SOME VARIETIES IN FLOOR COVERINGS i WITH THEIR FEATURES, SIZES, I AND PRICES, ). SOLD BY This represents the cover only of the new Booklet on I Floor Coverings, just pub- lished by us. The book, which coctains much valu- able information on Carpets and Floor Coverings gener- ally, will be gladly sent free to any address on receipt of a Post Card. PJl fj l jm Tlie Great Frovlxid?l H j fl UH House F?ur?lsI?L?r & P E GA NE The Great ProV1n.c1a1 lit carpet Factor, 161 & 162, COMMERCIAL STREET, NEWPORT. AND AT 38 & 41, Queen Street CARDIFF. 38, 39, & 40, College Green BRISTOL. FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS! Thfl "Alnilra" Cream Separators. UPPER LLANCAYO, USK, MR. W. BURNING, May 24th, 1901. Usk. DEAR SIR, 11 The No. 12 ''Alexandra" Separator I purchased four years ago has given me every satisfaction, and does its work to-day as satisfactorily as it did when I purchased it, and has not cost one I shilling per year for repairs. I consider the" Alexandra" Separator pays for itself in a few months, as the quantity of butter is greatly increased and the quality I very much improved. There is also a great saving in labour over the old-fashioned system of setting the milk in tins or pans. Yours faithfully, RICHD. H. MAR.FELL The above speaks for itself and needs no comment. Please Sotc Separators are sent on Trial for couple of weeks. PRICES, BOOK OF 400 TESTIMONIALS, &-c., ON APPLICATION. WILLIAM IIUNNING, USK. JOHN H. RENNIE, bt^A. For many years with Mr. Thomas Parry AGRICULTURAL and GENERAL AUCTIONEER, VALUER, LAND AND ESTATE AGENT, &c., C, SKINNER-STREET, NEWPORT. Newport Cattle Market Every Wednesday. Sale Fixtures. 1901. June 12.—Fiit & Store Stock, Newport Market. 17.—Eat & Store Stock, Usk Market. IS.-Fat & Storo St ick, Newport iklarket. 26. -Fat & vStore Stock, Newport Market. Freehold Prc'perty and Land, at Caldicot, King's Head, Newport. 2 Freehold Farms aud Laud, 88 acres, Llanthewy Vach and Llaugibby, King's Head, Newport. Fall particulars on application to 6, Skinner- street, Newport. Cyclists, Light Up.! Saturday, June Sth 9.11 Sunday, th. 9.12 11onday, Tuesday, llth 9.13 Wednesday, 12!h. 9.14 Thursday, 13th. 9.15 Friday, 14th 9.15 Saturday ,,15th. 9.16 [Being One hour after Sunset.] Hunting Appointments MR. CLAY'S SUBSCRIPTION OTTER HOUNDS will meat next week (water permitting) :— Monday Chain Bridge, on Usk. At 8.15 a.m. Thursday. Angel, Abergavenny. At 8.15 a.m. For the Pipe THREE NUNS. TOBACCO. NONE NICER -loz., 2Jz., 4oz. I ?0?? Everywhere. I J. and F. ?ELL, Ltd., SLA?)W? j
Markets. NEWPORT, CATTLE, Wednesday.—There was only a short supply of fat cattle to-day, but sheep, lam bs, and calves were more numerous. With a large attendance, there was a good, brisk trade. Quotations :-Best beef, 61d per lb; seconds, 6d to 6id: cows, 5kd to fid; best wether mutton fshorn), 7id to 8d; ewes, 61d to 7d lamb, 91 to 9jd; veal, 7id to Sd porker pjg, 10s 6d to lis per score. NEWPORT, CORN-, Wednesday.—Wheat was to-day in better demand, and was 3d to 6d dearer on the week. Maize only a slack sale, and was a trifle cheaper. Barley was slow and without change. Beans firm and rather dearer. Oats moderate trade at last week's price. Flour was quoted at 23s per sack for fines. Offals were cheaper. NEWPORT, CHEESE, Wednesday.—There was a good pitch aud a good attendance to-day. Cheese was generally of good quality. Quotations Caerphilly makes, 34s to 58* per cwt; fancy dairies, 40s to 12s Derbies, 50s to 54s; Cheddars' 56s.
