TEACHERS' SALARIES. A long letter was read from the Head Mistress of the Alexandra road schools (Girl's Department) in reference to the Committee's refusal to recommend increases in the salaries of certain assistant teachers in the above department. Mr D. C. Roberts said the history of the case was a pecular one and it should be recon- sidered. Miss Stott who had been at the school thirty years got a salary of £65. Mr J. T. Morgan If you re-open one school you'll have to re-open all the others. Mr D. C. Roberts said that as far as Miss Owen was concerned she had only just came back, and he could not support an increase in her case. He proposed that Miss Stott's salary be increased to eGS, Miss Weller to £ 63, and Miss Davies to £ 63. The teachers at Aberystwyth were not overpaid. Qaptain Doughton seconded. J Mr Robert Ellis said he felt he could not support the resolution, and he said it would be well for parents who contemplated their children entering the teaching profession to hold their hands for five years. Principal Roberts said increases should be made at regular intervals, and on the other hand he felt it was of the utmost possible importance for the county to treat its teachers as generous as they possibly could. A county like Cardiganshire to display something like lack of generous treatment to its teachers would lack its aim, history, and aspiration. If they had a scale they could not depart from it in any way. It was necessary to have a large number of certificated teachers, and he hoped before long all the teachers would be certifi- cated, and he was not surprised at all that applicants were graduates. The Rev T. Mason Jones said he was afraid they could not open the question that day as others were treated in the same way at the December meeting. Mr Ellis We cannot entertain it. Mr C. M. Williams said they were not in a position that day to go into the matter, as a, notice of motion to rescind the previous resolution should have been given. Rather than press the matter and cause friction he should like the matter not to be re-opened, and that would be a wise step. Mr D. C. Roberts said he made the proposal as an exceptional case. The increase would not add to the cost of the school, as there had been a reduction in the appointment of one teacher. On a division five voted for the proposal and eight against, and it was declared lost.
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PENYPARKE READING ROOM. The formal opening of the new Reading Room and Library, which has been built at Penyparke, took place on Thursday evening, when Prof. Anwyl, M.A., delivered an address at the Reading Room. The chair was taken by Capt. David James, J-P, chairman of the Aberystwyth Public Library Committee Others present were Rev. George Eyre Evans, Messrs T. Ellis, Glascoed; Bonner Jones, Joseph Humphreys. (builder), J. Phillips, Evan Thomas, R. Richards, B.A., Gwar- felin, Mrs Richards, ditto, Miss Owen, H. Daniel, Isaac Thomas, D. Morgan, J. Jenkins, J. Roberts, M. Chambers, Moses Watkins, William Watkins, H. Matthews, William Thomas and others. Mr Daniel, secretary, read a letter from Mr Powell, Nanteos, lord of the manor, regretting his inability to be present, and enclosing 5s. towards the col ection. The Chairman said he felt greatly honoured in being asked to presidn over that meeting. He was there to show the sympathy of the mother library at Aberystwyth, and to wish them every prosperity That district to him was very sacred, as in that locality he had the privilege of being brought up. He had been in school with Richard Roberts, who was known as Dick Robin," and subsequently he attended the present National School. In concluding, Capt. James impressed upon the young people to make every use of that library. Prof. Anwyl said he was greatly struck with the enthusiasm shown, which was as happy augury for the future. It was poss Ible for the enthusiasm to die out, but he sincerely hoped that that would not be the case. An institution like that was an institution which would direct enthusiasm into right channels. They wanted enthusiasm guided with knowledge. The true Briton loved enthusi- asm guided by enlightenment. That building would enrich tne mind, and he was glad the insti- tution was giving special attention to books and literature. He had seen institutions founded in different places where there were all kinds of things to entertain the mind, but here it was most gratifying to find that they all with one accord chose books and knowledge. He was delighted at seeing the interest taken in books, and to learn that the chief aim was to enrich the mind and intellect, to warm the heart and guide the will. That was a happy omen for the future advance- ment of the place. The room was not large, but greatness was not judged by the place it occupied but by the spirit which prevailed within It was through books alone that the traditions of human mind could be preserved, and he was obliged to the Press for the work which they did in enlight- ening the human mind. He hoped the place would be stocked with the best books, in prose and in verse (applause). Mr Bonner Jones, in proposing a vote of thanks to Prof. Anwyl, expressed the hope that they would soon see him amongst them again, and con- cluded by saying O Freum fydd byw byth." Mr Matthews seconded the proposition, which was carried with acclamation. In responding, Prof. Anwyl alluded to Nantaron, immediately adjoining the Ddarllenfa, which, he said, was mentioned in the Brut y Tywysogion.' A vote of thanks to the Chairman and the sing- ing of Hen wlad fy Nhadau" terminated the meeting.
