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rviuLD. THE WAR. On Sunday morning last, the Vicar, the Rev. J. Poole Hughes, preached a special sermon on the war. The offertories were in aid of the war fund. and amounted to over £20. A de- o tachment of the local corps of volunteers was present, under the charge of Surgeon-Major Williams. MOLD SAVINGS BANK. The annual meeting of the Trustees and Managers of this Bank was held on Saturday, when there was a large attendance presided over by the Vicar of Mold, the Rev, J. P. Poole Hughes. The statement of accounts showed amount in hand of the National Debt Commissioners £ 34,977 3s. 7d.; surplus fund in hand, £ 100. Amount in hand of Honorary Treasurer 9495 2s. 3d., making a total of £ 35,572 5s. lOd. The liability of the Trustees on amount du to depositors was 935,392 4s. 2d. leaving a cash surplus of £ 180 Is. 8d., which together with the value of the Bank premises £ 1*150, made a total of fl,330 Is. 8d. after meeting all liabilities. The Secretary, Mr. J, E. Da vies, was con. gratulated on such a good report on the year's work, and for the admirable way the Bank business was conducted, and on the motion of Mr. W. P. Jones, seconded by Mr. A. B. Roberts, the accounts, together with the audi- tor's report were adopted. During the year the number of accounts had increased and the balance due to depositors had been increased by nearly £300, which was attributed to the fact that the Bank was open on Saturday even- ings in addition to the afternoon, and further, that depositors could withdraw sums not ex- ceeding f5 on demand, without notice. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. W. H. R. M. Johnson, Honorary Treasurer, for his services and to Mr. Small, the Auditor, after which the meeting terminated. THEFT OF LEAD. At the County Hall, on Monday last, before Messrs. Henry Lloyd Jones and Josiah J. Morgans, Paul Andrew Hutchinson, labourer, Watergate Street, Chester, was charged with stealing a quantity of lead of the value of 16s. id the property of Messrs. Proctor and Bylands, Bone Works, Saltney. Patrick Dobbins, of Chester, Marine Store dealer, stated that on Saturday evening last, the prisoner came to his stores with some sheet lead in a bag. When asked where he got it from, prisoner replied from I Muspratt's Flint,' and said he had been looking for a job and some men gave it to him. When asked how he carried it from Flint, prisoner said he had a lift in a cart. Witness asked him if he had any more of it, prisoner replied I yes' and said he would go and get it and would come back in half an hour. W hen prisoner went away, wit- ness telephoned to the police office to send a detective, and Detective Crewe came. They waited until the prisoner came back with some more lead making i of a cwt and 18lbs. Wit- ness told prisoner that a detective was waiting for him, and he had better tell the truth as witness did not believe he got it from Mr. Bttugpratt's. Thomas Crewe, of Chester police force, stated that in consequence of the telephone message he received, he went to the last wit- ness's stores and waited for half an hour. The prisoner came in with a bag containing the lead now produced. Witness asked him how it came into his possession. He replied a man named Thomas at Flint gave it to him at Muspratt's works on Wednesday last. Witness took the prisoner to the police station and charged him with being in possession of the lead and not giving a proper account as to where he got it from. Witness then made en. quiries about it, and, later on the prisoner said I may a& well tell you the truth, I took the lead from the Bone Works at Saltney.' Archibald Knox, a manager at the Bone Works, Saltney, stated that the prisoner had been in their employ ofi and on for the last twelve months. Witness saw him there on Friday last. About 10 days ago he instructed the plumbers at the works to remove six pieces of lead, and replace them with new ones. The lead now produced were the six pieces which were removed and valued at 16s. 4d. James Adams, of Saltney police office, stated he received the prisoner into custody from the Chester police that morning and the lead now produced. Witness charged the prisoner with stealing the lead from the Bone Works, Salt- ney. Prisoner replied Yes I did take it, I found it by the acid tank at the Bone Works.' Witness brought the prisoner to Mold. The prisoner was ssntenced to 21 days im- prisonment. THEFT OF FOWLS. At a Special Police Court, on Saturday last, before Messrs. W. Catherall, and J. T. Mor. gans, two young men. respectably connected, named A. E. Jones, Victoria Terrace, and Walter Mather, respectively, were charged with