AMMANFORD AMUSEMENTS. The remarks made last week about the Reading Rcom are likely to bear good fruit. Several influential people object to the statement that a reading-room cannot thrive in Ammanford, and the subject is likely to have serious attention from nearly all the leading folks of the place. There may be ground for complaint, but if the folks who complain will only attend public meetings, and ventilate their complaints instead of sticking at home and growling, there would be a chance of arriving at a conclusion as to whether complaints are well or ill grounded, and, if well grounded, of their cause being removed. # A benefit concert is shortly to be given in aid of an invalid workman of Dynevor works Pantyffynnon. Jocko wishes it success, and will give full details when they are procurable. Jocko hears also of a concert to be given at Llandebie in the course of another month with a view to raising a fund for the requisite music for the Church services. # Why is Ammanford Church ("Jocko" begs pardon-"The Church of Saint Michael and All Angels, Cross Inn, Llandebie," to give it its full title) so badly li-hted ? A chandelier would relieve weak eyes very much. This is com- plained of by two of Jocko's" correspondents. Mari was in great evidence at the opening of the Bettws bridge 011 Tuesday. Her milk-white steed was gaily caparisoned, and she claims the proud honour of having been the first equestrian who crossed. It is said that she was present at the opening of the old wooden bridge, but this is hardly likely. # "Jocko" was highly pleased to see good old Be si iawn down assisting at the ceremony. He must be one of the oldest inhabitants of the parish of Bettws (except, of course, Mari), and the old man seemed proud of his position in the first carriage (that belonging to Councillor Jones). W 'Jockos" private opinion of the opening ceremony is that it was far too tame. Surely something more worthy of Ammanford might have been devised. A band would have en- livened the proceedings a good bit, but there was no band. A properly formed procession would have an imposing effect, but there was no pro- cession. Proper order might have been kept on the bridge, but there was no order, and finally, some of the lending folks on the Bettws side mlllt have been asked to take part in the cere- mony. They have been the chief sufferers during the late scandalous insecurity of bridge accommodation. # The address of Bettws is no longer Bettws maes o'r byd," it is now known as Bettws on the mud." Mr Evan Jones was at the opening of the bridge. Jocko hopes he visited Bettws lane. The mud was not quite four feet deep. # The Chairman of the Carmarthenshire County Council was very.good to get up at seven o'clock on one of these dark mornings to come to help Mrs W. N. Jones to open the bridge. He did his part well, and, as an old Tory farmer in the crowd was heard to remark, looked much too respectable to be a Gladstonian. Jocko learns that i properly authenticated and serious account of the after-meeting Is being prepared, and he has been warned not to poke fun at the speeches. He does not think he could if he tried. They were very, very serious. T Look out for some fun next week, though "Who built Pont Bettws 1 I, said Watoyn Wyn though I did not tumble in—I built Pont Bettws."—" JOCKO THE JESTER."
THE LATE DUKE OF CLARENCE. The old historic town of Carmarthen wore a solemn and mournful aspect on Wednesday, as every shop and business establishment had its shutters up, and in most (if not all) of the p:ivate houses blinds were drawn. The Mayor had issued circulars asking that this should lie the 7 caoe, but we feel certain that the good people of Carmarthen would not in any case have forgotten to show their loyal sympathy with the relatives of the illustrious dead. On St. Peter's Church Tower, at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, at Mr W. R. Edwards's establishment, and several other places the Union Jack was floated at halfmast. Business was entirely suspended, and if in every other Welsh town the true sorrow of the in- habitants was so profoundly manifested, Wales on Wednesday was a sorrowing nation. The non-attendance of the Corporation at the memorial services was a subject of general and condemnatory comment, much dis- satisfaction being felt that the loyalty of the town was not marked in the only one official way. The parish Church at 3 p.m. afforded a scene of intense devotion and sorrow. The sacred edifice was filled with people of every age and position, and wearing some insignia of death. The Post Office clerks marched to Church in a body, headed by their respected master, Mr J. Asher, and the permanent staff of the Carmarthen Militia attended in uniform. The service was exception- ally impressive. The Kevs T. B. Williams, J. Morris, and D. J. Evans officiated in the un- avoidable absence of the Bishop Suffragan, and Mr C. Videon Harding presided at the orcran. hen the "Dead March in Satil was played at the end of the service the large congregation stood up with bowed heads and motionless. The senior curate (Rev T. B. Williams) mounting the pulpit said To-day we have met within the walls of this old historic building under exceptionally painful circumstances. The bells of this ancient Church have not failed to remind the inhabitants of Royal events. They have from time to time in the flow of centuries merrily pealed forth Royal births, and have not forgotten to toll the sombre knell of death. Hardly ever, possibly with a single exception in the memory of man, havt they sounded a sadder note than to-day. The premature death of him we sorely lament is a national calamity, and it is but fitting that we, British people, should attest our sorrow in the National Church that has watched and nursed the nation's growth, and is inwoven into the very constitution of the country. We have come here not on the low ground of custom or decorum, but