ABKRGELK. I TB. BURIALS QUESTION.—K largely attended pariah meeting was he!d on Thursday week, the Rev. D. Evans, view, pre.id IIg, to bk. into consideration the communication rjo ivi 1 from the Secretary of State in reference to provi u>g h cemutery for tbe pariah of Abergele, aod t, ive-iv* *nd consider the "eprt of the committee appointed to iuBpeot different plots of laud regarded as suitable sitfs for ouch cemetery. The vestry clerk read a copy of his 10 ter to the Home Department and the r. V'y, in which the Hom,) Secretary declined to express any cpilli JD on certain points of law contained iu that letrH, or undertake tel give th» vestry instructiooa ia the matter, but j-uggeste i the expediency oî 0 taiutng legit advice. The ChairmiU Raitl the c b-d visited fuur p ece8 of ground wh:ch h»d '.e.¡) c nsiierel lik "y sites for a cemetery. In each t\t, e was D^ed of drain tge, but the eommittee had a¡;r".d that the p!oc adjoining the Cilvinistic buri.it ground wa* by far the uioat auitabe for their purpod*. It C iu d be cheaply dlaned, there was a road 10 it, H was in c¡".e proximity to t h. to no, aod was walieu on tw<> G»»«*inm«ftt wa* against sanctioning S'tes t" buriil pnrpoitS lU a <Frnwio,t where a tJWU w,is •»];■? y tl) increase, and it wa-- riuit\le on that ftccou it a U-i. It Wa proposed by Mr W. M. Chrke and second-i by Mr. Hugh Williams, 1 That a burial board he ap >-»i;j ",d f ,r the pirish «»f Abergele, end ihat the Horn t ""0 nary be requested to sai.c ion such appo ntin-u?.' Ir. Kooert Huberts oo"tor.de,1 that this es>lntim c »nld •!« t he pa>e d *xceptat a Vrstry convene! for thr pnpo-e, and moved a* an •inaodmiLt t'vit notice of icii intention he filst posted up in tbo ordinary way. Tilj «raf».»i]uji>t t wa* seconded by Mr K. Hughe*, u^ d o u<«t rtc ;v^ fmttur s>*pp rt, and th* resolution w t ,rr¡( d. PETTY SESSIONS.—SATURDAY. Assault!—Hubert E lis was charg-d with James Hodnett, manager of the Stviun Bote1, Colwyn Biy, on the 25th September. The complainant interfered in a fight betwean defendant and another nia'i iu th.i house, ani was nevrreiy maltreated in coa- sequeuco. Defendant was fined 20s and c,,t"Ellis Wid also summoned for being druuk and disorderly the same night, and fined 53 "od costs.— John Jones, Peel- atreet, charged with having L:riewoisly assaulted Mr H. Roberts (Bodrao), Alierg-le, thereby breaking his leg, was further i-, ui ta i,.1, tua o>:nj[>luuaut 8'¡;¡ unable to at'en 1. U<-f -ivi mt a.)d two sureties w^re again liound over. A Lionising Vase.—App'ieitiou was wade uD behalf of 1, ltoOert Hayworth, :\buctl?ster, for the transfer of the iicynae of the Rose Abbey Htt.1, Llandrillo yu Hh ja, to Mr William Price, the executor 4If the lata owner of the property. Unaware that Llan. drido had been reci-utlf inc uded iu the Aber<e!e division, thle licensee had applied as usual to the Con way magistrates for a renewal, wNich they were powerless to grant, and the justices now ruled that LO transfer could be grunted u ,Ie,s the license w»s produced. Tb" applicant was dir^ct^ci to confer with the magistrate t* olerk as tJ the proper CJUM 10 pursue the circumstanceB. Son At/elldetnee at School. -The øchool attendance dike" of the dis'rict of Llauf.ir.tal. faaxarn summontd O-ivid'Kyffio, Thomas Davies, and William Davies for ue¡;!eetit.¡; to seud their children regularly to school, aId the lI>ll\! order was IN: U<: in each case. luiportmit E;cc;"c (.(/se- Dr. S%W, proprietor of a hydropatinc at Brouderw, Colwyn lity, w is eumiujned by Mr Pre-s, district øupariobndent of fxciae, for having in his service a mile servant for nh >m he paid no license. From the statement of t'le ,np1 vinant aud anothvr officer, it appeared that the defendant bad in July bk-o out a carriage license, and that it waetheciietouiofr.he Excise in such cases to be vigilant that no npanservant was employed for whom payment of license was evaded. On tbe 26th August Mr Henderson, an excise-officer, observed a boy oleuniog the windows. The defendant was served the S'lne dav with a f 'rm of d claration as to any servants liihle to license, and after the expiration of 21 dayij both i fiicsrs callod urion Dr. Sltaw (the declaration not t-uvi g been returned), requesting to know what duties the boy performed. He (defendant) replied tint he cleaned buots and sboe., knives and forks, and attendt 1 upon the persons lodging in the house generally, being ueltel if the boy did notalsi Attend to the horse alJf1 trip, defendant an8wered, He does ail much as I d > He could not be induced to take out a license, as lie held ho was not liable, and preferred to coutei, the matter.—Tho boy, who was called as a witnes', deposed that be was imoloyed regularly by Dr. Shaw in the opacity of boots. He wa. there all day, but slept at, hum*. Dr. Shaw attended the horse him- self generally, and so;n-times a manll\wed John Jones. He bad groomed the horse often during the first fortnight. Had not 1» eo I\.k..d to cleao the carriage, but did so once or twice after the horse came. M r Chamberlain, Llandudno, for the defence, stated that the boy might, as he had admitted, have washed the carriage and cleaned the horse once or twice, but he contended that accord'ng to the section such a servant was not liable to li,-eD8e, as he was but partially employed and did not reside in his employer's bouse. The boy was kept f r tbe good of his master's trae- the hydropathic e,tabli.hment-to wait at the baths and attend to the wa-its uf tl1.. v:3ítors. and tw for his pwn iervice. He rcoopied precisely a similar position to a boots at an ordi •a'y hotel.—The Betch con-idered that a license should hive been taken out, but at the sariae time were of opinion there had been no attempt to defraud. A nominal fine of 5s was imposed, with 248 costs. THE QUEES (OST THE RELATION OF ROBERTS) r. ELLIS. Judgment was eiven on Tuesday in the case of "The Queen (on the relation of Roberts) v. Ellis," in the Court of Queen's Beach. The case had reference to elections for Local Boards. It was an application on the part of Mr Roberts for an information In the nature of a quo warranto against Mr Eliis, calling on him to show cause by what authority hit claims to exercise the office of a member of the Local Board for the district of Aber- gele and Pensam, in the county of Denbigh. The appli. cant, Mr Roberts, was one of the candidates who bad the majority of votes at the last election, and he claimed to have been improperly passed over by the returning officer as "not qualified"—the defendant, Mr Ellis, being returned instead. In March last tbera were four vacan. cies upon this Board, two of which were to be filled up from the Abergele district. The 25th of March was fixed as the list day for the nomination of candidates; the lld of April *s the day for the collection of voting papers; the 3rd day of April fand following days if necessary) for the examination and casting up of votes. The applicant, Mr Koberts, was nominated for one of the two vacancies in the Abergele Ward, together with elevso other cancilates, among whom were a Mr Lloyd and Mr Ellis, the defendant. A poll was demanded and dulv taken, and on tbe 3rd of April tbe votes wer" examined and cast up by the returning officer, when it appeared that for the Abergele Ward the following was the state of tho poli: Lloyd, 58; Roberts, 57; Ellis 52. The quiliScation required for membership on the Aber- gele district of tl.e Board by tbo Public Health Act, 187-5, is (1) residence, (2) either real or personal estate to the value of X-500 or rating to the poor relief on an annual value of not lees than £15. The returning officer being of opinion, on inquiry, that Mr Roberts, the ap plicant, did not p s<e»s the necessary qualification, Bent a letter to him on the 9th of Ayril, asking him to attend next diy to prove his :1uaJification, '18 othcr, wise be wou'd not return him as a member, even although be obtained a majority of votes. Th;s letter the applicant duly received, but took no 1Jotice of it, and did not atteud. The returning officer thereupon mads further inquiries, and aa;n examined the poor- rate assessment book, in which he could not find any proof that the applicant possessed the requisite qualifi- cation. On the 14th of April he accordingly certified Mr Lluycl and Mr Ellis as elected for the Aberg-le ward, and in bis certificate wrote against the name of the applicant the words not qualified.' Of this certi- ficate and return the applicant complained, the defend- ant, Mr Ellis, having thereupon taken his seat and acted as member of the Board. The applicant, in his original affidavit, confined himself to a general allega- tiou of his own qualification for his office, and did not io any way explain the origin of the controversy but the affidavits filed on behalf of the