NEWS AND NOTES. tBY OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] The examination in dressmaking, under the Glamorgan Technical Instruction Committee, was held at the Neatli-road Schools on Friday in last week. Twenty-two candidates were presented. We know of one case (there may be more) where a three-roomed house in the western part of Briton Ferry is tenanted by nine persons, one of whom was last week laid up with typhoid ever. The isolation hospital at Giant's Grave, which was erected four years ago, has not yet been used At all. At the examination, held last Easter at Swan- sea, by the Associated Board of the Koyal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Musio for local examination, Mir.8 Sophie J. Clarke, Middletou House, succcesstully passed the tsenior stage. Miss Clarke was a pupil of Mr. J. F. Fricker, of Swansea. The genial Captain J. D. Jones, of the Fire Brigade, has been having a warm time of k with the "powers that be" at tiie charch of which he is a member. It was reported last week in this column that Mr. E bley had generously given a benefit night At his theatre to tue Fire Brigade. At the close of the evening's performance, Mr. Jones in virtue of his office as captain, propesea A vote'of thanks to Mr. Ebley for tne practical manner in wmch he snowed his interest in the Brigade. Mr. Jones was called up to face the music before the "Cwrdd Eglwys," on the following Thursday. Whetiier tne fact of Mr. Jones's presence in the theatre, or that he unduly adver- ted his presence there, or that he received oharity from a polluted source, was the real cause of offence, could not be definitely ascertained. Has that furious cyclist who knocked down a harmless pedestrian from Baglan, near the Briton *erry House, on Saturday Jast, been identified ? waa a Welshman, for he was heaid saying, SO uffem 'rwyn mjnd ? the' ™™8«-.PHa8iafir to notice how the footway at last tho Old Po8t 0ffice was kePt clettl' i evening. It was noticeable tuat wa8 rathor loathe to move when the mZ •1 w £ rat aPoke their attitude seemed to e have bought this place." That inveterate grumbler "The Wanderer," Who Binst have noticed the otiauge, has one ijfjjjg less to play his plaintive jeremiads on. The Rellobofl Band of Hope repeated the per- formance of "Freddy and his Fiddle" on eveniug, for the benefit of those who "e unable to attend on 1 hursday. An intelligent student of mathematics was at a to kuow tne meaning: ol the letters Q.E.JD. kt the end of some of Euoliu's propositions. He Jjttild haruiy forgive uimself for being so dull of -jfrception, when ne wa* naively informed by his that tliey meant Quite Easily Done, « coarse!"
KOTES BY THE BRITON FERRY WANDERER. In his last week's notes the Briton Ferry correspondent of The Cambrian reierred to the dog show as being an enter prise enthusiastically taken up, and lurther on in nis notes, he seemed to deplore that the "thirst for learning," as •xenipified by the attendance of the technical classes was at a very low standard. This, surely, is an unconscious tribute to the **UQial instinct of Briton Ferryites. Whether it A compliment or cot, I am too modest to assert, I should imagine that there is a danger when element is allowed to be in the ascendant at *he expense of the more gentle and civilised •°fioomitants of education. But perhaps I had better qualify the foregoing making it known that I am the richer by a expressive expression since the date of the show, and, peibaps, after all, its institution in itself an education. I overheard two Itentlemc,-n who were praising the virtues of their 14spective dogs, and one of them, who imptessed as being a genius for coining phrases, said, in course of an eloquent eulogy of his animal thet it was the most instinkest dog he had ever taasesaed or seen. Talking about dogs, I cannot but relate an jjncidfcat which gave uie much amusement on the 10th—the unmuzzling' date. One corpulent old magistrate who is very fond of dogs, but who had uitberto been compelled to inflict fines upon owners of the great unmuzzled, saw one of ths canine race in the distance im- prisoned in the usual muzzle. As if electrified, this worthy magnate girded up his loins, and with most wonderful celerity for An individual of his tonnage, was beside the dog in less time than it takes to say so. He took off the muzzle and gave it a kick worthy of a Bancroft, after which he held his sides and indulged in a few hearty ha, ha'B," and the dog filtering into the spirit of the thing, pranced about harking joyfully. ^everting to the couneillors' trip to London, *hile debating within myself the whys and Wherefores of this excursion, I found that it &1<\0 occupied the minds of others who, like myself, to be dubious as to the necessity of this (*?8it to the Metropolis, and the universal conclu- "Jon appears to be that our weary Councillors felt need of a change of air and a diversion from •he usual routine ol! business. ^It ig believed, at any rate, that the Elcctrical wet Bill did not need their opposition, as there Rinded in the Bill conditions and restrictions „ ich would safeguard us from any imposition. *otn Wtm^ think by the fuss made that a mpany of adventurers were swooping down lus who could demand our rates and taxss next century at leavt. It is said that, a f-aw Huient qaevtioiR. wiil be asked when an oppo. *ty presents itself.
THE MOST NUTRITIOUS. t" V.,a, 5 gr,:T-wk, tm P S zi GRATEFUL-COMFORTING. COCOA MEAKFAST AND SUPPER.
