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ROUND THE TOWN.
ROUND THE TOWN. A Barryite lost thn last train for Barry at Queen- street, Cardiff. the other night, but walking leisurely along to the Great Western Station, caught it there. It was an Irishman who told us this story. The public meeting at Barry Dock last Friday was expected to have been a lively affair, but everything turned out to bo as cool as the pro- verbial cucumber. A reporter's table was sadly needed, a praying desk, and an American organ having to be requisitioned. It appeared one time as if the Communion-table used by the church missioners would have had to be used. By the bye. if the Church of England is going to use the hall for its services, surely some means should be taken to screen the altar. The members of the Pontypridd Liberal Club are nicely divided into two classes, each of whom seem to act quite independently of the other. For instance, we have the lovers of music who periodi- cally hold their smoking coneerts, and the lovers of literature who devote themselves to listening to lectures and addresses and criticise the same. The latter are called, "The cream of the club," and generally meet in the well-furnished reception- I )om, whilst the former content themselves with the le?s showy but more homely billiard room. En- thusiasm and energy belong to the musicians, who seldom join the literary audience in listening to the excellent rddresse3 of which wo have had but one this season, and the Vittc-ratmrs reciprocate the feeling by sending but one representative— seldom more—to the smoking concerts of their younger brethren. What a pity that such a state of things exist They complain of the insufficiency and the bad quality of the gas in Pontypridd. Judging from the discussion that took place at the Pontypridd Local Board on the subject at their last meeting, we are of opinion that the members of thr.t body have plenty of gas" to enlighten a town six times the size of the metropolis of the Rhondda and not only that, but the quality is by no means bad. The Pontypridd Local Board is composed of a brewer, a squire, two colliery managers, two con- tractors, two publicans, a strong temperance advo- cate, an auctioneer, and Messrs. John .James and David Rowlands, Among the momentous ques- tions they have soon to consider will be the supply of gas and water, the erection of a public slaughter- house. and the Berw Bridge, the subsidiary drain- age, the widening of the bridges, the general im- provements of the town, and the levying of heavier rates. No wonder they fight shy of the incorpora- tion question. Two youths, returning from the Cowbridge Police-court on Saturday, after pleading the usual innocenco and getting fined 10s. each, laughed heartily, and one actually wanted his fellow-tippler to come and have a glass on the strength of it." Hardened sinner! The sense of smell is very keen in the Ponty- pridd Stipendiary. On Wednesday last a man was smoking in the precincts of the court, about 20 yards away from the bench, but our Ignatius smelt a pipe, and ordered his removal. Mrs. Griffiths, who was last week nominated as a member of the Glyntaff Burial Board, is a most estimable lady, and a heavy ratepayer. The mas- culine partner in the county is the rate collector. We have r.o doubt that a lady of the experience and the ability of Mrs. Griffiths on the Glyntaff Burial Board will be a valuable acquisition to the august body. Mr. W. 0. Matthews struck the nail on the head and created roars of laughter at Pontypridd Police- court the other day. A case of assaulting the police was being heard, and it was said that the policemen's helmets were thrown to the ground in the scuffle. '• That's just like Government pro- perty," said Mr. Matthews. they never protect their owners when required." Pontypridd girls are in favour of smoking, for at a debate on the question whether smoking was injurious to health or not. out of the fifteen young ladies present twelve voted in favour of smoking and three against. We do not suggest that the female population of Pontypridd are slaves to the fumes of the fragrant weed, but it is quite evident they prefer a smoker to another. So, my male friends, especially those on the look-out for a partner, will do well to consider the question. The girls say the clubs are their greatest rivals, but all who frequent the clubs are smokers. Are we to understand that the fair sex are starting a crusade against the bachelor's paradise? We hope not. A political meeting was recently held at Bar- mouth. at which Mr. Tom Ellis spoke. Mr. J. Arthur Price, who took the chair, commented on the injustice of an English-speaking judge trying cases where monoglot Welshmtn were concerned. TMr. Price added. Tho judge is still there, although net only Liberal and Nationalist, but also Tories like Sir John Puleston, and Churchmen like the Bishop of Bangor, have protested against the ap- pointment. My follow Churchmen, will you support a Government which treats our bishop with no more respect than if he was a Methodist preacher ? Mr Ellis also spoke highly of the bishop's conduct, and said that in this respect the English went in for England for the English.' What would they say for the greatest lawyer for judge in Rutlandshire, if he knew all Justinian and Gains, knew French. Welsh, and Latin, but was ignorant of English ? Y' Rhedegydd," a Welsh halfpenny weekly circulating in Carnarvonshire and Merionethshire, falls foul of Mr. Bryn Roberts, M.P., for refusing to act on the committee or subscribing towards the testimonial which was lately given to Mr. T. E. Ellis, M.P. At tho last meeting of the Barry School Board an animated discussion took place on the price of firewood. Mr. T. J. O'Keefe, the organising secretary of the National Amalgamated Labourers' Union, has just recovered from an attack of the prevailing epidemic. A grand concert in aid of the Barry Dock Church Mission is announced to be held at the Thompson- street Public Hall on February 20th. Mr. James Ware, J.P., is determined to put a stop to Sunday drinking at Penarth. He comes down verly heavily when fining persons who have been caught intoxicated on the Sabbath. The caretaking and cleaning of the Board Schools in the Barry district promises to become a big item. Captain Davies, at the School Board meeting at Cadoxton last Monday, wanted to know who the member was who sent his children to the Holton Schools. A paragraph in this column last* week suggested the query. At Barry on Monday a woman was kicked by a horse in the jaw. The horse's foot was broken It has been suggested that the Wenvoe Plough- ing Society should hold their next ploughing meeting at Cadoxton Common, but, of course, that is all tommy rot. as a small million of builders' carta have already cut the ground effectually. Speaking of the Wenvoe Ploughing Society, reminds us that it is exceedingly probable that General Lee. will net be a subscriber this year. For further particulars! consult the St. Nicholas police-court returns. A horse and cart sank into the mud at Thompson- street. Barry Dock, on Tuesday, and hasn't been seen since. The need cf a life boat or a mud barge at Barry is at once apparent. We heard over a year ago that the directors of the Barry Gas and Water Company were about to give a dinner to their employees. We heard the same thing nine months ago. We heard it exactly six months back, and we believe it was onlv three months afterwards that we heard it again. We haven't heard anything about it since. A Barry lodger writes to inform us that where he hangs out" the weakness of the tea is only equalled by the strength of the butter. One supports the other. Public life at Penarth promises to become very interesting. There are now two newspapers there. The Arizona kicker" style has, we are glad to observe, not yet been adoptod. The Rev. J. H. Stowell, M.A., will deliver a special sermon at the Barry Congregational Chapel next Sunday night on the life of the late Cardinal Manning. The funeral of poor Dr. Magor, of Barry Dock, took place on Monday afternoon. The proposal to spend a thousand pounds for a cemetery lodge did not produce much excitement at the Barry Burial Board on Tuesday night, but when a labourer in the employ of the Board sought to get a shilling or two a week more, the resolu- tions and nmendments were innumerable, and the casting vote of the chairman soon settled the prospects of any increase of stipend for the present. Last year's shipments of coal from Cardiff amounted to 12.902,828 tons the corresponding shipments in 1890 were 12,202,328 tons. It follows that the shipments expanded last year to the extent of 700,514 tons.
