\M is tie Point/ \?7 We are Dot all the Biggest, Best, SLXJL€3L Claeapest, But you may judge for yourself The Magnitude of our Stock, The Quality of our Goods, and The Moderateness of our Prices, BY VISITING (it II Fllffll COIdSBl COMMEll f Li L STREET, NEWPORT. Catalogues Free. Free Delivery. JOHN H. RENNIK Member of the Auctioneers Institute by Exam- ination.) AGRICULTURAL AND GENERAL AUC- TIONEER, TENANT RIGHT & TIMBER VALUER, SURVEYOR, LAND AGENT, BOrEL AND INSURANCE BROKER. Newport. Usk, 9" Chepstow Districts. Sales of Fat and Store Stock in NEWPORT, USE, and CHEPSTOW, CATTLE MAKKETS on Market Days. Horses in NEWPORT MARKET monthly. Furniture and Chattel Effects, SALEROOM, periodically. Chief Offices and Saleroom 6 and 12, SKINNER STREET, NEWPORT. Nat. Telephone, 062.5. Telegrams, Rennie Auction Fixtures. 1904. Early date—Furniture and Outside Effects, at the Five Halls, Shirenewon. 13-Christmas Fat S^ck Show and Sale, at Chepstow Cattle Market 14—Christmas Fat Stock Show and Sale, at Newport Cattle Market. 21-Fat and Store Stock, at Newport Cattle Market. Dec. —Valuable Leasehold Properties in New- port. Full particulars in future advertisements and Catalogues, to be obtained from the Auctioneer, as above. By Messrs. MARFELL & POOLE. Town Hall, Usk. SALE OF HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE. MESSRS MARFELL & POOLE will SELL BY AUCTION, without reserve, on MONDAY, DECEMBER 19TH, 1904 (Market Day), several lots of useful Household Furniture, DAIRY UTENSILS, and OTHER EFFECTS, removed for convenience of Sale. COMPRISING— Mahogany dining table, Windsor, cane-seated, and arm chairs, kitchen table with drawers, deal tables, chiffonier, fenders and fire irons, barrel churn, large block, tin cheese bowl, milk puns, tubs, benches, bacon rack, cooler, dress tables, wash stands, iron bedsteads, feather beds, mat- tresses, tools, and sundry other lots. Sale at 2 o'clock in the Afternoon, Auctioneers' Oilices-The Willows. Usk. Printing of all Descriptions the Office of this Paper. -O\I.<v- By Messrs. DAVIS, NEWLAND & HUNT. Chepstow Cattle Market. CHRISTMAS FAT STOCK SALE, 1904. MESSRS D VIS, NEWLAND, and Hunt will hold their Annual Sale of Fat Stock, in the above Market, on TUESDAY NEXT, DECEMBER 13TH, 1904. Present Entries include QAA RIPE FAT BULLOCKS, MAIDEN 'wV/vy HEIFERS, and COWS, including a large entry of Grand West Highland Bullocks. from EDWARD OURRE, Esq.; JAA EXCEEDINGLY PRIME FAT SHEEP ivv and LAMBS, including some grand two-year-old Down Wethers and Lambs, and Welsh Mountain Wethers and Lambs QAA of the choicest dairy-fed PORKER and 4\JKJ BACON PIGS. The above Stock is of excellent quality, and has been fed expressly for this Sale. A week's keep will be given on the greater portion, and every assistance rendered in the trucking. Sale to commence with the Sheep at 10.30 a.m. sharp. Chepstow, December, 1904. I 3>JOtiOO. I CHEPSTOW URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. Market Days. Beginning with the year 1905, the Chepstow Stock Markets will be Held Fortnightly, commencing from TUESDAY, JANUARY 10TH, 1905. Annual Wool Fair, JUNE 22ND. Annual Horse Fair, AUGUST 8TH. Annual Stock Sheep Fairs, SEPTEMBER 5TH and 19th, 1905. FOTHERGILL EVANS, Clerk. Bank Chambers Chepstow, November 2sth, 1904. .