BRIDGEND DISTRICT NEWS BRIDGEND. BOARD OF G-UATTDLAX>.—The weekly meeting of this Board wa.s hel'1 at the Union Workhouse on Saturday, when there were present. Mr. Rees Thomas (Pyle). chairman Colonel Warlow, Messrs G. Thomas. J. Rees, E. Morgan. E. Williams, Edmund Lewis, D. Spencer, W. Howell (Wick), Richard Williams, W. Hopkin, W. Jenkins, G. Powell, W. Jones, D. Bowen, E. Williams, and T. John.—Mr. T. John gave notice of motion that he would more at the next meeting the Appoiiitinont of Dr. D. W. Davi.es, of Jjliintris^nt, as medical officer for the Llanharan dis- trict. This included all the principal business. ACTIOX FOR DETENTION* OF CATTLE.—At Swansea County-court, on the 23rd ult.. before His Honour Judge Williams, an action was brought by Robert Llewellyn, of the Victoria Inn, Bridgend, apmst John Jones, cattle dealer, of Penybanc, Swansea alley, for j;5 damages sustained by defendant takinp away certain of his cattle. The defendant had removed them from the Xeath Cattle Market on March 23, where two steers had been brought bv plaintiff The TOtendant first denied having taken the stock, but Mr. William Roberts, late of the Cambrian Inn, Bridgend, had seen them driven away. The plaintiff went to the premises of the defendant, and found the cattle, and identified them but defendant refused to give the steers up. He, however, sent them to Bridgend the following day, but made no offer of payment of ex- penses. The action was then brought, as above, and Judgment was given for plaintiff, together with costs. Mr. G. B. Harris (from the office of Mr Wr.R. Randall, Bridgend), appeared for the plaintiff. The defendant did not put in an appearance to the action. I +UDAY ^C,*00L ANNIVERSARY.—On Sunday last the Sunday School anniversary services in connec- tion with Hope Chapel, Bridged, were held, when the wiev. A. F. Mills, of Neath, officiated. In the morning the rev gentleman took for his text Rev. xiv.. 1, npon which was founded an instructive and impressive mscourse. The afternoon service was essentially a children s service. An address pregnant with splendid hints and practical counsel was delivered with clear- ness and force, There was a crowded attendance at The evening service. The text was chosen from Rev. xix., 12. The sermon throughout was exceedingly well delivered. Its careful preparation, its clear and lofty tone, its unflinching adherence to the grand old tenets of the Christian religion being eminently characteristic of the preacher and exceedingly accept- able to the hearers. Collections were made during the day on behalf of the Sunday school funds.—The annual treat to the seaside took place on Wednesday. The scholars were conveyed to Ogmore in vehicles, jfcindly lent for the occasion by various tradesmen of the town. Unfortunately, the day proved a very un- pleasant one. Rain fell throughout the greater part v marring the pleasure and fun the scholars invariably enjoy at their annual outing. Messrs. W. J. Lewis (the superintendent), D. H. Jjloyd, E. Rich, T. Phillips (secretary), and a number of ladies were indefatigable in attending to the wants of the little ones. COWBRIDGE. CATTLE MARKET.—There was a verv small supply gf eattle at the weekly market on Tuesday. Fat cattle were in demand, and sold well at quite 7M. per lb. Fat calves were quoted at 9d. per lb. Cows and calres sold at from i 14 to £ 18. There was a limited supply of fat sheep on oBer.-which sold well at from 8d. to aa per lb. Fat lambs (in large supply), from lOd. to md. per lh. Ewes and lambs, 60s. to 74s. per couple. 8sfeto30rjaacharSe supply, with a dragging sale at from 88. to 308. each. MAINDY (NEAR COWBRIDGE.) MISSIONARY MEETING.—'The Rev. Morris Thomas, i a' delivered a very stirring and interesting ttlhr UcT at the above Placc °n Friday v? + ^r* ^oma8 has been eleven years at T muth lt,lia' un'^er the London Mission- j- • 18 address he dwelt at large on the jf ■ e Popple of India, the ten transformations tTon nf t 3 °Ithelr S,)d Vishnu, the inferior posi- women, their morals and their customs. He 0 e systern of their religion tended to de- th,era rath.er th™ to purify and nf pk • "kereky showing their need of the DiKmniUlr l i *"9 Perorution he appealed ^rrv nn til an<1 elo<luently for sympathy and help to i jl, work which has begun in India and Jonr^fitr +Tetln!? was weI1 attended. Mr. tb^lhJr Tnmistfir Maindy, occupying j i j e c ^lrman and Mr. Evans farmer, also addrellsed the meeting. ihearty vote of thanks was given to Mr. Thomas for his able address. PORTHCAWL. SEXSA TIOXAL OCCURREXCE.-Porthcawl, usually ^rht V.v fl33 8"PPhe<1*ith a sensation on Sunday inght by the attempted suicide of a newly-married a yo?n* couple from Maesteg were on a visit J °J, caw an' they were walking round the dock they quarrelled, and the husband, in the heat of his temper jumped from the sea-wall and fell a dis- tance of thirty feet into the water below. Some people who saw the incident ran to the spot, and were surprised to find the man quite safe on the beach but he seemed reluctant to leave the water, and, thinking he intenrled continuing his attempt at suicide, the young wife ran into the water and tried to pull her i Her effort9' however, were unavail- a, a ^stguard officer, going to the rescue, succeeded in taking the misguided man to a dry place! The couple then left together. LLANTRITHYD. DEATH OF MRS. WATTS, TYDRAW.