TENBY CORPORATION. COMMITTEE MEETINGS. SOUTH PARADE IMPROVEMENT EXPENDITURE. EX-MAYOR'S INSTRUCTIONS TO SURVEYOR. PROTEST BY MEMBERS. COUNCIL AND GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY. QUEEN'S PARADE ROADWAY. PROVISION OF WORKMEN'S DWELLINGS. LETTER FROM THE LOCAL GOVERN- MENT BOARD. HARBOUR RAINTING TENDERS. OPENING POSTPONED UNTIL ADVERTISED. REFUSE TIPPING TO STOP AT SALTERN The first committee meetings of the new Council were held at three o'clock on Monday afternoon, under the chairmanship of the Mayor (Captain D. Hughes Morgan), when there was an almost full attendance of members.
SANITARY. The minutes of the last committees having been presented, a letter was read from the Roads Board, Westminster, with reference to the local road improvements. The Borough Surveyor reported that he had served 29 notices on owners in the borough with regard to defective pavement channels. Refer- ring to the roadway iu St. Domingo Place, which was in a bad state, he suggested certain improvements, which he estimated could be carried out at a cost of £6 10s., and it was una- nimously agreed that he should carry out the work accordingly. Two or three members directed attention to the unsatisfactory state of the roadway at Lower Saltern, in reply to which the Surveyor said he had been down there that morning, and the repair was being attended to. It was further reported by the Surveyor that Mr Robert Rogers had collided with a lamp in Lower Frog Street and damaged same to the extent of 7s. 6d., an account for which had been rendered him, but not yet paid. Messrs. George Thomas and Son, the Surveyor likewise re- ported, had damaged a lamp in The Norton, but had settled the bill (12s. 6d.) for same. Plans were presented by the Surveyor from Mr J Preece James, architect, for the erection of a seaside residence and motor house on the corner piece of land in Queen's Parade, for the Rev. R. H. Wilmot, who had recently acquired the site. A question arose as to the possibility of the Corporation requiring a corner of the land in connection with the new road from Queen s Parade to the railway station, and after some discussion it was arranged, on t!!e proposition of the Mayor, that the same sub-committee who previously visited and reported on the matter, should meet Mr Wilmot on the ground next Monday morning. A member complained of the deplorable con- dition of the railway bridge at the foot of the Greenhill, the drippings from the arch of which caused the greatest inconvience to pedestrians. It was, he insisted, a most disgraceful state of things, and he asked whether the Great Western Railway Company could not be compelled to remedy it. Another member said he was under the im- pression that the railway company had under- taken to do what was necessary to prevent these drippings. The member who had first brought the matter forward said it was childish the way in which that Corporation were being treated by the Railway Company; they were not treating them as business men. He asked whether nothing could be done. The Town Clerk replied that the Corporation could write them again. Another Councillor said there was also the removal of rubbish from the golf walk, which the Great Western Railway Company had not yet attended to. In the course of further discussion it was stated that the railway company had been written to as far back as March last on the subject of the archway. A member thought that the Corporation's letters to the company should not be treated with the contempt they apparently were. The Surveyor said the arch had been pointed. Several members thought, however, that corrugated iron sheets should be fixed under the arch. It was also mentioned that as there was no footpath running under the bridge the Corpora- tion would have no claim against the railway company in the matter of compensation in the event of injury being done, the Town Clerk giving it as his opinion that the matter was one for individual action. A member thought it was simply a waste of time writing letters to the railway company. Eventually it was agreed that the company be written to and requested to put up corru- gated iron sheets under the archway. A Councillor suggested that at the same time the company should be reminded that they had not yet removed the rubbish from the path leading to the golf links. Another member, alluding to the same matter, enquired whether the representative of the railway company had not arranged with the Borough Surveyor that he should remove the rubbish and they would pay the expense of same. The Surveyor replied that he had been unable to get a definite decision in the matter. In the end it was agreed that the Surveyor should report at the next meeting as to what it would cost to make a pathway under the bridge. With regard to the extension of the eastern outfall sewer, which a member at a previous meeting had proposed should be carried out an additional 18 feet, the Surveyor now reported that he thought he would be able to extend it 25 feet under favourable conditions of tide and wind, perhaps more, and that next March or April would be the most suitable time to under- take the work, the cost of which he estimated at £ 12. The member who had originally brought the matter forward moved that the Surveyor be instructed forthwith to obtain the necessary materials and so be ready for the work when a favourable time arrived. The extension of 25 feet, said the speaker, would make a tremendous difference, and it was of the first importance that such work should be carried out. After further discussion, in the course of which it was stated that steel pipes would not be suitable tor the work, the motion was carried with the addition that the Surveyor be given discretion to go out a few feet further if the weather permitted. Referring to the carrying out of tne work in connection with the South Parade Improvement, a Councillor asked for the Surveyor's report on same, and an explanation as to whose instruc- tions he acted upon in hurrying through with the work. The Town Clerk informed the member in question that the Surveyor's report on the sub- ject had been read in his (the member's) absence, and was satisfactory. In the course of the discussion which fol- lowed it was stated that the Surveyor had carried out this work (at a cost of £ 159) upon the instructions of the then Mayor, whose right, however, to take this responsibility upon himself without orders from the Council, was challenged by more than one member. It was stated by the Town Clerk that the action of the Mayor had been confirmed by the Council. A Councillor-I think it a scandalous piece of work. More than one member raised the question as to whether there was not on the minutes of the Council a resolution to the effect that 1 the Surveyor could not spend