DINAS MAWDDWY. QUARRY ACCIDENT.—On Wedneadsy, the 12th Feb., two men, named Thomas Jones and Solomon Jones, met with an accident at the Carlyle Slate and Slab Quarry. It appears they were loading finished slabs at No. 5 machine house, when by some means the slabs fell on to the men. They were severely crushed, but under the prompt and careful attention of Dr. J. Lloyd Ellis, it is to be hoped they will soon be enabled to resume their work.
PENRHYNDEUDRAETH. TREAT TO SCHOOL CHILDREN.—On Wednesday, Feb. 6, a treat in the form of a tea was given to the children of the Board School in Penrhyndeudraeth. The funds were raised by public subscription. About 400 children had tea. In the evening a public examination of the children took place, Mr. Rowlands, the schoolmaster, being the chief cathechizer. The examination gave great satisfac- tion to the parents of the children and others interested, and shewed that their teacher was succeeding very well in his endeavours to develop the minds of the children, and to give them a sound elementary education. The chair in the evening was occupied by Mr. L. H. Thomas, of Caerffynon, Talsarnau. A WEDDING.—On Thursday, Feb. 7th, Miss Harriett Gertrude Williams, of Deudraeth Castle, daughter of the late Mr. David Williams, M.P. for Merionethshire, was married to Mr R. Clover Beazley, of Birkenhead. Penrhyn- deudraeth was gaily decorated for the occasion, and in addition to a good display of flags, &c., there were several arches of evergreens with suitable inscriptions. In the evening the event was celebrated with bonfires and fireworks.
ABERYSTWYTH. COURSING.-On Saturday Sir PryselPryse, Goggerddan, gave a day's coursing on Brynllys, and on Wednesday, Feb. 12, Mr. G. G. Williams gave the same liberty to a party of Aberystwyth sportsmen. ABERYSTWYTH WATER SUPPLY.—Mr. J. E. Thomas, sanitary engineer, of this to orn, has been appointed by the Council to prepare forthwith preliminary plans, sections, and estimate of a scheme to supply the district with water from Llyn Llygad y Rheiaol, at the base of the Plinlimmon Fawr, a distance of about fifteen miles from Aberystwyth. UNITED METHODIST FREE CHURCH.—On Wednesday, Feb. 5, a tea and bara brith was given to the Sunday School children of this Church, when about 120 sat down. This place of worship has recently undergone considerable improvements. As the friends are anxious not to increase their existing liabilities, they desire to defray this extra expense as soon as possible. Accord- ingly, several special efforts have lately been made. Another effort was made on Wednesday, when Mr. John Riice delivered a lecture on Afghanistan in its different aspects." The minister of the |place occupied the chair. In his introductory remarks the lecturer rapidly com- mented upon the different tribes in Afghanistan, &c. Pro- ceeding to the immediate subject of the lecture, he gave several interesting illustrations, appropriately mingling the humorous and grave. The lecture was at once com- prehensive, amusing, and instructive. THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF WALES MAGAZINE:—The new number of this magazine contains two short articles referring to the museum. From the first article it may be inferred that visitors are welcome. Might not something be done to enable the public to obtain access to the museum more readily than is now possible. From the second arti- cle we learn that the museum has been recently enriched by a donation of unusual importance. Mr. E. A. Richards, Armroth, Begelly' Pembrokeshire, has presented a collec- tion of 430 coins. Of these 320 are Roman coins from the time of the Republic down to the fall of the Eastern Empire. There are also Greek coins, and coins from Syria and Parthia. One coin of Berenice wife of Ptolemy Soter, "although two thousand years old is as clear as a groat of our own Elizabeth." The inhabitants of Aber- ystwyth and the district have no idea of the extent of the museum or of the interesting objects it contains. A WEDDING.—The marriage of Mr. John Joseph Bonsall, eldest son of Mr. Bonsall, of Fronfraith, near Aberystwyth, with Emily Frances, only surviving daughter of the late Rev. James Hughes, M.A., Berrow, Worcestershire, was on Thursday, Feb. 6, solemnized at All Saints' Church, Norfolk-square, Paddington, in the presence of a large number of guests. The bride was met on her arrival at the church by her bridesmaids, who were Miss Bonsall and Miss C. Bonsall (sisters of the bridegroom), Miss Ross, Miss Parry, and Miss K. Bonsall (cousins of the bride). The bride, who was given away by her brother, Captain George Hughes, wore a rich white satin dress draped and trimmed withlphite, brocaded silk and orange blossoms, tulle veil, and wreath of orange blossoms. The bridesmaids' dresses were pale blue silk, trimmed with embroidered cashmere, and hats with ostrich feathers to match. The bride's travelling dress was peacock blue silk, trimmed with old gold brocade, jacket, hat, and feathers to match. The bridegroom's best man was Mr. B. E. Morgan. The ceremony was performed by the Rev, H. Benson (cousin of the bride), assisted by the Rev. R. Jukes. Breakfast was served at the residence of the bride's mother, where many valuable presents were dis- played. Amongst those present not already mentioned were Mrs. Bonsall and Mr. H. Bonsall, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Roberts, Mrs. Hughes, Major Sydenham Ross, Colonel and Mrs. Lloyd Philipps, Major A. Roberts, Mrs. Benson, Mr. Boulton Bennet, General A. Roberts, R.E., Mr. T. W. Bonsall, and Mr. R. Jukes, &c. In the after- noon Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall departed for Brighton amidst Oe usual shower of slippers and rice. ENTERTAINMENT.—The fifth popular evening entertain- ment was held at the Queen's Hotel Assembly Rooms, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, under the presidency of Mr. David Roberts, the mayor. There was a good attendance. Mr. A. Evans accompanied the singers on the pianoforte. the programme was well arranged, and all did their best, and their efforts were successful, to make the entertain- ment a pleasant one. It is intended to give one more entertainment only, the series of six, which were decided upon, being completed in the next. The programme was as follows :—Instrumental, Messrs. Careswell, Murphy, Hawkins, Evans, and Kain part song, "The Village Blacksmith," National School Choral Society reading, selection from a Night with Twins," Mr. W. H. Groves; song, Keep it Dark," Mr. John Jones song, The Miller's Daughter," Miss Ann Evans recitation, The Hermit," Mr. T. Bateman solo (pianoforte)- "Irish Diamonds," Miss Brightwell; glee, The Three Chaffers," (Male Voices) National School Choral Society song, Nance o'r Glyn," Mr. John Williams reading, The Rev. Canon Phillips instrumental, Fantasia on German Songs, (Band) Conductor, T. Kain (Trumpet Major), duet, "The Flight of the Swallows," Miss Keel- ing and Miss Hepworth reading, Mr. Arthur T. E. Davies song, The Blue Alsatian Mountains," Miss L. J. Jones instrumental, Messrs. Careswell, Murphy, Hawkins, Evans and Kain glee, Sir Knight," National School Choral Society; finale, God save the Queen." COUNTY COURT.—The following cases were disposed of before Deputy Judge Hodson, after going to press last week :-David Jenkins, late of the Hope and Anchor, v. Walter Wemyss, described in the summons as a gentle- man, residing at Trefechan. Mr. Giiffith Jones appeared for plaintiff, and Mr. Ravenhill for defendant. The claim was for £19 17s. 6d. for breach of contract and money paid. The plaintiff stated that in February, 1878, he was asked by defendant to repair and look after his boat, which he agreed to do, upon the understanding that he should have the use of the boat for purposes of fishing in the following season. The fishing season extended from April to November. Under that arrangement he engaged a carpenter, and assisted him in scraping, tarring, and painting the boat. He took the boat out for a few days in May and June, and received Cl Is. 7d. In July the de- fendant employed another man, and gave the boat into his charge. He paid 8s., 6s., and other small sums, amounting to 17s. 6d. Defendant, for the defence, stated that the plaintiff had neglected to look after the boat, and in con- sequence of his conduct he had to engage another man. He never agreed to pay wages to plaintiff, but he was to ha,ve a share of the fish caught. During the time plaintiff had charge of the boat he went out and caught fish, and he had his share of them as agreed. If he had looked after the boat defendant would not have taken it from him. Judgment was given for the plaintiff for 17s. 6d., without costs.-The other case was an interple&der sum- mons, in which G. H. Jones, Goginian was plaintiff, George Underwood defendant, and Frank Underwood claimant. The plaintiff had obtained judgment against George Underwood, and had made a levy on Cwmbruno Mine, and Frank Underwood had made a claim for the mine. Mr. Griffith Jones appeared for G. H. Jones, the plaintiff, and Mr. A. J. Hughes for the claimant. Mr. Hughes stated that his client had not come down from London to attend the court. Judgment was therefore given in favour of the plaintiff, Mr. Jones. A jury which had been called in this case was then discharged. PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH.— Before John Watkins, Esq., Isaac Morgan, Esq., and J. W. Szlumper, Esq. Drunkenness.—On the information of P. S. Evans, John Roberts, labourer, Moor-street, was fined Is. and costs. Defendant said that he was not well, and he got a glass of rum to cure him. Chimney onfire.-James Humphreys, mariner, Rheidol Place, was charged with having allowed his chimney to go on fire on February 5th. P.C. D. Davies proved the case and defendant was fined Is. and costs. uausmg an uostrucrton.john Humphreys, mariners son, Prospect-place, Isaac Jones, carrier's son, Robert Humphreys, ostler's son, Windmill Court, and Thomas C. Chamberlaine, tailor's son, Vulcan Court, were charged by Mr. Superintendent Lloyd with having caused an ob- struction in Shipbuilders'-raw by standing thereon and throwing stones on the 10th February.-P.C. J. Evans said that at nine o'clock last Monday night he was on duty in Shipbuilders'-row, and he saw a large crowd of boys near the Sailors' Arms public house. He tried to drive them away, when John Humphreys took up a stone and tried to hit the constable. The boy did not throw the stone. They were making a great noise, and blocking up the streets.—David Williams, landlord of the Sailors' Arms, said he heard a dreadful noise. He went out and saw the boys throwing stones at the public house sign, and into the house He saw Chamberlaine throwing stones-One of the boys then said that Humphreys also threw stones. —Witness continued by stating that the boys threatened to knock out his brains, and when he went into the house they threw stones in after him.—James Edwards said he saw a lot of boys about the place.—Mr. Lloyd stated that it was really dangerous to go down to Tany- cae for those boys.—The Bench said that defendants were liable to a fine of B2. They would, however, be fined 10s. each and costs. The Bench added that they were determined to put an end to such dangerous practice. Vagrancy. -George Taylor, tramp, Liverpool, charged with vagrancy, was dismissed on promising to leave the town.
