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COUNTY LICENSING COMMITTEE. ADJOURNED MEETING. The adjourned meeting of the Licensing Committee for the county was held on Thursday at the Board-room of the Workhouse, which was decorated for the occasion with some of Mr Meredith's choicest exotics. Mr R. O. Jones, chairman of the Quarter Sessions, presided, and there were also present Messrs D. Williams (Fair- field), R. H. Rhys (Aberdare), and E. W. Willisms (Duffryn Ffrwd). AN IMPORTANT QUESTION. At the outset of the proceedings a point was decided by the Chairman which materially lightened the labours of the committee. The question of granting a general license to a house already licensed for the sale of beer was brought on, and the committee were about to deal with the matter, wben Mr D. H. Lewis (Smith, Lewis and Jones) questioned the jurisdiction of the committee to confirm or other- wise a spirit license granted to a house already licensed for the sale of beer. He urged that the confirming committee could only deal with new licenses, with res- nect to premises not lieretofoie licensed for the sale of Intoxicating liquors. Now these premises had already been licensed for the sale of beer, porter, cider, &c., which were included in the category of intoxicating liquors, so that, looking at the interpretation clause of the Act, he could not see that the committee had any jurisdiction in such cases. Mr Fowler had held so at Swansea, and so had the magistrates of the county of Middlesex. ihe Chairman, after consulting with his colleagues, saiu that all things considered, they considered these yere mutters beyond their jurisdiction, for the interpre- tation clause appeared to be so drawn as to take the beyond the reach of their power and the case r,ueStio10t to have been brought here at all. The only had nut" Wus' Aether having applied the applicants lie in the power of the committee, the other to have heard the case argued en ■' what they said to-day was simply <- that they did not intend to into, fere with those licenses who had been granted by the local magistrates. There would no doubt be ca,es in which the question would come on and be settled before next year, but at present that was the view he held. Mr Simons subsequently remarked that he did not think that such was the intention of the Act, because if so, a holder of a sweet's license, or of a license to sell off the premises would not be getting a new license if he wanted to keep a public house, which was certainly not contemplated by the Act. The Chairman did not think that this was intended by the Act, but he could not see his way out of it. The applications in all cases of this nature, which formed the greater part of the business, were therefore withdrawn. All the licenses granted by the various local district magistrates were confirmed, with the exception of VV m. Lewis, Dinas, (sweets), in consequence of invalidity of » GELLYGAEfi SCHOOL BOARD. ANOINTMENT OF MASTER 0- PONTLOTTYN BOARD SCHOOL. An adjourned mpptlno-of the ahi^ve Board was held at Bargoed Board Schools, on the 16th inst to consider the applications and testimonials of candidates for the mastership of the Pont ottyn New Board Schools, when the following members were present viz. Mr J Rees, (chairman) Messrs. J. Lewis, R. Laybourne, Revs. G. C. F. Harries, A. Davies, and J. P. Wil- IlRMr Lewis, the deputy clerk, read the several applica- tions with the testimonials, which were rather volumin- ous especially from some of the candidates. After the reading was over, the Rev. J. P. Williams moved that Mr Evan Evans, of Ferndale British School, be ap- pointed as master. The rev. gentleman said he had lis- tened very attentively to all the applications and testi- monials when read by the deputy clerk, and he noticed particularly that alll the candidates were very equal as to class and other qualifications, but one important difference struck him very forcibly, and that was that the testimonials of the majority (who no doubt were useful churchmen)were given by one class of gentlemen —rectors and vicars without end. He (the speaker) ad- mitted that small abstracts had been given from Her Majesty's Inspectors' reports, but he would much pre- fer to have a glimpse at the reports m full. As to Mr Evans, his testimonials were from Churchmen and Non- conformists alike. Mr Waddington, Her Majesty s In- spector, had spoken highly of him, and so had the Rev. Mr Davies, the residing clergyman in the neighbourhood. The speaker said that presuming an equality in the qualifications of an Englishman and Welshman, he