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OSWESTRY. Our representative in Oswestry is Mr ROBERT AITKEX, Oswald House, Oswald Road, to whom notice should be given of all events required to be reported in the COUNTY TIMES. ACCIDENT.—On Sunday, Herbert Wilkinson (16) was admitted to the Cottage Hospital suffering from severe injuries to the head and concussion of the brain, caused by falling from a signal post at Gobowen Station. Under the care of Dr. Cart- wright he is progressing favourably. BAND RECITAL.—The King Oswald Brass Band gave their sixth recital in Willow Street on Monday evening. HOLY TRINITY SCHOOLS.—The annual festival of the day and Sunday schools, took place on Tues- day. A short service was held in the church after which the children walked in procession to Broom Hall, whither they were kindly invited by Mr. Williams-Vaughan. Miss Martha Parry and Miss Ford had charge of the tea arrangements. The children were in charge of about fifty teachers. Various games including football and cricket were indulged in, the outing being thoroughly enjoyed. Amongst those present were :—Rev. T. Redfern (vicar), Rev. W. Pownall Owen, Mr. Churchill, Mr. Raybould and Mr. Walter Gough (superintendent of the schools). Before leaving, each child was presented with a bun and Rev. T. Redfern thanked Mr. Williams-Vaughan for allowing them the use of his beautiful grounds. ST. OSWALD'S PARISH SUNDAY SCHOOL.—On Thursday of last week, the scholars attending these and the Morda schools had their annual outing, the place selected this time being Hardwicke near Ellesmere, the feat of Rev W. C. E. Kynaston, who had very kindly placed his beautiful gardens at their disposal for the day. The party number- ing 600 assembled at the National Schools and marched in procession to the station, under the charge of Rev P. A. H. Birley (superintendent of the boys' school), Mrs Cecil Hook (girls'), Miss Kate Bull (Castle Field's School), and Mr Davies (Morda School), Rev Cecil Hook, Vicar, also accom- pauyiug them. Duriug the afternoon, refreshments were partaken of in a large marquee, the day being pleasantly spent in strolling about the pretty grounds, and in games of all kinds, no pains being spared by the teachers and friends to make the day a pleasant one for the juveniles. SHROPSHIRE TROPHY SHOOTING COMPETITION.— The match between Oswestry and Ironbridge in the second round of the above competition, took place on Llanymynech Hill on Saturday last. The con- test excited considerable interest. The weather was of a rather unfavourablei nature. At 200 yards th e contest was close, Oswestry winning by two points. At 500 yards the lead was increased and at 600 yards they found themselves winners by 43 points. Oswestry now enters the final round. Through the kindness of Captain Bull, both teams were entertained to luncheon which was supplied by Sergt. T. Jones of the Cross Keys Hotel, Oswestry. The following are the totals:— Oswe3try—Bugler Nield, 77 Pte R H Thomas, 75 Sergt G Alldrift, 72; Lce-Corpl E Bayley, 72; Ptc J Bayley, 67; Corpl Welling?, 67; Sergt-Major Byrne, 66; Sergt J E Thomas, 60; Sergt A Thomas, 58 Colr-Sergt Thomas, 52. Total 666.—Iron- bridge Sergt H Roberts, 75; Pte Potts, 73; Sergt Wiggins, 71; Sargt Beardshaw, 68; Lce-Corpl Stodd, 66; Sergt Shaw, 57; Lce-Corpl Corfield, 57; Pte Williams, 56; Pte Baguley, 52; Ptc Shaw, 48. Total 623. WEDDING.The marriage of Mr W. P. Jones, of Mendelssohu House, Oswestry, to Miss Eleanor Baron, eldest daughter of Dr T. Baron, Weeby, Lincolnshire, took place at Weeby parish church on Wednesday week. The church, which was taste- fully decorated by Miss Lilian Swaltz, was crowded, and the service which was semi-choral (Mrs Can- presiding at the organ and playing the Wedding march" at the conclusion) was taken by Rev H. Cox. The bride, who was given away by her father, was accompanied by her sisters, and looked charming in white silk with a veil and orange blossoms. The bridesmaids were beautifully dressed in cream, trimmed with blue velvet, and wore gold hunting brooches, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridegroom was supported by Mr T. Lashmore and Dr Hunter. Outside the church the pathway was carpeted, and the path of the bride was strewn with roses by the Misses Ethel and Mabel Smith, of the Ferneries. A reception was afterwards held at the house and on the beautiful grounds of the bride, where a marquee was erected, a large number of guests including the