JO II. RENNIE Member of the Auctioneers Institute by Exam- ination.) AGRICULTURAL AND GENERAL AUC- i TIONEKR, TENANT RIGHT & TIMBER VALUER, SURVEYOR, LAND AGENT, HOTEL AND INSURANCE BROKER Newport. UsJc, 9" Ghepstow Districts. Sales of Fat and Store Stock in NEWPORT, USE. and CHEPSTOW CATTLE MARKETS on Market Days. Horses in NEWPORT MARKET monthly. Chief Officesind, Saleroom:- 6 and 12, SKINNER STREET, NEWPORT. Nat. Telephone, 339. Telegrams, 11 Rennie Auction Fixtures. 1907. 9- Valuahlp Live and Dead Farming Stock, at Kemevs House, near Caerleon, for Mr J W. Moxham, who is leaving the neighbourhood. 10-Fat Stock in Newport Market. 15—Annual Spring Sale of Fat and Store Stock at R '-glan, after Uek Market in the morning. 17—Valuable Builder's Yard, Villa Resi. dences. Dwelling Houses, in Newport, by Order of the Court, in re D. W. Richards, Limited, at the King's Head Hotel, Newport. April-Early date—Household Furniture and Ef- fects, at Grosmont, for F. T. Wood- cock. Esq., leaving. 18-Valuable Live and Dead Farming Stock, at The Green, Raglan, for Mrs Wadley (leaving). 22—Live and Dead Stock, at the Cairn Farm, Devauden. 25—Valuable Household Furniture and Outside Effects, at "Edlogan," Sebast pol, for Richard Wildiug, Esq. (who is leaving). Early date—V-doable Freehold Accommodation Pasture Lands, at Goldcliff, Nash, Bishfon, and Newport, re T. J. Jones, dead. Early date—Property at Nash. Early date—Ditro at Poatymister. Early date—Important Stock Sale. Particulars and Catalogues to be obtained from the AUCTIONEER, 6 Skinner Street, Newport. By Messrs. MARFELL & POOLE. Tyrmonach Farm, Bryngwyn. Midway between Monmouth and Abergavenny, and 1 mile from Raglan. IMPORTANT SALE OF Live and Dead Farming Stock, ZD which MESSRS MARFELL & POOLE are favoured with instructions from the REPRESENTA- TIVES of the late MR DAVID EVANS, to SELL BY AUCTION, on the premises, as above, on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17TH, 1907, and which comprises- 18 WELL-BRED HEREFORD CATTLE; g YOUNG UPSTANDING CART HORSES; 61 FAT and STORE SHEEP; "J A PIGS; together with a Collection of AGRI- JtU CULTURAL IMPLEMENTS, a portion of the HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, DAIRY UTENSILS, and EFFECTS, the whole fully described in Catalogues. Luncheon at 11 o'clock, by ticket. Sale at 12.30. Auctioneers' Offices-The Willows, Usk. To be Sold by Tender. LOT 1. -8 Elm Timber Trees, 25 Oak, and 1 t j Ash, situate on the TWYN FARM, CLYTHA. LOT 2.-83 Oak Timber Trees, and 47 Larch, standing in COED-Y-BUNNETH WOOD and the BSAKS adjoining, and 17 Larch, standing near FORGE MILL. LOT 3.—31 Oak Timber Trees, standing in the Wood adjoining TROSTREY COURT FARM. LOT 4.—2 Oak Timber Trees in the Lane leading to CLYTHA HILL. LOT 5.—The Fallage of COED ADAM WOOD. Tenders to be sent to ILTYD GARDNER, Abergavenny. Higher Grade School, Usk. Next Term Commences Monday, April 15th, 1907. AN EXAMINATION for TWO SCHOLAR- SHIPS in the GIRLS' SCHOOL will be held at the School, on SATURDAY MORNING, APBIL 13TH, 1907 For particulars please apply to the HEAD MASTEB. Village of Llandenny. TO BE LET, with early possession, BRICK COTTAGE.—Apply, E. WADDINGTON, Usk. v ■■ — 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.
