Day Forty Two Second Hundred June 10, 2009 - History

Day Forty Two Second Hundred June 10, 2009 - History

The President began his day with an ecnomic and securithy briefing. He then met with his advisors. President Obama then had lunch with Vice President Biden. The Presdient and Vice President met with member of the Senate Finance Committee to discuss the Health Care Refom Bill about to be introducted. The Presdient met with the Secreatry of Treasury and then with the Secreatry of State.


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News Releases

It’s time to stop looking at our time as the era of “fake news” and start looking at it as the era of “fact-checking.” It can be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction in the digital age, so it is our responsibility to not always take headlines and viral memes at face value. We at Vote Smart want to help arm you with the tools and resources to do this.

Misinformation online is abundant. Oxford University found that in 2016 “Twitter users got more misinformation, polarizing and conspiratorial content than professionally produced news.” That means that more people read manipulation and falsehoods than facts.

Sensationalized, misleading, or simply false headlines flooded our news feeds in 2016 and 2017, and Vote Smart is here to help you weed out the garbage. By browsing our database of public statements, key votes, and more, you can see if a published claim is truth or trash. We also provide you with the ability to fact-check politicians to see if they have followed up their words with action.

The White House and Capitol take on immigration, budgets, and taxes as we approach crucial off-year elections in November. Read on for a glimpse at some of our most recent key research.

Notable Public Statements:

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) views the National Anthem protests as Un-American. Read full statement➤

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) statement after the Trump administration declared their intentions to end the DACA program. Read full statement➤

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) wrote a letter to President Trump urging for additional federal assistance to Puerto Rico. Read full statement➤

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) on the resignation of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price Read full statement➤

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) following the Tax Policy Center’s analysis of the GOP tax reform framework. Read full statement➤

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) following the Tax Policy Center’s analysis of the GOP tax reform framework. Read full statement➤

President Donald Trump discussed tax reform at a recent event. Read full statement➤

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) pitched tax reform for middle class families in a recent interview with Face the Nation. Read full statement➤

Did you know that you may have to vote again in your primary if no candidate gets more than half the votes? If not, you may want to find out if this applies to you.

For example, there’s been such a close race for Jeff Sessions’ vacant Senate seat in Alabama that the Republican primary in August did not determine a winner. A primary runoff between the top two Republican candidates, Roy Moore and Luther Strange , is scheduled for September 26.

In over 115 races that Vote Smart has already tracked in 2017, we have encountered other unconventional election practices that voters may not be aware of. Earlier this month, Mississippi held a nonpartisan primary election for its State House Dist. 102 seat that will be determined by a runoff election in October.

Most Americans participate in a first-past-the-post system where winners in primaries and general elections are decided by a “plurality”—the candidate with the most votes wins. Several cities and states across the nation, however, have adopted alternative election methods. Read on for a brief explanation of the unique election practices that are currently used at the state and federal levels.

While Congress was on recess, discussion over hurricanes, white supremacists, and North Korea kept them from enjoying it. Read our full Research Wrap-Up to catch up on what you may have missed.

From "fire and fury" , to "locked and loaded" , and most recently "All options are on the table" , the President has had some tough and controversial words for Kim Jong-Un and North Korea after several Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) tests and now a hydrogen bomb test. Some critics worry that these words have worsened the rising tensions with North Korea other critics simply worry that Twitter may not be the best outlet to issue these statements. Those who defend him feel that Trump’s words should reflect North Korea’s actions.

While members of Congress have debated the President’s statements, sanctions on North Korea have been strongly supported in both the Capitol and the White House in 2017. Following nuclear tests, the death of Otto Warmbier, and sanctions on North Korea, we’ve seen that tensions between the US and North Korea have only continued to snowball.

This snowball has been rolling for far longer than 2017, however--while Americans threw literal snowballs celebrating New Year’s Day, Kim Jong-un issued a statement about his nuclear plans--setting the tone for the rest of the year. Skip forward 6 months and several missile tests and we arrive at another holiday--the 4th of July. As Americans launched fireworks in their backyards, North Korea celebrated by testing its first ICBM.

To visualize the series of events that followed, we have compiled a timeline below outlining the rising tensions between the US and North Korea since the launch and the statements made and actions taken as a result.

On July 25, your social media feed was likely filled with victory cries from those seeking to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the still-evolving Senate version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Opponents also took to social media with messages of defeat. However, the debate is anything but finished.

So what’s actually going on with the Senate healthcare bill? Is the Affordable Care Act repealed? And, what is the Senate voting on?

Well, it’s tricky, so bear with me—I’m not even sure if someone currently voting in the capitol can easily explain where the debate stands. I’ll simplify the issue and provide a brief timeline of how we got to where we are today.

Republicans win five of the seven races in June, seats remain virtually unchanged. President Trump talks foreign policy.

Many voters don’t like to read–I’ve probably lost those voters already. Politicians use titles and labels to steer the conversation in whatever direction they choose–think Trumpcare vs. Better Care Reconciliation Act . This was no different with the President’s “Travel Ban.” Because many are unlikely to read the executive order, the labels and titles attached to it have a lot of influence into its perceived impact. Is it a Muslim Ban? A Travel Ban? Or extreme vetting?

After several roadblocks, the Supreme Court has, by a unanimous decision, allowed part of the “Travel Ban” (formally titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States) to go into effect. Since its inception, this executive order has received criticism for its restrictions that would limit entry from certain predominantly Muslim nations to the US.

“Good afternoon. Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba.” These were the opening lines of Barack Obama’s announcement of his plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba back in December of 2014. Those words could have also opened President Trump’s speech on Friday where he announced plans to roll back some of the changes set forth by the Obama administration.

“We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime,” President Trump proclaimed, ”until all political prisoners are freed, freedoms of assembly and expression are respected, all political parties are legalized, and free and internationally supervised elections are scheduled. Elections.”

These plans come just weeks after the bipartisan coalition consisting of US Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced legislation that would lift the Cuban trade embargo.

On May 9, FBI Director James Comey was let go from his position by President Donald Trump–leaving many to wonder what incidents led to such a serious end.

James Comey, health care, and foreign policy in under 140 characters. Read on to find out what has kept Congress and President Trump's Twitter account so busy.

In political news, there is a lot of talk over the use of filibusters in the Senate, especially during the U.S Senate's recent confirmation of supreme court judge Neil Gorsuch . Are these efforts an effective political strategy or are legislators wasting everyone's time?

Congress has been very busy in early 2017. Read further to find out what is happening on both sides of the aisle!

The issue of ocean acidification is slowly coming to prominence in the United States. Largely due to the strong array of scientific data backing up the claims of the changing chemistry of the seas, the issue is largely a bipartisan one.

Renewable energy has grown increasingly popular as evidence of human-caused global climate change accumulates. Solar, hydroelectric, and wind energies make up a large majority of the renewable energy sector, and are seen by some as preferable alternatives to fossil fuel and nuclear energies.

The Political Courage Test, which has been endorsed by major media in every election since 1992, asks candidates to demonstrate their political courage by providing voters with that essential information, in spite of the fact that opponents might use their answers in political attacks.

Even in the earliest years of the United States, women have been filling vital roles to support United States military operations.

State legislatures in the previous months have been passing bills to alter and add to their public school systems’ curriculums.

On August 3, 2015, President Barack Obama introduced the highly controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP) as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ’s (EPA) attempt to combat climate change.

Voting smart can require enormous effort or minimal effort, but to vote smart takes effort.

On Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016, President Obama granted clemency, forgiveness of a sentence, to 214 incarcerated individuals, 67 of which were serving life sentences in federal penitentiaries. This raises some questions about what clemency actually entails. Clemency, under the US Constitution , allows the President to grant pardons and commutations to federal prisoners.

The topic of redistricting elicits reactions from all sides because its effects are heavily felt in elections no party wishes to be disadvantaged due to district lines. Conflicting interests continue to seek a balance between majority power, geography, and the concept of fair elections.

How did these candidates get on the ballot? Why are they in particular on the ballot, while others who may have been running don’t appear? For that matter, how do the candidates of the two major parties get on the ballot? The answers to these questions depend on your state’s ballot access laws.

On May 26, 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law HB 953 , or what media outlets are dubbing the “Blue Lives Matter” bill. The first of its kind, HB 953 prosecutes crimes against law enforcement and other first responders as hate crimes, increasing their penalties and punishments.

Widely considered the most significant financial regulatory reform since the Great Depression, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) instantly became a debated political battle in Washington.

Gun control will continue to be an emotionally charged topic as mass shootings are a major driver of the conversation.

Each year, as billions of dollars are funneled into American elections, more and more questions continue to rise regarding not only the legality of these financial contributions, but also the true intentions behind them.

Use of renewable energy sources is definitely a contentious issue in some states, with some passing legislation, and other states’ governors taking things into their own hands and signing agreements having to do with energy.

Daily fantasy sports is a concept that is as tricky to say as it is to understand. It exists in a legal gray area that has remained unregulated for years. Recently, after several scandals that brought widespread public attention, legislators have attempted to define and regulate the practice.

One of the most contentious issues in 2016 has been the question of gun control.

The death penalty has been a hotly debated topic for centuries, but just recently in 2016, it has for the first time in history become part of an official party platform - that of the Democratic Party, who supports abolishing it.

How can the benefits of GMOs be utilized while respecting the consumer’s right to transparency?

The ideological debate between campus carry supporters and opponents remains contentious, with students rallying around both sides of the argument.

Some legislators are beginning to act on the task of increasing the minimum wage, while others are actively trying to stop the increases.

In the past year and a half, several states have passed laws changing the age at which one can legally smoke cigarettes and other tobacco products.

On June 27, the Supreme Court issued a 5-3 ruling on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt . Justice Breyer wrote the majority opinion, reversing and remanding two provisions of HB 2 , which was passed by the Texas legislature during a special session in 2013.

2016 has seen several state legislators propose changes in the regulation of voting rights for individuals with felonies, and the timeframe for felons to receive the right to vote.

The legislative year of 2016 has seen a multitude of bills passed that authorizes the use of marijuana in many states.

The state of American Indian land sovereignty, health, and welfare becomes more and more complex as the demand for American energy independence grows.

This past week, the world watched as 30 million Brits took to the polls to vote on a referendum deciding Britain's future within the European Union. A referendum is a general vote by the constituency on a single political question.

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, more than 170 House Democrats led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a former leader in the Civil Rights movement, staged a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to try to spur votes.

Have you seen a recent headline about Congress passing an omnibus bill? Curious about what this obscure sounding piece of legislation is? Below we provide a non-partisan explanation of omnibus bills.

Has your state recently passed a Voter ID law? Want to know what the arguments for/ against this legislation are? Read our non-partisan breakdown of this heated political issue:

Heard of Common Core, but not sure what it is? Curious about how states receive federal funding for education? Below, we break down this hot-button issue, and provide the 2016 presidential candidates’ stances towards Common Core.

