public itoticc. I Subscription List opens for Town and Country on Monday, June 19th, and closes on or before Wednesday, June 21st, for Town, and Thursday, June 22nd, 1S99, fur Country. THE WEST LONDON & PROVINCIAL ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY, LIMITED. INCORPORATED UDEn THE COMPANIES ACTS, 18G2 TO 1",98. SHARE CAPITAL £150,000, Divided into SO 000 Cumulative 6 per cent. Preference Shares ofJEl each (Preferential also as to Capitals, and 70.000 Ordinary Shares of JE1 each. The LONDON CITY & MIDLAND BANK, Limited, are authorised to receive Subscriptions for the First 1-uc of 60,000 Preference Shares and 40,000 Ordinary Shares. Payable 2s. 6d. per Share on Application 7s. 6d. on Allotment and the Balance one month after Allotment. Director* *T H. BROOKE-HITCHING, J.P., C.C., 24, Portland-place, London, W., Managing Director of Hitching, Limited, Chairman. MAURICE ANSELL, 55, Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W., Director of the Underwriters Trust, Limited. [J. COURTHOPE PEACH, C.E., St. Albans, Colchester, Consulting Engineer to Davev, Paxman, & Co. W. B. ESSON, M.Inst.C.E., M.I.E.E., 14, Union Court, London, E.C., Electrical Engineer, Managing Director. join the Board after Allotment. Bankers THE LONDON CITY AND MIDLAND BANK, LIMITED, Threadneedle Street, London, E.C., 196, Oxford Street, London, W., and Branches. Br okers: GORDON & BARTON, Warnford Court, London, E.C., and Stock Exchange. Solicitors For the Company WILSON, BRISTO.VS, & CARPMAEL, 1, Copthall Buildings, London, E C. For the Vendor: EDWARD LEE, DAVIS, & LEE, 1, Gresham Buildings, Basinghall Street, London, E.C. Auditors: PRICE, WATERHOUSE, & Co., 3, Fredericks Place, Old Jewry, London, E.C. Consulting Engineers KINCAID, WALLER, & MANVILLE, 29, Great George Street, Westminster. Consulting Engineers to the South London Electric Light Corporation, The Vestry of Shoreditch, The Vestry of Newington, The Corporation of Portsmouth, The Corporation of Southampton, The Corporation of Swansea, &c. R. W. WEEKES, M.I.E.E. and A.M.Inst.C.E. (Whitworth Scholar). Secretary and Registered Offices GRIFFITH S. SALWAY (pro. tern.), Regent House, Regent Street, London, W. PROSPECTUS. This Company is formed to acquire the beneficial ownership in the right of Electric Supply to the district of Chiswick, Londor, W., and the town of Aberystwyth to complete and equip the generating station and lay the mains at Chiswick and to improve and extend the existing system of supply in Aberystwyth. The Company will also seek to obtain, as opportunity may offer, similar rights and undertakings in other districts. The Chiswick Provisional Order was obtained in 1891 by the Chiswick Local Board. The Pro- visional Order for the Supply of Electric Energy in Aberystwyth was obtained by the Corporation of that town in 1S92. Both Orders are now vested in the Aberystwyth and Chiswick Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (which is for convenience hereafter referred to as the Chiswick Company,") by transfers from the Local Authorities. The fact of these orders having heen transferred from the Local Authorities, and not having been issued direct to the Chiswick Company, removes all probability ot competition hy the Local Authorities, as no second Ordnr has ever been granted to a Local Authority which has already obtained and dealt witu one. The Directors regard this as a most important feature. By the Deeds of Transfer the Local Authority in each place has the right of purchasing the undertaking in its own district at the end of 21 years from the dates of transfer in 1893, or at the end of any subsequent period of 5 years up to the forty-first year, on paying its fair market value as a going concern, and thereafter under the provisions of the Electric Lighting Act, ISSS. This Company will acquire and hold all the shares in the Chiswiek Company, which will for the future be completely subsidiary to and controlled by this Company, and the Directors of this Company will also form the board of the Chiswick Company, thus obviating the necessity of a transfer* of the Provisional Onlers. CHISWICK, LONDON, The area of supply to this district under the Provisional Order extends on the east to Hammer- smith, on the north to Acton, and on the west to Kew and Isleworth, being bounded on the south by the Thames. It includes such well-known residential districts as Grove Park, Turnham Green, and parts of Gunnersbury and Bedford Park. Devonshire Park, the property of the Duke of Devonshire, is also now being leased in lots for the buildiug of a large number of houses of a good class, and many profitable customers for the Company should thus be secured. The Directors propose to arrange for an installation for electric light in these houses on thf frpo wiring system, -A nt-re r miir>-d. "■ pi-ce • f th»«r !>ein:-r fitted with gas pipes, so as to eure tneir occupants as the out-jet. Chiswick is a district of 1,200 ares in extent (about twice the area of the City of London), and it JS estimated that the population is now abont 30,000, having increased by nearly 50 per cent. in the last seven years. The Chiswick High Road, in which are many large and valuable shops and business premises, run through the Company's area for about two mile5;. jjie^w^nolt' district suburbs of London, and t!-1prp can be no 'to.u*>t tk.it tnt- Provisional Urur:- ror b is. a very va.!u ible pronerty. An excellent site for the station, an area 01 i,500 squaie has alrtady been acquired fro n the Chiswick District Council for U9 years at a rental ot £100 per annum. It adjoins Tnorneycroft's well-known engineering and shipbuilding works on the banks of the Thames, and its oosition is very advantageous, as oral can he cheaply <Hiv*red on the works from tÍ1" Council's Wharf, the use of which has been secured by the C ripany under tne agreement wile, tne Council at a reus of £,jO per annurr. The foundations fur the Electric Light Workd have already been partly laid, and the expendi- ture at Chiswick to date has teen £4 ;,jl. It will be seen from the Engineers' Report that they consider the Company might also be able to secure Provisional Orders tor the lighting of adjoining districts, and it is intended to commence negotiations for this purpose at once. They advise that provision should be made for a demand of 30,000 equivalent S-caúdle power lamps connected, and estimate that the cost of the necessary buildings, boilers, engines, djnarrios, accumulators, aud mains would be about £1;:>,000. ABERYSTWYTH. The Company's Works at Aberystwyth are built up-.n its own valuable freehold land, of which at present they occupy only half, the entire area being 8,298 square feet. The machinery and plant are certified by the Engineers to be in full working order, but their capacity is insufficient to satisfy the