t BERRIEW. Mr* p0UNciL-—A meeting was held onSatur- IteSwp.r.11- 0wen (vice-chairman) presiding. ai'so Present Messrs William Pritchard, ) tL^rci p ^V^es! -Jonathan flushes, William Evans, (SdL,,tchard- J arnes Prvce, Edward Gethin, Yio V' W. T. Owen, with Mr Lloyd (clerk).— I ^pta^6 la,rman ;ul(^ ^fr E. Gethin signed I i?Vethe"Ce committee on footpaths »NllewJiep0rt-, The-y 1,ad viewed the path near and 'uu' been closed for some | (|^ter receiving the report the Council the f noticu be served on the owners to i lecp ^Path.—The accounts were passed and | ()rders made. The Vice-Chairman 1 '^Pectjf. committee had commenced their Sa^i0^- 'le en^losure award with reference to i^fepo^ a,|d qnarries, and a very interest- 's c Would he forthcoming when the matter 's c would he forthcoming when the matter t^tla P te|i-—The following matters on the i "fkho ^ei'e a,ljourned to the next meeting:— Cojj, Se anialgamatiou and Light Railways. G~OF-AGE.— A meeting of the general com- 1% *nake further arrangements in connection T0^ett'e(!COm"J"'o^"a"e rejoicings °f Willie t?11 on '>•? aynor Park, took place at the Talbot \y J^r&day week. There were present :— IS*,] Martin (chairman), Messrs King and he^Ur(#lS\Cre^:lr'es)' R-^weuand Morris (Dollas, b^ce »'»Itev John Roberts, Messrs W. Pritchard. h ^tft i U''oc'<:) B- Bennett (Xewtown), W. II. b -^vails (Stingwern), E. Pritchard, S,U8 ''• H. Owen, Gregory, J. Hughes, 5. iKeel), Edward Gethin, Evan Getliin, I ^3 (n&Vr' Davies, R. Lloyd, D. Proctor, ?'he y Garthmyl), &c. The collectors f i ?r,°is districts paid over to the treasurers I ^c°tn^ Considering that the collectors have ^Ctprf*6''0^ their work, a much larger sum is !i SeHt '• being discussed as to what form the a dation should take, Mr E. R. Owen proposed t?"8Ulfc e^uta':ion wait upon Mr Willie Corbett to '°cic^'it'1 ^rn- This was seconded by Mr P. and carried.- The following were the li 1sSro appointed — Presentation—- *ell ,°rr's (Dollas), E. Pritchard, Lewis (Trwst- %)> Thomas Watkin (Luggy), J. IIoil I ycrewth), Evans (Stingwern), Ed. Gethin V j^-AIr William Pritchard, Rev J.Williams, Mock ^avies> Messrs H. II. Owen, Pryce Ll°yd. and L'oyd tea — Messrs I''oclf' '^e'bin. R- Lloyd, R. Davics, Pryce Ipefjj Jones (Cross lane), D. Proctor, Andrew ^-awr) ground, tent, and decoration—• [VcV, Hughes, H. H. Owen (saddler), Davies Andrew, E. Lloyd, Rev J. Roberts 6ssrs Morris (Dollas), Evans, Keel, Evans Wilson (Finnant), E. Pritchard, J. Watkin (Luggy). The Major intimated eution of defraying the cost of the fireworks. £ ef PETTY SESSIONS.—SATURDAY. VJ* Captain H. O. Johnes. and Messrs T. 1. Da8tlel<I and J. Davies. AXD DISORDERLY.—Alfred Yapp, Pigeon was fined Is and costs. ?f G: SHEEP SCAB ORDERS.—Eugenia C. Bayard, iqfe "elllydd was charged with allowing five sheep he^toC scab to stray. Mr T. M. Taylor, of \harjrn' defended. Evidence was given by SZuAad rew, of Cefn, who said he had corri- police of the sheep trespassing on his d f Tay'or pleaded ignorance of the order, 4]> endant was ordered to pay the costs. U^PlieGEL> UNLAWFUL FISRIXG. — Charles ^illere^' Abermule Inn, and Samuel and Charles .J Court, were charged by George Middle- 4bailiff, Garthntyl, with unlawfuHy fixing In or across the river Severn. Mr. E. ^V01168 Pr0S(3Cuted on behalf of the Severn ^eHf) Conservators, and Mr. Martin Woosnam I'rosecutor said on June 4 he saw the Ss 5ef«ndants paddling in the river a hundred below the mouth of the Rhievv. He also jje a net fixed across the Severn above ey ?l0tl*;k Rhiew. Cross-examined: Mtjj acl a proper licence. It was illegal to fish I no^> but he did not complain to the that the net was fixed. He could not V-,lhat net was fixed on the side of the river him. Mr Woosnam called Thomas Thread- said he was on the banks of the Severn defendants were fishing. They had diq ^ed Mr Humphreys- Owen's permission. He ^ot believe the net was fastened. Francis 'lijf°rd gave similar evidence. The case was e V/^ed, and a second charge of using e. bush net ^ifu aT1 13in. in mesh to take fresh-water fist was Kvn!