LAST YEAR'S SHIPPING.—The number of steamers which arrived at Barry Dock last year was 1,613, re- presenting a net-t tonnage of 1,645,602 tons. The number of vessels which sailed from the dock last year ♦ras 1,6 £ 2, representing a nett tonnage of 1,665,111 tons. Including sailing vessels, the nett tonnage shipping which arrived at the dock last year was 1.694,227 tons, while the nett tonnage of the clearance in the same period was 1,754,752 tons. THE IRECENT WRECK.—The Drumblair, which has been discharged in the Ely River, was brought round to Cardiff last Friday and successfully docked in the Mount Stuart Dry Dock, where she will undergo repairs. An examination showed that she wns exten- sively damaged, and her repturowill,in all probability, •occupy several weeks.
BARRY. RECEIVING ORDER.—Frederick Kestell and Arthur George Ford, trading as Kestell and Ford, Dock-street, Cogan Pill, near Cardiff, trading at Penarth, Barry, and Pontypridd, builders and con- tractors. HEARTS OF OAK SOCIETY.—The annual meeting of the Hope of Barry Lodge of the Royal Hearty of Oak Yearly Dividing Benefit Society was held on Monday night at the Barry Hotel. The chief busi- ness was to divide the annual dividend amongst the members. This was distributed belween about 115 members, the dividends ranging from five shillings to two shillings, notwithstanding the large number of members who had been sick during the year. The lodge was established in September, 1890, and conse- quently has only been in existence about sixteen months. It started with only 17 members, but it has been so subcessful that we are pleased to learn that its numerical strength now reaches about 120 mem- bers, consequently there can be no foundation for the rumour which has been in existence that the society was not in a. sound state. The number of members is still increasing. MINISTERIAL CALL.-The Rev. Christmas J. Lewis, late scholar of the South Wales University College and undergraduate of the University of Lon- don, has accepted an unanimous invitation of the Barry Presbyterian Church to become its pastor, and is ex- pected to preach there next Sunday at 11.30 a.m. and 6 p m. Mr. Lewis, who will enter upon his duties at Barry on March 1st, is a native of Montgomeryshire. He commenced his training for the ministry at Oswes- try Grammar School, from whence he entered Bala. Leaving Bala, after two-and-a-half years, on account of ill-health, he entered the University of Wales at Aberystwith, and from there was elected to an open scholarship of £ 30 por annum for three years at tho University College, Cardiff, where he was considered one of the best students, winning'each year a £ 15 prize. From Cardiff he took charge of the new Pres- byterian Church at Tonypandy, where his labours have been much appreciated and very successful. Mr. Lewis,is a steady, quiet worker, a good organizer, and an excellent preacher both in Welsh and English. THE RECENT DEATHS.—The Rev. J. H. Stowell, M.A., presiding at the Barry Congregational Church on Sunday night, said :—Death is amongst us. There are few who can jest. There are few who have not felt the sorrows and warnings of the time. Friends are going from our side. Families are losing their dearest and most indispensable members. Churches hav? been left abruptly by those who have led them as a shepherd leadtõ a flock. And even the nation well nigh staggers under a sudden grief. No class, no community is spared. A common gloom shrouds the palace and the cottage in face of the one enemy, Death. A few days ago William Watkiss, a preacher known to many of you, a spiritual father and guide to the thousands, or we might say tens of thousands, who for thirty years have listened to the gospel from his lips in Cardiff, was confronted almost in an instant by the dread messenger. And he was ready. Labouring with cheerful diligence in the vineyard of God, the summons was no calamity to him. It was but the interpretation of the Master's voice calling him heme. Then. with a shock that has gone through all the nations, we learned on Thursday that Albert Victor, presumptive heir to the Throne of our vast Empire, in the full springtime of an honourable manhood, lay dead his record, simple and blameless, little more than a story of preparation and training for his country's service. Death does not wait till our work is done on the promise of our early years fulfilled. A great destiny, high work indeed, measured by human standard, lay before him. Wo can say of him that he was ready for it; that is all, and that is enough. He was ready for death. And almost at the same moment there passed away Henry Edward Manning, a Cardinal priest of the Church of Rome, an eminent Englishman, alienated by conviction from the Church of his fathers and from the freedom of the Gospel as ministered by us, yet admired by that nation for the stern integrity and discipline of his religious zeal, andf of late endeared peculiarly to the masses of the people by his Christ-like efforts at peacemaking and aiding the poor. Two princes, it has been said, have fallen. Shall we not say three ? A Prince of the Church, a Prince of Royal blood, and a Prince simply of that Kingdom of God have fallen together in our midst. BARRY DOCK. G-A.S AND WATER BILL.-This Bill, which contains powers to construct new works and to raise additional "capital, came before Mr. Thomas, who found that the Standing Orders had been observed. ACCIDENT.—The steamer Jesmond, of London, from Bordeaux, with pitwood, when docking at Barry Dock last Saturday struck the quay, damaging plates on her port bow. She has about 8 feet of water in her hold; now discharging. CHURCH WORK.-As will be seen from an ad- vertisement in another column the committee of the Barry Dock Church Mission invite tenders for the erection of a Church on the Holton-road, Barry Dock. THE Loss OF THE PRINZ SOLTYKOFF.—Nearly £ 1,000 has been collected in Cardiff for the relief of the widows and orphans of the crew of the Prinz Soltykoff, which went down off Ushant during the recent gales, when all except the mate perished. The seamen and firemen of the National Union have collected £ 30. EXPORTSIAXD IMPORTS.—The shipments at Barry Dock for the week ending last Saturday were as fol- lows:—Coal, 90,784 tons 2 cwts.; coke, 1,154 tons 2 cwts.; total, 91,938 tons 4 cwts. This was shipped on board 53 steamers and 8 sailing vessels—total 61. The number of vessels in dock on Monday morning last was 33 steamers and 37 sailing vessels total. 70. NATIONAL AMALGAMATED LABOURERS' UNION. -The work of organising the builders' labourers of Barry Dock neighbourhood has been actively engaging the attention of the above society during the last week, and as a result Mr. T. J. O'Keefe, the organising secretary, has been enabled to add thirty members to the Holton branch. VISIT OF BEX TILLETT.-The well-known labour advocate, Mr. Ben Tillett, general secretary of the Dockers' Union, is announced to address a public meeting, under the auspices of the local branch, at the Barry Dock Public Hall, Thompson-street, on Satur- day evening. Mr. W. Copp, president of the Barry District Trades' Council, is expected to preside, and several leading local gentlemen have been invited to be present. Mr. Ted Humby will also address the meeting. THIS'LATE CARDINAL MANNING.