Lord Rhondda, in subscribing one hundred guineas to the funds of the National Eisteddfod to be held at Aber- ystwyth in a fortnight's time, has given splendid encouragement to the local pro- moters and justified them in the course they have adopted. The Government has appointed a Select Committee, under the presidency of Lord Balfour of Burleigh, to inquire into the problem of industries after the war, with a view of consolidating and developing the .Empire's trade. It is hoped that the Com- mittee will-take a comprehensive view of its functions and produce the result of its findings without delay. The Welsh representatives on the Committee are Lord Rhotidda and Stir Alfred Mond. The Women's Local Government Society, 10, Tothill-street, have published a useful leaflet explaining the Cinema Act. It sets out clearly the powers of local authorities over picture houses, the grounds on which local action may be based if found neces. sary, and also makes it clear that submis- E-ioii to the censor is purely voluntary. Happiily, West Wales has been free from the bane of the low class film, the standard of the local exhibits being fairly high. At the same time it is well that those who live in areas frequented by travelling cinemas should know how 60 deal with any- thing objectionable. The leaflet is a valu- able production and is suitable for distri- bution. The war has revealed the fact that the Government can do a great deal in pro- moting and encouraging savings by the people, not only in times of financial stress occasioned by war, but also in times of peace and prosperity. In war savings week nearly two million war savings certi- ficates and over half a million pounds worth of Post Office exchequer bonds were sold to the public, bringing the aggregate of war savings certdicatGs up to over ten and a half million and Post Office exchequer bonds to L28,650,0,00 in value. .We were convinced long before the present war broke out that the Government could do good and useful work in promoting and encouraging small savings by the artisan classes by increasing the rate of interest allowed on Post Office deposits. The great increase of saving occasioned by the issue of Post Office exchequer bonds at five per cent. has confirmed the conviction. The, Government could also do much to encourage working people to save by cur- tailing uts own extravagant and unneces- sary expenditure. It was recently stated in the House of Commons that not only do the Government pay members of Parlia- ment a salary that many of them could never earn by private enterprise, but that the taxpayers of the country have to make up a deficit of £2,000 annually caused by supplying members with food and wines at Jess than cost price. In former days the principle was gener- ally accepted that the will of the majority must prevail and the minority bowed to the position and loyalty co-operated in carry- ing that will into -effect, or at least did not offer persistent opposition. To-day every public question provides a bone of contention for partisans to wrangle and fight over during discussion and every pro- posal of the Government is criticised and debated and opposed to the last ditch; and, when the. majority has come to a con- clusion, the extremists persist in their opposition even to the threat of civil war and preparation for civil war. National unity is imperilled; concentration or .national effort is nullified; and progress is retarded. It tis unfortunately the case in .smaller things as well as in great. In Wales there are malcontents who cannot agree over the continuity of their own National Eisteddfod, though the question of holding the meetings was adequately discussed and a substantial majority decided in favour of holding the Eistedd- fod thsis year at Aberystwyth. At a meeting of the Committee, last week, it was announced by Mr. J enkyn James, the secretary, that large sums had been sub- scribed from all over Wales toward the ex- penditure, and that fact is more repre- s-entative of the will of Wales than the gratis croakings of the malcontents. The Eisteddfod will be held, and its great success will make the objectors look as foolish as they arc in fact. Under the powers of the Defence of the Realm Act the Minister of Munitions has issued an order prohibiting the construc- tion, without his permission, of any build- ing or works which cost more than L500. At the same time reports appear daily in the newspapers of thousands of pounds being bequeathed to "chanities," many of which are unproductive, many absolutely unnecessary in time of war and financial stress, aud some actually mischievious to r the independence and industry of the re-1 cipients. A short time ago we called attention to the necessity for extending » the Mortihain Acts in order to curta.il the power of the dead hand to divert in per- petuity large sums of money from produce tive industrial purposes to unnecessary, unproductive, wasteful, and pauperising purposes. A London paper has since taken the subject up and has suggested the establishment of a central Government department for the control and organisa- tion of all money gifts. The suggestion is a. good suggestion. At the present time every penny is wanted for the prosecution -of the struggle on the fields of battle in which the very existence of the empire, as well as of international righteousness, are at stake. When that struggle is over. every penny will be wanted to finance new industrial enterprises and to pay interest on the immense war debt; and it should not he in the power of any dead hand to divert the capital of the country to friv- olous, wasteful, and mischievous uses. At a meeting last