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Hotel Abergwaun. Grant of a Provisional License. Temperance Protest. As briefly recorded in our last issue Mr W Evans applied at the Fishguard Brewster Sessions for the grant of a provisional license j for a new residential hotel to be entitled the Hotel Abergwaun, to be erected at the cost I ,ctl of _( i i,ooo upon Parkymorfa, in connection with the scheme for the development of the Fishguard Castle Estate. Opposition was raised on behalf of the Fishguard Temperance Society by Messrs Peter Williams, West-street, and Enoch Davies, Lower Town. The constitution of the Bench was the same as that which adjudicated upon the Fishguard Bay Hotel application (elsewhere reported), except that the Vice-Chairman (Mr I J C Yorke) being an interested party, did not ait. Mr Evans, having put in plans showing the position and nature of the proposed hotel, described the position as being second to none on any part of the coast, remarking that it commanded splendid views, and that those who were in need of rest or a change could not be recommended to a better spot. The company had acquired the whole of the estate extending from Parkymorfa to Garngelli, on both sides of the road. with the object of de- deloping it as a health and pleasure resort on entirely original lines which would render it specially attractive. He had after felt sur- prised in the past that no one had ever mooted the scheme which his clients had now taken in hand for, go where one would, the royal and ancient game of golf was to be found at every seaside resort. His clients had not rushed there without having gone carefully into the whole project, having obtained expert advice as to the suitability of the estate for golf links, and had no hesitation in saying that they would be second to none in the whole kingdom. The position of the hotel was such that it would undoubtedly draw a huge number of visitors to the locality, and not only did the promoters think that it would prove remunerative, but that the district would benefit directly and indirectly by hav- ing such a well-thought-out attraction in the place. Having gone in for golf links of that class, the promoters were bound to have room to accommodate the resulting visitors. They were in the locality two or three hotels, but their accommodation, although good, was limited, and would be too limited by a great deal to accommodate the number of people whom they hoped to see enjoying the beauti- ful air on the Pembrokeshire coast. Having built the hotel the promoters would owe a duty, not only to themselves, but to those who frequented it. Some of the latter might be total abstainers, but a number would like to have whiskey or a drop of wine with their dinners, The distance to Fishguard was not great, but the hills were a drawback to any- one who wanted a drop of wine or a glass f whisky. Therefore the promoters felt that they would have to look after the convenience of those who stayed at the hotel, and felt it necessary to make that application for the grant of a provisional license. The applica- tion was not for permission to sell spirits pure and simple—it was really a secondary matter so far as the revenue to be derived from it was concerned it was done simply and wholly for the purpose of studying the con- venience of those people who came down and stopped at the place. It benefitted all in the town to see visitors coming down to that place and on those grounds he asked the Bench to grant the application. Dealing with the question of monopoly value, he pointed out that, where the profits of an hotel were not wholly derived from the sale of intoxicating liquor, no increased valfce derived from profits not so derived should be taken into consideration in fixing the monopo- ly value. This, he reminded the Bench had been the course adopted in dealing with the Harbour Station Refreshment Rooms, and was ever more applicable in the present in- stance. Mr Peter Williams said the Fishguard Temperance Society objected to the license on the grounds of its previous consistent op- position to the existence of the licensing sys- tem as at present controlled. They consci- entiously believed that the grant of that licence would be very determinal to the in- terests and well being of the community. In all probabiliiy the applicants had some con- nection with previous companies which had unsuccessfully applied for licenses in the locality. There were within the urban area already twenty licenses, which was really very far in excess of any reasonable require- ments of the place or of visitors who might come here. This represented one license to every 150 inhabitants, as compared with 27 per 10,000 — the average throughout the the country. There were three licenses in in Lower Town, so that Mr Evans had been mistaken in stating that visitors to this hotel would have to go to Fishguard to ob- tain a drink. The Speaker suggested that the license was the chief concern of that com- pany. That question had arisen in different guises and disguises for some years, and the further elaborations had now been added so as to blind the Bench. Mr Evans protested against such insinu- ations. The Chairman said he did not think Mr Williams had gone too far; he would stop him if he did so. Mr Williams, continuing, said there were seven licenses in Dinas, not very far off. A new road would be made to tap the traffic of the Newport district, and very possibly they would be induced to visit the hotel. The grant of the license would necessitate increa- sed police supervision of that locality .Were not for the license, the Society would be very glad to see all developments of the place, but it was quite possible that, in course of time, the development of the estate would extin- guish the golf links, when it would be found to be very difficult to get rid of the license because of the inadequacy of the Compensa- tion Fund. Trippers would probably visit the estate and, not being all teetotallers, some would probably collapse in Lower Town on the return journey. The Chairman intimated that the Bench had heard enough on that point, and asked Mr Williams if he did not consider that an increase in population—such as had occurred locally—without any increase in the number of licenses, was equivalent to a reduction in licenses. Mr Williams replied that according to the population, he thought that there ought to be a reduction of nine or ten licenses. The Chairman said they did not want it to go out to the world that they were worse than they really were. If there was anything to be said in their favour, let it be said. Mr Williams replied, amidst laughter, that he was afraid that there was not much which could be said on that score. Mr Williams, cross-examined, said the opposition was raised unanimously by the Rechabites. He had not tried to get up a petition against the license, but would do so if the application were adjourned, as many people had been under the mistaken impression that the Great Western Railway Company was interested in the venture, and had consequently not opposed it. Both at Haverfordwest and at Fishguard he had con- sistently opposed all such applications. Mr Evans: You have no regard for the convenience of visitors as long as it is a licensing application you are pledged to op- pose it ? Mr Williams Those are our convictions. Mr Enoch Davies formally supported the opposition. Mr W G James (Pantyphilip), enquired if the promoters were prepared to provide stables. Mr Evans said there was stabling accom- modation on a farm which had been acquired as part and parcel of the estate, and he did not think itwould be fair to ask the company to erect stables as part of the building, there- by rather spoiling its appearance. The Chairman asked for information as to the extent of the operations proposed and the capital expenditure involved. Mr Evans said the deposit money—amount- ing to between two and three thousand pounds—had already been paid and it was improbable that this would have been done had not it been intended to proceed with the scheme. After a consultation in camera the Bench granted a provisional license for the full term of seven years from the date of the final grant and subject to a monopoly value of £500, half of which would be payable on the date of the final grant and the balance at the end of three years. The Bench further direc- ted that, unless the buildings were completed or in a fairly advanced state of progress, within two years, the grant should lapse.
