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The Coming Fight.


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The Montgomery Boroughs.

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WELSHPOOL. GRAND DISPLAY of new goods on show at BowEN's, the well-known cash drapers, Berriew- street. FOR Guns, Rifles, Cartridges, Lamps, Lamp Glasses, Glopes and Mantles, try Wm. Thomas, Ironmonger, Welshpool. [ADVT. THE DAIRY.—Our "Princess" Separator has been awarded over 100 medals. The most reliable; easiest to work; British niade.-Call and inspect at HUMPHREY JONBS & SoN, Hall- street. [Advt. PUBLIC HOUSE FOR SALE.— £1,000 was offered at a sale, last Thursday, for the Gullet Inn and other premises, including a shop, clubroom, and bakehouse, but Messrs. Morris, Marshall, & Poole, the auctioneers, withdrew the lot at that figure. MORE MAYORAL CONGRATULATIONS.—Aid. T. J. Evans, on taking the chair at the Borough sessions last Tuesday received further congratulations from the magistrates. Colonel Twyford expressed his certainty that under the Mayor's chairmanship everything will run as smoothly and intelligently in the ensuing year as in the past year. Mr. Maurice J6hu seconded the vote of congratula- tion, and the Justice's clerk (Mr. C. Pryce Years- ley) supported on behalf of the Court officials. The Mayor, in reply, joined in the hope that the same cordial relations which had existed would continue. DRUID'S GRAND MASTER.—" It is a matter of pride to the Welshman that Bro Morgan Jones is the first of that race to climb to the highest rung in the Druidical ladder, says the Order of Druids' Quarterly Journal, in the course of an illustrated biography of Welshpool's well-known townsman, It is noted that Mr Jones was born in Llanbryn- mair; he came from Llanfyllin to Welsh pool in 1869; and was one of the first public auditors appointed in the Principality by the Treasury under the Friendly Societies Act, 1896. Mr Jones is not only a Druid, but an Oddfellow, and a member of the Royal Antidiluvian Order of Buffaloes. THE LATE MR. JOHN MoRiais.- "I regret at the commencement of my second year of office," said the Mayor (Alderman T. J. Evans), at the opening of the borough Sessions, last Tuesday, that I should hate a lamentable duty to perform. I allude to the death, after long illness, of one of the Justices of this Bench, one of Welshpool's most honourable tradesmen, and, I am sure, a man in all respects without guile. I beg to move that a vote of sympaty be sent to the widow and family of the late Mr. John Morris."—Col. Twyford: I regret that I have to second a motion of this des- cription. I have known Mr. Morris for a great number of years; I have had business transac- tions with him, and I smeure he is a great loss to the community.—The resolution was passed in silence. FREE TRADE AT THE COUNTY BALL.— Messrs. Belland's, of Chester, did the decorating and catering for the Montgomery County Ball, in the Welsbpool Town Hall last Thursday night. The furniture came in a van bearing the name of Messrs. Garnett, of Chester; Messrs. Dickson, of Chester, sent the flowers, and Messrs. Underwood, of Wolverhampton, provided the music. These Free Trade arrangements were carried out by a committee consisting of staunch political Protec- tionists, and aroused much interest amongst the observant Welshpool people. The Management Committee consisted of: Mr. G. D. Harrison, Fronllwyd; Dr. F. E. Marston, Brithdir Hall; Mr. Noel Turner, Sylfaen Hall; Mr. John Lomax, Llanfyllin; Mr. C. M. S. Humphreys, Caerhowel; and Captain Corbet-Winder, Glanrhiew, with Mr. John Evans, Sunville, as secretary. The ball opened at 10 p.m. and lasted until after 4 p.m. Not so many people attended as in past years, and the house-parties of Powis Castle and Garth, Glansevern, Cyfronydd and Leighton Hall, were conspicuous by their absence. BROTHER AND SIBTXB IN TROUBLE.—P.C Casewell told the Borough Bench last Tuesday the story of a stormy scene at Powell's-lan- at 11-15 p.m. on Monday, October 31st. He, in com- pany of P.C. Parry, saw Richard Howells, a labourer, living in Bowling Green-lane, pull off his coat, throw it on the ground, and run at another man named George, with whom he had been ar- guing. Howells was drunk, and used disgraoeful language.