THE TRANSVAAL BRIBE. AFTKR the debate on the Transvaal Loan on August 19th, it is no longer possible to conceal that the guarantee of a loan of five millions to the Transvaal Government is a bribe to get rid of the Chinese. Mr. Churchill, while denying the charge, admitted the fact. His observation," "We want these Chinese to go, and we mean them to go," is sufficient to justify the charge, even if it had stood alone. But the brilliant speeches of Mr. Lyttleton and Mr. Bonar Law drove it in to the hilt. Pledge-bound by platform hysterics, the Government tried to intimidate the Chinese by tell- ing them they were slaves. The Chinese would not believe it. Terrorism and intimidation hav- ing failed, the Government turned to cajolery. Still, the Chinese declined to believe that they were slaves; they were so enamoured of their "chains" that dangerous riots were threatened, when it was proposed to send back a detachment who had been landed contrary 'to the Jintfantion of the Government. All other resources having failed. the Government agreed to guarantee the Transvaal Loan. and thereupon the Transvaal Government decided that the Chinese must go. Could there be a clearer connection between cause and effect? The unwisdom of issuing a loan at all is apparent under a passing review of the conditions. The Finance Minister has presented a most gloomy annual statement, showing a. deficit on the past year. and one for next year. The State is suffering under a deep and increasing depression. Its three hun- dred thousand of white population are already re- sponsible for a public debt of fifty millions, and ,;p, now it is proposed to saddle them with an addi- tional five millions. This, too, in defiance of the Opposition, representing an electorate that pays 85 per cent. of the taxation of the country. Ought it rot to have been the duty of a prudent, honest, patriotic Government, Imperial Government, to have eheelod. rather than have encouraged. tbp desire of the Boor Ministers, to increase the bur- dens pressing on their country?
A MEMORABLE PRECEDENT. THE procedure adopted by the Lords w'th res- pect to the Scotch Land Bill recalls to memory a similar policy adopted in 1884, when the Lords achieved their veritable triumph of compelling the Government to accompany Reform by Redis- tribution. But they accepted a motion of Earl Cadosran'fr 'n favour of adjourning the Session till the Autumn. The Government then realised the improbably strong position taken up by the Lords in d-fence of the popular rights which years before had been asserted in Mr. John Bright'* memorable injunction to "Repudiate without mercy any scheme of Reform that was not ac- companied by Re distribution- A Round Tab!? Conference was held at which Conservatives ar- ranged with Radicals a plan of Redistribution. Then the Franchisp Bill was re-introduced and was passed by the Lords, but not until the Red is- tribution had been read a first t'me. The same principle was applied by the Lords to the Scotch Land Bill, namely, to hang it up until they had the English Bill before them, and were able to decide whether it could be made applicable to Scotland. The Lords were justified in this action by the unpopularity of th" Bill. They would havn been justified in throwing it out on the second reading, and Ministers did not conceal their chag- rin when this drast;c course was not pursued. The Lord Chancellor evidently realised its unpopu- larity when he made the extraordinary appeal to the House to disregard the clamour of the Pr^sc and the organized opposition of the "most vocal" classes in Scotland. Ministers who supported 't did so in the most feeble terms. The Earl of Elgin, on- of the leading members of the Cabin"t and one of the largest proprietors in Scotland dogsredlv refused to open his lips. Ministers ac- tually had to send over to Ireland for the Viceroy to help them. If the Lords had allowed such ? Bill. so feebly supported by its promoters, to pass uncorrected they would have shirked their duty.
MACHINE-LEGISLATION. THE deplorable condition to which the House of Commons has been reduced by the Prime Minis- ter's efforts to make the Parliamentary machine turn out more work than it is capable of has been vividly exhibited in Mr. Balfour's crushing though moderately stated indictment. Radicals who came into office pledged to restore the liberties of Parliament, which they alleged had been violated by the late Government, proceeded to establish ? reign of terror. For the constitutional sway of Mr. Balfour, conducted with courtesy to all and special consideration for the Opposition, th" Prime Minister substituted a regime of gags and fetters. We have been plunged into a system of machine-made legislation by mechanical politi- cians. The brutal monotony of the mechanism is varied only by broken pledges and administra- tive illegalities. Perhaps the most deliberate breach of faith was in connection with the ex- tension (5f the Grand Committee system. The as- sent of the House was obtained on the solemn pledge of the Prime Miir'ster and Sir Henrv Fowler that all "important controversial Bills.' all Bills that were "necessarily controversial," should be discussed in the House itself and not in Grand Committee. The pledge had been wan- tonly, deliberately, systematically broken. Th" Prime Minister, with his contempt alike for tho liberties and the intelligence of Parliament, has thought fit to answer this charge by describ'nP the Army Bill as the great controversial mea- sure of the Session, and boasting that it was not sent to a Grand Committee. The Army Bill was not received by the Conservatives as contro- versial It was disliked ;n the country, but +h- Opposition patriotically put aside party poi)>j>" and treated ft with forbearance and an earnest rl- sire to make it a workable Bill. Even mor" seri- ous is the arrangement which has removed from the whole House the right to disr*u^s finanr'in^ clauses. But what can bo exneeWI from a ment whose Pff-ronf, at legislation a""e so crude and ill-informed that one of thejr last B'l1s w"+ into Committee with twenty-one pages of Govern- ment amendments and a new clause of more +hsr' a hundred I;nez? Naturally. Ministers desire t" hide sueh slipshod work in the recesses of Grand Committees.
BACK TO THE LAND. IN introducing the Scotch Land Bill the Lord Chancellor drew a pathetic picture of the over- crowding in great cities and suggested that th" Government Bill would ameliorate these distres- sing conditions by attracting the population back to the land. That's sheer cant, thp rhetorical ceTlt of a great lawyer's sophistical ingenuity ^p'tber the S..o+('h nor the English Bill will affect the great question of rural depopulation. As Mr. Balfour put it with unanswerable force, when d's- cussing the English Bill, the nation made its choice sixty years ago in favour of urban indus- tries. We cannot go back from that now. The Mar- quess of Londonderry showed us hbw the system works, when, speaking in his own County of Dur- ham. He stated that though labourers may earn twent\-eight shillings a week, including percrni- sites and cottages, they cannot be persuaded to're- main on the land. but rush to the iron works and other great industries in the North, where they can earn twice as much. Lord Rosebery tells us it is the same everywhere. In France, the ivni 'al land of a peasant proprietary, people are flocking from the country into the towns. In Germany, one ot the greatest of agricultural countries. th" exodus townwards is so great that the military authorities have to lend assistance in gathering the harvest. From the United States, where great landowners are comparatively unknown, the samP story of rural flocking into the towns is tolrl in startling figures. In the State of New York. where land being near good markets ought to be increas- ing in value, the farm lands have in twenty-five years declined in value 170 million dollars or say. 33 million sterling, and there are twelve thou- sand derelict farms, cnnable of sustaining a popu- lation of a quarter of a millVni. In "Australia and other great States of the Empire, the Population steadily, persistently, turns to the towns. Let us therefore clear our minds of this cant of tfaek to the lann." To sfpm the torrenf fov such Dunv means as thp Government, proposes is like attempt- ing to wipe un the Atlantic Ocean with a mop. L°t ris have small hold'ngs by all means, but under sound economic conditions, and without false pre- tences designed to serve party purposes.