defendant explained the grounds on which the returning officer passed over the applicant as not qualified. It was admitted that he was not rated on an annual value of £15, and the returning officer denied that at the date of the election Mr Roberts was possessed of any properly to the ameuafc of £500. Tbe applicant nHeged his qualification to have consisted (I) of cattle, stock, and other effects of two farms in the parish, but outside the district of tbE" Board (2) of six loss-hold houses, let by him at £26 per annnm, subject to aground-rent of £2 7s; (3) of furniture in a house rented and occupied by bim in Abergele, and of cash at his banker's. No further de- tails, however, were given by the applicant to show i oW the £500 was arrived at, nor was his affidavit suppor'ei by that of any other person. It was not disputed that he was formerly ia business in the town, but he had for some years ceased to carry on his trade. Up to the year 1872, he rented and was rated for a farm of the gross e<timated rental of £61; but in the beginning of that year, being involved ia litigation, he sold his stock aadeffectsand transferred his tenancy to his son-in-law On the 6th of November, 1879, a poor-rate was made Ur the parish, in which the son-in-law's name was ill. Mrted as occupier of the farm, and the receipt for the late was taken and given in his name. The applicant, (■ hie affidavit, swore that all his debts and liabilities W been discharged, and that his on-in-)aw has 86m8 thae simos I given up possession of the farm to him, I and that the applicant is now the sole tenant and occu. pier, and that the cattle, stock, and effects en the farm wen at the date of the election and still are his own property. Up to the time of the election, how. j rvar, no change had been made in the rate-book. It* rate ef Koumber, 1879, taring bera ia the M-in. law's name. After, but not before the election, the applicant gave notice to the overseer that he req uired to be rated iu the place of his Bon-in law, statiog in his letter that he was the tenant' since Srptember, lS7: It further appeared that the applicant was living in a small house in Abergele of the rateable value of £7 12 8d, the furniture being valued in the affidavit of the returning offioer at £20, and tbe value put by the applicant on tbe six leasehold houses not being ad uiitted before these facts, it was argued on behalf of the defendnnt, Mr Ellis,—first, that whatever the truth as to the applicant's qualification, the decision of the officer vas final and conclusive, if honestly and fairly ■Kiven and next, that ou the evidence it was right. Theca*e had been argued before the Lord Chief Justice and Mr Justice Bowen, who had taken time to consider their judgment. Mr Juatise Bowen now read a written judgment, in which the Lo-d Chief Justice concurred, and iu which, the facts having been set furtb to the effect above stated, the learned Judge proceeded as follows:—The rules for the eectiuu of Local Boards are contaiued in the second schedule of the Public Health Act of 1875, and the. rule material to the present l'ase is No. 5-'The Ckudidates, to the number to be eleoted, who, bfing duly q valified, have obtained the greatest number of votes, allan be deemed and shall be certified by the reo turning officer to be elected, :1 to eacb per Bon so elected the returning ofifcer shall forthwith send notice of liis election.' Tbese rules, though professing to pro. v;de the necessary machinery for an election, nowhere stato who is to decide, iu case of dispute, whether a candidate is qualified or not. This incooveuieut omis- sion has given rise to the present difficulty, as we are loft to infer from a laborious colatio" of a Urge number of rules whether the Legislature really intended any'- bxly, and, if BO, whom, t > he a tribunal, with power to decide on a disputed question "f qualification. Tbe absencs of express statutory reference tel tbe .111 ject has been relied on equally by both sides, as proving, according tl one side, that the returning officer, or according to the other, that the CJnrt. of law, are to decide such disputes when they urise. That tho returning officer is clotoed with some judical functions is certain, as under Rule 51 he is to decide on the validity of disputed votes, which was held by the Court in the case last year of "The Queen 1'. Collins" (a case reported in The Times, and in "L. H. 2 Queen's Bench DivIsion "j. Toat he is not judge for all purposes ",o"ld appear to follow from this, that ho i. not intrusted with a similar power over the validity nomination papers. We do not on this occasion propose to decide the question of law whether the decision of a returuilJg olficer who passes over a duly-qualified can- (ii iate in favour of some one else is necessarily final. There is sutScient in the special circumstances here to indoce us to believe that it would be a mischievous exercise of our discretion if we were to make the rule absolute in favour of the applicant. We tiiiuk that if there has beJu a miscarriage of justice (which is by no means certain) the fault restB i" the main with the ap. plicant himself. He appears in 1872 to have parted with the property which is nece,s.ry to make up tne quali- fication on which he relies, an i though be stites iu his affidavit that he resumed pos"es,ion "80UJC time since," a vague reference which seems intended to point to or abstain from pointing to the 1st of September, 1879. But as late as November, 1879, he was stillleavinl( his son-in-law to be rated and to pay rates for this property. It was only after the election, aud after the ill stake, if any, had arisen, that the applicant took steps to have his own name inserted in the rate-book. A returning officer can only judge of qualifications by tbo materials before him. In this case the officer examined the rate. book, but before finally arriving at a conclusion as to the applicant's qualification, wrote to him to request him to attend and prove what h's qualification was. Of this letter the applicant took no Dotice, and if, in con- sequence, the returning officer was led into an error, it seems to us that tbe applicant has himself to thank. A persun who, under such circumstances, applies to this CJurt for relief is bound, we think, to make it doubly clear to the Court that his case is a bond fide one, and tbat his conduct has not been purposely misleading. This the applicaut has failed to do. He has not attemp. ted to explain the cutiuunnce of his son-ic-law's name on the rate book dowa to the time of the election, and no affidavit is filed by his son-in-law in confirmation of his fatber-iu-law's claim. The returning officer appears to have done his duty, if not successful, at least to the best of his power. For these relsons, the application must be discharged with costs.
ABERFFitAW. DEATH OF MK W. WILLIAMS, CELLAR FARM -Thin neighbourhood has sustained a loss by the death of Mr Williams, who was wide'y known and respected, Mr Williams died on tbe 4th inst., after a lingering illness, at the age of 74 years. For upwards of fifty years the deceased bad takeu a great interest in the Wesleyan cause, and held the office of deacon and chapel steward. He was tor many years a guardian, a churchwarden, and latterly a member of the School Itcard. He, how. ever. resigned his teat owing to failing health. He was noted for his charity to the poor, and for his interest in every good cause. He greatly improved the Sunday schools by personally going into the highways to induce Sabbath breakers to attend, and he thus became a terror to evil doera. In politics he wai a thorough Conservative. The remains of the deceased were iu- terred at Aberffraw churchyard on the 9th inet. The body was followed by his two sons, Messrs W. J. W. Williams aud R. D. Williams, clerk of the School Board; and by his four brothers, Messrs Williams, Tiefri; Williams, Tyddyuhurdd; Williams, Bryu- goleu, Llanercbymedd; and Williams, Treasaph.
