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LOCAL. The rate of mortality last week averaged 17.6. Cardiff, 18 Swansea, 15. The Rev. David Price, curate of St. Martin's, Dunvant, has been offered and has accented the rectorship of Port Eynon. The Archdruid's testimonial fund has just been closed, all the subscriptions promised towards the fund having come to band. The Duke and Duchess of York con- cluded their visit to Lord and Lady Llan- gtttock at the Hendre on Saturday, and left Monmouth for London. The restored nave of St. Stephen's Church at Caerwent was re-opened on Monday by a series of services, at one of which the Bishop of Llandaff preached. In conseauenee of the outbreak of typhoid fever in the Pontlottyn district, it has been decided to erect an isolation hospital, to accommodate from twenty to twenty- five patients. The "Financial News" gives a list of moneylenders already registered under the new Act. Only two have any address at Cardiff, one being a private firm and the other a limited company. The council of the University College at Cardiff have decided to pernetuate the mOOlory of the late Professor*"Hughes by mpans of a gold medal in anatomy, to be offered annually in the medical school. A dog which had bitten several animals in the neighbourhood of Llandyssul was killed and buried on Monday. The carcase has since been exhumed by order of the Board of Agriculture and sent to London. Dr. Simons, medical officer, in his report to th.e Merthyr District Council on Wed- nesday stated that the death-rate for the past month was 50.18 per 1,000. He added that he feared a widespread out- break of scarlet fever. Maior Wyndham-Quin, M.P., has cabled from Cape Town thanking the electors of South Glamorgan "for having re-elected him, and adding that the Glamorganshire squadron of the Imperial Yeomanry are all well after having been in action forty-seven times. A special convention was held at Car- diff on Tuesday by the Wesleyans of the Cardiff and Swansea. District, the obiect being to nush forward the Twentieth Cen- tury Fund. At the close of the day's pro- ceedings 17,700 guineas had been added to the funds. As the outcome of the deputation of local residents to the Penarth District Council on Monday on the question of the drainage of Penarth, it has been arranged to approach the Cardiff Corpora- tion with a view to ascertaining terms for a joint system of sewerage. Addressing his constituents at Aberdare on Monday Mr. Keir Hardie dealt at some length with the war. England, he said, had never emharked upon a blacker crime, and he prayed', that we might not have to pay for it in the blood and tears of a sorrowing nation. Mr. Keir Hnrdie on Tuesday addressed meetings of his supporters at Cwmdare and Trecynon. At the former place he expressed himself in favour of the estab- lishment of a board to regulate wages and, if necessary in the interests of the public, the selling price of coal. Trooper Georee Seaton, a merfber of the City Imperial Volunteers, who has see% service in South Africa, returned to his home at Pontypridd on Saturday, and was given an enthusiastic welcome. He was also made the recipient of an illu- minated address and a geld watch and chain.. I At Splott-road Wesleyan Chapel, Car- diff. on Sunday afternoon Councillor T. 1 Andrews (mayor-elect) presented Susan Hinton, aged sixteen, with a gold watch and chain. The little girl cheerfully underwent a painful operation for the sake cf her young sister, whose life was in danger. As the caretaker at the Pontypridd County-court building was lighting a fire in the judge's private room on Tuesday morning a serious explosion of gas occurred. The room was completely wrecked, but the caretaker himself escaped with slight injuries. Almost every room in the building was damaged. At an inquest held at Hafod. Swansea, on Monday on the body of Lily Roberts, a tailoress, aged sixteen, who died after swallowing a quantity of carbolic acid at the workshop of her employer in Norfolk- street, Swansea, a verdict of "Suicide while tenmorariiy insane" was returned. The girl had left two letters, in one of which she acquainted her lover of the in- tention to end her life. Professor A. W. Hughes, originator and chief organiser of the Welsh Hospital in South Africa, died on Saturday morning, at his residence, 7, Chester-terrace, Regent's Park, London, of enteric fever. He arrived at Southampton in the steamer Saxon on October 19,. the fever having developed itself two days out from Cape Town. He was unconscious for the greater period up to the time of death. Lord Tredegar, who had arranged to open the new Pontywaun County School on Friday, was prevented from attending in consequence of the serious illness of his brother in London. The opening ceremony was performed by Sir Lewis Morris, who delivered an address extolling the teach- ing of technical subjects in secondary schools rather than the dead languages. Principal Edwards and Mr. Legard also spoke. An action for slander remitted by con- sent from the High Court was heard by Judge Gwilym Williams at Pontypridd County-court on Wednesday, when