—— ♦ INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION AND THE CHURCH. BISHOP Owen of St). David's struck a fcote of natural ring at the recent diocesan conference in Swansea. We refer particularly to the following remarks :—" Our work lies in Wales, -and in the first plaee, for Wales. To do our work aright we must love Wales With real love, we must first sympathise With and support all that is good in Welsh life—for instance the Educa- tional question." There aie words Witting a Welshman irrespective of church or policital creed, and are of good omen for our national life. To estions affecting our progress as a iiation, creed either relgious or political should have nothing to say; these are matters of personal interest. All the aspirations of a nation should have their motive rooted in love. Those who have realised the intensity and deep seated meaning of This is my own my native land are ready to sacrifice all matters of individual consideration to the one ^bject of national development. Bishop Weri has mounted the higher platform with a far-reaching voice summons hiS followers to duty in the march of fducation in Wales. Our Anglican friends in the past have strenuously Opposed the establishment of secondary schools on a national basis, but their opposition has been futile. The system is founded, the machinery is in full operation, and about ninety schools by their diffusion of sound healthy educa- tion are already moulding the life of C, the people. We reiterate the call of Bishop Owen and Principal Ruchel not because the schools are going to fail without the assistance and sympathy of the church; but because our national life cannot attain its full growth with- out the life blood of all classes flowing freely into the centre of its organism. On matters religious and political we agree to differ; but on the question of education we should all be found on the same platform. Wales is destined to lead the way in formulating the course of general education in these islands and its consummation is full in view. Our schools are not to be nurseries for sect or creed—their function is educative, secular, cosmopolitan. Bishop Owen is eminently practioal, and his lead demands a following. With a throb of patriotic feeling, and a breadth of sympathy born of higher mindedness, he has left tne narrow fold of ecclesi- asticalism and voiced the sentiments of a trwe lover of his country. We are building for the nation's benefit and we need a nation's sympathy, then Gallant little Wales" will some some day join in the review of the old Venetian poet and proudly declare" Exegi monu- mentum sere pereiinius."
THE importance of obtaining a proper and sufficient supply of pure water in I every populated district is so universally recognised that we need offer no apology for commenting upon the proceedings j of the Rhondda District Council in so; far as the supply of water to their district is concerned. It is well within the knowledge of our readers that about one half of the population of the two Rhon- dda Valleys-some 60,000 persons- obtain their water from works recently purchased by the District Council. It is only too well known from the bitter experience of former years that the storage capacity of the Council's water- works, during a portion of the year, is altogether inadequate for the needs of those within the arc, of supply; indeed, it was this very inadequacy which in- ,duced Parliament to give the power to the Council which enabled a compulsory purchase from the Ystrad Gas and Water Company to be made. At the same time that these compulsory powers were obtained, authority was granted to the Council to secure an additional supply of water, and to very considerably increase their storage reservoirs. In oit,der to carry out this latter scheme, jot, has been proposed to throw a dam across one end of a lake—Llyn Fawr, situated in the Neath Valley, and by means of a tunnel about a mile long, to conduct — the water from the lake to the head of the Rhondda Fawr Valley,, and thence. to the area of distribution. The cost of this scheme in its entirety has not been divulged, but we shall not be far out if we say that it will make a pretty big hole in £ 120,000. After paying nearly a quarter of a million of money for the gas and water undertaking, it would seem that this large additional expendituie, merely to secure a supply of water for one, or at the most two months of the year, would mean a very serious burden upon the ratepayers; and it appears that some of the most experienced members of the District Council have taken this view, for at a recent Council meeting Mr W. D. Wight suggested the possibility of obtaining a sufficient water supply without going outside the valley at all, and he prevailed upon his colleagues to defer taking any active steps towards carrying out the Llyn Fawr scheme until the opinion of some eminent geologist had been obtained as to the probability of securing water by boring beneath the coal measures. One of the most distinguished geologists of the day —Professor Boyd Dawkins—has been accordingly consulted, and he has very definitely reported that there is no doubt as to there being a plentiful supply of water at a depth of from 1,500 to 2,000 feet below the surface, and he strongly advises the Council to nyake borings, the cost of which he estimates at some S6,000 or £ 8,000. There is, of course, an element of unceitainty in water borings, and we can quite understand that some of the more timorous Coun- cillors will hesitate before voting for the expenditure of a sum of money for which it is not absolutely certain that any return may be forthcoming. At the same time it must not be forgotten that there is an amount of speculation about all enterprises, and even tapping Llyn Fawr through the mountain is not unattended with risks, such as are to be found in all mining districts. We mean the risks arising from subsidences, and it may be well within the bounds of pro- babilities that after spending large sums upon embankments, upon pipe conduits, and upon filter beds, the Council may find the water they are seeking to impound running awa, from them at the moment they are most in need of it. The difference in the cost of Professor Boyd Daw kin's proposal and the Council's scheme is so great that we consider the Members of the Council will have a very serious responsibility thrown upon them if they lightly dis- card the Professor's advice, and without being able to give the most convincing reasons to their constituents for so doing. Even if the boring operations should prove fwtile, we are certain that there is too much common sense among the Rhondda ratepayers for any one of them to upbraid his representative on the Council for having apparently wasted money in an honest endeavour to do the best for the district and to do it as economically as the circumstances i justify.
