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DENBIGH. The Denbigh Office of the NORTH WALES GUARDIAN is nov) at Albert Terrace, Vale-street (nearly opposite the Station-road). All communications addressed either to "The Reporter," or Mr. COTTOI byname will receive immediate attention. The paper is on sale at the shops of Messrs. J. DAVIES and W. A. NOTT, and at the Bookstall at the Station. THE ALLEYNE FAMILY gave their English and American musical entertainment in the Assembly Boom on Monday evening, but the audience was not very large, though the first seats were well filled. ATTEMPTED SUICIDES.—Two cases of attempted suicide were reported on Monday. In one case a married woman, who has made a prevkus attempt, was said to have tried to drown herself at Brook- house, and in the other case a poor fellow who rried to take his life was removed to the Asylum. THE CHURCH CONGRESS.—The Venerable Arch- deacon Smart, accompanied by Mrs Smart, has this week been attending the church congress at Swansea. The archdeacon was announced as one of the speakers on the state ef the Church in Wales; in which discussion several prominent Welshmen were to take part. IhBLE SOCIETY.—The annual meeting of the Denbigh branch of the Bible Society, took place on Thursday evening. The accounts presented by the Mayor as the hon. secretary, shew that the residents still take an active interest in and well support the society's work. Addresses wore delivered by the local clergy and ministers. FUNERAL OF CAPTAIN PRICE.—The funeral of the late Captain Price, of Llanrhaiadr Hall, whose death was noticed last week, occurred on Friday week, at Llanrhaiadr Church-yard. The body was carried from the hall to the grave by 16 tenants on the estate, the whole arrangements being plain and unostentatious. Canon Wynne Edwards, the Rev. Mayhew Jones, Dr. A. E. Tumour, and Dr. Morton Prichard preceded the bier, and the chief mourners following were :—Mrs. Wynne Price, the widow cf deceased Miss Price, Mr. Robert Price, Miss A. E. Price, Captain and Mrs. G-riffi'n, Plas NVwvdd; Captain W. D. W. Griffith, Garn; Miss G, iffitii, Plas Pigut Major Lvnes, Woolwich; and Mrs. Bloxa ui. Amongst the friends present were:— Mr. Thomas Hughes. Ystrad; Mr. Brownlow Wynne, Garthewiu Mr. J. Parry Jones, Phs Clough Major H. R. Hughes, Ystrad Major R. F. Birch, Captain Conwy, Captain Cole, Mr. Owen Williams, Bodelwyddan Rev. R. H. Howard, Capt. P. Humberston, Captain Arthur Mesham, Lieut. Buddicom, Mr. P. H. Chambres, Mr. T. Goid Xd wards, Captain R. Lloyd Williams, and Dr. Evan Pierce. The servants of the family also fol- lowed, several of them bearing beautiful wreaths to deposit on the coffin. AU the tenantry on the estate followed. Mr. Isaac Williams, Denbigh, was the undertaker, and carried out the arrangements most satisfactorily. On Sunday, the family and relatives attended divine service at Llanrhaiadr, when the Rev. Canon Wynne Edwards preached a special ser- mon in reference to the deceased gentlemar. Captain Price was a most hearty Churchman, took a deep interest in Church work, and used occa- sionally to assist in the service, in the reading of the lessons, and so forth. CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOLS.—On Sunday the Rev. T. W. Vaughan conducted a service for the English Sunday Schools in St. Mary's Church. There was a good attendance of the general congregation. The address dealt in an interesting and instructive way with the history of the Book of Common Prayer, and the scholars shewed an interest in the facts set forth. A collection for the home mission fund was made. On the previous Friday the Church school teachers of Denbigh and the neighbouring parishes, as well as the clergy, met at the National School to receive instruction as to the best mode of teaching from Mr. Heald, a gentlemen, who without fee or reward, devotes himself to the interests of the Church Sunday Schools, as a representative of the Church Sunday School Institute. Mr. Heald is a member of the London School Board, and his experience as such must be of great value in the work he has undertaken. He gave "a model lesson" to a mixed class of boys and girls on the healing of the Centurion's servant sick of the palsy; and the interesting way in which he gave instruc- tion to the pupils was remarkable. Afterwards Mr. Heald for about one and a half hours addressed the teachers in the most entertaining and instructive style. His great humour and numerous anecdotes of school boys and their peculiarities caused great amusement, whilst he blended therewith sound instruction, and gave some pointed hints as to the qualifications necessary in teachers, and remarked upon means they were not to adopt. The various kinds of comical and unsuitable teachers he had met with were hit" off in the drollest style possible. In reply to questions he gave advice as to how to exercise discipline. Altogether the meeting was one of great interest, and cannot fail to benefit the teachers and ultimately bring good results to the schools. SAD DEATH OF A YOUNG MAN.