TENBY TOWN COUNCIL. '1' b- ANNUAL MEETING. ELECTION OF MAYOR. His Worship the Mayor (Councillor Charles Farley) was in the chair at the commencement of the proceedings of the Tenby Town Council held in the Council Chamber at noon on Tues- day, when the usual statutory business was disposed of. The members present were Councillor Thomas Tucker (Deputy Mayor), Aldermen Griffiths, Chiles, Leach and Williams, Councillors Stokes, George Thomas, Sander- cock, Lord, Tuck, W. H. Thomas, Truscott and E. Palmer, together with Mr G. Lort Stokes (Town Clerk), Mr A. J. Newton (representing the Borough Treasurer), Mr Bertie Morley (Borough Surveyor and Inspector of Nuisances), Mr James Hughes (from the Town Clerk's office), Mr E. H. Leach (Tenby and County News) and Mr R. L. C. Morrison (Tenby Observer). The Mayor, who wore his robes and gold chain of office, and was attended by the Town Clerk in wig and gown, rising at noon, said that before they proceeded with the business for which they had been called together he should like to propose that a telegram be sent from the Corporation to his Majesty the King congratu- lating him on his birthday and wishing him many happy returns of the day. (Hear, hear.) Mr Tucker seconded, and the motion, upon being put to the meeting, was carried with loyal acclamation. The Mayor, again rising to address his col- leagues, said that they all knew what the pre- sent meeting had been called for that day it was for the purpose of electing a successor to himself as Mayor for the ensuing year. They all knew that on the previous Friday at a private meeting of the Town Council, called to consider the mayoralty, it was unanimously agreed that Councillor Tucker should be Mayor for the ensuing year. He (the speaker) there- fore had very much pleasure in proposing that he (Mr Tucker) be their Mayor for the ensuing year. (Applause.) They all knew Mr Tucker. For four years he had been in the Tenby Town Council, and during that time he had been a very regular attendant at all the meetings. He (Mr Farley) could vouch for this, because he believed that he himself had also attended them during that period. Mr Tucker had during these four years put in as much service as some members had done in ten years. He had therefore won his spurs, and taken a very great interest in the affairs of the town, and he (Mr Farley) had very much pleasure in pro- posing that he now be elected Mayor of Tenby for the ensuing year. (Loud applause.) Alderman Clement Williams seconded the motion, which, upon being put to the meeting, was carried amid warm applause. The outgoing Mayor then divested himself of his robes and chain of office, which he assisted his successor to assume, and the newly-elected Chief Magistrate having made the usual decla- ration and subscribed to the oath of allegiance, rose to return thanks for the honour conferred upon him at the hands of his colleagues. He said he was extremely grateful to them for conferring that high honour upon him that day, and because of it he felt that his humble efforts in that Council had been rewarded. It was certainly a very high honour to be chosen by one's fellow-townsmen to fill that high office, which not only brought honour but responsi- bility on the holder. But glancing round tho room gave him hope, because he saw that he was surrounded by friends who would help him to maintain the dignity of that high office. When he entered that Council it was not with any desire for fee or reward he simply entered it so that he might help to push on the old family coach and he was very pleased to find his humble efforts had been appreciated. During the time that he would have the honour to pre- side over their deliberations he hoped nothing would be left undone on his part to further the best interests of that lovely little town over which he now had the honour to preside. (Loud applause.) Before resuming his seat the Mayor said he would ask Mr Farley to consent to act as his deputy during the ensuing year. Mr Farley said he would be very pleased to accept the position of Deputy Mayor, and thanked his Worship very much for the honour. Mr Stokes moved that the Mayor's salary be fixed as usual at £ 20 for the year. Mr Farley seconded, and the resolution was unanimously carried. Mr George Thomas proposed that a hearty vote of thanks be accorded the out-going Mayor for his services during the past year. The speaker said he was very pleased to have the privilege of proposing such a vote to Coun- cillor Farley. He (Mr Thomas) had passed through the chair himself, and knew that there was a certain amount of responsibility attached to it. It was an office which required a person of a certain amount of diplomacy to carry out the duties connected with it. But of course the man who filled the mayoral chair was like a target for everybody to fire at if he made a mistake but he (the speaker) must say that Mr Farley had carried out his duties as Chief Magistrate of that borough in a very straightforward manner. (Applause.) Mr Truscott seconded the vote, which, upon being put to the meeting, was carried with acclamation. Mr Farley, rising to acknowledge the vote, said he was very much obliged to them for pro- posing