A MEMORABLE FOOTBALL MATCH. [J F ORLANDO LEWIS.] Marshall threw himself into a corner of the first- class compartment we had just entered and puffed his cigar reflectively. "The game we have just witnessed," he at last began, "reminds me vividly of one in which I took part on the same ground some years ago, for not only were the scores identical but the winning goal was obtained from a position very similar to that from which GO Smith netted the second point to-day." I and my friend George Marshall, the once famous Corinthian and International goalkeeper, were returning from the Crystal Palace where we had had the pleasure of seeing our pets annex the Dewar Shield after a hard struggle; cool and clear-headed, Marshall had now gained almost as great a reputation at the bar as he once held between the sticks and was recognised as one of the leading Junior Counsel of the day. He was a big fellow of six foot high and propor- tionately broad, a good shot, a fair cricketer, and above all a highly entertaining companion with a fund of anecdote on every subject, but would grow especially eloquent over the game in which he bad formerly won such well-deserved laurels. Thinking now that a story was at hand I took up the conver- sation. Do you allude to one of the Internationals in which you took part ?" Marshall shook his head; it was one of those matches which, though called friendly, cause quite as much public excitement, and are played with as much eagerness as the stiffest of cup ties; it was a most hotly-contested match and I have every rea- son to believe that by my goalkeeping on that occasion I saved not only my side from defeat but also my life. I laughed somewhat incredulously. "Indeed, did Pa Jackson threaten you with capital punish- ment in the event of your not coming up to expect- ation, or had you made an heroic resolve to commit suicide if defeated ? Come, old ohap, that's too ridiculous." You do not believe me," said Marshall well, I will give you particulars." It is many years ago now," he began, lighting a fresh cigar, and we were to play Preston North End, then in the height of their fame. I was spending the Christmas vacation in the country, some hours' journey from town, and had intended to run up on the Friday afternoon, but losing the train, my only recourse was to give orders to be called in time to catch the 6.30 a.m. train the fol- lowing morning, which would take me up just in time for the match. The morning was pitch dark, and a little rain was falling as I started to walk the three miles of desolate country that lay between me and the station, and I had barely gone 300 yards, when a gust of wind extinguished the little lantern I carried. I am not a saint, as you know, and I fear my language was hardly parliamentary, as I remembered leaving my matches in the hall, and realised the bitter fact that not only my lan- tern, but, alas, my pipe would have to remain un- lit the whole way. I had not the time to return, so pushed forward at a good pace and had proceeded some half-mile, when I heard footsteps advancing rapidly in my rear and I slackened down my pace in the hope of obtaining a light. Turning round a minute later I could just see the form of a man close behind me, he was short and thick-set, and his face was almost concealed by a peaked cap and muffler. I am glad to find you I said, for my lantern has gone out and as I have not a match I cannot light my pipe." The little man ran forward, "You are Mr Marshall the Corinthian goalkeeper he said with a strange eagerness, placing his hand on my arm, are you not ?" My name is Marshall and I have the honour of playing for the club you mention," I replied, but you have the advantage of me." Ah, I have watched your career for some time with great interest, and I believe you are now on your way to town to play Preston." "You seem very well acquainted with my movements I said, perhaps you are going up to see the match." Er, no" said the little man, "but its of the greatest importance to me that you should win to-day. I do not mind saymg that I have bet largely on the result, and if you lose or draw I am a ruined man. I rely on you to win the match for me." I shall do the best. I can for my side I said coldly; but you and your betting trans- actions are a matter of perfect indifference to me, indeed I should not be sorry if you had a lesson and lost your money." At my words he grew furious. What ?" he almost shrieked, You dare speak so to me, to me who, who I'll trouble you to take your band off my arm I said quietly, for in his excitement he had clutched my arm like a vice. I do not want to hurt you, so listen to me." You have made a bad bet, a man who follows the game as you seem to do must know that our chances of escaping defeat are very slight. Have you not read the papers ?" You are to win" he hissed and I started as I heard the click of a revolver I'm done for if you don't. I don't care how you do it, bribe the Preston men if you like, its worth your while, for if you don't win to-day, sure as we're standing here I'll have your life, I'll hunt you down after the match and kill you, so