I NEWTOWjN. A NICE lot of canvas shoes, and cheap, at Eickards's, 30, Bridge-street, Newtown. [Advt. A SPLENDID New Assortment of Wedding ^Presents on view at C. W. NORTON'S, Iron- .monger, Broad-street, Newtown.—[Advt.] FOOTBALL—Call and see the New Stock of football Boots. Bladders and Inflators all cheap at Rickard's Eagle Boot Depot, Newtown. [Advt. COAL AND LIKE.—If you want good quality 'Coal at reasonable prices, either in truck or cart loads, or in cwt. sacks, try JOHN SMOUT, No. 13, Canal Wharf, Newtown. r Advt. MR. T. MALDWYN PfticE, R.A.M., visits Llanidloes on Tuesdays and Newtown on Satur- days Lessons given ic Singing, Pianoforte, Violin, and 'Celio. He may be seen at Mr Fvan Bebb's, Broad street, or Salop-road, Welshpool. PARENTS PLEASE NOTE.-A pure sweet gives not only pleasure, but also nourishment to grow- ing children. All the ingredients used in making Ann Taylor's Everton Toffee are pure and whole- some. It is as nourishing as it is delicious. FURNITURE.—Have you visited MORGAN'S Fur- nituro Warehouse? If not, it will pay you to do so. It's the largest stock in the csunty, and the business is carried on in a warehouse, where rents and expenses are very low compared with expensive shops and assistants. This means a large discount to the pur- chaser. Call and see for youfselves.-r Advt. NEw Season Reds just in first-class quality. Trade supplied. Pure Malt Vinegar; superior strength and quality; free from acids, 1/- per gallon, 3d. per quart.-David Evans, The People's Seedsman, Newtown. [Advt.] VARIETY is the keynote of the Autumn Millinery, and we are now making a special show of the latest styles. Dainty designs at moderate prices at Misses Goodwin, 7 Market street. [Ad. BIG MANTLE SHOW.—We are now showing all the new modes for the present season in ladies' and children's coats, jackets, costumes, etc., which, for distinction in excellence of style, quality, and real good value, far surpasses all previous dis- plays.—Lewis's, London House, Newtown. TUESDAY'S MARKET PRICES.-Chickens, 3s 6d to 5s per couple ducks, 5s 6d to 6s 6d per couple; hen egg?, 7 and S a If; butter, Is 2d per lb apples, 4d per lb; beef (retail) 6d to 9d; mutton, 6d to 9d; pork, 6d to 9 J lamb, 7d to 9d. THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN."—This was the title of an interesting lecture delivered at the Welsh Congregational Church, on Monday even- ing, by Rev Peter Price, of Dowlais. The lecture was listened to by a good attendance, presided over by Mr Edward Jones, Mnesmawr. FLIPPANT COUNCILLORS.—When the slaughter- house licenses were being sealed at the Urban Council on Thursday, the Clerk found it required a considerable effort to use the stamper.—Coun- cillor Ellison: Put Mr Foster to sit on the top of it.—Councillor Ford: Yes, and put Mr Ellison on the top of him.—Councillor Forster Hear, hear. A NASTY FALL.—On Tuesday Mr Clement Pilot, Severn-street, met with a nasty accident. He was standing on one of the stalls in the market hall when he slipped and fell on to the floor, with the result that his shoulder was put out and his legs and arms badly bruised. He was conveyed to his home and medically attended, and is now progressing favourably. PRESENTATION.—An interesting presentation took place on Tuesday last, when Mr T. Jones was made the recipient of a handsome silver cigarette case by the members of the Penstrowed Cricket Club on the occasion of his leaving Newtown for Canada. The Captain (Mr Thomas Jones) made the presentation, and in a few well-chosen words spoke of the good work done by Mr Jones. CORRECTION.—It was wrongly stated in our last issue that at the property sale conducted by by Messrs Morris, Marshall, and Poole at the Unicorn Hotel Mr J. T. C. Gittins, on behalf of Mr James, the Garn, purchased Lower Camnant at .£350. This farm was bought by Mr Edward Evan?, of Middle Cwmrhiwdre, at .£350. The farm purchased by Mr Jame?, Garn, was Upper Camnaut at .£780. A WEIGHTY COUNCILLOR. At the Urban Council meeting on Thursday night an intimation came to hand from Bangor University College that the tenure of office of the Council's repre- sentatives had term;nated. In proposing the re- election of Mr Foster. Mr Ford said that they could not have a better man for the job, and he certainly carried great weight (laughter). Coun- cillor Humphreys seconded and it was carried unanimously. FIRE.-The town surveyor (Mr E. C. Joues) and gaa manager have discovered that the fire alarm hooter at the gasworks requires a little use every now and then to keep the pipe from choking up. They recommend their Council that it should sound at 1 p.m. every Saturday just to clear it. Mr Humphreys thought it a very sensible sugges- tion and Councillor Parry said it would serve the additional purpose of accustoming the people to its- sound. Mr Ford: If sounded at the same time as the other hooters it won't attract particu- lar attention. Councillor Parry That's it. SOCIAL.-An enjoyable social was held on Wednesday evening, in connection with the English Congregational Church Literary Society. There was a good attendance, and an excellent programme consisted of solos by Miss Sallie Jones, Mr Stuart Humphreys, Mr Tyler, Mr J. Howard Jones, and Master Nolan Oliver, and recitations by Miss Hilda Spence and Master Sydney Reynolds. During the evening a hat trimming competition 'for gentlemen, was held, the prize being won by Mr J. H. Richards and Miss Tillie James was first in a nail-driving com- petition for ladies. Rev E. Jones-Williams was the chafrman. A IEIARASSED DOCTOR.—A. letter from Dr Alfred Shearer was read at Thursday's sederunt of the Council stating that during the early part of the week he had suffered an intolerable nuisance from the noise and smoke arising from the holding of the shows on the Severn Banks. It interfered with his peace by day and his sleep by night. He did not wish to interfere with any existing arrangements which might have been entered into by the Council, but unless the Council agreed not to let the river bank in future for any such purpose he would be compelled to levy an injunction against the Council to stop the nuisance. The letter was referred to the River Banks Committee to report. THE COUNCIL SCHOOLS.—A meeting of the Newtown Council School Managers was held at the New-road School on Friday evening. There were present Mr Richard Phillips (chairman), Mr John Humphreys and Mr T. L. Jones, with Mr F. Bennett Lloyd (correspondent). A letter was read from the Clerk to the Education Authority, stating that the committee had decided to raise the salary of Miss Beatrice Davies, Park-street, from £ 20 to X25.-Afr Walter King wrote asking for a week off to attend the teachers' examination, commencing at the New-road School on November 28th. This was allowed.—Miss A. Rhodes, head- mistress of the New Church-street School, wrote complaining that when the heating apparatus was put on teachers and scholars suffered from head- aches, and asking that troughs, the lengths of the radiators, to be filled with water be supplied. The matter was deferred until the next meeting. THE CO-OP. SMOKER."