ST. MARTIN'S CHURCH. THE USE OF "PORTABLE LIGHTS." THE BISHOP INTERFERES. The following correspondence has been printed and circulated amongst the parishioners of St Martin's:— My DEAR FRIENDS,-I have been several times asked why, in the present crisis, as it as been termed, in the Church of Wales and in the Sister Church of England, I have not as your Priest made some statement to you of my own views on the matter. Well I have not hitherto done so because I thought my own Congregation knew perfectly well what those views were, and also because while everyone was hysterically shrieking and adding to the clamour, I considered that the golden rule of silence was the best to follow. Moreover the Lambeth opinion ha.d not directly affected us at St. Martin's. Incense we had never used, and on the subject of portable lights, which you remember were introduced last November, I hed received no communication from my Bishop. W ltliin the last week, however, our position has so far changed, and the subjoined correspondence will show you exactly how we stand at present with respect to the opinion. Even had not this taken place I intended to enter into the question in my annual letter, but as I have dealt with it pretty fully in my reply to his Lordship, it is I feel unnecessary for me to say more than that you will find my opinion, if you still are in any doubt on the point, in my communication to my Diocesan. With respect to those persons who have been so very assiduous in keeping the Bishop well informed as to the way in which I conduct our worship, I beg to say, without the least breach of Charity, that my opinion of their conduct is exactly the same as that which we entertain of those Dutch inhabitants of Natal and Cape Colony who are secretly in league with the Boers, while at the same time professing themselves to be loyal members of the British Empire. Their course of action does not affect my own in the least degree. My own I have long since decided on. But what I do feel nry deeply is the religious party spirit which is now so rife amongst us as a Congregation; a. spirit so destructive to Christian charity and love a spirit which strangles, even if it does not actually destroy all spiritual life, as well as secular Church work. A spirit which indeed unfits men for the Kingdom of Heaven. This il/ded I do deplore, but I thank God that I have kept myself free from it, and that, personally, I am at peace with all. It must be remembered that I am pastor not of a set'tion of the congregation, hut of the whole, and I have to consider the varying temperaments, religious prejudices, and religious difficulties of both sides. As far as principle will allow me I try to do this, and I earnestly implore you to consider whether high party feeling is not ruinous to Christian life and work, and whether it is net possible for you to unite together in a common cause, am thankful to say, I know you have all deeply at heart. Believe me, to remain, Ever your faithful Friend and Priest, C. M. PHELPS. St. Martin's Day, Nov. 11th, 1S99. Abergwili Palace, Carmarthen, Oct. 30th, 1899. Dear Mr Phelps,—I have been informed that Pro- cessional lights were used in your Church during the recent Harvest Thanksgiving Services, and therefore I have to write to ask you whether the information is correct. With kind regards, Believe me, Yours sincerely, J. ST. DAVID'S." "St. Martin's, Haverfordwest, All Saints Day, lHDD. My Dear Lord Bishop,—The information you have received from some person or persons unknown is per- fectly accurate, except so far as it seems to imply that Portable light were introduced and used for the first time at our late Harvest Thanksgiving. These lights have been in constant use here since last November, and have been employed in our Choral Eucharists, our Processions, and our Evensongs on great Feasts, I have been ex- pecting a communication from your Lordship on the subject. Believe me, My dear Lord Bishop, Yours very truly, C. M. riiELrs." The Right Rev. The Lord Bishop of St. David's. Abergwili Palace, Carmarthen, Nov. 3rd, 1899. My Dear Mr Phelps,—I thank you for your kind and candid reply to my inquiry concerning the report about your services which had reached me. It now becomes my duty as your Bishop to request you to discontinue the use of Portable lights in St. Martin's Church until they shltll be declared by proper authority to be lawful in the Church of England. I am sure I can rely upon your loyal compliance with this exercise of the spiritual authority tested in me as Bishop of the Diocese, and I need not tell You that I am not unmindful of the self-denial on the part of you and your people which obedience involves. With kind regards, Believe me, Yours sincerely, J. ST. DAVID'S." The Rev. C. M. Phelps, Vicar of St. Martin's, Haverfordwest. St. Martin's, Haverfordwest, Nov. 10th, 1899. MY DEAR LORD BISHOP,—I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your Lordship's letter of the 3rd instant. When I tell you that the principle on which I resolved to act both before, and since the publication of the Arch- bishop's opinion was obedience under protest first, and persistent constitutional agitation afterwards, you will at once see that I feel no insuperable difficulty in rendering you the canonical obedience which you claim from me as my Bishop. Were I a Protestant, I might indeed have been unable to see the duty of such obedience. As a Catholic, I have no alternative. Portable lights there- fore, by which their Graces meant, lights carried about, and moved from place to place during Divine Service will be discontinued of St. Martin's on and after Sunday next until further notice. But I obey under strong protest: Protest not indeed against your Lordship's command as my superior, but against the Archbishops' interpretation of the Elizabethan Acts of 15i39, and above all against antiquated State enactments which, even if they were correctly interpreted at Lambeth are intolerable in the present 19th Century, strangling as they do the new and Wondrous revival of Christian life in the bosom of the Anglican Church. I wish it therefore to be understood clearly and distinctly that I render this obedience to your Lordship as my Bishop and not in any sense whatever to their Graced opinion which I hold to be untenable il.1là. narrow to a degree. As the Archbishops make no to infallibility, it is thus open to me, although only ? Orient of no importance, to at least decline to accept tileir interpretation as the true one. I render obedience jmtil such Üme as a change will be made in the existing aw ? laid down at Lambeth, and having done so I now ieel myself free to act on the second part of the principle 1 alludtd to in the beginning of my letter. That principle is persistent and constitutional agitation for a repeal of bad law. No less constitutional because per- sistent and nc less persistent because constitutional. In this I do not ol course speak for myself alone, for, as I have already saiu I am a person of no importance, but as a unit in a great multitude of communicant Anglican Churchmen who are itsolved to work for this end, not indeed in this life alone, but by their intercessions at least in the life to come. To me, I must confess hd, stripped of the confusing and obscuring cloud of legal opinion and diverse interpretation surrounding the matter the whole thing seems perfectly plain and simple. Incense for instance has ever been and is now used by the vast majority of the Christian world both East and West and Was also Universally so used by the British Churches up to 300 years ago, and if the Anglican Catholic Church now for- bids it then .it is quite clear to my mind that that Church Is wrong, and the majority of Christians right. The same applies, in however a far lesser degree, to Portable lights. Am I then called on to believe and to declare that these things are wrong and displeasing to Almighty God, or am I to quietly accept any ruling which deprives mv Church permanently of that which is her ancient and inalienable heritage. God indeed a thousand times forbid. I am most thankful to observe in your Lordship's command to myself as well as in the utterances of other of our Bishops, that there is no note of finality. Until such time as they are declared to be lawful. May I assure your Lordship it is for that time that we shall work, and for which we shall pray. We have put our hands to the plough and there will be no looking back. I do not speak as a novice in these matters. If I may do so with- out the appearance of egotism I would say that the Catholic faith has grown with my glowth a III I strengthened with my strength, and" now that the Autumn of life has fallen on me, it is still my supreme joy and consolation. Pardon me, my Lord, for thus unreservedly expressing my views, and believe me that in doing so, I do not for a moment mean to exhibit the smallest disrespect to yourself as a Catholic Bishop, and more particularly as my own Bishop, still less to imply that I regard you jwrsonally with any other feeling but that of affection, reverence, and respect. Believe me, My dear Lord Bishop. Yours faithfully and obediently, C. M. PHELPS. The Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of St. David's. Referring to the above subject the U estMail, of Tuesday, says :—" The prevailing feeling both in the con- gregation and in the parish certainly seems to be one of heartfelt thanks to the bishop for intervening and pre- venting the continuance of the illegal use of portable lights. A few Ritualists bad forced these and similar practices upon a congregation, to say the least, divided in opinion as to their use, and the bishop has evidently been given a wrong impression of the feeling at St. Martin's when he says in his letter that he is I iiot unmindful of the self-denial on the part of your people which obedience involves.' The great majority (If the people welcome the change ordered, and will gladly deny themselves of everything in the services which have been forced upon them by a few extremists."