-It is with .r^etithat we have to announce the death t -j s, Tydraw Farm, Llantrithyd, which took place last Sunday night, after a very severe illness of Z? « Thr?e doctors attended her. but dispite all their efforts death supervened. Mrs. Watts T fauhfnl member of Zoar Chapel, • s ne,.for^ ma?y years. She was a woman of superior intellect and knowledge, and was well versed fnr m w £ i e neatest sympathy is t anfl the children in their great if I™6 v, deceased was 58 years of age, and &™t £ ,«°sP'r,ay <■»-> in z«ar ci»'ei Cemetery, at 1.30 p.m. MAESTEG ■N3JL^?I^I0RIAL T? THE Rev- SAMUEL JONES, BRYNLLYWARCH.—We are requested to state that the general secretary of tne fund now being raised towards the above object is Mr. W. David, Post-office Cnambers, who will be pleased to acknowledge any donations forwarded to him. THEFT OF A SHIRT-At the Glamorganshire Quarter Sessions, held at Swansea on Tuesday, John Finnigan, 22, labourer, indicted for stealing a flannel shirt, value 4s" the property of James Labden, at Naesteg, was sent to prison for four months with hard labour.—Mr. Lloyd Morgan, M.P., was for the prose- cution. FATAL ACCIDENT.—An occurrence of a verv sad and painful nature happened here on Tuesday evening to Benjamin Howells, of Garth. It is supposed that the unfortunate man, in going home to Pontrhydycyff along the Great Western Railway line, must have laid himself down to sleep. However, some of the com- pany s officials found deceased terribly mangled, and after medical attendance had been called in the poor man expired. Much sympathy is felt for his parents in this sad calamity which has befallen them. HALF-YEARLY MEETING.—On Saturday last the half-yearly meeting in connection with the Maesteg District of Alfreds was held at the Cambrian Inn The officers present were, District High President, Mr Kichard John; District Vice-President, Mr. Jenkin Thomas; Treasurer, Mr. David Jenkins: Secretary, Mr. Henry Joseph. The meeting commenced with an opening address by the President. Afterwards Mr William Austin was appointed tyler for the day, and Messrs. David Griffitns and John Matthews treasurers, following which the credentials were taken, ?,nd all money that was due to the District was paid. The accounts for the past six months proved very satisfac- tory. The following delegates were also present, who represented the various Lodges Man in the Wil- derness Mr. William Austin Bee of Llynvi," Mr f^tthews Llwydiaith," Mr. David Davies Trigra Brawdgarwch," Mr. Thomas Butler Mar- gam Castle, Mr. David Griffiths Trigfa Daioni," Mr. Jenkin Thomas; "Primrose of Garw," Mr. John Hoskins. Proposition No. 14—That Mr. David Tre- harne is to represent the A.M.G.C., which is-to be held at Aberdare, was unanimously carried and Mr. David Morgan, from 205 Lodge, was appointed director. Ex- cellent repasts had been provided by Miss Jones, and cheers were accorded her for the same. Several other matters in connection with the welfare of the District .ere discussed during the day. OGMORE VALLEY. INTERMEDIATE EDUCATIOX.—On Tuesday even- f T'aS at Tynewydd Schoolroom, the nta 1C+v, Wa? e-nlist the 8iPPort of the in- habitants of the place m making up the required sum o. money to meet the demands of the joint edu- cation committee to establish an intermediate school S" Rees' manager Wyndham • f^1 Presided. The attendance was not large, 80™e .extent, to the inclemency of • a- e .Chairman having explained the wG, Mr. W. Francis, Bridgend, l a«d ?Ir" T" J" Hughes, Bridgend, „P r|v \ls^' Both gentlemen pointed out very i ^atLW0uld be derived bv estab- 9^°o! the district, and they strongly urged all to ao their best to help to make up the re quired sum; so that the inhabitants of this populous district might have a chance of giving a food sound ThTmeentinVheir at leaft possible cost ho t r,™5 rrf ^Pressed itself in favour of doing it3 7w atualmn,g the obiect in view. It was re- solved that each works committee take the matter up and solicit the support of their fellow-workmen at their respective collieries. A committee was also appointed to solicit the support of the general public outside the collieries The chairman of this meeting was ap- pointed to convene the next meeting. The usual vote of thanks brought the meeting to a close. YNISAWDRE. TATAJJ ACCIDENT. — An accident occurred at Ymsawdre Colliery on June 22nd, resulting in the death of a young man named Edward Williams, of Bryncoch. The deceased and two men were employed to sink and wall & shaft (which had attained a depth of about 250 yards), and were supplied with bricks for that purpose by means of a bowk which conveyed this to the bottom. By some unexplained cause a brick fell from this when in transit, and the poor fellow was killed on the spot. The yiquest was held on the following Wednesday, when a. verdict of Accidental death" was accorded.
ACCIDENT TO MRS. D. H. LLOYD, WAENSKEEL, BRIDGEND. On Wednesday afternoon a serious carriage accident occurred near Ewenny Bridge. Mrs. D. H. Lloyd, accompanied by Master Lloyd and Miss Edmondes, were driving along the Ewenny-road when, by some means or other, the horse bolted. When near the place stated the trap was upset, and the occupants thrown out. Miss Edmunds and the little boy had a miraculous escape, but with the exception of a severe shock they have sustained no injury. The little boy was actually thrown under the broken carriage, and was with difficulty extracted therefrom. Mrs. Lloyd, however, had a narrow escape of her life. She has sustained a severe fracture of her thigh, and is much shaken aad bruised. Mrs. Lloyd was conveyed to her residence in the Southerndown omnibus, which passed shortly after the accident. We are pleased to inform the numerous friends of Mrs. Lloyd that our representative was informed last evening that the re- spected lady was recovering favourably.
