FOOTBALL. lBY VETERAN, j The form shown by Welshpool against Abery- etwyth was in sad contrast to their brilliant exhibition against Oswestry Reserve. Then all the men played up well, and there was not a bit of half hearted play by any member of the team from beginning to end. But on Saturday, with one or two exceptions, half hearted play seemed the rule. Aberystwyth were rather poorly represented and were minus such sterling players as J. Garner (captain), W. R. Jones (vice-captain), J. C. Rea, LI. Owen, C. Jones, and R. Davies. Some of the supporters of the home team rather grumbled at so many reserve men being sent to do duty for their club. I am informed by the genial and energetic hon. sec. of Aberystwyth that family bereavements kept at least two members of the first team at home, and the others could not possibly get away. The result of the match was a surprise to the home team and the visitors, the latter fully expecting a heavy defeat. On the day's play the better team undoubtedly won. The reserve men played like old stagers, and if the visitors had not imparted the information that they were really reserve men no one would have known it from their play. At every point of the game they were the masters. The business-like way the forwards set about their work was really refreshing. When they got the ball amongst them they dashed on for goal without any of the hesitation or dallying so notice- able in the van of the home team. Another thing, these five did not believe in hanging back and doing the work of the halves and backs. They were told off to attack, and they stuck to this part of their duty and did it well. The Welshpool for- wards, on the contrary, seemed to spend a lot of their time too near their own goal, mixed up with the half-backs, and when a good chance of a run came they could not take advantage of it, and before any headway could be made the backs cooly robbed them. This was the greatjfault on Satur- day, and it was this more than anything else that lost them the game. The weakness of their attack waa very apparent even to the uninitiated. The back play of Welshpool was on the whole good, though Astley is not the man he was and often mis- kicked, though not so badly as in the cap match. I could not help, wondering a bit on Saturday how WJúte wonld perform at back. He has size and speed, and can kick hard. There would be no harm, just for a trial, if he and Astley changed 1 places for one match. No blame could be attached to the backs or halves on Saturday, as they all werked well and hard. White saved capitally en more than one occasion, and he could not possibly hare saved either shot which scored. Hughes was the best of the forwards, but does not keep up enough. He passed most unselfishly to his wings, bnt possibly would have done more good if he had daehed on with the ball instead. One and all of the Aberystwyth men did well. The forward play I have noticed slightly. Mason; and his outside right and two left wings were very speedy and smart with the ball and would not be stalled off. Jack Jones in goal was as safe as a rock, and the backs themselves did good work, though they occasionally kicked out to save when there was no need. The Welshpool men had quite their share of the play, but they lacked dash round the goal and shot badly. j Mr. J. E. Jones was most impartial as a referee. Next year I shall expect to find a first rate team in Aberystwyth. There are several good clubs now, and from these a team ought to be picked able to hold their own in the Welsh Cup and other competitions. Last Saturday found the Aberytwyth teams well to the fore. First the Town senior team took Welshpool down. Then the Reserve had Aberaeron whom they defeated by 4 to 1 after a scrambling kind of game, The University Team vanquished Towyn by 4 [to nil. The special features of this match were the wonderful defence of Seedhouse at back and the tricky and dashing play of the forwards. They led the Towyn men snob, a dance that they cried Enough about twelve minutes from time. The play of Towyn was in direct contrast to the scientific work of the Collegians, and it was too frequently of a very rough character. The Newtown men had more goals scored against them on Saturday in one match than has been done in the previous five for the League competition. This failure can easily be accounted for. In the first place two of the best men in the team were absent-Taylor and Worthen, and their places could not be properly occupied by any two in Newtown. Then again in face of the tough en counter in store for the League Champions to-day they did not think it wise to exert them- selves overmuch. There was besides another factor in the case, and one well worth noticing. Both teams wore red shirts, and the confusion on the part of players, and referee must have been great. The home team ought certainly to have warn a band to prevent confusion, and the referee should have insisted on it. This may appear a ttight matter to some, but speaking from ex- perience I can assert it is not by any means of slight importance. The play for the first half was of a very even character and the scoring was one goal each. Morgan got the Newtown goal—a beauty with his left foot. The Wellington goal was a lucky one as Humphreys evidently mistook the player who Botched the goal for one of his own men. From the kick off at half time both teams went to work with a will, but the goal-keepers on both aides saved grandly and the game had been played quite 20 minutes when a beautiful shot from the Wellington outside left proved too good for Huniphreys- The Newtown men were not done with yet and in a very short time, from some good combined work by the whole of the forwards, A. W. Pryce-Jones equalised. The excitement now I was very keen amongst the spectators who shouted themselves hoarse in their endeavours to spur Wellington on. Both teams played for all they were worth. The Wellington right wings and out- side left showed most clever work and were deservedly cheered by the outsiders. Owing to a misunderstanding with Townsend, Humphreys allowed a very soft shot to roll gently into the net. This was the turning point of the game. With only 8 minutes to play Newtown tried hard to draw level but very quickly the clever outside right dodged Townshend at d netted a good one. New- town were now done with and when time was sailed the champions were defeated by 6 to 2. The defence of Newtown was of course weak, but the play of all the team was below par. The new recruit, Morgan, shapes well. Chapman played a grand game at half but his partners were not so effective as they might have been. The Newtown men were not very much smitten with the treatment they received from the home team. They complain, and it appears with sufficient cause, of the cold reception they had from their boats. Not a basin of water or towel were given them in the dressing room and the only fire was monopolised by the home team. The language too, of the home team was not of that friendly charac- ter which should at all times be shown by those acting the part of hosts. It is very strange that Newtown men should have been treated with such scant courtesy after the warm reception they gave Wellington