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Home News. CARDIGAN. The entries for the Welsh National Agricultural Show which is to be held at Aberystwyth on August i and 2 show a large increase upon those of last year. Shires number 48, ponies and cobs, 101, shorthorns 63, Welsh black cattle 73, Herefords 46, and sheep 150. The Bishop of St. David's has offered the benefice of Llandysiliogogo, Cardiganshire, vacant through the death of the Rev. David Richards (" Dewi Cynfab"), to the Rev. D. J. Davies, vicar of Llan- deusant, Carmarthenshire, who has accepted it. Mr. Davies is an L.D. of St. David's College, Lampeter, and was ordained deacon in 1885 and priested in 1887. The net value of Llanddeusant is given at ^126, and Llandysiliogogo ^314. Last Wednesday week the Rev. D. H. Davies, late vicar of Cenarth, and Mrs. Davies celebrated their golden wedding, and they received hearty congratulations all round. The distinguished antiquary had the honour of shaking hands with the Princess Christian and her daughter at Alltymynydd, Llanybyther. Mr. Davies is the possessor of a unique and valuable collection of coins and medals. The other day Lampeter managed to add the greater part of his fine collection of Welsh books to the St. David's College Library. The proposed new county rate basis for Cardigan shows an increase of £ 7,565 upon the previous basis, and the largest share falls to the lot of Aberystwyth, which has to bear an increase of £ 11,112, which is explained by a decrease of 7 -with other unions of the county. The matter came before the Aberystwyth Board of Guardians on Monday, when it was further ex- plained that Aberystwyth borough would alone have to bear an increase of £ 9,722 out of the eleven thousand odd pounds which had been added to the basis. Since 1897 there had been a total increase in the county basis of £ 30,706. Out of this sum £ 20,896 had been put on the borough. It was agreed that all the parishes in the union should be invited to join in a strong representation on the subject to the County Assessment Committee. CARMARTHEN. Mr. Evan Roberts since his return home has been troubled by an incessant stream of callers, but he only sees most intimate friends. Sir John Williams, of Llanstephan, has just pur- chased a number of MSS. of Williams Pantycelyn, the Welsh hymnologist, for presentation to the Welsh National Library. They were purchased from Mrs. Jones, wife of the Rev. Josiah Jones, of Machynlleth, who was a daughter of Mary Griffiths, of Aberpedwar, Llanymddyfri, a granddaughter of Williams. The collection includes a diary in the handwriting of the Rev. John Williams, son of the hymnologist. CARNARVON. The funeral of Mr. J. Ignatius Williams, stipendiary magistrate for the Pontypridd district, took place on Saturday at Ynyscynhaiarn, Port- madoc. There was a large attendance. An unusual incident occurred on Thursday morning on the down express train from Euston. Between Chester and Holyhead a lady passenger gave birth to a child. Both are doing well. Among the visitors at Bettws-y-Cod are the Grand Duke Michael of Russia and suite, who arrived on Tuesday night by special train. The Royal party are staying at the Waterloo Hotel. It is reported that the mean temperature at Llandudno in June was 69.ideg. and the mean daily range i3-6deg. In the sun the' mean temperature was 116.6deg. There was a rainfall of 1.94m., and the sunshine registered amounted to 237 hours 18 minutes. Four days were without sunshine. During ten days the wind was from an easterly (north-east to south-east) direction. An accident occurred on Saturday at Wrexham. A motor car belonging to Mr. A. E. Young, the agent of Lord Penrhyn, was being driven through the town the driver endeavoured to pass between a trap that was standing on the side ot the street and a cart advancing in the opposite dire tion, and a collision was the result. The horse was injured. Mr. Young gave every assistance. Mr. J. E. Greaves, Lord Lieutenant of Carnar- vonshire, last Monday, at his residence at Bron Eirion, Criccieth, entertained the workmen of the Llechwedd Quarries, Festiniog, and their wives, the party numbering over a thousand. The ex- cursionists arrived in the morning, accompanied by the Oakeley Band, and sat down to luncheon in the afternoon in the Bron Eifion grounds. They entered the grounds in procession. Before lunch presentations subscribed for by the 600 quarrymen on the occasion of the marriage of Miss Dorothy Greaves, the Lord Lieutenant's daughter, to Captain Drage were handed over. Mr. William Owen, chief manager of the Llechwedd Quarries, presided, and speeches were delivered by several of the workmen. The presents were acknowledged by Captain Drage and Mr. Greaves. DENBIGH. On Thursday evening last the 1905 session of the North Wales Summer School of Theology at Llangollen was closed. The Rev. Rhondda Williams, of Bradford, delivered a lecture on the nature of recent attacks on Christianity, dealing more especially with Mr. Blatchford's Clarion" articles. He contended that ministers of God must combat these attacks from an intellectual standpoint. Although he believed in the great and glorious revival in Wales, and recognised the immense good it was doing, he did not recognise any validity in the statement that it was an answer to Robert Blatchford. The questions