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(Tiinm ? fob tth. The Bishops of Lichfield, Chester, and St. Davids will hold ordinations on the 13th of March. The rumour that Mr Gladstone, jun., is to be married to a daughter of Earl Fitzwilliam's is contradicted. The Church Herald says Mr Gladstone is to pay for the Aston Hall estates, in North Wales, next month, and that the sum is £ 59,000. The Irish Mail' killed a man named Griffith at Llan- ddaniel crossing, on Wednesday, but the fault rested with' the unfortunate deceased. Sir John Hanmer has presented petitions to the House of Commons from the guardians of St. Asaph, and also from Holywell, on the law of rating. A man was fined 10s., and costs, for a novel kind of poaching, at N antwich petty sessions last week. He was looking out of doors just before going to bed when a hare made its appearance, and the man took down a gun and shot it. The Welshmen are wild over the education question. At I ort Dinorwic last week there was a jolly row between parties. The Rev. Joseph Jones, Presbyterian, spoke amidst yells, and Archdeacon Evans called the Dissenters beasts (anifeiliaid.) Mr Theodore Martin (one of the authors of the Bon Gaultier Ballads) and Mrs Martin (Helen Faucit) have just been on a visit at Wynnstay. Mr Martin, as many of our readers know, is the Great Western Railway par- liamentary agent. We often hear of the funny mistakes foreigners make of Welsh names and titles the Welshmen have now an opportunity of retaliating. Our readers know that Count Alexis Bobrinsky, brother to the Russian Minister, has just visited Portmadoc at the head of a Royal Commis- sion. The Count, if he should see it, will be surprised to find from a contemporary, that he is a "professor at St. Pelersbury." A sad case of cruelty came before the Northop Bench last week. Phcebe Jones, of Pant-y-go, who had taken an illegitimate child to "farm" for her sister, returned it to the workhouse at the end of a month, because the stipulated price had not been paid. The infant then presented a frightful appearance-one mass of sores and bruises from head to foot; and Mr Davies, who conducted the case, stated that he believed he could pro- duce evidence to show that the child had been placed beneath the grate, where hot cinders had fallen upon it. The case was adjourned. Mr Fairlie, the patentee of the Little Wonder' engine on the Festiniog Railway, gave a dinner to the men employed on that line last week. It came off at the Sportsman's Arms, Portmadoc, and upwards of sixty guests sat down under the presidency of Mr Spooner, C.E. The Chairman claimed for their company the making of the fortune of the Fairlie engine, for they were the first to use it, when it was pooh-poohed by others, and the Festiniog was called a little fiddling line Now the line had attracted the notice of the most eminent engineers of different nations, and would probably become the model for the continent of Europe.. A distressing story was told at an inquiry held by the Carnarvon magistrates on Saturday. A poor woman at Cwm-y-glo, being in the pangs of labour, sought ineffectually for the services- of a doctor, and was attended by a youth named Griffith, who is apprenticed to a Mr Roberts, surgeon. The boy accoucheur treated the woman in a bungling way, and failed to accomplish the work he had undertaken. Mr Roberts then attended, and gave the woman the benefit of his services. The child, however, was dead when born, and the suffering mother died soon afterwards. The apprentice was charged be- fore the magistrates on Saturday with having caused the death of the woman, and, by the instructions of the Bench, Mr Roberts was included in the charge. In order to enable Mr Roberts to consult a legal adviser, the further hearing of the case was adjourned till Thursday. The Standard correspondent says Some of the high ecclesiastical authorities in Rome have been much fluttered by the arrival last Friday, in the Sacred City, of Mr Ffoulkes. The gentlemen in question is the Very Rev. Henry Ffoulkes, Archdeacon of Montgomery, brother of the celebrated controversialist who has given the Roman Index and the Archbishop of Westminster so much trouble. Being mistaken for the latter eminent but ob- noxious personage, he was in danger of having some rather doubtful honours thrust upon him. Monsiegneur Nardi, a man so well known that it is necessary to say nothing more of him than that he is a singular politic but agree- able gentleman, and speaks English fluently, seized on the new comer with avidity, and with this peculiar greeting: I am delighted to see you I want to talk with you you have written a pamphlet.' When the mistake was ex- plained to him, he in no degree relaxed from his cordiality. In the course of conversation he naively remarked, I suppose you do not wish to be introduced to Monsignor Manning.

REVIEW OF THE BRITISH CORN…

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THE WELSH EDUCATION ALLIANCE.