WELSH WESLEYAN DISTRICT MEETING. (Continued from our last.) At the meeting on Thursday the great feature of the proceedings was the preaching services, which began at six o'clock in the morning, and were continued throughout the fiay. Excursion trains were run from various towns in North Wales, and the weather being fine, the town was thronged with visitors. Sermons were preached at Horeb, Tabernacle, Hirael, and St. Paul's chapels, the following taking part in the services :-The Revs. P. Jones, Carnarvon, J. Owen, Hanley, P. Williams, Llan- fyllin, J. Jones, Pwllheli, J. Bartley, Holyhead, R. Prit- chard, Rhyl, L..Tones, Chester, R. Williams, Dolgelley, R. Jones, Abergele, secretary of association, O. Hughes, Llansilin, J. H. Evans, J. Evans, Liverpool, J. Hughes, ituthin, 0. LI. Davies, Birkenhead, H. 0. Hughes, Bodorgan, R. Morgan, Towyn, D. A. Williams, J. Cad- van Davies, Llangollen, J. Roberts, Stockton, J. Jones, Pwllheli, T. J. Humphreys, Llanfair, J. Williams, Os- westry, It. Jones, Amlwch, J. Evans, Conway, M. Roberts, Bethesda, 0. Williams, Barmouth, D. P. Roberts, Ilhiwlas, E. Humphreys, Holywell, R. Jones, Denbigh, Ishmael Evans, Tregarth, H. Hughes, Wrexham, W. "Powell, Llanfyllin, and Messrs, T, LI. Roberts, Ruthin, W. Bridge, Liverpool, W. Williams, Aberfraw, J. Profit, Ruthin. and J. Thomas, Carnarvon, The Rev. E. EVANS brought up the report of the sub- committee appointed to investigate the appeal to divide the Llangollen circuit. The report suggested thai the I same committee should be authorized to meet the officers of the circuit in case there were any further reason to b<? adduced in favour of the appeal, otherwise the committee could not recommend that the appeal be granted. The meeting adopted the report and allowed full discretion to the Committee in connection Vvith the Chairman to carry out any changes that they may deem expedient under the circumstances. Mr. Lewis (Bangor), Mr. Jones (Llan- fyllin), and others, were requested to visit the district. Th Rev. R. Jones, Abergele, was re-elected district secretary. The "chapel affairs," bearing upon the grants to chapels, were discussed. Permission was given to Dolgelley to sell the minister's house and build a new one. Grants were made for new chapels at Streetissa, in Coedpoeth circuit; Nerquis, Mold circuit; Trawsfynydd, Festiniog circuit; and Llanfair-Caereinion; and for alterations at Llanarmon, in Llanrhaiadr, and Pennebo, Barmouth circuit. Votes of thanks were passed to the chairman, secretary, and other office-bearers, and to the Revs. J. Bedford and J. W. Greeves, the representatives of the general confer- ence, the latter being requested to furnish his sermon preached on Tuesday night for insertion in the connexional magazine. At the ministers' meeting the Revs. Richd. Hopwood, Caerwys, D. P. Roberts, Rhiwlas, and John Williams, Os- westry, four years' probationers, were examined. At the meeting on Friday, the Rev. O. Williams (Barmouth) was selected to deliver the lecture at next year's district meeting at Rhyl, and the Rev. J. Evans (Liverpool) for 1880. The bookroom committee sat during the day, and in the afternoon the stationing committee arranged the following stations, subject to confirmation by the general conference Denbigh David Jones, C, Rhyl: Evan Pugh. Ruthin John Davies, A. Corwen John Pierce. Llangollen D. A. Williams, J. Jones, F, stationed at Cefn. Coed Poeth Hugh Hughes. Richard Williams, stationed at Rhos. William O. Jones, stationed at Brymbo. Llanrwst: William Hughes Evans, S. P. Jones, stationed at Penmachno. Blaenau Festiniog: Joseph Owen. Abergele: Robert Jones, B, and T. P. Edwards, stationed at Llanddulas. Conway: John Evans, A, and D. P. -Robb, stationed at Llandudno. Liverpool (Shaw-street): John Jones, C, William Evans, A, and John P. Roberts. Liverpool (Chester-street): William Jones, Owen Lloyd Davies, stationed at Birkenhead, Evan Jones, stationed at Widnes. Holywell: Edward Humphries, Richard Hopwood, stationed at Caerwys. Llanasa Robert Lewis. Ba-nllt: William Thomas, Hug-h Jones, stationed at Chester. Mold: John Hughes, C, and Robert Hughes, stationed at Leeswood. Beaumaris Robert Jones, A, and Daniel Marriat. Amlwch: Robert Jones, C, and Edward Jones, C. Holyhead: Henry Hughes, Hugh Owen Hughes, stationed at Bodorgan. Carnarvon John Hugh Evans, John Hughes, B, stationed at Port Dinorwic, Peter Jones, C. Bangor: Owen Williams, Thomas Morris, Owen Morgan Jones, stationed at Llanfairfechan. Tregarth: Ishmael Evans, Moses Roberts (one wanted). Llanberis John Roberts, C. Pwllheli: Richard Lloyd Jones. Barmouth Griffith Jones, Robert Jones, D. Dolgelley: Evan Evans, Richard Morgan, stationed at Towyn. Llanfyllin: Philip Williams and Hugh Owen. Llan- rhaiadr: David Jones, B, and Owen Hughes, stationed at Llan- silin, John Williams, stationed at Oswestry. Llanfair Caerineon: T. J. Humphreys, and D. O. Jones, stationed at Meifod. Hanley: Lewis Owen. Stockton William Griffith. Birmingham: David Richards. London: John Evans, B. Manchester: Isaac Jones. In connection with the chapels committee, it was stated that Mr. Bates, of Kelsterton, Flintshire, had given a chapel site at Mynydd-y-coed, Fliut; and that Sir George Meyrick has granted a site for a chapel and minister's I house at Aberfenan, Anglesey.
