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THE WAR. THE march TO LADYSMITH. EVERY STEP CONTESTED. SIR CHARLES WARREN TAKES BOER POSITIONS. There was heavy fighting' on the north bank of the Tugeia on Saturday. We have three official telegrams relating to the engagement. The first te I c, to tells us thac General Clery, who it had hitherto been presumed had been left behind at Cmeveley, was in command; and that he had a portion of General Warren's brigade under him. Ridge after "dye was e-. purred, artillery played a prominent Part in flu. battle, and onr looses were estimated at 100 wounded. In a later telegram General Buller adds that the action was fought near Venter's Spruit, whicc. flows into the Tugeia south of Acton Homes. Eleven officers were wounded, of whom one afterwards died, and 279 non-commissioned officers and men were wounded. The Manchester Guardiancorrespondent's description makessome important additions to the official news. He notes that the collision with the enemy came htr sooner than had been expected, and after mentioning the I splendid fashion in which the N FAN TRY SCALED THE HILLS 1: J 11 and captured one kopje after another, aous mac ac last the troops came to a hill which was more diffi- cult to clitnb than its predecessors, and th: shrrll- hers were compelled to fall back. Dnrmg their retirement they were exposed to a shrapnel fire, and it. is believed the shells came from one of our guns captured at the battle oi Oolenso. This is confirmed by a telegram from General Buller, sent off on Sunday, announcing that Sir Charles Warren had been engaged nearly all that day and was, he believed, making substantial progress. While this action was proceeding on our extreme left General Lvttelton'a Brigade, which is encamped just across Potgieter's Drift, and the naval gunners on Mount Alice, overlooking' the drift from the south bank, were not idle. Under cover of a bom- bardment, to which the RoKKS REPLIED WTTFI ARTILLKRY for the first time since the seizure of the drift, General LyiJelton on Saturday made a reconnais- sance, in whirl) our easnrdties were two tnor killed, twelve wounded, and two missing from the 3rd King's Royal Rifles. The object of this reconnais- sance, General Buller says, was to relieve the pres- sure on Sir Charles Warren and to ascertain the strength of the enemy in position in front of Potgieter's Drift. WERE OUR PLANS KNOWN TO THE BO ER S V The two official telegrams from the Boer side are somewhat remarkable for the knowledge they show of our plans. The first, which was sent so long back as Tuesday, says Sir Red vers Buller's second move was a reconnaissance in force with an armoured train and a large body, supported by cannon, to- words Ooienso on the preceding1 night. This, no doubt, refers to the reconnaissance by the troops from Cnievttly Camp. A heavy bombardment, the report adds. ensued, after which the British re- turned TO eamp, having wounded one Boer. The burgher foiees made no reply. The message uesciibes the movement from Chievely as a feint TO COvER EXTENSIVE MOVEMENTS up the river. In the second despatch, on Thursday, the Boer Commandant says the British troops were still in the same position. They had not then got a single gnn across the river, but from the ridges of Z wort's Kop a battery and a half of siege guns opened tire on the Boer position. Frequently, also, five naval guns were fired simultaneously at one redoubt. The bomba.rdmont, the despakh .ys, was one of the most terrifying ever witnessed on land. On this occasion, however, message makes no mention of the Boer casualties. Telegrams from the frlJJ}[ received in Pretoria announced that on Saturday morning the British troops were still crossing the Tugela, anti taking up positions on the northern side. A battle was expected shortly.
SATURDAY'S FIGHTING. -
SATURDAY'S FIGHTING. SPLENDID ARTILLERY WORK. General Buller's advance to the relief of Lady- smith was resumed in force on Saturday. The enemy were slowly but surely driven from their chosen positions with heavy losses, and everything points to an early and crowning success and the relief of the beleagured town. The operations were commenced soon after day- break by Sir Charles Warren's column, which is now established at Acton Homes. Warren went straight for the enemy's right where the Boers were in a strong position. A TKRRIFIC BOMBARDMENT was maintained upon this position for hours with- out a shot being fired in reply by the enemy, but at two o'clock the Boer guns opened fire, and our big guns concentrated their fire upon them. Our infantry then attacked, and a hot rifle fire ensued. The Boers contested their ground with courage and tenacity, but were ultimately com- pelled to give way, and our men swarmed over the ridge in pursuit. The Boer retreat was orderly, and they quickly took up a second position. Our artillery again poured shell upon them. The lyddite shells from the Howitzer Battery burst among the Boers with fearful effect. Their position became untenable, and the enemy again fled, closely pressed by War- ren's men. Two strong position had now been captured, and towards evening Warren aud Clery commenced a furious bumbardment of the main position of the enemy. This has now ceased, and our men bi- vouacked on the ground so gallantly won. While Warren and Clery were at work to the west, Lyttteton's Brigade was KKNUTCUING INVALUABLE SERVICE nearer this camp. The objective of this brigade was the enemy's frontal position west, of Potgieter's Drift. The infantry were pushed forward, while a howitzer brigade and two naval guns beyond the river raked the Boer trenches with shell. The whole movement was finely supported by other naval guns upon the plateau on the side of Potgieter's Drift and upon the commanding eminence known as Mount Alice. Our artillery fire was marvellously accurate and sustained. It was directed throughout upon the Boer left, and our shells burst incessantly in the crowded trenches with what must have been deadly effect. Before long the Boers became demoralised by the bombardment and fell back, with the result that our field artillery were able to come into action and to DISTRIBUTE A GALLING FIRE of shrapnel amongst the already shaken enemy. All this time the enemy had maintained a sullen silence. Their guns were masked so cunningly that our gunners bad no idea of their positions. In order to ascertain this information the infantry were pushed forward towards the Boer trenches under cover of our shrapnel lire. Then the Boers broke silence with guns and rifles. Forthwith our howitzers and naval guns poured lyddite sheiis upon the Boer guns with such terrific effect that within a quarter of an hour they were silenced. The Boers were in considerable force. From time to time numbers of them were seen galloping between the various positions near the kopjes. They must have lost heavily, but our casualties were exceptionally small.
STEADY BRITISH SUCCESSES.
