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SERIOUS CHARGE AT TENBY. ..
SERIOUS CHARGE AT TENBY. WIFE WOUNDED WITH BOTTLE. HUSBAND BEFORE THE MAGISTRATES At a special sitting of the Tenby Polic Court on Monday morning, berore the Mayor (Coun- cillor C. Farley) and Mr J. Leach, the police, on the information of Sergeant Alfred Thomas, preferred a charge of unlawful and malicious wounding against James Rees, a butcher's assistant, residing at Lower Frog Street, Tenby, who was alleged to have struck his wife on the face with an empty gin bottle, inflicting serious injury. Formal evidence of arrest having been given, the prisoner was remanded on bail until Tuesday morning.
REMAND HEARING. --
REMAND HEARING. The accused, James Rees, surrendered to his bail at eleven o'clock on Tuesday morning and took his place in the dock at the Tenby Police Court; when the magistrates on the Bench were the Mayor, Messrs. J. Leach, E. Laws, R. H. Tuck, and F. N. Railton. Superintendent Wil- liam Thomas, of Pembroke-Dock, was present, while the prisoner was undefended. Mrs Rees, the injured woman, appeared in court exhibiting unmistakeable signs of the wound which had been inflicted, both eyes being blackened in addition to the inch and a quarter cut on the left side of the nose. Police Sergeant Alfred Thomas conducted the case for the prosecution, the first witness called being Martha Jane Rees, who having been sworn, deposed that she resided at Lower Frog Street, Tenby, and was the wife of James Rees, the accused. In reply to Sergeant Thomas, she said she remembered last Saturday night, the 11th inst. r when about eleven o'clock her hus- band came into the house and brought a dog with him. When he came into the house there was a row and a quarrel, she "hacking" at him. The quarrel was about the dog. Her husband then had his supper, the quarrel between them continuing all the time. After he had finished his supper he moved away from the table and went to the couch where he sat down to take his boots off. This couch was by the window. They were still quarreling. She was in the kitchen standing by the table in the middle of the room, which would be a yard or two away from the fireplace, though she had not measured it. Whilst she was standing there the prisoner took up something and threw it at her. That something struck her on the face—on the left side of the nose. The wound on the nose and black eyes she now had were the result of that something having struck her. It was her fault that he did it. She bled a little. The some- thing which he threw at her went she thought, into the fireplace. By the Justices' Clerk (Mr G. Lort Stokes)- She did not know what it was her husband threw at her. In reply to Sergeant Thomas, witness said she could not say where the something which was thrown at her went to it went somewhere about the fireplace, she thought. She remem- bered the Sergeant coming to her house on Saturday night, but did not recollect making a statement to him then. Her husband fetched the Sergeant. Sergeant Thomas —Whilst I was in the house with you, Mrs Rees, did you see me pick that bottle up from underneath the grate ? Witness--I saw the bottle in the fireplace, and you asked me if I could tell if it was the bottle which my husband threw at me, and I said I didn't know. Sergeant Thomas-Did you see me pick the bottle from under the fireplace ? Witness-No, I didn't. I never knew it was gone. In reply to the Clerk, witness said she saw a bottle. Sergeant Thomas—You saw a bottle in my hand ? Witness—Yes. Sergeant Thomas—Just then your husband came into the house ? Witness—Yes. Sergeant Thomas-Do you remember any- thing that your husband said ? Witness—No, I don't. Sergeant Thomas—Did Dr. Knowling see you that night 1 Witness—Yes, he did. Sergeant Thomas — Did he attend to the wound that you have got on your nose ? Witness—Yes. Sergeant Thomas — Has he attended you since ? Witness-Yes. Sergeant Thomas—Daily ? Witness- Yes. Prisoner, in reply to the Clerk, said he had no questions to ask his' wife. The Mayor (to witness)—You told us that when your husband came into the house you were quarrelling. Who started the quarrel ? Witness—I did, sir. Sergeant Alfred Thomas then gave evidence. He said :—On Saturday night last, the 11th inst., about a quarter-past eleven, the prisoner James Rees came up to me in St. George Street and said, Will you go down to the house to my wife?" I asked him what was the matter, and he said I have done it at last; I hit her with a bottle." I proceeded to the house im- mediately. On arriving there I saw the last witness, his wife, on a chair—(Mrs Rees I was sitting on the sofa)—near the front window. The Clerk-Did the prisoner go down with you 1 Sergeant Thomas-No, not quite with me he came down after me. Continuing his evidence, the Sergeant said:— She had a wound on the left side of the nose, I should think about an inch or an inch and a quarter. Mr Laws—She was all covered with blood, I suppose ? Witness-Her face was. Mr Laws—What I mean is that you could not measure the wound. Witness-Not accurately, your worship. Proceeding, Sergeant Thomas said :—Her face was covered with blood, also the front of her blouse and the front of her skirt. There was also a pool of blood on the floor. I asked her the question how she came by her wound.— (Superintendent Thomas :-Unless he was pre- sent don't say what she said).