TRE'RDDOL. PETTY SESSIONS.—At the last Tre'rddol Petty Sessions, held on February 6, there were present only Mr. Edward Jeffreys. There were but two or three cases to be heard, one of which was compromised, and the other two ad- journed.
FORDEN BOARD OF GUARDIANS, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5.Prosent: Mr. R. J. Harrison (chairman), Messrs. W. Withy and Thos. Williams (vice-chairmen), Mr. R. E. Jones, the Rev. R. M. White and Mr. S. Powell, ex-officio, Messrs. J. Humphreys and T. Langford, Berriew, John Hotchkiss, Castlewright, Richd. Jones, Churchstoke, Evan Roberts, Dd. Jones, Cyfronydd, Wm. Roberts, Hope, Wm. Williams, Leighton, George Evans, Middletown, Robt. Groves and Aaron Davies, Montgomery, W. Morris Pugh, Pool Lower, W. X. Parker, W. Rogers, and W. Rowland, Pool Middle, John Jacks, Rhosgoch, John Jones, Trewern, R. Wilkes, Forden, and Stephens, Chirbury. Mr. W. Wilding, clerk. Statistical.—The following were the amounts expended in out- door relief during the past fortnight—Welshpool, by Mr. Jones, 916 7s. 6d., to 115 recipients; Montgomery, by Mr. R. Tomley, Z16 8s. 6d., to 94 recipients; Worthen, by Mr. J. Oliver, Z13 12s. 7d., te 95 recipients. The Master reported the number in the house to be 141. Vagrants relieved during the fortnight, 10. Election of Relieving Officer.-The Chairman said there had been the names of nineteen candidates received. He suggested that the applications should be read out, and then the testimonials of any candidate who might be proposed. If more than one candidate were proposed they would proceed to vote by ballot, and this would be continued until one ob tained an actual majority of the Board. (Hear, hear.)—The Clerk then read out the applications.—Mr. J. Humphreys pro- ?osed that Mr. Robt. H. Lloyd, of Newtowm, ba appointed.— he Rev. R. M. White seconded the motion.—Mr. W. T. Parker proposed that Mr. Rich. Francis, Welshpool, be elected, and Mr. Wm. Roberts seconded the motion.—Mr. W. Rogers proposed and Mr. Wilkes seconded, the appointment of Mr. Geo. Fortune, of WelshpooL The testimonials of these three candidates were read out, and on the voting papers being read out it was shown that there were thirteen votes in favour of Air. Francis, eight for Mr. Lloyd, and three for Mr. Fortune.—Mr. Francis had there- fore a majority of votes of the twenty-four guardians present.— The Chairman said that that having been the result of the voting, he would propose that Mr. Francis be elected relieving officer for the Welshpool district, subject to the sanction of the Local Government Board.—Mr. W. T. Parker said he had great pleasure, as a large ratepayer of Welshpool, in seconding the motion; which was carried.—Mr. Francis was called before the Board, and informed ef the result of the voting, and returned thanks for his appointment. Pneumatic Bells for the House.—Mr. C. Lewis, of Welshpool, sent in a tender for fitting up a number of pneumatic bells in the house, and keeping them in repair for three years, amount- ing to 915 10s. He also attended and explained the working of the bells.-The Chairman remarked that he had one in his own house which worked admirably.—On the motion of Mr. Withy, seconded by Mr. Powell, the tender was accepted. The Gaer Mill and the Water Supply.-The Clerk said the Committee had met that morning, and had presented the fol- lowing report:— To the Guardians efjthe Forden Union. Gentlemen,—The committee appointed at the last meeting of your Board with reference to the lease of the Gaer Mill, and the supply of water to the workhouse, beg to report in the first instance that they recommend that inasmuch as this lease will expire on the 25th March next, and consequently that little time remains to report and decide upon the questions for considera- tion, the Guardians apply to the Earl of Powis for permission to remain tenants of the mill and lands at the present rent, and generally upon the terms of such lease for one year, which will give them ample time to consider the general question of water supply, and to ascertain the best means of obtaining a permanent supply for the future direct from the river Camlad, and to make the necessary trials during the enstdng summer. R. J. HARRISON, Chairman. 5th Feb., 1879." On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. Withy, the re- port was adopted.
NEWTOWN WESLEYAN FOREIGN MISSIONS. -The'annual sermons in connection with these missions were preached on Sunday, Feb. 9, by the Rev. W. Powell, of Llanfyllin, in the Wesleyan Chapel. The attendance at each service was very good, and the collections were in excess of those of last year. On Monday a public meeting was held, when addresses were delivered by the Rev. W. Powell and other gentlemen. ENTERTAINMENT.—The Newtown Amateur Christy Minstrels gave an entertainment in the Public Rooms on Monday, Feb. 10th, in aid of the funds of the Infirmary. This was the Minstrels' first appearance in public, and much interest was shown in the event, as large numbers were unable to obtain admittance into the hall, which was literally packed. Seldom has there been such an audience within its walls. The Company numbers some twenty members, and includes a band of two violins, piccolo, clarionet, cornet, baritone, euphonium, violin- cello, and harmonium. The programme was well arranged; the first part consisting of solos, choruses, and overtures, and the second part of a humorous trio, clog dance, farce, stump oration, and walk round. It was throughout a most excellent performance, and gave great satisfaction. The same programme, with some few alterations, was given the following evening to a large audience. We under- stand the company intend giving entertainments in several places in the county. CONCERT.—Mr. Kempe's concert was given in the Public Rooms on Thursday evening, Feb. 6, and was a decided success. The vocalists were Miss Jeannie Rosse, of the Crystal Palace, and Mr. S. Jackson, of Mr. Chas. Halle's concerts, Manchester. The artisteslwere well received and frequently encored. The admirable singing of Miss Rosse was the great feature of the entertainment. The members of the Newtown Glee and Madrigal Union also rendered efficient service. The accompanist was Mr. Kempe. The following ladies and gentlemen took part in the concert :-Miss Ray, Mr. Kempe, Mr. S. Jackson, Miss Owen, Messrs. J. and E. Owen, Mr. T. M. Taylor, Miss Jeannie Rosse, Mrs. Schofield. Miss Issard, Mr. W. Francis, and Mr. J. C. Gittins. BOARD OF GUARDIANS, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5.-Present i Messrs. J. P. Davies, chairman, James Hall, vice-chairman, R. Lloyd, C. Morgan, John Smout, John Hall, John Thomas' E. W. Savage, Andrew Davies, John Pryce, Edward Davies' David Lloyd, Edward Morgan, Thomas Francis, Edward Lloyd, M. H. Davies, Thomas Pryce; Mr. Richard Williams, clerk. Bell Communications.-The following report was read :— Gentlemen,—We have carefully considered the various plans and costs in erecting a good and efficient system of bell commu- nication in the Workhouse, and unanimously agree that the offer made by Mr. Charles Lewis, Welshpool, would be most perfect, and answer the requirements of the House best. We, therefore, beg to inform the Board that we have decided to accept Mr. Lewis's offer.-(Signed) C. MORGAN, J. HALL, JOHN SMOUT, DAVID LLOYD, E. W. SAVAGE, EDWARD DAVIES." The Clerk read the offer of Mr. Lewis, who said he would sup- ply the whole of the apparatus, and guarantee the bells for five years for the sum of 421 15s.-It was decided to accept Mr. Lewis's tender. Visit of the Local Government Board Inspector.-The Clerk read the following entry in the visitor's book I made this day the usual half-yearly inspection of the Workhouse. The bread does not seem quite as good as it should be.—T. LLOYD MURRAY BROWNE, Local Government Board." The Vice-Chairman remarked that the Inspector did not say anything about Grice's case, or that he had investigated the matter. It was rather singular that nothing was said about it. He suggested that the Clerk should write to the Local Govern- ment Board, reminding them that the Guardians had forwarded particulars of the case, but had not received an answer. The Local Government Board investigated unimportant matters, but when an important case came before them nothing was heard about it. He thought they were not treated courteously atxall by the Board in London.—It was decided that the Clerk should write to the Local Government Board reminding them of the report which the Guardians had sent them on the sub- ject. LOCAL BOARD, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7.