Revenues of 11 Woods and Forests." The annual report of the Commissioners of his Majesty's Woods, Forests, and Laud Revenues for the last financial year shows that the income from the hereditary possession of the Crown was £ 617 867 16s Sd. The total expenditure for the year was E140,478 2s 3d, leaving a balance of S477,398 14s, of which £ 455,0)0 was paid over to the Exchequer. •
Literature. CHRISTMAS NUMBERS. The presentation plate given with the Christmas' The presentation plate £ iven with the Christma3 double number of the Queen is a handsome worlc* of art in the form of a Rembrandt Gravure 22 by 30 inches. It is a reproduction of the painting by I. Snowman, in this year's Royal Academy, entitled 11 Cotifidences."
Speed of llotor Cars. The King's Bench Divisional Court to-day refused to revise the conviction of Mr George Willer by Worthing magistrates for driving a motor car at an excessive speed. It was alleged that magistrates 0 0 were prejudiced, one saying motors were a nuisance.
Sir H. frying before the King. Sir Henry Irving arrived at Liverpool this morning by special steamer from Belfast in order to.. appear before the King at Sandringham.
Usk Post Office. Postmistress, Mrs. Creese. Letter Box cleared for despatch at the P.O. Bridge Street:—Week Days, 9.40 am., 12.58, 5.16 (North Mail), and 7.50 p.m.; Sundays, 7.50 p.m. At Castle Parade Pillar Box, 9.30 a.m., 12.45 and 6.5 p.m., week days only. Deliveries commence.—Town, 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.IJ. week days, and 7.30 a.m. Sundays. Country, 6.10 a.m., week days only. Telegraph business transacted from a.m. to 8 p.m., week days, and 8 to 10 a.m. Sundays. Parcel Post, Money Order, and Savings Banfc business transacted from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., week days. Express Delivery Service, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Inland Revenue business, 9 a.m. to 6 Licences issued, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., week days. Printed and Published by "THE COUNTY OBSERVER,' NEWSPAPER and PRINTING COMPANY, Limited, by JAMES HENRY CLARK, at their Offices, Bridge- Street, Usk, in the County of Monmouth, Saturday, November loth, 1902.
ABERGAVENNY. I POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. I Before Colouel MANLEY (in the chair), J- O. MARSH, and Alderman FOSTER (Mayor). COUNTY BUSINESS. Several school cases were heard and fines inflicted. Mr J. O. Marsh, being chairman of the School Board, did not adjudicate. BOROUGH BUSINESS. WELCOMING THE MAYOR.—The Mayor (Alderman E. Foster) wearing his chain of office, accompanied by Mr J. 0. Marsh, Colonel Ilatiley, and Alderman J. G. Thomas (Vx-mayor), entered the Court, and before taking seats, Mr J. 0. Marsh offersd his i congratulations on behalf of the Bench of Magistrates to the Mayor, on his accession to office, and paid he felt sure that all the burgesses present would have confidence in him.—Councillor Luther Davies (Deputy-Mayor), said that on behalf of the advocates practising in that Court, he would add their congratulations to those of Mr Marsh. He hoped tRfcrf.' Alderman Foster would have a light and pleasant year of office as chief magistrate of the Borough.-Tlie Mayor, in reply, said, he would endeavour to do his duty to the utmost of his ability. THE FIR-T OFFENDER.—A young woman, who pleaded guilty to allowing a chimney to take fire, was let off with a caution, the new Mayor, with the acquiescence of his brother magistrates, making use of the clemency exercised by his predecessor, in the case of the first offence brought forward. BAD LANGU A GB. -Samuel Thomas, for using obscene language, was fined 5 and 41" 6d costs, and Elizabeth Griffiths. who made her 23rd appearance, was fined lOa and 4s Gd costs for a circular offence. D. AND D.—Annie Vick, for being drunk and disorderly on the 7th inst., was fined 5a and 4s 6d costs. VENDETTA.