FOR THIS TIME ONLY. THE REFERENDUM TO BE DROPPED. On December 14th, at Brixton, Mr Austen Chamberlain made an important statement with respect to the Referendum proposals, making it clear that Mr Balfour's sugges- tion is to be applied to this election only. In other words, that the proposal will now be dropped out of the Tariff Reform pro- gramme. Mr Chamberlain said the Prime Minister had told them Tariff Reform was no longer practical politics. When his oppon- ents said Tariff Reform was side-tracked, put on a shelf, or dead, he told them they were talking nonsense. It was calculated nonsense, intended to deceive people who wanted Tariff Reform, and who, if they realised that Tariff Reform was, as he be- lieved, of all big issues the biggest and most pressing, would vote for that and on t-hat, and leave all other questions to abide their time. Why, proceeded Mr Chamber- lain, does Mr Asquith say that Tariff Re- form is now on the shelf ? He says Tariff Reform is put into a siding because Mr Balfour has agreed that the question should be submitted to a poll of the people before it came into force. Well ,now, I make you a frank confes- sion. The idea of submitting Tariff Reform to a Referendum or a poll of the people was no part of the original plan of the Unionist party. It was no part of their original scheme for dealing with differences between the two Houses. Under this scheme the Referendum was to apply to grave ques- tions, especially of a constitutional char- acter, where irreconcilable differences arose between the two Houses. We had no in- tention and no idea of extending the Refer- endum to Budgets—and Tariff Reform would be part of a Budget—whether we agreed to them or not. It was not intended, and it was not suggested, that Budgets should be referred directly to the people. Accordingly I tell you frankly that, like the rest of my colleagues, I had no original idea of suggesting that the Referendum should be applied to the Budget, and I should not myself have made the proposal. When, however, Mr Balfour made it at the beginning of the election, I accepted the ground which he chose for the Unionist party to fight upon, and I said: Be it so with all its objections, I am not afraid of taking Tariff Reform directly to the judgment of the people" and I say "for this election," as Mr Balfour has said: If you put a Tariff Reform Government in power, you shall see what Tariff Reform it, and then say Aye' or No' whether you like it or not." We have not re- ceived much encouragement from the Gov- ernment in our proposal to refer Tariff Re- form to the nation. But that promise was made, and it stands for this election." We stick to it. Is that any excuse for say- ing that on that account we side-tracked Tariff Reform, put it on a shelf, and do not mean to proceed with it ? I beg you and others to make no mistake on this subject. If we were put in power by this election," our first work would be to prepare a Tariff Reform Budget, and you would have an opportunity of seeing it and voting on it. And if we do not win now, but win later on, whenever the Unionist party wins, Tariff Reform wins. Whenever there is a Unionist Government put in power, Tariff Reform—whether it is put to the Referen- dum or not-Tariff Reform will be put on the statute book-or the Unionist Govern- ment will go out of power.
THE GENERAL ELECTION. (Continued from Page 7). Ministerial Gains. N. OXFORDSHIRE (BANBURY). 1910-C. maj., 315. Hon. E. Piennes (L) 3629 Capt. R. B. Brassey (C) 3535-91 S. DUBLIN COUNTY. 1910-C maj., 66. Ald. Cotton (N). 5223 Capt. Bryan Cooper (C) 509<)—133 Tory Gains. MONTGOMERY BOROUGHS. 1910—L maj 13. Col. Pryce-Jones (C). 1522 A. Humphreys-Owen (L) 1468-54 ST. ANDREWS BURGHS. 1910-Lib. maj., 38. Anstruther Gray (C) 1675 Dun Miller (L). 1626-49 Already Elected. Liberals 269") Labour 42 ( Nationalists 75i Independent Nationalists.7 J Conservatives 271 )
The Welsh National Memorial. AN APPEAL TO THE CHURCHES. The decision of the representative conference held at Shrewsbury in September last, to com- memorate the late King by a National effort to stamp out Tuberculosis, has commended itself at once to the loyal sentiments and religious convic- tions of the people of Wales. The Executive Committee appeal, therefore, with confidence to the Christian congregations throughout the Principality to support the movement. Tuberculosis exacts a heavy toll of human life in all civilized countries, and especially in parts of Wales. Between three and four thousand lives are annually lost in Wales. In addition there are from ten to twelve thousand disabled victims of this one disease declining into premature graves. This suffering and death means a vast amount of domestic sorrow and anxiety and irreparable national loss. Poverty and Consump- tion are closely associated. Just as poverty reduces a persons power of resisting infection, so prolonged illness brings dire poverty in