ST. DAVID'S. I REMOVAL.— We understand tn.it Mr Thomas Evans, who has resided for over 13 years at Si. David's, as machinist, &c., has removed from that place to Good wick, but he intends to continue to at- tend to mills and machinery in the district which he has left. Mr Evans was for many years in the employ, of thb late Mr Richard Crawshay, and also under the Corporation of Merthyr, where he is still held in high esteem.
NAKBERTH. THANKSGIVING SEBVICES.—Ou Tuesday the 23rd inst., harvest thanksgiving services were held in the Tabernacle Chapel, conducted by the pastor the Rev. W. A. Griffiths. The offertory was in aid of the Home Mission Fund- HARVEST FESTIVAL. harvest thanksgiving ser- vices were hel l at the Llawhadeu pariah church on the 2Gth inst. The pretvher in the morning was the Rev. J. Lloyd, vicar of Wiston, and in the evening tne Rov. T. Jones, Ambroth. The congregations were large. Choice collections of lfowers were given by Mrs Lewis, Ridgeway, for the decorations, which were most ably carried out by the following ladies:- Miss Bowcott (the vicarage), Miss Ibbott, Misses Whitcome and Lewis (Llawhadeu House), Miss Wilkins, &o^ r REPORT OF THE READING ROOM AT LITTLE HAVEN. This room was opened November 1st, 1882. A few friends, non-residents, took a kindly interest in the undertaking, and came forward to assist. A list of their donations is given below We are sorry to say that so far, very little has been given by any resident or landowner in the parish, and we may congratulate ourselves that hitherto we have been able to go on without asking them for help. We cannot say that the room has been as well patronised by those for whose benefit it was intended as we could wish still we feel it has not been altogether unappreciated, espe- cially by the lads of the village, for whom it is im- portant to have a room where. they can have amuse- ment. free from the contamination of evil, and combined with instruction and self improvements, if they will so use it. We hope, this winter, to have another room where the men may have a quiet place to read, free from the disturbance of tne games, which are popular with the younger members. Though we have not had the support we ought to have had, we have every reason to be thankful that such a room has been provided. Many of the summer visitors to the haven this year were glad to pay one penny weekly for the upe of the room and library, in which we have now about 60 vols. of useful and entertaining books. The coffee house also did some business during the summer. The committee supplied the manager with the material to commence, and have then left her to make what profit she could out of the provisions which she finds. This plan was consi- dered best, in a place where the custom was likely to be so uncertain and irregular. All who have been there speak highly of the accommodation, and of the civil and obliging demeanour of the woman who has charge of the room. LIST or DONATIONS TO THE READING ROOM. Miss Owen, Withy bush, YI; Elliot Armstrong, Esq., 91 Per the Rev. J. Owen, Y,2 Is; Mr and and Miss Thomas, jE2 2s; Bowen Rowlands, Esq., Ll 10. George Harries, Esq., E3; Mrs Davies, Ll Is; Mrs Bath, JE2; Miss Williams, 10« Mr Chambers, 10s; Mrs Sqnire, for rent, C5 10s; in small sums, jEl. —Total JE21 4s. The committee have also to thank Mrs and Miss Owen, of Withybnsh, for the grift, of an harmonium, and several books and magazines; Capt. Goldwyer, for a Bagatelle board Joseph Thomas, Esq., for a lamp, books, and for regularly supplying the room with two daily papers. We close our accounts this year with a balance of £ 3 17 81 in hand, and we therefore feel we have every encouragement to go on and to hope for (■ucoe.'w in the end.
I NOLTON HAVEN RE-OPENING OF NOLTON CONGREGATIONAL CHAPJEL. —On the 2lst, 22nd, and 23rd inst., services in con- nection with the re-opening of Nolton Haven Congre- gational Chapel were held. Th? (e,.chers for the occasion were the Revs. Thomas DvieM, D. D., of Haverfordwest J. B. Evans, the Albany; J. C. Evans, Tiers Cross O. Jacobs, Neyland H. Powell, Pembroke and Messrs. James Phillips and W. M Thomas, Haverford west. The services wore well attended throughout, and the collections amounted (including subscriptions) to nearly E70. The chapel throughout is beautifully and tastefully painted, grained and varnished. Messrs. Price and Russell, of Haverfordwest, were the contractors, and we are pleaded to ofiv that the above gentlemen have given perfect satisfaction to all concerned. The whole was executed according to designs, furnished by Mr D. Edward Thomas, of H-verfordwest. The beautiful tablet erected to the sacred memory of the late Mr David Canton, is very conspicuous, to whom nearly all the preachers tenderly referred from the pulpit. This tablet is not a small tribute to the skill of Mr John Havard, of Haverfordwest. There were also got for the occasion a set of double bonier lamps (by which every corner of the building is thoroughly lighted), a new liands(-m-- American organ, with eleven mtol)p, a beautiful set of electro-plated commu- nion service, together with a handsome Bible and hymn book for the pulpit. We earnestly hope that ere the close of the present year we shall be able to pronounce the chapel free of debt. To this end, the Rev. J. R. Kilsby Jones will deliver a lecture on rua(le Aleti," on November 13th, 1883.
PEMBROKE AND PEMBROKE DOCK. ADMIRALTY VISIT TO PEMBROKE DOCK. On Thursday morning the naval shipbuilding yard at Pembroke Dock were officially inspected by the Lords of the Admiralty. Their lordships arrived in the b" ven on Wednesday evening from Queenstowi* in the Admiralty yacht Enchantress," whilst Lord Charles Beresford, the Conservative candidate for the representation of the Pembroke Boroughs, was vent- ing his practical criticism of the weakness and insufficiency of the fleet. The members of the board who were in attendance were Admiral Lord Alcester, Admiral Sir A-tttey Cooper Key. Admiral Brandreth, Colonel Percy Sinit li (head of the works department), and Mr Barnell (surveyor of dockyards). A salute of nineteen gutit4 was fired about ten a.m., when the in. spection began. A thorough inspection of the dock- yard was made, and the Anson and the Howe (on the stocks), and the Collingwood" and "Amphion (which have been launched) were over- looked previous to fitting and armament. About 2 500 men are at present employed in the yard, and ho number of hands is being constantly augmented. The Amphion and the Collingwood have to be got avtiy fi om Pembroke Dock before the end of the Hmmeial year. It is stated that the Admiralty have it on the cards to lay out large amount of money, either at Spike Island, (Ireland), or at Pembroke Dock, in making one of those places a first-class yard for fitting ships, in addition to building them.