—At a meeting of the Barry Dock branch of the Dockers' Union held on Saturday evening last, special reference was made to the decease of Cardinal Manning, a vote of condolence proposed by J. McHill, being passed in silence. All those present stood in silence for several moments, as a mark of rpgret at the eminent cardinal's death. ACCIDEXT TO A SHIP'S OFFICER.—While Wm. Nichols, chief officer of the s.s. Cameo, now lying near No. 16 buoy, Barry Dock, was walking along the deck of that vessel on Monday afternoon, he stumbled over a coil of rope and fell to the bottom of the hold. His cries attracted some of the sailors, and the unfortu- nate man was carried to his cabin. He was subse- quently attended to by Drs. Lloyd-Edwards and Dr. O'Donnell, when it was ascertained that he had sus- tained fractures to one of his legs. A WARNING TO BUILDERS.—At the County Court held last Thursday, before His Honour Judge Owen, Michael Hanks, ship's painter, Barry Dock, sued Richard Holloway, milk-dealer, Newland-street, Barry Dock, for the sum of £11, for personal injuries received by falling into the foundations of a shop Holloway is building in Holton-road, in consequence of the foundations not being fenced off.-Air. Arthur Lewis, barrister, instructed by Mr. J. Arthur Hughes, solicitor, Cadoxton, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. George David, solicitor. Cardiff, appeared for defen- dant.—The case resulted in judgment being given for plaintiff. Damages £ 10 5s., with counsel, solicitor, and witnesses' costs. Two months allowed for payment. CADOXTOX. NEW THEATRB.—This place of amusement is closed this week, but will shortly be re-opened under the auspices of a new company, which is about being registered. THE NEW STEAM LAUNDRY—The Barry Dock Sanitary Steam Laundry, near Cadoxton, was opened for public laundry work on Monday last. THE COMMONS QUESTION.—The public meeting of Cadoxton commoners, called by the Chairman of the Local Board to consider the commons question, will be held at the Cadoxton Board Schools next Fri- day night. Councillor, J. C. Meggitt will preside. VISIT OF THE REV. ARTHUR MURSELL.—This well-known lecturer is announced to speak on the sub- ject, "Charlss Dickens-A Tribute," at the Market Hall, Cadoxton, next Wednesday evening in aid of the Cadoxton Recreation Room. Councillor J. C. Meggitt will preside. MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS.—On Monday night at- tempts were made to enter Nos. 1 and 2, Station- terrace, the back-xloor bolts at each house being forced off. A faithful house-dog warned the midnight marauders' away. Fowl-stealing is supposed to have been the primary object of the visit. POPULAR CONCERTS.—The fourth of the series of Happy Evenings for the People was held at the Market-hall, Cadoxton, on Saturday evening last, the proceeds, as usual, being in aid of the Nursing Association. There was a fairly good attendance, and the proceedings were very enjoyable. Captain Davies, dockmaster, presided, and in the course of his introductory remarks congratulated Mr. Lewis Lewis, the promoter of the concerts, on his enterprise. The artistes were Madame Brython Thomas, R.A.M., Miss Brinsmead Thomas, R.A.M., Mr. A. Jenkins (Cardiff), Mr. J. Williams (Llew Ebbwy), and Mr. Edgar Down, accompanist. A party of handbell ringers will be present next Saturday evening. FORTHCOMING GRAND EISTEDDFOD.—A repre- sentative meeting of local gentlemen was held at Cadoxton on Tuesday night, for considering the advisability of holding a grand eisteddfod in aid of the funds of the proposed cottage hospital. Mr. Lewis Lewis presided. An influential committee was formed, and it was decided to hold the event on Whit-Monday. Mr. D. Lleuwrg Morgan was appointed secretary pro tem. It was decided to ask a. distinguished nobleman and several other notabilities to be present. TRADESMEN'S BALL.—A select tradesmen's ball is to be held at the Cadoxton Picnic-hall on Tuesday week next, and which promises to be of a successful and interesting nature. Full particulars of the event which is to be held in aid of the Cottage Hospital fund may be seen from our advertising columns. A full string band is to be engaged, and refreshments will be supplied. Tickets may be obtained of Mr. J. Dyer, Vere-street (treasurer), Mr. R. Mills (who will act as M.C.), Pagett's confectionery establishment Vere-street, or at any of the local hotels. DEATH OF MRS. ELIZABETH SPICKETT. — We regret to have to record the death this week of Mrs. Elizabeth Spickett, wife of the late Mr. Howell Thomas, who used to reside at Weston Farm, Cadoxton. Mrs. Spickett, who was one of the oldest and most respected inhabitants of the parish, was 73 years of age, and resided at Hatch Cottage, Cadoxton. For a week prior to her death she had been suffering from bronchitis, being attended to by Drs. Gore and Treharne. She leaves three children to mourn her death-viz., Mr. David Spickett, Mr. William Spickett, and Mrs. M. A. Richards, Pontypridd. The deceased was a sister-in-law of Mr. David Spickett, undertaker. The funeral will take place to-day (Friday) at the parish churchyard, and the remains will bo interred in the same grave as her lato husband, who was buried about fifteen years ago. RELIGIOUS UNION.—A circular has been forwarded to us for publication, to which the names of Mr. J. D. Davies (hon. sec.) and the Revs. W. Jones, W. Williams, and W. Tibbott are affixed. The circular refers to the success of the united prayer meetings which were recently held at Cadoxton and Holton, and to the resolution then passed to call together represen- tatives of the Welsh Churches of Cadoxton, Holton, and Barry, to discuss the ways and means of bringing the Churches into closer contact, and to work together more resolutely. It is desired that each Welsh Church should elect three representatives (one of whom should be the minister), and that these representatives should, meet in the new hotel opposite the Police- court, Barry Dock, on Wednesday night, January 27th, at seven o'clock.—We need not say that this, and every movement to promote a religious union, has our most hearty sympathy and support. THE LATE DUKE OF CLARENCE.— Wednesday being the day for the interment of the remains of the late Duke of Clarence, the hotels and several offices closed tor a few hours during the afternoon. Wednes- day being the date for the weekly half holiday, all the shops were of course closed. In the neighbourhood of the docks and at various points of vantage flags floated at half-mast high. PRESS DINNER.