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LLANDOVERY. By OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] THE!jrAN DOVERY COUNTY GIRLS' SCHOOL. CONTINUED REPORT IN CONNECTION WITH THE DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES. MR. BENJAMIN EVANS. HIGH SHERIFF. THE MUNIFICENT DONOR TO LLAN- DOVERY COLLEGE. In our last week's issue we inserted a report of part of the interesting: proceedings which took place at the Drill Hall on Tuesday evening, in last week, in connection with the distribution of prizes to students at the County Girls' School, Llandovery. The spacious hall was crowded and the greatest enthusiasm prevailed. In the unavoidable absence of Mr. 'C. Vaugban-Pryse- Rice, J.P., of Llwyny-Brnin, the meeting was ably presided over by the Vicar (the Rev. Eben. Jones, M.A.). The Chairman having opene 1 the proceedings with a brief but appropriate address, remarked that he regretted to announce that a telegram had been received from Principal Evans, of the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen, informing the Governors that he was unable to attend to address the assembly as arranged. He then called upon the Lady Principal to present the report of the School. REPORT OF HEAD MISTRESS. Miss Price, the Head Mistress, then read the following report I have much pleasure in reading to you my report of the work done at the County Girls' School in this town during the year 1899-1900. On the reopening of the School in September, there were 16 old pupils and 24 new ones, making up the total of 40. In the Spring term the number on the register was 39, and during the Summer term totalled 40. The staff also was new and it now consists of myself and two assistant mistresses, Miss L. M. Ball, student of Girton, Hoooura in the Modern and Medical Language Tripos, and Miss A. B. Juniper, who holds l*t Class Certificate in Cookery, Laundry and Dressmaking. Miss Mabel Watkins, A.L.C.M., taught singing for two terms, and on her resignation in April the Rev. Gruffydd Evans was appointed to the post. Both mistresses and girls bad to work under great disadvantages, for though the School had been opened fou;- years, and was examined with that idea by the Central Welsh Board, yet to all practical purposes it had to bj reorganised, several new subjects introduced, and many of the pupils had to do two years' work in one. Locking back last July to the beginning of that school year, I could hardly believe it possible for us to have accomplished so much in the time. The girls, on the whole, I worked well, but I also have to thank my two colleagues, Miss Bull and Miss Juniper, who though quite strangers to our town, and even the Principality, have taken a Ireen interest in the I school, and have devoted their energies to rai-e the work to the standard of other schools in the county. I shall always feel grateful to them for assisting me to steer the school safely through the crisis of that year, and I am glad to think that they can look forward to having their dnties lightened after Christmas, for owing to the pressure of work on the staff, the Governors have allowed me an extra mistress to teach science principally and keep in the English subjects. The uewone appointed is Miss Eiith VVillcock, B.S.C., University of London. The Inspector visited the school in February last and he was pleased with its progress. In his report he saye —' Tho discipline and order were satisfactory. The school appeared to be very well organised, and in most of the lessons that came under my notice the teaching was highly satisfactory. The technical department was very effectively organised.' In Juno last Monsieur B'evenot orally examine Forms III. an i II., and reporting on the work of the Lower School, says -1 The,, amount of the quality of the work th;s school has to show as the result of the past 12 months' teaching is very striking. There is evidence of good methods of teaching, simple clearness and quiet earnestness on the part of the teachers.' In the Upper School 17 girls were entered for the written examination of the Central Weh-h Board. The following is a list of successes gained by the pupils during the past year. Two girls obtained Senior Certificates, Myfanwy Richards passing in seven subieots, viz., Composition, English