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CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. WREXHAM AUXILIARY. On Sunday last, sermons were preached and col- lections made at the parish church and at St. MarkB, in behalf of the above society, and on Monday evening the annual meeting was held in the Town Hall, the vicar (the Rev D. Howell) in the chair. There were also on the platform the Rev M. H. C. Shelton, Rev Griffith Jones, the Rev E. Smart, vicar of Henllan, Denbigh, Rev Mr Honiss, the deputation; his worship the mayor (Dr Eyton Jones), and Dr Williams. There was a very good attendance. After the usual devotional exercises, The Vicar said: It becomes my duty, my Christian friends, on this occasion to read the report of OHr local auxiliary for a reason which you will understand, namely, the decease of our late most estimable treasurer. Before this meeting is Dyer I shall ask you to join with me in appointing « successor. At the present moment it. is my duty to act in his place, and to read to you the following repot--t: The friends of Church Missions will be lad to learn that the income of the Church Missionary Society continues steadily to grow. rhe total income for last year was Y,189,457 17s. id., or, including Special Fund, S195,116 Ss. Id. The increase upon the income -of the preceding year is largely due to the bequeathment of Legacies, but an increase of £ 2,213 is also shown in the total amount remitted, by the associations throughout the country. Our own Parochial Association has, during the past year sustained a very great loss in the decease cf our most, estimable treasurer, the late T. T, Griffith, Eeq. From his YcGUt h interested in the cause of missions, and deeply attached to the prin- ciples of the Church Missionary Society-, it is hardly possible to overestimate the value of his services during the long period in which tie acted as Treasurer to the Wrexham Auxiliary. To the last he manifested the liveliest interest in the operations of this Society; and it becomes an act of duty to his honoured memory, as well as tc the ever increas- ing exigencies of the Missionary cause, that we should, with greater energy, zeal, and liberality than heretofore, sustain and further this must blessed work, with which Almighty God has specially connected His own glory. The Society's operations during the past year have been characterized, ai-road, by doors opened, and entered, for carrying the Gospel message into (regions hitherto unevangelized; end also by the increased activity of the Native Christian Churches. The growth of the Native Church is witnessed by the unparalleled increase in the number of Native clergy (twenty-eight at least having been ordaimed in the course of the year); by the now almost I universal acknowledgment on the part of the converts of the duty of bearing their own Church expenses; by greater knowledge of God's Word, greater delight in united prayer and praise, greater activity in making known the-Gospel to heathen neighbours and countrymen; and, lastly, by the greater devotedness and spiritual power of Native Christian preachere. Prominent features of the year, at home, have been the liberality of friends in offering help for new efforts, and the large accession of candidates for tbe Society's college at Islington. And though the supply of men from among the younger clergy and University graduates, and generally of men ready at once to proceed to the Mission field, has been in quantity painfully inade- quate, there are manifestations at the English Universities in influential quarters of a warm desire to co-operate in the Church's tppointed; task of evangelising all nations. Subjoined is our financial statement for the past year:— £ s. C. Sermons: Parish Church and St. Mark's. 31 420 Meeting 7 3 6 Griffith, Miss 110 Beale, J., Esq. 0 10 0 Cunliffe, Rev. Canon 10 0 Edwards, Miss 10 0 Greenwood, Mrs 0 10 0 Griffith T. T., Esq 2 £ 0 Griffith, Mrs. 1 C 0 Hayes, Miss 0 10 0 Howell, Rev. D 110 Overton, W. Esq 110 Williams, Dr 1 10 Williams, Mrs Owen 2 2 0 Sums under 10s '2 5 9 Howell, Rev. D. Nickson, Miss 110 MISSIONARY BOXES. Barnes, Miss. 0 16 1 Da,Ties.Miss. 0 13 9 .Jones, Master K. 0 10 6 Parsonage, Miss 1 '7 4 Rogers, Miss 13 6 Beast Market Sunday-school 0 11 3 Sums under lCs 1 8 7 JE6124 Total in last Report 2630 10 8 £ 2691 13 0 Such, my brethern, is the report which, as I said before, in the absence of a treasurer it is my duty to present to your notice and after what I have said it will not surprise you that I should just, in opening this meeting, say that we are placed in a position which I think has not been paralleled possibly in the whole history of the Wrezham auxiliary, that we have for the first time been deprived of the services of one whom we not only respected and esteemed but I may say universally honoured and loved, our late treasurer Dr. Griffith. I am sure I shall carry with me your sympathies when I say it is impossible to express too eulo- gistically our obligations to the departed one, who has now gone to his rest and his reward, for his .ever faithful and sustaining presence to meetings such as the present, and also for his liberality and activity in promoting the interest of this great and good cause but whilst it is our duty, my friends, to give expression to our sorrow for having lost one who was a friend and supporter of every good cause, it is also my pleasure to announcetoyou that another and distinguished member of a pro- fession to which «war late member belonged has been kind enough to say he is prepared to take up the work and office vacated by our deceased friend. I am happy to tell you that Dr. Williams has been kind enough to consent to become the treasurer to this auxiliary, subject to the approval of this meet- ing; and though I siy it in his presence, I am sure 1 can in all sincerity say that there is no one in this parish better fitted to discharge the duties of this office to our entire satisfaction than Dr. Wil- liams (applause). We are thus reminded of the course of life, particularly of the Christian life, in which one soldier passes off the scene and another takes up his place, his weapons, and his warfare. This I need hardly say to you is the tone of all our Church services. pwticularly the latter part of that most deeply impressive and solemn prayer we offer at every morning prayer of our Church—that is the prayer for tue Church Militant. There you re- member we are taught not only to thank God for all His servants departed this life in His faith and fear, but we are also taught to beseech Him to give us grace so to follow their good example that we may with them be par- takers of Christ's heavenly kingdom. it is there- fore to me most gratifying to find that while one faithful and devoted member has been taken from us, there are others prepared to take up the work, and I trast to carry it forward, I cannot say with more zeal, but with equal zeal and efficiency. Few things have pleased me more of late than the desire shown by the laity to take part in this and similar good worka, having for their object the temporal and