JOHN H. RENNIE Member of the Auctioneers Institute by Exam ination.) AGRICULTURAL AND GENERAL AUC- TIONEER, TENANT RIGHT & TIMBER VALUER, SURVEYOR, LAND AGENT, HOTEL AND INSURANCE BROKER Newport. Usk, Sf Chepstow Districts. Sales of Fat and Store Stock in NEWPORT, USE:, and CHEPSTOW CATTLE MARKETS on Market Days. Horses in NEWPORT MARKET monthly. Furniture aud Chattel Effects, SALEROOM periodically. Chief Offices and Saleroo- 6 and 12, SKINNER STREET, NEWPORT. Nat. Telephone, 0621, Telegrams, Rennie Auction Fixtures. 1906 May 15-Fat Stock, Chepstow Market. 16-Fat Stock, Newport Market. 16-Store Cattle and Pedigree Berkshire Pig. in Newport Market. 21-Fat and Store St<>k, Usk Market. 22-Superior Antiqii" mid Modern Furni- ture, at Grosvi or," 39. Eton Road, Newport, by direction of the Execu- tors of the latr r C. H. Portnell. 31-Furnitare, Pony, Trap, and Outside Effects, at m mon-y- coed, near Magor, for Mr Wm. Griffiths. Early Date—Freehold Residential Property, Farmwood," Christchureb. -Small Freehold Holding of 17 acres, Bryngwyn, Raglan. Valuable Business Premises and Dwelling Houses, at Newport. Particulars and Catalogues to be obtained from the AUCTIONEER, 6 Skinner Street Newport. ¿ Established 1849. NEWLAND. DAVIS, & HUNT, Auctioneers, Valuers, Surveyors, Sf Land Agents. Sales of Fat and Store Stock at NEWPORT Cattle Market every Wednesday; CHEPSTOW, SEVERN TUNNEL, and LYDNEY, fortnightly. Offices: 19, COMMERCIAL STREET, NEWPORT, and WELSH STREET, CHEPSTOW. IVOR MORDECAI, 11 Years with principal Firms, Cardiff and District AUCTIONEER, VALUER, Local Markets Attended. 8. WINDSOR ROAD, GRIFFITHSTOWN. '¡;¡ 4th Volunteer Battalion South Wales Borderers. G COMPANY, USK. Orders for the Week ending May 19th, 1906. Officer on Duty Sergeant Sweet. Corporal Groves. Bugler Johnston. Monday, May 14th—Company Training. Dress- Drill Order. Band to attend, at 7.30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15th.-Band Practice, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16th.—Recruits' Training, at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17th.-Band Practice, at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18th—Recruits' Training, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19th-Class Firing; Riflles, etc., from Armoury, between 2 p.m. and 2.15 p.m. Intending Recruits, and men who wish to re- enrol, should be enrolled as soon as possible, to enable them to make themselves efficient for present year. By order, H. J. WILLCOX, Captain, Commanding G Company. r;- FLANNELETTE. If purchasers of this useful material for underwear all the year round would buy the best English make, which can be obtained from all leading Drapers, they would avoid the risks they undoubtedly run with the inferior qualities of Flannelette. HORROCKSES' FLANNELETTES, made by the manufacturers of the celebrated Longcloths, Twills and Sheetings, are the best. HORROOKSIS -ta.pedo. Bell vedge every 5 yds C, J Cyclists, Light Up! Saturday, May 12th. 8.36 Sunday, M 13 th 8.38 Monday, „ 14th 8 39 Tuesday „ 15th 8<4l Wednesday, „ 16th 8 43 Thursday, „ 17th 8 44 Friday „ 18th 8.45 Saturday, „ 19th. 8.47 Being One hour after Sunset. For Printing of all hinds try the "County Observer" Office, To be Let, A COTTAGE and GARDEN, near the Railway Bridge on Cefn Tilla drive; and also a COTTAGE and GARDEN on The Walks, Llan- denny.