its train, and the wife and children of the consump- tive worke.adly housed and ill-nourished, fall a ready prey to disease. Medical science has placed within our reach the power to reduce and in time to eliminate the ravages of this scouige of mankind, but the application of the knowledge we already possess requires money. For this money we now appeal. Of the X300,000 we have set out to raise, .2125,000 are still required for the carrying on of a prolonged educational campaign, the provision of dispen- saries and nurses, and the establishment of sanatoria. The effort to diminish unnecessary suffering is in harmony with the life of the Founder of the Christian religion, whose birth is commemorated at this season of the year. When Jesus sent the disciples back to John, it was to tell John of the works of healing done by Christ: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up." Christmas falls this year on Sunday. We believe it is appropriate that we should invite the members of all the Churches in or connected with Wales to dedicate at least one service on Christmas Day to the furtherance of this Holy Crusade against suffering, sorrow, and loss. We hope that all ministers will deliver addresses on the movement, and that congregations will unite in praying for the Divine blessing to rest upon our labours. We venture to suggest that an opportunity should be given for a collection on Christmas Day in aid of the campaign, and we hope all Churches will unite in making this Christmas offering. Such congregational collections will supplement the gitts made by the members as citizens through other channels, and will provide facilities to any who may perchance be over- looked by other collecting agencies. All sums received will be acknowledged by the honorary treasurers in the public press and in the report to be published when the fund is completed. On behalf of the Executive Committee, DAVID DAVIES, Chairman. LLANDINAM, December lOtb, 1910.
Dastardly Tory Outrage at Welshpool. The plate-glass shop windows of Mr John Jones, J.P. (outfitter), were smashed early on Saturday morning. Mr Jones had taken a promi- nent part in support of the Liberal candidate (Mr A. Humphreys-Owen), and in this fashion the Tories manifested their spite. No doubt the Conservatives will repudiate this "playfulness" on the part of their unruly supporters, but we suggest that they should defray the cost of replac- ing the windows. If this outrage had been com- mitted upon a Tory at Llanidloes, what a howl from the Welshpool righteous would have been raised!
A Hendomen Man found Dead at Montgomery. An inquest will be held to-day (Monday) into the cause of the death of William Pritchard. of Hendomen, Montgomery. Mr Pritchard had a stroke a few months ago and was then medically attended. He, however, lived the solitary life of a recluse in a pretty cottage which he owned, and almost the only person who saw him was the local grocer (Mr John Crowther), who took him a regular supply of provisions. On Saturday, Mr Crowther failed to make Mr Pritchard hear, and he gave information to the police. P.C.'a Davies Crowther failed to make Mr Pritchard hear, and Crowther failed to make Mr Pritchard hear, and he gave information to the police. P.C.'a Davies and Parry thereupon effected an entrance to the house, and found Pritchard lying down upon the floor. It is believed that ha had been dead for house, and found Pritchard lying down upon the floor. It is believed that ha had been dead for two or three days. The deceased was about 65 years of age, and formerly worked as a carpenter upon the estate of the Mayor of Montgomery (Aid. Fairies-Humphreys). His family has a somewhat tragic history, and local people recall the fact that inquests have previously been held at the same house upon the mother, uncle and sister of the deceased.
LLANDINAM. A. H. BENNETT, Draper, &c, Caersws, has a Splendid Show of Fancy Goods, Toys, etc., Christmas and New Year Cards, at prices to suit all classes. Inspection invited. [Advt.
GRAND CHRISTMAS BAZAAR OF NEEDLEWORK & FANCY GOODS. A Thoughtfully INDIAN w I Chosen Nor" SELECTION MALTESE Of LACE GOODS, USEFUL HANDKER- CHIEFS, at PINAFORES, INEXPENSIVE PERFUMES, PRICES. FANS, Misses GOODWIN, GLOVES. 7, MARKET STREET, NEWTOWN. THE BEST SELECTION. NOWHERE IN NEWTOWN, OR ELSEWHERE, are you more likely to find what you want in CHRISTMAS PRESENTS THAN AT E. H. MORGAN'S, ¡ 18, BROAD STREET, NEWTOWIF, Who has a Beautiful Selection of NEW GOODf1, comprising Watches, Gold Gem Rings, Links Long Guards, Necklets, Lockets, Silver Match Boxes, Cigarette Cases, Gent's and Ladies' Dressing Cases, Writing Cases, Letter Cases, Purses, Best Pipes and Pouches, Silver-mounted Walking Sticks &c &c. XMAS CARDS. An Early Inspection is Invited. 534 FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS, CHRISTMAS BOOKS, CHRISTMAS CARDS, CHRISTMAS GAMES, ? GO TO No. 19, BROAD STREET, NEWTOWN.
