A SPLENDID SHOW, BEAUTIFUL WEATHER, AID A RECORD "GATE." The fifth annual show in connection with the Usk Horticultural and Cottage Garden Society was 'held in the Cricket Field, on Thursday, and was "an unqualified success from every point of view. The exhibits were staged or arranged in three marquees, and made a really grand display. The weather was brilliantly fine, and the ground, so charmingly situated, looked its best. The follow- ing were the officials, &c. General Coruuiittee:-Afessrs J. H. Clark, S. T. .-Griffin, F. Hill, C. A. Mortimer, B. F. Stockham, W. J. Sweet. A. F. Lucas, John George, Alfred Symonds, James Watkins, J. Lswis, J. B. Greening, A. J. Odam, F. Lewis, Williams, R. Hartwell, and E. Bowyer. Officials:-Hon. Treasurer, Mr. Joseph Davies; Secretary, Mr. Thomas Jones. Judges:—Flowers, fruit, vegetables, &c., Mr T. Spencer, Goodrich Court, Ross, and Air H. E. Geary, Wyasfon Leys, Monmouth poultry, &c., Mrs W. Marfell and Mrs Thomas, Usk. THE SHOW. Undoubtedly the strongest feature of the show was the fine lot of vegetables shown, and the weakest the exhibition of fruit, which throughout the country is very scarce through natural causes. Speaking generally the show compared very ^favourably in every respect with exhibitions of a more pretentious nature held in larger towns, and, as one gentleman remarked, on looking round the well-filled classes, "One can here almost forget that we have been troubled with an adverse -.season." The groups shown in Class I were composed of some choice plants artistically arranged, and it is interesting to note that, the exhibitors being the same this year as last, the exhibits were placed" ,in exactly the same order of merit. In Class 2 the veteran quartette from Pontypool Park, that had done battle before—and which are -really magnificent specimen plants—once more "took premier honours. The florally decorated tables laid for dessert for four persons, which were placed in the Pavilion, 'were much admired and favourably criticised. The Usk Volunteer Band (under Bandmaster J. Madley) played a capital selection of music during the afternoon, and for dancing in the evening. The Committee are to be congratulated on the viesults of their labours, and much praise is due to the Secretary, who performed his arduous day's -work with commendable thoroughness and despatch. The following is The List of Awards. I I.-OPEN CLASSES. POT PLANTS. Class 1.—Group of foliage and flowering plants, "arranged in a space of 10ft by 8ft, quality and general effect to be the leading features 1st, X3 3s (given by Dr Rutherfoord Harris), Colonel C. T. Wallis, Newport (Mr D. Powell, gardener); 2nd, Z2 2s, Dr Rutherfoord Harris, Llangibby 4Castle; 3rd. El Is, Rev W. M. Wiliefct, The Helmaen (Mr J. B. Greening). 2.-Four stove or greenhousa plants in flower, distinct varieties: lat, XI 10s, Mr J. C. Hanbury, Pontypool Park; 2nd, 17s 61, Colonel Wallis; 3rd, 10s 6d, Rev W. M. Willett. 3.-Six zonal geraniums, distinct varieties, named—1, 5s, Mr H. Freeman, Plas Newydd (Mr ..J. George); 2, 2s 6d, Colonel Wallis. 4.—Six decorative plants for dinner table, at least three distinct varieties, not exceeding 6-inch pots-I, as, Colonel Wallis; 2, 3s, Mr H. S. custard, Pcrthycarne House (Mr A. Sjmouds). 5.—Six stove or greenhouse ferns, distinct varieties—1, 6s 6d, Colonel Wallis; 2, 38 6d, Rev W. M. Willett. 6-Six gloxinias, distinct varieties—1, 5s, Mr H. S. Gustard 2, 3s, Rev W. M. Willett. 7 -Six double tuberous-rooted begonias, distinct varieties—1, 5s, Ur fi. S. Gustard; 2, 3s, Mr H. f-Freeman. S—Six single ditto—1, 5s, Mr H. S. Gustard 2, 3a, Colonel Wallig.i 9—Two fuchsias, distinct varietie4-1, 3s, Mr H. S. Gustard; 2, 2a, Mr B. F. Stockham. I)-Four coleus. distinct, not to excted 6 inch pots-1, 5s, Mr R. Rickards, The Priory (Mr A. J. iOdam) 2, 2s 6d, Mr H. Freeman. H—Four ornamental foliage begonias, distinct— J, 5s, Dr Harris. 12—Six cockscombs—1, 5s, Mr H. Freeman 2, 2a 61, Mr R. Rickards. 13 -Six balsains -I, 5s, Mr B. F. Stockham 2, -2s 6d, Mr T. Jones. 14-Six celosias-l, 5s (given by Mr J. George), Jilt H. Freemau 2, 2s 6d, Mr H. S. Gustard. VEGETABLES. 15-Collection of nine varieties—1. £ 1 Is (given ,by Mr S. T. Griffiu), Mr S. Dean, Westgate Hotel Newport; 2, 10s, Rev W. M. Willett; 3, 5s, Mr H. S. Gustard. 16-Dish of six tomatoes—1, 4s, Rev W. M. 'Willett; 2, 2s, Mr E. Rowen. 17—Brace of cucum berll-I. 4s, Rev W. M. Wriett.; 2, 2s, Mr S. Dean. 18—Twelve spring onions—1, 5s, Mr H. S. bustard 2, 2s 6d, Mr B. F. Stockham. 19—Six Autumn-sown oliions-1, 51 (given by Mr H, Freeman), Mr Freemau; 2, 25 6d, Mr S. ,Dean. 20-Thirty pods of peas—1, 3s, Mr R. Rickards 2, 28, Mr H. Freeman. 