PenaHh District Council. THE ESTATE'S GENEROSITY TO ALLOTMENT HOLDERS. STREET VANDALISM RAMPANT. ;WINDSOR ROAD LEVEL CROSSING. PROPOSED EXTRA REMUNERATION FOR MR MEAZEY. The ordinary meeting of the Council took place on Monday nigbt, Mr W. L. Morns, J.P, presiding. The others present were-Messrs D. Morgan, H Snell, L Purnelf, J. y. Strawson, T. S. Lloyd, S. Thomas, R. Bevan, T. Bevan, J. Pavey, E. 1. Evans (surveyor;, and J. W. Morris (clerk). With respect to Messrs Batchelor and Snowdon's claim, Mr Thomas said he was surprised that two committeemen declined to attend the inquiry. Mr Purnell did not consider the Council bad any- thing to do with it. Mr Snell said he was still of the same opinion, and therefore would have nothing to do with it. Mr Thomas thereupon nominated Messrs Pavey and Lloyd to fill the vacancies. Mr Lloyd begged to be excused, as he didn't un- derstand the matter. Finally, upon the suggestion of the Chairman, it was decided to leave the investigation to the three re- maining committeemen—Messrs T. Bevan, S-Thomas, and W. L. Morris. On the motion of Mr R. Bevan, seconded by Mr Pavey, Mrs Cory was appointed manageress of [he baths, at the same salary as before. Messrs Barnes, Chaplm and Co.'s tender for Cwrt- y-vil Road private improvements was accepted, the contractors not to be paid till completion of the work. Messrs Emlyn Jones' tender for a new water cart was also accepted, Mr Snell proposing, and Mr Morgan seconding. The Council's seal was attached to Palmer and Co's contract for fencing Windsor-road, as well as Mr Turner's for Stan well-road sewer. A letter was read from the Pier Company, saying that it would be very much more expensive for them to connect their lavatories with the main sewer than to drain out to sea. The Clerk It is necessary to obtain the consent of either the Council or Lord Windsor. It is off the highway, and the rights of the owner of the fore- shore must be preserved. Mr Snell: I should think for their own sakes they would connect with the public sewer. Eventually the Council resolved to adhere to their former resolution. The Chairman, in again adverting7 to the dangerous r, t5 level crossing at West Cottages, said it was high time something should be done. Colonel Hutchinson ex- pressed his dissatisfaction at the time of the inquiry and inspection. Mr Beasley also accompanied the Colonel, and now they refuse to do anything The Taff would certainly have to pay if a child's life was lost. Mr Thomas No! The blood of the child would be on the Council. The Chairman That's for a jury to decide. The Clerk: It is no good continuing cor- respondence. Mr R- Bevan was for at once deciding upon a de- finite course of action, but being ruled out of order, the matter wns referred to the Public Works' Com- mittee for full discussion. Mr Lloyd When ghall we have the Medical Officer's report which was promised two months ago ? The Clerk I will write and ask him. Mr Lloyd Thank you. A playful discussion ensued over the naming of one of the new streets at West Cottages- One sug- gested Copan Road, another Grove Road and another Laundry Place. Mr Morris's suggestion that it be called Grove Place vice Cogan Road was adopted In speaking of the convictions at the Court that morning of three Grangetown lads for wantingly smashing street lamps, the Surveyor reported that two more trees in Plassey Street had been broken. He was therefore directed to prominently post notices making known the recent convictions. At the instigation of Mr R. Bevan the Surveyor was also directed to remove the notices from the street lamps. An application from the Telephone Coaipany, to erect a pole on the footpath in Archer Road was refused. Mr Pavey was anxious to asc-ertain what had been done anent the widening of the road from Cogan to Cogan Station. 0 The Surveyor replied that he waS" getting out tracings which would be forwarded the Clerk in a few days. Mr Purnell stated that as at the present time there were 59 houses in course of erection and other heavy work on hand, and that the Ex-Surveyor had been paid Y,218 for extraneous help, it was palpable that J ■_ Mr Evans was greatly over-worked. Smoke testing of drains was a now a sine qua non, and he therefore moved that Mr Meazey be appointed at an extra re- muneration of XIO t year to lcok after this particular ————————t) work together with the inspection of new houses, or the Council might become in the same hopeless con- dition as they bad once before. The Clerk observed that he would acquaint the Local Government Board, and ask if they objected to the Inspector's doing this extra work. Mr Lloyd knew that the Surveyor was greatly overworked and