-*> TOWYN, Our representative in Towyn is Mr 0 W Hughes, Cader View, and we shall be much obliged if clerks of local authorities, secretaries of sports, &c., would send notices of meetings, and orders for advertise- ments and printing to that address. NEW YEAR'S DAY.—The opening day of the year passed off very quietly here, the majority of the younger inhabitants paying a visit to the Eisteddfod at the county town. The children, however, were early clamoaring for "clenig" and, as usual, received copious supplies of sweets, Ac, from the shopkeepers and residents. RETURN.—Mr J Clwyd Symond, third son of the Rev J H Symond, High street, returned home on Saturday from the West Coagt of Africa. Mr Symond was unable to stand the terribly trying climate of the white man's grave," and suffered severe attacks of the malarial fever. We are pleased to understand, however, that he is now progressing favourably. WATCH NIGRT.- Under the auspices of the Wes- leyan Connexion, a Watchnight service was held on Tuesday week, under the presidency of the Rev Robert Jones, Gwynfa. Songs were rendered by Mr H Morgan Jones, carols by Miss Edwards and party and the Pontfathew Glee Society (under the leadership of Mr Griffith Griffiths) and appropriate addresses were delivered by the Rev Peter Jones, pastor, and the president. There was a good attend- ance aull i)¡ cQ,-bÎ.orQ¡očor;r :rognltod. FOOTBALL,—Next Saturday Machynlleth are ex- pected here to play the Rovers in a friendly match. The latter ha.ve been doing exceptionally well this season, more especially in the Welsh Junior Cap competition, and a keen game is sure to result. In view of the heavy expenses which fall upon the town club in connection with the Dolgelley Cup competition, we trust that the supporters will attend in as large numbers as possible. REMOVAL.—The studios of Mr C H Young, High street, are being removed by the builders from their present position to the new premises adjoining the police station, by the workmen of Messrs Jones, Hughes and Edwards. This will leave an unpleas- ant looking gap in High street, which possibly may be built up with houses. BETHESDA IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY. — The last meeting of this society, under the presidency of Mr Hugh Griffith, College Green, took the form of a prayer meeting in which members took part. At the close several members expressed their apprecia- tion of this form of spending the evening. DEPARTURE OF CAPTAIN KIRKBY.— Last Monday week Captain E W Kirby left for a voyage to the Cape, having been advised that a long sea voyage and a warmer climate would enable him to recover more lapidly. His progress, owing to the very severe wound which he received, is naturally slow, but his illness is borne with exemplary fortitude, At Towyn very great sympathy is expressed with the Captain more especially by the Volunteers, and his many friends most heartily wish him renewed health and strengLh ia the coming year. BANQUET.—On Monday evening, at the Corbett Arms Hotel, a complimentary banquet was given by Mr J D Latimer (the host) to his friends. There were present Messrs J Lloyd Hughex, F Thomas (N. & P. Bank), H F Carpenter, E Howard Daniel, J C Edwards, Ernest Vaughan, Rees Jones, Samuel Edmunds, R Jones, J Vaughan, R P Daniel, J Jones (ex-postmaster), T Charles Jones, J Davies (Red Lion street), John Lloyd, E F Tookey, and Dr E Lewys.Lloyd. A splendid menu was placed before the guests, and after the tables had been cleared the usual loyal toasts were honoured. Afterwards songs were rendered by Messrs John Davie! J C Edwards John Lloyd, W Rowlands, E F ToJkey a° if o wys-Lloyd, While recitations were Mr6E FT ? ud8' J YauShan> and J C Edwards. Mr E F Tookey accompanied, and a very eniovable evening was spent. y euJ°yame BETHEL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY. At the last meeting under the presidency of the Rev T R Jones (pastor) a very interesting discussion took place as to whether it was right that women should take part in public meetings, &c. Miss A Daniel (Bryn. hyfryd), took the negative side in a very powerful and convincing paper.-Miss L J Roberts, Board School, was to have taken the affirmative but, being unable to attend, Mr J Maethlon James volunteered 5nll V f^pion. lengthy discussion .ollowed in which the following took parts-Rev T R Jones (president), J Geufrouydd Jones (vice- president), J Maethlon James, Miss Davies, Bryn- ZiVp8! iane/T' Messrs H Morgan Jones, and J Pritchard. On a vote being taken it was found that 23 were for the affirmative and 15 for the negative.