and passing such a vote of thanks for his services during his year of office. He had only to say that as Mayor he had, as far as he knew, had the assistance and goodwill of all the members of the Council, which had made his year of office a very pleasant one for him. His wish now was that his successor would have such a pleasant and peaceful year of office as he had had. He was not going to say much of the little things carried out in the town during his mayoralty, but there was one thing-the im- provement on the Esplanade — which they would all acknowledge was a great improve- ment, and as time went on they would see that it would be a greater improvement still. There was another thing which he would refer to, and which he hoped his successor would be able to follow up, and that was the reduction of the rates. During his year of office the rates had been reduced sevenpence in the pound which he thought was a verv ereat thine for the town. (Hear, hoar.) Proceeding, the Deputy Mayor said that he had before him a statement showing the condition of the various Corporation ac- counts at the present moment, and from it they learnt that their credit balance at the pre- sent time was JS990, a most creditable and satis- factory state of things. (Loud applause.) The appointment of officials for the ensuing year was then proceeded with. Alderman Leach proposed the re-appoinment of Mr George Bowen as Quay Warden and Pier- master, to whose abilities and long and honourable service in the employ of the Tenby Corporation he paid a warm tribute, Mr Stokes remarking that Mr Bowen must have been with them something like half-a-century. Mr Farley seconded the motion which was uuanimously carried. Mr Truscott proposed the re-appointment ot Mr George J. S. Lyons as collector of the urban rates, whom he said had always carried out his duties in a most satisfactory manner and he did not think the Council could do better. Alderman Griffiths seconded the resolution which was carried. Mr Lord moved the re-appointment of Mr Bertie Morley as Borough Surveyor, and re- ferred in eulogistic terms to the satisfactory way in which he performed his duties. Mr Stokes, in seconding the motion, said that a better officer than Mr Morley they could not have. Mr Morley, returning thanks for his re-ap- pointment, said he hoped to carry out his duties in the future as he had done in the past. Alderman Chiles proposed the re-appoint- ment of Mr T. M. Eastlake as Borough Accoun- tant and Collector of Rents. Mr Tuck seconded, and the motion was carried. Mr Stokes proposed that Miss Mildred Trus- cott be appointed Meteorological Observer, and in proof of the fact that ladies were selected for this work produced a list showing that in various parts of the country the office was held by a lady. Alderman Leach seconded, and spoke in warm terms of the accuracy which Miss Trus- cott had displayed in the preparation of the weather reports during the past six or seven months when .she had peiformed the work in the absence of her brother, Mr Harold Truscott. The resolution was unanimously agreed to. Mr Stokes moved the re-appointment of Miss Noot as Hall-keeper and Ringer of the Curfew Bell. Mr Truscott seconded, and the resolution was carried. The re-appointment of the Sergeants-at- Mace (Messrs. John Thomas and Thomas John) was proposed by Alderman Leach, seconded by Aldermen Griffiths. The Mayor moved and Mr George Thomas seconded, that Mr Councillor Tuck be asked to continue as Superintendent of the Meteorolo- gical Instruments, and the same was unani- mously agreed to. Mr Stokes proposed that the various com- mittees consist of the whole of the members of the Council as last year, whcih was seconded by Alderman Chiles, and carried. The following dates were agreed upon for the holding of the quarterly meetings of the Council next year:February 7th, May 9th, August 8th, and November 9th. With regard to the Tenby Christmas Market, it was agreed on the proposition of Mr Stokes, seconded by Mr Lord, that the same be held on Wednesday, December 22nd. The Mayor then announced that the meeting stood adjourned until three o'clock next Mon- day afternoon. Upon the completion of the statutory busi- ness, his Worship extended a cordial invitation to all present to remain and drink a glass of wine with him, a hospitality which was accepted by the entire company, who were regaled with al fresco refreshments, the various toasts which followed being drank in excellent champagne. Cigars and cigarettes were also provided with a lavish hand, and altogether a most happy and convivial time was spent, it being nearly half- past two when the proceedings terminated. After the loyal and patriotic toasts, the Mayor and Mayoress were enthusiastically toasted, their healths being drunk to the accompani- ment of musical honours and cheers. Other toasts were the Aldermen, the newly-elected Councillors (Messrs. G. Lord, G. H. Sander- cock, W. H. Thomas, and E. Palmer), the Town Clerk, the Borough Treasurer, the Officials, the outgoing Mayor, the Common Councillors, the Press, etc. The harmony of the proceedings was added to by Mr Sandercock and Mr Morley, who contributed much appre- ciated songs.
