BOUNTY MAGISTRATES' COURT. I MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 1873. I Before H. W. Meredith, Esq., T. Ll. Fifshogb, Esq., J. H. Foulkes, Esq., and Capt. Griffith. UN £ 0N;CA8ES. Charles Edwards, mason, Rhosdiu, was sum- moned by the guardians of the Wrexha81 iUmon to show cause why he neglected to support his mother, Mary Edwards, who had become charge- able to the union. Mr Bury appeared for the guardians, and called Mr Wright, relieving officer, who proved that defendant was in full work asa mason, and also had property that brought him in 6s. a-wedk. An order was made. Summonses had also been issued against three brothers, Thomas, Joseph, and William Gasquoiue, now living at Kaoloy, who had neglected to support their mother, Margaret GasqaOiae. An agreement was produced in which they promised to pay; 2s. 6d. per week each, and an order to that effect was made. DONKEY STBAYXNG. 1 P? C. Price, Rhos, charged Thomas Wnght, Tanyclawdd, with allowing a donkey to stray on the highway, BefendanVa wife appeared and said the donkey broke ont of the erott. The officer .1 said that he saw it in the road bdore. Fined b. and gs. costs. DRUNKARDS. I P.C. Henshaw charged Wilfiam Edwards, stonemason, Pentre Broughton, with being drunk and using bad language on the highway on the 4th inst. Fined 13su and 8s. costs Mary Pad- dock was charged by P.C. Henshaw with a simi- lar offence committed at the Moss on the 11th inst. Fined 10s. and 63. costs.—Mary Burke, -of Wrexham, was also charged by P.C. Renshaw with being drank and using abasive language at Sammer Hill on the Wednesday previous. Fined 10s. and 8s. costs.—P.C, Lawley charged John Shone with being drunk at LIay on Saturday night, the 11th inst. Defendant denied the offence, bat could not disprove it, and was fined 10s. and 8s. costs. I A GAXE CASB. I Charles Goodwin was chaged by Edward Jones with trespassing in pursuit of game in the Court Wood on the 17th December.—Mr Meredith and Mr Fitzhugh retired.—John Edwards proved the case. He said he saw the defendant take a snare up off the ground, and when he asked him what he was doing there he went away. Defendant said he knew nothing ef the case, he was not there at all. In reply to the Court, he said he had no wit- nesses to prove this, so he was fined 10s. and 89. costs. I THURSDAY.—Before H. W. Meredith. Esq. I I CHARGE OF RAPE. I Thomas Williams, collier, Rhos, was charged by P.O. Jones, Rhos, with committing a rape upon St rah Davies, the wife of Richard Davies, collier, Rhos. Prisoner lodged with Richard Davies, and committed the offence on Wednesday morning in the absence of the husband. The police were sent for and prisoner, who acknowledged the offence, was taken into custody.—Committed to take his trial at the assizes.
LOCAL NEWS. FOOTBALL MATCEE. -A match between the Wrexbam and Ruabon Football Clubs will be played oa the racecourse this day (Saturday), at three o'clock. POST-OFFICE F AClLITIEs. Though the .exertions of Mr Howson, postmaster., the messenger to the Adwy'rclawdd and Coedpoeth district is to have a horse and trap in future, which will greatly facilitate the delivery of letters in that district. ORGAN REOXTAL.—The programme for the organ recital in the parish church on Monday evening has been issued, and a very good selection of -sacred pieces appears to have been icaade. Mr E. B. Simms will officiate, and Mr .Bell, ef Chester Cathedral, will be the vocalist. Goon TEMPLAR PRESENTATION—On Thursday evening, at the weekly meeting of the Haste to the Rescue Lodge of Good Templars, Mrs J. M. Jones was presented with a beautiful regalia and medal (purchased by subscription.), in appreciation of that lady's earnest work in connection with,the Good Templar movement since its intsadaction into Wrexham. THE PEHYBBYN -CLEURCH BAZ&Aa.-This bazaar, which was held last week in the Town Hall, resulted in a sam of upwards of B80 being added to the amount raised by the principal bazaar held last summer, and of which this was really a supple- mentary sale -of the then unsold stock, with some little addition. The sum then realised was £ 283. After clearing the cost of the chapel improvements, over L100 will be available towards the erection of schools. THE COAL FIELDS OF .GBEGON.—Mr John R. Lee Bellasyse, of Bryn-y-gwalia Hall, North Wales, accompanied by Mr Isaac Shone, F.G.S., of Wrexham, mineral agent to the Marquess of Westminster, sailed from Liverpool in the Oceanic, on Thursday last, to inspect and report upon the extensive property of the Newport, Oregon, CoalI Company. General R. S. Itipley accompanies the party. Air Radford, brother to Mr Radford, Cobdea Mill, who is out of health, also accompanies the expedition. WREXHAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.—Attendance for the week ending January 17 th, 1873:- on Average Books, Attend. Nation23 Sehool, Beast Market 165 120 National 77 51 Boys'British School 315 252 GirW British School 283 189 St. Mary's Catholic School 241 109 National Girls' School (Tenters). 175 "101 Boys' Ragged School 113 72 ￼ 8t .51 Girls' Ragged Sehool 81 51 J. LINDOP, Visiting Officer. 1459 948 CSILD SCALDED TO DEATH. On Monday morning, at the Nag's Head Inn, an inquest was held, by Mr Thelwall, on the body of Jane Jones, aged three years, daughter of John Jones, a shoe- Baker, living in Pentrefelin. Aboat six weeks ago, whilst the deceased was sitting upon the lender, the kettle on the fire fell over in con- sequence of the coal giving way, and the water scalded her. The child suffered from her injuries nntil the time of her death, which occurred on Friday eveniag last, although she had been at- tended by Dr. Davies and Mr Hughes. A verdict of Accidental death" was returned. THE NEW COLLIERY AT ACTON. We under- stand that the preliminary arrangements for the commencement of this new colliery are so far completed that boring will be immediately com- menced on the Croesyniris farm. Indeed, a report was circulated in the town that the first sod was to ik out on Tuesday, with some ceremony, by some of the local shareholders. On our reporter going to the ground, however, there were no signs of anything being done; and he was informed that the tenant of the farm having had no intimation from the owner, declined to allow anyone to go on the land. SOABD OF GUARDIANS. The usual meeting of the Board of Guardians was held on Thursday. There were present Captain Griffith, chairman; Mr Baugb, vice-chairman Mr J. Barton, Gres- ford; Mr A. W. Edwards and Mr J. M. Jones, Wrexbam RegIS; Mr Beale, Wrexham Abbot; Mr Rogers, Ruabon; Mr Low, Brymbo; Rev. R. 0. Burton, Minera; Mr Lester, Bersham; Mr Daniel, Esclnsham Below; T. P. Jones-Parry, Esq., and H. W. Meredith, Esq., ex-oiffcios. Tnere was no business of any interest. Number in the house, 223 i last year, 253; vagrants reUefed, 44. THE MAYOR'S BANQUET.—At the time of our going to press, the Mayor of Wrexham, Mr J. C. Owen, was entertaining the corporate sfficials and magistrates of the town, together with a few friends, at a banquet ia the Assembly Room of the Wynn- stay Arms Hotel. Every arrangement appeared to have been made for the comfort of the guests, and a most pleasant and enjoyable evening was anti- cipated. LOCAL WATER BILL.-A numerously attended meeting of the shareholders of the Wrexham Water- works Company was held at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, on Wednesday last, pursuant to the re- quirements of what is technically known as the Wiiarnecliffe order," Mr Overton in the chair. 