WR have just completed another addition to our NBWPRT FURNISHING sinus, Bringing their total length up to nearly A QUARTER OF A. MILE A vast avenue displaying an unrivalled collection of FURNITURE n in Three Grades, viz.— PLAIN, SUBSTANTIAL, VERY INEXPENSIVE FURNISHINGS FOR THE COTTAGE, ARTISTIO FURNITURE of moderate Price for the YILLA, Productions of the Highest Character for the MANSION. P. E. GANE'S (Late Trapnell & Gane's) establishments at Newport, Cardiff, and Bristol, now form one of the LARGEST PRIVATE CONCERNS IN THE COUNTRY, with operations extend- ing to all parts of the kingdom. Beautifully Illustrated Catalogues for either of the sections named above FREE ON APPLICATION. All Goods Delivered Free. Gang, ( Late Trapnell & Gana) HOUBB FURNISHER, 161 and 162, COMMERCIAL STREET, NEWPORT. Sales by Auction. JOHN H. EENNIE, BY EXAM. For many years with Mr. Thomas Parry) AGRICULTURAL and GENERAL AUCTIONEER, VALUER, LAND AND ESTATE AGENT, &c., 6, SKINNKR-STREET, NEWPORT. Newport Cattle Market Every Wednesday. Sale Fixtures. Nov. 2S.—Fat and Store Stock, Newport Market. 30.-Househ( ld Furniture, 6, Skinner Street, Newport. Dec. 5.—1st Christmas Fat Stock Market. 5.-Horses, &c., Clarence Place Reposi- tory, Newport. 12.-2ud Chistmas Fat Stock Market. By MESSRS. MARFELL & I,OOLE. New llouse Farm, Llansoy. SALE OF Household Furniture, DAIRY UTENSILS, FARMING IMPLEMENTS, AND EFFECTS, the Property of MRS. ALICE FROST, who has instructed MESSRS. MARFELL AND POOLE to SELL BY AUCTION, upon the premises as above, on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH, 1900. INCLUDING- Large churn by Hathaway, small ditto by Neale, large and small cream pans, 7 milk tins, cream strainer, butter tub, salting stone with bench, oak chest, large meat safe, oak dining table, leather- covered settle, 5 dining chairs in leather, easy chair and 6 rail-back chairs, arm ditto, Pembroke table, 8-day clock, bookshelves, fenders, fireirons, iron qlnd wood bedsteads, feather bolsters, pillows, enamelled and painted dressing tables, washstands and ware, large and small toilet classes, box ottoman, 3 cane- seated chairs, pole and rings, sundries, &c. IMPLEMENTS comprise wagon, horse rake, cake crusher (Taunton), hay maker, sack cart, hau I rake, 900 gallons of casks, 110 gallons of cider, long harness (nearly new), ditto, ditto, short harness, bushel measure, pikes, rakes, and sundry tools. Sale at 2 o'clock. AUCTIONEERS' Office, Trostrey Court, Usk. SECOND ANNUAL SALE. Pentwyn Farm, Goytre, Close to Nantyderry Station. MESSRS. MARFELL AND POOLE ARE favoured with instructions from MR- HENRY KNIPE, to SELL BY AUCTION, on the premises as above, on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH, 1900, MHead of Well-bred HEREFORD AND SHORTHORN CATTLE, viz.:—2 dairy cows with calves, 1 ditto in calf, 2 fresh barrens, 3 two-year-old Hereford bullocks, 8 two-year-old Hereford heifers, 2 yearling steers, 6 strong Here- ford calves. 60 YOUNG RADNOR EWES, 3 RAMS; 1A CART HORSES AND COLTS, including llf grey cart horse, 6 years old, 16.2, suitable for town work, black cart horse, 6 years, 16 bands; cart mare, 6 years, 14.2 cart mare, 5 years, '4.1 cart gelding. 4 years ditto, 3 years cart colt, 2 years; cart filly, 2 years; ditto ditto, yearlng, cart colt. 10 Strong Store Pigs, 1 Sow. I 60 Head of Poultry. 