SELECTION OF CHURCH CANDIDATES. NOTES ON THE CONTEST. Tha Sectarians have thrown down the gauntlet. Aa was anticipated in these notes, the privately eummoned meeting of the party last night determined upon running six candidates at the pending election, and pledged itself to do its utmost to oust the Majority that hag done such splendid service for popular education in Cardiff during the past 21 years. ¡ The task which the Denominational Six have I undertaken may be a congenial one to the fighting spirit of the Tory party, but we are much mis- taken if the rank aud tile wil! view it in a favour- able light. A temporary Parliamentary victory in one thiug but to the workmg man the adequate education of his children is quite another. He will quickly ask, What is it that the clerical party are really aiming at '2" and before the close of the contest he will find out, much to the dis- comfiture of the Six. Dr. Horder is a disturbing element in the Church ranks. His non-selection he deems base ingratitude, and many will agree with him. He has deserved better treatment. When the Rev. F. J. Beck posed as the champion of a day industrial school Dr. Horder must have been startled. Who was it that was the spokesman of the board on the occasion of the memorable deputa- tion re the waifs-? Who undertook the cross- examination of that deputation, and sought to show that there were really no waifs in Cardiff ? The chronic inability of the Reactionary party to put itself in consonance w:th public sentiment, is seeniu the virtual rejection of Miss Dawson as a candidate. S The sister of the Vicar of St. Saviour's is admirably fitted, by training and by her close association with the Rev. Mr Dawson's work, for a position on the School Board, especially with reference to the requirements of the girls' schools. But, no the cut-and-dried programme of the wire-pullers in the Conservative organisation must be carried out to the letter. Practical cookery is a most important item in a girl's training, and the Cardiff School Board his Ifiven ample proof that it is keenly alive to this fact. Tuition in that branch of the culinary art ,wiiicii is most useful in a working man's home is :liven in connection with all the Board schools, •inder an arrangement with the South Wales aud Monmouthshire Training School for Cookery. During the past year a cookery kitchen has been attached to the Grangetown School, and another is in contemplation in connection with the proposed school in Lansdowne-road, Canton. A difficult duty of the Cardiff School Board has been to keep pace with the demand for school accommodation. As has already been mentioned, the Board has provided 4,952 additional places during the past ihrce years. These have been found by the erection of the Court-road School and the Roath Park School, tad the extension of Stacey-road, Radnor-road, Moorland-road, and Grangetown Schools, and in lemporary iron building*. Plans have been prepared for the extension of Ad,Lmsdown and Splotlands Schools and for the proposed Lansdowne-road School, intended for (he new district opening up around the Canton earl The additional accommodation thus fore :hadowed will represent nearly 3,000 places. The averago number on the Board schoo •agisters 12 months ago was 18,752 it is now ove io,m, or an increase of 1,24S. f Compare that with this:- The average number on the registers of Church of Eugland and Wesleyan Schools a year ago was 5 917 it is now 5,641, or a decrease of 276. I Lmped together, theso schools have accom- modation for 5,493 the number in average attendance is 4,545, or 952 less than the accom- modation, so that it cannot be pleaded that "Voluntary" parents aro obliged to send their children to Board schools because their own ichools cannot accommodate them. The probabi!ity is likely to be the oeher way, because while there i. accommodation in the Board schools for only 17,863, the average number on the registers during the month of October last was no less than 20,010. One of the direct results of additional State aid to denominational schools would be the multiplication of these schools. Every denomina- tion would want its own schools, with its separate stalls, and separate administration. The cost of elementary education would be inevitably increased to nn enormous extent; while it is obvious the standard of education would be, as inevitably, lowered very seriously. At the present time there are 14,605 day lehools on the annual grant list other than Board schools, made up as follows :-11,897 Church schools, 503 Weslt-yan schools, 985 Roman Catholic school?, 1,220 British, Undenominational, and other schools. Of Board schools there are 5,151. Cardiff Board schools are admittedly unsur- passed—if, indeed, they are equalled-in any large town in the country, yet its rate per £ is one of the lowest amongst these large towns. In proof of this we take the Blue Book figures tor 1894. According to these, the grant paid to the treasurer of the Cardiff School Board by the rating authority was £ 22,440, and the rate was 6"3d per £ Compare this with the following :— Town. Paid by rating Rate per C. authority. d. Derby. £ 15,000 9 2 Plymouth £ 11,250 8"7 Gateshead £ 11.500 9-7 Sunderland £ 15,750 7 9 Bristol £ 30,000 725 Portsmouth £ 22,794 8'5 Bolton £ 19,500 10'5 Liverpool £ 63 393 48 Manchester JS71875 6 0 Salford £ 21,000 62 Leicester £ 33,14a 125 Norwich £ 17.000 1225 Newcastle £ 27,500 7-0 Nottingham £ 45,000 139 Birmingham £ 103,500 11-5 Bradford £ 40,000 88 Sheffield £ 62.648 130 Newport £ 10,433 90
SELECTION OF DENOMINA- TIONAL CANDIDATES. SIX NAMES AGREED UPON. DR. HORDER AS AN INDEPENDENT. EFFORTS AT CONSOLIDATION. THE RIFT WITHIN THE LUTE. On Thursday evening, in St. John's School, Cardiff, a meeting was held for the purpose of sonsidering the selection ot Sectarian candidates for the forthcoming School Board election. The ataair was occupied by the Rev. Canon Thompson, who was supported by Councillors G. David and F. J. Veall, Mr E. Waddiugton, aud others. There was a large attendance. The Rev. Canon THOMPSON, in an introductory address, said they had to select candidates on the Denominational side for the future School Board for the purpose of carrying on the contest during the ensuing fortnight. He presum-d it had been decided npon thab there should be a contest in other words, that those who since the establishment of the School Board had represented one side and been in a majority, should change places with those who had r.-pre- sented the other side. Unless there was a chance of such a change of sides taking place, he thought it would bo a foolish and un- necessary thizig to bring on a contest at this time. There were very important principifcs at stake in this matter, and the time had come when those principles should have an opportunity of commending themselves to the judgment and conscience of the community. They had to select six good, men and true for their candidate. It would not be easy to secure the return of six Denominationalists on to the Board. Lst no one think it would be au tlasy matter even with the best cause, which he believed theirs to be—(applause) —to turll ont the present majority antl to instal themselves in their places. It it was to be done there must be six good men chosen, who should know something about education,and should have been in touch with schools or School Boards, to the children of a community like our own. He would not for a moment bring down the school board education of the country to a lower level tban that on which it stood his whole desire was to elevate the denominational education to the same level. (Applause.) Such men must have the confidence of the community. It they were not men of this type they would not succeed he ventured to say they did not deserve to succeed. It would be fatal •oily to try to return more than six. When the election bad been made, he trusted the meeting 4 would loyally accept and abide by its own action. If their candidates were to succeed the whole weight and force of the Conservative Association must of necessity be brought into line with all the influence that the Church party could command. (Laughter and applause.) After a great deal of consideration the delegates from the parochial Church Defence branches, and the Conservative Association who met last week, agreed to recommend the four retiring membors, namely, the Rev. F. J. Beck, Dr. Treharne, Mr Dobbin, and Mr Milner, with two other gentle- men, to make the six, namely, Dr. Vachell and the Rsv. A. Henderson, rector of Canton. (Ap- plause.) On the motion of Mr PEACE, seconded!by Mr NOBLE, it was unanimously resolved that the four retiring members be again nominated. Mr DAVID, in moving the adoption of Dr. Vachell and the Rev. A. Henderson, said the last-named gentleman had been selected because there was no one on the Board who represented the Canton side of the borough, and a large amount of influence would come in their direction in consequence of this nomination. Mr J. J. P. BURT seconded the motion. The name of Dr. Garrett Horder was also proposed, but it found no seconder. Dr. HoRDERstidbedidnot wish bis name to be seconded. But after due deliberation he in. tended to run as an Independent candidate. For a long time past he had gone in for the well being of a section of the children of the town who, up to the present time, had not been shown much sympathy or consideration-("no, T", ")-the poor neglected children for whom the Elementary Education Act was primarily passed. Mr DULL thought women might do useful work on the School Board. He therefore proposed Miss Dawson* who, he believed, would poll a large number of vot-x for their candidates among workmen in the Splott Ward who otherwise might not vote at all. The nomination was duly seconded from the body cf the hall, and supported by Dr. Horder. Mr KUtBY said he was sorry to hear Dr. Horder say in .ttecfc that he had the intention of wreck- ing the Cinuoli party. He appealed to Dr. Horder to withdraw from his inten- tion of running on his own hook. The interests of religious education were more important than the private fads of any individual. The part Dr. Horder played three years ago did not assist them. If the thousand votes which he polled had gone to the Church candidates tti-y would have had a majority on that occasion. He asked Dr. Horder. for the well-being of the educational system of the town, not to allow the principles which they held dear to be wrecked. Ha also hoped they would not vote for Miss Dawson, as he did not know what line Mi." Dawson might take if elected. He did not know whether she was in sympathy with them. If she was supported by Dr. Horder—(laughter) —ha thought they would agree that that was sufficient. (Renewed laughter.) Let them not be beund down by auy ladies, but let them rally round the men and win. A Speaker said it was very questionable whether the Rv..J. Dawson WM on their aide. The CHAIRMAN s-iid he hopd Miss Dawson, who bore a most revered name, and who, with her brother, was known only to be respected, was terms spoken of only in a Pickwickian sense. (Hear, hear.) Mr WADDINGTON made an appeal to Dr. Horder to withdraw. • Dr. HORVER replied that Mr Waddington had not the right to ask him to do so. The question had been settled already. He thought the candidates named had been brought forward in a most irregular way. He understood that he was nominated by the management of the Conservative Association— he was told so by the president. (" No, no.") He w;u aiso told that Dr. Vachell would not stand. He had given great attention to educa- tional Ilntterô, and was prepared to devote the necessary time to them. The CHAIRMAN said he took the sense of the meeting upon the manner in which the names should bo submitted, and it approved of what had been done. (Hear, hear.) Mr PEACE said Dr. Vachell, whom he was deputed to see, consented at once to stand. He never for a moment said he would not. MrjDELL said the insinuation of Mr Kirby as to Miss Dawson not being in sympathy with them contained a suggestion of offeusi»eness which miltbt not be apparent to that gentleman. Miss Dawson had requested him to withdraw her name. Mr DAVID Dr. Horder won't hesitate to withdraw after a lady has led the way. Dr. HORDFft Perhaps Mr David does not understand that men have a little more firmness. The names of Dr. Vachell and the Hev. A. Henderson were then adopted unanimously. On the motion of Mr FARRELL, seconded by Mr NOBLE, a voto of thanks was passed to the four retiring members. Mr MILNKR returned thank?. Mr DAviii announced that the candidates' committees wonld consist of the Management Cammittee of the Conservative Association and that portion of the Church Defence Organisation which was in the town, with probably the leading ward officials. The R-JV. F. J. BECK, in proposing a vote of thanks to the chairman, said he had taken an interest in those children whom Dr. Horder regarded as his peculiar affair, and bad urged the board to deal with the question of an industrial school. He pledged himself, if elected, to again bring this question to the front. The CHAIRMAN, in responding, gave the meet- ing as battle cries the words Rsligious equality," The cause of justice to the Voluntary Schools," and Efficiency in all their schools, Voluntary as well as Board." He was not at all grateful for the abolition of the 17s 6d limit to the grant, nor for the remission of fees, (Applause.)
