LLANBADOC CHURCH. On Good Friday a large congregation assembled -for the Three Hours' Devotion, when the Rev Albert Spencer, formerly vicar of St. Mary the Virgin's, Primrose Hill, London, preached a course of eloquent addresses on the Seven Words from the Cross. The Services on Easter Day were all well attended, the Vicar preaching at Matins, and the Rev A. Spencer, at Evensong. In a letter to the congregation the Vicar writes a9 f ollows:— We have been enabled to wipe out a heavy debt on the Church accounts, and to pay our way during the past year; we have effected some much meeded repairs to the fabric of the Church added a beautiful silver Paten to our Church Plate provided a new Outfit, for the Choir; and a complete set of white Vestments, Altar-Frontal, &c.; while I have a considerable sum of money in hand available for providing other Vestments and Altar-Frontals whenever needed; and, further, I Tiope to be in a position to announce at the Easter Vestry that the whole sum required for the completion of the Reredos has been secured." I
LLANBADOO VESTRY MEETING. "A BOMBSHELL." The Easter Vestry meeting was held in the Parish Room, on Thursday evening, the Vicar (Rev H. Cockson) presiding. Amongst those present were:—Messrs. H. S. Gustard, W. Trotman, E. Williams, A. W. Trotman, J. Farley, R. Price, W. Povall, Whitman, A. Jones, W. J. Martin (organist), and several members of the congregation, non-parishioners. At the outset the Vicar asked for nominations for the people's warden, but there was no xesponse. In reply to Mr Trotman, the Vicar said if no one else was proposed, last year's warden (Mr H. S. • -Gustard) would continue in office. The matter "was one entirely for the parishioners it was not for him to dictate or make suggestions. They were entiiled to appoint Mr Gustard or any one <else Whqffi they thought would beat protect the Interests if the parish. They had not been aconft oiiu-d .to holding vestry meetings for many years, aud perhaps the procedure was new to them. Mr Trot man said last year a meeting was held -and it wag the same then. The churchwardens might stand again. The Vicar said it would bo more satisfactory ior the churchwarden to be duly elected at the vestry meeting. After another pause, Mr Whitman proposed and Mr Povall seconded the re-election of Mr H. S. Crustard, and this was carried with one dissentient. Mr Gustard thanked the parishioners for their .continued confidence in him. He intended saying a, good deal, but now he should be very brief. He had been their warden since 1877—a period of 28 years—and he thought, notwithstanding the remarks which had appeared in the Parish Magazine, there was no want of confidence in him, nor had the Affairs of the church been mismanaged. He had not intended to be present, but he was invited, and -he thought it better that he should come. He had mot asked anyone to vote for him. It had been said that vestry meetings had not been held, but he could say that vestry meetings were always called in the parish, and no one ever attended. He and the late Vicar (Rev. G. M. Williams) had been at ,several by themselves alone. It was impossible to get the pariiahioners to attend, but that only showed that they had full confidence in their church- wardens. The Vicar then re-appointed Mr W. Trotman his warden, and asked Mr Gustard to nominate his sidesman. Mr Gustard questioned his power in that respect, and The Vicar referred to it as a privilege. Mr Gustard: Then I will abandon that privilege. .-Immfldiatedly after, however, he nominated Mr A. W. Trotinan. Mr Trotman nominated Mr E. Williams as his > sidesman. Mr Gnst.ard then said he wished to present some .account which he had from June, 1902. The Vicar ruled that the Easter Vestry, as such, •was only concerned with the accounts of church lands and not with collections in the church. Mr Gustard: I take exception to that. One of ,the chief objects of an Easter Vestry is to pass the ,church w:ur!'JU' 8 accounts. The Vicar ruled otherwise, and said the accounts •anight bo presented to members of the congrega- tion afterwards. He then reported that of the rent derived from the Church lands, which were 4he only parish property, LS was in the Bank and ;he held X8. Mr Gustard said he had a claim of £ 70 upon the Church lands as mortgagee. This mortgage was ,mantiyears ago for Y,150 to Mr Thomas Dunn. was being gradually paid off until a certain number of years ago. There was still £ 70 of it owing to him, and he had given notice to the tenant to in future pay him the rent, to the Bank to pay him the money in hand, and he would now :give Mr Cockson notice to pay him the amount be had. Some years ago he allowed the money to go to the benefit of the parish and the church, but < anatters had altered a great deal lately, and he had suspended that. The Vicar: I understood from Mr Gustard that he had paid off that mortgage for the benefit of the parish. Mr Gustard Nothing of the sort and I claim it now. The Vicar: I understood that Mr Gustard, in 1888, paid it off as a gift to the parish; that is what he told me. Mr Edward Williams As an old parishioner I -must say this debt is strange news to me, Mr Gustard, in reply to a question as to the -nature of the mortgage, said he had the deeds, sand if the money were not paid he should -foreclose. The Vicar: That is a matter for the church- wardens to deal with. Mr Gustard: Certainly; but you brought the anatter of the Church lands forward. Mr