Carmarthen Board of Guardians. FORTNIGHTLY MEETING AT THE WORKHOUSE. The usual fortnightly meeting of tho Car- marthen Board of Guardians was held at the Board-room on Saturday. Mr D. L. Jones, Derlwyn, presided. There were also present: Mrs R. M. Thomas and Miss Hancocke, Carmarthen; Miso Gwyn, St. Ishmael; Miss Skyrme, St. Clears Rev W. Thomas, Carmarthen Messrs John Griffiths, Abernant; David Thomas and John Thomas, Conwil J. R. John, Laugharne; S. Stophons and \V. J. Thomas, Llanaithney W. S. Morse, Lland^wke; John Davies, Llanddarrog T. Roes, Llandefeilog David Thomas, Llanfihangel; William Williams, Llaugain; T. Edmunds and Herbert Howells, Llangendeirne J. T. Williams, Llanginning; Herbert Gnfhthy, Llangunnor; E. Daniel, Llanllawddog; E. Jones, IJlau- pumpsaint; G. Barret Evans, Llanstephan John Phillips, Llanwinio; David Evans, Merthyr; John Anthony, Mydrim; David Evans, Newchurch; Theo. Howelis and John S. Williams, Trelech; J. Patagonia Lewis, Jonathan Phillips, and Thomas Thomas, Carmarthen. STATE OF THE HOUSE. The Master (Mr E. Price) reported that Mrs Harriet Lewis and her two sons had absconded on the 6th inst. There were 100 iumates in the house, as compared with 103 on the corresponding day last year. 98 tramps had visited the house during the fortnight. OUTDOOR RELIEF. The statistics furnished by tho relieving officers showed tho condition of out-door rolief during the fortnight ending on the previous Board-day to have been as follows: -1st week 1,074 persons relieved, being a doctease of 97 as compared with tho corres- ponding week of last year; expenditure, £ 138 2s 6d, being a decrease of £ 3 4s 7d. 2nd week 1,071 relieved, at a cost of £ 133 8s 6d, being a decrease of 94 in the number of recepients, and of £ 1 lis 9d in tho expenditure. TREASURER'S REPORT. The report of the Treasurer showed that there was Y,2,977 6s 8d to the credit of the Board on the previous Board-day. VACCINATION LAW. A letter was read from the Secretary of the Anti-Vaccination League, asking the Board to pass a resolution opposed to the principle of the Bill now before Parliament, which would givo officers the power to inititiate prosecutions for breaches of the Vaccination Laws without consulting the Board of Guardians, as at present. Mr Thomas Thomas said they all re- membered the fearful outbreak of small-pox at Gloucester Ho thought they ought to do all in their power to enforce the observance of the Vaccination Law. The Clerk said that in that case Mr Thomas Thomas would oppose the adoption of the resolution proposed by the Anti- Vaccination League. At present the prose- cutions had to be ordered by the Guardians; and in some districts the Guardians who were not so enlightened as in Carmarthen declined to sanction prosecutions. The Bill which was at present before Parliament would tend to an enforcement of the law, as it would give the officers power to insti- tute prosecutions on their own authority Mr Thomas Thomas proposed then that they pass a resolution in favour of the Bill. This was seconded by the Chairman, and carried nem. con. PROPOSAL TO DIVIDE THE BOARD. Mr Thomas Thomas proposed that in future the Board bo divided into two committees, for the purposes of relief only. The two committees could sit in the same room, and if any member wished he could take part in discussing a case before the other committee. lIe was not personally interested in the matter; he lived near the Workhouse, and ho could stay there a week if necessary. But lie knew that the country guardians camo in to attend to the business of the Board, and also to their own and they were not able to attend to their own when they were kept late at the meeting of the Guardians. It was to be remembered, too, that the District Council met after the Board of Guardians, at 1.30 p.m., and it was at that hour on the last occasion when the meeting of tho Guardians terminated. He had heard it said that if this motion were carried, that the St. Peter's guardians would have it all their own way. He thought that the guardians had more con- fidence in one another than that, whether they came from St. Peter's, St Clears, or anywhere else. Mr G. Barrot Evans, iu seconding the motion, said he understood that such a system had been in voguo at that Board before, and had worked satisfactorily. They were there anxious to do their duty, but it was very difficult to attend both meetings undor the present system, when the District Council began again at 1.80 p.m. It was also to be remembered that they gave much more time to the service of the public than they used to. They now had to attend the meetings of the District Council to do work which was formerly discharged by the Sanitary Committee and the Highway Board. 