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Y Drych, published at Utica, New York, states that Llew Llewyvo has commenced his professional career in the United States. A woman named Gwen Jones, of Trydden, near Mold, said to be a native of Dolgelley, has been bound over to keep the peace for six months, for ill-treating her child. At a dinner recently held to celebrate the establishment af the Licensed Victuallers' Association at Ironbridge, a clergyman, the Rev. Mr Wintour, was present and pro- posed the toast of Success to the Association." A druggist has been fined half-a-crown, and costs at Bishop's Castle for selling a packet of "Clift's Magic Vermin Killer," the same not being labelled with the name and the address of the seller, with the word Poison,' and its description thereon.. its description thereon. Mr Watney Ward, a surgeon residing at Knighton, has been fined B2 and costs for traveling on the Central Wales Railway without a ticket. He said he had no time to get on, but when asked for his ticket he was insolent and vouchsafed no explanation to the collector. A doctor, named Price, ofTreforest, has been committed for trial for manslaughter. A man, who was suffering from diseased leg, and had been advised by certain doctors that amputation was the only remedy, went to Dr Price, who prescribed a powder, taken in a quart of beer, and a seton in the leg. Under such treatment, it need hardly be said, the man did die. At a recent meeting of the Shrewsbury School-teachers Association, the subject of compulsory education came up. A general feeling was expressed that the subject was beset with difficulties, and the discussion was ajourned. It is hoped that this association-about which Mr Hibbert, of St. Chad's School, Shrewsbury, will give any information —will gradually extend till it includes Shropshire and the neighbouring Welsh districts in its operations. At a recent meeting in London in connection with the Association of Lay Helpers, Baron Pigott being in the chair, Mr Jasper More suggested that in order to make the work of laymen effective, the laymen engaging in the work should be introduced by the clergymen to be people as accredited lay workers. (Hear, hear.) Ladies did not so much require introduction, but in the case of gentlemen they were more liable to be mistaken-on one occasion he was taken for a tax collector. (Laughter.) In the Wrexham Gas Bill, to be applied for during the coming session by the Gas Company, the maximum price is put down at 4s. 6d. for gas supplied to any place within one mile of the parish church, 5s. within two miles, and 5s. 6d. beyond. As to the quality of the gas, it is provided that it shall be of such quality as to produce from an Argand burner, having fifteen holes and a seven-inch chimney and consuming five cubic feet of gas an hour, a light equal in intensity to the light produced by four- teen sperm candles burning one hundred and twenty grains an hour, and shall be so far pure from sulphur- etted hydrogen as not to discolour moistened test-paper imbued with acetate or carbonate of lead, when this test- paper is exposed for one minute to a current of gas issuing under a pressure of five-tenths of an inch of water." At the request in writing of any owner or occupier of Eremises within fifty yards of a main, the company are to ly down a service pipe between the main and the meter, provided that the expense of so much of it as shall be laid upon private property, or shall exceed thirty feet, shall be defrayed by the applicant, and that a written contract be entered into to take for two years such a supply of gas as will pay not less than 20 per cent. upon the outlay incurred by the company in furnishing service pipe and meter. There are also provisions with regard to the pub- lic lamps, the charge for which is to be fixed according to the lowest price to any private consumer; and the com- pany are to lay down mains in any street, provided that the lamps are not, on an average, more than eighty yards apart, and that a supply is taken for three years, at the rate of not less than four feet per hour on an average of ten hours per night. The Medical Press and Circular has the following remarks on the choice of the inmates of Wrexham Union of a substitute for beer at their Christmas festivities We think that the paupers were quite right in preferring hot coffee to beer, but we must confess to considerable supnse in hearing that they have been so sensible, since our acquaintance with the poor of London, at least, has been to the effect that they very much over-estimate in general the value of beer as an article of diet, or indeed, as a luxury. After all the experi- ments of Lallemand, Perrin, Duroy, and Baudot, we have come to the conclusion, by our own clinical experience, that persons who do not take any form of alcohol are much less likely to be sickly than even moderate drinkers of beer and gin. Beer, we fancy, is a frequent cause of both gout and rheumatism, and of course gin is a ruinous fluid to the ill-fed working classes. We agree with the learned Boerhaave in his sentence that "ex- perience shows that water drinkers have a better appetite, live longer, and keep their eyesight longer than those who use beer." All who have studied diseases of the eye are well aware of the frequent