I TOWN CUUNOIL ANi) LoUALi HOARD. The usnal monthly meeting of the Town Council and Local Board was held on Monday last, when there was a large attendance of the council present the Mayor prt'sided.- The Surveyor reported that three lious. s, being a portion of the new working men's houses, near the Coltise Hospital, had been inhabited without being first certified by him to be fit, and that on examina- tion he had found them not to be in compliance witn the bye-laws, inasmuch as some of the upstairs windows were too small, and there was no ventilation in the att cs ar;J also that the drainage of the water-closets was not com- pleted. The Mayor said he was surprised to hear this, especially after reading the description of the houses in the Advertizer (Tizer with a zed), which described them as model houses. A long discussion took place as to what steps were to be taken, when it was ultimately resolved to call for the ventilation in the attics; and on that heinrr done, and the draiaage completed, to allow the windows to remain as at present, and the surveyor was urged to be more active in the periodical visits to buiblings daring erection prescribed by the bye-laws.—The Clerk then produced an estimate for a general district rate of Is. GJ. in the poind, which, after a long discussion on the urrears, was agreed to. The collector was ordered to summons all part.es in arrear aftpr the 18th inst. Meat, Drink, and lIealth.-The Mayor said thit at the last quarter sessions the Recorder had req nested hi IU to bring the question of a public analyst of nitat and drink before the council, but he hoped that the tradesmen and innlieept-ri of Oswestry were too honest to ailuiterate. Mr C. W. Otven said he believed that the tradesmen of Oswestry, taken as a whole, would be glad to see a pu lie analyst, and in tins Mr W. Jones concurred, but the subject dropped tliroti.-h.-The medical officer read a most satisfactory report, showing that there was less illness at present in the town than there had been sornt-lyears. The New Reservoir.—The Town Clerk said that some misunderstanding had taken place respectin g the new reservoir, and the surveyor had received notice from Mr Lawford not to deposit any more clay in the field adjoin- ing, where it Nas understood hv the deputation who waited upon Mr Gore that they had his permission to p1:: it. The works committee had met upon the sul>j-?ct, and he had been authorised to write to Mr Lawford and Mr Gore, and the result was that a deputation were to mrc: Mr Lawford, the agent to Mr Gore, at the offices of Messrs Lonuneville, Jones, and Williams, that day. He (the Town Cierk) might state that Mr Gore received th m on the first occasion with the utmost kindness and iu his letter since he bad expressed his regret at the mis- understanding, and his desire to comply with the wishes of the board, acting for the town.—Mr Bayley sziitl tl:;eir recent troul 1 s on this subject bad all been occasioned hy an unfortun. t remark of Mr Bickerton's, at their Itit meeting, ai out the value of the land, for which Mr Bickerton, and not the board, was responsible. (Hear, hear.) The question 0' the price of the land at that time was in no way before them, and he could not think what induced Mr Bickerton to introduce so irrelevant a snbj. ct. He certainly thought the sum obtained for the lan i by Mr Goie was a reasonable sum, and not more than its value. (Hear, hear.) If it had been, Mr Gore was not responsible for it, because the price had been fixell by tiie late Mrs Gore for the land required for the two fi.t reservoirs, and the present one was to be paid for at the same rate. He wished it to be made known t'aif Jlr Gore had i;cted throughout in the kindest manner possdile. (Appi,i!ise. -Tlip Mayor said he regretted as deel,ly as any one the unfortunate and uncalled for speech uf Mr Bickerton, to which reference had been made. He believed he conveyed the feelings of the board when stated that they believed Mr Gore had acted with the greatest kindness.—A deputation, consisting of the Mayor. Aldermen Hill and Lloyd, Councillor Baylev, and tr Surveyor, was then appointed to meet Mr Lawford. to arrange the matters in dispute.—The Town Clerk sal they had expended in wages, plant, aud m iterials used ÍCl the construction of the new reservoir, t555 lGs. Id. He wished to have an order to obtain another £ ">00.—I" reply to Mr Alderman Hill, the Surveyor said he I',ia every reason to believe that he should complete ttJe reservoir for the sum he had estimated.—The order was then given to obtain JE500 from Mr Humphreys, of Hanley Hall.
I DENBIGHSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS. I FRIDAY'S PROCEEDINGS. The court met at ten o'clock, for the trial of prisoners, when the following justices sat upon the bench :—Thumaf Hughes, Esq., Ystiad; Brownlow Wynne, Esq., and I Maior Ffoulkes. The following gentlemen were I'"orn I on the GBAND JURY. Messrs E. Thomas Jones, ironmonger, Denbigh (fore- man); Joel Adams, Tynewydd, Llanrbaidr; Edwnrl Angel, Hall Squire; Charles B.-rcball, Ca>tl.* Hi" David Davies, Melay Robert Da vies, High-street; William Edwards, High-street; Thomas Bvans, High* street Hugh Hughes, High-street John Harris^ Jones J. R. Jones, Lleweny Samuel Jones; Henry Joyce; J. M. Roberts, 'Vale-strttti IT, Ellis Roberts Nathaniel Roberts, Thmi iS Roberts, Plasneath Mr Edward Roberts; Martin Sm Park Line; John Wright, Tynycelyn. The (Jliairman cuarging the grand jury cougr t d, at, ea, them upon their full attendance, and after a few relUrks upon the nature of the case to be brought before theW, dismissed them to their duties. I ROBBERY BY A PROSTITUTE. Mary iickering, 37, described as of no occupaflJU' pleaded not amity to having, at Wrexham, on the 2¡¡¡h March, 1870, feloniously stolen from the personal Thomas Cox one half-sovereign and five one sllllliug pieces, the monies of the said Thomas Cox. Mr IgnatiuS Williams (instructed by Mr J. Jones, Wrexham) prose" cuted and Mr Lloyd Roberts defended. The jnry found the prisoner guilty, and the chairman, in sentencing lIer, alluded to the leniency of the jury in letting her off 011 the last charge upon which she was before the court, allI 0 which he believed her guilty. As there was uo similar conviction to the present one against her, she would ouif be sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment with hard labour. but if brought up again she would be sent for peual ser- vitude. I STEALING FOWLS AT RUOSIE-S"Ey- Wm. Eyten was found guilty of stealing fowls bclong»-o to Mr MeLevi, of Old Maid's Parm, Rhosnessney. 011 Sunday, March 13th. He was sentenced to nine nioutus I imprisonment with hard labonr. I THE AEEBGELE RATE COLLECTOR. < The jury found Thomas Davies, rate collector) Abergele, who was arrested on board the SalDana, on 1 way to America, Not guilty" of embezzling £ -00, rats collected by him at Pensarn, Abergele. Printed at th ?<?vr?'??- and General /'?M//M?- ??"'? Adve-tispr" Office (late Music Hali). Market SI)Haro, rex < • ?n ti C mnty of Denbigh; and published on FrÙ!ays an^ lays at the above omcus. and also at the Estah¡¡"hmel,lt Of -M Phi)? and Price, HIgh Street, Mold, in the County ot H_'nt' ?it Bhop of Mr Erasmus Edwards, Corwen, in t?' County ot?I'?_ eth at Mr C. G. Bayley's The Cross, O?cstry, in the Uumj oj Salop; and at the Establishment of Mr F. P. ^vlins> F,m'1 ¡ Street, Chester, in the County of Ch?hirc; oy SKU?A oAT.- 8, Kin?-street,Wrcxh?m.tfure-<.nd; CHAt.n-s GF."R<'H?' The Cros<,0swe?try afon'said; !md Gk<>ui;k Hn.?PH.t) u l'ark Wrexhain aloxesaid.—April 9th, IsTO.
