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BRIDGEND DISTRICT NEWS^ BRIDGEND. BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS.—At the Cardiff Bankruptcy Court last Thursday the bankruptcy examination of David Rees, butcher, Bridgend, took place.—Mr. Scott appeared for the debtor, who, in reply to the Official Receiver as to what had become of a number of sheep he had bought from Irish dealers, said those had been taken from the field without his knowledge. The dealers wanted the sheep back, and were very nasty with him because of losing their money. They had not threatened to take the sheep but told the man who had charge of them that they wolid hang him to a tree. (Laughter.)—On the appli- cation of Mr. Scott, the examination was adjourned. NOLTON CHURCH.— At the morning service at Nolton Church on Sunday, the Rector of Coity (Rev. F. W. Edmondes, M.A.) officiated, and collections were made during the day in aid of the Church Build- ing Fund. THE RECENT BURGLARIES.-An important dis- covery in connection with the recent burglaries at Bridgend at the premises of Mr. Woodward, shop- keeper, Dunraven-place, and Messrs. Stiles' Brewery, was made on Sunday last, when a portion of the articles stolen from Mr. Woodward's shop—viz., a clock and some tobacco-was found in a wood near the Ogmore River It is stated that the police have a clue which will probably result in the offenders being brought to justice. THE VOLUNTEERS.—The Bridgend Detachment of the 2nd V.B. Welsh Regiment arrived at Bridgend on Saturday evening, after a week's encampment at Aldershot. A large crowd witnessed the return of the company, and great satisfaction was expressed at the company having been awarded the special prize of £ 25 given to the best company in the regiment. The journey from Aldershot had occupied about ten hours. PROPERTY SALE.—Messrs. W. Thorne and Son sold by auction on Saturday at the Wyndham Hotel a quantity of copyhold property at Newton Nottage. A portion of Tynycaia Farm was purchased by the Rev. C. R. Knight for £850. The Globe Inn, New- ton, fell to Mr. John David, of Wick, for 1:265. the three adjoining cottages being withdrawn at £ 237 10s. The Rook Meadow was sold to Mr. William Thomas, of Nottage, for £ 370. CATTLE MARKET.—There was a capital attendance of buyers at the cattle market last Monday, and many sheep changed hands, the owners realising fair prices. As usual at this market there were not many cattle on offer, and the same may be said of other kinds of stock. THE POLICE COURT.—Mr. Williams, chief clerk at the Bridgend Police Court (under Messrs. T. and S. H. Stockwood), was in attendance at the Petty Sessions last Saturday after a fortnight's holiday. FUNERAL OF MRS. POWELL.—The funeral of Mrs. Ann Powell, Nolton-road, took place at Newcastle Church on Saturday afternoon last, amid every mani- festation of public sympathy. Deceased was the widow of Mr. Thomas Powell, of Tongwyn Farm, and was eighty years of age. Deceased was well known in the Calvinistic Methodist body, and attended the Hermon Chapel for a great many years. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—At the ordinary meeting on Saturday, at the Bridgend Workhouse of the Guardians of the Bridgend and Cowbridge Union, the chairman (Rev. F. W. Edmonds, M.A.), presided, the others present being:—Messrs. E. Lewis. J. Paget, R. Thomas, W. Hopkin, W. Howell, W. Howells, E Morgan, O. H. Jones, E. John, W. Jones, J. Davies, \.1. Board, H. Williams, J. Lewis, D. Bowen, G. Thomas, T. Jones, J. Rees, and R. H. Cox (clerk).—It was re- ported that £80 13s. 4d. had been expended in relief during the past week, as compared with £92 10s. 5d. in the corresponding week of last year. The total number of persons relieved during the week was 793, a de- crease of 100 as compared with the corresponding week last year, when 893 persons received relief.