BETTWS (AMMANFORD) OLD MASTER HOMOURED A LIFETIME DEVOTED TO EDUCATION. Headmaster of the Bettws Council School for cioso on forty-two years, Mr. John Lewis was de&erv- edty honoured on Thursday night, the 12th inst., by his numerous old pupils and friend", who made him the recipient of an artistic illuminated address and a purse of gold upon his retirement from the post. The function, held at the school where he had laboured so long and successfully, was intensely interesting. Alderman W..N. Jones, J.P., chair- man of tho Carmarthenshire Education Committee. presided over a. large gathering, which comprised ina.ny of the public men of Ammanford and the old pupils, whose respect and regard for the old master increase as the years roll by, had mustered in strong force. A letter regretting inability to attend was read from Mr. J. Harrics-Thomas. Parcyrhun School, who expressed gratification at the fact that those whose careers in life Mr. Lewis had fashioned now availed themselves of the opportunity of showing, -in a tangible manner, their deep appreciation of the important part he had played in the moulding of their characters. The strong gentlemanly element, characteristic of him, must have indehbly stamped its image upon those who were fortunate enough to pass through his scboo!, and ho wished him many yeara of health, happiness, and comfort on leaving the service (cheers'. Many of the old pupils Ln various parts of the country also wrote. The Chadrman said tuere was no one who had a grca-ter regard for Mr. Lewis than he had—(hear, hear)—not only as a schoolmaster, but also as a friend, neighbour, and gentleman, and that night he had made a spetual journey from Carmarthen in order to be able to attend to ahow that respect which he felt for hM friend, whom he had known for a large number of yeaM—he was almost afraid to tell them how long (laughter). During the fort)-one years and eight months Mr. Lewis had been head- master he had not made a single enemy. Whenever they paid a/ visit to the school, as be (the Chairman) had sometimes occasion to do, they always found him kind and a thorough gentleman, and the in. spectors .In their reports had alwaya. something nice to say about him and the work he carried on so well in the school (hear, hear). His labours were appre- ciated, and that day the members of the Education Committee had desired him (the Chairman) to say how very pleased they would be to join with the pupils and friends of Mr. Lewis in their good wishes to him on ills retirement. It must have been a source of great regret to him to sever his connec- tion with the school, because he loved the work and the children so much. Those of the pupils who had grown up would agree that in him they had a model schoolmaster, a man who was always kind, and always endeavoured, to the very best of his ability, to do his utmost for the good of the chil- dren, not only from the scholastic point of view, but also from the moral point of view. His wish always was to see the children brought up to do that which was right and proper, and nothing gave him greater pleasure than when he found-as he often did find-that his pupils were turning out well and making their way in the world. His character was spotless and untarnished (cheers). The secretary of the Testimonial Committee, Mr. Rhys Thomas, who is the present master, said that when it became known generally that Mr. Lewis was on the eve of retiring, It was immediately felt in the neighbourhood that a movement should be set on foot for the recognition in a tangible manner of his meritorious service. A committee met, and the school staif undertook to do the collecting work, and it was their testimony that they received a royal reception wherever they went, with the result that they were able that night to hand over to Mr. Lewis an excellent address. A pupil of Mr. Lewis, and having served his apprenticeship under him, and afterwards having worked with him as a trained assistant master for twelve years, "I have more to say about him," proceeded Mr. Thomas, than any man in the building. I know him better—I know him from the inside. He has. been a good master, and the people of Bettws do not know—and they will not know for a very long time-the type of man they have lost from the school in the retire- ment of Mr. Lewis. Only the people who have worked with him side by side will ever be able to tell of his qualities as a master. No man has ever worked harder, and the rest which he is now enjoy- ing is well earned. I hope he will live long, and be hale and hearty to enjoy it (cheers). Others who voiced their appreciation of the splen- did work of the old master in the cause of education were:—Coun. J. Harries (Irlwyn). Mr. Isaac Joned, Coun. J. Morgans, Mr. D. R. Gnmths, Mr. T. M. Evans, M.A.. Coun. J. L. Williams, Mr. David George, Mr. J. Lewis (Ammanford), and Mr. Wm. Jones (Gwilym Myrddin). The address, which was a splendid work of t'rt executed by Mr. Downing Williams, Llandilo, was proclaimed by Mr. T. M. Evans in the following terms: Dear Old Master and Friend,—We, the undersigned, on behalf of your many old pupils and