The Dangers of Motor Night Travelling. LIVELY JOURNEY 13Y DR NAUNTON DAVIES. Sir,—There is a great outcry against motor cars. Their sins, according to some, are un- countable. Has it ever struck the people who raise the outcry-sometimes justifiably and at others not-that the sins are not all on one side? Let me furnish them with a few episodes which may be placed on the other side of the account. The present week has been very dark at nights. Between eight and nine o'clock on Tuesday night I was driving a motor-car from Edwinsford to Carmarthen, with three lamps burning, and when near Goitre Farm came suddenly upon two women in a trap. Now, these good people carried no lights, and knew no more about driving than a child. They did not even shout to warn me of their pre- sence, but came on with stolid stupidity until they were nearly abreast of my car when they did what women of this class nearly always do —pulled at their horse until he backed into the car, smashed its wings, broke out of his harness, left the trap on the road, and dis- appeared in the darkness—the two ladies giving chase and shouting for him to stop in a manner that proved to me that they were not hurt. At the time of the accideut-no, I will not say "accident," because it was due to the culpable negligence of the owner of the lampless trap-I was driving very slowly, otherwise the result might have been ex- tremely serious. I was about to proceed on my journey when two farmers came along in a trap without lights, and both were drunk. Within five minutes of this unpleasant eperience I met a third vehicle, in which a stable lantern shone dismally, as an emblem of the miserable dis- position which would rather risk destruction than ensure life at the price of a pair of carriage lamps! Having reached Llandilo, I paid a visit to the chief-constable, related the circumstances of my journey, and asked him to assist me in prosecuting these people for driving without lights. But, to my astonish- ment, I found the bye-laws of the county allowed people to drive without lights on the darkest night, providing that they did not drive beyond a walking pace; but-listen to the absurdity of the thing-how is a would-be prosecutor to say at what pace a trap is travelling when it is clothed with the invisi- bility anu security from detection of dark- ness ? Yet another experience the same night befel me. It was now 10.30., and near White Mill. I came upon a herd of cattle, filling the road, half-a-dozen men driving them along, and not even the glow of a lighted pipe to warn me of their presence. How can people expect to avoid accidents if they do these foolish things? It is all very well to blame motorists, but here we have conditions for the causation of half-a-dozen accidents, and they would inevitably have happened but for my painful carefulness. My experience has proved to me that for every act of recklessness on the part of a motorist a dozen instances of ncompetence in riding and driving horses may be found. However, the proportion of culpability on either side does not mend matters, and it is my regard for the safety of those who use horses (as I do myself), as well as for those who drive motor-cars, which prompts me to direct attention to the unsatisfactory state of the bye-laws—if they are such as I am told. In the interests of all who have to travel at night —whether in a cartv carriage, or motor-car, or whether they are drivers of cattle, sheep, or any kind of vehicle-there ought, surely, to be no hesitation on the part of the public authorities to so frame their bye-laws as to compel aii alike to carry efficient lights. I am, etc., NAUNTON DAVIES. Sept. 15th, 1904.
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The Welsh Revolt. NATONIAL RESISTANCE. FINANCIAL HELP FROM ENGLAND. Mr U. Lloyd George, M.P., and Mr Her- bert Lewis, M.P., as a deputation from the Welsh County Councils, met tho Education Committee of the National Free Church Coun- cil on Friday in reference to the education crisis ill Wales. The committee was largely attended. The Rev F. B. Meyer, B.A., occu- piod the chair. Representative Free Church leaders from all over England were present, including Dr Clifford, Rev J. G. Greenhough. Rw Dr Monro Gibson, Rev Thomas Law, Rev J. Scott Lidgett, M.A., Rev J. Hirst Hollo- v. -11, Mr J. Compton Rickett, M.P., Mr A. E. U-.itLon, M.P., Rev Silas K. Hocking, Mr Her b:t Lewis, M.P., Dr Massie, Dr Townsend, Mr Lewis Williams, J.P. (Cardiff), Mr J. Bam ford Slack, M.P., Rev James Pickett, and Rev S. B. Lane. Mr JL-oyd George made a statement as to the grounds which had led to the action of the Welsh County Councils, and described the policy which it was proposed to follow. The following resolution was moved bv Dr Clifford, seconded by Mr Compton Rickett, M.P., and carried with unanimiuty and en- th,lsiasm That this Education Committee having heard the statement of Mr Lloyd George as to the policy to be adopted in resisting the sot-ion of the Government in the Local Authorities Default Bill heartily approves the policy, and commends it to the sym- pathy and support of the people, and urges the General Committee of the National Council to pledge its moral and financial aid in carrying it out. llie whole matter in detal will come before the noxt meeting of the General Commtitee of the, National Free Church Council, which will be held in the Memorial Hall, on Monday September 26th. Mr Lloyd George, M.P. will be present on the occasion. Dr Clifford, Rev F. B. Meyer, B.A., Rev Thomas Law, and other English Free Church leaders have promised to be present at the great meeting at Cardiff on October 6th. The conference lasted just two hours. The proceedings were private. WILL MERIONETH FALL INTO LINE? STRONG APPEAL BY MR OSMOND WILLIAMS, M.P. At the meeting of the Merionethshire Edu- cation Committee at Towyn on Friday, the Chairman (Mr W. P. Evans) called attention to the fact that Merionethshire