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CARMARTHEN. TRADESMAN'S BALL.—It has been arranged to hold a Tradesmen's Ball on the 21st inst. CONGRATULATORY.—There were no cases of any nature to be heard at the borough petty sessions on Monday. W-A,TCHNIGHT. -Watch night services were held on New Year's Eve at the Wesleyan Chapel and the Salvation Army Barracks, and were well attended. CARMARTHENSHIRE INFIRMARY.—The secre- tary begs respectfully to acknowledge the follow- ing —The Misses Hughes, 6, Parade, clothing, &c., for the children. JOINT COUNTIES ASYLUM.—By the death of Mr T. J. Evans, J.P., Brecon, a vacancy is created in the treasurership of the Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum. „ ST. PETER'S CHURCH.—The offertories at St Peter's Church during December amounted to R17 18s 7d, of which 28 4s 7d was devoted for the relief of the poor of the parish. SPORT. Tha annual meet of the Carmarthen- shire Hunt took place at the Guildhall Square on New Year's Day, but red-coats were few and far between. THE WEATHER.—When the people opened their eyes on Motday morning they found the ground covered with inches of snow, which Ivas gradually thawing. Towards evening frost set in and the already slippery streets were frozen over to the discomfort and dangers of all passengers. The snow had not altogether dis- appeared on Tuesday morning, when rain fell and kept showering throughout the day. Since then the weather has been dull and not so cold, but a thin sheet of snow fel on Thursday morning. CYCLISTS' CARNIVAL.—The result of the grand cyclist's carnival at Swansea on Monday evening was that £110 10s 3d was collected in boxes along the route. Besides this, however, a mumber of tradesmen, publicans, bakers etc., had collecting cards, the amounts collected on which will greatly augment the above sum when sent in. Carmarthen cyclists, take this as an example for your next carnival. THE CARMARTHEN TEMPERANCE SOCIETY held its weekly meeting on Sunday evening last, at the Salvation Army Barracks, Mr D. Davies (Dewi Vychan), Picton-terrace, the newly-elected president in the chair. There was a large attendance. Addresses were given by the chairman, Mr Gwilym Samuel, and the Rev D. S. Davies. A solo was also given by Mr Rowland Hughes, of the Presbyterian College. Rev D S Davies closed the meeting by prayer. FOOTBALL.—Carmarthen Wanderers v. Tenby Played on the ground of the former on New Year's Day in dull weather, and in the presence of a fairly good number of people. After a very one-sided game, the play resulted in a win for the Wanderers by 2 goals (1 penalty) 4 tries, and 8 minors to 1 minor. The scorers were:- Willie Griffiths (2), Tom Thomas, captain (1), W. Jones (1), and J. Lewis (1). The try and penalty goal were kicked by Harry Lewis. For the visitors. Nicholls, Moore, and Lockwood played well. Mr S. Stickland, Carmarthen, acted as referee. SCHOOL BaArtD.-At the last meeting of the old Board on Wednesday night. Principal Evans, Presbyterian College, presiding, the members accepted the tender of Messrs J. and Daniel Jones, contractors, Carmarthen, for the sum £ 1,471 7s, for the erection of a new infants' school in Pentrepoth and for effecting alterations to and improvements in the existing buildings. Principal Evans, the vice-chairman, was cordially thanked for his excellent conduct in the chair during the past year. FIRE. -On Sunday evening a fire was dis- covered in a large cupboard on the staircase of the Boar's Head Hotel, greatly alarming the occupants and the residents at Lammas-street. The Fire Brigade were promptly on the scene, but their services were not required the fire having been already put out. The fire was confined to a cupboard, which contained a quantity of miscellaneous articles, and we are glad to state that the damage is not very great. OBITUARY.