Penarth. School Board. AMALGAMATION WITH COGAN NOT ABANDONED BUT IN ABEYANCE. THE NEW PRECEPT. A fully attended meeting of this local educational, authority, under the presidency of Mr G. C. Thomp- son, was held on Thursday night. The Rector moved, and the vice-chairman seconded that Lord Windsor's offer re the site of the proposed new School be accepted that the Education Depart- me!)t be apprised of Lord vVindsor. unwillingness to sen outright, and that the Board solicit the Depart- ment's sanction to his Lordship's leasehold terms. The chairman dabbled in figures for awhile, and then in bated breath and whisp'ring humbleness," said that seeing the delay, expense and uncertainty in seeking compulsory powers, th it Lord Windsor's offer was not wholly unfavourable, and that they might go farther and fare worse, it would be politic to make no more bones over the affair, but bow to the behest of the owner of the broad acres." The resolution was carried ncm con. The Chairman next moved that it was desirable to amalgamate with the Cognn-juxta-Llandough Board, and in the event of the latter's acquiescing, the Edu- cation Department be immediately informed of the matter. Mr Llewellyn secondeC. „ The Rector moved as an amendment that the scheme be deferred lill after the election. This was seconded by Mr Snell, and proved a staggerer to the chaiiman, who said he was not pre- pared for such an expression of feeling, and felt very loth to proceed with the resolution- He did not wish to puh the ma tier, and preferred abandoning the project unless there were a perfect unanimity among them. Mr Sam Thom\s: Call a town's meeting and take -advi(e. The Chairman attempted to compromise by altering the latter part of his resolution and substituting that it should be subject to a confirming resolution of the Dew Board after the election. This did not sit easy on his colleagues, for the Ree tor said he never felt strong in favour of amalgamat- ing, and there was no doubt in his mind that more efficient administration would result from having small Boaids; besides, to keep as they were would be more economical for Penarth parish Eventually, it was resolved to let the matter stand over till aft. r the election, the clerk being- directed to iaforra the Cogan Board of their final decision. The Finance Committee's recommendations were adopted, one of the items showing that the treasurer had in hand £485 18s 6d. that accounts representing X229 9s lOd had been passed, and that 11275 was the amount of the precept proposed to be levied for the ensuing six months. A special resolution being BCBcled for the precept adoption, it was carried after being moved by Mr Thomas, and seconded by the Rector. The latter and the chairman signed it-not the resolution, but the precept. < With a morbid desire to clutch and cling to office as lone- as possible, the Board have vainly dreamt and imagined that by raising the amalgamation scheme they would thus be able to retain office till the next Co =n election. This chimera was rudely dispelled by the clerk's informing them that. the Department had refused to sanction the proposed postponement of the Penarth election, and tnat they must dissolve next jnonib, i i i With a desire to propitiale the pleoescite a sop was thrown the vulgus by a determination to give local tradesmen a chance. It would seem that for two years the School coal has been supplied by only one merchant. This palpa- ble injustice was justly resented by a certain rate- payer complaining to Mr Llewellen, On the motion of Mr Lloyd, seconded by the Rec- tor, it was resolved to advertise for coal tenders, and that the advertisement be inserted in the Penarth Chron:cle"only. A 4 Furthermore, the tenders were to be sent to the caretaker's hcuse, and Messrs Lloyd and Holman were deputed to select the contract. Eaviny set the ball a-iolling. the members seemed imbued with » lardVble love for further chances to local tradesmen, a- 1 it was moved by the chairman, and seconded by Mr Snell. that the stationery, books, etc., used in the schools, should also be tendered for *CCU even so far as to select which Penarth and which Caidiii" paper the advertisement should be inserted in, but Mr Holmans conservaism-old- fangled ar. d decrepit—was erinced, and he threw cold water on the concern by suggesting that they should leave well alone- as they were well served by the Cardiff Scholastic Trading Co. The Reitor clinched the nail by moving that it stand ovfT. Tht mothers of Arthur Penharwood, John, bam, and Robert Hooper, and Sam Mardon were admon- ished by the chairman in a fatherly, chastening style. for not sending their prodigies to school regularly. On receiving promises that the children