HUNTING APPOINTMENTS. T Foxhounds will meet onjj X S< on is;, ^"ssrsrtOT ,yTrth" i 1 \III 'M) a m 22nd, at Green Castle each day at lOeW a. nv > J«* t wSI meet Monday, Jan. Jtoc at Warbeaton road • on Tnesdiv Jan. l'Jth, at Onelton (breakfast); o?Thu™dav Tan'! 21st, at Llandeloy: and on Friday, Jan ^d "t Holloway Bridge each day ftt U o'clock. THE Doiwilym Beagles will meet on Wednesday Jan. 20th, at Waunfuod and on Saturday, Jan 23rd' at Ffoswine, near Llanboidy; each day at U o'clock MR. Pryse Rice's Foxhounds will m?et on Monday Jan. 18th, at the Market PJaL'e' Llandovery • oil Wednesday, Jan. 20th at Halfway House, fcecon Road; Hnd on 1 nday, Jan. 22nd, at Yatradfin each day at 10.30 a.m.
DEATH OF THE DUKE OF j CLARENCE. The sudden and unexpected announcement of the serious development < f the illness of tho Duke of Clarence could hardly be credited b; | the public when announced on Wednesdaj morning for the lirst time. Bulletin att bulletin afterwards was watched with eagei anxiety and the country was gradually and painfully brought to anticipate the worst. A telepram reached Carmarthen on Wednesday evening announcing the death of the illustrious patient, but another telegram despatched U Sandringham elicited the welcome news that the Duke was not dead but that his condition w» very grave. People clung to the hope that the orst would not happen and that the life oj the young Prince so full of bright and useful promise would yet be spared. When the sa. news, however, reached Carmarthen in the forenoon of Thursday that the young Duke had passed away at a quarter past 9 that morning the feeling of sorrow and sympathy was wide spread and pervaded every class in the town. On account of the illness of Mr Morgan, currier, the old bell of St Peter's didjnot toll the mournfui news. The Prince of Wales wired to the Lora Mayor of London:Our beloved son passed away at 9 o'clock." The official bulletin ran :—"Aftei marked improvement in the early part of the night, the Duke's strength suddenly failed about two a.m., and he gradually sank, death taking [place at 9.15." The news of the Duke's death iwas received with great sorrow and regret in London, and Windsor and throughout the 0 country as well as on the Continent and in America where the news of his illness had previously created the greatest anxiety. The Prince and Princess of Wales, the Princesses Victoria and Maud, the Princess Mary Victoria of Teck (the Duke's fiancee), and the Duke and Duchess of Teck were all at Sandringham at thf time of the death. Prince Albert Victoi Christian Edward, Duke of Clarence and Avon- dale and Earl of Athlone, K.G., K.P., A.D.C., was born on January 8, 1864. He was baptised Victor after the Queen, and his other names are those of his paternal and maternal grandfathers (the Prince Consort and the King of Denmark) and of his great grandfather (Edward, Duke of Kent). He was educated at home till 1871, the late domestic chaplain to the Prince of Wales (the Rev William Lake Onslow, R.N. and M.A.) instructing him and his younger brother, Prince George. On the 7th of December, 1891, it was announced that his Royal Highness had been betrothed to her Serene Highness Princess Mary of Teck and the nuptials has 1 been fixed to take place at Windsor on the 27th of Feb- ruary next. The day preceding the twenty- eighth anniversary of his birthday, viz., theeighth of the present month, the Duke of Clarence was taken ill, but it was only on the 13th, the fifth lay of his illness, the symptoms became alarming and the Royal patient succumbed on Thursday morning, the 14th of January. Telegrams of condolence are streaming into Sandringham from ill parts, all being deeply touched by the sad news.
CARDIGANSHIRE STANDING JOINT COMMITTEE. A quarterly meeting of the Cardiganshire Standing Joint Committee was held on Thurs- lay (yesterday), at the Town Hall, Lampeter All the members were present, viz Mr John James, Aberystwyth, chairman; the Lord Lieutenant of Cardiganshire Mr J Willis Bund; Mr T H Maddy, Dolaeron Mr J W Szlumper, Aberystwyth; Mr J E Rogers, Abermeurig Mr Charles Lloyd, Waunifor Capt. Stewart, Alltyrodyn Major Price-Lewes, Tyglyn Aeron Mr Tobit Evans, Llanarth Mr John Fowden, Bank Hall Mr J C Harford, Falcondale Mr A FI Jones, Penrallt Mr Peter Jones, Mr D C Roberts and Mr C M Williams, Aberystwyth Mr J M Howell, Aberaeron Mr J T Morgan, Maesnewydd Mr Morgan Evans, Llanarth Rev John Owen, Taihirion Capt. D Jones. Llanon Mr John Powell, Troedyraur Mr D Griffiths, Penlan and the Rev John Williams, Cardigan. There were also in attendance, Mr H C Fryer, clerk of the peace; Chief Constable Howell Evans, and Supt. D Williams. The first business on the agenda was to ap- point a chairman of the committee for the ensu- ing year, and the second item was to confirm the minutes of the last meeting. The meeting was timed to begin at 11 o'clock, but as the Lord Lieutenant had not arrived, the meeting did not commence until 11.30. The Chairman suggested that they should go on confirming the minutes before appointing a chairman, but Mr Willis Bund objected, as he said there was now no chairman of the com- mittee to sign the minutes. Mr John James sat in his accustomed place, but he was not their chairman that day. Mr Peter Jones said that under the Municipal Corporations Act (much of which was embodied in this Act) the Chairman was to act as chairman up till the time his, successor was appointed.-Mr Willis Bund No, no. If you look at our minutes, Mr James was only appointed until November. It was then decided to proceed in the order on the agenda paper. THE APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN* POSTPONED. Mr Willis Bund then moved that Col. Davies- Mr Willis Bund then moved that Col. Davies- Evans, the lord-lieutenant of the county, be ap- pointed chairman for the ensuing year. He had not the honour of being a member of that com- mittee when Col. Evans was chairman, but the present members who were members then would bear him out when he said that Col. Evans carried out his duties in a most courteous manner to all members signalled himself by impartial ruling on all subjects, and endeavoured to con- duct. the business as public business ought to be conducted by an independent spirit, and with- out regard to the views of any particular member. He ventured to make an appeal to the gentlemen appointed by the County Council that, if possible, they should see their way clear to join in Col. Evans's appointment, because he felt sure that if they were to do so, it would be hold ing out a hope that the straight lines that had been drawn between them in the past would be relaxed, and that they would be able to unite more than they had in harmonious action for thej common good