degenerations caused in the organ by the use of alco- holic fluids. And although the opponents of all drinking of alcoholic drinks are apt to exaggerate the injury done by the moderate injestion of beer and wine, there can be no doubt that those who advocate, like the humble inmates of the Wrexham Workhouse, entire abstinence from those drinks do so from a profound conviction that human life would be far simpler and more amenable to reason were all of us to determine not to par- take of either alcohol or tobacco. Every one knows that the life of a teetotaller is much better than that of a moderate drinker, and we also hear from persons who have been in the Polar regions and in India that water drinkers are better able to resist the extremes of cold and heat than those who drink beer, and we also hear that they are far braver soldiers. All honour, then, to the Wrexham paupers, and to their preference for aromatic infusions over alcoholic beverage, Must a man apologize because he shouts at another man ? The Board Room of the Wrexham Union has witnessed a good many "scenes," but none of them, perhaps, quite so ridiculous as that which disturbed the last meeting of the Guardians. At the previous meeting the temporary chairman, Mr Lester, in calling Mr Hugh Davies to order, had acted in a manner which some of the guardians considered offensive, and several gentlemen left the room. Mr Lester refused to apologize then, and therefore Mr E. Rowland called on him to do so at the last meeting. The Chairman said that since the last meeting he had found, on communication, that his conduct was upheld by the highest authority in the land. (!) His manner might have been objectionable to some members of the Board, but he could not help that. He could therefore see no cause for an apology from him." This, of course, did not satisfy Mr Rowland, and another guardian in supporting him re- marked that the chairman's conduct had been most "un- seemly, unbecoming, and ungentlemanly." Then Mr Whalley rushed into the fray, to the chairman's defence. Order must be kept, he said, and when Mr Davies was called to order he continued to speak, and that course caused the chairman to raise his voice to an unusual pitch, and to say 'You are not in order, Mr Davies.' That was the decision of the chair, and Mr Davies ought to have submitted. He (Mr Whalley) had attended the meet- ings of that Board for many years, and the gentleman who presided (Capt. Panton), and-for whom he had the greatest respect, in his zeal for keeping the Board to the right course, and for the despatch of business, did his duty sometimes with what appeared to him some curtness. He felt a weakness to submit to the sometimes uncourteous manner of the chairman, and he had absented himself from many of their meetings rather than be exposed to not showing proper respect to the chair. Mr Lester in- tended no insult to the Board or Mr Davies, and he (Mr Whalley) should not have considered that what he did would have been any reflection upon himself. He was glad the chairman had taken the course he had taken." Poor Mr Hugh Davies also had something to say. He was "used to kicks and cuffs," and did not much mind the conduct of the chairman, but it was an insult to the whole Board. It is somewhat difficult to discover at first what was the exact nature of Mr Lester's offence, but at last it comes out, and the matter ends in this way :— The Chairman-Is it the loudness of my voice you refer tor Several Guardians—Yes. The Chairman—I am glad of that, for it shows the strength o mv lungs. The chairman was again asked to apologize for his manner at the last Board, and ultimately he said-Gentlemen, if the loud- ness of my voice jarred upon the delicate nerves of any one present, I am sorry for it. Sarah Jacobs herself, or at least her spirit, has authori- tatively declared that she did not die of starvation. Her time had come-unfortunately just at the period appointed for the watching-and therefore she departed. A corre- spondent of the Spiritualist is our informant. He says- On New Year's eve, for the second time, my wife saw a spirit purporting to be that of Sarah Jacob. She appeared to be be- tween ten and eleven years old, and was dressed as she used to be when on earth—viz., in a brown stuff frock, with low neck and shortpuffed sleeves. She said she was not starved to death; that she had on several occasions gone some weeks with- shl out the slightest particle of food or nourishment, and accounted for her living so long a time without the usual nacessaries of life, through being incessantly mesmerised by spirits, of which there was half-a-dozen, who relieved each other when exhausted. What is there improbable in the above explanation, coupled with the evidence given at the inquest, showing that the body did not present all the usual signs of death being caused through starvation ? Is it not a fact that a band of, or even one powerful mesmerist, could keep a sensitive person some considerable time without food and without causing in the slighest degree any of the usual tokens of starvation ? Again, is it not a fact well- known to every medical practitioner that numbers of persons on beds of sickness have lived out, not the starvation period of eight days, but twice, three times, and I believe in some cases, four