—Apply, E. WADDINGTON, Usk. Public Notice. A PUBLIC MEETING of RATEPAYERS will be beld at the TOWN HALL, UBK, on TUESDAY NEXT, the 15TH INST., at & p.m., to consider the question of making an offer to Purchase the Town Hall and Piece of Ground on Twyu, the property of JAMBS STKAXBR, EIQ. SIDNEY ARTHUR HILEY, Chairman Usk Urban District Council. Usk. 10th May, 1906. I Monmouthshire County Council. Main Roads. PERSONS desirous of Contracting for the SUPPLY of MATERIALS or for HAULING broken and unbroken STONE for the repair of the MAIN ROADS within the County for the year ending March 31st, 1907, may obtain particulars and schedules on application at the County Council Offices, Newport. Sealed Tenders to be sent to me on or before TUESDAY, MAY 22ND, en- dorsed Tenders for Hauling and Supplying Materials for Main Roads. WILLIAM TANNER, County Surveyor. County Council Offices, Newport, Mon., May 4th, 1906. HUNTING APPOINTMENTS. fir Clay's Subscription Otter Hounds will meet next week (water permitting) Tuesday, May 15th. Woolaston Station At 10.34 a.m. Friday, May 18th .Awre Station At 10.65 a.m. APPOINTMENTS, &c.. FOR WKEK Ending May 19th, 1906. May. Sat 12-Pontypool Petty Sessions. Cricket—Usk v. Pontymister, at Usk. San. 13—Fourth Sunday after Easter. Mon 14-Monmouth Market. Tues. 15-Abergavenny Market. Public Meeting, Town Hall, Usk. (See Advt.) Wed. 16—Newport Cattle, Corn, and Cheese Markets. Ahergavenny Petty Sessions. Bazaar at Town Hall, Usk. (See Advt.) Thurs 17—Usk Petty Sessions. Sat. 19—Pontypool Petty Sessions Cricket—Usk v. St. Mary's (Cardiff), at Usk. County Cottrig in Circuit 24. COURTS will be held at the several Court-town on this Circuit, before His Honour JUDGE OWEN, the Judge thereof, on the days and at the time hereunder mentioned:— Time, a.m. June July Aug. Chepstow 10 18 20 Barrv 10 5 10 7 Cardiff 10 6 11 8 10 7 12 9 10 8 13 10 10 9 14 11 Abergavenny 10 11 13 Blaenavon 10 16 Tredegar 9.30 12 17 14 Pontypool. 10 13 18 15 Newport 10.30 14 19 16 „ 10.30 15 20 17 Monmouth. 10 19 24 21 Ross 9.30 2 4 Criokhowell 11 20 3 Usk 11 1 2
Births, Marriages, & Deaths. Announcements under t his heading are inserted at a uniform charge of 1/- each, unless such -cords as "No Cards," No Flowerstfc,, 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.
I Markets. NEWPORT, CORN, Wednesday.—There was a mod- erate attendance, but a slow market. Wheat met a qniet trade at last week's prices. Flat maize was held firm, but unchanged round maize was easier. Barley experienced a quiet demand, notwithstand- ing a little concession in prices favouring the buyer. Flour (fines) was offered at 24s per sack. NEWPORT, CATTLE, Wednesday.—A moderate sup- ply of cattle, with an abundanoe of sheep, oalves, and lambs, and a fair number of pigs. With a large attendance, good business resulted at the following figures: Best quality beef, 6d per lb: inferior 2 sorts, 6d to 61d fat cows, 4Ad to 5id; best 4 shorn wethers. 8id to Sid ewes, 61-d to 7d; lamb, lid; calves, 7d to 8d; porkers, 10s 9d to Us 3d per score. NEWPORT, CHEESE, Wednesday.-The demand is steadily improving. A supply of eight tons was available, and the attendance was normal. Quota- tions: —Caerphillys, 42s to 608 per cwt; fancy dai- ries, 51a to 54s; Derbys, 56s; and Cheddars, 66s to 68s. USK, CATTLE, Monday.—The improvement in the weather, and the prospect of keep, opened out to- day's market, and with a good supply and attend- ance, business was more brisk than it has been for same time. Quotations: -Beat beef, 6-ld per lb; seconds, 5d to 6d; heavy weight mutton, 8d to 8 £ d light weight, 8^d to 9 £ d; ewes, 7d to 7M; lambs, lOd to lid veal, 8 £ d to 9d.
