MANAFON. GOOD FRIENDS !-At a meeting of the Newtown and Llanidloes Board of Guardians held at Caersws on Wednesday, a letter was received from the Rev. Evan Jenkins, in which he called attention to the case of an old man whom he said was destitute.—The Relieviug Officer said that he saw the man at Misnafon and he never said a word (laughter).—Mr Andrews the man works for the parson.—Mr David Jones: He would not come to you then.—Mr Nutting: Aren't you good friends (laughter) ?—Mr Andrews stated the letter was wrong from beginning to end.—Mr Francis: It is from a parson, sir (laughter).The matter then dropped. +
SHREWSBURY CORN MARKET, SATURDAY.—The showers of the past week were much needed to prepare the land for Autumn sowing, and ploughing is now less difficult than before. The markets have been poorly supplied with wheat, for farmers generally seem determined to keep back their deliveries as long as possible in the hope of an im- provement in values. Exceph in isolated cases barley has not been wanted, and both the samples seen and prices reported show great variation. Oats have moved steadily at unchanged quotations. Flour has sold slowly at unaltered figures. Offals have continued in good demand, ana values have been steady. Our market here to-day was moderately attended. Wheat was sparingly offered, and commanded last week's full prices. Spverall samples of barley were shown, but little actual business took place,—Quotations.—White whert 39 lOd to 4s 2d per 751bs red wheat 3s 9d to 4s Od per 7oibs barley 4s Od to 5s Od per 701bs; oats 12-- Od to 14s 6d per 2251be peas 12s Od to 13s Od per 225 lbs; old beans 15s 61 to Its 6d per 2401ba.- W. L. tirovme and Co's Circular.
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS. NEWTOWN ANNUAL EISTEDDFOD New Year's Day, 1894. LIST OF PRIZES WILL SHORTLY APPEAR* A. S. COOKE, Hon. Sec. f 195 St. Asaph Diocesan Conference, 1893. MEETING AT NEWTOWN, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH AND 15TH. (For order of Meetings see Programme.) MOENTN3 SERVICE will be held in the Parish Church, on THURSDAY,- SEPT. 14-h, at 11 o'clock a.m., when a Sermon will be preached by AN EMINENT PREACHER. A GENERAL MEETING will be held in the Public Rooms, on THURSDAY EVENING, SEPT. 14th, at Seven o'clock. The Right Hon. The EARL OF POWIS will take the chair. Collections will be made at each servioe, and at the Conference Meetings, towards defraying the necessary expenses. N.B.—On Thursday, Sept. 14th, a Train will leave Newtown for Welshpool at 10-15 p.m., stopping at intermediate stations. Local Secretaries: Rev. F. M. HAMILTON, The Rectory, Newtown, W. E. PRyCE-JONES, Baq., Dolerw, Nowto"
UNITED FRIENDLY .SOCIETIES' DINNER AT NEWTOWN. 3 On Saturday a united demonstration of the local lodges of Oddfellows and Druids took place. The Druids assembled at the New Inn, formed into procession, a ndmarchcl lo the Unicorn Hotel. where they were joined by the memuers of the Oddfellows' Lodge. Headed by the Newtown Silver Band the town- was paraded. The Rev E, A.. Fish bourne conducted a short service at the Chnrch, and delivered an appropriate address. The band played the accompaniment to the singing. j In the evening a dinner was held in the Victoria Hall, "to which a large number sat down. The chair was takeu by Dr H. Biden, who was faced by Mr C. Kershaw, and th ;re were also present, Capt. E. Pryce-Jones, Rev F. M. Hamilton, Dr Ross, Mr Dawson, Mr G. H. Ellison, Mr W. Lewis. Mr 0. C. Jones, Mr Nicholls, &c. The repast was provided by Mr W. Stokes, of the New Inn, to whom credit is due for the excellent viands placed upon the tables. — —^ The usual loyal toasts were proposed and duly acknow- ledged, after which the Vice-Chairman, in a happy speech, gave the Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces." Mr Saunders made a humourous response. Referring to the quality of Englishmen, he said they could not be made in Germany, where service was compulsory, while an English- man volunteered to risk his life and limb for honjur and glory (hear, hear). The English army was not lika that of Luxemburg, where many of the soldiers were unsound, and their horses were such as a veterinary surgeon would not pass (loud laughter). Mr J. Oliver next submitted The Clergy of all denomina* tions." He said he wished the clergy had worked as uard 40 years ago as they were doing to-day (hear, hear). He re- membered at a similar toast, given on the occasion ot tne coming of age of Captain Pryce-Jones, the late Mr (Jathbert said he did not like the toast of the Bishop, clergy and ministers of all denominations," but rather the health of all Christian ministers (cheers). That was exactly what he wished, and he trusted as time progressed the reiigioua sec- tions would get closer and more united (hear, hear) The Rev. F. M. Hamilton, who was loudly cheered, briefly replied, remarking that he hoped in the future there would be more unity among the Christian churches. Captain E. Pryce-Jonss proposed Prosperity to the Man- chester Unity of Oddfellows, and to the Ancient order of Druids." He said when he heard that the two clubs had agreed to hold their annual demonstration together he felt pleased, because it was in the direction of co-operation, unity and concord (applause;. It not only added strength and gave greater weight to their action, but at the same time it saved expense. He hoped that what had been com- menced this year by two worthy clubs would be fcllowed next year by all the clubs in Newtown [hear, hearj. At Welshpool they had agreed in the last year or two tnat all the clubs and societies in that town should hold their annual gathering on the same day, and in that respect he tiopod they would follow the example of Welshpool [applause]. lie was sure he expressed the opinion of others, besides those he was now addressing, when he said that in Newtown then was lacking that unity and co-operation. It was ouiy the other day that the townsfolk had to go four miles in order to enjoy the pleasures of a flower show. He had been told that it was a mistake that Newtown should have to go to Welsh- pool, or Llanidloes, or Machynlleth, in order to SJe a collec- tion of flowers [loud and prolonged cheers]. Why should not Newtown do vue same as those towns and villages did? [cheers]. They wanted visitors to come to Newtown, and there was no reason why they should not come. The lodges of Druids and Oddfellows had shown an example which he hoped would be an incentive for all the town to fullow in their footsteps, and he trusted that next year a movement would be made so that Newtown, the manufacturing and agricultural centre of the county, should vie and do their utmost to show the whole county and those who lived elsewhere, that Newtown and district could bring together a collection of