Bvery description of CLOCKS cleaned and repaired by J Y. FRASER, 42, High-street, Wrexham. yo4j
THE EMPEROR'S PROCLAMATION TO THE ARMY. P-.tRj t&. -Friday. -The Emperor has issued his proclamation to the army, in which he says.- Soldiers, I am about to place myself at your head to defend the honour and the soil of the country. I You go to fight against one of the best armies of Europe, but others quite as worthy were unable to resist your bravery. The war now commencing will be a long and severe one. Whatever road we may take beyond our frontiers we shall find glorious traces of oar fathers. The whole of France fol- lows you. Libel ty and civilization depend on your success. Soldiers, let each do his duty, and the God of armies will be with us. NAPOLEON. Imperial Head-qnaiters, Metz, Thursday.
I LIVERPOOL CORN MARKET. I There was an ordinary attendance, and sale of of most descriptions of wheat proceeded slowly, but red American being in small compass com- manded an improvement on Tuesday's rate of 2d. to 3d. per cental. Flour difficult to sell, and nominally unchanged in value. Beans again Is. per quarter lower. Indian corn though offered at a reduction of 6d. per quarter, failed to find many buyers. Other articles dull and unchanged. LONDON CORN MARKET. With rather a bettfr enquiry for floating cargoes our market closes with a firmer tone for wheat. Other things easier to buy. English wheat firm at Monday's full prices; foreign rather dearer. Floating cargoes also better. Town floor un- altered. Country marks irregular. Barley dull and 6d. cheaper. Oats with heavy arrivals can be purchased for 6d. less money, but holders prefer warehousing. Maize heavy at a decline of 6d. Beans and peas doll. MANCHESTER CORN MARKET. THURSDAY.—Since our last report most favour- able weather has again prevailed, and the excite- ment reported in the trade last week has entirely disappeared, buyers, who had replenished their stocks not being disposed to add further to them at the advanced rates required by sellers. The consequence has been an almost entire absence of business and a declining tendency in the value of all articles, but particularly wheat and flour. BIRMINGHAM CORN MARKET. THURSDAY.—Large supply of English wheat, at a reduction of 3s to 43 pr onrrter foreign nearly the same. Barley dull. Oats no change. Beans 1 tending downwards. Peas unaltered.
THE IMPROVEMENT OF LANDED ESTATES. Trn? T WD LO?N ?ND EN FRANCHISBMENT COMPANY (Incorporate(] A.t of t?rfiTnent) is empowered, "uliect to the Approval of the Indo"ure Commissioners for England and Wales, 10 iT»V anVb MONKY to the Owners of Settled and other Estates, for the Erection of FARM BUILDUP* ( ()TT \(TKs and for the ?R.\)XA?H :md general Improvement of Landed Property in any part of the United Kingdom the Amoum borrowed being made rep?ahle by Annual Instalments spread over a period not exceeding Twenty-the y e:r. ?"?Th? ).?pC!? ?im'id?'nt to the Tl?ns?Ction are paid hy the Company, :md ?ded to the amount to be charged ™ the K-state No Investigation of the Landowners Title is necessary. Term- ".11.1 further particulars nmv he obtained of Messrs. (iiI.LK.srir; (T BELL, W.S., SI A, fieor^e-street, Vdin?n-h \u.-nts for the Coinpanv in Scotland: of Messrs. KVVLKNC K & Ql'AREY, 22, Great ?corse-street, ?mh?cr ? ?.r) ?.i.rv; ? M.-ssr. Asnri?i-, Momus, ? Co., Solicitors. «, Old Jewry London, E.C. and at tIll' Offices of theoy. 'J'. ^IX -Nl:iti:L!?iiig Director. ?'?' Loan and hnirarr.cliiseinent f ompany, :EDWIX t.L\.UROD, Secretary. 745i No. ±L Great George-street, Westminster, S.W. W-trued. | WANTKD. Tiircv OiTICK 1JOYS must write wcU. Ww ?mi 'lnkk at accounts.—Apply to JONKS an'lj ROCK.- ?"? WANTKI). an AI'I'KliNTICK to the Hair nn'ssiTl I ?? business in a lirst.dass ?hcp in Oswestrv.— Apply at the OtHce of t':is Pa«>cr. ililbj WANTED an IIION Cj?ri-;):? -Ill: TANK, capable of holding from ;'? to (il)O gallons (?f water.— Apply :? the .h/f?t- ? om(" a FA KM SKKVANT Wanted must he a good 1IIi!J.¡- j[' man. work. — Apply to Mr .1. Si'vuuow, Frood I romrorks, Wrexham. 14:;7.e WANTED. a hiah-nressure STEAM IJOILKK, j ab.mt :!t)-Horse Pov.vi', in good condition, with Mountings, itc., eoui|>lt.'te. — .Vildress, stating price, to W. 14.a j XTTAN'rK!), zt soinl >U.I KU V CAlil'kNTKIi. Tc 1' a steady and competent man, constant employ- ment and -ood wages v.iH. be given.—Apply to Mr S. Gll.H')V..Manager..Moreion Hall and I'reesgwyn Col- lieries. near Chirk. KF.tff VA)iTED, as :'11 I.L: 1m. ':I'l\ll\ lady of '"à ?? taste. Must be thorou?hh'experienced. Situa- tion permanent. I'l-eK-rence given to a member of a christian stating age, salary, and references, to J. LLOYD. Glasgow House, Mold. KSDIif Tn I,t=> i et.. TO LET. a HOUSE A to Mr PKII K, t Brewery, Pentrefelin, Wrexham. 14.5tia fjI ^O BE LET, a HOL'E and SHOP, suitable for any business, situated in Yorke-street, next door to the Ship Inn.—Apply at the Office of this paper. 13114 TO MILLINERS, J)ItKSSMAICRKS. and others.—To LET. two Sitting and two Bedrooms.—Apply at the Albion Vaults, IVnyhryn, Wrexham. LjSOe TO be LET, the lar?e and extensive premises !ate!y JL occupied by Messrs (iri?nttt Jones and Co., at Brymbo. -Apply to Mr J. JONKS, Bee Hive, Mold. 47j HOUSE and SHOP to LET, with stable, bakehouse, Jt garden, and other out-door premises at the Ffrith. —Applv at the Blue Beil, Ffritli, near Wrexham. 1348o EXCELLENT CELLARING TO LET. 17 yards long J'J by 7i wide, with good approaches at Hope-street Chambers "Warehouse.—Apply to W. H. TILSTON, Ae- countant, &c., Hope-street. Chamber's. llNfij f|10 LET, F U RX) SHED ?APART?t EXTS—sntmK- 1 room and bed-r?'m. Also accommodation for a Horse and Trap if required.—Apply at the Office of this Paper. 1458a A SPACIOUS W.VTKKPK< >OF TENT, on Hire, j suitable for Flower Shows, Friendly Societies, Pic-nie, and other Paaties.—Apply to JOHN EDWARDS, Slack Horse Inn, Ruthin. 