From June 9tlx to 21st (INCLUSIVE) WE MAKE A PRIVATE EXHIBIT OF THE RECEPTION ROOMS AND FURNISHINGS Executed bY us for the use of T.R.H. the PRINCE and PRINCESS OF WALES. fi limited Thumber of Cards to View will be forwarded JPost Free on application, to those desiring to inspect this ixniqize display. P. E. GANE, Furnlslaer to our Rulers and their Subjects, 161 and 162, Wri?TXFPfYR T1 And at CARDIFF COMMERCIAL-ST., JN -Ei W JT^jKi X and BRISTOL. Motors and Cycles. Castle Varade, T. I-I. G. SAVERY, usk. Sole District Agent for SWIFTS, ROYAL ENFIELDS, RUDGE WHITWORTHS, CENTAURS, &c. Price from X ILI) IOs. with Free Wheel and Two Rim Brakes. Good Stock of Secondhand Lady's and Gent's Cycles from £3 10s. liepairs promptly attended to. Sole District Agent for the celebrated WERNER MOTOR CYCLCTTE. Swifts. Swifts. Swifts. The above fitted with Free Wheel and Two Rim Brakes from ;£.0 IO«. A.A 1. JOHN H. RENNIE, BY EXAAI. AGRICULTURAL and GENERAL AUCTIONEER, & VALUER, AND LAND AGENT, &c., Office and Salerooms :— 6 & 12, SKINNER-STREET, NEWPORT. Newport Cattle Market Every Wednesday, and Usk Cattle Market 1st and 3rd Monday in Each Month. Sale Fixtures. 1902. June 16-Fat and Store Stock, Usk Cattle Market. 16-Live and Dead Farming Stock, at Redwern, near Usk, Llangwm Ueba. 18-Fat and Store Stock, Newport Cattle Market. 18-Freehold Properties at Caerleon, Mon. —Household Furniture, Saleroom, 12, Skinner-street, Newport. 25-Fat and Store Siock, Newport Cattle Market. 25-27 Cobs and Ponies, Park Hotel Yard, Pontypridd. -Valuable Household Appointments, at York Place, Newport, Mon. o. Sales by Auction. Redwern House, Llangwm U cha, 4" Miles from TJsk or 8birenewton, and 8 from Chepstow. SALE OF ATTRACTIVE LIVE AND DEAD STOCK, HOUSEHOLD APPOINTMENTS AND EFFECTS. JOHN H. RENNIE has been favoured with instructions from MR. VALENTINE CARTER (who has let the Farm. in consequence of ill- health, and family bereavement), to SELL BY AUCTION, on the premises, On MONDAY, JUNE 16TH, 1902, (Usk Market Day), his exceedingly useful and well-kept Live and Dead Farming Stock, COMPRISING 3 WELL-BRED young HEREFORD COWS in full profit, Choice 3-vear-oid Heifer with Calf at foot, 6 2 and 3-year-old Heifers and Steers, grand Heifer Calf; an active Half-bred Chestnut Mare; 6 four-tooth Cross-bred Ewes, with their 12 black-faced Lambs 3 Porker Pigs, nice bandy weights 35 Fowls, Sheep Dog, together with the Implements, Carts, Harness, Dairy Utensils, Tousehold Furniture, aud numerous other Effects. On view morning of Sale, which will commence j 2.15 p.m. prompt. Auctioneer's Offices- 6 and 12, Skinner-street, Newport, and at Usk. ffO LET. with immediate possession, REDWERN I- HOUSE, LLANGWM UCHA, 4 miles from Usk Five Bedrooms, Hall, Parlour, good Kitchen, Dairy, Scullery with bake oven, &c.; Stabling for 2 Cow Shed (4),Cart House, two useful Wooden Sheds, Pig's Cots, Cider House, with Mill, &c., complete: good Garden; very Fruitful Orchard, and capital Pasture Land, the whole comprising an area of about 23 Acres. For further particulars apply to MR. JAMES PITT, Cwm Farm, Llantrissent, near Usk; or JOHN H. RENNIE, Auctioneer, Newport.
MRM. A. PARKER and the MISSES PARKER beg to sincerely thank all those who have manifested their sympathy with them in their recent I ead berreavement by sending flowers, attending the funeral of their beloved mother, and in other ways. The Laurels, Usk, June 9th, 1902. P.C. LYNCH, of Pontypool, who has served for 26 years in the Monmouthshire Constabulary, has just retired on a pension. By MESSRS. MARFELL & POOLE. Bridge Street, Usk. ATTRACTIVE & UNRESERVED SALE OF HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE. M' ESSRS MARFELL & POOLE are instructed by the EXECUTORS of the late Mr EDWARD JONBS, to SELL BY AUCTION, as above, On WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18th, 1902. the whole of the Household Furniture & OTHER EFFECTS, Comprising large dining table, sofas, dining- room and easy chairs oval, card, and occasional tables; handsome rnahogauy sideboard, eight-day clock in oak case, gilt overmantle, maple ditto, CIle of staffed birds, ball table, couch, ladies' chairs, mahogany bureau, harmonium, fenders and fire irons, carpets, liuoleum. door mats, cornice poles, pictures; RIMING-TON No 7 TYPE- WRITER, nearly new; CONTENTS OF FIVE BEDROOMS, including large mahogany wardrobe, mahogany and painted chests of drawers, toilet glasses, marble-top and painted wash stands and ware, towel rails, dress ables, iron and wood bedsteads, cane-seated thairs, feather beds, clothes baskets, stair carpet nd brass rods, bed