Llandilo Notes. o: In connection with the hockey club, there was a ball at the Drill Hall between the hours of 8 p.m. on Thursday the 3rd and 4 a.m. on Friday morning. It is wonderful what excuses there are for balls." -:0:- Hedlev John, one of the local fighting five at the front, is keeping up his reputa- tion as a runner, and on the occasion of the recent sports on Easter Monday won the mile race and was second along with another in the three-legged race. -:0:- Memories of the late Dr Protheroe has just been revived at Llandilo by the death of his second son, Dr George Protheroe, at the Mumbles. He had been a helpless inva- lid for many years. -:0:- It would be interesting to know how many if any of the directors of the Gas Company have read any of the series of articles on Gas" that have appeared month after month in Feilden's Magazine." -:0:- I had thought ere now to see the butter factory begin to rear its head! o: It is strange that it should be deemed right to make the facilities for religious in- struction as easy as possible, but those for secular instruction as hard as possible. To prevent the adherents of the Tabernacle Chapel having to come from all parts of the surrounding neighbourhood to Ffairfach for Sunday School. Schoolrooms have been erec ted at Bryn Seion, Bryn Hyfryd, and Elim, whilst in other parts school are held in the farm houses. All that is right and proper. In recent years the Methodists though a feebler folk than the Independents have for the same reason established schools at Ffair- fach and Rhosmaen. That too is right and proper. Yet it is only for one day in a week those attending the chapels would be called upon, having no local schoolrooms, to make the sacrifice of attending school at some inconvenience! But now that a pro- posal has been made by the School Board to establish a Day School atDyffryn Brwyn, for which the children to attend school have to travel miles daily, an attempt is being made to raise a hue and cry at the School Board's alleged extravagance, by some of the very men who have been instrumental in estab- lishing the Sunday Schools to save miles of walking one day only 0 When are the Welsh who to-day form the bad third" in the Educational system going to become more enlightened, and willing to let their children have the best educational facilities possible -:0:- If a day school is established at Dyifryn Brwyn an application is sure to be made for its use for Sunday School purposes.
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ST. CLEARS. PETTY SESSIONS.—The petty sessions were held at the Court Room on Tuesday, before Mr W H. M. Yelverton, Whitland Abbey (in the chair), Mr C W Jones (Carmarthen), Mr J H Thomas (Derry), Dr Henry Lawrence (Narberth), Mr John Phillips (Caerlleon), and Mr E Schaw Protheroe-Beynon (Trewern).- The Broad- way Assault The cross-summonses arising out of the Broadway rough and tumble were heard. In these cases Richard Reymond preferred charges of doing grievous bodily harm against John Jones, John Roberts, and David Thomas. The evidence was lengthy and the circumstances were the same as >"i •iv- < -ses heard at the previous court. The ilem were equally divided; aId the ••Jles did not adjudicate. Mr K^sworih Stephen Thomas with assault. This cace was withdrawn. Mr Howell, of Llanchy, was for the complainants, and Mr White, of Carmarthen, for the defendants. No Light: William Davies, Mermaid, St. Clears, was fined 6d and 7s 6d costs for riding a bicycle without a light.—A Stray YVil'-mi Brown, Laugharne, was charged with allowing a donkey to stray. -)r this I w: s f -,c-d 6d and 4s costs.—The School Board case against Alfred iNarberth, St. Clears, was dismissed.