0 J Mr William J. Thomas moved a direct negative. He did so (he said) because he thought the proposed system would be no improvement on the present, and would cause dissatisfaction among the ratepayers. The Board could not be divided in the manner proposed without the consent of the Local Government Board, which seemed to imply that it was an arrangement only intended as a makeshift for exceptional cases like those of large Boards, where there were immense relief-lists to be gone through. He did not see that the relief-lists occupied such a very long time. That morning they had only occupied 1 hour 25 mins. It might be better to begin business half-an-hour later (at 11 o'clock), so as to unable members to finish their own business in town beforo coming to the Board. The natural results of tho motion would be to have one committee dealing with the town cases and the other with the country. That day the town cases had occupied 40 miiis. and tho country 4.5 mins. To have two committees going on in tho room, and applicants being examined by Guardians at the samo time would creato a perfect Babel (laughter). The greatest possible disorder would thus prevail. He did not in any way cast any suspicion on the town guardians. lie had been a member of the Board for three years, and had never found any of the members incliuod to show any partiality. In regard to the principle of the working of the Common i und, ho quoted (from memory) from Mr Bircham's report: One of the main objects of the formation of unions is to give every guardian of whatover parish an equal voice in the administration of relief in return for the contribution of his parish towards the Common Fund The rich parish assists the poor, and iu return each guardian has an equal voice in deciding in what manner relief shall bo given." There were 27 country parishes which contributed towards the town of Carmarthen, and vice versa. Thus each guardian had an equal voice in the distribution of relief In all the parishes. The present system had hitherto worked in a highly satisfactory manner; and he opposed the introduction of a new methol which would not give satisfaction to tho ratepayers of any parish in the Union. Mr David Thomas, Llanfihangel, seconded. The members voted as follows :— For the motion Messrs T. Pugh, J. R. Johu, AV. S. Morso, Thomas Thomas, Herbert Howells, J. F. Williams, G. Barret Evans, Thomas Edmunds, and the Rev W. Thomas—9. Against the motion Messrs David Davies, John Thomaa, Stephen Stephens, W. J. Thomas, John Davies, David Thomas, William Williams, Herbert Griffiths, Evan Daniel, Evan Jones, John Anthony, David Evans, Miss Skyrme, Miss Gwyn, Mrs R. M. Thomas, Miss Hancocke, Messrs Theo Howolls, J. S. Williams, J. P. Lewis, and Jonathan Phillips—20. The motion was, therefore, lust.
Carmarthen Bural District Council. The members afterwards sat as a Rural District Council at the Shiro Hall. Mr John Phillips, Caerlloon, presided. BRIDGES AND CULVERTS. A committoe was appointed to report on the building of a culvert at Pentrebach between Waunboeth and Ponthenry, bdtweeu tho parishes of Llangunnor and Llangondeirno respectively. Tho Chairman reported that the County Council had referred the subject of tho proposed bridge at Felinban, Laugharne, to the Main Roads Committee. It was decided to do nothing regarding the culvert said to be wanted at Cwm- nanthir, Newchurch. CYCLISTS' NOTICE BOARDS. A letter was read from the Cyclists' Tour- ing Club stating that they were ready to supply Dan-orous and "Caution" io boards free and carriago paid if tho Council would erect them on tho top of steep hills and at treacherous turns. The Chairman If you ask my opinion, I should liko to tax them all. We should have less of them then. Mr W. J. Thomas said he thought they ought to do what they could f jr the cyclists and they would bo then more willing to pay the tax. It was decided that the Council should accept and fix these boards in places recommended by the Surveyors. A PARISH GOING ON STRIKE. A letter was read from Mr John Stephens, Clerk to the Llanddarrog Parish Council, stating that at a joint meeting the Councils of Llanddarrog and Llanon had agreed between them to make the bridge required over the Gwendraeth. Mr John Davies If we build the bridge ourselves, we must withhold our own contributions. We won't pay rates. The Chairman You have no power to do that (laughter) It was decided that the Surveyors of the respective District Councils should confer together on the subject. ST. CLEARS MARKET. The Clork gave a resume of the corres- pondence he had had with Mr Lloyd Morgan, M.P., aud the Board of Agriculture on the subject of St. Clears market. It appeared that until the District Council had power to borrow the money, the closing order would be suspended. t) Mr David Thomas said that Mr Lloyd Morgan and an official of the Board of b Agriculture had beon down there the previous Thursday. He did not think they would hear anything more of the subject. 0 LAUGHARNE INQUIRIES. A committee was appointed to enquire as to whether a wall which had been by Mr T. David on the Newbridgf-road, Laugharne, was an enroachment; and also as to the need of a fence at a dangeious place at the Lakes, Laugharne. 