—W. Davies and Samuel Jones, labourers, were fined 5s each for fighting in Tudor-street, on the 10th inst. Jones said he was set upon by the other in consequence of an old grudge, and be only fought because he was obliged to defend himself. THREATENING A WITNEB-Howard Picton Clapp, who last week had been convicted and fined for gambling in Bailey Park, on a Sunday, on the evidence of Herbert Watkins, Park-keeper, I happened to meet the witness subsequently in Frogmore-street, when he advanced upon him in a threatening way, and said he would do six months or have a rope round his neck for him. Witness warded him off and told him to go away. Defendant said he would wait upon him another time, and have bis revenge. Defendant said he was too drunk to remember anything abont it. He was ordered to come up next Wednesday to be bound over in £5 for ?ix months, and he must find substantial bail for that amount, or go to prison for one month. Too MCCH FKIENDLINESS.—Henry Williams, labourer, happening to meet on the 5th inst., an old friend whom he had not seen for a long time, had had a friendly glass or two, and it ended in 11 defendant losing his sense of propriety.—Cautioned aud f,ntJd gs 6q;
CAERLEON. I PETTY SESSIONS, THURSDAY. Before SIR ARTHUR MACKWOHTS, Bart., (in the chair), F. J. MITCHELL, Esq., W. B. PKATT, E?q., C. H. FIRBANK, Esq., H. ADDAMS- WILLIAM; Esq., A. M. PILLINBB, Esq., and A. LL. EDWARDS. No NAME.—Robert Wynn, haulier, Mamdee Parade, Newport, was summoned for allowing a timber carriage to be used on the highway at Caerleon, without having his name and address thereon.—Fined 10s. DRUNK.—William Price, tinworker, of Ponthir, was summoned for being drunk at the London Inn, Caerleon, on the 27Lh ult. The offence was admitted, and a constable said the landlady told him "he had nai ù\lhin to drink there, A fine of 103. was imposed. t A Pof'IC" BLUNDER.—Superintendent JameS Stated that since the adjournment a month ago, he had made inquiries and discovered that some mistake had been made in regard to the identity of the defendant. Mr George H. Lanchester, a Birmingham gentleman, who had been proceeded against for driving a motor car along the Usk Road at a greater 'speed than the regulations permitted. He had written to him stating that it was his intention to apply for the withdrawal of the summons. The Bench, without any remark, assented to this course. FARMER AND SFRVANT.-Tlarry Mumford, farmer, of Penybank Farm, Llantarnam, claimed £ 4, under the provisions of the Employers and Workmen Act, 1875, from Harry Tuck, a young Llantarnam farm labourer, for wrongfully quitting plaintiff's employ- ment. A counter-claim for S2, harvest money, and 17/1, wages, was made by defendant. Mr Moxam, who appeared for the plaintiff, stated that in April last, defendant was engaged by the plaintiff as a wagoner, at 17 a week. Plaintiff went to the expense of removing Tuck's furniture and family from Corsham, near Bath. Defendant continued to work at the farm until October 11th, when he left. It appeared that towards the end of September defendant received a telegram from his late employer in Bath, asking him to meet him that day. The employer came over to the farm in a trap, and waited in the vicinity until defendant finished work that day. As a result of the interview, defendant left plaintiff's employ rather hurriedly. Mumford had been put to considerable inconvenience in consequence of defendant's conduct. He had been unable to get a man until last week. The result was that his ground had not been tilled, while the general work was thrown much behind. Defendant denied the statement that the aareement was a month's notice on either side.—The Bench con. sidered thit the plaintiff had been put to considerable inconvenience, and gave judgment for £ 4, with costs. On the counter-claim defendant was allowed 17s. in respect of a week's wages.