I 4 IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. I HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONDAY. The royal assent was given by commission to the Peace Preservation (Ireland) Bill, the Mutiny Bill, the Marine Mutiny Bill, and the Coinage Bill.—Lord Penzance moved for a riturn of the criminal cases in which during the last three years the sentences of the judges had been interfered with by the Crown, the return to embody the grounds on which interference took place. He spoke in strong terms against the manner in which the clemency of the Crown was now exercised, suggested a formation of a tribunal by which sentences in criminal cases might be revised, and concluded by recommending the appoistment of a Royal Commission to inquire into the whole subject. Earl 3rlorley intimated that the Government declined to give the return asked for. The Duke of Richmond and the Lord Chancellor having spoken in defence of the present system of administering the royal prerogative of mercv, Lord Penzance withdrew his motion.—Tbe Owens College Extension Bill was rial a third time and passed, on the mot on of Lord Redesdate, who said that certain clauses had been introduced by the promoters which rendered it unnecessary to refer the bill to a committee of the whole Honse, as he intended should have been done. —A motion by Lord Clanricarde as to the conduct of the parish priest of Kildare with reference to the alleged threatened evictions by the Dake of Leinster was also withdrawn, after seveial of the peers bad availed them- selves of the opportunity to strongly condemn what was said to bp a growing proctice of the Cttholic pi-iesti of denouncing peopla from tue aitar. The house then adjourned. HOU-E OF COMMONS.—MOXDAY. Mr Ibbetson gave notice of his intention to move for leave t,) bring in a bill to amend the Wine and Beerhouse Act of 1869, and Lord Elcho intimated that on Friday he would ask the Prime Minister what he intended to do this session with refeience to the Mines' Recgulation Bill. —In reply to a question as to compensating the widow of Mr G. W. Gordon, who was executed in Jamaica, Mr Gladstone said he had received no evidence of the losses said to have been sustained by that lady, and he did not consider it would be consistent with the duty of the Government to make any application to Parliament on the subject.—After the other orders had been disposed of, the House went into committee on the IRISH LAND BILL. I On Clause 3, Mr Disraeli moved t!ie introduction of an 1 amendment, with the view of limiting the compensation to be paid under this clauso to cases where it might be claimed for unexhausted improvements, or on acconut of interruption in the completion of any course of husbandry suited to the holding. Tbe right hon. gentleman com- plained that after he and those with whom he acted had taken a large and liberal view of the difficulties and pro- posals of the Government, and had refrained frem opposi- tiou to the second reading of the bill, the Government should, as soon as they got into committee, have intro- duced amendments which totally changed the character of the measure. When he had placed upon the notice paper the amendment which he now moved, it was done J I simpiy wiiii me view 01 removing a certain ambiguity in the phraseology of the clause. But at the last moment the Government bad hy a proposed amendment given an altogether novel character to tiie clause, and he now found his amendment, which had originally a secondary and insignificant application, in direct opposition to the prin- ciple of the clause. Mr Lowe said Mr Disraeli had presented himself before the House and claimed their sympathy as a gentleman whose confidence had been grossly abused but he must remind the right hon. gentleman that in giving his con- sent to the second reading of the bill he had distinctly guarded himself against being supposed to agree with its principles. As a matter of fact, the right hon. gentleman had never bestowed the confidence he regretted, and therefore the rympitby be asked for would be misplaced. The whole matter which had excited such unwonted emotion in the mind of the right hon. gentleman lay in the statement that, whereas the Government had origin- ally proposed L do two things in one clause, the now suggested that they could better do those two things in two clauses. Mr Gatliorne Hardy, Sir Ronndell Palmer, Mr Chichester Forteseue, Mr C. S. Read, Mr C. Buxton, Mr Brodrick, Sir Pitrick O'Brien, Mr Kavanagh, Mr H. Matthews, Mr Fowler, Mr Ernce, Mr J. F. Mtguire, and Mr Goldney having s;>oken, Mr Gladstone addressed the House and Mr Disraeli replied, the House then divided, • and the amendment was rejected by 20G votes against 220. Tin; Chairman was ordered to report progress, and the House adjourned st a quarter to one o'clock? HOUSE OF LORDS.-—TUESDAY. I The Dake of Richmond g-ive nodce of motion to set aside the Government scheme as to the retircement of naval officers.-The Ecclesiastical Patronage Bill was read a second time. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—TUESDAY. I The House dot at two o clock to resume in connnfcfcec the consideration of the Irish Land Bill.—Amon"st the preliminary notices of motion was one by Mr G. H. Moore, who announced that on the 3rd of May he will call the attention of the Ecnse to the condition into which Ireland has been brought under the government estab- lished by the union with Great Britain. Mr Moore also gave notice of his intention to, at the same time, submit a proposition to the Hou?e upon the subject. The pur- pori of the intended motion was i.ot stated, but from the well-known opinions of the honorrable member for Mavo the natural inference is th"t it wil! be a proposal to repeal the Act of Uoion.—On the House going into committee on the Irish Land Bill, Mr Gladstone announced that the Government had resolved to modify the amendment upon the third clause, of which Mr Chicbester Fortescue had given notice, so as to remove the objections ur^ed against it by Sir Roan lell Palmer and several other mem- bers during the debate of the preceding nM* it. The Premier then proposed the adoption of the modified amendment, which was to the effect 11.at the tenant should be entitled to compensation for the loss which the court should find he had sustained in ease of eviction. This proposal, together with the provision in clause 12, that particulars of the loss for which compensation was claimed should be furnished, would, he believed, remove all ap- prehension that unfair advantage would be taken of the clause. The debate on Mr Gladstone's motion was lively and lasted until nearly seven o'clock, Mr Bernal Osborne, Dr. Ba'l, Mr Walter, Mr Henley, and Mr Gathorne Hardy taking pait. On a division the Govern- ment amendment was carried by 293 votes against 132. Another amendment, proposed by Mr Corrance, to provide tbat the compensation paid should not exceed five years' rent, was withdrawn after a brief discussion, and the sitting was then suspended.—At the evening sitting a motion by Mr Taylor for the 1 ester ition of the ancient constitutional practice of paying members was lost by 211 votes to 24. Mr Gladstone spoke against the pro- posal, thinking it unnecessary to interfere with the pre- sent practice whilst the country wag so well served gratuitously.—Mr Hughes moved that an address be pre- sented to her Majesty, praying her to be pleased to order that in the five statutes for determining and establishing the constitution of the new govern i g bodies of Shrews- bury, Winchester, Harrow, Charterhouse and Pugby schools, the words requiring membership of the Church of England as a qualification in the case of persons elected or nominato-d members of the governing bodies might be omitted. Upon the motion of Mr Mowbray the debate was adjourned. HOUSE OF COMMONS—WEDNESDAY. MR OSBORNE MORGAN'S SITES BILL. At the afternoon sitting of the Honse this bill came on for the second reading. Mr G. O. Morgan, in introducing it, said Mr Speaker, I rise to move the second reading of a bill to facilitate the acquisition of sites for places of worship and schooh, and I hope I shall not be accused either of rhetorical exaggeration or of any undue partiality for my own offspring, if I say that the question raised by this bill is of the gravest importance. For that question is neither more nor less than this—Whether the extra- ordinary powers over private property, which, in this commercial country have, from the very exigency of the case, been constantly conceeded to what are called some- what vaguely purposes of public utility" should be extended