Th The process of bustling commandos goes on incomfortablv v, mattera are beinS made the enem ° "B°er generals- Botha, tur8 1 generalll88':rno» narrowly escaped cap- b^K stP^ the redoubtabIe De Wet is shelled he13-)*3"™11 °nward) and was last week killed and tT y' General Opperman has been UJ tt-UQ W0 v.Anj Of stores, hor8es I aarPna™ and large captures If stores, lnorses, and cattle. It is quite evident beinn- ta06108 enon as are ac preseuv Boerresita8116 d°WQ the remnant of the whether o^food6 °r6l°Dg" Ever7 transfer of supplies to our own is atntriUl"fciori> from the Boer lines two on a diyisiot)0 gSiiued~~ib COUI)ts insnep^r^ °f eXp#erk who catne down !o Aberd refeddfan Hofcel drainage scheme a; The TKeyr3b^bt"Pafctbe last mee^g o? StronJl M "8tr'ct Co«Dcil. Unforteralely, it was atati^/thTtV™^0'1 °f the sys; em' Mr P,cko :n" «fi ? C0T]S' rooted it would be nothing but °oga'ed and offensive cerspool." The-6 are ■twag words a-d under the c^cumsi ,-ces it •* reTnartab'e that the Coo -c;l gave Mr Morgan t.i on to procrad with the work. Tbey we»e o ireaDs unanimous on the point, tbe surveyor Particular e^presg'og blades. rDfe0 of iCs wwi "h commendable fo-esgbt the Covcc.l howev#- ave not commil.'ed tbemseivei vfy far, for if tbe ^Soetn fails to act tbe owner has agreed to cat it ■ We hardly believe that Mr Morgan is w:Uiog to risk tbe success of the bote1, by constructing Irg fythingjnanywayEnsatJsfaciory aod it is un- r unate that expevis disaoree very much OR the ^feat'oo. #«.# J view of tbe coming arbifratloq between the ge ley and Barmouth Copnc'ls aod the Copi'is1 ouocil. the statement of the Towyn surveyor t.hat 8utl) allowed by the Main Roads Comm<ilee is 'nsufficippt to meet the correct expenditure is th^ereS^°^' s*'a^es was based oo expanse of prev-ous years before the sieani 9 61 came iuio geoeva( u«e, which has (teb'fd tl e n mer. e^Pe,,se. The question before the Disti'Ct ouncil now >s whether tbe loads are tobe pioperiy 8 of I'ltd oo )e;t in whalfaver si ate tbev may bs Th'^M-'16 s"oi allowed has been its jhed. „8 1 U-3ads Committee appears to have gome • 6ff ,lo',ot18 as 3 p.-osc.ess, a ad as Is usaal wi'h )e )c<eot bod (?( ea^-ej oi.'i its wo''k wluh a h"gb« an ed pJJcy. Tnis is sure to resaU in la.si'.iw f'r;c;lion beuween the urban authoiilies, a'¡¡] r<e oo.er the commucee is brought to reaJiee what" e 63 oi IiJnch action w 11 b9 the better k will be jor the coanty generally. t.i* The It-gt meeting of the Rural Disfvlct tÛQVCil of Dolgelley, diEclosed the fact that the general con- diLion of the farm houces, which came witbin tbe ]urjEd<cbon of it3 powe-s, is still any thing but SSMS actory. Alepgthy reportof uohealthy dwellings wi;3 tK Sarvevo all of which we e oroDgbly coademued by the Med'cal Officer. In m°,jt ca?es h g,a\ notices were oide' ed to be gervec'. aD« we trust that they will be v'gorously enfo-( sd t..e ner issity lepa-rs, Ac, are not ima-ed-aia'v cari etl oat. It is a very £ e-;ous merare tD the ger.e';).l bea'tb, but most people appear to be bope- ib^ ^-3 Even at Towyn, 7rga are not by any roeacs i-at:s-"accorys and •■t is ieiresbiog to notice tin&t t'te que,Con no" being losi. s'ght