NANTYMOEL NEWS AND NOTES. A WEDDING.—On Thursday week Mr. Evan Griffiths, grocer, of Xantymoel, a worthy member of the Llandyfodwg School Board led Miss Lewis, Maesteg, to the altar. The marriage ceremony took place in a very quiet way at Bridgend. The happy couple then left for London "where the honeymoon was spent. Mr. Griffiths has, I under- stand. deserted a circle of bachelor friends who have consistently until now defied the almost irresistible darts of the all-powerable Cupid. It is rumoured that one of the brotherhood is seriously thinking of following the example set. and I may shortly have to chronicle that the list of invincibles is less by one. THE ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY.—A company has been formed which has for its object the light- ing of the Ogmore Valley by electricity. A prospectus has been issued, and a directorate formed. Among^the directors are several well- known men in the Valley who are considered very shrewd in matters financial. The nominal capital is £4,000, and I am informed that most .it has been supplied locally. An expert electrical engineer has been over the ground, and given estimations of the probable outlay necessary. The motive power will be water, and undoubtedly this will be of the utmost advantage to the company. THE SUPPLY OF LIGHT.—It is said that the company will be able to provide an incandescent electric lamp of sixteen-candle power at the rate of 24s. per year, the consumer to burn it as re- quired. Whether the light can be supplied at this low figure remains to be seen but assuming it to be so, then the number of consumers will be very large. It is to be hoped that the undertaking will be successful, and that another winter will find us with well-lit streets and shops. INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION*.—On Tuesday night the Rev. G. James and Mr. Buckley, both of Bridg- end, attended at the Wyndham Schools to ascertain the feeling of the place with regard to the estab- lishment of an intermediate school at Bridgend. Councillor John Williams was voted to the chair. and introduced the speakers. Excellent addresses were delivered, and the speakers gave a very clear account of the new Act and its bearing upon the youtrti of Wales. Mr. Buckley, who spoke in English, said that a sum of £ 1.800 was required to build the school, of which JE 900 would be contri- buted at Bridgend. Lord Dunraven had given an acre of land for the building, and all that was needed now was another ;C 900. and this sum he thought the workmen of the^val- leys would easily contribute if they but made up their minds to do so. Once the school was estab- lished it would be supported from a td. county rate, and an equal sum granted by the Government. A small school fee would be charged. It is impor- tant to notice that Whether the school is established or not the rate will be levied. Rev. S. James then followed in Welsh, and pointed out the central position of Bridgend and the consequent advan- tages it offered as a centre. Intelligent questions were put by Mr. Lewis Griffiths, Mr. D. Roberts. and Mr. Thomas, and they elicited that a boy or girl, after passing Standard V. was eligible for the intermediate school. It is also very likely that scholars will be able to travel to Bridgend at a very cheap rate. A committee of five was formed, and meetings will be arranged for. LETHARGY IN MATTERS EDUCATIONAL.— The meeting convened on Tuesday was but sparsely attended, and the very persons who might have been expected to be foremost in supporting a movement to establish an intermediate school were conspicuously absent. This indifference is beyond comprehension, and let us hope that in the case of our ministers and School Board members, that they were ignorant of the meeting, and that they will do their utmost in future.
DEFRAUDING THE TAFF RAIL- WAY COMPANY. At the Pontypridd Police-court, on Wednesday, before the Stipendiary, David Evans, bootmaker, Ferndale, was charged with trying to defraud the the Taff Vale Railway Company by travelling with an old ticket from Ferndale to Pontypridd. Mr. Vanderpump (Messrs. Ingledew, Ince and Vachell, Cardiff.) prosecuted, and Mr. D. Rosser, Pontypridd, defended. Jabez Richards, traffic inspector, Ferndale, said he noticed the man coming to the platform on the 23rd ult. He did not enter the ticket office, but went straight over the bridge to the train. He went into a second class carriage. Witness entered the same compartment, and at Porth gave instruc- tions to the guard to see which way he went out. It was very easy for people to evade payment at Pontypridd. William Lewis, booking clerk at Ferndale, said he knew the defendant very well. He did not take a ticket on the 23rd ult. James Dudson, guard on the Ferndale branch, said he saw the defendant come out of the train at Pontypridd, and saw him enter the refreshment room. Henry Wilkins, another guard on the same train, said he saw the defendant in the refreshment room, and he tried to go away on the arrival of the up train. He offered the ticket (produced) to a ticket-collector, who asked him (witness) if the defendant had not come frome Ferndale. Wm. Evans, ticket collector at Pontypridd station, said he was on duty on that day, and the defendant Evans tried to pass a ticket from Cardiff to Pontypridd. As he passed witness asked him whether he did not come from Ferndale. He gave an evasive reply, and passed on. He was then requested to give his name and address. Charles Fowler, booking clerk at Pontypridd, said he recognised the ticket which was issued on the 17th inst. The defence was that there had been no attempt whatever to defraud. On the 17th inst. the defendant took a return ticket at Pontypridd to Cardiff, but, having mislaid the return half, he booked again at Cardiff. On his return to Fern- dale, and some days afterwards, he found the missing half, and this he thought he would be justified in using from Ferndale to Pontypridd.— The Stipendiary said that, assuming this explana- tion to be true, the defendant must have been aware that he had no right to use the missing half for a journey from Ferndale to Pontypridd. He would be fined £2 including costs.
A BARRY DOCK OVERLOADING INCIDENT, QUESTION IX THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. In reference to a recent overloading case at Barry Dock. a. question was asked in the House of Commons last Thursday night, as follows;- Mr. Howell I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade why the steamer Lechmere was allowed to leave Barry Dock on the 15th March overloaded to the extent of six inches, as reported in the Standard of the 22nd June, seeing that s Parliament has given the Board of Trade authority ( to detain and lighten overloaded vessels if he has seen in the Standard that Captain Whall, the detaining officer of the Board of Trade, is reported to have stated that he had no power to stop her and whether the Board has ample power to prevent overloaded ships from going to sea.—Sir M. Hicks Beach Captain Whall, the detaining officer at j Barry, informs me that he made no such statement < as is attributed to him. He received a telegram stating that the Lechmere was being taken to sea overladen, but he was not able to get on board to J detain her. He, however, warned the master as the vessel was going through the dock gates that she was overladen, and that he (the master) was responsible if he took her to sea.. As the hon. member is aware, a penalty was subsequently in- flicted. The Board of Trade have sufficient statu- tory power to prevent overladen ships from going to sea, but it may sometimes happen that, as in this case, there are practical difficulties in the way 1 of exercising it. ]
It was only to be expected (says a contemporary) that immediately a proposal was made to increase the dock accommodation at Cardiff the directors ( of the Barry Dock and Railway Company would take steps to provide for the additional output of coal which may be calculated upon during the next five jears. That they have already con- sidered the question is well known, and it is not at all improbable that a Bill will be promoted in the next session of Parliament which will enable them to raise the necessary capital and levy dock dues on their new undertaking. We put the terms of their application in this form because they have already obtained powers to make a new dock east- ward of their present one, with which it is pro- A posed to connect it by means of a lock. The existing entrance will serve for both docks. As a matter of fact, they believe they can,without furth( r powers, make another dock provided they can find the capital, but they would not ba able to levy dues except by special agreement with each ship- owner. A gentleman who was a promoter of the Barry Dock informed a representative on Tuesday afternoon that the company would certainly ex- I tend their sphere of operations at Barry, and he added," We shall get a new dock built in two or three years."
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SAD AFFLICTION FOR LORD DUNRA. VEX. We deeply regret to announce the death of the Lady Florence Enid Wyndham Quinn. eldest daughter of the Earl of Dunraven. The sad event took place on Wednesday afternoon, at his lordship's London residence, after a short illness. Her ladyship was born in 1870. We feel assured that all of our readers in and around Bridgend will be prepared to join with us in our expression of heartfelt sympathy with Lord and Lauj Dun- raven in their sad affliction. Lady Enid, together with Lady Rachel, will be remembered as generally accompanying Lady Dunraven on her visits to the tenantry in the neighbourhood, and her generous disposition was universally admired.