a sum exceeding jSlO without the authority of the Corporation. It was pointed out that the amount was £ 5. A councillor now proposed that for the future no member or official of the Council be per- mitted to give orders exceeding E10 without the authority of the Council, but it was pointed that the resolution already on the books met this. The ex-Mayor admitted that he had given the Borough Surveyor instructions to do that work, and justified his acticn by the statement that at the time (August) no committees of the Cor- poration were being held, consequently no orders could be given from them. He felt that as Mayor he had carried out the wishes of the majority of the Council, and if he found him- self in the same position again he would follow the same course. The Mayor having remarked that what had been done was an improvement and looked very nice, the matter was allowed to drop. Correspondence was read from the Director of the Meteorological Office complaining of the failure of the Meteorological Observer (Miss Mildred Truscott) to carry out her duties with regard to the forwarding at the proper time of the sunshine records. A letter was also read from Miss Truscott giving her explanation of the matter, and even- tually it was agreed that she should be re- appointed Meteorological Observer subject to the pleasure of the Council. A letter was read from the Local Government Board, under date of November 8th, with re- gard to what the Council were doing for the provision of housing accommodation for the working-classes in the Borough. The Town Clerk stated that he had replied to the effect that Lower Knowle Park was un- suitable for workmen's dwellings, but that Broadwell Hayes was, as same was partly sewered, and had water mains laid down and that the tenant had been given notice to quit the land last September 29th, which notice would expire next September. In the course of the discussion which followed, a member expressed the hope that he should live to see the houses in St. Domingo Place removed, as they were too near the schools. The point was raised as to whether it would pay the Corporation to build houses on their; own account, but a member remarked that it was not a question of making the thing pay, but of considering the health of the women and children. Another member expressed the opinion that if the Corporation embarked upon such an undertaking it would probably mean borrowing mo.ooo. In reply to an enquiry as to whether the Local Government Board could compel the Council to build workmen's dwellings, The Town Clerk said that the Board might hold an enquiry to ascertain whether it was necessary or not that they should build these houses, and if so then they could compel them. The matter then dropped. A circular letter was received from the Local Government Board with regard to the plague and rats. A member said that twelve months ago be proposed that the Corporation should offer two- pence apiece for rats tails, and he now again made the same suggestion, as he believed it would be the means of keeping the rats under. Another member said that if they wished to exterminate the rats in the town they must set about it in a systematic way. The Mayor said the Corporation were not entitled to pay for rats tails as suggested. In connection with this matter the question was raised as to whether the tipping of the town's refuse at Saltern did not help to breed rats, and after some discussion a resolution was carried unanimously that for the future the scavenging contractor tip no more refuse there. A letter was read from Mr Moss-Flower, Bristol, one of the engineers who sent in plans in connection with the extension of the Culvert, in which he stated that he raw from The Sur- veyor journal that the plans of Mr Preece James had been approved by the Council, but pre- sumed that this statement need not be taken seriously. He hoped that Mr James would not be allowed to modify his plans, and thought that his (the writer's) plans should be placed under seal by the Town Clerk. A member suggested that as Mr Moss-Flower seemed so anxious about his own plans, that they had better be returned to him forthwith. Eventually it was decided that the letter should be allowed to lie on the table. A letter was read from Mr John Jenkins, Seaforth," Serpentine Road, intimating that he proposed building a new house in that neighbourhood, but before proceeding further would like to know the Council's decision as to bringing the new sewer to the place, which at present was some distance away, and thus enable him to dispense with a cesspool. It was agreed that the matter stand over until the plans were produced. It was unanimously agreed that the Tenby Christmas Marked should be held on Wednes- day, December 21st.
HARBOUR. The Borough Surveyor produced sealed tenders for the painting of the goods shed on the Harbour, and was about to open same, when one of the new members enquired from whom he had obtained tenders, and what means he took to get them. Had all the painters in the town been asked ? As there was a good deal of feeling in the town with regard to this matter, the member who raised that question thought that tenders should have been advertised for, thus giving everyone an opportunity of competing if they wished. The Surveyor replied that he had simply carried out the instruction of the Council in the matter. The ex-Mayor remarked that it was a small job, and they did not advertise it in order to save expense. The new member retorted that this was a lame excuse, as the thing might have been advertised in the Tenby Observer, no charge for Corporation advertisements being made by that journal. The other new member maintained that all work required by the Corporation should be tendered for and the fact advertised irrespec- tive of the expense. Every ratepayer should be given a chance to tender if he wished and apart from that it was possible to save pounds of public money by putting work out to tender. It was proposed and seconded that the opening of the painting tenders already re- ceived by the Surveyor be postponed until the matter had been advertised in the local papers. An amendment was moved that the tenders be opened forthwith. Upon the Committee going to a division six voted for the resolution and three for the amendment, and the tenders were accordingly held over. A member referred to the condition of the Royal Victoria Pier, which wanted attention, and he moved that Councillors W. H. Thomas and Davies be appointed, as practical men, to inspect.the structure and report to the Council. The proposition was seconded and carried, both the members named expressing their willingness to undertake the inspection pro- vided the Borough Surveyor accompanied them. The proceedings then terminated after a nearly two hours' sitting.
