OUR LAUGHARNE LETTER; ,1. (BY ABERCORRAJ?}. Dear Mr. Editor.—As the greater number of your numerous readers-at Laugharne take an in- terest in the welfare of the schools, they will naturally be pleased to hear that we are now ap. proaching within measurable distance of the pay- ment of the adverse balance. The deficit, which has been accumulating for some time past, is now thanks to the strenuous efforts of the collectors-fast beginning to melt like snow be- fore the sun, and we are encouraged to hope that, in the course of a very short time, the debt will have been completely wiped off. It is gratifying to be able to record that there has been a large increase in the number of annual subscribers. A public meeting of the parishioners was held in the infant's schoolroom on Thursday, the 21st ult., to hear the reports of the collectors, and to hear suggestions as to the carrying on of the tl schools for the future. In consequence of ill- lifeatltK the vicar was unable to attend, and his son (Rev. W. H Harrison, B.A., senior curate) presided. The rev. chairman, after reading a communication from the vicar, said that the schools—being endowed—could not be handed over to a School Board, the trust could not be alienated by the trustees. Their absent friends, therefore, would be greatly mistaken if they ex- pected anything of the kind. The expense of a School Board would be very considerable. In the first place they would require a new site, new buildings would then have to be erected—the cost of which would mean some thousands of pounds—and the rates would be very heavy. The rev. speaker hero quoted statistics as to the comparative cost of voluntary and Board schools, and, which weighed considerably in favour of the former. The schools at Laugharne, lie con. tinued, were in a very promising atato, they had a thoroughly efficient staff, and t-44 attendance was very good. He deemed it a gqod policy to pay off the debt in the first place, -audi in the second, they could not do better than to continue to the carry on the schools on the same principle, as heretofore—and, in what was the least ex- pensive way. The following amounts were then handed in by the collectors :—Mrs Norton and ? Leacll» £ 30 4s. Gd. Mr W. Thomas U>er Mrs Nort„n), £ 4 l3.. Mr Henry Muscott, I L v ,?van David and Mr T. David, railing t j Mp1f.har'<» Hughes, £ 2 7s. 5d balance fr Ml?8 F* Leach>' from & to £ 9 Cottage),^ £ TosB°3d (PW ReVel' CM stone unturned^ ?°,Ugllt they shouId loave no their willingness tn T 8?*epal had expressed know exactly how matteifT T"" w,\on thcy therefore, that anothej-"it?' hoKwould move, T. Richards, Grove Vu^l? p motion was carried nem com! °U a Captain Harrison, J.P., thought Mr David', proposition a valuable one. lf0 (tho' would increase his contribution by £ 20, and subscribe £10 annually, so long as the schools were carried on as at present. He thought it would be a great thing if they could still increase the number of annual subscribers, because it I was much more satisfactory to give regularly in that way than to give largely when asked. As for a School Board they would find out what that meant when the time came. Mrs Norton here expressed her intention of getting up a sale of work, and hoped the ladies of Laugharne would all help in the work. She suggested that the ladies of Laugharne should combine to get up a parochial stall. The pro- ceeds of the sale of work will be devoted to pay- ilJg off the deticit. The amount of the adverse balance now stands at about 240. Mr T David, The Pynes, thought this relief was but a partial one for the vicar, and lie (the speaker) would be glad if they could hit upon some practical scheme which would, at once, relieve the vicar of the whole of the responsi- bility.-As no one volunteered any suggestions with regard to the above, the matter subsequently dropped. rii- rev Chairman then warmly thanked the collecturs for the valuable help they had rendered, and also all those who had been good enough to take an interest in the welfare of the schools, and the meeting was then adjourned sine die. I am, dear Mr Editor, Yours faithfully, ABERCORRAX.
(J A R M A RTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN AND VICE- CHAIRMAN. The second meeting of the provisional Council for the county of Gaftoarthen was helo at, Car- marthen on Wednesday. The following members were present:— COUNCILLOR* Bonville, Owen, Llanelly. Bourne, J.. Llanelly. Davies, T., Llanarthney. Davies-Evans, Col. H., Llanybyther. Drummond, Sir James, Bart., Llansawel. Davies, J. Trelech. Emlyn, Viscount, Llanfihangel-Aberbythicb. Evans, Gwilym, Llanelly. Evans, J., Llangendeirne. Evans, T., St. Clears. Evans, Rev T., Cilycwm. Evans, Rev W. E., Llanon. Evans, Daniel, Rhydcymraerau. Howell, W., Pembrey. Hughes, Givytiiie, Liaiidilo Urban. Harries, Evau, Llanfihangel-ar-arth. C> Jenkins, Thomas, Carmarthen. Jenkins, T., Llanelly. Jones, W. N., Bettws. Jones, C., Conwil. Jones, Col. D. E., Llandovery. Jones, George, Mothvey. Jones, D. L., Abergwili. Lewis, John, Llangeler. Llewellyn, J., Whitland and Llanboidy. Maybery, Joseph, Llanelly. Morgan, D. Rixon, Carmarthen. Morris, C. E., Llanguunor. Morris, Thomas, Llanstephan. Morse, D., Laugharne. Norton, Henry, Carmarthen. Phiilips, Thomas, Llanelly. Phillips, Rev. P., Llanelly. Philipps, J. L., St. Iahmael. Powell, T., Llandilo Rural. Parry, U. C., Llanelly. Rees, Dr. Howell, Quarterbach. Stephens, D., Kidwelly. Thomas, D. H Carmarthen. Thomas, Rev. \V., Whitlaud and Llanboidy. Tregoning, J. S., Llanelly. Thomas, H.'J., Llanegwad. Thomas, J. Glyn, Llangennech. Wikins, Henry, Llanelly. Wilgon, W. J., Llanelly. The members absent were Mr Lewis Davies, J.P., Cayo