TRADE NOTICES. SPRING CULTIVATION. FARMERS will be interested if they call and Inspect our New Stock of Howard's Double and Single Ploughs. THE CHAMPION PLOUGHS OF THE WORLD. Howard's Ploughs took 21 prices at the largest Ploughing Match in the World, held in Kent. CULTIVATORS, HARROWS, AND THE PRIZE CORN DRILL, etc. TURNER Bros., Newtown. JjfaJlBf CROFTS' MBH PB GREAT If Ji 4 annual II vC BOOT SALE. Everything Absolutely Reduced. GREAT BARGAINS! BESPOKE CROFTS, BOOTMAKER, NEWTOWN. FIRST ANNUAL CLEARANCE. SALE R\T\ V.I! CYCLES & TALKING MACHINES. W. HUMPHREY, Short Bridge, NEWTOWN, CLEARANCE SALE 12 Days Only, February 8th to 22nd Inclusive. A Large Stock of ZONOPHONE 2s. Records will be Cleared at Is. 8d. each, quite New and Up-to-date. Other Records in Stock, such as Pathe, Twin, Edison, Beka, Favourite, &c., at Special Prices. A Few Lines at 6d. Large Stock of Cycle Accessories, Tyres, Phonographs. 5e. in the £ discount. Oil Lamps, &c. Note.—Only Once a Tear. Swain's Prime Home-cured Hams and Bacon ARE NOW IN SPLENDID CONDITION. A Full Stock of all Kinds of Provisions of the Finest Quality. JO TLJX SWAIN HAM AND BACON CURER, 23, HIGH STREET, NEWTOWN. BIND YOUR MAGAZINES AT THE 'EXPRESS' OFFICE, NEWTOWN HEADQUARTERS FOR MILLINERY. MADAME BELLIS, Severn Sireet, NEWTOWN. Dainty and Choice Selection of Ladies' & Children's Millinery. EXCELLENT BARGAINS IN BLOUSES, SCARVES, FURS, GLOVES, TIES, CORSETS, HOSIERY AND UNDERWEAR. LION HOTEL, NEWTOWN. FAMILY AND COMMERCIAL. ORDINARY DAILY from 12 till 2 p.m. CATERING for Balls, Parties and Dinners a Speciality FUNERALS AND WEDDINGS FURNISHED. POSTING AND STABLING. Proprietor i-HCTBY BBALB. ARTIFICIAL TEETH. TEETH EXTRACTED, FILLED & SCALED. MR. J. J. JONES, CLIFTON TERRACE, NEWTOWN. HOURS-9 to 7. SATURDAYS-9 to 2. ARTIFICIAL TEETH. ARTIFICIAL TEETH. GIEPOBD CANT Jfe C/o Mr. A. BREESE, 14 Broad Street, Chemist, WELSHPOOL, NEWTOWN, DMLY- TUESDAYS- 9 ajn. to 7 p.m. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Xszfs Door to Bank, LLAJTFAIR, first Friday in Month only. TRADE NOTICES. DAVID LEWIS Begs to Announce that he Intends Opening a NEW DRESSMAKING DEPARTMENT ON MARCH 1st, Which will be carried on by First-Class Experienced Hands. Also, on this date we shall make our FIRST DISPLAY of NEW SPRING & SUMMER DRESS FABRICS. YOUR ORDERS WILL BE ESTEEMED. lw DAVID LEWIS, LONDON HOUSE, NEWTOWN. AGRICULTURAL DRAINING PIPES. BEST QUALITY-LOWEST PRICES. i I THE PARK BRICK & TILE Co., Ltd., NEWTOWN, HAVE A LARGE STOCK OF ALL SIZES, 2-Inch, 2 £ -Inch, 3-Inch, 4-Inch, 6-Inch. All will be pleased to Quote Prices at the Works, or Delivered (catriage paid) at any Station on Application. MKK II. J. VTNTXEB (SUCCESSOR TO MISS DOWNING), HIGH-CLASS MILLINER. MY STOCK COMPRISES THE FINEST SELECTION OF PARISIAN FLOWERS RIBBONS, &c., in Newtown, and all the very LATEST STYLES OF MILLINERY