PWLLHELI RELIEF FUND.—Owing to the severity of the weather, which has so much interfered with the working classes, most of them have been unable to follow their usual em- ployments during this winter. The fishermen have also suffered much in consequence of the herring season turn- ing out so very unsuccessful. Of these there are aboutfifty, and some of them have large families, whose living is mostly dependant on the result of the herring season. In conse- quence of this the Mayor (Mr. J. Morris) caused a meet- ing to be called last week, to take into consideration what steps should be taken in order to relieve the wants of the sufferers. It was unanimously resolved to make a collec- tion about the town, which realized about 264. On Saturday, January 25, various tickets were distributed, enabling them to obtain provisions and other necessaries. A similar distribution will a train take place at the latter end of this week. The Committee worked very energeti- cally, and they, as well of the Mayor, are worthy of praise for their timely help. CONCERT.—On Tuesday, Jan. 28th, a concert was held at the Tabernacle (Baptist chapel), the proceeds of which are to go towards reducing the expenses of the chapel. The mayor (Mr. J. Morris), on taking the chair opened the meeting by expressing his surprise at seeing such a large audience, especially as hard weather and bad trade had prevailed for some time. The Mayor also observed that the concert was in aid of a very good cause. He thought it the bonnden duty of everybody to promote every movement of that kind, especially those who lived in the locality. The following pro- gramme was then gone through Pianoforte, Professor Powell glee, Mae'r nos yn do'd," Pwllheli Glee Party; song, When the heart is young," Miss Edwards trio, Mor fwyn yvv'r awelon," Mr. Hughes and Party; song, Ysgydwad y llaw," Mr. Davies; duet, "Y ddan awenydd," Mr. Williams and Mr. Hughes song, Miss C. Jones; song, Fy uniggalon fach," Miss Edwards; song, "Y Gardotes fach," Mr. Davies; song, Mair Tyddyn song and chorus, Y bwthyn bach to gwellt," Mr. Jones and Party; piano- forte, Professor Powell; song, "Nazareth," Mr. Davies; song, "Yr eneth amddifad," Miss Humphreys; chorus, Y nefoedd sydd yn dadgan," Pwllheli Glee Party; song, Y deryn pur," Miss Edwards; song, Mr. Hughes; song, Mair Tyddyn; song, Baner ein gwlad," Mr. Davies; song, "Dafydd y garreg wen," Miss Edwards chorus, Cyfoded Duw," Pwllheli Glee Party; Finale, God save the Queen." It is a long time since we have witness 3d such a large assembly of people at a concert as there was on this occasion. Every pew was crowded as well as all the porches, &c. The firstand second seats were all filled a long time before the commencement of the concert. The platform presented a very gay appearance having been decorated with flowers, vases, and evergreens. The singing was excellent. "Y gardotes fach," by Mr. Davies, was loudly encored. Mair Tyddyn and Miss Edwards were also encored several times. The singing by Miss Humphreys and Miss C. Jones was also very good. The usual vote of thanks terminated a very suc- cessful concert. PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29. -Before Owen Evans, Esq., Benjamin Thomas Ellis, Esq., Robert Carreg, Esq., F. W. L1. Edwards, Esq. (chairman), and the Rev. Thos. Jones, R.D. Sacrilege.Robert Roberts, Glanafon, Llangwnadl, a boy of nine years of age, was charged with having stolen from 15s. to 20s., from a drawer at Capel Penygraig.—Mr. R. Ivor Parry ap- peared for the prisoner.-G. Roberts, Berthaur, said I air. a trustee of the Penygraig Chapel and a member. I am aiSo the treasurer. On the 14th of this month I deposited money in a cupboard, but not b a drawer. It was the small cupboard. There was money in the drawer, about from los. to a pound. I placed it in the drawer, and locked it, and kept the key. There was half a sovereign in gold, besides some silver and copper. I am not positive as GO ihe amount of the silver. I last saw the money there on Sunday, the 12th of this month. I opened the drawer on the night of the 14th, but did not see the money there. On the following Thursday, the 16th, I went to the drawer, and it was locked as usual. There were some papers adjoining the Deacons' seat. I afterwards received 7s. 3d. of the money from Mr. Williams, schoolmaster, Llangwnadl.-By the Bench None of the other deacons could have access to the drawer.— Cross-examined The money was collected about a month ago. I keep an account of the collections. I have not got it with me to-day. I can't say what amount was collected on the night in question. I put the whole amount of the collection in the drawer. It was about from 15s. to 20s. Anyone could go in the chapel with a key that would tit Ithe whole. I have a reason for keeping the money in the cupboard and in the drawer. On the 14th I opened the drawer, and took an account-book out. I cannot swear that the money was there then. It was in conse- quence of seeing papers on the adjoining seat to the drawer that I looked if the money was safe. There were no marks of violence on the drawer. Part of the money might have been taken out of the drawer without a key.—John Jones said: I am in the habit of locking the door of Penygraig Chapel. I re- member locking the door of the chapel onthe 14th Jan.— Cross- examined: I left the key at the shop where it is usually kept.- Thomas Hughes said: I live at Plas Morfa, Llangwnadl. On the night of the 16th of this month I went to Penygraig Chapel. I noticed that the chapel door was not locked. I don't know where the keys were kept on that night. There were no signs of violence.—Cross-examined: There was a meeting to be held on that night. I did not expect to see it opened. I went there at half-past six p.m. It did not seem as if it had been opened to let! people in. I cannot say whether the door was unlocked by a member of the chapel.-G. Morris Williams said: I am a schoolmaster and live at Llano ywnadL In consequence of what I heard I made enquiries among the boys at my school. It was a general enquiry. I had occasion to call the prisoner to the floor for playing truant on the previous day. I took him out to the schoolhouse, when he began to cry, and said he 'vould bring the money back to me. He also said, 1. I will fetch all the monay I got in the chapel." Between 12 and 1 p.m. he brought me 7s. 3d. (seven shillings in silver and 3d. in copper). He said he spent the rest.—By the Bench: I afterwards gave the money to the first witness.-Cross-examined: It is frequently the case that children will cry when they think they are to be punished. It was the accused that spoke about the money first.-Edward Jones said: I am a police-officer stationed at Sarn. In conse- quence of information received I apprehended the prisoner at Glanrafon, Llangwnandl. on Saturday, Jan. 18. I charged him with the offence. He admitted the charge, and said, I took the keys from the chapel house, the keys of the stable, and opened the chapel door. I had two other keys. I took two small keys from the bedroom." I showed him these keys produced. He said, Yes, those are the two keys. I have thrown the other two into a field near Capel Hebron.' On the morning I went there, and found the keys.—By the Bench: I cautioned the prisoner before charging him. I told him to tell the truth, that whatever he should tell me would be brought as evidence on his trial. The prisoner was crying.-Cross-examined: I cautioned the prisoner in Welsh. His uncle was not near enough to hear my caution. I don't know whether the prisoner did understand the caution.—The Chairman having read the caution, Mr. Ivor Parry, on behalf of the prisoner, reserved the defence.—Committed to take his trial at the next Carnarvonshire Assizes. Bail accepted. Non-Payment of Seamen's Wages. -Robert Jones v. John Roberts, Gronant.-Complainant said: I had shipped for jE3 5s., and served for one month and two days, from 18th November to 19th December. The master 'paid me 2s. Ordered that com- plainant be paid in full, and costs. Killing Game.-Police v. John Hughes, Nant bach, Llan- iestyn.—Pleaded guilty to having on the 22nd January killed a hare.—Fined 5s., and costs.
