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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.
ABERGELE. SCHOOL TREAT.—On Wednesday, the 12th ins" the members of the Abergele Cfeurch Sunday Schools and Choir with their numerous friends had a moit. agreeable outing. The party were conveyed by special arrangement by the 9.40 train to Bettws v-Coed, the appointed place for the day's enjoyment, where they arrived about 11 a.m, For a time the weather proved unfavourable, but about noon it cleared up and the sun shone brightly during the remainder of the day. Before leaving the station the youngsters were served with buns, and money to procure sweetmeats. &c. The comp my then broke up into small parties for the purpose of visiting the various scc-nes of interest in t.haj-omarric neighbourhood. The Fairy Glen, Conway and Swallow Waterfalls, and Capel Curig were all visited and their natural beauty greatly admired. The various parties met at the Station about 6.30 after having thoroughly tnjoyed their rambles. The wants of the juveniles were again taken into con- sideration, and buns, &c. were freely distributed prior to their return homeward. They arrived at Abergele by the 8 train highly gratified with the day's enjoyment. and feeling deeply thankful to those who had provided for them such a pleasant excursion. The Vicar, Church- wardens, and others interested may be congratulated upon the success attending their arrangements t-id their good taste in selecting such a beautiful spot as Bettws-y- Coed for the trip, and the janior Churchwarden. Mr Hannah, deserves especial praise for his uHtiring efforts in collecting the funds for the treat and his thrift in carrying out the arrangements. j
OSWESTRY. MELVERLEY CHURCH BAZAAR.—The receipts of this bazaar, held last week, amounted to £ 152 19s 6,3, made up as follows—Mrs Pnhar's stall, X53 Lady Frances Lloyd's £ 40; Mrs Dumviile Lees's X2. 2s 6d Mrs Cottoil's E22 Ids; taken at the door, t 14 Is; from which El3 3s 41 had to be deducted as expenses. A number of articles left unsold at Mrs Piitchard's stall will be placed on sale at the schoolroom (through the kind offer of the Rev. E. W. O. Bridgeman) on a day to be announced. Amongst the gentlemen who rendered valuable assistance to the bazaar were Mr Clarke, Brook House, Mr Lloyd, Ashton, Mr II, S. Ciatke, Mr Dova; ton, and Mr Saunders, jun. EXTRAORDINARY ATTEMPT AT SUICIDE. On Thnrsday afternoon, Sept. 13, a man named Phillip Palmer, represetod to be a commercial traveller, engaged a room at Mr Divies's Temperance House in Beatrice-street. Nothing strange was noticed in his demeanour at the time, and in the coarse of the evening he retired to his bedroom. The following morning, as Mr Davies was leaving his house by the front door, he saw some pieces of gla s lying on the ground. On examination he found they belonged to the window of the room occupied by Palmer, one of the panes of which bad been broken. He went to the room to ascertain what was the matter, and pushing the door sufficiently open to be able to see inside, he saw some blood on the floor. He then closed the dosr, and went to a room occupied by P.C. Hair, and told I him what he had dis- covered. Hair accordingly went to Palmer's room and found that person lying on his back on the floor. His throat was severely cuf, exposing the winepipe, which had also been cut. P.C. Hair went to the Cross for assistance, and returned, accompanied by P.S. Bullock and Dr. Beresford. On their euter.ng Palmer's room he made signs intelligibly enough to lead them to under- stand that he had smashed the pane of glass and then cut his throat with it. Palmer then signified that be wanted something to drink. They asked if lie wanted water, but he made no acknowledgment until they enquired if he would like some brandy, when he replied by giving an affirmative nod. When he had partaken of it. Dr. Beresford thought they might remove him to the Cottage Hospital, and there he was conveyed in an omnibus. Shortly after his arrival at that place he was visited by the medical attendant in connection with the institution, and received every attention. Since his removal he has made fair progress towards recovery. Oa searching him. the police found in his pocket book a razor, and a penknife in his trousers pocket. It is the most uiiaccouniable part of his proceedings, that although he had those articles in his possession, he used a piece of glass to accomplish his purpose. The only way in which the act can be accounted for is by pre- Muming that he was insane at the time. On Thursday Palmer called upon Mr Gregory, of Cross-street, and stated that he was in great distress and without funds, and Mr Gregory having known him, gave him two shillings, but no money was found upon him on Friday morning. He said that he was a native of Shrewsbury, and that his mother and sister lived in the Abbey Fore- gate in that town. Several letters were found upon him, and one was addressed Mr P. B. Palmer, at Mrs H. Palmer's, 00, Clifton House, Gough-road, Birming- ham (Livrrpool postmark); another was addressed with his own nama.. and Mrs Hopkins, 24, Belbarn- road, Birmingham" (Birkenhead postmark); and a third with the Wolverhampton postmark, to tbo same address as the previous one.. *-—-
Epps's COCOA.—GRATEFUL AND COlIFOG.- By a thorough knowledge of the natural laws which govern the operations of digestion and nutri- tion, and by a careful application of the fine pro- perties of well-selected cocoa, Mr Epps has provided our breakfast tables with a delicately flavoured beveragu which may save us many heavy doctoite bills. It ia by the judicious use of such articles of diet that a constitution may be gradually built up until strong enough to resist every tendency to dis- ease. Hundreds of subtle maladies are floating around us ready to attack wherever there is a weak point. We may escape many a fatal shaft by keep- ing ourselves well fortified with pure -blood and a properly nourished frame.Civil Service Gaaette. Sold only in packets labelled—" James Epps & Co., Homoeopathic Chemists, London." Epps's medi- cines are sold in Wrexham by W. Rowland, lcwh- street. 928