—In consequence of what she told me I looked in the fireplace and uuder the grate, where I found a bottle (pro- duced). On examining the same I found that the corner of the bottom has struck against something, which has cracked it slightly. The Clerk-Did you examine it there ? Witness—Yes, I examined it there to see if there was any blood on it and that is what I found on it. Just at that moment the prisoner came into the house and remarked What are you looking for, Sergeant ? I had a bottle in my hand, and he said That is the bottle I did it with you need not look for any- thing else. It was on the sofa and I threw it at her." I asked her if she had sent for a doctor. She said No," and remarked to her husband "You fetch one." He said "If the Sergeant tell me I will." I told him he had better do what his wife had asked him. He said to his wife "What doctor?" and she said "Dr. Knowling and he left the house for that pur- pose. Shortly afterwards I left the house. When I saw Dr. Knowling he informed me that he was going there ? I met him on the way. On the following the 12th September, I re- ceived a medical certificate from Dr. Knowling, which I now produce. On Monday, the 13th inst., at about 7.30 a.m. I arrested the prisoner 1 on a warrant. I first cautioned him, and then read the warrant over to him. In reply to the charge he said "Yes, I did it, I was in a temper she annoyed me that much I could not help it." Prisoner denied that he said he would fetch a doctor only if the sergeant asked him. Mr Laws—Did he express any regret ? Sergeant Thomas—Not then. Mr Railton—Were they both in their senses? Sergeant Thomas—Oh, yes. Rees had evi- dently had a little to drink, but he was quite capable of walking and talking splendidly. Mr Railton-Do you say absolutely sober ? Witness-I could not say absolutely sober. Mr Laws-His wife you could not tell whether she was drunk or sober ? Witness —I could not say, because she was in a very dazed condition. Mr Tuck—With regard to the blood on the face, did it all come from the wound, or some from the nose ? Witness-I think all from the wound. It was difficult to say because of the blood on the face. I could not say for certain. Perhaps the doctor will be able to explain. Ernest Mansfield Knowling, medical practi- tioner, Tenby, was then called. Sergeant Thomas-Do you remember last Saturday night, doctor ? Witness-Yes. Sergeant Thomas — Sometime during the evening were you called to Mrs Rees ? Witness-Yes; at 11.30. Sergeant Thomas-By who ? Witness--James Rees, the prisoner. He asked me to come down and see his wife. Sergeant Thomas-Did he say what for, or anything, doctor ? Witness-I am not sure. I cannot remember the exact words. Sergeant Thomas—You went to the house ? Witness—Yes. Mr Laws-You didn't know what was the matter ? Witness—No. I can't remember exactly what he said. Mr Railton-Did he lead you to suppose it was a serious case ? Witness—He led me to suppose it was an urgent case. Mr Laws-Did you take things for a wound ? Witness—I did take a few dressings-a bandage. Mr Laws-You expected a wound ? Witness—Yes. Sergeant Thomas-Will you kindly explain to their Worships what you did fiud on arriving at the house. Witness-Mrs Rees was sitting on a chair by the fire, or on the end of the bed I would not like to be certain which. She had blood on her face and blouse and front of her dress, and there was some blood on the floor. There was a contused cut on the left side of the nose an inch and a quarter long. The wound was a superficial one, and had not gone down to the bone. Sergeant Thomas- Was the wound such that it necessitated your stitching it ? Witness—Yes, I put in one stitch. Mr Laws-Barring septic complications, was it a wound dangerous to life ? Wir,ness -No. Sergeant Thomas — I understand you have dressed the wound ? Witness—Yes, and have attended her since. Sergeant Thomas—Is the state of the eyes the effect of the blow Mrs Rees had on that occasion ? Witness—Yes, the eyes were blackened next morning. Sergeant Thomas—Do you know, doctor, by what means she received that wound ? Witness—The prisoner told me that he had thrown a bottle at her. Sergeant Thomas (holding up the bottle)- Would a bottle of that description be likely to have caused the wound that we see on her face ? Witness—Yes. The Mayor-Could you form any opinion as to the state of the woman ? Had she been drinking? Witness—She seemed rather dazed. Mr Tuck—That might have been from the blow ? Witness—Yes. In reply to Mr Railton, the witness said that the prisoner was perfectly coherent and ex- pressed regret to him for what he had done. He was quite responsible. Prisoner said he had no questions to ask. Sergeant Thomas—That is all the evidence I I have to offer your Worships. The magistrates then retired and consulted in private for several minutes. Upon returning into Court, The Mayor, addressing the prisoner, said they were not going to charge him with malicious wounding, and that charge would be dismissed but they had decided to charge him with an aggravated assault. If the first charge had been gone on with the Bench could not have dealt with it; prisoner would have had to go for trial to either the quarter sessions or assizes. They had, however, dismissed that and would deal with the case themselves. The charge was then duly amended, and upon being read to the prisoner by the Clerk, he pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault on his wife. The Mayor, addressing Rees, said the Bench had come to the decision to send him to prison for fourteen days with hard labour. His Wor- ship added that the prisoner had had a very narrow escape, as he might have been charged with murder or manslaughter. The prisoner was then removed in custody.