linen, blankets, linen chest, ditto, ditto. The whole of the KITCHEN and CULINARY UTENSILS, glass, tea and dinner ware, deal dresser, mangle, washing machine, sundry tubs, buckets, large laundry table, clothes horse, kitchen chairs and table. OUT-DOOR EFFECTS comprise crank axle cart, lawn mower, stone roller, garden seat, new bell tent, &c. Also a few lots of SHOW-ROOM FIXTURES and GENERAL DRAPERY. Sale at 1 o'clock prompt. Auctioneers' Offices-The Willows, Usk. TO BREWERS AND OTHERS. Usk, Monmouthshire. I MESSRS. MARFELL AND POOLE have been instructed to SELL BY AUCTION, at the THREE SALMON'S HOTEL, UPK, On MONDAY, the 7th day of JULY, 1902, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, subject to conditions of sale to be then and there produced, all that I- Freehold Beerhouse known as "THE SWAN" together with the BUTCHER'S SHOP and DWELLING HOUSE situate in BRIDGE STREET, in the town of USK, and for many years past in the occupation of MR JGHN HAGGETT. The premises consist of a Butcher's Shop, Tap I Room, Kitchen, Back-kitchen, and usual Offices, and Five Bedrooms. For further particulars apply to the Auctioneers, The Willows, Usk, or to Messrs GUSTARD AND WADDINGTON, Solicitors, Usk and Newport. Timber and Coppice TO BE SOLD BY TENDER. LOT I.-The FALL AGE of the COPPICE in the Wood called CRAIG PEN RHEW CORBREN, near CWMAVON STATION, Great Western Railway, con- taining about Six Acres, more or less, in the occupation of Mr THOMAS TAYLOR, or his under- tenant, Mr HENRY PALSER. Timber Trees and Stores are excepted. LOT 2.—Ill Oak, 14 Larch, and I Sycamore Timber Trees, stauding in the above-mentioned Wood. Certain Trees marked with a ring of white paint are reserved. Mr HENRY PALSER, of Cwmavon, will show the Coppice and Timber. For further particulars apply to the undersigned, by whom Tenders for each Lot separately should be received on or before the 17th of JUNE. The highest or any Tender will not necessarily be accepted. J. MAITLAND WATKINS, Solicitor, Uak. APPOINTMENTS, &c., FOR WEEK Ending June 21st, 1902. June. Sat. 14—Pontypool Petty Sessions, 11 a.m. Cricket-Usk v. Newport Garrison, at Usk. Sun. 15—3rd Sunday after Trinity. Mon. 16-Usk Market. Tues. 17-Abergaveniiy Market. Usk Coronation Committee Meeting, Town Hall, Ullk, at 8.15 p.m. Wed. 18—Newport Cattle, Cheese, & Corn Mkts. Abergavenny Petty Sessions. Cookery Demonstration, Town Hall, Usk, at 3 p.m. Thurs 19-Usk Petty Sessions. Sat. 21—Pontypool Petty Sessions, Cricket—Usk v. Abergavenny, at Aber- gavenny. Longest Day. Cyclists, Light Up.! Saturday, June 14 th 915 Sunday, 15th. 9.16 'Monday, 16 th 9.16 Tuesday, 17th. 9.17 Wednesday, 18th. 9.17 Thursday, 19th 9.17 Friday, „ 20th. 9.18 Saturday, „ 21st. 9.18 Being One hour after Sunset. 4tb Vol. Ratt. South Wales Borderers. G COMPANY, USK. Orders for the Week commencing June 15th, 1902* Monday, Adjutant's Parade, at 7.30 p.m. sharp. Wednesday, Class Firing, 4 p.m. N.C. Officers' Drill, 8 p.m. Thursday, Class Firing, 4 p.m. Friday, Squad and N.C. Officers' Drill, 8 p.m. Saturday, Class Firing from 4 p.m. The Officer Commanding hopes that every man who can. will attend this parade, as it is most important. The new Company Drill should be thoroughly learnt without delay. The muster last Monday was satisfactory, and the men without exception, well turned out. By Order, S. M. WILLIAMS, Captain Commanding.
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Thanking the Imperial Forces. n The circumstances in which thanks were voted by Parliament to the troops are with- out parallel in the history of the world. France sent half a million of soldiers to Moscow, and there have been other occasions when enormous bodies of men have invaded an enemy's country on the Continent of Europe, but this is the first time that a force of nearly 300,000 men has been sent a long distance oversea, as it is also the first time that Britain has transported so large an army into the enemy's country. In no other great war has Britain fought without foreign allies, and, what is perhaps more important, the recent campaign is the first in which British regulars have stood side by side, not only with those who were formerly known as the auxiliary forces, but with volunteers from the Colonies. One is glad to see that Mr Balfour paid an adequate tribute to THE REGULAR ARMY, I who have been, as he said, the backbone of our fighting forces. Perhaps it is inevitable that the Yeomanry and Volunteers, whose homes are with the civilian population, should sometimes experience a more enthusiastic demonstration of applause than the regulars who live in barracks by