Viscount Emlyn, the son of Earl Cawdor, has been ordered complete rest from political work. The Barn Street Boys' School is undergoing re- pairs, and in consequence will not be re-opened at the usual time, but on Monday, September 2nd. We congratulate Miss Ella Owen, who is a teacher at St. Martin's School, on having passed the Matriculation Examination at the University of Wales. The members of the Bethesda Choir had all enjoyable outing to the Stack Rocks last Thurs- day. At St. Govans the old church was visited, and tea was served at the Coastguard Station. Mr. Ivor Bowen will commence the revision of the lists of voters for Pembrokeshire at Crymmych Arms on September 6th. The final court will be "iield at Tenby on September 25th. Last Thursday the Plymouth Brethren had their outing to Broad Haven, and on Monday the chil- dren were taken in brakes to Druidston. Both out- ings proved most enjoyable. The following appeared in a recent issue of the "Western Mail :—' Last Sunday the Rev. John Hugh Edwards, of Dulwich, preached the anni- versary sermons at Glamorgan Street Chapel, Brecon. On his way to one of the services he was overtaken by a hearer, who, not knowing the preacher, proceeded to discant upon the excellence of the London preachers, Mr. Edwards the mean- while modestly disclaiming any superlative merit on their part, as compared with their provincial brethren. To wh'i'ch the stranger retorted, Why a Londoner is at the top of the tree.' Later on the, hcajrer in question had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Edwards demonstrate the merits of London preachers. Nothing embarrassed, the stranger came up to him at the close of the sermon, say- ing triumphantly, Good thing I cracked up the Londoner. The Rev. Edwards is to be the preacher at the Tabernacle anniversary services next Sunday, when large congregations are as- sured. It may interest some of your readers (writes a correspondent), to know that Daniel's comet is visible to the naked eye, and with the aid of ordi- nary binocular glasses becomes a most interesting object, the tail, which has considerably developed, being very clearly seen. The best time to see it is about three o'clock in the morning, as by that hour it has risen well above the horizon. Un- fortunately the mornings of the past three weeks have been unfavourable, often densely overcast. I have, Jiowever, had very good views of the comet. One morning last week it was apparently near the moderately bright star Gamma Gemini, and the contract was pleasing and instructive, the bright, glistening star, and the hazy nebulous nucleus of the comet. Altogether, the face of the sky in the east just before the dawn is at the present, time very interesting and beautiful, for there may be seen the comet, Jupiter and Venus, conspicu- ous as morning stars Orion, with its beautiful galaxy, just coming into view. heralding the ap- proach of wiuter with its b&nd of frost."
St. Mary's Church, Haverfordwest. Sunday, August 25th, 13th Sunday after Trinity Holy Communion, 8.0 a. Ill. Matins, 11 a.m. Te Deum, Spinney; Hymns, 238 290, 193. Evensong, 6 p.'n. Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Bumiett Hymns, 478, o95, 240, 28. See Ajiproidling Events "-September 8, 15 and 17.
rpO THE CONSERVATIVES & UNIONISTS JL OF THE COUNTY OF PEMBROKE AND THE BOROUGHS OF HAVERFORDWEST, NARBERTH, FISHGUARD AND WISTON. Conservatives and Unionists who may have. received Notke of Objection to their Qualifications as Voters are requested to communicate at once, enclosing ilie objection paper and full particulars to R. J. RICHARDS, Principal Agent, Conservative Party, I Balfour Constitutional Club. —————
Mr. Colin Jenkins has been the organist at St. Martin's Church during the absence of Mr. Price, I.S.M. PEMBROKESHIRE AND HAVKKFOBDWKST INFIR- MARY. — Number of patients in the above Institution for the week ending August 17th, 11 discharged, 2 admitted, 2 out-patients, 68. c JOHXSTON CHURCH BAZAAR.—The following ladies 'vho asisted at the Johnston Bazaar were omitted from our report:—Miss Llewellin, Johnston Hall; Miss Amy Lawrence, Popehill; Miss Etta Evans, Pope Hill; Miss H. Hughes, Johnston; Miss K. Hughes, Johnston; Miss A. Mathias, Bolton Hill. On Wednesday the Pembrokeshire and Carmar- thenshire Otter Hounds, although a kill was not effected, spent an enjoyable day's hunting. Start- ing at the Laundry, Abergwili Bridge, they hunted up the Gwili, having a very strong drag when they reached the river. The hounds found, and after hunting back and forth, they ultimately left the otter in a stronghold. The club then proceeded to Conwil, but sport was finished for the day. Amongst those who met the master (Mr. PTotheroe), were Mr. Robert Harries, M.F.H., St. Clears, Mr. W. J. Williams, Carmarthen, Mr. Vickerman and Miss Vickerman, Saundersfoot. MINISTERIAL.—Mr. W. Roderick Michael, B.A., of Oxford and Haverfordwest, has received an unanimous and pressing invitation to become pas- tor of the Highbury Congregational Church, Bir- mingham. Highbury Church commands an im- portant position in the social life of Birmingnam, and it is the scene of the well-known ministers of George Dawson and Dr. Leach. Mr. Michael is a graduate in honours of Oxford University, and when recording his success at Oxford a week or two ago we should have stated that he had taken honours in the School of Modern History, Political Economy, and Political Science. A certain bishop was fond of a quiet smoke, and he did not th'nk that the habit was out of keep- ing with his high office. The archdeacon of the diocese, however, thought differently, and did not hesitate to proclaim his opinion. On one occasion the archdeacon was the guest of the bishop, and preaching at the cathedral evening service. Hav- ing returned to the episcopal palace, he was gaz- ing from the library window, when he detected the bishop walking in-the garden below and smok- ing* cigar, as he thought, in safe privacy. "Ah, bishop," said the archdeacon," as he opened the window, "so I have caught you burning incense to the devil." Perhaps you have," retorted the bishop, "but T didn't know he was so near." A sale of property, situated in Puncheston, Ambleston and Wallis, was held at the Swan Hote: Havei'fordwtest, on Saturday, when Mr. Joseph Watts was the auctioneer, and there was a large attendance. Vagwrfran East farm, containing 217 acres, situated in the parish of Puncheston, was offered in two lots. Lot 1, comprising the homestead and 206 acres of land, was sold to Mr. Walter L. Williams, who was acting for Mr. B. Thomas, of Main Street, Fishguard, for £ 2,100. Lot 2, consisting of the cottage and garden known as the Marsh, was also bought by Mr. Williams for Mr. Joseph Howells, of Puncheston, for £430. Mr. Watts afterwards offered for sale in three lots important freehold property in the parish of Ambleston. Lot 1, Upper Pencastell, dwelling house at Wallis, in the occupation of Mrs. Evans at a rental of E4 10s., was knocked down to the tenant for £ 110. Of Lot 2, which consisted of the cottage and garden known as Rock Cottage, Wallis, with two small burgages, in the occupation of Mrs. Sarah Thomas and Mrs. Evans at the annual r nt of £ 5. Mr. John Evans, of Ambleston, became the purchaser at £ 126. Lot 3, two meadows near the village of Ambleston, consisting of about 4 £ acres, and in the occupation of Mr. Wm. Morgan as yearly tenant at a rent of £12, was sold to Col. 4 Edwardes for £ 235. The soliditors for the vendors were Messrs. Eaton Evans and Williams. An ordinary sitting of the Dungleddy Sessions, held at Clarbeston Road on Friday last, before Dr. Owen (chairman), Col. Edwardes, and Mr. E. LI. Lloyd.—Mr. William Henrv Davies, clerk with Mr. John Roberts, of Narberth, applied for the appointment of a guardian of the illegitimate child of Letit'a Phillips, Llandissilio, now deceased. The application was granted, and Mr. Isaac Phillips, the deceased woman's husband, was appointed guardian. John Mochan, a travelling gipsy, was summoned for allowing a mule and horse to stray on the Millin Road. A fine of 2s. and costs was imposed, and the defendant's wife afterwards en- tered the court and said she had walked all the way from Letterston in order to pay the fine.- Walter Jones, of Wiston, was charged with failing to give three days' notice to the police of sheen dipping operations. Defendant appeared and ad- mitted the offence, consequently no evidence was "ailed. The bench dismissed the case on pay- ment of the costs, amounting to 5s. 6d.—James Peters. of Sunny Hill, Rudbaxton, was ordered to nav a like sum for a similar offence.—John James, of Maenclochog, was fined 5s. and costs for having been drunk and incapable in his village. "Observer" writes to the local Press:—"With reference to your report of the railway accident at Harmeston Crossing, in which three cows belong- ing to Mrs. Phillips were killed, I should be glad if you will allow me to state a few facts with a view to correcting some of tht statements which were apt to prove somewhat misleading to your readers. Two persons were engaged in driving the eight cows across—a servant girl in front and a man behind. This crossing and another, much nearer the cutting have been used by Mrs. Phillips' family for the last forty-three years without acci- dent. These facts alone amply testify to the great care that must always have been exercised in crossing. Only one of these crossing has a cattle arch—such as it is—and that really leads only to a bog, and is of such a height that it is impossible even to lead a horse through it. The train, which was riinn.,ing with the tender in front, struck the nows at one quarter-mile post, that is, at a point more than half a mile (as shown by the posts) from the cutting. Had the whistle been sounded at the earliest point fro mwhich the crossing can be seen by the driver, or even as late as the upper crossing, one cannot help thinking that the last three cows could have been easily hurried across, for the other five were already safely over. The whole thing is a most unfortunate affa-T, and it is to be hoped that the Company will come to the ai dof the widow in her great loss." A specially convened meeting of the St. Martin's Vestry was held in the Hall, on Monday evening, when the vicar, the Rev. E. M. Phelps occupied the chaIr, and there was a fair attendance.