LLANGWM. I GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATION.—A gathering -unique in its character took place at Llangwm on 'Wednesday. May 21st, when the golden wedding of Mr and Mrs George Lucas was celebrated, and a large number of relatives and friends gathered together to honour the happy event. A sumptuous repast was provided, to which about 40 sat down, ;.A,nd thin having been done justice to, a meeting was held, which was presided over by Mr G. G. Cule, Baptist minister. Several appropriate speeches were delivered congratulating Mr and Mrs Lucas upon having been spared to fight the battle of life for such a loniz number of years, and wishing them -further happiness and still a long life together. A large number of presents were given by relatives and friends, the most important of which was a iliandsome photograph of the recipients in a massive bronze frame, bearing a suitable inscription to the -effect that it was presented to them by their children on the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding day. Among the guests present was Mr W. Davies, of Bridge Street, Usk, who gave the bride away fifty years ago. The celebrations were continued on the following day (Thursday), when Mr and Mrs Lucas .entertained the children of the neighbourhood at ,their residence, Camp Cottage, Liangwm, to a itea. Congratulations were received from their snany numerous friends residing in the immediate neighbourhood, the Rev E. M. Prothero, vicar of Llangwm, making a personal visit, and good wishes ■"were also extended to them through the post from far and near from a large number of people. 4
MONMOUTH. I Arent.-Mr. Cairrey. Bookseller. Montnout& I SUDDEN DEATH IN CAMP.—Sapper Edwd. Howell, a native of Monmouth, died suddenly in the Militia Camp on Wednesday. BUFFALO BANQUET.—On Wednesday night the Henry V. Lodge, R.A.O.B., held their annual ban- quet at the White Swan Hotel, where Host and Hostess Keddle prepared a capital repast, to which about 70 sat dawn. Primo R. M. Stokes presided, and was supported by Bro. the Rev. C. F. Reeks, Mr Horace Bailey, J.P., "the Right Hon. Sir" A. Wilson Marsh, Past Grand Primo of England, and Grand Seoretary of the Order, ir" C. J. Perry, and "Sir" A. J. Green. The visitors included Primos and brethren from Usk and Pontypool. A ;long toast list was gone through, in the course of which the Grand Secretary delivered an eloquent c.speech dealing with the recent history and develop. ments of the Order, and the plans under considera- tion for extending its philanthropic work. Har- rmony was contributed and a very enjoyable time > spent. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—The usual meeting of this Board was held on Friday, when Colonel Davies presided.The Master reported a still further increase of vagrancy, and, in reply to the fChairman, said quite half of the vagrants were discharged soldiers from the Regular Army. After a long discussion Colonel Walwyn moved that the Visiting Committee be asked to inquire and report what extra building accommodation for tramps (if any) should be provided. This was agreed to.—After a long discussion and a little ■ scene it was agreed to meet in future at 10 a.m. JMr Graham gave notice that at the next meeting he would move that the hour of meeting be again changed to 10 30.—A circular was read from the Wellingborough Guardians respecting the cost of vaccination, and inviting Guardians to appeal to the Local Government Board to have the power of ,äustitutillR proceedings against parents for failing to have their children vaccinated transferred from the Vaccination Officer to the Guardians. The Board decided to support the movement.—The Clerk was granted one month's leave of absence.
R.D.C. MEETING. I Mr S. C. Bosanquet (chairman) presided at last Friday's meeting. On the recommendation of Mr Williams, the sutveyor, it was decided to lower the pitch near the New Park House Chapel, Trelleck, for a distance of about 60 yards, which would occupy a month, during which time the traffic would be diverted down a bye-road. The Rev. L. A. Rees gave formal notice that he would move at the next meeting of the Council that Mr J. G.Wilson be re-appointed medical officer to the Council at the same salary as before.
NEWPORT. j Agents-Atessrs Greenland and Co., Newsagents. I LORD TitEDEGAleg GEN]& ROO ITY. -Lord Tredegar lias generously offered to cover Tredegar Square, Mile End, London, with a large marquee, and to provide tables and seats for 1,000 of the King's dinner guests at the Coronation, at his own •expense.
