rir" ONE POINT ON WHICH LIBERALS & CONSERVATIVES AGREE THAT FOR TIP-TOP VALUE IN BOOKS, XMAS CARDS, TOYS, & WILLIAMS, KIN G STREET, CANNOT BE BEATEN. OUR SELECTION IS LARGER THAN EVER. We do not ask you to "Wait and See," but COME and SEE. SEEING IS 13ELIEVING ONLY ADDRESS-19 & 20, KING STREET, nAttMAUTBEH. CHRISTMAS I SHOPPING. The spacious Shops and Show Rooms with ample room for a leisurely examina- tion of their contents, the practically unlimited choice of temptingly displayed goods at Most Tempting Prices, and the ZI.10 Z!1 facilities given for making your selection (you will not be pestered to buy), are amongst the features which make BEN. EVANS' the ideal Shopping Centre for the Christmas Shopper. Each of our 28 Departments has some- thing to offer for Christmas Gifts. I THE CREAT TOY BAZAAR will be open daily until Christmas Eve, BENElHW SWANSEA. LTD. < BRISTOL BOUSE. CARMARTHEN. M. & L. THOMAS BAKERS, GROCERS. CONFECTIONERS. t* OLIVRESHMENTS READY AT ALL TIMBS. HOME-MADE BREAD, CAKE and PASTRY. PtrtiM eatered for. Price* Modwate. 1(71 ASSEMBLY ROOMS, CARMARTHEN. The 43rd Annual St. Peter's CHRISTMAS TREE Thursday, January 5th, 1911. STALLHOLDERS: FANCY STALL-The Vicarage. Do. -Mrs. Lester, Furnace Lodge. Do. AND Toy STALL-Miss White, King Street. REFRESHMENT STALL-Mrs. Arthur, Elm Lodge. FARMERS' STALL-Messrs. Bartlett Bros., Priory Street. MISCELLANEOUS STALL-St. Peter's Church Choir. FRUIT AND FLOWER STALL-)11rs. Pugh Evans, and the Misses Violet, Queenie, and May Williams, Napier House. TEA STALL-Mrs. Stephen Morgan, 2, Spilman Street. COFFEE STALL-Mrs. John Morgan, Blue Street. Contributions will be thankfully received by any An6 Attractive ENTERTAINMENT in the Side RThe Proceeds will be devoted towards Building a New Mission Room in Cambrian Place. (658 LLANDILO AUCTION MART COY., LTD. Will hold their Annual CHRISTMAS SHOW AND SALE of PRIME FAT STOCK, In the Market, adjoining the Llandilo Bridge Kail- way Station, on MONDAY, 19th DECEMBER, 1910, When the following Prizes will be awarded: For the Best Fat Ox or Heifer (the Property of a Tenant Farmer)-lst prize, L31 2nd do., El 10s., 3rd do., 5s. Fo^th^Be^t Fat Ox or Heifer (open) by Llandilo Tradesmen)—1st prize, £ 2; <2nd ao., £1; 3rd do., 10s. For the Best Pen of 3 Fat Sheep (open)-lst prize, 2nd do., 10s. For11he" Best Pen of 3 Fat Lambs (the P^perty of a Tenant Farmer)-lst prize, £ 12nddo l0s For the Best Fat Pig (open)—1st prize, £ 1, 2nd do., 10s. For the Best Pen of 3 Fat Porkers (the Property of a Tenant Farmer)-lst prize, £ 1; 2nd do., 10s. Conditions and further particulars may n tained from the Auctioneers-Messrs J. Howell Thomas and Son, Carmarthen, and Mr. W N. Jones, Ammanford. (669 SALE THIS DAY. STEELE VILLA, FERRYSIDE. rn HE SALE of the whole of the Valuable J. FURNITURE, Engravings. Oilpaintings, Books, etc., etc., will take place TO-DAY (Friday), December 16th, 1910. ) Sale to commence at 12.30 o'clock. JOHN FRANCIS & SON, 673) Auctioneers. STEELE VILLA FERRYSIDE. JOHN FRANCIS & SON are instructed to offer J for SALE bv PUBLIC AUCTION, at the White Lion Hotel, Ferryside, on THURSDAY, 5th Januarv 1911, all that Valuable Dwelling House and Premises known as << STEELE VILLA," situate on The Cliff, Ferry side.. Further particulars will duly appear, and in tne meantime may be obtained of the Auctioned. Car- marthen. (678 PRELIMINARY NOTICE. YxLUABLE Freehold ESTATE to be SOLD by PUBLIC AUCTION on WEDNESDAY, January 11th, 1911, at the Royal Oak Hotel, Lam- £ £ 1.—All that, desirable Freehold Farm and Small Holdings thereon, known as "RHIWONEN." in the Parish of Llanfihansel-Ystrad, Cardiganshire in the occupation of Mr. John Davies, at the annual rent of £ 123. comprising 199 acres or thereabouts. Lot 2.—All that desirable Freehold Farm, known as PANTYFEDWEN, in the same parish, com- prising 39 acres or thereabouts, in the occupation of Mr. Ben Davies at the annual rent of £25. Further particulars will appear next week. DANIEL 1. REES, Auctioneer. Lampeter, I December 13th, 1910. (676 DRILL HALL, LLANDILO. Clearance Sale of an exceptionally High-class Stock of China. MESSRS. J. HOWELL THOMAS & SON have received instructions from the Vincent Fine Art Potterv Co. (Burslem, Staff.), to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, on MONDAY, TUESDAY, and WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19th, 20th. and 21st, 1910. at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day, a portion of the above well-known firm's superior stock of CHINA, including exceedingly Beautiful Specimens of Splendid Services, Ornaments, etc. Also strong, useful KITCHEN WARE of every description. The Auctioneers wish to say the sale is absolutely genuine. The goods are of the high standard for which the vendors are renowned. Nothing