Literature, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, French, and with dis- tinction in the English Language and Edith Davies passed in six subjects, viz., Composition, I English Language, English Literature, History, I Arithmetic and French. One Junior Certificate, Gwen Griffiths, passed in ten subj cfcs, viz., Composition, Scripture, English Language, Literature, History. Arithmetic, Mathematics, French, Latin and Botany. Myfanwy Richards obtained a 1st Class and EJith Davies a 2nd Ciass in the South Kensington Examination in Mathematics, Stage 1 Myfanwy Richards, Edith Davies, G. Griffiths, and EUlliy James gained Internal Scholarships on the refuli. of the Central Welsh Board Examination. Taking the average marks of the whole examination, Nellie Allen and Hannah Thomas, wiio entered for Stage I., took the two highest places on the list, but these jiirls already held External Scholarships. Maggie Lewis, an old pupil, won the Bryntelfi ScholarshIp of X20 tor two years at the University College of Wales, Aberys: wj tli. (Cheery. This scholarship is open to natives of Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire, and I hope it will be frequently held by pupil" of this school. (Hear, hear.) Last autumn the County Governing Body granted us the sum of £100 for Technical Apparatus, and this Ln,)u-Y has helped to furnish the school with every requisite for teaching botany, hygiene, physiology, cookery, laundry work and dress- making. I think it is one of the best furnished schools in the county. There is a School Library, but at present it contains no works of Scott, Dickens or Kingsley's, a»d hardly any historical novels. These latter are, I think, essential in a scbool'for they help to interest the pupils in the various periods of history. I should like to impress upon the parents the necessity of sending their children at an early age to our school if they are really anxious to have them well educated. We can take them in at the age of 9 vears, or if they are pupils at an Elementary School directly they have passed through the IVtn Standard. I do not know whether you are all aware that when a girl gains a full Senior Certificate at our school she is considered as having passed in the 1st Class^ of the Queen s Scholarship Examination, and is entitled to the Government Grant at any of the Training Colleges for Elementary Teachers. I am sorry te find that in a town and district like ours that has long been noted for the edueation of its boys that there are still some people who think one or two terms' polish sufficient for the girls. Since the time is come, when girls have to edorn their living side by side with their brothers. I think it is only fair that they should ^e as well equipped for the battle of life, and betides education is the most lasting fortune that any parent can give to his children. Before I conclude I must thank the Governors for the kind way they have considered my suggestions I have made with regard to carrying on the school, and espeoially Mrs. E. Jeffreys Owen, of Gollon House, for the help she has so willing-ly given us throughout the year, particularly in the Technical Department. I trust we shall soon be able to reckon some of our old girls among the clever women of the country, and that Llandovery may be as proud of its County School as it is now of its College. (Applause.) THE HIGH SHERIFF ADDRESSES THE MEETING. I Mr. Benjamin Evans, the premal and popular High Sheriff of Carmarthenshire, then addressed the meeting. He delivered a brilliant speech on the advantages of education, and by his humorous remarks soon put the assembly in the best of spirits. A verbatim report of Mr. Evans speech has already appeared. The Chairman then remarked that thev had now come to the mo«t interesting portion of the p-ogramme, and that was the distribution of fhXt*(air"11 E™,a 50 ™d,irtak6 the diity. This Mrs. Evans accomplished in fine style, each of the successful students as she came for- ward for her prize being greeted in an amiable manner and received sound advice from Mrs EvaDS to persevere and prepue thoroughly for the battle of life. VOTE OF THANKS TO THE HIGH SHERIFF. Mr. J. R. James, the ex-Mayor of the Borough remarked: I have a very pleasing duty to p°er- Hieh' Sheriff m°Je of thanka