it is the deep sense of regret and sympathy that has brought us to-day into this house of God. We bow our heads in grief, and though in this case the shock to human hope and expectation has been most abrupt, yet 'we trust that somehow goodwill be the final goal of ill.' We swerve not asi aside from our Maker with a loss of faith, but beiieve, if possible, more intensely than ever that the Almighty God who rules in heaven and earth is a God of wisdom, justice and love. Your ways are not my ways, nor my thoughts your thoughts, saith the God of Hosts." It is not the death of a grey-haired statesman in the evening of his life who has spent a long term of years in legislating for the public wed—it is not the death of a well-tried warrior that has fought for the rights and glory of his country loaded with honours and the triumphs of victory- it is not the death of a venerable poet that has dressed in immortal verse the highest longings and thoughts of human nature we mourn, but the decease of a Royal youth, the pride and joy of his illustrious parents, the favourite grandson of a revered grandmother, the hope of a whole nation. Much, it is true, he had not done, but the space of time allotted him was too brief to accomplish much. What functions had been his he discharged with dignity and ability. The po- tentiality was there it only required develop- ment. The flower, so to speak, had just begun to open, and in the blossom was blighted by the breath of a pest, and withered away. To-day, then, you see a great imperial nation in mourn- ing it has lost what it fondly regarded as a ruler of great* promise and possibility. A scion of a noble house, a descendant of a distinguished ancestry, the prospective monarch of a vast Empire upon which the sun never sets, he was cut down in the bloom of manhood after he had firmly planted himself in the affection of the people by his loveableness, gentleness, and modesty. This is the cause of our sorrow. Some of you here who are fathers and mothers know what it is to part with children on whom you centred your joys and affections, and most of us know something of the power of sorrow. Our experience tells us that it is the one great reality of life. What, we ask, is the eflect of sorrow on the individual ? Through it he gains a know- ledge of the world in which he lives lie is made to understand that this life is but the threshold of eternity it detaches him from the world, lifts him up to heaven, and unites him to God. In adversity the soul is drawn nearer and nearer to faith in prosperity the soul is drawn nearer and nearer to doubt. Can it be-it is but a question —that as a people we had turned aside from the ways of God and become so earth-bound and materialistic that a visitation of this sort was necessary to touch the nationol heart in order to purify what is mean, gross, and selfish ? If it be so, may it be a warning to us, and cleanse us and make us more sober-minded and holier men and women. It was but yesterday that the whole English race rejoiced and congratulated him upon the choice of a bride, who being pre- eminently English in training, feeling and man- ner, is justly held in universal esteem and love. To day the scene is changed. Birth, rank, and skill could not arrest the ruthless march of death. Truly, God is no respecter of persons when the summons comes, high and low, prince and peasant must obey. Such is the socialism of the grave. The bridal now yields to the bier, the hymen to the dirge. Our pity chiefly leaps forth to the betrothed lady who is left desolate and forlorn, widowed of her love. To her a glorious and happy future was unfolding itself so beautifully, but a cloud has stolen across the sky, and for the time all is darknesss. Nevertheless, to cite a well-known couplet in their original meaning, "It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all." Some one will say it is what often happens—her case has numberless parallels in every walk of life. it is true, but we can say with the poet "That loss is common would not make Her own less bitter—rather more Too common Never morning, more to even- ing, but some heart did break." Our thoughts swiftly run to our august Queen and circle her with a fence of sympathy. She stands before us not only in the imposing graundeur of a great and beneficent ruler, but what still binds to her more closely the hearts of her true and loyal subjects, she stands before us as a woman in every sense of the word-an English mother and an English widow. During a reign extending much beyond half a cen- tury, art and science have advanced apace, edu- cation has spread, the material condition of the masses has been bettered, and blessings have been shed upon every class within the realm. To her it has not been a time free from grief. Her heart has often bled for the loss of those who were nearest and dearest to her, and now again has been taken away the youth upon whom she, in her old age, lavished her love. May God give her strength to bear this trial, and to rule over us for years yet to come. Our sincorest sym- pathy is with the Prince and Princess of Wales- that affectionate father and tender, loving mother. None can analyse what they feel. They bewail the sudden removal of their first-born —perhaps thejmost poignant wrench of all. We must all, from the Queen on the throne to the beggar in the street, learn to love sorrow, as it prepares us for everlasting life, love it as the agriculturist loves the furrow in which, in the sweat of his brow, he sows the grain in full assurance of ripe harvest—love it as the soldier loves the field of battle where he will win the harvest of victory. I now mast end. With the sorrowing and sympathetic concourse at Windsor we lay him tenderly, reverently, hjpefully, in the grave, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, for he is dead, yet not dead, 0 merciful Father, but only dead to live a higher life.