THE LIFEBOAT SERVICE. The annual report of the Royal National Life- boat Institution shows that during 1908 a sum of £ 72,222 was expended on its lifeboat: establir-li- ments. The lifeboats saved 4S6 lives, shore boats rescued 152, making the total for the year, 638. The money awards amounted to £ 9,695 3s. (yd. The number of lives saved either by the lifeboats of the Society, or by special exertions for which it has granted rewards since its formation in 182-i (to 31st Dec., 1908), is 47,983. The rewards and recognitions granted by the institution in the same period comprise 101 geld medals and claspp. 1,261 silver medals and cla, ps, 68 decorations, 397 binocular glasses, 15 telescopes, 86 aneroid bar- ometers, 1,893 votes of thanks inscribed on vellum and framed, 206 certificates of service, framed, aud £ 286,182 in money. The Committee of Management earnestly appeal to the British public for funds to enable them to maintain their 280 lifeboats now on the coast and their crews in the most perfect state of efficiency. This can only be effected by a large and permanent annual income. The annual sub- scriptions, donations and dividends are quite in- adequa e for the purpose, ilie Commiitee are confident that in tlr ir f deavour provide the brave liioboaL-iiien, who .io.^iy hazard Liieir lives in crder that they may sr,.ve others, with the best possible means for carryi g on their great work, r they will meet with the entire approval of the people of this, the greatest maritime country in the world, and that their appeal -vill not be made in vain, so that the scope and efficiency of our life-saving service, of which the nation has always been so proud, may not have to be curtailed.
WELSH NATIONAL PAGEANT. Now that the Welsh National Pageant at Cardiif has been decided upon, it is an interest- ing coincidence that the northern entrance to Cardiff Castle has been recently restored. It must have formed an important place in Ivor Bach's capture of the lord of Cardiff Castle and his lady, and it is not unlikely that that incident led to its being closed until its present restoration. The Welsh National Pageant will be enacted almost on the ,pot where Cromwell's artillery-men must have taken up positions to attack Cardiff Castle. Many cannon balls such as were used by Cromwell's troops have been found in the vicinity. The river Tag was then crossed by a wooden bridge, which wa» subsequently washed away by a groat flood. A little above the Sophia Gardens Field there is an ancient ford, which enabled rhe residents of Cardiff Casole to pass and re- pass to Llaudaff Cathedral. r; his lord is still practicably and there is a right, of way from Gabalfa across the private grounds and river the river to the Llandaff Mill Lane. This right of way was assenuU oy Lite i te vie", of Gabalfa.
ABERYSTWYTH DISTRICT EDUCATION COMMITTEE. THE REQUISITIONS. The ordinary meeting of the Aberystwyth District Education Committee was held at the Town Hall, Aberystwyth, on Monday after- noon, when Mr D Morgan James, chairman. presided. There were also present Principal T F Roberts, M.A., Ll.D., the Rev T Mason Jones, Miss Kimpster, Mrs T Z Jones, Messrs Vaugban Davies, M.P., C M Williams, Robert Bills, Thomas Doughton, Benjamin Jones, D "C Roberts, J T Morgan, Edward Jones, W Evans, Cnwch Coch, A P Howell, together "with ivlessrs R J Roberts, clerk, David A Lloyd, Alban Lewis and Thomas Jones, school ,attendance officers. THE ATTENDANCE. Mr David A Lloyd reported that the percent- age in his group during fhe last mouth was 91*4, as compared with 90 in the correspond- ing period of last year. Five schools had secured the half-day holiday. Mr Thomas Jones reported the percentage In group No. 2 as 88'4 against 82 3 in January ,Of last year. In group No. 3 the percentage yas 84-8 against 73-8 in 1908. Three schools in bis district had been entitled to the half-day holiday. He attributed the low percentage to the prevealance of sickness. Mr Alban Lewis leported the percentage in group No. 4 as 85*4 against 83-3. In group No. 5 88-6 against 80*5. Three schools were "entit,le(i to the half-day holiday. Mr Robert Ellis That's something new in this group. Attendance Officer Oh, no. The Committee then considered the follow- ing resolution passed at the last meeting of 'the Education Committee. "That the Aber- ystwyth District Committee be requested not to delegate the question of school attendance to Local Managers, but to deal itself with 'school attendance cases." The Chairman said that in November, the Committee dealt with the attendance and gave power to the Clerk and the Attendance •Officers to deal with the cases and to get two Members to sign. That course was to be tried for six mo; ths and there had ht.en a great improvement. What did the Cleik think of it? The Clerk said he would not like to make a deport until the six months was over. The attendance was very satisfactory. The Rev T Mason Jones proposed that they proceed on these lines until the end of the six I Months. Mr D C Roberts said that that resolution came from