STEADY BRITISH SUCCESSES. STUBBORN RESISTANCE BY THE BOERS. One of the special war correspondents telegraph- sild Heavy fighting has been proceeding practically without an interval since yesterday morning. After ten hours of continuous and terrible fire yesterday, Generals Clery and Hart advanced 1,000 yards and bivouacked. During the night the Boers maintained an irregular fusilade, to which our outposts made no reply. At daybreak on Sunday morning the enemy opened a stiff lire. Our men stood to their guns, by which tiiey had slept, and the engagement was resumed as vigorously as before. The FIELD ARTILLERY i'Ol'RKD SHKAl'NKL into the enemy's trenches. W hile fighting was proceeding a rumour got about that Ladysmith had been relieved. The report enlivened the troops, who received it with a ringing cheer. I- 1 This was taktm for an advance. The first kopje was carried at the point of the bayonet. The enemy retreated to the next kopje, which, like the others, was strewn with immense boulders, with mounds on the summit. We advanced steadily, the enemy at the same time slightly relaxing their efforts. They did not display such tenacity as before. Their Nordenfelts nred at long intervals, and their cannon very seldom Ammunition for their big guns is ap- parently scarce. The roll of musketry fire, however, was con- lnuous a day. We took three of the enemy's positions on the mountain. Cur men took shelter behind the boulders on the positions evacuated by theenemy. Early on Sunday morning Sir Charles Warren COMMENCED HIS FLANKING MOVEMENT on the extreme left of our position. At 5 a.m. the infantrv ad vunced along the irregular mountain formation called Taban myatia, the eastern end of which is known as Spion Kop. 1 lie artillery occupied positions in the rear of the infantry and on the plain. Our advance line proceeded alons tne hills until we reached a long ridge leading from the rising o-round to the plain and overlooking a. donga, ihe troops advanced to within 1,000 yards of the hill occupied by the Boers. The enemy kad conceu- trated on a commanding kopje strewn with im- mense boulders, giving them a tremendous aavan- tage. Our attack was mainly conducted by the artillery. Our batteries worked continually, POURING TONS OF SHRAPNEL amonc the enemy who devoted their attention principally to our foremost infantry. Our officers behaved nobly, and their men showed extraordinary coolness under a very heavy musketry fire from all directions. The enemy stuck to their rock fastnesses with great tenacity all day. They apparently had only a few guus. One piece of cannon was fired irregularly, doing very little damage. A Nordenlelt, which the soldiers christened "Buck-up," fired frequently. The Dublin Fusiliers advanced to the firing line, and behaved splendidly. Captain Hensley, of the Dublins, was mortally wounded while encouraging his men, and died subsequently.
NEWS FROM BULLER.
NEWS FROM BULLER. TO SEIZE SPION KOP. The following was issued by the War Office on Wednesday morning From Sir Red vers Buller to Secretary of State for War. Received January 24. SPEARMAN'S CAMP, JANUARY 23. Warren hold the position lie gained two days ago. In front of him at about 1,400 yards is the enemy's position west of Spion Kop. It is on higher ground than Warren's position, so it is impossible to see into it properly. It can only be approached over bare, open slopes. The ridges held by Warren are so stsepthat guns cannot be placed on them, but we are shelling the enemy's position with howitzers and field artillery placed on the lower ground behind the infantry. Enemy reply with Creusot and other artillery. In this duel the advantage rests with us, as we appear to be searching his trenches and his artillery fire is not causing us much loss. Au attempt will be made to-night (Tuesday) to seize Spion Kop, the salient feature of which forms the left of tnemy's position, facing Trichard's Drift, and divides it from the position facing Potgieter's. It has considerable command over all the enemy's entrenchments.
THE BOERS REPORTED IN ! FINANCIAL…
THE BOERS REPORTED IN FINANCIAL STRAITS. AND THE CONSEQUENCES. A prominent, banker of New York, with impor- < tant Amsterdam and Paris connexions, has assured the Manchester Guardian\s correspondent that his; private information is that the Boers are in great straits for money, and are absolutely unable to place a loan. The supplies they had on hand at the beginning of the war are, he understands, nearly exhausted. Besides buying material of war, they have had to expend enormous sums in paying the salaries of foreign officers in the employ of the Transvaal, and the latter refuse to serve one day after their pay is stopped. According to the Correspondent's informant, banking houses having the closest. relations with the Boer Republics are of opinion that all the English have to do after relieving Ladysmith and Kimberley is to maintain a rigid blockade of all the frontiers, and the Boer causa will collapse for lack of funds. "FOR ENGLAND." LADY LINDSAY'S POEM. We take the two following verses from the patriotic poem which Lady Lindsay has written. The entire profits derived from the sale of For England," which is by special permission dedicated to H.R.H. the Princess of Wales, are handed over to the Soldiers and Sailors' Families' Association and in this way, during the last four weeks, £100 has been sent to Colonel Gildea for distribution. Copies of the poem (price 6d, post free 7d) may be obtained from Lady Lindsay, 41, Hans Place, London, S.W. Booksellers willing to assist in the sale are invited to communicate with Lady Lindsay. "For England" may be recited without per- mission and without fee. 1 Lies he upon the battle plain, Wounded, and calls? Again, again he calls, And calls in vain- And I Not nigh, To bind his hurt and ease his pain, And bring him back to life and joy again! Perchance the darkness falls Upon that ghastly bleak hill-side Where they, who make our grief, but more our pride, They whom we ne'er forget, Onr soldier heroes, all unconquered yet, Save by grim Death, Unyielding to the foe, yieid now their valorous breath For England. He lives Methinks I hear him speak to-night, >1 Dear heart, you would Nnt, keep me if you could. Your hand, your little English hand, Points to the fight. For sake of this our motherland, Her honour and her might, I went. Dear heart, If yours must prove the harder part: To stay and watch and wait From early dawn till evening late, From evening late to early dawn again to stay, And watch and wait, and so from day to day— Yet, as you love me, hold sweet courage high. God's care shall gnard my wife c- Av, whether He demand or spare my life, Whether I live or die For England!"
THE VOLUNTEERS. SED-OFF SUPPER TO THE SERVICE SECTION. AN APPEAL BY COL. PRYCE-JONES, M.P. On Monday evening in the Public Hall, New- town the members of A Company met to bid farewell to Lieut Kirkby of Towyn, and the 23 men who have volunteered, and been accepted, for the front. The chair was taken by Col E Pryce-Jones, M.P., who was supported by Lieut Kirkby, Capt and Adjt Walker, Capt W E Pryce-Jones, Capt A W Pryce-Jones, Capt Feruie, of the 2nd K.S.L.I. and Imperial Yeomanry (Montgomeryshire contin- gent), Surgeon-Lieut Ray wood, Second-Lieut Woos- nani, Rev G Roberts (chaplain), Sergt-Major Gibson, Quarter-Master Richards, Quarter-Master Sergt Morgan, and many others. The men forming the service section were placed together in a pro- minent position at the head of the centre table. Their names are A Company, Ptes Alfred Rees, W Perry, W T Lowe, R Morris, and W E Griffiths. B Companv, Ptes J E Jones, G Latham, and T Garnett. "C" Company, Ptes C Pryce, Edwin Williams, and Pryce Baiues. D" Company, Ptes A W Harris and H Arthur. E" Company, Sergt T J Astley, Ptes D Jones, G H Bunuer, and E James. F Company, Corpl E L Jones, Ptes R Richards, W Jones, J Alori-is, anci Bugler Clayton. The Battallion Band, conducted by Lance-Sergt. Reynolds, was also in attendance and during the evening rendered patriotic selections. On the conclusion of the capital repast provided by Mr Beale, of the Lion Hotel, the Chairman proposed the customary loyal toasts, and in doing so alluded to the tender sympathy shown by Her Majesty with her forces in South Africa. Colonel Pryce-Jones, rising, said he had a big task before him and that was to propose the health of those of their gallant regiment who were going to the front to risk their lives in fighting the battles of their Queen and country (applause). This was the first opportunity he had had of meeting so many of the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of their infantry battalion. He might go still further than calling them an infantry battalion and say that they were only infants for they had only been established three years. He should luce to "give a short, account to the people of Mont- gomeryshire and Merionethshire of the difficulties they had had to contend with in forming the section for active service. They had been called upon to find 19 men, one sergeant, a corporal, and a bugler. The ordinary civilian might call this a very small order, but it was far from being so, for only those who cculd comply with the necessary conditions, which the Colonel proceeded to enumerate, were eligible. They had also to consider the fact that during the first year of their existence as a corps a great many who had joined their ranks had left, doubtless dissapointed at not being speedily pro- moted. At first it had been his duty as Command- ing Officer of the forces to take a very HIGH AND MIGHTY view of these