HE COUNTY RATE BASIS. CONFERENCE AT NEWTOWN. On Tuesday the second conference of the members of the Standing Committee appointed by the County 40onnoil and tne representatives of the Boards of Guardians for the purpose of preparing a standard or basis for county rating and assessment purposes met at the Ponce Court, Newtown. The first con- ference was held in April, and was then adjourned, the conference now met to further consider the pro- posed uniform scale of deductions. There were pre- sent Messrs A. C. Humphreys-Owen, chairman of the County Council, John Jenkins, vice-chairman, Col. B. J. Harrison, Messrs Richard Lloyd, G. Morgan, W. F. Addie, J. Jones, Llanfyllin, W. Scott Owen, David Hamer, C. Morgan, J. Lewis, Wm. Jones, Dd. pavies, John Shuker, David Evans, Machynlleth, "William Cooke, Hugh Lewis, William Theodore, Dd. Eicbards, T. S. Pryce, Martin Woosnam, aud R. O. Perrott; with Messrs G. D. Harrison, clerk, K. Powell, assistant clerk, and G. A. Hutchins, county surveyor. n Dr Edwards, Llanfyllin, chairman of the Con- ference, wrote apologiaing for his absence, and stating that he hoped the question of deduction would be finally settled as the differences were but ll. There was another matter which he did not think was touched upon at the last Conference, and that was that the assessment committee should be Asked to take into their consideration the assessment -of mansions with or without land attached, in order, that there should be a more uniform assessment. It was of no good cloaing their eyes to the tact that some of these were assessed at a ridiculously low jigure, and those things ought to be rectified. Mr A. C. HUMPHRSYS-OWKK was then appointed Chairman. He said that the first question was the Admission ot the Press. It was a matter that by entirely with the members to decide. Mr JENKINS: The Press were admitted upon the Jast occasion. The CHAIRMAN thought there was no objection to their admittance that day. Mr JENKINS then proposed that the Press be ad- mitted, and it was carried. The CHAIRMAN said that the Conference was held consequence of there being 80m!) difference among the unions as to the amount of deductions to bo made. He thought the better plan would be to take sach table separately, and ask the delegates to state the points to which they objected. The CLERK then read the scale ot proposed ae- dactions as arranged by the Council, which were as .follows:-(a) Land with buildings 10 per cent.; (b) land without buildings 2* per cent. (c) cottages with land not exceeding one acre, and rented at X6 and under, 20 per cent; (d) the same, rented above £ 6, 15 per cent; (e) mills, factories, etc., 25 per cent.; (J), woodlands, 2* per cent. (y) sporting, nil; ill) tithes, 4 per cent. It was decided to consider the scale submitted by the Newtown and Llanidloes Union, and then hear the reasons for their objections. The scale was as follows (a) Land with buildings, 15 per cent.; tb) land without buildings, 7i per cent.; (c and d) same 88 County Council scale (e) mills, factories, etc., 20 per cent.; (/) woodlands, nil (g) sporting, nil; (A) tithes: rates and taxes only, and other legal deduc- tions, or in lieu thereof 30 per cent. A further pro. posal was that warehouses, workshops, stables, eto., should have a deduction of 10 per cent. 'I .t .I.LL- 1_- Mr GEOBGE MOROAN presumed inac Tau mw pro- vided for these demands as a set-off against the wear and tear of applianoss and conveniences. The Assessment committee could not arbitrarily fix upon any deductions unless for some special reason. The CHAIBKAN said that in order to arrive at a fair and equal value of property deductions were made in consideration of it* liability to vacancies, liabilities of expense for repairs and so on. 1)0 Conference then proceeded to consider section (a) of the scales submitted by the Newtown and Llanidloes Union, viz, 15 per cent. against 10 per «ent. of the Council scale. Mr C. MORGAN requested to be informed how that section corresponded with the scale ot the ether anions in the county. In reply, the CLKBK said that the Forden scale was 10 per cent., Llanfyllin 10 per cent., andMaohyn- HAth 10 tier cent. Mr JOHN LEWIS, one of the delegates from the Newtown and Llanllwehaiarn Union, then proceeded to give their reasons for the increased deductions. He thought that the other unions had agreed to adopt what was suggested at the previous Conference that was held some time ago. They bad considered the matter and were of opinion that 10 per cent. for land and buildings was too small. At the last sitting of the Conference tie items weie dealt with item by item, and so far as that item was concerned no de. duction was made from the assessment, Their com- mittee thought that it should be altered, and accord. ingly proposed to raise the deduction from 10 to 15 per cent. Since that scale of deductions was fixed, a long time ago, they had experienced some tremen- dous changes, especially in agriculture. A wind and wave of depression «u passing over them, with bad trade and bad seasons, until they had been brought to the present crisis, and yet that industry was still carrying the heaviest end of the oross. He main- tained that the different properties rated had always been unequally yoked together, and he trusted that the Conference would see its way to relievglth chief of all Varmer'would be benefitted, either pro- ductions must go up in price or the burdens must be lightened. Of the former of those he thought that there was not one shadow of hope. Some of the best landowners bad made abatements of 20 per cent., and they felt thankful to them for it, although they had only done their duty, and he may fay only part of their duty, yet they felt exceedingly grateful to them for doing a part of their duty. But 20 per oent. only went halfway, and 50 per cent. would only assist them in tiding over present difficulties. Anjther reason for the proposed increased deduction was that they had now got to compete with the world, and in order to do so it was necessary to have every possible convenience so that the expense of keeping those conveniences in proper order was greater than in former times. Tnose, he concluded, were some of the reasons for the coarse proposed. Mr RICHARD LLOYD: Mr Lewis has given us no reasons at all why they propose that deductions upon houses should be reduced and increased upon land without buildings. Mr J. LEWIS We have not come to that yet; we are dealing with the first section. Mr LLOYD said that he was aware that they had not arrived at that particular section but what were the reasons for the adoption of the oourse pro- posed ? The CH AiRmAiq: Mr Lewis mentioned at the end of his speech that in order to compete with the world the best conveniences were required, and in order to Jeep them in proper repair the cost would be much dearer. Col. HARBISON thought that it would be much better if the gentlemen representing the Newtown Union would give the Conference their opinion upon All the sections eo that they could discuss the whole question at once. Mr GEORGE MORGAN was of opinion that Mr Lewis's speech dealt with matters with which they had nothing to do. The question of taxes had to be dealt with by Parliament, and not by them. He should like to point out that any increase or decrease of deductions could only be made in consequence cf any additional cost of repair or less cost of repair. He was sure that they all thoroughly sympathised with the farmers in their present distress. He did not think that it was competent tor any assessment I committee to attempt by arbitrary means to siy that that section should be dealt with more liberally than another. He felt indignant to think that their friends the farmers, in order to relieve themselves, had attempted to throw the burden upon the ahouiders of other industries. Mr Lewis Then Mr Morgan means to say that an assessmeut committee has no power to rectify wrongs when they see