E. Williams: At what rate of interest "8 it? Mr Gustard Five per cent. Mr Williams: This is a very serious matter. The Vicar It is a very grave matter. Williams: What amount of interest is MrS'ftU<1 f°r hoW many years ? -owing Uatard: A good many years' interest is tha^he t £ ei\closed by the Vicar stating "be done so f done all that was required to He then at1rfom! /'a1fer Vestry was concerned, TMignon had J e<* t*lat the late Major-General restrictions, to ev^ueatI}?d, j50 to bim> without poor of the pariah aPPhed for the benefit of the ,^as forthcoming V,„ 88 80tae valid objection towards a stacue iu tt Pr°P^Sed. to devote £ 1° benefactor, in the J1''fioJ m me^ory of this the poor who wereS^f the co^"butions of the remaining £ 4o he our™ • W? interest therefrom to be usedhviT.mvestmf» the his discretion. USed y hlm according to So objection was offered to these suggestions. The Vicar then declared the Vestry meeting nro per over, but invited all interested in the con»reo-a tioo to stay. He expressed pleasure at the number of parishioners who had attended the meeting, aiui said he hoped it marked the beginning of the time when greater interest would be taken in church v affairs. Several then left, Mr Gustard amongst them, The Vicar then presented the churchwardens' accounts, duly audited. He said that Mr Gustard handed him over a cheque for lis. 8d. last June, since which time, by the consent of Mr Trotman and on the suggestion of the late Bishop, he had had to do the parish warden's work as best he could. The lis. 8d. was the balance in Mr Gustard's hands at that date after paying certain bills. Mr Gustard had not given him the particulars of those bills His (the Vicar's) accounts shewed an income and expenditure of X28 16s. 4d., he having put a few shillings to make them balance. He was glad to be able to say that he had sufficient money paid and promised to enable him to give the order for the completion of the reredos. They might congratu- late themselves upon having had the money neoes- sary so quickly and generously provided by so many people. (Hear, hear.) He would point out that they would not have obtained it so quickly for any other purpose, much of it having bean subscribed for providing memorials of relatives departed and it did not at all interfere with other church funds. Referring to the mortgage incident that night, the Vicar said he must repeat what he bad already said. Mr Gustard told him plainly and distinctly that he had. as a gift to the parish, paid off the balance of the mortgage and he was amazed—simply amazed —to hear Mr Gustard's statement that night that the money was still owing to him. Mr E. Williams: There is, or should be, a coun- ter-part of the mortgage deed. The Vicar said Mr Gustard had possession of all the papers. This was not a matter for him (the speaker.) He was not responsible for the parish property, and, of course, he must now decline to be responsible for any payments whatever. Mr E. Wiliams proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman for presiding, and congratulated him upon the financial position of the Church. Mr Trotman seconded, and the vote was carried. In the course of his reply, the Vicar expressed the hope that Mr Gustard would be more reasonable than to expect the parish to pay off the amount stated. The rent from the lands had, so far as he cmld tr iCe back, always been applied to current Church expenses. Mr Williams: What was the money advanced for ? Mr Trotman I don't know anything about it. Mr Williams, in tue course of a speech on the subject, expressed the hope that the Vicar and Mr Gustard would soon be able to shake hands and be friends again. Mr Trotman expressed the same sentiments, and said he had done his best in the matter. The Vicar said that Mr Gustard had grievously attacked him, and had written and sa.id many wrong and unjustifiable things about him, but if he wished, he (the Vicar) would be perfectly will- ing to meet him, and, as a Christian, forgive and overlook all that Mr Gustard had done against him during the past few months. But he must make it perfectly clear that where he saw his dutv plain before him, no fear of anyone would make him swerve one hair's breadth from carrying out; what he conceived to be his plain and bounden duty; and if he were asked to do things he did not agree with in connection with the ordinances of the Church or the services—things which he believed to be contrary to his duty-he must absolutely and sternly decline. He was perfectly willing to meet Mr Gustard on a friendly footing and to endeavour to work amicably with him, but it was useless to ask him to disobey the directions given him by lawful authority, until they were altered by the coming Bishop of Llandaff. The matter had been a great grief and anxiety to him, and he should be only too grateful and glad to forgive—fully and frankly forgive-the injuries done to him. The meeting then concluded.
CYCLING ACCIDENT. A serious accident befell Mr George Mills, an A.W. of H.M. Prison, Usk, on Monday. He was cycling with some friends towards Aber- gavenny, when, near the lane turning down to Llanvair Church, the head of the machine col- lapsed, and he fell to the ground, sustaining a wound on the forehead, and cuts and bruises on the nose, face, &c. He was conveyed to Usk in a cart lent from the Bridge Inn, and was attended by Drs Jenkins and Hackett, We are glad to hear that he is progressing favourably.