them- selves, and are moved frequently from one garrison town to another. But if people welcome their personal friends the most heartily it is not because they do not appreciate the services of the regulars who have taken the largest share of the heat and burden of the day, and have, in the words of Mr Balfour ungrudgingly, as well as courageously, performed all the duties that have been thrown on them." Of the sailors it is not necessary to say more than that while they have not been employed on a I ir,,e scale in this war, at the same time they rendered INVALUABLE AID I in the earlier stages of the campaign, and have enabled us to cherish that sense of security which was happily dwelt upon by Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman. In one sense all our fighting men are volunteers, but, as Mr Brodrick has since pointed out, nearly one third of the total force were voluntary soldiers in the sense that the War Office had no power to command their presence in South Africa. There were many battalions of Militia, who have rendered excellent service, and there were the citizen soldiers from the United King- dom, the Yeomanry and Volunteers, whose patriotism and gallantry have been amongst the most conspicuous features of the cam- paign. Then there were THE COLONIAL TROOPS whose services were dwelt upon in Parlia- ment, and again by Mr Chamberlain at the opening of a Club which has been prepared for the reception of the Colonial non-com- missioned officers and men, who may be in London on the occasion of the Coronation. Mr Chamberlain mentioned the remarkable fact that, apart from the forces levied in Cape Colony and Natal, Canada and Australasia have together sent to the front considerably more than 30,000 men, or, in other words, an army greater than the British army at Waterloo. Their work in South Africa will long be remembered with gratitude in the old country, but far beyond their immediate service is the benefit which they have conferred upon the whole Empire by emphasising and strengthening the bond which unites all the King's possessions.
Monmouthshire County Council. Opening of the New Buildings Z5 0 at Newport. INTERESTING SPEECHES. I [SPECIAL REPORT.] When the Monmouthshire County Council was first formed under the Local Government Act of 1883, Newport formed part of the administrative area, and had representatives on the Council. The first meeting was held at Usk, but, subse- quently, the meetings were, by the courtesy of the Newport Corporation, held in the Town Hall, Newport, notwithstanding that the town, later on, was raised to the dignity of a County Borough, and ceased to be but indirectly interested in its work. About two years since the Council agreed that the time had come when they should have a local habitation as well as a name, and that excellent officer, Mr William Tanner, F.S.I., County Surveyor, was instructed to prepare plans. Land adjoining the existing offices in Pentormlle was acquired from Lord Tredegar, and it may be noted that the new buildings extend from the previous boundary of the Council offices to the Newport Intermediate Schools, while the Council chamber in the rear is in close proximity to the new offices of the Newport Board of Guardians, so that Pentou- ville and Queen's Hill, with St Mary's Roman Catholic Schools, Newport Intermediate Schools for Girls and Boys, Newport County Police Station, and the Mourifouthshire County Council offices and Council chamber, have become a centre of puMic and educational work. DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDING. The new County Council, offices are a handsome and dignified structure in the Renaissance style, the front and side elevations of blue Pennant stone and heavy Grinshill dressings. The line of frontage to Pentonville has been set back to allow for a flight of steps to the main entrance, which consists of a vestibule, leading by hanlsome doors of oak and heavy bevelled glass to the wide main corridor or central hall, which extends the whole length of the new building. This corridor is one of the most striking features of the edifice. It is lofty, well- lighted, and gives access to the various offices, for as the ground floor of the new building is practically on a level with the first floor of the old offices, the rooms allotted to the officials and clerks, which range along the front of the building, are within easy reach of each other. The Chairman, the Clerk (Mr H. Stafford Gustard), the chief clerk, Mr F. Rawlins, and the subordinate clerks have rooms here; the County Surveyor retains his old quarters in the old