Local Licensing Sensation.
Local Licensing Sensation. Bay Hotel Application Adjourned. Alleged Breach of Faith Repudiated by G.W.R. Company. Something more than a mild sensation was created at the first annual Brewster Sessions for the newly-created Fishguard Division, which were held in the Town Hall on Wed- nesday of last week, when the application for the renewal of the license of the Fishguard Bay Hotel (late Hotel Wyncliffe) came up for hearing. The applicants (the Great Western Railway Company) were represented by their London solicitor, and also by Mr G Lambert Gibson, M.Inst.C.E., Resident Engineer, and by Mr John Rees, Divisional Superintendent, of Swansea. Chief Constable Summers and Superintendent Rees Brinn watched over the interests of the police. The presiding magistrate was Mr E D Jones and the other justices adjudicating were iVir J C Yorke (vice-chairman), Colonel H E Porter, Dr J M Owen, Capt T James, C.C. (Glanteg), and Messrs H M Harries (Tre- gwynt), T E Thomas (Trehale), G D Harries (Llanwnwas), W George James (Llysyronen), W G James (Panytyphilip), F Richardson (Cilauwen), T G Bennett (Fishguard), W E Bennett (Dinas), and Levi Evans. It will be recollected that, hitherto, this annual application has alwayi been made at I the Dewsland Sessions held at Mathry, but, in consequence of the creation of the new Fishguard Division, the venue has now been changed. Upon the application being formally made, the Chairman announced that the majority of the Bench had raised the question that there had been on various occasions an im- plied promise on the part of those who held the license that they would provide stables for the accommodation of the pu .lie. They knew, of course, that the renewal of that license was not in all respects depends not upon that, but there was a very strong feeling that there had been a promise made to that effect, and that there had been a strong anti- cipation on the part of the Bench which had not been carried out. The magistrates would, he added, like to hear if the appli- cants had anything to say. The Company's solicitor said that his clients would, of course, give most careful consideration to any recommendation- which the Bench might make, and careful considera- tion had actually been given to that matter. They had watched the requirements of the place very carefully ever since the suggestion had been made by the Bench last year. Mr Rees, who was present, had kept a very care- ful record of exactly the number of vehicles which had applied for any accommodation at all. The business of the hotel was, of course, almost entirely confined to the railway and boat passengers, and, so far as the hotel 1 was concerned, there was absolutely no demand for anything of the kind. The erec- tion of stables would be extremely difficult having regard to the situation of the premises, and expense was, of course, a matter which his clients would have to consider verv care- fully. The Chairman: Then, I gather that you are not prepared at present to provide stable accommodation ? The Solicitor: Well, we should like to put it in this way :—That we are quite prepared to do so when there is a demand for stable accommodation which would justify us in the very serious outlay. Of course, that is a matter which we should have to watch very closely. Col. Porter said he had had to send his trap away from the station because there was 110 accommodation. The reason that there was no application for the use of stables was that everyone knew that no such accommoda- tion existed. Capt. James said he wondered if a record had been kept of the times that he had been there. He had to drive five or six miles be- fore getting the train for Haverfordwest, and had to send his conveyance back to Fishguard to be stabled until his return. The Chairman said there was no doubt that a very strong feeling existed upon the matter, and he thought that the fact that no direct application was made at the hotel for accommodation was hardly sufficient to warrant one in saying that there was no demand. The majority of the Bench had been hopeful that the company would have been prepared with some proposal on the matter that day, and their feeling was that they rather thought that they would have to adjourn the hearing to that day month for the company to consider the matter. The solicitor said he was, of course, quite prepared to put Mr Rees into the box in order to give the Bench any information 011 the subject which it might desire. He did not think that he could put it higher than that there really was no reason, if he might say so, for the provision of stables. Was the Bench, he asked, prepared to say what proposition was made, because it was extremely difficult for the Company to deal with a general recom- mendation of that sort having regard to the conditions and the expense. The Chairman said there had originally been stables there, but they had been taken down The Solicitor said the position was that there had been a shed which, in its utmost capacity would have accommodated about two horses, and, possibly, a trap, but the character of the place had entirely changed. Those sheds were still there. Col. Porter dissented, asserting that they had been pulled down, and declaring that the building had not been a shed but a three- stalled stable and coach-house. The Solicitor maintained that it had been a two-stalled stable, and stated that Mpo Rees informed him that it had been very rarely used, the character of the business transacted at the hotel having quite changed in the re- quirements of railway and boat passengers, stabling was not thought of at all. He did not know whether or not there were any lack of accommodation in the town or elsewhere— (Mr James, Pantyphilip Yes !)—but it was rather putting upon the company to ask it to make up for any such deficiency. Mr Rees said that, after what had been said at Mathry last year about the provision of stables at Goodwick, he had had a record kept from February 9th, 1909, to the present day of the number of vehicles standing in the grounds outside the Harbour Station. There had heen days in succession when not a single venicle had been there, and that certainly did not justify an expediture upon stables. He would like to point out thac they had only, at the utmost, three trains a day to which passengers were in the habit of driving. Where, he asked, was the justification for the big outlay ? Proceeeing, he said that, if it were a simple question of a place to tie a horse, they had put up some hitching posts, and anything to modify that they would consider. Dr Owen asked if the company would be prepared to erect a shed which would give accommodation for a few horses and some carriages at a moderate expenditure. He thought, he said, that the Bench only felt that it required something of that sort. Mr Rees then formally put in the list of vehicles previously referred to. Asked if it included the number of vehicles which had been driven there, and, being unable to find accommodation had driven away again, he replied that he did not say that, but the list represented 'the number of vehicles which had been waiting for the train. Mr James (Llysoronen) said many drivers I did not go there because they knew that there were no stables. Mr Rees Then there is no need. Mr James (Llysoronen) said that what the Company was asked to do was to accommo- date those people who went to the station. The Solicitors said the Company was quite prepared to deal with applications at the hotel for any accommodation, and, so far as it could, would supply that accommodation, but to ask it to supply it to the town gener- ally was unreasonable. Mr James (Llysoronen) said the town was giving the. Company the accommodation at the present time it expected the town to give accommodation to the people who came down to the railway station. The Solicitor denied that his clients asked for anything of the sort, asserting that, so far as accommodation had been