Home News. CARDIGAN A number of Welsh students have been sitting for the entrance scholarships at Cambridge, and on Saturday Mr. W. R. Kingham, of Aberystwyth, gained an exhibition for history at Trinity College. Polling to fill a casual vacancy on the Aberystwyth Town Council took place on Saturday. Four candidates had been nominated, two of whom with- drew. The result was declared as follows :-Mr. J. Barclay Jenkins, 427 Mr. William Green (Foundry), 155. Mr. Jenkins is a Liberal. Mr. Green did not actively contest the seat, but his withdrawal paper was not handed in in time to pre- vent a contested election. Students of the University College, Aberystwyth, have recently obtained noteworthy successes in appointments to posts giving scope for scientific research. Mr. R. J. Thompson, B.Sc., Ph.D., "1851 Exhibition" scholar, has been selected as one of the economic chemists for synthetic products to the West African expedition, now being- organised by the Institute for Commercial Research in the Tropics. Mr. A. E. Hefford has been appointed assistant naturalist at the Government Fisheries Laboratory at Lowestoft, more especially in connection with the work of the steamship Huxley." CARNARVON. The members of the North Wales branch of the British Medical Association are taking steps to perpetuate the memory of the late Dr. W. Jones- Morris, who was for many years the hon. secretary of the branch, and one of its most prominent members. A cap and overcoat found on the steep and narrow path leading through the Silien Woods, Bangor, to the shores of the Menai Straits, on Saturday evening, were on Sunday identified as belonging to Mr. A. C. Downs, a Bangor accountant and income tax collector, who has been missing from his home for a week. Mr. Downs was a member of the Bangor City Council and the Board of Guardians, and secretary of the Bangor Liberal Association. The Committee appointed by the Carnarvon County Council to inquire into the question of the unemployed in the county met on Saturday, under the presidency of the chairman (Mr. Ellis W. Davies). Returns had been received showing that in eight districts the number of unemployed regis- tered was 655, but there were several districts from which no figures had been received. It was resolved to confer with the chairman of the Surveyor's Com- mittee upon the question of putting in hand work of a necessary though not absolutely essential character, and to appeal for subscriptions. A number of employers wrote notifying their willing- ness to give preference to residents of the county when engaging workmen. A very interesting sale of Welsh and English books has just taken place at Bangor. The books formed a portion of the library of Mr. Owen Wynne Jones, of London, and had been removed to Bangor for convenience of sale. Among the books sold and the prices given were the following :—Dr. John David Rhys's Cambrobrytannical Cymraecacla, 1592," £ 3 155. Rees's Lives of the Cambro-Briton Saints," £ 2 5s. Grammar of the Ancient British Language," by Dr. John Davies, of Mallwyd, with an englyn in the autograph of Grono Owain, £ 2 2s. 6d. Wood's Rivers of Wales," £ 2 Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of Britain, 1508," £3; "Cambria Triumphant," 61 12s. 6d. Hum- phrey Lloyd's works, Zi 6s. "The Cambro- Briton," £ 1 8s. Parry's Royal Visits and Pro- gresses to Wales," £ 1 8s. The Historie of Cambria," by Caradoc of Llancarvan, ^1 ics. Rowland's Mona AntiquaV £ 1 us.; Catherall's "History of Wales," £1 is. The principal buyers were the Rev. T. Shankland, Bangor Mr. Crowe, Wrexham Mr. Goronwy Williams, Ruthin Mr. Hughes, Coedana, Anglesey Mr. L. D. Jones, Llew Tegid, Bangor and Mr. Cadwaladr Davies, Menai Bridge.
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Football Chat. fBy PEL DROED.] Last Saturday's Matches.—London Welsh were the only Welsh rugger team who had a fixture on Saturday, viz., against the United Services, all the other clubs abandoning theirs in order to witness the great contest between New Zealand and Wales. Although the London Welsh were minus J. F. Williams and Harding (who were at Cardiff), as well as Maddocks, they won by 22 points to nil never- theless. The London Press critics unite in stating that the London Welshmen were easily the best side, being superior to the United Services in all departments of the game. In the first half tries were scored by Watts, Jenkins, and Rowlands, and in the second half Jenkins, Clay, and Rowlands scored. The fourth try was converted by Lewis and the sixth by Jenkins. London Welsh v. Cardiff.-To-day (Saturday) the London Welsh have the stiffest fixture on their card when they meet the Cardiff team on Cardiff Arms Park. Up-to-date Cardiff are in- vincible, but although the Blue and Blacks are likely to retain their record there is no doubt, however, that the London Welsh will give them a hard game. The Cardiff side will consist of seven forwards and eight backs. The Cardiffians are playing what is practically the side to oppose New Zealand on Boxing Day at the same ground. Gwyn Nicholls, however, who will play against New Zealand, will not turn out, against the London Welsh to-day. Wales v. New Zealand.-So much has been written-columns upon columns of it-about the big fight at Cardiff last Saturday that it is hardly necessary for me to recapitulate all the features of what is universally described as a remarkably keen and exciting tussle in this column. It is satisfactory to note that both the London Welshmen, Harding and J. F. Williams, acquitted themselves admirably. The Standard, which contained- one of the most sane and accurate reports of the match, stated: "J. F. Williams, of the London Welsh, was the best forward on the field," whilst the Daily Telegraph, which also contained a rational description of the encounter, stated "Harding, the veteran of many battles, played so well that one may be forgiven for marking him for special attention." The Captain of the "London Welsh" is a pretty shrewd observer, too, for I recollect him as having expressed the opinion after the New Zealanders made their first appearance in London that the Welsh team would defeat them. The victory of the Welsh side produced scenes of extraordinary enthusiasm, and this is perfectly excusable when it is re- membered that the New Zealanders had fairly swept the board and beaten Scotland, Ireland, and England, in addition to the cream of English rugger teams, prior to their defeat by Wales. It was most entertaining to read the vivid descriptions of the match in various British newspapers. I have perused a pretty good number of them, but I must admit that the following note which appeared in the Sunderland Daily Echo is the funniest I have read. Listen "Not only were the men from down under beaten at football, but also at the song and war dance business which preceded the match. The Maori song which the New Zealanders sang, was quite outdone by the Welshmen's ditty, for the latter was taken up by a greater part of the crowd, and for weird effects, nothing can beat the Welsh language." New Zealanders' Remaining Matches. — On Thursday, New Zealand met Glamorgan County at Swansea. On Saturday (to-day) they meet Newport at Uskside. It is probable that J. C. Jenkins (London Welsh) will be playing in the Newport forwards, as well as Partridge (Black- heath), formerly of Newport. On Boxing Day, Cardiff will be met, and do Saturday, December ■ 30th, Swansea.