A BLOODLESS REVOLUTION. THE general election is all but over, and a bloodless revolution in the govern- ment of the country is within sight. When Charles I. and Louis XVI. clung to the veto and defied the public will, the veto brought them to the block. Mr Asquith reminded us the other day of the 4th of August, 1789. On that memorable night, the French people struck off the shackles which bound them to a hereditary Peerage, and inscribed on the face of their new constitution the famous declaration of the rights of man. If in the past the path of political freedom has been bloody, it was largely owing to the veto. Hap- pily, Britons are not revolutionaries in the accepted sense of the term. There is nothing of the Phrygian red cap about us, but we have resolved, in the sublime language of Abraham Lincoln on the battle- field of Gettysburg, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth. Ours is a bloodless revolution because we have gradually worked up to it. It would have occurred long ago but for the introduction into Tory counsels of renegade Radicals, who, naturally, imbued it with some spirit of progression. Impatience with the tyrannical authority of the House of Lords has been soothed now and then by an occasional measure of Tory social reform, the full benefits of which had invariably to be exploited by Liberal ex-' tensions. Thus it was the Peers became inured to the idea that a constitutional people would never actually rise and de- mand the destruction of their supreme power. Hence the arrogance with which they committed the fatal blunder of re- jecting the Liberal Budget. In the days of the Stuarts, it was the function of the House of Commons to vote supplies to the King, who was free to spend the moiiey pretty much as he pleased. But when William, Prince of Orange, ascended the throne, the Commons determined to have a say in the spending of their country's money, and they apportioned out part of the King's supplies to various purposes other than that of his personal wants. From that time the right of the Commons to control the public purse has seldom been seriously questioned. Indeed, the supremacy of the House of Commons in the matter of finance has been proclaimed by successive Tory leaders, not even accepting Mr Balfour, who, however, will say anything to suit the exigencies of the moment. His statesmanship is measured by a lust for power, which reflects itself in the policy of anything and everything for votes." The claws of the Lords are to be clipped. We should have preferred a more drastic correction of their political iniquities. Although a sham "reform," the Tory plan initiates the right principle of abol- ishing the hereditary in favour of an elective system. That plan, of course, is nothing else than a studied deception. By a pretence at democratising the lordly chamber, it would contrive to make sure of its permanent Tory predominance. Upon the constitutional issue the country Upon the constitutional issue the country has pronounced precisely after the fashion of last January. The abolition of an absolute veto is the national verdict; but more than this is required. There must be a reform of the revising chamber, such as will prevent unnecessary delay in the passage of Liberal legislation.
A PERSONAL VICTORY. For the Last Time. THE Tories of the Montgomery Boroughs ha,ve won a personal victory-that, and nothing else. This very obvious fact cannot be conscientiously denied by a single Con- servative in the constituency. He is our only champion," said Mr Marshal Dugdale, in seconding Colonel Pryce-Jones' adoption at Welshpool. None other was conceivable as the least likely to success- fully carry the Conservative colours. But for the Colonel the Borough Tories would have been as hopeless as their friends in the county. As a large employer of labour, he commands a political following such as would be given to no other Tory candidate. Many of his employees-sons of old Non- conformist stock-who, under ordinary con- ditions, would vote for their principles, supported their master for the mere gratifi- cation of honouring him. While one may regret this want of fidelity to principle, it is perfectly understandable. In a fair and square fight between Liberals and Tories, stripped of the personal influence, there would be no betting, because there could be no doubt. Nobody knows better than Colonel Pryce-Jones that to personality alone his victory is due. Personality was the key- note of his canvass. It was the first and last word of the Tory press. Here is a sample of the argument by which men were invited to determine principles and policies: "We wonder what Newtown would be like without its Royal Welsh Warehouse. What does Newtown owe to the Squire of Glan- sevem comparable for a moment with the benefits, public, commercial, and industrial, it has derived and is deriving from the energy and enterprise and great business capacity of the Colonel and his firm?" That was the kind of political gospel by which men were exhorted to pronounce upon the great issues before the country. We would be among the last to, belittle the "energy and, enterprise" of the gallant Colonel, or the prestige which his firm has given to Newtown nor were we ever stinted in our praise of his public-spirited services. If such considerations properly ranked first in the dispensation of political honours, Colonel Pryce-Jones might have received our heartiest support, but it will be a bad day for the country when prin- ciples are sold to personal bidding. The smallness of this constituency, and its par- ticular industrial conditions, give quite ex- ceptional advantages to the Tory party so long as it is led by Colonel Pryce-Jones. He has succeeded to the seat simply through his influence as an employer of labour. It is not Liberalism that has been defeated. It is not Toryism that has won. Neither Toryism nor personality will win again. Before another election these Boroughs will disappear as a separate Parliamentary division. Nothing can save them in a redistribution scheme, which must accom- pany electoral reform. Merged in the county, and mingled with the broad acres where men dwell in unfettered independence of political thinking, their personal politics will count for naught. The extinction of pocket boroughs and plural voters will figure among the blessings resultant of this great national Liberal victory. Unhappily the Montgomery Boroughs, owing to one and one cause only, have not shared in it, but our sister county south of the Ithon has counter-balanced their loss. Next time Toryism will not neutralise the represen- tative voice of Montgomeryshire at St. Stephens. In that assurance Liberals have abundant consolation for Saturday's verdict.
