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VOLUNTEER PRIZE DISTRIBUTION. On Tuesday evening, an interesting ceremony took place in the National Schoolroom, Bridge End, the distribution of prizes by Colonel Cooke to the competitors of the titli Flintshire Rifle Volunteers, who had been successful at the Prize Meeting of 1877. Amongst the company present we noticed General Fairchild, the American Consul at Liverpool, Colonel Cooke, Captain Frosty Captain Wilson, the 1st F.K.E., Mr Meadows Frost, Lieut. Bateman, Rev. J. Rowland, Mr A. E. Troughton, &c. &c. -Captain Frost in opening the proceedings remarked that this was the first prize distribu- tion for the lith F. R. V. He went on to speak of the vicissitudes the company had gone through from its commencement up to the present time, and showed that when other companies had declined under far more favourable circum- stances, the 6th Flintshire was alive and flourishing, and hel trusted would yet make: further progress. It reflected the greatest credit upon those who had been the means of preserving it through all its difficulties. (onspicuously I among these was Quarter Master Sergeant, ?ierc This was the first occasion on which I their worthy Colonel has been amongst them. I it was very kintl of him to attend on this occas- ion to distribute the prizes, and he trusted It would not be the last, and that one day he could look upon the 6th Flintshire as equai to any in the battalion. He had pleasure in saying the first prize would he presented to Private J. Jones, the day he won it being the anniversary of his 21st birthday, and he hoped it was to him a good omen of the future. Colonel Cooke said he had great pleasure in coming, at the request of their captain, to dis- tribute their several awards, and he took this opportunity of congratulating the company for i -s perseverance under most nnfanmrable cir- cumstances, and Jor the efficiency it has now ar. rived at. Competent officers were now ap- pointed, and there was every prospect of it be- coming a good corps, and able to compete with any other company. He did not want any to be superior, but that all should be good in the bat- talion. He earnestly pressed upon them the necessity of discipline. It was the first thing they should learn. He wa-s glad to see there we.ie two prizes for good attendance at drills it was even of more importance than good shoot ing. (Applause.) The Rev. J. Rowland delivered an earnest address, and hoped they would never know the horror of war. He related an amusing tale of the French laying down their arms to a few Welsh women in scarlet cloaks and tall hats, not a century ago, in a small village in Pem- brokeshire, remarking if an enemy succumbed so easily to a few Welsh volunteer women, it was more likely to give way to stalwart volunteer men. He considered the volunteer movement a right one, and wished it every success. (Ap- plause.) Mr Meadows Frost congratulated the com- pany upon having two young officers like them- selves. He had been requested by Mrs Frost to say she would give a prize to be shot for at their next meeting, and would present it herself to the successful competitor. He had great plea- sure of introducing to them a distinguished visitor in the person of General Fairchild, the American Consul, who would address them. General Fairchild, who, upon rising, was re- ceived with cheers, gave a little of his experience in the Civil War of America, describing most graphically the hardships the soldiers endured,' and to what perfection discipline and drill brought the inexperienced and ignorant. Men were taken from their homes who had never handled a gun or had a day's training, and yet in a few weeks were well disciplined soldiers, fighting for what they thought was right. As a previous speaker had said, he hoped they would never know the dreadful horror of war. (Ap- plause.) Lieutenant Bateman, on behalf of the corps, begged to propose a vote of thanks to the donors of the different prizes, among whom he would mention Mr M. Frost, Miss Wilson Jones, and Captain Jones. The vote was heartily re- sponded to, and loud and ringing cheers were given for Colonel Cooke, Captain Frost, Lieu- tenant Bateman, and the visitors. Colonel Cooke called for three cheers for their dis- tinguished visitor and his countrymen, and General Fairchild then commanded the audience to become Americans for a few moments, and to give three rattling cheers for old England, which were justly given as only Englishmen can. The corps then adjourned to the Glynne Arms, where ample refreshments had been pro- vi(led by the officers. A pleasant evening was spent, which was enlivened by songs, &e. Mr Hopwood, as honorary member, occupied the chair, and intimated his intention of offering two valuable prizes for competition during the pre- sent year. HOLYWELL. THE VOLUNTEERS attended divine service at the Parish Church on Sunday, in full dress, in command of Capt. E. J. Davies and Lieut. J. Lloyd Price. THE HOLYWELL AND LIVERPOOL STEAM PACKET COM CANY came to an end at a meeting of the shareholders on Wednesday, when the liquidators submitted their accounts and were discharged. THE REV. E. HElmER EVAXS delivered his powerful lecture on Oliver Cromwell," in the Welsh Congregational Chapel, on Monday. There was a large attendance, Mr T. Luther Jones presiding. THE LATE MR JAMES LAXSI.F.Y, of the Cross Keys, was highly respected, this being shown by the very large attendance at the funeral, which took place at Ysceifiog, on Tuesday. Mr Lan- sley being the treasurer of the Holywell district of Oddfellows, and also treasurer of the St. Winefred Lodge, the Oddfellows assembled in large number. and included the district officers and members of the Holywell, Mostyn, Bagillt, Flint, Llanasa, Bodfari, Penbedw, and Isle-of- Man Lodges. The Rector of Y sceitiog performed the funeral service, and before the vault was closed, each Oddfellow placed a sprig of thyme upon the coffin, and a beautiful wreath of int- iilortcllcs was also deposited in the vault. COUNTY COIIIT.