NEWS OF THE WEEK. I A munition worker has been find £ 5 for I having two iron nails in his possession while in a shell factory. He had loss a trouser button, and replaced it by the nails and some string. No French ships were lost by submarine or mine the week before last. Six were unsuc- cessfully attacked. Of British vessels sunk I during the same period, there was an increase of seven in the,losses of ships over 1,600 tons, and a decrease of one under 1,600 tons com-, pared with the figures of the previous week. Fifteen vessels Were unsticessfully attacked. Lord. Derby, giving evidence last week before the Select Committee to inquir into the Mili- tary Service (Review of Exemption) Act, 1917, admitted the existence of serious grievances, and agreed that the whole recruiting system and the appointment of Medical Boards should be removed from the War Omce and placed j und*3r civilian control. J At an inquest on the body of the ninie year old son of a policeman, who was drowned in the Lea, it was stated that, when the boy fell into the water, his sister asked, a man for help, and he replied: "I can't help a boy falling into the water. > Go and tell your mother.' P.C. Phillips, who, on being called, ilung off his uniform and dived into the water, was com- mended by the jury. Overcome by the heat, a London and North- Western Railway engine-driver, aged 71, fell off the footplate of his engine at Birmingham and was killed.. An official of the company said at the inquest that in normal times a man of this age would not be driving an engine, but owing to the war they now had many drivers over 70 years of age working local trains. Five women and four men were fined for being in unlawful possession of the personal belongings of a, British airman who fell to the earth during an engagement with the enemy in the air raid of July 7. It was stated that people removed a number of articles from the dead officer's body, and that some, including his gloves, safety-belt, and goggles, bad been recovered. A Lincoln constable had an exciting struggle early on Friday morning with two German prisoners who had, broken away from a work- ing party at Corby, Northampton, the previous Saturday. Meeting the men on the outskirts of the city, he challenged, and then arrested them. On the way to the police station they escaped, but after a long chase were agftin caught by the constable. Sir Eric Geddes, in a maiden speech at Cambridge, described carping criticism as evidence of war nerves, and appealed for national unity. The submarine danger was, of course, serious, but he honestly believed it would be overcome. As First Lord the last thing he would do would. be to interfere in naval strategy or tactics, which should be left to professional soldiers and sailors. The action$y Clarence Henry Norman, a. conscientious objector, claiming damages for alleged assault from Lieut.-Colonel Brooke, formerly commandant of the "V Imdsworth de- tention barracks, concluded on Monday. Judgment was given for the defendant, the judge stating that it was almost entirely plaintiff's own fault that he suffered at all. The witnesses included Colonel Lord Harlech, commanding the Welsh Guards. On July 5, 1914, a meeting was held in Pots- dam, at which the Kaiser, German, Austrian and Hungarian leaders were present, for the purpose of drawing up the Austrian ultimatum to Serbia. It was recognised by this gather- ing that Russia would probably refuse to sub- mit to such a direct humiliation, and that war would result. That consequence the meeting definitely decided to accept. The facts of this meeting have only now come to; light. The Secretary of the Admiralty has an- nounced that H.M. armed mercantile cruiser Otwav, Capt. Philip H. Colomb, R.N., was torpedoed on July 22 in northern waters, and subsequently sunk. There were ten men killed by the explosion. All the officers and the remainder of the ship's company were saved. An official wireless communication from Berlin on July 22 states that H.M. sub- marine C34, Lieut. Ingleby S. Jefferson, R.N., has been sunk by an enemy submarine, the only survivor, a stoker (name not given), having been taken prisoner. All next of kin in both cases have been informed.
