CARMARTHEN TOWN COUNCIL. A special meeting of the above Council was held on Tuesday at the Council Chamber, when there were present, the Mayor (in the chair), Aldermen J. Rowlands, C. W. Jones, H. Norton, J. Morris, -John Lewis, George Thomas; Coun- cillors Howell Howells, E. A. Rogers, W. R. Edwards, D. H. Thomas, D. Parcell Rees, D. Griffiths, Vaughan George, T. Jenkins, W. L. Hughes, Talbot Norton, H. Cadle, and D. R. Morgan. The Town Clerk, Supt. Smith, the Borough Surveyor, and the Inspector of Nuisan- ces were also in attendance. VOTE OF CONDOLENCE. The Mayor said that since they met before, they had lost one of the most useful and faithful members of the council in Mr Mostyn Davies, and he thought it was their duty to acknowledge it in some way by some one proposing that a vote of condolence be sent to the bereaved relatives.- Alderman John Lewis said he had great pleasure in doing so. He was unquestionably a good man to the town, as he was always so ready to do any- thing for the benefit of Carmarthen. As to the asphalt, at one time he was laughed down, but still he had succeeded in getting it. The planting of the trees in Lammas-street and other places together with numerous other things would keep his memory ever green in t heir initids. -Alderman James Rowlands seconded the proposal, and said they ought to express their sorrow at the bereavement of the family, and the loss of a man BO useful to the town. He was a busy man, always active, and ready to carry out what he thought right. He had accomplished many things, and woald have accomplished much more if he had been spared, and he was sure they had no man who had the interests of the town more at heart.—The proposal was unanimously carried. HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. The Clerk read an application from the Carmar- then Horticultural Society for permission to hold their show in the market-plaoe on the 29th of July next.—Alderman J. Lewis said he trusted the council would not abstain from consenting to the show being held at the market, as they ought to encourage and bring anything of that kind to the borough. He moved that consent be given, and on being seconded by Mr D. P. Rees, it was unanimously carried. THE TELEPHONE WIRE AGAIN. The Clerk read a letter from Mr James Davies, Lammas-street, asking the Council to reconsider their refusal to allowing him to lay a telephone wire from the station to his premises, and saying that there was no more danger in one telephone wire than in an ordinary C, clothes' line. The reason that they were put underground in large towns was that it was more economical.—Alder- man J. Morris said lie thought the Council would be rather narrow minded to prevent anything taking place in the town that would extend and benefit it. It was a pity that they had no more men in Carmarthen who were doing the same good as Mr Davies, not for himself alone, but also for the prosperity of the town. He moved that permission be given to erect the wire that was applied for.—Mr D. R. Morgan contended that it was out of order, as no mention was made of it on the agenda. -Mr Talbot Norton said he thought that letters to the Mayor were always in order. -Alderman H. Norton said he was sur- prised that the Council wera induced to believe that the wires were dangerous. A single wire of any distance, as long as it was supported, would be of no more danger to the lives and limbs of the inhabitants than a lamp-post. He was ashamed that such a town as Carmarthen, which was sometimes described as a retrograde town, should hinder such things as asked for by Mr Davies.—Alderman C. W. Jones said it was out of order then, but when the time came he would vote for its being allowed. Alderman J. Lewis said they were led there from business to waste time over the correspondence of the Mayor and Town Clerk, and after all not do anything with it.—Alderman H. Norton Send them out to the newspapers beforehand, so that they may be seen.-The Clerk said it was clearly out of order to do anything without due notice being given.— After further discussion, it was directed to be placed on the agenda for the next meeting. HACKNEY CARRIAGES. A letter was read from Mr W. V. H. Thomas, Starling Park, asking for a licence to drive hackney carriages in the town, and also that he be allowed a stand in Guildhall square and Nott-square. It was referred to the public works committee.- Alderman W. R. Edwards suggested that a small c immittee be appointed 119 to settle a scale of charges, and consult Mr Thomas. Mr D. Griffiths said that if it was re- ferred to the public works committee, and after- wards recommended to that Council, he would not be able to get a licence before the next general meeting. — Alderman J. Lewis I say that if it is wrong to bring one thing on, it is wrong to bring any other on, and nothing definite can be arrived at to-day. The matter was then dropped. WATER COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The report of the above committee held on the 24th of June, was read as follows :Present, Messrs T. Davies (mayor), H. Howells, D. Griffiths, D. P. Rees and E. A. Rogers.Re- solved that the Old Foundry Company be charged £ 4 a year for water that the application of Mr David Davies for a supply of water to the Mansel ground be not entertained that the assessment of the county lock-up water rate be at the ordinary rate on an assessment of £ 6 a year that a new 3-inch water-pipe be laid in Jackson's Lane." Alderman John Morris said that as that would be the only opportunity he would get to speak on the water question, he would then make an application that the water be not turned off on Saturday nights, as persons had now co do on Sunday morning what could be done on Saturday night. He had been asked to do so by many. Mayor: It is out of order. Alderman C. W. Jones I suppose I shall be in order if I propose that the report be adopted.