— An experiment of getting at the male members of the local Co- operative Society proved a great "hit" upon the part of the Educational Committee in including this item in the programme of their winter cam- paign. The Public Hall, on Thursday evening, was the scene of a great smoke, as some 400 men enjoyed their pipes of tobacco and cigarettes, a free sample being supplied by the Manager (Mr F. C. Evans) to each person on entering the building. The entertainment was a combination of numbers to suit everyone's taste—humour, free from vulgarity, by the celebrated entertainer from Manchester (Mr Foster Korshaw), with songs, duets, and part-songs by the Cambria Quartette, as well as a rousing practical speech on co-opera- tion by Mr W. H Bryant. the popular secretary of the Western Sectional Beard. On the platform was the President of the Society (Mr George Jones), who occupied the chair, and was supported by Mr Bryant, Messrs J. C. Cleaton Davies (vice- president), T. R. Bridgewater, T. V. Morris, T. Reynolds, W. A. Pugb, David Hamer, and J. C. Williams (Educational secretary). The opening number was a humorous part-song by the Cambria Quartette, Jack and Gill," which was well sung considering that they were performing in smoke- land." Hatton's time-honoured When evening's twilight" was their best effort; indeed, both items were loudly applauded. The appearance of Mr Foster Kershaw was the signal for great cheeking. The manner in which this moat clever entertainer pourtrayed all his songs, sketches, and skits was a marvellous piece of skill and art, and the smart appreciation ot his jokes and sallies by the audi- ence proved most unmistakeably that he was the "hero" of the evening. Mr Kershaw made four appearances, and each time was vociferously re- demanded, and the entertainer was as haipy and delighted to respond. We may mention that in response to two encores Mr Kershaw displayed his abilities as an elocutionist by giving Not Under- stood and The Lighthouse Keeper's Story," ] with great effect. Messrs Llew. Morgan and Stuart Humphreys contributed the duet, Call to Arms," in their well-known style, while Mr W. H. Morgan sang Sullivan's Once again" in charming style, and Mr Stuart Humphreys was in his best form in Adams' "The Mighty Deep." The soloists and duettists, it is needless to say, brought down the house, and each of them had to reappear. Mr Ernest Owen cleverly accompanied the whole of the artistes. The Educational Secre- tary (Mr Williams) had the pleasure of finding bis labours a great success. One of the most en- joyable entertainments was brought to a close by the company singing God save the King." INTERESTING.—The next meeting of the Court of Governors of the Welsh National Museum will, we understand, be held at Newtown in the Spring. THE EARLY BIRD secures the best. Now is the time to select your Christmas Cards. Some remarkably cheap boxes of Autograph Cards.—19, Broad-street. PERSONAL.—The Rev J. Hugh Edwards, London, discusses in an interesting manner in the Chris- tian World" the forthcoming report of the Welsh Church Commission. C.E.S.—A Christian Endeavour United Rally was held at the Primitive Methodist Church on Tuesday. Mr George Jones occupied the chair, and addresses were delivered by Miss Agnes Pugh and the Pastor (Rev Percy V. Dawe). Solos were effectively rendered by Mrs Beddoes and Mr W. H. Morgan. IF the weather continues to develop at the present pace we shall have the traditional charm (?) of snow at Christmas, which, be it remembered, lies but only seven weeks ahead. The penultimate month has been angry and nippy so far. Overcoats and winter wraps are now in vogue in acknowledgment that winter is here. PENNY Pop.Rev Elias Jones presided at the Penny Popular entertainment on Saturday evening. There was again a large attendance, and a pleasant evening was spent. An excellent programme consisted of solos by Miss Maggie Bellis, Master Nolan Oliver, and Mr W. H. Morgan pianoforte duet, Misses Humphreys; recitation, Miss Amy Williams; and a Glochen- speil solo by Miss Gladys Humphreys. A CORRESPONDENT writes :—" Your never-fail- ing scribe at Caersws has a local phenomenon for every season, and last week, I see, he olaimed the belt' from Kerry with some monstre carrots. Well, we all can grow things, great and small, in season, but far more remarkable than these Ancient City' carrots is a fact that only a fort- night ago a Penygloddfa man picked half-a-dozen big, beautiful, luscious strawberries in his g&rden." FOOTBALL.—The Royal Welsh Fusiliers jour- neyed to Aberystywyth on Saturday, and engaged the Town team in a League fixture. The game game resulted in a win tor the visitors by three goals to one.—The same day the Aberystwytb College team visited 'Newtown, and met the Royal Welsh Warehouse on the Pool-road ground. Here, however, the visitors proved more than a match for the home team, and defeated them by six goals to three. A VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY.—Those interested in rural science and gardening should appreciate the free classes now opened at the County School for instruction in these subjects. Mr John, B.Sc. who is to conduct the classes, will offer a course which includes the chemistry of plants and soils, insect pests, plant diseases, the structure and cul- tivation of various crops, etc, all of which will be made interesting by practical demonstrations given in the laboratory. Such a valuable oppor- tunity cannot surely be missed by the many gar- dening amateurs in Newtown, to whom a scientific knowledge would prove immensely helpful and import a greater degree of pleasure into their favourite hobby. No fees are charged. A NEWTONIAN'S SMART CAPTURE.—The follow- ing paragraph appeared iB. the • Northern Daily Telegraph' of October 31st, concerning a smart capture made by Mr Charles Edwards, of 41, Kerry-road, and who recently joined the Black- burn Constabulary :—" The story of a smart capture by the police was told at Blackburn to- day, when James Murray (26), groom, of no fixed abode, was charged with stealing a sum of Is 6d from Thwaites' Arcade. It was stated that at two a.m. on Saturday P.C. Edwards heard a noise in a boot dealer's lock-up qhop at the corner of the Arcade, tenanted by George Whittaker, and obtaining the assistance of other constables the shop was surrounded. Constable Edwards thf. beheld the prisoner Murray emerging from the shop through an upper window, below which was an out-building. I What's your game ?' the con- stable asked. You know my game,' replied the prisoner. To the officer's question as to whether there was anyone else inside, the prisoner answered No, I prefer to work alone,' The officer enquired what prisoner had in his possession, and he said 'Only my stick,' producing a jemmy. Prisoner added that he had only just come to Blackburn from London. It was stated that the prisoner had a most remarkable record of crime against him, including terms of twelve months and eighteen months for shop-breaking, twelve months