flowers, and have an enjoyable day for themselves and for visitors, quite, if not better, than in any town in Montgomeryshire (loud cheers) The glorious victory gained by the Newtown Football team" was owing entirely to the eo-oneration, combination, and dis- interestedness of the players. He was very sorry their athletic sports had falleL through, and he should be de- lighted if they were resuscitated. Newtown was noted for the excellence of its athletic sports, and hundreds and thou- sands visited the town on the day they were held (cheers.) The father of co-operation was a distinguished townsman of theirs, Robert Owen—(loud cheers)-a man that the town should never forget. He was a man of a century, and if the town uid its duty by erecting a memorial to his memory, it would induce thousands of his admirers to visit Newtown in order to bee his birth place and the spot where he was buried (cheers). Not only was he father of co-operation, but of educational reform, and of the factory laws (cheers). The speaker made other remarks, and also referred in terms of praise to the friendly societies represented. Bro. U. H. Ellison replied. He said he took a great in- terest in frienly societies, and whatever he had done on their behalf he had done it from a pure sense of duty [hear, hear]. He considered the Oddfellows' and Druids' societies two of tile best friendly societies in the world. There was a. stability about them that was not found in other societies. They were societies of progress, and that was the great secret of success [applause]. Mr Toby proposed the Medical Officers," and Dr Boss, in response, said since his short arrival the Oddfellows had stretched out a brotherly hand to him (applause). He was glad to see the two societies joined together for the purpose of holding a. demonstration, and hoped that next year they would amalgamate, and have a festive day (cheers). Mr W. Lewis proposed the Town, Trade and Agriculture." to which Mr David Lewis replied. The Chairman's health was proposed by Mr Sayer, and received with musical honours, and in reply he referred to the support which the committee had given him, and especially referred to the energetic labours of Mr Bennett. The other toasts were the Vico-Obairman," proposed by Mr F. R. Hall, and responded to in a neat speech by Mr Kershaw The Press," proposed by Mr G. H. Nicholls, aud acknowledged by Mr Anthony T. Spalding of this paper; Host and Hostess," submitted by Mr T. Jones, Mr Stokes suitably replying. The proceedings were interspersed with excellent perform- ances by the Glee Party, who in no small degree contributed to the onjoyment of the evening.
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, DEATHS. MARRIAGES. JENIKINS-WATKIN.- Sept. 7th, at the English Congregational Church, Newtown. by the Rev Jenkin Jones, pastor, assisted by the Rev T. E. Williams, Baptist minister, William Jenkins, Express Office, to Mary (Pollie), daughter of John Watkin, New-street, Welshpool. ROACH-HEBBLETHWAITE —Sept. 2nd, atthe Parish, Church of Llanbadarn, Cardiganshire. George Morton, younger son of Capt. Roach, of the Royal Albert Dock, London, to Maude, eldest daughter of Mrs Humphreys, Bryn-y-mor, Aberystwyth. DEATHS. CORBETT-September 8'h, at 55, Pool-road, New. town, Peter Corbett, aged 28 years. JONES.—September 7th, at Moileart, Llandinam, Thomas Jones, aged 68 years. JONES.—September 1st, at Bhopgoch, Llangurig, Mary Hannah, daughter of Thomas Jones, aged 9 years. MATTHEWS—August 30th, atCanal Basin, Newtown, Kate, wife of Arthur Matthews, aged 23 years. RICHARDS.-August 28, at Commercial-street, New- town, John Richards, boot and shoemaker, aged 67 years. K RICKARDS.-Sept. 7th, at Charirg Crops Hospital, London, Jane, the wife of Rees Rickards, of Short Bridge-street, Newtown, aged 55 years. SIDDOP.N.-September 5th, at Mount Pleasant, New- town, Jane, the widow of the late John Siddorn, formerly Manager North and South Wales Bank, Welshpool. No cards. WILLIAMS.—Sept. 9fch, at Celynog, Newtown, Fanny Elizabeth, the wife of Richard Williams, aged 54 years. Private funeral. No wreathes.
AVE LS H PO OL—Monday. Before Captain Mytton and S. Powell, I DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.—For beincr di-IINI and disorderly at Forden on August 12th, John Williams was. on the information of P.C. Davie?, fined 10s in-' eluding costs.-Mr C. P. Tearsley defended, and con- tended that defendant was on his own property. PAUPER LUNATIC'S ESTATE.—Mr C. S Pryce, lerk to the Forden Board of Guardians, applied for an order of appropriation of the rents and profits of a pauper lunatic named John Williams, of Welsh- pool, now an inmate of Bicton Asylum, and charge- able to the Forden Union. Williams is the owner of Nos. 10. 11, 12. and 13, Union-street, and 5, and 6, Monat Zion, Welshpool, and the cost of maintenance is £ 37 17s per annum. He had been informed by Mr G. D. Harrison, that there were mortgages on the property, but the mortgages only amounted to < £ 19 4s per annum, so there would be about £ 10 balance, which he maintained should be secured by the Guardians. Mrs Williams was in receipt of 3s 6d a week from a club, and as sko was an able-bodied woman he did not think the ratepayers should be saddled with the cost of the man's mainteDanoe.—Mr James Fortune, relieving officer for Welshpool and district, pave evidence, and the nugistiates ad- journed the case in order that Mrs Williams might appear to give evidence. LICENSING.—D.C.C. Crowden reported that there were 9 licensed houses in the division, and all had been satisfactorily conducted. There were no objections. Fire persons had been convicted for drunkenness during the year, an increase of one.—The licences were all renewed. SUPPLYING DuiN.K.-Captain Mytton read the following resolution passed aL the last meeting of the Standing Joint Committee:—"In view of the facilities offered to persons while under the influence of drink to obtain further supplies, special instruc- tions be issued to the police throughout the county to take the necessary steps to enforce the law aallst all persons guilty of supplying intoxicated liquors to those inebriated." It behoved all publicans, he aaid, to be very eareful that they did not supply liquor to anyone who was under the influence of drink. It was a curious thing that when a man was getting drunk he immediately began going frc. m one public house to another. Therefore, they were cle. termined to let publicans know that if they supplied drink to a person who was at all intoxicated, they would be liable to very heavy penalties, and also to lose their license. He durst pay they had a lot of trouble in refusing drink, but it was thdr duty, and unless they did it they would come under the opera- tion of the resolution of the Standing Joint Com- mittee.