TENBY REVISION COURT. ......
TENBY REVISION COURT. The annual revision of the list of voters for the out and in liberties of Tenby will take place in the Town Hall, before Mr Ivor Bowen, the revising barrister, next Thursday, commencing at half-past nine in the morning. Both poli- tical parties appear to have been fairly busy in their claims and objections. In the county ownership list there are no less than twenty- three objections against persons who are alleged to possess no title to have their names retained on the list; whilst in the matter of lodger claims there are fifteen, and four objections against those already on this list. An objection is also lodged against a person with regard to Division I. of the occupiers' list of Parlia- mentary electors for the Pembroke Boroughs and the burgesses of the municipal borough of Tenby.
THE PEMBROKE BOROUGHS. ----
THE PEMBROKE BOROUGHS. THE NEXT ELECTION. A THREE-CORNERED CONTEST POSSIBLE. Since last week the political situation gene- rally as advanced, and there is now a widespread belief iu all quarters that the country is within measurable distance of a General Election, which Mr Horatio Bottomley, M.P., the editor of John Bull, goes so far as to state definitely will take place in November. We also under- stand that Sir George Armstrong, Bart., the adopted Conservative candidate for the Pem- broke Boroughs, who was in the constituency last week, told an elector that he had authora- tive "inside" knowledge that there would be an appeal to the country in November. With regard to the Pembroke Boroughs, a rumour has within the last few days been in circulation that the Labour Party contemplate running a candidate, thus bringing about a triangular fight. As to the amount of truth in such a statement we offer no opinion, but such a development is far from improbable, as it is well known that the Labour Party, who are well supplied with funds, are casting around for working-men con- stituencies, and have already decided to fight something like a hundred seats. The Pembroke Boroughs, by reason of the Royal Dock-yard, they regard as a working-man's constituency, and one which offers a good prospect of success, having regard to the heavy workers' vote. There is no doubt but that the introduction of a Labour candidate would split up the voting, and if anything would prove of material benefit to the Conservative candidate. In both politi- cal camps there are evidence of unwonted activity, and the contest when it comes will be a stiff one. Mr Owen Philipps, the sitting member for the constituency, will again contest the seat, and may be expected to shortly hold a series of meetings.
MASON'S POPULAR GUIDES to Tenby and Neighbourhood contain all information of in- terest to Visitors, and can be obtained from the Observer Office, or at the local booksellerp. Prices 6d., Is., and 2s. 6d.
--TENBY MUNICIPAL ELECTION.…
TENBY MUNICIPAL ELECTION. The near approach of the date of the annual Municipal Electioii-six weeks hence—suggests a reference to the event, although we are not in a position to make any definite announce- ment as to new candidates for Corporation honoars. Still, it may be said that there is every probability of a contested election, and the appearance in the arena of entirely new blood. The retiring members are Messrs. George Lord, William Henry Thomas, Thomas Angel, and George Henry Sandercock and we understand that of this quartette Mr Angel will not again seek the suffrages of the rate- payers.
COMMITTEE MEETING ON THE OLD…
COMMITTEE MEETING ON THE OLD PIER. At four o'clock on Tuesday afternoon several Councillors, including his Worship the Mayor, met on the Old Pier for the purpose of fixing on a site for the new cargo shed to be erected at the request of Messrs. Tilton, of Bristol. This business having been satisfactorily disposed of, a certain Councillor asked to be excused, and hurried away on business or tea-drinking intent. Half-way up the hill, however, the framework of a large shed which is being erected by the side of the Sluice, attracted his attention, and hurrying back he appealed in a most pathe- tic speech to the Mayor to see that the bye-laws of Tenby were enforced on the quay-side as well as in other parts of the borough. It appeared, however, that this self-same erection had already been the subject of discussion, and his Worship was able to inform the agitated Coun- cillor that the Harbour Master had given per- mission for the putting up of the structure. This explanation somewhat smoothed matters until the question as to the rent to be paid was mooted, when it was stated to be nil. The excited Councillor beat a hasty retreat upon hearing this, being afraid to trust himself any further.
VISITORS' COMPETITION. --
VISITORS' COMPETITION. This event took place on Tuesday afternoon. As an indication that the season is drawing to a close, only fifteen entered for the prizes, which were a large framed photograph of the Royal Victoria Pier, given by Mr C. K. C. Herapath; a lady's knitted coat, given by Mr George Lord a Royal Doulton bon-bon dish, given by Mr C. K. C. Herapath and a pair of gloves, given by Mr Ivy Gibbs to the lady catching the smallest fish. The prize winners were Dr. Herapath, Mr Torrance, Mr Keep, and Mrs Halliley. Mr. Potter, of London, in distributing the prizes, made some humorous and witty remarks, in the course of which be said these fishing competitions deserved encouragement, because he believed they incul- cated the three cardinal virtues—Faith, Hope, and Charity. A vote of thanks to Mr Potter, proposed by the Deputy Mayor and seconded by the Mayor, was carried with great enthusiasm.