Births, Marriages, & Deaths. Announcements of Births, Marriages and Deaths are in- serted at a uuiform charge of Is each, unless such words as "No cards,' No flowers' are added, when the charge will be 28 6d. All announcements must be authenticated. Postage stamps may be sent in payment. Lists of Wedding Presents are inserted at the rate of Is 611 per inch in depth.
The Bye-Elections. The House of Commons has returned to its labours after the Whitsuntide recess, and two new members take their seats—the Hon. George Ormsby-Gore, Conservative, representing the Oswestry Division, and Mr J, A. Pease, Radical, representing Saffron Walden. Unusual importance was attached to this latter constituency, owing to the fear of the Radical party that the result of the election might mean the loss of THEIR LAST HOLD on the County of Essex. Always a Radical constituency, Saffron Walden has had a remarkable tendency to fluctuate between high and low figures. In 1892 it was 1,731 in 1895 the majority was reduced to 425; in 1900 it had sunk to 110; and now it has gone up to 792. Such a constituency is by no means hopeless, and particularly when we note the fact that in 1885 Essex returned four Radicals and four Conserva- tives, and now sends to Parliament seven Conservatives and one Radical. In the bye-elections there has been no chansre of party. The Monmouth Boroughs, which was captured from the Radicals in the General Election of 1900, remained true to its new allegiance, despite the obloquy of a successful election petition, and Maidstone, under similar circumstances, is still held by the Radicals. Oswestry gave an increased majority to the Conservatives, and THE FORTHCOMING KLECTION in the Stratford division, occasioned by the lamented death of Col. Victor lvlil ward, will probably effect uo change in the balance of power.
[We do not necessarily endorse all our correspondent writes.—ED. "C. O."] TO SWELL THE S. & S.F.A. FUND. I understand that Lord and Lady Raglan are giving the public an opportunity of spending the afternoon and evening of Wedilesdi,y next, June 12th, in the grounds of Cefntilla Court. There is a fine show of rhododendrons along the avenue surrounding the house just now, and the sight is well calculated to delight the eyes of visitors, so that a very pleasant time may be spent there. A small charge will be made for- i admission and for refreshments, which will be devoted to the Monmouthshire Branch of the S. and S.F.A. Fund. INTERESTING WEDDING. The Rev. Dr. Valpy Ffrench, vicar of Llan- martiu, near Newport, canon of Llandaff Cathedral, aud examining chaplain to the Bishop, was married, on Saturday last, to Miss Winifred Joan Kekewich, at the parish church, Maryle- bone. The ceremony was performed by the Bishop of Llandaff, the Rev. Canon Barker, and the Rev. Pendarves Kekewich. Dr. Ffrench (who was a widower) was formerly master of Rugby, and his bride is the daughter of the Permanent Secretary to the Education Department. Dr. Ffrench has long been settled in Monmouthshire, and Sir George Kekewich, K.C.B., is well-known in the Usk district, where—making White Hall Farm, Llantrissent, his headquarters—he spends a fair portion of the fishing season. Sir George is a valued supporter of the local Farmers' Club, and the members are not likely to forget bow, on one occasion, being hard pressed for a president at the annual dinner, he, at a moment's notice, consented to occupy the position, and in a most genial and happy manuer performed the duties attaching to that office. MR. SHERIFF LAWRENCE, M.P. Mr. Sheriff Lawrence, M.P., and Mr. Albert Spicer were amongst the guests at the reception given by the Americau Ambassador, Mr. Choate, at his official residence, No. 1, Carltou House Terrace, on Tuesday, to the New York Chamber of Commerce delegates now on a visit to this country. Both Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Spicer, who has just returned from Sweden, could be seen engaged in pleasant conversation. The gathering was a most representative one. The Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of the City of London have received His Majesty's command to be present at the Horse Guards Parade on Weduesday next, when the King will present the South African War Medals. The Guilds' Sheriff is the Member of Parliament for the Monmouth Boroughs. The Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs. Temple entertained at dinner, at Lambeth Palace, on Monday evening, the stewards of the recent festival of the Sons of the Clergy, the dinner being preceded'by the customary service in the palace chapel. The stewards presented included the Lord Mayor aud Mr. Alderman and Sheriff Vaughan Morgan, and Mr. Sheriff Lawrence. M.P., the Bishop of Winchester, Lord Llangattock, Sir Reginald Hanson, and many other distinguished visitors. Mr Sheriff Lawrence, M.P., has forwarded a cheque for X20 in aid of the Seughenydd relief fund. THE PLEASURE FAIR. The Trinity Monday Fair was this year held as usual on the Twyn-square, under the shadow, as