ABERYSTWYTH. WELSH WESI/EYAN CHAPEL.—The contract for the new Welsh Wesleyan Chapel in Church-street, was let to Mr. Thomas Jones, Dolau, for £ 2,550 exclusive of the materials on the ground, &c. FISHING IN THE BAY.—There are now several fishing boats at Aberystwyth, and several times a week large quantities of fish are sent away to Liverpool and other places. It is a remarkable fact that notwithstanding the great amount of fish landed in Aberystwyth almost every day, the retail price is kept up to almost the old pitch. It is very wonderful that fish caught at Aberystwyth, can be sent to Liverpool and brought back to Aberystwyth again, and then be sold as cheaply as fish sold straight from the boats. The place to get cheap fish is Liverpool or Birmingham. There is something very rotten in this system. TOWN COUNCIL, TUESDAY, JUNE 4.—Present: Mr. David Roberts, Mayor, presiding, Aldermen Thomas Jones, John Watkins and Philip Williams Councillors George Green, Peter Jones, John Jenkins, Edward Humphreys, John Jones, Bridge-end, and Thomas Griffiths; Mr. W. H. Thomas, town clerk, Mr. David Lloyd, Mr. J. J. Atwood, Corporation solicitor, Mr. Rees Jones, town surveyor, Mr. David Jones, borough accountant. INTEREST. On the motion of Alderman WILLIAMS, seconded by Alderman JOHN WATKINS, it was agreed to pay half- year's interest on;21,000, and also on £ 2,000, duti on the 1st and 4th June. TERRACE ROAD. A woman asked, on behalf of Rees Owen, to be allowed to place a shelf in Terrace-road for the exposure of goods, and also sockets in the footpath for the erection of window blinds. The applications were refused. The Council were, however, willing to allow sockets to be made if the shelf were removed, but the applicant refused to comply. The woman afterwards said she was willing to remove the shelf. nATES. On the motion of Mr. GREEN, seconded by Mr. HUM- PHREYS, it was agreed to accept £ 3 instead of US 10s., ar- rears of rates due by Mr. John Evans, late of the Ship and Castle. SHIPBUILDERS' ROW. The SURVEYOR reported that the boarding which pro- tected the roadway near Mr. Evans's shipbuilding yard had been removed. The question was referred to the Town Clerk to write to the persons who are or were interested in the yard. CORPORATION RENTS. Mr. PETER JONES said there was a resolution passed two or three years ago giving instruction to the Town Treasurer with reference the shipbuilding yard and other pieces of land, and he should like to have a report from the Treasurer at the next meeting. THE OPEN SEWER. The SURVEYOR said he had made an estimate of walling in and covering over the open sewer near the Gas Works. He thought no better plan could be devised than that to run the sewer down straight from Smithfield-road to the sluice valves. The estimate was £ 180. Mr. JONES, Bridge-end, said the Council would gain the value of the interest in ground. Alderman WILLIAMS ridiculed the idea of grazing stones, but Mr. JONES said the stones would be covered over with soil. The Tows CLERK, when ways and means were discussed, thought the Council could borrow money on the Flats it was such a valuable estate. Money could be borrowed on that land, as it was exceptionable property. It was not municipal land. The expenses would be nominal. The Town Clerk's suggestion was approvingly received and on the motion of Air. JONES, Bridge-end, seconded by Alderman WILLIAMS, the subject was referred to the Public Works Committee to examine the site and pre- pare a complete plan. THE MELINDWR SCHEME. Mr. LLOYD read the following letter relative to the pro- posed water supply :— 22, Whitehall-place, London, 29th May, 1873. Dear Sir.—I thank you for your note, and gather from it that your Council would prefer having recourse to the Public Works Loan Commission for the money they require rather than to any independent source, the rate of interest being less in the former than in the latter case. I have heard from good authority the purport of Nlr. Arnold Taylor's report. It is to the effeel that the scheme laid before hilu being limited to Xo. 1 Spring in the Melindwr Valley was not oil a sufficiently large scale to provide for futurity, and therefore was not one upon which public money could be expended and the rates of Aber- ystwyth charged. The gaugings of the springs should be con- tinued throughout the present summer as a matter of the great- est importance, and they should be extended to the upper spring in the Melindwr Valley, which may be made tributary. 1 pre- sume the Council will not deviate from their intention to use the water of the Melindwr Valley, and if I am right in this pre- sumption I should certainly suggest that we should be put into action as early as possible to perfect the scheme, rather than wait till a later period, so that when November comes we may be in possessiun,of every detail. It will cost your Council no more to let us start in good time, and I think our investiga- tion should not be limited to the Melindwr Valley, but should be so extended as to enable us to say that there is no other source of superior quantity and quality. I say this because Mr. Arnold Taylor, whenever the subject is re-investigated, will require proof, after what has occurred, that the Melindwr Valley is in every respect the best source of supply.—Yours faithfully, J. BAILEY DENTON. W. H. Thomas, Esq., Town Clerk. The MAYOR—That is anticipating Mr. Arnold Taylor's official reply. That is what it will be. Mr. J oNEs-Yes, that is what it will be. Mr. IsAAC :MORGAN-Have you not heard anything from Mr. Taylor himself ? The TOWN CLERK—You won't hear from him. He will report to his Board, and you will hear from them. Alderman WILLIAMS—I should think it is premature to gauge until we hear from the regular source. The Tows CLERK—As to the gauging that will be a matter between you and the engineers. Alderman WILLIAMS—I don't see what is the use of going to the expense without knowing what is due already to Mr. Bailey Denton. Mr. ISAAC MORGAN—I don't think it would be wrong to write to Mr. Arnold Taylor about his report. Heis very long about giving us a reply. The TOWN CLElK-It would not be right to write to an officer of the Local Government Board. He would only snub you. Mr. ISAAC MOnGAN-it would not be wrong to write to him. The TOWN CLERK—Nor correct. Air. JOSES-WE communicated with the Local Govern- ment Board to bring down Mr. Taylor, and we ought to write to the Board to know the result. Could we not, as Mr. Morgan suggests, write to the Board for a reply. Alderman WATKINS—Mr. Taylor is fully aware that we are amply supplied with water. He is a Flat's man. Mr. ISAAC NIORGAN-1 think it better that we should hear from Mr. Taylor before we go to any further ex- pense. Mr. GREEN—Jt ii Oi1 of the greatest mysteries— Mr. JONES—It strikes me- Alderman WILLIAMS—Let Mr. Green speak. Mr, JONES—I am on my legs. If Mr. Green wants to speak let him rise. It strikes me that the best course to pursue is to employ our Surveyor. I don't mind promis- ing that I will take him up once a fortnight for nothmg. Let him put up the boards, which will not cost more than 10s., at which no one can grumble. Perhaps .some of you will take him up on other occasions. Alderman WILLIAMS—What use would it be after- wards ? Mr. THOS. GRII-FITH.,i -Last year we heard the same re- marks about going up for nothing, but in the course of time bills came in freely and there were pretty good items. I went up there once and had to pay my own fare, 3s. Gd.; but, however, there was a great deal of carriage up to Melindwr and carriage expense, and no doubt if we go on gauging this summer it will be the same. I find by this letter that the first spring is too low, or something to that effect, but still in the letter it recommends the gauging of the lower spring. I don't understand it. Mr. PETER JOES-It says that the lower spring is in- sufficient in itself. Mr. GItEE-N-It is a simple absurdity to talk of bringing down the other springs to the level of the lower spring without loss of elevation, as Mr. Gower admitted. It is one of the greatest mysteries I know of how we persist in the matter, as there is abundance of water in the town, as good water as can be had. Mr. ISAAC MORGAN—The question before the meeting is whether we shall have the water gauged or not. Mr. PETER Jmms-I beg to second Mr. John Jones's proposal that the Surveyor be requested to gauge the springs, as there could be very little or no expense con- nected with it, and it may be a matter of the greatest im- portance to us hereafter. The TOWN CLERK—Everything is done in London in a regular manner, and the only question is whether the Sur- veyor's gauging will do. Mr. GREEN-They would not be satisfied with it. Mr. PETER JOSEs-No doubt if you are satisfied with it, Messrs. Bailey Denton and the Local Government Board will be satisfied. Mr. GREEN—I propose as an amendment that this matter stand over for a month or two longer until the season is such that we can have an idea as to the permanency of the springs in dry weather. Gauging the springs at this time of the year is like throwing so much money away. We know that it will be the same again as it was last year during similar weather. Mr. PETER JONES—What I mean is, let the Surveyor test the springs and then you can compare the gaugings and see whether the springs vary or not. In order to ar- rive at an accurate result you must gauge in all sorts of weather. There will be no expense whatever, as our Sur- veyor is in our employ. Mr. ISAAC MORGAX-It would be only a few shillings to go up by the Post. o Alderman WILLIAMS-I beg to second Mr. Green's pro- posal. Mr. JOHN JONES-Oi-ice a fortnight would be quite suffi- cient to take gaugings. Mr. PETER J ONES- It is only a few shillings considera- tion in taking of the water supply of a town. Alderman WILLIANts-I don t see what good It is. It is ridiculous to go on. The MAYOR—The object is to see if the springs are per- manent. Alderman WATKINS—I don't see much harm in it myself. The MAYOR then put the amendment to