-The Clerk reported the receipt of the following letter from the Local Government Board :—" Aug. 4,1892. Sir,— I am directed by the Lecal Government Board to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 22nd ult., and adverting to the proposal of the guardians of the Bridgend and Cowbridge Union to transfer the parish of Llangynwyd Lower from the Maesteg dis- trict to the Western district, for the purposes of public vaccination, I am to request that a new contract for the latter district may be prepared and sub- mitted for the Board's approval. With regard to the re-appointment of Dr. John Davies as public vaccinator for the Maesteg district, I am to state that the Board learn from the report made by their inspector, Dr. Fletcher, after his recent inspec- tion of public vaccination in the Union, that owing to the illness of Dr. Davies, who was public aaccinator for the Maesteg district from the 9th of April, 1890, ) to the 25th of March, 1891, no less than 336 out of 382 vaccinations performed during that period were done by deputy. The Board are of opinion that a deputy should be employed only exceptionally; and, on the assumption that the Guardians have satisfied themselves that in future Mr. Davies will be able to discharge the duties of the office habitually in person, the Board will be prepared to approve a contract with him as public vaccinator for the Maesteg district.—Your obedient servant, ALFRED D. ADRIAN, Assistant Secretary." PONTYCYMMER. BAPTIST BAND OF HOPE.—A large party of memher; and frionds of the Baptist Band of Hope went to Southerndown on Monday. Unfortunately, the weather proved most unfavourable, and con- siderably marred the enjoyment of the party. THE GLEE SOCIETY AXD THE NEATH EISTEDD- FOD.—The Pontycymmer Glee Society (under the able conductorship of Mr. Tom Richards) has been busy practising lately in view of attending a concert in the neighbourhood. It has been reported that the society was entering the competition at the Rhyl Eisteddfod, but we are informed that this is not the case. It is probable that the society may enter for the Neath Eisteddfod, and an effort has been made to obtain the selection of test pieces which would really test the capabilities of the choirs It is stated that the committee of the Neath Eisceddfod have selected as tests, in addition to "A Message to Phyllis," a chorus from Mendelssohn's Fest Gesang, entitled The word went forth." Dr. Riseley, of Bristol, has been engaged as adjudicator. Dr. Riseley is the conductor of the Bristol Orpheus Society. Without complaining of the selection, of Dr. Riseley, the question naturally suggests itself to a Welshman. How is it that a Welshman should not be appointed as adjudicator-or as a co-adjudicator with Dr. Riseley. There are many Welshmen whose musical capacity is undoubted, who might well be appointed. Amongst others Dr. Parry, Messrs. E. Jenkins. Mus. Bac.. J. T. Rees, D. W. Lewis, and Tom Price. It is a.t strange thing how persistently com- mittees in Wales overlook the claims of their fellow countymen when appointing adjudicators. COWBRIDGE. DISORDERLY CONDUCT.—William Lewis, a tramp- ing haymaker, was charged with being drunk and diss orderly in Cowbridge on Friday. Ho was locked up by Police-sergeant Charles Smith, and brought before the Mayor and ex-Mayor.—The magistrates imposed a penalty of 5s. and costs.-Prisoner stated that when he came into Cowbridge on Thursday he had £ 2 in his possession, but that he got drunk, and did not know what had become of it. LLANTWIT-MAJOR. TRADE OUTING.—On Wednesday the employees in the baking and confectionery places of business at Cardiff had their annual outing. Fine weather pre- vailed, and the journey to Llantwit-Major, in well- horsed brakes, proved a pleasant one. An excellent dinner was served to about sixty at the Cross Keys Hotel, by Mrs. Jones. The time passed agreeably away with the excursionists, who visited the various places of interest in the old town, commencing the re- turn journey shortly after seven. MALE VOICE PARTY'S OUTING.—On Saturday last the Male Voice Party had their outing the place chosen being Porthcawl. The party numbered upwards of. forty, and were conveyed to that favourite resort by breaks, supplied by Mr. Hopkins, Swan Inn. Mr. Lougher, the Albion Hotel, was entrusted with the catering for the party, and Mr. and Mrs. Lougher, it is needless to mention, gave every satisfaction. After dinner a number of the party enjoyed a marine trip, the excursion boat bring- ing them up channel, opposite St. Donatt's Castle. The breaks reached home in the small hours of Sunday morning, the party having evidently enjoyed them- selves thoroughly. VISITORS.