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WELSH CHURCH BILL. ___I

:NEW PICTURE PALACE AT BANGOR

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I rEHFOKMANCE OP "CLAUUIAN."

"LA VIE" NEXT WEEK. I

I BARMOUTH COUNCIL ELECTION.

PORTMADOC LICENSING I SESSIONS.I

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PORTMADOC LICENSING I SESSIONS. I JUSTICES* CLERK OBJECTED TO. MR W. GEORGE AND MR R. CASSON. I The adjourned licensing sessions were held at I Portmadme on Friday, before Mr J. Daviec (pre- siding-), Dr. Livingstone Davies, Air J. n. Owen, and Mr J. Lewis. Mr John Humphreys applied for the -renewal of tho licence of the- Maddocks Arms Hotel, Tre- madoc. Mr Win. George opposed on behalf of the Tem- perance party, and ho also objpected to tho clerk (Mr R. Casson) acting as clerk and advising the Bench. It was an unpleasant duty toO object to the cLerk, but he maintained that Mr Gasson was involved in the question. Ho used to be the local agent of the holder of the licence, and was now a partner with the present agent. He sub- mitted that it was a case in. which the Bench should be indefinitely advised. According to the Licensing Act a clerk of magistrates who might be interested in such & case as this and advised the Bench was open to a fine not exceeding £101) for contravening the Act. The Clerk: Had I known that this objection was to be made I should have asked- another magistrates' clerk to act for me. Mr George: I was relying on the clerk's own seneo of propriety, and tha.t he would not act in the oase. The invariable practice in other courts is for the clerk, when he is interested, to arrange fo-1' another clerk to act for him temporarily. I hold that. there is no licence vested at all in Mrs Davidson, whose agent Mr Casson was in past years. Mr Casson said his -reply, shortly, was that he was not acting and jicver had aetetli in that mat- ter for Mrs Davidson, or fOlr any licencee Ü1. the plnec. He (added thaiti he had! nV. the feast shadow of doubt that lie was in 110 way liable to the penalty of £100 mentioned, and if the Bench so wished; he would continue to art and ta.ke his chance of the penalty. However, nobody was more anxious than he was that there should not be a breath of suspicion in the matter with refer- enec either to the past., the present, or the future. With regard to his position as clerk, he had a strong feeling of honour for the position, which he had held for many years. That was not the first. time that suggestions .had been made from the same quarter as to his impartiality and fitness for tl ie office, but. he hoped h.c held it with the full confidence of the Bench. The question of penalty (Fd not weigh with him for a moment. He would take his ("hano of being sued, and either paying or receiving the costs in fighting a case. There was. however, something behind which weighed w,ith him, a.nd if it would be more consonant with the dignity of the Bench and his personal honour he would be obliged if the Rench would postpone the matter, and he would ar- ra-mye for the attendance of an-otlier magistrates' clerk. Mr IT. miHireyp objected to a postpone.ment. The Chairman If we act. upon the advice given us by OUT clerk, and if that deei*i^;i were upset, who wo.ttld be responsible? The dele I would. The Chairman: Can we adjourn tho matter? Mr George: The clerk will advico you on the point. T shall not, object to an adjournment. The Clerk: I am prepared to-advice the Bench. The case can be adjourned for tho attendance of another magistrates' clerk. The Bench thereupon postponed the matter for a fortnight, and said that, it should be clca^y understood that their decision in no way reflected on their clerk.

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WELSH ESTATE SOLDI

THE CHURCHES.I

EISTEDDFOD AT LLANFAIRFECHAN.

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ANG-LESEY COUNTY COUNCIL.

THE ROKEBY VENUS.

CARNARVON TEACHERS AND THE…

TYDWEILIOG SCHOLARSI AND TEACHERS.

WELSH CHURCH BILL. ___I