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OPENING OF BETTWS BRID E. On Tuesday last Ammanford and its neigh- bour Bettws were united by the open MIG of a substantial iron bridge over the river Amman. Both places were en fete for the occasion —everyone being in holiday attire, the .s'iops being shut, and the population all assisting at the opening ceremony. Before proceeding to chronicle the events of the opening day, it may be interesting to record the history of the movement which has led up to the splendid bridge being built. Some two years ago, possibly more, some of the enterprising inhabitants of both places commenced an agitation, for a new bridge, and in spite of many rebuffs and discourage- ments, went so far as to obtain resolutions from parish meetings in both parishes, calling attention to the want of a bridge, and prom- ising support. Following this Mr Henry Herbert brought the suggestion before the Board of Guardians, and Councillor W. N. Jones before the County Council. A tierce tight ensued befcre both, and the scheme met with many vicissitudes of fortune until the day when Councillor Jones succeeded in persuading the Council to instruct its sur- veyor to prepare a plan and estimate. In the opinion of many the battle was then won, but this was far from being the case. The next step was an inspection and enquiry before a select committee of the Council as to the necessity of a bridge. This ordeal was passed lately, the committee being unanimous in their recommendation of the scheme, but in spite of this the opposition was as keen as ever. The Board of Guardians, too, who had not been unfriendly before began co show signs of reluctance to give help. However, the efforts of the supporters named above, backed by many kind and just friends of Ammanford, at last carried the day, and ifter altering the plans so as to reduce the cost somewhat, the local committee were able ro get to work on the bridge. The contract was given to Messrs W. H. Vivian & Co., of Llanelly, and in spite of a succession of most severe floods, which frequently undid the results of weeks of toil, it must be recorded that the work appears to be done in a most substantial and satisfactory way, reflecting credit on all concerned. On Thursday, then, the committee invite 1 many of those interested in the work to be present at the opening ceremony, and their invitation was heartily responded to. The place was decorated with flags, and the bridge itself was gay with bunting and triumphal arches, each bearing an appropriate inscrip- tion. Shortly after 3.30., the advertised time, Mr Brigstocke, the Chairman of the Council, led Mrs W. N. Jones to the entrance to the bridge, where she untied the ribbons which barred the way, and declared the bridge open. She was followed over the bridge by some carriages and crowds of people. In the first carriage were Councillor Jones's children and one of the oldest inhabi- tants of Bettws parish, Mr William Jones, of the Butcher's Arms. The second carriage carried the children of Alderman Richards. The ceremony being over a move was made to the Ivorites Hall, where a large number of people speedily assembled. All the elite were there, and the large hall quickly became well tilled. Mr W. Phillips, of Parcyrhun, was voted to the chair, and after a few well- chosen words of welcome to the audience, called upon Watcyn Wyn to recite some com- memorative poetry. This took the form of a humorous version of "Whokilled Cock Robing" Watcyn Wyn asked "Who built Pont Bettws" I And after answering it in various ways wound up with "I said our Willy (W. N. Jones), so don't be so silly. I built Pont Bettws." Then, We all did together-in spite of bad weather we all built Pont Bettws." Councillor Jones—the hero of the hour- was called upon, and made a very modest little speech, interesting, short, and to the point. He was followed by Mr Henry Herbert, who gave some interesting statistics, among them being that the cost of the noble structure is a little over £1000. Dr Howell Rees next addressed the meeting, his remarks being acceptable, as they always are. Alder- Richards was then called upon, and, although as he said quite unprepared, he was able to testify to the ability with which Councillor Jones had fought and won the battle. Alder- men Joseph (Llangennch) and T. Williams (Pontardulais) followed, and then Councillor Tom Phillips (of Llanelly) was called upon. He made a most eloquent speech in Welsh, eliciting frequent applause. Mr Samuel Callard then made a few remarks, and after a speech by Mr Ivor Morris, who urged that Councillor Jones's work had earned for him the help and support of all at the next election, Mr Brigstocke was called upon. Among other remarks which were imperfectly heard at the end of the room, he bore his testimony to the unremitting work of Coun- cillor Jones on the Council, and stated that but for him there would have been no bridge. Councillor Jones then briefly proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Brigstocke for coming so far to help at the opening, and this was seconded by Alderman Richards. Watcyn Wyn proposed and the Rev Daniel Pritchard seconded a vote of thanks to Mr Phillips for presiding, and the various officials for their work. And, after a vote of thanks to Mrs W. N. Jones on the motion of Mr Samuel Callard, the meeting dispersed. We understand that about Y,100 remains to be collected towards the expenditure, and we hope friends will come forward and con- tribute towards the deficit.
CILYCWM. MARRIAGE. We are pleased to announce the marriage of Mr Lewis Roderick, Nuyadd Fawr, Cilycwm, to Miss Rees, of the same place. The event took place lately. The marriage ceremony was performed at the Parish Church by the vicar, the Rev T D Evans. We understand that the bride was the recipient of handsome presents from Mrs R Campbell-Davys and others, in whose employ both the contracting parties have been for many years. They were also very cordially received by the genial squire of Noyadd and his charming lady on their return from their honeymoon. The villagers marked the occasion by erecting arches, &c. GRAND CONCERT.—A rare musical treat was given at the National schoolroom of the above place on Tuesday evening, the 12th instant, to provide money for defraying the expenses of a new atove for the Church The whole thing was taken in hand by Miss Evans, the Vicarage" who worked most faithfully and energetically, and the success of the enterprise is entirely due to her indomitable energy. The audience, notwith- standing the bad weather, was a yory large and I, appreciative one, the large schoolroom beiii,, well filled. Miss Evans was very fortunate in her selection of artistes. We need not dilate upon the merits of the different artistes sufficient it is to mention their names, as they are so well known for their musical talents. We are sure that all present that evening felt ex- tremely grateful to them, some of whom had come from a considerable distance, notuith- standing the severity of the weather. The success of the concert 011 Tuesday and the re- peated encores" from the audience, induced the vicar (the Rev T. D. Evans) to announce, be- fore the concert was over, that the concert wnulii be held in the schoolroom, on the following I evening, the same artistes to take part. The two oncerts were decidedly the best hel 1 here since the time of the late Miss Campbell Davys, whose very name is respected by rich and poor in the who'e neighbourhood. The following ladies and gentlemen took part Mis-i Jiilia Lewis. R.A Nl.; M iss M Lewis, Miss Price and Miss Rees, the Vicarage, all of whom came from Llangadock M iss Evans, Miss E Evans and Miss B Evans, Cilvcwm Vicarage Miss Williams and Miss E Williams, Neuadd Arms Miss Morgan, Talog Miss Owen, Erryd H ouse Mr C L Price, Q tec-n's College, Cambridge Mr R Williams, Neuadd Arms Mr T Gwenlais Davies, Cilycwm; Mr Gwilym Williams, of Tonypandy; and Mr J Ev,ins, schoolmaster. Much prai-e is due to Mr C L Price for the immense assi-tance he rendered to all, during both the concerts. The school- room was very tastefully decorated by Miss Evans, the Vicarage Mrs Owen, Erryd House; Mi-s E Williams, Neuadd Arms, assisted by others. The usual votes of thanks and the sing- ing of the National Anthem brought each concert to a close. 0 EPPS' COCOA.—GRATEFUL AND COXFORTRNG "By a thorough knowledge of the natural laws which govern the operations of digestion and uutrition, and by a careful application of the fine properties of well selected COCOA, Mr Epps has provided our breakfast tables with a delicately flavoured beverage which may save us many hea\y doctors' bills. It is by the judicious use of such articles of diet that a constitution may be gradually bnilt up until strong enough to resist every tendency to disease. Htindredi- of subtle maladies are floating around us ready to attack wherever there is a weak point. We may escape many a shaft by keeping ourselves well fortified with pure blood and a properly nourished frame." Civil Service Gazefte.—Made simply with boiling water or milk. Sold only in packets, by Grocers, labelled "JAMES Epps & Co, Homoeopathic Chemists, London."