—Prsent: Messrs. E. Rowley Morris (chairman), C. Morgan (vice-chairman), George Morgan, T. Eo Issard, Thomas Pryce, Edward Davies, Edward Edwards, Edward Wooley, John Hall, Edward Jones, John Davies, '1'. Turner, and Pryce Jones Mr. W. Cooke, clerk Mr. P. Reekie, surveyor Mr. E. Powell, solicitor. PURCHASE OF LAND. The CHAIRMAN said he had invited Mr. Powell, their solicitor, to attend that meeting to explain what had occurred between Mr. Bell and Mr. Evan Powell with regard to the purchase of the land required for sewage outfall. Mr. POWELL said that Mr. Bell was the arbitrator for that Board, and Mr. Evan Powell for Mr. Elwell. They had ap- pointed Mr. John Humphreys, of the Rectory, Berriew, as umpire, an appointment it was their duty to make before coming to an understanding. The two arbitrators had had a meeting in Newtown, and so far as his information went they had failed to come to an agreement. That being so the matter would now lie with the umpire. It appeared that Mr. E. Powell had wished Mr. Humphreys to meet the two arbitrators and to come to an agreement then and there, but he had written to the umpire asking him to have a hearing in the ordinary manner at which both sides might have an opportunity of appearing and calling evidence. It was proposed that the sitting should be in March, and that the arbitrators and umpire should sit at the same time, and so save the expense tlf one hearing. The CHAIRMAN said the fact was, they wanted a secret hear- ing, and the Board all felt they should have an open one. Mr. POWELL said Mr. Bell had quite agreed with him that the proper course was to sit and everyone to know. He added, in reply to Mr. C. Morgan, that he could not say it was impossible for the arbitrators to come to an agreement without referring to Mr. Humphreys, but he had no hope himself it was highly im- probable. The umpire would go over the land either before or after the hearing. Mr. J. HALL expressed his approval of the course adopted by the solicitor. Mr. Evan Powell had desired that which as mem- bers of that Board they could not agree to. They were in the hands of Mr. Edward Powell, and he proposed that his recom- mendations be adopted. The CHAIRMAN said a motion was not necessary, as the matter was in the hands of the solicitor. The Board had felt that they would be only doing their duty in having a public hearing. Mr. POWELL said that sometimes arbitrators or umpires had attempted to come to a decision in secret, but the Court would in all cases upset the judgment. If both sides did not agree they could insist upon a public hearing. They had secured Mrs. Kerr Jones's interest in her land, and he had requested the agent to give notice to one tenant. The CHAIRMAN said notice had been given. KEEP OF HORSES. Mr. J. HALL understood that the Board had expressed a de- termination that the description of corn used for the horses should be Indian corn, which was cheaper than oats, and quite good enough for horses doing the work theirs did. He saw they were still buying oats. He proposed that they should send out applications for tenders for a period of six or twelve months and that these tenders be received that day month, for so much Indian corn and so much bran. The supply should be left in the hands of the contractor to supply them as they required it. There were a number of gentlemen on the Board who would know what was required to keep two horses. He could recollect some months ago they had been overcharged something like 2s. a bag for com. It should certainly be contracted for Mr. EDWARb DAVIES agreed with Mr. Hall that the corn should be supplied by contract, but was afraid no dealer would care to tender for so long a period as twelve months; three months would be enough. Indian corn was a good thing for horses, but too much of it was injurious. Mr. GEO. MORGAN asked if a thing of this kind should not be left to one of the Committees. (Hear, hear.) The CHAIRMAN said they had what they called a Horse Com- mittee. The matter was left to Messrs. Turner, Hall Ed Davies, and Ed. Edwards. CLASSIFICATIONS OF ROADS. The CHAIRMAN said that as the Court of Quarter Sessions did not intend to act in the matter of the roads until the trusts ex- pired, the Committee appointed to consider this subject had taken no action. It would therefore stand over. THE MORTUARY. Mr. GEO. MORGAN asked what decision had been come to with regard to the mortuary, which was a subject upon the agenda. The CHAIRMAN said it-had been deferred. ° ° Mr. MORGAN said.they appeared to be postponing evervthing Mr. ED. DAVIES asked if the Board thought there was any use in entertaining the idea of a mortuary. The CHAIRMAN said they would have to do so by the Act as the Burial Board. They would have to entertain the idea of a cemetery before long, amI they might have a mortuary in that. THE WATER SUPPLY. The CHAIRMAN said he would call a special meeting to con- sider this, which was another question on the agenda. Mr. G. MORGAN thought there was no use in having a special meeting unless the members wished It. The CHAIRMAN said to go into the matter then would only in- volve them in a good deal of useless talk. Mr. G. MORGAN said they appeared to be shelving the matter. Mr. HALL said that when the sewerage system was completed the use of the water would be required to carry it out. For the Board to discuss the question in their present transition state would be premature. They had a good supply of water from wells, and the last return showed that the people had not only existed, but that the town was in a tolerably good condition Mr. G. MORGAN agreed that the subject should be adjourned until the sewerage system was completed. He did not agree however, that water was not required. The waterworks water was pure, but that used in the town was not pure. Even that of Lady well was contaminated with surface water. Mr. HALL disputed that statement The water of Ladywell and other wells was rare water, and had been proved pure by analysis over and over again. Mr. ISSARD called the Board back to Dr. Blaxall's report upon the water supply of the town. That was not in accordance with Mr. Hall's remarks. He wished to know the use of shelving the matter in this way ? It must be dealt with sooner or later They had written a shuffling letter to the Local Government Board saying they were taking steps in accordance with Dr. Blaxall's requirements, and were not doing so, but were resting content with merely giving their private opinions as to the condition of the water. There was no doubt about it, it was not pure Mr. C. MORGAN said the question would have to be fought some time, but he did not think any gentleman was prepared to propose a resolution that evening, and he proposed that the matter be adjourned. Mr. ED. JONES said the matter was in a transition state. They could not at present compel anyone to take the water. They had no water closet system in the town. It would be quite pre- mature to go inte the matter new. They must have the water to flush the drains, and he thought they were paying a good deal too much for it. He had been astonished at wuat Mr. George Morgan had said about the waterworks water; it was not M good as that of the wells. Mr. G. MORGAN said he should not have made the statement he had without having some authority for it. He had the water- works water at his house, and also had a very good well He had samples of both waters analysed by Dr. Blunt, and this had been his ground for saying the waterworks water was pure The subject then dropped. THE MOCHDRE BRIDGE. The SURVEYOR said the Highway Board wished to have the repair of this bridge adjourned for a time. The sum of £25 or £ 30 would be required to do t1te work. A MEMBER remarked that he would not like to take a heavy load over the bridge in its present condition. The CHAIRMAN said they should be relieved of all responsi- bility if they communicated with the other Board to the effect that they wished to have the repairs done at once. This was agreed to. THE SALE OP MANURE. Mr. JOHN HALL complained of the low price they got for their manure at present-Is. a load. He gave notice that he should move at the next meeting that a depdt be obtained the Surveyor in the meantime to enquire as to any likely places and that the manure be sold publicly. Mr. MORGAN said the present system had been adopted tem- porarily, as the Board had been in difficulties with regard to the obtaining of a depot. From his own experience of buying the manure by auction, he thought the present arrangement more advantageous to the Board. He should, however, be haDBy to second Mr. Hall's motion. THE ANALYSING OF MILK. Mr. EDWARD JONES introduced his motion with reference to the testing ot the quality of the milk sold by the dealers in the town. He did not know what position they were in at present with regard to this matter, as the appomtrnent of Inspector was vacant, but he certainly thought it should be one of the dutidb of the new officer. (Hear, hear.) He believed there was a likelihood of an order being received for all milksellers to be licensed by that Board. The CHAIRMAN had seen something to that effect in the papers, and if that were the case it would not be necessary te propose any motion. Mr. HALL thought it would have a beneficial effect if it were known that instruments were about to be obtained, and the milk tested. Mr. E. JONES proposed that they empower their new InsDee- tor, when appointed, to obtain the necessary instruments and test the milk, and if necessary forward samples for analysis. Mr. ISSARD remarked that he had a lactometer The motion was agreed to. THE SEWERAGE. The CLERK read the following letter from the engineer 1, Westminster Chambers, Westminster, S. W. 29th January. 