increasing demand, to meet which additional plant is urgently needed and additional capital therefore required. The Engineers report shows that the equivalent of 5,464 S-candle power lamps are already supplied, which is an increase of nearly 3,000 since the Summer of 1897, and applications hav- been received by the Company for still further additions. This result is satisfactory in view of the fact that the Company can only at present give a supply from sunset to midnight, but there is certain to be a much larger rate of increase in the demand, when a continuous supply is provided, and it will be the object of the Company to provide for this at once. The Company already supplies, at a remunerative price, current to the Pier and Pavilion, also to 29 arc lamps in the streets and along the sea front. and the Corporation desires to further extend the public lighting. The outlay at Aberystwyth (as per Board of Trade returns to date) is upwards of £12,000. Aberystwyth is a compact, well-built town, and its popularity as a seaside resort is rapidly growing. Extensive building operations are now going on, and as the price of gas is 4s 3d per 1 000 cubic feet, it is not surprising that electric light at 6d. per unit is rapidly taking its place as an illumin'art According to Sir W. H. Preece s opmiou, electricity at this price is equal to gas at 3s. Od. per 1,000 cubic feet. 1 Even for the year IS97, although the works were comparatively new, the revenue after deducting working expenses, showed a net profit of 41 per cent on the capital outlay. The year ]898 shows a greatly-increased revenue and a profit of 5 per cent on the outlay, notwithstanding the fact that the price of the current was reduced in March, 1898, from Sd to 6d per Board of Trade unit. The appended report of Messrs KISCAID, WALLER, and MANVILLE, the eminent Consulting Electrical Engineers, and of Mr WEEKES, forms the basis f(;r the above statements and also records their opinion that the Company's business is firmly established in Aberystwyth, and is likely to continue to increase 111 a most satisfactory manner." "———- The Engineers, Messrs KINCAIU, WALLER AND MANVILLE, and Mr WEEKES estimate the net profits from the Company's operations at Chiswick and Aberystwyth, after providing for all work., costs dis- tribution, and other annual expenses, at £9,i03 To pay the dividend on £ 60,000 Preference Shares (the present issue) willl absorb £ 3,600 And a dividend of 7 per cent on £ 40,000 ordinary shares 2 800 £ 6 400 For Administration, further dividend, and reserve, Surplus £3,303 The Engineers estimate that, including the purchase price, the total cost of the two undertakin trolled by this Company will not exceed £105 per kilowatt, which sum they consider reasonable for two undertakings of this size. Among industrial investments, Electric Supply Companies have now an established position and a progressive value as indicated by the comparative figures given below. The satisfactory nature of the investment offered by this Company will therefore be seen at once :— Name of Company. j Nominal Amount 'Average Market Price on Capital outlay J per share. I 1st-June, 1899. per Kilowatt. Charing Cross and Strand .j jE5 £ll 10 0 JE131 Chelsea .„ .i 5 8 10 0 147 House to House .j 5 8 5 0 121 Hove 5 9 0 0 115 Kensington and Knightsbridge 5 12 10 0 135 Metropolitan 10 17 0 0 110 Nottinp Hill 10 17 0 0 160 Westminster 5 15 5 0 110 This Company purchases from the Vender, Mr Thomas Henry Brooke-Hitching, the whole of the Shares issued in the Aberystwyth and Chiswick Electricity Supply Corporation, Limited (35,000 shares of £1 each, 15s paid), thus acquiring the beneficial ownership of the works, plant, and freehold land at Aberystwyth, the land at Chiswick, and the two Provisional Orders. The purchase price for the shares is £35,000, payable as to £20,000 in cash, and as to the balance in cash or fully paid shares of the Com- pany, or partly in cash and partly in shares, which leaves the remainder of the present issue, viz:— £65.000 available for defraying the cost of the new works and providing working capital. The Vendor who haa formed the Company, and has fixed the purchase price at the above amount and is seMing at a profit, will pay the whole of the costs of formation of the Company up to allotments, excepting Registration Fees, Transfer Duties and Brokerage, and will also discharge all debts of the j Chiswick Company up to date of purchase of their shares. The following contracts have been made :— i 1. Dated 10th June, 1899, between the Vendor of the one part, and the Company of the other part, for the sale of the shares above-mentioned to the Company. 1 2. Dated 10th June, 1899, between this Company, the Chiswick Company, and Messrs Johnson and Phillips, as to Supply of Electric Plant.. [ There are in addition agreements entered into by the Chiswick Company in the ordinary course of business, and agreements by the Vendor, for the purchase of the shares of the Chiswick Company and for providing a portion of the Capital now offered tcf which this Company is not a party. All appli- cants for shares will be deemed to have notice of such contracts and to have waived any rights to further particulars, whether under Section 38 of •' The Companies Act, 1867," or otherwise; and to r have agreed with the Company, as Trustee for the Directors, and all persons authorising or taking part in the issue of this prospects, not to make any claim upon them, or any of them, under the said section, or upon any other ground except wilful mis-statement, and allotments will be made upon this t condition only Copies of the above contracts, of the Provisional Orders, and of the assignments thereof to the I Chiswick Company, and of the reports herein referred to, and of the Memorandum and Articles of t Association of the Company, can be inspected at the offices of the Solicitors of the Company. ] Applications for shares to be made on the forms accompanying, or appended to the newspaper advertisement, and forwarded to the'Bankers of the Company, with the full amount of the deposit. If j no allotment is made, the deposit will be returned in full, and where the number of shares is less than ( that applied for the balance available will be applied in or towards the payment due on allotment. £ An official quotation for the Shares will be applied for in due course. t Prospectuses and Forma of Application can be obtained from the Bankers, Brokers and Solicitors, and at the offices of the Company. ( REGENT HOUSE, REGENT STREET, LONDON, W., » June 12th, 1899.. This Form may be cut out, filled up, and forwarded entire, with Cheque or Cash for Two Shillings « and Sixpence on each Share applied for, to the LONDON CITY AND MIDLAND BANK, LIMITED, t Threadneedle Street, London, E.C., or to any of their Branches. If remittance be