of the county. The members of the Quarter Sessions had been led to propose: Col. Evans as one who would be acceptable to1 all the members of the committee, and not as a partisan in any shape or form, for he would do his best for both parties (hear, hear). [The Lord Lieutenant entered the room at this point]. Major Price Lewes I have very great pleasure in seconding the proposition. Mr Peter Jones said, with regard to this question, he felt as a member of the County Council that he had no right to commit himself 11 by voting the appointment of a new chairman! then. He thought, under the circumstances, its was their duty to adhere to what they had done: in the past as to the election of Mr James. Hef contended that all the committees appointed! under the County Councils Act, 1891, including! the standing joint committee, had been ex-| tended, like the County Council, from the 7th of] November until the 8th of March, and that was the opinion maintained by most of the police com-i mittees in the Principality. Several had already held meetings, and in Glamorganshire, where the committee had the advantage of having zt chairman with sound legal knowledge, and sound, practical common sense, viz, Mr Gwilym Williams, they had postponed the appointment s because they were under the belief that the period of the committee's office had been ex- | tended the same as that of the County Council. He therefore asked for the chairman's ruling as to whether the position he occupied had been ex- tended under the Act. He did not mean to say that he would not agree with the arrangement suggested—that the seat be held alternately by a representative of the Quarter Sessions and a representative of the County Council he had thrown out such a suggestion himself, but the justicesliad not fallen in with it. Therefore, |he thought they should appoint Mr James to ioccupy the seat until March, when a new com- Imitlee would be appointed. The present] Icounty Council members could not pledge the.n-i selves to any chairman, because they might not be members of the committee after March. k Mr Willis Bund said perhaps he might end the discussion (although he totally disagreed with Mr Jones's reading of the Act), and ho wished to avoid as far as possible any continual fighting in that committee. He was quite until the next meeting, but it must be clearly It willing to delay the appointment of chairman understood that he did so without prejudice to iny question of right. He did so in conjunction with those with whom he acted, but they simply lid so as a matter of courtesy. Mr James would remain in the chair that day, and the question would be opened at the next meeting, when he hoped the feeling shown by him would be re- ciprocated by the members appointed by the^ county council. He withdrew his motion. < The Chairman—I object to occupy my seat as] is a matter of courtesy. I shall keep it as a' natter of right until the 7th of March. I have; iscertained my position. Mr Bund seems to; -aveagreatdeal of law about him, but I ami tfraid he has very little real knowledge of these matters. 1 Mr Willis Bund-I do not see why you should o out of the way to insult me when I tried to do a courteous act. | Chairman-The late Chief Constable would have kept his position were it not for you. I should be most heartily pleased to give up my place for Col. Evans to-day, but we have been soi oadly treated by your representative-the repre- sentati ve of the court of Quarter Sessions. He is :ilw \ys quibbling about nothing. 1 Mr Bund—I am afraid the cold has got into Mr James's liver. 1 Chairman—It has many a time. | The matter then dropped and the Chairman signed the minutes. § A CONSTABLE'S JUST COMPLAINT. 1 The Clerk read a lengthy letter from P.C. § David James (26), stationed at New Inn, stating le had a grievance to make about the way he had been treated in the police force respecting his promotion. He joined the force in 1882 and during the whole period not a single complaint had been lodged against him. By an order off Quarter Sessions, dated 14th October, 1884, iti was resolved "That all constables after eight! years' service should be promoted to be first! class constables, unless the Chief Constable found! ihem deficient in anything pertaining to the office, and therefore unworthy of the promotion. "B The letter went on as follows And to satisfy rhe committee on the latter part of above order, I may say the late Chief Constable Evans did actually make a general order to promote the rhen P.C. David Davies (17), to be sergeant and myself to be 1st class constable, but, fearingB the promotions would be illegal before the Chief Secretary of State would confirm his own appoint g| ment he cancelled the said promotions. On 1st of January, 1891, the said P C. (17) wasij promoted sergeant by the present Chief Con-lj stable, but I am still a 2nd class constable, although on the 1st December, 1890, I had com-B oleted my 8 years service in accordance with thegl Order of the Quarter Sessions then in force. On the 9th April, 1891, the Standing Joint Com-ra mittee passed a resolution, that first class con-ra itables should not number more than sixteen nen, but I think you will agree with me, in the face of the facts mentioned, the resolution of 9th April had nothing to do with my promotion, because I was in honour entitled to the same ong§ the 1st December, 1890. and by the end of present month I shall be loser of £ 6 12 owing toll not being promoted as others under similar cir- cumstances have been. I am the only one thatgij had served the 8 years when the resolution ofS the 9th April was passed and the only one that|| has not been promoted." || Sevoral members spoke on the subject, ex-p pressing as their opinion that although powerf! was vested in the Chief Constable to promote by|| merit and not by seniority (as advanced by P.C.p James), it was a hardship on this constable thatjl he should not be promoted as he had served hisfe eight years before the Joint Police Committeepi! had issued their order that promotion be by^t merit.