leading families of the neigh- bourhood being present. The happy pair left en route for Scarborough, where the honeymoon was spent. The presents were very numerous and costly and are given below. Bride's presents Bridegroom, travelling clock Dr Baron, trunk, silver mounted umbrella, etc Mr W. Baron, picture by Burne Jones Misses Mary and Margaret Baron salad bowl; Maids, cut glass biscuit barrel; Mr' and Mrs Shaw, table cloth and serviettes; Mr and Mrs Marshall, butter knife; Miss Harris, cabinet photo frame; Mr Gray. oak bracket; Mrs Gray, afternoon tea cloth; Mrs Houlton, six bedroom towels Mrs Dale, pair of decanters Mrs Dunwell, cruet; Mrs Stephenson, pair of old china plates: Mrs Chapman, bedroom towels Mrs Green, clothes line; Mrs Boker, crumb brush and tray; Miss Fowler, Canadian cushion Mrs Walker, serviette rings; Annie Morris, preserve (lish; Lizzie and Emma Houlton, brass kettle; Mary Plullipson. pair of china vases; Hetty Coupland, pair of glass ornaments Sarah Dixon, picture Florence Shaw, candlesticks; Annie Dunk, serviette ring; Mrs Alcock. sugar basin and cream jug; Mr and Mrs Whitham, pair of bronzes Mrs Lusby. chair back Mr and Mrs Beverley, pair of vases Mr and Mrs Burrell, cast of Bishop of Lincoln St. Mary's Guild. Edinburgh, apostle tea. spoons; Rev H. Cox, silver fruit knife; Rev G. Blinkhorn, "the Christian Homo"; Miss Flowers, embroidered toilet set; Mrs W. H. Kerr, hand-painted china: Miss Wright, pair of pictures; Dr and Mrs James, sugar bowl and sifter Miss White, silver bon bon dishes; Dr Camp- bell, afternoon tea stand Law. fruit dish Miss Varrelmann, embroidered table cover; Miss Newnham, Russia. leather card case; Mrs Donaldson,. breakfast cruet; Miss Smallhorn, pair wrought iron candlesticks Miss Braine, embroidered side- board cloth; Miss Robb, linen bag; Rev J F and Miss Scholfield, pair of silver Corinthian candlesticks; Rev H H and Mrs Flower, silver cross Miss Hulme photo screen Miss Jones, pair serviette rings; Mrs Sutton, embroidered table centre Rev J and Mrs Blackbourne, photo frame Miss Sabin, embroidered work bag Messrs Ford and Little, pair of gloves Messrs Morris and Smith, sunshade; Rev Wand Mrs Seed, pair of antique vases; Dr and Mrs Fearnley, bread knife and fork Mr and Mrs Bentley, satchel; Rev W and Mrs Giffard, flower vases Mr and Mrs Swallow, silver bon-bon dishes; Mr and Mrs Skip- worth, bread fork; Mr T Wilson, mustard pot; Mr and Mrs Parr, cake dish Mr Mrs and Miss Riggall, brass flower stand with vases; Mr and Mrs Wilson, silver teaspoons Miss Lancaster, serviette ring Dr and Mrs Kerr, silver sail "ellars; Mr and Mrs Wood, painted drawing-room i .olo; Mr and Mrs Waddingham cake basket; Mrs and the Misses Pocklington, preserve dish Miss Waddingham, silver preserve spoon; Miss Goodworth, silver bon- bon dish Mr and Mrs R Bygott, silver sugar spoon. Miss Tritton, picture frame; Miss Greame, em-' broidered night dress case Mrs Stephensou, silver tea spoons; Messrs Marshall, afternoon tea cloth. Bridegroom's Present: Bride, diamond and emerald swallow scarf pin; Rev CHand Mrs Garnett Botfield, silver bon-bon dish; Kev W and Mrs Beaven, silver candlestick Rev F W Job aneroid barometer; Mrs .Iones, wardrobe; Mr and Mrs Lashmore, silver entree dish; Mr T Lashllore, silver toast rack; Master Sydney Lashmore, silver salt cellars Mr Pryce Parry, silver hot water jug Mrs Poole cheque Mr T Poole, pair candlesticks; Mr and Mrs D Vaughan, silver sugar bowl and sifter; Mr and Mrs Parry Jones, fish knives and forks; Mr J Lashmore. picture; Miss Beddowes, fruit dish; Misses Wildblood, pair silver ladles; Mr and Mrs Charlton, eggstand; T Read and C Roberts; walking stick; Mrs Frank, honey jar; Mrs Waring, match box holder; Annie Waring, tea tray. TOWN COUNCIL.-MONDAY. Present: The Mayor (Mr C. K Williams), Alder- men Weaver, Rogers, Bayley,and Spaull, Councillors Perks, Whitfield, Mason, Cottam, Bolton, Lloyd, Davies, Maclardy, Lacoll Martin, Edwards, Lewis Jones, with Messrs J. Parry Jones (town clerk), Wm. Jackson (deputy town clerk), R. 0. Wynne Roberts (borough surveyor), and J. W. Thomas (finance clerk). VOTE OF CONDOLENCE. The Movor said he had, in the first place, a melancholy duty to perform. They had recently lost an old and respected member of the Council. He referred to the late Mr Jas. England, and he begged to move that the Council record their deep regret at his loss, and convey to his widow and family their sincere sympathy with them in their bereavement.