NEWS OF THE WEEK. Prince Alfred ariived at Windsor Castle from the Continent on Friday, in time to celebrate the birthday of his sister, the Princess Louise, who, on Saturday, completed her 17th year. On the Monday his Royal Highness arrived in London, and returned to Windsor the next day. On Saturday the Prince and Princess of Wales had a dinner party at Marlborough House, the guests being the Duchess, Princess Mary, and the Duke of Cambridge the Turkish, Austrian, and Prussian ambassadors and their ladies the Duke of Somerset, the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, and the Earl of Tyrone. 0 A very influential meeting was held in the city on Thursday, the Lord Mayor in the chair, at which resolutions and a memorial to the Chancel- lor of the Exchequer were agreed to, in favour of reducing the duty on fire insurances generally to Is. Cd. per cent. On Friday, a deputation from the Corporation of London, headed by Mr. Alderman Rose, M. P., had an audience of the Prince and Princess of Wales at Marlborough House, and presented their Royal Highnesses with the medal struck in hon- our of the public entrance of the Princess into London on the 7th of March, 18C3. It is an ad- mirable work of art, and was much admired by the Prince and Princess. Friday was St. Patrick's day and was celebra- ted in the metropolis by all classes of Iiishnien. The Roman Catholics had a grand musical reli- gious service at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Soho and in the evening the annual dinner of the Ben- evolent Society of St. Patrick was held, at which a larfe party assembled, and the greatest harmony prevaile,l, though the opinions of the guosts were verv diversified. Lord Powerscourt was in the cbalr. The strike and lock-out of the iron trade con- tinues and a strange turn is likely to be given to it. The men (some of them at least) have got an idea iuto their heads that some acts of the mas- ters constitute a breach of the 3rd clause of the Combination Act. Legal opinions are to be tak- en and if they are against the masters, a crimin- a] prosecution will be commenced. On Monday, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council gave judgment in the Colenso case. Our readers are aware that Dr. Colenso, bishop of Natal, was cited before the Bishop of Cape Town, as metropolitan of the African church, to answer for his work on the Pentateuch, and was deprived of his see. He appealed to the Privy Council, on the ground that the Bishop of Cape Town had no authority to deal with his case. The Bishop of Cape Town disputed the jurisdic- tion of the Privy Council, and contended that the appeal should have been made to the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Council decided in favour of Dr. Colenso, and declared the sentence against him null and void. The latest reports from Nice of the Czarewitch's health are more favourable than last week. His Imperial Highness is now out of danger.—It was stated that the Emperor would go to Nice to cs- cort the Empress home. It is now said that his Majesty will, early next week, be at Hesse Darm- stadt, to await her arrival.—In reply to articles which have recently appeared, intimating that Russia is greatly extending her territory in Cen- tral Asia, the Journal de St. Petersboury of Mon- day, sajs—"What has recently taken place in Central Asia had not the object of extending the frontier of Russia, but of rectifying it, by acquir- ing an uninterrupted frontier line, and of estab- lishing relations with tribes who know how to value the blessings of peace and commerce, and o 1 d are not given up to plunder." It seems from a note of Earl Russell's, publish- ed at Vienna, on the 16th inst., that England re- cognises the provisional state of things in the duch- ie-3, and also the provisional flag of Schleswig- Holstein and of the German Federal Diet are res- pected by Austria and Prussia. There has* been a long discussion in the Prus- sian Chamber of Deputies, upon the report of the Finance Committee. At the outset, the finance ministers denying that there was any heavy pres- sure by taxation, allirmed that any reduction of of the budget would aggravate the contest between the government and the chamber, instead of re- moving it. On Saturday, the minister of war an- nounced that the government agreed to fix the strength of the army by law, if allowed to increase its strength in time of danger and that the house agree to the other government proposals, relative to the military organization. In the debate on Monday, the same minister declared that it was inexpedient to diminish the military force, on ac- count of the strength of the French, Austrian and Prussian armies and that a three year's term of military service was indispenable. The debate still continues. The debate upon the address in the French Chambers was prolonged till the 18th instant. The principal interest of the discussion was con- nected with clerical affairs the Cardinals and Ultramontanes defending the Encyclical and op- posing the Convention of September. On Friday the 17th M. Rouher, in reply to Cardinal de Bon- liechose, emphatically declared that the Conven- tion was intended to establish a homogeneous Italy, and to guarantee the independence of the Holy See. On Saturday the address was adopted by 130 to 2 votes. It was presented, on Monday afternoon, to the Emperor, by a deputation, and his Majesty expressed the pleasure lie felt at his policy receiving the approval of all parties in the Senate. On Saturday the address to the throne was read in the Corps Legislative. It entirely approves of the imperial policy, and the conven- tion. The debate has not commenced. Wednesday, the 22nd instant, was the birth- day of Victor Emanuel and of Prince Humbert and the English at Naples selected that day for the consecration of a church, erected on ground given by Garibaldi. The ceremony was perform- ed, and the sermon preached, by the Bishop of Gibraltar. At the close of the services Colonel Maclean presented a communion service of the value of JE50 and several other gifts were made. A heavy debt, however, still remains on the church. There were several indications, at Madrid, of opposition to the government measures. On the 16th instant a protest against the New Press Law, signed by the editors of 22 journals, appear- ed and the same day the democratic committee put forward a manifesto, demanding a large ex- tension of civil and religious liberty. On Satur- day, however, it was announced that "the contest between the government and the members of the minority in the congress had terminated satisfac- torily. After a stormy debate, the new Portuguese ministry, on the 11th instant, received a vote of confidence from the Chamber of Deputies. The debate on the organization of the ministry was more moderate in the peers. The capital and the provinces were, on the 