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DENBIGH. The Denbigh Office of the NORTH WALES GUARDIAN is now at Albert Terrace, Vale-street (nearly opposite the Station-road). All communications addressed either to The Reporter," or Mr. COTTOM byname will'receive immediate attention. The paper is onsale at the shops of Messrs. J. DA VIES and W. A. NOTT, and at the Bookstall at the Station. USING THREATENING LANGUAGE.—Wm. Hughes was, on Monday, brought up in custody charged, before the Mayor, with using threatening language against John Owen. It seemed that the defendant HAD, amongst other things, sworn that John Owen, Plas Coch, had set William Williams' house on fire. Defendant was bound over, himself in £10, and two sureties in.£5 each and it seemed that he was then under bail to keep the peace, and, on the appl: cation of Sergeant Lewis, the former bail was estreated. TESTIMONIAL TO MB. ROBINSON.—The testimonial to Mr. John Robinson, in recognition of his valuable services as secretary of the Castle, &c., was arranged to lie presented yesterday (Friday), Mr. Thomas Hughes, chairman of the Quarter Sessions, having consented to make the presentation for the sub- scribers. A magnificently illuminated address, to accompany the other gift, was prepared by Mr. Marples, of Liverpool, and has been on view at the establishment of Messrs. Parry and Williams, Crown-square. A full report of the proceedings will be given next week. CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATION.—At a meeting, held on Friday, under the presidency of Dr. A. E. Turnour, the committee was unanimously re-elected, Mr. Parry, Crown-square, and Mr. Brewster being elected to fill vacancies. Mr. P. Lewis Roberts, who resigned the office of secretary, was cordially elected one of the vice-presidents of the association, in the place of Mr. Cottom, who resigned that position on being elected secretary of the associa- tion. The meeting was well attended, and an earnest spirit pervaded it, steps being contemplated to extend the usefulness of the association. FREE READING ROOM.—Many of our local readois will be pleased to hear that Mr. F. Helmore, choir master to His late Royal Highness the Prince Con- sort, and author of a number of valuable works on speaking, singing, & has been secured to give an entertainment next Monday, under the presidency of Dr. Tumour, for the benefit of the institution. Asphndid billiard table has been secured by the committee for the large room recently added to the institution. This has been a heavy additional ex- pense. When the preliminary arrangements as to license, &c., are made, the new board will be in use. The library has now been re-catalogued, thoroughly revised, a large number of splendid new books, in- eluding Lord Beaconsfield's works and Cassell's Popular Educator added, and is now open again to the public. THE CLOTHING CLUB.—The statement of accounts and annual report issued by this society set forth that there was a balance in the bank of .£62 4s. 2d. The hon. members, 184 in number, contributed J668 18S. 9r).; the benefited members paid into the funds .£515 13s. 8d; interest, .£6 6s. 6d. Estimated amount paid for clothing .£575 58., after deducting the discount allowed by tradesmen; the other inci- dental expenses having been met there remains in the bank a balance of .£67 4s. Id. The number of members receiving clothing last year 667; and as indicating the extent of the benefits conferred on the deserving poor of the parish it may be mentioned that since the establishment of the club in 1840 the sum of £ 18,237 15s. 2d. has been spent in clothing. The ladies connected with the club have again acted as collectors of funds, and every hon. member subscribing 2s. 6d. receives a ticket to give to any poor person. The following is the committee of management for the twelve months ending October 31st, 1880:—President, Ven. Archdeacon Smart, The Rectory, Mrs. Gold Edwards, Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. J. R. Hughes, Mrs. Parry Jones, Mrs. Turner Jones, Mrs. Mostyn, Mrs. Lloyd Williams, Miss Williams, Miss Smart, Miss Roberts, Vale Terrace, Miss Wynne Edwards, Miss Lewis, and the honorary secretary, Mr. J. P. Lewis, solicitor. CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOL.—On Sunday the scholars and teachers of the English school at- tended divine service at St. Mary's Church, when there was also a fair attendance of parishioners. Archdeacon Smart conducted the service, and the Lord Bishop of St. Asaph, being present, ad- dressed the scholars in a very interesting and earnest manner, in the course of his remarks re- ferring to the enjoyment which he had derived from the hearty service. He was much pleased with the reverent and hearty spirit manifested by all in the service, and said he saw there the hope of the Church of England in Denbigh for the future. There was there the promise of a large number of those who, in time to come, should be earnest and intelligent worshippers according to the ritual and doctrine of the Church. He then went on to speak of the object and value of Sunday schools, and to give interesting illustrations of those who, by the power of the word of God set forth in the schools, had been led to consecrate their lives to the service of Jesus Christ and bring forth fruit to the glory of God. He spoke to the teachers of the encourage- ment it should be to them to feel that they were permitted to be labourers in the Lord's vineyard, and that their labours may be the means of bless- ing to many of the scholars. At the close of the service, the collection was made for home missions. His Lordship expressed himself as very much pleased with the school and the service. As indict- ing the spread of English education, the Bishop asked all who understood and spoke Welsh well to put up their hands, but only about eight boys did so. He therefore addressed the scholars in English. BOROUGH MAGISTRATES' COURT. FRIDAY: Before the Mayor (Alderman T. Gee), Mr. Thomas Evans, and Mr. W. J. W. Lloyd. HUSBAND AND WIFE. Richard Jones, engine driver, Denbigh, was sum- moned for arrears of maintenance to the Guardians of St. Asaph Union given in support of his wife and her three children. The sum of 6s. weekly had been made on a magistrates' order in 1874, and the defendant was now 13 weeks in arrear. The parties had been separ- ated in the year named, and the man had now refused to pay on the order, having sent to the Guardians to say that he was going to take a house for her and her three children and they must stop the pay. Mr. C. Grindley represented the Guardians and Mr. Louis the defendant. The case was argued at great length, but the facts were of no public interest. An order was made on the defendant for the arrears due of JE4, but no costs were allowed. The complainant and defendant met together; with the Mayor and Mr. Grimsley, and in the end it was resolved that Richard Jones continue to pay the 6s. weekly to his wife until April next, and then 8s. 6d. weekly. THE DRINK AGAIN. Grosvenor Roberts, Henllan-street, pleaded guilty to being drunk and riotous in Wesley Place. Sergeant Lewis proved the case. Five times previously con- victed for similar conduct. Fined 10s. and costs, and allowed a fortnight to pay. Robert Roberts, Panton Hall, was charged with being drunk in Vale-street on the 10th October, by P.S. Simpson. Apprehended on a warrant. He was found lying drunk, bleeding, on the pavement. Six previous convictions. Fined 7s. 6d., and costs 12s. RATES WANTED. John Hughes, Brynyffynnon, was charged by Mr. Edward Mills, rate collector, with refusing to pay poor rates amounting to £1 14s. ll £ d. also, district rate, £1 Os. Id. Defendant, the collector said, was always the same, and refused to pay. Usual orders made. A number of other summonses were issued, but the cases were settled before they came into court. ALLEGED POACHING.—TRUMPERY CASE. John Hughes, Legard, Denbigh, was charged with poaching on land in the occupation of Mrs. Story, on the 17th October.. Thomas Powell, keeper at Foxhall, proved seeing the defendant near the fences with a dog, which hunted the fences and ran a rabbit. Defendant was in the road, and hunting at the rabbit in the ditch, thus helping the dog Defendant had a cart and two horses in the road, and he saw defendant leave the team whilst he acted thus. When accosted, defendant asked forgiveness, and said he did not get his living by poaching. „ Defendant denied the offence, and called John Williams, car driver, who saw defendant standing close to the hedge straight up, but he did not put his hand in the hole. Didn't see the dog at all; the dog was in the bush or somewhere.. Defendant said the dog went into the hedge, and he could not stop her. The Bench dismissed the summons. ANOTHER ALLEGED TRESPASS. Herbert Roberts, Charnel's Well, was charged with trespassing on October 26th, on land belonging to Mrs. Hughes, Plas Chambers, in search of rabbits. He denied that he was in search of rabbits he was merely P C Powell said he saw defendant beating several hedges of the field, and having "lurcher and terrier dogs with him. He was working at Plas Chambers, but had no business there on Sunday, being not employed there on that day. Robert Jones, bailiff, was called aa witness. Case dismissed. CHAMBER OF AGRICULTURE. A meeting was held on Wednesday, under the pre- sidency of Mr. Joseph Lloyd; there was only a small attendance. ASSOCIATION WITH THE CENTRAL CHAMBER. A number of forms were sent down from the Central Chamber for this Chamber to sign, in order to carry out the desire for