stealing four fowls the property of Eleanor Jones, 1, Victoria Terrace, Mold. Prosecutrix stated that on the previous Wed- nesday evening she had five fowls in an out- house in the backyard. She saw them safe about 6 o'clock that evening. When she went into the yard next morning, she found that four of the fowls had been stolen, and two of their necks were on the yard. The two (pro- duced) belonged to her and were of the value ot about 7s. Philip Dykins, plumber, Ponterwyl, said the prisoner Mather had lived with him. On the day in question witness and the two prisoners had been drinking and they went to witness' house shortly after 11 o'clock at night and took a jar of beer with them. They remained in the house for about two hours. Jones invited witness and Mather to go and stay the night with him at his mother's house. Witness re- fused, but asked Mather to see Jones home.' Jones and Mather went out and they were away about on. hour's time, and returned with four fowls. Witness asked the meaning of the fowls being there and Jones said it was call, right.' The prisoners plucked one fowl each and threw the feathers into the fire. The next day witness met Jones and they part eat one of the fowls' On the following Friday, in con- sequence of what witness had been told, he took the part eaten fowl and the other one, and put them a in disused pit at the Wylfa. Jones brought the fowls into his house. Mrs. Amelia Jones, mother of the prisoner Jones, said her son and Mather came to the house'early on the morning of Thursday last and brought the fowls. In answer to witness one of them said they had got them 'allright.' Witness made them take the fowls away, which was done. Serjeant Jones proved arresting the prisoners. Jones at first said 4 he knew nothing about the matter,' but subsequently told witness where the fowls were. Witness afterwards arrested Mather who said 4 he had been told all about it and was about coming to the Police Station.' Mr. Marston, who appeared for Mather, asked that Jones be dealt with first, and al- though he was not instructed by Jones, he desired to say thrt he had until recently been a most respectable young man, but had latterly given way co intemperance. He bad been in the aruy for a number of years, and had volunteered his services for South Africa. Under those circumstances, he asked the bench to deal leniently with him. Jones here put in a letter from the Adjutant of his old regiment to the effect that he would do his best to get Jones' offer accepted. In answer to the Chairman if he had any state- ment to make, Jones said he had served twelve years in the Royal Engineers, four of which he had served in Cape Colony. Being on the ordnance, lie was well acquainted with the country. He asked to be leniently treated and he promised that he would never appear before a court again, unless it be before the Boer President. He much regretted what he had done, which had been done in drink. The Chairman addressing Jones said he was sorry to see him before the court. The magistrates desired to give him every chance Od would discharge him on his entering into | recognisances for his good behaviour for a period of six months, in the sum of £ 10. Mr. Marston then addressed the court on be. half of Mather, He pointed out that although there was a previous conviction against his client, he had never been doubted as a dis honest man, on the contrary, he was a most straightforward person. There was no evidence whatever against Mather upon which a jury would convict, and he, therefore, asked that Mather be discharged. After consultation, the Chairman said they had decided to commit Mather to the Assizes, but bail would be allowed himself in £ 20 and two sureties in the sum of £10 each. ROBBING A FATHER. On Wednesday, before Messrs. T. Parry, and H. Lloyd Jones, at the County Hall, John Crompton, collier of Cefnybedd, appeared, charged under remand with stealing a silver watch and top coat, the property of his father. Thomas Crompton, the prosecutor, said the defendant was his son, and lived with him. On the 1st inst, he put the watch produced in a box on the top of a chest of drawers in the kit- chen. His top coat was also thrown over the defendant's bed. Abont 4 40, the next morning the defendant was absent from his bedroom, the coat was gone, and on prosecutor going down stairs to ascertain the fime, found his watch missing, and he informed the police of his loss. Thomas L. Doddinan, slioespiith, at Yates Forge, Chester, deposed to the defendant coming to him at 8 a.m on the 2nd inst. He was wet through, and said he had come from Hawarden that night. He had no money, and did not like to pawn his watch, but