spiritual welfare of those around them. I trust there never will be wanting in this town and parish those who from their education, position, and influence cannot fail to have great weight with their fellow townsmen, those who will lay their shoulder to the wheel of the Redeemer's chariot, and so leave the world better than they foand it; and seek to promote God's glory in connection with that work with which is associated the best and highest welfare of men. Need I say there never was a time when the exigences of the missionary cause were greater than at the present time; never were the openings for missionary enterprise so extensive in every part of the world; never was the influence of this great country so great thrcughout the length and breadth of the world as at the present moment; and never were our responsibili- ties greater than now. Some months ago, some of you may remember a letter from that great African explorer, Mr Stanley, which appeared in one of our daily journals pointing out a field of missionary labour in one of the most promising parts of Africa, and how in a very few weeks more than a sufficient amount of money was freely offered and placed in the hands of this society to engage in that work. And that work is at the present moment being carried out with energy and zeal, in which I cannot fail to recognise the finger of God. I therefore venture to say that whether we look to the east or the west, whether to the country so graphically described by our friend yesterday, South India, or other parts referred to in the society's report, there never was a time when openings for missionary enterprise were so numerous or promising as at the present moment. The question is what shall we do in entering these doors, in undertaking this most blessed work; and it is for you, by your prayers and sympathies and by your contributions, by above all things your continued interest every year, tc say what part of this most holy work shall be undertaken in this parish; and how far a work, which has been hitherto conducted with no small degree of zeal and energy, shall in the future be conducted if possible with still greater self-sacrifice and zeal (applause). The deputation then moved the adoption of the report in a speech of considerable length, in which he gave a graphic sketch of the domestic life of the Hindoos, their natural characteristics and caste pre- judices, and the difficulties which missionaries had to encounter in overcoming Brahminical supersti- tions and Budhist worship, Mahommedanism. and Parseeism, &e. Notwithstanding these discourage- ments, he stated that as the result of missionary enterprise there were no fewer than a hundred thousand converts to Christianity in India at the present time. and these converts could be matched with Christian converts in any other part of the civilised world. The Rev E. Smart seconded the resolution in an eloquent and forcible speech, in which he took a sanguine view of the prospects of missionary enter- Erise in various parts of the world, including Japan, te stated that the society expended £ 198,000 last year for the evangelisation of the heathen, and began the present year free of debt. The Church Missionary Society stood foremost among aU missionary societies of the world in point of means J ana influence. The resolution was put to the meeting and carried unanimonsly. The Mayor then rose, and said that since the year 1848 he had been for a great number of years in the habit of attending these missionary meetings, and he could not call to mind ever attending one with- out seeing on that platform the face of their iate treasurer, not only sitting there, but speaking earnestly, acting usefully, and labouring with all his power for the benefit of the Church Missionary Society and when, in common with them all, he de- plored the loss of that great and good man, he was very thMikful that he could recommend in the proposition he was going to place before them one to succeed him who, he believed, would faithfully do his work towards this branch of the Church Missionary Society. If the town of Wrexham ever wished for an earneat of the able manner in which Dr Williams could discharge his duty, he would I point out to them the manner in which he had acted-during the last twelvemonths as president of the eisteddvod committee (applause). If he could so devotedly labour foe our national institution, he was that for that sociaty which carries on its labours beyond the seas and for all time they could trust him as their fnture treasurer. He had the greatest pleasure in proposing that Dr Williams be appointed treasurer of the Wrexham Auxiliary Branch of the ChurehMissionary Society (applause). The Rev Mr Shelton seconded the resolution, and trusted Dr Williams would find the office something ■more than a sinecure. The resolution was then put to the meeting, and carried unanimously. I Dr Williams, in reply, said he could not allow such a resolution to pass without offering at all events his gratitude for the confidence they had been good enough to repose in him. He felt thit he was following one who had discharged hie duties so long, so well, and so faithfully that he could not have a better example than he who had passed away from among them deplored, beloved, and regretted (applause). But although he had gone his memory lived among them and while he feared I the Mayor had spoken of him in too fiattering terms—("No, no")—he only wished he was able, and hoped he should be in some measure, to follow in his footsteps. He should be only too glad for the words of Mr Shelton to be fulfilled, that his work should not be a sinecure, but that they should add year by year to his labours in what he would regard as a labour of love. He should be glad to be helped, as he was sure he always should be, by their excellent vicar to further the cause of the Church Missionary Society, in which he always felt the greatest interest (applause). Again heithanked them for the confidence reposed in him, and hoped he should prove it had not been misplaced (applause. The Visar then. proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Overton and his partner Mr Thos. Williamc, for the use of the hall, which was seconded by the Rev G. I Jones, and briefly acknowledged by Mr Overton. A vote "of thanks to the vicar, and the singing of Bishop Heber's well-known missionary hymn concluded "the proceedings. The foUowing is the result of the collections:— Parish Church, Sunday morning, ..£1:0 8s 5d; evening. 14s 6d. St. Mark's, Sunday morning, £7 13s 6d:-evening, £4 12s Id. Collected in meet- ing, .£5 8s total, £29 Ss 6d. It may interest same of our readers to know, further, that the Bishop of Colombo hat; seen it necessary to suspend the licenses of twelve clergy- men in his diocese paid by this society. The local newspapers speak of it as an act which was-sure to be required sooner or later, but all accounts are more er less ex-parte. We believe, however, that similar diSiculties have occurred in the diocese of Madras and in that of Calcutta, during the episcopate of the ever venerated Bishop Wilson.