WREXHAM. I COUNTY COURT.—There will be no sitting of 1 this court in August. -AIEDICAL.Ijr. Kataieriioe Drinkwater is ex- j pected to return home early in August. She went j to Ilaita at the beginning of August ,last year, where she has had charge of two military hos- pitals. Her engagement was for twelve months. SCHOOL TREATS.—The postponed sports in connection with the united Church Sunday schools were held on Wednesday afternoon. Owing to the food regulations, tea could not be provided. The scholars and tewhers assembled in the' Beast Market, sang the National Aiithem, and accom- panied by the Brymbo Steel Works band and the bugle band of -St. GileW Home Boy Scouts, pro- ceeded to Mx. Chadwick's field in Bennion's Lane for sports. Several local firms and tradesmen had lent various vehicles to convey tho infants. The treat in connection with St. James's, Rihosddiu, was 'held at Acton Park, and was very successful. The children were provided with light refresh- ments at the termination of the proceedings. HORTICULTURE.—Mr. J. Huxley, Brymbo, visited the Bersham Road allotments on Wednes- day evening, and inspected the whole of tho hold- ings. He afterwards addressed, a representative meeting of the tenants'; the president of the Asso- ciation (Mr. Bevis) acted as chairman. Mr. Huxley gave a number of useful hints aaid ex. pressed his admiration of the manner in which the allotment* had been cultiyate,d and stocked. He said it was one of the best sets of allotments he had gone over and he would be happy to come down weekly and assist the holders by all means in his powelr to get the best results from their land- On tihe motion of the Vice-president (Mr. W. J. Bharman), seconded by Mr. Bevis, a heairtv vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Huxley for his attendance and assistance.
"TIPYN 0 BOB PBTH." I (1VB to HOT NBCESSABILI WSNTIFT OURSELVES WflØ THJS OFUilONJ or oca COBKESPONDENT;}. Quite a novel, and what promises to be a most successful departure, is being made at Llangollen, JInderthe. auspices of the Town Improvement Association, by the beginning, "upon what-may be termed municipal lines, of cinematograph ex- hibitions for i. number of nights weekly at the if own' Hall. The movement is by way of supply- 211rrr, in some sort, an answer to the complaint, too frequently heard, that there is absolutely Ro amusement for visitors to Llango-lieri at night. In the daytime, of course, there is the beautiful walks, and the numerous other features of life in the open which the Valley Provides, arid the infinite variety of whic,ii. "age cannot dim nor custom stale." The natural charms of the district scarcely require to be boomed; but it is when the "evening shades pre- vail" that a distinct want has been felt, and this j the Town Advertising Committee aTe essaying to meet, and the experiment bids fair to prove outstanding success even in these abnormal times, Like the article of furniture, which Goldsmith Kminds us was "contrived a double debt to pay, a bed by night a chest of draw- er;; by day." these exhibitions are con- ceived to serve a two-fold purpose. They are to entertain visitors who have already come to the town, and they are to provide.the means of attracting others to the Valley, as all the funds raised are to be devoted to klefr,,iyiiiig tlio cost of suitably advertising Llangollen as a health Ond pleasure resort. Though the skies be dull and gre", and it may be quite impossible to in- fuse much of the holiday spirit into the hearts 'iheisip c i, r it 3 to the Ile dtts and lives of the people, there is no sane treason a movement of this kind should1 not be at- tempted, or why we should not be desirous to Nvish it an that measure of success, which, Plough it mav not, be in mortals to command, ^iridoubftedlv the organisers have done much to deserve. The Urban Council have given them their blessing the Town Hall, which for so many Months has been untenanted a.nd shrouded in fciore than war-tllne gloom, is nightly thronged: Find the band of energetic volunteers who are inning the show have only to maintain the pace and the quality with which they have started, and Mi-ha-nded means will be obtained to advertise klangoiisn visitors to the Valley will have no t&llse to complain of dull evenings; local enter- prise will have more than justified its existence— In fact, everything in the Valley will be alto- gether lovely. It must be many, many years ago, that is if li istoiv holds record of any such event, since. 