made by cheque, the^chec^oeshouWj^^2^C THE WEST LONDON & PROVINCIAL ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY, LIMITED. ISSUE OF 40,000 ORDINARY SHARES OF £1 EACH AT PAR. To th,, Directors ot THE WEST LONDON & PROVINCIAL ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY, LIMITED. GENTLEMEN, Having paid to the Company's Bankers the sum of f being a deposit of Two Shillings and Sixpence per Share on Ordinary Shares of JE1 each, in the above-named Company, I request you to allot me that number of Ordinary Shares upon the tprrrs of the Company's Prosp ctns, dated June 12th, 1899, and I agree to accept the same, or any smaller number fhat may be allotted to me, and to make the remaining payments in respect thereof in accordance with the said Prosl ectus, and I authorise you to register me as the holder of th. raid Ordinary Shares. In the event of my not receiving an allotment the amount to be returned in full, and I agree with the Company, as Trustee for the Directors and other persons liable, not to make any claim upon them, or any of them, under Section 38 of "The Companies Act, 1867," or upon any other ground except wilful mis-statement. Name (in full) Address (in full) ■ Description Date Signature. If desirous of paying in full on Allotment, please sign here:— Signature This Form may be cut out, filled up, and forwarded entire, with Cheque or Cash for Two Shillings and Sixpence cn each Share applied for, to the LONDON CITY AND MIDLAND BANK, LIMITED, Threadneedle Street, London E.C., or to any of their Branches. If remittance be made by cheque, the cheque should be drawn to the order of the Bankers. THE WEST LONDON & PROVINCIAL ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY, LIMITED. ISSUE OF 60,000 f6 PER CENT. CUMULATIVE PREFERENCE SHARES OF f I EACH AT PAR. To the Directors of THE WEST LONDON k PROVINCIAL ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY, LIMITED. GENTLEMEN, Having paid to the Company's Bankers the sum of ;C being a deposit of Two Shillings and Sixpence per Share on £ 6 per cent. Cumulative Preference Shares of f 1 each in the above-named Company, I request you to allot me that number of Preference Shares upon the terms of the Company's Prospectus, dated June 12th, 1899, and I agree to accept the same, or any smaller number that may be allotted to me, and to make the remaining pay- ments in respect thereof in accordance with the said Prospectus, and I authorise you to register me as the holder of the said Preference Shares. In the event of my not receiving an allotment the amount to be returned in full, and I agree with the Company, as Trustee for the Directors and other persons liable, not to make any claim upon them, or any of them, under Section 38 of The Company's Act, 1867," or upon any other ground except wilful mis-statement. Name (in full) Address (in full) Description Date Signature If desirous of paying in full on Allotment, please sign here Signature
BARMOUTH. TRIPS BY STEAMER.—The steamer Jubilee" runs trips daily to Penmaenpool and is well patron- ised by visitors. NURSE SUNDAY.—Next Sunday collections will be made at all places of worship in the district towards the District Nurse Association. YACHTING.—Last week the yacht owned by Mr Evans of Broom Hall, Pwllheli, arrived in the har- bour. She will cruise arcund the district for a short time, making Barmouth her headquarters. BUNGALOWS.—Lady Elizabeth Legge of Ross, Herefordshire, is building a bungalow on a site on Gorsllwynfawr Farm. The bungalow will stand on an elevated position commanding a fine view of Cardigan Bay. It is stated that several persons contemplate following Lady Legge's example. VISITORS.—As expected, the fine weather has resulted in a large increase in the number of visitors. An old inhabit-tnt says that he does not recollect ever seeing so many visitors in the early part ot June in the town before. On Monday, although it was iaining in Dolgelley and Llwyngwril, the weather was glorious in Barmouth. CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR SOCIETy.-The weekly meeting of the Baptist Christian Endeavour Society was held last Thursday, the Rev. Dr. Arberth Evans presiding. Papers were read by Mr W. H Roberts and Miss G ritliths, and an address on hypocrisy was given by the Rev Arberth Evans. The meeting was well attended. LAST SUNDAY'S PREACHF.RS.-At the English Congregational Chapel last Sunday the Rev D. L. Parker, Harrogate, preached to large congregations. The Rev J. Gwynoro Davies, pastor of Caersalem Chapel, officiated at Christ Church. The preachers at Caersal, iii Chapel were the Revs Thomas O,ven, PortnuuUc, and J. Wiison Roberts, Llanbedr. URBAX COUNCIL.—The Urban District Council met in committee on Tuesday afternoon under the presidency of the Rev .T. Gwynoro Davies, the mayor, when the complaints with regard to the cartage of refuse and to the watering of the streets were considered. Some of the ratepayers say that the refuse is not carted from the town every morn- ing and that every screet is not watered regularly. PREACHING MEETINGS.—Preaching meetings were held in connection with Egryn Calvinist Methodist Chapel last Thursday and Friday. The special preachers were the Rev Thomas Charles Williams, Meuai Bridge, and the Rev Francis Jones. Abergele. Owing to the chapel being small, several services were held in the open air. Tnere were large con- gregat'ons and the sermous given were eloquent and powerful. CO-ICERT.-L,tst (Thursday) evening a concert was held iu the Assembly Rooms in aid of the funds of the Baptist Chapel. Amougst the artistes were Miss Bessie Jones (Telynores Gwalia), Liverpool, the notéll harpist; Miss Wade, R.C.M., solo violinist, and Gutyn Eifion, the popular Welsh tenor. The Barmouth Choral Union and the Royal Male Y oice Party also assisted. FI-SHI-NG.-The fishermen and young men of the town are busily engaged at present catching fish. Some good hauls have been made. On Friday a large sized fish was hooked in the hay in front of the Marine-tei race. It was rumoured in the town that a shark had been caught aud there was considerable excitement, but further enquiries showed that nothing more formidable than a dog fish had been landed. = EXCHANGE OF PATRONS.—It was recently an- nounced in the London Gazette that Her Majesty the Queen had consented to the patronage ot the parish of Llanaber, which includes Barmouth, being the gift of Mr. C. W. Dyson Perrins, formerly the patron of Painswick. The Lord Chancellor, who, up to the present, held the gift of the patronage of Llanaber, will now become the patron of Painswick parish. A RUMOUR.