—On the proposition of Mr E Griffith Daniel and M T of ?anks waa accorded Miss Uaniel and Mr James. It was decided to make the meeting of January 20 a public one, as a lecture is announced to be delivered by the Rev R R Wil- PETTY SESSIONS.-FRiDAT Before Messrs H Haydn Jones and J Hughes-Jones. A QUFSTION OF GAME RIGHTS.Robert Daviee Fndd Gate, near Corria, was charged by Mr Cruick- shank, inland revenue officer at Aberystwvth, with having attempted to kill some game without a licence, on the 19th of October.-The defendant was represented by Mr J Jenkins, Machynlleth- Mr Cruickshank read the eection of the Act dealing with the matter, and maintained that attempting kill game was equivalent to actual killing according to the Act, but stated that the question had been the subject of appeal before the High lqTv! n f u Tl °Jeth6 °aSe Were tbafc 011 iJl., r ober J[ast^jJefenda.nt was seen by David shooting at partridges. He fired two shots but 1 failed to hit any of them, but he considered that the offence was just as bad as if he had killed some, and asked for a substantial penalty as it was very difficult to get hold of such cases. The maxi- mum penalty for an offence of this nature was £ 20.—Mr Jenkins, on behalf of the defendant, said he had a formal objection to make against the time of the serving of the summons, which according to the Act quoted by the supervisor, it was necessary to serve within seven days of the committal of the offence. This had not been done. A lengthy discussion of a technical character ensued, Mr Cruickshank arguing that the act mentioned by Mr Jenkins was an older one of 1868, which had since been repealed, but Mr Jenkins maintained that this section of the act, dealing with serving of the summons within 7 days, had not been repealed. The Clerk explained that it was necessary to give 10 day's notice before the hearing, and within 7 days after the offence.- Edward O'Connor Horgan, said that in consequence of information received from David Roberts, he went over to see Davies to hear what he had to say, and he questioned his (Horgan's) right, to do anything to him. Cross-examined He admitted that the summons was not served before 7 days were over.—Mr Cruickshank, interposing, remarked that this was immaterial, but he would admit that up to 1898, it was necessary to serve the summons within 7 days, but it was not so now.—Mr H Haydn Jones: It was not observed in the case ? Mr Cruickshank: No. In reply to the clerk, whether he could prove his statement, he said he had not got the act with him. Mr Jones proposed an adjournment, and Mr Jenkins asked for costs but Mr Jones stated they could not grant them.— Mr Jenkins: In that case I will go on with it.- David Roberts, gamekeeper, Machynlleth was the next witness called. He was in the employ of Mr Joseph Holt. He saw the defendant in the place mentioned on October 19. lie had with him a gun and a lurcher dog, and when a bevy of patridge rose, he fired at them twice, but missed. He (Roberts) was about 50 yards away at the time watching, and he went after him into the roadway, and asked him what he meant by i. He replied that he only shot at a woodpecker.—Cross-examined: He knew that Davies had a gun license, and had only been a keeper for about three years, previously to ttiat. hA was a labourer at the quarries. He was not trespassing as he was on his own land, asKea whether he was aware that Davies had permission from Miss Hewitt, to take care of the game on the land, he replied that he knew nothing of it. He only reported to his employer as he did not think it was necessary to do more. He knew that Davies had a gun license.— Mr Jenkins stated that the defendant was specially engaged by Miss Hewitt to look after the game, as she possessed the sport- ing rights over the land, and Roberts had no business to be on the land at all, in fact he was trespassing, and he and his employer had been repeatedly warned that they were doing so. Davies was carrying out his duties as keeper.-Robert Davies, the defendant, said that on the day in question, about 3 30, he was at Cwmcardin, and shot at a woodpecker. Davies came up and charged him with shooting game. Defendant said he had better send his dog to search for something, if he thought there was anything to be found. He did so and failed to find anything, but charged him with shooting at game, with intent to kill.