them before their eyes. He asked him to withdraw the word arbitrary." Mr MORGAN said that he thoroughly sympathised with the desire to lighten the burdens of every sec- tion of the community. He had asked at toe begin- ning as to the reasons deductions were allowed, and h did not think that they could make any deductions only in cases where there had been coat of additional repairs. The CHAIRMAN thought that the suggestion made that they should hear the whole case was the right one, and he would ask Mr Lewis to go on and give his reasons for making allowances upon land without buildings. Mr JOHN JENKINsaaked whether thatcourss would not complicate matters very muezi, as they would not know what was clearly before the meeting. The CHAIRMAN said that it was eimply analogous to a second reading, and the committee would take clause by ciaube. Mr JENKINS said they could not vote upon each -question untii the discussion had proceeded upon each tem The CHAIRMAN: I think the proposal is that we should h, ar the whole case before we vote. Mr JENKINS Let each question be exhausted by Argument, uefore we cecide. Let all decisions be post- poned until all Has been said upon the other items. The CHAIRMAN was afraid that if they did so they would qu,to f,,rget -nlbt had been said in the eariy part o, d-ou^i >n. There were only two cour^r open, viz. to take clause by olauae, discuss each, and then decide uv. them, or for the representative- of the N wto wn an,j Lianidioes Uoion to make a g Dera S it-ment and then discuss each j roposal clan e by ^•lause. Mr JOHN JONES thoroughly agreed with the Chairman, and he proposed that they discuss each item separately. Mr RD. LLOYD seconded, and it was carried, Mr JOHN JONES then quoted from the law upon the matter, and after Mr DAVID DAVIES, Dolhafren. had spoken, Mr JOHN SHUKER. said he certainly had some doubts as to whether they could make the deduction: there that day. The proportion of expense to the value had no doubt increased, but notwithstanding that he very much doubted whether the committee cou d reduce more than what was fair to maintain house and buildings at a fair standard. He was afraid if they made a deduction of 15 per cent. that owners of houses, mills, etc., would expect a deduction upon theirs. He had as much sympathy as any man in the room with the farmers, but he could not quite follow the representatives of the Newtown and Llanidloes Union. Mr DAVID HAMER said that if the whole of the county was an agricultural county there would be no dispute; but being a mixed county there was probably a certain amount of injustice. Let them take a farm at X200, and upon that farm a deduction of X20 was made. Now the question arose, was X20 sufficient to maintain that tarm in a state of repair ? He main- tained that it was not. It might be sufficient to keep the buildings in repair, but not sufficient to keep the land and buildings in repair (applause). It was necessary to keep a farm in order to cover the as- surances. What comparison could there be between a farm and the Royal Welsh Warehouse? Yet they allowed the latter .£15 per cent. and the farm only .£10. He thought that they might safely say that there was an inequality. Taking his own business into account, he paid 2s in every pound. Was there any tradesman in Newtown that paid anything like that ? aud he did not hesitate to say that the deduc- tions upon houses were really far less than upon buildings and workshops. Mr JOHN JENKINS said it appeared to him that the rateable value should be that which a landlord would reasonably expect from a tenant who could af- ford to pay a rent for it. He argued that in oonse. quence of the depression iu trade the landlord should make deductions, and thus the rateable value would be lowered and the deductions taken from that. For instance, the landlords for the last two or three years had been remitting 10, 20, and 25 per cent. in the rent. Was not that decrease in rent the actual value of the land ? The state of agriculture in the past had been bad and would no doubt be so in the future, and it was only reasonable to expect that relief should be given compatible with the law and the facts of the ca.;¡Ø to tr e great depression in agricultural stock and in the rtIltl. ,vi. J. HARBISON said that he thought they were getting mixed. He fully agreed with everything that had been said with regard to agriculture, and he wished he could see his way clear to help them, but the present point was one that must be kept clear of that question. There was a oertain sum of money to be found for county pnrposes. It was not to be found from one industry, but from the county at large, and what they had got to do was to see that the money was got as fairly as possible from the dif- ferent interests ot the county. The question was whether those deductions were fair in relation to each interest in the county. He did not think that they had anything to do with landlords or tenants in any shape or form. The money had got to be found, and tuey must see that those demands complied with the Act of Parliament to make the neoessary deductions. There was one argument that Mr Lewis made use of, and that was with reference to the changing circum- stances of the times. The cost of keeping up build- ings had increased, and in consequence of the change of eircumtitanoes it oost more to keep in repair the necessary conveniences and farming appliances. They must also consider the deductions upon the other in- terests in the county, and take the whole thing together. Mr JOHN LEWIS concurred with these statements. Mr W. FORRESTER ADDIB said that he agreed with Mr Lewis that 15 per oent. would be a just allowance. Mr GEO. MORGAN thought Col. Harrison had touched upon the essence of the whole question. All they desired was that the deduotuvp snould be fair for each section of property. Mr Lewis had told them that the Assessment Committee of the Newtown and Llanidloes Union had gone carefully into the matter, and that they considered what they suggested fair. He was rather wondering how those gentlemen who had an efficient knowledge of agriculture oouici say I that in consequence of the changes of the times they were going to increase the taxes upon steam power in the county in order to relieve agriculture (cries of We have not coma to that yet.") He would be I pleased to agree to 15 per cent, upon the agricul- tural industries it they would allow 3u per oent. upon other industries in the county. Mr JNO. JENKINS We cannot make any condition Col. HARRISON really thougnt that they must con- sider the whole of the question together and hear ar- guments upen those different points. He did not see how they could vote until they had heard the whole of the question. He did not think that they should benefit one interest at the expense ot another; they must consider the whole thing together. The CHAIRMAN said that it appeared to him that all they wanted was to arrive at a rough average of the actual profit made out of the farm-whether held by owner or by tenant—which was to go in keeping it 2s £ ssysys* M. in saying that 10 per oent. would hardly be sufficient. and when they allowed 2t per cent. upon land without building, consequently they must understand that only 7 por cent. is allowed to keep up the buildings, and anyone could see that was not right. The requirements of modern farming are very much more than under the old-fashioned farm- ing. There were now iron sheds and those soi t of things, which certainly required a great oeal more care. Again the number ot buildings upoa farms had increased as compared with former days. Therefore he thought that 15 per cent. deduction off land for the puepo8a ot keeping up buildings and conveniences was not an outside figure (near, near). Wages had also gone up, but that likewise applied to manufac- turers. Mr JOHN JONES said that he would like to correct Mr S. Owen in one thing. He did not think that the