COUNTY MAGISTRATES eoeRT. MONDAY.—Before Lieut.-Colonel White and Capt. Earker. THE FOWL STEALING CASE OF HAFODYBWCH. Thomas Griffiths and William Tunnah, Rhos, collier lads, were brought up on remand charged with stealing six fowls and a drake, the property of Mr Pritckard, Hafodybwch Farm, on the 15th ult. The case was adjourned from the previous Monday, in order that a youth named Dodd, whom the prisoners asserted had instigated them to commit this robbery, might be apprehended and brought before the couit. It appeared, however, that he was still at large, the puiice having been quite unable to ascertain his whereabouts. The prisoners, who had pleaded guilty, were each sentenced to 21 days' imprisonment with hard labour. NOT PROVEN. Thomas Rowland, of Pcoimouth, summoned by Charlotte Edwards for having assaulted her on the i night of the 6th ult., on the road near the pinfold at Poolmouth, appeared to an adjourned summons to further answer the charge preferred against him. Complainant had taken out a summons for a common assault, but at the last court made state- ments tending to show that the assault was one of a much more serious character, and in consequence of her representations the magistrates decided on having a full investigal ion at a special sitting of the court on Monday last. A good deal of evidence was taken, but it was not sufficient to establish the guilt of the defendant, and the summons was accordingly dismissed.
jWREXHAM COUNTY COURT.
j WREXHAM COUNTY COURT. I MONDAY.—Before Horatio Lloyd, Esq., Judge. "A LAWLESS AND DISGRACEFUL COURT." Mr Adams, solicitor, called his Honour's attention to the disgraceful arrangements connected with this court, and said he had great difficulty in mak- ing his way through the crowd to the attorneys' tal Ie. His Honour said it was nothing new to him. He had to fight his way through that morning. He was never in such a lawless and disgraceful court as this. He would write once more, and only once, to the Treasury. He would rather go to every court in the circuit than come here. He was really sur- prised that the authorities of the town could per- mit such a disgraceful state of things. It was per- fectly scandalous. They saw the repeated com- plaints he made, and he would ask any one attend- ing that court whether those complaints were un- reasonable. He could not hear a word that was said simply from two courts being held in one room, and the noise in the streets all round. Mr Sherratt suggested the Corn Exchange as a suitable place for the sittings of the court. His Honour said he would rather hire a court for himself than have to endure the present state of things. All he wanted was two quiet rooms, if he could get them; but the town authorities would do nothing. At Rhyl they gave him the use of the Assembly Room and four other rooms at the nominal charge of half a guinea a sitting. Mr Sherratt said the same accommodation could be afforded at the Corn Exchange. His Honour: Is that place at liberty now ? Mr Sherratt: I believe it is quite at liberty. His Honour: It is a matter of physical im- possibility to go on here. If that place were ready I would go there this afternoon. Mr Thomas Jones, auctioneer, here made some remark. His Honour: We will see what can be done be- tween this and next court. It is no fault of the proprietors of this place, for I happen to know they are anxious to make all the provision they can, and there has been some improvement in the ventilation. It arises, as I said before, from two courts going on in the same building, and from the noise in the thoroughfares. Some other place ought to be found. The matter then dropped. G. J. AMAND v. UHLAND AND DAVIES. A claim of .£9 18s 8d, fur lime supplied to the de- fendants at Penvcoed Colliery. Mr Lee (of the firm of Messrs. Chapman and Lee), Gresham-street, London, appeared for the plaintiff. Defendants took exception to an item of .£2 in the account sent in, and also to a charge for demurrage.—The case was eventually adjourned to the next court for evidence to prove the delivery of a portion of the lime. THE TRIMLEY HALL BANKRUPTCY,—APPLICATION TO COMMIT ONE OF THE TRUSTEES. j Mr T. A. Roberts, of the Equity Bar (instructed by Mr Evan Morris), said he had to appear in a not very pleasant matter. It was to apply for an order of commitment against a gentleman who was one of the trustees in the bankruptcy of the Trimley Hall Company. The bankruptcy had been going on a considerable time, and great difficulty had arisen with these trustees. The estate, as he understood, was not very large, between .£2,000 and £ 3,000; but the expenses had been so large as to have nearly exhausted the whole estate, and instead of there being a g"od dividend, the expenses had swallowed up £ 2,000, leaving only .£200 or £300 to be divided among the creditors. Therefore, it was necessary that every halfpenny that remained should be applied in a proper way. Instead of doing this, the trustees had thought proper to retain the money, and had allowed Mr Richards to keep a considerable proportion in his own hands. The accounts had been audited, and instead of the money being paid into the bank, only a portion had been properly applied. In the last account that was taken it was found that Mr Richards had a balance in his hands of .£80 or £90. The matter came on upon the 17th of May, when an order was made against this gentleman that he should pay over the balance in his hands forthwith. The order was personally served upon him; but instead of his attending to it, he thought proper to disregard it, and instead of now attending before his Honour for the purpose of explaining why he had not done so, he had made an affidavit in which he said that some Bums he was entitled to retain, and was willing to pay .£60 into court, leaving a balance of ,£14 er £15, which he said he was not obliged to pay. Now it was quite plain, if the order was made specially in the presence of Mr Richards, it was absolutely necessary that that order should be carried out; but instead of that he sent a letter, which made the matter worse than before because instead of attending before the court, he thought proper to write to the registrar of the court a letter, in which he pleaded some pressure of engagements in London, and threw contempt not only on his Honour but on the whole of bis jurisdiction. His Honour said he might say that he had re ceived a letter from the trustee on Saturday, enclosing a copy of his affidavit, and stating that he meant no disrespect to the court, but was obliged to be in Londcn that day, and mentioning that he had I paid all the money he had in his hands, excepting some actual current disbursements, into court. Mr Roberts said the trustee was obliged to pay this money into court; and if he were entitled to have certain sums allowed to him, of course they would be allowed. In his letter, he stated that he had paid into court £65. retaining only .