USK URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS Of the Urban District Council of Usk, on account of the Public Health Act, 1875, and Local Government Act, 1894, For the ITear ending 31st March, 1908. General Expenditure Account. 1903. EXPENDITURE. March 31at. £ s. d. £ 8. d. First-In respect of PUBLIC WORKS, viz: Sewerage 13 16 4 Sewage disposal. 44 9 3 Urinals 2 0 0 Repairs of Main Roads 80 7 11 Ditto other Roads 29 3 0 Scavenging 27 18 4 Lighting 89 211 Public Clocks 6 5 6 Public Oiffces 51 11 10 Public Works Loan Board, Interest on Loan No. 1 2 2 0 Public Works Loan Board, Interest on Loan No. 2 91 16 3 Ditto, 3rd and 4th Instal- ments of Principal, Loan No. 2 100 0 0 538 13 4 and-In respect of PRIVATE WORKS: Hoard- ing Dangerous Building 1 8 0 Third-Ia respect of GENERAL EXPENDITURE: Salaries of Officers, balance 65 0 0 Establishment Charges 22 16 3 Open Spaces 6 0 0 Usk Technical Instruction Committee 5 0 0 Return of Deaths 0 5 10 99 2 1 Irrecoverable of Rate, voids, and on appeal 19 9 2 Balance 117 16 oi X776 8 n 1903. RECEIPTS. J March 31st. £ s. d. Balance from last year's Account ..121 6 4 General District Rate, made 4th July 490 16 IH Town Hall Receipts 20 14 4 Licenses .156 Rents 32 9 7 Market Balance 65 6 10 Sewage Field 25 17 6 Mi,geellaneous 18 11 7 L776 8 7! (Drainage j £ ccoiznt. I EXPENDITURE. 1902. ;C S. d. March 31st.-Balance last Account 3 12 4 Nov.— Public Works Loan Com- mis,ioners, 28th Instal- ment of Principal 20 0 0 £ 23 12 4 RECEIPTS^ —— 'V 1902. £ s. d. Nov.— 28th Instalment of Princi- pal 20 0 0 1903. Mar. 31st.-By Balance 312 4 X23 12 4 Market Capital Accoant. EXPENDITURE. 1902. X a. d. I March 31st.—Balance 2860 0 0 JE2850 0 0 RECEIPTS. 1902. £ J s. d. May 33rd.— Public Works Loan Com- missioners, 3rd half- yearly Instalment of Principal. 50 0 0 Nov. 23rd.— 4th Ditto 50 0 0 1903. March 313t,-Balance 2750 0 II £ 28-50 0 0 balance Sheet 31st March, 1903. I To £ s. d. T. Rees, junr., balance in hand 0 10 OJ 2 Treasurer, on Drainage Accouut 36 7 8 Drainage, Capital Account 3 12 4 Market Capital Account 2750 0 0 Treasurer, General Account 117 6 0 Ditto, Technical Instruction Committee 71 7 5 X2979 3 õj 2 [By £ s. d. General Expenditure Account 117 16 2 Public Works Loan Board, Loan No. 1 40 0 0 Public Works Loan Board, Loan No. 2 2750 0 0 Technical Instruction Aet, 1889 71 7 5 .f29793 5 £ ARTHUR F. LUCAS, Clerk. I have examined the several Accounts, of which the foregoing is the Balance Sheet, and I have compared the various payments credited to the Treasurer with the vouchers, and I hereby certify that the entries appear to be correct and legal, and that the balances of the Treasurer's Accounts, viz., £ 117 6s. Od. General, J686 7s. 8d. Loan, and X71 7s. 5d. Technical Instruction, agree with the balances which by the Treasurer's own Books appear to have been in his hands at the time of closing such accounts. W. G. COX, Dated this 14th August, 1903. District Auditor. !I A A-1 A. JOHN H. RENNIE, BY itM. AGRICULTURAL and GENERAL AUCTIONEER, & VALUER, AND LAND AGENT, &c., Office and Sale-rooms f, & 12, SKINNER-STREET, NEWPORT. Fat and Store Stock Sales held in Newport, Usk, and Chepstow Markets, on Market Days. Auction Fixtures. 1903. Aug. 24-Live Stock, Hay and Grass Kaep, at Garn-wcn Farm, Cwmbran, for the Representatives of the late Mrs A. Richards, at 2 p.m. 25—Fat and Store Stock, at Chepstow Cattle Market. 26-Fat and Store Stock, at Newport Cattle Market. 26-Horses, Carriages, Carts, and Harness, at Newport Cattle Market. Sept. 2-Fat and Store Stock, at Newport Cattle Market. Early date.—Household Furniture, Pianofortes, and Effects, at Salerooms, 1, Skinner- street; Newport. 7-Fat and Store Cattle, Sheep, and Pigs, at Usk Cattle Market. 8—Fat and Store Cattle, Sheep, and Pigs, at Chepstow Cattle Market. 