30 Tons Swedes, 10 Tens Mangolds in Suitable Lots, to go off. Luncheon at 11.30. Sale at 12.30 Sharp. Auctioneers' Offices: Trostrey Court, Usk. I For the Pipe THREE NUNS TOBACCO. NONE NICER—loz., 2oz., 4oz. Sold Everywhere* J. and F. BELL, Ltd. GLASGOW- "=' ..r' Cyclists, tight IJp. Saturday, November 24th. 4.59 Sunday, f, 25th 4.58 Monday, „ 26th. 4.57 Tuesday, 27th 4.56 -Wednesday, 28th. 4.55 Thursday, 29th. 4.54 Triday, 30th. 4.53 .Saturday, December 1st. 4 53 [Being One hour after Sunset.] I By Mr. THOMAS PARRY. MONMOUTHSHIRE. f Parishes of Llangeview and 1. Gwernesney IMPORTANT SALE OF FREEHOLD FARMS AND LANDS. MR. THOMAS PARRY has received instructions from the Executors of the late E. J. PHILLIPS, Esq., J.P., D.L., to conduct a SALE BY AUCTION, at the WESTGATE HOTEL, NEWPORT, on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH, 1900 at 3 o'clock in the Afternoon (subject to the Common Form Conditions of the Monmouthshire Incorporated Law Society, and to such other Conditions as may be then and there produced) the following valuable Freehold Properties; viz: LOT 1.—All that compact and Valuable FREEHOLD ESTATE, known as "SLOUGH FARM," situate in the Parishes of Gwernesney and Llangeview, and distant about 2 miles from the town of Usk, containing in the whole 117 Acres, 2 Roods, 30 Perches, or thereabouts, of rich Arable Meadow, and Pasture Lands, Garden and Orcharding, with suitable Farm House and Buildings, in the occupation of Mr. JOSEPH WILLIAMS, as yearly tenant. LOT 2.-All that very desirable FREEHOLD LANDED PROPERTY, known as "CHURCH FARM," situate in the Parish of Gwernesney, and distant about 2 miles from the town of Usk with Farm House, Outbuildings, Yards and Garden, and about 98 Acres of very useful Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, and Orcharding, the whole being now and for many years past in the occupation of Mr. J. T. E. Jenkins, as yearly tenant. This Lot offers an admirable site for the erection of a residence. LOT 3—All that FREEHOLD COTTAGE, with Outbuildings, Garden and Orcharding, situate in the Parish of Gwernesney aforesaid, and now in the occupation of George Dobbins. LOT 4.—All that FREEHOLD COTTAGE and Garden, known as CHURCH COTTAGE," situate in the Parish of Gwernesney, aforesaid. Full Particulars with Plans are in course of preparation, and may be obtained, with Cards to View, on and after November 21st, an application to the AUCTIONEER, Albany Chambers, Newport; or to MESSRS. DAVIS, LLOYDS. & WILSON. Solicitors, Newport. Auction and Estate Offices, Newport, November 7th, 1900 By MESSRS. STRAKER & SON. Monmouthsbire. Parishes of Abergavenny, & Llan- gattock-juxta-Usk. VALUABLE FREEHOLD FARM FOR SALE. MESSRS. STRAKER & SON will SELL BY i" AUCTION, at the ANGEL HOTEL, ABERGA- VENNY, On TUESDAY, the 11th DECEMBER, 1900, At Two for Three o'clock in the Afternoon, subject to Conditions of Sale to be then produced, and in the following or such other Lots as shall be determined at the time of Sale. LOT I.-All that Valuable Freehold Farm, Situate in the Hamlet of Hardwick, in the Parish of Abergavenny, and in the Parish of Llangattock- juxta-Usk, both in the County of Monmouth, within three miles of the excellent Market Town of Abergavenny, and known as "THE VEDW," otherwise" Fedwisaf," now and for several years past in the occupation of Mr. William Sheen, as yearly tenant (with Lot 2) at the annual rent of X45. This Lot comprises an area of about 40 Acres. 