last year. The Oswestrians at Chester, fared even worse than their opponents of to-day, for they were decisively beaten by 6 to 0. The ground was all against good play and no doubt the Oswestry men were holding themselves in reserve for to-day, in order to give spectators a real treat. The game between Newtown and Oswestry is of a more open character than many imagines. On form Newtown eaght just to land themselves winner, but if they do succeed in this, they must brace themselves up for 90 minutes harder work than they have had lately. It will be a grand game and I would advise all lovers of the winter pastime not to miss such a treat. May the best team win fairly and squarely cm the field. The leaders of the Shropshire League are in very fine form at present, and last Saturday they per- farmed a feat they have seldom compassed, viz., defeated Ironbridge on their own ground. To-day, the same teams meet for the Welsh Cup tie, and I shall look to Shrewsbury to pull through. Their defence, I am informed, will be considerably strengthened, and this at present is the weak spot in the team. Poor Newport are destined for the wooden spoon and I can not understand how it is. There are some rare good players in the team, but I suppose there is such a thing as luck, and ever since I have inovra them they have had little but bad luck. The Hereford men are scaling the ladder slowly, and will not occupy a bad position at the end of the season. Our friends from the Royal Welsh Warehouse do not show the aptitude for football one would expect. In their Welsh Cup tie against Shrews- bury Reserve, they were quite out-classed and were < crushingly defeated by 9 to 2. The Champions of the Village League were pegged back a bit by Whittington on Saturday. The home team (Whittington) handsomely defeated the present leaders by the good margin of 4tol. Wolverhampton, to the delight of their numer- ous supporters, actually won a good League match from home, and did it handsomely to the tune of 4 to 1. Their opponents were Sheffield Wednesday, who are a strong lot, especially at home. Aston Villa have made themselves pretty safe as Champions of the League for 1893-4, but the matter is not at all settled yet as Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers are dangerous rivals. SHROPSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. Up to and including Saturday, Dec. 2nd. Goals Played Won Lost Dr'n F'r Agst Pts Shrewsbury 9. 7. 2. 0.35.23.14 Newtown 6. 5. 1. O.33.13.10 Whitchurch 6. 4. 2. 0.26.17. 8 St. Georges 5. 3. 2. 0.12. 9. 6 Hereford 7. 3. 4. 0.14.19. 6 Wellington 9. 3. 4. 0.14.17. 6 Ironbridge. 6. 3. 3. 0.15.16. 6 Oswestry United 6. 2. 4. 0.12.20. 4 Market Drayton 6. 2. 4. 0. 7.24. 4 Newport. 8. 1. 7. 0.18.31. 2 FIRST CLASS LEAGUE TEAMS. Played Won Lost Drawn Points Aston Villa 18 11 3 4 26 Sheffield United 16 9 4 3 21 Blackburn Rovers .14 8 4 2 18 Burnley.15 8 6 1 17 West Brom. Albion.14 7 5 2 16 Notts Forest.15 6 6 3 15 Wolverhampton Wan.14 7 6 1 15 Stoke 16 7 8 1 15 Everton 14 6 6 2 14 Derby County 14 6 6 2 14 Sunderland 13 5 5 3 13 Bolton Wanderers .14 6 8 0 12 Preston North End .14 5 8 1 11 Sheffield Wednesday 16 2 8 6 10 Newton Heath 12 4 8 1 9 Darwen 14 4 9 1 9 VILLAGE LEAGUE. Goals. Played Won Lost Dr'n F'r Agst Pts Porthywaen. 4. 3. 1. 0.14. 5. 6 Morda 3. 2. 0. 1. 5. I. 5 Pant. 4. 1. 0. 3.11.10. 5 Criftins. 5. 2. 2. 1. 7.11. 5 Whittington. 4. 2. 2. 0.13. 9. 4 Ruyton. 4. 1. 2. 1. 6.14. 3 Gobowen. 5. 1. 3. 1. 7.12. 3 Lodge 3. 0. 2. 1. 7. 9. 1 UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF WALES RESERVE V BORTH.-This match was played at Berth on Satur- day and terminated in a victory for the home team by three goals to two. ABERYSTWYTH CONGREGATIONAL UNITED t. UNITED SCHOOES (ABERYSTWITH.)-This match was played on the Ardwyn ground, Aberystwyth, on Saturday afternoon. The Congregationalists put on four goals in the first fifteen minutes. Before half- time the Schools had scored once. In the second half the play was even, bnt the Schools rushed away three times and scored, thus leaving the game a draw. OSWESTRY RECREATION SOCIETY V. ELLESMERE AssISTANTS.-This match was played on Thursday last, 7th inst., on the Society's ground. There was, a small attendance and shortly after three o'clock j the ball was started. The Recreation team had the, best of the game all through and the visiting team tried had to score once or twice but the defence of their opponents was too good, half-time arriving with the score 2 to 0 in favour of the Recs. In, the second half the home team played up still better and managed to put on three more goals, the game ending 5 to 0. Winning team Goal, R. Thomas; backs, A. Grainger and C. Llowarch; half-backs, A. England, D. Roberts and Bromley; forwards, W. Gwynne, Parish, H. Evans, Edge and J. Evans. Referee, Mr. H. Turner. ABERYSTWYTH RESERVE v ABERAERON.—This j match was brought off on the Vicarage ground, Aberystwyth, on Saturday. The visitors won the, toss aad choope to play down the incline during the first moiety. Even play was the order of the first fifteen minutes, when a run by the home forwards culminated in D. J. Lewis scoring. Shortly after- wards Morgan, from a pass by Rea netted the ball a second time. Just before the interval, the visitors scored. On change of ends, even play was again the order for about ten minutes, but the homesters, having the advantage of the slope, began to assert j their superiority, Roberts registering a third goal, and Jenkins No. 4. The score at the call" was Aberystwyth Reserve, 4 goals; Aberaeron, 1 goal. The game was of a tame description, combination, being conspicuous by its absenc* The homesters 1 attempted it at the commencement, but it was soon j broken up by the visitors, who played "here, there, j and everywhere." The following were the home- j sters: Goal, D. Thomas; backs, Wm. Williams and Richard Jones; halfbacks, Willie Jones, E. J. Evans, and A. Miles; right wing, David Roberts and W. H. j Morgan; centre, T. Jenkins, D. J. Lewis, and J. C. Rea. NKWTOWN HALF-HOLIDAY V. NEWTOWN UNITED. —Played on the ground of the former, on Friday last. The Half-Holiday won the toss, and elected to play with a moderate wind at their backs. On starting the United forwards dashed away and made several determined attacks on the Half- Holiday goal, but owing to the admirable defence of King and Evans, were unable to score for some time, but eventually drew first blood from a hot shot by Hamer. This seemed to have put the Half- Holiday team on their mettle and the United goal keeper was literally peppered with shots, two of which he failed to fist out. The teams crossed over with the score standing Half-Holiday 2, United 1. On resuming the United added another to their score, which was quickly followed by the Half. Holiday scoring 3 more goals, and eventually ran out by 5 goals to 2. Undoubtedly the best team won, their defence being impregnable and the for- wards played a good passing game, whereas the United forwards were weak and spasmodic. Humphreys and Davies acquitted themselves creditably at backs; had it not been for them the Half-Holiday score would undoubtedly have been higher. Teams :—Half-Holiday, goal, Horton backs, King and