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A STRIKE AT COPPA COLLIERY. I The colliers employed at the above works have been out on strike during the past few weeks on account of their employers refusing them an increase of wages. The advance they asked was at the rate of 15 per cent., and they posted up a notice to that effect on the pit's month, with the addition that they expected the increase to commence on the 2nd of July. However, the advance was not made, and the men struck work without having given the necessary fortnight's notice specified in the rules. On Saturday three of the colliers, named William Iball, Robert Hewitt, and Peter Davison were charged with leaving their work without first giving the required notice. The magistrates present were Mr Pemberton, Major Roper, and the Rev. Jenkin Davies. Mr Eyton (Flint) appeared for the company, and Mr John Jones (Wrexham) for the defendants. Mr Jones before the case was gone into rose an objection to the form of the summons, which he contended would invalidate the proceedings. Under the Master and Servants Act, 1867, it was necessary for the master to enter in the summons a claim for damages in compensation for the loss of service, but this his friend had omitted. Mr Eyton pointed out another section of the Act to support the summons in the form which it had been issued: and said the company did not wish to put in a claim for compensation and even if they had thought proper to do so the amount could hardly be stated inasmuch as the colliery had been at a stand-still for some time. The magistrates overruled the objection, bllt suggested that there should be an amicable settlement. However the parties failed to agree, and Mr Eyton opened his case, stating that pro- ceedings were taken against the dtfendants for having left their work without giving due notice. In common with the zest of the men working in the Coppa Colliery they were engaged upon the termss pecified in the rules for the regulation and working of collieries, sanctioned and allowed by Act of Parliament; and a copy of such rules were posted up in different prominent parts of the mine. They were certified by the Government inspector of the district, Mr Peter Higson. By the 5th rule it was provided that Any person employed at this colliery and wishing to leave, will be required to give 14 days' notice; and no anonymous notice will be taken." On the 18th of June an anonymous notice was posted on a pieee of wood, and nailed up in No. 3 pit giving 14 daya' notice on the part of the men for an advance of wa^es. The notice was seen by the manager, who prepared a counter notice to the effect that the anonymous one was illegal, and that proceedings would be taken against such of the men as left without giving proper notice. This was signed by the manager and copies of it were put up on the mouth of the pit and the outside of the pay-office. And what was more, the manager spoke to a body of the men on the next paynight, telling them that the firm was not then prepared to grant the advance they asked, and if they left their work they would render themselves liable to the present proceedings. However on the 2nd of July the whole body, about 90 in number, left their work, taking away their tools, and had not since returned. Mr Nathaniel Robert Griffiths, one of the partners and resident active manager at the colliery, corroborated the above statement.—Cross- examined by Mr Jones I have been manager of the colliery for two years. I believe the defendants have been employed there between four and five years. I have seen notices put up on the pit's mouth before,jbut before they expired, the differences had been amicably settled. The firm is not supported by a union. There is between £100 and £150 wages due to the men. Mathew Robson, underground manager, said he was present on the paynight referred to, and heard Mr Griffiths tell the men that their notice was not a legal one. The notice was not a notice to leave, but an application for an advance of wages. Mr Jones then addressed the court for the defence, stating that the men had several times I previously given notices precisely similar to the one they issued on the 18th ult., and they had always considered them sufficient. There was a great reluctance felt by the men to sign a notice of this kind, inasmuch as those who did so became a sort of scapegoat for the others. The rules which had been referred to were not binding upon the men as the result of an Act of Parliament, but weie simply rules for the better regulation of the colliery. He saw that by one of those rules Any man coming to work in a state of intoxication would be fined 2s. 6d. for the first offence 5s. for the second," and so on; and if such rules could be maintained he (Mr Jones) thought they might a? well have an additional one to enable them to fine a workman for beating his wife at home. But supposing that the rules were binding, it had not been made out that the men were engaged according to the terms set forth in them-the evidence went to show that they worked in the colliery two or three years before Mr Griffiths became manager. William Iball wa3 then examined by Mr Jones, and stated that he was not at the pay-office when Mr Griffiths told the men their notice was not a legal one but in cross-examination by Mr Eyton, witness admitted that the notice was for an advance of wages, Hot a notice to leave. The magistrates retired in a few minutes, and