FOOTBALL CHAT. ] LINESMAN.] There was a disappointed feeling at Towyn on Thursday, when it became known that the Amateur Cap tie had been awarded to Llanidloes. The Association have behaved in a very shabby manner, to say the least of it. The difficulty was, that under one of the existing rules, a Cup tie which results in a drawn game, must be i^e-played on or before the ersuing Saturday. Mr J. H. Lester (Hon. Sec.) wrote asking permission to have this rule waived in the Towyn club's favour, seeing that they were engaged with Aberystwyth in the senior competition, on the following Saturday. A reply was received from the secretary which was to the effect that they granted the request under the unusual circumstances, the club to make the best arrangement possible. At the ordinary meet- ing, however, this decision was squashed, and the game awarded Llanidloes. The high handed policy of the Association, is gradually, but surely, bring- ing matters to a head, and before long this part ot Wales will cut itself adrift and start an Association of its own. Clubs in this neighbourhood are entirely ignored, although their subscription is anxiously looked forward to. There is a large number of powerful clubs in this district which have suffered so much from the incompetency of the central body, that if a strong effort were made there would be no difficulty in raising a West Wales Association." There was no game played on Saturday, but the majority of the team went in for practice. The Dolgelley Cup competition should be the next item of interest. The competition has now been properly affiliated and there should be no diffi- culty in arranging the matches as many good clubs have entered. It is difficult to know what the Towyn club is going to do, but I am officially in. formed that in all probability they will enter if a slightly increased grant is offered. It must be said that the local committee are too obstinate on this point because the request is a very reasonable one as the poor gates at Towyn recently are telling on the finances. It is always interesting to note the progress of those players faway, and a copy of the Tamworth Herald which has been forwarded pays a high tribute to the abilities of David Lewis, one of last season's players. The Aberystwyth team have gone to the length of reporting the Towyn team, for disordeily con- duct last Saturday week, and an Aberystwyth paper stages that the players and supporters were ill treated as they left in the evening. The best authorities on this matter are the police, They state that the trouble arose entirely from the con- duct of the Aberystwytb supporters. They took a aaerciful view of the matter, or there would have been a different tale to spread about. It is totally denied that there was any ill treatment, and the station staff state that nothing whatever was thrown at the railway train. The matter will bear as far as the club is concerned, the strictest investigation. Some of our Aberystwyth contemporaries seem totally nnable to give an impartial report of any matches in which the Towyn club is concerned. Dolgelley deserve credit for the excellent game they played at Portmadoc recently. The Machynlleth team has not been heard of, so far, this season, but they are preparing for their Amateur Cup tie. A team that should be asked to pay a visit here this season, is the Bala Press. They are going strongly this year, and thev may be relied upon for an excellent game. [D.T.H.] Lest I should forget my favourite game, I trudged to the Towyn ground on Saturday week, although the wind and the rain were enough to damp the ardour and enthusiasm of many a younger man. The wind howled and the rain whistled in all their fury, a few minutes before the game, but thanks to the grinning rays of old Fathet Sol, he dispelled the anger of Father Pluvius, and umbrellas were put on one side. It was a funny sort of a game, with & few flashes of football as she is played bursting forth now and again, but at very rare intervals indeed. Mr Smith, Welshpool, refereed, and did his work like a man, all honour to him too, for be fed nasty customers to deal with. Two elevens without a spark (f affection the one for the other and the highly strong temperaments of which' required only the spark of a match to be set ablaze with disastrous consequences. The Veteran, Mr J H Edwards, was present, and his presence may have toned down the impetuosity of the men of the Athens of Wales. Aberystwyth won the toss and determined to play with the wind which was blowing hard from goal to goal. They scored two goals during the first half, and they ought to have scored at least four. They have no reason to be proud of their performance aui it,g thi, half. The first goal came from the cranium of Oswald James the captain, who should have scored one other goal. The backs wc re guilty of indiscrimin- ate and foolish kicking in this halt, and had Joel Rowlands been more judicious on one or two occa- sions the goals might have been increased Fouls were frequent against Towyr, and Gladstone Davies and Oswald Green were not over affection- ate the one to the other. Both were inclined to take extreme measures, and Davies fared rather badly once or twice, being tossed and grounded unceremoniously. Such exhibition are strongly to be condemned. Antics are not required within the football arena. Towyn made the fatal mistake, I think of hemming all their men arcund goal. This during the first half Iseldom or ever pays in the long run. Aberystwyth showed much better form during the second half." They put in all they knew in the forward line-well backed by the halves and backs-with the result that Edwards on the extreme left scored against the wind with a beauty which struck the furthermost upright and bounced into The net It was a splendid effort. Edwards and James were clos-ly marked after this. Towvn scored two-one, the first goal, a very soft thing I th.-ught, the backs not understanding each other-the other a penalty. Peake and Edwards made grand efforts to add to this score and the former received a very nasty charge after having made a noble attempt to score. His shot deserved better fate. Aberystwyth won 3 to 2. A poor game spoi t by the atrong wind. Several skirmishes took place between the field and town, besides one very lively altercation on the field.