ABERAVON AND PORT j TALBOT. j NOTES AND NEWS. | fBY "RAMBLER."] The good people of Aberavon received quite a shock on Friday last over the discovery of human remains right in the heart of the town. All kinds of theories were evolved. Was it murder? It is certainly a mystery, and to all present appearances it is likely for ever to remain one. The police have abso- lutely no clue, and the perpetrator of the crime (if crime it was) has left no trace of his of her guilt behind. The affair has caused a mild sensation in the district, which will rapidly expend its force if no other fresh developments follow. Mr. J. H. Moody, photographer, High-street, Aberavon, is certainly up to date with his window attractions. He is exhibiting to an interested public a group of local men at the front" in their khaki uniforms. They are all excellent photos, and as the patriotic spirit is just now in flood, these Soldiers of the Queen are objects of unusual local in- terest. The Victoria-road has just for the moment been made passable pending the Town Coun- cil's application to the Local Government Board for sanction to expend money on it. It can scarcely stand the test of a summer's traffic over it, and the application should be pushed on with all speed. Such a stretch of road, too, should command the exclusive at- tention (which it has not hitherto received) of a maa to repair it and in removing the ac- cumulation of sand, which at the road's junction with the beach is some seven or eight feet above the road level. Councillor Burgess hangs on to his Town Hall scheme like a leech. There is this to be said of Councillor Burgess, when he takes a job in hand he pursues it with diligence, but we are much afraid he has arrived on the iscene too late. TIle town Jiall scneme should have preceded the scheme for the pur- chase of the old police station. This scheme includes the provision of Municipal offices in that building, and it is now before the Local Government Board. Pneumatic," writing in the South Wales Daily News the other day, notified to the world that Aberavon boasted of a Cycle Club consisting of some 50 members. Well, if this be so, their meeting place" surely cannot be at Aberavon. One hears and sees less of this club which boasts of 50 members. They keep pretty clear of the streets of the town, and their perambulations must start fairly late at night. FOUND DEAD AT ABERAVON.—Early on Sun- day morning last the body of a woman named Mary Ann Williams, a well known character in the streets of Aberavon, was found dead on an old disused tramway at Sandfields by a man named Jenkin Morgan. Information was given to Constable Ivor Evans, and the body, which was almost nude, was removed to the mortuary. Williams was of intemperate habits, and was drinking about the town on Saturday, and it is conjectured that she went down to the field adjoining the tramway to sleep, but the night being cold and boisterous, she died from exposure. By the side of the body was discovered an empty whiskey bottle. Williams was apparently about 40 years of age. AN ABERAVON SENSATION. MUTILATED REMAINS OF A CHILD FOUND IN A TOBACCO TIN. Whilst some boys were searching amongst some ashes and rubbish on some new building ground in Castle Bailey field they came across a large tobacco tin, which was sealed down. Their football proclivities caused them to kick the tin about, when suddenly the cover flew off, and the head, arms and hands of a child, which were all intact, fell out. The youngsters were so horrified at the discovery that they forsook the game. Information was at once given to the police, and accordingly Sergt. Phillips proceeded to the spot and took possession of the tin and its contents. Dr. Williams was called, and made an examina- tion of the remains, which had evidently been concealed in the tin for some length of time, as they bore quite a mummified appearance, and were in a good state of preservation. It is singular that beyond the head and arms of the child no other portion of the body was found, and it is conjectured that these were placed in some other receptacle, as the tin enclosing the head, etc., was only cf sufficient size for that purpose. The features of the child were quite distinct, but Dr. Williams gave it as his opinion that it was impossible to say whether the child had a separate exis- tence from its mother or not. The police are investigating the mystery, but they have ab- colutely no evidence to help them to unravel it. BOROUGH POLICE COURT. MONDAY.—[Before the Mayor (Councillor Evans) and Aid. Smith.] A SHIP'S FIREMAN GETS UNDER WEIGH.— James Williams, who described himself as a ship's fireman, was charged by the police with being drunk and disorderly in Cwmavon-road on Saturday last. He was further charged, on the information of William Jones Scott, an engine-driver at the Myrtle Hill Colliery, Aberavon, with assaulting him on the same day. Sergeant W. Hurford said that he saw the defendant in Cwmavon-road drunk and using abusive language. Whilst talking to the defendant, Scott called out to him from the colliery to detain him, as he had just as- saulted him on the works. He refused to give his name and address, or any account of himself, and he Was taken to the Station. Scott stepped into the box and told their worships that Williams, who was a perfect stranger to him, came to the colliery, and after roundly abusing him when ordered to leave, threw some coal at him, and then struck him in the mouth. Williams pleaded guilty, and had no explanation to offer, save that he went to the colliery to dry his shirt. He was fined in all 25s., including costs, or 21 days' hard labour. COUNTY POLICE COURT. MONDAY.—[Before Messrs. E. Knox (in the chair), Charles Jones, and T. D. Evans.] A CASE STRUCK OUT.-On the case of Gwen- llian Morgan versus Thomas Thomas (affilia- tion) being called, there was no one present representing the parties, but a Police Con- stable said that he had received a telephone message to the effect that the advocates ap- pearing in the case bad arranged an adjourn- ment for a fortnight. The Chairman re- marked that they could not accept statements in that manner, and as the parties did not ap- pear, the case must be struck out. A GLYNCORRWG ASSAULT CASE.—William Roberts, a collier, of Brick-row, Glyncorrwg, was charged with assaulting Ann Roberts- who was understood to be defendant's sister- in-law—on the 5th May inst. Mrs. Roberts' story was that on the night in question, about 9.30, as she was getting her children ready for bed, defendant came in unawares to her and beat her about the face and head. She managed to seize the poker, and Roberts then seized her by the throat, marking her neck, and she was unable to speak for a time. Her mother came to her rescue, and then Roberts made off, or rather was ejected by the mother.—David William Roberts (14), a. son of the last witness, corroborated his mother's evidence.—Roberts, who had pleaded not guiltv, elected to give his evidence on oath. He said as he was taking his supper on the night in question, some children came to the door and complained that Mrs. Roberts was beating her son, John James, with a poker. He and his daughter Margaret and another young lady who was in the house ran out of the house and went into that of Mrs. Roberts's, who lived across the street. He heard a boy crying, and saw Mrs. Roberts with a. poker in her hand. He remonstrated with her, when witness alleged that Mrs. Roberts threatened to serve him the same," and he simplv put up his hands to defend himself. Defendant's daughter and a woman named Mary Jane Davies confirmed defend- however. considered that an assault had been ants' narrative of the events. The Bench, committed by Roberts, and in imposing a fine of £ 1 5s. 8d., including costs, advised him to steer clear of other people's houses in future. His duty was to have given information to the Dolice. DOING WILFUL DAMAGE AT A COLLIERY.