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Htgtritt øotre" anti (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENTS.) ABERAVON AND PORT TALBOT. NOTES AND NEWS. (BY "RAMBLER."] A bright and prosperous New Year to my readers. The night meeting of the Town Council last week was a dismal failure. rhe proceedings were lifeless and desultory, and the much-vaunted personage, the ratepayer, for who-e convenience meetinsrs appear to have been altered, was conspicuous by his absence. It requires almost a superhuman effort to stir up the average ratepayer t* the duties of c. izen- ehip. Mind vou, I am not speakins? thus simply because he did not attend the dcliberations of ti.e Council last week. This would have been a list- less OCCTJnation, but there are manifold opportu- nities aff rded him in watching the progress of the town's affairs and now and then of speaking out on questions whioh vitally affect him, but no, he is content to let his chosen representative severely alono until the next municipal election comes round, and then be clamours away with all his might. The horse has then been stolen and the stable door locked. Aberavon's new Standing Orders were banded round at the Council meeting last week. There was a full complement of mem bers present, and just prior to the reading of the minutes-the first item on the agenda-it was quite amusing to glance round the crimson cloth semi-circle and observe each of the member pe- usiug with soul- deadening quietude the prescriptions set in cold 'type, for members troubled with a super- abundance of talk. Some could hardly realise the change that was to come over the scene ot their many efforts in the vast. Something very near creating a ^cene took place on the discussion of the minutes of the tras Committee, brought about by the fact that ■.lthontrh the Gas Committee had recommended the carrying out of certain important work, they had not waited for confirmation of their report, but had proceeded with the work This drew down upon tbem the wrath of Aid. Smith and the ex-Mavor. The Gas Committee said that the matter was one of great urgency. Councillor Wood, in the course of the discussion, to Aid. Smith as my Lord, we plead-Jgjj and so on. Aid. Smith was evidently irritated, ind retorted on Councillor Wood by' him as u Councillor Bombast. The discussion flickered out, and the Gas Committee s recom- mendation was agreed to by 11 votes to 3. Mr Lipscombe, the newly appointed agent of the Margam Estate, takes up his duties at Margam on the 3rd January. Aberavon playgoers owe Mr. Dei. Jones, mine host of the "Red Lion," a debt of gratitude in supplying them weekly, at his Palace of Varieties in High-street, with talented music hall artistes. Darinsr this week in particular, Mr. Jones has provided them with a reallv excellent Lill of fare. What is ballast for road making? I am temDted to ask this question by a view of the Serial which is laid on the Victoria-road Here S ashes and clinkers, with a sprinkling of quarry to w*. ft comes to make the acquaintance of that road. After a protracted hearing at the Borough Police Court hst week, the young man Dlivid was verv conflicting, and when P.C. Merritt c<une Trevor Hunter between them guided the proae cation. Aberavon made mince meat-at; an appropriate season be it said-of the Cardiff suburbans- Eoath—on Saturday, and ran out winners by ggoal. 7 tries to nil. The homesters, however by their general play, did not deserve half that score. They played a very ragged game, and on mo occasion did they seem to exert themselves, but they should remember that, however poor their opponents are at the game, they have Sectators to please. People don't pay out fences for the fun of the thing, they want value for their money. raSlnee to thereto. Lvefyr ° gt'beef and plum pudding for a good ^ore of roast be«t a i f 8,aaght themselves to 8*y n° JL:„v. has been enacted, of the {.altered tribe ^0„Beumpti„0 ot trade. Tbe oDth*. SS." the poor income-fc.xp«y«rB be "SI in the new yeu to tolp on the war. Oh yes the war is still with u-, despite the fact that Xoi'd Roberts is near our shores. Presentations just now seem to be the order of -the day At the Constitutional Club premies on Ctoto&M ev™ne, Mr. Sam Jenk™, »b" » Messrs. Powell's (carrying agents to the G.VV .K, Port Talbot) chief clerk, was made the recipient of an ebony silver-mounted walking-stick, pipe And pouch, on the occasion of Ins leaving Port m iu fjta nn a more lucrative post at Mr J B-Cadman was in the chair, Aberdare. Mr. • ti()n8 Mr> Cadman's name and directiy ,,uarantee that the proceedings ^hat is a sufficient guaran^ E ); .g .excellent went with a swiug^ tf eyer ready with chairman sayings to say nothing of his s"ng1smPThmere were" dumber of Mr. Jenkins' friends present to wish him eyery_ success in his 'new sphere of labour. I think this is the stereo- typed phrase. The speakers were tumbling over .each other to say a few word, in high apprecia- tion of Mr. Jenkins, who