o SELATTYN. N, ANNIVERSARY. — On Saturday Lodge of Oddfellows celebrated n 1 Versary• A service was held in the irri Church, when the Rector, Rev. Rossendale J preached from the words, They marvel." Mf ^Cellent dinner, supplied in first-class style by i(>' °Seph Davies, of the Cross Keys, was laid out kq4 lèirge marquee. Rev. Kosscndale Lloyd pre- 4"ion' Dr. J. D. Lloyd was the vice-chairman, and V those present were Messrs. J. Porter, T. ^OK_ > Turvin, Samson, Bowyer, J. Vaughan, (^ron)i David Jones (Selattvn), and Dr. Cel1' Ample justice having been done to the fare, the usual loyal and patriotic toasts h 11 v honoured, after which Mr. Gill proposed ?f °f The Bishop, Clergy, and Ministers '"g dominations."—The Chairman, in respond- St^tulated tlie club upon certain improve- Pin -^e "30Uac^ to congratulate them upon lQ every way to make the anniversary day j^UI} and most successful gathering. Selattyn t] be the smallest in the neighbourhood, clt)h Was no reason why)they should despise the people were not always the worst — Vb )"—an(i though the club was small in thfit might be a very good one for all that. 6>e^e time he thought it was the duty of mtnem^)er try Tnalce ^bat day successful, c'ib in every way a success. They might -nat Was the good of a club !J What benefit t0 them ? Nobody realised the good of a Ptoll Until they stood in need of it. -Mr. Turvin eSei>Se(1 the toast of "The Army, Navy, and 6 forces" in a vigorous speech, commenting 6 recent attitude of Germany and America XP England. He coupled with the toast the H0lll ^r- Gill and Mr. J. Vaughan, both of resP°n^et^ humorous little speeches.—Dr. 0 Proposed Success to the Oswestry district ^fellows," which was responded to by Mr. j°Q Bowyer, who said the Oswestry district v a good financial position. The last time it ZOOalued in 1880 there was a surplus of nearly 5m | number of members was about 2,300, ^Ovy 1 ey had a capital of nearly £ 20,000.— Mr. HKjr, next proposed Success to the Harlech' ^a^' Porter, in responding, said the lodge Kn-r6' a ^efctor position than at present. The :Vh'??? e was also progressing. Since he took Qe had done his best to promote the pros- ?ecj.e? the lodge, and as long as he remained Va^ry he would do the same (cheers).—Mr. latl Proposed the health of the surgeon, to §9,ve tPr- Lloyd suitably replied. — Mr. Porter ^vid T Honorary Members," to which Mr. a.l1d ties replied.—The toasts of The Visitors pile." Host and Hostess were also given by «p0r. ^rtnan.- The following are the resnIts of the ^Uarf "^00 yards race, 1 T Grittiths, 2 R Baker. >?'le ^"tfile race, 1 T Morris, 2 G Davies. Half- ^°bp lur^le race, 1 T Morris, 2 T Griffiths, 3 R ^hili^3- yards race, 1 W Roberts, 2 W <^e) iS" 200 yards race (men ove- 50 years of (vv0' EdWarci Morris, 2 D Jones. 100 yards race j6tl °V('r 50 years of age), 1 Mrs llay ward, 2 Jnf8- 100 yards race (boys under 10 years of J Hotherham, 2 E Foulkes. 150 yards race HlH ^een 10 aiul 16 years of age), 1 G Rother- 'ol^ Foulkes. The band of the Ruabon was in attendance. Dancing afterwards P*tice*
ga whittixgton. kild PARTY. On Thursday week the Rector rs. Holbech very kindly threw open their th ^ll(^ grounds for a garden party in aid ^ate) runds of the National Schools. Unfortu- ^Gry lit day was cloudy and dull and although rain fell yet the threatening aspect of ^her prevented many from attending. In I M the thin attendance and other disadvant- ^ho t 6 ^nanclal result was fairly good, and those Itino. r"ed out enjoyed themselves very much. ^Or-th? e afternoon the infants under Miss Golds- >^la»^ ,c.re(litablv acquitted themselves in the 'and the older scholars under the ^Itid (.. feeler and Gough danced very prettily P^th 6 May P0le-" l'113 boys led by Mr. D. ^iaea S,,caused much merriment as Veritable ^vere The dresses and general "get up" ^CeHent as was also the way in which they evn. their songs and performances. In alillsf dancing was kept up till dusk to the Present ^Ir. H. Tims' band. Amongst those nr AVere Commander Holbech and family, p,rre,i > Major Lovett and family, Henlle t>t6eiaieV B^^eley Owen, Mr. and Miss ? and party, Mr. and Mrs. Humphreys, n^rlp's Humphreys, Mrs. Wainwright, Mrs. » Party, l'Jas (Griffith Miss Morris, Miss 188 ^eate) ^Irs. T. Edwards, Mrs. and Miss ^Ir' and ^^Is" Hay ward, &c. The re- 8^a'^ during the dancing was under the Tnent of Mrs. Hales, White Lion Hotel.