—The vicar explained that his churchwarden, Mr Lewis Roberts, had tendered his resignation on the ground that lie was leaving the immediate locality. Mr Lewis Roberts had rendered him invaluable service in the past and he need hardly say how deeply he regretted his departure. He moved that a hearty vote of thanks be tended to Mr Lewis Roberts.— This was seconded and agreed to.—The vicar said his next duty was to appoint a successor to Mr Lewis Roberts. He had great plearnre in nominat- ing Mr A. E. Sage, the present people's warden, as his warden.—Mr Lewis Roberts then proposed the election of Mr Hugh J. P. Thomas as people's warden. He felt sure Mr Thomas would discharge the duties of the position to everyone's satisifaction.—Mr Wm. Rngers seconded the resolution, which was cordially agreed to.—The proceedings then terminated. The Pembroke Dock Choir won t he second choral competition at the National Eisteddfod at Swansea on Tuesday afternoon. Thousands of peo- pie witnessed the competition, for which eleven choirs had entered. The adjudicators awarded rhe prize to the Pembroke Dock Choir, who showed great clearness and power, fine tone, poetic con- ception combined with great vigour. The intona- tion was rather faulty towards the end of the chorus, but the general effect was very exhi- larating. The announcement was hailed with great cheering, and outside the successful conduc- tor, Mr. T. G. Hancock, was surrounded by a crowd and carried in triumph off the field. The fact that this choir was beaten at Haverfordwest speaks volumes. They were accorded a hearty reception on their return to Pembroke Dock the same evening. They were met by the band of the Pembroke Company of the 1st V.B. Welsh Regiment and a very large crowd of people, who escorted them through Dimond Street, Queen Street, Commercial Row, Bush Street, and Lewis Street to the residence of Mr. T. G. Hancock in Water Street. Considerable enthusiasm was mani- fested. The value of the prize is jMO. Albany Congregational Church Anniversary services were held on Sunday and proved more popular and attractive than ever. The special preacher was the Rev. W. Justin Evans, a former minister at Albany Church and now of London. There were three services, and on each occasion there was a crowded congregation. In the morning the rev. gentleman occupied the pulpit and preached an eloquent anniversary sermon.—At the afternoon service the Rev. Evans delivered an address to the young people, in the course of which he said the Puritans by their little narrow regulations made the Sabbath gloomy and sad, but they were in great danger that day of going to the other extreme. If Sunday became a day of pleasure it would also be- come a day of work, and then there would be seven days work for six daJ" pay. He did not advocate petty restrictions, but there should be a time when the secular noises should be hashed and the little gardens within them mnst be watered with great care, at least one day in the wepk. Sunday was given to be a weekly gitt to the higher and better and sweeter atmosphere, and this was made absolutely neccessary but the high speed of present day life.—In the even- ing the rev. gentleman preached another excellent sermon which was much appreciated by a packed congregation. Special anniversary hymns and anthems were rendered by the choir at each service. Mr Evan's son read the portions of scripture. The collections amounted to nearly JE60, which is a very satisfactory amount even for the Albany.
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Bazaar and Garden Fete. AT HAROLDSTON HALL. IN AID OF THE VICARAGE FUND. Bazaars and fancy fetes in town and county con- tinue to flourish like a green bay tree. The latest new comer, held at Haroidston Hall yesterday, proved as successful as any of its immediate pre- decessors. Mr. and Mrs. Howell Waiters and their host of fellow workers did more to command success than to merely introduce the system of benevolent brigandage, all:1 applied the successful principle of "Small profits and quick returns" to the economics of a charity bazaar. The object of the bazaar was to raise funds to erect a vicarage for the joint parishes of Lainbston and Harold- ston, of which the incumbent is the Rev. L. T'.arks. In these days of immense charitable and ecclesias- tical organications it is possible to secure three- fourths of the requ-ired amount to erect a vicar- age from sources outside the parish. So that the parishioners had every encouragement to work hard for the object in view. And that the ladies had worked hard for mon hs past -was evidenced by the numerous stalls which were ranged around the "hall," tastefully decorated in art muslin, and laden with a profusion of things worth buying, and offered for sale at prices bearing some rea- sonable relation to their value. Moreover the bazaar proper only formed a tithe of the popular attrac- tions. There were dramatic performances, of which a detailed criticism appears, concerts, a lady pal- mist, rifle shooting competitions, all the fun of the fair, and endless raffles. The day was fine until the evening, and the general public responded in fairly large numbers to the invitation to com- bine a service to the cause of charity, with no unstinted measure of entertainment to themselves. The stalls and other attractions did a brisk busi- ness, and it is expected the object of the bazaar will benefit to a large amount. THE OPENING CEREMONY. The opening ceremony was performed by Mr. Grainger in the presence of a numerous company. Mr. W. Howell Walters, in introducing Mr. Grainger, said that gentleman had come to live amongst them, and a great ma;ny of those present did not know him so well as he (the speaker) aid. He could assure them they would always find Mr. Grainger foremost in every good cause, and always ready and willing to render any help in the district. He had great pleasure in calling upon him to open that bazaar. Mr. Grainger, in declaring the bazaar open, said those bazaars, like the poor, were always with them. Personally he preferred direct giving, but he had to bow to the wishes of the majority, es- pecially the femenine majority. The object of that bazaar was to raise funds for the erection of a vicarage. If they had a horse or a dog they provided a stable or a kennel. How much more was it their duty and privilege to see that the vicar was properly housed. In conclusion the speaker referred to the natural beauties of the Haven and to the great benefit he had derived from his residence there. It had always been a haven of peace to him. Archdeacon Williams, in proposing a vote of thanks to Mr. Grainger for opening that bazaar and fete, pointed out that it was quite within the capacity or even a small parish to raise a suffi- cient sum, say zEl,200, for the building of a vicar- age house in the course of two or three years; since, if that locality could raise £100, the Diocesan Fund would meet that sum with the grant of a similar amount, and those two £100 would be met by a grant of Z100 from the Ecclesiastical Com- missioners, and a similar grant from the Gover- nors of Queen Anne's Bounty, making altogether £ 400. If that process be repeated for three years the sum required would have been realised. Mr. Howells (Walesland) churchwarden at Lamb- ston Parish Church, said it afforded him great pleasure to second that vote of thanks to Mr. Grainger. He did not intend to make a speech, and would only say how pleased they were to have that gentleman with them. STALLS AND STALLHOLDERS. CHINA STALL. Mrs. Lloyd and Mrs. Sage, assisted by Mrs. Pitt, Miss P. Pitt, Miss Ethel Sage, Miss Frances Sage, and Miss Mary Alice. WORKMEN'S STALL. Messrs. Joseph Griffiths and Mr. Wright. PLAIN WORK STALL. Mrs. James, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs Davies, assisted by Miss Lloyd and Miss Harries. FLOWER STALL. Miss Baker, assisted by Miss S. Bland, Miss Dawkins, Miss- Phyllis Bowen, and Master Jack Bowen. TEA STALL. Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Palmer, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Bowen, and Mrs. Lloyd, assisted by other lady helpers at the tea tables. FANCY WORK STALL. Miss Grainger, assisted by Mrs. Grainger, Mrs. Garrett, and Miss Cartwright. FARMER'S STALL. Mrs. Howell Walters, Miss Howells (Walesland), Miss Rowlands, Mrs. Thomas, and Miss Hughes. PARCELL OFFICE. Mr. Sage. The other attractions included a lady palmist, Madame Cynthia Lovell, of Bond Street, London, whose delineations were generally held to be extraordinary faithful. There was a miniature rifle range in charge of Mr. Thomas Lloyd, and shooting matches for substantial prizes. The hobby horse was in charge of H. Griffiths, the cocoanut shie of Thomas Lloyd, and the Aunt Sally of Joseph Thomas. The gentlemen who assisted Mr. and Mrs. Howell Walters in various capacities were Mr. Herbert Fisher, Mr. Stradling, Mr. Walker Harvey, Mr. Garrett, and Mr. Thomas Baker. An extremely popular feature was the perform- ance to crowded houses in the afternoon and even- ing, by a first-class company of the screamingly funny farce, entitled:— LIGHTS OUT. Characters: Algernon Cuffe, Mr. Marshall George. Louis Ward, Mr. Davies George. Becket (a footman), Mr. A. Williams. Theresa Hill (a person with views), Miss Marjorie George. Bessie Lainbton, Miss Phoebe George. Kate Munroe, Miss Ost. The scene of the sketch is laid at the Beech Mount. Algernon Cuffe intended to propose to Miss Stee, but made his venture in the dark. He afterwards thinks that he has made a mistake, and the complications which ensue when he pro- ceeds to enquire from each lady in turn whether he proposed to her are very funny. A telegram from the right lady puts everything in order. Need- less to say that Mr. Marshall George made a great hit as Algernon, a'nd the other characters were well sustained. Admirable concerts were also given, in which various ladies and gentlemen participated.