0 WIDENING A ROAD. The Surveyor (Mr Gad Protheroo) was authorised to widen the road to 18 feet at Craigybolion, in the parish of Trelech. Tho cost was estimated at £ 1 6. LAUGHARNE DRAINAGE. Mr T. David attended as a deputation from tho Parish Council in favour of the carrying out of a drainage scheme at Laugharne. Ho also referred to a schcmo which lie had designed himself for that purpose, and which he would be prepared to place at the disposal of the Council. The Clerk also produced the ordinance map, and traced out the new drainage district which it was proposed to form. A committee was appointed to visit tho locus in quo, and to report on the subject to the next meeting. OLD HOUSES AND NEW. The Medical Officer (Dr Bowen Jones) referred to the case of a house at Panty- gleion. Mydrim, which 110 said was uninhabitable. He asked the Council to take steps to have it closed up. The Chairman said that it was only a case of a dispute, as the occupier claimod ho had a lease of the house. Mr David Thomas said it was not their duty to interfere between landlord and tenant. It was decided to take no action in the matter until the next meeting, it being understood that the matter was postponed with a view to a settlement. A plan was put in of a houso at Cwm- wyddon, Llanarthney, which was objected to Y. as not being satisfactory. The Chairman said that they were for pulling down all the old houses and would not let people build new ones. Where were the people to live ? The Inspector (Mr Gom^r Henry) said ho was only asking them to enforce their own bye-laws. i/u said they never expected that the very letter of the law would be carried out. Tho bye-laws required tho ceiling of a cottage to bo eight feet high; in his country they Avould not find a farm-house which complied with that condition. it was agreed that tho plans should be asked to bo amended as required. The Clerk (Mr Rowland Browne) said that half of the pauperism of the country was caused by these damp, small, unhealthy cottages which bred rheumatism, phthisis, and other things. Miss Gwyn This has long since ceased to be a free country. The Clerk Every civilised country has. Another plan (of a house on the Laugharuo Cliff), for Mr Richard Jones was put in, and objected to, on tho ground that the houso was too near the road. Mr W. S. Morse moved, and Mr J. R. John seconded, that the plan be allowed. The Medical Officer said they had only recently adopted bye-laws and notice ought to bo givon to a full meeting if they were not to be enforced. It was useless to mako them if they were not to be adberecl to. Mr Morse asked what was tbo man to do 'e He could not move his house over the Clilf and he could not pull it down. Miss Gwyn: They have made them pull them down in Llanelly. The matter droppod without any agreement being como to. CARMARTHEN Printed and Published by the Proprietress, M. LA wRENCIj:, at her OFFIOEF 3 Blue-street, FRIVXY, May 20th, 1696,
CARMARTHEN UNDER THE SEARCH-LIGHT. Come, come, and sit you down you shall not budge You shall not go, till I set you up a glass Where you may see the inmost pait of you." —————— SHAKKSREAEK. One of the choirs which represented us at St. Clears last week was named The Carmarthen Lilies." It those botanical names becuuie tho rage, wo may soon expect to hear of clubs called the Abergwili Tulips," tho Pensarn Chrysanthemums," the Llanlhvch Hyacinths," and tho Priory-street Daisies." Poetical—very. T In the course of a hearing before Judge Bishop on Friday, it transpired that Mr Broad was ashamed of himself for offering to take £ 35 for McGregor." That figure after all would be ridiculously small fur a member of any of the clans—except perhaps a mackintosh. An abusive correspondent writes to tell me that it is altogether unnecessary for the ciergy to make mich a fuss about tho heating apparal u i in St. Peter's Church— for he says tll') beastly isareastic remarks pf yuurs have boon keeping the whole parish in hot water for tho iuot month. It is an ice-cream freezer or a New Zealand mutton refrigerator we want badly." In view of the present price of coal, I cannot under these circumstances regard myself as other than a public benefactor of tho tirst order. « At the last weetii, of the Town Council we were informed of the number of samples of pepper, salt, and mustard, which had been sent to the analyst and duly tested. It would also bo interesting to know the number of times the gas supplied to us is tested by photometry. We had a photo- meter once but whether it is in use now or not, or whether it can bo laid hands on- any more than Rhys ap Thomas's bicycle- is more than most of us can tell. We used to hear a good deal about "tüstmg the gas but the subject is now dropped, as if it vrore plague-infected. Why is this? Of course, I do not mean to imply for one moment that the lights are not the candle-power which they are supposed to be —although on dark nights there have been cynics who have expressed a desire to see the "candle" which was the standard. In order to alloy misgivings, I may state that these cynics were not drunk