supplied, it had been supplied entirely by the Company. Pro- ceeding, he said the Company would be quite prepared to consider provisional accom- modation for tying up horses, or anything of that sort, but, of course, the provision of open stables, common to everybody was a matter of a very different character. It was a very serious matter to ask a company to under- take, seeing that it, itself, had no demand whatever for such accommodation. The Chairman said that, as the Company was aware, that was, of course, the first time that that had come before those sessions owing to the newly-constituted division Many of the magistrates present there that day, however, been present when that license had been renewed at Mathry. He had no personal knowledge of the matter, but those magistrates said a definite promise had been made that stabling accommodation would be provided, and that it had been practically upon that understanding that the license had been renewed from time to time, and that, in the first place, the magistrates had acquiesced in the removal of the old stables. That was a definite statement made by the magistrates who had been present. Had the applicants anything to say ? Mr Yorke supported that statement, declar- ing that it coincided with his own recollec- tions. The Solicitor said he quite agreed that a requirement had been made by the Bench, and it had been put to the company to con- sider. His clients had undertaken to consider it, and the Bench could see how carefully that had been done, Mr Rees having watch- ed the matter from day to day. The whole matter was one of expenditure. He proceeded to quote from a newspaper to show that the only undertaking given at Mathry had been that the matter should have ) caretul consideration during the ensuing year. That, he said, was not exactly a definite pro- mise to erect stables it was a definite pro- mise that the matter should be considered, and the Bench saw how it had been consider- ed. In the interests of the public, his clients had decided against the idea of an open shed I which would be a public nuisance. Mr James (Pantyphilip) said the Company was bound to meet the requirements of people going to meet trains. He pointed out the .impossibility of getting a boy to hold the horse's head at the Harbonr Station. The Solicitor You appreciate, of course, that there are only two trains. Mr James said that it was now worse than ever, since the 11 p.m. train had ceased to stop at Goodwick Station. He suggested certain arrangements which might be made for the convenience of drivers visiting the Harbour Station. Asked by Mr Rees if those would satisfy the Bench, he said he was speaking only for himself. Owing to the persistent conversation which prevailed in court the proceedings which .im- mediately followed were quite inaudible to our representative. Subsequently, The Chairman said there existed a very sore feeling—to put it in plain English—on the part of the majority of the Bench that they had been done." They felt that they had been diddled out of the old stables, and the majority of the Bench was quite determined to adjourn the license unless the company made a more definite statement that day. It would be well worth the Com- pany's while to make some small accommoda- tion to meet their views. The Bench would be quite satisfied with the same accommoda- tion as had previously existed at the old hotel, and had no idea of the Company putt- ing up large and extensive premises with ornamental fronts, but they wanted some- where to feed their horses under cover. They were quite willing to reserve the question until after lunch. The Solicitor said he hardly thought that there would be any difficulty in that. Was the Bench, he asked, assuming that the hotel company would make a charge for the use of the stables ? The Chairman The usual charge. Capt. James: We don't require anything for nothing but we should like to have more civility when we go down that costs noth- ing. The matter thereupon stood adjourned until after the luncheon interval, other busi- ness being proceeded with the meanwhile. When the court re-assembled the magis- trates held a long consultation in camera. Upon taking his seat, the Chairman suggested that, inasmuch as the court was now somewhat differently constituted, it would be better to renew the formal applica- tion. The Company's Solicitor complied and, having done so, said he wanted to deal with the remark that the Chairman had been kind enough to make that the Bench thought that it had been done." He wanted to recall more definitely what had actually taken place at Mathry, and he proceeded to quote from the newspaper report of the proceedings to which he had referred prior to the adjourn- ment, doing so now, however, at greater length. He ventured to say that, if that objection were put forward formally, the Company would have much greater reason to complain that it had been done," inasmuch as plans had been put forward for the hotel, and had been approved by the Bench. The space was extremely limited, and land which might have been adapted for stables d been used for other purposes. On that account he thought that his clients would be very much surprised at that objection, although they were always anxious to meet the requirements of any situation which arose. The Chairman said the remark referred to might have been an unfortunate one on his part. He had only been expressing his per- sonal interpretation of the opinion of the Bench it had not been an opinion which the Bench had authorised him to state. The Solicitor said he quite appreciated that. The Chairman said he did not wish it to go out that the Bench had instructed or authorised him to say what he had said it had simply been his way of interpreting the magistrates' feelings. The Solicitor said his clients would not, of course, take it in any unpleasant sense, but in the practical sense. Proceeding, he said that a suggestion had been made for the erection of stalls by the entrance to the Harbour Station so* that vehicles could be backed in and provision made for securing bridles. His clients were quite prepared to undertake something of the sort, and Mr Gibson had been kind enough to sketch out a sort of thing which would meet the circumstances. Mr James (Llysyronen): If you have stalls, why not cover them over ? The Solicitor Because we consider that it would be a public nuisance. We should hesitate to do such a thing for our own re- putation, and for the town's reputation. The Chairman: Under the circumstances the Bench, by a large majority, have decided to adjourn your application to the Adjourned Licensing Sessions, and direct the Chief Constable to oppose the licensee on these grounds :—That the premises have not been maintained in the state in which they were when the original license was granted, as regards stabling. The Solicitor Does the original license refer to the hotel as we constructed it ? The Chairman remarked that he ought to have said that the members of the Bench who, at various times, had been present when that license had been renewed, did not agree with the Company's solicitor interpretation of what had taken place on those occasions, and it had been stated on oath that the Com- pany had made a definite promise to provide stables at various times when the license had been renewed, and that, although it might not have been endorsed on the license, it was one of the conditions. The Solicitor said he did not wish to press the Bench, but his clients were in a great difficulty in dealing with the objection, be- cause they did not know what it was directed to: they had shown what wAs the business of the hotel. The Chairman said the magistrates had quite made up their minds, and the Com- pany would have a month in which to con- sider the matter. The Bench would be satis- fied if the Company replaced what it had taken away, or provided equivalent accom- modation. • The Company's solicitor and officials then left the court.