AN UNSOLVED CARDIFF MYSTERY. Although active and diligenb inquiries have been made respecting thA strange and mysterious disappearance of Mr Laing, the South Wales representative of the Marine Engineers' Union, who left his home a fow weeks since, nothing has yet been ascertained which would throw any light upon his whereabouts. The police are prosecuting inquiries in all directions.
NEW YORK PRICES. fRRUTKIi'S TELYGRAMS.1 NEW YORK, Thursday.—Money firm. Sterling Exchange steady. On the Stock Market to-day, prices broke violently. London sold 25, COO shares, mostly Chicago. Milwaukee, and St. Paul, and Louisville and Nashville. There was a partial recovery during the closing hour on reassuring despatches from Washington, and on attempts being made to cover short contracts. The market eir,,ed irregular. Silver bars are unchanged. Cotton declined on weaker Southern advices and active liquidating, but closed steady spot dull aDd lower. Cotton oil weak crude, 24c yellow, 2SJ. Petro- letim refined quiet. Lard after an easy opening advanced, but later again declined, and closed easy spot easy. Wheat declined on liquidating and in sympathy with Wall. street, and cosed weak spot weak. Flour weak. Corn advanced for awhiie, then declined in sympathy with wheat, and closed weak spot dull. Sugar firm at late rates. Coffee has again had a featureless market, and closed quiet spot dull. Tin dull. Iron quiet. Copper steady. JOec 19 Dec 13 Cal Money F.S. (lay. Bonds 3 r.e 2 p.e .Ditto, other 3 ".e 2pc xchange on Lom'on, 60 days sight 4 87% 4.87 ;4 Ditto. Cable Transfers. 4.89V4 Exchange Paris, 6u days" sigbl 5.1'7% fi.16Ya Exchange on Berlin Days 95'/« 95l4 Four per Ont. U.S. Funded ton lj2y4 112% Western Union TeJcgr.-trli ShaTS 8W4 f8% Atchison TopMca, A S. Fe 15%, If. DIt Do. 4 p.e. Mors. 75 76"4 Do. Do. 6 p. Income,. 21l/« 25% Baltimore <fc Ohio]45 46% Canada SouthenrSuatcs, v. 51% E3 Canadian Pacific .V^ 52 5:51h Central of New Jersey. 105% 108 Cefilval Pacific Shares.. 14% 15 Chesapeake A Ohio CoinmonJJ> 15% 167,. Chicago .Burlington <fc Qitinoey.. 81% 82% & Chicagn& N. Western Preferted. 1'8;9 M Chicago Milwaukee, andiSt. Paul 12% 74 Chicago & Rock Island 72y2 73% Cl,?,veld, Cin., Ch.. & S b. Lt. Ord. 38Va 40 Delaware & Hudson .u.. 126% 126% Delaware Laclcawtuia. 16 164% Denver & Rio Grando Shares 12% 12% Denver Preferred'- 4518, 41 lllinoisCentralShares 94 S6 Tjake Sboro & Michigan 3outl:evn 49% !49% Louisville & NaalmileSltar?* 49% 50% Mich:ran Centre 1 Shares 101% l'»l% Misso-vri Kansas,andTV.va» '2 12 MissouriPaciiic 27% 28% New York, JiaVe Krie, A W- Mem 1?- < 1"" ));to, Second Morr.It\eBrHI8.. 75 75 New York03n:.ral* if'.fi'VinKivei 93 99% 14% 14% Northern Paci c Common 3'/i 4 NorthernPac'?;c,Preferred 13 13% Norfolk & Western Prefaced ? 8 Ohio and Mississippi 0 Shares Pennsylvania and Philadelphia 51% 53% Philadelphia and Reading Shares 7% 7'/« Phiiadelphia4:*Readjng5p.c.IstIiic 28% 29 pi,i Do. do' 4 p.c. Mor 77;s 80 U ionPaciflcSbares 6 6% W bash St Louis, & Pacific 6% 7% W hash St Louis &,i. Prof. Srs 16% 17, COTTON AND TRODnCE ITS. day's receipts at U.S.ports 12 OOC 9,000 Cotton, day's rec'pts at 0 ilf ports 17,(61) ) 20.001 Cotton, day's export to Gs Britain 25.000 25,000 ,n, (I.,Ly's expt to Coiitinent.. 4.000 6 000 Cotton inu" Jan. delivery 8 03 8.19 Cotton uture Feb-I Del ery 313 8.23 C'.tton.mid'Ling upland NewjYovli 8% SY:, Cotton, middling N">;w Orl nau. 8|^ 8% Pel,ro:enm,refined n cAses; 375 375 Petroleum, sta'Uard White>T. York 8.00 8 80 Petro'.enm,st'd whUePliilatfclphia 7.85 735 Petroleum,Pipe IJne Certs Jan 140 :51 Spir t»ot Terpen sine 28V2 23% Laril. VViicox'sSpob » 5.52% 5.55 railow, .Prime C y 4 4 rgar, fai.rra;ung Mnscoi-; 3% 31" 961).c, Centrifugal. 3% 3U Corn, New mixed, Western,3pot 35 25% Com futures Jan 35% 33% Corn intures May .34^ 34% Spring Wneat, No. 1, spot 66\ 67% Wi o >,t, red win, er, o« he'sf.ot. 69% 69% Wheal,deliver^ Jan 65% 66% Wheat, delivey i\Iar (7) 67% Coifce liicNo.? '4% 4 Coffee, Rio, No. ?. L-JW Ord Jan 13.85 13.95 o ee ditto Mar ileiiv 13.65 13.7) Flour, ex tttabeShipping brands.. 2.6J 2.60 I roii, NLI. 20 0 20.01 Tin.Au,an 13.75 13.75 Copper 10.50 11o.5 Steel Rails — 23 Freight Grain LiveL'W'ol-i team rs 3d 3d Frcght,Gi-aiimoswrt-.»* mlon 3%d 3%d Frelg "Cotton to Lipool 3.32nd* 3.&nds Silver Bullion b6' 4 66% Wheat, Chiea o, Dec (lelirery 55% 56% Cocn, Chicago, Dec delivery/«. 25% 25% Turpentine. Savannah 25% 25%
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GLAMORGAN COUNTY COUNCIL. 1,). THE BATTLE FOR SANITARY REFORM, THE FEVFTR IN THE DISTRICT. INTERESTING DISCUSSION. At the quarterly meeting of Glamorgan County Council, held at Neath on Thursday, Councillor Blandy Jenkius presided over a large attendance. Early during the sitting it was evident there was going to be a wordy if not severa conto3t over certain recommendations presented by the Sanitary Committee. Thatcomniitteehas adopted the suggestions of Dr. Williams, the medical officer for the county, and has determined to exetcise its full prerogative towards compelling the local authorities to perfect the sanitation of the areas within their jurisdiction, owing to the bad state of certain districts, and aa this will entail considerable expense much opposition I has been raised against these proposals. Amendments were proposed against drastic measures having'reference to laxity on the part of the local authorities in the Pontardawe and Bridgend neighbourhoods, but after a heated debate the Council came to the conclusion that the health of the people was of more importance than the question of the costs of the necessarry reform. This is a signal victory for the Progressive party in the Glamorgan Council. TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION AND INTERMEDIATB SCHOOLS. First taken of the committee reports was that of the Technical Instruction Committee, who headed their summary with a list of the winners of the stndentship3 awarded at Cardiff College and Cardiff School of Cookery. These lists have already been published, but it was found that M'.ss Kathleen Dinsantoy, of Penartb, an orphan, who had obtained the highest marks at tho examination, had been thought ineligible owing to a misunderstanding of her social position. She was now recommended for a studentship, and the Council recognised the claim. A proposition to estabhsh classes in home nursing and hygiene for women met with general appreciation, and the Council endorsed the proposi- tion to pay for a course at the Aylesbury Dairy Institute for six of the foremost students at the county dairy clashes, which has been attended with such excellent results. A proposal to hold a prize competition among the students at the equally successful mining classes was also approved. The Council was in sympathy with its committee in making application to the Department to adopt the system of payment on average attendance, described as the best in an educational sense, and now followed by the Council in its payments in aid of their various classes. Pontypridd, Neath, and Penartb Intermediate Schools were reported as ready to be taken over. It was agreed to apply the grant of £3 per school-place already made for the completion and fitting up of the schools to the discharge of liabilities incurred by the local building committees, there being generally a deficit. In the case of the Merthyr Schools the funds had been exhausted before the schools were taken over. Alderman Aaron Davies having stated that a deputation from Merthyr had spoken of exceptional difficulties in their way, proposed that a further sum of £538 be voted to enable the Building Committee to payoff what was owing for the erection of a caretaker's house, etc. It was, he said, a legitimate expenditure, and one that was desirable in the case of every other school where no such house bad been included. This raised the first discussion, for after Alderman Thomas Williams had seconded, and Alderman David Davies supported, both contending that in Merthyr £1,200 had had to be expended for a site, and the wealthy landowners had not con- tributed as they should, Alderman Meggitt and Messrs R. H. Rhys, T. J. Hughes, and D. P. Davies argued that the dozen other schools should be placed on an equality, for there had been more or less deficit on all. Alderman Aaron Davies explained that the Merthyr people were badly circumstanced at present, and that all other cases could