Musical Examinations To the Editor. Deaf Sir,—May I trespass upon a portion of your valuable space, and be allowed to refer to a subject upon which a letter was written the week before last, viz., "Musical Examinations." I am very glad te see that the people in Ponty- pridd are at teat awakening to the fact of these bogus degrees, for it is high time they were un- deceived as to theirvalue. The initiated look at the mystic initials appended to the names of some of ur would-be musicians, and think "how clever" must their fortunate (?) possessors be, t.) say nothing of their a4 mi ration for the cap, gown, and hood which is usually purchased along with these titles. It is wonderful how many mushroom "colleges of masic" have spwing up lately, and they seem to be pid. increasing, S3 much so, that the intelligent musician is con- tinually being startled by some fresh combina- tion of letters not hitherto known in his calen- dar. The whole thing points to one fact, viz., the general thirst for distinctions. It follows then, that those who cannot obtain a recog- nised degree are determined to obtain one at any cost, however doubtful its value may be This accounts for the wonderful success of a few of these bogus institutionsl and the reason of the appearing of so many sham titles. It only remains now-a-days for a. so-called Professor to put up a brass plate, call a few of his friends together, and "Hey, Presto," we have a new musical "college!" Is it not atrocious to Chink that such institutions (?) as these actually pre- tend to hold examinations and confer degrees? It will appear naturally to any disinterested observer that those who obtain degrees from such places are not qualified to rank witla thorough-going musicians, to say nothing of the injustice done those who have worked for honest diplomas. Wales is the home of good music, but if it continues to foster this grade of musician, it will not be surprising if the next generation will have deteriorated in this tie greatest of the principality's traditions. London has ousted these bogus firms and their bogus degrees. Why not Wales ?-Faithfully yours BXPERTO CREDO.
» 1 PONTYPRIDD BANKS ATHLETIC CLUB. On Thursday evening of last week, the above Club held their second annual smoking conoert at their head-quarters, the Queen's Hotel. In the unavoidable absence of their president (Dr Hamlen-Williams) through domestic affliction, the chair was taken by Mr W. D. Hodges, manager of the Metropolitan Bank. A lengthy and varied programme was successfully carried out. Among the visitors were Captain J. S. Davies, Messrs J. T. Lefeaux, J. G. Jones (Ap Caradog), Firbank King, J- Jones-Pughe, and Councillor Edward Williams. Undoubtedly, the success of the evening was Messrs T. 0. Williams (Lloyds' Bank), and J. G. Jones, who both sang in excellent style, and amon,, the others who contributed towards the enjoyment of the evening were Messrs W. D. Hodges, Firbonk- King, J. Calder, Allen, T. Walters, and H. S. Sayers.
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v Births, Marriages, and Deaths- BIRTHS. EDWARDS.—On October 23rd, at 34, The Parade, Pontypridd, the wife of Ofiver H. Edwards, printer, of twins (girls). JAMES.—On October 22nd, at The Vicarage, Elwynypia, the wife of Rev J. D. James, of a son. DEATHS. DAVIES (Assistant mistress at Hafod Board School).-Miriani, daughter of the late Dd. Davies, Caaig-channel, Pentyrch, afterwards at Porth, and of 29, Comet street, Cardiff, in her 21th year. MORGAN.—Elizabeth Morgan, aged 79, wife of the late John Morgan, formerly Coedpen- maen Shop. Funeral Thursday, 2 o'clock, for Glyniaff Cemetery. THOMAS.—"Ivy," the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs J. J. Thomas, manager, Ynyshir, and adopted daughter of Mr and Mrs D. S. Davies, Rhondda Hotel, Ferndale, aged ten years.
