Llandovery Petty Sessions. Friday, before the Mayor (Councillor J. • Rees, Gloucester Hous), Alderman C. P. Lewis, Llandingat, and Mr. James R Tmh. TaigLocking A FILLY'S TAIL. IMPORTANT TO FARMERS. Tim court was crowded with the far and others interested in horeea. Th«^ttraction was a horse docking cam. iWd Ijloyd, Dolgarreg lorge, SStmV %ed wjth cruel!, £ its tail. Davies, the all- sista-ut, and John Divies, farmer, Penlan »>rn>, were Jones Llandovery, ^u"d, Mr T PhimPB,defendedM emphwzed a8 his main contention, the point ,by qua rf, •„ as the point upon which tfeRlP.Ci, wished to have the. de- "fl^nfteLed «at he passed Dol- e&rr«r Forge on tie 26tli of last month about ? n m When he came close to the forge, he noticed the defendant Lloyd doing some- Ur.. nn tn I thii* to the tail or a ini»re. the door of the smithy, and there saw blood ooming from the lower half of the door which half was shut. Defendant had hold ef the horse's tail, and was tying a string round it to stop the blading near the cut. Witness said to him Have you cut the horse's tail off?" He said Yes," and added What about that is it wrong." Witness replied "Yes, it is a case of cruelty. De- fendant returned I didn t know that. Behind the door the floor was covered with blood, and had the appearance of a slaughter house. The blood was running from the tail like a tap, and he (defendant) had very great difficulty in stopping it. Whilst, witness was tbore the animal seemed to be in grent pain. The ekin was creeking and the horse was shivering. The horse commenced kicking and jumping, and it took two men to hold it. The boy William, servant to Mr. Davies, Penian, was holding the animal by rho halter. Defendant Lloyd informed witness that Mr. Davies, Penlan was the owner, and that he had sent it there to be docked and shod. The owner was not present. Witness found the part of the tail cut off on the hearthst-one near the fire place. Lloyd ad- mitted that it was the part, ofthe tail cut off. Witness took possession of it. The assistant blacksmith was in the shop, but witness did not see him do anything. The assistant made a certain statement on the following day. Cross-examined: There was no attempt at cnnoealment on the part of defendants. No obstruction was put in my way. I have had experience of horses. I worked horses in my younger days. That was the first time I saw a horse being docked. I have studied the legal points of docking in the Society's fccoks. I nave read no farrier's book. Mr. Phillips: There are No convictions put forward by the Society (referring to yellow book produced)? There is no mention of a dismissal there. Cross-examination continued I still waintain that the blood was flowing as from a tap. I was in the shop about ten minutes. Mr. Phillips: If it ran like a street tap it weuld drain every drop of blood in the animal in tenminutes. Ald. Lewis: There are taps of different sizes. Mr. Phillips: When a tap is mentioned, my poimb is that Sergt. Deans is exaggerat- ing what he saw. Was any act of cruelty done whilst you were there?—I did not see the severing of the tail. I have seen many horses docked and undocked. The majority were docked. Although it was a young horse my opin,ion is that it was jumping and kicking owing to the tail being tied. That no doubt was a necessary part of the operat- tion to stop the bleeding. Re-examined by Mr. Jones: I am not a Veterinary Surgeon so can't say what ap- pliances other than those used could be em- ployed. Mr. Phillips: Didn't you see a tornicator put round it? Mr. Jones: Yes, after the tail had been cut. It would be better if put on before it waa cut. Cross-examined: It is not within my know- ledge that an animal on being docked is u?utflly allowed to bleed. Insp. Wra. Bowyer, R.8.P.C.A., deposed to calling at Dolgarreg Forge on the 27th of January and seeing, Lloyd's assistant, Wm. Davies. He told him that any statement h made would be voluntary. He then made a statement to the effect that on the fnevious day a servant of Mr. Davies, Pen- an, brought a young mare about two years of age to be shod and also to be docked. And after shoeing the horse he held the tail while Dd. Llovd cut. These notes were signed in the presence of P.S. Deans. The tail Lloyd cut with a piece of scythe (whieh witness produced). The tail was placed on a piece of block, and the seythe was placed on it and then struck with a hammer or piece of iron. The parts were then tied with a piece of string. Davies then told witness in answer to a question that Lloyd had gone to Penlan whither he proceeded in compdny of P.S. Deans. Before leaving the forge, witness examined it. It had recently been washed out. On the door there was a large quan- tity of fresh blood, reaching from the top to the bottom of the lower part. Some por- tions of the bricks on the floor were stained with blood and there were also spots of blood on the wall. At Penlan he saw John Davies, owner of the horse. He told Mr. Davies who he was, that he had come,in reference to the ease, and that he could please himself as to whether he told him anything or not. Mr. Davies said, in reply, that he gave the order for the docking of the horse, and would ac- cept all responsibility. He then produced a young mare filly which was standing in the I stable. At his request he brought her out. He said she was rather wild and only partly broken in. She appeared rather wild and frightened. On examining the tail he found it had been recently docked. The lower portion of the tail was tied with a string. A portion of the bone of the tail was exposed. The flesh had the appearance of having been singed or scared. At this time David Lloyd came up. Witness then repeated the statement which Lloyd made to him, which was substantially the same as that made by his assistant. Davies. He said first that he was about 10 minutes at the operation, but afterwards, after Mr. Davies had said some- thing to him in Welsh, said about 5 minutes. At the close of the operation he put a piece of pig fat on the tail. It was, he said, the custom of the country to dock tails, and