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MERIONETHSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS.

COUNTY ADVERTISING. H. H.…

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COUNTY ADVERTISING. H. H. LL. CLOUGH, Chief Constable. COUNTY ADVERTISING. The CHAIRMAN said that the question of county adver- .tiairxT f'"mp npvt. rm the n<lnpr, and for t.he information of only in two papers, one English and one Welsh, and to take those that sent in the lowest contracts. The Cambrian Ncivs tendered at 2d. a line and The Dt/dd at Id.; so those papers were chosen. At the next sessions it was thought that although the Cambrian News had a very large sale in the county it would be scarcely sufficient, and that it would be well to have the county advertisements in an English paper circulating outside the county; so the North Wales Chronicle was fixed upon at 4d. aline. Then came an application from Mr Rees, of the Carnarvon Ilcrxld (whose tender had by accident arrived too late) and who represented his claims; and from Mr Askew Roberts, proprietor of the Cambrian Neivs asking for 4d. a line. He (the chairman) had also received an amusing —a most amusing letter-from the editor of the Dydd, which he would read to them, although he felt he should blush over some portions of it. (Laughter.) It was as follows:— Dear Sir,—The people of Dolgellau and the neighbour- hood would be under great and lasting obligations to you if through your wide and weighty influence we could get our mails direct from Chester via Bala, instead of round by way of Xewtown and Machynlleth. The writer has, from his earliest youth, been taught to respect the authorities of his country; and j wishes as editor of the Dydd, at Dolgellau, to honour the magistrates of Merionethshire, but hopes to have fairness at their hands. It was not just or honourable to grumble at one penny a line for advertisements in the Dydd, the only Welsh paper in the county, and at the same time justify an allowance of fourpence a line to the Bangor Chronicle, which has not in Merionethshire one-eighth the circulation of the Dydd, which reaches every village in the county and almost every district in Wales. I uniformly admire your ability as chairman of our sessions, and hope that you will do us the justice of moving that the Dydd should in future have the same allowance as other papers. I think all of them ought to be satisfied with two- pence a line.—I am, sir, most respectfully yours, SAMUEL ROBERTS. Dydd Office, Dolgellau, January 20th, 1870. It was now for the Conrt to decide. He observed Mr Rees was present and Mr Askew Roberts; so he would like to hear what they had to offer. All he would remind the magistrates was that their object was to get publicity for their advertisements, and that politics had nothing to do with the question. A long discussion ensued. Mr Rees and Mr Askew Roberts both asked 4d. a line, and the latter said that so long as his was the only English paper in which the announcements appeared it was worth his while to accept 2d. a line, or, indeed, to put in the advertisements for nothing, because of the prestige they gave the paper. Mr Douglas, jun., of the North Wafes Chronicle, also asked 4d a line, and the editor of the Dydd personally put in his claims.—Mr THRUSTON thought the papers ought to take less as the order was a continous one. -Tr ASKEW ROBERTS said this would not pay as it was only by the advertisements a paper could stand, and the expense of reporting assizes and sessions was very heavy.—The CHAIRMAN observed that the editor of the Dydd said all ought to be satisfied with 2d. a line. (Laughter.) After a long conversation and after several resolutions had been submitted, it was agreed on the motion of W. JONES, Esq., G-lyndwr; seconded by J. VAUGHAN, Esq., Nannau, that the county advertisements in future be inserted in the Oswestry Advertizer and Cambrian News; North Wales Chronicle; and Herald Cymraeg.

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