PONTYPOOL. j POLICE COURT, SATURDAY. I Before A. A. WILLIAMS, E-q. (chairman), E. FOWLER, E-q and W. L. PRATT, Esq. FIREWORKS.—Walter Powell, a youth, was fined 5s for letting off fireworks on the highway at Abersycbau. THEFT OF COAL.—Mary Parker, Mary Ann Edwards, Annie House, Alice House, Frederick John Edwards, and Maria Watkins were summoned for stealing coal at Varteg, the property of Messrs. Vipopd and Co.-P.C. Fears -aid that he saw the first four defendants picking coal from the tip at Varteg and placing it in sacks.—These defendants were fined 5a e-icli.-For receiving stolen coal at the Gwenalt Colliery, on the 24th October, Alice Edwards was fined 5s, SEPARATION ORDER. — Charfotfe Elizabeth Mullins was granted a separation order against her husband, James Mullins, of Pontypool, who had deserted her and who was ordered to pay 8s per week towards her support. A SINGULAR CASE. Mrs Mary Hales, wife of Dr Alfred Hales, practising at Pontnewydd, was summoned by Edward Moggridge, a groom, in the employ of Dr Hales, for using threats towards him, on October 27th.—The defendant, for whom Mr T. Watkins, solicitor, appeared, was in court with her husband and her eldest son.—Complainant stated that on the date named he and an ex-jockey named Ryan were trying a horse to perform a water-jump in an adjoining field when Mrs Hales came along and abused him. She said, "I will well see who is your master or your mistress, and —— well I see if you stay here to-night. I will blow your —— brains out." I?e gave Dr Hales a month's notice, and about an hottr afi erwards, because he had locked Mrs Hales' beer up, she went to the coach-house and said, "You are my lock. up, I suppose ? If you lock away the beer from me I will blow your bmns out, and I will poison you." Cross-examined, witness said his wife was a cook, in the employ of the doctor, and they both lived iu the house. They were trying a certain hoise to do a water jump for the show, but whether it was the Tredegar Horse Show at Newport he could not say. An ex-jockey, named Ryan, rode the jumping horae, and witness rode another one. Mrs Hales wanted it to be jumped again, and Ryan said the animal had had enough. It was not true that complainant said if Ryan would not do so that he would, even if he broke his back. Ryan and complainant took the horses to the stables, and defendant followed them a short time afterwards. It was untrue that he was impertinent to his mistress, and he swore that she was under the influence of drink. That same night complainant and his wife left the house. It was untrue that he volunteered to remain in Dr Hales' employ a fortnight longer, and it was also untrue that the doctor told him to remain there. He did not send his wife over to ask for forgiveness, nor the woman with whom they lived, but his wife was sent for by Mrs Hales. He would swear to the threats alleged. Complainant's wife said that Mrs Hales told her that if her (witness's) husband did not clear out that night she would blow his brains out with a gun, and that she would go into the surgery and get some poison. Witness had to hide the knives from the defendant. Defendant stated that on the date named, in the absence of her husband, she went to see the ex-jockey practise the horse in jumping over a water-jump for a show. She had not had any intoxicating drink that day. She wanted the horse to be tried again, and the groom was very much upset about it because she asked the new man to do so. Ryan said he would do so if she wanted it, whereupon complainant wanted Ryan to let him have the horse to do so, saying he would perform the jump even if he broke his back. Ryan refused to let him have the horse, and complainant left the ground in a temper. When she subsequently went into the coach-house complainant was very impertinent towards her. She spoke to him about his conduct, but did not issue any threats. Notl Hales, eon of defendant, said that his mother did not threaten complainant at all, and Dr Hales said he saw his wife shortly after the occurrence, and she was very excited. She had not had anything to drink at all. The Bench, without retiring, dismissed the case. COUNTY COURT, WEDNESDAY. I Before His Honour Judge OWEN. I HIRE OF HORSES AND CARRU.GES.- William Edwards, landlord of the Crown Hotel, Abercarn, and formerly landlord of the Clarence Hotel, Pontypool, sued Stephen Harris, carpenter and undertaker, Pontypool, for the sum of £5 15s for the hire of horses and carriages on divers dates.— The defence was that the charges were excessive and defendant produced a receipt for 2s 6d, which amount was included in thp claim.—Judgment was given for £5 12s Gd, with costs, to be paid in a month. THE COMPENSATION ACT.-Alfred Baldwin and Co., Limited, steel sheet manufacturers, Panteg, applied for an order for the diminution of weekfy payments of 9s 4d made to John Osborne, engine- driver, Windsor-road, Griffithstown, in respect of an accident Osborue met with in their works in 1893, on the ground that the man was now able to do some work. As the result of the accident respondent's leg had been amputated, c-tid he was unable to do manual labour. He is 66 years of age. His wages before the accident were 18s Sd, His Honour said be had never heard an applica- tion based on more feeble grounds, and he refused it with costs under Scale C.
TREDEGAR. I COUNTY COURT, TUESDAY. J Before His Honour Judge OWEN. I A WIDOW'S CLAIM.—Gwendoline Gough, Fleur- de-Lis, sued Messra. A. Lyddon and Co., colliery proprietors, Fleur-de-Lis, for £ 300 in respect of the death of her husband, Edward Gough, collier. Deceased, with two other workmen, had occasion to re-place a tram of rubbish on the line on the 24th May, and it swung round against the side, deceased's arm being wrenched and his finger being scratched. He had to loave work a few 1 hours later. Blood poisoning from the scratch manifested itself on the 27th May, and death resulted 011 the 1st June.—Judge Owen awarded £ 300 with costs on Scale C-£200 to the applicant (who could not appear), and £ 100 to the only child, born on the 6th inst., the infant's portion to be invested and the interest to be paid to the mother. t: r¿::z .C!' "-4.