—The town is fairly full of visitors, but our lodging-house keepers state that they can accom- modate a great number yet without treating them as poor Mr. Gad-about was served, and it is the opinion of some in the know that that poor Gad-about was overcame by the strength of the sea, or some other water, a.nd suffered from nightmare, when he fancied that the sanctity of his bedroom was disturbed by two or three intruders. PICNICS.— A large number of picnic parties visit the town weekly, Saturdays and Wednesdays being favourite days. The several hotels on those days are very busy, while our Town Hall, Wesleyan and Bap- tist Schoolrooms are placed at the disposal of Sunday School parties. EXTRA COASTGUARDSMEN — In connection with the Naval Manoeuvres our Look-out House is manned with an extra number of coastguards, while two extra telegraph clerks keep the office open day and night. Playing at war is an expensive game, but we suppose the suffering taxpayer likes to get some show for his money. BRYNMENIN. OUTING.—The Brynmenin Drum and Fife Band had their annual trip to Llantwit on Bank-Holiday last. A start was made at 8.30, the weather being beautiful. After spending a few hours in the breaks they arrived at 12 o'clock. Then a march was made through the village, the band stopping at the Cros3 Keys to play a tune. The care of the drums was then given to the landlord, and the party marched down to the sea. After spending a jolly afternoon down by the beach, at four o'clock they returned to the Cross Keys Inn, and spend a happy hour there. The return journey was commenced at seven p.m. and the party reached home at ten o'clock. The band is under the leadership of Mr. Thomas, and great praise is due to the energetic secretary, Mr. W. Haynes, for the excellent management. TREATS IN STORE.—The fact that the Penuel, Bryncethin Choir visited Llantwit-Major last Bank- Holiday has stirred up Brynmenin musicians to go and do likewise. Mr. Collier, the leader, has succeeded in mustering them up for a trip next Mabon's Day to Llantwit, and it is said that the Brynmenin Drum and Fife Band will accompany and play for them. that day. TONDU. NARROW ESCAPE OF AN ENGINE DRIVER.— Last Thursday night Mr. T. Millman, engine driver G.W.R., was engaged in shunting the engines into their roads at the Locomotive sheds bv the means of a turn-table in the middle of the shed, when engine 769 which was left outside by the coal stage, moved itself into the shed. When Mr. T. Millman observed the engine coming towards the turn-table he made a rush, and got on the footplate, and did all that was possible for him to do to prevent the accident, but the time was too short, and the distance too great, and the result was that the engine went into the turn-table. Millman was thrown off into the shed, and had a very narrow escape. Mr. J. Smith, the locomotive foreman, was soon on the spot, and also Mr. J. Morgan, the under foreman, and their men. By the skilfulness of those two gentlemen the engine was got out of the turn-table pit in a few hours with but very little damage done to the shed, the most damage being done to the engine It is said, locally, that the regulation valves of engine 769 are not safe, and that kind of engine is not suitable for the Tondu shed where the turn-tables are in the middle of the shed. THE PROPOSED POLICE STATION.—The announce- in the South Wales Star last week that the chairman of the Bridgend magistrates (Mr. R. W. Llewellyn) intended bringing the matter of erecting a police station at Aberkenfig before the Joint Police Com- mittee in October next was received with much satis- faction in :his district, and the hope is expressed that the efforts of Mr. Llewellyn will be successful, and that a building of a tasteful architectural design and good proportions will result. BRIDGEND WOMEN'S LIBERAL ASSOCIATION.— A large number of ladies and gentlemen connected with the above association were present at the resi- dence of Mr. Arthur J. Williams, M.P., on Wednes- day week, when an address was delivered by Mrs. Caroline Williams. Amongst those present were:- Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Hughes, Mr. J. Davies and Miss Davies, Mrs. D. Williams,&c. POLICE-CONSTABLE SANDFORD, who has been stationed here tor some time past, is now discharging the duties of constable in attendance upon Superin- tendent Thomas. THE NEW REGISTER.