help me God I will. Remember, I'm not a man to be trifled with, and what I have done once I can do again." With these words he turned and sped away into the darkness, and before I could collect my thoughts ths sound of his footsteps bad died away. I felt very uncomfortable as I continued my way to the station, and was only aroused from my unpleasant reverie by the sound of the train. It was now beginning to get light, and my fears fled with the darkness, and before I reached town I was laughing at my former fears and what I put down to the half drunken ravings of some mid- night son," returning home after a night's outing. I arrived in good time and took the field in the best of spirits. A huge crowd had assembled and I received a great ovation on taking up my position between the posts. A second later an official ran up to me with a telegram, which I hastily opened. Inside was written, Remember what depends on the result." My heart beat fast as I tore the paper into fragments and intimated that there was no answer. I stood as one stupified. The man then, was no craving drunkard who had stumbled on me casually, but a clear-headed villain who had deliberately tracked me town, and would doubtless make me pay the penalty of defeat with my life, I would at any rate do my best to win. The first shot that gave me any trouble was a low cross- shot which I just got down to in time, and cleared with three men on me. A goal-kick fol- lowed shortly after and our forwards rushed the leather down, and I could have screamed for joy on hearing the roar of goal. We crossed over a goal to the good, but the second half witnessed a per- petual bombardment of our goal, and I had to deal with every variety of shot. How I stopped them all I do not know, but I realised at the time I was doing better than usual from the renewed cheering which followed each save. At last I was beaten, a straight drive from the centre forward proved too much for me, and we were again on equal terms. I glanced at my watch which I had placed in the corner of the net, there yet remained five minutes. Up came the ball, I rushed out and banged it away far down the ground, off went the centre-forward amid uproarious cheers, he planted the ball safely in the net. Strong appeals were made for off-side, but like this after- noon they were disregarded, and almost before the ball had reached the centre the whistle blew, and I knew that we had won. I received my friends' praises with complacency and bowed my acknow- ledgments to the cheering crowd, who shouted vociferously as I left the ground. I enjoyed my dinner thoroughly, and later on over my cigar picked up the last edition of an evening paper that had just come out. I ran my eye over the head- lines. "New Year's honours—Football: Preston v. Corinthians; brilliant goalkeeping by Marshall. Capture and suicide of Brown the Wapping mur- derer." The latter paragraph read as follows:— William Brown who murdered his wife last Tues- day and managed to escape the police was run to earth at the Victoria Docks this afternoon when in the act of embarking for America. On seeing the police approaching, he drew a revolver aed deliberately shot himself. A considerable sum of money was found on him, which it has been acertained he had won by betting largely on a football match which took place only this afternoon. He was dressed when taken in a long overcoat, and had partially concealed his fane in a muffler." I turned sick as I recognised in the description the little man I had encountered that morning, and knew that had we lost he would undoubtedly, in his desperation have carried out his threat, and murdered me; some time after though I felt deeply indebted to him." Indeed," I said, why" ? Well" said Marshall, as he selected a cigar and handed on the case to me after my display that afternoon the Association had no hesitation in awarding me my International cap a month later, and I believe that Brown's threat was largely re- sponsible for the good work .they say I did that day."
THE COMBINATION. BANGOR v. DRUIDS. At Bangor, in dull weather. The opening ex- changes favoured the home team, and after repeated attempts to score Walter Lewis registered the first point for Bangor, two minutes from the start. The Druids retaliated, the left-wing reaching the Ban- gor defence, but the visiting forwards were very erratic in their final efforts. The home team then pressed, J Arridge nearly scoring from long range. Continuing the pressure, the home forwards had hard lines, Price, the visiting custodian, playing a fine game. Towards half-time, play greatly fluctuated. The greater part of the second part was most uninteresting, the players apparently kicking in an aimless manner, the home forwards being particularly faulty before goal. About twenty minutes after resuming, W Lewis, from a corner kick, placed by John Roberts, headed a second goal for Bangor, whilst towards the close the visiting outside-left scored a splendid goal, the result of an individual effort on his part. The Druids made strenuous efforts to equalise but failed to do so. Result:—Bangor, two goals; Druids, one.
