irtRfjt Jparmges, imfr Jfeatbs. BIRTHS. ARCHER—On the 19th at tlio School-house, Penycaa, Buabon, the wife of John Archer, of a son. CLUTTON—On the 14th inst., at King's Mills, Abenbury Feclian, the wife of Mr Richard Clutton, of a son. DAVIEs-On the 7th inst., at Cerney, Broughton, the wife of Mr Humphrey Davies, of a daughter. DODD-On the Jth inst., at Cerney, Broughton, the wife o' Mr John Dodd, of a daughter. DAVIES—On the 18th inst., at Gourton Hall, Wrexham, the wife of Mr Jonathan Davies, ofa, daughter. DAVIES-Orl the 3rd inst.. at Coedpoeth, the wife of hlr Richard Davies, of a ELLIs-On the 20th inst., thf wiTe ofjtfr Edward Ellis, London House, Cefn Mawr, of a daughter. EVANs-On the 10th iURt., at Pentre Broughton, the wife of Mr John Evans, of a JUII. EDwARDs-On the yth inst., at Pentre Broughton, the wife of Mr Job Edwards, of a son, JONES—On the 11th inst., at Coedpoeth, the wife of Mr William Jones, of a son. JONES—On the 17th inst., at Minsfon, North-road, Carnarvon, the wife of Mr John Jonas, of a son. KEN,NERLEY-ON the 20th iust., at Wern Fawr, Ruthin, the wife of Mr Kennerley, of a sou. LLOYD—On the 10th inst., at Brymbo, the wife of Mr John Lloyd, of a son. MASON—On the 3rd in.t., at Rhosnessney, the wife of Mr Charles Joseph Arthur Mason, of a daughter. MATTHEWS—On the 10th inst., at Moss, the wife of Mr John Matthews, of a d tugiitf-r. OWEN-On the 18th inst., the wife of Mr Thomas Owen- commercial traveller, Llwyn-terrace, Oswestry, of a sen. PUGH-On the 4th inst., at G, Pentrefelin, Wrexham, the wife of Mr William Howell Pugh, of a daughter. PUGH-On the 13th inst.: at Cerney, Broughton, the wife of Mr George Pugh, of a daughter. WATKINs-On the 7th inst., at Pentre Broughton, the wife of Mr John Watkins. of a daughter. WILLIAMs-On the 12th inst., at Smelt, Bersham, the wife of Mr John Williams, of a son. MARRIAGES. DENMAN-JONEs-On the 19th inst., at the Parish Church. Flint, by the Sev. E. Jenkins, rector, Mr Thomas Denman to Mrs A. E, Jones, both of Flint. EDDY—THOMAS—OnTue 30tli ult., at St. George's Cathedral, Freetown, Sierra Leone, by the Rev. L. E. Williams, Colonial Chaplain, assisted by the Rev. L. Nicholson, Walter B. Eddy, B.A., Cantab, Director of Public Instruction for the Colony, and late of the Fron, Llangollen, to Rebecca (Missie), elder daughter of James Thomas, Esq., of the Newnes, Ellesmere. EGERTON—GUBBINS—On the 19th inst., at All Saint's Church, Gresford, by the Yen. Archdeacon Wickhnm, William Egerton, Esq., to Mary Elizabeth, only daughter of John P. Gubbins, Esq., The Oaks, Leamington. TT.TFFE—GEOKGE—On the 20tli inst., at St. Peter's Church, Onslow Gardens, Kensington, by the Hon. and Rev. F. C. Byng, George Iliffe, of Nuueaton, to Caroline Laura, youngest daughter of the late B. George, of Carmarthen. HUNTER—BOWYEK—On the 19th inst., at Holy Trinity Church, Paddington, by the Rftv. A. G. K. Simpson, M.A., Peter Hunter, of 113, Belsize-road, South Hampstead, N.W., to Annie, youngest daughter of the late Richard Bowyer, of Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, KENYON-LECHs-On the 21st inst., at the Parish Church, Tilston, near Malpas, Cheshire, by the Rev Arthur Wright. rector of Tilston, assisted by the Honourable and Rev. W. Trevor Kenyon, rector of iJIalpas, the Hon. George Thomas Kenyon, of Gredington, Flintshire, to Florence Anna, eldest surviving daughter of John Hurleston Leche, Esq., of Carden Park, Cheshire. DEATHS. CADWALLADER—On the 1-th inst., aged 4, John Cadwallader Jones, son of Captain John Cadwallader, of the schooner William, Portmadoc. DAYIES-On the ISth inst., aged 81, at 22, Wharf-road. Sarah, widow of Mr John Davies, of Scotland-street, Ellesmere. DELAHOYDE—On the 15th inst., aged 5C, at Belgravia House, North Parade, Aberystwyth, Captain Richard Delahoyde. DAYIEs-On the 20th inst., at Pentre, Minera, David Davies, aged 29. EDWARDs-TaYLOR—On the 13th inst., aged 56, the He". Richard Edwards-Taylor, of Morton Hall, Whalley, Lancashire, and brother of the late rector of Newtown. HUGHEs-Cn the 14th inst., aged 22, Richard Thomas Hughes, step-son of Mr Edward Whitfield, Trefareclawdd, Oswestry. HUGHEs-On the ISth in-it., at the Lodge, Brymbo, Ann Hughes, aged 74. JONES—On the 9th inst., at Vrondeg, Minera, Elizabeth Jones, aged 74. JAmiEs-On the 16th inst. in his 8th year, Joshua Foulkes, son of James James, Victoria-terrace, Prestatyn. EJEENAN—On the 19th inst., at Wrexham Workhouse, Mary Keenan, aged 74. MORRIS-On the 13th inst., at Wrcxham Workhouse, Hugh Morris, aged 33. MOORE—On the 15th inst., aged 70, at Church-street, Whitchurch, the widow of Mr J. Moore, cabinet maker. PETERS—On the^lsth inst, aged 'j' Eliza, wife of Mr Peters, photographer, Oswestry. PHILLirs-On the 8th inst., aged 70, Mr Joseph Phillips, Black Park, Whitchurch, farmer. ROWLAND—On the 17th inst., aged 7 weeks, at Sketty, near Swansea, Henry Bertram, infant son of Mr John Rowland, late of the Cambrian Railways, Oswestry. REID—On the loth inst., at Wandsworth Common, Surrey, Maria Augusta, widow of the late James Eeid, Esq., M.D., of Brook-street, Grosvenor-square, aged 71. ROGERS—On the 14th inst., at Summerhill, Sarah Rogers, aged 58. ROGERS—On the 17th inst., at Talwrn, Minera, Jane Rogers, aged 34. WYNN-OU the 18th insl., at Edward's-court, The Walks, Wrexham, Thomas Wynn, aged 19.