ABERGAVgNNY. A&ents,—Messrs ■& Co, Hoobxztlers* FUNERAL OF THE LATE MR JOHN ROGERS, OF ALTERYNIS. The funeral of the late Mr John Rogers, of Alteryviifi, took place amidst every sign of regret, on Sutmday last—the scene of interment being the Parish Churchyard of Walterstone, some two miles distant. Amongst those present were :— Mr Reginald Herbert, J.P. (late Master of the Monmouthshire Foxhounds), Colonel Bradney, J.P., C.C., Mr Codrington Crawshay, J.P., and Mrs Crawshay; Mr W. B. Partridge, J.P., Bacton; Mr R. Partridge, Bacton; Mr P. B. Barneby, J.P., Trewyn; Mr Victor Bosanquet (Chief Constable of Monmouthshire), Mr W. H. S. Whitney, C.C., Mr T. C. Watkins (representing the Pandy and Monnow-Side Ploughing and Agricultural Society), Mr J. Thompson (represent- ing the Pandy and Monnow-Side Horticultural Association), &c. The eoffin which was of polished oak with brass furniture contained the following inscription :— John Rogers, Died April 18th, 1905, Aged 74. The Church of England burial service was impressively performed by the Vicar (Rev W. S. Naylor) who also gave a touching address on the virtues of the deceased and the deservedly high esteem in which he was held by all classes. The deceased gentleman took the keenest interest in every detail that contributed towards the uplift- ing of the agricultural industry. He was a true all round sportsman, a fine shot and fisherman, and one of the grandest riders across the Monmouth- shire country with the foxhounds. He was a judge in all show yards of hunters, had taken several prizes himself, and had visited Dublin three or four times to judge horses. He was one of the founders of the Pandy and Monnow-Side Ploughing and Agricultural Society which occupies a prominent position amongst similar institutions in the county.
CAERLEON. A(/ent—Mr Berry, Newsagent, Cross-street. j OBITUAKY.—Much sympathy is felt with Mr T. B. Clark, stationmaster at Caerleon, in his bereavement by the death of his wife, on Sunday afternoon, after a long and painful illness. RIFLE CLUB.—Competition for the medal offered by the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs, was held on Friday in last week, and resulted as follows 1, W. H. Dean 2, J. W. Monk; 3, E. Davies. SERIOUS CYCLING AnCIDENT.-Harry Hayward, a lad, met with a serious cycling accident at Caerleon on Monday evening. Apparently he lost control of his bicycle when riding down the hill near the Catholic Church, and crashed into the wall of the Hanbury Hotel. He was carried in an uncon- scious state to a surgery, where it was found he had sustained serious injuries to his head and face and had also dislocated one of hi* wrists. FOOTBALL CLUB;.—The annual supper of the Caerloon Football Club was held on Saturday evening, Mr H. Baulch presiding.—The report stated that the past season was one of the most stated that the past season was one of the most successful in the history of the club. The first team had played 30 matches, won 20, lost 7, and drawn 3, and the second team had lost only three matches out of 26 played, and had scored 104 goals as against ten scored against them.—The balance-sheet showed a good credit balance. U.D.C.—Mr Crease presided at a special meeting of the Caerleon District Council ou Thursday evening in last week, when a rate of Is iu the £ for the six months ending 30th September next was sealed. Mr Green's resignation as assistant overseer and rate cillector was received wita regret, and accepted. It was decided to plao-i on record the council's appreciation of the way he had discharged his duties. Mr Green returned thanks. It was decided to appoint an assistant overseer and rate collector on the 2nd May, at salaries of £ 35 and JE17 respectively.
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The memorial window to the late Queen Victoria was nearing completion, and would probably be opened during the month of June. The church clock, he said, was very old, and wanted a thorough overhauling. Miss Rosa Powell, who had already done so much for their church, had offered to bear the cost of the repairs of the clock, and he moved a vote of thanks to that lady for her latest benefaction. This was carried unanimously. Mr G. F. Hedger, who has been three years parish warden, reluctantly resigned, and Mr Marsh was unanimously elected in his place. The Vicar nominated Mr F. C. Williams as his warden. The sidesmen were re-elected. Votes of thanks to the choir, sidesmen, and others conneoted with the church were passed. The Vicar was accorded a hearty vote of thanks for presiding. A
[ NEWPORT. I AQenU—Messrs &reenlx*d ■■tfi 0, N"(J,.tt" I LORD TREDEG.A.R.-Congratulations to the Right Hon. Lord Tredegar, who, to-day (Friday) com- pletes his seventy-fifth year.
PANTEG. I FATALITY AT r ANTEG STEELWORKS. George Embrey, 33, single, of Wern-road, Sebastopol, was killed at Messrs. Baldwins Panteg Steelworks on Friday in last week by being crushed between some trucks and a wall. It appears that Embrey was engaged in uncoupling some trucks when some of them ran wild, and before he could get out of their way they pinned him against a wall. His body was removed to the Workhouse mortuary to await an inquest, which was held on Monday, when a verdict of "Accidental death" was returned.