MISS SINCLAIR ROHDES' TENBY SPEECH. To the Editor of the Tenby Observer. SIR,—According to your report of a Tariff Reform meeting at Tenby, the lady speaker made the following amazing statement:— At present there were seven men running after one job, but the Unionists were trying to bring about a, state of things in which ten employers would be running after one work- man." Ordinary minds conclude from such a state- ment that six men out of every seven are un- employed, for if one "job" is vacant and seven men apply six must be disappointed. Would it be too much to ask the good lady the source of her information ? Also, can she name any protectionist country ih which the "jobs" outnumber the applicants by ten to one ? Awaiting reply.-Yours, etc., TRUTH SBEKER. Pembroke-Dock, November 5th, 1910.
TENBY CHRYSANTHEMUM SHOW. o SUCCESSFUL RESUSCITATION. OPENING BY THE MAYORESS. After a long period of suspended animation the Tenby Chrysanthemum Show, at one time a feature of the autumn season, was successfully resuscitated yesterday (Wednesday), when, under the auspices of the local Baptist denomi- nation, the eighth exhibition of chrysanthemums, fruit, and vegetables was held in the Market Hall, which had been kindly placed at the dis- posal of the promoters by the Tenby Town Council. In addition there were art and indus- trial classes, but the chief interest centred round the chrysanthemums, of which on the whole there was a very creditable display, some of the cottagers' exhibits being extremely satisfactory, and indicating careful attention on the part of the cultivators. In the fruit and vegetable sections the exhibits though not numerous were marked by a high standard of quality. A pro- minent exhibitor in the chrysanthemum classes was Mr H. A. Allen, of Penarth, who is known throughout South Wales as one of the leading amateur growers. Mr Allen, who was in atten- dance at the Show, has this year been most successful in carrying uff prizes, and added two more firsts to his records as a result of his exhibits at Tenby. Previous to that, he had this year won eleven .firsts, six seconds, two thirds, and numerous special prizes, the chief shows at which he has exhibited being Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Penarth, and Barry. The special object of the promoters of the Tenby Show is to foster and encourage the cultivation of flowers, fruit and vegetables, and secure, as far as prac- ticable, fair and open competition. In connec- tion with yesterday's Show there was also a sale of work, the contents of these stalls embracing a variety of useful and ornamental articles. A bird class, in which a dozen prizes were offered for canaries, etc., attracted some excellent entries, and resulted in keen competition for the awards. Judging in the various classes occupied the most of the morning, but by half- past two, at which hour the Mayoress of Tenby (Mrs Hughes Morgan) was announced to formally open the Show, the whole of the awards had been made, and the prize cards dis- played. In the flower, fruit., and vegetable section the judges were Mr Owen A. Price, Amroth Castle, and Mr Job Evans, Picton Castle, both well-known experts in horticultural matters, and whose adjucations gave every satisfaction yesterday. The other judges were Plain sewing, Mrs C. F. Egerton Allen and Mrs Thomas, The Chalet. Fancy work, Mrs Denne and Mrs Cuninghame. Baking, Miss Rees Stokes. Table decorations and dolls, Mrs Robert Lock. Writing, Mr Richard Davies (Manager, London and Provincial Bank). Painting, Dr. J. B. Hamilton. Birds, Mr J. T. Owen, Narberth. Woodwork, Mr J. T. Griffiths, F.C.S. (Handicraft Instructor, Tenby County School). The officials connected with the Show were: Manager, Mr E. J. Evans, Gower House treasurer, Mr John Evans, Tudor Square general secretary for the flower, fruit, and vegetable section, Mr Henry Williams, South Cliff Street general secretaries for the indus- trial section, Messrs. James Lewis and H. B. Stote. In a conversation our representative had at the Show with Mr Allen, of Penarth, this gentleman expressed it as his opinion that Tenby should be a good centre for the holding of Chrysanthemums Shows, as the county of Pembroke contained many growers, notably, Mr Job Evans, gardener to Sir Charles Philipps, of Picton Castle. Mr Evans exhibited at the recent Aberystwyth Show, where he won the fine challenge cup for twelve blooms of distinct Japanese, and an equal number of incurveds." Mr