3 Roods, 3 Perches, of capital Meadow, Pasture, and Arable Land (only 6a. Or. 15p. being Arable) with Farm House, Pig- gery. Fowl House, Barn and Cow House, Stable and Chaff House, and is bounded by the Estates of Sir William Thomas Lewis, Bart., John Owen Marsh, Esq., Jenkins, Esq., and Pritchard. LOT 2.—All that PIECE or PARCEL of MEADOW LAND (part of No. 896 on the Ord- nance Survey Map), situate on the side of the Main Road from Abergavenny to Monmouth, in the said Hamlet of Hardwick, and lying between Ty-Pwll and Llangattock Lodge, the properties of John Owen Marsh, Esq., and the representatives of the late Mr. John Richards respectively. This Lot I contains an area of about 2 Acres, 2 Roods, 39 Perches, I and is an admirable site for the erection of a Villa Residence, it being on the side of the Main Road, within half-a-mile of Penpergwm Station (G.W.R.), and only two miles from Abergavenny. A Plan of the Property and a copy of the agree- 5 ment for tenancy may be seen at the Auctioneers' Offices, Market Street Chambers, Abergavenny, from whom further particulars may be obtained as also from Messrs. GABB and WALPORD, Solicitors, Abergavenny; or W. H. BELCHER, ESQ., Solicitor, Newbury. Usk Shire Horse Company Colt Show, 1900 THE COMMITTEE of the above beg to tender i their best THANKS for the following SUB- SCRIPTIONS to their Funds:- £ a. d. L s. d. Per Dr Boulton [Llangibby Hunt] Half to go to the Usk Farmers' Club Mr P. D. Phillips. 0 10 6 Mr W. Pegler I1 0 MrJ Young. 0 10 6 Mr H. Duckham 010 0 Mr W. T. Ford 0 10 0 Mr E. Phillips 0 10 6 Mr R. qearle 11 0 Mr D. A. Thomas, M.P.110 Mr F Da vies ..220 Mr C Crawshay .100 Mr F. Phillips 0 10 6 Mr—Scard 0 10 0 Mr R. Mann 0 10 6 MrJ. W. Bevnon .100 11 7 6 Half. 5 13 9 Per Mr. Nabor Crump Messrs Foster Brothers, Gloucester 0 10 6 Mr John Robinson, Bristol 0 10 0 iNIr Tom Crii in T), Monkswood 0 5 0 Mr Thomas Morgan, Estavarney.. 0 2 6 Mr Nabor Crump ,.050 Mr Trotman. Pantycuckoo 0 5 0 Mr Parker. The Court, Pontypool 0 5 0 2 3 0 Per Mr William Matthews Mr Charles Nicholson, Llwyncelyn 0 10 0 iMr Phillips, Llansoar 0 10 0 Mr J. A. Gaskell, Court Blethin.. 0 10 0 The Newport and South Wales Wine and Spirit Co., Ltd. 0 5 0 Mr Walter Williams, Wine Mer. chant, Newport .050 Mr W. D Jenkins, Caerleon 0 10 0 Mr J. C. Li-wellen. Newport 0 10 0 Mr G. B. Nicholl, Newport 0 10 0 Mr Arthur. Cefn Llech. 0 5 0 Mr W. B, Piillen, Ton, Tredunnock 0 5 0 Mr James Bevat), Llandowlais 0 2 6 Mr Wm Matthews, Twyn, Llan- aibby .050 Mr H. Davies, Shaftesbury Hotel, Newport .050 Messrs Smith Bros., Corn Mer- chants. Newport .026 Mr T. Evans, Tredunnock ..026 4 17 6 Per Mr William Marfell Messrs Marfell & Poole (prizes) 1 10 0 Mr R. H. Marfell, Llancayo 0 5 0 Mr A. H. Watkins, solicitor, Usk 0 5 O Dr Boulton 10 0 3 0 0 Per Mr Joseph Williams I Mr J. Williams, Court-y.brychan 6 § 0 Mr John Jame, Pertbcretig 0 6 Mr Robert Hall, Cwmffrwdd 0 2: 6 Mr Henry Knipe, Sunnybank, Griffithstown .026 Mr William Knipe, Cwm Farm, PontypooI 0 2 6 Mr H. F. Edwards, Globe Hotel, Pontypool.. 02 0 Mr John Frost, The Bush, Llansoy 0 2 6 Mr Arthur Williams, The Mardy, Llanisben 02 6 Mr Charles Edwards, Llanfoist 0 2 6 146 Per Mr C. J. Francis: Mr Albert Lewis .050 Mr Thomas Whitehall 05 0 Mr S. Griffin, Coedypaen 05 9 Mr C. J. Francis, Llangeview 0 5 0 ————— 100 Per Mr George Edmunds M r C. Voyce Usk .100 Mr Joseph Davies, Usk. 0 5 0 Messrs. W. and F. Hobbs, Usk 0 5 0 Mr A J. Green, Usk 0 5 0 Mr John Hennessey, Usk 0 2 6 Dr Jenkins, Usk .050 Mr E B Haynes, Usk .026 Mr T. Rees, Prioress Mill 0 2 6 Mr J. H. Taylor, Caerleon 0 2 6 Mr G. Slade, ardy .026 Mr W. B. Gething, Llanbaddock.. 