17th, generally tranquil. Thefe have been more ministerial difficulties at Athens. On the 15th Admiral Canaris resigned, and was replaced, as President of the Council, by M. Comoundouros, who also assumes the Port- folios of Justice and Marine. M. AlIlargiros has been appointed Minister of the Interior, the other iiiiiiisters remain in office. Official despatches received from Algeira OIl the the 16th, state, that Pabors is now the only point where some agitation exists. Rumours current at Algiers appear to have exaggerated the state of affairs, but the suspected tribes were, neverthe- less, strictly watched. The impassable state of the roads still prevented the troops from pene- trating into the country. Quebec papers, of the 7th instant, state, that in New Brunswick the anti-confederation candi- dates had been successful by large majorities. The government, notwithstanding, will pursue their policy, and as soon as parliament is ad- journed members of the administration will coi ie to England, to conferwith the HonieOovernment on the question of defence, the confederation, and other pressing matters. The China arrived from New York on Friday, with news to the 8th iust., atter a rapid passage of 8 days. We learn from the papers that Sheri- dan, ou the 27tli ult., commenced moving down the Shenandoah. He was not to return to Wiu- chester; but was to co-operate with Sherwau.- There was great rejoicing on the 6th at Washington on mscaaut of recent victories; and Mr. Stanton announced that Sheridan had attacked Early at Charlottesville, and that the latter with his entire force had surrendered to the Federals. No con- firmation of the news had been received and it was believed to be a mere ruse, to give eclat to the proceedings.—No one knew where Sherman was. He had not up to a late date effected a junction with Schofield. The most probable of the rumours respecting him was, that he was not far from Georgetown, on the Black River, as Admiral Dahlgrea had captured that place, and Fort White with 15 guns, expecting to co-operate with that officer, then said to be about 12 miles distant. The Admiral's flag-ship, the Harvest Moon, had been blown up by a torpedo, all hands were saved. -Grant was still compelled to remain inactive by the condition of the roads.—An important expe- dition left New Orleans on the 22nd ult.—At Charleston, negroes were enlisting rapidly.—A joint resolution had been reported to the Confe- derate House of Representatives, recommending that Lee should be clothed with power to treat for peace.—The inauguration of President Lincoln, and Vice-president Andrew Johnstone, went off quietly. The latter made a union speech; and it is said lie was inebriated. The Senate had su bse- quently forbidden the sale of spirituous liquors in the Capitol. Private letters from Mexico, received in New York, assert that the war in the United States is attracting special attention there and that the Imperial Government had directed the police to arrest all persons professing sympathy with the Federal cause. The Federal Consul had been sent from Matamoras, in consequence of the non- recognition of the empire by the Federal Govern- ment. He had arrived at New Orleans.—There had been more negotiations between the Mexican and the Confederate officers, and authorities but on Sunday, it was aunounced in the official paper of Vienna, that negociations at Washington between the agents of the Emperor and Mr. Seward were progressing satisfactorily; and that Mr. Lincoln had promised to recognise the empire at tho termination of the present war.—The Imperial treasury is reported to be getting lower and the opposition of the Church party to be increasing.—At San Francisco, it was denied, on the authority of Mr. Guitts, agent, that the Emperor of the French had abandoned the coloni- zation scheme. A despatch from Peru, published in the Madrid Corresjiuidtncia, announces that revolution had broken out in that country. The President, Pezet, had been arrested. The treaty with Spain was said to be the cause of the outbreak.
ABERDOVEY. I SOIREr.-Oti Thursday evening last a tea party and soiree took place at the New Refreshment Rooms in this town. Between thirty and forty of both sexes were present. The evening was pleasantly spent, Mrs. Clay- ton and Mrs. Tunuicliffe presiding at the tables. H. Brett, lisq., and Nlr. E. Jones, Towyu, presided at the piauoforte.
BALA. I The Royal Merioneth Militia, under command of Lieuteuaut-Colonel Tottenham, will assemble at Bala on the 1st of May for 27 days' training.
BEAUMARIS. I I THE LITERARY INSTITUTE. The annual meeting of this useful institution was held in the Guild-hall, Beaumaris, ou Tuesday evening last, the 21st instant, for the purpose of receiving the Report of the Committee and the transacting of the usual gene- ral business connected with the Institute. In the absence of the President, Sir R. B. W. Bulke- ley, Bart., M.P., the Vice-President, Captain H. Lewis Hampton, occupied the chair. We are sorry to say the attendance was but a small one, as, from several adverse causes, the meeting had been delayed several weeks beyond the usual time of holding it, and it had been only partially an- nounced. Amongst those present we noticed the following :— Captain Hampton, John Williams, Esq., 0. Williams, Esq., Mr. Delamere, Mr. Goodfellow, Mr. T. Pritchard, Mr. G. Griffith, Mr. W. Hughes, Mr. Tyrer, Mr. Itichd. Jones, Mr. Robert Jones, Mr. Edward Jones, Mr. Henry Owen, Mr. William Davies, Mr. David Roberts, Mr. W. Owen, &c. The Vice-President then rose, and observed that he greatly regretted to see such a small attendance of mem- bers, and he hoped at their next meeting there would be a much larger one. The institution was one calculated to do much good, and it was of great importance to the town and for himself he had great pleasure in support- ing it, and in doing what he could to advance its pros- perity. (Cheers.) He trusted, therefore, the next gene- ral meeting would be better attended, for no gentleman could wish better to the town than he did himself. He then called upon Mr. John Williams to read the report of the Committee for the past year, 1864, which that gen- tleman at once proceeded to do. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE. In accordance with the regulations of the Institute, the Committee have now to lay before the members a report for the twelve months ended 10th January, 1864. It will be remembered that at the close of the year 1863 the Institute was zEl3 1G.