-Howells was represented in Court by his sister (Edith Howells), who declared that defendant struck her when she took her brother's part.—P.C. Parry having corroborated hie col- league's evidence, Edith Howells stated that about half-past eleven that night she waa going up with "a young chap" from the show, and saw her brother standing up against the wall. He was not drunk, but he had had some beer. She asked for an adjournment of the case to get witnesses. Her brother, she declared, was in danger of his life, because George Evans was never without a gun in pieces in his pocket, and he has said he would take his brother's life.—The justicee Clerk (Mr C. Pryce Yearsley): He ean take pro- ceedings, if he has any occasion to do so.—ie Benoh, havin fined Howells Is and 10s costs for being drunk and disorderly, they fined his sister 10s, including costs, for using obscene language at the same time and plaoe.-P.C. Casewell repeated a selection of the language with which she had emphasised her description of George Evans as a If roue.Edith Howells pleaded that she had only called him a sanguinary poacher.polioe- aergeant Hughes observed that the police had re- ceived several complaints from that part of the the town as regards the bad language used there, and he must say the defendants were the leading two in the district.—Edith Howells: If you would go there oftener, you would hear worse language than what I have used!—Sergeant Hughes: I have heard it myself, and I have cautioned you. DEATH OF AN OLD TOWNSMAN.—Dr. George Arthur Brown, surgeon to the Tredegar Iron and Steel Works, died suddenly at Tredegar last Thursday afternoon from heart failure whilst attending a patient. Dr. Brown was the eldest son of the late Mr George Brown, for 45 years head gardener at Powis Castle. Born at the Dairy Square in 1842, he was (with Mr John Sayce), one of the first pupils at the Welshpool Grammar School, which was then under the headmastership of the late Mr Blakewore- Brown. Mr Brown completed his education at the Hi oh School, Edinburgh, and at King's College, London, where he had as a fellow student the late Dr. Gill of Welshpool. For a short time he had been a pupil in the Llwydiarth Estate Office, under Sir Watkin Wynn's Montgomeryshire agent, late Mr Joseph Owen Jones; but he preferred to heal the sick than to superintend tenants. So. after becoming a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries in 1864 and a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (England) in 1865, he was appointed Surgeon to the Royal Infirmary, Sheffield, and shortly afterwards he became medical officer to the Tiedegar Iron and Steel Works, which post he held until the time of his death. Dr Brown was for 35 years a Justice of the Peace for Monmouthshire; he held many public offices, he was an able and clever surgeon, greatly beloved by all who knew him. His name appeared on the list of Worthy Master of Welshpool Lodge, No. 998, of Free and Accepted Masons. Dr. Brown was accustomed to make a monthly journey for Tredegar in order to wield the gavel. He also took a practical interest unto the last in his native borough by subscribing towards charities and other objects of local benefit. It is noteworthy that Dr. Brown's maternal grandfather, Peter van der Pool, of Mad- ras, when a young man, was interpreter to the great Lord Clive during his Indian conquests, and returned with the present Lord Powis's ancestor to this country. The deceased gentleman leaves a widow and three children to deplore the loss of a good husband and a kind parent. PROFITABLE FEAST OF LANTicimwa.Thaiilrs largely to the ingenuity of the Rev J. Stroud Williams, New-street English !Congregational Schoolroom was converted test Thursday after- noon into an Oriental sale of work for the financial benefit of the Church Funds. Japanese bamboo curtains, Chinese lanterns, and umbrellas with fairy lights were combined in artistic manner to form a transformation scene so real that the Mayoress (Mrs T. J. Evans), who gracefully per- formed the opening ceremony, declared, amid laughter, that the only drawback was that the Committee had not a real Japanese