County Coun- cil was the only Welsh authority that had not yet fallen into line with the other authorities in carrying out the Welsh policy. He under- stood that possibly Merioneth might be the first county to be pounced upon by the Board of Education under the Coercion Bill. It behoved them to fully consider their position. Mr Osmond Williams, M.P., said there was a growing anxiety that Merioneth should follow the lead as Montgomery had already done. Unless Wales were united, the support they expected from the best men in England might be withheld; and if Merioneth persisted in the course they had hitherto adopted they would find themselves to be the only default- ing authority in Wales. He sincerely hoped tho commit-tee would pay the Voluntary tea- chers, but give the managers to understand that they would not take over the schools until they were efficient and in thorough repair. Mr E. P. Jones, Festiniog, asked would it not be bettor to call a special meeting of the County Council to place the whole matter before them. The difference between Meri- oneth and the other counties was that the grants earned by the Voluntary schools in their county were insufficient to support the schools, whereas they were sufficient in the other counties. Mr Osmond Williams thought that if 11 counties managed to overcome the difficulty surely Merioneth could. It was decided to adjourn the discussion for a woek, and a small committee was anointed to consider how Merioneth could join the who^e of Wales and at the same time grant no rate-aid to the Voluntary schools.
The Education Board's Report. "ANT SILENCE. "'10 feature in the re- OA UiC iJOUi U va JLil* nation tor the year lWa-4, which has just been issued, is the slight and passing reference to the difficulties wnich have arifian in Wales. So far as the report is con- cerned it might be imagined that the adminis- tration of the Act of 1902 was proceeding without much friction, and that Lord London- derry and Mr Morant were living in a state of happy official repose. They congratulate themselves on the progress which has been made in bringing into operation the Act of 1902. This operation, they say is "practi- cally complete." Lord Halsbury some time ago said that when a man declared that a statement was "practically" true that really meant that it was actually false, and I am afraid (says our London Correspondent) that this criticism must be passed on to some of the statements in the report of the Education Committee. Theoretically no doubt the -ict is operating in all except the six education areas, where the appointed day had been fixed, but had not been reached at the date of the report, which is September 7th. In consequence of the rapid application of the Act, the number of authorities responsible for the organisation of elementary education has been reduced to 328 in place of the nearly 800 School Attendance Committees, and over 2,500 School Boards which formerly existed. The report refers to some difficulties which have arisen with the governing bodies of the smaller secondary schools and with the mana- gers of voluntary schools, but these seem to nave been of a comparatively trifling charac- ter. The reference to the state of affairs is very breif and partial. The report states that in once case an inquiry has been held with a view of ascertaining whether there was or was not a case for proceeding by mandamus against a County Council under section 16 of the Act, but these proceedings have not gone beyond the state of inquiry and report. The Education Local Authority Default Act, passed at the close of the Session, will enable the Board of Education to deal with individ- ual cases of hardship, while avoiding the long and costly proceeding of mandamus and any interference with the work of the Local Authority. The Department, however, is clearly not quite confident as to the future, for the report goes on to say that the diffi- culties which have arisen "must in some places and certain forms still, it is feared, to be taken into account." This is all that Lord London- derry and his official subordinates have to say respecting the formidable and serious diffi- culties which have arisen in the administration of the Education Act in Wales and in one or two districts in England. The Board ack- nowledge manw valuable sugestion received from local authorities for the amendment of draft orders. The following figures show the progress which has been made with the work of publishing and establishing orders in cases where they are required under Section 11 of the Act:- Draft Final Orders Issued. England and Wales 10,208 London 291 Amended Draft Final Orders Issued. England and Wales 245 Final Orders Sealed. England only 9,489 Orders suspended in view 01 proposed transfer of schools to L.E.A.'s 315 Orders Temporary Suspended Pending Further Consideration. England 124 a.es and Monmouth 586 710 The expenditure of the board during 1903-4 was tll,2,54,737, as against LIO,221,095 in the previous financial year. There were on the grant list on Angust 31st, 1903, 6,011 Board or Council schools, accomodating 3,069,629 children, and 14,253 Voluntary schools, accomo dating 3,725,855. Compared with the previ- ous year the number of oard or Council schools shows an increase of 68, and the accomodation was higher by ou,382; while the Voluntary schools have decreased 15 ,though the total accommodation is increased by 3,428. New schools placed on the list numbered 59 Board or Council and 59 Voluntary; whilst 14 to the former and 46 of the latter were closed. Twenty-eight Voluntary schools were trans- ferred to the public authorities, and 5 under public control were retransferred to managers The decrease in the recognised accommodation was 8,95o in the public 7,581 in the Voluntary schools. The scholars on the registers were r,975,12;")-increase, 93,849; and the average attendance was 5,047,129—increase 147 di4. .South Wales Daily News."
