BARRY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. CENTRAL CLASSES FOR TEACHERS. PIANOS IX BOARD SCHOOLS. RESULTS OF THE SCHOOLS EXAMINATIONS. The customary fortnightly meeting of the Barry School Bosvrd was held at the Board-room. Barry, on Monday afternoon. at two o'clock. There were present—Mr. John Lowdon (chairman), Captain Davies, Rev. J. Price. Mr. W. H. Lewis (clerk), and Mr. Seig (attendance officer). MISCELLANEOUS. Captain Davies, as one of the school visitors for the past fortnight, reported the result of his visits to the Barry and Holton Schools. He condemned the manner in which the Barry school was cleaned, and had told the master to speak strongly to the caretaker on the matter. He re- commended that the drainage of the school ground should at once be attended to.—The resignation of the Barry Schools caretaker was accepted, and the matter of drainage was referred to the next meeting when the architect will be present.-—It was reported that the Barry Mixed School was very crowded, and that the school staff was too small.—Captain Davies pointed out that a vacancy caused by the transfer of a teacher to the the Holton School had not been filled up, and re- commended that a certificated assistant should be appointed.—Mr. ReBs. the headmaster, made a written recommendation to this effect. It was decided, on the motion of Captain Davies, that Mr. R. T. Evans, Aberdare, should receive the appointment, at a salary of ;£ 70 per year.—Captain Davies reported that the Holton Boys' School was crowded, and that the staff was short.—Jo n Evans was aopointed a monitor for this school. The Clerk was deputed to see Mr. Symond's fore- man with reference to the very irregular manner in which the Holton Infant Department is heatea. —Annie Summers was appointed a momtress ior the Cadoxton Infant School.—A committee was appointed to draw up a routine of duties for the caretaker of the Holton new schools and to consider the question of salary. The approv bye-laws were presented, and it was deci e insert an advertisement in the South If aD' Ófar announcing that they could be mspecte at the offices of the Board.—It was decided, m response to a communication from Canon Allen. on behalf of the Barrv and Cadoxton Ministerial Union, to receive a deputation of ministers in reference to the Board of permitting a lecturer of the Sunday School Union to address the children on the physiological aspect of intemperance-It was decided to instruct the clerk to apply fta' th fourth and last instalment of the loan tor Holton Schools. RESULTS OF THE SCHOOLS EXAMINATIONS. The Chairman announced that the reports of the Government inspector in reference to ^nua examinations at the Barry and Cadoxton SK had been received, and the amounts cicnoois^ nat Ttirrv £ 437 3s. 4d.,and earned m grant had beai mrry, llnf<a,-i Cadoxton £ 448 3s. 4d. He congratulated the B^rd upon the results this year. They were very satisfactory indeed. Cadoxton School having done exceedingly well. The Board had given very great attention to Cadoxton. as hitherto it had passed very low, and he thought the Board would be satisfied with the result or their labours. The ?rant earned at Cadoxton was the highest possible grant which an elementary school could earn on the average attendance—viz.. 20s. 6d. per head. The Barry school came 6d. lower, viz., 20s. but, on the other hand, Barry earned a drawing grant of :£3 which more than made up the difference. He thought the board ought to be well pleased with the results of the examinations at both schools this year, and especially in view of the difficult circumstances under which all the schools had been worked during the past twelve months.—The other members present also ex- pressed their satisfaction at the satisfactory results secured. The following form the principal items of the report. BARRY MIXED SCHOOL.—In some respects dis- cipline should be rather firmer, as there is a tendency totalk Reading, writing, and spelling were generally fairly good to good, and the arithmetic was good, though writing in the fifth and seventh standards fell to about -Fair. Oval arithmetic and problems were fair. The first standard should form figures better. Recitation is satisfactory. Grammar is good on the whole, but falls off in the first class. Geography and singing are good. Needlework is very well taught, but the canvass used is not suitable. Care should be taken to satisfactorily account for all absentees. While this is certainlv a good school, the results would not merit a higher grant unless a large allow- ance be made for exceptional difficulties such as over- crowding, &c. BARRY INFANT SCHOOL.—The singing drill and exercises are creditable, and are greatly helped by the piano The school is very full. though 61 were absent. I am somewhat disappointed, with the results which do not as a whole rise above fairly good, and often fall to fair. There have been difficulties, so perhaps the 4s. grant mav be recommended, but better results will, it is hoped. be obtained next year. Individual answer- ing is necessary there ought to be no finger counting; spelling should be systematic writing, reading, and arithmetic should improve object lessons are not a success. The first standard should learn the c.ass sub- jects. Cubes might be taught to the third class, and drawing to the girls of the second class. The first class was the best part of the school, and nearly reached €°CADOXTON MIXED SCHOOL.