♦— Pontypridd. On Friday night, Mr T. H. Maddocks, was appointed conductor of the newly-formed Male Voice Party, which witt also enter for the Na- tional Eisteddfod. "You can see with half an eye" that FRANK fHOMAS ("My Hatter,") sells the best 3/9 Hat. 2838 On Friday evening Mr T. Mayberry Wit liams presided over a meeting called for the purpose of restarting the Pontypridd Liberal Club, when it was decided that the olub should be re-openea, and that there should be ne re- strictions with regard to the sale of intoxicants. A large number of shares were at once taken up. For Dancing and Dress Shoes of all description go to Daviee's FREE PRESS Buildings, 23, Taff Street, Pontypridd. 4284 On Saturday afternoon a fire was discovered in a stable behind the residenee of Dr Rees, Gelliwastad road, but it was extinguished before much damage was done owing to the psompt arrival of the brigade. The last of the series of Lectures in Welsh on The Second Coming of our Lord will be given at the Old Town Hall, Pontypridd, on Thursday nfxt, the 27th inst., at 7.30 p.m. All are invited—Admission free. B87 The cantata "Joseph and His brethren," in character, will be performed on Huesday, Nov. 29th, 1898, at the New Town Hall. The pro- ceeds will be devoted" to the liquidating of the debt incurred by Coedpenmaen Belief Commit- tee. For Best and Cheapest Working Boots at 3s lid, 48 6d, 4s lid, and 5s lid, go to Davies, FREE PRIeSS Buildings, 83, Taff street, Pontypridd. 4307 A musical treat is promised for Pontypridd tke first Thursday in December. The Temple Choir, assisted by the best local talents, will produce the oratorio, "God with us," undfer the conductorship of Asaph Glan Taf, at the New Town Hall. For all kinds of Game go to FENNELI/S, 12, Market street, Pontypridd (opposite the Post Office). On Taesday evening, the coming ef age ol Mr R. Desmane, eldest son of Professor Des- mane, was celebrated, when he was made the recipient of a silver mounted walking stick, and match box. Mr J. W. John,, presided over the post prandial proceedings, and a capital musical programme was gone through. DURING THE STRIKE Dr. Tibbies' Vi-Cocoa reducd to 5d. and 71d. per tin at W. H. Key's, The People's Chemist, 90, Taff street, Ponty- pridd. 4225 The inaugural meeting of the Pontypridd United Choir was held at Messrs Heath and Sons' assembly rooms on Thursday, when Mr W. Thompson,conductor of the late Philharmonic Temperance Choir, was appointed conductor. The choir intend competing at the National Eisteddfod, -to be held at Cardiff next year. NURSERY HAIR-WASH promotes the growth of the hair and keeps it free from nits, &c. 6d per bottle, or post free 9d.-Key, The People's Chemist, Pontypridd. 4225-2 The Wesley Guild held in connection, with the Wesley Church', Pontypridd, has commenoed its season for 1898-9, and promises to be as successful as the preWous sessions have been. A capital programme has been arranged, which includes a lecture on "Charles Lamb," by the Rev Wilkins Rees, Oar cliff, and another, "An hour in the Moon," by Arthur Mee, Esq., F.R.A.S., Cardiff, while the Rev A. D. Smart (Treforest) 6 to lecture on "Charles Dickens." Interesting papers have also been promised on such subjects as "A few fallacies exposed," "Why was Sin permitted," etc., etc. The meet- ings will be held on Tuesday evenings as before, ali young people being heartily welcomed. The session opened on Tuesday evening week, when a social evening was hetd. Solos and recitations were given by several of the members, and al- together a most pleasant time was spent. On Tuesday the monthly devotional meeting was held, presided over by the Rev T. Kirkby, Who gave an excellent address bearing on ehurch work. There was a large number present, and the address was well received.
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Treforest. The Treforest Male Voice Society gave an- other of their popular ooncerts at Bbeneecr Hall on Saturday evening, when the chair was occupied by Mr H. Barker. There was a good attendance, and during the evening the Society, oonduct-ed by Mr D. Davies, F.T.S.G., ably rendered be choruses "Destruction of Gaæ." and "The Soldier's Farewell." Solos were given by Mr Joseph Morgan, who sang "The Valley of Snowdrops," and "Let me like a soldier fall," and Mr J. Nott, "The Wolf." The competitions resulted as follows: Bass solo, Mr W. H. Dan- iels; reading, Mr S. Lane; tenor solo, Mr W. Jenkins; chorus, No. 1 Party. Miss Bella Thomas accompanied with her usual skill.
Ynysybwl. Mr Edwin Lewis, who has served the work- men of the Lady Windsor Colliery as night cl.eekweigSer for several years, was perma- nent !y appointed at a ballot taken on the 18th inst. as day checkweigher, and coinmenoed his duties on the 20th, Mr Henry James being ap- pointed night checkweigher. The output of coal at the Lady Windsor (Ccean) Colliery, which was for some time sub- sequent to the strike, much below the normal, is now being brought rapidly back to the old figure. On Friday last, upwards of 1,600 tons of coal were loaded into wagons, which fact is in it- self an indication of the increasing activity at the colliery.
