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THE PR04CwRESS OF EDUCATION IF ithre is one thing more than another done by the Government which becures the approval of the country, it is the action of Mr ACLAND with regard to Education. Since he has been at the head of the Department, the progress of Educa- tion has been remarkable, and undoubtedly eclipaes all the six years' work accomplished by the defunct Tory Administration. It is quite true that the Free Education Act was passed into law during the period of office of Lord SALISBURY, but it was strenuously opposed and bitterly <te»eunced as a measure of injustice a few years before by the very men who subsequently passed it. It was stolen from the Liberal programme. It is equally correct to state that Technical Edu- cation was established by the Tories, but not because of their love of enlightening the people. The Tory Government endeavoured to pass a bill for compensating the publicans, but realising that they had aroused the righteous indignation of the country by putting forward such a measure, the bill was relegated to the limbo of the past. Find- ing themselves possessed of a surplus in the revenue, an occurrence which is illegal, they were bound to find an outlet for expending the money. Oat of evil came good, and the people had placed within their reach the blessings of technical education. We do not touch upon the important question of Education from a party point of view, but in order to dispel any unfounded and altogether illusory idea that the Conservatives are the cham- pions of Education, the above facts are mentioned. Indeed, to look baek into ancient history the reactionary patty are solely to blame for pre- venting the present or an advanced system of Education being in vogue many years ago. At the present day we are enjoying educational advantages which have hitherto been strange to the mass of the people, and it does not matter just now as to whence these benefits were derived; sufficient is the knowledge of possession. The. importance of Education cannot be over estimated. As a nation, we are the foremost people in the world, but in the matter of the education of the people we are somewhat behind a few. continental nations. It would be idle to ar-gize,that England is an educated and cultured nation. A few people may be so endowed, but their number is lout in the multitudes who are destitute of knowledge. Someone has truly said that it. would be as wise to turn a mad dog into the^streets as an uneducated chiid. Men do not want, .nor is it policy, to accept the views of others; they should think for themselves. One ineans to accomplish this is to train and cultivate the .mind from the first moment it is capable of receiving instruction. Each child should receive free the highest Education which its nature is capable..of. -,No better investment could be found for public money. The dividends would be found in a.few years in the lessened work of magistrates, in the reduction of the criminal class, and the diminution of the police force. GASCOIGNE says, a boy is better unborn than untaught," while JBQXJERT OWEN, the great philanthro- pist ..and father of socialistic principles, remarked, Give me, a tiger, and I will educate him." Jt.js more vaJuable to educate the people thar.,oven to enlighten them on politics. Those who are now furthering moral and intel- lectual elevation, realise there is some- thing stronger than the consideration of individuals, and are determined that darfcnass. shall be changed into light; ignorance into reason; poverty into comfort; rags into decency,, dirt and disease into cleanliness and health.; inequality into justice; cruelty into tenderness and that henceforth men shall not be be allowed to glut themselves with needless luxury and. gain at the expense of starving other people's children to death. NOT the -least among the innovations by Mr ACLAND ,is his code for the establishment of evening oontinuation schools. Last year the wholp country could only produce 1,604 night school but under the new regulation since the beginning of September last; no less than 1,500 new schools have come into existence. This fact speaks louder than any words how the country appreciates Mr ACLA-ND'S efforts. At Newtown there is an evening continuation school with over 40 s udents. Instruction in. various subjects is given, and the class is considered successful. It is not improbable that beftwe long State aid will be given to University .Extension work. The principle of University .Extension has been to take the teachers to the people, where the people could not come to tb,-m, and the good work that has been done is admitted Qn all bands. Perhaps it would not be inopportune to mention,the GILCHRIST Educational Trust. In its conception, it is one of the broadest and most generous Educational Trusts ever founded. Mr GILCHRIST left a large sum of money to be devoted to the payment of the most talented scientists, who Are qngagei by,the trustees to deliver lectur s at various towns. In the North where these lectures have been de!ivered the people have flocked in thousands to listen, and on October 26th on the occasion of a lecture being delivered at Whitechapel, the great A ssembly Hall contained .-an aud:ence of 5,000 working people. Towns desiring GILCKItIST lectures setid to the office of .-trust, putting forth the request. The application ,1£ considered at the yearly meeting,of the trustees. A far larger number of applications are received each year than can possibly be granted. The trustees pay out of the trust funds the fees acil travelling expenses of the lecturers; sjid they asfc that each town should provide the largect available -1 h ev.h town should prQv.iJe the largBd available nail and meet all the loeal expenses of aoiverrising, printing, fee of the lantern exhibitor, aad so on. A more y-orthy movement eould not t e inatzurated in Newtown, and we should be pleased if our School JB.QC.rd or Local Boa.rd would endeavour to further the education of "the masses" by ob- taining thje; delivery of a series of GILCHRIST lec- tures.