DENBIGH. TEm NEW CUAPKL for the use of fhe English Presby- terians has been commenced in Vale-street, on the grounds formerly occnpied by the New Inn. HENLLAN CHURCH.—A collection, amou ing to £ 9 08 61, was made in Henllan Church last Sunday, the 16th instant, in aid of the Indian Famine Relief Fund. The sermon was preached by the recto-, the Rev H. Humphreys. BOROUGH POLICE COURT.-On Saturday, before the Mayor, Dr. Evan Pierce and J. W. Lloyd, Esq., J. Harrison, of Denbigh, was brought np in the custody of Sergeant Lewis for being drunk and disorderly. He was fined .£1 and costs. THE HARVEST.—The splendid weather of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, was much valued by farmers, many of whom had their men in the fields almost before day- break on Monday and between then and night a great quantity of grain was carried. EXCURSIONS.—On Monday, the London and North Western Railway Company ran special excursion trains from Denbigh to Birmingham, London, and other Baglish town", which were fairly patronised. An excur- sion to Belle Vue Gardens, Manchester, was also well patronised. TESTIMONIAL.—The teachers and friends of the Rev. Thomas Jones, B.A.. curate of Balll, hte of Denbigh, are about to make him a suitable presentation in acknow- ledgment of his services in connection with the Welsh Sunday School. An* illuminated address is being pre- pared by Mr John Lewie, county surveyor's office, who is the secretary of the Welsh school. THB FAMINE FUND.—Collections were made in all the churches and chapels in the borough on Sunday. After a beiutifully touching discourse bearing upon the sub- ject from the Rev. T. W. Vaughan, who preached from And wha is my neighbour," the sum of £23 2s 4d was collected at St. Mary's Church, and in the evening at the English Church, at St. David's, after a sermon by the Rev. Mr Roberts, son of Mrs Roberts, the Infirmary, the sum of X7 10,1" was collected. The contributions from the Welsh congregation seems only to have Veen the small aum of el 4s. At Capel Mawr, about jElB was ooUected. At the evening service the English Presby- terians collected £ 8 17s 3d, a large sum for so small a J congregation. At the Indepeodant ChapeJ about 4; 1IU obtained, but we fove MtWtved the complete < Mtonu i DESPBRATE ASSAULT ON THE POLICE.—On Monday, at 1- the borough police court, before the mayor and Captain Lloyd Williams, a determined looking fellow, named Robart Lloyd, of Llansaunan, was brought up in custody or P.C. Evans, of Henllan, charged with being drunk and very violent on Sunday in that village, and also assaulting him while in the execution of his duty. P.C. Evans said that on the previous evening (Sunday), about itine o'clock, he heard a terrible row by the New Iun public-house, Henllan, and saw defendant fighting on the floor with the landlord, who was trying to remove him. He was very drunk, violent, and using the most beastly language. On requesting h:m to leave the vill-ige, prisoner struck him violently in the face, and fought with him on the road for some five minutes. Asked him to go away again, and he swore he would not go until he had killed him (the officer). Ile struck him, tried to hite him, and otherwise injured him. Ho said he earnestly wished he had a knife and he wo,.ill put it into him. When be gave him another chance of going away, the fellow clutched him by the throat and tried to ehoke him, holding so firmly that the officer had to get assistance te make prisoner loose his bold. He had to handcrf his hands behind him, and get a car to bring him to Denbigh lock- up. -So i ,Wnt Lewis said the fellow was very violent at the mcb-up, and used the most beastly language.—Prisoner, during P.C. Evans* evidear-o, exclaimed, Oh, I'm sure you're telling lie., you might as well try to hang me at once."—On being asked what defence he had, he replied, 1, I deny half of what he saya.Captain W,lli;kin-,oii What half do you deny ?—Prisoner: I deny the half; if I get a drop of beer they drag me before you; I wish there was no beer brewed.—Captain LI. Williams said it was absurd to say that he should act upon it, and leave the beer alone.—Sergeant Lewis put in a conviction for drunken and disorderly conduct as recently as Ausru-t 27th.—The Mayor said such conduct as this on a Sued Ly added to the serioutI nature of the offence, an i for being drunk and disorderly he would be fined a El and COit, or four- teen days' hard labour, whilst the other offence, that of assaulting the police, was so cerious" that he rnuit go to gaol for one month's bard labour, without th' option of a fine; and if he failed to pay the fine for the first case, he must continue in gaol for six weeks ltog.-ther.- Prisoner: Oh, I might as well go and do the lot.—He was, therefore, sent to Rutnin gaol for six weeks' hard labour.
RUTHIN THE FAMINE FUSD -O(1 Suadav (TR-morrcw) sermons wli ,t- |»r.i■•iii-i, iii S-. P: ,'f'S Cnuivh and some of ttie c: H!ev i" ii:d of ,'I., ;tti Famine Kolief Fund. BOUOUGH POLICE L'OUST —Robert Roberts, Mwrog- (rcct;" ,6 brought up before the Mayor, on Tuesday, charged with being drunk. The cuse was dismissed, he having been in the lock-up the previous night.—Evan Wynne, Rhyl, was charged with being drunk on Monday nighr, and fined is and costs. MIDNIGHT AMUSEMENT.- Dtiring last week some j persons in Ruthin have, during the night time, en- joyed themselves in removing some door-knockers and smashing others. The owners seem to object to this fun" and hence notices are issued offering X2 reward for information as to the offenders who, if found will be iseverely dealt with. < SPECIAL COLI,ECTIONs.