Evans; half-backs, Owen, Watts and Humphreys; forwards, Parry, Woolley, Richards, Morgan and Evans. United, goal, Courthwaite; backs, Humphreys and Albert Davies half-backs, Harding, Owen, A. N. Other; forwards, Harris-Blackwood, Pilot, Davies, Hamer and Hamer; referee, Harry Humphreys. WELSHPOOL v. ABERYSTWYTH. This match was played at Welshpool on Satur- day last and contrary to expectations ended a defeat of the home team by 2 to 0. The opening part of the game was fairly even; Welshpool pressed after a bit and nearly scored but the Aberystwyth goal-keeper saved capitally. The visitors left wings showed very good work but Astley robbed them. The Welshpool men had a good run up and Jarman veryjjudiciously passed to Austin who dallied so long that the visitors backs had no trouble to dispossess him of the ball. The right wing of the visitors made a good passing run which ended in a smart shot for goal but White was ready for it. The home team now had a short turn and Holloway nearly scored. From the goal kick Hughes got the ball and effected a good run but the defenders cleared at tLe expense of a cor- ner, which Astley took and took very badly. From hands well in goal against Aberystwyth the home team made poor use of a good chance. Austin soon after sent in a clinking shot but the goal. keeper was just able to touch the ball over. Astley again failed at the corner and Aberystwyth broke away with a good combined run but sent out. The visitors left wing got well away and sent in a fine shot which White cleverly got away. ^Aberystwyth kept up the pressure. The outside right shot a goal but off-side spoilt it. From the free kick Jarman had a fine opening but shot wretchedly. The visitors forwards ran up well and tried hard to pass White but just failed. From the corner given Welshpool ran up well and caused Aberystwyth backs to kick out to save. This was repeated soon afterwards and then the Aberystwyth centre collared the ball and a very fine run ended in D. C. Jones getting a grand goal. This bit of work was heartily cheered by the spectators. Astley was a little bit to blame for this gqal against the home team as he left his proper position This reverse rather astonished the home players, and it demoralised them, too, for they played a very loose game from now to half-time. The right wing of the visitors ran up well, but Astley cleverly robbed them at the expense of a corner. J. H. Edwards and Griffiths worked splendidly on Aberystwyth left, and the latter just shot wide. Welshpool ran up well on the left and were around goal when the whistle blew for half-time. Hughes got the ball from the kick-off and sent in a grand shot, which Jack Jones saved just in time. Welsh- pool played with great determination and worked the ball up, but Master Jones was miles too clever for their poor final shots. Aberystwyth pressed severely, but Astley and Davies saved well. The Aberystwyth forwards were as frisky as possible, and kept dancing up to the home goal time after time. Good and combined play by the whole of the forwards ended in the inside right passing to Mason, who sent in a very hot shot. White saved splendidly, but could not get the ball far enough from goal, and before the backs could get it away Griffiths pounced on it and sent in a splendid oblique shot, which was too good for the goal- keeper. From the centre kick the home team swarmed round the visitors' goal and soon got a corner. One of the Welshpool forwards handled the ball, and the whistle blew as the ball was passing between the posts. Edwards and Griffiths dashed off on the left, and Davies staved off a sharp attack by kicking out. Hands against Welshpool right in front of goal proved troublesome to the defenders, but White saved well. Further pressure on the Aberystwyth right was relieved by the clever work of G. Pryce, who sent the ball well up the field. Davies at back spoiled another grand run by the visitors forwards. This was repeated in a few minutes. Give and take play took place till the whistle blew, and Aberystwyth won an exceedingly pleasant match by 2 to 0. Teams :— ABERYSTWYTH. Goal, Jack Jones; backs, W. S. Dougall and J. Bowen; half-backs, H. Smith, D. Morgan, and R. Jones; right wing, D. J. Jones and E. Morcom left-wing, J. Henry Edwards and R. H. Griffiths; centre, W. J. Mason. WELSHPOOL. Goal, White; backs, Astley and H. Davies; half- backs, G. Pryce, Holloway, and Heath; right wing, T. Thomas and T. Jones; left wing, Austin and Jarman; centre, Hughes. Linesman, Mr. H. Smith. Referee, Mr. J. E. Jones. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF WALES v TOWYN The return fixture between these Clubs was played on the Barracks ground, Aberystwyth, on Saturday, in the presence of about 600 spectators. The previous match at Towyn resulted in a draw of three goals each, but it was anticipated that the College in the return fixture would easily vanquish their opponents. Bryant won in the spin of the coin, and elected to play up the slight slope. Towyn kicked off, but Ellis almost immediately got possession, and, conjointly with the rest of the van, scampered away for the opposing citadel, but the globe was sent wide of the mark. Daniel and his partner on the Towyn right then obtained possession, and made away, but Seedhouse checked their career, and a good run later by the home van brought about the downfall of the visitors' stronghold, Ellis doing the needful. A brief expedition was then paid the home citadel, after which the College for- wards initiated a pretty combined run, Keall being conspicuous. The Towyn custodian com- passed a capital save of a hot low shot aimed at the stockade. Play was sub- sequently, for a time, confined to mid-field. It was ultimately conveyed to the visitors' strong- hold, but sent into touch. Ellis later just sent over the cross bar. Thence the sphere was trans- ferred to the home citadel, but Seedhouse was invincible, and Kinsey sent over to the right wing, who chaqged the venu. The Towyn goal appeared to be in imminent danger, but F. Jones averted disaster by clearing into neutral ground with a long shot. It was, however, returned and Chappel j notched No. 2. Cadvan Jones was subsequently called upon to fist and kick out some dangerous shots, which he did splendidly. A corner was con- ceded, but bore no fruit, and another raid was made j on the visitors' fortress. The custodian saved! splendidly a hot shot. A momentary raid by the visitors was followed up by a bout in mid-field. The visitors' lefts at length broke away, but Bryant impeded their progress. The forwards urged on, but were only rewarded with a fruitless corner, and the Collegians indulged in a pretty forward run, which culminated in the ball being placed in the month of the fortress, Keall send- ing a fast shot through the uprights. Shortly afterwards the interval was piped,' the score reading:— U. College 3 Goals Tow-yn Nil. The play was resumed by Ellis, and the home van at once made tracks for the visitors' territory, Keall being the more noticeable. Jones deprived them and passed to Daniel and his co-partner, who made away for their adversaries' fortress. Seed- house, however, proved an impregnable barrier, and the ball was gradually worked into the