he had done so before. Cross-examined: The soythe used for cut- ting the tail had been placed apparently in biding, for it took the men some time to'find it. He gave me every information. He also showed me the block of wood. The bright portion of the scythe had rusted a little on account of the damp weather since he had it. But it was not clean and bright when he had it first nor had it been for years The part with the fresh rust could easily be seen. Had not seen a horse docked. He did not think it bled 10 minutes like a tap as Sergt. Deans said. He had had a little experience of horses. He understood from Mr. Davies that it was the custom to dock horses. Asked if he suggested it would take f) minutes to dock the mare, he replied that it probably would if the horse was rest- (JaiI^hter and applause). Aid Lewis: If I hear that noise again I ivi ^e. Court cleared. Mr. Phillips: I have nothing further to ask after that. Re-examined by Mr. Jones: The rust on every Dart of the scythe except where he in- dicated was very old. Defendant Lloyd: It wasn't. Mr. Jones: The question of rust ha no- thing to do with it. It is the kind of in- strument used, and whether, it is skilfully performed. Mr. Phillips submitted for the defence that the custom of docknig was common in MI districts in Wales, and the maioritv of English districts. It was justifiable If jt was for the benefit of mankind and rendered the animal more serviceable. Aid. Lewis: The King does not dock his horses. Mr. Jones: Manv cases have been decided where it hns 1"n1r1 t'l.-xt doeking doesn't render the anii ds serviceable for the use of mankind. At this stage Mr. Phifc lips objected to a yellow-covered book issued by the R.S.P.C.A. being put in. He proceeded to say that he was going to put m a certificate granted by the King when Prince of Wales to David Lloyd for the pur- pose of 0 i v Quotir, case of Lewis v. termer, lir Phillips aed that where reason- able care and skm was exercised, a person vac not guilty of cruelly illtreating abusing or torturing an animal, even if the opera- tion was useless. Mr. D. T. M. Jones said that he was not aeking the Bench to decide whether dock- ing vai legal or illegal. He was asking tkem to decide whether the docking was per- formed skilfully and with a proper instru- ment. He held that docking with the in- strument produced was cruel. Mr. Phillips: As long as reasonable care is used-- Aid. Lewis: Reasonable care and proper instrument. Mr. Phillips contended that the case he had quoted was on all fours with the pre- sent. one. Mr. Jones: Was a scythe used? Mr. Phillips: No. Mr. Jones: Then it is ridiculous to say that it is on all fours. "Still, I have no ob- jection to your putting it in. Aid. Lewis: It is for us to decide from the evidence whether reasonable care was taken. Mr.. Philnps: It is thw habit, and the cus- tom for an animal to be docked. It makes it more serviceable for the use of man. It becomes a necessary part of every farmer's work to see that it is carried out. He ] would call the man who would show that all reasonable precautions were taken that when the animal left tlto forge it did not bleed, and that in from 3 days to a week the animal was as well as it could be. The In- apector never complained that there was an unskilful operation. If he suspected, he should again have visited the mare two or three days subsequently. For the defence, Dd. Lloyd, farrier and blacksmith, said he was a certificated far- rier. He had won at 18 to 25 shoeing com- petitions, including the Bath and West of England, and the Royal. In 1900 he won the freedom of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, and received the freedom of the City of London. He had been for the past thirteen or fourteen years in the habit of docking horses, and it was the custom in Llanwrda and the neighbourhood. Before performing the operation he brightened the part he used of the scythe, and he always rubbed the rust off. He then described the operation. He left the mare to bleed for a while as she was suffering from some irrita- tion. He scared the end up with a pre- pared iron to close the artery. It was dry when the Inspector saw it on the foil wing day. He followed out the instructions which he saw in his book on farriery im- plicitly in performing the operation. He used his own judgment in the bleeding. It did not run like a tap. It might have run for 4 or 5 minutes, as the, arteries did flow. By the Bench Some wanted the animals to bleed. Others wanted them tied up at once. The four or five minutes would be fro mthe beginning. He went on the fol lowing day to Penlan to repair a horse machine, and not to see about the condition of the mare. Cross-examined He was a certified far- rier. That meant for shoeing. He was not a qualified veterinary surgeon. Now do your certificates authorie you to dock horses ?-No. Mr. D. T. M. Jones These certificates are useless as qualifications for docking. They show that for shoeing he is one of the best in the country. Cross-examination The iron was not to be red hot when used for searing, but dark red. He always tried to have a joint i. cut- ting a tail. The length depended on the owner. Could not swear he had a joint in this cace. He bled to suit the convenience of customers. Modern science was against bleeding. Mr. Jones You let it bleed profusely contrary to modern science because the owner wanted it ?—Yes he had a better knife ciian the one (produced). Whv didn't you use it ?—Reply not caught. Cross-examination continued There was a proper docking instrument, but you could d") it quicker with the one produced. Mr. Davies, Penlan, owner of the horse. snid that in his opinion the docking was skilfully done. He could not expect it to be better, and he had had considerable ex- perience in horses. The Inspector gave it as his opinion that there was nothing wrong with the tail. Cross-examined He told Lloyd to let the horse bleed on account of a little rash on the neck, and small lumps. The horse was now quite well. The Bench said they were quite deter- mined to dismiss the case.