-On Sunday sermons were preached in St. Peter's Church in aid of the Additional Carates' Aid Society and the Board of Education. The Rev Elias Owen, B.A.. diocesan inspector of schoois, preached in the morning in English, and in the evening ic Welsh; the other services being taken by the Rev Mr Griffith, curate of the parish. THE Royal Handbell Ringers perform at Ruthin on j Friday evening, under ths patronage of the I-orii- 1Lieutenant (Major West), Mr Walkin Williams, M.P., j the Mayor of Raihin, the Rev the Warden, Lieut.-Col. Naylor Leyland, Mr R. Blezard, Pool Park, Mr R. G. Ellis, ex-Mayor, Mr Marcus Louis, and other gentlemen. These artistes have been eight times patronised by Royalty, including her Msjesty and the Royal Family, j and several European Sovereigns, and are considered the Ifinest handbell lingers in the world. ° —— COUNT? MAGISTRATES' COURT. MONDAY.—Before J. F. Jesse, Esq. (in the chair), Brooke Cunliffe, Esq., and Lieut.-Colonel Naylor Leyland. A PUBLICAN IN TROUBLE.—Robert Williams, Turf Tavern, was charged by P.C. Hughes, with permitting drunkenness on August 21st, the two men found drunk having been fined at the previous sessions.—Defendant was fined 10s and costs, but escaped the endorsement of the license. DRUNKEN AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT. Richard Edwards, alias •' Llaen Wen," Ruthin, was charged by P.S. Rowlands with drunken and disorderly conduct in Ruthin on August 21st, and was fined £1 and costs.—For the same offence, Thomas But-.er, a tramp, was sent to gaol for 21 days with hard labour, on the complaint of P.S. Rowland?.—Evan Roberts, Etenechryd, was charged with the same offnce at the Waterloo Inn, Aagust 21. Fined £1 and costs. HIGHWAY CASE.—Information and notices necessary for the proposed closing of the fuotway from Llanrhydd to Trwynswch. Mr Adams appeared for the road tru.tees, and Mr W. Lloyd for the Town Council, the case having to be heard at the Qutrter Sessions. HIGHWAY OFFKNCES.—Thomas Kl .vards, of Merllyn, was fined 5s 6d for allowing cattle to stray between Ruthin and Eyarth.—John Jones, Llanfair was fined 5s 6d and costs for allowing pigs to stray. WRKXUAM BILL AGAIN.-The Governor of the Gaol, Mr Walmslev, brought up im custody William Rowland, alias" Wrexham Bill," who many months ago escaped from Ruthin Gaol during the night. taking with him a suit of clothes from the stores, breaking his way through the roof of the Infirmary, scaling the outer wall, and getting clear off. All efforts to entrap Bill failed, and he was given up as totally lost. On Wednesday of last week Bill, who seems all he time to have been in Man- chester. got into a drunken row and was lodged in the lock-up. Here being asked his name he let out the secret, for he boldly replied, Why I am Wrexham Bill; don't you know Wrexham Bill." It seems if they l did not know him they had heard of him as "wanted," and though when Bill got sober he denied his previously expressed title, communications were sent to the Governor of the gaoi, who went over to Manchester and took charge of him. He was now charged with break- ing out of the gaol, and committed to take his trial on the charge. GRAND CONCERT AT THE CASTLE. Through the kindness and courtesy of the Lord Lieut. and Mrs West, a morning concert, arranged by Miss Gertrude Bradwyn, R.A.M., took place in the grand drawing-room of Ruthin Castle, on Tuesday. The magnificent apartment is of considerable dimensions, and accommodated a large company. Admission was by tickets, 5s each, and amongst a numerous gathering of the elite of the district were the Lord Lieut, and Mrs West, Miss Fitzpatrick, Lady Florentia Hughes and the Misses Hughes (3), Kinmel; Mr, Mrs, and Miss Main- waring, Galltfaenan; Mr P. Ellis Evton, M.P. Mr P. H. Chambres, Mrs and the Misses Chambres, and party; Mrs Oliver Burton; Miss Proctor and party, Gwaenvnog; Lieut.-Col. and Mrs Naylor Leyland and party Mrs and the Misses Adams, Tynewydd; Mr Adams, jnu.; Mrs Ellis and party, Plas Newydd; Mr and the Misses Browne, Eriviatt; Mr and Mrs Coliey Denton and palty, Llanbedr; Mrs Brooke Cunliffe; Miss Gabriel Roberts and party; Mr and Mrs Coltart and party Mrs Preston, Llwynynn, and party Miss Roberts Mr and Mrs Fosbery, Pentre Mawr Captain and Mrs Cole, Cerriglluidion; the Rev Lewis Williams, Prion; the Rev J. Griffith, Ruthfn the Rev J. Jones, Bodfari; the Rev James Jones, Miss Jones, and party, Llanf wrog; Mr Watkin Williams!, M.P., and Mrs Williams; Mrs Kershaw; Miss Robert?, The Rectory, Llanganhafel; Mr, Mrs, and Misses Goodrich, Eyarth, and party Mrs Lloyd, Berth Master Lloyd and party Mr R. Blezard, Pool Park; Mr Bleaard, jun.; Mrs Rigby; Mrs New- come, Eyarth &c. The artistes were Miss G. Bradwyn, Miss Madeline Roe, Miss Emma Beasley, Mr Frederick King, Mr W. Fisher, Mr Roden, Mr Argent (harmonium), and Mr Marshall (accompanist and pianoforte soloist). The concert was in every respect a great success. The various pieces were executed in a most excellent manner by all the artistes. Miss Bradwyn received a splendid encore for her really beautiful rendering of the Lost Chord," and the rest of the singers were heartily applauded for their various efforts, the company expres- sing themselves much delighted with the whole per- formance. The following choice selection was included in the programme < Quartett. Un di si ben," Verdi. Misses Beasley and Bradwyn, and Messrs Fisher and King. Duet (piano and harmonium). Messrs Marshall and Argent. Aria 0 luce di quest anima," Donisetti. Miss Madeline Roe. Solo. My QueeD," Blumenihal. Mr W. E. Fisher. Solo violoncello.Fantasia, "Martha," Flotou. Mr Boden. Trio I'm not the Queen," Balfe. Misses Beasley and Bradwyn, and Mr W. Fisher. Solo "The Lost Chord," Sullivan. Miss Gertrude Bradwyn. Solo pianoforte La Cascade, Pauer. Mr Charles Marshall. Duet The Moon hath raised," Benedict. Messrs Fisher and King. Solo Sognai," Schira. Miss Emma Beasley. Solo harmonium. Beminiscenzi," Argent. Mr W. 1. Ardent Solo "The Colleen Bawn," Benedict. Mr Frederick King. Part soag. In this hour," Pinsuti. Finale. The evening concert was hold in the assembly room, the programme being similar to that at Denbigh. There was a good audience and a successful concert.
