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ABERTYSSWG. SPECIAL SERVICES.—The annual preach- ing services in connection with Aino* Baptist Chapel will be held on Sunday and Monday next, when the Rev. D. E. Hughes (Blaenavon), is expected to officiate. Services on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. (Welsh), 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (English). Monday, 4 p.m. (Welsh), and 6 p.m. (English). Special musical programme. A hearty invitation to all.
BARQOED. BUSINESS PLACES.—Mr W. H. Gale is about to convert twelve cottages in Park- place into business premises. Plans for this work were before the council at their meeting on Tuesday. CONCERT.—A very successful operetta was given at the Parish Hall on Thursday by the church choir, under the direction of Mr F. W. J. Angus (Labour Exchange), when Olivet to Calvary was performed in a delightful manner. A full report will appear next week.
NEW TREDEGAR. A MEAN THEFT.—Lawrence Johnston (31), collier, New Tredegar, was charged at Tredegar on Tuesday with stealing a purse containing 22s., the money of James James. It was stated in evidence that accused lodged with prosecutor, and took the purse from a shelf. When arrested by P.O. Preece accused admitted taking the money, and said that he bad spent it in drink. He was committed for one month. VISIT OF BAPTIST UNIoN.-The members of the English and Welsh Baptist churches in this district are looking forward with much interest to the visit of the Baptist Union of Wales to the district in September next for the annual meetings. The various committees are taking up the work in an enthusiastic manner, and the large number of laymen and ministers will be given a hearty welcome. It is expected that soma of the leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britain will be amongst the speakers for the series of meetings.
PONTLOTTYN. I WINNING NUMBERS of Prize Drawing for John Jones, 24, High Street, Pont- lottyn :-lst Prize, 953 85; 654. NEW POLICE STATION.—Mr Burne, the contractor for the new police station, has commenced the work of demolishing the old building, and for this purpose P.S. Nicholls and his men have removed to temporary accommodation at No.l, Church- srreet. A COMPLAINT.—Councillor Ben. Hughes at the meeting of the Gelligaer Council, on Tuesday, drew attention to the irregular attendance to duty of some of the council's workmen at Pontlottyn, and asked if a proper check was made upon them. The surveyor said he would enquire into the matter. THIS CONCERNS You I-Witb the ap- proaching Easter Holidays the up-to-date man will necessarily be on the look-out for too most dressy, and at the same time economical outfit. Fine & Co., the stylish clothiers, in Merchant-street, are exhibiting a very choice stock of suits, &c., for men, youths, and boys. The array of patterns is an endless one. They are the latest in colourings and design, and are splendid wearers. Don't think. Act! Go for one of Fine's suits to-day, and it will prove a safe investment. A STAR PREACHER.—The friends of jfcar Baptist Chapel are to the front again in introducing some of the star preachers to the district, and we understand that the Rev. John Thomas, of Liverpool, one of the leading and best known preachers in the denomination, will visit Pontlottyn on Monday, May 18th, and preach and lecture at Zoar Chapel. It is many years since the rev. gentleman visited the Rhymney Valley, so that the forthcoming visit is being anticipated with much interest, not only by the Zoar Church, but by Baptists throughout the district. A committee has been formed to make the arrangements, of which the Rev. R. G. Hughes is chairman, Mr D. T. Williams, vioe-chairman, Mr J. Lloyd James, treasurer, and Mr John Rees, Laurel Villa, secretary. A PUBLIC FACILITY.—What will prove to be of great convenience to the general public has been readily granted by the engineer of the London and North Western Railway (C. A. Cotton, Esq.). Owing to the exit at the end of the footpath leading from the Rhymney Bridge Station to Llechryd being only provided with a wicket gate, funerals for the Graig Burial Ground were obliged to make a long circuitous walk to get to Llechryd, but by the removal of the wicket, and the substitution of a gate the width of the path, the route will be much shorter and add to the possibility of catching earlier return trains. The thanks of the public are due to Mr Cotton for his readiness to provide the convenience, and also to Mr W. R. Beddoe, who brought the matter to his notice.