on returnin g to court, the Chairman said they were of opinion that defendants were not justified in leaving their work on the notice they had given; and therefore the bench considered they had broken their contract with the proprietors. Defend- ants would have to be bound over in their own recognizances of f5 each to resume work and to give the usual fortnight's notice. They would also have to pay the costs, which amounted to. 8s. 4d. each. Mr Eyton then suggested to those of the workmen at the colliery who were present in court the advisability of returning to their work, as the company would proceed against the whole of them if they did not do so. If they wanted to leave, they could do so by giving the proper notice. The men ultimately agreed to return to work on the following Monday, and the case concluded. BALA. THE REGATTA.—An adjourned meeting was held last Friday in the Town Hall, to consider the question of holding a regatta this year on Bala Lake, J. Jones, Esq., presiding there were also present:—Messrs J. Jones, Vrondderw, H. H. LI. Clough (chief-constable), F. Parmeter, Bryn- yraber, T. LI. Anwyl, Esq., Eryl, Messrs T. Ellis, Henblas place; D. Rowlands, inland revenue; Thomas Jones, chemist; Wa.taon, The Grove, Cor wen W. Owen, National Provincial Bank R. Jones, Plasyndre; W. Williams, solicitor; Jacob Jones; W. T. Phillips, Grammar School; Evan Jones, builder; W. Owen, White Lion Hotel; W. Jones, Penybont, Corwen J. R. Jones, solicitor; Harwood, Plasoch Hotel; R. Woodcock; D. Morgan, currier; Simon Jones, draper; J. Jones, saddler W. Jones, fishing tackle manufacturer W. Lewis, Llangollen Sergeant Williaras, Dol- gelley; D. Lloyd, bairdresser.-O. Richards, Esq M.D.; E. G. Jones, Esq., Vrondderw; A. A. Passingliam, Esq.; R. O. Anwyl, Esq., Bryngroes R. Hughes, Esq., surgeon; W. S. Bull, Esq., Llandderfel; Mr E, Lloyd, Bull's Head Hotel, and Mr Roberts, Meiron House, appointed at the pre- vious meeting. It was stated that the collectors, Messrs Owen and Richard Jones, had received promises of £20 2s., and Messrs Phillips and Evan Jones, £ 19 15s., making a total of about f,40, l within the limits of the Bala Local Board. The collectors intimated that as some parties whom they called upon were not at home, the subscription list would still be increased. It was unanimously resolved, That in the opinion of this meeting subscriptions have been promised in the Local Board District to justify the appointment of a committee to carry out the regatta. It is therefore proposed that a Begatta Committee be formed, and that a subscription list be opened." It was also unanimously resolved: That Sir W. W. Wynn, Bart., M.P., be appointed president of the Bala Lake Regatta." A general committee was appointed, consisting of the gentlemen present at both meat- ings, and it was resolved That the regatta be neia on the 10th of August." BRYMBO. ANNIVERSARY OF THE BRITON S PRIDE JJODGE, M. U. ODDFELLows.-On Friday (yesterday week) the members of the above lodge assembled at the George and Dragon Inn to celebrate their anniver- sary, when 100 members and friends sat down to a sumptuous repast, provided in first rate style by Miss Jones, the hostess. The lodge numbers 56 members, and commands funds to the amount of 2208 12s. lOd. Recently the assets and liabilities of the lodge were valued by Henry Ratcliffe, Esq., C.S. of the order, and the favourable result of his investigation of its affairs is highly satisfactory to all, as there appears to be a surplus of f,29 after allowing every claim. SUNDAY SCHOOL TEA PARTY.—On Monday last the children of the Tabernacle Baptist Sunday School were treated with tea and cake. Through the kindness of Mr and Mrs Davies, the use of the lawn in front of the Cymau farm was readily given to the friends, and both Mr and Mrs Davies were indefatigable in their exertions to make the children happy. A good supply of the things needful for the occasion were at hand, of which about 150 children and friends partook to their hearts' con- tent. Hilarity and joy appeared to be the order of the day, when everybody appeared bent on making themselves happy. BUCKLEY. CLAIM FOR WAGES.—At the Chester County Court on Friday, the case of Jones v. Caunt was heard. The plaintiff is a domestic servant, and the defendant is a chemist carrying on business at Buckley. On the 28th of March last the plaintiff entered the defendant's service, at J66 per year wages, and remained with him until the bth of June, when she was taken ill and went home, in- tending to retarn to her place as soon as she was sufficiently well. A few days after she went away the defendant engaged another servant in her stead, and on the plaintiff's father asking defendant to pay the wages due to her he refused to do so unless allowed to deduct a month from the amount in lieu of notice.—His Honour gave judgment for the plaintiff, with costs.—Mr Churton appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr Cartwright for the defendant. CEFN AND RHOSYMEDRE. I THE TRUCK SYSTEM.—At a meeting held at the Eagles Hotel, Rhosymedre, on the 20th inst., a resolution was unanimonsly adopted to forward a congratulatory letter to Mr Mundella, M.P., for his straight forward manner in bringing -the evils of the truck system before the House of Commons, and promising at any future period to do all in their power to assist him when the proper time arrives. WELSH BAPTISTS.