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— I THEOAT IRBMATION AND COUGH.—Soreness and dryness, tickling Iad irritation, inducing cough and affecting the voii^a. Flir these symptoms use Epps's Glycerine Jujubes. In contact with the glarrls at the moment tney are excited by the act of sueliing, the G'ycsriui; ill the»e,agreeable confections becomes actively h^!ia;r. Sola (Inlv in boxes, 7id. tius Is. j lid., Ubelled "JAMES £ RPY A Co., Homoeopathic | Che'ni.sts, London." Dr. &Io ~"e, in liii work no Novi and Throat Ftys. The Glyeerinv Juube; prepared by jl'ms Epp-! &, Co., are of undoubted service as a eitr,tive or aaent." while Dr. Gordon Holmes, Senior Physical to the Municipal Throat and gr lafijrrnary, writes ".After an exter. ded trial, I havo found your GlvaajinL? .jubes of considerable 'owistlt it} sjojosfc i of throat dis.! fiase." j
AMONGST THE EEUNIOXISTS IN SWITZERLAND- IV.-IN THE LAND OF TELL. Was Wilhelm Tell a real or a mythical per- sonage? The problem is one which I do not propose to discuss, but this at least is certain, that no one who is familiar with the dramatic story told with so much force and interest by Schiller, can enter the land of Uri without being impressed by the associations, be they legend or verity, which burround him. Here it was thatthe patriotism of the Swiss peasants, their passion for freedom, their love for the sanctity of their mountain homes and simple pastoral lives found expression. Every spot we visit, on mountain or in valley, on the lake shore or among the Alpine villages, is redolent with the national spirit and memories and the fires of patriotism, which Austrian tyranny failed to extinguish, are still kept burning. No one with a -grain of poetry in his make-up, thinks of visiting Lucerne without making a pilgrimage to the shrine of Wilhelm Tell. Pilgrimage" is perhaps the wrong word to use, because the excursion itself, apart from its associations, is one of the most delightful in the neighbourhood. So at least-and we were not disappointed-ail of our party anticipated when, by the early morning boat, we left the Schweizerhof quay at Lucerne. The scene was a glorious one. The rising sun kept lighting up peak after peak until the snow covered summits at last presented a blaze of light, while below the vegetation line, over the hills and vales luxuriant" a bounteous Heaven was beginning to spread its rich autumnal feast. The country was asleep. At the stopping stations no fashionable visitors crowded the qu.ys as would be the case later in the day. An excursionist got off here and there, and the village postman came down to receive a few contributions, but beyond such little incidents all around was a picture of repose. On the boat, however, all was life. We had one passenger who acted as a sort of general instructor, He was an Englishman, who had been to Switzer- land 1,3 ti nes, and who felt that it was a part of his mission in life to see that everybody was made acquaint d with the fact-a windy, bumptuous old hum lUg, who, as such persons always are, turned out in the end to know very little. He was tolara ed until he arrived at his stopping station when he was invited on behalf of his fellow- countrymen in a manner not at all respectful to his ye irs to visit Switzerland a fourteenth time and then die. Fortunately, our friends were not all Of that class. We had a happy little company of shool girls, who, under the charge of their mis5: esses, were off for a lesson in botany on the slopes of Pilatus. They helped us to pass a pie .is ant trip by singing, with great sweetness, sooie of their Swiss songs, reminding one strongly in their simplicity and love of country, of the songs of Wales. Before leaving us they rendered, Wilat some of us erroneously took to be a Swiss version of the British National Anthem, and of course it was the bounden duty of all Englishmen to let off a good cheer. They were a little dis- appointed afterwards to learn that the music of the Swiss National Authem is the same as that of our own, though the sentiment, in ours personal, is in theirs republican. In this and other ways the time was passed till Brunnen was reached. Here the last branch of the lake opens out. The section goes by the separate name of Lake Uri, and is one of the finest portions. It is shut in by rocky banks which come straight down for hundreds of feet. Our course lies along this arm of water to Fluelen, and as we. enter it the view is a magnificent one. On the left is the Axenstrasse, the main road to Italy, skirting the lake and then leading over the St. Gothard heights. It is cut out of the rock, with great cliffs overhanging above, which occasionally completely cover the road and form short tunnels. A more romantic pathway could not be imagined—here and there a monument denoting a fall from the cliffs or some similar event; or some disused landing place which has played a part in stirring scenes of bygone days, the blue lake in the depths below, grotesquely contorted rocks rising to a dizzy height on the other side, picturesque fir groves, dimly lighted tunnels with .openings here and there through which charming glimpses are caught of the lake and mountains, and wonderful views of the distant Alps, then emerging again into the blinding sunlight, and so on along the edge of the precipice through ever changing scenes of pastoral life aad natural beauty. Underneath the road, at a considetable distance below, and nearly on a level with the lake, runs the St. Gothard railway, tumbling (the mountain from one end to the other. The trains appear for a moment as if to take breath, and is again lost sight of. The construction of the line must have been a gigantic undertaking, but viewed from the steamer it seems only like pushing a needli into a huge pumpkin, or like watehingsome minute insects burrowing in a mound. On the right the objects are equally in'eresting. Risi out ofthe lake close to the shore is a piece of rock 85 feet high, known as the Mythenstein, and utilized as a monument to the memory of Schiller, whose name, together with an inscription, it bears on its face. High r up, beneath the crags of the Seelisburg. is the Rutti, one of the most sacred spot on the soil of Switzerland. It is a steep mea.