—Mr Vaughan Gel rge seconded, and it was unanimously adopted.— Alderman H. Norton asked if they had power to order it to be kept before the next meeting, and the Clerk said that if the surveyor thought proper it could be done. —Alderman J. Morris He ought to have enough sense to do so, then. RESIGNATION OF THE MEDICAL OFFICER. The Clerk read the following letter from Mr John Hughes, F.R.C.S. :—"Gentlemen, I beg to place my resignation of the office of Medical Officer of Health for the county of the borough of Carmar- then at your disposal from the 24th of September, 1890. I beg also to surrender my office of police Burgeon for the borough at the same date. The reason that induces me to surrender these offices is that I am retiring from medical practice after fifty years work. With respect to the ottice of medical officer of health, I will take care to leave to my successor all the statistics and other infor- mation necessary to enable him to make a complete and full annual report for the year ending December 31st, 1890. Perhaps you will allow me at the same time to express my sincere thanks to the council for the invariable kindness it has always shown me during my tenure of these offices. I am gentlemen, your obedient servant, JOHN HUGHES, medical officer of health and police surgeon. Carmarthen, June 18th, 1890." Alderman H. Norton said they would agree with him that they were all sorry to lose the services of their medical officer of health, but as he was well known to them, it did not require any words from him to show his good qualities. He moved that the resignation be accepted.— Alderman W. R. Edwards said it was with great regret that they received his resignation, and he was sure Carmarthen would suffer a great loss after him. That was not the opinion of the members of the Council only, but of the whole town. Dr. Hughes was unflinching in his duties, he had but one object in view, and that was to pro- tect the health of Carmarthen. He seconded that the resignation be accepted, with the addition that they received it with regret, and wished him better health in the future.-Aldel- man James Rowlands said lie had intended say- ing a little on the matter, but as the two previous gentlemen had spoken he would defer his temarks until another opportunity offered itself. —The Clerk said as to the appointment of a successor, it could not be made unlcss they advertised the salary and the day of appointment in a public paper, so that they would have to fix a day and the salary before anything further could be done. The Local Government Board would have to be com- municated with.—Alderman C. W. Jones moved that the appointment be made on the 5th August, the day of the next quarterly meeting.—Capt. John Morris Mr Hughes will not have finished his time by then.—The Clerk said that did not matter, as they could elect a successor before the present officer's time was up.Alderinan C. W. Jones said it had been stated that the salary was too high. Personally he did not care one bit what it was, and he only stated what he had heard. If the majority present thought it was excessive it should be lowered. His own opinion was that R60 was adequate for the work done.— Mr D. P. Rees said that a few years ago the late Mr Mostyn Davies made enquiries as to the salaries paid by towns like Carmarthen, and found that Carmarthen paid more than any other town, and they ought, therefore, to reduce it. There was an inspector of nuisances under him, and R60 was ample.—Alderman John Lewis said that the salary of the inspector of nuisances should be reduced in the same way.—Alderman John Morris said he did not object for one moment to the amount, but they ought to know what the duties of a medical officer were. He had tried to find them out, but as far as he could see he had nothing whatever to do. Pay him what is fair. (Murmurs by some members).— The Town Clerk here read the duties. --Alderman C. W. Jones said that after the remarks of Mr D. P. Rees he would move that the clerk be directed to make enquiries as to the salary paid at towns similar to Carmarthen.—Alderman James Row- lands proposed that the salary be the same. If the new medical officer would be able to carry out his duty the same as Mr Hughes, he would be a fortunate man. There had been a deal of talk about enquiries made in other towns. It was true that some were lower-some ridiculously low-but they must not look at the salary, but at the results of his work. He had been examin- ing weekly the health of different towns in the United Kingdom, and found that Dr. Hughes' work would compare very favourably with them all, and surpass many of them (hear, hear). He read the reports of towns in England every week, and from comparison the medical officer of Car- marthen deserved more than his salary. -Mr T, Jenkins asked if they were in order in discussing the matter that day—The Mayor said they intended fixing the salary that day, and the day of appointment was to be the 5th of August.