PONTYPOOL. I Agents-Mr. J. Harding. Market Bookstall, Mr Fieldhouse llAM The Market, and Messrs, Jones and Edwards. I 11. The Market, (¡net AtelJ,r,. JonelJ and Edwards. CYCLING ACCIDENT.-On Tuesday a young man, earned Arthur Jones, employed by Messrs. Sandbrook and Daw, ironmongers, Crane-atreet, JPontypool, whilst cycling home to Penygraig- terrace, collided with two scholars from the West Monmouth School, who were also cycling. Jones was thrown from his bicycle, aud sustained slight anjuries to his shoulder. He was attended by Dr Essex. POLICE INSPECTION.—Captain Terry, accom- panied by Chief Constable Bosanquet, inspected -the sergeants and men of the Pontypool Division of Constabulary at the Town Hall, Pontypool, on Monday. Sergeants Bladon, Edwards, Jones, and Norris and about 20 men were present, under the command of Superintendent James. Supt James then put the men through their drills, under the inspection of Captain Terry, who afterwards Inspected the books and the Police Station, aud expressed his gratification. MAN EXPIRES IN THE STREET.—A great sensation "Was caused at Pontuewynydd on Saturday after- moon by the death of John Phillips, 78, whose home is at Tredegar. Deceased had been in the district for a couple of days, apparently almost destitute. On Saturday afternoon, while on ^•antS* Hil1' ^e wa8 suddenly taken ill. His ..condition having been observed, a chair was brougt from a neighbouring house, and some but without avail, as he p t.nnli wer,^rd8- body was removed ito Pontypool Workhouse. CYCLING ACCIDBNT.-OU Monday morning a «»'« ,err £ ,tC'b«PP«.d Ja Lb named K0136'1 Knipe, o £ the Q parm tontymoile. He was cycling down Markat-atreet Pontypool, when he seemed to lose control of h^ machine, and although he tried to apply the brake it would not act. Nearly at the bottom of the street, where there is a Bharp corner, he had to make a sharp turn m consequence of the traffic i&ut swerved too mucb> aud dashed into the door at -the side of Messis. Holloway. and Son's shop, smashing the panels of the door in, and damaging his maohine very badly. A large crowd collected, -and the young ruall waf, picked up and conveyed to Dr Essex's surgery, where it was found that he had sustained several nasty cuts on the forehead and under the eye.
I URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. A meeting of the Pontypool U.D.C. was held in the Town Hall, en Wednesday afternoon, when there were present: Dr Essex. J.P. (chairman), Messrs F. Probyn, E. Fowler, J.P., D. R--id, W. H. Griffiths, D. W. Simpson, F. James, E. Probyn, J. J. Harmston, J. Rosie, G. Udell, F. Jones, J. Walker, and the officers. I CORONATION DECOEATIONS. Mr Griffiths allked what would be the surplus from the penny rate, after the tea to the aged poor and children had been paid for.—The Chairman: From £10 to X15.-3ir Griffiths: I am in favour of the tea, but I cannot agree that the remainder should be spent upon decorations. -The Chairman pointed out that as the matter had been decided upon, Mr Griffiths was out of order. FINANCH. Balance in hand last meeting 4459 2s 7d paid in since, X216 10s 9d. They were now 989 13s 9d to the bad. GIPSY SMITH'S MISSION. Mr Griffiths said that the sum of £4 Is paid f 'r the use of the market during this mission was ridiculously small.—The Surveyor said that the Council should be paid 91 Is for the market, and the cost of the light used. He had taken the meter every night, and the sum paid was according to the agreement. ISOLATION HOSPITAL. I The report of the Sanitary Committee showed that a letter had been received from the Panteg U.D.C. refusing to join the Pontypool Conncil in the provision of a Joint Infectious Disease Hospital.—The Chairman thought they could not do better than join with Abersychan, who had a hospital which was in a very good position.—Mr James said that the site was too far off.—Mr Harmston said that the gradient of the approach was too steep. He thought that a patient being taken up there would stand a good chance of dying before reaching the Hospital.—The matter was referred back to the Sanitary Committee. PROPOSED IMPROVEMENT. I The Surveyor submitted an estimate of the cost of widening the road near St. James's Church. showing that the total expenditure would be .£513 2s 9d. Mr Hanbury would carry out the alterations to the Park Wall, and would also make an allowance of £ 176 towards the cost of an elevated footway. It would be an excellent entrance to the town, and the total cost would be about £ 280.—Mr Walker said that now Mr Hanbury was willing to meet them. they should take the opportunity of carrying out the alteration, as it would be one of the grandest improvements in the town.—The matter was deferred. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. I Dr S. B. Mason reported that during April nine deaths and twenty births were recorded in tho dis- trict, giving rates per 1,000 per annum of 17.5 and S8.8 respectively. There was one death from a notifiable disease, viz., membraneous croup. He had reoeived three certificates of notifiable disease. viz., scarlatina. This disease was fast disappearing, He resrretted that measles had again invaded the district, but not to any great extent, and it was chiefly confined to the British School district. This being a non-notifiable disease, he got the informa- tion only by the courtesy of those who thought fit to giva it. The amount of nickness had consider- ably diminished in the district during the past week, and he hoped at the next meeting to be able to speak still more favourably with regard thereto. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. I Mr J. Powell reported that he was now diverting the Avon Llwyd River near the Town Forge Cot- tages in order to proceed with the necessary repairs to the retaining wall of the Cattle Market. A large number of the gates to the sheep pens had been much damaged by boys swinging on them. He had found the following numbers of ealves on visiting the Market-street slaughterhouse: 28th April, 1 29th, 3: 30th, 11: 5th May, 7; 14th, 9; 21st, 7 22nd, 2; and 23rd, 1. The scavenging work had been satisfactorily oarried out.