<10w -surrounded by trees, where, on the 7th November, 1307, Walter Furst, of Uri; Werner Stauffacher, of Scbwyx, and Arnold Anderholden, of Unterwalden, each seconded by faithful followers, formed a league in the name of their cantons against the tyrannous rula of Austria. The Rutli 18 the place of piigrimage of the patriotic Swiss youtb, and is frequently visited on fine summer days by schools and societies of all descriptions. It is now left behind, and in a few minutes all eyes are turned upon the little chapel on the left side of the lake, erected on the spot where Tell escaped from Gessler! It is but a glimpse we get as passing, and in a little while we are at Fluelen, where all disembark, some to take the train for the sunny south, via the great St. Gothard tunnel, some to walk back along the Axenstrasse, and others, like ourselves, to journey on to Altdorf, the capital of the canton, which.figures so conspicuously in the story of Tell. It is an old. world sort of placa, which brings memories of the past to ruind. The market-place is first of all sought out. Here was enacted the memorable shooting scene. You remember how it arose. By the direc- tions of Gessler, the Austrian Viceroy, the Emperor's cap, fixed on a pole, had been carried through the district, with the following official proclamation Ye Men of Uri, ye do see this cap, It will be set upon a lofty pole, In Altdorf in the market place and this, Is the Lord Governor's good will and pleasure; The cap shall have like hononr to himself, And all shall reverence it with bended knee And head uncovered; thus the King will know Who are his trne and loyd subjects here, His life and goods are forfeit to the crown ,That shall refuse obedience to the order. I The sequel is familiar, how Tell, denying this called for homage, was arrested, ordered GO stand J cst 80 paces as the custom is, Kot an inch more or lese,, and shoot at an apple fixed upon his boy's head the success of the archer the anger of Gessler on finding that TeS had a second arrow in reserve for the Governor had be hurt his boy.; the re-arrest of Tell; tli,, storm on the lake as the party journeyed to Kusanachr; and the ecapeof Teil, to whom the safety of the boat had been entrusted in the storm. In the market place stand two fountains were Teil and his son axe supposed to have -stood. A statue of 1 xen aiso staucs there, and is soon to be replaced by c worthier one. Scarcely half-an-hoar's walk from Altdorf is Burgicn the birthplace of Tell, whose house is-said to have stood on the spot now oecupied by a little chape). Betarnicg to Fluelen, aad along the Axenstrasse we are soon at Tell's platte, a glimpse of which we ha.d obtained from the steamer. A large, hotei stands on the roadside, and in the open air, ¡ under the friendly shadow of the trees, tourists from all lands are seated, smoking, chatting, and refresh- ¡ in? thcinner man. A long and steep flight of steps leads down through the bushes to the edge of the inne, aua nere on a roc*:y sheir, upon wiueh J ell j threw himself to escape from the tyrant's power, stands the hero's memorial chapel. It Is A square etone building, not of very iasrge dimensions, with an Gpen front faeing the lake, and protected only by non bars. Just inside is a visitor's book in which our names are dnly inscribed, and a glance through its payes shows how comparatively few are the English visitors to the shrine of Tell. The roof intide is painted blu,, picked out with golden stara i Opposite us in the eeatre of the chapel is the altar. and the walls on either side are oceupied by L. ar largo mural paintings redresenting four scenes in the life of Tell. The first is the shooting scene after the shot, the mother embiacing her boy, and Tell! repealing his second arrow; the second, the escape of Tell from the beat; the third, the shooting of Gesaler; and the fourth, the oath of alleiriadoo taken by the Swiss chiefs. To be on the-spot, gazing upon these things amongst the romantic surroundings is an experience not soon to be forgotten. Having completed our inspection the next move is to Sisikon, a pretty little village, at which we pick up the boat, and resume our journey as far as Kussnacht the last scene in the Gessler tragedy. It is under the shadow of the Rigi, and its surroundings are simply perfeet. The chief object of interest, however, is again Tell's chapel and the Hohle Gasse, a long road leading be. tween high banks through a thickly wooded region to Immensee on the lovely lake of Zag. It was in this narrow lane that Gessler, after weathering the storm and reaching Brunnen, was met byJjTell and shot. The Viceroy was being pleaded with by a poor Swiss peasant woman, whose husband had been im. prisoned, and he was in the act of ordering her to be ridden over, for she had thrown herself and her children in hia way, when an arrow from Tell's cross bow, in pursuance of his oath;of vengeance, pierced the Ruler's heart and put an end to his reign of tyranny in Switzerland. Near the spot is a little chapel, similar to the one already described, erected in honour of Tell's deeds and memories. It may be all romance this story of peasant heroism, but its appeal to one's love of freedom, its legendary in. terest, and the added charm which it lends to a country already romantic beyond comparison, make ,one wish as we leave these old-time scenes that the -stirring tale may never have to yield ita charms to the demands of historic accuracy.
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NEWTOWN & LLANLLWCHAIARN SCHOOL BOARD, MONDAY. The usual monthly meeting was held at the Board- iroom, New Church-street, when there weare present: iroom, New Church-street, when there were present: Messrs Wm. Cooke (chairman), John Humphreys, W. iF. Thomas, Barker Ealliwell, Alfred Ford, and Mr Williams, daputy-clerk. lId.uGt-- AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS.1 The Clerk reported the audit of accounts, and which had also been passed by the District Auditor. There was a surcharge of 8s. Id., which arose from an oversight of one of the teachers in checking an account of Mr Park. He had seen Mr Park about it, and got a return of the money, which had since been paid into the bank.-On the motion of Mr Ford, seconded by Mr Thomas, it was decided to publish the account* in the Montgomeryshire Express, THE GOOD TEMPLARS' MISSION. The Clerk read a letter from the Glyndwr Lodge ef Good Templars requeating that the Board would ,allow them the use of the New Church-street Board School from six o'clock to half-past nine, instead of as in the past eight to half-past nine. The intention of the lodge was to use the room from six to eight as a reading room, and so induce the young people to come off the streets. They also requested to be allowed the use of the Infants' School upon Peny- gloddfa on Monday evenings from 6-45 to 7-45 for the purpose of holding a juvenile temple for the children of Penygloddfa.—Mr Thomas Do they propose to pay anything extra for gas and firingT-Mr Ford: There's no doubt about that.—Mr Thomas: I should certainly let them have it, only let them pay extra.— Mr Ford thought that they were prepared to do that. The only question was what sum should they charge ?—The Clerk said the lodge now paid 211 6d per night.—Mr Ford: I propose that they have it upon payment of a proportionate sum- or rather lose-Is 6d. That will be 43.—Mr Barker Halliwell seooaded, and it was carried. -Mr Thomas then proposed that they be allowed to have the Infant schoolroom upon payment of 2s 6d.