— Mr T. Jenkins proposed, and Mr Vaughan George seconded, that a special meeting be held. on the 29th inst. to make the appointment. This was carried, and also that the salary he 280 as before, and that the vacancy be advertised in one of the local papers. VETERINARY INSPECTOR. Applications were read from Mr Charles Morgan, M.R.C.V.S., and Mr L. P. Rees, Lammas-street, for the office of veterinary inspector, vacant by the death of Mr J. M. Rees. Testimonials were also sent.—Alderman J. Row- lands proposed that Mr Rees be appointed. He had reasons for supporting him, but he had nothing to say against Mr Morgan. He knew the former's father, a St. Peter's boy, who was a member of the Town Council.—Alderman H. Norton seconded.—Alderman C. W. Jones pro- posed, and Mr D. P. Rees seconded the appoint- ment of Mr Charles Morgan. On being put to the meeting Mr Rees was elected. The salary is five guineas a year. COUNTY RATE. The Clerk said that at the last meeting he was instructed to take steps to relieve the borough from the rate made by the County Council. He explained to the last meeting that it was improper in some respect, and that the proper way to get it rescinded was by an appeal to Quarter Sessions, which he had entered. The result was long cor- respondence between him and the Chairman and Clerk of the County Council, and both of whom expressed their willingness to meet the desire of the Town Council. They had agreed that the Court of Quarter Sessions was not the proper tribunal to arrange the matter, and had decided that it be adjourned to enable them to come to some arrangement among themselves. As far as he (the speaker) could make out, the rate of 2d. in the £ was larger than was necessary, but in all probability it would be necessary to rate the borough to some extent, but no doubt a Id. rate would be enough. The question of what county payments the borough ought to pay was one of great difficulty, as the Local Government Act was a mass of inconsistencies (A member Hear, hear "). The audit of the county accounts would be made soon, and no doubt they would after- wards be able to arrive at an agreement, which would carry them on until something was decided by a court of law. He hoped it would not be necessary to persist in the litigation he had entered with respect to the borough.—Alderman C. W. Jones You said it was necessary that a rate should be levied upon the borough. Why necessary ?—The Clerk We are liable for the maintenance of the main roads.—Mr E. A. Rogers said they were called upon to pay a rate of 2d. in the 2, which was entirely a new one, and they had nothing in exchange. The turn- pike gates were taken away, and they (the borough people) were burdened with the expense. The Council should take steps to have the matter investigated, and make a proper appeal for the repair of the borough roads.-Mr Howell Howells said that the matter had been stated very clearly by the Clerk, and he had satisfactorily explained all that was necessary for them to know. They would not be much out of place to allow matters to go or. as before. Mr Thomas (the clerk) would take care that their interests were not likely to suffer, and he thought it better to leave it in his hands. The ld. rate would be more than com- pensated by some arrangement the County Council would make (hear, hear).—After further discussion, in which Mr W. R. Edwards, Mr D. H. Thomas, and Mr K A. Rogers took part, it was resolved to request an answer from the County Council respecting the question asked them on the taking over of the main roads. BILLS. A bill of JE28 11s 7id from Mr Thos. Thomas, carpenter, for repairs to a shed in the market and other extras, was ordered to be paid.
ECCLESIASTICAL INTELLIGENCE The following appointments have recently been made in the Diocese of St. David's :— Rev. Wm, Llewellyn Rees, B.A., late curate of St. David's, Carmarthen, to the perpetual caracy of Llangunuog, Carmarthenshire patrons, Mr Llewellyn Lloyd Lloyd, Glangwilly, Carmarthen- shire, and Mr M. L. W. Lloyd Price, Bryncothi, Carmarthenshire; and by dispensation to the rectory of Llandilo-Abercowin, Carmarthenshire, also patron, Mr J. W. Gwynne-Hughes, Tregib, Carmarthenshire. Rev. Philip Morgan, late curate of The Lickey, diocese of Worcester, to the united vicarages of Llandilo'rfan, with Llanfihangel-Nantbran, Brecon- shire; patron, Mr Rees Powel, of Ynisclydach, Breconshire. Rev. John Lloyd, M.A., vicar of bt. Peter s, Carmarthen (since consecrated Bishop Suffragan of Swansea), to the Prebend or Canonry of Tre- flodwen, in St. David's Cathedral; patron, the Bishop and also to the office of Cauon Residentiary in St. David's Cathedral; same patron. Rev. Benjamin Parry Griffiths, M.A., late local secretary of the Church of England Temperance Society, to the vicarage of Llanwenog, Cardigan- shire; patron, the Bishop. Rev. John Williams, B.A., late curate of New- town, Ebbw Vale, diocese of Llandaff, to the curacy of Llanarth with Llanina, Cardiganshire. Rev. John Nathan Evans, B.A., late curate of Cymmer, Pontypridd, diocese of Llandaff, to the curacy of St. David's, Carmarthen. Rev. Thomas Jones, late curate of St. Dogmael's, with Llantood and Monington, Pembrokeshire, to the curacy of St. Mary, Cardigan. Rev. Richard William Frederick Davies, late curate of Knowle, diocese of Gloucester, to the curacy of St. John and St. Mary, Brecon. Rev. Evan Davies to the curacy of Newport, Pembrokeshire. Rev. William Edwards Parry, B.A., late curate of Clewer, Diocese of Oxford, to tha curacy of Cefnllys with Llandrindod, Radnorshire.