9-Fat and Store Stock, at Newport Cattle Market. Early date.—Prime C!over and Hay, at Coach and Horses, Caerwent. (Further entries respectfully solicited). Catalogues and Particulars obtainable from the Auctioneer, as above. Nat. Telephone, 0625. Educational. Usk Technical Instruction Classes. SESSION begins MOND XY, 7th SEPTEMBER. S Evening Cla-ses wiil be held in Workshop & Commercial Arithmetic, Shorthand, Elementary Drawing (for beginners), Art Drawing and Manual Training. Early application to join classes is invited. Fee, each subject, 2a 6d, For further paiticulara see handbills, or apply ARTHUR F. LUCAS, Usk, 20th August, 1903. Secretary. THE WELSH INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION ACT. Usk Higher Grade SchooL ri^HE above SCHOOL will be KE-OPENED on 1 TUESDAY, the 8th Sept., for a Term of 15 Weeks. All Candidates seeking admission must pass an Examination, mid will be required to attend at the School, at 3 c'olock in the Afternoon of MONDAY, the 7th frept., for that purpose. All Fees must be paid to the Undersigned, who will attend to receive the same in the Afternoon of THURSDAY, the 10th Sept. A. H. WATKINS, 14th August, 1903. Clerk. THE WELSH INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION ACT. Usk Higher Grade School. rPHE SCHOLARSHIP MANAGERS announce JL that they are able to offer Bursaries to Children attending, or who wish to attend, the Usk Higher Grade School. These Bursaries will be money payments, granted at the .discretion of the Scholarship Managers, and it is hoped will enable Parents, otherwise unable, to keep their Children at School for a longer period. They will be awarded on application to the Scholarship Mauagers, such application to be made on a form supplied by S. A. Hiley, Esq., on or before the 5th day of September. A. H. WATKINS, Clerk to the Scholarship Managers. Ty Newydd, Usk, 4th August, 1903. Llanbaddoc School Board. WANTED, immediately, for the Glascoed School (Mixed), an ASSISTANT MIS. TRESS (Article 68). Salary, L25 per aunum.— Apply, with copies of testimonials, to E. WADDINGTON, Usk, Clerk to the Board. To Let FROM February 2nd, 1904, PENTWYN FARM, Gwehelog, containing about 100 acres of Pasture and Arable. -Apply' by letter to R. RICKARDS, The Priory, Usk. 4tli Vol. Batt. South Wales Borderers. "G" (USK) COMPANY. Orders for the week ending August 29th, 1903. Monday, Company Parade, dress drill order, at 7.30 p.m. Wednesday, Class Firing, 3 p.m. Thursday, Company Parade, dress drill order, at 7.30 p.m. Saturday, Class Firing, 3 p,tm Rifles etc., will be issued from the Armoury at 2.45 p.m., on days of firing. By Order, STANLEY M. WILLIAMS, Commanding G Company. :¥" Cyclists, Light Up! Saturday, Aug 22nd. 8.9 Sunday, fcSrd 8. 7 Monday, 91 24th S. 5 Tuesday, „ 25th 8. 2 Wednesday, 26th 8.0 Thursday. Jt 27th. 7.58 Friday, 28th 7.56 Saturday, 29th. 7.54 Being One hoar after Sunset, Registration of Voters. COUNTY OF MONMOUTH. SOUTHERN DIVISION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EDWARD ANNESLEY OWEN, Esquire, Barrister-at- Law, having been appointed to Revise the Lists of Voters and County Electors in the Election of Kuighta of the Shire for the Southern Division of the County of Moumouth and of the County Authorities, will hold Courts for that purpose, at the places and times, and for the several Parishes and Places respectively undermentioned, viz. AT MONMOUTH, At the Shire Hall, on TUESDAY, the 15th day of September next, at 12.16 o'clock in the After- noon, for- Cwmcarvan Penalt Dixton Rockfield Mitchel Troy Wonastow Monmouth AT TRELLECK, At the Police Court, on TUESDAY, the 15th day September next, at 4.30 o'clock in the After. noon, for- Llandogo Trelleck Parish Llanishen Trelleck Grange