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Clarion Call to Churchmen. I An Impressive Address by Mr. W. S. de Winton, at Usk. STRAIGHT TALK TO "ARM-CHAIR" CHURCHPEOPLE. In the Town Hall, Usk, on Monday evening, there was a very large attendance at a meeting called under the auspices of the local committee for Church Defence. Mr. H. Humphreys, J.P., presided, and intro- duced the speaker, Mr. W. S. de Winton, of Llandaff, a member of the Secular Executive Committee for Church Defence and Church Instruc- tion, and a member of the Central Committee of the Canterbury House of Laymen. MR. W. t1. DE WINTON I in the course of an impressive address, said the present position was a very grave one, and he was only too glad to find so many present that evening under those circumstances. Churchpeople had a great deal to learn from those who took a different view to themselves with reference to the Church and religious education, and he bad nothing but admiration for the extraordinary energy, zeal, and self-sacrifice that their friends the Nonconformists showed with reference to those things which concerned their vital welfare. In striking contrast to that was the ordinary con- dition of the average Churchman., who liked to recline at home in his comfortable arm-chair and was quite indifferent to all that went on around him. If they cross-examined him he would tell them he was a keen Churchman. All of them took credit to themselves for an exalted reason for all that they did which was in accordance with their natural temperament, and if they asked the "keen" Churchman why he had not gone to a Church Defence meeting he would not tell them that the luxurious arm-chair was in the way, but that "he did not like to stir up strife." But WHAT DID THEY FIND on the other side. Nonconformists were con- tinually giving in their chapels most careful instruction to their members and adherents in their views, which they held perfectly genuinely and in perfect good part, but which, from the Churchman's point of view, and from the point of view of those who bad taken the trouble to study both sides, were mistaken views. Quoting from the Free Church Year Book of 1904, .the speaker showed how by working while their opponents remained apathetic, Nonconformists in Fulham captured from the other side five-sixths of the seats on the Board of Guardians (appointing a Nonconformist chaplain at 2100 a year against their deepest convictions that it was not right tc pay for religion out of the rates, and contrary to the law); and three out of five seats on the School Board (whereby, in the significant words of the report, the education question was settled") and two-thirds of the seats on the Borough Council (which enabled them to elect all the aldermen); while they elected two Progressives" in the place of two Moderates" on the London C.C. Why were they able to do it ? Simply because Churchpeople and others did not like to stir up strife," simply because of the feeling that all would come right in the long run. Nonconfor- mists had not all those extraordinary feelings but fought manfully for what they believed to be right. Churchmen were lulled to sleep. If Church people would but wake up and follow the working example of their opponents such things could not happen. It was just like the state of things in South Africa before the war broke out. The Boers knew their strength to a man and were ready, but they measured ours by the number of our soldiers, not realising that at their back was another enormous force-the British Volunteers- with whose aid the Boers were beaten. So it was at home. Our Nonconformist neighbours were fully armed, equipped, and on the alert, and the only forces with which they had had to contend were a few gentlemen who were really KEEN ON THE WORK. I of Church Defence. Nonconformists were 10 to 1 in the work. But at the back of the few keen Churchmen there was a large army of real, earnest, sober-minded Churchmen, who, if they would but shake off their love of ease and wake up, would be able to show Nonconformists that they, too, had made a bit of a mistake, and that, like the Boers, they would be beaten. (Ap- plause.) The Liberals had quite made up their minds that they were going to have a majority at the forthcoming election as they were so certain about it he did not like to be unmannerly enough to controvert it, Still, if they had any majority at all, he very much doubted whether it would be one independent of the Irish vote. He would look at things at their worst. They knew very well there were two things very dear to the Noncon- formist heart; one was to amend the Education Act, and the other-and very much dearer, if he might venture to say so-was to disestablish (and disendow) the Church. Now, what was the Liberal Government likely to do ? Mr Lloyd- George with great candour had told them that every one of the 19 members of the Cabinet was in favour of Disestablishment. So Churcbpeople knew what they would do if they could. There was great talk about the Education Act, but he (the speaker) could not help thinking that the goal of their ambition was Disestablishment. (Hear, hear.) What was likely to happen He thought that a very fair prognostication was that, supposing the