'hardy Norsemen," in anything like force, ascend- ed the Welsh hillsides, with peaceful 'intentions, land the approving cmi-le of the natives. This 1 what happened the other da,y at Llangollen, A party of Norsemen, numbering somewhere between seventy and a 'hundred, detrained at Llangollen, on Monday, and proceeded, in quite L1 orderly manner and, x&gul&r formation, to the •Berwyn mountains, and pitched their tents, in an open space on the uplands, where their camp J to be the centre of an active campaign a.gainst the standing timber which, at. the time of writing, IS bein.g- attacked on all sides, and falling like skittles before their stalwart blows. This is the •latest, effort to rob the Valley of its right- to the description •" With verdure ckd." In other directions, rumotes Me rife of Dmas Bran, that now like the bald-head- of a tonsored priest, out- crops above a, fringe of greenery, being despoiled tl the walks along the canal being denuded of their avenue?? of trees and, it may be, a clean being made of the summit of Barbers' Hill, to say nothing of other and far-reaching -aids "Pon timber in the neighbourhood. It is re- qlJilred to help the great cause that ha-s demandled fo much of animate youth, and now takes toll of Jnanimate beauty. Musing upon bho fau* that Nor-emen, lave be,-ii Palled in to dieal this latest blow to the trees of Britain, in order that they may serve a war-like Purpose against our Teuton foes, one is prone to Jeoa how. a century ago, when another great menace to our land and to civilization had to be foiled. Scandinavian forests were laid under con- tribution, to supply timber for British needs. The Poet finely phrases it when he writes of "the tallest pine, hewn on Norwegian (hills to be the r of some great Admiral," and at Copen- hlgen and the Nile, an9 that- greatest fight of e., when Nelson fell in Trafalgar Bay. though °ur ships were of British oak, their ma?ts were -f gian pine. So that, after all, in a. Banner of speakmg, 'thew hardy Norsemen have come to get a bit of their own back: with this dnœ that they deisire material, not for d-if fetpenoe that they deia-re mafte?al, not for British Ships' masts, but for p:t Drops, to fac?'i- ?to the w'nningipf coal to produce the steam, ?hat is just as n&essary to ?ettin? a. move on, ?a ?e "tatlest mast," with unreefed sa?l, was to ?? smartest cbDper of the old "wind jamming" days of "Draké and mighty Nelson." It is not, eryflt that as content to eat its head off like flue Kàlse:r'l$--<reaTdllng "wharf fa.'l"e" as, war- fare in the KieJ Ca-nal and, night and day, in the Ja/st silences of the North Sea, the British Grand Fleet must be fed, ever on the elert the, steam- atige must never drop, and (sounds something .Je the house that Jack built" doesn't. it) ^Velsh hills must be croped, to provide props for the miner, who wins the coal, that feeds the fifes, that raises the stea.m, that, moves the piston, wiat turns the screws, that drives the ships that aok loves. The Welsh language problem is one that it always well for anyone other than a. Welshman '? approach with extreme caution. Experience, e:tnding over a good many years, enables the ^riterto view the matter from quite an unpre- judiced standpoint; and to reply to the query recently raised in your columns by a Welshman 6s to whether the language of the Cymry should ild not be pserved with an unequivocal Yes!" It is very diSoult, indeed, even for •toe who boasts no Welsh but has nevérlheless s<j>tQe little of the nous necessary to appreciate ?' that it means to &nd does for the people, ??on?st whom 'he Teside?, to conceive how it is Ppssible to conclude otherwise. To' talk ?glaby of jotting out & ?angTia?e and debasing a Htera?re j (if oh a thing w?pe possible) ?9 to advocate -finishing the sum tota? of human knowledge, r lcJ1 we al.l pray, with Tennyson, "may grow '?om more to more and more of :reveren with "a dwell." To blot out aN that he does not ^uderband, implv bemme 00 does not understand' -s the t,ion ?f the fool, ever 6rone to assume t l^it tne reverse of the saying "the unknown ?s ^Ways the ma,fice.nt." is correct When writ- .of the attituded of some of these superior ?"cs''—who by no means all come from the ?"?r id. of Offa's Dyke—toward? problems of e1øh Nationalism in general, and that of the I1-40 question in oarticular, the attitude of ??umd Burke towards merican Independence ??'t?raHy ocoum Is there any need to quote ..Let it be clearly in mmd that tibM a. b Let it be clear1y bo.rt1ên mind the.t this a 'Sg?r, a, vaster, question, than one of nationality 11" raoe—it is one affecting the inviolability of .t7ae'elum tota? of toman knowledge a<nd acbievè LiMe by little, slowly but surely and law ,,d? ipevita;blypro$Slng,.the human ?Rd hM kid t1p:sure tnat-oeither moth noT; MM can Gór but wh4ch unfortumtely,M* 52? of- tears, fools and ignor??Ufaes.:?? hztndie. To attempt to destra.,? l11e re-t usl -growth ot omituri6? -d4 tbe ,raezl iliat',?s .be?t in a nation-is ?vajlent to aiv attempt to kill a. human goul-~■ °ur3e' It is impossMe; but the effort iv on tha+^°°unt, none the less damnable. How well t? l, 'Ds,iv6rds of ahaJ:esoeare express it t?ne .Nvhioll noth?n? profits him and leaves O"? M? Ppoj ?e ￼ -? e? r?hetr .wou?tba Superior Critic be if he achieved the destruc- Supzd he aims at; how much poorer the raoe despoiled! It is this endless twanging, banio- like, on the single string, Of what commercial value is Jt?" thM makes thoughtful people's gorge rifie. Of what commercial value was "Paradise Lost" (sold for a few pounds) "The Vicar of Wakeneld." or that most polished of aU English1 poems, Gray's Elegy," to have written, which, the heroic Wolfe, reciting it to the rhythm of muffled, oars as he crossed the mighty- Canadian river. en route, to death and victory on the heights of Abraham, said he would have counted higher honour than to have. captured Quebec. There is a truer standard than that of the huckster and the bagman by which to measure matters that a-eally ".matter,1" an sunely this is one,of those mattersjwhich, apprehending if not comprehending, those professing to the least in knowledge may, at times, somehow or other, come to the wisest-in judgment. HWFA GLYN. I 11 I-
BORDER NEWS IN BRIEF, Denbighshire. The garden fete and sale at Little Acton ) on July 20, in aid of the Mayoress of Wrex- ham's R. W.F. Comforts Fund realised £ 260, and a c que for that amount has been paid to the Mayoress. The expenses of the fete I were paid by Brig-General R. Berners. Mr. W. G. Owen, formerly manager "of the l Llanrwst branch of the Metropolitan Bank, J has been appointed manager of the Llanrwst i branch of the London City and Midland Bank. Mr. Owen is a justice of fhe peace for the county. The governors of the Ruthin County School have appointed Miss Gwen E. Griffith, B.A., Post Office, Twthill, Carnarvon, to be teacher of Welsh and -history. Miss Griffith was educated, at the Carnarvon County School and Bangor University' College, taking her B.A. degree with second class honours in Welsh. The governors interviewed two other candid- ates. In'view of the decision of the County Educa- tion Authority to make a knowledge of Welsh a compulsory subject at examinations for pupil teacher scholarships from the elementary schools in the Welsh-speaking and. bilingual parts of the county, the achievement of an Eng- lish girl living at Gwyddelwern is worthy of record. Among the applications recived by the Director of Education for the position of pupil teacher next year is one from the young girl in question, Miss Mary Julia Telford, of Gwyddelwern. Her parents came from Cum- berland to live in the Welsh-speaking part of the county, and the purely English-speaking people.. Miss Telford entered. the Ruthin I County School three years ago, and she is now first in her form in Welsh. l Flintshire.. Mr. Henry Price, commercial traveller, of Chester, died at his residence, 64, Gladstone- road, Chester, on Sunday week, in his í;i7Eh year. Mr. Price was a native of Nerquis, near Mold, but had lived in Chester for many years. Montgomeryshire. I The potato crop is being badly raided by rooks in many parts of the county. < The Liverpool holiday children staying in various farms around Berriew were entertained to tea in the Assembly Rooms by Mrs. A. C. Humphreys-Owen on Monday. On Sunday afternoon five young women connected with Rhydyfelin Baptist chapel were baptised by immersion in the Vachwen Pool, a large sheet of water., on the Gregynog estate, near The baptisms were witnessed by a large congregation. After a three years' controversy the Radnor County Council, on Friday, decided. by nine- teen votes to eight to accept the offer of £ 56,000 made by the Montgomeryshire Council for admission into partnership in the Brecon and Radnor Joint Asylum at Talgarth- At the same meeting a resolution was unanimously passed in favour of the union of the agricul- tural portion of Breconshire with Radnorshire for the return of a member of Parliament. Shropshire. I Mr. H. W. Green has been appointed jus- tices' clerk at Ludlow. At a meeting of the Ludlow Town Council, on Thursday, Mr. W. C. Tyrrell was elected town clerk out of nine applicants. The concrete foundations for the pumping equipment plant at Craven Arms have now been laid, and before long the work should be completed. The names of Messrs. T. Evans, J. C. Gal- loway (brother of Mr. Geo. Galloway, Whit- church), H. Goodall, E. S. Lloyd., G. Wood- house, and Dr. W. H. Farmer have been, added to the commission of the peace for Ludlow. Much disapopintment was expressed in the county during the week end when it became known that there was no likelihood after all of their frein& seeing the men of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Lord Desborough has informed the Commis- sion, held. to investigate the possibilities of fresh water fish as food that some time ago Germans came over to this country and took back with them two and a half million young eels out of the river Severn. The eels wre placed in rivers and lakes, and Germany now reaps a rich