FOR THE NEW SEASON. <38, BROAD STREET, NEWTOWN. MR H. EDWARD ELLis, Ph.C., F.S.M.C. &c. (Lond.), (Holder of the highest Diplomas obtainable for Sight Testing). Sight-testing Specialist and Consulting Ophthalmic Optician. LLANFAIR, Nr. Welshpool. Recommended by Eminent Medical Men. Thejonly Qualified Sight-testing Optician in the County. All kinds of Spectacles and Eyeglasses Scientifi- cally Fitted. Testimonials Continually Received. Consultations by Appointment. (512) MARINE STORES. BEST PRICES GIVEN FOR OLD IRON BRASS, COPPER, LEAD, RAGS, BONES, RABBIT SKINS AND HORSE HAIR. NOTE ADDRESS:— ISAIAH ARNOLD, THE OLD FACTORY, (Next Door to Davies's Corn Warehouse), Frolic Street, NEWTOWN. EVAN REES. Monumental and Architectural Sculptor. LLANIDLOES. Monuments and Headstones in Marble, Granite, Stone and Slate. Designs and Price List on application. Memorial WreathsA large assort- ment to choose from. (439) -0irt4s, ISSarriae"- TYEATYS.
DEATHS. EVANs.-February 11th, at Penswyddfa, Aber- mule, Richard Evans (formerly stationmaster at Pool Quay and Abermule), aged 69 years.— Funeral at Pool Quay on Wednesday at 2-30 to 3 o'clock. J MCCONNOL.—February 7tb, at Rock Villa, Church- stoke, Ralph Alexander McConnol, clogger, aged 55 years (Pneumonitis). ROBERTS.—February 9th, Thomas Roberts, Sarn, (late of Plasau), Carno, aged 72 years. ROGERS.—February 7th, Sarah Rogers, Severn Villa, Newtown (late of Church House, Llanme- rewig), aged 52 years. SWAIN.-February 12th, at 23, High-street, New- town, John Swain, grocer and provision mer- chant, aged 70 years.—Open Funeral on Wed- nesday at 2-30 to Newtown Cemetery. An Wemotiam. MORGAN.-In loving memory of Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Edward Morgan, Cefngwyn, Kerry, who died February 13th, 1908. Weep not, but think what a comfort is given To know that our loved one we mourn is in Heaven; And as we on earth shall see her no more, Lord fit us to meet her on that happy shore. —From her loving Husband and Children.
Another Royal Visit* THE PRINCE OF WALES AT LAKE VYRNIEW. The Prince of Wales, who visited Powis Castle last November, will pay another visit to Montgomeryshire on Wednesday, March 16th. This Royal advent will be occasioned by the ceremony of officially completing the Liverpool Corporation's waterworks at Lake Vyrniew. The official communication was received by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool last Monday, and the Water Committee will make arrangements for all the members of the City Council to attend the ceremony. The undertaking has involved the diver- sion of the rivers Cowny and Marchnant into Lake Vyrnwy, and completes all the work originally contemplated at the lake itself, as distinguished from the pipe lines. At the time of the ceremony the Prince will be staying with the Earl of Derby as Knowsley for the Grand National.
