INTERESTING GATHERING AT BARMOUTH. PRESENTATION TO THE REV GWYNORO DAVIES. On Wednesday week, a large number of towns- people of Barmouth and others gathered in the Assembly Rooms to take part in the presentation of an address and a purse of money to the Rev J. Gwynoro Davies, for eight years chairman of the Urban District Council. Councillor Hugh Evans, chairman of the Urban District Council, presided, and was supported by the Rer J. Cadvan Davies, Mrs Gwynoro Davies and Master Watkin Davies, Mr D. E. Jones, headmaster of the County School, Mr Rhys Jones, Mr Thomas, headmaster of the Board School, Mr C. E. Breese, Portmadoo, Dr and Mrs Arthur Hughes, Mr Jones, postmaster, Miss Hearn (Marianne Faringham), Mr Rees Jones, and Mr D. Lloyd George, IV .P. The Chairman said they had been looking forward with pleasure to that meeting in order to show their appreciation of the services of their friend, Mr Davies. Those who sought to serve the public knew that though they might make friends they were almost sure to make enemies. Mr Davies had been in Barmouth seventeen years and nine years out of that period be was chairman of the District Council. He came into office at a very critical time and steered the municipal ship through many a storm so that day the old ship was still afloat (cheers). No one could conceive the amount of work Mr Davies has done for Barmouth, much of which was unknown to the public. He had also worked hard in esablishing an intermediate sokool at Barmouth and in the formation of the new Library, both of which institutions were things of which the town was proud (cheers). When Mr Davies resigned the chairmanship of the Council it was thought that something should be done which in tangible form should show the town's apprecia- tion of his services and the suggestion had been so well received that a hundred guineas had been subscribed without any pressure and to a large extent voluntarily (applause). Mr Jones, library, having read several letters of apology for non-attendance, read the address as follows:- Reverend and dear sir,—Your recent retirement from the chairmanship of the Barmouth Urban District Council, after occupying the same with such advantage to the town from its formation, ovet nine years ago, up to the month of June, 1903, has quickened in the minds of your fellow- townsmen and your numerous friends and admirers a desire to place on record in a fitting manner their deep sense of obligation to you for the manifold services which you have rendered the town with such devotion and success. You have now lived amongst us for seventeen years and during the whole of this time you have not lost a single opportunity for advancing the welfare of Barmouth, both morally and materially. The young people have been your especial care as regards both their amusement and their intelec- tual and spiritual welfare. It was largely in their interest that you took in hand some thirteen years ago the establishment of a reading room in the town, the precursor of the fine Public Library which now adorns Barmouth and the existence of which is mainly due to your persintent exertions on its behalf. At the same time, you have not been forgetful of the cause of education in its stricter tense. For several years the School Board of Barmouth counted you amongst the most faithful of its members, and the work which Mrs Gwynoro Davies and yourself have done in connection with our County School has largely contributed to its Mooes-) and is gratefully acknowledged by all the well-wishers of that excellent institution. And now that the new Eduoation Authority has come into power, we rejoice to find that you have been elected the first chairman of the Local Edu- cation Committee of the Barmouth district. Nor have you by any means oonfined your efforts to matters of local interest and your organisation of the Llewelyn National Memorial, and of the movement resulting in the erection of the T. E. Ellis Statue, to mention recent events only, has won the respect and admiration of a large circle of friends outside Barmeuth, many of whom have expressed their desire io join in this tribute. But while all these things are present to our minds it is the civic work which you have done as chairman and member of the Urban District Coun- cil that establishes beyond question your reputa- tion as a public bent-factor. After the affairs of the town bad been allowed to lapse into a state of the utmost confusion, and when ruin stared us in the face, you voluntarily came to the rescue, and in obedience to your fellow-townsmen's repeated entreaties you continued to conduct the business of the municipality until the splendid waterworks scheme, which is now the boast of