would prefer voting for a Welshman not on account of nationality, but in respect of superiority as far as language went. He looked upon it as an advantage to the master, parents, as well as to the schools, that master and parents could converse with each other freely and intelligibly. He understood that Mr Evans was a competent Welsh scholar, as well as possessing every qualification as an elementary master. Mr J. Lewis warmly seconded Mr Williams's motion, which was supported by the Rev. A. Davies. The Chairman (Mr Rees) threw out a suggestion for the Board to select three or four out of the whole lot, and have them to appear personally before the next Board meeting. The Rev. Mr Harries took the suggestion up warmly, and was supported by Mr Laybourne. Ultimately the Rector proposed the above suggestion as an amendment to Mr Williams's motion, which was seconded by Mr Laybourne. And before the amend- ment was put to the vote the Rev. J. P. Williams said that he strongly objected to it on many grounds. They were called together to appoint school teachurs, and in so doing, to be guided as to qualifications of the candi- dates by their testimonials, but now the testimonials were to be thrown aside and he supposed they were to decide by tne appearance of the candidates. They were not going to appoint a police officer, but a school teacher and he did not therefore see that physical appearance had anything to do with the appointment. He (the speaker) would recommend them when adver- tising next tims, to inform all the candidates that they were to appear personally before the Board with their testimonials in their pockets. The Rev. A. Davies said that he objected to the amendment because of its illegality. They all must know that to have three or four of the candidates before thel Board would involve a certain amount of expenses and they could not legally pass any resolution whidI in- incurred any fresh expense without giving a proper notice. Mr Rees said that he would like very much to have them unanimous in the appointment of teachers, and he could see no harm in having a certain number of the candidates to appear personally before the Board, but however, as his suggestion had not been unanimously approved by the Board, he would not vote one way or the other. The amendment was then put, when the Rev. G. C. F. Harries and Mr Laybourne voted for it, whilst the resolution appointing Mr Evans was supported by the Rev. J. P. Williams, Rev. A. Davies, and Mr Lewis, and therefore carried. APPOINTMENT OF MISTRESSES. The appointment of the two mistresses—one fer the girls, and the other for the infants-was proceeded with. Three applied for the girls, and five for the infants. Salary offered JE60 for the first year. The Rector objected to having a fixed salary, and pro- posed before proceeding any further to re-advertise, and to give a certain fixed salary, with half grants and half fees. Mr Rees said that he saw no objection to re-advertise, but thought it would be better to give a fixed salary without mentioning grants and fees as part of salary. Therefore he would propose to re-advertise, and that £ 80 instead of C60 be given to the teachers in the in- fants' and girls' departments. The Rev. J. P. Williams, in seconding the resolution, said that he looked upon the Rector's motion as imprac- ticable. He (the speaker) would give one reason, trust- ing that that might convince them of its impractica- bility. As the Rector proposed to give the same fixed salary to both, with half grants, half fees, the salary in that way, would, instead of being uniform, be multi- form. As one of the rooms is to accommodate one half more than the other, and as the scale of fees fixed by the Board is uniform, the fees alone,without mentioning the grants, would be one half more. According to the rector's motion the salary of the infant teacher will be X30 more than the girls's. The Rector's motion is too crude to make anything of it, before taking into con- sideration the size of all our school buildings, the average number in attendance, and what the probable grants may come to. Mr Laybourne said that he could see the difficulty, and thought it would be better to give a stated salary for the first twelve months, and by that time they would be in a better position to judge what salary to offer. When the motion was put to the meeting, all except the Rector voted for it. Ordered that the clerk re- advertise at once. This ended the business. — — SUNDAY SCHOOL DEMONSTRATION 01 AT ABERDARE. PRESENTATION TO MR. RICHARD FOTHERGILL, JUN. On Monday one of the