LLANDOVERY. ) Ma LLOYD JONES, this year again, entertained the inmates of the Workhouse with an excellent dinner and tea. Mr Williams, Pentre House, his representative, not being able to attend, Councillor Rees Williams, New White Horse, took his place. WE understand that Mrs Evans, the Vicarage, presented the different members of Llandingat choir with a bouquet each on New Year's night, the occasion of the concert at the National School. MEDICAL.—We are pleased to state that Mr D. Jones, who served his apprenticeship with Mr T. Ll. Morgan, Medical Hall, Llandovery, has passed the examination, which entitles him to be a medical student at Apothecaries' Hall. Mr Jones was coached by Mr D S Thomas, British School. AT Christmas, the inmates of the Workhouse, this year again, at the wish of the Guardians, enjoyed an excellent dinner, consisting of roast geese, plum pudding, &c., with beer. The old men also received acceptable gifts of tobacco. The Mayor (Mr T. Watkins, brewer) and Mr J. R Price were present, and did the carving. Benevolent ladies from the town and neighbour- hood also sent, gifts to the inmates and children. THE WEATHER, which during the past few days had been mild and moist, has to-day (Monday) or rather last night, again changed. The air is now cold and crisp, and the ground is covered with a rather thick sheet of white." In consequence, the roads are in some places slippery and dangerous for pedestrianism. SEASONABLE GENEROSITY. During last week Mr Alderman Daniel Williams, Pentre House, this year, as usual, assisted by Messrs W Jones, Alma House, and Alfred Thomas, solicitor, on behalf of Mr Lloyd Jones, of Berwick-Yeovil (late of Penybont, Llandovery) divided tickets for participation in free gifts of coal, among the deserving poor jf the town, for which the recipients wish to tender their sincere thanks to the donor. NEW YEAR'S EVE. The heralding in of the New Year was celebrated in Llandovery in a very half hearted way." Our band was conspicuous by its silence, and Llandingat bells, which have heretofore every year, within our memory, dole- fully tolled out the old year and pleasantly rang in the new, were not to be heard. We have long and thoughtfully wondered why this was so; why an old custom, which unlike many others, has through the centuries been honoured more in the observance than the I breach,' was on the advent of 1892 so cruelly ignored. It surely cannot be that our little town, whose proudest boast has always been the ability of its bell- ringers, has run dry in their production. Yet, this is, alas! the only conclusion last Thursday evening's silence points to. POLICE NEWS.—On Thursday, before the ex- mayor (Mr J. Watkins, Old Bank) — Henry Williams, a tramping tailor, working at Cilycwm, was brought up in custody of P.C. W. Davies, and charged with being drunk and otherwise mis- conducting himself at Llandovery on the previous night. Fined 5s and co.ts or 14 days. He was committed.-A Sharp Capture On Saturday, be- fore his Worship the Mayor (Mr T. Watkins, brewer) and ex-mayor (Mr J. Watkins, Old Bank)—William Walter Woodman, aged about 17, a servant at the King's Head Hotel, was brought up in custody of P.S. Williams, having been apprehended by him at Shrewsbury on the previous day, and charged with stealing two pairs of trousers, top coat, three brooches, and a cigar case from Llandovery on the 30th ult. The prisoner, when apprehended, pleaded guilty to all the charges. A person named Anne Davies identified the two trousers Willie Davies, the top coat and Anne Lewis, the cigar case and brooches. Prisoner elected to be dealt with summarily, and said he was very sorry for what he had done. The Bench, taking a merci- ful view of the case owing to prisoner's youth, sentenced him to 14 days' hard labour only.- Monday, before the Mayor- Edward O'Brien, a tailor, who was very respectably dressed, pleaded guilty to a charge preferred against him by P. S. Williams, of being drunk in the borough on the previous Saturday evening. From the P.S.'s statement it seemed that while on his beat on the night in question he was sought for by Mrs Griffiths, the landlady of the house where prisoner lodged, in Orchard-street, who came to him at his house in a very frightened state. She said prisoner had been illusing her, and wanted the P.S. to take him out. On going to the house witness found the prisoner there drunk and some crockery broken on the floor, and removed him to the police station. He was fined 5s and costs. Mr Councillor Rees, Cloth Hall, in whose employ he was, went surety for payment of the fine, when he was discharged. The Mayor rather severely rebuked the landlady, Mrs Griffiths, on the reputation her house was rumoured to hold, and referred to complaints that had lately been made against it. He urged her to conduct it in a respectable way, and hoped she would not place herself within the clutches of the law and not mar the reputation of the town. TEA FIGHT AND CONCERT. On New Year's Day, the scholars attending the Church Sunday School and others were entertained to tea and cake at the National Schoolroom, which were very artistically decorated for the occasion. The arrangements were carried out under the superintendence of Mrs Lewis, Violet Cottage. The following ladies assisted at the different tables: Miss Jones, Llanfair Grange; Miss Thomas, Windermere House Miss Bishop, Cwmrythan Miss Hardwick, Mrs Hardwick, Miss Price, Plasydderwen, &c. In the evening an excellent free concert was given, when persons of all sects and creeds were admitted gratis. The building was crammed from start to finish. The entertainment was promoted, and very success- fully carried out through the instrumentality of Mr Hardwick, Mrs Hardwick, Miss Hardwick, and Rev J Williams, curate. At its close the children were all presented with gifts of sweets, oranges, and delicacies. Mr Williams, curate, also announced that the vicar had given three pounds fur distribution among the choir boys for their services during the year, according to merit. We regret that Miss Jones was unable to be present to sing through illness. Miss Hardwick acted very efficiently as accompanist, and the splendid programme with slight variations was most creditably gone through. In the course of his address, the Vicar explained that the object of that meeting was to promote attendance at their day and Sunday schools. He pointed out that excellent tea parties of the sort they had had that afternoon must always be carried out under the guidance of a head. That head, in this instance, they had found in Mrs Lewis, Violet Cottage, whom he warmly thanked for the able assistance she had given. He also expressed a wish to see similar gatherings annually, although, they could not always get them on so elaborate a scale. With reference to the attendance question, he was glad to say that the attendance since the Free Education Act came into force was as good as ever at their school. In conclusion, the rev gentleman de- nounced in strong terms the practice which, he said, was carried out by the other school in try- ing to persuade children who had entered their school with the full consent of the parents to go back there. This was in the face of an agreement, which had some years ago been come to between the two schools—a copy of which, he believed, was still in his possession—not to interfere with the working of each other. The meeting then dispersed.
