CARMARTHENSHIRE FARMERS' CLUB. The quarterly meeting of the above club was held on Tuesday, at the Boar's Head Hotel, Mr J. Lewis Philipps in the chair, in the absence, through illness, of the president, Mr W. J. Buckley, Penyfai. After an excellent dinner, catered for by Mrs Olive, to which eighty or ninety sat down, the following NEW MEMBERS were elected :—Mr J. Bishop, Dolgarreg Mr Thomas Protheroe, Clifton Captain Jones- Parry, Tyllwyd the Rev. J. Lloyd, vicar of Carmarthen Mr James Davies, Towy Works, Carmarthen Mr Henry Harries, Ffusmaen, Llanpumpsaint and Mr John Phillips, Scybor- stone, Carmarthen. A BUTTER FACTORY FOR CAR- MARTHENSHIRE. MR. WILSON ON BUTTER FACTORIES. MUNIFICENT OFFER FROM SIR ARTHUR STEPNEY. The next matter was a discussion with respect to Butter Factories," which was opened by Mr W. J. Wilson, The Dell, Llanelly, who said that since the list time he had met them on that subject, a committee had been formed to enquire into the statements made by him at Llandilo in February last, which committee appointed Mr D. Howell Thomas and himself to visit factories either in England, Ireland, or any place they thought fit. They were to present a report on them to the committee, so that the committee might recommend to the club. About ten days ago the committee met, and he and Mr Thomas reported what they had seen and learned. The committee now recommended the club to form a butter factory and dairy school (applause) as an experiment. He had not had time to draw up a written report to present to that meeting, but he would tell them what he and Mr Thomas had seen on their journey. They first went to Ireland, doing this because railway communication was much the same there as it was in Wales—bad the land, taken on the whole, was much the same and lastly, Ireland was in a disturbed state, though this, he was glad to say, was not the case in Wales. They visited several butter factories there, and every- where they went they found that factory butter was beating hand-made. Two of the factories, Limerick and Cork, were formed of farmers co- operating amongst themselves, and that was what he would like to see in Carmarthenshire. One of those factories turned out in a week 21,000 gallons of milk, from which they made 8,022 lbs. of butter, the farmers being paid on an average, all the year round, 4d. a gallon for the milk. He supposed that in Carmarthenshire it took on an average 3 gallons of milk to make one lb. of butter, so that the farmers would receive Is. lid. for what they now received 10d. The skim milk was returned within half an hour, and the butter milk twice a week. These factories paid well as could be seen from the balance sheets. One of the factories he was talking about was started three years ago. There was a great cry against it at first, only 37 men sending in during the first year. They were paid 10 per cent besides receiving an increased price for milk. Next year the 47 increased to 80, 10 per cent. being still paid, and the price of milk keeping up. The third year the number of mem- bers went up to 3CO; they paid 10 per cent., spent an extra 2135 on machinery and carried over C251 to the next year's account, the farmers all the time receiving their private profit on the milk, besides benefitting by a saving in wages. Besides Ireland, he and Mr Thomas had been round Devonshire and Somersetshire. In the former place they found two private factories started, by what he would call middle- men, which were in a filthy condition but even these paid, and paid where land was R3 an acre. Should not factories, therefore, pay when advan- tageously situated, and economically worked, and in a county where land was only, on an average, 15s. to 21 an acre (cries of No, no I He said that was the average sum paid. One man might pay 22 or 23 an acre for his land, but on the other hand others paid 7s. 6d. or 10s. If they decided to start a factory he would suggest their starting a dairy school in connection with it so as to give Welsh people a chance of taking places as dairymen. There was no need of importing them from Ireland or England, for the factory would take six months to build, and dur- ing that time they could get an instructor or illstructrix to teach Welsh people the methods of making butter on the factory system. If 8uch a school was started the Privy Council would aid them with a grant. Sir Arthur Stepney had written, in compliance with his (Mr Wilson's) request, in the early part of July, to get a return of the grants which were paid towards butter factories, dairy schools, and agri- cultural lectures throughout the country. A letter received from the chief clerk in answer to this stated that the Lords of Committee of Council for Agriculture were precluded by the terms of the grant from awarding any money for the purpose of assisting in the establishment of an agricultural school or institute, and that no grant in aid could be made except to buch schools or institutions as were actually engaged in useful work during the present financial year, ending March 31, 1890 and, further, that such aid was only to be given to a dairy school on the con- ditions (1) That the school for which aid was sought was the outcome of local effort, and not in any way a private enterprise, and was advan- tageously situated in a dairying district (2) That there was not less than an average of 25 cows to supply the dairy in connection with the school and (3) That satisfactory evidence was given of the competency of the principal in- structor in the various processes of dairying ? As regarded the granting of aid towards lecturers, the following conditions applied With respect to the peripatetic lecturers, there should be a class of not less than twelve pupils for each course of lectures, and a dairy with all suitable appliances should be available for practical demonstration and, further, at least half of the expense should be borne by the locality. As regarded fixed lecturers, the aid would be given • 1 A _Lu _1- i. 1 1 ¿t. in toe iorm or assisting pupus W ULLtmU ttAU classes. Mr Wilson then read alistof grants, ranging from 9200 to X25, given to dairy schools in the country. Seeing