— Two lads named Albert Llewellyn Watkins and Thomas Watkins were charged by the Glenavon Colliery Company, of Cymmer, with doing wilful damage to a tipping plate at the Collierv to the extent of E5 on the 3rd inst. lir. L. C. Thomas, solicitor, Neath, prosecu- ted. John Jones, a collier, employed under the colliery, deposed that on the afternoon in question, as he was in his garden close by the j colliery, he heard the sound of a tram run- ning under the bridge. He looked up, and saw the tram go over the tipping plate and down the shute. and directly afterwards he saw the two defendants come up out of the cutting. Witness asked them who let the tram clown, and they both accused each other of doing it. Richard Amesbury, and a lad nrmed Evan David Rees, gave corroborated evidence. Mr. Edward David, a member of tbe firm of Lewis and David. Ironfounders, Aberavon, gave evidence as to the damage. During thVhearing of the case a telegram wa-s. received from the mother of the boys stating that she had lost the train. A fine of 40s. was imposed, together with JE5, the amount of the damage and costs of the Court. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.—George Apsay, of Port Talbot, was fined 9s., including costs, for being drunk and disorderly in Station-street on the 7th inst. A. S. O'Neil proved the case. UNMUZZLED DOGS. — For this offence Rd. Thomas and James Ayres, of Cwmavon, were each fined 18. and costs. ABERAVON TOWN COUNCIL. MEETING OF COMMITTEES. WATER SCHEMES GALORE. Tho usual monthly meeting of the Water and Markets Committees took place on Tues- day afternoon at the Council Chambers, when there were present the Mayor (Councillor Evans), Alderman J. M. Smith, H. Walsh and W. Williams, and Councillors H. Jones (chairman), H. Wood, Rees Thomas, Moses Thomas, F. E. Perry, T. A. Burgess, John Phillips, J. H. Williams, William Williams and John Davies. The Manager reported that the reservoir was still overflowing. The inflow was 9,000 gallons per hour as compared with 3,500 gal- lons at the corresponding period of last year. There was still 1,200 gallons of water unac- counted for per hour, which was going to waste chiefly in house services and connec- tions, but these latter were being gradually put in order. WATER, AND YET NO WATER—A PLETHORA OF SCHEMES. The Chairman (Councillor Jones) said that he had met Mr. Hunter (Lord Jersey's Agent) with the object of obtaining his price for cer- tain water easements at Cwm Clash, above Cwmavon, and he was now waiting to hear from Mr. Hunter on the matter. Councillor Burgess informed the committee that a gentleman in the town had mentioned i scheme to him in the form of placing a series of tanks on the Moors, at Sandfields, which would each be capable of storing a million gallons. The tanks would be built on top of the ground, and would receive the overflow vatcr from the reservoir in the rainy season. rhe cost would be somewhere about JS1,000 a auk. He mrrelv mentioned the matter. Councillor Wood said he should object to the scheme, as he considered if the Town Council went in for tanks at all they should place them above Penyquar, where the water could be obtained and applied to the mains by gravitation. Councillor Perry said that neither of these schemes seemed to provide for an extra water supply, etc., but would be fed from the pre- sent rcscrvior. He had a scheme—(laughter) -and that was to go to the lower end of Water-street, Pyle, where there was a very strong stream available. Councillor Moses Thomas was of opinion that a special meeting should be called to dis- cuss these various schemes. Alderman Walsh: Yes, and the Pelenna Scheme. Councillor Davies: What has become of the Baglan Scheme? If we have a special meet- ing this could be discussed too. The Chairman said that he would call a special meeting as soon as he heard from the Earl of Jersey. The Manager submitted to the meeting a list of the persons who had supplied water to the public during the drought of last sum- mer. This gave rise to a lot of discussion, when Councillor Perry raised the point why the list was submitted to that committee when a sub- committee had been deputed to deal with it. Councillor Wood said that he would move that it be referred back to the sub-committee. Councillor Perry: But it has never come be- fore it, sir. (Laughter.) Alderman Williams said that he did not think the committee were treating the persons who supplied the public with water at all fairly by putting off the matter from month to month. ¡ The Chairman: What about the claims that have not come in? Councillor Moses Thomas: Advertise for them. (Laughter.) Alderman Smith: By placards? (Laughter.) Councillor Phillips: We are enjoying our- selves. Eventually the list was referred to the sub- committee. MARKETS COMMITTEE. It was reported that the present man en- gaged at the Slaughterhouse did not give satisfaction, and it was resolved that another man be engaged, the appointment to be left to the Chairman and Market Inspector. QUARTERLY MEETING. THE POST OFFICE QUESTION AGAIN. A quarterly meeting of the Town Council was held at the Council room, on Wednesday afternoon, the Mayor presiding over a full attendance of members. On the minutes of the General Purposes Committee, on the 30th April, dealing with the post office question, coming up for adop- tion, Aid. Smith proposed their confirmation, and Aid. Williams seconded. Aid. Smith added to his resolution, and that the Sub- Committee be authorised to carry out the final arrangements with the Post Office authorities for a branch office." This latter addenda gave rise to some dis- cussion, and eventually Councillor Clarke moved an amendment, that the whole Council be consulted. Councillor Perry seconded but the amend- ment was rejected by 11 to 5. The minutes of the finance committee were read and adopted. Councillor Wood desired to know if the assistant surveyor, whose services had been temporarily obtained for 3 months, was still in the employ of the Council, and if so. he thought the finance committee should have reported the reason of the further retention of his services. Councillor Moses Thomas (the chairman) said he was not aware the time bad expired. The Surveyor explained that there was considerable more work to be done, and he advised the retention of Mr. Dudley. It was decided to call a special meeting to consider the question. Aid. Walsh had a motion down in his name on the agenda papal, with reference to the management of the Gas Works, but as some legal argument was involved, and the Town Clerk was absent, he would consent to post- pone his motion for a month. He gave notice, however, that at the next meeting of the Council, he would move that the gas com- mittee be dissolved, and that the Council take over the management of the gas works. (Some laughter). A letter was read from Miss M. K. Oliver, of the Preparatory School, Port Talbot, re the Indian Famine Fund, and asking the Council what they were going to do. Councillor Moses Thomas moved, and Councillor Burgess seconded, that the Council vote 5 guineas to the fund, by means of in- creasing the Mayor's salary. Aid. Walsh questioned the legality of this procedure at that meeting-, whereupon Coun- cillor Phillips moved the suspension of the Standing Orders, and Councillor Perry seconded. Aid. Smith said it was a very bad precedent to set to suspend the Standing Orders, and he moved that they be not suspended. Aid. Williams seconded, and the voting being equal the Mayor gave his casting vote in favour of the amendment. Councillor Phillips gave notice that he would move at the next meeting to increase the Mayor's salary by 5 guineas. ABERAVON POST OFFICE QUESTION. MEETING OF RATEPAYERS. A LIVELY DISCUSSION. A public meeting, convened by order of the Town Council, was held at the Public Hall, on Tuesday night, in order that the rate- payers might have the opportunity of decid- ing, seeing that the Council themselves were divided, of settling the vexed question whether or no the town should be placed on a better basis as regards postal facilities, and also to that end. if they were prepared to accept thp offer of the Postmaster-General to grant a Branch Office upon payment of a certain subsidy or guarantee over and above the cost of a sub-office, as the town office was at present. This was the issue which the ratepayers were called upon to decide, but so little interest was taken in the matter that only about 50 ratepayers put in an attendance at the meeting. No doubt, numbers of them have been utterly disgusted with the pro- crastination which has taken place over the question. The Mayor (Councillor Evans) presided, and he was supported by the Town Cl;;rk, Aldermen Smith, Walsh and Stokes, and Councillors Burgess, Phillips, Perry, Wood and Clarke. The Mayor briefly opened the meeting, and then called upon the Town Clerk (Mr. M. Tennant) to unfold the history of the negotiations with the Postmaster-General, showing that a deputation waiten. upon the Postmaster-General in 1897, when