LLANWNEN. MARRIAGE REJOICINGS.—On Wednesday last the marriage of Jenkiu, son of Mr Jenkins, Blaenwaun-ganol, and Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr Thomas, Llysfaen-isaf was solemnized at the Capel-y-Groes Unitarian Chapel. T ie interesting ceremony was performed by the respected pastor of the Chapel, the Rev Thomas Thomas, in the presence of Mr T Evans, regis- trar. The families of the young pair being so popular in the neighbourhood, quite a crowd of persons had congregated, and anxiously awaited the arrival of the bridal parties. Nor were they doomed to disappointment for the parties punctually drove up to the chapel, their coming being heralded by the running hither and thither, and the offt.repeated reports of guns. The bridegroom was acc mpanied by his father, whilst the bride was attended to by her brother, l\r D 7Th0rnVS' (wh,) save her awa*)' her s'8ter', Miss M Thomas, and by Mr E Jenkins the bridegroom's brother. The nuptial knot having been tied, the happy pur «ere we'eomed out of the chapel by showers of lice, and by expres- sions of best wishes for a successful and happy future from the many friends who had gathered together to witness the interesting ceremony. The wedding party then drove to Llysfaen-isaf, where a sumptous repast had been prepared by the brides mother to a large number of invited guises. The wedding presents were both numerous and costly.
LLAXDYSSUL. CALAN HE CONCERT.—On Tuesday the 12th inst., the Calan Hen concert came off with great success at the National Schoolroom, when in «ddit,un to local artistes Mrs Lloyd Rees, ?r w ';a )• Lvaus' R A -Vr-' took part. Mr \> Thomas and party opened with a pleasing quartette for cornet, accordion, whistle and banjo, followed by At the breaking of the day a song very nicely sung by Mrs H. M. Davies, New Quay. Her voice was sweet and her enunciation good. Miss E. M. Davies gave Dolly s Revenge' in good style Miss Maud Davies, New Quay, winner of la-t year's soprano prize at New Quay Eisteddfod, sang Fiddle and I. and Fam a'i baban,' remarkably well, and was encored. Then came the professional tenor, a pupil of Suns Reeves, who is evidently bent on following his master's foctsteps in more senses than one. He has an excellent voice, very pleaseable, and has a great command over it. He sang during the evening Bay of Biscay' encored; song, 'Nothing else to do,' 'How vain is man,' Bwthyn bach to gwellt,' and 4 La Danza. He met with an enthusiastic re- ception, and whenever he visits us again, his welcome is ensured. Mrs Lloyd Rees gave CI.Neliau Aberdyfi' and 'Merry Zingara,' in y I faultless style, and was warmly encored. Mr W. Thomas and family gave Gathering Shells very pleasingly. Mr Thomas also gave two comic s 'ngs, I really can't keep still and Winking Mr J. Picton Jones gave Nis ,tllwtt,' so as to bring down the house. The audience took up the point of his encore song, so as to mar its success. A classical duett In the dusk of the twilight,' by tho Misses H. M. and Maud Davies was a real gem. Miss E. M. Davies attired in faultless Gipsy costume, sang well' A merry Gipsy girl am I.' The proceedings concluded with a nigger sketch, entitled, The only show in the fair, specially written by Mr Gwynne Davies, National Lank of Wales. Inasmuch as th e lead ing characters were absent through illness, it would be unfair to expect the piece to go with the sune swing as if they were present. The prompter's voice and gagging were too prominent. Never- theless, a special word of praise is due to Mr Gwynne Davies, the showman, and Mr D Johns the clown, who worked hard to merit success. Blonditi did fairly well.
THE ASYLUM 1 REASURERSHIP.—At a meeting of the Asylum Committee on Thursday (yesterday) Mr H- F. Pritchard, manager of the National Provincial Bank was appointed treasurer.