2L-Thirty scarlet runners—1, 3s, Mr R. Rickards; 2, 2s, Mr H. S. Gustard. 22—Six varieties of potatoes, 8 to a dish—1, 7s 6d, Mr D. Greeniug; 2, 5s, Mr H. S. 'Gustard. 23-Six leeks—1, 3s, Rev W. M. Willett; 2, 2s, Mr S. Dean. 21-Six sticks of red or white celery—1, 3s, Mr T. Knight; 2, 2a, Colonel Walbs. 25-Two red cabbage (given by Mr E. Price)-I, 3s, Mr H. Freeman 2, 2s, Rev W. M. Willetc. FRUIT. 25-Two bunches of black grapes—1, 5s, Rev W. M. Willett. 27-Ditto, white grapes-I, 5j, Rev W. M. "Willett. t t 28—Melon, scarlet or green flesh-I, 5s, Mr H. -Freeman; 2, 2s 6d, Rev W. M. Willetts 29-Six peaches-I, 5s, Mr H. S. Gustard; 2, 3*. Rev W. M. Willett. 3t>-8ix nectarines—1, 5;0, Rev W. M. Willett; 2s, Mr H. Freeman. 31-Rix pears, dessert-I, 3s, Mr S. Dean 2, 2s, .31r H. S. Gustard. 32—Six apples, dpssert-l. 3s, Mr B. F. Stockham 2, 2s, Mr E. Knight. 33-Collection of apples of 6 varieties-2 dessert, -4 culinary—5 fruits to a dish (given by Mr John Basham, Bassaleg). Nurserymen aud market gardeners not allowed to compete—1, log, Mr B. F. -Stockham; 2, 5s, Colonel Wallis; 3, 2s 6d, Mr C. J. Francis. CUT FLOWERS. 34—Six rose?, three varieties—1, 3s, Dr Harris 2, 2s, Mr H. Freeman. 35-Twelve cactus dahlias, six varieties-I, 3s, JUr H. Freeman; 2, 2s, Mr B. F. Stockham. gg—Twelve cut asters, six varieties-1, 3s, Mr .R. Rickards; 2, 2s, Mr B. F. Stockham. 37 Twelve double zinnias, at least six varieties- 1, 3s, Mr B. F. Stockham 2, 2s, Mr R. Freeman. 38—Twe^ double begonias—1, 3s, Mr H. S. Cfustard 2, 2s, Colonel Wallis. 39—Six spikes gladioli—1, 3s, Dr Harris; 2, 2s, .Mr R. Rickards. 40—Button holes—1, 3s, Rev W. M. Willett; 2, ..2Mr R. Rickards. 41-Spray-1, 2s 6d, Mr H. Freeman 2, Is 6d, Hev W. M. Willett. 42-Collection of six vases of sweet peas, -arranged with gypsophila fern or other foliage, not less than six varieties-1, 58 (wen by Mr J. B. Greeniiig), Rev W. M. Willett; 2, 3s (given by Mr A. J. Odam), Mr R, Rickards 3, 2a 6d (given ;by Mr A. H. Symonds), Colonel Wallis. 43—Six bunches zoual geraniums, three trussets to a btiiich-1, 5". Rev W. M. Willett; 2, 3s, Colonel Wallis; 3, 2s, Mr H. Freeman. 2.-AMATEUR CLASSES. l'OT PLANTS. 44—Four zonal geraniums in flower-I, 3s, Mrs Wm Phillips 2, 2s, Mr B F Stockham. 45—Four tuberous-rooted betronias in flower-1, 3s. Mr B F Stockham 2, 2s, Mr Thos Jones. 46—Fuchsia, single or double—1, 3s, Mr B F Stoekham 2, 2s, Mr Thos Joues. 47—Three petunias in flower-1, 3s, Mr Thomas Jones: 2, 2s, Mr B F Stockham. 48 -Three Coleus—1, 3s, Mr B F Stookham. 49-Three greenhouse feros-I, 3s, Mr B F Stockham. FRUI". 50-Six culinary apples—1, 3s, Mr A W Trot- man 2. 2s, Mr A F Lucas. 51-Six dessert apples-I, 3s Mr B F Stookham. f>2—Six dessert pears-No entry. 53 -Six plums-I, 3-, Mr A F Lucas 2, 2s, Mr J Lewis (Marvport-street). 54—Plate of red or white currants—1, 3s, Mr B F Stockham. CUT FLOWERS. 55-Six roses, three varieties—1, 3s, Mr Thomaa Jones; 2, 2s, Mr W J Sweet. 56—Three bunches of zonal geraniums, three trusses to a buneh (prizes given to Mr J Watkins) — 1, 3Q, Mrs Wm Phillips: 2, 2s, Mr B F Stockham. 57—Six cactus dahlias, not less than three varieties—1, 3s, Mr Thos Jones; 2, 2s, Mr W J Sweet. 58—Six asters-I, 3s, Mr B F Stockham 2, 2s, Mr T Jones. 59-Six zinniis-1, Ss, Mr B F Stockham 2, 2s, Mr T Jones. ôO-Three spikes gladioli-No competition. 61 Six pmsies, not less than three varieties-1, 3s. Mr A F Lucas 2. 2s, Mrs Wm Phillips. 62-Six German Stoctio-1, 3s, Mr F W Gibson 2, 2s, Mr W J Sweet. 63-Spray-1, 3s, Miss B Rowen 2, 2s, Mr B F Stookham. 64-Collection of six vases of sweet peas—1, 3s, Mr Reginald Edwards. 65—Collection of wild flowers, gathered and arranged by children under Ifi years of age, residents in the district (given by Mrs Freernan)-I, 5s, Miss Althea Bowen; 2, 3s, Miss Maud Green- ing 3, 2s, Miss Olive E Lucas. 66—Wreath of wild flowers, ferns, grasses, etc. (given by Mrs Jos Da vies)—1. 3s, Miss B Rowen; 2, 2s, Mr B F Stockham. VEGETABLES. 67-Collection of vegetables, six varieties-I, 10s, Mr T Jones 2, 5s, Mr B F Stockham 3, 2s, Mr A F Lucas. 68-Six tomatoes—1, 5s, Mr B F Stockham; 2, 2s 6d, Mr T .J onps. 69-Two cucumbers—1, 3s, Mr B F Stockham; 2, 2s, Mr T Jones. 70 Six heaviest spring onions—1, 3s 6d, Mr B F Stockham 2, 2s 6d, Mr A F Lucas. 71—Dish of twelve kidney potatoes—1, 3s, Mr A W Trotman 2, 2s, Mr Thos Hatrhy. 72 -Ditto, round notatoes -1, 38, Mr A W Trot- man; 2. 2s, Mr B F Stockham. 73 —Three sticks of celery—1, 3s, Mr B F Stock- ham 2, 2s, Mr T Jones. 