under the Prevention of Crimes Act, three years for shop-breaking, and twelve months for stealing (consecutive sentences). He was ordered to take his trial at the Quarter Sessions. At the conclu- sion of the case the Bench complimented P.C. Edwards on his clever capture." ORGAN RECITAL —The Parish Church was not packed, nor even comfortably full, on Friday night, when Mr A. J. Bibb gave one of his occa- sional organ recitals. The opportunities which Newtown people have of listening to good music are now almost confined to these recitals, and one feels regretful that so few avail themselves of such opportunities. Mr Bibb acquitted himself with credit at the grandest of all instruments, and he had the assistance of local amateur artiste3, who at least varied the programme, but ot these more anon. The programme opened with the dignified fantasia and fugue in A flat by Brosig. The piece was not so massive and statuesque as Rhein Merger's, which the organist gave at the last recital, but the brilliance of the reed work in the organ was admirably shown by the executant, and the piece received a stately handling. An intermezzo of Lemare's followed. Lemare is ranked as one of the greatest organists of the day, but it is in this type of composition that he really excels. This Mr Bibb played as written. It is a delightful morceau, and was of its kind superior to the Ave Maria of Cheru- bini which figured later in the programme. The March Soleunelle of Maïlly, which closed the recital, was given with great effect. From Mr Bibb's interpretation one would hardly describe it as 'Sollennelle"; it savoured more of the Maestoso pomposo." Item No. 6, though, was the Organist's triumph, Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor." This monumental piece, which through succeeding years has always been regarded as the chef d'oevre of one of the greatest classic masters, was interpreted with a freedom and dexterity which was inspiring even to the un- initiated. The Organist negotiated the different arpeggios with ease, and the fine contrapuntal passages were well and gracefully defined. The congregation listened spell-bound to the masterly and rhythmical interpretation of the great composer's ideas which succeeded as cloud on cloud until the zanith had been reached in the final chord. The inclusion of this noble compo- sition in the programme was more than justified, and if repeated at the next '.recital will assuredly gain an eqwal meed of appreciation. Two 'cello solos, wÂh organ accompaniment, by Mr J. T. C. Gittins also found a place. Davidoif's Romance Sans Paroles hardly found Mr Gittins in his best frame. To the critical ear he did not, as it were, let himself go. As a Romance it might hare been played with more abandon; still, it was very melodious and decidedly a skilful render- ing. It was in Squire's "L'Adieu" that we had a taste of Mr Gittins' real capabili- ties. He imported reai feeling into this work of the English composer, and, supported by an in- genious accompaniment on the part of Mr Bibb, be gave a rendering remarkable for its aesthetic grace and sympathy. Unfortunately, we cannot accord any such measure of praise to the vocal selections, which, to say the least, were disappoint- ing. Mr Morley Hughes has a good voice—it may be a trifle throaty, bat it is a pure tenor and one of which any singer may be proud-but, though he may have learnt the art of voice production, even as an amateur he has much to learn in sing- ing. His enunciation in the solo he gave was lamentable, and though, be it said to his credit, he preserved good intonation throughout, there was an absolute lack of gradation-no light and shade. He should study the words and meaning first, and then, armed with such an excellent voice, should gain many laurels. Mrs Basil Joues chose that exacting solo of Handel's, "Thou shalt bring them in,' as her first solo. She made the mistake of singing too near the reredos in- stead of coming nearer the nave. Mrs Basil Jones has the keen. Handelian sense, and sings in the approved Handelian style, but she had net the vocal-sustaining power to carry the piece through in triumph. Bohr's Thy will be done" was sung with commendable art and taste, but again the concluding passages were obviously too exacting for the vocalist.—It only remains to record that the attendance of Nonconformists was compara- tively large. DOGS AT NIGHT. A reader' in a letter re- ceived too late for publication at length, calls aatention to the number of dogs running loose after dark in contravention of the dogs' Act, while he himself, upon official advice, keep bis spaniel tied up over night. We admire the law-abiding citizen, but pity his canine friend. BAPTIST MUTUAL.—This Society met on Thurs- day evening, under the presidency of Mr T. Parry-Jones, J.P. The attendance was good and the programme consisted of Impromptu Speech." Several of the speeeches were really fine effects and elicited warm applause. Miss Kate Morgan and Mr G. P. Davies, added to the evening's enjoyment with solos, the accompanists being Miss Emly Humphreys and Mr Sidney Davies. B.W.T.A.—A meeting for women only was held on Thursday afternoon last at 2-30 in the Con- gregational Schoolroom, under the presidency of Mrs Edward Davies, of Plas Dinam, who opened the proceedings with cordial words of welcome to the large number present. Mrs Herbert Lewis, M.A., gave an excellent address, emphasising very strongly the importance of home influence and women's share in the worlds' work for tem- perance. Solos were rendered by Miss Spence and Mrs J. Morris. Miss M. J. Evans also took part in the meeting. Tea was provided at the close for all present, and was nicely served by the ladies of the Congregational Church. Warm votes of thanks were accorded to Mrs Edward Davies, and Mrs Herbert Lewis,. PICTUREDROME.-The attendance at this popu- lar place of amusement last week was larger than ever, which is not to be wondered at. Twice the interesting pictures are changed, weekly, and are of the highest class. It is an entertainment your wife or daughter can witness, assured that while it is impossible not to laugh, yet no trace of coursness is shown, being brimful of genuine interest to all. The building, since fires have bean lighted, is very cosy, and the cleanliness of the hall, has left nothing to be desired, A novel go-as-you-please competition this week caused considerable fun, and was won by Mr C. Birch, who impersonated a lady with great skill. This class of competition should meet with great support which it really deserves. From our advertising column will be seen that this week proves that the popular manager, Mr Codman, is ever on the look out for fresh novelties, not only in the way of competition, but up-to- date pictures. Considerately he has yet aside one night specially for the benefit of the Mont- gomeryshire Infirmary funds. Upon this night we anticipate a packed house. On page 7, readers will find the impressions of a Newtown dame faithfully recorded after paying two or three visits to the picturedrome.