the Teachers' Association, and it ^as not intended to touch the matter which the Chairman had referred to. Mr C M Williams; We are rather in advance of the teachers. It was decided to proceed as at present until the end of the six months. THE REQUISITION LISTS The Clerk read a letter which he had deceived from Mr Morgan, Council School, Borth, on behalf of the North Cardiganshire Teachers' Association, respectfully asking the Committee to receive a deputation in reference to the requisition lists. Chairman When did you get it ? Clerk I found it at the office this morning, but Mr Morgan told me on Saturday that a deputation would appear to-day. Mr Robert Ellis moved that the matter be placed on the agenda for the next meeting. Mr J. T. Morgan What's the objection to *eeeiving the deputation to-day ? Mr C. M. Williams It's the usual course to Place the matter on the agenda, bub this is an exceptional case. Chairman It's most irregular. Mr D. C. Roberts Will you hear them as they are here. It's an exceptional matter. It was decided to hear the deputation, which Consisted of Mr D. Jones, Talybont, and Mr J. bavies, Rhydypennau. The Chairman informed them that it had !>een decided to hear their statement, but that 1n future they would require a notice. Mr D. Jones was the first speaker, and he said that notice had been sent in order to save time. They appeared for the Teachers' Association of North Cardiganshire in Reference to the striking out of items from the requisition list. The remarks which appeared in the local Press were most unfair. A scheme of work was drawn out for the year, and they did their utmost to carry it out but this Could not be done if they were refused the necessary books. There was a suggestion that the teachers were selfish. Every book for the use of the headteacber was for the use Of the assistant teacher also. If the assistant ^as not intelligent the children suffered. All z, the books and goods which had been placed on the requsition lists were for the benefit of the children. The code was altered yearly, and they had to keep up with it. Referring to the pictures Mr Jones said they wanted to make the schools bright and healthy. They had children of all classes, and they wanted to Miake the rooms look bright and to induce them to come there. All the pictures on the avails were made use of. He admitted that some of the pictures were expensive, such as the Houses of Parliament, Niagara, and the Tower of London, but they would all be made Use of. He hoped the Committee would allow them to keep to the three sbilling limit and that they would trust their servants, and if they could not be trusted then they should ca,Il them to account. Chairman I take it that your point is that the Committee should pass everything under the limit of 3s ? Yes, anything reasonable. Chairman You had a pair of petroleum lamps down. The school is conducted by day and not by night ? Quite so. I had them down in order to show the children the difference between the good and the bad lamp. Mr Davies said that Mr Herring, Llanafan, Who had been appointed on the deputation, had been unable to be present. That was the first time they had had to make a protest against the Committee the good feeling which had existed was now much strained and the grievance was such that they asked for a redress. He hoped the Chairman would not take it personally, but the action of one who knew nothing of the different schools had only to be mentioned to be condemned. He would lot at any consideration revise a list unless he knew the scheme of work. They also objected to the list being taken from the Council Room ■°r the Clerk's Office and submitted to gossip. lIe had been told that the teachers were a funny lot. It was said that only two lists were Reasonable, but those were curtailed. They Ejected to that on principle. He could not earry out his scheme of work. He had ordered 1n June a magazine, which was granted up to Deeemher. Chairman I scratched that out. Mr Davies I ordered them in May, and the Chairman said in August my list was Perfect. Chairman It came in two parts the first I passed. Mr Davies said they ought to consult the teachers. He had ordered a text book for carrying out the Welsh scheme, and fortu- nately he had Mr Owen M. Edwards at the school last week and he (Mr Edwards) asked how things were getting on. He told Mr Edwards of the matter and he said it was tnonstrous. He hoped they would consider I the matter from an educational point of view. He was as careful with the goods as if they had been bought with his own money, and as a matter of fact he had bought some rather than send a long list. Replying to the Chairman, the speaker said that with regard to the large list of envelopes he had ordered it had been an exceptional year. He had sent a large number out in connection with the medical inspection. Had the cards been sent out without an envelope they would be returned very dirty. He had sent another 80 notices to parents, and he was also in the habit of sending after children who were absent. Mr