—It is stated that the London Com- pany who are negotiating for the purchase of the Royal Pier Pavilion and other places of amuse- ment and recreation at Aberystwyth, will later on turn their attention to Barmouth and other places on the Welsh coast. We learn that the intention I of the company is to develop and make known the beauties of Welsh watering places, and thus counter- act the growing tendency amongst the holiday seekers to spend their holidays on the Continent, PICNIC. The first annual picnic of the trades- 1 men, shopkeepers, with their wives and children, 1 took place on Wednesday afternoon. The party, 1 numbering between forty and fifty, left in brakes, i supplied by Mr. D. E Davies, about half- < past three, and arrived at Tynygroes about < nve. Several persons accompanied the party on their bicycles. Tea was partaken of on the 1 grass. The party rpached home about half past < seven, having thoroughly enjoyed their outing COUNTY SCHOOL FINANCES. -The financial posi- tion of the Intermediate School Governing Body has improved wonderfully since the commencement of this year. On March 31st of last year there was due to the Treasurer on the general pccount the sum of f98 6s. lid., and later on the sum due increased to three tiones this sum. The balance- sheet recently submitted now shows that there was a balance in the hands of the Treasurer on March 31st of this year, of 7s. 4d. Subscriptions are also crmmg in thick and fast towards the new school buildings, and it is to be hoped that they will be opened free of debt. EXPLOSION OF A STOVE.-About half-past eight on Sunday morning the gas stove at No. 2, Tai Issa Buildings, exploded. The windows of the room in which it was fixed were smashed and the furniture was also considerably damaged. Fortunately the occupants of the house were not in the room, other. wise the results might have been serious. The ex- plosion was heard a mile off. People residing in the vicinity thought there was an earthquake. It is presumed that the stove exploded as the result of a leakage, the gas which escaped ultimately coming in contact with a light in the room. TENNIS CLUB FORMED.—A meeting was held on Wednesday evening week with the object of forming a tennis club in the town for the benefit of visitors more especially. Mr J. M. Edwards, B.A., pre- sided, and there was a good attendance. It was unanimously agreed to form a club and the follow- ing were elected on the executive. committee :-The Rev J. Gwynoro Davies, Messrs J. M. Edwards, J. Thomas, D. E. Davies, T. A. Bull, Dr Lloyd, Mrs Williams, Police Station Miss S. Jones and Miss Cassie Jones, Lion Hotel; Miss Williams, Glan. traeth Miss Owen, Gwendolen Miss L. A. Ellis, and Miss Pritchard, Board School. Mr J. M. Edwards was appointed captain, and Miss Evans, the Cliffe, Miss Evans, 11, Porkington-terrace, and Miss Winchester, Marine Mansions, were appointed vice-captains Mrs Gwynoro Davies, treasurer, and Mr John Jones, Brynteg, secretary, It is proposed converting a portion of the Recreation Ground into a tennis court. A meeting will be held next week to make arrangements as to tournaments. SPORTS.-The subscribers to and members of the Sports Society met last week and unanimously re- solved to continue the sports this year, and further agreed to add to the events horse jumping and horae trotting competitions, with the view of making the festival more attractive. It was also decided to offer a ten-guinea challenge cup as a prize in the one mile bicycle race. The sports will be held on August Bank Holiday (Monday) and granted fine weather the festival will be even a greater success than has been the case in previous years. The committee are deserving of support and patronage, having regard to their efforts to add to the attrac- tiveness of the festival. Lord Henry Vane Tempest has consented to act as president, and the other officers are Vice-president, Major Best; chairman of executive committee, Mr Edmund Buckley vice- chairmen, Mr Ellis Wilkin and Mr W. W. Morris treasurer, Mr D. E. Davies secretary, Mr John Jones, Brynteg. INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL MANAGERS.—The ordi- nary meeting of the Managers, postponed from Monday, was held last Thursday, when there were present, Mr. W. J. Morris, chairman; Alderman Lewis Lewis, vice-chairman; Messrs. John Davies and Hugh Evans, Mrs. J. Gwynoro Davies, the Rev. Z. Mather, Major Crrder, Messrs. John Lloyd, clerk, and E. D. Jones, head-master. Considerable time was spent in verifying the minutes of previous meetings with regard to the new buildings. It was agreed that the Building Committee should make arrangements to lay the memorial stones of the new buildings in the last fortnight in July. The head-master was deputed to make the necessary arrangements for the conduct of the entrance scholarship examination in July. Pupils from the elementary schools of the following places are qualified to compete for scholarshipsBontddu, Arthog, Barmouth, Dyffryn, Llanbedr, Harlech, Tabarnau. The Managers resolved to advertise for a junior mistress, to commence duties next term. Votes of confidence were passed with Mr. Thomas Lewis, Arthog, a governor, whose wife recently died, and with Mr. Evan Thomas, Hafodybryn, Llanbedr, who has met with a similar misfortune.
LOCAL LAW CASE. A CUSTOM OF SHEEP FARMING. In the Court of Appeal on Monday before.Lords Justices A. L. Smith, Rigby, and Vaughan V\iiliams, an appeal by Miss Simner against the judgment of Mr Justice Wills after a hearing at Merioneth Assizes was heard. Mr Marshall, who appeared for the appellant, said the action was brought by a Welsh farmer, named Hugh Evans, who became the tenant of certain farms in JS93, which had since been purchased by the defendant, Miss Simner, a lady living at Westminster, to recover the sum of about E575 under the following circumstances. There was a clause in the lease that the tenancy between the plaintiff and the defendant could be terminated by six months' notice on either side, and that in such an event the incoming tenant, or, if the farms in question were not let, the landlady or landlord, as the case triglit be, should purchase from the tenant all the sheep bred and usually grazed by him upon the farm at a price to be fixed by a valuer, and if there was a dispute between the valuers appointed by the respective parties, then the matter was to be settled by an arbitrator. Miss Simner gave notice that she would terminate the tenancy on Lady-day, 1898, and Mr Evans gave notice that he should require her to purchase the sheep on the farm under the terms of the lease. The valuers met on March 18th, 189S, and valued the 460 sheep then on the farm at 25s a piece. The animals were branded and delivered over to Miss Simner s representative. It appeared that in the district sheep bred and grazed on a farm fetched, when sold to a l incoming tenant, a better price than they would if sold in the market, because, knowing the place, they do not stray or require so much attention from the shepherd. Miss Simner was