MATHRY. A decided novelty in the music of the sanctu- ary was witnessed at Rehoboth on Sunday last, when the singing was accompanied by both pianoforte and organ, the former played by Mr J 0 Phillips, Mathry, and the latter by Master Rhys T Lewis, Rhoslanog. The effect was beautiful, and it would be an undoubted aid to effective congregational singing were such a combination always used. We are truly getting along—or should we say going back—for we find that the Psalmist was far ahead of us in sacred music by having the aid of practically every instrument. The evening service was de- voted entirely to the Sunday School, who went through a catechism in a very thorough manner. The Pastor catechised and the replies were prompt and correct, showing thorough prepara- tion. It was interspersed with solos and duets rendered by the children. We are very pleased at the life and energy shewn by the teachers of this school in taking such an active interest in the welfare of the rising generation. Daliwch ati frodyr. Mae yn hen bryd deffro at y gwaith o addysgn ac hyfforddi y plant yn egwyddorion eu credo ac hefyd eu gwneud yn gyfarwydd a hanes y cewri sydd wedi ymladd hyd at waed dros y rhyddid yr ydym yr awrhon yn ei fwyn- hau.
Public or Private Property?
Public or Private Property? Test Obstruction" Cases at Fishguard and Goodwick. Four test cases of the utmost importance to tradesmen and hotel owners carrying on business in Fishguard and Goodwick figured upon the charge-sheet at the local petty ses- sions, held in the Fishguard Town Hull, under the presidency of Mr E D J oneMn Wednesday of last week. Each of the defendants was accused of having obstructed the free passage of the public highway by leaving goods upon the footpath outside his premises for an unseason- able length of time, and each put in a defence to the effect that the footpath in question was his or his landlord's private property. Chief Constable Summers described the prosecutions as being of a somewhat novel character, remarking that he fancied that it was the first occasion on which such had been brought before that Bench. He explained that he was acting on a communication which he had received, as Chief Constable, from the Haverfordwest Rural District Coun- cil, which authority had apparently consulted and had been advised that it was an offence. Hence it had requested him to take action in the matter. Before doing so he had instruc- ted the police to warn those people that action would be taken, and those cases had been brought as test ones. HOPE AXD ANCHOR HOTEL, GOODWICK. James Rowe Davies, licensee of the Hope and Anchor Hotel, Goodwick, was the first defendant proceeded against. Sergt. Lewis deposed to having seen eight mineral-water boxes and a crate outside the defendant's premises at 11 a m. on December 7th. He had previously spoken to defendant about the matter, but he had refused to re- move them. The pavement was four feet wide, and the width of the street from wall to wall was 2g feet at one end of the prem- ises and 31 at the otherr. Supt. Rees Brinn put in a written com- plaint which he had received from the Council. Defendant said the obstructions had been on the pavement ever since the plans had been passed by the Rural Council about the year 1900. He had lived there himself for the past five years. At the time of the pas- sing of the plans the owners had had to pro- vide a space eighteen feet in width between the centre of the road and the edge of the pavement in question. The pavement had been concreted four feet wide, the Council having refused to allow it to be four feet six inches, which would have allowed of the area being used for a cellar. The ground owner was Mr Meagher, of Swansea, but he did not intend to call him as a witness. The Clerk (Mr V J G Johns) suggested that the matter was one of greater importance to the owner than to the tenant. This defendant denied, instancing the fact that he had had some barrels of beer deliv- ered that day, and that he might find that, whilst he had been attending that court, a further summons had been issued against him in respect of them. Witness put in a plan of the locality to illustrate his contentions and explained the matter in detail to the Bench. He maintained that the owner had a right to wall in the pavement as long as the wall was eighteen feet from the centre of the road- way.. In reply to the Clerk, he said he had no witnesses to call. The Chairman said the Bench felt that in that case it could not come to a decision withont having viewed the place, and saw no other course open but to adjourn the hearing. The magistrates directed that, in the mean- time, defendant must do his best to obtain the plans which had been sanctioned by the Rural Council, explaining that the onus of proof lay with him. TEMPERANCE HOTEL, GOODWICK. Phillip James Thomas, proprietor of the Temperance Hotel, Goodwick, was similarly summoned. Mr Walter J Vaughan, who appeared for the defence, applied for an adjournment in consequence of the illness of Capt. Bewan, who was the owner of the property, and a most important witness. He stated that the placing of goods upon the pavement in ques- tion had been coeval with the existence of the property, and that there had been no dedication whatever. The Chairman suggested the advisability of the Bench viewing the site. Mr Vaughan said he would like it very much. 1 he adjournment was granted on that understanding. RAILWAY HOUSE, FISHGUARD. William Owen Thomas, draper, of Railway House, West-street, Fishguard, was similarly summoned. Sergt. Rosser deposed to having, at four o'clock on the afternoon of the 14th ult., found a large box, three feet high and two wide, standing on the footpath outside de- fendant's premises. He stated that he had called there on the previous day and drawn defendant's attention to it, and defendant had said that he believed that he had a right to keep it there, as he used it for the purpose of exposing goods for sale. It was not removed for a couple of days afterwards, and had been replaced several times since then. Cross-examined by Mr W Evans, who ap- peared for the defence, he said he had been fifteen years in Fishguard, and had frequent- ly seen boxes on this pavement and goods ex- posed thereon for sale. He would very likely walk on the foot-path if a motor car came along at the speed which they now did, but he did not often do so. Coming from West- street to the Square, there would be no