D. Jones said nature study was pressed upon them, and he should like to know whether they were to going to get thegWeights and the microscope. Mr Robert Ellis: A telescope would be very useful. Mr Davies We don't teach astronomy, sir. Principal Roberts What would a microscope cost ? Mr Jones I am afraid I cannot answer that. Mr Ellis You cannot get a good one under R3 3s Od. Mr D. C. Roberts said the Chairman was authorised to do what he had done and was in his right as he had full authority. They should endeavour to do the best for the schools and economise with efficiency. They were so to speak a buffer. They had the expenditure on the one hand and the teachers and children on the other. In was their desire to meet them in every way. They had to consider the requisition lists sent by 120 schools and if other schools could have sent out the cards without envelopes Mr Davies could have done so. Mr Davies: I have not ordered any note paper during the three years I have been there. I should like to know what I have to do with my scheme of work. Mr Owen M. Edwards has asked me to let him know. Miss Kempster: Can't we get a revision of the lists. Chairman: That's a matter for Commiitee. Mr Jones thanked the Committee for re- ceiving the deputation and referring to the remark made at the last meeting that the teachers were selfish, Mr Jones said it was unfair. The deputation then withdrew. Rev T. Mason Jones enquired whether they could not refer the matter to the Director of Education and get a uniform system. Chairman I take it we better resolve into Committee. Capt Doughton Why, it's public business. Chairman I don't mind. I have seen the Director of Education who said that furniture should not be included in the requisition lists neither books for the library as there was a special grant. Some of the pictures I allowed, [ only deleted one as it was a huge order. Capt Doughton said when he first heard of the requisition having been struck out he thought it was a bold stroke indeed on the part 3f one individual. He did not blame theChairman bat if there was no scale as to what was to be allowed surely one individual was not enough to know what was wanted. It was a rotten system and they were all there like a lot of nonentites (laughter). Envelopes are paltry u I things, they could buy a thousand as cheap as ) hundred. The work should be taken out of bbe hands of the Chairman until the Education Committee had a proper scale. Mr C M Williams said they had asked the Chairman to go through the lists. A com- mittee ought to be appointed to decide what they were going to grant. The Rev T Mason Jones gave notice of motion that all requisition lists be submitted bo the Director of Education. Mr J T Morgan asked if they could not be referred to the local managers to go through ,t minutely. They ought to back the school- piaster up and give him the stuff to teach with. Chairman They get it. Mr Morgan What about the Rhydypenau School. It is at a standstill. Mr D C Roberts said there ought to be some means by which the teachers should 13 ve been made aware of any objections. Mr C M Williams The crux of the matter s if the Clerk had written to the teachers, all jhis bother would have been avoided. Mr Williams As the scheme is at a stand- still at Rhydypenau, the goods should be ordered. Mr J. T. Morgan said the goods should be ordered. They had a good man doing good work and he should be helped. There was no loubt that he had been handicapped. Mr C. M. Williams proposed that the matter be left with the Chairman and the Director of Education, and if the goods were necessary they should be got. This was agreed to and the Rev T. Mason Jones withdrew his notice of motion.
ABERYSTWYTH INFIRMARY AND GENERAL HOSPITAL. ANNUAL MEETING. Capt. Cosens presided over the annual meet- ing of subscribers to the Aberystwytb Infirmary and Cardiganshire General Hospital, which was held at the Town Hall, Aberystwyth, on Saturday. There were also present Mrs Griffith, Rev M Jones-Powell, vicar, Rev N Thomas, vicar of Llanbadarn, Rev Job Miles, I Rev R J Rees, Rev Geo. Eyre Evans, Mr and Mrs T Doughton, Messrs T James, Tynrhos, B Ellis Morgan, E J Evans, Edwin Morris, Councillor D Thomas, W Thomas, Dr. Ellis, Capt. D James, Capt. R E H Morgan, Alder- man E P Wynne, D M Jones, Rev D Lewis, J Morgan (Buarth), D James (vice-chairman of the Board of Guardians), D Lloyd, Rev T A Penry, D Samuel, M.A., Peter Loveday, J B Kitto, J Purton, Sergeant-Major Wells, W R Jones, Dr. A Thomas, Councillor C M Williams, Rowland Morgan, D C Edwards, T Powell, J Owen, W J Mortimer, and Mr A C YVatkin, house surgeon and secretary. THE REPORT. I The Chairman in presenting the annual report stated that the number of patients admitted to the Infirmary was 157. This was exactly the same number as for the year 1907, but on the other hand there was a reduction of 400 in the number of out-patients. One reason for this was to be found in the falling popula- tion and another reason was that more dis- crimination was shown in the distribution of the