A DEPUTATION OF COUNTRY GENTLEMEN. I UP AND DOWN THE COAST. It is only seldom that carriages, drawn by Ligh steppers, come to my bit of a place on the Coast. Some people, I know, have so many aristocratic friends that they cannot speak to you without relating what Lord This said to them the last time they dined together; how Sir That always makes it a point of calling upon them; how the Earl of Tother wrote to them and began his letter "My Dear Lickspittle" and how the Marquis of Somethingelse saw them in a crowd and shouted out, Glad to see you, Lickspittle, call at my place about four on Monday. I want your advice on a matter of importance." I have walked about the world a long while, and have never yet been picked up by force and carried away to Egypt, Greece, and Italy; nor has first one Cabinet Minister after another discovered that an easy appointment, worth about a thousand a year, would be the very thing to suit me; but then I am not, as I said before, like those people, who are unable to stir off the door step without somebody only just below the rank of a Duke rushing at them to congratulate them on having received high royal favours. If you please, sir, there's a lot of carriages coming, said the servant girl. This was true, and, as reporters say, in a short time I had before me one of the largest and most influential deputations it was ever my pleasure to meet. They were all landowners, and fairly repre- sented the Principality. One or two gentlemen who could not come themselves had sent their agents, sometimes bigger gentlemen than their masters. The girl was carrying chairs in from all the rooms in the house, and I was looking round among my visitors, but there was only one here and there that I knew. "This is a most unusual and unexpected pleasure," I observed, and then I looked enquiringly. "We've come to see you about two or three things— come to have a chat with you, don't you see," said one of the deputation. "You gentlemen (with great stress on the gentlemen") who are always writing in news- papers have it all your own way rather. You say just what you like, and nobody thinks it worth while to contradict you you see what I mean don't you ? About game and things. You write about all sorts of things you see, that you don't under- stand, and we laugh a good deal to see your mistakes. I You are always writing like you did last week and all the other weeks-not that we care. Eh (turning to the others) We don't care what you write. You can say what youlike aboutme, I am perfectly indifferent. But you ought to be fair, you know. As long as you are fair, don't you see, it doesn't matter. What you say about magistrates only attending to bestow patronage is well you see there may be something in it but really you know what the devil have you to do with it ? That is the point. We never write to the papers, because you see it would never do at all. We are above that sort of thing. We thought, however, we might drop round your way and have a few words with you about labourers' cottages and leases, and game preserving and planting, and draining, and land reclamation, but we perhaps can't go into everything now. You seem to expect us to do a great deal more than we can do. (Cries of Hear, hear.") I knew you would agree with me, gentlemen. Thatjis it. What can we do? You seem to think we can perform miracles. I will not attempt to make a speech, but will conclude by asking you to point out what you object to. We don't care what you say, if you are only fair. You are well acquainted with your Bibles, said 1, and will remember that Job in one of his answers to his three friends said, "No doubt but ye are the people, and wis- dom shall die with you." The next verse might be quoted with advantage, but the foregoing will be sufficient. Now I will try not to be personal, but it is impossible to speak the truth so that it will flatter you. l-Lre are about eighty of you, and with the exception of five or six whose estates are'large enough to find them occupation, you -ought to be at work either as farmers, professors, lawyers, doctors, parsons, or something. Instead of that you try to live like gentlemen. If three-fourths of you were lost in leaving this bit of a place, in what particular, may I ask, would the world be worse off ? Wales, and^espe- cially this county, is in the rear, and you do nothing to help it to obtain a better position. You work at nothing except pleasure." You are neither social, religious, political, commercial, nor agricultural reformers. Your valleys are undrained, your hills are unplanted, your cot- tages are unfit for habitation, your farm houses are in ruins, and you yourselves are neither use nor ornament. Some of you are good shots, and can kill a rab- bit or drop a pheasant as cleverly as a game- keeper. What have you done, may I ask, for the University College of Wales ? But you don't believe in the University College of Wales. You think it a nest of Dissenters. Very well. What have you done for St. David's College, Lampeter ? You do not believe in that institution ? You think Welshmen should go to Oxford and Cambridge. Very well. What have you done for Ystrad Meurig School ? What have you done for Llan- dovery School for Friars School, Bangor ? How much have you given towards the founding of efficient secondary schools ? Nothing. Gentlemen, you have not all put together during the past ten years done as much as one of you ought to have done in twelve months. What do you do forjagriculture ? You preserve game; breed rabbits; refuse leases; neglect to repair and renew buildings. You subscribe to the local agricultural society it is true, but you also win the prizes. Are you more generous im religious matters ? What are the salaries of your curates and vicars, for instance. Have you increased them ? You build a church now and then I admit, but the poor Dissenters will build two chapels while yeu are squabbling over one church. You attend quarter sessioas when there is an appointment to make, and you are interested in a candidate; you sit at petty sessions and never let your angry passions or little jealousies interfere with the even course of justice. About one fourth of your number may reasonably fill the position of landowners, but the rest of you cannot do better than go home, take your coats off, set to work and do something for the good of the country. lst Landowner You speak as if we had no right to please ourselves how we order our lives. Myself No, no. What I wish to say is that you have no right to please only yourselves in the ordering of your lives. 1st Landowner You infer that we are not fair. Myself I say straight out that you are not fair. As justices in quarter sessions and elsewhere, you vote for men because they are friends and relations you give public advertisements to Tory newspapers you are disposed to convict the man accused of poaching, and you think a great deal too much of your grandfathers, those of you who dare go back that far. 1st Landlord—You put a one-sided and extreme case, and so injure your influence. Myself That is partly true. I put the side of the case it appears to me, and to those who aie not "landed gentry.' Of course, I am as well aware of the excep- tions to the rule as any one of you can be. I know and honour the men who work in any department, but I can. not pick them out and mention them in a general conver- sation of this kind. I know the landlord who forgives the poacher; the magistrate who is anxious to do justice; the county gentleman who improves his estate; and builds farmhouses and cottages, and drains and plants his high lands. I know, too, the ignorant upstarts who ape a gentility they can never feel at home in, and the gentleman who is to the manner born. 1st Landlord—You never seem to remember the diffi- culties and drawbacks of our position. Myself—Boswell was always afraid Johnson did not Ie ve him, and he told Johnson so. Johnson said he did love Boswell, but he could not always be repeating that fact. This is the way with me. I see the difficulties very plainly. My complaint is that you do not face them- that you are not anxious that Wales should rank, not in speeches and poems, but in actual fact, before other parts of the United Kingdom. 1st Landlord—Mention one thing that we could do. Myself-You could purchase two first-class horses the very Isest money could buy, and see that they. travelled the country. 1st Landlord-What else ? Myself—You could encourage the formation'and culti- vation of orchards and gardens, and you could insist upon well kept fences and gates. 1st Landlord-Anything else ? Myself—There is a great deal besides; but you could give leases and cultivate land yourselves. Superintend it and see to it. You might also drain the valleys, reclaim the bogs, and encourage markets. 1st Landlord—Do you believe in the University College of Wales ? Myself—Yes. I believe it supplies a real need, and that rich Welshmen ought to have made up £ 100,000 long ago for its maintenance. 1st Landlord-What about Lampeter ? Myself-I believe in Lampeter, too. There is no rivalry. The chief end is the same. The only difference is that Lampeter works mainly for the Church, and the Aberystwyth College seeks to help all alike, including Lampeter. 1st Landlord—What about politics? Myself Oh, when the time to fight comes round, let each man fight for his side like fury, and as soon as the battle is decided, let all join to. gether again, and work for social, intellectual, commer- cial, and agricultural ends as before. 1st Landlord—Who is to take the lead ? Myself—There would be no difficulty about that. I could easily mention a score of natural leaders. 1st Landlord—Well, we are glad we have seen yon, but we cannot cure you. Myself-The task is nearly is nearly as difficult as to £ t° Landlord—We must talk amongst ourselves, and try whether something cannot be done. You see we set up our back, and declare that we will not be taught by you. Myself—I understand. I have seen a good deal of that kind of thing in the course of a long life. 1st Landlord-Good day. Myself—Good day. THE BANKS. The speeches mide at tbe annual meeting of the North and South Wales Bank cannot fail to have inspired the public with confidence in the bank. My family has never held many bank shares, but if its present represen- tative held bank stock he would be glad to have it in the bank specially connected with Wales. The Chairman at the meeting spoke of fair weather customers, and thought banks would be as well off without them. He might have said better off. If a fool has 220 in a bank and gets alarmed, he will go about alarming other people. If I were a bank manager I would take careful note of the depositors who run away when they ought to stand by me. THE ABERYSTWYTH SAVINGS BANK. Why are the Savings Bank accounts not published in this paper ? The trustees are all men who pride them- selves on their fairness. The depositorslare interested in this question. There are reasons for everything, and there is a reason for this. How are these things managed ? There is no way of accounting for the methods pursued by some people. Will some of the depositors who read the fixmhrian News find out why the accounts are never pub- lished in it ? PERRY WINKLE. The Coast. IN
DEATH OF THE DEAN OF LLANDAFF. On Tuesday afternoon, the Very Rev. Henry Lynch Blosse, Dean of Llandaff, died after an illness of three days. The deceased was born in 1813. He was the eldest son of Sir Robert Lynch Blosse, of Cashel, Ireland, was made Archdeacon of Llandaff in 1859, and on the death of Dean Williams in 1877 was made dean. He was very muchrespected in the Diocese, and took much interest in all Church movements.