BETTYVSYCOED. PETTY SESSIONS.—SATDBDAY. Before Messrs R. O. Moulsdale, H. R. Sandbach, and Coiontl Wynn Finch. Night Poaching at Penmachlw.-John Morris, Rich. aril Roberts, and Edward Roberts, all of Penmachno, were charged by Joseph Lloyd, gamekeeper to the Right Hon. Lord Penrhyn, with night poaching, at 1 o'clock a.m., on the 17th ult., with dogs and nets on Penbedr farm, Penmachno.—Mr J. R. Griffith (Llanrwst) prose. cuted—Defendants pleaded guilty. Richard and Edward Roberts were fined Xl each and costs whilst Morris, who pleaded guilty to a previous conviction, had to pay £2 and costs. Assaulting a County Court Bai iff. — Owen Roberts, of Church View, Penmachno, was summoned by Hugh .Ion( R, bailiff of the Llanrwst County Court, upon a charge that ho assaulted him whilst in the execution of bis duty on the 17th ult.—Defendant was fined Is and cost.Ir Rd. James (Llanrwst), who appeared for the complainant, did not wish to press tbe charge, as it was only taken to show that public officers could not be molested whilst in the execution of his duty. Selling Brtad Otherwise than by Weight.—Fines of Is and c >s's each were imposed upon the following persons fur committing the above offence :—Margaret Jones, Post Office, Bettwsycoed and Margaret Jones, Gethin tqoare,Fenmachno.—The cases preferred against Thomas Wu). Griffith (Trefriw) and Thomas Davies (Penmachno) were dismissed. Charge of Perjury. —Margaret Hughes, now of the Tanybwlch Hotel, Cupel Curig, was brought up charged with having committed wilful and corrupt perjury when giving evidence in au affiliation case, ia which Ellen Ellis was the informant, and one David Wil. liams the defendant. The calle was heard at the Bettws- ycoed petty sessions on the 4th of September last. Mr Richard Davies, clerk to Mr William Hughes, clerk to the magistrates in the Bettwsycoed division, stated that be was present at the petty sessions held at Bettwsycoed on the 4th September. He oowprodticea the information and application of Ellen Ellis, of B ynllys, Llanrhochwyn, sworn before the Rev. H. Wynne Jones, one of the magistrates, in which she said that she had been delivered of an illegitimate child, and alleged that David Williams was the father. At the hearing of the case he (the witness) took a memorandum of the evidence given by Margaret Hughes on behalf of the defendant, which was as fol. lows Margaret Hughes sworn said, I live at Capel Curig. I was co-servant with the complainant at Dyffryn Mymbyr. I was there in September, 1879. The complainant was sleeping in the 8me bed with me. She WaR sent on an errand for my mis- tress, and did not return until four o'clock next morning. I saw a man leaving her. It was four o'clock in the morning.—Cross-examined I know it w s September that this happened, and it was oo a Thursday. Mr Ellis, schoolmaster at Capel Curig, is the man who was leiving the complainant that morning. -Re.examined The reason that I was asked to give evidence to.dav was because I was fellow-servant of the complainant, and had opportunities of seeing complain. ant often.—Ellen Ellis, of Brynllys, Llanrhochwyn, the applicant in the affiliation case, stated that David Williams, of Garth, was the father of the child. She knew Richard Ellis, who was schoolmaster at Capel Curig. She gave evidence as to the words the prisoner made tiae of with reference to Mr Ellis, and what she said was untrue. Richard Ellis was never at Dyffryn Mymbyr with witness at four in the morning.-Mr Rich- ard Ellis, theological student, of Queen's College, Bir. mingham, stated that be was the master of the National School at Capel Curig during the summer of 1879. He left on the 30th of September in that year. He knew Ellen Ellis, but it was not true that he was Been at Dyffryn Mymbyr durinKthementh of September, 1879, or at any time. He never was at Dyffryn Mymbyr, and knew not what kind of a place it was. He was away from home on the 3rd and 4th of September attending I a Church meeting at Llanllechid church.—Cross- examined No one ever saw him eome with Ellen Ellis at two o'clock in the morniog.-Further evidence as to Mr Ellis' visit to Llanllechid was given by Jane Davies, wife of John Davies, Ty'r Hont, where be lodged and by his brother, William Ellis, of Llanllechid.— Prisoner was committed for trial at the next assizes. Bail was accepted, herself in £50, and two sureties of .c20 each.
CARNARVON. I CARN ARYON.. STEALING LEAD.-Oil Saturday, before the borougn justices, Thomas Eagle and Joseph Radford were charged with stealing about 561bs. of lead, the property of some parson unknown. Kale, who is an old offender, was committed for three months' hard labour, Radford being discharged. COUNTY POLICR CODRT.—Saturday.—Before Captain Wynn Griffith and Sir Llewelyn Turner, John Robert Koberts and William Kobrrt Jones were each fined 1(is, including costs, for being drunk on licensed p,emis. Morris Koberts was charged by Robert Jones, un behalf of the aiver Conservator., with baviog a gaff iu his possession, and fined 10s 6d, including costs. BOROUGH POLICE COURT, MONDAY.— Btfore themayor ^Aldermin Lewis), E.and-f. Moriis were charged with assaulting A. Stewart, Tanrallt, and bound ovei to keep the peace.-Stewart was also bound overandfined 12s 6d, including costs, f'r assaulting Elizabeth Morris. Alderman W. P. Williams, thee* mayor, rcinaikeitliat it was probably the last time he should have the honour of sitting on tne bench, and he therefore felt it his duty to acknowledge the courtesy aud as-istance li,, in common with the other borough magi^rat s, had received fiom their clerk (Mr C. A. Jonos), Deputy Chief constable Piotheroe, aud the other oiffcials. M' Hugh Roberts acknowledged the compliment on behalf of li s partuer. BOAUD OF GUARDIANS.—The fortnightly meeting of the Giiardiaus wis held on Saturday, Mr It. Jones in the chair.-In accordance with the request of the Guar- dians, Mr E. Hughes, irJnf11()ner, atteuded ta explain the charge of onfiirness ha bad preferrel against t.he members of the Board in connection with the tenders for th. supply of iron bedsteads for the w'rkIF\use.- Uocu nenta were produced by Ik clerk showing that lr Hughes' accusition was unfounded.— Tile Chairman I beg to take this opportunity t. correct the erroneous impression presaleut in tbe town that the Board dealt uufairiy t rwards c-rtniti tra lesmeu. For my own part, I fully relieve that we transact everything in an honest and straightforward mauoer (hear, hear).—The subject theu dropped.—T ie out relief paid during the fort- night was £334 ditto to non-tettled poor, £ 28. Number in the workhouse, 117 tramps during tho fortnight, 42. MEETING OF THE TOWN COUNCIL. The annnal meeting of the Town Councilwa. hald on Tuesday. Election of jlfayjr.—The re-election of Alderman Lewis Lewis (L) was proposed by Aldermau do Winton, aud seconded by Alderman Watkiu Roberts. The Mayor-elect, in acknowledging his reappointment, said that In trusted in the course of te corning yeir to suc- caed ill carrying out. his propisal f >r the establishment, of a pobiic institute. Tbe m -ney he had pr(msi,e1 aud collected had baeu paid over, but, owing to the con- tinned dullness of trade, be did not cire to press for public subscriptions. He referred with regret to the death of Aldermin James Rees, which had been greatly felt, not only by the Council, but by the town gener- ally—(hear, bear)-and concluded by acknowledging the services of Alderman G. R. R-n as chairman of the finance e>mmittee; Alderman De Winton, chairman of the gas committee; and Alderman Watkin Roberts and Councillor John Williams of the saaitary committee. Attiring Aldermen -The retiring aldermen, Messrs Watkin Roberts, J. Oweu, and W. P. Williams, were re-elected; Alderman G. It Rees being appoint-d deputy may, and Councillor Richard Thomas the meyor's auditur. Aldermen W. P. Williams and John OWen were appointed presiding aldermen for the eastern aud western wards respectively. District Jiate.—Councillor Owen Thomas gavenot:ca that at the next meeting be should propose a general district rate of 2s 8d, and Councillor Bogbird notified his intention of proposiag an amendment reducing it by 2d. Attendance at Divine Service.—The Mayor, who is a prominent Nonconformist, invited the Corporation to accompiny him to Christ Church on Sunday next.— Councillor Griffith Griffith was absent, it being statad that he had ceased to be a member of the Council, owing to want of qualification.