RHYMNEY VALLEY WORKMEN'S LIBRARIES BILLIARD LEAGUE. FIRST DIVISION. I The final match in connection with the above League, was played at Bargoed Workmen's New Institute, on Tuesday, the 24th ultimo, between Rhymney lsts and Abertysswg lats. It was clearly evident who were the favourites as soon as play was started, Rhymney team being the only team who had faithfully fulfilled their fixtures, and, had each of the other teams done like- wise, it is very doubtful whether there would have been any need to play the final on a neutral table, Rhymney being far and away ahead on points and aggregate score to come off an easy first. In conseqoenceof Aberbargoed and New Tredegar withdraw- ing from the contest matters became a little complicated, and the League Committee de- cided that a replay on a neutral table be- tween the above teams would possibly be accepted by them as more satisfactory, as there was keen rivalry between Rhymney and Abertysswg. The match resulted in a splendid win for Rhymney as per scores affixed. RSYMNEY. ABERTYSSWG. Ll. Davies (capt.) 150 H. Jury 70 W. Cox 150 A. Burridge 72 G. Hughes 11;0 R. Powell 102 D. H. Morris. 117 D. Jones 150 Dan E. Jones 150 E. Jury 63 T. Thomas 150 W. Norris 98 B. Tattum 150 T. Davies 112 W. Crystal. 150 Phtl Lewis. 88 Total. 1167 Total. 755 Being' a win for Rhymney by 412. Rhymney, therefore, hs won and holds the shield over this year.
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URBAN DISTRICT COUNCILS' ELECTIONS. ON THE EVE OF THE POLL. We are now on the eve of the poll for Urban District Councillors in the various districts where contests have been decided upon. Generally speaking, there has not been that enthusiasm displayed which one is accustomed to when members are seek- ing return, or new aspirants attempting to get in the "local parliament." One marked feature is the almost entire absence of public meetings. This carries with it a safeguard against any possible heckling of the candidates, but at the same time does not give the electors an opportunity of questioning the candidates on any line of policy adopted in the past, or the probable course of action in the future. I THE MIDDLE RHYMNEY FIGHT. r Canvassing has been carried on at a great pace in the Middle Rhymney Ward. Mr D. S. Istance, the retiring member, to- gether with the two new candidates, sup- ported by a small army of helpers, are, according to custom, going the rounds of the electors, laying before them the views of the various nominees. It is anticipated that there will be a close poll. The addresses of each of the candidates appear in our advertisement columns. Mr Istanoe, whose motto is "The greatest efficiency compatible with economy," as one of the representatives of the Council on the Joint Sewerage Board, naturally makes special reference to this gigantic scheme, the cost of which will run into a quarter of a million pounds, and empha- sises the value of the experience gained on the Board. In face of the big demands for the carrying out of the various works, and the charges of the engineers, etc., more will doubtless be heard in regard to the scheme by local ratepayers in the future by the demand notes of the Council. Mr Tom B. Lewis comes before the public for the first time. He is well-known in the Ward, and has been nominated by the Trades and Labour Council. He em- phasises the claims of the Labour Party to direct representation on the Council, and as an active worker in most movements affecting the welfare of the masses, appeals for their united support. Mr H. M. Thomas (outfitter), is also making his initial fight for public honours. He, too, is no stranger, and has entered upon the campaign in real earnest. With- out committing himself to any policy, he assures the electors that if honoured with election, he will endeavour to safeguard and support the beat interests of the public generally. Mr Thomas recently introduced at the Chamber of Trade the question of cheaper gas," and the result of the appli- cation is awaited with interest. THE ABERTYSSWG CONTEST. I Although there has not been much excite- ment in this Ward, there is every indica- tion of a keen tussle. Both candidates have quite a number of workers and supporters. Mr W. Wilcox has entered upon the contest with plenty of vigour, and is determined not to leave anything to mere chance. The meeting held at the Workmen's Hall in support of his candidature, on Wednesday evening in last week, was of an enthusias- tic character. Mr T. H. Price (Woodville), presided, and, in introducing the candidate, referred to the active part Mr Wilcox had taken in most of the movements for the well-being of the inhabitants generally. Mr Wilcox then addressed the meeting, and dwelt upon the various questions which the Urban District Council, as the sanitary authority for the district, had to deal with, more particularly the Sewerage Scheme, Gas and Water, and the provision of suit- able