deduction from land in class a was 7i but it was 10 per cent. But land itseif-tlecammodation land about towl,-was 2t per cent. Mr SCOTT OWEN Therefore that leaves 71 per cent. Mr JOHN JONES: No, no, you must look at each distinctly, so that really it is 10 per cent. upon the whole. Mr GEO MORGAN said that aU that was desired upon the part of anyone was that a fair deduction should be made. He did not use the word "arbi- trary" in an offensive sense. but in the sense that it would certainly be arbitrary for any committee to alter the deductions which were strictly defiued by Act of Parliament on any other ground than on evi- dence 'to be produced, otherwise any section of the community when in the majority might be tempted to 8'titt the burden of taxation without just cause on to the shoulders of the minority. Mr T. S. PRYCE, Welshpool, said that he had been listening to all that had been said, and he knew in the part where he came from the farmers did not spend more than 1 per cent., alone 10 per cent. They would find a good house upon the roai side, but they must not go off the road (laughter). Mr EICHAKD LLOYD having spoken, Mr T. S. PRYCE asked the Chairman to apply the cloture, but the request was not complied with. Coi. HARBISON agreed with Mr Scott Owen that ooly 7; per cant. was allowed for buildings when the other t was ahowed tor land. Tha CHAIRMAN said they could only possibly arrive at a rough average, as it would be impossible to expect each assessment committee to bo going aronad the couutry to value each house and asking for the cost of repairs, etc. Col. HARRISON said that he did not tbink the question could be decided there that day. He thought that it would be advisible that those ngw proposals should be sent to each assessment com- mittee included in the conference, and that the con. ference should be adjourned in order to hear their reports of the different assessment committees, when they could finally decide. The scale of deductions proposed were entirely fresh to all of them, and as the Newtown Union bad proposed that scale he thought it would be very well if the different assess- ment committees in the county should have an oppor- tunity of discussing the point. Mr J. LEWIS said that it that was done he hoped that it would be done very speedily as they intended to m&ke a thorougti new valuation in the union, and they would want that list as soon as possible. Mr GKORGE MORGAN said that it appeared to him that their agricultural friends seemed to be seeking relief for agricultural depression in that matter of deductions (cries of "No, no" I. All that he desired was to make clear to each committee what was right and fair. If one body by a preponderance of votes declared 20 per cent. upon land and buildings and only 10 per cent upon mills, thit did not make it fair or just. Before they altered that scale a claar case should be made out in each interest. He considered the wear and tear upon steam mills very great, and as to insurances they paid about 12 times more than f .rmers. Mr W. THEODORE thought that interests were clashing very much (laughter). Mr C. MORGAN considered Col. Harrison's sugges- tion a very important matter. Mr Lewis said that 10 per ceut. did not cover the cost of repair, and another gentleman said that 1 per cent. was not spent up u the repairs of houses and buildings. 10 face of jvidence such as that be did not think that it was oo upet n for them to decide. He supported Col. iiair.sju's sugsesti.-n, Mr JOHN LEWIS asked to be informed who it waB that made the deduction in the first imstaaee. It was thought that the thing was eternal, and had been fixed by some infallible beirg. He wanted to know who did it in the first instance? The CHAIRMAN It was done by the county assess- ment committee in 1883. Mr JOHN LEWIS asked to be informed who it waB that made the deduction in the first imstaaee. It was thought that the thing was eternal, and had been fixed by some infallible beirg. He wanted to know who did it in the first instance? The CHAIRMAN It was done by the county assess- ment committee in 1883. Col. HARRISON The scale of deductions adopted in 1883 were the scale of deductions accepted from reports made by assessment committees in the differ- ant unions. Mr J. LEWIS: The 10 per cent deductions upon land and buildings has been the same since I was a child, and has remained the same from time immemor- able. Those deductions were the outcome of the work of the assessment committees, and who sat upon the committees he would leave them to con- jecture. The CHAIRMAN: There is now a distinct motion before the Conference, viz., that each assessment committee be furnished with statement of amended scale of deductions proposed by Newtown and Llan- idloes Union, and ask the delegates to attend at a future meeting for further discussion upon the question. Mr T. S. PRYCE did not quite follow that. He wanted the question settled that day. The CHAIRMAN: This Conference has no power whatever. We cannot force any union to adopt such scale, and the only thing to be done is to arrive at a I mutual agreement. The Newtown and Llanidloes Union are strongly opposed to the decision of the other three unions, and it would be useless to go to a vote simply for that reason. Mr DAVID HAMER If this is carried out I hope we shall have a little discussion upon each of the other questions. Mr George Morgan has referred to item (e) at 25 per cent., and I would like to hear what he has got to say. His argument will be conveyed from here to the assessment committee, and unless it is discussed here they will be in the dark. The CHAIRMAN said he would keep the motion in reserve until the other matter was discussed. Mi JOHN LEWIi then proceeded to give their reasons for the raising of section (6) from 2. to 7i per cent. According to the Act of Parliament quoted by Mr John Jones, land was to be kept in a state of market value, and if the lands was to be kept in a state of market value there must be wear and tear upon it. If a tenant neglects his duty upon the farm, and that farm oame into the market, would it let at its market value? He said no—(hear, hearl-and those were some of the reasons why land should be raised from 2i to 7i per cent. The CHAIRMAN: Can you give us some items 01 expense in point? Mr D. HAMER: I think this item refers to grass lands. It is rare indeed tuat arable land is lev without buildings. The expenses of aooomodatioi land is very little and 2* per c-nt. would be ample. If Mr Lewis proves his case with regard to arabit land, of course, I think there is something in whath says, but it is a rare occurrence. Mr JOHN LEWIS said that there was plenty of arable land let in that way. There was laDd oloce to mm without any buildings. The CHAIRMAN: I should like to hear 100\' particulars of the expense attaohed to such &n .rrai gement. Mr JOHN JONES said it appeared to him that the ,ùiy solution of the question and the satisfactory wttlemeijt of the differences would be by the appoint- nent of a commiti.ee of gentlemen, representing the Inrious industries in the county, and they could go into the question thoroughly. Mr Addie said that 15 per oont. was not enough. Very well. But thev vanted proof. He was afraid that they would be anable to decide anything that day, aAl he proposed the appointment of a committee. Mr GEORGE MORGAN seconded the proposition. Col. HAuiciisoN osid that he had not lha slightest ,bjeotion iu withdrawing his resolution as bu only lesire was to endeavour to settle the quoctions. Mr ADDIE supported the amendment most heartiiy And would be most pleased to give evidence before the committed. The motion was then carried and the following committee appointed: Messrs A. C. Humphrey*- Owen, John Jenkins, W. Forrester Addie, George Morgan, John Lewis, Col. Harrison, Messrs J. Shuker, Richard Lloyd, C. Morgan David Hamer, Soott Owen, John Jones, David Evans, and W. Theodore. The conference then rose.