Carmarthen Town Council. MEETING AT THE TOWN HALL. A meeting of the Carmarthen Town Council was held at the Guildhall on Tuesday. The Mayor (Mr Walter Spurrell) presided. There were also present:— Aldermen David Griffiths, D Parcell Bees, Councillors W Vaughan George, A E Owen Norton, Georgo Treharne, T E Bi igstocke, Walter Lloyd, J F Morris, John Lewis, T Daniel, David Davies, William Evans, H Tierney, C Haydn Williams, David Samuel, Rees Davies, W Vincent H Thomas the Town Clerk (Mr R M Thomas), the Medical Officer (Dr W Lewis Hughes), the Surveyor (Mr F J Finglah), and the Supt. of Police (Mr T Smith). MORE GIFTS TO THE PARK. The Mayor said he had the pleasure of announcing that Mr James Philipps, of Picton-terrace, had signified his intention of presenting a pair of gates for the Picton- terrace on trance of the Recreation Ground Mr R M Thomas, the Town Clerk, had also presented the £12 10s which he had received for his carriage and harness, sold to the Corporation. That would be used to buy something suitable for the Recreation Ground. Votes of thanks were accorded these gentleman for their gifts. Alderman David Griffiths said ho hoped this would be the means of stimulating some of the wealthy members of this Council, wHo had made their bit" in Carmarthen in the good old days and had now retired (hgar, hear). He hoped they would soon have numerous other gifts from people who had not already given something. Already they had had gifts worth £ 1000. Mr J F Morris I hope some of the Board of Aldermen will lead the way (laughter). THE ASYLUM DRAINAGE. A letter was read from the Clerk to the Asylum Visitors stating that the Committee could not agree to the proposal to pay half the cost of the drainage, and that they would appeal to the Local Government Board for an order. Mr Walter Lloyd suggested that they had a right to take proceedings against the Asylum Committee for a nuisance in Johnstown. This matter was referred to the Committee which had before dealt with the subject. THE MAIN ROADS. The Clerk to the County Council wrote stating that the Council declined to take the statement of the Main Roads expenses for last year as a basis, that having been an exceptional year.—The Town Clerk said he had written in reply that he had not suggested that it was a basis but that the Corporation were entitled to get back what they had spent on the Main Roads, whether it were much or little. He had had no answer since. THE BROKEN GAS MAINS. The Clerk said he had received a long letter from the Secretary of the Gas Company, in reply to an equally long letter which he had written to that gentleman. This matter was referred to the Finance Committee. MR TIMOTHY DAVIES' GIFI TO THE TOWN. Mr Timothy Davies wrote stating that he was rather surprised at the proposal to place the fountain which he intended presenting, near the Fusiliers Monument. He had had a conversation with the Mayor, who had informed him that the fountain would be placed at the top of Blue-street. If he wished as many people as possible to see the fountain he would prefer the site in Lammae-street; but that site was not suitable either architecturally or for utility. He thought it a pity to interfere with the appearance of the only really national monument in town, and the fountain in Lammas-street would only be useful to those coming in one direction, whilst placed in Blue-street it would be useful to those coming from every direction. Mr Brigstocke said there was room to place the fountain so far back that it need not interfere with the appearance of the Monument. The Mayor said that he had not stated to Mr Timothy Davies that the fountain would be placed at the top of Blue-street. What he said was that he would support a proposal to have it placed there. It was decided to have the fountain placed in the vicinity of the Fusiliers' Monument, as previously agreed on. THE PARK FOR MILITARY MANOEUVRES. Mr J F Morris asked if anything had been heard of an application! for the use of the Park for the Volunteers. The Clerk said that Mr John had asked him to bring an application for the use of the Park for the Volunteers to drill in before the Council. Mr David Griffiths Did he mention any pait of the ground ? The Clerk said that he gathered that Mr John preferred the ground on the left of the entrance. He had suggested that the Volunteers use the space inside the track but Mr John thought this would be better. ) Mr Norton: I beg to propose that permission be given to them to drill on the left-hand side as you go into the gate. A long discussion ensued as to whether the Volunteers drilling inside the track would be beneficial to the youug turf but it was eventually decided that the spot on the left of the entrance be offered for the purpose. VITAL STATISTICS. The Medical Officer of Health presented his quarterly report. 50 births had occurred during the quarter. 36 deaths of parishioners had occurred, making the death-rate 3-7 per 1000. Ten cases of infectious disease had been notified during the quarter, viz:—Scarlatina, 2; enteric fever, 3 erysipelias, 3 and diphtheria, 2. THE WATER WE DRINK. The public analyst reported on a sample of water taken from the town mains (Cwm- tawell and Penlan brands mixed). It was of very fair quality, and might be safely 0 used for drinking and domestic purposes t) and it had practically no action on lead. MORE OFFICIALDOM. The Surveyor suggested that a water- inspector should be appointed to make a house-to-house visitation and see that taps were not allowed to leak. He suggested that William Thomas, a Corporation employee, should be appointed to the office. Mr Colby Evans suggested that William Thomas make a house-to-hous3 visitation until the work was completed. Mr C Haydn Williams said the Sanitary Inspector could do the work. He went round the houses as it was. Mr J F Morris said it seemed to him that there would be too many inspectors knocking about. The Sanitary Inspector was going about from house to house; and surely could attend