1 After the advertised notice and circular were read by the secretary, the Bill as now introduced into Parliament for the purchase of the Cefu Waterworks and the estimate of expense together with the analysis, by Dr. Letheby, of the waters of the Wrexham, Cefn, Ruabon and Brymbo Com- panies were fully explained and discussed, the proposed scheme was agreed to unanimously. LOCAL BILLS IN PARLIAMENT—On Monday the following unopposed petitions were found by the Examiner to have duly complied with Standing Ord-L-rs :-Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay Railway, and Bala and Festiniog Railway. Ou Tuesday, the Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay (Mineral Branches) was found to have complied with Standing Orders, and on Wednesday the Lon- don and North Western Railway (Holyhead Old Harbour), the London and North Western Railway (new works, &c.), the London and North Western and Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Com- panies, the Great Western and the Amalgamation bills. The Birkenhead and South Wales Junction Railway bill has been abandoned. WORDING MEN'S CLUB.—Mr Eyton Jones pre- sided on Saturday evening, and the following pro- gramme was gone through :—Selection, Band reading, from Pickwick, Mr Bradley; song Measure your fare by your means," Mr loan Powell (encored); solo pianoforte, Miss A. Jones; reading, "Story of a horse," Mr T. Bury; solol pianoforte, "Welsh airs," Mr J. F. Edisbury "(encored); song." Down in a coal mine," Mr loan Powell; selection, Band; reading, from Pickwick, Mr T. E.-Jones organine selection, Mr J. F. Edisbury recitation, "Wreck of' the Hesperus," Master Ellis song, H Speak well of a brother," Mr James Davies; reading, Jumping frog," Mr John -Jones. National anthem. The ttsual votes of thanks concluded the entertain- ment. RxSIO-,iATIOX 'OF MR. HOWSON, POSTMASTER.— The inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood will regret to hear that Mr -HowL;on, poqtmaster,' has announced his intention to the authorities to; resign the office of postmaster of Wrexbam. Mr Howson's health has latterly not been very good, and his eyesight has seriously suffered from the nature of his arduous duties. He has been '33 yeara in the service, and has fairly earned his right to the retiring allowance. During his period of service in this town, we can speak with con- fidence and from personal experience, coining into contact with .the department probably as much as any firm in the town, and we can say of Mr -How- son that he has always been ready to oblige as far as the regulations and exigencies of the service allowed, and to prevent, if possible, delays and mistakes, and when such happened he 'would duly investigate-so as to prevent their recurrence. We trust that in-so important-tin office an experienced person will be selected to succeed Mr Howson, and feel sure that if Mr Broster, the senior clerk, were appointed, the selection would give general satisfac- tion. SUSPICIONS DEATH OF AN INFANT.— Mr Thel- wall held an enquiry at the Nag's Head Inn, on Monday, as -to the death of a newly-born male child, three weeks old, the son of -Jonathan Hughes, le, Picton-terrece, Tuttle-street. The mother was sworn, and stated that oiasaturday night, she *went to bed about eleven o'clock, leaving her husband, who was drunk, in the kit- chen. About three o'clock in the morning she was awoke by the screaming of the child, and she got up and went downstairs. A fire was lighted, and "cinder" tea was given to the deceased, who, however, died whilst in her arms. She was of opinion that it had died from convulsions. In reply to the coroner, the mother said she was perfectly-sober when she retired. After hearing the evideoce given by :the mother of the hus- band, who was present when the child died, the coroner said he regarded.the case as very serious, and after some consideration it was decided to adjourn the iaquest, so that a post mortem exami- nation might be made. The enquiry was re- opened yesterday (Friday) morning. The mother of the child was recalled, and repeated her evidence, stroogly denying that she had ever given her infant anything with the exception of a little castor oiband cinder" tea. She admitted that on Wednesday week she took off the deceased's clothing to wash it, and she put it in a shawl, and I she believed it then canght.a cold.-Jane ipowell saw the mother and her child in the town, between nine and ten o'clock on Saturday night, and she was then sober. Witness, early on Snuday morning, was called by the mether, and she went to see the child in about half an hour afterwards. It 4-as then dead, in its mother's arms.—Dr. Divios was sworn, and stated that on Tuesday he had made a post ator4em examination of the -de- ceased. There were mo marks of 4xternaLl violence on the,body, bat there was some little lividity of skin .,siieut the lips, face and head. The organs were healthy, with the exception of the lurgs whichrwere congested. The blood.was more fluid, than was natural after death, and that might arise from narcotic poisoning. It sometimes arose; from other causes, bat that was the most common consilience of narcotic poisoning. No other part of the body was in an abnormal condition, everything 4ase being natural and healthy. In narcotic poisoning there was lividity of the whole body, but .it <was not so in .thepresent instance. There were no symptoms of convulsions, because if the child, died from convadsiews the brain would have been congested, which ms not the case. He had heard the evidence of the witnesses, but there was nothing in ikeir statements which would posi- tively show that ;the child had dt&d from narcotic poisoning. The cause of death was congestion of the lungs, bat how produced there was no evidence tc,show, although fit might have been brought on hy cold. He wished to inform the J ury that when the woman was conRned he was sent for. She had act a bed, nor even a bit of straw to lie upon, and be supposed she must have been confined on the floor. He arrived in about a couple of hours, after being sent for, and he then found her sitting; on a stool by the fire. He had been informed that: no provision had been made for the baby, which was kept laite naked until the neighbours brought, in some clothes. He had ;at once ordered a bed to be provided for her at the expense of the parish. — The Coroner: And she stated that her husband was receiving 18s. a week.—In addressing the jury, the Cotoner said they bad now satisfactory evidence as to the cause of death, although there was some difficulty in saying what had produced congestions of the lungs. Dr. Davies had stated that there were symptoms consistent with narcotic poisoning, but yet there were symptoms of death from other causes. A woman might poison all her children with laudanum, but unless all the symp- toms connected with the poisoning were fully shown, there was some difficulty in detecting the real cause of death. Bat supposing that it had been shown that narcotics had been administered, they would have to prove that the mother had done so wilfully with the intention of killing her child. —The jury returned a verdict that the deceased had died from congestion of the lungs, but by what cause produced there was no evidence to show.
