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I PEACE I I How the News was Received Locally. USK. I The glad tidings reached Usk by telephone from two or three different sources about 8 o'clock on Sunday night. It took a couple of hours for the senders of the messages to get through to Usk, the wires were so fully occupied. The news spread rapidly, and while the day precluded any demonstrations, privately there was considerable rejoicing. On Monday evening the bells of St. Mary's Church rang out merry peals, the longest beiug 11 1!1 one of 1,200 changes, rung in an hour and ten minutes, Mr. P. T. Clift conducting. The boys improvised a baud of penny trumpets and tin cans and sang patriotic songs prior to the appearance of the Volunteer Band (under Band- master Mad ley), who played iu various parts of the town, winding up at the Three Salmon's Hotel, where there was a comparatively large crowd and much cheering. There was a general display of flags and banners in the town. 0 Arrangements had been made for the receipt of the news and its publication by the editor of the "County Observer," but the telegram got suspended at Newport, the Usk Post Office not being open on Sunday. Ou Monday, however, we were able to give the public full information as to the terms of the settlement by telegrams posted in our office window. ABERGAVENNY. The Towu-hall at Abergaveuuy was illumi- nated on Monday evening. The school children were given a holiday. were given a holiday. I CAERLEON. I The news of the declaration of peace was first received in Caerleon by Mr T. Parry, who intimated the same to the Rev. A. H. Sproule during service at Caerleon Church. Thanks- giving prayers were offered, and after service the bells were ruug. Suitable reference was also made by the Rev. D. Bevau Jones at the service in the Baptist Chapel. A special thanksgiving service was held at St. Cadoc's Church, Caerleon, on Monday eight. There was a large congregation. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. II. Sproule, who gave a suitable address. Special hymns were rendered, and at the close a "Te Deum was I sung. CHEPSTOW. I The news came during the evening services, and people as they came out of Church and Chapel quickly became aware of the good tidings, and a general feeling of satisfaction was apparent. The demonstrations on Sunday evening were confined to the juyeniles aDd a band who sang, hymns in Beaufort-square and rendered the National Anthem. A special service of thanksgiving was held in St. Mary's Chepstow, on Thursday night, and was attended by the A Company, 2nd V.B. South Wales Borderers, under Major Smith and Lieutenants Lawreuce, Evil), and Perry the chairman, members, and officers of the Chepstow Urban District Council, and a large congrega- tion. The prayers were intoned by the Rev. C. R. Thomas, and the lesson read by the vicar (the Rev. E. J. Hensley), who gave an address on the lessons taught to the nation by war and peace. 1 I MONMOUTH. J At Monmouth on Sunday night the streets were crowded with young folks cheering and singing and playing all manner of improvised musical instruments. A band of people marched out to the resideuce of the Mayor, at Osbaston, between three and four o'clock on Monday morning, and serenaded his worship with a will. The Church bells were rung, and the hooter at the steam saw mills kept up a continuous blast for over an hour. Before 9 a.m. all the streets were ablaze with flags, nearly every house being more or less embellished. The Town Council met on Monday morning, and the Mayor, before commencing the busiuess, suggested thatageoeral half-holiday be given, and requests sent to school managers, business proprietors, &c., were quickly complied with. The R. M.R.E. Militia were given a half- holiday, and the band played in camp during the afternoon. In the evening a special thanks- giving service was held in St. Mary's Parish Church, the Mayor and Corporation attending in state. The Vicar (the Rev. C. F. Reeks) conducted the service. NEWPORT. At a special meeting of the Newport Chamber of Commerce held on Monday afternoon, the President (Mr W. J. Orders), in a very eloquent speech, eulogistic of the services of the forces in South Africa, proposed the following resolution to be sent to the King by telegram That the Newport Chamber of Commerce expresses its joy that the war in South Africa is ended, and hegs respectfully to congratulate his Majesty King Edward VII. that in the year of his Coronation he is able to proclaim such great and elorious news to his people throughout the Empire."—Mr W. E. Heard seconded, and the motion was carried unanimously.-Many of the offices were closed in the afternoon. The President of the Chamber of Commerce has since received the following telegram from his Majesty the King 'k The King thanks the Newport Chamber of Commerce for their loyal congratulations on the conclusion of hostilities in South Africa. There was a great deal of Mafficking in the evening. The streets were packed with people up to a late hour, and fireworks were thrown about, crowds paraded with flags and sang the National Anthem, and the whole town was given up to boisterous jubilation. The ordinary traffic was conducted with great difficulty PONTYPOOL. The news was received at Pontypool with many manifestations of rejoicing. The hooters of the various works and collieries were set coing, while the ringers at Trevethin Church rang several peals. The Pontypool Town Band (under the conductorship of Mc S. T. Roderick) and the Salvatiou Army Band paraded the streets at the head of a large procession. Fog signals and fireworks were discharged, and on Monday morniug the business premises were decorated, and the school children granted a holiday. It was estimated that 30,000 persons had assembled in the town on Monday night. A military band paraded the town. A concert was held in the Market-hall, Dr. J. R. Essex, Chairman of the District, Council, presiding. Afterwards there was a torchlight procession, headed by the Town Band. I NO WAR TAXES TO BE REMITTED. In the House of Commons on Wednesday evening the Chancellor of the Exchequer an- nounced that the war taxes would not be remitted. The discussion of the Loau Bill was resumed. HONOURS FOR LORD KITCHENER. The King has conferred the dignity of a viscounty upon Lord Kitchener, and Parliament has voted his lordship a sum of £ 50,000, in recognition of his distinguished services in South Africa. The distinguished soldier has also been 11 promoted from lieutenant-general to general, and, with Mr Chamberlain and Lord Milner, is to receive the freedom of the Grocers' Company, BOERS AND BRITISH BROTHERLY. The Boers at Pretoria and Vereenigiug have accepted the new condition of things with perfect good humour, aud British and Boer soldiers have fraternised with enthusiasm. Lord Kitchener visited Vereeniging and, addressing the delegates, congratulated them on their brave resistance. His remarks were received with enthusiasm. and General Beyers, in response, said that they were glad to meet Lord Kitchener as a friend. General Botha has issued an open letter exhorting the Boers to be loyal to the new Government. THE THANKSGIVING SERVICE. The following was issued from the War Office on Thursday night With the approval of his Majesty the King, the Archbishops suggest that when the service of thanksgiving recom- mended for Sunday next is used, collections should be made for the various soldiers' charities connected with the war. Such collections should be remitted to the Commauder-in-Chief for distribution among the various charities, accord- ing to their need. SURRENDERING. Fouche, the leader of raiders in East Cape Colony, has surrendered. Officers, warrant-officers. non-commissioned officers, and men who disembark in South Africa after May 31st will not be entitled to the war gratuity or to the war medal.

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