SOME REFLECTIONS. THERE are two outstanding causes which explain the reduction of the Liberal majorities in many constituencies. Un- doubtedly the referendum dodge" ac- counted for the loss of seats in Lan- cashire and elsewhere. Free Trade Union- ists were satisfied that our present fiscal policy was rendered safe by the .referendum pledge, and therefore voted against Home Rule, in regard to which the Government would have done well to describe its con- templated scheme. The absence of this descriptive outline gave the opportunity to scores of Irish Tory hirelings to stump the constituencies with the most diabolical conceptions of Catholic oppression under a Home Rule Parliament. Throughout the Montgomery Boroughs they wandered con- stantly, pouring into this ear and into that harrowing tales of almost inhuman priest- craft and Irish fanaticism. They were paid to do it, and the clerical collar lay lightly upon them. Again, the refusal of a large number of Liberal candidates to vote for the reversal of the Osborne judgment and the Right to Work Bill lost them the Labour support, which in numerous instances was transferred to the Tory candidate, in order to gratify a stupid spirit of dissatisfaction. Considering the great disadvantages under which Liberalism fought, this third suc- cessive victory is, indeed, a magnificent triumph.
One Man One Vote. GOVERNMENT BILL NEXT SESSION. AUTHORITATIVE PRONOUNCEMENT. We are informed that the following im- portant announcement has been made by the Chief Liberal Whip (the Master of Elibank), in addressing his constituents:— There was a matter which he thought was of infinitely more importance than the Referendum-a good Radical proposi- tion upon which the House of Lords, be- fore many months had passed, would have an opportunity of expressing their opinion —the abolition of plural voting. He had already stated that he would utilise any influence he might possess with the Government to include the abolition of plural voting in any propositions they might bring forward, and he now had the authority of the Prime Minister to state that if the Liberal party was returned to office-and there was every prospect that it would be returned with an extremely comfortable majority-the Government proposed to proceed at as early a date as possible, having regard to the other busi- ness which would be before the House of Commons, with a Plural Voting Bill, in which they would set up one man one vote," and abolish plural voting, which was of such extreme advantage to their Conservative friends.
Party Gains and Losses. The following table shows the party gains and losses:— MINISTERIAL GAINS. S.W. Manchester 1 Rochester l Peckham 1 Exeter 1 Wakefield 1 Cheltenham 1 Sunderland 2 Whitehaven l Southwark W. 1 Burnley l Coventry 1 Woolwich 1 Stepney 1 Bow and Bromley 1 Bedford I 1 Radnorshire .i Lincolnshire (Louth) 1 Cumberland (Cockermouth) 1 Essex (Saffron Walden) 1 Suffolk (Lowestoft) 1 Wilts (Cricklade) 1 Cambridgeshire (Newmarket) 1 Tyrone (Mid) 1 Kent (Dartford) 1 Kirkcudbrightshire ••• 1 Staffordshire (Leek) 1 Dublin (South) 1 Oxfordshire (Banbury) l -29 OPPOSITION GAINS. S. Salford 1 Ashton-under-Lyne 1 Warrington .I. 1 Wigan 1 Darlington 1 King's Lynn 1 Grimsby 1 Liverpool (Exchange) 1 Birkenhead. 1 Islington N 1 St. Pancras W. 1 St. Helens 1 Plymouth 2 Dudley. j Cardiff 1 Lancashire (Newton) 1 Leicestershire (Melton) 1 Cumberland (Eskdale) 1 Lancashire (Darwen) 1 Cheshire (Altrincham) 1 Devon (Torquay) j Cornwall (Bodmin) [ 1 Devon (Ashburton) 1 Devon (Tavistock) i Derbyshire (High Peak) 1 St. Andrew's Boroughs 1 -28
LLANBRYNMAIR. OUTBREAK OF DIPHTHERIA.-At the Rural District Council on Wednesday, the Sanitary Inspector reported that he had been advised of two further cases of diphtheia in the Wern school district of the parish of Llan- brynmair. The cases were now recovering. This made a total of seven cases since the middle of August. In the lower part of the parish of Llanbrynmair there was a general epidemic of measles, among school children mostly. The school had been closed a fortnight ago. The Medical Officer of Health had advised the closing of the schools for a further period of four weeks. He (the Inspector) knew of dozens of children who were suffering from measles that day.