—The new school buildings were opened last May; they are admirably adapted for the purpose, and reflect great credit upon the School Board and the architects. There is a good museum, and a library has been started. The conduct of the children is good, and the teachers, amid very great difficulties, have done their best. Geography, recitation, and singing are good. Needle- work and grammar may be counted with some hesita- tion as just good. The elementary worm is good as a whole, that of the first class being very creditable. More accuracy is needed in the second, third, and fourth standards. The copy-books require some supervision. Writing generally was well taught, but below the fifth stan- dard arithmetic should improve, and the oval arith- metic in the first, second, and fourth standards. Problems were fairly worked. A local map is needed for the third standard. Considering the serious draw- backs of the year, perhaps the higher grant may be recommended. CADOXTON INFANT SCHOOL.—Since July the infants have been in the enlarged premises, but the sehc*>l is still greatly overcrowded, and the children cannot adequately be taught without more room. About sixty of those on the books were absent from the examination. A piano is available, and greatly aids in the singing and drill, which are very satisfactory. Occupations and object lessons are well taught. No mechanical methods of counting should be allowed, and under circumstances of special difficulty the teachers have done their best, and have obtained creditabie results, except in the third class, which is too large, both for its class-room and its teachers, The 4s. grant would have been recommended, but making a. large allowance for serious drawbacks, the highest grant may, perhaps, be recommended It is understood that the older boys will now be taught drawing. CENTRE CLASSES FOR TEACHERS. The Chairman said he intended at the next meet- ing to press upon the Board the desirability of organising centre classes for their pupil teachers. He thought the Board had not done their duty in the past in respect to the training of their teachers. All boards of any importance were adopting the system of centre classes. It would mean very little if any expense to the Board, and they would secure that their teachers should pass as they ought to. He intended bringing "he matter up before the next meeting of the Board. He thought they ought to help their teachers, several of whose salaries were very low, and the assistant teachers who wished should be allowed to sit at the classes as well. PIANOS IX BOARD SCHOOLS. The Chairman proposed that the Cadoxton Girls' School should be provided with a piano out of the loan account, He thought it would help the school very much. especially in the musical drill.—Captain Davies That means, Mr. Chair- man, that one must be provided for the Holton Girls' School whan it is opened.—The Chairman asserted, and included in his resolution an order that a piano should be provided for the Holt<»n Girls' School as well.—Captain Davies seconded the resolution.—The Chairman, in reply to the Rev. J. Price, said the piano would cost about £30 each, and the repayment would spread over fifty years.—Rev. J. Price, in supporting the motion, did so on the understanding that at the proper time a piano would be provided for the Barry School as well.—The resolution was unanimously agreed to. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE WORK. The newly-appointed attendance officer (Mr. A. Seig) read his first report, which was an exhaus- tive one, and which dealt with the various branches of school attendance work in the district. He mentioned that he had commenced the work of taking a census of children in the district. and this would occupy about another six or eight weeks. He laid special stress upon the importance of school attendance work, and said if the Board intended the work to be done well or with any regard to system it would be necessary to appoint an additional officer who should devote the whole of his time to the duties. It would be more economical, and the additional salary would probably be more than exceeded by the increased Amount received in Government grant. — The Chairman said that the report of their attendance officer really confirmed very much. what he said at the outset. It would actually pay the Board to have two officers. Now that they were going to, have a fee grant, it would depend very much upon the attendance what their receipts were. He considered the report of the attendance officer as of much importance, and he recommended accord- ingly that it be circulated among the members, and that the desirability of appointing an addi- tional attendance officer be placed upon the agenda for the next meeting.—This was agreed to nem. con.. This was the principal business, and the Board rose.