CONWAY. MEETING OF THE GUARDIANS.—The usual fortnightly meeting of tbe Juardians of the Conwa^y Union was held Friday week, at the Workhouse. There were present Mr Thos. Parry (Llandudns) in the chair; the ltev D. Bankes Price, L'angelynin; John Davies, Llansantffraid J. T. Kaynes, Llyafaen; Daniel Phil- lips, Kghvysrhos J. W. Jones, Dwygyfylchi; Richard Owcn, Gyffin; David Williams, Llanbedr; and T. E. Pairy, clerk.— The Ilouse-Tlie master's report gave the number of inmates in the house at 90; vagrants relieved, 46.—Financial.—Out-relief gmntedduring the fortnight, XI 70 Vs. I Od. TREAT BY THE MAYOR.—The ifayor of Conway (Alderman David Oweu, of Bodreinallt) celebrated his retirement from his mayoralty by giving a treat to the aged workmen living in Conway. The iuteresting event came off on Saturday night, in the billiard room of the Erskine Arms Hotel, when seventy hardy sons of toil' partook of an excellent spread. The room had been tastefully decorated with flags and banners, under the direction of Mr Wm. Ball, Bodreinallt, a Prince of Wales plume, and other devices formed by him, giving great satisfaction. The Mayor was present, as well as a circle of friends who had partaken of a select ban- quet given by him at the hotel. The workmen having placed tho good things before them where flies would not get at 'em,' the cloth was removed. An entertain- ment followed, which was conducted hy Mr T. P. Wil liams (Ap Arfonl. The Mayor gave the usual loyal and patriotic toasts. Mr Travers entertained tbe com- pany with a recitation, and was followed by Mr It FisLer, Maeadolan, and some of the' old men, in the vucalline. The health of the Mayor' was next enthu- siastically drunk, one or two of the old 'una' remark- ing that they well remembered Mr Owen as a Y""I1 man, and they always looked upon bim as a person who would push hiin-elf to the front. They were not «urpri8?d, though proud, that he had attained the high position of being the head of the municipal afiairs of the ancient town of Conway.— Mr Owen in reply said he WJS very glad, seeing how those present had enjoyed the feast, that he had hit upon the idea of inviting a number of the older working men. He thanked them all for the kind feeling they Lad displayed towards bim.-The health of Mrs Owen was next honoured, and reference was made to her charitable and benevolent disposition always mani- fested towards the poor. Other toasts followed, and the interesting meeting was brought to a termination a fter the sieging of the National Anthem. Loud cheeri were given to the Mayor and his lady for their hospi- tality, and to Sir Ap Arvon.—At the select banquet a similar toast list was gone through, the health of the Mayor and Mayoress,' of course, meeting a flattering reception.' Toasts were proposed and responded to by Mesin Squires, Travers, E. E. Davie-, R. Fisher, O. Owens (B,Y.d.w"i), W. 0. D.vi.,?, W. Ball, T. P. Wil- liam., B. A Fraser, T. E. Parry. The spread was greatly enjoyed, as were also the after proceedings. Alderman Albert Wood, who was unable to attend, lent a number of flags. Credit is due to Mr and Mrs Ro- berts, of the Erskine Arms, whose catering, &c., was admirable. We may also state, in connection with this display of the mayor's munificence, that Mr Owen has presented the., reporters who attend the Council and other meetings in Conway, with expensive guld pencil cases, which bear appropriate inscriptions. MEETING OF THE TOWN COUNCIL. The annual meeting of the Town Council was held on Tuesday at the Guild Hall. There were present ;— Aldermen Edward Jones, Albert Wood, William Jones (solicitor) Councillors D. Arthur Pritchard, William Hughes, R. Fisher, W. 0. Davies, R. Walton, O. Owens, Joseph Jones, M. T. Edwards, William Davies, T. P. Williams, F. F. Jones, and Mr T. E. Parry, town clerk. -As no previous decision had been arrived at as to the appointment of a mayor, a caucus preceded the Council meeting proper, and we were given to understand that the members were all but unanimous in the selection which was formally decided upon by tbe meeting.—Mr William Hughes was voted to the chair, the outgoing mayor (Alderman D. Owen) being absent in consequence of ill health. ELECTION OF MAYOR. Alderman Edward Jone3 proposed that Alderman Wood be elected mayor for the ensuing year. The proposer remarked that it was not requisite to say any. thing regarding Mr Wood, as he was already a tried man and well known to them all.—Alderman W. Jones, in seconding the motion, observed that they had had great experience of Mr Wood's charitableness and liberality, and his kindly feeling towards the inhabitants of the town. He had been very good to the poor, aud was highly respected in the place. Further, the Corpo. ration bad derived great benefit by the assistance Mr Wood had rendered them, and by the able way in which he conducted business. He (Mr Jones) had great plea- sure in seconding the motion.-No other candidate being proposed, the Chairman declared Mr Wood mayor for the ensuing year.-The newly-elected Mayor was then invested with the robes and chain of office. He said that the honour was quite an unexpected one. He had not the slightest idea that such a thing was to be offered him till the previous evening. However, it was very satisfactory to feel that one had the confidence of his fellow-townsmen. He hoped the Corporation would continue to work for the benefit of the borough. Having had the honour of being their mayor he would do all he could for the good of the place (cheers). ELECTION OF ALDKRMEN, I 0 'IT Councillor Fisher proposed that the retiring aldermen, Messrs Edward Jones (Stanley buildings) and Wm. Jones (solicitor) be re-elected. They had already bad expe. rience of the business capabilities of those two gentlemen, and knew that they had discharged their duties satis- factorily. Furthet, by re-eleeting those gentlemen they would save about £ 20 expense which would have to be incurred in case of an election, and such a sum ought to be a MHuidtntioa for thems as their funds were limited.- Councillor W. O. Davies proposed that Mr Llewelyn Mostyn be one of the aldermen; and Councillor M. T. Edwards seconded the proposition.- Mr Wm. Davies was propoaed by Councillor R. A. Prichard but as Mr Davies declined the honour, Dr. Prichard's motion found no seconder. -Mr Wm. Jones, solicitor, observed that some sitting at the table were not eligible to vote, and he challenged the legality of Mr W. O. Davies to do so, as his name was not on the burgess list.—Councillor Davies replied that Mr Wm. Jones was no further a member of the Council, and he called him to order on the ground that he had no right to be present.—Mr Jones maintained th,t he was an alderman until another was appointed, but at the same time he knew that he could not vote. He took exception at the outset to Mr Davies' right to vote, and warned him that if be did vote he would be liable to the penalties under the Act. He was sur prise 1 at Mr Davies being there, as bin name was not on the burgess list.—Mr Davies replied that it was not his fault if his name was not, on the list. He had a right to be on it, but his name was 6omehow omitted. He appealed to the Town Clerk to say whether he had a right to be there or not.—The Town Clerk replied that it was hardly fair to call upon him to decide such a point who. there were Buch liabilities attached to it. —Councillor Davies said he had been elected for three years, and he felt that he would not be acting right towards those who elected liiw, if he were to retire. He was entitled to he on the burgess list.-After some further discussion, Mr Wm. Jones requested the Town Clerk to take a not. of his objection, but Mr Parry de- clined doing so, saying that Mr Jones had his reme<iy.- The reõult uf the voting, which was open, was as follows For Mr Edward Jones Messrs Joseph Jones, O. Owens, R Fisher, R. Walton, R. Arthur Prichard, F. G. Jones, A. Wood and W. Hughes—8. For Mr William Jones Messrs Joseph Jones, 0, Owens, R. Fisher, A. Wood, M. T. Edwards, W. Hugh. W. Davies and F. G..T,a-S. Far Mr Mostyn: Messrs T. P. Williams, W. O. Di. vies and M. T. Eiwarris—3 The Mayor declared Messrs Edward Jones and Wil liam Johes duly elected aldermen for the ensuing year. Both gentlemen returned thanks for their reo election, Alderman W. Jones expressing a hope that they weuld work amicably together for the benefit of the town. VOTE OF THAKKS TO THE RETIRING MAYOR. A letter was received from Alderman David Owen, in which he regretted his inability to attend the meeting, and thanking the Council, and Albert Wood especially, for tha great al;8i.t"uce they had rendered him during the term of his mayoralty. Ho also thanked the Cor- puration officials for their attention to business during the year,-The Mayor propopd that a vote of thanks be accorded to Alderman Owen for the efficient manner in which he bai. discharged the duties of mayor.—Coun- cillor T. P. Williams seconded the vote, which was cordially and unanimously agreed to. The following committees having been appointed the meeting enie(I-The Bridge and Hirbour, Gas and Water, Sanitary, School Attendance, Estate and Fiaanca Committees. PETTY SESSIONS. -MONDAY. Before Messrs Charles W. Bulkeley (chairman), Albert Wood, IS. Walker, E. Moore, L1. N. V. L1. Mostyn, IteV. J. D..Tones, and Dr. Nicol, Drunk.— Ellen Jane Hayes, a married woman from Tvwvn, near Conway, was summoned for drunkenness, —P.C, Williams (28) stated that on the 16th of October Mrs Hayes was very drunk near the Ferry Hotel. He helped her home. Defendant's husband attended and expressed regret.-A fine of 10s and costs was in- flicted, Yag'ancy.— Ann Mathews, a native of Rhuddlan, was brought up charged with vagrancy at Llandudno. -Sergeant Morris stated that on Saturday afternoon last he saw her begging at Berkeley House. She was under the influence of liquor. She had been in service at Llandudno.