—On Saturday evening considerable excitement was occasioned in the centre of the town on it becoming that a young man aged 23 years, named Edwin Morris, by trade a plumber, and who was respectably connected, had committed suicide by hanging himself in a workshop at the back of the Eagle's Inn. Some months ago circumstances occurred which threw him out of work, and since that time he has not been in work of any kind, and has apparently had great difficulty in keeping himself from actual want. These and other circumstances combined to render him in a low and depressed condition, though none could have imagined that he contemplated so terrible a deed, for during the evening he was in the county hall witnessing the competition cf the volunteers and appeared as interested as any other spectator. It appears that on Saturday night about nine o'clock, a man residing in the neighbourhood ef Nantglyn called at the Eagle's Inn to enquire for a walking stick he had left. Mr. Jones, the land- lord, told him it was in his workshop, obtained a candle and went with the man to the place in question at the top of the yard to fetch the stick. He went inside and was looking for the stick when the man with him exclaimed why who have you standing here," and on looking up he saw Morris hanging from a rope attached to a beam. In his fright Mr. Jones dropped the candle and ran down to the house and to the police station to give an alarm. The candle set fire to some shavings, and the man left at the workshop put this cut and succeeded in cutting the poor fellow down. Police constable Wynne, and Mr. Jones, returned almost immediately. He was quite dead. It seems that the poor fellow was in the habit of going to the workshop to converse with Mr. Jones, and that day the latter finding that he was in want of food had supplied him with some, and a glass of ale. It is supposed from the facts gleaned that he must have gone into the workshop whilst in a melancholy state and taken away his life as described. On Monday afternoon an inquest was held at the magistrates' room, Mr. Edward Angel, Hall Square, being the foreman. After hearing the evidence the jury returned a verdict of suicide during temporary insanity. VOLUNTEER PRIZE DISTRIBUTION. On Saturday the Denbigh Corps, under command of Captain R. Lloyd Williams, met at the County Hall for the annual competition in bayonet and manual exercises and squad drill, as well as to receive the prizes won at the shooting range. There was a very large muster. The part of the hall not occupied by the corps was crowded by the gentry of the town and neighbour- hood as well as the general public, all evincing a lively interest in the proceedings. The officers present in- cluded—Major C. S. Mainwaring, Major T. Casson, F.V., Captain and Adjutant Conran (who during the day had been conducting the examinations of some of the non-commissioned officers), Lieut.-Col. Chambres, Mr. Townshend Mainwaring, formerly major of the battalion, and Mr. J. C. Edwards, formerly captain of the corps. The men were put through company drill, then came the squad drill, followed by the competitions in bayonet exercise. The judge was the Sergeant-Major of the 22nd Regiment, stationed at Chester. He evidently was well up to the work, and his opinion of the corps was of the most excellent description. For the com- petition in squad drill there were five squads of eight men each, drilled by Quartermaster-Sergeant Hughes, Col.-Sergeant Edwards, Sergeant R. H. Hughes, Sergeant Wm. Jones and Sergeant Lloyd Williams. The whole drilled capitally, and the judge awarded the prizes to the following squads Col.