Dr. John Williams, assistant to Dr. T. W. Parry, Ferndale, was sued for JE100 damages by Mr. George Day. ex-steward of the Constitutional Club, for slander. Defendant had accused witness of drunkenness, disobedience, and dis- honesty. After hearing evidence, his Honour gave judgment for the defendant, with costs. In connection with the recent disturb- ances at Lord Penrhyn's slate quarries, fourteen quarrymen were remanded, on their own recognisances, by the Bangor magistrates on Tuesday on charges arising out of the disturbances. On Tuesday afternoon a notice was posted at the quarries practically suspending all the able-bodied workers on the ground of their having left work without notice to proceed to Bangor with their comrades against whom police-court proceedings were taken. A meeting of representatives of the Tin- plate-makers' Association and delegates of the employes was held at Swansea on Tuesdav to consider some alleged grievances. The parties failed to agree upon remedial measures, and ultimately the delegates adopted the suggestion to consult the men and obtain their instruc- tions on a proposal that if the employers agreed to pay the ordinary rates for a particular plate they would advise the men to accept certain proposals in respect of the payment for "doubles." The Monmouthshire County Council, at a meeting at Newport on Wednesday, decided to request the Local Government Board to send down an inspector to in- ouire into the "continued pollution of the River Ebbw and its tributaries, and the general insanitary condition of the Western Valleys of Monmouthshire." It was also agreed that a successful tenderer for any contract must pay the rate of wages and agree to the hours of labour recognised by the Trades Unions and employers in the district where the work is to be executed. The quarterly meeting of the Pem- brokeshire County Council was held at Haverfordwest on Tuesday. It was decided to apply to the Local Government Board for permission to borrow money to place the Shire-hall at Haverfordwest in a thoroughly sanitary condition. The council, it was understood, have under consideration the taking over of 160 miles of main roads in the county. The finance committee's recommendation that a rate of Id. in the JB, the remainder of the authorised 5}d. rate, be levied by the 29th IOf January was agreed to. Mr. John Weaver, wine and spirit mer- chant, of Cardiff, Penarth, &c., was examined at some length at Cardiff Bankruptcy-court on Friday. He explained that he commenced business on his own account in 1897, when he had property to the value of £ 15,000. His Quay-street business was profitable, but every house that he had worked under management had resulted in a loss, and that was the reason of his collapse. Debtor was ques- tioned concerning cheques which he had paid to certain magisterial friends, and the examination was subsequently adjourned. At a meeting of the cbuncil of the South Wales Miners' Federation, held at Cardiff on Monday, it was decided to issue a mani- festo stating that it had been unanimously resolved that a general holiday be taken throughout the coalfield on Friday, upon which day the workmen were requested to hold meetings for the purpose of appoint- ing delegates to attend a conference at Cardiff on the 12th inst.. to consider the following proposition —"That this confe- rence hereby authorises the council to declare a general holiday at any time that they think it necessary for Le protection of our wages and the industry generally." The Lord Bishop of St. David's delivered his charge last week to the clergy of the archdeaconry of St. David's, at Haver- fordwest, and dealt chiefly with the objec- tions advanced against Church reform. Two of those objections urged that reform was Impossible, because the Church was established, and because the position of the laity was not defined. The third urged that it was dangerous to give the laity great representative power, and the fourth objection was that the time was in- opportune. The bishoo confined himself to the questions of establishment and the position of the laity, and based his reply upon the pertinent case of the Church of Scotland,1 which, though established, is self-governed, and in which the status of laymen is well defined. A meeting of the Cardiff Town Council was held on Friday for the purpose of for- mally electing the mayor for the ensuing year. On a ballot Mr. John Jenkins. who had been previously been nominated in order of seniority, was selected by seven- teen votes, Mr. T. Andrews being second with twelve votes, and Mr. S. A. Brain (the retiring mayor) coming next with two. Mr. John Jenkins thanked those who had voted for him, but declined to accept office. Mr. Tom Andrews was nominated, and, after an acrimonious discussion, another vote was taken, with the result:—- Andrews, 19; Jenkins, 8; Brain, 3; Beavan, 1. Mr. Andrews consented to accept the office, and it was resolved that the council be recommended to fix the salary at £1,500, an advance of £500 on last year.


















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