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Tipyn o Bob Peth.I


Tipyn o Bob Peth. The Mayor of Chester gave three civic banquets last week. Mr Reginald Corbet, the master of the Cheshire Hounds, is unwell. The innkeepers of Newtown, with two or three exceptions, have agreed to close their houses on Sunday. Mr W. H. Darby, Mr W. Low, and Mr E. Davies, are to be placed on the commission of the peace for the borough of Wrexham. # i The inquest on the recent accident at the aterloo Pits terminated on the 22nd ult. in a verdict of Accidental Death." A plan was suggested for the prevention of the recurrence of such accidents, and approved by the jury. A prebendal stall in Bangor Cathedral (worth £318 per annum) is vacant by the death of the Rev. H. W. Majendie, vicar of Speen, in Berkshire, and formerly rector of Derwen and vicar of Llanrhaiadr. The Welsh Reform Association is offering a reward of B5 for information which will lead to the detection and conviction of some person or persons guilty of obtaining money from the public on pretence of collecting for the relief of the evicted tenants in Wales. The schooner Jessie, of Liverpool, laden with limestone, from Llandulas, stranded off Rhyl on Wednesday week (says Mr R. Hughes). The crew were saved by the Rhyl tubular lifeboat, the Morgan, belonging to the National Lifeboat Institution. The Dowager Duchess of Cleveland recently met with a sad accident. Her grace was calling at Mrs Angerstein's, at Weeling, with Lady Susan Milbank, when she fell on the stone floor of the ball and broke the right knee cap. The duchess was attended by a surgeon as soon as possible, and is now progressing very favourably. If Guardians can be said to represent the community, then the general feeling is decidedly in favour of Sunday closing of public houses, for in every instance, as far as we have seen, where the subject has been brought before them, the Boards have agreed to petition in favour of the movement: For once we are afraid the cause of right is destined to fail. Our contemporary, the North Wales Chronicle, after urging the conservatives to spend their money in a vain contest in Merionethshire, says—" Right must pre- vail, and conservatism in Wales is both right and justice." We are glad our contemporary only ventures to say that conservatism in Wales is right and justice. Navvies engaged on the Wrexham and Mold Railway have discovered the remains of four human bodies, in a field close to Llanfynydd Church. They were buried about two feet deep, with their heads towards the west, and the teeth are sound and regular. Some suppose that the site of an old battle field has been discovered some that the remains are those of a famiiy named Richards, who, according to tradition, were murdered in the neigh- bourhood. The remains have been interred in Llanfynydd Churchyard. The recent floods have resulted in reviving the question of the possibility of saving Shrewsbury from these de- structive visitations. Some years ago two plans were drawn up for constructing tunnels across the neck of the isthmus on which Shrewsbury stands, to carry away the surplus water. The estimates of the plans prepared were 21-2,000 and 226,000, the latter probably being nearer the mark. It is very questionable, however, whether such an arrangement would really prevent the inundation of the town. „ The following obituary notice of a child of five is to be found in one of our North Wales contemporaries of last week:—" He was a very beautiful child, and possessed strong mental powers. When at the age of two years he could name the whole alphabet quite correctly; he could also read English before he attained the age of five years. He was a great favourite of the inhabitants of the village, and much grief is felt for his loss, not only by his parents, but by all who knew him." At Mold last week a respectably dressed man named Thomas Davies of Halkin was charged with shooting at William Williams and Edward Jones, gamekeepers. According to the evidence, Jones found prisoner poaching on Mr L. F. Lloyd's lands, and fetched Williams. Toge- ther they went after the prisoner, who told them to stand back. Williams said, what for," upon which the pris- oner fired at him, but did not hurt him. Jones then ran after him, upon which he said, Come along, I wanted an opportunity to shoot you long ago." Jones ran behind a tree, and prisoner fired. The story was very strongly denied for the defence, who contended that there was a mistake in identification. Prisoner was remanded, on bail. It is reported that the expenses incurred in recovering the remains of the late Mr Thomas Powell, who, with his wife and others, were murdered in Abyssinia last spring, amount to more than 215,000. Chiefs had to be largely propitiated by costly presents, and Egyptian soldiers had to be employed in carrying out this mournful duty. One chief, or sheik, on being asked what form his present should assume, replied that he wished for the full uniform of a British general. His fancy has been complied with, and the cocked hat, plumes, sword, &c., are now on their way to Abyssinia. Mr Henry Powell, who, with Mr Jenkins, went out to recover the remains, has since his return suffered severely from ill health. Joseph Lovatt, collector at the Willaston