has been specially got for the occasion. The lots are offered to ensure a complete and speedy clearance of all surplus stock. I May be viewed and private purchases made (at half usual prices) from 10 a.m. days of sale. I For further particulars, apply to the Auctioneers, at their Offices, St. Marv's Street, Carmarthen. (677 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION FOR THE WESTERN DIVISION OF THE COUNTY OF CARMARTHEN, 1910. TAKE NOTICE that all Persons having any claims against John Hinds, Esq., M.P., or against me, the undersigned, his Election Agent, for any expenses incurred on account of or in respect of the conduct or management of the above Election are, by "The Corrupt and Illegal Practices Prevention Act, 1883," required to send in detailed particulars of such claims to me, at my office, situate as below, within fourteen days after the 14th inst. And take Notice that every claim not so sent in will be barred and cannot be paid unless by leave of His Majesty's High Court of Justice. Dated this 15th day of December, 1910. THOS. WALTERS, 31, Quay Street, Carmarthen, Election Agent for the said John Hinds. (679
EAST CARMARTHENSHIRE ELECTION To the Editor of the JOURNAL. Dear Sir,—May I again, through your columns, express my deep gratitude to my supporters in this division ? For the second time within the year we have been called upon to fight for Unity, Progress, and Reform. My warmest thanks are due to all who responded to it by canvassing, by lending convey- ances, and by their votes at the poll. Especially am I indebted to the Ladies of the Primrose League for their willing helf, which was as unsparing and untiring as ever. In so serious a crisis duty forbade us to let judg- ment go by default. It was right to ask the opinion of the electors. Otherwise they would have had no chance of expressing theit views. Once more the verdict of the majority has been against us, but in a less degree; and in proportion as We have strengthened the position of our Cause, so let- us take courage. I am, dear, Sir, Yours faithfully, MERVYN PEEL, Danyrallt, L'.angadock, December 13th, 1910 ——
TO THE ELECTORS OF THE WESTERN DIVISION OF CARMARTHENSHIRE. GENTLEVUN", I thank you most sincerely for your gener- ous and loyal support in this Election. I feel very highly honoured on my Election as your Member with such a magnificent majority, but as I said during my campaign, I desire to regard the representation of my native County as a great stewardship. I want to be your representative in the fullest sense of the word, and I hope all the Electors of this constituency will look to me as their friend. It will always be my first ambition to be worthy of the great trust that you have placed in me. Yours most sincerely, JOHN HINDS. Carmarthen, 14th December, 1910. (681
PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION FOR THE WESTERN DIVISION OF THE COUNTY OF CARMARTHEN, 1910. TAKE NOTICE that all Persons having any claims against Mr. John William Jones Cremlyn, or against me, the undersigned, his Elec- tion Agent, for any expenses incurred on account of or in respect of the conduct or management of the above Election are, Hy "The Corrupt and Illegal Practices Prevention Act, 1883," required to send in detailed particulars of such claims to me, at my offioe, situate as below, within fourteen days after the 14th inst. And take Notice that every claim not so sent in will be barred and cannot be paid unless by leave of His Majesty's High Court of Justice. Dated this 15th day of December, 1910. HERBERT JOHN STOKES, 8, King Street, Carmarthen, 680) Election Agent. ]71 OR SALE, fine Shorthorn Bull, 10 months old. —Apply, Jones, Rhiwlug, Llandyssul. (342.) W\NTED—12 to 15 Gallons of Milk Daily.— Apply, Jones, Dairy, Garnant. (682
THE POLITICAL SITUATION On Thursday morning the published results of the polling showed that in losses and gains the position of parties was exactly the same as before the dissolution. The probability is that it will have remained unchanged at the close of the election, and that of the authority and emphasis which ministers declared before the election was necessary, the country will have given them not a. shred. Ministers are now, of course, pretending that they have got all they wanted, but every man who carries his commonsense with him at electioneering times will recognize that in every way in which the election was intended.to serve the ministry this election is a hideous failure. If their position was not strong enough last montfr to destroy the House of Lords' veto and to give Ireland home rule (and that it was not so both Mr. Asquith and Sir Edward Grey de- clared by calling for more emphasis and authority) it is weaker still after this election, because, con- sidering the