Cricket. USK V. MONMOUTH. Played on the Usk ground on Saturday last in fine weather. Monmouth batted first, and it appeared probable that a good score would be put on, as only five wickets were down for 59 runs, but the remaining batsmen failed, and the innings closed for 71. Usk had no difficulty in hitting off the necessary runs to win, and only three wickets had fallen when the visitors' total was passed. At the drawing of stumps Usk's score stood at 103 for seven wickets, half-a-dozen batsmen having entered double figures. Score:- MONMOUTH. C. G. Beckingham, h.w. b Mayes. 7 H. C. Brierly, run out 8 Lynch, pro. b Mayes 11 W. J. Morgan, b F. Edmunds. 0 Hon A. L. Pelham, run out 21 J. L Entwhistle, b W. F. Roberts. 15 A. S. Littlewood, b W. F. Roberts. 1 J. E. Long, c F. Edmunds, b Mayes.. 3 George Morgan, b W. F. Roberts. 0 A. Ellam, c T. Rees, b Mayes. 1 F. W. Booth, uot out 0 Extras. 4 71 VSK. S. A. Hiley. c Booth, b Lynch 12 F. Hill, c Booth, b Lynch. 13 Mayes. c G. Morgan, b Beckingham.. 25 H. C. Davies, b Lynch. 18 F. Edmunds, b Lynch. 11 T. Rees, not out 14 Rev H. 1. Bates, c Long, b Lynch. 2 W. F. Roberts, b Beckingham. 3 G. Edmunds, not out 2 A. Hiley, Did not bit A. Thomas Extras 3 103 LLANGIBBY CASTLE-MARRIED V. SINGLE. Played at Llangibby Castle on Monday last. Scores:— MARRIED. A. West, b T. Williams 20 F. Price, c T. Williams, b W. Shellard 10 S. A. Hiley, b T. Williams 69 S. T. Griffin, c Shellard, b T. Williams 6 H. Palk, b T. Williams 4 T. Mayes, l.b.w, b W. Davies. 3 R. W. Richarda, not out 0 W. Lewis, b T. Williams 14 S. Cook, b A. Hanners 1 A. Williams, b Hanners 0 R. Hartwell, b Davies 12 Extrae. 8 141 SINGLE. T. Williams, c A. Williams, b F. Price 8 W. Shellard, b Price. 3 W. Daniels, st Mayes, b A. West 5 L. Bevan, c and b Price 20 W, Davies, b Price 8 A. Hanners, c and b H. Palk. 1 H. Harris, b Price 0 C. Prosser, b Palk 4 S. Poulter, b Palk. 6 T. Saddler, not otit 0 r A. Matthews, b Palk 0 I = Extras. 13 68
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Sale of the Beaufort Estates. Wentwood Section In the Market. On Wednesday, at the Westgate Hotel, Newport, the Weotwood Section of the Duke of Beaufort's Monmouthshire Estates was offered for sale by Mr Henry Jonas, of the firm of Messrs Driver, Jonas, and Co., London. There was a large attendance, and bidding was brisk generally. At the commencement of the sale the Auctioneer stated that Gilgal Chapel, Llitnvaches-Lot 30- had been withdrawn, the Duke of Beaufort having presented it to the trustees. The lots offered were all freehold, and comprised 2.650 acres, of which 2,244 acres were included in a trnct called Wentwood, reputed to be the largest wood in England, and said to be a remnant of the primeval forest of Gwent. It was offered as a sport- ing estate, with facilities for the erection of resi- dences with outlooks on the Rivers Usk, Wye, and Severn. There were also included a lodge and several small holdings, while the timber was valued separately at £ 11,824. The lot was withdrawn, there being but one bid of £ 7.500. The total sum realised for the day was £ 5,939. The lots were: Freehold four-roomed cottage at Coed-y-caerau, 1 acre 1 rood aud 17 perches, sold for £ 35 to the tenant. Similar cottage at the same place, with 3 aeres 1 rood and 5 perches of land, XSO, Mr W. Lyndon Moore. Similar cottage at same place, with 3 roods and 18 perches of land, JE32, tenant. Similar cottage at same place, with 3 acres and 33 perches of land, 982, Mr W. H. Jones. Two-roomed cottage at same place, with 1 acre 3 roods and 14 perches of land, JE36, tenant. Four-roomed cottage at same place. with 2 acres 1 rood and 30 perches of land, X52, Mr T. Pullen. Two-roomed cottage at same place, with 2a Or 7p of laud, j656, Mr R. Richards. Four-roomed cottage at same place, with la 2r 39p of land, S56, Rev W. H. Williams. Similar cottage at same place, with 2a 2r 34p of land, J692, Mr J. Humphreys. Upper House Farm, Parc-Seymour, Penhow, and Castell-Prin Wood, with earthworks of an ancient camp, containing in all 48a 3r 38p. The timber on the land is valued at 4207 9s, at which price it was to be taken by the purchaser, in addition