£13 for such expenses as might be incurred by the trustees in meeting this matter. He thought it must be admitted that the spirit of the order had been com- plied with, and the reason why it was not complied with sooner would be found in his affidavit, a copy of whioh he had sent to the ju Mr Roberts thought the court would agree with him that it was not for a person against whom an order was made to ex- press an opinion as tethe spirit of it being complied with, and that the letter was a most improper one to write, and was further contempt of the order of the court. Mr Roberts, continuing, thcught that when his Honour looked at the case he must exercise the jurisdiction which in cases of bankruptcy it wae quite clear he possessed; for the Act expressely sa.id, by the 65th section, if he remembered rightly, that a court of bankruptcy should be a superior court, and have all the powers which the Court of Chancery had The Court of Chancery had full power to commit in anything that was done contrary to its orders, excepting in cases that came within the Debtors Act. Then there was another clause, the 66th, which provided that every judge of a local court of bankruptcy should, for the purposes of the Act, in addition to his ordinary powers as a county court judge, have all the powers and jurisdiction of a judge of the Court of Chancery, and the orders of his court should be enforced accordingly. So that his Honour had power to committ any person who was guilty of contempt by disobediance of an order of the court. What was the Debtors' Act? It stated that in all cases of money payments no com- initial should be made where the matter in dispute had reference merely to a debt; but an express ex- eruption was made in cases where persons had re- ceived money as trustees, and it was held that in all cases where money had come under the control of a trustee a committal could go. The application now was that the trustee (Mr Richards) should be com- mitted for not having complied with this order. He admitted by his affidavit and by his letter that he had received notice of the order, yet thought proper to show his contempt by not appearing there that day to do what the order required him to do. His Honour had a discretionary power in making the order, but when made it must be obeyed. His Honour said it was quite obvious, on the trustees own affidavit, that he had no ground what- ever for detaining the balance he alleged he had in his hands. The order, as shown in his affidavit, was that he should pay the balance in his hands. At that time he had incurred certain liabilities and made certain payments which would go to diminsh the balance in his hands; but he admitted that in addition to the sum now paid into court he had de- tained £ 13—that he had no excuse for. He there- fore thought he had no discretion, and that the order must go; but in what terms was another matter. Of course one did no want to do anything harsh, and he should be disposed to suspend the operation of the order to give him an opportunity of complying with its requirements. Mr Roberts: We have no objection to that at all. It was found that the balance in the hands of of the trustee on the 17th ot May last was £S9 Ss lud. The sum of £63 had been pa"id into court, and credit was given for a further sum of .£5 Is 8d. leaving £1 7s 2d still due, and which ought to have Leen paid over under the order of the court. His Honour made anorderot commitment against Mr Richards, but suspended its execution for ten days to give him an opportunity to hand over the balance now in his hands. THOMAS ROBERTS v. JONATHAN HUGHES.—AN UNPROFITABLE PARTNERSHIP. This was a case in which two men agreed to act as partners in a contract to build a house at Bwlchgwyn, for the sum of £80 odd. The job proved unremunerative. and having discharged all liabilities they sustained a loss by the transaction, the half of which, .£2 5s Id. the plaintiff now sought to recover from his fellow partner. Defendant repudiated his liability, but his Honour found for the amount claimed with costs. Mr J. Jones appeared for the plaintiff. ACTION AGAINST A COLLIERY COMPANY FOR NON-PAYMENT OF WAGES. Mr Adams appeared in the following cases, in which claims were made by men emploved by the Penvcoed Colliery Company for arrears of wages :—Hunt v. Marland and D'lVies-.£22 2s 8d Peter Cunnah v. Same-£13; David Williams v. ame-.£13; and Thomas Hooson v. Same-£410i3.- Forthwith orders were obtained in each case with proportionate costs. G. ESTICK v. BURR.—A COLLIERY COMPANY IN LIQUIDATION. The plaintiff in this case, a carpenter, sued the defendant, trading as the Millwood Colliery Com- pany, for wages. Mr J. Jones appeared for the plaintiff and Mr Lee (of the firm of Messrs. Chap- man and Lee), Gresham-street, London, for the de- fendant. Plaintiff said he had been working for the Mr Burr fourteen days and a half at 6s a-day. The wages were paid by Peter Watkin. Cross-examined: He was engaged by the Mill- wood Colliery Company. Was not aware that it was a limited liability company. Captain Pinson en- gaged him. Did not know he was one of the directors. Mr Burr was a shareholder, and said he was very sorry for him, and would lend him a pound on account. Peter Watkin. collier, sa.id there was a board up at the works, on which were the words Millwood Colliery Company." There was nothing about limited. It only said trespassers would be perse- cuted" (laughter). Took Mr Burr for his master, and told him so. Mr Burr told him that Captain Briar had nothing to do with it when he came down. The colliery had been standing now six weeks, and two officers were in possession. Told Mr Burr be considered him his master, and went by his destructions" (laughter). His Honour said there was no evidence of liability. Defendant did not engage this man. He was engaged antecedently to his coming. Mr Adam& informed his Honour that he happened to know, as under sheriff, that the company was in liquidation, and that a reseiver had been appointed. Mr Lee put in a certificate, showing that the company had been registered as a limited liability company and stated that Mr Eurr having already advanced .£4,000 to the company, felt that if he did not resist this claim he might have to meet all the claims made upon the company. Mr Jones then obtained leave to amend the summons by striking out the name of Mr Burr and substituting Millwood Colliery Company (Limited)" and the cause was then adjourned to the next sitting of the court. EVAN E. JONES V. BURR. The plaintiff sued the defendant for -62 4s for work done in connection with the furnishing of his house but it appearing that he had charged for a week during which he was not employed at the house, defendant being in London, his Honour non- suited the plaintiff, ARBITRATION CASE.—RICHARD ELLIS v. JAMES TAYLOR. This cause which came before the last court and was referred to arbitration, was an action to recover £8 9s 3d for overcharges alleged to have been made by the defendant, an auctioneer and appraiser, in connection with the sale and transfer of a public- house business. From the defendant's case, it appeared that he lent Ellis, who was about t) take the Horns Inn, Bridge-street, .£35 to enable him to settle sale account with Mrs Jones, the former tenant, who had left that house in order to take possession of the Carnarvon Castle Inn. Subse- quently, through the defendant, Ellis, finding the business did not pay, re-let the Horns for .£90, including a portion only of the fixtures, the other portion being sold by auction in the ordinary way with other articles in a two days' sale that took place there on the 4th and 5th of April Several executions were issned, which the defendant paid off or became responsible for; and eventually out of a sum of nearly .£300, the proc-eds of the two days' sale, there remained after paying executions and other liabilities only the sum of £3 7s od due to the plaintiff, which was handed to him immediately after the sale. The dispute having been referred to Mr Snape for arbitration, he had made an award in favour of the plaintiff for .£4 lis. No other cases of importance came before the court.
