WREXHAM DISTRICT HIGHWAY BOARD. A meeting of this body was held at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Wrexham, on Tuesday last. There were present Captain GriiRth-Boscawen (chairman), Mr. S. T. Baugh (vice-chairman), Messrs. T. LI. Fitz-Hugh, E. Evans, J. H. Ffoulkes, A. Peel, Lester (Minera), Thomas (Burton), Richard Jones (Stansty), John Jones (Bersham), Matthews (Esclusdiam Below), Milligan (Borras Hovah), John Thomas (Holt). THE TOLL HOUSE AT ADWR CLWYD. The CLERK (Mr. John Bury) said he had been in communication with Messrs Louis and Edwards respecting the above toll house, and one of the letters he had received was to the effect that orders had been given for the removal of the house, and it would be taken down by the end of the week. Mr. FITZ-HUGH said that whatever title the Board had to the toll house site there was also a claim on his part. If the toll house wore taken down to-morrow they had no right to put a foot upon the ground where it stands. He had purchased the ground many years ago, and they would act up to what the Crown had granted them. The matter had caused him much annoyance. He had received letters from a third party, but if the Board had sent to him direct or his agent he would have met the board in any way. 1111 M Mr. To,, Es (Bersham): You say this land is yours ? t Mr. FITZ-HUGH I claim what the Crown has given me. Mr. JONES Well, we claim it on behalf of the Board. Ir. FITZ-HUGH: Very well, you must prove your ti.le. The CLERK, at the request of the Chairman, expounded the Highway Act, and showed that its provisions had been complied with by the Board, and that therefore they had a right to the ground in dispute. He pointed out that Mr. Fitz-Hugh's claim was a pre- emture one, but the claim' had no effect because the Board had at the proper time exercised their power. The CHAIRMAN was of opinion that the terms of a general act, under which the Board had proceeded, would over-ride any private one, and read from the 102nd chapter of the 29 and 30th sections of the High- way Act in support of his views.' Mr. FITZ-HUGH said the portion of land in question belonged to him as much as the Chairman's own house belonged to the Chairman. The CHAIRMAN referred Mr Fitz-Hugh to the act. Mr. BAUGH thought that to. avoid anything which might seem harsh they had better let the surveyor and clerk meet Mr Fitz-Hugh and arrange the matter with him. Mr. FITZ-HUGH said he was willing to meet the Board fairly if they would meet him so, but he would not submit to any tyranny. Mr. BAUGH thought Mr. Fitz-Hugh took the matter in a wrong light. Mr. FITZ-HUGH said he received a letter one Sunday as he came out of church to the effect that if the toll house was not taken down within 24 hours it would be done for him. Mr. BAUGH thought that if Mr. Louis, who sent the letter, thought proper to deal harshly the Board were not responsible for it. Ultimately it was arranged that the Surveyor, Clerk, Mr. Baugh, and Mr. Lester meet Mr. Fitz-Hugh and arrange the matter. This concluded the business.
BOROUGH PETTY SESSIONS. MONDAY.—Before C. Hughes, T. C. Jones, and W. Overton, Esqrs. ITNCOURTEOUS CONDUCT OF AN AGENT. Gordon Ross Christian was summoned by Bridget Branan, of Charles-street, for an assault. Mrs Branan stated that on Thursday the defendant called upon her and asked for her rent. She said she couid not pay it then. Later in the day he came again and took her pawn tickets and other articles. Late in the night he called a third time, and turned her out with her children into the cold. She had been under the care of the doctor, who had told her not to go out of doors. In turning her out he knocked her head against the wnll. Defendant said the hoase belonged to Mrs Birch, and he had served complainant with two written notices to quit. Another woman who was in the house with the com- plainant said she (witness) was thrashed by the defen- dant, and had the marks on her at the present time. He also thrashed the complainant. The. Bench remarked that the defendant's conduct had been exceedingly harsh, and the least they could do would be to fine him 515. and costs. Upon this the defendant seized the door of the dock, violently pulled it open, and on entering it said some- thing to the effect that if that was the least they could give him he would go to Ruthin. He knew what Wrexham justice was. It was enough to drive a man to hell and blazes, and they could give him six months for all he cared. When he was before them they had to deal with a gentleman, and not with like the de- fendants. The Clerk and the Chairman called on him to be quiet, but he thumped the front of the dock with his fist and used defiant language. Eventually, whilst the spectators were leaving, the Chairman told the defendant that if the money was not paid he would be sent to prison for seven days. Defendant: Very well, then, it won't be paid. Ultimately the police removed the defendant, he at the time using most abusive and contemptuous language towards the magistrates. ILLEGALLY TAKING WATER. Elizabeth Taylor, a young domestic, was summoned at the instance of the Wrexham Waterworks Company for wrongfully taking their water. Mr. John Lewis appeared on behalf of the company, and in opening the case said it was due to the directors to state that three other charges might have been brought against the defendant and that the one with which she was now charged had been committed in defiance of repeated expostulations. Several charges similar to the present had been brought against persons, but only nominal fines had been inflicted, but the seriousness of the offence, he thought, called for more severity. He called Mr. Wm. Harford, an inspector of the company's, who stated that on the 13th January he saw the defendant at a tap in Egerton-street taking water. The tap supplied several houses, but not the one in question. He went to to the defendant and told her that he had caught her taking water before. He then went to her mistress who said she told the girl to go to the well. In defence the defendant said she went to the tap of her own will. She did not know there was any harm in it, and the well was so far away. In answer to the Bench Mr Lewis said he would be satisfied with the fine the Bench thought proper to inflict. Under all the circumstances the Bench inflicted a fine of 2s 6d and costs (10s. 6d. more) and allowed the girl time to pay the money. Mr. Overton, being connected with the company, took no part in the case. ARREARS OF POOR RATE CALLS. On the application of Mr Oswell Bury (clerk to the Wrexham Union Guardians) summonses were issued against Messrs C. K. Benson and Frederick Fraser, as overseers of the township of Wrexham Regis, for arrears of calls due, one on the 1st of Petober, 1878, and the second on January 2nd, 1879. The summonses were granted and made returnable at a special sessions to be held on Wednesday. WEDNESDAY.—Before T. C. Jones and W. Overton, EFqrs. IMPORTANT CASE TO OVERSBBRS. A special sitting of the Borough Magistrates was made this morning, to bear a case brought by the Guardians of the Wrexham Union against Mr. Chayles Kanny B^nso", gr we; &C., Higii-^treet, I and Mi. Fiederick R. Prase j w^der, lligii t-. why^ht y p.i^u'd no:, p :v cettait. c i s which h id bei-j made upo's them as -r- ci e oi WVexaain and whi cv.'r <i' e. M". 