it were, of the ancient Castle, of which, perhaps, it shares antiquity. **» Fairs and markets, I read, were first instituted in England by King Alfred, in the year 886. The first fairs originated in wakes, when the number of people assembled brought together a variety of traders annually on these days. In England at one time, if not now, no fair could be held without grant from the Crown or prescription which supposes such grant. The times of holding fairs and markets are either determined by the Letters Patent j appointing the fair or market, or by usage. [ The Statute 2 Edward III., c. 15, enacts that the duration of the fair shall be declared at its commencement, and that it shall not be continued beyond a specified time. By Statute 5 Edward III., c. 5, any merchant selling goods after the stipulated time was to forfeit double the value of the goods sold. As usual, on Monday, there was a variety of stalls, for the sale of gingerbread, sweets, &c., but there was a falling off in the number of these who cater to the spirit of emulation. There was but one shooting gallery, for instance, a couple of cocoanut shies," and one striker." i The show of performing animals I did not patronize, but it was reported to be "so-so." Studt's bioscope entertainment was an excellent one. a large number of beautiful and up-to-date animated pictures being shown, after a preliminary turn by a muscular athlete, who performed some astounding feats of strength. Studt's "gondolas came in for the greatest patronage. The grand organ attached played a programme of practically unlimited range, and delighted lovers of music. The children were provided for by Butlin's miniature roundabout, which while the juveniles were about, did a fair amount of business. Towards the evening the crowd became thicker aud the noise greater, but the boisterous mirth of the fair kept within decent limits, and it is satisfactory to find that although the fun commenced on Saturday and lasted till Tuesday- only one police-court case resulted, and in that the defendant was a foreigner." I notice that the Metropolitan police are bent upon < x terminating the "teaser" nuisance. It would he a good thing if that high example could be followed in the Provinces. I fail to see where the fun of the thing comes in, either on the part of the operator or the operated on—in many cases the same individual, it must be admitted. M.F.H. The Duke of Beaufort was among those who attended the annual meeting of the Masters of Foxhounds Association on Monday. Mr P. Wroughton was elected on the committee in the place of Lord Tredegar. The Duke of Beaufort raised a question in respect to the traffic in fox cubs. Very recently, he observed, an advertise- ment which appeared in a West Country evening newspaper to the effect that fox: cubs were wanted to be turned down, was brought to his notice, and as the result of the action which was taken by several hunting gentlemen the person who was trading in the business was detected and the traffic in cubs stopped. ?* Dr Blaxall, who had been called in, had conducted various experiments, and after careful study of the pathological and bacteriological aspects, he arrived at the conclusion that it was possible to immuuise dogs against distemper. It was resolved to continue Dr Blaxall's experi- ments for another year as the committee felt that his researches gave promise of ultimate success. PICKINGS. Captain Prothero, R.N., received his C.B. at the hands of the King on Monday. Captain Prothero was ashore with the naval brigade at Graspan, Belmont, and mighty Magersfontein. He was flag captain of H.M.S. Doris, and took Cronje to St. Helena. lie is a cousin to Mr F. T. E. Prothero, J. P., of Malpas Court, near Newport. # The Lord President of the Council has appointed the Right Hon. Lord Tredegar to be a member for life of the Court of the University of Wales, in succession to the Marquis of Bute, deceased. Mr. Henry Williams, of the Monmouthshire Chamber of Agriculture, attended a Council meeting of the Central Chamber of Agriculture, in Loudon, on Tuesday. He moved a resolution approving of the lights on Vehicles Bill, and this was adopted with the addition of the words excepting harvesting work from the operation of the bill. CRICKET. The match between Cardiff and Newport, to open the new ground at Newport, ended in a draw. Cardiff scored 156, and Newport batted out time, making 117 for 9 wickets. Mr Sheriff Lawrence, M. P., was amongst those present. # At Cardiff, Newport 2nds scored 133 for five wickets, in response to Cardiff 2nd's 140. Newport 2nds. beat Portskewett, after declaring at 130 for four wickets, by 114 runs. At Monmouth, Bishopswood was easily beaten by Monmouth. The scores were Monmouth, 139 (for seven wickets) Bishopswood, 44. Chepstow scored 103 against Newport Garrison's 54, at Chepstow. THE D.S.O. Capt Percy Probyn, son of Mr Fred Probyn, malster, Pontypool, has bad some most exciting and important experiences in the war, and his many friends will hear