It is always a I question and I often an important one as to where the buyers' interests will beet be served ? in the matter of m ■ the purchase of m Furniture. f This can only be g decided satisfactorily and finally by a careful comparison by the purchaser of the actual goods and prices of various firms. So many claim to be the Biggest, Ctieapest, and f[ M Best, ■while only HG f Best, while only HG f can really be so. We are always glad | to afford every facility for such comparison, and to allow our goods and prices to speak for themselves. Catalogues Free. GAF3, Tlie Fu alsUer, Commercial-st., NEWPORT. HIGH CLASS Artificial Teeth, IN ALL ITS BRANCHES. Personal Attention. Moderate Charges. Advice Free. Old Sets or Misfits Re-made. Teeth Stopped, Healed and Extracted. WM. SPENCER JONES, A-1 S.E.A.T. Fourteen years with Messrs. White and Little, Newport, Mon. ADDRESS: "Llan Walli," 46, Chepstow Road Newport, Mon. Attends MB. SWEETS, Bridge Street, Usk, every 1st q- 3rd Monday in the month, from 11 to 5. WILKINSON'S Great Winter.. Clean Sale Commences This Day, Friday, Jan. 4.1907 UNPRECEDENTED BARGAINS IN GENERAL DRAPERY, CARPETS, MATTING, FLOOR CLOTHS, MILLINERY, MANTLES, JACKETS, FURS, ETO. Carriage Paid on Parcels value C. WILKINSN, Commercial St., PONTYPOOL. JOHN H. RENNIE Member of the Auctioneers Institute by ltzam- ination.) AGRICULTURAL AND GENERAL AUO- TlONEER, TENANT RIGHT & TIMBER VALUER, SURVEYOR, LAND AGENT, HOTEL AND INSURANCE BROKER Newport. Usk, 8f Chepstow Districts. Sales of Fat and Store Stock in NEWPORT, U8K, and CHEPSTOW CATTLE MARKETS on Market Days. Horses in NEWPORT MARKET monthly. Chief Offices and sauroom:- 6 and 12, SKINNER 8TREET, NEWPORT. Nat. Telephone, 339. Telegrams, Rennie Established 1849. NEWLAND, DAVIS, & HUNT, Auctioneers, Valuers, Surveyors, Sf Land Agenfs. I 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. 50,417 (20th December, 1906.) Investing Rural District Council with Urban Powers; Determining Special Expenses. PONT-Y-POOL RURAL DISTRICT CONTRIBUTORY PLACE OF LOWER LLANVREOHVA. æ lao fe ural district (g-ottttcil '-= of PONT-Y-POOL And to all others whom it may concern. WHEREAS Part III. of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1890. so far as it is thereby declared to be applicable in a Rural Sanitary District, is in force in the Rural District of Pont-y-Pool; And whereas We, the Local Government Board, have received aud duly considered applica- tions from the Rural District Council of Pont-y-Pool for the issue of an Order putting in force in the contributory place of Lower Llanvrechva, in their District, certain provisions of the Public Health Act, 1875, as herein-after mentioned, and declaring that a certain Dart of the expenses incurred by the said Rural District Council in execution of the powers conferred upon them by virtue of those provisions, including the expenses of any works incidental to or consequent upon the execution of those powers, shall be Special Expenses: NOW THEREFORE, in pursuance of the powers aiven to Us by the Statutes in that behalf, We do hereby Declare and Order as follows ARTICLE I.-Until We by Order otherwise direct, the provisions of Section 154 of the Public Health Act, 1875, shall be in force in the said contributory place, so far as may be necessary to enable the lIaid Rural District Council to purchase premises for the purpose of widening, opening, enlarging, and otherwise improving that portion of the street known as Lower Pontnewydd Road which is situate in the said contributory place; and the said Rural District Council shall, for that purpose, be invested accordingly with all the powers, rights, duties, capacities, liabilities, and obligation* of an Urban District Council, under those provisions, in the said contributory place. ARTICH II.-The sum of Ninety-six Pounds, being part of the estimated expenses to be incurred or to become payable by the said Rural District Council in the execution of the powers conferred upon them by Article I. of this Order, including the expenses of any works incidental to or consequent upon the exercise of those powers, shall be deemed to be Special Expenses withia the meaning of Section 229 of the Public Health Act, 1875, chargeable upon the said contributory place, but shall be raised in like manner as General Expenses, and not by such separate rate for Special Expenses as is mentioned in Section 230 of the Public Health Act, 1875. ARTICLB III.