LLANDYFODWG SCHOOL BOARD. The monthly meeting of this Board was held at Dinam Vestry, Xantymoel, on Tuesday, when there were present—Mr. D. Evans (chairman), Joseph Abel, and Lewis Griffiths. TENDERS FOR REPAIRS. The Clerk reported that he had only received one tender for the repairs of Gilvach Goch School viz.. Mr. J. E. Thomas, Bridgend. 3611 6s.—On the motion of the Chairman, the tender was accepted. ALTERATION OF DATE OF MEETING. Mr. Abel, in pursuance of notice of motion. proposed that the date of the meeting of the Board be altered to the last Monday in the month. The present arrangement was extremely awkward to workmen who were members of the Board. The Chairman said he had no objection to altering the date of the meeting, but occasionally the last Monday in the month would be a busy day. which would prevent some of the members from attending.—It was ultimately resolved that the meetings of the Board be held on Monday in every fourth week. REPORTS OF THE SCHOOLS. The Clerk read the reports of the various schools as follows:— NANTYMOEL SCHOOL. Boy's school—The writing and spelling was highly satisfactory. The repetition as an extra subject was very good. Some of the maps were particulaly praiseworthy. In all cases they should be enclosed in a ruled border. The general character of the school was highly creditable. Girls school.—The girls have done remarkab'y well. The mental arithmetic of the four lower standards was very good. The writing was bold and eligible. The repetitions had been very in- telligently prepared. The English was very good. The needlework and exercises had been well done. Some physical exercises were exceedingly well done. Infants' school.—This department reflected great credit upon the mistress. Very little weakness to be found in any class of subject. Evening school. — The evening school did well in the elementary subjects, and fairly in geography. GL^OGWR SCHOOL. This school has dohe remarkably well considering the difficulties of the year. The reading was very good. The spelling was free from error. The English and needlework was very satisfactory. The school appeared to be well disciplined. CRAIGHIWGLYN SCHOOL. Mixed School:—This school passed very good in elementary subjects. The mental arithmetic of the first and fifth standards were very fair. The singing was very creditable. Evening School The evening school passed a very fair examination. FINANCE. The Clerk reported that the following amounts had been paid to the Treasurer:—Xantymoel School—Boys, £ 3 6s. 2d.; girls, £ 2 13s. 4d.; infants, £ 4 13s. 3d. Cnugrhiwglyn. £ 3 7s • Glynogwr, de2 lis. 3d. and jBl 7s. The amount overdrawn at the bank was £206 8s. Id. NOTICE OF MOTION. Mr. Abel gave notice of motion to consider the attendances of the various schools at the next meeting.—This was all the important business. )
BRIDGEND LOCAL HOARD. ELECTION OF A MEMBER. The ordinary meeting- of this Board was held at the Board-room on Tuesday evening, when there were present. Messrs. L. Wallington (chairman), W. M. Richards. W. McGaul, M. Davies, W. Powell, and W. Francis. ENCROACHMENTS AT CEFN GLAS ROAD. The committee which had been appointed to make enquiries in regard to encroachments in the district, reported that they were not prepared with all particulars.—It was resolved that the matter be adjourned until the next meeting. D. EVANS' CONTRACT. On the motion of Mr. McGaul, it was resolved that the Clerk write Mr. Evans informing him that Board would not pay him until the contract was completed. BUILDING, PAVING AND LIGHTING COMMITTEE. Mr. McGaul read the report of this committee. It stated that they had examined plans for 19 cottages and a new street to be made off Nolton- street for Mr. Xell, and that they were in accor- dance with the bye-laws they recommended them to be passed. The plan for a new villa in Park- street was in accordance with the bye-laws, and it was recommended to be passed.—On the motion of Mr. McGraul, the report was adopted. FINANCE COMMITTEH. Mr. W. M. Richards read the report of the finance committee. The bank-book was examined, showing an overdraft of £H7 5s. 3d.: amount paid into bank by collector, £51 2s. 4d.: public weigher for tolls, June 9th, £4 5s. 4d ditto. £5 8s. 8d.— On the motion of Mr. Richards, the report was adopted, and cheques were ordered to be signed for the several amounts. SURVEYORS' REPORT. The surveyor (Mr. E. Williams) reported that he had inspected Mr. Edward Jenkins' houses at Nolton-street; they are practically finished. Mr. Jenkins promised to provide a 4-inch ventilating shaft, as the one now fixed he objected to. The attics and a. room over one of the back kitchen were to be used as store-rooms for dry goods. The cellars were some 8 inches below the sewerage pipes in front of the building, but that if he was required to drain the said cellars that he would with pleasure promise to connect low enough in the wall so as to get a sufficient fall from the cellars. He would thank the Board to grant him a certificate for habitation.—There were plan" on the table for a stable and coach-house proposed to be built by Mr. Burgess at Green- street. Also a plan for a house for Mr. C. H. Price. This building is in progress without plans having been deposited as demanded by the bye-laws. He served them with a notice to desist from further progress with the work until these bye-Jaws were complied with. He received a plan accompanied with a letter (pro- duced) this day that the building is still carried on. MR. D. PHILLIPS' HOUSES. Mr. W. M. Richards said, though he did not agree with the resolution at the last meeting, yet they had nothing to do but to carry out that resolution.—The Chairman said it was a strange thing how people would defy the Board.—Mr. W. Francis said they should take steps to prevent people from defying the bye-laws. It was to the interest of the town and the persons con- cerned that the plans submitted should be adhered to. The road at this particular place was entirely blocked.—On the motion of Mr. McGaul it was resolved that the question be postponed until the reply of the Clerk had been received in reference to the roads. MR. EDWARD JENKINS' HOUSES. On the motion of McGaul, it was resolved that a certificate be granted for habitation, subject to an agreement being given as mentioned in the Surveyor's report. MR. BURGESS' PLANS. On the motion of Mr. McGaul, these plans were approved and passed. MR. C. H. PRICE'S HOUSE. Mr. McGaul said this was a flagrant case. There really was no excuse. If Mr. Price did not know the rules, Mr. Thomas, the architect did, and he should be informed of the risk he was incurring.—Mr. M. Davies said Mr. Price was not so much to blame as the architect. Every meeting someone or other was defying the Board. The architect in this instance had a feeling that the Board possessed an animus against him.—Mr, W. Powell said though the second person was to blame, yet the first person (the builder) was re- sponsible.—Mr. Richards thought Mr. Thomas did not desire to ignore the Board, but he had been exceptionally busy.—On the motion of Mr. W. Powell, it was resolved that Mr. Price be asked to desist building, and unless he does so proceedings be taken. OBSTRUCTION AT COITY FIELDS. A letter was re4d from the Rector of Coity complaining of an obstruction on the Coity fields caused by the erection of a gateway and stile over the pathway.—Mr. W. Powell thought the complaint was unnecessary. He did not think there was an obstruction.—Mr. McGaul said as the fence was erected to keep off the cattle there was no blame attached.