1447a TO be LET, with immediate possession, No. !), Bridge-street, Wrexham, containing- three enter- taining rooms, seven bedrooms, two kitchens, good cellaring, stabling if required. Apply to Mr T. PARSON- AGE, Hope-street Vaults, or at the Advertiser Office. 5-19j NOTICE.—To Hotel Keepers and Others.—The large Iron MARQUEE. better known as the Star Tent, can be secured on liberal terms for Races, Clubs, Flower Shows, Tea Parties, Arc., <fce.—Apply at the Star Hotel, Mold. W. M. WHITE, proprietor. 974j CAPITAL OFFICES TO LET in HOPE-STREET CHAMBERS, on the First Floor, consisting of THREE ROOMS, lately occupied by Mr A. Maurice, Civil Engineer. Also a Stable to be let or sold, situate at-the Rhosddu end of King-street, opening on to the Rhosddu-road.—Apply to W. H. TILSTOX, Accountant, .&c., Hope-street, Chambers. Sales by Private Contract. TO he SOLD, a Bargain, a PH.ETON.—Apply to Ir. MANLKY, Feathers Hotel, Wrexham- ON SALE, a good strong plain STOVE, with flat top, sititable-for a Manufactory and a large BOILER, with brass tap. Will be sold cheap. Apply at the A Avert iV /-office. TO be SOLD by PRIVATE TREATY. one of Clayton and Shuttleworth's new Double Blast THRASH- !JX. G MACHINES, with all the latest improvements combined.—For further particulars and to treat, apply to R. W. JONKS, Auctioneer, Mold. lUO.'ij TO be SOLD by PRIVATE CONTRACT, in lots to Tsiiit the convenience of purchasers, a large amount j _t LAND adjoining the town of Wrexliam, and on the i east and west side of the road leading from thence to Chester, extending on the east to the Holt road, and on thewest nearly to the railway station, comprising amongst other lands that known as Franc is' Nursery Garden. The property is very well timbered, and contains a great variety of most eligible building sites. For further par- ticulars apply to Messrs. TOWSHED and BARKER, Palace Chambers, Chester. 1145j TO be SOLD by Private Treaty, the LEASE of a t Colliery situate in the Wrexham coal district, together with the Plant and Machinery belonging there- to. The lease is held under the Marquis of Westminster for a term of years, six of which are unexpired and the vendors are in a position to state that the above lease can be renewed for a further term of 21 years. No dead .rent is payable under the lease, and the royalties are extremely reasonable. The property contains the cele- brated Ruabon yard coal, and several other seams of coal and ironstone and the Great Western Railway runs through the property. — For further particulars apply to Mr ROHKKT CADWALADR, Mine Agent, Coed- poeth, Wrexham Mr ISAAC SHONE, Mineral Surveyor, Wrexham; or at the office of Mr J. ALLIXGTOX HUGHES, Solicitor, Wrexham. 1442g Lost and Found. L OST.-TWO WELSH WETHERS, marked with a JLd figure ";i" behin(I.-Inforniation of them given to Mr BAYLEY, stationer, Wrexham will be rewarded. 1431e TAKEN UP, a SHEEP; the owner can have it by M describing it and paying expenses to S. GRIFFITHS, Argoed Farm, Overton. If not claimed within four days will be sold to defray expenses. 143(!g Motitiy. MONEY.— £ '500 or £ 600 ready to be advanced on ?'JL good freehold property in Wrexham.—Apply at -this Office. 1454a TAILORING TAILORING TAILORING THOMAS RJdTARDS (iHte Cntter to Mr ? Jones, Clothier, No. 1, Hope-street, Wrexham), begs to inform his friends and the inhabitants generally that he has commenced business on his own account, aud most respectfully solicits their favors, believing that his practical acquaintance with his profession and his experience in the best Houses in Liverpool and Man- chester, will secure satisfaction. Gentleman's oic/i Material attended to with promptitude and Jfud-'rate C/taryex. 32, YORKK STREET, WREXHAM. 1257J
STOCK AXD SHARE MAKKKT. FRIDAY NOON. JULY 21). 1870. Prices. j RAILWAYS. LAST Friday. To-day- I 100 Great Eastern. 34, 34A| 31J, 32 100 Great Northern (Stock) 120U21.JJ 100 Greitt we-,ttrii I 63i. ü-i 16H1, 601 100 Lancashire and 180 Southwestern S5, 87 100 Manchester, Sheffield, & Lincoln 42 £ 43.U0.J US 100 London and North Western 12H122?:12131221 100 Caledoniau 74J, "ojj 74, 78 100 Metropolitan 674,08 !65.i 6G.T Wrexham Mold & Counah'sQuay 100 Grand Trunk ot Canada 121,, 13- 12 '13 BA.NKS. 25 AlhMcefUm.) 10, 9id|10J,10rd 1U Mer?ntiI?utdT.;xchMge(Lim.) 71, 7 d 13 National (Lim.) jY qù IS N?tif.u?l (Lnn.) Wales ?xd'-23' 23*? 7 £ North Western ;Lim.) 1' ,1 ) 4, 10 Nlanc:hester &- 7-i ver?ool Di.Lrict l?I?PI616?aI 20 Midland (Lim.) 19, 20 '2 National Provincial Bank 15)) 1.?2 12 National Provincial HANK 434? 9 Credit Fon. and Mob. 01 Lnglanù 2 j MiSCKt.t.AKHOL-S. ? 10 Anglo-American Telegraph. M LFII ? Atlantic Cible b lit?r !? '2 I d I Co 7 Mersey Steel .md Iron Coinp?tny ￼ t)-? ,-3? 10 National Steam SHIP Company N;' U3 /'■ 20 North Shore (Lini.) 20^20] '>0 ..j./ 20 West India and Plti(; ten Co. ?.? *4?* 41 40 Flintshire Oil and Cannei Co 3'4,3 2 d4, 'M! LOCAL. 1 Provincial Insurance Company i D 10 Market llall Company OLP f1 Gas Company, Wrexham 4 p I (la.,i Coml);iiiy, ltu;Lbou i p 5 Gas Company, Cefn par par 10 Wrexham Waterworks Company par A p 1 Wrexham Luau alld Investment par par 10 Dyphwys Casson Slate Quarry Id par 25 Miuera Mint- 150 P Jlg¡ M:IU*RA Union l)o. 1 D 31 Wynn-tay Mining Company 2d 2D 10 Park Do. par I p 10 Pool Park Do ,64 i Central 3 d I ¡ ¡) .?.. nJ!Ols Jor lol1CY, l ￼ €?MO)< !ur ?n?. 'i? 8? ,? ?, ??.?. 3, ?. tsuhi, block ana anwc U.T; 10, It'iuitie llovy, V« rnshain. I
THE WAR. I [PRESS ASSOCIATION TELEGRAMS.] I FRIDAY, JULY 29- I DEPARTURE OF THE EMPEROR AND | PRINCE IMPERIAL FOR THE ARMY. I PARIS.—Thursday Evening.—The Journal Offi- cial annonnces that the Emperor and Prince Imperial left St. Cloud direct for Mefz this morn- ing. General Lebrun arrived at St. Cloud early this morning, and the ii.tilhgence bronght by him is -ep-ld to have hastened the Emperor's departure. It is expected that the Imperial proclamation to the army of the Rhine will be issued this evening. The Emperor's departure is believed here to indi- j cate the immediate commencement of opeiations.