Multiple “religious freedom” bills are currently capturing the attention of state legislatures across the country. “Religious freedom” bills are proposed legislation that call for religious organizations, businesses, and individuals to be protected from penalties for declining to provide services to individuals whose lifestyle conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Political news that you may have missed this spring

..foreign policy has become one of the main focuses of the election cycle. Each presidential candidate has their own take on foreign policy and America's role in the Middle East right now.

Emerging onto the floor of numerous state legislatures across the United States of America is a new and divisive kind of legislation: “bathroom bills.” Bathroom bills are proposed legislation that address whether individuals may use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender they identify with or with the gender they were assigned at birth.

Did you miss our Live-Tweet event for the Republican Debate? You can get a recap of all we did here!

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After repeated requests, less than 10% of Virginia's legislative candidates were willing to tell citizens where they stand on 10 key issues. This is fewer responses than from those running for federal offices, which is a trend in lock step with the increasing nastiness of political tactics.

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Preferring to protect themselves from opposition research, only 20% of the 1282 candidates for Congress were willing to provide voters or media with direct answers to the issue questions on Vote Smart’s National Political Courage Test.

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Politicians have discovered it is not only cheaper but easier to manipulate voters emotionally rather than informing them intellectually. Since politics has become a dollars race , whoever raises the most money will win. Platforms, competence, and ideas have taken a back seat to attack ads and courage-less politicians.

Vote Smart announced today that the 2014 Voter’s Self-Defense Manual is available free to all voters by simply calling 888-VoteSmart or emailing [email protected] .

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Today, Vote Smart announces the unveiling of its powerful new tools that provide every citizen interactive, instant access to the facts on any politician, on any issue, at any time.

Three prominent political research experts, Brooks Jackson, Ted McConnell, and Sheila Krumholz, have joined the board of Vote Smart (VoteSmart.org), the leading non-partisan national research organization focused on politicians and elections.

Vote Smart (VoteSmart.org), the leading non-partisan national research organization focused on politicians and elections, announced a series of massive additions to its factual database on over 150,000 current and former elected officials and candidates.

Vote Smart’s Great Divide Research Center reported today that its member contributions have increased in 2014 by 81%, and that it has gotten Charity Navigator’s highest four star rating.

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We are only a few weeks away from announcing the biggest event in Vote Smart history. It will transform the way you use our data and the way you view candidates and elections in the future.

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If you are a member and have ever thought of volunteering at Vote Smart and haven't done it yet, or if you want to return for another tour of duty, 2014 would be a great year to come volunteer at the ranch!

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On November 21, 2013, the Senate voted 52-48 to amend the rules regarding confirmation of executive and judicial nominees.

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It's Election Day! Well, for many of you it is.

Ted McConnell, the Director for the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and about to be one of Vote Smart's new board members sent me the following information about a critically important report issued yesterday.

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Take a look at what Manonh had to say about her internship.

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What comes to mind when you think of Minnesota? Hockey? Lakes? Maybe the movie “Grumpy Old Men”? How about Hotdishes?

As of this morning, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.,has joined an increasingly long list of senators that will not seek reelection in 2014.

We here at Project Vote Smart often lament the lack of civility in Congress and in state legislatures across this nation.

The Keystone XL Pipeline: it's been dominating headlines for what seems like forever.

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For over a decade Vote Smart worked at various methods of building the Voter’s Self-Defense System.

Vote Smart exists to help citizens and organizations trying to provide citizens with easy access to abundant, accurate, relevant information about those who govern or those who wish to replace those who do.

The “Fiscal Cliff” and how it relates to our most recent financial conundrum, “The Sequester.”

Immigration: it's an issue that's been on the minds of a lot of prominent people involved in politics lately.

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Six days after Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to the misuse of campaign funds, voters in his long-held district go the polls to begin the process of finding a replacement.

Mike Johanns, the republican senior senator from Nebraska, won't seek reelection in 2014.

With new technology comes new debates and in 2012 many state legislatures attempted to regulate a relatively new industry they did not know much about.

Throughout the past decade there has been a national trend of legislation on bullying.

In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an interim final rule concerning contraception.

States across America considered legislation in their most recent sessions that would change voting and voter registration requirements.

There's still time to make your 2013 Membership contribution before the Dec. 31st tax deadline!

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Are you a student or recent graduate interested in contributing to Project Vote Smart's mission of providing factual, free and unbiased information on your elected officials? Then our National Internship Program is for you!

The North Carolina General Assembly has biennial sessions with a regular long session in odd years and a short session held on even years.

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Over the past few years, the country has witnessed an abundance of legislation on both the state and national levels regarding same-sex marriage.

During the 2012 election cycle, 1.5 million NEW users discovered Vote Smart adding to the millions already "voting smart."

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Find out if your state allows for same-day registration.

Vote Smart announces today their added technological capacity which is now sufficient to handle the millions of undecided voters expected to use its award-winning candidate match tool, VoteEasy .

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Boston Soul

Congratulations to my fellow diehard citizens of Red Sox Nation. We’ve sold out Fenway Park five hundred consecutive times! It’s a streak started six years ago, on May 15, 2003. And it’s still going strong. There was a big �” cut into the outfield grass last night, and the focus was without a doubt on the fans. John Henry said:

This record is the fans’ record, and we want to salute the members of Red Sox Nation for reaching this extraordinary milestone. It’s a testament to the passion and dedication they have for the game, for the team, and for the ballpark. Every day, we work hard to make sure that we are worthy of their loyal support.

That’s unique of the Red Sox organization: when the fans refer to the team as “we,” it’s because we’re actually part of it, much like all other aspects of the organization, and the brass recognizes that. I mean, our record at home is 23-8 this season and 326-173 over those five hundred home games, both Major League bests, and we create that electric atmosphere that the players love, so we do our part. Everyone does. The brass came up to NESN’s broadcast booth and thanked the fans on the air, but we have them to thank as well for keeping us coming. And our sponsors had giveaways every inning, each of five hundred products. Thank-yous from the team played on the jumbotron during inning breaks. Wakefield says we’re the twenty-sixth man. And I think I speak for all of Red Sox Nation when I say the organization is most definitely welcome, it’s our pleasure, and thank you as well. So all in all it was a celebration of the fans but also of the organization as a whole. And of course it was a celebration of the park and the team, because that’s really the whole point.

And the team punctuated the night in the park with a win. For Penny, it was win number one hundred. Five innings, no earned runs on three hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. An inning shorter than usual but he threw exactly one hundred pitches due to various jams he had to work himself out of. And it wasn’t without bumps and bruises. In the first inning, Jeremy Hermida hit a line drive right into the left side of Penny’s chest. It hit him so hard, the ball bounced to first base. Masterson, Okajima, Ramirez, and Papelbon each worked an inning to finish it, Masterson and Okajima each earning holds. I like that the depth of our bullpen is applied to the workloads of the relievers. No sense in making just one guy shoulder four innings when you spread the work around. It lets each reliever have some playing time, it confuses the opposition because they don’t see any one reliever too long, and it keeps the ‘pen fresh and ready to go for the next game.

The final score was 6-1, and that one unearned run was due entirely to Jacoby Ellsbury’s first career error. It was a fielding error. With two out in the first inning, Jorge Cantu hit a fly to left center. Ellsbury reached out on the run, but the ball bounced off his glove. This is a play he makes in his sleep, but unfortunately the streak couldn’t last forever. at 232 games and 554 chances, it’s the longest streak in Red Sox history. Add that to his Major League record-tying twelve putouts on May 20 against the Blue Jays, and he’s already got himself quite the fielding resume. He also hit a deep home run last night to lead off the seventh inning. His third of the season days after his second. I like where this is going.

It appears that Pedroia is quickly becoming slump-free he went three for five was batted in half our runs. In the fourth he batted with the bases loaded and stroked a single to plate two of the three. And he followed that with his second steal of the night, his twelfth of the season in sixteen attempts. So he’s back to delivering. Youk, not so much he struck out three times and was swinging at pitches outside the strike zone, which for him is very unusual. Ortiz hit, walked twice, and scored three runs. Baldelli went two for three with a run and an RBI. And in the fifth Green made a spectacular play in the field he slid to catch a ball, and the rushed throw to first was right on target. JD Drew had the night off because starting tonight we’ll face four straight right-handers, and Drew will be in for all four of those games.

Just to give you a bit of contrast, the Marlins were 0 for 15 with runners and scoring position and left eleven on base.

Last but not least, Jason Bay celebrated his own personal triumph: meeting Bobby Orr. Orr came by the clubhouse before the game, but Bay, fellow Canadian and lifelong hockey fan, missed him somehow and was annoyed. So Orr watched the sixth inning from inside the Green Monster, and when Bay came out to play left in the bottom of the frame, Orr emerged, shook his hand, and said, “Nice to meet you.” Number Four meeting and greeting Number Forty-Four.

All in all, that’s what I call a good night. Brad Penny gets his 100th win. The team gets it done. Bobby Orr is on hand to see the team get it done. Forty-nine years ago yesterday, Ted Williams hit his 500th home run. And the whole organization celebrates continued unparalleled success with the 500th consecutive sellout at Fenway Park. And the best part is that it goes on. Ricky Nolasco at Lester tonight, and with the way Lester’s been pitching lately, this shouldn’t be a problem. Hopefully, sellout number 501 will also be a win.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Great Debate on How Best to Save Money

Ladies and gentlemen, I now bring you another Fighting Foreclosure rant.

Lately I have been reading a fair number of blogs debating the merits of making "large" financial choices versus "small" ones. I put these words in quotes because I think they are extremely relative, but examples of these large choices seem to be things like refinancing, changing cell phone plans, comparing interest rates on investments and so on. Small (or frugal) choices would be things like using coupons, reusing plastic bags, installing cfls and so on. Every time I see one of these posts they make my teeth curl.

The ones that really get to me say something along these lines, "Why spend your time clipping coupons when you would save far more money by spending that same time researching loan options for refinancing your high interest mortgage?" And at first blush, that seems to makes sense. until you realize all the other added advantages of "small" (aka frugal) choices. In my opinion it isn't about making large or small choices. do both! Do everything that makes sense for your lifestyle and family. Here's how I see it:

You can make frugal choices 24/7.

Frugal Choices Add Up

Small Choices are Frequently Environmentally Friendly

I wash and reuse tin foil and plastic ziplock bags. I use cloth napkins. I started a compost pile. I do these things not only because they save me money and decrease my trash, but they also are better for the planet. Being wise about gas mileage, installing cfls, using less water, making your own coffee for the morning drive, shopping at local markets. all of these things are good for the wallet while at the same time they reduce your carbon footprint. In fact, other than perhaps coupon clipping, which uses up a lot of paper, I can't think of one small change you can make that isn't also green.