7i-Twelve scarlet runner#—1, 3s, Mr R A Rogers; 2 2s, Mr A W Trotman. ALLOTMENTS, 75—Best cultivated and neatest kept allotment garden of not less than 10p., within a radius of a mile of Usk (eiven by Mrs Boulton)—1, 7s 6d, Mr T Jones; 2s 6d, Mr A Smart. FOB LADIES ONLY. 75A-Best arranged and decorated table completely laid for four persons for dessert, without fruit, 3ft 6in bv 3ft—1, value 10s 6d (given by Mr A Allmark, jeweller, Pontypool), Mrs Boulton 2, 5s, Mrs E K Jones 3, 2s 6d, Miss Irene Brown (Llwyncelyn). 3.-COrrAGERS' GLASSES. POT PLANTS. 76-,rhree plants in flower-No compe'ition. 77-Fnchfiia in flower -1, 2s, Mr G Smith; 2, Is, Mr G Watkins. 78-Window grown plant—1, 2s, Mr G Smith 2, Is, Mr G Watkins. 79-Two geraniums in flower-I, 3s. Mr G Smith 2, 2s. Mr Edwin Brown. 80—Petunia in flower-I, 2s, Mr G Smilh. 81—Pot musk—1, 2s, Mrs George 2, Is, Mr G Smith. CUT FLOWERS. 82-Three show dahlias—1, 3$, Mr G. Smith; 2, 2s, Mr A Smart. 83-Three cactus dahlias—1, 3s, Mr A Smart 2, 2s, Mr G Smith. 84 -Six asters-I, 3s, Mr James Powell. 85—Six stocks-2, 2s, Mr G. Smith. 86-Six pansies, not less than three varieties—1, 3s, Mr G Smith 2, 2a, Mr J Powell. 87—Best arranged basket of out-door flowers and grasses— 3s, Mrs George; 2, 2s, Miss Maggie George. 88-ilaiid boiquet of out-door fliwers and grasses—1, 3s, Mr G Watkins; 2, 2s, Mrs George. VEGETABLES. 89—Collection of vegetables, fix varieties—1,. 108 61 (given by Mrs Boulton), Mr G Smith 2, 5s, Mr D Greening 3, 2s 6d, Mr T. Knight. 90—Twelve shalots—1, 2s, Mr G Smith 2, Is, Mr Oliver Preece. 91-Twelve scarlet runners—1, 2s, Mr G Smith; 2, Is, Mr D Greening. 92-Twelve kidney potatoes—1, 3s 6d, Mr D Lewis (Gwehelog); 2, 28 6d, Mr D Greening; 3, Is. Mr G Smith. 93—Ditto, round—1, 3s 6d, Mr E Brown; 2, 2 6d, Mr James Powell; 3, Is. Mr George Smith. 94—Dish of peas, dozen carrots, dozen onions (prizes by Mrs Jos Davies)—1, 3s 6d, Mr J Lewis; 2, 2s. Mr D Greening. 95 -Brace of marrows—1, 3s, Mr D Greening. 96—Two red cabbage-I, 38, Mr Tom Kuight; 2, 2s, Mr G Smith. 97—Brace of cncumbers-I. 3s, Mr T Knight 2, 2s, Mr J Powell. FRUIT. 98 -Six cooking apples—1, 3s, Mr Eli Brooks, Bettws Newydd; 2, 2s, Mr J Powell. 99—Six table apples—1, 3s, Mr Eli Brooks; 2, 2e, Mr Ernest Knight. 100—Twelve gooseberries—1, 3s, Mr G Watkins; 2, 2s, Me John Lewis. 4.—SPECIAL PRIZES. OPEN". 101 -Messrs. Sutton and Sons' (Reading), prizes for collection of vegetables, six distinct varieties- 1, 91, Rev W M Willett; 2, 10s, Mr H S Gustard 3, 59, Mr R Rickards. 102.—Messrs. Webb and Sons' (Wnrdsley, Stourbridge), prizes for collection of vegetables, six di-tiuct varieties, to include two at least of Messrs. Webbs' varieties—1, 10s, Mr Thomas Jones. 103—Mr H>nry Pitt's (Abergavenny), prizes for collection of vegetables, six distinct varieties-I. i 10s, Mr B F Stockham; 2, 7s 6d, Mr H Freeman. 10 1 Llfeasrs. J. C. Wheeler and Sons' (Gloucester), prizes for collection of vegetables, six varieties-I, 7s 6d, Colonel Wallis 2, 5s, Mr B F Stockham. lOo.—Messrs..Daniel Bros.' (Norwich), prizes for collection of vegetables, six variel.ies-l, 7s 6d, Mr B F Stockham. 106 Alessrs. William Clibran and S,) n s' (Manchester), prizes for collection of vegetables, six varieties-1. IOS 6d, Colonel Wallis 2, 7s 6d, Mr B F S'ockham. 107—Best single vegetable in show (excluding tomato), given by Mr H. Freeinati-5s, an onion from Sutton a vegetable collection shown by Mr H S Gustard. HONEY. 108— Six lib sectiotis-1, 5s, Mrs Merrett, Tutshill, Chepstow 2, 2s 6d, Miss Sarah Jones, Coedypaen iog-,rhrel lib bottles of run honey-1, 5s, Mr H Biitclier; 2, 2s 6d. Mr H Freeman. 110-Stiper bell-glass, box, or skep of 1903 honey, not less than 7lbs (given by Mr J Edmunds) -5s, Mr H Freeman. DRESSED POULTRY. lll-Couple of dressed ducks-I, 5s, Miss Sarah Jones; 2, '2a 6d, Mrs S A Heath, Raglan, 112-Couple of dressed fowls-I. 5s, and sitting of Old English Game Egga (given by Dr Rutherfoord Harris), Mrs S A Heath; 2, 2s 6d, Mrs A W Trotman. EGGS. 113-Twelve brown eggos-l, 2a 6d, Mrs Greening: 2, Is, Mrs S A Heath. 114—Twelve white 2i 61, Mrs Greening; 2, Is, Mrs S A Heath. As usua1, Mr Henry Pitt, nurseryman, seedsman, and florist, of AHergavennv, sent a contribution for decorative purposes. A feature was made of sweet peas, of which there were 3t; distinct varieties in all shades of colour, from the purest white to the deepest mRrooc-a, really splendid collection. Some fine carnations were also shown, together with a choice collection of stove and greenhouse plants, and a magnificent wreath of Stephanotis, Panere- tium, arum lillies, &c demonstrated what Mr Pitt could supply in this line. Fine bunches of Muscat and Black Hamburg grapes were surrounded by plates of peaches, nectarines, apricots, and dessert apples. "Sir John Llewelyn," the most prolific kidney potato of recent introduction, was also brought before the notice of the visitors. Mr E. Rowen, Usk, also showed a nice collection of vegetables.
