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lipp 0 f flfr f gfilk The Ruabop Water and Wrexham Gas Bills have been declared to have complied with standing orders. Sir Baldwin Leighton and his daughters took part in a recent entertainment at Alberbury. Sir Baldwin read The Crows." The directors of the Shropshire Banking Company have declared an interim'dividend at the rate of 5 per cent, per annum, for the half-year ended on the 31st of December last. At an influential meeting in London-Sir George Grey in the chair-it has been resolved to take steps for forming a company to establish communication with Australia in forty days, via Milford Haven, Portland, and San Francisco. A conference of the clergy of different denominations, to consider the question of national education, has been held at Chester. The Dean, who presided, made an ex- ceedingly impartial chairman; and the result was, a resolution that at a future conference deputations should be invited to attend to state the views of the League, the Union, and the Manchester Committee-the latter being an organization which seeks to combine the principles of the two former. In the beginning of December a man entered the shop of Mr Leadbeater, watchmaker, Wrexham, and asked for a watch which he had left to be repaired, at the same time pointing to one worth five guineas. Mr Leadbeater unsuspectingly delivered the watch, and subsequently discovered that he had been cheated. The case was put in the hands of P.C. Jones of the Rhos, who has found the swindler in the person of Thomas Ridgway, a moulder, now lying in Flnt Gaol to await his trial on a charge of stealing boots. The death is announced of the Rev. James Hawley, rec- tor of Norton, Kent, youngest son of Henry, first baronet, by his second wife Anne, eldest daughter of William Humphreys, Esq., of Llwyn, county of Montgomery. The reverend gentleman was born in 1791, and married, in 1831, Henrietta Margaretta, eldest daughter of the late Peter Pegus, Esq. The rectory of Norton, near Favers- ham, thus rendered vacant, is of the value of £306; popu- lation, 124. The Bishop of Worcester is the patron. The adjourned inquest on the bodies of the two persons who lost their lives in the explosion at Brynmawr, one of them being the youth who took a lighted candle into the store of his master's shop, where blasting powder was kept, took place on Friday. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death," and appended a long presentment, in which it was stated that the consumption of gunpowder in Brynmawr was from ten to fiteen tons a month, and that there was no supervision of the dealers so as to ensure the public safety. A farmer named Hayward, residing on the Acton Bur- nell estate, was returning from Shrewsbury market on the 15th ult., being "excited by drink" at the time, when he fell in with John Diar, an Irish labourer Residing at the same place. After awhile they quarreled and went into a field to fight, and there, according to Hayward's statement, Diar pushed him down, kicked him till he became insen- sible, and then left him. When he was medically exam- ined it was found that two ribs and a small bone of the breast were dislocated. Diar has been arrested and remanded, Hayward's life having been declared to be in danger. A recent number of the Daily News contained the follow- ing:- With reference to the Van Mining Company (Limited), the following official communication was this day posted up in the Stock Exchange, and contributed to cause a fresh rise of about 49 in the shares:- The Van Mining Company (Limited) Office, 9, Union-court, Old Broad-street, London, E.C., Jan. 29, 1870. Sir,—I am instructed by the directors to inform that, having regard to the future of this mine, they have deemed it important to have the same thoroughly inspected by two experienced mining engineers. The report of one has this morning been received, and is of a most satisfactory character; the other is expected on Monday. As soon as these reports can be printed, a copy will be sent to each shareholder. I am, sir, yours very obediently, To M. Slaughter, Esq. W. J. LAVINGTON, Secretary, Between eight and nine on Thursday morning week a plumber and glazier named John Thomas, working for Mr R. Conway, Llandudno, was engaged in attending to a skylight upon the roof of a house in Gloddaeth-crescent, Llandudno, when his foot slipped, owing to the slipperi- ness of the roof from hoar frost. He fell over, a height of at least fifty feet, but in his fall descended upon a large bay window, and from thence he was precipitated to the hard ground below. When picked up and removed home it was found that the unfortunate man had fractured both his legs below the knee, that he had broken several ribs, was injured internally, and had sustained serious injury to the spine. Medical aid was promptly rendered Thomas, who was perfectly conscious all through, but late on Thursday night he sank and expired. Deceased was a young married man, and leaves a widow and babe desti- tute, for whom much sympathy is felt. Subject to the approval of the inspector, the important link of railway completing the communication between Silverdale and the important towns comprising the Potteries, will be opened for traffic next week. Silverdale is an important mineral district, the prosperity of which will be further increased by a more complete development of the mines, the deeper portion of which, west of Silver- dale, have not yet been touched. This additional means of intercommunication will lead to still further activity, by means of the