THE LIBERAL LEADER'S VIEWS. From the unanimity of the reports on the subject, we make no doubt that Lord HAHTING- TOXwas really at Newcastle-on-Tyne, where the "representatives of the press" appear to have found him. But for this concurrence of testimony. his lordship might be imagined to be occupied in a precarious journey on that unstable bog which is said to be moving about somewhere in County Kiidare. Lord HAKTINGTON is clearly lost—whether in an Irish bog or an English fog. His lordship's chief occupation at the present time appears to be that of denying statements which Lord BEACOXSFIELD imputes to him. But in correcting Lord BEACONariELD and informing the public what he really did say and what he really did mean, he leaves the world unable to distinguish very clearly the difference between that which he denies and that which lie admits. And if the Liberal leader may, for argument's sake, be admitted to have established a difference between the two things, he does so only by paying the farmers a compliment which they will be exceedingly eager to return to him with interest. Lord EARTIXGTON is thus in the -unenviable position of the man who cannot see .his way or guide his footsteps, and stumbles ,alike over friends and foes with honest but not creditable impartiality. His lordship declares that he has not described, the land laws as broken down. But he has a recollec- tion that the friends and representatives of the farmers told a very pitiful tale to Parliament about the condition of the agricultural interest, and. he admits having said that if the representa- tions deliberately and repeatedly made in the House of Commons on behalf of the farming in- terest are true, and if the remedies hinted at" must be adopted, then the landed system had broken down and the remedy required was a met revolutionary remedy Now the mean- ing of all this is. that if Lord HALTING TON dees not believe that the land laws have broken down, and does not believe in a revolutionary remedy, 'it is only because he disbelieves what the farmers, and their friends say! Truly, it seems difficult to judge whieh is the worst position for Lord HARTINGTOX, that which he was understood to assume when he spoke in the House of Commons, or that which he assumes when correcting the grave error into which he declares Lord BEAC;ONSFIELD ha.s fallen. After all this, what is to fee thought of the new rtIZe which Lord HART- IXGTON and his following are assuming, as the farmers real, and tried, and to-be-tried friends ? Say we not justly, then, that the Liberal leader is in & Tog, in ,8 dilemma. His logic is as clear and convincing as that of the Irishman who con- tended that one man was as good as another, and a great deal botter." It is not surprising, after such a philosophical uiteaance as Lord ILIS.TIS'GTGN delivers himself of regarding the position of the agriculturist, that he should drop some pearls of wisdom before the untutored herd of beings whom he recognises as forming a portion of his party. Moving so much araongst Liberals as he docs, he is painfully conscious that he has many followers whose political education consists of a Utile history, a, little knowledge of the laws of this and other countries, a little knowledge of political economy* —very 'little indeed, we need hardly say—and in a t degree of class interests, party spirit, and prejudice. This is candid, at any rate, but it is perfectly true. Nor, it may be added, is it entirely the fault of the rank and file of the Liberal party that they exhibit so much pre- judice and so little knowledge. They may well entertain all sorts of notions about land reforms when they find Lord IIARXINGTON'S safe views about "natural causes'" and "natural laws" more than counterbalanced by the rant and ravings of the BRIGHTS, the HERBERTS, the BKAUI>LALT.G3TS, and other apostles of the party., who denounce the existing laws, and demand something which is neither natural nor reason- able. Now what are, according to the heir of the house of CAVENDISH, the needs of the country, from a Liberal point of view ? Simply these: Reduction of the county franchise; a redistribution which shall not" utterly and entirely extinguish those centres of political opinion and of social life which are scattered over the country," and which "have done so much and so well for the political advantage of the country" and also a reform of local Govern- ment There is a "ticket" for the Liberals! Will Mr. CHAMBERLAIN or Mr. BRIGHT, or Mr. GLADSTONE be satisfied with it ? We have understood of late that the questions of the county franchise and the redistribution of seats were no longer to be regarded as party questions. Conservatives certainly contend that there is no call for such measures, but in principle they do not fear such reforms. Even Mr. GLADSTONE has admitted it to be uncertain whether the equalisation of the county and borough fran- chises would prove more beneficial to Liberals or to Conservatives. What then remains for Liberals and Conservatives to fight about, from Lord HARTINGTON'S point of view ? Nothing but questions of local government! Really has it all come to this ? Is there nothing more ex- citing for Radicals and Tories to quarrel about than vestry questions ? Yes, there is one class of subjects left; and how thankful ought Lord i .I. HAHTINGTON to be that party politics need not, after all, become utterly stagnant. There is the ever fruitful subjectvof foreign politics and in- directly connected with it is the que t! on of Colonial Governmen' Is it not possible that keen party divisions may some day take L).tce on such questions as whether universal suffrage and the protection of the ballot shall LOJ be granted to the Zulus and Kaffirs of South Africa ? Lord IIARTINGTON may think it adds to the effective- ness of his oratory to taunt the Government with bringing about foreign complications in order to divert public attention from domestic neces -ities, but it appears to us that if the programme of the next Liberal Government be as limited aid as paltry as that which has been sketched for the edification of the Newcastle Liberals, some very complicated and startling conditions of foreign affairs will be needed in order to save Liberal- ism from stagnation and death. We suspect, however, that the blank which the Liberal leader leaves in the party ticket will be readily filled up by those active and indispensible supporters who believo in something more swift and a drastic than "natural laws."