PRINTING of every description executed neatly quickly, and cheaply at the COUNTY TIMES Office, Welshpool.
THE LEAGUE. Goals. P. W. L. D. F, A. PTS. West Bromwich. 12 9 2 1 25 12 19 Derby County 12 7 3 2 27 16 16 Notts County 13 6 3 4 18 13 16 Sheffield W'n'day 12 7 4 1 21 14 15 Sheffield United..12 7 4 1 14 11 15 Liverpool 11 6 3 2 26 16 14 Stoke 12 5 3 4 15 14 14 Middlesbrough. 12 5 5 2 14 20 12 Bury 10 5 4 1 15 11 11 Newcastle United 11 5 5 1 20 15 11 Sunderland 11 4 4 3 19 19 11 Everton. 13 4 6 3 21 19 11 Notts Forest 13 4 6 3 14 20 11 Wo.verhampton.. 12 3 5 4 17 20 10 Aston Villa 10- 3 5 2 11 14 8 BlackburnRovers 12 3 7 2 15 27 8 Grimsby 11 1 6 4 14 21 6 Bolton Wand. 11 0 9 2 10 28 2 THE COMBINATION. Goals. P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS. Wrexham 8 7 0 1 36 4 15 Witton Albion 10 6 1 3 23 15 15 Nantwich 9 6 2 1 19 15 13 Birkenhead 9 5 3 1 20 13 11 Chester 9 3 2 4 16 11 10 Burslem PortVale 9 4 3 2 25 17 10 I Oswestry 9 4 4 1 21 15 9 Middlewich 9 3 3 3 14 24 9 Chirk 7 3 3 1 14 13 7 Winsford 10 3 6 1 25 24 7 *Bangor 10 3 6 1 15 31 5 Tranmere Rovers 10 2 7 1 13 31 5 White StarWand. 5 2 3 0 6 12 4 N'ton-le-Willows. 9 2 7 0 20 36 4 Rhyl 5 1 4 0 9 15 2 Two points deducted for playing an ineligible man. H)> —
THE WELSH AMATEUR CUP. DR t W FOR THE SECOND ROUND. Tbe draw for the second round of the Cup took place on Wednesday night at Wrexham, and re- sulted as folio ws Chirk Reserve v. Black Park. Wrexham Victoria v. Saltney. Oswestry United Reserve v. Druids Reserve, Bangor Reserve v. Porlmadoc Reserve. Rhyl Reserve v. Rhyl Athletic. Mold Amateurs v. Connah's Quay. Flint v. Flint U.A.C. BroUi-hton United v. Esclusham White Star. Llanfyllin v Llauidlnes. Newt own North End v. Machynlleth. Bala v. Huthin.
