CARMARTHEN BOROUGH POLICE COURT. FRIDAY.—Before the mayor (Mr T. Davies), and Mr T. E. Brigstocke. John Vaughan, Mill-street, butcher's labourer, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, on the 10at inst. P.C. Phillips proved the case. He said that at 11 45. in the evening, in company with P.S. Harris, he found defendant sleeping in Water-street. They roused him up and found be was very drunk. They assisted him to go home, but in Lammas-street he became disorderly and attempted to strike him several times. He was then taken into custody and locked up.—Defendant admitted the offences.— Fined 10s. including costs, and allowed a week to r3 pay. MONDAY. Before Messrs. T. Davies (mayor), and Thomas Thomas and Captain John Morris. LICENCES. The application of Margaretta Rees, administratrix of William Rees, for a transfer of the licence of the Spirit Stores, King-street, Carmarthen, was gr,inted.-The following persons applied for, and were, granted licenses to deal in game:—Charles Finch, Nott-square John Evans, Bridge-street; and William Evans, Queen-street. AssAuur CASES. Thomas Jones, Water-street, tinman, was charged by Superintendent Smith, with an aggravated assault on Margaret Jones, his mother- in-law, Lammas-street. P.C. T. Phillips said that on Saturday night, he was in Lammas-street, when he saw the defendant go up to Margaret Jones, and without any provoca- tion strike her twice in the face. She fell to the ground senseless. The defendant, who was quite sober, v:is then taken into custody. The defendant's wife attempted to strike Mrs Jones before the defendant came up. Margaret Jones, Lammas-street, paid she was the wife of John Jones, tinman. Oa Saturday night she went up street, an-i coming back she saw defendant kicking her door. She turned back to speak to P.C. Phillips, and the defendant came up and knocked her down, The bruised eye she then bad was caused by defendant. The Bench considered the case proved and fined defendant 20s and 4s 6 1 costs. He was allowed a week to pay. David Griffiths, Railway Tavern, mason, appeared against William Bowen, Lammas-street, butcher, for having assaulted him on 5th inst. Mr Brnnel White was for the plaintiff, and Mr James John for defendant. Mr White having addressed the Bench, David Griffiths said that on the day in question, he left the house about 9 o'clock, and walked on the right hand side of Lammas-street. When by the Independent Chapel, he saw the defendant, and John Williams and his wife. He beard defendant mutter something, and on turning round he struck him twice in the mouth, hitting his pipe clean out of his mouth. When he went to took for his pipe defendant had gone away.—Cross-examined: He could not say whether Bowen said, Whydon't you and your family leave my wife alone. He, his wife, father and family had not beeu blackguarding defen- dant's wife, but she had been molesting them, and they could have no quietness. He had not heard that his father bad rushed out at defendant that day with a doorporter, but he heard that defendant had called him a thief. The pipe was not broken. He had occasion before that night to go to the town clerk's office to have the defendant warned.—John Williams, Lammas-street, butcher, gave corroborative evidence. He claimed 5s. for his attendance as witness, which drew the remark from defendant. How much do you earn a week, Gi ?" He ultimately agreed to take what sum the court would allow. Mr John in addressing the Bench admitted the charge, but said that the assault was a very trivial one, as defendant, instead of looking to his wounds and bruises, thought it of more importance to look after his pipe. The case was dismissed on payment of costs. DRUNKENNESS. John Davies, Penygraig, collier, was fined 5s. including costs for being drunk and incapable in Guildhall Square, on Sunday, the 13th inst., about 10.45. p.m. P.C. Rees proved the case, and said that on being taken to the lock-up, £ 1 10s 2d wasfoundon him. Thomas Powell, Waundew Road, shoemaker, was charged by P.C. Davies with being drunk and dis- orderly on Thursday, the 10th, in Priory-street. Defendant was singing Salvation Army song. and gathering a crowd of children around him. Several complaints had been made against him. Superintendent Smith said he saw the man danc- ing and jumping about, but it was all in fun with the children. Defendant was fined 7s 6d including costs, and allowed a week to pay. Sarah Lewi?, Quay, appeared before the Bench for the 23rd time. She was charged by P.C. Lodwick with being helplessly drunk in St. Mary- street, last Friday evening. Fined 5s inc:uding costs.