VISITOM to the Roman excavations at Oaerwent G" Good Friday found that a complete Roman amphitheatre has been discovered there. This ccuiltmg- the opinion that Caerwent was the aite of a Romaa civil community, and not of a fortress merely. A previous find was that of a Roman bath, another accompaniment of civilisation rather than of camp life.
IItuning Appointments. — THE LLANGIBBY HOUNDS will meet on Tuesday, April 9th Little Mill At 11 a.m. To Finish the Season. MR. CURRE'S HOUNDS will meet on Monday, April 8th Fair Oak At 9 a.m. Friday, April 12th.Cross Hands At 11. THE MONMOUTHSHIRE HOUNDS will meet on Saturday, April 6th Hoelgerrig At 11.30 a.m. 4th Volunteer Battalion South Wales Borderers. G COMPANY, USK. Orders for week ending 13th April, 1907. On Duty Sergeant, Jones. Corporal Groves. Bugler Johnston. Tuesday, April 9th -Band Practice at 8 p.m. Thursday, April llth—Band Practice at 8 p.m By order, H. J. WILLCOX, Cuptain, Commanding G Company. Cyclists, Light Up! Saturday, Apr 6th 7.38 Sunday, 11 7th. 7.39 Monday, 8th 7.41 Tuesday, Oth 7.42 Wednesday, 10th. 7.44 Thursday, llth 7 45 Friday, 12th. 7.47 Saturday, 13tb. 7.49 Being One hour after Sunset. County Course 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, I a.m. Apr. May June Chepatow 10 22 3 Barry 10 23 7 4 Cardiff 10 3 8 5 99 10 4 9 6 10 5 10 7 „ 10 6 11 8 Abergavenny 10 15 10 Blaenavon 10 13 Tredegar 9.30 16 14 11 Pontypool 10 17 15 12 Newport 10.30 18 16 13 „ 10.30 19 17 14 Monmouth. 10 20 18 18 Ross. 9.30 13 1 Criokhowell 11 12 17 Usk 11 11 19 APPOINTMENTS, &c., FOlWEll Ending April 13th, 1907. April. Sat. 6-Pontypool Petty Sessions. Football-Usk v. Chepatow, at Usk. Sun. 7-First Sunday after Easter. Mon 8—Monmouth Market, Football-Usk v. Blaenavon, at Usk. Tues. 9—Abergavenny Market. Usk Urban District Council Meeting. Wed. 10—Newport Cattle, Corn, and Cheese Markets. Abergavenny Petty Sessions. There 11—Cwmbran Petty Sessions. Sat. 13-Pontypool Petty Sessions I Football-Usk v. Llanhilleth, at LIsn- hilleth. ? A
Births, Carriages, & Deaths. Announcement sunder this heading areinserted at a uniform charge of I/- each, unless such words as "No Cards," I No Flowers," tfc., 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. MARRIAGE. W ATKINS-JARHAN.-On April 2nd, at Bedwellty Church, by the Rev R. W. Roberts, Edgar Lewis, second son of Mr W. Watkins, Pencarreg, near Usk, to Elizabeth Gertrude, eldest daughter of Mr B. Jarman, of Tredegar, Mon. 4
THE FIRST NEWSPAPER. I The honour of having produced the first newa- paper has long been disputed by Italy, France, Germany, England, and Holland, and for years the British Museum exhibited a paper called the English Mercury, said to have been printed in 1588, but which proved to be a practical joke of Lord Hardwicke. As the first German paper only appeared in 1615, in Frankfort; the first Dutch paper in 1617, the first English paper, the Weekly Gazette, in 1622, and the first French paper in 1631, the priority of Antwerp in the field now seems to be established by exhaustive researches, which shew beyond a doubt, that the printer, Abraham Verhoeven, of Antwerp, ob- tained in 1605 from the Archduke and Duchess Albert and Isabelle the privilege of printing the first regular newspaper. ♦
HOW SEEDS ARE DISPERSED. I Seeds are dispersed over the earth's surface by various methods, one of the most common being the instrumentality of animals. The wind is, perhaps, the most effective" agent of dispersion instituted by Nature. Then there is the instru- mentality of streams, rivers, and currents of the ocean, which play an important part in the dis- persion of seeds and vegetables. Some seeds have wing-like appendages, by which they can travel many miles.