Barmouth, was comrleted, and the dangers and difficulties we were at one time threatened with, gradually disappeared. We are fully aware of the sacrifice in money, health, and comfort, which this devotion of duty has cost you, and we can assure you that yon efforts are appreciated end will be remembered accordingly. On behalf of the subscribers, we have now the pleasure of presenting you with this address, to. gether with a purse of geld and album as a token of heartfelt gratitude, at the same time wishing yourself, Mrs Gwynoro Davies, who has always been so ready to second you in all your good work, and your son, William Watkin Davies (who, we believe, will always be found follcwing his father's footsteps and profiting by the example of public spirit which you have shown him) a long epell of life and happiness in the service of the community. We remain, on behalf of the Committee, Yours sincerely, HUGH EVANS, Penmount, Chairman. J. JONEI, The Library, Hon. Sec. J. ALBAN ROWLANDS, Hen. Treasurer. Barmouth, Oefc., 1903. Miss Hearn, Marianne Farningham," in a bright little speech, presented Mr Davies with the purse of gold. After highly complimenting Mr Davies. she said it gave her great pleasure—she was sure tLey would allow her to say it—to meet for the fiisfc time Mr Lloyd-George (cheers). She seemed to know him well, having read so many of hia speeches (laughter). She was glad to find Mr L'oyd-George so young and energetic, for they needed him in many towns in England. In responding, Mr Davies said that few people knew how much they owed Mr Lloyd-George and the late Thomas Ellis (applause). He predicted that Mr Lloyd-George would be a member of the next Liberal Government, and hoped he would be the President of the Local Government Board (cheers). He thanked all the subscribers for their kindness. Mr Lloyd-George, who was cordially received, said he had an intimate acquaintance with the work done by Mr Davies, who in promoting the interests of Barmouth used to capture him in London and drag him from one department to another aud then make him talk. England was peculiarly fortunate in having many such men as Mr Davies carrying on her municipal work. In conclusion, Mr Lloyd-George gracefully recipro- cated Marianne Farniagham's sentiments on meeting him for the first time, this beiBg the first time he had had the pleasure of meeting her, though he had known her from childhood through her writings (cheers.) Mr C. E. Breese, who was described by the Chairman as a chip of the oldblcck, next addressed the meeting, saying that his great grandfather, his grandmother, and her father were all connected with Barmouth, so that naturally he took a deep interest in the place and its affairs. In his work for the County School, the Library, and the Council Mr Davies had increased the attractiveness of Barmouth aa a place of residence and a resort of visitors, and had displayed the qualities of a good aad true citizen. Oadvan then read verses composed for the occasion Dr Hughes proposed a vote of gratitude to the subscribers Mr E. D. Jones M.A., proposed, and Mr Rhys Jones seconded a vote of thanks to the speakers; Mr J. Thomas, C.M., proposed and Mr B. R. Jones seconad a vote of thanks to the Chairman and .a pleasent afternoon's meeting was terminated by the singing of "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau" by the assembly Miss Williams, Miss Price, and Mr Evans taking the solo.
6 =•— JOTTINGS. [By D.T.H.] Whatever may be thought of his policy, it is hardly possible to question the fact that Mr Cham- berlain is oarrying the country with him. His successes at Glasgow and Newcastle have been followed by a great personal triumph at Liverpool, where on Tuesday night amass meeting of working men, after listening to Mr Chamberlain for an hour and a half, passed a resolution fully and un- reservedly endorsing the policy which he had enunciated. This, says the Record," is a distinct step in advance. Mr Chamberlain's masterful personality has struck the imagination of the people. What probably swayed the Liverpool working men more than anything else was the pledge he gave them. I ask you," he said, to take my pledge, and to believe in my sincerity when I give it, that if you accept my proposals as they stand I pledge myself they will not add one farthing to the cost of living of aay family in the country and in my opinion, in the case of the poorest families they will some- what reduce that cost. Money lotteries are illegal in England, but from time to time the country is flooded with circulars of a most seductive kind inviting the recipient to take part in the gamble. The circulation of such literature is a grave scandal, but it is done so sur- reptitiously