Tonypandy. I', is gratifying to find that the Calvinistic Methodists of this place are making rapid strides towards meeting the meral and spiritual re- quirements of this populous part of the Valley. Tho new church of the denomination h-ks just acquired a splendid site in Dunraven Street, which is the main thoroughfare, for building a new chapel and vestry. The plans have been prepare! and the contract, has been given out tc a local nuilder, who ha;; promised to complete the vestry this side of Christmas. The vestry and chapel will be handsome structures, fur- nished throughout with every modern appliances for elegance and comfort. The vestry will seat three hundred persons. Tkla new rfburch since its commencement has gone on steadily increas- ing Its present roll of membership is approach- ing 150, and the Sunday School over that. Great praise is due to Mr D. W. Davies, J.P., who has identified himself with their interest, and who has rendered very valuable assistance. The pulpit is supplied regularly by well-known n misters of the denomination, many of whom are from East Glamorgan monthly meeting, and very encouraging letters have been received by other ministers belonging to the same month- ly meeting urging them to go forward in the good work. The financial part of the work has bee* well-maintained in spite of the depressed state of the trade. The choir is Sail of activity, getting Hp a popular cantata, which promises to bo a great saccess.
Cwmpark, The question whether the eisteddfod is a boon or a bane wps warmly discussed at the last meeting of the Cwmpark Debating Society. The two chief combatants were Mr T. J. Davies for the Eisteddfod, and Mr A. JenkinS -against it, who ably led their respective sides. The follow- ing took part in fhe discussion: Messrs W. Pugh, W. E. Davies, H. Prosser, T. Edwards, J. L. Rowlands, E. Ockwell, I. Jones, J. Bvans, L. Oliver, Tom Evans, and W. R. Thomas The voting declared in favour of the Eisteddfod. 'Should M.P.'s be paid" is the subject of a Welsh deflate next Friday evening, October 28th, be- tween Mr B. Evans and Mr Dan Jones.
Treharris, The Rev E. Rees (Dyfed), Cardiff, occupied thn pulpit both morning and evening at Beth- ania Calvinistic Methodist on Sunday last. The police entered the Constitutional Club Bargoed Terrace, and the Old Tavern Consti- tutional Club, between Treharris and Merthyr Vale, on Sunday night, and took possession of the books. A sacred concert was held in connection with the Forward Movement on Sunday afternoon, when recitations and solos were rendered by the following: Miss Florrie Hunt, Miss Rachel Wil- liams, Miss Ida Huafc, Miss NeHy IUI, and Miss N. Rift" and Messrs T. Poison and Wil- tam Davies. The Rev T. H. WiMiams, the pas- tor, presided. Owing to the whole of the Deep Navigation workmen not having signed No. 2 Book, the management up to the present have not deduc- ted the checkweigher's wages, which had to be collected from each individual workman outside the Colliery Offices on Saturday after the pay. The workmen oonuecCed with No. 21 Agency of the Mkiers' Provident Society and employed at No. I Pit, Deep Navigation, balloted on Thursday week on the Compensation Bill and the Provident Society's new scheme, with the following result: For the new scheme, 965; against, 438; spoiled papers, 2. A majority of the North Pit workmen have already signed in favour of To new scheme, thus rendering a ballot unnecessary. On Monday night, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5.30, the following morning, "an at- tempt was made to burglariously enter the shop of Mrs Lewis Jones, grocer and draper, Quakers Yard, By forcing open a door leading from the stable into the back premises. A boot very much worn was found on a window sill. Every- thing pointed to the burglar or burglars having Been disturbed.
Penrhiwceiber. On Monday evening the first miscellaneous meeting in connection with Carmel Sunday School commenced at their Branch school at Ynysyboth Board School, under the presidency of that genial gentleman, Mr E. Morris, grocer, when the following programme was gone through:—Song, Mr David Williams; com- petition in drawing for children under 12 years cage, best, B. Richards; competition in solfa reading for children under 12 years of age, best, Masters D. A. Morris and Benjamin Isaac; song, Master Evan David Price, who took the audience by surprise. Rev R. Thomas being present, referred specially to the little one as being worthy of our most particular attention. The piece rendered by the youngster was "The Hqly City." The little boy rendered it in a most artistic and effective manner, and is worthy of the neighbourhood's sympathy and encouragement. In a compeGtion in reading solfa at first sight fon children under 15 years of age, Mr D. A. Morris was the winner. Mr John Morris amused the audience by singing a comic song, which was highly encored, and his daughter, Miss Sarah Morris, also rendered a song. Mr D. P. Thomas rendered a. recitation, and so did Miss M. A. Neridew. The chief choral oompetition was the tune "Sandon." Only one choir competed, under the conductorship of Mr W. I. Bevan, who were deemed worthy ot the prize. The adjudicators were: Music, Mr Morgan Davies, PenfEwceiber; recitations, Mr J. P. Davies; drawings, Miss Howells, Ynys- both Farm. Miss Margery Thomas sang "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau" to terminate an enjoyable gathering. We understand that meetings of the same nature were held in the looality on the same evening by the English Baptists and Wesleyans.. We would suggest that in future it would be advisable for those entrusted with the arrangements to endeavour to so arrange dates that these meetings should not clash.
