Home News. ANGLESEA. A marriage was celebrated at Holyhead last Thursday week between the Rev. David Williams, M.A., Professor of Church History and Theology at Trevecca College, and late pastor of the Clifton Street English Presbyterian Church, Cardiff, and Miss Maggie Owen, eldest daughter of Mr. Robert Owen, Glan-y-Merydd, Holyhead. This happy event took place at the Hyfrydle Calvinistic Metho- dist Church. Professor Williams, who had a brilliant University career at Aberystwyth and Oxford, is well known to Welsh congregations in London, and all his London friends wish him well. BRECON. Breconshire has the largest number of sheep of any county in Wales, viz., 507,634. Builth, beloved of the colliers of South Wales, is fast losing its old characters. One of the latest to pass away was Thomas Wickett, familiarly known as Tommy Wicked, a harmless man who did most of the porterage, and had a wonderful memory for faces of patrons. One still more friendly to the visitor hailed from Cefn Coed, and used to delight visitors by jigging after the old and approved style, which he would do to the delight of "Shonny Hoy," who watched the Weakdown patronisingly, pipe in mouth. Many a familiar character Builth has had, from men who played instruments of divers kinds at the Wells from the beginning of the season to the end and some reputed to have seen better days, and would spin yarns to tender-hearted people of the ups and downs of this trying life, the trials having chiefly been due to their own thirsty nature. I have a recollection of one now with an old visitor, whose thirst was abnormal. It was not due to taking a quantity of saline, a favourite thirst pro- voker, by the way, for he was never seen to indulge in a glass, and the keen interest with which he watched John Jones or William Williams imbibe was remarkable but dry, or wet, May to October, he was always in a state of "lubrication," and yet in all conditions played finely the old air until his playing days ceased. "Tommy Wicked" died in the workhouse last week, his journey to the trains ended for ever. CARDIGAN. The Vicar of St. Dogmael's, near Cardigan (Rev. J. Myfenydd Morgan), will on the i ith of next month address the Rhondda Cymmrodorion on the life and works of the late Chancellor Silvan-Evans, the eminent Celtic scholar and lexicographer. Mr. James Jones, Tyllwyd, the oldest member of the Aberystwyth Board of Guardians and Rural District Council, died on Sunday night at the age of 71 years. Mr. Jones had been a member of the bodies named for over forty years, and was when he died vice-chairman of the Board of Guardians. He was held in high esteem, and was one of the best-known agriculturists in North Cardiganshire. At a meeting of the Rural Council on Monday a vote of condolence was passed with the widow and family. CARNARVON. The recent Diocesan Schools Bazaar at Bangor yielded a net profit of ^151 16s. 6d., whereof the Upper Bangor National Schools received £50, and the Diocesan Fund the remainder. Some of the head teachers of Carnarvonshire are dissatisfied with the scale of salaries adopted by the Education Committee for evening school work. The rate is four shillings per hour, whereas the teachers think it should be five shillings. In more than one case at the Carnarvon Police Court yesterday one of the magistrates, Mr. J. R. Hughes, frequently asked that, as all the parties concerned understood Welsh, the questions to and answers by witnesses should be given in that language. A constable with an English name was asked by Mr. Hughes if he understood Welsh, to which the man replied that he preferred English. Mr. Hughes Do you mean to tell me that you cannot speak Welsh and in this force ? I think the Chief Constable's attention should be called to it. The constable explained that he understood the language, but could not speak it.
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Football Chat. [By PEL DRQED.] Throughout South Wales football circles the principal topic of discussion is the cleverness of the New Zealand team. Following upon their crushing defeats of Devon and Cornwall they on Saturday last inflicted a tremendous defeat upon Bristol. In fact, it was a perfect debacle, the Bristolians being "positively bewildered," as a Welshman who saw the game informed me. Hardly anyone expected the Colonials to make such a splendid show in the first three matches, and although they are bound to develop a certain "staleness" as the season progresses, it is very certain, however, that they will give the leading Welsh clubs some hard games. Swansea, Cardiff, and Newport all have fixtures with the Colonials. In addition, there is a fixture with Wales on December 16th, and it is a foregone conclusion that the attendance of spectators on that occasion will be equal to that in any International. The Swansea club has opened the season very indifferently. In the match against Merthyr the latter had almost as much of the game as their opponents, and on Saturday the All Whites had as much as they could do to win over Bridgend. That these two performances are a criterion of what the famous Abertawe men intend giving for the remainder of the season is, however, very unlikely. I have seen a list of the London Welsh fixtures, and it must be agreed that they form a very strong and attractive list. The clubs to be met with are as follows:—September 30th, Old Whitgiftians, home; October 7th, Streatham, away; October 14th, Old Alleynians, home; October 21st, United Services, away; October 28th, Catford Bridge, home; November 4th, Gloucester, home; November nth, London Irish, home; November 25th, Devonport Albion, away December 9th, Harlequins, away December 16th, United Services, home December 23rd, Cardiff, away December 27th, Gloucester, away; January 6th, 1906, Lennox, away; January 13th, Richmond, away; January 20th, Guy's Hospital, home; January 27th, Old Merchant Taylors, home; February 3rd, London Scottish, home; February 7th, Oxford University, away February loth, Bed- ford, away February 17th. Bristol, home February 21st, Cambridge University, away February 24th, Northampton, away; March 3rd, Devonport Albion, home March loth, London Irish, away; March 17th, Blackheath, away; March 24th, Lennox, home; March 31st, New- port, away; April 7th, Catford Bridge, away. In the team selected to represent Middlesex v New Zealand, on Wednesday next, at Stamford Bridge, we notice the names of R. T. Gabe, F. Harding, J. F. Williams, and J. C. Jenkins, of the London Welsh Club. Newport has always had a great reputation for athletic ability, and the recent annual South Wales inter-town athletic sports at Cardiff showed that the reputation is being maintained, the results being:-Newport, 44 points; Swansea, 35 points Cardiff, 23 points.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF NORTH WALES. Mr. E. Towyn Jones, B.Sc., Junior Demon- strator in Chemistry at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, has- just been appointe Assistant Lecturer and Demonstrator in Chem- istry at the School of Pharmacy (Pharmaceutical Society), London.