—-We have to record the death of another old inhabitant of the district in the Srson of Mis* Ann Lewis, who died at 4.30 on onday afternoon, at the Old Bull, Guildhall- square, in her 74th year. During the long period she held the licence of the above house, in con- nection with which she kept a cookshop, not a single complaint was made against it to the magistrates. This is saying a good deal, con- sidering the public house is situated in one of the busiest thoroughfares of the borough. The old lady is said to have succumbed to dropsy after a patient illness. CARMARTHENSHIRE STEEPLECHASES. A meeting of the subscribers to the above was held at the Boar's Head Hotel, Carmarthen, on Saturday afternoon, the gentlemen in attendance being Mr Thomas Morris, Coomb (in the chair) Mr T. Jenkins, Mayor of Carmarthen; Mr Vincent Howell Thomas, Starling Park Mr H. Brunei White, solicitor; Mr Henry Cadle, pro- prietor of the Half Moon Hotel Mr D. H. Thomas and Mr D. H. Thomas, jun., Derllys Court; Mr J. F. Rees, veterinary: and Mr Thomas Rees, Llanstephan.—It was decided to hold the annual steeplechase meeting on the 3rd and 4th of February instead of the 27th and 28th January, as previously announced, so that the event shall not class with others. PRAYER MEETINGS.—The annual evangelical alliance prayer meetings have been held in the town during the week. They commenced on Sunday last with a service at the English Congre- gational chapel. On Monday, the Rev T. Mortimer Green lead the prayer meeting at the English Wesleyan Chapel Tuesday, the Rev H. S. Barton at the English Baptist Chapel Wednesday, Rev D. J. Thomas at the Zion Chapel; Thursday, Rev T. M. Green at the Congregational Chapel; Friday (to-day), Rev D. J. Thomas will at the Wesleyan Chapel. On Saturday the meeting will be held at Zion by the Rev H. S. Barton, and on Sunday, the last day, at the Baptist chapel by Rev G. Evans. SIGNAL HONOUR CONFERRED ON A CARMAR- THEN MAN.—A grant of 235 has been offered by the Royal Society out of the Government Research Fond, to Professor D E Jones (late of Aberystwyth), and son of Mr Daniel Jones, Priory-street, towards the expenses of complete- ing certain electrical research work commenced by him at the University of Bonn last summer. We understand that an edition of 3,000 copies of Jones's h Heat, Light and Sound," which was published by Messrs. Macmillan, last April, has already sold out, and that he is engaged upon two other text books, for the same well-known publishers. SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION.—ON Tuesday the Mayor (Mr Thomas Jenkins), acting as returning officer, declared that the following gentlemen had been elected members of the Carmarthen School Board for the ensuing three years, viz., -Mr E. G. Baker, vice-principal of the Training College; *Mr T. W. Barker, solicitor; Mr T. E. Brigstocke, wine merchant; Principal W. J. Evans, Presbyterian College; Professor D. E. Jones, Presbyterian College; *Rev G. H Roberts, Baptist minister; and Mr Thomas Thomas, brewer's secretary. The gentlemen whose names are preceded by an asterisk occupy the seats of the Rev C. G. Brown, principal of the Traiuing College; Mr W. Lewis Hughes, surgeon and Mr John Hughes, F.R.C.S.. the chairman for many years. ST. DAVID'S BRANCH OF THE G.F.S.-The annual festival of the above branch was held last Tuesday. It commenced with the special service at Christ Church at five o'clock, after which the associates and members adjourned to the National and Practising Schools, where tea was provided, followed by a most appropriate address from the Rev T. R. Walters, on the objects of the society, which was listened to with great attention. The premiums (16 and bonuses (36), were then presented to the members. Votes of thank9 were given to Mrs Stickland for having so readily undertaken the secretaryship during the past year, and to Miss Elworthy for so kindly lending her harmonium at the weekly meetings during the past six or seven years, and every wish for her future happiness. At the close of the meeting nine girls were admitted as members. There were between 80 anci 90 associates and members present, lnS six old members who are now married. The branch, which consisted of the parishes of St. David s, Llanstephan, and Llanybri, at the close of last year had 101 members. ¡' J SAD DEATH. —It is our sad duty to chronicle the untimely and terrible death of Owen, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Junes, who up to June last, kept the Blue Boar, Water-street, in this town, Deceased's father, who is a sorter, had left Car- marthen with his family to work at Cardiff, where deceased, who is only 14 years of age, was em- ployed as engine cleaner on the railway. On Wednesdny 30th uIt. the lad was crossing the metals when he was knocked down by a passing train, which he had not been able to hear approaching, owing to the boisterous weather, and killed. The body was conveyed to Carmar then, and buried in this cemetery on Tuesday, when the Rev. D J Thomas, Congregationalist, officiated. The funeral was largely atrended, and much regret is expressed by all for the sorrowing parents. AMATEUR CYCLING CLUB DINNBR.