Lord Dynevor; Mr James, Llan- gadock (deceased). ALDERMEN. W. O. Brigstockc, J.P. Dr. J. A. Jones, Llanelly. Col. Gwynne Hughes, J.P. H. Nevill, Llanelly. J. Lewis Philipps" Carmarthen., Sir James Hills-Johnes. W de G. Warren, Tenby. Robert Scourfield, Llanstephan. J. Bagnall Evans, J. P. John James, Llandovery. T. Williams, Llwynhendy. D. Bowen, Llandilo. D. James, Bailibedw. D. Richards, Ammanford. Joseph Joseph. There was a large number of the general public present. Dr. Howell Rees took the chair. It was decided that the record of members' attendance should be obtained by members sign- ing the register at the beginning of each meeting. MR. LEWIS MORRIS DECLINES TO BE AN ALDER- MAN, The Clerk read a letter from Mr Lewis Morris, M.A., thanking the Council for electing him alderman, but declining the honour, on the ground that its duties would, cftll for more time than ho J&oufcT spare. It was suggested that the next on the list of the v-Foting at feat meeting should be appointed to the vaeaiicv." > Mr Lewis Morris being one of the three alder- men who tied in the voting for three or six years' period at the last meeting, the Council asked the Chairman to give his vote to decide the remain- ing two. The Chairman voted that Col. Gwynne Hughes should be one of the three-year aldermen. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN. The Council then proceeded to elect a chair- man, who will hold office to the 7th November next. Mr J. Evans, Llangendeirne, proposed Alder- man W. O. Brigstocke, of Parkygors. Mr T. Evans, St. Clears, seconded. Sir James Drummond, Bart., proposed that Lord Emlyn should be first chairman of the Council. He had been chairman of Quarter Sessions for many years, and showed such great ability in the conduct of the county affairs as fitted him.for the position of chairman of that Col. Gwynne-Hughes seconded j and said that in the majority of counties the chairman of Quarter Sessions had been elected chairman of the County Council. The representative of the party to which he had the honour to belong (Mr D. Pngh, M.P.) had at the last Quarter Sessions thoroughly endorsed all that had been said as to Lord Emlyn's ability and competency. The Chairman was about to take a show of hands, when Sir James Drummond asked that the names should be taken. Mr J. S. Tregoning said that whoever was appointed it would be well that the appointment should not be regarded as one made for an indefinite period. At most he thought the same gentleman should not hold the chair for more than two or three years. His experience at various Boards had taught him that they could not get a really good member of any Board until he had passed the chair. A term in the chair made a man acquainted with the business —with the details and difficulties of it. It was not desirable to have the chairman a permanency. Then as to the business they were going to take over. Had it been badly managed by the body which had had it up to the present ? Although he was a member of the court of Quarter Ses- sions, ho had not the slightest hesitation in saying that there was no Board in tho country which could hand over its business to another body as could the old court of Quarter Sessions of Car- marthenshire. The only debt which they owed was, as far as he knew, only to their own police superannuation fund. For the condition in which they found themselves they had, in a great measure, to thank the noble lord who, as chair- man of Quarter Sessions, had been at the hoad of affairs and they should consider the matter well before setting him asid0 for the first short period of the chairmanship in favour of an untried man. He had heard much about Mr Drigatockc, but that day was the first timo ho (Mr Tregoning) had ever set eyes upon him. He did not remember ever seeing him in that court. Was that the gentleman to put at the head of affairs for that county 1 The new Council would in the first period of its existence be brought very much into contact with the Local Govern- ment Board. He did not know whether Mr Brigstocke had any experience in such matters, but he knew that Lord Emlyn had and it would be of inestimable value to the Council that it should have a chairman who could find his way about in London. A Councillor, in Welsh, said lie understood they were there as the representatives of the electors. He believed the electors of the county had considered the question of Chairman, and if a Conservative was elected there would he; d nation meetings throughout the county. Col. H. Davies-Evans asked that that speech should be translated into English. Mr T. Evans (St. Clears) said it would avoid difficulty if the chairnviu told them whether it was legal to conduct the business of the Council in Welsh. The Chairman—According to the Attorney General it is not. The Clerk was about to read the opinion of the Attorney General, when Lord Emlyn interposed to suggest that the Council should first conclude the business in hand. Mr Norton (Carmarthen) said he was privileged with a slight personal knowledge of both the gentlemen proposed, but the views expressed by Mr Tregoning convinced him that Lord Emlyn would be the most efficient chairman. He sup- ported Lord Emlyn., Mr W. J. Wilson, Llanelly, said Mr Tregoning had hinted at the Council making a new depar- ture from time to time. Why not commence with the chairman ? Why elect the chairman of the former authority as chairman of the new Council? Mr Brigstocke was acquainted with the worki ig of Quarter Sessions, not only in Car- marthenshire, but in Cardiganshire and Glamor- ganshire. No better man could be put forward •by. the'Libesral party,as chairman. Mr W. Howell, Pembrey, supported Mr ..Brigstocke. THE VOTE. The vote was taken openly, the names of the members of the Council being called over by the Clerk, and each man declaring for whom he voted. The result was as follows For Lord Emlyn.