TEN B Y. I SUDDKN DEATH.—Mt8a Clara Davies. daughter of Mr Hyphen Davieo, draper, died snddeuly from heart disease "II Mouday evening. ACOIDKNTAL DPATH.-Stepbon Davies, avounir man was killed on the tramway, at Saundersfoot, on Saturday evening At the inquest on Monday, the jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death." RRRCSBYTKKIAN MISSIONS.—On Monday evening the annual missionary meeting ill connection with the Prenbyterian Home and Foreign Minions was held in Frojf-iiore street Chapel. Mr H. Allen Q.C., M P., presided, and there was a large attendance The Rev James Williams, missionary, and Mr Brittany were the deputation, and addresses were also delivered by the chairman and Nonconformist ministers of the town. HARVEST FESTIVAL.—On Thursday the harvest festiml for the parinh of St. Mary was bold in the Parish Chuioh, which had been tastefully and aitis- tically decorated for the occasion. The first service was at eight o'clock, a choral celebration of the Holy Communion Morning Prayer was said at eleven o'clock, the (service opening with a proces- sion from the ventry to the choir Htalls. PrayerM were said by the Rev J. H. A- Griffiths, the first les-ou read by the Rev John Meares (Harroldston), the, second lesson by the Rev. H. Cree (Coshe*ton). and the sermou preached by the Rev Canon Carter, of Clewer. This nervice was followed by a second celebration of Holy Communion. Even song was suug at 7.30. There was an immense congregation. Prayers were intoned by the Rev C. M. Phelp" the first lesson read by the Rev John Meares the second lesson by th.. Rev Canon Carter and the sermon preached by the Rev C. F. Harrisou, *icar of St. Mary's, Haverfordwest. After the Benediction there was a procession of choir and clertjv round the in-ide of the church to the altar, in front of whicli, grouped upon the magnificent flight of steps leading thereto, the choir sang Helmore's To Detitu as an act of thanksgiving. The collections during the day were for the Tenby Cottge Hospital. EXTRAORDINARY MISTAKE OF A MOTHER. Among the applicants at Thames (London) Police- court, on Saturday, was a woman who complained thit-hchdbeenswindted. She stated thai a few wouks ago a young man applied for lodgings at her house. When he stated tint he belonged to the Royal Navy she readily took him it), and showed him every attention, because, she said, she had a son in the Navy too The young man said he knew her son, and served with him, and ti ;i ttlint was why be had come to her house, hein^ j sure that the mother of such a man must he a good wninaii, and just the sort of person for him to stay with while iu London." The applicant confessed that she was favourably improved with the young m in, who in a week slid he could kcep op the deception no longer- thht he was the long absent son. She was incredulous at first, because, as she said, her son was taller and of a different complexion. The younll man. however, explained this by saying that a foreign climate had changed his complexion and the colour of his e.V84, aud that hard campaign- ing had pulied him d-)wii." The woman's husband had no doubt on the point, aud said she was a fool not to know her own hoy. adding that he was "s ire all alonu that he was their son She was conviiued, and made more fUlis ov-r him than ever. One day he wanted some money to go oil with" until iii- own was sent. He got 1:56, mud very soon after dis- appeared, and has not been heard of since, the woman's son having in the meantime communicated with home and anuouneed his speedy return.—Tho magistrate said he could do nothing for the applicant except advise her to be a little 1e.s credulous in future.
WKI.SH MOUNTAIN SHEEP tiltEEL)ING.- The mountain sheep walks of North Wales were opened on Thursday, in compliance with the deter- mination of the Welsh Farmers' Conference of last month, when it was resolved to keep the rains Lorn the sheep walks until the 25th of October, in order to delay the larnbitig season. The Queen and others having prohibited the supply of lamb during the past season, owing to the scarcity of the anima IR, it was stated that occupiers of mountain sheep farms have not reared more than half the lambs veaued during the past decade consequent npun early lambing. Few lof the sheep lambed in the early part of the y»ar were able to withstand the bitter climate nf the mountain districts, the snowfall usually continuing until late in the season on the Welsh mountains, and the ewes became so reduced as to have no milk for their lambs. THE RKV. THOMAS JONES, D.D., Wesleyan Minister, St. tV.ivid's, PI!1\1hrllk, tlhile, vil", to F. Owen, Surgeon Dentist, 01 Oxfoi a-striot, Swuni-ea Sir,— I am stirp you will rejoice when I inform you that the set of troth you made me last nio, th (fives full bati,faction. I am able to grind my food well, and nrticntate property. Your proin pt;it,eiitioii and verv moderate charge will indue- me to a vise my friends and others when in need of a good set of teeth to come to you for sucii. Wishing ion rrospeiity, I am, sir, yours mo"t respectfully, THOMAS JONES.—July 11, 1882. 1054
SIR JOHN PERROTT'S MEMORIAL. To the Editor of the Haverfordwest Telegraph. j Sip.In your report of the last meeting of the trustees, it was made to appear that Mr Philipps had offered the ground occupied by the photogiaphic studio as a site for this memorial; and in your semi- editorial columns of last week's paper you justly comment on the absurdity of such a position. Will you permit me to state that nothing of the sort has ever been contemplated. What really oc- curred was this When the site of the present two lamps and a half—formerly known as the "Three lamps"—was suggested, Mr Philipps said, that should this site be selected, he would consider the question of giving the space on which the studio stands for the improvement and enlargement of the area. It has never occurred to the trustees to place the memorial in the undignified position so constantly occupied by Chevy Slime's distinguished friend, Mr Montague Tigg, i e. Round the corner." I am Air, your obedient servant, G. L. 0. I MIDDLE HILL CHAPEL. I To the Editor of the Haverfordwest Telegraph. Sm,-For the informa'ion of many fri(?ud8 inter. GRttd in the renovation of Middle Hill Chapel, please allow me to state through your valuable papi- that the plans supplied for the work by Mr J. Preece James, architect, of Haverfordwest, have met with general approval; and the contract for the interior renovations, together with the supplying of improved windows, &c., have been let to Messrs. James and sons, builders, Haverfordwest; and we have no doubt that the wirk, when completed, will give great credit to the architect, under whose supervision the improve- ments will be carried out, as well as to the contractors and all concerned. We sincerely hope to meet with the sympathy and support of many friends whose names we yet fally anticipate seeing added to our list of subscribers. THE PASTOR. I To the Editor of the Haverfordwest Telegraph. I HIR,-I need hardly remind your readers that cer. .tain of those whom the burgesses of this town have honoured by confidlug to them their interest have again come to the end of their tether, and with it have paised all the opportunities for the fulfilment of the munificent promises made when seeking the favours of those by whom they had been placed in office, and what account do they now give of their stewardship P All are agreed not only has the past history of our municipal career abounded with errors of omission and commission, but the future looms with a prospect anything but cheering. It will be the first business of the new council to deal with three items from which there can be no escape, viz. Wafer supply, drainage, and a public slaughter house. These matters involve a considerable outlay of money, and the primary question is, where is it to come from ? I suppose it may be estimated roughly at about £ 7,000; then we are to have by way of gratuity a little extra to the tune of two thousand, for gas improvement and extension. Then if the improvement be in the direction of higher illuminating power it will not come amiss notwithstanding an official opinion is that it already equals 15 sperm candles, still I must demur to the views of that functionary so long as our present street lamps are what they are. I strongly suspect 8 candles would be nearer the mark, and even here in some instances the oredit would have to be given for what, it would be a difficulty to vouch. Then a word more about this two thousand. I suppose the Gas Works has been in existence about 40 years, and ought to be a good going concern, paying at least from 5 to 7 per cent. after making deductions for replacing worn-out mains and all other appliances required for the manufacture of gas. I know of a gas works in the principality that for years dragged out a miserable existence, and was continually apunging upon the pockets of the ratepayers until at length oircuinstances arose which quite revolutionised its financial position. The old adage was realised, with now masters came new rules, so that to-day instead of being a burden to the rates and enac'ing a price equal to*'Haverfordwest, it has become a source of profit to its proprietors, and supplies an article which even a Government Engineer would not question the luminating power of, at about 30 per cent. less than we have it here. I