visitors' quarter. D. M. Jones sent in a good shot which F. Jones headed clear, and play ensued in the centre. The Collegians subsequently transferred the opera- tions, and from a shot from D. M. Jones, Chappie headed a beauty of a goal. The Towyn rights then attempted to break away but Bunford tackled in fine form, and Keall passed to Ellis, who, in turn, passed to Lloyd Roberts'and D. M. Jones, who had a neat run. The latter sent an oblique shot across the goal, but Chapple, who was on the alert, just missed. The visitors egregiously strove their best to score. Their vigorous attack, however, was met with stubbornness and strong defensive. tactics, although they got the sphere into dangerous prox- imity, they failed to capture a goal. Cadvan on on one oocasion fisted out a fast shot, which was aimed just under the cross-bar, amidst cheering. At length Chappie and Keall got possession, and the Towyn citadel was afterwards more or less in a continual Etate of i jeopardy. The custodian ne- gociated some smart shots capitally, and Bunford kept the Towyn rights at bay grandly when they attempted to break away. The visitors, about 12 minutes before Time," left the ground, in order, as they asserted, to catch their train. The play of the visitors was of an extremely rough character, several of the Collegians being kicked and injured. The referee awarded numerous fouls, but it is a pity he was not more austere. They took the man and not the ball" principle. The final soore was- U.C.W 4 goals. ] Towyn nil. j UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF WALES. Goal, D. T. Cadvan Jones; backs, R. J. T. Bryant and F. E. Seedhouse; half-backs, T. R. Blackhurst, R. M. Kinsey, and J. H. Bunford: right wing, D. M. Jones and J. Lloyd Roberts centre, D. Ellis; left wing, B. H. Keall and C. R. Chappie, Referee, Mr. J. A.- Stuart. WELLINGTON TOWN V. NEWTOWN. Played at Wellington. Considering the reputa- tion of Newtown, the gate was disappointing, the attendance being very poor. Newtown kicked off down hill, with the sun behind them. The frost- bound ground made play very difficult. Welling- ton had decidedly the best of the game, and some pressure on the visitors' goal, Johnson crossed, and Hatton sent in a grand shot. Humphreys saved well, but a corner followed which, was got away. Still the home team pressed, but were met with a good defence. The Newtown right made a good run and centre, and the left wing put the ball just behind. The home team were again in the ascend- ant, Johnson getting in a lovely centre, which Davies cleared. Newtown got away, and Morgan registered their first goal. By no means discour- aged, Wellington returned to the attack and after a couple of unsuccessful attempts at drawing level Johnson, in a rush, made the score even. After- wards the game became more even, and Newtown several times got down by nice passing, Ellis and Weston allowing Bates nothing to do. Coming again, Newtown were very near adding to their score, Ellis nearly turning the ball through his own goal, but Bates saved on the line nicely. The game was splendidly oontested, both ends being visited, Johnson and Jones putting in grand for- ward work for Wellington, but without effect. A free kick for Newtown went through without being touched by a second player. Wellington had several near chances of scoring, and had they shown a little more judgment they must have got through two or three times. Nothing further, however, was done up to the interval, when the teams crossed over with the score- Newtown 1 1 Wellington 1 Resuming, Newtown at once attacked, but after some nice play by A. W. Pryoe-Jones the right wing shot behind. Wellington replied, and were dangerously near when Duckers was given off-side, but still maintaining the upper hand Jones placed Wellington in front with a fine shot from the line. Newtown seemed unable to get fairly going, and Wellington were continually in the visitors' half, and certainly ought to have scored more than once. Duckers had an easy opening from a centre by the left wing, but shot behind. Wellington pressed hard, and got three corners in succession, and from the last W. E. Pryce-Jones raced away. He shot behind, but almost immediately shot through and equalised. From the centre kick Wellington got down, and Arkinstall shot in, but Humphreys saved by kicking away from off the line. Newtown now played up, but the home team were next to score, Arkinstall giving Wellington the lead again with a good goal right through the corner. Newtown were very near scoring with a shot that beat Bates but went behind. Then Duckers raced away, and scored a four for the Town, amidst great excite- ment. Wellington pressed hotly to the end, and after the goalkeeper had saved some near shots, Jones scored another, and Arkinstall added a -ixth. Final— 8 WNeewllitnogwtn on 62
THE WELSH JUNIOR CHALLENGE CUP. The draw for the second round of this competi- tion has resulted as follaws :— FIRST DIVISION. Bagillt v. Llandudno Swifts Juniors or Rhyl. Queensferry v. Flint Swifts or Holywell. Connah's Quay or Hawarden Rovers, bye. SECOND DIVISION. Mold v. Rhosrobin Institute or Buckley Bricks. Caergwrle Wanderers Reserve v. Dublin White Stars. Gresford bye. FHIRD DIVISION- Wrexham Olympic v. Malpas. Druids Reserve or Ruabon Rangers v. Brymbo Institute Reserve. Rhostyllen v. Chirk Reserve. FOURTH DIVISION. Shrewsbury Reserve or Royal Welsh Warehouse v. Welshpool. Shrewsbury Railway Offices or Llanfyllin v Newtown Reserve. Wrockwardine Wood, bye. The first-named clubs have choice of ground, and the ties have to be played off on or before Decem- ber 16. FOOTBALL FIXTURES. December 9-Aberystwyth Reserve v Dolgelley, at Towyn. (Towyn Cup.) December 19—Aberystwyth v University College of Wales, on the College ground. December 16-Welshpool v Llanidloes, at Welsh- pool. December 16-Aberystwyth Excelsiors v Aber- aeron, at Aberystwyth. December 16-Aberystwyth Reserve v Ardwyn School, Aberystwyte, on the School ground. December 23—Aberystwyth Excelsiors v Royal Welsh Warehouse (Newtown), at Newtown. December 23—Aberystwyth v Llanidloes, at Aber- ystwyth. December 23—Portmadoc v Towyn, at Towyn. (Towyn Cup.) December 23—Oswestry United v Newport, at Oswestry. December 23-Newtown v Ironbridge, at Iron- bridge. December 25th-Ynysybwl (South Wales) v R. W. Warehouse, at Newtown. December 26-Aberystwyth v Ynysybwl, at Aber- ystwyth. December 26—Newtown v Ironbridge, at Newtown. December 26—Oswestry United v St. George's, at St. George's. December 3J—Ynysybwl v Towyn, at Towyn. December 30—Newtown v Llanidloes, at Newtown December 30-Oswestry United v Hereford, at Hereford. December 30—Aberystwyth v Aberystwyth Excel- siors, on ground of latter. January 1—Oswestry United v Aberystwyth, at Aberystwyth. January 6-Aberystwyth Reserve v U.C.W. Reserve on Town ground. January 6-Aberystwyth v Towyn Reserve, at Towyn. (Towyn Challenge Cup Competition) January 13—Oswestry United V Hereford, at Os- westry. January 13-Newtown v Newport, at Newport. January 13—Aberystwyth Reserve v Aberaeron, at Aberaeron. January 13-Aberystwyth v Towyn, at Aber- ystwyth. January Aberystwyth v Portmadoc, at Aber- ystwyth. January 20—Newtown v Hereford, at Newtown. January 