the meeting, and also the motion, and four voted for each. The Mayor afterwards put the amendment in this form All those in favour of delayinggallging until the dry weather comes; and Aldermen Watkins and Williams, Councillors Morgan, Green, and Griffiths voted for it. Six voted for the motion, and it was agreed to. The Clerk was directed to acquaint Mr. Bailey Denton with the result. Mr. JOHN JONF-We have not been so stingy with the Flats, and I don't see why we should be stingy in this matter. Mr. GREEN (warmly)—What do you mean by being stingy? I must contradict Mr. Jones's remarks. He is making incorrect statements respecting the Flats. The engine, &c., at the Fiats cost £ 353. Out of that £ 45 was spent for nothing in driving that tunnel on the proposition of Mr. John James and Mr. John Jones. That brings the whole expense down to C3lO, a good deal of which could be again obtained by selling the engine and engine-house. So that the whole cost of supplying the town better than it has ever been supplied before is about £200. ALr. JOHN JOES-You leave out everything from the accountant's books. Mr. GREEN—It is from the books. Mr. JOHN JoxEs-That is simply for the engine. Mr. PETER JONF.S—It doesn't include the pipes. Mr. GREEN—Of course it doesn't include the pipes, because they can be used in another scheme. The MAYOR—It is no good to continue the discussion. There is no doubt we shall have a very good supply of good water this summer. Mr. GREEN —There is no doubt about it. A great deal better than some people wish. (Laughter.) That is a fact, if I know what a fact is at all. Mr. PETER JONrS-It is a wine merchant's fact, I ex- pect. (Laughter.) Alderman WATKINS-It is all very well for you to chaff, but it will allfbe reported in the papers. You had better drop it. Mr. JOHN JONES—I am not afraid of the papers. (Laughter.) MORE TINKERING AT THE FLATS. The MAYOR said as there was a little lull lie would tell the Council what th3 Public Works Committee had de- cided with reference to the water supply for the present season. The Committee had met at Simon's Well, and had come to the conclusion to make two cuttings to add to the supply of water, but they could not proceed with the work without the consent of the owner of the land, Mr. Edwards, of Rhiwlas. He and others had accord- ingly waited upon Mr. Edwards, who said he only wanted a. nominal rent and the tenant's damage made good. Mr. A. J. Hughes, who acted for Mr. Edwards, attended the Council, and said his ciient was willing to accommodate the Council, but an agreement had better be prepared before the works were commenced. Even- tually Mr. Hughes promised the Council an official reply. TOWN MANURE. Mr. ATWOOD having stated that the deposit of manure on the Flats created a nuisance, the town Surveyor was instructed to have it unloaded in future at a further point from the railwav and footpaths. THE OWMGLAIS RESERVOIR. Mr. ATWOOD informed the Council that fr. Szliln-lpel- had told him that the time for the appointment of an um- pire in the arbitration between the Corporation and Messrs. Richardes and Isaac Morgan would expire on the following Thursday, and had also called on him to proceed with the anpointment. A short conversation followed, and in the end v. Atwood was requested to take his directions from the Mayor and Alderman Jones, who proposed to wait upon Mr. Frederick Roberts, solicitor, in the afternoon. THE WATER MAINS. The TOWN CLERK having stated that the water pipes would arrive in the town in a short time, it would be well to know what was to be done with them. At the end of a conversation it WHS decided to stack the pipes, and not proceed with the work of re-laying until the end of August. BOARD OF GUARDIANS, MONDAY, MAY 3rd.— Present Mr. Morris Davies, in the chair Mr. F. T. Bircham, Local Government Board Inspector, Mr. Abraham James, vice-chairman, the Rev. W. Davies, Messrs. Edward Hamer, Edward Lloyd, John Paull, John Jenkins, John Jones, Tre'rddol, David Jones, David Rees, W. Jones, John Edwards, and J. J. Atwood; Hugle Hughes, clerk, David Jones, assistant- clerk Morris Jones and J. E. Hughes, medical officers. St,itistics.-Out-relief administered during the past fort- night :-Aberystwyth district, per Mr. T. G. Thomas, 1:47 lls. to 209 paupers Llanfihangel Geneu'r Glyn dis- trict, per Mr. John Jones, £ 65 3s. (5d. to 271 paupers liar district, per Mr. Joseph Morgan, £ 51 7s. 9d. to 209 paupers. Number in the house, 76; last year, 65. Vagrants relieved, 52; last year, 12. Balance in the bank, £ G83 19s. 3d. A Complaint.—The Cbrk read the following letter which had been received, enclosed in a communication, from the Local Government Board: Pantyronen, May 13th, 1878.Gentlemen,-I have to inform you that I have been ill and weak since the 22nd July, 1876, and not able to do anything towards getting a living for me and my family. I have a wife and two children, aged four years and three months, the other aged two years and seven months, and my wife very near to her confine- ment again. I used to receive 8s. a week from the Board, and now the Guardians have reduced it to 5s. a week. I have to pay i:3 a year rent and taxes for my house, the 8s.. that I used to receive was too little for us to live on. I can never live on 5s. a week; it is too little to buy bread for myself and family. The doctor has ordered me to have some nourishing food with a little medicine, but I cannot get it. My wife and children are barefooted. They have no shoes on their feet, and the children are very near without clothing. Will you please to be so kind as to look through this matter as I am very much in want, and cannot get any nourishment to strengthen me. I am, &c., JOHN Hop- KINS, Pantyronen, Llauafan, Crosswood."—•" Wauu Shop, Llanafau.—Dear Gentlemen,—I am an assistant-overseer since 1872, in Llanafan parish, and I know John Hopkins very well, and know that he is not able to work since July, 1870. I am a ratepayer for three different places, and I consider that 8s. per week is very low for him to keep his family. I expect that the Guardians of this parish got something against John Hopkins. His wife is not in very good health neither, and have not got nothing to put on her feet; her nor her children.—I am, &c., THOMAS EDWARDS."—The Local Government Board acknowledged the letter, and said that it rested with the Guardians of the Aberystwyth Union to decide as to the amount of relief they will grant in any individual case. The Board could not interfere with the discretion of the Guardians in this respect, nor could they interfere for the purpose of ordering relief, being especially prohibited from so doing. —The Board took the subject into consideration after consulting the relieving officer. The Board did not make any alteration. The Allcped ies. -The Chairman (Mr. Morris Davies) said the Guardians me on the House Committee on the Saturday following the last Board meeting. The committee was divided into two sub-committees, that to superintend the buildings, &c., consisting of Messrs. H. C. Fryer, John Jenkins, John James, Edward Lloyd, and Morris Davies and the sub-committee to consider the question of the deficiencies, consisting of Messrs. Abraham o auied, E. Hamer, John Jenkins, Isaac Williams, and Morris Davies. The committee discussed the matter of the deficiencies, and after several meetings a letter was handed in from the Master saying that he would pay the money at once. After referring to what the committee had done with the pigs and bacon at the Workhouse, the Chairman said, in order to make the burden as light as possible for the Master, they had sent to the leading grocers in the town a list of the deficiencies in pounds, and asked them to send a separate tender. Messrs. D. P. and W. Richards's tender was the lowest (P-116 12s.), the next was Mr. T. Griffiths ( £ 119), the next Mr. Richard Morgan, and the others were considerably higher. After some conversation it was agreed to accept the tender sent in by D. P. and W. Richards. The committee considered the amount which the Master had to pay was very high, and they did not see their way to accepting a higher tender. They accepted the cheapest. They also deter- mined to see that the goods sent in were according to sample. The Master would pay the E116 12s. into the bank. The committee thought it advisable to divide the quantities of provisions into three parts to have all the small things and one-third of the large ones at once, secondly, one third of the big things when required, and so with regard to the remaining one-third. It had also been decided that manuscript orders should be given to the grocers, the orders being given a day or two before the House Committee met.—In answer to Mr. Jones, Tre'rddol, it was stated that according to the tender the soap was 22s. per cwt., and the Guardians had been paying 42s. Mr. Jones added that the Board had previously paid 42s. and that it was recommended by a prominent member of the Board.—The Clerk believed the soap had been tendered for at cost price.—Mr. Hamer added that the committee had put that question to a prominent member of the Board," and his answer was that the price of soap had been reduced.-Mr. Jones re- marked that he did not believe it.—The Chairman said the ratepayers had had to pay at the rate of P,147 for what they were now charged £ 116 that was a difference of £ 31.—Mr. Jones said he would take the trouble to find out if the soap was cheaper now than formerly.