YESTERDAY'S COMPETITION. --
YESTERDAY'S COMPETITION. Yesterday (Wednesday's) competition on the Royal Victoria Pier established a record as re- gards the aggregate weight of fish caught, the total being lllbs. 7!ozs. Among the catches were a remarkably fine mullet (2Ibs. 4Jozs.), which was landed by Mr F. E. L. Mathias Thomas. The weather was ideal, and in addition to the thirty- eight competitors, a considerable number of spec- tators was attracted to the pier. The prizes were presented by Mr Councillor George Lord, the first (a silver mounted toilet box, given by Mr Robert Lock, M.A.) being awarded to Mr F. E. L. Mathias Thomas, with a total catch of 31bs. 4Jozs., his other fish being a mackerel. Mr T. H. Rees (postman) secured the second prize (a leather travelling bag) with a catch of pollack and mackerel representing a combined weight of lib, llfozs. i while the Rev. Mr Enles obtained the third prize (a silver mounted tobacco pouch) with three gurnets weighing lib. lOfozs. The supple- mentary prize (a set of hall brushes), for the smallest fish, was taken by Mr White. Other catches were—Mr Young, two gurnets, lib. 4Jozs.; Mr P. J. Francis, mackerel, 15 £ ozs.; Mrs Mottram, plaice, ll^ozs.; Mr J. B. Francis (chemist), plaice, 9^1bs.; and Mr Torrance, gurnet, 8flbs. Mr F. E. L. Mathias Thomas proposed a vote of thanks be accorded Mr Lord for presenting the prizes and adjudicating on the weighing, which was seconded by Mr W. H. Phillips. Mr Lord, in acknowledging the vote, which was carried with acclamation, said he was very pleased and very proud to have the honour of presiding over that competition, which he understood was the last of the year. He was sorry the competitions had come to an end, and remarked that the large number of entries that day was proof that there was still no lack of enthusiasm and keenness in them. No doubt those visitors who had taken part in these fishing competitions and won prizes would recall with pleasure their visit to Tenby, while those who had not won prizes had had a very pleasant time. The committee (Messrs. Richard Davies and J. H. Thomas) responsible for the arranging and carrying out of the competitions had been the means of providing a great source of amusement during the season not only to visitors, but to residents as well. The compe- titions had drawn crowds of people to the Royal Victoria Pier, and had been a valuable attrac- tion throughout the summer. He had much pleasure in proposing that a very hearty vote of thanks be tendered Mr Davies and Mr Thomas for their labours, which had been so successful and also to Mr Botren, the Har- bour Master, who had been most enthusiastic in assisting. Mr Richard Davies, acknowledging the vote, sa.id that they had as a committee made a little change in the arrangements this year by the introduction of competitions exclusively for visitors, with the result that they had been very popular, so much so in fact that he felt whoever was in charge of the fishing competitions next year would, he felt, be justified in giving them again. He should also like the donors of prizes included in the vote of thanks, and the various gentlemen who bad come down and acted as chairmen; everyone connected with the compe- titions had been most willing and kind. The value of the prizes provided by the committee amounted to C5 2s. lid., whilst tne approximate value of the prizes presented by donors (among whom were five visitors) was JE18 16s. 4d., making a total of £ 23 19s. lid. Altogether fourteen com- petitions had been held. made up as follows: Ordinary, 8; visitors, 4; special (for cup). 1; juvenile, 1. The total number of entries was 452, made up of 280 in ordinary competitions, 92 visitors, 47 special, and 33 juvenile. A vote of thanks was particularly due to Mr George Bowen, the Harbour Master, who had done everything he possibly could to assist them, having been most kind in arranging and looking after things generally. Mr J. H. Thomas seconded the vote of thanks to the donors, the chairmen, and the Harbour Master, and in doing so re- ferred to the great success which had attended these fishing competitions since the time, early i-n the season, when Mr Davies and himself took on the working of them. The result had proved to be most satisfactory and very gratifying, and it was with the greatest pleasure they looked back upon the way in which their labours had been rewarded. Although they had announced on the bills that this would be the final competition for the season, there still seemed to be a wish that yet another one should be held next Monday, and he invited a show of hands from those in favour of holding another competition. If it was desired the committee would be very pleased to arrange it.-Several present" signified their desire for another compe- tition, whilst two visitors came forward and volunteered to give prizes.
