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Tiie Battle of Mao-Yang. I Hallatu has almirably defined the de- cisive battles of the world as beiug those of which a contrary event would have varied essentially the dr,1.ma of the world in all its subsequent SCdue, and he mentioned, as illustrations, ilarathoa, Arbela, and Metaurus, Chalons, and Lnpsic, Sir Edward Creasy ha extended this iist to the number of fifteen, aud it is no exaggeration to sav that the present campaign in the Far East will furnish a sixteenth. It has already buen suggested that Liao-Yang fulfils the requirements, but whether that is so. or not. it is the turning point in events which will determine the question whether Russia or Japan should be the dominant Power in North-Eastern Asia. Liao-Yang, with the exception perhaps of Plassy, is the MOST IMPORTANT BATTLE I that has taken place on Asiatic soil since the time of Alexander the Great, and in the number of men engaged it must rank with Austerlitz, and the most memorable engage- ments of the war of 1870-1. We had nothing like it in South Africa, and, unless some Power should make an attack upon India, we are never likely to put in the field a force equal in numerical strength to that of either Japan or Russia. Bat if the battle of Liao-Yang was not absolutely decisive, it nevertheless left little room for doubt concerning the final victory. The Cz-ir's troops were beaten by an army whose courage was more daring and tenacious, and by generals whose tactic tl energy an I strategical ekiii were too much even for the brilliant Kuropatkin. The delusion which the Russians cuerished with regard to the strength of the foe was natural. It was hard to bdlieve that a nation which had been looked upon as the strongest military power iu the world was DOOMED TO DEFEAT I at the hands of despised Orientals, the yellow race that was never known to do anvt ling conspicuous in war. It was difficult, indeed, for Europe to believe such a thiug possible, and when we thought of the stubborn, even heroic, defence of Sebastopol, it was difficult to realise that the Power which for so long defied the combined forces of Britain, France, and Turkey, was destined to humiliation at the hands of Asiatics. One cannot but sym- pathise with General Kuropatkin in the disasters which have overtaken his armies, especially when we are told by the Russian correspondents of The Times, that he has been handicapped by intrigues at St. Petersburg. However that may be, we are informed very circumstantially that Kuro- patkin, who had visited Japan in the summer of 1903, advised strongly against a WARLIKE POLICY, I and that when his counsel was ignored, and he himself appointed to the supreme com- mand, he was handicapped by orders from those who had not one fourth of the oppor- tunities which he possessed for under- standing the situation. If the Russian bureaucracy has been guilty of such folly, it can scarcely be a matter for surprise that Nemesis has quickly overtaken the policy.