Liberals got a large majority and were independent of the Irish party, they would take up the school question, and would amend the Education Act quite on Nonconformist lines. It must be remembered that-fair play and all honour to them—the Irish were quite as keen on their religion as were their Nonconformist friends. THE CHURCHMAN WAS PAINFULLY AFBAID I of letting anybody know about his he could never understand why. Church people actually had consciences; they had never allowed anyone to know it; and he said it inferentially. (Laughter.) Churchmen as regards conscience were very much like Englishmen as regards liberty. On the con- tinent they would talk magnificently of liberty; in England they would never hear of it. Englishmen enjoyed liberty, and there was no need to talk of it. He could not help thinking it was for the same reason Church people did not refer to their con- sciences-it was not necessary to draw attention to an obvious fact. He did not know whether or not their Nonconformist friends told them they had consciences thinking that some people might be sceptical of the fact unless they told them so. But to proceed. Supposing the Liberals were con- tinued in power, on the other hand dependent on the Irish vote, then, instead of taking up the Edu- cation question they would bring forward the question of Disestablishment and Disendowment of the Church, because the Irish would gladly support them in a matter which did not affect them at all. Now, disestablishment-which would carry disendowment—would mean that where lay- men now gave 91 they would have to give X5. They understood that question, and that night he would deal with the education question. In this part of the world they had a most extraordinary love for phrases they would fall down and wor. ship an old favourite it looked so awfully nice and it gave them such comfort and consolation to hear it. (Laughter.) Now, there was no phrase less understood, and which caused them to make so many blunders on the Education question as the saying that All we want in the schools is simple Bible teaching." Another delightful phrase was "Taxation without representation is tyranny." Well, if that were so, ladies who drank tea or coffee, and young men who smoked tobacco, were the victims of a grievous tyranny, for ALL THOSE THINGS ARE TAXED, I and they had not votes for the Imperial Parlia- ment. (Laughter.) There was nothing more attractive than simple Bible teaching," and that was what they called undenominationalism." Let them examine it. Nonconformists said their great objection to the Education Act of 1902 was that, instead of "simple Bible teaching" in the volun- tary schools, "dogmas" were taught. If they wanted to frighten people out of their wits they must use short words like that. Dogma roused them to a feeling of frenzy. (Laughter.) If they wanted to lull people to sleep, they must use a long word like undenominationalism the de. sired effect would be achieved before the end of its melodious cadences was reached. (Renewed laugh- ter.) That was a word which people tried to de- fend by calling it fundamental Christianity." Mr Birrell, at Bristol, said it would be a terrible thing to have secular schools, but that Liberals would be quite willing to have such things taught as the Fatberhood of God, the responsibility of man, and the future state. But was that Christianity? Why, any up-to-date heathen Greek or Roman, when Christianity was started, would have given his hearty adhesion to those three things. It was Christianity with Christ left out. (Hear, hear.) Christ, and Christ alone, was the religion of Chris- tians. Let them go to the Bible to see definitely what Christianity was. In the Epistle to the Hebrews they were told what were the first princi- ples of the Christian faith, told incidentally and casually-as were most of the great things in the New Testament, because they must remember the early Christians had been given their first ideas of Christianity and taught the faith before the New Testament was written. The first principles of Christianity were 1, the doctrine of repentance from bad works 2, the doctrine of faith towards God 3, the doctrine of baptism 4, the doctrine of the laying-on of hands 5, the doctrine of the resurrection and 6, the doctrine of eternal judg- ment. Two of those principles were as sectarian as they could possibly be, and four were unsecta- rian. The doctrine of baptism separated Church- people from the Baptists, and that of confirmation from all except Roman Catholics. Now, WHAT RIGHT HAD ANYONE I of them to say that four of those principles were fundamental Christianity and two were sectarian 1 That four of them should be taught and two should not be taught in our schools ? (Applause.) Let him give them an illustration. It would be like a schoolmaster trying to teach a child how to read by teaching him the consonants, because they were of much the same value everywhere as to sound, but leaving out the vowels, because their sound value was so variable in different countries, and it might lead to differences. That would be teaching on the unsectarian plan. (Applause.) If the vowels were to be learned at all, they would have to be learned at home. Did they think that under that