may here add by way of extenuation, in the case of the above works it was never able to obtain 8d. per cwt for its coke, nor had it the good luck to secure 3d. per gallon for tar. I suppose our present street-lighting costs upwards of 9500 per annum, and as we learned tho other d-.Ly from the report of the visit of the Local Government Board engineer this is the minimum We oaunot therefore expect any reduction in this direction, though after all the question is shall we have the proposed extension or not. With a de- creasing population, a declining commerce, and general decay all round, there surely cannot be any thing in such a state of things which onlls for an extension of the gas area, especially when it is found unable to make the two ends meet; beside wo are living at a time when we may at any moment find the few remaining difficulties in electric lighting entirely removed Where then would it be likely we might expect any return fox the. jM.OOQ. The value of electric light 18 already sufficiently known to make anyone who has seen it ardently long for its introduc- tion into his native town. Why then should Haverford- west bo an exception ? We have lagged behind the times long enough, aud have had to pay doarly for our sloth Nature has provided us with inexpensive means of propulsion in the river Cleddau which flows through this town. What then prevents our using this force for driving electric generators with which our streets and public buildings could be beautifully illuminated at fully 40 per cent. under the price now paid for gas I have not minute statistics, and can only therefore givo a rough estimate of the cost of the plant and machinery necessary. (1st) Three powerful water wheels, such as those now possessed by Mr Evans, proprietor of the saw-mills, who would, I feel sure, readily render every assistance in his power to further such a scheme. Then there would be the electric machines or generators which could be net down at about £700. These would be capable of working from 60 to 70 lamps, not more than 30 of which would be necessary for street lighting. The lamps might be set down at from 30s to jE2 each. As to the laying of the wires, that would depend entirely upon the method adopted. They might be laid in tubes under ground, or tacked to the buildings in wooden oases. One thing is cotain, the whole would not exceed C2,000, and the annual cost of lighting could not exceed X200. Add to this another £ 100 as inte- rest on money borro'wed, and you still have a saving of LZOO on the present gsa lighting; a nice little sur- plus. which would go as interest on capital required for water supply and drainage. As to the slaughter. house, it will pay for its-If. I earnestly commend the foregoing to the rate- payers, and beg that they will-ere recording their votes—dismiss from their minds all personal prefe- rences, and have regard only to the real interests at issue. It may be very well to talk about the delaying or draining, and the adequacy of the present water supply but I would remind our municipal authorities there is another governing body who, if these neces- sary improvements are not carried out, will take the matter into thoir own hands, and in that case no one knows what would be the bill to pay. Please bo good enough to insert the above, as it may be of some value to those who have to pay too often dearly for their whistle. Yours, Oct. 30th, 1883. AN OUTSIDER. HAVERFORDWEST BOARD OF GUARDIANS. I '1'0 the Editor of the Haverfordwest Telegraph. SIR, -I venture once again in the interests of humanity aud justice to ask you to be kind enough to give publicity to the following letter which I addressed to the Haverfordwest Board of Guardians at their last meeting, but which they have altogether declined to ontertain, though for what reason I am unable to discover. I should be glad if they would have the caudour to state the grounds of their present course of action, though I suppose that would bo more gonerout; than their functions would admit of. They may succeed in resisting all my efforts to reach them. There is one course which I feel I shall be fally justified in taking, I can place the particulars of my case in the form of a pamphlet before the public, and also hand it to the committee of the Society for the rescue of the Blind from the miseries of Workhouse life. They will be glad of such evidence as they find it diffioult to enlist public sympathy. Indeed few of the public are aware of the internal miseries which are inseperable from being an inmate of the Work- house. -————— To CAPT. HIGGON, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD. Siit,-As I have so often troubled you with com- munications having reference to myself and family, I deem it my duty to apologise for this intrusion. When you were good enough to road my last to the guardians, I am informed Mr George Phillips, in moving that it be not considered, took upon himself to mak e certain statements calculated not only to misrepresent the real sta e of the case, and thus to prejudice the guardians against me, out ne aiso staled what was really incorrect. For example, he said He is a strong and healthy man aud ought to work." Now, sir, it would be easy for me to produce unquestionable evidence that I am subject to a com- plaint which more than one medical man has told me may at any time prove fatal, beside I sustained an injury to my neck when a boy unfitting me for stooping, a position unavoidable in basket-making. Then there was a sum of money said to have been subscribed for me. True, such a scheme was started, and one gentleman whose name I am not at liberty to use, headed the list generously, but the whole did not amount to more than a third of t.b» sum actually > 3. quired. I have some withies and too is for basket- making, but all that I oould earn by repairs would barely be sufficient to pay the rent of a room to work in. I should be glad of an opportunity to meet Mr Phillips on the question. I flatter myself I would not fail to convince the guardian he had made a glaring mistake. I am sorry to find my little blind girl has beou returned from the Swansea Institution, but am rather surprised to bear it said she is not in full possession of her intellectual faculties. Well, sir, I maintain it is beyond the capacity of any casual observer to say whether she is or not, I, her father, claim to be the best judge of that matter; had the child been in my care instead of her grand. mother's these last two years, this difficulty would not have arisen, in this I am borne out by several mem- bers of the committee, who ought to know me, better than any Guardian on your board. I understand it is now proposed either to send her back to her grand- mother or retain her in the house, as circumstances may require. Now, sir. should either course be adopted it will prove equally fatal to the development of her mind. I should like to ask here, on what ground your clerk has refused to allow me the child when I have asked for her out for a few hours. I have frequently told the Guardians by keeping my wife in the house they do me a serious injury, and when I last wrote I intimated I was willing to take a sum of about JE15, and so relieve the rates from any further charge. If that does not meet your appro- bation, I hear mother has just taken a cottage and she is willing to share her home with her daughter in-law and children, provided you relieve them oiit. Now, I believe my wife when not interfered with would be equal to the task-of preparing the little girl for school, I am myself as-destitute of means as it is possible to be, and have suffered privations which in many cases have completely wrecked my health. I might justly apply for relief as some of the Guardians know, but judging the board from the altitude it has hitherto assumed towards me, I fear I shall not get it, though it is certain my constitution will sooner or later give way, and it is just possible I may be found dead one of these winter days. In that case, I suggest the Guardians ask themselves, who must bear the re- sponsibility. The poor-law provide that all persons destitute should be relieved from the poor rate, and it further gives discriminating power, so that Guardians may deal with each case according to its own merits, though what in your opinion may be the basis of that merit, I have not yet been able to discover. I shall not further trouble you at present, but should be glad if you would ask the board to give me an hearing on Wednesday next. I am, Your obedient servant, I JAMES PHILLIPS. I "ON JOTTINGS." I To the Editor of the Haverfordwest Telegraph. Sm,-Since my last communication to you, the publisher of the Pembrokeshire Herald, encouraged, I presume, by the increased patronage bestowed on the sale of his weekly" issue, through it may be, the entertaining, but at the tame time libellous, contribu- tions of his aid-de-camp, under the cognomen of Pem," has followed up the now departnre with further Jottings," stift more virulent and malicious than the first of the series, to which my letter was a reply, and of such enlarged dimensions that I should think would suffice to cover even the square of a "printer's devil's waistcoat," if the imp be of reason- able proportions. I fear your space is too valuable to justify me in occupying it at such length as I might feel inclined to do, in repelling the impudent attacks levelled