NEWTOWjn. 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 LIME.-If you want good quality Coal at reasonable prices, either in truck or cart loads, or in cwt. sacks, try JOHN SHOUT, No. 13, Canal Wharf, Newtown. [Advt. MR. T. MALDWYN PRICE, R.A.M., visits Llanidloes on Tuesdajs and Newtown on Satur- days Lessons given in Singing, Pianoforte, Violin, and 'Cello. He may be seen at Mr Evan Bebb's, Broad-street, or Salop-road, Welshpool. PARENTS PLEASE NOTE.—A pure swebt give 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. BIG MANTLE SHOW We are now showing all the new modes for the present season iu ladies' and children's coats, jackets, costumes, et., which, for distinction in excellence of style, qualicy, and real good value, far surpasses all previous dis- plays.—Lewis's, London House, Newtown. FESTIVE SEASON.—Get well armed for the festive season by purchasing from E. H. MORGAN, Silversmith, 18, Broad-street, your Carvers and Cutlery; also, Spoons and Forks in Solid Silver, Silver-plated, and Acetic Silver. See his special Tea Spoons at 2s 6d per dozen. IF you have a bad cougb, and a good shilling, you can part company with both by purchasing a bottle of Owen's Cough Elixir, a never-failing remedy.—Prepared and sold only by F. J. Nash, M.P.S., chemist, Broad-street, Newtown.—Advt. CHILDREN'S MILLINERY.-A remarkably at- tractive display of children's beaver and felt hats and bonnets may be seen at Misses GOODWIN'S, 7, Market-street; also, a well-selected stock of tur sets, gloves, woollen underwear. F. J. NASH, M.P.S., Chemist and Optician, Broad-street, Newtown, desires to draw the atten- tion of intending purchasers of Xmas presents to his varied and up-to-date stock of spectacles, eyeglasses, and other optical goods. Eyesight tested free of charge. AT an examination held on December 6th in Shrewsbury by the Incorporated Society of Mus- icians, Miss Amy Bevan, aged 11, daughter of Mr and Mrs Edward Bevan, Llanidloes-road, passed successfully Grade6 II for violin playing. Mr G. H. Bell was her tutor. MUSICAL SUCCESS.—At the school examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music, held at Shrewsbury on November 25th, Miss Medina Lewis, of Glan- hafren, was successful in passing in pianoforte (lower division). Miss Lewis is a pupil of Miss Gittins, L.R.A.M. OBIT JARY,—The funeral took place at the New- town Cemetery, on Thursday afternoon, of Mr Edward Wigley, who died early on Sunday morn- ing. Deceased, who was 54 years of age, was highly respected in the town. The Rev Edward Parry, M.A., officiated at the funeral, which was attended by a large number of friends and rela- tives. A number of beautiful wreaths were sent. LIVE POULTRY MARKET.—There was a large attendance of country people at the Christmas Live Poultry Market on Monday. Turkeys were plentiful, but geese were not so numerous as last year. The prices were :—Live turkeys, 8d and 9d per lb geese, 8d per lb; ducks, 7d 6° 8d; fowls, 5d to 6d; pheasants, 3s 6d to 4s 6d per brace; ben eggs, 7 and 8 for a shilling; rabbits, 9d and lOd each. FLOOD.—Owing to the heavy rains which have fallen during the past week the Dingle Brook overflowed its banks on Tuesday evenipg, and a stream of water rushed down Park- street some feet wide. Anticipating another flood like the one in June last year occurring, the residents in Park-street hastily barricaded their doors. After some of the drains were pulled up, however, the water subsided. LOCAL MUSICIANS.—The following candidates were successful in pianoforte playing 4n<* theory of music at the examination recently held at Shrewsbury, in connection with the Incorporated Society of Musicians. Grade II: Miss Meda Whittington, Wynnstay Hotel, LlenfYliiu. Grade 1: Miss Alice price, 22, Crebcent-street, New- town, whilst Miss Sarah Joseph, Moobdre, was successful in passing the preparatory grade. They are pupils of Miss Alix Minnie Clark, New- town. DISTINGUISHED SUCCESS OF A LOCAL LADY.— We heartily join with her large circle of friends in congratulations to Miss Mary Thomas (daugh- ter of Mr and Mrs George Thomas, Gorpswysfa) upon her unanimous election by the directors as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Masic. This splendid distinction has been conferred upon Miss Thomae by reason of her brilliant successes as a student at the Royal Academy, which gave her the diploma of Associate of the' Royal and National Institution and the addition of A.R.A.M. We are delighted to record this crown- ing distinction so worthily conferred. MARRIAGE.—A pretty wedding took place on Thursday at All Saints' Church, the contracting parties being Mr Bert Davies, second son of Mr and Mrs W. Davies, Golwgydre, and Miss Wini- fred Oliver, eldest daughter of Mr J. A. Oliver, Broad-street, Newtown. The Rev Evan Jones officiated. The bride, who was given away by her father, whilst Miss Hettie Oliver, sister of the bride, acted as bridesmaid, wore a handsome velveteen costume with beaver hat to match. The happy couple left by train for Liverpool, where they embarked on Saturday for Chicago, which they will make their home. About one hundred handsome and useful presents were received. ATTRACTIONS AT THE PICTUREDR.OME.