times that period, with a supply of nourishment that would starve a rat in a quarter of the time? In such cases as these, when worn down with disease, will our infallible medical savans in- form us what keeps them alive? Whether it is the stimulants we moisten their lips with ? Is the elixir of life in the medical compounds we force down their throats ? Or are their lives really kept and nourished by the divine, powerful, and unseen help of our ever-present guardian spirits, till the period arrives to leave this world for a purer and holier one above 1 Some of our readers will doubtless remember the circum- stance of a boy riding from Liverpool to Crewe under one of the carriages of an express train. The tale the little fellow told to the railway officials was that his mother had left him in Liverpool, and that he was going to Bristol after her. His face was plastered up at the time, and when asked how he had received the injuries he said that a lad in Liverpool had thrown a basin at him. He proceeded on his journey to Bristol with a ticket purchased for him by subscriptions from a number of gentlemen on the platform at the time. The paragraph recording the adventures of this youth went the round of the papers and attracted the attention of a philanthropic gentleman in Leamington, who has already done much for needy lads, and thinking the hero of the story deserved encouragement for the pluck he had shown, determined on finding out the boy, and if possible assisting him. With this end, the officials at Crewe were communicated with, and lastly the assistance of the police- at Bristol was obtained to hunt up the boy. The right address was discovered, and a few days ago a policeman accosted our hero and commenced to in- terrogate him. The sight of the uniform, however, was too much for the little fellow, and he freely confessed that the story hitherto told by him was false, and that he had only a few days previously to his "perilous ride," escaped from the Liverpool Reformatory. A communication with the authorities at Liverpool resulted in a corroboration of the statement, and it was found that the injuries the lad had upon his face were received whilst escaping from a window at the Reformatory. Whilst at the school, he was knowr as the most desperate and lawless lad in the place. Heha4 again been removed to Liverpool, The Marquis of Cholmondeley remains in a debilitated state, and is still confined to his bed. There are now, it seems, rival town criers at To one liberal and the other conservative, but both blind. The liberal crier, it is stated, offended the conservatives by not being blind to party considerations in connection with the recent contest, and so a rival was set up. Mrs Farish, the wife of the ex-sheriff of Chester, im riding with a neighbour from Trafford to Helsby, a day or two since, was thrown out of the vehicle at t*l gate they were passing, and sustained a fracture of one of her arms. Her companion was not seriously hurt. The Chester Chronicle says—We understand that Arthur Potts, Esq., of Hoole Hall, Meadows Frost, Esq., of St. John's House, and W. Maysmor Williams, Esq., of Dingle Bank, have been named on the commission of the peac* for the county of Chester. Mr Morgan Lloyd has written to Lord Penrhyn, inreplyte the letter which appeared in our columns last week, with- drawing the statements with reference to his lordship's in. terference in the Merionethshire election, and expressing regret at having been misled by the current rumours. The appointment of Dr H. Johnson as analyst for the county of Salop at the last quarter sessions, pursuant to the Act 23rd and 24th Vict., cap. 84, has been approved of by the Home Secretary, and Dr Johnson has entered upon the duties of the office. By see. 4 of the Act purchasers of any articles of food or drink are entitled, on the payment of not less than 2s. 6d., nor more than lrn4 6d., to have the same analysed, and the sum so paid," ill be deemed part of the costs in proceedings before justice* against parties for adulteration. The other day a young man named Wheldon was chasing a squirrel on the Colomendy Estate, near Mold, when he jumped over a wall into a disused pit. Fortu- nately he had with him a companion, who, after some time, discovered the missing man, and tried to draw him up with a rope, which broke, however, and Wheldon again fell to the bottom. Another rope was procured, and he was rescued, having sustained little injury. We are daily expecting to hear of a fatal accidsnt in one of the Llanymynech Hill pits, which are left unprotected. On the day of the Merionethshire election, when most of the Carnarvon police had been sent to look on at the polling booths-with the pleasing delusion that they were maintaining order, when nobody wanted to disturb it-a drunken man was arrested at Carnarvon. A number of roughs collected round the policeman and his prisoner, followed them down the street, and drove them in an op- posite direction from the lock-up. The officer received assistance from another constable, but presently the web took to pelting them with stones, and eventually succeeded in releasing the prisoner and conveying him off in triumph. It is to be hoped that the ringleaders will be brought to justice. A writer in a North Wales contemporary has come to three conclusions