TENBY'S NEW MAYOR. Mr Councillor Thomas Tucker, who was last year's Deputy Mayor, and who was at the annual meeting of the Tenby Town Council on Tuesday unanimously elected Chief Magistrate of the Borough for the ensuing year, is the youngest son of the late Mr George Tucker, of Ilfracombe, and was born in that popular Devonshire resort fifty-nine years ago. Accom- panied by his father the new Mayor came to Pembroke-Dock nearly half-a-century ago, and in 1873 established himself as a hairdresser at Tenby. He first became a member of the Tenby Town Council in November, 1905, and was re-elected in 1908. He is also one of the Tenby representatives on the Pembroke Board of Guardians, and a director of the Tenby Gas Company. Mr Tucker married Myra, daughter of the late Alderman Richard Jenkins, of Tenby. The new Chief Magistrate of the Borough, who has attained the highest municipal honour pos- sible in the remarkably short space of four years' service, a feat we believe unparalleled in local annals (unless we except Alderman Clement Williams), is a Churchman and Conservative, and occupies the position of chairman of the Tenby Conservative and Unionist Club. Mr Tucker is the 507th Mayor of Tenby.
We understand that the newly-formed Boy Scout Patrols at Tenby will take part in the Mayor's procession next Sunday morning. The Mayor and Corporation and officials of Tenby will attend Divine service at St. Mary's Parish Church at eleven o'clock next Sunday morning. Yesterday (Wednesday) morning the Mayor of Tenby received from Sandringhalll the following telegram in reply to the Corporation's congratu- lations wired to his Majesty on the occasion of his birthday on Tuesday I am comnranded by the King to thank you and the Corporation and burgesses of the ancient and loyal borough of Tenby for kind and loyal congratulations." Whilst the election of the Mayor of Tenby was in progress on Tuesday, Mrs Evans, florist, Covent Garden House, Tenby, sent up to the Council Chamber three artistic buttonholes, one each for the new Mayor, the Town Clerk, and Mr Councillor C W. R. Stokes, which were immediately "fixed up" by the respective recipients.
KNIGHTHOOD FOR MR. OWEN PHILIPPS, M.P. ——— The King's Birthday Honours' List* published on Tuesday contained the name of Mr Owen Phliipps, M.P., of Am roth Castle, who has been made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. fi
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH. It has been said of Mr Owen Cosby Philipps, M.P. for Pembroke and Haverfordwest Boroughs, and one of the giants of the House of Commons (he stands six feet five inches in his socks), that he typifies the golden age of youth and ancestry in the golden age of commerce. He is chairman of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, of the King Line of steamers (which he founded); direc- tor of the London Thames Oil Wharves, Limited; the London Maritime Investment Co,, Limited chairman of Thomas Headley and Co., Limited (an undertaking which owns large works at New- castle) he is interested in many other commercial enterprises identified with the shipping industry and is a member of the Executive Committees of the Royal Alfred Merchant Seamen's Hospital and King Edward's Hospital Fund vice-chairman of the Port of London Authority; and a member of the Royal Commission on Shipping Rings. Some of these positions Mr Philipps has held for several years, and he is regarded as one of the leading authorities on shipping. Mr Owen Philipps is a member of an old and distinguished Welsh family, his father being the Rev. Canon Sir James Erasmus Philipps, Bart., of Picton, Pembroke- shire. Sir Owen, who is his father's third son, married in 1892 Mai, eldest daughter of the late Mr Thomas Morris, D.L., of Cwm, Carmarthen- shire. The baronetcy of Picton is one of the oldest known to our greatest English romance," as someone has called Burke and his chronicles. But the house of Philipps of Picton finds its romance on its native heath—Pembrokeshire. It has Royal blood in its veins by descent from Vor- tigern, paternally descended from Maximus, King of Britain and Emperor of Rome, and the first member of the family dealt with, viz., Cadifor ap Colhom, was born before the Norman invasion, and died twenty years later. In addition to being a highly successful man of business—he has im- pressed himself upon the shipping world of Great Britain-Mr Philipps is a keen and enthusiastic politician. In 1895 he unsuccessfully contested the Montgomery Boroughs, being defeated by Colonel E. Pryce Jones, the Conservative candi- date, by only 84 votes. He was also unsuccessful at Darlington in 1898. His opponent was Mr Pike Pease. At that time the traditions of the north- eastern constituencies were literally of Pease and Plenty," there being in the House of Com- mons no fewer than four members of the reigning Quaker family. Mr Philipps made a plucky fight, straight and hard, in which he displayed those qualities which have carried him to the front in the world of commerce. Amroth Castle is the Pembrokeshire residence of Mr Philipps. He is highly esteemed in the county, and his election to Parliament in 1906 by the substantial majority of 1049 gave intense satisfaction. Mr Philipps is J.P. for Pembrokeshire (1909), Carmarthenshire (1905), Haverfordwest (1905), and Glasgow (1892), and was High Sheriff for Pembrokeshire in 1904. He is a member of the Wellington, the Reform, and the Ranelagh Clubs in London, as well as of the Royal Cruising Club, for he is an enthusiastic I yachtsman. S