LLA.NFYLLIN, —TUESDAY, Before T. Jones, Esq., mayor, and C. R. Jones, Esq. LICENSING BUSINESS.—D.C.C. Crowden reporieo that there were thirteen fully licensed houses in the borough and one wine license. Thp number of con- flctions for drunkenness was 28, being a decreat-e of six compared with last year.—Mr C. K. Joues, refer. ring to the resolution passed by the Standing Joint Committe, said he wished to draw the attention of the officers to the resolution in the presence of the license holders. They had no reason to complain of neglect on the part of the officers in the borough. He thought they had discharged their duty remark- ably well, but he felt there was a good deal of liquor and intoxicants supplied to inebriated persons, and he hoped the license holders would take the matter into serious consideration. He was glad there was a decrease of drunkenness, although it wa- only a small oue.-D.C.C. Crowden applied that the grant- ing of the license of the Upper Boar Inn be adjourned for a month, but as he was not prepared to give an undertaking that a summons would be taken out against the house, the application was refused, and all the licenses were renewed.—Mr Richard Evans, Bronwylfa, Welshpool, applied for a retail beer license for consumption of the premises in addition to his wholesale license.—Mr Evans, junr proved service of the necessary notices. Mr Evans said he did not wish to sell single bottles, nothing lesa than a dozen at time.—The Bench said they did not wish to grant any additional drinking facilities in the town, but since people from other towns were able to 40II in the borough, they would grant the applica- tion.
M ACHYN LLETH,—W BDNESDAY. Before Rev J. W. Kirkham, J. J. Bonsall and J. Evans, Esqrs. BBKWSTXB SESSIONS.—This being the day ap- pointed for the holding of the Licensing Sessions, the Chief Constable presented his report, which was as follows Gentlemen,—I have the honour of reporting for your information that there are twenty- two full liceneed houses and two oiff-lieenses in this division. During the year twenty-two persons were brought before this Court and coavieted for drunken- ness. This shows an increase of fourteen, as com- pared with last year. All have been satisfactorily conducted during the year and no objection to their renewal.Ali the licenses within the division were ggeaewed. ScHOOL PROSECUTION.—Thomas Portlock, Lloyd Roberts, and Riobard Owen, Brickfield-street; Hugh Rees, Doll; Ann Crust, Poplar-terrace; William Harding, Graigfach Abraham Francis, Garshon; 31re E. E. Roberts and Morris Burton, Tanrallt- «treet; and David Humphreys, Penrallt-street, Machynlleth, were charged with having neglected to send their children to school, and were fined 5e each, with the exception of Mra Roberts, Paris Hou&e, against whom the case was dismissed. Her boy had been ill, and she produced a dcetor's certificate. TJSING ABUSIVE LANGUAGE.—itowiana Jones, Abergwybevydd, was charged with haying used abusive langnage on Cemmaes Road Station on the 25th August.-My W. P. Owen, solicitor, Aber- yatwith, appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Woosnam for the defence.—Mr Owen opened the case for the Dinas Mawddwy Railway Company, and called Mr John Evans, who said that he was a solicitor. practising at Aberystwith. On the 25th August he was at the Cemmaes Road Station. He went into a Mawddwy Railway carriage and got a com:ortable compartment and soon afterwards the carriage was tilled. A stout man and also another Aman came in, and then there were 12 in the compart. ment. Defendant then came in, and with an oath spread out his arms and elbowed his way into the carriage. There was a person looking ont through the window, and defendant pushed his way to the window. In doing 80 he pushed against the person loosing out, whoie arm struck him (witness) in the face. Witness told him in Welsh not to knock np against people. Defendant said that if witness did sol: shut up he would hit him. Defendant knocked up against witness a second time, and witness gently pushed him back. Defendant then became abusive and witness, seeing Mr Nicholson passing, told him about defendant, and he remonstrated with defendant who tried to strike him. Mr Nicholson went to fetch the driver and then he (witness) managed to get out and went into another carriage. There was enough room in the other carriages.—Cross-examined by Mr Vi oosnam: Did not think much about it then. Defendant called me diawl" several times.—Mr Woosnam: Do yon consider that abusive.—Witness When appiied to me I think it abusire.-Cross. examination continued: Two men pushed in the compartment, but did not know whether they eame in there because they could not find room elsewhere or not. Did not know whether there was anyone on the engine and in the van because the train was full. Would not swear there was Pot. There was about 120 to 140 persons there. There was no row with anyone in the carriage. Defendant was the only one who kicked up a row.—By Mr Owen; In going to another carriage witnessed passed two or three carriages in which there was plenty of room.—Mr Owen called Mr Nicholson, and Mr Woosnam said that it was not necessary as he admitted the charge. —Mr Woosnam, addressing the Bench, said that there had been a show at Machynlletb and there were about 140 persons there, as Mr Evans said.—Mr Owens, interrupting, said that he would call formal- evidence. He would call Mr Nicholson to prove the 3iumber of persons there.—Mr Nicholson said there was accommodation for 140 persons; but there were only 127 there.—By Mr Woosnam Do you say that there is accommodation in four carriages for 140 persons.—Mr Nicholson: There is. One large carriage we have will hold 50 persons, and another with four compartments, 40, one with three compart- jnents, 30 persons.-Defendant was fined Xi includ- ing costs.—Defendant was also charged with having been drunk and disorderly on 2nd Sept.-P.C. D. Rowlands proved the case, and defendant was fined Is and costs. FURIOUS RIDING.-Aboolom Evans. Welshpool, hawker, was charged with having ridden furiously at Jtachynlleth on 7th August-—P.C. Arthur Owen, jutid that he saw defendant on 7th August riding on a fcorse. Defendant rode at a furious rate. The streets were crowded at the time, and defendant knocked a man down.—Fined. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.—Elizabeth Williams, Wesley Lane, Machynlleth, and Edwin Jones, Belan- •pant, were charged with having been drunk at IFachynlleth.-P.C Owen proved both cases and Williams was fined 5s and Jones Is and costs. STRAYING.—Margaret Vaughan was charged with allowing her mule to stray in Maengwyn Street.P.C Owen deposed to having seen the mule straying in JJaengwyn Street, on Sunday evening at six o'clock. --Defendant said that her grandson,, who generally looked after the aiule, was away, and that was the reason that it had strayed.—P S. Hamer said that he Jjad received complaints continually, concerning |the B)"le. The r*iWay r>eop'e complained that it wpnt into tHeir gardeae,—Defendant was fined It's inclua- Ov coati <