suddenness with which the election was thrust upon them and the little time given them to realise what proposals were facing them the electors have shown their unmistakable aversion to those pro- posals. The coalition Government will go back to power, after putting the country to the needless expense of a million and three-quarter with practic- ally the same majority as they had before (if not a smaller one), instead of the overwhelming one of which they were so entirely confident when they dissolved Parliament. And of course they can do nothing. Mr. Asquith's duty is to guard the interests of the Empire, and he cannot, under pre- sent conditions, carry out the bidding of a party upon whom he depends for a majority and whose openly avowed aim it is to destroy those interests.
WHY AND WHtBEFORE The results of the election in East and West Car- marthenshire were about what might have been expected. There arc a few crumbs of comfort for Conservatives, thanks mainly to the pluck and energy of the two candidates, Mr. Mervyn Peel and Mr. Cremlvn. In each case the majority has been re- duced, and both gentlemen have been met with a markedly better spirit than at the January ejection —this in spite of several particularly mean acts of hooliganism. It is good spade work, but we wonder how long candidates will be found to work in such a garden? For. look at the position. Frankly, it seems Hopeless. Here are two Liberal candidates who are returned with majorities large enough to indicate them as men of outstanding suitability and popularity. Yet it cannot be said that either of the Liberal members for Carmarthenshire are pre- eminently suitable men for the honour, neither are they in all senses popular. Mr. Abel Thomas is a very busy lawyer, who spends very little time in his constituency, and it cannot be said that his constituents are enthusiastic about him. In the western half of the county Mr. John Hinds was lucky enough to be selected-by a couple of hands- to succeed the former member as candidate. It was a toss-up whether his party would have him or somebody quite different, so that, in spite of his undoubted worth and character, he owes nothing of his position to any supremacy of natural claim upon the seat. Yet in each case both these gentlemen, who, no matter how much we may like them person- ally, have no special capacity for achieving a great political victory, beat their Unionist opponents- two men of wide experience and education-by such majorities as to make it seem hopeless that Unionism shouid ever triumph there. And is this state of things to be wondered at after carefully weighing- all the conditions wliiel affect the situation? On the Radical side there is the astonishing alliance of the preacher, and never has this alliance been so open and strenuous as at this election. At one Radical meeting there were as many as six ministers of religion on the platform supporting the candidate, and all through the cam- paign ministers have been retained to make political speeches. It is very regrettable to see these gentle- men-especially the younger and more enlightened gneration of them, who often show signs of helping in the cause of religious amity and peace—openly taking the field as politicians, and subscribing to the fanatical and senseless doctrines of the Chan- cellor of the Exchequer. But there it is. a tremen- dous factor in the success of any Radical candidate in Wales. In striking contrast with this spectacle is the curious and rather too frequent aloofness of the clergy. We do not, of course, advocate the inter- ference, active or passive, of the clergy in politics; rather would we condemn it, but it is very difficult to understand, why, when the shriek of Disestab- lishment and Disendowment is rising higher, pro- viding a magnificent battle cry for Welsh Radicals, the clergyman, though obviously alarmed, should remain in semi-obscurity, instead of coming out into the street and taking the parishioner to his bosom, well knowing that that very parishioner may be wondering sadly whether after all, the cry of Dis- establishment has not something to recommend it. Another factor in the situation is the condition of the party machinery. Since the advent of Mr. Mervyn Peel and Mr. Cremlyn, the system is much improved, but it remains professional. Organisation on the Radical side is not professional; they haven't even an association; their organisation is of the soil, and in it flourishes Young Wales who consequently grows up Radical and, who, if he does not think much, often becomes an effective speaker. All this is lacking on the Conservative and Unionist side. There are many other reasons, of course, why Conservatism does not forge ahead in this part of the country, but are not these ample for the present?
