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Towy Bits. [By PLOUGHSON], Y Gwir (heb 117,1,1-111) ilit evbjpi y bj/d." The Churchyard again It has been said '"tiTMv tOWu 111 y English is not, as Sir llliam Harcourt puts it, alwavs "under- standed ot the people." The question of the churchyard is so very important that I feel it incumbent upon me to write about it in English as she is spoke at Llamlilo." The Shushyart iss in a ferry bad condishwn. Ferry bad inded. The gras is never killed and the aliet\s aie a disfzras even to the <rrass The Vicar, Mis tar Price; says it iss the busi- ness of the shushwardans. How efer be it the cwestiwn is oifully inipot-taiit. Personally, I think that the best way out, of this difficulty is to call together a public meeting of the ratepayers and have this matter looked into. If something is not done I shall name the churchwardens next week. m And now I come to another and perhaps more important matter. The new Board School, of which there has been so much talk and on behalf of which a have worked so hard, is to have a swell opening on the 27th lust. Ihe optimistic champions who have stuck to their guns from first to last have secured no less a person than Sir George Kekewich, the great figure head of the Educational JJepa rtment, to formally open the school. Mr Abel Thomas, M.P., will be there also. <t; Lovers of religious equality in this valley must for once throw oft. their apathy and proverbial languidness and work for all they are worth to make the opening a complete success. This is doubly necessary just now. The doughty leader of the progressive party is in London, and fiery, soul-inspiring Towyn ill in bed. Yet-thanks to Providence—we have Mr J. fl. Jones, Brynamman, alive i(aiid, perhaps, if required) kicking. Mr Jones is a valiant and strong Radical, possesses boundless enthusiasm and pluck, which knows no funking. A better chairman for the opening committee could not be found. And I, on behalf of the cause of Progress, appeal to the public in general and his fellow Board members in particular, to support him whole-heartedly. The new school will meet with keen opposition from the Tory quarter, but so has every movement which makes for freedom. Llandilo Nonconformists for the honour of your town, your country, and your God, be up to the auspicious occasioll The success of the moment rests mainly on your shoulders. In vain will" J.R." have tucked up his sleeves, unless you second ^vith unmistakalbo signs of hparty approval, his highly commendable efforts. Sir George and Mr Thomas should have a right royal Welcome, as only Welshmen can give. Some people who have no children, or others who are unmarried, may on that score not feel interested in this important shift- forward. I don't believe there are many such at Llandilo. If there are, it is well for them to remember Russell Lowell's divinely inspired words- They are slaves most base, Whose love of right is for themstlvcs And not for all their race." VI- Speaking of Mr J. K. Jones, reminds me of his brother, Dr Richard Jones, who is working up a practice and making a name for himself at Llandilo. The young doctor cleared all before him at the Westminster College of Pharmacy. It is not generally known that he is an eye specialist of a high order. He is specially qualified to treat eye diseases of every nature. Dr Jones is a|so an adept at chess, the medal for the championship for the South of England peine" in bis pnaoocoion..A~u.il ulitsaa vfijuirfis dogged perseverance and a fertile brain! No appointment was ever more popular in Llandilo than that of Mr Edwin Griffiths' decent promotion to the managership of • tS3ra Jones and Co's bank. No man more well-beloved in the town and district than the new manager. His zeal and devotion to his duties—whatever they lUay be—have made him unIversally respected by his neighbours of all creeds and of none. Mr Griffiths is a living example of the truth of Physiognomy. Pluck and determination are indelibly written on his fine broad forehead, his cool unflioehino- eyes and well-knit figure. You need not Vol twice that he has been an active corpsUfoffi He Was atJached to the local LonPg Service Medal." aWarded the Mr Griffiths first saw light at Uwynhelig, Landilo, in 1846. At 17, after having a K°U eclucation at the National School, e became a clerk to the late Mr Protheroe hash'5 0n Forthe last 25 years he as oeen connected with the bank famed over the country as "Bank yr Eidon Du." Mr Griffiths has been local secretary, and also District Secretary to the Philanthropic Institution for