Llanvihangel Tor-y- Trelleck Town mynydd AT USK, At the Sessions Houle, on WEDNESDAY, the 16th day of September next, at 11.30 o'clock in the Forenoon, for— Bettws Newydd Llanllowell Gwehelog Llantrissent Gwernesney Monkswood Kemeys Commander Newchurch East Llanbadoc Newchurch West Llaugeview Trostrey Llaugibby Usk Llaugwm Isha Wolvesnewtou Llangwm Ucha AT RISCA, At the Urban District Council Offices, on SATUR- DAY, the 26th day of September next, at 11 o'clock in the Forenoon, for- Duffryn Graig Risca Rogerstone AT NEWBRIDGE, At the Newbridge Hotel, on MONDAY, the 28th day of September next, at 11.20 o'clock in the Forenoon, for- Abercarn Mynyddielwyn AT RAGLAN, At the Police Court, on TUESDAY, the 29th day of September next, at 11.45 o'clock in the Fore- noon, for- Bryngwyn Llanarth Clytha Pare Grace Dieu Dingestow and Hamlet Penrose of Treworgan Penyclawdd LI an go van Raglan Llandenny Trcgare Llansoy AT BEDWAS, At the Board School, Bedwas, on WEDNESDAY, the 30th day of September next, at 10.40 o'clock in the Forenoon, for- Bedwas Lower Machen Lower Bedwas Upper Machen Upper AT CASTLETON. At the Coach and Horses Inn, on WEDNESDAY, the 30th day of September next, at 4.30 o'clock in the Afternoon, for- Marshfield Rummey Michaelstone-y-Vedw St. Mellons Peterstone AT NEWPORT, At the Town Hall, on WEDNESDAY, the 30th day of September next, at 6.30 o'clock in the Afternoon, for- Bettws Nash Coedkernew Newport Christchurch St. Brides Wentlooge Henllis St. Woollos Malpas AT CHEPSTOW, At the Police Court, Chepstow, on THURSDAY, the 1st day of October next, at 11.30 o'clock in the Forenoon, for- Caerwent and Crick Peaterry Caldicot Portskewett Chapel Hill St. Aivans and Hamlet Chepstow and Hardwick of Portcasseg Ditiham St. Arvaus Grange Ho wick St. Kings mark I'tou St. Pierre and Runstone Kilgwrrwg Shirenewton Mathern Tiutern Parva Mounton AT MAGOR, At the National School, on THURSDAY, the 1st day of October next, at 5.20 o'clock in the After- noou, for- Bishtou Llanvair Discoed GoldclifE Llanvihangel Roggiett If ton Magor Llangstone and Llan- Pellhow beder Redwick Llanmartiu and Llan- Roggiett devaud St. Brides Netherwent Llanweru Undy Llandavenny Wilcrick Llanvaches Whitson AT CAERLEON, At the Police Court, oil FRIDAY, the 2nd day of Octobar next, at 10.3'J o'clock in the Forenoon, for- Caerleon Llatiddewi Vach Kemeys Inferior Llanheunoc Llangattock-juxta- Llanvihangel Llantarnam Caerleon LUnfrechfa Lower Llandegveth Tredunoc AN EVENING SITTING. AT NEWBRIDGE,. At the Newbridge Hotel, on MONDAY, the 28th day of September next, at 6 o'clock p.m. AT NEWPORT, At the Town Hall, on WEDNESDAY, the 30th day of September next, at 6.30 o'clock p.m. The. punctual attendance of Overseers at the time fixed is required. Overseers are requested to attend personally. together with their Assistants, and to bring with them to the Revising Barrister's Court, the several Notices of Claims of Voters. Occupiers' Lists, and all Notices of Objections to Voters, and Notices of Withdrawal or Revival of Objections, sent or delivered to them, with all Bills, Receipts, and Vouchers for expenses incurred by them also all Rates made for the Relief of the Poor between the 5th January, 1902, and the 15th day of July, 1903. Overseers are also required to publish this Notice in their respective Parishes and Places. N.B.