it was very courteously received, and a promise made that when a vacancy occurred in the Sub-Postmastership of Aberavon, the Post- master-General would consider the question of raising the status of the Office to a Branch Office. At that time he assured the deputa- tion that a good case had been made out for a Branch Office. Then Mr. Tennant reviewed the recent negotiations, which took place after the death of the late sub-Postmaster, the offer of a subsidy by the Corporation, and the reply to that offer by the Postmaster- General, in which he set out that the subsidy, assuming the rent of premises would be £ 26 per annum, would be £50, being the expense of a branch office over and above the business done at the present sub-office. After the Town Clerk bad made his statement, he said he would gladly answer any question put to him but evidently some of the ratepayers present wanted to get at the members of the Corporation, as Mr. Chas. Lucas expressed an opinion that he should like to hear the views of the Councillors one by one. (Laughter.) The Rev. W. B. Lark (Bible Christian) desired to know at this point if the payment of the £50 asked by the Post Office was to be a continuous expense, or would it decrease if the business done at the Town Office increased ? The Town Clerk gave an affirmative reply that the guarantee would proportionately decrease as the business increased. Councillor Wood, who was watching his opportunity, then got upon his feet, and went straight to the heart of the question. He did not believe in paying a penny to the Post Office. Why should they ? They were entitled to their rights, and to give a wealthy Post Office some JE60 or zC70 a year of the ratepayers' money he for one objected to. Councillor Phillips said that Councillor Wood had spoken of the dark side. Unfor- tunately, they had to fight for the mistakes of their forefathers, but now that they bad put their hand to the plough there should be no turninsr back. Thev had now been offuro^ a branch office upon certain terms, but if the business progressed as he had every trust it would, the guarantee would be entirely wiped out. Councillor Burgess, in an admirable little speech, said he was strongly in favour of accepting the terms of the Post Office. If they wanted the town to go ahead they must go in for reforms. The Post Office accommo- dation had been a grievance for some time past. They HOW had their opportunity. They must not lose sight of the fact that on the other side they were not looked upon with very kind regard by their wealthy and powerful neighbours. The provision of a branch office would be a step in the right direction, and he was certain that the guarantee would gradually dwindle away. Councillor Perry followed against the proposal. He said the expense to be incurred would, if capitalised for 21 years, work out to £ 2,000, but be made no calculation for increased business and the probability of the guarantee being yearly or triennially reduced. Alderman Stokes spoke in favour of the movement. He said they had been going back in the matter of Post Office accommo- dation. They were worse off now than they were a few years ago, when the letters were stamped at Aberavon. He was strongly in favour of the proposed reform. Alderman Walsh spoke against the expen- diture of so large a sum, but he was prepared to go a little of the way to meet the Post- master-General, and admitted that a branch office would be an acquisition to the town. Alderman Smith was in favour of a branch office, and heartily supported the change. This exhausted the speech-making by the Councillors and Aldermen. Mr. H. A. Burgess mounted the platform and spoke strongly in favour of the proposed improvement, and instanced some of the drawbacks of the present office. There were now cries from the Hall of vote, vote," but Aid. Walsh wanted to know if an amendment would be allowed, and for a few minutes there was a great deal of hubbub. At length, however, Aid. Walsh moved his amendment, which was to the effect that an offer of X30 be made to the Post Office for 21 years. Councillor Burgess: This is far worse than the original offer, for Alderman Walsh wants to bind us for 21 years. Aid. Walsh Nothing of the sort. Councillor Burgess: That is your amend- ment. The Mayor: I cannot allow that as an amendment. Mr. B. E. Jones (from the body of the Hall) Isn't the issue to be decided whether the ratepayers accept the principle of giving I money at all to the Post Office. ° ° The Mayor: Yes. Mr. Jones: Then it appears to me that Mr. Walsb's amendment will raise a false issue. Aid. Walsh I don't see that. Eventually, Aid. Walsh's amendment was put to the meeting, but. lost by a big majority, and the offer of the Post Office was accepted.
TAIBACH. MARGAM URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. MONTHLY MEETING. The monthly meeting of the Margam Urban District Council was held at the Council Offices, Taibach, on Monday afternoon, when there were present Mr. Edward Knox (Chair- man), and Messrs. S. H. Byass, D. R. David" Edward Davies, Thomas Gray, Evan Davies' Enoch Thomas, William Thomas, Thomas Jones, Rev. Thomas Howell, and Edward Howe. The Sanatorium Committee unanimously recommended the appointment of Mr. H. W. Vivian as Chairman for the ensuing year. There were no cases at present in the Sana- torium, and no cases of infectious disease had been notified during the past month. It was decided to accept the small pox patients from the Borough of Aberavon into the Sanatorium at the following rates, viz., £1 10s. per week for maintenance, 10s. for removal, and £1 10s. for disinfection accom- modation for wounded soldiers. A letter was read from the War Office de- clining with thanks the offer of the Council to set apart block C of the Sanatorium for wounded soldiers from the front, on account of its close proximity to the Infectious Dis- ease buildings. WATER WORKS. It was reported that the new Water Works were going on very satisfactorily, and a sum of B540 was recommended for payment by the Engineer of the works to the contractors (Messrs. Barnes. Chaplin and Co.), and a cheque was accordingly drawn for the amount. STEAM ROLLING. The Surveyor was authorised to steam roll some of the principal roads at a cost not to exceed £35. GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Plans for a new street—Forge-road—for Miss Talbot, wero approved of, subject. to diversion of sewers into the proposed street. Plan of house in Mansel-street for J H Owen approved, subject to the omission of specified paving at side street and proper curved angle. The minutes were passed on the motion of Mr. Edward Davies, seconded by Mr. Edward Howe. MEDICAL REPORT. The Medical Officer reported that for the month of May there had been 36 births 17 boys and 19 girls—a birth-rate of 42.35 per 1000 per annum. The number of deaths for the same period was 9, giving a mortality of 10.59 per 1000 per annum as compared with 12.7 for the corresponding month of 1899, and giving an annual death-rate for the Year ending April 30th, 1900, of 12.7. SERIOUS CONDITION OF BRYN SEWERAGE. The Surveyor, in his report, called serious attention to the condition of Bryn, and the great importance of proceeding with the system of sewerage at the earliest possible moment. The natural drainage channels were now being converted into open sewers, which may at any time prove a very serious menace to the health of the district. BRYN WATERWORKS EXTENSIONS. The Surveyor reported that he had submit- ted tentative plans of the proposed Bryn Ex- tension Water Works to the owners of the land for obtaining permission to lay down the necessary mains and storage tanks. The general water supply of the district is in a satisfactory condition. FOST AL FACILITIES. The Surveyor reported on the advisability of applying for an increase of pillar boxes in the district, as numerous complaints were made by the public owing to the diotance they have to travel to the nearest office. It was decided that application should be made to the Postmaster General on certain sites determined upon by a sub-committee consisting of the Rev. Thomas Howell. Messrs. Enoch Thomas, Thomas Jones and William Thomas. HOLIDAYS. A 14 days' holiday was granted to Mr. John Cox (Surveyor). I FINANCIAL POSITION. The consideration of a report of the finan- cial condition of the Council by the Clerk CMr. W. G. Jones) was deferred until after the audit of the accounts fixed for the 22nd inet.