building, with an alteration in the architecture, which improves the lighting and brings the projecting end into harmony with the genpral design. In front of the main entrance is the main stair- case. The columns, pilasters, and newels of the staircase are of highly polished Devonshire marble in two colours; the steps are of Forest stone, and the balustrades are of wrought iron, with oak hand- rail. To the right is the entrance to a large members' room, approached by way of a short flight of steps and a cloakroom. This room, comfortably furnished and handsomely decorated, will form' a convenient retiring and waiting room for the members. From the members' room large folding doors lead direct to the Council Chamber. This is octagonal, oak-panelled, the upper walla coloured in a quiet shade of green. The roof is lofty, and the room is well lighted with high windows, glazed with small squares of muffled glass. The Chairman's seat is under a carved oak canopy, facing the entrance from the members' room, and there is room for the vice-chairman and clerk beside him, while seats are provided in front for the chief officials. The members' seats are arranged in three tiers, with gangways, on five sides of the octagon, and pro- vison is made for the 68 members of the Council. The aldermen will be in front, the councillors behind; and six additional seats are provided by settees in front of the aldermen's seats, where members may quietly coufer or temporarily await the conclusion of a speech before seeking their allotted places. Each member has a desk, with ink pot and looked drawer the whole of the fittings of the chamber are in oak upholstered in red Morocco leather. Provision is made for extension of the seating if cecessary, The flooring is of wood blocks, but is covered with a handsome carpet of the same shade as the leather upholstery. There is a second main approach to the Council Chamber through a lobby eutered from the corridor, some distance to the left of the staircase. On the floor are two committee rooms, to seat 35 and 25 members respectively, au office, Press gallery, and strangers' gallery, the two latter, of course, overlooking the Council Chamber. The Committee rooms and offices are furnished in oak and green Morocco. An iron spiral staircase lends to the roof and flag staff. There is ample lavatory accommodation. The building is admirably ventilated, as, in addition to automatic ventilation, electric fans have been provided to improve matters in sultry weather. The heating is partly by hot water radiators and partly by open fires; electricity will be used for artificial lighting throughout., and the fittings in wrought-iron and brass are extremely artistic. There4will be a complete system of telephones, and the telephone room is mid- way between the old and the new offices, while there are strong rooms in the basement on the level of the old offices. The contractors for the buildings and general work were Messrs D. W. Richards, Limited, who have carried out their work admirably, aud deserve especial praise for the excellence of the oak panelling and doors Messrs. Wontner, Gray, and Company, London, carried out the contract for heating; Messrs Alger and Sons, Newport, were contractors for the electric lighting; Messrs W. A. Baker and Company, Newport, supplied the constructural iron. work (for the contractor); Messrs Waring and Sons, London, furnished the Council Chamber and Messrs Reynolds and Company, Newport, furnished the committee room and the offices with furniture of their own design and of local manufacture. The whole building was successfully designed, with a view to the comfort and convenience of those who have business there, by the County Surveyor. THE OPENING CEREMONY. I Invitations to the ceremony-which were of artistic design in colours, bearing photos of the King and Queen and of the Council Chamber and exterior of the new bviilditigs -were issued to: The High Sheriff of the County; the Members of Parliament for the County and Borough; the Mayor and members of the Corporation of Newport, with the Town Clerk, Borough Engineer, and Borough Treasurer the Mayor aud Town Clerk of Abergavenny and Monmouth the Chairman and Clerk of the Board of Guardians of the Aber- gavenny, Bedwellty, Chepstow, Monmouth, Newport, and Pontypool Unions; the County officials newspaper reporters and the Contractor and Clerk of the Works. The majority of these joined the members of the County Council on Wednesday, assembling at the frout door of the new buildings just after one o'clock, a number of the Cuunty Constabulary being drawn up in line