ABERGAVENNY. Aqenls.—Messrs Daoies it Ct). Booksellers. BRAKE ACCIDEVT.—On Wednesday evening, August 5th, when an athletic party from Aber. gavenny was returning home fro-n Abertillery spnrts in a three-horse brak«, and coming down Black Rock Hill, between Brynmiwr and Aber- gavenny, the slipper, which was on one of the wheels, caught in the tram lines which cross the road from the Hme kilns, and turned the brake over completely crushing one of the wheels and tearing out the side of the brake. The occupants were thrown out. They included A. F. Westney, the American sprinter, who escaped without a scratch, and B. F. Blunden, the half-mile champion, who sustained a severe bruise on his hip, and had to be conveyed to the Swan Hotel, Abergavenny in a wagtrouette, after being attended to by a Brynmawr doctor. Councillor Z. Wheatley, who accompanied the party, also sustained some bruises in the ribs, shoulder and shins. Fortunately the horses stood still or the consequences would have been serious. Blunden, who has been attended by Dr Gamble, was able to leave for London on Monday. The bicycle of one of the competitors was completely smashed, whilst the prizes which they had won at Abertillery were broken up. Had the brake fallen on the opposite side the whole party would no doubt have been killed.
CAERLEON. Aoent—Miss M. A. Eeans, Newsagent, Cross-street.. BOMB FOR WAIFS AND STlU n.-The Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society has decided to open a home for girls between the ag-ts of seven and twelve at Caerleon. This is the only home of the society for the present in South Wales. It is intended to accommodate from 2 > to 25 girls in a suitable house near the railway-station. Each child will cost £ 15 per auaum to feed and clothe. OBITUARY.—The funeral of Mr William Williams, of Ashwell House, took place on Saturday afternoon at the Christohurch Cemetery, when the Rev D. Bevan Jones officiated. Thq deceased was a member of the Chri-tchurch Parish Council, and for the last 18 years resided in the locality, having retired from businesa as a builder at Newport. Representatives from Council were present at the funeral, and several of his former acquaintances from Newport also attended. FLOWER SHOW.—This event took place in the Castle grounds, kindly leut by Mr Alfred Williams, .).P., on Thursday afternoon, August 6th, in fine weather. The entries were numerous considering the bad season and the quality of the exbibitil was good, particularly in the following claiaee-peai, beans, potatoes, gooseberries and apples. There were nine competitors and keen rivalry in the table decoration class. Mrs Vachell, the prize winner, displayed Shirley p,ippy, Marguerite daisies, and maidenhair ferns, Tue officials were: Garden and allotment judges, Sir Arthur Mackworth and the Rev C. T. Salusbury: cottage window judges, Lady Mackworth and Mrs C. H. Firbank; dinner table decoration judges, Lady Forestier-Walker and Lady Jackson fl rwer show judges, Mr W. J. Grant and Mr J. fl. Woottou hon secretary and manager, Mr W. Frank Weston. The Rhiwderiu Brass Blind played iqelections of music during the afternoon, and rustic sporta were carried through.
DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETING. 1 The Rev W. Welsford presided at Tuesday's meeting. There ware also present Sir Arthur Mackwortb, Rev. D. B. Jones, Messrs Henry Crease, T. Parry, D. W. Jenkins, and Mr Herbert, Clerk. A letter was received from Mr C. E. Webber, the treasurar, resigning his position.—The resignation was accepted, and Mr Webber was thanked for his servicfls.-Ur E. W. G. Dwey. who succeeds Mr Wabber at the bank, was appointel to fill the vacant post. Mr Harris, the Surveyor, reported that he h\d received plans for a stable in Caerleon li >ad, but as they were within 30ft. of the nearest building it was optional for the Council to ptss or reject thi plans. The Chairman said he thought it wrs advisable to have the village pump repaired as soon as possible, and he, therefore, gave instructions on his own responsibility to the Surveyor to get the work done. —The action of the chairman was confirmed. Mr Taylor asked the Collector what the larze house, which was being occupied by Mr Partington, the clerk of the works at the new asylum, ana which was also used as offices, was rated at.—The Collector replied that it was rated at £ 20.—Mr Taylor said that this hou*e was formerly assessed at £ 80. This was subsequently slightly reduced, but now bocause the Newport Corporation had let the house to the clerk of the works it was only assessed at X-20. This, he maintained, was most unfair to the other ratepayers.—Mr T. Parry said the clerk of the works was only put in the house as a care- taker, because the Corporation felt th it it would be impossible to let the house while the building wns in progress, and it would be a pity to let it go to ruin for want of a caretaker. Mr Partington had agreed to take the house at the same rental as he could get another house ic Caerleon. He was not obliged to live in that house. Mr Taylor still main- tained that to have a hoti,;t- which should be assessed at £ ^0 only assessed at X20 was unfair to the other ratepayers.—After discussion it was moved that the Assessment Committee be asked 10 assess the house at its proper value, but the motion received no seconder, and the matter dropped. The plans submitted by the Surveyor were referred to a committee. Canon Bedwell appeared before th.3 Council with a view to obtaining the opinion ot the Council on the question of a proposed extension of th church- yard The present ground would be filled in about five or seven years' time. If the churchyard were not extended the Council would have to face the question of providing a public cemetery.—The matter was left in the hands of the officers of the Council.