HUNTING APPOINTMENTS. THE Carmarthenshire Foxhounds will meet on Tuesday, January 26th, at Glanrhydw and on Friday, January 29th, at Mydrim; each day at 10.30 a.m. (weather permitting). 7 THE Pembrokeshire Foxhounds will meet on Monday, Jan. 25th, at the Race Course (hunt week) on Tuesday, Jan. 20th, at Hundleton on Thursday, Jan. 28th, at Ford Bridge and on Friday, Jan 29th at Moreton Colliery each diy at 11 o'clock. THE Tivyside Foxhounds will meet on Monday Jan. 25th, at Trebedw, near Henllau Bridge; and on Thursday, Jan. 28th, at Pantyderri Gate j each day at 11 o'clock. MR. Lloyd Price's Harriers will meet on Monday. Jan. 25th, at Alltyferin Gate (Llanfynydd entrance) and on Thursday, Jan. 28th, at Cwm Gogerddan each day at 11 o'clock. MR. Pryse Rice's Foxhounds will meet on Monday, Jan. 25th, at Porthrhyd on Tuesday Jan. 26th, at the Market Place, Llandovery on Thursday, Jan. 28th, at Mothvey Village; and on Friday, Jan. 29th, at Dolaucothy 'each day at 10.30 am. J ———————————————-
MARRIAGES. JONES-JO.NES. -On the 10th inst., at Llanfallteg Church, by the Rev D Pugh Evans. R.D the Rev James Evans Jones, vicar of Amroth, to Miss Albina Louisa, elder daughter of the T*I 6 e ?i* Bowen Jones, of Gwarinacwydd, Llanfallteg. —" At Home Tuesdays. DEATHS. GNALL. January 17th, at King-street, Car- marthen, Jane, the beloved, warmly attached, and unselfish wife of George Bagnall, for nearly 57 years, aged 84. Ne flowers. DAVIES.—On the 2nd inst., at Abergwili, Marv relict of the late Mr William Davies, formerlv of Nantcwnlle farm, in her 78th year. -January 7th, Mr Evan Evans, Cwni Farm, near Llanwrda, aged 00 years. FITZWILLIAMS.— Jan. 18, at Bournemouth Mary Aleaivina, widow of the late E. C. L Fitzwilliams, of Cilgwyn, Cardiganshire H^HES. Jan. lath at 126,° Priory-street, Richard Hughes aged 83 years. Also Sarah ft 'v above' who died aged 8a years. LEWIS.-Oil the 10th inst at Ited-street, after a j i ness, William Thomas Lewis, painter decorator, aged 47 years. Deeply regietted by a large circle of friends. -< AKKS.—,jau 14-tlr (suddenly), at Holcwmpale, > crryside, Mary Hannah, infant daughter of Mr John Marks, aged 3. months. THOMAS. —Jan. 18th (after a short illness), at 14 Morley-street, Carmarthen, Ann, widow of the late D. R. Thomas, draper, aged 74 years. Highly respected by a large circle of friends.
RAILWAY IMPROVEMENTS.—The increased traffic on the line running from Llanelly to Llandilo has prompted the Llanelly Chamber of Commerce to more than once petition the Great Western Rail. way Company for facilities which would tend to disperse the unaoubted congestion of traffic at Lianelly- Docks. The company eventnally con. atrncted a large number of sidings at Llandilo Junction, some fourteen miles from Llanelly. We understand, on undoubted authority, that it has been decided to further increase this siding accom- modation. At present Ponturdulais Junction is undergoing a sweeping change, some thousands of pounds being expended on increasing the passen- ger accommodation. Other stations are to be taken in hand, notably Llandebie and Bynea, where it is not unlikely that double platforms will be constructed. The greatest contemplated change, however, is that of doubling the line between Llandilo. Such an improvement would be of incalculable benefit to the iniustrial districts through which the line passes. SCHOOL REPORTS.—THE following are copies of H.M. Inspector of Schools reports of the schools under the Llandilo School Board, and laid before the last meeting :-Di-efach Mixed School. The school has changed teachers during the year. It has made very good progress since the present master has been in charge, but the general quality of the work was not high. Hand- writing and general style of the paper work was very good. Arithmetic was very fair, but mental arithmetic should receive more attention, and the children should be taught to add without count- ing. English and geography were fair, and needlework good. Discipline in the lower classes needs attention. Infants' Glass: The infants' classes have largely increased during the year, and considering the very overcrowded state of the room, the little ones have been fairly taught. Additional accommodation for the infants' should be provided without any further delay. My Lords regret to find that the Board have not yet taken any steps to improve the infants accommo- dation. This must be at once attended to, or there may be a loss of grant under Article 85a. T. Harries has obtained a 2nd class in the Queen's Scholarship Examination. Total grant earned, £ 97 Is average attendance, 88 and 35 infants. —Maesybont This school continues to be in pretty fair condition. Writing was good, and arithmetic, though very mechanical, was fair, but mental arithmetic was very weak. Spelling in the 2nd and 3rd standard was poor, and reading was wanting altogether in life and expression. Sufficient reading books should be sup- plied at once to enable each child to have a copy. The stock now in use is torn and insufficient. Needlework was very fair, but geography was not good enough again to recommend a grant for teaching it. The infants had been fairly taught, considering their irregular attendance at school. No grant is payable under Article 105, as H.M. Inspector is unable to report that the staff is efhcient within the meaning of that Article. Total grant earned, C49 4a average attendance, 64. Penygroes Mixed School The school has increased in numbers during the year, though the staff has been e uc^d. The order and discipline was thoroug y S0L> very fair progress had been made, on the whole, in the elementary work. Spelling and writing have been very well taught, but arithmetic was very mechanical. Not a single child this year again worked correctly the pro- blem. This subject in the 4th standard was a failure. English, on the whole, was fair, and geography very fair, but there was a want of thoroughness felt in the class subject. Needle- work was pretty fair, but the garment shown should have been completed before the day fixed for the inspection. Additional maps are required. Infants' Class: The infants, of whom a large number were over seven years of age, have been very fairly taught, considering the overcrowded state of the room. Though a recommendation