BOROUGH PETTY SESSIONS. I MONDAY.—Before the Mayor (R. Lloyd, Esq.), T. C Jones, E. Tench, A. W. Edwards, E. Williams, and T. Painter, Esqrs. VAGRANCY. A PHASE IN LIFE. Mary Howard and Eliza Jainson, one an elderly woman and the other about 40 years of age, were charged by Police-constable Griffith with having been found sitting in an entry in High-street, between ten and eleven o'clock on the preceding (Sunday) night. One of the women (Howard) was under the influence of drink, Jainson was apparently sober; and both were "known" by the police. During the week, the women had been walking I about the streets in a state of inebriety, and several persons had complained to the police of their dis- orderly conduct. Eliza; Jainson said that she was perfectly sober at the time in question. She had met Howard by accident," and was desirous of keeping her com- pany under the circumstances. It was her inten- ton to have gone to the workhouse, but she left it K> late. If the gentlemen would let her off thi» time, she would be off to Wales, and not come into this country again" (a laugh). She begged to inform the magistrates that she had been well brought up, and had friends in Wales well off and able, if they liked, to do something for her." I Mr T. C. Jones That may be; but I very much question whether your friends would recognise such a character as you are. The Mayor said that, under the circumstances, both defendants would be discharged, at the same time informing them that if they were again found in the town under any circumstances approaching what had been stated, they would be apprehended, and dealt severely with. I OBSTRUCTING THE LOCAL SANITARY AUTHORITY. Harriet Williams, who resides in Robert's- aquare, Beast Market, was charged under the 42nd section of the Public Health Act, with having" obstructed the employes of the Corporation in the discharge of their duties on Thursday night last. Mr Smith, the borough surveyor, conducted the case for the Local Board, and called Joseph Parry, a man in the employ of the Corporation, who, with others, was engaged to empty middens, and who stated that on the night named, he and others went to Roberts's-square in the discharge of their duties in prosecuting which the detenndant came out of her house, stood on the steps, and objected to the night-soil men removing the refuse by a certain route, which was made by the men pulling up some rails, instead of taking it up the steps, which would prevent a deposit near her door, and consequently perpetrating a nuisance. The witness admitted that previous -tenants of the house had made similar complaints and objections. Some further evidence having been given, The borough, burveyor stated that the peculiar position of the ashpits in the square rendered it necessary to adopt the mode pursued; otherwise it would occupy four men the whole of a night, whilst by the means resorted to, it would not take more than three or four hours. The men had instructions in every case to thoroughly cleanse the yards and localities after emptying the middens and it could hardly be expected that some incon venience should not be experienced, particularly iii such a place as Roberts's -square, although it was, no doubt, as healthy a square as any in Wrexham. Certain alterations, no doubt, would effect an improvement; but this should be done by the landlord. The Mayor: Well, if I resided in the house I should certainly make a similar objection. It is my opinion that in all cases night-soil should be removed in the least offensive manner, even sup- posiag it occupied a longer time. Mr T. C. Jones thought that under such circum- stances tenants should not object to put up with a little, perhaps unavoidable, inconvenience. The Borougii i>urv»yo £ -said there was. no desire to unduly press the case all th it was desired was to prevent the mun from being obstructed in their work. If there should at any time be cause of complaint, let it be made to him and he would do what he could do to remedy it. The Mayor said th no doubt the defendant had acted wrongly in interfering with the men, and advised her in future, in the event of there being cause, to communicate with the surveyor. He also thought that the local authority should communi- cate with the landlord of the house in question with the view of adopting certain alterations to facilitate the work and prevent what was complained of. The defendant was ordered to pay the-costs. A BRISTOL I AN AT THE WREXHAM RACES. Patrick Morris, a middle-aged maD, was charged by Inspector Wilde with h tving been drunk and re- fused to leave the Blossom's Inn when requested to do so, on Saturday evening last. The defendant (with great volubility) said that he came here a few days ago from Bristol, and went to work at the new barracks, where he was three days. He had been a teetotaller for more than three months; but he was induced on Friday to attend the Wrexham races, where, unfortunately, he partook of some intoxicating drink, and did the same thing on Saturday. He regretted what had taken place, and assured the magistrates that if they would forgive him, he would immediately return to Bristol.—Discharged. STEALING A WHEELBARROW. Joseph Jones was charged, on remand, with having, two years and a half ago, stolen a wheel- barrow, the property of Mr Clark, of Penybryn House. It appeared from the evidence that the barrow was lent to the prisoner by a workman in Mr Clark's employ. Instead of returning the barrow the prisoner took it to Mr Viggars, fruiterer, Town- hill, said that he had purchased the barrow at Mr Lovatt's sale on the previous day. and asked Mr Viggars to purchase it, which he ultimately did for 5s 6d. A few days afterwards, the late Superinten- dent Nadin took charge of the barrow, and ascer- tained that the prisoner had absconded. An appre- hending warrant was consequently "issued, but the prisoner had kept away from Wrexham until Thursday in last week. and was taken into custody on the following morning. The prisoner had no question to put to the wit- nesses and in reply to the question whether he would elect to have his case decided in that, conrt, or be committed to the sessions, he chose the former. The prisoner said, "I can't say that I stole the barrow, because it was lent to me but I admit having sold it, while under the influence of drink; and I think if I had engaged a lawyer I should get off. I have been working at Barrow-in- Furness nearly two years, in colouring and white- washing." One or two previous convictions against the prisoner, for felony, wer4 proved, and he was sentenced to three months' imprisonment with hard labour. A STRUGGLE BETWEEN A POLICE-OFFICER AND A PRISONER. Thomas Russell, labourer, who said he had served ten years in the army, and lately came hither from Belfast, was charged by Police-officer Griffiths with having been drunk and disorderly in Hope-street, on Saturday night. On being accosted by the officer, the prisoner said that he was a good Catholic, and defied him to interfere. The prisoner ultimately took hold of Griffiths, wrested the number off his coat, and a struggle took place between them, the officer succeeding in throwing the prisoner upon his back, and këeping him down until assistance came. The prisoner, upon whom the sum of 18s 6d was found, was fined 10s 6d and costs, or 14 days' hard labour.—Prisoner: Very well, I shall not pay the fine, but will do the 14 days.— His money having been handed to him, he was removed in custody, TUESDAY.—Before the Mayor, and T. C. Jones, Esq. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. Thomas Keliey and Barbara Kelley, itinerant hawkers, and who said that they were married, were charged with' having been drunk and dis- orderly at Penybryn on the preceding evening. The man was fined os and costs, and the woman Is and costs.—The money was paid. FRIDAY ^yesterday).—Before T. C. Jones, Esq. ALLEGED LARCENY. Harriet Powell and John Foulkes were charged with this offence.on the previous evening, and John Barton was charged with being an acessory. It appeared from the evidence of a boy named Thomas Cafferty and Miss Kean, that Powell and Foulkes had taken the keys out cf the pocket of Mr Kean, pawnbroker, entered his house, and sacked his pockets, purloining a watch and chain, and money to the amount of = £ 10, on the previous evening. The magistrate discharged Barton, and remanded the other prisoners until Monday.