to the purchasing money. Sold to the Rev John Davies for £ 560. Four-roomed cottage near Parc-Seymour, with 3a 1r 21p of land, X126, tenant. Two freehold enclosures of land, about la 2r 10p, in Penhow parish, X80, Mr T. Pullen. Freehold property and the Round Wood, Penhow, in all about 8a 3r 38p, JE180 (with £45 10s extra for timber), Mr T. Basham. Garden and orchard, about 28p, £ 49, Mr T. Bush am. Four-roomed eottasre at Parc-Seymour, with about 2r 6p of land, £80, the tenant. Three-roomed cottage at same place, with about la 2r 20p of land, X120, tenant. Corner plot of garden ground, £ 96, Mrs Ruth. "WENTWOOD," I dividing the watersheds of the Severn and Usk. The area is about 2,394 acres, in the parishes of Newchuroh West, Llanvaches, Kemeys Inferior, Penhow, and Llanvair Discoed. It also includes Wentwood Lodge, with 18 acres of land, Bluebell Farm (20 acres and 3 roods), several small cottage holdings (33 aeres and 5 perches), and accommoda- tion holdings of 79 acres and 9 perches. The value of the timber on the land was set down at zCll.824 9s lid. After some delay there was a bi4 of 97,500, but this was the only bid, and the property was withdrawn, the sale sheet being marked "bought in at £ 118,214." Mynydd-Allt-Tir-Fach Common, Crossway Green, freehold enclosures, about 38a Or 3p, £ 750, Mr A. E. Parfitt. Three freehold enclosures, Crossway Green, 14a Or 18p, X320, tenant. Four-roomed cottage, Ltanvaches, with 3a 1 r 32p of land, £150, tenant. Cottage, with 3r lip of land, L.2, Mr E. Roberts. Cottage, with Sa 2r 36p of land, £102, Mr W. H. Jones. Two freehold s nail cottages, with la lr 6p of land, Z66, tenant. Fou.roomed cottage, with la 2r and 26p of land, 988, tenant. Two enclosures of arable land, 2a Or 12p, £ 72, tenant. Cottage, with III. lr 3p of land, Z60, tenant. Freehold grass land, adjoining land belonging to the Newport Corporation, 3a lr 3p, JE60, Mr A. E. Parfitt. Cottage, with 2 roods of land, £ 74, tenant, Cottage, with 3r 30p, Lr)5, tenant. Cottage, with la 19p, jE83, tenant. Five enclosures of arable and grass land, ad join ing Wentwood, 13 3r ép, Cl55, Messrs Griffiths and Sons. Grass land, 18,t lr lp, L105, tenant. Grass land, 13 i lr 4p. X85, tenant. Enclosure of grass land, 6a 2r 5p, JE80, tenant. Grass field, la 2r 36p, £ 20, tenant. Farm, Biecx," adjoining Wentwood, with 11a lr 15p, jel70. Cottage, near Wentwood Mill, with 5a 2r 13p, £ 110, tenant. Cottage, with 6a 2r 24p of garden, orchard, and grass land, jei40, Mr J. Reece. Cottage at "Bluebell," with la Or 17p, L155, Mr J. Humphreys. Stock farm at Pea-y-Caemawr, together with the ruins of Cas Troggy Castle, one of the outposts of Striguil Castle at Chepstow, containing about 68a Or 21p, in the parit3h of Newchuroh West, let at F,25 53, £ 800, Mrs James Reece, tenant's wife. Described by the auctioneer as the cheapest lot sold that day. I "TYE VREE" U Tye Vree" Farm, Golden Hill, Llangwm, about five miles from Usk, containing about 273a of land, said to be a remarkably good Bituatioo, and in excellent order. The rent amounted to £ 195 per annum. There was no bid, and the property was withdrawn. I LLANGWM. Golden Hill, Llangwm, plot of garden ground, £10, Bruton, Knowles, and Co. Freehold enclosures, Golden Hill, 125 2r 3p of land, 1-96, Bruton, Knowles, and Co. Grass Land, 5a 3r 26p, parish of Llangwm Uchaf, L46, Mr T. Williams. Grass land, 10A 3r 15p, with old cottage, on Golden Hill, JE75, Mr T. Williams. Grass land, 21a, with old cottage and garden, E52, Mr T. Williams. Grass and woodland, with the Henvas paving stone quarry, near Lrlwer Goytre Farm, 9a Ir 5p of land (timber LIIO 19s 2d extra), X,125, Mr T. Williams. Freehold frontage land to the River Usk, adjoin- ing St Julian's, near the Great Western Railway Bridge, containing 9f acres of grass land, let to Mr C. H. Firbank at £ 16 per annum. Withdrawn at 4400. I GROSMONT TOWN HALL. It is announced that the Duke of Beaufort has presented the Grosmont Town Hall to the Grosmont Parish Council as a gift, with a free conveyance. The building was erected in 1832. by Henry, seventh Duke of Beaufort, and the gift is gteitly appreciated by the inhabitants. At a t.pe--ial meeting of the Parish Council arefrolation was adopted thanking his Grace for his kindness. It was also decided to place a suitable memorial table ou the building recording the gift A