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Markets. I MONMOUTH, CATTLE, Monday.—This market was well attended. Cattle was in good supply. Beef trade brisk. Veal scarce. Sheep plentiful, with quiet trade. The pig trade was good, except in very small ones, for which there was but little sale. Store cattle very quiet. Quotations :—Prime beef 6!d to 7d, coarser qualities from 5d veal about 8d 4 wether mutton 7d to 8d, ewe ditto 6!d to 7d per lb lamb 8d per lb; pork 10a 6d to lis, bacon 9s 6d to 10s per score. Auction prices The following prices were realised under the hammers of Messrs Nelmes, Poole, and Atkins (Monmouth, Newnham, and Stroud), and Messrs Dampier and Wigmore (Ross and Monmouth) :—Fat beasts £16 to Y,18, fat calves up to 9-2 14s 6d, store calves up to £ 1 16s: wethers 38s to 44s 6d, ewes 35s to 40s lambs 24s to 28s; porkers 29s to 34s, bacouers X-5 10s to L6 7s 6d, CHKPSTOW, CATTLE, Ttie,,(Iay. -There wai a good attendance to-day. Beef was in fair supply, but that of mutton was po.)r. Pigs were down in price. Best beef made 7d per lb, with from 6d to 6d per lb for second quality, and 7d per lb for veal; lamb 8d per lb, and ewe mutton Gd to 6jd per lb. Porkers realised 9s 6d per score, aud baconers from 8s 6d to 9s per score. NEWPORT, CORN, Wednesday.—Wheat remained steady at last week's prices. Maize, however, was 3d to 6d dearer. No change in other feeding grain. Flour (fines), 21s. NEWPORT, CATTLK, We(Itiesday.-There was an exceptionally large supply of cattle at to-day's market, which was well attended. The supply of lambs and sheep, however, was rather short. A brisk trade was discernible all round. Prices:- Best beef õ}d per lb seconds 6d to 6|d per Ib cows 5td to Gd per lb; best wether mutton nd per lb; lamb 7^d to gd per lb ewe 6d to 6d per lb veal 6d to 7d per lb; porker pig-light.weights Its 6d to lis 9d per score, heavy-weights 10s 3d to 10s 6d per score; bacon pigs, 9s 9d to 10s per score. NEWPORT, CHEESE. Wednesday.—There was a good pitch of cheese to-day, but the demand was not large, and prices of Caerphilly makes were down several shillings. Qllota'ions :-Caerphilly makes 48s to 54s per cwt, fancy dairies 56s to 53s, Derbys 62s to 65s, truckles 60s to 65s, and Cheddars 56s to 60s.
The New Sheriff*. I Wednesday being the morrow of St Martin, the ancient ceremony of the nomination of high sheriffs for the Counties of England and vVJlcs (with the exception of the Duchies of Cornwall and L ineaster) took place in the court of the Lord Chief Justice of England at the High Courts of Justice, London. The list is laid before the King for final selection at the ceremony known as the prickiug of the sheriffs, which takes place in January next, his Majesty, with a golden bodkin, pricking through the parchment opposite the name of the selected sheriff for each County, which is generally the first name on the list submitted by the nomination court. The Chancellor of th9 Exchequer (Mr Ritchie) pre- sided for the first time at this ceremony. The following is the list of sheriffs chosen for Monmouthshire -(I) Edward Pritchard Martin, of Dowlais, Esq; (2) John Davies Jiimes, of Myrtle Grove, Blackwood, Esq (3) Clifford John Cory, of Llantarnam Abbey, Esq.
Building Grants to Voluntary 5 Schools. The Blue Book issued by the Board of Education giving a statement of building grants made to elementary schools contains the following figures relating to Wales 0 Subscrip- Grants. tions. Administrative counties £ 108,017 X201,362 County boroughs 8,270 :!2,87:3 The totals for Monmouthshire are ±,12,d99 in grants and 226,293 subscribed, but these figu res do not include the county borough of Newport, for which the returns are :-Church schools, X275 from the Treasury, P,133 from the Council on Education, £ 171 subscribed British, X558 in grants, £1,707 subscribed Roman Catholic, X520 in grants, J6532 subscribed schools of all denominations now carried on by the school board, XI,284 in grants, 23,734 subscribed— totals, P,2,770 in grants, £ 6,144 subscribed.