-i. Id. in debt, and the Committee have again to iutimate that a deficiency of £3 Us. lid. still exists in the funds. An effort was made to liquidate the debt by means of a concert, which was held in Beaumaris Castle in July last by the Bethesda Choral Society. The concert was energetically promoted by that staunch friend of the Institute—Mr. Rogers, of l'enypark. The Committee fullv expected it would have realized a surplus of at least £ 10; but the total gain, after pay- ing all expenses, was only 5s., and the present debt of the Institute would have been t:8 14;1. lld. but tor the opportune and liberal donation of zC5, given by Mrs Lewis, of Bulkeley Place, for which a special vote of thanks was passed by the Committee. The number of honorary members who contributed last year was twenty.four, and of ordinary members seventy-nine. A gradual falling off has taken place in tho number ofe honorary members during the last three years, and, cou- sequently, a considerable diminution in the amount of subscriptions it is quite evident that, if the patrons do not continue their support, the usefulness of the Insti- tute will be materially curtailed. The Committee are fully aware that an institution of this kind must be maintained chiefly by the class of people for whose especial benefit it may have been in- tended and the Beaumaris Literary Institute deserves a greater amount of support and encouragement from the artizans and working-men, residing in the town and its vicinity, than it has hitherto received. The Committee have been most assiduous in their en- deavours, during the past year, to lessen the expenses and to increase the income of the Institute. Ten committee meetings were held in the course of the year, and various useful measures were adopted, which had for their object the general welfare of the Society The box placed in the Reading Room for receiving donations from visitors, produced during the summer months the sum of ±1 10s. let., an(i ,t q,,iving ot Ilz]S been effected in the outlay for newspapers by paying every (juii i ter in advance. It was deemed advisable, in order to economize the funds, to discontinue the following newspaper; and pe- riodicals, viz.,—Daily News, MancJicstcr Guar: an, Haner a'tAmwrau, YCj/mro, The Cornkill il" izinc, and The Leisure Hour. Under the pecuniary disadvantages already alluded to, it has been found impossible to comply with the wish, very generally expressed by the members, to have fea- tures in connection with the Institute. It would be very desirable to have a series of instruc- tive and entertaining lectures during the winter months; but as the Committee are convinced that they would ajjain prove a source of pecuniary loss, their postpone- ment is urged upon the members until the funds are in a more flourishing state than at present. The following is a classified list of the books issued from the Library during the year 1864 :— Biography 2.) Void. Fiction 134 History 12A Magazines 117 n Poetry 2S Science 10 tI Travels 31" Various 31.i" Welsh 5" Total al t Vols. The Committee wish to draw the attention of the subscribers aud the public to the fact that a much larger proportion of the books issued ill 18ti4 ivert,- works of a useful and improving character. 1 his result the Com- iiiittee to be due, in a great measure, to the re- marks made by the I'lu-ruent of the Illstitute iu liG.- speechatthe?tgeueralmeeting. The Committee are also glad to state that the stamps so kindly given by I Captain Hampton Lelois have effectually answered the piirpose intended. Very few, or almost none, of the papers or periodical are now missed from the foom. Too much praise can not be awarded to the Librarian for his valuable ana disinterested services. Mr. Goodfellow has been molt punctual in his attendance at the Reading-room during the year, and the subscribers have experienced no difi- culty in obtaining books. The thanks of the members are due to the Presideit, Vice-President, and to the patrons of the Institute for their, kind support, and also to Mr. E. R. Thomas for his kindness in giving the Reading Room free of rent. In concluding this report, the Committee wish to draw the attention of the members to the necessity of com- bined and cordial co-operation—this can he done in se- veral ways—by recommending the Institute to the no- tice of their friends and acquaintances—by inducing them to become members—by drawing the attention of strangers and visitors to the advantages of the Insti- tute-and, lastly, by paying their subscriptions punc- tuslly. The Committee are only a few, and the neglect of this last part of the members' duty causes them, in con- sequence, much anxiety and no little labour. It would be disgraceful to Beaumaris—the capital of the Island—were this Institute allowed to fail for vaut of the support it certainly well deserves. Since writing the foregoing report, the Committee have great pleasure in informing the meeting that they have received trom the Misses Roberts, of Mat-log, a very valuable donation of books, consisting of 29 vols, of the Quarterly Keview" and 102 vols. of the Edin- burgh Review." These books, published at 6s each, though not bound, can, owing to their perfect condition, be made available for issue to subscribers, and contain a very large amount of valuable and interesting matter. The thanks of the members of the Institute are due in an especial manner to such benefactors of the Society as the Misses Roberts have shewn themselves to be by their valuable gift. The following is a summary of the Treasurer's ac- count for the year:— RECEIPTS. Honorary suhscriptions £ 9 0 0 Ordinary ditto 10 15 0 Donations for Newspapers 4 18 0 Sale of Newspapers 1 6 1 Donations from Visitors, and Vi- sitors' weekly tickets 1 10 1 Book lost from Library 0 1 0 Donation from Mrs. Lewis 5 0 0 Proceeds of Concert 15 8 0 L47 18 2 PAYMENTS. Balance due, and paid to Mr. J. Williams, former Treasurer JE511 I Gas 2 2 9 Wages, &c. 8 12 0 Newspapers 15 7 9 Printing 0 12 2 Advertising. 0 6 0 Miscellaneous 3 13 0 I nsnmnce of Library 0 5 6 Expenses of Concert 15 3 0 E51 13 1 Balance due to the Treasurer, .-£3 14s. I Id. The following members of the Committee go out of office by rotation, and are eligible for re-election Messrs. Goodfellow, Delamere, Hutton, and J. Wil- liams." It was then proposed and seconded that the Report be adopted, which was carried nem. con., and with cheers. Mr. John Williams then called the attention of the meetinc to one of their rules, which he thought it would be desirable to repeal, as it would be to the ad- vantage of the Institute to do so. By the present rule, No. 4, it was enacted that the offices of secretary and treasurer should be held by one and the same person. Now, he thought it would be advisable to divide the offices, and to appoint a gentleman to each. Mr. Hughes, Bauk, had filled the two offices during the past year, and he was sure the members were greatly indebted to him for his exertions and the zeal with which he had brought to bear upon them, and he had succeeded in reducing the debt to a very small amount. (Cheers.) Still, like himself, he felt he could not spare the time necessary to fulfil the duties of the two offices as they ought to be, and he should therefore move that