Sale of Work at Cuffern. Bright and sunny weather favoured the sale of work in aid of the Roch and Nolton District Nurse's Fund at Cuffern on Tuesday last, and that picturesque old mansion, with tts stately trees and trim lawn, presented a gay and charm- ing appearance. Tables had been laid out on the lower edge of the lawn, whereon the many articles contributed for sale, ranging in all varieties, from the useful to the ornamental, were tastefully displayed. Amusements had also been provided for in the shape of a shooting gallery, Aunt Sally, and a swing for the little ones, together with a novel form of practising equilibrium, constructed by Mr. Louis Saurin and Mr. Charles Massy. This consisted of a horizontal pole some four feet from the ground, along which a competitor had to drag himself seated on a wooden saddle, so weighted that its natural tendency was to hang inverted and underneath the bar. An abundant tea was also provided at tables in the shade, for all visitors who chose to partake thereof. The fancy stalls were presided over by Miss Baird, Miss Nest (Roch), and Miss Francis, while Miss Rees disposed of fancy baskets at an adjoining table. Miss Reese and Miss Pamplin did a hrisilr trade at the jumble stall, which was a, scene of much good humoured bargains, while Mrs. Reese kindly took charge of the confectionary stall and sold out almost the entire stock for the gratification of the younger portion of the visitors. Dairy and garden produce and flowers were temptingly dis- played on a separate stall, attended by Mr Wil- kins, while Mr. Thomas John superintended the shooting gallery, Mr. W. Evans took care of that old favourite Aunt Sally, and Mr. Tom Davies looked after the swing. Last, but by no means lgast, Mrs. John Walters, Mrs. W. J. Owens, Mrs. Childs, and the Misses Thomas, of Ferny Glen, were indefatigable in seeing to the comfort of the visitors at the tea tables. Contributions of articles for sale were made by Mrs. Fowler (of Druidston), Mrs. Harries (of Hil- ton), Mrs. Eaton Evans, Mrs. Mills, Mrs. Wilson, Miss Rees, Miss Samson, Miss Rees-Stokes Miss Esmond White the Misses Lewis Mrs. Male Mrs. Childs Mrs. Canton Mrs. John Walters Miss Wil- nains, Mrs. W. Jones, and Messrs. Rawdon Smith, Fred Green, Bisley Munt, J. L. Jenkins Morse and Evans, J. and J. P. Reynolds, E. John, Commerce House, Ltd., John Jones, and many others, as well as by Mr. and Mrs. Massy, who spared neither time nor trouble in ensuring the success of the undertaking. Money donations were also made by several, who were not able to attend personally. Despite the fact that many who would other- wise have been present were compelled to take advantage of the fine day to save, their hay, thus literally "making hay while the sun shone," the attendance was good. Mr. Louis Saurin, who undertook the duty of "custodian of the gate," having received entrance money (which included tea) from over 90 visitors. The shades of evening brought a pleasant day to a conclusion, and a substantial sum, amounting to about JE27, was realised, gratifying alike to Mr. and Mrs. Massy, who had taken such infinite pains in organising the sale, and to those who, while spending a most enjoyable afternoon, had thus materially assisted such a deserving object. It was a peculiar plea- sure to find that Rear-Admiral W. Stokes Rees, C.B., having just returned from Sidney, New South Wales, was enabled to be present, and rendered valuable assistance all the afternoon.
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, DEATHS. BIRTHS. On the 19th inst., at 15, High Street, in this town, the wife of D. Lloyd Jones, of a son. On July 25th, at 14, Priory Road, Milford Haven, the wife of Mr H. G. Bricknell, of a daughter. On the 21st inst., at No. 12, Mill Street, Cwmfelin, Maesteg, the wife of Mr William F. Owen, of a daughter. MARRIAGES On the 4th inst., at St. Tlionias' Clinreli, by the Rev. Archdeacon Hilbers, Thomas W. Dinhani, second son of Mr E. A. P. Dinhani, of Bristol, to Martha Ann Edwprds, eldest daughter of Mr James Edwards, ot Albert Town, Haverfordwest. DEATHS. On the 4th ult., in London, Captain John Holland, late of the R.M.L.I., eldest son of the late Colonel Holland, of Sutton Lodge, Pembrokeshire, aged 65. «»
A Yeomanry Horse. COUNTY-COURT ACTION HEARD AT PEMBROKE DOCK. At Pembroke Dock County Court on Wednesday (before His Honour Judge Bishop) Daniel Davies, farmer, of Alleson, Pembroke, sued the Horse, Car- riage, and General Insurance Company for £ 5 5s. Mr. T. S. Reed appeared for the plaintiff, and said that the defendant company injured four horses belonging to plaintiff, which he lent to troopers belonging to the Pembroke Imperial Yeomanry when at camp at Penally. One of the horses became incapable for work owing to saddle gall, and, as the insurance policy included acci- dents and incapacity through accidental injury for a period of three weeks, a claim was made. A number of witneses gave evidence for the plaintiff to the effect that the airmal had a saddle gall and was incapacitated from work. Mr. H. A. Jones Lloyd, for the defendant com- pany, said that notice of the accident had not been given within 24 hours, as laid down in the policy. He also contended that a saddle gall did not come under the term of accidental injury. A verdict was given for plaintiff.
« Fashionable Goodwick Wedding. ROBERTS-JOHNS. A pretty wedding was solemnized at the Parish Church, Llanwnda, Goodwick, last Friday, when the contracting parties were Mr. Stanley Roberts, M.A., professor of history at Lampeter College, and Miss Dorothy (Dolly) Johns, third daughter of the late Rev. T. Johns, M.A., and Mrs. Johns, Manorwen and Llanwnda. The Rev. E. Lincoln Lewis, vicar, officiated. Dr. W. Williams (Drim), uncle, gave the br:de away, and Mr. David Davies, M.P., Llandinam, attended as best man accom- panied by the brother of the bridegroom, Mr. Gwynne Roberts, manager of Lloyd's Bank. Fish- guard. The bride, who was charmingly attired in cream silk brocade and white plumed picture hat, was attended by Miss Nesta Jones (sister) and Miss Dorothy Gwynne Roberts (niece of the bride- groom) as bridesmaids, the latter gowned in white silk en suite. Subsequently Mr. and Mrs. Roberts left for Tallyllyn, North Wales, for the honey- moon. The presents were numerous and costly.
4 Pembrokeshire Nonagenarian. NEYLAND'S S4-D, LOSS. The South Wales Daily News states that Mr. John Lloyd, of Hook, Haverfordwest, is one of the oldest men in Pembrokeshire, being in his 95th year, and still enjoying excellent health. Every Sunday he walks to Llangwm Church, a dis- tance of nearly two miles; and until a year or two ago he would dig his own garden. He is still able to do odd jobs. Mr. Lloyd stands over 6ft. high, and during his best days was a man of re- markable physical strength. He worked at Hook Colliery until he was over 80. Mr. Lloyd has a way of looking on people 60 or 70 years of age as quite youthful. He has lived to see the fourth generation, and has a daughter aged 70 years. Mr. George Merriman, Neyland's nonagenarian huntsman, who died last week, was born at Cres- selly on June 7th, 1817. He first hunted the hounds for Mr. Seymour Allen, the present master's father. After hunting this pack for several years, he went to the Tivyside Hunt, with which he was 27 years. For a few years after this he hunted a Devonshire pack, and then returned to his own native home, and hunted the Lawrenny pack until his retire- ment. He had the record of 52 red coats. The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon last week at Pisgah. Deceased was 90 years of age.