system the child would be taught to read? (Hear, hear). No; if they were to learn anything, let them learn it thoroughly and effi- ciently. If they were going to teach religion at all, it ought to be taught thoroughly and efficiently. (Cheers.) Was religion such an unimportant thing that it should not be 1 Let them remember that secular education was but for this world religious education was for eternity. To remove the two principles of religion termed sectarian would be like removing the key-stone of an arch. (Ap- plause). Dogma had been defined by the late Bishop Creighton as "the precise and accurate statoment of ascertained truth." In a dictionary they found that a tenet rests on its own intrinsic merits or demerits a dogma rests on authority to decide and determine." A dogma was something they were taught on authority, without appealing to their reason to show whether it was right or wrong. WOULD THEY BE ABLE TO TEACH a child the multiplication table, for instance, on the unsectarian principle—on the principle of teaching him nothing until he could understand it 7 No; as in religious subjects so in secular subjects, they must appeal to memory before they appealed to reason. Dr. Horton, a learned and one of the most moderate of Nonconformists, had said in one of his books, he regretted to say, that he would not teach a child anything that his reason could not grasp, and therefore he would not teach him the two-fold nature of Jesus Christ. He would only teach the child that Jesus was man, and would wait until he grew older before he taught him that He was also God I Let them think for a moment what that came to. What stuck to them most and longest in life was the very first thing that they learned. He felt per- fectly certain, therefore, that the most essential things that they ought to learn were the things they ought to learn first. If his audience and he had to wait until their understanding could take in that most stupendous fact that Christ came down and took our nature upon Him, they would not learn it until they got to the next world, for it transcended their understanding. (Hear, hear.) Such a statement as that of Dr. Horton showed the extraordinary depths to which good, well- meaning, earnest men could get when they went away from the historic manner of teaching Christianity. What he (Mr. de Winton) was aim- ing at was this: If they were to teach religion efficiently they must teach it thoroughly; not one part in one place, and, if the child was lucky, the rest of it in another. It must be taught as a whole, by the same person, and at the same time. In Usk, probably, there was a pretty clean sweep of the children into one Sunday School or another, but in large cities it was different. In Birming- ham, for example, THERE WERE 26,000 ON THE BOOKS I of the day schools who were not on the books of any of the Sunday Schools, the vast bulk of whom, they might depend, received no other religious education than what they received in the day schools.' Did not that point to the paramount necessity of teaching children in the day schools all the religion they could and not as little as they possibly could ? (Hear, hear.) If the new Govern- ment had their own way they would be determined that their Church Schools should go. They would have no tests for teachers. They would allow the Bible to be taught to a certain extent, but they would not allow any questions to be asked as to whether the persons who taught the Bible believed it to be the Word of God or not. That, to his mind, was, of all terrible things, almost the most terrible. For giving secular education the teacher had to be tested as to his efficiency; but when they came to religion—surely, a more important matter-there must be no tests." The parson or preacher was tested, but the teacher in the day schools must not be. Yet they were not bound to go to church or chapel, or if they went they might be inattentive, but the State compelled the children to go to school, and they would be soon found fault with if they did not pay attention to their lesson. (Hear, hear.) He begged his hearers to consider that the matter of the education of our children was about the most important matter they could take in hand. What they were as children they would probably be as men, and by what they were as men they would be judged for eternity. It was the most vital question they could possibly have to settle. When he lived in Pembrokeshire, in 1894, THERE WAS A SCHOOL I there in which the Bible was allowed to be read but not explained, and the School Board asked the master how he managed. They asked him what his reply would be if he were asked who was our Lord's Father. He replied that he should say "Joseph," "Would you not say," they asked, that He was the Son of God." "Oh, no," he answered, "I could not, for there might be the child of a Unitarian there I" So for the fear of pro- selytizing, possibly one out of a hundred children, ninety-nine children of orthodox Christians were to have a lie taught them! Our redemption lay upon the fact of our Lord's miraculous birth. He did ask them to give their whole thought and attention to this matter. Let them take hold of the two bed-rock principles of their Christianity; it was their duty