IMPORTANT VESTRY MEETING. On Tuesday morning a vestry meeting was held in. the Magistrates'-Court, Derbigh, for the pur- pose of considering the scheme proposed lor the re- distribution of the parishes of Denbigh and Llan- rhaiadr. The Rev. L. Lewis, rector of Denbigh, presided.— The Chairman, after a few iatnductory remarks, said that what they would have to consider would be that portion of the scheme which affected the parish of Denbigh. Itwaqssfolfows. "That so much of the parish of Llanrhaiadr as lies to the north of the, stream known as the Aberham brook, starting from the point where the same brook passes under the line of the Denbigh, Ruthin, and Corwen Railway, and all the -district lying to the east of the line of the said railway, as far north as the hamlet of Brook-house, and including the hamlet of Brook-house, be assigned to the parish of Denbigh, with the view of restoring divine service in the ancient Parish Charch of Denbigh, called Whitehurcb." He had written to the bishop and enclosed a copy of the resolution, and asking, his opinion on the subject. He had written to Mr Hughes4 and he had virtually sanctioned the plans as they were submitted by Cabon Thomas. lie had also written to Mrs Mostyn with the view of get- ting her opinion on the subject, and he had received a reply, stating that as a meeting was to be held that day in Denbigh she would be glad to receive a copy of the resolutions, and also the rector's wishes with regard to Segrwyd. He had received a letter from Mr C. W. Edwards, which as was follows J— Denbigh, 21st January, 1873. DEAR SIR,-I regret that indisposition makes it im- possible for me to attend the public meeting called for this morning to consider the question of the redistribu- tion of the parishes of Denbigh and Llanrhaiadr. I have been informed that a definite scheme has been proposed, and has received the sanction of yourself and the vicar of Llanrhaiadr. If such be the case, I must say, that after having been requested at a public meeting, held at the Town Hall, when you presided, to act on the committee appointed to consider this very question, I do feel a degree of surprise that the matter has progressed so far without my having ever been informed that it was even under discussion. But I can easily imagine my informant was wrong, as he not only told me of the existence of such a scheme, but gave me some of its details so incomprehensible that I can scarcely believe that could, have been seriously enter- tained. He stated that a mission chapel was to be built at the Lawnt, and that Derwen Gomel—500 yards off-was to be added to Prion. Leaving Lawnt and Denbigh out of the question, Henllan would be more convenient for Derwen Gomel and its vicinity than Prion. Again, I hear part of Llanrhaiadr is to be added to Gyffylliog. Which part ? Is it Carrigygarth; of which the tenant when asked the distance, used to say from here to Cyffylliog is two miles-from Cyffylliog here Jour miles!" Again, I am told that the big field and bank in front of Ystrad Cottage is to re- main in- Llanrhaiadr and PenYmaèø-a mile straight beyond, and by so much nearer the village of Llan- rhaiadr—is to be added to Denbigh. Again, while the area of Llanrhaiadr parish is to be just fiqed down, I am told it is proposed to augment the Vicarage by restoring the Prion endowment. I do nor think the spirit of the age will approve of this in any other degree than as making disestablishment. If the vicar ever visits it, he must know that he cannot do so without crossing half the parish of Denbigh, nor could any future vicar do so unless he was a good fox hunter. I do most strongly protest to changes so great and permanently affecting the rights of property should not be promoted or effected by the mere will of the clergy whose interests are at the longest limited to their lives, or by the hazy fancies of any self-constituted Church Association, but only with and under the authority of -the owners and occupiers of property in the parishes interested, ascertained by the usual and legal methods. I am most anxious to have services restored to Whitchurch, but I do not wish that measure to be effected in a manner that can only excite the regret of friends and the obloquy of opponents. May I request you to read this letter at the meeting.— I aip, dear, yours truly, J. C. WYNNE EDWARDS. • To the Rev. L* Lewis. P.S.—I shall forward a copy of this to Canon Thomas. He (the chairman) would be very glad to hear the observations any gentleman had got to make on the subject, that they might guide him in his course of conduct in the matter.—Dr. Tumour: I have been informed that we can do nothing unless both the vicar of Llanrhaiadr and the rector of Denbigh agree.-Captsiu Lloyd Williams: Would it not be wise to ask the rector, who is very anxious to do what the parishioners wish him to do, that be, on the one part should net agree to the scheme, so that Canon Thomas will be just as badly off-or zo better off, I should say-because as it seems to me his great aim is to diminish his area of work and increase his own pay.Dr Tumour: He won't consent to the taking away of the part that we want.—Captain Williams: No, but he is very anxious to do so with other parts, namely, Brook- house and a portion; of Nantglyn. and by that means diminish his area of work. One of the proposals is to add the stipend now paid to the vicar of Prion to his own.—Dr. Tumour: I think there is something misunderstanding about that. The £ 150 now paid to-the vicar of Prion was to be used with a view of supplying schools in our parish. —The Chairman read the proposal—"That the stipend now paid by the vicar of LIanrhaiadr to the vicar of Prion be restored to the vicar of Llan. rhaiadr, to enable him to pay a curate who shall serve two school chapels, proposed to be erected, one at Mynydd-llech, and another at Lawmt." The money would not go into his own' pocket; it would -have to be ie-applied.- Mr Gold Edwards I should like the parishioners to knew what part I have taken in this matter. I think it was unfor-" tunate that the rector pledged himself to any arrangement without first calling together the committee that he had originally formed for the purpose of assisting him in re-arranging the district. I think if that committee had been called together before that document was signed, it would have pointed out to him the grave and serious objections that there was to that scheme as a whole. The subject came before the Church Association last Friday, when it appeared that this documept, which we have not seen, had been signed by the two clergymen, and was in the hand of the bishop for the purpose of being forwarded to London. I thought it my duty as the representa- tive of the parish of Denbigh at that association, and as one of the churchwardens to protest against the thing being carried out without giving the parishioners an opportunity of being heard upon the subject. On the following day I received a letter from the bishop. I may state that I suppose it was from what had been represented to him, for no communication had previously takeu place. The letter was as follows:— The Palace, St. Asaph, January 11, 1873. MY DEAR SIR,— I.have requested Canon Thomas to send you a copy of the enclosed if he has one. (That means a copy of the scheme which has been signed by two clergymen.) Thinking it possible that he may not send it for your perusal, I shall be obliged by your returning it by Monday's post, as I wish to submit it to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for their appro- val. After that it will have to be submitted to the Archbishop and to the Queen in Council before it can take effect.—I am, dear sir, yours faithfully, J. sr. ASAPH. Yon will see, therefore, that it is quite clear the bishop considered the arrangement that had been signed by the clergymen as definite. The reply I sent to that letter was this Gwynfryn, 13th January, 1873, MY DEAR LORD BISHOP,—I feel particularly obliged to your lordship for sending me the minutes of the 9th of August last for the redistribution of the rectorial tithes of the parish of Llanrhaiadr, and for the assignment of certain districts to the adjoining parishes, including the parish of Denbigh. I presume from what passed at our Church Association last Friday that the vicar of Llanrhaiadr and the rector of Denbigh have approved of the arrangement contemplated by the minutes. 