—Councillor Edwards seconded the morion. Mr England took a very active interest in municipal matters, especially those connected with horses and carts. He (the speaker) had come into contact with him very frequently, and ho always found it a pleasure to work with him. He was a mnn of his word, and whatever he said could be depended on. — The motion was unanimously adopted. THE INCREASED VALUATION. I Alderman Spaull, in bringing this matter for- ward, said it was necessary for him to remind the Council that only recently they, instead of the Vestry, carried out the duties with regard to the Overseers. They had to prepare supplemental lists of the incrsased rateable value of a great many properties. He brought this matter forward on behalf of Mr Daniel, who was unavoidably absent. If the figures were approved of it would make a penny of difference in the rate. The question he had to bring before them was as to the supple- mental lists referred to the Assessment Committee. The figures had been revised after a good deal of trouble, and the Committee wished to get the authority of the Council to appear before the valuer and support the figures.—The Mayor I should advise you to give notice.—The Clerk explained that it was very inconvenient to the law officers of the Council to hring the matter forward without notice. He had known nothing at all about it until Mr Spaull rose. It seemed to him that notice should be given, as the Council could incur no expense without.—Alderman Spaull was not aware that no notice had been given. He had been of opinion that Councillor Daniel had given notice to the clerk.—It was agreed that a special meeting be called to discuss the subject. THE NEW FOOTBRIDGE. The Mayor in the absence of Councillor Smith proposed that the following report of the committee appointed by the Council with reference to the Footpaths scheduled by the Cambrian Railways Company be adopted :—" To withdraw the petition against the Cambrian Railways Bill on the Com- pany constructing a bridge over the Coney Green Footpath forthwith, to the satisfaction of the Borough Surveyor, the Council to contribute one- third of the cost of such bridge, such contribution not to exceed £170, such withdrawal not to pre- judice the provisions of the Railway Clauses Act, sec. 61, with reference to Ardmillan and Gravel Lane Footpaths, and that if at any future time sidings be constructed over the Coney Green Foot- path, the footbridge shall be extended over such sidings, the arrangements to be carried out by agreement under seal. The agreement has accord- ingly been sealed by the Council and the Company, and exchanged." Councillor Whitfield seconded. Councillor Lacon begged to propose an amendment. He supposed that this was the report of the com- mittee because it had been proposed and seconded and no explanation given. He would like to know what was meant by not to prejudice the provisions of the Railway Clauses Act, sec. 61."—The Clerk pointed out that the committee had fall power to enter into any arrangement they thought best, and the present proceedings were merely a matter of form as the agreement had already been sealed. The section of the Act referred to was also read.— Councillor Lacon moved as an amendment That the construction of a bridge be deferred until the proposed sidings are extended."—The Clerk It is out of order.—Councillor Lacon held that the bridge was not absolutely necessary. They did not want the bridge unless the sidings were extende(I.-The Mayor explained that the amendment was out of order as full powers were given to the committee to settle the niatter.-Councillor Lacon They were not empowered to spend £ 170.—The Clerk reminded Councillor Lacon that when the committee was appointed he had moved an amendment to the same effect as his present one, which was then defeated.— Councillor Lacon held that any Councillor was per- fectly entitled to move an amendment on a Com- fe v mittee's rel)ort.Coiiii,"lor Maclardy thought the Council ought to have more information on the sub- ject. The matter seemed to be all arranged and they were left entirely in the (lark.Councillor Lewis said it seemed to him that by the arrange- ment they would have to walk about a quarter of a mile further than at present.- The Mayor ex- plained that that would be so, but that the Council had never had a right-of-way over the crossing Councillor Lewis It has been a right conceded.— The Clerk read over the agreement at the expressed wish of a member of the Council.