Plenty of Public Houses. A MONTGOMERYSHIRE LICENSE REFUSED. Another Montgomeryshire license was re- ferred to the compensation authority on Satur- day week, when the Llandysilio Bench—con- sisting of Messrs George Kempster, David Evans, and F. G. Howard-decided that the Bridge Inn was unnecessary. Deputy Chief. Constable Williams stated in his report that 17 licenses had been granted at the last Licensing Sessions, and the houses had been conducted very satis- factorily. Eleven cases of drunkenness and drunk and disorderly were brought before the justices, as compared with 13 in the previous year. The Deputy objected to the renewal of the license of the Bridge Inn, on the ground that the license was not required by the character and necessities of the neighbour- hood, and that the existence of the license rendered the number of licensed houses in the neighbourhood excessive. The house was situated on the further side of the Llanymynech bridge, in the Llandysilio parish. There were in Llanymynech six Pur iUSes—f°ur ln Shropshire and two m Montgomeryshire. On the Montgomery- shire side of the Bridge Inn, within a mile were the Golden Lion Hotel, the Frmr crosses Inn, and the Canal House. The population of Llandysilio parish was 566 and the average number of inhabitants to each license was 157, the lowest average in the county. 6 The Rev Owen Matthias also gave evi- dence, and said that the number of houses jp- Llanymynech was 90, and, counting the license of the railway station restaurant there was one license for every thirteen there was one license for every thirteen houses, or one for every 44 inhabitants. He believed that the withdrawal of this I license would not inconvenience anybody.
PLOUGHING IN CENTRAL MONTGOMERYSHIRE. Big Fixture at Newtown. Favoured by good weather, a huge number of entrants, and a large and interested crowd, the ploughing matche3 in connection with the Central Montgomeryshire .Agricultural Society were on Thursday last voted a success. There has never been a larger gathering than assembled on the Scafell (Newtown) fields, and there was plenty to excite interest and attention. The defeat of the champion ploughman occasioned no little excite- ment, but the judges were perfectly satisfied in their own minds that the local man had done the better. The decision was generally upheld. It was remarked that whilst the cop of the cham- pion's work was more finished than Jones's, yet the local man undoubtedly excelled in the rein. The As3ociation were fortunate this year in having an excellent set of officials. Canon Woosnam, of Aberhafesp Hall, was the chosen president. There was a business-like man in the chair, Mr David Jones, The Scafell, while Mr Tom Jones, Brynlly warch, was, in his own words, the "J adas" of the Society. The chief work, how- ever, as is usually the case, fell on the shoulders of the hon. secretary, who this year was Mr R. Edward Woosnam-Savage, of Glandulas. He had everything in apple-pin order, and as it was a big concern to run this time it required a deft handling. No one could find anything to com- plain about in the arrangements, and the Secre- tary also deserved congratulations upon fixing up a working arrangement with the Clerk of the Weathsr. The stewards and other officials mustered well on the show day. The parade rt the horses on. the Cunnings proved a great success, and the capital dinner which was served by Mr Reading Breeze at the Unicorn Hotel provided a fitting termination to a great day. The judges were—Ploughing: Mr E. Davies, Pwllglas, Trefeglwys; and Mr J. Evans, Argoed, Churchstoke. Hedging: Messrs E Kinsey, Red House, Dolwen; and John Holloway, Dudston, Montgomery. Hor jes: Messrs Morris Evans, Wernyllwyd, Berriew; and T. E. Kinsey, Wins- bury, Chirbury. Shoeing: Mr W. Roberts, Llanfair-Caereinion. The stewards included-Messrs E. Jones, Lawnt, Manafon; T. Gittins, Castellydail; J. Lloyd Hamer, The Lane, Titgynon; A. Andrew, Glyn Bettws; J. Jones, Penybank, Dolfor; J. Powell, Graig, Dolfor; J. Miller, Court, Abermule; Edward Lewis, Praith wen, Tregyncn; J Francis, Tymawr, Penstrowed; T. Lewis, Kincoed, Moch- dre; G. Basin, Hem, Forden; J. Morgan, Cefny- pole, Berriew O LI. Francis, Neuaddlwyd, Tre- gynon and D. Rogers, Penyllan, Forden. The awards were as follows :— PLOUGHING. Fenior championship—1 Richard Jones, Victoria Square, Llanidloes; 2 W. H. Cullen, Park View, Deans Hanger, Stony Stratford. Junior championship—1 David T. Gethin, Tyn- shettin, Tregynon 