BARRY AND CADOXTON LOCAL BOARD. IMPORTANT MEETING OF THE PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE. MR C. R. WALKER'S ALTERNATIVE DRAIN- AGE SCHEME FOR BARRY. The Public Works Committee of the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board held a meeting at Cadoxton on Tuesday night, when there were present Councillor J. C. Meggitt (chairman). Dr. P. J. O'Donnell and Messrs. G. Thomas, J. Barstow, W. Thomas (Cadoxton). C. R. Walker (drainage engineer), and G. F. Willett (clerk's deputy). THE DRAINAGE OF THE BARRY DISTRICT. Mr C R. Walker, the Board's drainage engineer, presented his alternative scheme for the drainage of Barry and district, it having been found im- possible to carry out his previous scheme, it not being acceptable to the Barry Company. Mr Walker mentioned three schemes—viz.; first, to discharge the storm water opposite the Ship Hotel and carry the sewage in the line of the proposed iron pipe out to sea secondly, by dis- charging the storm water at the same point also on the beach opposite the Ship Hotel, and carry- ilia- a brick sewer round the cliff to near the Coastguard Station, thence through an iron pipe to the sea thirdly, carrying- the whole sewage and storm water along' the eliff to near the Coastguard Station, discharging the storm water on the beach, and carrying the sewage in an iron pipe to Coldknap. Each scheme makes provision for the new Coldknap sewer. After pointing out serious objections to the first and second schemes, principally as regards opposition from the Barry Company and a probable legal fight, Mr. Walker proceeded to recommend scheme No. 3, which altogether would cost -612.500. A long and animated discussion on the report and plans th&n ensued, in which all the members present joined. The Chairman moved that scheme No. 3, as re- commended by the drainage engineer, should be carried out, the cost being £12,500. It seemed to be a final scheme for the whole of the portion of the district affected. He also moved that the necessary application be made to the Barry Company for their permission to construct the storm overflow at Barry Coastguard Station, also to the Local Govern- ment Board for permission to borrow the money.— Mr. W. Thomas (Cadoxton) seconded the motion, which was unanimously agreed to.—It was decided to have Mr. Walker's report printed and the plan lithographed, and that a copy of each be sent to the members of the board. THE HOLTON AND COGRT ROADS CONTRACTS.—A SETTLEMENT EFFECTED WITH MR. LOVE. The next item of the agenda was to consider matters in reference to the Holton and Court Roads Improvements Contracts, of which Mr. David Love is the contractor, and between whom and the Board a serious difference of opinion had arisen in reference to the claims made against the board by the contractor.—Mr. George Thomas presented the figures which had been arrived at by Mr. John Robinson and himself—as being a majority of the sub-committee appointed to deal with the whole matter—and which recommended that Mr. Love be paid the sum of :C600 in settle- ment of all claims against the Board, minus the amount due from him—about :£80 or £ 90—for the use of the Board's steam road-roller, and that on consideration of the offer being accepted, the con- tractor be relieved from all claims against Mr. Love for penalties, maintenance, &c.—A letter was read from Messrs. Reed and Cook, solicitors for Mr. Love, asking that the Board should pay £ 700 minus the hire of the roller, and not £1300 as recommended by the sub-committee. The letter also stated that such settlement would not affect Mr. Love proceeding against Messrs. Lucas and Co., Messrs. W. R. Parker and Co., or any other persons who had worked on the road.—The Chairman did not see what the Board had to do with Mr. Love's private affairs in proceeding against whom he liked.—Dr. O'Donnell pointed out that in the letter mention was made about proceeding against certain persons for damages to the road which Mr. Love had claimed against the Board for. and which the sub-committee had allowed certain sums.—Mr. G. Thomas Of course we have nothing to do with Messrs. W. R. Parker and Co., Messrs. Lucas and Aird, or any- one else.—Dr. O'Donnell having seconded Mr. George Thomas's resolution, Mr. Barstow moved as an amendment that the conditions of the letter of Messrs. Reed and Cook be accepted—viz., £ 700, less the hire of the roller.—Before a decision was arrived at. Mr. Love was called into the room, and was asked by the Chairman if he had any state- ment to make before the committee arrived at any recommendation to the Board.—Dr. O'Donnell said ho understood that Mr. Love had been making charges against members of the Board in the public bars of the place, and he wanted to know what Mr. Love had to say against them.—Mr. Love said he had no grievance against members of the Board individually.—Dr. O'Donnell: Then what do you want to speak against us in public- houses for ?—Mr. Love then proceeded to enumer- ate and particularise the difficulties he had to con- tend with in carrying out the contract, and said he would lose money on it even if they gave him the £ 700.—After Mr. Love had retired, it was decided after some conversation to make an offer to Mr. Love of £ 650.—Mr. Love refused the offer for some time, but on being pressed by Mr. William Thomas and Mr. Barstow, reluctantly agreed to accept it.—The committer therefore decided to recommend to the Board that Mr. Love be paid £650,less the hire of the steam road-roller. MISCELLANEOUS. The Surveyor was directed to take steps to- wards the maintenance of the Holton and Court roads.—The following plans were passed :—Shop and two houses at Merthyr-street, for Mr. E. R. Evans a vestry at Pyke-street for the trustees estate plan for streets at Barry Dock, lor the Barry Dock Town Syndicate.—The Surveyor, at Mr. Barstow's suggestion, was directed to report upon the condition of the pathway from Cadoxton Common to Cadoxton Village.—Mr. Barstow also directed attention to the disgraceful condition of the roadway connecting Barry and Court roads near the Cadoxton Market. He said that it was an old parish road, and he begged to move that a footpath be constructed.—This was agreed to, the work to cost about £ 10.—This was all the business.