that these gran's were given to places who helped themselves, while Carmarthen got nothing, it would be worth the while of Carmarthen to form a school. If Car- marthen formed a co-operative dairy it would only cost 2500, and on the other side they would have 3d or 4d more per lb. for their butter they would have less labour and increase their stock all round by 50 per cent. There was always a cry against getting rid of an old article and taking to a new one, but they must re- member that they were bound to do something when times were like the present. Every country under the sun was beating England in her own markets— she imported nine millions worth of butter per annum, and that at a rate higher than her own. If people would not do something to help themselves, they need not grumble at high rates or anything else. Say a factory was started at St. Clears, 2500 would build it, and every farmer would get from 3d to 4d more for his butter. As to getting a grant towards a dairy school, it would perhaps be better if the Club went under the name of, say, the Carmarthenshire Dairy Farmers' Association, because the word" Club" seemed to suggest a private body, and, as they heard, grants were only given to help institutions of aid to the locality in general. They, perhaps, would get better results from calling themselves Associa- tion" than if they stuck to the old name Club." They, too, he considered might easily do more than they did at present in the way of imparting information, for at their quarterly meetings they might ask down a skilled agriculturist to lecture on any particular point, breeding of cattle or making of chesse, towards which the grant might go. The expenses of this would come to, say, about E6 each quarterly meeting, and if a grant of P,50 was allowed them they would receive something over and above the actual expenses. He hoped very much that they would start both a factory and a dairy school in Car- marthenshire, and, if so, he had no doubt they would receive a grant in March, 1889. If they did so, Sir Arther Stepney was willing to con- tribute 2100 towards it if started near St. Clears. Then his lordship was also prepared in poor districts, where the farmers were unable to find I the money, to lend them them the money at four per cent., and whenever they liked to buy him out they could do so, the money g"ing from one district to another. It was no use giving money for it was not appreciated in the same way as when people had to work for it. He (Jlr Wilson) had not the slightest doubt that if a factory was built the farmers would receive in the long run 25 to 30, or even 40 per cent. more for their produce than they received now. They must not, however, build the factory near a town, for farmers near a town had their own customers, who paid them good prices, and they were able to sell their milk. In a report from Mr Llewellyn, of Haverfordwest, that gentleman stated that the machinery would only cost zCl87 17s 6d and the factory about A:200 while the engine came to 1:100. One thing they must guard against, and that was a middleman starting amongst them. He might give them a better price at first, but afterwards he would make them enter into contracts with him at low prices, and so deprive the farmers of the share in the protits that they deserved. Mr D. Howell Thomas said he accompanied Mr Wilson to Devonshire and Somersetshire. One of the factories they had seen was at Houiton, and it was in a most flourishing state. He, like Mr Wilson, was sure a factory would pay in Carmarthenshire, and after Sir Arthur Stepney coming forward as he had, it would be a very stupid thing of the farmers if they did not take advantage of it. If their's turned out a success, they would have a thousand factories springing up in different parts of the country. Let them strike while the iron was hot. Alderman Norton said that a factory must commend itself to all, as butter was a thing that required attending to both most carefully and with the greatest cleanliness. Good butter could not be made with the indifferent appliances and indifferent places used by many in making it. Mr D. Prosser said it would be very hard to get over the prejudice felt in Wales to anything new. In a letter written by Mr Morgan 0 Richardson a couple of years ago, he said that factories could be conducted under three dif- ferent systems. First, that under which all the fresh milk was purchased from the farmer; secondly, that in which the farmer sent in his cream only; and third, that in which he sent in his butter to be classed and marked. Mr Walter Lloyd said he had come into the room knowing very little on the subject, but after hearing Messrs Wilson and Thomas' speeches, he was of opinion that a butter factory was necessary. Mr Evans, Treventy, said that when times got bad the farmers must try every means to gain a livelihood that they could. Mr E. Lewis, Cillefwr, though he lived near a town, and got a very good price for his butter, thought that in the heart of the country, where small dairies had to keep their milk some time before churning, a butter factory to which the milk could be sent in daily wfluld be a very good thing. Mr J. Howell Thomas said that the first thing they should do was, not to start a factory, but to make the butter a little bit better, and put less salt in it. Carmarthen butter was the best in Wales. Under the present system of selling cask butter, a big dealer came into the market and said, Butter is to be lid per lb. to-day." This price then was the price given by everyone, and even extra good butter got nothing more. Messrs Charles Jones, Waterloo House, Car- marthen R. J. Bevan, Towy Castle J. Davies, Cincoed Rees, Llwynfortune, spoke in favour of butter factories. Mr Buckley Roderick advised them to build the factory on a site which was easy of access from four or five miles round. Mr J. Williams, Llanginning, said that there might be a prejudice against the factory at first, one of the objections that would be raised being that during the spring and latter part of the winter the carts were much in use, and farmers would not be able to send the milk in. Then, too, in the spring, when