before God and man to give the children an education in accordance with the religious principles of their parents. (Cheers.) Other trumpery political considerations were as nothing in comparison with this, And if they were going to allow anyone to teach their little ones religion they must get an absolute guarantee, as far as they could, that that person believed the religion he was put to teach, and that he was competent to teach it. If they kept those con- victions in mind, they would not go far wrong when they went to the poll. Let them vote for the candidate who would vote in favour of an amendment of the Education Act which would provide facilities for outside teachers to teach inside, in school hours, the religious faith to which the children belonged; in other words who would vote for a measure which would provide that every child should be brought up, as far as it could be, according to the religious convictions of its parents. Let them VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATE who would support religion being taught thoroughly and efficiently in the schools, and who would not allow any person to teach it without a guarantee that he believed the religion he was put to teach and was competent to teach it. If they did that, they would not go far wrong. (Cheers.) On the proposition of the Rev. H. A. Williams- who made a convincing speech for which, un- fortunately, we have no room-seconded by Mr Edward Williams, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to the speaker, who replied. A similar compliment having been paid to the Chairman, the meeting concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.
Liberal Meeting at Usk. I Mr S. A. Hiley, J.P., presided at a well. attended, but very dull, meeting on behalf of the candidature of Mr Lewis Haslam in the Liberal interest, at the Town Hall, Usk, on Wednesday evening. In opening the meeting, the Chairman said they would have liked to have seen a fair and square stand-up fight between two candidates rather than that it should be a three-cornered fight. But even at this, the eleventh hour, they would be very grateful if Mr Winstone could see his way to withdraw from the struggle upon which he was ill- advised to enter in face of the fact that Mr Haslam was the first in the field. Mr Haslam was a thoroughly sound and conscientious Liberal. The Conservative candidate was an agreeable and affable gentleman, but that was no reason why they should vote for him. Mr Micholls was proud of the achievements of the Conservative party. Of what was he most proud ? The Education Act, the conduct of the South African War, or the introduction of Chinese Labour? A vote for Mr Micholls would mean a vote for Protection. The story of their country's experience of Protection was a sad and pitiable one, and they did not want a repetition of their forefather's experiences. (Applause). Mr Haslam, who was cordially received, said his meetings had been crowded and most encouraging. He then proceeded to criticise the late Govern- ment's policy in South Africa, and spoke of the manner in which they had 'legislated in favour of class and privilege as against the interests of the masses of the people. Their policy now was one of B and C-Balfour and Chamberlain—and the initials stood for the period in which itljought to be—2,000 years ago. (Laughter.) They had deliberately set themselves to work to upset the reforms of Cobden and Bright. The tariff reformers, he said, were the true Little Englanders. Through Free Trade half of the shipping trade of the world was ours. By adopting Protection they would be destroying our supremacy in that respect, upon which our Empire de: ended. The right means of increasing the wealth of the com- munity was to produce more with the same amount of labour. That was to be done by the best development of machinery and of intellect. He believed in the reform of the Poor Laws so that no honest men or women should live with the shadow of the workhouse before them, and of which, he was convinced, there was no necessity. In Germany they did things better in that respect than here. They had a system by which every man and woman must compulsorily insure against sickness and old age. He would not interfere with the work of Friendly Societies but he would say that people receiving good wages weekly should provide for the future of themselves and their dependents. He dealt with the question of his adoption, fairly and squarely, by the whole of the progressive party, as compared with the selection of Mr Winstone subsequently by a section of the community, and he urged that he was entitled to the vote of every progressive man in the con- stituency. The Searchlight came in for some criticism, and the candidate dealt very cavalierly with a question as to whether the paper he was quoting from was The Searchlight or the Argus, and suggested, without any necessity, that it was an insinuation against the fairness of the Argus. He subsequently apologised. The Rev H. B. Robinson proposed a vote of con- fidence in the candidate, which was seconded by Mr Frank Jennings, and supported by Mr James Knight, and Mr Lyndon Moore, and carried. Mr Haslam replied, and a vote of thanks to the Chairman terminated the meeting.