YSTRAD (CARDIGANSHIRE). NEW FAIR.—As will be seen from our adver- tising columns a new fair for the sale of cattle horses, and pigs is to be held at the above village on Wednesday next. The farmers of the district have taken up the matter with much zeal, and over one hundred of them present at a recent meeting at Ystrad, pledged themselves to give it every support. The day chosen is most convenient for buyers, being the day between Llanwnen and Llanarth fairs, when a number of cattle and horse dealers have been in the habit of passing annually through the village on that day to the latter fair. A request, signed by a few of the leading farmers of the district, has been sent out to a very large number of cattle and horse dealers asking them to attend the fair. Most 1 08 favourable replies have been received, and there is at present every indication that it will be a grand success. <. KAY'S COMPOUND, for Coughs and Colds, Asthma and Bronchitis are immediately relieved by it.
BETTWS. An eisteddfod was held at Seion Chapel on Christmas day. Adjudicators :-Music, Mr J. Lloyd, Poutyclerc prose, Mr Morgan Morgans, Bettws accompanist, Miss Pritchard, Amman- ford chairman, Mr D. George, Bryncelyn. The following is the programme :-The prize ki IOS., for the best rendering of Pebyll yr Arglwydd," was awarded to Seion Choir, this choir being the only one that competed. The prize of 10s., for rendering "IDduw boed y gogoniant," by children under 10 years of age, and for which two choirs competed, was awarded to Cor o'r lie." Trio, "Mae hwn yn deg," prize, 3s., thrde parties competed. Prize awarded to J. Williams, and friends. The prize for any quar- tette, 4s., was withheld. Soprano solo, "Pan af i Gymru'n ol," 2s 6d., two competed, awarded to Miss Jenkins. Alto solo, Ymddiried yn lesu," Is. 6d. and la., five competed—1, Tom Rees, Tirydail 2nd, J. L. Lewis, Bettws. Tenor solo, Llythyr fy Mam," 5- twelve competed, won by David Richards, Tirydail. Bass solo, "Cyrnrll fu," 2s. 6d., height competed, won by Rees Rees, Pontardulais. For the beat render- ing by eight men not under 40 years of age, of Ellacombe," prize 2s., six competed, won by Mr D. Timothy. Duett (soprano and alto), "Wells," 2s., three competed, won by Misses Roach and Jenkins, of Bettws. Essay on the Future of Bettws," 3s., five competed, won by Mr Henry Walters. 40 lines on Yr lesu a wylodd," 3s., four competed, won by Ap Llewellyn, Clydach. Englyn, "Yr Hydref," Is. 6d., 24 competed, won by Mr Edwin Rees, Glanamman. Recitation, "Byw," 2s., five com- peted, won by Mr Samuel Evans, Bettws. Recitation for children under 14 years of age, the 103rd Psalm, Is. 6d. and Is., won by Mary Jane Griffiths and Anna Lloyd. Reading at first siht, Is. 6d. and Is., 1, Mr J Jones; 2nd, Miss Mary J. Griffiths. Translation, English and Welsh, won by Rev T. J. Evans, Bettws. DE ATII. -We regret to record the sudden death of Mrs Daniel Evans, of this place. She was only taken ill on Monday night, and, in spite of the careful attention of Drs. Lloyd and Hobbs, died on Wednesday morning. She was buried on Saturday last at Llandebie, where her mother, Mrs John Fowler, was buried just a year ago. The funeral was very largely attended, and several beautiful wreaths were placed upon the the coffin. The Revs. D. Davies, Vicar of Llandebie, and Evan Lloyd, Vicar of Bettws, took part in the service.