- With his wonderful enterprize Mr Codman has a most attractive and varied programme of novelties at the Victoria Hall this week. On Saturday night he will give away half-a-dozen watches— three at each of the two performances. Next Sunday evening, following the divine service he holds a sacred concert, and on the following Mon- day evening there will be two pantomimes, the j "Talisman" and The Child's dream of Fairy- land." On Boxing night and Tuesday night he will dispense X5 in competitive prizes. Such attrac- tions should draw large crowds to these excellent and instructive entertainments, OTHE STORM.—Not in the history of the present generation has such a long and persistent gale accompanied by such an enormous downpour of rain awopt over the town as was experienced last week. The climax was reached on Friday night, when the elements even drove the political en- thusiasts into shelter. The river has not reached such a level for many years, and the stokers at the Gas Works were compelled to pump for their very lives all Friday night to prevent the water rushing to the furnaces. By strenuous efforts they succeeded in keeping it out, but everyone was well nigh exhausted on the Saturday morn- ing. It was impossible to approach the Half- penny Bridge on Saturday morning and the oper- atives at the Cambrian and Kymric Mills had to go round the Iron Bridge. The water overflowed in Severn-square, and had it risen a little higher, it would have surrounded the Conservative Club Rooms. The cellars of many inhabitants were converted into ponds, and it is feared that the dampness in the houses will result in much sick- The river over-ran a large portion of the Rack Field, but this time the wall seems to have remained intact.
CAERSWS. A. H. BENNETT, Draper, &c., Caersws, has a Splendid Show of Fancy Goods, Toys, etc., Christmas and New Year Cards, at prices to suit all classes. Inspection invited. Advt.] Just received a splendid lot of Gent's Box Calf Boots, with Stout Winter Soles, Broad and Narrow Toes; all one price, 10s. 6d.; try them.—R. RICK- ARDS, 30, Bridge-street, Newtown.
LLANFAIR-CAEREINION. LLANFAIR SHow.-T)ae Llanfair. Show has been resuscitated, and a show will be held in 1911. At a meeting held on Monday, Mr W. Alford Jehu presiding, it was unanimously resolved that the show be held in 1911. There was a large attend- ance of farmers at the meeting on the Committee held on Monday evening. JPENTRYCH CHAPEL.—A most successful com- petitive meeting was held at Pentyrch Chapel on Wednesday evening. Rev John Evans (pastor) presided, and the conductor was Mr Tom Jervis, Dolgead Hall. Eos Maldwyn was the musical adjudicator and Llwydiarth Mon the adjudicator on poetry. The attendance and competitions were everything that could be desired. The choir conducted by Mr Hugh Jones took the chief pme. The quality of the literary competition according to the adjudicators could not be improved in a competitive meeting of the size held at Pentyrch. ¡ The meeting continued till a late hour. The proceeds were in aid of the cause at Pentyrch,
SEEN AND HEARD. Nothing extonwate, nor set down autrht in rnalioa. SH«K«SFKAB.I>, Now that the hurly burly's done, and the battle lost and won, political opponents will clasp hands once again as fellow citizens, inwardly happy or otherwise according as conscience treats them. Did you ever re- flect that if only we could import into the administration of our local affairs a tithe of the enthusiastic interest absorbed by political preferments, how infinitely better off we should be ? Does it not strike you as a most remarkable fact that the things that lie nearest to our doorstep, the essen- tials of our individual and communal well- being, should appeal to us with much less force than matters of national consequence ? I desiderate no diminution of interest in Imperial Government, but by I contrast how woefully indifferent we are towards what may be called the domesticities of our existence. However, more of this anon. We have had a surfeit of politics let's talk of Christmas, and shake down together under the influence of its warm-hearted cheer and good will. At Christmas play, and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year. So sang Thomas Trosser nearly four cen- turies since, and so we sing to-day, for such we accept as the universal mandate. Of course the traditional associations of Christmas have ever been comradeship, happiness, and good cheer. The most popular of English novelists, Charles Dickens, can almost be dubbed the genius of Christmas, inasmuch as his Yuletide stories are overflowing with the sentiment which the season should inspire. And the spirit has survived the writer. "God bless everyone" is still the prevailing sentiment to-day, and its echo is a true one. Consistent with our open hearts and loose purse strings, the shopkeepers, with their customary enterprise, are again vieing with one another in luring us into their lairs of fairyland. For Christmas, above all others, is essentially the season of gifts, and poor at heart and poorer in purse is he or she who cannot boast of presents given and received in joyful