CARMARTHEN COUNTY PETTY SESSIONS. SATURDAY. Before Messrs Grismond Phillips (in the chair), J. L. Pbilipps and C. W. Jones. HUSBAND AND WIFE. Elizabeth Davies applied for a judicial separation from her husband, Samuel Davies, collier, Pontyberem, she being in bodily fear of him, owing to his cruelty towards her.—Mr James John, solicitor, Carmarthen, appeared for de- fendant.—The plaintiff said that on the 1st of July about eight o'clock in the morning she was in the house with her husband, when he beat her with his band without any cause, and called her filthy names. He hit her agaiu about 10.30 that night on her bead. He a^so used very threatening language towards her. She left the house hat night, and bad not been back since. She used to be constantly ill-used by him. He was kind to her when sober, but not when drunk. Her husband got £ 1 Is. standing wages a week, and 8s. 3d. com- mission on every X. He bad only given her 27s. altogether for the last month. Cross-ex,,i ini tied: The children were with her in the house till that day week. They were now in the house with him. They had six children, four being at home. He did not go to his work that morning, but to the Star public-house. He bad no cause to say that she was always out, and not looking after the children. Mr John said that his case was a dis- tinct denial of the charge. If they decided to grant the order, he hoped they would take into due con- sideration the amount of maintenance, as there were six children, one of whom only would go with the wife, and he would have to keep the rest, one of whom was subject to fits. The woman was cap- able of doing something for herself. His clie,it told him that he gave her XLI regularly every fortnight. Tho Bench decided to grant a separation order with 10s. a week for applicant's maintenance. Defendant was also fined 5s. and costs for the assault. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. P.C. J. Morgan, Llanstephan, charged David John, of the same place, with being drunk and dis- orderly on the 4th inst. His mother appeared, who said her son had not sent her there, but she was quite wiiling to pay for rim. He was 24 years of age, and unmarried. Fined 5s. and 8. cost.s- P.C. Wm. Richards charged David Williaiii,, fipherman, Ferryside, with the same offence o»i the 7th inst. Defendant appeared in Court with a mouiti adorning his breast, which was awarded him for raving life at sea. Mr Brunei White appeared for defendant.-P.C. Richards said that on the 7th inst. he saw defendant on the Ferryside beach very drunk and disorderly, and using very abusive language to some gentlemen. Mr White, in defence, said that on the 7th inst., the men were rallying round the lifeboat ready to go out to a schooner in distress on Cefn Sidan sands on receiving the order, but the secretary of the institution, Mr Risley, who was at his tea, did not come down for a long time after the signals were seen consequently, a great deal of feeling was aroused. When be came down, the de/eodaut, who might have had beer, perhaps too iiiiit-ii bed, spoke his mind to him. He asked the Bench to consider the circumstance.; under which it had happened, and dismissed the case. Defendant was an old man, had saved life, and had gone out in the lifeboat that night, when several lives were saved.— Mr J. L. Philipps: Did he want to go out in the boat?—Mr Whtt": Yes.—Mr Pbilipps: But he was drunk, and it would be very dangerous to let them co out with drunkenness on board.—MrlWhite: ) I saw t.hem going myself, and I could not say but that there were others in the boat" bo were not sober, but they certainly saved the lives of the schooner's crew.—Defendant was fined 10s. Gd. in- cluding costs, and allowed a week to pay. I GATE LIFTING. Joseph Daniel, Shop, Pentre, Rhydygaeau, charged John Matthias, Penlan, with wilfully breaking some gates in his possession.—Mr White appeared for defendant. Joseph Daniel, sworn, said that on the 5th iust. about twelve o'clock at night he was in bed, when defendant passed the house and shouted on him to get up, at the satre time using abusive language. Witness's little girl came upstairs, and told him to get up. He went out, and saw defendant breaking the gate leading to the hay field. Having smashed that be went on, and broke a second gate. From there be went through a cornfield, and smashed a third, and further on he broke a fourth gate. The gates were worthless.-P.C. William Thomas said he visited the place the following morning, and saw the gates broken to bits. He saw defendant coming from bed, but he denied having been near the place.—Cross-examined: There was a public road running alongside the first gate.. He had known defendant to have committed similar offences. Mr White said that defendant emphatically denied the charge. There was a rumour about that there was bad feeling between the tuen.-Tliomas Thomas, Bwlchmawr, farmer, gave evidence as to defendant being sober, and as to gates being broken regularly in that part.— After some consideration the Bench decided to fine defendant 18s. 6d. including costs. SUMMONS AGAINST A POLICE SUPERINTENDENT. Mr J. D. Valentine Jones, solicitor, Swansea, np- peared a second time before the Bench, and made an application on behalf of Daniel Jones, Cross Hands, collier, for a SUlUmona for assault against Superintendent Scott, Llanelly. He said that although the Bench had refused his application last week, be was sure they would grant it if his client was put into the witness box.—Daniel Jones, the applicant, said that on the 12th of Juno be was going home from work, and he turned in!o the Union Tavern, Six-roads, to have a glass of beer. He remained there about two hours, during which time he drank four glasses of beer. On going out he saw a carriage by the door with one man and three or four ladies inside. He subsequently found that the man was Superintendent Scott. He went on, and asked if they would please give him a lift to Cross Hands. There was enough room for him. He bad no answer, and on asking a secou,l time Superintendent Scott jumped down, took hold of his throat, turned him round, and pushed him back into the passage of the Inn, where he tripped him, and knocked his head against the door. He had his knees on his breast when on the floor. Witness was nearly suffocated, and he lost a week's work in consequence of it. The Superintendent was not in his official clothes.—The summons was granted, and the case is to be heard next Saturdiy.