1 confess that it would have been a satis- faction to me if the parishioners, who are more im mediately interested in these arrangements had had an opportunity of considering them; but I gather from your lordship's letter that the scheme is to be for- warded to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners forthwith. I ventured at our meeting on Friday to offer a protest against matters of this importance being arranged without a conference with those immediately concerned, and I gratefully accept your lordship's communication as not disapproving of the principle I then endeavoured to enunciate. I do not feel that I have any right to offer any opinion on the proposed scheme, excepting so far as it affects those portions of the parish of Llan- rhaiadr immediately adjoining that of Denbigh. I have, ia common with many of my co-parishioners, long felt that some arrangement ought to be effected by which divine service should be restored to Whitchurch, and provisioQ made for the pastoral supervision of the neighbourhood, including Brook-house. I therefore rqjeice to find that the proposed plan will effect this, but whether the district should be limited to that pro- posed is a matter upon which I offer no opinion. I see that part of the scheme is to restore to the vicar of Llanrhaiadr the rent charge now paid to the vicar of Prion; to enable the former to supply a curate who Aball serve the school chapels proposed to be erected at Mynydd-lleeh and Lawnt. The hamlet of Lawnt is within a few hundred yards of my house, and I claim, therefore, to be able to offer an opinion on this part of the scheme. Lawnt is situated on the extreme edge of the parish of Llanrhaiadr and within a mile of Denbigh. The erection oef a school chapel at this point would not of itself, I think, meet the requirements of the district. To reach it the vicar would have to travel about four miles, passing through Denbigh (there is a road a little shorter, but not available forewriages), and though by the erection of a school chapel the public services would be provided for, the private ministrations would probably %e neglected, as they have been more or less for some time, unless the curate is required to reside near the locality. (Hear, hear.) There is no connec- tion orcommunication ever passing between Llanrbaiadr and Lawnt. They are as completely severed as Dolben is from Llanefydd, and I feel confident that it is that the vicar of Llanrhaiadr can, consistently with his duties to the body of his parish, efficiently supervise the locality of Lawnt. According to the proposed scheme the income of the vicar of Llanrhaiadr would be increased by X150, whereas the area under his charge would be substantially reduced, and I doubt whether the scheme would be so approved by the public as the site and the necessary funds for the erection of the school chapel would be forthcoming. Having resided in the immediate neighbourhood for some years, and possess- ing, as I believe I do, a knowledge of its requirements, I hope, as your lordship has done me the honor ef com- municating with me on the subject, you will forgive me for the free expression of my views. As I thought your lordship would wish to have a layman's unin- fluenced opinion ef the matter, I have deemed it better not to confer with the rector of Denbigh.—Believe me to your lordship's faithful servant, T. GOLD EDWARDS. 7JLe Bishop of St. Asaph. That letter I forwarded to the bishop, and I have received no communication from him since, but I nnd from a letter which the chairman has just read that it has been forwarded to the vicar of Lian. rhaiadr. It is well Canon Thomas should know what are our views upon the subject, and I hope the opinions in that letter are the opinions of all of you. The more I think of that scheme the more I am surprised that any gentleman knowing the locality should be a party to it. Lawnt is close to Denbigh, and the residents in that district regu- larly go to church or chapel in Denbigh, and to go to Llanrhaiadr they must actually pass through Denbigh. It is proposed to add to Prion the district lying between Lawnt and Nantglyn down to a place called Derwen Gomal, which is only a few hundred yards from Segrwyd, which is to con- tinue to belong to Llanrhaiadr, because it happens to be a squire's residence,-as Canon Thomas stated it is robbing him of one of his squires." It is a downright injustice to allow the locality to remain in Llanrhaiadr. Derwen Gornal, which is only a few hundred yards from Mrs Mostyn's residence, bnt which is the residence of a small farmer, is attached to Prion, whereas the proposed school chapel, if ever erected, would be within a quarter of a mile of Derwen Gornal. I think that Canon Thomas, when he comes to consider it. will see that it is impossible that such a scheme can be tolerated in these days. (Hear, hear.) The rector has said that we have nothing to do but with what relates to the parish of Denbigh, but I think we hove a great deal more to do with it. We have to do with those portions of Llanrhaiadr which im- mediately abut upon Denbigh. All my life the district of Lawnt have come to Denbigh places of worship, and I think it is our duty to present such a scheme as this being carried into effect. I had rather a great deal that the whole of those things should fall through than that we should be parties to such a scheme. He then proposed the following resolution :—" That the scheme now produced is unsatisfactory to this meeting. That a committee, consisting of the rector, the churchwardens, and the following parishioners, be appointed to act on behalf of this parish, and that the other parishes affected by the scheme be invited to nominate a committee, and that the bishop be respectfully asked to hold a conference with the joint com- mittee."—Mr Parry Jones: I beg to second the motion. I think, from my knowledge of the parish of Llanrhaiadr, I may say that I quite agree with Mr Edwards's observations, and particularly the letter which he has written to the bishop. I think the scheme is very objectionable, particularly as regards Lawnt and that portion of Llanrhaiadr being continued to the parish of Llanrhaiadr. That a curate should be appointed for Mynydd- llech and Lawnt would be something similar to appointing a clergyman to superintend Trefnaat and Prion, as Lawnt is upwards of four miles distant from Mynydd-llech, and one would have to pass very nearly to the church of Prion to go to Mynydd-llecn. It is most absurd to think of that part of the scheme, and I also think it is not treat- ing the parishioners fairly for the clergymen of Denbigh and Llainrbaiadr to earve out these sciemes without submitting them to the rate- payers. As a ratepayer' of Llanrhaiadr I protest against this scheme, and as an inhabitant of Den- bigh I also object to it.—The motion was put to the meeting, and carried unanimously. Dr. Hughes: I would rather see the whole scheme thrown into the fire than that the parish of Denbigh should accept such terms as those. They ought, I think, to be held in contempt by the whole com- muiity.- Captain Williams (to the chairman): Of course we understand that you would be good enough not to give your consent ?—The Chairman I should like to have the sanction of the meeting to withhold my consent.—Mr Edwards: I think the best way that we can do is to tell you we don't approve of it.—The Chairman I am sorry to say if i dissent from it, it can still be carried out, but not to take effect during my lifetime.—The meeting then broke up. I.. ELLESMERE. 1, BOARD OF GUARDIANS, TUESDAY, Jan. 21st. Present—R. J. Jebb, Esq, chairmaB, Thomas Thomas, Esq., vice-chairman, Mr James Thomas, Mr Ellis, Mr J. Bateman, Mr Pryce, and Mr J. P. Stant, clerk. Statistical.-The master reported the number in the house to be-First week, 105; second week, 100. The number of vagrants relieved during the fort- night amounted to 46. The out-door relief for the fortnight was as followsEllesmere: First week, -810 5s IOld; second week, oSlO 3a 6d. Hanmer: First week, JU1 7a 6d; second week, £ 9 18a; total, £ 4,114s lOjd. THE SANITARY AUTHORITY.—A meeting of the Authority was held, at which the same guardians were present. The Sanitary State of OuMon.-The Clerk read a letter from -Dr. Perkins, with reference to the Overton district, from which it appeared that the aanitary state of that district was very unsatisfac. tory, there was no drainage for conveying away sewage and surplus water, and cesspools abounded near the back premises, and many of the wells ex. tensively used were contiminated by the drainage from the neighbouring manure heaps, Ac. He thought this state might be remedied at a compara- tively small cost, and the place be kept in a perfect samtarj condition. It was ordered that immediate action be taken in the matter, and the Clerk was instructed to write to the Inspector of Nusiances for the district, requesting him to report on each case individually at the next Board meeting.—On the suggestion of Mr James Thomas, it was also arranged that a house-to-house inspection of the whole union should be held as soon as possible.—A letter was read from Dr. Roe, respecting the out- break of a case of typhoid fever at Bettisfield the case was going through the ordinary conrse of the disease. The sanitary condition of the house, which was isolated, was satisfactory.—A report was read from the Nuisance Inspector for the district to the same effect. This was the whole of the public business. LLANGOLLEN. PEESENTATION.