to purposes which, even in this commercial country, will never, I trust, cease to be regarded as purposes of public utility. The worship of God and the education of the people, sir, I make those observations with all sincerity and in all earnestness. Though I con- fess when I lock at the state of the benches opposite, and particularly at the state of that bench (pointing to the front opposition bench), from which we have been accustomed within the I last few days, to hear such thrilling and oracular deliverancies as to the sanctity of the rights of property, I can hardly bring myself t ) believe in the seriousness of a prnted indictment against my bill which was this morni,, bill which was this morning put into my hands, that it was an attempt to indemnify the foundations of property and mvade tne most sacred of private rights. No doubt air, allowances must be made for the strength of a counter attraction (the Oxford and Cambridge boat race), which, although not yet like another great National festival officialiv recognised in our Parliamentary calendar is I am told, fast rising into the importance of a National event. (Laughter.) Perhaps, too, when I look to the quarter from which opposition to this bill is threateIled, I ought not to quarrel with what may torn out to be a timely diversion in its favor, particularly when I call to mind the reason popularly assigned for the success of the Church Rate Abolition Bill some years a-o, when it was said-I cannot, of course, vouch for the accuracy of the report—that the bill was carried because the friends of the church Lad gone to attend the C tester races. (Re- newed laughter.) But to return to the bill, it might, perhaps, be inferred from what I said that this is a new application of an old principle yet even the application 18 not absolutely novel. In the year 1848 a great religious movement, perhaps the greatest religious move- ment of modern times, had taken place in Scotland, carrying with it, if not a majority, at least a very large minority of the nation. But for reasons, upon which I need not dilate, the great landowners of Scotland showed the strongest antagonism to that movement, and they endeavoured to prevent its expansion by the very practical, if not very justifiable, course of refusing to grant or sell any land for the erection of churches belonging to the new communion, or of manses for the use of its ministers. To such an extent was this refusal carried, that in one of the Hebrides, an island as large as the Isle of Wight, not a single square inch of land could be got, on which to erect a building for the performance of religious worship by the ministers of the Free Church, and the members of that church were compelled to meet for the purpose of religious worship like their fathers, the covenantors of the 17th century, literally, without a rafter to shelter them from the pitiless northern blast, upon the barren moorland or on the stormy sea shore. To remedy what was even in those days regarded as an unquestionable grievance, my right honorable friend the member for Kilmarnock (Mr Bonverie), whose name I am happy to have on the back of my bill, brought in a measure, which, although its machinery differed considerably, was in principle identical with the bill which I have the honer to introduce. The second reading of that bill wa3 carried in a House, I need hardly say, much less liberal in such matters than the House which I have the honor to address-for we had gone a very long way in these matters since 1848—(hear, hear)—by a majority of three to one. The interval which has passed since the introduction of that measure has, as might have been expected-for twenty-two years are a very long period in the history of an assemblage like this-made great havoc amongst the many distinguished speakers who took part in the debate which followed its introduction. Indeed, of those speakers, two only, I believe, remain-my right honourable friend, the member for Morpeth (Sir George Grey), who supported the bill, and the right honourable gentleman opposite, the member for Oxfordshire (Mr Henley), who strenuously opposed it. Sir, I fear I can hardly hope that the in- terval of twenty-two years, which has certainly not in the slightest degree dimmed the clearness of his intelligence, has disposed that right honourable gentleman to look more favourably upon the principle of my bill, and I must therefore rely upon the opinions of other speakers scarcely less distinguished, who even at that time dwelt strongly upon its justice and expediency, amongst others upon those of Lord Panmure (then Mr Fox Maule), who strongly urged that the bill should be made a general bill —applicable not only to the Free Church of Scotland, but to every other religions community in the United King- dom, on the ground that every congregation ought to have the means of worshipping God according to their own consciences under decent and respectable protec- tion afforded by the law." For reasons which I do not clearly understand, my right honourable friend's bill was, on the third reading, thrown out by a majority of thirty. nine. But the previous decision, and the debates which followed it, remain on the records of this house—a stand- ing protest in favour of the principle of my bill. Now, sir, I freely admit that in order to bring myself within the precedent of that bill I must show two things first, that legislative action is necessary, aud secondly, that the 1_=_1_=_- _.L_u 1. 'I legislative action Dy wmcn ± propose to meet the case involves no wanton or unnecessary interference with the rights of private property. (Hear, hear.) Sir, I accept the burden of both those responsibilities in the fullest and widest sense of the words. But in addressing mvself to the first proposition, I am met at the outset by a difficulty. I cannot, of course, call my witnesses to the bar of the House and make them tell what they know or I expect I should have very little difficulty ia making a case for the interference of the Legislature. I have not even the advantage which my right honourable friend had, for the introduction of his measure had been preceded by the labours of a select committee, which had carefully in- vestigated every case, and he was therefore in a position to put his finger upon eight or nine specific cases of hard- ship, and to rest his case upon them. If in default of this better evidence, I do what I did on a former occasion, and what a member introducing a measure of this kind is almost driven to do-if I quote from contemporary re- ports and articles in local newspapers I am at once met, as I was a fortnight ago, by my honourable friend, the member for Cambridge University (Mr B. Hope), with the charge that I am relying upon the tittle tattle of country newspapers." If on the other hand I quote from private information supplied to me by the most reliable persons, I draw down upon my head a perfect deluge of correspondence and recrimination, which is really no trilling matter, paricularly as my correspondents do not always recollect to prepay their letters. (Laughter.) I can assure the House that only the other day I had to pav 4d for ten closely written pages of abuse of myself and laudation of the honourable members for Cambridge University. (Laughter.) Well, sir, I should be prepared in the discharge of a public duty to submit even to that penalty, but unfortunately such a course has other draw- backs, for I have found by experience that personal charges made against individuals in this House- even when they pass almost unnoticed here-find their wpy down into the country, and produce an amount of bad blood and bad feeling which it takes years to eradicate. With the permission of the House, therefore, I will cite no instance in support of my bill, which I have not my- self investigated, and unless challenged to do so I will mention no names. But before I come to particular in- stances, let me make one general lemark. I have no doubt I shall be met with the observation that the area of the grievance which I seek to redress is limited, and that the cases which can for