-Tliere were no important cases at the monthly court on Monday. Mr Vickers, Halkvn, sued Mr Thomas Williams, Ruthin, for t3 10s. value of saddle and bridle, which he had lent defendant when he Sold him a horse. Defendant did not appear, but sent a letter to say he had returned the articles, and his Honour gave judgment for plaintiff for the amount, to be reduced to a shilling if the things were returned. His Honour gave judgment in the equity suit of Morris Jones, CorNen, ag-ainst Thomas D¿wk- Greenfield, which was a dispute in reference to a partnership alleged to exist in the working of Henblas Farm. After recapitu- lating the facts of the case, his Honour said that a partnership did exist, and ordered an account to be taken of the partnership effects, the ques- tion of costs being reserved. In the Rhewl Fawr case—Reuben Hughes against Robert Jones, in regard to the marriage settlement made between defendant and his late wife, Mr Louis applied for directions to the registrar to proceed with the accounts in this action, and also as to the plaintiff's costs in the suit. As the fund was one affected by trusts, he apprehended that the plaintiff was entitled to his costs out of the funds. His Honour assented to this course. POLICE BUSINESS.—On Saturday, before Messrs Sankey and Henry, John Jones, Tyisa, Caerwys, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Whitford-street on the previous evening; and William Williams, of the same place, was also charged with assaulting and resisting the police. Jones was fired 10s and costs, and Williams 20s and costs.—On Monday, before Mr Sankey and the Rev. T. Z. Davies, John Cooper was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and was fined 20s and costs.—Robert Hughes, of Brymbo, was charged with disorderly conduct in the workhouse, and committing wilful damage there. The prisoner was admitted to the house on the 17th inst., and placed in a ward occupied by the im- beciles. On the morning, he broke a pane of glass in the window, and on Saturday, whilst the attention of the person in charge of the ward was diverted from him, he broke four squares of glass with the tin in which his food was given him. The medical officer of the workhouse (Dr. H. Ll. Davies) gave it as his opinion, after having ex- amined the prisoner, that he was merely feigning lunacy, and that lie was perfectly able to control his own actions. It was proved that the prisoner had recently been committed to gaol for a month for vagrancy at Prestatyn, and their worships sentenced him to a month's imprisonment.- Hugh Jones, a groom, was charged with stealing 241bs of fat from the slaughterhouse of Mr James Denton, who said that prisoner was employed by him. On Saturday witness was from home, and on his return, from information conveyed to him, he spoke to the prisoner, and afterwards gave in- formation to the police. Mr J. T. Eachus, tallow chandler, said a man named William and Edwards brought some fat into his shop, It's on being asked whose it was, he replied It's Hugh's." Prisoner afterwards entered the shop, and witness asked whether the fat was not Mr Denton's property, and prisoner replied "No, it's mine." Suspecting that lie had not come honestly by the fat, he told the prisoner to call again, and informed Mr Denton.—William Edwards said he was in the Swan Inn on Saturday when the pri- soner came in and asked him to carry some fat down to Mr Eachus' shop and lie would give him a glass of beer for his trouble.—Prisoner elected to be dealt with summarily, and said he was in drink when he took the fat.—He was sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment with hard labour. THE CHARGE OE PERSONATION AT THE WHIT- FORD SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION.—The case of the Queen v. The Justices of Flintshire, which might be said to involve the liberty of the sub- ject, for it involved the legality of an order of magistrates for the committal of the appellant to prison for two months on a conviction for per- sonation of a vote, came before the Queen's Bench Division on Tuesday. The voting was at a poll of the inhabitants of Whitford, to consider as tothe expediency of applyingtotheEducation De- partment of the Council to enforce the element- ary Education Act. The Act of 1870 (33 and 34 Vic., cap. 75, sec. 90) imposes a penalty on any person who knowingly personates and falsely assumes to vote in the name of any person en- titled to vote in any election nnder the act;" but then, by the amendment act of 1873 (the 3G and 37 act, cap. 86, see, 28), "the principal act is hereby repealed to the extent specified in the third column of the fourth schedule to this act (i.e., as there specified, the section 90 from, knowingly personate' to voting in such elec- tion, or provided that any order of the de- partment made under any enactment hereby