Senglieiiydd. Our music-loving seaders will, we are ure, be pleased to learn that the 19rchestral Band which was 'formed a few months ago in this small town is facl becoming a success, and a credit to the place. We, indeed, sincerely hope success will attend the efforts of the genial bandmaster (Mr Davies), as he as certainly worked hard with tSat aim in view. On Monday afternoon, at Aberdare Hall, a tea was held in eonnection with the "Star of Sengfoenydd" Locfge of the I.O.G.T. Over 100 partook of the good things so tastefully laid out by the lady members of the Lodge. The ar- rangements were carried out successfully. At night a concert, was held. The Rev Mr D. Jones, B.A., curate, presided. Ihere was a I very good attendance. The artistes are to be complimented on the excellent way in which I they took their respective parts.
Abercynorj. The new Wesleyan Chapel was opened last Sun<fl^ and MondaY1 wien large congregations listened to powerful sermons delivered by Rev G. O. Roberts, Treharris, and T. O. Jones, Con- way, North Wales. The neavy rains of the past few days have rendered matters the reverse of being pleasant to the inhabitants of Gertrude street and por- tions of Catherine street. A large stream flows from the mountain side, forming lakes of no small dimensions in some of the principal streets and completely flooding several of the bouses, necessitating the removal of furniture, etc., to higher quarters, and rendering matters extreme- ly unpleasant. The drains are for from being adequate to cope with seasons such as the pre- sent one. The entertainment given by the Aberpynon Variety Entertainers in support of the widovw of the late John Williams, Greenfield Terrace, took place oa Monday night. Dr Griffiths, the selected chairman, v-as unavoidably absent,much to the regret of those present, as the genial doctor, with His superabundance of wit, is al- ways a welcome and familiar figure at local gatherings. In his absence, Mr Skde announced the different items on the programme. Mr Wafter Keel opened the entertainment with a pianoforte overture. The sentimental portion of the programme was given br Messrs J. I. Davies, William Evanst and David O. Thomas, who rendered two soags each. Messrs Edgar 0. Davies, David Abraham and John Ryan were flhe comic singers, and gave four songs each. The above singers are to be complimented for the splendid manner in which they rendered their respective songs, which were fully appre- ciated by the packed" audience. The glee en- titled "Khartoum" to the tune of "Old folks at home" was deservedly applauded, and it is pleas- ing to note that the verses were composed by Mr Slade. The two features of the programme were the exceedingly funny stories of Messrs Slade and Edgar Davi", and the farcical comedy entitled "Marriage Bliss," in which Messrs Slade (who wrote the piece), Edgar Davies, and D. Cwilym creditably performed. Messrs T. Games and J. I. Davies accompanied on different occasions. It only remains to be said that the entertainment was in every way a suc- cess, which reflected great credit on all con- cerned.
Glydaeli Vale. We are pleased to welcome into our midst Mr Llewelyn, of Abercatn, who, we understand, succeeds Mr Roberts i. the management of the Cambrian Collieries, Clydach Vale. Rev W. E. Davies, the genial paster of Cal- faria Welsh Baptist Church, has been confined to his bed since Friday last. We sincerely hope that his sickness may be of short duration. and his reoovery quick and effective.
Pontypridd Shop Life. Conference of Employers aqd Assistants THE QUESTION OF EAR i CLOSlNvJ A conference, convened y f e Pv.ntypvidJ Branch of Shop Assistants, -if ?or.tv«rdd p- keepers and their employees, was held at Coombes' Restaurant, Pontypnud, no Tbus- day, when Mr P. Gowan, J.I., riiainraa if tLe District, Council, occupied iho charr. Tie assistants turned up in good force, but although the whole of the employers had been invited to attend, the only ones present were Mr John Evans, draper; Mr Hughes, draper; Councillor Fred G. Edwards, and Mr Frank Thomas. Mr A. W. Walters, president of the assistants' local branch, explained that the meeting bad been called for the purpose of discussing the question of early closing. At present, the hours of clos- ing were: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 7.30; Thursday, one o'clock; and Satur, day 10.30. The assistants were desirous of nav- ing the closing hours altered to 7 o'clock on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, one on Thursday, and 10 o'clock on Saturday. In- stead of creating a great deal of agitation they preferred discussing the matter amicably with their employers. The time for physical force bad passed, and their little differences should be arranged by moral suasion. (Hear, hear). "He did not think the new hours would be detrimen- tal to tte employers' interests, nor to the pub- lic generally. Mr John Evans (draper) was in favour of earlier closing, and thought the employers had notliing to lose by the change. (Hear, hear). Their employees would be more anxious to do their duty provided they were met reasonably by the employers. Mr Fred Edwards also fa- voured the new closing time, and thought that if ten o'clock were adopted on Saturday nights the assistants would be able to make use ot Sunday as a day of rest and spiritual improve- ment. Messrs Hughes and Frank Thomas also expressed themselves in favour of the request of the assistants, but Mr Thomas found a little difficulty with regard to closing at ten o'clock on Saturdays. He would, however, fall in line with the majority. None of the employers in the grocery trade were present, and it was alleged that they were unwilling to receive a deputation from the assistants on this subject. It was, however, eaplaijued tliilt they were will- ing as a body to receive a deputation, but not as individuals. Messrs John Bvans, Hughes, Fred Edwards, and Frank Thomas, on the employers' side,and Messrs A. W. Walters, David Davies, I. Wil- Gams, and Jeremy, for the assistants were then appointed a deputation to wait upon the Grocers' Association on the matter, and to afterwards report to a joint conference to be again convened between the employers and em- pleyed. A fuller report of this mecEing will appear in the "Rhondda. Post" on Wednesday.