houses for the workers. He could claim to have taken an active part in most of the movements having as their object the wel- fare of the community. As a fellow workman, and one of their representatives on various committees, he had a fairly good knowledge of their requirements, and if honoured with election to the Council, he would endeavour to serve them loyally, without fear or favour, and further the best interests of tbe Ward and the distriot generally. (Ap- plause) Mr John Watkins, in moving a resolution approving of the candidature of Mr Wilcox, and pledging the meeting to do its utmost to return him at the poll, referred to the efficient service rendered by Mr Wilcox in the capacity of chairman of the Hospital, Doctors, and Library Committees. Mr Robert Jones seconded, and Mr William Evans supported the resolution, which was heartily adopted.—A committee of workers was then appointed, and arrangements made for a house-to-house canvass. Mr Samuel Lewis, the retiring member, who is prominently identified with the Federation Lodge, has not held any meet- ings, but he has a band of workers in the campaign. THE CWMSYFIOG STRUGGLE. I In the Bedwellty Urban District Council there are three candidates for two seats in the Cwmsyfiog ward. Mr D Jones, Tanylan, being the only old member seeking re-elec- tion. During the three years Mr Jones has been on the Council he has proved himself a most capable representative of the people. He has fought fearlessly for improvements in the Ward, and has gone whole-hearted for the progressive policy of the Council as a whole. As a member of the Bedwellty Board of Guardians, his services in that respect have been of great value on the Urban Council. Mr Isaac Jones, another nominee, is an old member of the Couucil, where he sat for a considerable period prior to three years ago, and was then a capable member. A new aspirant for the honour is Mr Wm. J. Morgan, insurance agent. ABERBARGOED CONFLICT. I Jones Bach," the popular Mr R. J. Jones, is the only old candidate seeking re-election in this Ward, but there are four other candidates in the field all new to public work. Mr Jones has proved himself a vigorous champion of progressive ideas. During his three years on the Council he has championed many a good move. The Housing of the Working Classes, the Allotments, are amongst the chief. He has consistently advocated Municipal control of public works. A keen debater, has fre- quently stirred the members to activity. Mr Sid Griffiths (schoolmaster) is the nominee of the Labour Party. Mr W. H. Davies (batcher), Mr John Moore (miner), and Mr Ivor Jones, are independent candidates. I A BLACKWOOD QUINTETTE. I At Blackwood, the three retiring mem- I bers, Messrs Sidney Godwin, John Crew, and James Coleman, are being opposed by Mr Thomas Jones (schoolmaster), and Mr Lewis Lewis (carpenter). It is difficult to conceive of three more able members. Mr Godwin, as member and chairman of the Council, has proved himself a thorough representative of the people, with a keen grasp of the many intricate problems and great works which have been undertaken by the Council. On the Sewerage Board his services are indispensable. Mr John Crew and Mr Jas. Coleman have voiced the principles of the democracy and kept the needs of Black vood to the front in a most able manner. I THE ARGOED QUARTETTE. Here again the two old members, Messrs. P. L. Lloyd and Wm. Bufton, are being challenged for their seats by Mr. W. O'Connor, manager, and Mr. J. George. In such a district where so much progress is being made and changes occurring frequently, the knowledge of what has been done in the past is invaluable. Both the old members have shown a very keen anxiety for the proper development of the district, and if all their schemes have not been brought to a successful issue it has certainly not been due to any laxity on their part. Strenuous efforts are being made for the other two candidates. THE BARGOED MIX-UP. The four aspirants for the two seats in the Bargoed Ward of the Gelligaer Council hold different views on social and political matters. Mr. Edmund Jones is the nominee of the Labour Party. No section of the community have a greater claim for representation on the Council than Labour. In Mr. Jones they have an ideal champion, one who during the many years he has been on the Council has not swerved in his principles for improved sanitation and better housing and more healthy surroundings for the working classes, and the electors should therefore rally around him. He has a splendid supporter in Mr. Morgan J ones, the schoolmaster, who has been ready at all times to go a long way with his colleague. Mr. Ebsworth will have the support of the Chamber of Trade, and Mr. Arthur S. Williams the Nonconformists. THE HENGOED TRIO. Mr. Sidney Jones, the able retiring member, is making the pace a bit warm for Mr. Humphries, the nominee of the miners, and Mr. George Jones, contractor.