re- pealed shall continue in force, as if it had been made under this act." The Education Department (not, however, under section !JO or any other enactment repealed) had made an order that the penal provisions of the ballot act should apply to votes in preliminary meetings. Under this order the applicant had been prosecuted and convicted before the Magistrates of Flintshire for personat- ing his father at the voting at the meeting in question, the son and the father being of the same name and living in the same l" and the j s:tll1e Iame am J\lng- lU t 18 ame }OJse, and th son being rated as the occupant. Nevertheless the magistrates had convicted the son for per- sonating his father at the meeting, and had made an order for committing him to prison for two months. Mr Fullarton, on his behalf, instructed j by Mr Cartwright of Chester, now moved for a certiorari to bring the conviction before the court for the purpose of quashing it, as made without jurisdiction or legal authority, and also for an order suspending all proceedings under the con- viction. The learned Counsel, referring to the repealing section in the amending act, urged that the Council had no power to make such an order. The Lord Chief Justice observed that certainly the effect of this section, with its reference to "schedule setting forth the names of section re- pealed," was quite bewildering but on the more careful examination of the section it did not ap- pear that there was power to make such an or- der, and accordingly a rule nisi for the <rrtiorari and to suspend proceedings was granted. BOARD OF GUARDIANS, FRIDAY WEEK, present J. Scott Bankes, Esq. (in the chtir) i W. B. Buddicom, Esq., Rev. T. Z. Davies] Rev. W. Evans, and John Henry. Esq.; Holy- well-Messrs Leigh Howell, and David Owen; Ysceifiog—Mr John Williams Flint—Messrs John Davies, and Edward Williams; Northop Messrs T. Webster, and J. Renev Caerwys- Mr J. S. Williams Ci IcenNlrJ,)hn Lloyd; Llanasa—Mr John Dawson. Repm-ts, &c.-Niimber of inmates last Board- day, 220; since admitted, 21; discharged, 13; 11 birth and 3 deaths; present number, 226. 81 vagrants had been relieved. Cheques were drawn in payment of the quarterly school bills, and the following sums were granted for the relief of the out-door poor Mr Joseph Griffiths, Mold, £155; Mr Thomas Roberts, Holywell, £ 145; Mr J. F. Hooson, Whitford, £110. The Education of collicrs'children.—An applica- tion was made for the allowance of school fees for the children of a collier. The man appeared before the Board, and said he was unable to send his children to school because he could not afford it. He was a coal cutter, but only earned on an average 14s weekly, and he frequently had to send his wife to gather cockles in order to get money to buy food for his family.—The applica- tion was refused as the man's statement was not credited. The Assistant Pm-ter.—The Clerk produced a document from the Local Government Board, desiring that a number of queries should be answered as soon as the new assistant porter was elected,—Mr J. S. Williams reviewed the action of the last Board in respect to the present officer, believing the action taken to have been hasty, and proposing that the officer should be called before the Board to state his case.—Several guardians, however, spoke strongly in vindication of the action taken at the previous Board, and ultimately Mr Williams consented to withdraw his proposition. Stimulants.—Mr Owen moved that a return be prepared of the amount spent by the Union in providing intoxicating drinks as stimulants for the in-door papers during the past year.—Mr Reney seconded the motion, which was carried with an addenda suggested by Mr Dawson, that the return should also show how the stimulants were administered and by whose orders. Additional Ptty Stations.—Mr Murray Browne, Poor Law Inspector, said he was desired by the Rev. T. Z. Davies to bring this matter forward. It occurred to him that two additional pay stations were needed, one at Buckley and another at Mostyn. Ffynnongroew and Greenfield had also been mentioned to him as places where there should also be a pay station. All the Buckley people attended at Mold to receive their relief, and he had attended the pay station on two occasions, and the poor people were pushing Ii and elbowing each other to get up to the door. The result of this was that a number of paupers sent their cards by other parties, and did not at- tend the pay stations themselves. On the pre- vious Saturday, as he stood by the side of the re- lieving officer, he noticed one boy bring about six tickets, and he asked him Well, my boy, what are you going to receive for this ?" and he answered threeha'penee." Now, he may be said to be a hard man, but if they were going to.! give out-relief, let the poor people have the full I amount, without having to pay anything for; fetching it. At Mostyn again the poor had to walk two miles up to the village of Whitford every week to receive their pay. He was told that there were 139 poor persons paid in Whit- ford, and of that number 50 or 60 came from Mostyn.—The relieving officer of Mold district explained that the six tickets brought by the boy to the pay station were for infirm old people who would be unable to attend to receive their pay if the station were within a hundred yards of their j homes.