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IVALLS A V 'MEW 1 The foundation ■- n.It' Welsh church, to be erected as a >« .■ ft* 4».m Ptnry, has j be(-ii I;ii,l at ChP,t, r. At Denbigh the v.. l'iou ilenwninations simul- taneously held harvest thanksgiving services, the] day being observed as a general holiday. Mr Charles Morley, son of the late Mr Samuel Morley, has been chosen as the Liberal candidate j for Breconshire., at the retirement of Mr Fuller Mai tl and. Lord Windsor has consented to lay the founda- tion stone on October 6 of a public hall to be erected at Cardiff, in memory of the late Mr David Davies, of Llandinani. The Pwllbeli bench of magistrates dismissed a charge of having committed wilful perjury which was brought, on behalf of the Treasury, against Robert Roberts, a farmer of Pensarn, Llangybi. A charge of fraud against Robert Roberts was adjourned pending further instructions from the Treasu, y. The Diocesan Welsh Choral Festival, which took place at Bangor Cathedral, proved a great success. The united choir was composed of upwards of a thousand voices, and its performance of the selected music bore testimony to the care and judgment wi h which it had been trained by Mr T. Westlake Morgan, the conductor, 'l'heie wits so large an attendance of the public that mem- bers failed to gain admission to the Cathedral. A literary policeman is at present spending his w 11-earned holiday in the reading loom of the British Museum, engaged upon a work to be en tit;ed The Bibliography of Wales." Mr Charles Ashton, who was born in 1848, entered the Mer- lOnetiisiiire Police Force in 18,)9, a.nd is still a con- "t le in the vill ge of Dinas Mawddwy. In his leisu e hours he dev.»tes himself to literature, and after winning many prizes at the eisteddfodau, lias g lined one at the eisteddfod recently held at '.J albugo The time-honoured Welsh custom of rewarding farm la;, urers' long service by means of premiums and gifts in kind has practically died out. Form- erly in South-West Wales every servant who remained in the same place of service for seven yeaia was entitled to a heifer, while maid servants were similarly rewarded with a pair of blankets. Money premiums were also given by farmers* ctubs in recognition of long service, but not a single instance of the kind came under notice as still extant in the course of the late inquiry. The agricultural 1 enants on the Vaynol Park estate, Bangor, have forwarded to their landlord, Mr Assheton Smith, a letter thanking him in cor, lial terms for an abatement of 25 per cent. which be allowed them off the last half-year's rents. Mr Smith in his reply expresses a hope that that the day may be far distant when the good feeling existing between himself and his tenants shall be done away with, and adds:' This seems to me to be the aim and object of certain outsiders, who, while pretending to do good, are really enemies of us both." The report published in connection with the Royal Commission on Labour states that there is a much greater bcarcity of maids for farm service than of (mate) labourers in every part of Wales. One reason is that their hours of work are longer, and their work comparatively speaking is harder than is the case with lai-oiirers; they are the earliest to rise in the morning and the latest to retire at night, and dnring the whole day they are, perhaps, under the vigilant eye of their mistress. A Glamorganshire correspondent speaks of the work as hard and endless." A trmendous hoax heis been perpetrated on a large number of sporting men throughout the country. The victims were invited to send entries for horse and foot races, which were to come off at Rhyl on Monday. Many did so, and sent entrance fees as well, and on Monday several horse-boxes turned up at Rhyl station, and the owners went to look for the secretary of the sports. He, how- ever, was not to be found, neither was anybody who knew anything about the sports, and the field on which the sports were to have been held was unguarded. The rage of the victims may be imagined, many of them having come long dia- tances at great expense. Says the Pittsburg Press:—The charming lady vocalists composing the celebrated Welsh Choir have come and gone, and will soon be on the homeward voyage across the Atlantic. With a courage and confidence born of many months of hard study and persistent effort, they came to America, captured the first prize at the Inter- national Eisteddfod at the World's Fair, and won all the laurels in sight Their visit to Pittsburg was of ehort duration, but long enough for the little ladies to win the unbounded admiration and respect of all who saw and heard them. From the moment of their arrival here they were the recipients of kind words and expressions of good will from every quarter, and it is doubtful if any foreign musical organisation was ever received here with such enthusiasm as greeted these win- some Welsh maidens. An important conference of Poor-law Guardians, representing a large number of unions in North Wales was held at Rhyl to consider measures for suppressing vagrancy in North Wales. Mr Bircham, Local Government Board inspector, described the methods which he desired to see adopted, and argued that before demanding legis- lative changes efforts should be made to put the existing law for the regulation of vagrants in operation. A discussion followed, in which a number of suggestions were made, the general feeling being in favour of a more stringent en- forcement of the law. Resolutions were passed requesting all boards of guardians to carry out the Act of 1882 aud the Local Government regu- lations of 1883, with a view to uniformity of treat- ment at all workhouses; advising the adoption of the ticket system" in force at Aberystwith; and recommending the holding of a biennial con- ference of North Wales guardians. The small holdings committee of the Brecon- shire County Council met on Tuesday to consider a petition from 15 electors residing near Brecon, to the Breconshire County Council -1 to put into operation that part of the Small Holdings Act (1892), which empowers the council to acquire land for the purpose of letting out in small hold- ings to persons desirous of cultivating the same in accordance with the provisions of the Act." The committee had the petitioners—all of whom were artisans and labourers—before them. The majority of the memorialists were desirous of renting holdings ranging from three to eight acres, but there was one case where a petitioner sought aft r a small farm. At the close of the inquiry the Chairman informed the petitioners that the council had no compulsory power of buy- ing land at all. No evidence had been given that any application for land had been made to the landowners, and as the committee considered that sach applications were essential, had decided to adjourn the inquiry until evidence could be given as to the result of. Mich applications, which they recommended shooft be made as soon as possible. At Cerrig-y-Druidion, before Colonel C. S. Mainwa'ing, a farmer named David Roberts, of Ty Heu Farm, was prosecuted by Inspector Hampshire (Wrexham). of the Royal Society f r the Prevention of Crue ty to Animals, for having cruelly illtreated a herd of young cattle. The accused, wf o admitted the offence, entered a field called the Ffraith, and sent a sheep dug to attack a herd of cattle. The dog caught a young bullock by the tail, lacerating it with his teeth. The incited animal also tore the poor beast's hocks, exposing the flesh. After a while another d og entered the field, and was urged to attack the cattle. The two dogs drove the terrified beasts to a birbed wire fence, and through this they forced themselves, tearing their flesh in the passage. The accused joined in the cruelty by striking the cattle with a stick One young bullock had its eye torn a.nd was totally blind.— Three witnesses testfied to the cruel behaviour of the accused, which they said was prolonged long after they remonstrated with him. He threatened to kill tne cattle and injure the men if they interfered. He was fined.22 and.22 4s 6d costs, or fourteen days imprisonment.

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