DENBIGHSHIRE AND FLINTSHIRE CHARITY CUP. SECOND ROUND. WREXHAM VICTORIA. V. LLANGOLLEN UNITED.— On Salisbury Park, Wrexham, on Saturday. Vic- toria pressed at the start, but the visitors scored first, the result of pretty combination. The home forwards, however, succeeded in capturing the Llangollen goal twice before half-time, when the score read—Wrexham Victoria, two goals Llan- gollen United, one. In the second half the home team added a goal, and the United failing to lagain score the result was a win for Wrexham Victoria by three goals to one.
DENBIGHSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. WREXHAM RESERVE V OSWESTRY UNITED RESERVE.—On Wrexham Racecourse on Saturday. Special interest was taken in this engagement, as the clubs are at the head of the League table. In the first half the United scored once, but the home side failed to get through. In the second half Wrexham scored twice, whilst the United failed to add to their score. Result:—Wrexham won by two goals to one.
WALES v. SCOTLAND. The Council of the Welsh Football Association has selected the following team to represent the Principality against Scotland at Aberdeen, on Feb- ruary 3rd Goal, F Griffiths, Blackpool; backs, D Jones, Manshester City, and Smart Arridge, New Brighton Tower; half-backs, S Meredith, Chirk, J L Jones, Tottenham Hotspur, and Sydney Darvell, Oxford University and Corinthians; right-wing, D H Pugh, Lincoln City, and W Meredith, Manchester City; left-wing, A G Morris, Notts Forest, and A E Watkins, Aston Villa; centre, Trevor Owen, Wol- verhampton Wanderers. THE LEAGUE. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS Sheffield United 21 14 0 7 44 15 35 Aston Villa 22 14 5 3 50 23 31 WolverhamptonW 20 10 4 6 28 19 26 Sunderland. 20 11 7 2 31 20 24 Bury. 20 10 7 3 31 26 23 Notts Forest 20 8 6 6 31 29 22 Stoke. 21 9 8 4 28 27 22 Everton. 21 8 9 4 25 32 20 Derby County 19 7 7 5 24 23 19 Manchester City. 20 7 9 4 31 26 18 Newcastle United.. 18 6 7 5 30 23 17 West Bromwich A. 20 6 9 5 21 31 17 Notts County 20 6 10 4 29 41 16 Burnley. 20 6 10 4 20 34 16 Blackburn Rovers. 17 7 9 1 27 33 15 Preston North End 20 5 11 4 18 30 14 Liverpool 21 4 12 5 25 34 13 Glossop IS 3 11 4 18 43 10 THE COMBINATION. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS Chirk 15 10 2 3 35 14 23 Wrexham 12 9 1 2 46 19 20 Druids 13 7 3 3 26 18 17 Newtown 10 4 5 1 24 30 9 Aberystwyth 9 3 4 2 17 22 8 Bangor 8 3 4 1 13 17 7 Oswestry United. 10 2 6 2 19 23 6 Birkenhead 7 2 4 1 12 16 5 Rhyl 8 1 4 3 13 23 5 Llandudno Swifts.. 10 0 8 2 14 37 2 SHROPSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals W. L. D. F. A. PTS Iron-Bridge 6 5 0 1 14 5 11 Singleton & Cole's. 8 5 2 1 32 12 11 B -idgnorth 7 3 3 1 21 22 7 Newport 8 3 4 1 14 16 7 St. George's United 6 2 2 2 12 16 6 Wem 8 2 4 2 9 22 6 Stafford C.C 5 2 3 0 16 12 4 Welshpool United.. 6 1 5 0 9 22 2 DENBIGHSHIRE & DISTRICT LEAGUE. RESULTS UP TO BATE. Goals P. W. L. D. P. A. PTS Wrexham Reserve. 9 6 1 2 21 13 14 Oswestry Reserve.. 8 5 1 2 36 11 12 Adwy United. 8 5 1 2 17 10 10 Chirk Reserve. 7 3 1 3 22 7 9 Druids Reserve. 10 3 5 2 23 24 8 Ruabon Albions. 8 2 4 2 17 26 6 St Martins. 7 2 4 1 10 25 5 Ellesmere Rangers 7 1 5 1 9 24 3 Vron St Albans. 7 1 5 1 8 26 3