—3 Bournee, W J Buckley, T Davies (Llanarthney), Sir James Drummond, D Evans, Col. D E Jones, Thos. Morris, H Norton, J L Philipps, D H Thomas, J S Tregoning, Col. Gwynne-Hughes, Sir James Hills-Johnes, Hugb Nevill-14. 5 For Mr Brigstocke. -Donville, Davies (Trelech), J Davies (Cenarth), Daniel Evans, Evans (Llanboidy), Rev. T. Evans. Rev. W. E. Evans, Gwilym Evans, Thos. Evans, John Evans, Harries, W Howell, J W Gwynne-Hughes, T Jenkins (Carmarthen), T Jenkins (Llanelly), Chas. Jones, W N Jones, George Jones, D L Jones, John Lewis, J. Llewellyn, J. Mayberry, D R Morgan, C E Morris, J D Morse, D G Parry, Thos. Phillips, Rev. P Phillips, T Powell, Dr. Rees, D E Stephens, J G Thomas, Rev. W Thomas, H J Thomas, W J Wilson, H Wilkins, J B Evans, D James, J James, J A Jones, J Joseph, D Richards, R Scourfield, T Williams. W de G Warren-45. The Chairman declarel Mr Brigstocke elected. The Chairman-elect then assumed the position amidst applause. In thanking the Council for the honour done him, he said he was fully aware that there were other gentlemen of more exi e- rience and certainly of higher intellectual powers than himself who might have been chosen for that position, but he hoped to be assisted by the members of the Council in carrying out the duties of the office with dignity and impartiality. A great changed had been brought about by the Act creating those Councils. They must not forget I that they were on their trial; and it would be a sad thing if, after such powers had been delegated I to that new body, they should fail to carry out their duties with efficiency and economy. Great things were expected of the Couuty Councils, though his own opinion was that for the first few years, at any rate, the Councils would have ample occupation in carrying out the work trans- ferred to them by the Quarter Sessions. He was buund to say that the old Court of Quarter Ses- sions had always done its duty faithfully and economically. Some people had very ambitious views as to what the County Councils would accomplish, but he thought their functions would be strictly administrative. They would not originate, or attempt to originate, Acts of Parlia- ment, but rather carry into effect those which had already received that legislative sanction (applause). ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN. Mr T. Phillips, Llanelly, proposed Mr Gwilym Evans, and Mr J. Lewis, Llaugeler, seconded. Dr. Howell Rees was proposed, but withdrew. Mr T. Powell, Llandilo, proposed Mr May- berry, and Mr H. Wilkins seconded. Alderman Warren proposed, and Mr W. J. Wilson seconded, that the election of the vice- chairman be postponed, but this was lost by; a large majority., Mr Tregoising, supported Mr Mayberry, as representing the manufacturing interests, they' having in their chairman a representative of land. The vote was taken in the same way as for chairman, with the following result :— For Evans. -J B Evans, D James, John James, J A Jones, R Seourfield,"Bonvillej W J Buckley J Davies (Trblech), Davies (Cenarth), Daniel Evans, Rev T Evans, T Evans, J Evans, E I., v uarnes, w tioweu, i Jenkins (Carmarthen), T. Jenkins (Llanelly), Charles Jones, George Jones D L Jone3, J Lewis, J Llewellyn, T Morris, J D Morse, Thomas Phillips, D E Stephens, Rev W Thomas, and J Thomas-28. For Ifttybei-i-y.-Col. G Hughes, Sir James Hills-Johnes, Joseph Joseph, H Nevill, J L Philipps, D Richards, T Williams, W de G Warren, J Bourne, T James (Llanarthney), Col. Davies-Evans, Lord Emlyn, E Evans, Rev W E Evans, J W G Hughes, W N Jones, Col. Jones, H Norton, D G Parry, Rev P Phillips, Thomas Powell, Dr Rees, D H Thomas, J G Thomas, J S Tregoning, W J Wilson, H Wilkins—28. The Chairman gave his casting vote for Mr G. Evans. STANDING ORDERS. The Clerk stated that the Local Government Board had sent down a draft of Standing Orders, which they suggested might be adopted by the Court. 09 The Council directed the clerk to obtain a supply of copies and send one to each member of the Council. COSTS OF THE ELECTION. The Clerk produced the bill of costs incurred by the returning officer in connection with the elections. The total was 21,468 3s. 5d., of which £1,327 13s. was for the county districts, and the remainder for the boroughs of Carmar- then, Kidwelly, and Llandovery. TAKING OVER OF THE COUNTY BUSINESS. There was considerable discussion as to the appointment of committees, and the arrangements necessary to be made for relieving the moribund Court of Quarter Sessions of its functions. Eventually it was decided, on the tjiotion of Lord Emlyn, that a committee of 15, be ap- pointed to draw up a draft of standing orders, I and to submit to the Council a scheme for the appointment of the committees of the Council, and the duties to be delegated to such committees." The following were the 15 appointed The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Lord Emlyn, Messrs J S Tregoning, J Mayberry, J Bourne, H Williams, J G Thomas, Col. H Davies-Evans, J Evans (Llangendeirne), W Howell, D James, Col. D E Jones, J L Philipps, Dr. Rees. This committee was authorised to decide where it would meet, and, at a consultation after the Council rose, it decided to meet at Carmarthen. PLACE OF MEETING. Mr T. Powell gave notice to move at the next meeting that the Council meet alternately at I Carmarthen, Llanelly, and Llandilo in the order named. The next meeting was fixed to be held at Carmarthen, on Wednesday, Match 20th, at ) 12,00 o'clock.