PONTYPOOL. Agents—Mr Fieldhouse, The Market, and Atessrs. Eiaird s and Co. SUDDEN DEATH.—Mr John Jones, of Green- meadow Farm, Garndiffaith, near Pontypool, died suddenly in a chair at the farm on Tuesday. Mr Jones had not enjoyed good health for some time, but his sudden death came as a surprise. He was an old and respected inhabitant of Garndiifaith, and had been a member of the Calviuistic Methodist Church for many years.
ISartiage of miss Ada Hansel. 0 Abergavenny and the district were en fete on Thursday afternoon in honour of the marriage of Miss Ada Llewelyn Mansel, youngest daughter of Colonel and Mrs Mansel, of Maiudiff Court, with Mr Charles Evelyn Forestier-Walker, of Pengam, youngest son of the late Sir George Ferdinand Radzivill Forestier-Walker, and the late Lady Forestier-Walker, sister of Lord Tredegar. The wedding took place at St Mary's Parish Church, and from one to two o'clock, the hour fixed for the ceremony, there was a continuous stream of guests and others into the sacred edifice. The Easter decorations, con- sisting principally of palms, with a beautiful violet and white cross on the lectern, had been left for the occasion, aud were much admired. The arrangements within the church for the accommodation of all were perfect. The family of the bride occupied the north transept, those of the bridegroom the south transept, while the pews and chairs on each side of the centre aisle were allotted to the invited guests. The offi- ciating clergy were the Rev H. A. James, D.D., Headmaster of Rugby, the Rev Herbert Addams- Williams, M.A., rector of Llangibby (cousin of the bride), the Rev Morgan Gilbert, M.A., vicar of Abergavenny, and the Rev R. Jones, M.A., rector of Llauthewy Skirrid. Although the morning had been somewhat cloudy, as the bride walked up the aisle leaning on the arm of her father, and accompanied by three charming little train-bearers, and four bridesmaids, the sun "hone out brightly, and the picture was one that an artist might love to dwell upon. A sweet, girlish face, a graceful figure, and a certain crdm aud Impny dignity were the first impressions, and theo the eye wandered to her exquisite bridal robe (made by Messrs Russell and Alien, Roud Street) of ivory duchesse satin with full court train falling from both sliottldars trimmed with Brussels lace and orange bfds^oftis, a small Wreath of the bridal flower also resting on her bead, under a Brussels lace veil kindly lent for the occasion bv Mrs Brewer, of Danygrajg, Newport, She wore a ruby pendant, the gift of the bridegroom, and pearl necklet, the gift of her brother, Mr J. L. Mansel, of the 7th (Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards, and carried a shower "Goodyear" bouquet. Her three little attendants Miss Rosemary Forestier-Walker, Miss Barbara Wyndham- Smith, and Master George Foreatier-Walker- wore white satin with pink accessories, and the bridesmaids—Miss Gwladys Mansel (sister of the bride), Miss Rhona Crawshay, Miss Agnes Melville, and Miss Algitha Howard—ivory satin de soie dresses and pink velvet basque bodices, with elbow sleeves and open front, their hats being of white straw trimmed with pink roses and foliage. They wore old paste diamond and emerald pendants, the gift of the bridegroom, and carried pink rose shower bouquets. The two little girls had also pink bouquets, and were given old paste emerald and diamond tiny pendant brooches by the bride, and the pace a trefoil pearl pin. ° Mrs Mansel looked extremely well in a cream brocade robe covered with handsome black lace, bonnet to correspond, and pink bouquet. The bride was given away by her father, and Capt Lionel Lindsay acted as best man, Amongst the large attendance in the church were Lord Tredegar, Lady Llangattock, Sir George and Lady Forestier-Walker, the Hon Mrs Herbert, Sir Henry and Lady Mather Jackson, Mr and Mrs Wyndham- Smith (brother-in-law and sister of the bride), the Hon Mrs Fitzmaurice, Mr Clifford Cory (High Sheriff of Monmouthshire), Mrs Herbert Addams- Williams, Mrs Lister, Mr F. J. Mitchell, Mr and Mrs Codrington F. Crawshay, Mr and Mrs Victor Bosanquet, Colonel and Mrs Church, Messrs Iltyd and Fred Gardtaer, Mr F. R. Bateman, Mr and Mrs Pilliner, Mr J. H. Clark, &c. The service was fully choral, and the organist (Mr W. R. Carr, F.R.C.O.) played some appropriate music during the interval of waiting. While the bridal party were in the vestry and leaving the church he gave Mendelssohn's Wedding March, the special hymns being How welcome was the call, "0 perfect love," and Lord dismiss us with Tny blessing." Great interest was manifested