told the market price of a sheep was about 16s. or 17s. and she refused to pay. The farmpr then brought this action, and the defence substantially was that many of the sheep sold were not sheep that had been bred on the farm, but recently bought, in order to obtain a higher price than the market value, and that the custom, if the valuers were entitled to give consideration to it at all, must be taken reasonably. The learned Judge held that the lady was bound to buy all the sheep, and that there was no evidence that the valuers had given undue weight to the custom when agreeing on the value of the sheep. There were two rams which had been bought, and these he held were not bred" on the farm and he struck them out of the claim, and also allowed as a set off quarter's rent and some other itepis, and in the result judgment was entered for the farmer for f 549. The lady appealed and asked the Court to say that the market value of the sheep was the price which alone the valuers ought to have agreed upon and to reduce the amount recovered under the judgment by some JE270. Lord Justice A. L. Smith-But the price to be paid was to be fixed by two independent valuers and they fixed it at 25a a head. Mr Marshall-Then alternatively we ask for a new trial because the lsarned Judge was wrong in permitting the valuations based on a fictitious value attached to the sheep by an alleged custom to stand. If the valuers were justified in taking the custom into consideration at all, they were only justified in doing so to a reasonable extent. After further argument, the Lords Justices having intimated they were against the appellant, Mr M'Call addressed the Court. It was very hard, he said, that a lady living at Westminster should be made to pay some JE200 more for sheep than they were worth in the market because the valuers chose to base their calculation on an alleged Welsh custom. Lord Justice Smith-What has] the fact that the lady lives at Westminster to do with it ? She can travel by train to Wales and is a Welsh landowner and those who live in Rome must do as Rome does. (Laughter.) Mr M'Call replied he had no doubt the lady was fully aware that she wai a Welsh landowner and regretted it. (Laughter.) However that might be, there was evidence that the farm would only maintain 400 sheep and he pressed for a new trial, because the lady had been compelled to buy 460 as bred and grazed on the farm. He thought there was ample evidence that sixty of these were sheep that were, so to speak, grazed out. Lord Justice A. L. Smith— We will hear the other side on this one point. Mr Abel Thomas having briefly explained the shepherd's evidence upon which Mr M'Call relied, Lord Justice A. L. Smith said this was an app!i. cation to enter judgment for the appellant or alter natively for a new trial. How on earth, having regard to the facts proved, counsel could argue that judgment should be entered for the defendant he could not conceive, and he would say nothing more about that part of the case. Then it was said that there ought to be a new trial because the learned Judge had been in error and had improperly permitted a valuation of these sheep to stand which had been made on a basis of fictitious value given to them because they were sheep that had been bred and usually grazed on the farms. There was no evidence that that was the case, and he thought the learned Judge was perfectly right and agreed with him that the plaintiff had made out his case. The other lords justicea concurring, the appeal was dismissed with costs.
A MONTGOMERYSHIRE DIVORCE CASE. EDWARDS v. EDWARDS. EDWARDS, EDWARDS, AND WILSON (DR BEDDOES INTERVENING). On Friday, in the Probate, Divorce, and Ad- miralty Division, before the President (Sir Francis Jeune) and a special jury, the case of Edwards v. Edwards and Edwards, Edwards, and Wilson (Beddoes intervening) came on for re-trial. The first case was a petition by the wife for a judicial separation and the second case was a petition by the husband for a divorce.Alr Fonlkes Griffiths appeared for the intervener, Dr Beddoes. Mr Bargrave Deane, Q.C., and Mr Ellis Griffith for the husband and Mr Inderwick, Q.C., and Mr Priestley for the solicitors for the wife. The President said he had better explain to the jury how the present trial came about, as other- wise it might appear rather complicated. There were previous proceedings by the huaband against the wife in which he charged her with adultery. When the case came on, it appeared that he did nob charge her with adultery with any particular person, but charged her with adultery with a person unknown. It was found that she had had a child of which the husband said he was not the father. Therefore, he said, some one else must have been. Then he relied on certain letters to him from her in which there were admissions by her that she had committed adultery. At the trial the wife did not deny the charge and withdrew the charges of cruelty she had made against the husband, and the case going on with, the result was that the wife was found guilty of adultery with a person unknown. She not appealing to deny the charges of cruelty were dismissed. Now there was an intervention. In cases like this the law said if there was reason to suppose that material facts were not before the Court at the trial, or that the facti had been mis- understood, the Public Prosecutor might intervene and ask that the decree of dissolution of marriage might be set aside. The law also said that an out- side person altogether, having no direct interest in the matter, might come forward and intervene and that was how this case arose. Dr Beddoes who, he believed, attended Mrs Edwards when she was ill came forward now and took upon himself to say that material facts hadbeen withheldaod that when the case was tried before the Court came to a wrong conclusion, or that the facts proved presented a wrong view of the case. The charges of adultery against Dr Edwards had been withdrawn and there were some minor charges of cruelty, but the real case they had to determine was whether the result of the previous trial was wrong-whether Mrs Edwards was guitly of the adultery of which she was found guilty. As she herself did not deny it in the previous case, it was a peculiar state of things that a person should be allowed to come forward and say the decision was wrong. There was nothing like it in the law ex cept in proceedings of that kind. Mr Foulkes Griffiths, in opening the case, paid the view of the-intervener was that on the proper facts of the case they could not be consistent with any reasonable theory, except by presuming the innocence of the wife, Catherine Edwards, and he thoughc when the facts were all laid before his Lordship and the jury they would be of the same opinion. This was one of those remarkable cases which could only