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OSWESTRY. CATTLE FAIR.-At the Smithfield on Wednesday Messrs. Whitfield and Son sold 192 cattle and calves, and 1048 sheep and pigs. Messrs. Whitfield and Co. had their usual auctions. Mr Lulham sold 404 sheep, Iambs and pigs, and 20 cattle. OFKA FIELD CLUB.—On Thursday the above club enjoyed an excursion, under the leadership of Mr A. C. Nicholson, to Llancadwaladr and the Gyrn via Cyrmbwch. On arriving at Llancadwaladr Vicarage the party were met by Rev. D. Davies, of Llansilin, and the Oard Garmonydd. The Vicar, y in the unavoidable absence of Rev. J. Williams, kindly took the members over the church. Among the objects of interest was a curious old oak chest hewn out of a solid block of wood, and a number of old documents, including an overseer's statement of 1797, among the items of expenditure men- tioned being £ 1^ 10s paid at Chirk for the manning of the Navy, and C22 on account of the Militia. Some grand old vew trees in the Churchyard were much admired, one old tree measuring 17 feet 9 inches in girth. The party were very hospitably entertained to tea. Mrs Williams assisted by Mrs Jones, of Llaurhaiadr Vicarage, presided at the Cables. After tea, some of the members made their way over the Fyrn, while others proceeded by brake through Moelfyre, to Llansilin. The latter party while waiting for the pedestrians took a peep over the Church and Churchyard, the yews in the latter becoming objects of interest one old tree measuring 21 feet 10 inches in circumference. Several interesting views were photographed, and lovers of ferns were rejoiced at being able to add some really good specimens of the parseley ferns. The return journey was made via Bwlch and Sychtyn, Oswestry being reached about ten p.m., after a most interest-ing outing. ORGAN RECITAL.— On Thursday two grand organ recitals were given by Mr B. Viney Stanley, organist and choirmaster, St John's, Barmouth, in Holy Trinity Church. On both occasions there was good attendances. Miss Beatrice Pallister, mezzo-soprano, London, was the vocalist, and her singing was much admired, especially her rendering of Barri's The Angelus in the afternoon. The following was the programme :—Grand Choeur in D (Dethayes), serenade (Sym 3) (Widor), vocal item, "The Angelus" (Barri), Miss Pallister; Tocat.ta in G (Dubois), offertory hymn, Prelude du Deluge (Saint Saens), finale in D (Lemmons), vocal item, Father of Heaven" (Handel), Miss Pallister; Berceuse (Delbruch), Jubilant March (Stainer). In the evening the programme was as follows :—Organ fanrasiain E Minor (Silas),Pastorale in E (Lemare) vocal item. "Meditation" (Chaminade), Miss Paliister; fantasia (Lemmins), allegretto in B Minor (Alex Guilmant), offertory hymn; vocal item, Waft her, angels" (Handel), Miss Pallister tocatra in G (Dubois), cantabile (Sym. 5) (Widor), offertoire (Batiste) vocal item, Jesn, ]over of my soul (Tours), Miss Pallister serenade (Sym. 3), (Widor), Cornelius march (Mendelssohn). Offer- tories, were takeii on behalf of the organ fund of the church. QUARTER SESSIOS.- YESTERDAY. These sessions were held yesterdav at the Guild hall before the Recorder, Mr R. Lloyd Kenvon. There were also on the Bench the Mayor (Mr C. E. Williams), Messrs W H G Weaver and E Bremuer Smith. As this was the first Quarter Sessions since Mr Kenyon was appointed, the oath was administered before the Recorder took his seat. CONGRATULATORY. The Mayor said he was exceedingly pleased to welcome Mr Kenyon as Recorder. Ou behalf of himself and his brother magistrates he congratu- lated him on the appointment. It was an appoint- ment which was filled for many years by his respected father, and in occupying the position he was following in the footsteps of a family which for many years had been closely associated with the borough. The inhabitants were glad that the Quarter Sessions were still continued in Os- westry, as they were a great convenience and a great saving of expense, and that they would still have a Recorder to administer justice. He would only wish him long life, and trust that he would be spared to perform the duties devolved upon liim lor many years.—Mr C. H. Bull, clerk to the Quarter Seasons-, also congratulated Mr Kenyon on his appointment. Their town was a very old and ancient one. The charters had been renewed from time to time, but he found that the appointment of Recorder was first mentioned in the charter of Charles II. By the passing of the Municipal Reform Act their charter was abolished, and also their separate Court of Quarter Sessions, but a few years afterwards the court was restored when his (Mr. Kenyon's) father was appointed Recorder, which office lie held from 1842 to 1880, a period of nearly forty years. He might remark that during that period over which he so ably and so honourably presided, he was never absent from a single session, and he (the speaker) had the honour of serving him as deputy clerk to the peace.—Mr. J. Parry-Jones said he. as clerk of the Borough Court of Record, wished to unite with his friend and colleague in the hearty congratulations on his appointment. He had the pleasure of knowing when a boy his honoured and esteemed father, and he could only hope from what he knew of him that he (Mr. Kenyon) would be able to follow in his footsteps, and that for many years to come he would be able to administer justice to the borough ot Uswestry. The Recorder, in reply, said be could not sufficiently thank them for the kind way in which he had been received on his appointment by Her Majesty as Recorder of the Borough. The appointment was extremely gratifying to him on many grounds. They who lived outside the borough could not but be interested in everything which promoted the benefits and interests of those in the borough. They felt cordially and sincerely that the borough ,h was the centre, and as it were the heart from which the life-blood circulated through them who re- presented the limbs. Everything which promoted the prosperity