week of Merioneth Education Committee Dr. Richard Jones, of jJlaenau Festiniog, declared that the re- parts of the County Medical Officer (Dr. II T. Edwards) on the medical examina- tion of school children were nullified be- cause the recommendations were not. acted on in the majority of cases through lack of means an the parent., or indifference on the part of parents to the welfare of their own children. It was stated that inspec- tion of school children cost the county £ 1,000 a year, and yet in no fewer than 5CO cases reported on absolutely nothing was done. The matter is one that calls for the serious attention of all who wiish to see the health of the coming generation improved. In many cases defects of the eyes, ears, and throat will yield to treat- ment if dealt with early, but if neglected are apt to become chromic and to impair the effectiveness of the future citizen throughout the duration of his life. That' parents who can afford to provide remedies should neglect to do so seems incredible! and it seems to be equally incredible that means cannot be provided for those who are said to be financially unable to carry out- the Medical Officer's recommendations. We fear that indifference, and not the absence of means, lies at the root of the trouble. It is hoped that the suib-com- mittee which was appointed will be able to devise means for bringing about better conditions affecting the welfare of children. However high Germany may stand in re- search and the application of science to practical purposes, the negociations pre- ceding the war and conduct of the war since its outbreak prove that the Teuton is a miserable failure as a student of human nature and of national character. If he seriously calculated that +he sinking of the "Lusitania," the killing of women and children in Zeppelin raids, the shooting of Nurse Cavell, the deliberate fill-treat- ment of British prisoners, and the recent murder of Captain Fryatt, would divert the Allies from their settled determination to put down once and for all Prussian militarism, then he has made the mistake of his life. The Hun has made his innate character patent to the world, which will tell against him when the war is over; and his acts of barbarism and his utter dis- regard of international obligations during the war will steel the Allies in their endur-I anco and in their determination to make it impossible, for generations at least, for Europe to be again deluged in blood to satisfy lust of power and to bring home to the perpetrators of present barbarities a more drastic fate than that which befel Attila or Napoleon. The war has put many questions into the:r right perspective, and among them the question of the maintenance of un- necessary' schools. Owing to the dearth of teachers, due to teachers, kke other citi- zens, being called away for military train- ing, Merioneth Education Committee finds a difficulty in staining rural schools. At last week's meeting the Committee dis- cussed the advisability of closing one school where two exist and where all the pupils can be accommodated in one seh JOl and one staff made to serve a whole district. Any reasonable man from a country where con- ditions of elementary education such as exist in England and Wales do not exist in"gllt think that amalgamation could easily be accomplished now that economy of money and men is imperative. There is in England and Wales, however what is called the "religious difficulty" that has for years stood in the way of an efficient education system in this country and will nmr stand in the way of amalgamation uf I small schools, however wasteful duplicated small schools may l,e. The spirit mani- fested by Ir. L. J. I)allil" .,f Llanuwch- JJyn, is the right spirit. Though a staunch .Nonconformist, he stated at the meetin- that he is prepared to transfer the pupils of unnecessary Council schools to Church schools, if certain safeguards are provided and if pupils of Church schools were in ferred^'to"^tliat as more advisable, tiins- ould b! JT fWOh- Th* Wtion could be settled in fiVe minutes by a couple of \T7nf fayme" 'Vith0Ut tlle saerifice iota 0f pnmiple one side or the sistence on an ",sm" will wreck the "o'Tto'th de. miSerable Squabb,e -i]1 h° thf detriment of education and wit.h"othei° ligations'with" s COn,?etitio" what Child in the battle of life.
NEW QUAY. BromJlKRR?J<™os, thk p"f £ « 'in-0™, "• irir. "i-L'K'. Notices have been m'von to the Pier or foreshores after Pier h,„ always beoi^theTe^ Tf tte people in the evenings. to^h'^Pv aPcident occurred to the fishing smack "White Rose" last week. As she was proceeding towards New Quay, near Penquarre, the mast broke, fortunately no one was injured. The wytif iS 11GU being rcJ)aired at Aberyst- RECOVERY. Sapper J. Morrison, K.r. has now fully recovered his hearing and speech. He had been deaf and dumb for several months as the result of shell shock in France while driving a mine. He is now in his home at Llanelly.
ABERDOVEY. LITERARY INSTITUTE; COMMITTEE. —The monthly Committee meeting was held on Thursday, Mr Thomas Lewis, N.P. Bank, presiding The Sub-Committeo reported in favour of converting the two front rooms of the caretaker's house into a room for ladies. A vote of sympathy was passed with Mr E. H. Hughes on his illness. A vote of condolence was passed with the Chairman and Mrs. Lewis on the death of Mrs. Lewis's two brothers, both having been killed in action. SUCCESS. — Thomas -Memon Lloyd, third son of Mr. Lloyd, chemist, Aber- dovey and Chelsea, has parsed the London matriculation in the first division. He has also gained the prize for maths, (class- ical fifth form) at the City of London School.