out-patient tickets. The object of the committee was not to allow anybody to make use of the Institution who could afford to pay for doctors' services. It was not fair to the medical men of the town for them to take in people who could afford to pay. The total number of indoor and outdoor patients in 1907 were 1,501, and last year they had fallen to 1,094, The annual subscriptions as well as the number of subscribers had increased. Death and removals had taken away a number of their supporters, and he referred in particular to Mr Fryer, who had resigned his position as one of the managers and trustees. No one could speak too highly of the good work done by Mr Fryer years before they had any endow- ment. He was always trying to help them and as he was such a good business man his loss was very great. There were a great number of vacancies and he would like very much if their friends present would prevail upon others to step into the breach because they never i knew what might happen. They were not likely to lay by a big balance as it was their wish to lay out everything they could on account of the patients. Under the care of the House Surgeon and the new Matron, every- thing had been done to make the patients com- fortable. Special collections had shown a falling off, therefore they were very glad to get the large sum of C40 Is Od from the annual cycle carnival. He was sorry to say that on the year's working there was a small adverse balance of RIO 16s Id. Apart from this, how- j ever, the year had been very satisfactory and had seen the installation of the X-Rays, ( provided out of the special collections at the cycle carnival. The X-Rays had proved a great blessing and they had been able to save ( people much pain and suffering. The increased cost in the maintenance account was due to ( the fact that owing to the many serious cases admitted, it had been found necessary to engage a nurse for night duty. Owing to the < great amount of power used by the X-Rays < there was a great increase in the cost of light. When the Rays were being used as much 1 electricity was required as would supply light to the whole of the Infirmary. Another extra 1 item of expenditure was £11 9s Od paid for a 1 steriliser for dressings. He moved the adop- tion of the report. í Mf T Doughton seconded and the report was j then put to the meeting and carried. Rev T A Penry called attention to the extra 1 cost in the electric light and suggested that the meeting should hear from Capt. D James ] the experience of the Free Library Committee in this respect. Capt. D James said the gas cost the Free Library 23 6s 8d per quarter, as compared with £10 for electric light. The gas light was better and more continuous. The Chairman said they had to consider the number of rooms in use at the Infirmary and the further fact that some of the rooms were lighted throughout the night. Dr. Thomas said a number of serious cases which hitherto had been sent to London were dealt with at the Infirmary, and these cases required private rooms. Mr T Doughton said it was unfair to compare the Free Library with such an Institution as the Infirmary. The light at the Free Library was only on for a certain number of hours. Rev T A Penry That is not the point. The point is that on the same length of hours gas is cheaper. I ask the Committee of the house to take the matter into careful consideration. Mr C M Williams said no doubt the Com- mittee would take the matter into consideration. Mrs Griffith pointed out that the cost of electric light for power was 3d per unit as compared with 6d per unit for lighting purposes. The X-Rays ought to be charged at the power rate and that of course, would make a difference in the cost. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The Rev Job Miles in proposing the re-elec- tion of Capt. Cosens as president, said he was a necessity to the Institution and did more for it than any of them knew (hear, hear). Capt. D James seconded and it was carried. In reply the Chairman said he was much obliged for the honour done him. He was only too glad to do all he could for the Infirmary and to further its interests (applause). On the proposition of Mr C M Williams, seconded by Mr T Powell, Mr J B Kitto was re-appointed auditor. Mr Kitto said he was always pleased to do anything for the Institu- tion. VOTES OF THANKS. On the proposition of the Rev Geo. Eyre Evans, seconded by the Rev Job Miles, a warm vote of thanks was passed to Mr and Mrs Fryer for their past kindness to the Infirmary. In proposing a vote of thanks to the honor- ary medical officers, the President said he could not say too much about the work done by them. They were always ready to come at any moment. Owing to the large number of operations the past year had been a perticu- larly trying one. He also included in the vote the hon-dental surgeon. The Rev N Thomas seconded and said he would like very much to see the other medical men of the town joining (hear, hear). The proposition was carried and in reply Dr. Thomas said he had been connected with