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BRECON OLD BANK. On Monday last circulars were received by the customers of this old-established Banking-house, that arrangements had been made for amalga- mating its business with that of Lloyd's Bank, Limited," of London, Birmingham, and else- where, who or whose predecessors had acted as its agent for nearly three-quarters of a century. With Lloyd's Bank there has previously been incorporated, by purchase or amalgamation, the long-established private Banks of Lloyds and Co., and Moilliet and Sons, of Birmingham Barnetts, Hoares and Co., and Bosanquet, Salt and Co., of London Stevenson, Salt and Co., of Stafford and Lichfield P. and H. Williams, of Wednes- bury A. Butlin and Son, of Rugby R. and W. F Fryer, of Wolverhampton Beck and Co., of Shrewsbury and Welshpool Pritchard, Gordon and Co., of Broseley and Bridgnorth; and the following Banking Companies, viz., the Birming- ham Joint Stock Bank Limited, the Worcester City and County Banking Company Limited, the Warwick and Leamington Banking Company, the Shropshire Banking Company, and the Coventry and Warwickshire Banking Company. It had, previous to the present amalgamation, a Head Office, London City Office, 68 branches in Lon- don and the provinces, 15 sub-branches, and 12 agencies. Its present subscribed capital is £ 8,125,000, in 162,500 shares of £50 each. The paid-up capital amounts to £1,300,000; uncalled £ 731,250, with a reserve liability of £ 6,093,750. The reserve fund on the 31st of December last was 1:780,000, being 60 per cent, of its paid-up capital, which is unusually high, and good proof of its excellent financial position. It has also recently greatly increased its business and its position. In December, 1888, its capital stood at £ 750,000 in December, 1889, at £ 1,300,000. The reserve in December, 1888, was only £ 375,000 in December, 1889, it was £ 780,000. Its investments in December, 1888, stood at £ 2,461,000; in December, 1889, at £ 3,772,000; and the loans upon current accounts in Dec., 1888, were £ 4,827,000 while in December, 1889, they had reached £ 7,891,000. The total of the balance sheet in December, 1888, was E13,128,000, which, in December, 1889, had increased to £ 19,262,000. The greater part of the increase was due to amalgamation, but a great part had also arisen from a general expansion of business throughout the whole of the banks. Its last declared dividend was at the rate of 16t per cent. per annum. Its business has hitherto been carried on principally in Birmingham and the Midland counties, where it is one of the most flourishing, if not the leading, Bank. By the amalgamation of the Brecon Old Bank it comes into an entirely new district, and secures branches at Brecon, Merthyr, Cardiff, Aberdare, Dowlais, Llanelly, Carmarthen, Cardigan, and Haverford- west. Brecon Old Bank was established in 1778 and a branch was opened at Cardiff in 1856, in pre- mises formerly occupied by the private bank of Towgood and Co., which undertaking was acquired by the Old Bristol and West of England Bank. The present partners in the Brecon firm are :—Mr William de Winton (Brecon), Mr W. S. de Winton (Haverfordwest), Mr H. J. Evans (Cardiff), Mr. T. J. Evans and Mr D. Evans (Brecon), and Mr E. B. Evans (Merthyr), trad- ing under the style or firm of Wilkins and Co. Our readers will be pleased to know that no change of the staff will be necessitated by the new arrangement. The only change will be the substitution of Lloyd's Bank, Limited, for that of Wilkins and Co. Mr William de Winton will join the directorate of the amalgamated banks, and the other partners will continue to be closely connected with the same. They do not, there- fore, ask the public to put their confidence in an institution which they do not thoroughly believe in themselves. The Carmarthen branch, under the able and painstaking management of Mr Harries, has met with a good and increasing share of the patronage of the town and district, and we have no doubt that the success which has hitherto characterised it will not only be maintained, but be materially developed under these new facili- ties. From enquiries made, we are given to understand that Mr Harries, who has fulfilled the onerous duties of manager of the Carmarthen branch for upwards of 17 years, will continue in the same capacity.
LLANDOVERY "PICKINGS." (By NODDY). The scholars attending the Salem (Independent) Sunday School had their annual treat list Thursday afternoon. The original intention was to partake of an (ilft-esco tet on the Cree, hilt owing to ruin falling in the morning this plan had to be abandoned. Tea was, therefore, supplied in the vestry adjoining the chapel. Later on an adjournment was made to the Creeg where various games were indulged in. Speaking of the Creeg, one is reminded that its attractiveness as a pleasure spot would be greatly increased, if rustic seats were placed on it. Some think that the exterior of the meat market would be improved greatly if proper boardings (which would not cost much, dear Councillors) were placed there for the billposters' handiwork. # # # The marriage of Mr E. J Lewis, M.B. (Cantab), F.RC.S., of Hamilton-terrace, N. W., to Miss Georgina Ada, daughter of the late Mr H. T. Cole, Q.C., M.P., was last week solemnized at St. Augustine's Church, Queen's Gate, London, by the Rev C. P. Price (brother- in -law of the bridegroom), assisted by the Rev Canon Williams and the Rev T. Hitchins. Dr. Lewis who is well-known to many of our Llandovery readers, is the son of Councillor Lewis, Royston House. A rumour, which seems to be well founded, reached Llandovery on Monday, that early Sun- day morning a desperate character broke into the house of an old man, at a place called Craig, near Halfway. The old man it appears had left on the previous Saturday for the" works," where he goes annually in the harvest time to work at the hay, leaving as occupants of the house two young girls, his daughter and a relative. The scamp was, we are told, caught just as he was gaining entrance, by some young men who happened to be passing by at the time. Foolishly, however, they let him go at the request of an old inhabitant who appeared very excited the whole of the time. So the old thatched house is to be sold, and the last but one :of Llandovery's old architectural disgraces is probably on the eve of vanishing from sight. There is nothing very eventful in its history. The one who tenanted it before our local poet, Evy," was a vendor of crockery ware.