to the ±ligh Sheriff and Mrs. Evans for comino- amono-st us here to-night. I think it is a good s?gn ofThe times, and augrurs well for the educational future ot Wales, when we find gentlemen like the Hieh Ejhenff, who, immersed in heavy responsibilities and anxieties inseparably connected with large commercial undertakings, devotee a portion of his limited and valuable time to the furtherance ot education in the Principality. (Cheers.) It is true that the educational awakening which has taken place in Waies during the last 15 or 20 years is due in a measure to the lofty ideals aspirations and ambitions of the younger genera- tion of Welshmen, known as "Young Wales" but it is equally true, and equally important to remember, that thpse aspirationa and idea-Is would be but a dream to-day were it not for gentlemen like the High Sheriff, blessed with a large pocket, and a still larger heart, coming forward, and out of their bounty transforming the dream into a living reality. (Loud applause.) I assure him that we all feel the greatest pleasure in seeing him in our midst. (Cheers.) I don't know whether I am letting out a secret or not; but if this is so, I will tike the responsibility of sayinp that I believe Mr. Evans was the anonymous donor of the munificent gift of £1,000 given to Llandovery College some time ago. (Loud cheers ) I refer to the College, as this institution of which we are so justly proud, is doing such excellent educational work for Wales in general. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Evans is a well-known bene- factor of education I will only further say that although Glamoreanshire claims the labours and presence of the High Sheriff, yet I am sure that iu the future, as irj the past, will always take a deep interest in the welfare of his native county Carmarthenshire. (Applause.) Mr. John Jones, J.P., of Penrhock, havine seconded the vote, the same was received with great enthusiasm. Mr Evans, in responding, said: I cannot find words sufficient to express my thanks to the ex- Mayor and Mr. Jones for their kind words. I consider it a great honour at being asked to be here, and I hope you will again invite me whenever you hold another event of this kind. (Cneers.) The entertainment part of the programme was then proceeded with. The students enacted several pieces in brilliant Btyle, and as each one of them undoubtedly did their utmost to make it a success, we will not attempt to individualize. The greatest credit is, however, due to Miss Price and her staff for the excellent manner in which they ha.d trained the girls, which must have ooc< stoned a good deal of painstaking before such a high pitch of parfection could ever have been rtaihed. The Hia-h Sheriff having again complimented the Lady Prinaij al and all those who had assisted, the interesting and enjoyable proceeding's ter- minated with the sineingr of the "National Anthem" and "Hen wlad fy Nhadau." The following is the prize list:- FORM V.—Engl;sh, Myfanwy Richards. Languages, Gweu Griffiths, Mathematios, Edith Davies. FORM IV.—English, Nellie Allen. Scripture, Lizzie Richards. French, Hannah Thomas. Latiu (1st Division), Hannah Thomas; (2nd division), Margaret Jones. Mathematics, Nellie Allen. FORM III.- English, Eliza Evans. French, Nellie J. Griffiths. Mathematics, Nellie J. Griffiths. FORM II.—English. Muriel Richards. B itanv (Upper School), Myfanwy Richards. Hygiene (Lower School), Eliza Evans. Drawing1 (Upper School), Maggie Rees; (Lower School), Lily Williams. Cookery.—Lily Williams. Laundry Work.—Hettie Williams. N eedlework.-Muriel Thomas. Gardening.—Gladys Davies. GENEROSITY OF THE MAYOR. On Saturday, Mr. Thomas Phillips, of Picton Villa, the Mayor of Llandovery, distributed about 400 lbs. of beef amongst the deserving poor in ye ancient Borough, a kindness, which it need hardly be remarked, was greatly appreciated by those who participated therein. TREAT TO THE WORKHOUSE INMATES. On Friday, Mrs. Perkins, of Tonn, in her usual generous manner, entertained the inmates of the IN-orkbouse to an excellent dinner, and at its conclusion presented appropriate gifts amongst them. HOCKEY. A LLANDOVERIAN IN THE WELSH TRIAL, MATCH. Mr. D. Edgar Williams, of this town, and a member of the Llandovery Hockey Club, has just been selected as