4 The Deadly Flannelette: SAD FATALITY AT NEYLAND. Mr. Herbert J. E. Price, the South Pembroke- shire coroner, held an inquest at Neyland on Thursday, on the body of a child, aged four years, daughter of James Mathias, Llanstadwell, a labourer in the dockyard. Emma Mathias, wife of James John Mathias, a Dockyard labourer, said she lived at Leonard- ston Road, The deceased, Nancy Jane Mathias, was their daughter, and was four years of age. Witness rose from bed that morning at 7.30, leav- ing the little girl in her crib. About half-past ten, when the child was sleeping, witness went out for about ten minutes, and on returning she found the room full of smoke. As she could see noth- ing burning tn the kitchen she. ran upstairs, where the candle was now burning on a chair. On goiing to the crib, she saw that the child was burnt, and seizing her in her arms she ran down- stairs and someone went to fetch the doctor. The little girl was not crying; she had gone beyond it. Deceased must have lit the candle with some matches, which were on the chair near the bed. She was fond of playing with fire, and at the time was wearing a flannette night dress. Phoebe Reynolds, wife of Thomas Reynolds, de- posed to having visited the house, where the little girl was in her mother's lap. Her clothes, had been burnt off, and she was unconscious. They administered ail to the burns. Dr. Cooke said that when he saw the child he knew it was a hopeless case. The little girl was scorched practically over the whole body from the eyes to the feet. She was semi-conscious, and soon gave way to convulsions, due to the burns. witness added that flannette was a most dangerous material, and in his opinion should not be sold. The Coroner briefly summed up, and the jury returned a verdict of Accidental death." The funeral took place last Sunday afternoon. About 200 people assembled at the house and marched to the cemetery, the Rev. William Powell officiating. On the cover of the coffin was the fol- lowing inscription: "Nancy Jane Mathias, aged 4 years."
_4 Keyston Chapel Anniversary. The Church Anniversary Services of this chapel were held last Sunday afternoon and evening, when the special preacher was Mr. W. Roderick Michael, B.A., of Oxford. During the afternoon service, when the chapel was full, Mr. Michael dealt in a vigorous manner with the subject of "Progress or Retrogression, which?". He pointed out that the age was one of progress, the domi- nant cry was Let all things pass away, let all become new." It was a time of forward move- ments, a day of express speed. The home and business life, church life, and even the manner in which men faced the life beyond had all be- come revolutionized by the progressive spirit of the day. The pity of it all was, that men sought out new paths, that progress along these new and untried tines often spelt retrogression, because the travelling was in the wrong direction. True progress, true success in home, business, and church life, even true progress towards Eternity, lay along the old safe and tried paths. During the service Miss Morris, of Wolfsdale, very tastefully rendered Handel's aria, "0 rest in the Lord." Mr. Michael's subject in the evening was "Man's instinct for religion." He showed how throughout all ages men's minds had hun- gered for a satisfying religion, and how Greek philosophy, Roman ethics, Buddha, and Mahom- med of India, and even Confucius of China had endeavoured to satisfy this craving. But all these philosophical and ethical codes had failed to hold all humanity. That which alone convinced was Christianity. The sermon, which made a deep impression, was at once theological, and yet evangelical, and contained many incidental criti- cisms of the "New Theology." Mr. Canton, of Nolton Haven, rendered the solo, "The Light of the world," and the quartette, Glory to Thee my God this night," was given. Mr. Charles Rees, of Dudwell, conducted the sing- ing, with Mr. Philpin Rees at the organ. The collections were good, and the anniversary itself a great success.
4 Baptists and New Theology. THE REV. J. P. SOUTHWELL AT BETHESDA. The pupi-t at the Bethesda Church, Haverlord- west, has been adorned by the most eloquent of preachers, and the greatest teachers of the day. It was significant of the broad-minded toleration of the congregation that the special preacher on Sun- day should be a desciple of the new theology school, and the Rev. R. J. Campbell. The Rev. J. P. Southwell is, as everyone will remember, an old Haverfordwest boy, and he is at present the minis- ter at the Bodmin Congregational Church, Bodmin, a somewhat confined sphere of activity. Mr. South- well was recently the subject of a sketch in the Christian Commonwealth," the official organ of the New Theology movement, from which we ex- tract the following:—" The Rev. J. P. Southwell, A.T.S., was born in Haverfordwest, Pembroke- shire. When quite a child he came under the in- fluence of Livingstone, and vowed to follow him. With this purpose, while in London in an East India merchant's office, he attended night classes in classics and mathematics, made his way to Brecon College in 1886, became Senior Hebrew Prizeman of Cardiff University in 1888, took his A.T.S. in the First Division 1889, and took the Thomas scholarship (first in every subject) at the Exit examination in 1890. He went to Central Africa in pursuance of his great ambition, only to be invalided home and forbidden to think of return. He held the pastorate of Porthcawl from 1892 to 1897, when he came to St. Ives, Cornwall. Durng a seven years' ministry there the sturdy fishermen learned to respect and love the man wno never huckstered the gospel or shrank be- fore popular prejudice. Mr. Southwell had several opportunities of taking easier or more lucrative pastorates, but he refused them in the desire to consolidate his work in St. Ives. Somewhat to the surprise and disappointment of friends who thought he should take a more conspicuous posi- tion, in 1904 he accepted a unanimous invitation to Bodmin, an invitation strongly supported by the retiring minister. There he has shown the same abounding energy and high courage which marked his ministry in St. Ives, with excellent re- sults, preparing, as many of his admining friends hope, for yet wider influence. Mr. Southwell has \ione splendid work for Congregationalism i^ the Duchy, having been hon. secretary of the associa- tion for seven years. Last year has brethren gave him the best honour they can render by making him chairman." In the morning there was a crowded congrega- tion, and the rev. gentleman preaching on "The faith of Jesus," said, referring to the recent dis- cussion in the daily Pres on the subject of Do we believe," two facts were prominently revealed. There existed an utter and wide-spread confusion as to what was and what was not believable, and there was secondly an underlying but strong desire to believe. It was self evident that the pulpit had failed to teach. It had lacked not only intellec- tuality, but candour and sincerity. Christianity was simply and solely Jesus, but in what was termed popular Christianity there was an abund- ance which had no connection with Jesus at all. They had abandoned the faith of Jesus, and sub- stituted the faith of Paul, Augustine, and Calvin. He was told of the thousands who had been con- verted at the Welsh Revival. Converted to what? Was it to the old selfish dogmatic misrepresenta- tion of the faith of Jesus. In the evening the church was crowded, and the Rev. J. P. Southwell reviewed the history of Protestantism, and showed how its ideals had been retarded,
Haverfordwest Cattle Dealer's Failure, EXAMINATION AGAIN ADJOURNED. At the Pembrokteshirta Bankruptcy Court on Friday last, John Jones, butcher and cattle dea- ler, Haverfordwest, whose deficiency amounts to £ 947, came up for his adjourned examination. The Official Receiver (Mr. Thomas Thomas) men- tioned that since the last examination over R30 of fresh debts had come in from creditors, and he asked bankrupt why he had not accounted for these. To this there was no answer. Asked if he had prepared an account as requested at the examination, bankrupt said he had not. The Official Receiver said he must insist on having the account prepared, and with a view to this being prepared the examination was further adjourned until September 6th. Mr. W. J. Jones, who appeared for a number of creditors, said that as the account had not been submitted, he would reserve his questions until the next examination.
♦ Woman Carried out to Sea, SENSATIONAL RESCUE AT TENBY. On Friday morning last a young lady (Mir-s Beatrice Vernon, of Manchester), who was a swim- mer, bathing from a machine on the South Sands, was carried out by the strong tide running past St. Catherine's, and before she was noticed from the shore had become exhausted and sank once or twice. With all speed the boat kept on the South Sands was launched, three men jumped into it, and rowed as hard as they could to her; she had then come to the surface and was floating face downwards past Rock Terrace. At first the boat over-shot her, but in a moment or two they reached her and lifted her into the boat; almost at the same time a doctor from Sydenham (Dr. G. Crewdson Thomas), who happened to be bath- ing there, hearing the cries of the men in the boat for a doctor, swam to the boat and with some difficulty got into it, and at once placed the un- conscious lady in a right position. With no loss of time the boat was rowed into the little cove below the Paragon where the doctor had her laid on the sand and proceeded to induce artificial respiration, in which he was fortunately success- ful, and she soon began to breathe. Dr. Drake then came to his assistance, and the still uncon- scious lady was lifted on a stretcher and taken to Belmont House where she was residing, Dr. Drake accompanying her. Soon afterwards she regained consciousness and now, we are thankful to say, she is quite convalescent. We think it shows how im- portant it is, not only that the boat should be kept. on the sands, but at certain states of the tide, when the current is strong, it should be on the watch, rowing near the. bathers and so pre- pared in case of accidents to preserve them from serious consequences.