WHAT CAUSED THE ELECTIONS MINISTERIAL MISCALCULATION. Mr. J. L. Garvin reveals in the "Observer" the storn of the Ministerial miscalculation which led the Government to dissolve and go to the country at the moat inconvenient season os the year. "From the Coalition point of view," he says. "the fight of fights has proved to be the fiasco of fiascos. If this result had been anticipated for a single moment the cattle-drive of the constituencies would never have been decreed "Now, let the true story be closely studied. In the closing days of the Conference the Master of Elibank—the Chief Liberal Whip and one of the most astute and engaging of party managers—re- turned from a tour of the constituencies with the most encouraging reports. Ministers smiled. Then came the Walthamstow election. Ministers smiled again. They rubbed their hands. Why think of making further concessions to the Unionist ideals of a. strong Second Chamber, a firm and fair Constitu- tion, an uncompromised Crown? Were not the Unionists hopelessly jeopardised by their exceptional efforts for national peace and security? Were they not delivered into the hands of the less scrupulous party by their patriotic labours for a settlement by consent? Again, the noble sentiment bf the too- clever-by-half Cabinet was '"We've got 'em at last.' "The Conference broke down. Mr. Redmond hurried back from America. Mr. George, by a very scandalous violation of the pact of honour with respect to what might be said about the Confer- ence, accused the Peers of having caused the col- lapse of the Conference by a blind adherence to their hereditary privilege. It was thought that the empty and plausible talk about federalism by the Irish envoys in Canada and the lnited States had hopelessly confused the real Home Rule issue. It was imagined that a passing improvement in trade and employment would paralyse Tariff Reform in the boroughs. It was believed that the passing of the land taxes and the decision of the Unionist leaders not to declare for repealing them outright would be a means of bearing down the Unionist posi- tion in the counties. It was resolved in the first December election held for more than 100 years to stampede the constituencies before Unionists had time to bring forward a scheme for reforming the House of Lords or to explain their position to the country. AN EXPECTED GAIN OF 40 SEATS. "When the rushed election were determined the Government thought, their journalistic mouthpieces trumpeted, that they would gain on balance forty seats, half in the shires and half in the boroughs. America and all civilisation were jubilantly sum- moned to watch this prodigious performance. The expected net gain of forty seats would count eighty on a division. The Ministerialists would oome back with a majority of 200. They would be independent in emergency of the Irish vote. They would have broken the Unionists and at the same time diddled Mr. Redmond. That was the first programme. The Unionist rally smashed it in a fortnight. "It was too late to stop the elections. But Ministers and their masters still clung triumphantly to a lesser hope. Down to the very eve of the struggle the Coalition wire-pullers and the members of the Government themselves prophesied unto each other that they would come back with a net gain of twenty seats and a majority of over 150. They were certain, and justly certain, of the excellence r of their preparations in London. They were sure, and perhaps excusably sure, that the Unionists could not hold unbroken the extraordinary position won in the counties upon the Budget fight. And the Ministerial managers roared with Htughter at the suggestion that the Unionist Party could break dlown the Mary foundations of the Coalition in Lancashire and its neighbourhood. Nothing could prevent, they thught, the winning of the twenty seats at least, and the triumphant return with a majority of over 150. "That was the second programme. And the Unionist rally has smashed it as it smashed the first. Does any man suppose that Ministers and /their masters would deliberately* have forced a December election and convulsed the country at this season in order to win nothing?" UNIONIST ORGANISATION IN LONDON. So, the "Observer" adds, "the Coalition come back not as the winners of a Waterloo, but-from a futile, effort as fatal as a Pyrrhic victory. "What has happened? Unionists have been dis- appointed in London, not because there has been any shift of opinion against them—there has been no faintest trace of aything of the kind—but be- cause in most of the poorer divisions 41e Unionist organisation was completely outclassed. So nicely balanced were the' scales that trifles turned them nearly everywhere. When the electins are over it will be found that nothing has gone seriously wrong with Unionist calculations, except their total failure to grapple on equal terms with the colossal task of tracinb metropolitan removals in the unpre- cedented circumstances of a December election. "Apart from that- big blot and a casual speck or two elsewhere, there is not a black spot in the picture. Even in London Unionists polled the vast majority of the votes, though they secured only half the representation."