lady to take her place. Mr William Evans, Buttington Hall, presided over the opening, and his advice te the company to spend all their money before leaving the rooms was followed to the very gratifying ex- tent of aboilt YA5. Mr Stroud Williams expressed regret that Mrs Dr Thomss, who had taken a very active part in the preparations, was not able, through ill-health, to be present. Mr Rd. Powell proposed, and Mr John Jones, J.P., eeconded a vote of thanks to the Mayoress and the Chairman for their services. The six stalls were tastefully arranged around the room, where the host of help- ing friends distributed their services as follows: —Refreshment Stall: Mr and Mrs A. E. Bond, Visa and Miss Emily Pritehard, Mrs Williams (Crown Shop), Mrs Evans, Mrs Parry (Leighton), Mrs Watkins, Mrs J. Williams, Mrs Owen, Mrs J. Williams, Mrs Owen, Mrs Snelling, Mrs Purcell, Mrs Davies (Cletterwood), Miss Foulkes, Miss Bowen, Miss E. Watkins, Miss Louie Adams, and Miss Annie Hughes.-Fancy and Plain Stall: Mrs Powell, Mrs John Jones, Miss Davies (High- street), Mrs Edward Jones, Mrs Evans (Bron- wylfa), Mrs Pegg, and Miss Sallie Hughes.-Plaut and Flower Stall: Mrs A. H. Tones (Dolacog), Mrs N. D. T. Watkin, Miss Jehu, Miss Ida Thoms o6 and -Miss Doris Waldron.—Vegetable stall. Mr and Mrs J. L. Evans.—China Stall: Mrs Stroud Williams, Miss Francis (Leighton), Miss D. Jones, Miss G. Jones, and Miss M. Jones.— Bran Tub: Miss Hellear and Miss Welch.— During the evening musical selections were given by Miss Gwladys Jones, Mr C. I. Gwynne, and Miss Jehu. (Miss Emily Pritchard and Miss Jehu carried out very efficiently the secre- tarial duties.) The attractive programme also included a very creditable series of tableaux vivants, for which Mr Stroud Williams acted as stage manager. The characters thus depicted were: Little Miss Muffet, Miss Ida Thomas; Little Jack Horner, Master Llewelyn Jones; You Dirty Boy, Miss Don Jones and Master Albert Rowlands; East and West, Misses May Watkin Foulkes. J. Jones, and Gladys Parry; Japs at Home, Miss Minnie Jones, Mrs J. L. Evans, Miss Foulkes, and Miss Jehu; Darby and Joan, Mr Jones and Miss Gwladys Jones; the Man with the Muck-rake, Mr E. Watkin and Miss Louie Adams. Left Behind.— £ 23,886 is returned as the value of the estate left by the late Miss B. A. Mytton, Mansion House. Tory Tactics.—Mr Harry E. Harrison, youngest son of Alderman G. D. Harrison, was returned last week unopposed as the Conservative Club's candidate for the But- tington Ward, to fill the vacancy caused by the appointment of Councillor T. J. Evans as alderman. At the club meeting, where the selection" was made, Mr Harrison received eleven votes, and Mr E. Morgan Jones (a Progressive) seven votes, whilst a number of members did not vote at all. A protest was made by one Progressive Con- servative that Mr Harrison's selection had been arranged beforehand, and he declared that one member in the room already had the election address in his pocket. This charge was admitted. The Mayor explained that he had acted as a deputation to learn whether Mr Harry Harrison would consent to stand. Councillor T. Hiles gave the com- pany a definition of a deputation as a body of men appointed by a larger body to ap- proach a certain person for a certain pur- pose. But who had appointed the Mayor to approach Mr Harry Harrison ? After the vote had been taken, the Chairman (Mr Forrester Addie) expressed a nervous hope that there would be no sting" left in the minds of Welshpool Conservatives as a re- sult of the last municipal election, but that they would close their ranks and present a united front at the forthcoming general election. Some flattering references were made to the 'Express,' whose detailed re- port of the private meeting to select Town Council candidates a twelvemonth ago, it was said, had nearly split the Club up! A resolution was passed that any member giving information concerning the Club meetings to the Express' representative be expelled. Mr William Baker added a rider that any such traitor should not only be expelled, but also thrown into the Shrop- shire Union Canal, of which he is district engineer.

.. Sodden Death at Newtown.

, Mayor's Sanday at Montgomery,