LLANIDLOES NOTES. Last week I introduced you to one of a numerous class of men who, standing with their backs to the sun-light of duty, have their dull shadows thrown upon the actions of others, until they turn with a growl of disgust from a prospect S8 cheerless, and ask with severity What is the world coming to ?" Another class, the representatives of which are plenti- ful in small towns, are those men who imagine themselves, if not actually the sunlight spoken of, at least the reflec- tors, from which less gifted men than themselves occasionally catch a ray of brilliancy. They are easily distinguishable, and the following are some of their characteristics. They have amassed a fortune, in which case they will fearlessly criticise any money-making scheme, although perfectly ignorant, possibly, of its peculiarities in details. They may belong to an ancient family which fact is sufficient basis to enable them to attribute rather low motives to other of inferior social position. Their position in the town has been one of professional promi- nence, and they can consequently decide upon the merits of any case before it has been half stated or their great- grand-father was "a very wise man," or "a man of talent," in which case they bask in the belief of hereditary genius. As a rule they commence their sentences with "What I always say is this;" they conclude by saying, "there is no doubt about it," If confidential in conversation, it al- ways is, Mark my words;" if reserved, Mind I don't say so, which means they do say so. "That is what I say;" "I ought to know;" "The fact of the matter is;" such are a few of the specimens of their vocabulary. If being younger you differ from them in opinion, they will snub you by saying "when you reach OUIt years &c. but if their senior they will effect the same object by saying, Remember things are very different now from what they used to be in your days." In public meetings they are easily known. If fluent they watch for, and eagerly embrace, every opportunity of talking—saying little, but talking much. If they can't orate' they will propose the principal resolution in words similar to these, "Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen, I am no speaker, and I have no speech, but;I have "the will and the way," and that's about it; then they sit down forget- ting to perform what they got up to do. 1 hey are found on every board and on all committees; they shake their heads upon any work done during their absence, and hint that "they" are grumbling very much. The said "they" is now believed to be an unknown quantity, having existence within the gentlemen of whom 1 am writing. It is entertaining to watch these men, when asked to take the chair or to propose a toast publicly; at first they refuse demonstratively, then relax benignly, and conclude by accepting cordially. On the whole they perform the duties of life fairly well, and so we will call their idiosyncrasies the spots on the sun's face. To the Scavenger Committee Gentlemen,- The streets of the town are covered over with a fine composi- tion, made up of ground mud, ice, manure, cinders, and orange-peel. You cannot safely go out of your houses without having this blown into your eyes. I fear lest your observing optics should be injured thereby. Give your starving employes the job of cleaning this away. To the Finance Committee: Gentlemen, malicious reports are in circulation that the Borough accounts have not been made up for very many months, and that it is impossible to get a quorum of your members together. Please give this a speedy denial. Of course you can." To the Mayor:—"Most Worshipful. If some of the small boys in your school don't attend to their duties, please cause to be issued, and posted upon the walls, their last compositions, 'To the Electors,' &c., with the word not inserted something after this fashion If elected I promise not to look after your best inter- ests.' 'Finance shall not receive my close attention.' My time and energies shall not be devoted to further, &c., &c. Reports are current that a princely trader of a neigh- bouring town i-itends to purchase all the mills (I be- lieve) in Llanidloes. I am also informed that he does not expect to make anything by the investment, pure philan- thropy being his sole object. Such acts are worthy of the the highest praise-and ought to command many votes at a Parliamentary election. So rapidly do the members"of the "Choral Society" dash through the difficult pieces set before them, that it is said to be in serious contemplation by the Committee whether they ought not to have a special composer" always at hand ready to supply new corn for the mill." The wheels do want greasing, though, that is, if all our Bird Choir Conductor says is true. Although of common occurrence, I never feel tired of watching our post boys playing "hockey" with a bagfull of letters on their backs. THE STORK.. The Old Church Tower, 29th Jan., 1879.
ABERAERON DRUNKENNESS.—On Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Clerk's office, before Capt. Gwynne, John Jones, Rock Terrace, Aberaeron, was brought up in custody of P.C. D. Williams charged with this offence, committed on the highway on the previous evening at Aberaeron.—Fined 5s., and costs, in default fourteen days' hard labour. ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENT. — It gives very great satisfaction to a very wide circle of his old friends in this town and at Llanon to find that the Rev. Daniel Jones, B.A., (Oxon), late minor canon of St. David's cathedral, has been promoted to the vicarage of Lampeter. That he should be called to fill so importannt a sphere, rendered more weighty by the prominent position of his highly re- spected predecessor, testifies that Mr. Jones who is a young man is possessed of more than ordinary ability and other necessary qualifications. The Rfv. Daniel Jones is a son of Mr. John Jones, Clerk to the Guardians in this town. A DAY'S SPORT.—The coursing meeting enjoyed at the invitation and expense of Mr. John Griffiths, Nantgwyn- fynydd, and timber merchant of this town, has grown to be quite an annual occurrence, and is looked forward to with pleasurable expectancy weeks beforehand. This year's sport has added to the pleasurable reminiscences generally associated with the day. It must be stated that the invitations are not limited, it being understood that all of the neighbouring farmers, labourers, and Aber- aeron people would be welcomed, and all are entertained to a good substantial dinner. Such open-handed hospi- tality shows that Mr. Griffiths is a very kind-hearted and liberal gentleman. On Friday, Jan. 24, beating was commenced near Clogfryn, about 11 a.m. About eight greyhounds were on the field. Nothing was seen until the party got near Rhyd farm, when a hare was started, but owing to the number aad the thickness of the hedges the dogs soon lost sight of it. The party crossed the turnpike road by Tydwl, taking the direction of Nantgwynfynydd, which was reached about three p.m., without seeing another hare. The party were about 150 in number. Soon Mr. Griffiths was at the door shouting out G wasgwch yn mlaen nawr boys;" all pushed on indiscriminately, till all the tables in the kitchen, back kitchen, pantry, and parlour were lined. As it happened the writer found himself a lucky occupier of a seat at the parlour table, and, therefore, can only give an account ef the proceedings there. Captain Gwynne occupied the chair and Mr. J. N. Evans the vice-chair. On the table were geese, roast beef, fowl, roast and boiled mutton, and all the necessary accompani- ments. Complete justice was done to the excellent dinner. After dinner the health of Mr. Griffiths, the worthy host, proposed by the Chairman and seconded by the Vice- chairman was drunk with hearty musical honours, as also was the health of Captain Gwynne. After dinner a chorus of cheers was given for Mr. Griffiths in the yard on the motion of Captain Davies, Aurora, Llanarth, seconded by Mr. J. P. Jones, chemist, before starting for the afternoon's work. After proceeding as far as one of the Mwdwl fields, a hare was started on a spot which gave all the people the most advantageous view of the run across three large fields. The pursued and pursuers were soon out of sight, and we do not even yet know whether the hare was caught. No sooner were the dogs brought back again to the track than another hare was started. This run also afforded excellent sport. Poor puss, after a circumlocutory run in a large field, was caught in the ditch just as she was on the verge of reaching the copse clese by. Dusk having set in, compelled the preceedings to be brought to a close. Before parting the whole party joined in a most hearty vote of thanks to Captain Gwynne, proposed by Mr. J. N. Evans for allowing them to go over his land. Captain Gwynne, in reply, intimated that no thanks were due to him, everything was due to Mr. Griffiths for giving them such a good day's sport, and providing them with such an excellent dinner. Mr. Griffiths was heard to say, "You take the thanks; they belong to you." Eacxl person after this, made for his home after a most thoroughly enjoyable day. Tue weather was cold, frosty, and bracing, and therefore most exhilarating to the men, but the ground was too hard for the dogs it was fortunate for the latter that only four hares were seen.—OMEGA.
CARDIGAN. TEIFI AND AERON BOARD OF CONSERVATORS.—A meeting of this Board was held in the Shire Hall, on Tuesday, the 21st January, Mr. R. Lascelles presiding. The provisions of the recent Act as regards fence-time for trout were considered,but no alteration of the time defined by the Act, viz., from October 1st to February 1st, was proposed. As regards licences for trout fishing, a resolu- tion, moved by Mr. Brigstocke, to the effect that 2s. 6d. licence duty for rod and line be imposed, was carried. A motion for shortening the time for salmon fishing with rod and line was adjourned till the next meeting, to be held at Newcastle-Emlyn on the 21st February. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMMITTEE.—The ordinary monthly meeting of the Cardigan School Attendance Committee was held in the Shirehall, on Saturday last, January 25th, present-Mr. R. D. Jenkins, chairman, Colonel Lewis, Clynfiew and Rev. I. Hughes Jones, Dinas. The Clerk having reported that the annual retuns of attendance at the various schools had been sent in, the Rev. I. Hughes Jones complained of the apathy shown by the Committee in not appointing a school atten- dance officer, and stated that he asked them not to appoint now, because his school had lost the grant for the year, but he hoped they would do something by 188C. He had been urging on the Committee to do something for the past two years, but they had done nothing, and it was through them his school had lost the grant. He con- sidered by the way they were going on that they would force Board Schools on parishes where with proper super- vision by the committee they were not wanted :-The person appointed as attendance officer at the last ordinary meeting, for three months at a remuneration of 25, re- fused to accept any such terms, but offered to do the duties for twelve months for 218.-The Rev. I. H. Jones thereupon gave notice of motion that at the next meeting he would move his appointment for a period of twelve- montns at the sum named, 218. BOARD OF GUARDIANS, WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22ND-Present: Mr. J. T. W. James (in the chair), Messrs. W. O. Brigstocke Rev. J. M. Davies, Thomas Jones, Benjamin Rees, Lewis Davies, James Evans, D. Jones, T. Jenkins, T. Williams J. Hughes, D. Thomas, Evan Phillips, David Richards, Owen Thomas, J. Jenkins and Benjamin Llewellyn. Medical Fees.-A letter was read from Mr. Davies, medical officer of health, for No. 1 district, calling attention to his bill which he had sent in the case of Mary Jeremiah, in rfegard to the payment of his fees, for dislocation of her ankle. Mr Baynes, relieving officer, said the girl lived with Mr. George, Glanllynau, and while going to chapel on a Sunday evening she slipped and broke her leg. She was carried to her parents' residence at the Mwldan, and he would have granted her an order if he had been applied to, because the parents were too poor to support her. After a long discussion as to whether her master was the right person to be charged and not the Guar- dians, it was proposed by Mr. Brigstocke, that the bill be allowed as per the regulations of the Poor Law.—Mr. Williams proposed as an amendment that the subject be adjourned for a fortnight in order to see if the girl was in Mr. George's service or not. On taking the votes they were found to be equal, and the Chairman gave his casting vote in favour of the adjourn- ment. Lists of Pauperg.-A bill for £ 1 6s. for posting lists of paupers in thirteen parishes was allowed, and it was arranged that in future the relieving officers be allowed 10s. each for doing the work. American Meat.-The Chairman said there was a notice of motion given by Mr. John Lewis to consider a price list of pro- visions sent in by Messrs. White, of Bristol.—It was proposed by Mr Hughes that the circular do lie on the table, and Mr. Owen Thomas, in seconding the motion, said they had better send to some of the American farmers to come over and buy their cattle and pay their rates. Tobacco for the Ininates.-Tobacco was granted, an ounce a week, to paupers above sixty years of age. Stone Breaking.-lIIr. Benjamin Rees proposed that a com- mittee be appointed to see if a quarry could be opened in the garden of the workhouse, to get stones for road repairing. He thought the inmates could break the stones, and thus earn from ten to twelve shillings a week each.—A committee was ap- pointed, and the general business terminated. LOWER TROEDYRAUR PETTY SESSION'S, TUESDAY, JAN. 28.—Before VV. O. Brigstocke and T. H. Brenchley, Esqs. Illegal Fishing.—Two young men from Cenarth were charged by the water bailiffs with fishing for and catching trout in the river Tivy during close season, viz., on the 3rd of January.— Mr, W. H. Howell, solicitor, Aberaeron, appeared on behalf of the Board, and Mr. W. W. Mitchell, solicitor, Cardigan, on be- half of the defendants, who pleaded guilty.—Both of them said they were ignorant of the law as regarded the close season for trout.-One of them pleaded guilty to former convictions for illegal salmon fishing.-Fined .£2, and costs.-The other defend- ant was fined 10s., and costs.