2 Richard Lloyd, Llwyncoppa, Manafon. Local (any age)-l Vaughan Andrew, Penaith Farm, Newtown 2 R. H. Watkin, Pontyperchill, Bettws; 2 William Jones, Red House, Caersws; r Edward Farmer, Lletyrederen. Local (under 20 years)—1 R. Sydney Andrew, Glyn, Brooks, Berriew 2 John Oliver, Gaecappin, Tregynon; E. T. Lewis, Fraithwen, Tregynon. HEDGING AND DITCHING. Plashing and ditching (open)-l David Mills, Chapel House, Oakley Park; 2 John Hamer, Brithdir, Tregynon; 3 David Bumford, Wain, Trefeglwys; 4 Thomas Thomas, Lluast, Llan- wyddelan. Plashing and ditching (local, over 21)—1 Watkin Watkin, Ffronobey, Manafon 2 William Smith, Red House, Aberhafesp; 3 Thos. Watkin, Pontyperchill, Bottws 4 J. Jones, Tynshettin, Tregynon; 5 Edward Lloyd, Bryncoch, Bettws. Plashing and hedging (local, under 20)—1 David Hamer, Belandeg, Manafon; 2 Thomas Charles Andrew, Cefn, Manafon; r Joseph Evans, Alltffynon. Aberhafesp. Mr David Davies, M.P., will present a Plas Dinam Hunt Challenge Cup for fencing and ditching. This cup is to be competed for annually, and any man who wins it three years in succession is to be owner of the cup.—1 David Mills, Chapel House, Oakley Park. HORSES. Best pair of horses competing—1 T. Vaughan Chapman, Llandyssil; 2 E. and R. Woosnam- Savage, Glandulas, Mochdre; 3 William Davies, Scafell, Newtown. Best brood mare in the distriet-I T. Vaughan Chapman 2 Edward Joseph. Llidiardy, Moohdre; 3 E. and R. E. Woosnam-Savage. Best working gelding—1 T. Vaughan Chapman, 2 William Davies. Best shoeing of horses—1 William Griffiths, Gas-street, Newtown; 2 Evan Gittins, Liandyssil; r R. Swain, Pentre, Aberhafesp. —4 I
The Dinner. The dinner was presided over by the genia treasurer of the Society, Mr Tom Jones, Brynl llywarch. lie was supported by the leading local agriculturists. Mr Corbett, of Shrewsbury, proposed the toast of the Society, which he eulogized in glowing terms. The President was afterwards toasted at the instance of the Vice-Chairman (Mi David Jones). Mr Richard Andrew, the Cefn, called upon by the Chairman to propose the Trade and Commerce of the country, said they would like to see it improved and sustained. He thought the Mont- gomeryshire Association was doing one the best things to bring this about—(hear, hear)—by bringing out their best talent and showing their best implements—such as ploughs and axes and broomhooks. He thought his friend had made a mistake, and the Scotchmen ought to be brought to Montgomeryshire to see what they could do there (applause). He thought that in ploughing at any rate Montgomeryshire could hold its own, and that day they had had an instance of it (laughter and applause). An Englishman, who made his living by ploughing exhibitions, had come there, but had succumbed before a Welsh- man (applause). He did not care what the judges thought, that was his opinion at any rate, and he thought all along that the Welshman should be the winner. He was very highly pleased with one thing in the boys' classes, they showed a great improvement (hear, hear). He had seen some of the work of the older competi- tors, but was sorry to think that they had gone a little backward, but at any rate the boys were going forward. He remembered that when they took the ploughing matches to Llanwyddelan they said they were taking it to an outlandish place where they did not grow horses (laughter). Yet one of the judges had told him that day that they had not seen the class of horses exhibited in Newtown as they had seen at Llanwyddelan. He hoped that their English implements would gain still more renown and be sent abroad. They had the talent, and they had the manufacturers to make the right articles (applause). He had much pleasure in proposing the trade and com- merce of the district. NOT AN ENVIABLE JOB. Mr Jaok Miller, The Court, then proposed the toast of the Judges. Judging was not by any means an enviable job, and especially not at ploughing matches. He had been about the field and had seen hundreds of judges there, and most of them were doing their judging before the ploughing and hedging was half finished. He was pleased to say that the judges had waited until it was all over before giving any decision, and he was quite sure that they had done what they considered proper. He had great pleasure in proposing the health of those judges, and thank- ing them for the honour which the judges had paid them in coming down to their little show. Mr T. E. Kinsey said that on the previous