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1 45igun ? ob ffetft. A fine specimen of the hooper, or whistling swan, has been shot near St. Asaph. A silver cradle is to be presented to the mayoress of Chester, in commemorat on of the birth of a son. At a recent meeting of the Shrewsbury Flood Com- mittee it was stated that PAW had been subscribed for the relief of the sufferers by the eceat inundation. An old lady, said to be 104. has just been buried at Warrington. She has left one daughter of 78 and another of 75. The vacant prebendal stall in Bangor Cathedral is to be filled by the Rev. W. Wynn Williams, rector of Llangeinwen cum Llangaffo, Anglesea. The annual ball at the North Wales Lunatic Asylum took place on Thursday, when a number of friends as- sembled to join the patients in the festivities. The en- tertainment was very successful. Mr W. E. Oakley, of Plas Tanybwlch, has sent 210 to the Rev. W. Richards, vicar of Penrhyndeudraeih, to be distributed amongst the poor. Mr Oakley does not possess any property in Penrhyn. The desirability of attempting to get the Royal Agri- cultural Show for 1871 held at Chester has been dis- cussed at the Chester Council and the Cheshire Chamber of Agriculture, but it seems to be thought that, as the exhibition took place at Manchester last year, Shropshire and Staffordshire may be left to fight for the honour. Some persons are going about the country, says the Chester Courant, representing themselves to be respectably connected, buying hay and straw without the slightest in- tention of paying. Many farmers in the neighbourhood of Chester have been duped by these persons; for if pro- ceedings are taken, and judgment given against them, their goods and chattels are not sufficient to pay expenses. Mr Kyffin Roberts, of Plas yn Roe, St. Asaph, has had a correspondence with *Mr Gladstone on the subject of the appointment of a Welsh bishop for St. Asaph. In his reply to Mr Roberts, the Premier says he is painfully conscious of the special responsibility attaching to any nomination to a see in Wales. It is also stated that Mr Gladstone has promised to appoint a Welsh bishop. One of the injustices of the Poor Law-a type of the same thing on a larger scale in other places, the Oswestry Union, for example-has just been remedied at Chester. The Cathedral Precincts were virtually a Union of them- selves, on which the shadow of poverty never fell, and where poor rates were almost unknown. The Precincts have now been amalgamated with the Chester Union under the operation of the General Act, which has taken the" place of the Local Act. Complaints are made that at Shrewsbury, on "soup kitchen days," people are pestered with hosts of mendi- cants asking for coppers wherewith to purchase the soup, which coppers are commonly spent on a more exciting liquid. One remedy, as suggested, is the use of tickets another, and a better, is that of charging as small a sum as possible, and encouraging the poor to buy, instead of giving them the money. This plan works well in Oswes- try, where tickets also are sold for distribution, but in limited numbers. The centenary ball of the Shrewsbury Hunt was held last week. It is amusing to read the rules of the Hunt, as originally framed. Several pains and penalties were ordained; amongst them, a fine of half-a-guinea for not appearing in proper dress, the rule being-" That every member appearing at each meeting or Hunting shall wear a Uniform Dress of a blue Cloth ffrock, with a Scarlet Collar, Gilt Buttons engraved S.H. White Cloth Waistcoat and Breeches with Gilt Buttons the same as the Frock, or a Dress Uniform Blue Coat and embroi- dered Buttonholes and white Cloth Waistcoat and Breeches or forfeit Half a Guinea for each default. Mem- bers appearing in Boots, that have hunted the day of the meeting may wear leather breeches and White Cloth or fflannel Waistcoat without incurring the penalty of not being in Uniform on Condition that they wear the Frock." A meeting of volunteer officers commanding Stafford- shire corps was, on Saturday, called together at Stafford, by the Earl of Lichfield, Lord-Lieutenant, to discuss the changes in the regulations of the volunteer force proposed by Mr Cardwell. The meeting disapproved the changes of the Minister for War in toto, and expressed its opinion that it would be impossible to efficiently maintain the volunteer force longer upon the present grant. It was thought grants of 20s. for efficients, and 40s. for extra- efficients, would be sufficient. A decided opinion was pronounced that it would be impossible in Staffordshire to work battalions as consolidated battalions, and the Lord- Lieuteparit predicted that if this change were sanctioned by Parliament, there would be great difficulty in inducing gentlemen to accept commissions. In his farewell address to the electors of Bridgnorth Mr Whimore A. combination of circumstances and of events, which I had no power to control, have led me to this decision. The connection, which I may say has existed between us during a lifetime, has been one of no common character, and I do not sever it without infinite pain. For a period of nearly eighteen years it has been my privilege and my pleasure to serve you in the House of Commons, and when, upon the meeting of Parliament, I shall, reluctantly, resign my seat, and ceatse to be your representative, I shall not take so important a step with- out genuine sorrow, and real regret; at the same time I do not hesitate to avow that the grief which now fills my heart arises from the thought that I am about to separate myself from many old and valued friends, an-l to snap asunder the last link of union between your ancient borough, and a family whose pride for centuries has been that their old familar name should be respected by you." Referring to the restoration of Bangor Cathedral, the Building News says:—" The discovery of many details of great antiquity and interest in the course of the restora- tion or rebuilding of the transepts, now progressing, has thrown so much light upon the original character and beauty of this historic pile that the committee are deter- mined to spare no efforts towards carrying out, under the able guidance of Mr Gilbert Scott, the valuable hints thus unexpectedly offered them. The following is an ex- tract from a letter of Mr Scott to Mr Morgan, the clerk of the works:—' The exhuming and restoring to their places the fragments of the beautiful work of the thir- teenth century-reduced to ruins by Owen Glendower, used as mere rough material by Henry VII., and re- discovered by us four centuries and a half after their re- duction to ruin-is one of the most