0 5 0 Mr Charles Morgan, Llantrissent.. 0 5 0 Me William James, Llansoy 0 2 6 Mr R. Parker, Rhadyr 0 2 6 MrJ. S. Birrell, Henrkiw 0 5 0 Alr Jolin Haggett, Usk 0 2 6 Mr E. W. Waters, Usk 05 0 Mr W H. Watkins, Christchurch 0 2 6 Mr H. Hunt, Tredunnock 0 2 6 Mr J. J. Edwards, Usk .026 Major Llewellin, Pontypool 0 2 6 Rev G. M. Williams, Llanllowell 0 5 0 Mr S. A. Hiley, Usk .050 Mr William Bunning, Usk 0 5 0 Mr P. Ault, Usk 02 6 Mr J. H. Salter, Usk .026 Mr Walter Sweet, Usk .026 Mr Leslie Lucas, Usk .026 Mr George Edmunds, Usk ..050 Mr Peter Marrell, Clytha ..026 Mr Thomas Leech, Raglan 06 0 Messrs Townsend and Son, Raglan 0 10 0 Mr R. W. Spencer, Graigolway 0 5 0 Messrs Probert Bros., Cwm 05 0 Mr Jaoies, Llancayo .0 5 0 Mr Joseph Harris, New Inn, Pontypool 0 5 0 Mr H. A. Williams, Penarth, Llan-< gibby 05 0 Mr Stead. Llanbaddock.026 Mr R. Rickards, TLe Priory ..050 ————— 8 10 0 Per Mr George Mundy Self .050 Mr H. Addams-Williams, Llwyn- Celyn .050 Mr Edward Williams, Llanusk 0 5 0 Mr H. A. Addis, Usk .050 Mr E. Waddington, Beech Hill ..050 15 0 Per Mr William Lewis Mr Albert A. Williams, Penypark 2 0 0 Rev H. A. Williams, Llangibby ..026 Mr C. James, Llangibby 05 0 Mr F. Price, Llangibby.0 5 0 Mr William Richards, Llangibby 0 10 0 Mr E. S. Williams, Llangibby ..050 Dr F. Rutherfoord Harris, M.P., Llangibby Castle .5 0 0 Messrs Lewis and Son 0 10 0 Mr John H. Rennie 010 6 Mr W. Lewis .050 ———— 9 13 0
I The Coming Copper Boom. Mr. Francis Hart's report on the New Rio Tinto Copper Company, Limited, contains some striking conclusions. After a very minute examination of the properties, and a comparison of them with the Rio Tinto, itself, he alleges that the outcrops and formations are absolutely identical, and will richly repay the proposed immediate and active development which the Company are at present undertaking. Labour is cheap and plentiful, and judicious expenditure must convert the new Rio Tinto into large and profit producing copper mines. The issued capital is only C248,000 in fully paid shares of :£ 1 each, and while the X5 shares of the Rio Tinto are quoted at X57, New Rio Tinto shares are dealt in on the Stock Exchange at 5s. to 6s. People who buy at this price certainly seem to have the opportunity of making large profits with a minimum risk. The report is worth the careful consideration of any investor.- Whitehall Review.
Lord Tredegar's Show. Lord Tredegar's 82nd annual show, to be held at Newport Cattle Market on Tuesday and Wednesday next, will be as great a success with regard to the number of entries received, as any of its predecessors, and in some departments the classes are remarkably well filled. A larger number of Shorthorns will be exhibited than were seen last year, and Herefords will also be well represented. Entries for sheep are weaker, owing to the outbreak of scab and the stringent regulations. Among the 21 classes for horses, the number of competitors for the prize offered to the owner of the best cart mare is exceptionally large, and, as usual, the cob classes are strongly filled. Entries closed with the first post on Thursday morning.