harvest from them. Shrewsbury Town Council, on Monday, de- cided to purchase a'60-horse power motor fire engine, at a costof LI,200, It was also agreed to increase the police war bonus from 3s. to 5s. a week, with 9d. for -each child under fourteev-i. The Water Committee reported a profit for the year on the borough's water supply of £ 2,176, of which £1,425 had been invested in five per cent. war stock. At Shrewsbury Town Council, on Monday, attention was called to the advantage of offer- ing the. use of the Free Library to Welsh bodies meeting in the town, since the diffi- culty of getting suitable premises for such gatherings tended to drive them to Llandrindod Wells and other places. The Reference Room was recently lent to the Cambrian Archaeolo- gical Society, and it is; now suggested that similar hospitality might be extended to. the Welsh University Court, the Welsh National, l Agricultoral Society, and other, similar WoUh bodies. r" vv:"
News has reached Portmadoc that Mr. John Edmunds, assistant manager of the Menglembu Lode Syndicate, Malay States, has been mur- dered by a Chinese gang of robbers near Spfeo, a 1.2.wr in the Ma:¡3¡ Peninsula*
?.- PROPERTY SALE AT BASCHURCH. I On Moruday Measns. Alfred MaaiseU and Co. ofleied for sale ah tte Boreatten ATmsHoteI, Bas. urob,.seveNltl des'iraible Iota of modern property situate close to Baschuich Station, by order of the exors ol the late Mr. J. Payne. The firist lot. oBered-was the Public Hall, BascbTurch; but no purchaser was "forthcoming and this property was Vitbdii&wm, at; Fairfield, Basdiuwh, vr&s -soM to Mr. Wv Bate for £ 480 attar a $j:rited compete-j ai* *Tos. i' ČJ2, Victoria -viiia?,wdro sold to | Mr, Bo<bRM<m'for ?10. aB4 3 &nd 4, Victoria Villas i to Mr. Young for £ 470 Nos. 1, 2 and 3, Delle Vu-e,, I Basdwuch, were wittwfeawn at ieiio, Mr. H. H. Olarlre, College Hil% 8Tw»WS(tory1 tras- the solicitor for the vendor*.
COUNTRY COTTAGE TROUBLES, MR. FRANK BIBBY'S CASES. At Salop County Sessions in Shrewsbury "3* •' terdav, Mr. J. C. H. Bowdler, on behalf of Mr. Frank Bibby of Hardwick Grange made appli- cations for ejectment orders against two men named j Price and Pugh from cottages of Mr. Bibby's at Hadnall. The men were entitled to three months' notice, and that had been given, but said Mr. Bowdler six months had gone by, and still the men said they could get no house and would nor. go out. They had left Mr. Bib, by's service and gone to work for a contractor on a Government aerodrome. — Mr. R. Simpson, the a.gent to Mr. Bibby, said he in- structed notice to be served on Price and Pugh, because Mr. Bibby really needed the cottages for agricultural labourers.—Price said it was im- possible for him to get a. house near, and if na had to go it meant he lost h's job.-Pugh, who has five children, said he could not get s, house anywhere, so had bought a little place but could not get in it until March.—Price, in rsply to questions, said he was a discharged soldier— had done eight months in France, was partly disabled and was in receipt of a pension. If they take my house," he said, "it means I lose my work, which suits me. I thought I had done my duty in going to this work. The work I was doing for Mr. Bibby was of no im. portance-cutting hedges and clearing up tt woods, and could have stood. I saw the Gov- ernment was asking for national voluntears and went. Now this is how I am served for doing my duty." The Magistrates' Clerk (Mr. R. Sandford); Why did you leave Mr. Bibby? I thought it was my duty to get and do. some Government work The Government was ask- in z for men for national service. The Magistrates' Clerk; Were the wages different 7 Yes, and in the circumstances they needed to be. When you have a, wife and four children to keep on 19s. 8d. it is time to. make a move. In reply to further questions, Price said it wai not of much use to him to get lodgings. Ha had worked for Mr. Bibby for five years. Ho ihad promised to get out of the cottage as eoor as he could get a, house. "I would get out.t, a week," he added, "if I had somewhere to RO. Mr. Bowdler said they would give Price r-n, other six weeks if he would promise to get out in that time.—Price said he could not prom ise unless lie knew he was certain to got a house—he could not turn himself out. In Pugh's case it came out that he left Mr. Bibby to go and work at the aerodrome. Both he and Price left without notice, said Mr. Simpson.—Pugh to that said: "I thought -the work I was doing would stand, and as the Gov- ernment was advertising for volunteers for national service .I went.—The Chairman: Did you give notice? No. I told the foreman that I thought the work I was doing would stand and that I thought I ought to be doing somethihg more. important. He was only brushing and cutting down hedges In the end both cases were adjourned to set if the men got houses.