NEWTOWN PETTY SESSIONS.— FRIDAY. Before R. E. Jones (chairman), Richard Lloyd, T. Parry Jones, E. i>. Proctor, and Hugh Lewis, Esq^ and Captain E. Pryce-Jones. TRANSFERS.—Upon the application of Mr Edward 1 Powell the license of the Buck Inn, Newtown, was transfeired from the present tenant, Mrs Martin, formerly Mrs Poweli, to her husband, Mr Martin. The license of the Blue Bell, Newtown, was trans- ferred from Mrs Harriet Morris to Mr Thos. Jones, a.nd that of the Wheatsheaf Inn, Newtown, from Mr Thomas Jones to Mr John William Pugh. OCCASIONAL LICENSE.—An occasional licensa was I granted to Mr William Stokes, of the New Inn, Newtown, on the 9th inst., on the occasion of the United Friendly Societies diuner, held in the Victoria Hal. THEATRICAL.—The licenses granted to MrA.S. Cooke, for the Victoria Hall, and to Mr Edward Powell, for the Public Rooms, for the performance of theatrical plays, were renewed. THE NEW INN, KERRY.—Upon the application of Mrs Elizabeth Williams, of the New Inn, Kerry, the police lodged an objection to the renewal of the license in the name of the present holder.—Mr Ed. Powell appeared for Mrs Williams.-P C. Pryce said he bad served a copy of the notice of objection on the landlady. He objected owing to the conduct of the I indlady. whom witness alleged to have been guilty of intemperance. He had no objection to the can- struction of the house.—Supt. Crowdeu said there was a conviction recorded against the house for per- mitung drunkenness, and the conduct of the house was not at all satisfactory.—Cross-examined: He P.C. Pryce) had seen Mrs Williams tipsy on August Sth and 16th. She was in the kitchen, and ther-) was oisorder going on in the house at the time. He did not summon her but cautioned her. He could not give the name of one person who was present creat- ing the disorder.—P.S. Morgan said he was at Kerry twelve months ago on the sheep fair. He visited the New Innjbecause he heard quarrelling going on. He noticed Mrs Williams in the bar, and no doubt she was the worse for drink. The house at times was in uproar. At the last flower show held at Kerry he was there and visited the house in the evening. It was crowded, and one man was playing a concertina, while a large number of boys and girls were singing, shouting aud dancing, in fact they were no shape at all (loud laughter.) As fat as he could see the people were going down the cellar, and were helping themselves to liquor. Mrs Williams was then the worse for driuk.—Mr Edward Powell said the owner of the house did not know an objection had been lodged against the present tenant of the house. He had several respectable witnesses to state that the house bad been well conducted but if after hearing the evidence of the police, the bench thought they would not care to renew the license Mrs Williams would be periectly willing to resign the license forth- with in order that a suitable tenant might be found. In that case he, therefore, asked that the case might be aojourned until the next session.—The Bench then retired, and after an absence of half-an-hour returned into Court —The Chairman: Are we to assume, on the question of the evidence of the police, that you have no rebutting evidence to offer to us. Mr Powell pointed out he had five respectable witnesses who would swear they had never seen Mrs Williams the worse for liquor, and that the house was well conducted. It was very much more important to preserve the license.—The Chairman: In that case W3 shall refuse the renewal of the license, and ad- jouru the Erewster Session until the 29th inst, for the purpose of hearing a further application. In cases similar to this mentioned to us to-day it is thought the police should take steps to have a summons taken out in order that the case may be tried here in the regular way, and not held in reserve to be brought forward on licensing day. A WARNING TO LICENSE HOLDERS.—John Weaver, landlord of the Albion Inn, Newtown, was charged with permitting drunkenness on his licensed premises on August 30th, and Samuel Williams, labourer, was also charged with being drunk on licensed premises on the same date.—Mr Edward Powell defended Weaver.—P.S. Morgan said on the 30th ult., about 12.20 noon, he was on duty in Park- street, opposite the Albion Inn. The front door was open, and he saw Mrs Weaver in the kitchen. He heard these words What are you coming here to sleep for ? Hold yourself up." The man said, It is all right." Witness recognised Williams by his voice, and went inside the house. He saw Williams sitting on the settle with two full glasses of ale in front of him. Witness said to Williams, You are here, are you I told you to go home." Be was hold- ing his head down, and presented a sleepy, stupified condition. Witness also spoke to Mrs Weaver, and asked why she served the man, seeing that he was drunk. She said, "I did not notice anything the matter with him." She ea;d she was in the back premises, and hearing a knock she came in and saw Williams sitting down. He seemed all right, and called for two glasses of ale, which she served him with. He gave her one shilling, and she gave him change. She did not notice anything until be went to sleep. Wit* ness told her thatit was easy for anybody at a glance to know the man was drunk, especially a publican's wife. Williams then shouted out Where's my mate?" Witness went into a parlour and bar, but could not see his companion. Williams then caught hojd of the glass of ale in front of him and drank half of it. On that Mrs Weaver took both glasses away into the bar. Williams said, Here, what are you doing ? What are you taking away my glasses of ale for?" She said he could not have any more then, but could come for it when he got sober. Wit- ness told Mrs Weaver she should be more careful, and that he ehould report the matter to the Chief Constable. Previous to going to the Albion he saw Williams and another man named Jackson go to the Greyhound. They were refused drink there and turned out. The men were also refused drink at the Blue Bell.-Mr Powell, for the defence, called Mrs Weaver, who said when Williams came into the house she was in the cellar. He was sitting down and said, Two ales, please," and witness did not notice anything peculiar in his manner. She went back to the cellar, and on returning she found the man doz- ing. She asked him to go out, and then the police- sergeant came in.