it would be expedient for a pratical sub-committee to go into the whole of the Surveyor's department and see whether it would be advisable to get an articled pupil or extra assistance. The work had hitherto been done thoroughly, but it was not right to work one officer too hard. Chairman: There are a dozen new streets with the private improvements; the question had better go to the Public Works Committee. Mr Suell: I know the Surveyor has bees working overtime, and too bard, if he thinks he wants assis- tance we'll consider it. Surveyor: I've worked three days overtime every week I've been here. My predecessor paid £120 for extra assistance in 4 to 5 years. Mr R. Bevan thought that with Mr Meazey, the Road Foreman and Mr Griffiths. the work could be coped with. If they kept adding to the staff the whole of the rates would be absorbed in officers' salaries. He was sorry to divide on the question. Mr Guy: If extra work be thrown upon him we must grant extra help. Mr Lloyd It's a most unfair thing to question him whether be wishes so and so. I believe in a fair day's work for a fair wage. He says he works from 9 to 9 and has striven to get his house in order. We should be the first to protect outsiders let us therefore pro- tect our own officers. Mr Purnell: With an iucreasing population comes increased work. The matter was left in abeyance. Mr R. Bevan reminded the Council that the Open Spaces and Recreation Committee had laid their re- port before the late Board, and that the matter should now be dealt with, He therefore moved that Chairman, Messrs H. Snell, L. Purnell, T. Bevan, and himself be appointed a committee to accept the re- commendations of the old committee, or to move more elaborate ones, and report thereupon. Mr Purnell seconded, saying that they could now go fairly to Lord Windsor, believing from past actions that his lordship would liberally meet them in the matter. (Hear, hear). Mr Strawson: With A view of purchasing ? (Laughter). The motion was carried nem, con. Mr Guy thought that what he had to say augured well for the future. When a deputation of Sully- terrace residents petitioned him for allotments, he saw Mr Snell, who one afternoon walked round the place with him to discover suitable land. The piece which they had secured had thoroughly delighted the holders, as it was some cf the best land the Estate had. (Hear, hear). Mr Snell: You have to thank Mr Morgan. A Member Mr Morgan's heart is rather soft, how- ever austere he may look when one goes to ask him a favour- (Laughter). Another Member Quite correct.
Penartli Free Library. AN INTERESTING PRESENTATION. At 7 o'clock on Monday evening, at the District Council Offices, a very interesting presentation took place, when Mr W. L. Morris. J.P.. became the re- I cipient of a gilt-silver key in commemoration of his opening the Free Library lastFebruary- Besides the I members of the Council, there were present—Messrs George Carslake Thompson, LL.M. (Chairman of the Libraries'Committee), F. Ballinger (Cardiff librarian), Rev E. S. Roberts, B.A., Jenkin Llewellyn, Evan Morse, Professor Tanner, and Harry Love. Mr Thompson, in making the presentation, said it afforded him very great pleasure, as Mr Morris had been so zealously and worthily associated with the inception of the library. (Applause)- He hoped the donee would not look at the key's intrinsic worth so much as the spirit which prompted the subscribers in making this tangible recognition of so interesting an occasion as the founding of such an institution. (Hear, hear)- Mr Morris suitably replied, and observed that it was very gratifying to him to see the Reading Room so well patronised. It was undoubtedly a great boon to the town. (Applause)- Mr Purnell moved a vote of thanks to Mr Thompson. In seconding this, Professor Tanner remarked that whatever the Chairman of the Libraries' Committee undertook he always did it vigorously and gracefully and had truly represented the feelings of all interested in the matter. (Hear,hear). The key is exceedingly chaste, and bears the fol lowing inscription: Presented to W. L. Morris, Esq., J.P., on the occasion of his opening the Free Library, February 4th, 1895." The obverse side is surmounted by a boar's head, and subscribed on raised j blua enamel in gold lettering is Penarth Urban j District Council-