ST. ASAPH. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. THURSDAY, September 12 h.—Present: Mr Brownlow Wynne, and a large attendance of guardians. FORTHCOMING CALM.—The estimates for the half- year ending Lady-day, 1878, were produced shewing an increase of A60 over the corresponding half-year of 1876-1, but there will be a very slight increase in the rate required as the rateable value of the union has in. creased from £100,336 to A162,804, Tie calls are a I kuem r--&. George, SL Ai&A XM Rhuddlan, jgl,5S0; Abirgele, £ 920 B-ittws, X168 Bodfari, £ 96; Cwm, £ 172; Denbigh, X496 Tivtrt'• J> serth, £ 224 Henllan, £ 668; Liaiietvd, £t06; i^lanfuir, £ 300; L'nnsannan, X204 Melidan, Z308 tolal., ZC),632. FINANCE, &c.—Oat-relief, ^291 5 5d cheques issued, X285 treasurer's balance. £2,081 14s Od. Calls had been paid thus: Bettws, £ 4S; Llanddula> £ 30; Llan- fair. £ 77; Henllan. £ 185; Cwm, £42; Rhuddlan, .£:G2j D-nbiffb, £131; Tremeirchion, X53; Llanefvd, £ 60 and Bodfari, £27. In the houe, 101, against 80 on the corrcspcnding week of last year. Vagrants relieved, 69. THE ASSISTANT OVERSEER FOR HKNLLAN wrote to Eav that, one of his sureties, Mr David Story, was dead, and offered Mr James Jones, shopkeeper, &c., in his place.—Agreed. ANOTHER MEDICAL OFFICER RK-IGNIKG.—The district medical officer for Llanfair, Mr Robert Davies, tendered in his resignation of the office, which he had held 23 years, and lie asked if he was not entitled to a superannuation allowance.—The Clerk said he was not as he had not reached his 60th -The Rev. T. Williams and other guardians eulogised the medical offijei's past conduct he having always given entire satisfaction to the guardians and the paupers of his dis- frist.-N hetrty vote of thanks was tendered to him for hi, services with an expression of regret that the board could not give him a superannuition allowance. CORRESPONDENCE was read from the Local Govern- ment Board relative to some irregularities in the pay- ment of paupers Fit Henllan by the Denbigh relieving officer. His Lueness in attending and the fact of sending money by the postman were commented upon. His explanation was that hs had been detained, at the. Magistrates Court in cases in which the guardians were p.o.cutors.-Tlie Local Government Board wrote authorising the school attennnce committee to at once rcce -,e application for grant payment of school fees. RHYL MEDICAL OFFICER.—Next board meeting will be made special for the purpose of appointing a medical officer for Rbyl and Rhuddlan district. THE SANITARY COMMITTEE met after the board. It seems that the drainage of Trefnant is nearly completed but the proposed outfall is at the other side of the rail- way and the company now positively refuse to allow the contractor to carry the pipes under the railway.—A con- tract has been let for the supply of water to Trefnant, but it now turns out ihat the watsr from which the supply was to be obtained belongs to a private person who w 11 not grant the use of it, not having any to spare. Possibly the committee may now have to go to Llanefydd Water Company.
RHYL. THE FAMINE FOND.—The local fund being raised by M:')or .-°neral Pierce, amounts now to about X70, and is still inrr -using. SPECIAL FEKMONS.—O" Sunday, the Rev. Henry Jones, of Glasgow University, preached special sermons in connection with the English Presbyterian cause at Rhyl. There were large congregations, and liberal collections made. TIIE BOTANIC GARDENS.—Amongst the varied attrac- tions provided for the patrons of these g ounds, what is known as the Mold Eisteddvcd Choir was the principal, their visit on Monday being highly appreciated by all who heard their excellent performances. Mr S. Allen Jones was the leader. BENEFIT CONCERT.—Mr J. H. Evan's benefit concert took place at the Town Hall, on Tuesday, the artistes being Miss Marian Williams, Miss Mary Davies, Mr E. D. Williams, and Mr T. J. Hughes (Liverpool), accom- panist, Miss Jenny Davies (Llangollen), and the conductor, Mr J. H. Evans. HYDROPATHIC ESTABLISHMENT.—The great success that has attended this institution during the brief period that it has been opened has led the directors to place a premium of 20s per share on all the unsold shares. It is believed that when the institution is better known it will prove an immense success. THE WINTER GARDENS.—The Weiland company of artiste. to which we referred last week. continue to at- tract a large number of persons to the Skating Rink, to whom their performances are a source of great pleasure. Mr Seaton Rick's band also deserves special commenda- tion. The grounds and caves are now illuminated thrice weekly, weather permitting, and are very attractive. THE PtEp,-One of the chief signs of the coming end of the season is that the special concerts and entertain- ments on the Pier have ceased, though the usual morn- ing and evening performances of the band continue. We are informed that the directors contemplate enlarging the Concert Hall during the winter to double its present size. This step is warranted by the popularity of the present building. THE LITERARY INSTITUTE.—On Tburslay "a grand promenade concert was arranged by Mr J. E. Roberts, the proceeds being in aid of the funds of the Literary Institute. Mr Roberts not only took the responsibility of the affair but also added much to the pleasure of the evening by contribu- ting a selection of humourous songs. The artistes were Miss Marian Williams, R.A.M.; Miss Madeline Roe, of Liverpool Messrs Frank Jones, G. Adams, J. Mar- tin solo violinist: Mr Howell Williams, winner of the prize at Carnarvon Eisteddfod pianist Mr Wngley harmonium Mr W. J. Argent. NEW ORGAN FOR THE CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL. --The English Congregational Chapel, which has been thoroughly re-decorated by Mr W. Reynolds, Rhyl, has also been fitted with a splendid new organ at a cost of X300, the builder being Mr Charles Whitely, of Chester, who has carried out the work with great success. The co,t of the instrument has been defrayed by subscriptior, collected by Mr J. Rhydwen Jones, the chairman of Rhyl Commissioners. It is certainly for its size and price a splendid organ, the exterior being artistically designed and of much beauty. The manual compass is CC to G, 56 notes; pedal ditto, CCC to F, 30 notes. There are three composition pedals to great organ. The formal opening of the instrument took place on Friday evening by Mr W. H. Jude, of Liverpool, who gave a very pleasurable recital, the programme including the most varied selections calculated to bring out the power and beaaty of the instrument. Subsequently the friends met at a social tea meeting, and in the latter part of the evening there was an excellent concert of vocal and instrumental music, which was well attended. GRAND CONCERT AT THE TOWN HALL.—On Monday evening a concert of an unusually excellent description was given at the Town Hall, under the presidency of the Rev Duncan McGregor, there being a good audience. The following well-known artistes appeared—Mr James Sauvage, R.A.M., (winner of the golden, silver, and bronze medals), Misses H. B. Morris and S. E. Jones, Mr T. H. Rawson (Shrewsbury), Mr J. W. Thomas (late of Italy and Russia), assisted by the United Glee Society, conductor, Mr J. P. Lewis; accompanist, Miss Evans (organist of Abergele Church). The following was the programme PART I. Glee Toriad y Dydd'p Glee Society, Address by the President. Song. Nil Desperandum" Blaclcley Mr J. W. Thomas. Song. Sparkling Streamlets" Pridkam Miss S. E. Jones. Kecit. > Thanks to my brethren" „ Tud„ irandei Air .$"How vain is man" Juaas tlanael MJ James Sauvage. Song The meeting of the waters" Moore Miss H. B. Morris. Song. Come into the garden, Maud" Balfe Mr T. H. Bawson. Duet Maying" A. Smith Miss H. B. Morris and Mr J. Sauvage. Song. Y Bachgen Dewr" J. Parry Mr J. W. Thomas. Chorus "Lo the comet" Bradwen Glee Society. PART II. Glee Sleighing Glee" ./osepft Parry Glee Society. Duet I know a bank" ,Horn Misses H. B. Morris and S. E. Jones. Song "Death of Nelson" Braham Mr T. H. Rawson. Song. Eri tu" A. Verdi Mr J. W. Thomas. Song "Y fam a'i baban" J. Thomas Miss H. B. Morris. Can Newydd "Yr hen iilwr" Mrs Waits Hughes Mr James Sauvage. Song "The lost chord" Sullivan Miss S. E. Jones. Song. Bedd Llewelyn" Emlyn Evans Mr T. H. Bawsota. Duet Nay, bid me not resign love" Mozart Miss H. B. Morris and Mr J. W. Thomas. Cavatina "I tuoi frequenti" (from "Niobi") Pacini Mr James Sauvag,e. Chorus. Ymdaith y Mwnc" Glee Society.