BUDGET NIGHT AT GELLIGAER. I lI2,79 REQUIRED. I A REDUCTION IN THE RATE. I Mainly for the consideration of the Estimates of expenditure for the ensuing half year, a special meeting of the members of the Gelligaer Urban Council was held on Tuesday, Mr. John Edwards, J.P., presiding. The principal items in the estimate, prepared by the Clerk and Surveyor were :—Maintenance and repair of roads, £ 1,700 scavenging, £1,250; gas lighting, £ 1,060; repayment of loans and interest, £1.778; salaries, 41,215 workmen's wages, £ 2,050. The first contentious matter had reference to sewerage works, for which the sum of 42oo was provided in the estimate. Mr. E. Richards thought this was insufficient, especially to meet the urgent demands of Ystrad Mynach. At least another 4400 should be added. He pro- posed to get this money by the shuffling of items and not the increasing of the amount required. Mr. Sidney Jones supported the proposal, and said that a large number of houses were now in course of erection, and the only method of sewering was into the river. Mr. W. Hammond thought that £200 now and an equal amount in the next half year would meet the needs.—In reply to this proposal, Mr, Richards pointed out that a temporary cesspool could be constructed forthwith at a cost of about £400. Eventually, the amount was agreed to by reducing other items including £ 200 from con- tingencies. Various other items were considered and finally the sum of £ 12,793 was agreed upon. After the deduction of certain receipts and the credit balance, the net amount required would be £ 10,996.—Mr, E. Richards moved and Mr. S. Jones seconded a rate of 1/8 in the L, being a reduction of 2d. in the £ upon the previous half year. There would also be a sewerage rate for the Rhymney Valley district of 4d. in the L.
MYNYDDISLWYN'S NEW COUNCIL I OFFICES. A p ALATIAL BUILDING. I On Tuesday afternoon the opening ceremony in regard to the new Council 0 ffices of Mynydd- islwyn Council at Pontllanfraith was performed by the chairman, Mr. David Jenkins. There was a large company of ratepayers and visitors present, as well as all the members of the Council. Mr. Jenkins expressed his gratification at having the honour of performing that pleasing duty, and expressed the hope that ratepayers would send their representatives to the chamber un- trammelled and unfettered by party politics, to do their best in the interest of the district. Mr. Jenkins was presented by the architect with a golden key as a memento of the occasion. The company present were then shewn over the buildings, after which they repaired to the Council Chamber, where dedicatory prayers were offered by the pastor of Bethel Chapel, Rev. J. B. Llewellyn, and the curate of St. Augustine's, Rev. G. H. Griffiths. The front elevation is of native stone with Forest of Dean stone dressings. The building faces the main road, and being several feet above the level of the road, commands extensive views of the surrounding country. The side elevations are faced with cement, and in the grounds is a caretaker's house, faced with cement and rough cast. The ground floor of the Council building has the following accommodation :—Clerk's office, Surveyor's office, drawing office, Committee room and lavatories. The passages are laid with Terrazzo flooring. A granolithic staircase leads to the first floor, where the Council Chamber is situate and occupying the whole of the top front of the building. It is a large airy-looking chamber. The floor is of pitch pine blocks, and round the walls is a magnificent oak dado 4ft. 6in. in height. The furniture is of light oak. The tables, of light oak, inlaid with green leather (and arm chairs to match), contain a drawer for each member and are fashioned in the form of a horse shoe. The Press is accommodated in a recess from which, however, there is a full view of the Council. Outside the chamber are offices for the rate collectors and sanitary inspectors respectively, a committee room and lavatories. The contract price was £ 3,320, and the contract was carried out by Mr. R. Jones, Caerphilly. The architect was Mr. W. A. Griffiths, of Pont- llanfraith.