Amman Valley School Managers THE VACANCY AT AMMANFORD IN- FANTS. The monthly meeting of He Amman Valley School Managers, Group I., was helu at the County School, Ammanfonl, on Thurs- day evening of last weetc. Mr. W. N. Jones, presided over a lull attendance QUESTION OF SALARY. The matter of the salary to be paid Mrs. Parry, who is on the teaching staff of tho Tycroes County School, came under discus- Mr. J. L. Thomas proposed that Mrs. Parry be paid according to the scale of the Council. i Rev. W. Davies seconded, and it was agreed to. INSPECTOR'S REPORT ON THE TY- CROES COUNTY SCHOOL. The Chairman read il..NLI. Inspector's re- port on the Tvcroes County School as fol- lows:—"Lower grant earned in both depart- ments.Mixed School.-This school, which was opened a year ago has made only fair progress, due in a large measure to the over- crowding which has been encouraged, while at tne same time lax discipline has been al- lowed. The organisation needs more at- tention, and indiscriminate answering should b. checked. Notes of the lessons should be regularly made and used, and a morp suit- able time table drawn up. < Infant's Class.—The work of the infants "was on the whole fair, but they have been in a disorganised state for part of the year as the mistress was absent for some time, and some of the children were sent to an unre- cognised school. The grant is paid on an average attendance of 139, in view of the terms of the Board's letter of the 18th May, 1903 to the late School Board. I am at the same time to refer the Committee to this Board's letter of the 18th December, 1903, with regard to the current school year. W. Lloyd will be recognised on the school staff as a pupil teacher for 2 years from 1st Jan., ll'-OM on receipt of satisfactory certificates (n the enclosed form." The Head Master's (Mr. S. K. Parry) re- port was read as appended:—"As the first report of H.M. Inspector on the above school reflects discreditably upon the 'staff, I beg to report that the school was received at the opening 12 months last November in a very low condition. The following is an extract of the report of the school. The first weeks here entered in the log book: — The organisation of the school was exceed- ingly difficult. The number of scholars id- mitted the first day was 145, the .teaching Staff for which consists of myself, Miss Ree (article 50). and t;vo monitors. Gave a i) exam, on Tuesday (opening day) to Stan- dards IV.-VII. with weak results. The questions were based on last school year's work, hut several papers displayed litlle knowledge of the subjects. I find the lower standards also weak generally, and the dis- cipline is very lax. The new standard III. I were examined in a work of Standard II. Four sums were given—result, none with 4 rieht; none three correctly; three scholars obtained two correct; and three scholars had one each correct, while the remaining 12 were total failures. In the dictation the 'errors varied from 6 to 20.' This gentle- men, proves the state of the school at the commencement. It is, therefore, fair that, the result of the exam, (thp- panels of which I haTe retained) be laid for the kind con- sideration of the managers fit the Education Committee, together with the papers of the last examination, in order that a reas^naMo and fair estimate may be made on the gross of the school. The statement respect- ing the infants being in a disorganised state for a part of the year is incorrect, as they were in charge of a qualified assistant dur- ing the month, when the mistress was ab- sent owing to illness. The average atten- danoe was 140 n ot 139. The Drawing In- speotor last November after inspecting the work of the children made the following re- mark :— I am very well pleased indeed with these drawings." Respecting the over- crowding alleged, it is but right to state that the dimensions of the school, as mea- sured by the Surveyor rently, gives an ac- commodation for 141 scholars, not 120." Col. Morris proposed that they accept tho Master's explanation as being satisfactory. Mr. J. L. Thomas suported Col. Morris's motion, adding, I have no hesitation in say- ing that it is an unfair and unjust report. I will say no more. The motion was put to the meeting and cairied. THE VACANCY AT AMMANFORD. The Education Committee sent the follow- ing 15 applications for the post of Head- mistress at the Ammanford Council School to the managers, from which to select three for the consideration of the Committee:— Sarah A. Grey (33), Groeslan, North Wales; C. A. Ormiston (31), Whitstable Lilian M. Richards (34), Saron Schools, near Amman. ford; Edith Price (22), Ynyshir; Esther Clinton (34), Douglas, Isle of Man; Alice Jameson (25), Bothwell, N.B.; Frances E. E. Evans (I), London; Kate Edwards (24), Ammanford; J. A. Callard (27), Penygroes Schools, Ammanford; Maigt. Protheroe (25) G. T. Gabe (22), Barry; M. E. Evans (23), Ammanford; E. J. Walker (24), Neylandj Mrs. Annie Tenant, Barking; M. Tringle (23), London. The Committee had advertised for a trained teacher, but a. few of the applicant's were untrained. There was a somewhat heated discussion a-s to whether the voting should be open or not, the Rev. Towyn Jones proposing that three candidates be seleoted by ballot, and the Rev. W. Davies seconding. Mr. J. R. Jones considered this very un- fair to the public, and said he had never heard of such a thing before. He moved that they have open voting. Col .Morris seconded. The amendment was put to the meeting and lost, and voting by ballot was agreed Col. Morris demanded that the names be taken, with the result that Miss J. R. Jones, Col. Morris, Mr. John Lloyd, and the Chairman were in favour of open voting, whilst- the others were for a ballot. I Col. Morris said some maudible remarks, the only words which were heard being "eer- tain purposes." The Rev. Towyn Jones (warmly) said that they were as honest as Col. Morris was. Col. Morris: I did not reflect upon your honesty. The Rev. Towyn Jones asked what he mennt by certain purposes then. The result of the voting was:— Miss Evans (Ammanford) 16 Miss Gabe (Barry 12 Miss Callard (Penygroes) 10 Miss Richards (Saron) 9 Miss Price (Ynyshir) 8 The Misses Protheroe, Ormiston, Walker, Jameson,\and Clinton, had one vote each. The Chairman moved that Misses Evans, Gabe, and Caflard bio their selection to the Education Committee. Mr. L. Jenkins seconded, and it was ag- reed to. j