=- .r- .Jr- Bargains! Bargains!! Bargains! Bazaar Surplus Stock & RUMMAGE SALE, LL\NBADOC PARISH ROOM, Wed.nesday; December 14th. 3 to 6 p.m. Including a Choice Selection of Plain and Fancy Needlework. Admission ( Adults) 3d. No reasonable offer refused ::=t:7"_ ¿ Mr. W G. Seaton t, IS open to receive Pupils for DRAWING and PAINTING. At own or pupil's residenco, Apply, NEW MARKET STREET, USK. For PHnting of all Descriptions Try the County Observer Office. -i'il' Br J.Collis Browne's ^hlcr^lrX The? ORIGINAL and ONLY GENUINE. f&g The Best Remedy known for lift ^j* ifcljj fff Admitted by the Profession B ff COUGHS, COLDS, L*3| 1 ■ ASTHMA, BRONCHITIS, Rvfope *^11! Effectually cuts short all ||| I ■ CONSUMPTION. ^Th^oia' ffl DIARRHOEA™ itill» NEURALGIA. TOOTHACHE, 3 V CHOLERA'and BplS GOUT, RHEUMATISM. M DV^ENTP E&V Overwhelming Medical Test[- j&sW s <w a« 1 EL s"* Y a ggggjgggggggjl mony accompanies each bottle. J SOLD IN BOTTLES BY ALL CHEMISTS. ^SBr j at 1/H. 2/9 and 4/6 each. J 'J PfltHT,ttENTS. &c., FOR WKfiE Ending December 17th, 1904. DT;J. Sat. 10—Pontypool Petty Sessions. Football Usk v. Abergavenny, at Usk. Grouse and Black Game Shooting ends. S-m. 11—Third Sunday in Advent. Mon. 12-Moumomh Market. Tnes. 13-Abergavpyiny Market. Cbepstow Petty Sessions. Usk Urban District Council. Christmas Fat Stock Sale, Chepstow Cattle Market, by Messrs Davis, Newland, and Huut. (See Advt.) Wed. 14-Newport Cattle, Corn, and Cheese Markets. Abergavenny Petty Sessions. Thurs. 16—Usk Petty Sessions. Concert, Llangibby Club Room. Sat .\7-Pontypool Petty Sessions. Football-Usk v. Pill Reserves, at Newport. Cyclists, Light Up! Saturday, Dec. 10th. 4.49 Sunday, 11 11th 4.49 Morday, 12th. 4.49 Tuesday. 13th. 4.49 Wednesday, 14th. 449 Thursday; loth 4.49 Friday, 16th. 4.49 Saturday, 17th. 4.50 Being One hour after Sunset. Hunting Appointments. THE LLANGIBBY HOUNDS WILL MEET ON Tuesday, December 13th Catsash At Eleven o'clock. Friday, December 16th The Sluvad At Eleven o'clock. MONMOUTHSHIRE HOUNDS WILL MEET ON Monday, December 12th King of Prussia At Eleven o'clook Wednesday, December 14th. HilBton Park At Eleven o'clock Thursday, December 15th Agincourt Square At Eleven o'clook. Friday, December 16th Tregate Bridge At Eleven o'clock. MR. CURRE'S HOUNDS WILL MEET ON Monday, December 12th Tredean At Eleven o'clock. Thursday, December 15th Nine Wells At Eleven o'clock. iih Voluitteer Battalion South | Wales Borderers. G COMPANY, USK. RECRUITS. Intending Recruits are requested to call at the Armoury on Tuesday next, at 7.30 p.m. for enrolment. By order, H. J. WILLCOX, Captain, Commanding G Company. c- County Courts in Circuit 24. COURTS will be held at the several Court-town on thi« Circuit, before His Honour JUDGE OWEN, the Judge thereof, on the days and at the me hereunder mentioned Time, a.m. Nov. Dec. Jan. Chepstow 10 — 5 Barry. 10 1 6 10 Cardiff 10 2 7 11 „ 10 3 8 12 „ 10 4 9 13 10 5 10 14 Abergavenny 10 12 Blaenavon 10 7 16 Ttedegar 9.30 8 13 17 Pontypool 10 9 14 18 Newport 10.30 10 15 19 1030 11 16 20 Monmouth. 10 12 20 24 Ross 9.30 3 Crickhowell 11 2 Usk 11 1
I Births, Marriages, & Deaths. Announcements under this heading are inserted at a uniform charge of 1/- each, unless such ".Cords as "NÓ Cards," No Flowees," efe., are added, when the charge will be 2/6. All Announcements must be authenticated. Postage Stamps may be sent in payment. Lists of Wedding Presents are inserted at the rate of 1/6 per inch in depth. DEATH. BILcLirrE.Uii loving memory of Edwin Bilcliffe, who died at Little Mill Reformatory, November 30th, 1904, aged 47.