SKEWEN. FAIR AT SKEWEN.- On Monday the first annual fair was held on a field near the Dynevor station. On Tuesday morning great consternation was felt locally when it became known that Mrs. Evans, wife of Mr. John Evans, Queen-street, had been found dead in bed during the morning. The deceased looked a healthy woman, and had not suffered lately. DEATHS. —On Thursday last the death took place of Mrs. Thomas, aged 30 years, of Penrally- terrace. She hid not been well for several weeks, and on the above-named day passed away. The following Monday the remains were taken to Llanstephan, a service being first, held at Hermou Methodist Chapel, of which the deceased was a most active member. A most beautiful wreath was sent by the members of the congregation. CALVARIA BAPTIST CHAPEL.—On Sunday and Monday last the annual special services held in connection with the above chapel were held. Ex- cellent setmons were delivered at each service by the Rev. R. W. Williams (Aberdare), and MissE. A. Jones (Pendarren). The meetings were all well attended, and the collections maue in aid of the building fund were substantial. Miss Jones recited at the closo of the evening meetings. NEATH ABBEY CO-OPEKATIVB SOCIETY.—The balance sheet of this society is just to hand. It shows an iucrease in membership, which now totals 218. The sale* for the quarter ending 3rd April amounted to £ 2214 2i. 8d., and a dividend of b. 9d. in the £ is declared. The total dividend amounts to JS175 9*. 6d. It may be stated that the society is now iu a most flourishing condition the sales for each quarter increasing by large amounts. The annual meeting was held at the Co-operative Hall oil Wednesday evening, when the balance sheet was adopted. CLOTHING FOR THE SOLDIERS AT THE FRONT. -On Friday last a parcel of clothing, comprising 1- _.c .1- _LD. "a L_- --=t"1_' I uwu paus ux hock. a muiiisr, two jjaututerc/neis, underclothing, and alam O'Shanter cap, was sent to each of the Skewen men in South Africa- Corpora) D. J. Cos-ey and Private Mears, of the 3rd Militia, and Private Tom Lloyd, of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. It was intended to despatch the same to another three of the neighbourhood, but the funds wer,1 not quite sufficient. It is hoped that this difficulty will soon be overcome. The caps, it may be stated, were knitted by Misses E. Curtis ani S. A. Griffiths, of the Board Schools, and Miss Dzivie-A, while another three have been knitted by Miss Evans and Mrs. Johnston, of the Infants' department, aad will be despatched as soon as possible.
LLANGYFELACH DISTRICT COUNCIL. MONTHLY MEETING. A meeting of the Rural District Council of Llaugyfelacn was held on Tuesday. Mr. F. H. Glynn Price presided, and there were also present Messrs. Ll. Davies, Rees Harries, Edward Morgan. Wm. Clement, W. G. Davies, J. W. Jone". W. Sims, D. Lewis, J. Alban Davies, Dd. Rees, S. Jones, and R. H. James. Mr. Rees Harries, in pursuance of notice of motion, moved that. in the opinion of the Council, Mr. F. H. Glynn Price, the present chairman, should be permanently appointed on the Com- mission of Peace for the County of Glamorgan, and that the Lord Lieutenant should be memo- rialised on the matter. He explained that at present the chairman could only hold the position during his term of office, and it Bomatimes hap- pened that a good member lost his seat at elec- tion time for some paltry reason, and thus their services were lost to the county. He knew of no one more qualified for the position than Mr. Glynn Price. Mr. J. W. Johnstone seconded. The Chairman. while thanking the members for the honour they wished to do him, moved an amendment that the name of the late chairman, Mr. Rees Harries, should be substituted, as he thought that gentleman was more entitled to it than he (the fpeakei-) was. Mr. LI. Davies moved another amendment, that both names should be included, and this was carried nem con. Dr. Trafford Mitchell reported that in the Llandilo-Talybont division 47 births and 17 deaths had been recorded during the mouth. The births in Dr. E. Rice Morgan's district were 17, and there were 9 deaths. No cases of a zymotic type were reported by either officer. A letter was read from the borough accountant of the Swansea Corporation in reference to the Treboeth water supply, stating that he bad had an interview with the water engineer, who in- formed him that he saw no reason why payment for the supply should be refused. He was in- structed by his committee to state that unless the matter was settled without further delay, pro- ceedings would he taken to recover the amount. The Clerk (Mr. Haynes) said the amount was JE:20 3s. 7d. Mr. Llewelyn Davies thought it was not right that any County Court action should be taken between two bodies serving the public. He opined that the matter could be settled by a conference. The agreement under which the Council claimed was a mutual arrangement made in 1896. Since then the District Council had received complaints from the Penderry Parish Council, and the water- man, that two-thirds of the supply which the dis- trict had provided at great expense was being taken by the borough residents. The action of the District Council in calling attention to the matter had called forth the claim of the Town Council under the old agreement. The Water and Sewers Committee of the Corporation had a.p- pointed a sub-committee to meet members of the District Council, but a meeting had not yet taken place. He proposed that the Town Clerk should be reminded of this, and a resolution to this effect was carried. This was all the business of public interest.