friends, wish to express our deep regret at the fact that years and the regulations of the education authorities have made it necessary for you to retire from the post of headmaster of the Bettws Council School after a tenure thereof of do&e on forty-two years. It would be interesting to know how many hundreds of pupils (many of them grandparents by this ume) have passed through your hands during this eventful period; the number would, no doubt, prove astonishing. There are at tins. moment not only in Bettws and its neighbourhood, but also In various other parts of the world, many hundreds of people whose memories of youth are closely linked with the old Bottws School, and with you, their old headmaster: and it is largely due to you, personally. and to your careful, patient, unobtrusive labour that their scholastic retrospect is so alluring. We who are proud to be numbered among your old pupils feel that we cannot allow this occasion to pass without making some public acknowledgment of our deep debt of gratitude to you, and wo therefore ask you to accept this address, together with a purse of gold which accompanies it, as some expression, inadequate though it be, of our deep and lasting respect and regard. We a)so desire to place on record our high opinion of your character; how we have admired the serenity and kindline&s of your disposition; how keenly we ha.ve always appreciated your steady, manly work—a, work no less real and abiding because it was ever modest and unostentatious; above all, we want to tell you how you have endeared yourself to us by the gentleness and paternal sympathy of your demeanour. We trust it may be a greater comfort to you, now that you have relinquished the important post which you held so long, to know that the value of your work has been acknowledged by the School Managers and by H.M. Inspectors and to feel that you are entering on a period of repose with the unstinted acclamations of your old pupils. We hope and pray that the' remainder of your days may be long, peaceful, and very happy. We have the honour to subscribe ourselves as repre- sentatives of your old pupils and the public, yours very sinccrely, D. Evans, Esq., J.P., chairman Car- marthenshire Education committee; Aid. W. N. Jones, J.P., vice-chairman Carmarthenshire Educa- tion Committee; J. W. Nicholas, E&q., clerk of peace and clerk to Carmarthenshire Education Com- mittee; B. R. Evans, Esq., chairman Group 1 School Managers; D. J. Morris, Esq.. clerk Group 1 School Managers; Lieut. -Colonel D. Morris, J.P.. chairman Local Managers; Councillor J. Harries and Coun- cillor D. George (representatives of old pupils); T. Grimths. E-,(I., chairman of committee; D. Williams. Esq., treasurer; R. Thomas, Esq., secretary." The presentation was then made by the Chairman, who, addressing the recipient, said: I am afraid I cannot call you "Dear old master"; but t can sincerely call you Dear old friend." and I would like to say here publicly now much I always appre- ciated your kindness, your goodness, and your friendship towards me. It has always been a great source of pleasure to me to come to your school to meet you, to shake you by the hand. and to feel that I, and not onIyY, but all your pupils and the people of Bettws. had equally a true friend. I hope that you may live for many years to look at this beautiful address, and when you look at it you will be able to realise the number of friends you have in Bettws and throughout the length and breadth of the county, who will always have a warm corner in their hearts for you. May you live long, and enjoy the years that may be meted out to you among your frienda, respected in the future as you have been respected in the past (applause. Feelingly returning thanks. Mr. Lewis observed that the beautiful address with which they had pre- sented him might add to his length of days (laughter). He wished he deserved all that ha-d been said of him. He would thank them all profoundly, especially the Chairman, for coming all the way from Carmarthen, and Mr. Thomas, who had done the spade work, and the school stan. That night he really felt a hundred per cent. more confidence m himself than when he started. That was the honest truth. There was a. warm comer in nia heart for the old school it would ba for ever. Coming to Bettws forty-two years a.go, ho fell in love with the place, and now felt that he had been very fortunate in hia choice. Financial worries he had not got, thanks to Mr. Lloyd George, and the surplus money he would return to the headmaster for the benefit ot the school (cheers). During the evening the school choir sang several songs in good style, and the Bettws .Orchestra played beautiful selections, both being conducted by Mr. Rhys Thomas. The renderings of the Urban Choir. led by Mr. J. Williams, and the Bettws Male Vo'.ce Party were also much appreciated. Finally Lh¿r" was a. touching little scene, the school children gathering around the old master and singing Auid Lano- Syne." The latter part of the proceedings was "presided over by Councillor J. L. Wilhama as Alderman W. N. Jones was obliged to leave before the end.