I • THE EFFECTS OF DISENDOWMENT CONCRETE CASES. (BY A CORRESPONDENT.) WE have already commented upon some of the results which would follow the Disestablishment of the Church in Wales, and we now desire to add a few remarks on the subject of Disendowment. And. first, in answer to the oft-repeated suggestion that the Church might be diseastablished without being disendowed, we reply that though theoretically no doubt such a course might be adopted, in practice it would never be followed. It must be remem- bered that Disestablishment and Disendowment are .only desired with any earnestness by the leaders of political Nonconformity, and it is under their pressure alone that the Government have adopted the policy. These gentlemen would never acquiesce in Disestablishment without Disendowment, and they are sufficiently strong and well organised to make the Government "toe the line" in this respect. Indeed, the Liberationists have stated in so many words that Disendowment is an essential part of their policy, and therefore the idea that they would be satisfied with Disestablishment alone must be dismissed. But what is the amount of the endowments which the Ohuroh in Wales at present possesses, and which, as the Report of the Royal Commission testi- fies, she is using in an ever-increasing degree for the spiritual and moral uplifting of the people. The total net endowed income of the Church in W ales for its ministry at the end of 1909 (including grants to curates from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners) was in round numbers. £269,000, and only £111.000 of this income is parochial tithe. Out of this total net amount the recent Disestablishment Bill applied £202,000 to secular objects, took away £47,000 away altogether from Wales to England, and left the Church in Wales only £20,000. One of the Noncon- formist witnesses before the Commission admitted that it "would be a disaster to the whole of reiigion if any denomination were crippled in its resources." And the Commissioners in their Report draw atten- tion in a striking passage to the valuable work carried on by the Church through her parochial system. Through that system, they say, all parish- ioners witout distinction are entitled to receive the pastoral ministrations of the clergy of the Church of England if they desire to do so, and evidence was placed before us to the effect that much importance is attached by the clergy of the Church of England to this part of their work in which, especially in populous districts, they are assisted by lay readers, licensed by the Bishop. The clergy also receive assistance in their pastoral work from parochial dis- trict visitors, whose duty it is to find out cases of sickness and distress and to bring them to the notice of the clergy, and also to inform the clergy of new residents in the parish. And yet it is this very work which would chiefly suffer, especially in the rural districts, by the con- fiscation of the all too small endowments which enable the Church, alone among the religious bodies of Wales, to make effective arrangements for the pastoral visitation of the people in the country dis- tricts. Not that the country districts alone would suffer. The town* would also be most injuriously affected. In Cardiff, for instance, the local branch of the Central Church Defence Committee, in addition to other useful work, has prepared a statement show- ing in tabular form the effect of Disendowment in the commercial capital of Wales. The total en- dowment of 13 Cardiff parishes amounts to £3,041 gross a year. The Bill of 1909 would, if passed, have taken away £2,425, and left only JB616 a year; seven parishes would have been robbed of every penny, whilst four others would have been left with amounts varying from JB6 to JE70 per annum. Be- sides this an amount of £600 a year now granted from the Ecclesiastical Commission towards the stipends of curates in Cardiff would cease. It is not too much to say that the circulation of these figures -by the local Church Committee in Cardiff previous to the recent election had much to do with the defeat of the Radical Disestablishment candidate and the victory of LORD NIXIAN STUART, who was pledged to uphold the establishment and endowments of the Church. Not less striking are the figures showing the effect which the Bill would have had on the parishes in the industrial and