interference are exceptional. Un- doubtedly this is true. Where land is in the hands of many holders it rarely happens that land cannot be obtained for purposes mentioned in this bill. In such districts, there- fore, this bill will have no practical operation. But in many districts in England and in most districts in Wales the whole of the land is in the han;ls of a few "Teat land- owners, and the congregation which wishes to erect a chapel or provide a school is practically at the mercy of these few persons for the means of doinrr so. The hardship is even greater, where, as is the case all over Wales, the landowners are nearlv all Churchmen, and the congrsgations nearly all Dissenters. (Hear, hear.) Now no doubt in the ma- jority of cases, even in Wales, the landowner is disposed to accede to the wishes of his neighbours, and the cas"'s of unwillingness to do so are, I am glad to say, excep- tional. But is not a great part of our legislation-is not the whole of our preventive legislations addressed to and founded upon exceptional cases ? It seems to me that during the last eight weeks, during which I have been sitting here, I have been doing nothing else hnt voting on exceptional cases. What is the Irisl1 Land Bill but a piece of exceptional legislation ? What is the Irish Peace Bill but a piece of exceptional legislation, for I sup- pose there is nobody either in or out of the House who will contend that even in Ireland crime is not the excep- tion but the rule ? Mr Morgan then referred to several cases within his own experience in Wales, where land had been wantonly refused for the use of chapels and British schools. In his own county in 1866, in a parish, small at first but which had gradually increased, there was a Dissenting Chapel, which, as originally built, was suf- ficient for the wants of the community, but these bad out- grown the accommodation and land wa., required to en- large the chapel. A memorial was prepared and pr(- sented to the landlord, stating that all his tenants re- quired was a little bit of land to enlarge the chapel on either side, or they offered to convert the chapel into the minister's house, and build a new chapel. Their request, however, was peremptorily refused. They did not get the land, but they succeeded in obtaining from another person a site about a mile from where they wanted it, and they had to pull down both chapel and minister's house, the building materials being of no more use to them than if they had been cast into the sea. He thought that a very wanton exercise of the rights of property. There was another case of refusal by a man of the highest liberality, the reason for which he could not understand. In a district which had sprung up with the constantly increasing population, a school site was wanted. There were several National Schools in the locality, but no British School. Application was made for a site. The landlord said he would put it in a district which was already served by an existing British School. The parties considered that would be of little or no use to them. They pointed out three sites, any one of which they would be very glad to get, but the answer they received was that none of those sites would be given because they were too near the National School and in view of the Parsonage. From that day to the present no site had been granted. In a third case he had some difficulty in translating the answer given into Parliamentary language. It was to this effect, that sooner than give or sell land for a site the owner would see the mernorialists relegated to that locality, to which very high churchmen were periodically in the habit of consigning such of their fellow men as were unfortunate enough not to be able to fathom the mystery of the Athanasian Creed. (A laugh.) He knew of many other cases in which a grant had been given, but the parties who remained tenants at will to the landlord, gave their votes at the next election with the risk of ofiscntion han!!iu over ih?Ir heads. Even in n I:) dffi I b" London he believed there was great difficulty in obtaining sites, either for places of worship or schools, most of the property at the west end being in the hands of large land- owners, whose leases cout.iined restrictive covenants to that effect. Only the other day he received a letter from a clergyman in Holborn approving this bill, and stating that he had the greatest difficulty in obtaining a site for a school and was compelled to resort to a disused cemet,ry for the purpose. There was a covenant by the lessee of a i landed property of this nature—" That he would not nse the premises or any part thereof for the purpose of a school or seminary, or for any trade or business of a dealer in horse flesh, cat's meat, dog's meat, slaughterer, melter of tallow, or any other offensive business whatever, or sulfur anything to be done on the premises that may he or grow to be a nuisance or disturbance to the said lessor." Experience showed that a compulsory power of taking land for the site of schools was necessary, but the right honorable gentleman (Mr Forster), in his Education. Bill, expressly excluded himself from this, which was the only power worth having, and withont which that bill would in many cases be a dead letter. Nothing was more unjust than to impose on a neighbourhood an obligation, and on the other hand to take away from the community the power of fulfilling it. In Mr Bewstead'a report to the Committee of Council on Education, there was the following statement:—" Another question, which is of importance as affecting the progress of education in my district, is that of school sites. I constantly meet with cases where some single individual is lord paramount of a whole district, and where that individual or his agents refuse either to give or sell a piece of ground for the erection of school premises, however pressing may be the want of them. Sometimes objection is made to the proposed school because it is a British one, sometimes because it is to be under inspection, and sometimes simply because it is a school. Occasionally it happens that where there are two or three landowners in a place, each of them has some one of these objections to urge. I will not enumerate all the cases of this kind which have come under my notice, but without giving details I may mention the names of three very important places in which the school accommodation at this moment is shamefully in- adequate, simply because sites that could be granted apparently without the least inconvenience are absolutely refused. These places are Bryamawr and Beaufort, on the borders of Brecknockshire and Monmouthshire, and Treherbert, in the Rhondda Valley in Glamorganshire. Each of these places is inhabited by an industrial popula- tion amounting to some thousands, and the hardship inflicted is very grevious. Now it seems to me that a remedy should be sought for grievances of this kind, and that an adequate one might easily be found. Let a public officer be sent to report upon all such cases as I have alluded to, and in the event of his deciding that a school is wanted, let power be given by act of Parliament to some public authority to summon a jury to have a value set upon the land that is required, and to compel the owner to give it up on receiving its price. If it be said that this would inflict a hardship on the landowner, it may be replied that it is certainly not a greater hardship than the compulsory taking of a man's land for a railway, and that the necessity is quite as urgent. No general system of national education can ever be extended over the whole country without having powers of this kind granted to the administering department, and the lanl- owner, who brings a large population to live upon his property, has clearly no more right to keep them in ignorance than he has to keep them without roads." That was the whole argument in favour of the bill. He knew a gentleman, formerly a member of the House and still living, who made it his boast that upon his death bed his dying consolation would be that he had not given a single sixpence or sold an acre of