day at a similar match he had been called upon to propose the Bishops and Clergy of all denomina- tion—(laughter)—he had told them that the spiritual wants of the people were well looked after indeed, but he did not insinuate that he himself did much towards it (laughter). The few classes they had before them were, without excep- tion, a most creditable lot and a wonderfully sound lot. There was scarcely a knot in any class they saw. He must say one thing however, and he thought that they would bear him out, that the class of horses which they had seen that day were not so big or heavy or of quite the substance which they saw a few years before. The geldings were not so big and he did not know why. This was the fourth occasion on which he had judged at this show, and he did not see the horses so big, but he thought they were sounder, and a little good one was better than a BIG BAD ONE. He must say that they could not get a sounder place than just that district. He was at the North Wales Show at Carnarvon and he expected to find some toppers there. He did to the eye, but they were in another street when put under the vet's hands, as compared with the classes he had seen there that day (applause). The cart horse was in as good demand now as it had been for some time past, and he thought big horses were very little lower in price than they were ten years ago. The heavy horse could never be displaced by the motor-car, as he did not believe that the Almighty ever intended the result of man's genius to tako the place of the heavy horses (applause). Mr Holloway, Dudston, replied for the judges in the hedging. The hedging that day, he said, had been better than he had ever seen it in con- nection with that show. He must say that the lads especially were good. He was not sure that if the boys had competed in the local classes whether they would not have gained the prizes-, As for their champion men, they were very good. He was of opinion though that if a man did not finish in time that he ought to be disqualified. If they started at nine they ought to finish at one, but some did not finish until three. If there was a limited time then the judges should go on the ground, and if the competitors had not finished they should be disqualified. If he sent a man to do half a day's work he did not intend him to spend a day over it. Mr Kinsey, Red House, said that the hedging Mr Kinsey, Red House, said that the hedging work he had seen the day before at Llandinam in the champion classes was not so good. That day they had had good men in the champion classes, His colleague and himself had no difficulty in awarding the cup. The work of the boys was so good that it was a pity there were not more prizes for them. Mr Davies, Pwllglas, said that it had been a great pleasure to him to judge the ploughing. They bad not come there to please everyone. He always noticed that the winners thought they were splendid judges, but how was it with the losers ? (la,ughter). Many of them did not take their beatings in a manly spirit at all. He and his colleague had differed very little in their opinions, and their conclusion in all cases were unanimous. He was certain that the work of some of the boys beat that of some of the waggoners (applause). In the championship class they came across some spies, did work, and he thought his colleague and himself had less work with that class than any other, and if they had made a mistake it was an error of judgment, for they had done their work conscientiously (applause). However, before leaving the ground, it was evident that they had not pleased every- body, and one. of the men there was evidently IN FIGHTING CONDITION. They were satisfied that as far as they knew they had done quite right (applause). In the wag- goner class he hoped the awards had been satis- factory. In this class, although they came across good work, there was also inferior work. Mr Evans, the Argox), said they had been rubbed a bit about the award they bad given in the champion class, and had been told that they knew nothing about ploughing, but whether they knew anything about it, or whether they didn't, they believed they had done the right thing (applause). The Chairman then proposed the "Subscribers." and other toasts honoured included Kindred Societies," Secretary," Treasurer," and Host and Hostess." Songs were given during the even- ing with great acceptance by Messrs Jack Miller, Fred Watkin, Richard Andrew, and Alfred Andrew.