LLANGOLLEN. MR RICHARDS. CLERK TO THE LOCAL BOARD, AND THE BOARD. DISMISSAL OF THE CLERK BY RESOLUTIOIT. This curious matter having taken a tangible form has attracted considerable public interest. The issue simply is, can a public servant be dismissed without any just cause whatever. The origin of the dispute arose in this way :—Mr Dickin, of Tyndwr, Llangollen, summoned the Local Board for not repairing a road called the Gwernant-road." It was admitted on all hands that the road was out of repair, and Mr Charles Richards, their clerk, advised the board not to defend the action, but to admit their guilt and cry for mercy. The board, nevertheless, employed a solicitor; but the defence was shown by Mr Marcos Louis, who acted for Mr Dickin, to be founded on purely technical grounds, and did not at all go the very root of the matter, whether or no the road was or was not in repair. The board were finally con- victed in a nominal penalty and costs. There is no doubt whatever of the fact that the clerk's advice from the beginning was (if the road was out of repair, which the board admitted) that they should cave ia. For the part thus taken by him, Mr Richards has been subjected to severe oppression. A trenchant local pen has put the case in the following plain and ready way to uuderstand it When the curtains of the first part of the dis- agreeable drama dropped, Mr Dickin came off signally victorious, and the board doubtless felt that they were beaten all along the line both in strategy and in fair fighting. The prickly quicksets which the board intended to weave into a scourge for Mr Diekin's back, as a correction for its alleged selfishness, was adroitly removed by him and in doe time fashioned into a [ f red wlltd No& the bm* oqmwk4 fts I hàirmlD. srea-t under its meicilesi lashes. Then came the disagreeable work of paying die penalties of defeat, and as the hoard had to pay for their fanciful game from the public purse of the already over-taxed ratepayers", they had, of course, to make a pausible case, and to find a scrapegoat to carry away their own laches. In other words, while with one hand they wrote a cheque to pay the cost of their injudicious lawsuit from the public purse, with the other they kept throwing clouds of dust into the eyes of the ever patient public, in order to create the impre sion that, the clerk was unable to advise them impartially. Hence Mr Richard3 must be dismissed. H^ is Mr Dickin's agent, and he is also clerk to the b'«ard. Tne interests of the two parries are ftonfl.ocing interests. Having failod to crush the Squire, they must cashier the agent. This appears to me to be a fair statement of the whole matter; arid I am in a position to state that this opinion is tolerably wide-spread." At the August meeting of the board, when thare were present Mr Gregson Fell (chairman), Major Tottenham, Messrs Edward Humphreys Roberts, Edward Roberts, Thomas Hughes, and Swnuel Hughes, the Chairman said he had sent to the clerk the following letter:— Walton House, 21ith June. Dear sir,—At a private meeting of the members held this (lav-eight present- it was unanimously decided that tho chairman would at the next board give notice of the following motion That inasmuch as Mr Richards is professionally employed by so many conflicting interests, and thereby unable im- partially to advise this, board, it is inexpedient that he should continue to act as clerk.' I, therefo:-e, feel it right that I should thus early intimate to voa the course which it is intended to take.—Yours faithfully, GREGSOV FELL. Charles Richards, Esq., Llangollen." He (the chairman) had hoped Mr Richards would have resigned. He paused for him to do so now. As he did not, he pro- posed the motion as above, which was seconded by Mr Thoma3 Hughes.—Major Tottenham objected to it altoge her. He bore the highest testimony to Mr Richards' impartiality as clerk to the magistrates. He deprecated a matter of this scrt being resolved upon at a private meeting. It ought to imva been brought before a regular meeting of the board. Twenty-four hours' notice bad only been given him of the private meeting, and he did not thick it right that it should be brought on like thal.-The Chairman sail that the answer to this was that several members had recommended urgency before next board, and that was the reason why the notice was not longer.-TI)e Clerk charged the chairman with an attempt to give currency ro the ha r,<d enter- tained towards him by trying to father such a resolution as this on the board. He hedged to tell them that their chairman had slandered him in his capacity as clerk of the magistrates in the presence of witn,sses.-The Chairman energetically denied this.—Mr R. 8. Richards, assistant clerk, energetically corroborated his father's statement, and supported him. However, the other members voted for the resoluti )a, Major Tottenham protesting against it.—The Chaitmau said that it would be necessary to instruct a committee to report upon the duties and emouments of a clerk at the next board. At the usual monthly meeting on Thursday, the 6ih instant, there were present—Mr Gregson-Felly, chair- man Major Tottenham, Messrs John C. Best, E. H. Roberts, Edwa:d Roberts, William Jones, Thomas Hughes, Samuel Hughes.—The assistant clerk re ld the minutes of the ordinary proceedings of the last meeting, and then commenced to read the chairman's motion with regard to the clerk, alledging it to be inexpedient that Mr-Charles Richards should nold the office, when the chairman, interrupting, said Stop a minute, I sent a letter to your father, which I don't see down on the minntes. I read that letter here.—The Assistant Clerk: Your motion, as read, is down on the iiiinufes. —The Chairman Yes; but there is the letter written by myself, intimating te the clerk the resolution of those eight gentlemen, that I should bring forward that motion. Here it is; and if it is entered with the other letters that I have here, the matter will be properly set forth. The object of our minutes is that they should be a record of what took place.—The Assistant Clerk This is simply the resolution moved by you, 011 the notice of motion.—The Chairman But this relates to the matter. It is a letter that was read to the board and 1 think it ought to be inserted on the m-'nutes.—Major Tottenham As far as I am cuacerned, I beg to say 1 was not present at the private meeting when resolved upon that course and, therefore, I am perfecrly in the dark on the subject.—Mr J. C. Bppt vVere not. you present at th board meeting last mo th ? —Mnjor Tottenham Ye3, I was present; but nothing of the facts upon which action was taken at the private meeting came forward.—The Chairman But I read mee, that letter, and that is the reason why I mentioned it now in order that that letter should be entered on them, I don't know what you gentlemen say. B It I will read the letter again. Now, I think that letter is very important; and I think that i" should appear on our minutes, and so complete our proceedings in the matter ah initio.