Llandyssul Races. The ninth annual trotting matches, flat and hurdle races, steeplechases, and jumping competi- tion were held on the Abercerdin and Wilkes'Head Hotel Meadows (which had been kindly lent for the occasion by Messrs Evan Jones, Tyssul Castle, and J Davies respectively) on Wednesday, the 24th ult. Ideal spring weather favoured the meeting through- out, which was unnonbt-edly instrumental in draw- ing together the large crowd that gathered to wit- ness the really exciting and well-contested races that took place. From every point of view it wps a grand success, and quite up to any of its prede- cessor?. The judges wfre --Col. Lewes, Llysnewydd Messrs A H Jones, Pen'rallt; D J Lloyd, Gil- fachwen and T R Jones, Pantglas. Starters, Col. Newland, Dolhaidd; Capt W Lewes, Llysnewydd Messrs A 0 Sterry, Neuadd- fawr and E Jones, Tyssul Castle. The other officials were as follows :—Clerk of the course, Mr R M Davies field stewards, Messrs W Jones. Pengraigwen J Williams, Rhyd- fach T Jones, Troedrhiw'rhwch A E Smith, Porth Hetel D L Jones, Cilgwyn Hotel; John Evans, Half Moon Hotel and John Davies, Wilkes' Head Hotel. Treasurer, Mr R A Thomas, Metropolitan Bank. The secretarial duties were safely entrusted to Mr Evan Evans. coal mer- chant, whose unswerving zeal and energy in con- nection therewith deserves the highest praise. The list of successful winners were as follows :— Trotting match for horses not exceeding 8 years old, and for ponies not exceeding 13i hands, dis- tance about 14 niile-1, D Davies, butcher, New- castle-Emlyn, "Angel's Pride;" 2, Evans Bros., Newcastle-Emlyn, Dolly Gray 3, T Davies, Felingwm, Plough Girl." Trotting match, open to all comers distance about 2 miles-I, Moses Williams, Glanamman, 4* Defiance Girl2, D H Jones, Glanyrynys, Llanddarog, Gwendraeth Girl 3, J Evans, Fail- Field, St Clears, Sail." I pen trotting match far horses not exceeding 4 years old distance about 2 miles-I, Evans, St Clears, "Sally;" 2, T Davies, Plough Inn, Ve!in- gwm, "Plough Girl;" 3, W J Richard?, New- castle-Emlyn, Black." Jumping Prize-for best jumper- 1, W Thomas, Harp Inn, Carmarthen, "Jane Shore;" 2, W Thomas, Harp Inn, Carmarthen, "Sir Joseph." Open ifat race for horses that never won a prize at any meeting before-I, W Thomas, Harp Inn, Carmarthen, Jane Shore;" 2, J Davies, Wilkes' Head Hotel, Llandvssul, "Polly;" 3, J T Phil- lips, M.R.C.V.S., Pantyrwig, Nantgaredig, Lily of the Valley." Open hurdle race; distance about 2 miles—1, P Lewis, Mydrim, St Clears, Tally Ho 2, Jenkin Jenkins, Blaenplwyf, "Nance o'r Giyn 3. W Thomas, Harp Inn, Carmarthen, Ivy." Steeplechase, open for horses the property of owners residing within the limits of Neuaddfawr and Tivyside Hunts distance about H mile over banks—1, W Thomas, Harp Inn, Carmarthen, "Jane Shore:" 2, Jenkin Jenkins, Blaenplwyf, Whip o' Will 3, J Jenkins, Blaenplwyf, Nance o'r Glyn." Open flat race for ponies not exceeding 13-2 hands high, and horses not exceeding 3 years old distance abont 1J mile-I, P Lewis, Mydrim, St 2 Clears, "The Lady;" 2, J Jenkins, Blaenplwyf, Nance o'r Glyn3, J Jenkins, Blaenplwyl, Whip o' Will." Open flat race distance abont 2-i miles-1, P Lewis, Mydrim. St Clears, "Tally Ho;" 2, W Thomas, Harp Inn, Carmarthen, "Sir Joseph 3, P Lewis, Mydrim, St Clears, 1* Lady." Open steeplechase over the banking course distance about 2! miles—1, P Lewis, Mydrim, St Clears, Tally Ho;" 2, W Thomas, Harp Inn, Carmarthen, "Naughty Boy3, J Jenkins, Blaenplwyf, Whip o' Will." Consolation race, for horses that have not won a first or second race at this meeting distance about I mile on the tlat-I,W Thomas, Harp Inn, Carmarthen, "Sir Joseph 2, J Jenkins, Blaen- plwyf, Whip o' Wili;" 3, J T Phillips, M.R..C.V.S, Pantyrewig, Nantgaredig,Lily of the Valley." The Tivyside Foxhounds met on the Llandyssu Racecourse on the day following, and the Neuadd- fawr Foxhounds at the same place on the Friday after, both at 11 a.m.
LLANDEBIE. Success.—We heve much pie sure in notyfying the success of Miss Blodwen Jones, of Ashford School, second daughter of the Rev James Jones and Mrs Jones, Vicarage who has successfully passed the Senior Oxford and Cambridge Local Examinations. Death.—It is with deep regret we announce the death of Mary, wife of Mr David Price, No., 2 Pisdau Cottage, who, after a long and painrul ill- ness, died on Sunday Feb. 21st. Her remains were interred in the Church burial ground on the followed Wednesday, when the Rev J Jones ofii-, both in the house and church. The deceased was a quiet, unobtrusive person looktng after and car- ing more for her own domestic affairs. than for her neighbours, and such an example should be followed by' those of her neighbours whom she has preceded, as the womenfolk of the viliage and district in eeneral have a greater appetiterin mind- ing the sffairs of others than their own, as we have found to our cost in former times.