—We understand that the mem- bers of the Cadoxton and Barry branch of the Typo- graphical Society will hold their first annual dinner on Friday, February the 5th. This interesting gathering will take place at the Royal Hotel, Codoxton. With the establishment of two large and flourishing news- papers in the district, and which are both worked on the strictest Trades Union principles, it is but natural that a society such as the Typographical should be in a flourishing condition. Since the starting of the news- papers of the district, the members have done their share in chronicling festive proceedings in connection with other branches of the great Trades Union organi- zation, and no one will therefore begrudge ye merrie printers discarding for the nonce stick and rule and applying themselves with their customary tact and enthusiasm to a little more attractive and soul- inspiring task. After the most dainty delicacies have been discussed, and speechmaking put at a discount, a large number of pretty and fantastic melodies are to be sung, mirth and good cheer alone arc to predomi- nate, and—but there, we sere anticipating a most memorable event. Suffice it for us now to say that the society have been fortunate in securing some of the most influential men of the district to grace the festive board, and that the first annual dinner of the Barry printers promises to be all unqualified success. Dr. Treharne will occupy the chair, and Mr. F. P. Jones-Lloyd the vice-chair. PUBLIC LIBRARIES COMMITTEE. — The Barry Public Works Committee met at the Local Board- room, Cadoxton, on Wednesday night, there being pre- sent Councillor Meggitt (chairman), and Messrs. J. Lowden, D. Roberts, W. Thomas, W. J. Flowers, and J. A. Hughes (secretary).—The minutes having been confirmed, the following bills were passed:—Rees Jones. '£2 4s. 6il.: Barry Estate Co., £5 10s. 6d.: Taff Coal Co., 19s. 6d.—A discussion arose in reference to the payment of bills for the science and art classes.—The Secretary stated that he had spoken to Mr. Arthur J. Williams, M.P., and Mr. Hobb, and they were of opinion that the County Council and Government grants would be sufficient to meet the expenses of the science and art classes. It was decided to pay them for the present out of the fees which had been paid.— The Barry Sub-committee reported that the room was well attended, and that the papers were supplied regu- larly.—The Cadoxton and Holton Committees said that things were going on satisfactorily.—Mr. W.Thomas consented to sell by auction the papers, periodicals, itc., of the Barry and Cadoxton rooms.—The Secretary suggested that the Cardiff dailies and the local weekly papers should be filled. It was unanimously decidod to bind annually both local papers.—Mr. Meggitt pro- posed that the two Cardiff papers should be bound as well. He thought they would be of much use for re- ference in years to come.—Mr. W.,Thomas seconded.— Mr. Lowdon moved as an amendment that the Cardiff papers be not bound.—The amendment was carried, Mr. Meggitt and Mr. Thomas alone voting for the re- solution.—With reference to the selling of the news- papers, tfce., the Secretary made a suggestion that at a little extra charge to the purchaser they should be delivered. This was thought a useful suggestion, and it was decided to make arrangements with the care- takers to carry it out.—The Clerk said the committee had spent £80 4s., and the amount received was £3 odd.—The Clerk said he thought they had spent more, as the penny rate would realise £300, and the com- mittee were not allowed to cany anything forward.— Mr. W. Thomas: Then we can buy books with the balance. (Hear, hear.) Perhaps you will give £11;1 towards liquidating the debt of tho recreation-room. (Laughter.)—This was all the business.—A committee consisting of Messrs. Lowden, Lloyd-Edwards, W. Thomas, and D. Roberts was appointed to select books. RECOYEHY OF SERGEANT MUNDAY.—Our jovial town crier, Mr. William Munday, who met with a severe accident at Cardiff a few weeks ago, by falling down a flight of stairs at Messrs. Taylors' Studio, was discharged from the Cardiff Infirmary yesterday, and in a couple of weeks' time bids fair to be in his usual excellent health. The chief injuries were to the eye and wrist, the latter being broken. PENDOYLAN. CONCERT.—A most successful concert took place at the National School on Tuesday evening last, and was well attended, although the night was very dark. The Rev. T. H. Lewis, vicar, occupied the chair, and Mr. Gibbon and Miss Harris were the accompanists. The songs of Mr. Harris and Miss C. Lougher were vociferously encored, and both very obligingly sang again each time. Miss M. J. Williams gave a beautiful rendering of Alone on the raft," which was much appreciated by the audience. Mr. Gibbon's and Mr. E. Deere's songs were also well received. Tho glees were sung in very good spirit. Several singers who had promised their assistance failed to put in an appear- ance, owing to illness, but, nevertheless, the concert proved a decided success, and was one of the best ever held at Pendoylan. We append the programme :— quartette, "Floating down the stream of life," Party; song, The song that reached my heart," Mr. E. Deer song, The donkey cart," Miss C. Lougher; song, "Cymru Fydd," Miss M. J. Williams; song, "The Postillion," Mr. C. E. Gibbon; glee, "Song of the Gipsies," glee party; song, li They are after mo," Mr. Harris; duett, The Gipsy Countess," Miss Lougher and Mr. Deer; song, "Husbands," Mr. Charles Lougher; song, "Up to date," Mr. Harris glee, The Comrade's Song of Hope," glee part; song, Alone on the raft," Miss M. J. Williams song, Gipsy John," Mr. C. E. Gibbon song, Matrimonee," Miss C. Lougher; song, The Eisteddfod," Mr. Harris God save the Queen." RHOOSE. "THE CONDITION OF THE AGRICULTURAL LABOURER."—We regret to have to hold over until next week a letter from Mr. W. Jenkins on the above subject. GILESTONE. ACCIDENT.—A labourer named John Hopkins met with a serious accident on Wednesday, the 20th inst., by falling into a quarry near the Leys, whereby his right leg was broken below the knee. Dr. Mellor, of Cowbridge, is attending the unfortunate man. CONCERT".—Through the exertions of Miss Judith Spencer, an excellent concert was held in Mr. Spencer's barn on Wednesday evening in aid of the Church funds. Amongst those present were Major Powell and family. The place was crowded to excess, and, judging from the contiuucd applause accorded to the vocalists, the concert gave every satisfaction. At the conclusion the Vicar (Rev. D. Evans) proposed a vote of thanks to the artistes, and to Major Powell for the loan of the decorations, and to Mr. and Miss Spencer for getting up the concert.—Mr. and Mrs. Spencer afterwards entertained a large party, includ- ing the ladies and gentlemen who had assisted at the concert. The following is the programme :— Pianoforte solo, Miss J. E,. Spencer, R.A.M.; song, "Midshipmite," Mr. F. P. Jones-Lloyd; song.Miss Janet Morgan (encored); comic, ".Those girls at the school," Mr. Parry Richards (encode, Clementine ") violin solo, Miss Rees; comic song, Old Couples Polka," Mr. G. F. Willett (encore, "Polka and choir boy "); song, Do as they do in England," Miss Laura Jones (encore, "Two Spoons"); banjo and comic song, Mr. F. P. Jones-Lloyd (encored) song, with violin and piano accompaniment, Berdie," Miss Savours violin solo, Miss Rees; banjo and comic song, Oh, Kerfoozalum" (encored) Mr. F. P. Jones-Lloyd song, Miss Jenkins comic song, See me dance the polka," Mr. G. F. Willett, encore, Father O'Flynn" song (encored) Miss J. Morgan banjo and comic song, Mr. F. P. Jones-Lloyd, encore, "Wrap me up in my old stable jacket" song, The little wonder," Miss L. Jones, encore. "Wishing Well"; musical sketch in character, Three old maids," repeated for encore.