MESSES. GUEST, KEEN, AND NETTLBFOLDS, LLD., are about to instal at their Dowlais Works a central condensing plant which is capable of dealing with 154,000lb. of steam per hour. It will rank as one of the largest of ita kind in Great Britain. The contract has been awarded to Messrs Richardson, Westgarth, and Co., of Middleaborough, and com- prist, d in the plant will be a Weis patent barometric condenser, with a duplicate set of pomps and three patent wi ter-cooling towers to deal with 360 gallons of water each hoar,
C C. Bye-Election at Caerleon. I The elevation of Councillor Thomas Parry to the Aldermanic Bench has created a vacancy in the Caerleon Elec- toral Division of the Monmouthshire Council. At a meeting called for the purpose of choosing a candidate to contest the seat, which ratepayers from all the parishes interested attended, Mr L. Foster Stedman was unanimously asked to con- sent to nomination, and it is satisfactory to know that he has accepted the invita- tion. For many years Mr Stedman has resided in Caerleon, and has been closely connected with its public affairs, only retiring from its District Council, of which he was Chairman, this year, when he removed out of its area into the village of Caerleon. His knowledge of the rural districts and their requirements is exten- sive, and his ability, impartiality, and courtesy have won for him THE RESPECT OF PARTIES I of all shades of thought. It has long been felt that the taxation of rural dis- tricts is far out of proportion to the benefits they receive, when compared with more populous parts, and Coun- cillors are needed who will bring this fact prominently and effectively before the County body. Mr Stedman is inti- mately acquainted with this grievance and its consequences, and would exercise his voice on the Council to bring about a more equitable arrangement, as well as to check extravagance in the spending of ratepayers' money. In educational mat- ters his views are well known. He would uphold the rights and privileges of parents, and afford every possible educa- tional facility to the children themselves. Never were practical men more needed on our governing bodies than in the present day, and Mr Stedman has had such exceptional opportunities of coming in contact with men of all classes, and of all views, and of maintaining the even balance, that he is eminently qualified to fill the position for which he now offers himself with credit and distinction. Whether he has opposition or is allowed a walk over, the electors may congratulate themselves that they have made a wise choice in selecting him as a candidate.
The Free Trips to China. I Last week, in the House of Commons, Mr Winston Churchill read the Government's proclamation to the coolies on the Witwaters- rand mines. It differs, very considerably, from the Albert Hall promises before the General Election, and from Mr Churchill's pledge in the House on February 22ud, that the taiut of slavery should be removed. On that occasion, he declared that "If a Chinaman expressed a desire to return for any good reason, or showed an earnest desire without giving any reason at all, his right would be sustained by the force of the Crown, and the fuuds to return him to his country would be paid from the British Exchequer." The proclamation just issued says:—"Now, you all know that in terms of Clause 14 of your contract any labourer may at any time terminate the contract without assign- ing any reason or tendering to his employer the expenses incurred in introducing him into the Transvaal, together with a sum sufficient to defray the expenditure necessary in returning him. This is a provision of which you can all avail yourselves, and it cannot be said that you are detained here against vour will. Perhaps, however, some of you who are anxious to return may not have earned the wherewithal to enable you to do so. If this be the case, I am willing to receive any statement* you who really wish to leave the Transvaal may have to make, and after a review of circumstances to consider whether or not I would be prepared to recommend the Government to be generous to you and not to insist on THE FULL