0.W3U appeared for the G ardn-rs and Jr. Saervatt -or P.-aS;r, lIlr. Bousou conducting, his own case. Mr. Oswell Bury in opening the cases said the first, summons called upon the defendants to show cuse why a contribution order, dared the J9 h September, 1878, crdtring them to pay to the trea- surer of the union on ;;he I7rn October th,, sunn of JSJOO, had not been complied with. lu the second case the call was due on the 2u l January, 187.8, and amounted to £ 547. He then put in several papers showing his authority to take the proceedings, &c. Mr. E. H. Williams, the assistant overseer, then produced the order and said he received it last Seprember. He acquainted the overseer of the order aud prepared toe rite. Mr. Bury 8o f the overseers did not get these documents in their hands they were acquainted with the amount required of them.—Witness I YlS, I prepared the statement in wri The Clerk To whom do you pay the money, to the overseer?—Witness I gat his receipt for it. The Clerk: But 1 here are t ;,o overseers. This is vei-Y irregular. You should have a joint receipt. .Examined by Mr. dharratt, witness said he had about £ 580. He had paid o -er all he had collected. Mr. Benson might have some money in hand, but Mr Fraser had cevt-r had any. There still remained about, £ 380 due to the overseers. H had made efforts to collect that sum. The rate was made in December last. and he sear, out appli- cations us scou as he could after. He had us-jd every effort to collect the money, and the principal reason he had not obtained it was because the people were not prepared to pay, and many were appealing. By Mr. Benson: I mid the money into the bank to ycur account. It was a sep irate account. The Clerk: What, to Mr BensJn alono.P-Wit- ness Yes. The Cierk It is a very irreguiarthing.—Witness Ail otiier overseers do it. Mr. Benson: Is it, not a fact that some of our heaviest, ratepayers are appealing ?—Yes. A ad tiiat we have not been in a position to -a,L- them for their rate until the appeal is decided?—It is so. That is one great cause why we are behind with these rates P—There would have been a great deal more money in hand if these had paid. He stated further, in answer to Mr. B,,n,on, that a month ago next Friday he tendered i300 to the treasurer, but is was not received. There would only be about XII or £ 12 aue if that had oeen receivers. In answer to the Chairman, witness said he paid the money into the National Provincial Bins, and not into the bank of the treas-uier. Do you go to the N ct-io "al Provincial Bink w.tnouc any orders from Mr Benson P—Mr. Benson is my master, and I follow his instructions. The senior overseer always acts, and I am not instructed to pay the money to the treasurer. Mr. Bury said there was no objection to the money being paid into any bank, but there wag to its being paid in the name of one overseer. To the witness: Are you aware proceedings were com- menced when the £ 3'J0 were refused ?—No. The Clerx Cannot, some arrangement be come to respecting the payment of this money. Mr. Benson is a very respectable mar. Mr. Sherratt. said he was going to ask the Bench to give him an adj urnmenr. Mr. Fraser was un- well and not able to attend, and lie (Mr Soerratt) had no instructions, as Mr. Fraser was entirely in the dark, and knew nothing about the matter. He hoped they would allow the affair to stand o-er f"r a little time, so that Mr. Fr ser could become acquainted with the facts. The summons was ro show cause," and he thought a reasonable excuse I had been given why this money had cot been pud. Mr. Bury said he hoped the Magistrates would not ailow any aojournment. The Guirdians had not ailow any aojournment. The Guirdians had given ampie time. and repeated notices had been served to the effect that proceedings would be taken. Mr. Benson said these proceedings were no surprise whatever to Mr. Fraser. Li.?t night he left him, they having talked the whole aff lir over together. Mr Overton pointed out that the order wis made in September, payable in October, and no rate was made unta December. Mr. Thomas Henry Jones, truestirer of the Union, stated tha, he had only received .£500 out of the I' £ 900 due. 'J his concluded the case for the prosecution. Mr. Benson said all he had to say so far as his co-league was concerned, was that there was nothing with which he was not acquair ted. He was surprised to hear Mr. Sherratt make tne remarks he had, and he appeared to know nothing about the case. He .would also say that they were not bound to bank the money at all; they coaid hold it themselves and pay ii out when it was wanted, but for security he had pat it into bank. He told the assistant to bauk and not bring the money to him, and that had oeen done. During the time he had been overseer so nothing like £ 8,000 and £ 9,000 had passed through his account. Tney must think that he had been making a lot of money by this and he found that he had actually out of between .28,000 and X9,000 made the astound- ing au.ount of £ 4 153. 81. interest. He admitted that. But had the bank charged him com- mission, wiiienthey were entitled to, on the £ S,000, that would have amounted to X- 20, so he should thereby have been the loser b:r Y.16 upon the ttiree years. He also wished to state that in no case, and under no circumstances, had the accouut bjen uiixed with his trading account; it, had always bejn kept entirely distinct and separate, and no use had been made of it for cuy purpose whatever, as his bank book would show. He made this statement to put people right who were apt to assume things they should not. He asked them to adjourn the summons on the .£900 for a fortnight, and on the other of .£500 for a month, and in that time he hoped tv be able to meet the demands. In some instances he had actually had to advance his own money to meet the Union calls, and on one occasion he had to advance £ 453 }o square the Overseers' account previous to the Government audit, that account previous to the Government audit, that amount being at the time uncollected. After a conversation between the Bench, Mr. Bury, Mr. Sherr tr, and Mr. Benson, it was decided that in the first "'ase X200 be paid the next day, and X200 more the following Tuesday. The eecond case having been formally proved it was dec ded that the whole of the call be paid by February 18th. On the application of Mr. Sherratt the Bench remitted the fees in the case. We have received the following letter for publica- tion:- TO THE EDITOR OF THE GUARDIAN. SUt,-I should be obliged if you would allow me an explainaton with reference to the remarks made by the Clerk to the Magistrates, that it was irregular for the assistant overseer to pay the rates collected to the account of one overseer and not both. The order of the Poor Law Board is as follows The collector shall every weakpiy over all moneys col- lected by him, or in his hands, belonging to the parish, when- ever the amount exceeds, live pounds, to the banker whom the overseers may direct, to be placed to (lie accouut of one or more of them; or, if