—Mr. Davies said that if there was a diversion of the footpath some notice should be taken of the matter.—On the motion of Mr, McGaul, a committee consisting of the chair- man, Mr. Davies, and Mr. Powell were appointed to inspect the plan, and report to the Board. IMPROVEMENT AT LLYNVI-STREET. The Surveyor reported that only one tender had been received for this work.—It was resolved that the tender of Mr. Gaylard be accepted. ELECTION OF A NEW MEMBER. Mr. W. M. Richards said that the usual course adopted to fill a vacancy on the Board was to choose the highest unsuccessful candidate. But Mr. C. H. Price had been appointed, and he had declined to stand. He had. however, to propose a gentleman highly respected in the town, and who held an important position. He had great pleasure in proposing that Mr. Edwin Price be elected a membei of the Board in lieu of Mr. Buckley, resigned.—Mr. Davies seconded, and it was carried unanimously. PROPOSED CEMETERY. Mr. Lambert's terms rr proposed cemetery were read—viz., 3 per cent. on the cost of structural work.—On the motion of JJr. Davies, these terms were accepted. SEWERAGE SCHEME. A letter was read from the clerk to the rural sanitary authority requesting the Board to issue the printed notices this week. The Clerk informed the Board that the reference book was not quite ready, and that the notices would be ,issued next week. AN APPLICATION. Mr. W. Lewis, a haulier in the employ of the Board, sent in an application for an increase of wages.—The matter was referred to the finance committee. UNION-STREET. Mr. Davies reported to the Board the bad con- dition of the pavement near the Cambrian. It was resolved that the. surveyor report on the mat- ter at the next meeting.—Mr. McGaul reported that the railing around the piece of ground near the Cattle Market had not yet been completed. When shows were located there people could scarcely get along the Union road.—It was re- solved that the clerk write to the agent of Lord Dunraven asking him to complete the enclosure as early as possible.—This concluded the business.
THE PROPOSED INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL FOR BARRY. The committee of the proposed intermediate school for the Barry neighbourhood met at the Barry Public Hallla.st night. Out of thirty members the following were presentMessrs. J. Lowden (chairman), Dr. Edwards, and Messrs. J. A. Hughes (clerk), F. W. Taylor. and J. J. Moon.—A letter was read from l\Ir. Edward Davies stating that even if the sum of .n,ooo, which it is proposed to expend in the district in memory of his father, the late Mr.' David Davies is not devoted to a reading-room for Barry workmen it would be given towards intermediate school scholar- ships, and not to an intermediate school building fund. — The following additional subscriptions were announced: — Mr. Lewis Williams. £20; Mr. David Jones (auctioneer), £20; Mr. C. R. Walker £5 5. Rev. J. Price, £2 23.: other amounts, £10; total £660. About .1;2,000 will in all be required.— The Chairman gave it as his strong belief that the leading local companies were not prepared to support the movement.—A discussion ensued as to whether it would be worth while continuing the move- ment owing to the extraordinary lack of interest and appreciation of the proposed school, exhibited not only by the general public, but by the committee as well. Eventually it was decided to call another meeting of the committee for the ex- press purpose of deciding whether to proceed with the movement.
Is it true that a. gentleman who came down to Barry as a schoolmaster, and who has since com- menced business as a comtnission agent (does that mean canvassing for advertisements?), has now opened a French pastry cook shop ? This, if true, is as it should be. What more lovely than to see the hungry scholars rushing to a tuckshop kept by the master It is time that the old jealousy of masters about" tuckshopa should disappear. Let us therefore hope that the rumour is true, and that we'll soon see a master in shirt-sleeves selling pfitony tarte to his boya.
PONTYPRIDD DISTRICT NEWS PONTYPRIDD. CARADOG.—We understand that Mr. G. R. Jones (Caradog), who, as all the readers of the Star know, enjoys the reputation of being the champion choir leader in the Principality, has gone to the Channel Islands to recruit his health. THE LIBERAL CLUB.—The annual meeting of the above club will be held at the end of this month, when the accounts will be submitted and officers and com- mittees Selected. On Wednesday last the club year expired, so that all subscriptions are now due, and will be thankfully received by the secretary. SUCCESS.—At an examination held at Brecon Inde- pendent College last week, we find the fifth place out of twenty-one candidates was secured by Mr. John James Williams, a young student from Ynysybwl. Mr. Williams is held in high esteem by his fellow townsmen, and was presented with a purse of money and a few volumes of books previous to his entering his collegiate career. SCIENCE AND ART.—The result of the science and art examinations held last May have just come to hand, and we are glad to find that out of nine can- didates examined on the Principle of Mining," six of the scholars of Mr. Rhys Llewellyn passed success- fully, namely, Messrs. Fred Williams and David Jones in the first class, and D. J. Lewis, D. W. Davies, Thos. Evans, and J. T. Sadler in the second class. • PRESENTATION.—On Friday last, Mr. S, Lewis, junior, Navigation, was presented with a beautiful marble clock bearing a suitible inscription, by the workmen of Craig-yr-Hesg Quarry, Pontypridd, as a mark of their esteem. Mr. Lewis, in responding, ex- pressed a hope that the good feeling which now existed between master and men would long continue. ANNUAL OUTING.—The workmen employed attho Craig-yr-Hesg Quarry, Pontypridd, were taken for their annual outing on Saturday last through the generosity of their esteemed employer, Mr. S. Lewis, the place selected this year being Weston-super-Mare. The party left Pontypridd about half-past eight, and took the Earl of Dunravea for Cardiff, reaching Weston about noon. Although the heavy showers of rain which fell in the morning augured a wet holiday, yet, when Weston wa.i reached, splendid weather pre- vailed, and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. PORTH. DROWNED.—On Saturday evening last, a little boy named George Price, five years old, and the son of Mr. Frank Price, No. 1, Cross-street, Porth, who, with se- veral other little children, was playing near a pond in a quarry belonging to Mr. J. H. Thomas, fell in and was drowned. The quarry, which is being worked between the North-road and the road leading to the boys' school, Porth, is left in an unprotected state, and much indignation is felt by the inhabitants generally that it should bo left so. ° FATAL ACCIDENT.—A man named John Hughes, a native of Cardigan, met with his death on Saturday morning last through being run over in the No. 4 Pit by a train of trams. The poor fellow died before medical assistance could be obtained. An inquest will be held. PENTRE. REV. L. PROBERT MADE A DOCTOR.—We are glad to be able to chronicle the fact that the Rev. L. Probert, Independent minister, Pentre. has just re- ceived the degree of D.D., which was conferred upon him by the trustees of Ohio University. A short time ago Mr. Probert published a commentary on the Epistle to tht Romans which is classed among the best books of its kind. The Rev. Dr. Probert, as he will now be called, is the chairman of the Glamorgan- shire Welsh Congregational Association. We 'con- gratulate him heartily on the well deserved honour. TREORKY. DEATH OF MR. T. NICHOLAS HARRIES.