with pleasure that he has secured the coveted D.S.O. It is not many years since Capt. Probyn left Pontypool to study medicine and surgery, and after making rapid progress, and becoming a full fledged M.D., lie joined the Army Medical Staff. Dr Probyn was soon gazetted captain, and when the war broke out he was attached to the Gorden Highlanders. He was present at the terrible disaster at Magersfontein, where his coolness and bravery in attending the wounded under fire led to his being mentioned in despatches. He himself was wounded in the leg, and, in writing to his parents at Pontypool, he speaks of the Magers- fontein disaster as "a horrible nightmare which has haunted me ever since." After being wounded, he was granted relief, and, in company with several other distinguished officers, was sent to one of the pleasantest spots of Africa for rest. Subsequently, he had the honour of dining with Lord Kitchener and several of the Generals at Pretoria, and when his parents last heard from him he was sent in charge of No. 7 General Hospital in the erstwhile Boer capital. "FOR VALOUR." The coveted cross of bronze inscribed c. For Valour," continues to be gi ven for the wearing of brave soldiers of the King but we question whether the distinction was ever more worthily won than by Lieutenant Masterson, whose name is one of four given prominence to in Tuesday's "Gazette." Mr. Masterton (now a Captain and Brevet-Major) commanded during the action Wagon-hill, one January day of last year, one of the three companies of his regiment (the gallant Devonshires) which charged a ridge held by the enemy, and captured their position. The companies were then exposed to a moat heavy and galling tire from the right and left front. Lieutenant Mastersou undertook to give a message to the Imperial Light Horse, who were holding a ridge some 100 yards behind, to, fire to the left front, and endeavour to check the enemy's tire. In taking this message he crossed an open space of 100 yards, which was swept by a most heavy cross-fire, and although badly wounded in both thighs, managed to crawl in and deliver his message before faliiug exhausted into the Imperial Light Horse trench. His unselfish heroism was undoubtedly the means of saving many lives. The other three upon whom the King has conferred the Victoria Cross are :—Captain N. R. House, New South 117ales Medical Staff Corps; Corporal J. J. Clements, Rimington's Guides and Private C. Ravenhill, 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers, for conspicuous gallantry in South Africa. During the action at Vredefort, on the 24th July, 1900, Captain House went out under a heavy cross fire, and picked up a wounded man and carried him to a place of shelter. « On the 24th February, 1900. near Stryden- burg, when dangerously wounded through the lungs and called upon to surrender, Corporal Clements threw himself into the midst of a party of five Boers, shooting three of them with his revolver, and thereby causing the whole party to surrender to himself and two uti- wounded men of Rimingtou's Guides. At Colenso, on the 5th of December, 1899, Private Ravenhill went several times, under a heavy fire, from his sheltered position as one of the escort to the guns to assist the officers and drivers «ho were trying to withdraw the guns of the 14th and 67th Field Batteries, when the detachments serving them had all been killed, wounded, or driven from them by an infantry fire at close range, and helped to limber up one of the guns that was saved. AGRICULTURE & MILITARISM. A very sensible proposition was passed on Tuesday at the meeting of the Chambers of Agriculture to the effect that the Council was of opinion that the period for the training of the Militia should he arranged so as not to prevent men being employed during the hay and corn harvests. In the Army Estimates for the present year provision was made for 132.000 men, aud it was estimated that sixty-four per cent. of the recruits came from the class which furnished agricultural labourers, so that 60,000 potential agricultural labourers were drawn from their work just at a time when their services were most needed by the farmers. It is quite necessary that militarism should give way to the exigencies of food winning whenever possible. THE VOLUNTEER DINNER. The programme of music, &c., at the wel- come home" dinner to the Active Service Volunteers, on Friday, was a rare treat. Mr. W. T. Carter's recitations were much appre- ciated, aud served as a text for Lord Tredegar, who remarked in a subsequent speech that if the reciter had gone on he would have come to something like this He who escapes this day and comes safe home, Will yearly on the vigil feast his friends." These words were used by Kin2; Henry V. before the Battle of Agincourt, and (aptly added his lordship) he hoped that that banquet would be carried on again, so that on that vigil the Volunteers might still be feted by their comrades who stayed at home, and by the citizens who had admired their conduct abroad.