— Mr. Bircham said, irrespective of what had taken place in the past and of what the Local Government Board would have to say, he should like to know what the Guar- dians intended to do in the future with regard to the periodical and systematic taking of stock and the check- ing of the requisition and order book. He found that the work of checking was neglected at a great many workhouses. He must remind the Guardians that al- though they were Guardians voluntarily they assumed duties which they were bound to carry out, and one of the most important duties was that undertaken by the House Committee. At the end of every thirteen weeks the figures ought to be checked by the Committee. That kind of thing could not be allowed to occur again. The Committee should also remember that the auditor did not take stock. In the future he hoped that nothing would be ordered except through invoice properly ordered and entered in the requisition book, and that the Master should weigh everything and report that he had done so to the Visiting Committee. He had had to call attention to that neglect several times, and now there was a panic he sup- posed it would be attended to. With regard to the items of clothing and necessaries, there were similar books, and they were as important as the provision book. If the Visiting Committee accepted the office the members should see that they performed the duties of the office.-The Chairman, on behalf of the House Committee, said that since the panic not only did the Committee go over the book but had signed the orders. In fact they had rather exceeded their duty. Scales and weights had been pur- chased, and they would see that things sent in to the workhouse were supplied according to tender.—Mr. Bir- cham added that the Master should weigh out the meals to the paupers. He had excused himself by saying that he had been too liberal. That was no excuse at all. It was a downright piece of irregularity that he should give the inmates too much. There should be none of that. There was an ample dietary table, approved by the medical officer and by the medical officer of the Local Government Board as sufficient, and the Master should see that the meals were weighed out in accordance with that table.—The Chairman thought it would be done in future, because if it were not done, this dose" would have to be repeated.—The medical officer (Mr. Morris Jones) having stated that the Master had said there were deficiencies in the store when he succeeded the late Master, the Chairman asked why there was a uniform order for GOlbs. of beef each week, notwithstanding that the inmates varied.—After a short conversation the Chairman said that Mr. Bircham could leave that to the House Committee, who would see into it. The Inspector, Mr. Davies added, could trust the Committee and the Master in future, as I they intended to be very honest.—Mr. Hamer afterwards stated that a. slight mistake had been made in taking stock of starch, and there was a quantity of blacklead in stock, so that instead of £ 116 12s. the actual defi- ciency would be £ 114 5s. 3d., which would be immediately paid. Alterations.—-In answer to Mr. Bircham, who said fur- ther delay could not be tolerated, the Chairman replied that in a fortnight or three weeks all the alterations at the Workhouse would be in progress. Signature of Bills.-Ir. Jones, Tre'rddol, asked who signed the bills sent in by the contractors prior to the 23th March. Mr. Fryer had promised him that the bills should not be signed without being taxed.—The Clerk's Clerk replied that Mr. Morris Davies and Mr. John James had signed them.—Mr. Morris Davies replied that he had not. —Mr. Jones gave notice thatat the next meeting he should require the production of the bills, but the notice was afterwards withdrawn, the Clerk having stated that Mr. Fryer had signed the bills after knocking off 14s., because he (the Clerk) could not make up the accounts without the bills. Intoxicating Drinks.—Mr. Abraham James asked Mr. Bircham if he could give the Board any information re- spectitig the use of intoxicating drinks at other Work- houses.—Mr. Bircham asked for the medical officer's book, and it was produced.—Mr. Morris Jones explained that a pint a day had been ordered by the House Committee to an attendant and it had been entered in his book as if ordered by him, but he had refused to so enter it after what had been said at the last meeting.—Mr. Bircham ex- amined the book and observed that nearly all the inmates on it got tobacco.—The Medical Officer explained that the men were imbeciles. Mr. Bircham continued to observe that the book showed that then was no intoxicating drink used medicinally, and so long as there was no abuse it was doubtful whether it was desirable to lay down a hard and fast rule in the matter.—Mr. Abraham James thought the medical officer could prescribe a substitute for intoxicating dtiilks, such as coffee or beef tea. The Aberystwyth Guardian.—In answer to the Clerk, Mr. Bircham said he knew nothing of the Aberystwyth election tie, as the subject had not been referred to him. Other Aberystwyth News on another Page
LLANBADARN FAWR. THE SCHOOL BOA-HO CASE.—In the High Court of Justice on Friday, May 31, Common Pleas Division, Justices Grove and Lindley, sitting in Banco, heard the cases of Mary Griffiths v. Llanbadarn Fawr School Board, and Llanbadarn Fawr School Board v. Thomas Griffiths. Mr. Atherley Jones said those were cross actions, and were tried together in the Aberystwyth County Court on the 16th May. The object of the first action was to re- cover damages from the School Board for having inter- fered with the right of way of the plaintiff to a well, and in the second action the Board sued Thomas Griffiths for having over- thrown a wall which they alleged belonged to them. Judgment was entered for the Board in both cases, on the ground that a public right of way to the well was shown to exist, and, therefore, no action would lie on the part of Mary Griffiths for the disturbance of her occupation right of way. He (the learned counsel) moved for a rule to set aside this judgment, and to enter it the other way, con- tending that the decision in the Court below was erroneous in point of law.-After some argument, their lordships granted a rule nisi in the terms of the motion. SCHOOL BOARD, FRIDAY, MAY 31st.—Present: Mr. J. G. W. Bonsali, chairman Mr. John James, the Rev. John Pugh, the Rev. D. G. Edwards, Mr. J. J. Atwood, Mr. John Rees, Mr. Richard Roberts, and Mr. David Jones, clerk. School Fees.-A list of persons in arrears of school fees was very carefully gone through. In deserving cases the fees were remitted, but in undeserving cases the Clerk was ordered to take proceedings in the County Court for the recovery of the amounts owing. The recent County Court Case. -Several bills were ordered to be paid, and among them one for making good the damage done to the school premises, which formed the subject of an action at the last County Count. The costs of this case it was stated would amount to about £ 50, and it was felt that as any deficiency would fall upon the rate- payers, it would only be right to obtain from the defen- dants costs on the higher scale, and not to give weight to the recommendation of the judge to forego any costs. Certificates.—An announcement was made that children who attend school for the tirst time are required to take a certificate of age, which can be obtained for sixpence from the registrar. If children do not obtain this certificate the Government grant will be lost for them, and therefore this new regulation is a very important one. Prizes for the Cliil(li-c)i.A letter was read suggesting that prizes should he given to encourage the children. Mr. Atwood said he should very much like to see prizes given, and he did not see why the money should not be taken from the school funds.—Mr. James agreed with Mr. Atwood, and said that prizes would improve the average att fiance, and would, in short, pay for itself; besides it wa. a good thing to give he children encouragement.— The Chairman thought that a little money spent so as to encourage the children to attend regularly, would have a good effect. A sum of £5 could be drawn, and that money might be spread over a long time. They would see what was required.—It was then decided to apportion 4;5 for prizes, and that the school committeee should make a selection of books. The Fstiiizate.-The Clerk had prepared an estimate for the amount required for the ensuing year, namely, £ 251. The Clerk explained that this is a much larger sum than would be required again, as there were several large exceptional amounts which would not have to be paid again. The estimate was received.
TREGARON. DEATH OF AN OLD INHABITANT.—A correspondent writes :-A few days ago an old lady, named Mary Owen, died at Glanyrafon, near Tregaron, aged 98. Her name had been in the books of the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel at Tregaron as a member for 76 years. She was born within two miles of Tregaron, and lived within the same distance all her life-time, and only changed her residence two or three times. She was a woman of very strong mind and body. She married early in life, and her husband died many years ago. It is related of her that soon after marriage a quarrel arose between her husband and a neighbouring farmer and the method of settling dispute in those days was to fight it out by personal combat, at a certain fair day in a public place. No one thought then of consulting solicitors, and the style of fighting was with long ash sticks with clubs at the ends, and the person who could stand the greatest number of blows on his head was considered the best fighter, and as a rule carried the day. A battle was agreed upon between these parties; and it was Ogreed to meet at Tregaron, and that no quarter should be given. Thomas Owen and his wife started early for Tregaron the day of the fight, and went to a friend's house. This friend spoke to Mary Owen, and advised her to persuade her husband not to fight, as he was afraid he should be defeated but Mary Owen said that Tom, her husband, must fight till he had shed the last drop of his blood, and when the time was up they went out to look for his opponent. After waiting for some time he did not appear, being afraid more of the wife than Thomas Owen. The old lady's living was very plain and abstemious. Mary Owen left a son after her, who is now about 70 years old. He lately walked all the way to Aberystwyth aud back in one day. He said he had no faith in railways, and they were expensive.