NEW WELLS. ON Sunday evening week a special childrens' service was held at the New Wells Baptist Church in connection with the Sunday School. An ex- cellent programme was carried out by the follow- ing :—May Morgan, Lily Morgan, Olwen Davies, Winnie Morgan, Edith Jones, Sallie Jones, Bryan Kinsey, May Jones, Tommy Rice, Lily Jones, Toyce and May Kinsey, Lily Francis, Mildred Bennett, Sarah Kinsey, and Miss Morgan. Special music was sung by the children. The Pastor delivered an excellent address, and Miss Jennie Roberts was the accompanist. The collection was in aid of the Church funds.
BERRIEW. PETTY SESSIONS, Saturday.—Before Captain Johnes and Captain Corbett-Winder, George Blockley, farmer, Berriew, was charged by P.C. Lewis for keeping a carriage without a licence.- Fined 8s, including costs.-David Austin, labourer, was charged by P.C. Lewis with being drunk and disorderly in Brriew Village on the 13th October. Fined 3s and 78 costs.—Robert Morris, Arthur Morris and Thomas Davies, of Maesbury, Salop, timber hauliers, was charged by P.C. Lewis with not having a light attached to their timber car- riages at 7-50 p.m. on the 22nd of September. They were each fined 3s and 7s costs.—Rd. Evans, of Tregynon, was charged by P. C. Davies, Tre- gynon, with carrying a gun without a license. Fined 10s and costs.
LLANFAIR-CAEREINION. SOCIAL EVENING.—A most successful social evening was spent at the Council School on Satur- day, in aid of the Benevolent and Orphan Funds of the N.U.T. The Catering was excellent, and the Entertainment was most enjoyable The arrangements were in the ablejhanda of the active secretary (Mrs Kate Roberts). The attendance was most satisfactory. PUBLIC HALL—A public meeting was held at the Council School, on Saturday evening, Mr W. Alford Jehu, Brynavon, in the chair. There was a good attendance, The Hon. Sec. (Mr W. Lloyd Pierce) read the notice convening the meeting, and the Hon. Treasurer (Mr M. Lewis Jones) read a statement of the subscriptions received and promised towards purchasing the sitb and defray- ing the preliminary expenses, which was very encouraging. The following resolution, moved by Dr. Humphreys, seconded by Mr E. R. Pick- mere, Mount Hall, and supported by Rev. J. J. Latimer-Jones, vicar, Messrs. Samuel Ellis, David Thomas, Richard Jones, W. Story, H. T. Collins, E. Lloyd Edwards, C. Herbert Humphreys, and others, was unanimously adopted:—"That the grateful thanks of this meeting, representing the inhabitants of Llanfair and district be accorded to Mrs Davies, and the Misses Davies, of Plas Dinam for their generous offer of a public hall for the town of Llanfair, and that the munificient offer be heartily accepted." A strong representative com- mittee was appointed to carry out the future arrangements in connection with the project. ANNUAL TREAT.—On Wednesday the annual Sunday school treat, took place at Maesygroes, when a excellent tea was provided. The tables were presided over by Miss Gittins, Heniarth; Miss Davies, Cefncyfronydd, assisted by Mrs Gittins, Mrs Davies, Miss Bebb, Miss Brown, Mrs Nutting, Mrs Jones, Miss Rose Gittins, Miss Foulkes and Mrs Watkin. After all had partaken of the tea, a concert was held, presided over by Mr E. Anwyl Evans. The following was the programme:—Anthem, "Gwahodd mae Iesu o hyd Choir; quartet, His love can never die," Mrs Davies and party; song, "Rwy'n myn'd fy mami," Miss Laura Edwards; recitation, "Prayer and potatoes," Mrs Davies; quartette, Miss Brown and party; translation, Welsh into Eng- lish, best Mr Gittins, janr.; song, "Addfwyn Iesu." Miss Laura Edwards; duet, Misses Gictins; recitation, Miss Davies; quartette, Mrs Davies and party; spelling bee; trio, "Tho Reapers," Messrs Gittins; recitation, Mr Rogers, Gelli; song, Gair olaf fy mam," Mrs Davies; song, Mr Rogers, Gelli; anthem, the choir. The spelling bee and translation competitions were arranged by Mr Robert Jones and Mr Morris. At the close of a very pleasant evening the usual votes of thanks were, accorded.
Hands Across the Sea. Sir,—Some time back I noticed in your paper, an account of an old soldier who was sent to prison for nine months for shooting a few rabbits; and then of his being hounded from work on a farm in the neighbourhood, for this crime, which he bad expiated once at a frightful cost, by keepers who insisted that the farmer should sack him. Such horrible cruelty made my blood run cold 1 as I read it. I often hear tales of cruelty from Armenians, Slavs, Poles and Russians who are doing well in this better land. Send the poor fellow out to me and I will take care that he gets leave to live, and, if he wants to shoot or fish in his spare time, he will have plenty ef opportunity. He shall have a comfortable home, lots of better paid work than would be given him in Powysland. even if he wore keeper instead of poacher; amd if he has a family he will be glad he brought them to Canada. Perhaps some friends of liberty will raise the cost of his passage, and give him the necessary sum which the immigration laws re quire him to have. I will look after him after he lands here, and see that he gets work, or any other poor fellow who is a willing worker that the gamekeepers are driving out of their native land. They need not die of starvation or turn to crime because the Severn Valley is wanted for a hunt- in6, ground for Kings and Kaisers. Welshpool has been stunted for half a century by feudal influences. It ought long ago to have been the leading town in the Severn Valley. Men like the late Mr Tom Morris would have pushed it to the front long ago, if these influences had been a thousand miles away. October 25th, 1910. JOHN ROBERTSON. l Bradford, Ontario, Canada.