—This Order shall come into operation on the Fourteenth day of January, One thousand nine hundred and seven, and the said Rural District Council shall cause it to be published once in some newspaper circulated within their District befnre that date. Given under the Seal of Office of the Local Government Board, this Twentieth day of December, in the year One thousand nine hundred and six. JOHN BURNS, Pt esident. H. C. MONRO, Assistant Secretary. timr-fci^rrrrnn^r^im- ''i** i" Village of Llandenny. TO BE LET, with early possession, BRICK COTTAGE,—Apply, E. WADDINGTON, Usk. Usk Castle Estate. TO BE SOLD BY TENDER, the FALLAGE of the BARN WOOD, situate in the PABISH OF GWEHELOG, containing about 10 Acres, together with 97 Oak Timber Trees, and 11 Ash Trees, numbered in white paint; also 33 Larch Trees dotted white and standing therein. All other Trees and Stores, and those ringed or dotted with red are reserved. MiL HENRY WILLIAMS, of Cwmcayo Farm, will show the wood Tenders to be sent in on or before the 15TH day of JANUARY, 1907, to MR. E. WADDINGTON, Solicitor, Usk. .J Bunting Appointments. THE LLANGIBBY HOUNDS will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 8th Llantarnam Station At 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11th Mardy, near Usk At 11 a.m. MR. CURRE'S HOUNDS will meet on Tuesday, Jan. ftthtv ——-INIMTII—: At 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. Ilth -Pandy Mill At 11 a.m. THE MONMOUTHSHIRE HOUNDS will meet on Monday, Jan. 7th Three Salmon's, Graig At 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10th.. „«.Maindiff Court At 11.30 a.m. APPOINTMENTS, ke.. FOR WEEK Ending January 12th, 1907. Jan. Sat. 6—Pontypool Petty Sessions. Football—Uak v. Abergavenny, atUsk, Sun. 6-Epiphany. Mon 7-Usk Market. Pontypool Rural District Council. Tues. 8-Aberizavenny Market. Usk Urban District Council. Wed. 9—Newport Cattle, Corn, and Cheese Markets. Abergavenny Petty Sessions. Thurs 10—Usk Petty Sessions. Annual Meeting of the Usk and Ebbw Board of Conservators, at the West. gate Hotel, Newport, at 10.30 a.m. Sat. 42—Pontypool Petty Sessions Football—Usk v. Croeayceilog, at Croesyceilog. Cyclists, Light 11 p Saturday, Jan. 5th. 5. 3 Sunday, of 6th 6. 5 Monday, „ 7th. u I. 6 Tuesday, of 8th. 5. 7 Wednesday, 9th 5.8 Thursday; xum U. v Friday, 11th 5.11 Saturday, 12th. 5.12 Being One hour after Sunset. 4 4th Volunteer Battalion South Wales Borderers. ? G COMPANY, USK. Recruits may now be enrolled at the Armoury on Monday between the hours of 7 and 8 p.m. By order, H. J. WILLCOX, Cuptain, Commanding G Company.
The Prevention of Corruption Act Several measures of domestic legislation, which are of some moment to his Majesty's subjects, came into operation on Tuesday, this week. The most important of them, so far as the great majority of people are concerned, is the preveation of Corruption Act, an enactment of the kind that the late Lord Chief Justice Russell was anxious to see passed. It is directed to the suppres- sion of the system of secret commissions, presents, and perquisites, which has so largely obtained in the commercial affairs of this country, and, no doubt, to the same extent in many other countries, for we must not fall into the error of supposing that the vils which are present to our eyes have not their counterpart in other portions of the globe. It is indeed strange that the system of bribery-for such it is-has not been dealt with before. It has long pre- vailed in the Government departments, and probably every Government contractor could tell how at one time or another he has been compelled to make presents- usually periodical presents-to some sub- ordinate member or members of the staff to whom was chiefly confided the duty of passing or rejecting goods which had been made in the execution of the contract. THIS CORRUPT SYSTEM I might have been ended long ago if any one of successive Governments had set about the matter in the same way as any ordinary astute business man would have set about it. But it is not only in the Government service that this evil has existed. On a