—Mr J. C. Best: For my own part, I think it ought to appear. It was a letter which was read to the board.—-The Chairmaa Yes and it refers to our meeting of the 8th oi June, 1877, that being a private meeting. I will give you a copy of it.-The Assistant Clerk I have got a copy of it. In fact I have got the original.—The Chairman Very well, now it he entered on the minutes let of the lait meeting.— The Assis'atit Cler;, There is no room so I had better put it now as an addenda to the minutes ?-The Chair- man Yes, well do, if you will state that Mr Fell tead that letter; and then the motion came. That is the position where it, should be placed.—Mr Wm. Jones In fact, it should be before everything in the matter.—The Chairman: It should save come ia the first instance.—Mr J. C. Best The date of it will prove that.—The Chair- man Of course, the date of it will prove that.—The Assistant Clerk Shall I insert tint the entry of it here was proved by you ?-The Chairman It is not necesaai v. It is a minute of what took place. I'm sorry I have had rather a bad cold, and cannot speak much. Now, there is a letter also from Captain Best, that I read, and that too should be entered on the minutes (letter handed down the table).—Mr Richards, the clerk, to Mr Best: Is that your signature ?—Mr Best: Yes, that is my signature.-The Chair- man asked for the Local Government Act (book handed to him).—The Assistant Clerk having transcribed the letteis in the minute book read the same over, and continued reading the last item on the minutes, viz.: The following cheques were ordered to be drawn."—The Chairman Yes, that is all quite right but there was a motion a proposed by myself -I forget who seconded it—requiring the clerk to cease his connection with this board in six months from that date.—Major Tottenham (wish astonishment): When was that moved ?-The Chairman After you had gone. It didn't occur to me to move it until after you had gone. —Major Tottenham (indigrantly) But I was here until after the board had broken up I-The Chairinan No, you were not, Major; excuse me.—Major Totten- ham Well, certaioly, you told us there was no more work for that meeting.—The Chairman But we signed all those cheques after it. It was an omission not to have called you back, and my fault at the time; but l thought it was quite immaterial.—Major Tottenham Well, I must object to its being put down as a part of that board's business. I never heard anything of it, and I stopped here until you told us all the work was done.—The Clerk: The hoard was actually dismissed before anything was said about it.— Mr Best: Well, if there is any difficulty about it, let us do it now over again let us have it all in order .'—Major Tottenham It certainly would not be in order the other way. Even before I had gone the leporters had left under the im- pression that the business was all done.—Mr Best: How- evw, the cheques were signed b.v three members.—The Chairman And if there are three members to sign the cheques there is a board.—M jor Tottenham There is no doubt whatever the board was dismissed.—The Chairman: I simplv said there was no other business.— Mr Best: If Mr Richards advises us that it was not right, we shall do it now, to be in order.—The Chair- man (to Mr Richards): Do you advise us that it was irregular ?-Mr Richards: Ye, most certainly; and it is irregular now.—Mr Best: On wh,t ground?—The Clerk: Because it is irregular.—Mr Best: Cannot you advise us on what ground it is irregular ?—The Clerk No further than that I say it is irregular and illegil.- The Chairman: I shall just read the section of the Act; but I am not prepared to accept his ruling as regards the last meeting. [Section of Local Government Act read, as to the appointment of officers by a local board], and the Chairman continued Therefore, after that resolu- tion on the minutes you simply hold your office at the pleasure of the board, and you cease your connection with it at whatever time the board may fix. whether it be one month or six months after; but whatever time is decided upon, you are -absolutely now in office only at the pleasure of the board.—Mr Richards: The resolution already passed is simply a nullity. It is merely a difference of opinion between you and the board who appointed me. It has nothing to do with me holding my office-nothing whatever.—Mr Best: What do you mean? -Mr Richards: I mean what I have sid-Mr Best: That it is only a difference of opinion between this board and the board that elected yon. Well. what then ?—Mr Richards There was no objection then to my being clerk to the magistrates.—Mr Best: That has nothing tojdo with its being now inexpedient that you should continue to be clerk to this board, if the board now think it is.—Mr William Jones: I think that the board does so now, and I think it is quite nonsense for him (Mr Richards) to come. here and for him to dictate everything to us to do—.—Mr Richards: I think if Mr Jones has any complaint to make he ought to say what he has to complain of. and not to say anything of this sort.—Mr Jones: Well, I make a complaint nw that you are raising objections to everything.—Mr Richards: But my objections are in nothing wrong.— Mr Jones I think it is wroug for you to be against the members of this board. They are responsible for their duties, and not you and when they come for your ad- vice they get wrong. We called you here in that case of the Gwernant road, and the case was entirely in your hands, and not in ours.—Mr Best: Let us go on with the business.-The Chairman: Well, at the last board there was a motion made by myself that your connection with this board should ter- minate in six months from that date. That was proposed and seconded, and carried and I say that it ought to be on the minuW,M tjor Tottenham And I object to its being on the minutes, for I left after the board had beea dissolved for tbat day.—Tto Qtoairaaaa Bat tboec cheques were signed. Do you object to those cheques now ?—Major Tottenham Yes, if ::IY approval of them would lead to an apparent sanction of the other proceed- ing, I do object, because I think it was very informal; and I say that it should not have been done.—The Chairman It was an accident.—Major Tottenham I think I did not say that it was done intentionally.—Mr Best, As it was done after some members had left the board-room, let it be proposed now. (To the chairman): Propose that his connection cease in five months' time. That will meet the case.—Tho Chairman To be in order, as required when any case of an unusual kind occurs, I shall ask you, gentlemen, to vote it ursreat." Those that are of that opinion will b) good enough h hold up their hands.—Major Tottenham: Before thi.s thing is fhus brought on, I should like to know what took place at that private meeting?