—Miss Annie Jones, Rase-place, Llangollen, who for the last five years has been a pupil teacher in the Llangollen British Schools, was last week presented witha a very large and ostly album, with a suitable inscription inside, by the scholars of the school. Miss Jones was always very much respected by the children. WEATHER.-This week hasbeen the severest of the season. Snow and sleet fall alternately ia the day time, and in the evenings a biting frost sets in. Some yonug gentlemen have been skating on the ponds on the hill-tops. GOOD TEHPLARISH.- W e understand that a lodge of Good Templars is going to be established in Llangollen. We wish the promoters every success, and hope that Llangollen, now noted for its ale, wiil be made noted for something more beneficial to mankind. LOCAL BOARD.-A special meeting of the Llan- stollen Local Poard was held in the Boardroom on Thursday, the 16th inst., for the purpose of con- sidering the estimates for the year ending March '25th, 1874. The members present were S. G. Fell, Esq. (chairman), Messrs. J. Thomas, R. Griffith, S. Jonea, T. Hughes, J. Pugb, E. Roberts, R. Baker, S. Hughes. The notice convening the meeting having been read by the clerk, the Chair- man lead three resolutions, which had been passed at a meeting of the ratepayers of the town, held in the Assembly Room the previous evening, and which were signed by Mr W. Jones, the chairman of the meeting. The estimate for the year was passed by the board, though not unanimously, as follows: Ist, An amount of E115 2s 3d, the amount of unpaid bills standing from last year. 2ad, A amount of 241 13s, as roadman's wages. 3rd, A sum of jE25 10s, for breaking and carrying road materials. 4th, Watering the streets, j620. 5th, The sum of jE89 3s, as salaries. 6th, Au amount of 213 149, for taxes, tithes, &e. 7th, Gas for public lamps and Market Hall, JES4 10s. 8tb, The sum of 27 as election expenses. 9th, Advertising and printing, j68. 10th, An amount of 2499 17s lOd, for interest and instalment, lltb, Paving public footpaths, 250.-A few of the mem- bers objected to some of the items, but the majority were of opinion that the estimate should be passed. OSWESTRY. CHURCH OF ENGLAND YOUNG MEN'S SOCIETY. On Tuesday evening, Mr T. A. Bentley, of Shrews- bnry, read Shakespeare's Julius Csesar" in the Victoria Rooms, the proceeds being for the benefit of the local branch of the Church of England Young Men's Society. Mr A. C. Arkwright presided, and there was a fair attendance. In the course of the evening a pianoforte solo was played by Mrs Cuth. bert and Miss Poele. AMATEUR CHRISTY MINSTRELS.—An entertain. ment given by the Oawestry Amateur Ethiopian Serenaders. in aid of the Old Chureh Restoration Fund, attracted a crowded audience to the Victoria Rooms on Friday week. A programme of the kind oommon to entertainments of this character was very effectively gone through, in a manner that re- flected credit on the individual members of the troupe, some fifteen in number. OSWESTRY AND LLANGYGOG RAILWAY.—The me- morial on Standing Orders against this Bill was lodged in the Private Bill Office last week. It is of great lengbb, filling no less than thirty-fonr sheets. A great number of allegations could doubtless be disposed of, .but it was considered by those used to parliamentary contests that some of the objec- tions would be fatal. Having this in view, and look- ing also to the great cost that must necessarily be incurred in fighting step by step a memorial of such a character, it was at last decided not to pay in the requisite parliamentary deposit, which ought to have been paid in prior to the 15th January, but payment of which was withheld until it was ascer- tained, on the 16th, that the memorial had really been lodged. It is unfortunate, when the oppon- ents of the Bill are able to attack it by parliament- ary opposition at so early a stage, as it precludes the merits of any line being laid before a parliamen- tary committee, and any attempt to carry a line from Oswestry to Llansilin, and Llanrhaiadr must now necessarily stand over for a future session. The signatures to the memorial in opposition are in the following orderR. T. Lloyd, G. Dumville Lees, Edward Williams for self, and'EJward Burke Wood and W. I. BaD, co-trustee, Thomas Jones, and R. E. Jones. SUPPRESSION OF CRUELTY TO ANIHALS.—A meeting of those interested ill the formation of a local society to aid in the suppression of cruelty to animals was held in the National school-room on Monday evening. The meeting was called for half. past seven, but at that hour the audience was limited to the Vicar and a lady, and when the proceedings commenced shortly before eight o'clock, there were nly seven persons present. Subsequently this num- ber was increased todeven* three of the audience being ladies. In the unavoidable absence of the Mayor, the Vicar was called upon to preside.—The Rev. T. Gasquoine briefly detailed what had been done since the public meeting held some weeks ago, ond stated that subscriptions had been promised by and received from Mr and Miss Jebb, of Ellesmere, Miss Dorsett Owen, Mrs How, Mr Charles MinshaU, Dr. and Mrs Fuller, and others. Mr Tom Roberts had kindly promised to render all the assistance he possibly could, and an inhabitant of the town had expressed his willingness to act as local agent, should it be found necessary to appoint such an official.-The Rev. R. 'E. Warren, of Shrewsbury, Secretary of the Shropshire branch of the Royal Society, then explained the operations of the Society in various parts of the county. In Shrewsbury, the branch society had been established two years. Dur- ing the first eighteen months of its existence two officers were sent down from the Parent Society, and during that time thirty-two convictions were obtained at a cost of 2180 or X200, towards which the local society had only been able to contribute .250. Since May 30th he had commenced the system of paying the county police 5s for each conviction they obtained, and the result had been that since that date up to January 1st there bad been thirtv- three convictions, against thirty-two, the work of the London officers for eighteen months. The cost had been reduced to .£15 4s 7d, so that more convic- tions had followed in six months than during the eighteen months the London officers had been en- gaged, and the work had been done efficiently at a less cost. He suggested that the Oswestry branch should follow the example of that which had been formed in Shrewsbury, and work through the medium of the county police; and also employ a man to look after the Smitbfield. In every town in Shropshire he would like to have a local committee formedj having some of its members on the general committee at Shrewsbury, and thus the whole county might work together in unison. In Oswestry the police had obtained five convictions, and the officer of the society, Sergeant Dobie, two, and in one of the cases in which the police prosecuted, the defend- ant was fined.25.-The Vicar in proposing a vote of thanks to Mr Warren, expressed regret that there were so few persons in Oswestry who cared to brave the elements to listen to him. He thought the best plan would be tolcanvass subscriptions and then ap- point a committee to see the work carried out.—The Her. T. Gasquoine had no doubt that when the com- mittee get actually to work, Mr Warren would find a larger audience to greet him. He proposed that a provisional committee should be formed to consist of the Mayor, the Rev. Howell Evans, Miss Dorsett Owen, Dr. and Mrs Fuller, Mrs Woodall, and Mrs Gasquoine. Miss Owen seconded the motion, which was adopted.—The Rev. T. Gasqaoine was appointed hon. sec., pro. tem.-A vote of thanks to the Vicar, proposed by Mrs Gasquoine, and seconded by Mr Warren, terminated the proceedings. RUABON. NATIONAL SCHOOL.—We understand Mr I. Lloyd has resigned the mastership of the national schools, having received a good commercial appointment in South Staffordshire. VOLUNTEBBs.-The 2nd D.R.V. will hold a church parade on Sunday (to-morrow), assembling at James's Farm at a quarter-past ten. The officers of the corps, Lieutenant Roberta and Ensign Thomson, will be present, and it is hoped there will be a good muster. LECTURE AT WYNNSTAT.—The first of a series of lecture on A chriatian's life," was delivered on Wednesday evening last by the Rev. T. Meredith, in Miss Williams Wynn's schools, to an attentive and appreciative audience. The rev. chaplain in- timated that they would be given every Wednesday evening at seven o'clock while they lasted, and that they would principally treat on the obstacles" of a christian's life, and the Help" to overcome them. Judging from the introductory lecture they will prove both edifying and instructive. We may also remark that through the liberality and kindness of Sir Watkin and Lady Williams Wynn, the school has been opened for the winter evenings for adult classes in reading, writing, and arithmetic, and a large number haa taken advantage of this great boon. Mr LloJd, the national schools, Ruabon, has been engaged-for instructor. SCHOOL BOARD, WEDNESDAY.