small scale it has pre- vailed everywhere, and it will be rather a wonderful thing if this new Act has the effect of extinguishing it, Probably the effect of the measure will be like that of Queen Elizabeth's instructions to her great officers, of which she said that they were like clothes, straight at the putting on, but did by and by wear loose enough. Everything depends upon the way in which the Act is administered, and in this country, where the Public Prosecutor certainly does not assert himself unnecessarily, but rather the reverse, it is more likely to be ignored than to be enforced oppressively. There is, therefore, no ground for the suggestions of various writers that it will have results which can only be described as ludicrous.
The Lord Chancellor's Snub to the Eighty-eight. The eighty-eight County Liberal and Labour Members of Parliament," who memorialised the Lord Chancellor on the subject of the appoint- ment of justices of the peace, received about as comprehensive a snub as any caucus of Radical busybodies ever did. The memorial and Lord Loreburn's reply were published in the Times on Saturday last Having professed that they would warmly welcome a proposal that would put the system upon an entirely non-political basis," the memorialists with naive simplicity went on to express their "desire to remedy the very great disparity in the numbers of Conser- vative and Liberal justices of the peace." Be- yond this delightful piece of self-contradiction and self-revelation it would be surperfluous to go. The memorial, in short, represented, on the face of it, the great cry of the unrewarded who in many Radically-represented constituen- cies throughout the country are clamouring more and more vehemently for the immediate recog- nition of "services rendered" at the General Election. Lord Loreburu, in his reply, critically reviewed this SELF CONTRADICTION I of his petitioners and said, rebukingly, I agree with the initial aspiration, but cannot reconcile it with the rest of the document." Proceeding, his lordship said Since the end of February, when I first undertook this ta&k, there have been appointed ten times as many (new justices) as have been appointed annually upon an aver- age of the last ten years.. Even if the Bench admitted of an infinite expansion, I must supervise these things myself, and I have no time to spare from more important duties. I do not state these things with either the desire or expectation of satisfying unreasonable people but because it is well that the facts should be, realized, in view of possible changes in the present system. The great majority of the members who have sent me lists have taken pains to recommend only suitable names, though even they are mislead by false information. But some members have been far from careful, and close scrutiny is needed. I now come to a point which the memorial does not touch, but upon which I must speak quite plainly. It is one thing to correct monopolies and to open the Bench to the honourable ambition of men of all parties. It is » QUITE A DIFFERENT THING I to treat the position of justice as merely a reward of party services. Yet this is what I am con- stantly and most importunately asked to do. I am certain that I ought not to allow an office which places in men's hands the liberty and reputation of their humblest neighbours to he- come the subject of political traffic. The memorial states that I have accepted the nomi- nations of Lonls-Lieuteuants in preference to those of Liberal members. I have not done so. Let me now advert to the suggestion in the memorial that I should consult the local member before accepting names, and inform him why such as he has recommended are not appointed. I must exercise my own dis- cretion as to whom I may consult in any par- ticular case. And I am certainly not prepared to render an account to anyone of my reasons for choosing one man or omitting another. It is bare justice that I should say that, with rare exceptions, the Lords-Lieutenants with whom I have been in conmunication have ACTED AND ADVISED IMPARTIALLY and taken much pains.. Though Conserva- tives will not understand from Lord Loreburn's reply that many opponents of his Majesty's Government will, in the near future, be added to the magistracy, they can afford to chuckle at the well-merited snub which the Lord Chancellor has administered to the Radical place-hunters.