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CAEiiPilILLY mSTiUCT COUiNOlL. The fortnightly meeting of the Caerphilly District Council was held at the Council Offices, Caerphilly, on Tuesday, Major T. H. Dowdes- well, J.P., presiuing. There were also present: Councillors William Thomas (vice-chairman), E. W. M. Corbett, J. P. Charles, D. E. Jones, Ald. Henry Anthony, Eli Jenkins, Captain Lindsay, Lewis Williams, and T. Gregery, with the Clerk, Mr W. Spiekett, the surveyor, Mr A. O. Harpur; and the sanitary inspeetor, Mr E T. Morgan. Alderman Henry Authony stated that Mr Stephen Strickland, Caerphilly, hadseen him, and said that he had made an error in his ten- der for 180 yards of sewage pipes. The price he had quoted was JE37, but it should have been £ 4-7. Inasmuch-as the next lowest tender was 254, Mr Strickland's amended tender was accepted. Mr Eli Jenkins asked if a reply had been re- ceived with reference to the bye streets at Ton- gwynlais. The Clerk replied in the negative. Mr Jenkins: WeH, they are in a terribly bad state. They are in a scandalous condition, and people not only go up to their ankles, but up to their knees, in the mud. It was decided to again write to the owner of the property asking him to put the street in order. The Treasurer reported fhat there was a balance of £1,613 12s Id in the bank in favour of the Council. Messrs Ensor, Ward, and Gilling wrote with respect to the freehold property protruding into the main thoroughfare in Castle street, Caer- philly, known as the "Old Bailey." The owner, MrHill, was abeut to have plans prepared for reconstructing the premises, but before doing so, fie thought the council should have the option of purchasing a portion of the frontage, so as to bring the buildings in line with the adjacent buildings on either side. The Council considered that it was unnecessary to purchase any of the frontage, and that Mr Hill would have to build in line wfth the other preperty in the street. Mr Morgan Morgan, secretary of the Ponty- pridd Waterworks Company, wrote with refer- ence to the water supply of TafPs Well: —"I am somewhat surprised at the contents of your letter of the 14th inst., especially having regard to the fact that your Conncil have had the water analysed, and the report of the analyst was, I am told, to the effect that the water was eminently satisfactory for drinking and domes- tic purposes. I need hardly say that the ga- thering grounds of the Company's supply are under owstalit supervision, and the mains are frequently flushed. Will you kindly favour me with a copy of the analysis of the water-5" Mr D. E. Jones: He had better pay for it. There was no discussion on the matter. e secretary of the Seng hen yd d and Aber Chamber of Trade wrote calling the Council's attention to the location of one of the street lamps at Aoer-the one situated on the square. The Chamber considered that its present posi- tion was rather dangerous, especially for vehicu- lar traffic, and they suggested its removal to near the pavement, and placed in a line with the road leading to gen-Irenydd. Be had also been asked to again press upon the Council the necessity of proceeding with the road improve- ments"at Senghenydd without delay. This, to- gether with another letter on the inconvenienee caused by the surface water in the streets, was referred to the Surveyor. The Local Government Board now allowed the surcharge made against Alderman Anttiony of the sum of £lB3 18s 3d by the district audi- tor on the 31st March, 1898. The surcharge had been lawfully made, but the subject matter had been incurred under such circumstances as made it fair and equitable that the amount should be remitted. Alderman Affthony: So I am free again. (Laughter). The CSerk: Yes. The Llanbradach Pioneer Land and Cottage Company stated that they were about to proper- ly drain Charlee street, Manbradach. The Local Government Board wrote with re- spect to the application of the Council for OOB- sent to the appropfiation of the unexpended balance of the loam of L2,500,sanctioned by the Board of Works for sewerage, towards the purchase of certain leasehold pretoises for use as public offices- The only statutory authority under which the Board were enabled to consent to the application of unexpended balances of loans in the execution of works,other than those for which the loans were sanetinoed, was that contained in section nine of the Public Works Loan Act of 1881, which related exclusively to loans advanced by the Public Werks Loan Com- missioners. In the present case it did not ap- pear that the loan was advanced by the Commis- sioners and the Board were, therefore, unable to accede to the application of the District Coun- cil. At the seine time the Board stated that the balances in question should be returned to the lenders, if they could be required or were willing to receive it, and it not, it should be in- vesTed in Government securities, and treated as a sinking fund, for the repayment of the debt, of which it formed a part. With regard to the- application of the District Council for sanction to borrow £ 700 for the purchase of premises for offices, the Board desired to be furnished with certain particulars first. Alderman Anthony: Then we shall haTe to return the money to the lenders? The Clerk: Yes. The Surveyor was instructed to send the par- ticulars asked for to the Local Government Board. Mr E. H. Bruton, architect, Cardiff, aetnow- leaged the receipt of the Council's letter stating that they did not contemplate taking OTer the streets on his land at Senghenydd. Be now asked upon what authority or bye-law the Coun- cil had acted in altering the names of those streets. It was stated that this was done on the application of a public meeting held at Senghenydd.