THE FREE LIBRARY. The proceedings at the second annual meeting of the Library Association, which has been held at Manchester during the week, should afford the committee of the Wrexham Free Library much encouragement to proceed with all speed in forming the library. The papers that were read, and the statistics that were forthcoming, shew what a success free libraries have been, and how well they have been supported. It is this Litte^- fact'that should induce towns which have not adopted the Act to do so, for it shows that the people generally are only too glad to avail themselves of the privileges of a free library when they can. The Manchester Free Library was the first to be established after the passing of the Libraries Act in 1850. It was opened in 1852, and consisted of 15,744 volumes in the reference department and 7,195 in the lending department. Since then the number of volumes in the reference department has increased to 61,200, and in the lending department to 85,306. The number of volumes produced to readers in the reference library during the past year amounted to 173,137, while the issues in the same period in the branch Ebr:1ries for reading in the rooms—which might so far be regarded as small reference libraries— amounted to 217,589, and the number of volumes lent out for reading at home amounted to 56S,,541. This is, so far as regards Manchester, The report of the association deals with 74 town libraries, the returns of which showed in the reference libraries 414,257 volumes, and in the lending libraries 838,537. The number of issues in the lending libraries was 5,003,196, and in the reference libraries 2,753,871. From these statistics it can be seen how Free Libraries are appreciated, and to what degree their advantages are taken. We trust that they may induce the committee to lose no time in maturing the arrangements decided on at the meeting on Friday last.
THE SEWERAGE OF STANSTY. That the privilege of local government is fully appreciated by those who feel directly the burden of local taxes is shown, whenever a question of importance arises, by those immediately interes- ted taking the subject into their personal con- sideration, and making their opinion known by means of vestry meetings, &c. When, how- ever, the ratepayers and property owners meet in vestry, and discuss a subject with which they are not thoroughly acquainted, it is only to be expected that they will come to conclusions which are quite erroneous and sometimes foolish. Such has recently been the case in regard to the important question of the sewerage of Stansty. The ratepayers of this township have held a couple of vestry meetings to consider the schemes by which the sewage of the district is proposed to be dealt with. Owing to the non-observance of one or two most important points, they passed resolutions on the subject of the sewerage which cannot be reconciled, and which showed a defi- ciency of knowledge of the important subject under consideration. A third vestry was held on Tuesday evening, when the ratepayers present, by the assistance of their representative (Mr. W. THOMAS), obtained a more correct view of the position of affairs, and accordingly passed a resolution more in harmony with the true in- terests of the township. The meeting, though small, was fairly representative of the township, and the discussion was carried on in an amicable and profitable manner, but one or two of the speakers were greatly inclined to go beside the real point, and raise difficulties, in connection with questions which does not affect them. Mr. RICHARD JONES, who seems to be the leader of those who were in favour of the Rhasnessney scheme, will persist in saying that tlifc brook is polluted by the sewage of Wrexham, and there- fore to add to the quantity of sewage must add to the pollution. The first proposition is but partially true, because although the sewage no doubt is the polluting matter, yet the sewage is not the first cause of the pollution, but the storm water. The second proposition is likewise only half true, because an increase of sewage would not increase the pollution, unless with the sewage the storm water is also increased. Now the intention of the Council is this, that if they increase the quantity of sewage running through their mains by taking in that of Stansty they will decrease* the storm water by diverting a portion of it from the mains to the brook. So, in reality, although the sewage would be increased the liability of the brook to pollution from' sewage would be decreased to a considerable extent. Consequently Mr. RICHARD JONES is entirely wrong in saying that the addition of the sewage of Stansty must be an addition to the pollution oi the brook. There is another fallacy which found advocacy in the Stansty vestry on Tuesday, and that is the supposed advantage of the single system, or the running of sewage and surface water through one main, .and to one and the same outlet. No doubt such a system is of advantage when the sewers empty themselves into the sea or into a rapid river, but when the sewage has to be disposed of by any other mode the system increases the difficulties to an enormous extent. Wrexham is an instance. What could Wrexham do with its sewage except what it is doing ? What is the greatest nuisance Colonel J OES has to put up with ? Why the enormous and uncontrollable amount of surface water which rushes through the mains, partially inundates his farm, depre- ciates the value of the sewage, and now and again carries a, quantity of it into the brook. On the separate system the full value of the sewage is retained, and the farmer knows pretty correctly the quantity he has to deal with, whilst the surface water, instead of being the first cause of pollution, merely swells the brook or river without doing it t4e slightest harm. In refusing to have the separate system the Stansty ratepayers were refusing a great boon. Let them consider the consequence of the com- bined system with an outlet at Rhos- nessney. They would have an immense quantity of effete and almost useless sewage mixed with hundreds of gallons of water. The former would be of little value, and the latter be quite unfit to be turned into any brook. The one would interfere with the possibility of dealing with the other, and both together would fcs an intolerable nuisance. Are the ratepayers r of Stansty prepared to overcome these inevitable difficulties, or do they think they can get rid of them without paying? If not they should not call for he combined system, which every engineer of eminence and every man of common sense, who understands the subject, has con- demned. But to consider the two schemes which were before the vestry. If the outfall is at Rhos- nessney, what will be done with the sewage when it is aiken there ? This is a point which was just mentioned at the vestry, but the reality and extent of the difficulty is not, perhaps, fully realised. The question of the sewage of Stansty is not settled when the last pipe is laid and the last house connection made. When the sewage is at Rhosnessney it can- not be left to dispose of itself. It must be dealt with and disposed of in some way, and works, &c., will be a necessary concomitant of its disposal. What will be the cost of these ? Here is a question which the ratepayers should not deal with lightly, and especially whilst they stick with a wonderful tenacity to those of less importance. But if they pass their sewage into the Urban sewers they have, for certain, no after difficulties in connection with the disposal of their sewage. Tho probability is that they will have to do nothing but bring their mains up to the Urban mains and then hand the right of their control over to the Council. Such certainly will be a great advantage in many respects, apart from the matter of cost. However, the Stansty people are not quite satisfied even with this, and they go so far as to say that it is slightly unfair for them to have to sewer Chester-road because such is within the Urban boundary. Well, after doing this, they get rid of their sewage for £1,500 less than if they take it to Rhosnessney. It would be difficult to meet a man who, after gaming £1,500 by a transaction, should exclaim that such was unfair to him- self. But such is what Stansty is doing. Of course the sewering of Chester-road by Stansty will be a save to the borough, but not a save of the whole cost. There must be set against it the cost of the diversion of the storm water, which must be done before the sewage of Stansty can be taken. Certainly the diversion will not cost so much as the sewering of Chester- road, but Stansty must not be so unreasonable as to expect the whole advantage of the bargain. It would be -hard, if, in saving the township £1,500 or more, the borough could not save it- self a small sum. The whole undertaking will be to the great advantage of both parties con- cerned, and now that Stansty has approved of the union with the borough it is most heartily to be hoped that those who have the considera- tion of the legal and other points in connection with the arrangement will let no light matter stand in the way of carrying out what will con- fer so great a benefit to all, and which has been discussed until all are nearly tired of it.