would rather sell it. He showed the one produced to witness, and stated it was his own watch, and that was all he had. Witness asked if the watch was alright, and the defendant replied, it was. He then offered five shillings for it, and promised to keep it until defendant called for it. The defendant then took the money, and left the watch. P.C. Gabriel proved receiving the defendant from the Bolton police. He charged him with stealing the watch and overcoat, He replied that he had sold the watch, and given the coat to a man in Chester to pawn. Witness on the 8th instant, went over to Chester, and re- covered the stolen articles. The defendant was ordered to be imprisoned for one month with hard labour. SEND OFF. On Monday morning, a large number of people assembled at the railway station to witness the departure, by the 12.23 train, of those from the neighbourhood who have joined the Imperial Yeomanry. About a dozen have put in their services, and are now at Wrexham underdoing a training preparatory to embark- ing from Liverpool on the 25th inst. The young fellows appeared in the best of health and spirits. As the train moved out, there were loud cheers given, which were heartily respon- ded to by the men. The same evening, the annual smoking concert took place at the Black Lion Hotel, the gathering being held yearly, and inaugurated by the local corps of volun- teers and the members of the Denbighshire Hussars. In consequence of the event, which also took the form of a send off' meeting to all from the district bound for the front, special permission had been given to those who had gone to Wrexham to attend the gathering, the contingent arriving by brake at about 8.30 As they disembarked, they were cheered lustily by a large crowd. There was a good represen- tative attendance, together with a respectable party of guests. Captain T. M. Keene presi- ded, and a capital musical programme was gone through, as toll ows :-Messrs. W. H. Adams, A. E. Myatt, Albert Edwards, Arthur Evans, D. E. Lewis, A. M. North, J. M. Lows. by, W. H. Pugh, A. W. Lewis, D. Z. Johns, J" D. Kendal, S. Alyn Jones, and Private George Humphreys. The 4 pierrots' also gave a couple of popular and appropriate choruses in very smart style, the items being much appreciated. Altogether the meeting was an exceedingly interesting one, and passed off very pleasantly. During the evening, the Chairman, on behalf of the members of the Denbighshire Yeomanry and friends, made a presentation to R. T. Major Palser of a beautiful gold ring, set with a fine diamond. Owing to the fact of Sergeant Major Palser being exceedingly busy making arrange- ments preparing tor the departure of the men to South Africa, he was unable to attend, and was represented by Sergeant John Lloyd (Maes- garmon), who accepted the gift on his behalf, and briefly thanked all tor their kindness, con- cluding with the remark that whenever Sergt. Major Palser would be in the Transvaal, the ring would be there also.' We understand that Sergeant Major Palser will accompany the troop that is being mobilised at Wrexham, comprisimg of voluuteers from the ranks of the Denbighshire Yeomanry, and those who have also volunteered their services from outside. The Chairman also made the presentation of certificates to the ambulance section of the Mold volunteers, Surgeon Major Williams ex- plaining the service of the ambulance men. After the proceedings were concluded by the singing oi 'Auld Lang Syne,' Captain Keene was carried frdm the Assembly Room, shoulder high, amidst the most enthusiastic excitement. Outside the hotel, a very large concourse of people were waiting to bid- the last farewell to the men. For a short time, the brake stood in the middle of the street, when short speeches of thanks were given by Mr. Charles Marston and Mr. George C. Alletson, on behalf of the con- tingent, for the very warm reception accorded them. 'They stated that all of them were de- termined to do their very utmost in whatever capacity there were placed, and they felt sure that they would do so with every credit. They would behave themselves according to the best traditions of the good old town of Mold, and remember their friends after the goal of their ambition had been realised at Pretoria. We understand that the amount contributed locally to the war fund is now not far short of £500. The ladies have been exceedingly busy, and have.altogether prepared nearly 700 garments to be forwarded to the troops. The feeling throughout the town is at a very high pitch, and all have responded to the calls and needs of the great struggle with remarkable pat- riotism.


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