— The prisoner was discharged on condi- tion that she does not again appear before the magis- trates either at Conway or Llindudno. Alleged Theft.—Jane Griffiths, of Llandudno, was brouzbt up in custody charged with stealing "chair and a saucepan, at Llandudno, ou Tuesday, the 2no inst.— T. Edwards, greengrocer, 1, BeliulIl cottages, Taliesia street, stated that on the day in question the articles produced were at the hack of the house. He missed them from that place, which was open. He swore to the chair, which he valued at Is, but cU1I1d uot identify the sancepan.—Mr Churchill here interposed saying be appeared for the prisoner. Cross-examined by him the witness said that he never gave the prisoner permission to take the chair. He bad not seen the girl before this. His wife might be on friendly terms with her, as she had bought things at his stall. There were sev. eral saucepans. &0, in the yard. Had prisoner asked for the chair be would have given it to her.—Their worships here derided to dismiss the case. Neglecting to Educate.—For neglecting to send their children t) school in accordance with the Education Act, the following persons were fined:—Jano Jones, Tyddyu Llidiart, Llysfae i, Is 61 and costs in two cseA; and Zhadrach Roberts, of the same neighbourhood, 5; including costs.—Mr Elias Davies, attendance officer, proved the cases. I A Drunken Public1n-Joseph Roberts, of the Li"er- pool Arms Inn, Conway, was charged with being drunk upon his own licensed nremi,es.-Mr P. -I. Webster in pleading guilty on behalf of the defendant, said that Roberts had heretnfnre conducted himself aud his house well.-P.C. Pritchard stated that he was called to the Liverpool Arms on the 20th ult., where he found de- fendant drniik and quarrelling with his family. Witness told him that he ought to bs ashamed of himself. De. fendant, denied that he was drunk, and claimed to be taken before the Superintendent, That was done, and Superintendent Evans told him to go home.—Mr Wcb. ster remarked that Roberts had held the liceoso for eigbt rears and had never been before the magistrates upon any charge, and he a-keel their worships to cloil leni- Lentlywith the case.—Tlie Bench fined him 10s and cosh, and ordered that a mark be entered against the house by the next licensing sessions. The Drink.— Graoe Williams, the wife of a labourer residing in Chapel street, Conway, was summoned upon a charge of being drunk and riotous on the Bangor road Ion Saturday night, the 9th ultimo.—P.C, Pritchard proved the case.—Mrs Williams admitted the charge, and their worships taking a lenient view of the case only fined her Is and costs. The Three Graces/'—Emma Thomas and Catherine Thomas, single women, residing in the refined neigh. bourhood of Pentrewech,' outside the ancient walls, were charged with committing an assault upon a neigh- bour.— The sisters did not condescend to put in an appearRace.- Lydia Jones stated that on the 11th of September the defendants went up to her house door, and Emma threatened to kill her. Wituess called P.C. Pritchard, who happened to be passing, and he went in to protect her. He was followed by the women, Cathe- rine abusiog her and Emma threatening to take her life. Catherine subsequently threw a pailful of water over witness' children.—Replying to their worships, Mr W. Jones (clerk) said Emmi Thomas was now under recognisances to keep the peace for twelve months.- The Bench here decided to issue warrants for their apprehension.—The women were apprehended the same day, and were brought before their worships, For the assault upon Lydi I Jones they were bound over to keep the peace in the sum of £10 each, with two sureties of £5 each, failing which they would have to suffer impri- sonment for three months. -Emma and Catherine Thomas were also summoned for, and proved guilty of, drunken aud rotoua behaviour, and were each fined 20i and costs, or fourteen days' imprisonment in default, Emma, Catherine, and Mary were further found guilty of laving commitfel a second assault upon Lydia Jones on the lot ult., and were fined 203 and costs each, or fourteen days in prison.-The defendants went to gaol. Notice of Motion-—The Rev. J. D. Jones gave notice of motion that he would ask the magistrates at 12 15 p,m, on Monday, the 22nd inst., at Llandudno, who had decided at the last ses,ion. at Llandudno to chane the hour of meeting to ten o'clock, to re-consider the matter. He was sorry that he was unable to attend the meeeiing referred to, otherwise he should have objected to the change. Riotous Navvies.—James Macdonald, a navvy, work. ing at the new drainage works at Penmaeamawr, pleaded guilty to being drunk and riotous at Penmaen. mawr, on the 23rd ult. Elizabeth Macdonald, bis better half,' was similarly summoned.—P.C. 9 stated that the defendants challenged a man to fight. The woman was so drunk she could hardly walk.-The' husband said that his wife was quite sober. Three j men attacked him, and called him a lousy Irish I His wife screamed I mtirther.' They came from 'Wigin' in Lancashire.—He was fined 10s and costs, and the case against the wife was dismissed. Selling Bread Otherwise than by Weight— For selling bread otherwise than by weight the following persons were fined 18 6d and costs each.-Roger Williams, Lancaster square, Conway; Thomas Roberts, High street, ditto; John Thomas, Castle street, ditte; Mary Evans, Dwygyfylchi; Henry Roberts, Penmaenmawr Ann Jones, ditto; Ann Hughes, Dwygyfylchi; and Wm. Evans, Eglwysrhos.—P.C. Henry Owen (66), of Car. narvon, proved the casea. A Trumpt1.y Caw.—Thomas Jerome, of Llysfaen, charged Thomas Jones, of the same place with an assault.—There were cross-summonses.—Jerome stated that defendant, on the 7th ult., went up to witness' house, and threatened to kill him and his wife. He went into the house and assaulted them both.—Cathe- rine Vaughan corroborated as to the threatening. He said he would kill the dirty old Irisfcan,' meaning Jerome. She did not see Jones touch Jerome.—Jones said that there were five children swinging upon a fence on which a fishing net of his had been spread. He recognised one of the children as » son of Jerome's, and told him not to do it again. Til, father there- upon told witness to go home and mind bi" own busi- j neM. Be mad obscene hc?ua?.—Their Worships decided to bind over both partiel to keep the pMce for six months in the sum of XIO each.
I DENBIGH. JOLLY NASH appeared at the Assembly Rooms on Tuesday evening. The audience was not large, but very appreciative. VALE OF CLWYD CRICKET CLUB.—Tbe annual meet- j ing of the members took place at the Bull Hotel on Saturday last. It was agreed to ask Captain Arthur Mesham to accept the office of President for the ensuing year, Captain Copwy being the retiriog president. Mr Delves Broughton, of St. Asaph, was re-elected hon. secretary and treasurer. A committee consisting of the officers, and Colonel Leyland, Meiers J. P. Lewis, S. G. Ellis, John Davies, and Captain Conwy, was formed for the purpose of revising the rules the club, and framing new ones. A FARMER EASED OF £ 40.—Martha Evans, a married woman, and William Hughes alias Will Tytwrch,' her brother, are in custody charged with stealing a pwse containing upwards of E50 in gold from the person of ono Robert Roberts, Plaspatitou, Bylcbau. It seems that Roberts was in town on Saturday night last, when the man Hughes accosted him and wanted to be treated to a glass of beer. They went to the Leopard Ion together, and immediately afterwards the woman 15raoa made her appearance. She went and sat ¡iy the side of Mr Roberts, whereupon her brother suggested that she should be treated to a glass of beer as well. Mr Roberts stood treat all round and sub-equently left the boose in copipany with the female. He alleges that sbe stule hi) purse and then ran away. The prisoners were rem.inileil until yesterday (Friday) to the fortnightly Petty SessioDS. THE TofOLAX ENTERTAINMENTS. '—'The first of a series of cheap entertainments, on behalf of the SJUp kitchen fnud., announced by Mr P. P. Pratt, was given in the Assembly Rooms on Friday evening, the oto in-ilant, The attendance was very large, and the .event promised to bo a grand success in every way; but soun after the commencement of the programme, it was evident that a number of restless' ones had come to tlib penny seats for the purpose o. having a lark.' The Mayor and the Town Clerk, seeing the sUte of things, promptly went to the back part of the room, aod in a short time, with the assistance of others, succse:led in restoring order. During the evening •ongs were given by Miss Jone*, Eagles Inn, Messrs T. Bartley, J. Williams, Williams (Bank), and P. P. Pratt. A recitation by Miss Howard was inaudible on account of the disturbance alluded to above. The programme closed with a comic opera entitled, 'The Blind Beggars, in which the charader8 were ably sustained by Mr R. H, Williams and Dr. LI. R. Jones. We believe it bas been decided to abandon the penny admission after last Friday's experience. The proceeds of the entertainment amounted to upwards of £4. ANNUAL MEETING OF THE TOWN COUNCIL. The annual meeting of the Corporation was held on Tuesday at noon, when there we: e present -.