A SPAITTAN LEAVING HIS MOTHER. Thy country calls thee my son, Farewell, The Clarion rings throngh vale and (tell. The clftshi11? of arms through the city sounds Th ptiowing of war-horse on the grounds Of prollcl Sparta show thyself a worthy son; Fight till breath faila thee and yield to none, Let it in every age be said A Spartan yields not ti)) he be dead; Bravelv stretch thy hand against the foe, And let hereafter thy children know The deeds by yielding fathers done, The victories gained, the battle- won. And before the bright ancllenching steel Let proud Athenian crouch and kneel; Let opposing Persian lick the dust, As every foe of Sparta must Leave not thy strong shield in victor's hand, Leave it not in hostile foreign land, Bather on it let thy corpse be laid. Ilaii bf-g tliy, foe that his arm be staid Honour with brave deeds thy native country, Honour the breast which nurs'd and nourish'd the.: Let tby mother In her old age rejoice To boar the people with applaucling voice Praising thy mighty deeds and works renown d: The trumpet and the clarion sound, Now once more to thee I say adieu, Behave as a Spartan ought to do. A SPRIG 0. ERIK.
THE LONDON SPARROW IN WALES. A willow' sparrow, young and gay. Well made, but rather spare, Who lived in most luxurious way, On shrubs in Portman Square: Who hopped about in Regent's Park. And flew from lime to larch; Who daily hail a jolly lark Upon tIe Marble Arch; This London sparrow feeling III From too much smoke and care, Thought much he'd like to visit lihyl, And sniff some sea-bred air, One August morn he took a hop, In very heavy rain, To Euston. and on carriage-top He travelled by the train, The country he'd ne'er seen before, Nor sea, nor mountains fine, He d dulv rambled by the shore Of Thames or Serpentine So when the train the sparrow burled Along the sand-born sea, lie thought the rivers of the world Had all got louse and free I From off his perch on carriage-top, At Klivl he first came down: Then took a long inspection-hop Through all that pretty town; But though he many sparrows saw, Not one flew up to speak, Thev seemed to fear the London claw, And dread the London beak. So off he flew from pretty Rhyl Full thirteen miles an hour. And did not rest his wings until He came to Penmaenmawr; The ¡Ireat Orme's Head be just had seen, When to a friend he said. Who could this Mr. Orme have been, With such a monstrous head S For if his head be such a size, What must his body be t" And then he asked, 'mid much surprise, His comb and brush to see t Xt xt on a luggage van he hopped, And stood there till the train At lovely Llanfairfechan stopped, Then off he hopped again. A Taffy sparrow, fat and big, The Cockney saw alight, He shewed him to a vacant twig, And left him for the night: His friend at break of day he sought, And led him to the sea And when he saw the sand he thought Brown sugar it must be! He stretched his wings, and down he flew With longing open beak Then gave a greedy peck or two. And then a choking squeak The TafTv sparrow 'gan to cry, And think he'd lose his guest; He feared his Cockney friend would die Of sand upon the chest! A slight emetic set him straight, And soon he walked about, In confidence he told his mate Ia does n't know I'm out! She knows my brain the lasses rock In everlasting whirls; I reallv cannot stand the shock Of long-hair'd, curly girls To sweet Llandudno neit he went, And oft to Conway flew; A week he in Llandudno spent And left there black and blue; A sea-Kull there, superb and grand, In most ungentle terms. The sparrow warned from off his sand, And ate his breakfast worms For quite a week or even more. He crouched beneath a shrub; So ill lie felt. so very sore, fit, could'nt touch a grub I A ladv sparrow flying near Beheld his sorry plight. She hopped beside him, pretty dear, And nursed him day and night I At first he could'nt eat a fly, So tender wero his gums But in a week he thought he'd try Minced worms and moistened crumbs Miss Taffy d steal, and poach and beg; On loaves she oft encroached, She got him many a Bantam's egg, And these no doubt were poached I To brace his spine and tone his lungs, She gave him hips and haws They e,.Illti,nt speak each other's tongues, So talked upon their claws When he grew well his fingers cried, You've given my heart a twister, Will you be mine?" In Welsh she sighed your deceased wife's sister i The likeness he distinctly saw, And scarce for grief could speak, She had her mother's taper claw, Her father's high-bred beak The disappointment made him sad, And caused a great relapse His system broke, and then she had To bind it up with straps The strap that seemed to bind him best, And soonest bring him round, One evening in Miss Taffy's nest The London sparrow found This was a cousin, brown and stout. With feathers nicely brushed He stretched his claws, and held them out, And into them she rushed! By sighs and winks and sundry nods, The question great he popped They cliirrupped love on stones and sods, And simpered as they hopped I A honeymoon in pleasant way. Then spent this hapoy pair; And after seeing Bangor, they lleturned to Euston Square. With his Mamma, a fat old bird, She shook a hearty claw, And, strange to say, it is averred, She liked her ma'-in-law f Their pleasures all were unalloyed, He had no bills to pay: Unbridled freedom the enjoyed, And all her work was play. She thought him best 01 sparrow-men, Though poor lie ne er would beg; He muffled up the knocker when She laid her first-born egg I To all his friends, both rich and poor, To sav he never fails, II If ye'da healthy wife procure, Go seek her out in Wales)" Now all ye English visitors, Ye Scotch and Irish rare, Who enter open Cambrian doors, And sniff the Welshman's air, If ye would sail the sea of life, And weather all its gales, Be sure ve take a Taffy wife, A pretty giri from Wales Hantairtechun. R. ST. J. CORBET.