—Mr John Humphreys said that it was for the benefit of the children, and he thought that they should not be hard upon them. He pro. posed that they have it for Is 6d.—Mr Thomas How many fires will they require ?-The Chairman: Only one. The Primitive Methodists had the room for Is 6d.—Mr Thomas I thought there were two fires.- Mr Ford seconded Mr Humphreys's proposition, and it was carried. APPLICATION FOR INCREASE OF SALARY. Mr John Andrew, attendance officer, wrote asking the Board for an increase of salary to 21 per week. Mr Halliwell: What is his salary now?—The Clerk: .£45 a year.—Mr Halliwell: And he asks for an in- crease of X7 now.—Mr Ford Ask, and ye shall have ? (laughter.)-The Chairman If we pay him.21 per week it will be a great deal less than what we were paying formerly, when the work was not done so well.—Mr Thomas What is the per centage ? Has Mr Andrew added much to the number of chil- dren attending the schools since he had a rise?—The Chairman: I am inclined to think he ought to have an increase; but perhaps not at the present tijue.- Mr Barker Halliwell: He has had an increase of .85, and I tbt -k it is too bad for him "o apply for an in. e e sesoclose npon the other.- Subject thndroi-.ped. A MATTEU, FOR CONSIDERATION. Mr Ford said that in view of the Ohiiatmas holi- days and the prize-g ving which generally toA place at that time, he would call their attention to a pa.a- g aph which appeared in the School Board Chronicle o Ociober 21. and ask whether, in the opinion of the Board, it wonldin any way interfere with their usual practice. The following is the paragraph: "In our report of the proceedings in connection with the evening school of the Macclesfield School Board it will be seen that the Local Government Board have given reasons for confirming the decision of the audi- tor in surcharging the expenditure of the Boardfor book prizes for attendance. The decision is to the effect, that such prizes may be giveu for the scholars who make the best attendances, but not to all who make a given number of attendances. The distinc- tion is a fine one, but there is reason in it. To name a specific number of attendances might be equivalent to giving a prize for attendance to every child. It would be in fact paying for attendance, practically without the element of competition. It is a deoision which still leaves to the Sciiool Board reasonable freedom in dispensing prizea for attendance." Mr Ford contended that what applied to the evening school would apply to the day sohool, as the same principle was involved. If it did they would have to depart from their usual practice, and alter the arceingement in some way.-Mr Thomas: But this pa-agrdph rtfera to evening schools.—The Chairman The same principle applies.—Mr Thomas: It has always been allowed iu the past -The Chairman: Another auditor may not. I do not think that Mr M rgan would object. Will it be wise to make a change now, seeing that the children have worked under the idea that they would receive prizes conse- quent upon their good attendances?—Mr Ford: I do not wish to make any change, but we must word it in som-i way so as to avoid coming under that parti- cular rule—Mr Thomas said that the Board did not control the evening schools, and he was of opinion that the matter was foreign to them.—The Chair- man As a rule evening scaools are under the rule of the Board.—Mr Thomas: What I mean ia that the Board would not go and give prises for atten- dance in the evening school.—Mr Ford suggested that the attention of Mr Powell, their clerk, be drawn to the maiter.—This was agreed to. ATTENDANCE OFFICER'S REPORT. Mr John Andrew, attendance officer, reported that the number of notices served during the past month were 10; number of children upon the register 1,180; average attendance, 1009'8, or 85'5 per cont. there was a decrease of nine upon the register aa compared with the c jrresponding period of last year, rhe percentage was now higher than it had ever been in Newtown. During the past month 294 children had made that number of attend ances.-iNIr Ford That is an improvement.—The Chairman Yes, it is very good. Still, there aie some nhildmn nnt school that ought to be. -W .&4 SCHOOLBOYS' CONCERT. The Chairman said that Mr Saer wished to beg the loan of the boys' schoolroom for the 10th inst. for the purpose ot giving a concert by the aid of the boys, the proceeds of which would b, devoted to pur- 0basing wands for the use of the boys in the musi- ,eal drill,iNIr Ford What is the Ue of mentioning the matter when the bills have been out?—The Chairman It appears it is not a question of having the rooms, but a question of naviug them for nothirg. Mr F'(ird Who gave them permissionf (laE^hier)—Mr Thomas I see the prices are Is.— ,Mr»<J. Humphreys: But there will be complimentary _1- L J' sic-Kets lor thp members of the Board (I -ughter). Chad m,n The question is, do they want these tniugv^ y[r Fora I think think there is a more impor. ant question in it, Is it to be tolerated that the town is to be placarded with posters announcing a concert in one of the schools without fir..t asking perriuss-ou of those who have the control of the school I quite sympathise with the (bject of the »ln'i"7^r -boaia*: f always thought that the •Board found these thing* in the past. The master ougnt to have .asked the Bo «rd to allow him t o go 011 with these things in the first instance.—Mr John Humph 1 ey s: At least to consult them upon the matter -T,e CbirmlUL Eaid thar, the desire upon the part of the Bo ird could be communicated to the master, and iu futarewhen he proposed to holdae^ucert that, the Board should be con--ulted.-iNir Thomas said that he was only too pleased to find that the master was s-i Lirsti,d of the capability of the boys to give a concert. He shouldbo pleastd to see them once a month. It is only a question of consulting the Board.—Mr Ford: I quite agrea with the object in viow, but do not at all agree with the way in which it b-1H beHD carried out. I propose that they have the loan of the school, but at the same time town. vey to iem a polite intimation that this sort of thing m'ist not occur again. The Board were always willing to encourage the teachers in work of this kind, bu1; they expected to be consulted.—Mr John Humphr 7s gaconded, and it wag carried. j THE COAL STRIKE. 'It was reported that the schools were short of coal land the clerk was instructed to write to the company who accepted the contract, asking them to forward I some as soon as possible. SUPPLY OF STATIONERY. In answer to Mr Ford, the clerk 3aid that it was Messrs Phillips & Son's turn in the ordinary way to supply stationery. RE-ARRANGING THE STAFF. Mr Ford: When do we arrange about the future staff ?-The Clerk: After the reports are received.— The Chairman suggested the holding of a special meeting to consider the matter. There was no other business, and the Board rose.