Nir. McKenna's Bill. I The Education (Special Religious In- struction) Bill, introduced by Mr McKenna, has been described by a northern Radical journal as a mean. small Bill for punishing the Voluntary Schools." This is true so far as its vindictiveness goes, but it also reeks with injustices towards Churchmen, who, under its provisions, are asked to pay for the religious instruction of Nonconformists, and at the same time to pay twice over for the religious instruction in their own schools. It is practically Nonconformity endowed at the expense of Church people, who have to pay one-fifteenth of the teachers' salaries—this proportion being deemed the cost. of religious teaching—to continue giving their schools rent free to the State, and also to keep those schools in repair, the last item alone being sufficient to pay the cost of Church teaching many times over. There are over 11,000 Church Schools under the protection of the National Society, and the Church has expended in building these schools, irrespective of the Government grant, from fifteen to twenty millions sterling, while in ninety years she has spent on the education of children in this country, apart from State grants and endowments, I FIFTY MILLIONS. Churchmen all over the country mav well ask Is all this to go for nothing?" and pass condemnatory resolutions at their Easter vestries. The call to arms has b-en sounded by the Church Schools Emergency League, who are sending out some 16,000 copies for signature of a petition to the House of Commons, asking •'Ti>at Voluntary Schools shall receive maintenance from the rates equally with Council Schools, and that no fine shall be inflicted upon managers of Church Schools for continuing to give instruction in accor- d-ance with the Prayer Book." Churchmen must stand shoulder to shoulder in this matter, and not allow any minor difforences to mar or weaken the carrying on of the great principles that Churchmen as a whole reverence. The Bill is assured of the strenuous opposition of the Unionist party, but each individual Churchman must do his utmost to strengthen the hands of that party.
I THE IRISH QUESTION. I YII "IRISH" IDEAS. By IAN MALCOLM, BX-M.P. FOR THE STOWMARKFT (N.W.) DIVISION OF SUFFOLK. IF Englishmen and Scotsmen are shocked, as indeed, we should be, at the disloyal con- dition of the majority of the Irish people to-day, we have only our own indifference to blame. Rightly or wrongly, we are a nation which con- cerns itself with only one thing at a time and whilst we have kept our anxious eyes fixed upon the progress of the South African War, or Socialism, or Fiscal Reform, we have entirely overlooked the seditious movement which has now attained such ppalling proportions in Ire- land. It is not to'our credit, as a civilizing nation in every part of the world, that we should have permitted those whom we tax- payers employ to administer the affairs of Ire- land to allow such a state of things to pass unnoticed and unchecked. THE LAND OF LEAGUES. In a previous article it was shown that, by the present lack of decent primary education in Ireland, the natural growth of individual liberty of thought and independence of character in action has been sapped and destroyed. The Irish peasantry is appealed to, not through the medium of its intelligence, but through the channel of its emotions. Hence the necessity of herding congregations of men together, and of persuading them, when under the influence and pressure of companionship, to the adoption of courses against which the independent intellect would certainly rebel. To shout with the largest crowd passes for intelligence, as it is also a guarantee for personal security in the South and Western Provinces. Ireland, therefore, is riddled with leagues and societies, whose cor- porate resolutions are supposed to represent the personal convictions of their adherents. Their aims and objects must be carefully watched in order that we may discover what are the alleged aspirations of the Irish people," and what are the "Irish ideas" in accordance with which it is proposed to govern the country. THB UNITED IRISH LEAGUE. There is, first of all, the United Irish League —the apostolic successor of the Land League, whose leaders were so emphatically condemned by the Parnell Commission. This organization was started by Messrs. Davitt and O'Brien in 1900, and is now in active operation all over Ireland. Its objects were-frankly stated by a high ecclesiastic of the Roman Catholic Church, the Right Reverend Monseignor McGlynn, who declared at a meeting over which he presided that:— The United Irish League had for its purpose to unite the Irish people together as they were in the days of the grand old Land League.