Silt JAMES DUUMMOND'S ) RETURN TO EDWINSFORD. The marriage of Sir James Drummond, Bart., of Edwinsford, in the parish of Llansawel, to Mrs Clifton, of Lytham Hall, Lancashire, took place on the 30th of January, and on that day, as we have already stated, according to his accustomed generosity, Sir James gave dinners, at the Black 1 11 Lion and Angel 111118, to some 175 of his tenants and friends. Tea was also provided at the Board Schoolroom, which was partaken of by about the same number of children. Celebrations of the event also took place at Caio, Talhy, &c. The notable day being over, great preparations were made to give Sir James and his bride on their return a reception befitting a descendant of the ancient family of." Rhydodin," and a gentleman in the true sense of the word. Thursday, the 21.-t February, was the day of his r -turn, and magnificently decorated arches had been erected at pont-y-Penhwl, the Edwinsford Arms, Cilyllyn Fach, and the Iron Gate, which bore inscriptions in English and Welsh, all tending to the same meaning—wishing a Long, happy, peaceful, and prosperous life to Sir James and Lady Drummond." From Pont-y-Penbwl Sir James was escorted by the farmers of the ntLhbourlioi d on horseback, the I'alley -cfio-d childr n carry- ing banners of welcome, the Tillev section of the Oddfellows bearing th-ir e nblems, and of the Britons Friendly Societies, and the Llandilo Volunteer Band. Meanwhile crowds had gathered to the cro sin^ at Edwinsford Arms, all waiting in anxious expectation to see his triumphal entry, and when Mr L. D. Bowcll galloped in to an- nounce his approach the excitement was complete, for when the carriage stopped even the aged forgot for a time their infirmity, and rushed for- I ward with the dense crowd to the carriage window to gat a peep at the bride and bridegroom. At this juncture the horses were taken out from the carriage, and four long ropes were attached to it, and thus a few hundreds at the same time could be allowed the privilege of gratifying them- selves by pulling the carriage to its place of des- and thus honouring the happy pair. | At Jlidwinsb 'rtl, a Handsome silver chandelier was presented tb"*Si"r .James and Lady Drummond by •' Teuants and.friends," being delivered into the hands of Sir James by Mr James, Ynysau. In thanking them, Sir James said that he was so deeply moved by the reception he had had, Lthat he-scarcer knew what to say. It was quite a princely reception, and he thanked them for it from the bottom of his heart, and trusted that both he and Lady Drummond would live long amongst them to repay them for his kindnes?. He referred to his wife being of Welsh blood, and related to the Edwinsford family. She had already begun to learn Welsh. He entertained the hope that she would occupy the same place in the people's hearts and affections as the late Lady Drummond had occupied. Mr Hughes, chemist, LIandilo, next read an address got up by influential persons from the town of Llandilo, and delivered the address together with a handsome and massive clock of black marble. Sir James again returned thanki in very appropriate terms. Other valuable presentations were made. At 8 o'clock a huge bonfire on the Dinas, a pro- minent peak, was lit, and was immediately ablaze, the wood and furze, &c., catching fire all the more readily as the whole day had been so remarkably fine. Bonfires were also kept burning on pro- minent places at Caio, Talley, Pigin, Sir Nicholas, and Abergorlech. The town of Llansawel was rendered almost desolate of inhabitants that night, for almost every person had managed to creep to the proximity of the cheerful fire. A wild hurrah from a party of those at tho top who had noticed that Edwinsford was brilliantly illuminated, soon brought the remainder to the spot to view the splendid sii-ht. Sir James and Lady Drnmmond reached the top amidst vocifer- ous cheers. Sir James, in returning thanks, referred to the great labour and expense that they had gone to. "Hiraeth" and" Hen Wlad fy Nhadau were afterwards sung. oil Friday, the following day, to further cele- brate his marriage, rustic sports were held at a convenient field near Edwinsford, the result of the competitions being as follows FOOT RACE, 100 yards-1, J L Thomas, Aber- gorlech 2, Herbert I ho nas, Llanybyther. FOOT RACE (OF. MILE) -1, Ttiomas, Llan- wenog 2, B E Stephens, Cilwenae. THREE-LEGGED RACE—1, D Rees and L Evans 2, D Thomas and D H Thomas. SACK RACE-H Thomas. WHEELBARROW RACE J Morgan and J Davies. HIGH JUIP-H Thomas. 100 STONE RACE—J Evans and H Jones. FOOT RACE (Boys)-David Jones. STEErLEeIBE (ONE MILE)—1, H Thomas 2, J Thomas. HURDLE RACE-I, J L Thomas 2, Oxenham. DONKEY RACE—1, D Thomas, Caledfwlch 2, W Lewis, Glandulais. OBSTACLE RACE 3, LI Oxenham 2, H Thomas. STEEPLECHASE, FOR POMES—3, W Davies, Pantianan 2, W Davies, Dolaugleision. FOOT RACE FOR WOMEN—1, Ellen Jones, Llangadock 2, Catherine Jones, Llangadock. THROWING 14LR. WEIGHT—1, D. Lewis, Swan InnijflViley > 2, Thomas Griffiths, Siloh. SECOND OBSTACLE RACE (prize given by Lady Drummond)—1, J Evans, Danygraig; 2, D Owens, Llandilo. SPECIAL RACES. FLAT RACE (PONIES UNDER 12 HANDS HIGH) --I, Mr D Long Price-rider, Master H O. Price; 2, W Davies, Dolaugleision-rider, S Davies. FLAT RACE (COBS UNlIIm 13D-l, A G Davies, LJllodilo-rider. owner 2. L Oxenham, Llall- dilo-ri(ler, owner 3, Mr D Long Price—rider, Master H. O. Price. At the close of the sports, Sir James once more, in cordial terms, expressed his apprecia- tion of, and deep gratitude for, all the honour that had so lavishly been bestowed upon him.— Mr D. L n. Price, of Talley House, then highly complimented the committee of the races on the excellent way in which the proceedings were organised. He alluded to the fact that all that had been done that day and the day before arose purely out of good will and liberality on the part of the people was quite spontaneous, and not through any arrangement. He thought he was right in prophesying that the lord of the soil" had chosen for himself a partner who would be a constant support to him in his efforts to do good. On Saturday night the cantata "John Bull" was again petformed by the Llansawel school chilMeti, under the leadership of Mr D. B. Evans, schoolmaster, Miss Davies, Froodvale, accom- panying. Hundreds of candles were kept lit in the windows as the happy pair proceeded to and from the entertainment. Sir James, in passing the crowds that had gathered together at every corner, thanked the'people, in Welsh. The enter- tainment gave great satisfaction to all, and Sir James spoke in highly eulogistic terms of the n performance of the piece, and referred to -lie hard work Mr Evans must have done to get it up so admirably well.