BOROUGH MAGISTRATES' COURT. MONDAY, January 13, 1873. 1 Before the Mayor (J. C. Owen, Esq.), T. C. I Jones, Esq., E. Tench. Esq., and T. E. Jones. Their worships took their seats at twenty-five minutes past ten. I THE MAJOR'S BANQUET. I Mr J. B. Murless applied for an extension of time until twelve o'clock on Friday evening when the Mayor's Banquet was to be held at the Wynn- stay Arms Hotel.—Granted. I BEGGING. George Dicken, Northampton, was charged! with vagrancy by P.C. Eady, who found him: begging in Lambpit-street at six o'clock on Satur- day night.—Discharged. DRUNKENNESS. Wm. Bishop, Moss, was charged by Inspector Halin with drunkenness on Saturday night. Defendant complained that the police had abused him, but three officers proved that such had not been the casp, and stated that the defendant had thrown a heavy boot at P.C. Hugh Jones. The Mayor said the defendant had aggravated the offence by his disorderly conduct and by making wilful, and as the Bench thought, most incorrect charges against the police. They must protect the police in the exercise of their duties, which sometimes were very difficult. He would be fined 5st, and 5s. 6d. costs.—Charles Clutton, of Moss, wai charged by P,C, Hugh igueg with (IrankeQ, ness in Tattle-street early on Sunday morning. Oidered to pay costs.—J ohn Howell, forgeman, Rhosddu, for being drunk on Saturday night was fined 2s. 6d. and 3s. 6d. costs.-P.C. Hugh Jones charged Thomas Roberts, Glyn Ceiriog, with being inebriated at twelve o'clock on the previous night, and he was lined 2s. and 3s. 61. costs.—William Williams, Is Bill Shovel," was charged by the same officer with being drank on Friday week. The Mayor said the defendant had been fined in November, but had not paid the money.—Defen- dant I went to the gaol but they would not take me in. (Laughter). Fined as. and 7s. costs, or seven days' imprisonment. Whilst the defendant was sitting in the dock he threatened to break the ueck of P.C. Eady. The Bench then cancelled the previous sentence, and fined the defendant 10s. and 7s. costs, or 14 days' imprisonment. Defendant became very violent, and said he would act go to the lockup with P.C. Hugh Jones, or if he had to do so, he (defendant) would break his nose. However, he was at once removed.— Tuornas Randies was fined Is. and 7s. costs for being drunk at half-past nine on Thursday nighf. -James William Yates, reporter of the Free Press (who did not appear), was charged by P.C. Hugh Jones with being drunk and incapable early on Wednesday morning in Bank-street, he having been found asleep on a step close to the newspaper office in which he was employed. The defendant having been fined oa the 26th December for a similar offence, he was now mulcted in the sum of 10s. 6d. and 8s. costs, or 14 days' imprisonment. The Mayor said the Bench had had before them tl. t morning evidence of a disgraceful state of things, there being no fewer than nine cases of drunkenness before them. AN OBSTREPEROUS WORKMAN. 0.0 I John Roberts, joiner, was likewise charged with being drunk and disorderly. Mr Charles Huxley, builder, said that defendant had been employed by him. About one o'clock on Saturday, he was paying the men, when defendant came in the house, and wanted to be paid for the day's work to which he was entitled. He was rather disorderly, and witness refused to give him any money, he being intoxicated; subsequently he pushed defen- dant out of the heuse, upon which he took up two pieces of coal, evidently with the intention of thiowicg them at him. He then began to fumble in his pocketsand pulled out something bright, bat witness could not swear it was a knife, he himself being somewhat excited. He took up a pair of tongs to defend himself, but the matter went no farther, with the exception that the defendant used most abusive and threatening lan- guage. The defendant was afterwards given in charge.—Mr T. Eyton Jones Could you not make him a Good Templar. Mr Huxley: He is one, but we have not done with him yet, and we will try him again.—Defendant said he was too civilised to carry a knife in his pocket. He had. nothing about him bat sixpence.-P.C.. Eady: deposed to arresting the Sefendant when in a state; of drunkenness. He had no instrument in his possession.—The Mayor-did not think that defen- dant had had any intetian of injuring Mr Haxley. It was a great misfortune that he had vielated hiS;11 Good Templar obligauon and rotarn?d to drink. ? He recommended him again to join the <order and; refrain from drink. Having been in custody since Sitarday, he would now be discharged. SEBSOUS CHARGE. t John Hollowood, Overton, was cherged with obtaining money under false pretences. Mr David Jones, butcher, High-street, stated that on Satur- day-morning between ^twelve and one'o'clock the defendant, who was in drink. came to his shop, and said he was a son of Mr Hollowood, who was a friend of witness. -He wanted to borrow 25, and witness gave him a cheque for the amount, which he afterwards cashed. He came a second time, and acting very strangely, witness gave him in charge, he being of opinion that he was not the person he represented himself to be. However, he ow wished to withdraw the charge,-the defen- dant's parents being very respectable, and his; father, Mr Hollowood, was now present, aBd, woald say that his Bon's intellect had been affected: for some time past. Mr T. C. Jones recommen- ded defendant to abstain from drink in future, as by imbibing he had become involved in a serious, matter. -Defendant: It is a very serious matter, but I did it in a friendly way. (Laughter.) The defendant was thea discharged. BEEA-CH OF CONTRACT. 1 Senry Elwood, compositor, was gammoned for breach of contract, he having left his employment at-ihe Wrexham Guardian office without giving notice. Mr G. W. Spencer appeared to prove the case, but it appeared that the service of the gammons could not be sworn to, the defendant having failed to appear. The case was adjourned for a week, so that, if necessary, the delivery of the-summons could be proved.
