WALES AND WELSHMEN. I Anglesea is the smallest county in Wales, but it does more cursing and swearing than all the other eleven (or twelve) put together. So the Baner says. Kftw "'ft The Commissioners of Llandudno at their meet- ing were informed that an effort is being made to secure that in the year 1896 the Eisteddfod shall be held there. The effort has so far found favour. The annual brewster sessions were helct at Vol- gelley and Bangor. At the former place all the licences were renewed, but at Bangor a number of objections were laid and a special day fixed for hearing them The number of men who have taken trie shilling," or, in another word, enlisted, in the Pontypridd district during the last week, beats the record of any previous similar period in any part of the countrv.ffl EN A successful show of horses was held at St. Asaph. Colonel Cornwallis West, speaking at the luncheon, declared that an alteration in the cur- rency of the kingdom was the only feasible means of alleviating the distress in agriculture. I z, The Committee of the Portmadoc Liberal Club at a recent meeting resolved to invite Mr J. H. Roberts, M.P., to state his reasons for dissenting from his Parliamentary colleagues with reference to the representations made by them to Mr Gladstone. In the House of Commons on Tuesday questions were asked with reference to the position of St. David's College School at Lampeter under the Cardiganshire intermediate scheme, and to the importation of troops into the disturbed districts of South Wales. The quarterly meetings in connection with the North Wales Calvinistic Methodist Association were held at Carnarvon. Several questions of importance to the denomination came up for dis- cussion, and a paper dealing with some aspects of modern thought was followed by an interesting debate. On Monday Thomas Lewis, aged 30, was admitted into the Cardiff infirmary suffering from a fractured thigh. The injured man, who is a grocer's assistant in the employ of Messrs Stranaghan and Stephens, was following his avocation when a sack of flour fell upon him, causing the injuries stated. William Woods, aged 34 years, residing at 34, Cycle-street, Cardiff, was admitted into the infir- mary on Monday suffering from a fractured hand. The injured man, who is in the employ of Mr Strachan, builder, East Dock, was engaged in cleaning a machine. The waste, catching in the machine, drew in his hand, resulting in the injury mentioned. An inquest was held at Llanforda on the body of Joseph Mitchell, who was drowned in the tunnel of the Liverpool Waterworks Reservoir, near Oswestry, early on Sunday morning, by falling from a truck into the drainage well at the bottom of the tunnel.—After hearing the evidence, the jury returned a verdict of Accidental death," adding that no blame was to be attached to any- one. From the Home Office there has been issued the Government inspectors' report on the disastrous fire in the Great Western colliery, Rhondda Valley, in April last, by which 63 lives were lost. As to the cause of the disaster they agree with the verdict of the coroner's jury. No blame is cast on the colliery authorities, but certain recommenda- tions are made with the view of averting such mishaps in the future. The Standing Committee of the St. Asaph Diocesan Conference has just issued a report in which reference is made to the Suspensory Bill and the question of Disestablishment; to the Parish Councils Bill, which is described as dis- tinctly a measure in the direction of disestablish- ment and disendowment; and to the educational policy of the Government in relation to religious teaching and the management of national schools. Mr H. T. Morgan, of Blaenblodau Hall, near Pencader, Carmarth; nshire, was returning from Llanybyther to his residence on Sunday evening when he was thrown from his horse and killed. Mr Morgan, who was only 25, was very well known and had a large circle of friends. The eldest son of the late Mr W. J. Morgan, of the Welshman, he was educated at Llandovery, and for some time took part in the printing business of his father. On Monday morning, when shunting operations were being carried on in the goods yard of the Taff Vale Line at Pontypridd, a train of 46 vehicles was shunted too hard against the bottom blocks, with the result that the head portion of the train rolled over the embankment towards the Wesleyan Chapel. A number of waggons, laden with various goods, went clean over, some of them striking the wall of the chapel and others becoming firmly embedded in the earthwork on top of the bank, the latter including a truck con- taining a heavy