- Councillor Edwards asked the Council to consider what the Cambrian Railways Company had done to the town. They had done everything and thev were bearing two-thirds of the cost of the bridge. All the Council was asked to pay was X170 no matter what the bridge was to cost. It would be better to con- demn the committee before appointing them, not after (hear, hear). Some of the members of the committee were absent and he detested condemning anybody in their absence. It (lid not give the members much satisfaction to serve on the com- mittee. Councillor Martin congratulated the com- mittee on getting out of the difficulty, He con- gratulated himself privately upon getting rid of a great deal of trespass. But he had to look at it from a different point of view and when he did so he was compelled to condemn it, for a great many reasons. If he was a stranger coming to Oswestry and wanting to go tü Ardmillan, n porter would point him to a bridge 20 yards Etway. --Councillor Davies rose to a point of order.—The Mayor ruled the speaker out of order.-Councillor I Martin con- tinued and Councillor Davies rose and protested. He knew he had always to stop if he was called up, and he wanted every member to be treated alike (laughter).—Councillor Mason asked if he would vote against the report being adopted ?-The Mayor: No. Councillor Lacon It is the first time a com- mittee have spent £ 170 without the sanction of the Council. SANITARY COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The Sanitary Committee met on the 20th June, when the Town Clerk explained that lie had had an interview with Messrs. Le Brasseur and Bowen, solicitors, Newport, Mon., who were acting on behalf of the present owner of the Crumpwell estate, and he read subsequent correspondence with them as to their claims for compensation to the owners and occupiers. It was recommended (1) That Mr. J.Hughes, the tenant, be paid zElO compensation for damage done in the past fcy flood- ing of the land, and a further payment of £ 5 should any damage occur during the ensuing twelve months or any future year, so long as the sewage is sent down the stream, subject to his keeping the gratings clear; 42) that the Surveyor be instructed to lay two 18in. pipes at the broken part of the culvert; (3) that the Town Clerk be instructed to offer to the landlords to take Crumpwell House on lease for 5 years at a rent of zC69 per annum (4) that the Surveyor be instructed to prepare a scheme for dealing with the sewage and report to a committee, and that he be specially remunerated for the same (5) that the Surveyor be instructed to purchase an iron building at a cost of £ 7 10s.— Councillor Lewis moved the adoption of the report. With regard to clause 3 of the report, Councillor Lacon thought that zC60 a year for five years was an excessive amount. He moved an amendment that they offer x50. The Council were spending money too lavishly. -The Clerk explained that they were saving money by this arrangement.— The motion was carried. A SEWAGE SCHEME WANTED. Councillor Lewis in moving the adoption of Clause 4 explained that he had deferred bringing this matter before the Council for some time in order to ry and find out a system that they could recommend. The committee had gone carefully through all the systems, but they thought it most advisable not to adopt any of them. It was sug- gested that some of the committee should go away and have a look at some of the systems, but the idea of those experimental expeditions had fallen through, and therefore he thought thai, the best thing they could do was to leave the experiment and responsibility to the borough surveyor. He proposed that the borough surveyor should be allowed his expenses to go away and visit some of the systems. So far as members of the Sanitary Committee were concerned they could go if they wished at their own expense. Councillor Lewis then read an abstract from a sanitary journal on the influence electricity would have in the near future on sanitary matters, and concluded by hoping that they would be able to adopt an economical and etticent method of dealing with the sewage of the town.—Councillor Edwards seconded.