-Sergeant Edwards; 2, Sergeant Lloyd-Williams; 3, Quarter- master-Sergeant Hughes. A large number of men competed in bayonet exerciae. This year they were put through the drill singly and not in groups as previous years. The decision of the judge was as follows :—1st, Lance-Corporal W. Jones 2nd, Private Thomas Hughes (a recruit); 3rd, Robert Myddleton. The announcements were received with much cheering, showing that the awards had given satisfaction to the men. The prizes for the above as well as the whole of the prizes gained by the competition in shooting, the win- ners of which were published in the Guardian a few weeks ago, were then distributed by the ladies present, that to the best shot in the company's competition this year—namely, Private Robert Da vies, being presented by Mrs. Townshend Mainwaring. This pleasant part of the proceedings over, Captain WILLIAMS said that the Sergeant-Major of the depot at 1 Chester, who had kindly come over to judge the prizes J that day, had promised to address the men. • » The SERGEANT-MAJOR said that with regard to their t drill he could say that, after nineteen years' experience, he never saw a body of men drill better than they had done that day. (Cheers). Nothing could have been better, and he may tell them that he had been very much surprised since he came into the room that day. (Cheers.) In the squad drill, however, there were a few little matters that should be attended to. They did not move quite smart enough in a few instances, though the squad placed No. 1 moved rather smarter than the rest. He gave them a few hints as to disposing of the hands, and proceeded to favourably criticise the bayonet exer- cise, pointing our, a few little things to be attended to, such as not keeping the feet quite so far apart. He re- ferred to the reasons why some of the competitors failed, through some trifling mistake, though their general work was splendidly done. Having hinted at a little need of improvement in the kneeling for firing, he remarked that it was only just and fair to the drill in- structor (Sergeant Masters) that he should say that he never saw work done better. The captain may well feel proud, for he had a wotiderful lot of young soldiers. (Cheers). He called them soldiers, because they were dressed as he was himself, as a soldier-(applanse)--and he felt sure that if called upon that corps would do as well every bit as the 22nd had done. (Cheers). He had experienced great pleasure in witnessing the corps drill so admirably. (Applause). Captain LLOYD WILLIAMS said he had the pleasant duty of thanking the ladies for honouring them with their presence. (Applause). The men esteemed it a great favour, and the ladies must have observed a great improvement in the men since the last occasion. The presence of the ladies added to the interest of the occa- sion, and gave a s:.rt of zest to the work of the men, who were pleased to come there and do their very best to show that they were not un- mindful of the kindness of the ladies. (Applause). He was extremely pleased by the few words the Sergt.- Major had said, for he felt sure that no corps took greater interest in their work than did the old No. 3. (Applause). Some of the men were at the armoury eveiy night, and he could not tell the number of drills they put in, and they could all see that the Sergeant Instructor did his duty by them. There was a further matter of congratulation, and that was the great interest which the Galltfaenan family took in the corps—(much applause)—and a further instance of that had been given by Mr. Charles Mainwaring becoming their major. (Much cheering). That was what they had been wishing for for a long time, and at last they (the corps) had their wishes gratified. The evidence Major Mainwaring ga v. at the last battalion drill, that he was able to do his duty, was a conclusive proof of the interest he intended to take in the volunteers. (Applause). He believed that it was pretty well understood that they weie to have a camp during next season, and if they could g» into camp for seven or eight days it would add much to the interest and success of the movement, and he hoped that it would take place. (Applause). Mr. J. C. WYNNE EDWARDS, in seconding the vote of thanks to the ladies, said as the old commanding officer of that corps he could say that he never saw them drill steadier and better in his life, which reflected great credit upon their officers and instructor, and proved that they not only tried to push the men on, but had learned the whole business themselves. Cheers were then given for Major Mainwaring and Captain Voycl Williams. Major MA'NWAIUKG expressed the satisfaction it gave him to see the men drill so admirably. The work done for them by the sergeant-instructor was evidently considerable, and they may well be proud of their captain. (Cheers). With the captain he hoped they should go into camp next year, and he would venture to express on their behalf that the ladies there that day would then grace the camp with their presence. (Applause). The proceedings shortly afterwards closed, the corps being marched back to the armoury. TOWN COUNCIL MEETING. MONDAY.