LLINELLAU M farwolaeth Mr. Charles Richardson." Star Vaults, "Bangor, yr hwn a fu farw yn Calcutta, luled o Gorph-, 1804, yn 21 lolwydd oed, Yn nacar bra estron ycloddiwyd ei fedd, Ya eithaf pellafoedd yr India; Mae cofio ei wyneb yn ysu fy hedd, Amhosibl anghofio Calcutta. Charles Richardson t y bachgen caredig a nOD, SirioUleb a wisgai 'i wynebpryd, Itbyw bur gyfeillgarwch a lanwai ei fron, 1101> amset oedd law en ei yspryd. Bywiogrwydd a phertrwydd oedd ynddo yn bod, Pfraethineb yn for o hyawdledd Lie bvnag y byddai enUlai eu clod, A'u gdrda am dalent a bonedd. Om) cwympodd i'r beddrod I ai breuddwyd yw hyn AI tybed fod gwir yn yr hanes 1 •Jtwyn amheu'r dystiolaeth, nes myned yn syn, A galar yn chwyddo fy mynwes. Jln farw o gyrhaedd llaw dyner ei fam, Mae ei fam yn amddifad o'i bacbgen; awaith ofer i'w gofyn i'r nefoedd paham Y'i dodwyd yn mynwes dtiMen Hyd at ei oer feddrod, 0 r na chawn ni Fyn d unwaith uwchben ei oer wely, aywallt fy lawau, i godi fy ngri, Cofleidiwn brlddellau bedd CharUy. ROBVN WrN.
LINES Written on the death of the only son of Robert and MaryLewls, ipW mynyttd, LtanfeoheU, Anglesey, who died in the 25th year 01 his age. Mae eln hoff Robert mewn hcdd- am enyd Mewn mynwent yn gorwedd; Daw drwy wyrth o byrth y bedd I felus dir gorfoledd: Passia i wlad yr hapus wledd, 1 nofio mewn tangnefedd; I Haf lidd O wveh fydd ei wedd-gyd a r ion, y uu iii »-y guron ei oragereuu. NICANDU.
t <9ut' ibrary ablt. ￼ I ?tbfa? ??M? ENOCH ARDEN, &c. By Alfred Tennyson, D.C.L., Poet Laureate. London: Edward Moxou & Co., Dover- street. This poem had been long announced, and under dif ferent titles; but the public is in possession of it at. last; and we doubt not that it has been eagerly read, for the name of the Laureate is sufficiently attractive- and we get so little poetry now, really worth taking the trouble to peruse, that we look to anything from len- nysnn's pen with great expectations. Enoch Ar- den" will sustain the Laureate's fame, but it does not increase it. There is the same melodious flow of lan- guage, the same happy vein of thought, the same plea- sant rhythm, and the same deep feeling, that runs through the other works of the author; but we don t like the tale he tells. The scene lies in a seaside village, where Annie Lee, The prettiest little damsel in the port, And Philip Wray, the miller's only son, And Enoch Arden, a rough sailor's lad, Made orphan by a winter shipwreck, play'd Among the waste and lumber of the shore, Hard coils of cordage, swarthy fishing nets, Anchors of rusty fluke, and boats up-drawn, And built their castles of dissolving sand To watch them overflow'd, or following up And flying the white breaker, daily left The little foot-print daily washed away." Both boys cherished a love for Annie; each called her "his little wife;" and they quarielled, as many boys have done before them; Enoch, from being the stronger, always coming off victor in any struggle. Then would Philip, his blue eyes All flooded with the helpless wrath of tears, Shriek out, I hate you, Enoch And at this The little wife would weep for company, And pray them not to quarrel for her sake, And say, she would be little wife to both." And so she was; but we wish the poet had caused her to become so, if at all, in a different way.-The feeling of childhood and boyhood, in the two youths, ripened and strengthened as they grew to manhood. And when The new warmth of life's ascending sun Was felt by either, either fix'd his heart On that one girl; and Enoch spoke his love, But Philip loved in silence; and the girl Seem'd kinder unto Philip than to him; But she lov'd Enoch, tho' she knew it not, And would, if ask'd, deny it." Enoch married her, and they had seve-t years of happy life. Two children were born, a boy and girl, and all went happily for some time. Then misfortune came. An accident injured Enoch, from the effects of which, however, he recovered; but his trade fell off; his wife bore him a third child, a sickly boy; and all seemed gloomy; when the captain of a vessel, who knew and valued him, offered to take him a voyage to China as boatswain; and he resolved to go. Annie remonstrated, Yet not with brawling opposition, But manifold entreaties, many a tear, Many a sad kiss by day and night renew'd (Sure that all evil would come out of it) Besought him, supplicating, if he cared For her, or his dear children, not to go. He not for his own self caring, but for her, Her and her children, let her plead in vain; So grieving held his will, and bore it thro' He reasoned, argued with her, and held out pleasing anticipations of better times. Hopefully she heard, And almost hoped herself; but when he turn'd The current of his talk to graver things In sailur fashion roughly sermonizing On Providence and trust in Heaven, she heard, Heard and not heard him; as the village girl, Who sets her pitcher underneath the spring, Musing on him that used to fill it for her, Hears and not hears, and lets it overflow." The parting of Enoch with his children, especially with the sick one, sleeping in bed, is narrated in few words, but with deep feeling. Annie would have raised the sleeping child, but Enoch said, Wake him not; let him sleep; how should the child Remember this ?' And kissed him in his cot. But Annie, from her baby's forehead dipt A tiny curl, and gave it; this he kept Through all his future." Ten years pass away. The sick child dies; Annie and her surviving children are reduced to poverty. Philip Wray, who is a wealthy and thriving miller, and has never forgotten his early love, is very kind to her. At length, hearing nothing of her husband and believing him dead, she became the wife of Philip but happiness at first was far distant, for J Never merrily beat Annie's heart, A footstep seemed to fall beside her path, She knew not whence; a whisper on her ear, She knew not what; nor loved she to be left Alone at home, nor ventured out alone. What ailed her then that, ere she entered, often Her hand dwelt lingeringly on the latch, Fearing to enter; Philip thought he knew; Such doubts and fears were common to her state; Being with child but when her child was born, Then her new child was as herself renew'd, Then the new mother came about her heart, Then her good Philip was her all-in-all, And that mysterious instinct wholly died." Time passes—Annie is happy, for she has every com- fort around her; and little dreams that her first love, her first husband, is still living. He had been wrecked, with two companions, in Chinese waters, and cast upon au island, the description of which is, we think, the most beautiful passage in the poem. "The mountain wooded to the peak, the lawns And winding glades high up, like ways to Heaven, The slender coco's drooping crown of plumes, The lightning flash of insect and of bird, The lustre of the long convolvuluses That coil'd around the stately stems, and ran Ev'n to the limit of the land, the glows And glories of the broad belt of the world, All these he saw but what he fain had seen He could not see, the kindly human face, Nor ever hear a kindly voice, but heard The myriad shriek of wheeling ocean-fowl, The league-long roller