—A tea party was held by the Welsh Baptist friends of Cefn Mawr on Monday last, upon the grounds adjoining Trefynant Hall, by the kind permission of George Thomson, Esq., manager of the Ruabon Iron Works. In the even- ing a grand concert was given in Zion Baptist Chapel, conducted by Mr R. G. Price; pianist, Mr George Cope, the proceeds to go towards liquidating the debt on the above place of worship. The building was successfully filled, the chair be- ing occupied by the Rev. J. A. Morris, Baptist Minister, who called upon the performers to perform the following programme :—Overture, Mr George Cope solo, Mr T. Davies glee, The Emigrant ship," the Choir; solo, Thy voice is near," Mrs Frith; glee, The Forest Echoes," choir; solo, Hearts of Oak," Mr Bogie glee, The Carno- vale," choir; solo, Gweno fwyn Gu," Mr R. Evans glee, Aldiboronti Phoscophornio," The Choir. Daring an interval of a quarter of an hour, addresses were given by the Rev. W. Williams, Baptist Minister, Garth, and Mr Jonathan Brown, Cefn Mawr; overture, Mr George Cope; glee, England and her Queen," the Choir solo, Mr T. Davies; glee, "Awake iEolian Lyre," The Choir; solo, Deep, deep sea," Mrs Bryan gleg, Come Faries all," the Choir; duet, The hunt- ing tower," Mrs Bryan and Mr Davies; solo, Cartref," Mr T. Davies; glee, Now by day's retiring lamp," the Choir finale, The National Anthem." Votes of thanks were given to the pre- sident, tea makers, singers, &c., which brought the meeting to a close. COEDPOETH. or I ANNIVERSARY OF THE TLOHN AHOMPSON ODGE, M.U. ODDFELLOWS.—On Friday (yesterday week) the members of the above thriving lodge celebrated their anniversary. The proceedings commenced by the members forming into a procession, headed by a brass band, and paraded the neighbourhood, and dining at the Black Lion Inn, Coedpoeth, where the catering abilities of Mr and Mrs Jones, as usual, proved equal to the occasion, and gave perfect satisfaction to about 200 members. The transaction of the lo.:ge for the last year has added 240 to its funds, the receipts being Z264, and the payments JE227, while the total of the accumulated funds amounted to £7.6113s. 8d. The recent in- vestigation. by Mr Rfttcliffe, the secretary of the order, into the financial position of the lodges, comprising the Wrexham District of the M. U. Oddfellows', shows that the John Thompson Lodge stands second in point of fiuancial sound- ness in the district. There is a slight deficiency, which Mr Ratcliffe states will correct itself, and at the present rates of payments and benefits a surplus will soon be created. Mr Ratcliffe con- cludes an elaborate report by Trusting the result may be as satisfactory to the members as it is pleasing to myself when I can report so favourably." DOLGELLEY. I Pic Nic.-On Thursday week a grand pic nic was held at Drwsynant, about eight miles from Dol- gelley. The party started from here at half-past one on a stage coach drawn by four horses. The pic-nie was got up by Mrs Williams of this town, and the eatables, cooked by Mrs Margaret Evans, Lawnt, were most extraordinarily good, and the wines were delicious, and abont thirty young men and ladies sat down in a hayfield near Drwsynant, to help themselves to the different eatables and drinkables, and everybody enjoyed their pic nic in a hayfield. After their; repast they began with their games, viz., Kissing rings," Old Simon," an d many other games and in the evening we had a great many songs by amerent ladies and gentlemen that were assembled, but the most comi- cal piece was the Muffing Man," and the party started homeward at nine o'clock pm., and every- body enjoyed themselves.-Commu-aicated. FIRE AT MR THOMPSON'S REFRESHMENT ROOM. -On Wednesday night the people of this town were alarmed by the report that Mr Thompson's j refreshment rooms, near the Great Western Rail- way station were on fire. The alarm bells were rung and several hundreds soon assembled on the spot and found the entire building in a blaze of fire, rendering it impossible to save anything except the pigs and hens, which were in aiD. adj oininar building. The fire was discovered a little after twelve o'clock by some men on the bridge. There is nothing to show how the file originated. It was about nine o'clock in the morning before the fire was extin- guished. The rooms were built of wood, and galvanized iron sides, covered by slates, and con- tainipg several barrels of beer, porter, and other liqours, and refreshments. Mr Thompson's servant man was in the plaae about an hour; before the report was given. The sparks of the fire ignited a stack of hay which was at the back of the building and all was burnt down to the ground. Fortunately there was no loss of life nor injury to anybody. We understand the place is insured, but whether the insurance will cover the loss we do not know. There was a good quantity of spirits in the building. This is the ifrst fire whish has taken place in the town since the destruction of the large warehouse. This is another instance of the neces- I sity of a fire engine for the town, towards which a liberal lady offered the handsome subscription of 910 some time ago, but no steps were taken. We hope the good people of Dolgelly will take the saat- ter into their serious consideration. PETTY SESSIONS, TuFs"y.-Before Lewis Williams, Esq. Bound to Keep the Peace.