land for the purpose of education. (A laugh.) No doubt that was an exceptional case. If it were not so, English society could not cohere. (Hear.) He had been urged to cut the bill in two and restrict it to schools, but both schools and places of worship were of public utility and it could not be called a Dissenting bill, for it applied to churches as well as chapels. Mr Morgan then went at considerable length into the provisions of the bill, contending that religious worship and popular education were as much objects of public utility as the construction of a railway or a harbour, at the same time ottering to insert in his bill any reasonable safeguards which the Honse might consider were required for the protection of the landowner. If this were done, the landowner would be really better protected against any attempt to invade his property under the bill than he was at present against the encroachments of a railway company. It was quite trae that before a man's land could be taken by a railway company a parliamentary enquiry was necessary, but if the safeguard which he proposed-namely, that no order under the bill should be made absolute until confirmed by Parliament- were introduced, the landowner would have exactly the same safeguards as he had against a railway company, with this difference, that the enquiry under the bill would take place after instead of before the making of the pio- visional order, which, if anything, was a difference in favour of the landowner. He then referred to the protec- tion which the landowner had in the nature of the tribunal to whom the applioation was to be made, and in the cost of a proceeding under the bill which would be considerably greater than that of proceeding by private agreement, and urged the inj ustice of testing the merits of such a measure as this by the possible abuses to which, in extreme cases, it might be put, contending that if the test were applied to every measure thrre would be an end of all legislation. Moreover, excepting in extreme cases the compulsory clauses of the act would never be resorted to, and do not think, he continued, that if the act be but seldom resorted to it will remain a dead letter. I was much struck the other day by the argument of a French Senator when defending the retention of capital punishment, he said that capital punishment was a very useful thing to have even if you never inflicted it. (Laughter and hear, hear.) And if you ask me what good I hope to do by this hill if it be so seldom resorted to, I should be tempted to give you the same answer which old Lord Auchinlech gave to Dr. Johnson when Doctor pressed him with the question, What good did Crom- well do his country ?" "Gude sir," he replied, He gart kings ken there was a lith in their necks." If you will only make these landed kings understand that there is lith in their necks" I promise you that you will hear very little more about refusals of sites for chapel and schools in future. And now just one word more about this supposed infringement of the rights of property, about which so much has been said. Do you not every day infringe those rights for purposes, the importance of which nili not bear comparison with the purposes which I am advocating? My right honourable friend (Mr Bouverie), in the able speech in which he introduced his Scotch Bill, gave several remarkable instances of men who had their property cut to pieces and their homes in- vaded by such undertakings as those of railway companies. I will give yon another instance, and it is one for the correctness of which I can vouch, for it happened to no other person than myself. I was the owner some years ago of the lease of a house on the Paddington estate close to the line, afterwards taken by the Metropolitan Railway Company. The railway company took-not my house—but the house immediately adjoining mine,and of course paid me I no compensation, and gave me no notice of their intention to introduce their bill, so that I had no opportunity of opposing it, even if I bad wished to do so. In fact, the first intimation which I had of their presence was a hammering within a few feet of my head. (Laughter.) But although they did not t ike my house, thev made it uninhabitable. I consulted my lawyer or rather my Jaw books, for I do not often indulge in the luxury of a lawyer as to whether I could not at least claim any compensation from the company, but I soon found that to be kept awake at night and to live with the fear of having one's house tumbling about one's ears, were what the law calls a sentimental grievance," of which courts of law took no cognizance; aud I was further reminded that in a matter of public convenience I was bound not to allow my private interest to stand in the way of public utility. I had, indeed, the consolation of reflecting that if my house had actually tumbled about my ears and buried me under i's ruins, I, or rather the legal representatives of my deceased self, would have a right of action against the company. (Laughter and hear, hear.) As I had no wish to obtain redress on those terms, I at some sacrifice of money and convenience, threw up my lease and sought a home elsewhere, and that without receiving a single sixpence in the way of compensation. Well now, you think nothing of turning a man oat into the streets in order to make room for a work of public utility. I should like to know how many thousand poor working men were turned out of house and home in order to enable the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway Company to get to Ludgate Hill. (Loud cries of Hear, hear.") You think nothing of turning ten thousand artisans and their families into the streets in order to make room for a bankrupt rail- way company, who scarcely go through the farce of offer- ing to pay for the land which they seize, because that for- sooth is a work of public utility But if a few poor decent religious people ask you to give them power to purchase a little bit of land not half the size of the room in which we are sitting, in order that to worship God or educa e their I children in their own way, you raise an outcry that the right of property are in danger, and you shudder to think that your nervous susceptibilities may be shocked by the sight of an Ebenezer" or a Bethel." (Cheers.) For my part I think we hardly realize to ourselves what an in- fringement of the rights of private property the whole of our rail way legislation is-at least so far as it touches the poorer classes. The rich man I admit does not feel it. He can oppose the projective work-he can make his own terms with the company, and very good terms they generally are. But the poor man is at their mercy. If you want to know what I mean, watch the course of any of our great lines of railway, watch them I say, avoiding with punctilious care the Bishop's palace, the nobleman's park, the conntrv gentleman's seat, but trampling with relent- less indifference upon the cottages of the poor. (Hear, hear.) Sir, we have a maxim—a true honoured maxim- of English law, the spirit if not the letter of which I think I may fairly crave in aid of the principal of my Bill. Sic utere tuo ut alieno non noceas." Use that which is your own, but do not hurt that which is another's. If I on my own land erect a house or a building which interferes with the free flow of light and on to another man's land the law steps in and compels me to pull down that house or that building because it interferes with that which is common right of all God's creatures. Can you consis- tently aompel me to do this and yet permit me so to use the property w'th which Providence has blessed me so as to interfere with that better light, which ought to be as free and as full as the light of yonder sun in heaven. (Hear.) Sir, I admit and I do it most gratefully as well as most cheerfully, there are in this country many men endowed with vast possessions and great wealth, who use those possessions and that wealth for the noblest purposes and with the most ungrudging generosity. If there were not, the English landed aristocracy, ovould not at this moment be