Presentation to Archdeacon Maude. An interesting ceremony took place at the Guildhall, Shrewsbury, on Monday afternoon when the Mayor of Shrewsbury (Alderman S: M. Morris), in the presence of a large riumbei of subscribers, made a presentation to the Ven. Archdeacon Maude on behalf of the members of the Shrewsbury Town Council and the Shrewsbury Education Committee in recognition of his public services during the 21 years he was resident in Shrewsbury. The presentation took the form of a magnificent clock in Westminster and Whittington chimes. The Mayor, in making the presentation, ad- dressed Mr. Maude as Archdeacon Maude, and said he did so because that was the title by which they had known him in that town; and it was by this title that he would alwavs be known there. It was a peculiar pleasure to him to be the mouthpiece of the subscribers that day, because not only had it been his privilege to see much of the Archdeacon in the midst of local activities but he had seen a great" deal of his work in the larger sphere of archidiaconal and diocesan life. That day 118 had to speak more of the Archdeacon's local associations. Mr. illauOe. was chaplain of the Corporation for many years, and in that cap- acity served as. the keeper of the consciences of many of the mayors of the borough. He was also a most active member and vice- chairman of the Education Committee of the borough; and it was. almost impossible for him to enumerate the many other institutions on which he rendered so much valuable work. The Archdeacon, by what he had dome, had won the gratitude and affection of all with whom he had been associated. They a.11 appre- ciated the Archdeacon's readiness to take more than his share of work in the public life of the borough; his kindness off heart, worthiness 01 thought and devotion to the people amongst whom he lived. It was his pleasing duty to ask the Archdeacon to accept this gift as a token of their lasting goodwill, and accom- panied by their sincere wishes that he would enjoy peace and happiness in his well-earned retirement He hoped that the clock would remind him of their lasting gratitude. Councillor T. Pace testified to the higt esteem in which Archd.eacon Maude was held by Nonconformists, and Councillor Moverley said that the Catholics of the town had always had the greatest respect for Archdeacon Maude, and on their behalf he- desired to wish him God-speed. Archdeacon Maude feelingly acknowledged the presentation. He said he really failed to understand what there had been in his past life to call forth so much kindness from them. He did what came his way, but he never expected to receive such a token of their grtaitude and esteem. He spoke also of the happy relations which had always existed be- tween himself and the members of the Cor- poration during the period he was their chap- kin. He thanked the Mayor, and COullclllorc. Pace and Moverley for all their good wisher
I ELLESMERE. PETTY SESSIONS.—Monday, before M: W H. Horsfall, Col. O. R. Mostyn-Owen, bo Honoui Judge Taylor, K.C., Messrs. Brownlow R. a Tower and Isaac Cooke.-Tille licenos f the Grey* hound Inn, St. Martins, wag transferred to Mrs. Weils, widow of the late licensee, and that of the Railway Hotel, EHesmero, from Wm. H. Bennett, who is serving; in the Forces, to his wife.—'Win. H. Griffiths, farmer, Morel and Valla, Efeon, w« fined 5s. for keeping a dop without a.lioeowe. ￼ ￼