LARGE CONTRACT FOR STEEL RAILS.—The Ebbw Vale Company has booked an order for about 10,000 tons of steel rails Jor the West Australian Government. Sale by Tender. Timber and Coppice Woods. TO BE SOLD BY TENDER. Dingestow Court Estate, Monmouthshire. LOT I.-The fallage of the Graig Wood, containing 21'î Acres, situate in the parish of PENY- CLAWDD; with 42 Oak and 2 Ash and 3 Birch Timber Trees numbered white, and 1z4 Oak Stores dotted white. LOT 2.—133 Oak Timber Trees, numbered red, and 8 Oak Stores dotted red, standing in the GRAIG LEAZE BRAKE adjoining Lot 1. LOT 3.—39 Oak, 34 Elm, 1 Larch, 1 Birch, 3 Ash, and 6 Beech Timber Trees numbered white, and 10 Oak Stores dotted white, stand- ing in the Hedge Rows, &c on the Estate. MR. WILLIAM GRIFFITHS, Keeper, Dingestow, near Monmouth, will show the Lots. For further particulars and forms of Tender. which must reach this office, on or before the 1st day of DECEMBEH, 1900, apply to FRANCIS HOBBS, Estate Office, Troy, Monmouth.
Births, Marriages, & Deaths. Announcements of Births, Marriages and Deaths are in- serted at a uniform charge of Is each, unless such words as No cards, No flowers' are added, when the the charge will be 2s 6d. All announcements must be authenticated. Postage stamps may be sent in payment. Lists of Wedding Presents are inserted at the rate of Is 6d per inch in depth,
APPOINTMENTS, &e., FOR WISER Ending Dec. 1st, 1900. Nov. Sat. 24-Pontypool Petty Sessions, 11 a m. Sun. 25—Twent -fourth Sunday after,, Trinity. Mon. 2-Monmouth Cattle Market. Tues. 27—Abergavenny Market. Wed. 28-Newport Cattle, Cheese, & Corn Mkts. Abergavenny Petty Sessions. Sale of Household Furniture at New House Farm, Llansoy, by Messrs. Marfell and Poole. Thur. 29 -Cwmbran Petty Sessions. Sale of Farming Stock, at Pentwyn Farm, Goytre, by Messrs. Marfell and Poole. Pontypool Board of Guardians. Fri. 30.—St Andrews' day. Dec. Sat 1—Pontypool Petty Sessions, 11 a.m.
I n Lord Roberts. Fortunately the alarming report that reached London, on Wednesday, from an unofficial source, that Lord Roberts had been thrown from his horse and had sustained severe injuries, has been some- what modified by a message from the Commander-in-Chief himself, which the War Office published on Thursday. The wording is:—"Horse fell with me on Sunday, and bruised me somewhat. Am doing work, and hope to be about in a few days." So idolised is Lord Roberts by the troops, so trusted by the British Empire, that any misfortune to him is regarded as a national disaster, and hardly indeed would fate have dealt with the Field Marshal if, after the loss of his only son early in the war, and the anxiety he has recently experienced in the serious illness of his daughter, he himself suffered severe injuries in this protracted South African campaign. England has lately had many opportunities of welcoming her heroes, and the RECEPTION ACCORDED TO GENERAL j BUIXER j throughout his journey into Devonshire was the spontaneous outburst of a nation's gratitude to one who had displayed undaunted courage, perseverance, and tactical skill through many weary months. Lord Roberts's reception, when he reaches this country, will undoubtedly be arranged on the most gigantic scale, but up to the present he is unable to fix the date of his departure from South Africa. He intends finishing his work there for certain, and the only hope of an early return to England is that he will find it possible to leave the country in Lord Kitchener's strong hand, after having laid out a scheme of military administration. The veteran Field-Marshal has borne the brunt of an arduous campaign, and his experienced hand is needed for the chief control of the Army now. r
I The War Office Astir. I There is evidently an awakening going on at the War Office, if we read aright the Circular ordering commanding officers to arrange for the delivery of lectures to all ranks on military ficientin.c subjects during the coming winter. The instruction to be given by this means to officers is not to be confined to mere question and answer based on the drill-book of the branch of the Service concerned, but will consist of lectures on various subjects, comprising the drill-books of the other arms, minor tactics, the choice of suitable ground for defence, the practice of stratagems, and the customs of war as usually practised by civilised nations in the field. The work may also be occasionally varied by setting simple schemes, or devising situations on a map, and then calling upon officers, irrespective of rank, to work them out quickly. The relative lectures to the men will be delivered by officers commanding squadrons, batteries, and companies. Special attention is to be directed to outposts, scouting, and other kindred duties in the field. This may look like taking a leaf out of the German book a little, perhaps, but it is a change to be entirely commended.