for-as I am told-a drunkard sees double, and so the light would appear in an effulgence of superadded glory to his intoxicated visiop. But business is business. You count your money at the bank counter you audit the Borough accounts; and you test the quality of milk and groceries. I have an immense respect for the Gas Company, but there is no reason why we should arrange our relations with them cu the mutual-confidence system any more than with anybody else. If a workman breaks a certain quantity of stone, we don't take his word for the amount which he has broken—wo measure them. And yet, doubtless, the poor man is honest. But we do it because it is business-like. There is much more business then in chocking an expenditure of hundreds of pounds than of a few shillings. The Carmarthen Improvement Bill has safely steered its way through the House of Commons. But before Carmarthen becomes thoroughly civilised, wo want a few more improvements which are not included in the Bill. The following would form important clauses in a supplementary measure — 1. The abolition of the present shameless and persistent breaches of the Sunday Closiug Act. 2. fhe suppression of local citigers," as opposed to foreign tramps. 3 The education of tie Carmarthen public into a percepiit u of the advantage of sinking petty cliquery and working together for the common good. The infueiou of a little stamina into the Car- marthen populace—so that they are not red-hot orer something fur a week and utterly indifferent to it ever after. o. The placing of Mill-sticet, .Shaw VJune, aud other unexpired portions of the towm on the same plane of municipal importance as Picton-terrace. An improvement in the ideas of one-half of the populace iù the most important reform possible. A Recreation Ground and all the other innovations are merely apparatus necessary to improvement they do not constitute improvemats in them- selves. What we need is ideas. But people dare not be original in this town. A person in this town with an original idea must conceal the fact just as if he had four thumbs or somo other doformity. In public life, we oneourago a dead level of mediocrity everybody must be the same intellectually-and if anybody gots out of the old rut he must be pounced on and bullied into having his originality extracted like a cancer. The only cure for this state of things is to teach people to think for themselves. Wo nearly all work in grooves iu small towns like Carmarthen. If you are in a teetotal groove, you swear by temperance, although you have never for an instant thought of the matter. If you are in a drunken groove, you get drunk dutifully. You play football or join the Salvation Army, or take a side in the Town Council dispute, or work iu Parliamentary elections according to your groove. f. A snail, perhaps, would die without its casing; but a bird could not fly if it had one. We all prate about "free, and independent electors" and all that sort of tomfoolery; but we take our cue from our uncles and cousins and customers all the same. Even a tradesman who strikes out a new line is denounced for a month—and then everybody copies him. If originality were a capital ofienco, few of us would be hanged—although lots of us would think ourselves in darger. If We arc having eisteddfodau now at St. Clears, White Mill, and all over the country as usual. As usual, too, wo arc not having anything of the kind at Carmarthen, any more than we arc having a flower show, or any other of the annual events which used to be so popular. So far from having an eisteddfod, wo have not oven a choir representative of the whole town. We used to compete at the National Eisteddfod but now even the United Choir itself is a memory of the past. We are progressing— from stagnation to petrifaction. Some say that the break-up of the Carmarthen United Choir was due to cythraul y canu This may explain our musical collapse but how about the various other annual events which have been allowed to disappear ? The cythraul y canu" has evidently taken unto himself j sevon others worse than himself. I am informed that some of the iron- mongers are looking up their stock of skates, as it is expected that the ponds will be holding before very long. Seeing that it is a case of a day older a day worse with the season," it is natural ty conclude that we ehall have a long and severe frost in the middle of next month. The following is a scene from Friday's 0 County Court: — Judge (to witness) What sort of a house does he live in ? "Witness Mae'n talu deg puiit o rent. Jaclge Don't talk like that. What rent does he pay? Witness Ten pound a year. sir. "Don't talk like that" is particularly good. English visitors might be excused for believing that the poor Welshman had been giving vent to his feelings by swearing in his native tongue Duriug the last Parliamentary election iu Carmarthen the hoardings were covered with pictures''allogorical of the bad times which tho working-ruau would havo if we had a Liberal Government in office