—Aldermen Evan Pierce, M.D., Thomas Gee, T. J. Williams, and E. Williams Gee, Councillors E. T. Jones, William Morris, John Armor, Robert Parry, James Caithness, M.D., Evan Thomas, John Davies, R. H. Roberts, John Lloyd, W. T. Foulkes, R. Arthur Davis, and the town clerk. Mr J. Symonds Jones was the only absent member, he having to go to Chester to attend the funeral of a relative. ELECTION OF U-KYOR. The Town Clerk said the first business was to elect a mayor for the ensuing year. Alderman Evan Pierce rose and said that a few minutes ago he was asked if he would propose the re- election of Mr E. T. Jones as mayor of Denbigh for the ensuing year, and no one could do it with greater pleasure than himself. He was not going to make any comments, as they had all known Mr E. T. Jones for many years. They never bad a mayor who discharged his duties in a more satisfactory manner than Mr Jones. Of that fact there was no doubt. He had dis- charged his duties nobly, and had never shown any partiality. Had he done so he (the speaker) would not have been present to propose his le election. He had much pleasure in proposing the re election of Mr Jones, and hoped it would be uuanimous (applause). Alderman T. J. Williams seconde1 the motion. One and all of them could speak most highly of Mr Jones as having condocted himself in the chiir in a very faithful and impartial manner, and that being the case the Council could not do otherwise than re.elect him to a second year of office. It was the custom to elect the mayor to second term, and he was sure a better man than Mr Jones could not be found. Mr Jones had won the recpect not only of the Council, but of the rate- payers in general. He was happy to find also, that while Mr Jones sat on the Bench as chief magistrate, he had not only given general satisfaction on all occa- sions, but had gained the respect of his brother magis- trates. Alderman Willi Ims proceeded to say that he sincerely endorsed the sentiments expressed by Dr. Pierce, and said he was sure that if they only looked back to the 1st of November, when Mr Jones was returned triumphantly at the head of the poll, they must feel convinced that it was their duty to unani- mously re-elect him as mayor (applause). Mr W. Morris, speaking as a magistrate, said he had considerable pleasure in confirming what Dr. 'Pierce had said respectiog the Mayor in his capacity as chief mag- istrate. He could say from experience that Mr Jones bad acted in the most satisfactory manner possible. He should have been guilty of neglect if he had notgjbt up to confirm the remarks Dr. Pierce and Mr T. J. Williams bad made. He therefore heartily supported the motion for Mr Jones' re-election. The motion having been carrie.1 unanimously, The Mayor rose, and in responding said :—Gentle- men,—I feel overcome by the kind expressions you have used, and the manner in which you have received the proposition that I should be again elected to this honourable office as mayor of this ancient borough. I cannot find words to express my gratitude, and I hope you will take the will for the deed. I have to thank you sincerely for this great kindness, and I have also to thank the town clerk for the groat courtesy I have always received at his hands, and for the great assistance which has been given me in conducting the work of this Council. I have also to thank my fellow-magistrates for the courtesy they have always shown me, and the kind manner in which they received me amongst them, and the great help I have always had from them during the proceedings in that court. I have also to thank the superintendent of police, and especially Sergeant Vaughan and I am also exceedingly glad that the chief. constable has appointed him as successor to Mr Tudge. I do not think there could possibly be a more deserving officer in the whole force (hear, bear). It was with very great pleasure I heard that he bai received the appoint- ment. I do not know that I need make any further remarks. It would be useless for ms to do so, and I again thank you for your kindness towards me (ap. nlanse). ELECTION OF ALDERMEK. Having made the usual formal declaiation, The Mayor said the next hminess was to elect two aldermen in place of Messrs Thomas Gee and E. Williams Gee, whose terms of office had expired. Alderman Pierce rose and proposed that Mr John Armor be elected an alderman, Mr Armor had, he believed, been fourteen years a member of the Council, and was fully qualified to fill tbe office of alderman. He was a most re,pectable tradesman, and a man who always woiked with a great deal of credit to himself. Mr Armor was a thorough man of business, and a man who had fought many a battle for the honour of being a member of the Corporation. In every question that came before the Corporation Mr Armor always took an independent, honourable, and straightforward view therefore be had much pleasure in proposing him as one of the aldermen (applause). Mr E. W. Gee, before business proceeded, wished to allude to a report in the town that he did not desire re-election. That report was quiteintrue. Mr W. Morris had considerable pleaBure in second- ing the nomination of Mr Armor as proposed by Dr. Pierce. Mr Armor had always been faithful in municipal work and attended the meetiDgs very well iod-ed. Mr John Darie, proposed that Mr Thomas Gee be re-ele»>d. He did Inot think it necessary to make ary remarks, but would merely propose that their Wor hy and noble friend Mr Thomas Gee should be re-e'ected. Alderman Williams most cordially seconded the resolution. He considered that Mr Thomas Gee would be a great loss to tbe Council. They could not very well afford to lose him (applause). Nir W. T. Foulkes proposed that Mr E. Williams Gee be re-elected an alderman. As a rule he con. sidered it a duty to save expense, and when he saw that the municipal election cost the borough £20, he should be sorry to throw the borough again into any such expense, inasmuch as Mr E. W. Gee had filled the office of alderman very creditably. Mr John Lloyd had p'easure in endorsing what, Mr Foulkes had said. He was sorry that Mr Armor should have been mentioned as a candidate, inasmuch as the two retiring aldermen had done an immense deal of work during the last few years. He had much rather Mr Armor would come forward on a future occasion. He had some ambition for the office of alderman (laughter). In the first place be had been twice elected and never discharged, as both Mr Morris and Mr Armor had been (laughter), He con- sidered they had both recommenced their apprentice- ships when they were re-elected (laughter). Dr. Caithness said he could not agree with the last two speakers. There was one thing he would say, and he believed every member would agree, namely, that the two aldermen whose terms of office expired had done their duty to the borough most faithful!y But at the same time he had always looked upon the I office of alderman as one to which every mtettment citizen ought to a#pire. It should not be conservative, but ought to be open to every citizen and those ?h,? were elected as town councillors. He had no objec. tion to the two retiring aldermen being re-elected, as better men could not be found, but he at tje same time held that the principle enunciated by Mr Foulkes was wrong. Mr Armor had served the Council 14 years and had served it well. The ques- tion of expense ought not to have been brought up as it had bp-eu. The Mayor said of course it was qøite competent for any member to propose any other gentleman as a The Council then voted on voting papers, which were read aloud by the Mayor as under Voter. Tliomas Geo. E. W. Gee. John Armor John Lloyd I 1 — K'MThontM. ? 1 J J.1, AV. u' •- John Davies 1 J W. T. Foulkes 1 I — T. J. Williams 1 1 E. 1\ .loses I 1 EMnPierM — — — 1 Wit?MmMonb.