Being Frugal Doesn't Mean Buying Cheap

Frugal Changes are a Gateway Drug

You Can Pick and Choose, You Know

Frugal Choices Can Be a Source of Pride

Frugal Choices Can Improve Quality of Life

There Are Only So Many Big Changes

Believe it or not, Frugality can be Fun.

I suspect that people who think frugal tips are a waste of time feel that way because they don't personally want to do them themselves. I don't recommend making yourself miserable to save a few pennies. As I mentioned, I don't make my own laundry soap - it sounds like a long, tedious, messy process. But there are many who do. They don't just do it because it saves money, they do it because it is kind of fun - there is a mix of science and DIY pride there. Frugal tips should have an element of fun. I love seeing my grocery bill go down when I had over my stack of coupons - not just because of the money I save but because it is fun. I feel like a video game that I just won. I made my own pita bread the other day and watching them puff up on the stove was a hoot! I actually look forward to getting my utility bills to see if I was able to beat the company this month.

Honestly, I think everyone should look at their personal big picture. How much income do they have? What are their goals in 5, 10, 20 years? How much money do they need to achieve their goals? What kind of lifestyle is important to them? What will it take to get it? Based on current income you might have to pinch every penny until it squeals or maybe you're doing just fine, but would like a little extra folding money in your pocket. Mix the big and the small choices for what works - it shouldn't be an either/or thing.

A Review of My Car Purchase

Thanks to Master Your Card for pointing out this article by Generation X Finance, called Your Car is Making You Poor and What You Can Do About it. It was a very interesting read. In fact, I wish I had read it back when I bought my car in 2004!

Fortunately for me, I was able to pay off my car this year, which significantly decreased my monthly expenses. Looking back on it though, there are some things I did right, and some things I did wrong, back when I bought my car. Here's a look at what I have learned:

I did not have a down payment. I did get a great deal for my trade-in (much more than I would have gotten had I sold it myself, which is a rare occasion, I know.) but I did not bring money to the table when I bought my car. That was a bad idea - it meant I was paying interest on the full amount from day one. Next time I buy a car, I will have money in hand first.

I took a 5 year loan. Actually, my interest rate wasn't bad at all and the payments were quite manageable - but that was all I looked at. I didn't think about the fact that the longer the loan, the more interest I would pay. In the future I would definitely go with the shortest loan possible - or better yet, no loan at all!

I bought new. After reading 18,000,001 financial articles about it, I now know it is far wiser to buy a lightly used car. However, I will say that this was one of those life milestones for me - it was the first time I picked out a brand new car (with some help from my ex, but more on that later) and purchased it completely on my own. I am glad I did it, but probably wouldn't make that same choice in the future.

Now, let's look at some things I did right.

I bought a smaller car - well before gas prices skyrocketed. Although I wouldn't have dreamed back then that I would see $4.00+ a gallon gas prices, in 2004 I was determined to buy a more fuel efficient car. Up until that time I had been driving a pickup truck, which got about 18 mpg, at best. One of the things I was determined to do was get something smaller that would use less gas. Last summer I was thanking my lucky stars I did.

I asked for help. I made a list of features I wanted in a car, then asked my (now) ex for help. He is a bit of a "car guy" and read lots of car magazines, so he knew what was out there. He showed me several different makes and models, all along the lines of what I was looking for before I picked out my car. This helped me not get overwhelmed by possibilities or steer off track.

I bought a reliable brand. I have a Honda and this car has been wonderful as far as maintenance goes. The small amounts I have had to invest into it were for ordinary reasons - like replacing tires when I ran over something in the road. Other than that, it has run great.

I have a high resale value. Honestly this was pure fluke. I didn't know it at the time, but my car is rather favored among car folk, and so, it has a higher resale value than similar 5 year old cars. I really think this is something I should have looked into more, and I would definitely do in the future, although I actually have no intentions of selling it. I will keep this car as long as I possibly can.

Overall, I would say that I did well with my purchase. What's more, I still love my car and I have been very happy with the way it performs. When the time comes, 5 - 10 years down the road, I hope to apply these lessons I have learned and do even better on the next one!

EDIT: I just read a post by Frugal Dad that I wanted to add for some additional information: Car Maintenance Tips: How to Help Your Odometer Reach 300,000 Miles.


TOWN AND COUNTRY NOTES.

TOWN AND COUNTRY NOTES. Da. RICHARD JONKS, of Blaenau Festiniog, in a paper read the other day at a meeting of the North Wales Branch of the British Medical As- sociation on the late severe illness that appeared at Blaenau Festiniog, said About six weeks ago the town of Blaennu Festiniog was visited by a very severe epidemic of pneumonia, I am glad of this opportunity of publicly correcting an erroneous statement that we had an infectious disease in our midst. The illness was a severe and uncommon form of pneumonia (inflammation of the lungs). It has now entirely disappeared from the neighbourhood. The number of deaths from this epidemic was seventeen out of forty- two persons affected by the disease.&mdashThe epidemic naturally caused considerable excite- ment in the neighbourhood whilst it lasted. Men were suddenly stricken down, and in a day or two died. The cause of the illness was that the men had changed their flannel underg garments for lighter clothing, and the tight and day air affected their lungs. &bull The inhabitants of Bala are preparing for the visit of the Queen next month. The painter and house decorator, together with the scavenger,are in constant requisition. The town has alleady a lively appearance, and houses which had not been under the painter's brush for a considerable time look fresh and attractive in their new colours. The fine building of the Calvinistic Methodist College at Bala is seriously injured by the raia that permeates through the tower down to the aecond and third floors. There is no question that unless this is prevented hundreds of pounds will have to be expended in repairing damage. However much the tower may be disfigured by the removal of the cone or pyramid on the top of the tower, that must be done, as it is quite evident that it is through that part of the building the wet comes in. That mighty man of the Welsh pulpit- Dafydd Cadwaladr-jg buiied in Llanycil Churchyard. An ordinary gravestone indicates bis resting place. I suppose that a suitable monument will be erected on the grave of Dr. Lewis Edwards, whose body lies close to that of Thomas Charles in the same churchyard. By- the-by, one vjould have naturally expected to see a more striking monument to the immortal Charles 'of Bala than a "chest" or ordinary pattern. it is wonderful how men's estimate of the same thing differ. Take for example the speech of Mr. Ellis. M.P., on the Tithe Bill. The Man- chester Courier calls it a bitter and libellous tirade against the clergy and landlordsof Wales." But Reynolds's Newspaper remarks :Several Welsh members followed on the same side, among them being Mr. T. Ellis, who made a re- markably forcible and eloquent speech. Mr. Mr. Ellis is one of the youngest, as he is one of the ablest, of the Welsh members. He has been styled the Parnell of Wales,' and certainly in appearance, determination, and correctness of speech he merits the comparison. He was sent to the House of Commons by the Welsh people partly as a protest against the sluggishness of the Liberal members who already represente 1 the Principality. Since he entered the House the affairs of Wtles have been kept to the front in a manner before unknown. His protesting against the Tithe Recovery Bill was loully cheered by the Opposition. He deciared-his voice ringing with indignation&mdashthat it was a shami for this rkh country to wring from the poor Nonconformist peasants of Wales these large sums for the support of institutions and corporations like Christ Church College, Oxford -for the Dean of Windsor, the Bishop of Glou- cester, the Grocer's Company of London, and various other purely English bodies, lay and clerical. He declared, amid the applause of his colleagues, that the Welsh peasants would never submit quietly to the payment of this tithe-tax unless it were devoted to Welsh purposes, like the promotion of education. The English mem- bers had absolutely no answer to give." I wonder how the gentlemen criticised in this way maintain their mental balance. In mechanics, it is an elementary principle that two equal and opposite forces produce an equi- librium. In politics, possibly, public men make it a practice to take a considerable percentage off the criticism of both friend and foe, and thus manage to live a fairly equable life. The inaugural address of the Cymmrodorion section of the Brecon Eisteddfod will be delivered by the Very Rev. the Dean of St. Asaph. The other two meetings will be devoted to the dis- cussion of the question of Welsh Spelling Reform and the publication of Welsh ll'storical Records. The proclamation of the Bangor Eisteddfod of 1899 will take place on Bank Holiday. The list or subjects, which will be ready by that date, is said to show a considerable amount of originality in selection. The National ELsW-idt'od, as I am informed, intends to offer a bonus of X50 for the best work shewing: original research in any branch of Welsh literature. it Mere is a delighful story about the Shah, which has the additional ment of being true. At a social function where Mr. Gladstone was one of the guests somebody told the Persian monarch that the G. O. M. was about to cele- brate his golden wedding. Hi- golden wed- ding exclaimed the dusky potenra.te, what is that?" It was pointed out ro his Majesty that when a man has lived with one wife for fifty years he is said to bav, celebrated his golden wedding. "Ah," observed Nasr-ed-Din, evidently thinking of that well stocked harem at Teheran, it is better to live with one wife for fifty years than with fifty wtves for one year!" The Rev. Alfred Llewellyn Jenkins, Morlaix, Brittany, is anxious to know whether any Welshman has in his possession a CdPY of an old Breton Bible which, it is said, was printed in London in the beginning of the sixteenth cen- tury. In vain, it appears, a search has been made for a specimen of it in the British Museum. The custodian of the literary treasures there opines that the copy in question must have been an edition of an old Welsh Bible, and not a Breton one, but, for the rent-o^ that there was no Welsh translation of the Bible in existence at the time referred to, his opinion is not accepted. Gregoire de Restrenen, in his intro- duction to a French-Breton dictionary, which he published in 1832, refers to this ancient copy of Breton Bible from which be derived assistance. I thought, writes a correspondent, tint the tra- dition of an old Breton copy of the Bible in England rendering considerable assistance to the producers of the translation of the Welsh Bible had been demolished by Dr. Tregelles but is it possible that, after all, such a copy haq really existed? It seems that the Rev. Mr. Jenkins is bent on undertaking the work of translating the Old Testament into the Breton tongue. Hence this inquiry, Can anyone on this side of the English Channel favour him with any information of the olden treasure he is in quest of ? # # A few days] ago I heard of the death, at the age of seventy-five, of an eminent. Welshman, who, by his great capacity, had gained a high place among the world's greatest commercial men. Mr. John Hughes was a native of Merthyr, and at an early age entered the Cyfarthfa and Ebbw Vale Works, and afterwards established a mechanical factory at Newport (ion). Subse- quently he was an active director for many years of the Millwall Iron and Shipbuilding Work- where he invented the Hollow Stringer," and constructed the celebrated Mill wall ShieM, which withstood the tests better than any osher armour in England. This invention brought Mr. Hughes into communication with the Uussiau Govern- ment, and he went to South Russia on a tour of inspection of the rich mineral deposits of that country. In April, 1869, he formed a large com- pany for carrying out an important Rtissinn Government contract, which resulted in the founding of the New Russian Company's Iron andSteel Works, and Roliing Mills, near Mariu- pol and the Sea of Azoff. To the skill and enter- prise of John Hughes, assisted by his four sons, must be attributed in a gre-it measure the rapid development of the mineral resources of the basin of the Donetz. When he first began to work in that district, twenty years ago, the place was a vast wilderness, but the spot is now the busy populous centre of a great trade ard has 15,000 inhabitants. Out of compliment to the founder of the industry, the Russian Government gave his name to the town, which is known as Hugheaova. From there was supplied all the material for the Russian railways from St. Peters- burg to Samarcand, and the business had the support and patronage of the Russian Govern- ment. Mr. Hughes died on the 29th ultimo, but he leaves behind a great monument of industry, business enterprise, and exceptional natural talents which will make his name famous for many a year to come. During the past few days Wales has come to the front in a new direction. I allude to the I meeting at Wimbledon, where on Tuesday lust week Private F. Jones, of the 1st Volunteer Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, took third place in the Queen's PriZ'3 competition. This is the first occasion on 'which a member of the Denbighshire volunteer regiment has so dis- tinguished himself, and probably no representa- tive from North Wales has gained so enviable a position. The Barry Dock, situate about eight miles from Cardiff, was opened last week. It is sad to be the largest in the world. The chairman of the directors of the company is Mr David Davies, Llandin&m. The first cargo imported into the dock arrived on Saturday, and was docked on the morning's tide. It consisted of slates from Portmadcc, for Messrs. M eggitt and Jones, slate and timber merchants, Barry Dock. The name of the ship was the Lion." Talk of Mor o gan yw Cymru i gyd All Great Britain will soon be a sea of song. Some ingenious person with a turn for statistics has been calculating how many children in elemen- tary schools in Great Britain are at the present moment learning to sing. He has arrived at the conclusion that there are no fewer than four and a quarter millions, "two and three quarter millions of whom sing by note, and a million and half by oar." This seems to me, says Mr. Labouchere in Truth, to be one of the most appalling discoveries of modern times. I simply shudder to think of the time when all these children will be let loose te exercise their vocal talents upon an unoffen ding public.