the calves were being reared, it might be thought the skimmed milk from the factory was not quite healthy for them. Another objection would be the difficulty of having to send in milk all the year round. Mr D. H. Thomas explained with regard to the latter objection that the farmers could con- tract to supply for one month, the only difference made between the all the year round contribu tors and them being that if a glut of milk occurred at any time the former would have the preference. A contract could be made if wished for the winter months only. As to the milk not being healthy for the calves, in the case of taking the cream at home, the milk was often kept standing for two days, while at the factory the skimmed milk was returned within half an hour. Mr Wilson, in answer to questions as to the scheme, stated that the question before them was not one of the best made butter, but the price that could be got for it. He was aware that what Mr J. H. Thomas had said as to a dealer fixing the price was correct, but if the quality was uniform they would get a more ex- tended sale for their butter. People, when they bought at small dairies, found so many qualities in different dairies that they had to send a man to taste the butter. By having a uniform quality this expense would be avoided. The milk sent in by each farmer would be tested twice a week, and paid for on those tests. This had been found to act in other factories, and should, therefore, suit them. The Chairman said a capital of 2500 was all that was required, of which EIOO would be given by Sir Arthur Stepney. They should make this experiment for the sake of the small farmers, men who had to keep their cream for a fortnight before they could make butter. Mr Wilson said he would like to decide that matter at that meeting, and would, therefore, move that a butter factory be erected in Carmar- thenshire, with a dairy school attached, and that it be done forthwith, a small committee being appointed to look after it. They would then possibly be able to get a grant in March, 1890, instead of having to wait until 1891. This was seconded and carried unanimously. BUTTER-MAKING COMPETITION. The following letter was read from Lord Emlyn with regard to the proposed butter-making com- petition :— Cawdor Castle, Nairn, N.B., August 16, 1889. Dear Sir,—I am very sorry that it will not be possible for me to be at the quarterly meeting of the farmers' club on Tuesday. I shall beanxious to hear what the club propose to do in the matter of the butter-making competition. I should think the best plan would be to leave the committee pretty wide authority to manage it. The points chiefly to be considered are (1) The time of holding the competition and place. (2) The district from which we should invite competitors, and how the condition as to this should be worded. I suppose Carmarthenshire would be our limit, at all events for the present, and probably it would be enough to restrict it to residents in the county. (3) It is often the rule that each competitor should find her own churn, butterworker, Scotch hands &c., and probably the railway companies would allow these to be conveyed as personal luggage. The other alternative is for us to supply them, in which case I have no doubt Mr Llewellyn, of Haverfordwest, would lend them to us. (4) The instructions to the judge or judges must be considered and drawn up, so that each competitor can have a copy. I have some roughly drawn instructions that would probably do upon this point. (5) I hope the club or committee will be careful to get a good judge who has bad some experience in judging these competitions. There are many other points to be considered, as to what must be provided &c., and I have got a pretty clear list that I can give the committee when they want it. If I can be of any use in assisting the committee to arrange details 1 shall be very glad, either by letter from here, or personally as soon as I get home again, which will be, I expect, early in October. I am only sorry that I cannot be present at the meeting on Tuesday.—Believe me to be, faithfully yours, EMLYN." THE RAFFLE. The raffle was then proceeded with, when the following were successful :-Butter worker, Rev. S. Jones. Llangunnor. Horsa hoe, Mr G. J. Harries, Pentre. Cart bridle, Messrs D. H. Thomas (Derllys), and O. Norton. Cross cut saw, Messrs Thomas Jones, Alltygog, and W. Phillips, ironmonger, Carmarthen. Cart rope, Messrs D. Hinds, and Phillips, Caerleon. Dung fork, Messrs D. Evans, Tygwyn Anthony, Penlan Henry Norton, Carmarthen Wm. Rees, Car- marthen Wm. Davies, Penlan Carver, Wenallt. Pitch f^rk, Dr. Lawrence, Messrs Williams, Scefenmystrich John Francis, Carmarthen O. Hilld, Cwnin Morris, Yoelgwan Lewis Rces, Carmarthen J. L. Philipps, Bolaliatil E. Williams, Pont Richard Eynon Rowland Browne, Carmarthen Edward Francis, Peny- graig J. R. Davies, Cwmgwyn Hall, Pencader and J. Williams, Penlan. Hatchet, Messrs J. Jones, Old Foundry, Carmarthen Henry Harries, Crosmaen Carpenter, Carmarthen Daniel Jones, Carmarthen James Brigstocke, Carmarthen and George Thomas, Llechd«vneti. Billhook, Messrs Thomas, Tyllwyd Talbot Norton S. Rees, Penlan J. Evans, Cwmtyhen D. H. Thomas, junr., Derllys and J. Lloyd, Penybank. The Financial Times reports the formation of the Carmarthenshire Dairy and Produce Company (Limited). Its objects are to carry on business as dairymen and farmers, and breeders and dealers in all kinds of live stock. There are net to be fewer than three nor more than seven directors. The first are Messrs. H. L. Morgan, L. James, A. Griffiths, J. Jones, J. R. Davies, J. James, and D. H. Thomas.