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CONSERVATIVE SMOKING CONCERT AT NEWTOWN. On Wednesday evening the first of a series of smoking concerts was given in the Hall of the Conser- vative Club, Newtown, under the presidency of Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones, M.P., who was supported by Mr W. Watkin and Mr G. W. Gowen. The riom was crowded, amongst the company being Lady Pryce- Jones and-Mr E. W. Pryce-Jones, Miss Jones, the Bank, Mrs and Miss Evan Humphreys, Mrs and Miss Issard, Mr and Mrs Bennett Bowlands, Mr and Mrs Meredith, Mr G. H. Ellison, Mrs Bellis, Miss Turner, Mr R. Roberts, Mr, Mrs, and Miss James, Mr Kinsey, Miss Dolby, Miss Fortune, Misses Lloyd-Hughes, Mr R. and Miss Evans, Mr H. and Miss Barratt, Mr H. Driver, Mr W. C. H. Jones, Mr and Mrs D. Davies, Mrs W. Davies, Mr Henwood, Mr W. Boberts, Mr and Mrs Gough, Mr J. Pilot, Mr G. Shnte, Mr and Mrs J. H. Jones, Mr T. Jones, Mr J. W. Pugh, Mr T. Powell, Mr A. Worrall, Mr J. H. Barratt, Mr H. H. Bennett, Mr E. R. Owen, Mr E. Davies, Mr H. Jones, &0. Sir PKTCE-JONBS, on rising to open the proceedings, was enthusiastically greeted. He said it was a long while since he had had the pleasure of meeting his friends and supporters. To see such a splendid gather- ing reminded him of old times, but although he had not met them together for some 18 months the old proverb was tr.ue, Absence makes the heart grow fonder" (cheers). He would very briefly review what had taken place during the last 18 months. A general eleotion had taken place, and through their kindness and support he was returned to represent the Boroughs in Parliament (hear, hear). They had wrested the Boroughs from their opponents, he thought permanently and for ever (cheers). It was not his victory; it belonged to them. The petition against his return was an anxious time for all of them, anxious for him, his family, and all of his sup- porters. Nothing succeeded like success, and it was in their hands to remain faithful to the Conservative cause, and to keep secure that which they had won. What they had accomplished on two occasions, they could accomplish on twenty-two occasions-(load applause) and if they only gave him, or whoever was the representative of their cause, the same faith- ful and hearty support as had been accorded him in the past, he was perfectly satisfied as to WHAT WOULD BE THE RESULT. It was well known to them what had been placed to their charge, net to one or two, but to some 89 per- sons, who were alleged to have committed various illegal acts. He know before the crial took place that it would come right in the end. He had perfect faith and confidence in the actions and doings of his supporters, and he beli 3ved there were no illegal acts done and no corrupt practices performed (cheers). It was a long time before they knew what was going to be laid to their charge, but according to the law of England it had been proved that they had and still possessed clean hands (renewed cheers). The judges of England had said so, and what other tribunal could they go to. They could not go above at pre- sent—(laughter)—and they must be content with the way in which the law ef England had disposed of the case. If there had been otheir means of investigating the case, he should have felt called upon to have the charges investigated in that manner. According to the law of England, whose laws were respected and copied by all civilised nations, they had been ac- quitted, and no one would reflect on the purity of the English judges. He did not believe a Radical in his sober moments would impute dishonour or misdiree- tion to one of her Majesty's judges. Those who attended at Montgomery would know that some of their opponents' witnesses, by the first words they uttered, had to admit to having been convicted of no less than 16 offences against the law. Weie these the men to accuse them? were these the people to be brought forward to make eharges against them ? He I said let them have men as WITNESSES WHO POSSESSED CHARACTERS (cheers.) The whole of the witnesses were of a sim- ilar calibre to the witness from Llanidloes, who had been convicted 16 times. Much had been said about Mr Justice Wills, but in perusing his summing up he failed to find anything which would enable their op- ponents to put Mr Justice Wills up as a safety valve through which to let off their glory. Mr Jusiiae Wills said there was no impurity at the election, and that the titling member did not forfeit his s^»t (cheeis.) What more could they want than that? Yet there was a uertbin person who talked loudly about, that man who misrepresented the borougtir, (laughter.) That man represented by honesty the majority of the people of the Montgomery Boroughs in Parliament (loud cheers.) Many other things were of a similar nature, which showed them the treatment which was meted out to him by their op- ponents. They could see it in every act. The bitter- ness against the father was visited upon the sons, and because some of them played a. good game of football that was to be prejudiced (eheers.) If he were associated with angles, the same persons would say he had a great deal to do with the demons from below (hear, near and laughter.) Nothing that was done for the good or benefit of the town would satisfy those men. Every interest of the town must be sacrificed if any improvement was connected with his family, and they knew it (loud cheers.) The pe- tition was brought under aggravating circumstances, and ought never to have been brought. It had cost him nearer .25,000 than X4,000-(shmme)-which his reapect-d agent, Mr Watkins, could bear out. Not only so but there were his pjrsonal expenses, and there 1 were investigations privately of charges that had ( been preferred against them. I THAT HAD COST HIM NEARLY £ 5,000, _J ..JI!] i« tney tcinK his opponents might have allowed him to spend that sum of money in effecting some improvement in the town (cheers) ? It would have baen a much more pleasing duty to have spent it for any purpose which a public meeting had de- cided on. However they had won, but had not been paid their costs. From the letters and articles which were written in the Liberal press, from the inter- views which Liberal members had had with him in the House of Commons, there could be no doubt left j lfc o aa 0Bly bononrable that the money should be j. ??me extreme Radical members had said to mm that every penny would have to be paid, even if Mr Gladstone had to come to Wales to tell them 00 pay their debts. As he said at Welehpool he believed there was no gentleman, no man of honour. no man of respectability would ever dare to stand upon the platform as the Liberal candidate without his costs had been paid. The Liberals of the boroughs had yet to be taught the lesson of common honesty (cheers.) He wanted the money refunded which he had been compelled to fork out, in order to remove any stigma from resting on his supporters or himself; and no honourable man would ever come forward any stigma from resting on his supporters or himself; and no honourable man would ever come forward until every farthing was paid. They had heard of coascience money, where professional men and honest traders had made a mistake in the return submitted to the Income Tax Commissioners, and which on find- ing out, they had sent a XI,000 note to the Treasury. A gentleman belonging to an old and respected family in the county, who, like his father, was a Liberal, a