Allen, speaking of the cultivation of chry- santhemums, said the keynote of success was attention to detail; everything depended on this, and in his fine garden at Penarth, where he has nearly two hundred plants, he practices to the letter what he preaches. The Show was opened in the presence of a fairly large atten- dance, the Mayoress, who was accompanied on the platform by Miss Bowen Summers, Mrs T. Lodwig Evans, Mrs Henry Williams, and Mr John Evans, being introduced by the Rev. T. Lodwig Evans, pastor of the Tenby Baptist Church. Mr Evans, in the course of a few felici- tous remarks, referred to the selection of Captain Hughes Morgan as Mayor of Tenby for the ensuing year as a wise one on the part of the Corporation, the more so as next year was likely to be one of the most memorable in the history of our country. Two big events would take place—the Investiture of the Prince of Wales at Carnarvon and the Coronation of King George V. and he (the speaker) felt certain that Tenby had in her present Mayor a gentle- man who would worthily represent them in any function which he might be called upon to take part in. When they asked His Worship to open the Show lie found he had an engagement and would be unable to attend, but he told them he would do the 'next best thing and ask his wife to help them. This then was the first time that thel Mayoress of Tenby had ap- peared in her public and official capacity at any function in the town, and they were very pleased to welcome her. (Applause.) He then called upon Mrs Hughes Morgan to open the Show, which she did in the following words :— Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to attend here this afternoon, and am much obliged to the Committee for the honour and privilege of performing the ceremony of opening your Flower Show, Art, and Industrial Exhibition, as it gives me an opportunity of testifying to you the interest my husband, your Mayor, and myself are pleased to take in all matters which are likely to prove beneficial and advantageous to the Town of Tenby and its inhabitants. I sincerely trust that this Exhibition will prove a thorough success, and that the good and noble objects you have in view will be fully realized. I now declare the Exhibition open to the public. Loud applause greeted the Mayoress's remarks, and almost before it had subsided Mrs Henry Williams stepped forward and, amidst renewed cheers, presented Mrs Hughes Morgan with a magnificent bouquet of flowers, in which the chrysanthemum played a prominent part. During the afternoon and evening Mr Walter Davies's Orchestral Band provided much-appre- ciated selections of popular airs, which tended to add to the general animation of what was certainly a picturesque scene. The fancy work stall was in charge of Mrs Henry \Yih liams, Mrs Howard Evans, Miss Alice Rogers, Miss Ada Davies, Miss Mabe, Miss Edwards and Miss Gwen Rogers. In Messrs. Berwick's (Baking Power) Competition there were 16 entries and in Messrs. Brown and Polson's (Corn Flour) 33. A popular feature of the Show was the Bran Pies, in of charge of Miss R. Burn, Miss L. Boobyer and Miss E. Treharne. Although a well-known local chry- santhemum grower, Mr A. F. Roblin was not an exhibitor, but very kindly sent a nice selec- tion of blooms for the show, as did also Mr Bartlet Span. A word of praise is certainly due to the excellent way in which the various officials carried out their respective duties, all work harmonising together for the success of the undertaking, which it is hoped will now once more become a regular annual fix time at Tenby. Palms for the decoration of the plat- form were kindly lent by Mr A. Peerless.
LIST OF AWARDS. The following is a complete list of the judges' awards CLASS I. (OPEN). I, Table Decoration.—let, Miss L. Morris, Melrose House, Tenby; 2nd, Mrs T. Morris, Melrose House, Tenby 3rd, Miss Hooper, Upton. Four Chrysanthemums in Pats.-lst, Mt G. Ford- ham, The Green, Tenby. Sitigle Specimen Incurved Chrysanthemwn.-lst, Mr G. Fordham, The Green, Tenby. Single Specimen Japanese Chrysanthemum.lst, Mr J. F. C. Burgess, Glendower, Tenby; 2nd, Mr G. Fordham, The Green, Tenby. Two Ferns (different varietics).-lst, Mr E. Laws, Brython, Tenby; 2nd, Mr David Morris, Penally. Three Pots of Arum Lilies.-lst, Mr J. F. C. Burgess, Glendcwer, Tenby. Six Pots of Chrysanthemums (singles i.-lst, Mr George Hughes, The Green, Tenby. Standard Chrysanthemums.-lst, Mr G. Ford- ham, The Green, Tenby. Three Pots of Cinerarias.