COlTY SCHOOL BOARD. THE BOARD AND THE ATTENDANCE. THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO BE CON- SULTED. The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held at the Board Schools on Monday evening last when there were present:—Rev. F. W. Edmondes (chairman), Messrs. D. Phillips (vice-chairman), EVfln John. George Singer, and Jenkin David.—A petition was read by the Clerk, signed by 25 rate- payers of the parish, praying for the use of the Board Schools that same evening for the purpose of holding a concert and making a presentation to the late master. They expressed their willingness to hold themselves responsible for any damage done. Mr. John Rees (farmer) headed the list of signatures.—It was ultimately unanimously de- cided, on the proposition of the Chairman, seconded by the Vice-chairman, that inasmuch as part of the proceedings were for the purpose of presenting a testimonial to Mr. Peters, their late master, the Board regret that they are unable to comply with the request contained in the application. The newly-appointed attendance officer (Mr. T. James) reported that Mr. Peters had refused to supply him with a list of the children attending his school. Mr. W. B. Phillips.the headmaster, applied to have the use of the schoolroom for two nights a week. for the purpose of holding evening classes. His application was granted.—Holidays were decided to be given at Christmas from the 24th December to the following Monday week.—It was resolved that the clerk write to the Education Department informing that body that at present a considerable number of children were said to be attending a school conducted by their late master at a public- house, and the Board did not consider it a proper place. The opinion of the Department was askGd, and it was to be further stated that Mr. Peters had refused to supply the attendance officer of the Board with the information he required.—This was all the business of importance.
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BRIDGEND LOCAL BOARD. THE CHRISTMAS MARKET DAY. The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held at the Board-room on Tuesday evening last, when there were present, Mr. LI. Wallington (chairman), Messrs. W. M. Richards, W. Francis, W. Powell, E. Rich, and T. J. Hughes (clerk).— A letter and certificate was received from the surveyor (Mr. E. Williams) showing that he was suffering from influenza and pneumonia, and, therefore unable to attend the meeting.—Mr. W. McGaul, Mr. Edwin Price, and Dr. Randall were also absent through indisposition.—The bank book, as examined by the Finance Committee, showed a balance in favour of the Board of £108 5s. 6d.—The Surveyor dealt with the matters contained in the medical officer's report. Regard- ing the houses in the gutter being unfit for habita- tion, the Building Committee had recommended paving in front of them. The houses Nos. 27 and 28, Nolton-street, were not fit for human habita- tion. inasmuch as the closets were in the house, besides defective drainage, and he had given them notice to put them in proper repair or they would have to be closed. Nos. 33 and 35, Nolton- street. had been closed for some time. With regard to certain houses—Nos. 23. 24 and 25— in Chapel-street, the Chairman said he had seen Mr. Thomas, the owner, who promised to do any- thing the surveyor would suggest. Notices had been served upon Mr. George James with regard to certain houses in North-street. He showed how through ventilation could be procured in certain houses in West-street, which were now built against the damp earth—viz., by excavating. With reference to the report as to the necessity for closet accommodation in four houses at Newcastle, the work had been done but when he visited the place to see if it was in working order, he dis- covered it to be a sham, there being no drain at all there.—It was decided that the surveyor consult the clerk, and prosecute in cases where the notices had not been complied with.—The Sur- veyor reported also that the Board's labourers had carried out the drain connection at Newtown, and Mr. Rowe would be charged with the same.—Mr. Francis remarked that it was very unsatisfactory that the Board's workmen, should do this work. By getting tenders for the job around town, they would be dealing more fairly with the persons who had to pay as well. He remarked upon the fact that heaps of mud were allowed to remain on the roads on Sundays, and when asked about it the Board's men reply, We are too busy."—The other members agreed to this.—A letter was read from the Local Government Board with reference to im- posing the duty of cleaning cesspools upon private occupiers, stating that the Board could not assent to any such bye-law until they have a sewerag9 scheme for their district. MR. C. P. DAVIS AND THE BOARD. The Chairman said he understood there were two more letters received with reference to the question of using a drain as a sewer near Mr. C. P. David's house. The discussion, no doubt, would be a long one, and perhaps it might not turn out satisfactorily, and there might be harsh words spoken between Mr. Richards and himself. The discussion would not be very interesting to the public, and he suggested, therefore, that a com- mittee of the whole Board discuss the whole affair. He did not think it would be advisable to open the letters that night, as several members were absent besides the surveyor, and he (the chairman) wanted the surveyor to be present.—Mr Richards said he should very much oppose the postpone- ment of this discussion, but, under the unfortunate circumstances of the surveyor's absence, he was inclined to do it. They were a majority of the members of the Board that evening, and if the surveyor had any information to supply, which the chairman thought he ought to, he would waive any objection.