20—Barmouth v Aberystwyth Excelsiors, at Towyn. (Towyn Cup.) January 27-Aberystwyth v U. C. of Wales, on ground of former. January 27-Oswestry United v Newtown, at Owestry. February 3—University College of Wales v Llan- idloes, at Aberystwyth. February 3—Newtown v St. Georges, at St George's. February 3-Oswestry United v Newport, at New- port. February, 3—Aberystwyth Reserve v Excelsiors Reserve, on Town ground. February 10—Aberystwyth Reserve v U.C.W Reserve, on College ground. Reserve, on College ground. February 10—University College of Wales, v Port- madoc, at Portmadoc. February 17-Oswestry United v Market Drayton, at Oswestry. February 37-Aberystwyth v U.C.W., on College ground. February 24-Abexystvryth v Aberystwyth Excel- siors, on the Town ground. February 24—Newtown v Oswestry United, at Newtown. February 24-University College of Wales v. Dol- gelley. March 1—University College of Wales v Univer- sity College of North Wales (Bangor.) March 3—Oswestry United v Wellington, at Os-: westry. j March 3—Aberystwyth Reserve v United Schools, at Aberystwyth. March 10—Aberystwyth v Towyn, at Towyn. March 10—Aberystwyth Reserve v Excelsiors Reserve, on Excelsiors ground. March 10—Oswestry United v Whitchurch, at Whitchurch. March 17-Newtown v Wellington, at Newtown. March 17-Aberystwyth Reserve v U.C.W. Reserve, on College ground. March 23—Oswestry Old Boys T Aberystwyth, at Aberystwyth. March 24—-Newtown v Market Drayton, at Market Drayton. March 24-R.W.W. (Newtown) v Aberystwyth, at Aberystwyth. March 26-Aberystwyth v Welshpool, at Aber- ystwyth. March 26-R.W.W. (Newtown) v Excelsiors, at Aberystwyth. March 31-Aberystwyth Reserve v Ardwyn School, on Town ground. March 31-Newtown Shrewsbury Town, at Shrewsbury. March 31—Oswestry United v Wellington St. George's, at Oswestry. April 14—Aberystwyth Reserve v Towyn Reserve, at Aberystwyth. April 21-Aberystwyth v Excelsiors, on Excelsiors ground. April 21—Newtown, v Whitchurch, at Newtown. April 21—Aberystwyth Reserve v Ardwyn School, on School ground. April 28—Aberystwyth Reserve v United Schools, at Aberystwyth. THE TOWYN ROVERS CHALLENGE CUP. PRESENTED BY MR. ROBINSON, TOWYN. FIRST ROUND. December 9—A. Dolgelley v Aberystwith Reserve j December 23—B. Portmadoc v Towyn 1894-January 6—t). Towyn, (second) v Aber- ystwith January 20—D. Barmouth v Excelsiors (Aber- ystwith) SECOND ROUND. February 3—E. Winner of B v winner of D. February 17-F. Winner of A v winner of C. FINAL. Winner of E v winner of F INTERNATIONAL MATCHES. February 5 .Trial Match February 24 Wales v Ireland, in Wales March 12 Wales v England, in Wales March 24.Wales v Scotland, in Scotland WELSH SENIOR CUP. December 9 Third Round January 6 Fourth Round February 17 .Semi-Final March 3 Semi-Final March 26.Final WELSH JUNIOR CUP. November 25 First Round December 16 Seoond Round January 27.Third Round March 10 Semi-Finals April 14 Final Tie
HUNTING APPOINTMENTS. THE SEVERN VALLEY HARRIERS. Date. Meet. Saturday, Dec. 16 Weliihpool At 12 o'clock. Tuesday, Dec. 12 Rhydygroes, Cross Roads Tuesday, Dec. 19 TheSarn, Kerry Friday, Dec. 22 Chirbury y Each day at 11 o'clock, 8. D. PRICE-DAVIBS, Master. THE PLAS MACHYNLLETH HARRIERS. Date. Meet. Tuesday, Dec. 12 Tymawr, Melinbyrhedyn Friday, Dec. 15 Cwmllowy Each day at 10.
SIR W. W. WYNN'S HOUNDS MEET ON Saturday, Dec. 9 Sarn at 10 45 Monday, Dec. 11 Bryn kinalt at 10 30 Tuesday, Dec. 12 Gobowen at 11 Thursday, Dec. 14 .Hardwick at 10 45 Saturday, Dec. 16 .New Street Lane at 11 Monday, Dec. 18 Marchwiel Village Tuesday, Dec. 19 Rednal Friday, Dec. 22 .Duckington Saturday, Dec. 23 .Broughall At 10 30 a.m. THE TANNAT SIDE HARRIERS will meet at 11 o'clock Saturday, Dec. 9 Westfelton Tuesday, Dec. 12 Llanyblodwell Saturday, Deo. 16 .Ardleen ABERYSTWITH HARRIERS. Date Meet. Saturday, Dec. 9 .4th Milestone, Machynlleth Rd. at 12 o'clock.
I ABERYSTWYTH. We beg to apologise to our Aberystwyth readet.s for underestimating their needs last week. The circulation has increased at a )-ate that has exceeded the most sanguine expectations of ourselves, and of our kindly critics. In order to supply the increased demand we have arranged for an additional agent, namely, Miss. D. Colquohoun, fancy stationer, printer, 41, Terrace Road. We take this opportunity of offer- ing our warmest thanks to all those who have so eager- ly assisted us either by direct co-operation or by calling attention to our paper. ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE.—The monthly meeting was held at the Town Hall on Monday, Mr. C. M. Williams in the chair and also present Messrs. J. T. Morgan (Maesnewydd,) Thomas James, J. P., John Morgan, J. R. James, and J. B. Morgan. The new valuation list for the parish of Aberystwyth was submitted by the Overseers Messrs. J. P. Thomas and Hugh Pugh Edwards and was approved. The gross valuation of Mrs. Bonsall, Vaynor Issa, was reduced from £80 to R53; Mr. James Thomas, Vaynor Upper, from S54 gross to X42 rateable. Mr. Thomas Davies, Llanfihangel Upper from IC140 gross to S126, Mr. D. S. Davies, ditto, from X127 5s. to R90, and Mr. John Lewis Morris, Llanrhystyd, Mafenydd, from £83 gross to X77. The applica- tion of Mr. D. S. Evans, of the same parish, to be reduced from X20 was adjourned. ADVENT.-There were special services in all the churches on Advent Sunday, with early celebrations of the Holy Communion in St. Michaels, All Angels, ■ and Holy Trinity, as well as after the morning prayer. There were exceptionally full congrega- tions and appropriate Anthems were rendered by the Choirs. The sermons were impressive, bearing upon the importance of the season in regard to all church people. HOLY TRINITY CHURCH.—On Advent Sunday a Bible Class for adults was opened in one of the Class Rooms of the Sunday School, held at the Board School, in connection with Holy Trinity Church. The class is conducted by the Rev. Mr. Prosser, curate, and the subject taken in hand is The Prayer Booki" its history, and composition will be proceeded with. It is felt that many parishioners I will be glad to avail themselves of the advantage thus offered to them of becoming better acquainted with the beauty and scripturality of our unrivalled Liturgy. THE UNITED CHORAL UNION.—It is gratifying to the promoters and leaders of the lately established Choral Union, as well as to all lovers of music and. the public generally, that the success of the move- ment now seems to be beyond question. Since the membership list was closed there have been scores of applications for admittance as members into the union, and the punctual and regular attendance of the actual members to the number of upwards of 200 on each rehearsal and practice night has been unexceptional hitherto. This speaks a good deal to the credit of the conductors and leaders in all branches. The progress made in the classical works taken in hand is most encouraging, every member seeming to be quite enthusiastio. On Tuesday night last; the porch and vestibules of the assembly rooms were packed with anxious listeners to the rehearsal of Judas Maccabeus." THE WELSH CHURCH IN LONDON.