occa- sion to use it unless the traffic were blocked, as was very often the case. He considered the box in question to be a greater obstruc- tion than the telegraph outside the Bon Marche opposite. He was not in a position to say whether or not that post was on the main road. He had seen other cases of ob- struction in the town but was waiting the decision in that case before taking further action. Mr Evans, addressing the Bench, said that that was a test case and, as such, was very important, as it affected the tradespeople of the town. It was only very recently that the town had possessed footpaths, and the deople who, in the olden days, had built premises had undoubtedly thought it better for business reasons to have a little space in front kerbed in from the highway. That being so, he contended that that space was part and parcel of the premises. During the last fifty years trade had been carried on in those premises by various people, who had all left boxes on the pavement for the purpose of displaying their goods. Therefore there had been no dedication of that path to the high- way authority. Further, he denied that the box in question constituted an obstruction, there being a space left between the highway and the wall, inasmuch as the footpath was three feet wide and the box only two. As- suming that the Bench came to the conclu- sion that there had been dedication, he sub- mitted that, although it had been in usage for fifty years, it was a restricted dedication. In support of this contention he quoted an authority to the effect that it was a good defence that such footway was dedicated to the public subject to the right of the defend- ant to commit the acts of obstruction com- plained of, and that such defence, if raised bona fide, ousted the jurisdiction of the justi- ces. He also quoted another authority to the effect that there must bean intention to dedi- cate, and that a single act of interruption by the owner was of more weight than any acts of enjoyment on the part of the public. In conclusion, he asserted that a conviction would affect the town considerably. He be- lieved that the Bench would believe the de- fendant's story. No man would use the path in the ordinary course of events, and there could, therefore, be no obstruction. Defendant said he had kept the shop for nearly ten years, during which period he had been in the habit of placing boxes outside for the purpose of showing goods. He had no back entrance, and had nowhere to unpack boxes except on the pavement in question. Since the receipt of the summons he had taken particular notice, and had found that not one per cent of the people walked on the pavement. For the purpose of trade it was absolutely essential that he should show goods in the way in which he had done. The telegraph post opposite was directly on the highway and far more dangerous than the box referred to. In reply to the Clerk, he said ttere was nothing between ihe pavement and the road. Cross-examined by the Superintendant, he said the reason why the box was empty at the time in question was that the weather was damp. People would be more likely to knock up against a telegraph pole than against a box. They could not tumble over a box which was more than two feet high. In reply to the Clerk, he said the pave- ment continued to the houses on either side with no intermediate barrier. Re-examined, he said that no complaint of obstruction had previously been made during the last ten years. Answering Mr W G James (Pantyphilip) he said the distance across the road from wall to wall was 28] ft. James Rowe Davies—defendant in a pre- vious case-said lie had occupied the pre- mises from 1892 to 1897, and had always placed goods outside the door, together with boxes at every corner. He had received com- plaints at times. He could remember the premises for over forty years, and that had been the general habit of the tenants, and more so when the shop had beeu a grocery business. Cross-examined, he said he used to leave boxes out at night. It was possible that some people might have tumbled over them and j hurt themselves, yet never complained. Answering the Clerk, he said he had been absent from Fishguard for fourteen years out of the forty he had referred to, but had visit- ed home every summer. In reply to the Chairman, he said the pave- ment had been repaired by himself on one occasion, which was the only time that lie recollected. The Chairman intimated that the decision I of the Bench would be reserved until the con- I clusion of the hearing of the next case. r JACKSON BROTHERS, WEST-ST., FISI-IGU-ARD. The final summons was against James Jackson, who was represented by his brother Edwin. Sergt. Rosser stated that on the 14th ult he found a large box, four feet high and three feet wide outside the defendant's shop. When asked to remove the obstruction, defendant claimed that the footpath was his private property and refused to comply with the re- quest. Mr Jackson declared that the box had been there for seven years, night and day, without objection having previously been raised. It was intended as a protection to the window. The footpath at that point was nine inches higher than the road. In reply to the Clerk, he said that prior to seven years there had been at this point a projecting wall to which had been affixed, for 35 years, a pictuie case. That wall had been on other property, but the pavement came up to it. The wall had projected a foot nearar to the road than did the box. He and his brother had bought the house 38 years ago and had lived in it for- 35 years. They had set the pavement back four feet, and it was now three feet wide and 32 long. It was dangerous for anyone to come'from the next house down to the pavement, because they might stumble and go through the window, or they might break their necks—a nine-inch drop was very good (laughter). In reply to the Clerk, he said he had never found the box to have been moved. He added that he considered the case to be a civil-one and not one for the Police Court. Answering Mr T G Bennett, he said a foot had been given to the road. DECISION RESERVED. The Chairman said the Bench would re- quire some time to consider the matter, both as regarded those premises, and as regarded Railway House, and its decision would, consequently, be postponed until the next sessions. In reply to Mr W Evans, he said it was simply a case of reserved judgment, and no further evidence would be admitted.