—Mr E. Morris (chairman), Rev. A. L. Taylor ivice-chairman),, Rev. J. A. Morris, Rev. R. Ll. Owen, Mr Pullar, Mr Thomson, Dr. Roberts, and Mr Jones, clerk. Acrefair School Site.—Mr Thomson, on belialf of the New British Iron Company, stated that the company are prepared to sell the board 5,779 square yards of land at 3001. an acre, the minerals not being reserved, for the purpose of building a school in Acrefair.—On the motion of the Rev. J. A. Morris, seconded by Dr. Roberts, it was unani- mously resolved to accept the offer of the company, and the clerk was instructed to forward a plan of the site to the Education Department for their ap- proval, and asking their lordships to recommend the Public Works Loan Commissioners to lend the board the amount necessary to purchase the site. Vote of Thanks.-It was moved by the Rev. R. Ll. Owen. seconded by the Rev. J. A. Morris, "That the best; thanks of the bojird be accorded to G. Thomson, Esq., as manager of the New British Iron Company, fer his kindness and valuable ser- vices in the matter of obtaining from his company a site for the Board School at Acrefair."—Carried unanimously.—Mr Thomson briefly thanked tha board for the resolution they had passed. Ponkey School Site.-A letter was read from Mr Evans, Oswestry, on behalf of Major West, Ruthin, offering the board the Open Ca3t laud, containing 5071 square yards for the price of 2401., reserving tbe minerals. The state ot the mines and of the water in that district was discussed. Ultimately it was decided that the members should make en- quiries with regard to the same at the next meet- iD. School Plans.—Mr Sherwin, of Manchester, at- tended and produced block and ground plans, &c., of the Cifn and Acrefair schools.—After a long dis. cussion the further consideration of the plans was postponed until the next meeting, when the speci- fications and the estimates would be forthcoming. The Board and a Legal Adviser.-The motion which stood in Mr Pllllar's name to appoint Mr Jones, of Wrexhan, the legal adviser of the board was, owing to the lateness of the hour, postponed until the next meeting. The Board and the Grammar School.-The new scheme for the governing of the Grammar School gives the board power to nominate six of the governors.—On the motion of the Rev. R. L'. Owen, and seconded by the Rev. J. A. Morris,- it was re- reived that a special meacial meeting be held next Wednesday, for the purpose of appointing six governors for the Ruabon Grammar School, aact also to receive a report from the Rhos School Com- mittee. RUTHIN. n 1 11 ENTERTAINMENT.—lde trial ot uarcieii v. Pickwick" was enacted (or rather attempted to be enacted) in the Assembly-rooms, Ruthin, on Friday (yesterday) week. The entertainment was announced to be under the presidency of the Lord-Lieutenant (Major C. West), but his position as chairman was occupied by the Mayor of Ruthin, the former being unavoidably prevented from being present. A good audience was gathered within the walls, but their anticipated enjoyment was not in any way realised, the performers having evidently neglected to bestow sufficient attention to the piece, and any notion of stage management had been entirely overlooked. The entertainment was given in aid of the funds of the Working Men's Institute. HIGHWAY BOARD.—A special meeting of the Ruthin Highway Board was held in the County Hall, Ruthin, on Monday last. R. G. Johnson, Esq., occupied the chair, and there were also present Mr Robert Roberts, Derwen; Mr John Worthing- ton, Llanbedr; Mr Thomas Griffiths, Mr J. Rogers, Mr Thomas Jones, Mr Humphrey Hughes, Llanar- mon, and the Rev. the Warden ot Ruthin, ex. officio.—Mr LI. Adams, clerk to the board, sui)* mitted the general accounts for the past year, which shewed the following result :-Total receipts during the year, Xl02G 9s 9d; expenditure, .4932 17s; leaving a balance in hand on the whole account of X93 12a 9d. The rate of expenditure in the different parishes was as follows :-Uanelidan, 4d in the ?poand; Llanarmon, 3?d Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, 5d; Llanfwrog, j Llanynys, 4id; Clocaenog, 4id; Derwen, 5id; Effenechtyd, 3Jd; Gyffyliog, 5d Llanbedr, 3d; Llanganhafal, 3ii; Llanychan, 4id; Llandegla, 3d; Llauferres, 2d; Llanrhydd, 2id j the average expenditure throughout the district for the past year being 4d and a traction on the rateable value of the parishes.—In the circular convening the meeting, each waywarden had been requested to report on the general state of the roads in the respective parishes, and the waywardeas present at the meeting stated that with very few exceptions, the roads were in better order than they were under the old system, and were still gradually improving. They were certainly not so satisfactory as could be wished, but the past year had been all exceptional one as regarded the weather.—Mr E. Humphreys, the surveyor, placed before the board an estimate of the expenditure likely to be incurred next year, ending the 31st December, which in the aggregate amounted to £ 760. The estimate was approved of, and ordered to be published. A cheque for -650 was given to the surveyor to defray the expenses of repairs for the ensuing month.—The extent of road in the whole of the parishes is 194 miles. PETTY SESSIONS, JANUARY 20.-Before R. G. Johnson, Esq., and the Rev. the Warden of Rutbin. Assault.—George Jackson, gamekeeper, LIan. ferres, was charged by Richard Jones, blacksmith, of the same place, with assaulting him on the 10th inst. William Jackson, of Llauferres, gamekeeper, was charged with Richard Jones with using threatening language towards him. Mr Clough, Bala, appeared for the two defendants. The com- plainant asked for an adjourument in order that he might summon his witnesses. The cases were adjourned for a fortnight. Drunk, fa—William Jones, Llanrhydd, slater, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at that place on the 2nd inst. Defendant admitted his guilt, and said that his brother had been married on the day before, and he had a bottle in his pocket." Fiued 10s and costs.—Robert Roberts, labourer, Llanfwrog, was charged with being drunk and dis- orderly in Well-street, in that place. P.C. Rowlands proved the case. The defendant had been convicted a month ago for a similar offence. He did not now appear, and he was fined 40s and costs, or a month's imprisonment, with hard labour. The Chairman Do you know where defendant got his drink from ? Rowlands: No, sir. Chairman: You cannot stop these things without you get to know that.—Robert Ellis, of Llanbedr, was charged by D.S. Dickens with being drunk and disorderly. The defendant was found incapable in the middle of the road. Fined 10s and costs. Another Assault. Hugh Lloyd, Gyffylliog, labourer, was charged by William Jones, farmer, of the same place, with assaulting him on the 14th inst. Complainant is a musician in the village band, and on the night in question, as he was returning home, the defendant struck him on the mouth and threatened to do him further injury. He gave him no provocation, except when the complainant was practising in the schoolroom the defendant tried to snter, which he would not permit, as he was not a member of the bond.—The magistrates fined the defendant 5s and costs, lis. BOARD OF GUARDIANS, JAN. 20th.—Present: Rev. David Roberts (chairman), John Jenkins, Esq., Thomas Hughes, Esq., R. G. Johnson, Esq., Rov. John Griffiths, Rev. the Warden of Ruthin, Mr David Griffiths, Mr Edward Humphreys, Mr Thomas Symond, Mr John Jones, Mr Charles Goodman Jones. Pauper Patients. Dr. Turner Jones, super- intendent of North Wales Counties Lunatic Asy- lum, in his half-yearly statement to t.,e board, stated that there were at present 18 patients in the asylum chargeable to the union, all of whom, with one exception, were in a good state of health. The Inspector of Nuisances. The following letter was read Local Government Board, Whitehall. S. W., 14th January, 1873. SIR,—I am directed by the Local Government Board to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 30th ultimo, and to state that they sanction, until the 25th of March next, the appointment of Mr Henry Davies as inspector of nuisances for the rural sanitary district of the Ruthin Union, with the remuneration of 160 for his services.—I am, Sir, your obedient servant, JOHN S. HIBBERT, Secretary. The House.-The Master reported that there were now in the house 74, corresponding week last year 94. There had been 12 vagrants relieved dur- ing the past fortnight. Finance.-For the past fortnight the expenditure had' been in out-relief by Thomas Griffiths £ 92 8s., and by W. H. Jones iJ61 14s. Cheques of Y.85 and A65 were granted to the two relieving officers re- spectively, leaving a balance to the credit of the treasurer of X1765 3s. 2d.