—There are many in this district who will fully sympathize with our former fellow churchman,—The Rev. E. Killin Roberts, late of Llanbadarn, now the energetic ouratè of All Saint's, Margaret Street, London, and also with the Vicar, the Rev. W. Whitworth, on reading the following paragraphs relative to the important work carried on by them amongst the Welsh Church people in London. It is earnestly to be hoped that the more publicity is given to the distressing position they are placed in, the sooner will the necessary assistance be rendered by those who have the welfare of the Welsh Church and people at heart, and who, have the ample means at command, to prevent the im- portant work being suspended. The following is from the Western Mail For five years Mr. Killin Roberts, the Welsh chaplain of All Saints', Margaret-street, has gallantly struggled to provide attractive services for the Welshmen resident in London. There has been an excellent Welsh choir, and every Sunday evening a social meeting, open to the Welsh congregation, has been held in the parish room. At last, however, (says the Western Daily Mercury), the fund which has, sustained this work is exhausted, and the effort. is about to be abandoned, with the confession that it has failed to elicit sufficient support." The subjoined is from' The Illustrated Church News :—" We are sorry to hear that the Welsh fund at the disposal of the Vioar of All Saints, Margaret-street, is completely exhausted. For the present the work is being continued ,at Mr. Whitworth's risk, but unless further help is given by those who are interested in the Principality steps must be speedily taken to bring it to a close."
TOWN COUNCIL. A meeting of the Council was held on Tuesday, present Councillor Griffith Williams, presiding. Aldermen Peter JoneEd and C. M. Williams; Coun- cillors D. C. Roberts, William Thomas, W. H. Palmer, John Jenkins, T. Doughton, Isaac Hopkins, R. J. Jones, T. W. Powell, Robert Ellis, Messrs. Rees Jones. borough surveyor, H. L. Evans, borough accountant, and A. J. Hughes, town clerk. THE TOWN HALL.—A COMPLAINT BY JUDGE LEWIS. The Town Clerk read the following letter from Mr. Joseph Davies, registrar of the County Court: Dear sir,—I am directed by His Honour Judge David Lewis to call the attention of the Town Council to the fact that the court room in the Town Hall, and which is the coldest in the Mid-Wales circuit, is never warmed on court days, and to inquire A hether some means cannot at once be de- vised to remedy this defect. Ten or eleven years ago I made a similar application on behalf of Mr. Homersham Cox, the then Judge of this court, and the matter was referred to a committee, who I believe inquired into it and made a report, but under which nothing seems to have been done. Since Mr. Cox's time there have been six succes- sive Judges (including Judge David Lewis) on the Mid-Wales circuit, and each of them in turn have complained of the cold and uncomfortable condition of the court room during the winter months. The sum of X400 was in or about 1851 paid by the Treasury to the Corporation for the right of using the Town Hall for County Court sittings, and for the exclusive use of one room for a County Vcmrt officer, and the sum of zEl5 per jannum is also paid for the remaining two rooms in the same wing, occupied by myself. I mention these payments in order that the Council should have regard to them when dealing with the question of warming the building, and as the Judge will hold the next court here on the 15th December, I trust something will be done in the meantime to effect this object.— Yours faithfully, JOSEPH DAVIES, registrar." "Bie matter was referred to the Public Works Com- mittee, with power to have something done prior to the next court. BUILDINGS FARM, PLASCRUG. A letter was read from Mr. David Jones, the tenant of the above farm, asking the Council to make some deduction in the rent of the farm, owing to there having been a failure in this year's crops, which was attributable to the dry season. Nothing was done in reference to the communi- cation, Alderman Jones remarking that it would be open for any member to place the matter on the agenda if he so desired. GARDENER. A letter was read from Mr. Thomas Roberts, Talysarn, Penygroes, applying for the situation of gardener to the Corporation. The Surveyor remarked that the gardener ill the employ of the Corporation had been dismissed. The letter was allowed to lie on the table. i. INANCE COMMITTEE. Mr. Powell submitted the report of this Oour mittee, which in addition to recomnnnnding tbe payment of bills and labour sheets amounting to £514 Is. 6d., stated that Mr. Powell had been appointed chairman of the committee for the en- suing year. The report was adopted. TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION. íMr. R. J. Roberts, clerk to the School Board' wrote applying to the Council for the payment of £100 under the provisions of the above Act. It was understood that the application would be placed on the agenda for the next meeting. MARKETS COMMITTEE. Mr. Powell submitted reports of meetings of this committee, the first of which stated that Mr. Robert Doughton had been appointed chairman of the committee for the ensuing twelve months. Mr. Powell read a further report from the com- mittee, which stated that as Christmas Day fell on Monday this year, the committee recommended that the ordinary Christmas market be held on the Saturday previous, the 23rd inst. They also recommended that the Town Crier be instructed to announce this fact, as well as that the selling of poultry in the streets is prohibited. They in addition recommended the distribution of 3,000 handbills, and the insertion of an advertisement in the local newspapers calling attention to the matter. Tho committee also recommended that the sum of £3 be given in prizes for the best dressed poultry brought into the market that day (Saturday, 23rd December), and that the Surveyor be instructed to provide temporary means for illuminating the meat market during the Christmas week, at a cost not exceeding £3. In order to move the latter report, which did not appear on the agenda, Mr. Powell moved the suspending of the standing orders, and his pro- position was adopted. Mr. Powell said that the handsome amount the market had yielded during the past few years fully justified this little expenditure in prizes. Mr. William Thomas said the amount was small and the object good, but could they, as a Council, devote money for this purpose ? Mr. Hopkins, however, thought the committee would willingly meet any risk, remarking that no doubt the chairman would be ready with his guinea. Mr. Thomas remarked that Mr. Hopkins, the other day, stated that they as a Council should carry out everything according to law, and person- ally he was a bit cautious, but finding that he was not so very careful on that point he dropped his objection willingly. Mr. Hopkins retaliated saying that in that case they did not propose giving the money away in hundreds it was only a few shillings. The report was eventually adopted. The Public Lights Committee recommended that three lamps be placed at equal distances on the quay, to be lit and extinguished at the same time as the other lamps, excepting during the herring fishing season, and other special occasions, when they shall be kept alight all night. They also recommend