outside, aud acting as a guard of honour. Lord Tredegar, who was to perform the opening ceremouy as Lord Lieutenant of the County, was accompanied by Sir Henry Mather-Jackson, Bart., as chairman of the County Buildings Committee, and Alderman E. Grove, chairman of the Council. In presenting his lordship with a gold key, Sir Henry Mather Jackson said that it was his ] privilege as Chairman of the County Council Buildings Committee, on their behalf and on behalf of the Council generally, to ask his lordship to open the frout door of that building, and to declare it open. They requested his lordship to perform this duty, not in the capacity of vice-chairman of the Council, but as the Lord Lieutenant of the County of Monmouth, (Applause.) Looking back upon the history of the County Council he [Sir Henry] thought they might congratulate themselves in the County upon the fact that both the late Lord Lieutenant and the present Lord Lieutenant had taken a deep and personal interest in the work of the Council. [Hear, hear.] He felt pure that when his lordship had inspected the building he woald feel satisfied that it was fairly representative of the sort of building the Council should meet in. He was glad that it had been erected by a local builder, a :d it had been completed within a very reasonable time, it being less thau twelve months since the foundation stone was laid, He [Sir Henry] was also glad to hear that no accident had occurred in the course of the erection of the building, and, what was equally satisfactory, there had been no single quarrel or dispire, from a labour point of view. [Applause, j He now had great pleasure in handing Lord Tredegar the key and requesting him to unlock the front door. [Applause.] His lordship then ascended the steps, and unlocked and threw open the doors, amid applause. Then turning round he said: I now declare this County Council building open and Nvite you gentlemen in to look at it. [Applause.] The members and guests then proceeded to the Council Chamber, where Lord Tredegar occupied the chair, and was supported by the High Sheriff [Mr E. Windsor Richards] and the Chairman of the Council. Letters of apology for non-attendance were then lead by the Clerk to the Council I Mr H. S. Gustard] from the following amoug others:—Sir William Harcourt, M.P., Colonel the Hon F. C. Morgan, M. P., Mr Reginald McKenna, MP., the Mayors of Monmouth and Abergavenny, the Town Clerk of Newport, the Clerk of the Pontypool Board of Guardians, Alderman Raffan, Alderman E. Jones, Councillors Bosanquet, Brace, &c., as well as from the County Surveyor, who was unfortunately stricken with illness upon the completion of his work. Lord Tredegar, who was loudly cheered on rising, said he could assure them that it gave him very great pleasure to come there and open that building. As they knew, the County Council of Monmouth- shire had for a long time been without a home. The burning question of the day was, as they were aware, the housing of the working classes. [Laughter.] So far as the Monmouthshire County Council were concerned, they had settled that question that day, and settled it satisfactorily, he hoped. [Renewed laughter.] He had no doubt those who bad looked at the building from the outside had admired the structure. Personally, be was not a great expert in architecture, but he had heard it said by a great many, and he thought so himself, that it was a very handsome building. At all events it was very handsome outside, and he hoped those present would also think with him that it was handsome inside, and, perhaps, which was more to the point, that it was comfortable. They might have already begun to feel that. [Laughter.] There were three great necessities in a building of that description—one was its utility, another was its convenience, and the third was its capabilities as to hearing—he dared not use the right word as it was a very difficult one to pronounce. [Laughter.] In a large and growing town like Newport, it was very difficult to get a site for a building of that description which could be seeo eome distance off. Plots of land were so quickly taken up and sur- rounded, that it was well-nigh impossible to have a large building in an open space where it could be seen. That building was surrounded by the gothic of St Mark's, imitation Tudor, Queen Anne villas. early Victorian, and late Victorian, [Laughter.] He should not like to put any particular name on that building, though he supposed they must call it early Edwardian. [Laughter.] In erecting that building the Council had many things to consider. For instance, they