Dedication Week at St. Martin's Church. INTERESTING CEREMONIES. During last week the annual dedicatory services were held at St. Martin's Church and were attended by large congregations. The first of the services took place oil Sunday week, the first within the octave of St. Martin when the special preacher was Rev R BowenJ cukins, rector of Llangedmore near Cardigan. In the evening there Was a further service, with a large congregation. The choir rendered "Remember now thy Creator" with much effect, the solo parts being taken hy Miss Skinner. At Tuesday's service the special preacher was iicv. D. Akrill Jones, Prendergast. On Thursday afternoon the annual congregational tea waS held in St. Martin s Hall and in the evening there was a grand vocal and instrumental entertainment. The tea was very success- ful, all the tables being well filled, and it was declared by those present a greater success than any similiar gather- ing in recent years. Those in charge of the tables were assisted by a number of willing helpers, and all the arrangements were carried out in the most satisfactory |; farmer. On Friday evening there was an or;pw reelal and sacred concert at the Church in the presence of a large congregation. On Sunday there were further special ceremonies which concluded the festival. At the evening service on Sunday the choir rendered the anthem in fine style Miss Skinner singing the solo parts and by request Master W. Samuel, Newport gave an exquisite rendering of The Better Land Mr John Lewis gave a splendid rendering of Om Pro X oùis" on the cornet during the oertory. l ENTERTAINMENT AT ST. MARTIN'S HALL. The vocal and instrumental entertainment at St. Martin's Hall, proved a brilliant success. The hall was well filled by an appreciative audience, and the stage was very tastefully decorated. Mr James Thomas, J.P., presided and discharged his duties very efficiently. Amongst the contributors to the programme were several well-known local amateurs. The selection of vocal and instrumental pieces were on the whole well executed, and the entertainment was most enjoyable. The programme opened with a piano solo by Miss Davies, after which Master Wm. Samuel contributed a pretty ditty entitled "The Little Hero." Mr D. Pantall recited Trouble in the Amen Corner," and was applauded. A concertina solo by Mr Edward Thomas was much appreciated. Mr D. Hammond's singing of "The Beacdn" was received with well deserved applause. Master Harold Morgan, whose performances on the violin give much promise, gave a very good rendering of Scenes that are brightest." and later on he contributed another item. Mr G. Weller sang "By the Fountain," and the first part of the programme was brought to a, close by Miss Davies' rendering of the Geisha solo "Click, Click. In response to an imperative encore she repeated the last verse. Mr J. Harries' mandoline solos were very much appreciated, and the fairy bell solo of Master Stanley Rogers, "The Cock of the North, was very good. Mr J. Lewis' cornet solo was one of the best items of the evening. He showed the most perfect mastery of the iiistrui ￼ eii t tud wis accordecl ￼ ?rect mastery of the instrument, and was accorded hearty applause. Mr Higginbottom, who has not before been seen on our local concert platforms, showed himself to be a very capable vocalist by his rendering of Anchored." Mr Reynolds (in the absence of Mr W. G. Williams, who telegraphed that he was unable to be present) sang a couple of admir- able selections, the fine song Revenge" being particu- larly effective. Mrs Young, Haroldston, sang the Convent Song from Falka, and was applauded for her very graceful and artistic rendering. Mr J G Summons' song with chorus, Red, White and Blue," was enthusi- I astically received, the audience joining in the refrain. Mr James Thomas, J.P., presided. The greatest credit is due to Mr F. S. Garton for his delightful accom- paniments. The following was the full programme:— Part I ;-Plano solo, Miss Davies song, The Little Hero," Master Wm. Samuel; recitation, "Trouble in the Amen Corner," Mr D. Pantall; concertina solo, Cricket on the Hearth," &c., Mr Ed. Thomas song, Mrs Synge song, "The Beacon," Mr D. Hammond; violin solo, Scenes that are Brightest," Master H. Morgan; song, "By the Fountain," Mr G. Weller; song, "Click, Click" (Geisha), Miss Davies; mandoline solo, Mr J- Harries. Part II:—Song, "Revenge," Mr Ed. Reynolds, of Clynderwen; fairy bell solo, "The Cock of the North," Master Stanley Rogers song, Convent Song (Falka), Mrs Young, Haroldston; cornet solo, "The Death of Nelson," Mr J. Lewis song, Mr E. Reynolds song, "Anchored," Mr Higginbottom violin solo, Le Joie, Master H. Morgan; mandoline solo, Mr J. Harries; patriotic song and chorus, "Red White and Blue, Mr J. G. Summons Finale—God save the Queen. The programme having been exhausted, the Rev. C. M. Phelps, rector, proposed a vote of thanks to those kind friends both in their congregation and outside who had come forward to make the evening so very successful and pleasant. If it were not for the assistance he got he could not carry out either the service or the ritual. He thanked all who had helped both at the tea and the entertainment. Mr Warren, churchwarden, in seconding the pro- position, said he should like to include their chairman in the vote of thanks. He (Mr Warren) had tried to get him to render one of those songs which they had so often heard, but he did not succeed. At all events Mr Thomas had kept his promise to preside. They all knew that they had his hearty sympathy, and not alone that but he helped them in every way possible. He (Mr Warren) was personally thankful to him. He was glad to say there were many willing hands rallying round them, and he was sure they would go on, and those troublous times would be forgotten and St. Martin's would take the place it occupied years ago when the Church was filled; and ke hoped they would have many pleasant entertainments of this kind. The vote of thanks was then passed by acclamation, and the proceedings terminated with the singing of the National Anthem. ORGAN RECITAL AND SACRED CONCERT. On Friday evening an organ recital of sacred music took place at St. Martiu's Church. The programme opened with Chopin's exquisite Funeral March in memory of the late Colonel Douglas-Willan, was beautifully rendered on the organ by Mr F. S. Garton. The vocal items consisted of high class selections rendered by various members of the choir and others. The whole proved a most delightful musical and devotional treat and was thoroughly appreciated by the large audience. The service was opened by the rector, Rev Mr Phelps, with a collect, and brought to a close with the benediction. The following was the full programme Organ, "Funeral March" (Chopin), in memory of the late Colonel Douglas-Willan, Mr F S Garton; anthem, Remember now thy Creator," choir (solo part by Miss Davies); violin, pianoforte and organ, "Ave Maria" (Hach-Goun.od), violin, Mr D 0 Evans, piano, Mrs D 0 Evans,; solo, "Rest" (lsbell), Mr F J Warren organ solo, Mr F S Garton solo, The Road to Light" (IFalpole), Miss Davies hymn, "We love the place 0 God," Choir; solo, "The Better Land," Master W Samuel: solo, "Arm, arm ye brave" (Handel), Mr D Hammond; violin, Braga's Serenata," Mr D 0 Evans; hymn during offertory (555), Choir; concluding voluntary, Mr F S Garton. We understand that Mr Garton and his choir have been invited to repeat the programme on another occasion and in all probability they will do so.