i WELSHPOOL. [For other Welshpool news see Page 3.] FOR Gans, Rifles, Cartridges, Lamps, Lamp Glasses, Glopes and Mantles, try Wm. Thomas, Ironmonger, Welshpool. [ADVT. GRAND DISPLAY of new goods on show at BowEN'S, the well-known cash drapers, Berriew- street. ALDERMANIC.—24 years as alderman will be completed next Wednesday by Mr G. D. Harrison, whom the Borough Council will re-elect for another six years. PERSONAL.—The Countess of Powis leaves 45, Berkeley-square to-day (Monday) for Pau, where she will winter' She would have gone earlier but for the illness of the Hon. Mervyn Herbert, her youngest child. A WORD TO THE WisE--At a special meeting of the Borough Council last Saturday, hope was expressed that the local contractors would bestir themselves, so that local labour may be employed on the various works required for the National Agricultural show at Welshpool next summer. ANGLICAN ACTIVITY.—An air-gun league was formed last Monday night in connection with the Welshpool Church of England Men's Institute. Ten clubs are expected to take part in this organisation: Weslhpool Institute, Guilsfield, Pool Quay, Castle Caereinion, Four Crosses, Penrhos, Trewern, Buttington, Middletown and Leighton. A DROVER'S DRUNKENNESS.—Police Sergeant J. A. Hughes had a drunk and disorderly case last Friday before Messrs Maurice Jehu and David Lloyd. The defendant, Jeffrey Williams, a drover living in Bowling Grean-lane, was brought up in custody, having been found in Berriew-street the previous night. The Bench imposed a fine of 10s and costs, and allowed defendant a week's grace to pay the money. THE CITY OF GOD." -Should the four walls of the Council Chamber be considered to com- prise a City of God." The thought was sug- gested by the subject under consideration by the Primitive Methodist Christian Endeavourers last Tuesday evening, when Mr Edward Venables, in the course of a paper, said he believed the four walls of the Primitive Methodist Chapel sur- rounded a "City of God." Mrs Maggie Jones was in the chair, and several members took part in the interesting discussion. AFTER THE SERMON.-A novel idea was adopted at the Presbyterian Chapel on Sunday. After the morning service the preacher—Mr Arthur Jones, B.A., of the Theological College, Aber- ystwyth—departed, and the Christian En- deavourers criticised his sermon, which dealt with Personality." Ex-Sergeant Thomas Morgan presided, and the discussion was upheld by Mrs Howell Williams, Mr and Mrs Joseph H. Davies, Miss May Morgan, Miss Doris Reese, Mr Rees James, and Mr W. Evans (Buttington Hall). The opinion was expressed that the natural personality of a teacher exercises greater influence than his intellectual or other attainments. A GOOD WORD FOR WELSHPOOL.—"I am in pretty close touch with the religious and charit- able institutions in the town, and nothing im- presses me more than the wonderful generosity of the people of Welshpool and neighbourhood to all kinds of charitable and religious institutions. It would surprise many people if they knew how much is sent year after year from this town and neighbourhood to all these various institutions." Mr D. J. Jones made this interesting statement last Thursday night as chairman of a foreign missions meeting in the Wesleyan Chapel. He was led to say so by the fact that the Welshpool section of the Severn Valley Wesleyan Mission had last year subscribed over £ 44 towards foreign missions. The Rev. C. A. Sheppard gave an address entitled "Echoes from Afar," and the Rev Alfred Dumbarton, late of Mysore, spoke of mission work amongst gypsies in India. Mrs Challinor sang a solo, and a collection was taken. CORONATION MAYOR CHOSEN.—Aldermen G. D. Harrison and Rowley Morris were the only ab- sentees from a special meeting of the Borough Council, held last Saturday morning to consider the mayoralty and the arrangements for holding the National Agricultural Show next year. Al- derman David Jones moved and Councillor Ed- ward Wyke seconded that Councillor T. J. Evans be elected next Wednesday. They i-poke in flat- tering terms of the manner the Mayor had filled his office duty during the past year, and the Council agreed unanimously. The Town Clerk (Mr C. Pryce Yearsley), however, pointed out that, strictly speaking, according to a recently passed Act of Parliament, a returning Alderman cannot take part in the election of Mayor. so Councillor Dr. R. D. Thomas moved, and Council- lor Dr. F. E. Marston seconded the appointment of of Councillor Evans. The mayor-elect returned thanks and noted what with the Coronation cele- brations and the National Show at Welshpool, it would be an expensive year of office. GRAMMAR SCHOOL OLD Boys.A remark- able scene was witnessed in Berriew-road on Saturday evening, which supplied another testi- mony, if need be, to the popularity of Mr T. Files as headmaster of the Grammar School, The Old Boys" Association, after celebrating their first re-union with a dinner at the White Lion Hotel, ended their pleasant proceedings by chair- ing their old headmaster shoulder-high to the Grammar School. The President (Rev Father O'Pozzi) was unavoidably unable to bo present and preside at the dinner-table, so Mr Fred. Anderson (the Vice-President) occupied the chair, with Mr J. W. France, Oldham, in the vice-chair. The Chairman proposed the health of the Asso- ciation, and referred to the encouraging progress it had made since its formation last summer. The Vice-Chairman proposed in eulogistic terms the toast of the Headmaster, a toast which was cele- brated with great enthusiasm.—In responding, Mr Hiles spoke feelingly of the cordial relations which had always existed between himself and his pupils, and referred to the manner in which the Grammar School maintains its position and numbers. The Association appointed the follow- ing officers for the ensuing year :-President, Rev Father O'Pozzi (re-elected) vice-president, Mr Harry Bushell; secretary, Mr Rex Manford; treasurer, Mr Ronald F. Manford. An enjoyable musical programme was contributed by Messrs J. E. Crabtree (assistant-master at the Grammar School), R. Crabtree, F. E. Anderson, Samuel Manford, S. W. Grand, Harvey Davies, Harry Bushell, Hermann Gregory, Rex Manford, and Ronald Manford. Death of an Old Townsman.—To-morrow (Tuesday) will be buried the mortal re- mains of Mr John Morris, The Foundry, who passed away after a long and painful illness last Thursday forenoon. The de- ceased, wlx) had passed his 74th year, was the eldest son of the late Mr John Morris. His father hailed from the Berriew district, and established a successful ironfounder's business in days when Welshpool was at the height of its commercial activity. Mr John Morris, senior, was in the old days of open voting an energetic electioneer, and figured often as ah outspoken and aggressive town councillor. But his son was of a more retiring disposition, and though sev- eral times invited, never sought municipal honours. The deceased gentleman was senior partner of the firm of Messrs J. and M. Morris, ironfounders and agricultural implement makers, but of recent years ill- health had prevented him devoting that close attention to business which had been characteristic of him in /the prime of life. He was one of the oldest members of the Buck Friendly Society, whose chairman for several years he was. Mr Morris was one of the first governors of the Welshpool County School, and a few years ago his name was added to the roll of borough magistrates, but very seldom sat on the Bench.. The deceased, in years gone by, was recognised in the town as an excellent man to get up a subscription list towards any desirable local presentation or such object. As long as he could, Mr Morris was a regular attendant at St. Mary's Parish Church, where for many years he held office as sidesman. He never took any ac- tive part in political contests, but he was a firm Free Trader. Mr Morris was married twice, first to the only daughter of the late Mr Thomas Rider, a Welshpool townsman there were fourteen children of this mar- riage, and twelve are still alive. His second wife, the daughter of. the late Mr James Hugh, Runcorn, also survives. Much sym- pathy is felt with the bereavement into which the family has been cast by the death of an esteemed townsman. Special sym- pathy is also felt with the two bereaved brothers-Mr William Morris, draper, and Mr Morgan Morris-for the three Morrises used to be almost inseparable.