1879 William Cooke, Esq., Newtown. Dear Sir, Newtown Sewerage. Mr. William Meats has been with me; he has corrected his schedule prices to my entire satisfaction. By to-morrow's Boot I will send copy of the corrected schedule, the original nricea being written with black, and the amended prices with red ink You will see that in one or two items I have made a consider- able deduction. A copy of the specification, bill of quantities, and schedule of prices will have to be annexed to contract deed—Truly yours EDWARD DUDLEY. The CLERK said that since that letter he had received another saying that, being very pressed by business, he had not been able to put things in order, but that the Board should have the things promised in a day or two. The following letter was read from the contractors Contractor's Office, Nottingham, January 29th 1879 W. Cooke, Esq., Clerk to the Local Board, Newtown. Dear Sir,— Newtown Sewerage. We are much obliged to you for your letter of the 25th instant, informing us of the acceptance of our tender for the above su £ ject to certain conditions. With regard to Condition I.-That we revise to some extent our schedule of prices. We beg to state that we have seen Mr. Dudley at hie London office, have gone through the schedule with him and have made such alterations as he deemed necessary. Condition II.—We beg to name the following gentlemen as our sureties Mr. William Tempest, Mayfield House. Tamworth Mr. H. Meats, Col wall Court, Malvern. D Cmditwnlll.—That we agree to complete the works in twelve months from the date of contract. As we are liable (according to the terms of the specification) to a very heavy penalty we fully undertake to complete in the specified time, and hone to be able to complete much earlier. Please prepare our contract at your earliest convenience — Yours faithfully, MEATS BROTHERS. On the motion of Mr. C. MORGAN, seconded by Mr. PRYCE. it was unanimously agreed that Mr. Powell, the Board's solicitor prepare the necessary contract. THE LOAN. The following letter was read from the Local Government Board :— 31st Jan., 1879 Sir,—I am directed by the Local Government Board te. acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 25th instant and to state that they have, pursuant to the 243rd section of the Public Health Act, 1875, recommended the Public Works Loan Commissioners to lend to the Ne wtownf and LlanIlwchaiarn Local Board the sum of £6,600 for the purchase of land required for the disposal of the sewage of their district, and £9,406 for works of sewerage, and sewage disposal. If the Commissioners decide to advance the loan upon the- recommendation of the Board, the amount will bear interest at the rate of £4 and JE3 10s. per centum per annum, and will have to be repaid within a period not exceeding fifty and thirty years respectively. The Board direct me to point out, however, that their power only extends to recommending the Public Works Loan Com- missioners to make advances under the section referred to. It is for the Commissioners to determine whether they will act upon this recommendation, and the Sanitary Authority should communicate with them on the subject. The Board's final sanctions to the loans are enclosed.—I am sir, your obedient servant, WALTER J. SENDALL, Assistant Secretary. To W. Cooke, Esq., &c. SURCHARGE BY THE AUDITOR. The CHAIRMAN stated that he had communicated with the Board above relating to the surcharge of £10 made by Mr Southern, being the amount the Board paid to Mr. Robinson as a remuneration for making the plans, and the Board's reply was to the effect that they were nght in doing so, and that the auditor's reasons for the surcharge ceuld not be supported. FINANCE. The CLERK read the following, Treasurer's account:—Receipts- General district rate, j677 17s. 5Jd. highway, £30 18s. 8ira •" district fund, £U 12s. 6d.; total, jE123 8s. 5d. Payments £238 7s.; balance in hand, £137 12s. 3d.; uncollected The Chairman considered the finances were satisfactory. VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE. The CLERK read a petition from the above, pointing out the facts that, while the main streets, in case of a fire, were well supplied with water, other places were out of reach, and sub- mitting a list of the apparatus they considered requisite for the working of the brigade, and safety of the town. After a few re- marks, the matter was ordered to be placed on the agenda I THE APPOINTMENT OF INSPECTOR. The CLERK announced that there were seventeen applications for the above sffice, and the Board proceeded to consider the case of each candidate in camera. The result was that the following were selected for further consideration, as soon as the necessary information can be obtained :—Mr. Charles Hawkes (39), Yeovil, surveyor and inspector; Mr. John Brownrie (45), Llanidloes, surveyor and inspector; Mr. Frederick Castle-$ dine (29), Shrewsbury, inspector; and Mr. Edward Parke (28) Newtown, surveyor and engineer. This concluded the business before the Board. Printed by EDWARD WOODALL, and Published for the Pronrietor* at the dwelling-house of JACOB JONES, High-street Bala, in the county of Merioneth; of JOHN GIBSON, 3J Queen's-road Aberystwyth, in the county of Cardigan; and of DAVtc LLoYD: Portmadoc, in_the county of Carnarvon. Friday, February 1, 1879. i
UP AND DOWN THE COAST. THE BOARD "ABOVE." When members of Local Boards, Town Councils, Boards of Guardians, Rural and Urban'Sanitary Authorities, and other local bodies, assemble for the discussion of public questions they frequently speak of the Local Government Board as the Board above." This explanation is neces- sary to prevent the uninitiated from imagining that the Board above" is some celestial body that presides over Local Self Government, in this still unsanitary world. The Local Government Board is composed a pre- sident, a secretary, several assistant secretaries, and a numerous company ef clerks. Here is something like a morning's performance when the president, the secretary, and assistant secretaries are not present at the "Board above." The top sawyers are seldom present, but then they are such clever fellows, and know their work so well, that personal attendance is at best only a weak con- cession on their part to the public, who never will under- stand that really first-class men can do their work any- where, and in any space of time, however brief. First Clerk (to large number of other clerks)—Oh, here's a rich thing. (Holds a letter up.) What do you think? The Parochial Committee at Machynlleth (not pronounced very correctly) write to tell the Board that they will take no further steps respecting the water supply of that place for twelve months, because a landowner in the district asserts some right over the water which the Parochial Committee intended to take. That looks like energy, don't it, eh, Jones (addressing a clerk at a distant part of the room.) Jones (who is reading a long sheet of instructions, and has before him a pile of correspondence)—Energy. If you want energy just listen here. The town of Aberyst- wyth has discussed nearly a dozen water schemes, and now wants to know when our Board can hold an enquiry into a fresh scheme altogether. Old Clerk-I remember a fight this Board had in the old days with Lampeter, and Lampeter won. The Welsh Unions would not build workhouses, and we tried to make them, but for a long time they were too many for us. We knew a namesake of yours, Jones, as well as he is known in his own parish. I believe he is there yet. First Clerk—Here is a lot of correspondence—drainage and water works—about Lampeter. Same cry as at Machynlleth, some landowner or other won't let the in- habitants have water. Third Clerk—I have written hundreds of letters to Welsh Boards, but I never met with. a place equal to Aberystwyth. Old Clerk—Well, now, just look at Aberystwyth. Until about fifteen years ago nobody ever went to Aber- ystwyth, except of set purpose. Itisnotsosituatedthatyou might drop across it when you were going somewhere else, as you might drop across Worcester or Derby or Carlisle or Manchester. The few people who lived in the town in the days before railways had exaggerated opinions of their own importance, and looked at themselves as specially entitled to everything the town possessed. When our Board began to look them up they were astonished at our impudence, and indignantly asked if they could not do as they liked in their own town. The descendants of princes and bards naturally kicked against interference by ns. First Clerk—The Welsh Boards used to puzzle us most by writing, in answer to our sharp letters, that they were glad to receive our kind instructions, which they would take into consideration at one of the next meetings. Third Clerk—Just come here and look at these sub- jects. Bala Water; Festiniog Local Board Dolgelley Union Assistant Overseers; Portmadoc Gas; Pwllheli Drainage, &c.; Towyn Gas and Wards; Barmouth Drainage and Improvements Pwllheli Out-door Pauper- ism Criccieth Improvements; Aberdovey Harbour Llanidloes Drainage Machynlleth Drainage and Water Supply Borth Parochial