outlet it will afford to the West and South of England, by means of the Great Western lines from Market Drayton, Shrewsbury, and Crewe. Accommoda- tion branches have already been made to and through the collieries, particularly that of the Leycett and Crewe company, who have spent large sums in new machinery, and in improving and opening their shafts, so as to reach the third and lower series of coal, for which this rich field is remarkable. The Engineer says that the difficulties experienced in sinking to the coal in the new district near to Wrexham has been of a truly formidable character, and most dis- heartening. In February, 1864, the Wrexham Colliery Company, Limited, broke ground, and commenced sink- ing, but it was not until about a fortnight ago that the coal was reached, so that nearly six years have been occu- pied in sinking to a depth of 200 yards. That, however, is only the upper bed, or, as it is locally termed, the "douggy seam," being about 7ft. 6in. thick, whilst the company purpose sinking down to the main coal (before getting the former), which, it is expected, will be reached at a still further depth of 100 yards. The entire cost of sinking and machinery, &c., up to the present time has been from R90,000 to £ 100,000. As showing the difficulties which had to be encountered, it may be stated that the water accumulated to. such an extent that it had to be got out at the rate of 6,500,000 gallons every twenty-four hours, and although the pumping apparatus was of the most powerful character, yet the water so mastered it that the work had to be suspended several times, on one occa- sion for no less than five months. The apparatus consisted of three 18in. bucket lifts and a 23in. plunging lift, with a direct-acting engine working a 15in. lift in No. 1 pit. There are also an 80in. Cornish beam engine, a 48|in. direct-acting pumping engine, two 30in. horizontal engines, and a 22!in. high-pressure beam engine, with ten boilers 30ft. by 6ft. There is now every prospect of the colliery turning out highly successful and fully repaying those who have so long been looking forward to return of the very large capital expended. The Lichfield Diocesan Church, Calendar, which has just, been published, contains a list of the clergy of the diocese, with the net income of each, and the population of the various parishes or ecclesiastical districts in the diocese, which list presents some curious inequalities as to the stipends of the clergy. There are in the diocese 58 livings each worth B500 and upwards a year there are 86 rectors or vicars whose income from the church (not including chaplaincies to workhouses, hospitals, &c.) is £100 each per annum or under and 12 of them do not exceed 250 a year. The income of the clergyman at Betton Strange, Salop, is returned at £ 31, and the population under his spiritual guidance (according to the census of 1861) is set down at 70. The vicar of Hednesford, Staffordshire, is returned as receiving £ 33 a year, and the population of his parish is not stated. The vicar of Dresden, Staffordshire, receives, according to the Calendar, 248 a year, and his parishioners numbered 3,000 in 1861, and are rapidly in- creasing. The rector of Edgmond, Salop, has a living worth P,2,100 a year, and the population of his parish is returned as 1,030. The rector of Stockton, Salop, whose parishioners number 488 receives £1,000 a year for his duties as clergyman. The rector of Stoke-on-Tern, near Market Drayton, and the rector of Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire, each receives from the church an annual in- come of 2950. the parishioners of the former numbering 1,000 and of the latter 550. The rector of North Wins- field, Derbyshire, and the rector of Hands worth, Stafford- shire, each do duty in a parish containing 2,500 souls, the former reeeiving £1,150 and the latter £ 1,100, while a Derby incumbent receives 260 a year, and his parish con- tains 4,000 souls. There are in the diocese 41 parishes the rectors or vicars of which each receive^ more than £ 1 a head per annum for attending to the spiritual welfare of the parishioners, and in most of those cases the incomes are large. The ecclesiastical district of St. Matthew's, Walsall, contains the largest population of any in the diocese—38,000, and the income of the vicar is 2300 a year. Jfcaffreson's Book about the Clergy" contains the fol- lowing with reference to a former Bishop of St. David's— But of all the anecdotes of martyrology which exemplify the domestic kindliness and parental affcctionateness of the married clergy of Edward the Sixth's time, none have a stronger vein of comedy running through their deep, tragic interests than the records of Bishop Ferrar's (of St. David's) tenderness towards his little boy, whom the prelate used to amuse by whistling him tunes whilst the child lay in his nurse's arms. In proof of the Primate's criminal folly, it was gravely urged against him at his trial, that, to the scandal of relig ion, he thus amused, nr endeavoured to amuse, his helpless infant. In reply to the charge# respecting (his labial music, snd the circumstance of his child's baptism, tne bishop replied nr writing" To the List, he saith that, after lawful prayer, it pleased God to give him a son begotten and born in honest marriage, whom he therefore called Samuel, presenting him to the minister to be received into Christ's Church as a poor member of Christ. By the holy sacrament of baptism was this done openly in the cathedral church, with earnest gravity, and without offending any man; and also