the of- fices in question be divided. The motion, after being seconded by Mr. Goodfel- low, and put to the meeting by the Chairman, was una- nimously agreed to. The Chairman said he quite agreed tnat it was desirable to separate the office of secretary from that of treasurer, and he .vas happy to inform the meeting that, during a conversation which he had had with him' on the subject, the Rev. T. Warren Trevor had expressed his willingness to act as secretary (cheers); and he had no doubt but what his doing so would be of great ad- vantage to the Institute. He then pressed up' B the members the necessity of their making extra exertions to promote the interests of the Institute. They would perceive that, notwithstanding the donations which they had received in money and in books and papers, and that the room was given to them for nothing, yet they were behind in their accounts instead of there being a sur- plus. The room where they met, he went on to say, was kindly given to them by Mr. Evan Thomas, and he must say of that gentleman that he had done more for them, and taken a greater interest in their success than any other member had done (loud cheers), and for this he was sure they all felt deeply indebted to him. He then briefly alluded to the difficulty which had been experi- enced during the past year in getting in the subscrip- tions, which added greatly to the trouble of the secretary and treasurer. He would recommend them to do all in their power to induce new members to join, and he would promise them that he (the chairman) would ren- der them all the assistance which he could. They must try and begin again as it were; and in order that they m ? ty have a fair btart and clean hands, he should be very happy to pay, himself, the small debt (£3 14s. lid.) which was then owing. (Great applause.) In order to further the interests of the Institute, he thought it would be advantageous to have a number of small cards printed, to be distributed all over the town during the season," drawing attention to the Reading Room. He thought if that were done, it would help them a great deal, for he believed that numbers of visitors came to the town, and returned without knowing that there was such a place as a Literary Institute in the town, or that the Times could be seen every day for the most trifling sum. For himself, he should certainly call the attention of all his friends to the subject, and he hoped all the members would do the same, and then the Insti- tute, doubtless, would be more prosperous than over. (Cheers.) This suggestion as to the cards" seemed to be warmly approved of by all the members present. The Chairman then announced that four members of the Committee retired by rotation, amongst them being Mr. John Williams (who begged to be excused serving again for a time), and that it was their duty at that meeting to appoint four other members in their stead. The following gentlemen were appointed on the com- mittee :1r. G. Griffiths, Sergeant Simpson, Mr. Goodfellow (who is also librarian), and Mr. Robert Da- vies. On the motion of Mr. J. Williams, seconded by Mr. G. Griffith, the Rev. T. Warren Trevor was appointed Secretary. Mr. Hughes, Bank, was re-appointed Treasurer. Mr. J. Williams then rose and called the attention of the meeting to the number of members of the commit- tee, which by the present regulation was necessary to form a quorum and to transact business. By the pre- sent rule, it was necessary that 5 members meet, let the matter to be settled be ever so trifling; and he could assure them that it was often a very great difficulty to get that number to attend. Nothing whatever could be done if 0 members did not attend; and it must be re- membered that the funds at their disposal were very small which they had to deal with and if the matter to be discussed involved an outlay only of 15s., still it could not be disposed of if five members of the commit- tee did not attend. They could not leave such matters to be settled by the Secretary, because it would not be right to put such responsibility upon him and so the fact was there had been only one legal meeting during the past year, when, as they all knew, many trifling matters required to be settled without delay and at once. He should, therefore, move—that in future 3 members, in- stead of 5, should be Bltfficient to form a quorum. (Ap- plause.) Mr. Goodfellow seconded the motion, observing that out of four meetings which had been called, during the past year, only one had been held, as five members did not attend.. The motion was then put to the meeting by the Chair- nlan, and agrecll to. Mr. Delamere next moved a cordial vote of thanks to the Chairman for the handsome manner in which he had come forward to relieve the Institute of its deMo ^Mr. John WiUiams said he hf?rtuy begged to second the vote, which was carried with acclamation. The Chairman returned thanks, and remarked that the next time he had the pleasure of meeting them in that room, he hoped he should hear a great many more feet cheering under the benches. (Laughter and ap- plause.) Mr. John Morgan was then appointed Auditor in the place of Mr. Davies, who had been elected as a member of the Committee. Mr. J. Williams next moved a vote of thanks to the Honorary Members, who had made donations to the Institute in money tfrin books. The speaker insisted on the necessity of tliclf making the Institution self- supporting, and upon their Hot depending so much as they hitherto had done upon the assistance of others. Of course they felt greatly indebted to those kind ladies and gentlemen who had made them presents of money and books, and to Mr. Thomas for the use of the room but still he thought it would be much better if they could place themselves in all independent position, so as not to be absolutely dependent on the extraneous as- sistance of others. (Cheers.) The motion was seconded by Mr. W. Davies, and was carried amidst loud cheers. The Chairman then moved a vote of thanks to Mr. Goodfellow for his valuable services to the Institute as Librarian. Mr. J. Williams seconded, and said he could speak perhaps more than any other member of the arduous duties of the office, and of the zealous and efficient manner in which they had been performed by Mr. Goodfellow. Carried with applause. Mr. Goodfellow briefly re- turned thanks, adding that he was willing to act as Li- brarian again if the meeting desired it. (Cheers.) The Chairman then said, before the meeting broke up, he wished to press upon the members again the neces- sity of their trying to add new members to the Insti- tute Every one of them had some friends, and if they would but bring the matter before them they might do a great deal of good. He did hope that all of them would do their best to promote the success and pros- perity of the Beaumaris Literary Institute. (Loud cheers. ) The meeting then broke up.
