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Hocal txttoe. A LECTURE is to be given on Monday evening, in Sion Chapel, by the Rev. James Williams, of Chester, on "The superstitious traditions and history of Brittany." The proceeds will be devoted to a charitable object. A CHRISTY MINSTREL Company is being formed in Wrexham, several well-known gentlemen taking the various parts. The first rehearsal was held a few days ago. THE QUARTER SESSIONS for the county of Den- bigh are announced to be held at the County Hall, Ruthin, on the 4th and 5th proximo. The business having reference to the assessment application or management of the county rate will be transacted on the first day, and the criminal business will be proceeded with on the Friday. THE FORTHCOMING SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION.— The election of members for the new board is expected to take place on the 8th proximo, when, as at present arranged, the polling places, if there is a contest, will be one in number in each of the wards; for the north ward at the Savings Bank; for the east ward at the National School, in the Beast Market; for the south ward, the Working Men's Hall, Mount-street; and for the west ward, o' the Council Chamber, at the Guildhall. The voting will be of course by ballot. WKEXHAK FIRE BRIGADic.-In response to an appeal made by the secretary of the above for pecuniary assistance to enable the brigade to main- tain its present state of efficiency, the following donations have been received, viz :— L s. d. Edmund Peel, Esq 3 0 0 Simon Yorke, Esq 10 0 Capt. Godfrey 10 0 P. Walker, Esq 1 I o Goo. Plant, Esq 10 0 Rev Canon Cunliffe. 0 10 0 T. L. FitzHujth. Ei-Q 2 0 < Further subscriptions are required to defray the cost of repairs and renovations to uniform, &c., which are constantly being incurred; and as the brigade is entirely voluntary, the members devoting time and incurring considerable risk, we hope their services are so appreciated that there will be a liberal response to their appeal. SCHOOL. BOARD MIS 'ETINQ.-ON Tuesday after- noon, an ordinary fortnightly meeting of the members of the Wrexham School Board was held in the Council Chamber, at the Guildhall, Mr Charles Hughes in the chair. There were also present Messrs T. H. Coleman and J. Pryce-Jones. Two persons were ordered to be Summond for not com- plying with the requirements of the Elementary Education Act. A number of cases of irregular attendance, none of which were of a flagrant character, were reported by Mr J. Lindop, the attendance inspector, and they were dealt with in the usual manner. Cheques were signed for the payment of a quarter's salary to the clerk and the attendance inspector. The clerk reported that he had received a precept from the Education De- partment ordering the election of a new school board in Wrexham, and it was stated that the day fixed would be Monday, January 8, 1877. WHA.T IS AN OBSTRUCTION?—A correspondent writes asking What is an obstruction ? adding as his reason for so doing that on Tuesday afternoon for a considerable length of time a sale by auction of jewellery was being conducted on the foot- path, opposite the entrance to the Art Treasures Exhibition, in Hope-street; that a large crowd of persons was asssembled there, causing pedestrians along that, the principal street of the town, to turn into the road, which was well covered with mud and slush, greatly to their annoyance and discom- fort. He adds that the inspector of nuisances and a sergeant of police were watching the proceedings -for some time without ordering the removal of the obstructors," and that the police-officers at the exhibition were viewing the same from their sentry box, apparently enjoying the "fun." If this is not an "obstruction" in every sense of the word, our correspondent hopes that the chief magistrate will define the term at the next council meeting. In concluding, he remarks that he has seen the in- spector of nuisances order a peor woman, whose only means of gaining a livelihood was by selling coal which she retailed from a cart, to move her cart away from the door of a house at which she was selling her coal, adding that unless she went away at once he should summon her before the magistrates for an '• obstruction." That happened to be in a part of the town where the traffic is very limited, and on the occasion alluded to the woman, her donkey and cart, the inspector of nuisances, and the correspondent" were the only occupants of the street. He thinks that under the circum- 1 statoet, eompMiaoM are odious." j MR OSBORNR MORGAN intends to address his constituents in Wrexham, on Thursday, the 28th inst. PEDESTRIAN ISM.