Committee and Water Supply; Aberystwyth Union Assisstant Overseers Aberyst- wyth Poor Rates Collector Aberystwyth Water Supply;' Aberystwyth Rural Sanitary Authority; Tregaron Water Supply; Lampeter Death Rate; Lampeter Drainage and Water Supply, &c., &c. First Clerk (filling his pipe)—All we can do is to keep writing to ask the Boards how they are getting on. (Picking up a coloured sheet)—Ah, this is one of that In- spector's plans. How gorgeous the colouring. Third Clerk—You should read his reports. They are far more highly coloured than his plans. (Shouting to distant part of the room)—Another illustrious namesake of yours, Jones. First Clerk—What is the use of all this correspondence? Just look at these answers to former letters sent to Lampeter. They are of the most evasive description. Old Clerk — Yes, but you see the use of keeping the subject before the Lampeter Board is this. At the present time the death rate is higher than it ought to be, but the people are so confident the town is one of the healthiest places in the district that nothing can be done with them until they get alarmed by the number of deaths. First Clerk—Do you think the Boards pay any attention to our letters ? Old Clerk—Very little. Our Board so seldom takes action. Suppose our Board were to go to Aberystwyth and say that, in consequence of the long delay in carrying out the water works, they intended to send an engineer down to prepare plans, let contracts, and complete the water supply. The Town would treat the threat as a joke; but if at the end of three months, or six months, they were to carry their threat into execution, all the other places would arouse themselves, and we should get rid of a lot of these old subjects. One or two of our engineers ought to be always engaged in carrying out public works in districts where the local authorities have neglected their duty. First Clerk (who is engaged in answering letters)- What shall I say to all these people! Third Clerk—Come along, we will wipe them off. First Clerk—I wish they would send me down into Wales to report on these questions. Jones—You would make an awful fool of yourself if they did. Old Clerk—Of course he would. First Clerk—Why should I make a fool of myself. Old Clerk—You have read these reports until you think. Wales is a sort of Noman's land, and if you went there you would show you thought yourself to be a highly civilized gentleman, and would be laughed at. First Clerk—But look what noodles they are at "^Olcf Clerk—There you are. Aberystwyth is one of the cleanest looking towns you ever went into, and the inhabi- tants are people who see thousands of visitors every year. The leading men of Aberystwyth would smile at you if you gave yourself airs. They may be noodles as you call them, but they do not think so. Depend upon it, the people of Wales were not born yesterday. First Clerk—Something should be (An assistant secretary entered the room and all the clerks were dis- covered at their work). ABERYSTWYTH TREES. In a short time it will be too late to plant trees again this year. The Council has passed a resolution, and the work should be proceeded with. It will be a great pity if another year is lost. MAGISTERIAL AND CONVIVIAL. It may be right enough for magistrates to grant them- selves an extension of time, when a convivial meeting turns out to be more successful than was anticipated. Everything depends upon the standpoint. There is no harm in taking a glass of whiskey, nor in going to a public- house to take it. Magistrates, like other men, strictly speaking, have a right to do whatever the law does not prohibit. Men, however, are honourable or dishonour- able kind or unkind, generous or ungenerous, merciful or unmerciful, noble or ignoble, according to the way they exercise or abstain from exercising their rights. A man who does that which he has no right to do, brings himself within the reach of law. PERRY WINKLE, The Coast.
LLANIDLOES NOTES. As I very seldom have dreams, and rarely relate those which I have, perhaps I may for once make an exception, and give you an account of ajourney I took in my sleep the other night. My first recollection is of a swift flight through a cold and boisterous atmosphere, then of the air becoming calmer and warmer as I sped on, and ultimately of being conscious that I had gained the pure and genial climate of the Mediterranean. A strange impulse and power seemed to possess me, for I suddenly took a headlong dive, went under the blue waves some hundred fathoms, and alighted upon (what I took to be) the branches of a subterranean tree. What a revelation The tree I was perched upon formed a part of a forest of greater extent and beauty than any I had ever seen on dry land. Every branch had small and beau- tifully formed white blossoms upon them, and these were waving gently as the under currents of water passed through their branches. Instead of singing birds and buzzing insects, these trees seemed alive with myriads of small fish, some having wings as well as fins, which swam peacefully through the intricacies of the foliage, or shot past in chase of each other. What could it mean? For a solution of my perplexity I applied mere closely my eyes to the formation of the trees, and found them to be corallines. Then I tried my beak'upoa one of the branches, and found the outer coat- ing soft, like bark, a harder bite, and I pierced to the inner portion, which was hard, like heart of oak. I had just completed this observation when, to my utter amaze- ment I heard a little voice, thrilling with emotion, issue from a tiny mouth situated in the centre of one of the J.lollØ01Dllo Bite not so hard, you ignorant creature of the drier regious, for know you not that by so doing you inflict pain and injury upon a living animal—upon one who will in time, if left undisturbed, form a fragment of a new con- tinent." I felt at once that I must have bitten very nearly to its heart to make so amiable a creature speak in such cutting words. I therefore hastened to make the best apology I could, and then begged my new friend to enlighten my darkness about himself and fellows. "We are," began the "Blossom" in a soft musical and mollified tone, We are indeed but very low in the list of animals, as you perceive, having only comparatively re- cently (some say) merged from the vegetable kingdom, but if possessed of small claims to be in the same class as yourself at least we can, and do imitate the best ef you in one thing." What is that may I ask ?" said I, desir- ing to know what qualities are highest esteemed by the inhabitants of a country one hundred fathoms under the sea. "We each live our little lives to such purpose, that when they end, the new continent is nearer the surface of the ocean than it was before they commenced." I awoke and looking out of my tower-home, imagi- nation led me to believe I saw, in the spare, short farm, the wrinkled yet happy face of a little man, whose re. flection memory cast upon a cloud of mist arising from the close by, the explanation of my dream. I re- membered him as a patient, toiling, timid, and true man one who in life was little seen or heard, but who at death left a vacant space difficult to fill. In his endeavours to escape notice he would often frustrate that object by his nervousness, and, if induced to join in a general conver- ation his remarks would be most deferential in character, and invariably preceded by a little cough. Once or twice only is it recorded that he spoke above a loud whisper, and then his voice quivered as he repudiated a slander upon some friend of his, or de- fended a principle in which he believed. People in sorrow liked to tell him of their trials, for if he could not relieve-them, he kept their griefs sacred, and would express his sympathy more eloquently by a pres- sure of his bony hand than if he was master of the purest rhetoric. To see his face beam with pleasure at the happiness of others was to participate in their feelings I and to watch his contentment was to enjoy a continual feast. Reluctant to give advice unless pressed to do so, he never spoke without his opinions commanding respect; and although occupying a very humble station in life, with few advantages and many disadvantages, his power was a real one; felt by all who knew him, a power which tended silently, yet surely, to raise the new Continent" of Universal Equity into greater prominence, and to place it high above the turbid waves of self-seeking advantage. Last Wednesday the Quarterly Meeting of the Council should have been held. The Mayor and some four or five councilmen went to the hall at the appointed hour, but after waiting for some time they failed to get up a quorum, and conseqeutly the meeting could not be held. Besides the incidental expenses of calling such a meet- ing (such as the charge for the hall, &c.), the delay occa- sioned by the postponement of deliberations upon urgent matters of borough economy is most serious, and may en- tail a loss to the ratepayers, which, judging from the electoral protestations of their representatives, ought to be effectually guarded against. The Old Church Tower, Feb, 12. THE STORK.