—We regret to announce the death of Mr. T. Nicholas Harries, of the Bed Cow Hotel, Treorky, which took place, after a rather protracted illness, at his residence on Thursday of last week. His mortal remains were on Monday last buried in the Treorky Cemetery, the officiating minister being the Rev. Thomas Davies (C.M.). The funeral was very largely attended both by the general public and the licensed victuallers of the Rhondda Valley and Pontypridd district, and in addition to the numerous relatives of the deceased we noticed private carriages containing Alderman W. Morgan, J.P., Tynewydd; Councillor E. Davies, Tre- herbert' Dr. James, medical officer of the Ystrad Local Board; Mr. D. Thomas, Pentre; and Mr. Kirkhouse, Treherbert. TREHERBERT. THE COLLIERY DISPUTE.—We understand that arrangements have been made between the masters and men at the Bute Collieries, whereby the work will in future be carried forward on a day-by-day contract. FERNDALE. PRESENTATION.—At the English Wesleyan Chapel, Ferndale, on Wednesday evening last week, a most interesting meeting was held far the purpose of pre- sentin0, Mr. Councillor Thomas, who had been a superintendent of the Sunday School for a period of 17 years, with a valuable marble clock, as a mark of esteem with which that gentleman is regarded by the members and the teachers of the school. The Rev. D. Evans, Messrs. R. Thompson and W. Jones ad- dressed the meeting, and Councillor Thomas suitably acknowledged the gift. YNYSYBWL. CONSERVATIVE MEETING.—On Friday evening last a thinly attended meeting of Conservatives was held, for the purpose of making the necessary arrange- ments for the organisation of the following district. The chair was taken by Mr. J. F. M'Clnne, Ponty- pridd. Addresses were delivered by the Chairman and Mr. Wm. Powell, the divisional secretary for East Glamorgan, after which a local committee was ap- pointed with Messrs. Thomas Joseph as chairman. Mr. Creorge Gwyther, vice-chairman, and Mr. David Williams, secretary. The usual votes of thanks brought the meeting to a close. SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS.—Mr. John James Williams, a young collier, who some months ago left the coal pit to study for the university, passed the recent college examination held at Brecon; and we are pleased to state that he figured the fifth on the list of successful candidates. Mr. Williams has for some time past dis- tinguished himself in this locality, and although but young he has, generally speaking, been successful at most of the competitive meetings held in the district, in poetry, essay writing, recitation, and singing. In May last the inhabitants presented him with books, and a purse containing £27 as a token of the esteem in which he was held by them prior to his sitting at the recent examination, his success at which enables him to enter upon his collegiate training. He has excep- tional abilities as a bard, and if spared we have no hesitation in saying will figure prominently in the bardic world. He is a faithful member of the Taber- nacle Welsh Independent Church. SCIENCE AND ART EXAMINATIONS.—Last winter months a class for instructions upon Principles of Mining," under the Science and Art Regulations, was held at the Windsor Assembly-rooms, under the tuition of Mr. Rhys Llewelyn, fireman, Lady Windsor Col- liery. The pupils yvere all young men employed at the colliery, and this being the first class attended by them, we are exceedingly pleased to find that out of nine who sat at the examination held in May last six passed successfully. The result, which was received by Mr. J. T. Davies, secretary to thelcommittee, on the 24th ult., is as follows:—1st class, Messrs. David Jones and Fred Williams; 2nd class. Messrs. David W. Davies, Jonn T. Sadler, David J. Lewis, and Thomas Evans. MOUNTAIN ASH. PRESENTATION MEETING-On Tuesday evening last a very interesting meeting was held at the Duffryn-street Chapel, Mountain Ash, for the purpose of presenting the Rev. M. J. Mills with sets of valuable books and an illuminated address, on the occasion of his leaving the town. We understand that the rev. gentleman is greatly respected by the church and congregation at Duffryn-street and in addition to the presents he received from the members of the Band of Hope, he was also the recipient of the whole of Dr Bruce s works, which were presented by the union of Nonconformist ministers in the district MR. GRIER'S DEATH.-On Saturday evening last, Mr. James Archibald Gner, who had the reputation of being the first printer in Mountain Ash, died rather suddenly from syncope, at the age of forty-three years. The deceased gentleman about a. week previous had a severe attack of inflammation of the luii"s which! evidently affected his heart. Great sympathy is felt for his widow and five little children His re mains were buried at the cemetery on Wednesday, and the funeral, which was a public one, was largely at- tended. IMPORTANT PROPERTY SALE.-At the Navi"a- tion Hotel on Tnursday last a most important sale of properties was conducted by Messrs. Howell and 1 Hughes, auctioneers. The first lot put up was a double-licensed public-house called the Royal Oak 1 situate on the Llanwonno-road, and three cottages « adjoining which, however, was withdrawn as the highest bid amounted to only £1,100. Other pro- perties were then oftered for sale, the auctioneers in <■ these instances being Messrs. Morgan and James The 1 following are the lots, the amounts realised, and the names of the respective buyers:—No. 14, Woodland- xC|™ ° AV1 1 i n •Eyno, Xo- 16, Woodland-terrace, £ 103, Mr. J Williams No. 2, Phillip-street, £ 92 10s j Mr. D. LI. Jones; ISos. 123 and 125, Penrhiwceiber- road, £ 289, Mr. Edmunds Dany Darran, High-street £ 171, Mr. J. Leyshon. There was a very large atten- dance, the vendors being Messrs. Clayton and Jones on behalf of whom Mr. D. T. Phillips (from the offices 1 of Messrs. Simons and Plews) attended. LLANTRISANT. INDECENT ASSAULT. At the Glamorgan Quarter < Sessions, held at Swansea on Friday, John Williams 23, fireman, was charged with unlawfully and inde- cently assaulting Elizabeth Ann Evans, of Llantris- sant.. Mr. Jackson (instructed by Mr. W. Williams Pontypridd) prosecuted; and Mr. S. T. Evans M p' (instructed by Mr. T. J. Hughes, Bridgend), defended —The evidence of the girl was to the effect that the prisoner had collared her her while passing through a park at night, and while holding his hand over her] mouth, indecently assaulted her. When prisoner was < arrested he said, "If the girl says I did anything to i her, I should like for the doctor to see her," and when f 1 I he was charged with an indecent assault only he re- marked, Well, I was with the .girl, but I had been drinking; I didn't know what I was doing." Mr. Evans pointed out that the prosecutrix had, since the date of the offence, been guilty of gross violations of the truth. There might have been a little horseplay on the evening in question, but that was all.—The Chairman, in summing up, said there could be no question the prosecutrix had damaged her character for truthfulness, but this might, perhaps, be accounted for by her naturally shrinking from exposure and terrible scandal.—The jury brought in a verdict of guilty, with a recommendation to mercy, and the pri- soner was sentenced to six months' hard labour.