COUNTY PETTY SESSIONS. r | MONDAY.—Before T. Ll. Fitz-Hugh, Esq., in the chair; J. H. Foulkes, W. Low, and E. Evans, Esqrs, and Capt. White. THE OVERSEERS OF LLAY V. HOPE COLLIERY COMPANY. Mr William Clark, general manager of the above company, appeared to an adjourned summons taken out by the overseers of Llay for the non- payment of a poor's rate assessed upon that portion of the Hope Colliery situated within the parish of Llav. Mr T. B. Acton appeared on behalf of the over- seers. Mr James Price, assistant overseer for the parish, produced the rate, which was dated May 22nd, 1875, and had been duly allowed by two justices and duly published. The amount of the rate for "six months' raising of coal" was 21 18s 8d. Defendants had no surface occupancy in the parish; but they had a colliery adjacent in the parish of Hope which they work, and a pit just by the boundary which is formed by the river Alyn. He waited on Mr Clark and asked him what coal the company were raising; but he declined to give him a return on 1he ground that the defendants must first see the overseers of Hope. He saw him again, and he said he would refer the matter to head quarters. He showed him a return by which it appeared that the quantity of coal got from under the parish of Llay was 1,460 tons, and he had I charged them on a thousand. Defendant said that when the rate was made the company were not occupiers in Llay; and also that it was a. question of apportioning the rate I between the two parishes. The Magistrates' Clerk remarked that that was a question for the assessment committee, but not for the magistrates. I The case was ultimately adjourned for a fortnight to enable the overseers to come prepared with strict proof of occupancy. A POOR LOOK OUT FOR A YOUNG WIFE. Mary Lee, keeper of the Mount Pleasant beer- house, Llay, was charged by Mrs Tilston, an in- habitant of the township, with permitting drunken- ness on her premises. Mr Acton appeared for the defendant. Elizabeth Tilston said on Wednesday, September 29tl, her son did not come home at his usual nme, and she went to look for him, and found him between five and six o'clock in the evening drunk and asleep on an ale bench in defendant's house with a glass of beer beside him. 11 Jane Tilston, the son's wife, stated that her husband was drunk when he came home. Mr Acton submitted that there was no case against his client. Mrs Tilston said her son had lately got married, and she was not able to keep both son and daughter in-law at home while her son spent his time at the public-house. 11 The bench dismissed the summons. SANITAS, SANITAS, SANITAS Thomas Davies, owner of five dwelling-houses and premises at Rhostyllen, was summoned by Mr Hugh Davies, inspector of nuisances, for not having provided proper privy accommodation to the property. Mr Allington Hughes appeared for the defend- ant. For the defence it was contended that privies had been placed where they were required by the inspector. The inspector replied that they were constructed so as to be a nuisance to the neighbours. The bench suggested that the outside privy, which was a nuisance to the neighbours, should be taken down and rebuilt elsewhere, and proper doors to the closets and covers to the ashpits pro- vided. The summons was then withdrawn on defendant agreeing to carry out this suggestion. a., e John Jones, owner of three cottages at Cerney, who did not appear owing to alleged indisposition, was summoned for not having proper sanitary ac- commodation to his property. Ordered that the necessary work be carried out within a month. Richard Williams, owner of seven houses at Coedpoeth, was also summoned, but did not appear before his case had been decided. Proof of service of summons having been given, Mr Davies said the pigsties were within about eight or nine feet of the houses, and the back win- dows over-looked them. There were only two privies to nine houses, and uo ashpits. Defendant I J « had notice to àt out proper sanitary works in May, 1874. He had commenced to-Urain, but had not provided proper traps. The bench ordered three additional privies to be constructed with proper ashpits, and glazed pipes witn* traps for the drainage, the work to be com- pleted within two months from date of order. GAME TRESPASS. Timothy Thomas. of Holt, was summoned for. trespassing in pursuit of game on September 9th on a field called Yollington Croft on the farm of Mr J. R. Bennion, in the occupation of Mr Rogers, and over which Mr Acton has the right of shooting. Mr Acton appeared in support of the informa- tion and Mr Rymer for the defendant. Alexander Thomas said he was watching the land on'Septemher 9th, and saw defendant shoot at two coveys of birds on Yollington Croft; and he afterwards shot a partridge in an adjoining field. Mr Rymer contended that defendant did not shoot over the croft in question, and that he had had for more than 20 years the right to shoot on Mr Edwards's land, and never -had any complaint been made against him. On the day in question he did shoot a partridge on a quillet in the occupation of Mr Edwards; but he was never on the Yollington Croft at all that day. His client bad never been before a bench of magistrates before for trespass. There appeared to be some ill blood between the parties. Possibly Timothy Thomas was a better shot than the watcher or even his emyloyers. Mr Acton did not know why Mr Rymer should have imported so much feeling into the case, unless it was that he got some of the game that was shot (laughter). The Bench fined defendant £1 and 10s 6d costs or one month with hard labour. Allowed a week for payment. ALLEGED ASSAULT. Joseph Lloyd, Pentre, painter, was summoned for an assault upon Naomi Broadhurst, on August 21st, at Stansty. Case dismissed. POT VALIANT. Ebenezer Morris, Penygelli, collier, was summoned by Sarah Roberts for being on her premises on October 2nd, and whilst there, guilty of drunk and disorderly conduct. Complainant said the defendant came up her back way, and called out for her husband to come and fight with him. He had a stone in his hand, and said if he could not fight with his fists he could with stones. She took hold of him and turned him out of the yard. He put his fist in her face, but did not strike her. He was very drunk. Defendant admitted that he was gone in drink." He was fined 10s and 8s costs; if not paid on Saturday, a distress warrant to issue on Monday. CATTLE STRAYING. George Hughes, farmer, Holt, was summoned by Police-constable Dobson for allowing a cow and heifer to stray in the township of Holt one day during last month. Defendant said a neighbour of his, through spite, turned the animals out of his field into the high- road, and sent the policeman after them. He was fined 10s including costs. ERIOUS CHARGE OF ASSAULT. A young man named Ellis, of Ponkey, a stage- cart driver, was brought up for having assaulted a man named Roberts, driver of a competing convey- ance, on the night of Friday, 15.th instant, thereby causing him serious bodily injuries. Complainant was still under medical treatment in consequence of the injuries he had received, and quite unable to attend the court that day. From the statement of Police-sergeant Jones, of Rhos, it I seems that the men were running traps from Wrex- ham Races; and whilst Roberts was driving back to the town his assailant threw a sharp stone at him which knocked him senseless in his cart, causing the injuries from which he is sufferiug. On being sent for to Roberts's house, the police-officer found him bleeding from a serious wound in the face. He thereupon sent for Dr Roberts, who, on seeing Ellis, told the officer he was not out of danger; and he at once proceeded to take the prisoner into custody, and brought him ( before Mr Ev&ns the next morning, and he was remanded till that day. A medical certificate from Dr Davies was put in, which stated that Ellis was suffering from prostration caused by loss of blood and shock to the nervous system. He had a con- tused wound on the cheek quite an inch long and nearly an inch deep, extending to the cheek-bone and penetrating into the mouth. Under these circumstances, the magistrates de- cided to remand the case to the next court; but ad- mitted the prisoner to bail, himself in X40, and two sureties in X20 each.