replied in his own modest way. Of course there were songs and fecitations-the Chairman looked after that—and .a most enjoyable hour was spent. This festive season has not been without its black list" for there passed away on Monday morninjr one of the dIstricts- local merchants in the person of Mr. Thomas, brass moulder, a gentleman Tery well known in the town, and a devout worshipper at the Ebenpzer Welsh Baptist Chapel. The funeral took place on Boxibg Day and was very largely attended. Aberavon footballers had, I should imagine, a ofIurfeit of footbàll over the holidays. Roath (Cardiff), London Welsh and Maesteg were taken on and all three had to bite the duat. I he i Haesteg match on Boxing D«y was the best of the three—the teams were more evenly balanced forward. The Cardiff organisation « was Axnected was made mince meat of, but the V London Welshmen died hard, albeit the score of a solitary try hardly i-epre8ente(i the trend of the play. The Maesteg game was the real trial ot Strength of the holiday nutche*, and here the Red and Blacks won comfortably, playing an all "round more skilful game, particularly in the -third line, where the old veteran—not old in -years, mind you-Will Rees, covered himself ~iorv The try of his was a real beauty, but it was Vickery, the burly forward, and Billa Thomas who paved the wt-y for him, although it was^ great effort of BM to get in. He and Tlilla Thomas played a beautiful game. The |*ar £ f' "l^Vtl^e ffam^Kerv(*d°^ot the'ba'n well riL8«Boo».l moirty 'l'he -very soft affair and should have been easily -averted. They showed any amount ot P'UI.K however, but, as I have said, they were left behind in the soientifin play. Cash Llewellyn was in great form for them. On Wednesday and Thursday the Public Hall was occupied by the member < of the choir of the Tabernacle Church, who gave a p-rlormance of the "Moabites." They were assisted by a number of well-known local artistes, and good houses were present. SHOCKING BURNING FATALITY AT CWMAVON. A little child, of 12 years, of Mr F. Jacobs. of Brvn Cottage, Cwmavon, met with a shock in-, death at its parents' residence on Saturday. Durinc the temporary ab-ence of the servant the ,?hTfomehow or other caught ga^nts on -fire and was found sat down in a chal^h^^ • garments still burning, and was BO shockingly burnt that it died a few hours afterwards. Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs were away at Swansea, at the time. At the inquest a verdict of accidental death was returned. Much sympathy is evoked for Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs in their bereavement. ABERAVON COUNTY POLICE COURT. MONDAY.—[Before Mr. G. H. Davey (chair- man), and Messrs. J. Arnallt Jones and Charles Jones.J UNJUST WICIGHTS.-D-.vid Daniel, of Pwlly- glaw, butcher, was fined 10s. and costs for having in his possession for use for trade a weight which was unjust. Mr. Edward Williams, Inspector of Weights and Measures, Port Talbot, proved the case. GAMB TRESPASS —Thomas Daviesand Thomas Price (alias Mawn), two Aberavon men, were charged by Thomas White, gamekeeper on the Margam estate, with trespassing on the Port Talbot warren on the 19th inst. in search of conies. Neither of the defendants appeared, but Davies' mother said that her son admitted the offence. White fdeposed that about midday on the 19th inst. he was watching on the warren when he saw the two defendant* going over the sandbanks with a greyhound. He saw them in the act of stooping as if picking up wires. He and Ferguson, another keeper, went after the men, who were caught, and some -nares recovered. Each defendant was fined 10s. and costs. Two or three drunk cases disposed of a short sitting. PORT TALBOT COUNTY SCHOOL. PRIZE DAT. The annual prize day in connection with this institution was held on Friday last under the presidency of the Vicar of Aheravon (the Rev. Hy. Morris), in the Constitutional Hall. Station- road. Th-re was a full attendance of scholars and parents and others interested in education. The p-oceedincs were graced by the presence of Lady Maude Vivian, who presented the prizes, and Mr. Marchant Williams, Merthyr's stipen- diary magistrate. A short musical programme ushered in the headmaster's report, which was one of fulsome praise, particularly as regarded the doings of two of his scholars, Masters Stacey Williams and Taliesin Morgan, who had won county scholarships. Mr. Marchant Williams gave a capital address on educational topics, and then Ladv Maude Vivian distributed the prizes Appended is a full list of the successful students; I PEIZE LIST. FORM VI.