most imposing demonstrations yet witnessed at Aberdare tooklplace, the occasion being the presentationlof a massive and chastely bound family Bible to Mr Fothergill, jun., by the members of the Sunday schools in the Aberdare Valley, as a memento of his Irecently attaining his majority, and also as a means of expressing their good wishes for his future happiness. These, as will be seen, were abundantly set forth in an address, beautifully engrossed and framed, which accomoanied the Bible. It will be remembered that a short time since festivi- ties in celebration of Mr Fothergill s majority on the part of the general community attracted much atten- tion, but Monday's demonstration was far more impos- ing than anything which transpired on the occasion just referred to. It was long since arranged on the part of various Sunday School Committees in Aber- dare that an address and Bible should be presented to Mr Fothergill on the day of general celebration, but it was wisely suggested that it would be impossible to accomplish this in a satisfactory manner unless a special day were set apart, and thus it was that the Sunday school presentation was deferred. At one o'clock on Monday afternoon the neighbour- hood of Aberdare assumed an unusual scene of bustle and activity caused by hundreds of well-dressed people constantly wending their way in various directions to the churches and chapels with which they are connected so as to form into procession and take up a pre-arranged position in the vicinity of the Square. Here at half- past two o'clock a start was made for the park, the streets in every direction being filled by those connected with the various schools. The start was made for the park in the following order :—Bearers of the address and the Bible, ministers of the parish, four deep the teachers and children of the following Sunday Schools, four deep :-Bethania, Calvaria, Siloa, Bethesda (inde- pendent), Carmel (English Baptists), a flag being borne by this school bearing the words, Long life and happiness to Richard Fothergill Bethel, Trtcynon, Bethesda (Primitive Methodist), Trinity (English Wes- leyan), Sion (Welsh Wesleyan), Tabernacle (Aberdare), St. Elvan's, Nazareth (Calvinistic Methodist), St. Mary's, Moriah (Llwydcoed), Brynsion, Horeb, Soar (Llwydcoed), Ynyslwyd (Primitive Methodist), Trecy- non, Bethesda (Baptist), Bethlehem (Independent), Abercwmboy, Saron, Aberaman (Independent), Be- thania, Ebenezer, Brynsion (Cwmbach), and Carmel; a branch of Brynsion and Bethel, Abernant. It will thus be seen that the whole of the Sunday schools of the valley were represented, from Llwydcoed to Capcoch, the number of adults and children who participated reaching 12,000. On entering Abernant Park, the Rev. Canon Jenkins and Inspector Rees busily distributed copies of special hymn to be Jung on the occasion, entitled, Shall we gather at the river." Although the point of assembly was on a spacious piece of park land, within 2UO yards of the pomt of ingress, for some reason or other the various schools were not marched direct to the spot, but a circuitous perambulation of the grounds was made before the leading file, bearing the address, branched off to the sward. This entailed at least three quarters of an hour's delay. It was nearly half-past four before the last contingent took up a position. The scene at the inauguration of the proceedings was one which can never escape the memory of those who witnessed it, the picture being rendered doubly impres- aivo by numbers of flags bearing costly designs, and bannerets which were wafted almost asunder at times by a strong and uncomfortably icy wind. Ull Assembled on the platform were Mr Fothennll, M.P. !,vn ti i> ar(l,1Ve(l !,y special train) Mr Fothergill. jun the Rev Gauon Jenkins, Dr Price, and the ministers ot all denominations and gentry of the dis- The Hev. Dr Price Openctl the proceedings by giving David RossXJr,°solicitnorWhlUl1 the clioir were led by lUr David solicitor. Bih1pehfi(l!1hVl-e £ l the Vrcseutation of the address and internre to TT'■* aud C0S^ specimens. It was Rev 1w lllus.t)rlAoas recipient, in Welsh by the Mr MorglT aud 111 En*lisb Bev. The address ran as follows !"S" ™»° » wK; on the schools of IberHnri I ma-j0lity; by the Sabbath schools of Aberdare, and vicinity, viz, Siloa, Ynvslwvd levanT^hesda^'1' ^bemade, E^llsh^ &?on l^vn S^on ?