over 20 years. Like all other successful men, he has seen the ups and downs of life. This world has not been to hm an Earthly Paradise. A few weeks ago loss bovved dovvn with grief at the rw J seventeen-year-old daughter— rriffi-t, K'beth. Genial Inlpector S ls his brother. Both families—of icn these gentleman are heads—are held 1Il deep respect at Llandilo. Both families are adherents of the Church of England. A third Point in common to both families is their fo diiess for i-iiusic which Congreve m his Mourning Bride says that it has Si ^°?h° the breast." Mr Griffiths and his son are full of it while Miss E. A. Griffiths-the Inspector's daughter- had she rosy health would make an acceptable concert singer. To conclude, the subject of this sketch in the humours of the world and in the affairs of every-day life is a down-right good-hearted man. Long live Mr Edwin Griffiths » T»1 • The Choral Societies commence next month and not next week as stated in my last notes. A One ^'°rd or tw0 011 B°ards and Councils. u y *ast week time hanging heavily on -1 tfM^u s' went into my laboratory. There membersLi^Jh-l '<> the «™tUUn various public bodies. I °"' b0 ^fr„"K '^er w,th the chemicals I used and the process j foilowed. But 1 sliaH simply describe he elements of the compound after analysis. Here Lot I.-On the board through-being rich Ing rich. Lot 2.-0we their position to friends in general and unclf8 in particular. Trade." Messenger—strongly of •> xhe Lot 4.-Councillorll through being Connected with cliques and Fiects. ^L°fc 5^h°8e, W^° can shop by the hour and blow election soap bubbles by the score. Lot 6.—Extremely rare. GOOD. honest men, bent on doing all that is best tor the commonweal. Could it not be fairly said to lots 1 tn c as Cromwell told— Get you gone and make way for honester men ? want Illeit on our councils. Men who can throw their whole heart into the work they take in hand-like Dr Evans. Men nnni.K1'1' Hke him» walk int° the den of rpr wrath, rather than be disloyal to God, Trutb, and justice. Alen who are full )f energy and dogged perseverance, like Mr Edwin Griffiths. Men who can see the tips of their noses and a yard or two further, like the intensely-alive Mr Tom H. Philips. And, lastly, we want men who can tell the proud, selfish, earth-bound Nebuchadenezar of to-day that he is only fit to eat grass with oxen — like the progressive up-to-date proprietor of the splendid premises-- christened Bank Buildings. We want some young blood on our Councils. < Much is said from time to time of the drainage of Llangadock. I went there to 0 t-I see for myself, and if I speak as I found, I am obliged to say that the reports are exaggerated. Bad as the drainage is, it beats its sister towns hollow. ■K- -X- I have gone up 60 per cent. in the estimation of the saner people of this valley. In time gone by I was generally put down as a confirmed lunatic, but now I am universally regarded as being all at home." And were our Urban District Council iust to put my schemes into execution, the thermometer of public opinion would rise to blood heat in their favour instead of being as it is now below zero. < Upper Brynamman sadly needs a peeler Working by the ordinary rule of three it ought to have five or six. At Llandilo we have a Chief Superintendent, a Deputy Superintendent, Mr Jack Phillips, Sergeant Griffiths, and two bobbies to look after our interests and their own. Brynamman, with its collieries and its pubs," has none. Can't we spare one or two ? I am glad of this opportunity to put on record my appreciation of the vocal powers of some of our local artistes. Miss Lily Parry is a splendid soprano, and has on more than one occasion drawn down the house when so-called trained R.A.M. singers proved flat. Miss Parry is the daughter of Mr Thomas Parry, who has for years presided at the organ of the Llandilo Parish Church. I hear also rare praise given to Mr Lewis, a coachman of Mr Gwynne- Hughes, Tregib. Mr Lewis is a splendid singer, b Llandovery will some day—towards the thin end of the millenium—wake up to its filthy sanitary condition. A J.P. of this county told me recently on his best Sunday oath that he failed to go down Stone-street owing to the horrid stench arising out of the open drains. Llandilo is bad enough, but the Collegiate town is far worse. Llandilo and Llandovery are well supplied with schools. But we want brawn as well as brain, and if our young people are to get the maximum quantity of the first we must have Recreation Grounds, and those before 2,898.

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