—A me«. dn of the committee of the above affair was held on Monday evening at the Nelson Hotel, Mr H. W. Davies (one of the vice-chairmen) presiding. It was resolved that the tickets for the dinner (which will take place on Thursday evening, the 14th) be 3s., and that Mr A. J. Jones, Fruit Stores, Dark-gate, be honorary secretary for the event. As the number of tickets are limited, we would impress upon the members of the club the necessity of securing their tickets at once. The affair promises to be a grand success. It is hoped that the president of the club, Mr T. Jenkins, will preside, and that the half-dozen vice-presidents will also support his worship. The annual general meeting of the club will be held this (Friday) evening, at 8.30 sharp. All members and cyclists are invited to attend, as the election of officers and other urgent business will be transacted. ZION CHAPEL SACRED CONCERT.—On New's Day the annual sacred concert was rendered by the choir of this place of worship. It is to the credit of this choir that it has introduced the Car- marthen public daring the past few years to some of the choicest works of the great masters. The work chosen for this occasion was the touching oratorio of Dr. Stainer, entitled "St. Mary Magda- lene. The work consists of three parts or series. Adopting the traditional, though probably false idea, the composer identifies Mary Magdalene with the woman that was a sinner, and we are intro- duced to her low bending over the feet" of her Lord, washing them with her tears and wiping them with the hairs of her head. The second scene presents the Magdalene at the cross, and the composer has succeeded in interpretting most pathetically the feelings that filled her soul, as, despised and lenely," her Lord hangs upon the tree. In the third scene we are at the opened grave, and the conflict in the mind of the Magda- lene leading up to the triumphant Rabboni is most graphically portrayed. The work thus reaches its climax in the chorus and quartette Magdalena part is wailing." The solo parts throughout were most effectively rendered by Mrs Thomas, Miss Bona, Mr James Morgan, and Mr T. Conwil Evans. Mrs D. Maurice Jones presided at the organ, Miss Ida Stephens at the piano, and the choir wait directed most skilfully by Mr. D. C. Davis. It is very pleasing to find the efforts of the choir increasingly appreciated, for a much larger audience gathered on this occasion than had been attracted last year by the better known Stabat Mater." PENUEL BAPTIST CHAPEL, -On Ohristmas Day a very successful Welsh literary and musical entertainment was held at the above chapel in aid of the funds of the Sunday School. The re- spected pastor, Rev G. H. Roberts, presided and the following miscellaneous programme was gone through, in such a way as to render enjoy- ment to all present :-CAn agoriadol, Bedd Llewellyn," Mr John Rees adroddiad, Mr J Chamberlain Lewis unawd ar y Berdoueg, Miss A M Lewis dadl, Y Folwen ar y Mur," Miss M Ho wells ac eraill deuawd, Misses S E Davies a C H Harries unawd, Mr D George Jones adroddiad, "Santa Claus," Mr John Morgans tnawd, Messrs Hywel Jones a J a G Rees unawd, Llythyr fy Mam," Mr W Thomas adroddiad, Y Plentyn Prydferth," Mr J H Rees unawd," Alone on the Rift," Miss S Jones unawd ar a Berdoneg, Miss C Jones deuawd, Messrs Hywel Jones a Rees adroddiad, Mr J Davies unawd, Miss Morfydd Williams canig, Y Ffrwd," Mr G Rees a'i barti adroddiad, Mr George James unawd, The Little Hero," Mr T Conwil Evans unawd The Guiding Lights," Miss R. Williams in wad ar y Berdoneg, Mr T S Puddicombe deuawd, Messrs J a G Rees adroddiad, Christmas at the Workhouse," Mr D Hinds unawd, "Gwlad y Delyn," Mr T Conwil Evaus deuawd Angel Whispers," Misses R William a S E Davies adroddiad, Mr Owen Jones unawd, "Rwyn myn'd i'rNef," Mr Hywel Jones; pedwarawd, Mr G Rees a'i gyfeillion; rhanan, Gwlad y Brython," Male Voice Party. DEATH OF A COUNTY COUNCILLOR.