directed by one of the over-eers, to the treasurer of the guardians of the union, or to any other authority, in paympnt of any order from such guardians or other authority then due, and in the absence of any such direction shall pay the same to one oi the said overseers, in person; provided that as often as at any time in the course of any week the sum or sums of money in the hands of such collector belonging to the parish shall togetlier exceed fifty pounds, he shall forthwith pay over such sum or sums in the manner hereinbefore directed. When the overseers have so directed, the moneys collected are to be paid over to the banker of the overseers, to be placed to the account of one or more of them. In the absence of any such direction, the sums collected must be paid over to one of the overseers in person. When the sums are paid to one of the overseers, the collect- or should take care that the entry of the deposit in his collecting and deposit book is initialed in the proper column of the book by the overseer with. whom the amount is deposited at the time the payment is made, and he should submit the collecting and deposit book to the overseer for that purpose. I think you will see by this that we have been doing nothing irregular or illegal, as stated by the Clerk to to the Magistrates, but carrying out the plain instruc- tions of tjhe Poor Law Board.—Yours faithfully, C. K. BSNSOW. A WANDEKBR. Sergeant Jones brought before the Bench a girl 14 years of age named Elisabeth Owen, of the Rhos, whom he found wandering in the street, on Friday night. She said her father was dead and her step mother had turned her out of doors. He took her to the cocoa rooms and then got her lodgings, but when he went for her in the morning she was gone. He saw her father, who sne said was dead, and he aaid he did not know wheie the girl was, and asked the Sergeant to take care of her for him if he found her. He found her sometime after in the company of another girl and both had been sleeping out of doors. He sent to her father who asked him to put her into a cart and send her home. The Sergeant however, did not feel justified in giving her freedom until he had brought her before the Beaoh. The Magistrates now ordered the police to conduct her to her father.
AMATEUR DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE AT WREXHAM. As f i.sliiorrbio and l-.r^e in andien-33 as eve): gathered in the Pnbdc Hall of Wrexham assembled '-here on Tuesday evening last, to witness the per- formance of L-ah by a comnany of amateurs, which had been organised by Miss Bdrne (Plas Derwenl, and with a success which the patience an de'ermiaation cf that you-g lady alone couid h iv > securad. An am ateur performance is not by the sending- of a few polite notes; there is work, real hard work, to be overcome before all is in readiness to appear before the public gaze to re- ceive their approbation or a.nd it is indeed a bold person who win undertake, as it, may safely be said Miss Bierne did, the success of such RQ undertaking. Fortunately, she was assisted by most able coadjutors, who, enlisted by th ultimate end, the benefiting of an i!13ti-.ntiJn deserving everyone's support, were little, if an?, less luke- wtwm in making the occasion, as it was, a complete sucesp. The elite of the town and neighbourhood were pre- sent to witness the.performance, and the list of patrons was headed by the Duke and Duchess of Westminster, and Sir Watkin and Lady Wiliiams Wynn, the Mayor and Mayoress of Wrexham, and the medical officers of the Wr-'xham 10 fir miry in aid of which the enter- tainment was given. By the time the enfertainment commenced the hall was filled (the cheaper tickets were withdrawn) ana many were the ticket holders who could find no room in any part of the building, which caused consider- able anoyance. Shortly after 730 the curtain was drawn, and then a short coacett commenced with the old duet of "The LirWard Watch, by Mes-rs. Lambert and E 1 wards, two good singeis, followed by a song by Mr William A9pir1.ili. These trentlemen, accompanied on the piano by YL-.Crosi, j tin., tyave other pieces in a pleasing style, but the confusion caused by the crowded state of the room, the desire cf many to obtain seats, and the general wish to get quickly to the theatrical performance, made it a mauvais quart d'heure for the singers and for a few o hers as well. Eventually the sec nd part of the nrogrammewas arrived at, and the growing desire of ail to see the play was visible. Tli(,r w.-ts, no doubt, unusual grounds for the great interest felt in the perform- ance. For an amateur party to under ake the heavy piece of Leah," and a local lady who had never previously appeared before a public audience to assume the leading character, was, to say the least of it, a magnum opus. Eventually the se-ue was lifted on an Austrian village, and a chorus of thanks for Good Friday, sung by the peasants leaving their church, fell on the ears of tlle audierce. The rustic party having saluted their priest passed on kaviug him and Mad-din t, to- Igeihor. And thus one of the principal ciaracters (Madeline) was introduced. ME3s B ackledge's sucjess was at once prophesied, for -the clear and fi:m manner in which she commenced the dialogue, and her easy and graceful deport- ment were at once evidence of her entire self- possession and confidence. The pleasirg style in which she told the story of her discovery on the other side of the forest, and later on her pathetic appeal to Lorenz to reflect, to be humane, and just, kept attention upon her. The peasants haing- appeared and shouted -1 Whure is the Jewess?" and again made their exi', Madelina had to show how she could express anxious emo'ion, so much u £ which is called for in the whole play, and she had hardly concluded mo-t successfully the appeal, Protect the woman, unele, and let no harm "befall r," wtien the peasants made a scuffle at the back, adn the heroine of the piecd appeared, amid the applause of the audience and the slvu'3 of the Villagers "Down with her! Stone her!" Miss B irne's difficult pat had a difficult commencement, for having expressed a momentary haughtiness, she had the next instant to express the con- trary emotions of sadness and disappointment. The succeeding affecting scene in which Leah, Madelina, and the priest took an important part, having been well done, the curtain fell whilst, the priest blessed the agitated and bowed form of the Jewess. Those who came with feelings of mis- giving as to the success of the play, had no hing now to prevent their relief in regard to the leading characters to be taken by the ladies. Those who knew the play were aware that Miss Beirne's part in it wowld be one in which the most varied and deepest emotions had to be pourtrayed—love, hatred, and revenge; great, joy, grief and disap- pointment defying expression by words—feelings | which could not b3 exhibited by mere mectianical movements mad.e easy by long practice, but which absolutely demanded "soul," or. in conventional terms, dramatic power. The possession of this by Miss Beirne was evident to the observant eye, and au histrionic treat was justly anticipated.