—Present: The Mayor (Alderman T. Gee), in the chair Aldermen T. J. Williams and E. W. Gee Councillors William Morris, Robert Ellis, J. Symonds .Jones, John Lloyd, Evan Thomas, John Armor, Robt. Davies, R. H. Roberts, John Davies, and E. T. Jones; and the Town Clerk. THE COUNCIL AND NEW TRADESMEN. An account of t'2 17s. Id. was received from Messrs. Brewster and Dalton, plumbers. &c., for work done at the Market Hall. Alderman WILLIAMS wanted to know who gave the order to them, for they were comparative strangers in the town, and thought the work should not have been given to them in preference to tradesmen who had been in the town many years. Alderman E. W. GEE said that the work was white- washing. Mr. Wright had been in the habit of doing the work for years, and he, for the committee, had asked him to do this at the same price as last year, and he was perfectly astonished that this other party had done the work, and was at a loss to know who could have ordered iL Some of the members thought the Surveyor must have known something about it. The SURVEYOR said he was a stranger to the town, and did not know who were old and who were new tradesmen. Alderman WILLIAMS thought it a serious thing not to give the work to people who had been in town so many years. Mr. JOHN LLOYD wanted to know what that had to do with the matter? Mr. WILLIAMS A great deal to do with it. Mr. LLOYD considered it a good thing to have strangers to come to town and commence business. He contended that the firm named were ratepayers now as well as the other person named. The MAYOR reminded the Surveyor that in future I work must not be done without the order of the com- mittee. TREASURER'S ORDERS. Rills were passed amounting to £ 236 12s. 6d., which included £ 139 for drain pipes. WHEN SHALL THE MEN BE PAID? Mr. J. S. JONES moved that the workmen be paid on Saturday instead of Tuesday, as altered a few weeks ago. He contended that Saturday was the best day, and moreover the men complained that it was more convenient for them to have it on Saturdays. Mr. MORRIS seconded Saturday as the day. Mr. G. T. SMITH, the accountant, said Saturday was as convenient for him as Tuesday, so that the men would come to time, five o'clock, and not at eight and nine o'clock. The MAYOR supported Tuesday as best for the men with wives and families, because of Wednesday's market. Mr. T. J. WILLIAMS proposed, and Mr. E. J. JONES seconded, that the pay day remain Tuesday for twelve months' trial. Mr. MORRIS How can we do that when the men want it Saturday ? The MAYOR said they were not in the hands of the men, besides they should consider the families of the men. Mr. J. S. JONES repeated that the men complained about it. Mr. G. T. SMITH said that the foreman had com- plained, but the men had not done so. Mr. JOHN LLOYD Why every one of them have been to me. (Laughter). The MAYOR: Oh, it can't have been "every one of them," because some of them told me they preferred Tuesday. On going to the vote the motion for Tuesday as the pay day for twelve months was carried by a majority of one vote. SATISFACTORY STATE OF THE HEALTH OF THE BOROUGH. The Medical Officer of Health (Dr. W. G, Roberts) said it rarely fell to the lot of a medical officer to make so favourable a report as he was able to make this month. The Council would be as glad to learn as he was to give the information that during the month of September there had been in all only four deaths, and two of those occurred at the asylum, so that the death rate of the borough was only 3'14 per 1,000. The number of births during the month was 11, being 18'85 per 100. The Council were much pleased to receive so favourable a report. EXTRAORDINARY ECONOMY The committee having charge of lighting and certain other works recommended that tenders be advertised for certain work needed which we need not specify. The MAYOR wished to know how the Council would advertise for tenders ? Alderman T. J. WILLIAMS supposed the newspapers that sent representatives to their meetings would receive the usual advertisments. Mr. JOHN DAVIES and some other members thought they need not spend money in advertisements some handbills would do. Mr. JOHN ARMOR advocated advertising in the news- papers as the best and really in the end the cheapest way, as handbills were so soon defaced. Mr. WILLIAM MORRIS strongly supported advertising in the newspapers, and proposed a motion to that effect. Mr. ARMOR seconded it. Mr. JOHN DAVIES 'proposed and Mr. E. THOMAS seconded, that only bills be printed and put on the walls. This economic policy was carried. THE DRAINAGE. The BOROUGH SURVEYOR reported that 900 yards of the main drain had been completed, and 863 yards nearer town had still to be done. THE COMING ELECTION.