by the towns- people in the wedding festivities, and bunting was general in tha streets. For the convenience of the guests, a special train was put on from Newport. Subsequently, Colonel and Mrs Mansel held a largely attended reception at their beautiful resi. dence, Maindiff Court, the grounds of which in a few weeks'time will appear to even greater advan- tage with a wealth of rhododendrons in full bloom. The wedding presents, which were laid out in the dining-room, were very numerous and costly and were greatly admired. At about 4.15 p.m., the newly-married couple left in a closed carriage, and amidst a shower of rice, for Okebampton House, in Somerset, kindly lent by Mrs Bellew for the honeymoon, the bride being tastefully attired in blue,"
Monmouthshire Chamber of Agriculture. Mr Fred Stratton took the chair at a general meeting of the Monmouthshire Chamber of Agriculture at the King's Head Hotel, Newport, on Wednesday afternoon. LBGISLATION REQUIRED. Mr L. C. Wrigley moved the adoption by the chamber of the statement of legislation required in the agricultural interests as prepared by the business committee of the Central Chamber of Agriculture. He was glad that the Government had re-introduced the Agricultural Rates Act, but what he thought was needed in dealing with those matters was the formation of an agricultural party. The matters enumerated by the Central Chamber should be placed before all candidates who ca nR it for the general election, and only those wh w ijJ.1 support the farmer ought to get the aijru:>iiMrn! vote. He proposed a resolution expres-iii.: >a i-faction at the introduction of the Agriculture Rating Bill, and urging the Govern- ment to press it through both Housee. Mr C. D. Phillips seconded, and the motion was agreed to. Mr Wrigley proposed that the secretary be empowered to send a copy of the circular to Parliamentary candidates if the election came on before the next meeting of the chamber. Captain Roland Forestier-Walker seconded, and thought it was time to impress upon everybody that it was nothing but right that agriculture should have a voice in the government of the nation and that it had some power. The motion was agreed to. FRAUDS ON FARMERS. I Mr R. Stratton wrote that he could not attend the meeting, as he had to be at the Dublin Spring Cattle Show. He commended the report of the Committee on the working of the Fertilisers and Feeding-stuffs Act, 1893, to the consideration of the members, and thought a resolution should be passed in support of the recommendations. There could be no doubt that consumers were victimised to a considerable extent by frauds in manures and feeding-stuffs, and these could never be put down by private individuals. It was too big and risky an undertaking for a farmer to attack a powerful manufacturing company, and until public inspectors were employed with power to take samples anywhere and to carry out prosecutions those frauds would continue. At the same time, farmers should avail themselves more largely of the opportunities afforded by the county council of getting their foods and feeding-stuffs analysed by the public analyst at a very moderate cost. I A(' RICULTURE AND BANKRUPTCY. In the absence of Mr Thomas Parry, Mr C. D. Phillips moved that the chamber petition the Lord Chancellor in favour of the Tredegar bankruptcy district being attached to and forming part of the Newport district. He said the registrar of the district was at Tredegar and the official receiver at Merthyr, so that if a person wanted to file his petition from the district he would have to go to Tredegar and to Merthyr, which was more inconvenient than if he could go to Newport and have all the business done there. Mr L. Foster Stedmau seconded the motion, but not, as he Raid, because it; was likely to affect auy members of the chamber of agri- culture. ° Mr Heury Williams supported for quite another reason from that put forward by the proposer of the motion. All farmers would, he thought, soon be bankrupt, and as Tredegar was not an agricultural town, it would be preferable to go to Newport. The proposal was agreed to. RURAL BUILDING BYE-LAWS. I Mr Wrigley spoke in favour of the Chamber asking someone to go as a witness before the Committee on Rural Building Bye-laws. They had all seen the case of Judge Grantham aud the great hardship which was involved in his ca;\e. He proposed that Mr Mitchell-Innes ot-Mr Ernest Lyne should be asked to attend as a witness, and point out how such bye-laws would affect cottages in Monmouthshire. Mr Henry Williams seconded, and the motion was carried.