of. The remarks made I by a rnembsr of the COJOCII, that a single m"state iu tbia d'restion might cost the reputation of a sea- side resort, are only tea roe. It is (bereTcs a" tbe more necessa-y that these matters should be Been ID bsfore the I •>:).: >•), which is fast app ozcb ing) comes upon us. *#* The state t.V Eryccaed:for Na. ■;)• School, Islawrdref, for iDstance, is sveh that pa'eois have actually debased their children fiom attsDd:og the scboo]. The result has been that the pa»ec>'s were bauled up before the Dolgelley mag«&iiaie» for a breach of the Education Act. The cases wet a naturally dismissed, but the magistrates e::p some efroog feeling on the matter. We th"nk i bat it" the p,op0s:ti0fl of Mr Ffooicfea Jooes to close the place aod seni the medical officer's iero b to tbe Education Depa'meui;, bed been adop.r-j it, would have proved effectual, but it was decided j 0 give a formal nj„Ve. 'J'bis wiH be laughed at, the evil will contione, and the chiid-en wil( have 10 suffer. We may remind our readers that we have at present reached the commeoceweat of tbe 20ch century. *o¡¡.* The question of a water supply at LlwyogwrW is proceeding slowly, and we hope surely, to a deflate end. At present the Rural ^strict COHPC?! are doing their best to secure more sappovt from tbe Countess de Morelia, who is tbe chief landowner fo be co>;su!(ed. The Copoielils JIRS g:vea wey Od some teifiing mioor points, but ib is generally felt that more substanjial suppci t shcaM be expected. We think £ o too. Tb is sigQiflcaat of the ioteresfc some members on this COUQCU tate in tbe'r duties that, one meaiber, even at this stage of the pi J- ceeàings, sr.ated that be was under the impress^a that there woold Dot be sufficient water in the resei voir. There is a fine opening for a Jiii'e d-splay of generosity ou the part of the COPDJ B?S de lTorella, and we h use that Llwyrwwri' w-U shortly reap the beueSt of it. e Towya J rap' ovement Com mil.i es have fo^mo- Ia scheoje for che > L Je oi i-vees OQ >»e i*o^d leading fiom Gwalia to the river. Jf (1,. f i OJt th;% will f. dd very materially to Lpe au.rac.ioa of the wak which i, very bj valors daring the £ 5.^or. Tbe wo, k of ifH;rg up th^s J Gad goes on sJow!y end steadily aid iu a few y eats roadway will be built. Jf it ne>e possible tom&ke it good enough for cyclirg dut:og the C5T' ?-» senior, the<e woald be leis leat'd ,,boot (be aioieoee of bcat/ag by the v.-sitTrs. A change of narre rrrVht ako help cons'c'e aMy. All tbefo imptovementa however, mean mooey and the committee will xr qu're soppoit of a practical chaiacisr. *:jf:* The fire br-gada quest'oa was biocjht up at the last Cou-'cil meeting at Towyn. It is qoi:3 ev'dent that the Co^ncit meaa busies?, but the comiziic^a of tbe five bi'gsde (;f there 'is one at p'eseatin ex:s, 3DC3) have rot as yet b?it!»ved tbemEalvii t e-y much a'tbough the oppo'tuniiy fee wtrch they lave loi'g been c'amonrirg has arrived. Tbey n" gbt do worse tl'au follow "I the footsteps o" ihe Dc ^el'ey lr Je who have vea?hed a slaada-d of wt Vi must ba ssan to be rsai'iad. Thev 1 ive reç'ê)t}y t<san > o&urameotil in prevejtirg Eore OJL'U eats from gp/eadiog.