TREGARON. BOARD OF GUARDIANS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28TH.— Present: The Rev. O. Davies in the chair, Mr. R. J. Davies, vice-chairman; Messrs. J. Rowlands, Bettws Leiki, David Jones, Blaenpennal, J. D. Williams and David Jones, Caron Is-clawdd, W. Jones, Caron Upper, J. Jones, Doithie Camddwr, J. Jenkins, Garthheli, W. Williams, Gogoyan. W. Rees, Gorwydd, E. Williams, Gwnnws Lower, H. Janes, Gwnnws Upper, W. Williams, Llanbadarn, D. Davies, Llan- geitho, Isaac Griffiths, Lledrod Lower, John Lloyd Lledrod Upper, A. Jenkins, Nantcwnlle, J. Williams Prysg and Carvan,and Solo An Tregoning, Ystrad Meurig; D.Williams, clerk, and R. Rowland, medical officer. Statisticts.-Out relief administered during the past fortnight: —Upper District, per Mr. Stephen Thomas, 442 5s. 9d. to 253 paupers; and Lower District, per Mr. J. Roberts, L19 6s. Od to 83 paupers. Number in the house, 11. The Workhouse.—The Visitor's Book contained the following entry by Mr. F. T. Bircham, Local Government Board Inspec- tor I have this day (January 20th) inspected the workhouse. Some provision should be made for weekly religious services. I hope also that the question of watter supply will not be lost sight of, as it is very necessary that water should be laid on. The out door relief list should be carefully gone through, to see if any paupers can be brought into the workhouse where their labour is much needed by the matron. The workhouse cannot be kept in proper order without more assistance of some kind."—The Rev. Chairman said he would attend the workhouse occasionally and give a religious service. A Complaining Pauper.-The Chairman read correspondence from the Local Government Board, enclosing a letter from William Jones, Tregaron, late of the Old Lamb. He complained that he was a pauper in receipt of parish relief, and until lately had 2s. 6d. weekly. A fortnight ago, however, the Guardians reduced his pay to one shilling per week. Now, gentlemen," he continued, do you think that Is. is enough for me ? I am seventy-four years ef age, and am very lame, and wholly unfit for any work. I beg to state that I get Is. 6d. per week for carrying the letter bags from the post-office to the Railway Station, and that is all" I got to live on. Out of the above money I paid 2s. per week for my lodgings. I hope you will give my case your favourable consideration. I shall be most thankful for a line of an answer."—The Board replied that it was the duty of the Guardians to decide what relief should be given, and that they (the Local Government Board) were pro- hibited by law from interfering.—Jones again wrote and asked Is it according to the law of England to starve a pauper ? How much per week does the law allow to keep a pauper in the workhouse? I have been a large ratepayer myself in this parish, and my father before me. I told you in my letter of the 27th ult. that they reduced my pay from 2s. 6d. per week to Is., and I think that was done without the knowledge of Mr. Daniel Evans, the chairman, who is now unable to attend the Board, owing to his illness. I hope that you will look into my case, and give it your favourable consideration. I got respectable ratepayers willing to take my part, as they see the Guardians doing very wrong with me. It is impossible for me to live on such a small relief. Awaiting your answer; hoping it will be a favourable one, &c."—The Board again replied that they had no power to interfere, but stated that they would forward the complaint to the Guardians.—The Chairman remarked that Jones had omitted to state that he received 2s. 6d. weekly from Major Phelp. HIGHWAY BOARD, TUESDAY, JAN. 28TH.-Presont: Mr. R. J. Davies, the Rev. O. Davies, and others, who were present at the Guardians. Surveyor. —The Surveyor (Mr. Joseph) having been removed by the County Roads Board, it was resolved, on the motion of Mr. J. D. Williams, seconded by Mr. John Lloyd, that a temporary appointment should be made that day fortnight—It was likewise resolved, on the motion of the Rev. O. Davies, seconded by Mr. J. Lloyd, that advertisements should be in- serted in the two Aberystwyth papers for a successor to the late collector. —Mr. J. D. Williams proposed, and Mr. John Rowlands seconded, and it was agreed, that the late Surveyor be requested to present his accounts at the next fortnightly meeting. PETTY SESSIONS, TUESDAY, JAN. 28TIT.-Before R. J. Davies, Esq., and the Rev. O. Davies, M.A. Horses Straying. -Letitia Jones, widow, Maesbyr, was fined 2s. 6d. for allowing five horses to stray on the highway at Llan- geitho on January 14th. Game Trespass.— Thomas Evans, gamekeeper, Sunny Hill, summoned William Williams, carpenter, Pontrhydfendigaid, for having trespassed in search of game, in the day time, upon land in the occupation of the Rev. T. R. Lloyd, Rhydfendigaid, on Nov. 23rd. Mr. Hugh Hughes, jun., Aberystwyth, appeared for the Trustees of the Tregaron estate.—Thomas Evans said he was in the Abbey Covers about half-past five iN the morning. He had seen on the previous morning about eighteen wires, some of which were set in the fence and some in the cover. On the next morning he went there and saw the wires, and found a dead hare in one of them. The wire was inside the fence and extended into the cover. The fence belonged to the Trustees of the Tregaron estate. Witness remained there until about half-past seven, when Williams came up. He came along peeping through the hedge, and afterwards got on the hedge. He then saw the hare, and stretched out his hand to reach it. He touched the wire, but then, seeing witness, he jumped down from the hedge. Witness got over the fence, and went after defendant who was about ten yards away. Defendant then said, I do not know anything about the wire. My master sent me here to look around." Witness supposed defendant had set the wires, but defendant replied that his master had done so. Defendant said that David Jenkins was his master. He then went with the defendant to Jenkins's house, and he there saw the wife.—For the defence, Eliza Jenkins was called. She said that the defendant was in her husband's service. Complainant asked her when he got to the house, if she had given defendant permission to go into the cover adjoining Coed Cnwch. She re- plied that she had given him orders to after the field, and see if there were any sheep there. Complainant asked if they had set any wires in the field, and she replied that they had on "our" side of the hedge. Complainant said he had caught de- fendant on the other side. The hedge was a party hedge. Her friends had set several wires, but there were others set inside the hedge in the cover. -Cross-examined: She did not give de- fendant permission to search the wires on the cover side of the hedge.—The Bench fined defendant 10s. Similar Charges.—William Jones, horse dealer, Tregaron, and Timothy Rees, Felindre, Lampeter, were charged by Thomas Evans with having trespassed in search of game in the day time at Pencefn, the property of Mr. Powell, on the 17th January. Mr. Hugh Hughes, junr., appeared for the complainant.— Thomas Evans, the complainant, said there was a coursing match at Tregaron on the 16th and 17th January, The defend- ants ran their dogs in the matches on the 16th and part of the 17th. There was a match run on the 17th, and defendants' dogs participated. After defendants' dogs were unsuccessful defend- ants left and went towards Tregaron. There was coursing that day on Ty'ncoed and other places. Witness afterwards saw defendants on Ty'nwaun Farm, about a quarter of a mile off. Defendants were walking towards Tregaron at first, but he after- wards saw them walking towards Pontrhydfendigaid. Witness then left the coursing party and ran after defendants. He next saw defendants on Pencefn ploughed field. They had two loose greyhounds with them; and they (the defendants) were work- ing the field. The dogs were loose when defendants left the coursing party. They continued through the next field, which was grass land, and were beating the gorse with sticks. He asked them what they were doing, and thay s iid that they were going to Tregaron. He asked them to go by the road but they took no notice of him, and went straight on. He afterwards saw J ones at Tregaron, and he asked witness if he thought they should get off ? That was before a summons had been issued. Witness replied "No doubt you will, if you will come up to Major Phelp." Jones did go up to Sunny Hill, but witness did not hear the conversation.—One of the defendants admitted that the dogs were loose, but they (defendants) were not beating for a hare.—The Bench said that Jones had been Defore the Magistrates before. He would be fined los., and Rees 5s. Deserting Service.—Mary Williams, single woman, Llwyn- gog, Llanfairclydogau, was summoned for deserting the service of Morgan Jones, farmer, Penybont, on the 11th January.— Mr. Lloyd Edwardes, solicitor, Lampeter, appeared for the de- fendant, and urged that there was a special agreement at the Lampeter hiring fair, by which the contract could be broken without notice on either side. —This complainant denied.—De- fendant, who was called, said she left the situation because the complainant's son, who was fourteen years of age, threatened to shoot her, and levelled the gun at her. -The Bench annulled the contract, ordered complainant to pay 20s., and the defendant to pay casts. Wilful Danmge.-Daniel Morgan, farmer, Castell-flur, for whom Mr. Lloyd Edwardes appeared, was summoned by William Jones, farmer, Blaengorfu, with having committed wilful damage to rushes growing at Brynrorfa on the 1st November. The damage was estimated at 20s.-For the defence, it was con- tended that the defendant had exercised his right in using the common land known as Rhosgellygron.-The Bench fined the defendant 2s. 6d., and ordered him to pay the damages.