BUSINESS ENTERPRISE AT TENBY. MR. T. P. HUGHES'S NEW DRAPERY PREMISES. A SUCCESSFUL CAREER. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH. As one of the (comparatively) latest comers to join the business ranks of Tenby, Mr T. P. Hughes has distinguished himself by achieving a remarkable success in a short time. Seven years ago he purchased the old-established and substantial drapery business belonging to Mr Benjamin Harries, J.P., and from that time on he has never looked back. Progress and de- velopment have been his watch-words, and at the present time Mr Hughes controls a drapery and millinery establishment which, when its recently finished additions are opened, will have no rival for size and completeness this side of Swansea. As a business man Mr Hughes possesses remarkable acumen, keen foresight, and a penchant for detail and organi- zation which in combination have been the means of earning him well-deserved success in his undertakings. His energy and enterprise have found an outlet in the important develop- ment of a rapidly expanding business-a busi- ness known and appreciated and patronized throughout the length and breadth of the county. The new additions which he has just made to the business were rendered absolutely necessary by the ever-growing clientele and the consequent increasing demands upon the re- sources of the establishment. In order to give it extra space a cottage, stable, and coach-house at the back of the High Street premises have been pulled down, and upon the site, which has frontages to Upper Frog Street and St. Nicholas Lane, has been put up a handsome block of buildings, erected by Messrs. Adams and Parsell, the well-known local contractors, from the designs and plans of Mr E. Glover Thomas, architect, Frogmore, Tenby. The lower part of the building consists of a large and roomy shop, while above is a fine show-room, access to which is reached by a wide staircase. The front of the new building is quite up-to-date, and when the windows are completed they will represent over a thousand square feet of plate glass, in which will be displayed an attractive range of new goods in the household linen and soft furnishings departments. The show-room above, which is forty-two feet long, will be ex- clusively devoted to costumes, mantles, jackets, and ladies' and children's outfitting. It can safely be said that no finer drapery business under one single roof is to be found this side of Swansea, and Mr Hughes is to be warmly con- gratulated upon his enterprise and success. The total length of the premises from High Street to Frog Street is over 120 feet, while there is an entrance at each end. As a conse- quence of this extension increased space will be given to the several departments, including the millinery, blouses, dresses, and needle- work. In years gone by there stood upon the site of Mr Hughes's new premises the old municipal buildings, the police court and town hall being situated upon the first floor. The cottage pulled down, it may be mentioned, was -u Photo.] [Mortimer Alien, Tenby. MR. T. P. HUGHES. the dwelling-place of the only man in blue who protected the lives and property of the citizens of Tenby in those days of a past generation. During the progress of the excavation opera- tions on the site the workmen came upon evi- dences of a curiously arched cellar, but for what purposes this dungeon was used is not quite clear, unless it was set aside for the in- carceration of unruly and obstreperous coun- cillors, for, as has been already mentioned, the town hall, in which the City Fathers met, was situated above. Mr Thomas Philip Hughes, whose photograph we publish this week, is a Pembrokeshire man, having been born at Saun- dersfoot. At an early age his parents removed to Lawrenny, in the northern part of the county, where they remained until the death of Mr Hughes's mother. The subject of our sketch received his early training with Messrs. E. and A. Trayler, drapers, Albion House, Pembroke- Dock, which establishment he left at the age of nineteen, after completing his apprenticeship, and decided to try his luck in the great Metro- polis, where, if he did not exactly find the streets paved with gold, he at any rate found Dame Fortune willing to give him a chance of proving his mettle, for he was not long in securing an engagement with Mr J. R. Roberts, draper, of Stratford. At that period the hours of shop assistants in the East End of London were abnormally long—ten o'clock ordinarily, and midnight on Saturdays. However, in spite of the long and trying hours Mr Hughes gained invaluable experience here, and after twelve months in this establishment he left, fired with the ambition to get into a West End house. In this he was successful, for he obtained an engagement in the rising establishment of Mr William Owen, of Westbourne Grove, after, with characteristic persistence, having made daily application there for a fortnight. At the time it was nothing to see a hundred young men applying at the appointed hours for en- gagements at the best drapery houses. At Mr Owen's establishment Mr Hughes made steady progress, and at the end of six years was ap- pointed buyer of the drapery and soft furnishing goods. Under his management the department grew rapidly, and this in spite of the significant fact that Owen's chief competitor and rival was the great firm of Whiteley's in the same neigh- bourhood. Owen's was a most comfortable house, the staff being studied in every possible way. The hours were good, and always re- membering the long and trying hours which he had experienced in the East End, Mr Hughes took a keen and practical interest in the Early Closing Association, to the Board of Manage- L ment of which he had the honour of being elected. Ho also received the signal honour of being placed on Lord Avebury's Committee which drafted the Early Closing Bill, since be- come law. Mr Hughes was one of the founders of the Atherley Athletic Association established in connection with the house of Owen, which has now a membership of nearly 300. During the seven years which he has been in Tenby, Mr Hughes has taken a keen interest in every- thing connected with the welfare and progress of the town. He was the founder of the Hockey Club; is joint secretary of the Athletic Association and this year's president of the Tradesmen's Association.