STRASBOURG IS A STATE OF SIEGE. PARIS.—Friday.—Metz, Thionville, Strasbourg, and eleven other towns have been proclaimed in a state of siege.
I TROOPS WITHDRAWN FROM ROME. PARIS.—Thursday.—No Prussian troops are visible from Constance to Bale. A scarcity of forage prevails in Prussia. Ministerial papers confirm the statement that Government, will withdraw all troops from Rome.
ADVANCE OF THE FRENCH. I PARIS, :-Thursday, It is stated that a large French force are already in the enemey's terri- tory. Prussia in force near Coblentz, an-I also consen- trated near layence,-FreDch moving in north- east-rly direction from Metz.—
CRICKET. D.C.C.C. v. THE CESTRIANS. A match between the above clubs was played on the Roodee, Chester, on Wednesday last. The time fixed for pitching wickets was eleven o'clock, but it was half- past twelve before the Cestrians mustered strong enough to commence the game. The Cestrians having won the toss sent the D.C.C.C. first to the wickets, when they succeeded in scoring 8S runs for the loss of nine wickets they playing one man short. The Cestrians then com- menced their innings, and as the score steadily increased and it became evident that the result would depend on the first innings, great exertions were made by the D.C.C.C. to prevent the runs being made, every chance being taken, showing a great superiority in the fielding over the Cestriaus, who missed many chances. At 80 up there was still four wickets to go down and only nine runs to get to win. At 82 Corporal Fulcher was bowled by Piatt ;at S6 B. Gyll, who had been playing for a long time a very steady game, was bowled by Bamber; and A. O. Walker was run out without altering the score. G. Boulter was sent in as the last man with two to get to tie and three to win, when he immediately set to work and managed to get one away for two, but in their anxiety to get the requisite number they ran one short still leaving one to tie and two to win. Occleston now got one away to slip, but the ball being sharply fielded Boulter failed to reach his ground by about six inches before the timbers were disturbed, the D.C.C.C. thus winning a most exciting game by one run. The D.C.C.C. made 71 in their second innings, of which Sykes made 27 not out, going in first and bringing out his bat. The return is to be played on the D.C.C.C. ground on Friday next, August 5th. Score:- D.C.C.C. W. A. Jones, b Taylor 16 c Walker,* b Hignett 0 G. Jubb, c Barrow, b Taylor 13 st Barrow 5 W. H. Harrop, c Fulcher, b Barrow. lb Fulcher 16 T. B. Lmber, c D. Gyll, b 'I avior 4 st Barrow. 5 R. Piatt, -it Barrow 17 st Barrow. 0 H. Bamber. e Tiiylor, b Barrow 0 run out S 1J. Gilmrtr, thrown out Hignett 13 c B. Gyll, b Hignett 9 T. 11. Svkes, not out 11 not out 27 E. Manners, run cut. 2 b lIig-nett. 0 E. J. Manners, st narrow. 5 c Barrow, b Taylor. 0 Extra.i 9 Extras. 4 88 71 CUSTRIAN'S. H. Hignett, cT. Bamber, b If. Ilamber. IR W. Townshend, c Jones, b Platt. 5 B Gyll, b If. Bam!r. 37 Captain Stewart, c Jones, b 11. Bamber 3 T. A. Barrow, c Harrop, b Datt. 0 -T.Tayh,r,bII.B!U).bcr 0 E. G. Gyll, c II. Bamber, I) Sykes 6 Corporal Fu lher, b Piatt 6 A 0 Walker, run out. 0 Occtf?ton nt out 0 G. Boulton, mn out 0 Extras H 87
NORTH WALES TEMPERANCE ASSOCIATION. THE ^VXNUAL ItyJEETiNO; Of this Association will be held at WliKXHAJl ON .MONDAY OFAL(JI ST 1*70. Full Particulars will shortly appear. 14(&
Births, Marriages, and Deaths. BIRTHS. j BROOKES—On the 22nd inst., at Whitchurch, the wife of Mr George Brookes, prematurely, of a son, still- born. DAVIES—On the 21th inst., the wife of Mr Moses Davies, auctioneer, Llanfyllin, of a. daughter. DAVIEs-On the 2C>th inst., at Rhvdorddwy, near Rhyl, ] .Nir. Owen Davies, of a daughter. EVANS—On the 22iiti inst., at Cliester-«treet, Wrexham, the wife of Mr Price Evans, of a son. JAIES-On the Kith inst., at Wheatsheaf, near Wrex- ham, the wife of Mr W. James, of a son. LEWIS—On the 24th inst., at Frankton, ieftr Oswestry, the wife of Richard Lewis, Esq., late of Jamaica, of a daughter. MEREDITH—On the 26tli inst., at Rossett, the wife of the Key. John Meredith, Presbyterian minister, of a son. STOKES-ROBERTS—On the 23rd inst., at Burton Hall, Rossett, near Wrexham, the wife of Bennett Stokes- Roberts, Ksq., of a daughter. Wool)—Oil the 20th inst., at Moreton Hall, Chirk, the wife of Edmund Burke Wood, Esq., of a daughter. M A R H. 1 A a E S JONES—PULFOUD—On the 19th of Jinie, at Greens- burgh, P.A., America, by the Kev. li. A. Funk- lionser, Mr William Jones, of Pittsburgh, late of Mold, to Miss Harriet Pulford, of Trvddvn, near Mold. JONKS—LEWIS—On the 24th inst., at the Parish Church, Llangollen, hy the Rev. P. Jones, curate, Mr Enoch Jones, to M. A. Lewis, both of Penllyn, Llangollen. MCILROY—RANIH.ES—On the lltli inst., at the Parish Church, Wrexham, by the Itev. J. Dixon, Mr John McIlroy, of Wrexliam, to Miss Hannah Randies, of Tryddvn. OWENS—KVANS—On the 28tli inst., at Bethesda Chapel. New-street, Mold, by