CARDIGAN. ST. DAVID'S DAY.—The annual demonstration will take place this year on Monday, March 3rd, in order not to in- terfere with market day. The festivities will consist of a procession and public dinner in the Guildhall, to which the officers and men of the rifle volunteers are invited. CHORAL UNION.—It has been resolved to hold two festivals in June next, in connection with Cardigan Arch- deaconry Church Choral Union, one in Cardigan and the other in Newcastle Emlyn. The Rev. David Francis having resigned the post of one of the secretaries, the Rev. E. T. Jones, vicar of St. Dogmell's has been appointed in his stead. THE CARDIGAN STEAM NAVIGATION COMPANY.—The shareholders of thisJCompany, Towing the S.S. Tivy-Side held their annual meeting, on Wednesday, the 5th Feb., in the Guildhall, Mr. Thomas Davies, Bank House, pre- siding. A dividend of 7s. 6d. per share on the earnings of the six month3 ending December 31st was declared, and a large sum was carried forward to the reserve fund, which now stands at £ 624, £ 600 of which was ordered to be invested in consols in the name of the Chairman and two others. CARDIGAN GAS AND COKE CONSUMERS' COMPANY.— The annual meeting of the shareholders of this Company was held immediately following that of the steamer, Mr. T. Davies again presiding. A dividend of 5 per cent. on the year's working was carried, and sufficient was carried on to the reserve fund, for the necessary repairs to be car- ried out during the coming summer. The retiring direc- tors and auditors were re-elected. The proceedings were of a purely formal character. NAVAL RESERVE.—The members of the St. Dogmel's battery of the Royal Naval Reserve were inspected by Lieut. Odevine, of Tenby, on the 7th February. He ex- pressed his astonishment at the able manner in which the men went through the whole of their drill. The drill and firing with the 32-pounders was splendid both for rapidity and precision, three rounds of independent firing having been fired in three-and-a-half minutes, the first shot break- ing the long range target and the other two shots striking at the same spot. TOWN COUNCIL.—The quarterly meeting of the Council was held on Monday, Feb. 10th, Mr. Levi James presid- ing, owing to the continued indisposition of the mayor. The matters concerning the weighing of skins, the high- ways, the tramway, the water supply and the rates were again adjourned. It was reported that no old notes of hand given by the members of the Corporation were at the Bank, and the offer of the manager to give a written statement to that effect was accepted.—The road sur- veyor's estimate for the current quarter was passed. All sanitary matters were adjourned, owing to there being so few members present. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—The fortnightly meeting of this Board was held on Wednesday, Feb. 5, Mr. T. H. Brenchley presiding, in the absence of the Chairman. There was but a small attendance of Guardians. The Board resolved that they had nothing to do with a bill sent in by Dr. Davies, medical officer for No. 1 district of the union for attending a servant girl for a dislocation of the ankle, as the girl's master was the proper person to pay, she being engaged by him by the year. A bill of the same officer for medicines supplied in the Blaenporth diphtheria cases was also rejected, Dr. Davies being medi- cal officer for the Sanitary Board, from whom he received a fixed salary. A letter was read from the Secretary of the Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum at Carmarthen, stating that the price per head for pauper patients had been reduced to 8s. 3id. per week. Several bills were passed, and or- dered to be paid. CONCERTS.—Morning and evening complimentary con- certs took place in the Guild Hall, on Monday, Feb. 10, for the benefit of Miss Edith Abell, a young lady vocalist, who has recently been visiting this locality, and who has since left to fill an engagement in Boston, United States. The singing of Miss Abell was enthusiastically re- ceived by crowded audiences. Her voice is a beautiful soprano, of rare compass and power, and her role extends to all classes of music. Sullivan's "Lost Chord" was twice re-demanded. Her operatic selections were executed with admirable effect, while her rendering of "Home, Sweet Home," was full of pathos. Miss Abell was assisted by Mrs. and Miss Saunders Davies, Pentre; Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Evans, Cardigan; Miss Ducat, Pentre; Miss Bligh, Northumberland; Mr. T. R. Jones, Manordivy, and a choir containing a large number of the elite of the Tivy Side district. The concerts were perfectly successful. We understand that Miss Abell returns to England the latter end of April.
LLANIDLOES. MONTHLY MEETING.—The monthly meeting of the Calvinistic Methodists of the Montgomeryshire Upper Division, was held here on Wednesday and Thursday, February 5th and 6th. The officiating ministers were the Revs. D. LI. Jones, M.A., Llandinam, Dr. John Hughes, Liverpool, Joseph Thomas, Camo, Owen Jones, B.A., Newtown, Elias Jones, Gleinant, Trefeglwys. The services were well attended, especially the evening meet- ings.
BALA. PETTY SESSIONS, SATURDAY, FEB. 8TH.—Before O. Richards and E. Gilliat Jones, sqs, Drunkenness.—Daniel Mellichap, of Bala, and Robert Humphreys, senior, Plasey, were charged by P.C. William Jones with being drunk and riotous in High- street, Bala, on the nightof February 1st.—Fined 5s., and costs. LOCAL BOARD, FRIDAY, FEB. 7TH.—Present: Mr. D. Morgan, chairman; Messrs. W. T. Phillips, D. Row- lands, R. Hughes, D. Evans, R. Roberts, E. Jones, J. Jones, and R. Jones. Messrs. A. A. Passingham, clerk; W. Jones, surveyor and inspector. The following was the Surveyor's report:— To the Bala Local Board. Gentlemen,—Owing to the hard frost since the last meeting of the Board, the men have been employed mostly breaking stones. The covering of two lengths of ditches in Plasey-street have been completed. The other length from the junction of the two drains for about 30 rjrards should be laid with 18 in. pipes. This mode of treating this part of the drain would be far safer than building it with stones and covering it with flags, and the difference in cost would not be very great. Now that the frost is gone the covering of the ditch by Jabez Jones's house can be proceeded with.—I am, gentlemen, yours, &c., WILLIAM JONES, Surveyor. Finance.—The following accounts were submitted and passed:—Inspector and Surveyor's account for labourers' wages, JS7 10s. 7d.; Collector's salary, £6; incidentals, 4s. —Cheques were ordered to be drawn upon the Treasurer for the amounts. Drains.—The Sub-committee of distcict D were re- quested to see the drain opposite Jabez Jones's house and to report thereon. Medical Officer's Report was submitted and discussed. The Collector brought in his yearly account of the rate collected, stating the amount of arrears outstanding, which was passed. Water Supply.—In accordance with the resolution passed at the last meeting of the Board, Mr. Evan Jones, accom- panied with Mr. W. T. Phillips and Mr. Roberts, from the firm of Messrs. Merediths, Roberts, and Mills (Mr. Passingham's London Agents), visited the offices of Woods, &c., and also the Local Government Board Office, in London, to explain the waterworks scheme and to endeavour to get the terms offered to the Board by the Commissioners of her Majesty's Woods and Forests for permission to lay pipes through parts of Crown land, altered, so as to justify the Board in spending money on the scheme, these gentlemen reported the result of their efforts, which will be seen in the following correspondence, which w» re«i by the Clerty- f "15 January, 1879. Gentlemen,—Mr. Howard has had under considera- tion your letter of the 9th Feb., relative to the proposed licence to the Bala Local Board to take water from Llyn Arrenig Fawr, and to convey it through Crown land, and I am directed by him to inform you that with a view to meet the wishes of the Local Board, he will be pre- pared to grant them a licence to lay down and maintain water pipes through the Crown land, as indicated by a red line on the plan sent by Mr. Passingham, and subject to the existing rights of others to take water from Llyn Arrenig Fawr, and convey it through such pipes on the following terms and conditions :— The licence to be for thirty-one years, from the 5th instant. The rent to be £1 per annum. The licence to be prepared by the solicitor to this department in such form as he may settle, and to contain a full reservation in the terms herewith enclosed of all mines, minerals, stone, and substrata, with full power and liberty to enter and work the same, and to use the land and the water in the lake for the purpose of working other mines, minerals, stone, and substrate be- longing to Her Majesty, it being provided that the Crown Lessees and others exercising the power and liberty thus reserved shall make good any damages which may be done by them respectively to the water pipes within the Crown land, and shall execute such werks as may be necessary to prevent damage or injury to such pipes by reason of the exercise of the said power and liberty, and in the event of any dispute arising between the Crown Lessees or others exercising the said power, and the Bala Local Board, as to the nature or extent of the works necessary to prevent or to make good such damage or injury as aforesaid, every such dispute shall be from time to time referred by this de- partment, to some person to be appointed by the president for the time being of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the decision of such person shall be binding on both parties, and his charges and expenses shall be paid in equal moieties, one of such moieties by the Crown or its Lessees or others exercising the said power and liberty, and the other of such moieties by the Bala Local Board. The License will also contain clauses requiring the Licen- sees on its determination to remove the pipes and to restore the Crown land through which they were laid, and it will be granted subject to all (if any) existing Leases or Licenses granted by this department. "The charges for the licence, amounting to the sum of jE6 6s., will have to be paid by the Local Board. "On learning that these terms and conditions are agreed to by the Local Board, and on payment being made to Mr. W. C. Higgins, the receiver-general at this office, of the sum of j66 6s., Mr. Howard will cause a draft of the proposed licence to be sent for perusal. I am, gentlemen, your obedient servant, W. RUSSEL SOWRAY." —A printed statement of the reservations referred to was enclosed with the letter. To save time, on January 17th Messrs. Meredith, Roberts, and Mills sent a copy of the letter to the Local Government Board, asking to be in- formed whether, in the event of its terms being acceded to by the Bala Local Board, they are sach as would enable the Local Government Board to proceed with the loan. On the 6th January Messrs. Meredith and Co. wrote to Mr. Passingham :— 8, New-square, Lincoln's Inn, London, W.C., February 6, 1879. Bala Local Board. "Dear Sir,—We have to-day seen Mr. Sendall at the Local Government Board with reference to the letter received by us from the office of Woods on the 17th ult., a. copy of which we forwarded to you on that day. He informed us that his Board saw no objection to the terms proposed in that letter, and would be prepared to com- mence their enquiries with a view to the loan, if the Bala Local Board also approved. Mr. Sendall promises that a formal reply should be sent to us in the course of a day or two, and in the meantime you may consider that no objection will be raised by him.—Yours truly, "MEREDITH, ROBEBTS, and MILLS. "A. A. Passingham,Esq." —On the motion of Dr. Hughes, seconded by the Chair- man, a unanimous vote of thanks was passed to Messrs. E. Jones, and W. T. Phillips for their valuable services to the Board in London.—On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. D. Evans, it was resolved, That the Clerk write to the Local Government Board, and request that an inspector be sent down to hold an enquiry, and to inspect the plans, &c., of proposed water works, with a view of having a loan from the Public Works Commis- sioners."—Upon the motion of Mr. D. Rowlands seconded by Mr. J. Jones,.it was resclved, "That the terms offered in the letter from the office of Woods, &c., be ac- cepted subject to an alteration in the date of the com- mencement of the lease." The Bala and Festiniog Railway.—Dr. Hughes gave notice of motion that at the next ordinary meeting of the Board he will move that the £1,000 to be received by the Board from the Bala and Festiniog Railway Company for the portion of the Green taken for the railway, be in- vested in the building of cottages on the land belonging to the Board in Plasey, so as in some way to remedy the overcrowding of houses in the town. The meeting was adjourned to Friday next at six p.m.