ABERYSTWYTH. DEATH or MR. EDWARDS, BUTCHEFt.-We regret to announce the death of Mr Edward Edwards, butcher, which occurred on Christmas day at his residence in New-street. He was 73 years of age. He was father of Mr Richard Edwards, butcher, and was greatly respected as a mos: straight-for- ward and responsible man of his trade for a great number of years. He leaves a widow to mourn his IOJS. The funeral, which was numerously at- tended, took place at the Cemetery on Wednesday. He was a worthy and irreproachable member of the Shiloh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. SAD DEATH raom SKATING ACCIDENT.—A young man, IS years of age, named Mr Sydney Jones, son of Mrs Lumley Jones, widow, North Parade, was skating on Pwll Simon the afternoon of Christmas day, and fell backwards, receiving a concussion of the skull, breaking his arm and receiving other injuries, from which, notwithstanding the assid- uous efforts of Dr Harries, it is melancholy to state he died on Tuesday morning. The deceased for some time was a printer at the Observer Office, but had discarded that employment, and now fol- lowed tin trade of joiner. Great Sympathy is felt for his bereaved and widowed mother. MONTHLY FAIR.—The usual monthly fair was held on Monday. There was but a limited supply and slow demand. It is hoped an improvement will arise ere long. THE CONSERVATIVE CLUB ROOM-—A new table has been supplied adapted to the large reading room at the new Club premises. It was built on purpose by Mr John Williams, carpenter and joiner, and is most appropriate. The new billiard table, it is expected, will be ready ere long. Navv YEAR'S WATCHNIGHTS —Watchnight ser- vices were held at St. Michael's and St. Mary's Churches, and in Wesley Chapel, Queen's-road, and also at the Church Army Rooms and Salva- tion Barracks. Having attended the St. Mary's Welsh services, the Church was crowded, and even standing room could not be obtained. The services and sermon by the Rev. Mr Davies, the curate, were most impressive and appropriate, and it is gratifying to state the congregation con- ducted itself most decorously, and seemed much moved by the seriousness of the proceedings. The choir sang very effectively, and Miss Griffiths presided at the organ. THE DOLGELLY EISTEDDFOD. Two brass bauds from this town, viz., the Briton and the Excelsior, competed for the brass band prize at this eisteddfod, on New Year's Day, but neither of them succeeded. The first prize of 215, was wun by the Blaenau Festiniog, and the second of jE5 by the Portmadoc Band. The Briton band was described in the adjudication to be excelling in tone. LOCAL EISTEDDFOD.—A local eisteddfod was held on New Year's night, at Philipps' Hall, in Terrace-road, and there was a very full attend- ance. A varied competition in music, recitations, lectures and reading was gone through. The chair was advertised to be taken by the mayor, but he did not make his appearance or intimation of his inability, which threw the proceedings very much out of the way. Mr David Owen, the chairman of the managing committee, however, most efficiently fulfilled the duties, and conducted the meeting to the entire satisfaction of the audience. ENTERTAINMENT TO THE EMPLOYEES OF NANT- EOS. With their usual kindness, Mr and Mrs W B Powell, of Nanteos, entertained their workmen on the estate to an excellent dinner on the even- ing of New Year's Day. After they had enjoyed the feast, the health of Mr and Mrs Powell and Mr Powell, the heir, were proposed amidst cheers, and heartily drank, as was also the health of Mr Sylvanus Lewis. Mr Powell and Mr Edward Powell, and Mr Lewis addressed the workmen and friends in very sympathetic speeches. Songs were sung by Mr Mr Edward Powell and Mr Joseph. Speeches were after- wards delivered by Messrs W Roberts, A Patter- son, J Bonsall, J Evans and D Jones. D Evans recited some very appropriate verses of poetry in honour of the event, and also Edward Morgan, Nanteos Arms. Songs were given by E Morgan, W Challinor, Mrs Challinor, Miss Thomas, Miss Williams, T Edwards, D Evans, J M Jones, T Griffiths and J Roberts. The party broke up at a late or rather an early hour, after passing a most enjoyable time in appreciating the abun- dance of good things provided for the entertain- ment.
BLAENPLWYF. Mr and Mrs Morris Davies, of Ffosrhydgaled, have most considerately given sums varying from 2s to 10s each to the workmen's families on the estate to purchase therewith what may be most beneficial towards their necessities during the present inclement weather. The Misses Davies, of Cwmcoedwig, have also made liberal distributions of flannel, meat, tea, tobacco and money, to the poor people of Llany- chaiarn and Pentre.
LLANYCHAIARN. Mr Vaughan Davies, of Tanybwlch, who now resides at Aberllolwyn, pending the building of Tanybwlch extensions, entrusted the deacons of Gosen, Blaenplwyf Beulah, Rhydyfelin Capel Sion, Moriah and Dyffryn, Paith with the liberal donation of 250, to be distributed amongst the necessitous poor of their districts in the parish during the present Christmas season, according to the respective circumstances of the recipients.
LLANEGWAD. WATCH Night services were held at the Parish Church on the last night of the old year, when there was a large attendance of young Non- conformists, who, from their conduct, appeared to have attended entirely for a spree, and to dis- turb the meeting, which does not speak well for the religious training they have been receiving at their own places of worship. It is hoped the address the Vicar gave them, a few minutes after 12 o'clock, will bring forth some fruit, as it is a service that ought to be observed as solemn as a service on Sunday or any other Holy day. KAY's TIC PILLS, specific in Neuralgia, Face, ache, 9td, and 13id; postage, Id. Of all Chemists.
TAVERNSPITE. PRESENTATION.—A large and representative gathering assembled at Tavernspite on the last day of the old year, to do honour to their departing schoolmaster, Mr W. Lewis, B.A., who is leaving them after a long period of service to take Orders in the diocese of Llandaff. Children and parents, old pupils, neighbours and friends, all came to shew their esteem of Mr Lewis and assist at the presentation to him of a handsome testimonial which took the form of a purse of gold, and a selection of books, accompanied by an address. The room was prettily decorated with flags, and at one end of it a platform was erected, on which the books, purse, and address, were displayed. Shortly before seven the Rector of Lampeter Velfrey, seconded by Mr Thomas Jones, proposed that Mr Thomas Rees should occupy the chair. The motion being carriod with heartiness a ad un- animity, Mr Rees, accompanied by the other members of the committee, ascended the platform. The Chairman commenced his duties by calling upon the choir for" Merry Christmas Bells," which was rendered under the conductorship of the Rev. R. Davies. Miss Alice Owen then met with much applause for her performance of a selection of national airs on the violin. The Chairman addressed his audience in Welsh and enlarged upon Mr Lewis's many good qualities, laying especial stress upon his liberality of mind, which freed his actions from the cramping shackles of a narrow sectarianism. While some people refusing to do good beyond the limits of their own denomination were like a little rivar hemmed in by high banks, whose waters benelitted none but a few fish, and perhaps some stray rats, or an occa- sional otter, Mr Lewis, on the other hand, was like the mighty rill, swelling out over either bank, and fertilising with a noble impartiality the fields on both sides of it.