to this. He protested most strongly agaimt an additional appointment being made. It would mean an additional £ 50 a year. I Mr David Parcell Rees said that the Inspector of Nuisances always used to bring in a report on the water-taps. Mr J F Morris said that when the late Mr Williams, of Friar's Park, was Inspector of Nuisances, he used to bring in admirable reports on the water-taps. The Clerk said that if it got about that the Sanitary Inspector was doing other than Sanitary work halt his salary might not be allowed. Mr John Lewis asked if this work had not been done in former years by the police. The Clerk said that they had had from the police about one report for every thousand taps. Superintendont Smith paid that all the summonses taken out since he came to Car- marthen (14 years ago) for waste of water were taken out by the police. If it was to be checked at all, it must be checked by summonses. The Surveyor said that they had a man who was quite competent to do the work, and he suggested that this man should be allowed to do this as his principal duty. The Sanitary Inspector and the policemen were not practical plumbers and they were not fit to be put in charge of water- fittings. The saving of water effected would be well worth the additional cost. Mr Vaugban George proposed that the man be relegated to the job as far as he would be wanted. Mr David Samnel said that William Thomas was not a practical plumber they might have a policeman who was more of a practical plumber than he was. The Mayor Mr Finglah knows y 0 Mr David Samuel I know William Thomas is not a practical plumber. Mr J F Morris: That is a matter ot notoriety. Mr David Samuel If we cannot rely on our policemen, on whom can we rely ? Mr Walter Lloyd said that he hdd a tap running recently for a fortnight. A police- man passed it eyery day for a fortnight; but he never drew Mr Lloyd's attention to it, or took out a summons. Mr William Evans said that if this man became water-tap inspector, they would have to get another man in his place, which would mean £ 1 a woek. Mr David Samnel I think it was very wrong of Mr Lloyd to allow his tap to rnn for a fortnight without getting a plumber. Mr Tierney said that if it went out to the public that another appointment was to be made, it would lead to a re-arrangament of the offices. Ho did not say that the public wanted to get rid jof any of the piesent officials; but if any more were appointed there would be a strong feeling against it. Mr J F Morris By and bye, we shall be simply inspector-ridden. The matter was referred to the Public Works Committee. STILL ANOTHER OFFICIAL. The Finance Committee recommended that the- Committee engage the services of a competent foreman labourer. Mr J F Morris Another inspector! The Surveyor said that if they decided to appoint a foreman they had better advertise to get a stranger. The Mayor We have no foreman now the men are to a great extent allowed to do pretty much as they like.—The Mayor went on to say that Elias, who acted as foreman usually, was ill. They required a man to whom the men would look up, who would see that they were at work firet thing in the morning, and to get the work carried out systematically. The Surveyor required a good second-in-command. They were losing pounds and pounds a week, because they had not proper control over the men. Mr C H Williams said that if a man were a stranger to the town, he would make friends in a week and it would be all the same in two month's time. Mr Vaughan George: I don't see how a man can be very independent on 3s 6d a day. Mr J F Morris said he knew two or three men in town well qualified to do the work and who would do it for 25s or 27s 6d a week. Mr Ncrton Let it be open and let them come from Aberdeen if they like (laughter). Mr Lloyd moved that a man ke appointed at a salary of 27s 6d a week.. Mr Norton suggested 25s. Mr David Griffiths suggested 30s. The Mayor said that they ought to dis- courage overtime as much as possible. They ought to pay the foreman nothing for over- time and require him to be with the men when overtime was worked. He would not then have overtime worked if he could avoid it. The salary was fixed at 25s a week. A discussion ensued then as to whether the candidates must be under 45. Mr Vaughan George proposed that it be not less than 80 (laughter). It was decided to fix no age limit. THE PROVISION OF A CATTLE MARKET. THE SCHEME DELAYED. The next business was to receive the report of the Market Committee. The Committee recommended that the land on the east side of Slaughter-houses Lane be acquired for the extension of the Cattle Market, that the Surveyor be directed to prepare plans and estimates for such extension, and that steps be taken to ascertain the number of cattle which attended the next June fair. The Clerk said he had received a petition against the removal of the fairs from the street. The petition which referred to the great inconvenience which would be caused thereby was signed by 476 people from Priory-street, St. Peter-street, Llanllawddog, Brechfi, King-street, Spillman-street, Aber- gwili, etc. The Clerk said that a very large number of the signatories were from the country. Mr George Treharne said that, as one who had signed the petition, he considered the proposed change very unfair. He considered it unfair that a certain part of the town should suffer by an order of the Board of Agriculture. The tradesmen in his ward would suffer terribly by the change. There were houses in that neighbourhood who depended on providing for the accommoda- tion of strangers to enable them to pay the rates. Seven houses in Priory-street had accommodation for 130 lodgers, and 180 horses. The petition was signed by about 5°0 farmers and townspeople, who were in favour of things remaining as they were. He thought things should be allowed to remain as they were at present. Mr Walter Lloyd said that after the opinion which the Town Clerk had given them on the 2nd May, they had no option in