the Rev. John Davies, Nerquis, in the presence of Mr Jonathan Astbury, registrar of iii:trriiges, .Ii- Tlioiii,%s Bryn- goleu, Neniuis. to Miss Ann Evans, Fron, Nerquis. RICHARDSON—ATKINSON—On the 21st inst., at Whit- church, by the lev. W. H. Egerton, rector, George Markliam, eldest surviving son of the late John Richardson, vicar of Christ Church, Walmsley, Lancashire, to Sarah Thompson, second daughter of the late Joseph Atkinson, Esq., of Eagley Vale, near Bolton-le-Moors. D F, A T H S DAVIES—On the 24th inst., aged 21 years, Henry, son of Mr Davies, Post Office, LIangedwyn. DAVIES—On the 25th inst., aged tiO years, Mrs Ann Davies, at the Stocks, near Ellesmere, the residence of her brother, Mr (Jeorge llodenhurst. ED WARDS—On the 24tli inst., at Nant, Mr Thomas Edwards, aged 44 years. EVANS—On the 23rd inst., at Gegin, Mrs Ann Evans, aged 55 years. EVANS—On the 2.'}r<l inst., at Penygelli, Mr William Evans, aged 54 years. EDWAitlis-on the 2fith inst., Mr William Edwards, joiner, Beatrice-street, Oswestry, aged 7!1 years. HumIEs-On the 25th inst., John, son of Mr Edward Hughes, Ffasiwnan, near Ruthin, aged 21 years. HINMEKS—On the 25th inst., at Greenock, Scotland, Mary, youngest daughter of the late Rev. John Hinmers. Baptist minister, Shrewsbury. HARRISON—On the 21st inst., at Watergate-flag*, Chester, Sarah, relict of the late George Harrison, Esq., Heswall House, in her 88tli year. HODC.ES—On the 2:Srd inst., aged 87" years, Mrs Sarah Hodges, Upper Willow-street, Oswestry. IssARD-On the 2Sth inst., in her (!7th year, Susannah, wife of Mr Thomas Issard, of Old Marton Hall, near Whittington JONES—On the 2stli inst., Mr Maurice Jones, Church- street, Oswestry, aged 55 years. JoNFs-On the 26th inst., at Penycae, Mr Evan Jones. Alooiti.On the 23rd inst., at 16, Percy-street, Liver- pool, in her (12nd year, Mary, daughter of the late John Moore, Esq., surgeon, of Denbigh, and sister of John Moore, Esq., M.D., of Cardiff, Glamor- ganshire. PARRY—On the 21th inst., aged 53 years, Sarah, wife of Mr H. Parry, proprietor of the Newtown and Welsh- -)ool Expre.ix. Clifton-terrace, Newtown. RICHARDs-On the 27th inst., aged 51 years, the wife of Thomas Richards. Street-isa. ROBERTs-On the 23rd inst., Margaret, wife of Mr Thomas Roberts, the Cross Foxes, near Dolgelley. SKIEILRI,rr-On the 26th inst., aged 27 years, at Castle- street, Oswestry, Mr Robert Skerritt. WILLI.UIS-On the 24th inst., aged 87 years, John Williams, Shifnen Hir, near Mold.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS. I W. J. CAUNT.—We ca(u)n't insert your letter. I
MR WATKIV WILLIAMS it will be seen by our Parliamentary Report, has given notice of his intention to renew his moticn on the Church in Wales, and next session he will move the following resulutions :lst That it is expedient and just the Church in the "Dominion and Principality of Wales should "be disestablished, and its union with the "State put an end to ;"and, "2ndly: That "subject to making provision for existing "interests, that Church should be disendowed "and the funds be applied to the promotion "of a really National system of Education for the said principality."
A RATHER IMPORTANT CONVERSATION took place at the Board of Guardians in reference to the way in which the county rate is assessed upon different parishes and unions. It would seem that the county rate, as assessed in this union, is most unequal and, therefore, unjust in its incidence. The magistrates, it is said, go neither by rule nor rote in their mode of assessment. The out- come of this, and such ventilations of the subject will be the appointment of County Financial Boards, through which the rate- payers will be enabled to hold the county rates in check.
SIR WATKIN WYNN presided at a large meeting in the Town Hall, on Monday, con- vened to hear Mr Low's descriptive lecture on his Channel Tuunel scheme. In his efforts to promote this undertaking Mr Low has the sympathy and good wishes of the whole town. After mastering the chief difficulties in connection with the construction of a tunnel connecting England with the con- tinent, he has laboured energetically, and to a great extent successfully, in bringing it be- fore the Governments of this country and France, Its importance, socially and com- mercially, cannot be over estimated, and no doubt, if it could be carried out, it would so unite the two countries as to render war less probable, and peace more desirable. Un- fortunately, the present outbreak of that scourge between Prussia and France will, for the present, delay its commencement, but nevertheless Mr Low is full of hope and con- fidence. His scheme has the countenance of the greatest engineers of France and England, and a large number of influential gentlemen of both countries are on the committee. With these auxiliaries, we believe it will ultimately succeed. We hope Mr Low will reap the reward his skill, labor, and his enthusiasm in the matter deserves.