~—♦ Haverfordwest Board of Guardians. TYPHOID FEVER FROM DRAINS. A QUESTION OF COMPENSATION. At the ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Haver- fordwest Board of Guardians, held at the Work- house on Wednesday Mr. S. W. Dawkins occupied the chair, and there were also present: Messrs. J. LI. Davies, George Davies (Prendergast), F. Gwyther, Jenkins (Uzmaston), Archdeacon Hilbers, and the Rev. J. Evans. The Master (Mr. Hall) reported that the children had their outing to Broad Haven on Monday, August 12th, and that he had received the follow- ing donations towards the expenses:—Miss Wil- liams, Hill Lane, £ 1; Miss Ada Thomas, 10s.; Mr. and Mrs. Dawkins, Haylett Grange, 10s.; and buns and sweets and biscuits. There were 107 inmates in the house, as compared with 102 in the corre- sponding fortnight last year, and 28 vagrants had received relief. VACCINATION FEES. The House Committee furnished a report with reference to the new schedule of vaccination fees issued b ythe Local Government Board. The com- mittee recommended that the fee for every suc- cessful vaccination within a distance of three miles should be 3s. 6d.; for over three miles and under six, 6s.; under nine miles 8s. 6d; over nine miles, lis. The committee furtlier recommended that where more than one successful vaccination was performed at the same house within 24 hours, the full fee be charged in the first case, but half fees for the succeeding cases. The Chairman said that was an average of Is. 6d. on each mileage less than the old scale. In that case, instead of having a special medical man, their old medical officers would continue to do the work. Some of their medical officers had de- clined to act unless they had the vaccination fees as well. Mr. J. LI. Davies asked if the medical officers had consented to accept the reduced scale of fees? The Chairman: No, they have received no inti- mation as to the committee's report. Mr. J. LI. Davies moved that th'e Clerk write to the medical officers enclosing a copy of the resolution for their remarks, and this was agreed to. On the proposition of Mr. J. LI. Davies, secon- ded by the Rev. J. J. Evans, it was resolved that the thanks-of the Guardians be accorded the friends who had contributed to the children's outing to Broad Haven. REPORT ON THE LAUNDRY. Archdeacon Hilbers enquired if there was any report by the House Committee as to the laundry? The Chairman said they had been ordered by the Local Government Board to make alterations to the laundry connected with the Workhouse. The House Committee had made an inspection, but preferred not to make any recommendation until- they had obtained an estimate as to the cost from an architect. Mr. George Davies said they were bound to have a plan to put before the Local Government Board. Mr. D. E. Thomas, would, he thought, prepare them such a piin. It was resolved that the plan be obtained. Mr. J. Llewellin Davies said it was within his recollection that the estimate for the schools was very much exceeded. APPLICATIONS. Mr. W. W. Hall, the master of the Workhouse, applied for an increase of salary on the ground that his duties were additional to those of his predecessor. The application was adjourned for' a report to the next meeting. A fortnight's leave of absence was granted to the house porter, S. H. Birch. Mrs. A. E. Harries, Bridge Street, applied for the custody of a girl from the House, which was granted. The Exeter Board of Guardians forwarded a re- solution strongly protesting against the increased educational rate, and suggesting that as free edu- cation was for the national welfare the cost should be out of the Imperial Exchequer. The letter was ordered to lie on the table. CARE OF THE FEEBLE MINDED. A communication was read from the Conway Union in reference to the care and treatment of the feeble minded. -Archdeacon Hillfers said that master would come before them later. A letter was received offring two sureties for Mr. Richard T. Jenkins as poor rate collector for the parish of Uzmaston, and these were accepted. PARALIZED PAUPER IN THE STREET. Mr. J. LI. Davies said he was walking with a friend in High Street the previous day, when they saw a pauper collapse in a helpless condition on the pavement. He was apparently paralized. He (the speaker) picked him up, and someone who was going up that way saw the man nearly to the Workhouse. He thought that the man ought not to be allowed out of the grounds in such a help- less condition, and that if he was another man should be sent to look after him. The Master said that the man, who was crippled with rheumatism, and walked with two sticks, went away all right, and came back all right. He would, however, 'see that he was not allowed out by himself again. IS IT A CASE FOR COMPENSATION? The Clerk said he had received a letter from the Rev. Nicholson Jones stating that he had been applied to for advice by Mr. John Evans, of Gloucester Terrace. Mr. Evaes, who was the mason employed at the Workhouse, had been at work for a fortnight on the drains, and as a re- sult he had contracted typho-id fever. He had been ill for a month, and had a wife and four children to provide for. Mr. Jones could say nothing as to the validity of any claim which might be brought against the Guardians. It was resolved that the Clerk notify the insur- ance company of the case, and that the Chairman write and endeavour to ascertain how the re- quirements of the case could best be met.
COMING EVENTS. ST.MAKY'S CHURCH, HAVERFORDWEST-Patronal Festival, Sunday, September 8th to 15th, Special Services and Preachers. Details will be duly announced. A Sale of Work will be held at Scotchwell on Thurs- day, August 29th, in aid of G.F.S. Home of Rest at Llandrindod Wells and G.F.S. Diocesan Fund. MILFOBD HAVEN CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY.-On Thursday August 29th a tea will be given to the members' children, in a field off North Road. The Male Voice Party, will meet at St. Martin's Parish Hall next Sunday evening for practice for Boulston Fete. Mr Harry Phillips, National Society, ex Alderman West Ham, will give an address in the Assembly Roms, afternoon, and Masonic Hall in the evening, Monday, 30th September. Subject" Heligious Teaching in our Schools." Sept. 17th, Mr Alfred Capper, of Windsor, at the Masonic Hall, Haverfordwest. He is well known to Royalty tor his Celebrated DRAWING ROOM ENTER- TAINMKNT and THOUGHT READING Seance. BOULSTON, HAVERFORDWEST, THURSDAY, SEPT. 5, 1907.—Garden Fete and Sale of Work to raise a fond for the maintenance of a free bed in the South Wales Sanatorium for Haverfordwest and District, and to assist the Building Fund. All contributions in money and kind thankfully received by Captuin Reid, Hon. Sec., Boulston. LAMBSTON CHURCH.—Order of Services, June to October Sunday, June 2nd, 11. Communion 9th, 6.30. p.m. luth, 11. Morning Prayer; 23rd, 6.30 p.m. 30th, 11. Morning Prayer. July 7th 6.30 p.m. 14th, 11. Communion 21st, 6.30 p.m. 28th, 11. a.m. August 4th, 6.30 p.m. 11th II. Com- munion 18th, 6.30 p. m. 25tb, 11. Morning Prayer, Septemberd 1st, 6.30 p.m. 8th, 11. Communion, 15th, 6 30 p.m.; 22nd, II. Morning Prayer 29tb 6.30 p.m. J
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Welsh Black Cattle Society. ANNUAL MEETING AT CARMARTHEN. The annual meeting of the Welsh Black Cattle Society was held at the Boar's Head Hotel, Car- marthen on Wednesday evening of last week. Sir Owen H. P. Scourfield, Bart., presided, and also present were: Messrs. James Griffiths, Penally Court; J. C. Yorke, Langton; Prof. W. J. Winter, U.C., Bangor; J. W. Harries, Pilrhoth; J. Rober s, Aber, Bangor; Ben Morris, Wern Llanboidy; Kirkby, Towyn; R. Roberts, Towyn; J. Lloyd Jones, Portmadoc; James Thomas and Hugh J. P. Thomas, (hon. secretaries), Haverford- west; Howell Perkins, Goodwick; J. W. Reynolds, Barry Island; R. M. Greaves, Port Madoc; J. Scourfield, Blaenwernddu; and J. E. Williams, Love Lodge, Llandilo. A letter was read from the Royal Agricultural Society stating that they had decided that for the future the ages of Welsh Black Cattle shall date from December 1st, instead of January 1st. Mr. J. W. Griffiths said that some people thought it would be an advantage to close the entries for the present volume on December 1st, but he could not see it himself. It was merely a record, and it did not matter when it closed. Mr. J. C .Yorke said would be more convenient for entries to close December 1st, and would su.t him personally very well. He moved that en- tries for the new volume close December 1st. Mr. Griffiths seconded and the motion was carried. The Secretary said that the entries for the new volume up to date were 39 bulls and 107 cows and heifers. Mr. Griffiths then moved that they apply to the Council of the Bath and West Show to allow of cattle dating from 1st December as at the Royal. Obviously all shows would be the same and as the Royal had done it he saw no objection to the Bath and West doing it. Mr. J. W .Harries seconded. Carried. The balance sheet was read, showing that the total receipts including L21 from Mr. David Davies towards the challenge cups for herds was £ 323 19s. 4d.; total expenditure, including Z2 16s. 6d. for advertising and iE34 6s. for prizes, was £87 3s. 6d. This left a balance in I the Bank of iE86 15s. lOd. on the current account, and £150 on the deposit account. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Griffiths: Excluding the £ 21, we get £216 against £ 188. The Chairm'an movtad that the accounts be passed. This was also carried unanimously. Mr. Yorke said the expense of previous herd books was R,40 for a thousand entries, and clearly they could afford to bring out another when they had £ 216 in hand. The next business was to elect a President-elect for 1908. Professor Winter said that this time it was their turn in North Wales, and he proposed that Sir George Meyrick, of Bodorgan Hall, Anglesey, be the President-elect for 1908. They had few who had shown more interest in Black cattle. He set an example which could be more widely followed. He had distributed about a dozen bulls through- out Anglesey, which had no doubt done a great deal of good. Mr. Griffiths, Penally, seconded. To the present list of vice-presidents Sir Owen H. P. Scourfield, the Earl of Plymouth, Mr. Palmer, WiltshiDe; Mr. Charle,s Aslitonsmith, Vaynor Park, Bangor, were added. When the working committee were being ap- pointed, Professor Winter said: Can we make sure that they are a working committee. There are a great many drones among them at present. I don't want an amendment, but there are names there of those who have done nothing. While the Editing Committee were being dis- cussed, Mr. Yorke remarked that he had looked through the proof sheets of the last volume. The duties were more onerous than arduous. Professor Winter: Mr. Yorke seems to have been the only man who had done anything. The out-going committee were re-elected. Mr. Griffiths moved that Mr. Drew, of Bangor, and Mr. Evans, Milford Haven, be re-elected auctioneers. On the election of inspectors. Mr. Griffiths said that was a point which he wanted to call atten- tion to, and one to which he had given a great deal of thought lately. There was a great deal of dissatisfaction, especially in Pembrokeshire, for the manner in which several of the entries were made in the late volume. Inspectors should not be elected unless they were perfectly capable. Several gentlemen as inspectors ha dpassed animals into the herd book and judges had awarded them prizes when they were cross-breds. They must be cautious when passing animals for the herd book. His father had half a dozen heifers, and they were all passed for the herd book, but only jive were eligible, and that was a case in point. The other heifer, though perfectly black, was a cross- breed. On this they must put their foot down, or the herd book would fall to the ground: He would refrain from entering unless something was done. He had spoken to several gentlemen in Narberth that day, and they were all of the same opinion as himself, that they would not enter if these cross-breeds were put in. He did not know how to put a stop to it, but they should be cau- tious in electing inspectors if all the owners were not above board. It doesn't say whether they have to be entered in Coate's or the Welsh Black Cat- tle at present (cries of "No, no.") It may possibly be so. They in South Wales had seen cross-breeds who although they were perfectly black were nelertheless cross-breeds. He was very sound on the point, and would put all the energy he had into the progress of.the breed, but if the owners were not above board they as a Society must do something themselves to put a stop to it. Mr. Griffiths agreed with these sentiments, and said he was very anxious that the next volume should be closed to both parents. As long as cat- tle were open to inspection dissatisfaction must exist, and unless they closed it they could not get a satisfactory herd book. The only difference at the last meeting was how soon. He only wished it had been earlier. They must lose no time, and the next one must be closed. Mr. Yorke said they should support de novo with regard to inspectors. They should not have so many as they used to. It was more pleasant to pick afresh than to strike out old names. If half a dozen were elected it would be a way out of the difficulty. Mr. Griffiths agreed on the point of less in- spectors. Mr. William Roberts said it was a most difficult thing to be absolutely certain. If all people were honest there would be no difficulty at all. Mr. J. W. Harries said that when they came two- year-olds the difference was plain enough. Mr. Griffiths said he did not mind the cross- breeds, but it was forgery to get them into the herd book. Mr. Yorke said that after the 1st December they had to be pure breed on both sides. If a committee, composed of Professor Winter, Mr. Roberts, and Mr. Griffiths from the North; and Mr. Griffiths Mr. Harries and himself from the South, should go into the matter, and report to the Secretary. Seconded and carried. Mr. Griffiths remarked on the proposition of the re-election of the Judges Selection Committee Some of our best breeders are giving prizes to cross-breed animals; what are we to do in that case? On the proposition of Professor Winter, it was decided to give Z15 to the Royal Show at New- castle-on-Tyne for another Welsh class. Professor Winter said there was a better show of Welsh Black cattle at Aberystwyth than any- where else. He proposed giving two gold medals to the best male and female at the next Welsh National Show. Mr. J. C. Yorke seconded, and the motion was carried. The meeting then considered at what agricul- tural show in 1908 prizes will be offered try the Society. Mr. Yorke said that at Fishguard they had over 100 entries, and he asked them to substitute Fishguard for Pembroke one year. The Chairman said Pembroke was the centre for Welsh Black cattle breeding. Mr. Griffiths, Penally, said these were offered for breeding purposes. The medal should not be awarded in the year it was won. One animal won at Carmarthen, Cardigan, and was commended at. Smithfield, and came back to Tenby to be slaughtered. Mr. Yorke sa'id it should be stipulated that she produces a calf within twelve months. Mr. Greaves said it would be better if they put it that she must be in calf and medal would not be awarded until the calf was produced. It was decided to give the medals at Fishguard and Pembroke. A long discussion, took place on Prof. Winter's scheme for challenge cups for herds. The scheme was as follows: For purposes of these competitions the county to be divided into two districts, A and B. In district A (north of the Dovey): (1) Cup of the value of 25 gns. for competition among far- mers holding farms of which the gross rental is Z120 or over; (2) Cup of the value of 25 gns. for competition among farmers holding farms of which the gross rental is less than £ 120. In district B (south of the Dovey (two compe- titions similar to those in district A. These cups to be held for one year, but may be won outright if secured by the same persons three tlimes in five consecutive years. The winners of the four district competitions to beeliigible to compete for a champion challenge cup of the value of 50 gns., which cannot be won outright. The competitions to be open to members of the Welsh Black Cattle Society who are bona fide tenant farmers (i.e., persons who earn their liv- ing mainly by farming the land they hold as farm tenants at bona fide rents) or persons who earn not more than 200 acres of land which they themselves farm, and from which they mainly earn their living. Persons farming their own land the gross esti- mated rental of which does not exceed JS120 will be entitled to compete in Class 2. All animals entered for competition to be re- gistered in the Welsh Black Cattle Society's Herd Book. Competitors to be compelled to enter the whole of their breeding stock qualified for registry. Every competitor will be required to enter for exhibition one btrll, and for every L15 gross esti- mated rental of the land farmed by him, must exhibit at least one cow and one calf; and for every £ 25 of gross estimated rental must exhibit at least one yearling heifer and one two-year-old heifer. All the young stock, calves, yearlings, and two-year-olds must have been bred by the com- petitor, and the bulls and cows must have been in his possession for at least six months before the 1st day of July in the year in which the compe- ttition takes place. All animals must be the bona fide property of the exhibitor. In the case of the small farms at least twelve animals must be entered for competition by each exhibitor, and in the case of the large farms not less than twenty-five. The Society will award bronze medals to the winners of the challenge cups, and a silver medal to the winner of the champion cup. The Society will award a premium of £1 to the cowman ia charge of each wianiug herd. Competitors in the small farm class to pay an entrance fee of 10s.; in the large farm class the entry fee to be £1. Every competitor must keep a private herd book, which must be produced for examination by the judges, who will be required to sign it. The donors of the cups in the South were the Chairman and Mr. J. Wynford Philipps, TM P and in the north the retiring chairman (Lord Har- lech) and Mr. David Davies, M.P. He had not succeeded in getting the funds for the champion cup, but he had not tried very much. He had put the matter before one large land owner in the North who went abroad, and as he (Profefssor Winter) particularly wanted to get him he did not trouble anyone else. He had got half the amount for the champion cup, and if one gentle- man from whom he had great prospects came forward there would be no difficulty. One of the committee thought that the amount should be altered from iE120 to £150, but he did not think so as the iP,120 would meet more cases than the other figure. The rules would shut out people who bought their farms; they had a lot of them in the -North. He moved this scheme be adopted and a small committee be appointed to carry it out. It is to be understood that it will not be put into operation until next year. Mr. J. W. Harries seconded, and the motion was carried, and it was also agreed to grant iC30 from the funds towards the cost of carrying it out.