—The Rev. W. Evans moved that the matter be referred to a committee to discuss and report upon the arrangement of the pay stations. The relieving officer for the Whitford district promised to arrange so as to pay the poor at Mostyn regularly. Petitioll.-A circular was received desiring the Board to forward a petition to Parliament in favour of the Bill for legalising marriage with a deceased wife's sister.—Mr J. S. Williams moved and Mr Howell seconded the adoption of the pe- titioh.—Mr Dawson moved that the petition should lie on the table for six months," and the matter dropped. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMMITTEE, FRIDAY. Present-Rev. T. Z. Davies, Rev. W. Evans, W. B. Buddieom and John Henry, Esqrs., and Messrs L. Howell, J. S. Williams and J. Lloyd. The report of the Attendance Officer stated he had during the past fortnight, visited the parishes of Nerquis and Cilcen. In Nerquis he found the attendances to be good, and they had improved since his last visit. In Cilcen, he found many of the children attending very irregularly, and some not at all. He had served their parents with warning notices.—The question of fixing the time to be allowed for the purposes of husbandry was discussed, and it was decided that each parish should fix upon the time most suited to the locality, and that printed forms with blank spaces for inserting the names of the parishes and the dates, be printed and supplied to each parish. RURAL SANITARY AUTHORITY, FRID--Il- '-Pre- sent J. Scott Bankes, Esq., in the chair, W. B. Buddieom, Esq., Richard Sankey, Esq., Rev. W. Evans, John Henry, Esq., Mr Leigh Howell. —It was resolved that the offer of Mr Bankes to let the Authority have his land at Northop for the drainage outfall be accepted, at kG an acre, the Authority to do all the necessary work.—The Clerk was next desired to write to the Local Government Board and state that the River Dee Commissioners and Chester Town Council still are opposed to the drainage of Bagillt and Con- nah's Quay into the Dee.—A letter was read from Mr Kelly respecting the outfall of the pro- posed drainage works at Buckley, stating that since the offer was made to lease Mr Lyton's land for that purpose, it was explained that the drainage would merely consist of slop water only, and that the land in question would not be as it was contemplated; improved thereby. A dis- cussion followed, and it was unanimously resolved that owing to the large expenditure that the carry- ing out of the work would involve, and the rate- able value and area of the proposed district being so small, and that a lease of the outfall site could only be obtained for 21 years, the Clerk be directed to inform the Local Goverment Board that they did not feel justified in carrying out the project. The Clerk was also directed to write to Mr Kelly and to request that the matter referred to in his letter should stand over a while. The draft agreement prepared by Messrs Boydell, Taylor, and Fluitt, for the transfer of the Dee Bank Well at Bagillt, to the Authority was agreed to, and orders were given that the works should be proce iad with at once and a pump erected. A letter was read from Mr Thomas, junr., stating that as soon as his father recovered from his illness the Caerwys Waterworks question should be attended to. LLANGOLLEN. THEBAPTIST COLLEGE.—Mr Jones, of Talysarn, has just presented each of the students of the above college with 18 volumes of sermons by his late eminent father, the Rev. John Jones. LITERARY MEETING.—On Tuesday evening a literary meeting, under the presidency of the Rev. John Morris, and having special relation to the Sunday School at Glanrafon, was held in the Independent Chapel, when prizes were given for essay writing, choral singing, recitations, reading, impromptu addresses, spelling, &c., the adjudicators being—music, Messrs James Clarke and Henry Hughes. Other subjects. Rev. J. H. Hughes, Cefn, Joseph, Ruabon, Hugh Jones," andjMessrs Richard Griffith, G. Roberts, and D. Jones, Trevor. The chapel was crowded, and the proceedings throughout were very amusing, interesting, andiiistruc- tive. CHARGE OF STEALING ROSE TREES. On Thursday week Robert Wynn, gardener, Chirk, was brought before Mr G. Ll. Dickin charged with stealing a quantity of rose trees from Cefn- y-Wern, the property of Mr R. M. Biddulph, Mr Somerville, agent, prosecuted. Evidence was given that prisoner had been in the garden, and had damaged a number of rose trees, besides takingseveral away, whichhad been subsequently found in his own garden. Prisoner was alleged to be drunk at the time, and the magistrate being satisfied that there was no criminal intention, I fined him 30s and the value of the trees 15s which was paid forthwith. PRESENTATION OF TESTIMONIAL.—On Friday week..t tea meeting took place in the Templar Hall. In the evening a meeting was held when the room was literally crammed. The chair was taken by Mr Henry Hughes, Baptist College, who opened the meeting with an excellent address upon temperance, at the close of which it was an- nounced that the principal object for which they had met that evening was to present a testimonial subscribed by the Myfamvy Lodge of Good Templars to the Rev. John Morris, Independent Minister, as a token of their appreciation for his labours in the course of Temperance during his five years residence in Llangollen. Addresses were given by Messrs Thomas Edwards, Dr. Lewis, Messrs H. Roberts, Joseph Clarke, John Davies, &c., the speeches being interspersed with pieces of music capitally rendered by Miss Williami, Hafod-y-Maidd, Messrs Boast, Wm. Williams, Robert Davies and a glee party con- ducted by Mr Levi Roberts. The gifts which were handed over to Mr Morris by Mrs Davies, Ty-coch, and Miss Hughes, Hill Street, consisted of a handsome and valuable writing desk, con- taining a suitable inscription, and also a beauti- ful gold pencil case. Thepresentationwasacknow- ledged by Mr Morris in an elegant and ap- propriate speech, and the proceedings which were very interesting throughout were brought to a close about half past nine. We understand that Mr Morris has resigned his pastorate of the Con- gregational Church in this town, and is about to leave for a more extended sphere of duty in South Wales. DISESTABLISHMENT MEETING.