THE Rev. J. Jenkins, B.A., curate of Wrexham, was ordained a priest on Sunday last. Mr. GOUGH, on ku» recent visit to Wrexham, made a short stay with Dr. Eyton-Jones, Grosveno:: Lodge. SIR W. W. WYNN, M.P., R.W.P.G.M. for the province of North Wales and Shropshire, on Friday dedicated, for a. masonic hail, a building formerly used as the industrial school at Holyhea.i. 1ST. B.K.V.—The prize shooting' of the'Wraxkam companies will take place on Tuesday and Wednas- day next. A Company will fiiv on Tuesday, auti B Company on Wedueaday. Shooting to i<. Li.ce caoii day a' nine punctual. THE NEW DISTRICT OF ESCLUSHAlIL-The Rev. L. W. Davies, who has been curate in charge c: Esclushaj.: Church for a consider tble time, has beer, appointed Vicar of the new ecclesiastical district or Esclusham by the Bishop of th. Asaph, who is th* patron. THE CONCERT.—We understand Madame Edith Wynne and all the artistes have arrived. Mr. Harrises concert at Llangollen, on Wednesday, Was a complete success, musically and financially. All the artistes were in excellent form, Madame Edith Wynne singing in magnificent style. THE AGRICULTURAL COMMISSION.—The Central Chamber of Agriculture has addressed a circular to tiie Vale of Clwyd Chamber of Agriculture, asking it to compile and submit evidence to the Assistant-! Commissioners on the peculiarities affecting the land in their districts, and the special hindrances to successful agriculture in the district. CHESTEK SOCIETY OF NATUKAL SCIEXCE.—The annual conversazione of the above society is co be held in the Town Hall, Chester, on the afternoon and evening of October 2nd. A very succ2st:ul: meeting is anticipated. The Wrexham Society are arranging for a brake to take those of their mem- bers who desire to attend. MEETING- OF TEACHERS.—A meeting of elementary teaeners for Wrexham and the district will be held on Saturday 4th proximo, in the Girls' British Seiiooi at 2 p.m. for the election of officers and com- mittee for ensuing year and enrolment of members. Considering the common objects of the executive of the N.U.E.T. and the benefits accruing to every teacher, the hearty support of all may reasonably be anticipated. The atendanc flEd. co-operation cf all teachers are cordially solicited. MR. THOS. EVISON, of Eyton, passed away on the 15th last., but ieit behind him a name which will te ions remembered. For a very long number of years he a.ttended the markets in Wrexham, and his and good-natured manner won the hearts of a large number of friends. He was 72 years of age, and the last direct male descendant of the Evison's, of Eytvn. aiamily which has existed there for over 300 years. Alderman E. Smith, High- street, Wrexham, and Mr. Sutton, of Althrey, nephews of the deceased, are the male repre- sentatives. The old gentleman's remains have been interred with those of his first wife at Bangor Isycoed. YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION.—This association is now becoming thoroughly organised and settling down into good practical work. French, Welsh, and shorthand classes will be commenced at the association's rooms next week, and the whole of these are open to any young man, whether he be a member of the association or not. The Bible classes are fairly well attended, and are led by very capable teachers. The committee held a meeting on Wednesday evening, when the consent of the jRcv. J. Huffer to act as president of the debating class was received, and after much con- sideration, the following were nominated as vice- chairmen of the classRev. J. Jenkins, Rv. E. Jerman, and Mr. J. H. Rose, C.E. These meetings will also be open to non-members of the association. An excellent programme is prepared, and includes essays from several Church and Nonconformist ministers. A meeting of the members and asso- ciates will be held on Tuesday next, when, amongst other important business, rules for the conduct"or the society will be submitted. MOUNT ZION CHAPEL, HISDIR.—The new chapel in the Hirdir, Wrexham, which the Primitive Methodists have iust erected, was opened for divine worship on Wednesday last. Two imoressive and earring sermons were preached, afternoon and evening, by the Rev. W. Rowe, of Chester, and the attendances were fairly good.. A series of opening services will be continued on Sundays for a month] the preachers at which will be men of celebrity in the connection, and on Monday, October 20th, there will be a public tea and meeting, and on the following evening the Rev. D. T. Maylott, of Liver- pool (returned African missionary), will preach. Collections are to be made a.t the close of each service in aid of the building fund. The chapel is a. plain building, and will seat about 160 persons. It is entered in the front from a small lobby leading to two side aisles. The floor slopes slightly, and the seats are very comfortably constructed. The walls are boarded to a height of about four feet, and pierced by lancet windows. 'Underneath the chape! is a schoolroom, and adjoining are various con- veniences ror tea making, &c. The school and chapel are heated by pipes. In the small space i between the front of the chapel and the outer rails will be planted trees and flowers. The builder was Mr. B. Owen, Penybryn. SUSPEC L'ED CONCEALMENT OF BIRTH.—On Thurs- day an inquest was held at the Feathers Hotel before B. H. Thelwall, Esq., coroner, on the body of a male infant, Mr. Boberfc Lloyd being the fore- man of the jury. After the jury were sworn the coroner said they were called to enquire into the cause of death of a new born infant child. It was one of those cases which sometimes occurred in this part of the country and in other parts much more frequently. The mother of the child was nam 3d Eilen Price, a young woman 23 years of age, in the service Captain Godfrey, of Byn Estyn, as cook. She had Iwn attended for a little time by Mr. Ri. I Williams, Dr. Eyton Jones' partner, and treated,he believed for dropsy. But on Tuesday morning last the dead body of a male child was found under her bed. Whether it was bom dead or whether it caire by its death by violence was at present im- possible to say. It would therefore be necessary to have a post mortem examination for which there must be an adjournment. The jury then viewed the body, and on returning to the room the Coroner inforioed them that-Mr. R. Williams had told him that the mother of the child was cjng on favour- ably, and would be able he thought to appear before them on Wednesday next. If that would suit the convenience of the jury he would adjourn the inquest until that day. The foreman having taken, the opinion of his brother jurors the inquest was adjourned until ten o'clock next Wednesday morning.