CARMARTHEN COUNTY PETTY SESSIONS. SATURDAY.—Before Messrs Grismond Philipps, J. L. Philipps and C. W. Jones. OVERSEER FOR NEWCHURCH. The Bench agreed to the appointment of Mr D. A. Jones, Penybont, as overseer for the parish of Newchurch, according to the resolution unanimously carried to that effect at a vestry meeting at Newchurch. MASTER AND SERVANT. Robert Falkener, Gwenpa, Llangendeirne, farmer, appeared against John Marks, Llansaint, and applied for compensation, owing to defendant having left his service without notice. Com- plainant said he engaged defendant as his servant for a twelvemonth on the 14th of November last. but he left on the evening of the 24th of May, on which day witness had given him temporary leave until the following Monday, and be had not seen him since. Complainant estimated the damages sustained by him at £10, owing to its being a busy time of the year, and the impossibility of getting a farm labourer to fill his place. Defendant had been paid YG 5s. 6d., and had been off work 33 days on different excuses. The agreement of service was produced signed by defendant.—De- fendant was adjudged to pay Y.C) including the sum given him, estimated at X2, leaving a balance to pay of XI.
LAUGHARNE ECHOES. (BY ABERCORRAN) Laugharne, Tuesday. ANNUAL REGATTA MEETING. The annual regatta meeting was held in the Town Hall, Laugharne, on Monday evening last. Mr T. David, The Pynes, occupied the chair, and there also present: — The hon. treasurer and secretary (Mr Thomas Richards, Grove House); Mr W. H. Saer, Victoria Buildings Alderman John David, King-street; Rev. J. M. Jones, assistant curate Mr F. Lanning, Rose Cottage Mr Charles David, Gosport-street; Mr Robert Bevan, Newbridge; Mr Thomas Griffith, Ivy Cottage Mr David Brown, Gosport-street Mr G. D. Wilkins, Melbourne House; and Mr John Jones. The chairman, in opening the meeting, said they had met again another year to see what could be done to keep the sports going. They would, no doubt, be glad to hear from the secretary as to how the funds stood.—The Hon. Sec. "Very well, indeed" (applause). The secretary then read a balance sheet that had been duly audited, which showed a balance in hand of £1 lIs. 3d.; Receipts; to balance in hand, 8s. lid subscriptions, (hon. sec)., jE17 14s. Od (Mr Morton), lis; (Mr J. John), (Master M. David), £2 2s. Od; entrance fees, £2 3s. 6d sale of programmes, Is. 4d total, £24 15s. 5Jd. Payments by prizes, £16 7s. 6d general expenses, 16s. 8id; balance, JE1 lls 3d. The balance sheet was unanimously adopted. It was then proposed by Mr li. D. Wilkins, and secnded by the Rev. J. M. Jones, that the regatta be hfld on Tuesday, the 12th of August. — An amendment was proposed by the secretary, and seconded by the chairman, that the date be fixed for the 26th of August. Mr Wilkins' proposition was carried by a large majority.—Mr Morgan Jones (the genial and popular squire of Llanmiloe) was unanimously and with acclamation elected president. The Rev. W. H. Harrison, B.A., curate of Langharne, was elected vice- president. The following were unanimously appointed coirmittee:—Mr J. John, Post Office; Mr T. David, The Pynes Mr M. S. David, Mr Robert Bevan, Newbridge; Mr W. H. Saer, Victoria Buildings; Mr H. F. David, Mr G. D. Wilkins, Melbourne House Mr B. R. Thomas, Raven House; Rev J. M. Jones, MrF. Lanning, RoBe Cottage; Alderman John David, King- street Mr Charles David, Gosport-street; Mr Charles Hughes, Victoria-street; Mr Peel, Fern Hill; and Mr William Griffith, "Ship and Castle." Mr T. Richards, Grove House, was then re-elected hon. treasurer and secretary amidst considerable applause. The programme was subsequently gone through, in event No. 1, the question of tonnage, or measurement overall, was left open. The secretary will, in the mean time, obtain the opinion of Captain Harrison, J. P., and notify the result to the committee. In event 5 (for boats to be sculled by one woman) the Rev. J. M. Jones has offered to give a "consolation" prize, to the amount of 5s.—Mr W. H. Saer suggested an alteration in event No. 8 (swimming race for boys under 16 years). He thought the 150 yards had better be made 100, and a few more prizes given. This was unanimously agreed to. In event No. 13 (landsmen seamen), it was resolved that the landsmen should have the pick of their boat. A discussion arose as to whether or not the little Falcon should be allowed to compete in event 3 (for colliers), as she only drew three feet of water, but the matter was allowed to drop.—The chairmm, responding to a cordial vote of thanks, said that a 'great deal more could be done in Laugharne if only there existed more unanimity. He thought it a great pity that the garden society had gone down, and he sincerely hoped that it would yet be resuscitated (applause). The regatta and the garden society were two things well deserving of their support. The regatta induced them to keep their boats in better trim, and it afforded great pleasure to other people. The garden society tended to encourage the cottagers t(1 raise good crops, and to make the best of their little gardens (applause). We cultivate as good crops as many places, and, with plenty of material, might yet do something if we only pull together (applause).—The Secretary said they only wanted a man to come forward and take an active interest in the work, in order to get up a good flower show.—The chairman remarked that when the society was first started he had written to, and received support from, people at a distance, who thought the flower show did much good in the town. Mr Jones, of Pontisford House, Pontisford, promised to support the show as long as it lasted. The proceedings then terminated.
PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE, CAR- MARTHEN. The annual oral examinations of this college, which is now in the 182nd year from its first establishment at Carmarthen, were conducted on Thursday and Friday, June 26th and 27th, by Mr W. J. Evans, M.A., the principal, and his colleagues, the Revs D. E. Jones, M.A., and Philemon Moore, B.A., in the presence of the deputation from the Presbyterian Board, the governing body in London, composed of Alder- man S. S. Tayler, of the London County Council, and the Rev T. L. Marshall, secretary. About 30 students were under examination, two or three being absent from ill-health. The examinations, which were of the usual character, comprised the various subjects in the classical, theological, and mathematical departments, including also chemistry, ethics, psychology, logic, and English literature. In the course of the examination sermons were delivered by four of the out-going students, Messrs David Phillips, David Thomas, S. I. Davies, and Frederick Williams. The pro- ceedings were brought to a close on Friday, the 27th ult, at 12 o'clock noon, when Alderman Tayler took the chair in the library, which was nearly filled by the students, ministers of the town and neighbourhood, and several former students from various parts of the country. Mr. Christopher Thomas, J.P., of Bristol, who has lately presented to the college about 120 valr able books, selected from his choice library, was also present, and took part in the proceed- ings. The Principal, after a few introductory remarks by the chairman, announced the results of the written examinations, from which it appeared that most of the students had earned money prizes of different amounts proportioned to proficiency, according to a novel system intro- duced of late years in this college, which has proved very efficient in its operation. Exhib- itions of the annual value of £10 are also awarded to students who matriculate at London University. It appeared, however, that a serious breach of academical discipline, in which the students as a body took part, had occurred within the last month, on account of which they had incurred the formal censure" of the board, involving as a consequence the penalty of forfeiture of all prizes and exhibitions for the current session—amounting in the aggre- gate to some JE130 or more. The students were addressed in appropriate terms by the secretary, who stated the circumstances under which this penalty was incurred, and expressed the deep pain with which, as an old friend of the college, he was compelled to make the announcement; by Mr Christopher Thomas, who gave some inter- esting personal and literary reminiscences, and by the Rev Lewis James, of Narberth, the secre- tary of the Independent Committee, who also closed the proceedings with prayer. It may be added that ten students have completed the regular four years course, and received the usual college certificates, and that out of nine candi- dates for admission, the following six were accepted on probation :—John Howells, Llan- boidy Thomas Hughes, Trelech E. T. Jones, New Quay J. G. Phillips, Maenclochog George A. Thomas, Ammanford and R. J. Williams, St. David's. The next session will open on October 1st. We append the official class list, which gives the order of merit as determined by the written examinations. Several students who had uni- versity examinations or were ill are not included Fourth Year (senior class)—S. I. Davies, Thomas Evan?, T. Wedros Jones, Frederick Williams, David Phillips, David Thomas, and T. Morris Phillips. Third Year—Stephen Thomas, Jenkin Thomas, Jonah Williams, Owen Enoch, David Evans, Rhys Williams, and William Evans. Second Year—T. Lloyd Jones, James Williams, H. J. Phillips, and Ben Evans, First Year (junior class) — James Davies, Joseph Walters, Thomas James, Dewi L. Evans, Enoch E. Jenkins, John Davies, and Benjamin James. Special competitions:- Biblical Studies (third and fourth year students only)—S. I. Davies, Stephen Thomas, and Owen Enoch. English Literature (third year students only)— Jenkin Thomas, and Jonah Williams, equal. English Language (first year students only— Enoch Jenkins, and Joseph Walters.
THE SUFFRAGAN BISHOP OF SWANSEA. The Right Rev. John Lloyd, M. A., Suffragan Bishop of Swansea, was sworn in by the Bishop of St. David's on Sunday (St. Peter's Day), at the Parish Church, St. Peter's, Carmarthen, be- fore a large congregation. Special music had been prepared for the occasion. The usual service having been read, the Bishop of St. David's preached the following sermon from the 16th chapter of St. Matthew, and part of the 18th verse "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I shall build my Church." His lordship said We all know how fiercely this text has been wrangled over. We all know that there rests upon it a portentous fabric of spiritual domination. It is the very key of the Papal position. I may be thought presumptuous when I say that to my mind the meaning of the words is plain. Where others have disputed about it, even from very early times, I should wish to speak with all due caution, and yet I cannot feel any doubt myself that so far as the mere meaning of the words themselves is con- cerned the Romanist's interpretation is the true one, however unwarrantable may be the in- ference which they have drawn from them. Thou art Peter "—" thou art the Rock—man (a clumsy rendering, no doubt, but one necessary to bring out the full meaning), and upon this rock I will build my church." I cannot doubt that the rock on which the Church was to be built was Peter himself. How, then, was this promise fulfilled ? I think the first twelve chapters of the Acts of the Apostles abundantly answer the question. Peter was certainly the most prominent figure in the infant church, so long as it remained entirely under the govern- ment of the twelve who remained at Jerusalem. So far he was the Prince of the Apostles, though no doubt the first among them in influence only, and not in office. And until the Apostle of the Gentiles took his part in the work of the Church there was no one to put in comparison with Peter. As an apostle, he was one among many. As a man, as an ardent, faithful follower of the Lord Jesus, he stood, not apart from, but surely before the rest. What does this teach us ? That the Church of Christ is built upon the rock of personal influence. Was it not so from the beginning ? What gathered together that little band of devoted adherents but the personal influence of their Divine Master? What strengthened and consolidated the infant Church so much as the personal influence of Peter 1 What spread it abroad among the heathen like the personal influence of Paul ? Personal influence has awakened theChurch and revived its dying energies over and over again it has reformed abuses, founded religious orders, and, alas originated sects. Francis, Luther, Loyola, Wesley, are historical examples of its power. We need not go so far back. In every parish and in every place in which there is a holy, self-denying pastor—nay, a man or woman in whom (Ld's Spirit manifestly lives and works—theiv see it in full play. Some of the most successful clergymen whom I have known have succeeded as they have not through learning, eloquence, or intellectual strength, but through the simple power of a holy life. Brethren, there is in the Church of England, and there has been for some years past, what I may call an increasing tendency to outwardness. I believe that there has been a real spiritual awakening