exchange—in happy fellow- ship. Happily, after all, the Scrooges in this world are few-weak in power and extinct in heart. And so we will get out into the Christmas highways, and gorge our- selves on the contents of the toyshops, the fancy shops, and the shops whose special dainties appeal to the palate. All these shopkeepers, knowing there are lots of people at a loss to know what to buy for friends as well as for themselves, and that other folks are shop shy," are putting forth their cordial invitations in the columns of the Express' to call and see. Just scan their published specialities. Christmas brings cheer and also an ele- ment of sobering reflection. Within sight of another milestone on life's journey, we instinctively look back and recount the joys and sorrows, the comforts, and the trials experienced since we passed the last. Fain would we turn back along the road to rectify some grievous error or do a kind- ness which we left undone. That part of our journey has been travelled. To retrace our steps to the place where we stumbled is impossible. Regrets can be banished only by worthy. achievements in the days that are to be. Some who set out with us from the last resting place have completed their destined distance. We miss their comrade- ship now, and sigh for the touch of the vanished hands and the sound of the voices we shall hear no more. Some of us have had a smooth journey through the year others have tasted of bitterness and aching sorrows yet, with that hope which springs eternal we will speed the parting and hail the coming guest, and rise to welcome a new face at the door in the trust that it heralds the earnest of prosperity and still happier days. The old year is not slipping quietly away like most of his predecessors. He is leaving us at an anxious political moment, more like some bustling traveller cumbered with the cares incident to a long departure than a dignified veteran going stately to where beyond these voices there is peace." And thus we may Bid him farewell- Good-bye old chap Since you must go, While plodding mortals bide behind, May it not cheer your end to know How fond our memories are and kind ? From ev'n that morn when first you came, Welcomed with dance and roundelay, We friends have made a sporting game Of life together all the way. And if on drear and dismal days, We wished you gone, and told you so, Let us forget; 'tis more than praise That warms our friendship to a glow. Good-byn We'll follow, too, some day, Though you are first to hear the call, So here's a hand, old chap! And, say,- You weren't a bad sort after all. To all my thousands of readers at home and in many lands ayont the seas- A Merry Christmas, AND A Prosperous New Year, This is the season of story-telling. Shall I give you one or two which have the merit of being true ? They are local incidents, and their narration here will be received with mixed feelings by the parties con- cerned. The other day a genial local tradesman, while enjoying a social round with a few boon companions in a well known hostelry, loudly aired his good fortune in the pos- session of fine friends, represented by the gift of no fewer than three brace of pheas- ants for his Christmas table. A wag in an adjoining room having overheard the boast, quietly slipped out of the hotel and made for the business establishment of the tradesman. Your boss," he remarked to the foreman, has had three brace of birds sent him, hasn't he ? Yes, sir." Well, he has sent me to say that you are to give me a brace." "Very good, sir." The birds were duly handed over to the joker, who returned to the hotel and entered the room where the tradesman still sat trumpeting his apparent popularity. "Oh, I am glad to meet you, Mr it will save me a journey up to your house. I've had a pretty I good day's shooting, and shall be pleased if you'll accept this brace of birds." The tradesman leaped to his feet. He was now fairly beside himself, and showers of thanks fell upon the latest donor. With feelings better imagined than de- scribed, he hurriedly bore home the birds to delight his fond spouse and demonstrate the personal worth of her beloved hubby." See, my dear," he exclaimed, holding up the bonnie brace, see how I am hon- oured here's another present from Mr W— From Mr W- the good dame echoed why he's just been here to say that you wished him to have one of the other three brace, and I gave it to him." At this critical moment we must allow, the urtain to fall over the scene. well-known rural worthy, who owes much to his mother, and dwells near the mouth of an important tributary of the Severn, was sitting in his favourite inn a few nights back, when a fine filial thought struck him. If there's one thing I should like to do to-night," he said to his cronies, it would be to take home to the mater one of those fine hares I've seen running about to-day." To the order of a wink and a nod from one of the company, he strode outside. Look here," said the latter, I've a ripping good hare at my house, but it's a poached 'un. If you'll not take on, you can 'ave it for half-a-crown." The bargain was settled, and the alleged poacher bolted home for puss. In