—On Wednes- day night, at the Baptist Chapel, a meeting in furtherance of this question was held, when the I Rev. John Morris took the chair. Mr Fisher, deputation from tne Liberation Society, dwelt upon various aspects of the question. Alluding to the general charge brought against the advo- cates of disestablishment that they were the enemies of the church, the speaker contended that such was not the case. Disestablishment would not depriv the Church of anything which i was really essential to its welfare. The paro- chial system, the liturgy, and the prestige at- tached to the clergy of the establishment would remain as they were. On the other hand, it would confer innumerable benefits upon the Church which it did not now possess. It would secure for the clergy the right of governing and ruling their own church, instead of delegating that power to the House of Commons, which, as at present constituted, was composed of Jews, Homan Catholics, and many who possessed no creed at all. It would also confer upon the minister ot the church the power to suppress those abuses which existed in it, and whfch every right minded man so deeply deplores, such as the sale of Livings, the spread of Ritualism. It will give them power ta appoint their own bishops, and substitute promotion by merit for promotion by purchase or favour. It will give a wider scope to its ministers to fratern- ize together. Besides being a blessing to tha Church itself it will also confer a blessing upon the nation, by putting and end to a great deal of social strife which now existed in consequence of the undue favours grained to the Establishment to the exclusion of all other christian bodies. Disestablishment would also place atthedisjxwal Parliament a large amount of valuable property, calculated to be about six millions a year, which he (the speaker) would suggest should be devoted to the education of the country. The Rev. H. C. Williams, Corwen, then addressee the meeting in Welsh. OSWESTRY. THE REV. H. W. WIMBLE, second ma>f. r of Oswestry Grammar School, has been elected to the headmastership of North Walsham Grammar School, Norfolk. THE ART CLASS, under Mr Ellison's direction, has met again at the Institute, for the closing term before the Government examinatiolI, [It which certificates and prizes can be obtained. Great success has hitherto attended the. da-s, and there are only-vacancies, we believe, f, ir,, few additional students. WEEKLY CATXLE FAIR.—The supply of cattle, calves, sheep, and pigs was about an average for this time of year. Messrs Pugh, Stokes, and Owen sold 57 cattle and calves, and 178 sheep and pigs Mr S. Bickerton sold ti cattle and calves, and 148 sheep and pigs; Messrs T. and W. Whitfield sold 42 cattle and calves, and 325 -lieep and pigs; and Mr J. C. McKie sold 25 cattle ,i t!fi calves, and 122 sheep and pigs. PRESENTATION.—On Saturday, Mr Gaffe, or- ganist of the Parish Church, was presented, on hiti return home, by the clergy, churchwardens, and choir, with a beautiful ebonized and Am- boyna inlaid Davenport writing desk, folded top in leather, with drawers at side, and In" gallery on top. The interior is fitted with drawers, and lined with satin wood. The jjifts also included an expensive copy of "HywlJS Ancient and Modern," for the organ, bound in morroco, gilt edges, with a suitable inscripti'-i.. COTTAGE HOSPITAL.—Mr F. G. Buller Sv-ie, treasurer, begs to acknowledge the follow big donationsChirk offertory, t.1 .5s 6d; E. Jones, Porthywaen, Id collection card, 5-, (:.? Boot Inn, Whittington, ditto, os 6d Butchers' Arms, Oswestry, ditto, 2s 4d; Cross Gims, Pant, ditto, 14s 5d the Plough Inn, ditto, Vs 3d; Post Office, St. Martins, ditto, lis 6d Mi-s Savin, of Porthywaen, collection box, £ 2 10s id; Mr G. S. Evans, ditto, Is 6d Sergeant George Gough and police officers of Oswestry division, £138. A HORSE BREAKER IN PROCELE.—Richaiv Hughes, horse breaker, was brought up on Thursday week, before the Mayor and Mr George Owen, charged with having been drunk whilst in charge of a horse on the preceding day. He was fined L-'1 and costs, or in default twenty- one days' hard labour. The money was paid by the prisoner's employer, Mr Hope, of March- wiel. There was a similar charge against the prisoner which had not been proceeded with at the time as he absconded, but for which he wa- now sentenced to twenty-one ment, with hard labour. WESLEYAN TEA MEETING.