AGRICULTURAL SHOW AT FISHGUARD. On Friday, under the auspices of the North Pembrokeshire Farmers' Club, the annual exhibi- tion of stock, &c., took place in the Swan Hotel Field, Fishguard, and was unquestionably the best that has ever been held in the locality for very many years past. The weather in the fore part of the day was fair, and, as a consequence, a large number of people from the surrounding districts, including not a few gentry, attended, but the proceedings throughout the afternoon were considerably marred by a drifting Scotch mist. In' every department, save that of the Shorthorns, there was an increase in the number of exhibits as compared with those of previous shows. It would be impossible to tind a grander lot of black cattle anywhere than the greater proportion of those exhibited this year. The attention given to this feature is due to the encouragement afforded the members of the above-named club by Lord Kensington, Mr W. Davies, M.P., Sir Charles Philipps, Bart., and other county gentlemen. Sheep, too, made a grand display, some of the pens being fit for exhibition at any of the Royal shows. The horses, generally speaking, were by no means discreditable. It was rightly thought and com- mented upon that better provision should, if possible, be made for the jumping. Many of the animals that would have cleared banks in the open were on this occasion rather stupefied by the surging and enthusiastic crowds, and, there- fore, though the test of the mettle was fair, still the capabilities of many a horse were not mani- fested. The secretary was Nir John Rowlands, and the field stewards were Messrs Richard Thomas, Moses Mathias, T. Thomas, E. Perkins, W. A. Morgan, D. H. Bowen, W. Harries, T. E. Thomas, R. H. Harries, and W. G. James. The judges were :—Black cattle Mr Phillips, Treriffith, and Mr Walter Jenkine, Aeron Villa, Talsarn. Shorthorns and sheep Mr Brooks, Ffynone. Horses Mr Stephens, Cilewendeg, and Mr Gibbs, Hodgeston. Butter and cheese Mr Young, merchant, Haverfordwest. The following is the PRIZE LIST. CATTLE.—BLACKS OF THE PKMBUOKESHIRB BREED. Bull, aged—Mr J Rowlands, Penrhiw. Two year old b ill, given by Lord Kensington—1, Mr W H Evans,Trenewyddfawr; 2, Mr R Thomas, Trebover. Yearling bull, given by Lord Kensington-I, Mr T E Thomas, 'rrehale; 2, Mr J D Harries, Gellifawr. Bull calf, given by Lord Kensington—1, Mr J W Reynolds, Barry Island; 2, Mr J D Harries, Gelli- fawr. Cow with milk or to pioduee a calf within three months of the show, given by Mr W. Davies, M.P. -1 and 2, Mr T E Thomas, Treh-ile. Two year old heifer, to produce a calf within eight months of the show, given by Mr W. Davies, M.P.-I, Mr W II Evans, Trenewyddfawr; 2, Mr W Rowlands, Tresinwen. Yearling heifer, given by Mr W. Davies, M.P.- 1 and 2, Mr R Thomas, Trebover. Best black bull in the yard exceeding twelve months old, si. vcr cup, value X.5 5s., given by Sir C. E. G. Philipps, Bart.—Mr T E Thomas,"Trehale. STOCK OF ANY OTHER BREED OR CLASS. Two year old bull, or exceeding that age—1, Mr D Morris. Trevasser; 2, Mr J Davies, Tresisillt. Yearling bull-Mr J Worthington, Glynymel. Cow with milk or to produce a calf within three months of the show—1, Mr J Davies, Tresisillt; 2, Mr Evans, Cilawen. Two year old heifer to produce a calf within eight months of the show-l and 2, Mr M Evans, Cilawen. Best heifer in the yard, given by the London and Provincial Bank-Mr W H Evans, Trenewydd- fawr. Best cow in the yard—Mr T E Thomas, Trehalr. HORSES.—AGRICULTURAL. Brood mare with foal at her foot—1, Mr E Perkins, Penysgwarn; 2, Mr D Morris, Newton- west. Three year old colt or filly-I, Mr T E Thomas, Trehale; 2, Mr W Davies, Ford. Two year old colt or filly-I, Mr T Griffiths, Preskilly Forest; 2, Mr T Richards, VaopwrfrAn. Yearling colt or filly-l and 2, Mr D Morris, Trevasser. HUNTERS AND CARRIAGE HORSES. Brood mare, calculated to breed hunters or carriage horses, with foal at foot—1, Mr D Davies, Tredavid 2, Mr F D Phillips, Rinerston. Two year old colt or filly, calculated to make a hunter or carriage horse—1, Mr W G James, Pantyphillip; 2nd, Mr T E Thomas, Trehale. Yearling colt or filly, calculated to make a hunter or carriage horse—1, Alr RichardF, Va<»wr- fran; 2, Mr W B Harries, New House. ° Cob of any age, exceeding 13i hands high, and not exceeding 15 hands—1, Mr H Worthington Goodwick; 2, Mr J Worthington, Glynymel. 2 Pony, not exceeding 13 £ hands-J, Mr J Worthington 2, Mr D Morris, Newton. Foal got by a pure cart horse—1, Mr J Morse, Trearched; 2, Mr D Morris, Newton. u Foal got by a thorough-bred horse-I. Mr David Davies, Tredavid; 2, Mr H J Thomas, Llochturffin. Three year old colt or filly, calculated to make a hunter or carriage horse, to be jumped over low hurdles (special prize)—1, Mr W Lewis, Fenton; 2, Mr W Richards, Barnsley. Four year old colt or filly, calculated to make a hunter, got by a thorough-Lrcd horse, given by Mr F Lort Phillips-1, Mr J Worthington, Glynymel; 2, Mr L W Evans, Kilbarth. Best actioned horse or mare of any size or breed, shown under saddle (i,iven by Mr J Worthington) — 1, Mr W H Evans, Trenewyddfawr; 2, Mr W Bateman, Fishguard. Jumper over stiff timber, any age, size, or breed, given by Mr J Worthington—1, Mr D Thomas, Eithinman; 2, Mr H Worthington, Glynytuel. Cob under 15 hands, best jumper over timber, given by Mr J Worthington—1, Mr W Vaughan, Pentre; 2, Mr John, Broadway. Hunter of any age, best jumper over a bank stone wall, given by Mr H Worthington (Prize, silver cup, value il 5s)—Mr F D Phillips, Rinerston. Jumper over a bank and stone wall, given by Mr H Worthington-Mr Vaughan, Pentre. SHEEP.—LONG-WOOLLED. Ram of any age—Mr W Rowlands, Tresinwen. Yearling ram—Mr G V Bowen, Ffynonau. Pen of ewes—1 and 2, Mr G Y Bowen. Pen of yearling ewes-I, Mr E Perkins, Penys- gwarn 2, Mr D Morris, Trevasser. Pen of lambs-], Mr M Mathias, Great Letter- ston; 2, Mr G V Bowen. Ram lamb-I, Mr J Rowlands, Penrhiw 2, Mr M Mathias. SHORT-WOOLLED. Rat.) (any age)-I, Mr W Evans, Bletherston; 2, Mr T Griffiths, Preskillyfawr. Yearling lamb-I, Mr H G Williams, Tretio; 2, Mr W Evans. Pen of yearling ewes—1, Mr T Griffiths; 2, Mr J Harries, Llanreithan. Pen of lambs-1, Mr W Evans; 2, MrTGriffiths. Ram lamb-I and 2, Mr W Evans. PIGS. Boar-Mr T Griffiths, Preskillyfawr. Sow-Mr J Worthington, Glynymel. BUTTER AND CHEESE. Butter.—Mild cured (given by Mr Rowlands, butter merchant, Haverfordwest): 1, Mr J Griffiths, Mathry; 2, Mr D Morris, Trevasser. Cheese.—Welsh (given by Mr B Davies, Railway House) Mr E Perkins, Penysgwarn. THE DINNER. In the evening a dinner was held at the Com- mercial Hotel. About 45 gentlemen partook of an excellent spread. The chair was occupied by Mr Charles Matthias.
