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EAST CARMARTHEN. LLANDOVERY. LBT OUR OWN COBRBaPONDBNT.1 TOWN COUNCIL. This Council held its monthly meeting on S;?ESDAY under the presidency of the Mayor (Councillor D. T. M. Jones, Nanty- hogfan.) There were also present: Aldermen Thos. Watkins, Tycerrig; C. P. Lewis, Llan- dingat; and D .Saunders Thomas, Belmont; Councillors Thos. Phillips, Picton Villa (ex- Mayor); J. R. James, Springfield Cottage; Thos. Roberts .Jubilee Crown STOICS; John Evans. Old Change; John Rees, Gloucester House; T. Gwenlais Daviee; H. Havard, Northampton House; W. Rees, Forest House; E. Milner Jones, Velindre; Richard 1 NOMAS, Mafeking Villa; and Daniel Jones, Rhosybedw; and the Town Clerk (Mr. John lhomas, and other officials. _^PP0INTMENT of Borough Engineer. Ihere were two applicants for the position of Borough Engineer (vacant through the resignation of Mr. Hy. Lewis), namely, Mr. Geo. Morton, Erskine House, and Mr. Dan Evans, Mothvey. The latter produced four CAPITAL testimonials from Mr. Owen Price, Nantyrharn; Mr. David Isaac, Surveyor, reeon; Mr. Lewis Lewis, Senny Bridge; and Mr. Pritchard^ Devynoek* who testified that for eleven years Mr. Evans had served in ? SIMILAR capacity at Devynock and Senny Bndge, and carried out the work most satis- iactorily. On the proposition of Mr. Thos. Watkins, seconded by Mr. C. P. Lewis, Mr. Evans ^as Unanimously appointed on the same terms as were offered to his predecessor. Mr. Evans consented to sign the agreement. The Fairfield Question.—Important Dis- cussion. The Mayor read the correspondence passed relative to the fair question. One letter was from Mr. H. Alfred Thomas, the local agent for the representatives of the late Mr. Lloyd Jones, asking for tuller information as to the scheme the Corporation intended carry- mg out. The other was from Mr. Dudley Drummond the agent to Earl Cawdor, who stated that his Lordship was prepared to grant a lease of the Castle yard for the pur- pose of holding fairs for a term of 40 years, at an annual rental of JB12. the Corporation to have use of the yard four days each month, and to grant access to the tenant at all times. Council were also asked to have the boundary walls built to a proper height, P|ans and specifications to be submitted to hiS Lordship, as well as to the Board of Agriculture for approval. a ^scussi°nj Mr- T. Roberts stated that with reference tto the estimate of Mr. Jen- kins, the architect, for the present field, he had provided for many unnecessary items, one of which was the proposed entrance from Thomas. Thomas' Bridge. J. R. James remarked that the esti- mate practicaIJv covered the whole field., whereas half thereof would suffice. Answering Mr. D. S. Thomas, the late caretaker (Mr. Harries) said that 620 beats eivfred the fair field in October, 1901. Mr. Thos. Watkins thought that an ex- ceptional case, for in October, 1?00, only 547 beasts came to the fair. He did not suppose at there would be on any occasion more than 600. The large number on the occasion referred to was due chiefly to Mr. Rees, of Talgarth, bringing 60 beasts to the field, and penning them temporarily there. Ordinarily 15 heads were brought by Mr. Rees. REEG. -^tr. C. P. Lewis considered that they must ,/lVe a thought for the future as well as the present. He did not think that this was a question which could really be settled that day- He suggested that they send specifi- cations to the Board of Agriculture, and not bind themselves to anything at present. X'he Mayor: The time is too short to do that. Mr. Thos. Watkins considered they ought tO feel thankful, indeed, to Lord Cawdor, Drummond, the local agent (Mr. Thomas, j^o'tallt), and to the tenant, Mr. Henry Wil- ^arns, for their kindness iu placing the Y*stie yard at their disposal. He mentioned tile tenant's name because it was one oi the tc characteristics of the Edwinsford family, as well as that of Lord Cawdor, not to take steps in such a direction without eonsultting « ^euant- He moved that they accept the offer of Earl Cawdor, so that the fairs might held in the yard as in former years, 'ihe Rimers had been complaining against the Corportiona for taking the fairs to the pre- MQt field. xxad the farmers known all, they would