—The annual tea meeting of the English Wesleyan Chapel was held on Monday. The tea was of an excellent description, and was provided by the following friends, free of cost --Ilrs Tomkies, iirs Cattle, Mrs F. Evans, Mrs E. Evans, Mrs E. Thomas, Mrs T. Jones, Mrs Armistead, Mrs Ellis, Mrs J. Davies, Mrs Tanner, and Mr John Thomas. In the evening a public meeting was held in the chapel. Mr H. Cattle pre- sided, and addresses were given by the Rev. J. A Whitchurch, on The Sphere of the Christian Life," the Rev. W. Potts, of New- town, on Christian Work," and the Rev. W. Powell, of Llanfyllin, on Sacred Song in its Relation to the Church of the Saints." The usual votes of thanks were accorded at the close, proposed by Mr Francis Evans, Careg Llwyd, circuit steward, and seconded by the Rev. W. M. Armistead, to all who had contributed to the success of what may be said to be the most successful tea meeting held in connection with this place of worship. MR CCZXER'i\ BENEFIT CONCERT.—This con- cert was given at the Victoria Assembly Rooms, on Friday evening, and was well attended. The performers comprised Mr Cuzner and his sons and daughters to the number of seven or eight. The soloists were Miss Alice E. Cuzner, Miss Constance A. Cuzner, Master W. E. Cuzner, Mr H. Cuzner, and Mr Cuzner himself. The pro- gramme was carefully selected, and rigidly ad- hered to throughout. MisS Alice E. Cuzner secured a hearty and well-merited encore for her excellent singing of Sullivan's song, "The little maid of Arcadee," and richly earned the enthusiastic applause with which it was receiv-jd, and she very judiciously responded with a re- petition of the song, and Miss Constance A. Cuzner adopted the same course in Maniot's song Thy face," which was also warmly en- cored. Among the concerted pieces Pear.salFs madrigal "Who shall win my lady fair," with its merry burden, sung by the whole strength of the party, and The gipsies' laughing trio" (Ulover), cleverly performed by Miss Clizner, Miss A. E. Cuzner, and Mr Cuzner, secured lively encores, and were partially repeated. Mr H. Cuzners singing of "0 ruddier than the cherry," was clever and effective, and Mr Cnz- ner himself fully sustained his reputation. Al- together the concert was extremely enjoyable and successful. CONFERENCE Of SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS.— The office-bearers and teachers of Christ Church Congregational Sunday School having invited their fellow-workers of the different Noncon- formist Sunday Schools in the town to tea, a large number, from almost all the schools in the town met in Christ Church Schoolroom on Fri- day evening week. After tea and devotional exer- cises, a friendly conference took place on Sun- day school work, and the consideration of any methods by which such work might be made more fruitful of good in the town and neighbour- hood. The Rev. T. Gasquoine presided, and Mr T. Minshall, the Rev. E. D. Wilks, Mr S. Barriball, Mr W. W. Coulson, Mr Morgan, and Mr Conacher took part. At the close, the Rev. E. D. Wilks moved that the thanks of the guests be presented to the friends at Christ Church for their hospitality, which was seconded by Mr H. O. Edwards, and heartily carried. A strong desire was expressed by several speakers that a second meeting of a somewhat similar character, should be held be- fore long, and a committee, to consist of the minister, superintendent, and one delegate from each of the Sunday Schools concerned, was ap- pointed to make the necessary arrangements. The meeting, which was a most pleasant and en- couraging one, was concluded with singing and prayer. TREFOXEX CHURCH CONCERT.—On Wednesday evening an amateur concert was given in the Victoria Rooms, ill aid of the debt still remaining on the chancel and newschool-house atTrefonen. The orchestra was decorated with a number of greenhouse plants, kindly lent by Mr T. P. Parry, Plasffynnon. The ladies and gentlemen who gave their services were the Hon Mrs Stapleton Cotton, Miss Dora Hope, Mr Cobley, Rev W. H. Wimble, Mr George Gaffe, Mr Charles Bayley, Mr Winniatt Smith, Mr Climer, and Mr Fall. Mr Gaffe opened the con- cert with Flowtow's overture to "Martha," and was followed by the Rev. W. H. Wimble singing" I fe.u' no foe," which lie sung with great taste, and in excellent voice. The Hon. Mrs Cotton was highly applauded in singing True hearts," which she accomplished admira- bly. Mr Cuzner sang The vagabond so well that the audience would not allow him to leave without an encore, when he gave Friend of the brave," with renewed applause. Glover's duet, O'er the hill," w as charmingly sung by the Hon. Mrs Cotton and Miss Dora Hope. Mr Cobley, who was labouring under a cold, but who is always a popular favourite, sang Sullivan's song, Sweethearts, in his usually good style, ind with admirable expression. Miss Dora Hope ,ang Lover's song, "What will you do, love," in her best style, and being encored, sang Trust her not," in a manner that won for her enthusias- tic applause. Mr Fall brought the first part to a conclusion by singing "A friar of orders grey." During the interval the Trefonen brass band played several airs. Mr Gaffe opened the second part with Offenbach's overture to the Grand Duchess in admirable style. One of the greatest treats of the evening was the violin solo by Mr Winniatt Smith, The last rose of summer," the Hon. Mrs Cotton accompanying on the pianoforte. It was a most finished piece of instrumentation, and was rapturously ap- plauded, the piece being repeated. The remain- ing songs, for which we have no room to com- ment, were—" Apart," by the Hon. Mrs. Cotton; "When the heart is Young" and "The felling of the trees," by Miss 1Iora Hope; "N ancy Lee," by the Rev. H. Wimble with two comic songs by Mr Charles Bayley, the whole being rapturously encored. God save the Queen," played by the Trefonen brass band, brought the concert to a termination. INCORPORATION.