—It was decided to place the matter on the agenda for the next meeting. FINANCE. h The appointment of the Finance Committee ty was also postponed till the next meeting. ? The finance committee's report was received. \fter dealing with minor matters, the reports stated—" The estimate of.the Chief Constable of the sum required for police purposes during the ensuing quarter was considered, and your committee recommended that a requisition be made upon the county council for the sum of t863 15s lOd, the amounts to be paid upon the;, dates specified. "-The report was adopted. Mr D. C. Roberts said a resolution had been passed that they should pay the expenses of constables on removal from one station to the other. Five or six had been moved and their bills had been received. He thought it well to remind the constables that they ought to exercise the same discretion now in removal as they did when their expenses were not paid, some of the bills were exorbitant. The committee expected different treatment at the hands of the constables in these small matters if t hey expected the committee to treat them well, H ris the committee hoped to do (hear, hear). r: THE CHARGE OF BADGERING AGAINST THE CHIEF CONSTABLE. I" The next business was to receive the report of the sub-committee appointed to investigated certain allegations brought by Mr Willis Bund;, at the last meeting against the Chief Constable int? connection with P.C. Thomas Jones. The chair- £ man submitted the following as the sub-| committee's report: — £ I Gentlemen,—We, your sub-committee, ap-ti pointed to investigate the allegations respecting) the preparation of the evidence of P.C. Thomas b Jones, No. 18, in the case of Vaughan v. Evans,? tried at Lampeter County Court on the 22nd of Sept., 1891, and the circumstances attending his removal from Llanilar to Llechryd, met at Aber- Iystwyth on the 8th October, 1891. There were present Messrs John James (presiding), J. W. Willis Bund, T. H. Maddy, Peter Jones, C. M. f Williams, and the Rev J. M. Griffiths. Mr I Willis Bund having read Mr Picton Evans' I letter upon the receipt of which he had taken I action and brought the questions forward, your committee examined at length P.C. Thos. Jones, No. 18, and P.C. Griffiths, No. 31, who had also given evidence at Lampeter, and been removed to a fresh station. Your committee also took the e-:idence of the chief constable, Mr Lloyd, Mr J. H. Davies (Cwrtmar), Mr D C Roberts, and others, and as the result of these investigations, Sbeg to report that they find as follows (1) igThat Mr Davies, a friend of the solicitor for the jgdefencfc in the action, called at the Chief Con- Bstable's office, and there saw the Chief Constable and Supt. Lloyd that the two constables were called into the office and made statements as to their evidence, but it was not proved that this pwas done by the order of the. Chief Constable, Salthough he raised no objection. (2) That the Sevidence of the constables was not signed by Hthem and that there was no pressure nut unon. nor cross-examination of the constables. (3) That it was clearly proved that the removals of the constables were ordered prior to the hearing of the case at Lampeter County Court, and were not made in consequence of any evidence given by the said constables in the case.-(Signedd JOHN JAMES, Chairman." 1 The Chairman having read the above report, 1 Mr Willis Bund said-Pardon me, but that is not the report of the committee, because we have not had the opportunity of seeing it until this I morning. It may be the report of the Chairman himself. I have prepared a report, which I showed to Mr Maddy and the Rev. J M Griffiths, and they agreed that it was a correct report of the proceedings. Substantially it is the same report as that the Chairman has read, but there are one or two things in this report that I do not agree with. With your permission I will read my report.—Mr Bund then read his report as follows I "Your committee met at Aberystwyth and heard the evidence of the different persons who came before them. It was proved that Mr Davies, junior, Cwrt Mawr, a friend of the defendant Evans in the case of Vaughan v. Evans, being desirous of ascertaining on that defendant's behalf the facts that the police constables were! to give in evidence at the hearing of that case in! Lampeter, applied to Mr D. C. Roberts, at relation of his (Mr Davies) for Mr Roberts's helps |to see the Chief Constable. Mr Davies and Mr? jgRoberts went to the Chief Constable's office and |had an interview with the Chief Constable and |D. C. C. Lloyd, the result of which was that the two constables were officially ordered to Aberystwyth to attend at the police station. While there they saw the Chief Constable who told them to speak the truth, and subsequently each constable was called in separately into the I Chief Constable's office, and in the presence ofj < the Chief Constable the constable's statemellhj 1 were taken down in writing by Mr Davies anti j l^given by him to the defendant's solicitor. Tho| constables were asked various questions by Mr •^Davies to elucidate their statements, but they^ <|\vere not asked to sign their statements when| jg written down. The Chief Constables' orders foil fthe removal of the constables were issued before! the Chief Constable knew of the evidence that! |ihad been given by the constables in the case off |g Vaughan and Evans at Lampeter, or the result | «of the trial in that case. Such orders were not^ of the trial in that case. Such orders were not^ ven in consequence of their evidence in that case. The constables stated that they had never in their experience in the force, previously to this. occasion, been summoned to attend at a police. astation and had the facts they were about to givefj in evidence in a civil action taken down by a friend of one of the parties in the presence of the constable's superior officer. We are of opinion that in the interests of justice it is very Hundesirable that any such practice should be ■ introduced, and recommend that the Chieifi Constable be ordered not to allow it in any future cases.-J. W. WILLIS BUND." § I Mr Willis Bund I beg to move that my report be adopted. The chief difference in the reports is that I wish the Chief Constable in future to discontinue the practice of summoniti, constables to enable one side of a pending case to see them in order to get their evidence. After what transpired at the enquiry I think you will concur with me in this. J Mr Maddy I beg to second the adoption of Mr Bund's report. a Mr Peter Jones said, as an e.v-parte statement that Mr Bund's report was a fair one, and Alr Bund had toned down a great deal sinee he brought the allegations forward first of all. But lie moved the adoption of the report read by the chairman, as it had been written by the clerk, and he believed the chief points in it had been shown to all the members of the committee be fore it was drawn up. M Mr J M Howell seconded the adoption of the chairman's report. H Mr J W Szlnmper moved as an amendment, as there were two reports submitted from the same committee, that the committee meet again and bring in another report which represented the opinion of the whole committee. || Mr Maddy—I do not see why the latter end of e Mr Bund's report could not be added to theB chairman's report, which would meet the case. B Chairman—The latter end of Mr Willis Bund's report is childish. There has been