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The General Election in Wales. A Times correspondent discusses the General Election in Wales. The four seats lost (he says) are all in South Wales. Sir John Llewellyn in 1895 won a Unionist victory in the Radical to n of Swansea, and to those who know Swansea the victory of an unknown Radical now is less surpris- ing than was the triumph of Sir John in 1895. Eccentricity partly explains the conduct of Cardiff. Sir Edward Reed may certainly be counted upon to vote with his party. The Carmarthen Boroughs were lost by a large Radical majority, and simply because the majority is, and long has been, Radical. Radnorshire, almost as small numerically as Rutlandshire, is mainly a vast sheepwalk, and can only be held by a man who will undergo the toil and travail which such a constituency involves. The Radical won by simple and sustaiued hard work. Mr Llewellyn can win back this county only by the same methods. The result in Cardiganshire, a thoroughly Welsh and Radical constituency, points the same moral. Mr Harford, with little local help, but by devoted service, largely reduced the Radical majority. Flintshire and Montgomerysnire offered the only hope of a Unionist gain. The Unionist candidates are both at the front, and out of sight out of mind more effectually moved the voters hearts than absence. Still, a gallant fight was made, and the increased majorities call for very serious notice. In Flintshire Colonel Howard and the lack of any proper organisation explain the situa- tion. Captain Robert Williams-Wynn, one of the most useful and popular men in North Wales, failed by an increased Radical majority to win Montgomeryshire. Big landlords, who spend most of their time out of their 07n county, cnt down the sub- scriptions, know little of their tenants, less of the smallor gentry and professional men, and only shed the light of their countenance upon their rent-yielding lands when then come down for an autumn shoot," exclusively restricted to a party of smart London friends, constitute political arguments which influence rural voters more powerfully than Imperial questions. Personal considerations gave Mr Lloyd George his increased majority. Singularly enough Mr Balfour, as well as Mr Chamber- lain, greatly helped Mr Lloyd George. A great statesman once said, Don't advertise your opponent," and Mr Balfour's fiery rebuke of Mr Lloyd George impressed the Carnarvon voter more with a sense of Mr Lloyd George's importance than of the character of his onslaught. South Glamorganshire is a solid cause for Unionist rejoicing. Passing from details it may be said of Wales as a wnole that the war and the settlement in South Africa did not seriously affect the results of the election. The Calvinistic Methodists as a body have sympathised with the Boers, and Kruger has for them some of the attraction, if not the likeness, of a Methodist deacon. The real explanation of the Unionist defeats in Wales lies in another direction. Two or three zealous persons endeavoured shortly before the election of 1892 to stir up the Unionist leaders in Wales to shake off their despair and to organise. An effort was made, but it came too late for 1892. The Disestablishment controversy that followed gave the zealots their opportunity, and the late Duke of West- minster presided over a committee which for the first time brought together Unionism in North and South Wales in an effort to co- qperate and to organise. The result was that in 1895 instead of two there were eight Unionist members elected in Wales, and a record of reduced Radical majorities all round. There was something comic in the blushing surprise with which the Welsh Unionists welcomed these results. Owing to the death of the Duke of Westminister that organisation needs fresh vitality, and the Unionists leaders may, it is hoped, be taught once more by this election that victories are won by organising and working, not five weeks, but five years before the polling day. Possunt quia posse videntur" is a suitable motto for Welsh Unionists. Given thorough organisation, and a fuller recogni- tion of local claims and duties, the Unionist party iu Wales need not despair for the future.