Sir Joseph Lawrence Supports the Candidature of Sir Edward Clarke and Mr Alban Gibbs. At Cannon Street Hotel, London, on Tuesday, a resolution pledging all present to support the candidature of Sir Edward Clarke and Mr Alban Gibbs was unanimously passed. In seconding the motion, SIR JOSEPH LAWRENCE I said that Sir Edward Clarke and Mr Alban Gibbs were men of proved worth, political capacity, character, and experience; and, as old citizens, they possessed a full knowledge of the require- ments of the City. In Sir Edward Clarke,they had a seasoned Parliamentarian, and they were glad to see the old gladiator answering questions in his wittiest vein that day. (Laughter). They were pledging themselves to support the candidates, moreover, because they voiced the views, the principles, and the ideals of all in that room on questions of public policy. Their pro- gramme was summed up in their opposition to Home Rule and their hearty support of Tariff revision. (Cheers.) Some objection had been raised by Tariff Reformers to a chance sentence in a letter from Sir Edward Clarke to the Duke of Devonshire but he (the speaker) re-called to their minds the positive statements made by Sir Edward on the 6th of December last, and published in the Daily Press, in which he expressed himself to be as eager as any Tariff Reformer to deal with the question of hostile tariffs and bounties, and with the question of a closer union with the Colonies, which Sir Edward considered the greatest, most important, and most urgent of all the great constructive problems we had to deal with. (Cheers). In his letter to the Duke, Sir Edward went even further, showing his willingness not to refuse to tax corn if it should be found necessary. He (Sir Joseph) as an out-and-out supporter of Mr Chamberlain's Tariff Reform proposals, considered Sir Edward's pledges absolutely satisfactory, and urged every Tariff Reformer who might be holding back in consequence to give Sir Edward his support. (Cheers.)
MONMOUTH. I Agent.-Mr. Oafrey. -Bootsetter. Afonmouth. NEW INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL.—-A new school, situated between the old and new Dixton Roads, has been opened at Monmouth, as a stepping- stone between the elementary schools and the grammar school and the girls' high school. It can accommodate 100 scholars, fifty of each sex. Mr Richard Bradbury, B.A., is its first head- master, and Miss Kathleen Pye, a former high school student, first mistress.