—Neglect of duty in any particular required (as set forth in the Act of 6 Victoria, Chap. 18, and subsequent Acts), will subject an Overseer to a fine not exceeding Five Pounds, nor less than Twenty Shillings. H. STAFFORD GUSTARD, Clerk of the County Council. Newport, Mon., 19th August, 190-3. ipmvnsEm &c., FOR VTOK Ending August 29th, 1903. Aug. Sat. 22-Pont.vpool Petty Sessions. Cricket—Usk v. Panteg, at Usk. Sun. 23-Eleventh Sunday after Trinity. Mon. 24—Monmouth Cattle Market. Tues. 2o—Abergavenny Cattle Market. Sale of Compact Freehold Property, at the George Hotel, Chepstow, by Messrs Davis, Newland, and Hunt. (See advt.) Wed. 2G-Newport Cattle, Cheese, & Corn Mkts. Abergavenny Petty Sessions. Thur. 27-Usk Petty Sessions. Choral Festival at St. Mary's Church, Usk Sat. 29-Pontypool Petty Sessions, 11 a.m. Raglan Petty Session*. A Few Miles only stands between you and tbe LARGEST STOCK of FURNITURE fn this part of the country. But not only is a LARGE SELECTION at your disposal, the added advantages of plain marking at CASH PRICES Will Save you Many Pounds in money, if you are purchasing to any extent. We shall be pleased to send you our ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE showing the cash price of every article. As to the quality you will need no further assurance when we say that all goods bear the name G-ANE, which, for nearly a century, has borne an unblemished reputation for the manufacturer of ARTISTIC RELIABLE FURNITURE. Many firms have done ns tbe honour to copy our trade terms, and, as far as possible, our methods of business. But No local house, indeed, few in the kingdom, can equal the Sterling value we give, or show you Such a magnificent collection of FURNITURE as that we hold at t61 & 162, COMMERCIAL ST., NEWPORT. and at CARDIFF and BRISTOL, and a visit of inspection (to which we cordially invite yeu) will prove this assertion. G-ANE, Furniture Colosseum, NEWPORT. Sales by Auction. by MESSRS. MARFELL & POOLE. Oakfield House, Llandenny. Quarter mile from Station, G.W. Railway. HIGHLY IMPORTANT SALE OF Antique Furniture, Silver and Plated Goods, China and Effects, WHICH MESSRS. MARFELL AND POOLE HAVE been favoured with instructions from the Executors of Mas. MOXHAM, deceased, to SELL BY AUCTION, on the premises as above, on FRIDAY, AUGUST 28TH, 1903. PARTICULARS: Antique mahogany table with cabriole legs, ditto with original brass handles, very fine carved antique oa.k chest, grandfather's clock in oak case, Chippendale arm chair, two Chippendale chairs, rosewood chefFonier, books, Piir of old paintings on glass "The Nativity," and "The Resurrection," pair of antique steel engravIngs by J. K. Sherwin "The Deserted Village," and "The Happy Village," kitchen utensils, &e. BEDROOM APPOINTMENTS, including antique walnut inlaid chest of drawers. & collection of silver and plated goods assort- ment of old china and glass, including examples of Worcester, Wedge wood, Old Staffordshire, Brown Derby, &c.; quantity of old English cut glass, pair of fine bronze figures, &c.; also invalid chair fitted with shafts. 2 casks, 1 tram, and about 50 fowls. Sale at 1.30 o'clock. Auctioneers' Offices, The Willows, Usk. By Messrs. DAVIS, NEWLAND, & HUNT. MONMOUTHSHIRE. Iii the Parish of Llanvihangel Tor-y-mynydd. SALE OF FREEHOLD PROPERTY. MESSRS. DAVIS, NEWLAND & HUNT have been favoured with instructions from Nfit JOB DAwEs, to offer for iALE BY AUCTION, at the GEORGE HOTEL, CH EPSTOW, on TUESDAY, AUGUST 25TH, 1903, at 3 o'clock in the afterr. ion, under Conditions to be then produced, the Compact Freehold Farm called NEW STAR," situate adjoining the main road, midway between the two Market Towns of Chepstow and Usk, containing 29a. 2r. 34p. of sound o d pasture, fertile arable land and orchard- ing, with Dwelling House and set of suitable Farm Buildings, now in the occapation of the owner. The property occupies a warm aud sheltered position, commanding most extensive views of the I surrounding country, is nicely timbered and exceptionally well watered. To view apply to Mr Job Dawes, Berth Grwyn Farm, Llanvihangel Tor-y-mynydd and further particulars with Plan may be obtained of the Auctioneers, Chepstow and Newport; or of MESSRS. MORGAN, FRANCIS, STANTON AND PARNALL, Solicitors, Chepstow and Newport. 