LLANDILO. FORTNIGHTLY MARKET.—This market was held on Tuesday last, sheep and lambs quoted 5d. per lb. The attendance was small. RECUABITES.—The celebration of the first an- niversary of 11 The Towy Tent of Rechabites was held at Llandilo on Friday and Tuesday, and was well attended. ON Thursday last (21st ult.), Sir James H. W. Drummond, the very popular young baronet of Edwinsford, was, on his arrival, en route for Edwinsford, at the Railway Station with his bride accorded a warm and enthusiastic reception by the foremost tradesmen, led by Air T. Hughes .1 (Red House), and a largo number of the inhabi- 0 tahts of the town and neighbourhood. S ANOTHER EISTEDDFOD. A committee con- sisting of the guarantors of the last eisteddfod was held at the Castle Hotel on Friday evening last. The chair was occupied by Mr Jenkin j Jones (tanner and currier). It was unanimously proposed and carried that an eisteddfod be held here on the first Monday in August next. An adjourned general meeting of the guarantors will be held at the Drill Hall on the evening of the 6th iusr., to arrange the subjects of the pro- gramme &c., and to consider the best mode of applying the balance in hand of the proceeds of the last eisteddfod, and that of the forthcoming cue if a ike success deigns to crown it. PETTY SESSIONS. — A special petty sessions at which the usual notices for appointing new overseers for the several parishes without the division on the IGth April, 1880, was held at the Shire Hall on Saturday last, before Messrs H. Peel, J. C. Richardson, J. L. Thomas, and A. S. Stepney Gulston. There were a number of cases of drunkenness. P.S. Henry Evans, of Brynamman, charged Samuel Williams of the same place, a lad of 13 years of age, with stealing a jersey jacket valued at 2s., the property of Philip H. Cowling of Brynamman. Mr T. G. Williams, solicitor, appeared for the defendant. The complainant's wife said her son, aged six, on the morning of the 21st inst., left the house about 12.30 o'clock wearing a jersey. The jersey produced in Court was the one he had on. She did not notice that the jersey was missing when her son came home, until he made a state- ment to her. He was not crying when he got in- to the house.—No evidence was called for the defence. Mr Williams on behalf of the de- fendant, stated that there was no felonious in- tention on the part of the defendant when he t,),,k the jersey, and that the jersey was merely lent him by the boy P. H. Cowling. Their Lordships dismissed the case.
LLANDOWROR. NATIONAL SCHOOLROOM.—A most successful Entertainment was given before a large audience in the above schoolroom on Friday week last.
LLANSTEPHAN. PLOUGHING MATCH.—The 21st annual plough- ing match for the parishes of Llanstephan, Llan- gain, Llangunnock, and Llandilo-Abercowiti came off last Tuesday at Down Farm. A large field had been placed at the disposal of the stewards by Mr Jones, the tenant, and it was in excellent condition. The entries were not so numerous this year as they were last, the total showing a falling off of four competitors, but the reason was the hard frost prevailing the previous three nights. Many intending coniDetitors thought that the. match would be postponed until the frost was over, but they found out that the frost had improved the condition of the field, and many regretted that they had left their ploughs and teams at home. A great improvement was to be seen this year in respect of ploughing, horses and harness. The field was a very long one, and only a few of the competitors succeeded in making their furrows perfectly straight, but in many other respects the work was decidedly better than that of last year. The horses were a fine lot, and it is evident that the suggestions of the judges have heeu listened to and acted upon, and now the farmers r ap a rich barest for their per- severance. A new feature was added to the match this year, namely, hedging. Four com- petitors entered, and did their work well. All the officials did the r duty admirably, and everything pissed off smoothly. After the match, the stewards and officers, competitors, and other friends interested in agriculture adjourned to the Union Hall Hotel, where a first-class dinner was laid was laid out by the host and hostess, Mr and Mrs Rees. This dinner was no excep- tion to the usual spread at this popular place, everything of the very best being served up in splendid style. About a hundred sat down. After the removal of the cloth, numerous toasts were drunk.—The following gentlemen were the judges: Ploughing, Messrs W. Walters, Gwndwn- bach, Llangendeirne, and W. Thomas Beynon, Loughor. Hedging, Messrs Thomas, Parky- vicar, and J. Hancocke, Lacques. Horses and harness, Messrs W. V. H. Thomas, Carmarthen T. Evans, Treventy; J. Hughes, Cottage; and T. Thomas, Mwclie. The following is a list of awards :— CHAMPION CLASS (open to all comers). Six competitors —1, Benjamin Evans, Cwmddwyfran, Newchurch 2, Thomas Davies, Pantgwyn, New- church 3, J. Evans, Lan, Llangunnock. FIRST CLASS—1, Stephen Morgan, Dolau 2, Richard Ehas, Llanybri 3, Edgar Stephens, Lan. SECOND CLASS—1, T Jones, Pantwyn W Williams, Parkyvicar; 3, D Williams, Ferry farm Wm. Davies, Llwyngwyn. THIRD OR Bors CLASS—1, J R Davies, Pen- towyn 2, W Davies, Lan 3, E Evans, Laques 4, R Hughes, Laques Fawr. H ORSES. CHAMPION CLASS.—Mr T Phillips, Llanybri. FIRST CLASS—Mr E Stephens, Lan (dung fork given by Mr J Davies, ironmonger, Carmarthen). SECOND CLASS 1, Mr Thomas, Gilfach (pair of traces given by Mr J L Davies, ironmonger, Car- marthen); 2, Mr E Williams, Llwyngwya. THIKD CLASS —Mr Davies, Pentowyn (i dozen drenches, given by J P Richards, chemist, Car- marthen. HARM SI. CHAMPION CLASS.—Mr Phillips, Llanybri. FIRST CLASS —Mr E Stephens, Lan. SECOND CLASS—Mrs Williams, Clomendy. THIRD CLASS —Mr Davies, Pentewyn (watch chain given by Mr Williams, watchmaker, Car- marthen). SPECIAL PRIZES BEST TEAM OF HORSES ON THE FIELD,— Mr Thomas, Gilfach. BEST HARNESS ON THE FIELD—Mr Davies, Pentewyn (whip giten by Mr Charles, sadler, Carmarthen.) PLATTING WITH PLAIN STRAW.—Mr Davies, Pontewyn. FIRST TO FINISH PLOUGHING.—Mr Williams, Maesgwyatn (a bill hook given by Mr D James, blacksmith, Llanstephan). HEDGING—1, S Jones, Llanstephan 2, J Reynold, Llanybri 3, H Thomas, Llanstephan 4, D Jones, Plas.
