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NorrES BY THE WAY. n: ■' lo that it was originally intended that the usual three companies should constitute the firing party at the funeral of the late Colonel Harrison, but owing to its being impossible to get so many in the churchyard, the mini her had Lo be reduced to 60. iSouic months ago, at the instigation of Arch- deacon Thomas, a movement was set on fcot for the restoration of Kodney's pillar. An amount of sufficient f^r the purpose, was, we under- stand, collected, but we do no;, see that anything has yet been done. We shall be glad to hear that t the matter is being proceeded with. V Mr. Bircham attended the last meeting of the Aberystwyth Board of Guardians and complimented the Board on the position the Union held amongst the rest of the Unions of the Principality. There was a considerable decrease in the number of inmates tf Le workiiouse as compared with previous years and this is a happy indication of the present pros- perous state of Aberystwyth and district. Fortu- nately there is plenty of work in the town for all classes of working men who are anxious to obtain it. 4", The meeting of the members of the Aberystwyth Downie's Bequest held on Thursday was an ex- tremely noisy one. Councillor W. Thomas sought to review the whole conduct of the trustees since the year 1894, and made himself uncomfortably warm in attempting to explain how tremendously anxious he was for the moral welfare of Archdeacon Protheroe and Dr. Gilbertson. Why Councillor Thomas worries himself so much about the doings of other gentlemen is perhaps at the first glance puzzling, but so long as Councillor Thomas's anxiety gives him an opportunity of raising a discussion on the question of the appointment of Trustees the object he has in view will be attained. The total want of respect shown for the Chairman by Coun- cillor Thomas places him in an unenviable position. Evidently he has to undertake the sometimes un- pleasant task of discharging other people's bullets, but if the reward that awaits him is as unsound as the bullets he discharges it will be poor compensa- tion for the undignified attitude he cuts at the caprice of his friends. ;K The North Wales Observer, of 29th May, has the following editorial remarks upon Mr. Lloyd- George's achievement on the Land Rating Bill "We are prouder than ever of our Borough Mem- ber, after his brilliant opposition to the Agricul- tural Rating Bill of the Government. The ingenuity and cleverness with which he spun out amendments to the Bill have raised his Parliamentary fame be- yond measure." Mr. Lloyd-George will have to put a gag upon or even suspend his supporters in the press, if they expose so Kakedly the real motive of his Parliamentary activity. Spinning out amend- ments is a charming admission of the Welsh Radical press. The Powis Provincial Eisteddfod was held this week at Oswestry, and we hope that the promoters will be rewarded for the efforts they have put forth with the success, financially, which they so richly deserve. It is true that the attendance at the morning and afternoon meetings on Thursday and the forenoon meeting yesterday was not so well attended as might have been expected; nevertheless we trust that the magnificent audience, presided over by Lord Kenyon yesterday afternoon, will compensate for this. The entries in some of the art classes and musical competitions were poor, especially the brass band contests, the prizes in the latter being practically thrown away, there being only one band in the competitions, which fact is due to an unfortunate blunder. Adequate as were the arrangements made for the occasion, still we think more consideration should have been extended to the Press. On Thursday the reporters had to take notes and transcribe them on their knees in time for the evening and daily editions, and the difficulty generally experienced in writing after this fashion is so generally known, that the press gang were to be pitied in having to work under such tryiug cir- cumstances. There was a great improvement in the arrangements in this direction yesterday, and we have no doubt that for the future this little matter will not be overlooked. The principal features of the eisteddfod were the art loan exhibition, which was admirably arranged and reflected great credit on those who carried out the work; the addresses of Principal Rhys and Lord Kenyon, and the chief choral and male voice choir competitions decided yesterday. :11: Few local competitions during the past quarter of a century have been the means of evoking so wide- spread a feeling as the choral competition which took place yesterday afternoon. The minor com- petitions, some of them, were interesting, but it was apparent from the demeanour of the vast crowd of people who had assembled in the Powis Hall that for them the bright particular » contest of the day was the choral struggle between seven choirs. It was thought some weeks ago that Builth would have entered the lists, and much disappointment was felt when it became known yesterday that this victorious combination had not put in an appear- ance. As it was a battle royal was anticipated, and the great expectations indulged in by the lovers of choral singing who had assembled in the Powis Hall were in every sense more than realised. The prize of zC50 went to Blaenau Festiniog, a grand combination of voices, with 34 marks out of a possible 35, and we understand that in order of merit followed Shrewsbury, only one point behind, then Llanfyllin (last year's prize winners) with 33, and afterwards Welshpool. Our readers will doubtless be anxious to know how this compares with last year's result. In the first place we may mention that Shrewsbury Were last year's favourites, but they failed to make an impression on the adjudicators owing to their falling flat at the commencement of their singing, which was due to the