—Highest aggregate of marks in the Senior Certificate Examination of thi> Central Welsh Board, "The Story of the Heaven" (Dr. Bali), presented by Miss Talbot. Stacy Williams Latin. Longfellfsvy's Poetical Works," pre-en'ed by Mrs. R. W. Llewellyn, Elizabeth John; French, "Jeanne d'Arc" (Mrs. Oliphant), presented by Mrs. Byass, Katie Nicholas Mathematics, "Expansion of England" (Sir J. R. Seelev), presented by the Headmaster, Taliesin Morgan; Science, presented by Miss Talbot, Macaulay's Lays and Essays," Stacy Williams—" Natural History" (illustrated). Gor- don Leverton; English, "Julius Caesar" (W. Warde Fowler), Taliesin Morgan True and Noble Women" (H. C. Ewart). Sarah Harris. Stacy Willis ins also qnalified for the prize in French and Mathematics, and the first prize in English. Elizabeth John also qualified for a P_r' z° in English, but takes tbe first prize in Welsh. FORM V.—Sichest aggregate of marks in the Junior Certificate Examination of the Central Welsh Board. Industrial Biography" (Smiles), presented by Mr. Byaos, Arthur Lewis French, "'Napoleon Buonaparte" (Lockbart), Arthur Lowis; Mathematics. Nftl«on and the Naval Supremacy of England (W. Clark Russell), pre- Supremacy of England (W. Clark Russell), pre- sented by Mr. Kn"x Gordon Jenkins: English, Comedies (Moliere), Gordon Jenkins. t'I FORM IV.—Highest aggregate of marks at the Central Welsh Board Examination, "Abraham Lincoln" (Brooks), Edranhd Thomas; French, "True Stories from French History" (N. M. Paul). Edmund Thomas. (Edmund Thomas also qualified for the prize in Chemistry, and the first prize in English.) Arithmetic, Other worlds than ours (Pi octor), William Vaughai; Chem- istry." Curiosities of Nature and Art" (Wood Smith), Albert Thomas; Hygiene, "Lives of Eminent Womra," Florence Whittington English, Csrlyle's "French Revolution (1) T. J. Thomas; (2), "The Story of the Nations- SoKth Africa," William Vaughan: General Ex- cellence, "Famous Men," Keith Williams. FORM III.—French, Mothers of Great Men (Mrs. Ellis), Ruth Owen Mathematics, Stories of School Life" (Ascott Hope), Brinley John Arithmetic, Stories of Girl Life." M. Thomas; Chemistry, "Heroic Lives," Ivan Thomas; Hygiene. The Indinn Mutiny," Minnie Thomas; English (1). "Shakespeare," Ivan Thomas; (2), Story of Don Quixote," Jennie James. FORMS II. & I.-French. Pictorial Chronicles of the Mighty Deep," 1, Ben. Davie? "Robert the Bruce (Sir H. Maxwell), 2 Amy Norman Mathematics, Captain Cook's Voyages," A. J. Nicholas; Chemistry, "Heroes and Martyrs of Science" (H. C. Ewart). Sidney Rees: Hygiene, Pizarro" (G. M. Towle), Rosa McCarthy; English. Green's "Short History of the English People." 1, Gertrude Leverton; "Life of Peter the Great," 2, Gwyn Leverton. (Gertrude Leverton also qualified for the prize in hygiene, but takes a prize in drawing.) GENERAL PRIZES.—Welsh (npper division), Boswell's "Life of Johnson," Elizabeth John Welsh (lower division), Trie Beautirs of Shake- speare." Mary Thomas; Model drawing. "Risen by Perseverance." I, T. J. Thomas; "Christopher Columbus" (Washington Irving), 2. Madeline Daniell; Freehand and geometrical drawing. Deeds that won the Empire" (Fifcch^tt). A. J. Nicholas; Freehand drawing, "The Brownings for the Young," Gertrude Leverton; Shorthand. Stories of the Britiah Army." Howard Beynon (Arthur Lewis also qualified for this prize); Cookery, "Eminent Philanthropists," Fiorrie Smith: Needlework, "A Hero King" (Eliza F. Pollard). Nellie Steel. English includes English grammar, English literature, hietory, geography, dictation and composition. SUCCESSES IN 1900. A Countr Exhibition of the value of R30 a year tenable at University College, Cardiff, offered to Stacy Williams.. A County Free Studentship and Maintenance Scholarship of the valuo of £43 a year tenable for three years at Cardiff University College, won bv Taliesin Morgan, together with a University Ent,rance Scholarship of the value of XII. LONDON UNIVERSITY MATRICULATION.— Pas-es in the 1st Division Taliesin Morgan Stacy Williams. TEN SENIOR CERTIFICATES—CENTRAL WELSH BOARD—Stacy Williams, with distinction in nine subjects (Latin. French, Mathematics, Chemi-try, General S"ience. Arithmetic, E. Grammar, History and Geography) Elizabeth John with distinction in seven subjects, viz., all the above except Chemistry and Geography Taliesin Morgan with distinction in fiv« subjects (Latin, WeHi. Mathematics, Arithmetic^ and E Grammar) William Evans with distinction_in 3 snbjects (General Science, Arithmetic, and E. Grammar) Gordon Levervon with distinction in three subjects (French, Arithmetic, and E. Grammar) Katie Nicholas with distinction in two subjects (French, and E. Grammar) Sarah Harris with distinction in two subjects (French, and Arithmetic) Elsie James with distinction in two subjects (French, and Arithmetic) Jane Evans with distinction in one subject (French) and Jennie Williams with distinction in one subject (French). CENTRAL FOURTH JUNIOR CERTIFICATES-CENTRAL WKLSH BOARD.—Gordon Jenkins (with distinc- lion in Mathematics and Arithmetic), Arthur Lewis, Jeanie Gibb and Cyril Davies. 60 PASSES IN SCIENCE-S. AND A. DEPART- MENT.—The following obtuii ed first-class certifi- cates —Mathematics (Stage 1).—Gordon Jenkins, Laura Edwards, Sarah Harris, Rees Price, Eliza- beth John, William Vaughan and Jeanie Gibb.

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