be considered on application, but his proposed amendment to the report was lost. ROADS AND BRIDGES. Only two points of general interest were included in the recommendations of the Roads and Bridges Committee. The Mountain Ash District Council had made application for a contribution towards an alternative road between Mountain Ash and Navigation, but the com- mittee recommended that such course b., not followed. It was pointed out by the local repre. sentative that the present road was inadequate, and did not run through the most thickly populated part of the district, and on this it was decided to refer the matter to the Roads and Bridges Committee for further consideration. With reference to the proposed abolition of the toll at Navigation, it was found that a small piece of the land required for tho improvement of the road belonged to the Taff Vale Railway Com- pany, and the company decided to treat for its sale. At the committee meeting it was said that the chairman of the Taff Vale Railway had remarked the county couhl get possession if they paved the road with gold." No further action was taken in the matter, bub the committee have not shelved the much-desired improvement. SANITATION OF THE COUKTY. SIGNAL VICTORY FOR THE PROGRESSIVES. In form the report of the County Medical Officer (Dr. W. Williams) has already been published. In it the officer has emphasised the need for taking drastic measures to compel various district health authorities to take steps to improve their water supply, system of sewerage, and dwellings, and tll" Sanitary Committee having determined to perfect the sanitation of the county, asked the Counoil for its support. On the first item in this committee' report being reached, Alderman Meggitt referred to Dr. Williams's report as an admirablj one, which should be widely read. He should like to see included in it a list of all Urban Sanitary Districts 111 Glamorganshire with- out a proper drainage scheme. and a statement showing what was being done in the way of improvement. He hoped that the county medical otlicer-an excellent official- would give the responsible authority in these districts no rest until they had provided what they should not need urging to do, for it was to their own interest as well as beneficial to the county generally. The Sanitary Committee and Press had done a lot of good work, and he hoped that there would be no alteration of policy on the part of that Council. (Applause.) This was bub the first note in a long debate. Mr Richard Morris (Pentre) said that what Alderman Meggitt had first of all suggested had been done continually. The District and Urban Authorities not having sewerage schemes were continnually being reminded of it, bub those anxious to make Glamorgan, so far as sanitation is concerned, as perfect as possible, were unable to do much more than bark. But they would go on barking until they saw a different state of affairs. (Laughter and applause.) The report ot the commIttee was then reviewed. They asked for power to put in force the provi- 8iOniJ of the Housine of the Working QII\w.i!e3 Ab if the Gelligaer and Rhigos District Council do not at once remedy the insanitary condition of certain huts at Bedlinog. This request was granted without question. INSANITARY rONT ARDA WE. Tho committee recommended that the Pontar. dawe District Council be given notice that unless within three months they have adopted plans for preventing the sewage of their district from flowing into the canal, and are taking effectual steps to carry the same into effect, proceedings will be taken against them that the Council make a representation to the Local Government Board th" b ic appears from the reports of the medical officer of health that the Public Health Act is not properly put in force in the Pontar- dawe Rurai District, and added with reference to this district that the committee had framed and adopted an order constituting tho Pontardawe Rural District a hospital district under the Isola- tion Hospitals Act, and establishing a hospital committee. Over this matter the expected battle royal was opened. Mr THOMAS JONES (Clydach) opposed the clauses seriatim. He considered the action of the Sanitary Committee arbitrary in making a representation to the Local Government Board without first knowing whether the Pontardawo authority—the District Council-were averse to making any charges. He maintained that there was a divergence of opinion as to the proper enforcing of the Public Health Act in more districts than Pontardawe, and gave instances of work which had been accomplished by the body with which he was connected in the way of pro- viding a. publio water supply. At least two- thirds of the district, he conterded, had been drained during the past four years, and Dr. Williams had not gained the information on' which his report was based from the best sources. (A Voice: The district speaks for itself," and laughter.) Councillor LLKWELLYN DAVMa seconded Mr Jones, saying that as the Pontardawe Couucil had not been warned it was decidedly unfair to communicate with tho Local Government Board. Councillor RICHARD MORRIS warmly retorted that the Pontardawe question had taken up a lot of the valuable time of the Sanilaiy Committee during recent years. The Pontardawe people con- sidered themselves perfect, while the Sanitary Committee considered them seriously to blamo. Under these circumstances, what conld bo fairer than that an independent iuqniry should be held by a responsible Local Government Board official? (Heai, hear.) Publio attention had recently been focused upon Pontardawe owmg to the outbreak of Jyphoid, and he hoped that that Council would assist their Sanitary Authority in removing all pLigae spots from their county. (Hear, I:i ar.) Dr. THOJiA.s(Ynyscedwyn) begged that partisan feehng should be avoided in dealing with a sanitation matter. The outbreak of typhoid was not due to the fault of the local authority, and while he admitted that tbe drainage of the dis- trict might bo improved, he said the water was l generally good, and that the District Council should be given ample oPPJrtnnitYfof carrying '•out any further measure* Mr WATKIN Moss (Mertbyr), as a member of the Sanitary Committee, protested against the importation of outside issues. They had before them tbe clear statement of their medical officer to the effect that the Pontardawe district was in a defective sanitary state. In reply to Mr David Morgan (Aberdare), the Clerk denied that the Pontardawe District Council was not given notice, for when it was seen that no notice was taken of the county medical officer's report extra copies had been printed and addressed to every member. The clerk's statement was received with applause and cries of "Vote, vote." Mr ISAAC EVANS (Skewen) protested against this action, and said that a tramp could have taken the typhoid to Neath or Cardiff as easily as Pontardawe. It appeared to him to that extent that the outbreak at Pontardawe was an accident. oh.") Dr. MORRIS then rose and said there could be no doubt that the insanitary condition of Pontardawe was proved by the spread of the typhoid. In a properly looked-after district auch a spread eould not have happened. The clause objected to was then approved, only four expressing disapproval. Mr THOMAS JONES next objected to the formation by the Council of a Hospital Committee to control the Isolation Hospital which the Sanitary Committee had considered necessary for that district. Personally, be considered it would be placing unnecessary expense upon the ratepayers of that district to erect a hospital at Pontardawe; they could isolate their cases in Swansea's hospital. They would have considerable diffioulty in persuading people to leave their homes for such an institution, too. If, however, they were bound to have a hospital, they asked that the Committee of Management should be selected from or by the Distriot Council. People could only bo taken to the proposed hospitals if they were willing to go, and his experience of Pontardawe people led him to the conclusion that there would be a pure waste of money over the proposed hospital. It certainly was not right, he added, that the first information concerning such important steps on the part of the Sanitary Committee should have been gained from the newspapers. The CHAIRMAN ruling that Mr Jones's pro. posed amendment to the Sanitary Committee's