LLANDOVERY COUNTY COURT. This court was held at the Town-hall on Thurs- day, before the deputy judge, Mr Cecil Beresford. JONES V. SALMON. This action, which was partly heard at the March sitting, was again adjourned, to enable the judge to view the land in dispute. MARGARET JONES V. JOSEPH DAVIES. This was a claim for i'lO 10s, being the value of certain household goods, Ac., belonging to the plaiutiff, alleged to have been sold by the defen- dant and converted to his own use. Mr T. Phillips appeared for plaititiff, ar-d Mr II. Alfred Thomas for defendant. Margaret Jones said that she was a widow, and resided in this town. She rented a house from defendant from December last for one year, at a rent of X8 per annum. She paid the rent up to March last. She left certain goods in the house aud in the shop. She also had about a ton and a half of coal. Defendant's daughter locked her out of the shop. Cross-examined by Mr Thomas—I asked the defendant 1o take the house, but to keep the things and not sell them. I did not tell him that I wouTd give everything for the rent. I told the collector that Mr Joseph Davies had sufficient goods to pay the taxes, but that was after the defendant had sold the things. The Judge raid the question before them was whether she gave defendant authority to sell the goods. Cross-examination continued—I did not give the key to defeddaut he took it from me." Th. re were a good many small things in the shop. I did not clear the greater part away. I did not say on the night of the 8th May that I bad everything I wanted except my clothes. Re-examined—I left those goods in the care of the defendant till I came back. Laura Thomas said that on the 8th May last the plaintiff called upon her and asked her to help her to pack up her goods. Witness went. When in the home Mr Davies came in, and touching the plaintitrs shoulder, asked her to sign some paper. Witness did not ask what the papt-r contained. Davies said nobody could then touch her things- they would be under his care. The plaintiff. "ho was no scholar, signed the paper. Mrs Walters then came on and said that plaintiff was not going to have anything but her clothes. Aft-i- thit she asked plaintiff, Are you going to give everything up to them." The latter replied "no"; and Mrs Walters said, Your things will be all given back to you again, because I am taking them under my care." Witness then asked for the retnrn If tno plates and a dish that she had lent defendant. Mrs Walters took her into the shop and looked f i- them, but locked the plaintiff out. 1rd Jones then said, If you please, Mr Davies, there were two fancy plates there. Shall I have them?" Defendant replied, "Your things will be all given back. I am taking caie of them. Cross-examined — Witness had none of these goods. She had paid for what she had. She had none of plaintiff's things. The paper was signed in a room upstairs. Witness was in the kitchen downstairs at the time. Mrs Walters. Lewis Heury Walters, Mr Davies, and Mr W. Jones (postman) were in the house at the time. P,,e exaijiittcd-Plaintiff cotil(i not write. William Jones said he lived in Qaeen-street, and had been a postman. He remembered the 8th May last. 0.1 that day Mr Jo-epb D.,ivios came to plaintiff's bouse with a paper, to which Mrs Jones put her mark. It was not read to her first. When Joseph Davie.s asked Jr, Jone< to sign the paper he said that she would get the "oods back again. Witness did not understand D°ivi-s to say be had power to sell the g >ols He under- stood these goods were left in Davies'charge till she came back. Cross-examined— Mirgaret Jones signed the paper without being informed of what was in iI, and I signed it. They askel me to sign ir, and I complied. I don't know what agreement had taken place between them before. I under- stood that plaintiff was going to leave the house that day. and I hat she was to have the goods back. I was not going to leave that day. I h ive my own furniture. I had in my room a tub of butter belonging to Margaret Jones. It was not quarter full. I don't think there was 20 lbs. in it. I did not say to Rees, Penrhiw, that there was hardly any butter in it, only a little at the sides, or that she owed me money, and left it for that. I have got a note of hers for or i-4; an 1 I got a boy to alter the figure 3 to 4, but with her consent. I gave her Xi after. I did not tell the buy to tell her she knows it a long time. Mr Thomas, in answer to the Judge, said he wi-s only asking this questiou to test the witness's credibility. Cross-examination continued —Joseph Davies asked Margaret Jones to sign the paper. His asked Margaret Jones to sign the paper. His grandson was present, but he did not Kay anything. Margaret Jones did not know what was in the paper. The graudson did not read it, or explain the contents, nor did anyone else. Mr Thomas said the defence was exactly this The plaintiff came to defendant's house on the 8th May, after having made some arrangement to go to service, and told him she was going to give up the house, and as there was some rent running she would allow him ta keep the furniture and every- thing else, including tho garden produce for rent and taxes. She gave up the keys of the house and shop, and defendant had them ever since. What- ever goods there were there they were not worth more than .£3 or £ 4. Defendant would be com- pelled to pay taxes, which would amount to £ 1 3s 7d. He had already paid one half on account, and had undertaken to pay up the re- mainder. Defendant would be entitled to a quarter's rent in lien of notice. Plaintiff told the collector distinctly she gave him sufficient to meet rent and taxes. On that ground the collector went to Joseph Davies, who would produce receipts for JI8 9d for those taxes, lie contended that the claim was only the result of all after thought uf plaintiff, who thought that defendant, who was over 80 years of age, would sooner pay it than go into the witness box. Defendant, Joseph Davies, was called, aud bore out the opening statement of his solicitor. Corroborative evidence was given by Mrs Waters, defendant's daughter, who mentioned two .shop- keepers in town as having received a considerable quantity of the plaintiffs goods from the shop. Defendant's grandson, Lewis Henry Waiters, prcved that he drew out the paper referred to. and explained it in Welsh and English to plaintiff in William Jones' (her lodger's) room. She told him that she was leaving, aud was giving everything up, except her clothing, to clear the rent. When he read the paper she said, "I understand it all right." Mr Thomas was going to call the collector of rates to prove the receipt of part of the taxes due for plaintiff from defendant, when His Honour remarked that after the clear and intelligent way in which the last witness had given his evidence he was satisfied No doubt the claim was the result of an after thought, and the paper spoke for itself. Judgment was accordingly given for defendant. There were no other cases, and the Court rose. A large number of uncontested cases were dis- posed before the Registrar before the Judge's arrival.
