chairman, and it was therefore his duty to move the adoption of the report now submitted. Mr. Walter Pen Dennis seconded. There being no amendment, the report was agreed to unanimously. The chairman said there was another matter which they should consider; viz, whether there should be a sub-committee to reduce the number of applicants, and select a certain number to appear before the Joint Committee for final selection on the 24th March. He re- membered that when Major Leadbetter was appointed chief constable 20 years '-ago, there were between 70 and 80 applications for the post; but although he did not anticipate that anything like that number would apply for the clerkship of the peace, yet there should be a sub committee to weed the candidates, should they number more than ten or twenty. Bufe should they number less than that, it would not be wise to appoint a sub-committee. Mr. Lumley said it would be difficult for the Standing Joint Committee to wade through the testimonials, &c., should the candidates num- ber more than 20. He would suggest that rA sub-committeee be appointed to do this, 8Ad: select say five applicants to appear before the. Committee. Mr, Hooson "aid Mr. Lumley s was a. very good one. He thought ?"tSo thart the deputy clerk be empowered to o'/en the appli- cations, and send the list to th,a members of the committee. The chairman --The suggestion is a very good one, I think. After further discussion, it was decided, on the motion of Mr. Lumley, that should the number of applicants exceed ten, that the sub- committee should meet and reduce them to five, but if the number should be under ten, that the Joint Committe itself should deal with ¡'.i applications in the first instance. It was fciso agreed that the sub-committe should, if neces- sary, meet at Wrexham. The deputy clerk then submitted to the com. I mittee a draft of the advertisement inviting I applications for a Clerk of the Peace, and the same was approved of, and ordered to be pub- i lished at once. Captain Cole pointed out that the appoint- ment of the Clerk of the Peace was fixed t« take place at Ruthin on the 24th March. The Grand National would also take place on that day, and he suggested that the date of the Standing Joint Committe be altered. After a brief discussion, the committee de. i cided to adhere to the date originally fixed.