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Congregational Singing Festival at Z3 Carmarthen- GHAND MEETINGS AT LAMMAS STEEET CHAPEL. The" Gymanfa Ganu" connected with the Congregational churches of the town and district has been in existence for a great number of year, and from its inauguration until recent years it has been successful; tho energy and unity of the various churches as regards the practices and rehearsals prior to the festival having been of a most satis- factory character. But it subsequently happened that the standard of singing did not coma up to the mark there was lack of co-operation on the part of the members of I different choirs and it appeared as if the old established "Gymanfa Ganu was destined to become a thing of the past. Even last year the outlook was bad, and the singing was in poor form. However, fresh energy was thrown into the work of organising this year, zealous officers were appointed, an untiring and ab!o secretary with a love for the work was chosen, and, backed up by a good working committee, it was evident that they fully intended to make the Gymanfa Ganu on this occasion the best ever held at Lammas-street. And they were not disappointed, as the successful event on Thursday (Oct 25th) proved. It undoubtedly eclipsed all its predecessors. The festival had been eagerly looked forward to by a large number of choristers, and the attitude displayed by the various Choirs in the regular attendances at the practices and rehearsals before tho meeting was so remarkable that the success of the festival was placed beyond a doubt. When we observe that some of these rehearsals were held at places from four to five miles distant from Carmarthen, and that the attendance at these was composed mostly of townspeople and others who came from distant places of worship, the impression was at once gained that such signs as these tended towards success. The weather in the morning was very unpropitious, but in the afternoon and evening the rain cleared away with the re- sult that hardly ever was seen such crowded attendances at both meetings as at this Cymanfa. The singing, too, was excellent. whichshowed at once that the members of the choirs had boon ably trained, thanks to the valuable services rendered by their respective conductors. The committee made a wise selection in again acquiring the services of Mr Harry Evans, F.R.C.O., of Dowlais, as conductor, and he performed his duties in his usual masterly style. He expressed his delight at the much improved singing as compared to last year. A new feature in the festival was the children's meeting in the afternoon. There was a crowded attendance of children, and it was a pretty sight to see the large gallery of the sacred edifice so well filled with them, and who came from all directions in the neighbourhood. Their singing was so excellent that it won encomiums from the conductor as well as from tho audience. After singing, they were catechized from 11 Rhodd Mam," by the Rov Mr Davies, Ebenezer, Abergwili, and their replies were most satisfactory. In the evening short addresses were delivered between iutervals by the Rev Mr Lloyd Bwlchnewydd, and the Rev Professor Kerri Evans, M.A., of Priordy. We congratulate the committee on the grand success of this year's Gymanfa Ganu."
PC 1ft Another correspondent writes :— The annual Gymanfa Ganu of the Congregationalists of Carmarthen and district was held at Lammas-street Chapel on Thursday, October 25th. The choirs from the following churches took part :—Lammas street, Union-street, Priordy, Abergwili, Bwlchnewydd, Elim, and Smyrna. Mr Evans, F.K.C.O., of Dowlais, in his able manner, acted as conductor, whof'e duties were performed to the entire satisfaction of all present. As this was the second success- ive engagement of Mr Evana, it indicates that he is very popular with the different churches. The singing throughout was of a high standard in fact, better than in any previous Gymanfa held, and it was clearly to be seen that considerable energy had been infused in the training of the choirs. A new feature in this year's Gymanfa was the devoting of the afternoon meeting entirely to the children, and it proved to be most successful. Their renderings of 1'r Gad, i'r Gad (W. T. Samuel), Plant y Tonau (D W Lewis), Baner yr Oen (D W Lewis), Mae arnaf eisieu'r lesu (Caniedydd yr Ysgol Sul) was most magnificent, as was shown by the eulogistic remarks made by Mr Evans. Indeed, the well-known pieco, I'r gad, i'r gad," by our own townsman (Mr W T Samuel) so pleased Mr Evans that before the meeting closed he asktd the children if they would sing it once more. In addition to the above pieces, the children also recited two chapters from Rhodd Mam," and were catechized by the Rev Mr Williams, Aber- gwili, in his most able manner. This was one of the most interesting items of the afternoon. The style and pitch in which the children recited, both collectively and individually, deserves groat credit to those who had laboured to teach them. The accompanist was Mr