CARNARVON. CONCERT.—A grand concert, in aid of the musical education of Miss Jane Owen, Llandinorwic, the promis- ing pupil of Owain Alaw, took place in the National Schoolroom, which had been kindly lent for the occasion by the Rev. J. C. Vincent. The audience was large. The performers were the Snowdon Harmonic Society, under the leadership of Glanmarchlyn, (father of Miss Owen), and the Carnarvon Choir, conducted by Mr. H. Williams. Through the generosity of Captain Turner, the Royal Artillery Band, under the conductorship of Mr. Watts, rendered their effective assistance. Mr. Hay- den and Mr. R. Roberta were announced to preside at the pianoforte and harmonium, but we are sorry to have to add that the former did not attend. Mr. Roberts, however, efficiently presided at both instruments. The Carnarvon Choir were most warmly encored after sing- ing Gwlithyn" (Dewdrop), a first-class glee, composed by Mr. Roberti, which is getting very popular. The singing of the Carnarvon Choir reflects great credit on Mr. Williams. The performances of the Snowdon Harmonic Society were marked by much taste andsweetness. The Band, which have only been formed since the last twelve- months, played their pieces remarkably well. Miss Owen, on her appearance, was greeted with loud applause. Her rendering of Gwraig y Ni ilwr" (The Soldier's Wife), by Owain Alaw, was marked by great pathos and delicacy, forcibly reminding one of her teacher. She was encored, and then substituted it for The Blind Girl's Song." There is Music in the Fountain" was next given by Miss Owen, in which she was listened to with wrapt at- tention, and at its conclusion she was greeted with loud cheers, and she repeated it. Mr. Roberts played the ac- companiment of this piece remarkably well, in which the imitation of a fountain was very distinct aud beau- tiful. The Bells of Aberdovey" was also suug by Miss Owen. The rendering of this song was marked by much taste, and considering the performer to be but 13 years of age, was excellent. The easy manner in which the upper notes were sustained, proves that this young lady has a splendid voice, and that a brilliant future is in itore for her. The prolonged applause which followed the last piece compelled the younlr singer to respond to the call, and she sang Where the Bee sucks." Mr. Roberts, who is ever ready to promote any good object, volunteered his able services gratis, as did all the other performers. Mr. H. Williams deserves great praise for having exerted himself in every way, as he always does, to bring the concert to a successful issue, which was de- cidedly the case in this instance.
I DENBIGH. BOROUGH POLICE COURT, SATURDAY, MARCH llth.- Before R. LLoyd Williams, Esq., Mayor; Dr. Turnour; and Dr. Price. Poaching.-R. Parry, E. T. Humphreys, and Jas. Chapman were charged by Wm. Barnes, of Lleweui, with trespassing in search of game on land in the occu- pation of David Roberts, Pontriffith, on the 2nd. inst. Defendants stated that they had had permission by Mr. Milward to have a day's coursing on his farm, and that they had gone on to David Robert's land by mis- take. Each was fined 5s. and 16s. costs. Refusing to quit a Public House.-Eclward Morris, Henllan-street, was fined 8s. and 12a. costs for refusing to quit the house of Mrs. Bramwell, High-street. Stealing a Dog.-R. Williams, a young lad, was charged with stealing a lurcher dog, the property of Ro- bert Davies, Boaflat. Prisoner stated that the dog had been enticed to follow a number of boys (including himself) to chase rabbits, ond denied any intention of stealing it. The Mayor admonished the prisoner, and dismisBed the case. COUNTY COURT.-The bi-monthly County Court for this district was held on Friday, 17th inst., in the Town Hall, before James Maurice, Esq., the Deputy JU8 Jones v. Vale of Clwyd Railway Company.-The plaintiff, Mr. J. R. Jones, Lleweni Hall, sued the Com- panny for £4 15s., damages for the loss of an ox, which had met with its death by the alleged negligence of the Company's servants. Mr. Louis appeared for the plaintiff and Mr. Eyton for defendant. It appeared that on the 21st of October, 1864, two trucks of cattle had been sent from Carnarvon to Den- bigh for plaintiff. They were unloaded at Denbigh Station at night alongside the passenger platform, in- stead, as was alleged on behalf of plaintiff, at the regu- lar cattle platform. A few bullocks became infuriated and ran down the line in the direction of Rhyl. On be- ng turned back near Plas Clough bridge, one of them umped over the line into the road, and died almost nstantaneously from the effects of the fall. It was shewn on the part of the defence that the pas- senger platform was in every respect a convenient and proper place to unload the cattle, and Mr. Ryton con- tended for a non-suit on the ground that no contract was entered into between the plaintiff and the Vale of Clwyd Railway Company. The JUDGE observed that he could not see that there was any contract except with the authorities at the Carnarvon Station, and according to law that did not render the Vale of Clwyd Company liable in this action. The plaintiff was therefore non-suited.
DOLGELLEY. PRIVATE BANKS.—A correspondent from this town, referring to the failure of the Bank of Messrs. Spooner and Attwood, Birmingham, suggests as a protection to the public in future, that an Act of Parliament be at once passed to provide that all private Banks be required to publish a balance sheet showing their liabilities and assets; and that all those neglecting to do so, at the ex- piration of each half-year, shall thereby forfeit the right of issuing notes, and which fact should be published in the London Gazette." He thinks that such an Act would have a most beneficial and salutary effect, and that Solvent Firms would doubtless have no hesita- tion in complying with the regulation, and only the in. solvent ones would quarter and shelter themselves un- der their present privileged privacy." The subject is certainly an important one but we are not in a posi. tion, at present, to offer any opinion upon the merits of the above suggestion.
