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POLITICAL GOSSIP IN MERIONETHSHIRE.

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EAST AND WEST.

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It is definitely arranged that the telegraphs will be transferred to the State on the 29th instant. MA post-office notice announces that the postage on letters to British North America is to be reduced to 3d. per ounce. The Rev. Professor Maurice has a triple subject in hand, namely, "Huss, Wyclyffe, and Latimer." The Duchess of Sutherland has been appointed Mistress of the Robes in the place of the Duchess of Argyll. M. Haussman, the edile of Paris, has been dismissed by the new ministry.. „ A conference of Liberal members of Parliament and others is to be held in Dublin, on the 2nd February, on the Irish land question. „ The "North Eastern Correspondence" announces that the treaty of commerce between Austria and Great Britain was signed in Vienna on the 30th ult. The Manchester City Council have passed a resolution affirming the desirability of a national system of elementary compulsory education. The recently-formed Working Men's Emigration Society, and the older-established Emigration Aid Society, have united this week under the name of the National Emigration League. A butcher named Walters, who had left two beasts at the Birkenhead slaughter house from Tuesday night to Thursday morning without food or water, has been fined by the stipend- iary £ 3, and costs, on a charge of cruelty.. It is stated that Messrs Glyn, Mills, Curne, and Co., in honour of the elevation of Mr Glyn to the peerage as Lord Wolverton, have distributed L5,000 among the persons employed by them. A gentleman" living in a villa" at Holloway, and a trades- man carrying on business in Oxford-street and Tottenham Court- road, were convicted of wife beating, at a London police court, last week. Elizabeth Berry was charged at Reading Quarter Sessions with taking away Colonel Hickie's child, and sentenced to fifteen months' hard labour. She pleaded her love for the child, and said she intended to restore it. Mr Bruce has awarded a gratuity of L50 to the widow of the policeman Teehan, who having been wrongfully dismissed from the Metropolitan police by Sir Richard Mayne, fell into a state of great destitution, and shortly afterwards died. It is reported that a certain Dowager Countess, the widow of a Scotch nobleman, has recently bestowed her hand upon her Italian courier. The spouse has already passed her sixtieth year. The Chartered Gas Company of London, have been prosecuted by the Corporation, and fined el59 for an alleged deficiency in the illuminating power of the gas, and also for having permitted an impure supply to be furnished. Mr Motley, the American Minister, has had early experience of the thieving propensities prevalent in this country. His town residence was robbed, on Wednesday week, of jewellery and other property valued at about £ 1,000. It is supposed the thieves had concealed themselves on the premises. In his Message to the New York Legislature, Governor Hoff- mann spoke in favour of the payment in coin of the principal and interest of the State debt, declaring that he considered the practice.af currency payment, which had been going on since 1863, to be one of bad faith and of virtual repudiation. In consequence of the expulsion of Mr Dalway, M.P., from the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, the Orangemen of Carrickfergus district have thrown off their allegiance and formed a grand lodge of their own. Mr Dalway has been installed as grand master. News of Dr Livingstone has been received up to July last. Mr Capel, honorary secretary of the Central African Mission, writes to the papers to say that Bishop Tozer spoke in October l^t with an Arab trader, who stated that he had seen the dis- tinguished explorer at Ujiji four months previously. The Belgian who was committed for trial on a charge of obtaining money by that which is known as the foreign adver- tisement swindle was placed at the bar for trial at the Sun-ey Sessions. For the defence, advantage was taken of a technical flaw in the construction of the indictment, and the Court was compelled to direct a verdict of acquittal. Mr Odger stands a good chance of being returned for South- wark. His friends of all classes are exerting themselves, and apparently with good success, in his behalf, and his claims are advocated, with more or less heartiness, by the whole of the London liberal press, A penny subscription has been started at Greenwich in support of Mr Odger's election fund. A Treasury warrant reduces the postage now chargeable on packets consisting of patterns or samples. On and after the 1st of February