WREXHAM DEANERY CHURCH ASSOCIATION. A meeting of the chapter of the above association was held at the Savings Bank on Wednesday at noon. Owing to the inclemency of the weather, and the fact that one or two members of the association who usually take a prominent part in the discussions were from home, there was a very meagre attendance. The Rev. W. H. Boscawen, rural dean and rector of Marchwiel, took the chair: and there were likewise present Mr Trevor Parkins, hon. sec., the Rev. C. F. Jones, Ruabon Rev. T. Kirk Mr Lewis, Mr Clayton, Mr W. J. Sisson, Mr Evan Morris, Mr Vercoe, Mr Alden, and Mr Craw- ford. FINANCIAL. Mr Trevor Parkins produced the treasurer's book, which showed that X95 5s 2d had been collected in the deanery on behalf of the four diocesan societies. The funds of the association were not in a flourish- ing condition, there being a balance against the treasurer of .£8 18 8d for printing, which included all that had been done tor the society since the resignation of the late secretary. In reply to a question, it was stated that only 26 members had paid their subscriptions out of some 135 clerical and lay members of the association; so that if the amounts now due had been received there would have been a balance in hand.
THE PUBLIC WORSHIP FACILITIES BILL. The Chairman, in introducing this subject, said it was one of very great importance. In fact he had heard it put forward by more than one person that some legislation in the direction indicated by the bill was absolutely required if anything is to pre- vent the disestablishment of the Church of Eng- land. The information obtained in a blue book on the subject, which has been well digested, was deserving of the consideration of everyone. The subject was receiving so much attention that it was difficult to obtain a copy of the bill, and having lent the only copy he possessed to a. friend at a distance, and failed to procure another copy in time from Hansard's, he had not brought one with him. He understood there was to be a large meeting at Shrewsbury, at which the subject was to be discussed. No doubt they knew the history of the bill. It was brought forward early in the session last year, and after being read a second time was referred to a select committee consisting of Mr Assheton, Mr Thomas Brassey, Mr Cowper-Temple, Mr Evans, Mr Wilbraham Egerton, Mr Wm. Edwarl Forster, Mr Beresford Hope, Mr Holt, Mr Monk, Mr Rod- well, Mr Salt, Mr J. G. Talbot, Mr Whitwell, Mr Walter, and Sir Henry Wolff. They examined a great number of persons, including three bishops, several of the clergy, and members of the laity interested in church matters. Four draft reports were drawn up, one a very important one by Mr Beresford Hope. Mr Salt's first report was con- „ siderably modified, but the main substance of it had been adopted by the committee; and the latter part of it was worthy of consideration. It concluded as follows :—" Your committee, in con- clusion, are of opinion (1) That it is desirable, subject to the control of the bishop, to make pro- vision-for additional facilities and opportunities of worship in parishes where (a) the accommodation in the existing churches and chapels is insufficient; (b) where such churches and chapels are inconve- niently situated owing to the shape of the parish or the growth of new classes of population, or (in case of large parishes) to long distances; (c) where weakness, or ill-health, or poverty, and consequent inability to procure the help of curates, renders the incumbent unable to procure sufficient ministra- tions (d) where persistent and wilful inattention or neglect on the part of the incumbent, not already provided for by existing legislation, calls for the intervention of the diocesan; (e) where a marked divergence of opinion exists between an incumbent and a considerable number of his parishioners with regard to public ministrations in the church. (2). That such facilities and opportunities should be provided either by way of additional ministrations in existing churches and chapels with the consent of the incumbent, or by the opening of additional temporary places of worship, accompanied by the licensing of additional clergymen to give the ne- cessary ministrations. (3). That the regulation of such provisions should be vested in the bishop of the diocese, under forms of procedure as little; onerous and expensive as possible, provided that either the bishop or the parishioners may initiate proceedings." He proposed to say a few words on these points. First, they Having read portions of the evidence given by the Bishop of Ely, the chairman observed that the great hindrance to the works extending the services of the Church had been the stringency of the parochial system, which made the clergyman to a certain extent a despot in his own parish; and he must say that until he read, the evidence given in this blue book he had no idea the stringency was so great, or that the bishop had so very little power to interfere with any person in his own parish :ii' as long as he performed the Act,, of Parliament duties of that parish. It had been saicf the difficulty might be met by forming what was. called con-' ventional districts. A conventiopal district was simply a district marked out in pencil, and a clergyman was put in chage of it under the incum- bent of the parish. That might go on very well as long as the incumbent and the curate in charge agreed; but it was perfectly in the power of the incumbent to put a stop to that arrangement at any time; and certainly at death or the voidance of a living the new incumbent was not at all bound to continue the work of the clergyman in the con ventional district. He went on to remark that evidence was given to show that X3,000 was the lowest sum that could be raised before the Eccle- siastical Commissioners would render any assist- ance in the formation of a district. The chairman then proceeded to read extracts from the minuses of evidence taken before the select committee in illustration of what he had stated respecting the despotic powers possessed by incumbents under the present ecclesiastical law, in preventing other clergymen from carrying on the work of the Church in the parishes over which they presided. Mr Trevor Parkins expressed their obligations to the rev. chairman for the trouble he had taken in bringing this matter forward for discussion. No doubt the question was one of great importance. As far as he understood Mr Salt's proposal, it seriously affected the position the clergyman in the country held towards his congregation. In moving the adjournment of the debate owing to the smallness of the meeting, lie observed that in the sixteen thousand parishes of England and Wales there were no doubt some unreasonable men who did not sufficiently consider the welfare of their flocks; but at the same time a great change seriously affecting the position of the clergy of the county ought not to be made without full