I HOLTHEAl). MONTHLY MEETING OF THE CALVINISTIC METHODIST S BODY.—It was told us the other day, that this body of Christians was weakening iu the Island. At the time we had nothing in support of a contradiction, but our opinion was otherwise. Having witnessed the) irg" ga- therings at this town on Monday and Tuesday lasi,, and having rubbed up our statistics, we are in a position to say, that not only is this body of Christians as strong, but stronger than ever, and that the number of Ghapeis and the numbers attending them, are tangible profs that this body is likely live for some ages yet From official st atistics, we learn that the population of Anglesey in 1861, was 54,609. From the official sta- tistics issued by the Secretary of the North Wales Cal- vinistic Methodists' Association, we learn that in the island of Anglesey, this body of Christians has 75 cha- pels, 18 ministers, 14 preachers, 216 deacons, 10,600 communicants, 11,083 members of Sunday Schools, and 113,000 persons attending these 75 Places of Worship on ¡ an average. In other words, 13,000 out of 51,609 per- sons on the island are weekly attendants of Places of j Worship in connexion with the Calvinistic Methodists. I This is a grand fact, and deserving of public record. 175 persons on an average attend these 75 Phces of Worship, which have been built, and are supported, by voluntary pecuniary efforts. On Monday last, the various representatives met at the Hyfrydle Chaple, Holyhead, to transact masters re- lating to the c-use. Mr. Hugh Hughes, Bethania, oc- cupied the chair. The following were the principal mat- ters :— -1- 1 It ww arranged that the next mommy meeuug be held on the 1st and 2nd of May, at Tymawr, and the 1 next one succeeding, at Peiltraeth, on the 29th aud 30th of the same mouth., 2. It was announced that the Rev. John Williams, Talybout, near Conway, and two other reverend gentle- men from Montgomeryshire, were about to pay a visit to the island, and will preach at several chapels as ar- ranged. 3. The various representatives handed in their dona- tions in aid of the Missionary Society. The monthly and annual collections of the various churches were then accounted for and paid in. 4. It was resolved, that the next Anglesey Associa- tion be held at Amlwch, about the middle of J une, in the 1st week after the Bala Association. 5. John Williams, Esq., late Frongoch, Anglesey, but now residing near Machynlleth, having generously placed at the disposal of the Anglesey Monthly Meet- ing a number of his excellent work on Justification," these were gratuitously distributed among the deputies of the various churches. 6. The lamentable accident that occurred to the Rev. Owen Rowland, of Bryngwran, which resulted in his death (reported in our last) was mentioned; and it was resolved that his widow should receive a weekly subsidy from the Geueral Fund, as the Fund for the purpose would not allow of it. 7. The Revds. Robert Hughes, Gaerwen, and David Roberta, Gwalchmai, were appointed to represent the next Quarterly Association, which will be held at Llin- gollen. 8. Mr. Roger Evans, Menai Bridge, was requested to correspond with ministers in other counties, with a view of having them to preach in the various chapels of the body in the island. 9. Capt. Evan Lloyd, the active Superintendent of the Welsh cause in Dublin, offered his own thanks, and that of the Welsh attending the Talbot-street Chapel, in Dublin, to the Anglesey monthly meeting for its pe- cuniary support and counsel He stated that the church there consisted of six heads of families, and a total of 76, the majority being young Welsh women, in service in Dublin. 10. That the Rev. Hugh Jones, jun., of Llanerchy- medd, be requested to minister in Welsh Calvinistic Me- thodists chapels in London, for six weeks, commencing at gaster. 11. That the statistics of the various churches be sent to the Rev. E. Davies, Llanerchymedd, Secretary to the monthly meeting, in course of a week. 12. The ministers who had been labouring in connec- tion with small country churches were particularly requested to continue in their praiseworthy exertions. 13. It was recorded with pleasure that the debt rest- ing on the 75 chapels in the country, which was last year f5000 is now reduced to X4000. 14. Capt. Thomas strongly urged the churches of Am- lwch, Beaumaris, Holyhead, Cemaes, Menai Bridge, Newborough, and other ports, 'to elect suitable persons who may be sailors, with a view of watching over sailors during their stay.in ports. He states that there were 11,000 Welsh sailors belonging to ports in Wales, and that the Association had sanctioned a similar request to his 20 years ago. Every county in Wales had gladly complied but Anglesea. The friends present accepted the suggestion, and promised to act accordingly. If.. It was strongly urged, that whi'e weekly subscrib- ing funds towards educating pagan children in Khasia, Brittanny, and the borders of England, Anglesey chil- dren should not be neglected. Sermons were preached at the two town chapels on Monday and Tuesday, which were crowded. Most of the ministers that preached were of the younger class in the Island, and it is truly gratifying to find in their ministry signs of high mental culture, research into Scripture, and marked energy and earnestness.. The meeting was carried on in a highly creditable manner to all concerned, and it is hoped the Lord may be pleased to follow the Word to the hearts of (nany.— From, a Correspondent.
LLANERCHYMEDD. I SERIOUS ACCIDENT.-On Friday last a very serious ac- cident occurred at a farm called Ysgoldy, about a mile and a half from this town, by which a person named Owen Owens, residing at Bryngollen, Llauffinan, nar- rowly escaped death. He possesses a steam thrashing machine, which on the day of the accident was employed at Ysgoldy. It is reported that some repairs being re- quired for his own thrashing machine, the engine was connected to a small thrashing machine belonging to the farm. By some means, a bar of iron got entangled in the machinery, which was violently hurled from the machine, unfortunately striking the pSor man on the forehead, and prostrating him on his back. Messengers were despatched for medical aid, and Dr. Williams, of Llanerchymedd, immediately arrived on the spot. Per- ceiving that the frontal bone was crushed in, and the right eye completely protruding and lying on his cheek in such a manner that the organ was entirely destroyed, Dr. Lloyd, Llangefni, was also summoned. Under their combined efforts, we are happy to state, though the man still lies in a very precarious state, he is likely to do well. PATAQONIA.—A lecture on this country was delivered at the Independent Chapel here, on Wednesday last. Though the admission was free, the audience was very small. Several questions were given to the lecturer re specting the country, some of which were answered by him.