I WREXHAM DISTRICT TEMPERANCE I LEAGUE. The annual conference of the above society, which in future will be known as the North Wales Border Temperance Leigue," was held in the Savings' Bank on Monday afternoon, and there was a fair attendance of members, Mr W. H. Darby presiding. There was no business of any importance, the most interestiiag item being that of vot'ng £25. in aid of a fund to secure the ser- vices of the Rev. F. Wagstaff to work in the district of the league during March, April, and May, on behalf of the Good Templars. A PUBLIC MEETING was held in the Town Hall in the evening, and there was a large audience, the. Good Templars who were present wearing the regalia of their order. Mr W. H. Darby, the president of the society, occupied the chair, and was supported by the Rev. J. Priestley, the Rev. S. Mande (Chirk), the Rev. F. Wagstaff, the Rev. E. Jerman, Mr J. B. Gould (United States consul, Birmingham) Mr W. Thomas, Mr R. C. Rawlins, Mr J. M. Jones, Mr W. Lester, Mr C. 9. Darby, Mr T. E. Min- shall, Mr Charles Rocke, and Mr W. H. Tilstorr, seoretary. Mrs Gould and Mrs Davies (Plas Darland) were likewise on the platform. After prayer by the Rev. S. Maude, and a tem- perance melody had been sung, The Chairman addressed the meeting, and said the object of the league was to explain to the people of this part of the country how total abstinence from all intoxicating drinks was bene- ficial to their health, social position, and natural habits. On that platform they had from time to time endeavoured to prove, not only by their own experience only, but by the experience of almost everybody tried both sides of the question who had their principles were correct. They had chal- lenged investigation, and had asked persons to examine their principles in every possible way, and he did not remember a single case in which a person had come forward and said intoxicating drink was a good thing to use. After their own experience, in some cases of twenty years, they felt bolder than ever, and they felt confident that the longer people did without intoxicating drink, the more satisfied they were both in heart and head, that whatever work they had to do could be done better without any intoxicating drink than even when they took a small quantity. Having proved that position, they went a little bit further. Many of them were for a lot;g time of opinion that when people were ill that was the time above all others when they should avoid taking intoxicating drinks, and that if drink was inj urious to a man when well, it must be much more injurious to him whea he was ill. (Applause.) The medical men now came forward, and said they could eure people who were ill better without any liquor than by using it as a medicine; and that they could better combat disease of every kind without using drink, and were more successful as medical men when they never used intoxicants as medicine. They (the members of the league) now stood be- fore the people as real nephalists, people who in- tended to do without intoxicating drink, and they would not teach it, and above all, would not offer it to friends, for what would they say of a man, who, while he had given up drink, offered it to a frend. Would they not say he was a hypocrite ? Tue chairman next referred to the fact that America was far more advanced than we are on the temperance question, and instanced the intro- daction <of Good Templary into this country. He adverted to the marvellous progress of the order, and hoped that by this time next year they would have eight live lodges in Wrexham. (Applause.) Mr W. Thomas read the annual report, from which we extract the tollowing: tn presenting the twelfth report, the executive committee called attention to the greatly improved position of the temperance movement since the league commenced its operations, and 'there, was abundant reason for all who desired a sober commuaity to feel cheered by the progress of public opinion in favour of the, temperance cause. The year 1872 had been one of considerable importance to the movement on: account of the legislative aetion which had been taken.by the Government and by private members of Parliament. The committee, feeling the am* portance of the Sunday closing of public-houses made an earnest effort to influence Parliament in that direction, ;and petitions, containing more than 8,000 signatures, were presented to the House of Commons in favour of the Sunday closing bill. The Licensing Act, 1872, could only be looked upon by the committee and the friends of sobriety generally, as an instalment of the legislation that was needed on the subject of intemperance, but, at the same time, an instalment that was thankfally accepted so far as it went, and entitled the Government 4o the latitude of all friends of morality and good order. About twelve months since, the first ledge of the Independent Order of Good Templars in this district had been estab- lished in Wrexham, and the committee heartily rejoiced in the results already attained through the operations of that order, feeling convinced that the establishment of lodges everywhere within the district would tend "to consolidate the results of the labours of the league, and render sthem more permanenk-at the same time tending to makerthe cause of temperance generally more popular and sympathetic. It haddong been felt that the pre- sent name-of the league was somewhat too local in its character and scarcely represented with sufficient accuracy the area of its operations; em- bracing as it did the towns and districts of Oswestry, Whitchurch, Ellesmere and Mold, and at the last meeting of the conference, held in October, it was resolved that from the date of the annual meeting the name should be altered to that af The North VWales Border Temperance League." The proposed creation of Wrexhim into a military-centre was a source of considerable anxiety to the committee because of the injury to public morality which usually attended the con- gBegation of large bodies of men, comparatively unoccupied in garrison towns; and it was felt that the prospect of a similar establishment in Wrex- ham was an additional call to labour and Eberality on the part of the ifriends of temperance and morality, so as to counteract by all means in their power the danger which threatened them:" Mr J. M. Joces read the treasurer's report, from which it appeared 4hat the subscriptions dur- ing the current year had amounted to JE120 8s. lid., and the expenditure JB121 5s. 6id. Mr Jones also made some .remarks on the fact that whilst E120,000,000 was -spent in drink ia a year, only £ 2^000,000 was subscribed for charitable in. stitutions to counteract the consequences of the drink trade. Mr T. E. Minshall proposed, and Mr C. E. Darby seconded, that the report be adopted, which was passed. The Rev. F. Wagstaff then addressed the meet- ing as follows: The temperance reformer -no longer presents himself before the public with an apology. It is no longer we who have to render a reason for assuming the position which we talker; but it is those who are not with us to attempt, as i beet they may, to account for their antagonistic, or at least their central, attitude in regard to the temperance question. And this is so, whether we regard the political or the soeial aspects of oar: movement. In relation to legislation, and also in reference to what is usually denominated moral suasion, he who is not with us feels impelled to offer some-excuse both for the satisfaction of his own conscience, and to explain his position in the eyes of the world. I have decided to offer a few remarks upon what I conceive to be the nature of the claims of the temperance cause to be more closely identified in the future than in the past with the Christian sentiment and life in this country. It is difficult at first to understand how it has come to pass that temperance and religion should ever have been regarded as two distinct things. Honesty and religion are not so regarded; chastity and rel-ig;)n are not so regarded. The observance of the commandment which forbids blasphemy has sever been deemed a work of supererogation—a matter of indifference to those who would maintain their Christian reputation. How comes it that temperance has been denied its true position as one of the legitimate and essential fruits of the spirit ? On what principle can we account for so negligent a reading of the injunction of the Apostle Peter, who says—"And beside this, giving all diligence; add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance ?" Is it that Christians, while they may attain to the possession of virtue, have not yet gcquired knowledge, and therefore modestly decline any attempt to pass on to the