—Much satisfaction is expressed at the manner in which the registers have this year been compiled in Bridgend, and it is stated that very few names require to be added to the list prepared by the overseers for Coity Lower and Coity Higher, Messrs. J. R. Lewis and William Thomas. PORTHCAWL. OBITUARY.—We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Griffiths (widow), of Nottage, which occurred on Thursday last. Deceased had been very ill before, about eight or nine months previous to her death, but she seemed to have recovered wonderfully lately. She was a member of the Women's Friendly Society, many of the members of which attended her funeral on Monday. A short service was conducted in the house before the funeral procession started by Mr. W. J. Phillips, and the burial was conducted by the rector of the parish. Deceased, who was 76 years of aee, leaves two grown up sons to mourn her loss. VISITORS.—Now that the place is pretty full of visitors, evening concerts and entertainments, &c., are quite the order of the day. Comley's and Hopkins' commodious rooms are often in request, and of course Brodgen's Green is a very favourite place of resort for musicians and orators. A religious service was also held in Hopkins' Room at the close of the Church services on Sunday evening last. Large excursion parties continue coming to Porthcawl pretty frequently. Amongst others on Monday last was a through excu- sion train from Ferndale, which brought in a goodly number. Unfortunately, the weather turned out fearfully wet in the evening, and many must have got very wet just before getting into the train that was to convey them home. Since then the weather has been delightfully summery. TEMPERANCE MEETING.—Rev. J. P. Southwell presided at a temperance meeting on Tuesday, Rev. J. H. Miles introduced the meeting by prayer. Miss Cosce sang the Better Land." Rev. M. Boucher, Cilfynydd, said he thought that the drink question should be continually kept before the eyes of public, he wished God speed to the temperance cause. Mr Giraldus Gurnos Jones played a violin solo.-Rev. Mr. Hughes, Hangattock, spoke next, gave three reasons for being a total-abstainer. First and foremost, he was a total-abstainer for his own sake second reason, for the nake of his family, for the connections who are the nearest to him, and for the sake of others. —Mr. Tom Williams, Cardiff, sang in capital farm.— Mr. T. James also spoke. Master Gurnos Jones solo piccolo.—Mr. W. Davies, Treorky, addressed the meeting also. THE VISITORS has arrived at Porthcawl by thousands. To hear how they discourse sweet music is as good as a course of medicine. Trouble, care, sorrow, and such like must depart from the spot where the visitors from the hills are. Every evening of the week people congregate by hundreds here at the Assembly-room to compete upon subjects, singing, of course, predominating. There are some clever soloists singing for trifling prizes. No better trio tries their luck at the National Eisteddfod than we heard at the meeting on Monday evening. A very interesting com- petition was held upon the Welsh Llan," the one who could enumerate the greatest number taking the prize. Other items competed for are the im- promptu speeches and the love letters, which are most amusing, the funniest generally taking the prize. It is a pretty sights on fine mornings to several hundred people in the water at the same time. Having no bathing machines here, the absence from restraint and freedom indulged in is most exhilarating, and it is in but few cases that the liberty enjoyed is abused. There are a few foolish young people who will frequently sit on the spot vvh'jre gentlemen change their habila- ments for their bathing costumes. They are, fortu- nately, a few, compared with the great number pre- sent, and it is a pity that the sex should be blamed for the foolish practice of but a few indecent girls. THE NEED OF PROVIDING for the visitors in a substantial manner is seen regularly by the great crowds that come together. For instance, last Mon- day was a terrible