AMMAN VALLEY DRAtMAGE EXPERT'S REPORT. GREAT ADVANTAGES OF A COMBINED SCHEME. The problem of t.he drainage of the Amman Valtey has baffled aoiution for many years, inas- much as one or two of the local authorities con- cerned have favoured separate schemes to be con- structed by each district independently, whilst others have held tfiat the only satisfactory and cmcient scheme would be a combined one. Conse- quent upon a conference of representatives from the Ammanford, Gwmamman, and Pontardawe (Rural) Councils', presided over by a Local Govern- ment Board Inspector, It was decided to engage Mr. J. T. Wood, an eminent sanitary engineer, to advise the respective Councils in the matter, and now Mr. Wood has submitted his report, which has been eagerly awaited, as the drainage of the VatTey is becoming an urgent and pressing question. In this report he outlines a combined scheme for a trunk sewer and outfall works for the drainage of the Ammanford urban district, the Cwmamman urban district, and r.ne Caegurwen Ward of the Pontardawe rural district, the disposal works to be installed on land belonging to Ynystowlog Farm, Pantyffynnon, where ho recommenda the purchase of ten or twelve acres for the purpose. As to the cost of such a scheme, the report states:—The estimate in full for works in connec- tion with the trunk sewer, and for such present and future purification works as will be requisite no deal with double the present population until the full capacity of the sewer is reached, would amount to a sum of JE32,500, inclusive of land and easements, but exclusive of lega!, engineering, and other expenses. It will be seen. However, that whilst it is necessary that the sewer should be put in in the first instance of sufficient capacity for the whole period of the loan to be obtained for the works, it is certainly not desirable that the whole of the puruication and other works for the ultimate scheme should be carried out at the present time, and my proposition is that the expenditure out of this total, to be Incurred, in the first instance, as a first instalment of cost, should provide only for the whole of the present population at twenty-Sve gal- lons per head per day; and the works extended as the population increases. This, In my judgment, would be an ample provision. The present ex- penditure, therefore, for the trunk sewer, and for such disposal works as are now required, or will be required during the next ten or twelve years, amounts to JE:22,670. I have carefully considered the question of the apportionment of the cost of the trunk sewer and of the sewage purification works amongst those authorities who join the Valley drainage scheme, and I am strongly of opinion that the only proper system of apportionment is by having regard to the populations now, and from time to time, con- tributing sewage to the disposal and purification works. In the ca" se in the higher portions of me Valley tho 'utions to the trunk sewer shoulf! be limited. ve of their own area, to a contribution to -A of the sewer below in respect of such inc.. of size aa is necesrsary to receive the sewage of their particular district. There is, however, a lengbh of sewer in the district of Bettws, lying between Ammanford and Cwm- amman, and in this case it would be fair that ail authorities, including Ammanford, should contri- bute In proportion to their populations, to the cost of this length of main; and, of course, if Bryn- amman joins in this scheme, this principle would apply equally to that district also. With regard to the apportionment of the annual cost and up-keep of he purifications works, there would be no diffi- culty In arriving at the proportion of cost to be borne by each district according to user, aa soon as the works are completed; but as one district may develop much more rapidly than its neighbours, there should be a revision of charges, say, each five years, the population served in every case being the basis of apportionment. The engineer proceeds to deal with the compara- tive cost of schemes for separate outfall sewers and works, and estimates the cost of the Ammanford main sewer, the easements for that sewer, the pur- chase of sumcient land, and the construction of the purification works at the sum of JB7,500; Cwm- amman scheme..65,700; and the Caegurwen Ward, B6,100. It appears to the writer (the report continues) that although a little extra expenditure may be in. curred in a combined scheme over that of a num- ber of smaller ones, the advantages are very as once the main sewer is laid there Is no further cost to the inhabitants of each district in the con- struction of main sewers, In land, and easemci'.s as the population grows, and no nuisance can arise from sewage works or from the discharge of ifilu- enta into the river when the water in the latter is very low. In fact, a stream, free fr.)m sewage polluion in the whole Valley, is assured. The annual cost of working per head of the population wiH, of course, be very greatly reduced by having the works centralised In one spot, and the general character of the district is such t 'at t} e who!e Valley draining to the river should be brought into a combined drainage area. Any extension of purification works would entail leas cost on each district if a combined scheme is adopted, and the payment for any necessary extensions could be shared by the contributing authorities in propor- tion to their respective increased requirements. It should be remembered, too, that the cost of super- vision of a combined disposal works will be very considerably lower than that of four or five separ- ate establishments. It is probable that a toan could be negotiated at a cheaper rate for the com- bined scheme than would be possible for a number of smaller one", and that a saving would thereby accrue. I think the Local Government Board would look with much greater favour on a com- bined scheme than on the separate ones, owing to the great improvement it would effect in obviating the risk of recurring nuisance as affecting the public health. Apart from the question of the Amman Valley, there is a district tying to the westward of Amman- ford, which is becoming very populous, and which could, and ought to, be drained to the site selected for the Amman Valley disposal works, near the River Loughor. below Pantyffynnon Station. If I may be allowed to express an opinion, I think the respective authorities should carefully weigh the opportunity they have of joining in this combined scheme, as. if not taken advantage of now, such an opportunity may never again occur. In closing the report, the Engineer tenders his warmest thanks to Mr. David Thomas, the sur- veyor to the Ammanford Urban District Council; to Mr. Gilbert Davies, the surveyor to the Cwm- amman Urban District Council; and to Mr. John Morgan, tne surveyor to the Pontardawe Rural District Council, for their courtesy and assistance, and for the useful information so willingly supplied to him.
YSTRAD MEURIG SUCCESS.—In a special examination for the B.A. degree at Cambridge Messrs. John Grifnths and Basil Herbert, two late students of tne above school, have been placed first and second in the first class In order of merit. There were 87 candidates from all schools and only four in the first class..
LLAMSADWBM PERSONAL.—Hearty congratulations to Mr. W. E. Peregrine, GreonhiU, who has had an important post under the Board of Agriculture for East Carmar- thenshire out of a large number of candidates. "Dring etto."