THE WREXHAM TOWN COUNCIL, on Tues- day last, had before them the full amount of the costs of the late opposition to the Gas Bill. They amounted to 9695. The sum of E322, due to the Parliamentary agent, had been already paid. A sum of voted on Tuesday last, and the balance-a sum of £ 239—was provided for by a rate passed on that day. It is thus obvious that the two first sums have been voted out of money in hand—the accumulations of the past rates. The future payments are to be provided for by the ordinary rate of Is. 9d. in the pound. Two questions naturally occur to an outsider and a ratepayer. First, what right has the council to have in hand so large a sum as to admit the abstraction from it of upwards of £ 4001 No right at all. The ratepayers should have had the benefit of that in a re- duced rate for some years past. Such accumulations also encourage extravagance, and it is questionable if that uncalled-for opposition would have been indulged in if its promoters had not had full confidence in the fulness of the local exchequer. The next question is, whether if the legal contest had never happened, we should not have had the stereotyped rate of Is. 9d. in the pound this half year, as we have had any time these ten years past ? Undoubtedly we should. In other words we should have had taken out of our pockets a sum of R400, over and above what would have been wanted, and so in another half year from this there would have been a surplus in the local treasury of E700 N 'I over and above our wants. cmcn a super- vision of our finances is to put it in the mildest TERMS discreditable. It implies a strong tendency to extravagance in the officials, and imperfect supervision in our representatives. Surely, it is time to reduce the rates if WV tvm spend £ 700 in law and j not feel it. THE NOTICE OF MOTION given by Mr S. Griffiths, at the Ellesmere Board of Guardians, for the annihilation of the ex-ofiicio system, ended in a complete ifasco. The motion which was to have been brought on last Tuesday, was, that the clerk be instructed to prepare a memorial to the Poor Law Board, praying :— That no magistrate be entitled to sit as C:iiar(iian- Ex-Officio-unless assessed to the poor rate at ZCIOO a year. That the number of Ex-Officio fiuardians shall not exceed one-fourtli of the elected Guardians of the Union. That any Kx-officio or elected Guardian absenting himself from his duties for three months shall not be entitled to sit again during the current year—and that if such absence be continued for the whole year he shall be disqualified—if an Ex-Officio from sitting for three years, and if an elected Guardian he shall be disqualified for the same term. Had Mr Griffiths brought the question for- ward lie would have met with considerable support, and a healthy discussion would have followed. But an ex-officio attended the board and fired a sighting phot at Mr Griffiths, which sent that gentleman up a tree at once, and he does not intend to come down again. Mr Griffiths does not belong to the kid glove school, and his language is not moulded and toned in conformity with the usages of refined society. What lie says, he says in broad Saxon, with a strong seasoning of the Hundred of Maelor dialect. This rough and ready language is not acceptable to the ex-officio guardians at Ellesmere, who happen to be Flintshire magistrates, es- pecially when it is Applied to their order, and Mr Cotton is so terrified at it that he fears to attend" lest a similar thing should occur again," meaning of courie a specimen 0 Mr Griffith's forcible style. In this emergency Mr Peel comes to the rescue, and asks Mr Griffiths to apologise for the past, and to be a little more deferential in future. This Mr Griffiths refuses to do, and in his anger drops his motion and leaves the board It may be for years, it may be for ever." The sudden collapse of the bold Overton guardian will astonish his constituents and the country generally. To allow Mr Peel to knock the wind out of him and send his motion spinning like Aunt Sally at the races looks anything but brave, and will disappoint everyone ready to pin faith thereto. On the other hand the exquisite sensitiveness of the Flintshire magistrates, sitting at El- lesmere, is rather amusing. Why should they take offence were evidently none was intended ? They ought to be able to bear the presence of a straightforward, plain- spoken, country Englishman, between the wind and their nobility without so much punctilio. We recommend Mr Griffiths to attend to his duties and re-move his motion, and hit his ex-officios as hard as he can, but to do it genteelly and if the ex-officios act wisely they will make the necessary allow- ances, and learn how to attend better to their duties than it appears they hitherto have done, and than is the custom of ex- officio guardians generally.
THE DENBIGHSHIRE AND FLINTSHIRE GEO- LOGICAL ASSOCIATION held a meeting on Monday with the object of promoting the proposed geological survey of the two counties. This association was formed, as many of our readers are aware, chiefly through the efforts of the late Mr Hardcastle, of Penybryn, and Mr William Evans, of the New British Iron Company, with the object of obtaining a reliable survey of the minerals of the district. It was known that the Ordnance Survey department, under the superintendence of Sir Henry James, were preparing a cadastral survey of the country, and the Geological department had instructions to follow with a geological survey. These surveys were being taken county by county either according to their relative importance in the eyes of the Government, or according to the local pressure that could be brought to bear in favor of the priority of any particular district. It was felt by those interested in the important mining counties of Denbigh and Flint, that their chances of attention were very remote unless strenuous efforts were made, and this led to the formation of the association in 1865. At the first meeting a council was appointed, consisting of gentlemen practically acquainted with the minerals of the two counties, and these gentlemen aided by an energetic secretary in Mr Evan Morris, immediately commenced operations upon the departments of Government connected with the objects of the association. In these efforts they received important assistance from Sir Watkin, Lord Richard Grosvenor, and Mr Mainwaring. The result was a success of the most marked character; the redcoats of the Royal Engineers were in Flintshire in a shorter time than the most sanguine member of the association had expectedl- and for the last three years the cadastral survey has been in active and rapid progress. Recently a dissatisfied gentleman wrote a letter, which ve felt bound to publish, stating that the survey now in progress was not a geological one, and that it would have taken place had the association not existed. Doubtless it would, but when ? Not, we imagine, for a quarter of a century if we had had to wait until the large mining districts of England and South Wales had been surveyed. We grant that the association was not the cause of the survey per se, but we claim as the result of their efforts the fact of this district having precedence over others that may be considered more im- portant. With regard to the assertion of the writer that it is not a geological survey, the letter of Professor Ramsay is sufficient refutation, showing, as it does, that the miners will commence their operations as soon as the field is cleared for them by the sappers. The association may therefore be considered entitled to the full credit of the result so far and with regard to the future it is evident by what took place that they do not intend to relax their efforts until the whole survey, geological and cadastral, is achieved. The success of an association of any kind depends largely on the secretary. Unless he is ever ready to concentrate the efforts of the committee, in all probability the object is not attained. In this case we have the evidence of the members of the association and the council, to the untiring assiduity and energetic exertions of Mr Evan Morris and as these labors were honorary, it was considered just and right to give his labors substantial recognition. This was done at the meeting on Monday in a manner worthy of the association, and calculated to encourage energetic young men to assist in the promotion of great public objects.
THE MOST REMARKABLE EPISODE of the session occurred in the House of Commons upon Friday week. Mr Miall, in one of the most powerful and telling speeches that he has ever made to the House, charged Mr Gladstone with having treated the Dissenters with something like contumely during the whole of this session. The present Adminis- tration owed its position mainly to the warm and hearty support of the Nonconformists. Tney were the heart and the hand of the Liberal party, and he thought that some consideration might have been shown for their opinion, instead of which they had been coolly and quietly elbowed out of their principles and rights. The position which Nonconformists had henceforth to accept, with reference to Mr Gladstone, was that of "Once bit, twice shy." The House was visibly affected by Mr Miall's speech- by the intellectual power of his argument, and the incisive force of his attack. Long be- fore lie had done it was evident that Mr Gladstone keenly felt the point and bitter- ness of his invective. As the right hon. gentleman sat, with his head thrown back, you could 'see, says a spectator, in spite of his obvious efforts to retain his composure, his brows knit and his mouth work, as it was evidently with a stern combative joy that he rose, or rather sprang to the table the moment the hon. member for Bradford had sat down. Himself hard hit, Mr Gladstone hit hard in return, with a power and a passion exceptionally great and intense. With flashing eye and animated gesture lie gave to every sentence an emphasis and effect that produced