were close to the Girls' School, and they bad to take care that they were not over- looked by the young ladies. [Laughter.] He was not quite certain whether he ought not to say that they had to take care that they did not overlook the young ladies. [Renewed laughter]. He bad a little to do with the building of that Girls' School, and also with the building of that hall, and he had tried to do his best so that neither the one nor the other should be inconvenienced. They had a police station handy -[laughter] -a railway station but a few yards' walk away, and there they had also refreshment rooms, which would be a great con- venience to some of the gentlemen attending the Council. [Laughter.] He sincerely hoped that those who came into that building afterwards would look at it, and that they—young men especially— would be fired with a proper ambition to take part in the government of the County. That chamber might induce them to stand for their various divisions and join in the County business, and thereby it might be the means of introducing to the County Council fresh blood and fresh intellects. [Applause.] In conclusion he wished to express the regret they all felt at the absence of Mr Tanner, the County Surveyor, to whose superintendence, assiduity, and attention he was sure was due in a very great measure the gratifying fact spoken to by Sir Henry Mather-Jackson, that not a hitch had occurred in the carrying out of the work. [Hear, hear.] He was sure all were very sorry that Mr Tanner could not be at the formal opening of the building. [Hear, hear.] Alderman E. Grove said it was now his pleasant duty to propose a most hearty and cordial vote of thanks to Lord Tredegar for coming to open the buildings that day, amid his multifarious engage- ments, which took him here and there, so full of sympathy was he with every good object. [Ap- plause.] He was recently reading a little incident which happened 2,000 years ago, in which a certain individual who had rendered very great and impor- tant services was asked if he should be spoken for to the King or to the captain of the host. The answer was Nay, I dwell among my own people." [Hear, hear.] Now, he would say that that was one of his lordship's features-he dwelt among his own people. [Applause.] He dwelt in the esteem of all of them atid in the affections of most, and when they saw th hdp th-t hgave to every good cause and help more valu tble thin monetary help— sympathetic help—they felt most deeply grateful to him. [Applause.] He [Aldermau Giov-] would ask the High Sheriff, who took such a deep interest in the affairs of the County, to second the vote. Mr E. Windsor Richards, in seconding, said it was unnecessary for anyone in Monmouthshire or Glamorganshire to say a word in praise of Lord Tredegar. Mr Grove had alluded to his lordship's sympathetic nature, and he [the speaker] was glad to have that opportunity of saying just a word ia confirmation of that remark. The King and Queen of Spain wished to confer the second highest Order of their country upon him-the Grand Order of Isabella the Catholic for having erected very lar"-e iron aud steelworks in the north of Spain, but they would not grant it without the approval of the Government of this country, and a signed declara. tion that they would grant the owner a licence to wear it in England. He was anxious to obtain the Order, but he found the way beset with innumerable difficulties. He appealed to Lord Tredegar to help him, and his lordship interested himself on his behalf, and at length obtained the necessary per- mission from Lord Salisbury. He rafr Richards] valued the Order all the more because her late Majesty. signed with her own hand the licence which enabled him to wear it at Court. For that he was indebted to Lord Tredegar, and they would therefore understand that it was with the greatest possible pleasure he rose to second the vote of thanks to his lordship on this occasion. [Cheers.] The proposition was carried with acclamation. His lordship having! briefly returned thanks, said that soon the vacant panel on the wall of the Council Chamber would be filled by the portrait of their esteemed Chairman, now hung in the Royal Academy. The artist. Mr Wells, R.A.. had pro- duced one of the best likenesses be had ever seen, and he congratulated both the artist and Mr Grove thereupon. [Applause.] While the guests inspected the building, the members of the County Council were grouped on the entrance steps and photographed by Mr H. Dunning, of Bridge Street, Usk. An adjournment was subsequently made to the King's Head Hotel for luncheon, to