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A Satisfactory Session. The Parliamentary Session just ended, has been prolific in important and far- reaching legislation. When it opened, in February, the King's Speech foreshadowed eleven principal measures, and seven of these, viz.: the Irish Land, London Educa- tion, Sugar Bounties, South African Loans, Scotch Licensing, Employment of Children, and Patriotic Fund Bills, have found their way to the Statute book. Undoubtedly, the most important of these is the Irish Land Act, for which the high statesman- ship of Mr George Wyndham is responsible, and which enables Irish landlords and tenants to arrange for the transfer of lands on mutually acceptable terms. The London Education Act applies to the Metropolis the education reform passed by the Prime Minister in 1902. The Sugar Bounties Act checks, and will be the means of abolishing, later on, the SYSTEM OF BOUNTIES, I that has been responsible for much injury to the sugar industry in the British Empire The South African Loans Act gives an Imperial guarantee for loans that will enable the Transvaal to raise sixty-five millions of pounds—thirty millions of which will go towards the cost of the South African War and the remainder to re-settle that country and to restart it on a prosperous career. The Motor Car Bill was rendered necessary by complaints from all parts of the country of the reckless way in which many drivers of motor-cars drove along the public roads. The Act, which is a three years' experiment, fixes a limit of twenty miles, beyond which rate of speed no one is to drive. Cars are to be registered, and to bear a distinctive number for identiifcation. The penalties for infringement of the law are higher, an alternative of imprisonment in lieu of heavy fines is sanctioned, an I for REPEATED OFFENCES I the licence will be forfeited. Other Acts of the Session transfer the Fishery Department from the Board of Trade to the Board of Agriculture, and facilitate the operation of the laws providing for the Housing of the Working Classes. 0 Fourpeuce has been taken off the Income Tax, and the nominal Corn Duty hrs been abolished. With so many useful legislative and administrative reforms accomplished, the Government may well look back with satisfaction upon the Session now closed.
USK. I Agent-Mrs. E. K. Jones. Stationer FLOWER SHOW AWAlws.-The following are cor- rections of and additions to the list of awards given in the report last week :-Class 1-1, 2nd, Mr H. Free- man. The order of merit in Glasses 17, 22, 25 aud 2S, should have been reversed. ClasiI 41, 2nd, Mr T.Jones; Class 55--1, Mr A W. Trotmau; 2, Mr W J Sweet: Class Miss Flossie Greening Class 70-3rl, Mr T. Jones. ANGLI.G.-On Sunday last the river rosa about a foot, and early to-day (Friday) there was a rise of about 3ft. 6m, On Thursday, anglers were out, the river being in fair order, but the wind was aaraiu.st very successful sport, although a few s-tluaon were taken. To-day the water is discoloured. A large number of fish are running up. Kills :—Friday — Lol. Rocke, one, 7lbs, Monday—Mr Humphreys, one. Thursday — Mr Johnson, one, 151bs Capt,aia Johnson, one, 71bs; Mr Bisshopp, one, 12Lbs; Mr J. Pitt, a botcher. PRIZE POULTRy.-Tha following is a list of prizes recently taken by Dr Rut.herfoord Harris, of Llan- gibby Castle. whose head pouliryman is Mr S. Cook Tuobridge Wells, July 23rd. Silver Seabright Ban- tam Cock, 3rd; Royal Lancashire, Aug. 1st, Silver Seabright Bantam Pullet, 3rd; Bradtord-on-Avou, 4th inst., Rouen Duck (hatched 1903), 2nd: New- port Pagnell, 5th inst., Silver Seabright Bantam Cock, 1st; and Partridge Cochin Hen, 1st; R-td- stock, 12th inst., Black Orpington, 2nd, and Rouen Duck (1903), 2nd Bitton and Olilindi, 15th inst., Rouen Duett (1903), 1st; aud Lancaster, 19th inst..