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Servants' Ball at Tredegar Park. This time-honoured function which is productive of so much social enjoyment and merriment came off on Friday night in last week, when the noble owner, Viscount Tredegar was in his usual happy and humorous vein and, apparently, enjoyed participating in the good old country dance "Speed the Plough." The spacious hall, on the walls of which hang family oil-paintings and old armour, had been effectively decorated with ever- green, flags, trophies of the chase, and the Tredegar colours, under the superintendence of Mr E. Perrott, the house steward, and Mr J. Bone, the head gardener. The house party included Lady Hereford and her three daughters (the Hon Eleanor Devereux, the Hon Lilian Devereux, and the Hon Rosamond Devereux), Sir George and Lady Forestier- Walker, Mr Radziwill Forestier- Walker, and Major and Mrs Staveley, As they accompanied his lordship into the hall Wallace's band struck up The Roast Beef of Old England," which was the accompaniment to the opening country dance. In the famous old ale of Tredegar the toasts were drunk. Mr Perrott, in proposing his lordship's health, said it was the sixteenth successive year that he had had the honour of submitting the toast, and it was the 35th ball at Tredegar Park he had attended. About 30 years ago changes took place similar to those that were about to take place at the forthcoming election, and at that time his lordship, in the course of his speech, said that whatever changes occurred he hoped old Tredegar would never change. (Hear, hear.) Old Tredegar had not changed, and he (the speaker) hoped that the representation of South Monmouth would not pass out of the Tredegar family. (Hear, hear.) He was one of Lord Tredegar's servants who welcomed his lordship home from his victory in Breconshire, and he hoped that they would be able to receive Colonel Courtenay Morga N as the Member for South Monmouth. He was sure they all regretted that Colonel Frederic Morgan had been compelled to give up Parliamentary work on account of his health. They were glad that the King had so recently honoured Lord Tredegar. ^Applause). In response to the toast his lordship said :-I am very proud at this time that this toast has been drunk, as I feel quite sure that it has been drunk in this hall for certainly 400 years every Christmas. (Hear, hear). When the toast of the reigning monarch of the day at one period was drunk, it was drunk over the water. That was when the King was in exile, and it was drunk over a tumbler or a bucket of water, because it was thought to be dangerous to drink it in any other way. I do not think, however, that the Christmas toast here has on any other occasion been drunk over water. His lordship then apologised for the absence of Colonel F. C. Morgan and Colonel Courtenay Morgan—the former having been advised by his doctor to avoid excitement, and the later being that evening engaged in addressing meetings at Trelleck and Monmouth. "As far as politics are concerned" his lordship said "if you have two near relations standing for Parliament you are naturally very anxious, and I believe that up to Monday morning I am at perfect liberty to canvass anyone. Therefore, I wish to ask all you here, both ladies and gentlemen, those who have votes to vote for Colonel Courtenay Morgan, and those who have not votes to try to influence those who have votes. (Hear, heari) I appeal more particularly to the ladies. If they take an interest in it they can command a great number of votes, and I hope that this time next year we shall be able to drink the health of Colonel Courtenay Morgan as member for South Monmouth and also I hope that of the Hon Robert Devereux as hon member for Breconshire. There is only one serious point in politics that I wish to mention, and that is with reference to the education of the children. The present Government appears to wish to have education without religion. They wish to have children taught in the schools by persons without finding out whether they have any religion at all. If they had their way an avowed Atheist could be the headmaster of BasF-aleg or Rogerstone Schools. But it is a thing that I do not think the country will stand, I think, there- fore, that we ought to support the Conservative candidate. (Hear, hear.) Mr Perrott then proposed The Health of the other members of the Tredegar Family," and Sir George Forestier. Walker replied. As Lord Tredegar left the hall the band played The March of the Men of Harlech."
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An Election Prayer. I The Bishop of Llandaff has written to the clergy in the diuoese suggesting the following prayer for publio and private use in view of the momentous issues at stake in the coming General Eleotion, and the importance of electors upholding truth, justice, and fair-play between man and man in dealing with national and Imperial questions. THE PRAYER. I Most Gracious God, we humbly beseeoh Thee, as for this Kingdom in general, so especially for those to whom it belongeth to choose members of the High Court of Parliament, that they may at this time have a right judgment in all things, and make choice of wise and righteous men, to the advance- ment of Thy Glory, the good of Thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of our Sovereign and his Dominions. These and all other necessaries for them, for us, and Thy whole Church we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour,—Amen.