eu- quiry and full consideration. Mr Lewis seconded. He thought every one would agree in the general tenour of the recom- mendations contained in the report of the select committee; but very considerable practical difficulty would be found in formulating any Act and carrying it into practice. It must strike every observant mind at the outset that the great difficulty would be to escape one of two dilemmas. If they wished to escape the dilemmas of allowing the incumbent of a parish to be a perfect little autocrat, and play the dog in the manger whenever it suited his caprice, they must make the bishop a greater autocrat than he is at present. Without they adopted one or other of these alternatives, he did not see how they could proceed at all, as the difficulty would be in putting restraints on these absolute vetos. He thought they would do well to suspend their judgment on the question generally until they saw what tsort of a bill was brought in by Mr Salt or someone acting in his.interest during next session. Mr Clayton was also in favour of an adjournment of the discussion. He regarded the question as one of the greatest importance to the Church; but he would express an opinion that was not at all new from him, that any change must be an improve- ment on the present state of things. It had often been said that the remedy was worse than the disease; but he did not think that in this instance any well-matured plan could have any other effect than an improvement upon the present state of things. They knew that a man z, in charge of a parish containing ten thousand souls was not only a freeholder of the income of the church in that parish but unfortunately a free- holder of the souls of the parish. If he did not chose to tninister to the wants of their souls, he had full power to prevent any other clergyman ly from doing so, and thus spiritually starved them. That being the case, something of the kind sug- gested by this bill was necessary. It was not only those who like himself made themselves heard at church meetings, but there was a strong body of the laity who would not come to church meetings, and simply said, We find we are doing no good. and we are waiting for Disestablishment." What was the evidence brought forward at the Confer- ence at Stoke-upon-Trent? It was almost unani- mous in establishing this fact, that the Church in almost all parishes allows the ground to be occu- pied by different Dissenting bodies, and when that had been done then an attempt was made to re- move the difficulties which had grown up under her eyes, by seeking to establish Church princi- ples and Church teachings. Every churchman must see the precarious position the Church was in, and considering the want of confidence felt by churchmen in the present state of affairs, he held it to be a matter of the most urgent importance that they should not allow the opportunity to pass by without using their endeavours to bring about a better state of things. The discussion was then adjourned to a subse- quent meeting to be fixed by the executive. There was another topic on the notice paper, Modern Revivalism', how the Church should regard it," but it was not discussed. The meeting then terminated.
DENBIGHSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS, These -Sessions commenced at Wrexham on Thursday, when there were present Thomas Hughes, Esq., in the chair; Major West, Sir Watkin W. Wynn, Bart., Lieutenant-Col. Humberstone. Towns- hend Mainwaring, Esq., Tvir Whalley, M.P., Mr Wm, Chambres (High Sheriff), Mr P. H. Chambres, Captain Yorke, Mr FitzHugh, Mr Sand- bach, Mr Edmund Peel, Captain Tottenham, Mr J. H. Foulkes, Captain Barnes, Captain Griffith-Bos- cawen, Mr E. Evans, Mr W. Low, Major White, Captain J. B. Barker, Captain Conran, &c., Lieutenant-Col. Tottenham, and the whole of the county officials. NEW MAGISTRATES. Mr Theodore Martin (author of the Life of the Prince Consort), and Captain. Hamer, qualified as magistrates. RATES. A police rate of six-eighths of a penny in the pound, and a county rate of five-eighths of a penny in the pound, were levied. CATTLE INSPECTORS. The Central Police Committee presented a report, recommending that the remuneration to the police as inspectors of infected cattle should be 2s 6d each for each infected farm, and travelling ex penses. If this was adopted, each division would deal with its own cases, and the sum up to the present time would cost = £ 68 4s; as the recommen- dation would be retrospective. THE LATE D'OTIS CASE IMPORTANT' DISCUSSION. Mr Townshend Mainwaring presented a memorial which he desired the court to agree should be forwarded to the Home Secretary, in reference to the late action tried before Lord Chief Justice Coleridge, in which damages amounting to £500 were given against Messrs Griffith-Boscawen and J. H. Foulkes, and also a smaller sum against Deputy-Chief-Constable Bradshaw. We make the following extracts from the memorial which was addressed to the Right Hon. Benjamin Disraeli, First Lord of the Treasury:— The appeal of the magistrates for the county of Denbigh assembled at Wrexham, in that county, this 21st day of October, 1875, respectfully sheweth that your memorialists are informed that at the assizes, held at Chester, in July last, before Lord Chief Justice Colerigde, a verdict was found by a special jury for X500 damages against James Hassel Foulkes and Boscawen Trevor Griffith, Esqrs., at the suit of one Jacob Day O'tis, for and in respect of an imprisonmentby the said magis- trates." After dealing with the facts of the case, and giving extracts from the addresses of counsel, all of which have 'previously appeared in print, it proceeded to point out that the mistake the magistrates were supposed to have made was in thinking that there existed an extradition treaty between this country and America, and after quot- ing the Act passed in 1870, where the Government were expressly authorised to make a treaty for extradition of criminals with the United States, the memorial pointed out that the magistrates wrote to the Home Secretary requesting information as to how they were to act, and adjourned the in- quiry in the meantime, but no reply was received until the day after that to which the case was ad- journed, namely, 25th June. The memorial con- tinues as follows :—" Your memorialists submit that in so far as this mistake arose from: the delay in replying to such application, it is not one for which magistrates acting bona fide, and under the circumstances of the case, should be responsible. That the circumstances of this case having been submitted tor the opinion of counsel, namely, Mr Horatio Lloyd, who states, I am not prepared to say that the magistrates would have been justified in the face of the circumstances brought before them in discharging the prisoner. On the whole, I I think they acted as every one would have done m the interest of justice, but it mat be that in strict technicality they exceeded their jurisdiction,' and in accordance with Mr Lloyd's advice X20 was paid into court as compensation to the plaintiff, and your memorialists submit that the magistrates are entitled to be upheld and protected by the Government in a case in which there was such doubt as is suggested by Mr Horatio Lloyd, taking at the same time the best means available to ascertain whether they had jurisdiction or not by application to the Home Office. Your memorialists feel called upon to recognise in the conduct of their brother magistrates thus acting bona fide in the discharge of their public duties and with every reasonable precaution against mistake a claim to their support as being conduct which any one of them might '}.t 1" :r have been called upon to perfo.