I CHEPSTOW. I Agent.-Miss Clark ACCIDENT AT THE QFARRIBS.—John Williams, of Chepstow, employed at Sir John Aird's Tidenhlim quarries, had a narrow escape from a terrible death on Friday, August 7th. When letting himself down by means of a rope, he by some menus slipped on some loose stones and fell, alighting on a ledge, where he lay unconscious. Williams sustained a severe cut on the head. FOUND IN Tlllt WYE.—The body of Mrs Scrivens, the wife of a farmer of Brockweir Common, Forest of Dean, was found in the Wye, near Tiivern, on Wednesday, with a nightdress on as the only garment. She left her husband asleep in bed on Friday night, and on missing her he made a futile search for her, and then gave information to the police. She was about 30 years of age.
I DINGESTOW". FLOWER SHOW.- This annual event came off in fine weather at Dingestow Court, on Thursday. Mr Bosanquet organises the show and provides the whole of the prizes for the encouragement of horticulture am-mg the parishioners. The vegetables were especially good and gave evidence of careful cultivation, and classes for wild Howers arranged by children were introduced this year. Mr W. J. Grant judged the products. A sile of work in aid of the C. M.S. was connected with the show, by which over £ 20 was realised, and visitors were allowed to roam at will over the beautiful and well kept lawns and gardens. Mr Bosanquet also kindly provided tea for the villagers. » ■
LLANDENNY. I Agent—Mrs Preece, The Shop. I OBITUARY.—Wo regret to record the death at Llandenny, on Sunday last, of Mrs Auuo Moxham, widow (if the late Robert Moxham, of Alilibrook Farm, Bryngwyn. at the advanced age of 82. The funeral took place on Thursday at Llanarth, the funeral arrangements being carried out by Mr J. P. Sanford, of Llandenny.
LLANTARNAM. COUNCIL MEETING.—At the meeting of this authority on Friday, August 7th, under the presidency of Mr Crocker, a letter was read from Mr F. F. Pilliner in which he gave an undertaking to carry out certain improvements at Cwmbran, now estimated by the Surveyor to cost £3,250 for £ 2,500. The improvements include an adequate drainage scheme for Cwmbran, as well as the provision of a recreation ground. He proposed laying a 30ft road from Grange-road to Coronation-road, land for which he was prepared to give, as well as four or five acres of land adjoining, suitable for a recreation ground, which was proposed to be fenced in. It was decided to refer Mr Pilliuer's proposal to a special meeting of the council.
I LLANTRISSENT. I PARTY.—The annual parochial party was held on Wednesday in fine weather, and was, as usual, very successful. A nice tea was provided, and sports and dancing followed, the Usk Volunteer Band pro- viding the music.
I MONMOUTH. I I AffenU—Mr. Catrreil. Bookseller, Mta'n tutH. I CARDIFF GARDENER*' OUTING.-On Monday the members of the Cardiff Gardeners' Association held their annual outing to The Hendre, Monmouth, through the kind permission of Lord Llangattock, and after partaking of his lordship's hospitality, the I party were conducted over the mansion and gardens.
I NEWPORT. I I Agents-Messrs Greenlaad a4d Co.. I A RESERVIST'S DEATH.—Thomas Murphy, a Reservist, was picked up iu Dock-street, Newport, on Friday morning in last week, and when P.S. Wheeler was fetched, he found Murphy sitting on a chair at the corner of Skinner-street, having apparently just recovered from a fit. He was removed to the Workhouse Infirmary, and received attention but he died the same afternoon. At the inquest it was stated that deceased had lodged at 1 97, Canal Parade, for about six years, with the exception of some two years during which he was in South Africa, and that ever since his return fifteen months ago he had been drinking steadily. The evidence of Dr Macormack was to the effect that death resulted from epilepsy, caused by alcoholic poisoning, and a verdict to this effect was returned. A
PONTNEWYDD. I AN INTERESTING CASE was heard at Newport County Court on Thursday. Mr Geo. James Hockey, a Newport butcher, brought an action against Mr Zephania Lloyd, also a butchar, of Pont- newydd, for two guineas, the value of a sheep, which plaintiff alleged wis gored to death by defendant's bull in a railway truck, while beiag conveyed from Usk.—Mr Lyndon Moore appiared for pltiintiff, while defendant. condu t d his own case. The parties were at Usk Market. Plaintiff purchased sima sheep, and intended sending them by ro id, but after the market, Lloyd came to him and said he was seeding his stock by rail, but had not sufficient to fi:l the truck. It was agreed, according to plaintiff, to consign the sheep in the same truck as defendant's cattle. Upon the arrival of the truck at Newport, a sheep was found dead ani the consignment note was endorsed, Sheep gored by a bull." The cord by which the Bull wis tied had been broken, aud there were indications thit the sheep had been trampled upon. fJis Honour thought there was no evidence to show that the 8hep was killed by the bull. He therefore gave judgment for the defendant.