LLANDOVERY BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The usual fortnightly meeting of this Board was held at the Town-hall last Friday. Present Mr W. N. Lewis, Cefngornoth, chairman Sir James Hills-Johnes, K.C.B Y.C. Col. D. E. Jones, Velindre Messrs Daniel Williams, Pentre House .J. R Price, Plasydderwen Watkins, brewer; Williams, Cwmllynfi; Rees, Talgarth; John Lewis, Llandeausant W. P. Jeffreys, Cynghordy; Griffiths, Brynwhith; Giiffiths, Gwerngwynne Evans, Abergwenlais and James, Ysgyborfawr. TREA.srRER'K ACCOUNT. The Treasurer's account showed a balance in hand of £(¡23 10s. fid. RELIEVING OFFICERS' REPORTS. These I oj urns were read as usual. Mr Williams repotted the number relieved in his (No. 1) district f..r the week ending July 3rd, to be 201, at a cost of C24 Is. lOd. corresponding week last year, 217, at a cost of k:26 4s. 2d. for the week ending July 10th, 200, at a cost of JE23 13s. lOd. corresponding week last year 217, at a cost of C24 His.—Mr Powell said that the number relieved in his (No. 2) district dur- ing the week ending July 3rd, was 18(), at a cost of R21 3s. corresponding week last year, 183. at a cost of E20 Os. Gd. for the week ending Julv 10th, 18H, at a cost of E20 10s corre ponding week last year, 183, at a cost of JE18 18s Gd. ELEMENTARY EDUCATION ACT. Mr Thomas, headmaster of the British School, Llandovery, attended the Board, and drew its attention to the fact that it had just send out to service a child attending his school, who had not passed the requisite standard—standard IV. He would, he added, have to bring the matter before the Inspector and the Education Department. The age of the child (under notice) was 11 on the 16th May. There was another child who was on the point of being left out he had been told.— Col. Jones Yes, it was arranged hoth should be sent out. -Replying to queries, Mr Thomas said that children must he 14 years of age, or if under, must have passed the 4th standard before they could leave school. If they had passed the 4th at 10, the Act allowed them to h. engaged. When he found the children absent from school he sent the teachers, if the places were within reach, to ascertain the cause. He did so in the present instance, and was informed through ti e master that the child had gone to service.ri e Master said the child was discharged on the 8dl inst and had gone into the employ of Mr Pritchard, Aberdinant. Col..Tunes and the Chairman said it was a capital place, and the latter was understood to add that when they had a good place for them, he believed children had been allowed to go before they passed the 4th standard.—Mr Thomas Not one has none from itio before, or I would have brought the matter Jones thought Mr Thomas was quite right.—Mr Watkins thought that they were not justified in allowing children out under the circumstances. He was not aware of this before, or lie would have brought the matter on him- self.—Mr J. It. Price proposed, and Mr Watkius seconded, that the child be returned to the Woikhouse. The motion was carried. Mr Thomas thought that it would be a »reat pity to send the other child, who was a very quick little girl, out before she passed the 4th standard.— The Chairman and others coticurred.-Co]. Jones begged to move that a letter be written to Mr Pritchard, saying lie must send the child back, He did not see what else could be dune.—Mr at kins sec(,ii(le(l. Ui)f..)()Iles W hat orders did you receive at the last meeting of the Board, Mr Evans. -The Master That the two children be sent out I understood, audit was lecornmended that one be s-nt. to Mr Jones, Wernvelyn. but afterwards Mr Evans applied for another for Mr Pritchard, and this was sent out. Th-ie is another application for the one in the W,.rkhou-e no-v from Mrs Jones, Velindre.-—Col .Jones said \Iit', regard to this little child, it. was quite clear she cquid IllIt go out. Mrs Jones, Velinhe, would take, her as soon as she was competent, to leave. The subject then dropped, and Mr Thomas left. A DEFAULTING PARENT. S-11115 talk took place regarding the conduct of Charles Moore, watchmaker, &c. It appears tint be has only just returned to the town after having served a term of imprisonment, extending oxer 18 months. During his absence his child became chargeable to this Union. Up to lest j Thursday the child had remained under the caie of its rand parents. On that date, however, he met the child coming from school, and took her with him to the public-house where he stays. It was decided to discontinue relief, and as it was thought that the father was not a tit perrinn to have the custody of the child, tliit proceedings be taken against him for allowing her to become chargeable to the Union, unless he returned her to her (yi-atid ptreiits. VISITING COMMITTEE'S REPORT. Mr George Jones had visited the House, and examined it most caiefully, and found it very clean, and the inmates quite contended and happy. INMATES AND VAGRANTS. The number of inmates last week were 22 against 32, in the corresponding week last year this week, 25 against 32, in the corresponding week last year. Vagrants last week, 12 against 4, in the corresponding week last year this week, 2 against 3, in the same week last year. Children attending school, 4.—The proceedings then terminated, and the Board rose.