one of the full-backs in the trial match, to chose players to represent South Wales in hockey. May he get the coveted cap is the sincere wish of his numerous admirers. Bravo Llanduvery ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW. The thirteenth annual Christmas show for the exhibition of meat, poultry, eggs, butter and cheese, took place at the Market Place, on Fri- day last, in capital weather, and in consequence, a large number of persons attended the event, watch in every way proved a decided success. The entries, numerically, were similar to last year, but the exhibits on the whole showed a decided improvement. Some splendid carcases were shown,and the trussed and iive poultry were of a superior quality, the latter being the chief interesting features of the show. In the poultry classes Mr. Evans, of Dolan- hirion, was a most successful exhibitor, gaining no less than three firsts and two second prizes.. In the special class for the best live pi<r, pre- mier honours were awarded to the animal, the property of Mr. Daniel Jones, of Victoria- The secretarial duties, as usual, were admir- ably performel by the ex-Mayor, Mr. J. R. James, of Springfield Cottage, whilst the treasurer, of the show vrai Alderman Jonah Watkins, of the Llandovery Bank. The judges were as follows u LIVE POULTRY.—Mr. D. i. M. Jones, Nant- rbogf-m and Mr. Travers Perkins, Glantawe. BUTTER, CHEESE, EGGs. AND 1. BUSSED POULTRY.—Miss Roderick, Lettygiib, aud Mrs. Williams, Kinz's Head, Llandilo. MBAT.-Mr. Stephens, Llandi!o. The following epntlemen acted as Stewards:- Me?srs. Thomis Roberts. Jul,iiee Crown Stores D. S. Thom <8, Belmont House John Evans, Old Change; Henry Harard, Stone-street W. Williams (late Swan); J. P. Thomas, Tondeg ViHa and Wm. Lloyd, surveyor. At the conclusion of the show the exhibits were disposed of at a brisk rate, a arrest demand being made, esp,cially for poultry. The p-ices aver- aged as t jllows :—Turkeys. lOd. per lb.; geese, 10J. per lb. ducks, 3s. to 4s. each fowls, 3s. to 4^. per couple; fresh butter. Is. per lb.; eggs, 14 for Is. rc-bl^s, 8d. and 9d. each beef, mutton. and veal, 8d. and 9d. per lb.; pork, 8d. per U' wethers, 9d. per lb. The following is the prize list:- Carcass of beef—1, Mr Henry Williams, but- cher, Llandovery. Carcase of lowland mutton—1, Mr Frank Rees, butcher, Llandovery. Carcase of mountain wether—1, Mr Frank Rees, .re butcher, Llandovery. Porker, not exceeding 5 score-I, Mr Howell Jones, butcher, Llansradock. Carcase of veal—1, Mr Howell Jones, Llan- gadoek. Best fit tnrkev—1 and 2. Mr. Wm. Price, Ddprwendear; 3, Mr Thomas, Trallwm. Best stag turkey—1, Mr Morgans, Llwyn- howell. Best fat goose -1 and 2, Mr James Evans, Polauhirion; 3 and c., Mrs Williams, Llanwrda Farm. Best couple of fat ducks—1, Mr Jeremiah Thomas, Pantglas 2 and h.c., Mr Williams, Cefnilan 3, Mr Thomas, Pantglas. Best couple of fat fowls—1, Mr Williams, Cefnherryn 2. Mr4 James, Ystradwallter 3. Mr Williams, Cefnllan; v.h.c., Mr Thomas, Pant- glas. Best cask or tub of salt butter, not less than 30 lilq.-I. Mr Prioe, DJerwendeg 2, Mr Williams, Cefnllan. Bpst 6 lbs. of frpsh butter—1, Mr N. Jones, Danyrallt; 2, Mr Williams, Cefnllan v.h.c., Mr Jones, Blaenos Farm. Best fresh milk nheese. of not less than 20 lbs. 1 Mr D. Williams. Errvd; 2, Mr Williams, Gla'ntowy; h c.. Mr Thomas, Llettyrbaflaetb. Best skim milk cheeso, not less than 20 lbs.- 1, Mr DJ. Thomas, Llettyrhaflaeth 2, Mr J. Thomas, Pantglas; v.b.c., Mr N. Jones, Dany- rallt. Best basket of eL-e-s, of not less than 20 in number—1, Mr J. Thomas, Pantglas 2, Mr Morgans, Llwynhowell h.c., Mrs Davies, Weaver. Live Poultry (in best condition for killing). Live turkey -1, Mr J. Evans, Dolauhirion 2, Mr Evan Davies, Abergwenlais Mill. Live eroose—1, Mr J. Evans, Dolauhirion 2, Mr D. Rees, Talrbyn. Live conple of ducks—1. Mr Evan Davies, Abergwenlais Mill; 2, Mr Dd. Roes, Talrbyn. Live couple of fowls—1. Mr D. M. Evans, Cilycwm Factory 2, Mr Williams, Glantowy. SPECIAL PRIZES. (To be competed for by working men residing within the parish of Llandinsrat.) Best live fat pig-1. Mr Daniel Jones, Victoria- street, Llandovery; 2, Mr Elias Jones, Victoria- street, LIn-ndovery 3, Mr Daniel Lewis, Orchard- street, Llandovery.

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