no injustice done by the Chief Constable, and why should he B then be censured. I think the Chief Constable was perfectly correct in doing what he did. You want to tell him you have been a very naughty boy, but don't do it again (laughter). B I Mr Tobit Evans seconded Mr Szlumper's amendment. | Mr D C Roberts said that as one interested in having brought the Chief Constable to commit this crime, he wished to say that the Chief Con- I [stable did nothing but what he would be pleased I to do for anyone else who wanted information respecting any public matter. Chairman—The difference between the two !ports is a mere nothing. Is it worth while [to a vote in order to pass the latter end of Mrs [Bund's report which amounts to a vote of censureM [on the Chief Constable? It would be rather in- ■suiting to the Chief Constable. M Mr Bund said he could not withdraw his report because it was a matter of principle which ,the committee ought to uphold. What he 'complained of was that two constables should have been officially ordered to attend at the office, and made to give their evidence to one party in a case in the presence of their superior office in whose hands lay the whole hopes of their promotion. It was a practice that had never before been known in the county, and he believedg they would be right in saying that such a practice^ should not be carried on in future. He did not|| wish to censure the Chief Constable for for the constables. K Chairman He did not send for them. « Mr Bund: But D. C. C. Lloyd said in presence that the constables should come to the S office and an official information was sent to them If to come. I think I am right in saying that one a of the constables said he would not have attended! at the Chief Constable's office if he had notl received official notice. I really cannot see why any gentleman should wish such certainly irregular proceedings to be carried on. Mr Peter Jones (sarcastically) suggested that8 Mr Bund should draw up a code of instruct-1 ions for the Chief Constable. He could understand the humilating position in which Mr Bund found himself after the grave allegations'. made by him had dwindled down to a mereffi nothing. » Mr J. C. Harford Is it not possible to drop £ 3 the whole matter ? Surely the whole matter canS be dropped. Is there any need of either of the reports ? j| The Lord Lieutenant I know very little abouti the matter, but it strikes me you are wasting afi 'deal of time on a question which I think is very! trifling. B Mr Bund—I am quite willing to withdraw my a report, if the other report is withdrawn also. Î After farther sharp discussion all the niotions before the meeting were, put to the vote, and thea 'Chairman's report was ultimately carried. fl CHIEF CONSTABLE'S EEPORT. vj The Chief Constable presented his quarterly^ 'report, which gave the usual information as to thej "nHocation of the police force, etc. The report ^enumerated the tithe sales and distraints effactedg ^during the quarter and characterised them ass |mostly well conducted. The report then con-p deluded:—"I cannot conclude without tendering^ | uiy sincerest thanks to the gentlemeD referred tog |for the great sacrifice of time and assistance ren i jldered at tithe distraints and sales, and in myg ^opinion the ratepayers generally are greatly! ^indebted to them for their excellent services to theg a The report was adopted. The Blaenporth con-a gjstable will be removed, as suggested, t o Aberporth.g |j 320 persons had been summoned during theB quirter, 66 of which were for drunkenness. 1 1 NOTICES OF MOTION. I Mr Willis Bund had the following notices ofl motion the agenda :— I 1. That this committee disapproves of Policei Constables being employed in breaking the law to Iefcounty." 1 a The report was adopted. The Blaenporth con-a gjstable will be removed, as suggested, t o Aberporth.g |j 320 persons had been summoned during theB jjgquarter, 66 of which were for drunkenness. 1 1 NOTICES OF MOTION. I Mr Willis Bund had the following notices ofl motion the agenda :— I 1. That this committee disapproves of Policei Constables being employed in breaking the law tol secure evidence for a prosecution, and directs thel Chief Constable to discontinue such practice. Hj 2. (1) That the resolution at to the instructions! given by this Committee at the meeting in Jan-| uary, 1891, as to Tithe Sales be rescinded. | ("}) That the Chief Constable be directed, nntill further orders, to att«nd all Distraints ana Sales! for Tithes within the Parish of Penbryn with such| force of Constables, not less than 25, as shall bel sufficient to ensure that the Distraints can bei [effected, and the Sales carried out. t Chief Constable to discontinue such practice. 2. (1) That the resolution at to the instructions! given by this Committee at the meeting in Jan-| uary, 1891, as to Tithe Sales be rescinded. | ("}) That the Chief Constable be directed, nntill further orders, to attend all Distraints and Salesi for Tithes within the Parish of Penbryn with such| force of Constables, not less than 25, as shall bel sufficient to ensure that the Distraints can bei [effected, and the Sales carried out. t Mr Bund said he was quite prepared to go onj with the first motion, but in the face of what the, Chief Constable "had said in his report as to tht| orderliness of the lithe sales at l'enbryn, he did! not see it was necessary to move the two last motions then. With regard to the first (tbougblv he did not wish to advocate the keeping open of; public-houses on Sundays) he felt very strongly upon the abstract point that constables should not be employed to break the law iu order to obtain prosecutions. He saw the reports in the newspapers of what took place at Llanbadarn village. A man was enrolled in the force, but before being sworn in he was sent to a public house at Llanbada,rn on a Sunday where hel had some beer, and against the landlord of wbichl house a summons was afterwards taken. It was: not to the advantage of the force that it shouldj break the law themselves in order to get charges against others. Mr Maddy seconded, and said judges of assize frequently condemned such a procedure on the part of the police. Some members spoke to the effect that the Sun- day drinking was carried on so slily that prose- cutions could only be procured by such a means.— The motion was lost. I Other minor business was transacted during the sitting.
!g — — —— if TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. H ——— $CAMBRIAN.—Your letter to hand. We do not believe any good will be effected by its insertion We have this week again rejected numerou communications on account of their late arrival Several of the events had taken place a fortnight age and should have beeu in hand earlier last week. Th demand on our space is such that we cannot guarante the insertion of any items, unless they reach us a soon as possible after the event has taken plact Llandyssul Triflles, Caio Celebrities, and seveni items of district news are unavoidably held over.-Ei- i