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The fortnightly meeting of this Board was re)d on Friday, when there were present:—Mr. Dav:d Davies (chairman). Aid. T. Watkins (vice-chair"n.n), and Messrs. E. P. Lloyd, Rees Lewis, David Jcnes, Daniel Lewis, Thomas Williams', W. Thomas (Caio), Richard Thomas, Thomas Davies, T. Phillips, W. R. Lewis, Evan Davies, L. Roderick; together with the clerk, Mr. D. T. M. Jones; tho master, Mr. J. C. Evans; and the relieving omcer, Mr. E. Williams. OUTDOOR RELIEF. The Relieving Omcer reported that tne number In receipt of outdoor relief for the week ending June 5th was 111, cost JE24 4s. 4d. corresponding week last year 151, cost .619 19s. Juno 12th, 111, cost J619 6s. 6d.; corresponding week last year, 151; cost .619 19s. MASTER'S REPORT. The Master reported that the number of inmates last week was 27 against 26, and this week 28 against 25 corresponding periods last year respec- tively. Vagrants relieved for the fortnight 155, against 121 corresponding' fortnight last year. Divine services had been conducted at the House by the Rev. D. Rhydderch, pastor of Salem Congre- gational Church, and the Rev. J. Titus, curate. Aid. T. Watkins and Mr..Gamer. Stone-street, had sent their usual parcels of newspapers and maga- zines. The Master reported further that one of the pigs at the House had died from sunstroke, and another would have shared its fate on Friday were it not for the timely arrival of Mr. Thomaa Wil- liams, CwmIIynfe, one of the members of the Board, who treated )t with such skill tnat it recovered. Mr. W. R. Lewis (a. fe!low member, holding out his purse) laughingly asked Mr. Williams his charge, and the latter jocularly replied that he gave his services free on the occasion for the sake of the ratepayers. It waa decided that the usual contractora should be employed to whitewash tne walla round the House. At a. later stage. Mr. Thomas Williams said that as the pigstyo adjoined the boiler, it was not a spot conducive to the health of the pigs. AX APPLICATION. The Master said he had received an application from Mr. John Daviea. Cwmtoefach, asking if the Guardians would allow him to have Elizabeth Wil- liams, an inmate, as a companion to his wife and to assist her on the farm. Great care would be taken of her. The medical omcer had certified her to be In good health, and the Master regarded the place as a. suitable one. If the Board allowed her to go on a. month's trial Mr. Davies was willing to accept 2s. a week for her maintenance. The application was granted. VISITOR'S BOOK. The Visitor's Book showed that visits had been paid to the House by Mr. E. Davies, Mothvey House; Alderman Watkins, and Mr. Richard Thomas. PHTHISICAL CASES. A communication was received from the Secre- tary re the Conference dealing with Phthisical cases (Poor Law), to be he!d at LIandrindod, inviting the Board to send representatives. It was decided not to do so. WAYSIDE TICKETS. The Clerk again brought under the notice of the Board the conference to be held on Saturday, tne morrow, at Carmarthen with reference to wayside tickets under the Vagrancy Order. Aid. Watkina said he could not attend. He waa of the opinion which he had previously expressed that they could get as much information from the report as if they went down to hear the members of the conference talk. In his opinion they would bo simply throwing money away. Mr. Daniel Lewis said that Aid. Watkina could join in the talk himself (laughter). The Clerk said it was rather an important con- ference of Boards of Guardians. Mr. Hugh R. Williams, the Local Government Board Inspector, would be present. He would not be able to attend. Perhaps they would appoint the relieving ofEcer in his stead. In the result, Mr. Richard Thomas, Mr. W. R. Lewis, and the relieving omcer, Mr. Williams, were appointed to attend the conference. NEW MEMBER OF THE ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE. On the proposition of Mr. Daniel Lewis, secon- ded by Mr. Reea Lewis, Mr. W. Nichola, Lian- wrda, the new member, was appointed a member of the Assessment Committee jn succession to the late Judge Bishop.