—A walking match will take place on Monday next, between Henry Vaughan and Thomas Roberts, both of Wrexham. The distance is to be ten miles, from the Skating Rink in Chester-road to Rossett and back again. The match is for .£5 a-side, and the men will leave the mark at two o'clock punctually. TH* PBITNT READINGS.—On Wednesday evening another of these popular entertainments was held in the Town Hall, when the chair was occupied by Dr Burton. The attendance as usual was very good, and the programme was lengthy and of a miscellaneous character. Seyeral juvenile per- formers enchanted the audience by their pleasing mode of singing, and were well applauded. Mr Robert Anderson, in his comic songs, sustained hia well earned reputation, and the other artists acquited themselves admirably. THE POST Postmaster General has issued a notice calling attention to the advantages offered by the Post Office as a savings bank, and for life insurance and annuities. Printed papers containing the principal rules either of the Post- office Savings Bank or of the Insurance and Annuity Offices can be obtained at any Post-office, and if further information on any point is desired, it can be obtained by application (the postage of which need not be paid), to the Secretary, General Post-office, London. LOCAL COMMISSIONS.—Militia Royal Carnarvon: Captain W. W Cragg to be major. Yeomanry Cavalry :—Cheshire Captain W. C, Brocklehurst resigns his commission, also is permitted to retain his rank, and continue to wear the uniform of the regiment on his retirement Captain G. B. Worthingten, Lieutenant F. H. Cotton, and Sub.- Lieutenant J. Pender, resign their commissions. Volunteers:—3rd Flintshire the appointment of E. H. Barton, gentleman, to be sub-lieutenant, which was notified in the London Oaiette of May 31st, 1875, is cancelled. A COUNTY CRICKET CLUB.—On Thursday after- noon a meeting was held, at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Wrexham, for the purpose of taking the necessary steps for resuscitating the Denbighshire County Cricket Club. The Hon. Geo. T. Kenyon occupied the chair, and was supported by the Rev. G. H. Streatfeild, Messrs H. R. V. Kyrke, T. W. Rowland, U. H. Broughton, and Crawford, the sec- retary of the Wrexham Town Club. It was resolved that Mr T. W. Rowland be appointed hon. secretary, and that a number of circulars be issued to the residents of the county directing attention to the attempt to reorganise this club, and soliciting sub- scriptions, the sum to be fixed for members at AIls per annum. A committee was appointed to assist in carrying out the desired object. Members of the club must of necessity be either natives of the county or have been brought up in it. ESCLUSHAM CHURCH.—On Friday evening, the 22nd inst., Mr W. St. Chad Boscawen, of the British Museum, is announced to deliver a lecture in the Town Hall. the subject being entitled Under the Dust of Ages," and that naturally suggests that the lecturer intends giving his hearers some in- teresting and entertaining particulars of ancient days, and, it may be, Eastern antiquities. The lec- turer is not unknown in the town, through his recent sketch of the late eminent Assyrian scholar, Mr Smith, which ran through" most provincial journals, in addition to several metropolitan prints. For this and other reasons we anticipate a large and appreciative audience will avail themselves of the opportunity of judging of the talents of Mr Boscawen, which are of a no mean order. The pro- ceeds of the lecture are to be devoted towards the fund for the erection of Esclusham Church. On the 26th and two following days several Christmas trees are announced to be exhibited in the Town Hall for the .same laudable purpose, and on the 2nd of January a grand amateur concert, with the same object in view, will be held in the Town Hall. Further particulars may be gleaned from a glance at the advertisement. FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT.—On Monday last, a fatal accident occurred on the Wrexham, Mold, and Connah's Quay Railway, at Castle Brick siding, near Northop. It appeared, from what we have been able to learn, that on the night in question a. man named George Astel (37), of Rhosddu, Wrex. ham, one of the oldest and best respected of the company's servants, was riding up on a wagon which was attached to a mineral train, and when the train reached the siding named the gates a.t the level crossing were closed, and the wagons dashed into them with considerable force, throwing several trucks off the line, and it is supposed that as one of them was falling over the deceased was knocked down, for he was found under it, with his head completely smashed to pieces and his body much cut and bruised. Of course death was in- stantaneous. Several persons soon arrived at the scene of the fatality and conveyed the body to the Lion Inn, New Brighton, Pxntre Moch, where it was speedily placed in a coffin. The gatesman, whose duty it was to have been at the scene of the accident, to have opened the gates, and to have prevented so lamentable an occurrence, it is said, inquired at the station about six o'clock whether there would be any train along that night, and a reply in the negative was given, but he was afterwards informed that there would be one in about a quarter of an hour. An inquest was opened on the body on Wednesday morning, at the Black Lion Inn, Buckley, before Mr Parry, coroner for Flintshire, and after some formal evidence had been taken, the jury viewed the body, and the in- quiry was adjourned. The coffin containing tbe re- mains of the deceased was brcught to Wrexham by the last train. The deceased leaves a widow and four children, the youngest of which is only three months' old, totally unprovided for. DENBIGHSHIRE AND FLINTSHIRE CERTIFICATED TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION.—The quarterly meeting of this association was held in the Girl's British School, on Saturday last, under the presidency of Mr J. Clarke, Board Schools, Llangollen. The teachers present included Messrs J. Clarke, Board School, Llangollen, president; G. J. Jones, Board School. Penygelli, secretary i W. Baker, National School, Rhos, vice-president; E. B. Astley, Board: School, Pentre, Broughton A. Fyfe, British School, Wrexham; G. Whitehouse, National School, Brymbo; E. Williams, Board School, Brynteg, Broughton; J. Archer, Board School, Cefn; Mrs Archer, &c., 4c.—Mr Clarke, the president, said the business was the consideration of the draft rules of the National Provident Society for Teachers, and the Orphanage, suggested by the Executive and National Union.—Mr Barker, vice-president, dwelt ] upon the importance of a court of arbitration for ] teachers.—Mr Fyfe, in the course of his remarks ] upon the grievances of the profession stated that for himself individually he had no grievances, that he had been allowed the utmost latitude in organis- < ing and disciplining his school, a course which had contributed greatly to the success of the schools, and which all school-managers would profit, ma- terially by its adoption. It was the duty of all teachers to train up the children to a love of truth i and honesty, and inculcate habits of order, punc- tuality, and obedience, and that school-managers < should give teachers credit for being truthful and 1 honest, without subjecting them to much espionage, i and should also give their moral support to teachers < both in and out of school.—Mr Astley introduced 1 the National Provident Society, a draft of rules < which had been submitted by the Executive for I consideration, intimating that they compared most favourably with the benefits offered by their ] mutual societies, and recommended themselves to all prudent and thoughtful teachers.—Mr Clarke 1 alluded to the advantages to be derived from the 1 National Provident Society.—Mr Fyfe stated that the society was founded upon the mutual basis and affiliated with the National Union, the adoption of which would bring teachers more harmonious- He moved the following resolution which was seconded by Mr Astley, and carried unanimouslyThat this meeting highly approves of the establishment of a Teachers' Provident Society as calculated to unite teachers of all classes more firmly together, as well as afford them timely aid and assistance when age, sickness, or other bodily infirmity over- take them in the prosecution of their arduous and responsible duty."—Mr Jones, the secretary, intro- duced the Orphanage," a proposal of the Executive -j for the establishment, of an orphanage, reminding J the meeting that there were at present 2.000 orphans of teachers, most of whom were unprovided for, and that in its establishing teachers were only following the example of their professions in the a matter.