upon the House a positively electric effect. Cheer after cheer burst spon- taneously from all parts of the House as Mr Gladstone literally carried all before him by the vehemence of his sweeping declamation, culminating in that loftiness of scorn with which he bid the hon. member for Bradford, for God's sake to withdraw his support if he could no longer conscientiously accord it." Altogether it was one of the most splendid oratorical displays ever witnessed in the House of Commons. For ourselves we read the speech with feelings of admiration not unmingled with sorrow. The party of pro- gress cannot afford to do without Mr Glad- stone, and Mr Gladstone must not afford to do without the party of progress. We are not willing to allow him to retire among the "rest and be thankful men" yet a wliile, placed on our petrifaction shelf, duly ticketed —" Gladstone a Fossil." No. There is yet a great work for Mr Gladstone to do-a neat pedestal for his statue to stand upon in English iiistory- as the reformer of its church. Where would that church have been to-day but for such men as Mr Miall ? Granted that Mr Miall goes to extremes. So does Livingstone. So did Luther. All pioneers go to extremes, and we cannot afford to do without pioneers—the men who discover new thoughts — new truths — new aspirations any more than we can afford to do without such men as Mr Gladstone, whose aptitude for organisation enables the world to colonise and to cultivate the useful dis- coveries of its hardy and ad venturous pioneers. To see Mr Gladstone beat Miall is as sorrowful a sight—and as unnecessary —as would be to see Livingstone mobbed by merchants upon the flags of the Liverpool Change. QUARRELS BETWEEN ACQUAINTANCES gene- rally bring recriminations which considerably enlighten bystanders as to the real character of the disputants. If one party knows any evil of the other, it is sure to come out, however confidentially the knowledge may have been obtained and often a great many charges founded only on suspicion or malice are made in addition. Such is the case now with France and Prussia. They have made charges and counter-charges against each other, and have each offered explanations to the on-looking nations, in reference to the Spanish succession dispute, until, having heard all that could be said on one side or other in reference to this matter, it had become increasingly clear to us that there was much more behind which had not come out, and which we were prepared soon to find divulged. Say what they could in reference to the Hohenzollern candidature, when explanations had been made, it was clear that the countries should and would not have quarrelled about this comparatively paltry matter, if ill-feeling had not already existed through former grave misunder- standing. Of course, we knew there was a soreness in France about Prussian aggran- j disement as a result of the war of 1866 but what we did not know was whether any direct and specific measures for arranging matters had been discussed between the Cabinets of Berlin and Paris, and had failed. I But if we may trust two important-looking communications which appeared respectively in the Times and Daily Telegraph, purport- ing to come from an Englishman who had just had an interview with the Emperor, in which the latter spoke unreservedly and permitted the publication of his remarks, we shall find his Majesty stating that after Prussia's success in 1866, he represented to Count von Bismarck that France was entitled to some compensation for Prussia's aggran- disement of Prussia, especially as she had not moved a soldier towards the Rhine when the Rhenish provinces were denuded of troops, and she had thus left Prussia entirely unembarrased to cope with Austria and her German allies. The Emperor advised and claimed the cessation of Luxemburg and one or two other little towns which seriously threatened the French frontier," as an acknowledgment of his personal friendship, and a tribute to the national pride of France. But Bismarck replied that not a foot of Prussian or even of neutral territory could be cede-unless, indeed, France would wink at further annexations by Prussia. What, for instance, if the latter were to seize Holland ? The Emperor replied de- cisively that such a proceeding would mean war with. France. So far the Telegraph's letter, which, if it were not genuine, would be an infamous hoax, published at such a time. This letter does not tell us much more than we knew as regards the wishes of France in 1866 but it does inform us how these wishes were formulated, discussed, and thwarted. Now comes the "Project of a Treaty," published by the Times, (and no doubt supplied by the Prussian Government to damage her enemy,) to continue the history. The Emperor is represented in the letter to have said that annexation of Holland by Prussia would involve war with France; but this annexation was only mentioned by Bismarck as one instance of further ac- quisitions which would entitle France to compensation. The projected treaty then proposes that France shall recognise Prussia's aggrandisement in North Germany and to permit the federal union of South Germany with the North on condition of having Prussian support in seizing upon Luxemburg and Belguim. Nothing was said about Holland, which probably was to be left as a future bone of contention. The Prussian version is that this treaty was offered to them at the time of the Luxemburg difficulty; and, being then refused, was proposed again just before the Hohenzollern candidature came up for discussion, and when France had re-organized and re-armed her army. Its second rejection by Prussia is represented to be the real cause of the quarrel for which the candidature of Prince Leopold was only a pretext. The French minister in London entered into a voluntary explanation of this matter to Earl Granville, which puts a different complexion on the transaction. He asserts that the draft treaty was drawn up- not by the French Minister at Berlin, or by a French diplomatist at all, but by Count Bismarck, the Prussian Premier himself It had, he added, "been made the subject of some conversation with M. Benedetti," but it "never had any serious basis," and had been rejected by both parties." M. de Lavalette further stated that France has no idea of violating the neutrality of Belgium but that the Emperor Napoleon has within the last month formally and positively pledged his honour to leave Belgium un- touched, providing that Belgian neutrality is not violated by Prussia. That the Emperor Napoleon was outwitted after Sadowa, by the non fulfilment of some secret arrangement as the price of keeping out of the Prusso- Austrian war has been all along known, and it is not impossible that this draft was the bait held out to him. Such a view is strengthened by further correspondence in the Daily Telegraph, which states that the alliance between Prussia and Italy in the war on Austria was principally negotiated at Paris under the eye and with the approval of the Emperor and LU was officially given to understand that lie would be allowed to appropriate Liixeii.b-ii-Lir,Bel-rititit, and the Canton of Geneva. For some reasons known only to himself, the Emperor refused to make any specific agreement, and the speedy humiliation of Austria and close of the war at a time when the Emperor was ill and could not intefere, induced Bismarck to repudiate all thoughts of sharing the spoil and to believe in Prussia's ability to cope with France in a trial of arms. Whether this latter account is true or not, one thing is quite clear, that the bottom of this business is not yet reached, and that other explana- ttions" or recriminations have yet to be made public. The only point already placed beyond question is that France and Prussia did contemplate an arrangement by which the latter might lay hands on Germany, and the former might seize Belgium—the joint transaction being completely in defiance of the public opinion of Europe and in violation of the most solemn treaties. That in fact they were parties to a secret debate as to how they could best plunder their neighbours; and if they could have agreed about the division of the spoil, neither of them would have hesitated to carry the nefarious transactions into effect. Under these circumstances, it does not much matter which made the proposal in the first instance. If the receiver is as bad as the thief, the person who listens patiently and with ac- quiescance to a dishonest proposal is as bad as the one who makes it.
CONTEMPORANEOUSLY WITH THE EXPO- SURES by Prussia and France of each others duplicity, the correspondence between these two powers and England in the latter's endeav- ours to effect a peaceful solution of the Hohen- zollern candidature business has been published. A perusal of these documents leads to the con- clusion that, so far as the justness of their quarrel is concerned, there is not much to choose between the contending powers. It is evident that both sides from an early stage in- tended to fight, and the professions of a desire for peace were only made on the principle that it is better to assume a virtue than have it not. The Prussian Government-or its ruling mind, Count Bismarck-wilfull) risked a serious dis- pute with France by endeavouring to place Prince Leopold on the Spanish throne, and the secret manner in which this was sought to be effected made the attempt more irritating. The blame of the original cause of quarrel must therefore be put to account of Prussia. France on the other band, assumed a dictatorial atti- tude which made the preservation of peace difficult, if not impossible and, when the ob- noxious candidate had withdrawn, increased her demands avowedly because peace meant unpopularity, It is. in fact, impossible to pro- nounce either side blameless or entitled to our unreserved sympathy, and all that we can do is to look on with the neutral feeling exhibited in this correspondence by the English Govern- ment.