—We regret •o have to announce the death of Mr John Evans, of Alltycadno, Llangendeirne, which *ook place at five o'clock on Tuesday morning in his 79th year, after a brief illness, during which he was attended by Drs. Williams, Ferryside, and Price, Carmarthen. Last Saturday fortnight be was seen at Carmarthen Market looking as hale and hearty as possible, and it is supposed that while coursing a iay or two subsequently he caught a chill, which resulted in congestion of the lungs and bronchitis. He was married to a Miss Andrews, of Ailais, Kidwelly, who pre-deceased him without issue. A more genial and charitably- disposed neighbour could not be found in the dis- trict. in which he resided all his lifetime, and the poor found in him a real friend who will be greatly missed. He took a very lively interest in Poor- law administration, and was a guardian in the interest of his native parish for over half a century, being constantly elected without opposi- tion, and so he was deservedly appointed chairman of the Carmarthen Board on the recent resigna- tion of Mr John Hughes, F.R.C.S. When the Great Western Railway Company extended their railway to this portion of the Principality. Mr Evans was the chief land valuer, it being admitted on all hands that no one could discharge such onerous duties better than he. He was a member of the Carmarthenshire County Council, chairman of the Western Division Roads Committee, a com- mitteeman of the Carmarthenshire Agricultural Society, and a most useful member of the Carmar- thenshire Farmers' Club. He introduced the Shropshire sheep to this part of the South, was a noted breeder of shorthorns, and a holder of many valuable prizes, for the production of the best class of horses at the leading shows of the United Kingdom. He was a Baptist by religious pro- fession and a Gladstonian in politics. COUNTY PETTY SESSIONS. -At the Carmarthen county petty sessions on Saturday—(before Mr Lewis Morris, in the chair, Mr C. W. Jones, and Mr Dudley Willioms Drummond)—one Edwin Davies was charged with absenting himself from the 1891 training of the Carmarthen Militia, and lined 92 3s Od including costs —John Rees, John Jones, William James, and Evan Williams, all of Llanpumpsaint, were charged with illegally catching salmon with a garden fork. The four defendants pleaded guilty, and were fined fourteen shillings and costs each, with the exception of Jones, the charge against whom was withdrawn owing to his youth. He was only 14 years of age, whilst the eldest defendant was ouly sixteen. Stephen Gwyther, who until recently has been working as a collier in Moun- tain Ash, was brought up in custody charged with disobeying two orders in bastardy.—Margaret Howells, a respetable-looking domestic, in ser- vice on a farm in the parish of Llangunnor, I proved two orders, made in June, 1889, and October, 1890. in respect of two children, of which defendant was the father. He had not paid anything for six months past. It was elicited I that defendant had promised to marry the girl, but had failed to do so when the time cirae.—The Chairman (Mr Lewis Morris), in stating ihe decision of the bench, viz., that defendant be committed for a months' hard labour under each warrant, delivered a little homily on the desirability of the defendant redeeming his promise to the girl. His im- prisonment would terminate directly he married the girl. Defetidant I am ready to do that now. —This concluded the business, but the bench sat on. and the public lingered, inter- ested spectators of what ensued, for Gwyther rerewed his advances towards the girl, evi- dently negotiating for the tying of the knot, which would suffice to nullify the warrants of commitment which were thereby made out. The negotiations were protracted, and in them the girl's mother and a friendly policeman occa- sionally took a hand; but, appar. ndy. 00 definite result was reached, for defendant was presently matched off to gaol, and the court rose. ANNUAL TEMPERANCE MEETING.