LAMPETER. BOARD OF (JUARDIANS. A meeting of the Guardians was held on Friday last, when the following were present — Mr Thomas Price, Llauycrwys, presiding chairman Rev. Daniel Jones, Lampeter; Messrs David Davies, Lampete/ Samuel Davies, Bettws Bledrws William Williams, Llanllwni Thomas Thomas, Llanwenog; 'I honias Evans, Llanwnen David Davies, Llanybyther; John Rees, Pencarreg; and John G. Marsden, Siliin.-The out-relief &c., in the Lampeter district, per Mr David Parry, amounted to 1:33 9s. 5d. to 149 paupers and in the Llanybyther district, per Mr John Jones, to £ 33 4s. 3d. to 121 paupers. The number in the House was 29; corresponding period of last year 21. It appeared by the treasurer's books that he had a balance of £ 129 14s. lOd in hand. RURAL SANITARY AUTHORITY. A meeting of the above was held after the Board of Guardians, when the report of the Medical Officer of Health for the Lampeter district, for the year ended December 31st, 1888, was laid before the B-iard The Medical Officer of Health said he believed the population of the district had not materially increased, and his previous estimate of 4095 was sufficiently accurate for his calculations. The total number of living children born in the dis rict in 1888, was 114 Males 57 females 57. This number gave a birth rate of 27 in the 1000. During the year the number of deaths registered I in the district was 68. This number gave a death rate of 16 in the 1000 from all causes and all ages. Five died of Phthisis fifteen of Pneumonia and Bronchitis three of Heart disease two of Diptheria two of Cough one of Diarrhoea and one of injury. Twelve died under one year three between one and five three between tive and fifteen five between fifteen and twenty-five twelve between twenty- five and sixty and thirty-three over 60. The death rate was about the average if anything a little higher than it was last year. Infectious diseases had not been prevalent during the year in the district. Two died of Diptheria, of which there had also been several cases of it in the parish of Llangybi, so he had heard lately, al- though he had heard nothing of it until it had disappeared from tho neighbourhood. He had no idea how many were attacked by it. At Tyfoth in the parish of Lampeter, two children were attacked by Diptheria. Both recovered. He had not heard during the year of any cases of scarlet fever or measles having occurred in the district. The number of nuisances reported were 50, and the number abated 20. The number of notices served was five verbal notices 25. FOOTP.U.T.. — La;,q»:t>r Joicii v. Ah,r;islir,ilh\ iColleg,. -The return match between these two teams was played in the presence of a large number of spectators on Saturday last, on the Town ground. The weather and condition of the ground was all that could be desired. The kick- off took place at 2.15. The Town winning the toss determined to play with the wind. After kick-off by Aberystwyth, which was well returned, play continued for some time in the Lampeter 25. Play was, however, removed to mid-quarters by a rush of the forwards soon afterwards Lam- peter forced Aberystwyth to touch down. After the kick-off Lampeter were again pressed, when the Lampeter three-quarters by a fine bit of playing relieved, which ended in a try being gained almost on the touch-line, after a magni- ticent run by J. Thomas. The kick was taken by John Scyb Evans, who landed a beautiful goal, the ball being kicked from behind the 25 flag. After the kick-off Lampeter were not to be denied, and Aberystwyth were compelled to touch down. Soon after half-time was called, the score being Lampeter 1 goal, 2 minors; Aberystwyth nil. In the second half Lampeter pressed again, and the play was almost entirely in the visitors' 25. Rowo made a good run for the visitors almost the length of the field, but was brought over by the trusty full-back, J. S. Jones. J. Davies now ran behind the line, but the ball was called back owing to its being thrown forward. The home team now scored a minor. After the kick out the visitors made a bold rush, and Lampeter was compelled to touch down. On the ball being put in play again the visitors were pressed, and D. E. Jones obtained a try, which, however, was not negotiated. Lampeter added another minor to the score, and were left victorious by one goal, one try, four minors to one. For the visitors D. R. Rees (captain), Rowe, and Dan Jones did good service, while J. Thomas and J Davies played well for the home team. The following represented Lampeter :— Full back, J. S. Jones three-quarters, J. Davies, J. Thomas, J. D. Jones, and W. Davies; half- backs, D. E. Jones and Walter Jones forwards, D. F. Lloyd (captain), J. E. Jones, J. S. Evans, Oliver Evans, Thomas Davies, T. Jones (National Provincial Bank), Bevan, and Penry Owen.