I A Ian of Many Parts. William Parker (24). carpenter by day, insurance agent in the evening, and burglar by night, was sentenced at Clerkenwell Sessions on Wednesday to fifteen months' imprisonment for burglary at Highgafce. During the last three months it is be- lieved that Parker committed between thirty and forty burglaries within a mile of his workshop in York-rise, Highgate. His foolish way of spending money led to his being shadowed," and his daring is shown by the fact that when Sergeant Gale arrested him he was wheeling away a hand- cart which he had stolen a few nights before, from a man to whom he had sold it a week earlier. He was about to sell it again when he was arrested.
A Working-man's Question. At a sessional meeting of the Society of Arts, Mr B. H. Morgan read a paper on I I The Systematic Promotion of British Trade" which was not intended to point any moral of fiscal reform, but demonstrated very for- cibly, nevertheless, the necessity for some change in our commercial relations with other countries. The figures which he quoted, taken from the abstracts of the Board of Trade, were precisely those which have been adduced in some measure of fiscal reform, and it would be just as absurd to quarrel with them as it would be to take exception to the multiplication table. For all that, people have quarrelled with them, but when they have passed unchallenged at a meeting of the Society of Arts it may be that they will command more attention than when quoted from a party platform. Briefly then, Mr Morgan shewed that British Col- onies are taking, every year, goods from foreign countries which, to the value of 25 or 30 millions sterling, might just as well be sent to them from British factories. In the case of Australia, British exports to that country had actually dropped from 26 to 23 millions sterling in the last decade, while the trade from foreign countries had in- creased from 6 to 11 millions. An examin- ation of the statistics revealed A STILL MORE UNSATISFACTORY STATE OF THINGS, and it was only too plain from the evidence which Mr Morgan adduced that we are not obtaining our proper share of the world's trade. Several measures of a remedial description were suggested by Mr Morgan, and notably the direction and re-organisa- tion of our industrial affairs by the State There is a good deal in this point The chairman, Sir John Cockburn, had truly remarked that foreign nations are highly organised, and he might have pointed to the case of Germany where the State co- operates most intimately with the manu- facturer and exporter for the promotion of trade and commerce. As the chairman said, It would be about as reasonable to oppose a Noah's Ark to a modern warship as to expect an unorganised trading man to com- pete successfully with nations who had or- ganised their trade to the highest point of efficiency. Many members of both Houses of Parliament are agitating for the creation of a ministry of commerce, which would, it is hoped, meet the want referred to by the -iotarer. No doubt a well-organised 11 MINISTRY OF COMMERCE would help us, but the odds against us are too graat to admit of any very marked ac- cession of prosperity, from that source alone, in the lifetime of people now living. At the present moment a bitter cry of distress is reaching us from all parts of the country where honest and willing workers are un- able to obtain employment. These recur- rent periods of depression, with their terrible results to the working classes, present the most momentous economic problem of our time, and whatever can be done should be done quickly. Those who advocate some measure of fiscal reform, whether they sup- port Mr Balfour, or go further and agree with Mr Chamberlain, believe that a great deal can be done, and with the example of tti, Urited States before them, they ask whether it is reasonable to suppose that Britain is right and every country in the world —including our own Colonies—wrong, in this matter of fiscal policy. Whether or not we impose these taxes upon food, we can, at any rate, say to foreign countries that unless they treat us as we have treated them, we shall not permit them to inundate our markets with manufactured articles which we could just as well produce our- selves, and thereby afford employment to people who are now practically in a state of semi-starvation. Further, we could extend to our colonies some of that preference which Canada, and one or two others, are extending to us, and so encourage them to keep their trade within the Empire. A million pounds spent in wages in our fac- tories would decrease, at any rate appreci- ably, the present distress, but we are throwing away every year many millions which might just as well go to our factories as to the foreigner, who does his very utmost to keep our goods out of his markets.