— — 1 R, fl. Hobe"t" 1 1 •• Dr. Caithness ••• • • 1 HobertP*rry..t — 1 K.A.?vi6 y 1 — 9 7 6 The Mayor then declared that Mr Thomas Uee aua Mr E. W. Gee had been duly re-elected. Alderman T. Gee thanked them for the expression they had given of their confidence in him, and he should continue to do all he could to assist in carrying on the business of the borough. What he did would b^ dotie in the intere-ts of tho ratepayers. Alderman E. W. Gee also thanked the Council for his re-election. Now that hi8 health was restored he bopad to be able to attend the meetings more regularly than during the past few months. Mr John Armor wished to thank his friends for their support, and said he hopea those gentlemen who had been elected would not think he had been a candidate merely for the sake of opposing them. Probably Mr E. W. Gee might thiok he came out with some feelings of enmity as he opposed him not so very long ago. Mr E. W. Gee: I must disclaim that. You want to raise yourself as well as I do. Mr Armor added that he was nominated as a very old member of the Corporation, who had never been able to get into tbe Council without undergoing a contest for his seat. However, he was quite willing to contest, and would do his duty to the ratepayers as best he could. Mr E. W. Gee moved a vote of thanks to the Mayor for past services, and tbe motion was sec joded by Mr John Lloyd. The Mayor briefly acknowledged the vote of thanks. HOW ABOUT THE REFRESHMENTS ? In going through the accounts for payment, Alder- man Williams called attention to an item in the municipal election expenses £1 19 for refreshments supplied to clerks ou the polling day. He would like to know if that was a legal charge or not. When he was returning officer he paid for the refreshments out of his own pocket. Dr. Caithness said he did not consider it necessary to ask such a question. Alderman Williams I have a perfect right to ask it. If it is the Mayor or anybody else, has he the right to order anything be thinks fit for the clerks and himself on the polling day ? The Town Clerk said that asimilar q aastion was asked throe years ago, and he believed the payment was alio ted. The clerk could not be expected to sit from eight o'clock to four without having anything to take. Mr Morris Is it the custom to allow the charge upon the Council funds ? The Town Clerk It is the custom. Mr Foulkeii At the last Parliamentary election I was engaged with the returning officer, and we agreed to order refreshments. Of course I, as a Liberal, paid a half share to Mr Price Roberts, the returning officer in Henllan. They refused it, and if it was illegal then, it is illegal now. The Town Clerk said he would rather pay it himself than have a long argument about it. Alderman Williams: I think I have a right to ask for an explanation. I paid A:3 out of my own pocket for a luncheon. Mr R. H. Roberts; Perhaps that luncheon was an extravagant one (laughter). Alderman Williams We had three or four bottles f wine (laughter). Alderman T. Geo When I was returning officer I ordered refreshments such as had been supplied before. I do not know that there was any objection raised to paying for it. Mr John Davies If it is illegal, I do not think we should pay it. Mr Foulkes At the Parliamentary election I was refused the half share from the Conservative party. Iu reply to a further question, the Town Clerk said tbat the Act made no allusion to the matter of refresh. ments. Mr R. H. Roberts There is nothing in the Act to say it is an illegal charge. Alderman Williams The answer is not satisfactory to me. The Town Clerk Well, I cannot give you any further answer. Dr. Caithness; If lime.is to be wasted in this manner, I mu.t be going. I cannot sit hereta day discussing such a question. t Alderman T, Gee then moved that the question of the present charge be settled, and that instructions be given as to the future. Mr Foulkes I have had a lagal opinion from the head clerk at Mr Parry Jones' offices. He said it was illegal. Mr Robert Parry seconded that the money be paid, and that further questions be settled before another election. Mr Foulkes I propose that we do no?psy the bill. Mr John Davies I second that. On going to the vote, three voted for the amendment and six that the money be paid. The question as to what shall be done at a future elec. tion was not gone into. A RATE COLLECTING MATTER, Mr Morris said that two parties had left the town without having paid. their rates. He would like to ask whether Mr Mills, the collector should pay the money or whether the ratepayers bear the loss. The Mayor I believe the Town Clerk has given you an opinion on the matter already. The Town Clerk said that the parties in question had been summoned and the usual legal steps taken to recover the money, but there was cothing to destrain upon. He considered that Mr Mills had done every- thing possible to get the money. Mr Mills said that Mr Morris was altogether in the wrong. Two demand notes bad been issued and the parties had been summoned in the usuil way. If Mr Morris look at the law,-and be, must excuse the speaker teaching him as a borough magiatrate-he could only demand the rate with a demand note written or printed. But the usual steps halSJbeen taken^and parties had taken a "moonliht flight" (laughter). Mr Morris said he was not going to be talked to by Mr Mills in that way. He did not doubt Mr Mills' ap- plication, nor did he speak against him personally, but upon the Board principle as to whether the collector was responsible and should suffer the loss or the ratepayers. He knew they bad a good officer in Mr Mills. Alderman Williams (to Mr Mills) Are you paid by salary or commission ? Mr Mills; Bysilary. Alderman Williams Then you have done your duty. The matter then dropped. THE SMITHFIELD. The time having expired for completing the purchase of land for the Smithfield Market, the Town Clerk was instructed to obtain a loan of X3(ffD from the West f England Insurance Company. It was arroed that £2,200 be applied towards purchasing the land, and that the £800 be placed to the credit of the Corporation in the National Provincial Bank. It was then resolved that Tuesday being fair day, the meeting be adjourned until three o'clock on Monday next. COUNTY POLICE COURT.—WEDNESDAY. Before Mr W. D. W. Griffith, Mr P. H. Chambres, Dr. Turnour, Colonel Humberston, Rev. Mr Pugh, and Captain Wynne Griffith. THE HARDSHIPS OF THE EDUCATION ACT. School Board Cases.—Mr Charles Grimsley, clerk to the St. Asaph School Attendance Committee, sum. moned several parents for not sending their children to school regularly.—The cases were taken under the bye. laws imposing a fine, and Mr Griffith thought proceed. ings should be taken first under the Act, so that an order only would be made.—Mr Grimsley replied that proceedings in that way did not have the same effect on the parent-, and the costs of obtaining the orders amounted to a considerable sum during the year. Robert Roberts, Llansannan, was the first case, and he was fined la without costs. Robert Owen, Lian. sannan, was summoned. It was shown that in October his boy had only attended six times out ot thirty. -Defendant said his boy was net in good health, and the school was nearly three miles from home.-The Bench thought it a hard case, and the parish medical officer should ascertain if a child was able to go to school.—Mr Grimsley said the medical officer did not take any steps unless he had a certificate from the relieving officer.-The attendance officer said, in reply I to the Bench, that on many days the boy would not be able to leave the house.-It was suggested to adjourn the case for a doctor's certificate as to the child's health. -Dr. Turnour said there were cases of delicate chil- dren in which it was not proper to send them so far to a echoo).—Defendant said he could not fford to call in a doctor.—It was eventually agreed to refer the case back to the next meeting of the local Committee at Llansannan for further consideration. Peter Evtnt, Llansannan, did not appear in answer to the summons in respect of his child David. Only six out of thirty possible attendances were made in October. The boy was seven years old, and the school is tw ) and a half miles from the home.—Mr Griffith said the bye-laws were all very well in a town, but ought notta auply so strictly in couutry districts. Who c mid expect a child seven years old to go all that way to school by itself ? — Mr Chambres It is harsh in the extreme. The child could not go without some attendance. He wouH not make a fine of more than a penny if at all. Mr Grimsley should tell the Committee it was useless to bring such caais.—Tha Bench decliued to order a fine Jane Simmons, Llan. sannafi, was the next defendant. Her girl was twelve years old, and they lived in the village. She was a widow, and kept her family out of 8. per week from the G.ardians.-The Chairman Si if we fine her the Guardians will have to pay it. The child had attended half the required number of t itues, and the case was referred back to the local committee.—Mr Grimsley said he did not know the defendant had relief from the parish until that morning.—Rev. Mr Pugh, Llansannan, her, took his seat on the Bench, and the justices elplain,d to him the ciurse they had taken.—Mr Pugh slid there were some Scotch people in the parish who sent their children 4 miles to school.