I Second Day's Sale. I On Thursday, 25 lots comprising manors, tithes, and castles belonging to the Duke of Beaufort's Monmouthshire estales were offered for sale, and before they were put up the Auctioneer arnounced that the Grosmont Town Hall had been withdrawn, the Duke having presented it. together with the market tolls, to the Grosmont Parish Council. MANORS AND CASTLES. I The manors of Kilgoygan and Usk, with the mesne manor of Gwemesuey, producing chief and burgage rents of .£25 7a 8d, sold to Mr Digby Powell for X975. The manors of Trelleck and Trelleck Grange, with an income of Cl6 7d 9d, £ 374, Mr Percy Powell. The manors of Striguil, otherwise Chepstow and Portcasseg, income 911 7s. The lord of the manor has the right of appointing a Coroner for Chepstow and district. The lot was knocked down to Mr R. H. Parnall, for £4:25. The manors of Newport and Caerleon. The lord of the manor has a right to appoint a member on the Newport Harbour Board. The Duke's agent, Mr S. H. Cowper Coles, now holds the appointment. The auctioneer said he was told that the Caerleon District Council had already done something on Goldoroft Common which made them amenable to the law. After spirited competition Mr W. J. Lloyd, on behalf of Lord Tredegar, purchased the manor for X400. The bidding started at £10. The manor of Monmouth, with an income of JE77 2a 6id from chief and fee farm rents. With- drawn at 1750. The manor of Raglan, income .£11 8a 8d, knocked down to Mr W. S. Gustard, for Lord Raglan, at X275. The manor of Dingestow, income 92 7s 6d, 170, Mr Percy Laybourne. The manor of Llandilo Crossenny, with the singularly attractive and interesting ruins of the border stronghold known as White Castle, dating from the early Norman era. The ruins stand on the top of high tableland, and command magnificent views. The area is eight acres and 16 perches, the lot producing a rental of £10 9s 3d. All manorial and other rights belonging to the vendor as lord of the manor of Three Castles in respect of the land shown on the plan of this lot were included in the sale of this lot. The property was knocked down at L500 to Mr W. Graham, who purchased for Sir Henry Mather-Jackson, Bart. The manor of Three Castles with Grosmont Castle, near Monmouth, containing 2a Ir 29p, was sold to Mr W. C. A. Williams for S250. This is one of the border fence castles, and the ruins are picturesquely situated and in a good state of preservation. A unique feature is a watchtower, restored after the period of Henry VIII., while a grand banqueting hall is the largest and best preserved part of the ruins. IMPROPRIATE TITHES. I The impropriate rent charge in lieu of tithes, payable to the Duke in the hamlet of Gwehelog, amounting to the annual commuted sum of X129 16i 5d, tle present value being d687 4s 5d, which amouut is subject to variations according to the price of corn. The auctioneer said that every 6d set down in the list was collectable. Knocked down to Mr W. S. Gustard at £ 1,350. A similar lot in the parish of Llanbaddock commuted at J6125, present value £83 19a 8d. The auctioneer expressed the opinion that tithes would shortly be swept away. The biddings reached tt,050, at which price it was withdrawn, but it was bought in at £ 1,400. Similar lot in the parish of Llandenny, amount- ing to the annual commuted sum of C171 13s 6d, the present value being L115 6s lOd. There was no offer. Llanishen tithes, amounting to the annual commuted sum of j696 11s 7d, present value JE64 17a 9d. Sold to Mr R. H. Parnall for £226. Tithes in Raglan parish, commuted at E119 12s, present value jE80 7a Oil. Bought in at £ 1,250. Tithes in the parish of Usk, commuted at L28 5s 5d, present value XIS 10s Wid. Purchased by Air W. 8. Gustard at 93uo. Tithes in hamlet of Glascoed, Usk. commuted at Zll 12o 9d, present value £7 16s 4id. Purchaser, Mr Percy Powell, 9130. Tithes in Dixton parish, commuted at £ 22 4s 9d, present value XII 18s 9jd. Purchaser, Mr G. F. Colborne, 