report could not be put, as they had received the authority of the Local Government Board, said that the only course for the Pontardawe Council to take was to .petition the Local Government Board to rescind their order. THE BRIDGBND DISTRICT CASE. Pontardawe was then disposed of, but the next incident was even more prolific of speeches. The committee, on the report of commissioners ap- pointed to hold the local inquiry at Bridgend under the Isolation Hospitals Act, recommended that application be made to the Local Government Board for an order directing that the borough of Cowbridge shall be included in the Act, and that the committee be empowered to frame and seal an order establishinga Hospital District to consist of the Bridgend and Porthcawl Urban, and the Peuybont and Cowbridge Rural Districts, and to make a supplementary order to include the borough of Cowbridge, if and when included in the Act. Councillor T. J. HUGHES (Bridgend) moved an amendment that the foregoing paragraph be excised, and that the Sauitary Committee again consider the question. A meeting of the joint parishes had been held, and an alternative scheme had been proposed. The Sanitary Committee had fixed, in his opinion, far too large a number of beds, tor, while in the Rhondda there were but eight beds provided for 110,000 people, they were required in Bridgend to make provision for 30 beds. He asked but for time to enable the question to be thoroughly tlireshsd out, and so to avoid a loss of ratepayers' money in the provision of an institution which, if built on the extravagant lines laid down, would be a white elephant" in the district. The alternative scheme should be considered by the Sanitary Committee, and the opinion of that should be given on it to the Council before the action asked to be countenanced was directed to be taken. Councillor NICHOL (Bridgend) supported his colleagues, and called upon the clerk to read a letter containing resolutions arrived at by a meeting of representative people in the district. First of the resolutions was one to the effect that there was no need for the erection of an isolation hospital in that neighbourhood, but with this, Mr Hughes said, he did not agree. What he objected to was the unnecessary large size and consequent heavy cost of the proposed building. Several other councillors here spoke. Dr. MORRIS described the various stepa taken before the committee made the recommendation which had provoked so much opposition. Dr. Williams's opinion had been confirmed by the Local Government Board Inspector, and the commissioners appointed by the committee had given the same verdict. The Council should therefore hesitate before they interfered with the work of thecommitee. Ystradyfodwg had had to enlarge their hospital, and the people were now beginning to learn the advantages of these institutions, and all the populous districts would soon have to extend their hospitals. Workmen's cottages were two small to allow of thorough isolation, and it was for this reason that so many young people ware lost. Following the general establishment of isolation hospitals would come au appreciable diminution in the death rates. Mr T. J. HUGHES asked that the speaker be ruled out of order, but the Chairman told Dr. Morris he could proceed, Continuing, the Doctor said he was surprised to hear anV intelli- gent person objecting to the Sanitary Com- mittee's recommendations. Why, Bridgend district was more in need of such an hospital as was proposed than any simi- larly populated place in the county, for, with a population of 30,(100. there had occurred there last year 638 epidemic cases, and 97 deaths had been death-rate being the highest in the county. With the proposed hospital such a number of cases could not occur. Alderman MEGGITT said if there was one place in Glamorganshire which had delayed sanitary reform, it was Bridgend, and he, too, was astonished at the objection: ti t ed by Mr Hughes. Dr. MORRIS explained that for isolation purposes the 30 bed could not accommodate 30 patients at one time. They would need to divide and sub-divide their wards for sexes and diseases. The CHAIRMAN, somewhat unexpectedly, observed that he considered the Sanitary Committee had been given too muoh power in these matters, which should in his opinion first of all have come up at the Council for confirmation or rejeotmeot. He said that further, he proposed to vote on thu question raised by Councillor Hushes. Councillor RICHARD MORRIS, in reply to the Chairman, said that all the arguments that day adduced had been duly considered by the com- mittee. It was high time the question of the sanitation of Bridgend was settled. (Hear, heat.) These people always had a lot to say, and d«sired time for consideration of alternative 8chemeg. It was no new thing, but he had never known any of their alternative sohemes coming to perfection. (Laughter.) He hoped the Council would almost unanimously assist the Sanitary Committee in their forward" policy, with a view to making their county what it should be, as free from disease as possible. (Applause.) The amendment was then put and lost.—Mr Hughes next proposed that the Sanitary Com- mittee be asked to frame an order for the erection of an hospital for his district with provision for ten beds. The CHAIRMAN ruled this out of order, but himself proposed an amendment, That the words 'and seal' be left out of the committee's recommendation." A general misunderstanding arose over this procedure but Mr D. MORGAN explained the proposition in plain words to be identical in its object with that. of Councillor Hughes, and further stated" that as we had voted together on that, all we have got to do is to oppose this the same way." Again, cries of Vote, vote," were made, with the result that the Sanitary Committee's report was passed in its entirety. CORONERS AND SKILLED ASSISTANCE, Attention was drawn by Mr Watkin Moss (Merthyr) to tha apparent non-f-mployment by coroners of the powers given them by that Council in reference to their awarding higher fees to skilled witnesses and juiors than the ordinary allowance.—The Clerk stated that he had wntteu to the coroners conveying the resolution, but instances being given by several members of witnesses who had been refused a higher fee on due application, it was agreed that the clerk again forward the resolution of the Council to the officers, VACANCIES ONT COMMITTEES. Alderman Jones Griffiths and the chairman were nominated for the vacancy on the Inter- mediate Education Committee caused by tha death of Lord Swansea. Aldermon Aaron Davies, the nominator of Alderman Griffiths, preased for the appointment of his nominee as a gentleman well versed in educational matters, and he was eleoted. PROPOSED NEW COUNTY OFFICSS. The CHAIRMAN moved, "That the Joint Polise Committee be asked to appoint a sub-committee to meet a committee of the County Council to consider and report on the best means cf pro- viding suitable and adequate buildings for the use of both bodies." Councillor JOTHAM seconded. Alderman LEWIS moved a direct negative, saying that it was the duty of the Council first of all to determine upon a site. Councillor D. DAVIES supported Alderman Lewis.—After a general oxpression of opinion had been elicited as to the desirability of fixing the site in the county, the motion was carried with the addition of this qualification. THE NEW MAIN LINK TO LONDON. In the absence of Alderman Walter Morgan, a motion standing in his name was introduced by Mr T. J. HCGHKS. The Parliamentary Committee of the Council haviug endorsed the subject with their approval,. the motion was carried as follows :—" That the Council approves of the introduction of a Bill in Parliament for power to construct a railway from South Wales to London, and, subject to proper provisions being secured for passenger traffic, that the Parliamentary Com- mittee of tho Council be authorised to support the measure." CONSERVING WELSH WATER SUPPLT. Also on behalf of Alderman Walter Morgan, Alderman the Rev. AARON DAVIES moved the following resolution, and this, too, was carried :— That two members of the Water Committee bo named by the Council to explain to the chairmen cf other County Councils interested in the water supply, how the object of con-serving the water needed for their counties may best be obtained, and that they bo authorised to ask the experts to attend the meeting."