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--WBEXHAM TOWS C^LNCiL.
WBEXHAM TOWS C^LNCiL. The quarterly meeting of the Town Council was held in the Council Chamber, on Tlk,.d",y afternoon, under the presidency of the Mayor (Dr Eyton-Jones). There were also present Alder JIen J. Beirne. J. C. Owen, and T. Jones; Councillors 1 Lioyu (ex- Mayor), W. Rowland, T. Roberts, J. M. Jones. and 1. Shone, Mr John James (Town C;erkl, Mr Smith (Borough Surveyor,, and Mr Higgins (Inspector o K uisances. ) THE NEW RATE. On the motion of the ex-Mayor, se^'nded by Alderman Beirne, it was resolved to levy a general district rate of two shillings in the pound for nouses, &c., and sixpence in the pound fur land. &c., which had been prepared under the orders of the board. Some conversation aiose on a suy^estion that the money should be borrowed to efL ct improvements and thus relieve the rates, but the Town Clerk stated that the Council could not do so without making the usual application and holding a local inquiry. GRATUITY TO THE INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES. The ex-Mayor had given notice that he would more that the Inspector of Nuisances have an allowance of a sum of money, to be decided upon by the Council, as an acknowledgement of his services in preparing a census of the population for the use of the Commissioner in airarging the four wards. Mr Lloyd said the gratuity had been spoken of at the last meeting of the General Parposes Com- mittee. It was admitted by all that Mr Higgins had done the woik exceedingly well, and that the Council found in him a diligent and trustworthy officer. Some members had thought that the sum should be .£2 2s Od, and others 10s Od. He was of opinion that.£5 5s Od would meet the case, and should propcse that amount. Alderman Beirne seconded the motion Mr Shone moved that the remuneration be held over until some further particulars were obtained and the census made more complete- He (Mr Shone) was anxious to have all the columns in the book filled up showing where niaisances existed, where there was defective ventilation, and other general defections. When that was done he should be prepared to vote a handsome sum. Mr Higgins said he should have to go round to every house in the borough again if be had to comply with the suggestions of Councillor Shone; though he did not mind that, only the Corporation must not limit him too much to any particular time. Before putting the rateable value he was wailing for the rate-book to be completed. Alderman T. Jones, in supporting the resolution of the ex-Mayor, said it was a good sign when the people began complaing of being interfered with by the Inspector of Nuisances, for it showed that the latter was doing his duty (hear, hear). People said now, Befere old Higgins was appointed there was no interference; but now there is no end to it!" He hoped Mr Higgins would continue to interfere in the same way (bear, hear). No one seconding the amendment, the resolution was put and carried, Mr Shone being the on y one voting against it. DIVISION OF THE TOWN INTO WARDS, The Town Clerk stated that he was in communi- cation with the Lord Chief Baron with regard to the inquiry for the purpose of dividirg the town into wards, and he (the Town Clerk) had reason to believe that an appointment would be made that day for a Commissioner to come down to Wrexham to hold such inquiry. There was reason to believe that the divisions would be made in time for the t election in November. | THE SEWERING OF SALISBURY PARK, Mr Shone proposed and the ex-Mayor seconded that application be made to the directors of the Provincial Insurance Company for a loan of a suffi- cient sum to defray the expenses of the sewaire of Salisbury Park, and the attendant disbursements in connection therewith to be repaid in 30 years at 41 per cent. The motion was agreed to. TENDERS FOR. WALLING. The following tenders, which had been sent in for the construction of a boundary wail opposite St. Mary's Rectory, Regent street, were read :—Mr R, Jones, Roxburgh-place, 10s Mr J. Davies, £5; Mr T. Hughes Chester-street, £53 19s. On the møtion of .11' Shone, seconded by the ex-Mavor, the tender of Mr Hughes was accepted. A HOUSE WITHOUT A WATER SUPPLY. The Town Clerk stated that a notice had been served on the owner of the toll-house, on the xiolt road, requesting him to provide for it a sufficient supply of water, and this had not been complied with. Mr Shone proposed, and Mr J. M.Jones seconded, that the work be executed by the Council at the expense of the owner.—Carried." STREET IMPROVEMENTS. Mr Smith (borough surveyor; reported that the apportionment of tne expenses of leveling, channelling, metalling, and making good Egerton- street. was ot:74- 15s 7d, and Riiosddu-ioad, 9s 9d. This apportionment was adopted, and it was agreed that the several owners respectively liable to the expenses of such works, be served with notices of it. The Town Clerk said he had received letters from about one-third of the owners of pro- perty in the Hirder field, offering to defray tneir proportion of the expenses to be incurred* the making of a road. 1 he question was referred to the General Purposes Committee. The Town. Clerk also mentioned that lie ha.d received several letters from the owners of houses in Hightown, who objected to paying their pro- portion of the extra expenses incurred in the altering of the levels. Referred to the General Pur- poses Committee. THE LATJI: MR T. T. GRIFFITH. The Mayor said he had a motion to propose which he should like recorded in their minutes. It was to the following effect :—" Tnat this Council begs to record its deep sense of the 'oss that the town and Corporation of Wrexham have sustained in the death of Thomas Taylor Griffith, Esq., surgeon, of Wrexham, who, when the town wa.s first incorporated, gave to the Corporation The Griffith Fund,' and whose high moral character, integrity, eminent professional abilities and earnest philanthropic life endeared hire to all classes of the community." Alderman Owen having seconded the resolution, it was agreed to nem. co,i, and a copy w ordered to be forwarded to the bereaved family. A GATE-HOUSE IN THE WAY. The Town Clerk said he had been in communics- tion with Mr Cullimore (of the firm of Messrs Helps. Birch, and Culliinere, solicitors, Chester) with respect to the gate-house on the Wrexham and Mold Turnpike. Mr Cullimore stated that the trustees must first offer the land to the adjoin- ing owner. As the Corporation were desirous of having the porch removed, he thought that could be done, but the site of the house could not be bad. The correspondence was thought to be satisfactory but no discussion took place thereon. FLUSHING THE SEWERS. Mr Rowland said it was highly necessary that the sewers should be flushed, and he would move that they be so frequently. The health of the town was likely to suffer much from them unless this were done. Mr J. M. Jones seconded the proposition, and it was agreed to. THE CEMETERY. The Borough Surveyor having reported that certain furniture was required for the rooms cf the new cemetery, it was agreed that the same be pur- chased. The ex-Mayor said the rooms of the house were exceedingly damp, and the inmates were suffering from colds through the same. He moved that pots be placed on the chimneys to prevent smoke descending into the rooms as it did now.—Agreed to. DEFAULTERS BEWARE Mr Roberts proposed thett a list be prepared, by the Corporate collector, of all miscellaneous outlying debts due to the Town Council, and placed on the table for inspection. Mr Shone seconded, remarking that at Cardiff such a list was placed on the table constantly, and was productive of good results. The motion was agreed to. This was all the business, the meeting not lasting over an hour.