consignment of nails. A terrible accident befel a young gentleman named Frank Morrison, who, it is stated, is a nephew of Mrs Rylands, of Manchester, whilst he was mountaineering in the Snowdonian range above the Aber Waterfalls. Mr Morrison, accom- panied by his brother, endeavoured to make a descent into a gorge. They proceeded for some distance along the ridge of a steep precipice when Frank missed his footing and fell headlong into a ravine, a depth of 90ft. A quantity of brushwood, however, broke his fall. ■■ His companion had much difficulty in reaching the foot of the precipice, where the young man was found with his head terribly injured. He lies in a critical condition. James Cave, a clerk in the Midland Railway offices at Swansea, was drowned while bathing on Monday afternoon at Three Cliffs Bay, Gower. It appears that deceased, who was stopping at the Gower Inn, on his holidays, was out walking on the cliff with a Miss Johns, daughter of John Johns, plumber, Mumbles, who was also stopping ab Parkmill, when he asked her to wait on the cliff while he went to have a dip in tbe sea. After waiting for him for a long time Miss Johns became anxious, and on going down to the shore found his clothes lying on the sands. A heavy sea was running at the time, and it is supposed that deceased was washed out to sea by the backwash. Miss Johns at once made her way to the Gower Inn to tell the sad news. An inquest was held at the Town-hall New- port, on Monday evening, concerning the death of a lad named Al-bert James Gonsalves, aged 12, the son of Arceinio Gonsalves, a ship s steward, of 35, Livingstone-place, Maindee. who wis drowned in the river near the Great Western Wharf. The jury found a verdict of "Accidently drowned." A second inquest was held touching the death by drowning of John Robert Rodman, aged 12 years, the son of a dock labourer, living at 20, Canal- parade, which occurred in the river Ebbw near Lord Tredegar's deer park. A number of boys were bathing there, and Rodman, though he could not apparently swim, persisted in diving from the branch of a tree into a deep pool. The jury returned a verdict of Accidently drowned." The well-known editor of Llan-the Rev Thos. Darling, M.A.—has just passed away at his re- sidence in Mecklenburgh Square, London. A graduate of St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1838, he was ordained in the next year by Dr Bloomfield, Bishop of London, his first curacy being, for some three years, in the anything but pleasant parish of St. Giles' In 1842 he was presented to the incumbency of Thanington, Kent, and in 1848 he was appointed by Bishop Bloomfield to the joint City of London rectories, St. Michael-Royal with St. Martin-Vintry. Mr Darling had been a very prominent figure in. London Church circles for several years. He was one of the first City clergymen to introduce daily services in his church, and with Mr Henry Hoare,' promoted the revival of Convocation and the for- mation of the Churchwards' Association," after- wards merged into the Church Defence Associa- tion." In the work of the latter he was exceed-j ingly vigorous. The interment of Mr Darling took place on Thursday morning at Kensal Greeu Cemetery.
THE WEEK'S NEWS. j At Wybunbury, near Nantwich, four houses were destroyed by fire, and a fireman injured. Of a total of seventy houses forming the village of Costacomelice, near Belluno, Northern Italy, all but three have been destroyed by fire. At Halifax. Nova Scotia, the premises of Messrs Stairs, Son, and Mcrrows, said to be the largest hardware manufacturers in Eastern Canada, have been destroyed by fire. Wasps are becoming a nuisance in Gower. A day or two ago a pic-nic party had to abandon all their pastry to the little cusses who had settled on their good things in their millions, The death is announced at Kirkcaldy of James Brown, princinal shipwright of the Victoria, who was rescued after being a considerable time in the water. Brown succumbed from shock to the nervous system. On Monday Joseph M'Lennan was fined Xio -and costs to- having used the hairdressing pre- mises at 4, Cheapside, Liverpool, for betting pur- poses; and Luke Fortune, hairdresser, was fined £ 5 and costs for aiding and abetting M'Lennan. At Edinburgh John Todd Brown, a clerk, was remitted to the High Court of Justiciary charged with murdering his wife, who was found dead on Saturday in their house at 4, Henry-place. The accused was arrested after attending the funeral. At the inquest at Kilrush on the bodies of four of the seventeen persons who were drowned by the capsizing of a boat on the river Shannon, a coroner's jury added to their verdict or death by drowning that the boat was overcrowded and unseaworthy. CADBURY'S COCOA has, in a remarkable degree, -those natural elements of sustenance which give the system endurance and hardihood, building up muscle and bodily vigour, with a steady action that renders it a most acceptable and reliable "beverage." -HeaUh. .