—Councillor Whitfield proposed as an amendment that two prizes be offered one of P,70 and a second of e30 for the best scheme dealing with the sewage of the town of Oswestry. He did that not because he in any way under-valued the services of the borough surveyor, but because he thought it was unfair to saddle him with such a great responsibility. They could not expect che borough surveyor, however good he may be, to keep pace with the great changes which were taking place. He had before him a number of schemes every one said to be the, very best. A committee had already travelled north, south, east and west for a scheme, but they came back and could not agree (laughter). It had already cost the Council X150 or £ 2C0, and it was necessary for them to go further afield. In the year 1885 the then borough surveyor addressed sixteen different questions to 22 different towns, and secured sixteen different answers. They had been at this question for twelve or fifteen years and they were now proposing to put it into the hands of the borough surveyor. He took it if he was not successful they would shelve his idea also. Ho felt certain if they offered two prizes they would get two of the very best mon in England to study the subject and thus get out of the diffi- culty in the best possible way.- Councillor Bolton seconded the amendment.- Councillor Lloyd said they had already spent some- thing like £ 250 on the subject, and it seemed to him that they were going to do the same thing again. They would have to depend on the opinion of the surveyor in the end as to which system was the best. This was a waste of time and money. The surveyor had paid very great attention to the I matter, and had been at considerable expense out of his own pocket in buyinsr books to study the subject. He was very much surprised at Mr Whit- field, as he always considered him a great economist, advising them to throw this money away. He considered the surveyor was quite capable of judging which system of sewage was the best.—Councillor Maclardy considered that the amount of remuneration proposed to be jliven to the surveyor should have been stated.—Alderman Rogers was of opinion that P,70 would not tempt the best men to compete.—Councillor Lewis said he left the question of remuneration in the hands of the Council.—Councillor Perks supported the re- solution. He did not think the Council had been playing with the question. He would like to ask Mr Whitfield who were to be the judges of the different schemes submitted for .the prizes.—A Voice The Surveyor.—Councillor Edwards was certain if the Council thought a competition would settle the question they would adopt the amend- ment. The money already spent had been spent on an irrigation scheme.—Councillor Whitfield ex- plained that the prize money offered was not the only incentive to competitiou. There was a reputation to gain and the per centage on the twenty or thirty thousand pounds in cariying out the scheme. They wanted a scheme which would serve Oswestry for many years to come. In reply to Mr l'erks he did think that this scheme had been shelved, and as to the judges, he would not leave it entirely to the borough surveyor. He thought they could get plenty of people who would be able to act as judges. If they put the matter in the hands of the surveyor they placed him in a very false position.—Councillor Lewis took exception to the statement that the matter had been shelved. The matter had been discussed very seriously as far as the Sanitary Committee were concerned. He himself had spent hours with the borough surveyor over the matter. The surveyor was, as it were, thoroughly saturated with the subject (laughter). He recommended that course because i he knew the intense interest the surveyor had taken j in the subject: He did not think there was a man in England at the present moment who knew more about the subject than the borough surveyor.—The Mayor said he cordially approved of the proposition. He thought it the very best thing that could be done. No one knew more about the inns and outs of the town and of the class of sewage that had to be dealt with than their own borough surveyor. He did not think they would require to spend from £ 30,000 to £ 50,000, but that they could do all that was necessary at a cost not exceeding X5,000 or £6,000 (hear, hear). As regarded remuneration for the surveyor, that could be settled afterwards. —Five voted for the amendment and eleven against. Twelve voted for the motion and two against. CHARITIES. A meeting of joint committees of the Town Council and the Rural District Council was held on June 22ud, the Mayor presiding, when, after an explanation of position of matters by the Town Clerk, it was unanimously resolved that the whole question of apportioning the charities between the Urban and Rural portions of the parish be referred to the Charity Commissioners, and that a joint letter be sent them thereon.