LAMPETER. MEDICAL.—In the list of the gentlemen who recently passed the final examination previous to being admitted a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, England, we observe the name of Mr. Edward C. Davies, of Bontfaen, Cellan, near this town.
ABERDOVEY. A SHIP LAUNCH.—On Friday morning, January 24th, a new schooner was launched from the Penhelig Building Yard, at this place. All the impedimenta being removed the vessel glided gracefully from her cradle and introduced herself to her future element by a magnificent plunge from the yard. She is named the "Martha Lloyd," after a daughter of Mr. John Williams, Liverpool House, one of the owners. The new vessel will be commanded by Captain Richard Griffiths, and she is intended for the coasting and foreign trades. ENTERTAINMENT. The sixth entertainment of the Aberdovey Improvement Committee was held in the Market Hall, on Tuesday evening, January 28. Captain Phillips, Tanyrallt, presided. The accompanists on the pianoforte to the various pieces were the Misses M. Pem- berton, J. M. Rowlands, F. James, and Mr. John Wil- liams, N.S., Towyn. The programme on the whole was gone through most creditably, and the friends from Towyn in particular performed their respective parts admirably, and gave complete satisfaction. The finished solo singing v -rs". ar^er Morgan and Miss Maggie Lewis were en- thusiastically encored, and the recitation and reading by Alias Trypbena Jones and Mr. Bell were warmly applauded. The following was the programme :-Piano- forte solo, Miss Stswart; song, Mrs. Parker Morgan (en- coredy song and chorus, Y Bwthyn bach to gwellt," Miss Roberts and party, Towyn (encored); song, Colonel 'J;e^tation, Gelert," Miss Tryphena Jones song, Miss P. Kirby song and chorus, Miss Roberts and party (encored), and gave "The Village Chorister" (in Welsh); song, Yr Eneth Amddifad," Miss Lizzie Jenkins piano solo, Miss Stewart; song, Miss P. Kirby; song, Colonel Salt; song, He must be mine," Miss Maggie Lewis (encored); reading (in Welsh), Mr. Edward Bell; song. Mrs. Parker Morgan (warmly applauded); song and chorus, Miss Roberts and party (encored), and Miss Roberts gave Hen gadair freichian fy mam very pathetically. Three cheers were given for the respected chairman, and the ladies and gentlemen whohadkindlygiventheirassistance, after which 91 the proceedings terminated with God save the Queen." The proceeds of the meeting amounted to £3 14s. The total now in hand is £24 and some odd shillings solely the proceeds of these entertainments. We may here remark that less vociferous encores and quieter feet would make the'meetings a little more pleasant, and conduce towards their retaining their present popularity.
LLANBADARN PETTY SESSIONS.—The only business to be transacted at this sessions were bastardy cases, and one or two arrears of assistant overseers.
ABERGYNOLWYN. CONCERT.—A concert was held about a week ago at the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, the proceeds of the concert to defray the costs incurred by the choir in going to Dolgelley Eisteddfod. There was a large audience. Mr. E. Evan?, Bryneglwys, presided, and Dr. Jones, Towyn, con- ducted. The performers were the Abergynolwyn Choir, Asaph Glan Ffrwd, W. H. Williams, R. Ellis and parties, Bronwen y Bryniau, and Llew Cynfal, Corris. Mr. Evans said that the Abergynolwyn Choir had hardly fair play at the hands of the adjudicator, and he thought they should be designated the "Much Wronged Choir" (Cor y Cam Mawr). Dr. Jones also spoke to the same purpose. "THE VICE OF EXAGGERATION."—A correspondent writes:—About a week ago there appeared in a con- temporary a letter signed by H. Roberta complaining of the persecution to which quarrymen were subjected by the neighbouring landowners. He gave an instance. There was in the neighbourhood of Abergynolwyn an untenanted house, which a farmer let to a quarryman, and part of his furniture had been removed to the house, when the landowner informed the farmer that he would not allow any quarrymen to occupy any of his houses, for the reason that they were quarrymen. The writer de- plored this state of things, and indignantly asks when will wealthy landowners cease to persecute these honest and sober people ?" As these remarks were written in the ver- nacular, and will never, probably, reach the eyes of those to whom they refer, I thought a short notice of them in your paper would not be out of place. I am justified in saying that H. Roberts's version of the affair is a gross exaggeration of the actual facts. It was not because the man happened to be a quarryman that he was refused as a tenant, but for other reasons. Another quarry- man got a farm not long ago in the same neigh- bourhood, although better farmers had applied for it. That shows that the landowners bear no ^grudge to the quarrymen as such. A speaker in a public meeting recently held here, said that the Abergynolwyn choir, through their excellent singing at Dolgelley Eisteddfod had removed the bad character they brought on them- selves last winter the attack on the police. Is good singing a sufficient expiation for offences of this sort?
TOWYN BuILDING.-The erection of residences at Towyn is still being carried on. Recently the contract of a resi- dence for Mr. J. H. Townley, a Liverpool gentleman, has been let to Mr. Henry Jones, builder, Towyn, for £950; and the front entrance, walls, &c., to Mr. Edward Jones, for 256 3s. 6d. Mr. H. Jones, Tanybryn, Dolgelley, is the architect for the building. SERIOUS ACCIDENT.—A serious accident occurred on a tram-road a little below the Abergonolwyn Slate Quarry on Tuesday, the 28th of this month. The tram-road runs along the verge of a precipice, and a truck, in which seme children were travelling, ran off the rails, and was with its contents precipitated to the chasm below. The children are very severely injured, and it is a matter to wonder at that they escaped with their lives. DEATH OF MISS CATHERINE JONES. Miss Catherine Jones, Gwalia, Towyn, died, after along, lingering illness, on Monday, January 27, in the 85th year of her age. The deceased lady had devoted much of her life to ameliorate the condition of the poor. She was a true and warm supporter of education, and took special interest in the welfare of the British School and the Calvini&tic Methodist Sunday School, of which body she had been a member for upwards of sixty years for the greater period of which she was one of the principal supporters of that cause at Towyn. DEATH OF MAJOR CONEY.-We have to announce the death of Major Coney at the Corbet Arms Hotel on Friday, Jan. 24. The Major was the eldest son of the Rev. W. Coney, Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. He was born at Roakcliffe, Hants., June 1795, and educated at Oxford. He joined the 17th Lancers in his seventeenth year. After serving with that regiment for some time in India he exchanged into the 4th Light Dragoons. The Major had been in the habit of spending the winters at Towyn for the last thirty years, where he was greatly respected and esteemed. The poor have lost a most generous friend. He appeared to delight in relieving the wants of the old and infirm. Major Coney was a warm adherent of the Church of England, a Christian gentle- man, and a most generous friend. SLATE TRADE.—A correspondent writes :-It is a fact ol worthy of being recorded that the Abergonolwyn Slate Company, in spite of the badness of trade and the in- clemency of the weather, keep all their men fully employed, and that without making any reduction in their wages. The fact is still more remarkable when it is taken into consideration that the Company employ hundreds of men and have not shipped a single cargo of slates fo- months, but are simply making stock. This company have, under all sorts of trying circumstances, proved them- selves to be the most exemplary of masters and it is to be hoped that their magnanimous conduct towards their dependents, especially at the present time, will not be for- gotten when trade again flourishes and the tramp of strife and strike is again heard in the land.