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Sept. 13-Fat and Store Stock, in Chepstow Cattle M ok 13—Twenty-five We'sh Ponies and Colts at Chepstow Cattle Market. 14-Fat and Store Stock, in Newport Cattle Market. 16—Household Appointments, at Salerooms, 12, Sninner-street, Newport. 19-Fat and Store Stock, at Usk Cattle Market. 19-60 Tons of Hay, at Usk. 21-Fa and Store Stock, at Newport Cattle Market. 21-Cart Colts and Horses, at Caerleon Fair. 27-Fat and Store Stock, in Chepstow Cattle Market. 27—Unreserved Sale of the Valuable Farm- ing Stock, Produce, and Effects, at Tymawr, Malpas, for Mr Edward Jenkins (leaving). 28—Fat and Store Soc,c, in Newport Cattle Market. 29-Stock at Pontnewydd. -Dwelling Houses in Ronald Roadj and other Important Properties in Maindee and Newport. 30—Highly Important and Extensive Sale of Valuable Live and Dead Farming Stock, at Llanpill Farm, Llanvi- hangel Tor-y-mynydd, for Mr John Frost, senr., (who is giving up the Farm). Oct. 3-Fat and Store [Stock,1 in Usk Cattle Market. 4-Large and Very Important Sale of Farming Stock, at the Pentre, Llan- tarnam, f.¡r Mr E. C. Davies (retiring). 5-Fat and Store Stock, in Newport Cattle Market. Oct. 13-The whole of the Live and DeadrStock, at Oelynen Farm, Llanthewy Vach, for Mr J. Rogers (letting the farm.) Oct. —Important Sale of Superior Farming Stock, at Nantybanno Farm, Llan. trissent, for Mr Edward Evans (leaving). 18—Large and Important Sale of Farming Stock and Produce, at Bradbury Farm, Crick. Oct. —Highly Important Sale of Clover and Meadow Hav, at the Coach and Horses, Caerwent. Oct. —Fat Stock, at Raglan. 27 -Priz- bred Poultrv, at Llangibby Castle, from Dr Rutherfoord Harris, M.P. Full particnlars in future advertisements, and from the Auctioneer, as above. To May Merchants 4" others. USK. "k/f R. Jo TTN H. RENNIE will SELL BY AUC- r LYJL TION without reserve. On MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 1904, (Usk Market Day) At 3 p.m., at TIE THREE SALMON'S HOTEL, USK, about 60 Tons of Priine ISeadow Hay, (in 5 riek!» standing at Llansoy, Cefn Tilla, and L'angeview, Sold under powers of a Deed of As- signment executed by Mr J. T. Bambury for the benefit of his creditors. Cards with particulars obtainable from the Auctioneers. Llanpill Farm, Llanvihangel Torymynydd. MR. JOHN FROST, Senr. (who is giving up the farm\ has fixed FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th, 1904, for his highly important and unreserrei sale of I Valuable Live and Dead Farming Stock, JOHN H. RENNIE, Auctioneer. Particulars in future Advertisements. :r; 'C: For Printing of all hinds try the County Observer" Office. Pentre Bach, Llantarnam, THE IMPORTANT AND EXTENSIVE UN- RESERVED SALE OF Farming Stock and Produce, n for Mr E. C. Davies (who is leaving) is fixo I for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4th, 1,4,4. JOHN U. RENNIE, Auctioneer. ""1:P-r: 1- 7" J L.F topples Woods for Sa Ie, by Tender. LOT 1,- Tbe Fallage of the PWLL WOOD, con- taining 20a. Or. 20p., situate in the Parish of LLAN-GWM UOHA, with 1 Ash, 3 Birch, and 4 Oak Stores, marked with white paint. LOT 2.—The Fallage of PENTWYN DUKE'S WOOD. containing 5a. Or. 21p., situate in the Parish of LLAXGWM UCHA, wuh 5 Ash, and 4 Cherry Stores, marked with white paint. The Stores and Timber to be reserved are marked with red paint. Lot 1 will be pointed out by MR MORGAN. Pwll Farm, and Lot 2 by MR POWBLL, Pentwyn Farm, Llso gwm Ucha, U,k. Tenders to be sent to URIAH G. WATKINS, North Newbold, R.S.O. Yorks, not later than lsT OCTOBER NEXT, of whom further particulars may be obtained. I 3rd September, 1904. West Monmouthshire School, Pontypool. HEAD MASTER J. H. PRIESTLEY, B.A. Lond. SCIENCE H. E. B. HUMPHRIES, B.Sc., A.R.C.S. MODERN LANGUAGES.G. F. BUCK, B.A., Lond. FORM MASTERS.A. G. D. BARTLETT, Lond. Univ. R HAIKB, Trin. Coll., Dublill. M E. WADDINGTON, Dnrham Univ. Term begins WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH. For Prospectus apply to the HEAD MASTER. Notice. V| R BAMBURY rents Stables and Yards with »S Kensington Cottage. He has received no notice from his landlord, Mr Lloyd, of the firm of Messrs Lloyd and Pratt, solicitors, Newport. Registration of Voters. PARLIAMENTARY AND MUNICIPAL BOROUGH OF MONMOUTH. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EDWARD ANNESLEY OWEN, Esquire, Barrister- at-Law, having been duly appointed to Revise the Lists of Voters in the Election of a Member for the Parliamentary Borough of Monmouth, and also the List of Persons entitled to be enrolled as Burgesses of the Municipal Borough of Monmouth, will hold Courts for those purposes AT MONMOUTH. At the BOROUGH COURT, on TUESDAY, the 13th day of SEPTEMBER, 1904, at 12.15 p.m. FOR THE BOROUGH OF MONMOUTH, AND AT USK, At the SKSSSIONS HousE, on WEDNESDAY the 14th day SEPTEMBER, 1904, at 11.30 a.m., FOR'THE BOROUGH OF USK. The Overseers of every Parish are required to attend and bring with them to the Revising Barrister's Court the several notices of Claims of Voters, and all Notices of Objections to Voters sent or delivered to them, relating to their res- pective Parishes or Places, and all Rates made for the Relief of the Poor at their resoective Parishes or Places, between the 5th day of January, 1903, and the 20th day of July in the present year. BICKERTON H. DEAKIN, Town Clerk of the Borough of Monmouth. Monmouth, August 20th, 1904. USK FARMERS' CLUB. PRESIDENT ALBE,RT ADDAMS- WILLIAMS, Esq., J.P. p The BM Annual Meeting OF THE ABOVE CLUB, WITH Show of Horses, CaUIe, Sheep, Pigs, Dairy Produce, &c, AVILL BE HELD IX The Cattle Market, Usk, On Thursday, September 29th, 1904 Commencing at 11 o'clock. N. B.-The Classes include Special Exhibits, late of the Usk Colt Show Committee, which body is now amalgamated with the Usk Farmers' Club. Also, in connection with the Monmouthshir Technical Instruction Committee, a Competitive Examination in Shoeing, Exhibition of Poultry, Eggs, Batter and Cheese. Special Prizes in Classes 1 and 2 (County Council Classes) will be given by Dr Rutherfoord Harris, M. P., for the best exhibits of the wife or daughter of a member of the Usk Farmers' Club. All Entries Close to the Secretary on Monday. September 19th. PRIZES AMOUNTING TO £ 140. Admittance to Show, 6d. Members, Sub- scribers, aud Exhibitors, Free. Luncheon on the Ground, at 12.30. Tickets of Mr C E. WagotaiT, Three Salmon's Hotel, Usk, 28. 6d. For Schedules and furthur particulars apply to ARTHUR F. LUCAS, Secretary. Monmouthshire Asylum, Abergavenny. TO GROCERS, MILLERS, BOOT AND LEATHER MERCHANTS. THE COMMITTEE OF VISITORS of this JtL Asylum ar.) williny to receive TENDERS from pirtie« desirouK of Contracting to supply the Asylum with uny of the nndermentioned Articles, for the periods hereinafter stated, viz: General Grooerie* far Six Months, from the 1st dav of October next. Flour, for Three M tnfchs t'rwll the 1st day of October ntaxt,. Samples of Flour, in quantities of not less than One Sack, to be suit in not later than Tuesday, the 20th day of September. A given quantity of Boots and Lenthor to be supplied a', once. The Asylum sidings on the London and North Western Railway, and