NATIONAL UNION OF COVSBRVATIVES.—At a meet- ing of the newly-( lected Council of the National Uuion of Conservative Associations, on Saturday, at Westminster, Sir J. T. Firbank, M.P., was elected one of the Vice-chairmea,
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CHEPSTOW. I PETTY SESSIONS, TUESDAY. Before GODFREY Ssys, Esq. (in the chair), V. HUGHES. Esq. C. W. WHALLRY, Esq., B. PERRY, Esq., and J. T. HORNIBLOW, E<q, LICENSING PELOSECUTIONs.-George Tomlin, a quarrv worker, was summoned for being drunk ou the licensed premises of the Full Moon Inn, Chepstow, on October 26th, whilst the landlord, Joseph Morse was summoned for permitting drunkenness on the said pTemises.-The Bench fined Tomlin 2s 6d and 4s 6d costs, and the landlord, Morse, 5" and 48 6d costs. The licence was not endorsed.—Two men, named Walker and Knight, were summoned for being drunk on the licensed premises of the George Hotel, Tintern, on October 25th. Robert Hughes, the licensee, was summoned for permitting drunkenness. All three cases were dismissed. ALLEGED NUISANCE.- W. G. Rickman, of Dalton, Liskeard, was summoned for not complying with a notice from Mr F. Feather, surveyor to the Chepstow Urban District Council, to abate an alleged nuisance arising from the stables at Stanley House, Chepatow, which were his property.—Mr H. W. Berthon defended.—Dr H. Gwynne Lawrence, the medical officer of health, described the nuisance as prejudicial to health. The Bench adjourned the case for a month, hoping the work would be done in the mean- time.
MONMOUTH. POLICE COURT, FRIDAY. Before G. G. GRIFFIN, Esq., and J. T. PRICE, Esq. Charles Davies, 40, labourer, Penalt, was charged on remand to show cause why his bail of £ 10 should not be estreated. It was shown that prisoner for threatening a neighbour in AprillaQt was bound ever in £ 10 to keep the peace. On the same evening he repeated the threats to the same person, and was summoned to appear on April 18th to answer the second charge. He failed to appear and a warrant was issued. Prisoner was found to have absconded, and was finally arrested at Lydney on Monday last. The Bench reduced the bail to £5 and costs. Prisoner paid L2 lis 6d, and was allowed & month to pay the remainder.
..4.bpl Waifs and Strays." I In the November number of the National Waifs' Magazine, the organ of Dr Barnado's Homes, tnere is a remarkable record of work recently accomplished. Amongst olber items, we note the opening of Ever-Open Doors at Southampton and Hull, and the enlargement of the Home for Incurables at Birkdale by the addition of a second and larger house. Castillian House, Northampton, has also been converted into an Industrial home for Girls, whilst a Home for little boys has been opened at South Norwood. At Swansea a house is being fitted as a Home for little Boys, and in North Wales another Home is about to be opened for little Girls. As regards emigration work, there is a remarkable record, no less than 1,053 lads and lasses, carefully selected and trained, having been sent from the over-crowded Mother Country to the new world across the water, where there is room and to spare for an almost unlimited number of emigrants of the right order. A characteristic representation of the "raw material" of the streets includes a truly pathetic group of six. young outcasts, rescued in Liverpool in the course of a single day. A detailed description of "Self-Denial Week," an important factor in the incomes of the Homes, will commend itself to all who share Dr Barnado's belief in the power of "littles." For other, and hardly less interesting items, we refer our readers to the Magazine itself. A copy will be sent, gratis and post free, to any address, on application to the Head Offices of the Institutions, 18 to 26, Stepney Causeway, London, E.