LLANIDLOES. [For other Llanidloes News see Page 8.] ACCIDENT ON THE LiNE.-On Thursday the evening mail train, which is due at Llanidloes at 7-46, was forty minutes late, owing to two waggons of coal at Pantydwr having got off the metals. A relief mail was sent from Llanidloes for the passengers, luggage, and the mails, and returned at about half-past eight. "WHY THIS THUSNESS"?—This expressive query heads the letter of A Women Voter," who remarks" It seems to me very selfish of the men to seize upon all the vacant seats at the Council. Surely when women have a voice in municipal government and are entitled to sit at the Council it would be but fair to allot them one or two places. What do you think ? We think it is not so much a question of masculine selfish- ness as feminine indifference. Why did not the women of Llanidloes put forward a candidate from among themselves ? Local government offers a useful field for their energies and abilities, but evidently it does not appeal to them, however much we hear of their desire for political enfran- chisement. Only twelve women, we notice, came forward as candidates in all the cities and boroughs of England last week.
MONTGOMERY. PARDONABLE PRIDE.-Sons of the county town are, it is said, wearing their hats a trifle to the side these days. They are pardonably proud of the distinction given to their worthy Mayor (Aid. Fairies-Humphreys), whose photo has just got a place in the daily papers. The popular Alderman will this week be made Mayor for the tenth time, a municipal record which, perhaps, will never be excelled by any other borough in the county. PROPERTY SALE.—On Thursday, at the Dragon Hotel, Messrs Morris, Marshall and Poole offered for sale by public auction the four cottages known as Conquer Hall," situate about a mile from the town of Montgomery. Mr J. Stanley Morris having described the property, the bidding was started by Mr T. G. Mitchell at .£100, and gradu- ally rose to X140, at which figure the property was withdrawn, but it is understood Mr Mitchell sub- sequently became the purchaser. Mr Charles S. Pryce (Town Clerk) acted as solicitor to the vendors. TEMPERANCE.—A meeting was held in the Town Hall on Thursday evening last, under the auspices of the local branch of the British Womens' Temperance Association. In the absence of the Mayor (Aid. N. W. Fairles-Hnmphreys), who had promised to preside, Miss Annie James occupied the chair, and was supported on the platform by Mrs Maurice Owen and Miss Mc Gavin. Mrs Herbert Lewis (wife of Mr J. Herbert Lewis, M.P.) was the speaker of the evening, and she gave a very interesting and intelligent address, urging all ladies to take more interest in political matters. At the close Miss Jame3 proposed a heaity vote of thanks to Mrs Lewis, and said they expected a good address from her, but had had more than they expected. Miss McGavin seconded, and the motion was carried with acclamation. Mrs Lewis, after returning thanks, proposed a vote of thanks to Miss James for presiding, and this was seconded by Mr R. W. Carter, and car- ried. The small attendance was, no doubt, ac- counted for by the very inclement weather and the early hour at which the meeting was fixed. WHIST DRIVE.—In connection with the Reading and Recreation Society, a whist drive was held in the Prince's-street Rooms on Wednesday evening last, and the function proved a great success. Each member was allowed to invite a lady friend, and upwards of 40 were present, and all thor- oughly enjoyed themselves. Thirty-two games were played, and the prize-winners were as follows: —Ladies 1, Mrs Silas Hamer; 2, Miss Ruth Williams; consolation, Mrs J. E. Tomley. Gen- tlemen 1, Mr J. Arthur Withers 2, Mr Richard Hughes; consolation, Mr J. Berwick. Mrs Hamer and Miss Williams each scored 222 points, but on cutting a pack of cards Mrs Hamer took first place. In the gentlemen Mr Withers' score was 230, Mr Richard Hughes 229, Mr Horace Jones being 228 Mr W. J. Powell ably discharged the secretarial duties, and Miss Kitty Powell was in charge of the commissariat department, and she was assisted by a band of willing helpers. It is intended to have a series of these whist drives, the one on Wednesday being given by the Committee of the Society.
CRIPPEN TO BE HANGED. Judges Unanimously Dismiss Appeal. On Saturday three judges heard Crippen's appeal case against the Lord Chief Justice's decision of a fortnight ago. Despite the eloquent and clever pleading of his Counsel, Mr Tobin, he will be executed this (Tuesday) morning. Three points were advanced in turn by the array of counsel for the defence, but one by one they were brushed aside by the three red-robed Judges of Appeal—Mr Justice Darling, young looking and alert, in the centre of the bench, with the grave looking Mr Justice Channell on his right hand, and the sedate Mr Justice Pickford on his left. No one expected that Dr Crippen himself would be present, for Mr Justice fyidley had already ruled against his appearance in court, but the three judges held that there was nothing to pre- vent Dr Crippen hearing his conviction argued. Not until some evidence was called was he actually brought into court, however. CRIPPEN'S APPEARANCE. After the order had gone forth the crowded assembly waited impatiently to see the man who for a fortnight past had lain under sentence of death. Every eye was fixed on the little door at the back of the dock as Crippen stepped forth. His appearance was very little changed. He looked as smart and trim as he did when on trial, and the wonderful composure which he displayed throughout that ordeal had not deserted him. He surveyed the court boldly, gave a smile of recog- nition to someone that he knew among the many faces peering at him, and composedly sat down. THE DECISION. Mr Justice Darling, in delivering the Court's judgement, said that every point made by the defence had been put to the jury in the Judge's summing up, The appeal must be dismissed. The prisoner listened to the judgment with strained attention, standing up between the warders, and as it became more apparent that the decision of their lordships was against him his face coloured perceptibly. At the conclusion of. the judgment one of the warders touched the condemned man on the arm, and he turned and walked quickly out of the dock.
Unclean School Children. Sir,—How long are the children of cleanly and respectable parents to be exposed to the risk of becoming infested by vermia from the heads and bodlS ot the poor mites sent to school by lazy and dissolute mothers ? I have just heard of a case where a carefully nurtured little girl has been reported by the school doctor as having lice in her head of hair. The mother who takes a real pride in turning out the child neatly dressed has now to have the pretty haircut short, and the head washed with proper soap, and afterwards moistened with disinfectant. Further, she has to repeat this treatment every fourth day till the trouble has disappeared. More serious still is the fate of the neglected children who have been the cause of this poor woman's trouble. They are cleaned up, it is true, by the school nurse, but they will be in the same shocking state a week hence. I notice that in some towns negligent parents are being prosecuted through the medium of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and it is to be hoped that a few sharp magisterial penalties will put an end to a state of things which is a disgrace to our boasted civilization. I trust, sir, you will allow this letter to appear, and so assist in drawing attention to a matter of real importance to parents.—I am, sir, yours faithfully, DISGUSTED.