arise in village life when a theory had been worked up in the village and the evidence in a way supported the conclusion which people came to. In this case Dr Edwards and Mrs Ed- wards lived for several years in amity and peace, having a few occasional quarrels until the incident arose which led to Dr Edwards being suspicious of his wife. Dr Edwards thought his wife must have committed adultery and brought an netion charg- ing her together with various co-respondents. But it was very remarkable that as the C,80 proceeded one after another the co-rdspoudent3 were dropped until there was not one left. Of course it might be proved that the wife had committed adultery with some person without proving who the guilty man was. When the case came before the court and Mrs Edwards appeared to defend herself, she understood that terms were offered her which would make a settlement and she consented to a decree nisi. The case now was that the principal idea in her mind was to submit to any terms which would give her some facility with regard to having possession of her child, a daughter sev.en years old. She was very anxious to retain that child and he thought all the remarkable conduct and admissions of Mrs Edwards would appeal to their minds to be such conduct as might hang upon that idea. It appeared that in August, 1876, she was made to sign a confession by her husband under great pres- sure. He found she was pragnant and asserted he was not the cause of it as he had nob had access to her. He (Counsel) had to submit that in the facts proved, when they considered how the husband and wife lived together, that the husband must be wrong. They lived in a small house and Dr Edwards used generally to sleep in the spare room, unless it was required for guests, as he came home at all hours. But occasionally he would go to the room where his wife slept with their child. Shortly before this time there was a guest at the house, whom he need not mention, and when thehusband came home late tie admitted he went to his wife's room. He said, ( however, he had no suspicion of his wife's condition and she never told him anything about it, and if that were all of course it would be natural that sus- picion should be aroused against the wife. She herself actually believed she was not pregnant be- cause she was in illhealth then and had no symptoms to go by. Therefore he sub- mitted, it was quite possible she was right and was genuinely surprised when her husband told her the fact. When he learnt it he was very angry and said no one had been there except Mr So-and- so and he must be the father. He then wrote out a confession which he made her sign, but he (counsel) submitted that under the circumstances that confession could not be accepted at all. A day or two afterwards, Mrs Edwards left the house and went to the residence of a relative and while there she was confined a few days after. While she was ill, her husband never came to see her and she was seized with a remarkable longing to see her child and seemed to think that was the one object living for. She wrote letters to her husband saying so, and those letters contained admissions which he could not account for, except on the supposition that she wanted to get her husband to allow her to see the child. They might be taken as confessions. Dr Edwards thought they were not so explicit as the first confession, but they were written when she was very agitated and ill and her one ruling idea was a desire to see the child. The husband did not believe the first confession and no one else did. He (counsel) asked the Jujge to treat those letters in the same way. The husband withdrew all the particular charges of paternity, and now the Inter- vener (Dr Beddoes) asked the jury to say, when they had heard all the evidence, that the only reasonable conclusion to come to was that the husband himself was the father of the child, and that as one of the public, Dr Beddoes was per- fectly justified in coming there and submitting the wife was not guilty in the way that had been alleged, and that it was not reasonable to believe every silly story that was spread. He was not go- ing to press any charges of adultery against the husband, but with regard to the cruelty, he thought the jury would say that the husband in endeavouring to extort a confession had used a certain amount of cruelty to the wife. A decree nisi had been given against the wife and he now asked the jury to say that could not stand. It was a difficult case and in many respects a pain. ful one, but he thought they would find there was no evidence of adultery. The President I should like to know what charges of cruelty you make. You have not said a word about them. Mr Griffiths said with the exception of a few minor acts, he did not think any cruelty could be referred to except the turning her out of the house in August. The President That is not cruelty. There is not much use in talking about that, Mr Deaneasked if he might be supplied with the material facts which it was alleged were concealed from the Court. The President said he did not think it was neces- sary. That part of Mr Griffiths's speech was that the first trial was an error, that all the facts were not brought oat, and that the lady wished to explain what were the real facts of the case. Mr Deane I should like to know whether lie is going to call Mrs Edwards. I ask because I have reason to believe that her own solicitor has advised her to the contrary. Dr Beddoes cannot force her to go into the box against her will, She aught to be cautioned. The President Certainly. (To Mr Griffith) I presume you are going to call her. Miss Florence Beatrix Allcock, a relation of Mrs Edwards, gave evidence that when she stayed with teem Dr Edwards used to sleep with his wife. Mrs Catherine Edwaids was then called. Shesaid it was on Sunday, August Sth, 1896, that she had some words with her husband about her condition. He wrote out a paper and asked her to sign it. Afterwards she signed it without reading it. What do you say with regard to it ? I say I was made to sign it. My husband came home on Sunday night and asked me if I had sent a certain letter to,a gentleman he wished to go out shooting with. I said I had not, as I had not understood he wished me to send it off and he be- came very violent and ultimately charged me with being pregnant. I said I did not think I was, as I was suffering from something else. He then ex- amined me. Is the paper true or not true ? It is not true. What did you say to him ? I don't quite remember. I may have said I did not think so, but I am not quite sure. On that night my husband pulled me by the hair and dragged me about. He pressed his foot on my stomach and then left the house. On the follow- ing day he produced the paper and said, Sign this." What led up to it ? Nothing