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A Costly Kick.



AFTER 2.000 YEARS. A VISIT TO THE ANCIENT CITY. There was another field-day at Caersws on Thursday, and this was the occasion on which the Powysland Club paid its official visit. The notice inviting attend- ance by the members of the Club con- tained the following interesting particulars: The result of the preliminary excava- tions of this Roman station is quite satis- factory and of great interest, and it has been decided to undertake an excavation on a larger scale. For this purpose money will be required. It will be proposed at this meeting that a further sum be contributed from the funds of the Powysland Club. Professor Bosanquet, writing about the experimental work which has been recently done, says: The camp covered 7! acres. There was a range of stone buildings across the centre three of these, which I take to be the Pretiriurfi, a granary, and possi- bly an official residence, have been located, and should be cleared. The roads are well preserved,; and it should be possible by tracing them to recover the outlying plan even of those parts of the camp in which there wsre no stone buildings.' 1HE VISITORS. Mr Simpson Jones, the hon. secretary of the club, was present on the field, and the small company which came from Welshpool and the neiglbourhood was" met by Pro- fessor Bosanqiet and Dr Rees, the local savant, at the railway station. The party, in addition to the Secretary, included the Vicar of Wdshpool (Rev D. Grimaldi Davis), Mrs Willans, Mr Bancroft Willans, Dr Humphrtys, the Ven. Archdeacon Thomas, Rev 1. Evan-Jones, Newtown, Rev Wilym Jones, Meifod, and the Rev and Mrs McCormic;, Wrockwardine Wood. Mr Richard Jones, later described by one of the company fS the Mayor of Caersws, joined the part' en route for Pendref fields. Already on the spot was the gallant Colonel, examining the early Roman citadel, and smoking one d his notable cigars. The Colonel was accompanied by two friends from Egypt—M' Mortimer, of Cairo, and i Colonel Jacksor, who was the hero of the Fashoda incideit, when Major Marchant, the French commandant, had to retire. The Colonel Wif in great form throughout the day, and 'ften caused the company, which was bein; continually augmented, to explode with laughter at his ready wit. The visitors w £ e shown by the professor the four road srvices which had been dis- sected, and led out of the camp, which, of course, like all Roman camps, was a square one. The extraordinarily solid foundation could be seen, and below were two 'feet of puddling. All Ionian camps are so similar, that the profesOr, when he had found one or two land mirks, was able aferwards to put his finger tpon every part of the camp. WHAT THE CHURCH PLUNDERED. Every excavati," has evidently been made in the exact sr)t, and the scientific precis- ion of the whol, process is most patent even to the unversed visitor. The barrack room was exhibited y) the Powyslanders, and the red clay reddened by fires and pieces of charcoal. The Professor showed how much the main btilding had been disturbed. Around the Ptfitorium, which, of course, marked the f -,OerLI's quarters, there had been a colonnale of freestone, which had been carried aJ the way from Welshpool— the nearest qutry. Of this stone had the corner posts ben made, and many other parts, but anI; fragments of it could be seen now. Wiere had it gone ? It had been plundered explained Professor Bosan- quet it is tnt that a few odd pieces were to be found in he old house of Pendre, but the principal robbers, plunderers, and spoillators wert the Church. Of course, the spear was beig turned into the pruning hook, when thcfreestone, instead of forming part ofan alitl hostile camp, was incor- porated into a iative church, but still for a' that the fact TPains. Pieces of oof tiles were also to be discerned lyiri;|ufaout in the trenches which had been dug, and in the museum which has been fitted up in the Village Hall some of these tiles lave been cleverly fitted to- gether to form. t roof, and the original nails actually used ii some instances to fix them. The excavation show most clearly the line of wall of the granaries and the three but- tresses along i. The granaries, of course, are very lare, as it is two and a half times the size of the camp at Gelli Gaer, and is, of cone, the largest Roman camp in Wales. TrB CANTEEN. In reply to ne reverend gentleman, the genial professc- explained that the exact site of the cateen which was frequented by the soldiel lay almost exactly under the goods she< of the Cambrian Railways. They called i1 their bath-room, explained Professor Bosaquet, for their chief delight and recreatio was indulging in Turkish baths. Visionsof local "terriers" planting their sixpence;down on a bar counter, and instead of two" pints," ordering two Turk- ish baths, wa not very easily conjured. up. In a, ditin, the canteen, as in some instances noAIS-ays, served the purpose of a general recreaon ground. In one part f the excavations, solid lead has been unei-thed. What the lead was used for and fm where it was brought has been the subbt of considerable surmise. In one cornei'ioo, a considerable quantity of bone has b8' unearthed ;whether or not it is human tne is a thing that will be difficult to dhover, but Dr Humphreys, of Llanfair, s|l he thought the shape of one bone wdch was lying in the clay might very p^ably be a human tibia or shin bone. From the "lq,h-west corner a ditch can be seen ,and fcre is a rise in the ground which may be second rampart or a road. If so, it woul undoubtedly connect the baths and cantn, which would appear to be outside theramp, with the main road leading to Maiynlleth. Excavations in this quarter, l'wever, have not yet been carried on to y extent. Following thqead of the professor, the party next adjirned to the garden of Mr Jones, of Gwyn. This gentleman had very astutely noticed.hat not very far below the soil he had stjck something more than usually solid, -e communicated with Pro- fessor Bosanque and a splendid section of a Roman road Is been revealed. The road is intact, and tb ruts caused by the wheels of the chariotsire as plain as daylight. The distance bEveen the ruts is 4ft. 6in., which was the mal distance between the chariot wheels. THE COLONY'S FACETIOUSNESS. At this junc're the Archdeacon ex- plained tha.t tha is an idea current that Caersws was tha;ity of the district before Newtown took 5 place to which the Colonel added tit there was also an idea prevalent that Fple were going now to Caersws for evening. The Colonel then moved a vote (>f anks to Mr Jones for al- lowing his gardeIto be excavated in this fashion, and th was seconded by the Archdeacon. In ply, Mr Jones promised that he would 1\:t\ it open for sight-seers, and would have (ore uncovered if neces- sary. While the visits kept poring over the old road, the ColoIl continued his musings. "Yes, we get a 10of ideas from Caersws," he said. No doll Mr Richard Jones gets his inspiration 011 k main roads from this." (To b'continued.)

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