the Infirmary for nearly sixteen years and during that period he had been brought into intimate contact with the Committee of Management. The staff were fully aware that they had the confidence and encouragement of the Com- mittee in all their doings with the Infirmary. The Committee had had ample opportunities of judging their work and of seeing how they performed their duties, and the staff was glad therefore to find that at that larger meeting of subscribers, their action was endorsed. He would like to refer to the great services of the present matron (hear, hear). She had been a great success and had brought her training and experience to bear in the teaching of the nurses, so that now the work done was of a very high order (hear, hear). Owing to this the staff were last year enabled to perform a class of operations which in former years had been sent away to the hospital, and the success of these home operations was due in a large measure to the nursing staff (applause). The Chairman then proposed a vote of thanks to the Cycling Club tor their generous donation of £40. Alluding to the X-Rays, he said some wonderful cures had been made. He also desired to mention that Mr R E Jones of Aberllolwyn, had very generously presented the Institution with a new bagatelle table (applause) In seconding, the Rev Geo. Eyre Evans suggested that any future donation from the club should be ear-marked for the purpose of improving the internal appearances of the rooms and especially of the rooms belonging to the nursing staff. He asked that the magnifi- cent array of dreary drab walls and the ancient articles of furniture should be changed into a light and airy sitting room. He also suggested they should hold a hospital Sunday, as was done in other towns. The vote having been carried, the Chairman said the Committee had already decided to spend J6100 in re-decorating the rooms. On the motion of the Rev R J Rees, seconded by the Rev Dr. Jones Powell, a vote of thanks was passed to the Chairman. COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT. The following was the result of the voting z, for the election of seven members of the Com- mittee of Management Mrs Griffith 30 Rev R J Rees 26 Rev Job Miles 25 Mr D C Roberts 24 Capt. R E H Morgan 23 Capt. D James 23 Mrs Morgan, Penllwyn 22 Mr B E Morgan 20 Rev Dr. Jones Powell. 16 Mrs Howell, Cwm 14 This year Capt. Morgan took the place of Capt. G Fossett Roberts, as representative of the Cycling Carnival Committee. The Rev N. Thomas intimated his intention to leave Llan- badarn Vicarage in May, and did not seek re- election. The Chairman expressed his regret at the loss of Mr Thomas, who he said was most regular in his attendance at the Committee meetings.
ABERYSTWYTH ENTIRE HORSE SHOW SOCIETY. The annual meeting of subscribers to the Aber- ystwyth Entire Horse Show Society was held at the Lion Royal Hotel, Aberystwyth, on Monday 1ft eruoon, Sir Edward Webley-Parry-Pryse, high sheriff, presided, and there were also present Messrs George R. Pryse, J.P., J. R. James, H. P. Edwards, D. Lloyd Lewis, E. A. L Powell, E. Joseph, Tom Jones, Moelglomen, W. Hughes, Bow (Street, David Jones, Elgar, John Jones, Rhoscellanfach, Councillor Rufus Williams and 3apt. R,. E H. Morgan, hon. secretaries. The first business was to fix the date of the show, and Sir Edward pointed out that it had always been the custom to hold the show on the arst Monday in April, but this was considered rather too early. After some discussion Coun- cillor Rufus Williams proposed and Mr George R. Pryse seconded that the show be held on Monday, May 3rd. An amendment was proposed by Mr J. R. Hughes, Bow Street, and seconded by Mr Tom Tones, Moelglomen, that the old date be retained. —On a vote being taken, the proposition to change the date was carried. Last year the following prizes were offered :— Best cart stallion, £5; roadster, over Ii) hands, £ 5 20b, under 15 and over 14 hands, £5; pony, not ixceedino- 13 2, £ 5 entrance fee, 5s. Mr J. R. James was strongly of opinion that the three last classes were too much alike, and jaid he should like to see a thoroughbred stallion wrought in. He thought they could do away with the cob class. Capt Powell agreed. He was inclined to knock Dut one of the classes referred to by the previous speaker. There was a groat sameness between the three classes of light horses. Sir Edward said he would like to see a thorough- bred horse in addition, as these classes of cobs and ponies were the mainstay of the country. It was decided to have an extra class for a thoroughbred. Last year's conditions were adopted, and the following were appointed the field committee:- The President, ivlessrs George R. Pryse, R. D. Williams, veterinary surgeon, Capt. Edward Powell, Mr Lewis Morris, his Worship the Mayor, R. James, Brynllys, and H. P Edwards. Judges were selected and collectors were ap- pointed as follows:—Messrs J. B. James, Evan Richards, — Pugh, B. James, Rufus Williams, Seymour Davies, — Jones, Cefnilwynpiod, J. Jones, Rhoscellanfawr, and W. Hughes, Bow Street.