was made last year that additional accommoda- tion should be provided f >r th, infants and though the number of young children. oIl the books has considerably increased, no aclion has yet been taken in the matter. Unless the ques- tion is at once attended to the grant for the infants may he withheld next year. Immediate steps should be taken to provide proper accom- modation for the infants, or a loss of grant may ensue under Article 85a. The special attention of the Board is requested to the enclosed Form 69. A. Jenkins is recognised under Article 68. Total grant earned, tl09 10s average atten- dance, 91 and 41 infants. Cross Inn Mixed School: This school was under fair discipline, and the scholars have made, on the whole, very fair progress during the year in the elementary subjects. The fourth standard, however, was very backward, both in reading, spelling, and arithmetic. Mental arithmetic needs more at- tention in every class. English, geography, and needlework were, on the whole, fair. Infants Class The room has been very much over- crowded, still the little ones have been very nicely taught. More reading matter should be provided for the first class, and the children should be taught to add without counting. I am to remind you that the infants' room will not properly accommodate more than 80 children. The :average attendance in the infants' class must not in future exceed that number (Article 85a) A pupil teacher must not be allowed to serve in school more than 25 hours a week, as specified in paragraph I. of the Memorandum of Agreement. Total grant earned, £ 165 lis average attendance, 129 and 86 infants. CONCERT.—Last week a concert of a very en- joyable character was held at the Workhouse, when the Rev J. Evans occupied the chair. The promoters deserve the gratitude of all for bring- ing the outside world more in contact with the inmates of the House, and for their endeavours in making their life as happy as possible. A very pleasant entertainment terminated by a vote of thanks to the chairman, proposed and seconded respectively by Mr George Cobner and the Master (Mr Simon). We append the pro- gramme :—Ymresymiad gan Mari a Catherine Edwards a Margaret A. Evans song, "Llwyhr yr Wyddfa.' Mr Arthur Davies unawd I Y Bwthyn bach yn nghanol y wlad,' Miss Griffiths; duett (comic), 'Two Johnnies in love,' Messrs Thomas and Fuller song, Empty cradle,' Miss Edith Thomas unawd, Hen ffon fy nain,' Mr Rees; glee, 'Ti wyddost beth ddywed fy nghalon, mixed voices; comic song, '-Only one,' Mr J. Simon solo, Tit for tat,' Miss Harries unawd, 'I bias Gogerddan,' Mr J. C Bevnon recitation, 'A welwch chwi fi,' Mr T.Lewis; solo, A boy's best friend is his mother,' Miss Richards; duett, 'One by one,' Misses Griffiths and Harries unawd, 'Y Cymro bach,' Mr D. O.Jones; unawd, 'Cwymp Llewellyn,' Mr Pierce solo, The children's home,' Miss M. A. Thomas; trio, Dduw, bydd drugarog,'Miss L. P. Morgan and Messrs Thomas and Jones solo, Gwna bub peth a wneir fel Cymro pur,' Mr Rees duett, I -Hywel a Blodwen,' Miss M. A. Thomas and David Jones recitation, Fe ddaith y gath o'r cwd,' Mr Henry Jones glee, Codwn hwyl (sailors' chorus), male voices unawd, Merch y melynydd," Miss Harries comic song, 'Haul me back,' Mr Fuller; aolo, 'Turnham toll,' Miss Griffiths; solo, I will sing the whole day long,' Mr Johnny Griffiths solo, Yr eneth fach amddifad dlawd,' Miss Richards solo, Nid dynar. ferch i fi,' Mr David Jones solo, The song that reached my heart,' Mr D. O. Jones. THE GUILI).-The usual weekly meeting of the young people's guild was held at the Memorial- hall on Tuesday evening, when the chair was occupied by Mr Evans, insurance agent. A good paper was read by Mr H W Jones, New Road, on Eminent men of Total Abstinence." Miss Crow, the treasurer of the guild, who is leaving the town, was accorded a vote of thanks for her services. Mr A E Harries, ironmonger, was ap- pointed to the office in her stead. DEATH OF ALDERMAN MORGAN DAVIES. It is with feelings of sincere regret we have this week to announce the death of County Alderman Morgan Davies, of Cwmivor, which took place on Thursday of last week, after a comparatively short but painful illness. The deceased possessed a robust constitution, and when the sad tidings of his demise was made known there was considerable surprise and the greatest regret felt on all hands. Drs. Lloyd and Morgan were unremitting in their attention on the patient, but his malady—rheumatism in the heart—made hopes of recovery exceedingly doubtful, and he succumbed after patient suffer- ing on the day named. The deceased gentleman had, we feel sure, no enemy. Always consi- derate and kind, he won the affections of all with whom he came in contact. Indeed, by his re- moval from us a great gap in local public func- tionshas heencreated, and will not soon be so well filled. He succeeded to the post of Vice-Chair- man of the Board of Guardians after the late Mr Thomas Powell, of Carregcennen, and he dis- charged the duties with credit to himself and the Board. The paupers in the Union have reason to deplore the lamnntable occurrence, for there was no member of the Board of Guardians who took such a sympathetic interest in their condi- tion than he. He was also Vice-Chairman of the Llandilo School Board, and in this capacity he won the unanimous esteem of the head teachers for his spirit of fairness and regard for the many difficulties felt by them in their somewhat arduous profession. A proof of his popularity was shown by his appointment to an alderman- ship of the Carmarthenshire County Council in succession to the late Mr D. Bowen. Mr Davies was born at Danyrallt, in the parish of Llanga- dock, in the year J837, and was the son of the late Mr Davieii, of Cwmivor. His ancestors had lived at the latter farm for generations. In politics he was a Liberal, but not of the advanced type, and in religion a Baptist. He was not a bigot in his political creeds, but a gentleman who would discuss subjects dispassionately and fairly and with the best of feeling. No better and more striking evidence is needed of the general respect in which the deceased alderman was held than the extraordinary dimensions of the funeral which took place on Tuesday. The body, which was enclosed in a beautiful oak coffin, made by