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.
WELSHPOOL. TOWN COUNCIL. THURSDAY. The ordinary monthly meeting of this authority was held at the Town Hall, the Mayor (Mr W. Forrester Addie) presiding. There were also present Aldermen W. A. Rogers, C. E. Howell, T. R. Morris, and G. D. Harrison; Councillors T. Simpson Jones, R. Jones, C. T. Pugh, and T. S. Pryce; with Messrs E. Jones (town clerk), A. E. Breeze (clerk's office), and Geo. Snook (borough surveyor). THE LATE COL. HARRISON. A letter was read frcm Mrs Harrison, of Caer- howel, thanking- the Council for their sympathy with herself and family in thei- dreadful sorrow.— On the motion of the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Howell, the letter was entered on the minutes.. THE APPROACHES TO CANAL BRIDGES. Tlie Clerk to the County Council wrote that he brought the Corporation's letter of the 16th ult. before the County Council, and the matter was considered at the meeting of the Council on the 20th ult. The County Council had decided to take action themselves in the matter, and he was instructed to invite the co-operation of the Borough of Welshpool and to ask whetliDr. in the event of proceedings becoming necessary, the Corporation would be willing to contribute towards the cost in proportion to the length of approaches affected in the borough.- Alderman Howell remarked that they were asked to contribute towards the cost of litigation against the Canal Company, but upon the principle that those who puitl the piper should call the tune, lie thought it would be more satisfac- tory if the conduct of the proceedings was referred to a joint committee rather than to a body selected by the County Council only. The question was a very important one to that borough, and he be- lieved they had more bridges there than in the er county district. He moved that a letter be sent by the Clerk to the County Council in accordance with his suggestion.—Alderman Rogers, in second- ling, pointed out that they would, in the event of litigation being resorted to, not only have to con- tribute their share to the cost of the action, but also their share of the county rate.—The proposition was agreed to. REPORTS. The Paving, Lighting, and Highway Committee met on the 3rd inst.. and reported having received a letter from the clerk to the Castle Caereinion Parish Goaneil as to the state of the footpath lead- ing from Llanfair road through Upper Svlfaen to Moydog, which was referred l, the surveyor to report upon. The Finance Committee met on tlie 3rd inst.. and went through the list of bills amounting oil Borough fund to .616 2s 9d, snd I rban Sanitary to £ 16 lis which they recommended for payment. The Buildings Committee wore recommended to examine the ro)f of the Free Library and Art Gallery and to make suggestions For irs improve- mCIIL. A statement of arrears of ratos was laid before the Committee, and the clerk was directed to apply in case of non-payment ii a iN The Markets, Land an Buildings Committee met at Welshpool on the 7th inst., when the plans of proposed alterations to the National Schools were laid before the Committee. They saw no objection thereto, and recommended their acceptance. The plans of additions to the Church House were also laid before the committee, and they saw no objection, subject to certain* alterations to the drains. The surveyor was ordered to obtain further tenders for cleaning the Town Hall windows. An application from Mr Tom Davies, the superin- tendent of the fire brigade, to repair the fire engine house was referred to the surveyor to report and prepare estimate of cost. The Sanitary Committee met on the 17th inst, and reported that the old water meter from Severn roktd having been repaired, they recommended that it should be laid as a test meter for the Waterloo district. The Committee desired to ascertain from the Forden District Council what course they intend to adopt in regard to the seweraare of Castle Caereinion. The committee recommended that the supply of water be cut off from 7 p.m. to 6 30 a.m. ■—The Surveyor reported that there was only a six weeks' supply of water left at the reservoir.— Alderman Rogers and Councillor Pryce called at- tention to the waste of water which was going: on at certain places in the town, the latter remark- ing that the brewers were the worst people to deal with in this respect, as they wanted the water at night. He thought they should take their chance like other people. He moved that the Surveyor be directed not to turn the water on at night-time for anyone.—The Borough Surveyor, in reply to ques- tions, said exceptions had been made in the case of brewers on several occasions. It happened that after the water had been turn off at night-time that the brewers were in the midst of their mashing operations, and they consequently had to turn the water on again. They generally went to the men and told them that unless the water was turned on there would be a loss in the brewing.—Alderman Howell moved, and Alderman Rogers seconded, that the Borough Surveyor prepare a special report on the waste of water in the brewing trade by the next meeting.