F LOCAL y NOTES. So Councillor Tucker is unanimously (myself absent) elected Mayor of Tenby for the ensuing year, and my suspicions are verified. The election of mayors of Tenby has been for some years and still is carried out by a small clique, of which directors of the Tenby Gas Company form a majority. The rate- payers are either content to be ruled by this clique or are too lazy to make a change, so laisser alter is the order of the day. Mr Tpcker pays the closest attention to the conduct of Municipal affairs, and if he and I often differ on various local matters, he is at least an outspoken and honest opponent. I can compliment him on this; also on the marvellous appearance of his photo in his robes directly after the Council meeting at which he was elected. It was very smart. » # # The death of Peter Sing, a well- known Tenby handy man, reminds me of an incident which took place during the inquest on a friend of his some years ago. Peter and his friend, Billy Tickle Me," were gathering eggs from birds' nests on the cliffs near Tenby. Billy was lowered by means of a rope over the face of the cliff; the rope parted; Billy met his death on the rocks below, and a jury, of which I was one, were assembled to inquire into the fatality. Peter produced the ropes in court, with which he had lowered Billy over cliff. The late Mr John Andrew Jenkins, a juryman, asked him if he could tie safe knots." Peter affirmed that he was a dab hand at the busi- ness. ff.- I asked that Peter should be invited to hitch the two ends of the rope in the same way as he joined them on the fatal occasion. Peter willingly agreed, and with some little dramatic waving of the ropes he tied his knot in full view of all of us. Mr J. A. Jenkins (who had had some years' experience at sea like myself) caught my eye &s t he shouted "Grannie;" I repeated "A grannie 1 of course that explains it." Here I should say that an improperly tied reef knot is called a "grannie" by seamen, and is a dangerously unsafe way of joining two ends of ropes. Poor Peter was very angry with Mr Jenkins and myself for some years afterwards. In fact, to the day of his death did not like me to refer to tying knots in ropes or even string. All who love ballets should make a point of visiting the Alhambra in Leicester Square, where two are given each night, that of Psyche being more than usually beautiful. The whole of the programme is most amusing, and certainly the Alhambra is one of the places to visit during a stay in town, however short it may have to be. Once upon a. time a ballet gave me the keenest delight for weeks on end. The ranks of pretty dancers, the harmony of colourings, the changing lights, the fine music, and magical stage effects, left an impression not easily effaced; but now I am in accord with a humorist I heard last week, who described a ballet of to-day in pantomimic show by himself. After dramatic poses indi- cating love, hate and despair, accom- panied by step dancing and pirouettes of various kinds, all without a word being spoken, he finished up with the remark-" A nd that means that my brother has left for Australia and I am anxiously awaiting news of him or a postal order." The audience simply rocked with laughter. If I remember rightly Wilkie Bard was the humo- rous artist. *#* "The Follies" are playing to full houses. Their popularity steadily in- creases. New items are continually added to the programme, the latest being the potted play of The Whip, in which Mr Pelissier, representing the fair-haired Lady Diana, appears on the stage with the Whip, a cunningly contrived horse, made up of two men and some art serge draperies. Pelissier, sleek, fat and enormous, dressed in a correct ladies' riding habit, golden wig, and bowler hat, putting the Whip through various antics, is a sight not easily forgotten. Everbody laughed and laughed until doing so any longer became painful. Miss Muriel George, one of the artistes, appeared in the Coronation Garden, Tenby, as one of the "Yashmaks," some few years ago. At the Comedy Theatre an excellent play produced under the title of Smith, is quite worth seeing. Miss Ellis Jef- fries, in The Woman in the Case, plays her difficult part