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FORTHCOMING MARRIAGE.—A marriage is arranged, and will shortly take plaGe between Mr Wyndham Edward Hanmer, brother of Lord Hanmer, and Miss Hdy Hu'chin^on, daughter of the late Colonel the Hon. 11 Henry Hdy Hutchinson. THE BURGESSES OF OVEHTON.—A correspondent writes ir. a con!e:' i'rnry—•'Can any of your readers inform ir. a con:et.. ¡,¡)rry _.f Can any of your readers inform m" if rh" free burgesses of the borough of Over- tdil ar<> tnh fr-e in other markets? The father of the I)-o-tat once claimed this right at Wrexham, when i ,va,; nitowt,d. Ir, appears to be cliimed in right of i s me old chirter, and used, some years ago, to be claimed orten. I am not aware if it is ever chimed now. If Cot, how has it been lost ?" PSHIRE AND WE8T T"SD AOMICULTUBAI, Se-CIETY.-On Saturday, a meeting of the Council of this society was held at Shrewsbury, under the presi- dency of Lord Harlech, to decide where the show of next year'should be held. The two competing towns were Bridgenorth and Ludlow, an4 both sent deputations to the meeting in support of their applications.—Col. Clive, M.P.. advocated Ludlow, and the mayor of Lurl- low (Mr Rickards), and other gentlemen also supported the application. The Council, after the consideration of about half an hour, decided in favour of Lmdlow. The dates decided on were July 2.f, 25, and 2t. DEATH or M. MEItEDYI8 THoagAs.-The death of Mr Meredydd Thomas, the well-known Welsh sculptor, is inncunced. Mr Thomas had been inhering for a long period, and was compelled to abandon his professional pursui- Hopes were entertained of his recovery, and of late.he had made decided progress. A severe relapse oc- curred, however, and after a day's illness he died in L nd on. The deceased gentleman was a native of Brecon, arid was the high sherriff of that countv. He was a brother to the eminent Welsh scuiptor, the late Mr Evan Thomas, F.S.A. The two brothers, who had somewhat singularly adopted the same profession, worked con- scientiously and successfully in attaining a -reputation, anq their works adorn many of the principal towns in nth Wales. Their chef dmmwro was the statue of the Prfnce Consort at Tenby. Fbice V. THE GREAT WESTERN RA&WAY COMPANY. -I-, will be remembered that this case in which Mr Pric, of Rhiwlas, made a claim of over X20,000, came before an umpire at Bala. The decision has now been g ver. B'fnre going into evidence the parties agreed on the i ccousin .d.vlo- \v..rks to be to -de. and or; the figures to re jidopt'-<i hv be nmpi.e as ti, it- vtlue of rhe land, *n.l"he umpi'e awnrds, we hear, £ 5 580 i'i full w land, tsaiei, severance, compulsion and all other i! jury to Mr Price's own estate. The umpire has awarded a separate sum of X2,500 for injury to the mansion of Rhiwlas as a re^-idrtice, by the construction of the railway opposite to it "nd in view from the window?. The railway will be wholly on the land., of an adjoining proprietor, Mr Evans L'ovd, of Moelygarnedd, and this portion of Mr Pr c el, i im has always been disputed by the railway Company as an illegal one, and it will doubtless form thJ su-j -el- of further litigation in a law court. Messrs. Lotiguesrille, Jones, and Williams, of Oswestry, were the solicitors for the company; and Mr Woodruffe, of Lon- don, fnr Mr Price. FARXDOH AMICABLE SOCIETY.-At, a numrously at- tended meeting recently held in the National School: too,n, Farndon, the affairs of the society were considered ia reference to the superannuated member", who for some time have been drawing heavily on the society's funds upwards of A197 having been paid in the year ending March 31st, 1877. This amount would annually increase according to the present rates of Ae society, and it was therefore thought desirable by the officers that the subject should be brought before all the members at a general meeting. Notice was therefore sent to each, and the present meeting was the result. The matter having been explained by the chairman, Mr G. Parker, the members then present entered into a discussion, some being for rescinding the rule, while others were for ad, hering to it. The motion was put to the vote the majority, however, wero against any further payment beag made to thcae on the superannuated list, and the rult vas abolished. It was also proposed and carried unanimously, that he society should have a clob doctor, who should attend all sick members within a radius of fiw lilies; each member to contribute one shilling per ar.i:»m towards the expenses of the same. MR GLADSTONE ON EDUCATION.—On Wt4nesday after- noon, the Right Hou W. E. Gladstone distributed the primes to the successful students at the Hawarden Gram- m,c School. The right hon. gentleman was accompanied by Mrs Gladstone, Mr W. H. Gladstone, M.P., Miss Mary Gladstone, and Lord Wolverton. The Rector of Hi warden (the Rev. S. E. Gladstone) presided, and in a few observations expressed his adrairation of the pluck and industry Mr Webb, the head-master, had displayed in founding such an admirable educational establishment as the Hawarden Grauunr School had proved itself to be. Mr Webb, the head-master, then shortly entered into the early history of the school, incidentally ob- serving that during the two years he had the pleasure of presiding over it he had not found it once necessary to iniict corporal punishment upon any of the pupils. He then expressed his deep gratitude that such an illustrious statesman as Mr Gladstone had consented te honour the school with his presence at its annual prize distribution. Mr Qhàstoll8 delivered an eloquent address, urging the lads to earnestness of purpose in their ishool life. What was wanted was to light up the spirit that was within A boy. for there was ia every cne of them material for the performance of good work in the world. School discipline helped to create manly habits and character, and a proper sense of personal responsibility. The great knowledge to acquire was the knowledge of God and duty, and he trusted tha.t in the schools of this country that knowledge would never be forgotton. Life was great and noble, not mean and grovelling, and earnest- ness of purpose the best foundation for an honourable existence. CHESTER AND DISTRICT TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION.— The annual pic nic of this association was held on Saturday last at Hawarden. There was a good muster of teachers and friends at the station, and the day was exceptionally fine. Broughton Church and Penymynydd Church, where the mural paintings were much admired, formed the first objects of attraction. A pleasant ramble through the woods of Hawarden brought the party to the church and rectory grounds, which were freely open. After an excellent tea at the Glynne Arms, Mr Wood- cock (Connah's Quay) moved a vote cf thanks to the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone and to the Rector for their kindness during the day.—In seconding the motion Mr Bailey (Bunbury) remarked that the readiness with which private parks and gardens were thrown open in this country foimed a pleasant feature in English social life.Vk Wilkinson (Chester) said that the President (Mr Johnson) and'Mr Barlow (the secretary) were to be congratulated on the success which had attended the arrangements of the day. Three things, however, were necessary for a successful excursion-beautiful scenery, fine weather, and a good guide-and he was sure that Mr Spencer (Hawarden) had,, in the latter capacity, deserved the Spl eial thanks of the members.—Mr Gibson (Tunstall) begged permission as a stranger to second the vote of thanks. Last year the Chester association had visited Stoke, and whatever trouble he had then taken he had been amply repaid in giving him the opportunity of attending that day. Hawarden was a beautiful place, but it was even better known as the home of one whom every Englishman admired, and whom he had always locked upon as his political chief.—The motion was at once carried, and Mr Spencer briefly responded.—The old oastle was next visited ander the guidance of Mr Webb (Hawarden). Mr Gladstone himself iBvited the party to walk through the flower garden, and pointed out several objects of interest, particularly a magnolia in full flower. Mr Johnson then thanked the right hon. gentleman on behalf of the asociation for the kindness experienced during the day. Dancing in the old castlo by moonlight was the pleasant close of the day's proceedings.



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