and the high old times he would have if the Tories got into office. The number of fools is very great as the Preacher said; I have no doubt a good many votes were influenced by that particular kind of argument. But the sequel has been slightly different from the promise. ■K- *afr ■¥r Tho working-man has now to pay ;)d for a loaf which a few years ago cost but 2 (1 —which moans that he has now to pay 1 is for as much bread as he used to have for IDs. And coal is going up in the sainu manner. The Tories will say That is not the fault of the Government." I don't say it is but it proves how shallow are tho arguments used to entrap foolish voters. The Government cannot control trade. The statements, however, made by electioneering Tories are now shown to bo not only illogical—but also DELIBERATE LIES. I This is how it is worked:- Tory Agent Times are bad, old man I You see you have a Liberal Government. Put in the Tories and you'll live happy ever after. Working-man Indeed, now I think there's something in that. (Years roll on as years do). Working-man: I say, governor. I voted Tory, and now things is worser and worser every day. Tory Agent Yes I am very sorry my dear sir but a man of your intelligence knows of course that the Government can't help trade. Working-man Why didn't you say eo before, you blooming swindler, instead of getting my vote by false pretences ? Tory Agent I have an engagement next door, so I cannot argue the question (Aside). It does not matter a pin. By the time of the next election the fool will have forgotten this, and I can play the old trick again. (Curtain) A prize was recently offered by the Newspaper Development Syndicate to retail newsagents who made the best display of their combined placards. The result appears in last week's Newsagents Chronicle, from which it appears that Mr C. H. Carpenter, King-street, is one of the eleven competitors amongst whom the prize is equally divided. A photograph of Mr Carpenter's premises is expected to appear in the next issue of the Newsagents1 Chronicle. A3 a result of well-directed enquiries" I have ascertained that the plans for heating St Peters Church have been approved by an "adjourned general meeting of the congre- gation," at which there wore present nearly twenty people. The enthusiasm evoked by Church work in this parish is something absolutely phenomenal in this nineteenth century. There aro some innocent people in the House of Commons. One gentleman, I read, has advocated the taking of tho duty off tea instead of the lessening of tho duty on tobacco—for ho says that tho former would benefit both sexes, whilst only men would benefit by the latter. What an awful thing it is to be behind the times If the honourablo member would only come to Carmarthen, and see old crones smoking clay pipes, middle-aged women enjoying a snuff-box per diem, and young ladies smoking cigarettes, he might bo inclined to slightly modify his opinion. »** I met a fisherman on Saturday, aud asked him how the fishing was, and was astonished to receive a favourable answer. "Splendid," he said, "wo never had such good times lately as we'ro having now. But just you wait till them there seine-nets lrom Ferry- side start making a clean sweep of the river then you'll seo destruction and extermination." And the way in which ho said it implied that the destruction and extermination might suitably bo applied to something other than salmon. I am itiforine(I that the magistrate did not ask the culprit—as stated in this column last week—if he wanted 11 to bo finished to- day," although the defendant himself expressed his wish to undergo that process. I don't like to record even a slip of the tongue against a gentleman-if he was not the one who committed it, and am exceed- ingly glad of the opportuuity of being able to correct the slight inaccuracy. I commend the following from the Daily Telegraph to that guardian of orthodoxy my friend of the five or six infidels famo St. Winifred is the most unfortunate saint in Wales. She first lost her head, and is now threatened, not only with the loss of her well, but with the far worse indignity of seeing its miraculous waters turned into split sodas for mixing with brandy and whisky. This proposal has brought St. Winifred before the law courts. The firm which makes it proposed to tap the saint with a four-inch pipe. but a gentleman in the neighbourhood asked Mr Justice North, in the Court of Chancery, to stop the proceedings, on the ground that it inter- fered with the flow of water into a stream and infringed his rights as a riparian owner. This was a mere side issue to a greater question, which is to be tried later on. respecting the real proprietorship of the well. His lordship has decided that, as things are to remain in .datll'l'w for the present, there was no reason for making an order before the trial of the action. For the moment, therefore, Winifred enjoys a brief respite. If a lack of respect for the well constitutes a proof of Atheism, then it is to be feared that