I LLANDILO CHRONICLE. I ENTERTAINMENT.—J n enjoyable entertainment 1 of a musical and liter try character was held at! I the Baptist Chapel on Thursday evening of la>t 1 week, when there was a fairly good attendance. J Tne chair was occupied by Mr W. Griffirh" R-Ailway Tavern Stores. Miss Williams Medical Hall, was the pianoforte accompanist The leader of the choral singing was Mr D Morgan Thomas, Rhosmaen-street, and the con- ductor of the glee party was Mr H. W. Jones New Road. The following was the programme —Glee, A million more," Band of Hop- Choir recitation, "24th Psalm," Miss E. M. Evans recitation, Pregeth y flwyddin," Master Willie James; recitation, "The old year," Master Tommy Thomas; recitation, The babies," Master'Charlie Hurley dialogue, "Secret," Masters W. and J. James recita- tioii, Dirwestwr Bach," Master Edgar Williaiiis recitation, Yr ysgol Sul," Miss Gwlady- Thomas; recitation, "Y Brahmin di," Miss Catherine Edwards; recitation, "A Mother perishing in the snow storm," Master Willie Thomas recitation, Y Plentyn Dall," Miss Mary Edwards glee, Ti wyddost beth ddy wed fy'n Nghalon." the Choir recitation, Dim yw hebgor," Miss Margaret Evans recitation, "A oes canu yn y Nef," Miss Myfanwy Thomas recitation, "Deisyfiad plentyn," Miss Maudie Williams; recitation, "Darn ir plant," Mis? Lizzie Ann Morgan; recitation, "Elephant medrus," Master David Hughes recitation, "Dont rob the nest," Master David Thomas; song, "Little empty cradle,' Miss Edith May Thomas; recitation, "Jeremy Green and cock robin," Miss Hannah Davies recitation. Cyfaill y gath," Master David Hughes recita- tion, My dolly and aunty's dolly," Miss E. Mary Exans, dialogue, "The oak and wind," Masters W. and J. James recitation, There is a green hill," Miss Annie Williams; song, "Anita," Mr Arthur Davies recitation, "Y Gwanwyn," Master Johnny Davies; recitation, "Because he loves me so," Miss Blodwen Peters: recitation, "Beautiful Bible," Master Flerbert Watkins recitation, "Cartref y meddwyn," Miss E. M. Evans; recitation, Hau a medi," Master T. D. Lewis; sony, Turnham toll," Miss Hannah Griffiths recita- tion, y gadair yn fy mwthyn," Miss M. A Lemonheigh recitation, Myfyrdcd diwedn dwyddin," Master Tom Williams recitation. Y band of hope yn codi," Master Dan Lemonleigh song, Miss M. A. Thomas glee, "Y gwanwyn," the choir recitation, Gofalwch am yr wyn," Miss M. A. Watkins recitation, "Coaxing Santa Claus," Miss Rachel Peters; song, "Bwthyn bach melyn fy nhad," Mr David Jones recitation, "Two crossing ,sweepers," Master John Davies Jones song, j" Hen ffon fy nain," Llinos Amman recitation, ["Tha fisher's boy," Master Harry Richards; [duett, "One by one," Misses H. Griffiths and M. J. Harries; recitation, Pa le aeth yr amen," Master Dan Lemonleigh song, The children's home," Miss Rosina Jones; song. Yr ystorm, Mr D. Lewis trio, Gwyn fyd preswylwyr dy di," Miss Lizzie Ann Evans, Mr D. M. Thomas and Mr H. W. Jones ;B Mr D. M. Thomas and Mr H. W. Jones recitation, "Y ddau wynebog," Master Lewis Lewis duett, Hywel a Blodwen," Mr David Jones and Miss M. A. Thomas; recitation, "A welwch cliwi fi," Master Tom Lewis; song, ["Jear.tte and Jeanot," Miss M. J. Richard'; [dialogue, Prawf Die Shon Dafydd," Messrs W. Griffiths, T. S. Griffiths, David Thomas, J. Williams, H. W. Jones, Oakley Thomas J |Rees andJ. Price Jones glee, See onr oars,"1 ithe choir. A vote of thanks to the chairman! and Miss Williams terminated the rendering of a| [well arranged programme.—In the afternoon j [prior to the entertainment a tea meeting wasj |held and much enjoyed. Amongst the ladies! |\vho gave their assistance were, Mrs Morris andl !Miss Morris, Towy Terrace, Mrs Jones, Railway! |Tavern, Mrs Williams (cabinet), New Road, Miss I"-Thomas, Black Ox, Miss Richards, Cilcennin House, Mrs Richard Williams, New Road, Miss Morris, painter, &c. I SCHOOL BOARD.—The ordinary monthly nieet- ging of the Llandilo School Board was held on I Tuesday at the clerk's residence (the post office). The attendance comprised Major Thomas (in the chair), Mr Herbert Peel, Rev. T. Towyn Jones,! Messrs James Rees, J. B. Morris, G. Williams and L. N. Powell. Mr Morris proposed and |Rev. Towyn Jones seconded, and it was resolved I that We the members of the Llandilofawr |U.D. School Board very much regret to hear of 1-1 rthe illness of our vice-chairman, Alderman jMorgan Davies and sincerely hope and trust that 11 e will soon be convalescent." — Bettws School |The Clerk said that he had received four applica- tions for the post of assistant mistress at this school, viz., Miss Jane Morris, Port Talbot (18), salary zC35, Miss Alice J. Watts, Brawdy Board !|School, Pembrokeshire (20), £ 40, Miss E. L |Peters, Nelson Hotel, Treharri3 (24), £ 40, and Miss M. J. Morgan, Bronant Board School Llanilar (21), £ 42. Since the applications had come to hand Miss Jane Morris had withdrawn. Without any discussion Miss M. J. Morgan was appointed, provided she would accept £ 40.— Brynlloi School Only one application had been received for the post of assistant master at this Miss M. J. Morgan, Bronant Board School Llanilar (21), E42. Since the applications had come to hand Miss Jane Morris had withdrawn. Without any discussion Miss M. J. Morgan was appointed, provided she would accept £ 40.— Brynlloi Scltool Only one application had been received for the post of assistant master at this gschool. He asked £ 100 a year, but the Board irejected the application as they considered the |sum too high. Mr W. Lewis, Brynamman, who alias just finished his course in the Training fCollege was engaged for a year at a salary off | £ 70. In the meantime the Clerk was instructed tol ladvertise again in the Schoohiutster for an assist-| iant master at a salary not exceeding £ 60 a year. iant master at a salary not exceeding 1,60 a year. 3Morgan Lewis, assistant master, and E. Jones. Ipupil teacher at the above school have obtained a 2nd class certificate in freehand at the last drawing examination. The Clerk was ordered to advertise for tenders for cementing the joints and the whole wall of the Brynlloi School house which of late had allowed the damp to pene- itrate the dwelling and destroy many pictures, i LLANDEUIE U.D. SCHOOL BOARD.