NEWTOWN & LLANLLWCHAIARN SCHOOL BOARD. The quarterly meeting of the above Board was held at the Board room, New Churon Street, un Aiouaay evening, when there were present Messrp William Cooke, chairman, Alfred Ford, John Humphreys, T. fiees, W. F. Thomas, with Messrs Edward Powell, clerk, J. Williams, assistant clerk, and John Andrew, attendance officer. THE CONTINUATION SCHOOLS. The Chairman said that he had been iaforme )Y Mr Williams, H.M. Inspector, who was then engagsd in examining the scholars of the several schools, that it would be necessary for their Clerk to apply to the Education Der>artm«nt rosrwotinur the holding of the continuation schools, or at any rate to inform the Department that they were being held.—The Clerk said that the Education Department were always in- formed.—The Chairman said that there wail unnf.hur matter to which he desired to call their attention In a letter recently sent by Messrs Saer and Wall they asked that the Board would undertake the suparin- tenfience of the classes and visit them, so that they might know if the work was carried on as it ought te be.-IL was agreed to accede to the request. SCHOOL INSPECTION. Notices of inspection of schools were read by the Clerk, and at the conclusion the Chairman remarked th-At he had visited the schools that morning and also ■n the afternoon, whtn Mr Williams, the inspector, had expressed himself very pleased with the premises! Nit. HAYES. The Clerk said that amungst many other forms re-1 qaned to be filled up aunatDy for the information of the Education Department was one called Form 1J. which asked for particulars respecting each teacher, md contained the following question are the managers sa isfi d with such t acher's character, o induct and attention to duty, because dissatisf'ac! i,-)ii_if_any shouid oe stated." The Ulerk !l.rlclAcJ that he did not care to take the responsibility of answering tiiat quostioj with reference to Mr Hayes, before first consulting the Board.—After some discussion it was decided to insert the words moderately satis- fied." NOTICE OF AUDIT. The Clerk baid that he had received notice of audit which would take place upon the 2nd December at Jaersws, and the books would be open for inspection it No. 44, Broad Street, three c:ays before the aadit. RESIGNATION. A letter was read fiom Miss Morris, assistant at die Peoygloddfa tchool, giving three months' notice to leave the services of the Board.—The notice was iceepted, ?nd '.he Clerk aath. ri.-ed to give her the customary te-timonial. ATTENDANCE OFFICER'S REPORT. Mr John Andrew, attendance officer, reported that he number of visitt made by him curing the past tour weiks were 854, and the number of notices served 12. The number of chi dren upon the register vere 1,189, and the average attendance 985'9 or 82'8 per cent. There was a decrease of 22 on the register md the aveiag-f attendance was the same as the cor. responding perod last year. Daring the month 213 chi-dren had attended regulatly, and 110 children had ^ttenoed the whole of la,t quarter, 'ihe percentage for the year ending September 29rh was 80. The following was the average attunoance at the schools -New Church Street, boys, 119'4 or 85 4 per cent., airls 96 or 83 6 per cent., iniantt 127'3 or 79 per cent; Newtown National school, 203 5 or 77 per cent. Penygloddfa mixd 133'4 or 857 per canc., infants 77'2 or 79 8 per cent.; Llanllwehaiarn National school 200 or 74'7 per cent.—Mr Alfred Ford said that srie attendance Wts very satisfactory, but it was not what it ought to be, 80 per cent. was not a very high water mark in that particular. Still it was satis- factory to find that the attendance at the Board schools was much higher than the attendance at the National schools. During the month 213 children attended the whole time the 8chaols were open, and he begged to move that the attendance officer make out a tist of the children who attended every time iurimr the last two months for the use of the prase, l'll. first month in the quarter was a holiday, so that they would not have the three months. He thought chat the publication of the names of the children iu ihe pa-it had had a very good effect.—The Chairman seconded the proposition, and it was carried. FINANCE. The Clerk presented the financial statement for the year which was passed and sigaed, and cheques for several bills and the usual salaries were also signed. LIST OF REGULAR ATTENDANTS DURING THE QUARTER. The following is the list of names referred to by Mr Alfred Ford Arew Churchstreet Boys' School Geo. Morris, Green Tavern, New Church-street, Wm. Edwards, B.aok Hall, John C. Williams, High-street, Charles Davies, The Lot, Ernest Clark. Short Bridge- street, Alonza. Smith, Poo -road, James Wallace, Broad-street. Herbert Davits, Park-street, Charles Benbow, Lady well-street, Owen Brown, New Church- street, Alfred Parry, Kerry-road, Ernest Barnes, i v. rn-street, Hugh Jones, Park-street, William Hibbott, Frolic, George Davies, New Church-street, Osborne Morgan, Severn street, David Griffiths, The Lot, Walter Humphreys, Gas-street, George HlbbJtt, Skinner-street, Edward Smith, Pool-road, Wiiiiam Jenkins, Old Church-street, George Davies, Lady well street, George Parry, Kerry.road, Bertie Owen, Park- street, George Hibbott, Frolic, Fred Evans, Crown- street, Escoit Hunter, New-road.—New Chnrch-street Girl*' Jennie Wallace, Broad-street, Annie J. Watkin. Cambrian Villa, Bessie Williams, Park- street, Maggie Wallace, Broad-street, Cassie Jones, Dolfor-road, Jennie Morgan, Ladywell-street, Maggie Owen, Park-street, Elsie Bird, Ladywel^treet, Louisa Morgan, Lady well-street, Henrietta Smith, Pool-road, Annie Hibbott, Skinner-street, Alice Hamer, Castell-y-dail, Emily Pugh, New Church- street, Norah Davies, Ladywell-etreet, Kate Parry, Lady well-street, Nellie Morris, Ladywell-atreet, Edith Morgan, Canal, Jessie Mclnres, Cambrian Cottage, Annie Arrol, Parker'a-lane, Bessie Arrol, Parker's-lane, Lily Edwards, Broad-street, Mary Edwards, Black Hall, Martha Thomas, Park-street, Annie Williams, Park-street, Ethel Lewis, Canal, Agnes Wallace, Brood-street.