T H E C A R M A R T H OSH1 R E AGRICULTURAL SOCIKTY. A committee meeting of the above society was held last Saturday, at the Boar's Head Hotel, Car- niarthen, to consider any objections laid against the distribution of the prizes at the last show, and toairange preliminary matters for the next show, which will be held about the middle of September. Mr U.. Waters, Saruau, presided, ami there wire also present: Messrs D. H. Thomas, Derllys Court; J. Howell Thomas and W. Vincent Thomas, Cilr- marthen; W. S. Marsh, Penybedd; J. Phillips, Caerlleon J. Haines, Llandilo; H. D ivies, Tvpicea E. Lewis, Cillefwr; J. Griffiths, Llwynpiod; W. A. Evans, Kidwelly; H. Cadle, Carmarthen; and h. Prosser, Bryndderwen, the active lion. sec. of the society.—The first objection liear-i was that entered by Mr Davies, Llanybii, against a prize offered by Messrs James Gibbs and Co, fur the best sample of swedes and mangolds, being awarded to Mr Morris, Llwyn. Liaugaiu. He also claimed the first prize for himself. The objection, which was maintained, was that Mr Morris had not grown his samples on his own land, as required by the conditions of that class, but had bought them from a person at Ahergwilly. The first prize was accordingly a warded to Mr D ivies — A second objection was lhat made by .Mr Stanley Brailsford, Llanstephau, against a Mr Jones, the owner of the hackney stallion that obtitined first prize (£3) at last year's show. His contention was that the horse was over l.VJ hands high, and there- fore Ti-t legible for that class. — Mr Lewis, Cillefwr, said he had been asked to go and measure the horse. He went up and saw the horse, but as the owner was not at home, the servant would not allow it to be brought to the Boar's Head, where the measurement was kept.— Mr D. H. Thorn is said that, it was unfair to measure it then, as it would certainly have added half an inch or so to its height since show day.-It was ultimately decidtd to adjourn the question until the horse had been measured.—A letter was read from Mr D. IJloyd Jonas, Llandovery, stating that he took great interest in agricultural shows, and that he would be most pleased to give a £5 prize to the society. He was somewhat surprised to see the Hereford breed of cattle ignored, a breed most suitable to the county; be, therefore, pro- posed that it be given to the best cow of that breed, or if the society would prefer it, to the best animal j in the yard, and the property of a tenant farmer.— Mr E. Lewis proposed that the £5 be divided for the best animals of any breed, the property of tenant farmers.—The Chairman said they had al- ways found great difficulty in giving satisfaction in the awarding of the prizes in such a class. —Mr J. Howell Thomas objected to its being given to the Hereford breed, as Carmarthenshire was not a county at all suitable for that breed.—The com- mittee finally agreed that it be divided into two prizes of JE3 and £2 for the best animals in the yard.—A letter was read from Mr A. D. Charlton, secretary of the Hunters' Improvement Society, enclosing the following resolution passed by a special committee of that society, and asking the Carmarthenshire society to take it into con- sideration :—"At all the agricultural shows or horse shows held in the United Kingdom in 1891, where X25 is given in prizes to brood mares iu hunter class, a gold medal may be given to the best brood mare in foal or hiving bred a foal to a thoroughbred horse, or a bronze medal and X5 may be substituted if preferred. No animal can win ihis medal twice, neither a mare which has previously won a Hunters' Improvement Society's premium."—The matter was not discussed, as the prize required to be given was thought to be too high, and could not be entertained by the society. It was decided to continue the jumping class if Mr Norton's field could be procured for the purpose.—The judges and stewards for the next show having been ap- pointed, the meeting terminated with the usual vote of thanks.
ST. CLEARS GARDEN SOCIETY. The above society held their first annual show at the Town-hall, St. Clears, on Thursday, the 10th inst. Considering that it was the society's first show, and that the season has been so un- favourable, the exhibits can be said to be quite satisfactory in number as well as in quality. The display of potatoes deseive special mention. Those shown by Mr Thomas, Foxhole, were won- derfully large, and those of Mr D. E. Thomas, Cross House, were of very good quality. The exhibition of beans was also deserving of separate mention. The following are the awards :— Six heaviest kidney potatoes—1, J. B. Thomas, Foxhole; 2, Tom John, Pentre; 3, John Thomas, Royal Exchange .1., Jonah Lewis. Six heaviest round potatoes-I, J. B. Thomas, Foxhole; 2, Thou.as Morgan, Cliff; 3, J. Thomas, Royal Exchange; 4, Jonah Lewis. Six kidney potatoes, any variety—1, D. Thomas, Cross House; 2, Tom John, Pentre; 3, David Su itb, St. Clears. Six round potatoes, any variety-I, J, B. Thomas, Foxhole; 2, Tom John, Pentre; 3, Tom Morgan, Cliff. Four onions (autumn planted)—1, Tom John 2, Henry Griffiths. Three sticks of rhubnrb-1, W. Evans, Santa Clara Brewery; 2, Tom Davies, Bankyfelin. Six potato onions-I, Tom John 2, D. James, Blue Boar. Six seed onions (spring sown)-I, David James, Blue Dual; 2, Tom John. Six shallots—1, Tom Davies, Bankyfelin 2, Tom John. Six leeks 1, Tom Davies, Binkyfelin; 2, T. Bowen, Three Bells. Three cabbages—1, Daniel Griffiths, Cliff; 2, David Smith, St. Clears. Six carrols-I, Tom John 2, P.C. W. Bowen, St. Clears. Six pirstiips-1, Mrs Anne Evans, Butchers' Arms; 2, \V. Evans, Santa C'ara. Si-: turnips—1, Tom John; 2, Police Inspector Williams. Twenty-pods of peas-1, David Smith; 2, W. Emails, Santa Ciara. Twenty-four pods broad beans-, Tom Morgan, Cliff; 2, David Thomas, Cross House; 3, Mr Powell, Clare-brook. Twenty-four kidney beans (runners)—No entry. Twenty-four ) idney beans (dwarfs)-2, Daniel Griffiths. Bunch of parsley-1, Henry Rees, St. Clears; 2, Mary Reep, St. Clears. Best collection of siltdi-1, W. Evans, Stnta Clara. Liest collection of vegetables-1. David Smith; 2, Laniel Griffiths. Best dish of gooseberries—1, Totii John; 2, D. E. Thomas, Cross House. Best twig basket-I, Thomas Davies, Ban ky- felin 2, Tom Bowen, Three Bells. Two wooden spoons-I. David Evans, St. Clears; 2, Tom Bowen, Three Bells. 1 hree window plaI11s-1, Lorn Beynon, Rose Cottage; 2, Ileury Broad. Bouquet of wild flowers, &e., by children under 16 years of Hge-], W. James; 2. Louisa John. The district of the society comprises the parishes of St. Clears, Llanddowror, Llanfihangel- Abercoivin, Mydrim, Llanginning, Llandawke, and that part of Laugharne parish situate north of the roadway leading from Llandawke to "'I hree Lords." The officers of the society are—Chair- man, Mr D. Smith treasurer, Mr Tom Evans secretary, Mr Rice Beynon; stewards and super- intendents, Messrs. D. Brigstocke, Evan James, and Tom John. The judges this year were Mr Powell, gardener, Wenallt and Mr Powell, G'anymor, Laugharne.