Wye & Severn Salmon Fisheries. The purchase last year for X15,000 of the Duke of Beaufort's fisheries in the River Wye (and a small portion of the River Severn included in the Wye Fishery District) was made (states the Commissioner of his Majesty's Woods and Forests in his annual report) largely with a view to, and was followed by, thu grant of a Crown lease to Lord Chesterfield and four other gentlemen, on behalf of the Wye Fisheries Association, of the net-fishiug rights, on condi- tions framed with a view to puttiug an end, as far as possible, to the over-netting which has taken place for many years. The lessees have bound themselves to exercise the rights included in the lease to such an extent only as may be necessary to maintain those rights and pay rent and expenses. It is hoped that, by reducing and regulating the net-fishing under the provisions of this lease and under the Wye Fishety Board's new bye-laws, which come into force next year, the production of salmon in this river will in a few years be sensibly increased. The Inspector of Fisheries, who held au inquiry on the subject of the bye-laws, referred to the arrangement as a new departure in the history of the river which promises most important results, for the good not of its salmon fisheries alone, but of those in England and Wales generally.
Hr. Hanbury on Agricultural Co-operation. Speaking on Saturday at a meeting of the Cambridge Chamber of Agriculture Mr Hanbury said that agriculture generally was indebted to the Cambridge University for having taken the interest it had in agricultural education. He was afraid that in some of the more local colleges such education was beyond the reach of ordinary farmers, and that the fees would have to come down if farmers were to hold their own against foreign competition. They must be thoroughly up to date. It would, generally speaking, be found that where the foreigner beat us was in the closest attention to smallest details. The foreigner made the greatest use of waste products, and this, in some cases, compensated him for actual loss in the sale of the prime article, such as American meat. Mr Hanbury urged the beneficial effect of co-operation amongst pro- ducers, and said that he proposed to appoint correspondents of a semi-official position to keep the Board of Agriculture acquainted with the actual wants of farmers in their respective localities. The Minister having referred to the Argentine meat supply declared that he wished to keep agriculture clear of politics. He would endeavour to obtain further funds from the Treasury to improve the machinery of the Board, which was specially provided for the farmer.
Third-class Season Tickets. The Great Western Railway Company announce that third-class season tickets are now obtainable at the stations on their line (with some few exceptions), and that renewals of season tickets of all classes will be issued on favourable terms. The concession in regard to third class will be appreciated by many, and it is felt that it will do much to popularise the the educational movement, particularly in the case of secondary and technical schools, to which scholars are drawn from a distance, as tickets will be issued in their favour at half the ordinary rates, with an age limit of eighteen years.
t', Newport Steeplechases. Caerleon, Thursday. Fine autumn weather of a late character favoured the opening of the Newport Steeplechase Races at Caerleon to-day. Tremendous interest was taken in the events, the attendance being the largest on record. Allthough the turf appeared to be a little bit spongy in places, jockeys con- sidered the course to be in excellent condition for racing. Amongst those present on the fieid were Lord Tredegar, Colonel the Hon. F. C. Morgan, M.P. Mr Windsor Richards, the high-sheriff, Col. Sir Arthur W. Mackworth, Bart., Col. illorgiiii Lindsay, Col. Mansel, Col. Curre, Mr C. W. E. Marsh, and others. 1.0 -The Uskside Selling Hurdle Race of 40 sovs, for three year olds and upwards. Two miles. 4 It 12 Mr Malcolmson's Charley ,R Morgan I 3 10 12 Mr Rusiel's Corner Boy J Harty 2 3 10 7 Mr Shedden's Ifolly Hawk ,T Griffin 3 Betting—6 to 4 agst Corner Boy, 2 to 1 agst Molly Mawk, 3 to 1 each agst Charley and William Bailey, and 10 to 1 agst any other. Charley maintained a lead from the start, and won easily by four lengths. Molly Mawk made a gallant effort, but was beaten out of second place by a head. The winner was bought in for lOogs, 1.35.—The Borough Member's Steeplechase of 30 sovs. for four year olds and upwards. Two miles. 