resignations, but upon sebsequent reflection, he had accepted them without a murmur or the siightest fear as to the future of the Bat. t-,i,lioii (al)p!,),iise). He had taken that course be- cause he wanted to show that the discipline of the corps must be the first consideration. However he had 4aid enough about the deserters, and now he wished to empbnsise the fact that,las the majority of those who formed the section were Montgomeryshire men, it was only natural and fitting that the officer selected to command should be a Merionethshire man (cheers). He might say without flattery that Lieut Kirkby deserved the distinction which had been conferred upon him by Colonel Browne, V.C., their regimental district commanding officer. So anxious was the Lieutenant to get to the front that he even enlisted as a trooper in the Imperii! Yeomanry fearing that his chance being selected to accompany the Volunteer section would be but small (applause). Lieut Kirkby's qualifications were of the very highest order, and he had no hesi tation in sayiug that the section for the front would be r-.ateriall y strengthened by his presence as an officer (applause). Reverting to the history of the Battalion the gallant Colonel said their sanction as such was only sanctioned by Parliament iu April, 1897, the DIAMOND JUBILEE YEAR, and within four months of that date they were actually in camp and under canvas. Many of those present would recollect with mixed feelings those first two nights in camp (laughter), and he trusted that those going out would never have a similar experience. Who would have thought that within three years of their establishment they would have been asked to send 'some of their numbers out to South Africa to wage war against Her Majesty's enemies ? That was the question, and it was a matter which he wanted their friends in the county to consider in their quiet moments. He did not intend to make much of what they were doing in the matter of equipment for the service section, as that would speak for itself on Thursday. This much, however, he would say He did not think there was any body of men who would go to the front better equipped and better supplied with the necessary luxuries than the "section proceding from that Battalion (cheers). What he saw before him that evening was indeed A PICTURESQUE SIGHT, and he felt proud to think that every one of them, from the commanding officer dowu to the yonagesfc private, had contributed its quota to bring about that gratifying result. It had not been done without incurring very serious and very heavy liabilities. So serious and so heavy were they that lie was almost afraici to mention what they were. Those liabilities he was solely and personally responsible for. He had issued an appeal to the public, in his official capacity as commanding officer, with the object, of raising sufficient funds for adequately equipping, and in a manner equal to any other service section, the men they were sending to the front (applause). The appeal had gone forth, and he had great expectations of it (more applause). In order to put that corps on something like a pro- per footing, and on a foundation similar to that of other corps, they required a very large sum of mon- ey, and he had taken on himself the responsibility of trying to bring about the result (applause). It I might be said by those outside that they did not know there were any liabilities in connection with a corps of volunteers, and that they did not intend helping the Battalion. To those who thought thus he wished to say that they could, if they wished, pay oil those liabilities without any difficulty; if they could do it at the expense of THE EFFICIENCY OF THE BATTALION, and by starving it out of existence. His object as commanding officer, however, was that the corps should continue its work in the future, and so live on from year to year, and from generation to generation with increasing success (cheers). Hence his appeal, which, he was glad to say, was being responded to with remarkable generosity by many friends, and if those in the county of Montgomery, who prided themselves on their patriotism, and who possessed both wealth and position, would only come forward and recognise what the Volunteers were doing, the debt on the I Battalion would be more than paid off, while their position would be such that they would not be very far behind the majority of Volunteer corps in this country (cheers). He wished to express on behalf of the Battalion their endebtness to the local Press for the generous way in which they had supported the Volunteer movement. The papers had backed them up from the beginning, and had strenuously advocated the necessity of fitting out the section in a proper manner. He felt confident that the sup- port which the Press had extended to them would b, ever merited by the Volunteers. Concluding with an address to the members of the service section, Colonel Pryce-Jones, in impressive tones, said :— You are about to join hands with the regiment which represents the illustrious 24th (cheers). I ask you to follow them wherever they go and whenever they go, for I feel confident they will lead you to glory and to fame (hear, hear). You may have sacrifices to make, and hardships to endure you cannot expect to have a bed of roses; you will enjoy the trip across the sea, and your visit to the great continent of South Africa will be a change for you. In fact, it, will be a period of adventure, and will, doubtless, prove A MEMORABLE EPISODE in your lives. You will have the eyes of the counties of Montgomery and Merioneth upon you the thoughts of the inhabitants of these two counties will follow you wherever you go, and your thoughts will be their thoughts, and their prayers will be for you. It may be that when you return, you will find that many who are here to-night will have been called away; it may happen that before the war is over some of you, too, will have fallen for Queen aud country. If such should be your fortune or misfortune, you may rest assured that your memory will be revered it will be revered in the records of our regiment, and in the recollection of your frieuds, aud of the counties you represent, while the sacrifices you make will be engraved amongst the brightest annals of the country as records of a memorable campaign. As your com- manding officer, I ask you to put your trust in God, to obey your leaders, whoever they may be, and always to do your duty, ever remembering that your own honour is at stake, as weil as the honour of your families, of your friends, your company, and Bi.ttalioti-aye, and the honour of the counties you represent, and of your fatherland, your Queen, and your country (cheers). The toast was drunk with unbounded enthusiasm, all joining hands and singing "Auld Lang Syrift," to the strains of the Battalion hand. Lieut Kirkby was well received on rising to reply. He said he could hardly find words to ex- press the mingled feelings of honour and pride he felt that night in responding on behalf of the sec- tion for active service in South Africa. He could assure Col Pryce-Jones and all present at that fare- well gathering that their section would compare favourably with the other sections shortly to assemble at Brecon. He could further assure them that the men of Montgomeryshire a;:d Merioneth- shire would uphold the glorious traditions of the noble 24th (applause). If they got a chauce they would do their best to give the lead to the regiment of which they would form part (applause). He could only thank them on behalf of the members of the corps, of which he had the honour to be in charge, for the nice way in which they had drunk their healths that evening (cheers). The Chairman then read out as follows, the names of those who have volunteered from "A" and "B" Companies for the reserve seerioii Lance-Corpl W Richards, Ptes R E Jones, E Mack- lin, R E Owen, T Davies, J L'homme, Lanoe-Cpl C Roberts, Cyc Pryce Owen, and Bandsman Clayton. The Colonel added that in addition four members of C Company had offered their services. The final selection would be made as soon as possible, and, after attestation, the men would proceed to Brecon for medical examination and final approval. They would then be transferred to the First Class Army Reserve of the Volunteer Service Company. Afterwards rhe prizes gained by the members of "A" Company in tho recent sectional firing com- petition, held under the auspices of the Field Practices Associat ion were distributed. The sections were placed as follows :-lst, Sergt H E Breeze, Commander, Cpl Clayton, Lance-Cpl W Perry, A Rees, and W Richard's, Ptes H E Barrett, and E Macklin; 2ud, Sergt C Locke, commander, Ptes A Townsend, G Bennett, D Smith, J Baxter, R Roberts, and E J Allen 3rd, Colour-Sergt A WhaMey, Cyclist G Phillips, Ptes F P Keay, W Gritliths, T Davies, J L'homme, and R E Jones; 4th, Sergt H E Breeze, commander, Lance-Sergt S Owen, Lance-Cpl E Jones, Cyclist J Gough, Ptes J Townsend, F Worrall, and G Cheeseman. Numerous awards for the best attendance at drill and for class firing were also jriven out. A full list appeared in the Volunteer Orders published in the COUNTY TIM;:S ot November 23rd. Certificates of proficiency were given to Sergts W G Cleatou and J C Locke, both of A Company. During the evening the proceedings were en- livened with songs and selections of music. Sergt T Astley contributed a couple of songs in his own inimitable fashion, and the other items included a cornet solo by Corpl J Morris, a mandoline solo by Trooper Maitland Taylor, Imperial Yeomanry, and a comic song by Mr C M Benbow.