WREXHAM BOARD OF GUARDIANS. Weekly meeting, Thursday last. Present: Captain Griffith-Boscawen, chairman Mr. S. T. Baugh, vice- chairman Messrs. E. Woolrich, Maurice Hughes, Win. Griffiths, John Sykes, Richard Phennah, John Burton, John Rogers, S. Harrison, A. Rasbotham, Richard Jones, Henry Jones, William Thomas, C. W. Parson- age, John Beale, Edward Smith, and R. C. Webster. TENDERS. This was the day at, which the tenders for the coming half-year were considered. Two tenders were rejected because they came in late. The following contracts were accepted :—Grocery—Messrs. Timmis, Company, £188 5s. aid. Butterfactors—W. J. Williams, Town- hill, £123 10s. 4d. Millers—William Robert Evans, Halghton Mill, £326 12s. Butchers—Thomas Price, Erias, Æ272 19s. 2d. Coal merchants—A. Phillips, 6d. per ton off for cartage, .£93. Shoemakers—William Jones, High-street. Tailors—deferred. Drapers— Robert Lloyd, £152 18s. 4d. Hosiers—Susan A. Jones, Queen-street, £11 12s. Ironmongers — J. Gittins, £10 6s. 3d. Earthenware dealers—M. Rogers, Church- street, JE4 lis. Straw dealers—Price Bithell, Gwersyllt, £2 5s. per ton. Undertakers—Out-door, William Pierce, £1 Is., 14s., and 5s. Workhouse, Wm. Pierce, £1, 148., and 5s. Holt, nil; Ruabon, Richard Pritchard, 12s. 6d., 7s., and 2s. (ill.; Bersham, William Pierce, JE1 Is., 14s., and fis. There being only one tender for ready-made clothes, and the prices in the same being considerably higher than usual, the committee recom- mended that fresh tenders be advertised for. The com- mittee (on the recommendation of the master) suggest that in future all tenders be addressed to the clerk at the Union offices. THE MEDICAL OFFICER AND TRAMPS. The master reported, in accordance with the wish of the Guardians at the laA board, as follows: "The master begs to report that during the present quarter the number of tramps received in the sick wards on the Medical Officer's certificate were, men, 23; women, 4 children, 2 total, 29. Mr. BAUGH proposed that a letter be written by the Clerk to the Medical Officer, requesting him to'exer- cise extreme caution in giving certificates to the tramps, This was seconded by Mr. SYKES, and carried. HOUSE STATISTICS. The number in the house was 296; last year, 256 last week, 292': vagrants relieved, men, 97 women, 28 i children, 7 total, 127.
I WREXHAM PUBLIC HALL COMPANY, j The annual, meeting of the shareholders of the Public Hall Company was held on Saturday last. The chairman of the directors (Mr. S. T. Baugh) presided, and there were also present Mr. John Lewis (solicitor to the company), Mr. Thomas Jones, Mr. Edwards, Mr. J. F. Edisbury, and Mr. W. H. Tilston (secretary). THE REPORT. The following report of the directors was taken as read :— The direc.tor b8 to submit the acuua! fica:.cial statemiuts to the shareholders of the above company. They rejoice ill being- able to report that notwitJ:1.ding the great. depressiou of tmcte, they m'e thi" year (after in each of the last two yoavs showing the deficit whica existed, con- siderably reduced) in a position tootle that that deficit hjs been exchanged for a surplus of £(;9 S". 4d. The profit ou the year bus 12s. lid., which is equ. to ".j pH east on l11e c.-pital d the company. This profit lias uot been ma ie thronch the letting of the hail, but from tiie more permanent Idtiugs or shops and premises in the buil<iing, a stric attention to economy of working. The receipts arising Ïrom tho letting of th halll1a,e fallen off nearly £ 70. It h to be expeded that business of this class shoulcl suffer, more than mogt from tae d0presion of trade. There is, however, a hopeful feature in the fact that the meetius and performances in tile hall during the past year l1ave been of a his/her lverage clus-s, drnwing larger audiences, aml pying their promoters better, than in any year siuce t1e hall was opened. This will no doubt lead to iucreased future letting, as oon as the state of trade warrants it. The aeloptioll of t2e Town Hall as the Fre" Library will also probably divert business to the Public Hall. It will be observed that there is a balance of £ô9 to the credit of the Company, which would pay a divideudof Jt per cout. 1 he hall very much requires decoration anel veutilati 11, and the dirctors ha,e elected to leave it to the shareholders to decide whether this 8U1n shall be expended in carryiug out these improvements, or in the payment of a dividend. The CHAIRMAN, in moving the adoption of the re- port, said he should like to draw the attention of the shareholders to a few figures Tunning over the period between the years 1873.6 and the present, to show what progress they had made. They had not been enabled to declare a dividend, but the value of the property had increased, and would continue to increase. In the year 1875-6 the income was, including rent of corn stands, &c., £ 333 1876-7, £ 3G0 8s. 6d. 1S77-S. £ 373 lis. 6d. 1878-9, £ 403 15s. 5d. So they saw that there was a considerable advance in the rental of the premises. These were permanent rentals. For hire of the hall the figures were, 1875-6, 2s. 1876-7, 12s. 8d. 1877-8. 13s. 8d. and for the past year,g126 19s. If the sum had continued to increase as it had begun they would have been enabled to de- clare a dividend of 2.1 per cent. The Exchange sub- scriptions for 1876-7 were, £32 lis. 1877-8, £40213. 10d.; 1 and last year, £35 8s, 9d. showing a decrease of j35. Hire of chairs had been as folllows First year, £3 16s. 6d.; 1876-7 (year of Eisteddfod), £1910s, 4d. 1877-8, JE5 12s. last year, 14s. 2d. At the commencement of the year 1876-7 there was a balance against them of £248 16s. 6d. at the commencement of the year 1877-S, £175 6s. 8d. and last year, £43 4s. 7d. this year there was a balance in their favour of £G9 8s. 4d. Having regard to the circumstances 'the attention of the directors had been called to the dirty state of the hall, and they had left it to the shareholders to decide whether the small surplus should be disbursed as a dividend or expended in decorating the hall. There was a further question, whether they should leave the decoration of the hall for another year when they hoped to have an increased income or whether it should be done now, and the expense put to the capital. He concluded by moving the adoption of the report. Mr. EDISBURY seconded the motion, which was unanimously carried. RETIRING DIRECTORS. On the motion of Mr. LEWIS, Mr. Mr. S. T. Baugh, Mr. J. C. Owen, and Mr. J. Clark, the retiring directors, were re-elected. QUESTION OF DIVIDEND. Mr. LEWIS thought the time had come to declare a dividend. He did not think they should declare a dividend simply for its value pecuniarily, but because of the value of their shares in the market. (Hear, hear). They could not expect their shares to be saleable if the answer was" There has been no dividend." Personally he