-1st, Mr J. F. C. Bur- gess, Glendower, Tenby. Three Pots of Primulas.-1st, Mr J. F. C. Bur- gess, Glendower, Tenby. Two Pots of Palms.-1st, Mr E. J. Evans, 1, Gower Houses, Tenby. Three Pots of Geraniums, Zonale.—1st, Mr J. F. C. Burgess, Glendower, Tenby. Three Pots of Geraniums, variegated leaf.-lst, Mr David Morris, Penally. Three Pots of Mignonette.—1st, Mr E. Laws, Brython, Tenby; 2nd, Mr J. F. C. Burgess, Glendower, Tenby. Six varieties of Chrysanthemums.-lst, Mr H. &. Allen, 11, Albert Crescent, Penarth. Best Hand-made Bouquet.-1st, Miss L. Morris, Melrose House, Tenby 2nd, Mrs T. Morris, Mel- rose House, Tenby. Vase oj Flowers for Table Decoration.-lst, Miss L. Morris, Melrose House, Tenby. Best Single Cut Bloom.-1st, Mr H. A. Allen, 11, Albert Crescent, Penarth; 2nd, G. Fordham, The Green, Tenby. Best Bunch of Violets.-1st, Miss C. Hooper, Upton. Two Bunches of Grapes. — 1st, Mr E. Laws, Brython, Tenby; 2nd, Mr Bartlet Span, Wood- lands, Tenby. Six Cooking Apples, correctly named.—1st, Mr Robert Lock, Lansdowne House, Tenby; 2nd, Mrs Bridges, Tenby. Six Dessert Apples, correctly. named.— 1st, Mr Harpwood, Norton, Tenby; 2nd, Mr E. Richards, 1, Cambrian Cottages, Tenby. Six Pears, correctly named.—Mr Robert Lock, Lansdowne House, Tenby. Twelve Tomatoes. -1st, Mr E. J. Evans, 1, Gower Housea, Tenby; 2nd, Mr E. Laws, Bry- thon, Tenby. Red Celery.—1st, Mr G. Fordham, The Green, Tenby; 2nd, Mr J. F. C. Burgess, Glendower, Tenby. White Celery.-lst, Mr Peard, St. Julian Street, Tenby; 2nd, Mr Williams, Quarry Cottages, Tenby; 3rd, Mr E. Laws, Brython, Tenby. Potato OnionB.-lst, Mr Richard Thomas, 4, Rocky Park, Tenby. Spring-soivn Onions.—1st, Mr E. Richards, 1, Cambrian Cottages, Tenby 2nd, Mr G. Fordham, The Green, Tenby; 3rd, Mr J. H. John, 2, Cam- brian Cottages, Tenby. Giant Rocca Onions.-lst, Mr E. Laws, Brython, Tenby. Shallots.-lst, Mr Harold Thomas, 4, Rocky Park, Tenby; 2nd, Mr D. Williams, 4, Quarry Cottage3, Tenby; 3rd, Mr Richard Thomas, 4, Rocky Park, Tenby. Parsnips.-lsb, Mr Harpwood, Norton, Tenby; 2nd, Mr Richard Garnon, New Hedges. Short Carrots.-2nd, Mr Peard, St. Julian Street, Tenby. Intermediate Carrots.-lst, Mr R. Richards, 1, Cambrian Cottages, Tenby 2nd, Mr Peard, St. Julian Street, Tenby. Long Carrots.—1st, Mr Peard, St. Julian Street, Tenby. Cauliflorcers.—1st, Mr Thomas Parcell, 1, Park Place, Tenby; 2nd, Mr E. Laws, Brython, Tenby 3rd, Mr G. Fordham, The Green, Tenby. Round White Potatoes. — 2nd, Miss Griffith, 9, The Esplanade, Tenby. Red Kidriey Potatoes.—2nd, Mr Richard Garnon, New Hedges. White Kidney Potatoes.—1st, The Rev. J. Har- rington, Manorbier; 3rd, Miss Griffith, 9, The Esplanade, Tenby. Turnip Sicedes.—2nd, The Rev. J. Harrington, Manorbier. White Turnips (Garden Grown).—1st, Mr Thomas Parcell, 1, Park Place, Tenby; 2nd, Mr E. Laws, Brython, Tenby. Beet Root.-lst, Mr E. Richards, 1, Cambrian Cottages, Tenby; 2nd, Mr J. F. C. Burgess, Glen- dower, Tenby. Six Heaviest Potatoes.-lst, Mr Joseph Harries, Redberth. Jerusalem Artichokes.—1st, Mr J. F. C. Burgess, Glendower, Tenby; 2nd, Mr E. Laws, Brython, Tenby. Vegetable Marrows. — 1st, Mr David Morris, Penally. Leeks.-1st, Mr E. Richards, 1, Cambrian Cot- tages, Tenby; 2nd, Mr Williams, 4, Quarry Cot- tages, Tenby 3rd, Mr David Morris, Penally. Snvoy.-3rd, Mrs Bridges, Westcliff. Brussels Sprouts.—1st, Mr David Morris, Pen- ally 2nd, Mr E. Laws, Brython, .enby. Lettuce.-lst, Mr W. Davies, 19, The Green, Tenby. CLASS II. (AMATEUR). Twelve Pots of Chrysanthemums.—1st, Mr G. Hughes, The Green, Tenby. Two Chrysanthemums, incurved and Japanese.— 2nd, Mr E. J. Evans, 1, Gower Houses, Tenby. Two Ferns, different varieties.—1st, Mr E. J. Evans, 1, Gower Houses, Tenby; 2nd, Mr J. Evans, Tredegar House, Tenby. CLASS III. (COTTAGERS). Three Chrysanthemum Platits.—1st, Mr A. Parcell, 12, Harries Street, Tenby 2nd, Mr H. B. Stote, Upper Frog Street, Tenby. Three Best Window Plants.-lst, Mrs Jenkins, Narberth Road 2nd, Mr William Davies, 4, Park Terrace, Tenby. Best Chrysanthemum Bouquet. -1st, Miss L. Morris, Melrose House, Tenby. Home Baking Competition (prize given by Messrs. George Borwick and Sons, Ltd., London, E.C.)— 1st, Mrs G. Davies, 2, Edward Street, Tenby. Ditto (prizes given by Messrs. Brown and Poison, London). Firsts, Miss Edwards, and Miss Griffith, 9, Esplanade, Tenby; 2nd, Miss F. Morris, 2, Park Terrace, Tenby 3rd, Miss A. Pascoe, Picton Road, Tenby; 4th, Mrs Albert Davies, Edward Street, Tenby.