consistent Liberal, had written him (the speaker) on the subject of the election petition costs. His name was Mr Edmund B. Cleaton, of Sydenham, who said in his letter that the Liberals of the boroughs should pay the costs of the trial. EVERY LIBERAL WAS IN PART RESPONSIBLE. and he felt he was, and enclosed a cheque tor two guineas, which Sir Pryce exhibited before the audi- He Cu11id "ot accept that £ 2 2i in payment of Ao.UOO, and the cheque wculd be returned. It showed he was the only Liberal who bad got a conscience (laughter and cheers.) He says the Liberal party should never rest until they had paid Lim his legiti- mate costs. Speafeing in reference to the organiza- tion of the party, Sir Prvce said it waa in n. hfia.lt.Viv condition. The membership of the club bad not fallen off through the efforts of tbe agent, Mr T. J. Pugh, who was ever ready and anxious and willing to.assist m auy project for the progress of the cause, and he hoped tae concerts would be a success (hear, hear.) At the revision courts the party were very successful. At every borough they gained. and to- day they were numerically 100 stronger than at the last election. In addition to 1 hat, to show that the tendency of the times was in favour of Toryism, that was clearly manifested in the municipal elections. The result of those showed that the present Minifetry was condemned by the country, and if Mr Gladstone and his party were satisfied that they still posseted he voice of Lhe majority of the people of the country, why did he not dissolve and have a general election? (cheers.) The Conservative party were quite willirje to abide by the result (cheers.) At the conclusion of the hon. member's speech the Rev Evan Jenkius, of Manafon, immediately got up to ask the Chairman a few questions. Why bad he rrttused to see him at his London residence. Chestpr square? Tee rev. gentleman was continuing to speak when the audience hissed him down. Sir square? Tee rev. gentleman was continuing to speak when the audience hissed him down. Sir Pryce-Jones was proceed,to make an explanation while Mr Jenkins marched up to the fri nt. An en- thusiastic lady supporter barred his progress, and by ut •°' SQndry hard names aud vigorously abasing ber fist dacgerous y near tbe rev gentleman's 0P0S, he deemed it advisable 60 withdraw, DOBB, he deemed it advisable to withdraw. y At the conclusion of the meeting, e: I Mr G. H. ELLISON proposed a vote of thanks to their worthy and respected member, who had come amongst them and presided over their gathering (cheers.; It had been a pleasant kind of recreation to hear him speak kind words. Unlike the local par. liament they had been able to say kind words of each ot ,?r- ,They were Pleased to hear Sir Pryce's expla- nation (cheers.) Mr JAMES seconded, and the vote was carried with acclamation. jgg Sir PRYCE-JONES, in acknowledging the oompli- ment, said he thanked them for the kind references which had been made to himself. Some of them might think that the greatest pleasure of his life was in London, but he could sincerely assure them that there was no time so pleasant or so enjoyable as that which he spent in his native town (loud cheers). He welcomed the young fellows to the meeting, because they would be the men who would fight the battle in the future. He supposed the most displeasing infor. mation which he could give to his opponents was that he was m good and excellent health—(cheers)—thanks to the kind nursing of his wife, and the diligent care of his children, his doctor, and the kindnesses of his other friends and neighbours. His spirit was just as strong, although he felt old age oreeping on, but he was willing to give any amount of labour and work to help them to accomplish greater things than they had done in the past. He thanked very heartily his lady supporters. He regretted very much to say tnac inewtown was not in a flourishing condition as regards trade as he would like to see it. He could assure them the various industries in the town were in a sad condition, and he could not help thinking that if some of the public men of Newtown studied the interests of the town more than studying how they could make neighbours enemies, and setting one person against another, and using every unchari-1 table word they could think of, Newtown would be in a more prosperous condition (cheers). It was a pity that there were a lev ill-disposed and misguided persons taking part in public affairs. They seemed to be actuated by a desire to (frustrate the intentions of the beat men who were in public office (hear, hear, and applause). If the same proceedings on the part of certain persons were indulged in, it would be his duty to pull from them the cloak under which they were disguised, and expose them in all their naked- nesa to the town and to the whole of the county (cheers). Mr T. MEREDITH proposed, and Mr W. WATKIN seconded a vote of thanks to the singers, and all those who had taken part in helping to make the meeting a success. The following ladies and gentlemen contributed to the enjoyment of the proceedings Miss Evans, Miss Barratt, Messrs Evan Jones, W. Barratt, C. Keedwell, F. P. Keay, and H. A. Parry.
CONSERVATIVE SMOKING CONCERT…
WELSHPOOL TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION OF MAYOR. Considerable excitement was manifested in this borough concerning the election of a Mayor. Before the proceedings commenced, the time fixed being 12 o clock, the Council Chamber was filled with a large concourse of people. There were present: The retiring Mayor (Councillor E. O. Jones), Aldermen G. D. Harrison, W. A.. Rogers, C. Mytton, and T. R. Morns; Councillors D. Jones, Hawksworth, J. H. Anderson, W. Galloway, J. Pryce-Jones, T. Parry, A. Watkin, E. Langford Jones, R. Jones, R. Parry Jones, and Robert Jones; with Mr E. Jones (town clerk). At twelve o'clock Councillor E. O. Jones, the retiring Mayor, rose and said: As you are aware, our first duty is to elect a Mayor for the ensuing year, and therefore I shall call upon some gentleman to propose one whom he and his friends think fit to be Mayor for next year. Alderman HARRISON Mr Mayor and gentlemen At a preliminary meeting of the Council, held two days since, it was my privilege to submit for con- sideration a name which I am now equally pleased to have the honour of submitting to this Council; and in doing so. I would reiterate every word that I then used in argument in support of the motion which I then brought forward, and I would take this opportunity of repeating the words which then u. rfom lips, tbat during a very long service in the Council of this borough, and having paid, as far as in my power, some attention to the discharge of those duties, I can conacienticusly, and without any invidious distinction, say that I never kuew of any member who filled the-idroud office of Mavnr. who was more assiduous in the discharge of the dutiea pertaining to the office, and who was more strong in holding a firm and fair hand over the deliberations of the Council, and who exercised a more perfect fairness in regard to all sectarian bodies, and brought no religious differences to bear in the dis- charge of those duties-(cheers)-thau the gentleman who has so worthily filled the office for the past year. 1 was very greatly impressed, gentlemen, and thb public at largr will bear testimony to the fact, that the Mayor, who has with such distinguished ability presided over the Council for the past year, has been