occupying the proud position which they hold among the aristocracies of Europe. For men like this, and I am speaking in the presence of some of them-such legislation has n. application and no terms. But there are also in this country, I say it sorrowfully but emphati- cally other men, also possessed of great power and vast wealth, who have forgotten the sacred maxim that pro- perty has its duties as well as its rights, and who use that power and that wealth to coerce the conscience and en- slave the mind; and do now say that we-for I am speaking not only of myself, but of my honorable and learned friend whose name is on the back of the Bill ( Mr Hinde Palmer), and of my other learned friends who ap- prove the principle of the Bill-lo not say that we-real property lawyers brought up with the strictest reverence for the rights of property, are urging you to rash and headlong legislation. It is just because we see the great- ness of the danger that we ask you, you an assemblage of landowners, to put your house in order before the day of assault comes, for it is useless to blink the fact. The whole law of property is on its trial not only in Ireland, but in England also; but believe me, it is not from mea- sures like these that the danger springs. Reject this measure, and the demand for such legislation now a mere whisper, will in my country at least, deepen into a fierce and fanatical cry. It is just from the refusal of these small concessions that dangerous agitations take their rise. Remember, I pray yon that the history of Eng- land's prosperity is a history of timely concessions, and let it not be said that we, who have succeeded to the accumulated experience of centuries; we, The heirs of all the ages, in the foremost files of time," have so far forgotten the lessons of that experience as to throw in our lot with those misguided men, who, in the plenitude of their annoyance, have striven to dam back the torrent till it rose and everwhelmed them, and who have precipitated calamitous revolutions by resisting temperate reforms. Mr C. B. Gregory moved as an amendment that the bill be read a second time that day six months. Mr Richard regretted that there should be any necessity for such a measure as was proposed by Mr Morgan, but he believed no doubt could be felt as to its expediency. He acknowledged that there were landowners who fulfilled the duties of property in a kind and liberal spirit; but there was also a small minority who were disposed to exercise their rights in an iUiberal and oppressive spirit, making no allowance for the wants of their neighbours who differed from them in religious or politio il opinions. The evidence of witnesses connected with Wales, who were examined before the committee on education which sat in 1865 and 1866, under the presidency of Sir John Pakington, proved that there was the greatest possible difficulty in obtaining sites in Wales. Mr Gathorne Hardy consented to the second reading of the bill, upon the understanding that he did not agree with the compulsory clauses. Mr Brace consented to the second reading with a similar reservation. He admitted that a change in the law on this subject was necessary, but the evil did not exist to an ex- tent which jutified the passing of the bill with the clauses relating to compulsion. Mr Henley regretted that the bill had not been brought in without the compulsory clauses. Mr Hinde Palmer, one of the promoters of the bill, said that it contained substantial guarantees against abuse of the powers conferred by the compulsory clauses. After soms remarks from Mr Hill and Mr Liddell, -r .9' "I zjir J. nanmer, as a weisu memoer, protested against I the representations of the member for Merthyr respecting | Welsh landlords. For the county of Flint he could testify that there was not a single landed proprietor who enter- tained the slightest feeling of hoatiltiy towards dissenters. (Hear, hear.) Lord John Manners relying on the promises of the Home Secretary would support the bill. Mr Horsman said that in his opinion the giving facilities for public worship was a sacred obligation cn the part of the State, and special consideration should be given to the condition of Wales, which was so largely composed of Dissenters. The bill only provided that the people might take land when they could get no other piece of ground by agreement, and if Mr Morgan with the experience of the necessities of the Welsh people, thought that compul- sory clauses were desirable, he should have his support in obtaining them. Mr Newdegate and Mr Pease opposed the bill. Mr Beresford Hope admitted that it was a desirable thing to place Dissenters on the same footing as Churchmen. Nevertheless he hoped that the second reading would be assented to, and that in committee a more temperate and conciliatory spirit would be exhibited. Mr Candlish and Mr Mowbray supported the second reading; and Mr Gregory having withdrawn his amend- ment, the bill was read a second time. Viscount Enfield moved the second reading of the Jaries Bill. The bill purposes to pay jurymen ten shil- lings a-day (a guinea a-day for special jurors), and re- quires the summoning officer to give at least six days' clear notice to serve. As to the qualification of jurors, it proposed that in towns containing a population of 50,000 a rateable value of 250., the qualification of special ju-ors being double these amounts. The bill with the concur- rence of the Attorney-General, was read a second time, and referred to a Select Committee. Mr Denman withdrew his Summary Convictions Bill. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—THURSDAY. I Mr Childers stated, in reply to a question by Mr Kin- naird, that increased precautions had been taken to pre- vent any more kidnapping of South Sea islanders for the Australian labour market.— Mr Bruce informed Mr M'Arthur that dissenting ministers could not be allowed to visit convict prisons to hold religious services, which are conducted solely by clergymen of the E:-tablished Church or by the Roman Catholic priests.—Mr Wlialley elicited from the Under-Secretary of the Colonies that Earl Granville has forwarded a despatch to Sir Philip Wodehouse disputing the view enunciated by the latter in opening the colonial legislature, that the policy of the home Government has a tendency to alienate the self- governing colonies.—The Solicitor-General slated his in- tention to introduce his bill for the abolition of university tests on the 25th instant.—Mr Gladstone announced that on an early occasion he would ask for a select committee to inquire into the cases of members of the House im- plicated by the election commissioners in bribing voters, and to report if any alteration in the law is desirable to meet such cases.—The House afterwards went into com- mittee on the Irish Land Bill, and clauses relating to the scale of compensations were discussed. Two or three amendments were proposed, but they were rejected.
PEN-iy LECTURE.—On Friday evening week another of these lectures came off at the British Schoolrooms, Corwen, when Mr Roberts, of Plasynddol, presided. The lecturer was the Rev. W. Williams, Calvinistic Methodist minister, who selected Bees" for hi3 subj ect. The Cymro choral party entertained the audience with several pieces. The Welsh National Anthem terminated the proceedings. COEDPOETH: QUARTERLY MEETING OF THE WELSH WESLEY.1.s.-The quarterly meeting of the Coedpoeth circuit was held on Wednesday ia the vestry-room of the Wesleyan Chapel. The Rev. J. Barclay presided. The business of the circuit was transacted, and afterwards on the motion of Mr Jones, police constable of Rhos, who was seconded by Mr Simon Davies, of Pisgah, it was agreed that collections should be made in every chapel in the circuit in the present month in aid of the Wrexham Infirmary. In introducing the matter, Mr Jones made a few remarks on the great benefit derived from the above institution to the inhabitants of the Rhos especially. SUDDEN DEATH OF A WOMAN AT THREAPWOOD.—An inquest was held by the coroner, Mr H. Churton, on Thursday, at a public-house, at Threapwood, having the singular sign of the Hi)ly Land, on the body of Elizabeth Powell, who had died suddenly. The deceased had been a dairymaid at Mr Gee's, Chorlton Hall, but it seems that about eight years ago she gave her heart if not her hand to an Irishman named Maide, and they lived happily together for about eight years. A week ago, however, the deceased was much affected during her sleep, probably by nigbmare, but recovered and was as well as usual up to Moutlay LiiSLit, when she went to bed at nine o'clock. At one the next morning Maide was disturbed by her making a noise in her throat, and fonnd she was insensible. In five minutes afterwards she expired. There was no reason to think that death occurred from other than natural causes, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.