led up to it. He brought it into the dining-room with it ready written. He said, Oh, how I hate you. I have a mind to kill you." He said, "Sign this," and when I remonstrated he took hold of me by the hair, took up a carving knife, and said, Sign this, or by God I will kill you." The President: Did you read it ? I read it after I signed it." He said Do you object to anything in it. I said I objected to the words that I was pregnant by the gentleman whose name I am not allowed to mention. The President: Oh, nonsense. There must be no concealment. There is no imputation whatever on the gentleman now. Mr Dean said perhaps he had better read it. "I, Catherine Edwards, do solemnly confess (the words that I am pregnant' were struck out) that I have on the 4th February, 1S96, committed adultery with Mr Lloyd George, M.P., and that the said Mr Lloyd George is father of the child and that I have on previous occasions committed adultery with the above Lloyd George. Signed, 12th August, 1896, Catherine, Edwards." Witness said her husband struck out those words after she objected to them. After that she went away to Penegoes, and the child was born. She wrote a number of letters from there to her husband specially asking to be allowed to see her daughter, as she would have given any- thing to see her. These letters refer to the statement you signed ? The President: No, you must not say that, because they don't. Mr. Griditli If they don't refer to that they refer to nothing. The President: That is quite another matter, which will be for the jury to decide. Cross-examined by Mr, Deane: She admitted her husband did not sleep regularly with her after 1894, but he did occasionally, such as when Ir. Lluyd George, M.P., was there. Is that the only occasion, or where there other occasions when he came home late ? He would come in with me. You had had one child before and therefore knew what it was to be in the family way ? Yes, but I had to consult specialists before I knew, You were not being attended for any disease or illness ? I was sneering for many years, but ::o one attemle d me. You v. ere told by the husband you were pregnant,. Did you believe him ? I am not sure. I was inclined to doubt him, be- cause 1 had none of the symptoms. Did you persevere in denying your condition when you got to the place you were confined ? I dor.'t remember doing so. Did you deny to the doctor the irght before you were confined ? I don't remember. Do you represent when you wrote- those letters to your husband that you did not want his forgive- ness ? I do not waut forgiveness for committing adul- tery. The President: You will notice up to this time the lady has not denied adultery. Mr Deane replied, perhaps it was a slin of counsel in not askiog her. Mr Griffith said he understood the lady had accounted for the letters in another way. The President I admit she has given evidence in that direction. To Mr Griffith Do you wish to ask her the ques- tion direct? She is not bound to answer it unless Llie chooses, but the inference would be obvious. Mr Griffith (to witness) Had you at this time committed adultery with any person No; I had not. Air Deane There arc four or five letters here in which you ask your husband to pardon you for the sin you have committed against him. Was it all a sham ? I don't say it was. I was in a desperate moid. I knew what kind of a man my husband was and I knew there was no other means of getting the child. Do you represent that your husband is the father of that child ? Be careful, on your oath. I do say so, solemnly. Then why write to your husband and say Of course you would not bring the child to his house if you came?" Because he was in such a desperate mood I was afraid of him. I don't know why I said it, but I wanted to see my child. The case was heard on November 18th, 1896, more than a year after the birth of the child. At that time had you all your senses about you. Am I competent to give an opinion? That is more bhan I can say. You knew of the allegation that this was not your husband's child but the child of some other man whosename is unknown. Yes, but that is not true. When did you make Dr Beddoes' acquaintance I can t quite remember. About January, 1897. Do you remember when the case Was on before being seen in the corridor by your solicitor and counsel and being shown some letters. I don't remember. Were those letters, letters which you had written yourself. I don't remember. They may have been many years before. Were they written to a young man ? Yes. Suggestmg he should meet you at your house when your husband was out ? I don't think so. He used to call professionally. You knew the charge against you was of adultery with a man unknown resulting in the birth of a child. When you were shown the letters you were told by your counsel and solicitor and everybody else that if the letters were in your handwriting your case was gone. I don't remember, they referred to [the letters to my husband. Did you say you reconsidered that and would take their advice] and not defend the case any further ? Yes. Counsel then quoted from some of the letters in question to the. other man, some of which were signed Yours very affectionately Katie," and with kind love. To witness Did you love him ? I liked him very much to speak to. Why did you withdraw from the case ? I was promised by my solicitor that all my costs should be paid, the charges against the co-respond- ents withdrawn, and my money returned to me which my husband kept for me and which had been given me by my father on my marriage. I under- stood I was to have the custody of the child, but I won't be sure about that. I understood the case was to be settled privately. Has your solicitor advised you not to go into the witness box and give evidence? Yes. What is Dr Beddoes to yon that you should take his advice against that of your own legal advisc-r ? My own zdense of justice made me take his advice. Justice to w hom ? Justice to niyscli and my daughter. Do I undersUml you on ycur oath that Mr Lloyd George is absolutely innocent of any charge made in connection with you ?