LLANFIHANGEL-AR-ARTH. PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th.-Before Colonel Lewes, J. P. V. Pryse, C. Lloyd, Ll. Ll. Lloyd, and C. E. Longcroft, Esqs. Assaulting a Constable.- P.C. John Jones (22) charged Thomas Jones, King's Head, Llandyssil, carpenter, with an assault, committed at Pencader, on the 15th April, when the officer was executing a bastardy warrant upon him. Fined 22, and 9s. Gd. costs.—The same defendant was fined 5s., and costs, and ordered to pay 2s. 6d. damage for smashing the constable's helmet, in default two months' imprisonment. Drunkenncss.P.C. Jones (22) charged John G. Jones, Swan, Llandyssil, blacksmith, with being drunk at Pen- cader on the 13th May.—Fined 5s., and costs. Highway Case.-The same complainant charged Thos. Jones, Llain, Llanllwni, shoemaker, with allowing his three cows and a calf to stray on the turnpike road.—Fined 2s., and costs. Assaults. -Benjamin Davies, Blaennant Gwyn, Llanfi- hangel-ar-arth. farmer's son, was fined 21, and costs, for committing an assault upon Mary Richards, Clynrhafod, same parish.—Benjamin Davies, defendant in the last case, charged Mary Richards, complainant in the last case, with an assault. Case dismissed; complainant to pay costs. Assault and Refusing to Quit-James Tomney, Wilkes' Head, Llandyssil, charged John Jones, Henhafod, Llandyfriog, pig-dealer, with an assault and refusing to quit his house when requested to do so.—Settled out of Court by consent of the magistrates. Cruelty to a Horse.—Inspector Everitt, Carmarthen, charged Rees Rees, farmer, Pencader, with cruelty to his mare by allowing her to be worked while in an unfit state at Pencader, on the 14th May, and John Jones, his ser- vant, for working the said mare while in that condition. —Rees was fined ti and costs, and Jones 5s. and costs. Dog Licences— Mr. Dicker, supervisor, Carmarthen, charged William Williams, Blaenbele Isaf, Llanfi- hangel-ar-arth, farmer, and John Williams, Panty- celyn, Llanybyther, farmer, with keeping dogs without licences. Fined 25s. each, including costs.—John Lewis, Blaengorlifach, Llanybyther, was fined 22 for keeping a dog without a licence. Charge of Wilful Damage.—Daniel Thomas, Rock, Llandyssil, carpenter, charged three children—Evan and Hannah Jones, and Hannah Jones, Well-street, Llan- dyssil, with breaking a cast-iron boiler, value 10s. at Llandyssil, on the 18th May.—Cases dismissed, complain- ant to pay costs. Drunk and P-iotolts.-P.C. Davies, 23, charged Evan Evan, Plasnewydd, Llanllwm, mason, with being drunk and riotous at Llanybyther, onlthe 6th May.—Defendant, being an old offender, was fined 92 and costs.
I:> LLANNON. LLANSANTFFRAID (U.D.) SCHOOL BOARD, FRIDAY, MAY 24.Present: Messrs. Isaac Evans (chairman), Alban Lloyd (vice-chairman), John Lewis, D. L. Jones, and Jenkin Jenkins (clerk). THE LLANNON SCHOOLS. At the request of the Board the CLERK read the correspond- ence between him and the Education Department with respect to the reorganization of these schools. From the Clerk's state- ment it appeared that previous to their transfer in June, 1875, these schools were known as the Llannon National and Llannon British Schools. In March, 187G, the former was inspected as the Lower Board School and the latter as the Higher Board School. The Inspector pronounced the organization to be very objectionable, and suggested two alternative schemes to the consideration of the Board, both of which the Board failed to adopt owing to the opposition raised by the trustees of the Lower School. Adverting to the report of the Inspector, the Education Department informed the Board that the present ar- rangemnt would be allowed to continue for another year only. At the end of the year the Board, failing to effect the desired change in the schools, directed their Clerk to write to the Edu- cation Department to be for a further truce, and in a letter dated February, 1877, their lordships acceded to the proposal to continue for another year the present organization of the schools. Last February the year's grace ended, and it behoved the Board to try another scheme. Nothing had become plainer than that the Lower School party, which is strong and. influential in the Llannon part of the district, would not consent to any change in their school. Moreover, the experience of the Board had con- vinced all concerned that there should be only one elementary school in the village. While agreeing to this, the Board and the residents of the district became divided on how to effect the change. The members now present had come to the resolution to buy the Higher School, and to add to it, to meet the infant* accommodation of the village, as being the most feasible and economical way of coming out of the'difficulty. This was ex- plained fully to the Education Department, and by them ap- proved on the 28th of February last. The Higher School was purchased for the sum of £300. Plans and specifications of the additions and alterations were submitted to and approved by the Education Department, and tenders were advertised for. It seemed as if the troubles of the Board were at an end. The present meeting had been convened to open the tenders sent in, but pre- vious to this being done, the following letters were read by the clerk, and the fresh opposition disclosed therein caused no small amount of indignation. Copy of Memorial. To his Grace the Duke of Richmond itiictuordoii, K.G., President of the Committee of Council on Education. The humble Petition of the undersigned landowners, house- holders, and ratepayers of the parish of Ll.iusantffraid in the county of Cardigan, SLielveth That we, the undersigned, your petitioners, are given to un- derstand that the members of the School Board for this district intend uniting the two schools now called the Llannon Upper School and Llannon Lower School into one school, and for that purpose are about to purchase the site where the Upper School now stands. That we beg to oppose this plan for the following reasons:- The site of the present Upper School, being under a hill and having a northern aspect, is without sun. The site is inconve- nient and damp, consequently unhealthy. The area is very con- tinell and insufficient. A deputation waited upon Mr. Williams, Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools, when inspecting the said schools, to pro- test against the site, and also to call his attention to the scheme of the school Board for purchasing the site. The Inspector agreed entirely with and acquiesced in our views and statements in the matter. We pray that as the School Board persist in their intention of building the school in the most inconveuienfc and unsuitable* position, that your honourable Committee will think fit to send down an Inspector to survey and report upon the premises at your earliest convenience, and will in the meanwhile stay the proceedings of the School Board. We further beg to convey to your honourable Committee that several convenient and desirable sices can be easily obtained. Signed, J. G. P. Hughes, J.P., D.L. for Cardiganshire, David Morgan, Churchwarden of Llansantifraid, William Herbert, Vicar of Llansantffraid, Evan Rowlands, Pant- ananilwg, John Morgan, Perthygwenin, Wm. Hughes, Morfa-mawr, Daniel Jones, Penlone, Mary Hughes,. Maesgwyn, Daniel Jones, membsr of the said School Board. Copy of Answer. Education Department, 17th May, 1878. To T. E. Lloyd, Esq., M.P., 51, Victoria-street, S.W. Sir,—Adverting to your letter addressed to tha Lord President of the Council on the 30th ult., I am now directed to inform you that the petition which you enclosed has been forwarded to her Majesty's Inspector for his observations, and been con- sidered by the Education Department. The Inspector makes the following report The site of tne Higher Board School is near to the foot of a declivity, but can hardly be said to be under a hill,' and cer- tainly it is not without sun,' and I am not aware that it is damp or unhealthy. It is sufficiently central, stands on elevated ground, and commands a view of the village and the sea. The objections to it are (1) that it is very limited for a school of the size required, and (2) that owing to the slope in the ground it will be somewhat troublesome and expen- sive to fence it properly by means of a wall. The Vicar, Mr. Hughes, and, I think, two others, called at the school OR the day of the inspection and represented to me that a new school in the middle of the village near the high road would be much better than enlarging the present school, and I admitted to them that I thought so too. I did not understand them to say that they came to protest against the proposal of the Board to purchase and enlarge the school, nor was I aware at the moment how far the Board had proceeded towards enlarging the school. Whilst I agree with the memorialists that a new school would be best, I am not prepared under the circumstances of the case to recommend the Education Department to withhold its sanc- tion to the proposal of the Board, who appear to be actuated by a desire to save expense to the district. A iienvseliool, it is said, would cost £1,6(,0, whereas the present buildings, built about 15 years ago, could be purchased and enlarged for about half that sum." Looking to all the circumstances of the case, their Lordships see no sufficient reason for directing an inspection to be made of the premises, or for refusing their sanction to the proceed- ings of the School Board. It appears that the Board have already purchased the site, and are in course of obtaining a loan to defray the cost of the purchase. I have to honour to be, &c., Signed P. CUMIN. These letters having been read, the members present ex- pressed themselves strongly as to the want of courtesy on the part of their opponents. It was felt that the Board had been slighted. The memorialists did not think it tit to represent their objections to the Board, but sought a private interview with the Inspector, and thence through their representative in Parliament to the president ef the Council. All this time the Board knew nothing of the movement. Had the Board been made cognizant of the movement, they would have taken steps to assert their rights as the representatives of the ratepayers,. and to justify the steps they had taken. They would adduce uncontrovertible facts and figures to show that by the plan they have adopted they have effected a saving of a clear £ 1,500 to the ratepayers, and this without sacrificing efficiency to economy. They would bring out facts to prove that the memorialists misrepresented the case. All the members felt that they had lost a good opportunity of defending their action, but they had the consolation of knowing that the authorities had partly recognized the merits of their scheme, and felt that they would consult their corporate dignity better by leaving well alone." The tenders were opened, which proved to be Messrs. Jones and Davies, Llannon, £ 410 Messrs. Jones, Morgans, and Davies, Bwlchyllau, £ 394; P. M. Jenkins, Llanddewi, £ 2n6 10s and John Isaac Jones, Llannon, £ 297. The tender of John Isaac Jones was unanimously chosen, and the Clerk was directed to prepare an agreement and other documents necessary for the immediate commencement of the buildings.