that, even though it is posted in Londom, detection is difficult. By immemorial custom in the Diocese of Bangor, as in Wales generally, the repairs of the chancel have been defrayed at the common charges of the parish. It is nON sought to cast the burden upon the incumbents. In a timely letter written with much force, the Rev Canon Trevor-late Rector of Machynlleth— draws the attention of the clergy generally through the columns of the North Wales Chronicle to the fact that the Bangor Diocesan Surveyor has recently received instructions from the Diocesan Registrar to inspect the chan- cels ef our parish churches, and include them in the eooleliliastical buildings subject to the provisions of the Dilapidations Act. The diocesan surveyor acts accordingly. Canon Trevor points out that some of the clergy take it for granted that such is the law of the land and that they submit to this new impost with sullen indifference. Custom in this matter is the law of the land; the custom is against it in Wales. The object of the letter is to put the clergy on their guard not to accept the ipse dixit of the sur. veyor or registrar, but appeal at once to the Bishop in writing against the inclusion of the ohancel on the ground of immemorial usage and custom to the contrary. Resolutions were passed in the deanery of Llefon protesting against the reoent action of the diocesan surveyor. The death of Mr W. E. H. Lecky removes one of the greatest of our historians, and, indeed, one of the best writers of English prose in his generation. More than 40 years have passed since the appear- ance of The [Leaders of Public Opinion in Ire- land." That anonymously published work of a young mam of four and twenty, containing one of the finest essays oa Swift ever written, and appre- ciations of Grattan and O'Connell of astounding eloquence, at once attracted attention, and its author fully developed his promise both aa his- torian and politician. His book on Rationalism and hia "History of European Morals" have long been standard works, but it is by his History of England in the 18th century" that Mr Lecky's name will live. Dr Clifford, says the Guardian, appears to be completely unconscious that he has transgressed the bounds of Christian courtesy, charity, or truth. Where the capacity for feeling has been seared argument is of no avail. But it is discouraging to find Dr Horton, at the annual meeting of the Con. gregational Union, descending almost to Dr C lifford's level, and talking in a strain which would imply that Mr Balfour deserves to share the fate of Laud and Strafford.
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FOOTBALL. THE LEAGUE. --I- Goals. P. W. L. D. P. A. PTS. Sheff. United 9 8 1 0 25 12 16 Sheffield Wed. 10 6 1 3 14 6 15 Everton 10 6 3 1 20 13 13 Newcastle U. 10 6 3 1 17 12 13 Aston Villa. 10 5 3 2 19 15 12 Manchester C. 9 6 3 0 15 13 12 Sunderland. 10 5 4 1 20 15 11 Wol'hampton. 9 5 6 0 14 20 10 Notts County 11 5 6 0 15 25 10 Stoke 10 4 5 1 23 17 9 Notts Forest.. 10 3 4 3 16 14 9 Bury 10 2 3 5 17 19 9 Middlesbro'gh 9 3 4 2 18 15 8 West Br'm'ich 9 2 5 2 10 14 7 Small Heath.. 11 2 6 3 13 22 7 Blackburn R. 10 2 6 2 9 18 6 Derby County 10 2 6 2 15 21 6 Liverpool 10 2 7 1 17 26 5 THE COMBINATION. Goals. P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS. Chester 7 7 1 0 30 9 14 Birkenhead. 8 7 1 0 16 9 14 Oswestry. 7 5 2 0 17 12 10 Broughton 7 4 2 1 19 11 9 Nantwich 6 3 2 1 16 9 7 Wrexham 7 3 3 1 14 11 7 Witton 8 2 3 3 14 16 7 Chirk 7 1 3 3 15 24 5 Tranmere 5 2 3 0 11 16 4 Rhy1. 7 2 4 1 12 14 4 Baagor 5 1 3 1 8 18 3 Winsford. 8 1 6 1 9 19 3 Middlewich. 6 0 4 2 6 15 2
FRIENDLY MATCHES. DOLGELLEY SOUTH SIDE V NORTH SIDB. — The above match was played on the Marian last Satur. day, before a fair number of spectators. A good game was witnessed, which ended in a draw with no goals scored. Next Saturday Dolgelley Reserves will journey to Bala to play the Press Reserves. DOLGELLEY COUNTY SCHOOL V BALA COUNTY SCHOOL.—The above teams met on the Cattle Show Field, Dolgelley, on Saturday last in fine weather. Bala won the toss and elected to play with the wind at their backs. Both teams were well repre- sented, and a very tight game was witnessed, which ended in a win for Bala by 4 goals to two. The following represented the homesters :—G. Ellis, R. J. Davies, J. P. Jones, J. C. Owen, J. Jones, O. L. Evans, T. Hughes. R. R. Jones, R. E. Evans, T. Jones and J. M. Roberts. LLANYMYNECH V. WELSHPOOL ATHLETIC.