DENBIGH. THE PLOUGHING SOCIETY.—Mr David Jones, presided at a meeting of the Ploughing Society held on Wednesday, at the Bull Hotel, when there was a fair attendance. Mr G. T. E. Wiiford, the secretary, produced a statement of accounts, which the meeting duly considered and passed, several of the members expressing appreciation of the excellent manner in which the accounts had been kept, and the details carried out. The statements shewed that including a balance from last year of £72 2s 4d the receipts were £154 6s lid. The expenditure for the year was £98 Os 6d shewing a balance in favour of the society of £56 68 2d. There was, as compared with last year, a falling off in the subscriptions of £11, and as compared with last year's gate money, a falling off of £28; but this was due to the terribly unfavourable state of the weather, and the fact that Rhyl is always a good place for attendance at these kinds of gatherings. This jear there WitS an increasp. in the value of the prizes offered of £5 16s.; the total value of the prizes this year being £51 10s. It is worthy of remark that the expenditure this year was no 13s 6d less than last year. Mr David Jones and Mr Williams (Glanclwyd), were appointed auditors. Mr Roberts, Bootle, one of the judges, very kindly returned his fee as a donation to the funds of the society Several other items of business were transacted, and the meeting generally expressed their satisfaction of the year's work. • ♦ —
WHITFORD. We understand that MrSt John Thomas Charlton, J.P., of Pentreffynnon, will shortly sever his connection with the Mostyn Estates, in order to take chirge of the Cholmondeley Estates in Cheshire, in succession to Mr Thomas Hignett, who had been agent of the estates to the two last Marquises.
A Total Abstirence Society, with the Principal a8 president, has been formed at the University College Abeiystwyth.
ONE OF THIRTEEN. A story comes from across the Atlantic which will add to the evil reputation belonging to number 13, and which has given superstitious people in America much to talk and think about. Not long ago a public servant in Brooklyn had his photograph taken, together with 12 friends. Their number, 13, was not remarked at the time, but afterwards the officer, who had been the last to join the group, and who was, consequently, the thir- teenth, noticed the fact, expressing strongly his mis- givings,and telling his friends he was persuaded some- thing in the light of a misfortune would happen to him before many weeks had elapsed. By a similar coincidence these misgivings have been fulfilled, and the presentiment constantly alluded to by the officer has been berne out by the event. He was returning home from duty on a certain night when he met with the fate he had foreseen. A steam motor, drawing a heavy car coming along rapidly, knocked him down, and the train passed over his body, literally cutting it in two. Stranger still to superstitious people who believe in presentiments, unlucky numbers, and so forth, when the number of the motor which had I caused the accident was taken, it was found to be thir- teen. To complete the proof that thirteen had much to do with the fate which overtook the poor fellow. it is also remarked that he was killed precisely thirteen weeks after he had sat one of thirteen for his portrait.
NEW FORM OF SWINDLING. A man named Rosenberger, formerly Chief of Police at Kittaning, Pennsylvania, has been arrested for a new and ingenious form of swindling. He has been in the habit of sending letters to various parties throughout the country who would, he considered, be likely to enter into such a transaction, offering them counterfeit money of such excellent quality that it could not be detected even by experts. His price was 33 cents, on the dollar. Those who entertained his offer were to meet him at first-class hotels, which he named, and then to hand him the money in exchange for counterfeit notes. His practice was, on meeting his victims, and on receiving the money from them, to hand them a package of brown paper, containing the supposed counterfeit notes, but which, in fact, contained only blank paper. The swindled parties did not dare com- plain to the police, as they were themselves liable to arrest for attempting to buy the counterfeit money. He played a similar game on saloon keepers. To them he would offer illicit whisky, at low rates. When they went with him to his house he would, after receiving the money, threaten instantly to call in the police, and the saloon keepers were only too glad to escape with the loss of their money. Some of those who received letters from him at last placed them in the hands of the authorities. These at once arrested Rosenberger, but on an investigation into his pro- ceedings they discovered that he was not, as he pre- tended to be, a counterfeiter of false notes, but simply a barefaced swindler.
A HAUNTED HOUSE. A remarkable case has just bean heard in Dublin. Mr. Waldron, a solicitor's clerk, sued his next door neighbour, wholia a mate in the merchant service, named Kiernan, to reoover £500 damages for injuries done to his house by, as he alleged, the defendant and his family. Kiernan denied the charges, aod asserted that Waldron'e house was haunted, and that the acts complained of were done by spirits or some person in plaintiff's place. Evidence for (he plaintiff was to the effect that every night fr..m August to January his hall-door was continually be- ing knocked at, and his windows broken by stones which came from the direction of the defendant's yard. Mrs. Waldron swore that one night she saw one of the panes of glass in the window cut through with a diamond, and a white hand was inserted through the holeao made in the glass. She caught up a billhook and aimed a blow at the hand, cutting one of the fingers completely off the hand was then withdrawn; but on examining the place she could find neither the finger nor any traces of blood. On another occasion the servant, hearing mysterious knockings, fell down with fritrht, upsetting a pail of water over herself. Mr. Waldron armed himself with a rifle and revolver, and brought a detective into the house, while several policemen watched outside. They, however, could find nothing. Kiernan's family, on being accused of causing the noises, denied it, suggested it was the work of ghosts, and advised the Waldrons to send for a Roman Catholic clergyman to rid the house of its terrors. A police-constable swore that one evening he saw Waldron's servant kick the door with her heels at about the time the rapping usually commenced. Chief Justice Morris said the affair suggested the perform- ances of the Davenport Brothers or Maskelyne and Cooke. It was quite inexplicable from the absence of motive, and remained shrouded in the mysterious uncertainty of the Man with the Iron Mask, the authorship of Junius's Letters, or Why Anderson left Dycer's." The jury found for the defendant.