CRICKET. "¥'¥' UNIVERSITY COLLGE OF WALES C.C.—On Saturday, June 1, a scratch match was played between sides chosen respectively by the Captain and Secretary of the above club. Appended ia the score:- C4.PT.tfN'R sini; J. W. Smith, b Btodie 13 c H. E. Jones, b T Griffiths „ 6 J. O. Jones, b Brodie 1 not out. 2 J. L. Thomas, runout 20 b Brodie! 2 K. W. Rees, b Griffiths 3 b Brodie' j" 0 R. Williams (capt.), c and b Brodie.. 7 c H. E. Jones" b Griffiths 2 E. W. Parry, run out 0 b Griffiths 0 R. Parry, b Brodie 0 b Brodie 0 F. C. Roberts, b Brodie 2 b Griffiths I Elias, not out 0 b Griffiths 0 •Jones, run out 1 hit wkt ° q 11. Hughes, absent 0 absent 0 Extras. 6 Extras 4 53 90 SECRETARY'S SIDE. Prof. Angus, b R. Williams 0 not out.. 6 i £ J. Griffiths, b R. W. Rees 10 b R. w! Rees J. J. Evans, c E. W. Parry, b R. Williams 3 c and b R. Williams 7 J. Evans, b R. W. Rees 2 b II. W. Rees 4 W. S Jones, b R. Williams 13 not out 11 VV. W. Brodie, b R. W. Rees 1 H. E. Jones, b R. Williams C b R. Williams 0 L. Clouglier, b R. W. Rees 1 run out 3 T. F. Roberts, b R. Williams 2 g. L. Williams, not out 2 r. T. Morgan, run out 0 Extras 11 Extras. 9 51 50
COMING OF AGE OF Mr. E. W. WILLIAMS WVNN.- The rejoicings arranged for Monday, June 3rd, to cele- brate the coming-of-age of Mr. E. W. Williams Wynn, of Cefn, St. Asaph, have been postponed in consequence of the death of Lady Williams, widow of Sir Hugh Williams, of Bodelwyddan, and sister of Sir Watkin W. Wynn, which we announced last week. FUNERAL OF LADY WILLIAMS, BODELWYDDAN. The remains of Lady Williams, of Bodelwyddan (whose death we recorded last week) were taken from The Brow," Ruabon, on Saturday, to Rhuddlan station and thence to Bodelwyddan Church for interment in the family vault, by the side of her husband, the late Sir Hugh Williams. The attendance of relatives and friends was large, including Sir W. Grenville Williams, Bart., and the Messrs. and Misses Williams. Bodelwyddan, Sir Watkin and Lady Williams Wynn, the Earl of Powis, the Very Rev. G. Herbert, dean of Hereford, the Rev. Watkin H. Williams, Mrs. Williams Wynn, Cefn, and Mr. and Mrs. S. K. Mainwaring, Oteley. The dean of St. Asaph officiated, and at the grave the choristers sang Bishop Heber's hymn, "Thou art gone to the grave." The pro- ceedings were very plain and unostentatious, ten of the workmen acting as bearers. Lady Wynn and others placed beautiful wreaths on the coffin. The deceased lady was in her 60th year, and her loss will be greatly felt in the district. Lady Williams was the daughter of the late Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, fifth Baronet, of Wynnstay, and sister of the present Sir Watkin. She was born August 10, 1818, and married to the late Sir Hugh Wil- liams in 1843. Two of her ladyship's daughters are mar- ried, one to Mr. Edmund Peel, of Brynypys, and the other to Mr. S. K. Mainwaring, of Oteley Park, Ellesmere. Mr. and Mrs. Peel are at present in Switzerland. The lamented lady's death was very sudden. She took a car- riage drive in the afternoon, and was apparently in the en- joyment of excellent health. In the evening she was taken suddenly ill, and died of apoplexy before medical aid could be obtained. GOOD TEMPLARY IN NORTH WALES.—On Saturday, June 1st, the members of the English District Lodge for Mont- gomeryshire held its quarterly session in the Calvinistic Methodist Church, Montgomery. There was a good at- tendance of delegates from the various lodges in the county. The chair was taken by Bro. the Rev. D. Burford Hooke (Mold), the G.W.V.T. of Wales, who opened the district lodge in the usual form. Bro. W. Cooke (Newtown), the present D.D. for the county expressed a strong wish to be allowed to retire from his official duties, but yielded to the unanimously expressed wish of the district lodge to con- tinue in office for the present term. The district officers were then installed by the G.W.V.T. as follows :-D.D., Bro. W. Cooke; D. Conn., Bro. C. J. Newell, Newtown; D.V.T., Bro. Henry Driver, Welshpool; Dis. Sec., Bro. R. Powell, Welshpool Dis. Treas., Bro. T. Hughes, Welshpool; Dis. Chaplain, Bro. Rev. Rd. Jones, Llanid- loes P.D.D-, Bro. J. Smith, Montgomery D. Mars., Bro. J. B. Morgan, Welshpool; Dis. Guards, Bros. TroW and Butterworth, Newtown Dis. Asst. Sec., Bro. J. Pryce Jones, Welshpool; Dis. Dep. Mar., Sister E. Evans, Welshpool; right and left hand supporters, Sisters Cooke and Driver. It was resolved to devide the county into four districts, each to have two special deputies, who will co-operate in starting new lodges and strengthening weak ones. The choice of these deputies was left to the execul tive council, who recommended Bros. E Powell and G. P« Jones for the Welshpool district (which is to include Llan" santffraid and Meifod), Bros. J. Davies and T. Humphreys for the Llanidloes, Bros. T. P. Jones and R. H. Lloytl for the Newtown, and Bros. Rev. J. Davies and J. Smith to. the Montgomery sub-district. After tea, which waS provided in the National School, lent by the rector, the G.W.V.T. of Wales exemplified tho new unwritten work- It was agreed to hold the next district lodge in LlanidloeS during August and the members separated with a re- newed determination to do their utmost for the support of the order in Montgomeryshire.