interesting facts.1 have met with in the course of my experience. Its carry- ing out to perfection is a matter of great historic and artistic importance, and demands every effort and all the study and thought which can be brought to bear on it, with a view to ensuring the perfect fulfilment of the task we have undertaken. A terrific explosion of gunpowder took place on Friday week on the premises of Mr David Watkins, grocer, Worcester-street, Brynmawr. It is stated that Evan Evans, a lad in the employ of Mr Watkins, took a lighted candle into the roor-a where the powder was stored, and that, by some misadventure or other, he let the candle fall into a cask of powder. In a moment a report was heard that frightened the whole neighbourhood. The shock was so terrific that many thought an earthquake had taken place, and people ran out of their houses, thinking such was the case. The powder hou3e was en- tirely destroyed, and two persons killed—the lad Evans, and a little girl named Leek, who was struck by a stone. A chapel which stood next door to Mr Watkins's shop is in ruins, and another is in a ruinous condition, Every win- dow is blown out, and the gallery has fallen in. Not a house in Worcester-street has a whole window in it. Nearly all the streets have suffered. The report was heard at Abergavenny. In some instances the roofs of the houses were set on fire. Many persons are known to have been seriously injured by the explosion, but, owing to the consternation and confusion prevailing, it is impos- sible to ascertain what really is the mischief done. Nearly every shop in Beaufort-street, which is 200 yards away from the scene of the explosion, has suffered, and the damage is estimated at several thousand pounds. It is thought that nearly a ton of powder was in stock. There was a "scene" at the last Bangor County Court. In summing up the evidence in a jury case-an action for illegal distress—the judge, Mr Vaughan Williams, after commentinng very severely upon a suggestion of the defendants' solicitor, that one of the defendants and his son had committed perjury, concluded by saying-" The only question for the jury to decide was whether the father and son had perjured themselves. If they had there must be a verdict for the plaintiff if not, for the defend- ant. The report proceeds:— The Jury retired, and were absent some time. On returning into court, the foreman (Mr Lewis Edwards) said they found a verdict for the plaintiff, subject to his paying the rent to the 12th of November. # Mr Jones said his client had offered to do that. The Judge—Moonshine There must be a new trial. Mr Jones-The jury have said most distinctly- The Judge-I don't care what they h:we said most distinctly. Mr Jones-Has your Honour no regard for the verdict of the jury? The Judge—Not this jury. There has not been an item of evidence of proportion of rent offered. Mr Jones-But the jury have decided it. The Judge-I don't care what they have decided. Mr Jones- Then I shall appeal against you. The Judge-You can do what you like. Mr Webb-I apply for a new trial; and as it is a perverse judgment, I apply for it without costs. e The Judge (to Mr Jones)-Nothing was said about propor- tionate rent, and therefore the verdict is a nonsensical one. Mr Jones-The jury say that the plaintiff ought only to pay the proportionate rent. The Judge-They cannot say that. I will ask them-was the agreement that the rent was to be paid on the 12th of November or not ? The Foreman made some reply that did not reach our report- el's ear3. The Judge-Do you find that, or do you not ? If not, what agreement do you find ? If you have not come to a determination upon that, you must go back to your room. (To the bar)—At present they have not found a verdict according to reason. The jury again went to their room, and were absent for another long period. During this time, however they had intimated to the High Bailiff that they desired to ask a question of the Judge. When they returned into court, The Judge consequently said—You wanted to ask me a question ? The Foreman-Not now. The Judge—Have you made np your {minds what agreement there was as to the payment of the rent. The Foreman—No, we cannot a«ree. The Judge—Perhaps you wouldlike to hear the evidence read over on tnat question. Having done this, he proceeded—The only question for you is-was that the agreement, or was it not ? Surely, yon can answer that question. The jury did not retire, but consulted together in the box while other cases were proceeding. When the last case on the list had terminated, The Judge said-Have you considered the question I put to you ? The Foreman-We cannot agree as to the time the rent was to be paid. The Judge—Whether it was to be paid in February or November ? The Foreman-Just so. The Judge—Well, then, you must be discharged. Mr Jones-They find for the plaintiff. The Judge (sharply)—Certainly not. The only question to be considered they have not made up their juinds about. They must be discharged if there is no chance of their coming to an agreement. The jury were then discharged, and the case will be tried anew at the next court. A young sow in the possession of Mr A. Wifiiarae. Eardiston, has given birth to forty-two pigs in the short space of eleven months and fifteen days. The returns of deaths for the town and neighbourhood of Wrexham in the last quarter of 1869 are favourable. The deaths amounted to 85, less than half the number is the corresponding quarter of 1868. The charge per diem for the new Chester Town Hall is, to a stranger, £6 7s.; to an inhabitant of the city, PA 17s.; and the Observer estimates that a ball would cost m2 or 214 for hire! A keeper was shot in the face by a poacher on the Garthewm estate, near St. Asaph, last week. Two- keepers surprised four poachers, and one of the former,. named Owen Jones, hastily advanced towards the latter when he was warned not to move further, at his peril! He continued to advance, however, and a gun WM- dis- charged. The wounded man is recovering; the poachevv had not been arrested on Friday. The case of the Bethesda Building Clubs came up again at the last Bangor County Court, and a long conversation took place between the judge and the solicitor for one of the clubs. The judge said-" Those who get up thesw societies induce these ignorant men to enter into a specu- lation which often ends in the greatest misery and ruin. The ruin is all through the country. I am sick of the very sound of the name." To which Mr Ffoulkes replied that although some of these societies were unfortunate, takfug all together they were worth cent. per cent.

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