— The next act introduced Kudolf. who hell a conversation with Madelina, and the suc- cessful way in which he went through his part augured well for the success of another principal character. Throughout each scene and each .ct the attention of the audience was great, and interest increased as the play proceeded. All the charac.eis, without exception, did their parts in an excellent manner, and everything went smoothly and pleasautly. The more difficult charac- ters, not already mentioned, were entrusted to Mr. Kdlingworth, who took Nathan; Mr. Lacey, who very cieveriy took two characters, Lrrenz and Abraham; and Mr. Woodrow, who took Father Herman. Mother Groschen (Miss Sao teller) was exceedingly lively and pleasing, and D tme Gern-ude (cUr. Williams) had some curious ways, wtiiist Mr. F. Sheiratt, Mr. Potter, and Mr. Kawbotham re- spectively as Jacob, Fi z, and Ludwig, did well. Kosel (Miss C. J. Beirne) and Little Le-ih, were very lovable characters, and did ttie-r juvenile parts mott pleasingly. The Curse Scene and the concluding act were diffl,-ult parts for the principal characters, but the pounrayal and effects were all that could have been desired, and many were deeply touched by the scene in which Liah kissed the little child and hanaed to her the wreath of faded roses, as a proof of her forgiveness of her father. Indeed the whole performance was was worthy of a caate of professional actors, and some have gone so far as to assei-fc that many a professional company could not have carried it through so successfully. The whole of the stage arrangements, which were perfect, were under the management of Mr. L-acey, assisted by Mr. Crow, the lime light was supplied by Mr. David Johnson, and the baud was under the leader- ship cf Mr. Wells. Valuable aid was received from Mr. Richards, Mr. Rowbottnm, and Mr. Manley.- 'he Mayor previous to the last act proposed a vote of thanks to Miss Beirne aud her codjutors, highly eulogising the whole party, and Sir Robert Cunliffe seconded the motion wnich was carried with cheers. At the meeting of the General Cotnmtbteo for the Local Distress Relief Fund it was proposed and unanimously resolved that after the immense success obtained by the performance of "Leah" last Tuesday that an appeal should be made to Miss Beirne and her co-adjutors to be so kind as to repeat the play at an early dav, probablv next. Monday week. The Mayor and Sir R. A. Cunliffe were deputed to see Miss Beirne on the subject. At their urgent solicitations and with the object of adding to the funds (of which there remains hardly more than sufficient for a week's relief) she has most kindly consented to do so. A committee has been formed, who have under- taken to obtain aa wide a sale as possible of the tickets, in order to relieve Miss Beirne of all further Lrouble on this score. Looking at the urgency of the circumstances, and the sacrifices of time and trouble on the part of the performers, we would earnestly appeal to the public to give the enter- tainment their heartiest support.
DISTRESS AT CEFN. TO THE EDITOR CF THE GUXIDTIN. SIR.,—Having noticed some r marks from Richard Bowen, of Cofn, in the Guardian of January 23th, relative to the distress in that neighbourhood, I observe he makes an assertion, viz., that we at Cofn have no Guardians at the Wrexham Board, who can assist us if a family or two be pinched. Well, be it,, so? The present Guardians of Cefn are well known to the public; they are at their posts when wanted they do not turn their coats to suit their pockets or their stomachs, but, when real poverty and need is before them, are always ready to do all in their power to gain for them relief and assistance; but, as the public well know, some men are always begging—always complaining of poverty, even when there is work to be had, hence no wonder they should be almost distressed in a time like this.-Yours faithfully, A GUARDIAN.
Will-MUM TOWN COUNCIL. The monthly meeting of the Council was held on Tuesday afternoon last, present: Alderman Lloyd (in the chair), A'dermen E. Smith, J. C. Owen, and Councillors S. T. Baugh. George Bradley, Oswed Bury, W. S. J. Williams, W. Sherratt, T. Roberts, and Rtehara Juues. A DISPUTE ABOUT A BATE. The TOWN CLERK, having read the report of the F naiice Couan ittee, said he would urge upon the Council uirh all bis power to levy a general district rate of Is. fid. in the X. One of his argu- ments was that tne void property wou'd be very mach larger than it bad ever been before. Many of the houses in the to.vn were empty and many ratepayers were so poor that many of them would have to be excused. Thev, although the rateable value showed an increase, there had been so many appeals that the increased s. m had been very much reduced, and many appeals were still going on, and in all probability the reduction would amount to Severn 1 thousands. So that, if they made a rate of Is. 41 the probability was that it" ould only really amount to the worth of a fbillingrale. Then again srme gentlemen of the Finance Committee in looking over the bank book observed that they owed about JB^OO less this than the previous hail year, but on looking carefully into the account he found that the reduction of the creuit had been caused by the Magistrates' Clerk paying to their credi. a sum of.about X.200 which he had received on account, of fices, penalties, and fees during "the )e last seven years, a payment wh ch would not be repeated. So that the real state of affaila was ih,it they were not better off, but in reality J615u worse off than in the corresponding half year. Tne last argument he would itse was that for along time they cad beeu indebted to the bank and had been pacing interest on loans, and for several years they had not had a balance in their favour. Then with regard to be money likeiy to come in, n.uch stress was laid upon woreys due for improvements, but they never found that any large sums came in at once-they c ime in drible s, and indt-ei many of the debrs were being paid in instalments. The amount due was probably about .£l,OOO,bnt a very large proportion of that was irri. coverable. Many items were disputed, and the collector had called apon debtors over and over again and failed to obtain payment. Therefore it was his strong recommendation that a Is. 61. rate be made instead of one of Is. 4.1. as recommended by the Finance Committee. Aldertunn LLOYD, who moved in committee that the rate be one of Is. 41., said that after what the Town Clerk had stated he felt inclined to alter his view. It appeared they had been indebted to the bank for some years, and tie thought they ought to get clelr of such Chear, hear). Further he con- sidered they cuiht not to make a rate which w.uld only be just sufficient to meet their calculation?, for there was the possibility of many things turnirg up during the year, and if They reduced the rate they would find it harder to raise it again to mee' any deficiency than to keep it at its present stand- ard. He would therefore move that the rate be Is. 6d., the same as last year. Mr. OSWELL BURT seconded. The Town Clerk, he said, had used all the arguments in favour of a rate of Is. 6 i. But. there was just one point he would mention, and t was that although tne rateable value had been*aised to X51,500 agains' £ 40 000 last year a very large number of appeals had been made in regard to valuable properties. which would very materially affect the rate. Mr. SHERRATT regretted they had not had these particulars before them when the Committee met to decide upon the rate. It was very well for Mr. Lloyd to turn now, and propose a rate of Is. 61., but he begged they would not forget that they decided apon a Is. 4d. rate, as it were, to meet half way tho.