LOCAL AND DISTRICT.

LOCAL AND DISTRICT. Mr. Edward H. Owen, Ty Coch, Carnarvon, has just returned home after a prolonged cruise along the coast of Norway, as far as the North Cape. CARNARVON BOROUGH MAGISTRATES'COURT. -On Monday, before the Mayor (John Jones, Esq.), Walter Hughes,Esq., and Richard Thomas, Esq., Samuel Williams, 45, Mount-street, and Owen Jones, 8, Eryri-terrace, were cl:arged with throwing stones at salmon in the Seiont river near Morfa Slate Works.&mdashMr. J. T. Roberts prosecuted, on behalf of the board of con- servators.&mdashDefendants were each fined 2s. 6d. and costs. LONDON AND NORTH-WESTERN RAILWAY.- Weekly traffic return for the week ending July 21st, 1889 :-Numher of miles open, 1875J. Cor- responding week in 188g,1874i increase, 1. Pas- sengers, parcels.&c., and mails, £ 108,943 corres- ponding week in 1888, £ 99,578 increase, £9365. Merchandise, minerals, and live stock, £ 121,262 corresponding week in 1888, £ 113,013 increase. £ 8249. Total for the week, £ 230,205 corres ponding week in 1888, £ 212 591 increase, £ 17,614. Aggregate to date, £ 653,452 corres- ponding week in 1888, £ 617,175 increase, £ 36,277. DEATH OF A WELSH CLERGYMAN.&mdashThe living of Llanymawddwy, Merioneth, is vacant by the death of the rector, the Rev. John Griffiths. The reverend gentleman was ordained by the late Bishop of Oxford to the curacy of Surton,Courtney-with-Appleford, near Abingdon. He was afterwards curate of Bangor and Vicar of Liangorwen. The present Bishop of St. Asaph and the late Dean of Bangor were born in this parish, of which their father, the Rev. W. Edwards, was for many years the rector. He was succeeded by the Rev. J. Williams (Ab Ithel), M.A., and the Rev. Canon Silvan-Evans, B.D., now rector of Llanwrin. The rectory is in the gift of the ibishop,of Bangor. ,I Mr. Thomas, custom house officer at Aber- dovey, and formerly of Pwllheli and Portmadoc, has been promoted to the Torquay station with iifCrensed salary. The members who frequent the Cocoa House J at St. As iph have arranged to present an illu- minated address to Miss E. Hughes, daughter of the late Bishop of St. Asaph, in recognition of her deep and practical interest in the institution which she founded, and with its library main- tained. A RUV-AWAY HORSE AT CARNARVON.&mdash Grelt excitement prevailed in the vicinity of Carnarvon Railway Station about five o'clock on Saturday afternoon, caused by the flight of a horse and trap belonging to Mr. F. W. Foster, Glanbeuno. It appears that the animal, which was in charge of a servant, took fright, and galloped along at a terrific speed in the direction of the town. A warehouse cart belong- ing to Messrs. Tilling and Blackburn was at the time making its way from the Bangor-road into the station entrance, and into this dashed the infuriated horse, with the result that the livery man was hurled with violence to the ground, and the cart upset. The run-away horse escaped injury and having knocked down an old woman, whose clothes were greatly torn, it came in contact with the corner of the wall surrounding Christ Church, and was stunned, fell to the ground and was soon captured. Considerable damage was done to the trap, and several persons bad very Marrow escapes. THE NATIONAL EISTEDEFOD OF 1890.-As will be seen from our advertising columns the proclamation of the National Eisteddfod, 1893, will come off at Bangor on Monday, 5th August next. The procession to the Gorsedd at the Camp Field, College-road, will consist of Major Savage (marshal),police force, brass band, "Clio' boys (200),Odd fell >ws (P.of Wales), Foresters) horses), Oddfellows (P. Alexandria), Ancient Britons, Tailors' Society, city and trades, clergy and ministers, fire brigade, corporation workmen and officials, councillors, aldermen, mace bearer, Mayor and deputy mayors and councils of Car- narvon, Conway, Pwllheli, and Beaumiris arch- druid and officers of the Gorsedd, Eisteddfod committees, National Eisteddfod Association deputation, bards, musicians, &c. It is expected that the procession will be an exceptionally interesting one and no doubt Bangor will be crowded to excess that day, particularly if the weather be propitious. The committee warmly invite all friends of the Eisteddfod to take part in the day's doings. CARNARVON BOARD OF GUARDIANS.&mdashThe fortnightly meeting was held on Saturday, Mr. John Thomas presiding.-The number in the house was stated to be 116 vagrants, 23 paid in out-relief, £368 Is. paid to non-settled p'lor, £2088. 8d. balance in favour of the union, £ 116 2s. 3d.-The Master (Mr. T. Jones) said that he had the honour to report that on the invita- tion and at the sole expense of Mrs. Murray l Browne, he and the matron, with the school- mistress, took the workhouse children to Rhyl on Wednesday week. Mrs. Murray Browne had engaged a room, and provided all with a splendid tea, bunloaf, and cakes. It unfortunately rained, but this did not prevent the children enjoyment, as the lady engaged persons to divert the children in-door. On leaving, Mrs. Murray Browne sent with the workhouse officials a quantity of toys and sweets for the little ones who were obliged to be left at home also plenty of tea and some money, which was spent by the matron in buying tobacco and snuff for the old people. These were distributed on Monday and all seemed to appreciate the gifts very much, "Lnd they had desired the master to ask the guardians to forward to this good and generous lady their humble and respectful thanks for her great kindness and kind generous thoughts for the poor. All were remembered, her thoughtful care forgot none (che<fts). -The Chairman pro- posed that a copy of this report be sent to Mrs. Murray Brawne, with the warmest thanks of the guardians. This was seconded by the Vice- chair. in, and carried with acclamation. MAURIAGB OF Mrss PAGET, OF TAN'RALLT, PENMAENMAWR.&mdashThe marriage of Miss Clara Maud Paget, daughter 'of Sir George Paget, K.C.B., of Cambridge and Tan'rallt, Penmaen- mawr, to Dr Hans Frederick Gaddow, of King's College, Cambridge, was solemnised on Thurs- day afternoon, at St. Seiriol's Church, Penmaen- mawr, in the presence of a congregation which filled the church to its utmost capacity. The church had been most tastefully decorated with feus, palms, and a profusion of beautiful flowers. The service was fully choral, the officiating clergy being the Rev. J. A. Howell, vicar of the parish, and the Rev. Thomas Prichard, vicar of Danbadrig, Anglesey. The bride, who was given awav by her father, wore a dress of ivory duchesse silk, tulle veil surmounted by a wreath of real orange blossoms The bridesmaids&mdashMiss Kose Paget (sister of the bride), Miss Mary Maud Paget (cousin of the bride), and Miss M. Foster&mdashwere dressed in eau de nil silk with touches of pale pink, and carried bouquets of beautiful pink roses. Mr. Curt Gaddow attended the bridegroom as his best man. After the con- clusion of the ceremony a reception was held at Tan'rallt. The happy pair left for the Lakes, where they intend to spend their honeymoon. In the evening, the children and people living in the neighbourhood were entertained to tea on the lawn of Sir George Paget's Welsh residence, Tan'rallt. Among the invited guests were Miss Elise Paget, Rev. J. A. and Mrs. Howell, Rev. Thomas and Mrs. Pritchard, Mr. Stephen Paget, Mrs. Roy, Mr. Owen Paget, Mr. and Mrs. Kneeshaw, Colonel and Mrs. Stewart, Mrs, Gaddow, Professor and Mrs. Kingsley, Miss Schjoth, Miss Macauley, Dr. and Mrs. Risk, the Misses Ridgway, Mr. J. Atkin, Miss Lloyd Jones, &n. THE LATH REV. JOHN JONES, FORMRBLY OF CARNARVON.&mdashThe funeral of the late Rev. John Jones, curate of Llanllwch, Carmarthen- shire, whose death we noticed last week, took place on Monday last at Llanbeblig Church, amidst general manifestations of sincere regret. The cortege started from the residence of the deceased's parents in Balaclava-road about half-past two o'clock in the afternoon. A brief but impressive service was 'conducted by the Rev. J. W. Wynne Jones, M.A., vicar of the parish, with whom were the Revs. R. P. Hughes, B.A., W. Morgan, B.A., W. J. Davies, B A., Maurice Jones, B.A., D. J. Lewis, B.A. (rector of Llanidan), and D. Lewis (rector of Waenfawr). The coffiu was of polished oak, with brass mountings, the inscription being John Jones, died July 16, 1889 aged 34." In the first, mourning coach were Mrs. Jones (mother of the deceased), Miss Jones (aunt), Miss Stanley, Beaumaris (aunt) Mrs. Edward Noble (sister). and the Misses Jones (sisters). The second mourning coach contained Mrs. Williams, Segontium-terrace (aunt) the Misses Williams, Miss Noble, Mrs. Bodilly (aunt), and Mrs. Wil- liams (aunt). Amongst other mourners present were Messrs. Edward ^oble (brother-in-law), &mdash Jones (brother), J. P. Gregory and George Gregory (cousins), followed by a large number of friends of the deceased. Preceding the hearse were members of the several local church choirs who sang touching Welsh hymns on the route 'to the churchyard. The service in the church was read by the Vicar, assisted by the Rev R. P. Hughes, B.A., and two old Welsh chorales were rendered by the choirs, Mr. R. Pughe Griffith, solicitor, presiding at the organ. A most impressive service was also conducted at the graveside. A large number of beautitul wreaths, sent from relatives and friends in Cheshire, Carmarthenshire, and Carnarvonshire, were placed on the coffin. EISTEDDFOD INI FLINTSHIRE.&mdashOn Tuesday and Wednesday, there was held in a pavilion at Bagillt one of the largest Eisteddfodau held in Flintshire for years past. It attracted many of the chief Welsh bar is and literati, as well as a numerous gathering of the general public. The gorsedd proceedings were attended by Clwyd- fardd (archdruid of Wales), Hwfa Mon, Druisyn, Ap Owain, Eifionydd, and Glanffrwd. The Chairman (Mr. J. Herbstt Roberts, J.P., Bryn- gwenallt) then delivered an address, at the out- set apologising for the absence of his father, Mr. John Roberts, M.P., who was detained in London by his Parliamentary duties. Among the prize winners were Miss Nellie Owen, Rhyl Miss Maud Roberts, R'Ick Ferry Miss Grace Williams, Holywell Mr. T. W. Sibson, do. Mr. W. G. Owen (Llifon), Llangollen party of Mr. Alex- ander Henderson, Penygroes, Carnarvonshire Miss Annie Edwards, Mold Mr. E. Roberts, Walwen, Holywell Mr. Henderson, Penygroes Mr. Thomas M. Davies, Llansawel, Llandilo Mr. Richard Price, Holywell Llynypandy choir. In the evening a concert was held under the presidency of Mr. J. Herbert Lewis (chairman of the Flintshire County Council). The artistes included Madame Eiith Wynne, Miss Lizzie Owen, Manchester Mr. Wilfred Jones and Mr. Webster Williams, On Wednesday, the presi- dent was Mr. P. P. Pennant, J.P., of Nantglyn. The prize-winners included Mr.T.Charles Jones, Denbigh Miss Williams, Newstead-road, Liver- pool Mr. W. G. Owen (Llifon), Llangollen College Mr. R. Jones (Meigant), Carnarvon Mr. Price Morris, Ruthin the Bagillt Juvenile Choir, under the leadership of Mr. E. Llovil Jones Miss Jernie Griffith, Carnarvon M, Henderson and party, Penygroes. The chair prize for the best 500 lines on Seren Bethlehem (" Star of Bethlehem") was not awarded, the adjudicators not considering any of the compe- titions sent in worthy of the prize. The brass band contest fell through. In the evening there was a very largely attended concert, the artistes including Madame Edith Wynne, Mrs. Glanffrwd Thomas, Miss Annie Hope (Carnarvon), Eos Morlais, See, Canon Richardson, vicar of Corwen and domestic chaplain to Viscount Hill, will succeed to the Archdeaconry of St. Asaph. INTBRMKDRATE EDUCATION (WALES AND MONMOUTHSHIRE) BILI In committee of the whole House on Thursday, a resolution was f agreed to authorising the expenditure necessary in connection with this bill. -3§ SUCCKSS AT THE LONJOX UNIVERSITY. &mdash Mr. William Richard Owen, the son of the late Rev. Owen Owen, Bethel, Anglesey, has been succe s- ful at the last matriculation examination of the University of London. Miss Gwendolyn Windsor Davies, eldest daughter of Mr. E. W. Davies, J.P., of Pen- rhiwarddwr, Conway Valley, and Liverpool, pHSsed the senior examination in singing which hfis just been held. She is a pupil of Mr. Felix Watkins. professor of music, St. Asaph. The Kev. SidneytF. Smith, S.J., of St. Beuno's College, preaching at Rhyl, said that whereas 50 years ago Roman Catholicism was only repre- sented in North Wales by three mission churches, there are now 22, and the number of priests has propirtionately grown, though not the member- ship of the churches. The Rev. J. Foulkes, formerly of Holywell and Liverpool, who, a few years ago, was received into the fellowship of the Presbyterian Church of England, and appointed to its ministry at Aberdare, is likely to return to the Calvinistic 'I Methodist Connexion, he having been invited to the pastorate of the English Church at Llanelly. MEDICAL.-Mr. Robert Owen, late of Pen- ygroes, has passed the first professional examina- tion of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Edinburgh, and the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow. Mr. Owen, who obainel first class honours in anatomy and chem:stre, is a nephew of Dr. Evan Roberts', J.P., Sen View, Penygroes. MUSICS FESTIVAL AT CARNARVON.&mdashOn Wedues lay evening, a musical festival was held at the Castle-square (Carnarvon) Presbyterian Church, in connection with the English churches of Bangor and Menai Bridge, Mr. Hurren Harding, of the Normal College, Bangor, was ¡ the conductor, the Mayor of Carnarvon (Alder- man Charles Pierce) occupying the chair. Addresses were delivered by the Revs J. Puleston Jones, B.A., Bangor R. H. Morgan, M.A., Menai Bridge and Evan Jones, Moriah, Carnarvon. The organist was Mr J. H. Roberts, Mus. Bac., who played two voluntaries during the evening. A LIEUTENANT IN THR CHESHIRE AND CARNARVONSHIRE ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS KILLED.-On Saturday evening, a painful acci- dent occurred near Eaton Hall. Mr. Leonard Collinson Gilbert, 21, son of Alderman Gilbert, J.P., of Chester, was riding along the drive near the Hall when be met some vehicle, was thrown from his horse, and sustained serious injuries to the head. He was conveyed to Eaton Hall, and attended to by Dr. Dobbie, of Chester, and a trained nurse, but notwithstanding their care and attention he died at five o'clock on Sunday afternoon. Deceased was a lieutenant in the Ch esh ire and Carnarvonshire Artillery Vol un teers. -At the inquest, the jury returned a verdict of Accidental death."