Criccieth Council. BANKING ACCOUNT TRANSFERRED FROM PORTMADOC. MR. W. EDWARDS AND THE COUNCIL. Criccieth Council met on Monday, pre- sent Messrs. O. T. Williams, chairman; J. T. Jones, Huw R Gruffydd, Peter J. Bowen, Griffith Richards, J. Harlech Jones, W. Henry Williams John E. Wil- liams, T. Burnell, D. M. Williams, E. C. Edljpfc; John Humphreys, deputy Oerk, and other officials. The Chairman said they all felt deeply for the Eifion family. Only a month ago I they were condoling with the family in 1 the death of Captain Hugh P. Williams. In the interval his brot'her (Captain Hywel Williams), had fallen, and Jte moved that the Council express their deep sympathy. The proposition was assented to. The Council also sympathised with Mr. G. P. Williams, the Eifion, in his illness. The Deputy Clerk said General Owen Thomas paid high tribute to the two Eifion sons as recruiters and as officers, remarking that they had been able to raise a company when other officers had met with scant success. They were both fine officers. (Applause.) Sympathy was also extended to Captain Roberts, Talarfor, Lieut. W. J. Williams and Lieut. E. Pughe Jones. who had been wounded. Structures' allowed by the Council on the sea front for special purposes were, it was stated, being used also for advertisements. The General Purposes Committee recom- mended stopping the practice and that was agreed to. Mr. Warren wrote drawing attention to the dangerous pavement in front of the shop and asking the Council to see to the matter. The Itoad, Committee directed the Clerk to ascertain whether the pavement had been taken over by the Council. The Deputy Clerk reported that the audit had been completed and the finan- cial statement certified. Mr. J. T. Jones, chairman of the Finance Committee, said the report was satisfactory. The Finance Committee deemed it desir- able now that a branch of the Bank had been established at Criceieth that the accounts should be transferred from Port- madoc. Mr. Griffith Richards moved that the accounts should be transferred but that for the present owing to the name of Mr. J. T. Jones, the Portmadoc manager, being on all the cheques and books as treasurer, that Mr. J. T. Jones should be retained nominally as treasurer. Mr J. T. Jones asked if the proposal would not be inconvenient to the Clerk? The Clerk explained that it would be inconvenient to send to Criccieth to know how this or that account stood and sug- gested that the matter be adjourned to enable him to confer with Mr. J. T. Jones, the treasurer. Mr. J. T. Jones and Mr. Burnell sup- ported the suggestion to defer. Mr. Griffith Richards objected. He must press his proposition. Why should Cric- cieth study Portmadoc? Let Criecieth stand and resist being forced to walk hand in hand with Portmadoc independ- ently. Why should the town be forced under the wing of Portmadoc? It was high time to change the order. If the Clerk wished to live at Portmadoc that was a matter for him. Mr. Huw R. Grufydd failed to see the consistency of transferring the accounts to Criccieth and retaining the treasurer at Portmadoc. Mr. G. Richards said he wanted the accounts at Criccieth. Mr J. T. Jones would be simply treasurer in name and he hnd explained why it was desirable he should be retained for the present. Mr. Grufydd—I still fail to see why you do not go the whole hog? By eight votes to four Mr Richards's proposition was carried. Mr G. Richards moved the issue of a closing order for a house in Abermarchnad. The proposition was seconded by Mr. Huw R. Grufydd and agreed to. Mr. Robert Davies voting against. The General Purposes Committee re- commended that unless Mr. Wm. Edwards applied for a licence within seven days the plot he formerly held should be offered to someone else. That was agreed to. Mr. Wm. Edwards, Sefton House, wrote stating that he had not yet seen the in- denture which the Council had given him leave to see. It appeared to him a penny wise policy to go to the Board of Trade for a. Icnse when the Crown had given cer- tain rights to the commoners. The Deputy Clerk said the lease bv the Board of Trade had been shown to Mr. Edwards but he said that was not what he wanted. Mr J. Harlech Jones asked if there were no other deed? The Deputy Clerk—Not relating to the foreshore. Permits were to several parties to put up bathing tents. It was agreed to hold no Council or Committee meetings during August. The Water Committee recommended that a charge of 5s. per annum be made for hoses used for watering shop windows. The Committee recommended that Waen Helyg reservoirs should be opened into the Maes brook as often as fit and that fresh water from the main should be supplied to replenish the reservoir.-The recommenda- tion was adopted. The Water Committee's term of four months being fit an end Mr. D. M. Wil- liams thought it dnirable that the same members should act. Mr Bowen said the Council had decided that the .Committee should be changed every four months and it was agreed that four new members should act and that Mr. G. Richards, the chairman, be re- elected. Replying to Mr. D. M. Williams, the Chairman said the new poor rate of 4s 6d in the pound was made up—Union pur- Poses Is. Od.: county purposes Is. 24d. education Is. lid. and empty houses and overseers expenses 4d. "Accordingly, 05d. only of the rate went direct to the nnor. Mr. Harlech Jones proposed that the Overseers should be asked to present an annual balance sheet. Mr. D. M Williams seconded the pro- position. which was agreed to. I' A letter was read inviting Criccieth to hnl(1 a meeting on the second anniversary of the war to pass a resolution of deter- mination to carry the war to a victorious 'en.. Mr. Bnrnell, in seconding the pronosi- Fop which w>s j>trre^d to. said he hoped emrthacis would be 1"11(1 on the intention to hold r>erpetr»trr<3 of outrages such as these on Captain Frvatt to strict account. (Ap- plause.')