—Richard Hughes n 7 "Dick Trawsfynydd," was summoned by his wife, Jane Highes, to be bound over to keep the peace towards her. He was ordered to Had two sureties in R,10 each and his personal lecognisance of j620 to keep the peace for six months. No sureties be- ing forthcoming he was committed to gaol for three months. Maintaining His. Illother.-William Lewis was summoned by Mr Joseph Roberts, assistant clerk to the Dolgelley Guardians, to contribute towards the support cf his mother, who was chargeable to the union. Ordered to pay 6d weekly. Trespass in Pursuit of Game.-—William Owen, quarryman, Arthog, was charged with trespassing in puisuit of game on land belonging to Mr Davies of Tynycoed, Arthog. He was seen by Mr Davies, keeper, on the land in the occupation of Mr Ellis Jones on the 9th and 12th inat., beating for and killing leverets. Fined 10s and costs in each case. COUN ry COURT, WEDNESDAY.—Before A. J. Johnes, tisq., judge. Number of plaints 51, two adjourned hearings, and three judgment summonses issued. The un- dispnted cases were disposed of by the registrar, Mr Walker. Roberts and Another v. -Jones.-The plaintiffs, John Roberts, of Llawrybettws, and John Roberts, of Tyddynucha, Corwen, sued Lewis Jones, of Bridge-street, Dolgelley, grocer, for the sum of JE3 19s 3d, for potatoes sold and delivered, and 4s costs of application. The defendant had paid the amount into court, minus the 4s costs of applica- tion.—Judgment was given for defendant, who thereupon applied for costs of the day, as he had been detained at home.—His Honour said he had better stay at home than go tramping about this time of the year.—The defendant was heard to say that he was given to understand he was entitled to costs according to the rules.—His Honour interrupted him, and said he was aware of the rules and refused costs. The Disputed Ewe Case.—Lewis and Another v. Pugh.-The plaintiffs, Richard and Evan Lewis, of Bodwlan, Llangelynin, farmers, sued the de- fendant, Hugh Pugh, of Cefn Pennal, for that he, on the 11th of March last, sold to the plaintiffs one ewe, which was the property of one Thomas Jones, and which was claimed by that person, whereby the plaintiffs sustained damages to the amount of 20s.-Mr W. R. Davies appeared for the plaintiffs, and defendant appeared in person.—The disput in question was as to the ear-mark of the farmers in the district. To proved the ear-mark of Thomas Jones a number of witnesses were called, and his Honour gave judgment for plaintiff with costs. .Application to set aside Proceedings.-Hendre- son v. Symondg.-This case came on for hearing at the May court, and judgment was given for plaintiff for jE7 10s.—Mr J. J. Williams filed a notice to set aside the judgment, and contended that the j62 8s had been paid the plaintiff for rent of house, and inserted by him in the bill of par- ticulars.—Mr W. R. Davies opposed the applica- tion, and stated that the f2 8s was a payment for taking charge of defendant's quarry.—His Honour granted a new trial as to the item of the 92 8s. The court rose at three o'clock. The next court is to be held on Wednesday, the 20th of Septem- ber. ELLESMERE. I Scaoor. SERMONS.—Two sermons were preached in the Wesleyan Chapel, on Sunday, by the Rev. Mr Blacki t, of Whitchurch. The attendance was very good, and the collections amounted to over JES. THE VOLUNTEERS.—At a meeting of the volun- teers, the other evening, Col.-Sergeant Owen pro- posed Mr E. D. Lloyd, of Seotland-street, Elles- mere, as ensign. This was seconded by Mr W. Clay, jan., and carried without a single dissentient. The nomination has already received the sanction of Lord Hill, and it is nnderstood that Ensign Wright will be promoted to be lieutenant. PENLEY CHURCH CHOIR.-On Friday, the 15th instant, the church choir of Penley were treated to an excursion to the beautiful White Mere, near Ellesmere. Although the day was St. Swithin's, ominous for rain, it happily proved beautifully fine without being too hot for the voting folks. Through the kind permission of Captain Cast, of Ellesmere House, the boat house,, with use of the boats, and luncheon room were placed at the dispo- sal of the party. First of all they enjoysd a pleasant row on the mere, where trimmers had been laid the night before, and great was the delight of the children when a pike or large wriggling eel was pulled up by the boatman. Returning t& shore an excellent tea was partaken of in the picturesque cortege by the Mere side. After tea Mr Powell, the Ellesmere bandmaster, attended to the en- livening strains of his violin, and dancing was kept up till dusk drew on. The party returDed; Penley highly delighted with their trip, altogether the most successful they have yet enjoyed. HOLYWELL. ROBIN. DDu.-On Tuesday evening,, the town crier announced that the itinerant teetotal lecturer, Mr Robert Parry (Robin Ddu), would deliver a lecture at eight o'clock near the town clock, where by that time a number of persons had congregated. The lecturer was about to take up his position, when Police-sergeant Hughes ordered him to remove, as he was causing an obstruction in the streets. Robin" next made a move to the steps of Messrs Jones and Roberts' shop, thinking he would be safe from interference when he stood upon private property. The crowd followed him, and so did the police also, and he had again to relinquish his position. The next attempt to reform the people" was from the embankment to the King's Arms pool, but still the threat of being summoned was more potent than the dennnciating voices of some half-dozen well known characters who supported the lecturer, and Robin Ddu again retired, but not before he had threatened to publish the conduct of the police in the whole of the Welsh newspapers, as having been influenced by the publicans to prevent him lecturing. At the corner of the Cross-road, Robin Ddu was raised upon the wall,. and there delivered himself to his heart's content, not forgetting to make allusion now and then to the indignity he considered he had suffered. BOARD OF GUARDIANS, FRIDAY, July 15th..