the rates will be as follows:—Not exceeding four ounces, one penny eight ounces, twopence and twelve ounces, threepence. No packet must exceed the latter weight, or be more than two feet in length, or one in breadth or depth. Under the new Act bankrupt M.P.'s may be dealt with as if they had no privilege of Parliament, and for a year from the adjudication of bankruptcy they are prevented from sitting un- less meanwhile the order is annulled or the creditors are satisfied. If then the order is not annulled, or the creditors are not satis- fied a writ will be issued for a new election. The annual report of the National Rifle Association gives the total number of members at 3,199. Last year the total income from all sources was £ 21,571, against an expenditure of £ 20,874. The expenses at Wimbledon were £ 6,095, towards which sum 42,902, or t845 more than in the previous year, were taken at the gates. The Suffolk estate of the Maharajah Dhuleep Singh has been the scene of a brutal murder. The body of an under game- keeper, in the employment of his Highness, was found in such a state as to leave no doubt that the poor fellow had been beaten to death. Two men named Rutherford and Heffer are in custody on suspicion of having been concerned in the crime. At a recent meeting of shareholders and policy-holders of the European Assurance Society, held in Birmingham, the following resolution was adopted :—" That this meeting of shareholders and policy-holders in the European Assurance Society having heard the statement of Dr Watts, hereby pledges its utmost exertions to procure new business, and thus to secure the per- manent prosperity of the society." exertions to procure new business, and thus to secure the per- manent prosperity of the society." An accident of an unusual character occurred in Liverpool on 5th instant. The greater part of a warehouse in Harrington- street, six stories in height, suddenly came to the ground, and buried in its fall some adjacent buildings, A man named Miller was taken out of the ruins dead, and another dead body was recovered after two days' search. A cashier named Butler, who was in a neighbouring office; had a miraculous escape. A frightful attempt at suicide was made last week by a New- castle manufacturer, named Marshall. He was seen to leap from the parapet of the High Level Bridge into the Tyne, a descent of not less than ninety feet. A few minutes afterwards the would-be suicide was picked up by two boatmen, and though he had suffered severe injuries, it is expected that he will recover. Some consternation was caused in the neighbourhood of Folkestone, the other day, by the escape of a wolf. Its owner, Major Ditmas, R.A., was away, and during his absence the brute escaped from his quarters at Shorncliffe. Several hen- roosts in the vicinity were ravaged, and six sheep so seriously injured that they had to be killed. A hot pursuit was made, and after considerable search it was found and shot in the Tile Kiln Wood. One of the Fathers of the Council, it is said, has been arrested and sent to the prison of the Holy Office. The pretended prelate is accused of having assumed the name and titles of a bishop of a distant see, whether by consent of the prelate in question, or by an audacious usurpation, may perhaps be ascertained by a secret inquiry, but the result will probably never be made known. It is fancied at Rome that the culprit is a spy of some foreign Government. A large gathering of the Devonshire liberals took place at Barnstaple, on Thursday week, for the purpose of present- ing a testimonial to the local leader of the party. The Earl of Portsmouth was one of the speakers, and declared his full con- fidence in Mr Gladstone's ability and readiness to deal effectually with the Irish land question. The Solicitor-General referred, in the course of his speech, to Dr Temple's appointment, which, he said, was "owing to the unflinching courage of Mr Gladstone." On Friday morning week, a disastrous collision between two steamers occurred off Flamborough Head. A heavily-laden vessel, afterwards ascertained to be the screw-steamer St. Bede, from Newcastle to Spain, attempted to cross the bows of the steamer Black Swan, when she was struck by the latter a tre- mendous blow amidships, and almost immediately sank. One of the crew was picked up by a schooner; but it is believed that all the others, about twenty in number, were drowned. A lady was locked up in Uppingham Church about eight o'clock in the evening of a recent Sunday. She attended service in the evening, and departed at the usual time with the congre- gation, but having left something behind returned for it, and, not being perceived by the clerk, the gas was turned off and the door locked, leaving