— Freeman's Journal." Mr. William O'Brien mentioned at the same meeting that They would soon turn the River Shannon into a Modder or Tagela. This patriotic community has the full confi- dence and support of the Irish Parliamentary Party; and although every kind of agrarian disorder is attributed to its malign influence, it prides itself on its preference for" constitu- tional methods THE GAELIC LEAGUE. These methods do not, however, appeal to young Separatist Ireland, who considers them slow-coach and ineffective. and cannot discover what good the Irish Nationalist members are to Ireland. Young Ireland is the founder of The Gaelic League," whose ostensible reason for existence is the furtherance of temperance, the Irish language, Irish industries, music, litera- ture, and so on. It was said to have been started as a purely non-political association; but, within a very few months, its founder, Dr. Hyde, explained that the League was in the wider and truer sense of the word a most power- ful political and national association." On no other basis could the following declarations have been made:— The Secretary of the East Kerry Executive et the Gaelic League (July, 1905), said that any man who became a member of the Gaelic League, no matter wh it his present views might be would be changed af'er a few years' membership into a Separatist, and anxious for the complete independence of his country." But a much more important person has fur- nished the world with his conception of the functions of this non- oli ical association. Pro- bably nobody in England has ever heard of Mr. John Sweetman; he is, nevertheless, a most influential person, who has the confidence of large numbers of the Irish people. He was once a Nationalist Member of Parliament h is the e!ected Chairman of 'he Meath County Council, the Vice-President of the Central Council of Irish County Councils, and a leading Gaelic Leaguer. These are his words, spoken at a meeting of he Catholic Truth Society "-also a non-political body The English Government hates the Irish nation as hat of Egypt did hate the Jewish nation; and we must fight that Government with all the weapons that the great God has given us, just as Moses fought the Egyptians (Applause ) We have no power to call the ten plagues of Egvpt on the English. Would to Giid that we had that power. (Applause and laughter.) We can, however, boycott her manufactured goods and boycott her Army and N-ivy. Why do we not do so ? SINN FEIN. Out of the Gaelic League has sprung yet another organization called Sinn Fein," which means "ourselves alone" and I want to im- press upon English and Scottish readers the fact that these are no hole and corner soci- eties-far from it The membership amounts to thousands they hold open meetings whose proceedings are fully reported in the Irish Press, and thAir literature can be bought by anybody who desires to read it. Its objects can best be stated in its own words. It is to be A negation of the policy of howling at Eng- land. Instead of denouncing England, Ireland will oroceed calmly and methodically to up- root everything English within her four seas, and pu- something Irish wherever something Eng ish has been up-torn. Irish ideas will substitute West-British ideas, Irish manufac- tures will inexorably oust English goods out of the Irish market. The speech, thought, and action of the nation will gradually become more Irish and less English; and day by day Ireland will stand out more and more before the nation as a distinct entity; self-centred and self contained, and, of course, self- governed. The Sinn Fein policy is a policy that has to a large extent grown out of the Gaelic League. On "Sinn Fein" the Mr. John Sweetman al- ready referred to is a first-class authority he is Vice-President of its National Council. He assures the world (see Freeman's Journal," January 31st, 1906) that Out of the Gaelic League's de-Anglicising propaganda have already grown a series of movements, not onlv strongly political, but ea ,h and nil m tking for a separate independ- ent Irish Nation, freed from every link of the British connection. Such movements comprise :— (1) The refusal to drink the health of the King, or to endure the performance of the National Anthem; (2) The boycotting of all soldier and police pensioners who seek employment from the county councils or