should attend tetter during the current month, Mr Thomp- son magnanimously inforaied the terror-stricken women that they should not be further proceeded against. The sub-committee reported that the school turret, or at least the foundation, was very rotten, and that it should be at once repaired. It would seem that, contrary to what ought be done, no tender had been invited, and that Mr. Jones, who had estimated the cost of the job to be between £ 35 and X40 had com- menced the work, and actually erected the scaffolding. To consummate the turret blunder, on the motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Holman, Messrs. Snell and Llewellyn were deputed to see the work carried out forthwith, that it should be repaired in a substantial way, and that by special request of Mr Holman, the character of the school building should be in no wise destroyed-
1st XV. FIXTURES I 1895-96. Late Versus. Result Sept- 14 Abergavenny H Won „ 21 Ebbw Vale H Won „ 28 Pontymoile A Won Oct. 5 Wellington H „ J2 Neath A „ 19 Coventry A a 26 Morriston H "N ov 2 Llanelly H 9 Aberavon H 16 Newport A „ 23 Bristol A 30 Swansea H Dec. 7 Pontypridd H „ 14 Llanelly A „ 21 Cardiff A „ 26 Devonport Albion A 28 Wellington A Jan. 4 Bath H „ 11 Newport H „ 18 Swansea A „ 25 Scotland v. Wales Cdiff Feb. 1 Neath H „ 8 Abergavenny A „ 15 Morriston A 22 Bristol H 29 Bath A March 7 Cardiff H „ 14 Pontymoile H „ 21 Gloucester A „ 28 Aberavon A April 3 H „ 4 Plymouth A „ 6 Barnstaple A 11 Pontypridd A „ 18 Gloucester H
Robbery on Penarth Beach. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, two iron automatic macbines-a shooting range and a try-your- g-ip—on Penarth Esplanade were smashed and the money therefrom extracted. A number of boxes' belonging to refreshment stallholders on the beach were "also broken into and their contents stolen. Later in the day the following boys ranging m age from 11 to 14, were arrested :—Oliver Lewis, Thomas Wallis, Edward Watling, George Flannigan, George Langfo'rd, and Wm. Petty. These boys confessed their guilt, and admitted they slept the previous night in Williems' kiln. They will be brought up in custody at Barry Dock, to-day (Friday)-
The Gales. The heat last sunday was overpowering, and it was with great difficully services were carried on at the various places of worship. The Rev. T. Wheatley, when preaching at night, at Arcot Street, said unless more ventilation were given he should be obliged to stop, and the Rev W. G. Davies states that he felt as though he should drop from exhaustion. Tbis extremo heat has, however, been followed by violent storms and hurricanes, and on Thursday there were a few flakes of snovY. Fortunately there has j been no damage worth noting at Penarth, although terrible tales are reported from various places-more especially frcm I'fracombe. Messrs Edwards, Roberts, & Co., have run the "Lady Margaret" to Infracombe each day, but we understand this is the only boat which has faced the gale, except to Weston.
I Australian Facts and Figures. The length of the electric telegraph lines in New South Wales is 28,085 miles. OOO There were 17,207 miners employed during 1894 in obtaining gold in New South Wales. OOO The total output of coal in New South Wales during 1894 was 3,672,076 tons valued at 11, 155,575. OOO The total wool clip, estimated according to the number of sheep, in New South Wales during 1894, was 289,049,001 lbs. 000 During 1894, 846,82203. of silver, 42,513 tons of silver lead, and 137,813 tons of sil ves ore wereexported from New South Wales. 000 The quantity of gold received into the Sydney Mint during 1894 was 222,988 ozs., an increase of 5.1,,891 ozs. on the quantity during the previous year. 0 0 0 The number of cattle in New South Wales kept wholly in paddocks is 1,849,140; on open runs, 272,149 the balance, 168,823 bair.g depastured both ways. OOO The number of Post Office Savings Banks in New 11 South Wales at the close of 1894 was 482, the number of depositors 122,795, and the balance due to their credit £ 3,638,925. 000 In New South Wales there is no postage on papers printed in the colony, save when posted in Sydney to addresses in that city. The number of newspapers passing free through the Post Office in 1894 was 30,674,700. 000 There are 33,064 iriles of postal reute in New South Wales, of which 11,000 miles are traversed on horseback, 18,380 miles by coach, 2,520 miles by rail 63 miles by tramway, and 824 miles by steamer. o 0 0 Some idea of the eonrmous mineral wealth of Aust- tralia may be foimed from thejfact that the value of the mineral products raited in a single colony—New C, South Wales-to the end of 1894, was £ 109,336,847.
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