—■ ■■ ■ ■ ——— TRAFFIC RECEIPTS. 18W Great Western ) 7ós West Midland ? 1872. South W:ùes. £77,6 1473! Londonand North Western ) £ 138,370 Shrewsbary and Hereford ? 1872. Shropshire Union 1 .1171 9 1 2 7 5 8 1 CAMBRIAN RAILWAYS.—(178 miles open).-Tragic, for the week ending Jan. 19, 1873. Passengers, parcel* horses, carriages, dogs, and mails;. zC 1074 Os Od BIer- chandise, minerals, and cattle, ,;1:;1454 Os ed total for the weel, t2528 Os Od; aggregate to this d?te. £ 7,055. Corresponding week last year (178 miles open)': -Passengers parcels, horses, carriages, dogs, and maila! ?1029 Os OD; merchandise, minerals, and <-attlfT* 1337 9s 8d; total for the week..£2 Os Od; aggr: ditto, 6,684.
j "A VISIT TO EPPS'S COCOA MANUFACTORY.—^Through the kindness of Messrs Epps, I recently had an oppor- tunity of seeing the many complicated and varied BTO. cesses the Cacao bean passes through ere it is sold for public use, and, being both interested and highly pleased with what I saw during my visit to the manufactory, I thought a brief account of the Cacao, and the way it in manufactured by Messrs Epps, to fit it for a wholesolas and nutritious beverage, nught be of interest to the readers of 'Land and Water.—See Article in "Laud and Water," October 14 BREAKFAST.—EPPS'S COCOA.—GRATEFUL AND COX. FORTING. By a thorough knowledge of the natural laws which govern the operations of digestion and nutrition, and by a. careful application of the fine properties of well-selected cocoa, Mr Epps has ?-? -nded our breakfast tables with a delicately navm? beverage which may save us many heavy doctors' bills- _CiW S<yBMe Gazette. Made simply with boibg water or milk. Each packet is labeuJt?E?t-? EP ￼ RR/IIPP"'5 CACWI™- • ?ry 'tb? "ovveerraag?e ?toe and Co., Homoeopathic Chemists, thin beverage fo; evemng mse. 9 MANUFACTURE OF COCOA, CACAOINE ANT> CH?r<t. L*™R^WVVU1 ?°W give an account ofSeSSSS adopted by Messrs James Epps and Co., manu?ur? of dietetic articles, at their works in theE?onR?* GSG Article in Part 19 of CwW* Househ<M G ¡¿icl. 27gs
COITWEN. INSFBCTOB OF NUISANCES.-At the meeting of; the sanitary committee, held on Fridcy, the 17th inst., Mr Henry Moltby was appointed inspector of: nuisances for the Corwen district, and was ordered to bring in his report by the 1st April. GOOB TEMPLAB DEMONSTBATIOK. On Friday- evening, a public meeting was held by the Glyndwr Lodge of Good Templars in the British School. room, <Corwen. The chair was taken at seven o'clock'by the Rev. H. C. Williams, W.C.T., who, after prayer being offered by the Rev. J. Peters, caUed upon the Rev. 8.. Williams 'to read letters of apology for non-attendance from the Rev. J. P. Evans, rector of Efenechtyd, (Ruthin; W. H. Darby, Esq., of Brymbo; and Mr J. Roberts (Garibaldi), of Rhyl, who regretted their inability to be present, and expressed their warmest sympathy with rdle obj ects of the meet- ing.—The Chairman said that this meeting was held by (fee Good tremplars to give a reason for their existence. They were only some few weeks old, yet they could speak a little, and were full of authority, full of hopes and aspirations for the future.—T&e Rev. J. Peters, T.R.O.S., of Bala, moved That this -meeting, in view of the pre- valence of intemperance with all its concomitant evils, rejoices to hear of the exertions put forth and the great success achieved by Good Templarism to check these evils, and effeet a thorough reforma- tion in the land.—"Hie Rev W.Williams, P.W.C.T liriefly seconded the resolution. —Mr Lester, G.W.C.T., moved a resolution involving the prin- ciple of the Permissive Bill. He said that he agreed with the previous speaker, that drunkenness was a moral evil, yet at the same time it was a physical evil. There was some speciality about it which made the most predominant evil of the day. It becomes a disease, so that the temple built by Divine hands becomes uofit to be tenanted by the Holy Spirit.—The Rev. E. P. Jones, Ph. JD., of Mostyn, seconded the resolution in an energetic address, which was much cheered. The motion was passed unanimously amid loud cheers^—Mr Ralph, of Wrexham, spoke a few words, and sang an appropriate song.—The Rev. Dr. Jones moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, which was seconded by Mr Evan James. solicitor, and carried unanimously. This terminated a most enthusiastic meeting, and 34 gave their names as willing to join the lodge. CEFN AND RHOSYMEDRE. I OJKATOBIO.—We have great pleasure in drawing our readers' attention to the fact that the Cefu Choral Union give a performance of the oratorio The Messiah," in the Tabernaele, on Tuesday, the lath of February. Never before has such a peiformance been attempted in this district, and we heartily wish it success. ENXESTALNMEKT.—On Tuesday night, the first of a series of entertainments was given st the Baptist Tabernacle, Cefn. The chair was taken by the worthy pastor, Rev. J. A. Morris. After a short address by the chairman, the programme was commenced, it being a very good one. Several glees were very well rendered by Mr T. Davies and party, solos were also rendered by several amateur singers, and also duets, readings, &c. In the course of the meeting Mr T. C. Jones, Cambrian House, gave an address upon the importance of using our leisure hours to the cultivation of our minds, and undoubtedly it will have a good effect upon the minds of his young hearers. The meeting was not very well attended, owing to it being insufficiently announced. It is intended to keep these entertainments oc for a short time. A vote of thanks to the chairman was given, and the meeting broke up with singing the National Anthem. GOOD TEMPLAR DEMONSTRATION.—On Wednes- day afternoon a numerous gathering of (members of of the Hope of Cefn Lodge, with visitors from garth, Rhos, Wrexham, Oswestry, and other places, sat down to tea in the schoolroom of the Wesleyan Chapel, Acrefair. Theme being despatched, the entire company proceeded, to the large Tabernacle, Cefn, for the purpose of holding a public meeting. Most of those present wore the regalia of the Order, but the darkness prevented the formation of any. thing like a procession. As they went, however, the whole throng sang lustily one of the odes com- posed for the recent Wrexham demonstration, the burden of it being Good Templars are rising in Wales," and which being rendered to the well. known tune of Hen Wlad fy Nhkdnn," drew vast crowds to the corners of streets, to see what was stirring. The large building was well filled, and the proceedings commenced by the reading of a telegram from Mr Whalley, M.P., who had been announced to preside, explaining the cause of his necessary absence. To supply his place the Rev. F. Wagstaff, S.D.G. W.C.T., was called, and prayer was offered by Bro. the Rev. Mr Evans, of Garth.—The Chairman first called on Bro. Evans, of Oswestry, district-deputy for Shropshire, who delivered an eloquent and earnest address, chiefly expository of the principles of the Order in their politIcal. aspect, and pointed out that the aim of the present agitation was to secure power for the people to prohibit the traffic when so disposed.—Mr Bryan, D.G.W.C.T., then presented, in a few appropriate words, a hand. some tea and coffee service to Bro. Chester, W.S., from the members of the Hope of Cefn Lodge, as a mark of esteem and regard and congratulation on his recent marriage.Bro. Chester having suitably replied, an ode was sung, "Rouse, Templars, Rouse!" after which the Chairman spoke on-the adaptation of the Good. Templar movement to arose the Christian conscience of the country to the necessity for temperance reform. He also urged strongly the use of non-intoxicating wine for sacramental purposes, and disputed the propriety of; liquor-sellers being deemed eligible. for church membership.—After another ode, Bro. Hughes, W.F.S., addressed the meeting in Welsh, and "Good Templars are rising in Wales," was sung with great spirit. Then followed a second Welsh speech from Bro. Dodd, of Rhos, and one in English by Bro. Price Jones, W.C., of Wrexham, who vigorously described the work already accomplished and the work still to be done.—Bro. Cooke during the evening read some witty rhymes composed for the occasion;, and votes of thanks being passed to the ladies for providing tea, to the speakers, and to the chairman, the proceedings were closed by sing- ing "God bless our band" to the tunc of the National Anthem. DENBIGH. _.1 MARKET, JAN. 22NJ>.—The market was well attended, but business was tardy, Jjftte quotations underwent little or no change. Wheat, 19a to 209 per 1681b. barley, 15s to 16a per 1471b.; oats, 9a to 10s per 105th. fresh butter, 18d to 19d per lb. tub ditto, 13d per lb. ;.fowls, 2i 6d to 3s 6d per couple; eggs, 13 to 14 for Is. NEW CHURCH.