not blame the Corporation, tor the Council could not help themselves, It was a veritable "Hobson's choice." He was sorry tjp see that they, as a body, did not exert themselves when they had an opportunity in respect to the yard at a later stuge. Mr. Aid. to his credit, be it said, aid so, and it ^ey had then backed Mr. Lewis up, they would not be in this present dilemma, He (the speaker) had told them that day month j-hat tne yard was available. He was then it was nonsense to say such a thing, lie now left them to judge who was right and who was wrong. He could tell them many things the farmers had told him, but it was sufficient to state that 2Vof their number had already signified their willingness to send teams to carry any materials that Inight be required to put the yard in a state to answer the requirements of the Board of Agriculture. Lord Cawdor had come for. ward nobly. He was one of the best land- ords in the world. A lease from him was really not required, h¡ig Lordship's word wou|d suffice. He felt he was fighting a glorious cause, and he trusted one of the Council would second his motion. I, "Ir. Thos. Phillips, in seconding, depre- cated any display of feeling in the matter, and asked the Council to approach it with a naked light. Which place would suit the °*'1i and country best? The Board of Agri* culture had specifically laid down their re- crements, and the Corporation must meet such requirements. The present field was ottered to the Council on a lease for. 21 years and the yard for a P°n°d of 40 years. A lease from ai'l Cawdor was like a freehold and, besides, here Was a difference of 19 years between the. respecti ve terms. Before putting either Project into force a sum of money must be expended, and would the Local Government oai'd sanction the borrowing of any sum of rnoucy upon such a limited security as 21 years? He felt convinced they would not. On the other hand, they had an offer of a 40 lease and, no doubt, if they were to An 8 Lordship this would be extended to yfLars' aSreed with Aid. Watkins that in these matters they should consult the 8 °f the farmers, who were the mainstay ofmarkets. Mr. D. S. Thomas asked for an explanation Oil one or two points with respect to the yard. fi 0 a8ent given any instructions with }? 'ei*ce to tho Council's relationship to THE TENNNF? The Mayor: The present tenant is to have the use of the yard when not used by the Corporation. R; D. S. Thomas: Will lie use the spot paved? Th« Mayor: Yes. Mr. C. P. Lewis, iu supporting the motion, W to his honest opinion from the start. ■F 6 |I°UGHT the yard a little bit too small JOI THE future, but referring to a letter he HAD RECEIVED from Mr. Drummond two years ag°> HE (Mr. Drummond) therein expressed his WIHIUGNEGS to lease the Castle yard and nioat. He did not wish for the Council to be bound down and then find in future years F A P*ACE WAS T°° SMAH, anu the Board OT AGRICULTURE turning them out. He sug- ges ED that they ask Mr. Drummond that if they found the yard getting too small, would he extent the lease to the other part of the yard. THE Mayor remarked that this was one of the MOST important questions that had come BE ORE them for many years. The reason the P;FE?6LLT dilemma had arisen with the Board /W'ICNLTURE was because they had allowed E ON both sides of. the field at one fair, F ENATTER been brought to the notice 0 AT authority by the sub-inspectors, namely the police. no had considered the matter CArefully. ne not only represented !,IE /PAJ'ERS, but also a familv who paid amount in tho borough. He had come to TLW EONCI1]SION TL);|T THE CAST]E YARD w\r- T°iea,)estan.dbest-. /W JAMESJ IN moving an AMENDM^11^- said that FIRST OF A]1 !L(> COUSIDERED THAT they shou](] A-PPROACH THE representatives of the Inte 1. L OYD Jones to FIND out whether they WF'° ROARED to sell tho PRESENT market S QUITE agreed that it was necessary that a good feeling should exist between the Corporation and the farmers, but they had also to consider their own interests as a borough. He also agreed with the tribute paid to Earl Cawdor;, whom he considered one of the best and most excellent landlords in the land. That was shown in the letter just read to the Council. The terms of that letter placed the