County Council Nominations. CARMARTHENSHIRE. Nominations for candidates for Carmar- thenshire took place on Monday last with the results given below. Mr. David Davies, Angel Houae, Newcastle Emlym, had a walk over owing to irregitljw-ities in his opponents' nomination paper, and tà. ea.didate not being at hand in time to have them recti- fied. UNOPPOSED REPRESENTATIVES Carmarthen (Western Upper).—*Pref. D. E. Jomes .I. R Llanstophan. -*John Johns R. St. Ishmael's.—*J. ju. Thoauw R — Llangendeirne.—"W. Jenkins R Llanarthney.—*H. Jones-Davies R — Trelech.—W. Thomas R — Conwil.—"T. Jones R — Llanelly Urban (1).—W. GriJfttks — U (2).- W. Wilkin. R — (2).- W. Wilkins R — (3).—W. David R — (3).-W. David R — (4).—Rev. Thoe. Johas R — (5).—D. 0. Parry R — (7).-Thoma, Jones. R — (8).—Joseph Williams R — rshydowmearau.B. EraAx R — Llanelly Rural (Berwick).—D. Harry R — Hengoed.-D. John U Llangennech.—T. Thomas R — Mothvey.—*D. Davies R — Cilycwm.—*J. Rees R — Caio.—*T. Franeis Jp.eø R — Llansawel.—*Sir jF. DrniHmend — U l.landilo (Rural).W, Jones R — Llandilo (Urban).—*J. 'W. Gwynne- Hughes .¡. — U I,Iandobie.-D. Davies R — Llangadock.—*W. DaW«s- R — Llanfair Aberbythiok.-Ha.rl Cardor.U Ll?infihangel-ar-Arth.—T. Barratt R — CENARTH. *D. Davies (U.). LLANGELER. *Colonel Lewes. LLANNON. Morgan Jones (R.). WHITLAND. *J. Scourfield (R.). LLANBOIDY. "David Thomas (R.) LLANDOVERY BOROUGH. *Captain W. P. Jeffrey (U). J. R. James (R). LLANYBYTHER. J. Thomas (R). D. Williams (R). ST. CLEARS. D. Thomas (R). I J. Lewis (R). D. J. Powell (I.). LAUGHARNE. *J. D. Morse (R.). R. Evans (R.). QUARTERBACH.. W. Williams. Gwynne Vaughan. j. Lianegwad. D. J. Harries. *W. Gwynne-Huglies. BETTWS. *W. N. Jones. ,,« D. J. Jones. David Jones (Glanamixer). PEMBREY (N.). Rev. W. G. Williams (U.). Dr J. H. Williams (R.; *Rev. J. H. Rees (R.). PEMBREY (S.). J G. Thomas (U.). R. T. Hammond (R.). D Evans (R.). *T. F. Wilkins (R.). CARMARTHEN (E. UUpper). D'. Davies (U.). •Rev. F. Mills (R.). J CARMARTHEN (E Town).. c *'T. E. Bvigatocke (U.).i H. W. Thomas (R.). LLANELLY (Urban C.). W. Eynon (R.). J. Roberts (Labt, WESTFA, Rev. B. Humphreys (R). v T. Williams (R.). v Rev J. Evans (R.). — ABERGWILI. f. H. W. Pryse (U.). *J. Lloyd (R.). LL AN GITNN OR D. E. Stephens. *C. Morris (R.). CARMARTHEN (W. Lower). *J. John (U.). J. Lewis (R.). KIDWELLY. *Alfred Stephens (U.). LLANEDY. *J. LI. Thomas (R.). R. H. Sampson (U.). CARDIGANSHIRE. Nominations for candidates for the Car- diganshire County Council took place on Friday, and the election will take place on Saturday next. The present constitution of the council is:— Radicals, 50. Unionists, 14. Members of the present council who have been nominated are distinguished by an asterisk. UNOPPOSED RETURNS. Llandyssul (S.), *Captain W. Davies — R Cilcennin, Dr. Jenkin Lewis — R Ltanarth, Morgan Evans R Llansentffraid, J. Price U Aeron, J. M. Howell — R Llanwenog, *J. Jones — R Llanwnen, D. Evans — R Llangeitho, *T. Davies — R Strata Florida, *E. Evans — R Tregaron, *Dr. Lloyd .R Cardigan (N.), *0. B. Evans — R 11 (S.), *J. Stephens — R Aberystwyth, R. J. Jones U — D. C. Roberts — R R. Ellis. R E. H. James — R Talybont. -*Edward Jones (R.). Borth.- *Richard James, Brynllys (R.). Abei-bank. -*Evan Davies, Gilfachronw (R.). Cwmrheidol.Ym. Evarks (R.). Devil's Bridge.—*Rev. T. Mason Jones r Gogenan.—*Joseph Parry <R.). Llanfihangel.—*D. Morgan (R.). Yspy thy.—*T. Morgan (R.). Lledrod.—D. L. Jones (it,). Llandyssil.—Jenkin Jones (U.). Troedyraur.—Rev. D. Evans (R.). WITHDRAWALS. Lledrod.—*Rev. R. G. Jones. Llandyssil.—T. Thomas and Rev. A. Thomas. Troedyraur.—W. R. Jones. OPPOSED. ABERPORTH. *T. Watkins (R.). J. Hughes (R.). LLECHRYD and LLANGOEDMORE. D. S. Jones (R.J. W. Jones (R.). BLAENPORTH and LLANDUGWYDD. T. Evans (R.). E. Williams (R.). LLEDROD. Rev. R. G. Jones (R.). D. L. Jones (R.). NANTCWNLLE Rev. D. Edwards (U.). Dr. Evans (R.). FELINFACH. D. Jones (U.). *W. T. Davies (R.). J. Jones (R.). ILANDDEWIBREFI. R. S. Rowlands (U.). *D. Davies (R.). W. Jones (R.). LAMPETER (one mat). Rev. Principal Bebb (U.). Evan Davies (U.). Tivy Jones (R.). Rev. R. C. Jones (R.). LLANFAIRCLYDOGAU. William Rees (U.). David S. Davies (R.). LLANDYSSIL (N.). Jenkin Jones (U.). Timothy Thomas (R.). Rev. A. Thomas (R.). ABERAYRON. 1 D. Pennant James (TJ.)* Lima Jones (R.). C tai \>aniel Jc$.). .f. r.
.¡:¡ Welsh Education Revolt GOVERNMENT ACTION TO ENFORCE THE LAW. We maderstand on good authority that immediate steps are 1>0 be taken by the trevemment to hold an inquiry, under the Education Aets, by which the grierancea of the respective parties in the present contro- versy will be taken into account and bhoreagkljrly sifted, in order to arrive at some decision on which the central autho- rities will be in a position to make an order whiok will eventually be the foundation upon whiofc proceedings by mandamus or other- wise, will be instituted against the Carmar- thenshire County Council to compel that bodv to administer the funds at its disposal fairly between the provided and non-pro- vided schools of the ccunty, as cont^mnlat^d bjthe Education Act. It is hoped that the sentral authorities will be able to arrive at some plan involving a re-adjustment which I, will tinlmre for the non-provided schools their due shares of the rates, as well as grants earned by them. It is expected that the local inquiry by the Board of Education into the shortcomings of the Carmarthenshire County Council in its paitial administration of the Education Act will take place before the end of March, and preparations are in progress for a definite settlement of the difficulty as regards ihe unfair treatment of the non-provided schools by withholding from them even a portion of the rates which Churchuken themselves pay towards education. Another correspondent states that an 7n quiry will be made generally, and wherever it fonnd that the Act has been maladamini- strated a mandamus can be obtained to com- pel the authorities to administer the Act properly.