= A woman attempted to commit suicide by Jumping on to the lines of the Great Western jBailway, near Acton. She leaped off the bridge in front of an approaching train, but missed it, and fell by the side of the metals, injuring her head rather severely. In conseqence of a violent storm last week the Vistula rose 20ft and overflowed its banks at Kasmierz. A large number of houses were com- pletely destroyed and 30 wooden structures -washed away. Twenty-five people are reported to have lost their lives. A te'egram from Memphis, Tennessee, states that Charles Tart, a negro farm labourer, who recently murdered his employer, was forcibly taken from a train by a mob, who afterwards placed him against a tree, and riddled him with shots from rifles and revolvers. DR. POLLARD SAYS OF SHERMAN RUPTURE TREATMENT :-He thanks God and every other influence that determined him to try it. All who want to get rid of Rupture and Trusses should send to J. A. Sherman, Hernia Speciali-t, 64, Chancery Lane, London, for his book with English csdorsements, post free, 7d. About eleven o'clock on Wednesday a man who occupied one of the seats of the North Albert Pierhead committed suicide by shoo ing himself through the mouth. The body was conveyed to the Prince's Dock Mortuary, and afterwards identified as that of 1 homas Bellis, mechanical dentist, Northbrook-street, who at one time was battery-sergeant-major of the 8th L.A.V., but left the corps some time ago. A man named John Smith is in custody at Olasgow on the charge of attempting to poison his sweetheart, Margaret M'Callan, twenty-one years of age, a servant in the employment of Mr Burnett, architect, St. Kilda House, Dowanhill, a fashionable suburb of Glasgow. It is alleged that Smith gave the girl a quantity of nitric acid. She is now under treatment in the hospital, her throat being so terribly burnt that she cannot speak. The unexpected happened in the results of the county cricket matches concluded on Wednesday. At Lord's, Lancashire suffered defeat by Middlesex 'by seven wickets; at Sheffield, Yorkshire beat Kent by eight wickets; and at Clifton, with 33 runs in hand, Gloucestershire bea.t Surrey for the. iirst time in eight years. At Birmingham, the Australians had a well-earned victory over an eleven from the second-class counties by four wickets. Mr Thomas Hirst, J.P., of Ashfield-house, Burnley, h, s been seriously injured by an acci- dent in the cricket field during a recent match between a team of Burnley tradesmen and an eleven of a local brewery. Mr Hirst, who was acting as umpire,was struck with great force on the temple by the ball, and had to be assisted from the field. Since then he has been under th" care of several eminent specialists, but he has lost the sight of one eye. The smart capture of a gang of pick-pockets (effected by the Blackpool police has aroused con- siderable curiosity, and the Blackpool Police Court was crowded when the prisoners, whose names are George Taylor, John Smith, Thomas Barnes, Mary Smith, and Ellen Barnes, were placed in the dock. The evidence showed that the prisoners bad been convicted all over the country.—They were all found guilty, and each sen'euced to three calendar months in gaol with hard labour. At the half-yearly meeting of Brunner, Mond, and Co., held in Liverpool, the directors' report and statement of accounts were adopted, and dividends on the preference capital at the rate of 1 per cent. per annum, and on the ordinary capital at the rate of 100 per cent. p-r annum, declared for the half-year ending 30th June last. The chairman (Mr J. T. Brunner, M.P.) remarked that that was their twenty-fifth general meeting, and on an occasion like that, which was like a silver wedding, such a dividend was quite appro- priate. The Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha died at a quarter to twelve o'clock on Tuesday night, after an illness of several weeks. The late Duke was a brother of the Prince Consort. The Duke of Edinburgh was on Wednesday formally recognised as the heir to the Ducal Throne, and took the oath to the constitution in the presence of the Emperor William, who attended the ceremony by the express request of the duke. All the Ministers of State were present. It is understood that eventually