Davies, Glangwilli. After the afternoon meeting had come to a close, a tea party took place at Lammas- street Chapel Schoolroom, at which the children that took part in the afternoon pro- ceedings were entertained. It was estimated that about 700 to 800 sat down to the sumptuous tea. The necessaries were splendidly provided by the members of Lammas-street Chapel under the superin- tendance of Miss Lewis, Fern Villa, Johns- town, and Mrs Thomas, Hall-street, who looked after the wants of the children in their usual style. Great praise is due to them and all those who so kindly and 4eatily took charge of the tables. In the evening the adult portio 1 occupied the attention of the conductor, when the Rev D Evans, pastor of the chapel, presided. Some of the oldest members hardly ever seen such a largo gathering of people within the precincts of the sacred building, which is capable of seating 1,600 people. The gallery was set apart for the choristers only, and it was so crowded that some had to seek places else- where. Even the three long aisles and lobbies were crowded as far as the deacons' f>ews, and those who were a few minutes ato had to content themselves by listening to the singing from outsido. The following tunes from Y Caniedydd Cynulleidfaol" were sung lx'hoslin," Bryniau Cassia," Gwalchmai," Darweli," << Rhyddid," Dies Irae," Houghton," aud the anthem, "Eisteddai Teithiwr Elio," and also one of the afternoon pieces, Plant y Tonau." The singing of the above pieces were equal in merit to those in the afternoon, and testified to be so by the frequency of repetitions. BfJfqre con- cluding Mr Harry Evans tcqk the Opportunity of praising the choirs for their excellent singing, and also in thanking the diffei ent conductors for the undaunted energy in bringing them to that standard oi excellercy. After tha singing of Bryniau Cassia," one of the most successful musical festivals ever held by the Congregationalists of Carmarthen and district was brought to a close. Miss S Jones ably accompanied, and also the Denomiuational Orchestral Band performed most creditably. The 0UCC3S8 of th,) Gymanfa Ganu is largely duo to the excellent and energetic manner in which Mr Dunn Williams and Mr D N Jcnes, the leaders of the rehearsals, did their work, they having attended at the rehearsals at the respective churches and the united rehearsals. The secretary of the festival, Mr T Williams, printer, Magazine- row, worked assiduously in the performance of his duties, and a large share of the success of the Gymanfa Ganu is attributed to him.
Carmarthen Borough Quarter Sessions. These sessions were held on Monday before the Recorder (Mr Arthur Lewis).
GRAND JURY. The following grand jurors answered to their names —Messrs Arthur Arthur, Nott- square J. P. Carter, Guildhall square C. Chapman, Blue street J. E. Davies, Spil- man-street W. Davies, Nott-square; David Davies, King-street John Harries, Nott- square E. P. Jones, Glannant-road Wm. Jones, Quay-street Henry James, Bunch of Grapes J. A. Lewis, Tabernacle Terrace Richard Lloyd, Quay-street Walter Phillips Morley-street John Phillips, 118, Lammas- street Harry Reeves, King-street. The Recorder did not have the Grand Jury sworn but merely thanked them for their attendance, and congratulated them on the fact that they had no business to do.
Festivities at Llanstephan. On Friday last there were great rejoicings at Llanstephan on the occasion of Capt. R. H Parnall (son of the late Mr Robert Parnall) coming into his property. The family is well known and highly respected in the neigh bourhood, the famous peal of bells for which Llanstephan Church is famous having been presented by the late Mr Robert Parnall. To mark the occasion a dinner was given at the Union Hall Hotel when the numerous tenants of the estate, together with some friends met Mr Vincent Howell Thomas, the agent of the estate, who presided, in the unavoid- able absence of Captain Parnall, who was absent on account of his military engage- ment. An excellent dinner had been provided to which full justice having been done. The Rev J. Lewis, vicar of Llanstephan, submitted the toast of Capt. Parnall. He said they all knew what they were there for that night. They had come there at the very kind invitation of Captain Parnall (applause) and they all knew with what love—he was almost going to say, with what reverence-that name was held in LIanstephan (applause). It. was a name which brought to mind many acts of kindness and generosity nobody ever appealed to a Parnall in vain. If anybody in the village wanted help in the shape of money or sympathy or kindly advice it was to be had Ðf a Parnall (applause). Although Mr Robert Parnall and Mr Henry Parnall had passed away they were glad to think that in the person of Captain Parnall they had one who would be to Llanstephan what his father and uncle were (applause). During his short life Captain Parnall had travelled through many lands and they were glad to think that there was no place he loved so much as the Cottage, Llanstephan (applause) And they were glad to think, too, that before long he would take up his residence amongst them, and he was quite sure of one thing, that whenever Captain Parnall did come there he would get a hearty welcome. The toast was drunk with musical honours. The Chairman, in replying, apologised for the absence of Captain Parnall who, he said, was prevented from being present by being away with his militia but although he was not there in body he was present in sympa^-y and good wishes (applause). Mr Parnall was as yet only a young man, and they did not quite know as yet what sort of a man he was, but as Mr Lewis had just told them, he was the son of a good father, and he thought they might take it for granted that in the son they would find a good man (applause). He (the speaker) did know this, that Captain Parnall intended to come and live amongst them at his birthplace. Captain Parnall was a gentleman who was blessed with the most o fthe things that one could wish for on this earth he had good health (hear, hear)—a nice wife (aplause)—and what was more he had plenty of money applause). He (the speaker) felt proud to be the agent of such a gentleman as Captain Parnall (hear, hear). It was very difficult for one person to respond to the health of another who was not present. If he were responding to his own health he would know what to say, but he could tell them this, that he felt sure that although the estate, ever since Mr Robert Parnall's time. had been conducted by the trustees-and he thought most of the tenants would say in a fair and liberal way (hear, hear) he felt it was Captain Parnall's wish that it should be conducted in future in the same way as it had been conducted in the past. There had been a good deal said lately to the effect that the landlords ought to be put down, and that the land ought to be divided (laughter), but there was a difference between good and bad landlords. He believed that a bad agent would very soon make a, bad landlord. He was only a young man himself, but he took a certain amount of pride in saying that he considered it was the, duty of an agent to watch over the interests of the tenant as much as over the interests of the landlords (aplause). He could promise them that as long as he was the agent for the Cottage estate, and as long as he had any control, he would do as much as he possibly could to see that the tenants got fairplay (applause). It was an easy thing for an agent to say this when he was acting for a landlord who wished his tenants to get fairplay, and there was no landlord who thought more of his tenants than Captain Parnall (aplause). Good people of his sort were very scarce, and he was sure that Captain Parnall intended to stay among them all the rest of his life, and he hoped they would give him a good reception (applause). If there was anybody in the neighbourhood who wanted help, Captain Parnall would be the very first to do what he could for him (applause). The Rev D. L. Davies, vicar of Llanybri, gave the health of the Chairman, and in the course of his remarks, said the Chairman was too well known and too favourably known in this county and in South Wales to need any words of commendation from him. It would be waste of words on his part to speak of the Chairman's exceptional qualities as a land- agent and surveyor but there was one fact that he wanted to point out, and that was that it was to him the speaker nd -,utry others owed the invitation to that excellent dinner. It was not the first time the Chair- man had paid them a similar compliment. He was an excellent agent between landlord and tenant (applause), and he wished him long life and prosperity (applause), and marriage, also, he hoped (loud applause). They had already a high opinion of him and he thought they would have a still higher opinion of him if he got married (laughter and applause). The toast was drunk with musical honours. Th Chairman, in responding, said he would try to merit all the good that had been said of him (aplause). He was very glad to have two very old friends sitting on his right hand and to see so many friends of his present who were friends also of his father (applause). He never felt so strongly that he was among friends as when he was with the tenants of that estate (applause). In conclusion he urged the tenants to adopt more advanced methods of farming, and to cultivate a spirit of enterprise. The next toast was that of the tenants of the Cottage estate, which was submitted by the Chairman in a few appropriate words. Mr Ben Harries, Pilroth, and Mr John, Tynewydd, replied. During the evening songs were rendered by Mr T. Conwil Evans, Mr D. Davies, Box- burgh Hall Mr John Johns, Parceithyn Mr Lewis Giles, Mr R. W. Ward, and others. The accompanist of the evening was Mr T. S. Puddicombe. Great praise is due to the host and hostess Mr and Mrs T. Rees, for the splendid arrange ments made in connection with the dinner. The Llanstephan Brass Band also turned out for the occasion and played several selec- tions outside the hotel.