against me in the columns of the Herald; therefore, I will confine my remarks to the narrowest limits. I have already replied to No. I of the "Jottings' attacks, passing by the reference made to Mr Coun- cillor Williams's extraordinary power "of prioking a wind-bag as cleverly as anybody oscillating between Haverfordwest and Philadelphia (query Florida.") That is conceded. No. 2 of the series is made up of course ingredients which may not inaptly be yclept hash. It was Quarter Sessions week ani the County business (so says Pem ") was transacted in close imitation of the tactics of the Haverfordwest Town Council, so that after all the abuse showered upon that representative body, for the manner in which they go through their work, their tactics are deemed worthy of imita- tion even by the County Magistrates and hence I sup- pose, they are commented upon by "Pem." I shall not follow his renafks upon the Bench, but leave that to the Clerk of the peace (of Gloucester, I presume), as he is stated to be an impar- tial and faithful expositor of the statutes at large and has enough to do. Of COUrsÐ the" Town Clerk" and the famous Bethany Quarry'' are the theme of some half-dozen disjointed paragraphs, referring to one of the "ugliest affairs" which ever came before the Council, and as such em- phatically endorsed by Pem." This is relegated to Mr Councillor Williams's wonderful powers of letting off the wind with the writer's suggestion that the operation should be performed in darkness. No. 3 of the series is more elaborate than its pre- cursors, and deals with far more and graver matter, and I suppose is intended, as a kind of relief to the monotinous and ponderous report of theTown Council which occupied the best part of the' four columns of our last page." Herein, I engross six or seven distinct paragraphs interspersed, it is true by way of relief to me, with "Jottings," on The Priory Church of St. Mary the Virgin" and tbe unorthodox changes which have taken place within Pem's recollection, not only in the character of the service, but in the extraordi- nary modus operandi of the new vicar -in actually dis- establishing the very Corporation seats (themselves beings the patrons) in which the Mayor and his brethren had sat for more than 300 years forsooth," and a voucher for the cost of erection could be found amongst the Cor- poration records Well may Pem" exclaim with prophetic vision, Things may not always so continue as they are now and any Mayor in time to come, who may wish to revive the ancient custom (sic) of going to church with his brethren, will finl-, to his astonish- ment that there is no civic space for him and his companions• Peva" Ut- -t.a that some uøt.u- nished" member of the Corporation should make 11 enquiry touching the change." Very proper Mr Pem." I shall leave Pem and the Vicar to settle the question between themselves, bat before doing so I must say I place great reliance upon Pem's dicta on these ecclesiastical questions (if he is the individual I opine he is). His ancestral connection with the church of St. Mary (old style), dating back to the good old time when "John Banner and other wor- thies of that ilk, with euphonious sobriquets flour- ished, but, strange to say, some of their names are left out of the second edition of Christopher-Cobbe- Webbe's interesting little history of Pembrokeshire Parishes. His connection moge immediately with the the bellfry and churchyard, as well as the pews, must make him a reliable authority and if ever the question turns up (as it possibly may) at the Municipal Board when I am "ad viser," I shall certainly submit a case to him for his opinion at my own cost, because I am supposed to know every- thing. Indeed, "Pem" ought to be able to know, from his church connections aforesaid, the real difference between high and low" church services. Before returning from this digression, I wish to say that I feel indebted to "Pem" for associating me with the parson "in his reserved columns," but he certainly has departed from the rules of etiquette, as practiced by the beau monde of the "oyster vil. lage," daring my sojourn there, by placing the clerk before the parson. Having had a free classical edu- cation, and mixed so much with clerical aud fashion- able society, this is to be wondered at. Pem refers to the note under the hand of the facetious gentleman, yolept, the Town Clerk of Haver. ford rest, which was published in your paper of the previous Wednesday. The production, he says, "is characteristic of the writer, and some passages in it remind me of the habits of the feminine sect of the beau-monde (for the interpretation of the phrase please ask the town clerk) which flourishes iu the oyster silkiA of T It appears to me, and others, that the reference to the place of my nativity, and its fashionable society, is used with oontempt, and meant as an insult. "Pem" has made many, but he never made a greater mistake. I am proud of the picturesque little oyster village, nestling as it does in a valley, and surrounded with the seats of some of the oldest and wealthiest families of the shire, with names that have prominency in Fenton's History. I emerged from these scenes of my birth, nearly half-a-century a<o, and have remained stationary ever since, and look back with pleasure upon the little oyster village, and its lovely scenery, which even Christopher Cobbo-Webbe. Gent, confessedly "lacked the power to describe but as to which Fenton in his history says Language is too weak to give an adequate idea of-that Pembrokeshire cannot parallel and few counties can surpass." If "Pem" feels interested in my geneology, he will find that my maternal ancestors (the Wilkinses of the Hall) flourished for hundreds of years in that little village, and occupied a highly respectable posi- tion, and were freeholders of the county of Pembroke and of the town and county of Haverfordwest long before the race of 11 Pem" was imported into this country, and to whose memory there remains many memorials in the churchyard of the old parish church, along with other notabilities known to history. Pem tries to wriggle out of a dilemma by say- ing he did not blame me for the scanty publicity given to the notice of the recent Local Government Board Inquiry, and that he meant nothing more than that 1 acted as bill poster to that board. That's oontemptably low." He also quibbles to get out of another fix. I gave him in inches the size of the posters. He meant, he says, the dimension of the printed matter, and that the type which announced the important meeting oc- cupied a very small space in this very small sheet. For his information let me tell 11 Pem the notice was surmounted with a wood-cut of the Royal Arms, and headed in bold inch type. With respect to the hypothetical straight waistcoat which he suggests should be provided, T think it would be a good idea if he would make a formal application to the Local Government Board to provide one for himself with the money they ought to have laid out in providing larger posters, and in advertising in that extensively circulated medium, yolept Pembrokeshire Herald, to whose columns he is such a valuable contributor of abusive literature, to be used by him as aud when the Town Clerk may dictate. I lDut apologise for !nving occupibd your space so fully this 'veek, and muMt ask you to grant me a simi- lar indulgence, in future, if the occasion arises, for me to defend myself against such a slacderera.s "Pem." Y ourll trulv. HENRY DAVIES. Haverfordwest, 29th Oct,, 1883.
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"BETWEEN YOU AND ME." It appears that the friends of Lord Charles Beresford are not at all jubilant over his reception by the electors of the Pembroke Boroughs, and are a little less confident of that ambitious nobleman's return than they I professed to be a week ago. The prelimi- nary "walk round" has turned out a some- what flatter proceeding than Charley's sponsors at all bargained for, and ought surely to open their eyes to the folly of opposing such a strong candidate as Mr H. G. Allen. But then eye-opening is a process strongly disapproved of in Conservative circles. I've never yet met a true professor of that antiquated faith who was desirous to be enlightened. Sometime ago I was in conversation with two very eminent local Tories, who seemed much perturbed at the increasing tendency of the age towards Radicalism. Ah," said one of them, we shall never again see a good old Conservative Government in power! Education is completing the evil which the Ballot began." "True," responded the other, with a melancholy shake of the head, I too true, indeed! We had our day before I men learnt to read. But now, hang it all! every fellow who can buy a penny newspaper has the infernal impudence to think for himself and worse than that-to vote as he thinks without any regard to his employer or his landlord It's abominable, sir, abomin- able I could only smile. I must confess though that apart from all I political differences, I was grievously disap- pointed in Lord Ber esford's powers as a speaker. I quite expected, after reading the the eulogistic reports of the Pembroke and Tenby meetings, that Toryism in this be- nighted clime had happened to hit upon a re- vised and improved edition of William Pitt, and that the constituency would excite the rancorous envy of all others in having secured the services of