her inside, After some time she reached the belfry and rang one of the bells, when two of the ringers made their appearance and liberated her. The Sheffield magistrates have been engaged in an extremely painful duty. Mr Edwin Cadman, of Westbourne, an independ- ent gentleman, and claimant to the titles and estates of the Earldom of Newburgh, was charged on remand with having stolen a number of trifling articles from a stationer's shop. There was no doubt that the offence had been committed, but medical evidence showed that Mr Cadman is suffering from insanity, brought on in consequence of his lawsuit. An under- taking was given that he should be removed to a lunatic asylum. On the 5th a Lancashire county meeting was held at New- ton for the purpose of considering the propriety of raising a memorial to the late Earl of Derby. The chair was taken Dy Benjamin Heywood Jones, Esq., high sheriff, and resolutions were adopted in favour of a memorial, the carrying out of which was entrusted to an influential committee. Already a large sum has been subscribed. The feeling of the meeting was in favour of the eerection of a convalescent hospital, if sufficient funds could be procured. The office of overseer is frequently looked upon as merely a nominal one, but the holders of the position are sometimes unpleasantly reminded of its responsibilities. This is the case just now with the overseers of two Lancashire parishes, Skel- mersdale and Sutton. In both cases there is a deficiency in the accounts-at Skelmersdale of about P,150, and at Sutton of £ 600— and the overseers have been called upon to make up the amounts, recouping themselves, if they can, either by a more exacting collection or by new rates. A non-unionist, employed at the Thorncliffe Collieries, near Sheffield, was maltreated a few days ago in a most brutal man- ner by nearly a dozen of the unionists who are on strike. After beating him unmercifully, the cowardly ruffians threw the poor fellow into a pond, where he would have been drowned had not his cries attracted a man who was passing by, and by whom he was rescued. An invasion by the police of the colliers' vil- lage, with a view of identifying the assailants, was the signal for a general rising of the inhabitants, and the officers were com- pelled to beat a retreat under a volley of stones. The occupation of Rome by French troops is to be one of the first subjects upon which members of the Left will interpellate the new' Ministry when the Corps Legislatif reassembles. Some doubts having arisen as to M. Olhvier's present views, the Florence Diritto" recalls the fact that three years ago the new French Premier signed the following order of the day We regret that, notwithstanding its promises, the Government leaves us in ignorance of the state of its negotiations with the Holy See. As for ourselves we persist in thinking that Rome belongs to the Italians, and that our occupation ought to cease." A faction fight amongst a number of children in the East End of London has resulted in the death of a little girl who was among the on-lookers. On 5th November a number of boys who called themselves Garibaldians were going to burn the effigy of the Pope; but just as the fire was being lighted a number of other boys who rejoiced in the title of soldiers of the Pope came up and attacked the Garibaldians. A fight then took place, and at its conclusion the little girl was asked by a boy if she was for Garibaldi or for the Pope. She replied that she was for neither, whereupon the boy struck her three blows on the head with a stick. Inflammation of the brain ensued, and the poor girl died a few days ago. There was no evidence at the inquest to show who the boy was that struck the blows. A French paper, the Phare de la Loire," which is quoted by the "Debats," mentions that, according to letters from St. Petersburg, a vast conspiracy against the life of the Czar has been discovered. The centre of action was at Odessa, and the pupils of the universities were the principal promoters. It is stated that the conspirators, in order to carry out their object, had resolved to tear up the rails during the journey of the Emperor from Odessa to St. Petersburg, but the rigid sur- veillance exercised over the whole line prevented them from carrying out their plans. The conspirators are all, without ex- ception, Russians, and considerable surprise is felt that not a single Pole has been found in their ranks. A 'revolutionary plot has also been discovered at St. Petersburg, hut it is described as a mere boyish scheme without importance.

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YSTUMTUEN.

ILLANILAR.

ABERDOVEY.

LLANDRILLO.

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THE NOMINATION.