PEMBROKE AUCTIONEER ASSAULTED.…
PEMBROKE AUCTIONEER ASSAULTED. At the Pembroke Police Court on Monday, be- fore the Borough Bench, with Mr C. B. Sketch in the chair, Richard Ormond, auctioneer, estate agent, etc., Pembroke, summoned T. Ford, of Underdown, for assault and battery. Mr R. D. Gilbertson appeared for the complainant, and Mr F. S. Reed for the defendant. Mr Ormond, in his evidence, said he was riding a small pony down the Green at Pembroke ou Tuesday, August 14th, when he met Mr Ford on the Mill Bridge just outside the latter's business premises. He said" Good afternoon" to Mr Ford, who asked him why he had not paid the account he owed him. Mr Ford used strong language to him, and raising a stick which he was carrying struck the complainant a blow on the face. Mr Ford then walked into the saw mill. Evidence was given by two other witnesses to the effect that they saw Mr Ford raise the stick. Dr. Williams said he had examined the bruise on Mr Ormond's face which might have been caused by a stick. For the defence Mr Ford asserted that he raised the stick in self-defence in order to prevent Mr Ormond from striking him with a cane which he was carrying. His stick struck the complainant's cane, with the result that it came in contact with his face, thus causing the bruise. Mr Ford was fined £1 and costs, including the advocate's and doctor's fees.
MASON'S STREET MAP OF TENBY, showing all the streets and public buildings in the town, North and South Sands, etc., should be in the hands of every visitor. Prite 2d. To be ob- tained from all local newsagents or at the Obset ver Office.
TENBY CORPORATION. ..A..
TENBY CORPORATION. ..A COMMITTEE MEETINGS. THE ADVERTISING OF THE TOWN. MESSRS. WILLS'S CONTRACT TO TERMINATE. TENBY AND THE MAIL BOATS. PROPOSED ADVERTISING SCHEME. INFRINGEMENT OF BUILDING BYE-LAWS. REPORTS AGAINST COUNCILLORS. PROPOSED QUARRY ON CORPORATION LAND. The usual committee meetings of the Tenby Corporation were held in the Council Chamber at three o'clock on Monday afternoon, when the Mayor (Councillor C. Farley) presided over a good attendance of members, and a considerable amount of business was brought forward and dealt with.—Letters with regard to the contract existing between Messrs. Wills, Limited, adver- tising agents to the Great Western Railway Company, of Cannon Street, London, and the Tenby Town Council, were produced by the Town Clerk, and formed the subject of a long discussion. In the end it was unanimously agreed to give Messrs. Wills six months' notice to terminate the existing contract in March, 1910, and that at the same time an intimation be sent them that the Town Council were not satisfied with the way in which the contract had been carried out by them.—The question of advertising on board the Cunard mail boats, which in future will call at Fishguard, was next considered, and it was agreed to write to the shipping firms whose steamers will call at the new Welsh port, and ask their terms to place illustrated guides and other advertising matter relating to Tenby in the libraries and saloons of their passenger steamers.—The agreement be- tween the Great Western Railway Company and the Town Council granting permission for the laying of the new sewer beneath the arch opposite Brython Place was produced, dis- cussed, and ordered to be signed.—The Borough Surveyor reported that the owners of Gle°i- wood," on the New Road, and the Jubilee Cot- tages, in the Sepentine Road, had not complied with the terms of the notice served upon them in June last to connect their houses with the new sewer which had recently been laid down. A letter was read from the owner of "Glenwood," to the effect that the tenant would not agree to the garden being disturbed, but that the work would be done forthwith. The owner of the Jubilee Cottages wrote that the notice had not been complied with firstly, because the gardens were fully cropped and could not be disturbed aud secondly, because the Town Council had taken no steps to pro- vide a proper outlet for the sewer. A lively discussion followed. One Councillor proposed that the recalcitrant owner be compelled to comply with the Corporation bye-laws. Ano- ther declared that the excuse as to there being no proper outlet was an exaggerated one while a third suggested that it was "all my eye." The owner, who is a member of the Council, pointed out that if he complied with the order his property would be greatly improved, but at the same time he considered it madness on the part of the Corporation to have all these houses connected with a sewer for which no proper outlet had been provided. He asked as a par- ticular favour that a resolution should be passed obliging him to carry out the work, when he would, of course, bow to the ruling of the majority. It was then proposed, seconded, and carried that the owner carry out his undertaking to connect the Jubilee Cottages with the sewer and fit proper lavatories to same.