~e who were desirous of a Is. 31. rate. He believed they could have carried a Is. 3d. ratp, but they consented to a rate d 13. 4d. in the belief that that would settle the matter. It would have been quite a well if they bad had the whole of the facts before them in Committee, because gentlemen who were on the Committee were not there that day. If the Committee were of any use at all their de- cision should be adhered to. He was still in favour of a Is. 3 1. rate, and thought such would be suffi oient. Moreover <hey were without positive figures now which th(JY had in Committee. Of course, lie believed what the Ch'rk had said, but why snould they alter a decision determined upon in Committee- where the matter was thoroughly gone into? He I18.W no reason for ihe change, and would move as an amendment that the recommendation of the' Committee be adhered to. t, Mr. BATIOH gave his reasons for moving a Is. 4d. rate in Committee, but after what the Clerk had said, his faith in the Is. 4d. rate was shaken. He thought, however, 'he time was come when there should he a It tie "cheese paring." Mr. BRADLEY, after the remarks of the Clerk, backed by Mr. O. Bury, was strongly inclined to think that before they reduced the rate they should wipe off the balance at the bankers. His principal reason, however, in supporting the reduction of the rate in Committee, was that by keeping the execu- tive of the Board tight in regard to money they would make an extra effort to get the sums in which were due to the Council. Alderman SMITH thought no one was desirous of putting a heavv rate on the town, but in the face of what the Clerk had said it was undesirable t > reduce the rate, seeing also that they had be.-n indebted to the bank for a considerable tiire. He hoped the time would soon come when they would be able to reduce the rate, but it could not be done at the present time. But even if they put the rate at Is. 6d. it was a very little higher than in some other boroughs of similar size. The executive should do all in their power to get in the amounts outstanding, and a certain amount of pressure should bf put upon the debtors. Mr. RICHARD JONES wou!d like to hear from the Clerk the list of those individuals who owed money to the Council. He was afraid there was a great deal of money lost through not having been looked after. In regard to the rate, he said, for the last four weeks he bad not collected rents enough to pay the taxes, and where was he to get the money from ? What was the use of burdening the rate- payers with a tax ihey could not pay ? He would Stick to a Is. 3d. rate, and nothing else. The CHAIRMAN We all know the times are very ^MR. RICHARD JONES But where am I to get tha money from ? Mr. SHERRATT Then you don t collect rents enough to pay your taxes. Mr. RICHARD JONES Exactly. There is money owing to the Council by people who have the mo-,(,y in their hands and they won t pay it ? I don't know why. Here these monies have been standing eats three, four, or five years, and have not beeu eollected. I am stating facts, and no one can deny thetn. Mr. Jones concluded by seconding the amendment for a Is 41 rate. The amendment was then put, and only four voted for it—Messrs. Sherratt, Roberts, Richard Jones; and Williams. The resolution for a Is 6d rate was therefore declared carried. DEBTORS TO THE COUNCIL. The CLERK presented a list of th08° persons who were in arrears of money due to the Council for im- provements. The arrears amounted to £ <>41 15s 7d The list was referred to special mee ing of the Finance Committee, at which the Collector is to be present. BRYNYCABA.NA.XJ LAN*. The StTEVKYOR presented his report on the above lane, which was to the effect that it was repairable by the householders, and not by the Council, and it was resolved that notices be served on the owners calling upon them to put the footpath in proper repair. MISCELLANEOUS. A. contract for the digging of graves was con- ,firmed -In the absence of the Mayur the considera- tion of the change of the Borough Court, of which he had given notice, was adjourned, Mr SHERRATT remarking that the matter was so important that it hardly ought to be adjourned. THE QUESTION OF A PUBLIC XORTUARY. In accordance with notice Alderman LLOYD brought up the question of a public mortuary for the town. Having mentioned the recent occurrence in Queen street, and the relu-sl of the Master or the Workhouse to admit the body to the mortuary at the institution, he proposed that negociations by I opened with the authorities of the Icfirmary for the use of the mortuary in connection with that building. In regard to holding the inquest there Mr Lloyd pointed out that the Coroner was allowed five shillings to pay for a room, and therefore that matter rested with him. Mr. BAUGH seconded. it pl.ftr-e vas fon*:d for the do d. A irore mv orctrrense could r.ofc have to ?ee tne body of tlmt poor nv"» tvh.? di -d s-v1 'i'? in Q'1Pn.gtr(,pt, dragged n';)('l1t, f'PI)r11 on,, 1)1,.e. another h,ynre n renting pl-ic* r'!) H 1, 11" f 0'1 '1 It n, believed that, bad ibbeon the body of a 1"inh it wordd have been r^c^ived in()' the Workhong«. (" No, no, no") He fplt strongly about, the in ittev. 11 nd he did believe that had a rich man dropped niwn in the street his body would have been received. Mr. OSWELL BURY: Ifc would not have been taV>^n to the house. Mr. SHERRATT: No, it would have been taken to the Wynn ta-v Hntel-fl "crack" place. ATr. ROBERTS (to Mr. Smith): You will have the master replying to you. Mr. SMITH, continuing, said it w.is qu'te time, after that occurrence, to have a place where the bodv of s'jch a person could be placed. Mr. BURY warmly replied (hit the body was not dragged" up and dragged" down rwun, but WAS decently taken up and bnck, and positively, denied that the master would have made any distinction between rich and poor. Alderman SMITH said it might not have been drapered" Mr. BURY You use-! the word I- dragged." Alderman SMITH admitted he used the word "dragged." but he hardly meant it in the wny Mr. Bury took it. He understood the body was ta kPD in a cart to the Workhouse, and, being refused, was brought back again, and eventullJy placed in a stable at the Talbot, where the rats might have got at. it. Mr. WILLTASTS P,)i,l tlip body was taken in a cart, and covered over with straw, bat it was a sight he npverwishpd to s»e again. It was tlwn decided tint the Clerk communicate wi, b tha Infirmary Authority, with a v'ew to obtain ..n the use of the mortuary at the irslifution, either for a yearly rental, or on condition that they become yearly subscribers. This concluded the public business, but the councillors remained to discuss some matter privately.