would rather forego the dividend, and have the money available for such expended in procuring an organ, and thus make it possible for them to have Monday and Saturday evening concerts, which he thought would pay them well for the outlay. He moved that they pay a dividend of one per cent. Mr. EDISBURY said he knew of two parties who would not take the hall because of its dirty appearance. Mr. T. JONES seconded Mr. Lewis'motion, which was unanimously carried. ELECTION OF AUDITOR. The CHAIRMAN stated that Mr. Glascodine declined to be nominated as auditor for the sum of two guineas. Mr. LEWIS moved that Mr. William Jones be elected. This was seconded and carried. THE QUESTION OP AN ORGAN. The CHAIRMAN said several gentlemen called upon him the other day and expressed an opinion that if an organ were erected in the hall it would greatly increase the value of the latter. If an organ were there, they could give Saturday evening concerts, and the directors would be enabled to pay probably 30 per cent. In addi- tion to this, there were a number of choral societies around the district who would be very glad to have the opportunity of rehearsing or giving recitals in the hall with the organ. A piano or harmonium was too small for such a purpose. If they had an organ there, Wrexham would be the centre where most of these societies would hold their meetings. Mr. EDISBURY fully endorsed all that had been said in regard to this matter. j Mr. LEWIS was pleased to hear the Chairman's remarks upon the subject, and they were but the echo of remarks he had made upon this subject for many yars. An organ could be put where stands the back balcony, and to get rid of that would be to get rid of a great source of annoyance. He was of opinion that an organ in the hall would prove a source of great revenue. (Hear, hear). After further discussion, the CHAIRMAN said he should now feel it his duty to bring the matter before the directors. Eventually, a resolution was passed with regard to the matter, strengthening the Chairman's hands. A vote of thanks to the Chairman concluded the meetir1
SPECIAL SERVICES IX WREXHAM. The Rev. G, Everard, M.A. (vicar of St. Mark's, Wolverhampton), commenced a three days' mission in "Wrexham on Sunday la&t. He preached in the parish church in the morning, selecting for his text the third chapter of St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians, 17th verse. He said true religion had very deep foundations. It rested within the soul of man on the foundation of the new life begotten in the soul by the Holy Ghost. But whilst it had deep foundations, let them ever remember that it had a very practical manifestation in the daily life. St. Paul gave them most plainly the foundations of the Christian hope again and again, but yet he brought that religion which began deep in the human heart out into all the little details of man's life, and the words of the text were words which Christian people ought not to forget. They showed that as the promise was universal so was the precept which the Lord had given to them. If they had the promise "Whatsoyer ye shall ask in my name that will I do," equally rigot was the precept Whatsoever ye do in word or dted do all in the the name of the Lord Jesus." He felt very deeply the importance of that subject in connection with the work which a few months ago was carried out in their parish. He believed from all he had heard that the spirit of the Lord was amongst them, and that many hearts were, through the mission, drawn to Christ, but of one thing he was perfectly persuaded that if. that work was real, if that work was of God, if that work was to stand in the great day, he was sure it must, in each individual life, be reduced to constant practice. Perhaps there were many in that congregation who would say that to bring religion into every detail of common life must be an intolerable bondage. Of course it was, of course it must be an -.intolerable bond- age to an unconverted man, but not to a man with the spirit of God in his heart. The Apostle was speaking in the text to the true believers in Christ, and if any there said that such was not their position then he would say to them, your first work is Hang to the Cross, flee to the Saviour, look for the aid of God's Holy Spirit," and then, in the power of Christ's Spirit, they would see that it was no bondage to carry out the strictest precept which Christ had given to them. If they looktuat. the closing words of the text they would see that the precept was to be carried out in the spirit of holy gratitude, "giving thanks unto God apd the Father by Him." Holy gratitude for redemption, holy joy for all that Christ had done for them. First he would ask them to notice what was intended by doing ail in the name of the Lord J esus. Let them look at it for a minute negatively. They were not to act through life simply at random. If they did they would be like the vessel without a rudder, drifted about by the power of the winds, and they would be sure at last to'get on a rock or sands. Xeither were they to act as a child of the world. They were not to look at 'the common standard around them and say <. If I am just as good as people around I am allright." Xeither were they to act simply as a good citizen, or good neighbour or good householder, or good husband, or good wife. He wished they were more of all that, but beyond all that was the Christian to rise. From the words of St. Paul in the text, they were not to act at random, nor as children of the world, and engage honourably and justly in the 1 common duties of life, but to live beyond all that ""Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name cf the L 'rd Jesus." What wa- the idea of this, to act in everything in the name of Christ? He' believed it just this, whatever I do I am to do it as a Christian, I am to do it as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, I am to do it as one on whom the name of the Lord Jesus Christ rests, I am to do it as one in whose heart Christ is, and just as Christ is at the right hand of the Father, and amidst angelic glory, showing forth His glory there, so in me. His weakest and humblest disciple. He is to live here below, so that the world may see that there is reality in religion." They c add not go to one little spot in life and say, "With that c'-rner of my life Christ has nothing to do. In that very corner cf my life I can live as I like." No, not one inch of their life were they to wilfully take out of the sphere of Christian duty, and the very moment they did so they forgot God's commandment and dis- honoured the Juord Jesus Christ. Whatever ye do, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ." There were just a few points which he must touch upon for the help of the Christian people present. Do all in the name "f the Lord Jesus, "included "Do all in the strength of the Lord Jesus," ever remembering that they cannot move a little finger in the service of Christ, they could not resist the least temptation, nor speak one word acceptable to the Lord unless they were strengthened in His sjrenth, helped by His grace. If they wanted to carry out the precept let them remem- ber their we;ikn-s and remember the strength of Jesus, and let them take the precept with the words, I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me." Then again they were to do "ail for the glory of the Lord Jesus. Whenever there came the question of self- indulgence, self in any form whatever, by the side of the .Tesus, which would they sacrifice? Oh, may they be willing to sacrifice self. be willing to put self away, be willing to trample self under foot and say, "I do it for the honour of Jesus." It may be a loss of a thousand pounds, but it was for the glory of Jesus; therefore let them do it. Do all in the strength of Jesus, do all out of love for Jesus, all for His glory, and in addition "do all after the pattern of Jesus." Whenever they were uncertain of their duty they should ask themselves. What would Jesus do if He were placed as I am ?" Let them put that question to themselves, and let them put their feet just in the steps where he had. Again Do all in the presence of the Lord Jesus." If they wanted strength and comfort they must see Christ before them, and let it be their one aim to see the Lord Jesus by their very side. How this would help them not to be afraid of the face of man. How this would help them against wandering thought in prayer. Let them also Look for the coming of the Lord Jesus." They saw 'in that chapter "When Christ your life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." If, in endeavouring to carry out a life like that they found a great deal of loss never mind, when the King came that would be enough. Well done good and faithful servant" would more than make up for all they had suffered. Do all in His strength, do all frr His glory do all after His pattern, do all in His presence, and do all waiting for His clorious com- ing. In conclusion he asked if there were any there who said that such was too high a life for him to aim at? Well all he could say was this, they were not his words but the words of their judge whatever they may think about them. He would ask them not to make a mistake for eternity, not to shut their eyes to their true position. Let them go and tell the Lord about it. go to Him and ask Him to help them, and ask for the the Holy Spirit who should teach them to love him with all their heart and soul and strength, and when He comes He would have a bright crown to- piace on their heads. In the afternoon the rev. gentleman delivered an address to men in the parish church, which again well filled. In the evening he preach. n very plain and impressive sermon, and the service was followed by a short after meeting. The other services included addresses to district visitors, Sunday school teachers and other Christian workers, to members of mothers' meet- ings, to members of Bible classes, and short services and sermons in most of the district churches. The rev. gentleman's style of preaching is more im- pressive than eloquent, and whilst he has an intonation and manner similar in many respects to that of the Rev. I. H, Hay Aitken, he lacks his power of persuasion and homely and striking illustration.
PENYBRYN CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY. On Sunday last anniversary services were held in Penybryn Independent Chapel, when large congrega- tions assembled to listen to sermons delivered by the Rev. Aaron Francis, of Rhyl. In the evening, the rev. gentleman took for his text part of the 9th verse of the 1st chapter of the second epistle of Peter. He said that the object of the apostle in writing these epistles was to warn the Christians, of the heresies that were then taught in 1 he churches, and several duties were urged upon the members of those churches, and he also pointed out the way and the necessity of fulfilling these duties. In directing their attention to the text, he would have them possess a living and practical faith in the final results of life. Faith had to deal with the grandest and most powerful things that the mind of man could con- ceive. The rev. gentleman then proceeded to give illustrations from the Old Testament of the power of faith, and then asked was not faith necessary ? They all knew that the world, with Its mountains and cities, would be consumed, and all the great things that men had spoken, painted, carved, written, or printed, and whatever had been soiled with the breath of man, would also be burned up, and how comforting was the thought that there was another world—brighter and happier— yet to come. It was too often forgotten that there would come a day when all would have to appear before the judgment seat of Christ. Men might gather money and hoard it up, but who would finally possess it ? No knew that. It was impossible for them to take it with them when they died. There were others, how- ever, who were gathering heavenly riches, which would be of the greatest value and joy to them. Suppose that the present world was to last for ever, what difference would it make to them, for they knew that in a few years they would have to leave everything and enter the unknown world. A strong faith in the hereafter was quite necessary. There were men who did not believe in the existence of another world, and such men thought that when a man died he was completely annihilated. It was just as reasonable to suppose that when a man left his home to go to his work, after disappearing from sight, that he was annihilated. There was a chain that connected youth with age, and in the same way a similar chain connected this life with the life to come, and life in this world fitted them for the life hereafter, which was either joy unalloyed, or misery unalleviated. In this world an assemblage of virtues might be said to accompany the Christian always to cheer him, and make his patti more delightful. In conclusion the rev. gentleman urged them to a greater observance of the ordinances of the Church, and a life more exact with the rules laid down in the Bible. In the evening Mr. Francis preached an excellent sermon from the 5th chapter of Matthew, the 14th verse-" Ye are the light of the world." In the course of the sermon the influence of Christianity upon the world was clearly shown. The light was, the rev. preacher remarked, a borrowed light, it was borrowed from God. It was also a silent agency doing a great work. The influence of Xahoini over Ruth was an example of this. There was also a bad influence which was too dreadful to be touched upon. Collections were made after each sermon, in aid of the chapel funds.