Arbitration Case re Ccfn Iia Estate. On Friday, at the Westgato Hotel, Newport, Mr George Nicholls, auctioneer and estate agent, of Bristol, sat as the umpire in an arbitration which had been referred to him by Messrs. J. W. Hunt and D. T. Alexander. The arbitration had reference to a claim by Mrs Elizabeth Margaret Lister, widow of Major Lister, the owner of the Cefn Ila state, Usk, against Mr H. W. Hartmann, a Cardiff merchant, for dilapidations and repairs in respect to the property, which was leased to him. Mrs Lister formerly occupied Cefn Ila. Mr Hartmann now lives at Weston-super-Mare. Mr Hartmann had entered a counter-claim for breaches of covenant on the part of the landlady. Mr Lyndon Moore acted as Mrs Lister's advocate, while Mr Holman Gregory, of London, instructed by Messrs. Moxon and Lean, appeared fJf the lessee. Mr Lyndon Moore, in presenting the facts on behalf of the landlady, said that Mrs Lister had claimed for dilapidations and general damage of premises—Cefn Ila-belonging to her, and formerly occupied by Mr Hartmann. She had sustained loss of protit or rent caused by the condition in which he left the premises. She was the widow of Major Lister, who died some years; ago. The letting of the house and grounds was a matter of considerable financial importance to her, and she had sustained loss by her enforced liability to let the place. Mr Hartmann was a well-known merchant, who had inhabited a variety of mansions. He was an extremely careful man in negotiating for the premises. The umpire would find from the correspondence which would be produced that Mr Hartmann took every precaution to be perfectly satisfied that the premises were in an absolutely perfect condition when he entered into possession, and he expressed, in somewhat glowing language, his appreciation to Mrs Lister of the property. He did not wish to say anything offensive, but Mr Hartmann seemed to be a gentleman of somewhat autocratic demeanour, and the umpire would find from the tone he adopted and from the language he used that when once he considered his sense of dignity affronted, nothing was too strong or too bitter to say. When Mr Hartmann took the premises he took every possible precaution—he had the water analysed, and took an architect over the place. Having taken Mr James, all architect, over the premises, having expressed his satisfaction with the property, what did they find ? Admittedly, the premises must have been in a perfect condition when he took them. For a time everything went as happy as a marriage bell. When Mrs Lister met Mr Hartmann his language was of a most- courteous description. There was, however, one thing which seemed to have rumed him. It was about a gardener named Doyle, whom Mrs Lister wished to retain. These grounds were kept in as perfect a condition a? any pleasure grounds in the county of Monmouth could or should be kept. The suggestion made by Mrs Lister that the lessee should keep on certain workmen was made with a view of maintaining the efficiency in which the grounds were when they were let. From the time when Mr Hartmann seemed to have been rufied about the gardener there appeared to have been a growing aud accumulating friction, and a gradual process of irritation on the part of Mr Hartmann. In consequence ot what he considered Mrs Lister had done, or contemplated doing, in getting men. to mark certain timber, Mr Hartmann wrote to her iu March, 1900, saying that he looked upon this as a wantou act of destruction," and he should retaliate by "leaving the house, and advertising in London and local papers for an ex-convict with a large family as caretaker." Mr Hartmann