9230. Tithes in Newchurch parish, commuted at £ 34, present value £ 22 16s tOld. Purchaser, Mr R. H. Parnall, £ 280. I Tithes in St. Arvans parish, commuted at X2 Is 8d, present value £ 1 7a Hid. Mr Parnall, 941. Tithes in Kemeys Inferior parish, commuted at L,24, present value L16 2a 5fd. Mr Parnall, £260. Tithes in Magor parish, commuted at L37 Is 7id, present value £2f) Is 71d. Mr Parnall, L450. Tithes in Redwick parish, commuted -it 9 14 10s, present value JE9 14s 9id. Mr Digby Powell, I ;Clio. Tithes in Penhow parish, commuted at xio 7s, present value f6 19s, Mr Parnall, silo. Tithes in Llanvaches patish, commuted at £21 18s 2d, present value L14 14s 4d. Mr Parnall, L235. This concluded the sale.
Monmouthshire Volunteers. I The annual encampment of the Volunteer Battalions of the South Wales Borderers will take place in Jaly, the corps moving into camp on the 12th of that mouth. Porthcawl has again been selected as the site, and the encampment will be a brigade one. Ot the five battalions of the Borderers which go there, two of them—the Second and Fourth—have their headquarters in Newport, with companies in other parts of Monmouthshire. The total strength of the former is 1,124, and that of the latter 1,008. Colonel Maneel is commandant of the Seconds and Colonel Goss occupies a similar position in the Fourths. The Thirds are also a Monmouthshire battaliou, I with headquarters at Pontypool, but they have no companies in Newport. Colonel Bradney is the officer in command. Of the two remaining battalions, the Firsts are quartered in Breconshire, while the Fifths belong to Montgomeryshire, in North Wales. b J Somewhat later in the summer than the annual training of the infantry battalions, the Monmouth- shire Volunteer Artillery go to camp in August, and like last year, they proceed to the popular spot Portskewett, for a week. Newport is the headquarters of the brigade, but in addition to the local battery, there are two others—one at Risca and the other at Panteg. Colonel C. T. Wallis is the commanding officer. All told, they will not be many short of 500 men in the entire corps. =:õI
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South Monmouthshire Liberal Association. At the annual meeting held in Newport on Saturday, Mr D. A. Thomas, M.P., the president, occupied the chair, and alluded to Colonel Morgan's speech at Cwmbran. They could congratulate Colonel Morgan on the length to which he spoke on current politics at Cwmbran, he said, but he did not think they could be pleased with the temper which he hAd displayed. He, the speaker, did not see why politics could not be discussed in a friendly way and without any unnecessary vigour and acerbity. Colonel Morgan found fault because the speaker had said he owed his seat more to Lord Tredepar than to his own views and convictions. Colonel Morgan talked very I little politics, and when be did speak he invariably referred to my brother Lord Tredegar." Yet when he (Mr Thomas) referred to Lord Tredegar as a figure in politics Colonel Morgan objeoted, and said Lord Tredegar took no part in politics. Biit, P„ionel Morgan said that he was etatinyr win* in Pirliamentary language was "contrary I i' because since the speech at Cwmbran, i, > < Tiedegar had been re-elected president < f Ui-- s u h Monmouthshire Conservative Association, whicii Wôl" instrumental in returning Colonel Morgan to Parliament, and his lordship had also beeu re-elected president of the Monmouth Boroughs Conservative Association, and upon the authority of Dr Rutherfoord Harris, Lord Tredegar took a great deal of interest in that association. Though they in South Monmouthshire bad no personal objection to Colonel Morgan, they would oppose him on political lines, because he did not represent the true views of the electors. Colonel Morgan, in his Cwmbran speech, inferred that Lord Tredegar's popularity was due to his being a peer. He (the speaker), however, differed, and contended that it was due to his lordship's kindness of heart, and the fact that he was one of Nature's gentlemen. (Hear. hear.) The selection of a candidate to oppose Colonel Morgan, was left to a committee.