which 112 sat down. THE LUNCHEON. Lord Tredegar presided, and was supported by Alderman E. Grove, the High Sheriff, Mr Joseph Lawrence, M.P. for the Monmouth Boroughs, Sir Henry Mather-Jackson, Bart., &c. After the repast, Lord Tredegar proposed the ¡ loyal toasts, which were duly honoured, the National Anthem being sung. F The Housed of Parliament was submitted by the High Sheriff, who expressed pleasure at seeing his old friend, Mr Joseph LawrHnco, M.P., amongst ithem to represent the Mother of Parliaments, (Applause.) He (Mr Windsor Richards) asked too be excused being brief as he was leaving N«wf>»rt by the next train so as to be able to attend a meeting in Gsrmany on matters affecting very much the iron and coal industries of this country. The hon. member for the Moomouth Boroughs was, with him in great sympathy with every question affinting the industries of the district, and he was sorry that he should be unable to remain and hear his response to the toast. MR. JOSEPH LAWRENCE, M.P., who was cordially received, said he was in sympathy with all that affected the material benefits and" advantages of the district. He had lately taken considerable interest in questions aff ctinj; the iron trade, and he was glad to know that his old friend Mr Windsor Richnrds was off to Germany to pro- tect our national interests there. (Applause.) Coming to the toast ho said he was sure they would have liked to have heard their distinguished chair- man respond on bebalf of its first part. With regard to the House of Lords he thought thev would all agree that in the performance of their legislative duties they did a great deal of practical good for the country, and the way in which they got through, their business always excited his envy. (Applause.) He was sorry that he could not pay that compliment to the House of Commons. The duties of members of the latter seemed to consist of perambulating the- lobbies in the divisions which frequently took place. They spent too much time in walking and too little on business. Both Houses had got their duties to perform towaids their country, and especially towards the municipalities, and those duties he thought should be interpreted in a very liberal spirit. He thought that with regard to legislation, they might extend to the Counties a little more liberty in dealing with projects before them. HE spoke somewhat tenderly on that point, because he had made a valiant effort in his own County of Surrey to secure powers for the construction of tram- ways by the County Council, but although the Chairman of the County Council was on his side, at well as most of the prominent members, he did not get the two-thirds majority that was necessary under the Light Railways Act to control the roads of the County. The consequence was that the roads of that beautiful country were being exploited by American capitalists. He regretted that the fairest portion of our country should be the shuttle- cockof American financiers. The Light RailwaysAot should be revised to give a larger measure of liberty to the County Councils of the kingdom in these matters, as he was convinced it would be to the, benefit of the country at large. In conclusion he expressed the hope that the legislators of the country would ever remain alive to the necessity of doing the best they could for the common welfare of all. (Cheers.) SIR HENRY MATHER-JACKSON, BART., proposed "The Sea and Land Forces of the Empire." He was disposed to think, he said, that if that toast list had been drawn up three years ago the toast he was asked to submit which have been in the old form of The Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces." In drinking that toast they had always recognised the good work the Army did from time to time in the various countries in which the Empire had always been engaged. They then looked upon the Militia as a useful body of men who came up for a very pleasant training for a short time in the pleasantest period of the year, and what they thought of their volunteer forces he should not now like to say. Three years had caused » great change in the opinion of every one of them. The views which we formerly held with regard to the army had been more than substantiated by the conduct of our soldiers in South Africa. (Cheers.