LOCAL POST OFFICE NOTICE.
LOCAL POST OFFICE NOTICE. Commencing on Monday, January 25th, additional mails will be despatched from Barry Dock Branch Office, to Cardiff at 6.50 a.m., 9.20 a.m., and 1.30 p.m., and letters posted before these hours will fall into de- liveries in Cardiff commencing at 9.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m., and 3.0 p.m.. and also into despatches to other towns at 8.40 a.m., 10.45 a.m., and 2.50 p.m. respectively. Collections from Pillar and Wall Boxes and Receiv- ing Offices in the Barry Dock district will be made at the following general hours, viz., 5.30 a.m., 8.0 a.m., 10.15 a.m., 12.45 p.m., 2.20 p.m., 4.15 p.m., 4.45 p.m., 5.30 p.m., 6.30 p.m., and 7.0 p.m. on week days, and 5.30 a.m. and 6.0 p.m. on Sundays, and deliveries from the Barry Dock Post Office will commence at 7.0 a.m., 9.30 a.m., 2.0 p.m., and 5.15 p.m. Letters posted in any part of the district before 5.30 a.m. will be included in the deliveries commencing at 7.0 a.m., or before 8.0 a.m., in the delivery commen- cing at 9.30 a.m., or before 12.45 p.m. and 4.15 p.m., in the deliveries commencing at 2.0 pLm. and 5.15 p.m. respectively, thus affording convenient means for local intercommunication.
BRIDGEXD. TEA AND ENTERTAINMENT.—The annual treat to the scholars attending the Tabernacle Welsh Indepen- dent Sunday School was held at the schoolroom on Wednesday afternoon last. A large number sat down, and were regaled with the usual tea, cake, &c, all seeming to enjoy themselves immensaly. The follow- ing ladies presided at the respective tables:—Mrs. and Misses J. L. and S. K. Gregory, Mrs. and Misses S. K. and M. Thomas, Misses M. and Ellen Edmunds, E. M. Francis, M. A. andC. Davies, M. B. Davies, Mrs. Rees, and others. Subsequently an entertainment and dis- tribution of prizes was held. Mr. W. Francis (Fair- lawn Villa) conducted the business of the entertain- ment in a creditable and happy manner. The choir (led by Mr. R. D. Williams, "Pencerdd Penybont") acquitted themselves admirably. Songs and recitations were given by the children, who deserved a, mead of praise for their trouble in learning. The chairman then distributed a large number of beautiful volumes as prizes for the most regular attendance during the past year, each book being highly appreciated by the young recipients. The usual votes of thanks termina- ted the proceedings. WESLEYAN SUNDAY SCHOOL. — Through the generosity of Mr. Wintle Rees, the scholars attending the above school were afforded a capital treat on Wed- nesday evening last. Several young ladies attended to the requirements of those who were present, and a a Y8r'y enjoyable treat was the result. In the evening an entertainmint was heid, presided over by the res- pected pastor of the church (the Rev. W. Crouch). The scholars chiefly filled the programme with recita- tions, singing, &c. SCHOLASTIC.—Miss Florence Buckley. Bridgend, aged 14, heads the list of successful candidates at the recent examination held at the Cardiff Centre, Decem- ber 11th, under the auspices of Trinity College, Lon- don, and is the only candidate who has obtained hon- ours in the senior division. Miss Buckley is a pupil of Mrs. and the Misses Culverwell, The Great House School, Cowbridge. TRANSFER OF LICENSE.—The Bridgend justices on Saturday last granted a transfer of the license of the Mitre Hotel, Bridgend, to Mr. Robert Llewellyn, late of the Victoria Inn, from David Lewis, who has removed to the Ffaldau Hotel, Pontycymmer. THE LATE DUKE OF CLARENCE.—Prior to the commencement of the general businesB of the court on Saturday last, at Bridgend, the Chairman asked that the following resolution of the magistrates should be placed upon the minutes of the court:—" We, Justices of the Peace, assembled at the Bridgend Petty Sessions this 16th day of January, 1892, desire to record our deep sense of grief at the loss our nation has sustained by the lamentable death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence and Avondale, heir to the English throne, who has been taken from us full of life and promise, and on the very eve of his marriage with an English Princess. We deeply sym- pathise with her and with his Royal parents—the Prince and Princess of Wales—and also with her most gracious Majesty the Queen in their great sorrow." PULPIT REFERENCES TO THE DUKE.—On Sun- day last special prayers and references were made at the various churches and chapels at Bridgend. Preach- ing at the Tabernacle Independent Chapel, the Rev. W. Oscar Owen preached from tho text, Philipians iii. 9, referring to the need for Christianity in our daily life, dwelt upon the many sudden disappointments of the present life, irrelevant of riches or glorious surround- ings. Even within the past few days a sad and painful disappointment had occurred to the royal family. A yonng prince, who had up to a week ago been endowed with both health and strength, had been suddenly cut down in life. As a man possessing that strength, he had planned his future career, the pathway had been laid wherein he was to tread, and when on the very eve of a happy and important event he was obliged to go along the pathway from whence no traveller re- turneth. The perils of this life were alike as incom- prehensible to the lowly as the most dignified citizen. DEATH OF MRS. EVANS, BRIDGE HOUSE.—With the deepest regret we have this week to record the obituary notice of Ann, the beloved wife of Mr. Samuel Evans, Bridge House, after an illness of some five weeks duration. About that time the deceased lady is supposed to have contracted a severe cold, and an acute attack of fever followed in its course. For the past week she has been carefully and anxi- ously attended to, but despite the close attention of Dr. Egbert Williams and the tender nursing of her sister and daughter passed away. "RICHMOND" BUILDING SOCIETY.—The appro- priation meeting in connection with the above society was held at Hope Baptist Schoolroom, on Tuesday eve- ning last, when there was a fair attendance of mem- bers. Mr. Thomas Edwards (Caroline-street) was voted to the chair, and Messrs. H. Abbott and Thomas James selected as scrutineers. The secretary (Mr. W. Cooke) read a report showing that the number of mem- bers in the society were now 273, these taking up alto- gether 707 shares. The first ballot was then taken, and No. 46 was drawn. This was claimed by Mr. W. Abbott, who, possessing four shares, became entitled to an advance of £200, free of interest. Another bal- lot was taken, which resulted in No. 78 being drawn, and this being taken out by Mrs. Arthur E. Morgan, Cardiff (sister to Mr. T. J. Hughes) who, holding two shares, was advanced £100 free of interest. Mr. Bertie Cole acted as ballot drawer. The usual votes of thanks terminated the proceedings. OGMORE ANGLING ASSOCIATION.—This society held its annual meeting at the Queen's Head Inn, Bridgend, on Friday evening last. There was a good attendance. The following officers were elected:— President, Colonel Turbervill (late Warlow); chair- man of committee, Mr. Griffith David—re-elected. A committee of 13 members was appointed. Mr. Thomas Thomas (Queen's Head) was elected treasurer, and Mr. F. Bartlett, the energetic hon. sec., was unani- mously re-eleected to that position, with Mr. F. Butler, Post-office, as assistant-secretary. The question of amalgamation with the Cardiff Piscatorial Society for the Ewenny fisheries was discussed, and found favourable opinion. It was decided that a com- mittee be appointed to meet them, consisting of Messrs. J. G. Jenkins (Board Schools), R. H. Dyer, and F. Bartlett. Considering that pollutions are still thought to be carried on at the works above Bridgend. Messrs. Griffith David and W. Thomas were appointed to tales of water for analysis.—The price of fishing tickets for the season was, after a lengthy discussion, decided upon as heretofore, 5s., and that the additional subrcription hitherto charged of 2s. 3d. be reduced to Is., the latter to be payable in advance. Daily tickets will be issued at Is. each, and Weekly tickets at 2s. 6d., which are not transferable;—Votes of thanks ter- minated the proceedings. THE LATE DUKE.