Honour for Lord Glamnk. There was' a large gathering at the Town-hall, Cnckhowell, when, prior to the ordinary business at. their annual meeting, the guardians and officers I of the union made a presentation to the Right Hon. Lord Glanusk of an Ambassador's inkstand, I en-tray, and candlesticks, in recognition of his services a* chairman of the board throughout a period of 37 year J. Alderman J. A. Doyle was voted to tho chair, and in the courRe of fil), interesting speech moved the following fgsdliltlon■ That the members and officers of this board deeply regret the decision tit the chairman not to allow himself to be re-elected. They also, wish to place on record their appreciation of the exceedingly able manner in which he has for thg past 37 years presided over the meetings of the board, and the tact, courtesy, and impartiality he has always displayed in conducting the business of the board. (Applause.) Alderman Doyle said that whatever success had attended the work of the board was due to the tact, courtesy, and good feeling which their chairman had always shown. Lord Glauusk had always discharged his duties when he bad other heavy calls on his time. lie had bad to undertake Parliamentary work during the last 37 years, and work not of a merely formal or per- functory kind, but important Committee work. (Hear, hear.) His lordship had also devoted himself, unsparingly and laboriously to county business, and had always lived up to a principle which he had once quoted-that. it was better to wear out than rust out. (Laughter, and "Hear hear.") Although they regretted they were losing Lord Glanusk as their chairman, they were glad to learn that he would still continue to be an ordinary member of the board, and that they would still receive the benefit of his advice and great experience. (Applause.) They hoped he would be long spared, aud that the gift they handed him that day would remind him of the pleasant relations which had for many years existed between him and the members of the board. (Cheers.) Mr Richard Morgan, vice-chairman of the board, and Mr W. Rosser, vice-chairman of the rural district council, also spoke in eulogistic terms of the valuable services of Lord Glauusk. Lord Glanusk, who met with a cordial reception, said he felt no little difficulty in thanking them ade- quately for their kindness that day. because uutil he saw the beautiful present uncovered he had no idea that his friends intended anything so pleasant as asking him to receive such a gift as that. It was a beauti- ful present of silver, which would stand on his table as long as it would please Heaven to leave him here. and it would, no doubt, stand on the table of those who would follow him. The form of the present was one which, if he were asked, he would have unhesitatingly have accepted, and it was all the more valuable to him because he recognised in it the friondship of those with whom he had worked for so many years. (Applause.) Mr Doyle had alluded to his tact. He could not lay any cluim to tact; but, at least, he could say that be had met their kindness with courtesy. (Applause.) With their help he had doue his best to discharge the business which had come before them to the best of his ability and, he trusted, to the benefit of the neighbourhood. He hoped he would be spared for some years to come to assist in their deliberations, and to help them to maintain that efficiency which the union had long enjoyed. (Cheers.)
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I Miskin Church Bazaar. In spite of the absence of Major-General Baden Powell, who had promised to perform the opening ceremony but was called away to the War Office, and in the face of pitiless rain, the Miskin Church bazaar which was opened on Wedue.sday, at Miskin Manor, the residence of Mrs Mackintosh, was an unqualified success, and this was entirely due to the gallant manner in which Lord Tredegar stepped into the vacancy at a few hours' notice, and in one of his most humorous speeches declared the bazaar open. Disappointment vanished, the rain was forgotten, and the company diligently applied themselves to an afternoon's enjoyment, and to the commercial aspect of the work. There was a large and brilliant assembly, and the stalls were numerous and richly garnished, many of the articles being products of distant lands. The two most noticeable stalls were those of the Spinsters and Bachelors" Miss. Talbot presiding over the former, and Lord. Tredegar over the latter. In "introducing'' his Lordship, Judge Gwilynt Williams said that he, like General Badeu Powell was a distinguished soldier, who was connected with one of the greatest exploits with which ther name of the British Army would ever be associated —the Charge of the Light Brigade. (Cheers.) In regretting the absence of the hero of Mafeking, Lord Tredegar said he did not know why General Baden Powell had been telegraphed for to go to the War Office so suddenly, but from his experience during the past few months, having studied the Army question a good deal, he would not be surprised if the hero of Mafekin« had been called up to the War Office to decide whether a British officer should have cream or skim milk in his tea—(loud lau -liter) -that, he wai told. was the latest Army order—or he might have to look at some soldier's teeth. The soldier was dis- regarded at once if he had a tooth missing. Not so long ago a good soldier who was rejec ed for having a bad tooth at the back of hi9 mouth said, I want to fight my country's enemies and not to eat them." (Roars of laughter.) The Army had lost a lot of young men simply because of some silly excuse of that sort. He was there to open a bazaar, and after that to do what was much more difficult-stand behind the counter. It was a new and curious r6le at his time of life, when "a grave and reverend seignior" should be transformed into what was described in cue of the well-known plays "A pushing young particle What's the next article Howeil and James' youug man." (Loud laughter.) He would try his best to jump over the counter and impose upon those who were not good at arithmetic. (Renewed laughter.) If, on account of his deafness, he make a mistake in the change, he hoped they would put it down to his bad arithmetic. (More laughter.) He read au admirable description in the Western Mail that morning of the new church which it was iutended should benefit by that bazaar. Ic was, the old, old story-a dreadful lack of pence. He had had something to do with church building in his time, and they had a splendid architect in Mr Bruce- Vaughan, and he was sure they would have a very