In the House of Commons on Monday Mr "Walter Long stated that the Govern- ment proposed to renew for a further twelve months the postponement of the election of local authorities and other j similar bodies.
Arthog Hero WINS D.C.M. The following letter was received from the Section Commander by Mrs. Williams (of Arthog, Sefton Park-road, Br"'stol), and sister-in-law of Mr. William Williams, Post Office, Arthog, regarding the honour that was conferred on her son, Gunner Robert Ll. Williams, who ts on active ice in France. The letter states that Gunner Williams has been awarded the military medal for an act of coolness under shell fire and d-rvction to dut. One night the enemy commenced a furious bombardment if a s; ot wl-ere Gunner Williams was on duty is a tele- phonist, and succeeded in badly damaging the telephone wires. lie oilt, and made an attempt to repair them, air! thus kept communication open u-r a sh¡¡.t tivcc. When lie found it impo->si'iIe to icpair them he offered himself as a stretcher-bearer, and for two hours rendered valuable assist- anee. After he had done as much bs pos- sible, he then secured a rifle and took his place with the infantry in holding the trench under heavy shell fire, although at one time he was the only r.an left in the bay. I he Commanding Officer (Major Harris) expresses his pride in Gunner Williams achievement, especially consid- Sd? Cu facVv^ K with his com- mon' Anern aPnian' -re lie first two men in the Divisional Artillery to have writ0 <1IS rrV''1nl Personally, adds th4 n 'er\, IS /5ec't'on• Commander I feel especially proud of him." -=
Summer (School. anxual gathering at aber. eighth annual summer school unrl^r the auspices °f the UniversTty cXge of Waies, Aberystwyth, commenced thff week and \v ill continue until August 19th. The C R Ch I61" £ reA of Prof. C. R. Chappie, M.A. Classes have been arranged in geography and civics, rural science, art subjects, principles of teach- ing, and commercial subjects. WTiile the courses are mended to be of wide general interest they are at the same time closely adapted to the needs of teachers of vary- ing grades and experience. A special school of civics and allied subjects will commence on Monday in co- operation with the Civic and Moral Educa- tion League, the lecturers being Prof. J. H. Muirhead, Birmingham: Mr. Alexander Farquharson secretary of the League: Prof. Patrick Geddes, Dundee; Mr. E. Barber, Oxford; Prof. J. Lloyd Williams, Dr. F. H. Hayward, and Miss 0. M. Brown. Mr. Thomas Jones, secretary of the Welsh Insurance Commission: Mr D. Lleufer Thomas, M.A., and others are also expected to contribute addresses or papers. The lecturers in geography are Dr. H. J. Fleure and Mr. W. E. Whitehouse. In the evenings there will be public lectures. The School of Civics is planned to help teachers, social workers, students, and others interested in local government, or voluntary work, or in modern social move- ments, to a clearer and fuller understand- ing of civic life. Sixty students have arrived for the summer school and twenty more are ex- pected for the civics courses. The number is smaller than usual and in consequence the woodwork course has been cancelled and the rural science and commercial courses have been' reduced owing to the insufficient number of students. insufficient number of students.
LL WYNGWRIL. OBITUARY.—After ten weeks of suffer- ing, Mr. John Jones, Arran-road. Bala, died on Wednesday at the age of eighty- six years. He had retired from business at Birkenhead and had come back to his old surroundings. Miss Jones tended him with loving "carp and great sympathy is Çplt for her and the two sons, Messrs John R. Jones. Birkenhead, and R. Foulkea Jones, Llwyngwril. The deceased was a man of sterling character and strong con- victions. His piety was undoubted. Dur- ing his life he was a faithful member with the Calvinistic Methodists and he was a great admirer or the older generation of preachers. He was buried at Llanycil Churchyard on Saturday last. The ser- vice at the house was taken by the Rev. R. R. Williams, M.A.. and at the grave- side by the Revs. R. R. Williams, M.A., and Wm. Jones, Pare. The funeral was attended, in addition to the deceased's children and immediate relatives, by the Revs. J. T. Alun Jones, M.A., T. T. Phillips B.A. B.D., and Richard Wil- liams, M.A. the elders of the Bala C.M. Church, and a lanie number of his friends and admirers.
WELSH OUTING FOR WOUNDED SOLDIERS. The members of the Mutual Improve- ment Society connected with the Welsh Tabernacle King's Cross, entertained a large number of wounded soldiers last Saturday afternoon at Elstree Lake, one of the most beautiful resorts in Herts. The soldiers—a large number of whom were Welshmen—were taken to the Lake by motor-cars and a private motor bus, and the drive was greatly appreciated. After boating on the Lake tea was served in the grounds and after tea sporty were indulged in, the soldiers being greatly interested in the events. A football match between "England and Wales" was won by the English soldiers. The egg and spoon- race, thread-needle raee, and hat trimming were much enjoyed. The prizes were distributed to the winners by the president (the Rev H. Elvet Lewis. M.A.). The al fresco concert under the direction of Mr David Richards, was of a high stand- ard. The guests were delighted with the Welsh singing. The outing was a success. The Committee were Mrs R. P. Jones, Miss Prvtherch, Mr J. R. Thomas, Mr. David Richards, and Mr Hugh P. Roberts, chairman of the General Committee.