-m, and in the d< sire to do what was right would have adopted. And your memorialists respectfully submit that it would be most unjust t5 the gentlemen- now subjecki to heavy damages and costs for having thus done their duty if they are not fully indemnified by the Government and the damages and costs fully paid. Your memorialists do not venture to offer any observations on the verdict and of the Lord Chief Justice in which he stated that the plaintiff was entitled to substantial damages, although the de- fendants in the case strongly complain of both. At a meeting of magistrates specially convened by Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, one of the members for the county, and held at Wrexham on the 2nd August, it was unanimously resolved that the mistake which had been committed was such as any magistrate acting with the desire to do what was right, would under the like circumstances pro- bably have made, and that having to the best of their judgment done their duty in the case they ought not to be subjected to any such damages and costs, having regard also to the fact that the clerk under whose advice they acted is a solicitor second to no solicitor in the county in respect of position and reputation, and has discharged with undeviating rectitude, and to the general satisfaction alike of the magistrates of the petty sessional divisions of Wrexham and Rua bon, the two most important districts in the county and of the public, the duties of clerk for a period of 35 years. Your memorialists submit it is a case that demands the favourable consideration of the Government—1st. That the conduct of the magis- trates was in all respects such as it was their duty under the information at the time available to them to adopt, and that in the words of the learned counsel before mentioned, they would n )t have been justi- fied in discharging the prisoner.—2nd. That the mistake arising out of the nonfulilment of the provision of the Act of 1870, and the delay in re- plying to inquiries thereon was not attributable to the magistrates but to the Government of the day, and the magistrates thus acting with no other desire but to do what was right, ought to be indem- nified by the Government." Mr Mainwaring then proposed the adoption of the memorial. The Chairman asked if that was supposed to come from the magistrates of that court to the Government. Mr Mainwaring replied in the affirmative. The Chairman thought that was no part of their duty that day. They were assembled as a Court of Quarter Sessions and they had certain duties to perform, and how far, therefore, were they able 0 sit in judgment upon a verdict that had been given and make an appeal on the subject to the Home Secretary. It was perhaps desired to show by the memorial that there were many grounds for a new trial, and that is the legitimeite mode of proceeding if there are grounds for a new trial; but they were not there as a meeting of magistrates, but as a Court I of Quarter Sessions, and he did not think it was within their province to address a memorial to the Secretary of State and ask him to reimburse the amount of damages and costs in the trial out of the costs of the exchequer. They were out of their province by making a motion of that sort, but if there was a strong feeling-he was sorry to have to go against the appeal, indeed his feelings were the other way-but as a Court of Quarter Sessions they could not entertain the memorial, but he should be willing for the court to be adjourned that the magistrates might meet in private and discuss the matter. Having said that, he should be glad to hear anything Sir Watkin suggested, as this was a good opportunity for the discussion of the subject as there were a large number of magistrates present, that the court should be adjourned for a short time whilst they discussed the subject. Major West agreed with everything said by the chairman. His idea was that they made a great mistake in bringing the matter before the public, and he had hoped that the public would have heard no more of it, for whatever the magistrates might have done by their private action should have rested with them. Privately they might have done some- thing towards reimbursing those gentlemen who had had to pay such damages, but he deprecated the raising of any question as to the verdict or the conduct of the Chief Justice, for he thought they should only be raising a storm that would bring ridicule upon their heads as a body. For those reasons he hoped that all would be done privately and not as a public court. Mr Whalley seconded the adoption of the memorial, cut differed from the views of the Lord- Lieutenant, as he thought they ought to make that a public matter or treat it entirely as a matter between the gentlemen named in the appeal. He then referred to the reasons why it should be made public, and alluded to the fact that they had been asked to subscribe to a fund to reimburse the gentlemen for :the heavy damages imposed upon them by a great miscarriage of justice. How did that appear to the public ? Two magistrates had had to pay X500, and as far as the public were concerned, it might have been a very serious injustice they had done, or some act of tyranny they had committed, and when he was called upon to subscribe, he inquired into the facts, and he found that the Home Office were entirely responsible for the mistake that had been made. The magistrates did all that men could do, and if they had not committed Otis, they would not have done their duty. Mr Theodore Martin objected to the court adjourning, for they were called at 12 o'clock to discuss certain special subjects, and it would be a most irregular proceeding to arrest the business for the discussion of something of which they had had no notice. If they acted thus they would be exposing themselves to very serious observations (hear, hear). The Chairman was willing to adjourn if the magistrates wished it, but Mr P. H. Chambres hoped they should go on with the business, and the Lord-Lieutenant said he should take no part whatever in such proceedings as were intended, and he thought that they would tend to militate against the interests of those gentlemen with whom they all sympathised. A motion was then submitted to the court as to whether an adjournment should take place, but it was unanimously negativel. At a subsequent stage of the proceedings, Mr Mainwaring gave notice that at the next court he would propose the following resolution :—" That it is the opinion of this court that there was a mis- cairiage of justice in the case in which the man d'Otis was the plaintiff at the trial at Chester Assizes, inasmuch that no mistake was made by the magistrates, but that it was wholly due to the delay of the Home Office in forwarding information duly and properly demanded as to whether a treaty subsisted between this country and America, and that the same be brought under the notice of the Government." Mr Whalley desired to enter into a short ex- planation. In consequence of the steps taken in that matter by Sir Watkin, he thought it his duty to ascertain the facts of the whole case, and he a plied to Mr John Lewis for the papers, which he read most carefully and endeavoured to master it to the utmost of his power, for it was a most serious thing, affecting as it does the credit of the magis- trates and he must say that a more gross miscar- riage of justice he never saw recorded against any county magistrates, and certified that the verdict given at tllg, court at Chester presided over