COURT HENRY. SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT. Tea was served on Dryslwyn Castle on Thursday last., to the members of Court Henry Sunday School. Although, the weather appeared threatening in the morning, it turned out all that could be wished for in the afternoon. About 150 sat down to tea, and all partook freely of the dainties provided for them. Great credit is due to the ladies who provided the tea, as well as the geii'lemen who exerted themselves to make the outing so enjoyable. The children never ex- perienced such a variety of amusements, and all were highly j leased, in fact more so than when they were taken on a trip from home. The following ladies rendered valuable assistance :— ,N,lrs Glandules; Mrs Morgan, Parsniage Mrs Beresford, Ceuaunewydd Mrs Roberts, Whitlera Mrs Jones, Court Henry Miss Saunders and Miss Ellen Saunders, Court Henry Miss Beresford, Rafodneddin Miss Jane Harries and Miss Ellen Harries, Aber- sannan and Miss Davies, Typicca.
KIDWELLY. SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION. The following candidates have been nominated for seats on the Kidwelly School Board. The election is to take place on Tuesday, August 27th. Seven members constitute the board, and the seven retiring members all seek re-election, with the exception of Mr Thomas Chivers, Ptmibrey. The gentlemen nominated are *Daniel Anthony, farmer Charles Blackmore, accountant r. W. A. Evans, gentleman *David Grifliths, merchant "Thomas Griffiths, gentleman Daniel Harris, tin works manager W. C. Jenkins, Congre- gational minister John Jones, grocer John Morgan, farmer *Thomas Morgan, gentleman George Redford, brick manufacturer David Shakespeare, tin roller; John Shankland, stationer *Henry Smart, railway manager John Williams, traffic superintendent. All with- drawals must be made before the 20th inst. If an election take place, it will be the first school board election that has occurred in Kidwelly. An asterisk denotes a member of the old board.
ABERYSTWITH. THE NEW ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH.—On Wed- nesday afternoon week, the four corner stones of the new St. Michael's Church were laid in Laura Place Gardens, the site of the new building. Prior to the ceremony a short service was held in the old Church, after which the clergy and surpliced choir marched in procession to the new site. The ceremony was performed by Mrs J. H. Protheroe, the Vicarage; Mrs W. B. Powell, Nanteos; Mrs Dr. Jacob Roberts, and Miss Jones, Mount Pleasant. The interesting ceremony over, a collection was made towards the building fund, when upwards of 2155 were received. ST. MARY'S WELSH CHURCH. On Thursday week, this Church was re-opened after having undergone complete and much needed renovation. The services in connection with the same closed on Sunday evening last, when the Ven. Arch- deacon Howell, of Wrexham, preached an eloquent and powerful sermon to a crowded FLOIIATRT»»TINN ~—n — o LORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL —Lord Randolph Churchill's demonstration at Newtown, will take place on Friday afternoon, September 6th next. Extensive preparations are being made to give the noble lord a befitting reception. A pavillion capable of holding from 7,000 to 8,000 persons is to be erected in Sir Pryce Pryce Jones' grounds at Dolerw. All persons from Aberystwith desirous of attending the procession and the public speech, can have tickets of admission on application to Mr David Davies, secretary of the Aberystwith Conservative Club. On the follow- ing day, Lord Randolph Churchill, will address a Primrose League Fete at Plas, Machynlleth. This will be strictly confined to members of the Primrose League, who will be required to wear their badges. Full information can lie had on application to Mr B. Ellis Morgan, J. P., hon. sec., Aberystwith, from A honi also tickets can be had, not later than the 26th inst. POLICE COURT. Oil Monday last, tefore Messrs J. W. Szlumper and Thomas Hugh Jones, William Laury, of Wrexham, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Aberystwith on the previous Saturday night. Defendant was ordered to pay a fine of 5s. and 8s. 6d. costs, in default 14 days hard labour.—Elizabeth Thomas, Rheidol Place, charged Phoebe Lawry, with using abusive and threatening language. Defendant claimed to be the lawful wife of John Thomas, with whom Elizabeth Thomas, the complainant, lives. The case was adjourned.—On Wed ne,day before Messrs. J. W. Szlumper, T. Hugh Jones, and John Watkins, senior—Isaac Price and John Hopkins were charged by Chief Inspector George Thomas, of the Cambrian Railways, with trespassing on the station premises, and touting for luggage, fined 5s. each.—Frederick Evans was also summoned for the same offence, and as he did not appear a warrant of apprehension was ordered.—John David Jones, Bridge street, and Thomas Lewis, Llangawse, were each fined 5s. and costs for drunkenness.—Elizabeth Thomas charged Phoebe Thomas with using abusive language and making certain threats. The bench considered the case not proven and dismissed the charge.
PONTYATES. ON Saturday, the 17th inst., the children and other members of the Church Sunday School at the above place had their annual tea meeting, which is always looked forward to with great pleasure. A larger number than usual attended this time owing partly, no doubt, to the fine weather which predominated. After tea, which all seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed, the children adjourned to a neighbouring field, where they amused themselves for an hour or so in different games and sports, and where quantities of apples, nuts and sweets were divided among them. Afterwards a meeting was held at the schoolroom, where an interesting programme of songs, recitations, and speeches was gone through. The National Anthem brought the proceedings to a close.