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WREXHAM RELIEF COMMITTEE.—A meeting of the general committee was held at the Guildhall yestei-day morning (Friday). Present the Mayor (in the chair), Sir Robert Cunliffe. Bart., Messrs. Goodier, Evan Morris, Coleman, G. Bradley, W. Jonea, Rev. E. Jerman, and others. The statement of accounts were laid before the meeting, which showed that .£296 had been received, but after the payment of all debts the balance in hand would be only j646, which would only provide for a little more than another week. Sir Robert Cunliffe stated that he and the Mayor had asked Miss Beirne to repeat the play of Leah in aid of the funds of the committee, and it was eventually resolved that the meeting confirm the request and a committee be appointed to carry out the arrangements. Mr. Evan Morris stated an ouinion that relief was required now more than at the comnencoment of the committee's labours, and he was sorry tofind that instead of more relief being given it was being cur- tailed. Times were harder and the funds of many deserving people had been exhausted, and he urged, therefore, that relief be given every day. These opinions were generally endorsed, and,on the motien of Mr. Goodier, it was resolved that a report of the work done by the committee, the cases relieved, and the amount expended, be printed and circulated amongst the inhabitants, and a strong appeal be made to them for subscriptions. On the motion of Mr. Walter Jones, it was further resolved that the elergy and ministers of all denominations be asked to preach sermons and make collections in aid of :he fund.
(fuollrall frtf.ein.ge3Tc:. NEWTOWN v. ABEEYSTWITK.—The return match between these clubj took place on Saturday last at 1\ eY,- town. Play lasted but one hour, the vi-dtors having to c,tch the four train. Aberystwith having arrived with one man short, G. Woosnam took his place, and did good service for the visitors. The frozen state of the ground was against both teams, the play being anything but good. At the call of time the game stood, New- town one goal, kicked by J. Astley, to Aberystwith none. The following were the players.—Newtown: Goal, H. Hibbott backs, W. Woosnam, E. Morris half-backs, Owen, Ward; left wing, Oliver, Astley; right wing, Buckley, E. Morgan (captain) centre, M. Woos- nam, D. Williams; umpire, D. Hibbott. Aberystwith Goal, Warrington; backs, Hamer, Eees half-backs, J nes, Thomas; left wing, Roberts, Jenkins; right wing, Woosnam, Lewis centre, Hughes (captain) Williams, umpire, Mr Pugli. It will be remembered that New- town beat this club at the commencement of the present season by four goals to one.
WELSH- CHALLENGE CUP. WREXHAM V. OSWESTRY. The third tie for the Welsh Association Challenge Cup was played off on Saturday last, in a field at the end of Salisbury Park-road, lent by Mr. Hugh Price on condition that the club pay £ 1 Is to the Wrexham Relief Committee. The field was spotted with ice, and the hardness of the ground made the ball rebound greatly. To say that much interest was felt in the game is superfluous but, perhaps, the most anxious did not expect that 1,500 would assemble to see it, most of whom had to pay to enter the field, and many their railway fare from Oswestry also. Neither did anyone expect such'a result as the game ended in. Two goals to none is a positive and great defeat, and the feelings of the losers can be imagined when we say that rumour was to the effect that they would easily win, and that large numbers bet six to one upon their success. Of course they lost, and there were not the slightest grounds throughout the whole game upon which they could found a hesitation to admit their utter loss, and the Oswestry team, and many of their backers, had to return to their homes losers in all directions. Higham won the toss, and selected to play up a slight incline. Murless kicked the ball about 2.50. Within a few minutes each club warmed to earnestness and deter-- mination, and almost immediateTy a cry of hands," in the middle of the ground, gave Wrexham a free kick, and the ball went behind the Oswestry goal. The ball, having been kicked off, was again returned behind the, goal. The ball was often and repeatedly kicked out, I but, for a considerable time, the Wrexham kept their opponents hard to work in .their own ground, and eventually Price played the ball behind the line; but soon after it passed up into the Wrexham ground and was put behind their goal. The Oswestry having obtained a corner kick put the ball well in front of the goal, but it was quickly got away, and smartly run to the Oswestry goal. A good shot was made, but the goal-keeper stopped it, and Price, by a second kick, put the ball behind. After some general play Oswestry got another corner kick, which they, however, could not turn to good account, and shortly after the play was again in Oswestry quarters, and, having been returned from behind the line, the ball was kicked between the posts by Evans, and thus about 3.30 the first goal was obtained, followed by hurrahs and hats flying in the air. The clubs having changed grounds Oswestry struggled very hard to