toll-gate, be- tween Nantwich and Crewe, was brought before the Rev. T. Brooke, of Wistaston, last week, charged with shooting James Lockett, shoemaker, Beam-street, Nantwich. The prosecutor and another man were passing the prisoner's house on Sunday week, about midnight, and in the hearing of Lovatt made use of some offensive remarks, when the prisoner, in a fit of rage, followed them with a loaded Em. About a hundred yards from the gate he overtook ockett and his companion, and deliberately discharged the gun at Lockett. A number of the shots with which the weapon was loaded lodged in the prosecutor's side, and his overcoat, which fortunacely was a thick one, was completely riddled with the charge. The prisoner was remanded, the condition of Lockett being such as to render him unable to be present at the examination. Lovatt, who has a very hasty temper, has frequently threatened to shoot persons who have annoyed him as Lockett and his companion did. One of our Cambrian contemporaries is to be compli- mented on the originality with which it reports the show of meat at a famous Welsh watering-place. This is how the writer begins- The leading butchers of the town have determined to deck their stalls with the choicest specimens of bovene quarters and an abundant supply of fat sheep, and model carcases of the far- famed Welsh mutton, which is in urgent and perpetual demand in the principal markets of the kingdom. One of the butchers, in his travels for the requirements of the Christmas shambles," purchased a few "Scotch sheep of the genuine Grampian Hill breed, as famous in story as the mountain on which my father fed his flock, a frugal swain 'and this attractive bill of fare winds up with two little Welsh sheep that to the Epicurean philoso- pher appear more lovely on the butcher's stall than on their native pastures." Concerning another stall we read- This fine beast weighed 289 lbs. per quarter; and judging from its admirable condition, the Christmas cuts from the round and choice pieces could be placed before the (Ecumenical Council of his holiness, the Pope of Rome, who are at present assembled ia that seven-hilled city of eternal fame. But when we have at Aberystwyth such dainty dishes, we do not envy the Pope and all their eminences, the cardinals and the patriarchs, arch-bishops and bishops, with all their Italian dishes prepared by cooks of wondrous fame and unpronounce- able name. Nothing to Britons assembled round the Christmas board like the roast beef of old England." The same butcher also exhibited a fine heifer, which was alike creditable to its owner and to the judgment of the able knight of the clever, who is the appointed purveyor. Several well-conditioned de- funct pigs, with opened mouths and eyes, appear to stare at the passers by, begging of them like the little pigs of the facetions traveller, to come and eat me." We also read of "a good supply of "ovene eaters," animals which must be peculiar to the neighbourhood; and, in the way of confectionery, of "cake of various niwa, which must prove a wondrous requisition to the younger members of the families who have been fortunate enough to acquire them." Mr Cornwallis West made a long and interesting speech at his rent audit dinner at Ruthin last week. Referring to the game laws, he said he thought it would be for his own and the general interest that they should be swept away—a remark which was received with loud cheers— but in their place there ought to be a very strict trespass Act. At the same time Mr West expressed his conviction that, in Wales at any rate, the farmers grumbled about game much more than they had any cause to do, for the ground game was kept down (!), and pheasants were useful m destroying insects. Some of our readers will smile at the idea of rabbits' being kept down in Wales. On the ssubject'of political evictions, while Mr West believed the system had Deen practised in Cardiganshire, where "the people were perfectly justified in using every constitu- tional effort in their power to prevent the evil," he defended the landlords of Wales generally, declaring that it was a libel to accuse them of coercion. Land tenure was another topic of Mr West's speech. He ridiculed the idea that Welsh tenants were as insecure as Irish, and < said that the reason why leases were not more commonly granted was the want of sufficient capital by the tenant to ensure proper cultivation for a lengthened term. If any tenant with 210 or 215 an acre capital asked for a lease of seven, or twelve, or twenty-one years, he did not think any landlord in his proper senses would refuse it. Turn- ing to Ireland Mr West regarded perpetuity of tenure as confiscation, though "they might have security of tenure" if they liked, by the institution of certain tribunals to judge between landlord and tenant. Mr West is in favour of some compulsory system of education, but it should be of the mildest nature possible, and he does not think the Prussian police system would work well here. He ex- presses no opinion as to the secular or denominational system. Mr West is in favour of allotting a good plot of land to every labourer's cottage, but finds it difficult to persuade the cottagers to take the land.





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