— Mr Jones Parry, Esgair Hall, said he was steward to Miss Hewitt, who had the sporting rights of 2,000 acres, which she bad bought from Col Ruck. Roberts had no right to be there, but Davies had every right, as he had been engaged by Miss Hewitt. —After a short discussion the Bench decided to dismiss the case, each party to pay their own costs. WIfE ASSAULT.—The charge by P.S. Morris against Francis Francis, tailor, Red Lion street, Towyn, of unlawful wounding, was reduced to that of common assault. The defendant said that any- thing ha bad done was not intentional. — Ann Francis, wife of defendant, said that the affray took place on Christmas Eve. He came in about 11 30 that evening, and commenced to quarrel with the daughter-in-law, when she got hold of the poker and struck him. (The poker and tongs were pro. duced). He struck her on the side of the head with the tongs and she remembered no more for some time. She was attended by Dr Lloyd, and With defendant, which caused the quarrel AftZ the blow was struck, Mrs Francis was ?n an un! conscious state and bleeding profuselv nnH ■<- at once ran for a doctor -Dr F T ow 7.' T1 j"1^88 that he was called to°the ^o^e 6JIteed and found Mrs Francis in an unconscious condition be*1 ShS been in a serious condition, but had got over the crisis now. He was of opinion from the nature of te wound that it was caused bv the tones wf Said he had nothing to say exceDt thai accidenta11y struck her on the head. His wife added that she did not think it was u day6; "thfchfrdhLbo°urld g° t0 prisOQ CHIMNEY FIRING.—W. E G U j t • accident.-Defendant did not appear, and he was fined Sa including costs. MAINTENANCE.-Reea Francifl, Red Lion street, was charged by Wm Jones, relieving officer to thA Man'hy,ll.J-L rt- orto'oiTd ret»f« P»7<m father Thn n j« e ra^iatenance of his "i Cruardia,ns asked for power to increase the order to Is weekly._&ranted urease RIDINQ WITHOUT A LiGHT.-John Lewis Aher dovey, was charged by P.C Edward vu'i • ridden a bicycle without a light. The^defe T'T who did not appear, was fined 5^ indudingto^r'' ALLEGED BREACH OF SALMON FISHING ACT Hugh Evans, Maesyllan, and Rob^r/- j Hendre, Llanfihangel, were charged with ? 1 the defendants, and under the circumstances as DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. — tfwen T)wens~2Htr Robert W Jones were charged with being drunk and disorderly on the Bryncrng road on the 19th infit.-P.C. Jones said that they were staggering along the road, and swearing fearly.—The former appeared and admitted the offenee.-The Bench imposed a fine of 2s 6d with costs on each defendant.
Improved situation is the keynote of affairs in South Africa this week. The war hasiagain dwindled down largely to company skirmishes by ways of contrast to the lucid outbursts that have ruminated the theatre of action during the past few weeks. The capture of Erasmus is another nlliant feather in Bruce Hamilton's cap, and this, together with the surprise of three laagers almost imultaneonslv, the formation of a howitzer corps, and the republication of the Johannesburg Star, gives a hopeful outlook. As a set-off we must take into consideration the loss of Major Vallentin and 18 men in the Eastern Transvaal. Lamentable "Dough though that is, it still leaves a considerable balance to the good on the week's work. We do not often hear a report from General French, who is Pro-eminently a man of action, and when, as now, he doe. send a communication it is of value in pro- portion to its brevity and rarity. wh S^OW anc^ solemn East, the Gorgeous East, in leisurely and where men hold is ^°nterapfc tke hurry-scurry methods of the West, gain coming into picturesque prominence. The a»9terit C°U,rfc' thafc body of mystic seclusion and famine-^ T S'OWly W*y thr°Ugh °f the M ° 6n provincea to the ancient capital months in Ih^ dynasfc^ Affcer spending many Empire tBe oo^w^J^erior of his unwieldy Forbidden City through miles of kneeling soldiers, accompanied ever by the watchful Dowager. We read of suicide and hunger dogging the pomp and blaze of majesty on its journey, but no such trifles e permitted to ruffle the serenity of the Imperial our When the Emperor moves a whole popu- ation Kow-towa and the hated foreign devils stand a-tiptoe with curiosity, peeping at the brave show. *#* The chief itern of interest in the district during the week has been the Meirion Eisteddfod, Dol- gelley, on New Year's Day, which notwithstanding the threatening weather was well attended. It is satisfactory to notice that it is not losing ground in the public