municipalities; and (3) The anti-recruiting movement. Alas these seditions operations have sown their seed, and the crop is appearing' day by day. Here is an extract from one of a sheaf of anti-enlistment placards which are pasted in public places all over Ireland :— IRISHMEN! It is in our hands to refuse to enter the forces of the English Crown. Let us fight th e battle of Ireland HERE on our own lod. Don't be deluded by the wiles and false promises of the enlisting sergeant. Regiments of the British Army with Irish names, like the Connaughf. Rangers, Munster Fusiliers, Irish Rifles, or Dublin Fusiliers, &c., and are only Irish in their title. The man who joins them is an anti-Irishman. They are part of the English garrison holding Ireland in subjection. « Hearken to the words of Father Kavanagh, the Irish Franciscan Patriot Priest, who pro- nounces it a heinous crime against Ireland for Irishmen to enter the forces of robber Eng- land and he who engages in one of England's unjust wars is guilty of deadly sin. Make a vow that you will not recognise or mix with any man who dons the livery of an Irish slave-the red or black coat, or blue jacket-and keep your children from mixing with this anti-Irish horde, the slaughterers of the innocent Boer women aud children. They would not hesitate to slaughter their own kith and kin to-morrow as they have often done before to carry out England's dirty work. You can assist in the uplifting of the Irish nation by refraining from entering the English forces. If you are an Irishman, you will be true to Ireland, and by refusing to take the cursed Saxon shilling, you will lend a hand in restoring your Mother Erin to Nationhood. Two QUESTIONS. And here I close this painful subject of sedi- tion rampant and unchecked, offering two con- siderations 1. To ENGLISHMEN. I Do you know any country in the world where liberty so abused is so freely exercised as it is in Ireland ? Is such conduct likely to attract you to the larger policy," of which Devolution is but an instalment" ? 2. To IRISH NATIONALISTS. I No civilized country can submit to coercion such as this. The fact that you proclaim your ambition to smash England lays upon her the duty of seeing that you are unable to fulfil your threat.
USK. I Agent-Mrs. E. K. Jones, Stationer I GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER.—From Good Friday until Easter Monday the weather was delightfully fine, and Usk had its full complement of visitors The services in the Churches were well attended. Usk Church was very chastely decorated for the Eastertide. EASTER SERVICES AT LLANHADOC.—A large con- gregation assembled for the Three Hours' Service on Good Friday, when eloquent addresses were given by the Rev H. F. Harrison. vicar of Chript- church, near Newport, at which iatter Church the same service was taken by the Rev Harry Cockson. Very beautiful was the Church in the bright sunshine of Easter Day, the altar chastely adorned with white flowers from The Helmaen, and the Church well occupied with a goodly number of communicants at 8.30 and 10 a.m., and filled with a large congregation at evensong, when the Vicar preached on the Priesthood of the laity, from Revelations v. 9.10. A SUCCESSFUL USK MAN.—Mr W. C. A. Pullin, the newly-appointed G.W.R. assistant divisional superintendent for Swansea, began his railway career at Usk, in 1867, as booking clerk. Later he was removed to Pontypool Road and also to Chepstow, and at the age of 23 was appointed stationmaster at Clarence-street, Pontypool. In 1877 he was attached to the divisional superinten- dent's office, Pontypool Road, as relief clerk, giving up that post in 1890 on being promoted to the post of atationmaster at Pontypool Road. In 1893, he was appointed chief clerk in the Birmingham divisional superintendent's office, and has held that position for 14 years. He has also been for four sessions lecturer to the Birmingham dmiiou signaling close. LLANGIBBY HOUNDS.