the duke will abdicate in favour of his son, Prince Alfred. At the Marylebone Police Court Bernard Dunn, saddler, Woolwich, was charged with having assaulted the Hon. St. John Brodrick, M.P., by striking him three or four times with a riding whip in Lower Seymour-street, Portman-square. Prisoner, whose defence was that Mr Brodrick, during the last Administration, had made false statements about him in the House of Commons, and that he had committed a technical assauJt to bring his case before the public, was remanded for a week in order that inquiry might be made into his mental condition. EVERY HOUSE may shortly be supplied with electric light by a simple pieco of mechanism placed over the kitchen chimney, if a new plan of ISdison's for generating electricity directly from heat is succesful. Thus the poorest person could have the benefit of a useful invention which is now regarded as a luxury only for the comfort of the rich. Mr. Thomas Holloway, however, has given a greater blessing to humanity than has yet been afforded by the most wonderful dis- coveries of science. His Pills and Ointment have succeeded in cases where the greatest author- ities on medical treatment have failed. What- ever the condition of the patient may be, these znedicines will effect a cure if such a thing is immanly possible. Early on the morning of 2nd July two detectives moticed four youths-who were well known- strolling about the Boulevard Sevastopol with a fishing-rod and line. Suspecting the intentions of these extremely early sportsmen, they followed them until they reached a large boot shop, where the party stopped, and while one of them fixed a large hook to the line the others nois-lessly broke the skylight of a cellar containing the reserve Stock of the establishment. When all was ready the line was dropped and the sport began. Many vairs of hoots and shoes were hooked and dropped before they came to the surface, but 11 pairs wera safely landed when the detectives interrupted the proceedings and arrested the gang. The tfchermen were sentenced to terms of imprison- pNeqfc xgfjring from six months to two years.
A Guide to Dinas Mawddmy has been just issued from i the pen of Mr Cbas. Ashton. As the writer is a lover of nature and evidently knows almost every step of the district, the little work is at once enter- taining and trustworthy. Its publication should be the means of attracting tourists to this wild corner of Wales. [Gibson, Aberystwith,—priw 2$.}
IN PARLIAMENT. MONDAY. In the House of Commons Mr Asquith, in reply to Mr Herbert Lewis, said that it was by no means clear that the Lord Chancellor had the power to remove from the Commission of the Peace any magistrate who had failed to attend a meeting of quarter or petty sessions for a bear. Questioned on the subject by Mr Egerton Allen, Mr T. E. Ellis, Parliamentary Charity Commissioner, said I that from a consideration of the provisions of the intermediate school schemes for Carnarvonshire I and Merionethshire, it appeared that they did not exclude the reading of collects as a part of family worship in the hostels of schools, provided they were not formularies of any particular denomina- tion. Mr Fowler informed Sir Charles Dilke that the scientific advisers of the Board of Trade were strongly of opinion that quarantine in connection with cholera was very undesirable. Quarantine was now enforced only in cases of yellow fever or plague. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, reply- ing to Mr Everett, said that the Government found nothing in the existing state of things, or in anything which had recently occurred in India, to alter the resolution already announced by them, and approved by the House of Commons, not to interfere with the single monetary standard now by law established in this country. Mr Asquith, in answer to Mr Keir Hardie, said that so far as he was aware no troops had been sent to South Wales on the application of anyone except the local authorities. The troops had been and would be used for no other purpose than to pro- tect person and property and prevent outbreaks of disorder. A motion for the suspension of the twelve o'clock rule for the night having been agreed to without a division, Mr Gladstone, who was received with loud Ministerial cheers, rose to move that the report stage of the Home Rule Bill be brought to a conclusion on Friday night. The right hon. gentleman said this was the seventy- fourth day that the bill had been under the con- sideration of the House, and the course he pro- posed was absolutely essential to secure the effi- ciency of Parliamentary procedure. Mr