question beyond the bounds of dispute so far as the Casttle yard was con- cerned. It showed that this was to be a dual tenancy. Earl Cawdor looked after the in- terests of his tenant; that was the first and foremost question,, and they as a Corporation only took a second place. What were the terms on which the Castle yard was offered to them? The first right was given to the present tenant, who was to have access before any farmers, to his, granaries, his pigstyes, to take cattle into the yard, as well as gam- boes and implements, no matter what incon- venience the farmers would be put to thereby. Would the Council take the yard on such terms? If they did, it would hamper them very much. He considered that the terms placed the site beyond the realms of discus- sion. Dealing with the question of cost and ? I\RO' HE P°INTED °UT that a 40 YEAT? lease at £ 12, would amount to £ 480, and with other expenses would reach something like £ 1,000. That sum was a large one;, and he pointed °I A ,THEY were the trustees for the future ? the borough. At the expiration of the lease there might be. a change of landlords, or a sale take place, and they might find themselves in the position of transferring the ground back to the landlord. He had every confidence that the common sense of the Council would not tie them down to conditions of that kind. In giving an estimate as to the present field, he did not believe that Mr. Jenkins, the architect, had any data to go upon. Half of the field had proved large enough to hold the fairs, when held alternatively on either side, and' there- fore in considering the cost with respect to the field, this would bring the estimate down to one-half. Other matters were included in the estimate which were not required. One was the proposed entrance by Thos. Thomas' Bridge, estimated to cost about £32; an- other was the refreshment shed, put down as B50. He did not think that was at all neces- sary, unless for tliirsty mortals or licensed victuallers. The drainage and other matters could also be reduced to one-half. ( The Mayor: There is very little difference between either site as regards cost. Mr. J. R. James: But the estimate as laid out is rather misleading to the public. The rental of the present field as far as Mrs. Lloyd Jones was concerned was £ 7 a year, whereas £ 12 was asked for the yard. Mr. T. Watkins: .Ell altogether. Mr. J. R. James: That includes Mrs. Haz- zelly's piece. We can do very well without that. He held that the present fair field was the best for the future of the town, and before about J61,000 an endeavour should be made the Council decided upon an expenditure of to purchase the present fair field. Mr. E. Milner Jones, seconded, and endorsed Mr. James' observations. Mr. Richard Thomas supported going in for the Castle yard for fairs, and retaining the present field as a place for excursionists and visitors in the summer. They could also get tolls by settingng it out for grazing, and placing of vans, etc. Mr. W. Rees also supported the motion. Aid. Watkins having made a reply, a divi- sion was taken with the following result:- For the motion: The Mayor, Messrs. John Rees, T. Gwenlais Davies,, T. Phillips, H. Havard, Dl. Jones,C. P. Lewis, W. Rees R. Thomas, and T. Watkins. (10.) For the amendment: Messrs. D. Saunders Thomas, E. Milner Jones, J. R. James, T. Roberts, and J. Evans. (5.) The motion was consequently declared car- ried. PETTY SESSIONS. These fortnightly Sessions were held at the Town Hull on Friday last, the magistrates present being Mr. John Jones, Penyrock (in the chair) Mr. John Williams, Tirypentre and Mr. James Rees, Talgarth. A Troublesome Customer. P.C. Roblin charged Harry Stamp, a well- kt.own character, with being drunk and disorderly, and refusing to quit the Wheat Sheaf Inn, LLindovery, on the 24ih ult. Defendant, who stated t h:.