—Hounds met at Trevella, on Tuesday, and found their fox at Golden Hill uoing towards Trevella. Then, making for Gre,tt House and turning t" the left, he went through the wood and over the top to Foresters' Oak, where he was lost after affording a splendid run. Beginning at the Wllrrei" aId working down, the hound- disturbed a brace, and the pack divided. The fox at the top, after travelling a few hundred yards, re-entered the Warren, running through to Gulden Hill. There were now at least three foxes afoot, and the holloas all around tended to bewilder the hounds. At length Marquis got on a line, and worked it without faltering. Some of the other hounds were g t together, and it was found that Marquis had marked his quarry to ground. A fine dog fox was g It out and killed, Miss Hall, Trevella, being given the brush. ANGLING. I In consequence of the very bright weather that prevailed, the rivor vas very clear and fine for the holiday fishing. Trout were not feeding well on the wet fly, but some good sport was obtained with the dry tty. There was a welcome change in the weather on Tuesday, and it rained heavily all night, but an aop'^ciable rise did not result. A fresh rise is now badly needed for both salmon and trout angler", The March brown has taken to show well, and anglers will find the following patterlls the best, March brown, with chocolate b,.dy and twist, or green body and yellow twist; the quill upright, and light rusty dun. A larare number of anglers took advantage of the holidays, and they met with varying sncness. Salmon auglers are beginning to despair, as no new fish have been reported seen or killed. The following are the trout successes re- ported March 28th—Mr R. W. Rickards, 5 brace. March 29th— M r J. Pitt, senr., 2 brace Mr A. -Tones, 2; Mr Cobb, 5; Mr G. Edmunds, junr., 2: Mr E. Young, 4; Mr L. R. Lucas, 2; Mr T. Thomas, I I. March 3 )th—Mr R. W. Rickards, 2 brace; Mr Cobb, 5 Mr L. Lucas, 4; and Mr T, Thomas, 2. Aprillst-Mr A..Jones, 3 brace; Mr L. Lucas, 2 (one trout weighing 21b). April 2nd—Mr J. Williams, 3 brace. I USK CRICKET CLUB. The annual meeting of the Usk Cricket Club was held at the 4. White Hart," Usk, on Wednes- day evening, when there were present:- Websro. H. Humphreys, J.P. (chairman), A. G. Wallace (hon. see.), F. Hill, L S. Davies, H. C. Davies, W. Stockham, E. Slade, H. G. Powell, A. J. Smart, W. Frost Rberts, F. J. Edmunds, Frank Morgan (Castl<>), G Edmunds, C. Jenkins, J. H. Marfell, and F. E. B. Haynes. The accounts, as presented, showed an adverse balauce of Pl 9s 5d, and this was attributed to the falling off in subscriptions last year. The concert and dances brought in about C12 to the funds. On the proposition of Mr L. S. Davies, seconded by Mr W. Frost Roberts, Mr H. Humphreys was unanimously re-elected President. In returning thanks, Mr Humphreys said that as long as he was able he should continue to do his best for the Club. Sir Alfred Moloney, K.C.M.G., Colonel Courtenay Morgan, Mr Lewis Haslam, M.P., and Mr Percy Radcliffe were elected vice-presidents. Mr A. E. Bowen having res'gaed the office of hon. treasurer, Mr John H Boweu was appointed his successor. The Chairman proposed the re-election of Mr A. G. Wallace as hon. sec., and remarked that they were all much obliged to him for the able way in which he had carried out the secretarial duties. Mr F. J. Edmunds seconded, and it was carried unanimously. The General Committee were elected as follows:—Messrs. H. Humphreys, J.P., T. Rees, W. S. Gustard, J. H. Bowen, S. A. Hiley, G. Edmunds, jr., L F. Stedman, H. Freeman, A. H. Watkins, R. St. John Beasley, F. Hill, F. J. Edmunds, W. F. Roberts, H. C. Davies, Frank Morgan, H. G. Powell, T. Seaton, W. Marfell, and L. S. Davies. Mr F. J. Edmunds, last year's captain, proposed that Mr A. G. Wallace take command of the team this season. Mr W. F. Roberts, in seconding, said he thought Mr Wallace deserved the honour because of the work he had done on behalf of the Club. Mr Wallace, in returning thanks for the double compliment paid him, said he should do his best as he had always endeavoured to do, and be hoped he should do as well as his predecessor bad done in the position of captain, whom he subsequently asked to act as vice-captain. The Chairman then handed in a cheque value £6 as his subscription for the ensuing year, and The Hon. Secretary, in acknowledging it, said if everyone so loyally supported the Club as did their President there would be no difficulty in carrying it on. Mr Roberts observed that the Club's financial position would compare favourably with that of other Clubs in the county. The Hon. Secretary referring to the strong fixture list, with most of the matches at home, said the attraction of the Usk ground was shown by the fact that he had received no less than 66 applications for home matches. He also announced that the Committee had engaged the services of G. W. Court (Sussex), as professional for the year. and he would take up his duties on the 29th April. Mr Frank Morgan suggested the appointment of a Match Committee. For some time now, he said, it had been left to the Captain and Secretary to