MAYOR'S SUNDAY AT TENBY. THE CORPORATION AT CHURCH. MUNICIPAL SERMON BY THE RECTOR. In accordance with ancient and honoured custom the newly-elected Mayor of Tenby (Captain David Hughes Morgan) attended Divine service at the Parish Church of St. Mary's last Sunday morning, the same being the Sunday immediately following his elevation to the position of Chief Magistrate of the Borough. The elements, unfortunately, were of the most inclement nature, but in spite of the rain and the general tawness of the morning there was a considerable muster on the part of those who usually join the mayoral procession. With the exception of one member (prevented by the weather from attending) there was a full attendance of the Corporation, while the majority of the officials were also present. Rain was falling steadily when the procession began to form outside the Drill Hall in South Parade, from whence they marched to the Town Hall in High Street, and there was no improve- ment in the weather conditions when, two or three minutes before eleven o'clock, a start was made for the church, the route taken being ;-ptct High Street, Church Street and St. George Street. The members of the Corporation met the Mayor in the Council Chamber at a quarter to eleven, and with His Worship came his agent, Alderman Hughes, of Brecon, who wore his aldermanic robes and hat. Each member of the Council was presented with a tastefully arranged buttonhole, sent by Mr Walter Evans florist, Covent Garden House, Tenby, whilst several of the officials also displayed floral favours in their coats. The Mayor, wearing his robes and chain of office, was accompanied by his chaplain (the Rev. N. Chetwode Ram, M.A., Rector of Tenby), his Deputy (Mr Councillor T. Tucker), the Town Clerk (Mr G. Lort Stokes) and the Rev. G. C. Rowe, M.A. The members of the Council present were Aldermen James Griffiths, George Chiles, John Leach, Councillors C. W. R. Stokes, W. H. Thomas, J. Truscott, G. Thomas, G. H. Sandercock, F. B. Mason, G. Lord, E. Palmer, C. Farley, W. Davies, and R. L. C. Morrison. The officials present included Mr T. M. Eastlake (Borough Accountant), Mr Bertie Morley (Borough Sur- veyor), Mr G. J. S. Lyons (Rate Collector), Mr James Bowen (Borough Auditor), and Messrs. H. Mortimer Allen and E. H. Leach (Overseers), the Sergeants-at-Mace (Messrs. J. Thomas and T. John). Among the others in the procession were the Town Band (under the conductorship of Mr Harry Thomas), No. 2 Company of the Pembrokeshire Royal Garrison Artillery, Territorial Force (under the command of Captain E. A. Forbes), the Fire Brigade (under Superintendent T. Morris), the Boy Scouts .(in charge of Scout-master Mason), the Coastguard (under the command of Chief Officer Martin), the Tradesmen's Association, (Mr T. P. Hughes, president), Mr Richard Davies (manager London and Provincial Bank), Mr C. C. G. Cooke (manager Natkmal Provincial Bank), Mr J. W. B. Adanls,'M.A. (principal Tenby County School), Mr Richard H. Tuck J.P., Mr Robert Lock, M.A., etc. As th' a procession entered the church by the west door the organist (Mr W. Cecil Williams, Mus Bac.) played the National Anthem. The Mayor and members of the Council occupied the Corpora- tion pews. whilst seats for the rest of the pro- cession were reserved in different parts of the church. Prayers were read by the Rev. W. H. N. Seeker, M.A., while the Rector read the lessons, and the Rev. G. C. Rowe the Litany. Prior to the sermon, which was preached by the Rector, the ancient Bidding Prayer was gfliren from the pulpit. At the conclusion of the service the members of the Corporation returned to the Town Hall, from the steps of which the Mayor thanked them for their atten- dance, and said he should ask them later on to accompany him to one of the Nonconformist places of worship. He then invited them to partake of refreshments at the Drill Hall, where the Territorials, the Fire Brigade, Town Band, Trademen's Association, Boy Scouts, and others were also entertained. The Mayor and Corporation inspected the Territorials, who were drawn up in the Drill Hall, his Worship briefly addressing them in complimentary terms.