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[We do not necessarily endorse all our correspondent writes.-ED. C.O."] THE LATE PTE. BAYLIS. The following letters received by the wife and mother of the late Pte. T. Baylis, it may be presumed, are a sample of the sympathy ex- tended by officers commanding and comrades in arms of many who have fallen in South Africa of wounds or disease, to loving relatives at home —expressions which help to lighten the heavy load of tribulatiou Station Hospital, Vereeniging, Transvaal, 8-10-00.-To Mrs. M. Baylis—Dear Madam, a letter has just been received by me in regard to your eon, Thomas Baylis, 2nd South Wales Borderers, who died in this Hospital, 13-6-00. from enteric fever. Your son died peacefully, and rather suddenly, in my presence. He was not, at the time of his death, conscious, nor was he in any pain in fact, to the best of my knowledge, he never suffered any pain throughout his illness He never mentioned anything to me or to any of my orderlies in regard to home affairs, but, as I say, he had been unconscious for some time before his death. He has been buried in a pretty little graveyard here, and a cross has been erected to his memory.—Yours truly, C. S. SMITH, Lieutenant, R.A.M.C., Medical Officer in charge of Hospital." Kru gersdorp, Transvaal, South Africa, October 10th, 1900.-Dear Mrs. Baylis,—It is with much regret that I write to tell you of the death of your husband, Thomss Baylis, of G. Company, South Wales Borderers, at Vereeidging. He was sach a good soldier in every way—cheery, hardworking, and a credit to the Regiment and a great loss to the Company. We were all much grieved at his death. It was enteric fever which proved fatal; so many of our brave soldiers who came out to serve their country and Queen have been killed by it. I returned 20 of his letters to you last week. We have been incessantly on the march, and so far away from where your husband was taken into hospital that we had no news of his death till after you heard it England. I have written to the principal Medical Officer, Vereeniging, concerning his death, and will forward it to you as soon as it reaches me. You may rest assured that he received the best attention, and whatever medical comfort he needed. Yours in sincere sympathy, H. H. BROMFIELD, Captain of G. Company, S.W. Borderers." Krugersdorp, 10-10-1900.—Dear Mrs. Baylis, I am writing this note to sympathise most deeply with you in the death of your husband. Having been in my Company I had the opportunity of knowing him well, and of forming an opinion of what a really good all-round man he was. We have all missed him greatly-both officers and men. He was taken ill soon after we crossed the Vaal River, in the advance on Pretoria. I last saw him at Johannesburg on his way to hospital. He looked quite well and cheery and told me he was all right and would soon return to duty. This was at the beginning of June. From this I conclude he must have been sent to Vereeniging and contracted enteric there. The first intimation of his death was on returning here from Potchefstroom last week. So you will see that it was impossible for us to let you know sooner. Believe me, yours truly, W. O. Pritchard, 2nd Lieut., G Co." 2nd South Wales Borderers, Krugersdorp. Transvaal, South Africa, 10th October, 1900.—My dear Mrs. Baylis,—It is with great regret that I now write to you regarding your late husband I had known him for about 14 years at home and in India where we served in the same Company for upwards of four years. Please accept my own heartfelt sympathy with you in your sad trouble, and that of the non-commissioned officers and men of G Company, and would you kindly convey the same to his mother, from yours sincerely, W.Xeppy, C-Sergt., G. Company, 2nd S.W. Borderers."