—The Chairman I have some ques- tions to ask him, which I want him to answer straightly, and I think it is advisable the Board should know the whole. He was quite prepared, if they were, to go on but, in his opinion, it would be a farce unless they had the surveyor present. There are two letters to be read, and there will be a lot of cross-firing. The clerk being then absent for a while, he (the chairman) asked that, inasmuch as one of the letters mentioned something about that office, it would be advisable to wait until he came in.—Mr. Powell and Mr. Rich expressed themselves as being in the dark over the matter, and until the letters were read they could not form an opinion.—Subsequently, when the clerk arrived, the chairman moved that before the letters be opened the matter be deferred for consideration to a special committee meeting of the whole Board. —Mr. Powell asked if it was of so great a con- sequence as would call for a special meeting.'— The Chairman It is this. Mr. Powell. Either Mr. Charles Davies or myself will have to be made liars.—Mr. Powell expressed an opinion that from what he had seen and read, he thought Mr. Wallington was right.—The Chairman I hope I shall be in a position to convince Mr. Richards.— Mr. Richards You cannot convince me when a member of the Board knew most distinctly that the drain was not to be used as a sewer. If a witness is required I will bring this gentleman forward.—Mr. W. Powell: We have nothing to do but to be guided by our minutes.—The resolu- tion being seconded, Mr. Richards proposed as an amendment that the matter be adjourned until the next meeting of the Board.—There was no seconder to this, and the resolution was carried, Mr. Richard only dissenting. THE BOARD AND THE GAS COMPANY. The Clerk read a report of the result of the de- putation, constituted of himself and Mr. McGaul, stating that after discussing the matter of the Board having received notice to terminate their present contract, with a view to the price of gas supplied to the Board being raised, the directors could not depart from the terms of the notice, giving as their reason the increased price of coal. —The Chairman Raid when asked if they would reduce the price of gas again if the price of coal went down, the chairman of directors had stated that he would have no objection to doing so. He said also that their dividend was only It per cent. —Mr. Francis asked how was it that Bristol supplied gas for 2s. 6d. and Cardiff at 2s. 9d., when the coal had to be carried further.'—Mr. Richards said they could not get good coal around here.—Mr. Francis There is no better gas coal than the Llest Company's, and it is sent for from all over the country.—Ultimately it was decided that the matter be deferred for consideration until the Board's first meeting in January. BRIDGEND CHRISTMAS MARKET-DAY. The Clerk wished to make a suggestion regarding the market-day at Bridgend. It appeared to him as an outsider, that it was rather a long time from one Saturday to the following Saturday week before holding the market, and he thought it advisable that a suggestion should come from the Board in the shape of a resolution that the market be held on Thursday—the day before Christmas °ay-—^r- W. M. Richards ultimately proposed a resolution to that effect, which was carried. THE BOARD AND THE "LOCAL" PAPERS, The Clerk having read a letter from Mr. Edwin Price, stating that the Board should pass a resolu- tion of condolence with Mrs. Turbervill, Ewenny, in her sad bereavement, he (the clerk) said he might have seen it in the South Walea Star.—The Chairman I wish the members would read the "local" papers when not present at the Board's meetings. This was all the business of importance.
NEW COTTAGE HOMES AT LLANTWIT-FARDRE. The new Cottage Homes at Llantwit-Fardre are now nearly completed, and the guardians are pre- paring to have them suitably furnished. The con- duct of the committee in whose hands the matter rests shows that they evidently, have some regard for the money of the ratepayers. The Local Government Board inspector recommended that before they commenced furnishing they should visit some similar institutions, and suggested Bir- mingham. The committee, however, ou Tuesday last visited the Homes at Bridgend instead, con- sidering that the trip to Birmingham was an unnecessary expense. We think the Lighting Committee of the Cardiff Town Council might profit by the expense. It is. however, certainly to be regretted that neither of the two gentlemen who visited the Birmingham Cottage Homes on a former occasion are alive to give the benefit of their experience to the committee. The children will hardly be in occupation of their new quarters until after the end of the year. All will join in wishing them a merry Christmas in their old home and a Happy New Year in their new one. ——„—•
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PONTYPRIDD LOCAL BOARD. THE STATE OF THE ROADS. THE POLLUTION OF RIVERS. The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Ponty- pridd Local Board was held on Friday afternoon last, when there were present Messrs. D. Leyshon (chairman), J. Snape. P. Gowan. James Roberts, J. H. James, M. Hague, L. G. Lenox, and Tom Taylor, together with Mr. H. L. Grover (clerk), and Mr. E. Rees (surveyor). MOUNTAIN ASH AND THE MAIN SEWER. A letter was read from the Mountain Ash Local Board with reference to the sewerage contribution question, in which Mr. Lynton (the clerk) said that that body was of opinion that it would be premature to come to any arrangement in this matter but they desired to know the terms, first, for taking the whole of the sewerage of Mountain Ash, and, second, for taking the sewerage of that part of the district near Aberdare Junction.