LLANDOVERY. [BT OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) TOWN COUNCIL. A monthly meeting of the Town Council was held at the Town Hall on Wednesday in last week, under the presidency of the Mayor, Mr. J. R. James, Springfield Cottage. There were also present :-Alderman Thomas Jones, Llanfair Grange Alderman Jonah Morgans, Old Bank Alderman Thomas Watkins, Tycerrig Aldarman C. P. Lewis, Llandingat; Councillors D. Saunders Thomas, Belmont House; Thomas Phillips, Picton Villa; Thomas Roberts, Jubilee Crown Stores; John Evans, Old Change; D. T. M. Jones, Nantrhogfair; Henry Havard, High. street; Richard Thomas, Mafeking Villa Dan Davies, Stone-street; H. V. Watkins, Tycerrig and John Rees, Gloucester Houpe the Town Clerk (Mr. John Thomas), the Medical Officer of Health (Dr. R. J. Owen), and the Borough Sur- veyor (Mr. Wm. Lloyd). PROPOSED UNIFORM FOR TOWN CRIER. Alderman Thomas Watkins said that in accord- ance with the notice of motion given at the last meeting, he now proposed that the Town Crier be supplied with a coat and a cap. or a hat. They had been talking about this for many years, but it bad been deferred up to the present time, and he hoped for no longer. He did not intend sug- gesting that a new suit should be given him eveiy year. He thought the uniform should be used only on special occasions, and it would thereby last for about 10 years. The expense would be trivial, and they thought that if they treated their officials properly, it would be more dignify- ing to the Borough. They would all agree with him that the Crier was under-paid. He was al- ways at their service, and lost many a. shilling through attending to bis official work, and thereby losing the work he used to get from drovers. The cost would be small—something about E2 to £3, and he suggested that the Mayor, ex-Mayor, Councillors D. S. Thomas, and D. T. M. Jones be appointed a committee, with full powers to pur- chase what they considered necessary, but not to go beyond the amount quoted. Alderman Thomas Jones remarked that he seconded the motion with pleasure. Alderman Jonah Watkins opposed the motion on principle. There was already an adverse balance at the bank, and until this was cleared he did not see the reason for going into unnecessary exoense. They had lived all these past years without a Crier in uniform. The rates were already very heavv, and the ratepayers would certainly object to it. The mover had mentioned it was a small matter of expense. He considered that it was the small matters that should be looked after, a* the few pounds well cared for would soon amount to large pounds. He moved that the uniform be not supplied. Alderman C. P. Lewis, in seconding the amend- ment, remarked that if they granted the snit they would nexf. be called upon to supply a gown for the Town Clerk, and other officials also. Councillor R. Thomas supported. On a division, six voted in favour of the motion and seven against, the amendment being thus carried. Alderman Thomas Watkins Well, gentlemen. you have simply put it off for a time, as I shall certainly bring- it on again, when I feel sure I shall carry it through. FAIR FIELD—CORPORATION AT LOGGERHEADS. The Mayor announcpd that printed notices had I be<n distribute i in the town and district, warn- ing people that if they continued t.te practise oi taking sheep for the purpose of selling to any field other than the Fair Field, summonses would be issued. The Sergeant had since then brought in the names of pome persons, who had, however, promised not to offend in the future. Consequently he. the Mayor, proposed that no summonses be taken out on this occasion, but to do so if the offence be repeated. Alderman Thomas Jones said that he did not think that, thev bad a right to compel people to go into the Fair Field with sheep. The matter bad been under discussion before, and he now sn?- c^sted that the opinion of Counsel be obtained on the matter. Councillor Dan Davjes seconded. AHerman Jonah Watkins Expense again. Alderman Thomas Watkins thought that they had no rig-ht whatever in interfering with anyone showing stock in a field belonging to a private pereon. and the Corporation could not prevent the farmers doing so. He was sure that he would be borne out bv Rlltny when he said that before they could compel anvone to take stock into the Fair Field, they must first of all get a special Act of Parliament, passed on it. He oertainlv thought Counsel's opinion should be obtained on the matter. Alderman Jomh Watkins and Councillor D. S. Thomas dissented from the views of the previnnil speakers. The Board of Agriculture had compelled them to find a suitable field for the sale of sheep and pigs, and that unless they did "0, threatened to do awav with the markets entirely. Councillor Thomas Phillips suggested that they vet the opinion of the Board of Agrieulture on the question, as he considered they were the real power. Alderman C. P. Lewis supported the suggestion, and after a lengthy discnasiou it was ultimately decided that the clerk write to the Board of Agriculture, seeking their opinion on the matter. A "mfill committee, consisting of the Mayor, Aldermen T. Watkins and C. P. L-wis, and Councillors D. S. Thomas and T. Phillips were appoint,^ to assist the clerk in framing a case for the Board. REPORT OF THE MEDICAL OTFICER OF HEALTH. A verv exhaustive report of the Medical Officer of Health (Dr. R. Jeffrevs-Owenl for the past vear was read to the Council by tllp Town Clerk, f showing the town to be in a good healthv condi- tion. TENDERS. The tender of Mr. David Evans, Garden-lana. and of Mr. J. R. Morgan, Llwynhowel, for supply- ing Ftones were accepted. Three tenders for the supplying of blinds for the 11 windows at. the Town Hall, were received from Mr. W. Jones, Alma House, Mr. George Anthony, Stone-street, and "M.G." On tha motion of Alderman J. Watkins. seconded by Councillor J. Rees. it was resolved to accept the tender Fent in by Mr. W. Jones, it being the lowest one, provided the price included the fixing of -ame. APPLICATION. The Mayor read an application for an increase in salary from Mr. David Evans, of Garden-lane, one of the road workmen. Alderman Thomas Watkins remarked that the roadmen were underpaid. The County Court had granted increases in wages in the upper and lower parts of the County. Their workmen only got 15s. a week, and he now proposed that his wages be increased to 17s. per week. Alderman J. Watkins seconded, and the same was unanimously carried. SPECIAL MEETING. It was decided to hold a special meeting on Tuesday, the 22nd inst., for the purpose of dis- cussing the question of charges to parsons who were extra consumers of water. The meeting then concluded. COUNTY COURT. The usual bi-monthly County Court was held at the Town Hall on Saturday last before His Honour Judge Bishop. Several undisputed case, had been previously disposed of by the Registrar, Mr. D. T. M. Jones. JONES v. TURNER.—This was an action brought by Mr. Isaac Jones, of Waterloo House, Llansadwrn, merchant, against Mr. George Turner, a farmer, residing at Pencae, Llansadwrn, to recover a sum of < £ 317s. Od. for goods sold and delivered. Mr. T. Phillips, solicitor, Llandovery, represented the defendant. The defendant admitted the claim with the exception of two items of 12s. and lis. 6d., the goods for which sums he disputed having received. After a some- what long hearing his Honour gave judgment for the plaintiff for the full amount claimed. EVANS v. JONEs,-This was an action brought by Mr. E J. Evans, a tea merchant and bookseller at Llandilo, against Mr. Wm. Jones, of Halfway, Llangadock, labourer, to recover the sum of £ 1 17s. Od., being principal due on a £ romi8Scry note. Mr. Claude Davies, solicitor, landilo. appeared for tbe plaintiff, and Mr. Thomas Phillip", solicitor, Llandovery, represent- ed the defendant. From the evidence it appeared that the plaintiff at the time the debt was con- tracted was an agent at Llangadock under the Prudential Assurance Company, and defendant had insured with the Company. The premiums became in arrear, and plaintiff paid the arrears, defendant signing; the note in question for the amount. Defendant, however, denied signing the note. Mr. Dd. Thomas, of 31, The Avenue, Carmarthen, whose name appeared on the note as a witness, also denied having attested the note. Evidence was however given by Mr. Edward Thomas, Registrar of Births and Deaths at Llangadock, proving that the signature on the note bore a strong resemblance to the signature of the defendant on the register. His Honour, after a lengthy hearing, remarked that this was the most curious case he had ever tried, and gave judgment for the plaintiff for the full amount claimed, to be paid in instalments of 10s. monthly. LLANDOVERY CRICKET CLUB. The following are the fixtures of the Llandovery I Cricket Club for this season :— Ground Date Club Played on. May 23 -The School School June 4—Brecon Brecon 9—The School Club „ 16—Swansea Club „ 23-Llanelly Club „ 27-The SchooL. Club 3O-Ammanford Club July 14-Builth Club „ 20-Knightnn Club „ 21-Ammanford Ammanf'd Aug. 4-Pontardulais Club „ 6-Brecon. Club 8—Builth Builth ll-Swansea Swansea 22—Knighton Knighton „ 25—Llanelly Llanelly SECOXD ELEVEN. June 14-The School Club THE CAMBRIAN is on sale by Mr. Wyndham Price, 1, Orchard-street; Mrs. Evans, Gosen House; and at Messrs. Smith and Son's book- stall, Llandovery; also at Llangadock by E. H. Edwards, newsagent.