Milford Petty Sessions. The monthly petty sessions were held on Wednesday last, before Colonel Roberts (in the chair), and Mr J. Ll. Davies. Dr Griffith attended subsequently and took the chair. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. There were no fewer than seventeen cases for non- attendance under the School Board Act. In the majority of them fines of 2s Gd were inflicted, and in cases where there was no appearance, 3s. In two cases-that of Mary Tonner and William Wolfe-it appeared that the former child was aged 12 years, and was still in Standard 1 with no attendances, and the latter 10 years, Standard 1, and no attendances, fines ef 5s were inflicted. The following is the full, list:—James Richards, 2s 6d, Robert Warlow, 3s, David Thomas, 2s 6d, George Nicholas, 2s 6d, Henry Merchant, 2s 6d, George Scotton, 3s, Mary Tonner, 5s, William Wolfe, 5s, John Russan, 2s 6d, Samuel Hood, 2s 6d, John Johnston, 2s 6d, William Jones, 2s 6d, Samuel Mayall, 2s 6d, James Hart, 28 6d, William Evans, 2s Gd, Thomas Laugharne, 2s (id. The case of Edward Wales was adjourned, as it was stated the child was suffering from scarlet fever, and a doctor's certificate to that effect was produced. DRUXK AND DISORDERLY. John Bevans was charged by Sergt. Brinn with being drunk and disorderly at Trafalgar Road. He was using very bad language and struck his wife, who was running to the police station for protection, when witness took defendant into custody. In reply to the defendant witness said the wife called defendant opprobrious names. Defendant said he was up cutting a gentleman's hair and had a drop too much. Fined 5s. and costs. Henry Roch was charged by P.S. Brinn with being drunk and disorderly in the Victoria Road and using very offensive language. Frank Richards was charged by P.C. Nicholas with drunkenness. He was quite helpless and could not walk without assistance. Fined 2s. Gd. Chas. Davies was charged by P.C. Warlow with being drunk in Priory Street. He was fined 2s. 6d. Ed. Jones was charged by P.C. Nicholas with drunken- ness and disorderly conduct on the 26th Oct. He was staggering about and insulting passers by. He caused a disturbance and a crowd assembled. There were two previous convictions and a fine of 10s. and costs was inflicted. I The Chairman remarked that if defendant came up again it would be a very different sentence. P.C. Nicholas charged John Batty with drunkenness and disorderly conduct and knocking against people in the streets. Fined 5s. VAGRANCY. A. Ulan named James Barnes was charged by P.C. Higby, of the Dock Police, with vagrancy—sleeping on the deck of the steamer Hydrangea. When first called defendant was apparently under the influence of drink. He assured the bench that he was a gentleman and had always paid his way. The Chairman ordered him to be sent to the cells and at the close of the business he was again brought forward. The Constable said the defendant was sleeping on the deck of the vessel. He said he had worked on the same company's boat and he would not leave for any man. That was about 1.30 in the morning. The Defendant had no statement to make. The Magistrates sent him to jail for one month without hard labour. Prisoner: I'd rather have something to do to help me to pass the time. Prisoner made some further remarks before leaving the court and their worships recalled him" and added hard labour to the sentence for his conduct in court. THE QUARTER SESSIONS CHAIRMAN AND THE MAGISTRATES. Mr Price, clerk to the court, brought before the magistrates the statement made by the Chairman of the Quarter Sessions to the effect that the magistrates had no power to inflict hard labour in a case of imprisonment. He read a newspaper report of his Honour's obser- vations. The Chairman (Dr Griffith) remarked that his Honour should be more careful. Such observations from a legal man cast a reflection on the Bench. They had always their clerk to advise them on points of law and he in- tended to draw the attention of the Quarter Sessions to ,t i iig. He was very glad Alr this statement at next meeting. He was very glad Mr Price had brought this forward as the public might think they had inflicted punishment while they were not justified in doing so. He repeated that the Chairman should be careful about making such statements in open court. k The Clerk I know we are all liable to make mistakes. Mr Davies remarked that he was present in court at the time and he was never mora surprised because the Chairmanjsaid immediately before that he was sorry he did not have power to inflict more punishment. The matter then dropped. LARCENY FROM A SHIP. A man named Ernest Myhill, cook, of the S.S. Japouica, was charged with the larceny of certain provisions from a trawler including a pound of tea, a pound of soap, remains of a pudding, three tins of fat, and two soles, altogether valued at about 10s. P-S. Evans deposed that on Sunday 29th about a quarter to two in the afternoon he was standing on the Quay. He saw defendant Myhill come off the Japouica which had j ust come in from sea Myhill was cook of her; he came up oil to the Quay with a bag and the watchman told witness he was auspicious of him taking things off the vessel the watchman and witness followed and defendant came towards the market where witness stopped him. When asked what he had in the bag he said nothing but his dirty clothes. Witness asked to sec it and he readily consented. The first thing that came out was a pair of soles. He said "The skipper knows all about these. Next thing was a piece of pork, one piece of pudding. He said it was spared from that ay, a dinner and he thought he had a right to take it away. The next he took out was three tins of fat; he took out an old trousers and a table cloth and said that was all that was in it. Witness requested him to open it which he was very loath to do and whilst doing so a parcel dropped down behind from under his arm. Witness picked it up and found it was a pound of sultanas. Next came out a pound of soap done up in a package also. He said he had a right to take the soap home to wash the table cloth belonging to the ship. He opened the trousers out and a pound of tea dropped out. All the goods except the soles were produced and identified. James Edwards, marine superintendent to Mr F. J. Sellick, deposed all the articles produced were the prop- erty of Mr Sellick, also the soles which he had seen. The ralue of the lot was not more than lOa. The defen- dant was not entitled to any of them. Mr Sellick Tictualled the ship and defendant had no property in any of these. Defendant desired to be tried by the present court. He pleaded not guilty, and wished to give evidence. f ive evidence. Defendant was then sworn. He stated: On Sunday between half-past one or quarter to two on board the S.S. Japonica he cooked dinner as usual, and after dinner was over there was a piece of dough and a piece of meat left, and he thought it was a shame to see it spoiled as it would be thrown overboard. It has been the privi- lege of cooks ever since he was a cook at Milford which is over seven years, to take such things. It was known by the Skipper and everyone on board. As to the fish, he had always been allowed a bit of fish. The soap was to wash the table cloth for the ship. He could not afford to buy soap. He pleaded guilty to taking the tea and sultanas. He hoped the bench would deal leniently with him. Sergt. Brinn said the defendant was an honest, respect- able man as long as he had known him. Sergt. Evans said he was a man of good character. Mr Edwards re-examined denied that the cook had a right to take anything. They were left for the use of the ship. There was no such custom as he had referred to. The Chairman said the bench were inclined to deal leniently with the prisoner. He would be bound over on his own racognisances to come up for trial when called on. He would now be discharged. OBSCENE LANGUAGE. Alfred Barret, charged by P.C. Nicholas with using obscene language on the 28th October in Bridge Street. Was fined 5s and costs. DISCHARGING SQUIBS.