THE Annual Meeting of Shareholders of the Epworth and Penrhos Colleges was held at Colwyn Bay, on Saturday last. The directors' report was most satisfactory. After devoting nearly £550 to depreciation, &c., and carrying a surplus over to next year, a dividend of five per cent was deolared
RHYL. I Paragraph advertisments under this head- ing cannot under any circumstances be inserted at a less charge than 6d. per line. ADDHESS To YOUNG MEN.—At the weekly meeting of the Brunswick Young Men's Liter- ary and Theological Society, on Monday evening last, W. Williams,Esq., Summerfield, delivered an excellent address to the members, at the conclusion of which he was loudly ap- plauded, and afterwards heartily thanked. In the regretted absence of Mr Absalo n Humph- reys,through indisposition,Mr Thomas Evans, Brighton Road, also spoke a few kind words of valuable advice. EISTEDDFOD.—A choir from Rhyl will com- pete with five or six others from various places for a prize of d610 and a baton at the Grand Eisteddfod to be held at Abergele, on Wednesday, in connection with the Welsh Good Templars. There have been received over 200 compositions on the various subjects for competition, in poetry, prose, music, &c. There are ten competitors for the chair prize. The eisteddfod is likely to be the most succes fnl held in this district for many years. CHURCH OF ENGLAND TEMPERANCE SOCIETY -—The meetings in connection with this sooiety continue to be held weekly and are suc- cessful. At Monday nights' meeting, there was a very good attendance. In addition to addresses by the Rev. T. Pritchard and Mr Joseph Griffiths, both of whom are indefatig- able in their exertions on behalf of the society, recitations were given by Misses Edith anc Maggie Williams, South Kinmel Street; Miss Maggie Williams and party, Vale Terrace and Masters John and Edward Hughes, Wel- lington Road- At the close of a very interest ing meeting, several persons signed the pledge. PRINCIPAL REICHEL'S LECTURES. The seventh lecture of the series was delivered (n Thursday evening last to a, numerous audience at the English Wesleyan Schoolroom, Morley Road. The lecturer dealt chiefly with the character of Henry VIII., which he represen ted as the most difficult problem in history Much amusement was caused by the reading of extracts from the despatches of a Venetian Ambassador to the English Court in the reign of Henry VII., who dealt very freely with the matners and customs of the English Scotch, and Welsh races. The next lecture will be delivered next Monday, again we un- derstand at the same place. Hitherto the lectures have been a great success in every respect. The Chair was occupied on Thursda) by the Rev. E. Lloyd Jones, and votes ot thanks were proposed by MrT. Morgan Owen and seconded by Mr Wm. Wynne. A COMPOSER'S TRIBUTE To A LADY AMATEUR —We have to announce a very pleasing inci- dent in connection with the first appearance of Miss Ashby, of the Belvoir Hotel, in a public concert at Rbyl. It will be remembered that on the occasion of the concert in aid of the funds of The Rhyl District Nurses Association in December last, Miss Ash by sang Come back to me, Love." The com poser is Mr Henry Hess, of Grahamstown Cape Colony, and this was the first time for it to be sung in England. A copy of the Rhyl Advertiser containing a report of the concert found its way to the hands of Mr Hess, and this week we had the very great pleasure of receiving from the composer for transmission to Miss Ashby, a book of music oomposed by Mr Hess, and a copy of the song so excellently rendered by her. Mr Hess also sent two Grahamstown newspapers, Groccott's Penny Mail," and the Eastern Star from which we extract the following :—" In the Rhyl Advertiser of December 20th to hand by last mail, we (The Penny Mail) see a report of a very successful concert held in that town, at which Mr Herry Hess's song 'Come back to me, Love,' was sung for the first time in England, and rapturously encored. This is a feather in the Composer's cap, it being the first song by a Colonial composer sung in England." The Eastern Star says "We have much pleasure in being able to record the fact that Mr Henry Hess's song Come back to me, Love' has been sung before a large audience at home, and the additional fact that it was rapturously encored must be very pleasing and encouraging to Mr Hess. In the programme Mr Hess's name is men- tioned as the composer, and it states that the aong was sung then for the first time in England. The concert at which it was so well received was given at Rbyl, North Wales, for the benefit of some local institution. 1 he lady who sang it was Miss Ashby." A FOOLISH FREAK.—On the eve of St. Valen- tine a most cruel freak was perpetrated. Some mad person sent by post a large rat in a tin box to a young ladies' school in the town. If the idiot who did it thought he was con- cocting a clever practical joke, he is very much mistaken a more cruel and dastardly action cannot be conceived, and if the per- petrator escapes punishment he will bo lucky. CONSERVATIVE PATRIOTISM —On Saturday last a rumour was circulated in Rhyl that General Buller's little army had been annihila- ted in the Soudan, but on Sunday a telegram was received by the Postmaster, and exhibited in the post office window, stating that no news had been received of General Buller. These fictitioIIsrnmours causea great deal of anxiety and excitement, but a class of people (or per- haps more correctly, individuals of that class) who boast that they are the "constitutional" element of the country, greet rumours of what under any circumstances could not be regarded but as a national calamity, with joy. In our own town on Saturday, some Conserva- tives seemed to receive the rumour concerning Buller with delight. These are the people who sing Rule Britannia," and pose as the quintessence of constitutionalism and patrio- tism, yet would glorify in the reversal of the Britism Arms, if that would bring discredit upon ther political opponents. If the shade of Beaconsfield, the last Conservative leader, appeared to these patriots just now, they would hide their diminished heads in conster- nation and bewilderment; but alas the good qualities of that illustrious gentleman are lost upon those who only inherited his inferior ones. ON Wednesday and Thursday, ChristChurch Schools were examined, when about 240 chil- dren were submitted to H.M. Inspeotors. SUNDAY SCHOOL MEETING.—A meeting was held at the Vale-Road Calvinistic Methodist chapel, last Sunday week, when representa- tives of about fourteen schools in the Rhudd. lan district were present. A telegram was received from the Rev. T. Gee, Denbigh, stat- ing that he was unable to attend owing to ill-health, A letter was also read from him informing that he could not undertake to be catechiser of the district for the ensuing year, but it seems that the district has a firm hold on the Rev. gentleman, and that he is deeply in the hearts of all, and in reference to the contents of his letter it was resolved to send the voice of the different schools, who one ad all urgently desire the continuance of his most valuable services. The sum of £2 10s. was levied on this district towards defraying the expenses of the Scriptural Examination which is to be held under the auspices of the Vale of Clwyd Monthly Meeting, and it was requested that all the delegates would bring this before the schools, so that the subscriptions due from each place could be brought to the next meet- ing; and it was informed that at the above examination, which is to be held about the end of March, Bibles will be allowed for classes 1 and 2.—A letter was read from the secretary of the Sunday School Centenary, asking what celebration this district intends to make to commemorate this important event and requesting that they lay hold of the generous offer laid before them for purchasing at a reduced price Mr Charles's Geiriadur Ysyrythyrol.—Letters were also received call- ing attention to the Conference which is to be held at Denbigh on May 21st, asking the meeting to name persons to read papers and to name subjects for discussion.—The secre- tary for the festival to be held at Rhuddlan about June 15th, wanted to know the number of music books required by each school.—At the eleven o'clock meeting the teachers related their experience in the work of the Lard, which was of a most encouraging character.— The next meeting is to be held at Dyseith, | the time unknown.