BRAVO! KRUGER. The following culled from Fitzpatrick's ex- cellent work, 4t The Transvaal from Within," needs no commentPresident Kramer's Affairs in the Raads- 1889—PRESIDENT. V July—His Honour accepts a loan of £7,000 from the State funds at 2} per cent. interest (current rate being about 6 per cent)." 1892-FIRST RAAD—PRESIDENT. May 24-It was resolved that a dam be constructed on the President's farm Geduld at a cost of J64,500, at the expense of the Treasury." "The Public Works Department report that the road across the President's farm Geduld,' estimated to cott .£1,500, had actually cost £5,000. Mr. Meyer stated that this road was of absolutely no use to anyone but the owner of the farm." "May 8—On the application of the Sheba G. M. Co. for permission to erect an aerial tram from the mine to the mill. "Mr. Groblaar asked whether an aerial tram was a balloon or whether it could fly through the air. "The only objection that the Chairman bad to urge against granting the tram was that the Company bad an English name, and that with so many Dutch ones available. Mr. Taljaard objected to the word par- ticipeeien (participate) as not being Dutch, and to him unintelligible I can't believe the word is Dutch why have I never come across it in the Bible if it is ?' June I8-0n the application for a conces- sion to treat taiiings, Mr. Taljaard wished to know if the words 'pyrites' ax.d con cent rates' could not be translated into the Dutch language. He could not understand what it meant. He had gone to a night-school as longashe had been in Pretoria, and even now be could not explain everything to his burghers. He thought it a shame that big hills should be made on ground under which there might be rich reefs, and which in future might be required for a market or outspaii. He would support the recommendation ou condition that the name of the quartz should be translated into Dutch, as there might be more in this than some of them imagined."
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TOUCH UP THE LIVER When you nave a blue day oc bad night with a dose of VEGELOIDS, the new and wonderful little ) digestive aperients and liver stimulants. The be-it yet." One a dose, 100 doses in pocket vial, Is. i| 1., of chemists; or by post of Messrs. NEWBEIXY, 27, Charterhouse Square, London. Prevarication. — Percy: "I say, Mabel, what's six sevens?" Mabel: "Now, Percy, you know mamma does not allow me to speak with my mouth full." Stern policeman (to wandering minstrel): You must accompany me, my good man." Wandering Minstrel: Certainly, what l would you like to sing?" 1 feel constrained to tell you Fred that I have been engaged before this," she whispered. Don't mention it," he said, gently. 1, too, have been jilted." This geyser," said the guide in the Yellow- stone region, is called the Political Geyser. Ah 1" replied the tot list, and why?" "Be- cause it throws mud." White: What did Joblets say when Jessie said she would be a sister to him?" Greene- He said that was satisfactory to him, pro- vided they were to share alike under the old man's will." It was a mighty mean thing Hicks did. When he was arrested the other night for kicking ever an ash barrel he gave my name to the judge as his." What is your name," asked the strangsr. "John Smith." If there is anything in this world more anxious than the look on the face of a bachelor who has been beguiled into holding a baby unawares, it is the look on the face of the baby's mother eagerly watching him while he does it. Husband: My dear, I read here that a man was fired at by a burglar last night, and his 3ife was saved by the bullet striking against a button of his clothes." Wife (snappishly): "Well, what of that, pray?" Husband: "Oh, nothing; except that the button must have been on." "Will you trust me, Fanny?" he crictd passionately, grasping her hand. With all my heart, Augustus, with all my soul, with all myself," she whispered, nestling on his manly besom. Would that you were my tailor," he murmured to himself, and tender- ly he took her in his arms. A man can easily have his own way by not wenting it. It takes a man half his life to learn that he is just en ordinary individual and not a genius. "Why didn't you marry her?" "Opposi- tion in her family." "Her father?" "No, herself." Every man believes that it is better to give than to leccive when it comes to a question of advice. Selfishness is the meanest and most con- temptible of all vices-other people's selfish- ness, that is. Conscience is like an alarm clock. If you don't pay attention to it, it will soon cease to wake you up. Every man has an idea that if he had been in Adam's place the earth would still be a Garden of Eden. Madame, what is classical music?" "Oh I don't know? It's the kind that you have to like whether you like it or not." Have you and George had a quarrel, Clara?" No, indeed. It is getting too near my birthday for me to quarrel with George, dear fellow." An Example.—Mrs. Trivvet: "Do you think the animals have a language?" Mr. Trivvet: "Well, I have often heard of deer stalking." You can make an enemy more miserable by tickling his feet with the feather of satire than by pounding him with the sledge-ham- mer of abuse. Cross-eyed waiter (after the collision): 'Vhy don't you look where you're going?" Second Waiter: Why don't you go where you're looking?" Young Lady i timorously): Who was that screaming just now?" Dentist: "Don't be alarmed. It was a patient who was being treated free of charge." Are you satisfied that the team I sold you is well matched?" Victim: "Yes, they're well matched. One is willing to work, and the other is satisfied to let him." How to Raise a Boy was the leading article in a magazine for Sunday reading. Ihe best way known is to show the boy a tele- graph pole that overlooks a circus. A.: "Why do you always prefix the word 'dictated' to your letter? I see you don't keep a secretary." B.: "No; but to tell the truth, old chap, my spelling's rather rockv.' A father, in consoling his daughter, who had lost her husband, said: I don't wonder you grieve for him, my chi]d; you will never find his equal." I don't know that I can." responded the sobbing widow, but I'll do my bo?t." The father felt comforted. Hrsband: dear, you look nice in that dress; but it cost me a heap of money Wife: "Freddie, dear, what do I care for money when it is a question of pleasing .you ?" He; "Would it make you very sad if I should tell you I was going to marry some one p She (who doesn't know the de- dred anxiety about accepting: him): "I should be, Jack, if the gu*l were a very near and dear friend of mine." Do not accept the bottle which does not hear the label WHEATLEY'S HOP BIT- TERS. It is absolutely the best NON-IN- TOXICATING DRINK, and has gained the Highest Awards over all Competitors.