— Present: Edward Jones, Esq. (chairman) G. P. Roskell, Esq., Messrs Thomas Owen, Gilbert Howell, Holywell; Joel Williams, Mold Thos. I Hughes, Llanasa; J.. S. Williams, Caerwys; I Edward Williams, Flint; Thomas Webster, Northop; and Edward Davies, Newmarket. How to Fix a Husband.—The Clerk said he had recently prosecuted a man named George Parry, at Flint, for non-maintenance of his wife, who had become chargeable to the union; but when the case was heard, it turned out to be merely a quarrel between the husband and wife, and the latter had come into the house for a short time, so that proceedings might be legally taken against her husabnd. It was becoming a prevalent system for a wife to come into the house for a few hours, so as to make it legal for the guardians to proceed against her husband., and the eases generally turned out to be simply family quarrels. The wives did this to save themselves being put to any expense. He (the Clerk) strongly recom- mended the guardians not to prosecute in such cases without due consideration, and suggested that every woman should be compelled to stop in the house for three weeks, before they would con- sent to proceed against her husband. Ee had no doubt that the costs for the- prosecution at Flint would be f4 or a5, which amount would be totally lost to the union. Paupers ana. Public-houses.—An application was made by a girl named Catherine Dennis, aged 16, a pauper, who for the last month has been engaged as servant at the Dee Bank Hotel, Bagillt, for a quantity of clothing to enable her to remain in her situation.—Mr Davies opposed the granting of the application, and said it was injudicious to allow girls to leave the house to become servants at public-houses. He thought the girl was old enough to earn clothes for herself.-The application was refused. Repor-The Master's Journal showed that there were in the house last board-day, 205; almitted since, 11; discharged, S-; dead, 1; pre- sent numbers, 207 vagrants admitted during the fortnight, 45.— The- chaplain reported that the school was going on as usual, and the conduct of the inmates was satisfactory.—The chairman an- nounced that there was in the hands of the treasurer the sum. of £1,904, and the following I amoants were voted to the relieving o:Mcers ;-Bl"r Griffiths, Mold, f,165 Mr Hughes, Holywell, 2150; Mr Hooson, Whitford, 2120. Leave of Absence for the- gehooln.-istress.-I-liss J Hughes applied for a fortnight's holiday, which;, was unanimously granted.. Who Pays, for the WaU'l-'Mr Joel Williams said at the last board, Mr Fanning bad brought forward the case of the well at Bagillt, together with an estimate from one person of JE5, and another of JE4 15s. to. repair it. If it were re- paired by he orders of the board, he supposed it would be, at the expense of the union.—Mr Owens said this matter had been previously disposed of. —The Chairman begged to remove an erroneous impression from the mind of Mr J. Williams. He would explain how the matter stood with respect to nuisances. When the guardians were appointed it became necessary to elect a nuisance committee. That committee was consequently formed, and he bad the honour of being chairman of it, and he should state that it was not a nuisance committee of the union at large it was only a nuisance com- mittee of the parishes of Holywell, Whitford, j Caerwys, Newmarket, Ysceinog, Gwaenysgor, and Llanasa. It was found on the appointment of the committee tlt,.t there was great difficulty in gotting gentlemen te, attend its meetings. They all knew that after (he general business of the board was coacloded the guardians naturally felt desirous t f quitting the room, and, therefore, it was decided that he (the chairman) should attend the board half an hour or an hour before the meeting of the guardians to attend to all the presentments of Mr Fanning, and then at twelve o'clock to bring the nuisance book, as had been his custom, before the board, and read it. Now he wished them to understand that when the board was asked to con- firm what had been done, he was not asking the board at large, but only those members who be- longed to the committee by virtue of their guardianship of the nuisance district.—Mr Joel Williams enquired whether it was not intended that the repairing of the well should be at the expense of the union.—The Clerk said the expense would be defrayed by the parishes in Mr Fanning's district, but it would be a union charge. Thus the seven above-mentioned parishes would be each charged, but not the whole of the fourteen parishes of the union.—Mr Joel Williams said if that was the case he would have nothing farther to say.- He had been under the impression that the subject had been deferred.—Mr Owens said it had been the opinion of some that the neighbours ought to pay for the repair of the well. 0 This concluded the business. LEESWOOD. LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF A NEW INDEPENDENT CRAPEL.