MEWCASTLE-EMLYM The fortnightily meeting of the above Board was he!d on Friday. Present: Mrs. Evans, Esger- eithin; Messrs. J. Lewis, Meiros Hall (chairman); J. 0. James; J. Davies, Abereinon; Enoch Jones, Ben Rees, J. Daviea, Penian; J. Morgans, Hendy; T. Davies, Cilwaunyddfawr; T. Bowen, LIandre; J Thomas, Eisteddfa; S. James, Arthach; D. Jones, Blaenllan; P. Nicholas, BlaiddbwII; James Thomas, Hendrewilym; J. Rees, PIaa; E. Davles, Fforcst; J. Davies, Pantseirifach; Dr. Jenkins, Henllan; J. W. Lewis, Perthygoppa; J. D. Owen, Waunfawr; James Jones, Ddolwen; T. Morris, Ccfnmaesmawr; J. Davies, Pontgarreg; D. Jones, Penrallt; Daniel Lewis, Brondeg; W. Jones, Ogof; H. Davies, Pantyrhebog; T. Williams, Morfa; D. PhiUIps. Rhosddu; J. Davies, Hwynffynon; Dr. Powcil (M.O.H.), Dr. Lloyd (M.O.H.), D. T. George (clerk), and F. W. Probcrt (assistant clerk). STATISTICS. During the pa't fortnight B48 16s. was paid by Mr. John Thomas. P.O.. to 157 paupers. Mr. Eliaa Reea paid JB40 19s. lid. to 133 paupers. Bank balance JB1.409 17s 8d. MASTER'S REPORT. The Master reported that during the past fort- night 116 vagrants had been relieved, as compared with 88 for tne corresponding period of last year. Inmates. Is; last year, 18. Children in school, 5. Imbeciles, 2. NEW DOOR. The tender of Messrs. Richard Evans and Sons, Ncwcastle-Emlyn, for a new door to the Work- house for jM 17s. 6d. was accepted. CARMARTHEN CONFERENCE.. The following were appointed to attend a con- ference at Carmarthen for the purpose of consider- ing the tramp question:—Mra. Evans, Messrs. John Lewis (chairman), E. Daviea (Fforest), Ben. Reea (AMtwalis), and S. James (Arthach). The confer- ence took place the following day (June 14th).
Llandyssul Rural District Council The monthly meeting of the above Council waa held on Friday after the termination of the Board of Guardians, Mr. J. D. Owen presiding. The Clerk read the minutes of the Housing and Town PJannning Committee which were approved and passed. The question of hiring or purchasing a steam- roller and crusher was next discussed. Mr. Edward Thomas (surveyor), on being asked to report upon this matter, said that the best way to improve the road would be by taking a certain dennite portion in hand each year. The road from Troedrhiwnewydd to Bargod could be done this year, then could follow that from Crosslan to Tre- bedw or BIaenpant to Pontalltcafan. Stones could be obtained from local quarries and of good quality. Mrs. Jones, Pryan, was willing to grant permission to take the breaker Into the quarry, the royalty to be 3d. per yard. The Llandyssul to Bargoed road was about four miles in length. The crusher could not be taken into the Gorrig quarry. The stones here would cost about 2s. per yard. Mr. Evan Evans wanted 6d. royalty and Is. 6d. for the stones. In reply to a question by one of the members, the Surveyor said he believed that the royalty had been raised at the Gorrig Quarry owing to the A&scsHnent Committee having raised the rateable value of the quarry. They could get stones from the Frowen quarry at 2s. a year carted to the crusher. Mr. Chas. Ll. Evans, surveyor, said he had Inspected several quarries In his district. Mr. Davies, Penarfach, was willing to let them have stones at Is. 6d. per yard. Gwernddafydd at 4d. royalty. It would cost a lot to clear this qU3r Both were situated about six miles distant from where tho stones were most wanted. Sarnau Park best stones of the whole lot. He did not get detinie particulars with regard to this quarry. The owner hinted that he would prefer to sell a plot cf ground. In his (surveyor's) opinion this would be the cheaper plan too. At LIangranog they could have plenty of stones on the beach free of charge. Mr. T. Davies, Wessyn—They would have to go in for a crusher sooner or later ag 'hey would Lot be able to get men to break stones. Mr. Enoch Jones—He quite agreed -with Mr. Davies that they would have to go in for a crusher, but ho felt that It wouM be hard lines to throw out of work some old people who depended t tor their living upon stone-breaking. He saw there waa a great difference in the prices. In one case the royalty was 3d., and 6d. in the other. Mr. Davies, Fforest—Why not hire a crusher? He was given to understand that there waa one already in the district. Mr. J. W. Lewis proposed that they should con- tract for broken stones. Mr. J. 0. James seconded Dr. Jenkina that they should hire a crusher. Mr. James, Arthach—He waa not present at the last meeting so he would like to know how the present question had arisen. Dr. Jenkins—Ho was told that stones could be broken cheaper by a crusher than by hand, and besides it was most d'SicuJt to get men to break them. 0 Mr. Enoch Jones—These men with motors and motor bicycles complained that the roada at present wear away the tyres. In reply to an objection raised by Dr. Jenkins to Mr. Jones' insinuation, Mr. Enoch Jones re- plied, "If the cap nta wear it." Mr. T. Morris—They would nob require a. steam- roller if the stones were put down in November and December. The Clerk was of opinion that it would be better for them to hire a crusher as an experiment. They would then know exactly where they stood. Dr. Jcnkins—Motor cyclists had been quoted, and he wished to say that these people paid rates, and heavy ones too. Mr. Evan Davics—Too little by a long way. It was decided to obtain tenders for breaking atones by a crusher as soon as a aupply of stones will be ready. BRITHDIR CURVE. The Surveyor was instructed to ease the sharp, dangerous curve near Brithdir, Rhydlewis. INSPECTOR OF BUILDINGS' REPORT. Mr. J. Lewis Rees, .inspector of new buildings, reported the following piana to bo satisfactory, and approved of:—New farm dwelling-house and out- buildings at Dolgoy, near Capel Wig, LIangranog; Mr.t Jas. Jonca, Veetry room at Tanygroea Chapel; architect, Mr. Jas. Jones. New dwelling-house and butcher's shop for Mr. Farleigh at Llandyssul; architect, Mr. Davies, Penrhiwilan. Ho had inspected d&mp courses at Frongoch and Llandyssul, and found Eame satisfactory. SANITARY INSPECTOR'S REPORT. The Sanitary Inspector not being- present, his re- port was not read.