—He was followed by Mr Edwin Lavies, an old scholar, who spoke of his owu experience of Tavernspite. He had come to the school when it was under Mr Venables, a good schoolmaster, but at his departure the sehool sank very low, until at the arrival of Mr Lewis the same began to rise, and the school at once commenced that career of prosperity which had continued to the piesent day. The first report showed the difference; the excellence of discipline and learn- ing in the school was there commented on in terms of praise. But Mr Lewis-firm and fearless ruler as he was-bad ruled by love, not by the influonce of the cane; he bad been one with the children in everything. Never in his experience had he caned a child unnecessarily. He felt sure that everyone lamented Mr Lewis's departure, but their regret must bo tempered by the reflection that a nobler post required him to discharge higher duties, a post that he would fully fill. But Mr Lewis had not only taught others; he had taught himself, and gained a very honourable position in educa- tion thereby. What he had acquired he had done by his own hammering, and was well worthy of the reward of his labours that was to be presented to him that evening, and also of the still higher reward when his life's work was done and he appeared before the great Master, and was greeted with Well done, thou faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."—The Secretary (Mr E. Davies, master of Lampeter Board School), 'hen read many interesting extracts from letters received from old pupils of Mr Lewis and others from all corners of the island. All spoke in the most laudatory terms of Mr Lewis, thoroughly approving of the object of the testimonial for one whom all alike characterised as a true friend. Mr Davies added a few words of his own to the praise bestowed by his correspondents. He owned that it was agreed that a prophet was without honour in his own country, but here was a prophet who uot only received honour in his own place of abode, but from his old pupils scattered all over the island. He (the speaker) had enjoyed the privilege of ten years' intercourse with Mr Lewis, and had received a better opportunity of studying his character and individuality than most people. Many were the thoughts that he had consulted him upon, and this close intercourse between their minds had left him more than ready to endorse all that those letters he had read hal said of him. He was scrupulously punctual ia the fulfilrnent of even trivial engagements. He was a chivalrous co- worker. He had often acted the part of umpire between any disputants. His attainment of the degree of B.A., at Dublin University was the result of genius largely, for Mr Lewis was endowed with special gifts, a clear head, a great faculty of reasoning, and a retentive memory, but anyone who had seen his store of classical works, every page carefully annotated, underlined and asterisked by the hand of the student, would recognise that here again was another application of the old adage that God helps those who help themselves. The choir then sang "The Fox and the grapes." Mr Thomas, master of Lampeter Velfrey National School, as co-secretary of Mr Thomas, read some more extracts from letters. He said that though he had only known Mr Lewis for two years, he had always been to him a most valuable counsellor, and had set him a good example.—Mr Peter Howells, another old pupil, addressed the meeting in Welsh, and compared the condition of Tavern- spite School under Mr Lewis, with its condition under some of his predecessors—one of whom did not scruple to spend hours in the tavern, while the children were wasting their time. Mr Lewis was was never absent from his post, and never neglected his duty. Before the choir sang 'Let the hills re- son nd,'t lie Rev. R. Davies wished tosay afew wordson behalf of them. Most of them, be had said, were very young, and could not, therefore, give their money, but what they had been able they had given, and that was their time to show their affec- tion for the master that was leaving them, and in their name he wished him God-speed.—Mr John said that the pleasure he felt at being there that night was not increased by the fact that he was addressing them. However, he would try to say a few word, about Mr Lewis' good character as to his bad character there was none to describe, f,)r Mr Lewis was faultless. Mr Lewis was young when he started his work, but though be had met with unqualified success, he had never been proud. He bad not only kept a school up, but as the school had, unfortunately, been in a poor position before his arrival, he had made a bad school good. High as his position now was, he desired one still higher. The successful result of his examination spoke more eloquently than words of his ability and perseverance. That day's occasion was a com- bination of smiles and tears-smiles, for they rejoiced that their good friend should be thus honoured; tears, for they sorrowed at the thought that they were soon to lose him. At a recent dinner at Narberth the Bishop of Llandaff had spoken in warm terms of the excellency of the clergy of his diocese, but the standard of excel- lence would be still further raised when Mr Lewis was added tc them, the last but by no means the least.—Mr Bowen, of Cringa, spoke in Welsh, and said that, as a Cilvinistic Methodist, he admired Mr Lewis' consistent Churchmanship. For his own part, he failed to see the good of those people who went to Chapel one Sunday, to Church the next, and lay in bed the third. He then gave an amusing account of his experiences while collect- ing among the "good people of Kiffig," as their Vica-r called them, and praised cheir readiness to contribute to the testimonial.—The choir then performed "Might with Right."—The Rev. D. Pugh Evans, Rector of Lampeter Velfrey, then addressed the meeting. He described Mr Lewis as his right band man. The secret of his success was that he was never satisfied without doing his best. One lesson that he had taught had been impressed upon the older people, and that was that Caurchtaen and Nonconformists could draw clo3er together. They had learned that he was a Churchman to whom they as Nonconformists cou'd safely entrust the religions education of their children. He was sincerely sorry to say good-bye to so valued a fellow-worker.-To the sound of "See the conquering Hero comes "Mr Lewis ascended the platform. Mrs Pugh Evana then came forward, and in a few well-chosen sentences presented Mr Lewia with the address, which was tastefully illuminated, and set in a very handsome gilt frame. The address was signed by Thomas Rees, treasurer; Evan Davies and David Thomas, secretaries; committee, D. Pugh Evans, R. Davies, J. Bowen, George Phillips, J. Howell, George Hughes, W. Lewis, T. John, J. Williams. Owing to the illness of Mr Howell, of Cattle Eli, the books were presented by Mr Lewis, of Carvan, who excused himself from making a speech on the plea that he had suddenly been called upon to take Mr Howells' place. Mr Davies, Board School, presented the purse of gold containing the contri- butions of friends so numerous that the names could not be recorded in the address. After a few suitable farewell remarks from Vlr Daviep, Mr Lewis returned thanks in most felicitous terms. His speech gave such a picture of what a school- master's ideal should be that we would gladly insert it in extenso did space allow. We may in a future issue be able to do so. A few extracts only can we find room for now.