respecting the question of bishops for Wales—1st, that it is a question for churchmen only, ne other bodies being affected by it; 2nd, thrt it would be to the interest of the Anglican Church in Wales to have ap- pointed to St. Asaph a man totally uninfluenced by and a stranger to the prejudices and antipathies of the Welsh clergy; and 3rd, that such a man is much more likely to be found in England than in Wales. All this is very in- genious, but it, of course, presupposes that the Anglican Church in Wales surrenders all pretence-1st. to be a State church, and 2ndly, to be the church of the people two propositions which churchmen will hardly be willing to grant. The argument, if it means anything, provex that the church should be disestablished-which is, we gather, the real aim of the writer. Our contemporary, the North Wales Chronicle, in try- ing, laudablv enough, to make the best of the recent defeat in Merionethshire, asks whether the liberals would have had a majority of 600, or any majority at all. if Mr Greaves had been the candidate opposed to Mr Holland— arguing that personal feelings have as much to do with an electoral victory as political opinion, and that Colonel Tottenham suffered from not being known throughout the country. But a few lines further on the Chronicle says At Festiniog, on Saturday, Mr Oakley was treated as if he had been a notorious malefactor, and had to leave a place abruptly, of which he is the principal owner!" Un- kind critics will call this a slip, and ask how it comes to pass that Mr Oakley suffers thus amongst his own people, if personal feelings have so much to do with the matter, and if Mr Greaves would most likely win. The Spectator says-It is officially notified that Lord Napier will succeed Sir William Mansfield, as Commander- in-Chief in India; a great reward, well-deserved by his conduct of the campaign in Abyssinia. Lord Napier, if we recollect rightly, is the only engineer officer who haa ever reached the post, and one of the very few company's officers ever permitted to attain it, their experience being considered too local. In both capacities his advice to the Government of India, which is weighed do, n with en- gineering questions and questions arising out of the amalgamation, will be most valuable, while the army has thorough confidence in him as a fighting general. Perhaps it may be given to him to solve the problem which even the mutiny left unsolved,—how to make an Indian army as mobile as it is usually effective. An Indian regiment will still go anywhere and do anything, except move without a train bigger and costlier than itself. Denbigh has been chosen, as the most noted town in Wales, to be represented on the casket which is to be pre- sented with the national address to the King of the Belgians. The Heralds' College, it is said, have decided this important point but the Mayor of Denbigh en- deavoured to prove it in a communication to Captain Mercier. Dr Pierce says it affords him exceeding great pleasure" to state that Denbigh is not only the most noted town in Wales, but, he believies, in Great Britain! The reason is as "curious" as the assertion. "For," adds the worthy doctor, it is as curious as it is an unde- niable fact that King Charles I's whole empire was in the great struggle preceding the Commonwealth at last limited to Denbigh Castle and its precincts." The Town Council of Denbigh are naturally jubilant over this recog- nition of the dignity of their ancient borough. They have met and rejoiced, and subscribed to the national testi- monial, and the Mayor, who is to be accompanied by the Ex-Mayor, and probably by Sir Watkin, will make one of the deputation to Belgium to present it. The casket, a handsome silver one, contains views of London, Edin- burgh, Dublin, and Denbigh. The Liverpool Mercury says—The sceptical as to the physical condition of the Premier mavfind a solution of their doubts in being made acquainted with the fact that Mr Glad- stone, Mr W. H. Gladstone, and Mr Chas. Lyttdton have re- cently been busily engaged forthree days (about three hours each day) in cutting down a beech tree at Hagley, near Stourbridge, measuring in circumference no less than fourteen feet. It is a mistake to suppose that the exhaus- tive process of felling a tree belongs entirely to unskilled labour; on the contrary, to be worked out economically and scientifically it constitutes a study, and both time and experience are necessary to make an accomplished execu- tioner. In the meantime, nervous politicians may ausror unfavourably from the pursuit of this occupation, regard- ing it as typical of what is likely, in certain hands, t9 be the fate of the old British constitution. Never, however, was prophecy more at fault; for have we not in our own neighbourhood-in the immediate descendant of a late Tory father-an ardent and practical admirer of this profession? If we are correctly informed, this is not the only occasion on which the Premier of England has found recreation in wood-cleaving, for we understand that on the recent visit of his Grace the Archbishop of Syra and Tenos to Harwarden the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone was discovered busily employed in sawing planks for the completion of a job of joiner work which he had carried forward to an advanced stage.