—A DANGEROUS NUISANCE. There were no fewer than fourteen juvenile defen- dants summoned to answer charges for having on different dates exploded squibs in the streets of Milford. Constables Nicholas and Morris were the chief prose- cutors. They had been in plain clothes and although in most cases they caught the defendants in the act it was a singular thing that every one of the boys denied the offence and on being closely questioned were prepared to deny same on oath. In four cases the charge was for throwing squibs into a private house. Some of the squibs seemed to have been of a dangerous character. These as Supt. Francis informed the court were known by the name of Egyptian cannon." Dr. Griffith said he considered these things very dangerous and was very sorry they were allowed to be sold to boys. One accident had already occurred in the town through them which might have ended fatally. They did not he was sure understand the seriousness of letting these things off. A horse might bolt and run away and in that way they might easily lead to loss of life. They did not like to be severe on "them as this was the first time these squibs were introduced. They would therefore be fined Is each, and those who had thrown them into private houses would be fined 2s. Col. Roberts said he considered it particularly danger to have these things thrown into houses. They might burn the houses. The following are the names of those who were fined:- Wm. Clarke, Wm. Prickett, Wm. Thomas, Osborne Dnffy, Bertie Davies, Richard Martin, James Pugsley, James Hastings, John Fryatt, George Granby, Florence Griffiths, Leonard Griffiths, Richard Thomas, George Elliott. BURNING TAR BARRELS. There were also a number of prosecutions for burning tar barrels on Guy Fawkes' night. The following were the defendants :-George Tasker, Wm. Evans, Wm. Britton, Geo. Roach, Ernest Bevans, Charles Richards, William Thomas, Charles Utting, Bertie Warlow. P.C.'s Morris and Nicholas having proTed the offences, Colonel Roberts said this was an old custom, and he would like to see old customs kept up. If there was danger in it of course he could not approve of it, and the police had shown that there was danger in the squibs. The Chairman said the police considered it their duty to bring these cases, and he understood that certain people in the town had directed their attention to it. They had only done their duty. It was a custom, but he thought in this instance it was one that ought to be put dolwn. The defendants would be fined 6d each. Dr Griffith (addressing the defendants) If you go into some field and have a good bonfire we will all join you. Mr Davies asked Supt. Francis if they had stopped bonfires in Haverfordwest. Mr Francis We haven't had a bonfire for years. Mr Davies: Well you haven't stopped squibs in the streets. Mr Francis We cannot cope with everything. MISCHIEVOUS BOYS. Two little boys named Wm. King and John Garnell were i charged at the suit of Mr Davies, J.P., for 1 entering his fields and damaging a hay rick. Mr Davies wished to withdraw the summons aa the parents of the children had come to him and promised to keep them out of the field. The summonses were accordingly withdrawn. A BAD SON. Ernest Palmer was charged by his mother Mrs Maria Palmer, of Pill, with damaging and destroying her property. From the evidence it appeared that the house had been practically wrecked and the furniture broken and destroyed. Defendant was drunk at the time. Nearly all the glass in the windows was also broken. The Chairman said he had seen the place and it was most disgraceful. Defendant had nothing to say except that he was drunk at the time. He was sentenced to two months' imprisonment with bard labour. I ALLEGED LARCENY. Wm. Wright was charged with stealing a shirt the property of Wm. Felix, boatswain of the S.S. Birda. Prisoner worked on the same boat. Mrs Felix deposed that her husband got off the boat at New Lynn and he wired to her to get his clothes. She went to the ship for the clothes, but prisoner said he would look after the clothes. He was then wearing one of her husband's shirts which she valued at 2s. He admitted it was not his but that somebody put it in his bag. P.S. Evans deposed to having arrested prisoner. He said somebody must have put it in his bag to injure him. Prisoner was very drunk. Prisoner pleaded not guilty. He did not know any- thing about the shirt. All he knew was that it was in his shirt bag. there was a doubt about The magistrates admitted there was a doubt about the case and discharged the prisoner.
THE COUNTY ROADS. I To the Editor of the Milford Haven Telegraph." I DEAR SIE,—Apropos ot your note in last week's Telegraph regarding the advent of the stone-spreader— who, by the way, is this year much earlier than usual- would it not be time once again to ask our County Council to consider the advisability of procuring a steam- roller for the county roads, i feel sure that the county council must see that this question cannot be put off for ever, and that the sooner they face it the better, not alone for the roads, but also for their own reputation. You, sir, have before now strongly advocated this neces- sary reform, and surely it must sooner or later dawn upon our Councillors that public progress and enlighten- ment demand some advance from the old worn-out ways of our forefathers. Trusting you will be good enough to allow me to bring this matter before the County Coun- cillors through your columns. I am, Yours truly, Haverfordwest, 18th October, 1899, X. Z. I
BIRTHS. On the 10th inst., at Brooke's Grove, near this town, the wife of Mr W. Griffiths, of a son. On the 18th inst., at Burton, the wife of Mr G. H. Baker, shipwright, of a son. MARRIAGES. On the 18th inst., at the Parish Church, Marloes, James, youngest sou of Mr William Davies, con- tractor etc., to Emma, eldest daughter of Mr Thomas Howells, The Glebe, Marloes. On the 19th inst., by licence, at St. John's Parish Church, Cardiff, by the Rev. D. H. Griffith, Tom Venables, M.E., eldest son of Captain Venables, Hope Hotel, North-road, Cardiff, to Edith Jane, second daughter of Mr W. G. Skinner, The Quay, in thit town. No cards. DEATHS. On the 20th inst., at Cartlett, in this town, sud- denly, Mrs Elizabeth Thomas, relict of the late Benjamin J. Thomas, aged 73 years. On the Uth inst., at Green Hill, Whitchurch, Cardiff, after a long and painful illness, James Henry Hicks, formerly of Haverfordwest, in his 35th year. Deeply regretted. On the 21st inst., ltt Quay Street, in this town, Annie Mary, infant daughter of Thomas and Catherine Maguire, aged five weeks. R.I.P. IN MEMORIAL. In loving memory of Ada Devonald, Edwin Thomas, and Catherine Elizabeth, the dearly be- loved children of Bdwiu and Fanny Hicks, of Caer- bryn, near Llandebie, and grandchildren of Mr Thos. Evans, of North Street, in this town, who died Nov., 1879. Interred together in Box Cemetery, Llanelly. (tone, but not forgotten."