—A meeting of the new church committee was held on Monday, when a statement of the assets and liabilities up to December 31st last was produced, and we are sorry to find that there appears to be still a deficiency of upwards of ^800 to meet the estimated expenditure. We would venture to commend the case to the favour- able consideration of those friends of the church in the neighbourhood who have not hitherto con. tributed to supply a want so long felt and acknow- ledged in Denbigh. SEASONABLE FESTIVITIEs.Before the festive season has departed, Mr John Armor, the landlord of the Royal Oak, Denbigh, in accordance with time honoured custom, called together a meeting of his friends on Monday night last, to partake of a con- vival supper. A large number of respectable and influential citizens were present, and the chair was taken by the worthy "mine host," Mr Alderman Davies d-jing honour to the vice. After the removal of the cloth the loyal, patriotic and other toasts were duly honoured. A CUILD ACCIDENTALLY DBOWNED. On San- day, a little girl, named Margaret Haghes, was walking. across a wooden bridge over the river Geirw, at Tynynant, near Cerrigydruidion, when, owing to the rickety state of the bridge, she was precipitated into the water. Same children who were with her gave an alarm, and some men. hastened to the spot; but their efforts to save the child were unavailing, owing to the strong current in the river caused by the late heavy rains. An inquest on the body was held on Tuesday, by Dr. Pierce Williams, and a verdict of "Accidentally drowned" was returned, the coroner at the same calling attention to the dangerous state of the bridge, which he considered was greatly in need of repair. DENBIGH SAVINGS' BANK.—The annual meeting of the trustees and managers of this bank was held on Tuesday last, the 21st inst., when there were present Thomas Hughes, Esq., treasurer, in the ehair; the Rev. L. Lesvis, Messrs, Messare A. E. Tumour, T. Gold Edwards, aad J. Parry Jones, trustees; J. Jones, Hugh Roberts, T. S. Lunt, F. Wynne, end R. Lloyd Williams, managers. The auditor, in his report (which was read), noticed an increase-of 17 in the number of depositors in the bank on the 20th of November last, as compared with the number of depositors last year, the amount now due to the depositors being £ 6,009 j 3s. lid. The general statement and returns, required by the Commissioners for the Reduction j of the National Debt,were-approved and signed, and the meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the chairman, proposed by A. E. Tumour, Esq., seconded by the Rev. L. Lewis, and carried unani- mously. OOUNTY PETTY SESSIONS.-JAX. 22.-Before Capt. W. D. W. Griffitb, Rev. David Roberts, P. H. Chambres, Esq., and Captain Puxcell Wiliiams. Turnpike .Tolls.Rebecca Williams, the keeper of the Llanrbaiadr turnpike gate was summoned by William Owen, Llanrhaiadr, for illegally demanding and taking certain toll from him, as toll for a don- <key carrying oata te the mill to be ground. Mr Humphrey Roberts appeared for the complainant, apd Mr. Marcus Louis, for the defendant.—The com- plainant stated the facts of his case, and Mr Roberts contended that the oats came within the meaning of the statute, wherein certain articles are named as being exempt from toll. Mr Leuis re- quested the Bench to refer to the General Turnpikes Act, where it stated-that persons claiming to be. ex. empted for any articles named in the act, must exemption at ithe time. and state-at the same time the grounds upon which such exemption was made. This had not been done, and he therefore 4unintained that the objection he bad made was a, .fatal one.—The Bench agreed and dismissed the .case.
!mancipation, go ng on with the Reform T &it?ert.ment to the ontry, the amend- ￼ fe r.oor laws, and ending, as they bad ?ith th* Pas?ing of tke Ballot BM; and he "?' ￼ that the services which the Liberal party ￼ iu the past to this country were the bich commenced themselves to every ?m?B; ai.d they v<ry fairly and properly ceL to that party, and they very preperly Hbat td"st to which be was now responding. T?- party w?B not dead. (Applause.) 'P'????tndnJ had said that their sand bad °?'? ?t. notion was tb; t the sand was in an Y.j, t he and ran out, and a?l they bad to do 'V ti e ?!ass and it ran back again. The s ?. ?v h?d now got to tha' position. At that t th? Wtre about turning the glass, and they ctftkn g a new lease of Hfe—(laughter)— ? ?pn the expression had been uttered-that a b'ld ce "ed to exist-it was the wish that was Y r'to the thoa?ht. They had he ad a good d?a) the last few years of the great Coneervattve tin tb&t bad taken place in the country, but ￼ nothing in it. He recollected the tiOD of Y?52. when the Conservatives were in r ￼ the d'??olution took place, and when the 'f(t t. t *?' ??'.da ? w<?re to maintain power for all time. '?Tt did it end in ? In Lord Derby and Mr rimr to go to a dungeon, and there to mtunLior, )oDg time. He reco! ected the re-action ￼ ￼ --A n/r_ T>: i: t--? ?.? T&'Q when ^ora Vtruy »uu ?' ?-"antHn imu gut to p'wer upon the back of the Liberal divisions in ?P?g of Commons. They got into power for a ? ??<. and the great Conservative reaction had "? Sn and the election of 1859 took place. ?er they were again put into the dungeon, .? remained for a long time; and the only 'tace'derived from it was this: After fourteen '?h?cowpr Mr Disraeli was entitled to a pen- f 21 Z. a year, which had been drawn from ? °'gto the present. That was what came out '? ??<iervat ve reaction. Then he recollected ?Snofl868. They Uew at that time the °r'v were in power, and the country was to re- ?' to p?jamentsuch an overwhelming majority ?rour of Tory principles that the Liberal party Q,j?..rcd as dea?, and buried, and were never ￼ tn rise ag?in. What was the result of that t Conservative reaction P That Mr Gladstone ? icto power with a majority of 120, and from at day to this they had heard nothing of Mr israeli except that he was living at Hughenden. ehtcr.) Then they knew of course that at the iLiIl:]Dg of last year the reaction had set in in eat and Mr Gladstone was to be turned out rectly Parliament met. However, he was still in wer, and the last indication they had of it was the IfTfition of Lord Hanmer to the House of Peers. I he reaction had set in so determinedly and re-: I &- I,- lutely that Mr liowiey vuuwy wtts tu uc .eturneu r the Flintshire borougbs-(Iaugbter)-and it had waited in Sir Bobert Cunliffe sitting at that table s their representative, and Mr Rowley Conwy re- aaining at Budrhyddan. (Loud applause.) The action was a mere sham. It had always been. eal sham, and it always must be a real sham— laughter)—and he would tell them why. It was npo-sibie for a country such as this to go on and a]10'\V a Conservative to go into power, for that [ovemment must of necessity be one or other of o characters. If it was a strong Conservative inurnment it must be retrogressive. Was this 11 th t" N" d N ") untry going to allow that ? No, and Never. ) f it were a weak Conservative Government tken t was a Government that would sacrifice principle o expediency, and this country would never permit bat. They had in the history of three weak Jovernments they had had-lirst, under Lord Derby nd Mr Disraeli; secondly, under Lord Derby d Mr Disraeli; and thirdly, under Mr Disraeli evidence in abundance that every principle en cared for in this country was sacrificed to arty, :and that party was sacrificed to office. (Applause.) He would say that the views of the electors of this country were decidedly in favour of Ihonesty-sterling honesty. He respected a man who remained true to his principles. Show him a man who laid down a broad principle, and who said lie believed in his conscience that that principle was right. He respected that man, however much he iffered from him; but do nit bring before him a an who set up the pretence-of being in favour of a principle and then sacrificed -that principle for place. The man who did tha., he despised, and he lMr Salisbury) was but a representative man, for he inturea to say that the country despised such a an and such a party, and it was therefore im- ssibe for a Conservative Government to be in power in this country. He would thereforesay that the Conservative reaction was not only a sham in the past, a sham at the present, but it always must ifce so. He had now just one word to say on behalf IOf the L beral party. Mr Roberts had said they irere divided into sections. They knew there really was no danger to them from the Conservatives— their danger arose from themselves. (Hear, hear.) If they were only united they could do almost scything they pleased in the country; but they knew: perhaps he was not the man to broach that matter, became he was always found to be an extreme man. He was a Dissenter, and therefore his sympathies were in that direction he was a teetotaller, and his sympathies must be in that direction-(bestr, hear) be was a man of peace and his sympathies must always be in that dircotion. He must entertain of necessity very strong views upon all the points that were held bydiffereint sections of their party, but they must bear in mind that sectional leaders as a rule were earnest men, and they held very earnestly to