I MACHYNLLETH. I THE STATION.—The station buildings at this town are now nearly completed, and although not much can be said of its architectural effect and beauty, yet the situa- tion is delightful in theextreme, and the accommodation afforded by its erection will be greatly appreciated by the public in general. The refreshment room in con- nexion with the establishment has just been opened by Mr. Rowlands, landlord of the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Machynlleth, whose civil manners and careful attention to business will we doubt nqt be fully recognised by visi. tors in general. INQUEST.-An inquest was held on the 16th in st., at the village of Esgirgeiliog near Machynlleth, before Captain Lloyd, Coroner, on the body of William Wil- liams, (turner), of that place, who had met his death the previous day by falling down a dingle some few feet deep. In the fall he alighted on some timber. He was taken up dead. Verdict Accidental Death." PENNY READINGS.—The third course of these pleasant entertainments for the people took place at the Vane Hall, in this town. on Wednesday evening last. The chair was occupied on the occasion by S. Phelps, Esq., Maengwyn House, who introduced the business of the evening in a suitable address, fraught with good sense and practical bearing. The programme of the evening consisted of the following choice selections. "Can a chyd. gan," Song and choruses, Hen wlad fy Nhadau by Miss Williams and Co. Reading. Tune "Young's night thoughts," Mr. Jones. A song, Caru'r Lleuad," Owain Alaw, by Mr. D. Jones, Adroddiad," Recitation (Pigion) selections of Mr. C. E. Jones. Song, Fathers' Love (Wallace) by Mr. J. R. Rowlands. Reading, "Alexander Selkirk" (Cowper), (by Mr. R. Jones. Piano Duett, by Misses Jeffreys and Meares. Read. ing, Y Llythyr God," (Ceiriog) by Mr. Thomas Thomas. Song, "The Bridge," (Lindsay), by Mr. Meares. Reading, Myfyrdodyr Afrailon," (Blackwell),;by the Rev. H. Parry. Song, (Italian) by Miss Meares. In the unavoidable absence of Mr. Thruston, of Talgarth, who was to have read selections from Pickwick," the Right Hon. Earl Vane kindly read a selection from Sir Walter Scott." Mr. J. Morgan follo;ved with a recitation Curran's defence." Glee, May Day," (Muller) by Messrs. Rowland, Davies, Jones, and Lloyd. Finale, God save the Queen." The room was densely crowded by persons from all grades of society in the town and neighbourhood. Without passing any eulogy upon any of the performers tin particular, we are gratified to state that the whole of the entertain- ment'was such as to be highly appreciated by all present, as evinced by the frequent bursts of applause that re- echoed from all parts during the performance. A vote of thanks was passed on the motion of Earl Vane to Mr. Phelps for his kindness in presiding, to which that gentle- man replied. It having been discovered that a famous Welsh poet named Glan Alun was accidentally present at the meetihg, he was requested to come forward and address the meeting. His appearance on the platform was the signal for loud cheers. He spoke in characteris- tic style of the gratification it afforded him in being a witness of their proceedings there that evening. The happy combination of persons of all classes of Society on a social meeting of this nature for mutual amusement and improvement was, in his mind, a sure indica- tion of a glorious future to the interest of freedom and of science. A great deal had been done by the penny system. What incalculable benefit had resulted from the penny postage ? and how great had been the facility for travelling by the penny a mile system and who could estimate the happy results of the penny reading societies ? He hoped they would persevere, and he trusted he should also do the same. (Cheers).
PWLLHELI. LLANNOR.—A competitive meeting was held in the schoolroom of this secluded village on Friday the 17th inst. It owed its existence mainly to the exertions of the Rev. J. Moigan, the respected curate of the place, to whom great praise is due for thus fostering a literary taste and thirst for knowledge in the youth of the neigh- bourhood. The chair was ably filled by the worthy Vicar of Pwllheli. Severalladics aud gentlemen of the last mentioned plaqfc honoured the meeting with their presence. The singing &c. gave perfect satisfaction and reflected great credit on all concerned. Altogether this little Eisteddfod was a complete success and its results very encouraging to its authors. RIFLE COBI'S.—Thanks to the unflagging zeal of ita gallautoaptain, new life seems to beinfusecl into this corps and it progresses very favourably. Attendance at drill is more regular, new members have been enrolled and targets prepared for practice". Some time ago the fa. band produced strains, anything but musical and euliven- ing, but W are glad to observe; that by dint of. persever- ance, they have lately made a marked improvement. Their application is most praiseworthy..We wish? them all success. THE FAIR.— This was held on the 15th inst. ri was as large as our usual March fairs, but the amount of cfusinesa transacted seems to have been less than ordinal. PETTY SESSIONS, March I 5.-Before the fzov*. Canon Owen, (Chairman), and St. Geo. Armstrong j^Villiams, Capt. Carreg, and Owen Evans, Esq. ( Ann Roberts v. Robert Roberts.-For refusing to pay certain arrears due to the complainant; under an affiliation order. Defendant applied for time to pay. Ordered to pay in 14 days and remanded accordingly. Bail being accepted for his appearance at the next ses- sions. Pwllheli Union v. Evan Jones.—This was an applica- tion for an order of maintenance upon the defendant for the support of his father—and has been before the Bench on several occasions. Mr. Picton Jones appeared for the defendant as on the previous occasions, and he put in a medical certificate shewing that the defendant was still unwell. The Bench declined to make an order At present. Anne Williams v. Robert Roberts.-An application for an order of affiliation. Defendant did not appear. Mr. Picton Jones appeared for complainant and ob- tained the usual order. Attorney's costs allowed. Margaret Jones v. Thomas Ellis.-A similar applica- tion to the preceding one. Usual order granted. Several Poor Rate Assessments were allowed and signed. The overseers of the poor of the parish of Llanat.i- haiarn summoned 7 persons for nonpayment of poor rates. Only 2 of the parties appeared to answer the summonses, and an order to pay the rates in each case was made with one exception, as the party was not in the holding of the premises. Reg. Prosecution.—Mr. Griffith Roberts, administra- tor of the effects of the late Mr. John Roberts, Iioofel, v. Griffith Griffiths. -This was a change of stealing certain fixtures from a dwelling-house, Jately the property of the accused, but subsequently i, .1 by him to Mr. Ro- berts, the deceased. The hearjpg was adjourned until next petty sessions, and the .Accused bound over to answer further to the charge Mr. Picton Jones ap- peared to prosecute. P.C. John Williams chafed Thomas Roper with being drunk. Fined 5s. and 10s. 6d. costs, which were paid. John Parry, of the parish of Pistyll, was charged by Lord Newborough's gamekeeper, on whose behalf Mr. Picton Jones appeared, for stealing a quantity of branches of trees from one of his lordship's plantations, at the parish of Bodvean, on the 8th inst. Fined 2s. 6d., value 6d., costs 17s. Fourteen days allowed for pay- ment of the money.