LATTER. The usual meeting of the Board of Guardians was held on Friday last, the following membera bemg present:—Mr. T. G. Williama, LIanwonog (presiding); Rev. R. C. Jonea and Mr. Evan Davies, Lampetcr; Messrs. Watkin Davies and Rees LL Evans, LIanybyther; J. G. Marsden, Silian; LI. 0. Davios, Talsarn; T. Davios, Llanwenog; T. Gri- mths. Hanfair; D. Daviea, LIanyorwys; D. Lowia and D. I. Rees, Pencarreg; E. Evana, LIanwnen; T. Davies, CeIIan; J. Powel!, Llannhangel-Rhosy- com; M. Lloyd Price, AbergorJech; J. Thomas and D. Davies, Hanllwni; W. Edwards, CwmcanoL The Master reported that 43 vagrants had been relieved during the fortnight; corresponding period last year, 47. Number of inmates, 22; last year, During the same period Relieving Omoer D. Eyans had paid JESS 16s. lOd. to 79 paupers m out. reuef; Relieving Omccr T. U. Evans, .644 16a. to 140 paupers. A lengthy discussion took place upon the case of a pauper who was Mind, and ultimately it was adjourned, the Clerk being instructed to write to the Loca! Government Board on the matter. LAMPETER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE. A meeting of the above was held on Friday, Mr. D. I. Rees, Velindre, occupying the chair. Colonel Davies, Rhosybedw, appealed against the assessment of his mansion, which amounted to JB50 gross on the ground that it was very inconveni- ently situated being 1 mi!ea from tha nearest post omce, while a doctor could not be obtained nearer than Lampeter. Owing to this, it was very dimcult to get anyone to lire there. It was a.greed not to reduce. The assessment of woodlands, the property of Mrs. Hughea, Neuaddfawr, waa reduced from 8s. to 3s. per acre.
LIanybyther Rural District Council .A meeting of the above was he]d on Friday, Mr. Edwards, Cwmcano!, in the chair. Mr. Rees LI. Evans moved that a. bridge be erected over the river at Rhydcwmerau. It was very dangerous spot, and a br:dge was necessary there. Considerable discussion followed. and it w&a ulti- mately decided to write to the Llandilo District Council on the matter. Mr. J. Powell. Rhosycorn. gave notice of motion that at the next meeting of the Council the ques- tion of the wages of roadmen should be discussed.
CARDtGAM RURAL DtSUCT COUMCtL .The monthly meeting of the above Council was held on Saturday last, 1r. S. G. Davies presiding. The Clerk read the medical omcer of health a report for the year. It showed the total number of births la the district to bo 4; deaths o2. The birth rate was the lowest on record. Thirteen deaths from cancer had been reported and 1L from phthisis. The Sanitary Inspector had reported two houses known as Goppa, near Blaenanerch, to be unfit for habitation. A suggestion was made that the owner (Mr. Ellis) should repair them at once. Mr. Thomaa Hughes remarked th.m the houses were not In Mr. Ellls' possession. .iey would not bo until next September. Mr. Evan Williams—Let's settlj the question from a. legal point of view—if Mr. Ellis can enter on the premises to do any repairs before September. The Clerk—If the purchase deeds had been executed, Mr. EMis as owner was liable for the repairs. Mr. Evan. Williams—The tenants wore tenants of BIaenllan until then. Mr. J. Gwendraeth James moved that notice he given to Mr. EUis to do the work at once. ,Mr. Evan Williams moved that the Inspector be instructed to go over the dilapidated houses. Chairman—He goes over them in their turn. He can't go over them ail at once. Mr. Gwendraeth James' motion was carried. Mr. Evan Williams—That Is not passed. In reply to the Clerk the Chairman said that the motion was carried. A lengthy discussion took place over the question of a landslip said to have occurred on the Bank- ydynryn road. Mr. Gwendraeth James maintained that It was so.. Mr. Evan Williams emphasised hia assertion with What are you bothering about." Capt. Levies, Neuaddwen, had written complaining that the road was not safe enough to land the argo over and that he had been put to an extra, expend of over JB2 In consequence of the landslip.. Mr. Gwendraeth James suggested that the Council should go and see it. Mr. Evan Williams—Yes, to-night. Mr. Gwendraeth James—Go to-morrow (Sunday) If you like (laughter). Mr. Evan Williams—No, you go to-morrow. Mr. Gwendraeth James—It wilt be better than the place you .go to. Nothing came of the Sanitary Inspector's scheme re materials for new houses. He wanted power to reject building' stones If not suitable. The question of steam disinfector, the purchase of which had 'been recommended by the County Council, next came under discussion. On the pro position of Mr. Gwendraeth James, it was decided to ask the St. Dogmell's Rural District Council to co- operate in the purchase of one—one-third of the cost to be borne by this Council and two-thirds by St. Dogmcll's. This worked out according to rateable value. A lengthy discussion took place over the Water supply at Bont, Aberporth. Capt. Jones, P.O., Aber- porth, had