going on underneath it; but I think it will be plain to all that the outward and visible side of our religious life has of late years come much more prominently into view. Improved organi- zation, an increase of the episcopate, the ancient deliberative assemblies of the Church revived and new ones established, more frequent and more splendid services, ecclesiastical processions and other ceremonies, guilds and sisterhoods, aud many other phenomena of the same kind bear witness to the truth of that which I have just said. And now the question is, first, whether the inward development of spiritual life (the existence of which I have just acknowledged) has quite kept pace with the visible growth of the Church, and, secondly (and this is, perhaps, only the same question in another shape), whether there is not some danger of men's attention being drawn away from the need of such inward deve- lopment by the spectacle of so much energy, zea', and liberality throwing itself into the conspicu- ously visible form of which I have spoken. No doubt these things are good in themselves, but they are not all, and they do not come first. I have somewhere seen a form of prayer for the increase of the episcopate in England. It was drawn up by a bishop of our Church, a learned and holy man, whom it was my privilege to know well. Doubtless it is a good prayer, for a good purpose. And yet I would for my part pray first and foremost for an increase of godliness, for a greater number of persons who, whether bishops, priests, or deacons, whether clergymen or lay- men, whether men or women, shall show forth Christ's power in their own lives, and shall bring many to Him by their own personal influence. On such a rock was His Church first built, and on such a rock it must ever stand. God forbid that I should seem to anyone to be capable of speaking lightly of that outward framework of the Christian Church, which, as I firmly believe, we have inherited from primitive times. I will not argue the ques- tion whether our form of Church government is of divine right. I do not doubt that it is of apostolic origin. But I plead for a greater amount of consideration than, perhaps, we of the Church of England are always ready to give, for an element in the Church of Christ, and an aspect of its working not less truly Divine than — and at least equally potent with—the official authority which we believe to have descended from the apostles, something which bears to that a relation in some respects analogous to that which the order of prophets bore to the Levitical priesthood. I plead for a recognition of personal sanctity as a a means of propagating the faith, and of the true priesthood of all who will live godly. I have said that I would not be thought by any to depreciate the ancient and, as 1 believe, apostolic organiza- tion of our Church. The best evidence of the value which I attach to it will be found in the step which I have very recently taken. The large extent of this diocese, and (I am thankful to add) the rapid growth or revival of the Church of England within its limits, have appeared to many to point to the need of additional episcopal labour. There is, as you are all aware, a scheme for dividing the diocese by the exertion of a new episcopal see within it, and this scheme has met with much attention and encouragement. I have elsewhere publicly expressed my own opinion of it, and I wish the promoters of it God-speed. But, in the nature of things, it cannot take effect for some years. It seems to me, at least as likely as not, that I shall not live to see it an accomplished fact. But it did not not seem to me well to wait for an event, the date of which cannot be very early and must be very uncertain. If this diocese needs division as urgently as is commonly supposed, it is plain that the bishop of the diocese needs help until it is divided. A recent event (to me a sad one) appeared to offer me an opportunity of carrying into effect an idea which has been in my mind for several years. I therefore petitioned the Queen for a suffragan bishop, and her Majesty was pleased to nominate to the office the vicar of this parish, who has since been set apart for his holy work by the archbishop of the province. And here I think I may be allowed to say a few words in the way of explanation, and, to a certain extent, of caution. First, as to the style and title of my fellow- worker. He is styled "Bishop of Swansea" in the formal document by which he is appointed. This does not mean that he is to have any peculiar jurisdiction or authority at Swansea, or in fact, that he is to have any closer connection with it than with any other town in the diocese. It was necessary that he should be named after one of the towns or places which have been legalized for that purpose, and Her Majesty has 1 naturally been pleased to select for his See a place in this diocese, and in fact, the largest and most important town in it. But the Bishop's authority to perform episcopal acts within the diocese is derived from the commission which I am now about to place in his hands, and not from the fact that he bears the name of a place within the diocese. Once more, I wish it to be distinctly understood that in seeking for the assistance of a suffragan I do not desire and do not intend to commence any new centre of episcopal wurk which has not hitherto been usual, but simply to carry out more thoroughly and actively the hitherto accustomed work of a bishop, as well as, no doubt, to relieve myself of excessive pressure at certain points. I can only expect the bishop suffragan to give to the diocese a certain portion of his time. He will continue to be (and I am sure that you will all be glad to be assured of this) in charge of this important parish, in which I know that during his hitherto short lll- cumbency he has won the hearts of those who have been committed to his charge. His duties in connection with our venerable cathedral church will also engage a considerable portion in fact, one-fourth part—of his time. But I believe and hope he will have so much time left him as to allow him to be very helpful to me in carrying on the work of the great diocese. That he may do this ably as well as diligently, and that he might strengthen the Church of Christ in this country both by his official action and still more by his personal influence is my earnest prayer, and I beg that it may be also the prayer of those who hear me to-day and of all who have God's work at heart. Thou art Peter, and on the rock I will build my Church." God grant that the building reared on Peter and on his fellow- workers, reared on every faithful bishop and pastor of Christ s flock, reared on the character and personal influence of every true servant of God, may proceed rapidly and, at the same time, firmly and securely, so that we all may be builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. And now, in St. Peter's Church and on St. Peter's Day, and in the presence of you all, I am about to deliver to him who has been called to this office and ministry his commission to work together with me to the glory of God and to the edifying of His Church. After the sermon, the formal ceremony of reading his commission was gone through by Mr J. H. Barker, the bishop's secretary. It set out that the sufiragan would be able to hold ordinations, confirmations, consecrate churches, cemeteries, &c., and, in the absence of the ordinary Bishop, to do all the ordinary Bishop's business. This is the 16th year of the Bishop of St. David's consecration.