PUBLIC DINNER AT MACHYNLLETH.
PUBLIC DINNER AT MACHYNLLETH. STIRRING SPEECHES. The Chairman of the Urban District Council, called by some gentlemen the Mayor of Machynlleth, presided at a Public Dinner given at the Lion Hotel on Friday eveuiug as a "send-off" to Private Arthur and Private Harris, two Volunteers from the town ordered to the front. Naturally the admiration for their gallantry and patiiotism in flocking to the standard to stand up for the rights of their Country was great, and a goodly number of public men came together to do honour to them ou the eve of their departure. The Chairman, Mr of public men came together to do honour to them on the eve of their departure. The Chairman, Mr W M Jones, Glasgow House, was supported on his right by Canon Trevor and Private Harris, and on his left by the Rev R J Edwards and Private Arthur. The two Volunteers were the guests of the evening. In the immediate vicinity of the chair were the Rev D T Hughes (curate), Messrs Richard Gillart. 1 Llynlloedd; D E It Griffith, L. and P. Bank; A Lewis, Tower House; J G Jenkins, N.P. Bank; J Pug-h, T Cule, W E G Pritchard, Ceniarth Dr A 0 Davies, J Leighton, David Williams, T Williams, Post Office; and others. The dinner was convened rather hurriedly by Lieut. Wakefield, the officer in command, sir ted by Sergeant-Instructor Wilson aud others. Many more would have been present but they had not been informed in time, The Volunteers of the ditrict were all present in uniform. Grace was said before the dinner by Canon Trevor, and after by the Rev D T Hughes. During the dinner selections were played on the harp by Mr Lloyd-Roberts, the veteran harpist of th? town. The tables having been cleared, the Chairman proposed the toast of the "Queen and Royal Family in very suitable words. The Bishop Clergy, and Ministers" was proposed by Mr Jenkins, manager of the N.P. Bank. He referred to the good work done by bishops, clergy, and ministers, and in addition to the fact that they were doing their best to impress upon their congregations the importance of being true and loyal to the principles of the Christian religion. In addition Mr Jenkins referred to the necessity of ) our exhibiting the utmost Christian forbearance in this war towards our enemies. They were fighting oravely, to the death, and for their country, and for what they probably believed to be right and justice, and although we found it necessary to have recourse to the sword to carry out our own principles of right and justice, he (Mr Jenkins) hoped that ere long when the war was over-we would look upon the Boers as our brothers and not as our enemies j and that they would soon be side-by-side under the same flag of Old England flying over them (cheers), and they would prove worthy soldiers of the Queen, fit to fight alongside with our best troops.—Canon Trevor in replying met with a heartv reception. He complimented Mr Jenkins upon the noble way in which he had proposed the toast. He desired to thank Mr Jenkins and all present for the kind way in which the toast had been proposed and received. Canon Trevor then referred to the very striking heart-stirring and ever memorable fact, that on the Sunday, January 7th, on which the Queen's letter was read in the Churches, and collec- tions made by Her Majesty's commands for the sick and wounded in Africa, and the families of those who had laid down their lives on African soil, on that verv Sunday niorilinv occurred what will so down as a historical fact, namely, General White and his staff of officers stood on the altar steps of the church at Ladysrnith, while the choir sang the To Deum Laudamus as a tnank-otfering to Almighty God for victory and deliverance. Striking indeed must the scene have been, worthy of a. gifted painter's mighty genius, a Hceno on canvas, fit to be handed down to posterity as an emblem of England's glory (cheers). Pretoria might some day be called Victoria, in the same way as tho Cape of Storms was changed into the Cape of Good Hope (cheers).—The Rev R J Edwards also spoke, and having referred to the personal bravery of clergymen of his acquaintance on the I field of battle, said how proud all should be of our Army and Navy.—The "Army and Navy" was proposed by Mr D E R Griffi th. manager of the Loudon and Provincial Bank. Mr Griffith referred in glowing terms to the bravery I of our troops, and the mightiness of our Navy, and as a. proof of the former quoted a verv striking true story which evoked an outburst of loud cheering. He hoped to see mora joining the A olunteers, and ne was glad to say that the feeling of repugnance to the red coat was graduallv but surely changing into one of admiration.—The Rev surely changing into one of admiration.—The Rev Edwards, of Corris, replied, and said every young man ought to consider it a very great honour to become a V olnnteer.-Mr Edwards referred to the maulv behaviour and upright conduct of of the Marines of the Royal Artillery at Portsmouth, ¡ where he bad been chaplain for some weeks, and said that the charges of drunkenness and loose con- duct so often brought against the soldier and sailor I by ignorant people were utterly groundless, and the persons saying snch things ought to be heartily ashamed of themselves and shouiu be shunned and hooted as persons unfit for ecciety and unworthy of the name of Britons. This narrow-minded- ness, bigotry, and rank hypocrisy, ought to be stamped upon and kicked out like a vile reptile. Town and Trade was proposed by Mr Richard Gillart, who said trade was very flourishing and also how proud he felt at seeing Mr Jones presiding over them that night on such an interesting occa- sion (loud applause). They all felt proud of him, and it was a good sign that the world was getting °m—Mr John Pugh responded and referred to the wool trade and the general flourishing condition of commerce ou all sides.—Dr Davies then proposed the "Guests of the evening," viz., Ptes Arthur and Harris. He dwelt upon the bravery of our soldiers and the willingness 'of our Volunteers who were fighting side by side with England's best troops, and the Volunteers had proved themselves equal in daring, in valour, and in patriotism to the finest soldiers of the world. He hoped more would join the Volunteers at Machynlleth and at once, and he could not say in words how proud he felt of the two guests there that evening (cheers). He hoped they would be spared to come back safely and they would give them another jolly diuner at the Lion Hotel. The toast was drunk with houours. The two men replied, and were accorded a most hearty recep- tion. Lieutenant Wakefield then spoke, and hoped every effort would be made bv the public to make the Volunteer corps of Machynlleth second to none ill the Battalion. Sergeant Instructor Wilson gave a flute solo, Killarney Sergeant Joseph Jones, sang Soldiers of the Queen"; and Mr D Williams sang For old time's sake." Mr Henry Lewis proposed the Press," and referred to the cheap- ness thereof these days, as compared with days gone by. Mr Lewis also referred to the great influence of the Press" in moulding and forming public opinion. Mr Ashton responded. The liost and Hostess" having been given, and Mr Jones having replied, God save the Queen and Rule Britannia were heartily sung, and the company dispersed. A capital send-off was given to tne men the following day, when they left by the 2.10 train. I was not present myself, but am toid that there were big crowds, braps bauds, great speeches, much shoutiug and cheering, waving of hats aud handkerchiefs, some whimpering and tear-drop ping, pipes, baccy, and money given to the two Volunteers, and that a large number of recruits joined the local company the same day.