PAYMENT I required from you by your contract. An excep- tional act of benevolence of this kind ought to commaud your gratitude. In sending in your petitions, however, you must clearly inform me of the motives which influenced you in the first instance to enlist and now influence you in wishing to return to China, of the amount of monthly wages you earn, of the class of work on which you are engaged, and of the money you have saved. If circumstances appear to me to warrant it, I will take note of and register the application, bnt the applicant will thereafter have to make an honest effort by working on his mine to earn a contribution towards his ex- penses. Of such honest effort I will constitute myself the judge, and should any fail in this respect his applications will be cancelled. Ou receipt of the application from the various miues I will carefully weigh each individual case and decide which of them are deserving of the generous consideration of the Government and entitled to this favoured treatment. It must be understood that no one who has not served in the Transvaal for at least six months need apply.. The obvious duty of all who desire to return to China is to save money and avail themselves of the provisions of the 14th Clause in their contract of service. Still, force of circumstances may be against some of you, and I am willing to consider genuine applica- tions with a view to rendering assistance. It must further be distinctly borne in mind by all who make application as a result of this notice, that, if allowed to return to China, they will never, under any circumstances, be ALLOWED TO RE-ENTER THE TRANSVAAL, I and that steps will be taken severely to punish any one who attempts to do so." Now contrast the promise with the proclamation. The "earnest desire without any reason" has become, You must inform me of your motives." His right would be sustained by the force of the Crown" has become, "I will carefully weigh each iudividual case and decide which of them are deserving of the generous consideration of the Government, and entitled to this favoured treatment." The fuuds to return him to his country would be paid from the British Exchequer" has become, the applicant will thereafter have to make an honest effort by working on his mine to earn a contribution towards his expenses." But perhaps the greatest absurdity of the proclamation occurs in its concluding paragraph—never, underauy circum- stances, will the slaves be permitted to return to 'bondage' in theTransraal.and any Chinaman who attempts it will be punished severely. Did anyone ever hear of a slave hankering after his chains, aud being forbidden to resume them by a Government proclamation ? Men may thirst for the sweets of office but never for 11 slavery," even under the British flag. Sir Gilbert Parker asked if the Government would delay the issuing of the proclamation until a memorandum now on its way to London from Johannesburg Chamber of Mines on the SUBJeCT OF REPATRIATION had been received by the Secretary of State, and was answered, by Mr Churchill, in the negative. Commenting on the proclamation, the South African "Mait" says The curtain has risen upon the penultimate act of a drama of political dishonesty such as, happily, has rarely been witnessed upon the stage of the Empire." It complains that the British Ministry refused to make full investigation before pronouncing sentence. It has neither the courage to inquire nor the honesty to withdraw its falsehoods Whatever the success of the Imperial Govern. ment's policy in England, it will go down to hibtory as the most hopeless failure in Colonial matters.