The Rev W. Harold Davies the Baptist minister who has had charge of Mount Cal- vary Chapel, St. Thomas, Swansea,, has seceded from his denomination to the Uni- tarian body ,and on Sunday evening he iden- tified himself with the latter body by publicly explaining his theological position at the Uni- tarian Church, High street, Swansea. He contends that a more liberal interpretation of human life and the Holy Scripture is abso- lutely necessary to meet the exigencies of the times, and he thinks there should be a com- promise with the truth once it is recognised. 'ow¡-,
University College of Wales. ANNUAL MEETING AT ABERYSTWITH. UNVEILING A PORTRAIT OF SIR LEWIS MORRIS. ADDRESS BY THE BISHOP OF HEREFORD. The annual meetings of the University College pf Wales was held at Abervstwith last week. On Thursday evening Lord Rendel (president of the college council) held a recep tion in the Queen's Hotel. An excellent pro gramme had been prepared, and the party spent, a very pleasant evening. A meeting of the court of governors was held at the college on Friday afternoon. Lord Rendel being indisposed, was unable to I be present, the presidential seat being filled by Sir Lewis Morris, one of the vice-presi- dents. The court, confirmed the minutes of the meeting held at. Bala on the 23id March. The registrar (the Rev T. Mortimer Green) read numerous apologies from absent mem- bers. Principal T. F. Roberts, having expressed the sympathy of the court with Lord Rendel presented the anual report of the Council.— ProfessorSnaps, kept under the head 'Chemis try stated I have once more—as I have during the past three years, but, if possible, more emphatically-to point out the urgent need or raising the old science wing, so as to afford increased accommodation for my de- partment."—The report was adopted. Mr Humphreys-Owen, M.P., presented the treasurer's report. Sir James Hills-Johnes presented a very favourable report, embracing the agricul- tural department, its adoption being secon- ded by the Rev Lewis James, Narberth. The Chairman proposed that the court re- cord its deep sense of gratitude to the Right Hon. Lord Rendel for the services he has rendered to the college."—Sir Lewis Morris said it would not be possible to get a more ideal president than Lord Rendel (applause). -Mr Humphreys-Owen seconded the motion. Principal Roberts and Mr Edward Davies (" Dolcaradog") supported the resolution, which was carried amidst applause. Sir Marteine Lloyd proposed t'i- the court record its high appreciation of the manner in which Alderman J. Foulkes Roberts had ful- filled the office of senior vice-president for the last five years. At this juncture the pleasing ceremony of unveiling a large painting of Sir Lewis Morris, which he had presented to the college was performed by Mr A. C. Humphrey Owen who spoke of the distinguished Welshman in eulogistic terms. he best thanks of the court were tendered to Sir Lewis Morris, vice-president, for the gift of his portrait, on the motion of Pro- fessor Angus, seconded by the Rev T. E. Williams, which the president acknowledged. It was agreed that the next half-yearly meeting of the court should be held at Llan- dilo. INAUGURAL ADDRESS. The inagural address for the session was de livered by the Right Rev. Dr Percival, Lord Bishop of Hereford, on Friday night, when the spacious examination hall was packed. Iu the course of his speech the Bishop dealt with several subjects, and laid special em- phasis on the democratic character of the Welsh University."As an Englishman," said his Lordship I am inclined to envy you the possesion of this stream of higher educa- tional influences, flowing, like your running brooks, through all your mountain valleys and by every cottage and farm. On the other side of the English border we have hardly come to think at all of a people's university as athing ,or rather, let me say. a living in- fluence and power, which should form a real and actual part of the people's general life, or as working with any real transforming effects in the homes of our humbler folk, whether in town or country. Our great Eng lish Universities, which have done so much for the ruling and professional classes of Eng land, generation by generation, and to which some of us owe more than we can ever hope to re-pay, cannot claim to have been in any direct sense the universities of the people. They have been, and, to a large extent, still are, the universities of the upper, the privi- ledged, and the profossional classes. They are little known and hardy thought of in the homes of the multitude. Professor Huber, of Marburg, in his famous book on the Eng- lish Universities, described their chief aim and position sixty years ago as the training of gentlemen, especially Tory gentlemen. Touching on the feeling of nationality as a factor in a nation's life, his Lordship said This element of contrast between your strong and prevalent sentiment in regard to your university and its