—Mr Lewis' appear- ance on the platform was the signal for tremendous applause. He thanked all his kind friends for the signal marks of their esteem bestowed upon him that evening, and assured them that the addre38 should always have the place of honour in his home, and should be bequeathed as a precious heirloom in his family. The books which the com- i mittee bad been good enough to allow him to choose would be the most valued of all his library, and he much wished he could retain the sovereigns in the purse as "souvenirs," but that would not be carry- ing out the intentions of his kind friends. The money was meant to be spent, and he would promise it should be well spent. The purse itself he would always retain in grateful memory of the lady who had worked it, one always ready to help forward every good work. During the 15 years he had been in charge of Tavernspite School he had admitted 315 children. He held in his hand a hst of the different employments they were engaged in. He still retained his interest in their welfare, and he constantly received letters from those far away. The numbers were 26 when he came, and 76 when he left. The Government grant had more than trebled—from f20 8s Od to .£61 14s Od. During the seven years under the Mundella Code, six times had the school been awarded the Excel- lent Marit Grant. He knew he was leaving them in good hands, for his successor (Mr Bye) had already proved himself a teacher second to none. All that was needed to maintain the school at the high pitch of excellence to which it had attained was that the parents should give the teacher their cordial support in the three following ways:—(1) Always to send their children punctually, so as not to miss the hour of religions instruction, the most important in the day. (2) To send them regularly to school, never keeping them at home, unless it was absolutely necessary. (3) To enforce the lessons taught at school by the example given at home, and not to throw the complete responsi- bility for the training of their children upon the teacher. The welfare of the school and of the district would always be dear to him. He could not leave it without a word of encouragement to his fellow-workers in temperance never to be ashamed of their cause, and always to stick to their colours. As to his futnre, he would still be a teacher, but in a wider sphere; be who had fed God's lambs would now hope to feed His sheep, and he asked to be remembered in the prayers of his old friends. Hia last word was "Good bye"- a sad word, unless one considered its real meaning, which was "God be with ye." That was his earnest wish, and he admonished them in the words of the poet:— Lives of great men all reminds us We can make our lives sublime, And departing, leave behinds us Footprints on the sands of time." —The singing of Auld Lang Syne," a vote of thanks to the Chairman, and "God save the Queen" terminated the proceedings.
LLANDEBIE CONCERT.—A grand concert was held at the National School, on Monday evening last, the pro- ceeds of which were devoted to a poor half-blind man, named David Thomas. The soloists were Miss Ceinwen Jones, Miss Griffiths, Glanamman Messrs John Jones, J Morse, D Francis and Ivor Morris. The programme was a very select one and the singing of a high character. Miss C Jones was twice encored for her well rendered contralto solos, while Mr Ivor Morris delighted the audience by his humourous rendering of capital comic sones The Glanamman Male Voice Party gave two pari songs. Their singing was really a treat to the audience. Mr F G Southern acted as chairman and received a hearty vote of thanks for his ser- vices. The concert was financially a decided success.
LLANWRDA. MUSICAL SUCCESS.-We are glad to note the splendid success achieved by the Llanwrda Church Choir, assisted by a few amateur friends, under the leadership of Mr J Gwrda Thomas, at the Llan^a- dock eisteddfod on New Year's Day. Three choirs entered for the chief choral competition, viz Llandilo (D Morgan, junr.) Tabor Philhar- monic Choir, assisted by the Llansadwrn Choir (J Evans) and Llanwrda Church Choir (J Gwrda Thomas). The result which made the Llan- wrdaites easy victors was received with universal satisfaction. The bass solo which attracted no fewer than 9 competitors was also won by Gwrda Bravo Llanwrda.
LLANSANTFFREAD, (CARD.) NEW YEAR'S DAY.-It has been for many years the custom of the Church folk here to hold an anniialcoucert, the proceeds of which are to be given for purposes agreed upon by its supporters. As a general rule this used to be held on Christmas evening, that d.iy being thought, suitable by many ill the light of its convenience rather than of any designed or wilful indifference to its higher uses Not many years ago the concert was tranferred to New Year's evening, a change which has been and ought to be welcomed by all of us; &it is gratifying to find that Christmas is now more reverently observed in this part of the world than it has been for ages. A noteable feature in these concerts is the fact that they have never, so far as we are aware, turned out a failure, for the receipts have invari- ably outweighed the expenses; and so it proved this year, although the surplus this time was not as large as might be expected. There was a lengthy and varied programme, well rendered and represented by the local talent. Suffice it to say that it was a good one. The only drawback attri- buted to it was an excess of the English element, which, by the way, was a peculiar and irredeem- able disadvantage, to the very great majority of the audience. This disadvantage, however, was not due to any direct violation of the patriotic senti- ment, but rather to the difficulty experienced by the artistes in obtaining suitable pieces in Welsh. It is to be hoped that a better fortune may attend the Welsh element in our future concerts-at least let us make an effort to restore it to some of its pristine glory. Where are the old bards and musicians of Wales ? an echo answers, Where are they ? The chairman this year was Mr D M James, Rhiwbwys, who made himself a perfect master of the situation. The accompanist was Miss Morgan, The Green.
CALEDFWLCH. CHRISTMAS OBSERVANCES.—Christmas Day was observed here in the usual way. Early celebration of the Holy Communion, in Welsh, took place at 8 a.m., whilst at 11 a.m., the service and sermon were in English, at the close of which the Holy Com- munion was again celebrated in English. The service was fully choral, Mrs J. C. Richardson presiding at the organ. During the service the choir very effectively rendered a Christmas carol by Stainer. The Church was most beautifully decorated with choice flowers and hot-house plants brought from the Glanbrydan Park gardens.