—The Chairman said it did not seem to him that the Mountain Ash Board were anxious to take up the matter at present. The only thing the Ponty- pridd Board ha,d to state was the extra cost of laying sewers which would be large enough to meet emergencies, and he wanted to know whether the surveyor was prepared to give the estimate then. The Surveyor remarked that he could not just then, but he would let the Board have it at the next meeting.—Councillor Roberts said that Mr. Deacon had recommended the Joint Board to carry the sewer to the extreme end of their boundary. He did not know whether that would be binding on the Joint Board.—The Clerk observed there was nothing compulsory in the recommendation of Mr. Deacon.—The Chairman suggested that Mr. Rees and Mr. Chatterton should meet and consult upon the matter, and report at the next meeting. But after some discussion it was decided that the Surveyor should report inde- pendently on the question. FREE SCHOLARSHIPS. A memorandum was read from the Royal Col- j lege of Music announcing the holding of examina- tions for certain scholarships. PARLIAMENTARY NOTICES. The Clerk reported that preliminary Parliamen- tary notices had been given by the Taff Vale Rail- way Company, the Barry Company, and the Pontypridd Burial Board, each of whick had local references, and he suggested that a Parliamentary Committee should be appointed to go earefully into the details of these notices.—Mr. Councillor Roberts thought it was a very important matter, and thoroughly agreed with the Clerk's suggestion. He then proposed that the Public Works Committee be asked to act as a Parliamentary Committee, and this was agreed to. THE POLLUTION OF RIVERS. A letter was read from the Clerk of the County Council intimating that the Fisheries and Rivers Pollution Committee of the Council had recently inspected the river Rhondda. and found that a con- siderable amount of refuse tipping was carried on. He further stated that the Local Government Com- mittee did not desire to interfere with the Local Board district, but if the Board neglected to take steps to stop this nuisance they would be obliged to take the matter in their own hands.—The Clerk remarked that it was the duty of the Board to give notice for the abatement of the nuisances, and then to take proceedings.—Councillor Roberts said he was one of the committee who inspected the river, and hQ was sorry to say that they found that one of their contractors tipped the road refuse into the river.—Mr. Snape thought there was a gross; neglect of duty somewhere. He did not think that the Board ought to have let their scavenging contracts to men who had no place to deposit the stuff, and it was the duty of the Board to rent a place which could be used for this purpose. -Councillor Roberts moved that the surveyor be instructed to prevent the tipping of refuse into the river, and that h3 should report on the matter at the next meeting.—Mr. P. Gowan seconded, and the motion was agreed to.—Mr. J. H. James re- marked that the Board should endeavour to get land for tipping purposes by March next. THE STATE OF THE ROADS. Mr. James also drew attention to the disgraceful condition of the road between Upper Boat and Treforest.—The Surveyor, on being questioned, confirmed Mr. James's statement, and said that in some places outside the Board's district the ruts were found five inches deep. The portion of the road in the Board's district was also in a bad con- dition, and he had found great difficulty in obtain- ing metalling for the same.—Mr. Lewis asked if the contractors were obliged to deliver a certain amount of stone every month.—Mr. Councillor Roberts said that the contractor was to deliver a certain amount by a certain day. There was a dispute between (the contractor and the Joint Board and the County Council with reference to the road in question, and litigation was pending, and he suggested that the clerk be instructed to write a strong letter to the Joint Board calling their attention to the state of the road.—This was agreed to. Mr. Taylor referred to the bad condition of the road between Grover's house and Ynysybwl. and complaints were made as to the condition of other roads in different parts of the district, but no resolutions were passed. THE GAS WORKS. The Clerk reported that no meeting of the Gas Committee had been held since the last meeting of the Board, owing to the illness of the Chairman (Captain Williams).—Councillor Roberts said that the public did not get good gas. In Treforest they were in a wretched state, and he thought the Gas Company ought to make provision for the extended district, and he would like the clerk to explain to the Company that the supply was very bad, indeed.—Mr. Snape thought it would be well for the Board to consider the advisability of erecting an independent gas works for Pontypridd. The existing gas company did not seem to make sufficient provision to cope with the requirements of the district.—Mr. Lennox But the Gas Com- pany have certain rights.—Mr. Snape That may be yet it does not deter the Board from consider- ing the matter.—The Clerk did not think the Board would be able to obtain an Act of Parlia- ment for supplying the town with gas.—Mr Gowan suggested that the matter should be thrashed out by the deputation which would wait upon the Gas Company. MINOR MATTERS. The Inspector of Nuisances made complaints as to the gas lamps not being lit in proper time, and other complaints were made as to the ineffective lighting. The Surveyor called attention to the disgraceful way in which the scavenging work was carried out, and it was decided that the contractors should be warned about the matter. Mr. Main waring, lately a clerk of the works under the Joint Board, was appointed inspector of works at a salary of 35s. per week.