RHYL PETTY SESSIONS. MONDAY.—Before Rev. G. A Bntterton, D.D.; T. Murray Browne Esq. and Dr Girdle- stone. EXTENSION OF HOURS was granted to Mr Lloyd, Mostyn Hotel, and Mrs Roebuck, the Royal Hotel, for the pur- poses of the St David's Dinner, on the 2nd prox. TRAVELLING ON THE RAILWAY WITHOUT PAYING THE TARE. Price Jones, cattle dealer, Abergele, was charged with having travelled on the railway from Colwyn Bay to Rhyl without paying his fare, and with intent to defraud the radway company.—Mr R. M. Preston prosecuted, and Mr Edward Roberts, defended. Mr Edward Roberts at the outset stated that the summons not having been served upon his client until the previons Thursday, hts had made aa engagement for that date and could not possibly attend. Mr Jones was a respectable cattle dealer, in a large way of business, and dealt extensively with the Railway Company, and he (Mr Roberts) would ask their worships to grant an adjourn- ment of the oase for he was entirely without the material for the defence of his client. Mr Preston opposed the application saying the offence was a peculiar one, and one that required the presence of a large number of witnesses and he had got those witnesses together. If there was any doubt whatever in their worship's minds the benefit of that doubt would be given to the defendant. But he was of opinion that he could clearly prove his C8e. The application was refused. Mr Preston then said that Mr Price Jones took a ticket; at Llandudno Junction for Colwyn Bay on the 3rd inet. For reasons he need not explain to the Bench, a special ticket examination took place on that date. Tickets were inspected before the train reached Colwyn Bay, and that of the de- fendant was noted as defraying him to Colwyn Bay. At that place, however, the ticket was not given up, but defendant pro oeeded to Rhyl. Here again the ticket was not given up, and Mr Jones instead of going through the proper exit crossed the line to the goods department, and left the station by that way. Mr Preston also produced a letter written by the defendant to Mr Wood, enclosing the excess fare, and Baying he had given up his ticket, and would have paid the excess, had it been asked for, but he did not think of it. He had to go to the goods station about some sacks and he forgot all about the ticket being to Uolwyn Bay only. Mr Preston added that if Mr Wood thought the case was one of mere forgetfulness the present proceedings would not hnve been instituted. Thomas Heath, special ticket collector, proved being on duty in Colwyn Bay, on the 3rd inst. He examined the defendant's ticket and nipped it, it was numbered 4985. He traveled with the same train to Rhyl, where he observed the defendant getting out of the train, crossed by the rear of it, and crossed the platform to the goods. Witness remained about two hours on the platform and defendant did not during that time recross. He travelled with the six train to Abergele, defendant going by the same train. On being asked for the ticket, defendant said he had given it up at Rhyl, and had paid lid excess fare. Witness said" Oh, no sir, you paid nothing at all. In fact you went through the goods." Defendant said he went to see about some sacks, and then returned to pay his fare. Witness said be did nothing of the sort. Mr Jones then offered to bet £50 on it, to which witness replied Then you must prove it." He then left defendant. Thomas Edward Lloyd, goods checker, at Rhyl, said that on the 3rd inst. Mr Price JoneB, called at the warehouse. It would be close on to 3 o'clock. Defendant did not speak to him, but passed on to the goods entrance from the road. Richard Owen Thomas, ticket collector, said he was not collecting tickets for the train due in Rhyl 2.53, but made up the return of tickets collected that day, which was produced (Mr Roberts submitted it was not evidence.) It would contain all tickets oollected at Rhyl- Ticket from Llandudno numbered 4985 was not in it. Caradoo Ivor Davics, porter, Colwyn Bay said he made up the return of tickets collect. ed on the 3rd inst. 4985 was not included. It was the only missing number. By Mr Roberts: The train in question was three minutes late. There was no time for a passenger to get down and rebook. Owen Owen Thomas, ticket collector, Rhyl, said he colleoted tickets on the 3rd, but did not receive a ticket from Colwyn Bay, nor any excess fare by the 2.53 train. Thomas Becket Rogers, station master, Abergele, desposed having a conversation with defendant on the 4th inst., in the course of which Mr Jones said he had gone to Rhyl and paid the excess. He asked if Mr JODes had a receipt and was answered, No." He said there is something very funny about it." Defendant replied Oh, no, I have got the ticket to Colwyn Bay in my pooket now." The defendant then proceeded by train to Rhyl. Mr Roberts cross-examined each of the witnesses, but without eliciting any further light. At the close of the case for the prose. cution he submitted that there was no case for him to answer. He read the two offences mentioned in the act, but the information did not contain either of them. Mr Preston said that Mr Roberts carefully left out the last words in the summons intent to defraud," and which he maintained had been proved. Their worships decided against Mr Roberts and he addressed them on the intent,contending that is was not likely a man in the position of the defendant would try to defraud a company, with which he had such extensive dealings, for the sake of eleven pence. The Chairman said the justices were quite satisfied. The case was fully proved, and there was not a shadow of a doubt. The oosts were heavy, or they would goto the full extent of the penalty. It would be reduced to £110s and the costs were <63 2s 4d. On hearing the decision Mr Roberts said he did not know what his client would do, but if he took his advice he would appeal on the in of law he raised. WILFULLY BETTING FIRE TO A CHIMNEY. William Evans, Abbey Street, was charged (by P.C. Taafe with setting fire to the chimney of No 1, Market Street.—Mr Edward Roberts pleaded guilty on behalf of his client but in extenuation said that Mr Evans was anxious to help a neighbour to cure a smoky chimney, and took a piece of paper to look into the flue when the chimney caught fire.—Fined 10s, with 188 6d costs. GAME TRESPASS. John Lewis, Rhyl, chaiged by Mr John Murray, gamekeeper to Capt. Conwy, with using a spring trap to take game, on the 11th inst.—Mr Bell appeared for the prosecution. —Defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined £1 and £1 9s. costs. Henry Davies, Cwm, pleaded guilty to sett- ing a snareto catch rabbits, but said he had per- mission from his master.—Mr Bell gave this a flat contradiction. He had been told by defendant's master that no permission had been given, and was surprised he not caught before.—Fined £1, with £1 Is. 3d. OOltS. DRUNKEN AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT. Robert Emmerson, Vale Road, charged by P. 0. Johns, pleaded gailty of being drunk and disorderly.—Fined 5s. with 7s. costs. POACHING PREVENTION ACT. David Roberts, Denbigh, was released on bail to answer a charge under the above act, on the 30fch of March next, the principal in the offence being now in piison on another oharge, this defendant being an aidor and abettor. ASSAULT. Sussanah Ellis, Rhuddlan, charged Maria Roberts, of the same place with assaulting her. —Defendant dnnied the charge—Evidence having been given in support of the charge, their worships decided that the case was fully proved and fined defendant Is. with 12s. costs. MonE ROGUE THAN FOOL. An ill conditioned looking individual, who gave the name of David Hughes, St. Asaph, was brought up in custody. Superintendent Hughes said the man was in custody on his own confession of having stolen some wearing apparol. He gave him- self up to the Carnarvonshire police, saying he bad committed the theft near St. Asaph. The police could not find that any clothing had been stolen, and the probability was the man had made the confession for the purpose of being brought home by the police. He would ask the Bench to discharge the prisoner. Mr George Why was he fetched ? Superintendent Hughes It was a mistake to fetch him, sir. Police Constable Johns said that a telegram had been received from the Carnarvonshire police to tho effect that Hoghes had given himself up, and asking the Flintshire police to wire if he was wanted. Mr George But was he wantod ? P.O. Johns said a man was wanted at Mostyn for stealing a coat. After some further conversation the prisoner was questioned, but no intelligible replies could be obtained from him. P.C. Johns said that he admitted steal- ing clothing to him in Carnarvon. Sergt. Parry said he made inquiries all about St. Asaph, but could not find that anything was missing. The man was then discharged, with a caution not to repeat anything of the kind. He whispered No indeed, sir," and left the box.