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. f OBITUARY.—The death took place on Sunday evening of the 3^-year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Davies, Isandula Terrace, from consumption. She had been ailing for a considerable time and passed away quietly as stated, after undergoing very much suffering borne with great fortitude. AMBULANCE.—At the last meeting of this class an interesting lecture was delivered by Dr Lewys. Lloyd on "Haemorrhage" to a good attendance, after which the members practised bandaging and other practical work, This was the fifth lecture, there being altogether 10 necessary to complete the course. EASTER TERM.—The County School re-opened on Tuesday for the Easter term after the Christmas holidays. A large number of scholars attending, all ready and anxious to pursue their studies. Their appearance relieves a good deal of the general quietness of the place. CONCERT. — On reference to our advertising columns it will be seen that a grand concert is announced to be held at the Assembly Rooms next Wednesday evening, the proceeds to be devoted to the funds of the Improvement Society. Some well known artistes have been engaged and a very good meeting is anticipated. IMPROVEMENT.—The shrubs and small plants recently provided by the Cambrian Railways Co. for beautifying the approaches to the railway station are being planted by the platelaying staff and the result is very encouraging, the bleak aspect of the place giving way to a garden-like appearance which is very pleasing to the eye. The Company have set an example which might with advantage be copied in other desolate. looking spots in the town. MILDNESS ON THE COAST.-A certa:n proof of the mild and equable temperature which prevails at the Coasb resorts during the winter months can be seen at gardens of the railway stations where already primroses and daisies have began to blooin. Too much cannot be made of tb;s fact, foe we feel sure that if it was well koowo a large number of visitors would take up the:- residence here duricc the cold season of the year. Fj!:TiYAf<. — To-morrow (Friday) the annual singing festival of the Methodist Churches in the district will be held at the Bethel Chapel, Towyn, when a large and successful gatbering is anticipated. The singers will be led by Mr David Evans, Mus. Bac., London, while the dutie3 of accompanists will be carried out by Miss May Roberts, L.R.A.M. Towyn, and Miss Richards, Sen. Cert. R.A.M.' Abetdovey. The meeting will be presidad over in the afternoon by Mr Edwatd Rowlands, Rennal, and in the evening by the Rev R R Williams, M.A., Towyn. OBITUARY.—We regret to have to announce the death of Mr Hugh Vaughan, Caerbellan, Llan- fibange^y-Pennant, who passed away on Sunday morning. He had been ailing for some months, and took to his bed a few weeks a^m w r,- r came rather suddenly despite thl f h attention of Dr E Lewys Llnvd h- gf • &T)d Rowlands being S i 8 8°n-ln law- Dr the „nwea™f aTt jrLJZ ""™' «*, his wife and children. HETAVM « °F sons and two daughters to mourn 7 tW° the daughters being Mrs Lewvs-Lloyd Thl deceased was very highly resDectpd fif j- • and was deacon at theCalvinistic Mef h o? Penmeini, „h„e hi8 t' Methodist Church at Abergynolwyn Cal^°^tic BETHEL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY U the last meeting of this society, Mr J Gaufrouvdd JOLos presiding, a very interesting papei- was read by Mr giving particulars of his life nnd iat abJe literary apd scriptura] works which bad come from his pen, his great effort on behalf of the British and Foroign Missionary Society, of Which society he himself was the pioieer, and b's work for the establishment of the Welsh Sunday schools. eat success, more esnec'allv w'^wif bis perman- of the Bala Theological College. Vho E,v T°K .rsiTctiT J-nomas Onarles, refercin? to the fact that the works of Mr Cho.-le,, tad notbee„ improved upon by anyone, and his books were the standard works m the Methodist Connexion The Pritchafd and „ ProPosed b7 Mr John fverv oTe,^ Mr J M ^mes, brought a very pleasant and instructive evening to a close THE DEBATING SOCIETY The reopening meeting of the last half af ib sassion of the above society, took the fr,- e A iJUHuttj Bvcuni, ■ j-no-ioom uau r.ee?fimnice,ly [ decorated for the' occasion and a fair number tamed up of both members and visitors. Mr T Gr Roberts j R A., presided. After light refreshments had been partaken of a programme was gone through and games were indulged in. Songs were rendered by Miss Ashton, and Mr Ernest Richards and br;ef addresses by Messrs T G Roberts, Robt R Roberto S Edmunds, and F T Tookey, all of whom spoke of the great benefits to be derived from the society and urging the necessity of regular attendance at the meetings. The last portion of the meeting was devoted to games of varied character which cveattd much enjoyment. Next Tuesday a very interest- ing debate is promised, the subject beW Is Imperialism a worthy ideal of a great nation°" the openers of which are Messrs T G Roberts and J B Latimer,
TiLWYNGWRXL, OBITUARY.—The death occurred on Tuesday week of Mr Thomas Griffiths, Cambrian Stores, an old and much respected inhabitant of the place. He leaves behind him two sons and two daughters to mourn his loss, and with whom much sympathy is felt. He was the chairman of the local School Board and a deacon of the Methodist Church, a sure proof of the esteem in which he was held by the inhabitants of the village. The funeral, which was largely attended, took place at Ltanelltyd church- yard on Saturday. The co; t"ge was followed by a very large number of friends. The deceased was for many years engaged in business at Llanelltyd. MtsiCAt. Through the generosity of Mr R Smith, Manchester, an old friend of the village, a very much needed acquisition in the shape of a piano has been obtained. Mr Smith offered to contribute zCl2 10s for this object if a similar sum were raised by the children by the end of the year. This was successfully accomplished, subscriptions being given by various friends and visitors, the children working hard to secure the reward.