two wives, being before at variance, desired both to be godmothers, which they both received to make unity between them, not knowing any law to the contrary, nor any offence con- ceived of the people. To the Llld. he said, that he doth use with gravity all honest-loving entertainment of his child, to encourage him hereafter willingly, at his father's mouth, to receive wholesome doctrine of the true fear and love of God and saith, that he hath whistled to his child, but saith not that the child understood it; and that he hath answered to one that found fault with it, as it is contained in the article." But the brave old prelate—who, born under Henry the Seventh, had been a loyal servant to that king's son and grandson, and was bentOh serVhigQueen Mary, 'truly, withhisheart and word'—had committed the'héinous offence of marriage, and would not con- form to Cath61ic:requirements to the extent of putting away his wife, though most of the married clergy preserved their lives by timely submission <u this point tJ the Church's orders. To the Bishop of Winchester's exclamation, 'You made a profession to live without a wife 'the-pretate -on trial replied in words, which show the evasion by which married priests in Catholic times « justified to their consciences their ireach of canonical law, No, my" lord, if it like your honour, that did I never j I made pro- fessioei to live cht.te-itot withorit aivife.' This answer was enou-,ii,to secure the condemnation of'the prisoner, %Yho in due cours<?,\wa« burnt in the aaaarket place of Caermarthen. —— iTi-a rr r i rr ^—TT-Ti n Mf Aifehetoh Smith has a fine doftectktil of wild animals at vaenol, and has just erected a spacious building for them. Shrewsbury School boys are getting on. The Bishop- nominate of Manchester was educated there, under Dr Bfctler. A few days ago a fortune-teller called at a tradesman's house, at Wellington, and induced the cook to give her a sovereign to wrap in a handkerchief for a charm. The handkerchief was duly returned to the girl, with instruc- tions not to open it for a few days, in order that the charm might have time to work. The woman also obtained a number of garments, for the purpose of performing some operations in connection with the cook's planet, and, having levied contributions upon the housemaid, took her departure. The curiosity, or suspicion of the girls in- duced them to open the handkerchief soon, and they found two farthings, in the place of the sovereign, and also a few beads and pieces of card. The fortune-teller has been arrested. A curious confusion of ideas is manifested in the follow- ing conversation between Mr Moses Benson, magistrate, and Mr Walker, solicitor, at Church Stretton police court. The case was one in which a man charged a driver with injuring him by negligence, and Mr Walker, who appeared for the defendant, was contending that there was no negligence. We are afraid it will be obvious that, although Mr Benson accused Mr Walker of talking nonsense about right and left," it was the magistrate who was really guilty of that offence.— Mr Walker—The defendant saw the man, and at once called out to him, naturally expecting he would go out of the way; in- stead of which, however, he took no notice, and the defendant again shouted to him, when, instead of going to the left of the road out of the way, he actually turned to the right, and the left shaft struck him on his right side as the defendant was pulling his horse to the right side of the road to evade him- Mr Benson—Impossible, Mr Walker. Mr Walker—It is not impossible, sir; this is the very manner in which the accident occurred. Mr Benson-Don't talk such nonsense, How could the left shaft strike him on his right side ? Mr Walker-Very easily, sir; the right shaft could not strike him. Mr Benson (warmly)—Yes it could, if he was on the right side of the road. Walker—Pardon me, sir; the right shaft would then strike him on his left side. Mr Benson (excitedly)—No it would not. How could the man be thrown on the right side of the road if the left shaft struck him ? I tell you the left shaft could not strike him. You are showing a little temper, Mr Walker. Mr Walker—Well, however that may be, the defendant was driving past the complainant on the right hand side of the road. Mr Benson—Then he'd no business to be. Mr Walker-I thought that was customary. Mr Benson—It's neither customary nor according to the law of the case. Mr Walker-I am not aware that there are any statutory pro- visions on the subject. Mr Benson-Yes, there are. (To the clerk)—Refer to them. The Clerk then read a section from the Turnpike Act, which set forth that when two vehicles ran in opposite directions on the turnpike-road, the drivers were required to drive to the left- hand side of the road. JJr Benson—Now I hope you ara satisfied. f ^l?eF—^es> sir, but that is a case where two vehicles meet. This is a very different case. The man was in advance, going in the same direction, and we wanted to pass him on the right side. Mr Benson—Then you had no business to do so. Mr Walker-But supposing you were driving, and had to over- take a vehicle in advance, would you not pass on the right side? Mr Pemberton-That is a different case. This is a foot passenger, and the right side of the road was his proper place. Mr Walker—I think what applies to a vehicle applies also to foot passengers. Mr Benson—Now stop it, Mr Walker; we'll have no more of it. After a few more words Mr Walker did stop it," and the defendant was fined 5s., and costs.




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