more than fair in the discharge of his duMes (renewed cheers). I will say there is no religious creed in this borough, there is no sect or party be they whom they may, but will most readily bear impartial testimony to the tact that the Mayor has loyally discharged his duties (cheers). Th-t being so. and knowing that at the meetiug to which I have referred I expressed the feeling that pervaoea the town and the borough at large, and knowing also the strong feeling that exists, it is not only a duty, but the smallest compliment the Council could pay their Mayor is to re-elect him to the offi for the ensuing year (cheers). It is to me mot. than a pleasure to be the mouthpiece of the Council to-day to ask them to-elect Mr Ellis Owen Jones (cheers). I feel thoroughly sure thai in this I must have the support of the Council. We have watched carefully the actiou which the Mayor has taken during the year, and there is not one single mem- ber of the Council that will to-day-I speak empha- tically, as I am positive of the fact—there is not a siogle member of the Council that can raise bis hand and say a word against the Mayor in the dis- charge of his duties (cheers). That being so, it is no less my duty than my pleasure to uroDose that Mr Councillor Ellis Owen-Jones be re-elected Mayor for the ensuing year (cheers). Councillor HAWKSWORTH: Mr Mayor and Gentle- men I have the greatest pleasure in seconding Mr Alderman Harrison's pror ,al. I can only endorse all that he has said of ty retiring mayor. For my own part I think it is exceedingly kind and generous of Mr Ellis Jones to offer to come forward again after a year of unusual h rd work devoted to the public good (cheers). I think, gentlemen, it would be the worst possible taste on our part if we did not meet such spontaneous generosity with unanimous sup- port (cheers). I hope, gentlemen, therefore that this proposal will not be marred in anyway, and that we shall be perfectly unanimous on this occasion, (applause). Councillor E. O. JONES: Has any gentleman another gentleman to propose for the office ? A long panae ensued, after which he said: Then it is my duty under the office I hold to declare that the present mayor is re-elected (loud cheers). Councillor P. JONES Mr Mayor and Gentlemen,— As a member of this Council I feel it my duty to protest against the vast amount of coercion that has been brought to bear-LAiderman Harrison: Order] —iu the election of mayor for this borough (cries ot "Order" and" Sit down.") Alderman HARRISON I rise to a point of order. Councillor J. PRYCE JONES I don't care. I have said it, and I shan't withdraw it. A Voice in the crowd: And you have put your foot in it (laughter). Councillor J. PRYCE JONES: I have done my duty. Alderman HARRISON I am in possession of the chiir. Such a gross breach of gentlemanly feeling. or etiquette, I have never yet seen exhibited at a. meeting before, and I protest emphatically against the wods that have fallen trom the speaker. They are wholly unworthy of anyone occupjing the posi- tion he does. Colonel HUDDLESTONE (among the ratepayers): Mr Mayor and Gentimnen,— I quite agree with all that has bdun said (loud cries of order" and much laughter). I The AIAYOR Colonel Huddiestone. would von I kindly be quiet. On rising to respond he said Mr Alderman Harrison and Councillor Hawksworth,— I am sure that you may naturally expect that I am considerably embanassed on the present occation, especially by the far too flattering words used by Mr Alderman Harrison, and the endorsement given to them by Councillor Hawksworth. I should be a 1;ruud man, indeed, if I thought that I deserved all the good words that have been expressed on the part of Alderman Harrison, but I feel, especially to-day, that I do not deserve anything of the sort, and I am very much gratified, as I may naturally say, that I have for twelve months retained the confidence and 'he good opinion, not only of this Council, but I think I may say of the tal epayers generally (cheers). I well recollect the ditEcult position I was in twelve months ago, because I bad lots of misgivings as to whether I should be able, in the office I was placed in, to maintain the dignity of the chair as I should "Üh to do. However, to-day, I see that in some measme, at all events, I have accomplished that. and I have to thank the gentlemen of tbe Council, as I did twelve months ago, fach and every one of them, for the generous and handsome way in which they have aeaiu with me. 1 thank you, gentlemen, exceedingly Nor your kindness and courtesy (hear, hear.) I may eay that this office waa not of my own seeking, but stiil I have great pleasure in carrying out what I conceive to be the wish of the public. Whatever services I have rendered to the public in the past, it f will be my endeavour in the future te do even more if I am able, and I thank you very much, indeed, for the compliment you have paid to me to-day, J. do not think that you can expect me to say much more, because I feel a great deal more than I can express* and I thank you for the generous conduct you have exercised towards me to-day. I thank every member of the Council for their kind and courteona treat- ment to me during the past year. I venture to say that no Mayor in England or Wales can say tbat they have had a happier year of office than I have V", and I hope that we have done something for the good of the public and the borough. I hope that with your kind assistance we shall be of some service in the future. Depend upon it, I will do whAt I can. *pd I hope to have your kind assistance (cheers.) Gentlemen ratepayers, I am so pleased to see 00 many of you here to-day. I have been returned without opposition, which was a most gracious act on the part of the ward I represent, and I have great pleasure in thanking you for the interest that you have taken in me, and the generous conduct that you exercised towards me; and I hope that in some little service I may be able to render you, to repay von (loud cheers.) Alderman ROGKRS Mr Mayor. With your per. mission J beg to rise to propose the re-election of the Town Clerk. Every member of the Council will agree with me that the Town Clerk has given the greatest satisfaction, and I believe every gentlemen who hap occupied the chair has received assistance from him (cheers ) Alderman T. R: MORRIS I have great pleasure in seconding that proposition. I am glad we have the services of the Town Clerk during the ensuing year (cheers.) » The motion was then put and carried. The TOWN CLERK: I am obliged to Mr Alderman Rogers for his kind expressions towards me in regard to the office which I have the honour to hold. 1 am only too glad to do all in my power to render to the beet of my ability the office of mayor-whoever may hold it-agreeable and pleasant. In the future I trut I shall discharge the duties of the office which I bold to the satisfaction of the Council at large and the ratepayers of the borough generally (cheers.) The MAYOR: I am sure you will permit me to say a word. I have had much to do during my term of office with the Town Clerk, and I cannot allow tW opportunity to pass without recording my sense of the deepest gratitude to him in all the affairs of the borough. I do not think any borough in the world is more happily situated than we are in regard to lb Town Clerk, for he never grudges any time, or labour, er attention to the duties of the office, and I am sum, a more impartial Clerk no corporation in existence could have. I thank him very much for the services he has rendered me. I have also to thank the officer* of the Court. I need not tell you that I have been very much assisted by the courteous conduct of the officers of the Council, and I could not have carried out the duties so well had it not been for dioieøi officers. Deputy Chiaf-Constable CROWDEN thanked the Mayor sincerely for his kind expressions. The MAYOR said he must express the hope tint hg might have the company of the members of the Council with him at Church on Sunday. Councillor D. JONES proposed the re-election of the officers for the different wards. Councillor D. RICHARDS seconded. Councillor T. R. MORRIS proposed that the itpw pointment of the different committees should be acU journed to the next meeting. Alderman ROGERS hoped it would be a pnbllc and not a committee meeting. This suggestion was agreed to, and the Council roø