PONTYPOOL. I Agents ~Mr. J. Tlnrdim, Mirket BooisWI., Mr Field'ioust The Market, and Messrs, Jones and Elwirds. The Market, and MUIN. Jones and E },¡cJrds. "FOUND DROWNED."—An inquest wai held at the Pontypool Workhouse on Friday, 7th inst., on the body of Thomas J. Batchelor, which was found in the canal near Pontymoile on Wednes- day.—Messrs. Gilbert Farr and William Hadeu spoke to seeing the body in the water, and P.C. B mcher identified the deceased. He was 32 years of age, was a shoeblack, and a native of Newport. He was very weak in mind, particularly when he had been drinking. He used sometimes, in order to get sympathy, to fall on the floor, beat himself about until he bled, and pretended to be in a fit.- The Coroner (Mr W. J. Everett), said he had seen persons do this as Newport. It showed they were weak-minded.—After Dr O'Keefe had given evidence, the jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned."
I RAGLAN. I Aient-Nfr. W. Parkert Photographer. I FARMEBS' CLUB.—A meeting of the committee of the above club WA* held at the Beaufort Arm Hotel, Raglan, on Saturday evening last. There were present:—Messrs G. S. B dllie, J. Frost, D. Evans, F Perkins, J. G. T. Morgin, and the secretary (Mr C. J. Saunders). Mr G. S. Baillie was unanimously voted to the chsir. It was decided to hold the aunur+1 Ploughing Match on Thursday, October 1st. The question of f, site for the match was then discussed, and the secrRtary was instructed to advertise for offers. An offer to give prizes in connection with the Club by the York County Live Stock Insurance Co., was brought forward by their agent, Mr J. G. T. Morgan, and was accepted with thanks. f
SKENFRI TH. I SCHOOL BOARD.—The monthly meeting was held at Grosmont. Mr W. H. S. Whitney (chairman) presiding.—Mr John Davies, master of New Inn School, wrote asking that his salary be made a fixed one at £ 80 per annum. The matter was deferred.—H.M. Inspector's reports on the recent examination of Grosmont and New Inn Schools were received, the grants amounting to L55 and .E29 15s 6d respectively, or 11 Is per head upon the average attendance. A cheque for £ 127 5s Od loan and interest on the schools was signed, but other cheques had to be held over for want of funds, the Overseers of Garway and Skenfrith being in arrear with the late call. It was decided to tatce proceedings against those parishes unless the contribution orders were met within 14 days'. It was decided to hold the next meeting at the Clerk's office, Abergavenny.
Review of the Sanitary Condition of the County. The following is from the Sanitary Review of the County," prepared by Dr T. Hall Hedwood (chairman of the Sanitary Committee). and presented to the last meeting of the County Council STATISTICS. The estimated population of the County, in the middle of 19U2, was, according to the District Medical Officers' reports, 237,385, showing an assumed Increase on that of 1901 of 5,451. The greatest increase was in the rapidly developing district of Abertillery, next to which came Ebbw Vale, Bedwellty, Risca, Nantyglo and Blaina, and St. Mellons, while Chepstiw Urban, and Caerleon, were stati mary, and Chepstow Rural and Usk reduced. The birth-rate for the year was 36 2a per 1,000 per annum, the highest, with the exception ot MI- year-i 1891 and 1892, since these Reviews have -e i diawn up. The most favoured districts, i>• tin- respec', were Ahercarn, with the very hi ;h ratn f 4S 9t, Abertillery, 41'78; and Ebbw Vale, oil-l and the lowest, Chepstow Urban, Abergavenny Rural, and Monmouth Rural—18-59, 19-94, and 21-82, respectively. The rate, as usual, was much higher in the Manufacturing Urban and Urban Districts-40-06 and 33-70 -than in the Agricultural Urban and Rural—27-39 and 26 37. The general death-rate was 17*78 per 1,000 per annum. this being lower than the average of the preceding 10 years (18 03), and considerably lower than that for 1901. The improvement is largely accounted for by the difference in the number of deaths under one and under five years of age, and from zymotic diseases, and diseases of the respiratory organs. The rates for the different districts ranged from 22-84 (Tredegar) three other districts—Bedwellty, Monmouth Urban. and ftiiymtiey-beitig over 20, to 11 (Risca), 10 others being under 15. and four a little over. As pointed out in former Reviews, and as might be expected, the Urban and Manutacturing Urban rates were higher than the Agricultural and Rural. It will also be noticed that the Rural rate was almost exactly the same as that f )r the whole of England and Wales. Excepting 1892, when it was as low as 125 per 1,000 births, and 1898, the infant mortality—141—was the lowest in 12 years, while the rate under five years of age—7-86—was about the average, the only years that were markedly lower being 1S93 and 1898. At the same time, the deaths under one, aud under five years of age were far too high, the excess being due, in the former case, to artificial feeding, the mothers— young ones especially—sacrificing their children to self-indulgence, and. in the latter, to ignorance and carelessness. We regret to see that Miss Sturgess' lectures, on the proper care and feeding of infants and young children, are not bet'er attended and appreciated by those for whom they were intended-the wives of working men in the more populous districts. We may mention that the district infantile mortality varied from 208-9 (Abergavenny Urban) to 74-3 (Pontypool Rural), and the rate under five years from ^(Aber- tillery) t) 2'4L (Pontypoil Rural), The zymotic rate (2 78), which ranged from 6-8 (Bedwelly) to 0"0 (Usk), and was exceptionally high in the Urban and Manufacturing Urban Districts, was nearly double that for the whole of Eaglaud and Wales, the rate for the Rural Districts, however, being almost the same. The death-rate from all diseases due to the tubercle bacillus was, for the County as a whole, 1-07, for the Urban and Manufacturing Urban Districts 1'03 aud 109, and for the Agricultural Urban and Rural 1'23 and 1'23—the same; while the phthisis rate was, for the County. 