-The fifty- isixth annual temperance meeting in connection with the Carmarthen Temperance Society was held on New Year's evening at the schoolroom of Water-street Chapel, under the presidency of Rev D. S. Davies, who was supported by Councillor John Lewis; Mr William Davies, Johnstown Revs. J. Wyndham Lewis, and Edward Davies, and notwithstanding the counter attractions in the town on that evening, the attendance was good—some 400 persons being present. The meeting commenced by singing a hymn, after which Mr James, of the Presbyterian College, read a portion of Scripture and offered up a prayer. Another hymn was here sung, and the chairman of the evening in the course of his address, referred to the death of the Rev John Thomas, of the Tabernacle, and also to the illness of the Rev G. H. Roberts, Penuel chapel. In referring to the progress of the temperance principles in this country, the chairman said it was not the opinion of medical men that had changed the country on their side, but it was such meetings as those held that evening and on Sunday evenings. It was the working men that were doing the work. After some further remarks, the chairman called upon the speaker of the evening, the Rev Daniel Jones, Baptist minister, Whitland. The rev. gentleman spoke for 40 minutes, and was loudly applauded at intervals. In the course of his able address, the lecturer condemned the evil and low practice of giving intoxicants at public sales, and characterized it as abominable, dishonest, and barbarous it was nothing less than a deliberate attempt to make persons give more than the actual value. for the goods they purchased. Their churches, he said, were silent upon this head. The brewer says to sign the pledge, but their churches say to drink. It was very slow the temperance movement was going on in their churches, and someone was wanted to go around them in order to give a lesson on this head. The lecturer resumed his seat amidst loud applause.—The next speaker was the Rev Edward Davies, of Priory- street, who said the church of God must, in all earnestness storm the fort and fortresses of the enemy. It was part and parcel of their work to do so, as temperance was a great stumbling block to the extension of Christ's Kingdom.— Rev. J. Wyndham Lewis also made a few remarks. Votes of thanks to the lecturer and chairman brought the meeting to a close. —Two pledges were taken.—At the committee meeting held afterwards, Mr Davies, (Dewi Vychan) Picton-terrace, was appointed president of the society for the ensing quarter. The office of secretary has not yet been filled. ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S EVE BALL.—The most successful ball ever held in connection with the Carmarthen Quadrille Class came off at the Assembly Rooms on New Year's Eve, and it must be admitted that the affair reflected the greatest credit upon the secretary, Mr A. J. Jones, Carmarthen House, Dark-gate, and the committee generally, all of whom worked (to- gether with the young ladies) unremittingly for the success of the undertaking. The rooms were gaily decorated for the occasion, with ever- greens, fairy lamps, Japanese lanterns, flags, &c., and nicely executed mottoes "Success to the Quadrille Class," "Welcome," and A Happy New Year"—were sent by Miss S. A. Rogers, Chapel-street Miss Clare, Golden Anchor; and Miss L. Messenger (Mrs D. LJ. Rees) respectively. Dancing commenced about 9.30 p.m., to the strains of Messrs Lewis's String Band, and was kept up with spirit until six o'clock the following morning. Supper was served at 12 o'clock, and New Year's greetings were freely exchanged over the festive board. The stewards were Mr Herbert W. Davies, Union-street; Mr A Daniel; and the secretary, Mr A. J. Jones, and it goes almost without saying that they carried out the duties devolving upon them with satisfaction to all. The refreshments were supplied by Mr J. H Spurry, of the Red Cow," and if we take Mr Spurry's initial appearance as a precursor of his future conduct, we can predict for him a generous support in the line which he has under- taken. Mr Galloway, of Queen-street, catered for the supper, which he did in his usual style. The committee, who carried out the arrange- ments so successfully, were Messrs A. J. Jones, Dark Gate Evan George Davies, Union-street William James, Bridge-street; T. Williams, Lammas-street; E. Waters, Glannant-road Fred Trenchard H. W. Davies; J. Wright I Davies, Chapel-street A. Lloyd Davies, Spil- man-street; and J. E. Davies. To them a meed of praise is due, as from first to last the affair went off splendidly. Expressions for a recur- rence of the affair at an early date being made on all sides.









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