next of the Christian graces which go to make up the perfect man ? Although I ask these questions, I confess my utter inability to give to them any satisfactory answer. I shall, therefore, content myself with a eoncise statement of what wet as abstainers, regard as our standpoint, and, as time may serve, follow this by an argument in support of the proposition that temperance presents to the Christian church such claims to regard as the church cannot refuse to entertain. For generations there has been in the world a continually spreading evil—intemper- ance—an evil which, proteus-like, assumes a multitude of forms, and is the prolific parent of a fearsome progeny of woes. This evil is traceable to but one cause—the use of intoxicating drink— of drink which, whether it be taken as beer, wine, or spirits, derives its intoxicating power from one thing, to which chemistry gives the name of alcohol. To this one thing is attributed by uni- versal testimony the greater portion of the crime, pauperism, and insanity which afflhit the land. The sanctities of home-life are destroyed by it: the brightest homes are blighted character is ruined and innumerable souls are eternally destroyed. From its use there are aching hearts, dying wives, heart-broken mothers, starving children; and men, among the ablest, Eternal Wisdom ever formed, sleep in drunkard's, graves to-night. Well has this vice been described by a working man poet- himself, alas! a victim to its power The nightmare of the nation, weighing down Her labouring breast, the blot on her renown; The curse that paralyses heart and limb, Makes virtue's star and reason's lamp grow dim j Robs child and mother of their common right, Home needs, home rectitude, and home delight; Makes the frail father reckless and sinworn, Madman to-day, an idiot in the morn Makes the poor boasted freeman worse than slave, M4 gluts with victims a dishonoured grave. 1- Forty years ago it was discovered, or ritthgr the world-old fact .was remembered, that the simple remedy for this was to put away the cause; and hence arose in its present form the practise of total abstinence from all intoxicating drink. One won Id have supposed that the Christian church every- where would have hastened to avail itself of this simple method of destroying the greatest hindrance which has ever obstructed the progress of the world's salvation. The name of Williams of Wern is not unknown in the neighbourhood of Wrp-rhom A friend has within the last few days called my attention to a statement quoted in the memoir of that earnest man, and wuich is given in his own words:—" Perhaps you would wish to hear the reasons which have induced me to join this society. I saw that the most pious persons (at least those I thought so) among ministers and laymen were be- coming teetotallers, and I thought that all of those, of whose piety I entertained a high opinion, would soon attach themselves to this movement and I feared if I did not speedily join the soci ety, I should be a stumbling-block in the w,ty, and should wound their feelings-a thing that I would not do for all the world. So I resolved to follow those who had gone before me, and to anticipate others as quickly as I could; and I already per- ceive that things have turned out just as I had expected, and I would not upon any consideration be an anti-teetotaller to-day if it were upon no other ground than regard to the feelings of others." But the church has been slow to recognise its duty in this matter and I take it that the world has -1J_1 -1- .1..1- 11 « seen no more monxntm spectacle tnan that of thousands of the followers of the self-denying Jesus suffering their fellowmen to perish day by day, rather than give up a selfish indulgence with a view to rescue those for whose salvation Christ became a man of sorrow, and was obedient nnto death. Let it not be supposed, however, that the church is now called to the exercise of self-denial in this matter. So long as it was supposed that strong drink was in itself capable of conferring any benefit upon the human frame, perchance there might be room to claim eredit for that virtue in giving up its use. But the revelations of science have deprived us of the last shadow of excuse for continuing the use of strong drink, and have demonstrated that alcohol is not only useless to the healthy body, but that its presence in the system is inimical to health, and of more than questionable value in sickness. Time will not allow of lengthened quotation; -but I may state upon the authority of Liebig, the celebrated German chemist; of Dr. Carpenter, one of the first of English physiologists, and president of the British Association; and of numberless others, that these drinks "fornish no element capable of entering into the composition -of blood, muscular fibre, or any part which is the seat of vital principle." The experience of millions establishes the fact that health is more perfectly enjoyed without these drinks than with them and even the last shelter of the tippler is destroyed, who says that they are essential as a medicine. I know that many in this town, as well as elsewhere, defend the use of strong drink by declaring that their medical men telllfeem they must use it in sickness. But the fact is that scores of medical men, as eminent and as learned, have done without them in all their practice for years, with .perfect success. Why cannet your doctors ? Have they ever fairly tried to do so ? The platform upon which the total abstainer of to- day stands is this-that alcohol is in every case injurious to the healthy body, and that it is not necessary in sickness. The evidence in support of this proposition receives corroboration daily; and in presence of these facts, I ask whether the time has not come when Christian men and women should not hasten to identify themselves with a movement which aims to destroy that mocker" which attfce last biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder ? Of one thing I am certain—the church of the future will be a church whose members-will have severed all connection with the drink. Already the promise of deliverance brightens the future prospect of the world. The angel of temperance exerting on all hands her heaven- blessed indnences, gives hope to those who have been well nigh ready to -despair of the salvation of the race. (Applause.) Mr J. 33. Gould said England could learn very much from America as regarded education and temperance, and in reference to the latter matter, notwithstanding Great Britain's fair fields, beauti- ful cities and towns, thrift, prosperity, and tower- ing wealth, he could not go into a town without seeing the trail of the sezpent of strong drink overall —drink everywhere bringing sorrow, wretchedness, and trouble into every community. He took a deep interest ik this matter, especially for one reason, because he thought he might help to save a great many people from injuring -themselves. He had no doubt that in Great Britain there were tens of thousands that night who were frequently intoxi- cated, and were suffering terribly from it, who <would hold up their hands to close every 1 drinking shop in the kingdom. They knew that thing was cursing them, that the appetite burned in tthem like a fire, and they could sot resist the temptation and how could a man, who had such an appetite within him, ran the gauntlet of so many public houses, the fumes and influences of which were thus brought to bear upon him who would wish to .change his course ? Unless he were a man of steel it was impossible for him to reform; and if they could shut up these places, tens of thoasands of oar countrymen would be saved from themselves. In the State of Maine they had a law that had been regarded as very peculiar, and had been -criticised wery much. On this side of the water they had heard a great many things about it, i and many people who never saw the State of Maine stood up confidently and said the law was a perfect failure. He new stood up, after years of perfect acquaintance with its working, to tell them that it was a grand success--( applause)-as suc- cessful as any law against crime in Great Britain. Yet many men did not give the same fair play to the law against intoxicating drink that they gave to other laws,- they required that it should be per- fect in its working. There was a law to-day in Great Britain against theft, yet there was still stealing all over the kingdom still they would not do away with that law because it was violated. They had a law against murder, but it was violated yet who would stand up and say the law against murder was a failure, and ask for it to be blotted out of the statute books. Last year one man came back from America, and