Parliamentary Elections. I MONMOUTHSHIRE NOMINATIONS AND POLLINGS. MONMOUTH DISTRICT BOROUGHS. t NOMINATIONS. I Saturday, January 13th. I POLLING. I Thursday, January 18th. The nominations take place at the Jury Room, Monmouth, between the hours of 12 noon and 2 p.m. The Poll will be declared at Monmouth. WEST' MON. I Nominations, Saturday, January 13th. Nominations at the Lower Assembly Room, Town Hall, Tredegar, between the hours of eleven and one o'clock. There will, probably, be no contest in this division. Should there be, polling will take place on Thursday, January 18th. NORTH MON. I Nominations, Wednesday, January 17th. Polling, Monday, January 22nd. Nominations at the Town Hall, Abergavenny, between the hours of twelve and two o'clock. SOUTH MON. I Nominations, Friday, January 19th. Polling, Wednesday, January 24th. Nominations at the Assembly Room, Bank j Buildings, Chepstow, between the hours of twelve J and two o'clock. |
USK. PETTY SESSIONS, THURSDAY. Before R. W. RICKABDU, Esq. (in the chair), and S. A. HILEY, Esq. A LICENSING CASE.—William Watts, of the Lamb and Flag b"erhouse, was summoned for permitting drnnkenness.—Mr. W. J. Everett, solicitor, Ponty- pool, defended.—All the witnesses were ordered out of court.—P.O. Hayward stated that at 5.20 p.m., on the 16th December last, he saw Wm. Jones in the bar of the Lamb and Flag drunk. Witness asked Jones what be was doing there in that state, and he replied. Oh, it's all right; I'm going now." Whilst speaking to Jones the landlord came into the bar. and be drew his attention to Jones, telling him he was drunk. Defendant replied: Yes, I know that. I have just come in to tell him to go. He has not been here long." Watts then told Jones he bad better go. Jones replied that he was going to drink his beer first, and he caught hold of a glass which had about an inch of beer in it, drank it up, staggered out of the house, and went towards his home. At 5.50, in company with P.S. Sheddick, he returned to the Lamb and Flag, and the Sergt. told Watts that he had been reported for permitting drunkenness. He replied, Jones came in when I was down in the cellar getting some coal, and a young woman that was in the bar served him with a drink."—In cross-examination, witness denied that he listened at the window outside before he went in. P.S. Sheddick corroborated as to the conversation at the house, adding, however, that the landlord said "I was going to turn him out when the policeman came in."—Defendant, sworn, said that on the occasion in question be did not see Jones until the policeman was there, as he had been to the cellar to get some coal- When the policeman told him Jones was drunk, he did not know what to say. Jones was standing up and did not look drunk. H« considered he was sober. He denied that he said he was going to turn Jones out.-Davicl Smith said Jones might hayo been in the house five or six minutes before the constable came in. Jones was as sober as witness was that minute. A young lady in the bar served him with a 2d. glass of beer. He saw Jones go out as straight as he came in. He denied that Jones staggered. Cross-examined.- Witness said he heard the next day that Jones was going to be summoned, and he said he ought not to be. The Supt.: What was he to be summoned for? Witness: For being sober, I suppose. (Laughter.) —Re-examined: Jones was sober when he entered and when he left.-Florence Meek said she served Jones on the occasion. He seemed to her to be quite sober.—Wm. Jones, a drover, of Newport, said Jones walked into the house as sober as a judae." There was some talk about the army between Jones and a man named Tibberton, and the latter told the constable, after he had said that Jones was drunk, that be was not. The constable told Tibberton to mind his own business, or be would put him where Jones would have to gD. Reuben Hale, a hoop.binder. said he followed the policeman into the house. Wm. Jones (the mason)- was there and he was quite sober, and he walked out of the house straight.—In the result the Chair- man said the Bench were not satisfied that the case was proved on the evidence brought forward.—Mr Everett then asked that the charge of drunkenness against Wm. Jones (mason) should also be dis- missed.—The Bench agreed, after hearing that there was no additional evidence to be adduced. ALLEGED WIFE DESERTION.- Wyndbam H. Davies was summoned for wilfully neglecting to maintain his wife, who sought for a separation order with a, maintenance allowance.—Mr W. J. Everett ap- peared for the wife, and Mr P. T. H. Watkins for the defendant.—After the complainant's evidence, Mr Watkins raised technical objections, on one of which-namely. that the case having been tried before at Pontvpool it could not be tried aga.in- the Bench decided to dismiss the case, hut, on the application of Mr Everett, the Chairman said they would grant a frpgh summons if he could show that ic was not res judicata. ONLY ONE LIGHT.—John Lee, of Caerleon, was ordered to pay costs for having only one light on his van at Usk. at 8.20 p m., on the 5th January. REFUSED.—Jno. Walker was again refused a. vaccination exemption certificate in respect of his child. RATB SUMMONSES.—Mr T. Reea was granted sum- monses in respect of defaulting ratepayers in the Usk Urban district.