MYNYDDISLWYN NEW RATE. I The first meeting of the Mynyddislwyn Council in the new offices was held on Wednesday evening, Mr. Daniel Jenkins presiding, and the first and principal business of the meeting was to make a rate for the current half year. The estimates presented, if passed in their entirety, would have entailed a rate of 2/7J, which, with the demands of the Abertillery Water Board and the Western Valleys Sewerage Board, would have meant a rate of 3 or more in the 4. This was pointed out by Mr. W. S. Nash, J.P., who recommended a reduction of at least 4goo in the estimates. The Council discussed the question, and ultimately the estimates were cut down by over £ r,ooo, more than £600 of this being off the highways maintenance estimate, and a rate was passed of 2/- in the
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TREDEGAR SCIENCE AND ART CLASSES. Councillor T. Reynolds presided at the dis- tribution of certificates and prizes to the success- ful students of the Tredegar science and art and technical classes at the County School on Monday evening, the ceremony being performed by Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Tallis. The chairman said he regretted the falling off in the number of students during the past session, and feared it could be attributed to a growing love of amuse- ment. The Hon. Violet Douglas Tennant (Commis- sioner, Welsh National Health Insurance Com- mission) addressed the gathering. She remarked that attendance at a cinema would not provide a proper outfit for life, whereas attendance at those technical classes would. Education should be brought within the reach of every boy and eirl. Q- MINING SCHOOL. Mr. A. S. Tallis, J.P. (general manager of the Tredegar Company), said he had very good grounds for believing that within a year they would have a mining school in Monmouthshire, and he hoped that the Tredegar Company would be among the colliery companies who would contribute a considerable sum yearly towards the support of this school. The idea was to convert Crumlin Hall into a mining school as a branch of the Treforest School, and utilise it as a part- time school for students in preparation for entrance into Treforest School. The proposal was that students be required to attend one day a week. The school would be thoroughly equipped from a manager to a fireman. He was one of those who felt that there was at present a dearth of suitable officials. The reason was difficult to find, but they were desirous of giving an opportunity to young men to acquire a really fine mining education in all its branches, and he hoped that the school would be well supported. The idea was that the continuation and technical classes should be stepping stones to the university education in actual and practical mining in- struction.
UNHAPPY GIRLS. PLAIN SPEAKING FROM DR. CHESSER. Modern girls are wrongly trained and consequently unhappy, according to Dr. Sloan Cbesser, who has a striking article in the April PEARSON'S MAGAZINE. The average girl of the leisured classes between eighteen and twenty-two is marking time,' says Dr. Chesser. Her ultimate destiny is to be a more or less cherished wife of a well-to-do indulgent husband, the mistress of a comfortable home, and perhaps, if it does not entail too much self-denial, the mother of one or two beautiful children. Meantime, her metier is to wait with as much grace and patience,as it is in her to display. And at the same time she is expected by her parents and her circle to make herself as agreeable, as attractive, as full of charm as she can. Never a word is said about making a good match.' Never a hint that she is on the market. But everything is inferred. The eligible hnsband is the goal she has to make, and his eligibility is reckoned, not iu terms of eugenics, but in cash. Now the girl with any individuality, any brain, any soul, consciously or subconsciously resents the world's attitude- The sense that she is on approval, that her success as a human being is gauged by her ability to make a 'good marriage,' is sufficient in itself to account for vague unhappiness and chronic dissatis- faction. Are modern girls unhappy? Of course they are, and so would modern men be if they spent day after day waiting, like Mr Micawber, for something or someone to turn up. Men, at least the men who count, have their daily routine of work to get through. Girls of the same class have no occupation except to amuse themselves, and whenever pleasure becomes one's sole occupation in life, it ceases to be pleasure."