by the Lord Chief Justice. He contended that the magis- trates could do no other than they did; that they had no alternative but to act just as they ha l done, and that he said upon the authority of Mr Horatio Lloyd. Why, the man had committed a burglary in America and hundreds of pounds had been spent in tracing and capturing him, and if the magistrates had not committed him they would have been liable to serious penalties. They acted most prudently. They adjourned the case for information from the Home Office as to whether a treaty had been pro- vided, as the Act of Parliament gave power. They waited for a reply and did not receive one, and therefore to avoid the penalties, they committed him. If ever there was a case in which an appeal should be made to the Government, and, if neces- sary, to the House of Commons, not merely for the sake of the money, nor for the sake of the credit of the magistrates immediately concerned, but for the sake of the credit of the magistrates of the county, it was the case in question. Mr Mainwaring thought that the mode in which Sir Watkin and some of his brother magistrates proposed meeting that case was inadequate. Why, they had as yet obtained only about £60, whereas the cost to the magistrates concerned was over £ 700. He should be willing to aid the magistrates to bear the burden imposed upon them by sub- scription, but not to such a subscription list as that, for he thought it was wholly inadequate to meet the case. Captain Barnes I consider this is a private dis- cussicn, and I suggest, on behalf of my two brother magistrates and friends, and one of them I may say is a very sincere friend, that this discussion should not appear in the papers (" Oh, oh," from Mr Mainwaring and Mr Whalley). Mr Whalley said that the very object of all that discussion was that it should appear in the papers, as he thought it would do good. The Chairman said, of course they could not put any interdict upon the reporters, but could only ask them to be content with giving simply Mr Main- waring's motion. Captain Barnes pointed out that the whole thing would be discussed at the next sessions, and there- fore it had better not be reported now. At this stage the discussion dropped. CHIEF CONSTABLE'S REPORT. Mr John Denman, chief constable, reported follows :—The crime and offences as compared wil the corresponding quarter of last year, show f; increase of three in the indictable offences, i 13s 6d in the value of property stolen, and decrease of 49 in offences determined summaril Twenty indictable offences were reported during tl quarter, and nine persons apprehended, three whom were discharged, and six committed for tri as follows:—Larceny, five; uttering counterfe coin, One; total, six. 486 persons were proceed* against summarily, 2<6 of whom were fined, t( bound in recognizances, one delivered to the arm and 67 committed to gaol for the following offence —Assaults and breaches of the peace, ten; gan law offences, four; drupkenness, 27; breach of tl bye-laws, one; malicious injuries, one; army Ac one; unlawfully pledging, one; larceny, elevel vagrancy, eleven; total, 67. The number of anima that have been attacked with foot-and-mout disease up to the 16th inst., is 15,747; of this nun ber 8.957 were cattle, of which 76 died, three we: slaughtered, and 3,523 are still affected. 4,5t sheep, of which 17 died, and 1,506 remain affecte 2,207 swine, 275 of which died, and 1,078 are sti affected. I am happy to say that the disease appea: to be dying out, though there are still 628 farn and places where it exists. The force has bet inspected by Colonel Cobbe, her Majesty's Inspe tor of Constabulary, who considered that tl clothing should be of a better description than th: supplied, considering the price paid for it. I mu: respectfully bear to ask the court to consider tl desirability of doing away with the restriction, i to the number of men in the first and second classe which at present are limited to 18 in each, and j recommend that these classes be open to deservir men for promotion, without having to wait until vacancy occurs, as at present. Hince my last repo one man has resigned, and four have been take on, which completes the authorised strength. 2,71 vagrants were relieved during the year, being decrease of 251, as compared with last yeir I b( that the court may be pleased to make the usu order for clothing for the ensuing year. I have t] honour to present to the court the general annu returns for the Secretary of State, in confornii with the 19th and 20th Vic., chap. 69. Dai accounts of constables are annexed, and I am hap] to report the county in a quiet and peaceable stat The value of property stolen during the quart was £7-1. 9s 8d, of which .£27 6s 8d was recovered. WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. Mr Bradshaw submitted his report, and stat, that during the year I have with the coun standards provided for this district, comparied ai examined 9,188 weights and 552 measures, makii a total of 9,740. Of that number 5,113 we adjusted and re-stamped, 314 condemned, bei] worn out, and 3,761 were found correct, for whi no fees were charged. Of the 552 measures sei 4 were condemned and the remainder stamped'. T fees payable under the Act for stamping are C 4s 4d, which will be paid to the county treasure In consequence of the standards having be reverified by the Board of Trade this year general inspections have been made, in order th all persons using weights and measures should ha an opportunity of getting them compared and i adjusted where necessary." COUNTY SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The visiting justices have frequently discuss the subject of anew boiler for heating the femal. prison and doing other work at present done several fires, they have determined to accept tender of .£152 by Mr Jones, of Ruthin, for larger boiler to be placed under the-present chap which will save a considerable amount of fu The culvert under Pont Fechan Bridge has be constructed. The expense of removing the deb: under Pont Bach, Llanrwst, calls for a spee remedy, and he proposed to sink a deep well receive what is washed down by the floods a: which can be emptied. [Referred to the distr: justices for consideration.] The Green Bridge Wrexham continues to subside, and he propos to make arrangements so that at the next sessio he may obtain their sanction to build the brid next spring. Reference was made to the work Wrexham and Llansilin lock-ups having been co pleted. There was nothing else of interest in t report. POLICE FOR STANSTY AND RHOSDDU. Mr Ellis produced a memorial asking that police officer might be stationed at Rhosddu a Stansty, as the only visit made by the police was the officer at Summerhill, and the great increase che population demanded that the neighbourhc should be better protected. The memorial was referred to the Central Pol: Committee for consideration. POLICE AND GAOL REGULATIONS. Colonel Cobbe had forwarded a letter to t Chief Constable in which he recommended t change in the clothing and the divisions of t force, as mentioned in Mr Denman's report. This letter was ordered to go before the co mittee that a scheme for carrying out the alteratic may be prepared. The Home Office objected the confinement of prisoners in dark cells 1 disobedience as proposed in the new rules for t gaol and that regulation was ordered to be stru out. MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS. Dr Jones reported that there were more infirma cases in the gvaol than usual, and the gaoler report that all the regulations of the gaol had been stric carried out.