—The Welshpool Athletic journeyed to Llanymynech on Saturday to engage the village team in friendlyi rivalry. The homesters were fully represented, but the visitors lacked the services of several of their players, two of whom were assisting the town team at Llandinam. The following were the teams :-Llanymynech: Goal, R. Bowyer; baoks, G. B:)wyer and J. E. Davies; half-backs, J. Thomas, E. Daries and T. Ellis; forwards, W. Jones, J. Humphreys, D. Davies, J. Payne and G. Davies. Welshpool Athletic Goal, R. M. Price backs, T. Lloyd and C.Thomas;half-backs,T.Preece, B. Hamer and W. Foulkes; forwards, Griffiths, B. Ricketts, W. .Edwards, Bellaby, and J. Jones. Referee, Mr Morgan. The visitors started in promising style, and after a good run by their left wing, Edwards shot wide. The homesters retaliated and after a .good run by Payne and Edwards the ball was centred nicely, D. Davies beating Price at close quarters. Directly afterwards the same player put in a second goal. Nothing daunted the Athletic played up well, and Bowyer was several times called upon to save, but the homesters again got the upper hand, and D. Davies increased their lead to three. At half-time the home team were leading by 3 to 0. The second half was poorly contested and Humphreys soon put on a fourth point for the homesters, and before the end a fifth goal was scored, the final score being-Llanymynech 5, Athletic 0. Before the close an unpleasant inci- dent took place. Foulkes accidentally kicked one of the home forwards in the face, and he had to retire, while the former was ordqred off the field. The Athletic with their full team, should go well for the medal competition, but their team should be re-constructed. C. Thomas does not do himself justice as a full back, while at centre half he is quite at home, while Edwards should be played at inside left, and Bellaby centre.
THE WELSH AMATEUR CUP. FIRST ROUND. MACHYNLLETH v NEWTOWN NORTH END. The first round in this competition took place on Saturday, when Machynlleth had as visitors New- town North End, a very strong team. Mr Smith, Welshpool, was the referee, and the teams were :— NEWTOWN NORTH END. Goal, Powell; backs, Foster and Pritchard; half- back*, G. Jones, M. Pilot, and E. Evans; forwards, H. Pilot, Playfair, G. Humphreys, H. Percival, and R. Smout. MACHYNLLBTH. Goal, Owen; backs, Morris and Evans; half. backs, J, Owen, Davies, and D. Morris; forwards, Wildblood, Francis, Holt, Thomas, and Morgan. In the early stages of the game the Machynlleth goal had a narrow escape, bat the backs cleared well by strong kicking. Playing with the wind the Machynlleth forwards kicked too hard and the ball was sent over the goal line a couple of times. Davies worked hard in the centre half position for Macbynlleth and stopped a dangerous run. The Newtown men were a smarter lot, and for a few minutes the home defence bad a trying time. Owen fisted away from H. Pilot and Newtown maintaining the pressure a couple of corners fell to them, one of which was given by Owen in clearing a fast shot from Humphreys. Machynlleth then made a determined run but the visitors backs were sound. A free kick fell to Machynlleth, which was cleared by Pritchard and the left wing sailed away, but they were baulked by Evans. Newtown, however, renewed the preisure and a scrimmage in front of goal resulted. The North Enders appealed for a goal on the ground that the ball had passed over the line before the goalkeeper got it away, but the appeal was not allowed. In the next minute G. Humphreys scored a good goal for Newtown after a quarter of an hour's play. Wildblood made a good run down and centred well, but Francis and Holt missed the ball and Newtown cleared. Machynlleth again attacked and Holt put in a fast shot which Powell just managed to clear. Machynlleth worked hard but had a good defence to meet. Fraucis missed the mark by inches only. Newtown shewed better forward play and a second gsal was rushed. Machynlleth tried to retrieve the position and in the attack one of the Newtown players was ordered off the field for kicking an opponent. Not withstanding this Newtown held the upper hand and scored a third before the interval. Soon after restarting Playfair scored a fourth. From the centre kick, Machynlleth rushed away but were beaten by the backs and the North End got away. A penalty kick was given them, but Owen saved this well by putting the ball over the bar. The corner kick proved abortive. Newtown had the best of matters and following a free-kick, H. Pilot beaded the ball into the net for the fifth time. At this stcge, about 20 minutes off time, Owen Morris one of Machynlleth backs bad a nasty kick under the left eye and had to retire. Humphreys scored No. 6, H. Pilot another, and before time was called four more goals were scored by Newtown who won by 11 goals to nil. LLANDINAM v. WELSHPOOL RESERVES. Tht:re was a poor "gate" at Llandinam on Satur- day to witness the encounter between the