The Proposed Presentation to Lord Tredegar. E3 It > a distinctly new feature in presenta- I tion-making to collect money and dictate to the recipient how it is to be expended. Yet this is what is being done with regard to tne proposed tribute to Lord Tredegar. Out of a mass of newspaper correspondence and printed interviews on the subject, the most graceful expressions we have met with so tar have emanated from Dr Garrod I Thomas and Mr E. E. Micholls. The for- mer says :—" I would desire to honour Lord Tredegar on account of his own merits and personality, and the best way to do I that, It appears to me, would be to collect the money and offer it to him as if he were I a poor rwtll. If he wished a consultation with a committee as to how to dispose of it, I THE DIFFERENT SCHEMES might then be discussed. But to make the collection and to associate it with any sug- gestion for its disposal seems to me to de- prive the movement of much of its grace." Further pressed as to which scheme he really preferred, the Doctor said, "Which- ever may be the most pleasing to Lord Tredegar. I can conceive of a smaller sum, contributed unconditionally, affording his lordship more gratification than a larger amount already ear-marked." Mr Micholls, who has been in Monmouthshire three mouths, cannot but think that Lord Trede- gar, who has lived here all his life, knows thoroughly the wants and requirements of the neighbourhood, and he feels that it would diminish the grace of the memorial if his lordship were not left to decide what form it should take. Lord Tredegar, he thinks, will see that the memorial repre- sents that which is of THE GREATEST BENEFIT I to the community, but he should be the sole judge of its precise form. It appears to us that, either consciously or uncon- sciously, the advocates of a cut-and-dried special scheme—however admirable that .scheme may he—are minimisiug the very qualities which make his lordship one whom all men delight to honour, and which created the unanimous desire to memorial- ize him.
MISS DAY'S CONCERT. Miss Maud Day's second annual concert, given in. the Town Hall, Usk, on Wednesday evening, was a great success in every way. It was organized to give much-needed financial aid ti the Uak Rifla- Club, and, judging from the fact that every part of the house was crowded, and many people were,, turned away, there not bains; even standing room, the result must be as gratifying to the beneficiaries as to the organizer. The following were thi,rtiste, :-Miss L. Thomas, of Bristol, and Miss Maud Day, sopranos Miss Hillier, of Newport, contralto Mr W. Naishe of Newport, and Dr. E. L. M. Fiickett, of Usk, bari- tones; Miss Amy Elliott, Uak, elocutionist; and Herr Karl Hoffmann, of Birmingham, violinist. Mr. W. Collins and Misa Maud Day acted as accompanists. The songs contributed by Miss Thomas and Miss Day were weil rendered and much applauded. Miss Hillier was encored for her first item, and responded wiih a rendering of Sing me to sleep," which suits her voice admirably, and was charmingly g van. Mr Gronow possesses a voice of fine coijcpass, and WC,8 best in his last contribution..Mr Naiahe installed himself into popular favour at the onset, and was brought back for another song. Dr' Hackett was also a favourite, and sang his Irish sougs in characteristic style. Mr H. G. Powell supplied the comic element, and in excellent taste
\|RS BILCLIFFE and FAMILY wish to itk THANK all the friends for their expres- sions of sympathy and kindness shown in their sad bereavement.