-New ChvrcA.»treet In- fants' Hilda Evans, Back-lane, Norah Smith, Poo:- road, Cissie Whittaker, Frolic, Cissie Pugh, Frolic, Maggie Richards, Ladywell-street, Amelia Morgan, Canal, Myfanwy Ashton, Old Church-street, Lizzie WattB, Park-street, Reginald Smith, Pool-road, John Wallace, Broad-street, Arohie Williams, Ladywell- street, David William Davies, Park-street, Seymour Williams, Park-street, John H. Matthews, Frolic, Pryce Davies, Ladywell-street, Harold Hibbott, Frolic, George Morgan, Frolic, Albert Parry, Frolic, William Edwards, Park-street, William Morris, Albion-yard, Charles Williams, Frolic, John R. Evans, Skinner-street, William W. Matthews, Frolic. —Penygloddfa Mixed Ernest Francis, Bryn-street, Bertie Williams, School-lane, Samuel Meredith, Cres- oent-street, David Evans, Bryn-street, Willie Wil- liams, Sohool-lsne, James Barrett, Gullet-cojrt, Maggie Francis, Bryn-street, John Clayton, Union- street, William JoneB, Frank well, Robert Rawson, Crescent-street, Edwd. Garnett, Union-street, Richd. Roberts, Crescent-street, Nellie Evans, Bryn-street, Alfred Owen, Bryn-street, David Edmunds, Severn Side, Sarah E. Williams, .Bryn-street, Mary Meredith, Crescent-street, John Breese, Old Chnroh-street, Lily Davies, Chapel-street.—Penygloddfa Injants': Harry Gentle, Commercial-street, Bertie Meredith, Cres- oent-street, Tom Breese, Old Church-street, Wilfred Ashley, Canal, Maggie Evans, Bryn-street, Norman Jones, Frankwell, Annie Rowlands, Bryn-street, Mary Elizabeth Gittins, Crescent-street, Catherine Meredith, Crescent-street, Cissie Rowlands, Bryn. street, Meredith Williams, Vaynor Court, Albert O. Beedles, Union-street, Albert Francis, Bryn.street, Richard Gittins, Crescent-street, Lizzie Williams, flommercial.atreet.
WELSHPOOL TOWN COUNCIL —TUESDAY. Present: Councillor E. O. Jones (mayor), Aldermen W. A. Rjgers, T. R. Morris, and G. D. Harrison, Councillor-a D. Richards, J. H. Anderson, J. Pryce Jones, T. S. Pryce, and Geo. E. Davies, with Mr E. Jones (town clerk), Mr J. Snook (surveyor), Mr T. A. Basnett (collector), and Dr Marston (inedioal officer). THB TOWN HALL CELLARS. Mr E. H. hood again wrote referring to the abomin. able nuisance in the Town Hall cellars, and stating if it was not altered at once he must refer the matter to the Local Government Board. To live in such an unhealthy atmosphere any longer would be attended with serious results. The Mayor asked Dr Marston what his view of the nuisance was. Dr Marston said the last time he was in the cellar he aaw some rotten cheese and the stench was simply abominable. The Boors were covered with at least half an inch of dirt. The cellars should be cleaned out, and the cheeses removed either that day or on the morrow, and the tenants should have compensa- tiou. Mr David Jones asked Dr Marston if he thought all the smell oame from decayed cheese. He thought not. Dr Marston said if the cellars Wt-re properly ven- tilated the cheese would not, get 30 rotten, and tLe cellars would be quite fit to keep cheese in. At pre- ten they were not tit. They were uuventilated and Jump, and they could not expect to preserve cheese in them. The Mayor Then you recommend that we remove the cheese to-morrow P Dr Marston: Instantly. Mr J. P. Jones thought cheese improved by being kept in a damp place. Dr Marston said they knew that Stilton cheese im- proved by keeping it under a beer tap, but if they ,ot it go on after it had reached a certain state they would not be able to e.At it. Tha Mayor: But the beer tap would not be the same sort of damp as that in the cellars (laughter). Aldermau Morris said be thought they passed a reso.ution at the last meeting that the cellars were to be cleared out. The Surveyor Yea, periodically. Aldermm Morria asked if the cellars had been cleared out since the last meeting. He passed the place the other day in Hall-street, aDd the stench was abomiaabln. The Surveyor said the order had been carried out with the exception of the whitewashing. He did not think whitewashing would alter the smell. Alderman Morris said there was a stench caused by something else besides oheese. It was like de- cayed vegetable matter, and several people had tailed hIs attention to it. Dr Marston said he thought it was a chronio smell from the effect of the cheese. The whole place was saturated with it. The oellar had not been cleaned out for many months. The Smveyoi: Twelve months, sir. Dr MardLon: That accounts for the smell. Councillor D. Jones said he thought lime-washing would effect the smell considerably. Dr Marston paid it would not effect a cure. Aldrarman Harrison said it was a most intolerable nuisance, and be felt very strongly about it. He moved that proceedings be taken forthwith to have the otieese talten away. Let them cleanse aud dis- infect a-* mUCH as they liked afterwards. Councillor Anderson seconded the motion. Dr Marston said after t ley remove 1 the cheeses it depende3 upon whom they let the cellars to whether they would have them ventilated. If they let them for the sale of coal they would not need it, but if they iet them for the storage of any perishable arti- cles they would require ventilation. Councillor Anderson said he had a friend who kept some soda-water in the cellar some time ago, and even that went bad (laughter). Councillor J. P. Jones said when the cheese was not there the nuisance was the same. The motion was carried. THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. The Mayor said with regard to the Education question, tae British Sahool managers had not com. pleted their negotiations, and the Council was waiting for their reply. He thought they would agree with him that is would not do tor them to enter into the details of the question until they were absolutely under ihe necessity of doing so. If the British School managers were successful then the whole question would collapse, and the Council would not have to deal with it. THE BROOK. The Mayor said the brook had been flushed, and it was found to ba very effeotive. C ibncillor Pryce said the brook was a lot better after the flushing. THE SMITHFIELD. The Mayor said they bad received a peremptory order from the Board of Trade, and they had dealt witu the pig pens and a portion of the Stnithfield which they hoped would