-On Sunday last special sermons were preached at the Independent Chapel, Leeswood, by the Revs. J. Myrddin Thomas (Mold), and E. Thomas (Rhesycae) in aid of a fund which is being raised for building a new place of worship at Pontybodkin. On Monday the ceremony of laying the foundation stone was performed by Mrs Myrddin Thomas. A large number of the Independents of the neighbourhood assembled upon the spot which had been selected for the sacred edifice, among whom we noticed Revs. J. M. Thomas, E. Thomas (Rhesycae), J. Roberts (Brymbo), E. Roberts (Coedpoeth), H. Rees (Pennal), David Davies (Mold), J. Jones (Rhosllanerchrugog), O. John (Tryddyn), and R. Morgan (Wesleyan) Leeswood. The Rev. W. Thomas having briefly stated the object for which they were assembled, the meeting was opened with singing and prayer, the latter being offered up by the Rev. Mr Reeg. The Rev. Mr Thomas then gave an outline of the history of the Independent Church in the neighbourhood, from which it appeared that the Church was first established there in 1868, the members of it meeting in the house of Mr William Hughes. They were then only about fourteen in number but since that time the church had considerably increased, and a Sunday school had been opened in connection with it. Mr Hughes' house soon became too small for the congregation, who thereupon removed to an office close by where services CDntined to be held until the present time when they found themselves again pressed for accomodation. Their friends had now resolved to erect a chapel, and they were met that day for the purpose of laying its foundation stone. The church now numbered 130 members, and he trusted to God that they would continue to increase in numbers, and to grow in grace. Mrs Thomas then stepped forward, and, having been presented with a trowel by the contractor, went through the ceremony of laying the corner stone of the new temple and the proceedings terminated. In the evening the Revs. Mr Roberts (Brymbo), and Mr Roberts (Coedpoeth) preached two sermons in the Calvanistic Chapel to large congregations, bat prior to that, tea was provided by a number of ladies for the visitors. Mr Peters, of Leesword, is the contractor. The building will cost L350, and is to be finished in October. OSWESTRY. THE CAMBRIAN RAILWAYS.—At a meeting of directors held last Friday, Mr Henry Cattle, who has been manager and secretary of the Keswick and Gockermouth Railway, was appointed manager .of the Cambrian, in succession to Mr Elias, resigned. THE RECENT ACCIEENT NEAR GOBOWE:?.—Mr William Beech, Belmont, writes to say we are mis- informed as to that portion of our repol t of this acciden; in our last impression, which assigns the accident on the application by him of the whip to the horse. He says I did not use the ghip until the horse took fright at the train, nor did I apply it the second time, as is stated." THE INCORPORATION.—At the meeting ef the directors of the Incorporation on Monday, the statement of averages as prepared by Mr Doyle was read. Mr Doyle also- said that it was the intention of Government to assimilate the con- stitution of the incorporation to that of a poor law union, by the issue of an order that on the 25th of March in the next year the number of guardians shall be fixed in each parish by the Poor Law Board; that the elections shall cease to be in the mode as conducted at present and that there shall be annual elections, under an election order, as there are in parishes in unions, by the ratepayers. He hoped the directors would see the justice and expediency of these changes.—The Clerk suggested that when a formal communication on the subject should have been received from the Poor Law Board, a special meeting be held.—This was agreed to, anct it was resolved tc leave the signing o2 the averages till the next meeting, when the new directors would be present.-The vaccination contract with Mr Box, the newly-appointed medica' officer at Chirk, was returned unapproved by the Poor Law Board. The arrangement in it was similar to that made with the late Mr Edmunds. It was suggested, however, by the Poor Law Board, that a fresh contract be prepared, so as to provide for arm-to-arm vaccination.—The coaaty rate warrants were issued to the several parishes iu the incorporation. In Shropshire, it was stated, the county rite was id., and the police rate,1. in the pound in Denbighshire, the county rate lid., without a police rate. The amount was the same as before, jE334 15s. lCd.-The master asked for soft water to be laid to the cooking apparatus, as the water now used caused an incrustation and about 601bs of solid matter bad been taken out The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr Benham about the matter. TOWN COUNCIL AND LOCAL BOARDv TUES- DAY.—Present: The Mayor (E. Shaw, Esq.); Aldermen Hill, Lloyd, J. T; Jones Councillors C. W. Owen, W. E. Rogers. J. Salter; G- M. Bickerton, W. Hughes, C. G. Bayley Mr H. Davies, town clerk; Mr E. B. Smith, borough surveyor. This was a special meeting to receive the report of Mr T. E. Minshali, C.E., as to the unfinished state and cost of completion of the neut reservoir, to re-arrange the merchandise stalls in the Cross- market; and to consider the advisableness of closing the markets at ten o'clock on Saturday nights.