T.J"I-rl Derbv. who pre<^nt?d prizes at Welli,,rTton ColWe on "tn"rhy. said H was going to t-ike some time to crush German de«noh:sm. Tf thev re^d in the newspppovs of success one dav they must German de«noh:sm. If thev rcqd in the newspppovs of success one dav they must not think the war wa" near the end. At I present he could not see the end in sight.
Death of Mr W. J. Watkins WELL KNOWN ABERYSTWYTH GENTLEMAN. The death occurred on Tuesday evening at his residence at Iwonilan, Caradog- road, of Mr. William James AVatkins. J.P. at the ago of sixty-four yea-s. Mr Wat- kins had been suffering for a long period, but was able recently to visit Manchester and on Wednesday week he was present on the Borough Bench of which he was a member. He came of an old and respected Aberystwyth family whose history extends back for hundreds of years and contains many interesting incidents in the munici- pal and seafaring life of the borough. He was the son of the late Mr. Richard Wat- kins, at one time a prominent draper in the town, a nephew of the late Alderman John Watkins, brother of Miss Mary Watkins 53, Terrace, and cousin of Mr. John watkins, J.P., Stoneleigh. Caradog-road. iv-ir A- Watkins, Rock House, and Mr William T\ atkins, Newtown. He married Mrs. Gyett. who survives, by whom he had issue, a son—Mr Ernest Vaughan Watkins, solicitor, who has been in the army for two years, six months of which were spent in r ranee as a private and ,is now home wait, ing to be gazetted for commission, having passed the examination at Oxford. Mr Watkins succeeded Mr. Lewis Hartley as ^representative of the wel? known drapery firm of S. and J Watts of, Manchester for whom he travelled a d:s-! nT^ Tr ^"e,Str-^t0 Haverfordwest and up the Mid-Wales Valley. He was thought > °f by the firm and his retirement! a short time ago was received with great regret and an expression of appreciation, tie has been succeeded bv Mr LI R Thomas, son of Mr. John Thomas, draper, formerly of Great Darkgate-street. Mr. Watkins was of a genial nature and ^as well liked by all with whom be came in contact Several years ago he was placed on the commission of the peaCe for offin fOUv: i -vears he served the office ot churchwarcipn m i rr ™ ^uarcn. He vvas a prominent Freemason and had the exceptional honour of being appointed grand master of the Aberystwyth Lo<lge two years in succession. He was P P G Senior Warden and recently at-t-ended a Masonic gathering at Llanelly. When liv- ing in Manchester he was a" member of a volunteer corps aiid, though in filing health, joined the Aberystwyth VohmWr Corps fanned after the outbreak of the present war. At the trough Sessions, on Wedneschiy the Mayor (Alderman John Evans) ex- pressed sorrow at the death of Mr Watkins a member of an old and respected Aberv.stl wyth family, who was present on the Bench the prenous Wednesday and in the week before, and who rendered valuable service for several years past whenever he was able to attend. The Mayor expressed t ■SS' B°rOUsh »<•»<* » «eniw In'tI*their son ivlio ivns ..erwng his King and country Superin ash«Tt Kh,llipS' -°n beha,f of the asked to be associated with the expression of sympathy, and the Clerk was directed to forward it to the fomily. ihe funeral wil] take place at twelve The funeral will take place at twelve noon on Friday, and not Saturday as previously announced and will be private; but the family will be pleased to see any of hrs old friends present
Towyn School. -7 i COUNTY ENTRANCE EXAMINATION. The results of the entrance scholarship examinations held on June 24th for ad mission to the Intermediate School have T A usuaI reflect credit on the .Towyn Council School and other! schools in the district The sixth place in the county ^out 0f 257 candidates) was secured by Henry Oswald Powell of Aber- dovey. and the seventh by ..id Mav Arthur, of Towyn Council School. Four pupils in the Towyn district obtained 75 per cent, of the total marks, being thus placed in the honours cbss, and 22 ob- tamed 50 per cent., being nlaced in the meiit class The following are the de- tailed results:- Honours Class. Henry Oswald Powell, Aberdovey Gmn- |cil School 340; Enid May Arthur Tcwvn Council, 338; Mynorydd Jones, Tyryber'th ;8zs!: Ii:J TrCTOr Merit Class. ™Alfred Rees Davies, Aberotavev C F M^' on°r(T^ y Charles Jones, T.jw n Coun- cil, 292; Reginald Jones, do, 2S2;' Ceinwen Evans, Aberllefenni Council, 282; Emlyn Hughes, Aberdovey Council 281: D. John Havies, Aberllefenni Council 281- Wm Harold Lewis, Tynyberth Council 280 ■ l^jiz. May Hughes, t'o-^vn Council, 277 ^%e Mary Owen Aberdovey Council' o?ochar^ j?hn Towvn Coun- cil, 269; Cendwen Morns. AhwLffenni Conned, 251; Oswald Pugh Aberdovey Council. 245: Jrene M. Williams Aber- dovey Council 245; Wm. EJ. Jones, Cor-' ris, Cendwen Rhys. Aberdovey, 232: Fliz. May. Jones, Llanegryn Council. 227- John Rd. Morris, Towy Council, 225 Hugh Jones Evans, Pantperthog Coun- 2l1'- Owladys Roberta, Aberllefenni Council, 2lb: Meurin Owen Edwards Corns, 202; Maud Ircr.e Hughes, Towvii [Council, 200; Enid Eva us, Llwynewril Council, 200.