colleges and the general absence of any equivalent sentiment in the corresponding strata of English life reminds me very forcibly of the value of that spirit of nationality to which I am led to think you largely owe it that you possess your univer- sity system to-day. It is under the influence of this reminder that I come forward with my apology for dropping the title I gave to you registrar, and asking your indulgent con- sideration on a few reflections of our indeb- tedness to small nations, the spirit of nation- ality, and national universities. And I ven- ture to hope you will agree with me in thinking thinking that many things in the life of our time invite us to bear in mind this indebtedness. In these days of Imperial aggrandisement and military and commercial spreadeagleism I would press it on the young as a good thing for them to let their thought dwell on this subject, because, we are, I fear in considerable danger of overlooking the debt our modern civilisation owes to small communities or nationalities, and the spirit they foster in those who belong to them. Addressing the students, the right rev. speaker said You here, as Welsh students. and in this I address myself especially to those of you who are Welsh by birth and up- bringing, and not merely, as doubtless some among you arc, like myself, here to breathe for a little while your invigorating air and to drink of your Welsh springs, you have a possession aM your own in the consciousness that you belong to a small people endowed with some special gifts and capacities, and imbued, permeated, inspired, invigorated by a strong spirit of nationality. This. it may be said, by a cynical critic, is only sentiment but sentiment, let us always remember, is the well-spring of all that is best and noblest in human life and character, and if you have inherited a patriotic sentiment of this kind, you do wisely to cherish it as a possession of great value. Of the practical value of national senti- ment .the Bishop spoke as follows —Compe- tent observers re-echo the warnings that the progressive nations of Europe are, without exception, leaving us behind in the race of education. You in North Wales have, at length, and none too early, escaped from the spirit of educational torpor or indifference. And you seem to owe your awakening to your strong national sentiment. This sentiment has aroused you to demand, and it has given you the persistent energy to secure your sys- tem of intermediate education, and to crown it with your national universities and its colleges. And already, although you are only a jet at the beginning of this education- al uprising, you would tell me that through all the grades of Welsh life you are reaping the first, fruits of your awakened intelligence your growing mitiona.1 spirit, and your keen educational interest. And my hope is, and I long for the day of its fulfilment, that we in England may catch the infection of your earnestness all through our English life What your national university and all that attaches to it may be expected to do for you, the examples of Scotland and Denmark may help to show us, not to go further afield for illus- trations.
Football Notes. [By XUNQUAM] Llandilo was visited by the Dark Greens on Saturday and as is usual, at Llandilo were defeated. o: The result of the game was m Llandilo 5 tries—15 points Carmarthen 1 goal— 5 points -:0:- To the credit of Carmarthen, I must say that on the whole they played a good game, and the-score registered against them was due to a very great extent to the referee. On several occasions he altered his decision and when weakness of this kind is displayed the players will soon take take advantage of it. I do not say that he was deliberately unfair. I firmly believe that he was con- scientious enough, but that he took into consideration the shouts of the spectators. -:0:- At last Carmarthen have found a pair of halves, and considering that it was the first time they nave played together, they played a very good game. Times wituout number did they dribble the ball out ef the opposing halves' hands. -:8:- I should keep the team that played on Saturday together, and then I fancy we shall hear a good account of it. c): Bertio Andrews was by common consent one of the best forwards on the field. -;8:- Skinner, at full back, did not shine, and this was mainly due to the fact that he played in his ordinary boots. o: D J Davies, at wing, played a good game although ho was terribly marked, and the offside tactics adopted by the opposing side, did not give him a chance to shine. -:0:- Will Lewis, at centre, was all there," and in time should prove a very good centre. Phelps should get out of the habit of giving 9 flying kicks, as they are dangerous to all concerned. — 0 — The score at half time was :— CARMARTHEN 1 goal—5 points LLANDILO 1 try—3 poiuts -.v.- The game was finished in semi-darkness, and during the last ten minutes two tries were scored by Llandilo.