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« BETWEEN YOU AND ME." Mr Justice Bucknill on Monday performed one of the most solemn and painful duties which any officer of the law is called upon to discharge, namely to pronounce sentence of death upon a fellow being. It is an awful ordeal, and it was Justice Bucknill's first ex- perience. The ill-fated prisoner was Mrs Thomas who was found guilty of the wilful murder of Miss Lewis, a barmaid at Cardiff, I am not surprised to hear that the learned judge utterly broke down and wept like a child when he had pronounced the fatal decree. Those who watched him during the Milford murder case at Carmarthen recently must have been struck with the nervous and almost painiui anxiety with which every detail was examined and every circumstance sifted. That, X believe, was his Lordship's first trial of a capital charge and he seemed much relieved indeed that the verdict was only one of manslaughter. The Cardiff case was an extremely painful one-one woman being tried for the murder of another-and the details of the evidence displayed the most revolting crime, of which, there i8 every reason to think, as the judge remarked, this was not the only instance. The merciful recommendation of the jury will receive full j consideration, and no doubt as being his first case it will have the full weight of Justice Bucknill's influence, so that the dread sentence may not in the end be executed. 'If. The Fanciers' Show on Thursday last was a thoroughly successful affair, and going through the several lines of exhibits one could not fail to be struck with admiration at the fact that Haverford west and the district around is able to produce such an array of poultry of all descriptions. There was, how- ever, one remarkable feature in connection with the show which I could not help noticing, and that was the comparative lack of interest shown by the general body of farmers. Now to my mind poultry-raising comes entirely within the legitimate province of the farmer, yet how few farmers there were amongst the prize-winners, or even amongst the exhibitors! Indeed the great majority came from the classes who have DO connection whatever with agriculture. This is one of those things nobody can understand. The farmer, as a rule, regards poultry- keeping as a mere subsidiary part of his business, and rarely looks upon it as an in- dustry capable of yielding him a remuner- ative return. And in this spirit is the poultry department usually managed. Only the smallest attention is paid to it, and as a consequence we find the average poultry stock ill-bred, ill-cared for, and generally wasteful and unprofitable. a- This should not be so and if some of our farmers would devote a short time to studying carefully the exhibits at one of our shows and noting the value which some of these prize fowl attain, they would find a new and highly profitable industry open to them. As a matter of fact the farmer has special advantages for achieving the very best results. But he must be prepared to pay some attention to the housing and care of the birds. Highly bred poultry will not live and flourish if left to the haphazard existence which the farmer's poultry usually live. After proper housing and proper care, there is no extra expense attached to the rearing of a better class of birds, and the farmer will find before long that whatever the small initial outlay may be it will soon be more than repaid by the better prices and the better yield generally. One of the subjects which claimed the attention of the Milford Haven Urban District Council on Friday night was the question of naming some of the streets which up to the present have been left unchris- tened. The Highway Committee, in whose province the matter lay, submitted a number of names suggested by the warlike times in which we live, all of which would no doubt, have been very suitable but on the other hand there is unquestionably very much to be said in favour of the principle suggested by Col. Roberts. There is, after all, some- thing in a name, and the question of giving suitable distinguishing titles to the thorough- fares of our towns is one of considerable difficulty. It too frequently happens that such names are given indiscriminately, without any public or personal significance, and in this way the most ridiculous names get permanently fixed. This can be obviated in the case of Milford now and no doubt the committee which is to reconsider the question will arrive at bettter results after the very useful discussion on Friday evening. -l I do not like to say anything that might appear harsh, but I cannot help thinking that amongst the rising generation of Milford the virtue of truthfulness is not a predominant characteristic. I speak only, of course, from observations made at the petty sessions on Wednesday last. About fifteen or twenty youngsters, of both sexes, and of ages ranging from twelve to sixteen or seven- teen were summoned for exploding squibs, and although in almost every instance caught red-handed, and sworn to by the constables, the redoubtable defendants with but a few exceptions pleaded not guilty, and were pre- pared to stand by it. The magistrates showed how much they believed in these protestations by fining all alike. It is satis- factory to learn that the lesson has been effective, and the latest news from the seat of war is that the squibs and "Egyptian cannon" have been silenced. The question of procuring a Steam Roller for the use of the County roads is not by any means a new one. It has been discussed over an d over ,i-ain, over and over again, and been allowed to lapse into oblivion as being something too large and too difficult for our County Council to grapple with. Notwithstanding the apparent lack of support it has received in the past, a correspondent in to-day's Telegraph is tempted to raise the problem once more in the hope that something may yet be done. And in that hope I cordially join. Why, I should like to know, cannot Pembrokeshire have a steam-roller as well as the neighbouring counties? The question of expense is the invariable reply. But if it pays other counties to keep pace with the progress of civilization is it likely to pay us to stick in the mire of antiquity, and ostrich- like, refuse to recognise that the world is advancing ? These are considerations I should like to commend to those members of the County Council, who think they are doing the ratepayers a service by refusing to agree to this important and most necessary innovation. -< But there are other and more tangible reasons why this matter should appeal to every member of the council. The Pem- i brokeshire roads as we know are not J naturally of the best, and there is therefore all the more reason why art should come to their assistance. Then this is an age when everybody tours, and everybody cycles, and if we want people to come to this most inter- esting, but at present most inaccessible part of South Wales, surely it is essential that the roads should be looked to. A steam roller will not, it is true, level our hills, but at all events it will make our road surfaces tolerable and those of us who cycle will not be confronted with the temper-trying stretches of Macadam metal with which miles of the roads are at prasent strewn. The invariable experience in this matter of steam-rolling has been that it is cheaper in the long run while the effects on the road surface are out of all comparison. Might I then suggest that the County Council would once more essay this comparatively simple task. Perhaps some enterprising member will hand in a notice to move in the matter at next meeting. I My attention has been directed to the fact that the sale of coupons in connection with what is known as the Co-operative Supply Com- pany is being strongly pushed in Haver- fordwest and in other parts of Pembroke- shire and further that there is no lack of dupes to take them. These coupons, as some of my readers may be aware are of the snow- ball order, each purchaser of a coupon relying on his or her being able to sell a sufficient number of others in order to raise the price of the article they require. No doubt many people have been taken in by this most convenient way of raising money, and there are those who seem to regard it as quite a legitimate and moral transaction. The following observations by Mr Labouchere in last week's Truth put a very different colour on the matter A very short calculation will show anybody who cares to think about it that for every person who gets an article out of the Company four others have paid 5s.-one shilling of it to their luck, friend who has sold them their coupons, and the rest to the Company. This means that for one thousand people supplied with goods, four thousand will have paid 5s. each, or Y,1,000 altogether, and will have got nothing for it. Each of them expects no doubt to find four fools who will part with their money on the same terms, but a moment's thought should show them that each Rp in the operation multiplies in j arithmetical progression the number of persons in possession of coupons, and increases in the same ratio the difficulty of disposing of them. I do hope the public in this town will discourage and stamp out such an iniquitous practice. THE INVETEBATE GOSSIP,
The War Fund Meetings. As already announced a county meeting will be held on Saturday at 2 o'clock at the Shire Hall, under the presidency of Earl Cawdor, Her Majesty's Lieu- tenant for the County, for the purpose of raising funds in aid of the families of soldiers and sailors at present on active service. Sir Charles Philipps, as Mayor, and Lieutenant of the County and town of Haverfordwest, has also summoned a meeting of the town to be held in the Shire Hall next Wednesday evening at eight o'clock for the same purpose. We understand that a meeting at Milford Haven is also being arranged for.