—An animated discussion ensued, the T majority being of opinion that it was altogether i premature, and that only one half of the teachers i were at present connected with the union, so it I could hardly be carried .out.—Mr Astley subse- i quently moved "that in the opinion of this meeting t the Orphanage is not at present desirable."—The t secretary called the attention of the meeting to the c forthcoming annual conference in London, at c Christmas, a special conference called to consider s the Provident Society and Orphanage.—The a meeting expressed a doubt as to the probability of j this association being represented at the conference. —The secretary also gave notice of a meeting of s managers and teachers to be held in Wrexham, to 1 consider the" Uniformity of school fees," i t; Capucious removals," Admission and withdrawal t of scholars," &c., &c., urging upon all the im- ? portance of being present and endeavouring to 1 issist.—A vote of thanks to the chairman and to c the managers for the use of the room terminated i the proceedings.—The next meeting will be the t uinual one, and will be held in February next. E WREXHAM SOCIETY OF NATURAL SCIENCE.—AT the Third General Evening Meeting, to be held on Tuesday next, Mr D. C. Davies, F.G.S., of Oswestry, will read a paper entitled. An outline sketch of the Geology of North Wales and the Borders." 1ST D.R.V.—This corps marched out on Tuesday evening last, the officers present being Sub-Lieu- tenants J. S. Crawford and T. B. Williams. The members were supplied with refreshments at the Gate Inn, Rhosnessney, at the expense of the officers. APPOINTMENT.—H. R. Hughes, Esq., of Kinrnel, Lord Lieutenant of Flintshire, ha3 appointed Mr Evan Morris, solicitor, Wrexham, Clerk of Sub- division Meetings of Lieutenancy, for the Hundred of Maelor. A WELSH SERVICE is now held every Sunday evening, at 6-30 p.m., at the Town Hall, in addition to the afternoon service .at the Parish Church, at 3 p.m. The services were commenced on Sunday, When a powerful sermon was deliveredby the Rev G. Jones, curate. The harmonium was presided at by Mr Joseph Matthews. NEW MUSIC.—Encouraged by the success which has been meted out to the Princess Waltz," Mrs J. T. Pilkington, of Chevet Hey, Wrexham, has given the musical world another dance piece in the shape of a galop. The title Irresistible" is exceedingly appropriate, and judging of the en- coniums passed upon it at the Exhibition Fancy Ball, on Wednesday, we anticipate for it a great run. Mrs Pilkington had the honour of having two of her compositions down on the programme of the ball, and we believe that they are exceedingly papular in the Metropolis. The galop is dedicated to Mr Fred Godfrey. WREXHAM BOARD or GUARDIANS. — At the ordinary meeting of the board on Thursday, there were present Capt. (Jriffith-Boscawen, chairman Mr A. W. Edwards, vice-chairman; Lieutenant Colonel White, and Messrs B. Davies, Q. Roberts, J. LI. Thomas, W. Low, E. Rowland, E. B. Samuel, W. Thomas, W. Lester, J. Rogers, J. M. Jones, C. Belmont, J. Daniel, M. Hughes. J. Beale, and Mr J. Oswell Bury, clerk. Mr B. Davies brought under notice the case of an old woman at the Rhos, 73 yearp of age, in receipt of 2s 6d per week out-relief, and she had applied for it to be continued with an advance. From enquiries he had ascertained that one of her sons had been summoned before the county bench, and an order made upon him to con- tribute 3s a week towards her support. He ex- pressed surprise at this, as the clerk was instructed to write to the three brothers, and that only one should be summoned, while the other two in probably equally good cercumstances were let off scot free, seemed rather hard. The Clerk replied that the board had instructed him to write to the three sons of this old woman, which he had accord- ingly done; but two of the letters came back from the Dead Letter Office. The Relieving-officer re- ported to him that the brother who was summoned was a man of property, owning seven or eight houses at the Rhos. Considering that he ought to contri- bute under those circumstances, he brought the case before the magistrates, where the defendant, by his own showing, wa.s ascertained to be in receipt of £40 a year rental, but he had a mortgage of ..i400 upon the property. Mr Gomer Roberts thought the case should be re-considered j but the Chairman said the magistrates had made their order, and the Board of Guardians was not a court of appeal against the decisions of the magistrates. Mr Gomer Roberts said it appeared as if the re- lieving officer had given wrong information. Three of the cottages were made into a shop, yielding £13 a year rent; three cottages were let at Is 6d a week, making 14s, together 14; he had a mortgage of J400, on which he had to pay £20 a year and one house he lived in himself, leaving a balance of Al14s. Mr Daniel remarked that it ap- peared the only remedy the defendant had was to re-appear before the bench with evidence to show that he was not in the position he was supposed to be, and endeavour to get the justices to reconsider the matter. After some further remarks, the matter dropped.