ST. ASAPH. Oar readers will be sorry to hear of the serious illness of Mrs Hughes, the Palace, whose state we regret to learn id not satisfactory. We also under- stand that the Bishop is indisposed. On Sunday last most eloquent sermons were preached in the Cathedral morning- and evening by the Rev. Canon Woodward, of Liverpool on behalf of the Society for the conversion of the Jews.— On Monday a meeting was held in the National Schoolroom on behalf of the same society. The Lord Bishop presided, and a most stirring and interesting address was delivered by the depu- tation. CATHEDRAL SEEVICES.—2nd Sunday in Lent, March 1st. Morning at ll-Cbants; Anthem, Rend your heart" (Dearie). Evening at 3.15- The Litany Anthem, "Havœ mercy upon me" (Bond). Evening at 6.15—Chants; Hymns. In residence, Vene'able Archdeacon Foulkes succen- tor, Rev. W. Morton; Organist, R. A. Atkins, Esq. AT a Liberal meeting held at Corwen on Friday a Mr Davies, of Bodynlliw, speaking with reference to the tithe, of which they had heard so much, said he held a farm of about £100 rent, which was rated at £9J, and paid a tithe of or a quarter of his rental. Part of that went to support a par- son whom he bad never heard for fifteen years, and another part went to support the choristers of St. Asapb, who had thirteen votes to his one, and mcst likely always voted contrary to the way he who helped to keep them did—Rev. H. C. Wil liams said there one parish, Castellan, with no church in it—it had been in ruins for years—and yet the people paid tithes. THE LAY CLERK*.—On Monday last, a grand concert was held at Mold, when Messrs C. Tom- kinson, W. Evans, Walter Williams, and S. Powell, of this city took part. Out of the 22 pieces of the excellent programme, 16 of them were taken up by the above-named citizens a.nd mem- bers of the Cathedral Choir. We are informed that our vocalists had a splendid reception, and in their trio "When Arthur first," they carried everything before them and were encored again and again. In the first part (being sacred) no encores were allowed; but in the second part the audience would not be refused. The trio above named by Messrs C. Tomkinson, W. Williams and S. Powell, was oertainly the favourite of the evening, their perfect and incomparable rendering of the glees and catches quite carrying the crowded room by storm LENTEN SEEVICES.—During Lent,morning service is held daily at the Cathedral at 11, except on Thursdays, when the choral service will be at 11.30., as heretofore. Every Friday evening there is to be a special service and sermon at 7, the preachers being the Rev. P. W. Sparling, Erbistock A. G. Hutchins, St. Mary's, Broujrhton; W. L. Martin, Bettisfield; T. W. Vaughan, Rhuddlan P. Davies, Llanfairtalhaiarn; and G. Davies, Corwen. 1 ANKKUPrcY.— At the Bangor bankruptcy Court on Tuesday last, Charles R. Hughes, printer and stationer, appeared for his public examination, the debts being returned as .£279 13s. lid., and the assets £ 190 7s ild. The Official Receiver said that the debtor succeeded to his father's business in January, 1883, there being also £160 in money and £100 the value of his printing stock, so that he had gone through J6400 in the course of a little over eighteen months. The Debtor in the course of his examination, said that he had paid" debts of honour" for money borrowed—some incurred be- fore he oame of ago. The Official Receiver said that the debtor had told him all he knew. No doubt his failure was due to the fact that he had started a business to which he had not been brought up, having been at sea.
FOOTBALL NOTES. Nine members of the Rhyl club journeyed to Ruabon last Saturday, and assisted by two sub- stitutes, played a friendly match with the full cup team of the Druids, and succeeded in making a draw of it—one goal each; a very creditable per- formance. Wright kept goal for the visitors brilliantly. J. Vaughan and Lowe also played very well. Whitley kicked the goal for Rhyl. A great pity the visitors full cup team did not turn up. The following represented Rhyl Goal, C. Wright; backs, W. H. Jones and F. Skeates; half-backs, J. Vaughan, R. B. Clarke, and E. H. Williams left-wing, T. Jones and J. D. Whitley and two substitutes played on the right-wing. The Gardens club and the Llandudno swimming and football club played off a friendly fixture on the ground of the former last Saturday, resulting in four goals for the Gardens, and one goal and one disputed goal for the visitors. The high wind prevailing interfered sadly with the game. Vaughan and C. Jones played best for the home team. The following have been seleoted to play for Rhyl against Llanrwst, in the semi-final tie for the Northern Welsh Challenge Cup to-day :—Goal, C. Wright; backs, H. W. Thompson and R. C. Thompson half-backs, Twiston Morgan (captain), A. J. Cripps, and J. Vaughan right-wing, W. H. Roberts and W. Roberts left-wing, J. Lowe and R. Hughes; centre. Lewis Morgan. IN TOUCH.
REMARKABLE BANKRUPTCY. At Salisbury has been held the first meeting of the creditors of Mr. Moon, who was at one time the Con- servative candidate for Andover. Mrs. Moon is the histrionically popular Miss Kate Lawler. The state- ment of affairs was a remarkable revelation, the debts being £30,000 and the assets nearly £70,000. It was explained that Mr. Moon had been obliged to file the petition in bankruptcy by one or two creditors. An offer was made on his behalf of 20s. in the pound, payable on the confirmation order by the court. This was accepted, an assignment of all his property being made, so that should the offer not be accepted it could be immediately sold. No further explanation of the bankruptcy was made. It is stated that Mr. Moon's household furniture is worth £13,000.
SHYLOCK v. ANTONIO." Lord Bramwell has taken an early opportunity of setting Sir William Harcourt right as to his views on the cause cllebrt "Shylock v. Antonio." The other night, in the course of the debate on Mr. Torrens's Water Bill, the Home Secretary stated that Lord Bramwell's views on the rights of property were so strong that on the arguments addressed by Portia he would have decided in favour of the pound of flesh being given to Shylock. On Tuesday, while giving judgment in a Scotch appeal case, in which the pursuer was charged with seeking the fulfil- ment of the letter of his bond, Lord Bramwell said I am quite certain that I would have decried that case ("Shylock v. Antonio") in the way fair Portia did, not, perhaps, upon all the same reasons, but upon some of them. As a matter of fact, Shylock never had the pound of flesh which could be called his—it had never been appropriated to him and he could only get it by a considerable crime, no less than murder but if the pound of flesh had been appro- priated to him, I should have given the pound of flesh to Shylock.
GALLANTRY ON THE NILE. Several medals and testimonials have just been awarded by the Royal Humane Society for gallantry displayed in rescues or attempted rescues from drown- ing in the Nile. The first case for which the society has awarded its medal is that in which Major J. Webber Smith, South Staffordshire Regiment, displayed conspicuous gallantry in an effi rt to save a soldier of his command in the Nile, near Semneh. A detachment of the regiment was about three miles south of Seinneh, having previously crossed the face of a steep and dangerous rock with a towing line, when Pnvate W. George, a bandsman of the regiment, fell from the rook into the Nile from a height estimated between 60 and 80 feet. Major Webber Smith did not hesitate for a moment, and gallantly plunged into 14ft. of water without divesting himself of any of his clothing. Being a strong swim- mer he swam out to the rapid, where the man could be seen, and was only within a short distance of him when the poor fellow sank. The medal of the society has also been awarded to Private Musa-el-Hadidi, 2nd Battalion Egyptian Army, for saving the life of Lieu- tenant B. H. Barnard, Essex Regiment, at a cataract on the Nile. In this case it appears that Lieutenant Barnard was steering a boat through a cataract when the tiller snapped, causing him to lose his balance and fall overboard. He was carried down some 50 yards,when the Egyptian soldier jumped overboard, swam out to the officer's assistance,and with the aid of a long pushing pole saved him. The medal has also bee:' awarded to Voyageur Dupont for saving Voyageur Livielli in the Nile,near the Tanjans Rapids. A testi- monial is awarded to Private Parker for saving Private Dale, of the same regiment, in the Nile, near Korti. Testimonials have also been awarded to Private P. C. Douglas, A. Harper, and Barrett, for a gallant attempt to rescue Private J. Edwards, Army Medical Staff Corps, who was unfortunately drowned in the Nile, between Tomas and Wady Haifa.