THE COMBINATION. OSWESTRY UNITED v. RHYL. Thare was a fair attendance on the Town ground on Saturday afternoon, when these teams met under the auspices of the Combination. Additional interest was taken in the meeting as Oswestry United were making a bold experiment in playing four entirely new forwards, in fact five had been selected but Smallwood, who hails from Shrews- bury, wxs not able to turn up and Hammond was included in the front rank. Mr Morgan of Crewe had charge of the teams, which were as follows;- RHYL. Simons, goal Vernon Jones and Ogilvy, backs; Sam Brooks, Morecroft, and Dj as, half-backs; Matthews, S. Parry, Wettings, W. Jones and H. P. Roberts. OSWESTRY UNITED. C. Parry, goal; Morgan and Jerman, backs; G. Richards, T. D. Parry, and H. Jones, half backs; Killip (Liverpool), Hammond, Lawrence, Ralph Jones (formerly of the Druids) and Curtis (Liver- pool). After some mid-field exchanges, Rhyl got away, Wellings, an old Oswestrian, placing wide with a bad shot. The United paid a temporary visit to the visitors' quarters, when Rhyl were awarded a free-kick and the venue was changed, Matthews, who had a good turn of speed, finishing by placing the bail over the cross-bar. Neither act of forwards showed any combination, and of the home forwards such a thing conld not be expected. Random shooting was the order, and consequently the half- backs aud backs were often requisitioned. George Riehards and Tom Parry were prominent with good work but their efforts were of no avail, the for- wards being unable to take advantage of the passes. The Rhyl defence too was strong. At last Killip got through and tl.e visiting goalkeeper had to handle. Oswestry forced a, corner through the efforts of Hammond and Killip who showed the best form, but this was cleared. The United again attacked through Richards placing the ball in goal and from this Lawrence scored for Oswestry. Roberts for Rhyl made a grand run and ceiatre which Jai-n.an headed away. Rhyl aided by a free kick, attacked and Morgan gave a corner in clearing. Following this, several shots were directed at the Oswestry goal, but Parry was well covered. Even played followed, until Oswestry broke away and Simons had to clear from H. Jon<:s. Then Rhyl changed venue and C. Pairy only just cleared from H. P. Roberts. Tom Parry struck the crossbar with a hard shot and from the rebound Lawrence placed wide of the mark. Several corners fell to Oswestry, but neither was improved upon and at the interval Oswestty h:d by a goal to nil. On resuming, play was even for a while until Killip and Hammond had an opening to get through. Hammond was hard pressed and he shot wide. The United made tracks for the Rhyl goal, but Cuitis was very weak on the outside left where he was now playing and spoiled t'1e effort, which caused the crowd to cheer derisively. Rhyl played up and looked as if they would score, bat the home defence was sound. Indeed owing to the weakness of the forward line, the home de- fence had much more work to do, and had they f t. bean in any way shaky, Rhyl would have got through. A corner to Rhyl resulted in a scrim- mflge in fnmt of the United goal, but play went the other way owing to a free-kick being awarded Oswestry Rhyl again came along, and C. Parry brought off a couple of good saves, and in the next minute the Rhyl custodian mulled the ball from Ralph Jones but recovered himself just in time. The light was now getting bad and the movements of the players were detected with some difficulty. A few corners fell to Oswestry but the visitors re- lieved the pressure. Tom Parry made a good run through, and his final effort struck the cross bar, the ball goiag out. Even play followed to the end and the final was Oswestry one goal, Rhyl nil. — ♦ —
TOWYN COUNTY SCHOOL GOVERNORS. ANNUAL REPORT. A meeting of the Governors was held at the School buildings on Satuiday afternoon. There were present the Rev Robt. Jones (chairman) pre- siding, Mrs H. P. Rowlands, Mrs Roberts (Bryn- crug), Messrs H. Haydn Jones, J. Maethlon James, Meyrick Roberts, R. Price Morgan, H. W. Griffiths, Humphrey Williams, Wm. Jones, W. Davies, with Mr Thos. Jones, headmaster, Miss Jenkins, Miss Richards, Miss May Roberts, teachers, and E. J. Evans, cleik. The Headmaster presented his annual report which was as follows :—I have the honour to lay before you my fourth annual report. I am glad to be able this year again to report increased pros- perity, both in numbers and efficiency. On the school loll last year we had 124 names the first term, 117 the second, and 104 the third, making an average of 115, which is an advance of six on the preceding year. This term there are 116 in school-37 girls and 79 bays--30 of whom are boarders. Of this total number 6 boys and 4 girls have attended for over three years, 18 boys and 1 girl for two years, 14 boys and 4 girls for three years, and 18 boys and 12 girls for one year; 13 of those admitted last year have already left; of those who have been over two years in school only 9 are girls. This is to be very much regretted and I fear parents are not alive to the importance of educating their daughters. With a view of making the curriculum more suitable to the needs of the girls, and in order if possible to ensure a longer stay for