COST OF MAINTENANCE OF LUNATICS.—The average weekly cost per head of maintenance, ineflicine, cluthlcg, and care of patients in county asylums in England and Wales averaged 0s !)td, and in borr>u £ rh asrlums lis and in both taken together 10s 0.Vd. Tnese averages show a reduction of nearly 2d per head upon those of the preceding year, the decrease being principally in the items of provisions and necessaries in the countv asylums, and of provisions, clothing, and necessaries in boroughs. The following are the particnlars of the Denbigh Asylum:—On the 1st of January, 1876", there were 394 patients under treatment, against 394 in the preceding year. Of those in the former year 3(10 were p upers, and 28 were private patients. During the year ended December, 1875. there were 122 admissions. Of tnese 22 were re-admissions. The discharges numbered 68, the recoveries 42. and the deaths 54. The average weekly cost per head 11 S i, against 9s 2d in the preceding year. The former sum included 4s 1 U for provisions, including malt liquor in ordinary diet, lid for clothing, Is "td for salaries, 10d for fuel and light, Id for surgery, Id for wine, spirits, and porter, 5td for furniture, &c., for garden and farm, and 6td for miscellaneous, less 3d monies received for product.
FATAL ACCIDENT AT SONTLEY…
FATAL ACCIDENT AT SONTLEY BRIDGE. •CORONER'S INQUEST. On Saturday morning an adjourned inquest was held by Mr Thelwall, coroner, at the Bowling •Green Inn, Penybryn, on the body of William Jones, a labouring man, in the employ of Mr Wainwright, farmer, who unfortunately met with his death by falling over Sontley bridge on Sunday night. Mr T. R. Heywoed was foreman of the jury. Mr Richard Low, the partner of Dr Davies, stated that by the coroner's request he made a post mortem examination of the body of the deceased on Wednesday. On examining the body externally, he found a large bruise on the inner side of the right leg five inches in length and one in breadth. Upon opening the body, he found the lungs con- jested, but. the other organs were generally healthy. On examining the head, he discovered an extensive comminuted fracture of the bones of the back of the skull with considerable extravasation between the membranes of the brain and the scalp. After removing the brain, he examined the neck and spinal cord, and found that there was a dislocation of the spine. examination -then terminated. The primary cause of death was dislocation of the spine but if that had not been present there was sufficient cause of death in the fractured bones of the skull. Death would not necessarily be instan- taneous. — Jones, son of the deceased, said he worked for Mr Manley, of the Feathers. On Sunday last, he went to his father's house at Sontley, and left there about seven in the evening to return to Wrexham in company with his father, William and Samuel Davies, and Francis Berycut. On coming into town they called at the Fairfield Tavern, and had half a gallon of porter and ginger beer amongst seven, two young men from Gyfelia, named William and James Haycock, having joined the party. His father afterwards left them, and they each had a glass of bitter ale. They stayed at the house till he returned, which was in about three-quarters-of an-hour He asked him if he would have anything, and he said no He did not appear to be the worse tor drink. They only had one glass of ale a piece, and then started off home together between five and ten minutes past nine. Frank Derycut was so drunk that he could scarcely stand. Went with them as far as the finger post, and then returned to Mr Manley's. His father liked a drop of beer. Had no reason to believe that he would commit suicide by jumping over Sontley bridge. When he was drunk, deceased used to call himself the Sontley William Davies, labourer in the employ of Mr Wainwright, gave similar evidence, a.nd said he could form no opinion as to how deceased had fallen over the bridge. After they left the public-house Derycut was very drunk, and fell down and cut his face. Deceased was in liquor, and as they went along the road he became worse. Left deceased trying to get up Derycut, who fell again near the gate leading into Mr Griffiths' meadow. Samuel Davies and he stayed on the road five minutes, and asked deceased if he come along with them, but he made them no reply, and they then Jeft him. Samuel Davies, Francis Derycut, and Thomas Burton having given corroborative evidence, Inspector Wilde said that about six o'clock on Monday morning last from information received, he proceeded to Sontley Bridge, and went over a gate into a field on the town side of the bridge. He saw the body of a man lying on the bank of the stream a little way under the bridge and on crossing over to him and turning his head found that he was dead. His hand was upon his breast, and blood wa- coming fiom his nostrils. He thn un. buttoned his waistcoat, and found that the body was quite warm. He looked round for footmarks, bat could find nothing but the marks of a finger upon a stone. He came to the conclusion, from an examination of the spot, that the decased had fallen from the top of the bridge, and his feet coming in contact with the rails placed across the river was pitched underneath the bridge. There was the mark of a foot on one of the rails. His opinion was that the deceased climbed over the parapet of the bridge through a mistaken impression that he was getting over a fence that was on his way home. The Coroner having addressed the jury, they after a short, deliberation returned an open verdict of "Found dead."