CONCERT AT COYCHURCH VILLAGE. On Monday evening last a concert was held at the Welsh Congregational Church, Coychurch, the proceeds of which were devoted towards the Chapel funds. Notwithstanding the inclement weather the attendance was very good. Mr. A. J. Williams, M.P., presided. Among those present were observed Mrs. Williams and Master Williams (2), Mrs. W. Howell (Pencoed), &c. The enter- tainment was opened by Miss M. H. Francis (Bridgend), who exhibited much taste and skill in the favourite overture, The rising of the lark." She also accompanied various singers in their renderings. Hywel Cynon (Aberdare) by his songs quite deserved the hearty applause of the audience. "Gwneweh bobpeth yn Gymraeg," and" The Newfoundland dog," were among his favourites. Llinos Emlyn possesses a rich con- tralto voice, and should develope into a promising vocalist. Not the least interesting among the items on the programme was the chorus by the school children, Y Morwr bach," which provoked a loud encore, and they sang The laughing chorus," to the great amusement of the audience. Master L. Eliot Crawshay Williams opened the second part of the programme 1 with a pianoforte overture. His fingering for a young performer was exceptionally noteworthy. It is needless to say that the solo was well received. Mr. Lewis Edwards' elocutionary abilities were well displayed in the part he played. The Charge of the Light Brigade and All's well that ends well" were the recitations, in addition to which he recited" The ballad of splendid silence," by the desire of the assembly. At the close of the gather- ing votes of thanks were heartily accorded the artistes who had volunteered their services, and the hon. member for South Glamorgan for his kindness in taking the chair. The concert throughout was very enjoyable. Programme :—Pianoforte over- ture, The rising of the lark," Miss M. H. Francis solo, Mr. Rees Griffiths solo. Mr. R. Davies reci- tation. Charge of the Light Brigade." Mr. L. Edwards solo, Y plentvn amddifad," Llinos Emlyn solo. Gwnewch bobpeth yn Gymraeg." Hywel Cynon recitation, Mr. W. M. Davies trio, Duw bydd drugarog," Mr. Rees; solo. Four jolly smiths," Hywel Cynon chorus, Y morwr bach," Children's Choir (conducted by Mr. Morris) pianoforte overture, Master L. E. Crawshay Wil- liams solo. Cwymp Llewellyn." Mr. Rees Jones quartette, "Sleighing," Mr. Morris and friends recitation, Mr. W. M. Davies zither solo, "Home, sweet home," Miss Hermann solo, On the shore," Llinos Emlyn: solo. Deio bach." Mr. Rees Jones, jun. recitation, All's well that ends well," Mr. Lewis Edwards solo, The Newfoundland dog," Hywel Cynon solo, The village blacksinith," Hywel Cynon finale, Hen wlad fy Xhadau."
EISTEDDFOD AT PONTY- CYMMER, THE COMPETITIOXS. An eisteddfod was held at Bethel Methodist Chapel on Monday last. A committee, consisting of young men attending the chapel, carried out the arrangements of the gathering, which were in every respect satisfactory. The proceeds are to be devoted towards the chapel funds. Mr. J. Drew acted as hon. treasurer, while the energy dis- played by Mr. W. Rees, in his position as secretary, could be understood by the admirable manner in which the gathering passed off. Notwithstanding the excedingly unpropritious weather, large attendances of eisteddfodwyr graced each gather- ing. The competitions were productive of some real merit, especially in the duet and solo singing, no less than 24 competitors being entered for the tenor solo, "Llythyr fy mam." There were 14 competitors entered for the recitation, "Y Baban ar fun y Dibyn," and Gwyrosydd, the composer, who adjudicated the literary compositions and elocution, was highly pleased with the result. Mr. James Singleton, G.T.S.C.. Taibach, adjudicated the musical competitions, and his decisions were received with deference and due submission by both competitors and audience. The accom- panist for the day was Miss C. Thomas. Pontycymmer. In the unavoidable absence of Mr. J. Blandy Jenkins, jun., the respected son of the genial squire of Llanharran. the duties of presiding chief were undertaken by Mr. R. A. Blandy (Ffaldau), nephew of the latter. It was indeed gratifying to observe that Ponty- cymmer has unearthed an eisteddfod conductor of a most affable disposition in Mr. Thomas Lewis. grocer. To his business-like and genial tact is due the fact that the audience were relieved oft- times of the dreary monotony of a host of competi- tions, and his interpositions were thoroughly enjoyed. Mr. Lewis, after formally introducing the president, the latter very fittingly opened the gathering, and was accorded hearty welcome. THE COMPETITIONS. These were proceeded with as follows :— SOPRANO SOLO.—;i Yr esgyd ar v traeth was the test piece in this competition, for which no person had entered. RECITATION.—A prize of 2s. 6d. was offered for the best recitation of the Welsh poem. "Bydd dyner wrth dy fam," composed by Mr. T. C. Jones (Pontyrhil), and which have appeared 111 the Welsh column of the South Wales Star. Two young competitors came forward. Owen Owen, Meadow-street. Pontycymmer, proving successful. CONTRALTO SOLO.