J MR. GOrGHS FAREWELL ADDRESS. The teetotallers of Wrexham succeeded in getting the great champion of their cause to visit Wrexham once more before his departure to America, and on Monday evening last he gave his farewell address to a packed meeting in the Public Hall. Not wishing to make money by the lecture, but rather to give those an op- portunity of hearing Mr. Gough who were prevented 011 a previous occasion, they reduced the prices of admis- sion, and in addition distributed a large number of tickets to those whom they wished especially to bring under the powerful influence of the lecturer. Mr. Geo. Osborne Morgan. Q.C., M.P., presided, and there were also on the platform Mrs Morgau, Lady Cunliffe and Sir Robert, the Mayor of Wrexhrrm (Mr. Isaac Shone), Mr. Ed. Evans, Bronwylfa; Mr. W. Darby, Brymbo Dr. Eyton Jones, Mr. Lester, and the Revs. Barrow Williams, W. Tiller, D. Rhys Jen- kins, David Roberts, E. Jerman, &c. Mr. OSBORNE MORGAN, in introducing the lecturer, said they had met to hear a great orator advocate a great cause. It was a great cause in every sense, greater than a national cause, greater than an Imperial cause—whatever that may mean—for it was a causa whose sympathies were as wide as those of humanity. (Cheers). He did not think they could find any living man who had done more service in this cause than their friend Mr. Gough. (Cheers). It was a cause in which they could join hands with tlieir brethren across the broad Atlantic, and a cause in which he thought they could afford to take a lesson from them. Sometime ago a great English statesman, referring to the enormous revenue obtained from excise, congratulated the English people upon having drunk themselves ou: f the American difficulty. He hoped thfy would not have another American difficulty—(cheers)— but if they did he thought they ought to send for their friend from the United States to show them how they could save money and become rich. not by taking spirits but by abstaining from them, and to show them that the which they derived from taxing spirits was dearly purchased by the Sacrifice of ten times that amount of value in thrift and industry. /eers). They would all agree with him that legislath :i cn the temperance question, in older to be successful, must be founded upon a sound and healthy public opinion— (hear, hear)—and he believed thsir friend was doing more to produce this opinion than all the ..&.si.on they could put together in the world. (Cheers). He did not ask them to welcome Mr. Gough, ;.u that already he did not ask them to applaud las words, that they would be sure to do but to take them home in their hearts, and above all, act upon them. (Cheers). Mr. GorGH (who was received with loud C'1tf. laid, when in April last he spoke in that hall he had no ex- pectation of returning to them, at any rate, so soon, but having postponed his departure until the 11th ~.f Octo- ber it was deemed desirable that he should 0 f w more lectures before he left, and as a re- That arrangement, he was there. He spoke of tins because he did not like to give farewell lectures few- months. (Laughter), xxowever, they had a mail in America who gave an annual farewell address. (Loud laughter). He was there again to speak to them upon the subject of temperance. They'may say to him, What have you to say that is new ?" Well, he knew no: that he had anything very new to say..some- times that which was new was not always so pleasant as the old. It vras almost impossible to bring anything new upon this subject of temperance. Th who were engaged in that great work believed tba: use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage was only needless and hurtful, but that until they were discon- tinued as a beverage drunkenness would never be done away with. Believing that they had agreed together tha: they would not use 'it, they would not traffic In It, they would not in an .• way countenance its use in the community, bat t would advocate and defend the principle of total ah-a as a lawful principle, a sensible principle, and one which, if universally adopted, would roll back the tide of drunkenness from this land for ever. Some people said, If vou advocate total abstinence vna have no right to the name of temperance' But their definition of temperance was this, a a; .5;ace was a lawful gratification of a natural appt a. But was the appetite for intoxicating liquors a t;ural appetite? Xu No man ever came into the world with an appetite for intoxicating liquors. (Hear, hear, and cheers). If they never tasted it, they would never want it. The want was produced by the use of it, and therefore it was not an appetite naturally acquired. (Cheers). Xo doubt the children of drunkards, and, perhaps, the grandchildren, had an hereditary propen- sity to drink, and he mentioned these as exceptions, but was there anything grander than to see a man strug- gling manfuliy against hereditary disease ? (Cheers). All pure intelligences were pledged to help him, and the reward and crown was so glorious as to ampiv repay him for his struggles and his sufferings, and his conflicts. (Cheers). Then again, they were told that all who drank did not become drunkards. He knew that. But till that room with. young men, and let each declare that he would be a moderate drinker, and they could calculate, as correctly as a life assurance t.bk. how many of those young men would become drunkards. Some of them would become drunkards, and bv nIl their past experience they knew it. (Hear, hear, ana car8). Some may say, I have the power to take it. leave it alone." Yes, perhaps they had, but then had not the will, and without the will the power was of no use. "I can. but I won't," had been the ruin of thousands. (Cheers). Then others would say, "When I find it is injuring me. I will give-it up." What was it to drink too much ? He took it that simple intoxication was a sin against man's intellect, against nature, and aeainst God, How manv -„mes must a man get drunk before he became a diunkard ? If a man stole once, he was a thief; if he lied once, he was a liar; but he was not a drunkard unles, he was intoxicated two-thirds of his life. When they understood and appreciated the dignity r "an, they would see how degrading it was w uci a.a:k. But to return to his point. For a man to say that he would give up drink when it hrvv! him was proof that there was danger in it—biw was no danger in total abstinence. (Cheer-Xo honest man could say that he had ever bc-u injured by tcetotalisin. Some called them fanatics. Euc was principle in their caue. (Caeers). If :• ¡ell bravely on the field of battle with a broken ihu;aaff in his hand, they called him a hero, but if a man\iied for a principle they called him a fanatic. May God send them a