St Davlll's Day at Carmarthen. YEOMANRY DINNER. The annual dinner promoted by the C Squadron ot the Pembroke imperial leo- manry was held at the Boar's ilead Hotel, Carmarthen, on Tuesday evening last. The chair was occupied br Major Grismond l'loilipp, Cwmgwilly, who was supported by Capt. Collis, Capt. Deime Davies-Jwans, Lc. Morris, Dr. Lawrence, Narberth, Surgeon Lieut. E. R. Williams, Dr. Denzil Harries, and others. There was a large attendance, and the dinner was one of the most impor- tant that has been held in the town for some years. General satisfaction was expressed with the excellent catering of Mrs. Olive, the hostess. Great credit is due to the organis- ing committee and their secretary (bergt. Major Reid), for having brought to so suc- cessful an issue, such a happy and pleasant function, and revived the oid timed custom in Caraiarthen, of commemorating the mem- ory of Wales' patron Saint. The usual loyal to.ists having been duly honoured, the Chair, .an read telegrams and letters from Col. M yric, the colonel of the regiment, Lieut.-General Sir James Hills- Johnes, V.C., G.C.B., and Bandmaster Hal- ley, expressing regret for their inability to attend. The Rev. Fuller Mills in submitting the toast of oar Patron Saint said he waa glad to find the regiment keeping up the tradi- tions of the yeomanry of older days, who did io much for their country. Speaking of the Saint he said that a great many of the saints were very bad rascals (laughter). He could nevar see that some of- them had any higher elaims than ourselves to a place in the heavens above. St. David, however, was one of the most brilliant exceptions. He was, at least a very respectable, moral, farf seeing prophet and preacher,if he had any existence at all. (Laughter). He was the rallying point of all honest and true Welsh- mben to-day throughout the world. Deal- ing humorously with the four other patron saints. Mr. Mills remarked that St. Patrick of Ireland was a Welshman (laughter). The English had only a show share in St. George who was also the patron of the Russians and of the Genoese. He had read in a daily paper that morning that Renan was a Welsh man. They would very sl.ortly be able to limit the world itself to Tf;c« (laughter). Mr. T. Bland Davies in a few appropriate sentences gave the toast of the Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces. In the course of his remarks he observed that if any foreign foe ventured to put his foot un this tight little island he would find it very unhealthy. 9 Dr. Lawrence in briefly responding said he was sure that if this island were ever in- vaded* they would find that there was still life left in the old dogs (applause). It was now nearly fifty years since he had been un- der fire. Surg.-Lieut. E. R. Williams thought the Army was very much indebted to iti medi- cal officers. This country would fail in its duty if it did not supply more doctors and equip them better. If the Government had sent out more doctors to the Boer War as they were advised the great 'epidemic of typhoid could have been avoided. Sergt.-Major Reid who also responded ob- served that one volunteer at his worst was worth twenty pressed men (hear, hear). Mr. A. E. O. Norton proposed the health of the Pembroke Yeomanry Cavalry and created loud laughter by remarking that he would much rather face a charge from the Pt-mbroke Yeomanry than make a speech that night. He explained that what he meant was that it would be safer for the Yeomanry. Speaking of Capt. Collis with whom the toast was coupled, he was one of the best judges of horses in the country (ht-ar, hear). He thought the efficiency of the Pembroke Yeomnnry could not be beaten Captain Collis, who was received with gieat cheering said that he had spent three .■ery jolly years in the Pembroke Yeomanry, He said he had been greatly helped by the non-commissioned officers and his permanent staff. As to Major Philipps, if it had not been for him he did not think they would have had the Carmarthen Squadron. That squadron, for a young one. was one of the best he had ever seen (Applause). It was wonderful the way in which they fell in on the first day, and after about three days they marched along as well as an cavalry squadron in the line. In conclusion, he ob- served that he was going next Friday to try and win the Gold Cup. He thought he had a very good chance on Talleyrand, and he hoped the frost would not interfere. (Hear, hear.) Sergt.-Major Reid, who also responded, said they had the finest colonel, the finest adjutant, and the finest set of officers in the Army. Trooper R. H. Nesbitt gave the toast of Major Philipps and officers, which was drunk with musical honours. Major Philipps, responding, said he was very much obliged to the men for the way in which they had backed him up. An ex- Master of Hounds had not the smoothest tc ngue in the world (laughter), and he was ery much obliged to the men for the way in which they had taken "lip" (laughter). The regimeat was going to Llandovery for the next training, and was going to be accom- panied by the Glamorgan Yeomanry, which was a v ery smart regiment, but would not teach them anything (Hear, hear). They would all be very sorry to lose Capt. Frank Sutton (who was not, however, going to leave the regiment), but they were going to have in his stead Capt. Spence, who was a very distinguished young soldier indeed, and who did very well in the South African cam- paign. (Applause.) Capt. Davies-Evans submitted the toast of the strangers, and extended to them a hearty welcome. They had had some ex- ceptionally fine- speeches that night, espe- cially those of the Rev. Fuller Mills and ir. T. Bland Davies. They could not have had two speeches more calculated to bring re- cruits. (Hear, hear.) They ought to deco- late those two gentlemen with the ribbons of the recruitiig sergeant, and send them to the next fair at Carmarthen. He was scry there were not more Yeomen present to wel- come the strangers because the latter would help them in many ways. A diimer of that kind helped the recruiting for the regiment, and he hoped it would have the effect of making the squadron the finest in the regi- ment. (Applause). Sergt.-Major Baldwin and Mr. C. Haydn Williams responded. During the evening songs were rendered by Messrs. R. W. Ward, D. Davies (Box- burgh), Lewis Giles, R. H. Nesbitt. J. Jos- eph, T. Daniel, G. R. Lewis. 1 and others.