in the House of Commons spoke on this subject. He had spent one night in Maine, which was nearly as large as the whole of England, but from that one night's observations he said the law was a failure, and as a proof of it he produced in Parliament a phial containing some brandy, which he said he bought in the State of Portland himself. When he (Mr Gould) read that, he almost blushed to think that a man engaged in making the laws of one nation should visit another, and then return and boast that he had broken the laws of that nation. (Ap- plause.) Suppose he (Mr Gould) went back to America and said they had a law in England against theft, but it was a perfect failure, for in his band was a watch he bad stolen. (Laughter.) Bat his American friends would say, 11 Put the rascal within stone walla." After speaking of the favour with which the Maine Law was regarded by the people, he said any one might go into a town with less than 10,000 inhabitants in Maine, or any of the six New England States, and he would defy him to find a policeman. If they looked into the poor- houses, they would again see the wholesome effect of the law, for while in this country we had 1,200,000 paupers, there was only one to every 187 of the population in Maine. After speaking of the ad- vantage derived from the law in regard to the education of the children, Mr Gould alluded to the Prohibitory Law in Illinois and Ohio, where a pub- lican was liable for all the damages resulting from the drink he sold, and one woman, the wife of a physician, whose husband had been ruined by drink, had recovered 2,500 dollars from a drink seller, and another woman, whose husband had suffered largely from the same cause, had recently broaght a claim for 60,000 dollars against six saloon keepers. He had no dcubt that she would get the greater part of it, for tbe jury in nearly every case convicted when it was proved that the defendants had sold intoxicating drinks as stated. He had sat at the tables of statesmen in America, be had mingled among ministers, doctors, and lawyers, bnt he was never socially offered a glass until he came to England. Neither did the re- ligious people use intoxicating drinks, for the con- stitution of the different churches forbade it, and he knew nominister of the gospel of any evangelical church in America who used intoxicating liquors and he did not know of a church that would allow their minister to preach to them six weeks if they were aware he used it. Then, again, the most prominent men of America were total abstainers, Vice-President Colfax being a Good Templar, and Senator Wilson, who had been chosen as the future Vice-President, had been for many years chairman of the Congregational Temperance Society. In the Capitol of Washington- intoxica- ting liquors were nowhere to be found, and they could not be obtained in the lobbies and restaur- ants connected with it. Mr Gould concluded by adverting to the beauty and blessings which sur- rounded this country, and said if we could only inaugurate such a state of things as he had spoken of and stamp oig the drink, we might auaoi- mously say that she should no longer be called Great Britain, but a Christian paradise." The customary compliments ccncluded the pro-, ceedings.
RECEPTION OF AN AMERICAN CONSUL IN WREXHAM. On Monday afternoon, a social tea meeting was held in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, the object being to welcome to the town Mr J. B. Gould, United States cousul at Birmingham. The proceedings had been set on foot by the Wrexham District Temperance League, but besides the members of that League, a number of the principal residents of the town had been invited. After the conclu- sion of the tea, The Rev. J. Priestley rose and said he hailed with joy the existence of the most cordial and thorough good feeling between England and the United States, two countries which God had so greatly honoured and so largely blessed, and neither of whom he believed had yet reached its highest point of power and usefulness. He did not believe that the mother country was in any way on the de- cline, and he was sure the mother looked with no envious eye upon her noble daughter. Whilst America was willing to own her obligation to Eng- land, Britain was equally ready to own no smull debt of obligation to her noble daughter beyond the seas. Our literature, during the last half century, had been enriched not a little, and our machinery owed much to the inventive power and genius that had found a home for itself on the millions of acres of America; still he was sure that there was nothing more to be deprecated than any feeling approaching to hosility, unkindness, existing be- tween two countries God had so strongly inter- hnked with each other, and who combined a federacy intended to be such a large an(I lastin, blessing to every portion of the civilized world. (Applause.) Mr W. H. Darby spoke of the reasonable and sensible manner in which the United States and Great Britain had settled their recent dispute, and he was very glad that there bad been reserved to the Anglo Saxon race the greatest honour to which any nation had been entitled within the memory of living man; and it was a more perfect settlement than that obtained between Germany and France, for as soon as the French would be able to avenge they would make the attempt. The people of Wales were glad to see a representative of America amongst them, for he believed there was no part of this country which was more interested in the settlement than the Welsh inhabitants of North Wales, for the greater proportion of the colonists who went out with William Penn were Welshmen, and the forefathers of those present that night. Mr Darby continued by speaking of the extent to which we were dependent on the United States, and hoped that before long Americi would throw open her ports to free trade, for it would be as great a blessing to that country as he believed it had been to England. Mr R. C. Rawlins congratulated the meeting on the fact that was the first time Wrexham had been visited by a gentleman connected with the Uuited States, and he expressed a hope that they would see the bonds of friendship between the two coun- tries made even still stronger than they were at present; and he looked forward to the time when the adoption of a perfect system of free trade in America should make war with England almost impossible. After a few observations from Mr J. M. Jones, Mr Gould spoke of the kind reception he met with everywhere he went in England, and referred to the number of Welshmen in America, and said he had never heard of a Welshman who made any- thing but a respectable citizen, nor had he ever known a criminal Welshman. They were a thrifty, prosperous people, soon became wedded to the soil, and were substantial, and excellent citizsns. A love of old England had been interwoven into the hearts of a grea. majority of the American people, and there was scarcely an American that did not dream that he would some day cross the ocean and look upon the fair hills and beautiful plains of the mother country. The literature of the two nations was common to both, they spoke the same language, were of one blood, and professed the same Protestant religion. He believed that God intended that these two countries should do what no other nations could. The religion that was to triumph was chiefly to be found in these two nations, the Bible was printed by these two nations, and the missionaries of the world went from these two kin-doms; and what was to be done to save all the lands afar was to be done to a great extent by these two people. Hence they ought to live together in amity, and be a common brotherhood, and he had no doubt they would be for multitudes of years to come. The Americans had drawn much from Eng-1 land, which had blessed their nation in a thousand ways. Maay of their institutions, much of their wealth, aad much of that which made them a na- tion respected among the nations of the earth, grew out of the English influence and the English ele- ment and they were happy and glad to acknow- ledge what they had received from England, aDd how much they were indebted to her. There was one evil which had to a large extent spread over the two nations, and that was the character of the letters that were written and published concerning each country. The letters appearing in England were all garbled, and were caricatures upon America and its institutions, and the English letters in the American newspapers were of the same type. Mr Gould concluded by allading to the influence America was having in the east, especially in China and Japan. Most of the company then adjourned to the public meeting in the Town Hall.