Welsh Territorial Camp. Arrangements are being made to mobilise the whole of the Welsh Territorial Division at Aber- ystwyth this summer under the command of Major-General Lloyd, C.V.O., C.B., D.S.O. It is likely that the camp will be located at Gogerddan and LovesgroTe, about three miles from the town. The Division is about 20,000. Major East, staff officer to General Lloyd, paid a visit to Aberystwyth last week, accompanied by Colonel Brome Giles and Captain FitzWilliams, of the Army Service Corps, inspected the proposed camping grounds, and had an interview with Mr Dennis and Mr Gough, representing the Cambrian Railways Company, with regard to the movement of the troops. They also saw the Mayor of Aber- ystwyth and Sir Edward Pryse, of Gogerddan, and Lady Evans, of Lovesgrove, upon whose land the camp will be pitched.
Household Words from Forden. Forden Workhouse* Master (Mr E. H. Hum- phreys) presented the following report to the Board of Guardians last Wednesday:— "The Misses Howell, of Rhiewport, very kindly sent a large quantity of tea, sugar, cake and tobacco, together with sweets and oranges for distribution among the inmates. Their kindness was much appreciated by the inmates, who wish me to convey their thanks. The Farming Committee have disposed of the 12 pigs, for X27 10s and have purchased nine for X10 lis 6d. "On February 2nd a fire broke out in the engine house. It was, however, extinguished without any damage being done. I have given instructions that under no conditions is the machine to be left unattended whilst working. Divine Services January 30th and February 6th. Rev H. Rollason conducted service." Answering Dr Marston as to the cause of the fire, the Master said the pipe that fed the spray of oil was clogged up. Instead of the flame being like that of the lamps painters used with a roar, it shot up and the woodwork caught are. Luckily the postman saw it, and ran up to give the alarm or the shed might have been burnt down
Three thousand patriotic New Yorkers enjoyed a dramatic moment in the Metropolitan Opera House when Commander Peary, waving in his hand a cheque for X2,000 presented to him as a popular gift, declared his intention to contribute it towards the expenses of the expedition which is to race Great Britain for the South Pole. THE PRINCE OF WALES AND ODDFELLOWS.—Our many oddfellow readers will be interested and pleased to learn that the Prince of Wales has accepted an invitation to preside at the banquet, which takes place during the annual conference of the Order at Southampton next Whitsuntide, to celebrate the centenary of the society. The Mont- gomery District is to be represented at the con- ference by Mr Chas. Shuker, J.P, Welshpool, and Mr J. E. Tomley, solicitor, Montgomery. _u
RALLY ROUND THE FLAG! The officers of the Newtown Territorial corps are making a bold and, it is hoped, an effective bid for recruits on Saturday next. A parade and torchlight will be led by Gordon Highlanders' Pipers, and after- wards a first-class smoking concert will be held in the Public Hall, to which all men are specially invited. (Ladies are not yet invited, as they will not carry arms untir they have had the vote!). There is no ad- mission fee nor collection. On the Sunday following, in Newtown Hall ground, Brigadier-General Dunn will present long- service medals. All the public will be ad- mitted into the grounds, but to get into the special enclosure they may obtain passes from Captain W. F. Richards.