¡ t be only received the summons two class ago at Swansea, admitted the offence. The Constable having proved the case, P.S. Williams, in answer to the Bench, said that the defendant was last brought up at Llaudovery, on tlte 15th September, 1899, when he was fined 20s. Defendant now appeared very penitent and plt-aded.for mercy, promising to make amends in the future. A fine of lls. 6d., including costs, wa*- iisfiicted. With a bow, and God blt'ss you, sir," Harry left the court. A Dangerous Practice Punished. Alfred George Fisher, of Glangwydderig Factory; Thomas Robinson, King's Head; Sid- ney Adams, Red Lion and Fred Major, High- street, were respectively charged with throwing stones in College-terrace, Llandovery, to the danger of the public. Fisher denied the charge the other defendants pleaded "guilty."—Thomas Griffiths, timber merchant, residing in the terrace stated that about 8.45 p.m., on the NI^HT of TH J 17th ult whil-T talking to Mr. ThomAS the stationmaster, he heard a disturbance and knock- ing in the street, and directly afterwards saw four boys running- by him. He suspected one of them to be fisher. He proceeded WITH Fisher to town to see Sergt. Williams. Another boy then came up aud admitted being one of the quartette and expressed regiet f..r throwing stones. The next day he infotnwd the police.—P.S. Williams stated thttt on the 18th ult. he went to Glangwy- daerjg Factory in company with P.C. Roblin, and saw Fisher. He admi T«D being in the company of the other defendants, but said he only throw stones at the notice boards in the terrase. Defendant's statement was taken down in writing and signed by him.-P.C. Roblin corroborated.—Defendants were each mulcted in tne sum of 6d. and costs.—The chairman gave them sound advice to desist from such a dangerom practice in the future. A Mill Miuus a Weighing Instrument. Inspector John Jones, of Llanelly, summoned George Evans, Abercrychan Mill, near Llan- dovery, miller, with not providing a weighing instrument lor the u.-e of the trade at the mill on the 19th ult. Defendant stated that he neither sold or bought anything by weight for the mill, and thereto! e thought a machine was unnecessary. The complainant stated that be had cautioned the defendant's mother and sister on two prior occasions, when they pleaded poverty in conse- quence of 11. law suit. A fine of 2a. 6d. and costs was imposed, and the defendant was advised to purchase a machine without delay. An Unlicensed Fisherman and his lie. George Dlytfce was charged by Superintendent James Evans with fishing in the River Towy on the 15th nit. wichout a license. The boy appeared and in tears remarked Yes, sir, I am euilty. I also plead guilty to telling a lie to Sergeant Williams." The sergeant, however, to bi-i credit, here informed the Bench that the lie had nothing to do with the present case. The chairman remarked that he was pleased to Be-e the defendant so very penitent. Fishing without a. license was bad enough, but tellina- a lie was much woi-se. Walters, a water bailiff under the Fishery BOARD, residing at Cilycwm, proved the charge. Defendant was leniently let off on payment of 12", amount of co-ts incurred in the case. Rate Defaulters. „ I Ten persons were summoned for NONPAYMENT ot poor rates. and orders made in each instance tor payment within a week, Temporary Transfer. „ The temporary transfer of the Hc??se tne Ne na'id Arms," Cilyowm, fro™ Mr. Uamel Williams to Mr. Lewis Roderick was granted without any opposition on the part of the police. WEDDING AT CILYCWM. On Wedn'sdav. the marriage of Mr. WILLIE AS'-SFC.TSRISSS ^L £ »'ROK" £ with white hat trimm«dwithcream satin lace and 'ins, was given away by her father. Miss Pollv Morgan (sister as bridesmaid, and Mr. E E. Williams, of the Post Office, Cily- cwm (cousin of the was the best man. The happy couple were greeted with the usual sho "era of rice and confetti on emerging from the church. The wedding breakfast was partaken of at Derw £ 0 future abode of tho bride and bridegroom. Numerous and costly presents have been received. DEATH AND FUNERAL. The funeral of Mrs. Davies the wife of Mr. Thomas Davies, of Stone^SSt enjne dirver, took place on Tuesday, amidst great sorrow, the vlace of sepulchre being the Ebenezer Baptist Chapel be rial ground. The Rev. H. Ivor Janies (pastor) omciated. TEA AND ENTERTAINMENT. A Ult st successful t«» and entertainment was held ou Thursday last, at the vestry of the Memorial Chapel in connection with the Yonng Peoples Gniid." The mu-ieal prtgramme wa", interesting und attractive, anil afforded consider- able enjoyment.





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