—The Town Clerk stated that he had been threatened with legal proceedings frcm three parties, viz.: Mr John Jones, solicitor; Mr Charles Pratt; and Mr T. Roberts, Chester; inconsequence of the diversion of a watercourse from fields in their occupation, He, the town clerk, had explained to the gentleman, that the board had passed resolutions to restore the old supply. The surveyor saia De had two sets of men at work, but as yet bad failed to. find the source of the water.—On the suggestion of Mr Alderman Hil'+ it was resolved that the surveyor should continue search for the lost water supply, and in default of finding it, provide a supply from the main. The majority of the members of the board were against closing the market earlier on Saturdays, but it was resolved to strictly enforce the present bye-law of inflicting a fine of 40s. on those refusing to qnit at eleven o'clock. It was also resolved, that when the tolls are next let warehousing and packing shall be strictly prohibited. The New Reservoir.—Uycn the recommendation of the Town Clerk, who stated that the next business was of a inomentcua nature, the boroug h surveyor and reporters retired, and the proceedings were continued in private.. The Town Clerk read a report prepared by Mr T. E. Minshall, C.E., of Wrsxham, upon the unfinished reservoir and estimated cost of completing it. It was unanimously resolved, upon the motion of Mr W. F. Rogers, seconded by Mr Alderman Hill, that the board advertise for tenders for the completion of the reservoir, to be sent in on August 6th, and con- sidered at a special special meeting on August 8th. The board then adionrned. RHYL. I MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF A VISITOR. I I On Friday last, a visitor in this town suddenly died under mysterious circumstances. He was a respectably dressed man, apparently of 28 or 30 years of age, having red hair and beard, and being r"' 0 about 5ft. 7in. in height. At an inquest held at the Dudley Arms Hotel, before Mr Robert Parry, deputy-coroner of Flintshire, on Saturday, the following gentlemen composed the jury :—Messrs H. J. Spinks, foreman, Henry Parry, Frederick Jones, Robert Roberts, J. Thos. Brayzier, Marsh Wedgwood, Gecrge Cutlsr, John Smith, John Roberts, Pryce Davies, Evan Jones, and N. L. Dyson. Margaret Jones said she was the wife of Hugh f Jones, residing at Yale-road, Rhyl. On Friday week deceased came to her door to ask for lodgi-jgs^ and she let him two rooms for a week, for which he agreed to give her las. He did not tell her his name, and when he was asked for his. name to publish in the Visitor he objected to giving it. He did not pay her fQr his lodgings, th. up on the day he died. He used to pass his time by going to and fro to the shore and other places but it was not usual with him to tell her where he was going to though he told her once or twice he was going to the station. He took his breakfast at her house daily, and he had three dinners there accounting for the other days by stating he had some friends in Rbyl whom he visited. He took tea every day at her house. He used to buy his own provisions, but she bought him a few things. He once told her where he came from, but he said it in such a low tone and so indiatiuctly that she was not certain of the place-it was something he A Silyewsbury. She thought he was a man of about 28 te 30 years of age. He was accustomed to go out at nine, ten, or eleven o'clock in the morning, come back at one, when he dined at her house on other days he used to return at five. She did notice him in drink. On Friday moriiinr, last he went out of the house after breakfast about ten o'clock, and he never came back again. About seven o'clock the same evening she was told there was a body lying in the police station, but she did not see it, but her husband had. By the Foreman: There was nothing in his manner to lead her to suppose that his mind was affected. He was a very quiet man, not given to joking. He went to bed early every night he was at her house. By Mr Roberts Saw no letters coming to him By the Foreman: She did not see a glass or any- thing in the rooms, leading her to infer that be was ia the habit of taking spirits, but he oue day said he was sorry for having spilt medicine on the bed c ottips. By Mr Dyson All the ale she fetched him was three half-pints—a pint one day with dimer and a hatf-a-pint anoher day. A boy named William Williams said he found deceased lying on the ground near the gas works about eleven o'clock on Friday morning, smokinofy a short pipe. He assisted him to get up and to walk along the road. After walking a short dis- tance, deceased said, I am very near;y done," S and witness advised him to sit. Shoit.y after a cab came by, and deceased motioned the driver to stop, who, with the assistance of a gendeicua who went by, placed him in the cab. Deceased told them to take him to Mrs Jones's over the bridge He pulled first a halfpenny out of his pocket to pay the toll-keeper; after that he took a fourpeuny piece and paid the gate-keeper with it. Witness sat with him in the cab all the time. As soon as they got through the gate a gentleman advised them to take him to the doctor, and they, there- fore, drove him to Dr Roberta, who said as they could not find his lodgings they had better take him to the police station, which they did. Joseph Davies, cab driver, corroborated the last witness. Dr R. Price Roberts said that when the deceased was brought to his door, he directed the cabdriver tj take him to the police-station, telling his assis- tant to follow and administer an emetic. He also followed, and when he heard from Inspector McLaren that laudanum