—Carried. The following interim report for the half year was read from the Medical Officer (Dr Marston) It is my duty to lay before you a short report in regard to the health and sanitary state of the borough during the first six months of the present year. During the period now under review 55 deaths have been registered, giving a death rate of 16'8 per 1000 of the whole population of the borough, which compares very favourably with one of 22 1 for the corresponding months of last year. The births numbered 79, one less than that of last year in the same period. The natural increase of the population is therefore 24, which is a consider- able advancement of the small total of eight last year. Diseases of the zymotic class have caused six deaths since the commencement of the year— two from influenza, three were due to measles com- bined with lung complications following it, and one from diphtheria. In the early part of the year a few cases of diphtheria of a mild type occurred within the Borough, but in a house which lies in a low and damp position. I regret to say that one case ended fatally. I personally inspected the house and its surroundings, and the suggestions I made with a view to the house being thoroughly disinfected, and some further improvements con- cerning the drainage and ventilation of the cellars have been carried out in a satisfactory manner. It is difficult to account for the Rource of infection in this case, but the house is liable to be flooded, consequently the foundations and cellars are damp, which is often a predisposing cause of this illness. Measles and whooping-cough have been somewhat prevalent during the past six months, and three children succumbed to the former complaint, and in consequence of the prevalence of the disease, it was advisable to close some of the elementary schools f1il' a few v.-e;;ks- I havii to repur i eam-t slight cases of blood poisoning of a typdoid uazure at Cletterwood Farm, which have lately occurred, and which doubtless have arisen from the revival of old germs from some cases of the same type in the farmhouse about nine months ago. In company with your Inspector I thoroughly inspected the premises, and the suggestions we made at the time for the improvement of the water supply and the sanitary condition of the house anq its sur- roundings are now being carried out in an efficient manner. The scavengingarrangements were under discussion at a Council meeting a short time ago, but I think it well, however, to again call attention to this matter. There are many ashpits in the town full and overflowing, containing several loads of refuse, and which cause discomfort and danger to the inhabitants of the houses adjoining. I have urged on previous occasions that a weekly system of carting away the refuse be adopted, and again repeat that these large accumulations of filth are very objectionable and a constant source of danger to the public health. I beg to call your attention to three cottages bordering on the Guilsfield road, namely, the Graig, the Old Toll Bar, and the Ceunant Cottage, which at present have no proper water supply. The occupiers in all three instances have to carry their drinking water from the nearest stand-pipe in the I town unless they ise the Ceunant brook, or a well on the side of the road, both of which are liable to pollution and unfit for drinking purposes. Some arrangements should be made to supply these houses with drinking water, and I would include the Rock Cottage also, which I have reported on many occasions to be in a similar state."—Alderman Rogers observed that the question of the scavenging arrangements ought to be thoroughly gone into at the next meeting.—It was agreed to refer the report to the Sanitary Committee. The Collector reported as follows :— Collected since last meeting. Our-standing. £ s. d. £ s. General District Rate 25 3 0 1 9 01 Inner District Rate 219 17 3| 318 17 2 Water Rate 1 3 9 2 2 9 Totals £ 224 6 41 E322 8 113 MISCELLANEOUS. The Mayor announced that he had received a letter from ill*. Edward Powell, chairman of the Newtown Horticultural Society, intimating that. they were endeavouring to make arrangements for excursion trains on the date of their annual fete, and the Cambrian Railways Company had ex- pressed their willingness to do so, on the trades- men of Welshpool and Newtown agreeing to close their establishments on the dates of the annual floral fetes at both these places. He (the speaker) mentioned the matter to the Executive Committee of the Welshpool Horticultural Society the pre- vious evening, and he had that morning received a document signed by numerous tradespeople in the town agreeing to close their establishments on the 14th prox. provided the tradespeople of New town resolved to close on the date of the Welshpool show. If the council agreed to the proposition, he would ask the tradesmen by public advertisement to close on Friday the 14th August instead of the Thurs- day. This was agreed to unanimously, on the motion of Alderman Howell, seconded by Coun- cillor Pugh. A letter was read from Mr. Edward Williams, Frochas Hill, near Welshpool, calling attention to a fence which was put up by the council's roadmen around a quarry on the Frochas Hill, and which had now been broken down. It had become a very dangerous spot for any cattle and horses on the hill, and lie would be glad if the council instructed the surveyor to see if it was repaired. The letter was referred to the Paving and Lighting Com- mittee for a report as to tlie council's liability in the matter. This was all the business of public interest.