—ATTENDANCE LIST. The TOWN CLERK read the following list of the at- tendances of members during the year from Oct. 11th, 1878, to Oct. (ith, 1879, exclusive. There had been 12 monthly ordinary meetings, 19 special meetings of the Council, and 24 committee meetings. The follow- ing list is of much value, and will doubtless be read with interest in view of the forthcoming election Monthly Special Comte. iltngs. Mtngs. Mtngs, Tls. Alderman T. Gee (Mayor) 12 17 14 43 „ Evan Pierce 5. 3. 0 8 j „ T. J. Williams 12 16 6 34 „ E. W. Gee 12 17 11 40 j Councillor Kofcert Davies 12 11 s 31 "William Morris 12 12 11 35 R. H. Roberts 10 18 9 37 „ "William Hughes 7 4 0 11 John Armor 8 15 13 3$ < „ Robert I'arry 8. 9.. 6 23 Robert Ellis 8 7 1 E. T. Jones 9 5 8 22 John Davies 12 15. 5 32 ] Evan Thomas 11 15 8 34 „ J. Symonds Jones 12 12 5 29 I „ Jolin Lloyd 12 17 7. So Fhus it will be seen that the largest total of attendances s las been made by the Mayor (43), and the smallest E lumber by Alderman Evan Pierce (8), the next lowest )eing Councillor Hughes, with a total of 11. a BOROUGH POLICE COURT. FRIDAY.—Before Alderman T. Gee (Mayor,) Messrs. Thomas Evans, and T. W. Lloyd. CHARGE AGAINST A PUBLICAN. John Jones, Market Vaults, was summoned for per- mitting riotous conduct in his house. Mr. Cartwright, of Chester, appeared for defendant, and Mr. Roberts, Ruthin, represented the owner of the house, Mr. W. Edwards, Hand Brewery. The evidence of Sergeant Lewis and Police-constable Wynne went to show that they heard a great row in defendant's house, and some person cursing and swear- ing. They were not sent into the house but as the noise continued, they went in and found a man named Foulkes. a fowl dealer, drunk and creating a row, and also bleed- ing from the face. They were not asked to turn him out, but Police-constable Wynne said that on his telling Mrs. Jones she ought not to allow such disorder, she turned to Foulkes, ordered him to leave, and taking him by the arm pushed him to the door, and he, Wynne turned him out. The man was subsequently taken to the lock-up fur being drunk and disorderly on the street. Mr. Cartwright's contention was that the man Foulkes was not drunk. He was passing from a room to the bar and made some insulting remarks to a man named Walter Wynne, and the latter struck him a blow on the face. It all happened in a minute and could not be prevented, and there was no one riotous but Foulkes who was talking loud about Wynne having abused him. Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Emma Owen, Mr. Edward Roberts, butcher; Mr. Timothy Armor, and Walter Wynne, were called, and distinctly swore that Foulkes wasnot drunk; that there was noreguiarrowinthehouse, but that all the row was made by Foulkes, who was struck in the face by Wynne, because he insulted him. It all happened they said in a minute and could not have been prevented by Mrs. Jones, who was in charge of the house. The case lasted a considerable time, and after a long private consultation, the Bench fined the defendant 10s. and costs, but said it was not a case in which they should endorse the licence. They had decided that case upon its merits, but it must be borne in mind that the man Foulkes had pleaded guilty to having been drunk and riotous. Mr. Cartwright, on behalf of defendant, gave notice of appeal to the Quarter Sessions. A TRIO DRUNK AND RIOTOUS. Robert Parry, Greviatt Bachucha; David LlozlfD. Pontrallgoch; and Thomas Jones, Weanfawr were charged by Police-constable Evans with drunken and riotous conduct. Defendants with a lot of other men came down to Henllan Village, armed themselves with sticks, and paraded about anxious to fight with a number of Llansannan youths. A great uproar was created. The two former were fined 2s. Gd. and costs each, and the latter 5s, and costs. DRUNK AND RIOTOUS. David Llopd, Pontrallgoch, a man partly paralized, was charged with drunken and riotous conduc., in Henllan, and refusing to leave the Llyndir Inn. Jhied 2s. 6d. and costs, which his mother paid. A ROW IN ABRAHAM-LANE. Jane Hughes, Abraham-lane, well known in the court for getting into rows, was bound over to keen the peace for six months towards Elizabeth Jones and Jane Jones. In default of finding sureties she was sent to Chester Gaol. It appears a great row was created by defendant and her son, and it was alleged they were thrashing her husband, and on the women looking on, she attacked them with very vile abuse. A warrant was issued for the apprehension of William Hughes, her son, for drunken and riotous conduct. COUNTY POLICE COURT. WEDNESDAY.