delightfully, and most people, I feel sure, will enjoy the play, although the last act appears weak, or perhaps I should say more theatrical than life-like. The Dollar Princess I have not been able to see, but hear it freely said that it is not nearly so good as the Merry Widow. Still, all seats are booked until February, and people are waiting for unreserved seats hours before the doors open. The magnificent memorial to Queen Victoria in front of Bucking- ham Palace is gradually approaching completion, and will be a grand im- provement though a very costly one without doubt. The large marble basins intended to receive the water from the fountains are provided with rims shaped so as to make unexpected baths probable to spectators who may be pressed against them in a crowd. A policeman on duty informed me that the force quite expected some duckings when popular ceremonies took place at the Palace. 'If. 1f. Crowds of Londoners spend Sunday in Brighton. Many go in motor cars, many more by train. For three shil- lings you can obtain a return ticket by ordinary train which takes two hours or more to cover the distance. For twelve shillings you can have a seat retained in a Pullman Limited Express car and get to Brighton from Victoria without a stop. Each car bears a name; ours was the" Grosvenor" last Sunday, and the 11 a.m. train is called the "Southern Belle" by business men. Luxurious comfort is provided for in all ways. The journey occupied exactly j one hour, and on arrival our host at once proceeded to the Metropole to secure a table for luncheon, then joined us on the sea front for an hour's walk in the hazy sunshine as far as Hove, and passing Mr Sassoon's house where our King is to stay next week. The crowd is great, but all are on the move so no inconvenience is felt, every one intent on seeing or being seen. Outside the Metropole motor cars arrive in a seemingly endless procession, set down their curiously garbed occupants and then away to the immense garage close by. Inside, four very large rooms with seats for at least 300 guests are pre- pared, yet those who have not reserved tables receive scant attention. Not a vacant seat until 2.30, sir 1" I heard more than once, but on giving the name and number of reserved table our party proceeded to places at once, and were promptly served with a most excellent luncheon. I am afraid the cost was high, but by George and by Jove it was worth it. # The crowd was a very mixed one. On my right were two old and dimi- nutive ladies gleefully enjoying their food. Opposite were a young couple toying with lobster mayonnaise, washed down with champagne and stout mixed in a glass jug, a new drink to my country experience. More couples; then to the left came a family party of husband, wife, two sweet little girls, and a nurse in uniform. Behind me I had an old growler, who declared he felt a draught. I did not trouble to look at him; but from the tone of complaint, I expect he wrote R.N." after his name. Luncheon over we left our table to hungry new arrivals and went to the splendid Palm Court and Aviary for coffee and smoke. A good band supplied the music, and quite a few Americans could be seen and heard. Jew and Gentile were pretty evenly mixed. French was spoken on all sides; German here and there. A cosmopoli- tan assembly in every sense of the word! iF The departure of hundreds of cars amused us for another hour or more. Cars of all sorts, shapes and colours. Of the occupants the same may be said, particularly of their fur costumes. Next a call at the York Hotel to shake hands with the popular proprietor, Mr I Harry Preston, once Champion Feather- weight of all England, and now a highly respected referee of the National Club. Tiie YorFc Hotel is one of the best in Brighton for those who delight in an excellent cuisine, combined with quiet and luxurious surroundings. The Metropole for the sightseer, and the York for true comfort, I should say. Then back to our Pullman Car, and tea daintily served is enjoyed as we roll speedily, but smoothly, back to Lon- don; and dinner at the Coventry, where new friends were met, new stories heard, II and new luxuries enjoyed. Oh 1 what a day had F. B. M. THE TATLER."