—Only two female competitors ventured on the best rendering of the Three Fishers," the prize being 10s., given by Dr. E. J. Parry. One of them, however, was ineffectual in singing it on the first occasion, although promising well, and the prize was therefore given to the other, viz., Miss M. J. Hopkin. Nantymoel. BARITONE SOLOS.—A prize of 5s. was offered to those who had never won a like amount previously for best rendering" Y Morwr a'i Fachgen," given by Mr. Novle. Nine competitors stood the test. and with the exception of the higher notes, the singing was characterised as being good. John Phillips, Pontycymmer, was awarded the prize. PART SONG.—To the party (over 12 and not exceeding 18 in number) that would best render 0, na bawn yn Seren (Dr. Parry), a prize of 10s. was given by Mr. W. Davies. The Pontycymmer Minstrels and the Bethel were the two parties which sang. The voices in each party were good, time good, and the singing generally unforced. Altos and sopranos were a trine faulty at times, but in the second party the sopranos were not so good. and, in consequence, a discord was at times heard, the tone consequently suffering, and towards the end it fell lamentably. The Minstrels were awarded the prize, and Mr. J. Rees, the con- ductor. was invested. READING MrSIC AT SIGHT.—This proved an interesting competition, no less than nine ven- turing on a difficult test in the tonic-solfa notation. The prize, given by Mr. Harries, was won by a young baritone singer—Mr. Thomas Fox, Ponty- cymmer. POETICAL COMPOSITION.—For the best four verses in memory of the late Mrs. Mary Edwards, Alexander-road. Pontycymmer. the prize of 5s. was won by Mr. John Jones, 16. Long-row. Bryncethin. Gwyrosydd stated that the merit was in no wise exceptional, some of them, indeed, being very commonplace. Mr. T. Edwards was the donor of this prize. MALE VOICE PARTY.—For a party, not under twelve in number, that would best sing, Awn, awn i ben yr Wyddfa fawr," a prize of 20s. was offered. Two parties sung—viz., Garw Minstrels (conductor, Mr. Tom Fox, Pontycymmer). and Parti Glanymor (conducted by Mr. W. Rees, Cefn). The first won a good contest. RECITATION.—No less than 14 competitors were heard in the preliminary recitation of Gwyrosydd's "Y Baban ar fin y dibyn." Prize, 5s. T. Rhondda Jones, Blaengarw, was awarded the prize. TENOR SOLO.—" Llythyr fy Mam was the test piece in this competition, for a prize of 10s.. given by Dr. Thomas. Mr. W. Davies, Maesteg, was best. LOVE LETTERS.—Six effusive letters were re- ceived in this competition, that written by Mr. J. S. Davies, Birchgrove, Briton Ferry, being adjudged the best. The prize of 5s. was awarded him. BASS SOLO.—A competition very interesting and equally keen was heard upon the test piece. Y Morwr Lion (prize 10s., given by Dr. Evans), the honours and prize being divided between Mr. Jenkin Rees (Maesteg), and John Isaac (Ponty- cymmer). ESSAY.—For the best essay on the Methodistical history of Pontycymmer a prize of 7s. 6d. was offered, and that sent in by Mr. John Jones. Long- row, Bryncethin, was awarded the prize. He was the only competitor. TRIO.—Dr. Parry's trio. Duw, bydd drugarog." was the test in this competition, a prize of 7s. 6d. being given by Mr. J. Fox. Two parties only sang, and the prize was divided between them. These were Mr. John Phillips. junr.. Miss Griffiths, and Mr. W. Thomas, and Messrs. Tom Fox. John Fox, and Wm. Thomas. CHIEF CHORAL COMPETITION.—That beautiful anthem, Dj ddiau dyn sydd fel glaswelltyn." was the test piece for the chief event of the day. Choirs were not to be less than 40 in number, prized 5 and 10s. to each unsuccessful conductor. Three choirs entered, and sang in the following order:—Bethel. Pontypridd. conducted by Mr. John Lewis; Tabernacle. Pontycymmer, Richard Davies; and Xoddfa. Pontycymmer, Mr. John Phillips, junr. The singing throughout was good, but the prize was awarded amidst loud cheers to the last named (Noddfa). THE CONCERT. A grand concert was held in the evening, pre- sided over by Mr. J. Maddox. All the artistes acquitted themselves admirably, and the gathering was a pronounced success, both as regards singing and attendance.
A SERIOUS FIGHT AT PONTYPRIDD. On Sunday evening last. the neighbourhood of the Graig was thrown into confusion by a rumour which soon gained currency that a man had been murdered at Pencoedcae. Further enquiries, however, proved that the rumour had been ex- aggerated. and what really had taken place was a drunken brawl between three men who stayed together at a common lodging-house in the Graig. One of them a hawker, named Thomas Burke. received a serious wound on the head and fell senseless. Police-constables Evans and Canton soon arrived on the scene, and had the man con- veyed to the Union Workhouse Infirmary, where he remained in a state of unconsciousness until Monday morning. The officers having seen the man safe set about arresting his'assailants, who were respectively named Charles Price and Major Gihbs, who wen1: subsequently placed in the ceils, taken before the magistrates, and remanded in custody until the man recovers to formally charge them. So far it is doubtful whether he will survive.
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