The men of Harlech have received a notable addition to their ranks by the birth of a son to Lady Beatrice Ormsby Gore, who married, in 1913, Mr W. G. A. Ormsby Gore, son and heir of Lord Harlech, of the Welsh Guards. Lady Beatrice is elder daughter of Lord Salis- bury, and the affair has quite a House of! Commons flavour, for, in addition to Lord Robert and Lord Hugh, uncles. Mr Ormsby Gore was one of the leading "young Unionists" before he went out to the greater game. Their first child, born in the "Marne'' period, was a daughter.
(continued from previous column). missionary fund. The war had adversely affected the financial position. The Rev. J. M. Harries Rees, mission- ary from India, also addressed the meet- ing, and a resolution was adopted express- ing determination to clear off the adverse balance. Preaching meetings were held in con- nection with the Association in the chapels of the district. At Shiloh, Aber- ystwyth. the Rev. Wm. E. Prytherch preached on Tuesday evening, and the Revs. Rees Evans and Dr D. H. Wil- liams at Penllwyn. On Tuesday afternoon at Penllwyn, services were held by the Revs. T. F.Tones. London, and W. E. Prydderch, Swansea. On Tuesday even- Williams. Dr. Edward Willtams, J. M. ing the Revs. Dr. D H. Willinms. R. J. Harries Rees. Miss Arranwen Evans and J. Morgan Jones addressed a mission- ary meeting. On Wednesday there was a series of meetings when the Revs. T. Charles Williams, M.A., W. E. Prydd- erch, M. P. Morgan, Blaenannerch, and Phillip Jones, Llandilo, took part.
Local War Casualties. Oih(:Ial ilot-iiication was received on Tu of t.lle aeath trom wounds of Lance- tne death from wounds of r f the_ office of Mr ulrtV™* tor. He enlisted with ^ghes, souoi- at a public meetin„ <->f friends at the Coliseum uLen^ °etober> 191«> Jive red by Mr Eillis j r -^efses were de- Sir Ed/ard M F: aad twenty-four years of ace & Was popular hi his native US battalion, and was well iikefj\ as m body who came in contact with h eVery" essing as lie did a cheerful A poss- iqu p!ayed"right ?■ /riends. He Team arnfXL;beral Club He was also an active member at Taber- the Sunday School had been secretary of he is the third member of t^at School to sacrifice Cr lives^Thf^tS others ?ere Sergt. D R Ci Jti the all +1 }°uug, Llandyssul. Practically all the members of the class are on mill Howard was home on leave fuAd UHeWhhad bee°nly br°th,er WaS Prance for „iM months^S severe fighting. In the recent attacks he was mortally wounded in the leg and arm. He was buried with military honours at Carnoy on July 12th. The deepest sym- pathy is felt with his mother and his aunt, Miss Herbert in their bereavement. One of Howard's comrades, Lance-Corporal E. D. Rowlands, writing to R.S.M. Fear" says- I dare say you have heard of poor Jack Howard. You can guess how it grieves me at losing such a good friend as Jack. We always used to be together. He was a brave soldier and a credit to Aberystwyth.^ I am sorry to read in the "Cambrian News" of the heavy lossea we have suffered in a little place like Aber- ystwyth; but we are plodding along and getting our own back with Fritz. He is no match for the Welsh boys and asks for mercy which he gets with full honours." This week's official lists include the fol- lowing local names:—Died of wounds: Lance-corporal W. H Davies, Aberyst- wyth, Private E. Harris, Fortmadoc. both Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Wounded: Private J. R. Davies, Blaenau Festiniog; Corporal Ellis, Corwen, Royal Welsh Fusiliers T. Davies. Aberystwyth; Private R. T. Pte. O. J. Hopkins of the Welsh Regi- ment, Aberystwyth, has been admitted into hospital at Colchester suffering from a. wound in the leg. The news of the death of Mr. Tim M. Jones, eldest son of Captain and Mrs. Jones, Gwynfe Llwyncelyn, was received by his mother on the 25th July, his twenty- first birthday. A pathetic letter from a comrade who was at