—The Borough Surveyor reported Councillor W. H. Thomas for infringing the bye-laws, as he had com- menced a building in Picton Road without having first submitted plans or obtained per- mission to do so. The owner of the Jubilee Cottages immediately proposed that the offend- ing Councillor be convicted and fined at once. He maintained that it was of the first im- portance that members of that Corporation should by themselves or their servants con- scientiously carry out all bye-laws made for the maintenance and welfare of Tenby. (Hear, hear, and laughter.) He very much hoped that they would accept no excuse.—Councillor W. H. Thomas apologized if he had done wrong, but as he had three or four men idle he thought it would be better to begin work than to pay them off. He would have plans sub- mitted as quickly as possible, and would under- take to satisfy the Borough Surveyor and sanitary authorities.—The owner of the Jubilee Cottages proposed that this explanation of Councillor Thomas's be not accepted, and that the bye-laws of Tenby be rigidly enforced, particularly as regards public bathing. (Loud laughter.) — Eventually, Councillor W. H. Thomas's apologies were accepted, but he was warned not to offend again.—The Town Clerk produced notice to quit Gander's Nest Farm, Pembroke, from Dr. Henry Owen, tha tenant also a letter from Mr Dan Davies, of Alleston, asking the Town Council to re-let the land to the present sub-tenant, Mr Brace, whom he was able to recommend as a reliable and suitable tenant. It was agreed to write Dr. Owen, accepting his notice also to Mr Dan Davies that the question of re-letting the laud to Mr Brace would be favourably considered in due course, when terms of letting had been pre- pared.—Mr J. A. Bancroft, solicitor, Tenby, applied through the Town Clerk for repayment of the sum of £1 9s property tax paid by Mrs Muncaster in error, but not deducted by him when sending the Corporation rent for her house in St. Julian Terrace. It was agreed to refund a proportion of the sum.—The Town Clerk reported that the cost of replacing the glass broken by boys in the old life-boat house was so trivial that it was not worth while in- viting their parents to repay same; but it was agreed that he should write the parents informing them of the damage, and telling them that another time they would be called upon to make it good.—The Borough Surveyor reported that M. Thierry-Mougnard, of the Imperial Hotel, had fixed a railing and gates alongside the public footway leading to Water- wynch, and that as a consequence the public were unable to cross over the old stile on the edge of the cliff, a right which had existed for many years. It was agreed that the committee who met M. Thiery-Mougnard on a previous occasion should again inspect the fencing in question and report to the Town Council. -The Borough Surveyor read several letters from Messrs. Stephens Brothers, engineers, Pem- broke, applying for permission to become tenants of four fields near the Common at Pem- broke, the property of the Tenby Corporation, for the purpose of opening up a quarry in one of them. They offered the same rent (£30 per annum) as now paid, with a royalty of four- pence per ton for all stone removed. It was agreed to write the present tenant, Mrs Griffiths, and inquire if she wished to give up the land.— Complaint was made by a Councillor that the promise to fix a gas lamp between the Slaughter- house and the Old Station had not been carried out. Another Councillor complained that the lamp at the end of South Cliff Street, next to the iron gate leading to the Rectory, which was now unnecessary since the conversion of the lamps to incandescent burners, had not been removed as agreed to at a Lighting Committee 0 0 0 held after the Finance Committee some time ago. It was agreed that a Lighting Committee 11 9 should be held at an early date.-A letter was read from Mr George Goodridge, tenant of one of the cottages in South Parade, asking permis- sion to remain on as a weekly tenant, as he had not been able to find another house to suit him. The application was agreed to.—The Borough Surveyor was instructed to obtain tenders from local tradesmen for materials for the erection of the shed on the Old Pier, and was authorised to accept the lowest, and proceed with the work as soon as possible. The committee arranged to accompany him to the Old Pier for the purpose of fixing the site of the shed.
TENBY FISHING COMPETITIONS.…
TENBY FISHING COMPETITIONS. I The tide not being suitable on Wednesday, last week's competition was held on Friday. The prizes were a copper kettle with spirit lamp, given by Mr C. W. R. Stokes; a Welsh travelling rug, given by Mr A. F. Roblin; a lady's um- brella, given by Mr T. P. Hughes; and a silver hat pin to the lady catching the smallest fish. Of the forty-two competitors the four successful ones were Mr C. K. C. Herapath, Mr Torrance, Miss Waddy, and Mrs St. Clair Smith. Mr Beynon, a well-known visitor to Tenby, distributed the prizes, and remarked these competitions were par excellence the feature of the season. They were the means of bringing strangers together and making them acquainted with one another. A vote of thanks to Mr Beynon was proposed by Mr W. H. Phillips and seconded by Mr Potter.