thundering on the reef, The moving whisper of huge trees that branch'd And blossom'd in the zenith, or the sweep Of some precipitous rivulet to the wave, As down the shore he ranged, or all day long Sat often in the seaward-gazing gorge, A shipwrecked sailor, waiting for a sail; No sail from day to day, but every day The sunrise broken into scarlet shafte Among the palms, and ferns, and precipices; The blaze upon the waters to the east; The blaze upon his island overhead; The blaze upon the waters to the west; Then the great stars that globed themselves in Heaven, The hollower-bellowing ocean, and again The scarlet shafts of sunrise-but no sail." A sail does come, and conveys him home But to what a home. His cottage deserted, and his Annie the wife of another; these are the greetings which await him. He hears the tale from Miriam Lane, who keeps the village inn, and where he is unrecognised; and he sees, without being seen himself, the wife of two bus I bands" in her happiness. Philip, the slighted suitor of old times, Stout, rosy, with his babe across his knees; And o'er her second father stoop'd a girl, A later but a loftier Anna Lee, Fair-haired and tall, and from her lifted hand Dangled a length of ribbon and a ring To tempt the babe, who rear'd his creasy arms, Caught at and ever miss'd it, and they laughed; And on the left hand of the hearth he saw The mother glancing oft towards her babe, But turning now and then to speak with him, Her son, who stood beside her, tall and strong, And saying that which pleased him, for he smiled." This happiness Enoch resolves not to interrupt. He remains in the village, living at the inn, supporting him- self by his labour, and no one recognizing him, whilst he resolved Not to tell her, never to let her know." He tells his sad tale, however, to the widow Lane on his death-bed, especially referring to his dead child. And now there is but one of all my blood, Who will embrace me in the world to be; This hair is his; she cut it off and gave it, And I have borne it with me all these years, And thought to bear it with me to my grave; But now my mind is changed, for I shall see him, My babe in bliss; wherefore, when I am gone, Take, give her this, for it may comfort her; It will moreover be a token to her That I am he." The third night after this, When Enoch slumbered, motionless and pale, And Miriam watched, and dozed, at intervals, There came so loud a calling of the sea That all the houses in the haven rang. He woke, he rose, he spread his arms abroad, Crying with a loud voice, 'A sail! a sail I am saved;' and so fell back, and spoke no more. So passed the strong heroic soul away. And when they buried him, the little port Had seldom seen a costlier fuueral" So ends Enoch Arden; who, we think, is wrougly styled a man of strong heroic soul." To entitle him to that epithet he should have died as he had lived -un- known and not by sending the well-remembered token to Annie, embittered all the remainder of her life; though she had only been guilty of au involuntary fault. We like the poetry, but not the tale. There are several other poems in the volume of dif- ferent degrees of merit. Aylmer's Field, a story of 1723," as a tale is not more pleasing than Enoch Ardeu, whilst as a poem it is inferior. "Sea Dreams" is better; and "The Grandmother" better still. She is telling a tale to her gr-nd-child—and old passions, and old feel- ings revive fresh in the memory. For I remember a quarrel I had with your father my dear, All for a slanderous story, that cost me many a tear- I mean your grandfather, Annie; it cost me a world of woe, Seventy years ago, my darling; seventy years ago 1, The May Queen" is, however, the best of the short poem.9 though there is much merit in the humourous, ballad of The Northern Farmer," in which the Lau- reate shews himself master of the north country dialect. Nor is the nursery forgotten. For that domestic apart- ment, where little loves and little graces nestle, we have a fitting song in "LITTLE BIRDIE. I What does little birdie say In her nest, at peep of day? Let me fly, eays little birdie, Mother, let me fly away. Birdie, rest a little longer, Till the little wings are stronger. So she rests a little longer, Then she flies away. What does little baby say In her bed, at peep of day t Baby says, like little birdie, Let me rise and By away. Baby sleep a little longer, Till the little wings are stronger. If she sleeps a little longer, Baby too shall fly away." 1 Mr. Tennyson gives us, at the end ohis volume some, "experiments" which he has made in versifying in classic metres. These experiments are failures. Not so his translation of the close of the 8th book of the "Iliad" into English verse. With an extract from that notice we close our review of this new production of the Laureate, and turn from Our Library Table" till an- other week has passed its round. So Hector said, and sea-like roar'd his host; Then loosed their sweating horses from the yoke, And each beside his chariot found his own; And oxen from the city, and goodly sheep In haste they drove, and honey-hearted wine And bread from out the houses brought, and heap d Their firewood, and the winds from off the plain Roll'd the rich vapour far into the heaven. And these all night upon the bridge* of war Sat glorying; many a fire before them blazed; As when in heaven the stars about the moon Look beautiful, when all the winds are laid, And every height comes out, and jutting peak And valley, and the immeasurable heavens Broke open to their highest, and all the stars Shine, and the shepherd gladdens in his heart. So many a fire between the ships and stream of iroy, A thousand on the plain and close by each Sat fifty in the blaze of burning fire; And champing golden grain the horses stood Hard by their chariots, waiting for the dawn. T Or, ridge. ,or, more literally, "And eating hoary grain and pulse the steeds Stood by their cars, wafting the throned morn." LLANDUDNO AS IT WAS, AND AS IT is,-Liverpool: Egerton Smith and Co. This is a pleasantly written little pamphlet, by Lieut. Colonel Walmsley, who resides in the neighbour- hood of Llandudno, and who, it will be remembered, took such a warm and manly interest in the fate of poor Major-Serjeant Lilley, and which reflected so much upon his good feeling and love of justice. Llandudnù" a8 it was "is from a description written in the year 1849, before the modern Llandudno, with its good and Bpacious hotels, shops, and public buildings, came into existence, and will be perused both by visitors and the inhabitants, with much pleasurable curiosity, MitwiU enable them to comparethe state of the "Queen of the Western Coast at the present with what it was a few years ago, and the contrast is striking enough. The sketches are written in a free, off-hand, pleasant style and are characterized by truthful simplicity and correctness of detail, The little book should be purchased by every person who visits Llandudno,and it,would bean admirable gift-book to their English friends at home, who may have some thoughts of paying a visit to North Wales. They will then be enabled to learn whilst in their own