-Mr Bruton's letl-er was allowed to lie on the table. The contractors of the new Barry railway at Taff's Well wrote in reply to the Council's let- ter with regard to the blasting operations which were now being carried on at Taff's Well- All possible. precautions were being taken to protect the public by means of covering the holes to be fired, and also by flagmen sent out in all directions to warn anyone who might be passing by. The Surveyor reported that in accordance wiill the Council's instructions he had prepared an estimate of the probable cost of extending the Council's three inch, main from Abemant to Tai-yr-heol for a distance of about 300 yards. This extension would supply some of the twelve houses with water. It was decided to have the v- ,.1, carried out. With regard to the surplus money left over from the Taff's Well sewerage loan, the Surveyor recommended that the sewer in Mfll road, Tongwynlais. be extended alonrr the Ferest Boarl for a distance of about, 350 yards, which would facilitate the dranage of about nine houses, and do away with the clean- ing of eight or nine cesspools. This matter was referred to a committee. With reference to the question of dealing with the road surface water drainage at Caer- phTTTy, and more particularly in the vicinity of Cardiff road, Mr Harpur reported that existing sewers throughout the town dealt with both surface water and sewers, and thesc- sewers bad from time to time been added to, and were likely to be further extended owing to the in- crease of population. The main sewer had be- come too small to cope with the whole, espe- cially at times of heavy rains, besides the flood- ing back at the outlet of the main sewer, which M greatly impeded the flow of the main sewer. H In the interests of tbe Council's sewerage farm Caerphilly should be provided with a separate H system for dealing with surface water, such as was in vogue at Senghenydd and Aber, other- H wise if the surface water were allowed to enter H the main Aber Valley sewer to the farm it would H become a serious and expensive matter to deal with on the land. If all surface water were M excluded from entering the present H sewers, he thought that the existing N present sewers, he thought that the existing sewers would amply suffice for dealing with the sewerage of the present population, and also H the future population for some time to come. I Having in view that the various side streets at H Cardiff road, Caerphilly, were not provided I with any means of road surface drainage, if I private improvement works were carried ont in I those streets this matter would require atten- I tion. He would; therefore, suggest that a new I surface sewer be constructed throughout the ■ whole of Cardiff road, commenoing near Clire I street, and terminating in Gledyrbrook opposite I the Twyn. He recommenaea that the upper I portion of that sewer be nine inch and the lower I portion 12 inch. The cost of constructing the I sewer could be included in the borrowing for I Cardiff road improvements. It was proposed I to construct a short length of surface water I drain commencing at the Post Office, and ter- I minat.ing in the Gledyrbrook at the New Inn. I When the Aber Valley sewer was constructed nt- througfi Mill road, Caerphily, the present sewer could be utilised for dealing with road surface water drainage of Mill road and Ton-y- felin, and the house drains disconnected from the sewer existing and connected to a new main sewer. If those suggestions were carried oat he thought a great deaf of the surface water would be excluded from the sewers, thus allow- ing We present sewers to deal with the sewage of the present and the future population. An alternative scheme was presented by the vice- chairman, but the whole matter was referred to a committee. In accordance with notice, Mr Lewis Wil- I liams proposed that two lamps be placed on Llwyncelys terrace, Nelson, This was agreed I tW. I Mr Eli Jenkins proposed that the Council fake immediate stepa to have that portion of the brook which is opposite Ainon Chapel, Ton- gwynfciis, covered over. It was decided to ask The Llandaff and Dinas Powis Council te join with Caerphilly in having the work done. On the motion of Councillor Eli Jenkins ,it was resokred to-erect three additional lamps on the main road in Taffs Well ward. An appli- cation by Mr Thomas Gregory for five lamps to be erected on Forest road, Taff's Well, was refused, but Mr Gregory succeeded m obtain- ing the consent of the Council to allow the lamps on the main road in the Tatr's Well ward to be kept lit until midnight. The agreement for the purchase of Bryntirion House, Caerphilly, to be converted into Council offices, was sealed, and an application made to the Local Government Board to sanction the borrowing of E700 for its purchase. The Clerk was instructed to apply for loans t3 complete the purchase of Gwaunybara farm. The statement of the Pontypridd, Caerphilly, and Newport Railway Company that they would cease running passenger traffic on their Mne after December was considered, and on the motion of Mr Corbett, it was decided to join the Pontypridd Council in obtaining counsel's opinion as to whether the traffic could be done away with or not.