OCCASIONAL LICENCES AT PONTYPRIDD. A few weeks ago, it will be remembered, a strong- protest was made by the Revs. W. 1. Morris and E. r» P™bert' P°ntypridd, against the action of Dr. vv ayne Morgan, a Glamorganshire magistrate, for granting at his private house an occasional li- cence for the sale of intoxicants after the same had been refused in open court. Both the sti- pendiary (Mr. Ignatius Williams) and his Honour Judge Gwilym Williams, who occupied seats on the bench when the protest was made, deprecated the practice of granting such licences at any place except in open court, and the clerk (Mr. Stockwood) was instructed to write to all the local magistrates urging them to abstain from doing so. Despite the protest and the observations made by the bench, the same gentleman has again, and in private, granted an occasional license for the sale of drink at the People's Park on Mabon's Day next. This news caused great excitement when it became known in Pontypridd, and on Sunday morning last reference was made from the pulpit by the Rev. W. I. Morris, at Sardis, to the unwar- rantable action of Dr. Morgan. A deputation from the temperance party appeared in court on Wed- nesday last, but we understand that they have been advised to defer taking action at present. REV. W. I. MORRIS INTERVIEWED. Our Pontypridd reporter waited upon the Rev. W. I. Morris, who is the acknowledged leader of the temperance party in the town, on Wednesday, for the purpose of interviewing him on the ques- tion. and he writes as follows :— When I called upon the gentleman I found him in his study, and, when informed of my business, expressed his willingness to make public his opinions. "What is your chief reason, Mr. Morris, for opposing the granting of a licence to the People's Park ?" was my first question. Because," replied he, the facilities for the sale of intoxicating liquors are already far too numerous in the town, and drunkenness, with its evil consequences, exists to an alarming extent. To add to the present facilities, therefore, is worse than an error—it is a calamity. To grant a licence for the sale of intoxicants in the People's Park every Mabon's Day would convert that place into an occasional huge public-house, which could not fail to add immensely to the evils of drinking in the locality." But," I ventured to add, would not the same apply to the Ynysangharad Grounds. You^lid not oppose the granting of an occasional licence there for the sports held on Whit-Monday." The temperance party did oppose the applica- tion for the licence years ago, but unsuccessfully, and we very much regret its annual granting, be- cause it is every year an occasion of much intem- perance. But while the Ynysangharad sports only tike place once a year, and are held in sup- port of a charitable institution, the People's Park is a private speculation, and the licence for the sale of intoxicants therein is applied for monthly." Is Dr. Morgan, of Havod, in your opinion, in a position to deal with an important matter like this ?" I asked. As an honourable and consistent gentleman he ought to have abstained from interfering in magis- terial matters of a public character without con- ferring with his magisterial brethren." Co And why, may I ask he has the legal right to do it." Why, indeed," replied the rev. gefitleman indig- nantly, because he is not in the habit of inte- resting himself in magisterial duties. He very seldom, if ever, takes the trouble to sit on the magisterial bench. He leaves all magisterial work, which, by-the-by, is now very onerous, owing to the ravages of drink in the district, to his brother magistrates. Why not continue in that state of magisterial inactivity ? His very inactivity as a magistrate is a sufficient reason why he should have had nothing to do with the granting of a license for the Park. Why not leave that in the hands of those of his brethren who were in the habit of performiug magisterial duties ? Then he would have been honourable and consistent." To what do you attribute his action. I suppose he must have had a motive," I suggested. "I am not able to say," was the reply, unless he is a great disbeliever in the elevation of the masses." Perhaps you are not aware that Dr. Morgan says, in defence of his action, that certain magis- trates in the district have granted occasional licenses at their private houses," I said," and now he quite reasonably asks why Judge Williams and the Stipendiary censure him while they wink at the action of other magistrates who have done precisely the same thing." I know nothing of those licenses," replied Mr. Morris, with a shake of the head. "If they were ever granted, possibly his Honour Judge Williams and the Stipendiary knew nothing of them. Indeed, I venture to think that they did not, and that their attention was never called to them. And probably those who granted them were not then aware of the custom of the Court. Again, I hardly believe Dr. Morgan can point to a single instance of a magistrate granting in his private capacity, in his own house, a license which may be regarded as having been refused in open court." But you must admit, Mr. Morris, that such a precedent is strongly in his favour." Oh no," was the reply, "the tu quoqur argu- ment at its best is very weak. The committing of an irregularity by number one will not justify a similar action in number two. Two or more wrongs will never make one right." Seeing that the rev. gentleman stood on very firm ground, I asked if it was true, as was as- serted, there was less drunkenness in Pontypridd on a Mabon's Day when an occasional licence was granted to the People's Park than when the same was withheld. "Xonsense," replied he, with an impatient stamp of the foot; I believe the assertion to be groundless. If there was less drunkenness in the town last Mabon's Day than on the previous ones, to attribute the same to the fact that drink was obtainable in the Park would be a most unwar- rantable conclusion. It would be as correct to assert that increase in the power of a cause would weaken its effect. Multiplying facilities for drinking will never diminish drunkenness. The effect will always be to the contrary." You know quite well, Mr. Morris," I said, that the people say the inhabitants of the Rhondda go