USK. Avent-AIrs. E. K Jones. Stationer THE RIVER is very low, and no "kills" are reported. OBITUARY.—It is with regret we learn of the death of Nir. David Prothero, which took place on Wednesday morning, in Baron-street, after only a few days' illness. Deceased, who was a Prison Warder, was in the 50th year of his age. Much | sympathy is felt for Mrs. Prothero and the family in their very sad and comparatively sudden bereavement, occasioned by blood poisoning. MONMOUTHSHIRE BRANCH OF THE S. & S.F.A. FUND.-By the kind permission of Lord and Lady Raglan, the grounds of Cefntilla Court will be open to the public on Wednesday next, June 12th, at a charge of 6d. for each person, which will be given to the fund for aiding the families of Mouuiouth- shire men now serving in South Africa. Tea and refreshments will be provided at a moderate charge, and the grounds will be open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. j A SMALL DIVIDEND.—The Official Trustee in the bankruptcy of Mr Fenton G. Harris has issued the final statement, from which it appears that the first and final dividend to be paid is at the rate of lid, in the jE. The net income from the realization of the esrate amounted to £ 246 7s., of which X174 4s. 4d. went in fees, XI 6s. 4d. to a preferen- tial creditor, and £ 74 12s- 4d. to liquidate the claims (amounting to £ 10,235 15s. 9d.) of twenty unsecured creditors. The trustee remarks The estate has been a most difficult one to deal with, involving much labour and time, owing to the number of bills of exchange, estate and other books, the large amount of correspondence taken over, and to no statement of affairs being filed."
PROPERTY SALE. I On Monday afternoon, at the Three Salmon's Hotel, Usk, Messrs. Marfell and Poole offered for sale by public auction three lots of freehold property, situate in or near the town of Usk. There was a fair attendance. The first lot offered was the stone-built family residence, known as Usk Vale, abutting on the Island, in the Parish of Llanbadoc, with Atables, coach-house, croquet ground, and large kitchen garden, now in the occupation of Mr. W. H. Nixon, at the yearly rental of £ 40. The first offer was ori. [ of £ on0, and gradually the biddings rose to £920. at which figure it was knocked down to Mr. W. S. Gustard, of Nlttyfield, Ltanbadoe. Lot 2.—Two freehold cottiges, with gardens, situate in Four Ash Street, in the ocoupation of Mr. Daniel McCarthy and another, at the reuts of 3s. and 2s. weekly. Starting at £50, by ten-pound bids the figure was doubled, and at that price-X iOo —it was sold to Mr. George Gilbert, of Usk. Lot 3.—The freehold dwelling-house, with shop, warehouses, stabling, garden, &c.,sita ate in Bridge Street, and htving a frontage thereto of about 130 feet, now in tho occupation of the Executors of the late Mr. Edward Jones, under a lease, whereby it was demised to the late Mr. Jones for a term of 28 years from the 25th December, 1888, at an annual rental of £ 1G0. The sale was by order of the executors of the late Mr. Charles Voyce. The bidding was spiritless, and the property was with- drawn when the initial bid of XIOOO had been slowly run up to £ 1425.
Markets and Fairs. STOCK MARKETS. Usk— 1st and 3rd Monday in month. Monmouth—2nd and 4th Monday in month. Chepstow—2nd and last Tuesday in month. Newport—Every Wednesday. Berkeley (Glos.)—1st Wednesday in month, Chippen Campden—Last Wednesday in month. Honeybourne (Glcs.)-ht Wednesday in month Neath (Glam.)-Last Wednesday in month. Canton (Glam.)—1st Monday in month Moreton-in-the-Marsh — 2nd Tuesday in month. Ledbury-2nd and last Tuesday in month.