written complaining of the dangerous state of the open drain, and holding the Council liable for any accident which might happen to his cattle, &c. Mr. Evan Williams objected that those who did not use the water should be compelled to pay to- wards It. It was decided to lay pipes in such a manner that a proper scheme could be completed at any time in the future. Mr. Thos. Hughes brought forward a motion for building a new bridge at Dolwen, Aberporth. Mr. Morgan Richardson was prepared to give the land. Mr. Evan Williams seconded the motion. Mr. Gwendraeth James moved that the Dolwen Bridge be left till the Aberporth Bridge be finished with. Mr. T. Davies, Verwig, seconded the amendment. which was carried. The treasurer of the Council had written stating' that he was prepared to allow interest on balances over JB300. Mr. Evan Williams' moved that the terms be accepted. Mr. Thos. Hughes seconded. Mr. Gwendraeth James moved as an amendment that the treasurer be asked to pay Interest on all balances over JB200. On being put to the vote the division was found to be equal, and the chairman gave hl% casting vote in favour of the amendment which was declared carried.
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Carirarthen County SATURDAY, Juno 14th.—Bcf ore Mr. D. L. Jones, Derlwyn (in the chair); Major Dowdeswell, LIan- stephan; Mr. W. J. Hughes, Middleton HaIL; Mr. Thomas Lewis, Brynglas, and Mr. John Lloyd Thomaa, Gilfaoh. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. David Daviea, Cefnbryn, Gorslas, was charged with being drunk and disorderly on the 4th inst. P.O. Roberts proved the case, and the Bench im- posed a fine of 4s. and costs. ALLEGED THEFT. Hannah Jones, Myrtle Farm. Drefach, Llanarth- ney, was charged wiui stealing JB4 LOs., the pro- perty of Daniel Walters, latcoed, Drefach, Llan- ddarog, on the 5tb of June. Daniel Walters said that he placed JB6 lOa. in a till in the desk on the 5th Juno for the purpose of paying a bilL About 3.15 p.m. he found JE4 10s. missing. Ho then gave information to the police. P.C. John Thomas stated that in consequence of information received he visited Myrtle Farm, and there saw the defendant. Witness Informed her that ho was making enquiries with regard to the theft and she replied. ''I went there. I've hidden the money at the house. I'll go and fetch them." Tho officer accompanied the defendant to the store- house and found the money on a ledge beneath the roof. In the presence of her mother ho charged her with the offence, and she replied, "I will not do it again." The Bench dismissed the case with a caution.
Carmarthen Borough MONDAY, June 16th.—Before the Mayor (Mr. J. B. Arthur), in the chair; Mr. T. E. Brigstocke, Mr. H. E. B. Richards, Mr. Walter Lloyd, Principal W. J. Evans, Mr. John Lewis, Mr. P. J. Wheldon, and Mr. Daniel Lewis. The Bench again considered the application of Inspector Batten, of tho.R.S.P.C.A., that the horse belonging to Thos. Thomas, Caercoed, Brechfa, who at a previous court had been fined 7s. 6d. and costs for iil-treatmg the animal, should be destroyed. Mr. J. T. Phillips, veterinary surgeon, Hendre, Llanarthncy, stated that he examined the animal and found it was suffering from true ring bone in the fore leg. The animal was in a fair condition, and in his opinion fit for work. Mr. Morgans, veterinary surgeon, Carmarthen. stated that he CKamincd the animal and he said it was not ht for work. The Bench after inspecting the animal said that they did not think the animal ought to be destroyed, and that the defendant may work her entirely at his own risk. THE LATE SIR JAMES DRUMMOND. Sympathetic references were made to the death of Sir James Williams-Drummond, Bart., C.B., Edwimi- ia ford, lord lieutenant of Carmarthenshire. In moving a vote of condolence with the family the Mayor stated that Sir James would be missed, not only among his family, but throughout the county generally. Sir James was a most inspired and eloquent example of what the life of a county gentle- man should be, because he was ever ready to help forward every good movement appertaining to the county. They all knew the splendid work he did in connection with the Alltymynydd Sanatorium. He was one of the pioneers of that noble movement. Mr. T. E- Brigstocke, J.P., endorsed the senti- ments of the Mayor, and added that not only in the county, but in the town of Carmarthen in particular. Sir James's ngure had been one of great familiarity, through the active interest he took in the Militia and other public affairs. Ho was a worthy example. and was associated with a family with a long connec- tion with the county. Sir James did everything in a warmhearted way, and had a high opinion of public dutv. They would all sadly miss him. Mr. John Lewis, J.P., also spoke and pointed out that Sir James was not a man to a particular party, but a man to the whole county generally. The vote of condolence was carried in silence.