^°l'f (^oe»man). Ca™el (Monk-street), Cwm'^r ■ (!a' -Cfrmel (Hirwain-road), Gwawr SSSc^rsft' f'i'r1 w. Eben«z»' (wnwJfe Hen Dy Lwrdd, ,do.;> Lethama iCwmbaeli), Ebenezer (do Church School (do. bt. Mary, and Cap Coch all com- prising upwards of seven thousand members. DEAB SIR-Your Coming of age is a matter of unmixed joy to us, m common with the rest of the inhabitants of Aberd vre town and valley, and we caunot allow this grand and im tant event to pass by without expressing, in a substantial thoueh humble manner, our deep respect for you aud your family as well as our earnest hopes and sanguine expectations respecting your future, both m the present and in the coming Your family is closely connected with the welfare and pros- perity of our town and neighbourhood in a commercial politi- cal, and moral aspect. The trade of the locality, t( a great ex- tent, depends upon the world-renowned Abernant Iron Woiks and Collieries. In your father this borough has had for some time a second voice in the Imperial Parliament of Great Britain. We say voice advisedly, for he has not, like some been a silent representative. And, in a moral point of riew' we anxiously hope that your influence will be co-extensive with the commercial and political status of the family, for all power should be subservient to religion. We deem it our first duty to bless the Lord of Heaven and Earth for His unfailing protection of you from helpless in- fancy 1lp to the present interesting stage, and pray for a con- tinuance of the same to the end of your life, and even during the endless ages of eternity. The same benevolent and gracious Majesty who endowed you so richly with both physical and intellectual capacities for the full development of complete manhood is also able and willing to bestow upon you the favour of eternal life through the vicarious death and intercessory life of the Son of God, thus to consecrate body and soul to Divine service and beautify your person with the varied gemg snd costly jewels of salvation. Dear sir, permit us to remind you that for you personally the season now celebrated is the most important of your life. Thus far you have been guided by others now you are about launching the boat of life for yourself, and your own will- more than ever before will be your guide. If you now begin well, in all probability you will end well. And, provided you take the Bible thus presented for your handbook, this proba- bility will rise into absolute certainty. Other presents with which you have been recently honoured may be more costly, but we unhesitatingly say. knowing well your concurrence with us, this is by far the most precious. This is our book, as Sunday School members this is the book of great men, and the book which renders small men great this is the book of humanity, and that because it is the book of God. Were the principles of this book univer- sally practised, and its precepts uniformly obeyed, all wrong would cease to exist; men would become angels, and cursed earth would become translated into a blissful and glorious heaven, That the saving and sanctifying truths of this blessed volume be ever supreme in your soul, and that your life may be long, honoured, prosperous, happy, and useful, is the earnest prayer of your humble servants. Mr Fothergill, jun., in acknowledging the address, said Gentlemen,—I cannot express to you the grati- fication it gives me, and the honour I feel, to receive from the Sabbath schools of Aberdare and the neigh- bourhood this beautifully illuminated address, and this magnificent Bible. The value of the gift is enormously enhanced in my eyes by the great numbers who have taken part in it (cheers). I see by the address that they amount to 7,000 of all sects and denominations, and amongst whom the Bible is a bond of unity (cheers). I shall treasure it throughout my life, and as long as I live I shall look back in future years to this day with profound gratification. I trust that nothing in my career will ever cause you to regret the compli- ment and kind wishes which you have showered on me on this most important epoch of my life (loud cheers). If anything were wanting to impress on me the neces- sity of doing my duty in the position of life to which I have been called, it would be abundantly supplied by the manifestations of good feeling and friendship which have surrounded me on the occasion of my coming of age (cheers). When I look around and see the im- mense numbers who have come to assist at this presen- tation, I feel myself extremely fortunate in my start in life to have the good wishes of so large a number of friends, whose friendship I so greatly value (loud cheers). I hope you will excuse the very inefficient manner in which I have thanked you for the gift, but my feelings perfectly overwhelm me, and I will not