—His Honour Judge Williams suspended business for an hour at the time of the funeral of the Duke of Clarence. He made a suitable reference before doing so, and was sure the good people of Bridgend would join in sympathising with the Royal Family. MAESTEG. DUATH OF MR. DAVID THOMAS.—We regret to have to record the death of Mr. David Thomas, of Bryn Rhyg, which took place at his residence on Saturday. The cause of death was cancer. Deceased was the principal deacon of Tabor Calvinistic Metho- dist Church, the oldest and largest of the six churches of this denomination in the district. He was 55 years of age, and for over thirty years was the leading member in Tabor and for sound judgment, piety, and patience was highly esteemed by all the congrega- tions of Maesteg. He never took part in politics. Tabor, and Christian work in general, engrossed all his attention. LLAXT WIT-MAJOR. THE DEATH OF THE DUKE OF CLARENCE brought forth pulpit references in all our Churches and Chapels. The Rev. M. E. Jenkins, Llanmihangel, who officiated in the Parish Church in the forenoon made suitable reference to the sad event, as did also the Rev. Owen Davies at the Bethel Baptist Chapel. The Rev. John Davies, Taihirion. preaching* at Bethesda and Llantwit-Major made feeling reference to the loss sustained, and hopes disappointed by the parents, the Queen, and more especially by the Princess May. ST. BRIDE S-MAJOR. MR. HEXRY RANDALL (Lord Dunraven's agent) has not forgotten the needs of the poor of St. Bride's- Major by the timely distribution of half a ton of coal to each family of the poor. There were about 20 re- cipients of this generous gift. SOUTHERXDOWN. LORD DUNRAVEN is expected to arrive at Dunraven Castle on Wednesday to meet a shooting party invited to shoot over his lordship's preserves. BRITON FERRY. THE VILLIERS TINPLATE WORKS.—The annual tea and entertainment for the boys and girls of the above works took place at the National Schoolroom on Saturday. Mr. Gwyn, the late manager, presided over the entertainment, who, with the Rev. D. Lewis, M.A., delivered appropriate addresses. Mr. T. James acted as M.C. Songs, sentimental and humorous, were rendered by Misses Thomas, Mends, and Prythero, and also by Messrs. D. Rees, Taylor, H. Morgan, and Davies (Neath). The accompanist, Miss E. Lewis, merits our highest compliments. PULPIT.—Thr Rev. J. Beynon Davies. at the Welsh Congregational Church, Bethesda, delivered an eloquent and pathetic sermon on Sunday evening, intended a3 a tribute to the memory of the deceased Duke of Clarence. He founded his remarks upon Eccles. ix. 5. BAGLAN BAY TINPLATE WORKS. —The first annual tea and entertainment of the females and boys in the employ of the Baglan Bay Tinplate Company were hold at the Assorting-room of the above works on Saturday. The room was gaily decorated for the occasion, and the spread was all that could bo desired. Mr. Morris, the managing director, as chairman, with his usual alacrity, delivered a very apt speech upon the tin trade and its future prospects in South Wales. The following gentlemen entertained with songs :— Messrs. J. C. Harry, M. Evans, J. Gibbon, LI. Davies, J. Williams. S. Griffiths, C. Hutchinson, D. Morris and J. Griffiths. An enjoyable evening was closed with singing God Save the Queen," with emotions accelerated by the recent bereavement she has suffered. Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Hill superintended at the tea tables. TONIC SOLFA CLASS.—We find that Mr. E. Morris, A.C., has opened an Elementary Tonic Solfa Class at the Board School, and that he delivered the second of a course of illustrative lectures on Saturday last. He has already a good number of pupitw. We, are happy to find that this long-felt want is duly appreciated by the music-loving folks. MEETING OF RATEPAYERS.—In a public meeting held on Monday evening at the Board School, the chairman, Mr. W. T. Olive, proposed, and Mr. M. G. Roberts seconded, a vote of condolence with her Majesty the Queen and also with their Royal High- nesses the Prince and Princess of Wales in the loss they have sustained by the death of the Duke of Clarence and Avondale.—The meeting then pro- ceeded to consider the question of extending the boundary of the parish and other matters concerning the Villiers-street subway, and the inconvenience caused by the Great Western Railway Company in carrying out the work in such an unsatisfactory manner to the inhabitants generally.—It was decided unanimously to extend the boundary into one direc- tion and define it in another. OGMORE VALLEY. FATAL ACCIDENT.—On Thursday, the 14th inst.. a young man named Frederick Bowden, a native of Somersetshire, was crushed between a truck and the framing of the screen at Wyndham pit. He died the next day from the effects of the accident. On the following Monday an inquest was held on the body, when a verdict of "Accidental death was found. HALF-YEARLY MEETINGS.—On Sunday and Mon- day last half-yearly preaching meetings were held at Saron Chapel, Nantymoel, when the Rev. J. Lewis (Merthyr) and the Rev. G. James (Bridgend) preached. THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE LLANGEINOR SCHOOL BOARD.—Mr. M. Owen, the superintendent of the Llangeinor Board Schools, was lately offered another appointment, and at one time, we believe, he was inclined to accept it, but we are pleased to be able to state that he has been prevailed upon to stay on at his present post. TONDU AND ABERKENFIG. PROMOTION OF OUR LOCAL CONSTABLE—Our readers will be pleased to learn that among the list of promoted officers of the Glamorganshire Constabulary is that of the constable in charge of the Aberkenfig district-Mr. John Button-to the rank of acting- sergeant. It is one thing for an officer to be recognised by his co-citizens as worthy of distinction, but that the Chief-constable should vie with their sentiments no discord can oven prevail. We heartily wish him success. PORTHCAWL. THE LATE DUKE OF CLARENCE.—A resolution of sympathy with the Prince and Princess of Wales in their recent bereavement was passed at a ratepayers meeting held at Porthcawl on Thursday evening, Jan. 14th. Councillor Evans was instructed to forward the resolution, and has received the following reply:- Sandringham, Norfolk, Jan. 18th. 1892.—Sir,—I am desired by their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales to convey to you, and through you to the ratepayers of Porthcawl, the heartfelt'thanks of their Royal Highnesses for your kind message, sym- pathizing with them in their deep affliction.-I am, your obedient servant,-D. M. PROBYN, General Comptroller and Treasurer to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. LOCAL BOARD.—A petition—which is to be pre- sented at the next meeting of the County Council-is going the round of the neighbourhood, and has been signed by several influential persons, calling attention to the claim of Porthcawl for a local board, and beg- ging the Council to give them their favourable con- sideration. SUDDEN DEATH.—Mrs. Jane Bond, a widow who lived with her son at Newton, and who has been ailing for some time, died somewhat suddenly on Sunday afternoon. An inquest on the body was held on Tues- day in the Police-station, Porthcawl. It transpired in evidence that deceased had been in the habit of taking chlorodyne for some years, and Dr. Alexander, who made a post-mortem examination of the body, deposed to having found about three ounces of chloro- dyne in the stomach and no solid food. The jury re- turned a verdict in accordance with the doctor's statements. The funeral of the deceased took place on Wednesday afternoon, her body being interred in the graveyard adjoing the parish church. QUERY.—What has become of the parish church clock? This question is being asked by seme who subscribed to having it put right again.