PENCADER. DEATH.—It is with very great regret we have to record the death of the Rev. R. P. Jones, which occurred at his residence on Sunday night after the short illness of four days. Although perhaps Mr Jones had never enjoyed the best of health since he came here, yet he was never laid up for such a period as to binder him from performing his pastoral work. He conducted the services at the Pencader Iudependent Chapel on the last Sunday in 1891: and on the first Sunday in 1892, being 20 years to the day when he preached his first sermon it the above chapel, be breathed his last. On Mon iay, Tuesday, and Wednesday, December 28th, 29th, and 30th respectively, although be was far from being in a fit condition, he, at the request of the relatives of the departed ones, preached and conducted the burial services on the fore-mentioned days, but on the following day fell a victim to influenza, followed in his case by an attack of hronchitis. Mr Jones, who was comparatively a young man, being only 49 years of age, came to Pencader from Towyn, North Wales. Mr Jonf's was well-known in Wales as an excellent preacher, a patriotic Welshman, and a keen advocate of education. The greatest sympathy is felt with Mrs Jone" and her four children. It is only about six years ago that another great blow happened to her in the death of her two little children who were buried on the same day.—The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday). LINUM CATHARTICUM PILL3, agreeably aperient, 9 £ d, Is lid., 2s 9d. Of all Chemists.
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LLANAFAN. CHRISTMASTIDE. On Christmas morning a Plygain was held in the parish church at six o'clock. The service was fully choral and an sxcellent sermon was preached by the vicar, the Rev W. J. Williams to & large congregation. After the sermon there was a celebration of the H^ly Eucharist, when there were over fifty communicants. At 11 o'clock there was a second celebration in English, and an appropriate sermon was preached by the vicar in the same language. At 6.30.. festal evensong was sung, and an impressive sermon was again delivered by the vicar. The ohoir acquitted themselves very creditably under the leadership of Mr D. Jones, the choirmaster. The Church was tastefully decorated by the Misses Gardiner, Mrs Williams (Vicarage), Miss Price (Tyufron), and Mr H. H. Herring. Evergreens and flowers were kindly sent by the Earl o. Lisburne. » NEW YEAR'S DAY. On New Year's Day the Sunday School of the united parishes of Llanafan, and Gwnnws was held in the school at Llanafan. The school had heen prettily decorated foi the occasion by Mr R. S. Gardiner, Mr H. H. Herring, and Mr D. Jones. Tea commenced at fuur o'clock, when the following ladies presided over the tables which they had kindly provided, viz., the Countess of Lisburne, Mrs Gardiner, Mrs Williams (Vicarage), Mrs Price (Tynfron), Mrs Pugh (Glanyroerfa), and Mrs Jones (Penlan). After amplejustice had been done to the good things with which the tables were loaded, the prizes were distributed by the vicar on behalf of the Countess of Lisburne, who was obliged to leave immediately after the tea was finished. The prizes were again this year generously given by the Earl of Lisburne, who also bore the expense of hiring the piano and lantern slides for the evening's entertainment. Prizes were given to all who had attended thirty Sundays and upwards during the year, and a goodly number secured them. After the distribution was over, the school was cleared and arranged for the entertainment, over which the vicar genially presided. The proceedings commenced with an address by the chairman, then Misses Connie and Augusta Gardiner gave a pianoforte duet in capital style, This was followed by songs by Mr D. Jones and Miss Price, and a violin and piano duet lty Miss Gardiner and Miss Connie Gardiner. The programme was here varied by the introduction of scriptural views, illustrating incidents in the lives of the Patriarchs, thrown on the screen bylthe magic lantern by Mr H. H. Herring. Songs were again sung by Miss R. Richards and Miss Price Misses Connie and Augusta Gardiner gave another; pianoforte duet, and then Mr D. Jones sang the If Death of Nelson." Comic songs were sung by Mr Williams and Mr Cheshire (of Crosswood Gardens), and Mr A. J. Jenkins, Dolfor, After some comic lantern slides had been shown and graphically described by the vicar, Messrs J. A. Jenkins and Jones sang a duet, and after some more vocal and instrumental music had been enjoyed, the proceedings terminated with the rendering of God save the Queen," Mr D. Jones taking the solo, and three hearty cheers for the Earl and Countess of Lisburne. Great praise is due to Mr Gardiner, who arranged the whole of the days proceedings, and under whose able manage- ment everything passed off without a hitch.
KIDWELLY. TOWN COUNCIL.—The monthly meeting of this Council was held at the Town Hall on° Monday evening, when there were present: Mr DI. Harries (mayor), Messrs Daniel Stephens, R Browne, W Wilkins, Joseph Wild, Ben Harries, David Morris, Henry Anthony, Charles Blackmore, and the Town Clerk (Mr D C Edwards).—After a long discussion, in which Councillors Stephens, Browne, Antheny] and the Mayor took part, the Surveyor, who was present, was instructed to take up the pipe which diverted the water at Arlais, and let it run its usual course, viz., past Coleman.—The report of the general purposes committee was adopted, and was as follows:—They regretted that no water taps had been fitted at Tycoch yet. Instructions were given to the water inspector to scour the reservoir, and keep a list of all stop-taps in the borough.—The highway and sanitary committee called the attention of the surveyor to the bad state of Alstread-street, the road from Brown Hill to the Tinworks and Station-road, and ordered the same to be attended to at once, and also that the surveyor visit Gwendraeth Town and see if the roads were in a condition to be taken over by the Council.—On the proportion of the Mayor, the un- demised property of the Corporation will be offered for sale by public auction shortly.