imperial parliament. HOUSE OF LORDS-FRIDAY. The Inùustrial Exhibition Bill passed through com- mittee. HOUSE OF COMNIONTS-FRIDAY. Mr. GREGORY gave notice that on an early day he should ask what steps the Government had taken to pro- tect the property acquired by British subjects in the Confederate States prior to the breaking out of the war. Ou the order for going into Committee of Supply, Mr. HENNESSY moved a resolution to the effect that as Russsit had set at nought her engagements of 1815 respecting Pol,ud, the house should decree the forfeiture of the sum annually conceded by this country to Rus- sia, under the name of the Russo-Dutch Loan. Lord PALMKRSTON h.vviug shown, first that the House of Commons could not make the suggested decree, and, second, that the Russo-Dutch loan had nothing whatever to do with the obligations of Russia towards Poland, the motion was withdrawn. The house was then engaged in an interesting dis- cussion relative to the duty of the Government to make arrangements for extending our trade with foreign na- tions. HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONDAY. The Earl of Cl ireridon, in compliance with a request ir,id?. by ibc Earl of Derby, postponed the second read- ing of Lhe Public Schools Bill until Monday, April 3, in order that more time m;ght be afforded for the considera- tion of ii.8 provisions. The Industri d Exhibitions Bill was read a third time and passed. HO(Tx.<: OF COMMONS.—MONDAY. Mr. WATKIN asked when the Secretary for India intended to make his financial statement. Sir C. WOOD replied that the accounts had not yet come to hand, and consequently he was unable at pre- sent to fix a day for the statement. Mr. GREGORY inquired whether any steps had been taken 'to protect the property of British subjects in the Confederate States, whenever proof was shewn that such property was purchased and paid for before the out- break of the war. Mr. LAYARD presumed that the question related to cotton, some of which had been destroyed by the Con- federates and some captured by the Federals. To the owners of the cotton destroyed, he held out no hope of recompense; but with respect to the cotton captured, he said that British owners would, if possible, be afforded opportunities of substantiating their claims in Federal Courts. In reply to Sir M. Peto, Mr. CHILDERS said that a. bill would shortly be brought in to provide for the future administration of the affairs of Greenwich Hospital. On the motion for going into Committee of Supply, Mr. H. BERKELEY called attention to the probability of a war with America," and contended that our dock- yards and harbours were not efficiently protected. The Marquis of HARTIN'GTON declined, to discuss the probability of war with the United States, an't strictly confined his reply to the subject of dockyard defences. The forts, he said, were mounted with guns ef sufficient power to resist the attack of a wooden fleet; while our iron-cased squadron could be employed in keeping simi- lar vessels of an enemy at bay. After some remarks from other members, the subject dropped. The house afterwards went into Committee of Sup- ply on the army estimates, and various votes were agreed to. The Consolidated Fund Bill, the Mutiny Bill, and the Marine Mutiny Bill were read a second time. HOUSE OF LORDS.—TUESDAY. The Affirmations (Scotland) Bill was read a second time. After brief and uninteresting discussions relative to the accommodation for prisoners in Middlesex and the treatment of the casuil poor in London, their lordships adjourned. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—TUESDAY. Lord C. BRUCE (Mr. Estcourt's successor in the repre- sentation of North Wilts) took his seat. In reply to Mr. Hankey, Mr. T. G. BARING stated that the Government would in a short time introduce a bill for the better protection of life and property against fire in the metropolis. Mr. BAINES asked if the Government intended to pub- lish at shorter intervals the reports of consuls and lega- tion secretaries, for the better information of the mer- cantile community. Mr. LAYARD replied that arrangements had been made whereby he hoped to be enabled to place the reports on the table every month. In answer to Mr. Lawson, Sir G. GREY said that his attention had been called to the horrible scene at the recent execution at Durham, and he had written to the high sheriff of the county (who was responsible in such matters) requesting the adoption of such steps as would prevent any similar accident in future. Mr A. SmTll moved for a select committee to inquire into the office of works, and the office of woods, forests, and laud revenues. H e charged these departments with extravagance, mismanagement and inefficiency, and said nothing short of a revolutionary reform would suffice to purge them of their vices. Mr. F. Peel contended that there was no necessity for again inquiring into the administration of the two offices, and the motion was negatived without a division. Mr. Monsell having obtained leave to bring in a bill to amend the law relating to obnoxious oaths, Mr. SHERIDAN moved the following resolution:—"That in the opinion of this house it is expedient that the reduc- tion of fire insurance duty made in the last session be extended, at the earliest opportunity, to houses, house- hold goods, and all descriptions of insurable property." The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER strongly opposed the motion. He reminded the house that already this session it had declined to anticipate the budget by a resolution in favour of the malt tax, and he exprt ssed a hope that it would not stultify itself by taking an oppo- site course in reference to the duty on fire insurance. After a short debate the house divided, and the mo. tion was adopte by 137 votes against 65. Leave was given to Sir J. Shelley to bring in a bill to regulate the qualifications of chemists and druggists in England and Wales; to Mr. Goschen to bring in a bill to abolish certain tests in connection with academical degrees in the University of Oxford and to Sir Wil- liam Dunbar to bring in a bill to amend the laws rela- ting to procurators and conveyancers and law agents in Scotland.