DEPARTURE OF THE LLANFAIR…
DEPARTURE OF THE LLANFAIR VOLUNTEERS. On Friday week the friends of the three men who are shortly leaving for the Cape entertained them at the Goat Hotel. In the unavoidable absence of Surgeon-Lieutenant Humphreys, the chair was occupied by the vicar, who was supported by Mr R Humphreys. Mr Humphreys, in an eloquent address on the causes of the war and its progress, deplored very strongly the criticisms passed by others than the men on the street oil the failures of our Generals when complete suocess was not theirs. The difficulties to be overcome were enormous and it would be as well if we. com- fortably settled at home, were less garrulous about our brave men abroad. Sergt-Instrnctor Betts urged each of the Volunteers to secure a comrade so that the Llanfair half Company might be the strongest and most efficient in the Battalion. He hoped that their departing comrades would cover themselves with glory and add fresh lustre to the evergreen laurels of the 24th.—The Rev W Joues said it was his arm conviction that our Empire had justice and right on its side and was consequently bound to succeed. He heartily agreed with Sergt Betts that it was a most desirable thing to strengthen the Llanfair Company. It was his great pleasure to present each of the men with a Testament, prayer and hymn-book, cigarette cases and box of cigarettes, which had been subscribed for by a few friends.- Col-Sergt Astley suitably replied.
DEPARTURE OF WELSHPOOL AND…
DEPARTURE OF WELSHPOOL AND LLANFAIR VOLUNTEERS. There was intense enthuisasm in Welshpool on Saturday when the first draft of the Welshpool and Llanfair Compitnies left for Newtown, prior to proceeding to Brecou. The interest in the Yeomanry was for a time being transferred to the Volunteers, and crowds of people lined the route to the station and cheered the men as the train steamed away. Their comrades of the" C" Company met at the Poultry Market, where Lieutenant Yeariley, who was in command, addressed them. He referred in the highest terms to the patriotism which had prompted their action in volunteering for the front, and mentioned that the reserves, under Captain Sir Lennox Napier, Bart., who was unfortunately prevented by indisposition from beii g present, would shortly be leaving. Accompanied by the Militia and Yeomanry bands, under Sergt- Drummer Campbell, the Volunteers marched along Broad street to the railway station, the congratulations of hundreds of people were showered upon them. Cheers followed cheers, and the scene was so enthusiastic that the remem- berauce of it will long remain with those who were present. The bands plajed "Soldiers of the Queen." At the railway station the men were assembled on the departure platform, and on the express from Oswestry coming in, the service detachment, took j: IE-ir seats. Col Hntchina and Lieut Yearsley, the Mayor of Welshpool, and other friends shook hands heartily with the men, aud when the train steamed off the large crowd broke inte tumultuous cheering. The soldiers waved their hands and hurrahed in reply, and the band struck up "Auld Lang Syne." In addition to the draft from C Company, which left Weishpocl on Saturday (for active service with the South Wales Borderers in South Africa) another Volunteer lert-on Tuesday for the front, Pte W James, a highly popular member of C Company, who had a hearty send-off from his comrades of all ranks.
PROPOSED VOLUNTEER CORPS FOR…
PROPOSED VOLUNTEER CORPS FOR ABERYSTAY YTH. ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING ox TUESDAY. There was a most enthusiastic meeting at the Progress Hall, Aberystwyth, ca:led for the purpose of considering the advisability of establishing a Volunteer corps in the town. The room was crowded with young men who beguiled the time whilst waiting for the principals of the movement by sing- ing Soldies of the Queen." The story of the first attempt at forming a corps in Abèrystwytil in con- nection with the Montgomeryshire VoliiitEer Regiment is fresh in the memory of rnot of onr readers. But whatever was the effect of the dis- appointment attending that step t.t the time it was eviaent that it fcraied no deterrent on the present occasion. Undoubtedly the present war in Africa and the knowledge that hundreds of young1 men of these Isles were goiug to the front. as volunteers had roused the patriotic fervour of the people of Aberystwyth. Amongst those who came to the meeting, and by their presence lent encouragement to the proceedings, were Councillor D C Roberts J.P., ex-Mayor, Councillor H J Jones, J.P., Mr A J Hughes, Town Clerk, Mr H Howell Evans, Chief I Constable, Mr G Fossett Roberts. Councillor R Peake, Councillor T E Salmon, Mr II Roberts (Trefechan) Mr J C Rea, Lieut Stephens, R. A., Mr J Bremg Edwards, Mr lom Rowlands, butcher etc. -On the motion of Mr L Bearne, seconded bv Mr G H Evans, Councillor D C Roberts, ex-mavor was voted to the chair. He said that he was sorrv that he could not remain for more than te; minutes, having to atteud another meeting. But he was ready to take the chair in order to show that he was certainly heartily in favour of the movement, and what he hoped would be the result of that meeting that evening (hear, hear). As they knew there had le^u many attempt made in Aberystwyth to form a Volunteer corps, but he ought to say, as they all knew, that Lbere was a Volunteer coi-i)s-( hear)—in the town years afro and most of them could n jt remember it." He thought the time had now come when they ought to really make a very strong attempt to form a corps in Aberystwyth (cheers). It seemed to him that from the number there that evening that they only wanted a little determination to be able to get up an excellent ci.rps in the town (hear, hear). here were, however, niariy points which they wov.ld have to corsid»r. One point was whether they could obtain a -sufficient number of men to make the thing a success, but there could he no question ¡ about that and he was certain there were plenty of men ready to join so soon as a corps was formed. I There was also another point npon which perhaps theru would be difficulty, and that was whether the corps should be infantry or artillery (hear, hear). The position which the country was in at ydio pre. sent time made it their duty to be ready to support the Government in every way (hear, hear).—Mr G H Evans, the convener of the meeting, was then called upon to state what steps he had taken in the matter. Finding, he said, there was no Volunteer corps at Aberystwyth, he made inquiries, and as- certained that an attempt to form one vears ago had fallen through. He then wrote to Col Pryce- Jones, and the Adjutant sent the following reply —Sir, in reply to your letter dated 10th instant," I beg to inform you that at a public meeting 'at Abe-ystwyth in the autumn of 1897, it was decided not to form a company at the place, although Col Pryce-Jones was most anxious for the same. Now other places in the district have the prior claim, and therefore the formation of a Company mentioned cannot be entertained at pre- sent. But I should be glad to receive the names of the proposed officers in case Col Pryce-Jones might see his way at no distant date to sanction the same. I only wish there were many more with your sense of patriotism, as it is a disgrace for a town of the size of Aberystwyth not to be able to form a Volunteer company, whereas a small place like Towyn promptly formed one when they were given the chance of doing so in the place of Aberyst- wyth."—After this, Mr Evans said he decided to call this public meeting. He had come to the conclusion that it would be better to abandon the idea of going in for an infantry corps, and that it would be better to organise an artillery corps.— The Chairman The matter is now before you and you must decide whether you will go in for a Volunteer Corps or not.—Mr L Bearne proposed that a corps be formed. He was not particular as to whether it was infantry or artillery, but he thought that it was a disgrace to Aberystwyth not to have a Volunteer Corps in the town. In many little villages no bigger than Llanbadai n they had their Volunteer Corps and they were affiliated to some town eight or nine miles away (hear, hear). He had been connected with the Volunteers since 1856, and he had two sons in them. One of them had passed for a Sergeant in the engineers and he was willing to join and give his services. For his part he preferred infantry (hear, hear and cheers). If they went in for artillery they would be second to the militia, and this he knew many young men in Aberystwyth would not like to do.Mr R H Bearne seconded the proposi- tion.