[We do not necessarily endorse all our correspondent writes.—ED. "C.O."] THE KING. Of the thoughtful acts that display the kindly nature of our Kins* there is no eni. The lonely monastery of the Great Saint Bernard has just received a doubtless welcome proof not alone of his Majesty's consideration, hut of his memory for old associations. In 1858 the King, as Prince of Wales, paid a visit to the place, and being painfully struck by the thought that not one note of instrumental music wis ever heard in that solitude, the mouks soon after received as a present from his Royal Highness a hand- some piano. Years ago, however, in the absence of tuner or other competent person, the instrument became hopelessly spoiled. Latterly, this state of things, it is said, came to the knowledge of the King, who has promptly de-patched a new piano. What a many-sided man his Mtjesty is, always doing the right thing, at the right time, and in the right way. LORD TREDEGAR. The County has been a good deal exercised of hte ad to te most suitable way of perpetu'tting Lord Tredegar's benefactions, and various sug- gestions have been offered thereaned. Ap- parently, it only remains for Ulk to suggest that a small portion of the money collected might be very appropriately used in adorning the walls of the Sessions House, at Usk, with a portrait of his lordship. Both on account of his being Lord Lieutenant and a regular attendant at Quarter Sessions this seems a fitting compli- ment. DUMPING OF ALIENS, The Radicals must surely by this time recognise the fact that to wreck the Aliens Bill was a piece of the greatest political folly. At a time when sufficient work cannot be found for our own industrial classes, destitute foreigners, carrying with them dirt and disease, are streaming into London by the thousand. An influx of undesirables" of all kinds is pouring iu from every Continental steamer, and they not only take away the bread from our own people's mouths, but live under conditions which are a menace to the public health and an outrage upon deceucy. THE SEVEN PLAGUES. "London Opinion says the seven plagues of 11 London are street-organs, tea-shops, musical comedy, association football, fog, Fleet Street, and Local Government. LLANFRECHFA LOWER. I see that another meeting has been held in 11 the Parish of Llanfrechfa Lower to consider the advisability of seceding from the Rural District of Pontypool and becoming an urban power. It may be recollected that a former meeting held for the consideration of the same matter ended iuharmoniously. This one ended other- wise I am told, but from that it must not be inferred that there was no opposition to the project. It would seem that Mr John Evans, the Chairman of the Parish Council, is the leader of the Home Rule" faction, and he laid before the meeting a long statement which. no doubt, proved to his own satisfaction, that Home Rule, in the particular form he advocates, is THE thing wauted at Llanfrechfa Lower. He may have fellow-parishioners who share his opinion, but, doubtless, there are others-many others —who, bearing in mind that figures may be made to prove anything, will think a little before accepting "as audited and found correct" his balance sheet showing a saving to the parish of X170 a year if only they will but appeal for and get the power which will make their Council Chairman a J.P. Can he for a moment believe that he is going to get a clerk, a collector, a medical officer, aud an inspector of nuisances for 960 a year ? I am afraid the Local Government Board would have something to say about the salary of the Medical officer at any rate, even if one could be found to act for the munificent sum of £10 annually. Further, I would point out that he has made no provision at all for the salary of a surveyor, and his balance sheet proves it, for he credits the account with P,5 moiety of the medical officer's salary and £10 of the inspector's salary payable by the County Council out of the Exchequer Account. It should be borne in mind that no moiety of a surveyor's salary is obtainable from that source. Consequently if Mr Evans is going to combine the two offices in one person he will have to divide up the R20 and get a grant in aid on the one portion only. Without data at hand one cannot speak positively, but one may safely venture to assert that nowhere in the County will be found officers at such salaries as these clerk, CI5 collector, 15 M.O.H., 210 inspector, JE20. It would also seem from this balance sheet that the only work the U.D.C. would have to spend money on would be in connection with the district roads and the footpa.ths No doubt Llanfrechfa Lower is contributing more money to the R.D.C. than is expeuded upon it; the other parishes in the district, however, can use the same argument in regard to their contributions to the Poor Law admiuistra- tion. The iucideuce of taxation, therefore, is not so one-sided as at first sight it looks. # No doubt the G W.R. Company would like to see the change, for it would