beautiful church. He (Lord Tredegar) asked Judge Williams the other day how he was able to get away from his duties, and he replied that he had to get a substitute, and, unfortunately, had to pay him. General Badeu-Powell, let it be understood, had not paid his lordship anything. (Laughter.) They did not do that sort of thing in the Army. They did it in the law. (Renewed laughter.) He hoped the bazaar would be a success, and that the ladies would give his stall their patronage and help him out of a difficulty. He had great pleasure in deelariug the bizaac open. (Applause.) At his stall, Lord Tredegat had a big brown. I paper bag fastened by one of his waistcoat buttons. and into this he dropded the gold and silver coins as he received them. It was speedily filled. In the afternoon a hound show and hound races were held. The judges for Welsh houuds were Lord Tredegar, M.F.H., Mr William Morgan, M.F.H., Mr Henry Lewis, M.F.H., and Mr J. D. Williams and for English hounds Lord Tredegar, Mr Edward Curre, M.F.H., and The Mackintosh of Mackintosh, AT. F. El. Colonel Curre's Waverley was adjudged to be the best Welsh hound, and "Limerick" of the Glamorgan Hunt, the best of the English hounds. In the races the first event was.confined to Welsh hounds, the first prize being given to Farewell," of the Llangeinor Hunt; second prize to 11 Swopper," Tynewydd; and third prize to I'Tbe Chanter," Llangeinor. The first among the Euglish hounds was "Gleaner," of the Glamorganshire Hunt, and the second, Docima," of the Monmouthshire Hunt. In the final race between English and Welsh hounds the first priza was given to Crier," Tynewydd; and the second to Gleaner," Glamorgan. His Majesty the King had entered a couple of Welsh hounds, but borh were easily beafeo- Th^se races were exceedingly interest- lUg. Musical Selecilorl9 were given by Mr Tom Stephens's Royal Welsh Choir. Over £ 1,000 with subscriptions were taken tbe first day. On Thursday Lady Windsor performed the opening ceremony, and ,£!50 were taken.
Tiie X.S.P.C.C. t During the quartef eadod i-cli 31st, this Society has inquired into 5 > complaints of neglect, ill-traatment, and other wrongs of childhood, of which all were found to be true, affecting 180 children and 66 offenders. Action was taken as foliows 42 cases were warned, 5 were prosecuted (convicted 4, discharged 1), and 3 were otherwise dealt with. The inspector made 130 visits of supervision.
I CWMBRAN. CWMBRAN COLLIERY.—A meeting of the workmen employed at Messrs. Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds Cwmbran Colliery, was held at Pontnewydd, for the purpose of receiving a report from Mr James Winstone, miners' agent, Pontnewynydd, with reference to the hauliers' wage question. After hearing the agent's report, a resolution was passed calling upon the executive of the South Wales Miners' Federation to do their utmost to settle the hanliers' wage question on the lines suggested in the report of the sub-committee of the central executive. It was decided to send a donation of X5 to the men thrown out of employment owing to the Clydach Vale explosion,
0 GROSMONT. I EASTER VESTRY.—The Vestry meeting was held on Tuesday evening, Mr R. Hudson Evans pre- siding. The church and charity accounts for the past year were presented. The church accounts shewed the expenses to have been X12 8s. 6 £ d., leaving a balance due to the Churchwarden of 16s. 10d. rhe receipts of the charity account 2 amounted to £R2 6s. Od. A letter was received from Rev. 0. Wesley (rector), nominating Mr John Bryan, junr., as his warden for the ensuing year. It was not known whether Mr Bryan would accept office. For parish warden no nomination was made. The chairman said they must all regret the damage done to their beautiful avenue of trees in the churchyard by direction of the rector. Mr W. Price enquired whether the rector had the right of cutting and destroying trees, The cnairinau said he had not. He ascertained this when church- warden some years ago, the Archdeacon having written him, and he had communicated the matter to Mr Wesley, authoritatively stating that the rector bad no right to cut or destroy timber, which could only be done by the Ordinary, and then all such timber must be used for the repair of the church or parsonage building. He proposed the following resolution That this meeting expresses its regret at tha unauthorised action of the rector in topping and disfigitring the fine avenue of lime trees in the churchyard and also the ornamental fir tree, and the consequent damage done to the gravestones. They consider such an act to be a barbarous one and o wholly unnecessary, and the more inexcusable as following the Archdeacon's letter of some years' aifo on the subject, and requests the ohairman to forward a cony of this resolution to the Arch- deacon." Mr John Bry-an, senr., seconded, and it was carried unanimously- The accounts not being properly vouched tbe meeting was adjourned until further notice. A
I LLAOTRECHFA UPPER. I EASTER VESTRY.-The Easter vestry for Llan- frechfa Upper was held at the National Schools, Pontnewydd, on Wednesday evening. The Vicar (the Rev. W. D. 1. Mackintosh) presided over a fair attendance. The financial statement showed that the income amounted to I-PI58 9s. 5d., and the ex- penses to £131 13s. 7d,. leaving a credit balance of £58a. lOd. Messrs. E. Bumford and W. Wapling- ton were appointed vicar's warden and people's warden respectively. The following sidesmen were re-appointed: Messrs. W. Andrews, T. Bevan, H. C. Chedzoy. H. Gay. G. Gooding, A. Lloyd, E. T. Mends, J. Pearce, F. F. Pilliner, H. Saunders, F. Smith, J. Stokes. E. Summers. T. Sutton. G. Vic- kary, H. Vmvwlle. Smith, S. MoMurtinp, Ctntle, and FI. Jenkins (Croesvceilog). The Vicar pro. posd a vote, of thanks to the workers. MrWap. linglon sec-ndo'l, and the vote was carried unani- mously. The Vicar announced that there were 175 communicants on Easter Day, as compared with 118 the previous year beinsr an increase of 57, and the highest on record since 1892. For this they bad to be thankful, still there was a great deal of work to be done. The offertories bad considerably increased and they had been really excellent. The National Schools had been passing through a crisis, and they had received demands to put their bou.-ie iu order. They had undertaken to do everything asked far. An appeal had been issued to the parishiouers ask- ing for their subscriptions towards the extension of the present burial ground, which he hoped would 1 be liberally responded to. Mr. Waplington moved a vo'e of thanks to the vicar, this was carried unanimously. &.