on the Hereford Section of the Great Western Railway, are available for delivering goods to the Asylum. Tenders accompanied by samples of all Articles which will admit thereof, to be sent to the Asylum not later than 10 o'clock in the Morning of TUESDAY, the 27th day of SEPTEMBER, and super- scribed "Teuder for Flour," or as the case may be. Forms of Tender will be supplied on application by letter, or otherwise, at the Clerk's Office in the Asylum. The Committee of Visitors do not bind them- selves to accept the lowest or any Tender. CHAS. OWEN, Clerk and Steward. Cysllsts, Up! Saturday, Sept. 10th. 7.25 Sunday, 11th 7.23 Monday, 12th., 7.21 Tuesday, 13th. 7.18 Wednesday, 14th. 716 Thursday, 15th. 7.14 Friday, 16th 7.12 Saturday, 17 th 7.10 Being One hour after Sunset. :'JH T tt 'rs. &e.. MR Ending September 17th, 1904. Sept. Sat. 10—Pontypool Petty Se "ions. Sun. 11 — Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity. Mon. 12-Monmoutb Market. Tues. 13-A oergavenny Market. Chepstow Petty Sessions. Usk Urban District Council. Wed. 14—Newport Cattle, Corn, and Cheese Markets Abergavenny Petty Sessions. Revision Court at Usk. Thurs. 15-Caerleon Petty Sessions. Sat. 17—Pontypool Petty Sessions. Football-Usk v. Newport Nonde- scripts, at Usk. Hunting Appointments. MR. CLAY'S SUBSCRIPTION OTTER HOUNDS Will meet next week (water permitting) :— Wednesday, Sept. 14th.Old Forge, Monmouth At 8.15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17th. Skenfrith At 9.30 a.m. County Courts in Circuit 24. COURTS will be held at the several Court-towns on this Circuit, before Iiis Honour JUDGE OWEN, the Judge thereof, on the days and at the time hereunder mentioned:- Time, a.m. July Aug. Oct. Chepstow 10 — 8 3 Barry 10 5 2 4 Cardiff 10 6 3 5 „ 10 7 4 6 „ 10 8 5 7 „ 10 9 6 8 Abergavenny 10 15 10 Blaenavon 10 11 Tredegar 9.30 12 9 11 Pontypool 10 13 10 12 Newport 10.30 14 11 13 „ 10.30 15 12 14 Monmouth.. 10 19 16 15 Ross 9.30 13 1 Crickhowell.. 11 17 21 Usk 11 — 18 20 -0 'Vi r itSi Volunteer Battalion South Wales Borderers. G COMPANY, USK. Sunday, September litb.-Church Parade, Full Dress, helmets, waist belt and frog. Th Battalion Baud will attend, 10 20 a.m. Monday, September ]2th.-Company Drill; Dress: —Drill Order, at 7.30 p.m. Wednesday, September 14th.—Class Firing at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 15th.-Recruits' Drill, plain clothes, at 7.30 p.m. ¡ The Company will attend Divine Service at Llanbadoc Church. After the Service Sergt A. J. Jones will be presented with the Volunteer Lone Service Medal, and Lance-Sergt C. P. Thomas and Corpl D. H. Lewis with an additional clasp, for service in South Africa. It is expected that every member available will attend. RECRUITS. Intending Recruits are requested to call at the Armoury on Monday next, at 7.30 p.m. for enrolment. By order, H. J. WILLCOX, Captain, Commanding G^Company,
I USK. I Agent-Mrs. E. K. Jones. Stationer I DR. BOULTON.—The bulletin this (Friday) morning was "A slight improvement has had a good night." At three o'clock this afternoon the I report was that he remained about the same. ANSLING.—The river rose a foot this (Friday) morning, but this is not suffioient to greatly improve sport. Mrs Lister, on Monday, killed a fifteen- pounder, in Penyllyn, and this with a salmon taken from the Rock Poole by Mr J. T. Davies, on Wednesday, completes the week's record.