Sales by Auction. By MR. W. H. PITTEN. Near Sunny Bank, Glascoed, Mon. MR. W. H. PITTEN is instructed to SELL BY l' M PUBLIC AUCTION, at the THREE SALMON'S HOTEL. USK, On MONDAY, JULY 1st, 1901, At 3.30 o'clock in the Afternoon punctually, subject to such Conditions of Sale as snail be then and there read, all that Freehold Cottage & Outhouses, with about 2 Acres of good Orchard, Meidow, and Garden Ground, in the occupation of Mrs. MEREDITH. Good situation and close to the Main Road. For further particulars apply to the AUCTIONEEB, Club Chambers, Pontypool, or to Messrs. LE BRASSEUR & BOWEN, Solicitors, Pontypool and Newport. Ai'i'OIvr.UEVTS, &c., FOIL %VL,EK Ending June 15th, 1901. June. Sat. 8-Pontypool Petty Sessions, Usk v Newport Garrison, at Usk. Sun. 9-1et Sunday after Trinity. Mon. 10-Moninotitb Market. Tues. ll-Abergavenny Market. Wed. 12—Newport Cattle, Cheese, & Corn Mkts. Abergavenny Petty Sessions. Thura 13—Cwmbran Petty SessioilF. Sat 15-Poutypool Petty Sessions, 11 a.m. Cricket-U-sk v Abergavenny, at Usk. -1 -=r- s..
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TRINITY MONDAY FAIR. The usual stock, horse, peddlery, and pleasure fair was held at Usk on Trinity Monday. The supply was fairly good, but trade was not particularly brisk, although lamb sold well. Cows ""d calves sold at varying prices from £ 12 to £15. The supply of store cattle was good, and sold well. Yearling cattle fetched from X8 to £ 10, and two- year-olda £10 to £13; best beef, 6|d to 7d. per lb; second quality, 6d to fiAd; wether mutton shorn-light. 8d., heavy, 7d. to 7-Jd ewe. cY,!d to 7d lamb, 9d real, M to 8id per lb sows and pigs, X7 to £ 10; strong stores. 35s to 4;>i each three mouths old, 20s to 2:;8 wetitiers, le to 20s porkers—heavy weight 9s 6d per score, light. weight 10s; baconers, 9s per score. There was a large supply of hor-cM of all descriptions, aud quotations varied considerably. The pleasure portion of the fair wa-, held on the Twyn S q uare, aud consisted of %Ir Jacob Studt's gondolas" and bioscope entertainment, Butlin's horses for the juveniles, performing animals and the cocoanut. shies, &c. The weather was fine. and there was a fairly good attendance, especially in the evening, when th* electric light illuminated the Square, and the scene was an animated one. Some excellent and realistic pictures wero given by the biocope. including war scenes, "Cinderella" Pan otnitie. views of Paris Exhibition from a boat on the river, the Passion Piay" from Oberatn- rnergau, the Shamrock II disaster, the University Boat Hace, the return of the C.f V.s &c.
URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The monthly meeting of the Usk Urban Distriofc Council was held in the Town Htit, oa Thursday evening, when there wer« present:- Vip,srs. [I. A. Addis, J.P. (chairman), S. A. Hiley, F. Jennins. H. Morgan, T. J. Smith, G. Edmunds, J. Huggett,. H. Ault, E. W. Wuters, W. W orkrnan, jl Hennessey, A. F. Luc<s (clerk), and T. Reea, ir, (surreyor, &c.) MAKKET BYE-LAWS, ETC. The Clerk read the approval of the Local Govern uient Board of the cattle market bye-laws and tolls. The report of the district auditor was read. TAXATION OF GROUND VALUES. On the proposition of the Chairman, the Bill which the Council had bseu nsked to support in favour of the taxation of ground values, &c., was ordered to lie on the table. For months it has been ostensibly aroing the rounds of th-1 mem bers for consideration, aud now it was not known who held it. THE CONIGAK FOOTPATH. ( The question of the Council's position with regard to the Conigar footpath again came on, and there was considerable discission as to whether, as suc- cesors of the burgesses, they held the fee of the land there, or whether they simply had a right of WliY. and the land belonged to Mr. H. S. Gustard, of Porthycarne House, who claimed it. In any case, the Council, as the-highway authority, was, it appeared, entitled to tak- such measures as were necessnry for the protection of tha bank and the public rights. It was pointed out that if Mr. Custard's claim was a good one, the Council had gone outside their duty in providing iron fencing, &c., at the higher end of the path. Ultimately, on the propos'tton of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. Edmunds, the Clerk was instructed to write to Messrs. Gustard and Waddiuvrton stating that what the Council had done they claimed the right to do as the highway authority, and to protect the public right of way. It will be remembered that the Council's work- men were stopped cutting down the bushes on the river bank alongside the path by Mr. H. S. Gustard. i, THE CATTLE MARKET. The Chairman