The War Cry says "The General will soon as- sume the duti. of sole lessee and manager of the Prince of W.des's Theatre. The devil will soon find that the'theatre is 'Ours.' The Salvation Army will welcome to its meetings there all classes of irrespective of 'Caste,' and will be pleasedc to receive all the Money' that the congre gations like to put in the collections." In the Dublin Queen's Bench Court the Lord Chief Justice and Justices Lawson and Johnson,have dis- missed the motion of the defendant for a new trial of the action in which Mr. George Bolton, Crown soli- citor, recovered £3,0,\0 damages against Ir. W. O'Bnen, M.P., editor of United Ireland, for libel. Between 2 and 4 o'clock on Tuesday morning, a great part of Bon-Accord Distillery, situated in Hardgate, Aberdeen, was destroyed by fire, together with grain,plant, malt, and liquor in process of distil- ling. The fire was remarkably fierce, and the flame" were seen at a great distance. The stores of spirits and the surrounding buildings were, however, saved by the efforts of the fire brigade, but damage was done to the extent of several thousands of pounds. The buildings, &c.J are tho pro erty of a limited liability company.
BITS FROM BOOKS. A NEGRO'S VIEWS OF "SOLLERMUN." X read considerable to Jim about kings and dukes and earls, and how gaudy they dressed, and how much style they put on, and called each other your majesty and your grace and your lordship and sc on 'stead of mister and Jlm's eyes bugged out and he was in- terested. He says I didn't know dey was so many un um. I hain't heard 'bout none un um, skasely, but ole King Sollermun, onless you counts dem kings dat's in a pack er kyards. How much do a king git?" "Get?" I says; "why they get a thousand dollars a month if they want it they can have just as much as they want; everything belongs to them." Ain't dat gay ? En what dey got to do, They don't do nothing! Why, how you talk. They just sit around." No—is dat so*" "Of couse it is. They just sit around. Except, maybe, when there's a war then they go to the war. But other times they just lazy around or go hawk- ing—just hawking; and other times, when things is dull, they fuss with the parlyment; and if everybody don't go just so he whacks their heads off. But mostly they hang round the harem." "Roun'de which?" "Harem." What's de harem?" "The place where he kept his wives. Don't you know about the harem ? Solomon had one he had about a million wives." "Why, yes, dat's so; I—I'd done forgot it. A harem's a bo'd'n-house, I reck'n. MOB' likely dey has rackety times in de nussory. En I reck'n de wives quarrels considerable en dat 'crease de racket. Yit dey say Sollermun de wises' man dat ever live. I doan' take no stock in dat. Bekase why: would a wise man want to live in de mids'er sich a blim- blammin' all de time ? No—'deed he wouldn't. A wise man 'ud take en buil' a biler-factory en den he could shet down de biler-factory when he want to res' Well, but he was the wisest man any way because the widow she told me so her own self." I doan k'yer what de widder say, he warn't no wise man, nuther. He had some er de dad fetchedes' ways I ever see. Does you know 'bout dat chile dat he 'uz gwyne to chop in two? Yes, the widow told me all about it." Well, den Warn't dat de beatenes' notion in de worl'? You jes' take en look at it a minute. Dah's de stump, dah—-dat's one er de women heah's you—dat's de yuther one; 1'8 Sollermun; en dish-yer dollar bill's de chile. Bofe un you claims it. What does I do? Does I shin aroun' mongs' de neighbours en fine out which un you de bill do b'long to, en han' it over to de right one, all safe en' soun', de way dat anybody dat had any gumption would? No—I take en whack de bill in two, en give half un it to you, en de yuther half to de yuther woman. Dat's de way Sollermun was gwyne to do wid de chile. Now I want to at you what's de use er dat half a bill ?—can't buy noth'n wid it. En what use is a half a chile ? I would't give a dern for a million un um." But hang it Jim, you've clean missed the point—blame it, your've missed it a thousand mile." "Who? Me? Go 'long. Doan' talk to me 'bout yo' pints. I reck'n I knows sense when I sees it; en dey ain' no sense in sich doin's as dat. De 'spute warn't 'bout half a chile, de 'spute was 'bout a whole chile en de man dat think he kin settle a 'spute 'bout a whole chile wid a halt a chile, doan' know enough to come in out'n de rain. Doan' talk to me 'bout Sollermun, Huck, I knows him by de back." But 11 ell you you don't get the point." "Blame de pmt I reck'n I knows what I knows. En mine you, de real pint is down furder— its down deeper. It lays in de way Sollermun was raised. You take a man dat's got on'y on er two chillen is dat man gwyne to be wasteful o' chillen ? No, he ain't; he can't 'ford it. He know how to value 'em. But you take a man dat's got 'bout five mil- lion chillen runnin' roun' de house, en its diffunt. He as soon chop a chile in two as a cat. Dey's plenty mo'. A chile er two, mo' er less, warn't no consekens to Sollermun, dad fetch him "—The Adventures of Hucklcberry Finn ( Tom Sawper's Comrade). BlI Mark Twain. BISJIARCK IN A SCRAPE. Bismarck's own courage is that of a mastiff, and in early life it often got him into scrapes. Whilst he was doing his one year vcluntariate in the Prussian Light Infantry he paid a visit to Schleswig, which was then under Danish rule. One day, wearing his uniform, he was seated iu a Brauerei, when he overheard two gentlemen holding a political conversation and ex- pressing extreme Radical sentiments. With amazing impudence he walked up to their table, and requested that "If they must talk nonsense, they would use an undertone." The two Schleswigers told the Junker to mind his own business, whereupon Bis- marck caught up a beer-jug and dashed its contents in their faces. This atfair caused very serious trouble. Bismarck was taken into custody and ordered out of the country. On joining his regiment he was placed under arrest again, and there was an interchange of diplomatic notes about him. He only escaped severe punishment through powerful intercession being em- ployed at court on his behalf.—Temple Bar. PRISON WALLS WITH TALES. In Newgate Prison, to which I was conducted while my future was being decided in the jury-room over- head, every available inch of the blackened mortar con- tained, in few words, the name of the writer, where he belonged to, the crime with which he was charged, the dread certainty of conviction, the palpitating hopes of acquittal, or the language of indifference or despair. Most of these inscriptions were in slang, shewing that the majority of those who had written them were of the criminal order, and guilty of some, if not of the particular, offence for which they were doomed to await the announcement of their punishment within that chamber of dread expectancy. Not a few, however, consisted of declarations of innocence, invo- cations of Divine interposition, appeals to Justice, and confidence in the "laws of my country;" while others denoted the absence of all thoughts except those of wife, children, or sweetheart. Some who were awaiting that most terrible of all sentences— death—could yet think of tracing the outlines of a scaffold amidst the mass of surrounding inscriptions with a "Farewell to life" scrawled underneath'. Not only on the walls of that never-to-be-forgotten black hold, but on the cellwalls and doors in all my subsequent wanderings in penal life—in Millbank, Dartmoor, Portsmouth, and Portland —have I spent hours in deciphering the records of famous" deeds and particular "professions," dates of sentences and the penalties awarded to the strange beings who had preceded me along that slow, weary, and heartsore journey of punishment.—Leaves from, a Prison Diary Lectures to a Solitary Audience. By Michacl Davitt, Founder of the Land League. ENORMOUS SrpPLY or NATURAL GAS. The latest revelation of our subterranean treasures, is the natural gas wells, which are rapidly sur- rounding Pittsburg. Just as the natural oil was seen upon the surface of Oil Creek (hence its name) so throughout the district north-east of Pittsburg, and about 15 miles distant, small jets of gas have been seen bubbling up through the waters of creeks. The centre of this natural gas district is the village of Murraysville, in Westmoreland county. In the race of a small flour mill at that place a larger:amount of gas than usual had been noticed, and 15 years ago a party of speculators bored there, hoping to find oil, but after boring to a depth of 900 feet nothing was- found. Seven years later another party concluded to try it again, and decided not to stop boring until fo much greater depth had been reached. Their hope, of course, was that oil would be obtained, but when they had bored to a depth of 1,320 feet a tremendous explosion occurred, which drove the drills from the- well into the air and broke everything to pieces. The roar of the escaping gas was heard in Monroeville, five miles away. The imprisoned force had found an escape at last, and a new source of wealth was given to Western Pennsylvania,already far too highly favoured, I suppose my readers will be disposed to say. After four pipes, each two inches in diameter, had been laid from the mouth of the well, and tbe flow directed through them, the gas wa.