j Tragic Death of Mr C. P. Broad, Carmarthen. A painful sensation was caused through- out the town of Carmarthen about 5 o'eiock on Wednesday afternoon, when the sad news spread that Mr. Charles Pinn Broad, of the Angel Inn (Harvey's Spirit Vaults), Xott- square, had been discovered in his back pre- mises dead, with a bottle or carbolic acid by 1 bis side. A theory of suicide is put forward, but why, if true, he should have committed such a rash act, for the present is a mys- tery. Deceased, who was about 47 years of age, was one of the most popular tradesmen in the town, and had hosts of friends throughout West Wales, which he used to travel years ago, as the representative of the late firms of Messrs. J. H. Smill and Company and Messrs. Holding and Com- pany, wine and spirit merchant, vjuay St., Carmarthen. His tragic end will be deeply regretted by a very large circle of friends, who extend to his three young daughters, aged 17 and 14 years, and his aged parents Mr. and Mrs. Broad, Waterloo Terrace, and ,^tives heartfelt sympathy in the terrible affliction which has overtaken them. THE INQUEST.. Mr. T. W. Walters,' coroner, held an in- quest on Thursday (yesterday) afternoon, touching the death of Mr. Broad. Mr. J Harries, draper, Nott Square, was the fore- man of the jury. Miss Bessie Broad, daughter of the de- ceased, gave evidence of identification. Her father was 46 years of age on October 26th last, and had been insurea for 18 years. She assisted her father in carrying on the busi- ness at Harvey's Vaults. Her father had been complaining of severe pains in the head during the last few months, but no doctor attended him. He had taken sleeping draughts on four nights, nut not in succes- sion. He got them from Mr. Arthur, the chemist. On Wednesday he was very p011y and got up about 11.30 a.m. About an hour and a half previously he complained of a headache, and had breakfast in bed. When he came downstairs he went out, and re- turned between 4.30 and 5 p.m. He did not take any dinner, and was not quite sober. She did not speak to him when he came back, as he went straight out into the yard. He never returned. David Hughes, tailor, Wood's Row, said that on Wednesday, about 4.40 p.m., he was at Harvey's Vaults. He saw Mr. Broad, and spoke to him in the kitchen. Deceased said, How are you ?" and went straight out to the back. Within ten minutes wit- ness went out, and found him in the privy. There was a pane of glass knocked out of the window, and he saw him sitting down. There was a bottle by his side.- He called him several times, and told him it was too cold to sit there. Deceased never answered. and he then found he was dead. He called another man, and they carried him out. The blue bottle labelled Carbolic acid" (produced) was the one he saw. When de- ceased came into the house he looked as if he had been drinking heavily, and appeared deranged. He did not Know whether de- ceased was pressed for money. Mr. G. P. Llewellyn, chemist, King-st., said that he knew Mr. Broad by sight. He came to his shop about 2 o'clock on Wednes- day, and asked for a tobacco pouch and an ounce of tobacco. Then he asked for two- pennyworth of carbolic acid. He told him he had cixpenny bottles, and deceased re- Elied, "I will take any of those." He said he required it for disinfecting. Deceased appeared to be perfectly sober. He was very talkative, and quite rational. Could not say he had been taking any drink, and did not smell any. The bottle (produced) was full of acid when he gave it him. There were now about two ounces out of it. Dr. Parry said that he was called, and arrived at Harvey's Vaults about ten minutes to 5. He saw deceased in the privy. He was then dying from an overdose of car- bolic acid, which he was sure was the cause of death. A teaspoonful of this concentra- ted acid would kill him. He scraped come off his tongue to make sure it was carbolic acid. That acid took some time to kill, Lut if he took a lot he would die in about a quar- ter of an hour. The Coroner, in summing up, said that it seemed to be perfectly clear that deceased was not in his right mind when he came into the house. As a witness had said, he locked worse than if he had been drinking. The jury returned a verdict of Suicide during temporary insanity." ————k
Education Expendituae at Car- marthen. Sir,—I am told that truth requires that I should answer 'Mr Harry's assertions made at the meeting of the Education Committee on Monday last, and with your permission I will do so. Of course, the best answer to Mr Harry, and the most convincing proof of the poorness of his argument lie in the fact that no one was found to support his motion. I wish, however, to touch upon three points. The first is Mr. Harry's assertion that I, ignorantly or wilfully, deceived the inhabi- tants of Carmarthen in an address given in the Model Schoolroom. In expressing my belief that the school rate, ander the new Act, would fall twopence, there was no de- ception, wilful or otherwise. Had the rate of expenditure on education in the borough remained what it was in 1901, the education rate would have. fallen. Mr. Harry knows very well that the increased expenditure on education is due to the increase in the num- ber of teachers, and to the increased rate of all salaries. He also knows that such in- crease has been made in all the schools in the town, to satisfy, as far as possible, the Board of Education on the one side, and the requirements of the teachers on the other. This increase will continue as we are all well aware, and this increase .s not the result of the new Act, but of the dearth of teachers and the requirements of the Board. Mr. Harry's statement that the salaries of the teachers in the Voluntary Schools were increased by the managers when the Educa- tion Act was under discussion is true in fact, but conveys a wrdng impression. Mr. J. Harry implies that this increase was inten- tionally made in order to force the Town Council to pay higher salaries than the managers had paid. This is not true. Mr. Harry, on a previous occasion, at a meeting of the Education Committee, stated that I had written a letter to the managers of all the schools in the county, urging them to in- crease the teachers' salaries before the Edu- cation Act came into operation. On show- ing Mr. Harry a copy of the letter I had written urging Managers to oppose any such suggested increase, Mr. Harry apologised in private, but he did not withdraw his ac- cusation as publicly as he made it. Mr. Harry's argument that the grants earned by one school should be expended on that school shows that Mr. Harry does not understand the methods ot the Board of Education nor the principle of grants for education adopted by the country. There are no grants earned by any school. Grants earned ceased when payment by results and individual examination of children ceased, and that was long before the present Educa- tion Act was contemplated. There are three kinds of grants: Block grants, Fee grants, and Aicf grants, but no "Grants earned," as in former times; and all grants are paid to the Education Nuthoi-ity for the efficient education of all children alike in the Borough. For simplicity's sake, as the grants are calculated on the attendance of children, the numbers arc recorded for each school separately, but this does not affect the principle or the result. I suppose it is inevitable that in the en- deavour to embitter party feeling, Educa- tion and its needs will be forgotten, but such feeble arguments as one had to listen to on Monday last will cease when the Press ceases to give them nrorninence and the pub- He begins to think for itself. „ C. G. BROWN, South Wales Training College, Carmarthen.