mining area comprised within the rural deanery of Aberdare. The total amount of the endowment of the six parishes in the deanery is £1,432 gross a year. The Bill would take away £1.176, and leave them with only £256 per annum. Three parishes would be denuded of every penny cf endowment, whilst the income of the church in the densely populated and industrial district of Mountain Ash would be reduced from £300 to £34 a year. In this rural deanery also JE700 a year now granted by the Ecclasiastical Commission towards the stipends of curates would cease on the Bill becoming law. It is not as though the property thus alienated would even be used for other religious objects; it would simply go in aid of various social purposes, many, if not all, of which could and should be car- ried out at the expense of all classes of the com- munity through the rates. With Nonconformist bodies now endeavouring to raise large capital sums for endowment in order that they may be able to pay their ministers something akin to a living wage and to carry out more adequately their religious work among the people, it is surely monstrous that pro- posals should be made by a responsible Government to deprive the Church in W ales of the compara- tively small endowments which were given to her by her members in the past for the religious pur- poses to which with ever-increasing sucoess she is applying them. >
NOTES OF THE WEEK "Willie, go and wash your hands. And do it quick, before Lloyd George puts a land tax on them. "Globe." —♦>— Summing up in the case of an action brougnt by Mr. Percy Simmons against the "Daily Chronicie" for libel perpetrated during the January General Election, Mr. Justice Grantham said the question of false statements by either one side or the other dur- ing elections was no party question. People ought to combine together to purify elections. This was more important now than it had ever been in the history of our country. It was impossible to avoid seeing that false statements had increased of late years, since a greater number of electors belonged to the class who had not the power or the oppor- tunity of Knowing and studying public events and who were apt to be guided by statements made on the spur of the moment, and which were almost necessarily misleading. Now the old class of trades- men had very little to do with the results of elec- tions, which were largely in the hands of the work- ing classes. The statement is amply justified by the present election, and it will be a good .thing for the country if all parties could be induced to combine against the undoubted growing recklessness of state- ments both in election times and out. Mr. John Hinds, M.P., the successful candidate in West Carmarthenshire, entertained a large number of congratulating friends in his rooms at the Ivy Bush Hotel, after the declaration of the poll. Mr. Crem- lyn, his defeated opponent, who has rooms on the other side of the corridor, joined the merry party later on and addressed them in Welsh. There was quite a good time. There was not a single solicitor—hardly any soli- citors' clerks—in Carmarthen on Tuesday, the poll- ing day for West Carmarthenshire. A Radical voter at Whitemill went up to a motor car standing in the roadway a,nd enquired of the chauffeur what was the charge of a journey to Car- marthen. ''No charge to you, if you are true blue," replied the chaffeur, "all free to -day." "All right," replied the voter, "wait till I fetch my overcoat." But when he returned the car had gone without rhim, so he walked into Carmarthen swearing loudly and declaring he would "vote for Cremlyn," which, as a fact, he did. I Lord Avebury writes to the "Times" of November .29, 1910, to challenge Mr. Lloyd George's remark (in Edinburgh) that the Peers are "not in touch with the realities of life," and that they "know nothing of the responsibilities and the anxiety of conducting a business, great or small." Lord Avébury points out that the House of Lords, besides comprising the heads of the Church and the Law, of the Army and Navy, contains also 94 members who have been Cabinet Ministers or head of a Government Depart- ment, 20 who have been Lords Lieutenant, Viceroys, or Governors-General, 24 who have been High Com- missioners or Governors of Colonies, and 112 Privy Councillors. Coming to men of business, Lord 1\ ve- bury points out that the Upper House