TENBY LICENSING TANGLE. CHARGE AGAINST THE ASSEMBLY MR. C. F. EGERTON ALLEN, J.P., AS PROSECUTOR. CASE DISMISSED. At the Tenby Police Court on Monday morning, before the Mayor (Councillor C. Farley), Messrs. Benjamin Harries, Edward Laws, J. Lefich and R. H. Tuck, an echo of the recent licensing tangle was heard, when Mr C. F. Egerton Allen, J.P., barrister-at-law, of Hill Cottage, Tenby, appeared as prosecutor against Mr Max Krempl, the manager of the Royal Gate House Hotel, Tenby, who was charged with "unlawfully keeping the As- sembly Rooms for the purpose of stage plays without a license between the 18th and 25th October, 1909." Mr .Allan conducted his own case, while the defendant was unrepresented legally. Mr Allen, in laying the case before the Bench, said, in his opening remarks, that he must draw their Worships' attention to two principal matters upon which they would have to be satisfied in the present case, the first of which was that Mr Krempl between the 18th and 23rd days of October of the present year kept the Assembly Rooms at Tenby for the performance of stage plays, and the second point was with regard to the sufficient liceusing of the said rooms for that purpose. The two things would require different treatment, be- cause as he understood the law it lay upon him to prove the first of the points mentioned, and upon Mr Krempl to prove the second. As to the first point, that Mr Krempl kept the As- sembly Rooms for the performance of stage plays, that was a matter in proof of which he (Mr Allen) must rely on his own evidence, and as he proposed to go into the witness-box and give evidence on oath it would be better to postpone that particular subject until ho was sworn. As to the second point, that of the sufficient licensing of the Assembly Rooms, he wished to draw the more particular attention of the Bench. Proceeding, Mr Allen said that before the passing of the Local Government Act of 1888, which was sometimes called the County Councils Act, the licensing of houses for the performance of stage plays rested with the justices of Petty Sessional Divisions under the Act of 1843, 6 and 7 Victoria, chapter 68, which he should like their Worships to have before them, as it would be easier for him to refer to the section if it was before them. He wanted to show first of all how the law stood at that time, because the law still stood as it did then with the exception that the authority for granting the license had been taken away from the justices in Petty Sessions and handed over to the County Council who afterwards dele- gated their powers. The Bench would see, upon reference to the Acts, that the first words of the section gave justices power to grant licenses for the performance of stage plays in Petty Sessional Divisions, Cinque Ports, etc., the word "Borough being included and men- tioned in section five. If their Worships looked further they would see the words the t application for the license is to be countersigned by at least two justices acting in and for the division within which the property proposed to be licensed shall be situate, and "delivered to the clerk of the said justices that was to say the justices acting for the division in which the house to be licensed was situated, and therefore, as he would have no difficulty in proving that the Assembly Rooms were situated in the Borough of Tenby, he maintained that the justices to give the license were the justices of the Borough of Tenby. The Justices' Clerk (Mr G. Lort Stokes) en- quired what Mr Allen was resting on. Mr Allen-ruder the Act of 1843 that is only. the foundation. I wish to show that the jurisdiction was afterwards taken away. The Clerk—That is it was repealed. Mr Allen-Well, practically taken away. Continuing with his speech, Mr Allen said that that authority was exercised by the Tenhy Justices up to and after the coming into force of the Local Government Act of 1888, although the coming into force of that Act deprived them of the power. By section seven of the County Councils Act the business of the justices of the county out of Quarter Sessions in -respect of the licensing of houses or places for the public performance of stage plays was transferred to the County Council, and by section 36 in boroughs, of which Tenby was one, such powers of the justices as in the case of the county justices were transferred to the county were to cease, and the County Council were to have the powers in the boroughs in like manner as in the county. The authority to grant these licenses thus became the County Council. By section 28 the County Council might delegate to the justices of the county sitting in Petty Sessions the power transferred to the County Council in respect of the licensing of houses or places for the pubic performance of stage plays. Mr Laws-They are not obliged to. They have the power. Mr Allen-And that power they carried out by resolution passed at a meeting of the County Council held on November 7th, 1889. Mr Allen added that he had received from the Clerk to the Pembroke Connty Council a certi- ficated and official copy of the resolution re- ferred to it was under the seal of the Council and was given officially, and he proposed to put it in. The Clerk asked Mr Allen if he would read the resolution out so that all the Justices might hear it. Mr Allen accordingly did so, the resolution, which was moved by the late Mr H. G. Allen, K.C. (chairman), and seconded by Sir Charles Philipps, Bart., being to the effect that under the powers of delegation conferred on County Councils by the Act of 1888, the power of granting licenses for stage plays in buildings in such Petty Sessional Divisions be referred back to the justices of each Petty Sessional Division and their clerks. The power of delegation conferred, Mr Allen said, was limited to dele- gation to the justices of the county and it was argued that the Borough Justices were not included in the justices of the county, but the justices of the borough acted in Tenby up to the present year as if