HAVERFORDWEST. CORPORATION MEETING. The quarterly meeting was held on Friday last, the mayor (Mr E. Eaton Evans, alderman) presiding.—Touching the police superannuation fund, a letter was read from the clerk of the connty council requesting that the amount of this fund (about £300) should be trans- ferred to the Council. The Mayor said the fund was charged with the pension of several super- annuated officers, and could only be transferred upon an arrangement that such pens ons be con- tinued to be paid by the county council, and subject to a deduction of the amounts paid by their treasurer since the 1st of April.-The Town Clerk said he had received communications from other boroughs similarly situated on the subject. They seemed to doubt how the transfer could be legally made, but section 62 of the Local Govern- ment Act provided a course for settling any difficulties.-The town clerk was instructed to reply to the letter and furnish a statement.—The I Mayor said he had received, with surprise and regret, a letter from Mr John Lewis, their trea- surer, in which Mr Lewis said he had entered into an arrangement which will render it necessary for him to leave Haverfordwest at an early date. He had therefore the painful duty of tendering his resignation, but he did with very much regret. He could not sever his official connection with the borough after more than 20 years' service without acknowledging with groat sincerity his indebted- ness to all the members of the corporation for their invariable courtesy and kindness to him. Mr Lewis said the question had been for some time under his consideration, and at length he had come to a final decision. He hoped the council would make arrangements to relieve him of the duties of his office by the end of September next, up to which period his accounts would be made up. The resignation was accepted, and it was arranged that an early meeting would be called to consider what steps should be taken for the future. In answer to the question from the chair, the trea- surer said he had not received from the Home Office the moiety of the police expenditure for the half-year ending 25th March last from the Government grant.—The Town Clerk said he was under the impression that the amount would be paid by the county council for that half-year, although it expired before the Local Government Board Act came into operation. He was directed to write to the Home Secretary for the informa- tion.—The Mayor said the finance committee had had before them a batch of preliminary accounts of engineers and others relating to the supplementary I water scheme. The matter was then referred to a special committee.
BORTH. ON Wednesday last a bazaar was held at this fashionable little watering pltce, to clear off the debt yet remaining upon the new victrar-e. It is gratifying to find that the appeal made by the popular, energetic, and excellent vicar met with a hearty response, and that the res-ult of the first day's sale promised the reward of perfect success to those who devoted time and money to the furtherance of the enterprise. A neat and capacious timber building had been erected for the occasion, and will remain as an assembly room for future entertainments. The room was decorated with flags and floral wreaths. The various stalls were arranged with great taste by their several holders, and presented a gay and inviting appearance. Many of those present having come considerable distances it was only natural that their first attention should be drawn to the refreshment department, which was estab- lished on a raised dais, and presided over by Mrs Jones, wife of Dr. Jones, of the Hydropathic establishment, was deservedly well patronised. The excellence of the provisions, the taste with which they were displayed, and the careful atten- tion of the smart waitresses, amongst whom we noticed Miss Watkin, and Misses Grace and Mina Weymss, rendered a prolonged visit to this department truly enjoyable. On entering the room the first stall was kept by Mrs Francis, of Wallog, who appeared to be doing a roaring trade in fancy articles, and whose cash bag assumed weighty proportions before evening set in. The second stall was presided over by Mrs Feilden and Mrs Penson, the latter well-known to our readers in the neighbourhood of Llandebie. Mrs Feilden also had a table arranged in the centre of the room, and loaded with fruit, flowers, and vegetables but the portion of her display that attracted the greatest attention was a splendid collection of stuffed gulls, hawks, and other birds, killed and set up by Mr Francis Feilden, who, with his brother Col. Feilden, is well-known in the sporting world. The third stall, kept by Miss Corfield, of Oswestry, assisted by Mrs Holcroft, Miss Thomas, and Miss Holland, we can hardly describe. The crowd that surrounded this establishment made access to it somewhat impossible, and all that we could see was that the fair holders were most becomingly dressed in white and old gold, and must ere nightfall have contributed heavily to the financial success of the day. The adjoining stall was presided over by Mrs Donelly, a visitor to Borth, who kindly inter- ested herself in the day's proceedings. Then came an art pallery, contributed by Mrs Morgan, of Nantceirio the well-known artistic taste and practised execution of this lady answered the ready sale of her productions, which she had priced at exceedingly modest figures. A stall supplied by Miss Davies, of Penpompren, and her sister, Mrs Anwyl, contained many very beautiful objects, including a large screen painted by Miss Davies. We must not forget the very useful establishment kept by Mrs Griffiths, assisted by Misses Williams, Jones, Owen, and Jenkins, where the emblem of Wales displayed its tempting proportions, and mighty cauliflowers and giant marrows reposed side by side with purple plums and brilliant posies. Gambling, in the form of raffles, went on briskly all day, one prize appearing to contain an entire farm yard stock. There were also insinuating damsels who guaranteed a good fortune for 3d., and extra good for a higher fee-as well as all the usual attractions of a fancy fair. A shooting gallery outside, kept by Mr Corfield, becomingly attired as a Cow Boy," was always well patrouised unsuccessful sportsmen certainly complained that the rifles were better calculated to shoot round corners, but such remarks we set down to the sourness of the grapes, and their own unskilfulness. The bazaar was opened at two o'clock by Mrs Davies-Evans, who, in a short speech, wished every success to the enterprise. The Lord Lieutenant and a large party from High mead, including the Rev. Henry Russell, of Wollaton, and family, accompanied Mrs Davies- Evans. We hope to publish next week the financial results of this pleasurable gathering.