—— JUDGE WADDY AND MONEY- LENDERS. On Monday, at the Glossop County Court, before Judge Waddy, Q.O., a labourer named John Galvin, of Bernard Street, applied for an administration order, the total amount of his debts being £ 40 10s 4d. It appeared that one of the creditors was John Levi, who claimed Y,7 19s 6d, and Galvin said he had paid 8s in the pound interest.-His Honour: If you have got into the hands of money- lenders it's all up with you, and I cannot help you. When you get into the hands of these people it's a case of Hope abandon all ye who enter here." Money-lenders themselves are as bad as that other place, no matter what that place is. — Galvin said that Levi had put him into court and got 6s a month.-His Honour This case did not come before me. If it had done I should have interfered be- tween you and your money-lender, who has taken advantage of you. What makes this appear more abominable is that you cannot separate these extor- tionists from the other creditors. The Judge ob- served that Galvin offered to pay 5s in the pound at 4s per month, and as none of the creditors object- ed he would make the order.-Galvin promised to keep up the payments, and his Honour said If you don't you are the biggest donkey I have seen for sometime." —
v. R. I 5TH VOLUNTEER BATTALION THE SOUTH WALES BORDERERS. REGIMENTAL ORDERS By LIEUTENANT-COLONEL E. PRYCE-JONEs, M.P., Commanding. Headquarters, Newtown, 13th January, 1900. STRUCK OFF.—The undermentioned are struck off the strength of the Battalion B Co, 682 Pte W Jones and 683 Pte T Williams; 0" Co, 131 Pte Edwards, 113 Pte Evans, and 150 Pte Hughes E Co, 550 Pte J Jones, 495 Pte Roberts, and 552 Pte Trow. ENROLMENTS.—The undermentioned having been enrolled at the stations "named are taken on the strength of the Battalion, posted to Companies, and allotted Regimental numbers as stated against their names:—"A" Co (Newtown), 690 Charles P Challiner and 691 Iorwerth Davies; "0" Co (Welshpool), 695 "George Purcell, 696 Alfred E Baines, 697 Richard H Parry, 698 Edward G Row- lands, and 699 John Henry Beadles. SOUTH AFRICA INSURANCE. — The Commanding Officer guarantees to insure for £ 100 the life of every married man of the Battalion going out, and of every single man whose relatives are dependent upon him at home, during the continuance of the war, conditionally that the same be secured in trust or to purchase an annuity for those entitled to it in case of death. FIELD PRACTICE ASSOCIATION.—The following are prize winners in Match A" (seven volleys and seven rapid independent) :-Best Section in each Company: No 1 Section, A Co, Sergt Breese, 68 points; No 2 Section, B Co, C-Sergt J M Jones, 62; No 2 Section, "C" Co, Sergt Gwynne, 60 No 4 'Section, E Co, C-Sergt Astley, 62 and No 3 Section, F Co, Sergt Hughes, 32 points. Best Company, "A" or Capt W E Pryce-Jones's Company, 260 points. No 1 Section, Sergt Breese No 7 Section, Sergt Locke; No 3 Section, C-Sergt Whalley; and No 2 Section, Sergt Breese. The Battalion wins the Brigade prize with 845 points. DIVINE SERYICE. A" and "B" Cos will parade for Divine service to-morrow at the Armoury (weather permitting) at 10 30 a.m. Band and buglers to attend. SOUTH AFRICA.—The rifle ranges will be open from 1 p.m. to-morrow for those men who are desirous of proceeding to South Africa and are not first-class shots. As the Section must be made up at once this opportunity should not be lost. CERTIFICATE.—At an examination held in Novem- ber last, Major and Hon Lieut-Col G A Hutching, V.D., was awarded a certificate for Military Engineering," dated Devonport, 10th January, 1900. By Order, C WALKER, Captain, Adjutant 5th V.B. South Wales Borderers.