the matter. He also supported the recommenda- tion of the Market Committee on sanitary grounds. They knew how unpleasant it was to be in the streets after a cattle fair. According to the petition it would be very inconvenient to farmers to remove the fairs from the streets. He had spoken to a dealer in a large way of business that week, who was surprised that the Council had not moved the fairs from the streets, so that the cattle would be all together instead of scattered all over the place. Tradesmen were continually complaining cf the incon- venience in going through the streets on a fair day. Whenever improvements were carried out a few had to suffer. They had to consider the revenue which this would br ng to the town in the shape of tolls. They all knew how signatures were got to a petition. He had heard one gentleman say in the presence of a Councillor I don't object to this affair; but I have been asked to get signatures to this petition. That is my reason. I don't care a big D whether they remove the fairs or not." He moved the adoption of the report. Mr H Tierney seconded. As for arguing against that petition, he should not like to insult the intelligence of that Council by doing so. Many people would sign petitions when they were in public-houses. Many of them would not like it if their names got published somehow or other; they would rather then be in the place of President Kruger. Mr David Griffiths said he did not think they should be the first to go in for this fair ground. If the Board of Agriculture compelled other towns to go in for the same kind of ground, he should vote for carrying it out. He moved that they acquire the land, but that they take no further steps in the matter in the meantime. Mr Norton said that as one of the signatories of the petition, he agreed. Mr Walter Lloyd and Mr Tierney had insulted a good many ratepayers because these thought that the fairs should not be removed. Everyone had a right to his own opinion. He did not think they should form a precedent to carry out the instructions of the Board of Agriculture. If they had to do it they should be unanimous, because they could not help themselves. Mr John Lewis supported the recom- mendation of the Committee. They were told now that they should not be the first to go in for a fair ground they had been told that they should not be the first to go in for a cycle track. But they had done so. They had been the first town outside London to go in for Incandescent lamps in the streets. Surely they might be the first to go in for a cattle market. It was surely out of place at the end of the nineteenth century to have fairs in the streets. It was cruelty to animals to leave them where they were at present, when there were so many about. He thought it their duty to adopt the report, and to do it as soon as possible. Mr David Samuel said that he had been talking to a lot of people in St Catherine- street and they wanted the cattle removed because the cattle were smashing their windows. He did not likelto see a cow in front of his window. Mr David Griffiths said he moved his amendment in the form he did, because unless they acquired the ground by July, 1901, their compulsory powers would cease. Mr Treharne said that the work ought to be postponed until the Board compelled other places to do the same thing. The Clerk I think the chances are that if they hear that the Council does not intend to act except under pressure, they will apply the pressure. Mr Treharne What was the case at St. Clears ? The Cieik I don't know. I know St. Clears is in a filthy state after fairs. Mr David Griffiths Our streets are a king to it. Mr Brigstocke said that there was really a very genuine and a very strong feeling against the removal of these fairs from the streets. These were amongst the oldest fairs in Wales and there had grown up round them a lot of vested interests in connection with the inns and refreshment rooms. The Priory-street people looked upon it in the light of a threatened disestablishment and disendowment of a part of their trade. He supported Mr Griffiths' amendment. Mr J F Morris said that whatever his own opinions might be, he surrendered them to the great mass of the persons whom he was sent to represent. These felt that the fairs ought not to be removed. The Mayor said that no matter what course the Board of Agriculture might take, he was in favour of removing the fairs from the. streets. He thought it was a very discreditable state of affairs altogether. It was all very well for people who lived in the country, and who left town in a few hours on the fair-day; but we who lived here had to put up with powdered manure flying about for days. It would be a hardship on certain shopkeepers no doubt; but they could feel equally for people who would suffer by other improvements also. They would not allow milk-vendors to carry on their business under unsanitary conditions. They were at present enforcing the regulations as to proper water supplies, which might result in some of the milk-vendors having to give up business. He thought the present state of affairs was disgraceful. Mr David Samuel: What about the horses ? The Town Cleric said that the order of the Board of Agriculture did not apply to horse- fairs. But the Council had acquired power to provide a fair-ground for horses, if they choose to exercise it. Mr Treharne said that many dealers bought horses and cattle, and it would be very inconvenient for them to have to go from the one to the other. The voting was then taken by a show of hands. The result was doubtful. Mr Tierney I move that the names be taken down. I am sure that in two generations, the families of the men voted against this will be ashamed of them. Mr J F Morris: Well, Mr Tierney, have the names engraved on brass ? The following was the result of the taking down of the names. For tk Adoption of the Cauhnlttce s Itcport. F,:r the Amendment. C Th, Ila) or Mr D Parcell Rees Mr E Colhy Evans Mr David Griffiths Mr John Lewis Mr