DINAS MAWDDWY. RIVER POACHING.—A correspondent writes that poach- ing in the Dovey from Mallvvyd to Aberangell has not been a rare occurrence lately, although salmon is out of season. They are probably salted and dried. Bonfires and torches can frequently be seen. GUN ACCIDENT.-On Wednesday evening, the 22nd January, two lads, sons of Mr. Morgan Humphreys, Frondirion, were walking along with a loaded gun, when the trigger caught in the garments of one of the lads, and discharged the contents of the gun into the foot of his brother, who was a few yards in advance. The effects proved very serious, and fears are entertained that am- putation will be deemed necessary. INTIMIDATION.—Last week a lad about sixteen years of age, named Evan Davies, was returning home from the Quarry, where he had been working the night shift," i.e., from 6 p.m., till2 a.m. He had to cross the "Braich to reach Cwmcewydd, where he lived, and it appears from his statement that four men stopped him, and threatened his life, providing they caught him again. He hurried homewards, and has taken lodgings near his work to pre- vent a recurrence of the incident. COMPULSORY EDUCATION. The Education Act has been enforced in this district. Mr. Lewis Evans, Oinas, has been appointed attendance officer, and Mr. Jones, relieving officer, Dolgelley, as prosecuting officer. The attendance at school has increased considerably of late, still some parents of children will have to be prose- cuted before they are fully aware that children under 13 years of age are not allowed to be kept at home at their pleasure.
FFESTINIOG. YSGOLORIAETH FFESTINIOG YN MHRIFYSGOL ÅBER- ASTWYTH.—Da genym hysbyau mai R. Mills Roberts, mab hynaf Mr. Roberts, goruchwyliwr y Gloddfa Ganol, a lwyddodd eleni i enill Ysgoloriaeth Ffestiniog yn Mhrif Ysgol Aberystwyth. Dymunwn i'r gwr ieuanc uchod bob llwyddiant i fyned rhagddo eto mewn gwahanol ganghenau addysg. Y CHWARELAU.—Ar gyfrif yr hin galed y mae yr holl chwarelau ond y Welsh Slate a'r Diphwys wedi cwbl sefyll. Felly, wele eto ychwanegiad atgaledi yr amseroedd. Yn anffodus cyfarfydda. yr hin a masnach, megys i gydwasgu ar weithwyr. Diau fod yma yn awr rai miloedd yn sefyll. Tywyll eto yw rhagolygon gwerthiant, ac y mae y wharfs yn Porthmadog yn gystal ag amryw o'r chwarelau yn orlawn o lechi. RHEILFFORDD FFESTINIOG A'R BALA.—Y mae tua 200 yn gweithio ar y llinell uchod, a chymerir rhai i mewn yn barhaus. Y mae amryw contracts pwysig eto ar gael eu dechreu. 0 bosibl na chafodd un Cwmni erioed adeg fwy ffaft-iol i wneud eu llinell i'r graddau y mae iselder cyflog- au a rhadlonrwydd nwyddau angenrheidiol yn y cwestiwn. Pan y gorphenir y llinell yn gystal a'r un i Bettwsycoed bydd yn llawer iawn yn ffordd llwyddiant y fasnach lechau yn gartrefol. Y BWRDD IECHYDOL.—Cynhaliodd y Bwrdd hwn eu cyfarfod ddydd Sadwrn, pryd yr oedd yn bresenol—Y Mri. J. E. Greaves (yn y gadair), W. Davies, J. Edwards, D. Williams, E. P. Jones, W. Jones, A. Roberts, G. H. Ellis, ysgrifenydd, ac A. Phillips, arolygydd. Pender- derfynwyd mabwysiadu y rates blaenorol gyda gwaith dwfr Ffestiniog, yr hwn sydd yn awr yn feddiant i'r plwyf. Pasiwyd hefyd ar i Mr. Phillips wneud ymchwiliadau pellach faint a phwy sydd yn defnyddio y dwfr, a d'od ac adroddiad a rhoddi rhybuddion cyfreithiol i'r rhai sydd yn troseddu. Derbyniwyd cynygion Mr. Spooner o berthynas i groesi llinell y Cwmpeini Ffestiniog gyda'r pibellau dwfr. Hysbyswyd fod yr ateb am Fwrdd Lleol wedi dyfod i law, ond nad oedd yr order am y dydd wedi cyrhaedd. Pan y daw hono penderfynwyd mai buddiol falw festri i geisio dyfod i ddealltwriaeth ar ffurfiad y Swrdd heb gydymgais etholiadol.—COFNODYDD.
DOLYDDELEN AND VICINITY. COAL, as usual, was distributed among the poor and indigent on the Gwydir estate this year by Baroness Willoughby D'Eresby. The severity of the weather and hardness of the times brought out her ladyship's gener- osity, always extensive, much more largely this year. Some hundred pounds' worth of coal was given away. Her ladyship's name is blessed on the hearths and at the firesides of the poor. In addition to her charity in giving away coals, she gave orders through Mr. Curr, chief agent of her estate, requesting him to give instructions to her local agent on Gwydir estate to distribute a large sum of money to alleviate the want and suffering arising from the depression in the slate trade. Some eighty persons —many of them hard workers and able-bodied, who would work with profit to the employer if work could be had at Dolyddelen-got each five shillings. Alms were similarly given at Trefriw, jLlanrwst, Bettwsycoed, Capel Curig, and other places on the estate. GOODS from all quarters are conveyed to Dolyddelen by train. Shopkeepers ought to be in a position to sell dif- ferent commodities much cheaper. The rate for carrying coal by train they say is Is. 6d. a ton, while carters charged 7s. a ton. We are having truly hard times here. People get neither work nor wages. A porter named Farmery found his way up here last week to take charge of the freight house goods department. The train runs several times a day to and from Bettws. It is not given out as yet how soon the passenger train will run. Some say it will not run until the beginning of June. Messrs. Guest and Woods, goods managers from Chester were up here yesterday (Tuesday) arranging matters in connection with the goods department at Dolyddelen. The entrance to the station for passengers is direct from the bridge that crosses the railway, a continuance of the road that leads from one village to the other. It will be an unpleasant place to plod along when the weather is stormy, as the stairs leading to the platform are very steep. In rough and stormy times carriages will have to wait for first-class passengers and others on the summit of the bridge exposed to the rain and shivering in the cold. THE SLATE QUARRIES.—Owing to the depression in trade Rhiw fachno, Rhiw bach cwt y bugail, and other slate quarries are adopting the system of working four day" a week. j Wages continue to fall. In order to help those that are tenants on Gwrdir Estate to help themselves. I mean those who are temporarily thrown out of employ- ment-work has been given to many on the estate at Bettws and other places. A RENT AUDIT takes place at Dolyddelen to-day (Wednesday); and at Bettws, Trefriw and Llanrwst the three following days. Dinner is given to every one at Benar|Vlew—a good and substantial dinner, ELLIS O'R NANT.