this Boanerges of the Waterford family. What was my dis- appointment then when I had to listen to a mild attack on the Government, culled in a hesitating manner from copious notes, evi- dently arranged with as little discrimination as force. Mr Gladstone hasn't much to fear from such criticism as this. It was of the feeblest type, and utterly failed to arouse the enthusiasm of even the Milford Conserva- tives I noticed one of that ilk looking nervously round to make sure that he was really in a Tory meeting. The poor fellow couldn't make it out at all and was evidently com- paring: the proceedings with the much livelier programme provided by Mr Harben on the occasion of his brief but warm courtship of the constituency. The Insurance Agent knew as little about the science of politics as the bluff commander of the Condor" does, but then he had a smart if somewhat coarse tongue, and could say stinging untruths of his adversaries in a way that couldn't fail to go direct to that part of the anatomical machine which does duty for a heart in the breast of a Milford Tory. Mr Harben could bully the other side," but Charley wasn't even up to that. I have been informed that it is extremely doubtful whether my Lord Beresford will trouble the constituency after all. He thought to have received an ovation wherever he went, and must therefore have been con- siderably staggered at the general lack of interest which has marked his candidature. I know, as a fact, that he is bitterly disappointed at the coolness of his reception. Even violent opposition would have been preferable. To be treated as a political nonentity (however closely the cap might fit) is galling to an ambitious and not over-modest man. During his Lordship's stay at Picton, I have no doubt he saw much to admire in the exquisite loveliness of the views to be ob- tained from the Castle and the Grounds on ,whtc? it ?tand&?JK he had a_taste for ancient history the archives of the Castle afforded him ample scope for gratification. But after all I can fancy hearing him para- phrasing in sadness the lines of an old sea song which runs thus :— Oh my strength is failing fast, said the Sea King to his men, I shall never sail the seas, as a conqueror again." The paraphrase which would naturally sug- gest itself to his Lordship's mind if he knew only half as much of the Pembroke Boroughs as I do, would be of this kind — "Oh, my hopes are fading fast, says his Lordship now and then, I shall never visit Picton as a candidate again. Not as a Candidate my lord, you will have enough of that if you once go to the poll. if. I wonder who will be the winning horses in to-morrow's municipal race. From all I can gather, it promises to be a sharp and close contest all round. Of course each of the candidates is chock full of promises, and is the only man who thoroughly understands the needs of the town. But that's always the case. Self-distrust is the first thing which a Town Councillor throws overboard. My own opinion is that instead of vague promises of "studying interests," and exer- cising "strict economy," candidates would find far more favor with the public if they pointed out a line of action which, if followed up, would result in the saving of a few hundreds a year to the ratepayers. ♦ I venture to affirm that there is not a single member of the present Council who does not know how from £ 200 to Y,300 a year may be saved to the ratepayers merely by adopting a business-like way of managing their affairs. Well, why don't they do so you will ask ? The answer is a simple one. Conser- vative and Liberal interests would be affected by the change, therefore things are allowed to crawl on from year to year unchallenged by either political party. » I am extremely sorry that Mr Farrow has withdrawn his name from the list of nomina- tions, for he was a painstaking, useful and energetic member. His conduct in the Chief Magistrate's chair has been all that his best friends could have desired. He has shown firmness tempered with a pleasantness which has become proverbial, and a close attention to his duties in every department which calls for the highest commendation. It's a thou- sand pities that the town must lose such valuable services, say I, and there are very many who will agree with me. THE INVETERATE GOSSIP.
I Thomas Wales, a Leeds betting man who has lately sustained heavy losses, attempted to commit suioide on Saturday afternoon by cutting his throat with a razor. He is now at the infirmary, and is not ,expected to live. I THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.—The j Right Hon. Sir Stafford Henry Northcote, Bart., 1 G.C.B., M.P., the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons, completed his 65th year on I Saturday, having been born in Portlaod-plafce, London, on Oct. 27, 1818. It is a singular fact that the right hon. baronet began public life as private secretary to Mr Gladstone, when Secretary of the Board of Trade, from 1843 to 1845. THE WKI-SH CHARACTER.—Mr A. Kastsrly, St. John's College, Cambridge, writes to the Daily News :-May I quote in support of the character for uprightness of the Welsh nation, which has been so strangely attacked by Mr Homersham Cox, the fol- lowing from Churchyard's "The Worthiness of Wales They likewise triumph so much of fidelitie that the very name of falsifier of promes, a murtherer, or a thief, is most odious among them and such regard have they one of another that neither in market towns, highway meetings, nor public sssemblies, they strive for place, nor show any roysting, for, instead of such high stomachs and stoutness, they use friendly salutations and oourtesie." Churchyard wrote his opinion on authority, for hs says I have not only searched sundry good authors for the confirmation of my matter, but also painfully travailed to try oat the eabstanae of what-is written," and one can easily understand how painful his travelling must have been from the state at that time ) of the roads of the beautiful country.
NOT THE MAN FOR PEMBROKE. Lord Charles Beresford will make a mess of it at Pembroke, where we hear he has produced a very bad impressios, in spite of his being affectionately dandled on the lap of his dry nurse, Lord Cawdor. Lord Charles is evidently not aware how unsympa- thetic the relations between the House of Stackpole and the Pembroke voters have ever been, and what a hold on the people's affections the old family of Allen of Crescelly have long had, in spite of all the sops of its political adversaries. The present mem- ber, Mr Henry Allen, need not fear any stranger on the stump who may have been temporarily persuaded that Welshmen could be twisted round the finger with a little cheek and a dash of blarney. Meyrick of Bush, landlord of half the Dockyard voters, him- self of the Cymry, and backed by all the clan of the Gallic Thane of Cawdor, could make no bead against the steady decision of the men of Pembroke and Milford to have for their representative a known and trusted neighbour, and a member of a staunch and consistent old Whig family and Lord Charles may rest assured it will require more powers than a modest man like himself can fancy he possesses to shake the hold Mr Allen has acquired upon the seat. To him it may be a spree. The Carlton people know their man and send him on a forlorn hope, a sort of cutting-out expedition-but this is unfair to the gallant sailor. It would indeed have been more wise to have sent him to Devon port, where Arnold Foster, if sure of his own election, could hardly expect to carry with him his ultra-Radical partner in the can. didature, even if both of the sitting members are doomed to say good-bye to their old constituency. Even Portsmouth or Chatham might have been a more happy hunting-ground for the adventurous Irish sailor if he was bent on making a hopeful dash to represent a dockyard constituency But wherever he goes he must do something and say something more hopeful than he has been saying and doing at Pembroke. There, instead of attempting even to pose as the jolly sailor, he seems to have flopped on the Pembroke platform and floundered about like a little flat fish out of water. The Government forsooth had done many things during the last four years not in the right way." Its measures and policy were not what they were taught to regard as Liberal laws and doctrines H Egypt, which gave him the chance of a little distinction, and consequent extin- guishment, which enabled him to earn a trifle as a newspaper correspondent, and to refuse with blue fire a decoration which probably his conscience told him was improperly offered-even Egypt, and the wear and tear of our phips, were mistakes of the Government; and, to crown all, the rascals who had I the spending of the nation's money on ships a:?d dockyards "had spent more than the Conservative Government did Bravo, Lord Charles Of course they have done so, and will continue to do so, and to build ship upon ship as fast as their political opponents and the taxpayers will let them. Men like Lord Charles make many slips of this sort; but I let our readers at Pembroke Dock take note of the fact, as vouched by the gallant officer, that the Whigs, in spite of their gammon, have hoodwinked the taxpayers, and spent more money in wages at Pater than the Tories. Mr Allen should take care, lest it be brought home to him that Lord Charles is merely an agent in disguiee.-Broad Arrow.