The Treforest Male Voice Society at the Cottage Homes. On Monday evening last this Society journeyed to Llantwit Vardre to entertain (by permission of the 'Guardians) the children at the above Institution, when a capital programme was given as follows: Overture, Miss Bella Thomas; "Genevieve," Miss Jennett Hughes; "Cymro Dewr," Mr Tom Dummer; "Snowdrops,"Mr Joe Morgan; "Anchored" and "The Wolf," Mr J. H. Nott; duet, "Flow, gently Deva," Mesus J Morgan and Nott; "liow can I bear to leave thee, section of Society, eonduc;o > hy Mr J. Thomas; recitations, Mt J. Thcr. ■; Destruc- tion of Guza, "Night, Dawn, Day/' and "Com- rades," by the Society under the leadership of the conductor, Mr D. Davies, F.T.S.C. The chair was occupied by the Rev Mr Davies,Llan- twit, who, in his opening remarks, gave Ike Society a most hearty reception on this their second visit, and congratulated them at the close for the excellent manner all had acquitted themselves, and in thanking them for their kindness in coming down in such, a manner to entertain the dear children, gave a few encour- aging remarks to the party and to the children. Mr John Thomas, in responding on behalf of the Society, spoke at some length in an amusing -manner to the children, and gave them some interesting Temperance lessons. Amongst those present were the genial superintendent of the Homes, Mr Targett, Rev T. Richards, Mr T. Griffiths, Mr Williams, the schools, and others. The singing of tbe Doxology brought to a close a most successful entertainment and the Society returned home with the satisfaction of btviBg given thejolly little boys and girls a pleasant evening.
__n HEARTS OF OAK BENEFIT SOCIETY We are requested to ask anv persons who have applied for relief under Rule 5y, and who have not received a reply, to phoe themselves i* communication with their local delegate, Mr F- Judd, Treforest. who will gyve them all ittforaaa-* tion and put matters righs.
Cardiff Races These Races will take plate on Wednesday and Thursday next, November 2nd and 3rd, at Ely. Large entries have b»en secured for each i day's racing. The price of admission to Tatter- sall's and Paddock k 10s, and to the large nlY" wlSh covered stand Is. Pass out cheques will fee given. Special trains will be run by tb* Great Western Railway and Taff Vale Railway Companies.
the wants of the whole party, whethej teetotallers or not, and yet have the institution conducted in such a manner as will reflect credit upon the party and be an example to some other institutions of which we have heard. We earnestly counsel those who are responsible for the launching of the new enterprise to steer clear of these rocks. Let it be distinctly understood that the new club is to be a home for the party and not merely a snugoery for one small section of it. We are glad the matter is being taken Up with such earnestness. With a little care the club can, and should be made the rallying point of the party. Let those who have taken the matter up not be dismayed by the aloofness of some Upon whom they may may have counted for help. Having made up their Blinds to start, let them not trim their sails to catch any and every passing breeze. The one thing to be "Desired is a real, live organisation. Remember that a spirit of broadminded- Hess, though perhaps somewhat foreign to the spirit evinced in the late manage- ment is withal consistent with the principles of true Liberalism. The one section have had their innings and have been clean bowled, surely they cannot justly complain that others have now come forward to do that which they failed in doing. The old order changeth, yielding place to the new." For a time those who proclaim their temperance principles from the house- tops, but who have hitherto been con- sistent only in their neglect of the party, will stand aghast and horror- stricken at the new proposals, but when the new movement has become a success --as it undoubtedly will-these men who now are to be seen holding up their hands in holy horror will fall into line. When that time comes, however, we shall not be disposed to quarrel with them, and we have no doubt that tkose "Who are now working to make the undertaking suooessful will in the hour •of triumph be generous enough to Welcome the prodigals home.