that the Surveyor be instructed to call the attention of the lamplighters to a former resolution of the Council that the lamps be cleaned once a week. The Harbour Committee recommended that a new lamp be placed on the pier head, and that in future parrafin oil be used instead of colza oil. They also recommended that the Surveyor be in- structed to have the loose rails on the pier head taken up and placed in safety, and that he be in- structed to prepare a sketch of a suitable erection in which to store the steam crane. They also recommended that the claim of the owners of the brigantine Selma be repudiated. The Public Works committee stated that they had fully considered matters pertaining to the out- let of the sewer, and that it was proposed to visit the place. They recommended that trees be planted on the railway side of the field adjoining Plascrug walk, now in the occupation of Mrs. Mary Parry, and that Councillors W. H. Palmer, T. W. Powell, and Griffith Williams, form a committee to select the trees and carry out the work. The com- mittee, in addition, recommended that the plans of houses proposed to be erected by Mr. Palmer, in Custom House Street, be approved of, subject to a detailed specification being furnished and approved of by the Surveyor. PUBLIC LIBRARY COMMITTEE. Alderman Williams presented the report of this committee which showed that Alderman Williams had been re-elected chairman and hen-secretary of the committee, and that the following had been appointed to act as a book committee:—Revs. J. H. Protheroe and T. A. Penry, Prof. Angus, Messrs. Geo. Davis, D. Samuel, Thos. Owen, and Evan n8. The committee recommended that a list of the books selected by the book committee be sub- mitted to the whole committee for their approval, and that a sum of JE40 be noted .towards the pur- chase of new books. Alderman Williams remarked that he found that Mr. Hopkins was not a member of this committee, and yet he attended and took a prominent part in the work of the committee. Mr. Hopkins replied that he had been appointed a member of all committees on the proposition of Mr. D. C. Roberts. It would be necessary to have that resolution rescinded before they could turn him off any committee. Alderman Williams said he took it that the com- mittees were appointed annually. It was last year that Mr. Roberts proposed that Mr. Hopkins should be a member of all committees, and before he could be a member this year it would be necessary that he should be proposed again. The Town Clerk said it was clear that the ap- poiatment of committees was only for one year. Mr. R. J. Jones asked if there was anything to prevent them electing Mr. Hopkins on all com- mittees at that meeting, and The Town Clerk replied there was not. Mr. Jones remarked that in that case he would move to that effect, but The Town Clerk remarked that it would be necessary to place a notice on the agenda in the first place. Mr. Jones said he would give notice to that effect. Mr. Hopkins said he was proposed and seconded this year, but his name was not down on the list Was there something they did not wish him to know, that they wanted to keep him out of this committee ? Mr. D. C. Roberts said he proposed thàt Mr. Hopkins be placed on every committee, because he seemed anxious for work, and he understood that he was re-appointed on the 9th November. Mr. William Thomas replied that there being some objection on the part of certain members to the Council following the usual course in appoint- ing the committees, each person was proposed separately on that occasion, and Mr. Hopkins' name was not mentioned in connection with the library committee. If the Council were going to alter the list of committees, he would suggest that the arrangement of committees should be wholly recon- sidered. Personally he was quite prepared to make room on other committees for other members. Insinuations were made against others of grabbing at committees, and then they had this man grab- bing strongly at being onJevery committee. Mr. Hopkins, interrupting, remarked that no one grabbed more than Mr. Thomas. He grabbed as much as he could at Shiloh. Mr. Thomas, taking no notioe of Mr. Hopkins, added that with all insinuations he was anxious to leave a committee or two for members who were younger, and willing to attend. He again asked them to reconsider the whole list of committees if they affected a change in that instance. Mr. D. C. Roberts thought it was a pure mistake that Mr. Hopkins' name was omitted, and in that case there could be no objection to it being added. Mr. R. J. Jones said he understood at the meet- ing that Mr. Hopkins had been placed on the committee. Mr. Hopkins asked the Borough Accountant if he did not think that he was a. member of the committee. f- The Borough Accountant wittily replied that he was not allowed to think (laughter). Mr. Hopkins: Then did you not send me a notioe of the meeting ? „ Mr. Evans Yes. Captain Doughton also remarked that* Mr. Hopkins' name was put with, the others and adopt- ed, but Mr. Palmer remarked that in the case of the library committee the members were appointed separately, and Mr. Hopkins was not mentioned. On a question being raised as to power being vested in the Council to place Mr. Hopkins on the committee at a succeeding meeting, Alderman Jones was of opinion that the Council oould not appoint fresh members. The Town Clerk said it was unwise precedent to establish, but still the Council were in a position to make the appointment. If it was a mistake there oould be no harm in rectifying it. Mr. R. Jones, and Captain Doughton were sure it was a mistake, and nothing else. Alderman WiUiams said he was not present at the meeting held on the 9th, of November, and his attention was called to it by Mr. Thomas. The matter then dropped. GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. The report of this committee recommended that the question of engagement of a town band for the ensuing season be deferred until the first meeting of the committee in January. Mr. Robert Ellis remarked that they deferred the consideration of the matter, in order that nothing would be done which might militate or hamper the Pier Company in their engagement of a band. He understood that their arrangements would be complete by the 18th of the present month. Mr. Thomas hoped the committee would keep the matter in view, so that they might not run the risk of being deprived of a band for the evenings during the ensuing season. Mr. It. J. Jones replied that the committee had taken various matters into consideration. Mr. Powell remarked that there was an impres- sion outside that the band were paid £300 last year, whereas the actual amount was £245. He thought that should be known to the town gener- ally, and they should not injure the band, even if they did not engage them. Mr. R. J. Jones added that thero was a very strong feeling with regard to that matter. VICTORIA TERRACE. The next matter on the agenda stood in the name of Alderman Jones, viz., to take into con- sideration the advisability of erecting additional gioyiies for the protection of the sea-wall in front of Victoria-terrace. Mr. Jones moved that the necessary authority be given to the