make the selection and to get the players together. Now that they would have a pro., and would be better off with young players, be thought the Captain, Vice-captain, and Secretary's responsibility of selection should be shared by a small committee. The effect of selecting and posting teams early would probably be to encourage the younger members to try hard for a place in the team. Mr Hill seconded. lIe pointed out, however, that when a Match Committee had been formerly appointed a difficulty had been experienced in getting them to meet. The proposition was adopted, and the following were elected the Match Committee:—The Captain and Vice-Captain (ex-officio), Messrs. A. J. Smart, Frank Morgan, and F. Hill. Mr H. Freeman had given notice of motion to raise the minimum subscription to 7s 6d, but not being present, it was not proposed. Mr Hill then moved, in accordance with notice, that the minimum subscription remain as at present, 5s, for one game played; that it be increased to 7s 6d for two games (cricket and tennis or bowls), and 10s for the three games. Mr Frank Morgan seconded, and The Chairman said he thought ic wouiu Uö is very good alteration. Mr H. G. Powell said it was certainly worth more than 5a to be able to take part in two or three games, and, as an amendment, moved that for playing one game the figure remain as at present, but that if two or more games were played, the subscription should be 10s. Mr E. Slade seconded. The Vice-Captain said he knew many who would pay 7s 6d, who would not care to pay 10s. Mr A. J. Smart observed that they should carefully consider whether they were likely to lose or gain by the proposed alterations. Ultimately, the amendment was lost, and Mr Hill's motion agreed to. It was decided that members should declare the games they wished to play, that the same be stated on the members' cards. and that a list be posted in the Pavilion open to inspection. The Committee appointed to inspect the ground for the purpose of selecting a site for the bowling green reported that a suitable one had been apportioned which would not interfere with cricket er tennis. It wate decided to open the gro >n i for p actiee* on the 20th inst. The first ma eft is wit h Cardiff (away) on May 4th. Mr Frank Morgan threwot: rt", suggestion that the General Committee be c,ll(i,i 'osjetiier at an early date to consider the que«M<)ii of organising something in the nature of a fe e or sport« on the ground in aid of the funds "f the 'iiub. Other organisations had had successf'il events of the kind, and they might try and do something for themselves. A vote of thanks to the Chairman was then passed, and in reply Mr Humphreys said he wa* verv gUd to find some people there who took a real pleasure and interest in the Club. As long as he was ahve he would do what he could towards keeping the Club and ground going in the town. (Applause). USK DEBATING SOCIETY. The Usk Debating Club held their fortnightly meeting on Tuesday, the subject being "Shoulct Games be allowed on Sunday ?'' Mr T. Jones occupied the chair. In the unavoidable absence of the proposer (Mr H. G. Powell) at the last minute, Mr E, L. Harvie, though supporting the opposition, to save the debate from falling through, put forward the argu- ments that were used for playing games on Sunday, in the place of Mr Powell, but owing to not being- prepared for the emergency the affirmatives weie not so well able to meet the negatives. Mr J. V. Winter, in an able speech, defended, the sacredness of the Sabbath Day and won easily by 8 votes to 3 (Mr Harvie not voting). The following took part in the discussion:— Messrs. B. Thomas, E. Thomas, D. Jones, A. H. Symonds, and F. Lewis. Next debate, April 17th. at 8.30 p.m.; subject, Is Conscription desirable 1" --u- LLANBADOC EASTER VESTRY MEETING. This meeting was held in the Vestry of the Parish Church, on Thursday evening, the Vicar (Rev Harry Cockson) presiding. There were present:—Messrs Edward Williams (church- warden), P. Radcliffe, R. W. Spencer, Rees Price, A. Bowyer, H. Butcher, T. Harrhy, H. Harrhy, A. Jones, W. R. Martin, and W. J. Nicholas. I VICAR'S STATEMENT. The Vicar made the following statement Llanbadoc Church Lands Charity.