—After an explanation by the Clerk, the recommendation was agreed to. GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. The Committee met on the 27th June, and recom- mended (1) that permission be given the Oswestry and District Trades Council to have use of room in Old British School for monthly meetings on pay- ment of 30s per aunum, such payment to include lighting and fires; (2) that final apportionments paving and making West street and Victoria street be made, and notices served accordingly (3) that handrail fixed against wall of property at Powis place, belonging to Mrs. M. E. Evans be removed, and that Mr. W. J. Roberts be requested to grant permission to fix rail to wall of his premises (4) that the regulations produced as to water fittings, drains, and hoardings be approved; (5) that the line of frontage in Beatrice street on p]an produced by Surveyor be approved; (6) that Mr. James Edwards be offered £30 for land in Quadrant shewn on plan (7) that footpath opposite shop in Willow street, occupied jby Mr. Edward Thomas, be paved with tiles at the cost of the Corporation; (8) that footpath in Mount road from Willow street to Water meter be made with asphalte, and that the Surveyor be instructed to prepare estimate; (9) that the Surveyor be instructed to prepare plan and estimate (for constructing footpath in Welsh Walls from Park Avenue to the Cottage Hospital, and from the corner of Arundel road to the end of cottages, and to show what amount has already been provided for in past estimates; (10) that notice be given to owner of field near Gatacre place to repair stile; (11) that the Surveyor be instructed to report as to repair of C-q (12) that The following plans be passed: Alterations at Public Hall, two houses in York street for Mr Geo. Harris, two houses in York street for Mr C. Knight, altera- tions to houses in Ferrers road for Mr Geo. Evans, bath at Grammar School, alteration to houses in Queen's Head Yard for Mr Howarth plans for two houses in Ferrers street for Mr Meredith were rejected, but it was agreed that they be recommended for adoption on certain alterations being made.—Councillor Lacon moved as an amendment to clause 6 that zElO be offered for land in the Qnadrant as shown in plan. It was as much to Mr Edwards' advantage to have obstruction removed as it was to the town, and X30 was an excessive sum df money. Alder- man Weaver seconded.—The motion was carried with the addition subject to his acceptance of S5 per yard for the land in Albion Hill as shown in the plan."—Some discussion took place with regard to clause 8.-Councillor Davies held that the foot- path was the property of the landlord, and should be repaired by him. If they repaired this part of the footpath, he would mention half a dozen other places in the town where they would have to do the same thing. He moved as an amendment that the landlord be asked to repair it.- Alderman Spaull seconded. Councillor Perks supported the resolu- tion. The footpath was the property of the town. In answer to a question by Councillor Lloyd, the Clerk stated the footpath was the property of the town. Councillor Martin spoke of the amendment as the most paltry piece of opposition he had ever heard at the Council. The whole thing would not cost more than -63. The motion was ultimately carried. The first part of clause 10 was deferred, the latter part being carried. SURVEYOR S REPORT. The Surveyor reported that there were at pre- sent 10,000,000 gallons of water in the reservoir and advised that notices be circulated asking the consumers to be as economical as possible. — Councillor Jones proposed that they stop watering the streets for some time. —- Alderman Weaver seconded. It was afterwards agreed that the Surveyor cease to use the reservoir water for the streets, and to make arrangements to get a supply of water for that purpose elsewhere. Alderman Spaull moved That the times mentioned in the contract with the gas company for lighting and ex- tinguishing public lamps be printed and circulated." He did this because numerous complaints had reached him about lamps not being lighted. Councillor Lloyd seconded. It was agreed to pest a notice outside the Guildhall. COLLECTOR'S REPORT. General district rate £ 153 Os 3d; water £ 60 Os 6d. The Council then rose.