unfortunate position they took up on the platform, rendered false on account of the imper- fect accoustic properties of the pavilion in which the competition took place. This year they come second to the winners, who did not compete last year. Shrewsbury are now followed by Llanfyllin, with Welshpool-who were third last year, Builth being second-next. Had Builth turned up yester- day they might have found a place between Llanfyllin and Welshpool. They might have been first for ought we know. Still, the fact remains that the choirs referred to by the adjudicators yesterday occupy about the same position they did last year, only that Shrewsbury has advanced higher up the ladder. Welshpool folk have every reason to congratulate t.ii'msi-lves upon having in their midst a choir like the Welshpool Choral Union. Unfortunate!v. the choir is, through no fault of its own, badly propor- tioned otherwise, it might stand a better chance in open competition, and ir is a matter of further congratulation whun we consider that the choir was only established a little over a year ago with in- experienced singers, and Mr C. H. Junes, the con- ductor of the choir, deserves much praise for the present position of his choralists. Their singing yesterday was indeed very creditable. They attacked the first piece with spirit and power, and gave vent to a fine volume of sound. At the con- clusion of their performance an outburst of en- thusiastic applause marked the audience's approval of the singing. We. hope the choir will go on improving, and that some day their efforts will be crowned with the success which they and their leader so richly deserve. There is very good reason to hope that out of all the turmoil over the training of our children some substantial good will arise for those hapless little ones who, since they can serve the purpose of no political party, are wont to be grievously neglected. If a fraction of the time and trouble spent in fighting for the caprices of the political Noncon- formist conscience Lad been expended on the friend- less" children of the state," many a young life might have been different. Sir John Gorst iii, the credit of being the first legislator to befriend them, and two such authoritive experts as 3Iiss Davenport Hill and Miss Louisa Twining emphatically endorse that part of his much contested Bill which deals with that question. Miss Twining especially, who has done such permanent public service on behalf of the pauper class, is delighted to see her old and once contemned theories, embodied in this Bill. One thing she insists upon, that womanly care mnst be provided for these children, if not by lady guardians by some other means. Sir Howard Vincent scored one. As the Hon. secretary of the United Empire Trade League, he spends all his force upon the endeavour to induce the Government and Parliament of this country to adopt a Customs' Union, with preferential treat- ment for produce and goods coming from the colonies. He is a frank Protectionist, but his main purpose is less to get rid of Free-trade than to set up a system which inevitably tends to Imperial Federation. In the name of Free-trade the Radicals have always opposed the Customs' Union, and many who still profess and call themselves Liberals have ) permitted themselves to accept a suggestion which they know to involve an economic heresy only because they see in it the machinery for creating an organic unity, which they hold to be absolutely necessary, in the end, to the future of the Empire. But what does Mr Lloyd-George do ? He is certain to do something foolish-it is his destiny. He puts down the following amendment to the Finance BiJI The duty of Customs now payable on tea shall continue except in respect of tea grown in any part of her Majesty's dominions.' This is simple pure, unadulterated Protection without even the compensating advantage of a Customs' Union. Obviously it gives an advantage to Assam and Ceylon to the disadvantage (in the present state of the market already very marked) of China. It is a needless form of Protection, uncalled for, and very likely to raise the price of Indian teas to the consumer. Mr. Lloyd-George did not realise this fact. He is giving away Free-trade without know- ing it. What he has done, however, only emphasises what we have so frequently pointed out, that the zealous members of Parliament who pursue the industry of amendment manufacture are among the most unintelligent of their class. It does not need brains to go through a Bill, and to suggest ridiculous changes of this kind in the Budget of the year-changes which would involve fresh taxation, and would necessitate the recasting of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's finance. Anyone could do that sort of thing. Mr liloyd-George has done it. #:# # From a Press Association telegram yesterday, we learn that upon the resumption of the Congress of Chambers of Commerce of the Empire, a resolution was adopted recommending that the present British Penny Postal System should carry postal matter from this country to every British Colony, and, that in return each Colonial Government should carry all postal matter at its present provincial rate to every part of the empire. To use a hack- neyed phrase, this would indeed supply a long felt want," and in addition to being a great boon to the whole Empire would strengthen the bond existing between the Colonies and the, Mother Country. The song of > the nightingale is to be heard nightly at the Dingle, close to Abermule. Numbers of people go to listen to its melodious notes every night. We believe it is about 13 or 14 years since a nightingale sang in that neighbourhood. Mr Frank Lloyd has a very large entry of 500 heavy horses for his sale on Wednesday and Thursday next, which will comprise a very fine lot of town, Inrry and van horses. We under- stand that all horses arc guaranteed, and two days' trial allowed.