drawing rooms, what kind of a place Llandudno is, and what they are likely to see when they arnva there. We have no doubt but it will li.vvo a very la tg, e circulation. THE ACT PBOVIDISOJOR SUPERANNUATION ALLOWANCES TO OFFICERS OF UNION AND PARISUEB, 27 and 28 Vic., c 42), with introduction and Notes by R. Cecil Aus- tin, Esq., of Gray's Inn, Barrister-at-law-Knight and Co., Fleet-street. W. have risen with satisfaction fromtlieperusalof this little volume. It is very comprehensive on the subject of which it treats, and with its introduction and notes, valuable both to the officers who have to become recip- ients of its benefits and to the Guardians who have to confer them. By this Act superannuation allowances may be made by the Guardians to any officer whose whole time has been devoted to the service of the Union or Parish who shall become incapable of discharging the duties of his office with efficiency by reason of perman- ent informity of mind or body or of old age. Upon his resigning or otherwise ceasing to hold his office, an an- uual allowance not exceeding in -any case two-thirds of his then salary this allowance not to be assignable, and not to be granted on the ground of age unless the officer shall be 60 years of age and served in some Union or Parish for 20 years at the least; but no grant can be made without one month's previous notice to be special- ly given in writing, to every Guardian of the Union or Parish of the proposal to make such grant and the time when it shall be brought forward. The provisions of this Act will thus exclude unworthy characters from its advantages, and will in general act as a stimulant to good conduct on the part of the officers. Books and Periodicals for Review to bo sent to W. C- Stafford, Esq., No. 79, (late No. 4) York Road. Lam. beth, S., our London agent for the literary department of the Chronicle.
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I THE COUNCIL OF YR EISTEDDFOD" AND GWILYM TAWE. I To the Editoi, of the North Wales Chronicle. I Sir,May I be allowed, through your columns, to ask the public to ?pend, for a few <?, ￼ opinion ￼ to the unjustifiable attack ￼ ￼ M?'?o?eE?ddfod ??ee, on Friday last, an?ported in your paper. Being now on a holiday tour through Nortb ?W?, ?, not having necessary papers with me to refer to, I am compelled to delay replying until my which reply your reade.s and the public will find ?tM- factory. I am, Sir, Your obedient servant, I W. MORRIS, (Gwilym TaWe). I 1 September 1st, 1864.
I THE LLANDUDNO EISTEDDFOD- I I To the Editor of the North Wales Chronicle. I SIR-You state in your impression of to-day, Dn,"T- 4 concert w.Bhdd in the PavUion.on Friday, ￼ aware with what succe? it passed off. I can aaaure you that a morebadtymM?ed affair never wM. t??tot tSh!tt?& w? ?o? bills that ￼ ￼ ?menceat 7 30, ?r?it..mmenced.t5 '»• "f so myself and friends were disappointed of the com- meZment not being aw^of the made at the last moment. NeitheifWthe programme kept £ or in any way observed; aud attendance was but very thin. The cbeering came almost entirely from the peo- pie on the stage; and on its being pro se-d tbat another concert should be held on S?h'rday (to-day), scarcely a dozen hands were held up by the audience. I do not think the pub 'c ought to be so duped by the managers. I can only say, a concert in my school- room, by a few country folks, was far better performed. One other point I wish to notice, and that is, the truth of the letter by your correspondent, on "Cruelty, to Animals in Llandudno." I witnessed a few days ago a man on horseback, riding at a reckless pace near the Market-place, knock a little boy down, run over him, and coolly go en. I am, Sh, Vnurs resnectfullv. A CORNISH PARSON I j Llandudno, August 27,1861. j
MENAI BRIDGE. To the Editor of the North Wales Chronicle. I Sir,-I am most happy to inform you that the tew remarks on the Menai Bridge Clock, that appeared late- ly in the CHIIONICLE, have proved eftectual to answer their purpose-to remedy the disease, and to set right what was wrong. ? present the clock is carefully attended to, ™atea^ of being a snare, and it goes with correctness and regit- I larity in comparison to what it did before and it ?iSs ?a Zlt to the maker, Mr. Joyce, of Whitchurch. It is a ?reat convenience to the neighbourhood, and speaks weH L the liberality of Lady Willoughby de Broke, by whom it was presented, and proves at the same time that the people of Menai Bridge regard the giver by do. ing their duty towards the gift. Now, Sir, as the previous remarks have answered their .un?e allow me ? call the attention of the mhabit- an?tt?s village, and others who have business con- nections therewith, to a few points that 1 consider well worthy of their notice. fo plaw!m to the City of Dublin Company's Landing-stage and Pier-he?." ItisweU known that the ?d Company have for many years, with their steamers, engrossed the principal traffic of the station between here and Liverpool; and I may say (as others have already said) that the cash paid as expenses, &c., upon this line every year have brought in uncommonly good interett. It is also well known to everybody that knows anything about this place how deficient, incon-, renient, and dangerous is the condition of their landuig place. Only notice the Prince Arthur, crowded with passengers, arriving at low water; she cannot come within five or six yards of the stage, the result being that the passengers are obliged to land in boats on the muddy shore, or stay in the steamer for an hour or thereabouts, until the tide comes in to float her to the stage. ?ne numerous accidents, also, which have happened from time to time in this place testify to the truth of this statement. But 'without going any further on this point, I beg to say that the said Company ought to have some im- provements made without delay in the Landing-stage, which wonld most decidedly be a great blessing to tra- vellers, and beneficial to the village in general. The next point I wish to call the attention of the peo- ple of Menai Bridge to is this. The poverty of the vil- lage, as it regards villas aud cottages suitable for visi- tors, and residences and lodging-houses for the summer season, is a fact which we must acknowledge. All our edifices, both dwelling-houses aud public buildings, (with the exception of one or two) have been built in a man- ner which is perfectly destitute of any architectural skill and taste, and this not only asto those which were erect- ed in the days of our forefathers, but even those in the present day, which we may say are about to be com- pleted, but will never be complete; and by reason of this discreditable fact, I don't hesitate to say that it is im- possible to express the loss we suffer year after year. Numerous are the parties that have been here already this season seeking a suitable residence for the sum- mer months, and were obliged to see elsewhere for them, Now, Sir, before I conclude, allow me to ask those who feel any interest in the success and welfare of Menai Bridge, is it impossible to make any arrangements with the landowners of Plasnewydd, Craig-y-don, and Cad- uant Estates to let some portions of their land, upon reasonable terms, in Building Lota f-say that plot be. tween the Moorings and Craig Gwen, on the Cadnant Estate, and the Ty'nycaeau and adjoining fields on the Plasnewydd and Craigydon estates. These portions are most beautifully situated, and command splendid views of the Carnarvonshire range of monntains, the Great Orme's Head, and Puffin Island, and the Menai and Britannia Bridges. They are close to the side of the Menai Straits, and are suitable for sea bathing. Hoping that these remarks will attract the attention of the people of Menai Bridge, I remain, Sir, Yours respectfully, FERRYMAN. August 30th, 1864. FERRy!tIAN.