also contains four Presidents or ex-Presidents of the Associated Chambers of Commerce, three of the London Cham- ber of Commerce, the Chairman of the Londoc" Bankers, the Chairman of the County Bankers, the- President of the Association of English Bankers, the chairman of several of our great railway, shipping1, and shipbuilding Companies (Messrs Harland and Wolff, Cunard, Furness, Wilson, etc.); and amongst: banks and financial houses, the heads of the London County and Westminster and the London Joint Stock- of Rothschilds, Barings, Glyns, Robarts, Gibbs, Hub- bards, etc. In attacking the Peers on this ground it can only be said that Mr. Lloyd George either knows- what he is talking about and is therefore telling tt- deliberate lie, or does not know what he is talking. and is, therefore, "not in touch wuTl Tue realities of life.' The difficulty in which both the Musical and Execu- tive Committee of the Carmarthen National Eistedd, fod have been placed by the refusal of the choralists. of the town to joih the Eisteddfod choir is very de- plorable. It is almost incredible that young pedpie- should behave with such a lack of decent feeling, but. it is upon their own heads that their conduct will, recoil. Such a scandal-for it is nothing less-is un. paralleled in the history of the Welsh eisteddfod, and. nothing could justify it. There are, however, severaL satisfactory ways which will lead out of the difficulty,, and we have no doubt about the committee being able to find them. The odium upon the town's singers will, however, remain for always. Lord Justice Vaughan Williams has at last broken, silence. As Chairman of the Welsh Church Com- mission he gave us a colourless Report; but, speak.- ing on Monday night at the annual dinner of the- Honourable Society of Cy InDIrodo rion, he paid a glowing tribute fo the way in which many of the witnesses had given evidence. "Working ministers of religion," he said, "clergymen and ministers of the Welsh Church, had given evidence, and he felt that they had there before them a type of witness who had come forward to give evidence fairly and straightly' and without any exhibition of Church or Chapel party feeling of any sort or kind." But more important than this tribute was his statement as to what should be the effect of the Report. He- expressed the earnest hope that the religious people- of Wales "would feel that there was a greater pros- pect, after the Report of the Commission had been issued, of the religious people of Wales, whatever' their Church and whatever their denomination, living at peace together and working together to- foster the Christian religion." These are wise andi. weighty words, and are fairly conclusive proof that the Chairman does not consider that the evidence- laid before the Commission affords the least justifi- cation for Disestablishment. The strong, impartial, and judicious attitude he displayed throughout the- Commission makes his words all the JÙõrir memor- able. Unfortunately, however, whilst the Chairman is talking of peace, the Liberationist members of the Commission are making them ready for battle.. But the victory will not be with them.
LOCAL NEWS. SUCCESS.—At Narberth Poultry Show on Wednes- day, the 14th inst., Mr. John Lloyd, Dark-gate, took. first prize with a Dorking Cockerel. II SEE GOSPEL MISSION HALL.—The workers have- decided to hold during the coming winter montha- a weekly temperance meeting, commencing on. Saturday, the 17th inst. All are cordiaily invited. TEMPERANCE ADDRESS.—On Sunday afternoon last,, at the English Baptist Chapel, an inspiring address- on "Temperance" was given by Mr. ? .J. Burrows,. of Plymouth. The Rev. Dyfnallt Owen presided. The chapel was crowded, and the large audience fol- lowed Mr. Burrow's rcdnarks throughout with keen- est interest. CARMARTHENSHIRE INFIRMARY.—The Secretary- begs respectfully to acknowledge the receipt of the following .-—Periodicals, from Mr. R. James, Bridge- street, and Mrs. Gwynne-Hughes, Glancothy; vege- tables, from Mrs. Llovd, Pare Henri; 59 articles, from the Needlework Guild, per Mrs. Walters, The- Parsonage, Carmarthen. MUSICAL EXAMINATIONS.—Teachers of music are- notified that they may have their names published in" the JOURNAL in connection with forthcoming lists-, of successes on payment of half-a-crown per batch of successes. This rule does not, of course, apply to music teachers who are regular advertisers in. the JOURNAL. WEDDING.