) TEMPERANCE MEETINGS. I LADY HERBERT ROBERTS DELIVERS I AN ADDRESS. On Thursday evening a meeting under the auspices of the local branch of the British Women's Temperance Association was held in the Coliseum. Lady Herbert Roberts, president of the North Wales Branch of the Association, presided over an attendance principally composed of ladies. The proceedings opened with singing, reading and prayer, conducted by Miss Hughes, of St. Asaph. On rising to address the meeting the President was well received. She congratu- lated the local temperance workers upon the excellent attendance, which she regarded as very promising for the prospects of temperance in the town. The executive of the Union had been meeting there tor the last two days, and they had spent a very happy time in the town. They were exceedingly grateful for the kind hospitality shown towards them, and they only hjped that their visit had been of service to the town. Just now the ternpe^-iuce cause was under a cloud, for they had had a grievous disappointment. They had hoped great things from the Licensing Bill of last year, and had looked forward to the passing of the Bill, which they had hoped would have given them fuller control of the drink traffic. It passed the House of Commons as they knew, but it was thrown out by the House of Lords after only two days of pretence at debate. That had been a great disappointment to temperance workers in the House of Commons, for they had given much time and thought to the framing of the Bill They hoped sueh a disappoint- ment would not occur again, and that before long the Government would make the will of the people paramount in the legislation of the country (hear, hear). She was glad to find that the temperance people throughout the country were not cast down (hear, bear). There was something about temperance which made the workers very hopeful, and it took a great deal to depress them for any length of time (hear, hear). She had attended several temperance meetings during the last few months and she found on all sides considerable enthusiasm. She did not think that the wet-k which was put into the agitation in favour (It that Bill was thrown away because she felt it had aroused considerable interest amongst people who hitherto had not thought very much about the subject. More interest was taken in the question than e-er before, and not only by temperance workers but also by people who cared for the welfare of the country. If they had failed to achieve what they desired still she had hopes that in a few months time they would see legislation passed through both houses for dealing in a drastic manner with the liquor traffic. and which would compensate them in a measure for the loss of the Licensing Bill (applause). In the Chancellor of the Exchequer they had a arm friend, and they looked to him to compensate them for the loss of that measure (hear, hear). But it did not mean because they were dis- appointed that they were going to give up the work; rather did it mean that they would have to work harder than ever. 'l'he:, had to educate public opinion, so that when another measure was introduced it would be impossible for the House of Lords to reject it. She urged upon her hearers to see to it that the students who came to the town were properly instructed in temperance works. They grieved to learn that drink amongst women was on the increase, and she appealed to them to come under the banner of temperance and so help to make the homes of the nation sober (applause). Addresses were also delivered by Mrs Evan Owen, of Liverpool, Mrs Morgan, of Bar- mouth, Mrs Cadwallader Jones, Manchester, and others.
GOSPEL TEMPERANCE MISSION Mr S Stanton, of Cardiff, is this week con- ducting a Gospel Temperance Mission at Aberystwyth, under the auspices of the Excelsior Lodge, I.O.G-.T. The meetings com- menced on Sunday evening and will continue each evening until Friday. On Sunday evening, alter the usual service, Mr Stanton addressed a rmeiing at the English Wesleyan Church, Queen's road, his subject being "Bible Temperance." There was a fairly large attendance and the chair was taken by Mr John Evans, solicitor, who briefly introduced the speaker. Mr Stanton gave a lengthy address and explained the passage of scripture relating to Paul's advice to Tnnothy to take s>>mj wine for his stomach's sako. He also explained exhaustively the incident relating to the turning of water into wine by Jesus Christ at the marriage feast in Canaan, and said the wine used was non- intoxicant. On the proposition of the Chairman, a vote of thanks was accorded to the speaker and the meeting concluded. The meetivg on Monday evening was held at the Alexandra Road Mission Room, and was well attended. The chair was; tak^n "y Mrs T E Ellis, president of the B.W.T.A., who expressed great pleasure at, btsng present. She congratulated them upon securing th services of Mr Stanton, Thev had h-ard o* the work which he had done in the North and South of England and he bad now tinned his work to AVal-s. She felt that there was a lot to be done in Wales. They were all working fov a good cause and had a g»-eat' fight before them. They had a great de-d against tho m and they would have to fight against the evil which destroyed the j-uuth and the men and women of the count-y. Th quired the knowledge of the saft. path aiv; be safe they, would have to resist the betfinoo-g of evil f once they took the wp.-ug step, they wnit ti-e downward grade. She then called upon Mr Stanton to address the meeting. The subject of Mr Stantoa's addreas The Three Pillars of Stde" (Mind, Muscle, and Morals). He dealt with his subject in a masterly manner, and at the close he proposed a cordial vote of tbauks to Mrs Ellis f"! presiding. This was seconded by Capt Doughton, J.P., and carried unanimously. Mr George Davis, J P., presided over the meet- ing held on Taesnay evening, when there was a fairly large attendance. Ha expressed the hope that much good would result from that meeting and that at the close s meoce would come forward and sign the pledge He had tried total abstaifi- ance for over thirty years and could recommend it to all. It was a sad thing to think that £ 167.000,000 was spenl annually on draik. If they went to the workhouses and asylums, they would find that 50 per cent, of the inmates wjre there owing to the drink, whilst at the prison there were more than 50 per cent. Mr Stanton delivered an excellent address on "Errors about alcohol."