NEWPORT, PEM. Licensing Sessibns.- The annual Brewster Sessions for the Kernes Division were held in the Eglwyswrw Court House last week, before Mr T Colby, Alderman G B Bowen, and Dr Havard. Supt Rees Brinn, in his report, said that since the last sessions two innkeepers had been proceeded against. There were 24 persons proceeded against for drunkeness, all of whom were convicted. Twenty-eight ale-house and two beer-house licenses were renewed. There were no applications made for the Rose and Crown, Newport; Ship Inn, Newport; and the Rising Sun, Newport. Tabernacle. Several- promising students have lately occupied the pulpit at this Calvin- istic place of worship, which is at present en- gaged in the problem of selecting a new pas- tor. Sunday's preacher was Mr Wyne Williams of Aberystwyth, whose discourses were keenly appreciated Municipal. We regret to learn that his worship the Mayor still continues in an unsatisfactory state of health, thereby preclu- ding the initiation of the era of municipal reform which he foreshadowed upon his accept- ance of the office last November. We wish him a speedy recovery. County Contest.—Mr Stephens, solicitor, of Cardigan, will attend at the Council School between the hours of two and four o'clock, on Tuesday afternon for the purpose of receiving nominations for the new County Council which is to be elected on the 2pd prox. The sitting member is Capt T James, J.P., of Glanteg, and it is not anticipated that any opposition to his return will be forthcoming. Appointment.—At the meeting of the New- port and Dinas Group of County Council Schdol Managers, held at Dinas under the presidency of the Rev J W Maurice, it was decided to appoint a new cleaner for the New- port Schools at a salary of £ 12 10s per annum, all requisite materials to be provided by the cleaner. Parochial.—We understand that there is every probability of a contest arising in con- nection with the approaching election of Par- ish Councillors unless the predominant party is prepared to acquiesce in a more equitable division of the seats. Antique.—Mr Edmurd Griffiths, of Square and Compass, Llwyngwair, who is noted for his skill in the renovation of antique oak, is at present engaged in the execution of a large contract embracing several coffers and chairs, together with a dresser, to the order of Mr T Watkins, solicitor, of The Wern, Pontypool. Political.—A meeting of the local Liberal Committee was held in Ebenezer Vestry on Tuesday evening. The proceedings were con- ducted in cancra, but we understand that local affairs in general and the forthcoming elections in particular, were under discussion. Ebenezer. The Rev D B Thomas, of Maesteg, preached very acceptably in this place of worship on Sunday. Next week the pulpit will be occupied by Mr George Evans, B.A., of Brecha College. Football.—A correspondent enquires an- xiously as to the whereabouts of the Football Club. We are unable to supply specific infor- mation Upon the point, but may say that, when last seen, it was in company with the Town Band seeking the water-supply Bazaar.-The ladies of the congregation worshipping at St Mary's parish church are already actively engaged in preparations for the great bazaar which is to be held in Augutt for the purpose of raising funds to unable a stained-glass memorial window to be placed in the chancel of the sacred edifice. The function is being organised upon an ambitious scale and the promoters are confidently antici- pating that it will be crowned with a gratify- ing measure of sucoess--a desideratum which which is assured if only the co-operation of all can be obtained. Cricket.—In byegone years it has been 'the custom to organise impromptu cricket matches during the saniiiier months, and there is now a growing feeling in the town that the time has anh-ed when the summer pastime should be placed upon a business-like basis by the founda- tion of a club, thus adding to the sporting pres- tige of the locality and ensuring matches with other organisations—such as Fishguard—which are apt, naturally, to look somewhat askance at fixtures with scratch elevens. The problem to be faced is, Who will take the initiative?" Obituary.—We deeply regret to record the death at the early age of sixteen years, of Miss Ada Jessie Davies, daughter of Capt. Peter Davies, of Temple. The deceased young lady who was well-known and highly respected by all sections of the local community, was a milliner's apprentice engaged at the Temple of Fashions, Newport, which is a branch establishment of Railway House, Fisbguard. She had been in failing health for a considerable period, but her untimely demise, which occurred on Monday, came as a great shock to her wide circle of friends and acquaintances. She wars a faithful member .1 lVIary's Church and Sunday School, and it wil be beneath the thadow of that venerable fane that she will on Friday be laid to rest. Lectures.—A continuation of Capt. Mathias' interesting lecture-two sections of which have al- ready appeared in this column—ill be published in our next issue. -On Friday the Rev D J Wil- liams, of St. Clears, will lecture at Ebenezer Chapel upon Y Dyu Pedwar Wynebog."
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FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE "FISHGUARD CHORAL SOCIETY," 1909. RECEIPTS. EXPENDITURE. £ s d s d Members Subscriptions to Railway j J Lewis, Billposter (two concerts. &c) 070 Fund 15 14 Great Western Railway Company. 112 19 o Members Subscriptions to Society's j Society's Grant Privilege Tickets 4 o o Fund 7 5 4 Railway Subscriptions returned 3 o Collections 4 8 3 j Entrance Fee to National Eisteddfod 10 6 Balance from First Concert 27 6 6 Messrs Slaters, Ltd., London 9 17 9 Balance from Second Concert 21 7 6 Postage, Stationery, Stamps and r Entrance Fee to National Eisteddfod Telegrams. 224 returned o 10 6 j Admission to National Eisteddfod .5 3 0 Money Received for Railway Tickets 56 12 10 ) Music Copies supplied to Members gatiso 4 9 Profit on Music Copies (copies on County Echo Printing Office 3 ii> 6 hand, is gd) o 6 10 County Times Printing Office 1 10 o e Mr David Griffiths, High Street o 4 4 Subscriptions I j Secretary's Fare to Swansea (return) 012 2 -p. T T, T „ „ T..„ Messrs Edwards, Aberavon o 10 o ^owef hill 20 o o Temperance Hall (Mr A J Hodges) 700 Castle 3 3 ° Symmon's Restaurant, Tower Hill. 400 yr.'i?; 9 £ Trvei' F'scl->^ ar^ ^°"se 1 1 0 Miss Svmmons, High Street 040 T \\alters Esq., L. & P. Bank 1 1 o London Expenses 0122 Dr_YVilliams, J.P., Drim o 10 6 1 Mr W Rees Singirl, at Second 3 10 o 1 n y>anS' SCp' 'r-' H^h ptieet o 10 6 j\ir W Griffiths /Concert and assist- 3 10 o JCBowen Esq., Goodwick 010 6! Mr T Williams } ing Choir at the !o o J.e"nett>EsT-. J.I ..Fontane House o 13 o Mr D Thomas National 4 o o I Tombs, Esq., Park. street 010 b Mr Leyshon o 10 o W Evans, Esq., Tower Hill o 10 6 W George James, Esq., J.P., LIN-soronen 0 50 Dr O'Donnell, Castle Hill oio6 T Lewis, Esq., Market Square 010 6 S Hughes, Esq., Goodwick 050 Vincent Johns, Esq., Manorowen o 10 6 Commission per G.W.R. 5 12 11 J Balance. o 1 10 £ 171 19 4 J ;C171 19 4 GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY ACCOUNT. £ s d £ s d Tickets sold by outsiders 56 12 10 Bv Cheque. 