A Famous Welsh. Sermon. omp..z4- IT WAS FOUND IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO. The late Rector of Merthyr, in his lecture on The Church in Wales, or How Welshmen Became Dissenters," said he found in the British Museum 25 years ago a very old tract, the title of which was, "The Funeral Sermon of one David Morgan, Rector of Llanymawddwy: A Funeral Sermon for a Dead Body." The most singular thing was that the text was in English, although at that time there was no place in the world more Welsh than Dinas Mawddwy. The post got there only once in fourteen aays. The rector was the veritable man that used co be chaffed for having prayed for fourteen days for King William after Queen Victoria had ascended the Throne. It was a most extraordinary thing that they should have had this old David Morgan preaching in English. He was not at all particular as to his Divinity; his ser- mons were full of anachronisms. He would illustrate the first century of the Christian era by pictures taken out of the eighteenth. The sermon began with these words: Good people of TJlanymawdtiwy- Mr dear beloved brethren: We are met together here to-day for a great preachment—a preachment for a dead body, the body of good Squire Thomas, the squire of our parish. We did all Jove him, though he bad scolded us shocking; but he dead now, as depd as a door nail; yes, indeed, for I did see him with my own two eyes before they screwed him up." He (the lecturer) should tell them, in order to state everything fair for poor David Morgan, that the Bible had been stolen. The sermon was this The text is taken from the four and twentieth chapter of the prophet Maccabaeus. Well, indeed, I have forgotten the number of the verse, but I do know the words- I do know in three languages. The Latin language —it is the language of all learned people I do know them in the English language-it is the language of all genteel people; I do know Watch and pray-' I do know them in the Welsh language, of course it is the language of all vulgar people. Now, I will stick to my text; I will, indeed. Our great-grand- father Adam was a very good old man, and he was a very happy old man until he did marry a wife. He did live in the Garden of Paradise; he did want for nothing there, for everything did grow into his own hand. He did not want for neither a basin nor a spoon. Talk about gardens! There was a garden The garden of Squire Thomas was nothing to it, and you Know that has four walls, and it would take 20,000 of Squire Thomas's to make such a Garden of Paradise. All sort of trees did grow there; plum trees, gooseberry trees, strawberry trees, pear trees, and apple trees. Talk about apple dumplings! And you, men of Llanymawddwy, do boast of your apple dumplings as if there were no apple dumplings in all the world like them; and, indeed, they are very good, only they want a little more sugar but if you had apples from the Garden of Paradise you would want no sugar at all. Well, I did tell you that he did marry a wife, our old grandfather and oh there was a beautiful woman, there was a fine figure, and there was hai", but it did not grow all ovei- I er head and down her back; she did wear it all sorts of shapes; she wore it like a Tower of Babel oa her head, and it was all her own hair. Still she was I do tell you the most beautifuUest of all women, hut she was a very peculiar woman. She wanted to know everything—things she ought not to know, and oh! women of Llanymawddwy, she did go about the gar- den, and what did happen to her ? She did get with the devil, and the devil did teach her all sorts of things, and persuaded her to go and rob the orchard and eat the apple. She, did eat the apple, every bit of it, pippin and all, and the devil did persuide her to put one in her pocket and take it home for her husband, and he did obey his wife, like good man. Well! alter this she had two brave boys, but one was a bad boy, an unlawful rogue, like his mother. He did concern with devil, the devil did tenJ!t him to kill his own brother, and this was the cause of all the mischief in the world. It did bring lawyers into the world, all the constables in the world, all the excisemen- people who go prying about for a drop of good liquor, but there was never a drop of good liquor afterwards. Mind you do not go to the alehouse, it is very bad there.; he did go and drink all day there, and come home at night and abuse his family shocking; be did kick his wife and abuse his children, like what you do William Thomas, and the same as you did last Saturday night. Well, I did tell you about judgment coming; into the world. Rsmember this there will be one great day of judgment, and the parson of Llanymawddwy will be asked the question as to the sheep in his possession. I will tell the truth plump and plain. I will say there is no sheeps: you are all turned goats with shaggy hair all over. for you have never given me tithe wool from the very day I have been here till now."
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