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PARLIAMENTARY. l 0 x DAY. Answering Mr. Dalziel in the House of Com- mons. Mr. Brodrick said no British regiment had received orders to take part in the advance on I Dongola. Mr. Balfour; also replying to v. question put by Mr. Dalziel. said he could not state approxi- mately the monthly cost of the expedition to Dongola. inasmuch as the Egyptian Government were responsible for the conduct of the campaign, and the details of the expenditure had not hitherto been asked for. Lord Cromer had been com- municated with on the subject. Mr. MacNeill asked whether, in the event of a Select Committee being appointed to investigate the affairs of the Chartered Company, the Government, with a view to expedite the inquiry. would initiate legisla- riori for the purpose of enabling the Committee to sit during the recess and prorogation. Mr. Chamberlain said he did not think the course pro- posed would be either convenient or satisfactorv. He had made inquiries, and was informed that there was absolutely no precedent for such legisla- tion. In answer to Mr. Hulse. Mr. Balfour gave the names of the members of the Commission on Old-age Pensions, and stated that Lord Rothschild would act as chairman. Lonl G. Hamilton moved a resolution to the effect that Her Majesty having directed a military expedition of her native forces charged upon the revenues of India to be despatched to Africa in aid of the Egyptian troops, the Honse consented that the ordinary pay of any troops so despatched, as well as the ordinary charges of any vessels belonging to the Government of India that might be employed in this expedition, which would have been charged upon the resources of ludia if such troops or vessels had remained in that country or seas adjacent, should continue to be so chargeable, provided that if it should become necessary to replace the troops or vessels so with- drawn the expense of replacing them should be repaid out of moneys provided by Parliament. Mr. Morley moved as an amendment—" That it is inexpedient that any portion of the charges of the Indian force that is being despatched to Africa in aid of Egyptian troops, whether ordinary charges or extraordinary, should be imposed upon the revenues of India." M. Maclean seconded the amendment, which, in the course of the debate, was supported by several Conservative members. On a division the amendment was rejected by 275 votee to 190. a majority of 85. In the House of Lords Lord Herschell gave notice that on the motion for the third reading of the Diseases of Animals Bill he should move an amendment giving power to her Majesty in Council to exempt from the operation of the Act any particular colony from which it was considered cattle might be imported without danger of in- troducing disease. The bill passed through Com- mittee. The Duke of Devonshire presented a bill to make further provision with respect to London University. He said the object of the measure was to render the University a teaching as well as an examining body. The bill was read a second time. TUESDAY. Replying to lrStephens in theftouse of Commons on Tuesday Mr Ritchie said the relatives or repre- sentatives of passengers lost in the wreck of the Drummond Castle would be allowed to take part in the inquiry and to produce evidence connected with the circumstances of the command and other causes leading to the disaster. Asked by Mr Bryn Roberts whether the Chartered Company had re- voked the power of attorney given to Mr Rhodes, MrC hamberlain said he understood that the Direct ors of the Company had the matter untler consideration. and he expected to hear from them shortly. Mr. Balfour stated, iu reply to Mr W. Redmond and Mr Dillon, that he proposed to allocate four days to the Committee on the Irish Land Bill, beginning on Monday week. Mr Cnrzon, replying to Mr H. Roberts, said the withdrawal of the Turkish troops from Crete was not one of the four points demanded by the Powers. In consequence however, of the representations made at Constantinople, orders had been sent to the military authorities in Crete to suspend all military operations unless attacked. The House afterwards went into Committee on the Finance Bill. Mr. Lloyd-George had pre- viously moved an amendment excluding from duty tea grown in any pait of the British Empire, and Mr. H. Lewis, on behalf of Mr Lloyd-George, now asked leave to withdraw it. Mr. J. Lowther objected, and after a discussion the amendment was negatived without a division. Mr. Lough moved that the tea duty should not be levied in Ireland, but after a discussion withdrew his amendment. Mr. H. Lewis moved an amendment to the effect that the duties on higher-priced teas should be raised and