112 19 o Tickets supplied to Members, gratis 5 5 6 Members subscriptions transferred from Railway Fund 12 12 S Society's Grant, Ordinary Tickets 38 8 o £ 112 19 o fII2 19 o FIRST CONCERT MONDAY, MAY 26th, 1909. s & £ s d .°°* ••• ••• 54^ Miss Jenkins, Cardiff 318 Ticket money 31 6 6 Mr Gwilym Thomas, Ynvshir 2 16 o Programmes. o 9 8 Mr T Bonnell, Pentre 318 Mr J Hurt (two concerts) o 2 6 Telegrams 012 Postage (including 94 Circulars) o 6 11 Bus Fares (Artistes) 0 2 q Incidental Expenses (stage, &c.) o 1 6 Balance. 27 6 6 £37 o S £ yt o 8 SECOND CONCERT MONDAY, JUNE 20th, 1909 £ s d Door ••• IS 14 o Ticket Money 2 13 6 £ 21 7 6 TO THE OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE OF THE CHORAL SOCIETY. Gentlemen,- Having examined this balance sheet with the account books and voucheas and being satisfied with all the information and explanations required, the whole of the statements therein contained are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. „ EMERSON MORRIS, Auditor. Kock i warn, £ ishguard. February 9th, 1910.
REHOBOTH. Concert. Ou Friday evening a most successful concert w-os given at this place. The public bad anticipated a musical treat and it must be said that. it was nut disappointed in rlny vruy The chair was occupied by Mr H P Griffiths, of Long tioutze, who kept the audience on terms with himself, their behaviour being, therefore, exjmp'.iiy The sacred edifice had been ta^cefully decorated by M i, M Philipps, Carnach wen, and Miss Gladys Thomas, Treyarched — who also had arranged the supper for the artistes.— The tables showing the same beautiful t.-iste.- The commenced at 8 p. m., and iL would bè utit/enerous on our pait to mention twy aiti-te individually, because ail did their work so well. The secretarial duties were ably carried out by inirs lihoslauog, and Mr Roberts, Penysgvrarne, and we find that a nice little sum was netted as the result. A hearty Aoteof thanks to all who had taken part was proposed by 5he Rev. T Lewis, seconded by Mr Robert-, Penys- gwarne, and supported by Mr Lewis, Rhoslanog, and enthusiastically accorded, the tsinging of the VV elsh National Anthem bringing the proceed- ings to a close. The following took part in the programme :—Rev. Llew. Davies, Trevine Miss Lottie Phillips, Mr James Owen, Miss B Narbett, Fishguard Mr Gad Edwards, frevine Mr W J Evans, Mr Dal ton, Goodwick Miss Llewellyn, Maildy Mr Harry Evans (Eryr Ellllyn),Mathry; and Mrs Maddocks, Abercastie.
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0 DINAS CROSS. Cricket.—As yet it is a far cry to the open- ing of the cricket season, but preliminary arrangements should always be made well in advance, and we therefore counsel the youth of the Breezy City to bestir themselves and move with the times, so that next summer Dinas may be able to place in the field an eleven which will make a credit- able stand against the leading lights of the newly-formed Fishguard Club. Ecclesiastical.—We regret to have to re- cord the indisposition of the Rector (Rev. W Glvnfab Williams), who was, however, sufficiently well on Sunday to be able to conduct the customary services at St. Bryn- ach's Church. We wish him a speedy re- covery, and trust that he may be able to fulfil his engagements as musical adjudicator at Boncath and Fishguard eisteddfodau on the 23rd inst. and 16th prox., which will bring up to four the number of occasions in which he has acted in such a capacity during the present year. In and Out of Town.—Capt. Perkins, of the White Star Line, who has latterly been conveying Italian emigrants aboard the Cymric from Genoa and Naples to Bos- ton and New York, has paid a visit to Dinas. On Tuesday he left again for Lon- don, whence he will sail as chief officer aboard the "Athenic," which is engaged in the New Zealand trade, and circumnavi- gates the globe on each voyage doubling the Cape on the outward and the Horn on the homeward passage.—Capt. W Phillips has arrived home at Yetybontbren, after having lain for eight weeks a victim to enteric fever in Leith Hospital, of whose staff he speaks in the highest terms of com- mendation. Curious to relate, the chief officer of his vessel, who is a native of Cardigan, was also stricken down with the same malady, and the two entered and left the hospital and journeyed home together. Council School.—At a meeting of the New- port and Dinas Group of County Council School Managers held locally, under the presi- dency of the Rev. J W Maurice, three tenders were received from the County Council for the execution of the work to be done at the Dinas school, accompanied by a recommendation that that of Mr D Harries, for 9 1 o5, should be accep- ted unless the Managers had any objection thereto. The recommendation was agreed to. Sea Notes. Capt Evans, Rosewall, and Capt Perkins, Bay View, spent the last week- end at home- Mr P Owen, Bankvfiynon, who arrived home on Thursday evening, met with an accident some time ago, but are pleased to state that he is progressing favourably. Illness.—Mrs Williams, Rose Hill, the first proprietress of the Glanffynon Hotel, who re- turned to Dinas some time ago, is, we regret to state, somewhat seriously ill. Tabor.—The collecting books for the organ for this Baptist Church show a ready response to the appeal for funds. The instrument will be procured in time for the Gymanfa Ganu to bo held on Easter Monday. It has been decided to hold a concert in aid of the funds on the 16th prox. Sparks from the Parochial Anvil by 1Rambler The General Election having come and ,gone the local warriors are busily whetting their swords in readiness for the coming elec- tions in March. It was stated in these notes some time ago that the vacant seat on the District Council was not to be made a present of. Evidently, with the author of the para- graph in last week's" Echo," the wish is father to the thought. If the Rev W Glyn- fab Williams seeks election, as stated last week, it can be taken as a positive fact that he j will not be returned unopposed. The Noncon- formists are looking about them for two cham- pions to represent them. At present the posi- tion is this—three or four Nonconformists will be nominated, the two to go to the poll to be I selected probably at a public meeting. Preparations are also being made for the Parish Council elections. Some new blood is in the field. How many of the old hand saek re-election cannot at present be stated The election promises to be keen and to pro- duce surprises. Com.