Monmouthshire Chamber of Agriculture Meeting. There was a large attendance of members of this Chamber at the Beaufort Arms Hotel, Chepstow, on Monday afternoon. Mr Louis C. Wrigley, the president, occupied the chair, and a lengthy agenda was gone through. Mr T. Morris Prosser, secretary, read a report from the Central Chamber which showed that the outbreaks of sheep scab had been gradually decreasing, and a resolution requesting the Board of Agriculture to issue an order for the compulsory dipping of sheep. CODIFYING CUSTOMS I Mr J. W. Staunton, Itton Court, Chepstow, introduced the question of the basis of valuation for unexhausted improvements, and the revision of the proposed scale of compensation approved by the Chamber in 1884. He remarked that he had no personal interest in the matter, being neither a landlord nor a tenant. He did not suggest that if the customs of the county upon the matters were codified, there would be only one custom for the whole of the county. The customs should be codified, so that landlord and tenant should know where they were. He knew there were difficulties, but the result would be worth all the trouble. Improvements should be valued at their worth to the incoming tenants, and the cost of the manure could hardly be taken as the basis. It was a question for consideration by a committee, and he proposed that a committee be appointed to revise the scale of compensation for improvements. He suggested that the committee consist of Messrs W. G. Rees, J. Lipscombe, k. Addams-Williams, Ernest L. Lyne, F. Hobbs, R. Strattou, W. Marfell, Valentine Parsons, J. Davies, W. C. A. Williams, L. C. Wrigley, Stephen Baker, H. Williams, and Seth Phillips. Commander Walters, R.N., seconded, and the motion was carried. Mr Henry Williams considered that the customs varied so greatly in different parts that it was almost useless to attempt to codify them. The basis of valuation was a question for a higher authority than a local Chamber, and he wished the Royal Agricultural Society, with the scientific knowledge at its disposal, would take up the subject. AGRICULTURAL HOLDINGS ACT. Mr Thomas Jones, Church Farm, Llangovan, remarked that this Act was intended to be a just settlement between landlord and tenant, encourag- ing farmers to improve their holdings, but under certain circumstances the landlord could get rid of the tenant, who would have to go to law over the matter of compensation. As this was too expensive he was of the opinion that arbitration should be bad recourse to, and he moved an expression of opinion to this effect.-The President pointed out that Mr Jones's point was already covered by existing Acts, and the resolution, finding no seconder, was allowed to drop. I STRAY DOGS. Mr Richard Hall, Llangwm, proposed that the resolution already passed recommending that all dogs should be looked up at night be re-affirmed, and that the Chamber's representatives at the Cen- tral Chamber should support the motion. This was agreed to. I SPEED OF MOTORS. f Mr Henry Williams moved a resolution urging I the authorities not to relax the present restrictions in regard to the Bpeed of motors. He questioned what had been written as to the superior control over motors, and thought the high speed at which they travelled was a great danger to pedestrians, horses, and to cattle coming out of the fields to the roads adjoining. The accidents would be more than he cared to contemplate if the present regulations were relaxed. Mr C. D. Phillips wrote that it was not so much a question of speed as of proficiency of the driver. Motors were more under control than horses. Mr J. Cropper wrote similarly, and added that there should be a distinctive registered number upon each car. Mr Williams consented to add a rider in favour of registered and displayed numbers being placed upon the cars, and the resolution was adopted, and ordered to be sent to the Monmouthshire County Council, the Central Chamber, and the President of the Board of Agriculture. I SUPPLY OF HORSES. I Mr D. Morrison Storrar, F.R.C.V.S., introduced the subject of Army remounts, and urged that the War Office, now that the reform in favour of lighten- ing transport was in vogue, should go in for a smaller stamp of horse-say, 15 hands or 15.1, in- stead of 16 bands to 16.2-and should be content to pay, say, £35 for three-yeare-olds unbroken. If they would take such horses and receive them at depots for breaking and training, it would be an improvement all round. Remount centres should be formed, and the Government should allow the free use, or at a nominal fee, of thoroughbred entires, not in proportion of one to three or four counties, but tea or a dozen to each county. As an alteiDative he recommended stud farms in all suit- able parts of the country, where mares and horses should run loose together. Welsh mares and thoroughbred entires—especially Arab entires- would produce excellent horses for Army purposes. He proposed that the Board of Agriculture should co-operate with the Wat Office to negotiate for the supply of such horses. Mr A. M. Pilliner seconded, and The motion was agreed to. MILK-BLENDED BUTTKR. A resolution was carried that the Chamber urge upon the Board of Agriculture the necessity of considering as illegal any addition of milk to butter which increased the moisture beyond 16 per cent.