NORTH CARDIGANS HIKE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. A meeting of the committee of the North Cardiganshire Agricultural Society was held on Monday afternoon, June 3, at the Town Hall, Aberystwyth, for the J purpose of fixing prizes, appointing judges, and, making all necessary arrangements for the ensu- in.r show and for the transaction of general i • \vr (j G. Williams, Wallog, occupied the chair and £ hew were present Mr H. S. Richardes Bryn- yreithyn, Mr. Morris Daviea Ffosrhydgaled, Captain Cogens Civm, Mr. Lewis Williams, Abermaide, Mr. K. Gardiner, Crosswood, Messrs. John Rowland, Brysgaga, Morgan Edwards, Bwlcheinion, Jenkin Jenkins, Blaen- plwyf J. R. Richards, Broginan, Thos. Morgan, Nant- rhyd. Edward Jones, Elgar, Richard Thomas, William Morgan, Rhydmeirionydd, and W. Morgan, clerk. The PRESIDENT said the committee had met in accord- ance with rule nine, for the purpose of fixing prizes, ap- pointing judges, and transacting general business. Mr Fryer and Mr. Pell, two of the secretaries, were not present, and it being a fair day, there were very few present. He had received a letter from Mr. Fryer, in which he said he believed the time had come when the society could very well merge classes A and B into one class, with more prizes than at present 1 he general opinion of the last meeting was against that, but lie tho., ht the opinion would be in favour of allowing both classes to compete together for the horse prize. As for the general arrangements, it would be a good thing to cut down expenses, and he thought, first of all, that one juJge for farms and root crops would be sufficient. In Merioneth the society made all who entered pay five per cent. on the prizes, by way of entry fee, which helped to pay the judge's expenses; secondly, that the society should have some fresh judges this year for pure-bred stock thirdly, that two stewards should be appointed to attend each set of judges; and fourthly, that cattle should be judged in rings. That was a point that judges had always urged, as it was better to judge the animals in rings than as usually placed. The suggestions as to judges, stewards, and rings for cattle, the president continued, were quite within rule seven, but he did not think the committee could go into such a sweep- ing measure as the alteration of classes except an a geneial meeting. His own opinion was that it was too late in the year even if the rule allowed it, to alter the classes, be- cause it would be unfair for those people who had purchased animals in April or prior to the 1st of May, in oruer to compete in certain classes, which it was suggested to strike out. If done at all the alteration should be made at the February meeting. The rule under which they were then assembled, he believed, precluded them from entertaining such a sweeping measure as the amalgamation or abolition of classes. They could alter the prize list, but not alter the classes, especially when it was taken for granted that they should remain unaltered after the February meeting. Mr. Fryer was not present, and there was not a large attendance, and therefore he thought for the good of the Society it would be better to adjourn the meeting a fort- night, so that agriculturists could consider what was best to be done. Then if anyone had suggestions to make as to the appointment of judges and the distribution of prizes it would be competent for such matters to be dis- cussed. Mr. GARDINER seconded the proposal for adjournment. Considerable alterations had been proposed, and he thought it would be for the good of the Society that they should be well considered by a large meeting. He hoped at the adjourned meeting many members of the Com- mittee would be present, and also of the general members. Mr. MORRIS DAVIE.S said he should strongly oppose any amalgamation of the classes when it came on for dis- cussion. The meeting was then adjourned to Monday fortnight, at three o'clock.
SINGULAR AND FATAL ACCIDENT TO A YOUNG MAN. On Monday evening, June 3, Mr. John Lloyd Roberts, son of Mr. Thomas Roberts", of Brynbrith Farm, Gwyddehvern, met his death in a very sudden and rather peculiar manner. It appears that between four and five o'clock on that day Mr. Roberts and two workmen went to RhÙ Park in pursuit of a number of young ponies that had strayed. Mounted on a spirited pony, the chase seems to have been carried on with considerable spirit for some tiliie. When within a short distance of the Park Lodge, at Clawddponcen, however, Mr. Roberts followed the animals with considerable speed among some trees, and in endeavouring to stoop beneath an outstretching branch lie missed his aim, the tree catching him on the scalp of the head, inflicting a most ghastly wound, from which he died almost instantaneously. His body was removed to the Lodge to await the inquest. Deceased, who was only twenty-four years of age, was a most affable and agreeable young man, and the greatest sympathy is felt towards his numerous relations in their unex- pected bereavement. THE INQUEST. An inquest was held at the Lodge of the Rug Park, on Tues- day before Mr. W. Williams, deputy coroner, and the following jury:-Mr. James Moltby, foreman, Messrs. William Davies, confectioner and flour dealer, Evan Davies, Harp Inn, J. May, Golden Lion. J. A. Jones, Owen Glvndwr Hotel, Lewis Williams, Royal Oak, R. Williams, plumber, William Humphreys, Queen, K;1 ward Davies. Insurance Agent, D. Jones, butcher, W. Has- tings, Eagles Inn, and Hugh Morris, stone mason. The only witness examined was Hugh Williams, a farm labourer at Brynbrith, who said I live at Berthddu, in the parish of Corwen, and am a farm labourer at Brynbrith, which is in the occupation of the deceased's father. I know the de- ceased since last April fair he lived with his father. I saw him yesterday on horseback. I came with him from Berthddu. We had been washing sheep belonging to deceased's father. He used to ride horses very often. The horse's name was "Jack." We went together to R'ug Park where the colts were. When we got into the Park the colts diverted from the walk. The de- ceased's horse got excited, and he followed the colts, and in endeavouring to get them back he came against a tree. I went up to him. I saw that he was badly hurt. On the head, behind, the skin was cut. I did not know that the bones were broken' Deceased asked me was the cut a deep one, and whether it was bleeding much. He also asked me to lift him ur. I did so. I tillll him I was going to send for a doctor, and asked him if he wished me to do so, and he said "yes." I was with him until lie died. He lived about twenty minutes after the accident happened. I think he was about twenty-four years of age. No medical evidence was given, and the Jury returned a verdict of Accidentally killed,"
THE CORWEN CHAIR EISTEDDFOD. Of late vears several very successful Eisteddfodau have been held at Corwen, and on Monday, June 3, an Eistedd- fod on rather a smaller scale was held, with the double object of encouraging the study of music and literature, and benefiting the funds of the Baptist Church at Cor- wen who are now enlarging their chapel. The Eistedd- fod was announced to be under the patronage of the Hon. C. H. Wynn, of Rug, Mr. S. Holland, M.P., Mr. W. Corbet Yale, Mr. T. Martin, Dr. Eyton Jones, Wrexham, and the presidents. Mr. J. R. Walker, and Mr. C. S. Milnwarin", of Llaethwryd; the artistes were Tany- inarian, Professor Davies, and Ceulanydd, and the pro- ceeding's were conducted by Tanyinariaft. The first meet- ing was announced to commence at 1.30 p.m., but at that time there were but a very few people in the field where the Eisteddfod is usually held. The weather in the morn- ing was fins, but about noon threatening clouds hovered above the valley with frequent and heavy showers, which no aoubt kept many people away, as there was no provi- sion made for shelter, the seats being arranged in rows on the ground, with neither tent nor awning overhead, except the stage provided for the president, &c. The showers having partially ceased, the president of the afternoon meeting, Mr. J. R. Walker, took the chair about two o'clock, and a beginning was made. The con- ductor called upon the President to deliver an address. Dr. Walker, who was warmly received on rising, expressed the pleasure it gave him to be present, and briefly referred to the benefits^which accrued from meetings of the kind they were holding. They afforded not only instruction to the young who competed, but were in country districts like theirs very efficient means of recreation for young and old. Friends at those Eisteddfodau met each other to enjoy the elevating influences of music and poetry, and these meet- ings, as well as the less pretentious penny readings and entertainments, which he had always felt it a duty and a pleasure to support,—(applause)—had a strong influence for good