[We do not necessarily endorse all our correspondent writes.—ED. C.O."] USK VOLUNTEER COMPANY. It is gratifying to hear that the local Volunteer Company is prospering beyond the experience of many years. It is increasing in strength and efficiency. The men are regular in atten- dance at drill, and a successful year's work is assured. There are a few in the town now wavering between joining and not joining. If the decision fo enroll be not arrived at almost at once it will >> > impossible for them to become efficient this year. The Band preceded the Company to the Island for Adjutant's Parade on Monday, and it is expected that they will be out every week with the corps. INFECTION AND ISOLATION. Councils may make rules and regulation" for the prevention of the spread of disease, but, it is to be feared, that in not a few cases, the public will break them. This was the case at Gwernesney, according to the Pontypool R.D.C report. With scarlatina in the house the head of the family went out in company, and one of the affected drove into town Usk Infants' School has been closed in con- sequence of measles, and was to have been disinfected on Wednesday by the Usk Sanitary officials. But it was then found to be in use for a rummage" sale If infection th-re was in the school, necessitating the attention of the Sanitary Officer, it surely was very improper, to say the least, to give it this especially effective chance of spreading. THE DUST NUISANCE. The circular and resolution from the St. Albans R.D.C. on the dust nuisance caused by motor vehicle traffic is being generally discussed by the various Councils of the county, and resolutions more or less in accord with it are being agreed to. ( At the Pontypool R.D.C. meeting Mr T. W. Brooke detected the weak point of the sugges- tion of watering the roads. Probably the only really satisfactory way of dealing effectively with not only the dust question but with the many problems raised and being raised by the increasing volume of motor traffic would be to provide special tracks for it. That would have to be a national question, and is of such magni- tude and difficulty that it will be a long time before it comes within the range of practica- bility. Meanwhile we must hope that some wise head will devise a means, by a special macadam or in some other way, of allaying the nuisance, the damage, and the danger to health which the dust clouds now cause. USK FARMERS' CLUB. I learn that Mr J. C. Hanbury, J.P., D.L., of Pontypool Park, has kindly consented to be- come this year's president, and has sent £ 5 to the funds. TEETOTAL LEGISLATORS. The other day a member of the Kitchen Com- mittee of the House of Commons gazed heart- brokenly on the dining-rooms. Over 100 dinners were being eaten, and not 10 members were drinking wine. The members, it is said, are eating the Committee into the Bankruptcy Court. The shilling dinner is very popular, but, unfortunately, it does not yield much profit, and the glass of water taken with it yields less. This was the menu for members' shilling dinner on Thursday: Roast loin of veal. Braised ham and spinach. Roast saddle of mutton. Potatoes: Boiled, mashed, baked, or fried. Cabbage. Custard pudding. Apple tart. Cheddar or Cheshire cheese. Bread and butter. Mr Whitaker, M.P., says that temperance J principles are making great strides in the House, and whereas there were only forty tee- totallers in the last Parliament there are now, perhaps, 120.
1- USK. I Aflent-Mrs. E. K. Jones, Stationer THE CHILTERN H-UNDELEDs.-The London Gazette announces that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has appointed Mr F. Rutherfoord Harris to be a Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds. POLICE COURT.—On Tuesday, Thomas Price, of Trostrey, was arrested ou a warrant in connection with arrears due under a maintenance order. He was brought before Mr S. A. Hiley, J.P., and then liberated on bail, to appear at the next Petty Sessions. TOWN HALL, Usx.-A Sale of Work, consisting of Fancy and Useful Articles, with Jumble Stall, etc., will be held on Wednesday, May 16th, 1906. To be opened by Mrs E. L. M. Hackett, Ynys Hafod, Usk, at 3 o'clock. Vocal and Instrumental Music at intervals. Tea and Refreshments pro- vided. Admission, 3 o'clock, 6d.; 5 o'clock, 3d.— Advt. RATEPAYERS' MEETING.—As will be seen by advertisment in another column, a meeting of the ratepayers has been convened by the Chairman of the U.D.C. for Tuesday evening next, at 8 o'clock, to consider the question of making an offer for the purchase of the Town Hall and the piece of ground on the Twyn-aquare from Mr James Straker. It is to be hoped that the meeting will be a repre- aentative one. HOSPITAL SUNDAY.