itterarp Comments* The April number of "THE LADY'S WORLD," No. 187 (Messrs Horace Marshall and Son, 125, Fleet- street, London, E.C.) contains the commencement of charming new serial series by Mr Fred M. White and An Englishwoman with a short complete story by Mrs Neish, each part of the new series is complete in itself, and the reader will be deeply interested in the adventures of the Parisian girl in England as por- trayed by Mr Fred M. White, and also the charmingly written description of the Scotchman depicted by The Englishwoman." Spring Fashions are beauti- fully illustrated and show the newest models for outdoor costumes, indoor frocks, the wedding gown and its accessories, etc., while the article entitled Style and Economy by Juliette Heale minutely de- scribes how certain garments are made up, with diagrams showing how to cut out the pattern to the most advantage. The Millinery section shows a few dainty Spring models, which will be found useful guides for both renovating and trimming at home. Our Three-in-one Gratis Blouse Pattern is both prac- tical and novel, the illustration shows Three Most At- tractive and Original Blouses, the plan of the staple pattern, which is used for all three blouses, showing the quite new and becoming method of cutting the shoulder yoke in one with the back. Our readers should order this April Number before commencing their Summer Dress-making.
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I i CHINESE BANDIT'S RUSE. TROOPS ENTRAPPED IN BLAZING CITY I 500 BURNT TO DEATH. j Two thousand troops have engaged the brigand chief "White Wolf" and his fol- lowers twenty miles from Shang-Chow, says a Pekin despatch. The bandits made a feint re- treat through Sliang Chow, giving the im- pression that they were defeated, and the troops occupied the town. During the night White Wolf's agents set fire to the city at many points, causing panic among the troops, whom tlie bandils attacked and defeated. Five hundred people were burnt to death.
JEALOUS WOMAN'S CRIME. LEAVE TO APPEAL REFUS'ED. Julia Decies. aged twenty-six, sentenced at the Old Bailey to seven years' penal servi- tude for wounding with intent to murder Basil Piffard in a West-End flat, applied on Mon- day to the Court of Criminal Appeal for leave to appeal. Mr. George Elliott, K.C., while admitting the justice of the conviction, suggested that the sentence might have been lighter. There was no doubt that the woman received great provocation, and, at the time she committed' the act, was in such a state of mind that she could not appreciate the consequences of her act. The difficulty counsel found in the case was that at the last moment at the trial the woman would not go into the witness-box, although it had been expected that she would do so. It would form a part of his application that she should be allowed to go into the wit- ness-box and tell tlie story she would have told had she given evidence at the trial. It seemed to him that the interests of justioe would be served if that were allowed. In the result the appeal was refused.
I FATAL SLEEPING DRAUGHT. WIDOW'S DEATH BY MISADVENTURE. The inquiry into the death of Mrs. Jessie Maude Weimholt, aged thirty-seven, a widow, was concluded at Hampstead on Monday. It was stated that she had been greatly up- set by her husband's death last November, and had suffered from insomnia, for which she r had taken sleeping draughts under medical advice. In a letter to a sister she said that she was very down" and lonely. On March 5th "he could not be roused, and she died the next day. A bottle which had contained veronal was found in her bedroom. The inquiry had been adjourned for aff analysis. Dr. Freyberger said he could not find any traces of veronal poisoning, but stated that traces would disappear after a few hours. Dr. Bernard Spilsbury said he found traces of bronchial pneumonia, but not suffi- cient to account for the long period of un- consciousness. It would take a part in caus- ing death. The coroner asked if it could be said that death was accelerated by poisoning. Dr. Spilsbury said he could not account for death except by supposing some poison WM taken. That did not mean that a large quan- tity was taken. the jury returned a verdict of death from misadventure.