raised by Robert Blatch- ford would never be answered by mere emo- tionalism. In the course of a discussion consider- able sensation was caused by a working man rising in the body of the meeting and expressed his great regret that a lecture of this kind should have been delivered under the auspices of the School of Theology in the midst of the revival. GLAMORGAN. From a report presented to the Cardiff Finance Committee on Monday last, it appeared that the indebtedness of the town on March 31 was £ 3,536,290 18s. 1 id. While cycling behind a brake at Mumbles Road, Swansea, Thomas Jones, a boy, of Skewen, was thrown and run over by a cart, and he died on Sun- day without regaining consciousness. At a meeting of the Swansea Hospital Committee on Monday it was announced that Mr. and Mrs. John Dyer's endowment for the children's ward had been completed, securities amounting to £ 5,205 12s. 2d. having been transferred to the trustees. The ward will in future be known as the Dyer Ward. At Gwernllwyn Welsh Congregational Church, Dowlais, on Wednesday and Thursday last week, the Rev. Edward Jones, M.A., B.D., was inducted to the pastorate. Principal Fairbairn, of Mansfield College, Oxford, delivered the charge to the new minister. The new pastor, who is only 26 years of age, has a brilliant academic record. Latin and Greek are taught at the Welsh Baptist College at Cardiff, but the language of the Princi- pality is not taught there to those who will minister to the Welsh churches of the coming generation. Attention was called to the matter at one of the committee meetings last week, and it was declared that some left college who could not write a Welsh letter correctly. The reply given was that Welsh was taught in the University College to those who went in for a degree. The Bishop of Llandaff (the Right Rev. J. P. Hughes, M.A.), held a confirmation service at St. Gwladys' Church, Bargoed, on Monday, at which 81 candidates were presented from the new parish of St. Gwladys. The Bishop in the course of his address said that one of the most wonderful and hopeful signs of the revival was that it pro- duced a spirit of prayer, and they might depend upon it that there was nothing that would make so much difference to the whole character of their lives as family prayer. There was great rejoicing on Monday in Merthyr in connection with the celebration of the grant of the Charter of Incorporation. A portion of the charter was read from the Town Hall in the pre- sence of thousands of spectators. Mr. Symons, solicitor to the Incorporation Committee, announced that Mr. Carnegie, who had given £ 8,000 to the town for free library purposes, had decided to increase the amount of the gift to £ 12,300. A portion of the charter was also read at Dowlais, Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Vale, and Treharris. MERIONETH. Mr. W. R. M. Wynne, of Peniarth, Lord Lieu- tenant of Merionethshire, who has just been pre- sented by his friends and fellow workers in the county with his portrait, painted by the Hon. John Collier, made, in response, the interesting statement that this would make the ninth portrait at Peniarth of men of successive generations in direct line who had worked in the county's interests. Each one of them had been High Sheriff, and three previously had been Lords Lieutenant of the county. A replica of the portrait is to be hung in the Shirehall at Dolgelly. MONTGOMERY. On Friday evening last week, whilst Mr. David Davies, the young squire of Llandinam, and Mr. W.- Jenkins, agent of the Ocean Collieries, were motor- ing from Cardiff to Llandinam, an accident hap- pened to the car. Both occupants sustained a severe shaking, and were unable to continue the journey owing to the car being disabled. MONMOUTH. The annual meetings of the Congregational Union of Wales were opened at Tredegar on Mon- day. Elaborate preparations were made locally,. and the delegates were entertained at the reception tea at Castle Street Congregational Schoolroom by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rees. PEMBROKE. The Bishop of St. David's has left for a holiday on the Continent, and intends to remain away until August 19. A large number of Swindon G.W.R. workers. excursionists arrived at Tenby on Monday. Of general visitors the number is not as large as usual, applications for accommodation coming in slowly, though a good August is expected. The amuse- ments at present include the So-and-So," at the Coronation Garden, and a Corporation troupe of pierrots on the sands and Castle Hill. RADNOR. Llandrindod Wells Convention promises to be of quite a cosmopolitan character this year. Ladies and gentlemen from Germany, Russia, and Spain have intimated their intention of being present- Many who generally go to Keswick Convention are this year going to Llandrindod for a change. The platform is representative of the Church of England and of Nonconformity. A heavy thunderstorm passed over Llandrindod on Sunday morning. Eight lambs and four sheep were killed by lightning. A flash of lightning struck a house occupied by Mr. Buckley, in GroS- venor Road, about two o'clock, setting the roof on fire. The local fire-brigade, with the engine, were soon on the scene. Although some difficulty was at first experienced in locating the fire, the fire was got under in about three-quarters of an hour.