make themselves even with their opponents, and soon besieged the Wrex- ham goal, but the attack was altogether un- successful. Shortly Boden made a rush at the visitors' goal, but having fouled Kenrick Oswestry claimed a free kick. A run was made by Shone, and a free kick for hands having been obtained a most deter- mined attack was made upon the Wrexham goal, some good shots being made, but the goalkeeper kept them off in an admirable manner. The ball was moved into the centre of the field for a short time only, and then the Oswestry repeated their efforts for a goal, and here some of the finest heading that could be witnessed was performed by some of the Wrexham club. Three, four. and five consecutive times was the ball headed back when most dangerously near the goal, over which it eventually passed. Having been kicked off the ball wr s several times sent behind the Oswestry goal; then L passed up and went behind the Wrexham. Some general play followed but eventually the ball again got in front of the Wrexham goal, and D. Owen made a short shot but it escaped the post. Price soon after got the ball in the centre, and making a smart run passed Higham and kicked another goal. This was near four o'clock, and the cheers and excitement were general, not only hats, but .even coats now appearing in the air. Only about 20 minutes was left and many were the anxieties as to what Oswestry would do in this time. They played well and with determination, but they could do nothing more than put the ball behind the Wrexham goal, and Glascodine, the Oswestry goal- keeper, had to work hard on more than one occasion to prevent a third goal for Wrexham. The play was very fast during the last 20 minutes, during. which the peculiarities of the playing on the part of the two clubs was visible, but as the result of the game shows, the foresight, pluck, and calmness of the Wrexham were more than a match for the dash and somewhat careless play of Oswestry. However the game was well contested, and their cannot now be the slightest doubt as to which club is the superior. On the conclusion of the game Mr. Evan Morris (president of the Wrexham club), in a few words con- gratulated the members of the Wrexham Club, and called for cheers for them an also for Oswestry. Both teams afterwards met at the Wynnstay Hotel at the invitation of Mr Evan Morris (who is also vice- president of the Association), and several toasts were drunk. Following are the names and positions of the players:— Wrexham.-Goal, J. Davies; backs, C. Murless (capt.) and T. W. Davies; half-backs, C. Ecwa-d?, F. Owen, and l. A. Cross right sido, T. Boden and J. Lloyd left side, E. Evans and H. Loxham centre, J. Price. Umpire, James Davies. oswestry.-Goil, G. Glascodine; backs, G. G. Higham (capt.) and Ll. Kenrick; half-backs, T. Owen and W. Williams riclit, side W. H. Davies and W. W. Shone; left side, G. S. Savin and D. Owen; centrss, J. Jones and J. Vaughan. Umpire. R. Hamer. Referee, T. B. Burnett, Ruabon. FIXTURES. Feb. 1, Oswestry v Wednesbury Strollers, at "Wedneabury Fob. 1, LIanerchrugogr v Huabon, at Llanerchrugog Feb. 1, Grosvenor v GwersYlIt. at Wrexham Feb. 1, Wrexham v Mold. at Mold Feb. 8, Wrexham v Di u ds, at Kuabon Feb. 8, Oswe>try (2nd) v Chirk, at Oswestry Feb. 8, Gt'osve or v Llangollen, at Llangollen Feb. 8, Oswestry v Druids, at Jflasmadoc Feb. 10, Corwen v Llan ollen. at Llangollen Feb. 15, Corweu v Givil Service, at Corwen Feb. 15, LlanerchmsroK v Kuabon (2nd), at Llanerchrugor Feb. 15, Oswestry v Wolverhampton at Oswestry Feb. 22, Oswestry v Ruabon, at. Ruabon Feb. 22, LlanerchruifOK v Druids, at UauerchruRor Feb. 22, Grosvenor v Mold, at Mold Feb. -2-J, Civil Service v Wrexham, at Wrexhnra -itiar. 1. LlanerchrugoK v Ruabon Grammar School, Llanerchrugotf Mar. 1, Grosvenor v Oswestry, at Oswestry Mar. 8. Civ 1 Service v Oswes ry. at Wrexham Mar. 8, Albion (Wi exhairi). v Gwersyllt (2nd). at Wrexham Mar. 8, Llanerei2rugog v Druids (2nd), at Llauerchrugog Mar. d, Foresters v kuabon, at kuabon Mar. 8, Oswe try (2nd) v Gwersyllt, at Oswe6try Mar. 15, Oswestry v All Saiuts, at Oswestry Mar. la, Civil Service v Chester College, at Wrexham Mar. 15. Llauerchrugojr v Wrexham, at Llanerchrugos Mar. 15, Wrexham v Nowtcivu at N owtown Mar. 22, Wrexham v Llangollen, at Llangollen Mar. 22. Llanerchrujrog v Grove Park School, at Wrexham Mar. 19, Oswestry v Newport, at Newport April 6, Llauerchrugog v Oswestry Grammar Sobool, at Oswestry
HUNTING. SIR W. W. WYNN'S HOUNDS will meet on Saturday, February I Iseoyd Monday, February 3 Halston Wednesday, Fpdruai-y 5 Worthenbury Wednesday, Fpdruai-y 5 Worthenbury Thursday, Februara 6 Overton Bridge Saturday, February 8 Hmtoa Each day at 10.30. THE VALE OF CLWYD HARRIERS will meet on Saturday, February 1 Cerrl* Llwvdion WWednesday, February 5. -Newmarket Saturday, February 8 Poatryffydd At THE FLINTSHIRE HARRIERS will meet on Monday. February 3 Brousrhton Saturday, February 8 Nanoeroh At 11. 1 ] THE FLINT AND DENBIGH HOUNDS. will meet on Saturday, February I Coed Coeh f Tuesday, February 4 Bodrhyddan At 19. 30. Thursday, February 6 Pengwern 1 At It. Saturday, February 8 Gwaenynog At 10.30.