their opinions. (Hear, bear.) Now, the enemy, according to his -own statement, was at their door. He for one did not mean to let the Conservative party go back to power if he could present it, and be weuld co-operate with every section in their party, and he would give up a great many of his personal wishes to secure union. He wished to see confidence in their Jeader. He would say that although Mr Gladstone might deserve well-of them, they owed him noeiid .of obligations. (Applause.) He had been the greatest leader they had eater had. He woubi speak kindly of Lord Russell, be would speak kindly of Lord Palmerston, but until Mr Gladstone came into power they never had bad a leader whose sympathies were so entirely in aaison with those of his supporters. (Applause.) He would say that it was their .duty as members of the Liberal party to give up & great many of their ?ms for the purpose of keeping that man in power. If he could not do all for them that they hoped, he ccnld do more for them than any other man could do. (Applaut-e.) He (Mr Salisbury) was not one of those people who would prefer getting a small mercy from the Conservatives than a bigger mercy from the Liberals; and from conviction and from close observation—for he knew their Conservative friends, no one better-he was assured that the future greatness of this country depended upon a quiet progressive Liberalism, and that that quiet progressive Liberalism would lead eventually to the redemption of this country from laws which were pressing upon the consciences of men, and which were offensive to them in many ways. They should work together, and with a full determined pull, not oniy to keep the ccach wheel in the right groove, but to take pood care that no other coach get in it. Their true policy lay in that directibn, and he hoped that as Uk on was strength, so would it be with them, that they mieht be as much as possible a united party, and thdt their common cry would be Mr Giads-tone and the Liberal party for ever." (Loud applause.) Now they knew, of course, that it was very easy to speak of the past, but who could speak of the future? Who could go into The womb of time and say what was to take place P He thought he could. (Laughter.) He was not a prophet, it was true; but he was the next thing to prophet—a hermit. (Laughter.) Being a sort of recluse, and living in his own hermitage on the "order of Wales, of course he was able to think a good deal. He had thought a good deal, and he thougkt he could tell them that they would have another general election within two years from that time, and he would undertake to say on behalf of the Liberal party of North Wales that when that election took place they might look in vain in the "ouse of Commons for a Conservative member from North Wales. (Applause.) He would tell eui Ulore. He would veuturo to teUthem that in tna tod city, which was the capital of that county daughter), was over the election came and they bad | to speak of ?' they would speak with wonderment M f 3thf e day when they had a Conservative member for that city; and that in turning their glass to 5™ their sand was running all right, they would hen be ab'e to say that the whole of North Wales and ?"??er, and he hoped the greater portion of the Chester county, had returned a great majority M Ltber?is to ParU)hment. (Applause) They .ould return no one but Liberals from North "aie?, and he thought that the Conservative sand ul, not only have run out, but that the bottom of t?,ir gt?s would be broken, and when they took it P to turn it there would be no sand to run ourou9ti it. (Loud applause.) Dr. J. Conway Davies of Holywell, proposed "Tbe Lord Lieutenants of Wales," coupled with the name of Major West, whom he was pleased to see present, and whom he regarded as the right ralu in the right place." Major West, would be was snre perform his duty with regard to the ap- pointment of magistrates in a conscientious and latisfactory manner. (Applause.) > Major West who was warmly received, said that the first of what might be called the non- Political toasts, and which was of an official character. He was quite certain that all the Lords lieutenants of Wales invariably acted in perfect good faith, having the public good in view, and with a strong desire of appointing gentlemen on the bench who were men of independent position, and 1I'ho possessed the love and the respect of the in- habitaBtg. There was hardly any appointment Inlide which the public prints had in any way re- garded as wrong. (Applause.) He had come there thateveling, because of his strong sympathy With the object ef the meeting, and to shew his esteem and personal regard for their guests. -(bear, hear)- and at the same time do honour to the great cause pf which they were the mouth- flece in the county, The county deeemd great credit for sending two such staunch Liberals to represent them, and he thought also that Denbigh- shire deserved well of the Liberal party, for two out of the three members belonged to the Liberal party- (applause (-and so long as the Conservatives were satisfied with that share of the representation he did not think the existing state of things should be disturbed, but if their opponents tried to recover one of the two seats now occupied by the Liberal it would be then their duty to wrest the third seat from them. (Applause.) He be- lieved that the Conservatives were preparing for a severe contest in the Denbighshire Boroughs, and that a kind of joint stock company had been started for the propagation of con- stitutional ideas. They had also, through the same medium, circulated an extremely ill-drawn portrait of their proposed candidate for the Flint- shire Boroughs. (Laughter and cheers.) He was in favour of the establishment of Financial Boards in all counties, and there were but few justices who would dislike to have a more direct influence on the part of the ratepayers in the management of the county finances. (Applause.) In conclusion, he would say that if the Liberals of North and South Wales would fuse their differences, and con- sent to act together, they would not only retain the seats which they possessed, but in all probability they would gain many more. (Loud applause.) Mr P. M. Evans, in a brief speech, proposed the Coauty and Borough Magistrates. Their services were generally appreciated by the county, and with the toast he would couple the name of R. Frost, Esq., and the Mayor of Flint—a gentleman who was the representative of the working men of the county. (Applause.) Mr R. Frost said that the warm manner in which the toast had been received was some re- ward for the services rendered by the magistrates to the county, and it was also an indication that the county to some degree were satisfied with their services. If mistakes were made, and there were none of them above it, they were those not of the heart but of judgment. (Hear, hear.) He was in favour of the establishment of financial boards, though he did net think that the affairs of the; county would be more economically managed thereby, and from his experience of elected repre- sentatives and the court of qaarter sessions, he must say that the latter were more economical in their management. Mr Ishmael Jones also briefly replied. Mr J. S. Williams, Caerwys, briefly proposed the County and Borough Electors, which was as briefly responded to by Mr William Lester, of Vron Ofla. Mr G. Bellis proposed the Mining and Com- mercial interests, and in a short speech congratu- lated the district on the present flourishing state of the coal trade. He hoped that capitalists will be able, and more than able to recoup themselves for the investments they had made. Unfortu- nately lead mining was hardly in so flourishing a condition, bat there was no doubt but that the district was richly endowed, if capital and skill could be obtained to work it. (Hear, hear.) Mr E. P. Jones, who was warmly received, rose to respond. He said that in their end of the room they were disposed to be more liberal than those at the head of the table, for some of them had heard but little of what had taken place, and he would endeavour to make himself heard. There were several things necessary in order to secure a state of prosperity, such as good and equitable laws, with a local and economical government. (Hear, hear.) What good was it to them if they made large gains, when their gains were all taken up in the payment 01 rates and taxes? (Hear, hear.) And now at the Christmas time, when they -reoeived' their half- yearly bills, the amount was diminished by the call of the Government collector, who -xpectedto be paid first of all. (Kear, hear.) He hoped their members would pay a little attention to the matter, and attend in the House when hundred of thou- sands wese voted away-he understood in the small hoors.of the mornjng-and that they would not allow the pressing wants of the taxpayers to pass unnoticed. (Applause.) Besides that they wanted equitable laws, the same law for the rich as for the poor-- (applause,)-wbich was not the case at present, when the rich man could devote hundreds of acres to the growth of timber and; of game without having to pay any taxation,! while if a poor man devoted only a quarter of an; acre te grow potatoes for his children, he would be immediately taxed for it. Such a law was not an equitab.e one-(Iond applause,)—and the sooner it was lemovedfrom the statute book the better. (Ap- plause.) He hoped the meeting would bear with him in saying these things, for he did not see why he should not have his" annual grnmttlings" as well as Mr Bankea. (Lcud and renewed applause.) The last time they had dinner in that room, Mr Bankes had said that he -the speaker—suffered from indigestion,—.