David Davies Mr W Vaughan George Mr J F Morris Mr Rees Davies Mr Norton Mr Walter Lloyd Mr «ieor^e Trehsrna Mr David Samuel Mr T E Brigstoclre I Mr H Tierney Mr C H Williams Mr T Daniel Mr William Evans 8 10 The amendment was, therefore, carried. Mr Walter Lloyd gave notice that at the next meeting he would move a motion to re-open the question. Four supporters of the motion were absent that day. THE COST OF THE RECREATION GROUND. MORE MONEY WANTED. Mr J F Morris asked how much the Recreation Ground had cost altogether ? The Clerk said that the Ground would cost about £6,000 from first to last-of which about ^2,200 was expended on the track and the laying out of the ground. Mr William Evans How much are the receipts ? The Clerk: We have had between £ ,4° and £ 50. Mr David Samuel: The track itself has cost us over '£'2,000. The Clerk I shouldn't wander—with the railings. Mr David Griffiths proposed that the Surveyor be instructed to carry out the additional work required-to make a proper enclosure round the Grand stand, the laving out of the ground in the upper part, the putting up of unclimbable fencing on the Western side up to Picton-terrace, and the erection of fencing in front oi the Terrace. Mr Norton seconded. He did not think it advisable to do the laying out piecemeal. The Surveyor estimated the cost of these works at ^260 — or £300, including the fencing arranged for the Vicarage. Mr David Samuel suggested that the Sports Committee enclose the Grand Stand. Mr Colby Evans explained that this was part of the fencing of the track the Sports Committee were spending a large sum on the improvement of the Grand Stand. The Clerk said that they would have to borrow another ^2,000 for thirty years that would mean an annual payment of ^110 or so. It was agreed, on the application of the Sports Committee, to supply water to the Grand Stand. The Surveyor estimated this would cost £ 14. WHIT-MONDAY'S SPORTS. The use of the Park for Whit-Monday's Sports was granted for 20 guineas. Mr Vaughan George's proposal that the fee should he £3°, met with no seconder. MARKET IMPROVEMENT. Mr T E Brigstocke moved that the Surveyor be asked to prepare plans and estimates for the covering over the roadway between the present poultry shed and the shed where the coffee stall is to the same height as that which now covers the weaver's stall. Mr Brigstocke in moving the motion referred to the great inconvenience caused at busy seasons by the insufficiency of the present accomodation for the sale of poultry. Mr David Griffiths, and Mr Treharne, in supporting, said it was ridiculous that vendors of poultry should have to stand out in the roadway. Mr Vaughan George opposed. At Llanelly a good many people complained that a shed was stifling. It would not be required more than once or twice a year. Mr J F Morris said he supported the motion, pending the erection of a larger hall. Mr Samuel said it would be better to utilise the grain market, which was very little used. Only two members voted against the pro- posal, which was, therefore, adopted. THE JOHNSTOWN WELLS. RIVALS TO LLANDRINDOD AXD HOLYWELL. Mr Tierney brought forward a motion on this subject which was received with a great deal of hilarity. Mr Tierney said he had put a great deal of restraint on himself to keepfrom moving in this matter before (laughter), but he did not like to hamper the Surveyor, who had so much in hand. But now that. the visitors' season was approaching, he brought the matter forward. They had at Johnstown three mineral wells which had been regarded from time immemorial as valuable (laughter). Mr Tierney then went on to move a volumi- nous motion to the effect that the Surveyor take steps to protect the wells, to have the eye-water well connected with its spring, to have the names Eye-Water Well," "Rheu- matic Well," and "Chalybeate Well," affixed in their proper places, and also to have atlixed a notice stating that anybody molested whilst using these wells should immediately com- plain to Mr T Smith, Supt. of Police (laughter). Mr J F Morris suggested that Mr Tierney have the motion printed and circulated amongst the members (laughter). Mr Tierney said that a good many people had made themselves sick by drinking the eye-water (roars of laughter). Mr Morris They should have tried it at low-water (laughter). Mr Tierney said that visitors had complained that they had been annoyed by people who came out and said, We really are the owners. We ought to be paid for the water." Mr Vaughan George said that the wells had been undoubtedly the means of attracting ZD strangers to the town. Mr Morris Have the disputed rights been settled ? The Clerk There has been no settlement arrived at. Mr Griffiths I move that no further money be expended on these wells. I think we have spent quite enough on it. Mr C H Williams asked if these wells had not been analysed, and been shown to be no good. Mr Tierney said that the samples sent yff were not taken from the springs they were other waters which had got In. Mr C H Williams said that they had better spend no more money until they had samples properly taken, and the analyst's report. He seconded Mr Griffiths. Mr Tierney said that he had no doubt that the waters here were better than those at Llandrindod, Harrogate, and even Baden- Baden (laughter). Mr J F Morris But not Baden-Powell (laughter). Mr David Samuel said that it had been proved that these waters were better than Llandrindod and Llanwrtyd. They were much better than Holywell, in North Wales. That had been proved very good but this was murh better (laughter). Only three members voted for the amend- ment, and the motion was, therefore, carried. The Clerk I hope Mr Tierney will give the necessary instructions so that the work may be done to the right well. SCHOOL MANAGERS, Mrs R M Thomas and the Mayor were re-elected managers of the Intermediate School. MAKING A NEW STREET. The owners of School Street (Mr Rickard is the leading owner) demurred to the Surveyor's estimate of 11s 9d per foot of frontage for the laying out of the street. They pointed ont that the charge for the Avenue had only been 4s 6d; and they thought they could do the work cheaper themselves. It was decided to take no proceedings for two months so as to allow the owners time to do the work themselves—if they so pre- ferred. POSTPONED. The majority of the members had now left. It was decided, therefore, to postpone Mr J F Morris' motion to petition the War Office to make Carmarthen a military centre. The Surveyor's application for extra remuneratioh in the respect of the work done in connection with the new water mains was similarly dealt with.