Chamber- lain then moved his amendment. He contended that the discussion upon the Home Rule Bill had been neither a frivolous nor an unnecessary dis- cussion. If the bill had ever had a chance it had been destroyed by the alteration of the ninth clause, and by the financial arrangements under which Great Britain's taxpayers were to be mulcted in order to give Ireland a surplus. Other speakers followed, and the amendment was lost by a majority of 38. The motion was agreed to without a division. TUESDAY. In the House of Commons, a number of questions were put with regard to the action of the authorities in sending the military to quell any disturbances that might arise among the Welsh miners. ivi Asquith said he could not hold out much hope as to the appointment as to the minister of Mines, but he said he should be glad to see the preseh. barbarous method of fighting out trade dispute superseded by a well-considered systen of arbitra tion. The Government had introduced a bill to that purpose, but had not owing to the attitude u; the Opposition, been able to secure a. c-cond rear, ing. The Premeir replied to questions with regar. to the salaries of Indian Civil Servants and tIn- closing of the Mints, and also on the subject of mining royalties. The House resumed considera- tion of the Home Rule Bill on Mr Morley's propos- als that the Irish Parliament should no be alloweu to pass any law imposing penalty or conferring privilege on person on account of parentage or place of birth. Sir John Gorst moved an amend- ment that the words residence be placed after the word birth." A long debate followed on the desirability of taxing absentee landlords. Mr Morley said they did not intend to prevent the Irish Gove nment from putting a tax on the pos- sessors of land who did not reside in Ireland. Mr ScxtJn said Irish landlords had for many years a way of living out of the country, but he hoped the Home Rule Bill would reverse the process, and that they would be more content to live at home. One of the great secrets of Irish poverty was that the landlords spent some four millions of their revenue out of the country. The discussion was continued by Mr Chaplin and Mr Gosche Mr Gladstone said Mr Go-chen's speech was an apology for absenteeism. He cordially agreed that the absentee landlords had been good land- lords, but he thought Carlyle was right when he said that cash payments were not the only nexus between man aod nun. The Government con- tended that the Irish Leg slature was the proper body to consider whether or not it was the duty of the owners of property to reside in the country, and whether habitual residence ought to be dis- couraged in the form of taxation. The amend- ment was negatived without a division. Mr Morley's resolut.on was then added to the bill as as a new sub-section. After many members had spoken on the question, Mr Morley's amendment defining the powers of the Irish Legislature with regard to local public funds was agreed to, and the House adjourned at m dnight. WEDNESDAY. In the House of Commons, immediately the Speaker took the chair, the consideration of the report on the Government of Ireland Bill was resumed. Mr Parke Smith prop sed to omit from Clause 5 the words "in her Majesty's name," and insert "as representing her BIajesty," in the provision authorising the Lord-Lieute- ant to prorogue, summon, and dissolve the Irish Legi lature. Mr J. Morley could not accept the amendm nt, as he thought the responsibility of summoning, dissolving, and proroguing the Irish Legislature should remain with the Irish Govern- ment. On a division, the amendment was nega- tived by 127 t) 83 votes—Government majority, 4t. An amendment by Sir Henry James, pro- viding that a session of the Irish Legislature should be summ npd at least once in every year was accepted by the Government. Mr Hanbury proposed to i r sert words providing that the Lord- Lieutenants of counties should be appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland as representing her Majesty. Mr Sextou contended that as the functions of Lord-Lieutenants were partly civil not purely military, the appointments should be made by the Lord-Lieutenant on the advice of the Irish Ministry. The Attorney-General said the object of the present amendment was already provided for in the bill. Mr B llfour said the Government could only make the pr visions of the bill square with ther professions by accepting an amendment in which specific reference was made to the Lord-Lieutenant as a military authority responsible to the Wai Office. Mr J. Morley said as there was no difference of opinion with regard 