—Davil Davies was summoned in re- spect of his girl Mary, who had not beea to school for three months.-lu this case a fine of 2t 61 was ordered. --Joseph Evans, Llatiefydd, was summoned for having disobeyed an order made.—The wife appeared to an. swer the case.—The order vrM wilde in IX cembur last, The woman Bai 1 her girl had had tbe meases, and afterwards skin eruptions, and a note to the effect was read from Dr. Hughes, but it did net appear that the doctor was in attendance at present.—The case was ad. j mrned for a further medical certificate. An order was applied for against Robert Owene, Llanefydd. The a'tendances bad been very bad. An order was made.— Thomas Jones, Taoybryu, was the next def.-ndant. No attendances were made by the girl in OcMber. An order was made.—Hugh Williams, Bryntirioo, Llan. ery(M, did not appear. He w's summoned because his girl had not been to school io October. Order made.- Elias Edwards, LNuefydd, sent his wif» to aoswer tho summons. The child bad had the tneasl.s.aad was not well enough to go to school. Order made, but the child not to go to school until w-11 enough.—Robert Jones, Llanefydd, came uext on the list. The wife said she had beeo ill, and her boy with respect to whom she was summened had stayed at home to wait upon her. Order made. RtJunng to Contribute—John Jane., Liverpool, was summoned to shew cause why he "hould not contribut: towards the maintenance of his father, Robert Jone., who resides in Denbigh, and receives 2s 6d per week from the St. Asaph Uniou.—Defendant said he was a labourer on the docks at Liverp >ol, and culd only afford to maintain his family. He did not aver -ge more than 14s per week.—Mr Grimsley e,¡d the defendant paid 6s per week rent, and the lodger paid 4s of It. The application of the Guardians was only for Is per week from the defendant P C. Powell, who served the summons, said he made inquiries at Liverpool, and thought the defendant able to contribute.—Tne BeDcb. made the order for Is per week to be pnd, and the defendant to pay coote, which ex"ee.led £1, Hushand and Wife. -John Griffi'hs, labourer, Tre. nieircbion was summoned for leaving bis wife charge- able to the common fund of the St. Asaph Union. The relief given amouuted to Xl 2s 6d. Defendant did not appear, but P C. Oweu said he told him when he served the summons that his wife could corns back and live with him.-The Bench adjourned the case for a fortnight, and a warrant to be issue 1 for the appearance of the defendant. Excise Prosecution.—Hugh Davies, Frith, Yiceibiois, Llanrhaiadr, was summoned by the excise authorities for taking a pheasant without, a licence.—The defendant bad been summoned at a previous court for trespassing. —Mr Osbert Edwards appeared for the defendant, and said he admitted the facts as stated at the previous court. But the Bench considered there was a doubt ia the case with regard to the ownership of the hedge, and gave the defendant the benefit of the doubt. He sub. mitted that the decision alresdy givea ought to govem the decision to.day. The trap was not set for the pur. pose of catching game, and it was quite accidentally that the pheasant was caught.—Mr Edwards called the owner of the property, who said he gave the tenant permission to kill the rabbit-, He knew the defendant to be a very steady man, and anything but a poacher.— The Bench upheld their previous decision, thinking that the trap was set in the hedge for the purpose of catching rabbits, and that the pheasant was accidentally caught. Trespassing after Rabbits.—Hugh Jones, Abraham's, lane, Denbigh, was summoned for trespassing in searsh of rabbits on the 30th October, at Cefn. He admitted the offence, and was fined 10s, and the costs 9s 6d, or in default 14 days' imprisonment.
HOLYHEAD. THE COLLISION BETWEEN THE SHAMROCK AND HANNAH. An inquiry, directed by the Board of Trade, into the collision between the express boat Shamrock, belongiag to the London and North Western Railway Company, and the schooner Hannah, of Carnarvon, was held on Monday in this town before Mr llothpry (wreck com- missioner), with Rear-Admiral Pritchard, Captain. Parfitt and Harland, as assessors. Mr Muir Mackenzie (barrister) appeared for the Board of Trade; Captain Dent, R. N., and Mr H. M. Preston, for the London and North Western Railway Company; Mr J. W. Hughes (Bangor) for the Bangor Mutual Ship Insurance Society; and Mr C. H. Reea (Carnarvon) for the master and crew of tbe Hannah. Mr Muir Mackenzie said the inquiry related to a collision which occurred between the steamship Sham, rock and the sailing -hip Hannah, 82 tois, the manag. ing owner of which was Mr Robert Newton, Carnarvon. On the 5.h October the Hmnah left Runcorn for Yarmouth with a cargo of 140 toca of salt, her crew being four hands all told, Hugh Jones being the master. On the evening of Octob-r 7th she was (ff the Anglesey coast, the wind beir;g E.N.E., and the night rather dark. About one o'clock in the morning, whilst some of the crew were in tbe act of loosening one of the sails, the master being at the wheel, the mate cried out that a steamer was close upon them, and before they could do anything more than shout the Shamrock raa the schooner down. Of the fnur hands all were drowned except one named Scott. The Shamrock left Dublia for Holyhead with 83 passengers and a crew of 42 hands all told, and all went well until she was about two miles from Holyhead breakwater, her course being S.E. by three-quarters E., there being a lo -koiit on the bridge-one on the port side, one on the starboard side, and another in the middle. Apparently the night was such that lights could be seen-the Holyhead and Stack lights being plainly visible. The lookout on the port side saw a vessel clise undfr her pert bow, and it was also seen by the second officer, who w.o in charge. The position of the two vessels at the time of the collision was about two and "half N.W. hy W. of Holy- head breakwater light. After the collision the Sham- rock stopoed and reversed, the life boat was immedi- ately lowered, and everything done to save life, but only one man was rescued. One of the chiaf questions for consideration would be as to the lights on the Hannah. It would come out ill evidenc-i that she was supplied with lamps, which were trimmed at 6 o'clock in the evening, the port lamp, which afterwards went out, being again trimmed later on. The captain and mate of a tugboat, which was cruising about, would state that when about half a mile from the breakwater light they saw a green light and the masthead light of a steamer, close to which Whs the green light of a sailing ship. Presently they raw the red light of a steamer, and could no longer see the green light of the sailing ship. Bailin9:l spe"tt, the only hand who was sned, said that they were all on Seek at the time of the collision, the master being at the win el. The lookout cried out My God, that steamer is close enough to U8.' They all turned round and shouted, and the mate ran to the boat, which he called Out, WRS smashed, but the s,eaeoer immediatelv ran them down. A heavy sea washed witness away from the deck, and he was eventually picked up by the Shamrock's boat. The Hannah, ten minutes at leac-t before the collision, bad her two side- lights burning, and they had that evening been trimmed by the master. The port lamp bal "ne "IJt tihortly before the collision, and was re-trimmed an 1 put up again by the master. The side- ways in the starboard gangway.—This witness was com plimented by the commissionr r 111'011 the very straight, forward manner in which be hid given hie evidence. Captain Rae, master of the Shamrock, who has been sixteen years in command of t I- Company e vesse ls, said that the night was stormy, the wind blowing freshly from the east. At the time of the collision be and the second efficer were on the lower bridge, there being on the lookout a quartermaster :n the centre and another on the port and starboard side. The steamer, which was shipping too much water to per. mit a lookout on the upper bridge, was going about eleven knots, and the breakwater lights were clearly visible. Upon seeing the Hannah close under the port bow, he telegraphed for the engines to be stopped, and the 8tet::Ier was brought to a dead stand. The collision immediately followed the boat was lowered, and being unable to find anyone came back, but put out again on hearing the cry, and, after half an hour's delay, picked up Scott. No light was visible on the schooner, which was not run down stem end, but had her starboard side knocked out by the paddle wheel. The night was as 'dark as the rav": and he saw no one on board the schooner's deck.—John Green, second officer of the Shamrock, said that bearing shouts followed by a smash, he ran to the telegraph, but found that Captain Rae had besn there before him.—William-