Vottrq I LOYAL BRISTOL. I Nov. 1.5th, 1899. With great acclaim the ancient City moves To greet her Sovreign, lov'd, rever'd by all; No greater honour could be proudly sought, This brilliant day, ere evening shadows fall. Thousands of hearts in loyal union beat, To wait her coming from fair Windsor's pile On myriad, upturn'd faces will be seen, The triumph of a truly British smile. Church bells are clanging through the calm, soft air, Amidst the hum of Bristol's populace; And every thought and wish on this glad day, Blend into one—to see our Sovereign's face. Corps after Corps file by in order true, With bayonets fix'd, and measur'd martial tread, And scarlet coats, and burnish'd helmets' shine, While through the crowds their onward way they thread. The thrill of wild excitement fills the air, The horses prance and curvet as they pass; As if they knew the Royal pageant near, Whose crowning splendour nothing can surpass. 0 favour'd Citv Ringing to the skies, The deaf'niug cheers are borne upon the breeze For Queen Victoria in her Royal state, Empress of India Monarch of the sees Tears of emotion gush from myriad eyes, As SHE, the Cynosure of Nations passes by, And from a million lips sound forth the words, God Save Victoria Bless her from on High." Flags, banners, ensigns, float in glad array, And wreaths of roses crown the festal scene The Crown of England, and her. sweetest Rose Of purest fragrance, is our gracious Queen. iI: Ah Here she comes: Amidst tumultuous cheers Hats lifted, waving handkerchiefs, and hands Surrounded by her Nation's loyalty All hearts close lock'd in uiuons geutle bands 'Tis past—'tis o'er-the Royal Cortege swept Along the route, with measur'd pace and slow While on her honour'd head, her people's love In fervent, heartfelt blessings ceaseless flow. God bless our Queen both now and evermore, May each heart echo all this glad refrain And humbly offer glad, thanksgiving songs, For all the blessing of her prosperous Reign. ELVIRA A. SXANIFAED.
Dates to be Remembered at I Milford Haven. St-N DAY, NOVEMBER -6th.—Special sermons will be preached at the Wesleyun Chapel by the Rev. J. A. Turner, aud collections made on behalf of the widows and orphans of soldiers killed in the Transvaal. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29.—Grand concert at Rehoboth Chapel, Hakin. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH,—Grand con- cert at the Milford Nation&l Schools. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7TH. A grand entertainment will be given by the children of the Hakin National School on the above date. Full particulars will shortly appear. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10th. Tabernacle Sunday School Auniversary. Preacher, Rev. J. Towyn Jones. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14TH. A grand concert in connection with the Tabernacle Sunday school will be given in the Masonic Hall on Thursday, December 11. Particulars will shortly appear.
THE WAR. Special Telegrams to The Telegraph." We are pleased to inform our readers that we have made arrangements with the Central News for a complete service of telegrams direct from the seat of War every Wednes- day up to 6 p.m. This arrangement will place readers of The Telegraph in an exceptionally favourable position for obtaining the very latest and most authentic intelligence direct from the scene of hostilities. • »
TO-DAY'S WIRES. I Boer Movements near I Estcourt. ENEMY SHORT OF PROVISIONS. FURTHER TRANSPORT ARRIVALS, I DURBAN, Tuesday, 2.6o p.m. Authentic news has reached here of the arrival of a Boer commando on the Mooi River twenty-one miles below Estcourt. They were discovered soon after daybreak this morning. The enemy was not in large force, and it is con- jectured that his object was for looting and damaging the railway and telegraphs rather than making any attack upon British pots though a feint against Estcourt in the rear was probably part of the programme. A large number of scouts on our side were out all the morning scouring the country. They located the Boer camp near the Mooi not long after dawn but before a reconnoitring party came up the Boers struck their camp and moved off. Their whereabouts at present is unknown. The commando was an isolated one. All the passenger trains going up from Maritzburg are preceded by an armoured engine, but all the trains are running irregularly. The Mooi river region is now crowded with farmers and their families. They are driving their flocks before before them to save them from capture by the enemy. The scarcity of supplies in the Boer camps has probably j driven the enemy to'make this raid into the Mooi Valley. The transport City of Cambridge arrived yesterday, and her troops were forwarded to the front last night. A handsomely furnished ambulance train was also sent up.