satisfy the inspector. Replying to Councillor Anderson, thi Surveyor said most of the channels had been cleaned out. Councillor J. Pryce Jones moved that the Sur- veyor should use a weed killer which was aJvertised. Alderman Rogers seconded the motion, and said it was the growth of grass in the pens which was the chief cause of the Inspector's complaint. He thought it curious that one Inspector should come on one day and suggest one thing and another, in about a fort. night, and suggest another. The Mayor said if the Inspectors interfered again, they must ask them to meet the Council. They had consi ierably improved the roads in the Smithtieid. Councillor D. Jones said some of the paths between the pens needed attention. The Surveyor said if the paved channels were taken up they could deal with the weeds as they did on the roads. Councillor Davies said the principal ingrelient of the weed killer was arsenic. The motion was agreed to. ALLEGED ENCliOHCHMENT AT GARREG. The Mayor said thi Committee had inspected tt e alleged encroachment, and recommended that a cor- nor be allowed to be cut off. The matter was so small that all the Committee did was to take an out- ing for the benefit of their health (laughter ) Councillor D. Jones said he heard that one gentle- man came home very poerly (laughter.) On the motion of A derman Harrison, seconded by Alderman Morris, the report was adopted. FINANCE. The Committee reported that the Collector bad collected .£60 10s inner district rate, X8 18s 6d of general district r-te, add t4 148 5d in the month THB DIFFICULTY WITH THE HI8HWAT RO.pn The Mayor said he was sorry to say: they had not been generously dealt with by the Highway Board, and he hoped the public would express their opinior. in rtucb a way aa to lead that Board to re-conaider their decision. The Mayor recapitulated the pro- posals made to the Highway Board to secure at equitable decision of the matter. Aioerman Rogers said they did not get a farthiug for the work they had done in the past, and he con- sidered they were very angenerouey dealt with. Councillor J. P. Jones moved a vote of thanks to the representatives of the Council in the Conference with the Highway Board, and Alderman Morris seoonded the motion, which was agreed to. CORRESPONDENCE. No action was taken on an invitation from the Re- tail Newsagents and Booksellers Union to protest against the adoption, by the Post Office, of the cash- on-delivery system, which it was said would preju- dice local trade- THE LETTING OE THE TOWN HALL. A dioramic company wrote offering six guineas for the use of the Town Hall for a week. The Mayor, in supporting the acceptance of the offer, said he had had the pleasure of allowing Alder- man Morris the use of the Hall for choir practices, and he should be glad to do the same again if any choirs wanted it. Councillor Andersen said he supposed he would also grant it to the Salvation Army ? (laughter.) The Mayor said if he thought it would be for the general good of the town he should. The rooms were maintained by the ratepayers for any useful purpose. Alderman Rogers said he did not approve of any section of the inhabitants having a preference. The Mayor said he did not think he could be ac- cused of partiality. Dr Marston said the Dispensary was a charitable institution, and the medical officers gave their ser- vices often at great inconvenience, but the Corpora- tion charged them three guineas. He thought the Corporation might give the Hall free for one night in the year. Councillor T. S. Pryce said Alderman Roger's re- mark about a preference was quite uncalled for. Alderman Rogers said he referred to what had been done by the Council in the past. Everybody wanted the hall for a good purpose, but if all were to have it free of charge he did not know where the funds to maintain the hall were to come from. The -Mayor said he did not know to what category a smoking concert belonged, but he found Alderman Rogers granted the hall for that purpose (laughter.) Alderman Rogers said if they got men like the Yeomanry to come there and spend a thousand pounds during the week, they could not do better than let them have a little amusement. Councillor D. Jones said concerts for the Yeo. manry were not nobler or better objects than the training of young people in singing. The subject then dropped. A SPECIAL HEETINGT. The Mayor said in the ordinary coarse that would be tne last opportunity he should have of addressing them as Mayor, but as the question of water supply would he thought be completed before the expiration of his year of effice, it would be his duty to call special meeting, and he would defer until then tho statement he proposed to make. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. Mr Snook reported that new Venedan blinds were required at the Library, and that the gas pipes in parts of the Town Hall needed scraping and cleaning out. The necessary evacuations at the reservoir were p acticaily complete, and the misons wouid now procetd with their parocf the work. The water supply of the town had been extended for two hours, and as they were well off for water, he proposed to begin cleaning nut the filfer beds at once. If the Council proposed to btop the leakage in the bottom pool this autumn, it would ba well to employ as many men as possible. He dirl not think the necessary work could be completed in less than six weeks. The report was adopted.
LL KNFYLLLN DISTRICT HIGHWAY BOARD. The Board met at Llanfair on Saturday, irlitt there were present Messrs W. Morgan, in the efaftir, E. Evans, Meifod, G. Jones, Llangyniew, Ellis Joue and T. D. Jones, Llanerfyl, T. E. Jones, f.Ut.gJST W. Theodore, and P. Astley, Llanfair. 8M. veyor reported that owing to the absence from how of the Water Engineer, nothing had been done as to the drains on the new loads at Lake Vyrnwy -Tim bridge at Melinygrug, Llanfair, had been completed at a cost of Xll 10s. A new footbridge' haa bflM erected at Felinfach, Garthbeibio, for X3 9b 64. '1'8 amount erpended on the roads during the past montb was X 103 9a 4d.The Clerk submitted the estimate of expenditure for the ensuing half-year, and a oall of 3d in the £ was levied.