'to the object of the amendment, the Government would accept it. The amendment was therefore, agreed to, and inserted in the bill. Mr T. H. Bolton proposed that the sub-sectioa relating to the appointment of the Executive Committee of the Privy Council of Irelaud should be so amended as to put it out of the power of i he Irish Legisla- ture to d^ ermine the numbers of the committee, or to decile to what offices the position should attach. Mr J. Morley thought the objections to the clause might be met if it were made to run, "persons holding such offices under the Crown as her Majesty, or, if so authorised, the Lord- Lientenant. may think fit, saving as otherwise directed by an act of the Irish Legislature." After some discussion, Mr Bolton withdrew his amendment, and the alteration suggested by Mr Morley was agreed to. Lord Cranborne then moved an amendment with the purpose of pre- venting the Lord-Lieutenant aC1 ing on the advice of the Irish Executive in reference to matters withheld from the powers of the Irish Legisla- ture. Mr Chamberlain supported and the Attorney-General and Mr Sexton opposed the amendment, the debate on which was brought to a close at half-past five without any decision having been arrived at. Mr Yerburgh obtained leave "to bring in a bill t > reguL.t« the sale of foreign and colonial meat. Mr Marjoribankj announced that it was proposed to take the Navy Estimates on Monday and Tuesday next, and the third reading of the Government of Ireland Bill on Wednesday. THURSDAY. In the House of Commons several questions were asked relative to national education in Ire- land, particularly with the object of ascertaining whether attempts had not been made to give the i reading-books A Catholic tinge. Mr Bodkin iiroused much laughter by inquiring it the ciiri- culum did not include the works of a certain pagan and alleged poet named Homer." Mr John Morley explained that the reading-books had been greatly in need of revision, and that the work had been carried out with the unanimous consent of a committee composed of both Protestant and Cath- olics. Questions were also asked respecting the labour struggle in South Wales. Mr Asquith said the intelligence was now more reassuring, and the troops would be withdrawn aR soon as the necessity for their presence ceased to exist. In answer to an inquiry Mr Gladstone said that, considering the remarkable concurrence of opinion on the Land Transfer Bill, he thought that if it passed the second reading stage it might be refer- red to the Grand Committee on Law. Considera- tion of the Home Rule Bill as amended was re- sumed on .Lord Cranbourne's amendment which sought to snaiply define the Lord Lieutenant's action as the representative of the Queen rather than of the Irish Parliament. The amendment was rejected by a majority of 54. Mr Hanbur 's amendment that there should be an Irish Minister holding office in the British Cabinet as a symbol of Imperial supremacy was rejected by a majority of 53. Another amendment relating to the powers of the Lord Lieutenant was rejected, and the de- bate was adjourned till Friday. In the House of Lords the Royal assent was given by Commission to forty-one public and pri- vate bills. Replying to Lord Stanley of Alderley, the Earl of Kimberley said it was proposed that half the cost of the Opium Commission should fall on the Indian revenue and the other half on the British Treasury. India was deeply interested in the opium question, and that was a very good reason why her revenue should bear half the cost. Their lordships adjourned at five o'clock. The House sits again on Monday. FRIDAY. In the House of Commons, Mr Morley, r piying to Sir Charles Dilke, said that the Government had expressed willingness to reconsider the schedule of the Government of Ireland Bill which dealt with county and borough representation if there was any prospect of a concurrence of opinion between various quarters of the House. Unfor- tunately they had been unable to obtain that concurrence, and therefore, as the matter now stood, it was not open to the Government to intro- duce any amendment. Mr Gladstone, in reply to a question by Dr Farquharson, said the terms of reference to the Royal Commission on Agricul- ture were very simple-it would inquire into the agricultural depression prevailing in Great Britain, and whether it could be alleviated by legislation or other measures.^ Mr Gladstone, in answer to Mr Alpheus Morton, said he could not hold out any hopes of proceeding at an early day with the consideration of the repeal of the pro- perty qualification for magistrates in England and Wales.