BETTWSYCOED.

BETTWSYCOED. MEETING OF CREDITORS OF WM. EVANS, BUILDER.&mdashOn Thursday afternoon a meeting of the creditors of William Evans, of Elsie Cottage, Bettwsycoed, was held at Crypt Chambers, Chester. It appeared, from the debtor's statement of affairs, that the gross liabilities were X2190 12s 4d., whilst the assets only amounted to £ 246 15s. 6d,, with a deduction of X,9 3s. for creditors for rent, rates, taxes, wages, &c., making £238 12s. 6d,, and leaving a deficiency of £ 1642 16s. lOd. Mr. R. Jones. solicitor, acted on behalf of the debtor, and offered the creditors 2s. 6d. in the X, payable at once, saying that the friends of the debtor were prepared to take the whole of the estate, which would realise a sum equivalent to something under 2s. 6d. in the £ and make it up to that amount.-The debtor was questioned at some length in respect to a large contract for building he had taken some time ago, and which had not at the present time arrived at completion. Two of the creditors expressed themselves very strongly in regard to the manner in which the debtor had conducted his business during the past few months, and urged that the whole matter should be thoroughly sifted out. The alleged causes of failure were stated by the creditors to be taking contracts at too low a price, and illness.&mdashThe official Receiver's observations referred to the fact that the receiv- ing order was made on the debtor's own petition, and that he had been adjudged bankrupt also that th$ bankrupt commenced business about 15 yea.is ago without capital, and admitted that, for the pazt 12 months, he tmd been insolvent and had continued to trade with that knowledge. About 12 years ago he had arranged with his creditors paying 5s. in the £ -It was decided that the Official Receiver should arrange for the sale of the estate for a. sum which would realise 2s. 6d. in the X.

COLWYNBAY.

COLWYNBAY. ST. PAUL'S AND THE NEW ORGAN.&mdashOn Sunday next, at the morning service, the new organ in St. Paul's Church, Colwyn Bay, will be formally opened and dedicated, the organist being Mr. W. H. Jude, Liverpool. The preacher will be the vicar (Rev. W. Venables Williams, M.A.). At the evening service, the Lord Bishop- of St. Asaph will preach.. On Monday, at 4 p.m. and 8 p m. there will be recitals in St. Paul's by Mr. Jude. No clergyman deserves better support than the Rev. Venables Williams, because, after securing a temporary sacred edifice which was burnt to the ground, he has. Phoenix-like, speedily raised a more substantial building, and it is hoped the Vicar will very soon obtain sufficient funds to complete the edifice which ts in much requisition during the summer months.

,,DENBIGH.

DENBIGH. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: A SCIno"E. The monthly meeting of the school board was held on Thureday, there being present: Mesars. J. Harrison Jones (in the chair), Edward Thomas, J. T. Hughes, W. Keepfer, Rev. H. Humphreys. and Mr. R. H. Roberts (clerk).-After some pre- liminary business had been disposed of, Mr. Edward Thomas moved that the Joint Police Committee be petitioned to allow the police officer stationed at Henllan to act as attendance officer for the board. He had intended to include in the petition all the police officers in the borough, but after consideration he thought it better to confine himself to the policeman stationed in the rural part of the borough.- Some discussion followed, and during the course of some remarks made by Mr. Thomas, the clerk shook his head.&mdashMr. Thomas said there was no need for the clerk to shake his head. You (to the clerk) are the clerk, and I am a member elected by the ratepayers, and I will stick up for the rights of the members. It is not the first time for you to dictate to a member of this board. The Clerk said he was not dictating, and he was not making signs.&mdashMr. Thomas: If you want to dictate you had better resign your post and become a member.&mdashThe Clerk: I Was not dictating.&mdashMr. Thomas: you had better not dictate to me.&mdash The matter then dropped, and the proposal was adjourned to tha next meeting.

DOLWYDDELEN.

DOLWYDDELEN. Mr. Robert Hughes, Pencafnau, Dolwyddelen, writes to say that he is not the Robert Hughes, Oolwyddelen," whose case was mentioned in the report of the Bettwsycoed Petty Sessions pub- lished in our last issue."