—Yes, absolutely innocent. Mi.1 Bryn Roberts, M.P., taid he held a watching brief for Mr Lloyd George, M.P., and he wanted the three letters read which had been put in. If they were read, they would entirely exculpate Mr Lloyd George. The President Not at all. Mr George is not a party to the case at all and there is no kind of imputation upon him at all. Nobody in the pro- ceedings has accused him if any tiling. Mr Deilne-I said he thought he had done all his learned friend required to show that Mr Lloyd George was absolutely free from any responsibility whatever in thy matter. A number of witnesses were called and event- ually the President said they had been playing with the case for sometime and nothing had been said which in any way disturbed the result of the pre- vious trial. To Mr Griffith: Do you think it worth while keeping up ? Mr Griffiths admitted the difficulty of doing so. The President said it was hop-less to carry the case further and he thought the jury appeared to be of the same opinion. Mr Inderwick asked permission to call Mr Hughes, the solicitor, in reference to the charge that had been put on the record by Mrs Edwards and Dr Beddoes that he had made misrepre- sentation to her which induced her to consent to the previous judgment. Mr Hughes was then called and stated that it was entirely upon Mr Inderwick's advice that Mrs Edwards agreed not to defend the case. He believed the letters which had been referred to had not been shown to Dr Beddoes. The President expressed the opinion that the charge was one that ought never to have been made. The Jury formally returned a verdict that Mrs Edwards had been guilty of adultery. and his Lordship dismissed the intervention with costs as between solicitor and client. He also agreed to make the decree nisi absolute at an early date.
CRICKET. TO SECRETARIES OF CRICKET CLUBS. Reports ot cricket matches to ensure insertion should be sent in as early after the events take place as possible. BALA COUNTY SCHOOL v. BALA TOWN. The above match was played on Thursday, June 8th, on the ground of the former and resulted in a win for the latter by the narrow margin of three runs. Scores :— TTITA RNRVTV CNIANT liALA (JUL. M l SCHOOL. J. L. Burton, c and b Griffiths 9 J. H. Davie. b S Parry 0 Smith, c J. B. Parry, b S. Parry 0 Mr Turner, c B. Griffiths, b Griffiths 6 J. D. Jones, run out I 6 W. Williams, b S. Parry 2 E. Roberts, not out W. G. Jones, b Griffiths 1 Guest, b Griffiths 5 A. X. Morgan, c S. Parry, h Griffiths II T. Bodden, c and b N. Roberts 13 Extras. 5 Total (jo BALA TOWN. S. O. Tarry, b Burton 1(5 R. II. Roberts, b Burton 1 H. H. Hughes, run out 0 R. W. Jones, lhw, b Burton 1 J. Jones, e Turner, b Burton :? J. P. Jones, c Smith, b Burton (5 B. Griffiths, run out 0 11. E. Pari-y, 1,.I. D. Joiies (> J. B. Parry, b Smith 7 It. Griffiths, not out (, IsT. Roberts, c Davies, b Williams 5 Extras 12 Total 1;3 BALA COUNTY SCHOOL v. CORWEN TOWX. The above match was played on Saturday, Juneloth. on the ground of the former and resulted in an easy win for the school by 79 runs. J. L. Burton, who went in first, carried his btit for (J2. W liile 111, he hit with grea- vigour. Amongst his hit-, were three fours, eidit threes, and seven twos. The most successful bowlers on the schc il side were-J. D. Jones, .three wickets for eight and Mr A. L. Turnet two for nine. Scores :— ,.s BALA SCHOOL. J. L., Em-ton, not out fio M' K-. Willi.uns, c. Chapman, b Jones U '■i r Turner, b S\v:iin~:ui 5 J. 11. Davies, b Stanstield 2 It. Smith, st Garwood, b Carruthcis Id J. D. Jones, b Williams (i W. Williams, run out 4 E. Roberts, b Garwood <1 W. G. Jones, b Garwood 10 IX Guest, c Williams, b Swaiuson (i T. Bodden, run out 3 Extras Total jg- COKWKN TOWN. T. Ll. Jones, c Smith, b Davies 11 Garwood, c Burton, b Davies "W Stanstield, b Turner 2 Carruthers, b Turner 7 Swainson, h Davies 0 Rev E. Williams, b Burton 11 .Tor<1an, b J. D. Jones 9 H. Morris, b J. 1). Jones 5 Chapman, c lIlith, h J. D. Jones 4 Morgan Uwen, not out 1 A. X. Uther, absent Q Extras 5 Total 5S U.C.W. V CEREDIGION. Played on Saturday, June 10th, at Smithfield. The College batted tirst and knocked up seventy-one, to which Pring, Hall, and Johnson were chief contributors. Town Degan finely, Gaer Jones and Ye-trste3, runnius up forty- ;even before the former was bowled. The College total was passed with live wickets down. In the middle of :he innings Boycott batted very freely for thirty, but lad lucky escapes in the field. The final score reached 129, Town thus winning easily by fifty-eight runs. Gaer Jores and Yearsley showed beautiful Turn: at the start Ind made numerous fine strokes. U.C.W. was handi- apped hy the absence of Halliwell through an injured snee. During the match Madden also had to give up yicket-keepmg through a slight accident. Score u'C* W* C. R. Jones, c Yearsley, b Gaer Jones n A. F. Grundy, b Tudor Jones 4 E. H. Madden, run out 7 H. W. Pring, c Boycott, b Gaer Jones IS F. W. Hall, c A. Green, b Yearsley 15 A. G. Ruston, c Tudor Jones, b Gaer Jones 4 W. D. John, b Yearsley 0 C. R. Duerden, st A. Green, b Gaer Jones 0 W. H. Jones, b Yearsley 2 W. J. Williams, b Gaer Jones 0 J. A. Thomas, not out 0 Extras 7 Total. 71 CEREDIGION. Yearsley, c J. A. Thomas, b Duerden 14 Gaer Jones, li Pring 25 Tudor Jones, run out 10 Gifford, b Grundy .3 Captain J. Cosens, b Duerden 0 Boycott, b Grundy OA W. H. Parry, b Grundy 0 .J. F. Parry, b Grundy.I A. Green, b Grundy 9 O. Green, not out 8 Hughes, c Johnson, b Duerden 12 Extras 15 Total .129
THE LATE MR ELLIS. -Arrangemeints are being made to write an English and a Welsh biographyef the late Mr T. E. Ellis. It is stated that Mr O. XA. Edwards, the member for Merioneth, will write the Welsh biography. THE LATE COUNTESS ALICE KEAREY-At a meeting of the executive committee of the Women's Liberal Federation the following resolution with reference to the sudden death of Countess Alice Kearney was moved by Mrs Eva McLaren from the chair and carried unanimously That this com- mittee have heard with distress of the sudden and unexpected death of Countess Alice Kearney, whose energy and constant zeal during the years she gave to political work did so much to advance the cause of Liberalism through ut the country." THE LITERARY POLICEMAN.—Mr Tudor Howell has been informed this week that Mr Balfour has granted a pension of f40 per annum out of the civil list fund to Charles Ashton, the ex-policeman. This action of Mr Balfour's will be generally approved. Ashton was a police- man in the Merionethshire force. During his spare time he turned his attention to literature, taught himself Latin and kindred subjects, and published many works of exceptional merit. He won numerous prizas at eisteddfodau, wrote an excellent history of Welsh literature, and is now engaged on a Welsh bibliography. He retired from the force some time ago, and this timely assistance and recognition of his worth from the Government should spur him on to pursue his work with in- creased zest. A fire broke out shortly after midnight on Thursday at Penally Abbey, the residence of Mr T. D. S. Cunningham, situated about two miles fr;om Tenby. Ths soldiers from the barracks at Penally rendered valuable assistance in fighting the flames and removing the furniture, and the Tenby Fire Brigade arriving later were able to prevent the flames from spreading. One wing of the house, however, was gutted, the damage being very con- siderable. Printed and Published by J. Gibson, Cumbrian News Office, Terrace Road, Aberystwyth, Tuesday, June 20th, 1899.