BORTH. PENNY READINGS.—The penny readings were again held in the National Schoolroom on Wednesday evening, 12th Feb. The entertainment was conducted by Mr. Richards, farmer. There was a very good attendance, and much better order than last week, and the readings, &c., went off very well. THEJTIDES.—A correspondent writes :—On Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 10 and 11, the tides were very high at this place, the waves dashing over the tops and through some of the houses. Would it not be well for the Parochial Committee to take steps to keep back the sea, instead of crying for more water ?
ABERDOVEY. WINDOW CLEANING A LA BLONDIN, AND ITS RESULTS. —The dangerous practice of standing on the outside ledges of windows whilst cleaning them, resulted in a serious accident here the other day. A servant girl, whilst thus employed at the house of Mr. J. H. Jones, Glandovey-terrace, fell from a considerable height,-and only barely escaped impalement by the iron railings in front, which, however, caught one of her arms, which was badly mangled, the girl also receiving other severe injuries. It is to be hoped this accident will in some degree check the too prevalent custom that caused it. SHIPBUILDING.—Another new vessel was launched here on Saturday, Feb. 8, this time from the yard of Mr. Roger Lewis. She is named the "Sabrina," after Miss Marsh, of Carno. The way in which the vessel was launched evoked general expressions of admiration. After reach- ing the water the usual practice of "heeling over" was gone through, in order to give the knowing ones ashore an opportunity of judging of her stability. The Sabrina is about 140 tons burden. She will be commanded by Capt. D. Bowen, and is intended for the coasting trade. Not- withstanding the depression of almost every branch of in- dustry caused by the incubus of a Beaconsfield Govern- ment, shipbuilding here retains some vitality. Another new vessel is about to be commenced immediately at the Penhelyg yard. DEATH OF MR. ELLIS EDWARDS.—Intelligence has been received here of the death at Perth, Western Aus- tralia, of Mr. Ellis Edwards, late of Pier House, at this place. Mr. Edwards some time sinqe accompanied a vessel of which he was the owner to the Antipodes, with a view to benefit his health. The vessel was lost on the coast of Australia, where Mr. Edwards had the yellow fever. Consumption afterwards supervened, to which he succumbed on November 9. The remains were interred with Masonic honours the deceased being a member of the craft. Irh funeral, of which a photograph has been received by the friends of the deceased gentleman, was numerously and respectably attended. The following extract from an Australian journal will, no doubt, be interesting to the numerous friends of the deceased in this neighbourhood:—" Mr. Edwards, through his kind gentle- manly demeanour, made many friends both in Perth and Fremantle, and, although a comparative stranger among us, the largely attended funeral testified to the esteem in which he was held. Many ladies of Perth, who interest themselves in the welfare of the sick in the Colonial Hospital—among them Lady Ord, who furnished the materials—wove a wreath of immortelles and sent it to be laid on the deceased gentleman's coffin." THE IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE.—We have it, on the authority of the wisest of men, that better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof;" but the rub is to attain the end without a hitch, especially with movements of public benefit, in face of the obstacles that crop up as the consummation of the objects in view are approached. At a meeting of the Improvement (general) Committee on Tuesday evening, Feb. 11, there were ominous indications that the movement started to benefit the place is under- going a crisis. Whether it will blow over will depend on the amount of forbearance exercised. After the success that has so far attended the efforts of the Committee, it is to be hoped that nothing will come between them and carrying out the improvements contemplated at the in- auguration of the movement. HIGH TIDES.—There have been exceedingly high tides here during the last few days. Fortunately there has been no wind from any quarter that could in any degree swell the tides, otherwise the houses on the Promenade would have had another water supply less welcome, if more plentiful, than that which at present goes by courtesy under that name. ENTERTAINMENT.—The seventh of the Aberdovey Im- provement Committee's series of fortnightly entertain- ments was held in the Market Hall, on Tuesday evening, February 11, Mr. S. Roley presided. The accompanists on the pianoforte to the various pieces were the Misses James, M. Pemberton, J. M. Rowlands, and Mr. J. Williams, N.S., Towyn. The programme was as follows —Glee, "The Sleighing Glee," Aberdovey Glee Party; song, "Y deryn pur," Miss Anne Williams; song, Mr. H. S. Roberts, B.S., Pennal; piano duet, Miss and MissM. Pemberton; song and chorus, Driven from home," Miss Williams and party, Towyn song, "The turkey and the bear," Mr. R. Humphreys, Llanbrynmair (encored) song, "Sing and love like me," Miss J. M. Rowlands (encored); song, Dangos dy hun," Mr. Edward Wi1 liams; trio, "My mother's kiss," Misses Rowlands and Clayton and Mr. W. Williams; reading, "The Auction," Rev. Parker Morgan song and chorus, Sweet Evelina," Miss Williams and party; song, Mr.E. Williams, (encored) piano duet, Misses Pemberton and > M. Pem- berton song, Cymru gwlad y Gân," Mr. R. Hum- phreys reading, Little Jim," Rev. Parker Morgan song, "Baner ein Gwlad," Mr. H. S. Roberts song, When the Heart is Young," Miss Anne Williams reading, Aberdovey Improvements," Mr. E. Davies song and chorus. Improvements," (in Welsh), Mr. D. Hughes and audience glee, Comrades Song of Hope," Glee party. After the usual votes of thanks to the chair- man and performers, the proceedings terminated with God save the Queen." The proceeds of the meeting amounted to JB4 6s. 6d., making the clear total now in hand £28 7s. 2d. PETTY SESSIONS, FRIDAY, FEB. 7TH.—Before W. R. M. Wynne, Esq., C. F. Thruston, Esq., and D. Kirkby, Esq. Larceny.—P S. Thomas Roberts charged Edward Williams, son of a widow, of Aberdovey, with having stolen money. Francis Huelvant, a Breton lad, who goes aBout the country selling oniens, said he lived at the Ship and Castle, Aberystwyth. On Friday, Jan. 17th he slept at the house of prisoner's mother, where he had slept on the previous night. Before he went to bed he counted his money twice, once down-stairs in the kitchen and afterwards upstairs, but the prisoner was not pre- sent either time. Witness had j63 10s. in gold, and 6s. in silver, and 7d. in copper. He went to bed before the prisoner and did not hear him coming to bed. The money was in a waistcoat pocket and the pocket was in the bed under witness's bead. Next morning he found that he had lost two sovereigns. Prisoner said he was sure the money was not lost in the house. He gave information to P.S. Roberts that day.—John Ham- mond, furniture dealer, Towyn, said the prisoner went into his (witness's) shop at Towyn and bought a pipe for Is. 6d. for which he tendered a sovereign. Witness gave 18s. 6d. change in silver. He also bought a knife for a shilling.—P.S. Roberts, Aberdovey, saià the pnsoner came home br train on the Satur- day evening. He took the boy to the waiting room and searched him. He found in his trousers pocket 16s. 6d. in silver and 7d. in copper. The knife and pipe were also found. When the officer said he must search the bay fuither until he found the sovereign, the boy said it was no use for he had put it under a stone near the house. He afterwards showed the officer where the sovereign was hid, and remarked that he had changed the other sovereign at Towyn, that he had bought the pipe but not the knife.—The prisoner desired to be disposed of that day, and accordingly the Bench sentenced him to one month's imprison- ment with three years in a reformatory. A Lady Poacher.—Elizabeth Pugh, Tyddynbach, Towyn, was fined 5s. and costs for having takeu game without a licence. —Joseph Garter, gamekeeper at Peniarth, said that on the 20th December he saw a hare in a trap. By and by he saw the defen- dant come and try to pull the hare through the hedge, but as she could not she got over the fence and took it out. The hare was then nearly dead. Witness went up to the woman and took the hare away from her.