—At the usual fortnightly meeting, on Monday, the chief subject discussed was in reference to an application made by Mr Broughton, medical officer for the Ruyton dis- trict, for a superannuation allowance, he having served the Board for forty-two years.—The Chair- man thought that the Board, when the applica- bion came before them on a former occasion, had rejected it, through a iiii.,uil(lei-.sttjiiiiyj. --Nli, Somerville said they would be establishing a dan- gerous precedent, and Mr Richards added that when the medical officers were appointed, there was no expectation of a superannuation allow- ance.— Ihe Clerk said he himself was at present ineligible for a superannuation allowance, but he hoped to live to see the day when he should be eligible, and supposing that at some future time he asked them to grant him a superannuation allowance, assuming that he was entitled to it in consideration of his services to the Incorporation, and was refused, he should certainly feel it keenly. Unfortunately for Air Broughton and himself, and the other officers, they had to deal with an entirely new Board, many of the mem- bers of which were comparative strangers to them and knew nothing of the circumstances in which they came before them, or of what was done when their predecessors were in ofHce. Public officers generally were not as a rule paid salaries sufficiently large to enable them to make provi- sion for old age. Government officers—even down to tile poorest letter carrier -had a right to demand superannuation after twenty years ser- vice, and the officers of Boards of Tiiardians and similar authorities had duties to perform which were certainly as onerous as those of any Govern- i ment officials.—Mr Jackson Salter and Mr Humphreys spoke gainst the application being granted.—Mr Dansey, Local Government hoard Inspector, said in a, great many instances super- animation allowances had been granted to I)Ieiii cal officers. This case had been represented to the Local Government Board, and as far as they were aware of the facts they could not help con- sidering that it was a deserving ease, if the princi- ple were at all conceded. The principle of super- annuation appeared to have been adopted by the passing of the Act -f Parliament, and as that wa the case the Local Government Board hoped they might be induced, after careful considera- tion, to l'everse the decision they came to last year upon the subject. After some further con- versation, the Chairman proposed that the reso- lution of 2nd of Octoiler, 1876, whereby Mr Breughton's application for a superannuation allowance was rejected, be rescinded.—Mr Thos. Lloytl seconded the motion, but, on a show .)i hands, it was lost by seven votes to two.-A meeting of the School Attendance Committee was afterwards held, at which the Attendance Officer reported that he was proceeding with the census, and had completed the parishes of St. Martins and Chirk. ROSSETT. 'l'nll'EItANCE MEETING.—A temperance meet- ing was held in the new Presbyterian Chapel, Rossett, on Monday. About 200 persons attended. The Rev. John Meredith presided and delivered an opening address. Mr W. H. Darby was the first speaker. He deab with the physical and economical advantages of total abstinence, contending that while he and many others had thought they were making a sacrifice when they became abstainers, they had long since found that they had materially and largely bene- fittt,d themselves in their own health and pockets. —Mr Elleby, of Canada, was the next speaker. The relation of his experiences in the Civil Ser- vice of the Dominion was very interesting. For months he had been out in the snow with a party of men surveying new ground and with no cover- ing, even at night, save the buffalo rugs in which they wrapped themselves. So long as they ab- stained from intoxicating liquors they did not suffer from the cold, which was very much more intense than is ever known in this country, but on one occasion when whiskey was introduced contrary to his order., three of the men were ¡ frost-bitten, one being obliged to have his two legs amputated, another losing some of his fingers and a third some of his toes. He also referred to the work of the local option prohibitory laws, which had been of great benefit in some parts of Canada, and which had been mainly secured through the work of the Good Templars.—Mr Beakbane spoke next on the necessity for (iliristiaiis, and particularly Christian ministers, tin-owing in their lot with the total abstainers. I He also strongly advocated the more stringent enforcement of the existing laws.—Mr Tilston appealed to those present to make up their minds without further delay and unite themselves with the teetotalers to counteract the evil influences of the public-house.—During the meeting .several songs from Sankey's collection were sung, Miss Rogers accompanying on the harmonium. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the chair- I man and the trustees of the chapel. Five persons signed the pledge. I RUABON. THE WORKING INSTITTTE.—The sum handed over to the treasurer after paving the expenses of the last entertainment at Wymistay i.,i t. 12 Is. THE REPORT in the Osiccstrn Ado vtr.cr of last week that the Rev. R. Llugwy Owen had seceded to the Church of England is said, in the present week's issue of that paper, to he utterly incorrect. A RO^II ROBBERY.