War Telegrams. I The following dispatch from Lord Roberts was issued by the War Office on Wednesday :— JOHANNESBURG, November 20th, (9.15 a.m.) Hunter telegraphs that he has received a communication from the commandant at Thaba N'chu reporting that a commando advanced yesterday from Dewetsdorp towards Wepener, but returned in the evening. The strength of the commando is, apparently, about 800. The Boers have shot nine natives in the neighbourhood on the suspicion of having given us information. A native reports that Police-trooper Brown, who was missing from a patrol yesterday, was killed by a Boer dressed in khaki. Brown and the Boer conversed, believing each other to be ftiands, but the Boer was the first to discover his mistake. Wynne reports from Standerton that on the 19th an observation post from Waterval Bridge was attacked. One man of the 13th Hussars was wounded. Also reported that Coionel Bewicke Copley has returned with his mobile column, having cleared all the country west of Standerton and Vredo road between the Vaal and Klip Rivers. He brought in a large amount of confiscated sheep, cattle, and foodstuffs. He also escorted in Boer families with cattle, who claim our protection. The casualties during the operations were •—Thorneycroft's, one man killed and one officer wounded. The general officer commanding in Natal reports that Coke, marching from Wakkerstroom to Mollsnek, encountered a few Boars, wounding one. Hunter, from Bloemfontein, forwards a report from Colonel White at Aasvonel Kopje, stating that on the 19th he dislodged parties of the enemy from a strong position. They numbered about. 200, and retired rapidly in the direction of Petrusberg. We had no casualties. Rundel reports from Harrismith that he is gradually clearing the country. Lloyd's column, on its way back from Reitz, captured a large amount of cattle and food- stuffs. Boyes* column, which is now moving from Vrede to Harrismith, clearing the country, has accounted for 22 Boers killed during his recent ,operations. Hunter raports that he has received from the post at Staydons Dam the following account of recent action there-, The post consisted of 100 constables. On the 16lh, at three a.m., a picket was attacked. Sergeant Hamilton, with ten men, made a fine defence until his ammunition gave out, when be surrendered, having lost three men killed. Two of the picket escaped into the camp, and the rest were taken prisoners, but afterwards released. The main camp was attacked at the same time by Boers, who kept up a heavy fire until elevon a.m., when the post was summoned to surrender by Herzog. The summons being disregarded, at noon firing re-commenced, and lasted till 7.15, when the Boers retired. We lost two men killed. A native reports six Boers killed and ten wounded. General Lyttelton reports that on the 19th an outpost of the Buffs south-west of Balmoial was surprised. Our casualties as at present reported are six killed, five wounded, and one officer and 30 men taken prisoners. The post has since been re-occupied, four Boer prisoners being taken and five Boers found badly wounded.
I lonmoulMiFe Assizes. 11IALEGEU w,) E 11. 1 UY AT USli John Price, 48, publican, Rosa Price fbi& daughter), 19, barmaid, and Frederick. William Lewis, 34, labourer, were charged with committing perjury at Usk, on the 30 h August, in tb., evideuce given by them" respecting all oath on. the hearing of a certain infoitnatio i at a Court of Summary Jurisdiction." Mr. Morton Brown prosecuted, and Mr. J- Corner defended. In charging the Grand Jury on Thursday, Mr. Justice Lawrance said one of the mst important cases they would b called upon o iuves igate was that in which three persons we e charged with committing perjurv under the following cir- cumstances. John Price, who kept the Queen's Head Beerhouse, Usk, was summoned for permitting drunkenness. The case against him was that a man. named Joseph Jones, who had been in the Army, had been -erved wii h diinkia the house when in a s ate of drunkenness. There was no doubt Jo-ies was in the h use, and was drunk while there The Prices and Lewis swore that Jones came in shortly before closing time, that nothing was drawn for him there, and that all be had was two drink- of beer from that which, others had before them, and which Price could not prevent. On the o her side it was said that the true state of the case was that Jones some time between 8 and 9 in the evening, after having been drunk, gone home, and got sober, went, to th& house and was there two or three hour" playing quoits or rings or something of that kind upon a table with the landlord and others, and beings served with drink. Of co-irse if that bad been proved that would have substandard the charge made against Price of permitting drunkenness. When before the magistrates, however, the three prisoners said the man Jones