I V ■ MONMOUTH. I Aoent.-Jfr.Cairrey. Monmouth, j BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—At the annual meeting on Saturday, Mr S. 0. Bosanquet was re-elected chairman, and Mr S. J. EIsom vice-chairman. The ladies' visiting committee were re-elected and were accorded a vote of thanks. Plans for con- necting the house drainage with the town system were approved. R.D. C.-At the monthly meeting on Saturday, Mr S. C. Bosanquet was unanimously re-elected chairman, and the Rev L. A. Rees vice-chirmsn (vice Sir H. Mather Jackson).—Councillor Thomas, Llanvihangel Court, resigned his position owing to ill-health.—Councillor G. S. Baillie, Raglan, was appointed to supervise the working and repairing of the Raglan water supply gear at that village. BROCKWEIR BRIDGE.—At Wednesday's meeting of Lydney Rural District Council Mr Samuel Wilkin- son stated that when everything was apparently settled for the building of this bridge the Great Western Railway Company sprang a surprise upon them by insisting that Lhe bridge over their railway should not be of stone, as previously agreed to, but be a continuation of the iron girder bridge across the river. The more serious part of the question was the increased cost, and how it was going to be met. He was hopeful, however, that even this diffi- culty would be got over, and to be in a position shortly to report progress. FATALLY BURNED.-Ur B. H. Deakin, on Thursday, inquired into the cause of death of Sarah Godwin, 84, who was found on fire on Monday in her house at Staunton, where she had lived alone for some years. The evidence of Emily Davidson, a neighbour, and Laura Freeman, nurse at the Monmouth Workhouse, showed that deceased, who was in receipt of pariah relief, accidentally set her clothing on fire on Monday morning. She was so badly burned that she died half an hour after reaching the workhouse. A verdict of Death from shock caused by burns accidentally received" was returned. EASTER VESTRY.—The vestry meeting of St. Mary's Parish Church, Monmouth, Was held on Wednesday, the Vicar, the Rev C. F. Reeks, presiding. There was a fair attendance. Mr G. F. Hedger. the people's warden, presented the accounts, which showed a balance of £ 15 on the right side. The Vicar mentioned the loss the Church bad sustained by the death of the Rev Kelk-Wilson, who was killed by a fall from his horse. A memorial to the ancestors of Lord Llangattock had been erected during the year.
Expensive Motoring. At Hayward's Heath, on Wednesday, John Talbot Clifton, of Ullapool, Ross-shire, was summoned for driving a motor-car at Bolney at the rate of 30 miles an hour; Defendant was fined Lio and C6 17s 64 costs. Captain John Bennett Standford. of Tis- bury, Wilts, a magistrate for Wiltshire and Dorsetshire, summoned for a similar offence, his speed been giveu at 32 miles an hour, declared that he drove very carefully, and that the policeman recklessly dashed out from behind a hedse right in front of the car. A fine of £ 15 and £ 2 15s costs was imposed.
Royalty in Wales. A large crowd assembled at Alltymynydd, I near Llanvbyther, on Wednesday, to witness the ceremony of affixing a memorial tablet on a massive boulder near the site of the proposed sanatorium by Princess Christian, who was accompanied by her daughter, Priucess Victoria. Luncheon, was partaken of by a select party at High- mead, after which a unique Welsh concert was held in the organ-hall, the principal artiste being Mr Trevor Evans, Morriston. The whole proceedings were most enthu- siastic and pleasing, and, before returning to Edwinsford, the Royal party expressed their delight with the day's experience.
In reply to Mr Chambers, the Rector said the Curate Fund was in a very satisfactory state at the present time. As he was personally responsible for it, the Fund must come before everything else with him. As far as the Curate himself was con- cerned he was non-existent, and he could not hear of one. Mr Chambers proposed that the vestry empower the Churchwardens to make a grant towards the Fund. It was pointed out that the proposition was unnecessary. A vote of thanks to the Rector for presiding concluded the meeting.