CHURCH SERVICES. I January 26th. Third Sunday after Epiphany. I PARISH CHURCH. HORNING SERVICE AT ELEVEN O'CLOCK. Preees and Responses Tallis Venite Richardson Benedicite, Woodward and Farrant Jubilate Goss Litany. Tallis Kyrie Ross Hymns 65 and 59 AFTERNOON SERVICE AT THREE O'CLOCK. Welsh Service and Sermon. EVENING SERVICE AT HALF-PAST SIX O'CLOCK. Precea and Responses .Tallis Cantate Domino Blake Deus Misereatur Turton Hymns 58 and 284 Vicar: Rev. George Cunliffe, M.A. Curates: Rev. W. Davies, B. A., and Rev. J. Dixon. Organist and Choirmaster; Mr E. B. Simms. ST. MARK'S CHURCH. I SATURDAY—CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL. Morning Prayer an 11 o'clock. MATINS AT ELEVEN O'CLOCK. Hymn 245 Precea and Responses Tallis Venite (No. 40) Br. Crotch Psalms (No. 39) J. Turle Service Baker in F and Dr. Nare8 in F Anthem If ye love me" ,E..Wonk Litany Tallis Hymn before Sermon .No. 62 Hymn after Sermon .No. 322 AT HALF-PAST THREE. Evening Prayer-Hymn after 3rd Collect .65 EVENSONG AT HALF-PAST SIX. Preces and ResDonses Tallis Psalms (No. 105). e. J. Hopkins Service King in F Anthem I will lift up mine eyes" Whitfeld Hymn before Sermon 59 Hymn after Sermon,Ne. 275 Officiating Minister: Rev. J. H. Gibbon, B. A. Evening Lecturer: Rev. W. B. Wallace, B.A. Organist and Choirmaster: Mr Edwin Harriss. Assistant Organist: Mr T. Houghton. MARCHWIEL CHURCH. I Services for Winter Half-year. Holy Communion-First and Third Sundays, 11-45. Second and Fourth Sundays, 8 a.m. Morning Prayer and Sermon at 11 am. Litany at 2 p.m. Evening Prayer and Sermon at 3 p.m.—First Sunday at 6-30 p.m. Fridays-Evening Prayer, Sermon, and Bible Class at 7 p.m. Holy Days—Morning Prayer and Sermon at 11 a.m. Rector: REV. W. H. BOSCAWEN.
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NORTH WALES NARROW GUAGE RAILWAYS. The directors of the North Wales Narrow Gtnge Railways Company invite subscriptions at par for 6,000 shares of IOl. each, bein the share capital specially applicable to the Moel Try fen undertaking. Tho object of the company is to extend in suitabla districts in Wales the system of narrow gnage lines which has been so successful in the case of tho Festiniog Railway. By the Act of I'lCorDor.ition the above branch will be quite distinct from the general undertaking, and it has been leased for twenty-one years to a responsible lessee, Mr Hugh Beaver Roberts, of Bangor and L-,tmin.-ton, at a fixed minimum rent of 6 per cent. per annum on the share capital, Mr Roberts also providing interest on the sum authorised to be borrowed on debentures and administration charges. It is announced that the subscription lists for the issue of the 6,000 shares will be closed on Monday next, the 27th instant for London, and on Tuesday, the 28th instant, for the country. The shares are 3 and 3J per cent. premium. The advertisement in another column will show the great advantages that this scheme possess, a minimum dividend of six per cent. being guaranteed.
COLLISION BETWEEN A STEAMER AND AN EMIGRANT SHIP. UPWARDS OF 300 LIVES LOST. The ship Northfleet, Captain Knowles, 895 tons laden with railway iron, from London to Hobart Town, and having on board, besides the crew of 30, about 400 emigrants, who were to be employed in constructing a railway, was riding at anchor off Dangeness, ia twelve fathoms of water, late on Wednesday night, when, nearly all the passengers being in bed, an alarm was raised that a large steamer was coming bow on. Before any steps could be taken to avoid a collision, the steamer ran into the Northtleet amidships, cutting her in two. Captain Knowles, who displayed the utmost coolness, ordered the men to keep clear of the boats until the women and children were placed in them. The captain's wife and another woman were placed in the longboat. One man who got into the boat, aud refused to leave, was shot by the captain with a pistol, and wounded in the leg. The husband of the second woman threw her child to her and then jumped into the boat and cut the tackle, causing the boat to be stove in. She drifted about, aDd was afterwards picked up. Meanwhile, under the direction of the pilot, the pumps were set to work, but fruitlessly, and about threequarters of an hour after the collision the ship went down like a shot. The tug City of London, attracted by blue lights, cruised abou t ha spot until morning, and saved 30 of the passengers, who were clinging to spars and other pieces of wreck. The Kingsdown lugger Mary was also in time to rescue 34 sufferers, to whom the greatest attention was shown. The London pilot cutter Princess also saved 21, including the pilot and several of the crew. The captain remained on the poop to the last, and perished: a man named Denis Macarthy, who stood by him, sank with him, but was afterwards rescued. Twelve more of the passengers were rescued and landed at Dangeness. Thus only about 95 out of over 400 passengers and crew have been saved, the remainder having met a watery grave. The survivors were received at the Sailors' Home at Dover, where every kind- ness was shown them. The captain's wife, who had only been married six months, was received by the Rev. Mr Y..tte, the honorary secretary. 0n8 child who was saved has lost both father and mother, the former having returned, after putting the child in the boat, to seek his wife. The steamer which caused the catastrophe, although repeatedly hailed, pursued her course down the channel, leaving 400 persons to perish. She is supposed to be a Portuguese vessel, outward bound, from Antwerp, and from which a coast pilot named Georg Swainton was landed at Dover about nine o'clock on Wednesday night. The Board of Trade have offered 2100 for information as to this steamer aud orders have been telegraphed to all southern ports to detain the suspected vessel should it be possible. It is a curious fact that the master of the NortLfL-et, who has had command of the ship for upwards of four years, was suddenly recalled as a witness in the Tichborne case. He is supposed to have been the last man who saw Roger Tichborne at Rio. The depositions of the boatswain and pilot, and the captain of the steamtug, have been taken before the collector of customs. Sixty of the survivors were sent to London on Thursday afternoon.