MOLD. FREEDOM OF WORSHIP. -We have been requested to an- nounco that J. H. Dalton, Esq., of the National Provincial Bank, Mold, has been appointed local treasurer of the Na- tional Association for Freedom of Worship (London and Manchester), whose object is gradually to abolish pew rents in parish churches, and to restore their ancient free- dom to rich and poor alike. THE BALL AT THE ASSEMBLY Rooms.-On Monday evening last the young ladies and gentlemen of Mold, who have opened a dancing class during the winter months held their first annual ball at the Assembly Rooms, and it is doing them but bare justice to say it passed off in a most credit tfele manner. For ainateurs-for such we suppose me-it of them were—they showed that they had not prac- tised to no purpsse, but on the contrary, had taken their lessons advantageously. The dancing was spirited and unflagging, and it was kept up until dayliuht the next moaning, when the National Anthem was played by the band under the direction of Bugle-Major Jones, and the company separated. We may say that in point of dress, all the young ladies looked very neat, but it is safest, perhaps, not to distinguish from the rest of the company, the belle, especially when there must follow a diversity of opinion. Wo must not omit mentioning the appearance of the room. which was gorgeously dressed with evergreens. whilst from the ceiling were suspended a hrge and varied collection of flags and bannerets, the former iiieludint-r those of almost every European nation. The refreshments, too, should not be overlooked. They were of high quality, and, we must say, a credit to Mr and Mrs Barton, if not a profit. A good deal might be said of the efforts made by the committee (Messrs Phillips, Fletcher, Olive, and Roberts), but the result is so clear that the necessity for doing so is removed. LECTURE AT GWE RNYMYNYDD.—On Tuesday evening last the Rev. Jno. Davies, Nerquis, delivered a very able and interesting lecture at the Calvinistic Chapel, on the subject Mel yn Ysgerbwd y Llew (Honey in the carcase of the Lion), whicn was founded on the Samsoman history. The address was replete with the most apt illustrations, and was listened to with rapt attention. The chair was occupied by Mr Edward Griffiths, who discharged his duties most admirably. The chapel, we are glad to say, was well filled. MOLD CHURCH ASSOCIATION.—A meeting of the exe- cutive committee of the Deaneries of Holywell and Mold was held at the latter place on Monday last. Bye laws for the government of the Church Association were approved of, and Sir S. R. Glynne, Bart., was appointed president, and Edward Bate, Esq. (Kelsterton), and the Rev. Ll. W. Jones, vice-presidents, and Francis Mu^jrrnvo, E-q., secre- tary. The first chapter meeting will be held at Holywell, the lest Monday in June. and the Rev. Ll. W. Jones will read a paper on educ itiou. Meetings will be held at once ill the various parishes to appoint delegates. LOCAL BOARD, THURSDAY. Present Mr Joel Williams, chairman; Messrs J. G. Birch, J. Williams Jones, J. Lloyd, Henry Roberts, W. Brentnall, G. Bellis, Wiiliam Jones, J. Corbet, E. P. Jones, R. Williams, and Hugh Roberts. The case of the Surveyor before the Magistrates.—In reference to this case, the Clerk said the magistrates were sorry that the case did not come under their jurisdiction. The surveyor was not upon the premises under the Nuisance Removal Act. He had no power to go npon the premises when he was refused, unless he had an order from the magistrates. The clerk then explained the law relating to the case.—Mr Bellis The surveyor was assaulted in a most brutal manner by Mr Doughty.—The Clerk: He has his remedy in the county court.—Mr Brentnall Doughty struck the surveyor with a life preserver. He (the surveyor) was under the impression from his instructions that he could go anywhere where a nuisance existed. He was wrongly instructed on this point by the board.—Mi'^fugh Roberts said the affair was a very unsatisfactory one. The question of whether the surveyor could go upon private property to do his duty ought to be finally settled, and he should move that they should write to the Secretary of State to ascertain the extent of the surveyor's authority.—Mr E. P. Jones said the surveyor might go and inspect a place, but he ought to do so quietly and no one would interfere with him, and not go and collect a crowd and create a row. He went to Doughty's house after there had been a regular scuffle and fight at Flint that day. When a nuisance existed, he could serve a notice quietly. Mr Henry Roberts described the mode adopted at Liver- pool.—Mr Bellis said the surveyor was notjthe only party to blame, as he was acting under their instructions, and had gone quietly about the nuisances of which he had re- ceived information. He thought that as their officer he ought to be protected in following their instructions. Mr E. P. Jones said it could not be proved that Doughty had caused the nuisance, and the surveyor was not in his right place upon the premises.—After some further discussion the clerk remarked that the surveyor had told him he was sorry he went upon the premises, as he had no right there.—Mr Bellis I dare say he was sorry when he was so abused.—Subsequently the surveyor was called into the room and the chairman informed him that he had behaved rather disrespectfu'ly to the magistrates. The board would support him thoroughly if he did what was right, but. if he insulted the magistrates, or any other person, rich and poor, the board would not do so. They wished him to represent the board in such a manner that: they would not be ashamed of him, and that everything should be done that was right. He trusted that he would not in future act in an outrageous manner before the magis- trates, so as to create a prej udice against him.—Mr Hugh Roberts That is not exactly the feeling of the board. There was no censure passed upon the surveyor.— The Chairman said no vote of censure was intended to be conveyed; but the Clerk was ashamed of the surveyor's conduct before the magistrates.—The Clerk: He got into a passion, and said, in a loud voice, as he was leaving the court, that he would resign office if that was the law. I was obliged, when asked, to explain his powers.—The Surveyor: They were the reverse of what you had told me before.—Mr Bellis He told Powell that he was in the right and the magistrate that he was in the wrong. I cannot see that he has been disrespectful to the court, the matter of resigning being more for the board to deal with. —The expenses incurred by Powell in bringing the case forward were voted by the board, on the motion of the chairman, seconded by Mr Hugh Roberts. o I .Maesydre.-In reference to a nuisance at this place, mentioned in the Surveyor's report, it was decided to call Mr Edwards's attention to the matter.-A committee, consisting of Mr Bellis, Mr Hugh Roberts, and Mr J. W. Jones, was appointed to inspect a certain open drain, complained of, made by the Surveyor through a garden. Street Crossinq.-Tlie Chairman referred to a motion which he intended to make, that the rubbish near the condle house should be cleared, and the place paved, as the land belonged to the town. He also gave notice of a motion to re-make the crossing between the Market Hall and the north side of the street and that between the Market and Wrexham-street, and if thought necessary at the next m> eting, that at Pendre. The Fair.