TREGARON. MARRIAGE. —Last Saturday, at St. Catherine's Church, Leadenhall street, London, was solemnised the marriage of Mr Daniel Jones, of the Black Lion Hotel, Tregaron, and Miss Anne Jones, of London. Miss Coppinger acted as bridesmaid, and the bridegroom was attended by Messrs John Evans, Llanddewi-Brefi, Cootes and Fenning, of London. On Tuesday the happy pair reached Tregaron. VISITOP,S. Ati extraordinary number of people, more especially from Glamorganshire, have visited Tregaron this summer—in fact, the number has exceeded anything I ever remember, and is most undoubtedly the highest on record. WEATHER.—The weather we have experienced lately has told a lot upon those who live in home- steads on the mountain. Hay has been cut a long time, but the weather is not suitable for the harvesting thereof. We hope for an early change, or in a short time a great quantity of hay will be spoiled. READING ROOM.—Mr John Peacock, son of the late Mr J. T. Peacock, of London, has recently forwarded to Mr Jones, Post office, a guinea towards the funds of the Reading Room. We are sorry to find that the Tregaronians do not give to this institute the support it deserves. The society has been in a flourishing condition, and we may hope for an increase of members now with the advent of long and dreary nights. CONCERT.—A grand concert in aid of the funds of the Caron Brass Band was held at the Board schoolroom on Friday evening, the 16th inst., the Rev T. Phillips, B. A., vicar, presiding, and there was a very good audience. Miss Maggie Morgan, Aberystwith, accompanied in a manner which reflects great credit upon her as pianist. The brass band appeared four times during the even- ing, and Mr J. Edwards, Aberystwith, is to be complimented on the manner, the several items were rendered under his leadership—the render- ing of Margaret being especially noteworthy. The other pieces played by the band were "Caron March," Adelaide," and Plas Gogerddan." Llinos Gwenffrwd had been announced to take part in the proceedings, but owing to unforeseen circumstances was prevented from fulfilling her engagement. Notwithstanding this a gotd sub- stitute was found in Miss Pryce, of Aberystwith who gave a capital rendering of Peidiwch a dweyd wrth fy nghariad." She was equally successful in her other song, the name of which we were not able to ascertain. Miss Pryce and Mr Nicholas in good style sang Blodwen a Hywel" from Dr Parry's "Blodwen" and received an encore which they thoroughly de- served The same lady also sang a duet I know a bank with her friend Miss Williams-also of Aberystwith, and an encore was demanded. Miss Williams created a very favourable impression on the minds of the audience by her rendering of a solo which she did in a most creditable manner. Mr Nicholas an old favourite with Tregaron audiences in his usual good style sang Y milwr dewr "-the test piece for which he took the prize at Towyn Eisteddfod a fort- night ago. Mr J. B. Jones, Normal College, Bangor, a young singer of great promise, sang Yr Ornest" in a most spirited manner. The same gentleman, with Mr Nicholas, also sang the duet, for the rendering of which they carried off the prize at Towyn Eisteddfod, Mae Cymru'n barod." in splendid style. During the evening Mr D. Lloyd Davies, of London, and a native of Llanddewi-Brefi, delighted the audience by reciting "The Women of Mumbles Head" and The Bishop and the Rats," both of which were admirably recited. A vote of thanks to our Aberystwith friends having been passed for their kind and gratuitous services, a most pleasant evening was brought to a close by singing God save the Queen." The energy and enthusiasm thrown into the work by Mr Evans, Rhydyronen Shop, (the treasurer), is worthy of all praise. I j should not be doing my duty as a correspondent if I omitted to state that Mr Evans spared neither time nor trouble to make the concert- j what it unquestionably turned out to be, finan- cially and otherwise-a decided and unqualified success.
LLANDOVERY. j THE AGRICULTURAL SHOW. We have the greatest pleasure in recording another very generous gift by Mr D. Lloyd Jones, of Yeovil. This time the object of his generosity is the Agricultural Show. He has written to the hon. secretary, offering a prize of £20 for the best managed farm within the Union of Llandovery, occupied by a tenant farmer, at a rent of not more than zC120 per annum.
LAMPETER. FAIR. The August fair which is known as Ffair Awst," and is considered next in im- portance to Dalis fair" (the principal one of the year) was held here on Saturday, the 17th instant, under very favourable circumstances. The weather was unusually fine considering that during the night a heavy storm prevailed over the district, the rain descending in torrents, and the gusts of wind were as strong as any equicoxial gales ever experienced. The hay harvest having been com- pleted, and the corn harvest not quite commenced, the interim afforded the farmers a day to the fair, and also to give their euiDlovea the same nriviletro. a fact which accounts for the great number of people present. Farm servants enjoy a iair very much, to meet with thfir acquaintances and amuse themselves together. To this class, means of amusement had been provided on the Common, in the shape of shooting galleries, swings. Ac. The business done dnring the day was chiefly with the cattle, a number of which was present, and the prices good. Milch cows with calves were dis- posed at prices from XIO to £ 15. according to the quality. The year old steer ranged from S.7 to J69, and some of the best realised AS much as JE11; steers from two years and upwards fetched about R12; small pigs were sold at from 15s to 17s; store pies from 6s 3d per score; horses were not very numerous, but those sold commanded good prices according to the quality. PETTY SESSIONS. At the Magistrates' Clerk's office on Tuesday, the 20th instant, before Mr David Davies, Felindre, Elizabeth Hughes, an old woman about 75 years of age, haihng from Llan- dovery, was brought np in the custody of P.S. Williams, charged with begging on the previous day. The accused makes periodical visits to the town, calling at private houses and places of business, as well as at the railway station where she accosts peeple to beg. She had been repeatedly warned by the S'rgeant to cease doing so, and leave the town, but seeing that his remonstrances were of no avail, he was forced to lock her up. The prisoner admitted that she was in the habit of begging, adding that that was her occupation. His worship discharged her, on her promising to leave the town that day.