LLANEGRYN, NEW LAMPS. The new lamps secured through the generosity of local subscribers have been placed in the Parish Church, and are much admired, being of very substantial and useful chadieter. A similar gift has been promised by Mr W R M Wynne, Peniarth, the Lord-Lieutenant of the county.
ABERDOVEY PRAYER MEETINGS.-In accordance with the regular custom prayer meetings were held at all the chapels during the whole of last week, at which collections were made for the benefit of the differ- ent institutions supported by the various denomin- ations. SHIPPING—The "Prince Llewelyn" frem Lon. don, with cement arrived last week, and also the Dora" from Liverpool, with a cargo of general goods for the district. On Tuesday the Kynite arrived from London with cement, and others at present in the harbour are the Sarah Davies and Dovey Belle," both of Aberdovey. T EMPERANCE. At the weekly temperance meet- ing held on Sunday evening, Mr John Pugh pie- siding, interesting addresses were delivered by Messrs Ffestin Williams, E L Rowlands and John Lumley. During the evening a capital recitation was delivered by Miss Lizzie J Walters. There was a good attendance. ECCLESIASTICAL. The Bishop of Bangor arrived here on Friday for a stay, we understand of three months, at Panteidal Hall, his beautiful residence overlooking the estuary. It is situated three miles from Aberdovey on the road to Pennal. DT^A^ING SOCIETY. At the last meeting of the Debating Society, Mr Owain Jones, A.P.S., presid- ing, an interesting discussion took place. The subject for the evening was A vote of confidence ir the Urban District Council," to be proposed by Mr W Jones, R.O., and a vote of censure to be pro- posed by Mr Fiestin Williams. There was a large and representative meeting, the members of the Council being there in full force. Mr Ffeetin Wil- liams opened with an eloquent speech, and brought some powerful arguments, both theoretical and practical, to prove that the Council needed censure. Mr William Jones responded to the attack with spirit and championed the Council in a very able manner. The matter was then thrown open to discussion. Mr Williams was sapported by Sergt Dick Williams, John Lewis, R Llewelyn Hughes, R Lae 'chtflv'to ?°eBi0diH iS' J"0"'0" loog-stancHng griev,oce'o S* railway company for 7h« X t0 pay the field, and the wretched bit of pavement which had been recently constructed by the CounciL The LtowLT aSnUdPPWfcJdonbe^ ST W » entertaining, instructive and^ fi!' ,4"ffcer a vevY vote was taken which came onf^t dls°ussion> a of censure 26 ™. Z T 7 F°r a V°ta 5 votes. ^0 6 of confidence theNe\TC otZNaUotl^T the members of the'Oh t Schools together with to tea by Mr and MM M WBre enfcertained M Howell"!thf Mif8:rHowenLeli: a*d Mr J rro° good. Tl.N e«P»oiaIIy the kindMM of the Kev d°etto' in the evening, by the a u '• i. ^a^er and the Missfs Howell each t J76P,fcahfcy of with a gift of no little vg,Hesfc .was PreseQtedi Christmas tree which wl !n V • a hasre^ very pictureSque ap^aTa ce Tiir'f' tastefully rendered « °lr havingf moved a vote of thanks to those ladies and men who had so kindly provided 80 am evening. Thi. was and mously by the hearty cheers or the children, and the National Anthem having beeii auug, ibe, company dispersed, all having thqrgughl. emjoved themselves,
D0L3ELLEY. EISTEDDFOD.—-It i« „ that notwithstanding the «nf °rj *ui nr"3erstanJ the above is more thfn Ukolv toTeJem6nts success. n oufc a financial ";0, for Z-f-Tr- en rou e for Southampton whence he embarked for South Africa. His final destination is Kimberlev where he will join the Cape Mounted RiBes. A few friends presented him with a silver cigarette case and matoh box aa a token of good wishes. STFGDEN DEATH.