THE SERMON. A PLEA FOR MUNICIPAL PURITY. The Rector, preaching from the text Im- manuel-God with us" (Isaiah viii., 8), said,- Speaking at Glasgow the beginning of last week our present Prime Minister said there were two things which were still happily permanent features in our local municipal life. In the first place, there waslno falling away in the supply of good and capable men who were prepared to give their time and energies, without remuneration, without the prospect of any kind of notice or reward, to the service of the community. In the second place, we might still make it our proud boast—taking a large survey of municipal life— that the standard of individual and corporate purity was higher than it had ever been in any other country in the world. I believe that both these assertions are true. There have never been wanting in England men-good and capable men -who have been willing to give themselves heart and soul and life for the service of their country. We believe, too, that the standard of individual and corporate purity is higher among Englishmen ijjan among any other people in the world. If then both these assertions are true-and we believe they are true-there must be something to account for the facts. Now, looking into the story of the past, we may say that Englishmen, generally, have had a very healthy upbringing. There have been waves and phases of unwhole- someness and unhealthiaess in the national life at times, and I'm not sure that there isn't such a wave passing over our national life at the present time which is showing its fruits already. But on the whole, the national upbringing has been a wholesome and a healthy one. And it has pro- duced a least two distinct national virtues-(l) the sense of duty and (2) the sense of honour. It is the sense of duty that made the first asser- tion of the Prime Minister a true assertion, and it is the sense of honour that has made the second true. At the back of both of these, however, there has been a power of which we have as yet made no mention. It is the power of religion, the re- ligion of Jesus Christ. In the past we have been, with all our national failings and shortcomings, in spite of all our national sins, we have been and we have been known to be, at least, a religious people. Throughout the whole of our national life-in troubles, in joys, in sorrows, in rejoicings, in vic- tory, in defeat-tbroughout the whole of our national life there has never been lacking the acknowledgment by the nation of the God of our Fathers. We may say then that the spirit of religion, the spirit of Christ, has been the main- stay, yes, the very origin and source of the healthi- ness of our national life. It has been religion that has male the national character what, in the past, it has been while the national character has revenled itself in what we call the public opinions of the people. But, reverting again to the second of Mr Asquith's assertions, that the standard of individual and corporate purity is higher than it had ever been in any other country of the world-which is true-is it a fact that this standard of purity in public life is as high to-day as it was even a few years ago? Well, possibly the very fact that we can even ask the question tells its own story. Are we not conscious, too, that at the present moment in cur national life there seems to be a falling away in part from the religious traditions of the past, and that religion does not at the present moment seem to be to the people as a whole what it has seemed to be in the past ? And if it is true that the standard of purity in public life is not at the present moment up to its highest water mark, doesn't the fact lead us to conjecture that the two things, the falling away in part from the religious traditions of the past and the lowering of the standard of purity in public life, are synchronous, and that they march hand in hand? I think it does. The moment religion ceases to be part and parcel of the national life, from that moment the tone of the national character will begin to fall lower. You remember how true this was in old days in the story of the Jews of the first Covenant. Directly they fell away from the religious traditions of their past the national character at once began to become demoralized. It must be the same story in the case of any and every people and nation. It must be the same story in the case of ourselves. And then what is the consequence ? What is the con- sequence of the lowering of the standard of purity in public life ? (I am making Mr Asquith's words at Glasgow almost my text this morning.) And I call your attention once more to the first of his assertions, that there is no falling away in the supply of good and capable men, who were pre- pared to give their time and energies-without remuneration, without the prospect of any kind of notice or reward-to the service of the com- munity. Now, what will be the inevitable con- sequence if we English people allow the standard of purity in public life to wane? The consequence will be that the very best men, men of high prin- ciple, men with high ideas of justice and equity, will refuse to be nominated for positions of public trust. Don't you and I know of some public bodies, even in our own country at the present moment, upon which no self -respecting gentleman would allow himself to be elected unless it were for the purpose (a most patriotic one) of making an endeavour to raise the standard of purity in that particular Corporation ? There have been— we can't deny it-there have been some ugly revelations in connection with municipal life during the past few years. And if there should be-we hope and pray that it may not be—if there should be a. falling away, even in a degree, from the best traditions of our public life, and of our public service, the first thing that will take place will be that the best men, those who can be of the very highest service to the State, will refuse to offer themselves for the service of the commu- nity. We plead, then, that all public men, in whatever position they may find themselves, will do all in their power to uphold the very best and highest traditions of our public service. And we are confident that you, sir, whom we so cordially welcome to your seat in this house of God this morning; w6 are confident that you, sir, from the high position to which you have been so unanimously elected, will do your very utmost to uphold in this town and borough those best and highest traditions; and we pray this morning that God will give you His grace to enable you to do so. The prophet Isaiah, who was the great preacher of national righteousness of Old Testa- ment days, took as his text at least on two occasions the words I have chosen this morning as my text, Immanuel—God with us." In these words are contained the secret of the maintenance of a high standard of purity in all national and public life. God with us." Where God is, where He is acknowledged and recognised, there righteousness and justice and purity will be. Where He is not, there will these be lacking. The four walls of a barren court of justice may contain the shrine of the Judge of all the world. The council chamber may become the Divine stronghold from which the promotion of the public good may emanate; while magistrates, and aldermen, and councillors may each become the Divine instrument in the dispensing of the Divine rights of citizenship. All this, if God be with us. May he ever be here—in your court of justice, in your council ♦chamber, in your individual hearts the invisible Presence Who sball direct and control and sanctify all that you may undertake for the well-being of the citizens of this place.