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THE SILVER ROBBERY. SARTI'S TRIALS. LONDON, Thursday*—The trial of Alexander" Sarti on an indictment charging him with having feloniously received tw ing of silver, the pro- perty of the Midland Railway Company, well knowing them to have been stolen was resumed before Sir Peter Edlin at the London County Sessions to-day. Mr C. Matthews and Mr Bodkin prosecuted on behalf of the Midland Railway Company, and Sir Frank Lockwood, Q.C., Mr O. F. Gill, and Mr Hulton defended the prisoner. Benjamin Brown, silversmith, employed at Messrs Elkington's works in Myddleton-street, Clerkenwell, said that on October 1st the prisoner him a box containing pieces of silver. He took it to Mr Roper, who melted it down into the shape of an ingot. Witness gave the ingot to the prisoner on the 3rd of October. The prisoner told witness to get a large crucible. Witness did so, and took the vessel to the prisoner. The latter told witness to get the crucible ready for melting a mixture of platinum And silver. Witness took the crucible to the forge- room and placed it on the coke the lad Naylor was with him. Two of the blow pipes were lit, and wbon the pot had become hot Sarti came into the forge-room. He placed something wrapped in green baize into the pot. Sarti then took a third blow pipe and the three of them directed flames on to the pot and its contents. Witness saw that the material inside the green baize was a square block of metal like silver. When the metal was melted witness put the pot on the floor. Sarti broke the edge of the pot, and witness then placed it in the sink under the tap. When the metal was cooled Sarti took it away. Crass-examined by Sir Frank Lockwood Wit nesssaid two strangers and a Mr White, cashier at Messrs Elkington's, were present when Sarti handed him the box to take to Mr Roper. The parcel was handed to him quite openly. The silver was in an open box. Witness only saw the surface. He should describe the contents of the box as ordinary scrap silver. With regard to the melting of metal in the forge- room, workmen were constantly in and out of that room. He .had betore seen Sarti melting aluminium. SCRAPS OF SILVER. Samuel Corbyn Marston, employed by Mr Roper, said on the 1st of October last the witness Brown came to him with a small wooden box containing pieces of silver, some scrap silver, some wire, and about twelve thick pieces about the size of a finger. They looked as if they had been roughly cut off a square block. Witness melted the pieces into an ingot weighing 67ozs. Cross-examined There was nothing in these scraps of silver to excite suspicion in his mind. Walter Wei's, silver-plater, employed at Myddelton-street, said 110 chloride had been used in the plating baths for some years. Only sheet silver had been used. THE PRISONER'S PORTER. William Hussey, a polisher at Myddleton. street, said he had been in the habit of carrying parcels for the prisoner. On the evening ot the 1st October he took a black ling from the office to the prisoner's house 108, St. Paul's-road, Canonbury. It was rather a heavy bag, and witness took it in a cab. On the 2nd of October Sarti gave him a box to take to Mr Blundell, gold and silver refiner, of Wardour- street. Witness took the box in a cab. It was a heavy box. Cross-examined He was asked quite openly by Sarti to take these parcels. There was no coneealmeut. Frederick Clarke, an errand boy ab Myddleton-sfcreet, said that on the afternoon of the 3rd of October the defendant gave him a heavy parcel having the shape of a melting pot and told him to take it to Mr Roper, the refiner. Witness took the parcel and a letter to Mr Roper, who opened the parcel. It contained a large piece of white metal. THEY DID NOT GET THEM. Wm. Henry Gaston, p-fi)., clerk to Messrs Sharpe and Wilkins,bullioji'!i:>rokerv)f Great Win- chester-street, said on the 25th of September his firm were expecting » consignment of 31 ingots of silver from Messrs Vivian of Swansea, but they did not get them. Witness's firm had no dealings with Messrs Elkington in ingot silver of the descriptionetbey were buying. A CHEQUE FOR £79 10s 20. Samuel Roper, old and silver refiner, of 7, Garnault-place. Clerkenwell, said he had dealt with Messrs Eikington for five years, and had supplied them with gold and silver to Sarti's order. On the 2nd September witness supplied to Messrs Elkington, on the order of Sarti, 500 ounces of silver, and was paid for it by Messrs Elkington with a cheque for j679 10i 2d. On the 2nd of October witness purchased 67 ounces of silver from Sarti and paid him £81313 Id in cash for it. The cash was given to the lad Naylor, who brought the silver. On the 3rd of October he received from the prisoner a letter and a parcel containing silver in the shape of a crucible. The metal was melted and assayed. It weighed 473 ounces and was pure silver. On the 5th of October witness saw Mr Sarti at Myddleton-street) and agreed to buy the silver. Sarti said the silver came from chloride. By the prisoner's instructions the cheque, which was for £64 5s 4d, was made out in Sarti's name. Evidence was next given that this cheque was paid into Sarti's private account at the Islington branch of the London and County Bank. "A. GRAY." James John Blondel!, gold refiner, of 162, Waidonr-street, said he had known the prisoner for eight or ten- years under the name of A. Gray as an electro-plater and dealer in silver residues, of 108, St. Paul's-road, Canon bury. He did not know that Sarti had any connection with Messrs Elkington. He had bought from the defendant pieces of silver, chloride ot sIlver. and grain gold. On the 2nd or 3rd of October last he received from a messenger in a wooden box a piece of silver an inch and a half to two inches in thickness and in the shape of the oval pan produced. At the same time there was handed to him a. letter in prisoner's handwriting and signed A. Gray. The silver weighed 515 ounces and was pure silver. On the 5th of October witness sent the prisoner a cheque for JE67 135 4d for the silver, less JB1 for melting. In September last he purchased chloride of silver from the prisoner. Sir Peter Edlin decided that the witness was not to say how much chloridehs purchased or what ha paid for it. Witness said he also bought chloride from the prisoner in the March of this year. Evidence was also given that this cheque for JS67 13 4d was paid into the defendant's private account at the Islington brunch of the London and County Bank. POLICE EVIDENCE. Henry Moore, a chisf inspector of police at Now Scotland Yard, xaid on tho 16th Oct. he went with Inspector Conquest to 15, Myddleton-street, and saw the prisoner. He told him they were police officers, and had reason to believe that he had bought or dealt with recently some of the ingots stolen from the Midland Railway Company. The prisoner replied, "Certainly not. Witness then said, We have reason to believe that you have all the present moment some of that silver upon these premises being destroyed by acids." They accompanied Sarti into the basement, and the silver ingot produced was found in the stripping bath. When arrested and charged with being concerned in stealing and receiving the silver, he said, I do not know anything about it." Altogether 28 mgots had been recovered. CONCLUSION OF THE CASE. Inspector Conquest gave corroborative evidence. Mr Herbert E kington, managing director of Elkington and Company, Limited, resident in Birmingham, said the prisoner had been in the service of thu firm for a great many years, and w ts manager of the factory at 15, Myddleton- street, Clerkenwell. A large portion of the business there conducted was the replating of articles. The chloride obtained fromithe stripping bath was the property of the firm, and the prisoner had 110 right or authority to deal with it. In the ordinary course of business no silver in the ingot form would be received at the works. The prisoner had no right or authority to receive silver in that shape and so treat it on the premises in the manner described in this case. The prisoner waq in absolute control at Myddle- ton-street. The firm had every confidence in him. Cross-examined The prisoner had borne a very high character. Witness knew Sirti dealt in certain articles on his own account, but not in metals. The prisoner was a man of 110 inconsiderable skill, aud had copied plates at the Kremlin for the firm. He bad also been to Moscow, to Denmark, and to Holland. This concluded the case for tho prosecution. Sir F. Lockwood said bit should call no wit- nesses except as to character. Mr Matthews, in his address to the jury on behalf of the prosecution, said if the prisoner took advantage of the confidence reposed in him to have brought to him on his masters' premises the proceeds of a robbery which took place only six days before, and brought to bim by men who apparently well knew where to bring those proceeds, could they say the prisoner deserved his high reputation ? What was the prisoner's necessity in September and October ? Both his private accounts were overdrawn before he received the cheque from Roper and Blondell to pay him for the ingot, which it was alleged he had melted. He suggested that the prisoner did not deserve his high character. He submitted that the indictment was well founded. The proceedings were then adjourned until to- day.
SAVED BY MARRIAGE. At the Sonthwark PoliceCourt on Thursday A. T. Channen, a parcels porter, and Maria Lilly, a music hall artiste, surrendered to their bad JU a, charge of conspiring to incite a doctor to commit an illegal operation. The girl was arrested at Wakefield, and since their last remand has been married in the presence of the officer who arrested them. Mr Angus Lewis, who conducted the prosecution on behalf of the Treasury, said under tho circumstances, tho parties having besn married, and it being evident that they did not realise the criminal nature of the operation which they contemplated, asked the magistrate not to spoil the honeymoon but discharge both prisoners. The magistrate consented, and prisoners left the court apparently most grateful.
_4 The Riohmond magistrates, yesterday, fined I Arthur and Henry East-tlio two watermen who recently shot a seal in tho Ttiatnes-21 and casts, at the instance of the Conservancy, for discharging firearms. EFFECT, ECONOMY, DISPATCH.—The Cardiff Steam Laundry, Carpet anrl Window Cleaning Co., Ltd. Minny-street, Cat hays red cross v,,tnjI ladder tracks to all parts daily. Sn.nd pos: card b125 235e
THE FATAL ACCIDENT IN CARMARTHENSHIRE. INQUEST AT LLANLLWM. Mr Thomas Walters, coroner, held an inquest relative to the terrible death of Mr D. Ellis, of the Old Plough Inn, Carmarthen, whose body was until Thursday night laid out in Talardd Arms, Llanllwni, where the inquest took place, the verdicti being "Accidental death." It seems that deceased left home on Tuesday morning in his trap for Lampeter, in which neighbourhood he bought two horses. Having stayed at the Black Lion, Lampeter, that evening, he pro- ceeded homewards on Wednesday morning, when the accident took place as previously reported. Deceased was 42 years of age, and a native of Montgomeryshire, He, however, bad been closely connected with Carmarthen for the last 20 years, and was widely known throughout the three counties.