Mr J. Williams, Manordeilo, was conveyed in a hearse for burial at the parish church. The mournful procession comprised people on foot, on horseback, and in vehicles, and extended a distance not far short of the three- quarters of a mile. Almost all the members of the school board and the board of guardians attended to pay their last tribute of respect to the deceased, and there was also in attendance a good number of the members of the Carmarthen- shire county council. The Rev D. James (B) read a portion of Scripture in the house, and the Rev D. Bowen (Hermon), and Rev J. Towyn Jones, Cwmamman, offered up praver. An impressive address followed by the Rev M. Jones (Cwmivor). Amongst those in the funeral we noticed Mr J. C. Richardson, J P., Glanbrydan Park Mr H. Peel, J.P., Taliaris Park Mr J. W. Gwynne Hughes, J,P., Tregib Mr W. Philiops, chief constable; Major Thomas, and Mr T. Hughes, Red House. The burial service at the church was conducted by the Rev Shadrach Pryce, M.A., H M. I.S., the Rev Lewis Price, vicar, and the Rev J. Evans, curate. Mr Thomas Parry presided at the organ, and as the corpse was being conveyed for burial he played the "Dead March" in "Saul." There were several beautiful floral tributes, oni wreath being from Mr J. C. Richardson, Glanbrydan Park, and another from the children attending Cwmivor Board School Mr J, Roderick, Ivy House, was undertaker. Thus the last scene in the history of an amiable and affectionate parishioner and public man has been enacted, and his portly and genial appearance will be missed for many a year, and his loss keenly felt. There ia wide- spread sympathy felt with the sons and daughter in their sudden bereavement. Reqniescat in pace. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The usual fortnightly meeting was held at the Shire Hall on Saturday, when the attendance comprised Major Thomas (in the chair), Messrs. H. Jones Thomas, Wm. Griffiths, John Jones, James Rees, Joseph Harries, Wm. Jones, Thus. Davies (Llansawel), Thomas Davies (Llallfyuydd), James Thomas, John Harries, David Lloyd, Henry Davies, Wm. Lewis, Henry Herbert, David Morgans, and Davies (Brechfa). THE LATE DUKE OF CLARENCE. M&jor Tiiomas rose and said that he had the sad duty to tell them of the death of the Duke of Clarence, but probably it was no news to any of them that day, as he dared say all were aware of it already. As they were all loyal subjects, he was sure they felt and sympathised with the royal family in their great bereavement. The Duke was cut off in the flower of his days, and he (the speaker) had been much struck with the universal sympathy evoked, not only at home, but also in foreign parts by all classes. He begged to move a vote of condolence with the Queen, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the rest of the Royal family, not forgetting the intended bride, in whose case the circumstances was also very sad.—Mr Henry Davies briefly seconded, and the motion was unanimously agreed to. The Clerk was directed to forward the resolution to the proper quarter. THE LATE ALDERMAN MORGAN DAVIES. Mr Henry Jones Thomas rose and said that he was sure all the members of the Board felt that they had sustained a great loss by the death of their vice-chairman, Mr Morgan Davies. The deceased was active in the discharge of his duties and always acquitted himself with honesty of purpose and straightforwardness of manner. Not only would the Board greatly miss him as an useful man, but the whole parish would also sus- tain a serious loss by his removal from them. He begged to move a vote of condolence with the family.—Mr Joseph Harries seconded the pro- position. He agreed with Mr Thomas that they had lost a good man, and he was certain the parish and county would feel it. -Mr W. Griffiths supported the motion. He knew Mr Davies for a great many years. He had served the Board for about 18 years, and was a guardian who was always considerate towards the poor. The whole county highly respected him.-Major Thomas said Mr Davies was, no doubt, one of their most useful members. He followed the late Mr Lewis, of the Gurrey, and the older he got the more better he filled the office. The motion was unanimously carried. THE HOUSE Inmates for the fortnight, 73 corresponding period last year, 72. Vagrants, 23, as against 18, being an increase of 5. On the 3rd Jan. Sunday School was kept. Rev Mr Davies preached on the 10th. A concert was held on the 14th. Mr Bircham visited the house, and had no complaints to make. He suggested certain improvements. No COAL. The Master complained that he was unable to I get a sufficient quantity of coal for the House, and was only able to procure a few hundredweights at a time.—The Chairman said he was also in the same state. He was unable to obtain coal to supply his customers.—Mr Herbert: I am glad to hear that coal is in such good demand (laughter). THE TREASURER'S REPORT. This showed the calls due as E921 7s 4d. Balonce in hand, 2140. Mr W. Griffiths enquired why the money was not in.—The Chair- man I don't know. I am not a collector.—Mr Griffiths thought the collectors should be written to to call their attention to the matter. LETTER FROM VISCOUNT EMLYN. His Lordship wrote to say that owing to a bad cold he regretted he could not attend the Board, and if he could get out he was obliged to attend a meeting of the Joint Standing Committee at Car- marthen that day. TENDERS FOR BUTTER AND CHEESE. On the motion of Mr John Jones, it was resolved that butter and cheese be obtained by tender after the ensuing quarter. SANITARY AUTHORITY. I The Sanitary Inspector said only one case of typhoid fever had broken out in the district, viz., at Lanfawr.—The Chairman Very satis- tory. He also said that the district of Amman- ford was very healthy. PARK FARM, LLANFYNYDD. Mr Henry Jones Thomas said the Board ought to compel Mr Price, Brechfa, to supply water for this farm.—The Inspector I think he will attend to it,. -Mr H J Thomas We ought to force him to it within a certain time.—The Inspector I will bring it on again unless he attends to it.- Mr H J Thomas moved that Mr Price be written to, to inform him that proceedings will be taken against him unless he attended to the matter within two months.—Mr Herbert seconded, and the motion was carried.