—The Coairrcua: You must see, major, that it is scarcely a proper thing on your part to-ask me that, and you must excuse me for developing to you what took place privately, anil of which you had an oppor unify of making yourself acquainted with by attending.—M.ijjr Tottenham: I say I had not an opportunity. It d y*s nor follow that because you are a member of the Local Board you are bound to live not further than two miles from Llangollen dl the days of your life. A person might be in Ireland or in London, and ought to have the usual length of time for notice of such a meeting, which I did not, and I object to it on the ground that sufficient notice was not given.—The Chairmain: Don't you think the fae:, of eight members being present shows that there was sufficient notice g:Lven ?-Iii!j(,r Tottenham: They may have had ufficIent notice but I should like to know what took place at that meeting. To this hour, I have never had any information of what was done. I repeat, that, from that day to this one, I never received one word of in- formal ion of what was really done.—Mr Best: Didn't, you vote on the matter at the last meeting?—Major Tottenham No, I objected to it altogether, b. cause I did not know anything about it.—Mr W. Jones (to the chairman) Is there any objectiou at all to having the notice to the clerk restricted to two or three months, or if one is enough, to do it now ?-The Chairman I think the first thing would be to vote the matter urgent, so that there shad be nothing wrong in this proceeding. I have no hesitation in saying that under the circumstances it is one of urgent necessity and I want you to vote that it is urgent.—Mr W. Jones thought they would never tret on well with things as they were.—Captain Best: Then tl e way is to vote urgency."—The Chair- man then asked for a show of hands on the s-ane.—Major Tottenham said. before the motion put, he claimed as a member of the board to be informed of the pro- ceeding" at the meeting. He had been kept utierlv in the daik on the subject, and how could they expect him to vote upon a matter of which he knew nothing.—Mr Best referred, to the notice setting forth that it was in consequence of Mr Richards having conflicting interests to serve.—Major Tottenham Conflicting interest! Everybody has conflicting interests; an.1 we never can get anyone for £ 30 or £ 35 salary, but who has got some interests or other which may be conflicting with this board.—The Chairman repealed that he did not think Major Tottenham could a=k him as chairman of that meeting to toll him what took place at the private meeting. He must apply to people who professed to penetrate such matters.—Major Tottenham claimed his right to have the information from the chairmm of the board.—The Chairman said he had the sum.1 notice as other members had. It appeared after looking up that the chairman's letter was posted on the 25.h to Plas Berwyn, and sent from there to London on the 26th, Major Tottenham receiving it on the 27th, so that he had not more than forty-eight hours' notice.—The Chairman said three clear days' notice was required according to the Act, but that was, of course, for a pub- lic meeting. This was a private meeting, and had Major Tottenham been there he would have heard the whole matter; so be certainly must decline acceding to his requ°;t, when he bad an opportunity of being present. -jor Tottenham su'd he had not had an opportunity. —Mr Richards added they also had no right to leave a public servant in the dark that way.—The Chairman In leaving you in the dirk ?-Ilr Richards: Yes.— Major Tottenhan renewed his first objection, and also objected to the subject lu.viug been dmcussed at a private meeting.—The Chairman ruled that that, business was a settled one, and again asked those who would vote the question urgent" to be good enough to hold up their hands (which they )r Tottenham protesting against the proceeding, and Mr Richards notifying th-it there had been no notice given of the motion by anybody, and, therefore, that the chair- man had no right to take it.—The Chairman declined to hear Mr Richards anymore on the subject. This matter had been considered on the last occasion, but as fhe motion had been somewhat, irregular then, ho now begged to movs that the connexion of Mr Richards with the board should cease on the oist of January.—Mi- Best seconded the inolio-,i.-I,,l lior Tottenham proposed as an amendment, that the time be e'ghtmonins.hi-i reason for so doing beincr that, the new board wculd then have been elected, and tho ratepayers in th3 meantime would have an opportunity of expressing an opinion on the matter.-Thls was not seconded, and the chairman took a show of hands upon his mrtlon, r. questing the names to be taken down on the minutes, also two letter-' from members of the b j.i ;d absent froiul ast meeting- who were at the private meeting and would have supported his resolution, viz., Mo.srs William Jonss, and Themis Nicholas; also, a letter and enclosure from the former chairman of the board who g.:Vt3 an unqualified denial to the statement that he had once apologised to the clerk, which denial it appeared the editor of the locii paper had declined to insert. The question of urgency was again voted, and a resolution takea c. That, the Churmen of the several committees be appointed to form a committee to report to the next board in respect of the duties and salary of the clerk with any tecomin-ndation thereon," Major Tottenham, m each instance, objecting to the proceedings.—Some further unimportant ma ters were then dealt with by the board before breaking up.
CHESTER. POLICE PAT.—The inspection of the city police took place on Monday, by Colonel Elgee. It is stated that owing to the difficulty in abtaining suitable men for the force, the subject of an increase in the pay will shortly be considered by the Watch Committee of the ccuncil. MURDEROUS ASSAULT BY POACHERS.—On Friday, in- formation was given at the head office of the Chester constabulary of a murderous attack by a gang of poachers on two gamekeepers and two watchers in the employ of the Duke of Westminster, on the Eaton estate, Cheshire. It appears that about nine o'cleik on Wednesday night the keepers, who were accompanied by two powerful dogs came suddenly in the midst of a gang of seven poachers, armed with huge hedgesttk \s and spikels. Notwithstanding the desparity in numbers the keepers immediately proceeded to secure some of the gang. The poachers u ed their weapons in a most determined manner, and while the keepers were engaged warding off the sform of blow-, another fellow with a spikel stabbed both the dogs (which were muzzled) again and again. In the meantima a keeper named Shane bad got one of the poachers under him. The fellow, who lustily cried for help, attracted the attention of one of his comrades, who. running to his assistance, st.-tick the keeper an awfn! blow across the temples with a hedgestake, )Inocllrir, him insensible The poachers then decamped, leaving game nets and weapons behind them.