—Mr Laycock, Park Side, was the victim of a robbery of a number of valuable rose trees, on Monday evening. Evidently the thieves from the manner they pulled them up had an eye to their \alue. The police are already on their track and ii is to be hoped salt may be put upon their tails. JI VHNILE CONCEHT AT PENYCAE.— On Monday evening a juvenile concert was held at the Na- tional Schoolroom, in aid of the fund for building i a new class room. The chair was taken by Mr George Thomson, Penybryn Hall. Notwith- .standing the roughness of the weather, the nt- tendance was very fair. The programme, which was as follows, was gone through by the National school children, who had been trained by t?1 i rI master, Mr Davies: Opening hymn Address Chairman School song Star of Peace" Choir School song Catch the sunshine" Choir School Tiie rose"Choir Fonr part solig. The tla 1m of day" telect Choir School song.The valley of Cashmere" Choir Uound (4 voices). .May (iod bless" select Choir School song and chorus. The I'nion Jack" choir intuit soiir Dear little Hullin" .Sophia Jon. s anil Nliii-y Evans School song Si)ng of the Crass" Chrir Song and chorus. The vacant chair" .«». Morrison Pitrt SOUS :ï:,rht" Choir ?ch')«l song "The old black cat choir Intent sons Three mice" Infant Choir School song (whi.tliii, TI?ie .fanner Koy" Choir Son?und choru" Three little pigs"Willie Ph:]Iip? Four part song Katy Dill" Choir School sons The spider and the fly" Chuir I Sonjj, and etioriis Some folks" Choir Four part song See our oars" < Duct, Flow oil thuu shining rivtr" Willie Williams and Wm. Phillips Round (3 voices). Three Mind mice" .Select Choir Four part song The sleigh ride" Choir Hymn Choir I '.II: ;;i;ií'< :I(JII: To say that the children acquitted themselves in a creditable manner and that the audience was pleased with the rendering of the different pieces by the juvenile singers, would but inadequately express the credit due to Mr Davies, their master. It is only fair that merit should be given where it is honestly deserved. It i-i not common in this part of the country—if indeed anywhere—to have the whole programme of a concert devoted to the performance of school children, and it is by no meaniS an easy task to ensure success in the undertaking but we can sincerely say that the audience on Monday evening, at Penycae, w-i~ delighted with the performance of the children, which lasted an hour and a half, and encores be- came so numerous that the chairman was com- pelled from pure sympathy to the children to announce that he was very sorry he could not allow them to sing the remaining pieces a second time. The enunciation of the word*, the lights and shades of the music, and the perfect com- mand which Mr Davies had over his juvenile choir when conducting, reflected great credit upon their trainer, and we are sure everybody echoed I the wish that was expressed by the chairman at the close, viz., that that would not be the last concert held by the .-ohool children at Penycae. A vote of thanks to Mr Thomson for his kindness endpresiding brought the plea-ant concert to an end. RUTHIN. RECOGNITION.—On Wednesday week. a meet- ing was held at Llanfair Baptist Chapel, to recognise Mr David Jones, Meithyr, as pastor of the church. The Rev. W. T. Davies, of Paiuly, asked the usual questions, which were satisfactorily replied to by the young minister. The Rev. 1. James, of Ibit.'iin. offered a special prayer, and a sermon wa> delived by the Rev. H. C. Williams, of Corwen, "The theme of the Christian ministry." The services were through- out very impressive. CONCERT.—A concert in aid uf the funds of the National Schools took place at the Assembly Rooms, on Friday week, when the following programme was given to a large and appreciative audience Glee. Let the hills resound" Glee and Madrigal Society Pianoforte solo. Bells of Aberdol"ey" Miss Bancroft Song. The Englishman" Mr Partington, juii. Song "Angles ever bright and fair" Miss Maggie Jones Duet Flow gentle I)eva Messrs Powell and Watkins Song sliiiiil)ei- sojig*l .Nla.,iter Fowles Glee The Vale" Glee and Madrigal Society Song "Come to the garden, Maud" Mr ,r. M. Powell Song Xaney bee"Mr K. C. Watkms Glee Far away" Glee and Madrigal Societv Son, Could I live my days over again" Eos Maldwyn Glee 0 hush thee, my babie" .Glee and Madrigal Societv Pianoforte solo Zaiiipt* Miss Bancroft ."on I love the merry sunshine" t) Master Jones Duet "The singing lesson-' ..Rev. W. Morton and Master Fowles Song. "The Ray of Biscay"Mr F. C. Watkins Glee 0 who will ()'er the Tl,)NNiis Glee and Madrigal Society Song O bid your faithful Ariel fly". Miss Maggie Jon Quartette (male voices) .Tessrs Powell. Partington, Watkins, ami Morton onj! Tom Bowling" .Mr,I. M. Poweli Duet We eome from fairy Bowers" Masters Fowles anil Jones Glee. Sleep while the soft evening breezes" tilee ami Madrigal Society Finale God Save the Queen" Miss Maggie Jones was in iod N-oice, sang well, and we hope to see her take a high stand in her profession. The well known qualifications "f Messrs Powell and Watkins \ere fully sustained. Two young gentlemen from the ('athedral gave great delight. Miss Bancroft played her pianoforte solo, The Bells of AherùO\-ey," in it brilliant manner, and assisted Miss Edwards, and the Rev. Mr Morton to accompany the singers, while the Glee and Madrigal Society did wonders.