—Williams was fined 5s and costs, and Weaver ordered to pay 30s and costs, and the license ordered to be endorsed. ANOTHER LICENSE ENDORSED. — John Pugh, landlord of the Chequers Inn, Newtown, was charged with permitting drunkenness on August 30th; and Thomas James, of Newtown, was charged with being found druuk on licensed premises on the same date.— Mr T. M. Taylor defended.-P.C. Rowlands deposed to finding defendant James on the premises with a glass of ale before him, and in a state of intoxication. Witness told James he was drunk, who said that if he was drunk he was not disorderly. James was too drunk to sit down.—P.C. Jones corroborated.— Thomas James, woolsorter, of Old Church-street, Newtown, said on the day in question he had been at work all day, and during the day he had only three glasses of beer. He went to the Chequers about four o'clock and asked Mrs Pugh for a glass of ale. Witness sat dowa and the police came in. Rowlands asked if witness had seen any tramps, and witness said "no," as he had not been there five minutes. Witness was certain that neither of the policemen charged him with being drunk.—Cross-examined by P.C. Rowlands He was not drunk. Asked if his wife would give evidence, James answered Has my wife put you on my traok?" (loud laughter). He was not in the habit of getting drunk, nor did he get drunk every night, but why did not the constables summon him when he was drunk and not sober (!oud laughter).—Mrs Pugh, wife of the defendant, said the constable said to James that he had enough, but did not say he was drunk.-James was fined 59 and costs, the other defendant JG1 and costs.—Mr Taylor asked that the license might not be endorsed.—Superin- tendent Crowden said there was a previous ocnviction against the lieense.-The Chairman: Unless there are special circumstances every license will be endorsed, and in this case we make no speoial order to the contrary. BREACH OF CONTRACT.-Ernesb Jones, labourer, was summoned for breaking a contract with John Alfred Bache, farmer, of the Vastre, whereby the latter sustained damages to the amount of j £ 2.—Mr T. M. Taylor prosecuted, and Mr Llewllyn Phillips defended.—Plaintiff said that he engaged defendant on May 1st, subject to one month's notice on either side. Plaintiff gave defendant notice to leave on August 9th because he would not do his work, and could not be trusted to call upon customers. Instead of staying the month, defendant left two days after witness had given him notice.—The oase was ulti- mately adjourned. LIVELY ON.—Jane Jones, of Ladywell-street, Newtown, was charged with being drunk and dis- orderly at Newtown.—Defendant did not appear.— P.C. Rowlands said on August 19th, about 11 p.m., he saw defendant in Ladywell-street. She was very drunk and was kicking at a door. He asked her to go away when she began cursing. Fined 28 6d and costs. :=1 A BRUTAL ASSAULT.-Mary Thomas, of the Lot, charged Richard Collins, of Park street, Newtown, with assaulting her at Newtowp. Complainant said on August 23rd defendant, who was her brother, came to her house about 8-30 p.m. He opened the door and said he had come for his property, claiming a pier glass. Defendant caught hold of her wrist and dragged her out of the house, on her refusing to let him have the glass. Defendant ordered his son to pull the glass down, but he did not, and he then dragged her out of the house a second time and threw her down on the ground, and shook her. A woman named Roberts loeked the door to prevent defendant getting in.—Thomas Roberts said he witnessed part of the assault and told him to stop it.—Defendant said that his sister had robbed him of his property, and when he went after it she held up her hands in a parùx sm of hysteria. She elawed at him with her hands, and he held them to prevent her scratching < him. She bad maligned him as far as her fiendishnessj -and malignity could 20. Fined < £ 1 and 4a. 6d. costs,) ,.iirl bound over in the sum of < £ 5 to keep the peace for six mouths. AN INHUMAN HUSBAND.—John Richards, of Milford, was charged with committing an aggravated assault upon Martha Richards, his wife, on August 18th. Complainant eaid on the 18th August.she went to the mill at Milford, where her husband worked. He asked her why she was so late in bringing his tea, and she said she had been seeing to his aunt, who was down from London. He shook her child, and on her remonstrating with him, he struck her a severe blow on the forehead, making her eye black. He struck her on her back and she fell to the ground. Fined J31, including costs, and ordered to be bound over to keep the peace for six months.
NEWTOWN. NEWTOWN CYCLING CLUB.—The members of the above club turned out in good numbers on Thursday night for a run to Caerews. They were led by the Rev F. M. Hamilton, the bugler being Mr J. Prit- chard. On Friday, a fair number, consisting of the hard riding contingent, joarneyed to Bishop's Castle. Notwithstanding the fact that the roads were in a bad state, the mudpluggers returned, having thor- oughly enjoyed the outing. APPOINTMENT.—At the meeting of the Newtown and Llanidloes Board of Guardians on Wednesday Mr R. H. Lloyd was appointed vaccination officer. There were three other applicants, viz., Messrs E. H. Morgan, Broad street; Thomas A. Evanii, Brya street; and F. W. Marshall, Broad street. Mr Lloyd was elected by 13 votes, his nearest competitor being Mr Evans, who received nine votes. LEGAL SUCCESS.—Upwards of 400 candidates com- peted in the Civil Service Law examined at Cape Town, and amongst the successful in securing a Government appointment appears the nam6 of Mr E. H. Jones, who stands the 21st on the list. Mr Jones was formerly with Messrs Williams Gittins and Taylor, solicitors, and is a son of the late Mra Jones aud brother of Mr C. C. Jones, Lion Hotel, Newtown. Abjuc 12 months ago he set out for Cape Town, where he settled down to study colonial law. THIS WEEK will be a busy one at Newtown. On Tuesday the County Liberal Association meets, and an endeavour will be made to reverse the resolution recently arrived at, as to the constitution bf the borough selection committee. The proceedings are not likely to be dull.—On Friday the County Council meets.—On Thursday and Friday several hundred i clerical and lay delegates are expected to attend the Diocesan Conference the public meeting being held on Thursday night, under the presidency of the Earl of Powis. OBITUARY.—We regret to announce the decease o' Mrs Siddora, widow of the lat* Mr Siddorn, formerly manager of the N. and S. W. Bank, Welshpool, whi :li oceurred on Tuesday, at the age of 54 year8.- Th. death of Mrs Rickards, wife of Mr Rees Rickards, ol Short Bridge street, occurred in Charing Cros* Hospital, on Thursday. Deceased had beeu ailifcg since April, 189¿, and during the period of her illness she bore up with much fortitude. Mrs Rickards was 55 years of agp.