LINKS IN THE HISTORY OF PEMBROKESHIRE. By Author of "Plain Talk." I CHAPTER I. -PUOLOGUE. Pembrokeshire, on many accounts, is a noted county. The many nations that have visited its shores, and laid waste its land, render it conspicuous among the eonnties of Wales. In many respects its history stands unique, and no writer, that we know of, has yet manifested the power or the desire to do justice to such an important subject. Pembrokeshire history remains to be written, and he who undertakes such a task, must needs rise very early in the morn- ing. Perambulating and gossiping scribes there have been of old, and some of them continue until this day. We do not intentionally seek to damage the reputation of the works of such erratic writers, which are only provincial in scope, and narrow, and one-sided in character. Though we thus speak, we do not for a moment assume the pretentious air of a paragon, we only lament that the history of eur beloved county has never been told, and wonder whether it ever shall. Too often the writer has been a Churchman, and has failed to conceal his episcopal politv in treating upon civil history. For instance Malkin complains of the squalid building at Fishguard, without either spire or tower.The Churchyard affords, in some sort, a market-place. Neither have they built for themselves much better i than for God. Lewis in his Topographical History of Wales," relieves his conscience towards the Dissent- ing community with a touch of the pen, only mention- ing that there are "places of worship for Methodists, Baptists and Independents in such and such a place." Fenton traced, with much ingenuity no doubt, the pedigree of the Barons, Lords and Esquires, back to the third and fourth generation, and many like him- self, have failed to see a church in the absence of spires and steeples. Wales was long considered an integral part of England in politics, and Churchmen considered episcopal history synonymous with national history. But to any candid mind, this ill only the gloss of bigotry and the manifestation of the cloven foot of sectarianism. This is writing for a church under the pretence of writing for a nation. Wales is a nation of Nonconformists, and Pembroke- shire is not the smallest among the tribes. This may be tantamount to saying, that no churchman is equal to the task, for there is so much to awaken hit. jealousy and put him on his mettle, for even in Dewsland where the mother Church still claims the dnes, she has long ago lost the people. The patient sufferings of Non- conformists have been passed over by the historian in silenae, and even to-day, a writer, himself a Noncon- formist, can blunder as follows, when comparing dis- senting interests, of to-day with those of former days :-He says, The Established Church has now recovered the preference of many who would never have left their parish church if they could then have had the religious privileges which were elsewhere offered them." Such language betrays unpardonable ignorance, and is calculated to mislead the unwary. He also takes for granted what he should have proved, save, that all Dissenters were once within the pale of the chnrch. It did not occur to him, neither did he make it his business to inquire, whether the Church- man himself may not legitimately be called a Dissenter. That Nonconformists prefer the Establishment we deny in toto. We Disaent from her as a matter of principle, not of policy. An Established Church to us. has always been unacriptural, burdensome upon the State, and detrimental to freedom and progress. These men seem to us, to make history instead of writing it, for the Catholic Church, in their estima- tion, is the Church of England, and the highest oivism for the community are in store for those within her pale. Let this suffice as a proof of the sectarianism and the one sided view exhibited in such works on the history of the county. Feeling then, the enormity of the undertaking, we would rather shield ourselves, under an unpretending title such as the above. We shall try to guard ourselves from affectation, the bane of literature on the one hand, and cant, its elder brother, on the other. We shall try syste- matically to divide Pembrokeshire into divisions, group them together, and treat them in order. We think that we are conscious of the enormity of the undertaking. Perhaps "the wish is father to the thought," and some, after the foregoing remarks may be inclined to laugh in their sleeves. Nevertherless, we must nail our colours to the mast, and persevere, knowing that if we touoh pitch we shall be defiled. Pembrokeshire has been the battle-field of races, which can be accounted for by its peculiar position, and its connection with the sea. Its situation in the extreme West, rather encouraged, than otherwise, invaders, and its insular position tended to facilitate their intention. It is said that every civil commotion that has disturbed England has been felt in Pem- brokeshire. The seenes of this county have inspired the soul of the Bard, and Poets of note, such as Spencer j and Shakespeare, have honoured it with their poetry; here the artist has found scope for his pencil in its picturesqne landscapes, and for generations the Scribes, have found ample material here for the use of their pen, and behold not half has ever been told. Pem- brokeshire has been the home of many ancient families uch as the iWogans, Pictons, Tudors, and Owens. liere kings were cradled, and eminent men saw the light for the first time. Among her sons, may be reckoned Henry VII of Pembroke Asser, of St. David's Fenton, of Fishguard; and Giraldus Cambrensis, of Manorbier. Besides, the county is rich in legendary lore, antiquarian remains, the Cromlechs, Raths, and Tumuli are remnants on the surface, but study the subject, and you will find it grow in your bands, and you may see the almond-tree in full bloom ere you exhaust your task, though you commence in blooming youth. Topographically you have lofty mountains, such as Prescelly, and navigable rivers, such as the Cleddy. Horticulturists would find a pleasant field before them in the ancient gardens of Castellated mansions the caves invite the geologist to pay them a visit, and the home of the hysena, and palaeolithic man is well worthy of a visit. Who would say that the minerals are exhausted that know anything ot its stratas and who that looks upon its ferruginolis waters, but is oonvinoed of the falacy that the only mode of subsistence is agricultural labour and there is sufficient stuff in our biography to fill a volume of no small dimensions. St. Byrnaeh in his peram- bulations, gave the churches his name where he was hospitably entertained, but others were not so honoured. We are inclined to believe that Fenton is very much over-rated, for he followed too olosely in the wake of this old Saint, so that it is not a history that we have ay much as a biography of tho aristocracy, especially those who lavishly enter- tained the writer—where the guest enjoyed luxuries you may look out for the whole pedigree of the host. There are many problems that Fenton does not solve, leaving the writer in the same place as he fouud him. Much of the bisLorv of Cambrensis again, is mixed with the legend, or the so called miracles which that Church to which he belonged, wrouarht. so yo. must "rate the chaff from the wheat. We ag^insay that we do not pretend to write the historv of Pembroke- shire. Someone, after staying in London a few months began to write its history. But having been in the metropolis a year or so, the writer thought the matter would be a rather difficult one, but when he bad stayed there a few year.- he concluded, that such a task was impossible. This story, without any exaggeration, may be applied to the Pembrokeshire Historian. A subject of such wide dimensions' which is capable of almost endless divisions, and to which you may add addenda upon addenda, aad corregenda after corregenda, is enough to give « the hydrocephalus of which Livingstone oemplaiaoi in the wilds of Africa. Consequently it is a happy relief to have to treat upon" LINKS » THB Hisropf OF PBMBBOKESHIBE." (All rights reserved.)
BIRTHS. On the 28th inst., at North Creawnt, in this town, the wife of Mr John Rees, carpenter, of a daughter. On the 26th inst., the wife of Mr William Owen, of the hospital, North Fort, Liverpool, of a daughter. MARRIAGES. On the 28th inet., at Bethesda Chapel, in this town, (by license), by the Rev. T. Davies, D.D., President of the Baptist College, Mr H. Phillipa, of Prendergast Smithery Works, to Anne, youngest daughter of Mr W. Philpin, of Hollo- way. On the 16th inst., at St. Martin's Church in this town, (by licence), by the Rev. Mr Popplewell, Mr John Thomas, farmer, Rogeston, to Ellen Mary, fourth daughter of the late John Thomas, Cuckoo Grove. On the 30th inst., at the Registry Office, in this town, Mr George Coffee, of Dew-street, to Mies Mary Morgan, of Middle Hill, Freystrop. On the 16th inst., at the Register Office, in this town, Mr Benjamin Davies, son of the late Mr James Davies, Hooks, Dale, to Miss Mary A. Harries, Sandy Haven, St. Ishmaels. DEATHS. On the 26th inst., at Queen Square, in this town, Mary Adelaide, only daughter of Mr George Lewis, aged 13 years and six months. On the 28th inst., at Dale Hill, Catherine, the beloved wife of Mr Johnston-Aveston, and third daughter of the late Mr James Scale, of little Marloes, aged 41 years. On the 22nd inst., at 33, New-street, Daveutrv, (of cancer), Hannah, the beloved wife of Mr Samuel Thomas Tibbits, (late of St. Bridee), aged 45 years. Friends will pleue accept this intimation.