—Mr J C Rea said that it was perfectly evident that there were no two questions as to whether they should form a corps or not. Mr Bearne s-tid that it, was a disgrace that there was no Volunteer corps in the town. It was a disgrace, but the disgrace was not upon Aberystwvth (hear, hear). Two or three years ago a movement was formed and brought to a successful point, but owing to the disgraceful tactics and the disgraceful red tapeism of the War Office, those in charge of the matter, one detail in the apportion- ment of officers quashed the movement (shame). In those days Volunteers were looked upon as toy soldiers not to be encouraged, but the Volunteers would now have to be considered. In supporting that resolution he suggested that they should no longer endeavour to attach ourselves to any regiment in which Col. Pryce-Jones is connected (loud applause). If that corps was to be formed it should be formed as an artillery corps unless they could be affiliated to some other infantry regiment (cheers). Few towns could give such facilities for artillery practice as they now possessed. Mr Bearne said that they would be second to the Militia, but he contended that in about a couple of years it, would be the other way about (laughter and cheers). The proposal was put to the meeting and carried unanimously.— The Ex-Mayor having to leave, Mr A. J Hughes, town clerk, took the chair.—The Chairman then invited opinions, as to whether the proposed corps should be infantry or artillery.—Mr Bearne said his preference was to infantry, but, either branch would receive his best support.—Mr J C Rea pro- posed that they form .an artillery corps, and that it be left to a committee to decide which, regiment they should affiliate themselves to.—Mr T Wilson seconded.—Mr Bearne said it did not lay with the committee but with the War Office as to which regiment they would be attached to.—Mr C Lloyd supported an artillery corps, on the ground that it would be difficult to get a range suitable for the Lee-Metford Rifles (hear, hear). Mr Heritage supported au infantry corps, believing that every soldier should learn the use of small arnls. The question of range, he considered would be no difficulty, inasmuch as a Rifle Club had already been formed in the town, and they, no doubt, would get a range. (A Voice That is private). What they wanted to learn was what the Boers were teaching them now, and that was how to shoot. In the summer they went into camp and it was the best thing they could have. Infantry took the cake in his opinion (laughter and hear hear).—Mr C Lloyd said the Boers were also show' ing them a bit in artillery practice, and it was necessary, therefore, to become efficient in those weapons. If General White had the men who were present there that evening with him they would have been out of Ladysmith long ago (roars of latigliter).-M-r George Fossett Roberts said as a member of the movement initiated in 1897 the difficulties connected with the formation ot a rifle corps were almost insuperable, and he feared if they attempted it again they would certainly fail. He would, therefore, support an artillery corps.— Councillor R Peake said the only thing that pre- vented a volunteer corps being: formed in 1897 was a certain little bit of difference between one or two and not among the 200 or 300 who were prepared to join. They should not, however, allow such thiusrs as those to prevent them obtaining their object. They should receive greater consideration from the War Office, and in the present state of affairs that department could not afford to dispense with their services. lie advocated the formation of a com- mittee to make inquiries regarding infantry and artillery corps, who cc.i-.d present their report at j another public meeting. Mr Peake also urged that Cclonel Davies Evans, the Lord-Lieutenant of the County, should be asked to take steps to form vol- unteer corps throughout the whole county. He could go to the War Office and having the whole county at nis back, could demand that permission be given to organise such corps. There were hundreds of working men in Cardiganshire willing to jnin, and Col Evans could go to the War Office and demand a corps for the county (hear. hear), They should ask him point biank if he would go to the War Office aid ask for a Cai-ci ILarisiire corps. not attached to iUerionethshireor Montgomeryshire -ie, (near, hear) but attached to Cardiganshire, no* to a flannel shop (laughter and hear, hear). —Lieutenant Stephens, R.A., was asked to speak, and he laid great stress upon the need of having some one at the head of the movement who could go to the War Office and practically demand what he wanted (hear, hear).—At the suggestion of the Chairman, Mr Rea agreed to withdraw his proposition, Mr Hughes stating that they should, not stultify themselves by committing themselves to either an infantry or volunteer corps. He also thought the idea of approaching the lord-lieutenant of the county was an excellent one, and he was perfectly certain that any aid they could secure frcm him would, they could feel confident, be sup- plemented by the aid of the countv member (ap- plause). Col Davies-Evans had a son out in the I front, and the Colonel himself was an old soldier, deferring to the letter received from the Adjutant., he stated he could say a great deal about I it. But if they were imbued with that true feeling they mast let bye-genes be bve-gones. j He had had the whole of the correspondence on the matter, and he thought it would be better not to discuss this letter, except to state that it was true it was decided not to form a Volunteer Corps at Aberystwyth, but there were reasons for that which he could give. However, the same men were again ready to start a Corps, and their number had now been increased tenfold. He knew it was a healthy feeling to have rivalry between county and county, and he had no desire to run down Mont- gomeryshire, but where they had a county like Cardiganshire it was humiliating to think that thev should be affiliated to Montgomeryshire or any other county (applause). He hoped they would get a good committee who would go earnestly and I loyally into the question, and secure the Lord- I,ieuteuanL and the County Member to place their 1 claims before the War Office, and if thev failed there they would go to the House of Commons <vcheers).—Councillor R j Jones said he was a member of the committee that worked in 1897 and 1893, and he felt at that time that it was really an insult to Aberystwyth tnat they should iv any wav be aiffliated to any county except their own. He felt strongly that ( they should appoint a small committee and that j committee to go into the whole matter as to whether j the diflK"ulty of forming an infantry corps was in- j surmountable, and report to another public meet- ing as soon as possible. He must sav, however, 1 and say it emphatically, that he felt it a disgrace that any toym in the county of Cardigan be affiliated to any county but its own. In fact he regarded Montgomeryshire as subordinate to Cardiganshire (hear, hear, aud laughter). He also said that only a week or nine days ago he was approached by some members of the old committee and delegated I to convene a public- meeting similar to this, but seeing the announcement of this meeting he had not called such meetinc in order to see what the result would be. lie was pleased to find such an enthusiastic jassembiy, and thought it was a sufficient guarantee that they would have n good Volunteer corps shortly established amongst, them. Mr Jones added that Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P., said a few days ago that now was the opportunity 1 to form such corps, and Parliament would be most anxious tn accept any sugges- tions that would come from ariv town. councillor Peake asiced to be allowed to say that. 1 so soon as the Rifle Club was sanctioned by the i War Office it would be open to everybody. The | resolutions to appoiut a committee was then un- j animously agreed to, the fodow?ng*centlemen being: appointed thereon Messrs R J Joues, D C I Roberts, R Peake, T E Salmon, G Fossett Roberts, < J C Rea, G H Evans, II Bearne, and Lieutenant ] Stephens. The Chief Constable was also named but asked to be excused.— Before leaving the large audience joined in singing God save the Queen." i Outside the men assembled four deep and marched; along Bridge street, Terrace, Terrace road, and up North Parade and Great Darkgate street. They sang patriotic songs and crowds of amused and delighted spectators watched the proceeding's from the side- walks.