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MARKETS. WELSHPOOL CORN, MONDAY.—Prices:—Wheat 12s 6d to 13s Od per 240Ibs; barley, 15s Od to 16s Od per 280 lbs oats, 12s Od to 12s 6d per 2251bs WELSHPOOL GENE RAL,Moiiday.-Wholesale prices Butter Is 3d to Is 4d per lb eggs 0 to 12 for Is fowls Os Od to 3s Od pl>'r couple chickens, 4s Od to 5s Od; ducks, 4s 6d to 5s 6d rabbits, Is 6d to Is 8d per couple. NEWTOWN GENERAL, TUESDAY.—Eggs 0 to 12 for Is butter Is 3d to Is 4d per lb; fowls 3s Od to Os Od* chickens 4s Od to 5s Od; ducks 4s Od to 5s Od ¡ ra bbits, Is 6d to Is 8d per couple. LIVERPOOL CORN, TUESDAY. — Wheat, quiet 2 trade, id to Id under Friday. ICalifornian, 6s 2M to 6s 3d; Noithern spring, 5s lid to 6s Od; 2 Kansas, 5s 7d to 5s lid. Beans, 3d dearer- Saidi, 28s Od to 28s 3d. Peas, unchanged, 5s 6d Oats, unchanged—whites, 2s 4d to 2s 7d. Maize' only moderate trade-old mixed, 3s 61d to 3s 6Ld uew, 3s Sid to 3s 6d. Flour, unchanged. 2 4 BIRMINGHAM CATTLE, TUESDAY. Moderate supply of cattle and sheep, but trade inactive Prices ruled as follows: — Beef, Herefords 7d few choice, 71d shorthorns, 6d to 6id; bulls and cows, 5d to 61d calves, Od to 7Jd wethers, 2 Od to 81d; ewes and rams, 5d to 6id per lb bacon pigs, 7s 6d to Os Od porkets, Os Od to 9s 6d sows 6s Od to 6s 6d per score. LONDON HAY AND STRAW, TUESDAY.—Prices Good to prime hay, 70s to 87s 6d inferior to fair, 55s to 65s; good to prime clover, 75s to 100s inferior to fair ditto, 60s Od to 70s mixture and sainfoin, 60s Od to 85s Od; straw, 24s to 36s per load. SALFORD CATTLE, TUESDAY. — At market :— 2,936 cattle, with trade rather depressed; sheep, 8,943, demand slow calves, 98, trade fairly good' for choice. Quotations as follows :-Cattle, 5d to 6id sheep, 6d to 81d calve?, 4(1 to 8d per lb. 2 LIVERP OOL CATTLE MARKET, MoNUAY.—Numbers: Beasts, 1,613; sheep, 5,719. Quotations Best beasts, 6d to 6Jd second, Eid to 51d third, 4^d to 2 5d best Scotch sheep, 8:1 to 8^d other sorts, 6d 2 to 7id per lb. The supply of stock was smaller than last week, showing a decrease of 53 beasts, and a decrease of 1,639 sheep. Slow demand for all classes at about late rates. CORK BUTTER, Thursday.—Primest, —g orime -s; firsts, -s; seconds 93s kegs, — s; thirds 77s kegs —s fourths -s fifths —s choicest -8i choice -s; superfine —s fine mild 96^ kegs-s; mild s choicest boxes —s choice boxes, -a In market 38, which were classified as follows:- Primest 0, prime 0, firsts 0, seconds 19, thirda 8, fourths 1, fifths 0, choicest 0, choice 0, super- fine 0, fine mild 3, mild 0, choicest boxes 0, choice 0, unbranded 7, kegs 1. Fresh butter A, 101s to —s ditto B, 89s to 83s. OSWESTRY CORN MARKET, WEDNESDAY. The following were the quotatiors:- White wheat (old) OsOdtoOsOd; white wheat (new), 5s 9d to 6s Od per 751bs red wheat (old), Os Od to Os Od red wheat (new), 5s 9d to 6s Od per 7blbs old oats, Ids Od to 13s 6d new oats, 10s 6d to lis 6d per 200lbs; malting barley, 16s Od to 18s Od; grinding barley, 13s 6d to 14s 6d per 280]bs. OSWESTRY GENERAL MARKET, WEDNESDAY.- Quotations :—Butter, Is 3d to Is 4d per lb; eggs 8 to 9 for Is; beef, 6d to 8d per lb mutton, 7d to 9d; lamb, 8d to 9d veal, 6d to 8d pork, 6d to 8d fowls, 4s Od to 5s Od per couple ducks, 5s 9d to 6s Od per couple; rabbits, 2s 2d to 2s 4d per couple; geese, 7Jd to 8d turkeys, 10d to lid per lb; potatoes, lOd per score. OSWESTRY WEEKLY CATTLE FAIR.