WIIATELEY'S "WHAT NOTS." WHITLAND. MK. DAVID PUGH, M.P.'s DEATH. The member for the Eastern Division of Car- I marthenshire is gone over to the great majority. He served his party faithfully enough, but latterly his longevity and consequent infirmities prevented his pleasing the Radical young wire- pullers of the county, even if his staunch and independent Liberalism allowed the old veteran of Manoravon to be ordered about and be a catspaw to a few Gladstonian youths thirstin;, for I notoriety and democratic worship. So says one of Whate!ey's eolleagues, to whom he has had to read a sound lecture for his brazen-facedness to say the least of it. Mr Pugh was a Church- man, and, like the late member for the Western Division, found it difficult to remain faithful to a Church he loved but too well and hoh-nob with the dissenting ministers who had placed them in power. The Llandilo town clock, no doubt, has for some time been somewhat of a nightmare, disturbing the rest and pleasant dreams of his dissenting supporters in that neighbourhood Mr Pugh was a classical scholar of no mean repute, and a beau ideal of a good and indukent landlord. Whateley will not enter into the political question of who his successor should be this time. THE HAY HARVEST. Last Tuesday was St. Swithin's, and great was the flutter amongst the superstitious here at the prospect of a recurrence this year of a piece of historical legendary lore weather which is sug- gested by the above. Undoubtedly the weather up to to-day (Monday), and all over our country, too, is most depressing and disheartening to the fanners. Very soon a large quantity of hay will only be fit for the dung hill, and the once plentiful crop of fodder will after all leave a fearful gap in our yards, except where last year's store has left a wide margin to the good. We still hope that a speedy and happy change in the state of the barometer may give us the remainder of the crop well harvested, and so reduce some- what the heavy loss anticipated by I he agricll- turist. Whateley prays It may turn out to be so, as it is a consummation most devoutly to be wished in the interests of our country. A prayer f"t "fair weather" is being generally offered up in our Christian temples "Whateley" hears, and with much satisfaction. LAWN-TENNIS, &c., ifcc. Whateley" has no earthly objection, too, to our clergy and ministers disporting themselves at times in company with the ladies of their parishes, but m »y he timidly ask how many of them can really afford the time to indulge in any of our ociety pastimes, which will be the rage on our lawns and grounds during the next four or five months of this year of grace, for instance ? His "Pals" may be able to obtain figures and enable him to issue a neat little list from time to time. TITHE BILLS. "Whateley" finds that the (lissttisfaction caused amongst the clergy and faithful laity by the postponing of legislation for the relief of the suffering clergy is intense throughout the whole of Wales. The Premier's son, acting probably as the mouth-piece of his illustrious father, would like to move in jhe matter even now. Al honour to our Premier and his son for their sympathy with the distressed clerical tithe-owners of Wales. Would that our ill. P.s were willing to sacrifice a little holiday making for once, and pass the above Bill this session.
NOTES FROM CENTRAL CARDIGANSHIRE. I have been much amused and interested dur- ing the past week with the turkey cock attitude of the two little towns of Lampeter and Aberaeron, over an imaginary tit-bit of right and miyht. These rival towns have jumped to the conclusion that an Intermediate School must of necessity be located in either of them, but any outsider well informed of the probable cost of the buildings, and maintenance of such a school, and of the funds at the disposal of the county for the purpose, will find it difficult to see how the talked of "three schools" are to be started or maintained. However, LAMPETER Comes out strong with an offer of buildings at a nominal rent, and a promise of strong support in scholars and scholarships. Lampeter would also take in a very convenient and desirable slice of Carmarthenshire, which, it is supposed, would be made contributory to Lampeter. The proximity and connection of St. David's College's lecture rooms and library are also put forward as rare and valuable advantages to a school at Lampeter. The fatherly care and supervision of the College Board are other favours promised to it. All these, together with the help of strong "friends at court," make Lampeter a formidable opponent, but ABERAERON, Nothing daunted, is ready and willing for the fray in fact, its supporters have become quite bewildered with enthusiasm over the pre- ponderance of justice they find in favour of their case. It has already acquired a fine and a commodious site, free from all future interference and inconvenient provisions. The local com- mittee, in a few days, have within the very limited confines of Aberaeron, secured promises for more than £800. After having thus shewn the llOuajides of the town itself to start with, the com mil tee have brought their case out to the sur- rounding villages, and have indeed received very flattering and encouraging receptions. Public meetings, very well attended, have been held at Llanddewi, Llanon, Cross Inn, Cilcennin, Felinfach, Ciliau park, Llwyncelyn and Aheraeron, and the Aberaeron case is now well understood in the district. As set foith by the different speakers at these meetings, the points urged in favour of Aberaeron may he epitomised with advantage to both parties. All the speakers unhesitatingly claimed for their town a healthier and cheaper locality for scholars to live in. These points must be conceded to its rival by even the warmest supporters of Laiiipetet- because, undoubtedly, Aberaeron is cheap and healthy. One reverend speaker claimed for Aberaeron a profit of 40 per cent. in the cost of living, and challenged Lampeter to publish its rate of deaths from lung diseases during the last ten years. A good few of the speakers claimed for Aberaeron also a purer environment most ad- vantageous to studiousness and good conduct. That it is quieter and more free of temptations to idleness and other besetting sins of school-going youth cannot be denied, and if a tranquil and even-tempered town is an advantage, Aberaeron must score a good many points here. Much stress was laid by many of the speakers that the excellent school" now at Lampeter will not be