(laughter,)—though it appeared to him that the figures which be had prodooad, did net seem to digest very well even with Mr Bankes. (Loud applause.) It was evident that Mr Bamkes also, when. speaking, was suffering from indigestion. —(load laughter and applause,)—though not from drinking his (Mr J«ones's) beer, or that of the chairman either..(Loud applause.) It was very well for a mzm to .call himself a Liberal! but he did not like the man who was: over liberal in going into other men's pockets; and spending other people's money.. (Loud and: continued applause). Mr Enoch Lewis proposed the Working Classes, coupled w&hsilie name of Mr Daniel Owen. Mr Daniel Owen (tailor) in reply said:—The working man's toast deserves a long speech, but knowing that your expectations are centred else- where, I shall Get occapy more than ten minutes of your time. The novelty of the toast in a place like this, and the flattering future it suggests for the working man, makes one regard it almost incredul- ously but I trust that this toast is not a farce, but a true exponent of the growing conviction of the higher class of soeiety of the importance, and, if I may so express it, the dignity of the working man. Time was when the working maa was looked upon with scorn, and his existence scarcely recagnised, sane as a fit object to be trampled upon. But happily, one great characteristic of the present age is the gradual but steady elevation of the working class. No longer is work regarded as a reproach, a degradation and a curse, but everything tends tp show its divinity. Now, sir, I am proud to think of the great improvement that has been hi ought about in the general condition of the working classes dur. ing the last twenty years. They are more respected, they are better paid, and best of all, they are better educated. A fair majority, I should say, of the working men of this country, can read their books and their newspapers, and possess the means of. knowing what is going on in the world. And what ,?8 been the result of this education ? You will say uneasiness, discontent—I admit it; with a modifica- tion. If you want a man to work hard without a just return—if you want a man that can never say no—and lick the rod of tyranny, then keep him from his books and papers, bar the way to his intellect, make him read and write his letters by proxy, and you are more likely to succeed. But I maintain that no honest, upright man need shudder at the thought of educating the working man. For it has been amply proved that when labour is adequately re- warded, and the rights and freedom of manhood re- cognised, that the educated working man is a more, diligent, a steadier, and a better workman in every i sense of the word. Undoubtedly your mind reverts to strikes and trades-unions. I am not going to advocate trades-unions here to-night. They are not the best thing for the working man. But on the other hand they are not the incarnation of wicked- ness that they were represented to be by a gentleman in this room last week. It depends a great deal on your stand point. The same institution may wear' quite a different aspect to the working man, from that it represents to a country gentleman and a magistrate. I frankly admit that the suffering and calamity caueed by strikes are simply tremendous. But all I can say is be patient, the working class now is in a state of transition, and these strikes are but the bold, or perhaps rash leap of a sudden con-1 scious freedom and importance; and when the' education of the working class will be somewhat advanced, a better sense will be shown on the part of the employed and let us hope a little less arro- ganee on the part of the employer, and disputes will melt away under the congenial influence of arbitra- tion. I need not waste your time to prove that the working man is capable of being educated, neither do I intend to rehearse the long stereotyped list of men who have risen from the working class. There may be something in blood-I am not going to dispute that. But I am fully persuaded that nature has made no distinction as regards brains. Perhaps I am wrong there, too, for nature always true to herself has more than made up what was deficient in blood in that of brains, because you will find that the greatest men in science, art and literature, were men with very few exceptions that had no blood in them worth talking about. Now, sir, we want men to represent us in Parliament who will take a lively interest in the working man-men who will exert themselves on his behalf-and do what they can to diminish his temptations—to lessen his burdens, and give their best support to all measures that have a tendency to improve his education and cir- cumstances. I think I may safely say that three-fourths of Welsh workmen are Liberals, and they are Liberals for two reasons-the first is because Liberalism is the politics of nature; and also because they have found that the Liberal party has always been their best friend. And the time has arrived when nothing will satisfy the Welsh working man but a thorough-going Liberal repre- sentation, And this h6 wiij l?e sure to have by and by. Two boons have been conferred upon the working man that will be sure to tell a tale at the next general election. The one is the franchise, which I call the political gospel of the working man. The beat thing Mr Disraeli ever did. And it matters little to us that this political gospel—like the other more glorious gospel, — was of Jewish origin. (Laughter and applause.) We have had it, and no thanks, for the "fulness of time" had come when it could not be withheld any longer. The other boon I allude to is the ballot, which is the finest and biggest child of the present prolific Government. We all know that the working classes are dependent classes, and even when they had had the franchise they could not exercise it with security. They were under the big thumb of the employer, the landlord, and worst of all, the steward. And Twm o'r Nant-no mean authority—has truly said— Mae digio steward all gystywo, Dynion dylion dan eu dwylo Yn fwy na dieto Duw. I It was all very well to talk of conscience and of principle, but when it becomes a question of daily bread, conscience becomes a very elastic thing indeed. It is hard to make an empty sack stand erect. But we have had heroes in the Welsh con- stituf,ncies-men in happy circumstances—who, for the sake of principle and con-cience, sacrificed their farms, their livelihood, and suffered to be reduced to penury and want rather than bend the knee to the tyrant. Some of them have passed an ay from amongst us; others are on the other side of the Atlantic, enjoying the full and pleasant conviction that man was not made to live on bread alone. All honour to their names. Had it not been for such men, we would not have had the ballot yet. But those days are gone; we shall no more hear of the screw" and Welsh evictions." It is thrown into our faces that the ballot is unenglish and uncon- stitutional. And what of that P Does it follow that everything English is right ? If we can get something better than English, why let us have it, say I. (Loud applause.) In response to the toast of the Chairman, pro- posed by Lord Richard Grosvenor, Mr Bate refer- red to some comments made by newspapers on what had been uttered in a joke by Mr Muspmtt, respecting Captain Conwy, that he was a nice young man for a ladies' tea-party." The expres- sion was dropped quite thoughtlessly by Mr Muspratt, who had no intention whatever to give pain, and who was grieved that it had such an effect, and was made the cause of newspaper com- ment. The following toasts were on the list, but owing to the lateness of the hour they had to be omitted —Proposed by Mr W. T. Thomas, The Visitors, Mr Chas. Hughes, J.P. Mr Brereton, the Press, Mr G. Bradley and Mr Powell, The Host and Hostess, Mr White. After the Queen, and the Prince and Princess of Wales, Mr Allen Jones sang the National Anthem and "God bless the Prince of Wales." We mast not forget to inform our readers that the room was nicely decorated, the principal motto being that of Progress." There was like- wise a large array of flags, the greater proportion of which were Union Jacks. —a i