—On Sunday morning next the Friendly Societies of Usk will assemble at the Three Sa'aton's oorner at 10.30, and. headed by the Volunteer Band, will proceed to Usk Church for Mattins, collections being taken for the Newport and Monmouthshire County Hospital en route and in Church. The Band wf.1, at 3 p.m., weather permitting, give a sacred concert in the Castle. VOLUNTEER BAND PAItTY.-It has been decided to resuscitate the annual open-air tea and dance in aid of the funds of the Usk Volunteer Band, and June 21st has been fixed upon as the date. Mr Albert A. Williams, J.P., has kindly consented to grant, the nse of Usk Castle for the event. It is hoped that the Band Committee, which will be enlarged f"r the purposes of the fete, will have the hearty co-operation of the townspeople geuetally as of yore. HEARTS OF OAK.—At an adjourned meeting of the members of this Benefit Society, held at The Castle," on Monday evening, Mr William Thomas presided over an attendance of about 50 members residing in the district, and he and Mr T. Jones (acting as secretary) reported on the result of their inquiries from other districts as to the working of a medical agency. Ultimately a Committee was formed to approach the medical practitioners of the town as to terms, draw up rules, etc., and report to a further meeting to be held on Monday 21st May, _n-
USK CRICKET FIXTURES. I The following is the list of fixtures arranged for the ensuing season. It is to be hoped that the Club will receive the support which it deserves, and that the matches-most of which, it will be observed, are at home-will attract good "gates," and be well worth witnessing as exhibitions of good cricket. DATE. CLUB. GRD. May 12th Pontymister h „ 19th St. Mary's, Cardiff h „ 26th Canton C.C. h June 2nd Abergavenny a 4th Y.M.C.A., Cardiff h (Whit-Mon.) „ 9th Alpha, Cardiff h „ 14th Newport Shop Assistants. h „ 16th Wood Street Cong., Cardiff h 23rd Panteg a „ 27th Mon. Grammar School a „ 30th Monmouth h July 5th Panteg Thursday h „ 7th Chepstow h „ 12th Newport Shop Assistants. h „ 14th Abergavenny h „ 21st Chepstow a 25th} ^r" Bigw00(*'s X** ••• k 28th Panteg h August 2nd Blaenavon Thursday h „ 4th Plymouth, Merthyr h 6th Y.M.C.A., Cardiff h (Bank Hoi.) „ 7th Frogs C.C. h „ 8th Cardiff Bohemians h „ 11th Newport h „ 18th Newport a „ 25th Abertillery h Sept. 1st Ponthir. h „ 8th Monmouth a
I H.G. SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS. &c. We have much pleasure in noticing that Alexandra Fleming (daughter of Mrs Fleming, of the Cardiff Arms), has obtained a scholarship at the recent examination, and Dorothy Hoare (daughter of Mr Albert Hoare, of Mill-street) a Biirsary, both pupils of Miss Nixon. Maurice Hill (sou of Mr F. Hill, the Gas Works), a pupil of Mr T. Chambers, also won a scholarship. The Managers are pleased to note, and the townspeople also will be gratified to hear, that Miriam Brown (daughter of Mr Thomas Brown, of Hawthorn Cottage), and Letitia Davies (daughter of Mr Thomas Davies, late of New Barn). who hold exhibitions granted by them at the Monmouth Girls' Intermediate School, were rpspfctively first and second in their Form, and from their reports it appeared that one or the other of them was first or second in every subject.
I ANGLING. The river is in good condition, and salmon anglers have met with a fair amount of success, as anticipated, since the rise. Kills heard of:- Saturday, 5th May.—Mr Berrington, jr., one, on the Upper Water; Mr J. Pitt, one, 131bs, in Prioress Flat (first fish killed in the "town" wafer); Mr H. W. Pride, one, 211bs., in the Wbibbes; Mr Russell Gray, one, 201bs., on the Upper Water, Monday:—Mr R. St. John Beasley, one, 201bs., in the Llan water. Tuesday:—Mr J. T. Davies, one, 24lbs,, in the Rock Pool; Mr Sweet-Escott, one, 2llbs., in the Forge Stream; Captain Phillips, one, 7lbs., on the Upper Water. WednesdayMr Pryce-Jenkins, one, in the Rock Pool; Mr Mordaunt, one, 121bs., in Coed-y- prior Mr R. St. John Beasley, one, 22Mbs., in the Llan Fishery. Thursday:—Mr H. W. Pride, one, 22lbs., in Parker's Hole. Friday:-Afr Pryce-Jeukins, one, 251bs., in the I Rock Pool.
URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. I The monthly meeting of this Council was held in the Town Hall, Usk, on Tuesday evening, when there were present:—Messrs. S. A. Hiley, J.P. (chairman), W. Marfell, R. Morgan, T. J. Smith, J. Knight, W. Workman, G. Edmunds, E. W. Waters, H. Ault, G. Mundv, F. Jennings, A. F. Lucas (clerk), and T. Rees (surveyor, &c.) RAILWAY FACILITIES. The Clerk reported that Mr Upstone, the G.W.R. Superintendent at Pontvpool Road, had written acknowledging the receipt of the Council's letter respecting railway facilities at Usk, and promising immediate attention. Messrs. Wills (Limited), it will be remembered, some time since sent down two representatives to consult with a Town Advertising Committee as to advertising in Holiday Haunts," and they were then given some particulars as to the needs of the town with regard to railway facilities, which, as advertising agents for the G.W.R., they promised to lay before that Company. The managing director (Mr W. E. Keymer) now wrote :— "I have the pleasure to enclose you copy of letter addressed to us by the G.W.R. Co., in reply to our request to them, of 15th February last. for providing additional railway facilities to Usk. The letter will, no doubt, interest your Council, and can, if desired, be published in the Press-" Copy. Adverting to your letter of the 15th February, upon the question of providing additional facilities to Uak, I think it would be well for you to inform the Town Council that, as the result of the consideration which has been given to the sug- gestions made to your representatives, the Company have arranged for the issue of week-end tickets to Usk, and such tickets may now be obtained from the following 8tations:-Paddington, Ealing, Bristol, Bath, Swansea, Landore, Neath, Briton Ferry, Port Talbot, Gowerton, Llanelly, Carmarthen, Pembrey, Cardiff, Roatb, Rosa, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Droitwich, Henwick, Worcester, Malvern, Colwall, Ledbary, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and Kidderminster. At the same time you may say that, it has also been arranged for the issue of tourist tickets to Usk, commencing in July next." The Chairman said the Council were very much obliged to Messrs. Wills for the interest they had taken in the matter. (Hear, hear.) THE TOWN HALL. I The following are extracts from letters received from Mr James Straker, of Abergavenny, re the suggested purchase of the Town Hall by the Oouncil I 12th April. Your Council, of course, knovr there own businesti best, but I should have thought it worth their while to take a property of this class, with the tolls, while it is offered to them, rather than let it get into the hands of strangers who might feel disposed to am differently towards ) them than I am acting; and I might tell you that some caterers for the amusement of the public have been talking to me mure than once with regard to their acquiring the property and my rights in Twyn Square. I think I told you before that bad I known it was the Council who were bidding for the property I should not have iwterfered with them I merely bought it because I thought it was cheap." 27th April. In reply to your letter of yesterday's date, I really do not think I should be- asked to take less than I gave for this property. I have no desire to make a profit out of it, but wish to keep my capital together intact. I will not treat with anyone else until your Council have absolutely declined to purchase, and will look up the matter and give you a call next time I am in Usk, which will probably be some day next, or the following, week. I consider the property is very cheap at the price I paid for it." Acting on the suggestion of the Chairman, it was decided to consider this matter in committee again. It is understood that it. will be brought before a meeting of the ratepayers at an early date. SURVEYOR'S BEPOET. The Surveyor reported that he bad had the piece of paving re-laid and the kerbing and channelling tixed near the Vine Tree and National Schools, as directed. The cost of completing the job to Church-street corner would be about £ 23. The new piece of road in the Cattle Market had bee completed. The fence on the Abergavenny- road had been temporarily repaired. An old rubble drain at the White Lion, New Market- street, was in a btd state, and should be taken out and re-placed with glazed sanitary pipes to prevent percolation and the escape of sewer gas in the house. The Infant School re-opens on Monday next after having been closed for three weeks owing to an outbreak of measles. He purposed having the School fumigated before then. The boys and girls departments should be scrubbed out, and the desks, forms, school furniture, &c., cleaned with carbolic soap, and afterwards fumigated as a preventative against the spread of measles. MARYPORT-STKEBT PAVEMENT. The Chairman said that, having regard to the financial position of the Council, he was afraid the paving to the corner of Church-street was not sufficiently pressing to compel them to go on with it. It had that evening been brought home to some of them that they had over-run the constable" considerably. Every one would