—Before Mr. W. D. W. Griffith, and 1r. P. H. Chambres. A ROW. John Roberts, Brynmulun, charged David Roberts, his brother, with assaulting him on the 29th ult. The wives and children of the men had quarrelled and the men seemed to have interfered. The Bench thought it a most ridiculous case and bound both over to keep the peace for six months. CHAMBER OF AGRICULTURE. A meeting was held on Wednesday, under the presi- dency of Mr. P. P. Pennant. There was a good attendance of members. NEW MEMBERS. On the motion of the CHAIRMAN, Mr. St. John Charlton, Mr. Owen Williams (of Bodelwyddan), and Mr. Thomas Wynne Edwards were elected members. AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE. A discussion took place upon Professor Tanner lecture, but the early part of it was left over for special discussion. The CHAIRMAN, in introducing the discussion in reference to forming classes and receiving Govern- ment aid for agricultural education, said that at the present time it was specially necessary to have such advantages. He moved that an Education Committee be formed to ascertain what steps were necessary to enable the young agriculturalists of that district to obtain the advantages named. It was high time they stirred in that direction, unless they wished to be left behind. He wished the chamber to take the lead in the matter in this district, and he referred to other places which had taken up the subject, and hoped Denbigh Chamber would follow the example. If able to carry it out, few people could ask what was the use of a Chamber of Agriculture. He intended to ask the Denbighshire and Flintshire Agricultural Society to assist in the matter, and thought that the funds would be well spent in scholarships for farmers' sons for the best way of bringing such education into a district was by bringing scientifically educated persons into that district. He proposed that a Education Committee be appointed. Captain EVANS seconded the motion.—Carried. Mr. JOSEPH LLOYD suggested that Professor Tanner's lecture on the first principles of agriculture be translated into Welsh, for use amongst the members of the associa- tion, but it was suggested by Mr. J. ROBERTS that that could be done by the committee in question. Professor TANNER thought so, and said that the MS. was already in Welsh, and he should be glad to help in getting it into print, and assured them that he required no acknowledgment for it. Dr. HUGHES proposed, and Mr. C. S. MAINWARING seconded that it be referred to the committee.—Carried. Mr. J. LLOYD proposed, and Captain EVANS seconded, that the Council of the Chamber form the Education Committee.—Carried. THE ROYAL COMMISSION ON AGRICULTURE. In introducing Mr. Doyle, the Government Com- missioner on Agriculture, the CHAIRMAN referred to his long experience as a Poor Law Inspector in Wales, and his qualifications for this office. He believed the Chamber would be glad to give him every assistance. Some people were inclined to pooh pooh the Royal Commission, but Chambers of Agriculture could not do that, because the Chambers had almost forced the Commission upon the Government. He hoped they would consider the best mode in which they could assist. He referred to what York and other Chambers had done in the matter, by selecting representative men to give information on all topics, and he hoped that that Chamber would have every class and topic represented both landlord, tenant, and labourers ought to be con- sidered, as well as every class of farming, and throw as much lkht as possible upon the subject. Mr. DOYLE said when it was proposed to him to act as Assistant Commissioner he should have hesitated, if it had not been for the feeling that he was coming amongst gentlemen with whom he had acted. He referred to the objects of the Commission, and said he had to inquire into the extent and causes of the depression in the Vale of Clwyd, and it would be for the Chamber to suggest remedies. He suggested that a committee be appointed, and he would submit a series of questions which would enable the committee to frame a report which could be presented to the Chamber. The views of the land- owners, tenants, and