Latest Press news from Ladysmith confirms previous reports of brilliant successes gained by the British garrison, with comparatively slight loss, though the enemy's casualities were very heavy. The town is said to be full of Boer wounded and prisoners. A Dalziel's telegram from Durban reports that the Boers are preparing to break camp and retire from the investment of Ladysmith. There has been some skirmishing at Mooi River, south of Estcourt, but in this direction there is said to be more looting than fighting. There is no donbt, however, as we said yesterday, that Joubert is desirous, if possible, of interposing a stroug force between Estcourt and the south, in order to check the relief of Ladysmith. The Boer commando occupying Colesberg is said to be 1,300 strong, and is expecting a reinforcement of 1,500. They number 1,200, and their horses are said to be in a miserable condition, while food supplies are running short. The commandeering of men and stores goes on actively both here, at Aliwal North and other places on the border, but this looting of defenceless border towns is likely to continue. General Gatacres force, whose mission will be specially to deal with the "aunexers," is rapidly assem- bling at Queenstown, and merely awaits reinforcements. These must be soon at hand, and then we may look for- ward to a hurried exit over the border on the part of the enemy. No further news is to hand of the Ximberley relief column. A telegram from Cape Town says that troops are continually arriving, a new force of Cape Town Volunteers are about ready to go to the front, and beyond that nothing has been allowed to leak out. Sir Redvers Buller, apparently, is determined that the Boers shall gain no information as to his movements or plans from retransmitted news culled from war corres- pondents messages. Kimberley, Mafeking-indeed all the beseiged posts— when last heard from presented and may, in the abseuce of news to the contrary, be assumed to be still presenting a bold front to the enemy. In their oase no news is good news. Disaster we should quickly hear of through Boer sources. The Diugerx" -Ve,t-s (Boer organ) denies that the Trans- vaal is destroying the mines. The gold, it says, is being utilised for the defence of the country, "will be repaid at the end of the war 1
Last Wednesday's Fight at Ladysmith. Estcourt, Monday, 1.20 p.m.—Details of the great British victory at Ladysmith on Wednesday last con- tinue coming through slowly, but every report confirms the first statement that the enemy received a more terri- fic lesson ia this battle than in any previous fight. Firing commenced at dawn by the Boers making a determined attempt to reach the north end of Ladysmith. Their rifle fire was concentrated on this point, and clearly indicated the large number of mem they had told off for this enterprise. On our side the Riflemen and maxims kept up a well- sustained fire. The enemy could make no headway against it, and rapidly took cover. Uter in the morning some regiments worked round the enemy's flank, and the Boers then dropped back from their position under a deadly fusilade. The losses sustained by the enemy were exceedingly heavy. A large number of dead were counted on the field. A considerable number of prisoners fell into our hands, many of these being wounded and left on the battlefield. The British losses were trivial when compared with those of the enemy. Various reports brought in all indicate that General Joubert is moving to the south with a strong col u me with the supposed intention of investing Estcourt. Should this prove correct it indicates clearly that the Boer commander has abandoned hope of carrying Lady- smith by assault.
Gallant Conduct of Pembroke. shire Men. TROOPER MARTIN AND SERGT. FISHER DISTINGUISH THEM.SELVES. RECOMMENDED FOR PROMOTION. PIRTERXLRTTZBUUG, Nov. 12. A valuable service has been rendered to the State by Trooper Martin, of the Natal Police. He conducted Lieutenant Hooper, who was carrying important despatches for Sir George White, through the Boer lines from Estoourt. They travelled most of the way under Cover of d arknetia, and succeeded in eluding the vigilance of the enemy's scouts. Wheu they were within five miles from Ladysmith they were met by a native, who guided Lieutenant Hooper into the British lines, Martin remaining behind. I The native brought back a message from Sir George White for General Murrar. and gave it into the hands ot Martin, who delivered it safely in Estcourt. Trooper Martin is a son of Captain Martin, of the Royal Artillery, Woolwich. He came out from England and joined the police three years ago when he was ouly nineteen. General Murray has recommended him for pro- motion. H3TCOXTET. NOV. 11, 3 P.M. (Delayed). Trooper Martin, of the Natal Police Force, who accompanied Lieutenant Hooper, of the 5th Lancers, through the Boer lines from this town to Ladysmith, returned here yesterday. He bore a letter saving that the casualties at Ladysmith recently had not been severe. The Boers were behaving fairly well in most respects towards the beleaguered garrison, but were sending in all the refugees they could collect from Dundee in order to make as much additional strain upon the food supplies as possible. Martin says that he and Lieutenant Hooper passed through the 'Boer camp.t Colenso during the night. They were not challenged by the sentries, and counted ninety tents. Thev arrived within five miles of Ladysmith earl, the following morning. Here they found a large number of the enemv, and were obliged to con- ceal themselves in a donga till night came. Hooper then walked into camp at Ladvsmith with a native ruide, whose attention he had managed to engage. Martin meanwhile remained hidden, with his horse, in closfc proximity to the Boers, until the guide returned with a letter which Hooper had given him. Martin then aom- menced hie perilous return journey alon*, and sucoeoded in reaching here safelv. [The Trooper Martin mentioned above is a son of Mrs Martin, late of Victoria Place, in this town, and we have much pleasure on behalf of our readers in heartily con- gratulating him on the gallantry of his conduct.—ED. of Sergeant Fisher, of the Natal Mounted Police, who with a comrade so pluckily captured two Boers, although hotly pursued by a party oi the enemy, and for which he was mentioned in a despatch on Monday, is a native of Denaut, neai Haverfordwest, his father being Mr J. T. Fisher, C.C., a well known county gentleman. Sergt. Fisher has been in the Natal Police for some years, and won his promotion in a comparatively short time. He was an excellent horseman in his old county, accustomed to cross country after the hounds, and therefore makes a splendid scout. There are quite a number of Pembrokeshire young men 11l the same force.
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NEYLANO. Some hundreds of Remnants in Flannelettes, Calicoes* Linings, Dresses. Welsh Flannels. &-c., at about half tà8 usual prices—G. H. BIDDLECOMBE, London House. At the Pembrokeshire Calvinistic Methodist my meeting bald at Wiston ovember l:i and 16, the ReT 9 Powell Morris, Presbyterian minister, was un&nimoinlT elected chairman for the English district for the year 1900. We heartily congratulate th. rev gentleman, who & every way is worthy of the honour conferred upon him.
