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Rhestrau Manwl, Canlyniadau a Chanllawiau

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.

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