FRIDAY. The criminal business of the sessions commeoi this morning, under the presidency of Mr Thor Hughes, of Ystrad, the chairman. The other magistrates ul the bench were Mr Henry Sanbach, Captain Griffith-B cawen, Mr J. H. Foulkes, Cap'.ain Barnes, Mr E. Evans, ( Mr Townshend Mainwaring. The Grand Jury were sworn at ten o'clock.
THE CHARGE. The Chairman, in addressing the Grand Jury, said he i always glad to meet a full jury of gentlemen willing to g their attendance in furtherance of the justice of the count and he knew that he always met there with an intelligent ji The haziness was not heavy or serions in its complexion. was the custom, at the Michaelmas sessions, he would di their attention to some Acts of Parliament passed in the I session. An addition had been made to the general Act d, ing with larceny. As regards persons employed as clerks servants in any other capacity, it was now made a felony the nart of any person so employed either to defraud, destr or alter any book. paper, or account belonging to his t plOy!'r ana tile onence was'pumsnaoie witn seven years pe servitude, or any smaller ciogren of punishmt j There was a usetul Act pass- d affecting the wide I of poor people who died with very small p perty. It relieved persons from applying to the prob court for letters of administration, and it empowered the gistrar of the county court to grant letters to enable them administer the effects. The Chairman then referred to Public Health Act. After referring to the Adulteratior Food Act, the Chairman said a u-eful Act had been pas: amending the laws relating to chimney sweepers, wh makes it necessary that any chimticy sweeper employ; journeymen or boys shall apply to the resident police sup intendent for an annual certificate. Having referred to Act amending the law relating to disputes between mast and servants, he briefly glanced at the cases in the calend and dismissed the grand jury to their room.
STEALING A WATCH AT WEEXHAM.J Ann Lynch. 30. charwoman, a widow, pleaded guilty having, at Wrexham, on the Uth September, stolen a wa: and guard, valued at X2, the property of Thomas Jones. Mr Higgins prosecuted. The prisonor was sentenced to six months' imnrisonmc with hard labour. '0 NO TRUE BILL. ""———————* John Thomas, 45, tailor, indicted for having, at Llanrw on the 24th September, stolen a cut glass tumbler, value 1( and an imperial pint bottle of stout, value (id, the propel of iiobert Owen. ALLEGED KOBBERY BY A PROSTITUTE. Agnes Burke, *27, a prostitute, was indicted for haying, Wrexham, on the Oth of October, stolen from the person John Jones, a purse containing X2 13s Sd, his property. Mr Higgins appeared to prosecute; the prisoner. who vs undefended, pleaded Not Guilty." The facts of this ci were recently reported in our columns. The jury found the prisoner guilty. She pleade<T%uilty having been twice previously convicted of felony. The Chairman, in passing sentence, said it would be mockery of justice to remand the prisoner back to the pris where she had been an inmate off and on for nearly ten yea He sentenced her to seven years' penal servitude, the Ie: term the law allowed to offenders in her position. FELONY AT DENBIGH. ——— Joseph Priugle, 16, described as a tailor, was indicted f having stolen at the borough of Denbigh on the 22nd Augu from the dwelling-house of John Williams, 410 in money a a pair of boots, valued at 158, his property. Mr Ignatius Williams prosecuted. The prisfter pleaded guilty to the indictment, and also tc previous conviction for a felony committed at Edinburg Prisoner had been committed to a reformatory, but he hadli before his time had expired, in consequence of his good co duct The Court passed a somewhat lenient sentence, bei desirous of giving him one more chance of retrievihg ) s character, aud sentencedjliim to twelve calendar months' i prisonment; and intimated that if the Secretary of Sti would allow it, he would be transferred from the gaol to tI reformatory to which he had been sent to serve out t remainder of his term. MISAPPROPRIATING MONEY. PJohn Jones, 51;, shoemaker, pleaded guilty to having Pensarn, Abergele, on the 24th August, he being then bail of Z5, the money of one Price- Jones, feloniously stolen t same, and appropriated it to his own use. Mr Ignatius Williams prosecuted. The prosecutor entrusted the prisoner with X5 to pay fo cow, but he converted the money to his own use. He v previously convicted about seven years ago for stealing goose, for which he suffered a month's imprisonment. Sit that time, however, and until he stole the money of t prosecutor, it appeared that he had been leading an hon ife. The Court, in consideration of his previous good charac since the former conviction, passed upon him the lenii sentence of six months' imprisonment. This concluded the business of the sessions. .w- Printed and Published on Fridays and Saturda' at the (TV.ardian Steam Printing Offices, 26, HoT street, Wrexham, by WILLIAM GARRATT JON 5, Eail-street, Wrexham and JOHN TTATV LAKESPAN, 7, Derby-road, Wrexham; anc Published at the Establishments of Mt Pring and Price, High-street, Mold, and Mr Phillips, Rhyl, in the county of Flint; Mr Ow Rees, Old Parliament-street, Dolgelley, in t county of Merioneth; and Mr R. Newton, Cast square, Carnarvon.—October 23, 1875.