—The Chairman afterwards in- timated to Mr B. Davies that he was unable to put his motion for the dismissal of the chaplain, and read Article 187 to convince him that it was clearly illegal, and Mr Davies then withdrew his motion.— The case of Louis Leadbeater was next before the board, a medical certificate from Dr. Davies stating that he was subject to epileptic fits, and not fit to be at large. Since this unfortunate youth had been admitted he had become so violent that he was confined in the padded room. Mr J. M. Jones believed his insanity was brought on by drunken- ness but this was denied, the father having stated before the magistrates that it was due to nothing but chewing tobacco. The Chairman did not think it was properly a case for the workhouse, the father being in a good position as a watchmaker and silversmith and it was understood that if it should be necessary to send the patient to the Denbigh asylum, Mr Leadbeater should be called upon to contribute to the maintenance of his son whilst an inmate of that institution.—On the nomination of Dr Davies, Mr R. Low, his partner, was appointed to act in his absence as medical officer for the workhouse and Wrexham district.—Mr Daniel withdrew his motion for a reduction of the chap- lain's salary to J130 per annum; but thought one service on the Sunday for the 290 paupers to whom he ministered was not sufficient.—The Chairman said the duties of the chaplain were prescribed in the Consolidated Orders, his duties being to read prayers and preach a sermon to the paupers and other inmates every Sunday, and also on Good Friday and Christmas Day, unless the guard* ians should otherwise direct; to examine the children, and catechise such as belong to the Church of England at least once a month, and to make a record of the same and of the general con- dition and progress of the children and to visit sick paupers, and to administer religious consola- tion in the workhouse at such periods as the guardians may appoint, and when required by the master and matron for that purpose. Mr Daniel said that when they considered that the salvation of 290 paupers depended in a great measure upon the services rendered by the chaplain he thought they were entitled to additional services. He did not see there would be any difficulty in establishing a Sunday School in the workhouse for the adult inmates, and promised to bring the matter forward again at a future meeting. Mr Lester: The salvation of the paupers dependant on the chaplain Surely you don't mean that ? Mr Daniel: I have not come here to discuss questions of theology with my friend, Mr Lester. Mr Daniel then moved that a Sunday School be established in the workhouse, and that the paupers be collected together once every Sunday for that purpose.—The Chairman said they could not com- pel the chaplain to do that.—Mr B. Davies found that the chaplain had visited the house no fewer than four times in one week, and that with what he did on Sunday was quite as much as could be expected of him for J640 a-year.—The Chairman suggested that the matter be deferred until the Master was well enough to attend the board, and this was agreed to.—Mr Edwards corrected a mis- representation of some remarks of his at the last meeting of the board. He had made no reflection on the Ruabon guardians, who were some of the best working members of the board. What he said in effect was, that protracted debates at that board caused many of their most useful members to leave before the business was over, leaving the relief cases to be disposed of by those who remained behind.—The weekly statement showed that 282 were in the house as against 247 for the corres- ponding week last year and 277 last week vagrants relieved, 47; imbeciles, 36 workhouse schools— boys 27, girls 40; receiving industrial training, boys 10, girls 14. ——————^»