discontinued if the new school is located at Aberaer i i tint truly by giving Aberaeron the new school, an aihlitional school will be given to central Canliginsliiie. Others said that even if a parent in or round Lampeter wanted to send his child to some other school, he would find Aberystwyth or Carmarthen more accessible to him than to the Aberaeron parents. IVell, 1 (14) not myself see any great merits in driving out from Lampeter its much-supported school with no better results than keeping Aberaeron without a school. At some of the meetings, prominence was given to the want of a school at Aberaerou to create a demand for higher education. It was contended that the radiating influence of a school creates an additional demand for the supply, and that a school at Aberaeron would bring the percentage of higher school scholars in the district up to the Lampeter mark. They said also that the Cardiganshire sea-coast was badly in need of a navigation class, and that what the "liturgy of the Church" is to the Lampetur institutions, would "navigation" be to an Aberaeron school, and that of the two, navigation is more in accordance with the wants of the county. Great and serious objections were taken to the close connection of the build- ings ottered by Lunpeter with the college, and the terms stipulated in the proposed transfer of the buildings. Churohmen and Nonconformists join in the cries of No Conscience Clause," No proselytizing," "No college domineering," and many other "noes." As a sample of the mood, the Nonconformists of central Cardigan- shire are in, I give you the concluding portion of a speech that took well in more than one meet- ing. The speaker said. The invitation i,f t I)e Lampeter College to the tchool to hive in its buildings, sounds to me too much like the in- vitation I have committed to memory when a boy, in the lines :— "Will you walk into my parlour Said the spider to the fly." This is only the pretaste of much that is to follow befoie Lampeter is allowed to annex our central school to its college. However, no amount of tall talk and highflown oratory will avail Aberaeron without propping its claim with something more substantial. We all know that Lain peter is strong in knowing how to work the oracle, and in denominational tactics. Let both towns keep their tempers. The Mayor of Lampeter, with an eye to business, I suppose, speaks of litigation. Let both towns make known the grounds on which they base their resi ective claims, and let Central Cardiganshire decide the issue. I admire the straight forward- ness of Aberaeron in coming out with open hands to show their cards, and take the whole district into their confidence. Lampeter may find that it is not wise t" ignore the democratic spirit of the age. Too much wire pulling and dependence on influence at headquarters may bring about un- expected re-subs. I am told that the School Boards of Ystrad, Cilcennin, Llansantnraid, Nantcwnlle, Llanarth, and Llanychaiarn are about to take suitable steps to support Aberaeron. These represent about 18 schools, and intend to work their districts in favour of a scheme to offer scholarships for ten boys from these districts, when the school is opened at Aberaeron. Let every parish have its scholar- ship, and let the committee provide half-a-dozen foundation open scholarships, and a good start is secured. A school at Aberaeron could be maintained at about E700 a year, and the com- mittee are sanguine that this yearly sum would be always forthcoming, viz., rate and grant, £ 300; fees from scholars (80 at £4), 2320 science and art grants, 1:40. Aberaeron wants a building, and its appeal for funds is generously responded to. Let us hear Lampeter's case. THE PARISH OF LLANFIHANOEL-YSTRAD Is going to have a parish hearse. An influential party has taken the matter in hand, and the contract lia4 been given to Mr John Hughes, wheelwright, Gelli-aeron, Talsarn, for JC35. It is a step in the right direction. To every sensible minded man the large and costly funerals of the day have become a nuisance. Public funerals, with their vain rivalry, and senseless ex- travagance are doomed, and very rightly too. A collection of about E20 has been made, and the remaining E30 are to be made up by those who let the contract. No one outside the parish is allowed to have a linger in the pie. Why not make it a family affair 1 Those who have made themselves responsible for the cost of the harness, hearse and house, have as much right to limit the area of its usefulness as they had in accepting the highest tender of the half-a-dozen, who took the trouble to apply. Of course they have. May I suggest to the POSTMASTER AT LAMPETER That he should put up on St. Peter's door a copy of the scale of postage fees, to show certain parties that they are not yet privileged by Mr. Raikes to send begging letters to the country without proper stamps. If the supporters and promoters of the County College School" can- not provide "postage and stationery," well, let theiu drop it. TRIOHRYC. j
DEATH OF MR. DAVID PUGH, M.P. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH. We regret to announce the death of Mr David Pugh, member of Parliament for the Eastern division of Carmarthenshire, which took place in the early hours of Saturday at the Hotel Metropole, London. Mr Pugh, who was 84 years of age, had been in failing health for some months, but, notwithstanding, proceeded to London at the commencement of the present session to discharge his parliamentary duties. Early last week the hon. gentleman was taken seriously ill at the Hotel Metropole, and his estate agent (Mr G. Jones) was summoned with all speed from Llandilo. Having regard to Mr Pugh's advanced age there was little expectation of his recovery, and he gradually sank and passed peacefully away Saturday morning. The deceased gentleman was the oldest member of the existing House of Commons with the exception of the Hon. C. P. Villieis, the veteran senior member for Wolverhampton. Mr David Pugh, of Manoravon—or, more pro- perly speaking, Manorvabon—a charming country residence in the midst of the beautiful scenery of the Vale of Towy, near the town of Llandilo, Carmarthenshire, was born in 1800, and was, therefore, 84 years of age. In looking back for more than two centuries we find that he is con- nected with the Rev Philip Pugh, a celebrated Independent (Welsh) minister at Cilgwyn. Llwyn- piod, Abermeurig, who was born in Hendref, Llanpennal, in 1570. He was "a dignified gentle- man, possessed of