—At the gordinary monthly meeting of this Board held on sTuesday, there were present, Mr W. N. Jones i(in the chair), Mr W. H. Young, Mr Stephens. iMr William Evans and Mr D. J. Jones. It Ijwas resolved that tenders for the extension of lithe Cross Inn, Penygroes, and Drefach schools §(infants'department) (as recommended by H.M. PInspector), be advertised for and that Mr D. (iiifants' department) (as recommended by H.M. PInspector), be advertised for and that Mr D. ^.Jenkins, architect, be directed to prepare the] bill of quantities and supply copies I to the builders in the neighbourhood. | DEATH OF MR J. PROTHERO LEWIS. -Another link between Llandilo's past and present has been severed in the person of Mr .). Prothero j Lewis, solicitor, who expired on Friday last at- the age of 78. It was latterly observed that! advanced years did the slow, but sure work of; ^undermining his once strong constitution, but] Shis absolute confinement to the house covered ||only a period little over a fortnight prior to his gdemise. The deceased was probably the oldest ^solicitor in the county and certainly in the town. I hi He was born at Llandilo, and was the son of SCaptain John Lewis, adjutant to the Carmar-9 marthen Militia. He was the first cierk to the^ Guardians of the Llandilo-fawr Union, whichjs |[office was subsequently held by the lite Mr| p George Williams, of the Golden Lion, and nowf g filled by Mr R. Shipley Lewis the deceased's son. Mr Prothero Lewis was twice undersheriligj of Carmarthenshire and acted as district coroner | for upwards of 40 years, but for some consider- able time past, owing to old age, the work of I that post entirely devolved upon Mr Shipleyw I Lewis, who has been deputy to his father forB J about 17 years. For nearly half a century the J deceased fulfilled the duties of superintendent I (Y I registrar of births, deaths, and marriages, whiciig | [office is now occupied by his son already named. If | |who received the appointment after the departed 1 .Igrelinguished it some years ago. The deceased! ||was a sound lawyer and for many years enjoyed! if the largest practice in the town. In his pro B fusion he conducted himself with integrity andl §|gentlemanly demeanour. He was a Liberal in| ■^politics, but not of the advanced type, and acted! gas political agent to the late Mr D. Pugh, M.P. j win his electoral contests. To mark hisj t affectionate regard fo the deceased, thL'| ^departed squire of Manoravon left a legacy to| -\?vhim. No resident was more respected atLlan- dilo than Mr Prothero Lewis, and his death ? ^coming so soon after that of his brother (M Richard Lewis), has made the blow harder t i sjithe bereaved family for whom there is sincere1 ■•^ commiseration. The funeral, w hich was public 'H^one, took place on Tuesday, and was attended by the leading iuhabitauto of tins town and A neighbourhood. As the mournful 'cortege' entered the Church, Miss Constance E. Lockyer discoursed from the organ 'Spohr's'" Blessed are the departed," and whilst the body was con- veyed for interment she played a funeral march by Beethoven.' The officiating ministers were the Rev. Lewis Price, vicar, and the Rev. Shadrach Pryce, H.M. Inspector of Schools. Amongst the surviving issue in addition to the one before named, are Rev. A. G. Lewis, Birmingham, Mr J. E. Lewis and Mr H. B. Lewis who are abroad, and four daughters one of whom is Miss Helen Lewis the rising authoress. Mr Lewis was a widower. DEATH OF MR WILLIAM JONES. — A highly respected inhabitant of the town, popularly known as Mr Jones, the Castle," passed peacefully away on Saturday last from a complicated disease at the Age of 72. The deceased was born at the hotel named, of which he had been a good number of years ago landlord. He was clerk for a con iderable ength of time to the late Mr James Thomas, who it one period was, perhaps, the most renowned solicitor inthecounty, After Mr Thomas's death, Mr Jones retired on his private means. The deceased was widely known in the town and district for his affability and urbanity of manner and the readiness with which he would perform a kind and generous act. Those who suivive him to aiourn their loss are four sons and two daughters, one of the latter is Miss Jones, who for a great many years was in charge of Llandilo post office. Unfeigned sympathy is felt for them.
CARMARTHEN. ST. PETER'S CHRISTMAS TREE.—This most im- portant annual undertaking was held in the Assembly Rooms on the 7th inst. We say 'important' because so much depends upon its success—the National schools and the Mission Rooms rest upon the Tree and are dependent upon it to a considerable extent. The sum of money realised this year-about E225-did not come up to the extraordinary amount of last year, but the Bishop of Swansea and his kind sup- porters have every reason to be satisfied with the result. The inclemency of the weather and the prevalence of illness told severely on the atten- dance. The Tree occupied its usual position on the platform. It was a beautiful one, full and symmetrical, and was very kindly supplied by Mr E. M. Davies, J.P., of the Uplands, who spared no pains in making a suitable selection. l'he setting up and the decoration of the Tree were again done by Mr E. A. Rogers, who has for years in this respect given his valuable services gratuitously. Coming to the stalls-ün your left as you entered the room was the vicarage stall, well laden with ornamental, fancy, and useful articles, and presided over by Mrs Lloyd, assisted by Misses Latimer Jones, Miss Laura Lester, Miss Florence Lewis, Miss Gwendoline Griffiths, and the Misses Prosser. Further on was the coffee stall entrusted to the care cf the Misses Evans, of Trevaughan, after which came the tea stail under the management of the Misses ^purrell, assisted by Mrs C. E. Davies, Miss Browne, and Miss Woodman. Next to this stood the tine fan;y stall of Mrs Reid, well stocked with valuable and attractive articles. stocked with valuable and attractive articles. Mrs Reid was ably assisted by Mrs Dudley Hill, Miss Morris (Coombe), Miss Lewis (Bank House), and Miss Leyfried. This was followed by the neat and well arrayed toy stall of Miss White. who was lie ped by Mrs Brunei White, Mrs Humphreys, and the Misses White and Master Jack White. Next came the Churchwar- deli's stall, presided over by Mrs Thomas Thomas, J.P. (NVellfield), and Mrs T. Jones (Mansel-st.), assisted by Mrs Jeffreys, Misses Susie, Bessie, and Leo Jones, Misses Stedman Thomas, E. K. Davies, Carter, Smith, Cruise, and Williams i Haverfordwest). The spot allotted to this stall was far too small, and quite one-half of the many beautiful and choice articles had to be put away in boxes. The farmers' stall had been taken hy Mrs Francis, Myrtle Hill, who, through the indisposition of her husband, was unfortunately unable to attend. Mrs Olive, Boar's Head Hotel, very kindly took charge, and she was ably assisted by Mrs Caldicott, Mrs Currie, Miss Annie Francis, the Misses (2) Olive, and Miss