upon the young people. Having referred to the high eulogium passed upon Welsh choirs by Sir Julius Benedict at Wrexham, than whom there could not be a more able or impartial judge, Dr. Walker concluded by wishin" success to the Eisteddfod, hoping it would advance with the age in providing amusement as well as instruc- tion to the people. (Cheers.) Letters of apology for non-attendance were read from Mr. W. Corbet Yale, &c. The conductor, Tanymarian, had a most arduous task to perform, it being impossible to keep the audience together on account of the pouring rain, which lasted almost to the end of the meeting; as many as it could hold took shelter on the stage, and the others made what use they could of their umbrellas. The programme, a Ion0- one, was not followed, many of the items being left tilAhe evening meeting, and on some there was no com- petition. However, the audience were very good humoured, thanks to Tanyinarian's wit and humourous remarks. Addresses by the bards followed the chairman's speech. Ceulanydd read some englynion, and the Secretary read "0 englynion by Mervinian. Song by Ceulanydd, "Gwroniaid Gwlad y Gran," accompanied by Mrs. Dr. Ellis, Llangollen. (Applause.) Adjudication of Rev. J. Pierce and J. Prichard, on the essays on "Y Ddarllenfa" (the Reading Room), prise 15s; two competed, best, Mr. R. D. Rowlands (Anthropos), Bala. Song by Tanymarian, audience joining in chorus, The sword of Bunker Hill". (Applause.) No one competed in the solo Paid a gwawdio. Adjudication on the englyn "Bedd" Argraph, Jack Parry." Twelve englynion sent in, best, Mr. Edward Jones (Iorsverth G-nsshir), Llansantffraid. The englyn, whL;h was read amidst applause, was as follows :— Hen titwr hwn ftl, eiinvztith-yn feddwyn Anfuddiol digyfraitli; Hardd frodir ffordd hyfrydwaith, Droediolld ef y drydedd waith. No one competed on the poem on Bradychiad Gruffydd ap Cynan gan Meirion Goch." Two parties competed in singing a tune at first sight Mr. John Jones, Glyuceiriog. and party, and Mi. H. M. Hughes,. Glyn, and party best, Mr. H. M. Hughes and party. There was no competition in singing the duet Y gareg ateb," nor the choral'piece 1* Let the hills resound," for which a first prize of n, and a second of 8s. had been offered. w Tune, Glynceiriog Choir, Golwg o ben JNebo. Then came a choral competition for juveniles, prize 15s., second 5s., "Llef o Llanso,zitffrtid and Glyn Ceiriog Choirs competed. After singing the piece twice over, the judges decided to divide the prizes equally between the choirs. -»/* Song by Professor Davies, "Llewelyns Grave. (Ap- plause.) Mr. OWEN" LLOYD, draper, proposed a vote of THAJI^S „o Dr. Walker for Iii., kindness in presiding. (Cheers.) This was seconded by Mr. EVANS, Hampshire, and car- ried amidst anplause. Dr. WALKSH having acknowledged the vote, the meeting ended with the Welsh National Anthem. EVENING MEETING. The evening meeting commenced at 5.30 p.m. Mr. C. S. Main waring, of Llaethvryd, who was through indisposition, unable to be present, sent B2 towards the fund. Dr. Walker again kindly consented to preside. The rain had now stopped, and it continued fine during the remainder of the evening. The attendance was much better, and everything went on well. The President having delivered a short speech, Mr. Hugh M, Hughes sang Y Bardd a'l Delyn," and was encored. There was no competition for the prize of £ 1 10s. for an "Essay on the Russo-Turkish War." Mr. R. D. Rowlands (Anthropos), Bala, gained the prize for the best song on Mis Mai." Two parties competed in sinFiing the duet' Y mglymodd yr Hesg;" best, Mr. Meredith, Rhagatt, and Mr. M. Jones, Llansantffraid. Song by Ceulaygdd: "Simon Llwyd y Fotty." (Auplause).. Now came the principal attraction of the meeting, the adjudication on the awdl on Gwylitineb" prize, £ 3, and a chair, value 4;2. The adjudicators were the Rev. Ellis Roberts (Elis Wyn o Wyrfai), Llangwm, and Mr. Edward Davi<is (lolo Trefaldwyn), Wrexham. The adjudi- cation, in which both judges agreed, stated that five odes had been received, bearing the signatures Tudur Llwvd, Treniydd ar ar Natur Ryinus Homo Hir, Meudwv, and Gwyddno. They varied much in their style and mode of treating the subject. Meudwy and Gwyddno's odes were superior to the others. Gwyddno's ode was both elegant and striking in its com- position. and, although he did not begin in quite so happy a manner as Meudwy, he improved as he went on, and even reached the beautiful and the sublime. I here were some pieces in this awdl which would soon become favour- ites. After carefully considering the merits of the odes of Mendwy and Gwyddno, the balance turned in favour of the latter. The best was Gwyddno's ode. The quota- tions from it which were read were much applauded. The Rev. Ellis Roberts stepped forward, and said that he entirely concurred with the adjudication which lolo Tre- faldwyn had just read to them, and which he had written at his (Mr. Roberts's) request. In this case they had ar- rived at the same decision independently of each other, and he therefore did not hesitate to say that Gwyddno should be the chaired hard of Corwen. The ceremony of chairing the successful bard was then performed. Having ascertained that Gwyddno was present, he was requested to stand up, and then the Rev. H. C. vX illiains (Hywel Cernyw) itJlIi Mr. H. Morris went to bring the bard (Mr. lL E. Williams," Jiersv Mon,"Bangor) to the platform, and the ceremony of installation, according to ancient custom, with the exception of the absence of cojni- gwlad, was performed by Ioo Trefaldwyn and Elis Wyn o Wyrfai; the investiture was made by Mrs. Williams, Ab Ithel, amidst continuous applause. The chaired bard was then addressed by lolo Trefaldwyn, lanymarian, Ceulanydd, H. M. Hughes, &c. The following w.r; lolo Trefaldwyrt's englyn Cadeiriwyil ar bwnc dyrys—y prif fardd, Prawf 0 I waith dilengys Heddyw'n fardd,—swen a'i hvs-i';w gadw A dorai 'i enw ar gledr ei yílYS. And this was Mr. H. M. Hughes's englyn:— l'w g.ulair wen yn ben bardd,—yn gadarn llwn godwyd hob wahardd Yn ei awdi liyawdl a liardd, H wn a brofwyd yn brif-fardd. Tune by Glyn Ceiriog Choir, "Molwch yr Arghvydd." Dr. EYTON JONES, Wrexham, made an eloquent speech, and was much applauded. Song, Miss Laura Williams, The friends of old." Out of several competing on the englyn on "The grass- hopper," the best was Oliver y Got aur," whose name did not transpire. Three young women competed in singing Burgeiles y Wyddfa." Best Miss Anne Jane Williams, Penybryn, Corwen. Song by Professor Davies, "Can y Tywysog." (Ap- plause.) 1,°/ In singing the quartette, Tyr'd foreuteg," for a prize of 10s., three parties competed, Mr. Edward Meredith, Rhagatt, and party Mr. Hugh Morris Hughes, _Glvn Ceiriog, and party; and Mr. John Jones, Glyn Ceiriog, and party. The prize was awarded to Mr. John Jones and party. Mr. H. MORRIS (Rhuddfryn) rose to propose a vote of thanks to the presidents. Mr. J. R. Walker and Mr. C. S. Mainwaring, Dr. Eyton Jones, Dr. and Airs. Ellis, the adjudicators, and singers ,for the willing and valuable assistance they gave to the Committee in carrying out the proceedings of that day. This was seconded by the Rev. H. C. Williams (Aywel Cernyw), and carried by acclamation. Dr. EYTON JONES, on behalf of Dr. Walker (who had been suddenly called away on account of a sad accident), and the others included in the vote of thanks, acknow- ledged it. Then followed a competition between the Llansantffraid and Glyndyfrdwy Choirs in singing Teyrnasoedd y ddaear." The former choir was led by Mr. Thos. Roberts, and the latter by Mr. Thos. Davies. This piece had been lately substituted for the Requiem, Ieuan Gwyllt," for singing which no choir had entered. The first prize was £ 5, and the second tl 5s. The adjudicators awarded the first prize to ,the Llansantffraid, and the second to the Glyndyfrdwy choirs. The meeting ended with three cheers for the Queen as there was no time to sing the National Anthem. The duties of secretaries were efficiently carried out by Messrs. H. Morris, (Rhuddfryn), and George Phillips, Prudential Cottage, Corwen.
A meeting of engine-drivers in the employment of the London and North-Western Railway Company was held on Sunday, June 2nd, at Chester, with reference to what is known as the "trip system" of working trains by which the men allege that they suffer an injustice. The com- pany are said to require the men to sign an agreement to work on the system mentioned, and if they refuse the alternative is dismissal. The result of the meeting was not made known, but it is feared a strike may ensue. At a conference of railway servants at Manchester it was decided to memorialize the directors of the company on the subject. At the Summer Assizes Lord Justice Brain well will take North Wales, Lord Chief Justice Coleridge, South W iles, '111,1 B Pollock and Mr. Justice Manisty, the Oxford Circuit,