PONTDOLGOCH. A FEW weeks ago your worthy correspond- ent related how three modern sons of Anak had been over a week felling a giant tree within three miles of the Ancient City. It is only fair to these three courageous men that a full account of that memorable occa- sion should be reported. A massive timber carriage was brought to move the tree to- wards its destination. After safely loading it, which was a hard task for over a dozen men and a strong team of horses, a start was made homewards. But they had not the slightest chance of going through the gate- way which leads to the road without drawing one of the gateposts out of the ground. When this operation was over, and once safely on the road, a quick move was made towards. home. But, alas, they had not proceeded far before something was heard cracking, and the carriage completely collapsed on the middle of the road under the extraordinary weight. The tree had to be unloaded again,' and sawed up into small pieces, and another vehicle brought to finish the journey. I wonder if ever such a tree grew beyond the Vastre.-Correspondent. Printed and published by WILLIAM PUGH PHILLIPS and GILBERT NORTON PHILLIPS (trading as PHILLIPS & Sox), at thete Offices, St. Mary's Printing Works. Old Ch Newtown*
A New Departure at Newtown. The Newtown Roller Skating Rink was on Saturday evening the rendezvous of many persons of both sexes interested in hockey or rinking. What was the reason? The Newtown Rink hockey team had a fixture with the Aberystwyth team, and a thrilling contest was expected. Before six o'clock the stage was packed with eager spectators, and before the town clock had proclaimed the hour an overflow of sightseers had crowded the gallery. On the stroke of the hour the Newtown team entered the arena, and were accorded a rousing salvo of applause and cheers. Another outburst greeted the entrance of their opponents, who lined up in following fashion:— Gwynne Evans, J. James, Harries, Allen Watham and Howard Francis. The Newtown team were arranged:—W. G. Williams, Meredith, Ravenhill, Ray Morgan, and Whitney, irom the bully Newtown obtained possession of the ball, but were robbed by the Aberystwyth back. After some dilly-dally play all over the rink, Ravenhill, from the right, put in a fine shot in the corner of the net, and, the goalkeeper failing to clear, resulted in the first goal of the match in the home team's favour. Ray Morgan quickly followed Ravenhill's load, and with a hard shot beat the goalkeeper again. After this play became fast and furious, and before the whistle, in the hands of Mr Maurice Manuel, blew for half-time, Aber- ystwyth lessened the score by one. After crossing over, Aberystwyth relied on long and swift shots to get past their opponents defence. In this they succeeded, scoring no less than four, nearly all coming off the stick of Francis. Newtown, with a little more concerted practice, might be expected to do much in the future, and in this, their first match, they were not beaten so badly. Aberyst- wyth played an excellent game throughout, and were rather the heavier of the two teams.
MORE ^MYSTERIOUS FIRES AT NEWTOWN. Last week we recorded the outbreak of a fire at Gwynfa, Newtown, the circumstances of which point to the deliberate act of an in- of which point to the deliberate of an in- cendiary. Two more such extraordinary at- tempts were on Saturday and Sunday night at Hendidley, the residence of Mr Edward Morgan, an old country house about three- quarters of a mile outside the town. A few years back, Welshpool was staggered by a series of week-end farm fires, but these acts eclipse anything previously recorded in this district. The first outbreak took place on Satur- day. Smoke was seen issuing through the door at the foot of the backstairs of Hen- diclley at about seven o'clock. Mr Edward Morgan had a little time previously left the house for the town, in company with Dr Wilson, but, fortunately, his eldest son, Mr Leslie Morgan, was at home, and with; great difficulty, by reason of the thick smoke, he carried several buckets of water up the narrow stairs, and extinguished the names, which were blazing merrily. The fire had broken out in a disused room, which, at one time, had been occupied by the coachman; and is situated at the back of the house, and just above the stables. A quantity of paper and cardboard boxes had been heaped up in the middle of the noor, with a number of dried onions. The floor, and a number of dried onions. The boxes had contained tennis balls, and the balls were placed in corners of the room, as, in all probability, the miscreant con- sidered them to be non-inflamable. The flames spread along the