LLANBOIDY. OCTOBFR FAir,The fair on Monday attrac ted some of the usual attendants from the grazing district of Llanboidv. The fair was a good one, and supply of cattle wa.s large. Good prices were, nevertheless, obtained for good quality stock. Two-year-olds were sold from £10 to £13 fat cattle and heavy steers fetching from £ 13 10s to £ 15. RED TAPEISM SUBLIME—A few days since a cultivated gentleman of some thirty sum- mers drove post-haste into a West Carmar- then villago. He had travelled express from London, and as ho explained, was a com- missioner -oe at least he looked one-in the Friendly Benefit Societies' Registration Department. His message was to knsw why dire possibilities should not be put in force against the officials of a certain society to whom they had been writing regularly for 25 years without receiving an answer. After great difficulty all obtainable member of the socciety were herded together in a room befora the awful presence of the stranger who with deliberation proceeded to show them the dreadful consequence of ignoring the majesty of the law, even if only for onco omitting to answer an inquiry, how much more so in this instance. He wished to have the officers immediately brought before him, but, with deep regret, he was informed that they had many morns ago been sum. moned to a higher tribunal. He also ferreted out the fact that the society had dissolved and shared the funds in hand at a period very near the date of his own nativity The case immediately collapsed, and he like a wise individual under the guidance of the village celebrities, proceeded to admire the handiworks of Goscombe John together with specimens of work by ancient hewers iu stone, and the natural beauty of the village surroundings. HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICES.—At the Parish Church on Thursday, the 25th inst., verg good congregations attended the harvest thanksgiving services. The church had been nicely decorated by the ladies and gentlemen of the village and neighbourhood corn, fruit, and flowers having been contributed for that purpose. The preachers were the Rev Mr Griffiths, Manordeify and the Rev Mr. Phillips, Cilrhedyn. and the Rev Mr Rowlands. Llwynybrain. read the lessons at the evening service. The general opinion was freely expressed by those present that never before had they enjoyed such religious treats as those given them by the above clergymen on this occasion. The singing throughout was excellent. Good collections were made towards the Sunday School Fund. It was a matter of no small satisfaction to the vicar (the Rev L. Jones), to have the pleasure of witnessing everything turning out to the best advantage. DEATH CF MRS NICHOLAS, CWMFELIN MCK- AOH.—We sincerely regret to announce the death of Mrs Mary Nicholas, which took place at her residence at Cwmfelin Mor.ach on Tues day night, the 23rd inst. About six months ago, a black cloud hovered over this respec- ted family. The beloved and affectionate mother was obliged to take to her bed, and despite the very best aid from an excellent doctor, she gradually sank. During the whole of her long and trying illness she bore her sickness with great Christian fortitude and faith in her Saviour. The whole surround- ing district has lost a. dear friend, a kind and sympathetic neighbour, and a willing helper towards any deserving cause. The funeral took place the following Saturday, and all that was mortal of her laid to rest, at the burial ground at Ramoth Baptist Chapel. C'.» mrelln. where the deceased was a faithful member. The Rev W. Thomas. Llan boidy, officiated at the house, and then the procesion moved slowly to the chapel, under the fading and falling leaves of Autumn. The Rev D. K. Davies (pastor) preached in the chapel, while at the graveside the Rev W\ Thomas delivered a pithy adr, and Mr T. Williams, Presbyterian Coiegc, Carmarthen, delivered a prayer, which touched the hents of al present. The deceased lady ea,es a kind and sorrowing husband, five sons, and five daughters to mourn her loss. All of the children were present at the funeral except two of the sons, who are serving the Queen and country with the 1st Welsh Regiment— I one in South Africa and the other in India. With them and all the ramify the most ex- trem? sympathy is felt.
Some Sermoiis and addresses" by the late Dr T. Charles Edwards are to appear in a volume, with other matter, edited by Dr. Fairbairn.
I Death of Archdeacon Jl. I The Times contains iho following obituary notice of Archdeacon Ncvill who was a mem ber of a well known Carmarthenshire family —The Venerable Henry Ra!;>i: Nevill Archdeacon of Norfolk, died at Norwich on tho 17th, in his 80th year. The late Archdeacon was the fourth son of Mr Richard Janion Nevill, of Llangennech- Park, and was born en June 17th, 1821. He was educated at Rugby and Univer- sity College, Oxford, where he graduated in. 1844. In 1858 he returned to the scene of his first curacy as vicar of the importan parish of Great Yarmouth, where he had under his immediate cohtrol not only the great church of St Nicholas, but its six subsidiary churches as well. Here he stayed for 15 years, Bishop Pelham giving him an honorary canonry in 1860. Re resigned both offices in 1873 on his appoint- ment to a residentiary canonry at Norwich, and in the following year was made Arch- deacon of Norfolk in succession to Arch- deacon Blakelock. Archdeacon Nevill, who was a High Churchman of moderate views, was vicar of St Peter Moncroft, Norwich, from 1881 to 1884.