WBEXHAM BKEWSTER SESSIONS.
WBEXHAM BKEWSTER SESSIONS. MONDAY.—Before the Mayor (T. Eyton-Jones, Esq.). A. W. Edwards, Pryce-Jones, T. C. Jones, T. Painter, and E. Williams, Esqrs. THE BLACK LIST." The following graced the c. black list," and the consideration of renewing their licenses was deferred for three weekB:—Seth Roberts, Cross Foxes, Abbott-street; Edward Rowlands, the Sun Inn, Abbott-street; Joseph Davies, King's Head, Hope- street; and William Dyke. Fairfield Tavern. This license was adjourned on the application Ðf Deputy- chief constable Bradsbaw, who stated that in consequence of evidence which was adduced at an inquest held on Saturday, he had good reason for making the application. RENEWAL OF LICENSES. This being licensing day the licenses of the various beersellers and victuallers within the borough were renewed with the above exceptions. THE WYNNSTAY ARMS HOTEL. Mr John Bernard Murless applied for a renewal of his license for the Wynnstay Arms Hetel. Mr John Jones, solicitor, appearing on behalf of the Rev D. Howell, Vicar of Wreiham and Messrs J. M. Jones. Hugh Davies, B. Owens (Penybryn), R. C. Rawlins, W. Thomas, E. Jerman, and R. Cotton, opposed the application. On the applicant's name being called, Mr Jones asked if the license were intended to apply to the whole of the premises of the Wynnstay Arms. including the recently-built portion in Charles- street. Mr Murless: Yes. In reply to the bench, Mr Murless said that if he had known of the opposition to the renewal of his license he should have been professionally j represented. Mr Jones I am to ask if the house" that has been added to the Wynnstay Arms is not the j property of Mr Murless ? Mr Murless No it is Sir Watkm's. A controversy then arose as to the necessity for Mr Jones having given notice to Mr Murless of his intention to oppose the application, and ultimately it was agreed to adjourn the whok matter for three weeks. Mr Murless stated that he conveyed the new building to Sir Watkin. who subsequently leased the whole of the Wynnstay Arms' premi&es to the applicant. APPLICATION RRFUSED. David Jones, bricklayer, residing at Greenfield, applied for a license to sell teble beer. Mr-Jones opposed. In this case it was admitted by the applicant that the house had formerly been licenced, but that the same was forfeited, owing to the tniscon- duct of Jones, who was fined -£5 for selling 'beer to be consumed Hon" the premises, whilst the license only permitted him to sell off;" consequently the application was now refused. THE OLD THFEE TUNS." Mr John Bury appeared in support of, and Mr John Jones to oppose, an application for a pro- visional order to transfer the license of the Old Three Tuns Inn to some new and commodious premises to 'be erected near the present house. Plans were put in showing the contemplated im- I provements. Mr Bury said it was contemplated constructing a large inn at the rear of the present premises, which were in a very dilapidated condi- tion. and to give to the town 150 yards of roadway, which would be an improvement to that part of the town, as the house would front the contemplated new road from Penybryn to the railway station. It was simply a matter of allowing improvements to be made to property in this instance, for if the licensing committee refused the application the old dirty and dilapidated premises would be allowed to remain. Mr Jones aaid the public-house was one which, in the opinion of his clients, ought not to exist. It was a low, disreputable place, frequented by the inhabitants of those wretched places by which it was surrounded. Mr Bury objected to Mr Jones' remarks, inas- much as no notice of opposition had been given. The comntittee consulted together, and granted the application, expressing a hope that not only would it improve the premises but the locality and its inhabitants also. This concluded the business.
-u C'RICKET.—A match will be played o-* tlie race- coarse to-day (Saturday) between Wrexham and 1 D nlii^h clubs. Wickets to be pitched at 1.30 1 prompt. THE LATE CONCERT IN AID OF MRS WHITE'S ( ORPHAN HOME.— We understand that the proceeds 5 of the concert in aid of Mrs White's Orphan Home, 1 after paying all expenses, amounted t) £ 30. 1 BRYMBO WATER CompA.Ny.-The fifteenth ordin- ? ary meeting of the shareholders of this company was held on Friday b.st, at the Wynnstay Arms H,), el, Mr W. II. Darby in the chair. It appeared from the report of the directors that the results of the half-year enabled them to declare a dividend at the rate of 6 per cent. The two retiring directors, Messrs Peter Walker and W. Robertson, M.P., were re elect* d, and Mr Lester was elected candidate in place of Mr G. Plant, resigned. THE ORGAN RECITALS AT THE ART EXHIBITION. —" A Guinea Season t icket-holder writes to us:- 41 1 am getting thoroughly sick of the repetition of certain musical selections on the organ, and am gained to find Handel, Mendelssohn. &c., I im- proved upon by the recitalist. Do plead for new programmes for us who attend pretty regularly, and may we have the UIUPK of the dead composers ac- cording to their intentions, and not to the fancy of modern second rate musicians.^ MADAME PATEY has, this wepk, been one of the principal artistes at the Birmingham niu,ieel festival. A Birmingham paper, describing the performance of "Elijah" on Tuesday, says: Madame JPatey, who divided the contralto music with Madame Trebelli, must be credited with carrying off the chief honours of the day's performance, so far as they could be gauged by popular manifestations, and the noble president only gave expression to the unanimous wish of the audience in redemending her chastely fervid performantw of -1 0, rest in the 'Lord," which for mingled pathos and beauty of voice has never been surpassed. In the great scene between Jt-zebel and the prophet, Madame Patey dis played great spirit, power, and intensity." She has received the unanimous enconiums of the press for her singing during the week. HOPE OF WREXHAJI BENEFIT AND TONTINE SOCT.ETY.-On Saturday evening, the members of this society met in their lodge room, at the Tiger Inn, Beast Market, for the purpose of presenting tbeir late secretary, Mr W. Whittick (who is leaving for London) with a purse of money and an illumin- ated address, as a mark of respect aed acknowledge- ment of the satisfactory manner ;a which he had discharged tha duties of the office during the past two years. Mr J. Eaborne was appointed secretary, ,and it was incidentally stated that the funds of the .society are in a very satisfactory state- Mr and Mrs Rowland provided an excellent supper on the -occasion, and,received the thanks of the:company. TREAT TO WORKMEN.