there are more than five or six about-- possibly as many as seven. Picton-terrace now looks better than it ever did before. The recent pruning of the trees has given each individually the appear- ance of a gigantic mop with a green head but the effect taken as a whole is very pleasing; and I should not bo a bit surprised if at the next meeting of the Council the name of the street is proposed to be changed to Boulevard-de-Picton." "'t'i." Really somebody ought to be ashamed of themselves on account of tho kind of road which is provided inside Penllwyn Park for the cart of the matutinal milkman and the mid-day baker. It may bo symbolical of a road; but it certainly is not one. The path through the fields to Llanlhvch has as good a claim to that title. # I have heard nothing further of my friend Rasmws Jones. He is like a good few more whom I have come across; he is a splendid fighter-against those who don't hit back. The result of the recent adjtttant,-5 examination has been the following pro- motions in the local Volunteer Corps:— Corporal J. Wright Davies to be Sergeant; Corpl. Whiteoak to bo Lance-Sergeant; Lance-Corpl. Caractacus Davies to be Corporal; Private John Saer to be Corporal; and Private Thomas Thomas to be Lance- Corporal. The clergy of St. Peter's on Sunday t received a fresh accession of strength. As is well known, the Vicar is absont, being t engaged in performing tho duties of canon- i residentiary at St. David's, and the senior i curate (the Rev John Daniel) had just left to take up a curacy at St. Michael's, Aberystwith-so in commercial parlance 1 the clerical staff was shorthanded." Mr \V. Boynún Jones, junr., however, read both lessons at the evening servico and although. 4 his elocutionary abilities aro well known to the public, this was his first appcaranco in the reading desk. His enunciation and delivery were in striking contrast to tho style generally heard from tho lectern. As a lay-roader, ho has been pronounced a great success; and if there are many members of the congregation who can so well fill tho shoes of the clergy in other ways, then we shall begin to hear ler: uf tho shrinking of tho Curates' Fund, for it will bo possible to consider the advisability of "reducing the Staff." Hie Rev D. J. Evans, who has been sojourning in Madeira and the Canaries for the benefit of his hoalth, is soon expected home; and the congregation hope that he will bo able to take up his wuik ajnongst them. His return is looked forward to eagf-riy--—fur he seoms to have gained that almost phenomenal distinction of being one of whom everyone spoke well. In these days of an Atlantic war it seems, however, injpf'oHble to obtain any definite information as to when anybody may bo expected from a region which is a possiblo scene of strife. I Mr E. B. Evans, our new Town Councillor, is an acquisition to the Corporation. Ho is well-known as an advocate of public improvements, and an opponent oA" Ancient Borough tomfoolery. I trust that he will be able to resist the blue-moulding influence of municipal life which is so insidious that I have seen men going iu as really tremendous reformers and becoming regulation obstructionists in a few mouths. The hardest battle of municipal life appears to be to prevent one's self becourng mess-grown but I trust that Mr Evans will succeed in preserving his enthusiasm and energy even in the lotus- eating atmosphere of the Council Chamber. I havo taken the liberty of intercepting the following bit of copy" which is obviously intended for the obituary notices, but which I think is better suited for this column. It comes from a well-informed correspondent so I give it with little n Strve — TI.JI PF.UA: on —May 1.),11, at L:. minis-street Cha; I Schoolroom, the Carmarthen Total Abstinence Society, Aged 15 years. Much respected by a few faithful abstainers of the town. » I am also in receipt of the following. I may explain that I have not the slightest ideas what Double Daggers is (or are); but it would appear from the context to be some species of alcoholic refreshment. I'm afraid the case is a hopeless one in Carmar- then you may attack Church and State and yet live; but the impregnable rock of the public-house is the one time-defying institution :— Goon NUWS ton "DOUBLE DAGUER. The friends of the atove teveiu/o will rpjoice to learn that the Carmarthen Total Abstinence Society is going to have a nap for some months, in order that the "delicate abstainers" might rfuui,; their health. NCo phyti(i,in in Carmarthen can understand the Sunday evening disease these people sulFer from. Hut once Monday morning comes" f usinrss attended to with prompt- r. £ B3 and vigt ur," ihe diseaee having fled away. 0 Teunys >u Smith O Tgnnyson Smith What oil-cakes did you give, twelve months ago to these dclicatc dirwcsticyr. iff St. Peter's Boy" writes — 1 am given to understand that the erection of the EO* County Offices in Carmarthen is on the tapis This ii a desideratum sadly wanted. Carmarthen is the metropolis of Carmarthenshire