When the benches of the House of Commons were being covered up on Wednesday night a sum of money enclosed in an envelope was found near he Front Opposition Bench It turns out to be the property of Sir Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, who u tne heat and vigour of the eloquence with which he on Monday night denounced the Home Rulp Bill talked money clean out of his pocket. Whilst there is on the Liberal side in the House of Commons unabated enthusiasm on behalf of a sitting in the Autumn so as to make progress with British measures, there is some divergence f opinion as to the precise order und, r which the Session shall be resumed. A considerable number are in favour of beginning a new Session in the first week of December, as opposed to the present understanding that the Session is to be adjourned z? when Supply is ciose and resumed at the end of October. The objection to this course lies in the fact that progress made with the Employers' Liability Bill and other measures would be lost. In answer to the request of Mr S. Woods, M.P., that a day should be fixed for the discussion of the eight hours question, Mr Gladstone asks whether it is a reasonable thing on the part of his correspondent to demand, when I am totally unable to forecast the measure of available time, and when that time ought to be divided and meted out with strict regard to the relative weight of many great public claims (a description I freely accord to yours), that I shall now begin to spend he little time on behalf of one of those claims without asking what others are to be." He adds that if a discussion was forced now it would only encourage other like discussions, and merely further abridge the stock of time at the disposal of the Government for practical purposes. The Petitions Committee on Wednesday arrived at a very important dec sion with regard to the petitions 5-from the Principality against the Suspensory Bill. The matter of the methods adopted by the Church party to swell those peti- tions was brought before the Committee by Mr Lloyd-George. He made a statement, backed by documentary evidence, showing that in regard to certain petitions signatures had been obtained in a considerable number of cases by fraudulent misrepresentations as to the character and object of the prayer. He produced declarations to prove that forgeries had been committed in several instances. The Committee were unanimously of opinion that a strong case had been m .de out for inquiry; and on the motion of Mr T. P. O'Connor, seconded by Mr Herbert Lewis, the following resolution was adopted:—"That the Select Com- mittee on Public Petitions, having heard a state. ment from Mr Lloyd-George with regard to cer- tain petitions against the Established Church (Wales) Bill, resolved that a motion be made in the House of Commons for leave to make a special inquiry and report upon such petitions, and to ask for powers to take evidence; "nd that the Chairman be requested to bring the matter before the House."
S HREWSBUliY FETE. What is not inaptly described as the grandest fete in England was held at Shrewsbury on Wednes- day and Thursday last, in beautiful weather, which added greatiy to the brilliance of the floiicultural and hoiticultural display provided in the bemtil'u! a. ',d picrarefque grounds of Shrew&bury Quarry. The liberality of the society iu the awards offered by them for the best exhibits is well-known, and the matter of expenditure is quite a secondary considera- tion in securing for the fete th" best talent possible for the delectation of the thousands of sptctators who crowd to the Q iarry grounds on both days of thu show. No less a sum than .£750 was <ffered in prizes, and it must be a aourcs of greit satifaction t,) th,) piomoters to find that this year the entries exceed those of former )ears to the number of close upon 2JO, bringing up the total entries to about 2,400. The arrangement of the grounds was subs'an- tially the same as in previous years, several huge tents being appropriate < for the reception of the exhibits of plants, fruit, vegetables, and flowers, and they,, was a liberal supply of lefreshment tents. In addition to the floral display the exhibition of honey, bee appliances, &c., by the Shropshire Beekeepers' Association, attracted a lare concourse of interested spectators, and the lectures on bee-keeping, given at intervals each day of the show, were much appre- ciated. In the way of variety entertainments, the champion acrobatic bicyciists. the Sebini Bicycle Troupe Bon Bon and Artino, the comic trapeze comedians and grotesque boxers; the Dagmar trio in their da- ling tquilibristic performances, and the musical Jees, had their admirers, while the Athos troupe of acrobats, the brothers Wichmann, the high wire performers Lolo, Sylv. ster and Lola in their marvellous flights through mid air and Baretto and Artell. the comic triple bar performers, afforded, with slight intermission. continual amusement to thi vast audiences from the opening of the show until the close. The veteran aeronaut, Mr J. A Whelan, made an ascent in the splendid balloon Victoria, shortly after five o'clock, under most favourable atmospheric con- ditions. He was accompanied by Mr Clarke, of Stoke; and we regret to state that in endeavouring to alight near Cruigington Mr Whfolan sustained sucft injury to the hip bv coming into contact with the grappling iron, that he had to be conveyed to the Salop Infirmary The horse-leapiniz forms one of the most attractive f atures of the pho, and the literal prizes offered attracted a good number of competitors. The lower portion of the Quarry was railed off and set apart for this?, and a great deal of interest was evinced iu the competitions. Probably at t o fete out of London is music pro- vided on such a scale as at Shrewsbury fète-the binds including the Royal Horse Guards (Blue), under the direction o! Mr. C. Godfrey, R.A.M., the Grenadier Guards, conducted by Lieutenant Dan Godfrey and the band of the Shropshire Yoemanry Cavalry, under the direction of Mr J. Hudson Davies. From the opening of the show until the olose "music filied the air," and the combined Guarde' Band occu- pied the band nud each day from eix to eight o'slook.
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