esteem, but we fear that unless some. thing is done to increase the accommodation, it will not retain its high position and character for Very long. The heavy rain during the noon and evening meetings drove the visitors into shelter' but hundreds were unable to gain admission into the Hall for lack of room. It would not be a very difficult matter to raise sufficient money to build a substantial pavilion, as was pointed out at the banquet the previous evening, which will undoubtedly have to be done, if the Eisteddfod is going to exist for many years more. We have no intention of throwing cold water on the efforts of the energetic committee, as they are quite alive to the necessity of doing something, but they will require support of a practical nature. Whether the inhabitants of Dolgelley are prepared to give -t -non support is a matter for them to decide. If a pavilion were built there is no reason why it would not be possible to hold a National Eisteddfod in the county town, and another meeting might be ar- ranged for in the course of the year. All that is needed is a little speculation on the part of the townspeople. It is regrettable that Towyn is so much behind in this matter, for at very nttie cost, auu much trouble a similar meeting could be held, say, in the season. There are plenty of residents who would, we are sure, give every assistance, and as the town is very centrally situated in a district renowned for its musical character, there would be no lack of competitions. Barmouth holds its festival at Easter, and this meeting again is repeat- edly succcessful. What is wanted is a little enter- prise, and we suggest that some of the younger inhabitants, should take the matter up. There is general tendency to leave such work to the older People, but as a rule they are disinclined to venture and while this feeling exists, nothing will be done. It reflects a geod deal on the place, that a meeting of such a truly national character as the eisteddfod cannot gain a footing, amongst people who at one time prided themselves on being smart and up-to- date. There are plenty of institutions which would make it a success, for instance the Debating Society or one of the literaay societies in connection with the chapels. An excellent suggestion has been thrown out by the MONTGOMERY COUNTY TIMES with reference to the train service during the coming season. It is suggested that a fast train should run through from Welshpool to Aberystwyth without a stop, which would do away with the vexatious delays and re- peated changing which now harasses the visitor from London, Liverpool, Birmingham or Man- chester. As a still further improvement, a fast train might be run immediately after to Towyn Aberdovey, Barmouth and the Coast. As things are a t present it takes nearly as much time for a passenger to get here from Welshpool as from London to Welshpool. It is also suggested that the local authorities should pay the difference if the trains were run at a loss, but we think that this con- tingency would be very remote. As everyone knows, the Railway Company are doing their best in these matters, but the fact that it takes about three hours to get over 60 miles is a very serious drawback and it is almost hopeless for places on the Coast to try and compete with other fashion- able resorts which can be reached in two or three hours from any of the large centres of population. Any improvement in this direction would therefore be very heartily welcomed and the local authorities should be ready at all times to render the Company all the assistance they can. Great interest is being taken in various parts of the country at present in the formation of civilian rifle clubs. The majority of people appear to be under the impression that if a man can be induced to join a club of this nature and attend fairly regularly he will make a good soldier. This is one cf the worst fallacies that could ever be expounded, but it chiefly arises from the fact that the Boers have been very successful against well-trained troops. There is however a vast difference between the average Boer and the average Briton. The former, well accustomed to hardships of all descrip- tion, a good shot and rider, with his 'cuteness and absoiutely certain knowledge of the country, can- not be compared with the British tradesman, shop- keeper, clerk, &c., who form the average popula- lation, and who know as much about riding seoutmg, &c., as the man in the moon. It is to be questioned whether this movement will