and its House of Commons is the Shire Hall. Sure'y then the chief offices of the Carmarthenshire County Council —now that we havo a Carmarthen gentleman as Cil-,irman-ought to be in Myrddin's town. # 'I(. It may interest this correspondent to know that the Clerk of the Peace has his office at Llandovery, the Treasurer at Talloy, and the Chief Constable at Llandilo-so that things are far from being centralized. Perhaps if we agitate too much, however, Llanelly will want the office Llanelly wants everything—she would steal the Fusiliers' Monument if Sergeant Harries and his colleagues were not about. I am delighted to have to chronicle this week the further success of Dr. Peter L. Daniel, M.R.C.S., E., L.R.C.P., L., son of our highly-respected townsman, Mr LeAvis Daniel, of Picton-terrace. who, at the end of last week, was appointed house-physician at Charing Cross Hospital, London. Mr Daniel's record at the Medical School and Hospital has been a brilliant one, as may be inferred from the fact that he has taken every scholarship and prize open to him during the last eighteen months of his period of study, including the blue ribandsof school and hospital for both theoretical and practical knowledgi, having won the "Llewellyn Scholarship," the subjects for which Avere those comprised in the Avhole medical curriculum. Mr Daniel also Avon the 11 Governors' Clinical gold medal" for clinical practical bedside knowledge of medicine and surgery, and also 1st medals in senior medicine, senior surgery, practical midwifery, and public health, besides others previously. Dr Daniel, too, held the positions of assistant- demonstrator of anatomy at the school, and electrical-assistant at the hospital, which he must now resign on his appointment as house-physician The above splendid achievements reflects the highest credit upon Mr Daniel, as well as upon the old town, and his numerous friends will be glad to read of the success which he has met in the honourable profession which lie has adopted. « Here you are, read this," said a Churchman on Wednesday. That's just the views of a lot of us." This was as follows The vicar of a certain parish in the Midlands has always paid great attention to the musical portion of his services, aud as a result the pews are usually well-filled. The other day the clergyman called on a local farmer and endeavoured to persuade him to attend churoh. The services are always bright," he remarked, "and I'm sure tho musical portion will interest you." •'Mu'ic!" ejaculated the fanner. "I likes music. I'll come." The man was as good as his word, and on the following Sunday ho occupied one of the fronll pews. At the close of the service the vicar joined him in the porch, and expressed a hope that the farmer would come again. "How did you like the anthem?" aked the vicar 1* Anthem! anthem was the reply. 14 Which wor t' anthem ? The vicar explained as well as he was able, and at last the farmer understood. Well," he remarked critically. I must eay it wor purty fair on the whole, purty fair. But if I wor you, parson, I should drop that anthem an* have something musical like in its place." Yes," he continued, after the cutting had been perused, "that's quite true. Here we are now in St. Peter's having those blessed anthems in the morning, anthems in the evening, anthems Sunday after Sunday—it's enough of a nuisance. Music I don't call them music. A lot of blessed row I call hem there's not the chance for any con- gregational singing, the same as there used :o be. Talk of the rights of the laity Why xe won't be allowed even to sing now, except we wear surplices." The preparations for doubling the line between Carmarthen and the Junction 3ontinue. The ballast is all ready and arrangements are now being made to put down the sleepers "-which shows that' the officials are wide-a-wake to their duty. ALETIIEIA.
Carmarthen County Court. FBIDAY.—Before His Honour Judge C- Bishop. DISPUTE ABOUT A HORSE. III this case Mr Broad, Waterloo-terrace, Carmarthen, sued John Morgan, Rhiwfelin, Abergwili, of X19, alleged to be due as balance for the payment for the horse McGregor."—Mr H. Brunei White appeared for the defonce. The complainant said that on the 4th of September, 1896, he sold the horse to Mr Morgan for X30. Mr Charles Morgan, M.R.C.V.S., the brother of the defendant, drew a cheque in part payment for t 10 and defendant was told that he would have the balance on the following Saturday. He had afterwards had £ 1 on account, from Mr Charles Morgan; but the £ 19 was still unpaid. He borrowed the sovereign from Mr Charles Morgan until his brother should pay. The Judge: Yes; but you cannot give the defendant credit for that. That is quite another transaction. The defence was that the horse had been sold to Mr Charles Morgan, and not to Mr John Morgan. This contention was borne out by both brothers; and Mr Charles Morgan contended that he had a set-off for stabling at the Angel Inn, Lammas-street against complainant's claim. Complainant said his dealings had always been with Miss Jones for stabling; and that he had none with Mr Charles Morgan on that account. His Honour found for the plaintiff in the sum of t20 and costs. He said also that if Mr Charles Morgan had a claim for stabling against plaintiff, lie should proceed with it again, and not try to fight in this way.