G. fJI! R. 7TH (MERIONETH & MONTGOMERY) BATTALION ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS. REGIMENTAL ORDERS By LiNUT.-COT. R. LONGUXVILLE (Commanding). Headquarters, Newtown, November 5th, 1910. FREE DISCHARGH.—It is notified for information that N.C. officers and men who are leaving the country will, on written application,, be granted a free discharge after delivering up all arms, equipment, clothing, etc. H. J. PHILLIPS (Capt. and Adjutant) 7tk Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers. MONTGOMERYSHIRE NEW INFIRMARY BUILDING FUND. TOTAB AMOUNT REQUIRED JB6,000 AMOUNT PROMISED TO Nov. 5TH: £ 5,842- AXPUITT YET TO BE RAISED: JB158. AMOUNTS RAISED AND PROMISED DURING LAST WEEK: 4 s. d. Miss Howells, Kentish Town, London. 1 0 0
MACHYNLLETH. GUY FAWKES.—Bonfires were lit and firework displays were in evidence in the town and district on Saturday evening. GOLF.-A competition took place on Saturday amongst the members, the winner being Mr C. L. Jones-Evans. LECTURE.—On Monday evening at the Graig Chapel, Rev. T. Peris Williams, delivered an in- structive lecture entitled "leuan Glan Geirionydd," under the auspices of the Graig Young People Society, and the arrangements were in the hands of Mr T. R. Morgan, J.P. WESLKYISM."—The annual preaching meetings in connection with the Wesleyan Church were held on Wednesday evening and throughout Thursday. Revs Tecwyn Evans, B.A. and Roger Jones, B.A., preached to large congregations. SOIREE.-Under the auspices of the Wesley Guild, an enjoyable soiree was held on Thursday, at the Tabernacle schoolroom. An interesting programme was listened to by a large attendance A similar soiree was held at Maengwyn school- room in connection with the Maengwyn Literary Society. SCOUTS.—A meeting of the committee was le7id at the Drill Hall on Friday evenicg, when Chief Scout Master Sadleir and Mr John Lumley were elected delegates to' attend the Scout Council today Monday, when means will be devised whereby the movement may be popularised in the County.
A Sad Affair. At the Shrewsbury County Police Office on Wednesday, before Mr William Jones, Kenneth Edward Dix Marshall, auctioneers' pupil, of Glou- cester, was committed to the Shropshire Assizes, to be held this week, charged with breaking and entering the office of Messrs Morris, Marshall, and Poole, auctioneers, Chirbury, and stealing £ 268 10s 6d in bank notes and gold on Septem- ber 2nd. Edward Clare Spackman, cashier to Messrs Morris, Marshall, and Poole, said on the night of September 1st he put in the safe cash and notes to the value of X265 10s 6d. He left the office at 11-30, having locked the safe and put the key in a drawer of Mr Marshall's desk. Next morning when he went to the office he found the key of the safe lying on the top of the desk, and on examina- tion saw that all the money was gone. Prisoner: Was it the custom to leave the back- door of the premises unlocked, or to leave the gas burning ? Witness: No. Supt. Elcock said on September 2nd he received information of the robbery, and at once went to Chirbury. In company of Sergeant Evans, of Westbury, he visited the offices of Messrs Morris, Marshall, and Poole. They examined the back- door, and found that it had beeu tampered with. The cash drawer of the safe had been forced open, evidently with a chisel or a jemmy." He made inquiries up to October 31st, and on that day he went with Sergeant Evans to Gloucester, and on the following day saw the prisoner in the street. Marshall was identified by three witnesses from Worcester, and was arrested. In the superinten- dent's office witness said to prisoner, I suppose, Mr Marshall, you know what you are charged with?" He replied, "Yes, and I know nothing about it." Directly afterwards he added, I did do it, and I had the week of my life after. I went to Newmarket rates and busted' all the notes. They will be turning up all over the eountry. You will find the two X50 notas in the corner of a drawer in a desk at my diggings." Witness went to Marshall's lodgings in Gloucester, and found the two JE50 notes produced. After he tound the notes witness went back to the police station, and told prisoner. Marshall then said, I enjoyed myself, and I must pay the penalty. P.S. Richard Evans said that when charged, prisoner replied Is lifting a latch breaking in ? Witness replied In law it is." Marshall then Prisoner was then committed to the Assizes. Mr E. H. Morris, of the firm of Messrs Morris Marshall and Poole, said he would like the magistrates to grant bail. Bail was granted of JBIOO and one surety of J6100.
GUY FAWKES. -The splutter of fireworks, and the exploding of miniature bombs on Saturday evening, marked the historic 5th November, when the juvenile members of the community indulge a measure of fun and frolic with impunity.
LETTERS TO THE EBITOB. WELSHPOOL MUNICIPAL ELECTION. Sir,—An object-lesson of a saddening kind was offered to the inhabitants of Welshpool on Tuesday last by the conduct of estate employees, with the result that honour and dignity have been trailed in the mud. As an admirer of the Herbert family, I cannot but deplore that their representatives should have acted in the ill-bred way that they did during the whole of the late municipal election. Their methods savoured of the bad old days of George III., and not of the more civilized and enlightened days of George V. Why was it deemed necessary Íur almost everybody on the estate to work from early morn to dewy eve (and I hear that that particular eve was very dewy indeed) at fever heat against. the men who stuck to their guns over the purchasing of the local Naboth's vineyard—otherwise the Henfaes ? The manner in which the unlucky and trembling possessors of votes were con- veyed in conveyances to the polling booth reminded me of the care evinced by warders and policemen when discharging a batch of burglars, forgers, and murderers out of Black Maria." It struck an onlooker forcibly that their hysterical anxiety to pre- vent the purchase of the Henfaes was not to save the rates," for of course they lonew that was a lie, but from some other motive. We know only too well that a general election is looming in the near future. A Welshpool loafer-and voter, too—wheeling a barrow down the street on Wednesday, said to a mate, Well, yesterday meant a lot of votes for J. D. Rees, Bill. Mine for one, for you do get fair play from Rees Strange to say, whilst Lord and Lady Powis are at the Castle, the attitude of their various employees towards the ienaiitry and townspeople generally is more cour- teous and polite than when the family are safely away. I for one am absolutely cer- tain that Lord and Lady Powis are very, very far from being aavare of the true state of affairs in Welshpool. Unfortunately, the ultimate result of Tuesday's orgie will rebound nut on the heads of the mien who organised and car- ried out the campaign, but on those inno- cent heads who personally took no part in the fray. The end is hastening when at- tempts are made to stamp out the manhood and liberty which is the birthright of every Briton. Remember Goldsmith's prophetic words:— A bold peasantry, their country' pride, When once destroyed, can never be supplied." —I am, etc. AN OLD T^XAXT.