them, the school course last year was con- siderably modified. Domestio hygiene was substi- tuted foi physios, and more time given to those subjects in which girls are not as strong as boys. I regret to say, however, that the change did not have the desired effect. This is certainly the least satisfactory part of the life history of the school, and it would be greatly to the advantage of the district in the future if something can be done to improve it. The school was as usual examined by the Central Welsh Board, and the copy of the re- port which is laid before you shows that the teach- ing has been very efficient, and that the standard attained was very high—distinctions being gained in all sobjtcts. The work done by the Honours Class in French is reported as the best in Wales. On the results of these examinations, 26 certificates were obtained, with 60 distinctions, as against 29 last year with 36 distinctions. The Inspector of the Board of Education reports as follows on the work that came under his notice This school continues to keep up its reputation for thorough and excellent work." As in past years, pupils were presented for various public examinitions other than the Central Welsh Board. These included the London Intermediate B.A., London Matricula- tion, Board of Education, Bank Entrance, Pitman's Shorthand, etc. The list of successes, shows that the pupils acquitted themselves with credit to themselves and to the school. Tho full number of certificates gained this year has been 71 as against 58 last year, and 44 the previous year. In the competitions for exhibitions, our pupils did very well. Tue Rendel and County exhibitions which are awarded to the best boy and best girl in the County Schools of Merioneth, were gained by pupils from the Towyn school; Maude Knight Cotterill obtaining that for the former, and John Owen Jones for the latter. A',l the other candidates from the school d d well. Daniel W. Lloyd took second place among the boys, and was awarded a special Rendel Exhibition of ZCIO per annum for three years. The Rendel Scholarship of C20 per annum for three years, for the best pupil in the counties of Cardigan, Merioneth and Montgomery, was awarded Maud Cotterill. In September three of our senior pupils competed for college entrance scholarships with very patisfactory results. M.uid Cotterill stood first on the Aberystwyth list obtain- ing a scholarship of X40 per annum for three years. This is now the third time in the course of the last four years that pupils from this school have won this scholarship. < Winifred Conn who srood third on the list was awarded a scholarship of £ 20 per annum for the same period. During the past four years scholarships and exhibitions to the value of £ 1160 have been gained direct from the school. This is a record of which any school may be proud, and is also moat gratifying, for with this assistance young people who could not other- wise afford it, are able to obtain University edu- cation and training. We are also glad to hear of the SUCCESS of our ''old boys." John Mornant Hughes, who entered Aberystwyth ooihge from this school with scholarships of the value of £ 50 per annum, is now a B.Sc, of the London Univer sity, and of the University of Wales. He has lately been appointed inspector of secondary schools in Ireland. In conclusion I should like to bring to your notice the great inconvenience coused by the want of sufficient classroom accom- modation to which I referred iu my last annual re- port. In addition to having two classes in one room at the same time, the physics laboratory has had to be used regularly as a classroom, while, the chemical laboratory and the music room have ha.d at times to serve the same purpose. This term mai,ters are still worse. The number of pupils taking music has increased to the extent that the music room is at present used solely as such. We now have to use the workshop as a classroom on four days of the week. This gives much trouble as the working benches have to be cleared and seats brought in on Monday, and cleared again on Friday, when the place is used for the teaching of woodwork. In the report already referred to and which is now laid before you, the Inspector calls attention to the urgency of making up the defic- iency. I trust you will soon be able in some way to provide extra accommodation so that the steady and continued growth of the school may proceed unchecked. My best thanks are due to you as Governors, and to my colleagues, for all the assist- ance given me in carrying out the work of the school during the year. The Chairman said that the report was a highly satisfactory one.— Mr J. M. James agreed and thought it was a matter for congratulation. It would also serve to make the school wider known in all parts of the kingdom.—Mr Haydn Jones tbefl formally moved that copies of the report should be sent to the Central Welsh Board and the County Governing Body and that it should be a^P^ that was unanimously agreed to.—The Head- master then drew attention to the necessity o having more accommodation to which the Inspector had also referred. He was afraid that unless they could satisfy the inspector there would be a reduce tion in the grant next year. He had endeav- oured to point out to him the difficulty of getting an additional teacher. He had replied that it was the best paid school in the kingdom as regarded the amount of grants.