WELSHPOOL TOWN COUNCIL
A STEAMGE SUICIDE. • On Saturday week the ordinarily quiet life of the r inhabitants of Cwm Nantymeichiaid, about midway between Meifod and Llantyllin, received an unptau sant shock. The autumn fall of the leaf in that- peaceful, smiling vale hlld disclosed the ghastly sight of a human corpse hanging high up in a "1"" more tree. Upon close inspection it was fonnd that the body was that of a farm labourer named William Davies, a young man of about twenty-three. The deceased was well known in the neighbourhood, and had been missiDg since June5th. He had, it appears, been fighting with another man at Llanfyllin a day or two previously to the date of his disappearance, and rumours were afloat that his antagonist was not likely to recover from the injuries he hnd received. It is suppo-ed that those rumours, which reached tile ears of hp, deceased, terrified him, and in his fright he climbed up the tree where his body was fADund. and- there strangled himself. If this theory be correct his body has been hangmg there for the past five montbt. On Monday, W. A. Pughe, Esq, of Llanfyllin, held an inquest on the body, when the following evidence Was given :-Daid Davies, father of the deceased, a drainer, living at Eronfridile, said he last saw de- ceased at dinner time ou Jui.e 5. His son bad been quarrelling wish H. u-sa named Eliis, at Llanfyllir on Friday Juua 2. lie (witness) only heard of t' quarrel on the Monday, awl be nsko his son why hdd- been quarrelling. His son s*id, "He struck me firit. VViti es, then told him he had had a lot of trouble with him lately, and would have no more to do with him. He 15,1 ver had ariyseiious trouble with him. He ne\e;: saw his son alive after that, On oatuiday bsr, a body was brought to his house. There was no doubt it was his sou's body. He could tell it by the clothes. It wa< his son's body that the jury had viewed. He had no doubt about it beinc his son s body. He was aware that the body bra been found hanging up in a tree in a field on the PIS* farm. He had seen the rope by which the budy was hanging. It belonged to an old-fashioned bfdcoid in his house. Hil1 son had never said anything to lead him to suppose that he intended to destroy him- 80 W-M- LJLoyc!' a farmtr» living at Cefn, said hs saw_Willii*m Divies on June 5 last, on the road nesr the Cefn, as he was returning from Llanfyllin. De» ceased asked him whether he heard anything abont him in Llanfyllin that morning. Witness replied that he had not, but that he had met Robert Davies on the road, who told him that Ellis was very sick- and under the doctor's hands. Ho told deceased to go and talk to Robe -t Davies himself. J)»,sjes "as working in the yar at the Cefir what took speak to Davies. Witness returned be place between them. Wtie-11 said in Welsh came to the stable to witness, ie." Hewae ""L1_4.L: -I lytui-,g is quite true as you tofuifc, Be' crying, and seemed very macii vexed abotAjm afterwards left the yard, and witness never flu. again. P.S. Meredith said a warrant was obtaw. against deceased at Llanf v ll n, on June 5, on a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Robert Ellis on Jnne 2. Witness had seen Robert Ellis, and found him suffering from a broken rib, an injtired back and thigh, two black eyes, and other injuries. It was rumoured that Ellis's life was in danger. About four o clock he attempted to execute a warrant by calling at Fronfrialle. He saw the father aad mother of deceased. Mrs Davies was very anxious to hear the particulars of the case, as lib" had heard that Ellis was not likely to recover. Witness described the case to her. and shn atmpftrnd to tMt greatly relieved. Deceased bad left the house at dinner time, and they did not know where he gone. Witness had searched for deceased in evexy way he could think of in order to execute the war- rant, but he had failed to find him.-Evan Jones, Owchbach, said on Saturday last his wife came to him, and said she had seen something in a tree in the Plas Meadow. She said it was something like man. but she was too much frightened to look at it much. Witness went to the tree, which was not far from his house, and saw a man hanging there. Until lately the tree had been thickly covered with leaves, and no one would have noticed anything nnleas he looked very closely. His wife bad been going by the tree every day during the summer for water. The body was hanging about ten yarde from the ground. He could see that the body was dead. He went for Mr Evans, of TVT arif.vmoiflhiuii-l on A M.. Evans went to L anfyllin to inform the police. P.S. P.8, Meredith came, and P.O. Hughes, of Meifod. Wit. ness was present when the body was taken down. It was quite a skeleton, and must have been hanging there tor months.—The Coroner ably summed up the evidence, and said the three points the jury had to consider were-first, whother the body had been sufficiently identified second, by what means the deceased had owe to his de-tth, and third, assuming that he had committed suicide, the reason why he had made away with himself.—The jury, of which Mr Thomas Evans, Nantymeichiaid, was foreman. found that the body was that of William Davies. and that he met his death by hanging- himself on the 5th of June, having become terapotai-iiy insane through fright. 0
A STEAMGE SUICIDE.
CAMBRIAN RAILWAYS.—Approximate return of traffic receipts for the week eudit;g Nov. 5tb,1893:: -Miles open, 237. Passengers, parcels, horses, carriages, dog's, and mails, XI,876 merchandise, minerals, and live stock, < £ 2,317 total for the week, *4,193; aggregate from commencement of half.yearr *101,348. Actual traffic receipts for the corresponding week last year :-inliles open, 237. Passengers,. parcels, horses, carriages, do-s, and mails, £ 1,63%, merchandise, minerals, and live stock, ^2,406; total for the week, £ 4,038 aggregate from commencement ot corresponding period lasr year, £ 99,813. Increase- for the week, passengers, &c., X244 merchandiee, minerals, &c., tOOO total inciease for the week, aggregate increase from commencement of half-year, X. 00. Decrease for the week Passengers, parcels, &c., iCOOU merdunris", minerals, &c., £89; total for the week, XOOO aggregate from commence. ment of half-year, £ 000. Aggregate increase Pas* zengers, parcels, &c., £ 2,452 merchandise, minerals. total for the week, .£000; aggregate from commence. ment of half-year, £ 1,530. Aggregate decrease Passengers, parcels, &c. £ 000; u;erchandise, miner* als, &c., £ 922; total for the week, XOOO aggregate from commencement of half-year, £ oC».