Rowe. The refreshment stall was the only one that ièclipsed last year's unparalled success. This was Sunder the management of Mrs T. E. Brigstocke, I Mrs Bolton, Mrs Harvey, Mrs James, Miss iNeiern Jones, and Miss Frederick Davies. | The children's farce, Nursery Chickweed," was |most laughable. The juveniles were again well trained by Miss E. M. Davies. The dramatis |persmue in Bubbles," all of whom showed great |uistrionic powers, were Messrs Brunei White, | W. Beynon Jones, and A. Woodman, and the I Miss Lewis (Bank House), Miss Bagnall and jfMiss Eva Bagnall. Valuable assistance was also |rendered during the course of the day by the Clergy, and Messrs W Morgan Griffiths, W T Brigstocke, J Pughe Davies, R Thomas, W Jones, A LI Davies, J Morgan, T Jeffreys, Ser- geant-Major Cooper, &c., &c. The proceeds of the stalls, &c were as follows :—Vicarage stall, £ '40 9s. 7d. Churchwarden's stall, Mrs Thomas' £ 24 5s. 4d., Mrs Jones, £ 18 14s. 9d., total' C43 01. Id. Mrs Reid, £ 17 7s. !M. j Miss White, £ 17 5s. Gd.; Refreshment stall, £ 20 5s. 6d. tea, £f) 18s. j coffee, i:5 lls. 6d. by tickets sold, I!&Barker, J Lester, W Spurrell, T Thomas, T E Brigstocke, J Pughe Davies, R Thomas, W Jones, A LI Davies, J Morgan, T Jeffreys, Ser- geant-Major Cooper, &c., &c. The proceeds of the stalls, &c were as follows :—Vicarage stall, £ '40 9s. 7d. Churchwarden's stall, Mrs Thomas' £ 24 5s. 4d., Mrs Jones, £ 18 14s. 9d., total' £ 430s. Id. Mrs Reid, £ 17 7s. 3d.; Miss White', £ 17 5s. Gd.; Refreshment stall, £ 20 5s. 6d. tea, £ (■» 18s.; coffee, i'5 lis. 6d. by tickets sold, £ 10 lO^d' l)rocee^s entertainments^ JUVENILE FANCY DRESS BALL.—Councillor D. E. Williams, the genial proprietor of the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, gave a ball on Friday evening to his young friends. A large number of invi^ rations had been sent round, and 150 or more readily accepted the means of passing an evenings certain pleasant enjoyment, for mine Host Williams never does a thing by halves. Outside, the atmosphere was crisp and healthy, but the ground was covered with, in some parts, even a foot of snow. Inside, every- thing was cosy, homely, and in order. The dance was carried on in the large sale room ad- joining the hotel. Entering the hotel, one was ushered through the billiard room, where had been laid a sumptuous, toothsome spread, into the ball-room beyond. And what a sight met one 8 gaze dozens of merry, chatty, little people dressed in^gorgeous costumes tripping the "light fantastic, as if to the cuscom born. The room was festooned and trimmed with Japanese screens and other bric-a-brac making quite a fairy scene. At the further end stood Messrs Jones's string band, pouring forth their strains of sweet, delightful music, and inspiring the young dancers with fresh vigour. "Wallflowers were scarce, tor Mr Williams, with his open and encouraging smiles, made an excellent M.C-, and trotted out all those who seemed more eager to sit and criticise, than to keep up the fun. The young •people were in the best of moods, and their merry laughter showred how thoroughly they enjoyed themselves. The dances were gone through gracefully and with remarkable precision. The dresses were of every fashion, colour, and style, and some were very pretty; for example, the Scottish kilts of two young ladies present. Dancing was kept on till o'clock, but, lon.» ere a JUVENILE FANCY DREss BALL. -Couticillor D. E. Williams, the genial proprietor of the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, gave a ball on Friday evening to his young friends. A large number of invi^ rations had been sent round, and 150 or more readily accepted the means of passing an evenings certain pleasant enjoyment, for mine Host Williams" never does a thing by halves. Outside, the atmosphere was crisp and I healthy, but the ground was covered with, in some parts, even a foot of snow. Inside, every- thing was cosy, homely, and in order. The dance was carried on in the large sale room ad- joining the hotel. Entering the hotel, one was ushered through the billiard room, where had been laid a sumptuous, toothsome spread, into the ball-room beyond. And what a sight met one 8 gaze dozens of merry, chatty, little people dressed in^gorgeous costumes tripping the "light fantastic, as if to the cuscom born. The room was festooned and trimmed with Japanese screens and other bric-a-brac making quite a fairy I y scene. At the further end stood Messrs Jones's string band, pouring forth their strains of sweet, delightful music, and inspiring the young dancers with fresh vigour. "Wallflowers were scarce, tor Mr Williams, with his open and encouraging smiles, made an excellent M.C., and trotted out all those who seemed more eager to sit and criticise, than to keep up the fun. The young people were in the best of moods, and their merry laughter showed how thoroughly they enjoyed themselves. The dances were gone through gracefully and with remarkable precision. The dresses were of every fashion, colour, and style, and some were very pretty; for example, the Scottish kilts of two young ladies present. Dancing was kept on till o'clock, but, Ion- ere uhat, everyone was regaled with the delicacies laid out in abundance in the billiard-room, and looked after by an army of willing hands. Seldom has a juvenile ball been carried on in better spirit, and Friday night's dance will ever be green in the minds of the young folks present, one and all of whom did his and her share to enhance the delightfulness of the whole affair by entering heartily into all that was going forward. We congratulate Councillor Williams for having persevered in giving his friends so thorough an enjoyment and also so cordial a wel- come, and hope, as does everyone that was lucky enough to have an invite," that this will not be the last ball of its kind he will favour us with. iowilig to pressure on our space we are reluctantly compelled to leave out the names of those preseut,
DEATHS. BLAND.—OIL the Nth inst., at Richmond-terrace, Car- marthen, 1 aul Marie, infant son of Mr J. R. Bland, aged lo months. 1)A\IES. Jan. lotli, at 16, Queen-street, Carmarthen, after a sliort illiie,s, Mr Dan Davies, counter clerk T^VT, PVst 0ffiee' in his -^H year. V) January 12th, at Spilman-street, Carinar- then, Margaret Davies, dressmaker, aged (54 years. |HOWET.I.. Jan. 10th, at j;, Sutherland street, 1 Pimlico, S.W., Mr John Howell, formerly of Car- I marthen, compositor, aged 60 years. ^LKWIS. -December 10th, at Red-street, Carmarthen, H Mr William L. Lewis (of the firm of Messrs Lewis, 4^ Bros painters, &c.,) aged 4'J years. |[THOMAS.—On the 5th iast., at Abergwili, William i Samuel, infant son of P.C.William Thomas,stationed at that \illagc, ared 7 moatks.