Local Retrospect of the Year 1906. In this week offering our readers a brief resume of local occurrences during 1906 we may fittingly express the hope that the year now entered upoti may be one of increased prosperity to all. I JANUARY. I The Christmas festivities of 1905 over, I there was an increase of political activity generally, and this naturally became more and more marked as the fateful period of the General Election drew nearer. Late in 1905 Rear-Admiral Sir Chas. Campbell, K C.M.G, had been selected to combat Mr Reginald McKenna in North Monmouth- shire. On January 2nd Mr E. E Micholls was adopted the candidate of the Unionists of the Monmouth District Boroughs, in opposition to Mr Lewis Haslam (L ), and Mr James Wiustone (Lab.), and on the following day, at Newport, Lieut -Colonel Courtenay Morgan was unanimously and enthusiastically adopted to fight for the party in South Monmouthshire, for which his father had faithfully laboured for over 30 years, his opponent being Colonel Ivor J. C. Herbert, G C. B. At that meeting a cordial vote of thanks for his past services was passed to the late Member, Colonel the Hon. Frederic Morgan, who made an affecting farewell reply. The speakers in. cluded Mr E South wood Jones (chairman), Lord Tredegar, Lord Llangattock, Sir Henry Mather Jackson, Bart., Sir Arthur W. Mackworth, Bart., Mr Reginald Her- bert, of Clytha, and Mr Henry Clay. Mr Tom Richards (Lab.), was unopposed in West Monmouthshire. Public meetings crowded one upon another, each of the opposing candidates in the contested dis- tricts sometimes addressing two or three or more in a day. The Boroughs went first to the poll-on the 18th-with the following result:—Mr Haslam, 4,531; Mr Micholls, 3.939; Mr Winstone, 1,678; Liberal majority, 592. This disaster to the Con- servative cause was followed by the greater one—in the general turn-over of opinion of thecountry as a whole-in South Monmouth- shire, where polling took placa on the 24th. The result was announced at Chepstow on the following afternoon as follows:-Cot Ivor Herbert, 7,503; Colonel Courtenay Morgan, 6,216; Liberal majority, 1,287. The result in North Monmouthshire was a foregone conclusion, Mr McKenna polling 7,730 to his opponent's 3,155. Mr Micholls was cheered in his defeat by very hearty receptions in the three Boroughs, and waa subsequently entertained at banquets at Newport (in February) and Monmouth (in March), at both of which a cheerful tone as to the future of the party prevailed, not- withstanding the almost overwhelming nature of the reverses sustained. So much for the troublous political record of the time. On January 2nd, Mr S. Shaw, builder, Usk, sustained terrible injuries by the falling in of the sides of a well at Com- mon Trip, but thanks to the skill available at the Newport Hospital, he subsequently made a good recovery. On the 3rd, there were ten prisoners for trial, five being colliers charged with intimidation, in which case the jury disagreed, and at the next Quarter Sessions, a nolle prosequi was entered and the men were discharged That time-honoured function, the servants' New Year Ball at Tredegar Park, was held on the 5th, Viscount Tredegar being in his usual happy and humorous vein. At Usk, on the 8th, Mr W. S. de Winton, of Llan- daff, had some straight talk with arm-chair Churchmen at a largely attended meeting in the Town Hall. On the 15th, the annual meeting of the Monmouthshire Chamber of Agriculture was held at Usk, when Mr G. P. Mitchell Innes was elected president. At the afternoon meeting, Mr Louis C. Wrigley read an instructive paper on the subject of the incidence of local taxation and the pressing need of legislation there- anent. On the 17th, the Lord Bishop of the Diocese dedicated a new organ and white marble sanctuary pavement at Caldicot Parish Church. Newport's new lunatic asylum at Caerleon was opened by the Mayor (Mr J. Lisoombe) on the 25th. A supper in connection with the Usk Volun- teer Band was held on the 29th. Mr J. Maitland Watkins presided, and gratifica- tion was expressed at the resuscitation of the organisation under Mr E. B. Haynes. Mr is Bill