his side was received, in which he stated that Sapper Jones was instantaneously killed by shrapnel. The writer paid a very high tnibute to his char- acter. He was sapper in the R.E., and pievious to joining the army was a mining engineer at Bedwas. His mother is a grand-daughter of the late Pr. Thomas fiPS; Neuaddlwyd. -Air. Tim Jones lis to be killed -berayron County School boys to be killed in the war. y Pte David Lloyd Jones R WF son nf Mr and Mr. Lloyd Jones, iw' JEW ortmadoc, who was wounded in France' was seriously ill in hospital in Manchester' Mr Lloyd Jones left at once for AW Chester and telegraphed on Monday that the patient was slightly better. Ro^f S#rgernt Haj°r 0scar Simms Royal Welsh Fusiliers, has had his left iSndon has been removed to Signaller W. G. Humphreys, R.W.F., nephew of Mr R. G. Humphreys (R. o Fad?g) has been wounded and is in hospi- tal in this country. The brother of Mrs. Lewis, wife of Mr Thomas Lewis, N.P. Bank, Aberdovey, has been killed in action in France. Mrs. Lewis's other brother was killed in action some time ago. General sympathy is felt with Mrs. Lewis in her bereavement. Lieut. Jack Lloyd, son of Mrs. Fred Lloyd, Lhvynonn Harlech, has been wounded in the back by shrapnel in France and is expected to be sent over to England shortly. Capt. Robert Graves, son of Mr. A. P. Graves (author of "Father O'Flyn"), Lwho was officially reported killed, is now reported seriously wounded. Lieut. Gerald Ashmore, son of Mr. J. G. Ashmore. manager and secretary of Oake- !(ley Quarries Company, who resided at Portmadcc at the outbreak of war, has been wounded in France and is in hospi- tal. Pte. Owen Thomas, R.W.F., brother ,of Mr. Thomas Thomas, Britannia-place, Portmadoc, has been wounded and is in hospital in Sheffield. Pte. Wm. Jones, R.W.F., son of the late Mr W. 0. Jones, printer, Portmadoc, is lying wounded in hospital in Aberdeen. Lance-Corporal ^Thomas Stanley Pugh has been killed in action in France. He was a son of Mrs Ann Pugh. Ma nod-road, Blaenau Festiniog, and was in the R.W.F. He emigrated to America six years ago, but returned to this country and joined the colours. Deep sympathy is felt with the widowed mother, who lest a brother in action a year ago. Pte. W. J. Jones, 10th South Wales Borderers, only son of Mrs Ellen Jones, Berthengron, Penrhyndeudraeth, has been killed in action in France. Pte. E. P. Jones, Glanygors, Bethania. Festiniog. who was wounded in France, has been invalided home. PJte. Henry Hughes, Bodychain Tan- ygrisiau, who was wounded is in hospital Manchester. News came on Thursday that Private E. P. Williams, 50 Abererch-rd.. Pwllheli, of the R.W.F. had been killed in action in France. Lieut. Wheldon, the platoon commander, wrote to the widow, who is left with six little children, stating that he was killed during a successful attack on a certain wood and died as a soldiier doing his duty. He was a good and capable soldier and would be greatly missed by his comrades. Officers and men conveycd their deep sympathy to the widow and children. Deceased was thirty years of acre. "N^ws Tisis elIro come tli&t Pte. Griffith Jones, Rhvdvsjwistle, Pwllheh, a relative of deceased, aged twenty-four, was killed in action in the same battle. News has been received by Ir. and Mrs W. P. Jones Llys Meirion, Llwyngwril, that their elder son, Pte. W. D. Jones, has been wounded. He is now in a Sun- derland hospital.
PONTERWYD. GALLANTRY.—A letter was received in Borth last week from Corporal Howard Roberts as follows.—"Wre are delighted to be able to announce that a Cardi. origi- nally hailing from POnterwyd.— Sergt.- Major John R. Jones has been awarded the military medal for gallantry in the field." Sergt.-Major Jones who is in the R.W.F., is the son of Mr. and Mrs David Jones Pont Llanio, and grandson of Mr. Thomas Jones. Y Felin, Ponterwyd. Regt.-Sergt.-Major Jones won his present rank on the field.