- On Saturday afternoon a sad occurrence took place. As Mrs ÑIary Williams, of Llitywyn, Rhydymaen, was walking up the Market square she suddenly fell. She was removed to the Cambrian Restaurant, but, although medical assist- ance was immediately summoned, she never re- covered consciousness and passed away on Sunday morning. The deceased leaves behind her a large family to mourn her loss. PRESENTATION. On Friday afternoon an inter- • estmg presentation took place at the English Pres- byterian Chapel, when Mrs John Williams wife of the Rev John Williams, B.A., was presented with a handsome timepiece, suitably inscribed by the Dolgelley Branch of the Women's Temperance Association, as a slight recognition of her untiring energy in the temperance cause. The presentation was made by Mrs Williams, Maesffynnon, an.'u;' appropriate addresses were delivered by Mrs P„ Q Evans and Mrs Wynne Williams. Mrs'joh^ Wil liatns thanked them all for their kindn6SS an^ appreciation and assured them she woulr1¿ always do all in her power to forward the cause. SCHOOL BOARD.—THURSDAY. Mr William Hughes presiding THE VISITING COMMITTEE Mr Jno Pryce stated that ,in company with Mr Barnett he had visited Is^wrdref School, but they were not satisfied with the attendance, which was very low nor had tn9 registers been kept up to date.-The Chair^a^ remarked that the code. allowed tnem ',0 send the children home if they arrived there wet, or in any state which might injure their health, but if they were kept in school the register should always be kept.-Severe mem- bers expressed the hope that something would be done to secure regular attendance.—No reports; har. been received from the Brithdir and Dolgelly- f/ohools. ° ATTENDANCE OFFICER. Mr Williams presented his report which elated. that the attendance was considerably lower than the average, that at the girls' school being very much so.—Mr Allen remarked that this state of things was unsatisfactory, and that something should be done to get regular attendance. He also thought it was important that teachers should take interest in the matter.—Mr Williams was asked to try and improve matters in the coming months. A QUESTION OF CHEQUE-SIGNING. Mr Allen drew attention to the fact that Misi Pritchard, had given notice of her resignation on the 6th of December. The cheque for her salary had, however, been drawn up to December 20th.- He thought this was illegal and went beyond the authority of the board.—The Chairman said that the cheque signed by two members had been brought to him for signature. He then expressed", his surprise it had not been brought up at the last- meeting. — Mr Guthrie Jones stated the Miss. Pritchard had attended up to December 20th to mark the register, on consideration that the, salary should be paid up to then. She had done' splendid work for the board and he thought they should be proud of the opportunity of paying her, up to the Christmas holidays (hear, hear). Mr Allen said he was not against that at all, but the- practice of signing cheques out of the meeting. Ifc, was unanimously decided that in future no cheque* be signed out of the board meeting. MISCELLANEOUS. An application for inorease of salary, by Misses Lloyd and Owen was referred to the staff com- mittee. The scheme recently suggested by the* County Governing Body was also considered. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.—SATURDAY. Rev John Evans, Barmouth, presiding, Ellis P" Jones, R Jones, John Owen, M E Williams, Robert Hughes, Hywel Hugh, Cadwaladr Roberts, R. Ffoulkes Jones, Owen Jones, J Pugh Jones, John Roberts, J R Jones, Hugh Jones W R Richardson acting clerk, Dr Hugh Jones, medical officer, and. John Edwards acting inspector. LLWYNGWRIL WATER SUPPLY. A communication was read by the clerk from; the Countess de Morella's solicitor in which it was- stated that she had agreed to certain modifications* of the terms first mentioned. She would grant RIL
.L1. ^AiNJ)W->NCMiRT nder the auspices of tho n' t On WFnffleDt S0C'8ty WJ]1 beTjmPi0Ve" WJAHfrAT^7ENIWG J A JN 0 AH Y r ? n l Wteuthefo,, ing wel|.t„„„Lr.is;e., Miss K ATF WTT TT4 I APPEAR Mr TREVOR EVAWJW,S (Llin°3 Gwab'a), Sopro o; Provincial Concerts^ T the IJ^cipal London aod (winner of BARFIS «T°R; ML DAVI]) EYANS, National Eisteddfod^ v> ■. at bwo meefciuRs of the Gurr, Liverpool. ivr- ?fr^0De' aSi,,SCe^ by Mr H. Party from t} f ,Mlss M- Evans, Barmouth and a The Ch?- -n ^ryn Choir. AfcomDani!t t'ake° hy D- Gilt-AKT, Esq. Mr F. T. Tookey1 M&y EoberLs> L.E..A.M., a:?d «ck^lsfSoron5 ine3?%ed Seat"' ?3 6!; Faw,l.v Admission Is' pf Seals, Is General R- J- Roberts., OhemiBt. be 6een aC Mr