COUNTY MEETING AT SHREWSBURY.I
COUNTY MEETING AT SHREWS- BURY. THE EQUIPMENT OF THE YEOMANRY. On Saturday afternoon a county meeting was ¡ held in the Shire Hall, Shrewsbury, to consider the equipment of the Shropshire squadron of tne! Imperial YeomaDry and the Rifle Volunteers. The Earl of Powis presided, and there was a renresenta- tive attendance, which included Lord Forrester, Lord Kenyon, Mr Stanley Leighton, M P., Colonel Kpiiyon-Slaney, M.P., Mr H D Greene, Q.C., M.P.. Mr Jasper Moore, M.P., Colonel Cotes, Major Lovett, Colonel Baldoch, Colonel Anstice, Sir Offlev Wake- man, Bart., Sir Walter Smythe, Bart., Colonel Leeke. Major General the Hon W II Herbert, &c.— Lord Powis said it was unnecessary for him to go into the question as to why the Yeomanry and Volunteers had been called to the front thev all knew the reason well enough, and they wished them God-speed on their journey and a safe return He was 3ure it was the desire of every Salopian that ] the men who had so gallantly volunteered should be equipped in the best possible way, able to defend themselves and to give a good account of themselves. A considerable sum of money had already been I! subscribed to the appeal made on behalf of the Yeomanry, and the fnnd amounted to about £ 2,000 (applause). He had himself received many generous contributions. Viscount Boyue had promised X200, Lords llowton and Bromilow zElOC each, Mr Stanier (Pepton) £ 100, and he (Lord Powis) should be happy to give another £ 200 (applause). It was impossible to give an exact estimate of what would be required, but it was thought advisable to ask for £ 0,500, and he hoped the county would meet the call made upon them in the same generous spirit that had been manifested hittierto.-Col. Baldoch said that to properly equip the 116 men-all of whom belonged to the county-—who would form the Shropshire squadron a sum of £ 6,000 would be required. He spoke highly of the training the men had undergone, and said that out of 33 in one section there were 29 marksmen (applause).-Col. Anstice, speaking on behalf of the Volunteers, said that £ 500 would be required.- Coloi2el Kenyon-Slaney, M.P., moved That it is desirable that a fund, to be called the 'Lord Lieutenant's Equipment Fund,' be now raised for the purpose of aiding in the equipment of the Imperial Yeomanry, artillery, and infantry Volunteers from the Salop who have so patrioti- cally offered their services for the war now being carried on in South Africa."—The Hon G Ornisbv- Gore seconded the motion, which was carried.—Mr Greene moved, "That a committee consisting of the following gentlemen be and are hereby ap- pointed for the purpose of administering the fund, with power to deal with any surplus as they may deem best, vis.:—The Earl of Powis, Sir Offley Wakeman, Bar?., Mr J Powen-Jones, Col Kenyon- Slaney, Colonel Baldoch, Colonel Anstice, Colonel Masefield, Major Ormsby-Gore, with power to add to their number."—Lord Kenyon seconded the proposition, which was carried.—On the proposition ot Mr Stanley Leighton, seconded by Major-General Herbert, Col Cresswell Peele was appointed hon. secretary and treasurer to the fund. It was an- nounced at the close of the meeting that the sub- scriptions amounted to about zC3,500, among the contributors, in addition to those mentioned, being Captain Foster X300. Mr W H Foster £ 200 Mr and Mrs WVlule Corrie £100 each, and Mr and Mrs H D Greene £ 100 each.
-+- CHIRBURY. No QCOROI.- The Rural District Council were to have met at the Union Workhouse, Fordet,. on Wednesday, but owing to the scanty attendance of members, the proceedings had to be adjourned.
CHURCHSTOKE. WAR FUND.—The second collection on behalf of the War Relief Fund was made in the parish church and in Mellingt-on Schoolroom on Sunday. The amount collected was C6 6s 8d, which with the previous collection makes a total of £ 13 16s 8d In addition to this amount the sum of £3, contri- buted chiefly from the proceeds of the Christmas dance, has been forwarded to the Montgomery County Fund.
I MARKETS. WELSHPooLGENERAL,Monday.—Wholesale prices Butter Is 3d to Is 4d per lb: eggs 0 to 12 for Is fowls Os Od to 3s Od pt-r couple chickens, 4s Od to 5s Od; ducks, 4" 6d to 5s 6d rabbits, Is 6d to Is 8d per C'olJn1e. P A L, TUESDAY.—Eggs 0 to 12 for Is burrer 1* ad io is 4(1 per lb; fowls 3s Od to Os Od; chickens 4s Od to 5s Od: ducks 4s Od to5s0d; rabbits, Is 6d to Is 8d per couple. LIVERPOOL CORN, J'UKKIMY. — Wheat, only small business, about Friday's rates. 1 Californian, 6s 2d 1 Dujuth (new). 5s 10^d to 5s lid: Northern spring, 5s iOjd to 5s lid. Beans, 6d turn better -Saidi, 28s 6d to 28¡,; 9d. Peas, 5s 6jd. Oats, I littie more inquiry at late rates. Maize, oniv slow I business—old mixed, 3s 54d to 3s 6d new. 5s 5Jd to 3s 5gd. Flour, unchanged. BIRM.NGHAM CAZCLI:, TUESDAY.—Slow demand for cattle. Prices ruled as Beef, here- fords, 7d; shorthorns, 0d to 6Jd bulls and' cows, 4^d to 6d calves, Od to Od wethers, 8d to 8^d ewes and rams, 5d to bu per lb. Short supply of p is., but trade active—bacon pigs, 7s lOd to 8s Od; porkets. 8s 6d to S'H 3d sows, 58 9d per score. LONDON HAY AND STRAW, TCKSI>A\.—Prices: Good to prime hay, 70s to 87s bd inferior to fair, 55s to 65s good to prime clover, 75s to 100s inferior to fair ditto. 60s Od to to", mixture and sainfoin. 60s Od to 85s Od; straw, 24s to 36: per load. ¡ SALKORD CATTLE, TUESDAY. — At niai-ket, 2,426 cattle, witn trade strong at fail price.- sheep, 8,156, only choice weights in demacd calves, 126, all but fat and choice animals dull. Quotations I d as follows :—Cattle, 5d tc Sd blwep. 