labourers, were necessary, so as to get at the cases of each class, and if the cases of all were not put before the Commission it would be their own fault; and if an inquiry was thought necessary he would be glad to hold one if that were thought better than an inquiry by committee. i Mr. J. C. WYNNE EDWARDS suggested that the farmers were the principal sufferers, and it ought to be a broad and searching enquiry. He suggested a public meeting so that all classes may be heard, and so ] do away with the possibility of the charge of it being a J class inquiry. ( Mr. JOHN ROBERTS thought the Chamber could do all 5 that was necessary regarding the farmers, and thought ] that Mr Doyle was capable of ascertaining the opinions of all other classes. He then proceeded in his own 1 humourous and earnest style, which met with the 1 applause of the members, to deal with the question thus I apprehend this meeting is called more for the purpose to meet the commissioner from the Royal 3 Commission, and I hope this Chamber will give the ] greatest facility to assist him with the best information ( we can give in this part of North Wales. It is not for me to say what steps should be taken for the enquiry as i the best of men have been selected for this important t offiee under the Legislature, and I hope I shall be alive to see the report brought out that I may then know how ( to farm to profit. I am not of the same opinion as many are respecting the present depression, that it is I not the late and unpropitious weather is the real cause, s as we could not prophecy what weather we were going y to have this harvest, but we could see the present a depression three or four years ago. We have been L talking for some time at our meetings about the restric- tions on our efforts on farming successfully, such as I undue pressure of local taxation, and foreign competition and the jealousy of our neighbours—the populations of ( Large towns which has succeeded in compelling Parlia- t ment to place undue burdens upon the land. Farmers i 1 are suffering from highway rates, poor rates, education c rates, sanitary rates, burial rates, corn averages, and ) the Agricultural Holdings' Act, and the malt tax, and 1 the present grievances of the agriculturists ought now to be brought before the Commissioner, and especially ;he rabbit farming. The owners and occupiers of land [ must now support the necessary institutions of the country in bad times as well as in good times, and also pay for keeping all the vast machineries in motion. Our i xmnty members are out-numbered in Parliament by members representing towns, and their interests are 1 opposed to ours, and now is the time for farmers to •aise their voices and give all the information they can. x Union is strength, and landlords and tenants ought to 'J jeep together and send men to parliament who would s represent the interests of tenant farmers, no a natter what their politics, so they had the interests of igriculturalists at heart. (Applause). Mr. C. S. MAINWARING proposed that a committee be h ippointed to aid the Assistant Commissioner in his J inquiries. 1] Mr. JOHN ROBERTS seconded the motion, and it was t igreed that the Council, which conwsts of 20 members & and is thoroughly representative, be appointed to draw up a report from questions given by Mr. Doyle, but it was not to be presented until discussed and sanctioned by the Chamber. If that were done he believed it would be thoroughly representative of the district, and would be of value to the Commission. After some further discussion the motion was carried. Mr. DOYLE explained that he should take steps to meet the tenant farmers and labourers privately if necessary, so that anytliinc, they needed to say privately could be said to him without fear of it being known again but it should appear as the evidence of"" A and B," he taking care to take means to identify and prove it if necessary. A long desultory discussion took place, and it was agreed that the Chamber meet next week to revise the names of the Council, and so proceed with the work. JOINING THE CENTRAL CHAMBER. The CHAIRMAN explained the terms on which they could join the central chamber, and said it would im- prove the status of the chamber and they would be entitled to the Chamber's reports, and other advantages of great importance to agriculturalists and they would have an opportunity of sending a representative to the Central Chamber. A vote of thanks to the Chairman closed the proceed- ings.











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