BRIDGEND COUNTY COURT.
BRIDGEND COUNTY COURT. WEDNESDAY.—Before His Honour Judge Gwilym Williams. RECOVERY OF POSSESSIox.-An action was brought by Thomas Lewis, of Bryncoch. against Ralph Parkinson, of Bryncethin, to recover pos- session of a cottage at Bryncethin.—Mr. R. Scale (Scale and David) appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. T. J. Hughes for the defendant.—His Honour gave judgment for plaintiff for possession in a month. CLAIM FOR GOODs.-This was a case adjourned from the last Court in which Robert Irskine, draper, Cardiff, sought to recover an amount in respect of a pilot suit and flannel shawl supplied to Henry Jones, collier, of Llantrissant.—Mr. T. J. Hughes appeared for the plaintiff.—Defendant denied that he ever had any dealings with plaintiff. -Plaintiff proved that he had received an amount of 4s. in part payment thereof.—Mrs. Gvvenllian John and Mrs. Pearee proved to plaintiff's represen- tative visiting the house, and His Honour gave judgment for the claim with costs. He remarked that defendant and his wife had told a pack of lies. CLAIM FOR POSSESSION.—The representatives of the estate of Mr. J. C. Nicholl, of the Merthyrdo- van House, Bridgend, sought to recover possession of two fields now in the occupation of Thomas Stew, Laleston, Bridgend, both bordering on New- ton Down, and adjoining each other.—Mr. S. H. Stockwood, Bridgend, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Rhys (Morgan and Rhys, Pontypridd) for the defendant. Mr. Stockwood having addressed the bench, called Mr. E. Usher David (of the firm of David, Williams, and David, Llandaff), agent to the Merthyrmawr Estate, to give evidence. Dur- ing the sixteen years he had been at the office he had received rent from the late Anthony Stew (father of the defendant) for the two fields, at the rate of 25s. a year.- The defence was that the sums paid were not as between landlord and tenant, but a quit rent pay- able to the lord of the manor.—After a lengthy argument between His Honour and Mr. Rhys on this point, Wiliam Morgan, an old man 80 years of age, said he remembered that land before it was occupied by the defendant's grandfather. He re- membered going to Clement Farm when very young. The land remained then as one field, and it was some time afterwards that Stew made the fence, and it did it for his own convenience.- Barbara Lewis said she very well re- membered the land referred to previously as belonging to defendant.—John Kingdom proved repairing gates for the tenant.—Mr. Stew and another man named John Kingdom and William Dunn gave corroborative evidËmce. Defendant was examined, and said that when he went to pay the rent he told them it was only for the big field. He always understood the payment not to be actual rent, but what was termed" Lord" rent.-His Honour gave judgment for plaintiff. Possession would be granted from the last quarter, costs to follow the action. ACTION FOR CART AND HARNESS.—This was an action for the recovery of £ 9 from John Evans, landlord of the Star Inn, Bridgend, by David Mason, haulier, Pontycymmer.—Mr. T. J. Hughes ap- peared for the defendant, and Mr. R. Scale (Scale an& David) for the plaintiff.-Ultimately judg- ment was given for the sum of £5. CLAIM FOR RENT. — John Burnell, butcher. Evanstown, Aberkenfig, sought to recover a sum made up of 59 weeks' rent at 3s. a week, and also for a sum of goods supplied to Mary Jones of the same place.—Mr. R. C. Griffiths appeared for the defendant.- -The amount sued in respect of goods supplied were admitted.—The case was that the plaintiff had rented the house for £20 a year and rates and taxes, the defendant to pay a sum of 3s. a week for three rooms and the defence was that no such arrangement as to the latter had ever been arrived at. It was alleged that the premises were rented to plaintiff, at the comparatively low rental of £ 20, on consideration of three being kept by herself.- Evidence was adduced on both sides, and the de- fendant denying that anything had been said or arranged about 3s. a week. His Honour was sorry to say that it was the same the previous day. He was sorry to see persons in this position speaking what was deliberately untrue.—Jesse Hurley said the nett rateable value was £22, and the gross value £ 25.—Abraham Isaacs also tried to arrange with Mrs. Jones for the housff at JE20. and three rooms reserved for herself. — There was a counterclaim for £ 2 2s. for rates, which had been paid into court. — His Honour in giving judgment said he did not care one bit how the case went, it was impossible to do justice between those people. He was going to speak to Welshmen very strongly, as he had been obliged to the previous day. People occupying somewhat better positions than the working classes tc jk that sacred book in their hands, and while supposed to know the obligation attending that process, de- liberately told an untruth.and committed a crime. They would deserve soon the character that people have been in the habit of giving them. People, who had been in that Court must have heard either one, or two. or three witnesses on one side or another perjuring themselves. As it was, it was impossible for him to do justice. If he found one way, he should find that a respectable woman-a woman against whom he knew nothing -had perjured herself. On the other hand, if he found on the other side, an officer of that court and a member of the legal profession had perjured himself. He did not know, under the circumstances, how to get out of the difficulty. It was for the plaintiffs to satisfy him by proving his case. and for the other side to verify the Scotch decree. The case had not been proven. There had been perj ury, and all he could say was that plaintiff had not proved his case he therefore gave judgment accordingly. It was painful to use such lanruage,al "thait" against j his own countrymen. He would make no order as to costs. CLAIM ON PROMISSORY NOTE.—Mr. S. H. Stock- wood appeared on behalf of Evan Thomas, land- lord of the White Horse, Coychurch. for the pay- ment of £16 due on a promissory note from Mr. Samuel Davies, Tophill-terrace, Trebanog.-His Honour gave judgment for the amount claimed. A CASE OF TRESPASS.—John Thomas, the testator under a will, was the plaintiff in an action against Albert Watkins and Thomas Thomas, for damage for trespass on land at Brynmenin. Mr. W. R. Randall appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. T. J. Hughes for defendants.—Mr. Hughes had paid 10s. into court, and ultimately judgment was given for the sum of X- 1, including the 10s. already paid in, with costs. 0 CLAIM FOR RENT.—Mary Thomas, Tydu Farm, Llangeinor. sued Richard Jones, collier, Cwmtyny- rheol, for the payment of £1 lis. 6d. as rent due. —Mr. Rhys (Pontypridd) appeared for the de- fendant, for whom judgment was ultimatele given.