the duties upon lower-priced teas lowered. This also was withdrawn. Mr. Lloyd-George moved to reduce the tea duty from fourpence to twopence per pound, but the proposal vas defeated by* 263 vates to 96, and the clause was agreed to by 228 votes to 87. On clause 2 Mr. Lloyd-George proposed that the duty on lager beer should be remitted, but the clause was agreed to. as were also the following ten clauses. On clause 13 Mr. Lloyd-George moved an amend- ment excepting cases from the Operation of the clanse where the property was settled for valuable considerations. After a discussion the amend- ment was withdrawn. and on a division the clause was agreed to by 133 votes to 46. On clause 14, which provides that if one person 'settles property on another and the latter dies and the property returned to the original possessor, he should not pay death duty upon it. Mr. T. G. Bowles moved an amendment to extend the scope of the clause so as to grant the same exemp- tion when the property had been settled on several persons who all died. Sir R. Read thought the effect of this amendment would be to whittle away the Finance Act of 1894. but this was denied Sir R. Webster. The admendment was accepted by the Government. Mr Lloyd-George moved an amendment providing that where property to which the husband was not entitled in his own right passed on his death to his wife she should pay the estate duty on the whole property, but this was rejected by 146 votes to 59. and the clause was carried by 175 votes to 75. "WEDNESDAY. The House of Commons on Wednesday resumed in:Committee the consideration of the financial proposals of the Government as embodied in the Finance Bill. On clause 16, exempting from estate duty under certain conditions articles of national, scientific, and historic interest, Sir W. Harcourt said that in the Act of 1894 exemption was given only to articles dedicated to the public, but this clause the exemption was given to articles which still remained in private hands. Sir M. H. Beach replied that the exemption from duty would only be till thev were sold or came into the possession of a persom com- petent to dispose of them. Sir W. Harcourt said the policy of the Act of 1894 was, as nearly as could be, to make all property pay alike, and if they now selected a particular class of property, and that belonging mainly to rich people, and made special exemptions applicable, they would create a sense of inequality which he thought would be verv unfor- tunate. Sir M. H. Beach said he estimated, when he introduced the Budget, that the proposed exemptions would lead to a loss of £200,000, but he was now of opinion that it would not amount to half that sum. After further discussion the clause was carried by 178 votes to 74. On clause 19. which fixed the income tax at eightpence in the pound, Mr H. Lewis moved an amendment with the object of establishing a graduated income tax. He pro- posed that on incomes under £500 per annum the tax should he at the rate of fourpence, on incomes between £500 and £750 at the rate of sixpence, and Oil incomes between £750 and £1.000 at the rate of eightpence. After discus- sion the amendment was rejected by 168 votes to 84. Mr. Whittaker proposed that the income tax should be reduced from 8d. to 71r.. but the amend- ment was defeated by 221 votes to 58. Another amendment moved bv Mr Whittakcr, providing that the assesment of all kinds of pioperty for in- come tax should be on the same basis, was with- drawn. Mr Strachey proposed that the income arising from the occupation of land and tenon ents chargeable to income tax under Schedule B should be taken a^one-fourth of the annual value, instead of one-thiru as at present. The amendment was rejected by 261 votes to 55. A proposal to exempt a wife's separate income from the income tax was under consideration when the debate was ad journed. THURSDAY. Replying to Mr Warr in the House of Commons, the Attorney General said changes were under con- sideration affecting the present assize system, and as to Lancashire it was hoped that they might go far to meet the suggestion which had recently been made with regard to the assizes in that county. "Mr. Stephens asked the First Lord of the Treasury whether he was aware that the inhabitants of the island of Molene were liable to water famines, and suggested that it would be a graceful thing to pro- vide them with the means of obtaining a better water supply in return for their kindness to the friends and relatives of the people lost in the wreck of the Drummond Castle." Mr. A. 3"£al- four said the Government had no knowledge of the matter referrad to in the first part of the question. The form of acknow- ledgment of the kindness and humanity displayed by the