HUNTING APPOINTMENTS. SIR W. W. WYXN'S HOUNDS WILL MEET ON Saturday January 25th .Sarn Bridge Monday, January 27th Malpas Tuesday, January 28th. Brynkinallfc Thursday, January 30th Acton Saturday, Februa-ry 1st Overton Bridge Each day at half-past Ten. THE CHESHIRE HOUNDS WILL MEET ON Saturday, January 25th Marbury Monday, January 27th Worleston Grange Tuesday, January 28th Mere Old Hall Thursday, January 30th Wilkesley Village Friday, January 31st Norley Hall Saturday, February 1st Vale Royal Eaoh day at 11 o'clock. THE SHREWSBURY HOUNDS WILL MEET ON Monday, January 27th Wallop Thursday, January 30th Holly Coppice Each day at to-15. THE NORTH SHROPSHIRE HOUNDS WILL MEET ON Monday, January 27th Shawbury Friday, January 31st Kennels Each day at 10-45. THE UNITED PACK WILL MEET ON Saturday, January 25th Purslow Tuesday, January 28th Rushbury Station Friday, January 31st.Powis Castle Park Each day at 10 o'clock. THE FLINTSHIRE HARRIERS WILL MEET ON Wednesday, January 29th Hope Station Saturday, February 1st Rhydymwyn Tuesday, February 4th Llong Each day at half-past Ten. THE RUTHIN HARRIERS WILL MEET ON Tuesday, January 28th Llanbedr Gates Friday, January 31st Llanarmon Each day at 11 o'clock. THE VALE OF CLWYD HARRIERS WILL MEET ON Saturday, January 25th Llandyrnog Wednesday, January 2ilth Gorsedd Saturday, February 1st Henllan Each day 3t 11 o'clock.
LOCAL RAILWAY BILLS. LOKDON, Friday. In the case of the Birkenhead, Chester, and North Wales, and the Birkenhead, North Wales and Stafford Railways, the standing orders were this day declared to be complied with.
THE CATASTROPHE IN THE CHANNEL. LONDON, Friday. It is highly probable that the steamer which ran down the Northfleet is the Mnrillo, belonging to McAndrews and Co.. of Lothbary, London. She is an English vessel, commanded by a Spanish cap. tain, and manned by Spaniards.
THE SENIOR WRANGLERSEIP CAMBRIDGE, Friday. The senior wrangler of Cambridge isMrThoa Oliver H?d?ng, son of the Rev. T&mMH?? Wesleyan minister, Whitehaven. He?b? January 5, 1850, was a student at King's Colleg? London, and afterwards at Trinity, Ca?,id?e an! was a first-class prizeman in 1870, 1871 and?8? MMSon. Trinity, was second, Garnev S? John's* ptePTarrnetUSlejf, «^1 for fhird p ace, Garnett, St. John's, and Ferry, Trinity equal for fourth place, Hicks, S? ?hS a? Richie, Trinity, equal for fifth place, ninth, Lock, Clare.
LIVERPOOL CORN MARKET. FRIDAY. Market 61-?, but little doing. English and l foreign wheat quiet trade, at late T?:aes. Flour ? u,,changed. Grinding barley daH malting Drm. Oats quiet, at previous rates. Maize, beans, and feag duH.
Westminster Hall did not even on the foremost days of the great trial present a more crowded and excited appearance than on Monday, when Messrs. Wballey and Onslow were called upon by that terrible functionary, the Chief Justice of England, to answer the charge of contempt of court. The scene had its Icdicrous aspects, but the grand way in which the Chief Irquisitor brought the de- linquents on their knees adds another to the strik- ing proofs that no judge that ever sat in West- minster Hall knew better than Cockburn how to maintain the dignity of his court. He certainly did not spare his victims, but probably not among the least of his triumphs will be counted this, of paving, for once, even awed the irrepressible Mr Wballey! a I Sff- "r.'I .31_ The common law judges to wnom mr JQJUWIM James has appealed from the decision of the Benchers of the Inner Temple disbarring him have decided to meet on the 20th of next month to hear the reasons which the Benchers may have for maintaining their order. The public will watch the result with interest, for Mr James is undoubt- edly a n1811 of splendid ability, and the loss of his position at the Bar is a loss to the country. He has been exiled from England and the English Bar since 1861. For years previously he had been one of the leaders of the Bar, earning eight or nine thousand a-year. He was not a brilliant orator, but he was a clever and most persuasive speaker, which is far better in a law court. Mr Edwin James showed great skill in the conduct of a case his speeches were shrewd, compact, and forcible and they always told on a jury while his powers of cross-examination were universally admired, except by the tmhappy victims of them. On the reasons which induced the Benchers of the luner Temple to disbar him, I wilt say nothing, but I shall be glad to hear that they think he has now been sufficiently punished, or that the Radges over- rule the decision. Ought not something to be done By way of legislation to punish the coneoctors of false and scandalous charges. A captain, late of the 2nd Life Gcards, has been cirarged by « servant girl with iedecently assaulting her. Several credible witnesses, who knew the girl's character, declared they would not believS her on her oath, and the defendant was discharged, Mr Arneld, an experi- enced magistrate, remarking that the gentleman had been brought there upon A most wicked and scandalously false charge." This girl, moreover, tried to blast the moral character of another gen- tleman, who is a ledger in the same house. The defendant was discharged, with the rematfk cited, and there the case ends but tit ought not to end there. Tuis prosecution, be it remarked, was con-' ducted by the Society for the Protection of Women aud Children. If such cates as this coatinue to be trumped up, we shall want a Society for the Protection of Men. Two greatty distinguished men 6f letters have passed away since last I wrote to you. James Hannay, the bright, fierce pen that animated the earlier pages of the Pali Mall Gazette, is gone, at the early age of forty-six. He was a very capable, but only a partially successful journalist. In fact, he was too literary for journalism, and his fame will have to rest on his novels and some of his essays. He made friends, few but firm, and ene- mies, many and unforgiving but those who knew the man best speak gloriously of his sterling social qualities. More need not be said. Lord Lytton's biography may not be written in half-a- dozen lines, nor the place he has long and proudly held in literature be defined in two or three sen- tences. He has gone from amongst us in the fulness of years and fame, and, like Dickens, has left one task incomplete. It was only the other day that Mr Fildes was asked and declined to illustrate Lord Lytton's last noveF (Mr Fildes illustrated "Edwin Dreod) I am teld that that nOrel had yet to receive the final touches of the master's hand. I have read a great deal of the eorrespondeoee relative to Lord Byron's notorious engrammatical error, there let him lay" instead of lie." The Byron party prove themselves to be very clever, but thay cannot, with all their skill, prove their idol to have been right. Whether 11 lay" was an oversight or intentional on the part of the post (the rhyme shows that it was not a printer's error) the word is decidedly wrong, and all the argument in the world will not make it right. To use lay*' for lie" is a common blender in ordi- nary conversation; it is the only one that some people make but if ninety-nine out of every hun- dred persons made this blunder, it would be a blunder still. There you have the trath in a nut- shell—not my truth, but that of the gramraar of the English language. London, Thursday.