—A very pretty wedding was solemnized, at Llangunnor Church on Sunday last, when Miss Annie Davies, grand-daughter of the late Mr. T. Francis, Waterloo Cottage, Carmarthen, was united. to Mr. George Jeremy, an official at the Joint Counties Asylum. The bride was given away by Mr. T. Wheatley, Stationmaster, while Miss Phillis Wheatley acted as bridesmaid. The best man was Mr. T. Francis (cousin of the bride). ORGAX RECITAL.—An organ recital was given at Christ Church on Sunday evening last by Mr. W. Baxter Brookes, F.R C.O. when the following pro- gramme was gone through:—Marche du Sacre (Meyerbeer); Nazareth (Gounod); anthem, "Hos- anna in the highest' (Stainer), Christ Church Choir; Andante in G (Batistej; offertory hymn (No. 431) j. (a) Serenata (Moskowski) (b) Grand Choeur (Lem- mens); chorus, "And the Glory of the Lord" (Han- • del), Christ Church Choir. Owing to the dismal state of the weather there was only a fair attend- ance. C.E.T.S.—The third meeting in connection with this society was held on Monday last in Priory- street Schoolroom. The Rev. Aidred Williams pre- sided over a good gathering. An inspiring lecture- was delivered in the course of the evening by Miss. Jessie Spurrell. The following programme of music was also provided:—Recitation, Miss Maude. Morris; song, Miss Maggie Davies; pianoforte solo, Miss M. Rogers; recitation, Mr. John Davies; duett, Miss Maggie Davies and Mr. Wm. Bartlett. A. hearty vote of thanks was proposed to the lecturer- and artistes by Mr. Andrew Thomas, which was- seconded by Mrs. Pugh EYans. WEDDING.—On Monday in last week, a pretty wedding was solemnized at St. Thomas' Church,. Neath, the contracting parties being Mr. John John, of Aberdulais, and Miss Emily George, second daughter of Mr. Alfred George, Cresswell-terrace, Neath (and a grand-daughter of the late Mr. Thos. George, woollen manufacturer, Carmarthen). The Rector officiated. Miss Maggie George (sister of the bride) acted as bridesmaid, and Mr. Sam Jones, of Landore, as best man, the bride being given away by her father. The presents were numerous. The happy couple left for Tenby to spend their honeymoon. Mr. John is well-known in football circles in Neath district, he having played for the- Tonna Rugby Football Club, and also having cap- tained the Ynisgerwn R.F.C. DEATH.—Another respected inhabitant has been, removed from our midst in the person of Mr. Al- bert Harris, who was buried on last Thursday. The Venerable Archdeacon Evans officiated, assisted by the Rev. D. T. Alban. The mourners were Mr. A. H. G. Harris, Mr. G. A Harris, Mr. G. D. Harris and Mr. Protheroe-Beynon, Mr. E. S. Protheroe, Mr. J. M. Harries. Wreaths were sent bv Miss May- Evans, Mrs. Dudley Hill, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Glas- codine, Mr. Harris, Llanwenog: Mr. and Mrs E: Protheroe, Glyntaf; Mr. and Mrs T. W. Barker v Mr. and Mrs Lewis Williams; Mr. and Mrs F. W: Harris; Mr. and Mrs. Protheroe-Beynon; Mrs. George Lloyd; Mr. and Mrs E. A. Harris; Mr. A. H. G. Harris; Mr. G. Harris; Misses Harris; and' 'Miss Madge Jones, Nantycawse.—On Sunday even- ing last, the Ven. Archdeacon Evans referred in his sermon to the sterling qualities of the deceased. WELSH DRAMA.—The season's programme of the Carmarthen Cymmrodorion Society was inauguarated with an exceedingly good performance of DanieF Owen's well-known Welsh drama, "Rhys Lewis," be- fore a large audience. Those who have witnessed the production of this amusing, but no less interesting, plav typically depicting the characteristics and virtues of Welsh life, will be able to appreciate the great effort and capability needed to give a true perform- ance. The caste was as folliws:—"Mari Lewis," Miss Mae-gie Jones; "Rhvs Lewis," Mr. W. G. Lewis; "Wil Bryan," Mr Tom Thomas; "Bob Lewis," Mr J. J. Jones: "Sergeant Williams," Mr. Meudwy Davies: "James," Mr. Howell Thomas; "Tomos Bartlev," Mr. Robert Thomas; "Barbara Bartley," Miss F. A. Richards: "Marged Petars," Miss G. Jeremy; "Miss 'Hughes, Miss E. Phillips: "Athraw" (Master). Mr. H. E. Ellis, M.A.: Llety. frraig" (Landladv), Miss Madge Jones; "Sus," Miss Lizzie Evans. The Rev. Griffith Thomas and Mr. L. Walter Rees (London and Provincial Bank) were the secretaries: Mr M. T. Evans acted as stage manager: and Mr. E. V. Collier was responsible for the scenery. t