people and the authorities of Molene on the occasion of the recent disaster was being considered, but he could do no more at present than thank the hon. member, for his suggestion. Replying to Sir li. Reid, Mr. G. Curzon said the representatives of the Powers had urged Greece to prevent the importation of arms or ammunition into Crete for the use of the in- surgents. and the Greek Government had replied that measures had already been adopted to that effect. None of the Powers had offered to give a guarantee that the promises of the Sultan would be carried out in the event of the insurgents laying down their arms. Mr. G. Balfour obtained leave to introduce a bill to facilitate the construction of railways and the establishment of other means of communication in Ireland, and the bill was read a first time. In Committee on the Finance Bill the consideration was resumed of the amendment proposed by Mr. Bartley for the exemption of the incomes of wives from income tax. After some further discussion Mr. Bartley with. drew his amendment, and the clause was agreed to. On clause 25, Mr. Strachey proposed to leave out sub-section 1 in order to raise the whole question of the remission of the land tax, but the Chair- man pointed out that if the sub-section was struck out it would render sub-section 2 nonsense. On the motion that the clause should stand part of the bill, a long discussion took place on the question of the remission of the tax. Eventually Sir M. H. Beach moved the closure, but the Chairman declined to accept it. Later on Sir M. H. Beach again moved the closure, which was accepted by the Chairman, and on a division was agreed to by 181 votes to 70. The clause was then carried by 188 votes to 67. On clause 26 Mr Stuart moved that the price to be paid in case of redemption should be 40 years' purchase instead of 30 years' purchase. The amendment was rejected by 191 votes to 76. Mr H. Lewis then proposed that the laud tax should be redeemed bv a single payment. This was defeated by 209 votes to 75, and the clause which enables the owner to redeem the land tax by payment of a capital sum equal to thirty times the sum assessed on such land, such sum to be paid either in a single payment or by such annual instalments as may be agreed upon, was carried by 207 votes to 77. In the House of Lords, Lord Harris moved the second reading of the Agricultural Land Rating Bill. Lord Farrer moved the rejection of the measure. Lord Salisbury defended the action of the Government. The bill was strongly condemned by Lord Rosebery. On a division the motion for the second reading waa carried by 153 votes to 32. On the report of amendments to the Marriage with a Deceased Wife's Sister Bill, Viscount Halifax moved an amendment the effect of which was to declare invalid marriages with a deceased wife's sister which had been contracted prior to the passing of the Act. The amendment was rejected by 90 votes to 47. Viscount Galway proposed the omission of that part of the second clause which exempted from liabilitv, clergymen of the Church of England for withhold- ing the rights and privileges of Church member- ship from persons living together in marriages made valid by this Act. On a division the amend- ment was carried by a majority of nine. The Bishop of Salisbury moved the insertion of a clause providing that no man who had been divorced for or convicted of adultery with his wife's sister should be permitted to contract a marriage with her, and any such pretended marriage should be void. The amendment was negatived without a division. A new clause providing tha nothing in the Act should affect the law of marriage in any part of the Queen's dominions outside the United Kingdom was agreed to, and the report was then received. ——
JUBILEE NURSES AT WINDSOR. INSPECTION BY THE QUEEN. The Queen received, at Windsor Castle, on Thursday evening week nearly 400 of the "Queen A ictoria's Jubilee Institute Nurses," who, by the Royal command, had been invited to the Palace. Rev Mr. Peile, Master of St Katherine's (President), Mr W. Rathbone (Vice-President), Lord Balcarres, M.P., Lord Alwyne Compton, the Earl of Meath, Mr Samuel Hoare, M.P., Sir J. Paget, Rev Dacre Craven, Sir Dyce Duckworth, the Hon. Sidney Holland, Mr Bonham Carter, Mr Timothy Brvant, Lady Penrhyn, Lady Lucy Hicks Beach, Mrs H. Grenfell, Mrs Theodore Acland, Miss Paget, Miss Guthrie Wright, and Mrs Power Lalor, members of the Council, accompanied the party, which included English, Scotch, Irish, and Welsh nurses, many of whom had travelled long distances in order to be present. The numerous visitors, who wore nursing costumes, the Queen's badges, and dark-blue bras- sards embroidered with her Majesty's monogram were conveyed by special