Pembroke Boroughs Election. COUNTER PETITION HANGS FIRE. The much-talked-of counter petition, which has been threatened by the Conserva- tives of the Pembroke and Haverfordwest Boroughs, had up iill Saturday night advanced no further than the discussion stage. The reasons for the delay can only be surmised, as it is inconceivable that all this time should have been required to come to a decision in the matter. Of courso it is quite possible that as they have up till next Thursday in which to take the plunge, the Tories will not, for reasons of policy, announce their decision until the last moment. Mr Russell Cooke, the well known solicitor, who is acting for Mr Terrell in the scrutiny, paid a vipit to the county last week and saw amongst others Mr It T. P, Williams, who is acting for the other side. The latter gentleman received a letter on Saturday from the Conservative National Union stating that the points involved were having the serious consideration of the legal adviser of the Union and it is expect- ed that tne decision will be kaown in a day or two. a
Tom Linton. Tom Linton is apparently not donewith yet (remarks the Cyclist,"), for he has recentiy succeeded in setting up a new world's record for 23 kiloms, covering the distance in 23min 28 2-5 sec, as against Huret's previous best of 23min 36 4-5 sees, and getting within 140 yards of the world's hour record of 39 miles 1 ;111 yards, the nearest approach to Bange's record yet made. According to a French reporter someone ran across the track towards the finish of the hour, and Lin- ton, to avoid a spill, ran wide, and thus missed his chance of breaking the record. As a sort. of consolation he knocked over 8 min off the 64th klom record. The above proves what Linton told our noter, viz., that the reason he (Linton) had not been so successful this year was because he had not had pace. Said Tom, It used to be the bsst man, but new its the best pace."
Weather and the Crops. The somewhat broken weather of the past few days has not been agriculturally unwel- come, for up to October 24th there had been a very low rainfall, :and the land needed a series of showers. The completion of wheat sowinps in England can never, in the best of autumns, be regarded as completed until the autumn itself is over, but it is something to be well advanced in ploughing, as in the present year. With regard to trade, the British markets of the past week have been decidedly reactionary in tone, and the price of wheat is rather lower for all sorts. The malster and the grower of malting barley have been the chief men at Mark-laue since the 20th, and we are glad to say that an excellent business has on the whole been done, though prices have not been all that we cculd have hoped in the country. We hear of a better demand for English oats indeed, winter oats are selling so well that farmers may be tempted to increase the area sown. The soipments of wheat, maize, and barley show a decrease on t'ie week, whilst oats marked an increase.—From Monday's Mark-lane Express.
n_ LLANWRDA. SUDDEN DEATH.—About J2 a.m. on Sunday last, Mr John Davies, slate merchant, was sitting on a chair at table to partake of dinner after returning from the Sunday morning service at Tabor Chapel, he expiied in a few moments. Heart disease is supposed to be the caose of death. He was 74 years of age, and leaves a widow and several growr. up children to mourn his loss. Deceased had been in business at Llanwrda for nearly 40 years, and was a deacon at Tabor Congregational Chapel, where he was highly respected, and in the vicinity of his home great sympathy is felt for the widow in her sudden bereavement.
LLANGADOCK. FOUKD DROWNED.—About 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday last the dead body of John Griffiths, miller, in the employ of Mr. Williams, of Brane Mill, was found in the mill pond, close to the mill and the dwelling house. It is conjectured that he must have 'I fallen on a stone and was stunned, as the water was very shallow wheie he was found. Little is known of his family, if there is any at all residing about here. He was a widower, about So years of age, and a regular attendant at the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. An inquest will probably be held.
Not satifietl with the amount of fighting they had done all the way from the Modder to Pretoria. Corporal Smith, a. Merthyr We'sh man, had a set-to with a giant of an Austra- lian in Pretoria on September 3rd. The fight was for the champióiíship of the British Army and a purse of gold. Cymry who are built that way will chuckle when they are told that Smith, who is only 5ft 6Jin in height, beat the Australian, who towered above him to the height of 6ft 3in. Smith entered the contest with the reputation of having beaten the famous Dai St. John. whose fighting days were ended whilst doing his duty bravely in the fierce battle of Belmont ,at which the Guards made their brilliant charge.
DEATHS. EVANS -October 31st, at Mill-street. Catrma thcn, Louisa, the wife of Mr Samuel iMa-ns, cooper, aged 30 yeare. EVAN p.—October 26th at, Newcastle E-nlyn. k-.ne, wife of Mr David Evans, platelayer, and daughter of Mr Robert Le-gli, Priordy, aged 31 year?. flowrLLF.—October 30th. at the Farmer's Arirn, Water-strert, Carmarthen, Mary, the wife of Mr ,Tames Howelis, aged 56 yea s. MORHIS.—Oc'ober 21th. a" 85, Friory street. Car- martbeu, Mr Jonah Mo lis, aJd 81 y ar-.