not affect the recruiting of Volunteers, who in future will have need of every man possible. The series of football mStcnes walcu Imyo „v,. played by Aberystwyth and Portmadoc in connec- tion with the Welsh Cup competition were con- cluded last Saturday, when Portmadoc emerged victorions, after a hard-fought game, by two goals to one. No coast team has done very well in this competition, but we hope that Portmadoc will be successful in the next round, and redeem the char- acter of local football. In the Dolgelley Challenge Cup competition, Towyn easily managed to get through the semi-final by defeating the Volunteer Rovers. The final, which also takes place at Dol- gelley, between Dolgelley and Towyn promises to result in a first-rate game as both teams are very evenly matched.
ABERDOVEY ENTERTAINMENT.—A capital entertainment and" tea meeting was provided for the St Peter's Church choir, and the school children at the National School on Tuesday afternoon, by friends of the school. There was a good attendance and a very enjoyable meeting resulted. WOMEN'S TEMPERANCE.—A successful meeting was held under the auspices of the Women's Temperance Association on New Year's Day, under the presidency of Mr David Hughes, Royal House, while the duties of conductor were ably carried out by Mr E L Rowlands, Liverpool House. The proceedings were of a miscellaneous character, and consisted chiefly of songs, recitations, &c. The Rev W D Evans was unanimously appointed presi- dent for the ensuing year, with Mr John Lamley as secretary, and Mr Richd Griffiths as treasurer. GIFTS. — An interesting gift to the Literary Institute, has been presented by Mr J Lloyd Hughes, N and P Bank, Towyn, in the form of a splendid photograph showing Miss Adair and Miss Graham playing in the ladies' amateur golf championship, on Aberdovey golf links. Another useful present has been received from Messrs W H Smith and Son, in the shape of reading covers for the periodi. cats. LECTURE.—A lecture was announced to be delivered at the Institute last evening by Mr Philip Sydney, whose valuable lectures are lalways much appreciated here. The subject was Dickens's Christmas Carol." TEMPERANCE.—At the weekly temperance meet- ing held on Sunday evening, Mr John Pugh pre- sided, when interesting addresses were delivered by Rev J Davies (Bontddu), Messrs E L Rowlands (Liverpool House) and Edward Davies (Minmor House) to a good attendance. CLERICAL.-The Rev J Edwards, B.A., Ion of Capt Edwards, of this town, who formerly held the position of curate at Llangollen, has been pro. uiuljocl to the living of Cumo, in tho n",ighbonring county of Montgomery. His many friends and admirers will wish him well in his new sphere. RE-UNION.—The annual social re-union held by Capt John Griffiths took place on New Year's Day at the Aberdovey Hall. A large number of ladies presided at the tables, and after these were cleared addresses, songs, and poetical addresses were delivered by the guests, who all expressed their hearty thanks for the capital entertainment pro Tided by the host. GOLF.-A large number of visitors, mostly golfrr have arrived here recently. Notwithstanding the heavy rains the links are in a fairly good condition and the enthusiastic exponents of the game can be seen daily hard at practice. WATCHNIGHT.—On Tuesday week a watcbnight service was held under the auspices of the Wes- leyan connexion, when quartets, trios, duets and solos were rendered by the following:—Misses S Williams and S Davies, Messrs Ffestin Williams. Hugh Lewis, John Lewis, and a party led by Mr Hugh Lewis. Addresses were also given at inter- vals by the Rev W J Jones and Mr E L Rowlands, while the duties of accompanist were ably carried out by Miss Rowlands. There was a large attend- ance and the programme was much appreciated. SOCIAL EVENING.- Under the auspices of the United Debating Society, an elaborate "social'' was held at the Board School, last Thursday, under the presidency of Mr Owain Jones, A.P.S. Light refreshments had been provided and about 250 attended, and the proceedings were marked through. out by much enthusiasm. During the evening the following program me was carried out, all of the items proving a great success: Pianoforte solo, Mrs Jackson pianoforte duet, the Misses Rawson; songs, Messrs Ffestin Williams, and Master J Williams, Morawelon duet, R J Williams and Hugh Lewis. A recitation, How Bill Adams won the battle of Waterloo" by Mr A Richards, was much appreciated, and also some choruses rendered by