CAERLEON. I Agent— Miss M. A. Eoans, NeiowjeHt, Gross-Ureet- I URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The monthly meeting was held on Tuesday even- ing, Mr H. Crease presiding, and there were also present Colonel Sir Arthur Mack worth, Rev. D. Bevan Jones, Messrs. T. Parry. J.P., J. H. Taylor, W. Welsford, L. Foster Stedman, and J. Green. At the last meeting Mr C. J. Fox was appointed Surveyor to the Council. According tn au order of the Local Government Board, it was found neces- sary to specify the period of the appointment, and Mr Fox was appointed for one year. Mr Harris, the ex-surveyor, reported that several sanitary improvements had been effected during the month. Two extra lamps were required to light the road near the railway station. It was decided to have them erected. A letter was read from the manager of the South Wales Electrical Distribution Company, stating, in reply to an inqury from the Council, that they could not uudertake to supply electric light to the Council, except in bulk. Mr Harris wrote stating that all papers, plans, etc., which had been in his possession, had been handed over to the Clerk, who had p issed them on to the new officer. Mr Taylor asked where the plans of the town drainage, etc., were. It was decided to ask Mr Harris whether he had a plan, and, if so, whether he would hand it over to the Council. Dr. De Gruchy reported that there had been no cases of infectious disease during the month. In accordance with notice, Mr Taylor moved that the circular calling the meetings of the Council should contain an agenda of the business to be transacted, and that no business other than that mentioned on the agenda should be considered at the meeting, without the unanimous sanction of the Council.—Sir Arthur Mackworth seconded.—Mr Parry moved an amendment that the Clerk should specify upon the notice calling the meeting, any special business which he knew of. Nothing had been rushed by the Council, which ought to have reoeived more consideration.-Rev. D. B. Jones seconded.—Mr Taylor denied Mr Parry's remarks that nothing had been rushed through. He coull racall several matters which had been rushed through, and it, was to prevent a repetition that he moved the resolution.—Mr Parry's amendment wns afterwards withdrawn. Mr Taylor adding the words I other than the routine business of the Council," to the resolution, which was carried. The Council resolved itself into a committee to discuss the alleged refusal by the late Surveyor to grant a cer iflcate in regard t, the alleged extra- ordinary" traffic over the road to the new asylntnjj
Lively Discussions. A meeting of the Monmouthshire Education Conamiif.ee was held in the Council Chamber Peotonville. Newport, on Wednesday afternoon, when among those pre; out wore Aldermen J. R* Jacob (chairman), J. DIUliel (vice-chai"rnau), Lord Tredegar, S. N. Jones, E. Grove, P. W. Raffau, W. Williams, D. Jones, G. Jones, W. Hughes, R. Phillips, °ouncill'irs Hon. J. M. RMls, Rev T. G. James, Rev T Thomas, A. A. Williams, J. D. Marsh, I. Butler, Col. Curre. W*. P. James \\T Thomas, G. H. Nurse, B. Nicholas. A. O .ions', lil W.David, G. Edwards, W. Edwards. — Evans — L«wis. E. J. Richards. S. W. Jones, C. Tillo^" T Griffiths T.J. Prica, Mrs W. P. James, and Mrs P. W. Raffau.
Tiie Appointment of Le^al Adviser. The report of the Emergency Sub-Committee- was brought up by the Chairman. It set out The question of the appointment of Legal Adviser to the Committee was considered. Alderman Jacob a-tid that, in his opinion, it would be a ma,er of considerable ecoiiorn.)7 tcp appoint Mr C. Dauucey, who at present receives the following salaries from the iiiiier-tneLii;)iiect School Boards, viz.:—Bedwellty, £ 302, LlalJ- gynnider, CE;O, Maehen, X60 per annum and the average emoluments for legal services would appear to be £ 105 per annum, t >tal, £5-¿7. Alderman Jac )b then moved, and Alderman John Daniel sdconded, the fallowing recommen- dations to the Education Committee (a) That Mr C D tuncey be appointect Secretary and Legal Adviser to the Committee, and that the following duties be assigned top him:— ° (1) To attend and advise at all meetings of the General Education Committee, and tQt supervise minur.es of the proceedings of the- Education Sub-Committees. (2) General duties to comprise necessary legal work connected with the managers of all Schools; contracts for purchase and con- veyance of land for any new bohools. alsa contracrs for building same, and effacting all necessary loans, and any other duties of a legal character (3) T i ba responsible for correspondence- on edticati,, tal matters with the Board of Education. Such engagement to commence- on the appointed day-26th September, 1904 —and to be subject to three montha' notice out. either side. (b) That he be offered the position of Clerk to the Managers of the under-meotioued Groups of Provided Schools, at the following salaries Bed wellty Group, LI-50. Tredegar Group, £ 150, and Nautyglo and Blaina Group 2100 