Benjamin, who, in his youth, fought Tom Sayers, passed away on the 29th, at Shirenewton, at the ripe old age of 82. For many years he was the hospitable and genial host of the Cross Hands in that parish. I FEBRUARY. -0 I The annual meeting of the Monmouth- shire Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society, was held at Newport on the 1st, when the report showed that 414 men and 95 women had been assisted, and fewer had been lost sight of and known to be doing badly. A report issued about this time by the Usk and Ebbw Board of Conservators showed that last year the salmon fishing season was one of the worst on record. On the 3rd, at Raglan Licensing Sessions, objection was taken to the renewal of the licence of the Crown Inn, Llandenny, and it was reported for compensation. On the 5th there was a meeting of the townspeople of Usk to consider the advisability of advertising the town in a G N publica- tion, as a result of which, latwr, a page in Holiday Haunts," was utilized for the purpose at a cost of about Z 10. which was collected by a committee. At the monthly meeting of the Pontypool R D C. the M.O H gave a fairly satisfactory report of the health of the district during last year, the birth-rate working out at 26 S5 per 1,00 ), and the death-rate at 16 .)9. At the quarterly meeting of the Monmouthshire County Council, on the 7th, congratulations were extended to Councillors T Richards- and Wm Brace on having become M.Ps., and to Viscount Tredegar on being raised a degree in the peerage. The annual meeting of the Usk Waterworks Co. Ltd., was held on the 8th, and the report showed increased revenue and slightly increased expenditure, and the usual dividend of 4 per cent was declared. Usk Licensing Sessions were held on the same day. all the licences being renewed. At Crewe, on the 10th, in competitions in connection with the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs, Mr P. T. Clift, of Usk, won the challenge shield presented by Sir Elliott. Lees, Bart., and Mr W. J. Sweet was also a prize- winner. Dr Jenkins' annual report to the Usk U D C., on the 13th was a highly satisfactory one, the birth-rate being given at 23 33 and the death rate at 10*66 (probably the lowest on record). On the 16th a meeting was held at Monmouth in connection with fishing rights on the Wye, and it was resolved to ask the Hoard of Conservators to reduce the price of rod licences from 2s 6d to the old one of I E;. A very successful concert in ai 1 of the Usk Cricket. Club funds was held in the rown Hall on the 19th. On the samn day the annual meeting of the Usk Shire Horse Co., Ltd., was held, and the proceedings showed that the Society was continuing to do good work in the district On the afternoon of the 21st, a sensation was caused in Usk Prison by John Lin,m-tid- who was awaiting trial for wife murder in Newport—ascending a ladder to the roof of the gaol, where he was chased by warders and ultimately safely brought to terra firma again. The thril.il1 scene was witnessed fiom outside by some people. On the following Saturday-21th-tio was one of four prisoners tried before Mr Justice Channel! at Monmouth Assizes, when he was foun 1 to be insane and ordered to be detained during his Majesty's pleasure. MARCH. On the opening day of the month a little girl named Edith Wall was found outraged and dead on the mountain side at New Tredegar An arrest was made on suspicion, but the man was subsequently liberated, and the crime remains a mystery. Salmon and trout fidiing commenced on the 2nd March, and it was hoped that a season of good sport was in store, but, in consequence of the drought in .,he summer months, the season was a woria one than its predecessor. On the 13th, Usk U.D.CL had before them an offer from Mr James Straker, of Abergavenny, to sell them the Town Hall and Twyn-square. The subject was dealt with in camera. The Coancil decided to approach the G. W. Et. Co., with a view to their providing better facilities to the local travelling public in respect of the issue of tourist and other tickets. They also resolved to ask the County Council to widen the Greyhound bridge. On the 14th, Chepstow Steeplechases were held over the St. Arvans course. "T Mawr," Gilwern, near AberavEmny, the well-known