—Councillor Browne read the corrospondeneé which bad taken place between him and the chief constable, re the taking away of the petty sessions from Kidwelly to Llanelly. The chief constable stated that the local police superintendent had adopted a new pro- cedure by miking a summons issued lately return- able at Lianelly before the county justices. He maintained that the Mayor and one county justice were empowered to try all cases which occurred in the borough of Kidwelly (except Quarter Sessions cases), and further, the chief constable bad expressed himself strongly against the new procedure adopted, and would instruct Capt' Scott in future to have all cases which occurred at Kid- welly tried at Kidwelly before the Mayor. The Mayor here made a remark that Kidwelly had lately been setting a good example of sobriety, in- asmuch as for the 1ASt two months there had been no cases to try, and therefore no need of a magis- trate.—Mr Browne: You ought to have a pair of white gloves, your Worship (laughter).—A list of the roads, which had to be kept in order in the borough, was submitted by the Surveyor and read the Mayor. SCHOOL BOARD.-The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held at the Town Hall on Monday afternoon, the following members being present:- Messrs H Smart (chairman), Daniel Anthony, T W A Evans, J Williams, Rev W C Jenkins, and the Clerk, Mr D C Edwards. Considerable discussion took place as to t ie propoaed extension of the Mountain School, and the architect (Mr G Morgan, Carmarthen, who was present), was instructed to prepare plans of a room to accommodate 100 infants, or one to be about 33ft, by 24ft. only. Three applications for the assistant mistress-ship at the Hill Field Girls' School were received, viz., from Miss Mary Jane Morgan, Bronant Board School, Aberystwyth, aged 21, who asked t42 salary; Miss Lizzie Evans, Old Church, Cefncoed, aged 20, JS40 salary, and Miss Mary E Randell, Tredegar School, Newport, Y,40 salary. Miss Morgan sent such excellent testimonials that it was r isolved to make an effort to secure her services at £ 35 per annum. If Miss Morgan did not accept the same offer was to be given to Miss Randell. The applications of Mrs Truscott, Castle School, and Miss Harries, Hillfield Infants, for an increase of salary were refused, as the members did not feel justified in spending more of the ratepayers' money I at present. The application of the cleaner of Hill- field School, Mrs Davies, for an increase of salary, on the ground that she had now an extra room to t clean, was considered. She now received JB10 for cleaning four rooms and lighting five fires. Her pay was increased XI. Mr Truscott was allowed one monitor, to be made a P.T. next year. One girl was apprenticed to Miss Nicholas at the Hill- field School as a P.T. also. The application of Mr A. Harries for the use of a class-room in the Hill- field School to hold a Rechabite Tent fortnightly was granted. j
LAUGHARNE. SOCIAL TEA.—The annual social tea and enter- tainment was held in the National Schoolroom on Monday evening, January 4th. The following ladies presided at the several tea-tables, namely Mrs Peel, Fern Hill; Miss Hurt, Fern Hill Miss G. Smith, Milton Bank; Miss Beta David; Miss S. A. David; Mrs Benjamin, Globe Hotel; Miss Leach, Elm House; Mrs Matthew Jones; Mrs John Saer, Prospect Terrace; and Mrs Richard Griffith. The tea was not so well patronised as in former years, but there was a really good and enthusiastic audience at the entertainment which immediately followed the tea. In the absence of the Rev W. H. Harrison. B.A., who was sick, Mr Churchwarden Thomas David, the Pynes, was voted to, and ably filled the chair throughout the evening. The following is the programme :— Pianoforte duett, Miss G. Smith, and Miss Hurt song, Thy smile" (encored), Miss Julia Wilkins pianoforte solo, Miss Gwennie David song (with banjo accompaniment), "Somebody whispered so sweetly (encorod), Miss Hurt; song, We meet once more" (encored), Miss Laura Wilkins; song, Mr Archie David; comic song, "He was a careful man (encored), Mr Fred. Williams. Part II.— The laughable farce—" Rendezvous." Characters: Lucretia," Miss Laura Wilkins; Sophia," Miss Ada Richards; "Rose," Miss Julia Wilkins; "Quake," Mr William Jeremy; "Simon," Mr Fred. Williams; "Charles," Mr Martin David; Captain Bolding," Mr Maurice Williams; Smart," Master Arthur Brown, The farce passed off without a hitch, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed it. Miss Hurt presided at the piano in a most praiseworthy manner. The usual vote of thanks brought an enjoyable evening to a close. We must- not omit to mention that Mr W. H. Saer rendered valuable assistance as stage manager and prompter. The hon treasurer of the social tea committee is Miss Leach, Elm House; and the hon. secretary, Mr G. D. Wilkins, Melbourne House.
T- TRAPP. On Thursday, December 31st, the third of a series of winter entertainments took place at the Trapp National School. The weather having proved favourable, and the night being a suitable one for such a pastime, there was a crowded audience. A most substantial, as well as a very interesting, programme was got through in good time, and all present seemed to be thoroughly pleased with the way they had spent a few of the last hours of the past year. KAY'S COMPOUND, a demulcent anodyne expec- torant, 9id., 13id., 2s. 9d., &c. Of all Chemists CWMAMMAN. The Rev. E. A. Davies, of Llangennech, was inducted to the vicarage of Cwmamman, Carmar- thenshire, on Thursday. The archdeacon, being too indisposed to attend, was represented by the Rev. Roger Williams, rector of Llanedy, and the Rev. D. Davies, vicar of Llandebie. There were also present the Revs. E. Lloyd, vicar of Bettws; J. Morlais Jones, vicar of Brynamman J. Davies carate of Carmarthen; Mr David Thomas, of the Globe and Mr Rees, Raven, the churchwardens; Miss Griffiths and the Misses Evans, of Garnant House Mrs Jones, Brvnamman; and a large number of other parishioners. The Vicar of Llan- debie performed the induction ceremony.-The Rector of Llanedy delivered a short address, in the course of which he dwelt upon the work of the new vicar, and the deep regret with which his old parishioners at Llangennech parted with him. The Vicar of Llandebie emphasised the wisdom of the bishop's appointment, on the ground that Mr Davies's previous labours and success for over twenty years had been in populous localities, and similar in character to that of Cwmamman.—The new vicar then addressed his parishioners, and the proceedings concluded. SApo-LiNi," containing Linseed Jelly, is a per- fumed Emulsive Toilet Soap, 4d.; post free, 6d. Of Chemists.