Local GovernmeDt in Wales. APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF POWER. In the House of Commons on Tuesday, Mr Lloyd George moved that, as the Welsh county councils were anxious to have trans- ferred to them the powers now vested in certain Government Departments, a recom mendation as to which had been made by the Local Government Act oflSSS, it was desirable that the experiment of such a transfer should first be made in Wales. He asked the Presi- dent of the Local Government Board to receive a deputaoion on the subject from the Welsh county councils. This was seconded bv Sir John Jones Jenkins, who said he agreed with Lloyd George that the experiment was weil_ worth 1 trying, and he did not know wheic it could be brought to a more successful issue than bv application to Wales. Mr. Chaplin intimate;! hu- illingness to j receive a deputation.
I The Welsh Theological Colleges. THE FUTURE OF BALA AND TREYECCA. No steps are being taken for the present to fill the vacant office of Principal of the Bala Theological College, as it is intended •(writes a correspondent in the "Manchester Guardian ") before doing so to test the feel- ing of the connexion upon the question of amalgamation of the two colleges maintained by the denomination Although the matter was discussed. I believe, at some length at a recent association meeting, it is still by no means ripe for decision I have lately heard the opinions of several leading ministers of the Calvinistic Methodist Church, who have a thorough knowledge of college matters, and whose opinion is likely to have consider- able influence upon the ultimate settlement. I find that divergent views are held, but that nearly everyone agrees that the task of satisfactorily combining the colleges is a serious one The case for union is strong. By bringing the students to one centre the denomination could afford to give them a much better theological training. At present dint of great effort, the colleges have been made to pay their way very well, and have accumulated endowments of some £ 80,000 between them But the staffs are necessarily overworked. Each professor must take up other subjects besides his own. and the strain leads to an occasional breakdown. When a professor finds himself obliged to take rest it usually happens that he has no one to take his place, and his class must suffer. Not infrequently classes have to suspend their labours in such circumstances. Then union would lead to considerable economy, and this could be effected without injustice to anyone, for the reason that the teachers all. even now. only temporarily appointed. Half a dozen lecturers would be retained, and they would be strong enough to take over each other's duties in the event of tem- porary disablement. Further, an additional chair might be established—one in pastoral theology. In this important subject there is at present no organised instruction, and the young ministers are turned out to their charges with no more eqipment for pastoral work than their own intuition and observa- tion supply I now turn to the main argu- ments against the scheme One of the first to be expresed was that of the uselessness of attempting to secure amalgamation, and, therefore, the extreme undesirabilitv of creating unrest by discussing it Eleven years ago the proposal to amalgamate the colleges raised a profitless controversy. If, when the denomination had Principal Edwards available to become the head of the two colleges and the decision to unite had been made, the project could not be carried through, it is quite out of the question to expect to carry it now. when. admittedly, there is no man at the disposal of the con- nexion with anything like the same influence and intellectual weight Union would require to allow the church to pass out of its hands the buildings erected at Bala and Trevecca, both of which places are sacred spots to every loyal Methodist The expense and the trouble incurred not long ago in either case would be rendered practically useless, and the work of building would have to be under taken again, on an even larger scale at Aber ystwith The endowments of the two insti- tutions would have to be diverted to the combined college, and this. under the con- stitution of the Calvinistic Methodist body. would be a matter of almost insuperable dlffi culty. There is the territorial difficulty too. which even in these days of rapid movement and instantaneous interchange of thought and information over vast areas is a point to be taken account of. Then it is pointed out that. however well the English system may suit the purpose of English denomina- tions. it cannot be made effectual in Wales, where along with theological instruction, the student must be trained in preaching. If the combined college were established at Abcrystwith there would be such a gathering of theological students there, including those at the L uiversity as well as the amalgama- ted college, that there would be only occa- sional opportunities to preach, and the de- nomination would suffer accordinglv. There would be no material in the shape of churches in whose pulpits the voung minis- ters could obtain the essential experience of preaching work. While there are two colleges however, situated in the heart of districts plentifully provided with churches this pul- pit experience is readily obtained.