WITHDRAWAL OF LABOUR CANDIDATES. The Labour Candidates were not nominated to-day for Ashton-Under-Lyne and Islington., South, though b )th the Free Trade Unionists au& the Protectionist Unionists were nominated. The Labour Candidate was not nominated at. Taunton. THE FIRST MEMBER RETURNED. Mr Chance, Liberal, is the first member to be elected to the new Parliament. He was returned! unopposed for Carlisle to-day. THE WEATHER, Mild, rainy weather predicted. THREE CHILIAN TOWNS DESTROYED BY FLOOD, New York, Friday. Three towns have been practically destroyed by a serious flood ia Chile a large number of home- less people are suffering severely. ORDER RESTORED IN RUSSIA. Paris, Friday. Kokoozov states that order has been restored in. Russian cities, and the situation has improved IN the Baltis provinces, MASKED BURGLARS' OUTRAGE. Three masked burglars last night entered a lonely cottage near Newcastle; several women who were in the cottage were roughly handled, and one is in a serious condition. -J_- Printed and Published by "THE COUNTY OBSERVER," NEWSPAPER and PRINTING COMPANY, Limited, by JAMES HENRY CLARK, at their Offices, Bridge Street, Usk, in the County of Monmouth, Saturday- January 13th, 1906.
t PONTYPOOL. I Agents—Mr Fieldhouse, and Mr O. II Churchill, The Market. Messrs, Edwar>ls and Co., and Mr A. E. Davies. FANCY DRESS BALL.—The second annual fancy dress ball in connection with the PontypooE Hockey Club was held at the Town Hall, on Thursday in last week, there being about 100> ladies aod gentlemen present. The costumes were of a varied character. Miss Annie Edwards as "My Grandmother" took 1st prize; Miss Nicholas Butterfly Queen" 2nd and Miss Lily E. Jones 11 Lampshade" 3rd. Mr W. L. Gunn as. "Santa Claus" took the prize for the gentleman's. costume. Mr Ll. C. Gunter's band supplied act excellent programme of dance muic. PANTBG U.D.C—Mr A. A. Williams, J.P., pre- sided. A letter was read from the Rev. A. W. A. Williams, rector of Panteg, asking that the whole of the new cemetery at Pontyponl Road should be eonsecrated. The matter was deferred pending a reply from the Eastern Valleys Free Church Council on the matter. Touching the joint water supply- committee's report the Chairman said that with the shaft which th6 water company were sinking at Cwmavon there was every reason to believe that there would be an illimitable s 'pply. ABEESYCHAN COUNCIL MEETING.-Mr L. Llewellyn, J.P., presided. The joint committee of the Ponty- pool, Abersychan, and Panteg Councils appointed to deal with the water supply reported that they had decided to apply to three water engineering- experts for their terms for reporting upon the water supply in the district, new sources of supply. &a. It was decided to proceed with the work of making the recreation ground at Pontnewynydd on the understanding that it was to be reserved for chil- dren, and that youths would not be allowed to play football thereon. It was resolved to increase tha salary of the sanitary inspector (Mr A. J. Wilcox) from E91 to X104 per annum.