added, My lease only runs for three years more, and I put it to you whether it will not pay you better to defer cutting the trees until the expiration of the lease than force rue to resort to means to damage your property. And I mean to do it, even if it should lead me into the Bankruptcy Court, if you persist in your efforts to cause me annoyance." It might be suggested, continued Mr Moore, that that letter was written in a moment of temporary irritation. The condition in which. the premises were left was absolutely consistent with the carrying out of that intense bitterness consistent with the threat to do serious damage. Mr Hartmann did not succeed in obtaining the valuable ex-convict with a large family. The condition in which the property was left was absolutely consistent with the story which Mra Lister would tell-it was consistent with a revengeful spirit. The premises were demised for a term of seven years terminable at five years. The tenancy was determined at the end of five years. Mrs Lister was most anxious to conciliate Mr Hartmann. and after the timber had been hauled across the drive she had the road repaired and passed by a surveyor. Under the lease he contended that Mr Hartmann was under an absolute obligation to keep the premises in a perfect state of repair. Mr Hartmann adopted a high-handed and autocratic attitude, and would not even allow Mrs Lister to inspect the property. The umpire had seen the property in a comparatively improved state. The lawns were reduced to a state of rauk and coarse grass, and even now that description would be applicable, though three gardeners had for some months been attending to them. There was an extremely useful and well laid-out kitchen garden, and he did not think he was indulging ia extravagant language when he said it was a wilderness. Part of the ground had, apparently, been used as a tipping ground for ruobish and bottles. Another part of the garden had beau used as a reatiug place for household rubbish. Valuable shrubs had been injured by the grass, around them having been fired, and a holly hedge damaged. The drawing-room had been transformed into a billiard room, which to his mind suggested the appearance of a bar parlour. The paper on the walls was altogether unsuitable to the character of the house. Cheap, tawdry paper had been plastered upon tha old papers. If he satisfied the umpire as to one-half of the condition in which. the premises were left, he contended that he sh u d have established a substantial and heavy claim to compensation on the part of Mra Lister. Mrs Lister, the first witness, said she was the owner of Cefn Ha. In May, 1897, in consequence of the death of her husband she thought of selling the property, but it was not sold, the reserve price not beiug roached. She then resolved to let it for the summer months. The grounds ware in the: most perfect order. Witness had lived there for twelve years, and she had known the property for 30 years. Her husband was proud of the shrubs and gardens. She heard from Messrs. Evans, of Chepstow, in reference to Mr Hartmann with wh 'in she had correspondence. He went over the house and grounds several times, and went so far as to have the water analysed. Eventually, as the result of negotiations, a lease was agreed unon. Mr and Mrs Hartmann both seemed very plf sed. with the place. Whenever she wanted to in-p^ct the premises obsacle:i were pbtoeJd 111 the way, one day mggested being a Sunday. She informed Mr- Hartmann that she wished to take possession of the property at the end of five years. When she went to th-i ho Be she was very much distressed at tie appearance of the billiurd-roam, which had beeu re-painted. The ceiling was a mass of stains, and. she had since bad it re-papered. She had also had.