Public Worke Committee for the erection of an extra groyne between the two already erected. Mr. Palmer seconded the proposition. Mr. Hopkins remarked that the groynes were wrongly arranged; they should have something to keep the shingle together, but those were taking it away. Mr. D. C. Roberts asked if it was proposed to proceed with the work at once. Alderman Jones replied that the work would be taken in hand when the Committee had oome to some judgment as to the position and angle. Mr. William Thomas suggested the deferring of the work until the spring, if there was no immediate danger, and then they would know the effect of the sea upon those already erected. Mr. Robert Ellis said there was an accumulation after the erection of the groynes. People who had been acquainted with the place for thirty or forty years were 'in favour of the groynes, and that another should be erected mid-way between the present two. The question of angle was a delicate one, but they could not go wrong if they followed Major Tullooh's advice. Mr. John Jenkins said that he considered that the present groynes were doing their work well, but they wanted another to help them. The Surveyor remarked that the groynes were erected at right angles at the suggestion of Major Tullocli. The proposition agreed to. RENEWALS. Applications for the renewal of leases by Mr. Thomas Jones, of 63, Marine-terrace, and Mr. T. Johnes, of property in Cambrian-street and Rail- way-terrace, were referred to the Finance COIIl- mittee. COMMITTEE MEETINGS. Capt. Doughton moved—" That the reporters of the local newspapers be notified of all Council and committee meetings." Mr. William Thomas seconded. Mr. R. J. Jones supported the reeolution, remarking that the step taken by the Council to admit the reporters to the committee meetings met with approval. The Town Clerk said that Mr. Hopkins had applied to him for an extra oopy of the agenda for the Ratepayers' Association, and he suggested that he should make the application to the Council. Alderman Williams saw no objection to the Association being supplied with a copy of the agenda, and suggested that a copy be forwarded to the secretary. Mr. Hopkins seconded the proposition. The matter will be put on the agenda for the next meeting. THE EXTENSION OF THE BOROUGH. Alderman Williams moved That it is desirable that steps be taken for the extension of the borough," and the matter was referred to the Finanoial Committee for their consideration and report, Alderman Williams remarking that he had a considerable amount of details as to the value of land and property in readiness for the ittee. This concluded the business.
) PITH OF PARLIAMENT. • In the House of Commons on Monday, the houSO- agreed with the Lords' amendments to the Statute Law Revision Bill. Mr. H. Gladstone told Mr- Fellowes that anthrax had considerably increased during the last year, but that the Board of Agricul' ture had made every effort to provide for the speedy and effectual burial of diseased amimale- Mr. Asquith, informed Mr. Carvill Williams thati the practice of taking into metalliferous mine* packets containing 5 lbs. of explosives instead of 4lbs., as required by law, was illegal, and he hoped soon to bnng about an alteration of the law upon the subject. Sir W. Harcourt, replying to Mr. J. Ellis as to the defalcations by the actuary- of the Sudbury Savings Bank, said it was a matter which required a more satisfactory explanation than that forth- coming, and further enquiries would be made. Mr. S. Buxton, in answer to Mr. Labouchere, said the Queen's Order in Council of May 9, 1891, did not purport to confer jurisdiction over the subjects and territories of Lobenula, but provide^ the machinery for exercising jurisdiction which had already been or might thereafter be acquired by her Majesty. Up to the date of the outbreak of hostilities no power of legislation or administration had been exercised over the Matabele. There could be no doubt that Lobengula acquiesced in the exercise by the white authorities of jurisdiction over the whites in Mashonaland, and over the natives immediately connected with them. Sir U. Kay-Shuttleworth told Mr. Gibson Bowles, who asked questions with respect to the loss of the Victoria, that he respectfully declined to answer a series of questions which by inference had the effect of imputing blame to an offioer who had been tried and acquitted by court-martial* Questions dealing with the De Freyne evictionSr collections for evicted tenants, and wrecks in the Atlantic having been disposed of, The house again went into committee on the Parish Councils Bill, to which clauses 10 and 11 were added, and some progress made with thÐ amendments to clause 12. In the Lords on Tuesday the Royal assent given by commission to the following Acts :—The public authorities protection, the Madras and BOD1* bay armies, the married women's property act? 1892, amendment, the National Debt redemption and the public works loan. The House then adjourned until Friday. In the Commons on Tuesday Mr. Campbell Ban- nerman told Mr. Gourley that the Government not indifferent to the important duty of maintain' ing the defences of Malta and Gibraltor. It W&3 not, however, consistent with the public interest to give an explicit reply to such questions, the askifl# of which might even cause publio mischief. W. Foster informed Mr. Cremer the returns showe(| that a very large number of persons were in reoeip^ o poor-law relief, but there was no evidence th^ the poor-law boards' were unable to cope with the distress, or sufficient warrant for taking exception steps in the matter. Sir E. Aehmead Bartlett asked a question respect- ing the present value of the Suez Canal shares, but oir W. Harcourt said he replied to the ac?0rc^ng to its precise terms in June last, referred the hon. gentleman to his answer of tha^ date. Sir E. A. Bartlett said the Chancellor of the Exchequer only answered two portions of the question. Sir W. Harcourt thereupon read..tbe question addressed to him on the previous occasion which was identical in terms, except for trifling verbal alterations, with that now on the paper, he further recited his answer, which appHe similarly to each of the queries put on the t oocasions. Sir E. A. Bartlett again rose, bU the speaker intervened, and the incident ter* minated. Mr. Mundella, replying to Mr. Farquharson, said the quantity of coal exported during the fo months from August to November in the preseBfc year was 2,322.00 tons, against 11,455,000 tons i** in the corresponding period of last pear. x' Gladstone, in answer to Mr. Cremer, said the Government were anxious to reduce the hours <>* labour where possible to a standard of eight hours- He could not, however, encourage the nation tha, this might peremptorily done forthwith. Mr. :B1;lv ton told Mr. Maguire he had received of the affray in which Lieut. Gifford was che with having set fire to a kraal and shooting t Matabele as they were driven out. The COIIlpaD stated that the shooting took place in self-defect The House then resumed committee on th Parish Councils Bill, when an interesting took place as to the administration of charities. On Wodnesday the Parish Councils Bill again considered.