at- tempt to further express them, but simply and grate- fully accept your present (loud and prolonged cheering). The assembly then rendered the special hymn for the occasion, Shall we gather at the river?" Mr Fothergill, M.P., amid a storm of applause, then mounted the table on the platform, and thus addressed his audience Lad'es and gentlemen and friends,—On many occasions have I had to thank you for the kind feelings you constantly show to me and my family, but never before have you conferred so gratifying a compli- ment upon me as in assembling together to-day in your thousands to present my eldest son with the noble Bible and beautifully illuminated address which I see before me, and which he has told you with so much emotion he will prize and value as long as he lives (cheers). It was but the other day that his friends at Aberdare and Merthyr presented him with a beautiful and very costly gift in commemoration of his majority, coupling with it an address only too flattering to myself, and deeply did I feel their generosity and goodness, which I shall never forget, and now again you have paid him a com- pliment which is exquisitely gratifying to his feelings and my own (cheers)—a compliment which I am quite unable, as he felt himself, to Adequately acknowledge. There is a something inexpressibly sweet and cheering in such a gift, at the outstart, from the many thousands of innocent Sabbath school children assembled before us, whose good wishes, so eloquently expressed in the accompanying address, must, with the prayers of their admirable teachers, and those of the clergymen of all denominations who join with them, encourage him in the battle of life upon which he is entering. That my son may shape his conduct by that holy book is my earnest prayer, for then he may count upon its promises and while leading as happy a life as is permitted to man in this world, he can look forward to perfect happiness in the world beyond. Friends and neighbours, I am glad to see you all, and I thank you from my heart for your sympathy in the late event in my family, which you have commemorated with such extraordinary kind- ness. My son, as he has told you, is really overpowered by your goodness, or he would have said much more than he did. We both of us can only beg of you to be- lieve that our words but faintly express our feelings, for you have established a bond of union which time will never break. Our interests have long been knit to- gether it is true, but a good feeling has been roused be- tween the young people of the risinv generation which will, I predict, produce the happpiest results and the thousands of workmen, so many of whose faces I see before me, will, I believe, learji to look to my son, as they have looked to me, for fair and generous treat- ment. I should not have referred to polities, but as I am alluded to in the address as your member, I will go so far as to say that it is my pride to represent you in Parliament, and that so long as I enjoy your confidence I am proud and happy to be sent there by you. (Vocifer- ous cheering). Again let me thank you for your kind- ness to my son, and I only wish that his mother could hav", been here to witness the splendid compliment that you have paid him. She is, however, unfortunately, tar from well, and could not accomplish the journey from the seaside, where she is staying. She will, how- ever, rejoice to hear of your great goodness, and she will be most pleasurably reminded of some ten years a»o when a similar gift of a Bible was made by the Aberdare Sabbath schools to herself, which gift she cherishes greatly, and always takes care that it holds a place of honour wherever she happens to be (cheers). I should have liked to dwell upon the infinite good done by Sunday schools, and the debt of gratitude we all owe to those highly principled and excellent Sunday school teachers, who give up their day of rest week after week for years, with no kind of reward but the feeling of the good they are doing in teaching the children and the rising generation to choose good rather than evil. But the day is so advanced and is so cold, that I must not tresspass longer on your patience at the risk of wearying the children, who have behaved so admirably. I will only beg you to consider my pleasure grounds as being at your disposal as long as you like. (Long continued cheering).. Mr Pardoe also addressed a few very appropriate re- marks to the vast assemblage, after which the proceed- ings were brought to a close by singing the National Anthem.

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