GLAMORGAN. At a meeting of the promoters of the Swansea Blast Furnace Company held on Monday, under the presidency of Sir Griffith Thomas, a site on the Burrows was approved for the proposed new furnace. About £ 50,000 has so far been subscribed towards the undertaking. A magnificent hall and institute erected by the workmen on Messrs. Guest, Keen, and Nettlefold's colliery at Aber, and costing ^12,000, was opened on Monday by Mr. Arthur Keen, chairman of the company. The hall, which is described as the finest in South Wales, belongs entirely to the workmen, who have already contributed £5,000 by a deduction from their wages. At a meeting of the Merthyr Town Council held on Monday, under the presidency of the Mayor (Alderman Enoch Morrell), the following letter was read from Sir W. T. Lewis The Mardy, Aberdare, December 8th. Sir,—I am desirous of perpetuating the memory of the pioneers of the South Wales steam coal trade, Robert and Lucy Thomas, of Waunwyllt, by the erection in the parish of Merthyr Tydfil, where the trade originated in 1828, some object useful for the inhabitants, and if the Mayor and Corporation of Merthyr will provide a site immediately south of St. Tydfil's Churchyard I shall be glad to erect a suitable fountain thereon, and present it to my native town in the first year of its incorporation.- I have the honour to be, your most obedient servant, "W. THOMAS LEWIS." MONMOUTH. A verdict of Wilful murder" against the man Langmaid was returned at the inquest at Newport on the body of his wife, who was found with her head battered in. At Tytrist Colliery, Tredegar, two men were killed by an accident. A joint in a steam pipe in the shaft burst, and the chargeman, Samuel Brocking, and a fitter, Peter Watkins, were re- pairing it from a stage no yards from the bottom. The two men were overcome by the escaping steam, and falling to the bottom of the shaft were instantly killed. MONTGOMERY. Among the names mentioned as probable suc- cessors to the late Mr. Humphreys Owen several London Welshmen are mentioned. The selection will be made at an early date. At Monday's meeting of the Montgomeryshire Education Authority letters were read from the Board of Education announcing the payment of salaries and other claims on behalf of several non- provided schools. Complaints were also received that necessary repairs to Council schools were not being carried out. Mr. R. Lloyd moved that the letters be sent to the County Council with a recom- mendation that the repairs be done. Colonel Pryce Jones seconded, and it was agreed. A deputation from Montgomeryshire, consisting of Mr. Hugh Lewis (Newtown) and Mr. Richard Jones (Pendinas), who were accompanied by the President of the Board of Trade and Mr. Herbert Lewis, M.P., waited upon the Secretary of the Board of Education on Monday with reference to the educational deadlock which has arisen in that county. The interview was of the most satisfactory character, the deputation receiving an assurance that the grants earned by the schools are hence- forth to be paid without reduction to the County Council direct. This implies that the application of the Defaulting Authorities Act to Montgomery- shire will now cease, and the cause of the County Council's protest has thus been removed. It has, been ascertained that the grants which have already been paid to the County Council and grants which are accruing and will shortly be paid will be ample to pay the teachers' salaries at the end of this quarter without infringing upon the rates, and it is understood that it will be proposed by the leaders of the Progressive party on the County Council at the adjourned meeting on the 8th January that cheques be drawn for the teachers' salaries for the quarter ending 31st December, 1905. RADNOR. The revival spirit has by no means died away in Radnorshire. From several parts reports are to hand that the fire is burning even more brightly than last winter. Several churches have consider- able numbers of candidates awaiting admission to membership, and great activity prevails in several of the rural districts. For some months past farm- house prayer meetings have been held, these pilgrim meetings having often been occasions of stirring scenes. They are largely attended, and all the churches are co-operating.