SOLVA. ] Hunt—The Pembrokeshire Fcx Hounds met on Thursday of last week at Llanunwas, and, in spite of the stormy and wet weather, twenty four horses turned up and thoroughly enjoved the hospitality of Mr and Mrs Harries. The hounds were in good trim for a day's sport, under the leadership of the master (Mr Jack Howells, Trewellwell), and as soon as they entered Trechdwgan cover, the hounds were on the scent of two or three but, owing to the heavy showers of rain that fell just at tnis time, they soon lost scent, so the foxes got scot free. After hunting several covers in vain, they came to Crugglas Moor, and no sooner were they in than a cry of Tally ho was heard, the fox making straight for Barry Island cliffs. After a thorough good run Reynard was caught when on the point of descending the cliffs, and, in the act of killing, one of the hounds fell over. The Master was promptly on the spot and, going down over a dangerous cliff. brought the animal back not much the worse for its fall, and was taken to Barry Island. As soon as the killing was over, Mr Reynolds invited the whole field of sportsmen tc his house for resreshments, thus ending a thorough day of sport. Reading Room Committee.—This corr.mittee met on Friday evening, presided over by Capt. J Thomas. After going over the accounts and other matters, the advisability of holding an eisteddfod this year in aid of the funds was again considered. The whole committee was in favour of the movement, and resolved to hold it early in June.
CROESGOCH. Conoort. -On the 4th met. a well-attended con- cert, promoted by Mr Lawrence with the object of raising funds foi the repair of the road from Llanrhian to Porthgain, was held at Croesgoch, an excellent programme being submitted to the able accompaniment of Miss Mitchell. The artistes, who one and allacquitted themselves with conspicuous ability were the Misses Emily Wilcox and Ella Owen, and Messrs Gad Edwards, Taylor (Porthgain), Phillips, Cornock and Lawrence, The last named, who merits a word of praise for the great interest which he displays, in the local- ity, also adjudicated-in a competition for the beet story, and awarded the prize to Mr Frank James.
T RE VINE EISTEDDFOD.
T RE VINE EISTEDDFOD. The prospects for a successful eisteddfod to be aeld on the 1st March are very encouraging, there being quite a large number of choirs preparing for it. The committee desire to make it known that they have changed the quartette to "Bwthyn ar y Bryn," and the baritone solo will be an open IH3.
BIRTHS. February 7th, at Tower Hill, Fishguard, the wife of Mr D W Lewis, registrar, of a daughter. Feb. 15th, at Bryn Terrace, Fishguard, the wife of Mr J G Griffiths, of a daughter. MARRIAGES. February 12th, at Albany Chapel, Haver- fordwest, Mr J Edwards, butcher, Dyffrvn, to Miss L E Williams, Cartref, High-street, Fishguard. February 15th, at the Registrar's Office, Haverfordwest, Mr Walter E Rees, Goodwick, to Miss Lizzie Reynolds, Panteg, Fishgnard.
HENRY'S MOTE DIVISION.
HENRY'S MOTE DIVISION. A meeting for the purpose of adopting and nominating a candidate for the above divis- ion will be held at Puncheston Schoolroom on Friday evening, February 18th. The chairman will be the Rev. D R Parry Davies (Rector), and the chief speaker will be the present member, Mr J S Evans.
TREMARCHOG. Yr ydwyf yn cymeryd y gorchwyl galarus 0 gofnodi marwolaeth a chladdedigaeth Mr Stephen Higgon, 'Freceddi lam-- gyiit o'r Cran- ged-ar ol hir gystudd. Bu farw prydnawn dydd Mawrth cyn y diweddaf, yn 81 mlwydd oed, gan adael ar ei ol weddw, tri mab, a merch, ynghyd a lluaws o berthynasau ereill i alaru ar ei ol. r oedd wedi bod yn bvw yu Tremarchog am flynyddau lawer. Dydd Sadwrn canlynol daeth tyrfa luosog ynghyd i dalu y gymwynas olaf iddo. Hebrgngwyd ei rhan farwol i dy ei hir gartref yu mynwent Harmony. Gwasanaethwyd yn y ty ac ar lan y bedd gan y Parch. W Rees, Harmony. Nerth gan Dduw gaffo'r teulu a'r perthynasau yn eu galar dwvs.
IjlOUND, on Goodwick Road, Wednesdav ? Feb. 16th, a White MACKINTOSH.— Apply. Echo Office. Preliminary Notice: TO THE INHABITANTS OF Fishguard, Goodwick & District We cail your attention to the Opening of a New Laundry in the neighbourhood, with Latest Machinery and under experienced management. Proprietors— Messrs Bristow and Sperring (Late of Newport, MOIl.) N.B.-All Work will be Guaranteed. To be Opened on March 21st.