- ignited,and the whole district was lighted up for miles around. This valuable fuel was permitted to waste for five years, as capitalists could not be found who were willing to risk the £40,000 for pipes to convey it to the factories and mills where it could be utilised. I visited this region last week and saw nine wells furnishing gas. The from the three largest was still passing into the air. These are wonderful sights indeed. The gas rushes up with such velocity through a six inch pipe, which extends perhaps 20 feet above the surface, that it does not ignite within six feet of the mouth of the pipe. Looking up into the clear blue sky, you see before you a dancing golden fiend with- out visible connection with the earth, swayed by the wind into fantastic shapes, and whirling in every direction. As the gas from the well strikes the centre of the flame and passes partly through it, the lower part of the mass curls inward, giving rise to tbe most beautiful effects, gathered into graceful foJds at the bottom, a veritable pillar of fire. There IS not a particle of smoke from it. Already four distinct pipe lines, two of them eight inches in diameter, con- vey the gas from this district to manufacturing establishir ents in Pittsburg, and a fifth line con- veys it to our two Bessemer steel mills, nine and ten miles distant. The largest well known is estimated to yield about 30,000,000 cubic feet of gas in 24 hours, but half 0Í this l1lay be considered as the product of a' good wdJ. The pressure of the gas as it issues from the mouth of the well is nearly or quite 2001bs. per square inc i. One of the gauges which I examined shewed a pressure of 1871bs. Even at our works, where we use the gas, nine miles from the well, the pressure i; 7;1]1)8. per square inch. —Mr Andrek Carneoic, ihe Great Pittsburg Iron Master, in Iac- mill an's Magazine.
A gallant old gentleman of the name of Page, nndiuga young lady's glove at Southport, presented it to her with the following words :— If from yuur glove you take the letter G, Your srlove i- love, which I devote to thee. To which the lady returned the following answer:— If from your page you take the letter P, Your is age, and that won't do for me. "Every breath I draw is a pain," said Jones the other day as he laid on a lounge and howled with toothache. good news," said his wife, cheer- fully, "What? To know that I'm sufierÍIf; in- quired Jones savagely. "To know that every breath you draw is a payin'V answered his wife. the first financial success you've had in some time." +
Last week at Deep Duffryn Colliery, Mountain Ash, a fatal accident occured to William Hughes and Samuel Price, colliers. A ladj from Hay has been seriously injured by jumping out of a train whilst in motion at Tal- garth. The body of a mau named Thomas Jones ha* been found dead under the Bute blatt boilers, J fthymney Ironworks,
Whilst freely giving expression o the opinions of our cor respondents on all subjects of public interest, we with dis- tinctly to staie that we do not necessarily endorse any of them and we therefore in no way responible for any statement made.
WELSH INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION. To the Ediiur of the RHYL ADVERTISER. SIR,—To those who have taken an interest in W elsh education no fact is more patent than the great want of preparatory schools for the higher branches of learning. The report of the Commis- sioners of 1880 makes the astounding statement that whereas in England 16 in every 1000 boys receive the benefit of education higher than elemen- t iry, in endowed schools in Wales, not more than 1 in every 1000 receive that benefit. The same Commissioners recommended after making dup allowance for rural populations, poverty, and orLer special circumstances, that a provision should be made for at least 10 in every 1000 of the population of Wales and Monmouthshire. That meant that schools should be provided for 16,000 boys. Taking into account the endowed schools, proprietory schools,and private adventure schools, accomodation had been provided for only about 4,000; leaving 12,000 still unprovided for. 31anv warm advocates of social reform in the Principality contended that intermediate schools should have been provided be- fore the Colleges. There was certainly a verv plausible argument in favour of this view, but the answer was three fold. First, Government grants oould not be given to intermediate schools so readily as to Univerisity Colleges. -Secou c- li-, National enthusiasm and its consequent national liberality could not so easily be evoked in favour of the schools, and tbirdly-The establishment of the Col- leges would make the full complement of prepara- tory schools a necessity, which would at once create an irresistible demand for them. The North and South Wales Colleges were established with an eclat which called forth the nation's heartiest ap- proval. The pioneer College at Aberystwyth was re-established with an annual Government grant which we hope will be soon augmented. The Government prepared a bill for Intermediate Education on the lines of the scheme sketched out by the der artment committee, and Mr Mundella, to whom Welshmen are more indebted than to any previous Minister of Education, said that by means of that Bill the system of Welsh Education would be completed from the lowest to the highest rung of the ladder. For three years in succession, attempts have bten made to introduce Mr Mundella" s measure but owing to some excuse or other,arising out of African complications, It Egyptian darkness," Irish discontent or the Franchise Agitation, the bill has been shelved and loyal Wales has had to wait. It seems to be 1m established custom that everybody must be served before poor Wales Our members are blamed for being too quiet,and not persistent enough in urging the claims of Wales upon the attention of the Government. We do not wish them to employ the tactics of Mr Parnell and hip followers and form an obstreporous Welsh brigade. At the same time we must admit that it is possible to carry complacency too far. We have grievances to redress—we have long centuries of neglect and deprivation of just rights to make good. The people everywhere feel thi. There is a long felt and a rapidly growing desire to establish what is called National Societies and strange to say the first tangible expression given to that desire is a demand for this lony de- layed measure of Education. We have been com. plimented long enough on our docility. People even admit we have a modicum of brains, and that our love of culture is marvellous. Let us then make use of our brains, so far as to show that there is a limit to our endurance, and that we reckon courage and determination as well as patience and long suffering among our national virtues. A con- ference was held at Carnarvon last week and an- other at Bangor this week to devise some scheme by which the country might be roused to action. It is recommended to hold public meetings in every town throughout North Wales, at which resolutions should be passed, strongly urging the Government to introduce the measure without further clela-v. Town Councils, Improvement Commissioners, Local Boards, Boards of Guardians, religious and other public bodies should also be induced to pass similar resolutions. This is purely a national question, and should be looked at from a national, and not from a political or ecclesiasctical point of view. I trust the Rhy] people will not be backward in expressing their opinion through different mediums. A form of resolution will shortly be published. Separate copies should be sent in each case to the Premier, Lord Carlingford, and Mr A. J. Mundella, and the members for the county or borough, or both. If the bill is not passed this Session, it may not be in- trodu ed again for years.—Yours truly, P. MOSTTN WILLIAMS.