Call to the Cloth. SOUTH WALES C.M. ASSOCIATION. PASTORAL WORK NEEDED. THE QUARTERLY MEETINGS. The quarterly meetings of the South Wales Calvinistic Methodist Association were held at Penllyn from Tuesday even- ing to Thursday. There are few localities in Wales where the Association could be more welcomed than Penllwyn-a village that has in successive generations given to Wales many men whose names are re- corded in its history. They include Dr. Low's Edwards. Bala, ind the Rev Thomas Edwards, whose life was consecrated to the service of his native church: the late Sir John Rhys, and the late Rev. Thomas Davies, Treorchy Ieuan Gwyllt, who codified and enriched his country's sacred music. Amongst contemporary men n Wales Penllwyn is represented by the Rev. Principal O'wen Prys, M.A., and the Rev. Cynddylan Jones, D.D. The meetings were held at the quaint old-fashioned chapel, anj the preaching services, which were largely attended, at a spacious marquee. The Rev. D. Harris Williams, M.A., Newport, president of the Association, took charge of the business meetings. The secretarial duties were discharged by the Rev. B. T. Jones. A Iprge number of delegates attended. The committee meet- ings commenced on Tuesday and dealt with matters and requests made by the Monthly Meetings when eloquent expression was given to the loss sustained by the death of the Rev. T. Levi, Aberystwyth. The Rev J. Morgan Jones, Cardiff, proposed a reso- lution of sympathy with the family, to which Professor Levi replied. On the proposition of the Rev Rees Evans, Llan- wrtyd, a similar vote was adopted in the loss of Miss Rees (Cranogwen.) On Wednesday morning a meeting of ministers was held, when the Rev Thomas Jenkins, Talybont, opened on "Conscience and the Ministry of the Gospel," in which several took part. Simultaneously the deacons met when Mr. R. S. Griffith open a discussion on the "Nature of the Crisis and Our Responsibility." Later, a j()\:nt meeting of preachers and deacons was held when the candidates for ordination were catechised by the Revs. Morgan Evans, Tregaron; W. D. Rowlands, Car- marthen; and Principal Prys. At one o'clock, officials, vice-presidents, and dele- gates met. The general meeting of the Association was held ,:n the chapel, the Rev. D. Harris Williams, M.A., presiding. The invitation to hold the next meeting, at the end of September at Troedvrhiw (extended by the Rev Richard Harris) was accepted. The Standing Orders were suspended in order to elect Prinicpal Owen Prys. M.A., as president for the ensuing year. The election was unanimously made and was suitably acknowledged. The Rev. W. G. Harries, Llanbadarn, gave the history of the churches in the radius of the North Cardigan Meeting. The Rev. David Morgan, Penllwyn, gave their spiritual aspect. The report was favourable. The General Assembly reported that a substantial increase of L3,7172 15s. 5d. was made in collections for the ministry, in spite of the dustressed state of the country. The collection has reached the highest to-tal registered. The number of communicants had also increased. Comment was made on the number of members lost to the Con- nexion through desertion, apathy, and neglect. Church officials were therefore urged to make greater efforts to keep in touch wrth their members. Attention was drawn to the need for maintaining the Sabbath in its religious character and to the decrease in the Sunday School scholars. The Rev. J. Morgan, Aberdare, said there seemed to be a good deal of careless- ness in the manner in which the figures were kept. He was convinced that with more care and shepherding the number of those lost through desertion could be greatly reduced. The Sunday School had proved itself the people's university and deserved every support. It had left its' mark permanently on the country; but it Was a discouraging fact to find that mem- bership was going down. The number on the books of the Sunday School was barely half the number of communicants. That proved that a large proportion of adults were deserting the school. It was im- portant that every effort sfiould be made to stop the leakage. rt'L n T T r-n, -i fie nev oJ. j. i nomas said an average of 2,000 scholars yearly was lost between 1906 and 1916. It was therefore high time for the friends of the schools and of religious education to bestir themselves. Some of the officials should be roused. He sug- gested that a united campaign should be undertaken to bring about a better con- dition. The Rev. R. J. Rees, M.A., said they were faced by an increase in communi- ] cants and a. decrease in Sunday School members. Those facts called for an evan- gelistic campaign within the churches themselves. There were 150,000 members' w ho never darkened the doors of the Sunday School. The Rv. W. D. Rowlands, Carmarthen, said it was the duty of teachers to under- take missionary work. to hunt up absent members, and to display more real in- terest in the work of the schools. The Connexion had devised appliances and machinery without limit; but they had proved ineffective. If teachers and officers were only roused to a realization of their duty and privilege, the evil would be met. Each of them should convey the message to their home churches. b Professor David Williams, M.A. said the issue lay with the teachers. Teachers who succeeded ,:n making the Sunday i! interesting would retain their1 scholars; but those who allowed the dis- cussion to degenerate must, expect to weary their adherents. It was an inte"ral part of a minister's duty to hold a weekly class for teachers. The minister himself! should be a teacher. In far too many cases fundamental questions were ignored teachers should be trained to deal with! modern questions. The Rev. Rees Evans did not believe that the case was as bad as the figures represented, because lie knew that the! figures for the first part of the period, at any rate, were very inaccurate—mere guess work. Their greatest danger now was too great a dependence on maehhwn.. Greater liberty should be allowed ito depart from the curriculum, esneciallv in the adult classes. Dr. Phillips, Taylorstown, said the great need was for the right class. If teachers were men who took vital interest in their work—men of sterling character—their in- fluence would be felt by the most careless. An educated democracy was arising who asked quesfions which must be answered intelligently. It was decided to lefer the matter to the meetings and individual churches, with an expression of opinion that imme- diate steps should be taken to find a remedy. The Rev R. J. Williams, Liverpool, Secretary of the Foreign Missionary Society, addressed the meeting on the need of clearing off the debt of £ 6,337. On the