Dalis Fair at Lampeter. Dalis Fair was held at Lampeter on Monday and Tuesday, and. as usual, was largely attended. The horses altogether presented a fine collection. Cartera again were in g-rcat demand, and commanded any prico. The average, however, realised from t:30 to £ 45. Ponies were also in demand. Their prices averag,d fro n XIO urnv, Jp. Cardiganshire cobs, as well as other cobs, were for some reason or other not so passable. Those realised from x24 to £ 30 and upwards. Cirriage horses were also in pood demand. A hackney m11re, bay colour, standinjjjii hands 2in., belonging to Mr Hopkins, of Llandilo, was sold to Mr lloskin, of Glasgow, for £ 100. Another animal, the property of Mr David Thomas (Tivarcoed, Llandyssul, realised £ 80. The cattle market was likewise brisk, and showed a general advance in prices i:i all classts. The quality of the cattle in general was not of the firec class, ahhougk an exceptionally large number were present. Yearlings averaged from L.5 to £ 3 10s. Cows with calf averaged from ES to £ 16. A few good two- year-olds were exhibited, and these fetched from 7 to £ 11.
MERTHYR. CONCERT AT THE NATIONAL SCHOOL-A very successful concert was held at the National School, on Thursday evening (May 3rd). Songs were contributed by Mr Campbell Thomas, Mr Harry Evans (Nott's-square), Mr Harry Jones (Llangunnor). Miss Lottie Rogers, Miss Susie Jones. Mr and Mrs Evans tMcrthyr). An excellent series of cinematograph views were shown by Mr C. Haydn Williams and Mr J. F. Lloyd. The accompanist was Mr T. S. Puddicombe.
A MMANFORD. DEATH OF AX OLD INHABITANT.— We have to record the dcain of Mr John Herbert Llwynon, late of Cathilas, who died on Wednesday morning at hi6 residtnee at an advanced age. The deceased was wed L-.i wn and highly respected. He leaves a widow and a grown up family.
TRIPLETS AT FERNEALE.—Mr3 Doyle, wife of Willitfm Doyle. Ciiurch-street, Ferndale, give birth to triplets on Tuesday morriidg-two boys aud one girl. The mother and baby gir, '.re doing very wsit, but the boys died shortly au-Tward", ELECTRIC CARS EOR LLASELL Llane'LV Borough Council decided on Monday upsn .in important stey in connection with ibe schtine for providing electric cirs in the town. Th. hi. vc tnttred into an agreement with toe BF!Lis' I Company by wiiich the coporat.n carries a scheme at a cost about of £ 30000.it was TeDortp-d on Monday, however, that the comj h-d failed to come to terms with the owners of the xieut g tramway at Llanelly. The ccuccl: thereupon decided to acquire the property (as itiey have "ower to do) for subsequent transference t" the company, and it was nnanimous'y resolved that the application be made to the Board of Trade. THE NATIONAL BADGE -Ix AIL) OF Ti t. SUFEERERS BV THE WAR. —Tns Nitional £ I. F to be worn on the Queen's Birth is KJW OBI. V sold all over the United Kiogdora. L IS tne earn. desire of the Committee to dispose of the nrst delivery. 500,000, and to place another with the manufacturers. Everyone who buys a badgi will help the War Fun:1. Volunteers were not uiihcult to tiud whtn required for active service, and many a lady and genilemsn can now heJp the war funds by assisting with the disposal of the badges. The committee are organizing local committees-twelve to form a quorum-each member undertaking to dispose of a few badges. The price of the badge is sixpence—postage one penny, and an appeal for assistance is made to our readers All communica- tions should be made to Mr Japh Mason, Hon. Sec, The National Badge Committe, The WAR Bureau, 171, Queen Victoria Street, E.C.
