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The Tniiisvaal Difficulty-I

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[We do not necessarily endorse all our correspondent writes.-ED. 'U.O."] The heavy thunderstorms experienced last week did considerable damage in the locality. A valuable mare belonging to Mr. Bevan, Llao- dowlais, was killed by lightning, and another mare, the property of Mr. Pullio, Tredunnock, was struck by lightning and permanently in- jured. I have also been informed that numerous thunderbolts fell in the district, though none of them appear to have done any harm. Given good weather, the Brynderwen Bazaar, to be held on Thursday next, promises to be a huge success and will doubtless attract great numbers of persons from various parts of the county, as brakes are running from Usk, Ponty- pool, and Abergavenny. Picturesquely situated on the banks of the Usk, Brynderwen with its fine trees and well- stocked conservatories is well worthy of a visit, apart from the attractions of the Bazaar, and I understand that the grounds will be open from 2.30 until dusk, thus affording visitors ample time to wander about leisurely whilst listening to the strains of the band. The Gardeners' Chronicle" gave, a short time ago, the following most interesting account, with whole page illustration, of a noble and magnificent oak upon General Gillespie's estate. "The house, grounds, and estate of Brynderwen are named after this tree. The literal translation of Brynderwen in the Welsh language being Hill of the Oak" (Bryn) Hill, (Derwen ) Oak. The house is built on a low range of hills which run parallel to the river Usk. The tree is 100 yards to the south-east front of the house. The hill range is a Silurian upheaval, and runs from north-east to south-west, commencing about half a mile north of Brynderwen, and extending nearly to the town of Usk, some two and a half miles south. Some 12 feet below the surface there is a fine stratum of gravel, and all Conifers grow here in the greatest health and luxuriance. Oaks flourish splendidly, aud the slopes of the low range aud the banks of the river are noted for the magnificent growth and size of the Beech trees, many of which are well worthy the artist's brush. The back of the house faces the river Usk some 80 I yards distant. From the windows of the house the salmon can easily be discerned when on the move; and a magnificent panorama of the Welsh mountains, including the Sugar Loaf, Blorenge, and Pontypool hills bound the horizon. The following are the measurements of the Brynderwen Oak:—Circumference of bole at ground-level, 51 feet; trunk, at 4 feet from the ground, 22 feet; circumference of gnarled parting of boughs from the trunk 6 feet 6 inches from the ground, 35 feet." The photographs were.taken by Mr. H. Dunning, of Usk, Monmouthshire, a well known local photographer." Mr. A. T. Lawrence Q.C. who has been nominated by the Government, in conjunction with Sir Hugh Owen and Sir James Johnson, the town-clerk of Nottingham, as Commissioners to prepare the necessary orders and schemes in connection with the new London Local Govern- ment Act, is a nephew of Mr. John Lawrence of Caerleon and a cousin of Mr. Lawrence, of Cardiff, the well-known mining engineer. Mr. Lawrence, Q.C., enjoys a large practice at the Bar, chiefly in cases involving knotty points of law or complicated facts. Cricket-followers, holiday folk generally, and —what is of greater real import—farmers also, are crying out now for sunshine. Wet was- a little while back-badly wanted, but now ws have had QUANTUM SUFFICIT. One can have too much of a good thing and Old Sol is preferable in summertide as a constant companion to the man with the watering pot." Jupiter Pluvius has had his turn hey now for the glowing glory of hot J nIy." < Rainy weather has rather marred the pleasure of the spectators at some of the more important cricket fixtures ot late but the inter-Varsity encounter at Lord's provided most interesting play, and drew bigger crowds of fashionable folk to the famous enclosure of the Marylebone Club than was thought immediately beforehand would have been the case. At the battle of the Rival Blues sociality rules, and it cannot be truthfully said that to all who attend the play's the thing"; but ove likes to see the function a success, for we get rattling good cricketers for later fixtures from the banks of both Cam and Isis. How completely old sores are forgotteu is prettily proven by the pacific enthusiasm with which the celebration of the independence of the United States was carried out on both sides of the Atlantic. We have done with the tale of an ancient wrong," and England and America are at one again now. So may the union of hearts continue all through the ages. "'J