FASHIOX NOTES. lBY MESSRS. BEN EVANS AND Co., LIMITED, SWANSEA."} From all sides comes the favourable mention of Wedgewood blue as the most chic colour of the season, but, while advocating its cause moefr enthusiastically, we would draw attention to tbe fact tha.t there are drawbacks to the possession of a gown of this tone, which disadvantages merit due consideration before anyone yields to the persuasive words of the modiste, and enslaved by the exquisite colouring, realises too late the horrors of owning an unmistakably uubecoming frock, and one whose duplicates, or practically so, are to be met at every turn. A VIOLET GOWN. To our mind the line of colouring is un- doubtedly and pre-eminently suited to a blonde style of looks, but should not be attempted by brunettes, or indeed by anyone not dowered with a particularly good complexion, as it is exceed- ingly trying. Notwithstanding these drawbacks Wedgewood blue in all manner of varying grades of colour will be much ell evidence, and probably popular to the verge of a mania throughout the months of summer. It will be seconded ably by a charming shade of grey which has been chris- tened cob-web grey,after the curiously elusive tint of the meshes spun by the cunning spider, and is a colour which harmonizes exquisitely with creamy or yellowish lace employed as trimming. LITTLE GIRL'S CORTTTME. The elegant frock illustrated above is formed of another fashionable material, namely voile of a soft violet tone, the collar and front of tucked mouaseliiie-de-soie. The bat which, in the manner of tbe latest Parisian millinery triumphs, droops over the face with a soft sbadowiness very becoming, is trimmed with that most fashionable of flowers, Hydrangea. which nestles amid soft swathings of pale-pink chiffon. The skirt, you notice, is finished off at the hem with a ixikrotr to forme flounce LITTLE BOY'S COAT. At this season of the T, ar mothers are mucb exercised in their minJs as to the particular atvie of costumes thatis best suited to t':ei!' little boys or gnls. In these, as in every other class of goods, there is a great variety cf desig-ns and materials. We give here two sketches of very dressy little costumes which can be obtained in white or colored cotton, or woollet ft brie—and at very little cost: wbil-t for younger children still, there are shown some very pretty police in cash- mere, ana washing materials., \1I::th stylish litile bonnets and hats to match.
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g — his earnings amounted in all to £1198. 7d. per week, a statement which was supported by the .evidence of Mr. John, a clerk at the works where -defendant is employed. Ultimately the Bench Mdaced the order from 15s. to 13s., and ordered .the commitment of the defendant to prison for -two months, to be suspended for a fortnight. AFTER CONIES.—Eynon Jones, collier, of Bryn- eoefa.was charged with trespassing on the 3rd inst. in pursuit of conies, on land in the occupation of Mrs. Bowen. Mr. W. H. David appeared for the prosecution, land the defendant, who pleaded gailty, was fined 20s. and costs. ATTACKED BY A TURKEY.—William Jenkins, collier, of Cwm(?wrach was summoned by Fredk. Benford, an Inspector under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Society, for alleged cruelty to a turkey belonging to William Morris, also of Cwmgrath. Mr. A. J. Jeffreys appeared for the defence. It was stated in evidence that the defendant struck the bird with a stick, and kicked it. On defendant's behalf, witnesses twore that the bird was very savage, and had attacked several persons. It had attacked the defendant, who had driven it away with a stick. The Bench dismissed the case. CaoELTY TO PIGS.—David Lewis, of Ystrad- gynlais, and Elizabeth Davies, of Cwmavon, were charged with cruelty to two pigs. Lewis sold the two pigs to Mrs. Davies, and had them placed in two separate sacks. A man named Bennett, also of Cwmavon, allowed them to be placed in his eart to be conveyed to Cwmavon. Both the animals, owing to having been tied so tightly in the sacks, were dead before they reached Briton Ferry. P.C. Thomas said that the sacks were tied so as not to permit any ventilation. Mr. Edwards, M.R.C.V.S., gave evidence, and said that the cause of death was suffocation. The Bench dismissed the charge against Bennett (for whom Mr. Edward Powell appeared), and fined the other defendants 2s. 6d. each, and costs.
ESTIMATES. June 24, 1891—Two hundred vouchers were found to be missing from the yearly accounts. and no explanation could be given. Also Cl3,000 had been given on loan to the Boeren Winkel (Boer General Store-a private mercantile venture)." LOCUST EXTERMINATION. "July 21, 1892—Mr. Roos said locusts were a plague, as in the days of King Pharaoh, sent by God, and tbe country would assuredly be loaded with shame and obloquy if it tried to raise its band against the mighty band of the Almighty. the Almighty. Messrs. Declerq and Steenkamp spoke in the same strain, quoting largely from the Scriptures. "The Chairman related a true story of a man whose farm was always spared by the locusts, until one day he caused some to be killed. His farm was then devastated. "Mr. Stoop conjured the members not to constitute themselves terrestrial gods and oppose the Almighty. Mr. Lucas Meyer raised a storm by ridi- culing the arguments of the former speakers, I and comparing the locusts to beast of prey which they destroyed. < Mr. Labuschagne was violent. He said the locust were quite different from beasts jl of prey. They were a special plague sent by God for their sinfulness."