-It will be remembered that at the Easter Vestry of 1905, Mr H. S. Gustard said he had a slaim of 970 upon the Church Lands as mortgagee, and that if the money were not paid he should foreclose. I deemed it my duty to acquaint the Charity Commissioners with the fafJts of the case as far as I knew them a long correspondence ensued; and, as a result of the steps taken by me in the interests of the parishioners, the Charity Commis- sioners suggested that £ 25 should be offered to Mr Gustard in full discharge and settlement of all and any claims under the said mortgage, an offer which was accepted by Mr Gastard last summer in full settlement of claims amounting, at the time, with interest added, to about £ 80. There was sufficient money at the bank to pay Mr Gustard in August of last year, and the property is now free of all and any encumbrance. On the advice of the Charity Commissioners the title in the property has been vested in the Official Trustee of Charity Lands, and the income will be applied in accordance with the conditions of the trust. "Mignon Bequest.—It will be remembered that 1 invited the parishioners at the Easter Vestry two years ago, to state if they had any objection to a, proposal to spend JS10 out of the £50 left by the late Major-General Mignon for the benefit of the poor of Llanbadoc, in placing a statue in the reredos as a memorial of a generous benefactor. No objection being raised, I applied the money accordingly, having successfully resisted an attempt to interfere with the carrying into afflwotr of the proposal. The balance of £ 40 was kept in the bank on deposit, and early this year I added a small sum from certain Church funds at my disposal and purchased consols of the face value of X50 in the name of the Vicar of Llanbadoc, so that in the event of my decease or cession of the living, the property passes automatically to my successor. The annual income of the Mignon Bequest is, therefore, about 25s., and I shall be glad to give my best consideration to any suggestions offered by parishioners as to the best way of expending this sum annually for the benefit of the poor of Llanbadoc." I THB ACCOUNTS. Mr Edward Williams then presented the annual balance sheet as follows:— BECMPTS. Se.d. Collections in Church 64 11 10 Donations, Subscriptions, &c. 23 11 4t Balance from last year & Bank Interest 5 3 0 993 6 2L EXPENDITURE. £ s. d. Parochial Expenses 51 7 t Contributions to Diocesan, Missionary, and other Societies 9 5 6 Balance in Bank 32 12 11 993 6 21 The Chairman said this showed an extremely satisfactory state of affairs. (Hear, hear.) Mr Williams said the accounts had been audited and certified correct by Mr N. Owen, London and Provincial Bank, Usk. The accounts were adopted, on the proposition of Mr Price, seconded by Mr Harrhy. The audited accounts of the charity land were also presented. THE CHURCHWARDENS. Mr E. Williams stated that he had received & letter, dated March llth, from Mr H. S. Gustard saying amongst other things, that he did not again intend to accept the office of churchwarden at Llanbadoc. The Chairman asked Mr E. Williams to be good enQugh to again act as his warden. Mr Williams, while accepting, said he did nob think the same person should hold the office every year others should be allowed to get an insight into Church work. On the proposition of Mr R. Price, seconded by Mr A. Jones, Mr Percy Radcliffe was elected the people's warden. In accordance with local custom, Mr Williams nominated Messrs. R. W. Spencer and W. Trot- man as sidesmen, and Messrs. W. S. Gustard and R. Price were nominated on behalf of Mr Radcliffe. BROKEN HEDGES. Mr Price asked who was responsible for hedges on the charity land which bad been broken down by certain gentlemen. The Chairman said that was a matter which. should be brought to the notice of the trustees, viz., the churchwardens and himself. I GRATITUDE. The Vicar said he thought they had every reason to be satisfied with the selection of officers made that evening. He was grateful to Mr Radcliffe for having accepted office, and he (the Vicar) was sure that both he and Mr Williams would do their best for the parish and church, and they would all pull together in a friendly spirit for the good of al). (Hear, hear.) Mr P. Radcliffe moved a vote of thanks to the Rev. Chairman for the able way in which he had carried out his duties and for the attention he had paid the parishioner?. Mr Spencer seconded, and Mr Price supported, remarking that the Vicar had pulled them out of a great difficulty. The Vicar, in responding, said that everything now was straight and clear. He was always glad to meet his people on every available occasion. Mr Harrhy referred to the cutting down of trees in the churchyard, some people having made ob- jections. Personally, he said, he thought mora trees should be cut down, aø they still obstructed the light.