ALLEGED FALSE PRETENCE CASE AT ABERDARE. RE-ARREST OF THE FUGITIVE HOLMES. Simeon O. Holmes, a mining engineer, was arrested on the 25th October last at Barry on a warrant, charged with having obtained food and lodgings from Mr Thomas Williams, Black Lion Hotel, Aberdare. He was on the following day brought before a special sitting of the Merthyr Police Court, and remanded to Aberdare for the following Tuesday, and admitted to bail on that occasion owing to the absence of an important witness (Mr Collins, late manager of the National Bank of Wales). He was further remanded, and again admitted to bail. When the case came on in a fortnight defendant did not appear, and all the efforts of the police up to the present week have been unavailing to re-arrest him. News was received, however, on Wednesday of his having been arrested at Hounslow, and Inspector Davis, of Aberdare, proceeded the same day to bring him back. He will be brought up at the next Aberdare Police Court.
LORD KENYON ON EDUCA- TION IN WALES. Speaking on Wednesday at the distribution of prizes and certificates to the scholars of the Wrexham County School, Grove Park, Lord Ktnyon sasd they had entered upon a new departure in the intermediateeducation of Wales, and he hoped that everybody, without any qusstion of politics or religion, would endeavour to promote the highest education of the people, so as to raise the standard of education in Wales generally. Referring to the establishment of the University of Wales, he said that it; was now possible for a poor lad to complete his education in Wales and secure a degree at its own University, While they were concerned about education geuarally, however, they must not forget that manners made the man, In conclusion, he urged the boys, while paying every attention to their books, not to neglect their play both their minds and their bodies should have proper attention, and recreation and physical exercise were as necessary to make them capable and healthy men as mental study and research.
ISOLATION HOSPITAL FOR BARRY. On Thursday evening all the meeting of the Health Committee of the Barry Urban District Council, presided over by Dr. O'Donnell, Alder- man J. C. Meggitt announced that the County J Council had that day at Neath decided to make grants towards the maintenance of isolation hospitals in Glamorganshire. As to the hospital contemplated at Barry be had been in conversation with the clerk to the county authority, and that gentleman had informed him that the extent of that grant would b« one-half the cost of maintenance, exclu- sive of the amount spent on each patient. The latter would be borne by the patients themselves or the Board of Guardians. The hospital would be under the supervision of the District Council, with the exception that some general authority would be exercised by the county medical officer in the same way as existing institutions. Dr. Williams, the county officer, had that day given the Barry district a high tribute for its excellent sanitary arrangements.
REPRESENTATION OF SOUTH GLAMORGAN. AN ABSURD RUMOUR. With regard to the representation of South Glamorgan in the Liberal interest, the choice of a candidate is beg-inmug to agitate the minds of a goodly number, bub as yet no meeting has been held for the purpose of considering probable aspirants for the honour of contesting the seat in their interest. A Bury paper in a startling announcement states that a gentleman from that district (Alderman J. 0. Meggitt) has been named as a probable candidate, but that gentleman stigmatises the rumour as absurd.
CONSERVATIVE BANQUET AT NEATH. At the Gwyn Hall, Neath, on Thursday night, "| a complimentary banquet was given to Mr J. i Edwards Vaughan and Colonel J. R. Wright, who were the unsuccessful candidates at the Goneral Election for Mid-Glamorgan and Swansea District respectively. Tho proceedings were under the auspices of the Conservative Associa- tions of the divisions named, and the company was drawn from an extensive area. Mr John Newall Moore presided, and amongst those who sat at the cross table with the guests of the evening were the Mayor of Neath (Councillor llopkin Jones), Alderman H. P. Charle. the mayor of Abernvon, the Rev. D. Lewis (rural dean). Mr M. S. Williams, Major D. A. David, 001. Irving, MrS. H. Ryan, Mr Edward Knox, Mr W. H. P. Jenkins, Mr W. R. Llewellyn, Mr O.'botne Sheppaed, Mr T. S. Sutton, Mr A. S. Gardner, Mr H. S. Sutton, Mr M. E. Roberts, Mr Osborne Sheppard, Mr E. Grant, and Sir John Morris. The Church was very strongly represented. Mr F. Parish catered. Sir JOHN LLKWEUTN, responding to the toast of The Houses of Parliament," said there had heen much searching of hearts to fiud the cause of tho rout of the Liberal party at the polls. He felt that it was due to the Local Veto Bill more than to anything else. The speaker referred to the difficulties which Lord Salisbury had to deal with, and said, with emphasis, than that goreat statesman was far better able to cope with such difficulties than Mr Gladstone would have been. After describing the Irish parky as reduced to a state of helpless tangle, he said the country might expect the Government to deal out justice to education, by which he meant that the Voluntary schools should be made equal to the Board schools. He clung to the view that the schools management should contain the element of representation. The toast of "Our Guests "was proposed by the CHAIRMAN in an eulogistic speech. Mr J. EDWARDS VAUGHAN, in responding, said he would contest Mid Glamorgan again and yet again, and he hoped, say in 10 years' time, to have the mandate of the constituency to trouble his head about politICal affairs. Colonel WRIGHT spoke for Protection, and unfolded a schemo by which the tax on tobacco should be remitted and a tax on breadstuff imposed. This view as to taxing of food was subsequently objected to by Sir JOHN LLEWELYN, who said no responsible statesman would enter- tain a proposal to tax food supplies.
The Popo has sent an additional sun) of £ 800 for tho relief of the sufferers through the massacres in Armenia. The Education Department have issued an order for tho formation of a School Board for Bywater. A Git EAT (JOMFORT,Yes, it is often misery for a person to cough and cou;r.h until it distress both liim=elf and friends almost beyond endurance, but HEATING'S COUGH LOZENGES would stop all that; they are simply unrivalled one alone afford s relief. 'Bold everywhere in tin. 13%d each. 6175:\ NKATU TUISKISH BATHS, Alfred-street. Open daily. Ladies, Tuesdays. 7183
CARDIFF. INQUESTS.—The Borough Coroner (Mr E. B. Reece) held an inquest at the Town Hall, Cardiff, on Thursday evening, on the body of William Jones, the four-year-old son of Sidney Jones, of 19, Railway-terrace, Canton. The lad was left by the mother for 20 minutes with three other children in charge of an elder sister, aged nine years. In this ime deceased fell inco the fire, and received burns which caused his death a week later. "Accidental death" was the verdict, and Mr Reece censured both parents for neglecting to take adf-quate precautions for the children's safety.—The Coroner held another inquiry con- cerning the death of Charles Potter, a haulier, of 41, System.street. In this instance death was the result of natural causes, aud a verdict to that effect was returned. BUFFALOISM.—There was a large attendance oE "Buffs" present at the Prince Albert Edward Lodge, held at the Griffin Hotel, St. Mary-street, on Wednesday evening. Primo Keys opened the lodge. A smoking concert was held for the bene- fit of the widow and children of the late Bro. Fred Yard. Some excellent harmony was con- tributed by Messrs Sorby, Richardson, Charles Sord, A, Jones, Harry Wheeler (recitation), and Professor Lloyd with bis legerdemain entertain- ment. INSTITUTE OF MARINE ENGINEERS.—A meet- ing of the Bristol Channel Centre of the Insti- tute of Marine Engineers was held all the University College, Cardiff, on Wednesday even- ing. presided over by Professor A. C. Elliott, D.So. The discussion on Mr M. W. Aisbitt's paper on Water Ballasb" was renewed, and amongst those who took part in it were Messrs D. Gibson. A. K. Hamilton, T. Widdos, Brock, Boyer.Hardy, Jones, H. Symonds, aud Dr. Elliott. The meeting terminated with votes of thanks to Mr Aisbitt and the chairman. GEOLOGY.—The weekly meeting of the Cantou Wealeyan Mutual Improvement Association was held on Wednesday, when Mr C. Powell read an excellent essay on Geology," this being the second of a series of scientific subjects for discus- sion during the session. The essayist's references to tho strata of Penarth Head, the fossil patches of Rumney Hill, and the sunken forest in the Bristol Channel off the East Moors, awakened considerable interest, and a very useful and instructive discussion followed.
CWMPARK. SCHOLASTIC SDCCKSS.—AD the last midsummer certificate examination of day training colleges Mr W. Howells, certificated assistant at the Park Board Schools, was placed in the first class. Mr Howells was trained at the University College, Cardiff.
PONTARDULAIS. COOKERY CLASS.—Ac the Board Schools on Tuesday evening the successful students were presented with certificates from the Glamorgan- shire County Council. The teacher is Miss Laurenson. The presentation was made by Mr and Mrs Lloyd, of The Woodlands, and the Rev. J. James, postmaster.