The Death of a Cardiff Barmaid. TRIAL OF THE ACCUSED. VERDICT OF GUILTY. SENTENCE OF DEATH PRONOUNCED. At the Assizes at Cardiff on Monday before Mr Justice Bucknill and a jury, the woman Elizabeth Jane Thomas, described as a bdging-houo-e keeper was indicted for that she did feloniously, wilfully, and of her malice afore- thought, kill and murder one Agnes Lewis," at Cardiff, on September 29th last. There was also a commital for wilful murder on the coroner's inquisition- The deceased Agnes Lewis was a barmaid at the Victoria Hotel, Cardiff, and the allegation was that the prisoner caused death by means of an illegal operation. The evidence having been given at great length and the jury having heard counsel on both sides as well as his Lordships charge retired at 6 o'clock. At a quarter to eight the Judge sent for the jury, and asked them whether he Jcould be of any assistance to them in arriving at a verdict. The Foreman I think you can be, my lord. His Lordship Will you tell me what assistance I can be to you ? The Foreman: Must the question be put in open court ? His Lordship Any communication between yot tnd me must be in open court. Don't let there be any con- fusion of idea about the matter. Don't tell me anything about yourselves or anything of that sort, but if any jnryman wishes to ask me anything which may haTe a legal tendency I shall be pleaeed to answer him, or if you want any part of the evidence read I will read it to you, or if there is any confusion of memory or anything of that kind I will help you. Don't tell me anything which may indicate what your riew is or anything of that sort. Above all things don't be in a hurry. You can take another two or three hours yet if you like, and I will come back again, or if you will send for me when yoa are ready I will come at once. The Foreman I am afraid it is a question of not being able to agree. The Judge: Then I am afraid I must keep you some time longer. It is a very desirable thing that you should agree if you can. Try by consultation and by argument to come to some decision. Don't disagree if you can help it. The Foreman We will retire to our room and agree upon the questions to be put to your lordship if you will wait a few minutes. At eight o'clock the jury sent a message to the judge that they could not agree upon any question to submit to him, and his Lordship ordered them to be locked up for two hours, promising to return at ten o'clock to receive their verdict if one had been arrived at. THE VERDICT. .At UrJ the jury sent a message into court to the effect that they had agreed upon their verdict, and the judge was thereupon sent for. His lordship took his seat at five minutes to ten. The court was again crowded, and the jury at once resumed their places in the box. The Clerk of Arraigns Gentlemen of the jury, haTe you agreed upon your verdict r The Foreman We have agreed, my lord. The Clerk of Arraigns Look at the prisoner, and say whether she is guilty or not. The Foreman: The verdict is Guilty, with the with the strongest possible recommendation to mercv. (Sanaa* tion.) After a painful silence, in which one could almost hear the beating of one's own heart, the Clerk, addressing the prisoner, said Prisoner at the bar. the jury have found you guilty. Have you anything to say why the sentence of the coùrt should not be passed upon you. Prisoner, in a clear voice, which, however, was shaken with the deepest emotion, then made the following im- pressive appeal:— Mercy on me and my poor children. I never did a wrong in my life, and I never touched Agues Lewis. I never touched her on my honour. Have mercy on me, for the sake of my children my two little children that I have lived for. I have been left many years. Fourteen years ago my husband went awav and left me, and I have to toil for them, and I beg of you, not for my sake, but for my poor children, to have mercy oil me." A painful silence again ensued, for the verdict had. come 11'" surprise. After the long retirement of the jury and the difficulties of arriving at a agreement, it had been anticipated that the result would either be an acquittal or that the jury would fail to agree. Even the learned council who had been engaged in the case shared this view, and the judge himself seemed taken by sur- prise. Even- passing moment added to the strain and the solemnity of the occasion, and by the time the usher had placed the black cap on the head of the judge there was a look of expectation and awe on the faces of the onlookers. SENTENCE OF DEATH. His Lordship, addressing the prisoner: "Elizabeth Jane Thomas, you have been found guilty of the crime ot the wilful murder of Agues Lewis, after a long and care- ful trial, and after everything has been said on your behalf by a most competent md eloquent advocate. I must say from the evidence adduced in this court, I agree with the verdict of tae jury, as it is recorded. I am afraid your house was used for purposes of that nature, and by the law of the land you have been found guilty of the wilful nlui-clcr of that pour, uuhappy, and unfortunate young woman, wno placed herself in vour hand6, frat you might get rid of the trouble which had been cast upon her by some person more wicked than herself. It but remain:- tor me. as the mouth-piece of the law- taking care that the recommendation to mercy which the jury have added to their verdict shall have the due attention of those whose dutv it is to consider it--sad and painful as that dutv is to pass sentence upon you, and I ought to say it is the first time I have been called upon to pronounce it. The sentence is that you be taken from here the place whence vou came, and thence to the place of to execution, and that you be there hanged by the neck tiN you be dead, and that your body be afterwards buried within the precincts of the prison m which you shall be last confined after conyiction. And may the Lord have mercv on voni, soul." i The voice of the judge had snaken from the start, and, ;is he pronounced the last w"n1-. lie broke down utterly jiiiil burst into tears. T here were few in court who were not similarly mo> ed. The prisoner, who seemed dazed, was assisted below by the warders. His lordship informed the jury thaf he would at once see that their recommendation was forwarded to the proper quarter. He thanked them for the attention which they had given to the case, and relieved them from atteudance-the following day. Even as the judge rose to leave the court there was no buzz of excitement, and the solemn stillness prevailed until the end. Words seemed to have failed everybody, and as the condemned worasn had gone down the stairs in a dazed condition, so the people went away, •itnilardr affected. It was not until the street was reached thM there was a renewal of the excitement which had pre. vailed through the day. There was some little hooting bv the crowd outside, but beyond this there was no demonstration.
Do You Know? That a Welsh Choir is to perform at the dinner party at Windsor Castle on Friday evening when the German Emperor will be present. That it will be interesting to learn His Majesty's opinion of Welsh music and Welsh voices. That the new Mayor of Pembroke, Mr John Rixon, was born on the Queen's Birthday, 1828. That one of his ancestors was Mayor of the Borough so far back afl 1688. That he attended the Pembroke Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday (Mayor's Sunday) with the members of the Corporation and others. That Mr Arthur Lewis, of the South Wales Circuit has been unanimously elected Worshipful Master of the Nar- berth Lodge of Freemasons for the ensuing year. That the French portrait swindlers have recently had ft number of victims in Pembrokeshire. That the modus operandi of the swindle is to offer a free enlarged portrait, which is followed by a request to purchase a frame for it, at, no doubt, treble its value. That Sunday golfing seems to be growing in the Porth- cawl district. That a strong protest has been made against it by the Rev. W. Jones, rector- That in accordance with his letter to the Bishop, the rector of St. Martin's, Haverfordwest (Rev. Mr Phelps) has discontinued the use of "Portable Lights" in the Church services. That the Vicar of St. John's, Bathwick (Rev. Mr Dunn), has refused to obey his Bishop's order to discontinue the use of incense in his Church. That there is an alarming epidemic of small-pox in Hull at present. That the Brecon Town Council have decided to apply for a Provisional Order to light the town byeleetricity. That the Mayor (Col. Morgan) has expressed his intention of defraying the whole cost of the application for the Order. That Mr R. T. P. Williams has been appointed Under Sheriff for the Town and County of Haverfordwest. That St. Thomas's football club have obtained a suit- able fieldnearthePrioryruins, and expect to play their first match next week. That on Thursday the Welsh Bisoops-Tiz., the Diocesans of Llandaff, St. David's, St. Asaph and Bangor-met at Llandaff. That the Bishops meet in Synod every year, and this meeting was simply carrying out a custom of some years. That the total amount subscribed by the Welsh Congregationalists towards the London Missionary Society for the denominational year 1898.9 was i,i58 15s 6d. That of this Pembrokeshire contributed S833 Os 2d. That this amounts to an average of Is llld per member being the highest average in the Principality. That the Tenby hunt week is to be abandoned this year owing to war, and the number of families who are in mourning. That Lord Charles Beresford denies that he has been offered the second command of the Mediterranean Squadron. That the Queen has decided to send a pound of chocolate as a personal present to each of the 80,000 soldiers at present in service in South Africa. That the chocolate will be placed in a specially designed box having on the cover a medallion of Her Majesty and the words South Africa, 1900." That" Klondyke" seems to have vacated his burrow at Prendergast, at least for the present. That he did not answer to his name at the petty ses- sions on Monday, and the summons against him was adjourned for another fortnight. PERIWINKLE.