WHATELEY'S "WHAT NOTS." WHITLAND. THE HAY HARVEST. The prevalence of cold, showery weather, although interspersed with occasional sunshiny days, cannot but be prejudicial to hay harvest prospects in South Wales. Farmers are on the qui iive for a cessation of this obstacle to mowing and harvesting the abundant crop Nature has kindly placed before their very eyes, but hitherto, somewhat tantalizingly, will not permit them to gather in, for another winter, a store of fodder for their cattle. However, it is fondly to be hoped that with July merciful Providence will usher in the promised season of settled dry weather, with warmth and sunshine enough to counteract to some extent the effects of the too plentiful showers of June, which would gladden the hearts of agriculturists in general, and act as an incentive to bring them "into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise." A TEMPERANCE DEMONSTRATION. One of Whateley's" trusty "Pals," who identifies himself with the Independent or the Presbyterian persuasion, reports on a teetotal demonstration which came off at the Henllan- Amgoed Chapel on Wednesday, the 25th ult., when the following ministers attended and took part in the proceedings —Revs. D. E. Williams (Henllan), D. Jones (Nazareth), W. Thomas, councillor (Whitlaud), — Rees (Lleehryd), — Phillips (Hebron), and the deputation, Morris Morgan (Swansea). AFTERNOON MEETING. After the singing of a hymn by the Henllan children, a catechism on total-abstinence was gone through, the Rev. D. Jones (Nazareth) conducting the juvenile exercise. Tea having been served up gratis to abstainers, but with a penalty of 6d per head inflicted on every alcoholist that had a craving for the cup that cheers but muddles not, an evening meeting was opened at 7 p.m. with prayer by the same minister, and the singing of a temperance hymn, the veteran abstainer, Mr Howell Davies (Whitland) being voted to the chair. Rev. — Phillips (Hebron) then read a paper on "Beer at Haymaking," and combated the usual arguments in favour of the practice, viz. (1) Its being an old custom (2) The example of haymakers; (3) The alleged strength derived therefrom (4) The difficulty to get people to work without it and (5) The reproach of niggardliness attaching to it.—Rev. — Rees (Llechryd) considered abstinence as a heavenly blessing, as the drink prevents our seeing the second coming of our Lord (Luke 22nd).—The Rev. M. Morgan followed with an eloquent address. A petition against the Licensing Bill was adopted, which in the face of the with- drawal of the same by Her Majesty's ministers, was no more than the putting up of a man of straw for the fun of knocking him down again. STUDENTS' SUNDAY. Last Sunday, at the same meeting house, Whateley hears that the young men at the Whitland School officiated at ten, two, and six o'clock, and that collections were made in aid of a fund for their maintenance as ministerial students at our Academy. Whateley allows that such a practice is very commendable, but would warn their hearers not to spoil our 1,oy preachers by lauding their lusty tin-trumpets over-much, and somewhat too soon to shew them every kindness and contribute liberally towards enlightening and relining their, as yet, necessarily raw and uneducated young minds but beware of placing too high a premium on the rising capa- bility of Balaam's brute companion. Whateley" bears them no ill-will, but wishes to protect them against the dangerous enthusiasm of their unsophisticated though well-meaning patrons and admirers. Young men, take this honest piece of advice from a well-wisher. Read and think a great deal more but bawl and bray a great deal less if you wish to be of real service to your God and your congregations. Rather than awkwardly ape the good old revivalists of a bygone age, naturally ape yourselves, and your efforts will be surely rewarded in due time. "Whateley" hopes to accompany you and watch your boys' career if his ledgers will allow him an occasional outing. His colleague informs "Whateley" that the Rev. B. P. Griffiths, temperance secretary for this Diocese, is to be vicar of Llanybyther and Llan- wenog, and highly approves of the clerical appointment of his friend. DEGREE DAY AT LAMPETEI;. Many thanks to Dean Owen and the other speakers for the Catholicity of spirit which appears in their addresses on the above gala day. "Whateley" thinks that with such men at the helm the Church may yet weather the storm for some years to come.
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