—There was a good supply of stock at the Smithfield on Wednesday, beef being a good trade, cows and calves selling well. Messrs Whitfield and Son sold 194 cattle and calves, and 558 sheep and pigs; Messrs Hall, Wateridge and Owen, in conjunction with Mr Doody, sold 82 cattle and calves, and 18 sheep and lambs and Messrs Whitfield and Batho had their usual sales Prices ruled as follows Beef, 6-|d to 7d per lb; m utton, 7d to 8d per lb.; veal, 7d to 8d per lb pork pigs, 8s Od to 8s 4d bacon pigs, 7s 6d to 7s 9d per score. ELLESMERE, TUESDAY. —Quotations as follows Wheat (new) 11s 6d to 12s Od per 225 lbs barley (new), 16s Od to 17s Od per 280 lbs; oats (new), 10s Od to lls Od per 200 lbs; butter, Is Id to Is 2d per lb eggs, 9 to 11 for Is fowls, 4s Od i o 4s 6d ducks, 5s Od to 5s 6d rabbits, Is 6d to Is 8d per couple; apples, 2d per lb. WHITCHURCH, FRIDAY. — Wheat, 3s 10d to 4s Id per 75 lbs; barley, 3s 6d to 4s Od per 70 lbs; oats, 2s 6d to 3s Od per 50 lbs eggs, 9 to 10 for Is; butter Is Od to Is 4d per 16 oz fowls, 4s 0, to 4s 6d per couple; ducks, 58 Od to 5s 6d per couple; potatoes, Od to 9d per score; beef, 5d to 8d; mutton, 7d to 9d lamb, 7d to 9d veal, 7d to 8d pork, 6d to 7d per lb rabbits, Is 10d to 2s Od per couple apples, 1 Jd to 2^d per quarter. BRADFORD WOOL, THURSDAY.—The condition of the wool market to-day is on the whole satisfactory, though the unsettled state of affairs in this country and South Africa does rather tend to disturb the normal course of events. In the main values are unaffected, and, though users are in most cases heavily stocked and indifferent about buying further, the tone of sellers is strong. One might almost say that the highest prices have been main- tained, except in the cases of lustres and strong English wools. Whether or not there is an im- provement in the general tone of the market will much depend upon the humour of the American buyers who will comejinto the market next week.
-+- LOCAL PATENrr. The following abridged description is specially drawn for the County Times by Messrs Hughes and Young, Patent Agents, 55 and 56, Chancery Lane, London, W.C., who will give advice and assistance free to our readers on all patent matters. Railway signals. Patentee: Mr J Swinburne, Woodlands, Blaina, Monmouthshire. Relates to means for enabling the guard of train to signal to the driver. One of the axles is provided with an eccentric or other means for operating the piston of an air pump, &c., to compress air into one or more reservoirs which are connected by the pipe to two whistles. One whistle is iutended to signal "all right" and the other "stop," the desired signal being given by opening the cock of the correspond- ing whistle. The rod of the eccentric can be dis- connected from the operating lever of the pump by means of the lever the arms on the rod enabling the parts to be again connected whilst the train is running. The apparatus may also be employed for passengers' communication, the provisional specifi- cation also stating that it may be employed for warning the driver ofja following train.