WELL-PAID OFFICE BOYS. MEN'S MINIMUM WAGE £ 1 A DAY. The profit sharing system instituted ia January for the employees of the Ford Motor Company in the United States has been ex- tended to the European employees of the firm. The wages of the hands at the branch of the company at Levallois-Perret, Paris, have been raised to the same scale as the wa^es of the workmen in the United States. Employees over twenty-two years of age now receive Cl a day, the Daily Mail says. Boys under twenty-two and women have a mini- mum of 8s. a day, unless they are supporters of a household, when they, too, are paid P.1 a day. The Paris employees of the firm have been given two months' back pay. The in- crease of pay in some cases has been remark- able. An office-boy earning k2 a month was told by the manager that he would hence- forth be paid 910 8s. a month. "Why. that's more than father gets." exclaimed the lad.
BOY GUNSHOT VICTIMS. Found shot on Friday in a hillside field at Worlaby (Lincolnshire), Tom Duffill, aged fourteen, died of his injuries. "Shall I go to Heaven, dad? he asked when found by his father in a critical condition. The boy had been using a gun to frighten crows, and he said he was leaning on the muzzle when the gun went off. Francis Parry, aged sixteen, a gamekeeper's son, was found shot on Friday in his father's yard at Cwm, near St. Asaph, and died just after being taken indoors. It is supposed that lie was accidentally shot with a rifle he had with him when searching for plovers' eggs, and that he crawled to his father's yard.
TWO DOGS AND 27 DEAD SHEEP. As a sequel to twenty-seven sheep being found dead in a field near which her two St. Bernard dogs had been seen the previous day, Mrs. Helena Beatrice Weymouth, of Old Maiden, was at Kingston ordered to pay £1 14s. 6d. costs for allowing two unmuzzled ferocious dogs to be at large. She was fined £ 4 and costs for keeping them without licences, and the Bench ordered the dogs to be destroyed, but agreed meanwhile to state a C8; for the High Court. Summonses for not ke-, ping the dogs under proper control in a fidd" were dismissed as it was held to be not a public place.
THREE OFFICIALS SENT FOR TRIAL. The Cardiff stipendiary magistrate has committed for trial at the Assizes the three officials of the Welsh Central Board of Edu- cation on charges of conspiracy and embezzle- ment, on which they said they were not guilt. The accused, for whom bail WM allowed, are William Crymant Griffiths, clerk to the Board; Charles William Seymour, financial clerk; and David Williams, ordi- nary clerk.
I FIRE AT CHEMICAL WORKS. An explosion followed by fire occurred at the chemical works of Messrs. Hardman and Holden, Manchester. There were sixteen men employed on the Sunday shift, when a benzol boiler burst, but fortunately all escaped in- jury except one man, who was burnt about the face. A wooden staging containing ten chambers of products of tar distillation took fire, and the brigade had to work among volumes of evil-smelling smoke and intermit- tent explosions. The flames rose over a hun- dred feet, and considerable damage was done.
LAW OF FINDINGS. If & person finds an article it is his duty to preserve it, and to look out to see whether any claim is made for it," said Judge Ather- ley-Jones at the Old Bailey. "If he has any reason to suppose that it belongs to a certain person, then it becomes his duty to go to that person and make inquiries. There is no duty on a person if he finds an article, to take it to a police station. It is probably a prudent course, but the police have no greater right to the article than the person who finds it." The Judge stopped the case against two people who kept a rug which had blown from a motor-car.
I BURNING OF H.M.S. BOMBAY RECALLED. The death took place at Chat nam on Saturday of Mr. George John Peach, aged seventy-one, who was one of the few surviv- ing members of the crew of the warship Bombay, which took fire and blew up off Monte Video on December 14th, 1864. Some ninety-seven officemaud men perished. It Î8 believed that only two of the officers of tbat Bombay are now living.