LLANDILO. ASSESSMENT. At a special meeting of the assessment committee of the Llandilofawr Union, held at the Town-hall on Saturday, at which Major Thomas presided, the appeal of the South Wales Brewery Company, Llandilo, came on for hearing. The assessment committee had assessed the company's premises at 290 gross. The com- pany had appealed against it, and the committee having declined to reduce the amount, an appeal to quarter-sessions was threatened. To avoid this the committee decided to rehear the appeal, with the result that the assessment was reduced to 270 gross. Mr J. Rees, Cwmamman, and Mr Jos. Harris, Mardy, upheld the previous decision of the committee, but were out voted by four to two. Mr Rees declared that if the committee assessed the company on the mash tub basis, which was the practice of Hedley, the Birmingham valuer, the amount ought to be £180, or, allowing for certain reductions, 2120 at the lowest. AN inquest on the body of the late John Harries, of Goitre Farm, Llangathen, was held at the farm of Goitre (the deceased's residence), on the 15th inst., by Mr R. S. Lewis (deputy coroner). The foreman of the jury was Mr Richard Rees (Cilsane). A verdict of accidental death was returned.—A large and respectable concourse of people attended the funeral of the deceased en Friday afternoon last, at Llangathen Parish Churchyard. At the residence of the deceased Mr D. R. Davies (ap Teilo) conducted the service, and the Rev. J. Davies, Vicar of Llangathen, officiated within the Church and at the grave side.
PENYBONT, TRELECH. A CONCERT in aid of the fund for the restor- ation of Trelech Church, was held at Davies' Charity School, in the above place, on Friday evening, the 16th inst. The concert was got up through the exertions ot the good lady, Mrs Trafford, of Plas Hoel, whose kindness and good will towards her tenants, and the Trelechians in general are too well-known to need any comment here. Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather and the resulting bad state of the roads, a large number of people attended, and the concert turned out to be a perfect success in every way. The Rev. Mr Howells, vicar of Llanwinio, took the chair, and the following pro- gramme was gone through in a most admirable and creditable manner :—March on the piano- forte, Mdlle Eggstein song, Dr. Edwards, Conwil song, Mr Isaac Evans, Penybont violin solo, Miss Martin, Winchester College song, Rev H. Martin, Principal of Winchester College; part song, Rev L. Williams and party pianoforte duett, Misses Howell, Penrheol song, Dr. Edwards, Conwil; trio, Messrs L. Evans and T. Lumley trio, Rev H. Martin, Master and Miss Martin pianoforte solo, Mdlle Eggstein song, Mr Lewis Evans, Penybont pianoforte solo, Miss Williams, Vicarage; song, Miss Hughes, Velindre violin solo, Miss Martin; song, Mr David Davies, Veliadre; violin solo, Mr D. Thomas, Aberdare; part song, Rev L. Williams and party pianoforte duett, Misses Howell, Penrheol; song, Rev H. Martin trio, Messrs L. Evans, J. Evans, and T. Lumley. Thanks were returned to the ladies and gentle- men for their entertaining services, and the concert was brought to a close by the usual finale of God save the Queen."
THE ROYAL VISIT TO WALES. The Queen arrived at Pale very early this morning (Friday), having travelled from Osborne during the night. After lunch she goes to Bala, where the Lord-Lieutenant of Merionethshire presents her with a loyal ad- dress. The ceremonial will be of the briefest possible kind, and as soon as it has been got over, her Majesty is to start on a drive round the beautiful Bala lake, which is about four miles long by one broad. When she arrives at the head of the lake she makes a halt for tea at Glanllyn shooting-lodge, where she will be entertained by Sir Watkin and Lady Williams-Wynn. The visit to Wrexham on the Monday is to be carried out in "semi- state." Her Majesty travels by rail as far as Ruabon, where her carriages will have been sent on to meet her. Colonel Cornwallis- West, M.P., the Lord-Lieutenant of Denbigh- shire, is to welcome her at the station, and will afterwards accompany the Royal party to Wrexham. On arriving at Wrexham the Queen will drive right through the profusely- decorated streets of the town to Acton Park, Sir R. Cunliffe's mansion, which stands just within the boundaries of the borough. The Royal carriage is to be drawn up close to a raised platform, on which all the notabilities of the counties of Denbigh, Flint, and Merioneth will have already assembled. The loyal addresses have been strictly limited to the Iord-Li e ii tenant of Denbighshire for the county, the Bishop of St. Asaph for the clergy, the Nonconformist ministers who will not be represented by Mr Gee, and the Mayor of Wrexham on behalf of that ancient and loyal borough. The Mayor's address will, however, be the only one read. It is not yet definitely settled whether the Queen will or will not accept a copy of an ode specially com- posed for the occasion of her visit. As soon as the addressing and other formalities are over, the Queen will drive straight to the station through another section of the town. A grand stand to hold two thousand people is 0 being erected in Acton Park. The ground is to be kept by two troops of Lancers and the Denbighshire Yeomanry, and over fifteen hundred volunteers will line the streets. After resting on Sunday afternoon the Queen takes tea with Sir Theodore Martin on Mon- day afternoon at Bryntysilio, and it is on that occasion that the most renowned Welsh bards and musicians are to sing and play to her. On the same afternoon she visits the Vale of Llangollen, and receives another address. Every effort has been made by all concerned to curtail the functions as much as possible, so as to spare her Majesty all unnecessary fatigue; and her departure for Scotland is definitely fixed for the morning of Tuesday, | the 27th inst.-Tlie, World.