A UNIVERSITY FOR WALES. I To the Editor of the North Walei Chronicle. I Sir,-Perniit me to say a few words in reference to the letter of the Rev. H. Owen, on the above subject, in your last. I am glad to find that he, like myself, is indisposed to engage in controversy. We are told that the good and learned Prelate, who presides over the See of Bangor, has endorsed Mr. Owen's opinions on the question of a University for Wales. I am sure that the promoters of the movement will feel unfeigned "sorrow at this announcement, and that they will only see the need of additional zeal and earnestness on their own part, when deprived of the sympathy and aid of so influential and excellent a man as the Lord Bishop of Bangor. We are anxious that the grounds of our movement should not be misapprehended. We are not seeking Collegiate I and University privileges for Wales, from an opinion that Oxford and Cambridge are not the best- schools of training for those who can command the means (although even upon this point very different views are held by men of eminence), but because the young men of Wales cannot, in any adequate number, command the means, or obtain the privileges. The few, who form exceptions, may still go to the elder Universi- ties, but the many, who are now deprived of University education, by reason of its expense and restrictions, have to be provided for in some other way. This is what we are seeking to accomplish. Your reverend correspondent will permit me to as- sure him that he is greatly mistaken in supposing that Churchmen will not extend their support to an insti- tution based upon the principles of the London Univer- sity and the Queen's College in Ireland." The majority of our committee are faithful Churchmen. The first of our committee ￼ subscriber of £ 1000 to our Fund is a Churchman; and second subscriber of 91000 is a Churchman also. Some eight or nine members of Parliament on our Committee are Churchmen, In this we find very great satisfaction, since it demonstrates beyond doubt that our scheme is so catholic, and so fair to all parties, as to command the approval and confidence of the most enlightened and pa- triotic men. As to the University of London, your correspondent cannot have forgotten that one of the most learned of Welsh Bishops, and one of the soundest of Churchmen, has for many years been a member of its Council-a Council almost without exception made up of members of the established Church, and having at its head so judicious and true-hearted a nobleman as tho Right Hon. the Earl of Granville. The Queen's Colleges and University in Ireland, are quite as strongly supported by Churchmen as is the University of London. I hope these facts, which with further detail might be made far more telling, will suffice to satisfy unprejudiced minds that we are attempting nothing which faithful members of the Church of Eng- land need be afraid of countenancing. We are only desirous of obtaining means for the instruction of the greatest number possible of our able and respectable youth in sound knowledge. The Church of England is not such a frail institution- -based on such a shaky foundation in the hearts of her friends, that the further enlightenment of the people will endanger her safety. To almost every iota of the doctrinal Articles of the Church, I cordially adhere myself, and I apprehend no danger whatever to the faith embodied in them from the increase of schools and the progress of scientific and general knowledge. Besides, have we not a guarantee for the safe custody of theological truth in the nume- rous clergy of Wales of different Evangelical Churches, and in the many theological seminaries of the land ? Indeed, the proposed University itself will contribute to the same effect: for one of its subjects for examina- tion will be the evidences of the Christian religion. But if Mr Owen, and others who may think with him —all of whom we are prepared unfeignedly to respect, even for their conscientious disapproval of our work- think that no education can be wholesome except what is under the direct and exclusive control of one body of Christians, ex gr., the Church of England, then we can only say that snch a sentiment, however honest and conscientious, is, in our opinion, totally incapable of being practically carried out without injustice in a country where the Church of Christ is divided into many churches. Education in the olden time became the care of one church, because of the fact that only one church existed. It is still, to a great extent, naturally, the care of the Church; but it must henceforth be the care of the Church as a body, spiritually one, but in ex- ternal constitution and mode of action presenting many varieties. We have no escape from this except by the abandonment of the Protestant principle of the right of private judgment, and foicible conformity to one ec- clesiastical policy. Cannot Christian men submit to the necessity of circumstances, and join hands in promoting the education of the people ? Mr. Owen, in his paper read at Bangor, if I mistake not, argued that we have in Wales an adequate edu- cational supply for our youth. I am bound to take his own interpretation of his own words. He now explains that he had no thought of dealing with education or educational institutions, generally," but that he meant throughout first-class" and University education, and "in this respect maintained that the youths of the Principality already enjoy equal advantages with their English fellow countrymen." But the youth of Wales have no University or first-class Collegiate Institutions at all. Mr. Owen, must, therefore, be understood to say that the youth of a country, which has no Univer- sity or first-class colleges at all, already enjoy equal ad. vantages with those of a country where all those ad- vantages are possessed." It is our impression that Wales haa as good and just a claim to Collegiate and University education as Ire- iana or Scotland and that a Government which expended a hundred thousand pounds in erecting three Queen's Colleges in Ireland, and sends thither, some ?? Mn?Uy for high-class eduMtion (in ^dltl0° to some £ 300,000 per .mu.m for common school efluc!^ tioiOand has recently .upp).mented the income of the already wealthy Universities of Scotland with £ -<J,wu per annum, will not dem it a waste of public money to make for once a moderate grant to Wales. I am, Sir, Yours truly, Ang. 29,1864. THOS. NICHOLAS. I Ang. 29, 1864.