THE SUMMER BAND FOR THE RHIL PROMENADE. To the Editor of the RHYL ADVERTISER. Sin,— \s a ratepayer, I for one object to the Promenade Band being in any way mixed up with the Bands of the Winter Gardens or the Pier, ex- cept as a private arrangement between the band- masters and the authorities of those two places of amusement. In a letter in a recent issue of the Advertiser. Mr Berrington (the member for the Winter Gardens), suggests that the Pier Company and the proprietor of the Gardens shall pay the Town Band, that there shall be no I I bool-,ing the visitors' subscriptions, and that the band on the Promenade shall cease playing at 8 p.m., and then adjourn to the Pier or Winter Gardens. This dual control" simply means disaster to Rhyl. Why is it that for the last few seasons the bulk of visitors have preferred remaining on the Parade lis- tening to Mr Gilding's splendid band to going on the Pier or to the Winter Gardens ? Simply be- cause the attractions of the Parade band were so far superior to the entertainments (sic) at the other places. If the proprietors of the Pier and the Winter Gardens want to make their speculations pay, it must be by raising the character of the entertainments of their several ventures to the level of, or above the level of the Parade band, and not by lowering the character of the Paiade band to the music-hall style adopted at the Pier and Winter Gardens and I trust our Commissioners in con- sidering the matter will remember they are sent to the Board-room to do their best for the town, and not to sacrifice the interests of Rhyl to those of private speculations which only want manage- ment to make them lucrative.—Yours obediently, A RATEPAYER AND A LoVER OF MUBIC.
ENGLISH PRESBYTERIAN ANNUAL MEETING AND CONCERT. Of all tea meetings and annual festivals held during the season, none is more popular, nor more deserving of success than that of the English Presbyterian Church. Numerically weak the friends in this cause are strong in all the needful points for a successful church. They are a united band, and the beautiful edifice thev have erected in Prince's Street is evidence of their indomitable courage. That building is an ornament to that end of the town in which it is situated, and the vast undertaking will need the renewed exertions of the little church, but their actions in the past is a sufficient guarantee of what their pei- severance and integrity can do. The annual tea meeting and concert was held yesterday, tea being provided in the Clwyd- street school room, for the last time probably, as the ]Chapel will be ready for their reception very As usual the tables were laid out with excellent taSte, ana were presided over by Miss Jones, Emerald Villa; Miss Owen, 60, High Street Miss Evans Elwy Street Miss E. C. Williams, Wellington Road Mrs Foulkes, Thorpe Street Miss Morris, Brighton Road Mrs Lewis, lvcl- lington Road; Miss E. P. Jones, Water Street Miss "V aughan, West Parade i Miss Kaiie Jones, Elwy Villa; Miss Polly Jones, Emerald Villa; Mrs Jones, Emerald Villa Mrs Thomas, Princes' Street; Miss Roberts, Market Street Miss Edwards, Water Street; &c., &c. mere was a very numerous attendance, and the feast was everything that ,ould be desired. While we are printing, the concert is being held, an excellent programme being provided, of which the following is a copy. Pianoforte Solo, Mi-s Ada Williams song, irom Mighty Kings," Miss Gayney Griffith song, "Love's Request," Mr J. T. Jones trio, Winds gently wkisper," Messrs D. J. Davies, J. T. Jones, and O. J. Rowlands song. It was a dream, "Miss Fanny Richards; song, "I never can forget," Mr O. J. Rowlands; duett, I've wandered in dreams," Miss Griffiths and Mr O. T. Jones song, In this old chair," Mr E. Edwards; song, Gwraig y Morwr," Miss Fanny Rich. ards; quartette, "Jenny Jones," The Cambrian Quartette pianoforte solo, Overture to Egmont,' Miss Annie Brown. R. A.M. quartette, Of a' the Airts," The Cambrian Quartette song. Heaven and Earth," Miss Gayney Griffiths; duett, Yet once again," Miss Richards and Mr 0. J. Rowlands; song, "The Blue Alsatian Mountains," Mr J. T. Jones; quartette, "The Tar's song," The Cambrian Quartette sor.g, I am waiting," Mr E. Edwards song, Softly sighs," Miss Gayney Griffith; song, Trusty as Steel," Mr O. J. RoNN-land., quartette. By Celia's Arbour," The Cambrian Quartette. 18
The quarterly meeting of the Calvinistic Meth- odist connection in East Glamorgan was held at Cardiff last week, the Rev. D. Jones, Bjwlais, presiding.
WELSH BREVITIES. HOUYDS KILLED OX TEE CAMBRIAN- RAI'WAT.— Sir Watkin's houn is met on Tuesdiy at Stroke Gate, and we regret to state that whilst the pack was crossing the Cambrian Kailway. between Elies- mere and Welshampton, the 4 15 p.m passengv r train from Oswestry ran into them, cutting six or seven of them to pieces. The Rev. J Asrar Beet of Wrexh ••m is to S'lccec Dr. Osborne as theological profassor in Richmoi:1 Wesleyan College after the next Conference. THE annual St David's Day dinner will be he" 1 as usual at the Royal Hotel. Rhyl, on Mondav. Chairman, Robert Ap Hugh Williams, Esq. Vie chairmau, Saml. Perks, Esq. Dinner at n.-Ad It is proposed to transfer the hundred of Mael from the diocese of St. Asaph to that of Chester. the plc; th it rhe p Irishes are in effect English ai. 11\11 Welsh. :u,d thnt Chester is convenient c-f access. The proposal, which was discussed at a ruridecan meeting at Bangor last week, was heartily alJ. unanimou-lv supported. A new chapel in connection with Holvwel! W( house was opened last week. It iu a Got;? style, and will seat 300 persons. The Queen has appointed the Rev. H. M. Butler. D.D, Head Master of Harrow School, to the Deanery of Gloucester, which becomes void by the promotion of Dean Bicker&tetn to the see of Exeti-r. It has been decided that the public memcria: to the late Dean of Banjror shaH take tbe 'firm of a scholarship at the University College of North Wales. About £1,200 has collected. It is said that the discussion upon disestablish- ment between MrW. E. Helm, of the Church De- fence Society, and Mr J. Fisher, of the Liberation Society,which is to be held at Llandudno will extend over three evenirisrs. Mr. John Williams, the old parish sexton of Carnarvon, died on thejlSth inst. It if confident- ly calculated that he buried "between ten and twelve thousand persons." The University of Cambridge has made a grant of books published at the University Press to the library of St. David's College, Lampeter. Mr. Glfidstone has accepted the president of UJP Eighty Club for the ensuing year, in succession o Lord Richard Grosvenor. At a ge: eral meeting of Carmarthenshire- Conser- vatives, held at Carmarthen on the 18th inst, it was decided to the junior sitting me-r.ber. Lord Emlyn, as candidate for the W estern Division of the county. No candidate was named for the East- ern. Division. A sramekeeper, named Hushes, in the enro^f- ment of Mr. Jones-Parry, M.P., Madryii Frd',Car- narvon, was accidentally shot dead last week. A gun not having gone off, the g>mheeper was drawing the charge, when it-exploded, and the shot encere:! hi", face. La-t week, a lad named Richard Jones, 10 of age, son of a farmer, occupying a farm named Br^nbella, Rostyllen, was founi in a stable attached to the house, hanging by his neck to