PRESS ASSOCIATION TELEGRAMS. LONDON, Thursday. Flames broke out this morning at the shop of Mr Street, in Bolton, and spread rapidly amid much excitement. Street and his wife and children were rescued from an upper window, and the servant who had got on the roof and there become insensible was only rescued by great exertion. The steamer which was in collision in the English Channel last night with the Norwegian barque Carla." was the Pascall," of Liver- pool, from London. She returned with damage to her bows. The Carla" was to-day towed to Dover waterlogged. Lord Cross and Dr. Jayne, the Bishop of Chester, arrived at Windsor this afternoon and had an audience of the Queen. The winter general meeting of the National Rifle Association was held in London to-day, when Lord Wantage announced that the Council had unanimously decided upon Brookwood for the new Wimbledon. The site would be called Bisley Common. A Times Alexandria telegram to-day says the Registry Offices of the Government were de- stroyed by fire last night. A new assessment must be made consequent on the destruction of the documents. At the annual meeting of the National Steam- ship Company at Liverpool to-day, it was decided to pay a three years' dividend of twenty-four shillings per share. Father Kennedy was released from Cork Gaol to-day. Father Clarke was arrested at Avoca to-day and conveyed to Wexford to undergo six months' imprisonment for intimidation. About seven o'clock this morning the Paulo Music-hall, Leicester, lately purchased by Mr Love Joy, of the Peckham Theatre of Varieties, London, took fire, and the flames spread rapidly. The contents, including the artists' properties, were destroyed, as well as the public-house adjoining. The loss is estimated at £10,000. The ten prisoners arrested on Inismere Island, Donegal, in connection with the Gweedore tragedy, were conveyed to Letterkenny in the gunboat Banterer," and kept in the bridewell there last night. This morning Laurence ffanlon, who was sentenced to penal servitude for life, and Edward McCaffrey, who was sentenced to ten years penal servitude, both in connection with the Phoenix Park murders, were conveyed from Downpatrick convict prison to London, to give evidence before the special Commission. 0 John George Macdonald, the boy yesterday found guilty of the manslaughter of another boy named Mocre, at Sunderland, was to-day sentenced at Durham Assizes to some months imprisonment, and four years in a Reformatory.
HUNTING APPOINTMENTS. THE PENLLERGARE Foxhounds will meet on Tuesday, March 5th, at Llanon and on Friday, March 8th, at Oaklands Gate each day at 10.30. THE TIVYSIDE Foxhounds will meet on Monday, March 4th, at Pump, near New Inn and on Thursday, March 7th, at Plas-y-Bridell each day at 10.45. MR POWELL'S Foxhounds will meet on Tues- day, March 5th, at Rhyd Aberwern, near Rickett's Mill; and on Friday, March 8th, at Rhydwilym, for Llanycefn each day at 10.30.
BIRTHS. DAVIES—February 23rd, at 35, Lammas-street, Carmarthen, the wife of David Davies, marble mason, of a son. OLIVE—February 23rd, at the Jolly Tar, Carmar* then, the wife of A. J. Olive, of a son. MARRIAGES. CtiE-N E)- -BERESFORD. -February 19th (by special license), at the Temple Church, by the Rev. W. Martin, Vicar of St. Dunstan's-in-the- West, Edward H. Cheney, of Gaddesby, Leicestershire, and 8, Portugal-street, Grosvenor Square, W., to Mary Georgiana Agnes, eldest daughter of his Honour Judge Beresford, of Hafodneddyn, Carmarthenshire. LOHR—HUGHES.— February24th,at St. Michael's Church, Pembroke, by the Rev. Mr Davies, Vicar, Mr C. C. Lohr, eldest son of Mr Henry Lohr, basket manufacturer, Carmarthen, to Noemi, only daughter of the late Captain Hughes, Pembroke. DEATHS. BASS—February 28th, at the Barracks, Car- marthen, after a short illness, Leah, eldest daughter of Quarter-Master Sergeant Bass, Third Brigade (Welsh Division) Royal Artillery, aged 18 years. EVANS-February 25th, at 8, Chapel-street, Carmarthen, Charles Wesley, youngest son of Mr Thos. Evans, painter, aged 1 year and 6 months. HARRIES.—On the 26th ult., at 47, Lammas- street, in this town, Sarah, third daughter of the late Mr Henry Harries, of Waunllanau, aged 45 years. JOEs-On the 16th ult., at 20, Rylston Road, Fulham, London, Johnny, aged 3 years also, on the 17th ult., Henry, aged 18 months, sous of Mr James Jones (late of the Traveller's Rest, near this town). JONES.—February 12th, at the National School* Llandilo-Graban Erwood, Radnorshire, R.S.O., Mary, the beloved wife of Thomas Jones, schoolmaster (formerly of Llangenny National School, Crickhowell, Breconshire), aged 42 years. Greatly lamented by a large number of relatives and friends. LEWIS—February 24th, at the Golden Grove Arms, Llanarthney, John, eldest son of the late Thomas Lewis, Grongar Hill, Llanarthney, 1 aged (i3 yeats. F. M. flees, daughter of Mr John Roes, Belmont House, Llandovery. TiiOMAI,. -February 25th, at 37, Mount Pleasant, Newport, Thomas, son of the late Mr Thomas Thomas, blacksmith, Lammas street, Carmar- then, Igctl oo Jyeara.