0-74, for the Urban and Manufacturing Urban, 0-61 and 0 74, and for the Agricultural Urban and Rural, 0-83 and 1-01, the Rural being, curiously, higher than the Urban. Thi abive Statistics compare favourably, all round, with those for 1931. INFECTIOUS AND ZYMOTIC DISEASES. I Although small-pox has been more or less prevalent all over the country, especially in the northern parts, we have pleasure in reporting that, with the exception of Abergavenny Urban and Bedwellty Urban Districts, there has been na serious outbreak in this county. The 13 cases with which the Abergavenny Rural Di-trict is credited in the table of incidence, were cases originating outside the district, and removed to the sanatorium, which is situated in the district. The disease was brought to Abergavenny by a tramp (the usual way in which such diseases are carried from one part of the country to another) who developed it in the Workhouse, to the male side of which institution it was fortunately confined. The outbreak in the New Tredegar portion of the Bedwellty District was due to the infection of a collier (a Penrhyn quarryman) at Merthyr, where he had been attending a meeting. and where the disease was prevalent at the time. The four other caiei-also Peurhyn meii-were infected by him. These men were isolated in the new hospital, which, fortunately, was just ready for occupation. There was one case at Ebbw Vale, in the early part of the year, the origiu of which could not be traced. Typhoid fever was seriously prevalent in several districts, most so -51, 42, 37, 32, and 30 cases, respectively-iti those of Naiitvglo aild Blaina, Tredegar, Abertillery, Ebbw Vale, and Rymney; the number of cases in 13 other districts ranging from one to twelve, and none at all being reported in the districts of Caerleon, Llanfrechfa Upper. Monmouth Rnral, Pontypool Rural. Risca, and Usk. Of diphtheria the largest number of cases (205) occurred in the Bedwellty District, next to which come Abertillery-165-anl Nantyglo and Blaina-97 these being followed, at some distance, rangius from 42 to 20, by St. Mellons, Ebbw Vale, Risca, Abercarn, Rhymney, Tredegar, and Chepstow Rural Pontypool Rural, and Usk, being the only districts that escaped altogether. Two factors that bad an important influence in the spread of this disease in New Tredegar were the dirty condition of the back premises of many I of the hoases and close proximity of fowl cots, etc., and overcrowding. Twenty-three cases of croup, in addition to those of diphtheria, were notified at Tredegar, and 11 at Abertiilery. Scarlet fever was very prevalent—epidemic—in the districts of Ebbw Vale, Abersychan, Tredegar, Risca, and Bedwellty, to a less degree in those of Pontvpool Urban, Panteg, Abercarn, Abertillery, St. Mellons, Rhymney, and Monmouth Urban, and to a slight degree, varying from two or three to seventeen, in all the rest, except Usk. Measles was epidemic, or more or less prevalent in all districts except Abergavenny Rural. Chepstow Urban and Rural, and Nantyglo and Blaina. Whooping cough was epidemic in one district oiily-Liaiifrechfa Upper—scattered cases, limited to a few in some, occurring in nine others. Diarrhoea and enteritis, due in young children in most instances to artificial feeding, and in older ones to over-indulgence in unripe and unsound fruit, are mentioned as being unduly rife in eight reports, and chickenpox in two. An excessive number of cases of erysipelas came under notice at Tredegar—51—Abertillery—42—Nantyglo and Blaina—25—Ebbw Vale—22—and Abercarn-17, while Abersychan and Bedwellty bad 10 and 11. Tredegar is also credited with 28 puerperal fevers against one to seven in other districts. Although five districts have been p ovided with isolation hospitals since 1901, we are sorry to point out that there are still ten without any such accommoda- tion, and would suggest that, iu view of the o breaks of small-pox that have already taken place in the county, and its prevalence in neighbouring counties, these authorities be specially written to on the subject. W Lth regard to disinfection, for fabrics and articles that would be spoiled by boiling, and those for which dry heat is not sufficiently penetrating, without being raised to a destructive height (as bedding, mattresses, &c.), steam, of requisite pressure, is the best, and most efficient, method; but, to be thoroughly carried out, a proper apparatus, such as Washington Lyons, Manlove, Alliott & Co., Thresch, &c., all of which are good, should be used. The only district in the county that has one Washington Lyons) is Abercarn; and Rbymoey has a chamber, with boiler, &c. For rural districts Manlove, Alliott & Co.'s one-horse portable apparatus would be suitable. Reference to the table of incidence for the year under review, and that for 19j1, will show that the former compares unfavourably with the latter, the difference being due chiefly to the epidemic of measles, and the greater prevalence of diphtheria, scarlet fever, and erysipelas. I DEAINAGK AND SEWBBAGE. The drainage and Inrerage has been greatly improved in many districts, and specially important work in th-it direction don- in several Tooe io which the improvement is most marked (excluding those one or two in which c)mplete systems of sewerage have b--en, or are being, carried out) are Abercarn, where, however, The Ranks is not properly drained, Caerleon, Cnepstow Urbtn Nantyglo and Blaina, New Tredegar, and St Mellons, and, in many instances, Mtgor. Tbe draioage of Llanfrechfa is not satisfactory, roa-iy houses having no drains at all, and the sswage bjn<p treated on unsuitable land. The treatment of the Pauteg sewage is also wroal, Ib+,ing by continuous, instead of intermittent, land irrigation. The drainage, &c., of the outlying parts of the Tredegar district is specially bad, and dangerotiq to the health, of the town, through ito milk supply being derived, to a considerable extent, therefro a. A sewer is needed from Labour in Vain" to the north road at Pontypool, and a flushing tank and ventilating shaft at Usk. The sewerage of the Rhymney District has beon completed, and th* sewage disposal works, which have been interrupted through the necessity of having to borrow more money, soon will be. The system adopted at New Tredegar, consisting of one subsidence, and two filtration, tanks (*mall), without any land treatment, will, we are afraid, prove to be iuadeqrute and inefficient, a much larger filtration area being- required to deal with a sewage of a population of that size. The works at -Nionmouth-septic tank —which have been in course of construction for several years, are still unfinished, through some of the work having turned out unsati-factorily. With regard to the disposal of refuse, we ii-ve to emphatically draw the attention of the Cou ioii to the highly objectionable and dangerous practice that prevails in some districts-Abercltrn, Aber- tillery, Risca, and