to Aberdare, Merthyr, and other towns to places of amusement where intoxicating liquors are provided, when such is refused in Pontypridd, and that of course harms the trade of the town." I do not believe there is anything in it. On the last monthly holiday there were plenty of al- coholic drinks in the People's Park; and all the Rhondda folks, jn search of amusements, direct their steps towards our town, and avail themselves of it, for it was well advertised. If they did not, I expect something besides the drink attracted them to other towns. All I can say upon that question is that it is no acquisition to be proud of to have a crowd of people visiting our town more -4 w6 8a^e the drink than anything else." Well, what policy will the temperance party adopt, if the magistrates, as no doubt they are, are powerless in the matter ? Thetemperance party, I am afraid, can do but very little that will bo of immediate benefit to the community, for it seems that Dr. Morgan can grant an occasional license for almost every day hroughout the year if he is so, disposed, until (said Mr. Morris, waxing eloquent) a reform is effected in the licensing system, but we shall not j foil to draw public attention both in and BUt of 1 Parliament to Dr. Morgan's strange, unwise, and unworthy action. Dr. Morgan may go on in his 1 defiant and insulting attitude, but it would be well for him to consider that even he cannot afford to ignore public opinions. No one can per- < sistently tamper with public opinion with im- puaity. But there exists a still greater power, < which Dr. Morgan, to all appearance has never for 1 one moment taken into consideration, viz., the ( power of Him who rulee the affairs of men." ] What steps do you intend taking to reduce the s number of public-houses in Pontypridd, Mr. Morris ?" I asked. 1 The question is under consideration, but I the arrangements are not yetcompleted," he re- < plied, evidently thinking I wasa spy of the < publicans." f I have only one more question to ask," I said, i and that is, do you think as a gentleman who ] has taken such an active part in temperance c reform that drunkenness is on the increase since i the establishment of the monthly holiday, and would you advocate its discontinuance ?" ¡ t I am quite convinced that the monthly holi- c day, which was intended for a blessing, has turned ( out to be a great social and moral curse," replied J fi?: x • ?s ™eat^ stimulated intemperance in e J1C^' ev^ occasions outweighs the t good, and its discontinuance would be a great a blessing." t
PONTYPRIDD POLICE COURT. IWED1Œ8DAY.-Before the Stipendiary. SUNDAY DRINKING.—For being in public houses on Sunday, William Evans, Penrhiwceiber Enoch Jones. Mountain Ash Benjamin Teague, Moun- tain Ash John Lloyd, Ynysybwl; Thomas Evans, Robert's Town Thomas Morgan, Navigation and Thomas Jenkins, Penhriwceiber, were each fined 15s.: while Owen Jones, Ynysybwl; Thomas Evans, Ynysybwl; Thomas Martin, Treharris; Michael Driscol, Merthyr Vale John James, Tre- harris; Dennis Bryan, Merthyr Vale; Lewis Williams, Ynysybwl Edwin Barry, Joseph Jones, and Rowland Jones, of Ynysybwl, were each fined 10s.—Police-constable Stacey charged George Brown, of Salmon's Arms, near Treforest, with selling beer on Sunday.—Defendant denied the charge, and said that he only supplied a friend and did noo receive payment.—Fined dEl, including costs. SLEEPING OUT.—David Williams and John Samuel Jones were charged by Police-constable Davies with sleeping out near the Tylorstown Pit. There was a deal of complaint against these tramps. Williams was sentenced to 14 days' im- prisonment, and Jones to seven.
LLAXWONXO SCHOOL BOAHD. On Wednesday last a meeting of the Llanwonno School Board was held at the Board Offices, Ponty- pridd, Mr. J. W. Jones in the chair. There were also present Rev. M. H. JoneS, Messrs. J. Coombes, LI. Llewellyn, H. Abraham, Edmund Jones, S. H. Thomas, W. W. Phillips, and H. Thomas.—Owing to the absence of Mr. Idris Williams, the motion of which he has given notice to advance the salaries of head teachers £10 per annum was adjourned.—Mr. W. Phillips proposed the motion of which he had given notice, that the salaries of certificated assistants be increased £5 per annum, and those of head teachers of small schools £10.- Mr. Coombes considered that both this and Mr. Idris Williams's motion should be discussed at the same time. and, therefore, suggested that the matter should be adjourned.—Mr. M. H. Thomas, Ferndale, was of opinion that the certificated assistants were now very much underpaid, having regard to the qualifications which the Board repuire. Their salaries were now considerably below the wages of an ordinary carpenter, and about one-half the wages of an ordinary collier, and some of the teachers had families to maintain at 25s. per week. The result of this humiliating condition of things was that the best of their talent was quitting their schools.—The Chairman thought they would not be justified in advancing the salaries beyond the sums paid by other boards. —Mr. Phillips said there was no reason why they should follow other boards.— Mr. Abraham objected to Mr. Phillips speaking more than once.—Mr. Phillips continued to speak, and was again called to order.—Mr. Abraham I call upon the Board to decide whether Mr. Phillips in order.—The Chairman again called Mr. Phillips is to order.—Mr. Abraham moved, as an amendment, that the question be deferred, so that the clerk might obtain information as to the salaries paid by neighbouring Boards. There were many clerks and ministers not paid as highly as some of their assistants.—Mr. Llewelyn seconded, and the amendment was carried.—A committee, consisting of the chairman, vice-chairman, Messrs. M. H. Thomas, E. Jones, and W. W. Phillips was appointed to confer with the Ystrad School Board for the purpose of adjusting the accounts of the Ferndale joint schools.— A sub- committee was formed to meet Mr. T. Hughes, who had sent in the lowest tender for the Ynysybwl Schools, and the tender of Mr. Seaton for the Mill- street Schools was accepted.—Mr. Shepherd's offer of a piece of land adjacent to the Pentre School for £130 was accepted. The American Vach School (Porth) was lent to Mr. John Edwards for the teaching of shorthand two nights a week.