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VOLUNTEER MOVEMENT. On Wednesday evening a public meeting of all interested in the volunteer movement, was held in the Town Hall, presided over by the Mayor. Previous to the meeting a procession was formed in the Smithftfld, and headed by the Town Band, j paraded the principal streets of the town, and marched to t>he Hail. In opening the proceedings the Mayor said (hat iw was pleased to w so many young men of Aberystwyth taking an interest in the movement, lie thought that they hnd made a fair commencement that night. True, it was rot a three hours march, but it was quite long enough for him (laughter and hear, hear). The object of I the meeting was to form a corp of Volunteers. There was no town in Wales of the size of Aberystwyth that had not got a volunteer corp and it was high fime the7 had one (cheers). Me was happy to find after some little trouble, that they had got a gentleman to take over the captaincy. They could not do anything with a captain, and the one they had found was not a Pembrokeshire or a Monmouthshire man, but a Cardian Aberyst- wyth man (hear, hear). He was not a raw recruit, but had se3n some service, together with him the speaker and he would introduce them to Captain Watkin (applause). The other object of the meet- ing was to get fresh signatures with a full descrip- tion of the volunteer (hear, hear). Captain Watkin said that he little thought when he left the Brecon volunteers some six years ago that he would he back again in the army. He felt that it would be a disgrace to their town if they did not have their qtiorta of cilizon soldiers. He thought that the first and noblest duty a citizen could undertake was to learn the use of arms and if necessary at the call of his country take up arms for her defence. It was the volunteers of that great empire that had made it what it was. Th^ir regular army was a volunteer one, and to see what volunteers could do they had only to look at the daily papers and watch their actions in Matabeleland. The object of the volunteer movement was defence not defiance and it was in that spirit that they volunteered so that when the time came they would be better prepared to use the arms that Government was prepared to entrust to them. Having explained to those pre- sent the nature of the duty that would devolve upon them he was inclined to think that the war office would only grant them artillery (hear, bear). In the event of it being artillery they had every appliance at Aberystwyth for carrying out the work, as it was the head quarters of the Cardiganshire Artillery, and if the volunteers were formed they would probably be called'the Cardiganshire Volunteers.' In conclusion, he said that some people were under the impression that volunteer corps were associated with an unlimited supply of beer, but he was sure that the regiment he would command would not have an unlimited supply of beer (laughter and cheers). He would like to sec the regiment so that no mother should be ashamed of her son as a volunteer, and no sister ashamed of her brother (cheers). He might also mention that in all probability Mr D. C. Roberts would be one of the officers (hear, hear).— —Captain Piper, of the Welsh Border Brigade of Shropshire, as a volunteer of twenty-seven years standing, said he had much pleasure in speaking in favour of the formation of a corp in the town. He pointed out that the present movement was a favourable one, as the Government were inclined to favour the formation of corps especially afrer the receipt of a recent telegram," and they had gone so far as to set aside an additional fund for the volunteers of the country, so that the corp would start under very different circumstances to what it wuuld have done a few years ago (hear, hear.) Apart from the healthy tone imparted to the system by good training in a volunteer corp, they had also to remember that it was a patriotic movement raised for the benefit of their county (cheers).—Dr Bonsall said that during the time he was a volunteer he saw everything to advantage in becoming a volunteer and he hoped the corp would be revived in the towa. He hoped that the Government would grant them per- mission to form a volunteer corp and he wished it every success (hear, hear).—Captain Watkins pro- posed a vote of thanks to the Mayor for presiding. which was carried \vith ringing cheers.—A vote of thanks to the members of the band for playing free of cost was also passed.—The Mayor briefly returned thanks, and promised to become an honorary mem- ber.—The of enrolling the recruits was then proceeded with. PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY. — Before his Worship the Mayor (Mr. T. Griffiths), Messrs. T. Hugh Jones, John Morgan, Isaac Hopkins, and Edward Evans. EJECTMENTS.—Mr. A. J. Hughes applied for an ejectment order against James James, of 8, Vulcan street.—Mr. Hughes explained the circumstances of the case and said that the usual and the proper notice had been served.—Mr. Ramsey Williams, on behalf of the tenant, asked that 28 days should be allowed.—Mr. Hughes objected to this, but agreed t0 -a 24 days' notice, which was granted.—Mr. Evan Evans applied for similar orders against Mrs. Kate Lloyd (for a yard), David Hughes, and Thomas Upton, and they were granted with 28 days' grace in each case. APPLICATION. — Upon the application of Mr. Hughes the licenses of the Assembly Rooms, Par- eezer Hall, and the Pavillion on the Pier were renewed. Mr. Phillips applied for the renewal of of the license of St. Philips' Hall, and it was granted. THS PITY OF Cottages, Aberystwyth, a lad of ten years, was charged with stealing JE1 from a box in the dwell- ing house of George Eaton, gardener.—The case was heard last week, and the Bench decided to send the lad to a Reformatory School.—The Chief Con- stable had now prepared all the particulars, and the lad was ordered to be sent to the school until he was 16 years of age, the father to contribute Is 6d per week towards his maintenance. DRUNKENNESS.—Frederick Harvey, sailor, Wol- verhampton, James Price, labourer, and James Wiley, sailor, Liverpool, were charged by P.C. Lewis Evans with b9ing drunk and disorderly on Monday.—Harvey admitted the offence, and was sent to prison for 14 days.—Price was fined 2s 6d and allowed until the following Saturday.—Wiley, who wore a mass of curly black locks, admitted the offence, which he said could not be recalled, and was fined 5s, in default 14 days' in prison.