Tredegar, in particular—of tipping such stuff in close proximity to houses. We need not point out that that where night soil is mixed with it the danger and nuisance are greatly increased. Were it not f ir the cost beinir too, much for small Urban Districts-Rural hive plenty of means of disposing of it-we would reoommend the general use of destructors. At any rite the larger, and more populous towns, such its those mentioned above, should adopt tbein. As uny be seea at Chelsea a large proportion of house refuse can be utilized in different ways, and bricks, paving- stones, clinkers, &c., made out of it. ■ WATBR SUPPLY. The water supply, to which it. has been our duty to draw the special attention of the Council, on account, of its great importance in relation to the health and comfort of the inhabitants of the different districts, has received due consideration at the hands of several local authorities, with the result that it has been improved to a greater or less degree, in the following districts:- Nlonmouth Rural, greatly improved; Abertillery, iu course of being greatly improved; St Mellons, greatly improved, except in two or three parts Chepstow Rural, being improved; Pontypool Urb in. increased in quantity and Rhymney, improved since being under control of District Council, The new water works at Bitten Rhymney, for the supply of the whole valley, are approaching completion. In the Tredegar District, Penmark, complained of year after year, has, at last, been supplied, but Tavernaubach, another outlying part, i b" Uy off and the supply to the upper parts of Abersychan requires improvement. At Usk manv houses are still unconnected with the water works main, and depend on wells, &o. Pirts of the Rurlil District. of Abergavenny, Magor (rc-ens, &c.), and Pontypool, to which the serious attention of the Council has been repeatedly callad, are still b td. Abergavenny Urban have the improvement—increase—of their supply under consideration, and thftt of Chepstow Urban, although improved, is seriously deficient in quantity in dry weather. In the St Mellons District three wells were closed, and a good supply substituted. DWELLINGS. The house accommodation, a most important matter from several points of view, has bsen con- siderably improved in some districts, particularly in those of Rhymuey and Tredegar, and. to a les* degree, St. Mellons and Risca. Particulars of these will be found in the Abstracts. It is very deficient, leading to much overcrowding, and. consequent sickness, in Abercaru and Bedwelicy, and more or less deficient, and otherwise faulty (unhealty, &c ) at Abertillerv, Abersychan. Ebbw Vale, Llanfrechfa Upper, Nantyglo and Blaina, Pauteg, Pontypool Urban, and Usk. and, all- though greatly improved, as stased above, still insufficient at Rhymney—where, however, 10i) more houses are to be built-and Tredegar. Iu the hill districts there are many back Lo back dwellings that, in their present condition —want of ventilation, undrained, &c.-are practically unfit for habitation, especially by the young, and should be pulled down, and comfortable, healthy ones substituted, or the front and back converted into one, and the roof raised. In the Rural Districts, although the number of houses is ia most parts sufficient, the c mdition and kind of some of the c 'ttagf-s is unsatisfactory, an i capable of improvement. We may mentio i here, as show- the injurious effects of unhealthy dwellings, that strumous and tubercular diseases are far more prevalent, amougst children, in back-to-back, underneath, and overcrowded rows of houses, than in other parts of a district. SCHOOLS. The condition of the Schools, particularly as to ventilation, water supply, overcrowding, and the state of the closet-, &c., ha» been daly attended to. and is, as far as we can judge, satisfactory in all districts, with the following excepti >ns — In the Monmouth Rural the closets at Penalt arc un- satisfactory through beilU difficult to keep clean the Upper Rhymney School is greatly over- crowded and the Gwehelog and Glascoed Schools (Pontypool Rural) are without a proper water supply. The G-oytre School, in the same district, has now a good supply, and that in the Schools in the Monmouth Rural District ha-i been improved. The G-riffithstown (Panteg) Schools have been greatly improved, as also have those at Risca, where a new one is building, to relieve overcrowding. A.t Usk overcrowding has beeu prevented by the provision of a new classroom. As ths elementary schools have, or will, come under the control of the Countv Council, their condirion will no doubt be carefully enquired into. and the Managers required to carry out any improvemeats or repairs ueeded. COWIITEDS, DAIRIES, AND MIK-HOPg. The cowsheds, dairies, and tniltshops were periodically visited and inspected, aid, in most cases, found fairly «ati»fdctory as t > air space, ventilation, and cleanliness inside and out. There are many, however, in the hill districts it particular, that are more or les faulty in theee respects, besides being btdly drained, ond other- wise unfit for the housing of miloh-cows. The importance of the greatest possible cleanliness in everything connected with milk is shown by the amount of preventable disease, especially among children, due to the want of it; and we would suggest, therefore, that all cow-keepers and pur- veyors of milk be supplied with copies of bye-laws and regulations relating thereto by the sanitary authorities, in whose districts thev carry on their business. An outbreak of typhoid fever at Ebbw Vale was caused by milk contaminated at the farm from which it was supplied, the insanitary condition of which had not been rectified at the time the report was written. We cannot empha- size too strongly, or repeat too often, in the interests of children and invalids, the inces^ity for cow-keepers payius particular attention to the condition of the cows' udders, as to freedom from sores, and cleanliness, the cleanliness of the hands of the milkers and the milk recep'acles, and the purity of the water used for washing them. The Sanitary Committee's reccommendations, which we gave in our full report of the Couuty Council meeting last week, follow.
I Illness of Lord Salisbury. Lord Salisbury, who has been unwell during the last two or three months, has been confined to his room since Monday. Although suffering from no special complaint, his lordship shows signs of considerable exhaustion, and Sir Douglas Powell and Dr Lovell Drage are iu a.tteudance.