Carmarthen County Petty Sessions. SATURDAY—Before the Rev R. G. Lawrence (in the chair) Messrs C. W. Jones, Carmar- then J. Lloyd Thomas, Gilfach Thomas Parkinson, Castle Pigyn; D. L. Jones, Derlwyn and Professor D. E. Jones, Carmar- then, ILLEGAL FISHING. D. Thomas was charged with this offence. Bailiff David Davies stated that on the, 28th of April he saw defendant fishing in the Towy under Llangunnor. Davies went up to him and asked him for his licence. Defendant produced one with the name of William Thomas on it. Witness then asked him if his name was William Thomas, and he replied in the affirmative, and said he paid for it. After a short conversation defendant admitted that the licence belonged to his brother William Thomas. A fine of Is and costs was imposed. POSSESSING PEEL. James Richards, a, workman at tho Cystanog Lead Mines, Carmarthen, was charged with fishing for salmon peel. Mr H. Brunei White defended. Supt. James Evans deposed that on the 6th inst., he saw defendant fishing with a rod and line in the Towy, in the parish of Llan- gunnor, about a quarter of a mile above the lead mines. After he had landed a fish on its back, another man named Mitchell took the fish oil the hook and put it into his pocket. Richards then went on fishing acain. Witness proceeded to defendant and tola him who ho was, and asked him if lie had caught any fish. He at first denied that he had caught any, but afterwards said, Yes, they are with that man over there," pointing to Mitchell. Witness Avent up to Mitchell, who pulled two salmon peel from his pocket and handed them to Bailiff David Davies. Evans asked Mitchell if he was aware that the fish were saimon peel, and tliar lie ought to have returned them to the river. He replied in the negative, and said that he did not know the difference between them and trout. Cross-examined by Mr White Witness was on the road and saw exactly what took place. The fish did not come off the hook. There was a marked difference between salmon peel and trout. He saw Mitchell unhook the fish. Bailiff David, Davies corroborated. James Mitchell, also a workman at the Cystanog Lead Mines, Carmarthen, was charged with a similar offence alleged to have been committed at the same time and place as the previous case. Mr H. Brunei White defended. Supt. Evans stated that lie saw defendant running towards him and take the fish off the hook. Witness was about 50 yards above them. Defendant put his hand into his coat, pocket, and drew out a whito handkerchief and wrapped the fish up in it, and put it back into his pocket. Witness went up to him and asked him for his handkerchief, but he replied that he only had a red one producing it. He unwrapped some white paper ana showed witness the fish. He then asked him if he was aware that he had in his possession salmon peel, and he replied that he was not cognizant of the fact. Mitchell Avas then put in the box, and said that on tho 2nd of May and not the 6th of May, he was in the company of James Richards. Richards landed a fish Avhich went back somewhere, and witness picked it up. When the water-bailiff asked him what he had caught he umvrapped the piece of paper and said Here they are." He had never had a rod in his hand for the last 40 years, and did not know the difference between trout and salmon peel. Witness was willing to be searched when the bailiff asked him if lie had any more in his pockets. Mr White, in an abla speech for the defence, stated that there was no guilty knowledge on the parts of defendants, and after a short consultation the Magistrates dismissed both charges. CHARGE OF CRUELTY. Thomas Lewis, a farmer residing at White Mill, was charged with working his horse whilst in an unfit state. Inspector Harry Styan, R.S.P.C.A., Car- marthen, deposed that at 1 p.m. on Wednes- day, May 4th, lie saw defendant leading the horse attached to a two-wheel cart at Abergwili fair. The animal was very lame on tho left fore leg. Witness stopped him, and found the animal suffering from an old sprain just below the knee, which was enlarged, inflamed, and heated, and very painful. Witness drew Lewis' attention to the condition of the horse, and he replied that he did not know it was lame. Defendant said "The shoe is a bit tight," and asked witness if the animal was fit to work on a farm, and Styan replied it was not. P.C. Lewis spoke to seeing the horse, which was lame in the ligament, and was unfit to go home over the rough road. Mr Phillii ps, veterinary surgeon, Nant- garedig, said that he had attended the horse tor years. It had had a Avound some years ago, and Avalked lame in consequence. The case Avas dismissed.
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