PBNRHYND BUDRAETH. j

PBNRHYND BUDRAETH. POLICE COURT.-July 25tb. Before A. 0. Williams, Esq (chairman), Dr. Roberts (Port- madoc).&mdashThomas Hughes, Belle Vue Hotel, Harlech, was summoned fcr permitting drunk- enness and for selling intoxicating liquors to a man on the premises on Sunday, June 23rd- Mr. Millard, D lgelley, appeared for the police. and Mr. G. J. Humphreys, Ruthiu, for the de- fendant.&mdashP.C. J. M. Jones said he saw David Williams, Dolbebin, about2 o'clock on 23rd June. He was then sober. About 7.30 in the evening he saw Williams drunk. Saw Hughes on the same evening and cautioned him, as the officer intended to tell him something about P. Wil- liams. Defe r<ant said D. Williams came the e about 2 o'clock and ordered some dinner, and remained there till about 7, and that ho only received two glasses of beer in the house. Next day, Hughes called witness in, and asked the officer t > pardon him this time. Witness said that Williams had been in the house for hours, and had had some beer there.- -Griffith Williams, Penllech, said he saw D. Williams about 6.30 p.m. in the evening. He was about 80 yards from the Belle Vue, and was in drink. He fell. Fe was not sober. He was half-and- half (1 u jhur) &mdashWitness, when cross-examined as to the place he first saw Williams, produced a plan of the locality, Williams went to a dangerous place, and being unable to get up fell over a small precipice. Williams asked witness to leave him alone to die, as he thought he had broken both his arms. But he went afterwards along the road home. &mdash Baldwyn C. Lloyd deposed to seeing D. Williams on the Sunday in question. He was drunk. Witness told him he was drunk, and that he would report the case to the pol ce, and that inquiries would be made as to the place where he got the drink.&mdashFor the defence, D. Williams, Dolbebin, was called, and deposed to having had one glass of beer before starting from Dolbebin. He went to the Belle Vue and asked for dinner, which he received, and one glass of beer. Having a pain in the back he asked for some liquor. He received some gin. When he went out the gin strangely affected him,- Cross-exftmiaed 5 He could uot I ay he had been fit the Belle Vue, noj could he say how much money he had aftei leaving the house. Ho had 5s, when hg wen* ) in.&mdashDavid William?, Brynllecb, said hg saw Williams about 6.30. Could not at that timy say he was drunk. Subsequently, witness Williams fall over the preeip:cd he went to him, and found he wAs V:Jry ill. &mdashCross-ex- amined Could not sav whether Williams wiig drunk or sober.&mdashThomas Hughes, the defendant, said that other persons we e in the house when D. WtIIitins came in. lie asked for dinner. which was given him. All he had to drink war- a glass of beer and two-penuy worth of gin. Hughes denied that Williams was in the house till 6.30, and said he intended to stav until i Monday. Witness advised him to go home. &mdash | Margaret Richards, Mrs Hughes' mother, said she was in the house when Williams came there. He only got dinner, a glass of beer. and a little gin whilst there.&mdashRees Lloyd, Cwm Bychan, said he lodged at the Belle Vue, and was in the house when Williams came there. Williams was sober.-The case was dismissed.

RUTHIN.

RUTHIN. THE PRIMROSE LEAGUE. &mdashA garden party in connection with the L'anfair Habitation of the Primrose League was held at Brynmair, the residence of Mrs. Currey, the Ruling Councillor on Friday. During the afternoon Professor St Clair amused the Frimrose Leaguers with hi-1 feats of legerdemain, and also added to theii' enjoyment by a ventriloquial entertainment. I The weather was very fine, and the proceedingr- were very successful. COUNTT COURT. &mdash The bi-monthly county court was held on Wednesday, before his Honour, Judge Horatio Lloyd and Mr. William Lloyri. registrar.&mdashMrs. Morris, Newtown, Rhyl, wa, sued by John Simon, Castle-street, Ruthin, for X14 odd of goods supplied.&mdashMr. Osbeit Edwards was for the plaintiff, and Mr. Edward Roberts, Rhyl, fcr defendant. -It appen re I that the goods for the most part were supplied def^n dant's late husband, on his (Mr. Morris) erder but it was contended that these orders wer.- given with tne Knowledge and OOMOHI nf ,t&bdquo plaintiff, who, therefore, was liable as executrix of her late husband,&mdashEvidence as to renewing the orders was given by plaintiff's m onager.- For the defence, receipts for the goods supplied Mrs. Morris were produced, and it was contended that the orders were taken from Morris it public-houses, when he was in drink, anc that defendant had protested against plaintiff taking them.&mdashThe defendant was called and proved that her husband when living had no effects, and that the house was taken in her name, and that she kept him. At his detlth he left her nothing.&mdashHis Honour said that under these circumstances he must give a verdict fordefendant, James Chapman, White Bear,Ruthin,for whom Mr. Humphreys appeared. was sued by his mother. Mary Chapman, for X50 money lent.&mdashMr. Osbert Edwards was for plaintiff.&mdashMr. Humphreys applied for an adjourn- ment on the ground that he had just be^n instructed.&mdashHis Honour granted the application on defendant paying the costs of the day.- Thomas Wilkinson, cattle dealer, was sued hv H. N. Barron, draper, for X2 14s. 61 for damages done to his window by defendant's cow.&mdashMr. Osbert Edwards, who was for plaintiff, said on the June fair dSI defendant drove several cattle out of Goidet.. Hart Yard, which adjoined plaintiffs premises One of the cows turned down in the directim of plaintiff's shop. It knocked over a b'.> plaintiff had there, and a man coming up tl r street beat it with a stick with the result that iht animal turned ronnd and backed into plaintiff window, which it smashed. He (Mr. Edward- contended that defendant was liable, inasmucl as he was guilty of negligence in not preventin, the cow from trespassing on the pavement.- Evidence in support of this was given b. plaintiff and two boys.&mdashHis Honour said it waV clear that the accident was caused by the mar coming up the street and striking the animal They could not expect each cow to be furnishei with outriders at its head and tail, and r defendant exercised proper care in driving th, animal out of the yard, he was clearly uoi liable for whut might ensue. His Honour di not see that defendant was negligent in thi? respect, and though he was sorry for plaiutifi, he must give judgment for defendant with costs

ORGAN OPENING AT LLANRWST.

ORGAN OPENING AT LLANRWST. MUSTCAL DEPARTURE BY WELSH METHODISTS. THR Welsh Calvinistic Methodists at Llanrwst have run a great risk, Jfor had they not, whei constructing their chapel-the most handsom- in Wales -prepared a chamber for an organ As stated, Zion Chapel is about the mos' substantial and handsome building to be fount' in the northern part of the Principality. It we, designed, and the work was carried out, by tha well-known ecclesiastical builder, Mr. K. Davie- architect, Bangor. He ha.d arranged for th. reception of,"an organ, but the ideas of Welsl Methodists as to sacred instrumental music hu been until comparatively recent years, a exclusive as that of the Scotch. However, th Llanrwst Calvinistic Methodists may claim to b. pioneers in the introduction of an organ into ther worship. So far as we are aware, with tl. exception of a chapel in Man ch ester.(never bas, n organ been placed before ia a Calvinist! Methodist place of worship in North Wales It appears that an opportunity occurred t< secure a suitable organ at a cheap prict, Captain G. R. Ashley, of Cyffdy, L.anrwst, » gentleman of refined musical taste, decide to dispose of an organ which he ha, "fitted up in his mansion. The keen business tact of Mr. O. Isgoed Jones, the chemist and others, led to a deputation beir,, sent to the sale, with the result that the bought the handsome instrument, which lih,, now been fixed in a convenient and prominent chamber behind the pulpit in Zion chapel. As already stated, the edifice, externally at d inter- nally, is a magnificent piece of architecture, ii the Italian style, and the placing of the organ behind the platform-pulpit has added much t( the graceful appearance of the building. The organ opening tuok place on Thursdav this week. The Welsh Methodists of old woul. have been shocked to think that the programme given below had been gone through in one o their chapels. We should add that, owing t< the death of a prominent member of the Liver- pool Town Council, the chairman announced for the afternoon, Alderman Samuelson, was de- tained in the city, and could not be present. lit found an able substitute in Mr. O. Isgoed Jones At the close of the afternoon meeting, the chair- man proposed a vote of thanks to Captain G, R Ashley for his attendance and his valuable per formances upon the organ. The evening concert was presided over by Mr G. W. Taylor, the well-known Australian millionaire.&mdashMr. Isgoed Jones introduced Mr Taylor to the congregation, and he was mnsi heartily received. Mr. Taylor said he himself was a thorough Welshman (cheers), though be had been n. Australia for the last 27 years. He was glad to be back in his native country (cheers). He liked its music, and would not interpose between them and the splendid programme before thetr. He was glad to hear the rendering of psalmody and the worshipof God in that place (cheeri). Mr. Isgoed Jones, amidst loud cheers, announced that Mr. Taylor had subscribed £10 towards the organ fund. It was gratifying to Jfind the genial spirit displayed by the rector of the parish, for the Rev. Canon H. Jones was a most attentive listener in the gallery, above the clock, during the afternoon performance. Mr. D Parry, organ- ist of St. Mary's, discharged the duties at the new instrument in most of the pieces,, Capt i Ashley's performances on the organ were greatly admired, and the vote of thanks proposed to I him by Mr Isgoed Jones was enthusiastically adopted. The organ is of a most unique make. It iF worked by an automatic hydraulic apparatus, set under the superintendence of Mr. E. Evuis Denbigh-street, engineer of the rural sanitari authority. The water used comes direct from the town supply. Mr. Evans had previously put the instrument to work when at Cyffdy. The instrument was constructed by Messrs. Halm- shaw & Son, Birmingham, who refitted it in Zion Chapel. The following was the programme:&mdashGlee, Harlech," Snowdon Male voices address by the president: organ solo, Alia Capella" Captain G. R. Ashley song, Gelert," Mr. R. Jones duet, Pob boreu v deuant." Messrs. J. W.Owen and J. G. Pritchard solo, In native worth," Mr. Padarn Roberts chorus, Greek War Song," Snowdon Male Voices) song, Chwifiwn Faner," Mr. Lloyd Williams j solo, "If with all your hearts," Mr. Jonah W., Owen' organ solo, I-A-,t(lanto in E Minor, Captain G. R. Ashley chorus, Whe e is he ? Snowdon Male Voices volin solo, "Kirche?'. Arie" (by special request), Alderman Samuel- son song, Tr Ehedydd," Mr. John G. Pritchard' duet, "Ar Ian Afonydd Babel," Ntesqrs Roberts. and Jones song. Bedd Llewelyn," Mr, J W Owen part song, Nos Ystorm," Snowdon! Glee Party song, "Blodwen fy Anwylyd, Mr. Padarn Roberts organ solo, "Prelude, and Fugue," Captain G. R. Ashley solo "Sing ye Praise" (Recit and Air Mr. John G. Pritchard part song, "The Health- ful Chase," Snowdon Male Voices. Part 1 song, Dewrion Feibion Gwalia," Snowdon I i Male Voices address by the President orga iQIQ," Maestoso Fugue and Minuet" ('Samson'), r Mr. D. Pdrry song, "Y Morwr a'i Fachgen,' ï Mr. H. 'Viilisnas duet, '"MaeCymru'n baro<.V'J Messrs. P. Roberts and R. Jones son, Y i Plentyn a'r Gwlith," Mr. J. W. Owen p..rt .j soncr, "The Young Musicians," Snowdon Male Voices son? (descriptive), Mercb y C-ipfen," J Mr. J G. Pritchard song, "Banner eio Gwlmj," Mr. K, Jones glee, "■ Comrades in Arms," Snowdon Male Voices. Chorus, Where is lie (by Snowdon Giee Party solo, "Sound an Alarm," Mr. J. G. Pritcbard, organ solo chorrn, "I We never will bow down," Mr. D. Parry so'g, "Y Morwr ar y don, Mr. R. Jones jrirt song, "The Village Wedding," Suowdo Voices song, &bull' Llam y Cariadau," Mr. Padiirit Roberts duet, "O *Gartref yr Eryr," W. Owen and tPrit,-har(i sot>g, "Once again,lr, J. W. Owen part soug, Ifwyidii y .id lIaf," Snowdon Glee Party solo aifi chorus, Hen Wlad fy Nhadau," Snowdon Glee Party,