LONDON SAYINGS AND DOINGS. (From our own correspondent.) I cannot exaggerate the uneasy feeling which has been created by the publication in the Times of Monday, of a treaty said to have been proposed by France to Prussia before the declaration. What was said in both Houses of Parliament on this subject on the same night was not caleulated to allay apprehension and in the feeling to which I refer you have the key to the fall of the Funds and the general depression of trade here. Indeed, the effect of the war upon trade is already being seriously felt. That mass of small print which constitutes the market reports, and which so many people turn from with self-felicitation that they have no occasion to read it, now possesses a general interest. And, unhappily, this interest springs from the depressing character of the in- telligence as a whole. From almost all quarters we have the same sad news—from the Liverpool cotton market, from the Manchester goods market, from the wool trade at Doncaster, from the wool and worsted trade of Bradford, from the cloth trade at Leeds, and from the lace and hosiery trades of Nottingham-dullness and depression everywhere. Excitement rather than depression characterises the iron and ccal trades, aud especially the Birmingham gun trade. And great interest is felt also in the sad news relative to the food markets. War always means dear food and although there is no real necessity for the increase of prices, we must submit to them. The effect of the war is unmistakably observable in commercial houses and in retail trade. We have no records that can be referred to, to show what is the state of the labour market in its various departments— from the highest-class clerks to the lowest-class labourers—but from all I hear privately in re- sponse to inquiries, the war is here exercising a serious effect. I find that clerks, shopmen, mechanics, &c., are being discharged. Of course there are some who are profit.ing by the war-men connected with dockyards, arsenals, &c.—and in some cases orders for discharge have been counter- manded but all this is to a very small extent compared to the deadening and distressing tfleets of war. The importance of Great Britain maintaining neutrality during the war can scarely be overrated. It creates an easy feeling therefore to hear state- ments which, if true, show that Englishmen (in- cluding Irishmen, by the way) have committed themselves to the export of coal and horses for the use of the French. It is definitely stated by a Berlin journal that English ships have been chartered to supply French men-of-war in the North Sea with coal;" and two or three state- ments have appeared to the effect that orders for horses for the French have been received in Epg- land and Ireland. If coal and horses are not contraband of war, it is difficult to conceive what is. That the coal would be used on railways for the conveyance of troops, and that the horses would be required for war purposes, need not be insisted upon and it would be well for our Go- vernment to take immediate action upon the matter. As to individual and personal adhesion to either of the contending Powers, no Govern- ment can well help that. For example, Lord Charles Hamilton is said to have enlisted in a Prussian cavalry regiment, and Lieutenant- Colonel Pemberton, late of the Scots Fusiliers, will, it is asserted, join the Prussians at head- quaiters. Such enthusiasm and personal devo- tion to either side-no matter which-may in some sense call forth admiration; but, on the whole, this volunteering is to be regretted. Every such act irritates one or other of the hostile Powers, and renders the maintenance of neutrality on our part all the more difficult. The reception by the Lords of the Education Bill would, but for the diversion of all men's thoughts to the impending collision on the Con- tinent, have become a matter for very general congratulation throughout the country. In Par- liamentary affairs, however, except so far as they may relate to matters of war, there will be com- paratively little interest felt, and we are startled from pleasant reveries upon the work of a by no means fruitless session to consideratioLi8 which, alas! make such great subjects as education seem out of place and season. The state of our army and navy, and comparisons between our own forces and the magnificent corps d'armce massed on the banks of the Rhine take precedence of other subjects. A similar matter, too, is acquiring an interest by no means unnatural, and that is the condition as to efficiency and real strength of our volunteer army. Military judges of the volunteer display at Wimbledon do not give as very re- assuring descriptions; but. however distasteful such matters may be, it is clear from the current of events that we shall best consult om safety by giving them calm and immediate consideration. From all that I hear, it would seem that the Go- vernment by no means underrates the importance of the present crisis. It is hinted that no such considerations as grouse" will affect the time of prorogation this session. In any case two or three Cabinet Ministers will remain in town so long as the present threatening aspect of affairs continues. Doubly important to us at this critical time is the question, what sort of a harvest shall we have? L'he weather here, as in the country generally, has been distressingly hot and dry, and a few re- freshing showers have been like new life as far as out personal fet lings are concerned but, on the other hand, we will bear the heat with fortitude, and deprecate the down-pouring of thunder- showers at the present moment, when we consider that the carrying-in of the harvest has now generally commenceti, at least in the home counties. From all the reports I have read, I come to the conclusion that, the harvest on the whole, will be better than has been generally an- ticipated. Bad news, however, cutues 'from A.nerica, where the whtat crop is estimated at only 210 millions of bushels, which is 48 millions less than last year. While people are talking of the great miseries of war, we are apt to overlook the small per- manent miseries of onr military system. Two publicans in Lambeth have been fined 40s each and costs for refusing to billet two soldiers. The men went in each case to the houses after they were shut up and the inmates had gone to bed. This is a cruel hardship on publicans, who, if they do society a little harm in the ordinary way of trade, certainly have afflictions sorp" to bear. What makes the billeting system hurder for Lon- don is, that they have often no common-room for guests, and in nine cases out of ten, do not pretend to provide sleeping accommodation for travellers. They have, therefore, to receive billeted soldiers just as the inhabitants of a private house would have to do, in the bosom of their families. The Mai qui s of Ailesbury gets a good example to other landowners in the matter of Int).)nrertil cottages. 011 his estates at Savernake, Wiltnhire, hil lordfchip intends to Lave erected improved dwellings, each containing a living room, scullery, and tliree bedrooms, with ample accommodation f r washing, baking, &c. It is not rasv to estimate the immense benefit that will by this aieans be done in regard to the position of the agriculturàllllbourer and his family. In respect to morality and to health these cottiges will be 9.11 inestimable boon. I do not suppose that the noble maiquis tal es it into account, b.tt un- d ul.tedlv the iiiilroveriaent of the Urnm-ei-V dwelling will make him a better iv..rkuiiin. anil tend to make his family less costly to the [ II, Would that some great effort of a similar cnHriicti r \V,'l'e made in reference to the den-e, ditty, over- ciowded districts of London. We lu.Vd njaSs(.s houses really unfit for IJuman habiiation, in which people are crowded together to the ruiu of ti;ir morals and their healtn. Much, very much has been said on this subject, but, tilits how litlle has been done. Mr Peabody's splendid munificence has helped to make more comfortable artisans that were fairly comfortable before, but it lv,s nrt touched the evil to which I especially alude—the condition of the bom It if I may use the w, r the really indigent. It is indeed a very difficult problem to solve, it would seem, even when the necessary pecuniary means are provided. London, Thursday.