Bill, he intimated an i ntention of retiring rather than make what he considered an hopeless fight. He was persuaded by many, some of whom he saw around him. as well as the party in London, to come out, a!ld subsequent events had proved that he made a mistake in retiring, as events had shewed that he had mis- gauged the true feelings of the constituency, and he felt convinced that but for his initial retirement, lie would have been returned. Many told him in hi" canvass that after his withdrawal they had pledged themselves to Sir Arthur, and, indeed, Sir Arthur told him that, but for his withdrawal, he would not have, been a candidate. Some paragraphs had appeared in the newspapers, pretending that the writers knew something more of Sir Arthur's feetings towards him than what appeared on the surface, but he seldom took up HI himself to contradict anything in the newspapers as it generally led to a long correspondence, which he was 11 't disposed to continue. One of the statements was that Sir Arthur came to see him in the Lobby of the Houce, an i there told him that if no one else would i fi,! lit, be (Sir Arthur) would. No such interview ever took place, and no such threat was ever made by -ir Arthur. The only time Sir Arthur spoke on the con- test to him was after he (Sir John) consented to stand, and that was to express his regret that he had to fight him at Llanelly on the great question on which they were at variance. There could be no doubt that h" had made a mistake in withdrawing in the initial stages. Sir Arthur was no doubt the strongest candidate they could find, and he (the speaker) did LOIJ think he would have had any difficulty in beating any other candidate. Since that he and Sir Arthur had been on friendly terms, and the pleasure had been afforded him of witnessing Sir Artnur come round to his way of thinking, and he did not doubt that at the next election there would be similar instances which afford similar satisfaction. He would notbeitistifie(i in going at length into Mr Gladstone's Home Kulol Bill, because their opinions on it were wholly at on< § word or two, however, on the subject might be pei I mitted. It was said the Bill would give justice tog Ireland, that it would effect a real union of hearts, and that it was expected by the Irish Nationalists. In doing what was called justice to the majority in Ireland, they had to remember the powerful and Ull- refuted argument that it could not be justice to the minority, those who lived in Ulster, and who had proved themselves loyal to the crown and who upheld Protestantism under very great disadvantages. The second point was that it would bring about a union of hearts. He did not think any need existed for him to touch lengthily upon that, as they were aware as well9 as he was himself of what had transpired in tlieg Nationalist Party. They had only to refer to theB record of the proceedings in Committee Room No. 15. jg and if those proceedings were a fair sample of the proposed union of hearts, God forbid that they should H ever have that union with Ireland. Could Unionists have placed reliance on the claims of the Nationalist Party when the leading men in it told them at the very time the election was going on that they would only accept the measure as they would breakfast before dinner, notwithstanding Mr Gladstone's statement that it would be a final settlement. The gentlemen before him knew as well as he did what had transpired before the Royal Commission, which bad proved that they, Unionists, were right in the conjectures they made at the time. They had nothing to withdraw from what they then stated, although to many of them it was a great wrench to separate themselves from the party with which he, amongst others, had been fighting from his youth up, but he felt that this question ■ was of such vital importance that he had to do his duty to his nation first and then, and not till then, to consider his own personal advancement and honour. He would not go further into that question, but itJH should be remembered that they were still told it vvasB the paramount question. Mr Gladstone still kept it before the constituencies whom he told that Home Rule blocked the way, and that no measures of a useful character could be passed until that was disposed of. That being so, and Mr Gladstone said so, with all sincerity doubtless, they were among those who believed that the longer they could keep Mr Gladstone out of power the better it would be for the country. Mr Gladstone was not going to carry this Home Rule Bill (whoever was returned for the Boroughs) through the House of Commons without a very great deal of difficulty, and if it passed the House of Commons, he doubted very much whether the Lords would pass such a Bill, certainly not, that before the country in 188(5, without giving the country an opportunity of recording an emphatic vote upon it. But in 1886 they had some- thing before them. To-day they had merely the name of Home Rule. If they asked what it meant they were told that:it meant something like local govern- ment in England and Wales. If that was so, well he was entirely with them. He thought that Ireland should as a matter of expediency and justice be given a wide measure of local government. He was not yet sure whether they could trust them or not with the control of the police. Judging from the late election there, it did not appear that they were quite ripe enough to take charge of the police. It struck him as being somewhat comical that the chief duties of the police at the late elections were to protect the very men who had always been ridiculing the force and saying everything detrimental and disrespectful of it. With regard to other matters he must be very candid with them. His views were very much what they had always been. He took the Liberal plank of Peace, Retrenchment and Reform. He adhered to these and each was as dear to him as when he was first able to form an opinion on political questions. Undoubtedly Irish questions had been allowed to occupy too much of the time of the House of Commons. They had not attended enough to their own affairs. Very many questions called for attention this side of St George s channel, such as the amendment of the Land laws, the more equal division of the burden of taxation between the ground rents and occupiers, and many other questions of that kind which would be very useful to them. A question which came veryB closely home to them in this district was that thevfi should have some-body in Parliament to representfi the tinplate trade. It had become a very largi'B industry and a highly important one both at LlanellyB and at Swansea. At Carmarthen it had not madeffl rapid strides on account of the geographical position of the town, but at Llanelly and Swansea it had become a most important industry, and it was almost indispensable that someone having a special know- ledge of the trade should be in the House of Commons to represent it. If there had been two or three such men there when the McKinley Tariff Bill was agitating the minds of Americans and ourselves as well, something might have been done towards inducing our goverment to make some I representations, and possibly making their voice heard in America. Mr Trubshaw could bear him out that a member of Parliament was looked upon in America as being rather above the ordinary run of mortals in this country. The letters M.P. attached to a name carried great significance in the States, and possibly if they had had two or three members of Parliament who would have gone out to point to the Americans how detrimental this high tariff of tinplates would be to them, inasmuch as it would increase the cost of them, as well as militate against the interests of this country, if such representations has been made and if pressure had been brought to bear upon our government to move and interfere. some good might have been done. But no such representations were made no such pressure given. They had been rather at a disadvantage that they had no one to specifically represent their interests iii Parliament at the time. Other trades and professions were largely represented in the House. One could scarcely think of a trade that was not well represented in the House of Commons and as to the professions, lie thought they were rather over-represented. Other questions he would not detain them to touch upon, save that the Old Age Pensions, which was a question which required great consideration. He believed that in addition to the scheme propounded by Mr Chamber- lain and others they should also look a little nearer home. Here they had an industry hampered by an Americrn duty and possibly the trade might become slack—he did not say it would, but it was not beyond the range of probability-and they should look nearer home in connection with this question of pensions and see whether something could not be done to introduce home in connection with this question of pensions and see whether something could not be done to introduce a pension fund in the tinplate trade. If the leaders of the Union would take the matter up they would find in him and in Mr Trubshaw, he believed from what he had heard fall from his lips as well as many others, including Mr Daniel and Mr J. H. Rogers, sup porters who would be ready and willing to assist in forming some such fund to which the men in this particular trade could look forward as old age crept on, or wnen irom illness or other causes they were unable to work. During such times they might look to a fund such as he had indicated for provision for the wants that came each day. These, gentlemen, were questions winch might well be considered. He did not think he was justified in detaining them longer. He had again to thank them for the honour conferred upon him, and to state that the requisitions handed to him would receive his most favourable considera- tion, and from the remarks he had made they knew that his inclination was to accept at once, but he did not think he would be doing justice to those who had been working with him at Swansea for so long a time if he gave them (the depuiation) a final reply before consulting the former. If they would let the matter remain over a short time he would communicate to them as soon as he was in a position to do so Sir John and Lady Jenkins then invited the deputation to luncheon after which further addresses were 1 delivered by Sir John, Messrs James Buckley, Ernest Trubshaw, J. F. Morris, Thomas Thomas, J. Allen WillianjSj and J. Pughe Davies. The deputation left fh ^ranSe about 4 o'clock, all being satisfied with tne reception accorded them and with the favourable utterances of Sir John.