mean a considerable saving to them in the matter of rates it would also mean lower receipts to the parish from land It cannot for a moment be asserted that the R.D.C, has not paid respectful attention to all that the Parish Council has had to urge oil behalf of their portion of the district, nor that it has been lacking in painstaking efforts to carry out much-needed improvements. To the Councillors is not. due the blame for the delay in carrying out a scheme of water-supply, nor is ifc their fault that the proposed bye-laws are not in operatiou. Further, the Pa.ish Council hast always been courteously consulted in every matter of importance. Other aspects of the question I shall leave for a future occasion. But I think I have pointed, out enough to prove that the matter is one which, requires carefui consideration on tiie part of thet parishioners before they come to a final decision. Mr Evans has elaborated oue side it is for the parishioners to find out the other side and: compare notes. USK FOOTBALL CLUB. At the meeting of the General Committee held on Monday eveuiug, the hon. sec., Mr Frank Morgan, reported that he had received a chequer from the Welsh Football Uniou covering the expenses of the U<k witnesses who attended the recent professionalism inquiry at Cardiff. RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION. The following local schools have gained the "Excellent" award of the Diocesan Inspector in Religious Instruction :—Usk (boys, girls, and infants), Bettws Newydd, Llangibby and Coed-y-paeu. SCHOOL REPAIRS. According to the "District Magazine," the repairs of IJsk Schools required by the Mon- mouthshire Education Committee are proceeding. RATEPAYERS' MONEY WASTED. Thus the "District Magazine," with regard tŒ, the parish of Usk :— The School requisites have not yet been sup- plied by the Monmouthshire Education Com- mittee. The reason given is that they find th work they have undertaken passes the humane, powers of their staff. We are not surprised, as the endeavour to manage every school from a, centre miles away must have such a result. The return asked for from every school necessitates hundreds of letters. The postage bill of the Committee will be enormous. The general supervision exercised by the- Board of Education was found to need divi- sion, owing to the human powers of the staff" being unable to cope with the work. The effort of the Monmouthshire Education Commitee to attend to every minute detail of the work of management from Newport, must result ia the overwhelming of their staff. The fact that the Finance Clerk had to pre- pare 2,500 cheques, is only one example, the expense of lbeie cheques and separate postage must be about E30, and all unnecessary expense for the loug-suffering ratepayers. A salary sheet such as that used by the police would answer all purposes and save all trouble and expense. .Jh. And some who want their money most have to wait till overworked clerks have time to in- vestigate matters, write letters, and get replies. They cannot know all the little itemtl like mana- gers on the spot, and this kiud of thing is not economical. They are working hard and doing their best, but the work is beyond the powers of one department to get straight, without a very large staff and properly prepared offices, which, will cost a large sum. Decentralization was one object in re- arrauging the Education Act, aud the Mon- mouthshire Education Committee are attempting to centralise. We are sorry for the overworked staff; they have a truly Herculean task." MORE SYMPATHY! Thus the Western Mail :— "Our heart goss out to Mr El ill, the director of elementary education in Moumouthshire. He has had to report to his Committee that some of the schools' correspondents write very frequently and very lengthily. The Committee, therefore, decided to ask those correspondents who are to prolific and diffuse to confine themselves as much as possible to absolutely necessary points, stated as briefly as possible. Mr Hall should employ a sub-editor to boil the letters down to the bare bones." :I'c.
USK. I Agene-Mrs. E. K. Janel, Stationer USK HORTICULTURAL AND COTTAGE GARDEN- SOCIETY.—A Committee meeting of this Society was held at the Mission Room on Tuesday evening last, when there were present Messrs J. H. Clark (in the chair), A. H. Symonds, B. F. St^ckham, T. Knight, J. George, J. Watkins, and A. J Odam. -The Secretary (Mr T. Jones) presented the accounts for the past year which had been audited and certified correct by Mr S. A. Hiley. Although, they did not show any profit on this year's working there had been no necessity to draw on. the balance in hand, which now stood at; X12 11.9. 5d. Votes of thanks were utianimously- passed to the subscribers for their continued patronage, Deaconess Eleanor for the use of the- Mission Room for meetings, to the Secretary for- his services, to Mr Hiley for auditing the accounts* and to all those who lent tables, &c., and had d,me anything for furthering the interests of the; Society.