-A third sad event has been added to the dpath roll. that of Mrs Williams, wife of Mr Richard Williams, solicitor, at the age of of 54 year-. Mrs Williams had not been in good health for some time, but her death came as a sudden and most pain- ful surprise. MONTGOMERYSHIRE INFIRMARY.—Report for the month of August, 1893. In-patients in the house a commencement of mouth, 7; admitted during week. 4 discharged, 6 in the house at end of month, 5 out-patients, attendances during the month, 143. Gifts—Daily Graphics, Miss Talbot, Croesawdy; flowers and papers. Mrs Powell, Plasybryn papers. Miss Mabel Issard, The High School; grapes aid flowers, Mrs Patterson, Firs Glen; grapes, Misti Turner, Elephant Hotel; eprrgne and flowers for female ward, Miss S. Thomas, Leighton, Welshpool; grapes, Dr and Mrs Purchas fruit, Mr StiVlig., Glandulas; flowers from the children's services at All Saints' aud Llanllvvchaiarn Churches —Proceeds of the Infirtnary Ball, per Edmund Buakley, Esq., £ 28 15s. Id.—Ernest C. Mo. g.n, deputy secretary. NEWTOWN COUNTY COURT: A SUMMARY OF LAST YEA]a'S WopiK.-It being now the annual County Court Vacation, a review of a year's work it, our local Court may be giver. The Ideal figures may be prefaced by the statement that during the yea 1892 there were in the 59 English and Welsh CircllÍtl" 1,068,693 plaints entered, the aggregate sums claimed amounting to £ 3,167,529, on account of whip" o £ l,629,2G4 was received and paid to suitors. The fees amounted to £ 154.786. In our local Coggfe business done was as follows :-Plainb entered sot exceeding JB20, 1180; above.920 and under above 450, 0. Actions detl-rcninc-d with a jury,.0,; -A without a jury, O.. Judgments for plaintiff, .^8?]; for plaintiff by consent, 192; for plaintiff by default* 10; nonsuits, 0; for defendants, 5. Judgment summonses: issued, 141; heard, 75. Warrant*, 0/ commitment: issued 25; debtors imprisoned,#; Executions against goods: issued, 198; sales macW. 3. Amounts claimed: X2,960; amount for whiqji judgments were obtained, exclusive of fees and oosty, -61,376; costs excluding fees, £ 155; fees, i|417, ,-}r MARRIAGE.—On Thursday last the marriage Mr W. Jenkins, the well-known oondtictpr of tfcie Newtown Competitive Choir, to Miss Mary Watkin, eldest daughter of Mr John Watkio, Welshpool, was solemnized at the English Congre- gational Church, in the presence of a large congrega- tion. The Rev Jenkin Jones, pastor of the cnurcb, officiated, and he was assisted by Rev T. E. Willjauis (Baptist). The bride was given away by her father, and her sister, Miss Lucy Watkin, WVlshpool, acted aa bridesmaid. The duties of best man were filled by Mr G. Astley. On leaving the church the happy couple were received with showers of rice, and drove to the house of th > bride's brother, where they partook of the wedding breakfast. They left by the afternoon train for Southport, where they intend sper ding their honeymoon. A large number of costly and useful presents were received by both bride and bridegroom.
WELSHPOOL. FOOTBALL.—At a general meeting of the Welsh- pool Football Ciub, held at the Coffee House, Broad- street, on Thursday last, a large r.umber of members were present. Mr T. Astley was unanimously elected captain for the coming season, and H. Davis sub-captain. Messrs J. E. Downes and P. Williams were appointed hon. sees. Several good fixtures have already been secured. THE FAIR.—There was a large supply of fat and store cattle and sheep at the fair on Monday. Prime beef and mutton met with a good demand, but store cattle and sheep were very low, and a large number were not sold. Pigs both small aud large sold well at bh'h prices. The horses were numerous but very few of them were -of first rata stamp. p, ices were all in favour of the buyer, ani not many changed hands. GOOD TEMPLARS.— The members of the Inde- pendent Order of Good Templars held their weekly meeting at the Coffee Ro:m last Wednesday when the following officers were installed for the ens-uing quarter by Bro. R. Powell, D.G.W.C.T. :-Bro. J. Langdon, W.C.T., Bro. A. Jones, W.V.T., Bro. W. Watson, W. Sec., Bro. Archibald Jones, W.A.S., Sister M. Owen, W. Chap., Bro. Thos. Hughes, W.T., Sister Maggie Davies, W.M.. Bro. D. Williams, W.C., Bro. J. Bentley, W. Sentl., Bro. James Davies P. W.C.T. CHURCH BELL RINGEPs.-The festival of the District Guild of Bell ltingere was held in Welshpool on Thursday. A service was held in the afternoon at which the Rev E. Brown, of Montgomery, preached a sermon suitable to the occasion. At the subsequent tea a vote of thanks was passed to the preacher for his interesting discourse, a nd peeclies on the ques- tion were delivered. The fol owing were present— Messrs John Williams, Cbirbury Tower; Thomas Stephen Davies, Montgomery Tower; J. Bratton, Shrewsbury; Richard Griffiths and Wiliiam Jones, Leighton Tower Richard Lloyd. Lewis Puroell, and John Gornall, Berriew Tower Messrs John Roberts, Fred. P. Hughes, Llewellyn Gittins, John Thomas, T. Barnes, Wil iam Jones, John Lloyd, David Williams, W. J. Maddox, and Alfred Grice, Welsh. pool Tower. WESLEYAN CHURCH.—On Thursday, in connec- tion with the Sunday School of the above church, a successful ten meeting took place in the schoolroom, at five o'clock. A large number sat down to tea. Mrs Dawson, Mrs W. J. Davies, and Mi8 Bowron, presided at the tables, assisted by Mra John Davies, Rose Cottage; Miss Wynne, Broad-strfet; Miss Lewis, New-street. Later a public meeting took place, with Mr Robert Grirdley in the chair. Solos were nicely rendered by Miss Stuart Baines and Miss Rose Jones. The report of the school was read by the energetic superintendent, Mr W. J. Davies, and stirring addrest68 were given by the Rev. W. G. Dawson and the Rev. R. W. Lowry (Montgomery), on the work of the Sunday School. There was a good attendance. Mus Wynne ably presided at the harmonium. PRIMITIVE MICTHOrIBT.-The annual Fruit Ban. quet and Entertainment in connection with the Young People's Christain Endeavour Society, was held on Thursday, September 7th. There was a large number present, and amongst those who waited and assisted at the tables were: Mrs. Wright, Mrs Ash. ley, Misses Wooding, L. Jones, Wakefield, Mrs Row- lands, and Miss Jones, Llanerchydol; Messrs T. Ash- ley, F. Whittington, D. J. Jones, J. Jasper, E. Evans, W. Davies, G. San by, G. Crowe, J. Henley, and W. Jones. At the evening meeting, solos were rendered by Mrs WrigM, Jfries Lewis, Newtown, Miss Lucy Joaes, Miss Humphreys, and recitations given by Misses Parry and Hill. The chair was occupied by the Rev. J. Wright, and the duties of accompariit ably performed by Mr D. J. Jones. Everything passed off most successfully.