onions, which were stored in the room, to the skirting board, and several feet of this were burnt. But for the timely discovery, the aged beams would, in all probability, have soon been ignited, and Hendidley reduced to ashes. The occurrence on Sunday was of even a more extraordinary nature. Mr Morgan Nand his family had sat down to tea at 5-30, and a few minutes before six o'clock, Mrs Morgan declared she could smell smoke. Some of the young men went out, and found smoke and fire issuing from the out- house, which faces the stabling. It was ex- tinguished after throwing nearly a hundred buckets of water upon the flames, but had it been allowed to burn a few minutes longer, that part of the buildings would soon have been consumed, and the fire would almost for a certainty have spread to the stables and house. Here, again, in- vestigation showed that it must have been' done with malice aforethought, for several sheets of raffia grass matting had been taken from the coach-house, and with paper and a heap of rubbish, were piled under a big deal table. Just previous to the meal hour, Mr Ralph Cornelle, who was staying at Hendidley, had taken his bicycle into the shed, and fastened the door. When the fire was discovered, the doors were wide open. A domestic, who was lying in bed upstairs, heard someone walking about the yard while the family were at tea, but as she thought there was nothing particularly strange in this, she did not get up and look through the window.. The whole event is wrapped in mystery, but everything points to it being the work of some lunatic who is at large: D.C.C. Williams was early on the scene on Sunday night, and was summoned while attending service. The room in which the first out- break took place was easily accessible from the yard by climbing up the coach-house door, and getting through the window. Circumstances seem to indicate that Gwynfa (Mr Wilson-Jones' residence)," which was damaged by fire last week, was forcibly entered on Saturday night or yesterday morn- ing by someone at present unknown. The win- dow of Mr Wilson-Jones' bedroom was found to have been forcibly wrenched open on Sunday morning from outside. Access to this window might easily be gained by climbing up the porch and walking alone the verandah. In to-day's issue of the 'Express' will be found the offer of a reward of F.25 by Mr Wilson-Jones to anyone who can furnish' information sufficient to convict the person or persons who must have entered the house to commit the outrage of a week ago.
John Bromley, Welshpool? HANGING FROM A TREE. GHASTLY DISCOVERY IN SOUTH WALES. At New Tredegar, last Monday, the body of a stranger was found. hanging from a tree. The discovery was made at 10 o'clock in the morning at a solitary spot close by a disused colliery and an old engine-house. The police were communicated with, and the body was taken down. In a pocket was found a book, on a page of which was in- scribed "John Bromley, Welshpool." The body must have been in the position in which it was found all night, for the dark mackintosh and clothes of the de- ceased were saturated with moisture. Deceased was obout 25 years of age, height 5ft. 7in. or Sin., and respectably dressed. >
Marriage of the County Member. 1 A meeting of leading citizen, of Newtown was t Tant^Free Llbr,ary on Friday (orer which Mr J. C. Gittins presided), to determine whether the approaching marriage of Mr David Davies, M.P., should be celebrated. It was decided that subscriptions (not to exceed a guinea) be invited towards a presentation to the County Member, from inhabitants resident in Newtown and Llaullwohaiarn. Messrs W. F. Richards and P. Wilson-Joaes were appointed secretaries; Mr Hugh Lewis* treasurer; and an executive committee of nine members.
NEWTOWN MONUMENTAL WORKS GEO. H. BUTT & Co., MONUMENTAL SCULPTORS. All kinds of Marble, Granite, Slate, and Stone Work executed in best style at moderate prices. INSCRIPTIONS CUT AND MEMORIALS RENOVATED. A Choice Selection of Wreaths in stock. Depots also at LLANFAIB-CAEREINION and RHAYADER. ÐOOO
A. BREESE, £ O CHEMIST, THE CROSS, NEWTOWN, § Agent for BRUCE, GREEN & Co's. § oa SpecialtS 'Sightsaver,from 2/6 per pair. All sights carefully tested. t MILLIONS OF RATS < have been slaughtered by using HARRISON'S "RELIABLE" RAT POISON* Equally good for Mice, Moles, and Beetles. Dogs and Cats will not touch it. Vermin dry up and leave no smell. Price 6d., Is., 2s. 3d., and 3s. 8d. Postage d. G. W. HARRISON, Chemist, Reading. Sold by Chemists. Agents :—For NEWTOWN, Andrew Breese; WELSHPOOL, W, Bishop; MONTGOMERY, A. Thomas, Borough & County Supply Stores; LLANIDLOES, R. Hughes; MACHYNLLETH, F. Bees All Chemists.