Great Western train to Windsor.which was reached at half-past one o'clock. Headed by Mr Charles Fraser, of the Royal House- hold Constabulary, the party walked through the Castle precincts to the lawn tennis ground, opposite the east terrace, where luncheon was served in a spacious marquee that had been erected upon the greensward. The members of the Council lunched with the Royal Household. By the Queen's com- mands the nurses were afterwards conducted through the State apartments by her Majesty's Inspector of the Palace, and during the interval that followed the visitors were permitted to walk in the east terrace garden, the paterres of which are now in all their summer beauty. The Queen saw the visitors in the private grounds. Shortly after five o'clock in the evening her Majesty and Princess Christian drove from the victoria Tower in an open carriage drawn by a pair or grey horses, and preceded by an outrider, to the tennis ground, whither they were followed by Princess Louise and the Marqueso of' Lorne, Princess Yictoria of Sclileswig-Holstein, and Prince Alexander and Princess Victoria Eugenie, the elder children of Princess Beatrice. Lord Edward Pelham Clinton, Sir Arthur Bigge. Sir Fleetwood Edwards, Sir James Reid, Major General Sir John M'Neill, Lieutenant Ponsonbv, the Hon. Harriet Phipps, the Hon. E. Cadogan, Captain Walter Campbell, and other members of the Royal Household were in attendance. Upon the North side of the lawn a hollow square had been formed by the nurses, 398 in number. Miss leter Inspector-General of the "Queen's Nurses" had charge of the 284 English, Miss Wade the 69 Scotch Miss Dnnn the 20 Irish, and Miss Leake the 25 Welsh nurses, amongst the latter being the Newtown district nurse, "Miss Brogden," whose mmistratious in the habitations of the very poor as in the homes of the well-to-do, havebeenofsuch an unnslially devoted and self-sacrificing nature that it is no wonder her services are heh 1 m such deservedly high appreciation by all classes of the community. en the Queens carriage passed, the nnrses curtseyed twice simultaneously, the effect of the salutation, which Her Majesty graciously acknow- e ged. being novel and pleasing. The President of the Institue introduced the ladies and gentle- men of the Council to Her Majesty, and then a verse of the National Anthem was sung. After this the nurses filed past the Queen, whose equipage was subsequently driven into the square, when Her Majesty, addressing Rev. A. M. Peile, said :—I am pleased to see my nurses here to-day, and to hear of the good work they are doing, and which, I am sure, they will continue to do." The Queen drove from the lawn at the close of the ceremonial and resumed her drive, in which she was accom- panied by Princess Louise (Marchioness of Lorne) and Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein. Princess Christian, who had previously alighted from the Royal carriage, remained with the mem- bers of the Council. The nurses left Windsor later in the evening on their return to the Metropolis. -+-
LLANFAIR. THE LATE REV. T. JEFFREY JONES.—A funeral sermon was preached at St. Mary's Church on Sun- day evening, the preacher being Rev S Reed of Llangyniew Rectory. The rev. gentleman took as his text Isaiah xxxviii, 18, 19. The congregation was very large. Rev. John Evans referred to the death ot the Vicar at Moriah Chapel on Sunday evemng. T He said it behoved him as fellow-minister of Mr. Jones's, and the oldest Nonconformist minister in the town to refer to an event which was a sorrow to all. He was pleased to be able to bear testimony to Mr. Jones's good Christian character. Mi-. Jones was naturally tender, kind and peaceful. His natural good qualities were splendid channels for spiritual religion to run into his soul. Blessed are the peace-makers,was appropriate to the memory of the deceased. He was fond of peace, and always was a peace-maker There was a promise for the peace-maker the fulfil- ment of which Mr. Jones must have enjoyed At Jones was more of a peace-maker than mos- of tham would be inclined to think. He wot, „ c J • I -I was a great power for good in the circle in which he mrr^ Mr. Jones and himself differed in many ttr politics and in their ideas of Church tiolicv he was glad to think in face of all these diV, that they were able to ri« f to appreciate a Kood character s„ch as that of M? lossoi' ir -1S; bo long cherished in the town and no" v.-id"^ an influence for good. Mr -wmjiooa as a religious tendencv as well'as .SSed ings. He had an illness bore it with Christian fortitude' M ure'-bufche ^t-^rteraai hat o^nrSn VY T°tef He Phased to have oi.'ri Vnf? L D* j ?* Putt;^tl^ a blossom on his grave, funeralAe^r<2t iriM-liility to be present at the