the power had been dele- gated to them. It seemed to him clear that whether the justices of each Petty Sessional Division to whom the power was delegated in- cluded borough justices or not, the justices to whom the power was delegated were justices of the Petty Sessional Division in which the building was situated,—following the former provision of the Act of 1843, which gave autho- rity to the Petty Sessions in the place wherein the house was situated, and as the Assembly Rooms at Ten by were not in the Castlemartin Petty Sessional Division, the justices of that division had no power delegated to them to deal with a license for the Asssmbly Rooms. The Assembly Rooms therefore were not duly licensed and must be taken to be unlicensed within the meaning of section 17 of the Act of 1843. With regard to the penalty, this, said Mr Allen, might be anything under JS20 for every day on which the house had been kept open without legal authority. By section 21 of the Act of 1843 the penalties shall be paid and applied in the first instance towards defraying the expenses incurred by the prosecutor, and the residue thereof, if any, shall be paid for the use of bar Majesty, her heirs and successors. The prosecutor then entered the witness-box, and having been sworn, said his name was Charles Francis Egerton Allen, residing at Hill Cottage, Hey wood Lane, Tenby, justice of the peace for the county of Pembroke and an alder- man (,f the Pembrokeshire County Council. The Assembly Rooms, he continued, were with- in the Borough of Tenby, and were kept as an adjunct to the Royal Gate House Hotel. They had for many years past been licensed as a theatre, such license in the past having been granted by the Tenby justices. The defendant, Mr Max Krempl, was the manager of the Royal Gizte House Hotel, and this year as manager of the Assembly Rooms he applied to the clerk to the justices of the Castlemartin Petty Sessional Division that the Assembly Rooms should be licensed as a theatre and a license in accor- dance with the application was granted by the justices of the Castlemartin Division on Saturday, October 16th, 1909, TIe (Mr Allen) being present. Since that date and up to the present time the Assembly Rooms had been kept by the defeiidaiit-as were advertised to take place in the Assembly Rooms on November 5th and 6th and now there was at the present time placarded through the town an advertisement that they would be let on November 17th for a perform- ance in aid of, he thought, the Sunday-school. The Clerk reminded Mr Allen that they were dealing with October 18th to 23rd as on the information. Mr Alleii-Yes, that is so. I have charged that from the 18th October, the Monday after he got his license, up to Saturday, October 23rd, which I think was the day before I applied for my summons. Mr Allen added that he thought his statement was relevant as it showed that Mr Krempl had been doing what a man would do who kept the Assembly Rooms for the purpose of public performances. Mr Laws-You charge him with having stage plays on unlicensed premises. Mr AlIen-I charge him with keeping a house for the performance of stage plays. I say that he has not got his license, and in keeping open he is committing an offence whether stage plays are actually performed or not. The Clerk—Under what Act and section ? Mr Allen at this stage of the case left the Avitness-box and proceeding to the table in the well of the court obtained some papers with which he returned to the box, and addressing the Clerk informed him that he would find it in section two of the Act of 1843. The Clerk—What is the penalty ? Mr Allen-Twenty pounds for every day kept open for the performance of stage plays. Mr Laws—For every day ? Mr Allen-Yes. I say he has kept open every day since October 18th up till now, and I have shown you by the fact that it is advertised to be used on November 17th that there is no hesitation on the part of Mr Krempl in keeping open.' The point I am making now is that I have proved he is keeping it open for the per- formance of stage plays. After a good deal of further argument 011 Mr Allen's part, the Bench retired and after an absence of some minutes returned into court, when the Mayor announced that they con- sidered Mr Allen had failed to make out his case, as he had not proved that plays were per- formed on the dates mentioned. The summons was accordingly dismissed, with costs (3s.) against Mr Allen. We understand that the case will not rest here, but is to be taken to the Court of Appeal.
The First Battalion Welsh Regiment will leave Pembroke-Dock for Southampton en ronte to Cairo, Egypt, on December 11th, and will be relieved by the Second Battalion (the old 69th Foot) from Bloemfontein, Orange River Colony, South Africa. The latter regi- ment has never been previously stationed at Pembroke-Dock. Mr Edward Hugh Hamon Massy, of Ivy Tower, Hendon, N.W., and of The Hermitage, Castle Connell, Co. Limerick, and late of Cottesmore, Pembrokeshire, who died 31st July last, aged 72 years, eldest son of Mr Edward Taylor Massy, of Cottesmore, left estate of the gross value of JB807 9s. 8d. with net personalty B51. Probate of his will has been granted to his brother, Mr Arthur Wellington Massy, of Cuffarn, Pembrokeshire. The new Mayor of Pembroke is Mr Phillips, youngest son of the late Mr Benjamin Phillips, of Cilhernin Farm, Llanboidy, Carmarthen-, shire. He came to Pembroke more than twenty years ago, and at the death of the late Mr George Henry Barrett purchased the business so long carried on by that gentleman in Main Street, Pembroke, as buiider, undertaker, and house furnisher. He was elected a member of the Town Council eleven years ago, and success- fully contested four elections since that time. Mr Phillips is also a member of the Borough Education Committee. He has been a life-long total abstainer and is a deacon of the Congrega- tional Church. He is one of the youngest mayors ever elected at Pembroke, being now only 46 years of age, and is a very popular I citizen.