BIRTH. DAVIES.—May S.h, at 125, Pri iry-street, Carmar- then the wife of Mr Thomas Daries, of a daughter. DEATHS. JONES.—MAV ith, AT Carmarthen nou-, O »rk-^ate, 0 -r.Darthen. jp-lc., THE wite uf O.IPTAI'I John .1 ■1V2S. in her 7yc. r. Xh :MAS Mav 4L-h, at Pa:kyvicar, Llar8teR>han, Mr John Thomas, agtdSSyears.
TABERNACLE.—The Rev Daniel Davies, of Fish- guard preached at the anniversary services of t he Tabernacle Baptist Church, Carmarthen, on Sunday and Monday. CARMARTHEN MALE VOICE PARTY. vVe understand that it is the intention of this party to holi a secred concert; on Whit-Sunday evening at the Town Hall, when several welt-known artisiee have promised t) attend. Members are requested to attend the practices es regularly as po&sioie in order to make the concert a Buccese from a musical point of view. H,, pTr THE REV. MORLATS JONES, of Lewisham, an ex- president of the Congregational Union of England and Wales and an ex-chairman of tl e Lra on Congregational Union, has been compelled ov g to failing health, to retire from the mmistrj. lie had pastorial charge of the church at Le^ham for a quarter of a century. Mr .Tone* « a Welshman of Carmarthenshire origin, and is a relative of Principal Virinmu Jones. NATIONAL CYCLIC UNION—A meeting of the executive committee of the South W ales Centie of the National Cyclists' Union was held a. the Royal Hotel, Cardiff, on Monday, under the presidency of Mr. John Young. M ith legard to the professional race a; C-irmarohen, th? judges' deoison in the race was upheld. A running down case was reported near Port 1 alK( t, the matte.. be:ngleft in the hands of the official* for settlement. COMMISSION FOR A WELSH YEOMAN.-Capt. Herbert Davies-Evans of the Carmarthenshire Militia Artillery, hr.s been gazetted a secona lieutenant in tlip Royal Horse Artillery. liz, is the eldest son of til;- Lord-Lieiiteiiaot of Caidi^an- shire. ar.d hi3 horn- it at Hi^ur.ead. Cardigan. For 10 yea;s he served i;i the Militia, and at the beginning of the ynstiit w ~r accepted a lirutcn- ancy in the Pembroke-h re Squadron^ of Iwperial Yeomanry, lie has a brother in bouta Atrica Serving with Trnrneycrolfs Horse. TEMPERANCE —The weekly m euug of the Car- marthen Total Abstinence Societv was hl<d en Sun- day evtnini? last at the Salvation Army Barracks, the cliiir. There were a tair Htt^i-d^ncr', Addresses were given by Mrs J ones, Blue-street; Mr Bertie Jones. Nott's-sq.,iare Rev E J Lloyd, St, Dognieiis and Rev E Ua.'oed I'bomas, Tabcrr.acla Chapel. Solos were also given by Mr Tow Evans, St. Lathenne- street. and Mr William Jenkins, Water Street. At the close of the meeting, the president said that that meeting would be lie last for s irae time. THE MILITIA—The Carmarthen Artillery (Western Division Royal Atillery) assembled at Carmarthen on Friday last. Earl Cawdor, the col(;nel, and all the officers (with the exception rf Captain Davies-Evsns, Captain Erntwd Richardson who are at the front) were present The greatest part of the Battalion procctded by special train at 3.45 p.m.. from Crtimartheu s.ation to Milford en route for Fort Popton fnr five months, training. One Company remained behind at Carmarthen in the meantime to assist in mounting several twenty ton guns which ere to be used henceforth at the Barracks for dtill pumoses. 1ST V.B. WELSH REGIMENT.—Carmarthen Detachment.—Orders for the week ending 19th May. Officer for the week. Lieut, J. H. Hughes. Company Orderlies, Sergt. W. E. Williams and Corporal W. T. Johns. Orderly bugler. J. Evans. Parades, &c Company drill on Monday, at 7.30 p.m., in plain clothes. Class Firing Monday, Thurs- day, Friday, and Saturday, from 2 p.m., and in the evening at 0 p.m. Recruits' drill on Tuesday and Wednesday, at 7.30 p.m. There are still a few vacancies for recruits. By order (signed), JAMES JOHN, Captain Corn manding Detachment.