ROYALTY AT GREENWICH.!

ROYALTY AT GREENWICH. On Saturday afternoon her Royal Highness Prin- teas Louise pioceeded by water to Greenwich,to di#- tribute the prizes to the boys of the Royal Hos. ital School. The Princess, with the Marquis of l>orne and a large and brilliant company of ladies and gentlemen, about two hundred in number, embarked at 12.30 p.m. at the House of Commons Staira, Westminster, on board the bhah. Greenwich was Beached about 1.30 p.m., and an informal procession waa formed through the Hospital School, nearly a thousand strong, with some hun- dred more from the Bowman Foundation School. Luncheon waa then served, and while, their guests regaled the school choir saug with eharming effect Braham's "All's Well," Kiug's. HMinute Gun at Sea," Bevan's "Peggy of Yar- mouth Town," and other appropriate ditties, wind- ing up with God Save the Queen." Tue healthøl oi her Majesty and the Princess Louiae having been enthusiastically drank, the company ad- journed to the drill ground of the schooL To begm with the yards of the drill pip I, Fame were manned by the boys, who im- mediately afterwards swarmed down to the! ttliu tiiCUUttJU tt UiQXijf omU <uua«iugij stampede across the parade, and forming into! line and into divisions performed most cledilablyl a march past the Princess, headed by their own branch band, and preceded by a wonderful young! drum-major, who twisted, poised, flung up in air, and caught again his staff of oommand with irre- proaohably professional dexterity. Next cams: dumb-bell and physical drill then in the gymnasium the Princess distributed the prizes and Mr.Ashmead-! Bartlett delivered an address on the loftiness of the! duties which the thoroughly happy-lookiug lads might one day be called upon to discharge and, the festive performances wound up with a hornpipe1 811 parade. <,

MR. OBRIEN S ACTION F0RJLI3EL…

MR. OBRIEN S ACTION F0RJLI3EL i: VEKDICT FOE LOBD SALISBURY. At the Manchester Assizes, on Saturday, the near- ( At the .:Manchester Assizes, on Saturday, the lleal'- ( ing of the action for slander brought by Mr. William O'Brien against Lord Salisbury, in which damages were laid at £ 10,000, was concluded before Mr. Jus- tioe Stephen and a special jury. Mr. Gully, Q.C., M.P., Mr. Bigham, Q.C., Mr. J. F. Leese, and Mr. Anderton appeared if or the plaintiff and Sir E.J Clarke, "i.e., M.P., Solicitor-General,Mr. Ambrose, I Q.C., M.P., Lord Albert Cecil, and Mr. Lankwertsj for the defendants. After a number of witnesses) had been heard the Solicitor-General addressed the Court,contending that he had amply proved that the ultimate result oi boycotting, the system advocated by Mr. O'Brien, was to lead to outrage and violence, and' in many cases even to murder itself.&mdashMr. Gully replied on the whole case, and said that nobody regretted more than Mr. O'Brien and his friends that crime had prevailed so largely in Ireland be- cause it directly tended to damage their oause. There had been a great number of witnesses examined, but there was one they had not seen, and that was JLord Salisbury himself. The whole question in this case! was what did Lord Salisbury mean by the woids he I used, and he would have liked to have had his lord- ship there to cross-examine him upon the matler, I and to see whether he agreed with the ingenious! and astute meaning put upon his words by the Solicitor-General.&mdashMr. Justice Stephen proceeded! to sum up the case to the jury. No doubt, on the' one hand, the opinions of Lord Salisbury, were! those which distinguished a highly important political party, and, no doubt, upon the other hand, i some things which he did not wish to remark upon! had fallen irom Mr. O'Brien, which might fall in aa ¡ unpleasant manner upon English ears, although he did not think Mr. O'Brien had said anything in! general about England or English people which! English people had a right to reaent. They should do him full justice when he came to demand re- I dress for that which he described as a slander from a very eminent man. The defendant had set up first the plea of justification, and secondly of f&ir!, comment. If he had made out to the satisfaction of the jury that the statement was true in sub- stance antt in fact, then there must be a verdict for the defendant. In effect Mr. Gully said that Lord Salisbury declared that Mr. O'Brien, in distinct words urged upon those whom he addressed that men who took unlet farms should be murdered and that the cattle should be ill-treated. Mr. Gully de- dared that this was not criticism, but a statement! which was not true. In that case, if it was not true the defendant most pay for it. The argument was put before them in a plausible manner, but he did not altogether agree with it, for the reason that mo man in making. speech confined hhnmif to an exact statement of Met, but commented on hit statement as he went along. The jury must consider how much of the speech complained of was aotual! statement of fact, and how much was statement of i opinion. Did Lord Salisbury mean to say Mr, O'Brien exhorted the people to commit murder, or did he say that what Mr. O'Brien said was an exho- tation to a thing which would end in these horrible crimes p If the jury thought Lord Salisbury did not, mean to say more than that murders and outrages were the natural consequence of the advice given to these people, and if they thought that that fairly | represented the way in which people who took unlet1 farms had been treated during the last ten years, j they would probably think that Lord Salisbury only meant to point to the natural consequence fol- lowing such advice given to those people ana ii: he did not mean to go really so far as to say that! Mr. O'Brien had advised actual shooting, then the jury would have to say how far they thought that' was the natural and probable consequence of people taking boycotted farms, and trespassing against the' unwritten rules of which boyootting was one! of the first consequences. If, on the other1 hand, they thought Lord Salisbury meant to say that Mr. O'Brien had downright exhorted people to murder, to rob, and to shoot cattle, he (tha: judge) was bound to tell them that he did not: think Lord Salisbury was justified in saying it. If they came to the conclusion, and if they thought he was not justified, they must say what amount of damages they would award. In that case he thought they should also bear in mind the very strong things which Mr. O'Brien admitted he had said against those who were opposedto him. The jury retired,and, after an absence of a few minutes, announced that they had found a verdict for the defendant. Exsoa* tion was stayed pending an appeal.

GREAT WAREHOUSE FIRE IN LIVER.POOL.

GREAT WAREHOUSE FIRE IN LIVER- POOL. Early on Saturday morning an alarming fire broke out in the cotton warehouse of Messrs. Dean and Co., warehousemen, Redcross Street, Liverpool, At the time of the arrival of the firemen dense! votuines of smoke were seen issuing from the seooud storey, and several branches were quickly got to play. At the first it seemed as if the fire would be got under, but it spread to the third I storey. The flames next spread to the back portion of a warehouse in Grundy Street, a distanoe of! about sixty yards, and the whole of the warehouae, ( which was stored with cotton to the I value of £60,000, was in flames. Great orowds of people were attracted to the [spot. Notwith- standing the immense volumes of water which were poured upun the flames, the fire spread with greater and greater rapidity. The glare of the burning building was seen for miles around, and the flames spread to the adjoining warehouse, the contents of which were of enormous value. In the Grundy Street warehouse there were three thousand bales of cotton, and the total quantity of cotton consumed or injured by the fire was six j tliousa d bales. At three o'clock water was being poured from three steamers into the burning pre- mises at the rate of 2,200 gallons per minute, besides 'an euoimons quantity from the hydrants. The fire was subdued about seven o'clock. The damage is estimated at .MO.OOO. During the progress of the fire police-constable 474 (Magnus Malcolm), who was on the roof of an adjoining warehouse, in moving about, unfortunately stepped on a skylight, through which he fell, alighting in the room below en a ba e of cotton, in which a cotton porter's hook was stuck. This caught the police-constable in the left eye, injuring it very badly. His legs were also rather seriously hurt by the fall. He was removed I as quickly as possible in the ambulance to the Northern Hospital. »■

"JUBILEE" BENZON AND THE MONEY-LENDER.I

"JUBILEE" BENZON AND THE MONEY- LENDER. In the Queen's Bench, London, on Satarday, Lord Justice Lopes gave judgment in the case of Cochrane v. Moore, which involved the validity of a bill of sale given by Ernest Benzon, the J ubilea plunger," for £ 10,0(H).. His lordship held that the gilt of a quarter of the horse Kilworth by Bonzonto Moore was a bona-Jide gift. He also h^ld that the bill of sale had been obtained by misleading Benzon as to the nature and effect of the document, and it was therefore void. Judgment accordingly for the defendant Moore, with costs.

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I A RICH LEAD MINE.

A RICH LEAD MINE. j THK 3aI kyN Mining Company, whose head- j quirted are nt Chaster, have declared an interim jdivi'leri'7 3? 4s. per share on the quarter, which with 4s. i5zir share decUied ou the previous quarter, m-tljes a total dividend at the rate of 8s percent. The Halkyn Mine haabeen making returns at this rate now for two y»i rs past, last year s dividend bersg at the rate of 12s. per cent.