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"M!< pT ?Ciifis ^IbbcrtrsenTCiTt. TO BREWZR3 lD CAPITAL J1,3. DESIRABLE FREEHOLD I;CVESTiLLiTS AT W i v I'] I v H i V ±\ x. To BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY MR. LOYATT (by order of the Mortgagee), at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Wrexham, ON TUESDAY, THE 18TH DAY OF FSBIiUAIlY, 1879, at Four o'clock in the a'temoon punctually, subject to conditions and in the or such other bts or order as may be decided upon by the vendor at the time of sale. LOT 1. The recently erected BREWERY, now in full working condition, called "THE VICTORIA BREWERY," with an eight-quarters Steam Brewing Plant, co'nplete, fitted and served throughout with water and gas apparatus, together with :11 fixtures and other effects attached to the above premises. Also the several Parcels of Land adjacent to the Brewery and the Stabling, Loose Box, Sheds, and premises lately occupied therewith. All the abova premiser a"e situate near the Cattle Market, in the Boroitgh of Wrexham, and have been recently built, and since occupied by Mr. Thomas Manley, Brewer. The land is well suited for cottage building sites, for which there is great demand in the town. LOT 2. The old-established and well-known INX, adjacent to and fronting Lot 1, formerly called "The C ck," but now "THE VICTORIA INN," situate at the junction of Holt and Farndon-stroets, in the Borough of Wrexham, with the yards and out-oiiices belonging thereto, now in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Henry Roberts. LOT 3. The well-established licenced BEER-HOUSE, called "THE BULL'S HEAD," with the yard and out-offices occupied therewith, now lieid by Mr. John Williams, and situate in Farndon-street, Wrexham. All the above Lots adjoin each other, and have an extensive street frontage, immediately connected with the old Cattle Market and new Smithfield, and present an admirable site for improvements and building operations. Further information may be obtained by reference to Mr. JONES or Mr MORKTS, Solicitors, and for full particulars, or any treaty as to the property, apply to the Vendor's Solicitors, Mr. LEWIS, Yspytty, Wrex- ham. 30th January, 1879. 198
BISHOP HEBEE'S MEMORIAL. TO THE EDITOR* OF THE G"AEDI VN. SIR,—It is proposed to put a memorial in this church, viz., a stained glass window, to Bishop Heber, who was born and baptised here, his father being one of the rectors. There is no memorial to him in the county of Chester. The window suggested contains five lights, which, it is thought, might be treated as follows:—(1) David composing the Psalms (2) Appearance to the Magi; (3) Descent of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost; (4) St. Paul preaching at Athens (5) St. John writing his Epistles. These would illustrate Heber's.life—Hymns, call to the Gentiles, the power by which he worked, the preaching of a god to his hearers unknown, his sermons and writings. The following have promised their support:— Bishop, Dean, and Archdeacon of Chester; the Duke of Westminster, Hon. E. Kenyon, Arch- deacon Allen, &c. Subscriptions will be thankfully received by eithor of the rectors, viz., the Rev. the Hon. W. T. Kenyon, or your obedient servant, C. W. Cox. The Rectory, Malpas, 23rd Jan., 1879.
IRON AND COAL. MIDDLESBOROTTC-H, Tuesday.—The Cleveland iron market has again been well attended, but business has been quiet. No. 3 was quoted at 34s less 1 per cent, but 33s Gd net was accepted. Forge pigs are Gd less than No. 3, and No. 1 3s more. The stocks continue U accumulate rapidly owing to the frosty weather for very little is going to Scotland, and most of the contin- ental ports are closed. The stock of Cleveland pig iron in Connal's store to-day is 71,100 tons, and the nominal price for No. 3 warrants is 34s 9d net. Finished iron still shows no change, and the outlook is discouraging. Common bars and angles, sell at £5 2s (id iron rails at £ 4 15s; ship plates at P,5 10s, all less usual discount. Coal in moderately good request. WOLVERHAMPTON, Wednesday.—For the few f.;iiished iron orders upon offer this afternoon the quotations were very varied, as much as 30s being the difference between the quotations for sheets of 20 gauge, yet best plates were firm. Monmoor brand bein, zL9 and Wright brand B8 10s. Pigs were weak and difficult to sell, al. though the list of blast furnaces at work, corrected up to this afternoon, shows a reduction since the former return of eight furnaces, the number now in blast is 25. Cannock coal in great demand. Manufacturing coal is unsaleable. 0 BIRMINGHAM, Thursday.—At the meeting of the South Staffordshire iron trade to-day there were a few orders distributed for finished iron, but these were only for small lots. Bu vers continue to ask for concessions in price, but makers decline to accede, marked bars being still firm at 27 10s per ton. Sheetmakers are firm, and refuse less than 28. Pig iron is in verv quiet demand, and prices in buyers' favour.
AGRICULTURE. THE INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL EXHIBITION.- The official list of prizes offered for live stock and pro- duce at the International Agricultural Exhibition it London was issued on Friday. The premiums reach the total sum of £ 12,650, of which the largest proportion will be awarded in money but winners of the Mansion House prizes will have the option of receiving gold, silver, and bronze medals instead. o & -< THE CORN IRADE. lhe zllark- Lane Expr,-sv says The continued frost has delayed the flooding of low. lying land. The last fortnight has weathered the out- standing ricks, so as to afford opportunities of thrashing out, of which advantage has been taken, so that farmer! supplies for the next month should be in fair condition The granary reserves are small, and, despite the im. portant aid of California, the next month's supplies an not likely to be heavy. Deliveries of barley have been rather good of late. Thrashing has been brisk in Scot- land, and a considerable quantity of good Scotch grain has been sent by the train or sea to the South of the Tweed. Until the end of 1878 the price of barley con- tinued to be maintained at a fairly good level, but since the commencement of last month there has been a decided fall in value. Of oats, deliveries have been moderate the average price is now lower than in any corresponding week of the past ten years, so that farmew have no inducement to send their grain beyond their own horse stalls. Of wheat the importation has been in excess of the average, and of maize there has aho been a fair quantity.
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manner.in which the Chairman had expressed himself towards teem. He asked his colleagues and all the workmen to remember the kindness Mr. Davies had shown towards t.ie.ii in giving them that excellent supper, and a.so to bo united and to pull together for one end. Mr WALT::E JONI:S proposed, "The Chairman," highly eulogising his conduct and character, winch having been heartily drunk, and cheers given for Mr. r and his family, CHAIRMAN responded, and concluded by pro- posing "The health of Sir Robert Cunliffe," which, having been briefly responded to, was followed by The Press," proposed by Mr. Snape and responded to by Mr. G. Bradley. The Ladies," proposed by Mr Evan Morris, and iesponded to by Mr Fisk, and "The Choir," concluded a most pleasant and harmonious ovening.