A brutal murder was, at the South- -nk Police court, charged to James Cuiley, a navvy, of Mermaid court. It was alleged that on Thursday night he s ruck iii- wdV with a poker and broom, and afterwards, tln" v fr- out of the window. When the woman asri.pd at the hospital she was dead. She had a f. ture of the skull, and one of !1P I' nhv broken. The hurricane which swept orer the cmm-i during Thursday nignt; and Friday morning concentrated its force on the Yorkshire eoa~f. I exceptional severity, and ex,a- n t, r; i toll of lives among the unfortunate fishermen who were caught in its re!e>; grip -■>% I men were drowned off Flanslxu-oiig-h, and an equal number of men are missing from Redcar.
DEATH OF MR W. R. M. WYNNE. We regret to annnunce the death of Mr W. R. M. Wynne, of Peniarth, Lord Lieutenant :)f Merionethshire, which took place at Buck- ingham Gate, London, on Friday afternoon. The deceased gentleman had beer lying seriously ill for some days, and the end wai not unexpected. Mr Win. Robert Maui ice Wynne was born in 1840, and was the eldest son of Mr William Watkin Edward Wynne, of Peniarth (who from 1852 to 1865 represented Merionethshire in Parliament) by Mary, daughter and co-heir of M r Robert Aglionby Slaney, iu.P. The deceased was educated at Eton served in the Scots Guards, and from 18G5 to 1868 was M.P. for Merionethshire, losing his seat in the last- named year tn Mr David Williams. Ca.stell Deudraeth, father of Osmond Williams, who now represent* that constituency. 1891 be married Winifred Frances, the daughter of the late Mr W. Kendall, and widow of the late Mr R. 1. Williamson. He was chairman of the Merionethshire Quarter Sessions; served as sheriff in 18SG, and had been lord-lieutenant since 1891. He was magistrate also for Mont- gomeryshire and Carnarvonshire and Constable of Hariech Castle. He was a member of the Merioneth County Council from its formation until his death, and for many years he and the Hon. Chas. Wynn, of Rug, were the only two Conservative members of the Council. The owner of large landed estates in North Wales. Mr Wynne took an active part in county work for many years. He was of a re- markably retiring disposition, and rarely asso- ciated himself with movements outside his own county. As the owner of the famous Peniarth library, however, his name was a household one among all interested in Welsh literature. The Peniarth collection of MSS. is one of the most valuable in Wales, and it is gratifying to know that two or three years the deceased squire entered into an arrangement with Sir John Williams whereby in the event of him- self and his brother (the late Mr Owen Slaney Wynne, dying without issue—as has been the case-—the Peniarth collection would ultimately be transferred to the National Library of Wales. The deceased's grandfather, William Wynne of Peniarth (1774-1834', was a great collector of MSS. and a famous antiquary and his son the father of the squire now deceased) inherited not only William Wynne's MSS., but also by legacy came into possession of the Hengwrt collection of MSB., formed originally by Robert Yaughan in the 17th century. In rhe years 1867-71 the late squire's father published a catalogue of these valua ble documents in the Archseo'osria Caiubrensis," and a lso, in later years, collected items for a history of Merioneth, and left these in MS. form at Peniarth. Mr Wynne, whiie not able to speak Welsh fluently, was abie to carry on conversation with his tenants in the vernacular. His estate comprised about 9,213 acres, mostly- in Merioneth, and included a Jot, of sheep walks. He was regarded as a fair landlord, and to his credit it must be said that he seldom increased i De rents of his arms. and at all times was on good terms with his tenantry.
It is stated that the architects of Winnipeg have in preparation plans for over twelve million dollars wurth of buildings for 1909. The execution of Jeremiah O'Connor for the Stanley murder bus been Lxjd at Durham for February 23rd. By 429 votes to thirty-eight the Preston and district cardroom workers have decided against raising the age of half-timers. The Con; nitf< e appointed to select the subjects for discussion at the Church Con- gress, which will be held in Swansea on October 5. C. 7, and S, will hold its first meet- :n;4 noxt vv'k, and in the meantime the mem- bers are asked to suggest suitable subjects for the cuiis;di-ration of the Committee. Full oppoi-f uii t) "ill be given for the adequate setting lorth of the Church's position in \V"I(, and of showing the great and increasing activity v.ttit-h it is now displaying.
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