FLINT. Canon Drew, rector of Hawarden, has announced his intention of issuing through the school managers a circular letter asking parents and guardians of all scholars not attending the parish Sunday schools to let him know if they prefer their children to receive plain scriptural lessons instead of instruction in the Church Catechism and other portions of the Book of Common Prayer in other words, whether they wish them to have denominational or undenomi- national teaching. He adds This gives the parent that responsibility and opportunity which rightly belong to them. It should make it clear that what we really care for is freedom to teach our own children and religious liberty for all alike." GLAMORGAN. A curate in a parish contiguous to Cardiff claims to have established a blackberrying record for the United Kingdom. He gathered eleven pounds in an hour. Mr. J. B. Evans, of Aelybryn, Dowlais, who underwent an operation in London last week, succumbed on Sunday. The news was received at Dowlais with great sorrow, for Mr. Evans was esteemed by all classes. He was a native of St. David's, Pembrokeshire, but the greater part of his life was spent in Dowlais, where he conducted a highly-successful business He was widely known in the Calvinistic Methodist Connexion, and was deacon and treasurer of Hermon, Dowlais. He leaves a widow, one son (Professor Young Evans, Trevecca College), and four daughters. The Rev. John Edward Stevenson-Moore, M.A., headmaster of Llandaff Cathedral School, died with. tragic suddenness at Barry Dock on Sunday night at the residence of the Rev. Lemuel J. James, M.A., senior curate. The reverend gentleman, who had been in weak health for some time, had that evening conducted a service and preached at St. Mary's Church, Barry Dock, and was taking supper in the Church House before returning to Llandaff, when he suddenly lurched over from his chair and expired in a few moments. Mr. Moore was about 45 years of age, and had been head- master at Llandaff since 1899. MONMOUTH. An ex-soldier, named William Beavan, killed his wife at a restaurant in Newport last week. She had been living with another man whilst her hus- band was away in South Africa. Beavan, who is in custody, is reported to be in a very dejected state. The Central Welsh Board's gold medal, which is awarded to the student who obtains the highest number of marks for the honours certificate, has this year been won by Percy J. Leonard, head prefect of Newport Intermediate Schools. Mr. Leonard is the son of Mr. W. F. Leonard, Alexandra Road, Newport. The successful student proposes to enter St. John's College, Cambridge. This is the first occasion the Newport school have won the medal. MONTGOMERY. The first emergency school in Montgomeryshire was opened at nine o'clock yesterday morning, the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist schoolroom, one and a half miles on the Carno side of Pontdolgoch, being used for the purpose. Sixty-one children attended the school, more than fifty being drawn from Llanwnog Church School, nearly three miles away. Mr. Benjamin Owen Jones, formerly of Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire, is the first Mayor of the South African city of Boksburg. During his year of office he has entertained Lord and Lady Selborne (High Commissioner of South Africa and his wife). Boksburg is a flourishing town in the Transvaal, and its inhabitants have recently erected a free library, a public hospital, and a new post-office. PEMBROKE. At the request of Countess Cawdor, the president of the Pembrokeshire Branch of the Welsh In- dustries, Mrs. Owen Phillips, of Amroth Castle, has consented to become the hon. county secretary for Pembrokeshire. RADNOR. A town's meeting was held at Llandrindod Wells on Friday evening to consider the proposed pur- chase of the beautiful Pump House Common, 30 acres in extent, including the lake, for £ 25,000, the Council to have the right of selling the fringe for building sites, and the remainder to be kept as an open space. The chairman of the Council, Mr. J. Lewis, presided, and said that if they wanted to make Llandrindod Wells the finest health resort in Wales the ratepayers must rise to the occasion and purchase the common. The proposal to purchase was unanimously carried.