TENBY AS A MOTOR CENTRE. -.L
TENBY AS A MOTOR CENTRE. L [BY A MOTORIST.] After an exhilarating ride of something like sixty-five miles from Swansea, during which we passed through some extremely pretty country, we reached Tenby in the early afternoon, and at once decided to make the old town, with its many historical and other associations, our headquarters for the various tours we had mapped out. From the motorist's point of view Tenby can, I think, be regarded as an ideal centre. To begin with, the town is inte- resting from many points of view, and well repays the few hours devoted to its exploration, the remnants of bye-gone Flemish days parti- cularly attracting our attention, whilst as re- gards the old town walls, these are perhaps its most striking feature. In preservation they equal those of Chester, which are supposed to be the finest in the LTnited Kingdom. How- ever, I think the Walls at Tenby have been well and carefully looked after, and I was parti- cularly struck with the tablet affixed to the Five Arches, behind which there undoubtedly lies a "past." From this tablet I take it that there was a time when the spirit of Vandalism was abroad in the town, and when an unworthy attempt was on foot to despoil these glorious links with an historical past. Need it be said that if such an enterprise" (1) had succeeded it would have deprived Tenby of one of its most noteworthy features from the visitor's point of view in fact, these walls mean every, thing to the town, and are one of the supreme "lions" of the place. In hotel accommodation Tenby is for its size and population, pur excel- lence. Its four leading hotels the Coburg, the Gate House, the Lion, and the Imperial, (the last-named unlicensed, but none the less com- mendable of that) offer every facility to the motorist, and the most fastidious automobolists on the road can depend upon having his creature comforts attended to in the most up. to-date style at any one of these hostelries. The food is excellent the waiting ditto, and the at- tention all that can be desired. To a town such as Tenby good hotel accommodation is a sine qua non if strangers, and especially motorists, are to be attracted, and here I have no hesitation in recommending either of the houses mentioned to my fellow motorists, who will not only find the accommodation all I have indicated, but the charges distinctly moderatdj that is when one takes into account the value received. As to the roads around Tenby, I can only speak in the warmest praise. With the exception of just one or no small stretches, they are well made and carefully tended their sur- face is admirably adapted for motoring, and the administrative authorities responsible for their maintenance and up-keep are deserving of credit for their work in this direction. A favourite "spin is from Tenby to St. David's the smallest and perhaps the most interesting cathedral city in the whole of Great Britain. The route is through fine country, full of in teresting objects, and even if there are, as the natives the other side of Haverfordwest say, as many hills as there are miles from the old county town, infact, if indeed fact it be, does not in anywise detract from the enjoyableness of such a tour. There are hills, that I have proved from personal experience but after all, they are not very formidable ones at least, they ought not to be to the ordinary motor car, and a change of gear is scarcely necessary. At St. David's the great attraction is, of course, the cathedral, over which Mr Edwin G. Thomas, the venerable verger, holds sovereign dominion. To the visitor he acts as guide, philosopher, and friend, to whom with pardonable pride and loving care he shows its beauties. St. David's is an old-world spot, far away from the bustle and hustle of modern-day life, and none who are in the neighbourhood should miss a visit to it. Then to the antiquarian motorist—and I suppose even a motorist can think of something else beside speed—Pembrokeshire is richly stored with memorials and monuments of an age which still in these days of rush possess a fascination. Pembrokeshire has been ap- propriately styled the "County of Castles," and I do not think there is another shire in all the land which can lay claim to so many castles. There are Pembroke, Carew, Manorbier, and Roche—to mention just a few of the more popularly known—and either of them well re. pays a visit. They all team with interest, and even the "ny-away" motorist should break his "spins" to inspect them. Making Tenby his centre, the motorist can radiate in all directions, and whatever road he selects will take him to some interesting point. Another important and indispensable reason why Tenby makes such an ideal motoring centre is because of the fact that there is to be obtained in the town everything for the motor and the motorist. Mr A. W. Randall, who has lately opened new and commodious premises in Warren Street, is well qualified to give the motorist every assis- tance he requires, from the supplying of petrol up to the complete overhauling of his machine. Mr Randall is also the owner of a capital garage, and under its roof my car was well and carefully looked after. To my fellow motorists I would strongly recommend Mr Raudall, of The Motor House," Warren Street, Tenby. His charges are strictly moderate for everthing he sells or does, while in the matter of attention one could not wish to be better served.
A VISITOR'S NOTES.
A VISITOR'S NOTES. No sensible man will deny the fact that Tenby is a fashionable seaside resort-healthy and everything else that's good. It will likewise be readily admitted that it is late in the season in September but, indeed, I understand that there is quite a number of visitors here at present. I observe with no little concern the limited number of amusements provided for the people, and if you will be good enough to allow me a small space in your valuable paper, I shall make a few remarks in connection with Tenby's amusements. —— I arrived in Tenby on a Saturday evening, and to my surprise the first thing that I noticed advertised was that of A Message from Mars. Knowing it to be the last day in the week, I came to the conclusion that this was the last night at Tenby for this year consequently, I hurried to my "digs." and lost no time in securing a seat at the Assembly Rooms. I may say that I really had a most enjoyable time, and it is complimentary to the manage- ment for securing such an excellent company. By the way, I hope that the above remarks will not make the management raise their prices, especially those of the "gods" all they are com- monly called. —— This week I note that there is only one amusemellt-I mean public amusement—in the place, that of "The Stingarees" at the De Valence Gardens. —— I made it my business to hear "The Stin- garees on Tuesday evening, and may say (with apologies) that I would not hear them a second time. Of course, tastes differ. If there were a company at the Assembly Rooms this week, it would surely be patronized, and I know that I express the feelings of many visitors. If you wish people to visit Tenby another year, you must make an effort to provide them with amusements, and then you can rest assured that a return visit will be paid otherwise, I doubt it. —— Everyone is not fortunate in finding a lady escorter, and persons do not find the inside of a tap-room exceedingly pleasant on a wet or cold evening, and would sooner go to a place of amusement (provided it be good) than stay indoors. —— In conclusion, I sincerely hope that these few remarks will be taken in the spirit given. MAN oy THE ROAD. Tenby, September 8th, 1909.