OCCASIONAL NOTES FROM BRIDGEND.
OCCASIONAL NOTES FROM BRIDGEND. [BY CLAUDIUS.] THE BRIDGEND EISTEDDFOD. The information received last week by Mr. T. G. Smith, as chairman of the committee of the above eisteddfod, that the Lord Mayor of London has definitely consented to attend their gathering this year is su'lcient to endue it with success. It will be within the memory of a great number of my readers what the presence of a former Lord Mayor effected towards the success of an eisteddfod at Pontypridd. And, bearing this in mind, with the striking fact of this year's Lord Mayor being a Welsh fellow-countryman and a neighbour, the chances of success are enormously greater, and the probability of a right royal welcome in return rendered still more decided. Welshmen are noted for their pleasure and their enthusiasm at the success of a fellow-countryman, and now that a substantial opportunity offers itself at Bridgend, Alderman Evans may rely upon his welcome to the Principality in his year of office being worthy of an honoured son of Cambria. THE FORTHCOMING GATHERING. The committee are already alive to the consider- ation of the enormity. Preparations of great magnitude will have to be carried out. Before the day, no doubt, there is a great deal of time, but it behoves them to have their plans dis- cussed and perfected as soon as possible, so that nothing will be left undone towards the accommodation or comfort of attendants on the occasion, A hasty design, like the prover- bially speedy marriage, may be despaired of when beyond the powers of reparation. The programme about to be issued embraces poetical, literary, and musical competitions of such a nature as to re- quire arduous preparation, and should produce the results of culture and taste. GAS, ELECTRICITY, OR OIL 1 That is the question! Having received notice to terminate the contract at the existing price paid the Gas Company, the Bridgend Local Board sought seclusion in committee to ponder over the desirability of adopting either electricity or oil. The latter has been tried by the Board in lighting the outskirts of the town. but the test has not proved such as to call for their support. The cost, on the other hand, for electric light supplied to each lamp in the town for a year would be £ 4, each lamp in the town for a year would be C4, while at present the cost of gas is £ 3 15s., which, with an increase of Icl. per thousand, about to be imposed by the Gas Company, would bring the total cost above that of electricity. Again, the Gas Company has made a promise, it is believed, to again reduce the increased rate if coal went down in price, so betwixt the two facts the Board have to revert to probabilities. However, it is not likely that there will be any reduction in the price of coal. so ths Gas Company wishes to effect a compromise, which is practically useless. As to the introduc- tion of electricity, we doubt whether it would be proportionately higher than gas, as is generally believed. The working of a dynamo to effect sufficient incandescent power to light the town of Bridgend would be but'a small cost. If overhead wires could be laid the ultimate cost would be also greatly reduced in consequence. However, .as it is dangerously doubtful whether it will receive the sanction of the Board of Trade, but the Board ought to plunge into the estimated cost of underground wires and place the same before a public meeting of ratepayers, who could compare on a basis one with the other, and de- finitely decide upon their choice. If the difference is a wide one then revert to the old system of gas, without this expensive precedent, but let those who pay the piper select the song. THE BOARD'S FONDNESS FOR PRIVATE DIS- CUSSION. The Bridgend Local Board members do not appear to be courting popularity. Perhaps they are sick of the notoriety long connected with their discussions, and therefore discard the presence of a chiel among them taking notes, and printing them. However, although very convenient for the reporter, the public would like and ought to see the curtain lifted, and behold the action of their representatives. It does seem a shame that the Board should resolve itself into a private com- mittee when questions such as the recent com- plaint of Mr. C. P. Davis and the gas contract come before them. Their modesty, perhaps, for- bids their desire for public report, but it looks very like a fear of being thought irrelevant twaddlers. LIBERAL ORGANIZATION. With the advent of the year 1892 the necessity for organization within the Liberal ranks was never more significant and important. Early in March we shall be in the throes of a County Council election besides, later, on several School and Local Board contests. These preliminary canters ought to place our organization fit and sound to run easily over the course of the general election. Apparently there is no need of alarm in either South or Mid-Glamorgan. But, as pointed out by the member for the former constituency, it is important, in the interests of the great Welsh measures we are to secure with the return of the Liberals to power, that we should increase our majorities. It is matter for congratulation, there- fore. to note the answer to the Federation's call for organization, so readily and explicitly given from all parts of the South Glamorgan division.
BLAENGARW NEWS AND NOTES.
BLAENGARW NEWS AND NOTES. [BY WAYFARER]. It is full time that someone should send you an occasional word that the public may know that the Blaengarw people are not asleep. I am prompted to attempt doing this knowing that we have busy times approaching in the near future in which we hope to acquit ourselves like men as usual. Elections, elections, are the going words" now. Sliding scale, per centage, deductions, and truck book are quietly being relegated to their usual positions, and the stirring sounds of approaching battle are filling the air. Allow me to congratulate our next-door neigh- bours upon their success in the recent Bettws School Board election. This is a grand beginning. Four Nonconformists to one must prove clearly to everyone that we are nearly all Nonconformists in our parish." Now for the public reports. Enter ye pressmen, and truly chronicle, at the next meeting, the downfall of a modern Star Chamber School Board." 1 may refer to this again at some future time. COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION.—I notice in the Notes from Pontycymmer in your last week's issue that our friends there are busily preparing their candidates. We shall have something to say about this. To begin with, would it not be better to have our respected doctor's resignation ? Why look out for another before the sitting member has given a decisive letter upon this ? Take it a litte easy, my friends, and do not be in too much of a hurry. Put the horse before the cart as you are now doing. Again, as to the candidates mentioned. Who are they ? To be sure they are all Pontycymmer men. Oh, ye selfish, look around and see and choose a man that will represent the whole Valley and not a fraction of it. Some of the names are not known to us at Blaengarw, and those that are known are far from being suitable for the position. Are they good public speakers ? Are they in favour of introducing religious teaching into day schools ? Are they also in favour of re- ligious equality ? Are they attentive to the public duties entrusted to their lot in other spheres ? Are they independent and not public functionaries ? I think that answers to these questions will dispose of the Pontycymmer list. The candidate should be a thorough and sound Radical, a fluent duoglot speaker that can com- mand the attention of the Council, a faithful attendant at all meetings and committees like Councillor Williams, of Tynewydd, and one capable of taking an intelligent interest in all matters that may come before the Council. I shall have something further to say on this subject next week.
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