did not come into the house until nearly ten o'clock, and that he was not served with drink thera, in consequence of which the charge wan dismissed The case now was whether they had committed perjury—which evidence was true ? Later in the day the Grand Jury returned a true bill in each case. On the application of Mr. Morton Brown, the Judge decided thai the case should not be heard until the morrow, as there were then three or four other casei3 to be dealt with FRIDAY. [BY SPECIAL VVmE FROM OUR OWN REPORTHR.1 MONMOUTH, 1.45 p.m. IMr Corner raised technical objection to indictment, on the ground that fit was absolutely- bad, in consequence of figures being used instead of words throughout for dates, etc., and quoted Archibald and Saunders. His Lordship said he had power to amend which he exercised, and refused to state a case, as being useless. John Price was first charged. The witnesseH were urdeied out of Court. Mr Brown opened for the prosecution. Later. After lunch, Mr Dunning produced photographs of public-house, which Mr Corner alleged were taken unfairly, but his Lordship said he could see nothing unfair ab heni. John Henry Salter read transcript of notes, and was not. cross-examined. Evelyn Wadding on gave formal evidence, and was followed by Joseph Jones, who spoke of his doings on the day, winding up with visit to the Queen's about 7.30, when he paid for drinks and played rings with Price. Cross-examined Price was there practically all the evening. Wiruess knew what was going on until nine o'clock, when he became too drunk. Joseph Harvey said Jones came into the house at quarter-past eight, and paid for drinks. He repeated former evidence. Cross examined Witness admitted a long record of convictions, including a term of penal I servitude, but he had not been in trouble sitice 1895. John Bennett was next called.
Later. Bennett said Jones came into the house half- hour or three-quarters after him, and paid for a. sleever of cider for him. That night a little before or after nine o'clock. Price was in and out of the bar, but he did not see him playing. Evidence of Mary Jane Day showed Jones WaR: in the Queen's between eight and nine, and until after ten. Other witnesses, followed but nothing new transpired. Mr Brown and Mr Corner having addressed the jury, evidence as to character was given, and his Lordship summed up against the prisoner whom, the jury after a short consultation found guilty, but with,, a strong recommendation to mercy,, thinking it due to anxiety and indiscretion. VERDIC r. His Lordship having consulted with Counsel, the other prisoners were put up and pleaded guilty. Price was sentenced to eight months' the others discharged under First Offendere Act
Monmouth Whiter Fair. Monmouth Winter Fair was held on Thursday, anct the supply of cattle was the largest for many years. Sheep, as usual at this fair, were not numerous. Th& supply of horsei was scarcely up to the average. Pigs were not well represented. Trade in store cattle was? dragging, the supply being more than equal to the demand. Best fat beasts sold quickly, as did useful. milch cows and cows and calfs. The horse trade was scarcely as brisk as formerly, but good heavy carters, and smart roadsters changed hands freely. The few two-year- olds on offer were all sold. Cart horses made. from X48 to £¡O, pit horses X30 to L40, 'bus horses £ 2S to .£30, and two-year-old colts X25 to X20. Quotations —Best beef, 6d to Pd second quality, od to 5id 4 veal, 7d to 7d wether mutton, 7tel to 7 d; ewe ditto, 5id to 6d per lb pork, 10s to lis bacon, 9s 6d to 10or per score. Auction prices :—The following prices wpr& realised under the hammer of Messrs Nelmes. Poole, and Atkins :-Heifers £ 12 to £ 16' 10s bullocks, S,15 to £19 10s; calvas, 24s to 51s wethers, 4os to 51s j ewes, 29s to 41s 6il; lawbs, 16s to 31s 6d bacon pigs,, £4 2s 6d to £ 6 12s 6d.
A FARMER'S APPROVAL OF A CATTLE MARKET. To the Editor of THE COUNTY OBSERVER. I am glad to see a Cattle Market is about to be built; in Usk, for the present system is attended with much inconvenience to both the buyer and the seller. The stock at present being distributed from the Abergavenny road nearly to the Prison, in one direction, from the Raglan road to toe Bridge in another, besides being scattered about on the Twyn and about the Town Hall. The buyer is therefore kept walking about from one place to another to look for the stock he requires, and the seller has much difficulty in deciding where to tako his stock to shew. A FARMER. _———
Pealii of sir Arthur r Sulfvan. We regret to announce the death, inILoiidon on Thursday imornitig. of Sir Arthur bullivap; of heart failure, at the age of 5*- Sir Arthur died. quite suddeuly. His health ha been failing ever siuce his visit to Switzerland^ trom which country he "pf" 1, 11 I
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