I A UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGES FOR I WALES. A select and influential preliminary meeting to con- sider the above important subject, and to receive a deputation from the London Committee, consisting of Dr. Nicholas and Hugh Owen, Esq., of London, was held on Monday evening last, at the Normal College, Bangor. The Hev. J. Phillips, the Principal of the College, presided. The CHAIRMAN, in a brief address, stated the object of the meeting, pointing out the importance of the work in hand to the welfare of the principality. There could be no doubt, he said, about the need and value of edu- cation. Still, differences of opinion might exist as to the desirability of a university for Wales. Gentlemen pre- sent would be at liberty to ask any questions of the deputation; and he hoped such statements would be made as would satisfy the minds of all present. Dr. NICHOLAS explained the nature of the university sought to be established, together with the reasons which weighed with the committee in favour of the scheme. A university, technically speaking, was a cor- poration constituted by authority of the crown, and empowered to examine and confer degrees. The great universities of Oxford and Cambridge had an aggregation of colleges for the education of young men; but the colleges were not, properly, the universities. The Scottish universities combined both elements in one. The necessities of modern times had given birth to ? new principle, which was developed in the University of London, where no provision is made for teaching: but young men, educated elsewhere, are received as candi- dates for examination and the honours due to scholar- ship. At first, some forty or fifty colleges, belonging to different bodies of Christians, scattered all over the king. dom, whose course of education was considered satisfac- tory, were also associated with the university by affili- ation," and thereby privileged to send up their alumni for examination. In this respect an alteration has recently been made, as some think, greatly to the damage of the reputation of the university; and young men are now received as candidates for its degrees from all schools whatever, and even from private study. Another phase of the university is seen in the recently formed Queen's University," in Ireland. Here the young men to be examined have their education pro- vided for in three Queen's Colleges of Belfast, Cork, and Galway.; all built and endowed by Government; open to students of all denominations, on equal terms, and imparting the most superior education at a very moderate outlay. It is conceived that this principle would suit Wales. Two colleges—one for North and one for South Wales, in addition to the colleges of various denominations already existing—would constitute a teaching apparatus highly respectable, and sufficiently strong to furnish a large body of well-prepared candidates for the examina- tions and honours of the university. That Wales needed and deserved such a boon was abundantly evident. We had half the population of Scotland; but Wales had no university, and not a single high-class college, while Scotland had four universities, together with a large number of superior colleges, where above 4,000 of her sons were under continual instruction. Wales, too, was becoming daily more important in point of trade and manufacture, wealth and population. While it might be true that an advantage was gained by send- ing young men to England for education, it was evident from facts that comparitively few were being sent. Even the University of London, though open to all parties without distinction, exerted little influence on the Principality, mainly because it supplied no educating machinery. Wales required a provision near home for the education of its numerous youth of the upper middle, and higher classes, at a cost corresponding with the means of the country, and on a principle adapted to the liberty of thought and variety of creed prevailing among the people. We had large numbers of young men, of superior intellect, thirsting for knowledge, and quite incapable of obtaining it. Such cases were daily increasing, and would continue to increase, and at a more rapid ratio, as the enterprise, wealth, and population of the country advanced. It was obvious that, from the want of collegiate education similar to that possessed by all other sections of the kingdom, the influence and dig- nity ae well as the real strength of Wales greatly Buffered. A province where education was confessedly so low could claim no consideration in the kihgdom.- Then, that Wales deserved the succour of the Govern- ment in this matter was beyond question. Wales was a loyal and peaceful province. Its people were virtuous and industrious, almost beyond example. Perhaps, if they had been given to political clamour and anarchy, like the Irish, something had long been done for their benefit, as was the case with the latter people. Nothing, however, had been done for Wales, and nothing would be done till Wales put in her claim. While great edu- cational institutions were supplied for Ireland at a building cost of a hundred thousand pounds and about X20,000 per annum for current expenbes, in addition to what was spent on common school education, and in addition to the University of Dublin; and while the already rich universities of Scotland received an anraual grant of £20,000 from our exchequer, towards all of which "poor Wales" was a contributor—poor Wales herself was left notoriously destitute, and apparently forgotten. The movement they had set on foot was intended to remedy this state of things. Mr. Hugh Owen, of London, one of the honorary secretaries of the University for Wales, remarked that after the able and clear statement made by Dr. Nicholas as to the advantages that wouldaccrueto the Welsh nation by the establishment of a university, he should confine himself to the consideration of the means to be adopted for obtaining the funds necessary for carrying out the undertaking. It is estimated that a sum of not less than X50,000 will be required to be raised from the people for thp. purpose of establishing two university colleges- one for North Wales and the other for South Wales. Besides this amount the committee relied on receiving a liberal pecuniary