Ammanford SATURDAY. June 14th.—Before Mr. Hy. Herbert. Brynmartais (in the chair), and Mr. David Jones. Pantyffynnon. GWAUNCAE GURWEN MEN IN TROUBLE. A charge of the theft of a carriage rug, va.ue 17s. 6d.. the property of Abe Silverstone, Army and Navy Stores, Brynamman, was preferred asalnst Geo. Combes (pumpsman), Geo. Wilaon (banksman), and Alfred Coeneld (banksman), all residing at Company's-row, Gwaun-cao-gurwen. Abe Silverstono deposed to having missed the rug. which he had hung outside his shop in Station- road, at about 7 p.m. on Monday, the 9th inst., and he was positive that the rug produced waa the one. Thomas Bowcn. Nantm(,Iin House, Station-road, saiH he saw Combes and Coeneld at about 3.30 p.m. that day coming from the direction of the shop of the last-nnmpd witness, a.nd the latter carried a ]-')? rnder his coat. They were under the influence of drink. Josiah Evans, Brynamman Hotel, said the three defendants camo to the hotel that evening offering a carriage rug for sale. He told them that ha did not want a rug, but eventually they oSered to sell it for 5s., and he bought it. P.S. Richards deposed to having, in company with P.O. Thomas, arrested the three prisoners at Upper Cwmtwrch at 12 noon on the 13th inst. They were taken to the Garnant Police Station, where they were cautioned and charged. Coeneld said, 'It was only a drunken freak." Wilson said, "I I remember nothing about it, that's all." Combea replied, "Done in drink, sir." He received the rug from the last-named witness on the llth. The three prisoners, on being charged at the Court, admitted the offence, but said they were under the influence of drink. The Chairman—That is no excuBe; you must n get drunk. Coeneld went on to say that he would not have ('s' done such a thing unless he was drunk. He ad. mitted that he had been fined for drunkenness at Swansea, and that he had also been charged with stealing a brush. The Chairman, after a consultation with his col- league, said they had been hesitating a great deal whether to send the three down to prison without the option of a fine, because no one could get drunk and offer that as an excuse for theft. However, they had decided to give them a chance of paying. Combes and Coeneld would be fined JE!1 and coats, or a month In default, and Wilson 10s. and costs, or 21 days, being his first offence.
CARMARTHEMSHtRE ASSIZES SUBSIDING VILLAGE. The Carmarthenshire Assizes were continued on ihursday in last week when Lord Coleridge at to hear an action in which Tbos. Hughes, grocer fv- croea, Pantynynnon, sued the Rhos Colliery Com- pany, Pantyffynnon, for damage in respect of a au.b&idcnce of his house. Mr. Ivor Bowen, K.C., and Mr. Howell Owen (instructed by Messrs Andrews and Thompson, Swan- sea) appeared for the pla.intiff, and Mr. B. Francis Williams, K.C., and Mr. Villiers Meager (instructed by Messrs. Collms and Woods, Swansea) for the defendants. Defendants' colliery, it was stated, was being worked right underneath and quite close to pla.inti6"s house and shop. In 1912 the shop collapsed alto- gether, and the stock-in-trade was damaged. The house was also damaged. Plaintiff stated that he was now lodging with his stepfather, because he and his family had to leave the premises. When he bought the buildings in 1902 for J3475 they were in good condition. In 1911 he first noticed cracks in the walls of the premsies, and things got so bad that he could not shut the door. Witness referred to an explosion that took place on the road a few yards from the house in April which finished the wreck." Considerable expert evidence was called as to the existence of faults in the strata. It was stated that in colliery districts where there were faults subsidence was likely to occur. It was also stated that nearly every house in the village showed traces of subsidence, and Moriah Chapel had sundered to some extent, whilst the graveside had subsided. The case was adjourned till Friday morning, when further evidence was given. The case was resumed on Saturday, when the special jury gave a verdict for the plainti.S for J6550. Judgment was entered accordingly. This concluded the business at the assizes and the foreman of the jury (Mr. George Mercer, con- tractor. Llaneily) informed the judge that having been detained for four days, the jury thought they ought to be paid special fees. His Lordship said arliament alone could give ease to jurymen. He wished they would give it, but he had no power to grant the application.
LLAMFYRMACH RoADMExs' WAGES.-At the monthly meeting of the LIanfyrnach Rural Dis.rict Council.. held at .e Workhouse, NewcastIe-Emlyn, on Friday, it was decided to increase the roadmen's wages from 15s to 16s. weekly.
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