CEFN AND RHOSYMEDRE.
CEFN AND RHOSYMEDRE. TEA MEETING AND CONCERT.—On Monday, Sep- tember 17th, the annual tea. meeting in connection with the Tabernacle Baptist Chapel, was held ia the building. The wants of the recipients were uttended to by the following ladies :—Miss Jones, the Colliers' Arms Miss Margaret Roberts, Tret'y- nant; Miss Sarah Ann Edwards, Mount Pleasant; Miss Williams, Garth; Miss Hannah Jones, Cross Keys Miss Mary Ann Jonos, Cefn Mrs Mai-garet Wright, Miss M. A. Richards. Miss Ann Hughes, Cefn Bychan; Mrs Edwards, New Inn. In the evening the usual concert was given, when theftev William Davies, Zion, occupied the chair. Pro- gramme: Anthem, "Singing Jehovah's praise," the Ebenezer Glee Party; recitation, "Shrewsbury John," Master Edward Brown; recitation, Miss Jones, Acrefair; anthem, Glee Party; song, Y Morwr," Mr Thomas Davies anthem, •' Oh, had I wings like a dove," Glee Party; dialogue, Messrs William Owens and Robert Davis; song, "Y Baban diwrnod oed," Mr Edward Thomas anthem, Glee Party; song, Dangos dy hun," Mr Edward Thomas; song, "The White Dove," Mr Thomas Davies; anthem, Glee Party. The Rev Mr Jones, Tabernacle, proposed a vote of thanks to those who hitd kindly assisted them that day, and also to the chairman for having so ably presided. Mr Thm" lona4 BeDe Yae, aowupetBtei. J FATAL ACCIDENT AT TREVOR. — An accident, which ended fatally to Mr Joseph Wright, Gwer- nyudFarm, occurred on Thursday, September 13th, near Trevor Station. Mr Wright was engaged in moving two empty waggons along the railway y I'll I y siding from the station into the Garth Brick and Tile Works, close to the Australian Arms. Within about 20 yards to the RLiabon-road he was observed to endeavour to stop the horses, which were going at a rather rapid pace, when by some means he missed his footing, and his body came in contact with tha wheel of the waggon. The man on the waggon instantly put. the break on, and jumped down to stop the progress of me horse, which con- tinued to pull with all his might. This was not effected until Mr Wright was dragged along the rails for about six or seven yards, and fearfully crushed between the wheel and the rail. He was at once picked up and carried into a neighbouring cottage, and subsequently conveyed heme, where he expired in two or three hours. On Monday, an inquest was held on the body at the Australian Arms, before B. H. Taelwall, Esq, coroner, and a jury, of which Mr E. Corbet", Chemical Works, Cefn, was foreman. The only witnesses examined were Mr Mason, of the brick works, who was on the spot at the time, and Thomas Jones, the breatsman, who was highly complimented by the jury on the coolness and promptitude he had mani- fested. A verdict of "Accidental death" was returned. Deceased was well-known and highly respected in the neighbourhood, and he will long be remembered as a genial, affable, and most kind- hearted neighbour. His remains were interred on Monday, at the Garth Cemetery, and the funeral was very large.
ELLESMERE. THE OSWESTRY AND DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW AT ELLESMERE.—There have, been numerous entries for t h2 forthcoming show at Ellesmere next Friday. The numbers, though the focietv only covers a part of the county, compare not unfavourably with the entries for the Shropshire and West rldldnd Show at Whitchurch. Of cattle, there are (is entries, against 100 at Whit- church of sheep, 58, against 60 at Whitchurch pigs, 20; horses, 125, against lo2 at Whitchuich; leaping horses, 19; cheese, 10; butter, 9; roots, 35; mis- cellaneous, 4 implements, 1; poultry, 175, stackmakera 4; crops, 19; total, 545, BOARD OF GUARDIANS. TUESDAY, September 18.—PresentMr J. Bate- man, vice-chairman, presiding; Major Cust, MP., Mr S. K. Mainwaring, Mr I. S. Hodgson, Rev W. C. E. Kynaston, Rev G. H. Egerton, Measrs T. Kelsali, J. Allinson, J. Richards, R. Evans, J. Blatitern, A. Key, T.' Thomas, and Mr J. Stant, clerk. THE HousE.-The Master reported that the number of inmates on the last day or the first week was 8fi, as compared with 82 the corresponding week in last year. The vagrants relieved were 18. In the second week the number of inmates was 76, against 79 of last year. The number of vagrants relieved was 18. OUTDOOR RELIEF.—The relieving officers reported as follows: Ellesmere distric1", per Mr Darlington, first week, E6 lSs 9^1, second week, the same. Hanmer district, per Mr Williams, first week, J26 5s 3d, second week, the same. A DIFFICULT PROBLEM TO SOLVE.-Tlie Master stated that there were two women who had entered the house that morning, only having left the ore- ceding Saturday. One had three children and the other one. He experienced great annoyance from them as they were continually doing the same thing. He could not find any fault with them, as they complied with the regulations relative to their admission and discharge. When they left they had nowhere to go to.- The women were called in, and said they had gone out of the house to try and better themselves, but, failing, had returned.— Considerable discussion ensued. Mr Hodson sug- gested that the relieving officers should bring the cases under the notice of the police, so that they might be brought before the magistrates under the Yagi-ancy Act and dealt with accordingly.—Mr Williams, one of the relieving officers, said he had already done this.—It was decided to try the ex- periment a second time, and also that the clerk should write to the Local Government Board for their opinion. DUDLESTON WATER AGAIN.—The Clerk read the Mr Chairman and gentlemen, I have taken the liberty of sending you a sample of water from the new well near the Criftin's Church, and I should like yon to examine it, and then to testify when or not it is fit for domestic use. The in- habitants are complaining much of ths water, and as a parishioner I beg to say that if a plentiful and pure supply of water is not obtained according to section 61 of the Public Health Act, I shall memorialise the Local Government Board to take the matter up. The inhabitants have now been deprived of pure water for four or five months, and even now if they did not catch rain water they would be compelled to go elsewhere than to the new pump.—I am, gentlemen, yours truly, D. Carr."—The ccrk was instructed to write to the churchwardens, suggesting that the well should be pumped an hour at night and morning, as they believed it would have a satisfactory result, and also to forward them a copy of Mr Carr's letter. He was also directed to writl) to Mr Carr, informing him of what they had done.