Fair Play for the Eisteddfod. (By WATCYN WYN). The Rhyl Eisteddfod is passed, and, as usual, many are the critics who have Some- thing to say for and gainst the proceedings. compared with the Eistedd'fod of late years, 1 the Rhyl Eisteddfod is up to the average. After being there ail the week, attending the meetings every day, seeing what was going on both on the stage and in the tent, listening to what was said on music, poetry, and prose, at the end of the week, "Well, well," I said to myself, "all eisteddfodau these years are the same." Better order, perhaps, than usual; better pavilion, less crowding, shorter meet- ings, better chairmen, capital Welsh speakers, better singers in the concerts—good Welsh singers—more Welsh songs than usual at Rhyl —all that is good. I don't like all the singing and all the English that is in it. But who can help that? Sup- pose you try an eisteddfod on -a large scale nowadays without singing, and without Eng- lish. T~e change is in the country, and in the people—and the eisteddfod, like every- thing else, must follow. Don't blame the eisteddfod for all this. The eisteddfod is only an index how things drift. To suit the pre- sent age and presept state of things the eis- teddfod is just what it should be—what it must be at least. The second point-that the literary output is inferior. I'don't know about that. It depends who says it. What do you expect to get every year. Who are the writers il the eisteddfod, and what is the standard? Work- ing men writing, and University men adjudi- cating. Working men singing, and doctors of music on the bench. Fair play for the eisteddfod of the people. The third point—Welsh is neglected we know, but not more so in the eisteddfod, nor so much so as in the schools and homes of Wales. The next point—That the Welsh choirs are handicapped. Perhaps they are, in order to meet the English choirs compelled to sing in English, and that is certainly against many a choir that would like to compete. But as long as we challenge the English, this must be the case. Persevere a little; perhaps the order will be reversed-the English will learn Welsh. I don't know what to say of the falling off this year in the number of Welsh choirs competing but we can say this, that the competition really after all was between a Welsh and an English choir. About the organisation being "loose," per- haps it wants a little tightening. Who will undertake to do it? "South Wales Daily News."
Tumble Agricnltural Show. The first annual show in connection with the Tumble Agricultural Society was held at Tumble on Saturday, and was an unqualified success. The judges were: Cattle, Mr John Rees Graig, Llangennech; Mr T. Williams, Castelldu, Pontardulais; Horses, Mr G. H. Beavan, Swansea; Mr John Anthony, Cil- veithy Mr Thomas Seymour, Pontyberem Timbering, Mr D. Francis, Cross Hands; Mr D. David, Trimsaran; and Mr D. Jones, Glanamman. LIST OF AWARDS. Bull, any breed or age: 1, John Richards, Gellywerneii; 2, Daniel Beynon, Ynyshafren. Cow in milk or in calf: 1, John Richards; 2, Mrs Evans, Eisteddfa. Yearling heifer: 1, Mrs Evans, Esteddfa; 2, Morgans, Bryngwenyn. Heifer calf, under 12 months: 1, H W. Thomas, Benallt. Pontardulais; 2, J. Richards GellyAvernen; 3, Mrs Evans, Eisteddra. Cow in milk or in calf: 1, W. Davies, Tyr- lan, Tumble; 2, D. Thomas, Coedybrain, Llan- arthney; 3, Morgans, Ddolwen, Tumble. Yearling heifer: 1, Mrs Rees, Penllwyn- isha J. Jones, Llettymawr, Tumble. Bull calf: 1, J. J. Rees, Llwynfortune, Nantgaredig; 2, Thomas, Ysguborfawr, Saron The special prize awarded for the best beast on the field was won by J. Richards "Earl of