per annum. (c) That his salarp as Secretary and Legal Adviser be fixed at 1300 per annum. (d) That Mr Aled Jones be offured the retiring- peusion to which he is entitled. His total pension is approximately £ 16 > per annum, the proportion oayable by this County being abo;tt f,,37, and the remainder being payable by the autonomous districts of Aberdllery aud Ebbw Vale. An amendment was moved by Alderman Sir Henry Mather Jackson, Bart., and seconded by Councillor A. A. Williams, that the duties of Legal Adviser be limited to dealing with the legal matters which have to be dealt with by this Committee. On a division, the amendment was negatived by six votes to three. A further amendment was moved by Coun- cillor Parry, and seconded by Alderman Sir Henry Mather Jackson, Bart., that the Clerk of the County Council be recommended a Legal Adviser to the Committee at a salary of £ 200 per annum. The amendment was negatived, three being in favour and seven against. The original motion was then submitted to the- meeting and declared carried. The Chairman moved that Mr C. Dauncey be appointed Secretary and Legal Adviser to the- Committee. He said that no one could accuse him of ill-feeling or animus in the matter. He had always got on pleasantly with Mr Gustard, and had found him an easy man to get on with. It was not on personal grounds that he opposed his selection, but upon general grounds, aud the grounds of efficiency. As by the terms of hia appointment as Clerk to the County Council, Mr Gustard had engaged to devote the whule of his time to the office, he had now nothing moro to offer without a loss of efficiency in one or other of the departments or the appointment of more assistants. Then, again, he (the speaker) was against pluralisiug offices, and in favour of giving other and younger aspirants to office a chance. Mr Gustard was one of the best paid men ill th County. He had a fixed salary of £1,200 a year. but they did not know what he really got because there were other sources of income, for instance be got paid for duties in connection with tho. registration of voters, and there was a considerables picking from the contested elections of the County, and so on, so that he considered that he was exceedingly well paid. However, he wished tOo speak of him with every respect. Then Mr Gustard had not, in his opinion had the necessary experience in the working of the Education Act. and consequently had not reaped that harvest of knowledge which was the result of such experience and could only be gained thereby. Further, the, Council had agreed to accept the Welsh Educa- tional policy, and on one occasion Mr Gustard, when appealed to, gave an opinion that they would be acting ultra vires. Yet having acted ia the way suggested the heavens had not fallen, but the Government had acknowledged defeat anct brought in a supplementary Act. Mr Dauucey, on the other hand, had had 20 years experience ill the administration of Eiuoation Acts, and ho would be an expert as their legal adviser. If they searched the whole of Monmouthshire or Soutli Wales they could not find one betcer qualified. By appointing him clerk to the school groups. named at £100, they would be effecting a save of £ 127 per annum. Mr Dauncey was to be in attendance there every morning during the usual office hours. One or two objections had been urged against his appointment, with which be would deal. The fir,.it was that it would interfere with the heads of other departments, and that ha would be a kind of dictator. But the Education Committee would be the supreme and unifying body, to whom all would be responsible. Then it was said that there would be a conflict in the discharge of the dutias between the clerks of tha- various departments, but he did not see how that; could be. The Vice-Chairman seconded the proposi- tion. Oa the suggestion of Alderman Grove the salaries attached to the VArious groups were altered, but the total of 14:00 remained the same. Mr Nicholas proposed the deletion of the word "necessary" in the d-fiaition of duties of the Sec- retary and Legal Adviser, and it was agreed to. Mr Marsh said Mr Dauncey's salary was too much: and the salary of the clerks to the other groups tot small if they compared the amounts. Upon what basis the matter had been worked out he could no tell, but he thought the proper and fair way would be with regard to the number of schools. The Vice-Chairman siid the number of scholars must be taken into consideration. The mora bcholars the more work. Mr Marsh said that was not hi" view. There might be a few morp fi-jur^s to add up, but the!* was the sime acual w ,rk nehool for s«h >ol. pointed out, in this connection that while Mr Da Inoey would he pari at the ratufcf £ 12 par school, the Clerk to tho Abergavenny group would only get 1;5 108. Od. pjr school—differential treatment being given as between asriuultural aud industrial groups. Besides, the schools in the country districts were miles apart, while those in the other districts were