-j V • LLA, LOES. SUNDAY SCHOOLS DISTRICT MEETING.—Tbe bi-monthly meeting of the Calvinistic Methodist Sun- day Schools in the Llanidloes district was held at Neuadd Cbapel on Sunday week. The adults and junior classes were examined at the morning and afternoon meetings in Acts of the Apostle and The Mother's Gift, by the Rev. David Jones, Trefeglwys. The answering.was very good, and evidenced con- siderable preparation. At the close of the morning service a meeting of the delegates from the several schools was held, at which the bi-monthly returns were reoeived and read out, showing that the schools were in a flourishing state. Other subjects of a con- nectional interest were discussed, and it was deoided to hold the next meeting at the Bethel Street Chapel in two months hence. In the evening a powerful sermon was preached by the Rev D. Jones. The at- tendance throughout the day was very good. MARRIAGE.—At the Parish Church,on Wednesday, the marriage of Mr David Jones, assistant master ot Glandwr Board Schools, to Miss Marie Jane Roberts, eldest daughter of Mr George Roberts, of the Unieorn Hotel, took place. The ceremony was performed by the Vicar, the Rev E. O. Jones, M.A., assisted by the Bev W. D. Roberts, curate. The bride looked very pretty attired in a smart gown of silver grey cash- mere, trimmed with old Brussels lace, with white hat and feathers to match, and entered the church leading upon the arm of her father, by whom she was given away. She was attended by Miss Annie Jones (sister of the bridegroom), and Miss S. E. Roberts (sister of the bride.) Mr Christmas Roberts acted as best man. The Vicar and curate presided at the breakfast, which was afterwards hold at the Unicorn Hotel. Later in the day the happy couple left for Festiniog, where the honeymoon will be spent, their departure being noted by a fusilade of fog signals. THE CO-OPERATIVE SOCLINTY.-The monthly meeting of this society was held at the registered office of the society in Hafren Street, on Saturday week. The chair was occupied by Mr John Morgan, (President) and there was a fair attendance of members. The only business of interest, was the nominations of persons, for the vacancies occurring on the committee of management, at the close of the present month. The quarterly meeting is to be held the first Saturday in October. SCHOOL BOARD—WEDNESDAY. Present: Captain Humphreys in the chair, Messrs Daniel Davies, D. Lloyd, Thos. Ashton, W. George, Edward Bowen, and John Davies (clerk). IMPROVEMENTS.—The Clerk said that in August H.M. Inspector recommended certain improvements in the Glandwr School-that the erection of a parti- tion separating the hat pegs and cloak room from the school, the erection of a partition uivioiiigtbe sonool into two parts as it was under the management oi two masters, and these recommendatiuns had been re- ferred to the Glandwr School Com mitt, e. The result was that Mr Grani was instructed to examine tie alterations and draw out plans and specifications.- Tne Chairman remarked that it was rather uuueual that the Committee should take action before the meeting oi the Board.—Mr Bowen said the Commit- tee had taken action so as to nave I h alterations completed before the reassembling of the schools.— Mr D. Davies deemed it inadviseable to precipitate themselves into considerable expenditure before the Board had given the matter serious consideration.— Mr Bowen said that the Inspector had recommended ,he alterations, and it they were not carried out ttiey would probabiy lose a good part of their grants.— Air David Lloyd said they were a set of practical men, and had done the best thing in adopting the recommendation, and be proposed the adoption of 6ijoir report.—Mr Bowen seconded it, and it was liarned.— lhe tenders of Mr Juhn Mills of £ 28 10s 0d tor alterations, and Mr Marpole of Y,20 3s Od for paii ting the schools, were accepted. DRAWING.—The Clerk reported that the drawing examination of the schools h id tuken place, and the Glandwr School had received the mark of excellen and bad gained highest grant viz 2-i per head ou 103 boys amounting to £ 10 6s 01; Mauledd School was marked good, and had gained a gr,. nt of Is 6 J per head on 24, amounting to .£1 J6:\ Od O.d Halt School was also marked good, and had gained a frant of Is 6d p"r head on 12, amounting to lSd. L'he total amount we-4 X15 Us. Od, UESIG NATION s. -Tti a Cieik reported that Mr Llewelyn Mills had rent in bis resignation as assistant master to the Glandwr Sohool Committee, and Miss Howrll had also given a mouth's notice.
THE HARVEST. The harvest being now completed, we have applied to prominent agriculturists in Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire to supply us with their opinion on the following points, for publication in the Express :— i I.—The probable yield, cereals and root crops. ( I.-The,. prospects with regard to keep for stock during the coming winter, and how they compare with previous years. 3.t—The financial prospects of the farmer. Are they better or worse than they were a year ago ? 4.-Any suggestions calculated to benefit agri- culturists.1 The following replies have been received, and the next batch will be published next week. Some of the writers' names are omitted at tneir request. I. let. The probable yield of csreals and roots are as follows: Wheat-Some fields have an average crop, dlany not half a crop, and the best about 8 bags 24010s per bag) to the acre. Barley—Some good fields, oihers not half a crop. The best about 7 bags ^280 ibs to the bag) to the acre. Oata—Very short in the siraw, not au average crop. loots-Swedes.- Those sowed early a good crop, but have the mildew for want of rain. The late sown are not much more than leaves, 2nd. Respecting keep for stock, etc. Hay-Not one-third ot a crop. Clover-Au average crop, some very good fields. Straw-Very short and small, weut very close together. Did not hold much cart. ing. Keep—About two parts out of three as com- pared with previous years. Many farmers likely to be very short. 3rd. The financial prospects of the farmer are de- cidedly worse. There are six or seven failures near here, in a radius of three or four miles, since May, aud likely to be many more before the spring. 4th. Cannot give any suggestions to benefit agri- culturists. The landlords are giving 10, 15 and 20 per oent. back in the rents. Wages are high, rates are also high. Farm produce and stock are making very little money when sent to market. Farmers wh, have nothing but their stock, cannot pay their way at present. II. Sir,—In answer to your first question I fear I am unable to give a reliable estimate, not having yet threshed any quantity. What we have threshed— wheat and oats-yield very well from the quantity of straw, particularly the oats; but I fear it will not be an average per acre. The barley we think will be a good yield from the short quantity of straw. The mangold has done well 'and in must cases will bo a full crop. Turnips are in most places very irregular and patchy, the late ones, where there is a plant are doing well, and may yet become a two-thirds crop. I consider the look more healthy than those started earlier, and I feel sure will certainly store better up to spring. Ld. The prospect for winter keep never was so gloomy. I, myself, am quite a hundred loads of hay vr, and to till our placus usually filled would, at "the present high pi ices, cost five or six buudred pounds. Our