TENBY CONGREGATIONAL YOUNG MEN'S SOCIETY. A report of the inaugural lecture in connection with the above, although in type, is crowded out at the last moment, but will appear next week.
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. Price 2d, To be ob- tained from all local newsagents or at the Observer Office.
The last shilling of the moneys sent me by a few kind readers towards helping a poor widow take a rest will be included in to-morrow's weekly payment. I sent her the first on Sep- tember 20th but I much regret to say that she is still quite unfit to carry on her work as a laundress, and as she has six young children to support, I again earnestly appeal for further donations. If I could keep up the weekly pay- ments, with one sbilling for the little mother, who is twelve years old, and works so hard that she is known as the "little pony," this very deserving family would be kept out of difficulties until the widow is again able to work. The cold winter has arrived, and I hope some who are blessed with plenty will very kindly help this respectable, though very poor family. I know how wealthy people are pestered with requests for help of all kinds but this is not a case of providing umbrellas to keep the hot sun from happy niggers, so I beg them to make an exception in favour of my appeal. I could not say much last week about the Mayor's banquet, and as I feel that a rare event of the kind deserves special attention, no doubt I shall be excused for again expatiating on its success. We did have a good time! Just before nine o'clock we were being treated to some music on the piano and violin. My friend" T. P." ex- claimed: "This is the 'Marseillaise. I cannot pretend to know much of music; but with an assurance quite equal to T. P.'s I declared that the tune was the Lost Chord," and in order to convince T. P." I tried to hum "A ux Arynes Citoyens." All to no purpose, however. He stuck to it that the curious strains sounding over the fes- tive scene were really those of the "Marseillaise." We appealed to a neighbouring Coun- cillor, who, not feeling quite sure him- self, politely made enquiries, with the result that he was able to inform us that the piece was the Arab Chief." Even then T. P." expressed himself as not satisfied, so I entreated a reverend gentleman on my left to correctly give it a name. His answer, however, left the position unaltered, as he declared he didn't know what it was, although he was enjoying it immensely. And the time was only nine o'clock! a fact which I asked the head waiter and waitress to particularly note. When the music ended 1 was gratified to hear from the accompanist that he considered me more nearly right than T. P. although the title given by the composer to the music was "The Priests' War March." And it was only nine o'clock! Ob, what a night! 0*0 As the evening sped on the elder brethren of the Council emerged from their quiet reticence, and in speech after speech reminded us how many years had passed since Tenby had been blessed by their valuable public ser- vices. One or two boldly admitted that huge sums of money had been -spent, but confidently invited the festive com- pany to compare the condition of the town to-day with what it was twenty- five to fifty years ago. The champagne was plentiful and excellent, so were the cigars; comparisons are generally odious, so no one ventured to question the assertions of the speakers. Wax- ing bolder they triumphantly declared that the Corporation officials were the very finest and the most industrious as well as valuable experts in their various departments. Really, I began to won- der how it happened that I had not more fully appreciated the great skill and attention of these public servants. I had no idea the affairs of the town were in such capable hands. How could I have dared to find fault with several of them What a rosy hue is cast over mundane affairs by a good dinner ac- companied by choice wines Wow, wow!" We did have a time! # Then the blushing officials one after another modestly told us how pleased they were to do their best for us and beautiful Tenby. My friend George related some of the funny experiences be met with whilst requesting pay- ment of local rates at the front doors of housekeepers who, in few words, let him know they did not appreciate him as a caller. Tom, the town crier and sergeant-at-mace, resplendent in robe and cocked hat, waved the ancient silver emblem of his office as he pro- mised to be faithful and careful in the execution of his onerous duties, and finished up by heartily expressing the wish to our new Mayor that You will have a happy and prosperous year of office, Master." And so say all of us, for he is a jolly good fellow. 11- On Sunday morning, with the excep- tion of Alderman Clement Williams, who was kept indoors by the un- favourable weather, every member of the Council attended His Worship to the Parish Church, headed by the Town Band, Fire Brigade, Territorials, Boy Scouts, Trademen's Association, etc. Quite a brave show would have been made had only the sun been shining. The Rector gave us an excel- lent sermon, which appears in another column, and is well worth the careful study of every ratepayer. There were two collections, one on behalf of the Sunday-school, and another for the Charity Organisation Society. I had only provided myself with one coin, so could not give to both, much as I should have liked to if I had been aware that a double-barrelled offering was required. On Monday the first meeting of Com- mittees of the Town Council presided over by our new Mayor lasted quite two hours. A large amount of useful business was done. Both new members were heard from, and I believe all present, fourteen in number, were well pleased with the expedition and fair- ness of their new chairman. F. B. M. THE TATLER."