ASSOCIATION. — A largely at- i, i meeting uf Conservatives was lielti <>u \V .■diiesday t'venillg at tit", Assembly Rooms, Citt iii;irtiloii, t, tiie purpose Of tL)riiiiij,, P C(it, servative Association for this town. Mr J. Rowlands was voted to the chair. After excellent speeches by the Chairman and Mr Forbes, Chief Warder of H.M. Prison, certain rules were ad tpt< d for the working of the Association, on the p- .uion of Mr Thos. J- lies, seconded by Mr •ific > i l"io ua (he officers and executive com- Ihlt; tm fllr the ensuing year were also appointed. T.:e mtetiii i was a most successful one and augurs well for the ultimate success of a Conservative Association in this town. MERLIN LODGE OF ODDFELLOWS.—A specially convened meeting of this L..d.e, was held at, the Blue Boar Inn, on Wednesday evening (the 20th ult.), when the Mayor (Mr Howell Ho wells), and Mr D. H. Thomas, Derllys Court, wero initiated honorary members, the initiation charge being read by P. P.G M. Bro. W. Pu,:h. The health of the newly initiated brethren having been drunk, both of the gentleman named respo ded in eulogistic terms, promising to do all t ey could to further the iuuTe.sts of t ht: L..(Ige. Brothers Henry Cadle and Charles Jones (Waterloo House), both of whom are honorary members and Bro. W. Puyh also adtiressed the meeting. Songs were well rendered at intervals by sevural members of the Lodge, and the singing of the Welsh National Anthem brought a most pleasant meeting to a close. CARMARTHEN COUNTY PETTY SESSIONS. On Saturday, before Messrs J. L. Phtlipps, H. Lawrence and C. W. Jones, a charge of game trespass against Me"sr£' J. Thomas, William Davies, and Lewis Jones, all of Carmarthen, was adjourned for a week. -David Bowen: Smiths Arms, Voelgastell, Llanartliney, was charged with keeping his house open at 10.45 p.m. on the 2nd of February. Mr H. B. White defended. After a long hearing, the Bench fined defendant £ l and coats. —Elizabeth Thomas charged her husband William Thomas, collier; Llwynglas, Llangendeirne, with an assault and applied for an order of separation. On the Gili FeBruary, defendant came home from his work early in order to go to a funeral. He got out of temper, and knocked her about with his fists. A day or two afterwards he threatened her with a knife. Bench fined defendant 103. and costs, and granted the wife a separation order and custody of the four children, defendant to pay 8s. per week for their maintenance. THE PROPOSED TESTIMONIAL TO MR. W. R. n. POWELL, M.P.—A committee of the gentlemen who have taken a leading part in the movement for presenting a testimonial to Mr W. R. H. Powell, of Maes^wynne, member for West Car- marthenshire was held at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, Carmarthen, on Saturday afternoon. Mr T. Morris, Coomb, presided, and among the present were Mr J. Beynon, Trewern Captain Lloyd, Glangwilly Mr H. J. Lawrence, Waun. gron Mr W. Lewis Hughes, Carmarthen,; and Mr John Francis, Myrtle Hill.—The Chairman gave an ace.-utit ot the subscriptions which had already been received, amounting in the gross to nearly 2220. Mr John Beynon s'id he was passing Maesgwynne 011 Thursday week, and called to see Mr Powell. He was well enough to converse freely for a long time, and they had a good deal of talk about the testimonial. Mr Powell said that, as only some of his old friends were subscribing and the matter had not been taken tip by the county generally, he would be glad if the committee would let the whole thing ¡ drop. That was his feeling, and he authorised him (Mr Beynon) to say so to that meeting. Mr Bavnoa said he was greatly surprised that so few I farmers subscribed.—The Chririnan Only eight names appear in the Llanboidy list.—Mr Lawrence: And I hardly saw a name at all in the I list at Tenby. —After some discussion it was re- solved that Mr. Morris should return the sub- cribers their money, less the amount of expenses incured. COMPLIMENTARY DINNER TO MR. W. J. BUCKLEY.—On Friday evening, at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, Carmarthen, a dinner was given to the very popular master of the Penllegare Hounds, Mr W. J. Buokley, Major Ll. Ll. Lloyd being in the chair The catering of Host and Hostess Williams was really excellent, and the dinner was admirably served, and some good connoisseurs present said that the drinkables were first-class. The Chairman, in most appropriate language, proposed the health of The Master (Mr Buckley), which was received with loud applause and musical honours. This was done in a manner which no one but a master or ex-master of fox- hounds could do, as he showed the difficulty of getting a pack of hounds and the many troubles connected therewith, and also the further diffi- culty of showing sport at all times. He was indeed pleased to find that Mr Buckley spared neither expense nor trouble in trying to get his hounds in as perfect a condition as possible, and hoped that his object would soon be attained. —The Master then replied, and, after expressing the very great pleasure it was to him to meet his I friends there that evening, said that he was determined, if possible, to get his pack of hounds as perfect as they could be made, and in doing so he would spare neither expense nor trouble, and he was sure that he would receive (as he had always done in the past) valuable assistance from three gentlemen present who were keen old sportsmen, namely, Major Lloyd, Capt. Philipps, and Mr Morris, of Cooinb. Other toasts were drunk and a very pleasant evening was spent.