ANNIVERSARY SERVICES.—The anniversarv ser- mons at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Btast Marked were preached by the Eev. J. Aspinall, of Wrexham, lat. of Blackburn. The sermons were good and the collections encouraging. AUGUST TR.US. There will be no alterntions in the trains on the Great Western and the Chester and Holyhead division of the London and North- western Railways for the month of August, and the June time tables will remaiu in force. EXCURSIONS.—The xcun-ion promoted br the Wrexham Mold aid Conuah's Quay RailwayCom- pany to Bangor, on Monday last, was fairly patronised. W- tiud there is an exenr^ion to Man- chester on the S'h prox. The Great Wesrern trip? to different pluces ot resoit still continue to ron. THE WATER SUPPLY.—We are informed that the wattr li iwing over Nijntyffrith witerfall, of which we spoke last week, ei)ut(i ni,t po-ihibly be utilised for the supply of Wrexhuui, ai,d that there is no more water at the point of abstraction of the Brymbo Company than at tijat of tha Wrexham Comf any. SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.—The chllren at tending the Welsh Caiviuistic Methodist Sunday Sc-iool had their annual excursion vesterday (Friday), when, accompanied bv their teachers and friends, tiny prodded to Cefn-y-bedd by rail. They ei,joyed themselves heartily, and an ex- cellent tea was provided for them by Mr Gomer- I JUIJPS, Temperance House. ST. MARK'S SKHVICK.—7th Sunday after Trinity. Preces and Responses (Talli-) Wnite (49j Psalms (159); Te Deum (187 aud 2) Junilate (1) Anthem, Lord of all power and might." Litinv (Tallis). Hymns 148. and 385. Evening Service tIt Three o'clock. Precis and Responses (Tallis) Psalms (117); M ignificat (39) Nunc Dimittis (113) Anthem, 14 Lord of all power and might." Hymns 169 and 385. CLrB ANNIVERHARIES.- The anniversary of the Ancient Britons' Lodge, M.U., was held yesterday when the members of this most important and flourishimg lodge Fat, down to a capital dinner at the Swan Inn, Penybryn. Mr Alderman Jones occupied the chair.—The Alma Lodge, G. IT. 0., also celebrated their anniversary by a dinner at the Horns Inn, on the same day.—The members of the Cambrian Friendly Society, established in 1849, likewise sat down to their annual dinner at the Fleece Inn. CHESTER-STREET INDEPENDENT SCKDAY SCHOOL. —On Tuesday the teachers, children, and friends of this Sunday school, together with about 40 from the Wheatsheaf and King's Mill school, had their annual excursion, the spot selected this year being that picturesque spot, The Ruft, near the bottom of Mai ford Hill. The excurt-ionists left Wrexham station by the 1.40 p.m. train, and on arriving at Rossett they walked to The Roft; and afterwards tea was provided in a field, the caterer being Mr Stant, of Yorke-street, whose contract was satisfactorily carried out. The children enjoyed themselves with the usual games, and the treat generally was a very successful one. The place was selected for its natural beauties, and for an excursion of this nature could not be surpassed The schools returned to Wrexham by the train arriving at 8.57 p.m., the trip having evidently been a very pleasant one. There were about 37C present. The kindness of Mr Woolrich in allow- ing the use of The Roft, and of Mr Joseph Thcmas for his various good offices, was the subject of general remark. THE CHANNEL TUNNEL.—LECTURK IN TTIF TOWN HALL.—On Monday afternoon last, Mr W. Low gave a lecture in the Town Hall, tIn the pro- posed "Channel Tunnel." The chair was occu- pied by Sir W. W. Wynn, Bart., M.P.. and among the gentlemen present we noticed H. W. Meredith, Esq., J R. Barnes, Esq., J. Lewis, Esq., Dr.Ciiiflitii, Dr. Williams, Dr. T. Eyton Jones, R. C. Webster, Esq., T. B. Acton, Esq., John James, Esq. (Town Clerk), J. A. Hughes, Efq, C. Hughes, Esq. Revds. J. Williams (St. Mark's), W, H. Bos- cawen (Marchwiel), T. Williams (Berse), J, Dixon (Wrexham), Dr. Roberts (Ruabon) Messrs. J. Shone, H. Davies, Alderman Bury, J. B. Murless, William Snape, William Over- ton, Thomas Williams, James Fisher Edisbury, A. Fyfe, W. Thomas, D.C.C. Bradshaw, J. Sparrow, R. C. Rawlins, 0. 0. Williams, K. Row- land, &,c., &c. The Chairman, in introducing Mr Low, referred to the war which has just been de- clared by France against Prussia, which he feared would interfere with the carrying out of the scheme while it lasted. It was of great importance that some such scheme should be carried ont for the sake of both nations. Mr Low had a scheme for carrying a subway under the Channel, and he had been to France and seen the Emperor, who seemed to wish to see it carried out. It war an odd fact, that though the traffic between the two countries was so great it was carried on iu boats not much more than a fourth the length of the Holyhead boats, and only drawing four or :iy feet of water. With regard to the war he bad heard a rumour that even at the eleventh hour some arrangement for the maintenance of peace might be come to. (Loud cheers.) He trusted that there was some truth in it. (Cheers.) Wllr was repulsive enongh years ago, when the range WH* about 100 yards only, but now with regard to the terrific weapon which was deadly at 800 or U1 yards, and could be loaded about a dozen time.; a minute, it was trebly more so. They should re- member also that in that country every mun was forced to bear arms between cei iaitt øg'ó. and they had beard how many were obliged to go who were employed in offices in foreign count,# ii simply to be shot at. Therefore he would consider t a blessing to the whole of Europe, if at the last moment some means could be found of inducing the parties to draw back. (Cheers.) He tl:m called upen Mr Low to deliver his lecture.—H' Low, who was received with cheers, opened IÓ lecture by deploring the existing state of tilings os the continent. He little thought when asked by Mr Overton to deliver his lecture in that hall, that war, horrid war, would be declared between France and Prussia. They were the countries that kai been taught to look upon themselves as the most learned, scientific, and highly civilised nations of the earth. He thoDght the facts were not sufficiently distinct yet to enable them to form qnjl judgment as to which was right or wrong, but that war should be declared was a fact that spake but little of their Christianity. He then uttered an elo- quent protest against war in general, and pro- ceeded upon his lecture, which was the same as he had previously delivered in the town and neigh- bourhood. He declared his faith in the comple- tion of the project, and that it was which him to work on in the face of all opposition. H was attentively listened to throughout by the larse company present, and resumed bis seat amid loud cheers.— The Chairman then proposed a vote d thanks to Mr Low for his b cture, which was carried by acclamation and, after the usual v. of tbanks to the Chairman, the meeting termiuattii.