A "LORD'S" SENTENCE ON A PEASANT GIRL. To the Editor oj the South Wales Daily News. SI-In your issue of the 20th instant you give a report of the proceedings at the Carmarthenshire Quarter Sessions, presided over by Viscount Bmlyo. From that report I extract the following Criminal Business.—Mary William, a young woman, was indicted for stealing five quarts of milk, value Ie 3d, by milking two cow? belonging to one William Thomas, farmer, Cmrmaiwas. The chairman sentenced her to 12 months' hard labour. Twelve months' hard labour appears an unusually severo punishment for a crime of such a minor char- acter. The sentence imposed by Lord Emlyn on the peaaant girl is, to my thinking, out of proportion to the offence. Twelve months' hard labour is easily taid, but it implies very much indeed. In this case a young and probably ill-taught woman is banished from society, deprived of liberty, confined within the dreariest of habitations, denied all social intercourse with her kind, coarsely fed, compelled to do monoto- nous and ofttimes degrading because useless labour, and to endure other ignominies and discomforts for a whole year for the sin of stealing Is 3d worth of Farmer Thomas's milk. Is this woman's crime so heinous as to deserve so harsh, and. I would add, so cruel a punishment ? If not, justice has miscarried, or, at least, the law has been administered without that mercy which should temper justice. It is quite possible that circumstances not mentioned in your summary aggravated the offence of which Mary Williams was fonnd guilty. But if such air. cumstances did exist, they would need be of serious import to justify in the public mind the judgment passed by Lord Emlyn. In a day when aged bank directors by misdeeds ruin thousands, and escape with eight and twelve months' confinement; when fraudulent debtors who cheat their creditors of large sums are as lightly dealt with when the watch and money snatcher (who is ready to do violence to ensure his prey) get? off with a term of six months' hard labour; when from the wife-beater a like or less term is exacted and when, as at Cardiff, a brothel-house-keeper is only fined 20s for assaulting and disfiguring for life an unfortunate on whose vice she thrived when these and other greater crimes are so leniently punished, either the law must be unequal in itself or partially administered when, in its name, a young peasant woman is punished with twelve months' ham labour for the comparatively slight wrong ef stealing one shilling's worth of milk. I write this letter in the hope that it may indues some justice and mercy-loving person or persons in Carmarthen to institute a full inquiry into the offence and character of Mary Williams. If it is found that the term of imprisonment displays an undue severity on the part of her judges, the Home Secretary-who is ever accessible—may be induoed to mitigate Lord Emlyn's sentence, and thus, in a manner, equalise the administration of the law. His lordship, I believe, bears a character for per- sonal kindness. He is, however, untrained to the law, while his exalted position sad sssosistinnsr aatmUjr preclude hisa imammu j i b of the poor and their temptations, and from thst sympathy with their trisim. which r woùi qualify him to rightly measure their obligations to society. The publicity of the press is to. day the safeguard of the community, and the sweet corrective of severity or laxity on the part of those entrusted with the ad- ministration of the law. Bv its aid the justice of the sentence referred to may be, and I hope will be, tested. Probably Mary Williams is poor, and, pos- sibly, friendless. If this be so, there is greater reason why her countrymen should espouse her cause in so far as to ensure that justice and law have not been I too hardly meted out to her. To attain this end I feel assured the press will lend every aid. I am, Ac., FEED. W. EVAHB. Cardiff, October 27. FRED. W. EVdB.
EXHIBITION IN CARPENTRY.—It is an- nounced that an exhibition ot works in wrod will be held at Carpenters' Hall, London-wall, in May and June next, including models, drawings, &c., and that medals and prizes in money will be given by the Carpenters' and Joiners' Companies) KAY'S TIC PILLS, a specific in Neuralgia, Faceache, 9 £ d., Is. ldj. postage Id. Kay Bros., Stockport. 1025 MR OSBORMB MORGAN, M.P., ON THE COMING REFORM BILL.-The Right Hon. George Osborne Morgan, M.P., Judge Advoeate-General, speaking at the annual meeting of the Brymbo and Broughton Liberal Association on Wednesday, said It is all very well for Sir Stafford Northcote to say they will not oppose the County Franchise Bill, but they may do worse they will obstruct it. It wiU not be plain sailing. We shall have a strong pall, and a pull all together, in order to carry the measure. It does not signify, for the measure is one against which no reasonable man can offer any logical argu- ments. I have always advocated the county fran. chise, and I think it is twelve years ago sinee Mr Trevelyan introduced the Bill into Parliament, and I seconded it Therefore I am an old stager; aa4 I believe I made the seoond speech on the county franchise, so I am simply sticking to my text; I value the county franchise as a matter of abstract justice, because I think it is a monstrous thing that men whom I see and converse with every day- whose political sympathies are, as a rule, and whose political intelligence is of as high a character as of those who live in towns-should be deprived of the franchise.—A resolution was carried in support of the Extension of the County Franchise Bill. ————.—.
LATEST TELEGRAMS 011 enquiry at the St. Mary's Hospital, this morn- ing the Central News representative was informed that the persons injured in the explosion near Praed Street, on the underground railway last night, were progressing favourably. One man, named William George, sustained concussion of the brain, and has become stone deaf No clue has yet beer. obtained as to the cause of either this explosion or that. near Westminster and the report that cartridges bad been found is incorrect. Major Cunnell, Government Inspector of Explosives, will to-day examine the ia- jured carriages. PARIS, Wednesday.—A telegram to the Ghulois mentions a report that M. Brazza has been killed in a fight with the natives. The report however is uncon- firmed. Lady Sanders died suddenly last evening of heart disease while dining at Buckingham Hall, Wat ton, the seat of Mr W. A Amhurst. M.P. A bulletin issused this morning, sayti —The Bishop of Peterborough's condition has somewhat improved and progress of local inflammation also shews a favourable tendency- h Major Cundell this morning visitedl scenes of the explosion on the district Railway near West- minster, and made a minute examination. He has not yet however arrived at any definite eonclosion respecting the cause of the disaster. Nothing was found except a few pieces of flint and fragments of some substance, supposed to be part of the explosive material. Thel Railway officials are confident that the affair was not an aocident. A serious tire occurred this mornng at Atkios joining shop, South Shields itiie buildings and contents were entirely destroyed. PARIS, Wednesday.—A Central News telegram say IS General Bouet, la'e in command of the French force* in Tonquin, arrived here to-day. The Queen and Princess Beatrice will leave Halmo. ral for Windsor about November 14th. Two more deaths, making three in all, have oc- curred through the explosion at Fletcher's Colliery, Little Lever near Bolton, yesterday. Kiohard and Tnomas Hatch man, father and son, dying this morning. Consols eighth lower. Wheat very quiet. Sir Edward Watkin, chairman, with other officials inspected the carriages damaged in the Praed Street ex- plosion, this morning Their appearance confirms the belief that the outrage w.s premwlitatad, and it is sup- posed to have been caused by some apparatus, probably long bomb, filled with dynamite, placed aciw the metals. It appea.rs that three months ago the Metropolitan Railway authorities were warned by the police that iu- formation foreshadowing some such outrage, and pre- cautions were takes. d