BOARDS OF GUARDIANS. NEWTOWN & LLANIDLOES,— WEDNESDAY. Present: Capt. Adams (chairman), Mr R. Bennett (vice-chairman), Messrs R. Pryce, R. Nutting, M. H. Davies, Ric-^ani Bvans, D. Jerman, William Jones, K PoweU, D. Higgs, U. Morgan, D. Davies, Evan Jones, and Miss Lit yd Mr R. Williams, cleik. STATISTICS. Oat-relief wai administered during the past fort- night as follows: Newtown district, per Mr R. H, Lloyd. first week, X36 6s 3d to 273 recipients, second weak, £ 31 12s 6d to 262 recipieits. LIBndl, ea liitl- trict, pt-it Mr R. Owen, first week i545 10a 31 to 394 recipients, second week £ il 17a 9d to 394 recipients. L!anwn<>g district, per Mr J. Hamer, first week .£21 12* to 1118 recipients, second week.220 18,¡ 6i to 168 recip ents. Number of vagrants relieved in the House 141, against 80 in tho corresponding period of last year. Paupers in the House 42, as against 63. J MASTER'S REPORT. Th° Master reported that the Rev Mnrg n Jones, Llaa.iinam. had bent a quantity of fruit for the use of the inmates. Thsnks were conveyed to Mr Jones for his kindness.—The Master also reported that the t vo years' guarant.-e of Mr Turner for the pump had nearly expired. BOARDED-OUT CHILDREN. The Medieal Officer's and Relieving Officer's re- ports of visits to homes of children boarded out were adopted. LLA,NFYLLIN,, -THURSDAY. Present: Messrs Evan Evans (chairman), John Jones, vice-chnirmon (Quilsfield), C. R. Jones, John Jones, J. Lomax, J. Marshall Dugdale, Captaia G. H. H, Hayhuit-France, Colonel Bounor, the Rev. S. Reed (ex-offivio). the Rev. R. Trevor Owen, Messrs J. Ryle, J. M. Jones, Thowaq Roberts, Richard Owen, Kdward V*ughan, R. Roberts (Llanfechan). Robert Roberts (Llanfechan), Charles Jones, John Williams, R. R. Evans, Robert Richards, John Hnghes, David Pryce, David Evans, John Ashford. Edward Humohreys, Thomas Jones, and Edwar,i Davies, with Mr W. A. Pugh. clerk. THE TRAMP QUESTION. The Local Government Board wrote asking what steps had been taken with regard to alteration* in the vazrant accommodation? Mr Ryle said he had prepared a plan in which Mr Bircnam made some alterations, and he could not get another made in less than a month. Mr J. Jones said the accommodation was not good enough for tramps, and disgraceful for honest way- farer", who were entitled to protection. He thought they should engage a professional man to prepare plans and specifications. If they once applied the law with regard to the work required from tramps he beiieved the invasion of tramps would be greatly reduced. Mr 0. R. Jones said if they gave tramps better ac- commodation they would be there in greater numbers. Tne Chairman said if the Local Government Board would allow them to apply some of the money the Guardians now had tied up in the funds in doing this work it w,,uld be a reiief. Mr D. Pryce proposed that application be made for leave to spend about X140 of the money now tied up. The work to be done was nothing occasional or inci- dental, and was sucn as the money could be applied. It wa-i decided to ask Mr Bremner Smith, of Oswes- trf, what his terms would be for making the neces- sary plans and specifications. THE BOARD AND THE CLKRX. The Chairman said he had received further com- munijations from the Local Government Board with reference to the little difference between the Board and the Clerk. One was a copy of a letter from the Clerk to the Local Government Board, and the otb'èr a copy of their reply to that letter. Both letters were then, at the Chairman's request, read by Mr Pughe's clerk. Mr Pugh's letter, dated Sept. 21st, stated that the excitement aider which he suffered wheu hq wrote his previous letter having passed away, he thought a mote ample apology could reasonably be expected of him, and it was in eutire accordance with t'lat feeling that he unreservediy offered the same. With regard to the unfortunate occurrence of August 3;-d, which he most deeply deplored, he had felt for a long time past that Mr John Jones had not been acting straightforwardly towards him, but he was now quite willing to believe that he was mis- taken, ana to express his regret to Mr Jcnes per- sonally, and to the Guardians generally. In days passed Mr Jones and he had been on most friendly terms, and that fact made Mr Jones's 001 daot to- wards him all the more bitter, and the apology lie HOW tendered an act more painful. He hoped the M ard would give him their most favourable consideration. —The reply. dated 22nd September, stated that the Board, having given their careful consideratitn to the matter, did not consider they would be justified in altering their decision. The Clerk then asked leave to take that opportunity to make a most humble apology to the Board. Thay had heard the letter, in which he stated that he had felt for a long time that there was a bitterness be. tween Mr John Jones aud himself. Since writing that letter ho had had correspondence with Mr John Jones, and Mr Jones had replied to all his letters in the most kindly, courteous, and generous manner. The result of the correspondence was that they had, he felt, bean perfectly reconciled. Mr Jones had treated him moat handsomely, far better than he had any right to expect, and far better than he deserved. He thought he had made to Mr Jones all ample an apology as possible, and he had done so because he knew he was wrong, and was endeavouring to put himself right with the Board. If there was anything further he ought to say or do to bring about the old terms he had been on with the Board for so many v o,rs, all her could say was that he was quite ready to do it. Mr John Jones said Mr Pughe had mentioned that he had had a correspondence with him, and it had onded, to his mind, satisfactorily. It was not so at the beginning, but subsequently Mr Pughe wrote a letter after receiving which he WM in possession of wha t he considered an unconditional and satisfactory? apology. With reference to what Mr Pnghe said that fur years he had been under the impression that he had entertained a bitter feeling towards him, Kf Pughe had been all along labouring under a miss- conception entirely. He accepted Mr Pnghe's ma- qualified apology, and as far as he was concsmMl tbere was an end of the matter. Capt. Hayhurst-Prance said he had great plemure in proposing that Mr Pughe's apology and txplaiMU tion be accepted in the spirit in which they wao offered. Mr Thomas Jones, speaking in Welsh, said tbey often spoke about saving money for the ratemor&- They now bad an opportunity to save a lot of money. The Clerk's salary was too high by far. He ssc» greeted that if there was to be any voting that d»J it should be by ballot. Mr C. R. Jones proposed, ThatthisBoardba heard Mr Pughe's apology both to the Board ana Mr John Jones, considers these apologieB are fail and ample, and begs to submit the same for the further consideration of the Local Government Board." Capt. Hayhurst-France seconded. Mr Thomas Jones Before putting the qnestico to the vote, what is the Clerk's salary ? Mr Pughe: X120. Mr Thomas Jones: I heard it was £ ,200. Well, 1 withdraw all I have said (laughter). The motion, on being put to the meeting, was oarried unanimously.