like to see the work done, but the footpath was not bad enough to justify them having it carried out under the circumstances. Mr Mundy said the only thing he saw about it was that they had been going to do the work for the last seven years, as well as around Mr Stibbs* corner. It was to be the first job done, but ever so many jobs had intervened since, which were not of so much necessity as this. The Chairman said that was a matter of opinion. Other members of the Council had considered other matters of more urgency and importance. I THE WHITE LION. It was decided to serve the usual notice on owner to carry out the necessary sanitary improve- ment. ment, I DISINFECTING THE SCHOOLS. The Inspector said he had spoken to Mr Chambers about the cleaning of the schools, and he had promised to see to the matter. Mr Marfell: It is not our duty to do it ? The Chairman: No; only to see that it is done. FINANCE. The following accounts were ordered to be paid:—G. Mundy, one year's rent of tipping ground, JE1; J. Symonds, winding clocks, El 5b; di.to, for new wheel, &c., 8s; Public Works Loan Board, 12th instalment of Principal, No. 2, S.50 ditto, interest on balance ( £ 2,450) to 13th May, £ 39 16a Sd; T. Rees, half-year's salary a* collector, £ 6 5s; ditto, incidentals, 8s 9d; W. Jones, repairs, £ 3 3s 9d E. Davies, stone, £ 61 5s; T. Morgan, street watering, X2 8s; Surveyor's account, £ 12 6s, viz Manual labour, main roads ( £ 3 18s 4d), other roads (61 6s), cattle market (XI 19s), scavenging (12s 8d), T. Morgan, hauling, main roads (14s), cattle market (£1 19s), scaveng- ing (zl 17s) total, £ 178 5s 9d. The following payments to Treasurer were reported: -Collector, on account of market tolls, X5 3s lid and X3 12s 6d; for slaughter-house licences, 10s; Captain Willcox, rent of Bandroom, JB1 County Council, half-year's moiety towards cost of main roads, £ 100; for hire of Twyn- sauare, 10s. I COWSHEDS, &e. The Local Government Board, writing under date 24th April, said they did not find in the last annual report of the M.O.H. eny information as to the sanitary supervision of dairies, cowsheds, and milkshops in the district. They asked whether there were any premises in the district to which the Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Orders apply. If so, why had not regulations been made by the Council under Article 13 of the Order of 1885 ? The Chairman said there was only one cowshed to which the Order could apply. Mr Marfell: And there are no dairies and milk- shops. It was decided that the Clerk should reply to that effect, and point out that there had been a periodical inspection of the only cowshed in the district. CATTLE MABKBT ASSESSMENT. Messrs. Hedley, Mason, and Hedley, surveyors and valuers, of Birmingham, wrote, on the 30th April, stating that they bad been instructed by the Assessment Committee of the Pontypool Union to. make a valuation of the cattle market for assess- ment purposes, and that they would be obliged by the Clerk sending them prints or copies of thet accounts of the Council shewing the receipts and expenditure on the market account for the past three years, and also by instructions being given. to the parties in charge to allow them to take what particulars they required of the market buildings &c when they called to inspect the same. The Clerk reported that he had forwarded the accounts, and, on the 2nd May, the valuers wrote. acknowledging the receipt of the same, and stating that the particulars should have their careful attention. This subject, also, was dealt with in camera, but it is understood that the rateable value has been increased by JE15 to £ 32. The Clerk mentioned that the valuers were armed with all the figures given with regard to the market at the previous meeting of the Council. Mr Smith said he thought that that was what would come of the discussion. Mr Ault: It shows that one ought to be careful as to what is said. In It was remarked, in committee, that other pro- perties were being re-assessed in the County, and that this was n ot an exceptional case. MOTOR TRAFFIC AND DUST. The St. Albans Rural District Council forwarded for the consideration of the Council the following- resolution they had passed "That in the opinion of this Council the serious attention of H.M. Government should be drawa to the terrible nuisance and damage caused by motor vehicles in this district; "That this Council is of opinion that alt motor vehicles should be in some measure further taxed, and that a grant from th& revenue so derived should be made towards the expense of watering the roads in every district used by motor vehicles in transit to other districts, with a view of reducing the vexations and damaging nuisance caused by the dust, the aforesaid damage and nuisance particularly affecting the farmers' crops for a considerable distance from such roads and also other property immediately adjoining such roads; "That this Council is of opinion that the cost of preventing the damage so caused should not be borne by the local rates, but by the owners of the motor vehicles; "Further, that serious damage accrues to persons using the highways from the motor vehicles raising such great clouda of dust as