5 11 1 Mr Phillips's Bow Conway 1 4 10 7 Mr Mynnrs's Sans Atout..T. Garrett 2 5 11 1 Mr Gilbert's Ffarwel. F. Walther 3 Betting—7 to 4 agst Caviare, 9 to 4 agst Sans Atout, 7 to I each agst Bow, Black Pearl II., and Wrangler, and 10 to 1 agst Ffarwel. A splendid race. Sans Atout started well and maintained a lead until she got to the rear of the stand, where she was beaten by Bow, who kept up the lead to the post and won by three lengths; two lengths separated Sans Atout and Ffarwel. 2.10. The Novices' Hurdle Race of 40 sovs, for three year olds and upwards. Two miles. 6 10 9 Colonel Hanford's White Eyes G. Green 1 5 11 4 Mr O. Dixon's D'Artagnan. Rogers 2 a 12 0 Captain R. H. Collis's Form..Owner 3 13ettin-ll to 1 on Rainstorm, 6 to 1 agst Torason, 8 to I agst White Eyes, and 10 to 1 agst any other. Another fine race. The horses started off in a bunch, and kept well together, Tomson slightly leading at half way, but iu rounding the bend fur home White Eyes, D'Artagnan, and Form drew level, White Eyes forged ahead in the last hundred yards and won by two lengths a length and a half separated the second and third. Prying Eyes came in fourth. 2.40.—The Round Table Steeplechase of 40 sovs, for four years olds and upwards. Two miles. 5 10 7 Mr D J Downing's Bushford Lass E Sullivan 1 4 10 3 Capt R H Collis's Carnroe .Owner 2 4 10 3 Mr O Dixon's Douauvellen ..Conway 3 Betting—2 to I agst Bushford Lass, 3 to 1 each aijst Torpedo and Donauvellen, 5 to 1 agst Carn- roe, and 10 to I agst Rapture. Bushford Lass won a very fine race by a length and a half; two lengths separated Carnroe and Donauvellen, who came in second and third respectively. In goinar round the other end of the field Young Torpedo fell when she had a slight lead. 0 3.15.-A Three Year Old Selling Hurdle Race of 30 sovs winner to be sold for 50 sovs. One mile and a half. 3 10 7 Mr J. Widger's Herodias.. W. Morgan 1 3 10 7 Mr Hunt's Marion Rose J. Hunt 2 3 10 7 Mr Sands' Tollburn R Gordon 3 Betting-2 to 1 agst Herodias, 3 to 1 agst Coy, 7 to 2 agst Marion Rose, 7 to 1 agst Tollburn, and 10 to 1 agst any other. Herodias. in the straight drew out and won by a length and a half; four lengths divided the second and third. Winner sold to Mr John Willia:ns for lOOgs. 3.45.—The Llangibby Steeplechase of 40 sovs, for four year olds and upwarde. Three miles. 4 11 9 Mr T. C. Nott's Coal Tax W. Grosvenor 1 4 10 7 Mr W. B. Partridge's Ferry Lass Rogers 2 6 10 12 Mr John Widger's Kilgrogan W. Morgan 3 Betting—Evens on Kilgrogan, 6 to I each agst Coal Tax aud Ferry Lass, and 10 to 1 agst Sir Theo. Coal Tax led from the start, and ran home nicely by five lengths. Kilgrogan came in a bad third.
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Western Valleys Sewerage Sclieme. A meeting of the Risca ratepayers held on Monday evening approved of the Western Valleys sewerage scheme by 150 votes to 12.
PIPB IN THE MINB.—-At Mountain Ash Police Court, on Wednesday [before Mr T. Marchanfc Williams, stipendiary], Thomas Evans was fined the maximum penalty of E2 and costs for having a pipe in his possession in the Navigation Colliery of Messrs Nixon. DEATH OF THE CHAMPION PLOUGHMAN.—The- death is announced of Jim Barker, who held the title of "champion ploughman," having won over X2,000 in prizes by his skill in drawing a straight furrow. Born at Boxted, in Essex, in 1827, he- became a farm lad at the age of 11, and in a few- years attained a great reputation. HUMBER COMPAN\ v. MR. HARVEY Du CROS.—• Mr Justice Bigham on Wednesday concluded the hearing of the action brought by the Humber- Company against Mr Harvey du Cros to recover £ 23.590 alleged to be due on a guarantee given. by the defendant when chairman of the John Griffiths Cycle Corporation. His Lordship- awarded the plaintiffs L7,000 and costs. FISH were contained in a net suspended across-- the church at the thanksgiving services for the- harvest on land and sea held in the Church of St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall.
Britain and U.S.A. in China. New York, Friday. Wutingfung, the retiring Chinese- Minister at a farewell banquet last night, said that British trade with- in China was increasing, but ther& was no reason why America should. not rival England.
The Red Sea Pirates. Frankfort, Thursday. A Constantinople telegram saya. ZD that the Red Sea pirates, recently dispersed by Italian warships, have fled into the interior and are now- threatening the Government Salt Works at Hali. The officials there- have wired for troops.
Death of a Royal Servant. Mr George White, for fifty years I member of the late Queen Victoria's household, died at Newport Pagnell,, to-day.