tltraw is nearly as much short, and how the coming winter is to be passed with only keeping cur ftock alive without feeding one head, I do not know. 3rd. The financial position of the farmer must be very bad, except in oases where he has a private iuoome, because the price of everything ho has to sell wih demonstrase the impossibility of his meeting his engdgements with the proceeds for his farm. All we can do is to cut ail expenses to almost starvation point, thus you will see tne farmer is worse off than a year ago. 4th. I do not know what to suggest, but our legislators should look into our case and see if some- thing could not be done for us. A great statesman said some time back (I think 10 or 12 years ago) it would be an insult to the British farmer only to adjust his taxes) that e all kcow weighs so heavily and unjustly upon him, and still they have not even done that. What would help the farmer is not one or two, or three or four things, but lots of little things far too numerous to name here, but should be the work of the statesman to find out. I know I must not enter into politics, still I may aak why should we law abiding English, Welsh, and Scotch farmers be told to stand watching our property leaving us, and the whole time of 6ur law makers taken up with Itish affairs, and now, let me ask, if Home Kule was law to-morrow would it produce one 4ib 1'oaf for the out- of-work and starving poor. 8. MILLER. The Court, Abermuie. III. The harvest of 1893 will be a memorable one. To havo fidshed on August 24th, and to thatch the same by the 31st is an achievement that takes place but seldom ia a farmer's lifetime. Among the early har- vests of the last forty years I may mention the year 1859, which wae completed in the three weeks, but the thatching was in progress on August 31st and September let, the days upon which the Llanidloes and Newtown Railway was opened. The harvest of 1868,1 believe, was the earliest. I then completed it HT——NY ■NFFTN—SMT—ea —IWHHIMHWIinmnn ITII an August lltii. That year, however, was a most beautiful one, there being a good amount of grass keep before the hot weather set in, and wheat was selling at 32 shillings a bag. The season that most nearly resembled the present one was the year 1870- the year of the Franco-German war. I find that the dates of that year are nearly identical with those of this year. The earth was parched up and the crops exceedingly light, just as they have been this year. As compared with 1892, both years alike were deficient in rainfall during the earlier eight or nine months of the year. The earlier year, however, being dry and cold, whilst the latter has been dry and hot. The former year gave the greater amount of grass keep, though deficient in nutriment. The latter has been nutri- tious, bnt deficient in quantity. In both years stock has existed rather than thrived. With a succession of years stock must degenerate in growth and quality, and farmers be compelled to considerably re- duce their numbers. Sheep, on the whole, have thriven fairly well. The most serious complaint was the very severe attack of the fly during the harvest, when there was scarcely any time to attend to them or to get them rn-Hinnftd — 'o- W HEAT .-The remarkable thing about wheat this year was that the beat crops were upon the poor and worst farmed land. In most instances it was thin upon the ground, owing doubtless to the low germi- nating quality of the seed which is usaal after a wet harvest like that of 1892. Many fields were attacked by the wire-worm, and rendered scarcely worth har- vesting. The crop, such as it is, harvested in good condition, and no doubt will yield well at threshing, but taken as a whole it must be reckoned below an average. The fall which has already taken place in the value shews that there is still a deeper depth to which this the most important cereal may descend, and that the chief factor upon which a farmer form- erly relied upon to meet his engagements has now deserted him beyond all hope of recovery.: BARLEY must be considered to have been the orop of the year. Having had a good seed bed it throve during its earlier career with remarkable rapidity, except upon a few shallow spots where it became sunburnt. It has never being gathered in better condition. I hope that we shall have a better mar- ket for it than we had last year. OATS.—There have been comparatively few good crops of oats, and those have been invariably grown upon a damp subsoil. Otherwise the straw has been exceedingly short and the sample lean. POTATOES had not a good start, several cut sets having failed through lack of moisture. They give promise of being an excellent crop and are nearly ripe. SWEDES are better than expected, a fair plant to be seen generally. The excessive heat of thela-it tort- night seems to hive overcome them where the soil i- shailow, causing premature ripeninar and mildew. It is to be hoped tnat the raius now falling will restore them. FRUIT.—This year will rank as a good year for all kinds of fruit. Apples are abundant, especially the earlier sorts. Cider making will be very general iu the course of another month. Damsons and all stone fruit are abundant. The greater part will, however, never be gathered, but left for the pigs and poultry Since they have ceased to be used for dying, and local housekeepers cease to make their own jam, they now bring in no money to the grower. The prospect for the coming winter is exceedingly gloomy. especially if it should turn out to be a severe one, The hay c, op I estimate to be not more than 30 per cent, of An average crop, and that in many it!- stances to consist of bitter weeds and four grasses, such as hard heads, mountaiii flax. and naudeljoll, herbs which c ittie usually avoid. Then the pastures —which aiso could not have been more than 30 per cent.—are already bare, and the little aftermath eaten up, consequently cattle are now losing flesh Most farmers have draft cattle for sale, but there is no market and probably there will be none before March, 1894. To purchase fodder means eating their heads off. I bavo one suggestion, however, to makf* for my brother farmers, and that is placr* no wheat in the market, but to hire a travellinz kibbler, and to grind up the wheat immediately after threshing ifc. Let this be used for the cattle amoug the chaff and roots, it will be better than purchasing hay at X7 or .£8 per ton. Thirty years ago farmers looked UPOI; it as a sin to give wneat-the food of man—to stock, but times have changed. Bread will be cheap and abxndaut, independent of British farmers, while cat- tle food is nearly at famine prices, and wheat at pre- sent is worth only X5 10s to £ 6 per ton. This brings me to your query with regard to the financial prospects of the firmer. Are they better or worse than they were a year ago? Farming in thi> country is on an inclined plane. Every year the Iarmms goes lower and lower. Bad as the prospects were a year ago they are bound to be worse, and the door of the workhouse seems to be standing open to receive him. How is it possible to make any rent during the current half-year ? It seems to me to be impossible. What little can be made will be swal- iowed up with rates and other ordinary expenses. There will be no demand for stock before March, and if a farmer can manage tJ keep alive till then he ought not to be expected to do any more. —v
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