CORRESPONDENCE. THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY AND FISHGUARD. To the Editor of the Tenby Observer. SIR,—We have heard a good deal lately about Fisbguard as a port of call for American liners, and the benefit such a departure is going to be to the county generally, but it seems to me that there is very little material ad vantage to be de- rived out of it as the matter stands at present. When the scheme of making Fishguard a trans- atlantic port was first mooted, it was thought that Tenby would get a share of the prosperity which we were told was bound to result, but so far nothing of the kind has happened; on the contrary, the Great Western Railway Company being so engrossed with nursing their new enterprise have had but little time or inclination to devote to poor Tenby, as the bad season just finished eloquently proves. All the railway company's energies seem to have been devoted to the furtherance of the pros- pects of Fishguard, and as a consequence Tenby has almost been left out in the cold. If a pro- portion of the many American passengers who are landed at Fishguard could be prevailed upon to give Tenby a call before going forward to London, then indeed we might look for some material advantage, but as under the present arrangement they are simply carried straight away to Pad- dington, practically without a stop, Tenby gets no share whatever of their presence—and their money. The possibilities of Tenby getting something substantial out of the new scheme are infinite, that is provided the railway company would lend a helping hand in the right direction. If Tenby were, on board the liners, advertised beforehand, it would undoubtedly be the means of inducing passengers to give us a call, for it is a well-knowu fact that the great majority of the rich Americans who come over to this country are on pleasure and sight-seeing bent and Pembrokeshire I should think would be just the place to interest them. The matter is an important one for Tenby, and I trust that the Great Western Railway Company will consider it worth their while to move in it in the manner suggested and do something to benefit the town, which there is no doubt has been sadly neglected, and is as a consequence "taking a back seat when compared with other rival watering-places, which have a powerful railway company behind them. Yours truly, Tenby, September 11th, 1909.. PROGRESS.
"LUSITANIA" AT FISHGUARD.…
"LUSITANIA" AT FISH- GUARD. 175 PASSENGERS AND 950 MAIL BAGS LANDED. INCREASING POPULARITY OF THE NEW ROUTE. The magnificent position and the potentialities of Fishguard as a Transatlantic port were again demonstrated on Monday, when the Cunard liner Lusitania sister ship to the Mauretania, disem- barked 175 passengers-120 of whom were first class-and landed 950 mail bags. The majority of the passengers then travelled by the Great Western Railway ocean expresses to London, and arriving there at about 11 o'clock thus saved 13 hours as against those who went on with the liner to Liverpool, which the Lusitania was expected to reach at 12 o'clock on Tuesday morning. Eight of the 175 passengers were conveyed by the Cunard Line Continental Express (whioh slipped the first Ocean Express at Southall) to Dover, and they reached Paris on Tuesday morning. Everything and everybody at Fishguard struck the high-pitched note of activity and precision. Nothing was left to chance. That was obvious even in the Smallest detail. The disembarking operations were carried out like clockwork—with" out fuss or delay—and were watched with the keenest interest by Viscount Churchill (chairman of the Great Western Railway Co.), Mr J. Morris superintendent, G.W.R.), Mr C. Aldington (assis- tant superintendent G.W.R.), and Mr J. R. Lich- field (of the Cunard Company's general manager's department) while the various other officials of the G.W.R. and Cunard Company worked with fine zeal and thoroughness. The Lusitania, with a little over 300 passengers and about 1400 mail bags, dropped anclior at the entrance to Fishguard Harbour at 4.42 p.m., after the strong flood tide had swung her into position almost opposite the breakwater point. Inside the breakwater the sea was bright and rippling, with hardly an uncomfortable wave on it to churn the solar plexus of the unmaritime on board the turbine Great Western, which went out to receive the passengers and luggage, the Pem- broke, Another of the G.W.R. Company's fine Irish boats, being allotted the task of taking off the mail bags. A strong north-east wind blew straight into the mouth of the harbour, and out- side the breakwater the sea was heavy and troublesome to all — except to the leviathan Lusitania. The smart, fussy little tug St. David's was the first to run out, and the Liusitania's pas- sengers cheered and waved handkerchiefs. Mes- sages were exchanged, and then the Pembroke, with 40 alert postal men from Swansea under the superintendence of Mr Pullen, surveyor South Wales district, and Mr A. Williams" Swansea Post Office, got into position under the lee side of the liner. And smartly did the Swansea postal men do their work, for at 5.42 the mail bags ve e deposited in the ocean mail train, which starbed on its run to London a minute later. Meanwhile the Great Western, curtseying very graciously as she approached, also manoeuvred into position on the lee side of the Lusitania. A small armv of Cunard attendants and luggage men was drawn up on the lower deck of the liner; they stood at attention with all the smartness of Jack Tars, and they set to work with a cleanness and agiliov of Jack Tars when the gangways were fixel on to the Great Western.