4 Haverfordwest Man's Sudden Death, SAD END TO AN INTERESTING CAREER. A painfully sudden death transpired at St. Thomas' Green on Thursday morning week. Mr. John Harries left his house immediately after breakfast that morning in the best of health and spirits, to pay a visit to a widowed sister, who resides in St. Thomas' Green. It was while, sitting on a chair in the kitchen in his sister's house that deceased was seized with a fit of apoplexy, and although medical aid was at once summoned he expired in a short time. Mr. Harries, who was about 66 years of age, was born in a cottage on Prendergast Hill, and had an interesting career. He was at one time in the County Constabulary, and afterwards joined the Metropolitan Police. He was at all times a bright talker, and was ever ready with interesting stories of police adventures.
4 Fire at a Pembrokeshire Hotel. SERIOUS DAMAGE. At half-past one on Wednesday afternoon an alarm of fire at the Royal Gate House Hotel, Tenby, was raised by the ringing of the fire bell in South Parade. The fire brigade were quickly on the spot with the hose, and after some little delay in consequence of bursts in the hose, the fire was reached. A plentiful supply of water being at hand, after about half-an-hour's work the fire was subdued. The Brigade was in charge of Lieut. Fred Thomas. There was a good deal of excitement in the hotel, which was full of visitors, and they made preparations to get their property out. P.S. Thomas and his staff, and also Chief Officer Maugher and the coastguard rendered effi- cient aid in keeping the streets clear. Traffic was diverted in the Norton and High Street .while the brigade were at work. A good deal of damage was done both by fire and water. The hotel had recently been reiur- nished and decorated and placed under new management. The fire occurring just at the height of the season is a most unfortunate circumstance for the proprietors. The fire broke out in the roof, on the side of the hotel facing the Norton, adjoining Kent Houses. Its origin is not yet known.
0 DEMURRAGE. W f|Pemil?roke 5ock County Conrt on Wednesday last the adjourned case of Jarrett v. Lewis came on foi heanng^ The plaintiff was represented by Mr the defendant by Mr. A. B Williams, of Haverfordwest. The plaintiff, Mr T. H- Jarrett, is master and owner of the ship 'Svren and he claimed £ 12 for Demurrage from the 13th to .Apri' 10u7' at P«»»"°ke Dock from the defendant. Mr. T G. Lewis is the Agent for Wales and th^ South of England for Messrs. Alexander Oioss & Sons, Ltd., Glasgow, mannre merchants! His Honour Judge Bishop, after hearing the evidence and the statement of Counsel, entered judgment for the defendant, with costs. & c
♦ CRICKET. ST. Thomas Reading Room v. Faverfordwest JronnT' ♦ "T P yed on U)e Haverfordwest cricket ground yesterday, and after a close and intereS by™tneDrunlin Wm f°r St Thomas Reading Roo.n^ by nine runs.
4 Rudbaxton Sports. HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL FUNCTION. The annual sports was held on the summit of the Rath Rings, Crundals, on August 15th, under the kind patronage of Dr. Henry Owen (Poyston), Capt. Owen, Lady Maxwell of Calderwood, and Mr. W. G. Llewellin, C.C., Haythog. The events, which consisted of bicycle, foot and other events, were well competed for. The chief event of the day was a genuine baby competition, when substantial prizes were given for the finest male or female children, 12 months old and under. There were eight entries, and the two lady judges had a very arduous task. The babies went through a very scrutinizing examination, and finally they were placed in order, outside the judges' tent, for the crowd of spectators, especially mothers, to view the young juveniles, some of whom were looking very sad, not knowing what all the commotion was about. The lady judges then gave their deci- sion amidst roars of laughter. The judges of the bicycle, foot, and other events discharged their onerous task to the satisfaction of all present. There were excellent competitions. The children's races were under the supervision of their respected schoolmaster, Mr. W. G. Davies, who took great pains in arranging the different ages. Great praise is also due to Mr. J. J. Sweeney, South Leys, chairman of the Sports Committee, and who acted in the capacity of starter and handicapper, whom, under his guidance, the committee were able to make the sports such a great success. Also to Mr. Lewis, Eccleston Square Mews, London, who was also ,in attendance, and gave vtery substantial [ prizes for a ladies' race. Mr. Lewis, it may be mentioned, is an old Rudbaxton School scholar, and he was so very pleased with the sports, and also greeting a good number of his old school mates, that he has promised to become an annual subscriber to the sports. The judges of bicycle, foot, and other events were Mr. W. G. Llewellin, C.C., Haythog, and Mr. Tommy Llewellin, assisted by Mr. W. G. Griffiths, Windy Hill. The seerc tarial duties were faithfully discharged by M Willie R. Lewis, Newton Hall. There were re- freshments provided for all on the field, and was supplied by Mr. W. L. Harries, The General Picton," and Mr. J. J. Jenkins, Crundale Row. In the evening an open air concert was held, when that inimitable mimic, Mr. George Jenkins, Hay- thog, took the chair, when comic and sentimental songs, step dances, etc., were given by well-known artistes. The baby judges were Mrs. Thomas, Rudbaxton Water, and Mrs. Richards, Beggar's Bush, to whom all praise is due. PROGRAMME OF EVENTS. Race for boys under seven—1, Ben Jenkins; 2, Percy Thomas; 3, Warren Jenkins. Race for girls under seven—1, Doris Reed; 2, Lizzie Adams; 3, Frances Edwards. Race for boys under 10-1 John Peters; 2, Abby Davies; 3, James Rees. Race for girls under 10-1, Anne Roch; 2, Florrie Reed; 3, Mary Edwards. Race for boys of five and under-I, Charley Philpin; 2, Morris Davies. Race for girls of five and under—1, Nannie Sweeney; 2, Elsie Reed. Race for boys under 12-1, A. Jenkins; 2, D. Absalom; 3, S. Roch. Race for girls under 12-1, Edith Roberts; 2, M. J. Edwards; 3, P. A. Reed. Race for boys under 16-1, Harry Richards; 2, W. Reed; 3, G. Williams. Race for girls under 16—1, Ethel Edwards; 2, Katie Rees; 3, L. J. Williams. Mile cycle race—1, Dai Davies; 2, W. O. Lewis. Half-mile foot race—1, Dai Davies; 2, D. Liew- ellin; 3, S. Roch. Mile cycle race (local)—1, W. 0. Lewis; 2, T. Roch; 3, W. Je,jkins. Tradesmen's race—1, W. Roch; 2, R. John; 3, Thomas John. Labourer's race—1, O. Absalom; 2, E. John; 3, T. Edwards. Wheelbarrow race—1, W. O. Lewis; 2 S. Roch; 3, J. Roch. Obstacle race—1, T. Roch; 2, George Jenkins; 3, W. Roch. Old men's race (over 60)—1, Thomas Roch (aged 84); 2, John Roch (aged 82). Three legged race—1, W. 0. Lewis; 2, T. Roch; 3, J. Roch. Thread and needle race—1, Katie Rees; 2, M. Smart; 3, Betty Morris. Throwing the weight 1, Dai Davies; 2, James Rees. 120 yards foot race-1, S. Roch; 2, D. Llewellin; 3, T. Roch. Run cycle and walk race—1, W. 0. Edwards- 2, W. Jenkins; 3, Bertie Rees. awards, Jockey race-1, S. Roch; 2, T. Roch: 3, J. Roch High jump—l, D. Llewellin; 2, W. Jenkins 2 FthPi°Vf 'i Pe(7ial|,rrize>~1' M- A* Morgans; Morris Edwards5 3> M- Williams; 4, Betty 3 ^"ROCS PO'nt rac€~1' T- Roch»' 2> S- Roeh; B?byo competition-l, Mrs. Bailey, Haverford- west, 2, Mrs. Williams, Cardigan Road; 3, Mrs. Thomas, Uzmaston.
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