LLANDEFEILOG. ON Now Year's Day the annual Christmas Tree festivities were held in connection with the Church Sunday School, the members of which met at the National Schoolroom at 2.30 in the afternoon. The room presented a very bright and gay appear. auce, being tastefully decorated with Chinese lanterns, &c. At one end of the room was a large Coristmas Tree, on which the Misses Price had expended skill and taste in its decoration. From 3 to 5 tea was the order of the day and about 150 partook of an excellent repast of tea, cake, &c., in the classroom. The tables were presided over by Miss Evans, Glanrhydw; Miss Edwards, Pantglas; Mrs Benbough, Ystrad-fawr: and Miss Morgans. After tea the presents were on view in the large room, which made one fancy be had entered fairyland, or was revelling in Aladdin's fabulous grotto. There were over a hundred beautiful and costly presents which were dis- tributed from 5.30 to 6.30., amongst the most regular attendants of the Sunday school. It was a sight that did one's heart good to watch the bright and happy countenances of the lucky recipients as they marched back from the top of the room, proud possessors of valuable and pretty gifts. There were handsome trays bearing miniature cups and saucers, pictures and portraits enclosed in elegant frames, beautiful flowerpott, photo frames, useful books, diaries, and many delightful bric-a-brac articles too numerous to mention. The most sincere thanks of the members of the school are deservedly due to the Vicar and Mrs Herbert, Mrs Price, Glanmorlais; Miss Jennings, Gellideg; Miss Androse, Wern and the Misses Price, for their kindness and generosity in providing tea and giving such magnificent presents. At 7 o'clock commenced the entertain- ment which consisted of recitations, dialogues, solos, ehoruses, and glees. The children recited admirably, particularly Mary Daniels, Jane Jones, Edwin Morgans, Richard Williams, and Walter Briggs. The dialogues between Messrs William Jones, Pantglas, David James, Cilgadan, and John Griffiths, Rose and Crown, showed that these young men possessed histrionic ability. Miss Davies (assistant mistress), Miss Griffiths (School House), Miss Margaret Tucker and Miss Annie Morgans, sang their songs in good style, and won the favour of the audience. The trio If A little farm" rendered by Messrs H. & D. Davies and J. W. Griffiths fairly brought down the house. Mr D. Evans was also encored for his comic song, "Sarah," and Mr Harry Davies gave "Maggie by my side" in a very pleasing manner and was loudly applauded. The Sleighing Glee by the choir brought a most enjoyable and successful gathering to a close. Mr J. W. Griffiths (school master), accompanied, and the Rev. J. Herbert, B.A., presided.
MANORDEILO. PRINTING.—THE JOURNAL Co. (Limited) are prepared to execute all orders entrusted to them in the best style. Offices-3, Guildhall-square, Car- then. DINNER.—On Saturday evening, 2nd inet., the popular squire of Cldsglas—Mr J; Evans—invited a number of the working men residing in his neighbourhood to his residence to partake of a sumptuoue; dinner of roast beef and plom-pudding in recognition of the assistance rendered by them to him during the harvest season. Dinner com- menced at 8 p.m., the genial host himself presiding at the head of the table. No fewer than about 24 of his working-men neighbours availed themselves of his kind invitation, and it cannot less be ad- mitted that each one did ample justice to the delightful spread around them, which they apparently enjoyed to their hearts' content. It is his annual custom to provide this dinner at the close of the harvest, but as circumstances did not allow his doing so this year it was postponed until the night in question—he thinking it would be a most appropriate date especially at this festive season of the year. After the cloth had been removed the evening was far spent in delivering congratulatory speeches, singing, instrumental music, &c., much to the amusement ofthecjm- pany present. Amongst those who took part in the programme were:—Messrs W. Edwards, J. Richards, D. Williams and Tom Williams, Rhosy- maen; Master Trevor Thomas, Mile End; Mr J. Jones, Tredomos Mr T. Morgan, Plascanol; Mr R. Rees, Glanrwyth; Mr J. Gwrda Thomas, Llan- wrda; Mr William Jones, Mr T. Davies, and Mr J. Jones, C163glas. During the singing and speaking, tobacco was freely indulged in and the health of the noble host most cordially drank. The worthy donor, who in rising to respond to kindly references made to him, was received with enthusiastic cheers, thanked all present for their kindness in responding to his invitation. Proceeding he said he never felt so happy as when he was in company with working nun. He heartily hoped that they had all enjoyed themselves to perfection, as if they did not it was their own fault. He had always found them very kind and ready to assist him in his agricultural pursuits whenever necessity arose, and it was but a humble acknowledgment which he had the pleasure of offering them by inviting them there that night. He also wished to tell them all that whenever they wanted the loan of a horse or cart-and he knew it was often acceptable to a working man-they knew where to go for one. In conclusion he expressed his great appreciation of their company, trusting it was only another of many more of the happy evenings which he would have the pleasure of enjoying amongst them. He wished them all a very happy and prosperous New Year, after which the kind gentleman resumed his seat amidst the well-known strains of For he's a jolly good fellow." Three cheers having been received for Mr Evans, the singing of Hen wlad fy Nhadau concluded a very enjoyable evening's entertainment after which the campany dispersed for their respective homes. We hope our well-to-do farmers will follow the above gentleman's example, as by doing so they may be assured that their kindness would be amply compensated during the busy time of the harvest aaason. NEW YEAR'S SUPPER.-The annual supper given by Col. and Mrs J. C. Richardson, of Glanbrydan Park, to the choir and Sunday school teachers of St. Paul's Church, Caledfwlch, took place on Monday evening, 4t.h inst., a full report of which will appear in our next week's issue.
TREGARON. t., CHURCH SERVICES. On Christmas morning a Plygain" was held in tho Parish Church at 6 a.m. There was a good congregation, and the service was fully choral. An appropriate sermon was preached by the vicar, the Rev T. Phillips, followed by the celebration of the Holy Com- munion. At 10 a.m. there was a service and sermon again and a celebration of the Holy Communion, the vicar officiatiug. The Church was very tastefully decorated for the occasion by the following ladies Mrs Phillips, the Vicarage; Miss Rowland, Argoed Mrs Jones, Park Miss Jones, Sunny Hill and Miss Williams, Castle House. The collections were given to the National Society and Archidiaconal Board of Education. KAY'S COMPOUND Essence of Linseed, Aniseed Senega, Squill, Tolu, &c., with Chlorodyne, Old