considerable wealth and many lauds and mansions," including Hendref (where he resided), Ffos yr Odyn, and Glandwr. He married a rich lady, a daughter of "Coedmawr Fawr," near Lampeter, with whom lie received in dowry several fertile farms, all of which are situate in that neighbourhood. It is on record that a Philip Pugh was made a member of a Puritan congregation in Llanbadarn Odwyn in 1655, and it is thought that he was the father of the young divine. This minister had a son, Mr David Pugh, of Coedmawr, near Lampeter, who in 1714 married Kachael, the daughter of Mr Rhys Lloyd, of the Alltyrodyn family, but who lived at Cilyblaidd, Peucarreg parish, and she and her sister Jane became the heiresses of the Alltyrodiu Estate. By this lady (Rachael) Mi- David Pugh had three children, the elder of whom was Mr David Pugh, of Coedmawr, who was appointed to the shrievalty of Carmarthen- shire in 1747. A third son was Mr John Pugh. The second son was Mr Philip Pugh, who married and had a son, Mr David Heron Pugh, of Coedmawr and Manoravon. He became lieutenant-colonel of a Volunteer corps, and died in^1820. By his wife, Elizabeth, daught er o Mr W illiam Beynon, second son of Mr John Beynon, Trewern, Pembrokeshire, whom lie married at Carmarthen in 1803, he had issue three children, the elder of whom was Elizabeth, who died when young. The third son was the Rev John William Pugh, who was vicar of Llandilo, which incumbency he held from 1837 till his death in 1852. The second son was the late deceased gentleman. Mr Pugh received his early training at the famous Rugby School, and subsequently pro- ceeded to Balliol College, Oxford, where he had a brilliant career. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1837, and for some years went the Northern Circuit. Possessed of considerable private means, he never devoted himself to the work of making a large practice at the bar, but he was a striking figure at the the bar mess, where his brilliant conversational powers and his fund of anecdote and story made him immenseiy popular. After his brother's death Mr Pugh came to reside permanently at Manoravon. He applied himself to the work of perfecting agriculture in the neighbourhood, and in this way conferred a lasting benefit on the tillers of the soil in Carmarthenshire. As a breeder of the shorthorns he soon acquired a national reputation. Mr Pugh fulfilled with rare assiduity all the duties of an opulent country gentleman. From 1843 to 1852 he was chairman of the Caunar- tbenslnre Quarter Sessions, in which capacity his legal training and logical acumen served him in good stead. He was also deputv lieutenant of Cardiganshire.. Mr Pugh was induced, when an opportunity presented itse/f, to occupy a seat at St. Stephen's. In the twentieth year of her Majesty's reign Mr David Arthur Saunders Davies, of Pentre, and Mr David Jones, of Pantglas, both Conservatives, wer« returned to the House of Commons for the Parliament commencing on the 30th of April, 1857. Mr Saunders Davies died on the 23rd of May in that year, and on the 12th of June following Mr David Pugh was elected in his place as a Liberal-Consen atiyc. He continued to hold the seat till 18(58. On the 11th of November in that year the then Mr Disraeli (afterwards the Earl of BeaconstieU) being Prime Minister, Parliament was dissolved in order to give effect to the new Reform Act which had just been passed. Mr Pugh again offered to re- present Carmarthenshire, and a tierce political war was waged. There were on this occasion four candidates in the field. Mr Edward John Sartoris, of Warneford, Hampshire, who had property in Llangennech, was returned in the Liberal interest at the head of the poll, and Mr John Jones, of Blaenos, a Conservative, was his colleague, the former receiving 3,2UO votes, and the latter 2,933. Mr Henry Lavallin Puxley, of Lletherllestri, a Conservative, and Mr David Pugh, classed as a Liberal Conservative, were the defeated candidates, the respective votes accorded them being 2,828 and 1,345. The news of the defeat was accepted very good-humouredly by Mr Pugh. In local circles intense excitement was manifested in this election, and Mr Pugh was thereafter regarded as a follower of Gladstone and Bright. The Parliament of 18()8 saw its termination on the 25th of January, 1874, Mr Pugh having in 9 the meantime lived a comparatively quiet and retired life on his estates. During the Parliament that lasted from 1880 to 1885 Mr Gladstone carried a Bill for the re- distribution of seats, when Carmarthenshire came to be divided into eastern and western divisions. Mr Pugh, who came forward to solicit the suffrages of the former portion, threw of the mantle of wavering, & declared himself as a (,'lad- stonian Liberal, his opponent being the descendant of an old Liberal family, viz SirMarteine Lloyd, Bart., of Bronwydd, who contested the seat for the Conservatives. The result was a foregone conclusion. The polling commenced on the 4th of December, 1885, and on the day following. at; Llandilo, it was announced that Mr PuglHtad beaten his adversary by 4,487 votes to 2,122', That -P:trliament only lived five months i e" from the 12th of January to the 26tli of June, 1886. On the 8th of June in the same year Mr Gladstone brought forward the second reading of the Irish Home Rule Bill and was defeat d by a majority of 30, the number of votes for the Government measure being 311, against 341. Parliament then disolved, and an appeal wis made to the nation. The oth of August, 1880, saw a fresh Parliament, with the Marquess of Salisbury as its Prime Minister. For the Eastern Division of Carmarthenshire Mr Pugh 9 was returned unopposed on the 6th of July, and he held the seat up to his death, but he did not intend to seek re-election at the expiration of his term of office. When present at convivial meetings Mr Pugh, who was one of the fiist supporteis of the Volunteer movement, generally had his name coupled with "The Auxiliary Forces," and, as Captain Pugh, he was called upon to respond. He was identified with many good movements iu Llandilo and neighbourhood, and, indeed, with not a few iu the united counties, aud had been at one time or another a member of all, or, at least, most of the public bodie-i in and about Llandilo- Fawr. In the upper districts of Carmarthenshire particularly his name is ;t household word, and for long generations to come will Mr David Pugh, of Manoravon, be spoken of with deep reverence and respect.
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