BALA. TEMPERANCE.—On Tuesday, Jan. 21, a well-attended meeting was held at the Congregational Chapel. Inte- resting and effective speeches on Temperance were de- livered by the Rev. Michael D. Jones, Bodiwan, and the Rev. R. Thomas (Ap Fychan), to whom the meeting ac- corded a unanimous vote of thanks. COCOA HOUSE COMPANY.—On Monday, Jan. 27, a pre- liminary meeting, called at the instance of Col. Evaus- Lloyd and Dr. Hughes, was held at the Magistrates' Room in the Town Hall, to consider and discuss the de- sirableness of having a Cocoa House Company formed at sirableness of having a Cocoa House Company formed at Bala. Col. Evans-Lloyd was appointed chairman, and Dr. Hughes secretary. There were also present, the Revs. R. Jones, rector, Llanycil, R. Thomas (Ap Fychan), E. Peters, Tegid-place, D. Junes, M. A., curate, H. Williams, M.A., and Ellis Edwards, M.A., C.M. College, Messrs. R. Jones, Plasyracre, D. Morgan, cur- rier, J. O. Pugh, North and South Wales Bank, J. R. Jojies, solicitor, Jacob Jones, Evan Jones, Mount-place, J. Parry, grocer, LL Jones, National School, and W. T. Phillips, Grammar School. The Chairman having explained the object of the meeting, and the advantages of having a well managed and com- fortable house, with fire, and refreshment, and other com- forts, at a moderate price, without the temptations of in1 toxicating drinks, invited discussion of the subject, and several gentlemen took part therein. It was unanimously resolved that it was desirable to have such accommodation at Bala, and the following gentlemen were appointed a sub-committee to make inquiries about a suitable place, and how they were managed in other towns, and to report thereon Rev. R. Jones, Col. Evans-Lloyd, Dr. Hughes, Messrs. Richard Jones, D. Morgan, Evan Jones, W. T. Phillips. It is intended to convene a public meeting on the subject, and to form a limited joint stock company, if the prospects are deemed favourable. BENEFIT CONCERT.—A concert was held in the Board School, Bala, on Friday, Jan. 24th, for the benefit of a young man who is leaving the school for the Bangor Normal College. The attendance was large, and the per- formers executed their parts in a creditable manner. The following is the programme :—Welsh air, 0 let the kind minstrel," Choir; duet, Dysgu'r Nodiant Newydd," Gwrtheyrn and R. Watkin; Welsh air on the harp, Llwyd Ap Iwan solo, Gwna bobpeth a wnei felCymro pur,' R. Watkin; Welsh air, Llwyn Onn," Choir; English air, In the hazel dell," Mr. J. W. Jones and Choir; chorus, Juvenile Choir; Welsh air, "Ar hyd y nos," Gwrtheym and the audience; song, by Miss Davies, LlandderfeI; glee, "Y Lloer," Choir; anthem, "Yr Arglwydd yw fyMugail," Choir; solo, He shall feed his flock," Miss Mary Evans; Welsh air on the harp. Mihangel Ap Iwan part song, O pa beth a wnaf i gael byw?" Party; chorus, Juvenile Choir; Welsh air, "Serch Hudol," Gwrtheyrn; anthem, Y Ganaan Glyd," Choir; duet, "Fy anwyl fam fy hunan," Miss S. Jones and Mr. J. Davies; quartet, "Bwthyn bach to gwellt," Party; song, "Y Bachgen tlawd," Miss Davies; anthem, Marwolaeth y Cristion," Choir; "Anthem Tywvsog Cymru." PETTY SESSIONS, SATURDAY, JAN. 18.-Before O. Richards, and E. G. Jones, Esqs. Drunk on Licensed Premises.—P.C, William Jones charged Robert Jones, smith, Bala, with committing the above offence on Jan. 4.-Fined 5s., and costs. SATURDAY, JAN. 25.—Before W. P. Jones, O. Richards, and E. G. Jones, Esqs. Permitting Drunkenness.-P.C. William Jones v. David Owen, Bullbach, innkeeper, Bala.—This case arose out of the foregoing, and was adjourned at the request of the defendant for the attendance of his counsel, Mr. J. B. Allanson, Carnazvoii. -The case caused much interest, as there had been no public-house charge brought before their Worships for a long time.—From the evidence it appeared that about 10'30 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, P.C. William Jones in company with P.C. Thomas Jones visited the Bullbach Inn, kept by the defendant, and found Robert Jones, smith, Bala, there drunk, and having been supplied with a glass of beer.—David Thomas Lewis, assistant to Mrs. Thomas, chemist, gave evidence on behalf of the police.—Mr. Allanson cross-examined the witnesses and made an able speech for the defence. Several persons who were in the public-house at the time were called as witnesses to Robert Jones's sobriety.— After a long hearing the magistrates retired, and on their return said the case had been clearly proved, and they fined the defendant B2, and costs, and his lietnee to be endorsed.—Mr. Allanson gave notice of appeal to the Quarter Sessions.
LLANGOLLEN. THE LATE COL. TOTTENHAM.—Major Barnes has re- ceived the following reply from the Hon. Mrg. Totten- ham to the vote of condolence passed at the last Petty Sessions:— Woodstock, Newtown, Mount Kennedy, January 8th, 1879. Dear Sir,—Will you kindly convey to the Magistrates, &c., the sincere thanks of myself and my family for their kind ex- pressions of regret and sympathy at the awfully sudden and irreparable bereavement it has pleased God to send us. If any- thing could soften the blow, it would be the universal expres- sion of regret, affection, and sympathy we have received on all sides, both from rich and poor, and to know that my husband's worth was so fully felt ana appreciated.—Yours trulv, worth was so fully felt -,andpoacppreciated. -Yours truly, ISA. J. TOTTENHAM. POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT. On Friday evening, January 24th. the fourth of a series of meetings, in aid of the Volunteer Fire Brigade, was held in the Assembly Room, and was by far the most successful yet held. The entertainment consisted of two parts, the first consisting of musical items, both vocal and instrumental, the remainder of the meeting being taken up by the per- formance of Dickens's well known trial, "Bardell v. Pickwick," the various characters being apportioned as followsMr. Justice Starleigh, Mr. John Tanqueray; Sergeant Buzfuz, Mr. H. Ninnis; Sergeant Snubbin, Mr. James Clarke; Clerk of the Court, Mr. R. S. Richards; S. Pickwick, Esq., Mr. R. T. Jones N. Winkle, Esq., Mr. Marsh; Mrs. E. Cluppins, Mr. B. Tanqueray; Sam Weller, Mr. W. Cope; Crier of Court, Mr. J. R. Mathews; Foreman of Jury, Sergeant Waltho. The, trial throughout was admirably conducted, and was fre- quently applauded. The room was crowded to excess, the takings at the door, independently of the season tickets, amounting to 25 3s. 3d. The charges for ad- mission were 4d. and 2d. _n 0 THE COTTAGE HOSPITAL.—The third^ annual report of this excellent institution has just been issued, and is, we are glad to find, eminently satisfactory in every respect. The receipts amount to £ 498 15s. lid., as compared with £ 411 lis. last year. There is a_ satisfactory increase in all the items of income, the principal of which are—Sub- scriptions and donations, £ 163 16s. 6d., proceeds of Mrs. Theodore Martin's readings, £ 53 2s. 6d., Hospital Sun- day collections, £ 49 7s. 8 £ d., penny subscription cards, £ 23 6s. llJjd. By a resolution passed at the last annual meeting, the sum of £52 12s. 6d. has been invested for the benefit of the Hospital. The balance remaining in the treasurer's hands at the end of the present year was Sill 13s. 3d. The total number of patients admitted during the year was 43., two of whom have died. We have pleasure in quoting the following extract from the report upon the satisfactory ma.nner in which Miss Par- bett performs her onerous duties of nurse to the institu- tion :—" Miss Parbett, the matron, continues to possess the entire confidence of the committee, and they have reason to believe of the several medical attendants, while she constantly receives the grateful thanks of all patients who have come under her charge." Altogether, the Com- mittee and the public have abundant reasons to be thank- ful for the continued prosperity of this admirable institu- tion.
ABEBYSTWYTH. THE WATER QUESTION.—A party of gentlemen visited Llyn Llygaid Rheidol on Wednesday, January 29, and gauged the overflow from the lake. It is estimated that the total quantity of water running over every 24 hours is over a million gallons. Four hundred thousand gallons is the quantity estimated to be sufficient to supply Aber- ystwyth. OXFORD LOCAL EXAMINATIONS.—The corrected regula- tions for the Oxford Local Examinations for 1879 have been issued, with the details of the subjects of the exami- nations which will be held on the 26th of next May. The circular also includes a list of local secretaries. Mr. Grif- fith Jones, solicitor, the local secretary for Aberystwyth, will afford principals of schools every information respec- ting the examinations. The support this centre has re- ceived is not what it ought to have been, and the expenses hitherto have exceeded the receipts. CAMBRIDGE MATHEMATICAL EXAMINATION.—Mr. Dd.. Samuel, twentieth wrangler this year, received his elementary education at the National School, Aberyst- wyth. When twelve years of age he was removed to the Grammar School, where he studied for five years, taking several prizes, especially a Queen's prize for mathematics, in a class taught by Mr. Edward Jones, in connection with South Kensington. He left for Llandovery School, where he took three prizes, one for Greek Testament, one for chemistry, and the first for mathematics. 1ft twelve months he took a scholarship at the University College of Wales, where he was facile princeps, and in two years entered at Clare College, Cambridge, where he took an open scholarship SCHOOL BOARD.—At an adjourned meeting of the Aber- ystwyth School Board on Saturday, January 25, present, the Rev. Canon Phillips, chairman, Rev. J. Williams, Messrs. W. H. Thomas, T. H. Jones, Peter Jones, W. Williams, clerk, and Hugh Hughes, it was resolved, on the motion of Mr. Peter Jones, seconded by Mr. W. H. Thomas, that in consideration of the sum of JE300 having been paid by the Corporation, proceedings to procure a mandamus be stopped. It was also resolved, on the motion of Mr. T. H, Jones, seconded by the Rev. J. Williams, that the Treasurer to the Corporation be re- quested to pay B195 to the School Board Treasurer on or before February 14th, and also the amount of last precept, £550, on or before 21st March next, in default of which the Clerk to take proceedings to obtain a mandamus. ENTERTAINMENT.