a rope which had been niad6 fast to a beam. About ten minute* previously the lad, who had been engaged in cart ing coals duiing the day, was called in to tea by his father, and had replied that he was coming immediately. Finding that he did not come, his father went out to the stable, and found his S)1 IN the position described. The lad was at once cm down, but life was extinct. Tbe deceased was of a lively disposition, and appeared in his usual spirits up to the time he was last seen a ive. On the 18th inst, at the Town Hall, Aberayron, Mrs. Price Lewis, Miss Lewis, and Major Price Lewis, of Tyglyn Aercn, attended to present- testi- monials from the Humane Society, to six persons who had exhibited bravery in rescuing three sailor*, crew of the "Janet and Alice." which sank near the Cardigan lighthouse, and whose crew made for shore in a boat, which was swamped in the surf at the entrance to the Aberayron harbour. Two of the men were drowned. The recipients of the testimonials were—Captain David Jones. Pla-, f Captain D Davies. Allright, Captain D, Jones. Commerce, Mr E. Loyn, Star of Wales, Rev. J. Walter Rees, B.A. and Mr D. Davies, mariner, Allright. Theie were some rathei lively scenes at the last meeting of the Dolgellev Board of Guardians, arising out of a complaint made by one of t e Guardians, Mr E. P. Jones, that a sum of five pounds, which had been sent by the Countess .e Morella for the benefit of the deserving pocr, had been improperly distributed. Duiing t: e discussion Mr Jones defiantly snapped his tincc s in the face of the Chairman. Mr Edward Griiiita. A vote of confidence in the Chairman was after- wards passed, Mr Jones being the sole dissentie- t. Mr Jones informed another Guardian that lie did not care a button for him." Mr Kirk v said he was sorry that a Guardian representi; his parish should give the Board such truub,. and next time he should do all he could to t t somebody to represent them better. Thereup n Mr Jones otiered TO bet l.im a five pound note the. he could not succeed A special meeting of the Chester Town Cour, was 1>_1, week to take into consideratij.i various Bil's to be introduced into ParnanH, respecting the conservancy of the river Dee. No. 1 was a renewal of the application made ;last Sessi ':1 by the River Dee Commissioners, the Che-t^r Corporation, and traders of the district, to divert the conservancy of the ri/er from the River 1' C-ompanv and vest it in the hands of a public boa-d. No. 2 was promoted by the River Dee Company, with points of difference as to fixing the charge on tbet river Dee estate. No 3 was also calied Wrexham Dee Conservancy bill. from the rro- moters* being said to be in the interest of that town and the new lines leading thereto. No 4 was aid to meet with the approval of the River Dee Committee of the Town Council. There w s a long correspondence on the subject of these Bills the purport mainly being that Lora V enlock, who holds a large mortgage on the property of the River Dee CompaLy, was not in iavour of the Chester Bills.—The Chairman of the River Dee and Parliamentary Committee proposed, on the recommendation of these Committees, that No 1, and No 4 Bills be supported by the Corporation in Parliament, and that Nos 2 and 3 should be opposed by them.—Mr W. Brown seconded the motion, which was eventually carried. «
T NIT JLUTT.TXJS-LX JUAFI^ADTB. XLP IJATH Upder, by the severe training he undergoes from child- hood, sleeping on the bare ground, or resting against a ttone, suffering hunger, and being exposed to great changes in the weather, has very great powers of endurance. In summer he has constantly to follow his herd, which is for the greater part of the day oi. the march, as they are not then obliged to dig to get to tl, a moss. He is also compelled to go through swamps and bogs, or to cross patches of soft deep snow, to swim or pass rivers swollen by melted snow or the flow>fronx glaciers, as I hare frequently done often hungry, and obliged to milk a reindeer for subsistence, when ha comes to the kata he is generally overcome with fatigue, tad, changing his wet clothes, falls into a sleep brought on by sheer exhaustion. Frequently he wanders over a tract of nearly 100 miles, remaining three or four days in a district, then moving six or seven miles farther. In whiter he travels over dreary wastes, during violent storms, suffering from hunger and cold. On the watch, night and d;iy. for bears, wol,e8, and gluttons, perhaps he is suddenly awakened, after sleeping an hour, and summoned for the protection of his stock against memics whicb mav scatter the herd and reduce him to poverty. All this makes the mountain Laplander one of the hardiest of men, and his physical structure shows at once that he is equal to the demands of his life. He it of short stature, compactly but slightly built, with I strong limbs-his light weight allowing him to climb. jump, and run quickly. Consumption, cancer, chills an:1 fever, and affeotions of the fiver and kidneys ,-ire unknown. The water is as pure ,-is in granitic uv.n .s, and the drinking of SCiur iniiu prcwuvt many complaints elsewhere common. But acute diseases are prevalent— often brought on by the perspiration- which come.- when ascending steep mountains being suddenly checked by the piercing winds of the summit. I am surprised, afre; having been subjected to such exposure on the moun- tains of Scandinavia year after year, that I have yet to know what a rheumatic pain is. I have seen Lapps use the fat coming out of cheese, which they keep before the fire, to rub on their sore spots and sprain. They are subject to measles, and sometimes get smaii-pox from the sea-shore people. Hernia is not unfrequent, owing to their driving with the leg- reversed and acting as a drag on their sleighs. Ophthalmia is quite prevalent, on account of the cold winds and the glare of the snow in the spring great care has to be taken with the eyes, as the reflection of the sun is very bright in April, May, and the beginning of June: without liuv or green goggles, one easily becomes snow-blind. The men and Women are active to a great age. Their life in the opeg sir aud constant wandering on foot preserve*, the d.g. ticilv of the muscles: their simple h»L-its, the k r i, invigorating, dry air. and the pure water (which is wi iJ& out lime i all contribute to secure longevity to those v. ha h:1H' been able to pass thf. severe ordeal of ehiltL.. d. Many attain very great age, some more than a hundred year. When I was in their country in-18 73 tl1lre w "e Laplanders living who were born in the years 17j;). Although the Lapps live chidy on animal food, ba: y flour is almost always found in the katl, to be used 'r mugh. unleavened bread. or biood pudding. They oL a mix teeir milk with sorrel-grass (Rutnexj. They re great drinkers of coffee, inveterate smokers, and fin, tak<T-. The vice of drunkenDees once so prevalent, i. 3 now almost entirely disappeared at home but whene., t ] they go to a town, and can procure spirituous lique they generally have a frolic for a day or two. PERSKYEKK in WHATEVER calling you ad, Your prog-re8 may ix sk>w, and your r',ult> seemí, meagre but iha.1 ii no reason for g7cYwin; fainthea- Remember how the little brook persistcaJy wind* » way to the river, and tbe |W« f| oo»m—toeth na'cL t,