due course he returned, and in the dark of the inn yard, the hare and the half-crown changed hands. You're sure it's a good one asked the mindful son. A good 'un to be sure Just feel his back." He felt, and expressed appreciation, and soon thereafter he was astride of his bike home- ward. a The old story," murmured the mother, as she received the callant. Always late hours, and while you spend my money, you never think of bringing me anything home. Sons are very ungrateful nowadays." Stop, stop, mother dear," interjected her offspring, with a broadening smile. I've a little surprise for you to-night, I can tell you. I've brought you the love- liest hare you ever saw. Here you are." And suiting action to words, he trium- phantly swung out of his pocket a great big, brindled-tom cat. There may be a sad sequel by and by. Not long ago a much respected old Mont- gomeryshire farmer was persuaded to hand over the deeds of his property to his daughter and son-in-law, who lived with him. The gift included all the old fellow's real and personal property-in fact, all he possessed. Following which he had little else than a dog's life. Being old and feeble, he hugged the fireside, only to be fre- quently snubbed by the daughter for keep- ing the warmth from her children. This cruel ingratitude troubled the venerable chap very much, and eventually he re- solved to confide in a kindly neighbour. Having heard the story of his ill-treat- ment, the neighbour bade him come round to his house on the morrow, when he would devise a plan to put things right. The old man wenti Now," said the neighbour, here's a bag containing 200 sovereigns. I'll lend it to you. Take it into your sum- mer house, and start pouring out the coins in sight of your daughter's children, and as soon as they spy you, make a pretence at raking them quickly into the bag again." The old farmer carried out the instruc- tions faithfully. Having sighted him among the gold, the children immediately rushed into the house with the news that grandpa was surrounded with sovereigns. Next day the daughter herself contrived to slink quietly around the summer house, and catch a glimpse of the little gold mine. And the old man twigged her. The same evening the children were grouped round the fire, when the mother, with a new- found affection, instantly commanded them to move back, and give good old grandpa the best place." Never mind," muttered the sire, I'm afraid I'm a bit of a trouble to you, and I'm thinking of going away." The daughter threw her arms around the old chap's neck, kissed and caressed him, and declared he should never leave the house as long as he lived. The serviceable bag of sovereigns was returned, and the old farmer now lives in peace and comfort. A capital election story is told against himself by an esteemed Conservative friend of mine, who, in respect of pro- perty, possesses a vote in the Parliamentary division of Ludlow. At a recent election he motored over from Newtown to record his vote for Mr Hunt, whom he had the satis- faction of assisting to return. Having dis- charged his duty, he was anxiously so- Jicited by the Conservative officials to lend his car for the conveyance to the poll of a farmer voter resident some six miles' dis- tant. Notwithstanding considerable per- sonal inconvenience, my friend agreed, and after forcing the car up many rugged steeps, on which a steam roller had never been seen, he arrived at the appointed farm. I think," lie said to the farmer, that you promised to come to the poll and vote for Mr Hunt, if a car were sent for you. So I am here. Will you please get in ?" "Yes, I said as I'd come," replied the farmer, but I never thought. as a car could 'a"e come up here." This somewhat cold reception was not improved upon by the voter's announcement that he must wait to see a cow calved before thinking of leaving the farm. Calling up his utmost patience and tact, my friend contrived to survive until the arrival of the bovine Progeny, after which he got the farmer into the car and raced him off to the booth. He was, of course, under an agreement to convey the farmer back, at any rate as far as the bottom of the farm 'road. In due course the voter emerged from the booth, and while in the act of boarding the car for the homeward journey, confided to its owner that he had changed his mind, and hadn't given a cross for Mr Hunt, but for Mr Horne. My friend was momentarily dazed, but succeeded in disguising his intense disap- pointment. How could he avenge this un- requited service Happy thought! Jump in, sir," he said to the farmer, and if you don't mind I'll take you a round-about way home, as I have a 'call to make. The farmer was only too glad to accept of an enjoyable ride. At length the pair reached a remote rural hotel, where the farmer pro- posed a stoppage for refreshments. What was my friend having ? Oh, a whiskey and soda, please." The farmer got down and entered the hotel to give the order, when whirr-r-r-r—. The car was off, leav- ing the farmer to tramp thirteen miles home. For some days afterwards that par- ticular countryside was filled with strange echoes of "quits," "quits," "quits." LUKE SHARBB,