—The fourth of the series of popular entertainments on Tuesday evening, Jan. 28, was one of the mostsuccessful. Thechair was taken byMajorBassettLrwis, whose genial manner added greatly to the success of the entertainment. The reading of the Rev T. C. Evans was greatly applauded, and the cheers which followed the re- citation from King John, by Mr. Morrell and his son, not only showed that the audience appreciated the piece, but that the dislike of theatres it only skin deep at Aberyst- wyth. Among the singers the Misses Kain, James, and Winifred Jones, Thomas (Penparke) Morrell, Messrs. Morrell and J. Edwards did exceedingly well The choir, conducted by Mr. R. James, sang two pieces with great sweetness and taste. Miss Roberts's performauce on the pianoforte was exceptionally good. Mr. A. Evans aScompanied all the singers on the piano with the exception of Miss Thomas, who was assisted by Mr. A. Hughes. The programme was as follows :—Instrumental, (March), Messrs. Cares- well, Murphy, Hawkins, Evans, and Kain; part song, "The barp that once in Tara's hall," National School Choral Society; reading, "Law," Rev. T. C. Evans; s,mg. Be happy and never despair," Mr. J. Edwards; solo (pianoforte). Miss Roberts; duet, Good news frem home," Misses Florence and Teresa Kain; reading, "A king's visit to Wales," Mr. W. R. Hall; song, Fe ddaw Llewelyn eto'n ol," Miss E. Ellis; duet, Angel's whisper," Misses Thomas; solo (violin), Mr. Murphy; scene from "King John," Mr. Morrell (Hupert), Master Earle Morrell (Prince Arthur); duet, Where the warbling waters flow," Misses M, E. James and W. J. Jones; in- strumental. Garotte in F," Messrs. Careswell, Murphy, Hawkins, Evans, and Kain; reading, Professor Craig; song, Mr. E. Evans; duet, "Tell me, gentle stranger," Miss H. L. and Master R. G. Morrell; part song, The victor's return," National School Choral So- ciety; finale, "God save the Queen." BOARD OF GUARDIANS, MONDAY, JAN. 27.-Pre. sent Mr. H. C. Fryer, chairman, Mr. Morris Davies, ex-officio, Mr. John Jones, Halfway House, Mr. J. J. Atwood, Mr. Abraham James, the Rev. Mr. Davies, Mr. Edward Hamer, Mr. John James, Mr. Hugh Jones, Mr. David Morgan, Mr. John Jenkins, Mr. David Rees, Mr. David Jones, Rest, Mr. E. Morgan, Mr. J. Edwards, Capt. John Paul, Mr. Williams, Mr. W. Jones, Mr. John Jones, Mr. Griffith Morgan, Mr. Evans. Mr. Hughes, clerk, Mr. David Jones, assistant clerk, Mr. Morris Jones and Mr. Hughes, medical officers. Statistics.-The master, Mr. David Thomas, reported the number of paupers to be 83; corresponding week last year, 76; the number of vagrants relieved during the fortnight was 24, showing an increase of eight on the cor- responding period of last year. Air. John Jones, Geneu'r- glyn district, reported the number of out-door paupers to be 290, and the outlay to be t66 7s. 6d. Mr. T. G. Thomas, Aberystwyth district, reported 214 paupers, and an expenditure of £ 48 2s. Mr. Morgan, liar district, 207 paupers, £ 5117s. 6d. expenditure. A Queer Application.-An application was made for re- lief for John Thomas, Penrhyncoch, who was said to be ill.—A member of the Board said that the applicant was seen making a coffin last week.—One of the Guardians said an application of that kind should not have been brought before the Board.—Another Guardian said the applicant never got out of bed except to make coffins. (Laughter.)—The application was not entertained. A Hottse.-Au application was made for a pair of shoes for a boy five years of age. The child, it was stated, lived with his grandfather, in a poor cottage that used to be attached to Ponaberth farm.—The Chairman said the cottage was some time ago disconnected from the farm, in order to get rid of the tenant. The boy's grand- father effected a lodgment in the cottage, and had not "ince been got out.—Mr. Hamer asked if the Sanitary Inspector had been seen there, and was told the Inspector had been there.—It seems the house is in a very bad state, but better than it used to be. The Aberystwyth Overseers. -Nfr. John James asked if the town overseers were present.—The Chairman said that they were not present, but the books had been sent for, so that the minutes could be referred to if the overseers attended to complain of the collector.—Mr. James thought whether the overseers came to complain or not, something should be done to get in the rates more regularly.—The Chairman said that the Board had no grievance as long as the calls were paid. There was only one call due, but if the second call was not paid that day then the overseers would be summoned.—Mr. James said the overseers had intimated they would come that day, as the arrears were very large, and they could not get the money in. Later on, the Chairman (addressing Mr. James) asked whether the overseers were coming or not.- Mr. James replied that they said so at the meeting of the Council, but he had seen one of them since and he seemed to be reluctant to come, because he said he did not wish to be the means of Samuel losing his situation. Balance in the Bank.-The Chairman said that the reason the balance in the bank was so small was that the Board had not been able to get the 91,000 to be borrowed for the new works, and R400 or 2500 had been used for the works, which would now be repaid. The delay in obtaining the 21,000 was due to the fact that a majority of the elected and ex-ofiicio Guardians had to sign the ap- plication, aud the signatures had to be attached at the board.—Mr.| Hamer said the explanation accounted satisfactorily for the small balance. Exchange of Groicad.-A letter was read sanctioning the exchange of a portion of ground between Mr. James and the Workhouse Board. Collectm's.-The Chairman said that the question of ap- pointing collectors would be postponed for a fortnight. The figures had only just come in. The amount paid as shown on the sheet was 2380, and Aberystwyth and two townships were left out.—Mr. Rees asked whether the parishes could be made to join in with the appointment of collectors instead of assistant overseers.—The Chairman said on looking through the Acts he believed they could do so. At the next meeting he would let them know ex- actly what was the law as to the question. It was pointed out that considerable payments made to the assistant overseers had yet to be added to the amounts in the sheet. PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29.-Before David Roberts, Esq., Mayor, Isaac Morgan, Esq., and J. W. Szlumper, Esq. Football in the Streets.-David Williams, mason's son, Portland-lane, David Jones, coachbuilder's son, North- parade, and David Price, mason's son, Portland-lane, were charged with playing football in Queen's-road on the 27th January.—Mir. Szlumper retired from the Bench during the hearing of the case.—Joseph Edwards, a lad who turned Queen's evidence, said he was playing foot- ball in Queen's-road. David Jones came along and gave the ball a kick, which sent the ball through Mr. Szlumper's window. The boys then all ran away. Mr. Szlumper stated that the glass in the window was broken into hundreds of pieces, and scattered all over the room. If hIS children had been in the room he could not tell what would have happened. He hoped the nuisance would be stopped in the future, He thought that the police could do much to stop it without the assistance of the Bench. The young policemen would do well to leave their canes at home, keep their eyes open, and their mouths shut.— Mr. Lloyd remarked that in future the police would endeavour to put the nuisance down. He promised to give the Bench a weekly treat. He would bring a batch of children before them weekly, and then they coutd assist in putting down the nuisance.—Dr. Ethé, a pro- fessor at the University College of Wales, spoke of the inconvenience he experienced in consequence of the children playing in Queen's-road. He had gone to the Town Clerk's office on one occasion, but found that it was too late he had then taken the law into his own hands, made a raid on the boys, and captured their balls. He had in his house at the present time three or four balls he had taken from boys playing in Queen's- square. He hoped the nuisance would be put down.—Mr. Szlumper remarked that he would forgive the boys for the damage they had done to the window.—Mr. Lloyd said that if the Bench fined the defendants 22 each it would step the nuisance.—Mr. Isaac Morgan said if the Bench fined the defendants the parents would suffer, and not the children.—In answer to the Bench, the defendants' parents gave the police liberty to cane the children if they were found playing in the streets again.-The Bench then fined each of the defendants Is., and costs, and said that in the next cases the fine would be £ 2.—James Salisbury, jun., Llanbadarn-road, Thomas Beyston, fitter, Mill-street, and Edward Edwards, moulder, Northgate Court, were als* fined Is. each, and costs, for playing football in Lewis Terrace on the 28th January. Salisbury and Edwards did not pay, and they were, therefore, ordered to be kept in the lock-up for twenty-four hours. Alleged Abuse.-William Morris, carrier, North Parade, was summoned by Elias Davies, coal merchant, North Parade, for having abused and threatened complainant on the 13th and 14th January.—Mr. Ravenhill appeared for the defendant. -Complainant did not appear.—Mr. Ravenhill said his client, the defendant, held a highly respectable position in the town. He (the speaker) had ample] evidence to show that there was nothing ;on earth in the charge. He hoped the magistrates would diamigg it with costs.—The Bench dismissed the case, without costs. A School Case.—Jane Parry, widow, High-street, was fined Is. for neglecting to send her child to school. Rates.—James Watkins, master mariner, Portland- street, was ordered to pay B2 Os. 10d., general district rate.
DEATH OF THE DEAN OF RIPON. Dr. M'Neile, Dean of Ripon. died on Tuesday even- ing, a few minutes before five, peacefully and apparently without the slightest pain. Printed by EDWARD WOODALL, and Published for the Proprietors at the dwelling-house of JACOB JONES, High-street, Bala, in the county of Merioneth; of JOHN GIBSON, 3, Queen's-road, Aberystwyth, in the county of Cardigan; and of DAVID LLOTI!, Porttnj.doc, iu.the county of Carnarvon. Friday, January J1, 18iJ.