above teams in the first round for the Welsh Amateur Cup. Welshpool brought a strong team with them, while Llandinam were not fully represented, W. Fvans and Dick Watkin being absent. Mr Tom Evans, Newtown, was the referee and punctually at 3 o'clock he sounded his whistle, and the teams lined up as follows:- LLANDINAM. Goal, J. Griffiths; backs, J. Davies halves, P. Hamer, Manuel, and O. Woolley; forwards, J. Parry, C. Hamer, Bob Watkin, J. Humphreys and E. Humphreys. Linesman, Mr E. Wilding. WELSHPOOL. Goal, Davies backs, Morris and Hamer; halves, Fox, Evans and W. Davies; forwards, Heath, Blair, T. Davies, Stallard and J. Evans. Linesman, Mr H. Tucker. Watkin opened for Llandinam (who started with only ten men.) Soon after the start Stallard lost a good:chance by shooting too random, and later Blair headed a trifle too high. Welshpool had another try, and Griffiths brought off a good save from Stallard. A foul against Welshpool relieved the homesters, but J. Humphreys shot wide. The visitors again attacked, and Stallard and Evans made a good run up the left, the former passing to Davies, who, however, was ruled offside. Play fQr some time continued in the homesters' quarters, but J. Davies and Griffiths proved themselves fit for their position. At this stage W. Evans not turning up, his place at back was taken by Moore. Watkius and Parry made a good run, and tried Daffes hard upon two or three occasion, in quick succession, but he was not to be beaten. Manuel next secured and gave to Watkin who was robbed by Evans and gave to T. Davies, but he again was robbed by Manuel, and Watkin securing, had hard lines in not scoring. Play next went to the other end, and Heath forced a corner which was not im- proved upon. Blair next got the ball, and passed to Heath who tried hard to score, but J. Davies was in rare form aad kept all well at bay. Foul against Fox sent play to the other end, and the homesters forced two corners in quick succession, but which proved fruitless, Manuel putting a trifle wide. Davies was soon afterwards called upon by Watkin on two occasions, but he could not be beaten. A combined effort by the visitors resulted in J. Evans, after a pretty bit of football, putting the visitors one up, with a splendid oblique shet. Play now became more vigorous, and both ends were being visited in turn. C. Hamer made a futile attempt from long range, and Davies again made a grand save from the foot of Watkin. P. Hamer was forced to retire through injuries received, and the homesters were again left with oaly teu men. The homesters pressed and Watkin from a pass by J. Humphreys and good football, equalised amidst cheers. The home- sters resumed the pressure, and W. Davies was seen to advantage for the visitors. C. Hamer secured, and with a well-judged shot put llan- dinam a-head. Shortly afterwards the whistle was sounded for half-time with the score Llan- dinam 2 goals, Welshpool 1. On resuming, the visitors forced the game and Moore, in attempting to clear, headed through his own goal. Play be- came more tame, though some spirited attempts were made, and Griffiths saved from Heath in good style. Watkin and Parry next had a try, but Hamer and Morris, who were playing a good gatne, checked their career. Stal'ard and Evans then made a pretty run, and the latter sent across splendidly, but J. Davies cleared and gave to Manuel, who sent to Watkin, but his final attempt went a little outside the posts. Manuel again secured and tried Davies with a stinger, whieh he cleared finely. An offside goal for Welshpool foi lowed. Play became more tame and fouls were given on both sides, and coiners were forced, but could not be improved upon. When nearicg time Welshpool were awarded a penalty through Moore handling, from which H. Hamer scored No. 3, aDd shortly afterwards the whistle sounded for time with the loore-Welshpool, 3; Llandinam, 2.
NEWTOWN. HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.-At a meeting of the committee of the Horticultural Society; held on Friday, it was suggested that & choral competition be introduced at the next show, prizes to be offered for mixed and male voice choirs. WELSH LITERARY SOCIETY. The subject of debate at the fortnightly meeting of the above society was Married v. Single." Mr R. Roberts advocated the married state, whilst the cause Of the singles was taken up by Mr J. Jones. Mrs Rees, Messrs J. Roberta, R. Rees, R. I • Roberts, and Rev. G. Griffith took part in the debate, aud on a division the singles triumphed by a majority of one. Printed and Published by David Rowlands, of 21, Berriew Street, Welshpool, in the County of Montgomery, and at Towyn, in the County 0of Merioneth.—Thursday, November 5,19C3.