Messrs Cadle and Evans's Lady Clare bt Mr D. E. Stephens's Semele Mr Thomas Jenkins's Mike Manning bt Mr H. L. Yoralb's Yokena Mr H. L. Yoiath'8 Youthful bt Mr W. H. Smith' Colonel Dncie THE PANTDWFN STAKES (open), for 10 dog and bitch puppies at X2 108 each. I. Mr W. H. Smith's Countess Brisbane bt Mr W. MacWilliams's Windfall Lad Mr L Jones's (ns) Land Grabber bt Mr W. Mac Williams's Wren Mr Richard Miller's Pembroke Boy bt Mr H. D. CI irke's Chnl grove Mr F. Whiteman's Wise Maid bt Mr W. Williams's Clnff Mr Jerry Lewis's Rambler II. bt Mr Lewis Jenkins's Jack o' Lind THE CLUB STAKES, for eibt all ages, at.£3 108 each open to members only. I. Messrs Thomas ani Jones's (ns) Rostoffina bt Air Frank Gwyn's Llangain Slasher Mr W. H. Smith's Dear Sal bt Mr Thomas Jenkins's (ns) Woodlark Ruin Mr John White's Lady Clayton bt Mr H. J. Gregory's Barnham Mr W. S. Phillips's Gomer bt Mr T. Lewis's Towy Lass THE CABMABTHENSHIRE STAKES (open) for 12 all ages, at Y,3 each. 1. Mr F. Whiteman's Pride of Rodbourne bt Mr W. MacWilliams's Wansworth Mr Wm. Davies's Patent II. (a bye), Mr John Jenkins's Cwmaesie drawn Mr W J. Buckley's (ns) Morwyn Du bt Mr J. Evans's Jenny Scott Mr Samuel Davies's Greenfield Lad bt Mr W. P Morgan's Cymto Dewr Messrs Cadle and Evans's Remnant IV. bt Mr D. H. Thomas's Silver Eye II. Mr W. H. Smith's Countess of Stratford bt Mr Lewis Jenkins's Compton Girl. WEDNESDAY. The second day's coursing commenced at ten o'clock this morning at Pantdwfn Gate, in the presence of a large concourse of spectators from this and surrounding districts The weather was fine, the ground in excellent condition, and the hares were strong and plentiful, some very fine trials being witnessed. In the Treventy Stakes Westhill and Youthful ran very well indeed. Their final trial being over a rough piece of land, they could not show the splendid form that would otherwise have been displayed. In the Pantdwfn Stakes the two best greyhounds, Land Grabber and Pembroke Boy, got to the end of the stakes. In the Club Stakes Dear Sal practically ran through unchallenged. In the Carmarthenshire Stakes the winner, Remnant IV., was a little lucky in beating Morwyn Du in the final. Both greyhounds had been very hard run, and were it not for the hare coming round so much to the winner the result might have been different. The slipper, Tom Wilkinson, went through his duties without a hitch, and the judge, Mr Wentworth, gave universal satisfaction. Results THE TREVENTY STAKES, for eight dog and bitch puppies, at R3 10s each open to members only. II. Mr H. J. Gregory's (ns) Westhill bt Messrs Cadle and Evans's Lady Clare Mr H. L. Yorath's Youthful bt Mr Thomas Jenkins'? Mike Manning FINAL. Youthful bt Westhill and won the stake. THE PANTDWFN STAKES (open), for 10 dog and bitch puppies, at 1:2 10s each. II. Mr L. Jones's (ns) Land Grabber bt Mr W. H. Smith's Countess Brisbane. Mr Richard Miller's Pembroke Boy bt Mr F. Whiteman's Wise Maid Mr Jerry Lewis's Rambler IL (a bye) FINAL. Land Grabber bt Rambler II (1) and divided the stakes with Pembroke Boy. THE CLUB STAKES, for eight all ages, at 93 10s each open to members only. II. Mr W. H. Smith's Dear Sal bt Messrs Thomas and Jones's (ns) Rostoffina Mr W. S. Phillips's Gomer bt Mr John White's Lady Clayton. FINAL, Dear Sal bt Gomer, and won the stake. THE CARMARTHENSHIRE STAKES (open) for 12 all ages, at 23 each. II. Mr Wm Davies's Patent II. bt Mr F. White- man's Pride of Rodbourne Mr W. J. Buckley's (ns) Morwyn Du bt Mr Samuel Davies's Greenfield Lad. Messrs Cadle and Evans's Remnant IV. bt Mr W. H. Smith's Countess of Stratford. III. Morwyn Du bt Patent II. ) Remnant IV. (a bye) FINAL. Remnant IV. bt Morwyn Du, and won. LLANDIL CHROMCLE.