^ The opinions they formerly held of the Militia had now been very much altered, and altered in the Militia's favour. (Hear, hear.) Again, the volunteers had been called upon by the natiou and the Crown and they had responded most loyally,, furnishing large numbers who had done their duty to their King and country. (Applause.) Looking back upon those three years, and without wishing to depreciate or minimise the enormous value of the services rendered by the Regular Army, be might say that a new era for the volunteers of this country had been opened. Rather should he say for the whole Empire. (Cheers.) Not so long ago they could remember those dark days, if not of defeat, of something like disaster, when the nation here and in the Colonies rose in a day and provided contingents to support the Army in South Africa. Men of all clasaes of society came forward willing to take their part and place in the ranks of Yeomanry or Volunteers in order to go to the front. And not ouly that but we had the satisfaction of seeing the Indian Princes, whom we would not allow to take part in engagements, come forward with offers of assistance of money and of men in order to support the integrity of the Empire. (Applause.) These facts proved that we as the mother of the Colonies had so brought up our children, without being too severe and by leaving them a freedom to grow into nations by themselves, that when the mother was in need of support, the children all came back to assist her.. (Applause.) Never was there a time when the toast should be more cordially drunk. (Applause.) Colonel Brandey, C.C., responded. He said Sir Henry had well indicated the very warm feeling which the people of this country now had towards not only the regular Army but towards the Volunteers at home and in the Colonies in the various branches of the service. The past three years had provided them with a woudeiful experience, for not only had the Army maintained its traditions but the Volunteers had shewn that they also were able to give a good account of themselves. He thought Monmouthshire might congratulate itself upon the number of volunteers who, in the South Wales Borderers, had takeu a part in the campaign, and who, witb the Monmouthshire men in the regular army, must have brought their number up to 1,500 men. He, acknowledged the self-denying labours of the ladies of the County in providing necessaries for the men at the front, and concluded by expressing: the opinion that it was better to have such. volunteer reserves as they had at home, and who,, served willingly and pretty well without pay, than to bd like contiueutal nations obliged to resort to conscription. (Applause.) Lord Tvedegar submitted what he termed to bar the toast of the evening, viz., tblit of The Mayor and Corporation of Newport." He said they had met together to celebrate the opening of the County Council's new building and also to express their thanks to the Mayor and Corporation of Newport for having provided them with a habitation for so,. long. (Applause.) The principal Courts of thee County were held in three different parts of the County. The Assizes were held at Monmouth, the Quarter Sessions at Usk, and their County Council meetings at Newport. That, he thought, was not exactly as things ought to be. It was a dangerous, topic to enter upon there because there we inhabitants of Monmouth and Usk and thoir neighbourhoods present. daughter.) Still it would be more convenient to him if all the gathering&, were held at Newport. Words could hardlyexprese the regrets they felt at the absence of the. Mayor of Newport. It was a very unusual thing for IL provincial mayor to attain the great age Alderman Henry John Davis had attained. An American, statesman had expressed his astonishment at ther length of time public men in England stuck in, harness. In America, when they were 60 years of age, they thought they had done their work, but its England they remained in office until they died. It would have been a great pleasure and delight to him to have heard Newport's mayor, who had all bis life scorned pleasureT and lived laborious days, respond to that toast. No one else could perform the task so well, beeause Alderman Davis's knowledge extended 80 far back into the history of the Corporation. The County Council of Monmouth- shire were deeply indebted to Newport for housing thetu. They were debating where they should find a home amongst themselves, and there were many towns claimants to the honour of having the County Council buildings in their midst, and but for th& hospitality and kindness of Newport they might be toasting the Mayor of Monmouth, or of Usk, or of some other place, instead of the Mavor and Corporation of Newport at the opening ceremony that day. The Mayor and Corporation of Newport managed a great deal of his property for him—(Laughter)—and naturally, therefore, he took a little interest in their proceedings, Omqqt