mansion built by the late Mr Robert Crawshay, ironmaster, of Cyfarthfa, was, on the 17th, practically destroyed oy fire, while the family were away, but, fortunately, most of the pictures and a great deal of the furniture and plate were saved. On the 18th the death occurred of Mr Thomas Evans, of Tutshill Lodge, near Chepstow. Monmouth races were held on the 22nd and 23rd. At a meeting of the Monmouth- shire Chamber of Agriculture, at Ponty- pool, on the 24th, Mr W. J. Grant addressed the members on the subject of the cultiva- tion of fruit; Mr George R. Thompson, county analyst, dealt with the question of adulteration and Mr C. D. Phillips read a. helpful paper on Farmers and the Income Tax." On the same date Mr Charles Merrick, the schoolmaster at the Reforma- tory, narrowly escaped being killed in a. motor-car accident near the railway bridge at Littl Mill. He was taken to Newport. Hospital, where he had a marvellous recovery, and was discharged, but he died in September. On March 25th, the death occurr -dof Mr Hopton Addams Williams, the Master of the Llangibby Foxhounds, and agent of the Llangibby Estates, after a brief illness. He was one of the hardest workers of the Conservative party in the district, a true sportsman, and one who was essentially the friend of the farmer. The funeral took place on the 28th, at Llangibby, and was attended by repre- sentatives of practically all the County families and of every interest in the district.. On the 25th, Mr C. H. Firbank, of Glen Usk, Caerleon, formally assumed office as High Sheriff. On the 26th, the annual meeting for the confirmation of new licences granted was held by the County Licensing Authority at Usk, Sr Henry Mather-Jackson, Bart., presiding.. A Raglan grocer's licence was refused. On the 29th. the Right Rev Pritchard Hughea paid his first visit to Usk as the Lord Bishop of Llandaff, and confirmed 4S candidates in the Parish Church. On the,
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Licensing Compensation Authority I THE PIONEER HOTEL AGAIN. On Wednesday, at the Sessions House, Usk, Sir Henry Mather-Jackson, Bart., presided over a meeting of the County Licensing Compensation Authority, and amongst those on the Bench were Sir Arthur W Mack worth, Messrs R. Rickards, I. Butler, S. N..Jones, W. P. James, F. M. Homfray, J. Green, and M. Mordey. The meeting was for the purpose of re-hearing the case with regard to the Pioneer Hotel on a mandamus from the High Court mainly with regard to the monopoly value to be fixed. The Licensing Justices at Blackwood refused to vary that value from C2,250, which they had fixed on the responsibility of their own valuer, but the Compensation Authority had fixed it-on the report of their valuer (Mr T. Parry)—at 25000. The High Court decided that applicants should have an opportunity of cross examining the official valuer. Mr R. H. Amphlett, K.C., with Mr J. Corner, was for the applicants; Mr H. S. Lyne watched the case on behalf of the Constabulary. Argument was confined solely to the question of the monopoly value. It will be remembered that the licence of the Coach and Horses, at Blackwood, was offered to be surrendered upon its being reported for compensation if the grant of the licence to the Pioneer Hotel, Cwmfelinvach—yet to be built-were confirmed. Mr Amphlett, K C., in opening, said his clients felt strongly that if all the facts on both sides had been before the Authority they would not have fixed upon the high figure they had, in addition to the cost of the building, which was E3,500, with probably another £500 outlay upon fixtures. In considering the monopoly value there were many circumstances to be taken into consideration. The Act was a most complicated one, and especially complicated was the section applicable in this case. It was not generally known that no com- pensation could be obtainable in the future for that house, and the tenure of a licence was very uncertain, since the decision in the case of Sharpe and Wakefield, that there was no vested right in a licence. With submission he would point out that the Authority had no right to fix upon a large sum as the monopoly value under the idea that at some future time the district would become a very populous one, for the reason that it could