51li to 8d calves, 5d to 8<1 per lb. 2 LIVERPOOL CATTLE MARKET,MONDAY—Numbers: Beasts, 1,022: sheep, 4,532. Quotations:—Best beasts, 6d to 6jd second, Ed to 5 £ d third, 4id to 5j-.d best Scotch sheep, 7^d to Sid other sorts, 6d ¡ to 7d per lb. The supply of stock was smaller than, last week, showing a decrease of 591 beasts, and a decrease of 1,187 sheep. Slow cemand for all classes at about late rates. CORK BCTTER, Thursday.—Prim est, —s Drime, —s; firsts, —s; seconds 90s; kegs. — s; thirds 74s kegs —s fourths —s fifths —s choicest —s; choice —s superfine 100s fine mild —s Eel-ls-S mild —s choicest boxes -8: choice boxes, -8 In market 19, which were classified as follows:- Primest 0, prime 0, firsts 0, seconds 7, tidrds 1, fourths 3, filths 0, choicest 0, choice 0, super- fine 0, tine mild 2, mild 0, choicest boxes 0, choice 0, i- i, 6, keys 1. Fresh Dutter A, 104s to —s ditto B. 86s to 80s OSWI.STKY CORN MAKKKT, WEDNESDAY. -T!.e following were the quotations:—White wheat (old) Os Od to 06 0d white wheat (new), 3s lid to 4s Id per 75iba red wheat (old), Os Od to Os Od; red wheat (new), 3s 10o to 4s ud per 7blbs: old oats, 13" Od to 14: Ot]: new oats. 10s Gd to lis Od per 200ibs; malting barley, 16s Od to 17s 6d grinding barley, 138 6d to 14s Oct per 2801bs. OSWESTRY GENERAL MARKET, W RI'NESDAY.— Quotations :—Butter, Is 2d to Is 3 per 1b; eggs 8 to 9 for Is; beef, 6d to 8d per lb mutton, 7d to 9d lamb, 8d to 9d veal, 7d to 9d pork, 6d to 8d fowls, 4s 6j to 5s Od couple ducks, 5s Od t.o 6s Od per couple; rabbits. 2s 2d to 2s 4d per caurie; geese, éd to9d turkeys, lOd to lid per ibj potatoes, lOd per score. OSWKSTKY WEEKLY CATTLE FAIR.-There was a good supply of stock at the Smirhfieid on Wednesday, which sold very well all round, and former prices being maintained. Messrs Whitfield and Son sold 191 cattle and calves, and 64b sheep and pigs Messrs Ball, Wateridze and Uweo, in conjunction with Mr Dr.ody, sold 74 cattle and calves, and — sloop]) anè lambs; and Messrs Whitfield and Batho had their usual sales. Prices ruled as fo-,Iows Beef, 6ia tc 7d pt-r lb; mutton, 7d to 8d per lb.: vea! 7.1 to 8d per lb pork pigs, 8s Go to 8, 4d bacoi: pirrs 7s 6d to 7s 9d per score. ELLKSMERE. TUESDAY. -j "wtat1(v: follow? Wheat ( new) 1 Is 6d t( 128 Od ppr 225 lbs barley (new), 16s Od to 17s Od per 280 lbs; oats (new), 10s Oct to E Od per 200 lbs; butter. Is Id to Is 3d per lb egtrs, 10 to 12 for Is, fowls, 5s 6r: to 5s Od ducks, 4s 6d to 5s 6d rabbits, Is lOd to 2s 2d per couple; apples, 2d per ih AV HITCHUKCH, Fl,' II)AY. NViieat. -Ie. 10d to 4s Id per 75 lbs; barley, 3s Gd to 4s 0a per 70 JUS; oats, 2s 6d to 3s Od per 50 lbs; eggs, 10 to 11 for Is; butter Is 2d to Is 3d per 16 oz fowls, 3s 68 to 4s 6d per couple; ducks. 5s Od to 6s Od per couple; potatoes, Od to 9d per score oeef. 5d to Sd mutton, 7d to 9d iamb, 71l to 9d veal, 7d to od pork, 6d to 7d per lb; rabbits, Is lOd to 2s Od per couple; apples, Id to 2d per quarter. BRADFORD WOOL, THURSDAY.—The wool market displays a better tone to-day. both interior and ex- terior conditions being rather more favourable in their outlook. The movement of the Loudon wool sales is believed to have been nothing more than a temporary check, the fall of the Bank rate is good for the market, and the better news from South Africa is stimulating. Business is very scarce, for, whilst holders have rather more confidence, users are content to wait, being pretty well covered for the time being but prices are fully maintained to- day.
HUNTING- APPOINTMENTS. SIR W. W. Wm*'S HOUNDS WILL MEET Saturday, Jan. 27th Macefen Monday, Jan. 29ch Wyrinstay Wednesday, Jan. 31st.Petton Friday,Feb. 2nd Flannog At 11. Saturdav, Feb. 3rd Terrick At 10-30. THE PLAS MACHYNLLETH HOUNDS WILL MEET FOXHOUNDS Monday, Jan. 29tk Marchlyn Thursday, Feb. 1st Darowen Village At 10-30. HARRIERS Tuesday, Jan. 30th Gelligenfawr Friday, Feb. 2nd Aberffrydlan At 10-30. UNITED PACK WILL MEET Saturday, Jan. 27th Moat Gate Monday, Jan. 29th Old Kennels, Gatten Wednesday, Jan. 31st Abermule Saturday, Feb 3rd Jubilee Cottage, Hopesay At 10-45. TANAT SIDE HARRIERS WILL M.r.T Tuesday, Jan. 30th Llynclvs Friday, Feb 2nd Nesscliffe At 11. SORTH MONTGOMERY" HARRIERS WILL MEET Saturday, Jan. 27th Pontyscowrydd Bridge Wednesday, Jan. 31st Efelyllwdiarth Saturday, Feb. 3rd Bwlchvcibau At 11. SIR BRYAN LEIGHTON'S HOUNDS WILL MEET Monday, Jau. 29th Cans Castle, Wallop Thursday, Feb. 1st "Admiral Rodnev," Criggion At 11.
THE TAXAT SIDE HARRIERS.
THE TAXAT SIDE HARRIERS. These hounds had another capital day at Llany- blodwel on Tuesday, but owing to Sir W W Wynn's fox hounds meeting on the same day at Rednal there were very few present at the start. As soon as the hounds commenced to draw on Abertanat land two hares jumped up, one of which the bound. settled down to, and ran at a great pace several times round the neighbourhood. At one time the hare was so pressed that she crossed and re-crossed the river Tanat near the bridge at Rhydmeredith, and after crossing over the banky land by Cefn, Brynyfedwin, and Tynycoed, she ran down across the fields at the back of Dolwen and the Gro, and took refuge in a rabbit hole, from whence it was found impossible to dislodge her, and thus ended this capital run which lasted nearly two hours and with no checks of any long duration. After partaking of luncheon at Bryn Tanat another hare was found near that place which afforded another good run lasting till nearly four o'clock when the hounds were stopped as George the huntsman had noticed a fox start away through a covert the hounds were hunting in; fortunately they stuck to the hare and did not get on his line or it would have been a repititiou of the last time these hounds met here when they ran clear awav from everyone and were not found again -jll several hours after darkness had set in. lt was a splendid day for the sport and the few present thoroughly enjoyed it.
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