world full of fanatics. (Cheers). A-rain, they did not abstain because they were afraid of becoming drunkards, but for the sake' of others, for the sake of young men, for the sake of society. Referring to the progress made in the cause which he advocatedT he said that 50 years ago when the crusade against dr: 'nnrss was begun they were persecuted and L, Leild their propertj" was destroyed, and they had to put up with it. Now all people were ready to hear what they had to say, and a great many, thank God. were ready to act as they had never acted before. During the last 20 years great progress had been mrJe. He had r-c-jutiy had four Bishops and even the Lord Chancel! ■- pre- side at meetings of his. Althoa^n they did m i -iiaps advocate the cause so warmly as some of themselves did, yet it was a proof that all classes of society were coming closer and closer to them. (Cheers). They wer-- drawing closer and becoming united in the matter, and he was very happy to be able to say that the Church of England Temperance Society had done in uniting the people in this matter. (Cheer did not believe in compromise, but they were glad have men coming tov ards them, if it was only to their bjrders. He would rather that they criticise and pick them to pieces than let them alone peace was death, and war was life, and they wanted that sort of warfare. (Hear, hear). In conclusion. L. addressed a few words to the young men, reminding them of the responsibilities of life, and of tha duty of overcoming everything which tended to mar the faeautv and sym- metry of humanity. Every man had some particular weakness or propensity. He could not help that but t it was his duty to overcome it: he had that propensity and it was his duty to fight it. Dr. Johnson came to the conclusion that there was ncthincr in this world worth living for, except preparing for the other life. Let them remember that to him that overcometh there was the seven-fold promise. Therefore let them buckle on the armour and fight everything which destroyed or disturbed, or marred the symmetry and obVc-t vbeir manhood. They would finci obstacles, but' t hey could trample them down in His name, and ihadb- t''ey should shout Victory victory I" and the angels hould take up the jubilant hossana, and crv V-\ ,r. t victory That they may overcome their propensity* and help in driving out sin, and in redeeming the worlcL was his sincere and hearty prayer as he bid them fare- well. (Cheers). Sir It OBERT CuxLit-FE proposed a vote of thinks to the Chairman, winch was seconded by 10r. JLIYTON- JONE.S, and carried unanimously. In sec<u:din" the motion, the doctor said Mr. Gough had touched zither hard upon the profession to which he had the honour to belong. He would say this, that all who hud studied an^ investigated the matter would say that any man, woman, or child, whatever be tieir position or condi- tion, might at once leave off taking intoxicat ng liquors without any fear of their constitution. (Cheers j". If any one doubted him, he would simply give the opinion of Dr. Fox, of Brighton, who said ou this .matter—"For thirty Far;, I attended proWio^Uy the largest-provincial gaol in the kingdom, ur, that period I have never seen one .sinr.h- man was injured by suddenly cutting off his supr;'y but I have seen hundreds and thousands who v. c; for it." (Cheers). Such was the experience of everv one similarly situated, and were it not so the -x'blic would very quickly get up a cry against the 'prac-V-e of suddenly stopping the supply of intoxicatng- drinks. He was asKed to &av tnat the p' d- 1- i.. table. J "a the The CHAIRMAN havincr responded t!ir,"<. c',p" -"ere heartily given for Mr. Gough; who, b re;;o:e:¿: he hoped at some time to come back to England and demote ;3VfS £ fortunately however every Jtfort whic" sTrar h £ tiXFT/f'?f leCtUK* P">™d *n utter failure. II Z. "len coulH a mean.- by v.biofa thi j could &et auiuences such as he wanted", that was those who were the slaves of drink, he should come back to them again, and remain with them for a short time. Ihe .ceturer sp<uce for about an hour and a half, and altOiOngn ne^ was very eiocju- nt he was. we think, deficient m tnat pathos, and ha-r«pv selections of iec- ™ch charactered his Lst visit, when he was certaimy in his best mood, and spoke vita unflagging
,1ê. -oo:o;; ,í"#. -w;4t!¡' opinion that he had not, dismissed the case, There were also a couple of cases of cruelty brought by the INSPECTOR of the Royal Society, in both of which the magistrates inflicted fines. A curious case of fishing n prohibited waters came before the St. Asaph magistrates. A gentleman, well known in the district was sum- moned for fishing in private waters on Sir GREX- VILLE "WILLIAMS, Bart's estate. It seems that the defendant had fished in the same waters for a number of years. Upon it being pointed out to the defendant he at once desisted, and had since tendered an ample apology. The magis- trates thought the justice of the case would be met by the paying of the costs. A special meeting of the Denbigh Town Council was held on Saturday, when a report was read from the engineer (Mr. BELLIS), stating that the drainage works wore progressing rapicLy and satisfactorily. At the Ruthin County Court a plaintiff com- plained that a summons which he had taken out had not been served by the bailiff, who could easily have done so had he desired. The" JUDGE said it ought to have been served, and if the pbintiff suffered any damage by the neglect of service he should make the person reponsible whose duty it was to serve the summons. At the Rhyl County Court a plaintiff objected to the order of the Registrar as to the payment p of an admitted debt and appealed to the judge, Mr. HORATIO LLOYD, his Honour supported the Registrar, stating that he was the proper person to state in what manner the money was to be paid. There were 199 new plaints entered for hearing at the Court. The advisability of re-opening the prison at Mold has found additional support in the person of Captain PEJfNANT, the deputy chairman of the Flintshire Quarter Sessions. He also has written a letter to The Times, pointing out the pecuniary advantages to be derived. The concluding article by our correspondent, Fr £ i:M," giving a summary of the subjects of examination on the principles of agriculture I under the scheme of the Government Science and Art Department is published this week. The Oswestry Musical Festival, the arrange- ments for which have been carried out under the supervision of Mr. H. LESLIE, who .personally conducted the performances, took place on Tues- day last &nd was a complete success. The gross receipts were S600. It is proposed to repeat the meetings at intervals, a triennial recurrence being at present intended.