stated that the hurdl-a for the, cattle market had not yet fsri ived, and that matter won 14 asrniu have to be deferred. Mr. Hiley Raid tho Auctioneers complained of the cattle ring which should be divided. Tho Chairman Also that the walking planks are not sufficiently firm. They want a few stays under- neath. Mr. Edmunds suggested that a gate should be fixed in the fcnce dividing the market proper from the piece of ground adjoining. Theso matters were referred to the Street Com- mittee. THE DISTRICT RATE. The Chairman reported that the Finance Committee recommended a rate of 2s in the £ for the ensuing year. The Committee had gone very thoroughly into the matter. They estimated the receipts (including XIOU from the cattle market) at. £ 433, and the rate would bring in X528 total, £ 961. The estimated expenditure [including: 1197 repayment of loans, principal and interest., and JEI70 cost of market] was £956. Thus they would have a balance to the good of only i'5. He thought the ratepayers would have no cause to grumble at the rate, since the addition for the market only amounted to 5d in the E. The report was adopted, and the Collector was instructed to prepare the rate [which includes ill in the £ for technical instruction]. MONMOUTH G.S. FEES. I In accordance with notice, Mr. Smith moved:- "That this Council hears with regret of the proposed raising of the fees of the Monmouth Grammar School, and would respectfully suggest to the Governors that the original fees be: maintained in the interest of the boys for whom the Charity was intended." I-le held, in his liitid, he said, the balance sheet for the year, from which he saw that the late headmaster was receiving a pension of L500 a year, and by the papers this week he was informed that it was proposed to make an installation of the electric light in the Schools. It was urged that, the increased fees were necessary to maintain the efficiency of the' School, but he would point out that the income from the Charity was increasing year by year as leases fell in. At least 100 boys "in Monmouth, were entitled to free education from the Cliarity. and he thought those boys were being robbed of their birth-right. The Council should take steps and try to stop them being filched of their heritage. Mr. P. Jennings seconded, and the motion was: agreed to unanimously. THE SURVEYOR'S ltEvonr. The Surveyor, in his report, stated that the wall of the premises owned by Mr. T. Probert, in Bridge-street, reported as being dangerous, had not been attended to. He had received complaints from some of the tenants of the houses at Lower Mill of the roughness of the metalling recently placed in front of their houses, aud he suggested that some fine limestone gravel be placed there so as to form a path in front of the houses, the cost- of which would be about £ 1 7s 6d. Something should be done with the piece of land adjoining the, cattle market. It would now be a good time of year to clean and level it. He applied for tolls on Monday last to different persons occupying the, portion of the Twyn-square not let to Mr. Studfc, but found that they had been collected for thee principal standing room by the following:- Messrs. J. J. Edwards, A. H. Gilbert, J. H- Salter, W. Morgan, and H. Stockham. All he; succeeded in collecting was 18s. ACTION TAKEN. It was resolved to give Mr. Probert seven da' ys*" notice to attend to his wall, the :Surveyor, iit default, to then take proceedings. The Surveyor was instructed to carry out his suggestion at the Lower Mill. The cattle market question was referred to the, Street Committee. With reference to the Twyn-square, the Chairman said he thought the occupiers of houses there were entitled to a cerrain amount, but that they should not have all the tolls while the Council, kept the ground in order all the year round. He thought the occupiers should get about half of the whole as compensation for the deprivation of access to their honses, &c. v Mr. Jeunings asked if the Council did anything- towards repairs there, and The Surveyor replied in the affirmative. The Chairman said the Council must either give way on ttle matter or must claim their right at, once. The Surveyor sail the occupiers would be better- off if the tolls were collected by the Council, as some of the sums collected were inadequate. Mr. Jennings asked if the Council could enfoica the matter. The Chairman replied that they could clear the fair from there altogether. He thought they could enforce their right. It was ultimately resolved to leave the matter to the Street Committee, who would see the Twyn-square people with a view to the amicabla settlement of the matter.