THE CALVINISTIC METHODISTS.. The Upper Montgomeryshire Monthly Ifefii. of Calvinistio Methodists was held at Cuoo on September 28th ..nd 29th. There were present tho Revs. Dr. Parry, Carno, D. Lloyd Joues, MA., Llandinam, T. E. Roberts, Thomas T. Thomas, Machynlleth, Elias Jones, ewtown, Wm. WiitiaBM Dinnti Secretary), R. H. Jones, Llangurig, Usistwo Uriffitns, M.A.. L anidloes, R. H. Watkios, Uroi& E. Evans, Dylife, and about forty deacons repre- senting tne different churches, including Messns Dai id Jones, Hugn Davies, Macbynileth, R. Jones, Pertheirin, Lt. Pnilups, KewLuwn, Edward Jones, I'rewythen, D. Kv ins, Cemmaes, R. humphrwo. Lianb rynm tir, J. Mills and D. Morgan, Liunidloe*, D. Reos, it. Evaus, W. Evans, Llangurjg, J. JOBS*, Maiiwdd, Aa., &c. THE THIRD JUBILEE. The first meeting was held it 11 a m., when tho Rev. Dr. Parry read a very interesting paper on The Third Jubilee of the Connexion." 9«vsrai spoke on the subject, aud ihd Srcreiary oslMI attention to a new" Catechism t.;r (-n t!o) en on the subject by the Rev. Edward Thomas, Degaowy.— It was ieported that tne church at Derwenlas had eleoted Messrs Ljwis Lewis, Evan Roberta and D. Richards a. deacons, aud iha-t the church at Qrsiff had elected Messrs Evan Evans and Thoin,is JouOS, —The annual missionary and ^iDgmg hstival reports were distributed to the different eliurches,-At two p.m. the minutes of the former meeting were read and C ILon med. Ihe next meeting was Rx d to be at Maohynlleth, November 30th and December 1st. fbm subject of the church meeting The va.uo of religio* in youth. Lam. iii—27.—Dr. Parry nd Mr D, Ev UIH, Gemma-s, gave 110 report of tae Association at Carnarvon. THE AUXILIARY TWO. Concerning tue Auxiliary fund it was passed M rh, t we as a monthly meeting sympath iN witii the object, of having a Sustentation fund, on the understanding that every ehurch should pay 4a. per m inber towards it; but we are thoroughly con- vinced that there is no hope at present 01 gettisf ttie sar^e chu eties 10 join, and therefore we belieY. it unwise to proceed in the m-titer." RULES FOR CHOOSING MINISTERS. Concerning the "Rules for choosing ministers/' rules 1, 2 and 3 were acceptej, rule 4 to bo left oat, and in rule 5 that" tnri.-e-fourths be substituted for the word UllljGrity," and in rule 7 that the rfOSS officers" be inerled instead of "committees. The state of the oiuse at Carno and Llandinam WAD enquired into by the Rdt. D. Williams, Cwmyglo, Arvou, who reported that the cau-e was progresollig favourably, but the compliiut was that many of tha- members are leaving to no to other places.—Tha churches were dvised to keep public meetings to commemorate the third jubi ee of the Connexion.— Messrs. John Joues, DaideJ Jones, and 'I'hflHflf Jones, Graig, were examined by tho Rev. 10. Jones, and they were received members of tlW monthly meeting as deacons -Mr A. HumphrtylP Gleiuiant, gave a word of advice to the new deacons, -Mr John Mills, Liaiiitilot.s, was chosen to take care of the safe and the deeds of the men lily, meeting, iu the place of the late Mr W. Thomas, Llanidloes. A letter was read from Mis Joues, Newtown, thanking the mettii>g for the letter of symp itby tieut to her after her lite husband's death. TEMPERANCE COMMITTEE UNFKKMENTED tTun;. A repor t ot the Temperance c..>muiiMee was read by the RlJv. James Jones asd confirmed. It was Buggesteii that it would b-i advisable tor the ohurohev to use unfe. in, nted wine in the sac ament, also to hold public meetings uuring t e win er to snpport temperance, mnd airo that a book be provided for the members vi the monthly meeting to sign the pledge.—The. Itevs. D. Lloyd Jones, M.A., EliR* Jone-a, Messrs R. Phillips, Edward Jones, Trewythen, and R. Jones, Pertheirin, to mee; some msmbnS of the Presbytery to look into the case of Mochdre.— Tho R -v. David Williaryiq, CN-mygio, addressed the meeting as an old member of the monthly meeting. The following ministers preached at the pubiio services :-Rev. D. Williams, Cwmyglo, T. Y, Hoberts, Tnomas J. Th imaa, W. Prydderch, GoppSy- Blias Jones, Newtown, D. Lloyd Jones,, M.A.
MONTGOMERYSHIRE YEOMANRY CAVALRY. The third monthly handicap and challenge cap- sompetitiona in connection with the C" Squadron Shooting Club took place at Penarth Range, New- town, on Saturday last. Owing to tho inolement; state of the weather there was rather a small attend- ance of members. The final competitions are fixed for Saturday, Oct. 28tb. The following are the prill" cipal scores:— f-a ill llMllgiI tn « E-i<g £ 3 Set OS* •< P* Sergt. A. W. Barratt 20 24 20 64 — 134 19? „ W. C 11 Jones 22 al 15 59 — 136 IW „ Job Watkins 21 24 23 63 8 1 9 19 „ John Hamef 15 18 12 45 12 129 ]8& Trpr. A. Andrews 14 20 17 51 13 120 184- Sgt.-Major. Kirby 18 22 18 58 9 115 183 Corporal J. Jones 17 20 19 56 12 111 1791 Trooper C. Lewis 20 19 13 52 6 118 176 tf G. Davies 13 21 6 40 4 124 168 „ *Ernest Jones 21 24 15 60 12 60 1 „ *Da.vid Davies 10 23 22 55 17 51 123- W. Barratt absent 116 „ *C. Miller 16 19 26 61 5 43 109- Corp. A. Alderson absent 108 Trooper T. Bulkley absent 103 Qr. Mstr. J. L. Lloyd absent 99 Trooper J. Pritchard absent 94 *Have been absent from one competition. In the ohallenge cup competition the three highest soores were:— Sergt. A. W. Barratt 20 24 20 64 134 19S II W. C. BE Jones 22 22 12 59 136 195- „ Job Watkins 21 24 23 68 1(3 171-
THE COAL CRISIS. There is little change to report with regard to the5 dispute in the coal trade. Some hope is entertained that the Mayoral Conference which is to take place at Sheffield on Monday (to-day) will considerably improve the prospects of a settlement. The members of the Miners' Federation Sub-committee met in Man* chesteron Thursday and agreed tc send represei 111 iv > to the conference. All they have power to do, how* ever, is to listen to any proposals that might be put forward. Should these be considered of sufficient importance, a special meeiing of the Executive will at once be convened. At the Scotch Miners' Con. ferance in Glasgow it was decided that the mett should work five days a week, and that each miney should contribute sixpence per week towards thq "d for the relief of the English pitSMB,