THE TICHBOBNB CLAIMANT.—Mr William J. L. Hooper, of 14, Weardale-road, Lee, Kent, having appealed to the Secretary of State to advise her Majesty to liberate the Claimant on a ticket of leave, the Home Secretary has caused the following commu- nication to be sent Whitehall, Oct. 23, 1883. Sir, —In answer to your letter of the 9th inst., I am directed by the Secretary of State to acquaint you that the convict Arthur Orton, or Castro, will be due for license in the ordinary course in October, 1884.-1 am, Sir, your obedient servant, GODFREY LUSHING- TON.—Mr W. J. L. Hooper." SERIOUS LAMP ACCIDENT.-A serious acci- dent with a benzoline lamp occurred at Lower Mill, near St. David's, on Friday morning. Mr John Owen, the miller, had occasion to get up to attend to his wife, who was ill, and in replenishing a lamp, which was still alight, with benzoline oil, the oil in the bottle ignited, and immediately the whole room was in a blaze. Mr Owen was badly burnt, and a woman who was in attendance upon Mrs Owen was also burnt severely. Mrs Owen's baby was so severely burnt about the mouth that it is not expected to live. The fire was extinguished before much damage to property was done. MEMORIAL TO THE LATE MBS. M. J. LL PHILLIPFI.-There has recently been erected in the eastern corner of St. Thomas Churchyard, a very beautiful memorial stone over the tomb of the late Mrs C. M. J. Ll. Phillips, formerly of Pentypark, in this county. The form of the memorial is a polished fed granite cross on a neat basement of black marble, surrounded by an edging of the last named mate- rial. In the centre of the cross is the monogram I.H.S." The cross itself is elegantly carved throughout with ivy leaves, gracefully encircling the monogram. The inscription is in gold letters beneath a malteso cross. The work, as a whole, looks re- markably well from the Parade, running parellel with the churchyard. The memorial was designed and executed by Messrs. Morgan and Son, marble masons, Mariner's Square, in this town. MUNICIPAL ELECTION. In our second edition last week we gave the names of the candidates and of those who nominated them. The addresses of those candidates have been for some days before the public, and will all be found in our advertising columns. The polling will commence in the morning at nine o'clock, in the usual place, namely, the Market Ball. The contest may be a sharp one, but there is no earthly reason why it should not be conducted in a friendly and good humoured manner. Let no paltry private feelings of bitterness or ill-will be im- ported into a purely business transaction. The retiring candidates who seek re-election are Mr S. Thomas and Mr W. P. Ormond. Mr Isaac Rob ert, who has previously filled the office for six years, offers himself in the room of Mr Farrow, who has resigned. The new candidates are Mr Geo. Jones, Mr T. Baker, Mr W. Reynolds, and Mr Wm. Davies. DESTHUCTION OF TELEGRAPH WritEs.-A remarkable occurrence took place between Solva and St. Davids during the storm which prevailed on the 15th instant. About 400 .yards of telegraph wire were completely destroyed about a mile and a half from St. Davids, and the telegraph apparatus in the office of St. Davids was also injured. Very small portions of the wire were recovered, and these were F lengths varying from a couple of inches to about 18. They appeared as if they had been fused in the fire some pieces were found united at their sides in the form in which they would be placed when soldered together. The occurrence is, we believe, unexampled in the history of telegraphy, and is being investigated minutely by the professional a"sistants of the Post Office. The protector at the Solva Office was damaged, but the other instruments received no injury whatever. DEBATING SOCIETT.—A very interesting and instructive discussion on the abolition of income tax took place last Friday evening. Mr Girdler in. troduced the subject in the negative, and supported his position in a maiden speech of no small interest. The debate was continued by Messrs. Munro, Arthur Evans, Jsmrs PhillipR, Bangh, John Lewis, and Rev. John Jenkins, with much animation and thoroughness. W. J. Jones, Esq., filled the chair and proved himself by his tact., good humour, and courtesy as well as by his readiness and pleasantness of speech to be the right man in the right place. Next Friday evening Mr William Owen will open the debate on the ques. tion of Marriage with a deceased wife's sister," and it is expected that Messrs. George Leader Owen, Phillips, LiwiR, and others will take part. The chair will be taken at eight by Mr J. Evans. We under- stand that Mr Bowcn Rowlands, Q.C., as already announced, will give a lecture during the session, and Mr Leader Owen has consented to follow suit. SOUTH PEMBROKESHIRE INDEPENDENT ASSOCIATION.—A large gathering of ministers and delegates of the South Pembrokeshire Independent Association met at Sardis, on Monday last, to hold their quarterly assembly. The Rev. W. A Griffiths, Nar- berth, presided over the conference. Resolutions were passed in support of the forthcoming measure of Mr Dillwyn for the disestablishment of the Welsh Church, on the more general support of the Nonconformist news- paper and of denominational magazines, on the Luther commemoration and missions generally, and upon several qnesMons of a more local interest. The special sermon on "Old Faiths on their Trial" was preached by the Rev. J. Phillips, Zion-hill. Rev. J. H. Lochore, of Haverfordweet, and the Rev. L. James, of Amroth, were deputed to attend the liberation con- ference to be held at Swansea. The aaaociation at this meeting adopted a new rule, viz., to elect a chainpOjMbc f**hola wkas aosriaw Iii. year of office, is to deliver two addresses on pressing su bjects. The Rev. John Lewis, of Tenby, was unanimously elected to this post. THANKSGIVING SERVICES.—During the pa t few weeks harvest thanksgiving services have been held in connection with the parish of St. Thomas, in dif- ferent places. On October 10th, there was a thanks- giving servioe at St. Thomas Church, which was very well attended, so much so, that though every available space was occupied, many had to go away from the church unable to enter. The service, simple of the kind, showed traces of care and trouble on the part of the choir, and their painstaking organist. The anthem, which was an exceedingly pretty one, was well rendered, so also were the psalms and hymns. An eloquent and appropriate sermon was delivered by the Rev. F. C. Harrison, vicar of St. Mftrr's, which was listened to with marked attention. The thank- offerings were devoted to the infirmary as usual. In the following week services were held in the out- lying-mission rooms of Portfield and Merlin's Bridge. The attendance at each of them was extremely good. The services were hearty as usual. The thankoffer- ing were also devoted to the infirmary. We noticed that the dccorntions were very pretty, and reflected great credit on those who arranged them, and also on those who so willingly contributed their flowers, fruit, and vegetables to so laudble flU object. The amount collected in St. Thomas was f7 178 2d; at Merlin's Bridge, 10s 7d; and at Portfield, JE1 16s 4d. THB FIRE KNGINE.—Our worthy Mayor did "the right thing" on Monday morning last, before retiring from his official position, in ventilating the town fire engine and personally seeing it put into operation with a view of testing its efficiency in the event of its services being unfortunately required in any emergency. His Worship, accompanied by Councillors W. Williams, Baker, and James, the Town Clerk and Surveyor, met at the Corn Market House, (where the engine is kept), at noon and under the direction of Superintendent Williams, the engine being supplied with water from the well in the Market and tne nose Drougnt ouc into Hill-street, was vigo- rously worked by the employees of the Corporation and recruits, on the exterior and rocf of the Market House, in a very effective manner, and its operation was then extended to the walls and floors of the interior of the building, which we are sure were much refreshed by the saturation which they underwent. It was amus- ing to watch the disappearance of the Accumulations of cobwebli under the cold water process and the con- sequent scuttling away of the unconscious occupants whose repose was so unexpectedly disturbed by this movement. We commend the Mayor for his forethought, he is shaking off his official connection with the Body Corporate and this process, we presume, was emblematical of his washing his hands of them, or in other words throwing cold water upon them in return for the warm receptions he has often met with during his civic reign. There was one thing which struck us forcibly, the Police Force one and all, put their shoulder to the wheel and actually perspired in the performance of the duty, but from a superfluity of 14 condition," their lasting poweis were not up to the mark. Could not this essential quality be im- proved by more frequent practice on the engine and more walking exercise in the direction of Prendergast pellucid Sandpool, and the Borough Boundary at Portfield Gate. We only throw out the hint for the mayor eleot. Another thing we noticed that the Mayor was called upon for baosheesh" from the recruits according to custom as stated by the Superintendent. The various fire insurance offices represented in the town should be asked to contribute largely to a fund for the establishment of a "Fire Brigade," as in most other Boroughs, and we have no doubt that they would cheerfully do so. as it is their interest to protect insured property against the ravages of fire. The suggestion is worth consideration and we shall refer to it again.- Communicated.