not be guaranteed that this licence would always remain the sole one in the district, and it would be hard for his client, on the other hand, to have taken into account a state of things which might never arise. The figure arrived at by the Licensing Jastices-P.2,-250 -was the outside one that applicant ought to pay, and he suggested a conference, if necessary, between the local justices and the Compensation Authority, with a view to the settlement of the difference. He then called evidence of experts. Messrs E. C. Peyer, of London, said he had formed the, opinion that in the near future it might be anticipated that ten barrels a week would be drawn at the Hotel, which would be 600 barrels a year with 500 gallons of spirits. He put the net profit on the beer at 12s per barrel, and on the spirits at 2s. per barrel, which meant J6350 per annum. He multiplied that by ten for the capital value, and got £ 3.500, from which he deducted X2,000 as the difference between the value of the premises with and without a licence, and obtained £1,500 as the monopoly value. He was cross-examined by Mr Lyne and members of the Committee. Mr John Young, Newport, made up a monopoly value of £ 1,60<), by allowing 10s a barrel profit on 500 barrels of beer a year and 2s a gallon on .500 gallons of spirits, which amounted to £300. At 12 years' purchase that would give 23,600, from which he also deducted 22,000, leaving the amount stated. In answer to Mr Lyne, witness said that during the time of the licence-buying boom, the Market Tavern, Aberbeeg, was bought for E10,050, and the value of the premises might have been from E1,500 to £ 2,000. Mr Lyne: Then that leaves 98,000 for the value of the licence. Further questions of a similar character were put. The Chairman remarked that at Cwm, last March, £1.250 was accepted as the monopoly value of a spirit licence alone. Mr James, of Cardiff, arrived at the figure £ 1,550 in a totally different way, taking into account the question of the difference of rental be- tween the premises licensed and unlicensed. Mr D. T. Alexander, of Cardiff, worked on the barrellage system, taking 12s. as the net profit, and agreeing with the other witnesses as to the probable trade, and getting 21,620 monopoly value as the result. Mr James Straker, Abergavenny, took the gross rental at S400, less 5 per cent. interest on build- ing outlay, 9180; ground rent, £ 90; insurance, fire and licence, 95 each; making a total deduction of £280, and leaving a profit of £ 100 to the land- lord, which, multiplied by 18 years' purchase, gave £ 1,800 monopoly value. Mr Thomas Parry, examined by the Clerk (Mr Gustard) for the Authority, placed the minimum barrellage at ten per week to start with, and in view of the rapidly developing nature of the district argued that that would soon increase. He put the profit on the beer at 158 per barrel and on the spirits 2s 6d per gallon. That gave L422 We per annum which at 12J years' purehase meant 45,281 5s. The ground rent (ZgO) was exorbitant. 1ft reply to Mr Lyne. he gave particulars as to the large prices recently paid for licensed houses in the County. Cross-examined by Mr Amphlett, witness said he thought E5,000 the fair monopoly value. In the course of his replies he asserted that while some tied houses were served with beer at 36s per barrel, with 2| per cent. discount, free houses got the same at 258 per barrel. He knew because he had seen the accounts during valuation. Mr Thomas, of Cardiff, on the same side, by a totally different process to the others got at E8,710 as the monopoly value. Mr Lyne addressing the Authority urged that there was no fear of a licence for that kind of house being taken away, and argued that Mr Parry's valuation erred on the side of insufficiency rather than otherwise, taking all the circum- stances of the case into consideration. Mr Amphlett complained that) Messrs. Parry and Thomas had not made the statutory deduc- tions. The Authority then retired, and on returning, • he Vice-Chairman delivered a written decision: — It is ordered that the confirmation of the licence be refused unless the justices authorised to grant 'he licence consent to vary the conditions attached to the licence by fixing the amount of the monopoly value at E5,000."