-It appeared that Mr Dalton had a right to remove animals from the front of the Bank. As no fair could be held without the sanction of the Board, the Chairman's signature will be appended to the authority for holding them in future. The Surveyor was informed that persons must pay toll whether they sold the articles they ex- posed for sale or not, and that he must summon persons who refused to pay, they being liable to a penalty of 40s. There was no distinction made between ratepayers and non-ratepayers. Brom/ield Collieiy.—Mr E. P. Jones raised the ques- tion of whether the Bromfi^li Coal Co. were liable to pay rates for that part of their works in the township of Mold. Mr Brentuall and Mr Bellis said no coal was obtained there. LLANGOLLEN. I iAin.—the monthly fair was held on Tuesday last. The weather was glorious. There was a good show of cattle which met a good trade milking cows making from JE13 to JE18 each, barren from JE8 to JE12 each. Pigs also fetched good prices-suckers being as high as 30,. each. There was a very poor show of horses, but buyers were numerous. LLANGOLLEN BRIDGE.—On Friday (last night) week, as a party of gentlemen were returning in a trap from Bangor races, one of the wheels ran against the par ipet just above the railway, by which the occupants were thrown out, and several large stones in the parapet were displaced. Fortunnt ly no one was seriously hurt. This is an additional plea for widening the old bridge. STEALING MEAT.—On Monday la.t the 4th iist., Robert Jones of this town was brought up at the Bank Buildings before J. Price, Esq., The Tower, charged with s-fc aling meat on the previous day (Sunday), from the stalls of Mr W. Williams and others. Mr Price dealt leniently with him, his previous character being good, he was there- fore only imprisoned for one month. PENNY LECTURE.—On Friday evening last, the usual monthly lecture was delivered at the Assembly Rooms by the Rev. R. Winter, Calvinistic Methodist Minister, the subject being Instinct." The Rev. H. Jones, M.A., President of the Baptist College, was vot-d to the chair. The children of the British schools enlivened the meeting by singing. Mr J. Hughes, Dolhiryd, proposed, and Mr E. P. Jones, Eiranfa, seconded a vote of thanks to the chairman, lecturer, and singers, which was carried un- animously. The attendance was not good. SUDDEN DEATH.—An unusual occurrence took place at Pengwern Hall, the residence of Mr Evans. It ap- pears that there is something the matter with the eye of Mrs Evans and having heard of the fame of Mrs Sarah Evans, Pontrhydynog, for curing sundry disorders,:rather than sending his wife to Pontrhydynog, Mr Evans sent for the female doctor to stay for a few days at Pengwern Hall. About ten dajs ago, the old lady came over, but was taken ill there the latter end of last week and died on Sunday morning. She was about eighty-one years of age. The funeral took place on Wednesday last at Llantysilio. I OVERTON. jfn-iix a^saiujNS, SATURDAY (April ZJ.—Jtseiore J. Warter, Esq. and W. H. Keates, Esq. Overseers, cCc.-The overseers and constables were appointed, and the accounts of the surveyor of highways passed. Passing Base Coin at the Rac-oq.-George Stanley, a seedy looking customer, was charged by P.O. Edge with passing base coin at Bangor Races. He had managed to pass off a spurious half-crown on one of those sharp fellows-a betting man and when searched, the prisoner had three more similar coins in his possession. He was remanded to Hanmer Sessions for further evidence to be produced. The U Thrle Card Trick.Franeig Hughes and Michael Nicholson were brought up on a charge of unlawfully gaming at the races. The men were engaged in swindling the public by the three card" and 11 garter" tricks.-Hu,(Irhes was sent to prison for 14 days, and the other prisoner was discharged, there being insufficient evidence against him. I OSWESTRY. THE NEW CURATE OF ST. l\fARy's.-The Rev. J. Pughe Morgan, the new curate of the Parish Church, in this town, preached his first sermon on Sunday last at the Old Church. Mr Morgan is the author of "Gethsemane and other poems," and was formerly curate to the Rev. W. Short, Llandrinio. THE NEW RESERVOIR.—The deputation from the Local Board met Mr Lawford, the aeDt of Mr Gorp, at Messrs. Lon?ueviUe, Jones, and Williams's office on Monday last. Mr Jones, of the above-named firm, very courteously received the deputation, and the matters in dispute were at once gone into. As most disputes occur in misunder- standing, so had this, and it only required mutual ex- planations to remove all difficulty. Nothing unreason- able was asked on the part either of Mr Jones or the agent (Mr Lawford), and all matters were settled to the satisfaction of both parties, who manifested every disposi- tion to meet the wishes of the board as well as the in- habitants of the town generally. FORTNIGHTLY FAIR.—There WAG a tolerably good «Bn ply of cattle H»Pp, ? p,? at the Smithneld, on W.d lIp- day. Quotiitjoni nnaltercd LECTURE.—A was delivered in connection *;<L the P.otectiomst Instructive 'Clag, in Trinity I'¡ th Sbool, on Monda eVTlin, by the Rev. J. Colley, reh VicarofSt. JuIans&hrew.bury, eBtitled "The life ￼ times of Bisho,» HalL Th. Clair was t?k.n by T i Longueville, Esq., There was a. "0011 atte .] L. THE INSTITUTE.—Last ni?ht the Rev 'A!? JT?iT dale Lloyd, the incumbent of HengoeddeWp1^ a. e oy, e menm eu 0 en"oed rle\iTe rl b' I t on Astronomy in the Public Han?nheS???t ,?? the institute. The hall was decorate 1 with ?r? t f .11 t t. t ..f am;\ anu a variety of iDuatrations to simplify as much Mp?si?u? very able lecture the rev. gentleman d?In'"red. Mna. I d d tb I ￼ d lC WQs also intro d uce d w tb pleasing e Sect. an d the time spent i?? very cnjoyable and instructive manner. II a BUTTER, CHEESE, AND BACON FAIR.—The supnly of butter, cheese, and baeon, at the Powis Hall, on We W9 day, was about an average for this fair. There were ab out 50 or 60 tuhs offered, which had to Pubmit to a decline from the prices of laat fair of about -2 ld or Jd per lb. Ham- an.1 bacon were also easy to buy. Our quotation* for butter are from Is Otd to Is Ofd, and in some rare instances 1% 1,1 pe lb skim cheese. 35 to 45s; half meated, 50s to GOi; fat cheese, 65s to 68s per cwt.; bacon and hams, Sid to 8H per lb. THE RAGGED SCHOOL.—The Ragged School, which has been established by the Hon. Mrs Kenyon, was opeaed on Monday last, in a room near the Golden Lion Upper Church-street. The premises have umbr^one thorough repairs, and are fitted up with every collvellitlice necessary for the purpose. A large number or eujllrn attended on the day of opening, some of whorn were refused admittance on the ground that that their paints were able to pay for their children's schooling. We may as well remark that this rule will be strictly carried out, and none but the most destitute and children of the poorest class will be admitted. Each of the chiiilren received proper clothing, and the Hon. Mrs Kenvon wug in attendance during the whole of Monday. On Tuesday, at mid-day, the children were entertained with sr.np. BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.-On Sunday last, the anniversary of the Welsh auxiliary of the "hove society took place, Dr. Phillips, the deputation, preach- ing in the morning at Hermon Chapel; the Rev. Eilvvarj Williams, Dinas Mawddwy, at Zion Chapel; and the Her. Ogwen Jones, at Bethesda chapel. In the afternoon Dr. Phillips gave an account .i,f the consecratiori of the new Bible House, and of the great work accomplished hy the Society in Spain and Madagascar, by which it in- curred a debt of £ 4,000. He had himself the pleasure of handing over to the committee, from one of his countrymen in the Vale of Clwyd, a From the report of the auxiliary, read by Mr Joseph Evans, it appeared that the income for the past year wag JE50, and they had sent E40 to the Parent Society. Col- lections wpre made at the evening services, and the amount collected was 910 lis 4d.