CARDIGAN. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—The fortnightly meet- ing of this board was held om Wednesday, Mr W. O. Brigstockl presiding. The returns showed a decrease of £115s 6d in out-relief and of 25 in the number of outdoor paupers, as compared with the corresponding period of last year. Mrs Station was appointed deputy matron during the absence of the matron through illness. ST. DOGJIKLL'S RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.—At a meeting of this Council, held after that of the guardians, and presided over by Captain Wm. Davies, the inspector reported that since the last meeting six cases of scarlet fever had occurred at Newport, Pem., but were now convalescent, and that the school buildings had been fumigated under the supervision of Dr. Havard, the medical officer. TOLLS AND DOES.—The tolls arid dues arising from the market and slaughter-house were 011 Wednesday let by auction, and were sold for £211, the same amount as last year, to Mr I. J. Hicks, Pritchard Arms. Cardigan.
NEYLAND. MASONIC INSTALLATION.—The ceremony of installing Bro. J. F. Hancock, P.G.P., P.P.G.S., as worshipful master of Neylancl Lodge, No. 990, took place at the Lodge room on Wednesday evening, Bro. E. Davies, P.M., being the installing master. The following officers were also appointed :—Bros. W. Rees, S.W. F. A. Neale, J.W. J. H. Coram, P.G.J.D., P.P.G.D.C., treasnrer; E. J. Ridge, secretary David Johns, P.P.G.S., S.D. B. S. Reynolds, J.D. J. R. George. I.G. J. F. Davies, organist; Henry Powell, D.C. Philip Evans, charity steward; Daniel Phillips, S.S.; T. H. Payne, J.S. Augustus Hitieroth, tyler. A banquet, at which the usual toasts were duly honoured, afterwards took place all the!South Wales Hotel.
PEMBROKE DOCK. DOCKYARD INTELLIGKNCK.— Messrs J. A. Yates, chief constructor, and John T. Corner, chief engineer of Portsmouth Dockyard, paid an official visit to Pembroke Dockyard on Wednesday in connection with the preparation of the hydraulic pumptngengine bed of the battle- ship Hannibal.
ABERAYRON. CHARGE OF INCENDIARISM. — At Aberayron Potty Sessions on Wednesday—before Messrs Morgan Evans, D. Thomas, J. M. Howell, J. H. Jones, and J. D. Jenkins—Deputy Chief Con- stable Williams charged Rhys Lloyd, saddler, with shaving set fire to the dwelling-house of Caerllan, Ltandyssilio-gogo, whilst Sarah Davies and family were residing therein, with intent to tnjure them, on the Itch instant.—He was re- manded on bail in the sum of £100 till Tuesday next.
TENBY. MUSICAL SERVICES.—The first of a series of musical services was held 10 St. Mary's Parish Church, on Wednesday afternoon and evening, and proved a great success.
FERNDALE. MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT.—The Ferndale Mutual Improvement Society held its weekly meeting on Wednesday evening, when a very excellent paper was read by Mr Chalke, head master of the Higher Grade School, on "The Life and Works of tho Poet Gray." PRESENTATION.—A meeting was held at the Ferndale Conservative Club on Wednesday evening, for the purpose of presenting Mr J. Littlejohns with a gold albero and dressing-case. Previous to the meeting a procession of the club members took place through the streets, headed by the Ferndale Brass Band. The chair was occupied by Dr. Hamilton. Speeches were made by Councillors White and Hughes, of Cardiff Mr Richard?, of Forth Mr Thompson, and others.
BUILTH WELLS. OPENING OF NEW WESLKYAN CHAPEL.—On Wednesday bhe opening services of the New Wealeyan Chapel took place. In the afternoon tho Rev. J. Gregory Mantle (Bristol) preached, the Rav. R. Jenkins (Newport, Mon.) also taking part in the meeting. The evening service took the form of a public meeting, Mr T. Golds- worthy, J.P., Newport. presiding. The Builth Choral Society, lpd by Mr Alfred P. Morgan, sane' selections. The chapel is a very handome structure, to seat 250. with two schoolrooms, and cost over £1,100. of which J6780 is subscribed. Mr T. Smith was the architecb and Mr Thomas Jones the builder.
BLAKRNMY. CHURCH IMPROVEMENTS.—Rev. A. D. Prinple presided over a vestry, IIOIrl on \V (Od lIeday. to consider a report by Mr Midland, architect, G'oucester, with reference to some proposed alterations which it was generally felt are required to be done to the parish church. The pmposals include the removal of the south gallery, to carry out which a faculty must be applied for from tho Chancellor of the Diocese for the repairing of the greater portion of the church and the west gallery removing the square seats for the removal of the organ from the west gallery to the floor of the church to a position at the end of the south side for the removal of the font and for a new heating apparatus, the total cost of which was set down at £ 400.—The Vicar said they had a lifctlf in the bank, and he hoped to make that up to £OO by unbscnptions from the Jicclesiastical Societies. The £30.0 he would try and get where he could; he had takon the labouring oar in and would do his best, and h" knew his parishioners would back him up. He mentioned that the font. which was m the old church, and had been lost for generations, he had found in the garden of Mr A. Fryer, who had consented for them to have it and replace in the church.—Resolutions to carry out the work were adopted.
MERTHYR. SHOP ASSISTANTS' GRIEVANCE.—An appeal has baeu issue d in which the .assistants at of the drapers' shops complain that other drapers will not close their shops on Friday next as well as 011 Thursday, and on Thursday night a number of the shop assistants paraded the town with a brass band. SOIREE AND PRESENTATION*.—A soiree in con- nection with the Parish Church was field at Bentley's Central IIon Thursday m-emnfr, at which Mm Thomas, Trnharrisfformeriy Miss Tina Thomas) was,; presented with a beautiful silver salver from the choir, congregation, and other friends. MEETINGS OF URPDITOKS.—On Thursday, at Mr W. L. Darner.^ meeting was held of the creditors of David Jenkins, tailor, Cross- reet, Ystrad Rhondda, formerly of 158, William-strpet. The liabilities wore £1028,5<1, and the deficiency £89 10s 4:L-On tiw same day a meeting took place of the creditors of Richard Thomas Cule, Castle Inn. Tatf's Well, formerly grocer. The gross I liabilities were £324 51 31, and the deficiency ¡ £313 5" 31. PKESKNTATION TO MISS CJ.ATIA JENKINS.— Mis^ Clara Jenkins, the esteemed pnnc pi! of Tydfil House School, is about to lenvs the town for Penarth, in view of her forthcoming marriage, and on Wednesday night there was a large I' assemblage of friends ah a farewell reunion. Miss Jenkins was presentrd with a handsome silver cake-stand and pair of porcelain salt-oellars.
ABERDARE. I PAINFULLY SUDDEN DEATH. —On Wednesday 11;l':hl.:t painfully sadden death occurred lt 72, Monk-street, Aberdare. Sarah Bowen, widow, rtsiJin ab LÍI"1IJOlls in question, whilst sitting in her chair dunking a cup of tea expired almost immediately. BIUTISH WOMEN'S TKMPKRANCF. ASSOCIATION. -'1'ho last rrfQp.t.ir,g 111 connp.ctlt)11 with the ltIiion conducted by Miss G'»rh»nri, of Tonbridge, was held at Trinity Ch.ipel. MrW. l'hillip, post- master, A<J- i'ih,.ri.>, presided. BAZAAR —On Thursday a- yerl successful bazaar, in aid of the restoration fund ol Wj English Unitarian Chapel, Aberdare, washeia in the Temperance Hall. The bazaar was o^nW by Mr G. Cars lake Thompson, of Cardiff, thor« being present at the opening ceremony,, addition to the stallholders, the Revs. Jrti Thomas, R. J. Jones, M.A., J. J, George (A dare), J. Fisher Jones (Cwmatnan), Dr. U"* fitlis (Pontypridd), Col. Thos. Phillips, L. N. Williams (High Constable of Aberdare* D. Williams (ex-High Constable). R. BedhOgK) • C.E., and P. T. Rhys (solicitor), &c.
RHONDDA VALLEY. BREACH OF COLLIERY RULES.—At the Porth Police Court on Thursday—before Mr IgnatiO4 Williams, Dr, Parry, and Dr. Ivor Lewis—Joh" Morgan and John Williams, colliers, employed In No. 5 pit of the Ferndale Collieries, were SUm" inoned for having tobacco pipes in their possessioo in their working places beyond the laiyip station contrary to the special rules of the nline.—ThJ Bench mulcted the defendants only in 10s and costs each and cautioned them.
MERTHYR. ROBREP.Y WITH VIOLENCE.—On Thursday "t the Merthyr Police Cnuri—before Mr North, ]1ft C. H. James, and Mr T. H. Bailey—David Harris and NICholas Cahill were charged with robbing Edwin Price with violence on tb* evening of the 16th instant, and stealing from bis person about 63 in money, a pair of braces, and knife.—Harris was discharged and Cahill committed for trial at the Assizes. In reply to Cahill, the magistrates said if be could find two sureties, each of £50. he would be admitted to bail, the amount of his own recognisanoea to t* £100. TRAVELLING WITHOUT A TICKET.—On Thursday at the police courr,—before Mr North, Mr C. II. James, and Mr T. H. Bailey—a younv felIo- named Griffiths, of Treharris, was fined 5s fat riding from Llanishen to Trebarris without ticket, on the Rhymiipy Railway. SERIOUS ALLEGATION AGAINST A WORKMAN. Sidney Wheeler, collier, was charged with having a match in his possession in the Deep Navigatiod CoPiery, Treharris, in contravention of the rote* Defendant was fined 5.