day. Thousands of visitors came down in every way, by train, 'buses, and other vehicles. The rain came down in torrents. Mothers and children were there, trying to shelter anywhere and everywhere where there was a point of vantage. In such cases scores have to seek shelter in publichouses, and naturally many commence to form the habit of going th ere by the circumstances named. Pity it is that a few public-spirited men do not take up the scheme of providing the place with a suitable hall to contain at least 1.500 people. A good plain, substantial building suitable for such a purpose could be easily put up. Another improvement would be a good field, centrally situated, where people could play cricket or any other game, and children gambol about in perfect safety. The town is getting on in its building, and the need of a few public-spirited men to see to the proper construction of streets is evi- dent. The custom of singing before one enters his lodging is now in full swing. It seems as a round tune all along the streets, and not only have the lodgers to sing, but the landlords have to sing too before getting in. A song seems to be the only key that will open the door. HARVESTING has commenced again. Some fields of grain arc cut down, and are now cocked ready for carrying. SOUTHERNDOWN. I OUTING.—About 40 children belonging to a New- port orphanage staying at Cwm House, Marcross, were invited to Southerndown House, the residence of Miss Franklin, on Thursday last, to partake of her hos- pitality and to spend the afternoon at the seaside, where they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. On leaving they cheered Mrs. Franklin lustily, who very kindly gave them such a treat, and personally attended to their wants. A GENEROUS ACTION.—On last Thursday Miss Franklin again showed her benevolence in inviting about 50 of the mothers from Wick and adjoining parishes to partake of her hospitality. The party arrived about noon in the Southerndown Omnibus Company's large brakes, and sat down to an excellent dinner laid out in the lawn under the personal superin- tendence of Miss Franklin, who ministered to their wants in every possible manner. After dinner the whole party went to the seashore for a few hours, and then returned to partake of tea, provided in the same place. About seven o'clock the return journey was made to their respective homes, highly pleased with their day's outing. T j BRYNCETHIN. CHURCH CONCERT.—A well-attended concert was held in the Bryncethin School on Monday evening in aid of the Church fund. The programme was an ex- cellent one. and the various selections were cordially received. The artistes announced included Messrs. J. Smith, J. H. Evans, Morgan Thomas, D. Jenkins, and John Jones; Miss N. Wardon, Miss Matthews, Miss Richards, Mrs. Jones, and Miss Blanche Moore (accompanist). Prior to the concert tea was nicely served up in the schoolroom, and the gathering was, considering the unfavourable weather, fairly satisfac- tory to the promoters. NANTYMOEL. ACCIDENT AT THE OCEAN COLLIERY.—On Wednesday afternoon whilst Thomas Davies, aged 28, a single man living at 9, Court Colman-street, Nanty- moel, was engaged in the Ocean Colliery, he met with an accident by which one of his arms was seriously injured, Dr. Thomas,-who was quickly summoned, attended to the unfortunate man's injuries. WATER COMPANY'S MEETING.—A meeting of the directors of the Ogmore and Garw Water Com- pany was held at the Nantymoel Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Those present were Messrs. Alderman John Williams, David Evans (Nantymoel), Gwilym Griffiths, Edward David, and G. Adams, sec. Business of a routine character only was transacted. SUNDAY SCHOOL TRIP.—On Monday last the scholars and friends of the Welsh Baptist Sunday School left Nantymoel by the seven a.m. train to Tondu Junction, whence they journeyed to Porthcawl by special train. The company numbered about 300, amongst whom were Mr. and Mrs D. Evans, Mr. E. Griffiths, Mr. R. Griffiths, Mr. Howells, and Rev. J. Hughes and Messrs. James Lloyd James and William Williams, who had charge of the arrange- menst, fulfilled their duties to the satisfaction of all present.


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