—Mr Haydn Jones said that he could not see how they °oai, possibly get any additions made to the present premises and the only course that suggested itselt to him was to get a temporary shed made for the technical department, as had been done in other places. As to the grant, he was of opinion that the inspectors were secretly told to try and find fèLult __L -L. so that they could not sanction the highest That was his firm opinion. — Mrs Rowlands added she was of the same opinioll.-Eventunlly the matter was referred to a committee consisting ot Messrs R. P. Morgan, H. W. Griffiths and the Chair- man.-The Clerk drew attention to the necessity Of making some definite arrangement for the field where football and hockey was being played.—Mr Haydn Jones said that he was not going to demand any- thing in his own interest, but he suggested that a committee should come to an understanding- It was quite possible for them to secure the field if they all put their hands to the plough, and he knew where they could get £ 400. The remaining £ 800 they ought to be able to secure if earnest efforts were made (hear, hear). This would prove to the Inspector that they were doing their best with the matter. This question would have to be tackled first, and the others would then follow. Mr Jones and Mr J M James were appointed as additional members to the committee already in existence to deal with this matter. LAST SEASON'S CONCERT. The Clerk stated that the total amount of re- ceipts at the concert in aid of the school during the season was X33 19s 5d, against an expenditure of £ 33 15s, leaving a very small balance.—Mr J. M. James said though it had Dot been a siu ceps, st:r: the warmest thanks were due to the promoter*. He proposed a, vote which was seconded by Mr Meyrick Roberts and carried. THE HOLIDAYS. It was decided to close the school for the Christ- mas holidays from December 18th to January 13th, and to hold a public meeting as usual for the dis- tribution of prizes. It was decided to ask Mr Gibeon, Aberystwyth, and the Hon. C. H. Wynn, Rftg, to attend, and Mr Wm. Jones, Abei dovey, was appointed chairman of the meeting. A SCHOOL BADGE. The headmaster submitted designs of suitable badges for the use of the pupils. His reason for doing so was that complaints had been made to him of the conduct of Fome of the boys when he made enquires however, he had found that all strange lads were at once put down to the pupila of the school and pupils were blamed when they were clear of the mi&chief. In order to prevent this state of affairs it would be advisable to have badges.—The chairman said that he had heard the same thing and approved heartily of the sug- gestion. It was referred to the teschers them- selves to decide as to what badge was to be selected, &c. BURSARIES. There were seven applications for bursaries, and it was agreed to grant £1 a mouth in each case. TECHNICAL. The Governing Body wrote making the annual grant of z65 for technical lectures, and it was agreed to procure the services of Mr Pickard, who lectured last year. He will attend from the 24th to the 28th inst. SALARIRS. Applications for increase of salaries were read from Messrs E. Derry Evans and R. M. Kinsey. They were referred to a committee —The Governors then resolved into committee.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF WALES, ABERYSTWYTH. SUCCESS OF A FORMER STUDENT. Mr Humphrey Owen Jones, a former ttudent of this College, has been elected to a Fellowship in Clare College, Cambridge. Mr Jones entered Aber- ystwvth College from Gelligaer School in 1894, and in 1899 gained the degree of B.Sc. in the University of London with lst class Honours in Chemistry and 2nd class Honours in Experimental Physics. In 1896 a scholarship at Clare College, Cambridge, was awarded him and he succeeded in obtaining a 1st class in both parts of the National Science Tripos Mr Jones was recently appointed Demonstrator in the University Laboratories. «.
FARMING IN CANADA. The following letter has been sent to us for publication :— Dun more, Canada, Oct. 5th, 1902. Dear Sir,-It is now four months since I landed in the N.W.T., of Canada, and I thonght you may like to know my opinion of this part of world. I may say that I think Assinihoia would be hard to beat as a farming and c-attle ranching district. What surprises me most is the quantity of gra¡.s that is to be had for hay or pasture, and cattle get fat and do better on it than the stall fed of England. My governor has shipped two lots of steers since I got here to Liverpool, and fine ones they were too. In conclusion, I m-iy say, that it is about the best lhing any young feilow can do that is strong healthy to home out here and settle. Every opportunity is given him by the Canadian Government if he wishes to take up a homestead. I hope you are in the best of health. Believe me, respectfully youis, E. GRIFFITHS, formerly of Brim field, Herefordshire. Mr R. Adamson, Dundee. Printed and Published by David Rowlands, of 21, Berriew Street, Welshpool, in the County of Montgomery, and at Towyn, in the County of Merioneth.-Thursday, November 20, 19C2.