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I Mr. Joseph Lawrence, J.P., M.P. Mr Joseph Lawrence, M.P., has been appointed a Justice of the Peace for the County of Surrey.
I The Protection of Children. M. Paul Blouet, known more familiarly to us as Max O'Rell, remarked, in a book which he published some years ago, that U 0 there was in England a society for the pro- tection of dumb animals, but none for the prevention of cruelty to women and chil- dren. The censure was at the time not undeserved, and although it is not to the same extent applicable now, yet a good deal remains to be done in that particular direc- tion, One is glad, therefore, to read that the King and Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, have extended their patronage to the International Congress for tho Welfare and Protection of Children, which is to be held in July at the Guildhall of the City of London. The Congress is not a new idea, for it was inaugurated in Paris several years ago, and has since been held in various Continental cities' There will be three sections-the medical, the legislative, and the educational and philanthropic-all bearing upon SUBJECTS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE to the human race. None of the three sections is likely to want for topics indeed, it would be easy for qualified persons to write volumes on eacti of the divisions under which the whole subject will be dis- cussed. The members of the medical sec- tion could, no doubt, say a great deal that would be useful to mothers of every cla 18. but probably their deliberations will be focussed especially upon the physical con- dition of children of the poor, which, in large numbers of cases, leaves much to be desired. In many instances the doctors will have to confess, like the physician in "Macbeth," that the disease is beyond their practice, for they are not magicians, and the best of them are unable to suggest a cure for poverty. At the same time there ARE MANY* PREYENTABLK ILLS from which children suffer, especially the effects of injudicious feeding, which is a potent factor in increasing the death-rate. Cigarette smoking by boys may have en- gaged already the attention of the Congress, but it would not be time wasted if the medical members read us a lesson on the subject, which is one of great importance to the physical welfare of lads in our great towns. Then there is the legislature section, which must be confronted by such, an embarrassment of topics, that the mem- bers will scarcely know where to begin. For example, there is the great subject of infanticide, upon which the coroners could say some startling things. When a mother OPENLY MURDERS HER CHILD we hear all about it, and in some cases the murderer is sentenced to death. But there are every year thousands and thousands of cases of infanticide of which the public hear little or nothing. The vast majority of cases of suffocation of infants in bed are nothing but wilful murder, and the worst of it is there is, in this country, no means of preventing them. In Germany it is a penal offence to place a child in the same bed with its parents, not because there is necessarily anything wicked in such an act. but in order that unnatural parents may not be able to conceal the murder of their children under the pretence of accident. There are several other aspects of the same question, such as the deaths which medical men can only certify to be due to inanition, although they have strong I REASON TO SUSPECT FOUL DEEDS. The educational and philanthropic section will also have plenty to do, and a good many people will think that they would render a service to mankind if they could induce the Board of Education to devise some means of making education in elemen- tary schools leas diffuse and consequently I more though.
<!————— ———. Peace Prospects. Mr Balfour in the House of Commons on Thursday said that he hoped to be abie to state to the House on Monday the result of the recent discussion in South Africa, but could not be absolutely certain of being able to do so. The Boer delegates have left Pretoria for Vereeniging, where the final ballot will take place.
Monmouthshire Valleys Sewage a Scheme. The sanitary committee of the Newport Corporation has had under consideration & letter from the Cardiff property owners and ratepayers' Association saying that the corporation should take steps to oppose the Western Valleys1 sewer scheme to deposit crude sewage on the banks of the River Usk and on the flats adjacent to the west of the borough. The sanitary committee decided that no action should be taken in the matter, as any change must be an improve- ment on the present condition of things by which the River Ebbw is practically an open sewer.
Another Explosion at Mont Pelee. New York, Thursday. Telegram from Fort de France says there was a tremendous explosion, followed by a cloud of black smoke, from Mont Pelee at 8.45 yesterday morning, but it was to a great extent hidden from Fort de France by heavy cumulus clouds, and consequently no panic easued. H.M.S. indefatigable saw the smoke whilst at Sea.
observing that if they lost the able services of Mr John Jones, he did not know what would happen. It would create a void that they would experience considerable trouble in filling up. Mr James Jones, in response, said he had filled the position of secretary for something like 12 .years. He had always fulfilled his duties as was testified to by the audit of the accounts. The concluding toast, that of "The host and liostess," brought the speech-ranking to a close, and 7tbe fumes of 11 the fragrant weed having begun to ascend and mingle, song followed song, and har- imony concluded the day's interesting proceedings.