SWANSEA. THE SUNDAY CLOSING ACJT.—James Simon Harris, landlord of the New Oxford Inn, was 011 Thursday summoned before the Swansea magistrates for Sunday trading. Mr Vinef Leader defended. The Bench decided to adjoorn the case. ASSAULT ON A SCHOOL Mabbett, 8. John-street, a boy, was summoned for assaulting Ebenezsr Jones, a pupil teachet under the Swansea School Board. Mr F. O. Roberts prosecuted on behalf of the School Board. Defendant was alleged to have gone to the school for another boy, and when asked to leave he refused. Jones then pushed him outJ, whereupon defendant kicked him on the leg and struck him on the head with a stone. DefendaD* was fined 2s, inclusive.
CHRISTMAS LITERATURE. A MARVELLOUS PENNYWORTH. The Christmas number of the Cardiff TitMI and South Wales Weekly Neios will be published to-day. Among the special, complete, and serial stories and seasonable articles will be found the following stories :—" The Other Guest," by George R. Sims; Through the Fog A Little Child Shall Lead Them, by Mary AnJeIa Dickens The Strangest Girl in the Counts by John Pendletou Mrs Brownlowa Domestic," by K, B. Romer When DreaJPS Come True," by George J. Putnam. Among the special articles will be :—A "Christmas Tree in British Columbia, Magic Made Easy," by Pro- fessor Hoffmann Children's Christmas Column, Christmas Fashions, Home at Chrisfcmastide. Illustrated Christmas Humour. Other special articles and numerous other Christmas features. Two serial stories When the World Was. Younger,"by MissBraddou; and "BlodwenReea, a Story of tho Cursing Well, by Gomer This will be one of the best "Special Christma" Numbers ever published in Wales. Order earty from your newsagent. Price One Penny.
RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION. Mr G. Rowland Hill has furnished the follow- ing official announcements on behalf of theRugby Union Committee :— POINTS OF LAW Bouncing ball out of tench, Law 12 "A."— It j is necessary that the player who has bounded the ball must have both his feet on the field of play when he catches it. In case of infringement, scrimmage, as in Law 12 "C." Ball not thrown out of touch from right place- in cae of infringement scrimmage, as in Law 12, C." Kck off: (1) Ball not reaching the 10 yards limit (Law 2) drop out (Law 2) ball not reach- ing the 25 yards limit (Law 2); fair catch behind the goal-line (L:HV3); ball not crossing the goal- line (IJw 10). 111 the above three cases tho opposite side may play the ball at once, or claim for (1) and (2) as Law 2 directs, and for (3) as Law 10 directs. Three-quarter wilfully standing on his opponents' side of the ball when in a. scrummage, L'1.w 4 H "—The penalty of a free kick must be taken at the spot where the scrummage wasat the time of infringement. The eommittee wish to point out the danger of having short touch and corner flags, and have ruled that such flags should not be less than 5ft. 6in. from the ground. NORTH v. SOUTH. Date of North v. South match next season—; December 12th, 1696. I
WELSH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION. The draw for the third round of the junior cup was made on Thursday night at Wrexham as follows :— First Division— Queen's Ferry Ironopolis v. Bangor Reserve: Referee, Mr Cotton, Rhos- tyllen. Second Division—New Westminster v. Rhos- robin Institute. RftTeree, Mr Wilkes, Ruabon. Third Division—WrcxbumReserve v. Wrexham Old Boys. Referee, Mr G. H. Jones, Shrews- bury. Fourth Division—Shrewsbury Athletic v. Horsobay Alb'on. Referee, Mr W. II. Evan?, Newtown. Dawk own a bye. The first-namcc. club has choice of ground. Ties to be played on January 4th. Kick-off at 2.30.
PONTYPRIDD. LECTURE.—" Mountains In and Around Pon»r pridd was the subject of a very interesting lecture which Mr G. H. Jack, F.R.G.S., delivered at Wednesday night's meeting of tbeO David's Mutual Improvement Society.
BRITON FERRY.. h LECTURE.—On Wednesday evening. Central Hall, Vernon School. Briton Ferry, the Rav. J. L. Thomas, M.A., vicar of Aberpergwffli gave a lecture on his recent travels. In refrrløg to Canada he stated that it was the unanimO" wish of the Canadians that Lord Jersey showo succeed Lord Aberdeen as their governor. j
I CARDIFF. 3 CEMETERY DESECRATION.—Timothy McCarthy* 29. was charged on Thursday morning at tW Cardiff Police Court with staahng a golden retinospora tree from the cemetery grounds on bbe 17th inst. Prisoner was seen carrying the near the cemetery, and he subsequently gave to a boy.—Mr Whitworth, the manager, gave evidence.—Alderman Sanders,in fining McCarthy £2 and costs, said they were obliged to stop be continual interference with the property of Mat Burial Board.
DEATH OF LORD KNIGHTLEY< The Central News correspondent at Northamp" ton telegraphs :—Lord Knightley of Fawsley died at his residence, Fawsloy House, Northampton, at 6 o'clock on Thursday morning- He was 76 years of age.
CRICKET. PROBABLE RETIREMENT OF J. M. BLACKHAM. Writing in the November number of th< Australasian Fi-lix has the following interest- ing par on Blackham :—" I think Jack Blackham's wicket-keeping career has nearly closed now. On Saturday, when about 40 run" had been totted up by Fitzroy, a fast ball frort C. M'Leod got up rather abruptly over the leg stump and struck the famous keeper on the same old thmnb,laymg- it bare and bloody to the bone. 1 saw bim in theM.C.C. pavilion after the wound had been dressed,and ho told me that it was the worst blow he had ever received. I did not see tht wound, but Hon Mitchell told me it wai very ugly—just, in fact, a wound similar to mint the winter before last, when I had my thumb split open at baseball, and bad to be put under chloro- form before it could be dressed." Yes, all things considered, the curtain may be said to have runf down upon the greatest and most brilliant wicket*' I keeper the. world has ever seen. For 21 years without a break he has been absolutely in tb. forefront throughout the world, and I verilj believe that during the whole of that time b. never once appealed against a batsman unless he thought tho batsman was out. After BlackhaDJ retired Charlie M'Leod put on the gloves and performed creditably, though be waltzed ronnd more than once when he had to take his brother Bob's fast ones. Bob himself wore the gloves while Charlie was bowling near the end, but Bob did not emulate Charlie by standing close up. Bob had no ardent ambition to stand close op and get knocked about he was quite content to takf it easy at short slip."
CYCLING. JIMMY MICHAEL'S INJURIES IN PARIS. A letter has been just received from youuj "Jimmy" Michael, in which he states :—"I raff in the 100 kilo, race, and had a very bad fall afte* riding a fllw kilos., as the quad fell in front of and tripped right into mo as I got on the ground. I was cut all over, but no bones broken. L* Tigue also feU over m, so there was no on left but Tom Linton and Lawson, and Lawson wofl easily by 13 laps. It would have been a very soli thing for me if I had not met the accident. I shall be riding on ChristmasDay againstBonhourj 30 kilos., so I won't be able to come home."
NAVAL AND MILITARY INTELLI. GENCE. Lieutenant-Colonel M. Western, R, A., recently promoted, has joined at Pembroke Dock, as CoCt* matiding Royal Artillery in South Wales. Captain W. T. Bart'ett, Devonshire Regimeofc who lias served at tho depot for the past years, has proceeded tc India to join the IsII battalion. In consequence of the continue J pressure of work at Dovonport Dockyard, the Admiralty have directed arrangements to be niade fO having the repairs of tha Britannia, cadets training ship, and tho Wave, sloop, at Dart- mouth, carried out by private contract. In Devonport Naval circles it was Bt*^ I yesterday that Vice-Admiral Sir J. O. HopkIn! will succeed Admiral Sir Algernon Lyons Naval Commander-in-Chief of the Western VIS" trict next April. Major W. H. Wyndham-Quin, M.P.. late 16 Lancers aud adjutant of the 3rd Yeoman1"^ Brigade, has been appointed to a supernumerary captaincy in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars- The Admiralty have requested the offici*'8 each of tha home dockyards to furnish a return the established workmen who, during the financial year, died before any pension couW awarded them. The Admiralty have intimated that no steps will be taken rc-sppcting the demarcation* work between certain trades in the Governm C' dockyards, and that all arrangements in conne. tion with tho matter in dispute arc to bo ctI ilt cdled, This course has been adopted consequence of tho difficulty experienced constituting a Board of Arbitrators who *^cs' meet with the general approval of the tr*° representatives.
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