vials were found upon him, he (Dr Roberts) applied the stomach-pump and cleared his stomach, but he could not perceive that anything came up with the water, which was not discoloured at all. He did not smell laudanum on deceased's breath. If he had taken a large dose of laudanum he would have smelled it. n By the Foreman The man died from the effects of naicotic poison, as the symptoms favoured their opinion, deceased being sleepy, drowsy, and resisted every effort to restore him. In reply to the Coroner, Dr Robots thought mere were no eympioms or apoplexy and in reply to further questions, Dr Roberts said be could not say positively that the man died from narcotic poison, but that was his opinion. Mrs Janet McLaren proved that deceased was brought to the police station about half-past one, and died about half-past four. The Coroner remarked there was no evidence to prove that the man died from the effects of poison. All that was before the jury was, that the man was taken up on the road ill, and died shortly after, from what cause there was no evidence to show. The Jury concurred, but Mr Roberts and other jurymen expressed a wish to hear what the tele- graph clerk had to say on the subject. The Coroner said he could not see that his evi- dence could alter their verdict. Mr R. Roberts thought it would be more satis- factory, as that might lead to identification. Thomas Williams, a telegraph clerk at the rail- way station, was then called, aud stated that he identified the deceased as a gentleman who had been at the telegraph-office on Thursday moraine to forward a message from "John Smith" to a man at the Old Mill public-house, London-road, Liver- pool. The message was- Come immediately; I am in an awful mess." He wanted to insert bad language, which is not allowed by the teleg°raph rules. Mr Lewis, stationmaster, had a copy of the message, bat he was not called. The name of the gentleman to whom he sent the message was Thos. Kerfoot. A travelling bag found in deceased's lcdgiDgg was produced by the inspector of police, but there was nothing in it to lead to his identiifcation. There was no money at all in the bag or his pockets. Two vials that had contained laudanum were in his pockets, one having the label of J. J. Bancroft, Ruthin," the other E. Powell Jones, Rhyl." The inspector had ascertained that deceased had been supplied with thirty drops of laudanum on the previous Saturday night at Mr Powell Jones's, stating he wanted thirty drops to last him over Sunday. On another day he had purchased fifteen drops at Mr Foulkes's. Amoqe the articles found on deceased were a carte de visite of a woman, supposed to be his sister, and business cards, of Mr Hughes, Cross Keys, Ruthin. The vt rdict of the jury was to the effect that a man unknown had suddenly died, but from what cause there was no evidence to show. RHCSLLAXERCHRUG'C. COLLTERY ACClDEXTs.-On Thursda, morning, a fatal accidcnt occurred at the No..pit, Hafod- Jbwch Colliery, to a boy named Samuel Wynn, a^ed 11 years,, who was killed by a fall of roof.—On the same day, Jesse Edwards, aged 57 rears, was killed at the Gardden Lodge pit owing to a fall of roof. The inquests were held n yesterday (Friday), but no evidence was taken die h:quu-ies being adjourned. RUABON. THE > OLUXTSISHS.—A company drill of the Ruabon volunteers will take place on Wednesday evening at seven o'clock. Captain Couran (the acting adjutant) will be present. In the case of the Wynn Hall Goal Company on Saturday, ,ice-Chancellor Malins ordered that the name of Mr R. Piercy be struck. off the list of eoutribiitories> on the ground that he had forfeited the shares he held before tb3 failure of the company. CLUB ANNIVERSARIES.— The village was quite enlivened on Saturday by the club fetes which took place. The oddfellaws, located at the Dnke of Wellington Inn, assembled at eleven, and having marshalled themselves into good order, accom panied by the Wrexham Militia, band, repaired to the schoolrcom for divine worship. The evening service was read by the Rev. T. E. Lawrence, who preached a suitable and impressive sermou to his hearers. The club took tour ronud the neigh- bourhood via Moreton Inn. On arriving in RUIVWE f a good spread was provided by Mrs Jones, Tii0 Duke, in tile Paddocks the Rev. T. E. Lawrence in the chair. Dr. Thomas, the newly appointta physician to the club,, llJe his first appeai c, the feast, and was well received. In the eveui"? the band played a election of dance music iu the field near the station,.where many availed them- selves of the oppoitunity of having a pleasant evening's recreation. The club is in a verv satis- factory condition, the income last vear bavin? increased by some £ 38. The anniversary of the Uudeb Brawdol Society, was also held on the same day. For many years this club has been held the Goat Inn. but on the closing of slut ancient hostelry, the soaiety emigrated to the Wynnslay Arms, where they now hold their lodge. Oil Saturday they met at ten o'clock, and after re- ceiving their Sickets, formed into procession, ami headed by the Wrexham Volunteer Band, took a tour of the, aeiglibourhood, visiting Rhosymedre. They were accompanied by Dr. Thomas, whO treated the members in a handsome mannrr. On their return to the hotel, they were regaled with a sumptuous dinner, provided in the style for which Mr Allen is famous, and the day's proceedings wound up by dancing. The nuancial position of the club is very good.