! TO-DAY'S LIVERPOOL CORN…

TO-DAY'S LIVERPOOL CORN MARKET. VFARKKT opened very quiet. for wheat at easier prices than Tuesday's. Indian corn rather firme: l. value, but market quiet new mixed American 4s. lj-d. to 4s. 1 |d. Beans unchanged: »aidi 28s. to J>?. 6d. Peas unchanged oats, ciioc- parcels, scarce and very firm, but quota- tion unchanged. Weather fina

MR. AND MRS. GLADSTONE'S GOLDEN…

MR. AND MRS. GLADSTONE'S GOLDEN WEDDING. UR. AND MRS. GLADSTONE celebrated the 50th mnive'sorv of their wedding on Thursday, and the occasion wns marked by the receipt of a host 'f congratulatory messages and gifts from ulmirers and well-wishers in all parts of the L nited Kingdom. The celebration was to have taken place at Hawarden, but owing to the pressure of Parliamentary duties Mr. Gladstone *vas compelled to defer his departure from (jon Ion till next week. Telegrams from the ^ueen and the Prince of Wales and other members If the Royal Family were amongst the first ■ ceived, as was also one from the King of the Belgians. The ex-Premier appeared to be in the oest health and spirits. In the course of the afternoon a deputation from working-men of Bolton presented Mr. Gladstone with an oma- mental quilt and a set of toilet covers, mats and lags specially r _4., 4 -Ir Gladstone, in reply to the deputation, said the estsom of his fellow-countrymen was to him one of the most desirable aims of life, and mani- '-stationsof the kind were more welcome when trey came spontaneously from the class repre- sented by the deputation. He also referred in r he speech to Free Trade and the Irish question.


Rafael Nadal turns 34-year-old today as wishes floods on social media

Tennis legend Rafael Nadal turned 34 years today and thanked all his fans on the social platforms. With 19 grand slam titles, he is widely regarded as one of the best tennis players of all time. He is the second most successful tennis player after Roger Federer in terms of Grand slam titles.

The message was shared by ATP Tour on there official Twitter handle where they wrote “What a player. What a Champion Happy Birthday”

@Rafael Nadal” along with the video of Tennis ace.

Because of his extraordinary achievements on the Tennis court he has earned an immense huge fan following. The Spaniard took to Twitter to thank all his fans for his wishes and extended his gratitude towards his fans and followers for their birthday wish in Spanish which means in English “Thank you all for your birthday wishes today”.

If we talk about Nadal’s net worth on a special day as he is one of the highest-paid sports personalities in the world and currently he is in 4th position in terms of high ranked tennis players.

The magazine estimates his total earnings at US $37.3 million in a year, which includes a salary of US$4.3 million and endorsement deals of around the US $33 million.

According to celebritynetworth.com, Rafael Nadal’s net worth is estimated to be US$180 million.

If you are his ardent fan you must know something about the two houses that Nadal has in Spain and they are in Porto Cristo and Mallorca.


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Friday, July 24, 2009

Reception of Gen. W. S. Smith

Gen. SMITH arrived here on last Monday on a short furlough. His coming was announced by a dispatch sent from Loveland in the morning, and we was met at the deport by the band and a large concourse of people, though the rain was pouring down at the time of the arrival of the cars and had been nearly all day.

An enthusiastic reception was given him, when he made a brief speech. It was announced that in the following evening Gen. SMITH would make a speech at the M. E. Church, in which he would give some account of the battle of Shiloh, in which he took a very conspicuous and active part. Though the announcement was not made until nearly five o’clock P.M., and it was raining all the time, the Church was crowded to over flowing with ladies and gentlemen, eager listeners to the man whom ever one present loved to honor.

He gave a brief, yet clear account of the battle and of the part his Brigade took in it. Gen. SMITH makes no pretensions to being a speaker. He is a soldier, though, in its noblest sense, and his remarks were listened to with that wrapt attention which an audience gives one for whom they entertain the highest regard and the warmest friendship. Had we room we would be glad to give his remarks, but we find it impossible to do so.

At the conclusion of his speech, he tendered back the sword presented him by our citizens when e became colonel of the 13th Regiment, but it was voted that he retain it with the universal “aye!” of the vast assembly present.

– Published in The Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio, Thursday, April 24, 1862

One of the Secesh prisoners . . .

. . . aboard of the boat yesterday, said when he enlisted he told his mam that he was going north, but d----d if this was not further north than he expected to go.

– Published in the Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 26, 1862

Trophies of Island No. 10.

Our forces have made a large haul at this stronghold of rebellion – the gross estimated value being two millions of dollars.

250 [hhds] of sugar.
2,500 bbls of molasses, and vast quantities of other commissary stores.
100 cannon.
400 wagons.
125 horses.
5,000 stand of small arms.
30 pieces of artillery.
5,000 blankets, other clothing, &c.
60,000 solid shot.
10,000 bls of powder and vast quantities of other articles, besides –
13 steamboats.
4 bloating battery.

Besides 5,000 prisoners, chiefly valuable for their inability to do further mischief, among whom are one Major General – McCoun [sic], and three Brigadier Generals – Walker, Grant and Schaum.

A portion of these prisoners will soon be at Camp Randall, to spend a few months for their healths.

– Published in the Appleton Crescent, Appleton, Wisconsin, Saturday, April 19, 1862

Sgt. John Danforth Burr

Co. K, 2nd Minnesota Infantry

He was born on September 23, 1839 in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana and was the son of Plat Theodore & Frances Elizabeth (Danforth) Burr. His father died in 1849 and John and his family seem to have never stayed in one place for very long. In 1850 John was in St. Genevieve, Missouri, and by 1860 he had removed to Owatonna, Steele County, Minnesota, where he was a cabinet maker. It was there where enlisted as a private and was mustered into Company K of the 2nd Minnesota Infantry. He was promoted to corporal and then to sergeant. He was sited in Col. James George’s Supplementary Report on the Battle of Chickamauga, having specially distinguished himself in the line of duty, on the battlefield at Chickamauga, credited with gallant and soldier like conduct. He was mustered out at the expiration of his term of service on August 26, 1864.

By 1870 he had removed to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he was a machinist. He married before 1870 to Imogene J. (--?--), who was born between 1846 & 1848 in Michigan. And together they had 4 children: Dewitt, b. between 1871 & 1873 in Minnesota Fannie/Nancy, b. about 1875 in Michigan Edith D., b. about 1882, probably in Creston, Union County, Iowa, and Ralph, b. 1885, probably in Iowa.

The 1880 Census shows the Rev. Burr, now a Baptist minister, residing in Creston, Union County, Iowa. South central Iowa must have appealed to him, as in 1885 & 1886 he was living in Greenfield, Adair County, Iowa, and in 1895 in Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa. He died on February 1, 1896, and is buried in Section 5 in Osceola’s Maple Hill Cemetery near the obelisk erected by the Women’s Relief Corps “In Memory of Our Fallen Heroes.”

SOURCES: Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System 1850 Federal Census for St. Genevieve, St. Genevieve Co., MO 1860 Federal Census for Owatonna, Steele Co. MN 1870 Federal Census for Ward 2, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN 1880 Federal Census for Creston, Union Co., IA 1885 Iowa State Census 1885 Iowa State Census 1895 Iowa State Census Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars, p. 144 Judson W. Bishop, The Story Of A Regiment : Being A Narrative Of The Service Of The Second Regiment, Minnesota Veteran Volunteer Infantry, In The Civil War Of 1861-1865, p. 223-5 William L. Alexander, List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living In Iowa (1886), p. 490 The following databases on Ancestry.com, Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Veterans 1879-1903, Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, Gedcom file of Lee Currey Gedcom file of Ruth Allaire on Rootsweb


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September 13, 2020: If you are watching the news about the Middle East Arab nations currently trying to make Peace with Israel, which is a good thing but as a few more make Peace with Israel, this is actually leading up to the time when the Islamic Antichrist will take action as Israel has a sense of a time of Peace and Safety, then this Islamic Antichrist will be working with terrorist groups in the Middle East with the Arab Countries, to collectively work towards an invasion of Israel.

When this invasion occurs, the Arabs will kill 2/3’s of the Jewish population in Israel according to Biblical Prophecy. A Great Earthquake will split the Mount of Olives and allow perhaps most of the Jews in Jerusalem to escape to the Negev Wilderness.

This Islamic Antichrist will conquer Jerusalem and the Land from Dan to Beersheba. He will then take control of Cairo, Egypt and establish his headquarters at Cairo for 3 1/2 years and create an Islamic Caliphate of ten Arab Nations. It will last for 3 1/2 years.

The Great Tribulation Period will begin at the start of the Great Earthquake and last for the duration of the 3 1/2 years. At the end of this time period, the Lord Jesus Christ will Return to defeat the Antichrist as he stands on the Temple Mount and declares himself to be God in flesh to the Islamic followers. This will end the 1,335 days of the Great Tribulation Period.

Christian Believers will still be on the earth during this 3 1/2 year Tribulation and will caught out at the Rapture just before the last portion of the about 45 days of the Wrath of God, which will be the 7 Vials of the Book of Revelation.

In other words, as you see a few more Arab countries form some type of Peace Deal with Israel, then be on the watch for an invasion from Syria into Israel. This battle will last for about 75 days, then Jerusalem will be taken by the Arabs and the Land from Dan to Beersheba. A truce will be brokered with the Arabs and Israel after the about a 75 day battle. The Great Tribulation Period will continue with an increase number and degree of Earthquakes, Volcanic Eruptions and Tsunamis on a global scale.

It will finally end with the greatest Earthquake in human history in the Jordan River Valley of Israel, which will begin a surface motion that will cause all the cities of the world to fall into ruin. During this time, the Volcanic Eruptions would have developed a massive cloud of ash encircling the planet.

The final part of the Great Tribulation Period 3 1/2 years and mostly during the about last 45 days of the Wrath of God will be the Destruction of Rome, Italy and the Vatican City at the very end of this time period perhaps just a few days before the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

There are two studies on my website that describe in detail about this event:

1. The Volcanic Burning of the Vatican City

2. The Future Destruction of Rome, Italy

The Lord Jesus Christ will return as the Parousia in bodily presence through this Volcanic Ash Cloud and begin His Millennial Reign. The Glory of the Brightness of His body will illuminate sufficiently to be refracted visibly surrounding the entire planet and every human will see Him upon His Return.

The Great Tribulation Period will be composed of the 7 Trumpets and 7 Vials of the Book of Revelation. True Christian Believers will be on earth until the 7th Trumpet, in which case whoever may survive the 1st thru 6th Trumpet, will be caught out on the 7th Trumpet. The Spiritually Lost human beings who survive the 7 Trumpets will have to endure the 7 Vials of the Wrath of God, which will last about 45 days. The majority of the population on earth will die during this Time Period, with perhaps only a few hundred million enter the Millennial Reign.

November 7, 2020: a very great evil has begun in the USA and Divine Judgment will begin soon not only in the USA, but upon the entire world of humanity. Cosmic Lightning, Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis are coming in the near future…

Here are a list of My Websites. Hopefully, they will have some Biblical information and Sermons that will enrich your Spiritual Life.


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