of the one was felt by the other. The old charters referred to had not always pro- moted their interests in the way they did now. According to one of the old charters they were bound not to sell or buy anything in a foreign market, meaning by a foreign market such places as Shrewsbury, Ellesmere, and Whitchurch with- out first coming to Oswestry. When they did come they imposed tolls in coming over the roads, tolls in coming into the streets, and tolls in enter- ing the market. These tolls were now abolished, and the only thing that remained were some of the toll gates which kept thorn in remembrance of the antiquity of the borough. Since the tolls were abolished they had enormously improved their markets and shops, their streets, and the accom- modation 0[' rhese courts. They had done all these, established a free library, and otherwise in- creased tho a: fractions of the town and strength- ened the connection with those outside the town. This court also promoted the prosperity of the town. It saved the people and the grand jury from being sum moned to Shrewsbury to attend Quarter Sessions. He would do all he could to promote the interest and dignity of the borough whilst he had the honour to hold the office Her Majesty had ap- pointed ii iiii o till. It gave him great pleasure and gratification to hold the position. The name of his family had long been associared with the borough. It was ,only ten or twelve years after his grand- father had had the honour to be appointed Mayor that he was made High Steward of the borough which position he held until the office was abolished by t]¡.; Municipal Reform Act, and then when the court was restored some years afterwards his father had the honour of being appointed its first Recorder, which ottice he held for 38 years. It gave him great pleasure to review his connection with the borough. Mr. George Kenyon had fully intended to be present to represent the elder mem- ber of the family but he was unfortunately unable to co'r.e. He thanked the Mayor and the officers of the court for their extreme kindness and he might also arid thai it was on continuance of that kind- ness that the usefulness of the court must to a very great extent depend (applause.) The grand jury were then sworn, Mr. Fletcher Rogers being foreman. THE CHARGE. The Recorder, in addressing the jury, said per- haps they would remember that it was at lie last Quarter Sessions for the Borough that their late Recorder had tendered his resignation and he had had the honour cf being appointed to the office. Very few men had been more beloved by their family and respected by their immediate neigh- bours than the late Mr. Charles Williams Wynn. Whilst his death was a very serious thing for his family, it was also a great loss to the Borough of Osw'-stry. The)- did not know how much pleasure they (the jury) gave him at that last Quarter Sessions. He had beeu told by his family of the great pleasure he felt when presiding at these Courts and when his resignation was given, the very kind way he was spoken of at the time, gave to him the greatest possible pleasure and had been the source of very great gratification to his family as one of the very last pleasures he was able to receive in this world. There were no prisoners to come before them. He hardly liked to speak to them about crime as there was no crime in the Borough. From the handbook recently published a very careful analysis of the crime of the country during the last twenty years was given. Crime generally was diminishing very much all over the country and he would like to add a word or two A diminish0^ upon two points. Although crime & diminish' very considerably, and had been s ea j.|cQlars 111 ing for a long time there were two p coH1' which it had not. One was offence guCh mitted by habitual criminals, offe^ who lived burglaries usually committed by Pers jnCrease- by committing crime. There were was 0°^ The reason why they were on the inc becaflse because of the increase of crimina > t0 give there had been of late years a tendency none of shorter sentences, and therefore there these people at large at one time.. ^he/ seemed to show that when they were were not reformed by their intprisonniei, care to was therefore a necessity for taking ,bt-I befor' ascertain the antecedents of persons bro k n to find Petty Sessions. Great care should be taale criminal out whether the offender was a ha 1 yery or not, and therefore the Court shou c Qf distinct recognizance of that Progressive, aM opinion that sentences ought to be p n ^or the very much more severe on old often e eStioii same offence. The other point was more ]abottr' for the jury, who were mostly emp^lo,^er Jer their and having numbers of young PeoP. Uj ery coD" control. Although crime had diminis e cjagS of siderably, yet it had increased iQ bet^ee0 juvenile offenders, and especially with oy t a 16 and 21 years of age. That seemed o p fact which they all knew that this class neglected. Those boys were feeling jependan'i growing up, and he came more 1Q gho,v than they were before, and they likec their independence. They had left schoo^ the'1" sometimes into lodgings and away from ty Of parents' control and therefore it was 6 their employers to provide useful etpP^°^m^ell they amusement for them in the evenings w f^ui were uot at work so as to keep them aWeg __jlt bad company and all other evil ^n^eI}CrV- cot1' Fletcher Rogers, on behalf of the Grand Q grat ulated Mr Kenyon on his appointmen n(jed was suitably acknowledged.—The May°r e. j.ra,teS, to Mr Kenyon the good wishes of the ^of08 and presented him with a pair of whi ^0gOrder according to the ancient custom.—The v0rf°r said he was very much obliged to the ^g^es- the symbol of the purity of the g0ct try both physically and morally.—Mr W. GotirL? on behalf of the solicitors practising in the tment, congratulated Mr Kenyon on his appol. the which was suitably acknowledged, after whi Court rose.

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