affiliation. A communication was received, stating that the Council had accepted the Vale of Clwyd Chamber. It was agreed that as the financial year commenced December 1st that this Chamber join at that date. NEW MEMBERS. Mr. Thomas Smith, Plas-yn-Llan, Llanganhafel; Mr. R. C. Griffiths, Park Farm, near Chester; and Mr. John Humphreys Jones, Trefnant, were elected mem- bers of the Chamber. MANCHESTER AND LIVERPOOL SOCIETY. Mr. MOUNTFIELD and Mr. D. ROBERTS raised the question of the Chamber seeking to influence the above Society to have the next show at Chester for the benefit of the district, but it was felt that the Chamber could not move in the matter. AGRICULTURAL DEPRESSION. The CHAIRMAN, in introducing this subject, remarked that he was glad to see that the Baner had at last con- descended to notice the Chamber, and had given them a translation of the paper recently read by Mr. Roberts, and commented favourably upon it. Mr. MOUNTFIELD expressed pleasure at the paper, and that the farmer must agitate, and not take things as they had done. He thought with Lord Derby, that the farmers must stand up before the landlords, and they would get better terms. Depression was not alto- gether due to bad seasons, but to such causes as re- stricted covenants. The law of restraint gave the land- lord power to accept the highest bidder for farms, for he could get the rent no matter whether the man was an agriculturist or not. They must cheapen the land transfer and leases, and get working farmers, or a man understanding farming, into Parliament, for at present farmers did not hold together, but were like a rope of sand; and they must hold together. The landlords were not to blame for this state of things, for they had a right to get the highest rent they possibly could for the land, for he would do it himself and so would any one else. Mr. ROBERTS thought the paper one of the best read in the Chamber, and he quite approved of all the state- I ments made therein. Mr. R. C. B. CLOUGH thought there were two slight mistakes in it with regard to the land tax and tithe, The tithes were not increasing, he thought, and were fixed on a certain basis calculated on the average of every seven years. As to the land tax, it was never altered, but other rates had increased, and he was afraid they would increase, especially in boroughs, as also in sub- urban districts where sanitary matters were carried out, and the present scheme of education and doing away with turnpike trusts, thereby causing the repair of the arterial roads to fall on the land. Mr. J. W. LLOYD said the tithe was altered every year, and was increasing. Mr. CLOUGH thought the average was going down. As a rule leases were not charged very heavily for, and if a tenant considered it to his benefit, he would not object to pay it. An ordinary agreement for three years could be made without the expense of a lease, but in these bad times people did not care to take leases, and if times were as bad as they were said to be, they would not take them for nothing. As one connected with g'entlemen having estates, he could say that he had not a farm to let, and if he had there would be many applicants for it. As regards representatives in Parlia- ment, that was a matter that they could work up to. Of course owners of land expected to receive a certain amount of profit on land, but landlords should assist farmers if they were losers. If people would only take the trouble to register their titles to property, the great expense of leases would be to a large extent done away with. Mr. J. LLOYD thought the paper failed really to show that depression existed, but the depression was taken for granted. The speaker referred to 1822 and 1834, as times when depression was much greater than now, for in the first period, landlords lost nine millions of pounds, and at the latter date there were 25 per cent. of the people paupers. He went on to urge that class must meet class in the matter. He thought it would be well to call attention to the tithe, and ask the landlord to take it upon himself, and went on to show that the tithe had been taken from its legitimate object of helping the poor, and given exclusively for religion. The land tax was an unjust one. As regards the other rates the farmer had a voice either directly or indirectly in the imposition of the other taxes. He quoted figures from emigration returns to show that other countries were as bad as England, or else persons would not emigrate to the extent they did a few years ago. He suggested that a circular be sent to the landlords calling attention to the necessity of tithes being borne by the landlord. Eventually it was agreed to adjourn the meeting, for the further discussion of the subject.














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