DOLYDDELEN AND VICINITY. WINTRY WEATHER AND JACK FROST.have gone. Fine weather is again making its appearance. People are badly off after 80menine weeks of hard and frosty weather, commencing with the rigour of Lapland on the 11th December, 1878, and closing only a week or ten days ago. Hard times have reduced many families, in some sense well off before, to beggary. Baroness Willoughby D'Eresby is willing to give more help to the poor. Mr. Can- stated her ladyship would coutribute, in addition to her generous gifts already reported, ten pounds to establish a soup kitchen. At a committee held at Dolyddelen on Wed- nesday evening of last week, the question was discussed pro and con. Some came to the conclusion to make a trial of it, and all at last made up their minds in its favour. It will be at the vicarage. Mrs. Thomas, wife of Mr. E. B. Thomas, schoolmaster, will prepare and give out the soup to the poor. Mr. Thomas Dougall, a well- known railway contractor, advised Mr. Charles and others to give sway some bread to the poor, and, to make a beginning, he contributed a pound and said that in a week after another pound would be added. Bread was given away to a large number. Our shopkeepers sold six- penny loaves for fourpence. A TESTIMONIAL to the Rev. J. W. Griffiths on his leaving Bettwsycoed for the living of Pentraeth, Angle- sey, consisting of a gold watch, was handed over to him on Thursday evening of last week. Mr. Griffiths was a gentleman well liked, and a great favourite at Bettws and other quarters. He held the office of justice of the peace for several years. It is not for me to say anything about him, but, for my own part, I would say that a clergyman would do well to keep away from the bench altogether, A testimenial, I see, is to be given the Rev. H. E. Wil. liams on his leaving Dolyddelen for Llanrhaiadr. Hardly any one leaves a parish without a testi- monial. I doubt not that the Rev. Mr. Williams deserves a testimonial as much as anyone, but testimonials are too eommon. They are given to those that do harm as well as to those that do good. We want a more honest way of giving them. When we see that a man deserves a kick when he leaves (instead of a testimonial) it ought to be given. A fyno glod bid farw," says an old adage, and we in our time could add to it, "A fyno glod aedymaith." But, mind you, this application is not to the Rev. H. E. Williams. The poor and needy would curse me if I tried to make the expression applicable to him. He was always willing to give a helping hand in every good cause. We shall miss him here very much, no doubt. A REVIVAL in trade in our slate quarries is not likely to take place for some time. A VESTRY was held at Dolyddelen this week to con- sider what by-laws could be framed to compel children to attend school. Mr. Hugh Pierce, clerk to the union at Llanrwst, was present. Many attended, and by-laws were adopted to meet the requirements of the place. ELLIS O'R NANT.
TOWYN. HIGH TIDE.—THE PIER DAMAGED.—There was an extraordinarily high tide on Monday morning, Feb. 10, which did considerable damage to the inside work of the pier, and also undermined a considerable portion of the South Wall, which fell with a crash about 10-30 o'clock a.m. The pier was unnecessarily exposed to the fury of this storm, because it had not been repaired since it was damaged by the storm in November last. The sea made a clean breach over the beach from Neptune Hall to Isglan, and presented a grand appearance as the heavy waves rushed with white, foaming mane over the sand- banks and cliffs; erasing the first aad demolishing the last at a gulp. The sea came over its high confines in tremendous force from Brynymor to the Dysynni river, and the whole of the marshes up to Ynysymaengwyn were partly covered with water in a very short time. The water does not diminish on the low lands, though the weather has moderated and the rain ceased. WILD FOWL.-For some time before the frosty weather came to an end the wild fowl, i.e., ducks, widgeon, teal, &c., had quite disappeared from the marshes in this neighbourhood, and probably gone in search of re- gions more congenial to their tastes. With the return of milder weather they have come back in great numbers, evidently en route further north.
ABERAERON. ENTERTAINMENT.—Hiodini, the celebrated thaumatur- gist, gave an amusing entertainment at the National Schoolroom on Tuesday night, Feb. 11. SALE OF A VESSEL.—The schooner John Pierce, belong- ing to this town was sold this week to Capt. John Hughes, Borth. A TIMBER SHIP IN AT LAST. The Norwegian brig Speranza, from Farsund, was towed into Aberaeron har- bour on Tuesday morning, Feb. 11, by the Swansea tug boat Digby Grand, which brought her up all the way. Owing to some cause or other there has been much talk about bringing the vessel to this port. Letters were written to the Shipping Gazette; the captain and the Nor- wegian consul, resident at Cardiff or Swansea, came here to examine the harbour, and at last a tug boat was en- gaged to tow her over. Our surprise was excusable when we saw a small vessel between two and three hundred tons enter the harbour. Our harbour is nothing to boast of, but when we are accustomed to see barques and brigs here often enough, it amused us to find so much ado about nothing." HIGH TIDE.-On Monday morning, the sea made very bold depredations on the east beach, and showed evident signs that it was soon going to appropriate the field next to Tabernacle-street, known as Cae Shon to its own use. One tide more like the Monday morning one, will do more havoc than one hundred men in 365 days can repair. A gale with the heavy ground sea would have inundated the whole country from the "gar" up to the lower end of Regent-street, and even Tabernacle-street as far as the Tabernacle Chapel. The next spring tide is expected to be still higher, which makes it very impor- tant to the owners of the property and to the inhabitants around that some measures be taken in time to prevent the inroads of the sea. Many schemes were propounded on Monday morning by groups of lookers on, the most natural and effectual of which seemed that of erecting a high and strong breakwaterfromthe "gar" lead straight out to the sea, which no doubt would afford the same protec- tion to the beach between that and the "gar "as the western pier now does to the beach down to "Pen Gloin" viz. to farm a high Debbie embankment which would soon become a formidable barrier between the sea, and the arable land.
LAMPETER. COUNTY COURT, THURSDAY, FEB. 6.-Before W. Beresford, Esq., judge. There were 230 original plaints. Upwards of 200 were disposed of before the Registrar, Mr. D. Long Price. The following cases were heard before his Honour :— An Aberystwyth Case.-In the case of William Evans v. the Cambrian Railways Company, Mr. H. C. Corfield, of Oswestry, on behalf of the defendants, applied for a new trial, on the ground that the judge should have non- suited the plaintiff, that his Honour misdirected the jury, and that the verdict was against the weight of the evi- dence.—Mr. J. J. Atwood, for the plaintiff, opposed the application.—The application was refused, with costs. Ejectment.—-David Jones, Pengelly, v. Benjamin Jones, Tanrallt.This was an action to recover possession of a cottage and land ealled Tanrallt, in the parish of Cellan. Mr. D. Lloyd, for the plaintiff, applied for an adjourn- ment, on the ground that two important witnesses for the plaintiff were too ill to attend that day.—Mr. Atwood, for the defendant, opposed the application.—The applica- tion was granted, on payment of the costs of the day. Partnership.—Wm. Jones, Doldre, Tregaron, v. Wm. Jones and John Jones, of Tregaron, executors of the late Evan Jones, of Crown and Anchor, Tregaron.—The plain- tiff alleged that he and the said Evan Jones, deceased, 'carried on business in partnership as sheep dealers from the 1st May, 1877, to the 30th Novenfber, 1877, and he prayed that an account should be taken of the partnership dealings between him and the deceased.—Mr. Hugh Hughes, junr., was for plaintiff, and Mr. D. Lloyd for defendants, who denied the existence of the partnership. —Plaintiff having given evidence in proof of the existence of the partnership, said that the terms of the agreement between him and the deceased were that Evan Jones was to find the capital'and he (the plaintiff) was to buy and sell the sheep, and the profits of the business were to be divided equally between them, after deducting the costs of and attending the purchase and sale thereof.—After hearing the plaintiff's- evidence, His Honour made an order that the accounts should be taken by the Registrar as prayed. Court Fees.-Evan Thomas, Lampeter, sued Thomas Davies, Llangybi, for P,2 19s., court fees paid by him for defendant. The plaintiff was formerly a bailiff of this Court, and he stated that he had paid the fees for defend- ant at his request.—Defendant said he had never authorized plaintiff to pay any fees for him, and that he had paid all fees demanded of him.—Judgment for plain- tiff for £2 4s. 6d.-Mr. Thomas Walters was for plaintiff, and Mr. D. Lloyd for defendant. Cross Accounts.-D. M. Davies, Llanddewi, v. Walter Evans, Pentre Richard.—This was an action to recover 25 15s. lOd. for goods sold.—The defendant filed a set-off of jE5 8s. 2d. for work done, rent of piece of land, and goods sold. The claim was admitted.—After the defend- ant had given some evidence in support of his set-off, his Honour referred the matter to the Registrar, on the ground that it was purely a matter of account.—Mr. Walters was for plaintiff, and Mr. Lloyd for defendant. Haulage.-Evan Richards, Glanavon Ucha, sued Wm. Jones, Bryndu, for 12s. 6d., for haulage of turf and storage of furniture.—Mr. Edwards was for plaintiff, and Mr. Lloyd for defendant.—The defence was that the 'claim had been satisfied.—Judgment for plaintiff for 10s. Money Lent.-Dainiel James, Red Lion, Tregaron, sued Evan Evans, grocer, Tregaron, for 92, money lent.—Mr. Lloyd was for plaintiff, and Mr. Hughes for defendant.— The defendant said he had repaid the money, and pro- duced his book containing an entry of the payment.— Judgment for plaintiff for the amount claimed.