grant from the Government—a grant in proportion to those made to the educational institu- tions of England, Ireland, and Scotland. Their efforts will be directed in the first instance to the raising of a voluntary fund; and he was happy to say that he had been encouraged by receiving promises of various sums amounting in the whole to about £ 3,000—Mr. William Williams, M.P., contributing £ 1000, Mr. Thomas Savin £1000 and a site for the North Wales college. The committee had confidence that it only needed to satisfy those in our country to whom Providence had entrusted great wealth, that the object was eminently deserving of their support toinducethem tosend in their contributions. The committee attached the utmost importance to en- listing the sympathies of all classes of the community in favour of the undertaking; and with that view they were about to issue short addresses, and to distribute them freely and extensively among the middle and working classes. These addresses will fully explain the nature of the institutions proposed to be established, and the advantages which they will confer on the country. They will be placed in the hands of suitable persons in each locality for distribution and, concurrently with the issue of such addresses, steps will be taken for form- ing local committees, with secretaries and treasurers, whose functions will be to organize means for making, within a certain week to be fixed, a simultaneous canvass of the whole of the Principality. The central committee will not fail to avail themselves of the Press of Wales, which is ever ready to lend its powerful aid to every object calculated to benefit the country and they will also be glad to promote the holding of public meetings, and invite the clergy, ministers of religious denomina- tions, and other persons of influence, to assist at such meetings in enforcing the claims of this undertaking to the warm sympathy and liberal support of all classes of the people. The committee feel that as yet they have done but little but they are deeply impressed with the importance and magnitude of the work, and are deter- mined, with the help of Almighty God, to do their ut- most to secure its accomplishment. Several other gentlemen addressed the meeting, and a free discussion on the merits of the movement ensued, the result of which was that the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:— 1. That this meeting deeply sympathizes with the proposal to establish a University for Wales, and under- takes to form a local Committee for assisting in carrying out the proposal. 2. That preparatory to the formation of a local Com- mittee for the city of Bangor, it is desirable to seek the co-operation of the Bishop of the Diocese, and that the deputation from London, consisting of Geo. Osborne Morgan, Esq., Hugh Owen, Esq., and Dr. Nicholas, the Secretary, be requested to seek an interview with his Lordship for that purpose. I
A housekeeper in a gentleman's family at Weymouth committed suicide by cutting her head nearly off. On the following day her master, while bathing, was taken in a fit, and was drowned. His butler, who was in the water with him, was so frightened that he sank also, and was nearly drowned. A waterspout burst off Brighton on Sunday last, the 21st.
BANGOR AND BEAUMARIS BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The ordinary fortnightly meeting of this Board was held in the Board Room on Wednesday last, when the following Guardians were present C. Bicknell, Esq., Chairman Geo. Simpson, Esq, Vice-Chairmau; Honble. H. W. Fitz Maurice; Messrs Rowland Parry, John Roberts, E. P. Evans, WIn. AVil. liams, Geo. Owen, Hugh Hughes W. Hughes, Evan Roberts, Juo. Sennar, T. Morns, Jno. Williams, W. T, Rogers Hugh Roberts, Rd. Evans, Robt. William, Thos. Hughes, W. Williams, and Roger Evans. The CHAIRMAN read the minutes of the last meeting. The New Guardians.— The CHAIRMAN announced that the following Guardians had been elected for the Bangor and Beaumaris Union-For Bangor Mr. Thos. T. Parry, Mr. Evan Pugh Evans, and Mr. Robt. Roberts Llan- degai—Mr. William Evans, and Mr. Bennet Thr,mi8. Llaufaes—Mr. Jno. Owen; Llanfihangel-tyn-sylwy_! Mr. John Jones; and for Llanllechid—Vlr. Thorny Morris. The CHAIRMAN congratulated Mr. E. P. Evans on his election, and said the Guardians were very glad to see him amongst them once again. The New County A ssessment.-The CEIAIRMAN remark. ed that he saw from the minutes of the last meeting that replies had been received from Pwllheli and other Parishes which were unsatisfactory. In his opinion there had been a great deal of delay aud laxity on the part of several of the Unions in the matter of the New Assess, ment, and he believed that the New Prison, in Caraar- von, would be built before they were all completed. Sow this was very hard, and particularly as it affected the Parish of Bangor. Mr. ROWLAND PARRY agreed with the remarks made by the Chairman, and suggested that the Board memor. alize the Magistrates on the subject, at the next Qarter Sessions in order to compel the different Unions to com. plete the New Valuation. The CLERK (Mr. J. Thomas) stated, he believed the Magistrates had power invested in them to compel the completion of the Valuation. Transfer of a Pauper.-The CHAIRMAN read a letter from the North Wales Lunatic Assylum in which it was stated that no transfer of the lunatic pauper, Rd. Jonea, had been made or ordered, from the Bangor and Beau. maris Union to that of Anglesea. The Clerk was in, structed to write to the Anglesea Board, and to request that the transfer be made at once. The Inspector's Report.At the last meeting, the Re- lieving Officer for Bangor, Mr. Lewis Edwards, was ap. pointed to inspect the nuisances said to exist at Menai Bridge, &c., and to report on the same to the Board, The following is a copy of the Report To the Chairman, and the Board of Guardians of the Baugor and Beaumaris Union. Gentlemen,-As my time will expire, as an Inspec- tor of Nuisances for the Parishes of Bangor, Llanfair- fechan, and Aber, on the 8th proximo, I beg to inform you that most of the nuisances complained of have been removed, with the exception that the privies in some dis. tricts have not been completed. The village of Trejiifryu is also in a better state, more particularly the property of the Honble. Colonel Pennant. As it regards Meaai Bridge, the nuisances complained of by Dr. Thomas, namely, the cowhouse, the pigstye and the privy, ail opposite to his house, and which are very near to the highway, and which in my opinion encroach on the parish road, have all been cleaned. 