—On Monday last, the workmen in the employ of Mr Plant, Broughton Hall Ironworks, some 130 in number, were treated to the Wrexham Art Treasures Exhibition, and afterwards entertained by theirgenerous employer at the Old King's Head Inn, where a capital spread was placed upon the tables by the landlord, Mr John Hughes, to which they did full justice. Mr R. Chadwick, Eagle Foundry, occupied the chair, and on the removal of the cloth the usual loyal and complimentary toasts were given, the health of Mr Plant being proposed with musical honours and heartily responded to. The proceedings were interspersed with songs and recitations, and the evening was spent in a, very agreeable manner. SUDDEN PE^TH.—Yesterday morning, Mr Tholwt.11 held an inquest at the board-loom oi the uo;khouse on the body of John Snelson, aged (i9, an inmate, waO died very suddenly whilst at dinner on the previous day. Mr Seth Roberts was foreman of the jury, and from the evidence adduced by the Master, Mr Luke Ralph, it appeared that the deceased, who has been in and out of the house during the past. ten years, was last admitted in January, 1874, suffering from paralysis, since which time he was an inmate of the sick-ward up to the day of his death. On Thursday, whilst the Master was attending at the board-room, information was brought him that the deceased was choking. He went to his assistance immediately, but he was dead before he could get to him. Deceased was propped up in his bi d, and eating a dinner of meut and potaioes, when he sudJeiih dropped his knife and fork and fell back a corpse. Deceased was originally a farmeri n the neighbourhood of Grosford; and subsequently kept the Nelson's Arms, in Hi/p,j-street, and also a public-house at Minera. He was an old Wrexhamite .and respectably connected but of late years h,d become ,much reduced in circumstances. The Jury returned a ,verdict of "Died from natural causes." MASONIC DEMONSTRATION.—On Tuesday next there will be a great gathering of freemasons in Wrexham on the occasion of the holding of the annual meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodne of North Wales and Shropshire. The busmess of the lodge having been transacted at the lodge roomlat the Public-Hail, a procession will be formed of the various lodges of the Province, according to their numbers, which will proceed to the Parish Church at four o'clock for Divine service. The brethieu will appear in lull craft Masou:c clothing and .jewels. On the pro- ceBsion entering the church, a voluntary will be played by the Grand Organist, iiio. Boucher, of Shrewsbury. Tha musical portion of the service will be rendered by the choir of St. Gde's Church, Bro. J. F. Edisbury, organist of lodge 183(5. presiding at the oif/nn. The psalms for the occasion are 121. 122,123, and 144. The hymns, from "Hjmns Ancient and Modern," are No. 2i)3. Sing prai e to God who reigns above;" No. 188, 0 lord, how joyful 'tis to see and No. 372, Lord of glory, Who has brought us." The sermon will be preached by the R-v A. L. Taylor, P.G. Chaplain, Head Master of Ruabon Grammar School, and a collection will be made in aid of the Noith Wales and Shropshire Masonic Charitable Association and the Wrexham In- firmary, The general public are respectfully invited to the service. After service, a grand banquet will take place at the Wynuslay Arms Hotel. The Right Worshipful Bio. Sir W. W. Wynn, Birt., M P., P.G.M.. and other distinguished Masons will take part, in the pro- ceedmgs. THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF WALES.—The council of this college have issued a detailed state- ment of the congregational and other collections made in October last in aid of the Temporary Sustentation Fund. The total amount collected was Y,3,138 17s 6d, made up as follows.- .€ s. d. Anglesey 155 J 6 4 Breconshire 41 & 2 Cardiganshire 521 5 It Carmarthenshire 196 lf> 9 Carnarvoushire 387 11 11 Denbighshire 226 14 0 £ Flintshire. 101 17 10t Glamorganshire 447 0 Merionethshire 390 4 0 Monmouthshire 73 14 1 MOutgomery-bi, e 197 1-S 2 Pembrokeshire 65$11 Radnorshire 1 11 0 Birmingham 8 19 S Liverpool 218 11 11 London 44 4 11 Manchester 37 8 6 Other English Towns. 26 IS 7 JE3,13S 17 6 No lees than 4,075 contributed 28 6d or upwards, maiking a sum of XI.526 15s 8d. It is believed that the remaining sum of Jil 612 Is lOd was made up of the contributions of at least 66,000 persons, making, with those whose names have been supplied, an aggregate of more than 70,000 contributors. The council regard this result as a striking testimony to the value which the people of Wales attach to the placing of higher education within the reach of the middle and industrial classes of the community and an emphatic expression of their warm sympathy with che college. Their appeal is Attributable almost wholly to the fact that it was cordially supported by various religious bodies iviopting resolutions in their respective assemblies recommending the collections, which were made in a very large proportion of Nonconformist places of worship, and in some instances in those of the Established Cburch. Where they were made from house to house it is believed that many members of the Established Church availed themselves of the opportunity to co-operate with those of other denominations. The council state that the aid of the temporary sustentation fund is indispensable during the formation of a permanent fund for the maintenance of the college; and the council are most anxious that the result of the second year's appeal may be equally successful with that of the first year. It is proposed that the house-to-house collection should be made in the last week in October next, and the congregational collections on the last Sunday in thnt month. In addition to the amount realised by the ]q.F;t October collections, the council have received X:133 6s 8d from Mr David Da vies, M.P., and XIOO from Mr Samuel Morley, M.P., being the first instalment of their respective contributions in aid of ihisfund. The sum of Xioo, the first instalment of Mr Henry Robertson, M.P.'s contribution, was received locally, and is included in the total of the Merionethshire collection.