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I LLANCATHEN. Demise.—It is with deep regret we havo, to chronicle the very sudden death of Mr. John Evans, of Cilwern Farm, Llangathtea, 0.1 Monday, the 22nd ult., in his 79th year. On the morning of the before-ment' "JL date the deceased, while engaged in cEsfc- junction with other members of his family 111 the haggard conveying sheaves of oom for thrashing, was suddenly seen to drop to the ground helplessly. Dr. Rees, Llandilo, was at once sent for, and on examination,, pronounced life extinct. Deceased had only just recovered from a very trying illness, and it was observable to all who came into intimate contact with him that his ummu. robust constitution had latterly showed signs of impending dissolution. On the- haturaay previous to his death he attended the market at Llandilo, and he is said tu have complained then to some of his friends- that he felt far from well. The subject of the near approach of his departure from this, life occupied his mind very much of late, and thert; was nothing that caused him 80 rruch revulsion of feering as the thought that possibly he would have yet to exner- lenoe another painful illness. Death W him, for he dreaded it. not, and he ofteu. 1°' was, a kindly messenger summoning him home to his Father's house on high ihe deceased was a unique type of man be ing quaint in manner, verf nlain genial and kind. He was a very good and devout Churchman, being a regular Sf faithful attendant at the Parish Church of Llangathen, as well as Clerk at the sister" CWh £ LlanfihanSel Cilfargen, to which Church he was much attached. Livinelt of that maS, from who now reside nf deceased in high ° n th* was also much struck with Mr /DeTG,r latter was introSS! latter was introSS! Church meeting at Dynevor Ca&tèe w!Evanse?t COwL'rS satIsfactIOn to Our departed friend. Mr. Evans leaves behind him an affectionatv, widow and niece to mnum 1," t much s,?pathy is erteXd dUS, g,°",S tUrn of mind. an?wtf £ in hie U^°in 8reat enthusiasm prevailing: in his early days m connection witfi SwTn ?r%ei\ and re™a* meetings weS^ ^th its ?u,bllc ,worshlP of the present dav, hid l,>tl Pimusic' Processions, et«. W ttleu°r1n°1 attraction for him. I/' however, he had a mind of his own, he hti* feart'and was loved by all who knew him, and this was fimply testified by the large number of n", s and neighbours who came together u the- funeral on Thursday, the 25th 111 ke sei vice at the house was conctue- Vlca/ of the parish the Rev. J A Williams, and the Rev. Mr. J m»s rurale* in charge of Fforest Fach, a relative of the deceased. The funeral pro",izio,i tftfci' wended its way to Llangathea Church, headed by Dr. Rees, Llandilo; the Vicar of onf Pansh- Rev. W. Evans \7jcar of St ihomas, Swansea-a relative -,f deceased the Rev Mr Jones, and the Rev. Joha tries, Llandilo. At the church a goodlv" number of friends of the departed had as- senbled, including Major and Mrs Frit tan The Psalm was chanted (Miss Gwladys Wii- j^Y1 1 Vicarage, presiding at the organ^ and the lesson was read by th? Rev. Mr! Jc-nes. At the graveside the Vicar re.id the Committal Prayer, being assisted in th? remaining parts of the service tv the Revs. Evans and John James. Before the4 blessing was pronounced by the Vicar, that well-known hymn "Bydd mvrdd o Ryfecd- odau was silng. Mr. W. E. Roberts. Cambrian House, Llandilo, was the under taker. Floral tributes were sent by the following: -1-fajortand Mrs. Reginald Br >- tan, the Misses Saunders. Court Henry; ~be Rev. J. A. Williams, the Vicarage; Mrot. Thomas, L-Iwynfedwen Mrs. Allcard, Abe- glasney Lodge; Mrs. Roderick, Dynevor Lodge.
TRAPP, LLANDILO Several acts of malicious damige havi'tjj been committed at the National School t Trapp a reward for the discovery of the per- pctrators has been offered by the authow- ties. "Countryman" writes:-Sir -Pray, per- mit me space for two grumbles. Goin- from Llandilo to Celly Cennan Castle-o- favourite a resort-I was sorry to see that s-) many trees adjoining the road have bee* elled. I should imagine they must run ij*- ™?dreds- They aforded a pleasant shade in the summer, and added to the beauty of the landscape. The people who cut down the trees are. rarely those who hlf+n^l Tl 4. they could do would be to plant two trees for every one fell If this is not done the climate of the countsr whatUwmrfe°th3Change' and n° ™ what will be th, consequence. otl|er grumble is as to heaps of road scrapmgsV gutter clearings lef^n the s°d* S™„Yv.0!id? fT weeks and months together ««$ £ rin poneUrth„raT^XrmatehVhL,S?- Cennan on Friday Iast Carrey competitors and the officials^ mS ing snow storm, and after ?,Wt af bhnd~ j™ decided to aditS ^heTeel^St
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Births, Marriages, Deaths. „ BIRTHS. Tuesday, 1st, at Quay Street, Carmarthen, the wife of Mr. John Richards, of the G. W.R. Station,. of a son. DEATHS. Jenkins.-Monday, February 29th ult Mi- Thomas Jenkins, son of Mr. and Mrs' W Jenkins, Fountain Hall Terraoe, ^d years. r„ IN MEMORIAM tSKSKSJ Arthur^ Hector Harold Baden Leii ^f Charlies and Sdfy"1 £ Sdus Februiry « £ mmSS!6 sdly missed. A cLriel0 Lei™)?"? of r 'band. fully away at h ,v T ° Passed peaoe- Brechf i VrT ,S ^dence, Glen View ingly mi8^V^^r 1902,-EverS: all that knew his worth"" °nes' and
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