1 he privies in gener. al were very dirty, and the drains were complained of in some cases. I am, &c., L. EDWARDS." Lewis Edwards was then called in and stated in reply to questions put to him by the Chairman that the cow- house and the pigstye were now empty; and that they and the privy had been well cleaned so that now he did not consider that they constituted a nuisance. He thought they all encroached upon the highway, but he d:d not direct the attention of the local Surveyor to the subject. As it regarded the property belonging to Col. Pennant, he bad written to Captain Iremonger and called his notice to the matter. Mr. ROGER EVAXS begged to be allowed to make a few observations in reference to the nuisances said to exist at the Menai Rridge. Mr. Rogers had stated at the last meeting of the Board, that Menai Bridge was the worst place, M regards nuisances, in the Union. Xow Mr. Rogers must have made a mistake in the matter from some cause or other. The town was built upon a rock, and some 12 years, ago, as many of them could re* member, a main drain was cut below the road, and now there were side drains running into it from different parts of the town. The remarks of Mr. Rogers had hart the feelings of the inhabitants of Menai Brdge wry much, because they tended to injuire the toian ia the eyes of the Visitors. As regarded the encroachment on the highway, Mr. Price the owner of the property had been served with a summons, and he had employed a lawyer to defend his claim, as the buildings had ba on the same spot as now for the last 40 years or 60. He did not believe himself that the cowhouse, &c., did en. croach, as the road was wider in that place than it wai in many other parts. The CHAIRMAN said, the Inspector had reported tL: no nuisances did exist there now, and that stAtemè: would put the Menai Bridge people right with the tors. As to the question of the encroachment, he did as", think the Board had any power to deal with it. The CLERK remarked that by the Sanitary Act nuisance was defined as being something which was i, jurious to health, and not 80methingwhich merelyofieOi.- ed the eye. At a subsequent stage of the meeting, Dr. Thomas ail, Mr. Evans (Bankruptcy lawyer, Liverpool) came into tss Board Room, to complain of the same nuisance.. Evans said the privy was right in front of his drami.a room, and therefore it was exceedingly disagreeable. The CHAIRMAN said, he was afraid the Board had' power to interfere ill the matter other than to see la- the privy &c. were kept clean, and were not pertw.r to be a nuisance, and which he said the Board woai do. With their removal they had nothing whatever to do. Mr. Thomas and Mr. Evansi then withdraw. A Refractory Pauper—A woman named Grice Hughes, a pauper inmate of the house, was calle "i be reprimanded by the Chairman for having commit an assualt upon Williams, the Porter. It aPPe^r!1, she slapped him in the face, and the Master held ueeD told by a gentleman to take her before the )bg"tratS for the assault Wit as the offence was committed the day before, he thought it best to bring the before the Guardians for them to deal with the they might determine. Grace, who proceeded too; cribe how it all happened, was cut short in her by the Chairman, who told her that if she or of the inmates of the house assaulted any of the again, they would certainly be sent before the )[Ig"" trates. Mr. Williams, the Porter, applied for a weeks absence, which was granted, after some question- been put to the master, who undertook to do his H whilst he was away holidaying it. T he aster ■ that certain repairs were required in the house; M Rowland Parry and Mr. Roger Evans were req inspect the house to ascertain whether or not the rep,, were really required. Financial.-lialaiiee in the Treasurer hand, a ,■H■ lis. 5d. Amount of cheques to the elievl" B £ 4,>7; amount of arrears due from the di erent X1630 14s. Od. (calls all due in a week's time; i>; H lief for the past fortnight— £ 20319s. lOd.; irretllo\'t poor, £204 4s. od. iioit-settled poor, £ 50 4s. M' Bg in the Workhouse 64 corresponding week ot las • H 62.
The Preston Guardian states that the Rev. s" J" Adamson, late incumbent of Padiham, Ila-s, usual Uber?ity, offered to give ?4,000 tol?'? erection of four churches, one to be built™ ■ the following pieces :—Padiham, Symonstone, n?j: ■ and Higham. J The Leuitton (Maine) Journal says there are a COI- of spinsters in Green-monomaniacs in their have been trying to see how many cats could w- ■ tiplied from one pair. They began with one the rebellion broke out, and as the kittens bave [J and multiplied their number now reaches the a sum of 440 cats and kittens. DREADFUL DEATH IN A WELL.-A short tune ■B well-sinker, uauied Perier, was being let d,o old well, nearly 60 feet deep, at Haute-S?uM. purpose of effecting some repairs, and had aIready ■ ed within a short distance of the bottom, when a at the side, on which he had for a moment p'?? ■ foot, gave way end brought with it the ￼ masonry work lining the sides of shaft. A,,eil?O ?e promptly obtained, and after about 14 ?" I nearly 20 feet of the stones and rubbish were ^i;-H Md the voice of the unfortunate man com" be bad and ￼ although closely pressed by the rmM,°??j, received any serious injuries, and was an freely. Two mornings after, the removal of ?? < was so far advanced that the workers hre cb ,;t in six feet of Perier, and some broth was 1^ through au elastic tube. The work had ,holever become more dangerous. Twice the shog; gave way, and the clearing, out of the ma«" ￼ 3 hb be recommenced. On the evening of the 13,%t labourers in the well called out that the un e man was at length reached, and at the same ￼ for a cord to be let down, in order to draw ?, surface. Another moment and he would ￼ rescued, but the sides once more gave ??'? again disappearing beneath the stones. '1', r'¡ later the rubbish bad been cleared from ￼ and shoulders, but it was now too lau>, as he 'ed: cumbed from avocation, after rematnmg'"?? hours. H|H