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THE "EXPRESS" AND THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL. Thanks from the County Member, To THE EDITOR OF THE MONTGOMERYSHIRH EXPRESS AND RADNOR TIKES." Sir,—The Executive Committee in con- nection with the above memorial have been informed that you have opened a fund for subscribers to the memorial, and the com- mittee desire to thank you very cordially for your valuable support. Similar action has been taken by other newspapers, and various funds have been started locally in different parts of Wales. In addition, dona- tions are being sent direct to me from time to time. As honorary treasurer of the gen- eral fund, it is essential that I should keep in close touch with the business of collec- tion, and it is also important that the pub- lie should be kept informed weekly of the progress of the fund. The Finance Committee have decided to invest the memorial fund from time to- time in trust securities, and suggest that the sums received by you should be paid to me weekly, so that the committee may be enabled to utilise such sums to the best possible advantage. It will, of course, lie possible for sub- scribers to send their promises or donations either to me direct or to a newspaper, or to other collecting agencies, but in any case- we propose that I should keep separate and distinct lists of the amounts collected or promised from each county or county bor- ough. This arrangement is intended for the> purposes of information and comparison only. I shall, therefore, classify all prom- ises and donations received by me accord- ing to the counties or county boroughs from which they come, and include all anony- mous donations in a separate class. In addition to this classification. I shall make a point showing in the list, for each, county or county borough exactly what promises and donations have been obtained by each newspapers or other collecting agency. When the campaign fund is closed,, the whole list of all subscribers will be pub- lished. Definite steps are now being taken by the Executive Committee in the important work of organising the collection of funds through- out the whole of Wales and Monmouth- shire. As a first step, the Executive Com- mittee are endeavouring to arrange public meetings to be called by the Lords Lieuten- ant in all the counties. The objects of these meetings are, first. to bring home to the public the necessity for an active cam- paign, and, secondly, to secure the ap- pointment of a strong and representative county committee with an honorary secre- tary. The primary duty of each committee will be to secure a systematic and thorough can- vass of the whole county by the appoint- ment of local collectors in every town, vil- lage, or district, to whom receipt books will be issued. The precise organisation of this, work of collection will be left to the county committee, who will be well acquainted with the particular circumstances of their own county. It is, however, hoped that as great degree of uniformity as possible will be obtained. The Executive Committee desire me t express their sincere appreciation of the valuable assistance which you have given to this movement, and they earnestly hope that you will continue to help it on in every possible way. The committee will be glad if you can adopt. the proposals made in the first part of this letter, and publish this letter in the next issue of your paper.— Believe me to be, yours faithfully, DAVID DAVIES. Llandinam Hall, Llandinam, 31st October, 1910.
Welsh National." NEXT YEAR'S SHOW AT WELSHPOOL. The Welsh National Show will be held next summer at Welshpool. This decision was made by the Council cf the Welsh National Agricultural Society, which met last Friday week at the Wynn- stay Hotel, Machynlleth. Mr A. Vaughan- Davies, Cardiganshire's M.P., presided, and there were also present Mr David Davies, M.P., Plas Dinam, Sir Edward Pryse, Bart., Gogerddan, Mr Arthur Jones, Pro- fessor Bryner Jones, Aberystwyth University College, Mr Edward Green, The Moors, Mr R. Jones, Pall Mall. Mr John Roberts, Per- feddnant. Towyn, Mr David Evans, Llwyn- cadfor, Newcastle Emlyn. and Mr R. Roberts (secretary), Rliydgarnedd. The proceedings, which were private, lasted for an hour and a half. Two deputa- tions were interviewed-from Portmadoc and Welshpool. The Portmadoc deputation con- sisted of Mr W. Morris Jones (chairman of the Urban Council), Mr Newell, and Mr O. J. Roberts. Welshpool were represented by Councillor T. J. Evans (mayor), Mr Forrester- Addie, and Councillor George Macqueen They strongly advocated the suitability and advantages of Welshpool. It was eventually decided, having regard to the large number of members from Mont- gomeryshire. and the suitability of the dis- trict, that the show should be held at Welsh- pool in 1911. A proposal that prizes should be offered for the best cultivated farms in Montgom- eryshire was left to the local committee av Welshpool and the representatives of tfcd- Society.
SARN. ODDFELLOWSHIP.—A public meeting was held at Sarn on Thursday last to consider, the advisability of opening a branch lodg of the Manchester Unity if Oddfellows. Messrs Tomley, P.P.G.M., and G. Mjunt- ford, P.P.G.M., with a few ardent Oddfel- lows from Montgomery and Churchstoke, attended to lay the advantages of Odd-fellow- ship before the meeting. Mr Tomley, in fcis clear and succint manner, drove home the great benefits to the district which would accrue from the formation of a strong lodge of a great Friendly Society like the Odd- fellows, the biggest and soundest society of its kind the world hus ever seen. Mr Tomley spoke as an authority on the de- crease in pauperism and consequent saving to the ratepayers which the great. Friendly Societies had effected. He, therefore, ap- pealed to the farmers, as the greatest rate- payers, to give their strong support to the lodge which he hoped would be formed. The tradesmen, 1, Itl. would benefit, because workmen when sick would be receiving their club money and paying their way, i- stead of getting hopelessly into debt. To Lie* workmen, the benefits of sick pay, a doctor^ help in distress, and the sum paid on fcbe dea-th of a member or member's wife, would, he confidently believed, cause them to take the opportvnity of iorniing a lodge in their itildst.-V-r Mount-ford emphasised the point* of Mr Tomley's speech by some striking examples in the districts of Churchstoke and Montgomery, where Otld- fellow-ship had been the means ot keeping members and their families from disaster.— Several of the visitors spoke n support, as did Mr Frank Morris. At the con- elusion oi the meeting, a sufficient number to form a lodge gave in their names for proposal a- Oddfellows, and afterwards held an enthusiastic meeting of their oyrn. The lodge was christened, and when the dis- pensation from headqaarters is xeceivedl^ will lIe iunually opened,.