Rotherfield." HORSES. Carter, brood mare: 1, J. Richards; 2, D. Jones, Wernfawr, Killay; 3, E. Evans, Ty- gwyn Stud Farm. I Suckling colt or filly: 1, J. Richards, Gelly- wernen; 2, H. Williams, Crugan-fach, Llan- defeilog; 3, John Rees, Llwyngoddfa. Yearling colt or filly: 1, G. Thomas, Medel- fyw; 2, J. Richards, Gellywernen; 3, D. Beynon, Ynyshafren. Two-year-old gelding or filly: 1, J. Beynon, Pwllygod; 2, W. Owen, Maesachddu 3, W. Hughes, Brynhir. Mare or gelding: 1, G. Thomas, Medelfyw; 2, D. Jones, Wernfawr, Killay; 3, E. Evans, Tygwyn Stud Farm. Best brood mare: 1, D. Jones, Killay; 2, D. Owens, Penderry; 3, W. J. Rees, Graig. Suckling colt or filly: 1, H. Williams, Cru- gan-fach; 2, J. Rees, Llwynfoddfa; 3, D. Owens, Penderry. I Yearling colt or filly: 1, J. Beynon, Pwlly- god; 2, D. Beynon, Ynyshafren; 8, J. Jen- kins, Llwynybrain. Mare or gelding: 1, John J. Davies, Ffynon deilo, Nantgaredig; 2, W. Owens, Maesach- ddu 3, B. Roberts, Talyfan, Pontardulais. Cobs, brood'mare: 1, T. Davies, Castell Howell, Nantgaredig; 2, William Davies, Tyrlan; 3, T. Davies, Castell Howell. Yearling colt or filly: 1, and 3, J. J. Rees, Llwynfortune'; 2, J. Mathias, Pontardulais. Two-year-old gelding or filly: 1, E. Evans, Tygwyn Stud Farm; 2, T. Davies, Castell Howell; 3, T. Thomas, Talyclun. Mare or gelding: 1, Dr R. D. Evans, Dale House, Llandilo; 2, H. W. Thomas, Benallt, Pontardulais; 3, T. Davies, Castell Howell. Ponies, brood mare: 1, D. Williams, Bryn- hafod; 2, William Jones, Tynywaun; 3, Mrs Treharne, Porthyrhyd. Suckling colt or filly: 1, E. Evans, Tygwyn Stud Farm; 2, Mrs M. Treharne, Porthy- rhyd 3, Wm. Jones, Tumble. Yearling colt or filly: 1, Wm. Morgans, Mansel Arms, Porthyrhyd; 2, W. Walters, Berllan, Drefach; 3, J. v. alters, Gwndwn- bach, Drefach. Two-year-old gelding or filly: 1, W. Mor- gans, Mansel Arms; 2, W. Jones, odynys, Cross Hands; 3, J. Morris, Llanelly. Mare or gelding: T. J. Workman, Porthy- rhyd; 2, E. Jones, Tumble. Colliery horses, mare or gelding: 1, B. Roberts, Talyfan; 2, W. Davies, Tyrlan. Turn-out (open): 1, Dr 21. D. Evans, Dale House, Llandilo; 2, H. W. Thomas, Benallt; 3, T. Davies, Castell Howell. Farmer's turn-outs: 1, H. W. Thomas; 2, T. Davies; 3, W. Lewis, Lanfawr, Llandilo. TIMBERING. Class 1. 1, M. Evans, Garnant; 2, J. Main- waring, Tumble; 3, W. Williams, Trimsaran. Class 2.: 1, D. Morgan, Tumble; 2, W. Jones, Garnant; 3, D. Davies, Pembrey.
Highway Protection League. A MOVEMT a Tvon OAR ABUSES. The following circular has been lately issued:- "A very strong feeling exists among a large section of the community that the rights of the public on the King's Highway have been seriously interfered with by a number of per- sons who disregard the health and comfort and endanger the lives of others, and a League is being formed for the safeguarding of those rights. The present Motor Car Act, 1903, is a temporary measure, continuing until the end of 1906, and it requires but a slight knowledge of its provisions and the regulations made under it to be aware that these are wholly inadequate to safeguard the public. The daily press shows the frequency of motor accidents, and one journal recently published a "Motor Black List" with the names of numerous persons killed and injured during the last eighteen monu.s. Meanwhile complaints are perpetually heard from motorists that the restrictions under which they are placed are unreasonable and unnecessary, and there can be no doubt that strong endeavours will be made on their part to abolish or modify such restrictions in the next Act of Parliament dealing with the sub- ject. On the 26th of July, for example, "Tho Times" published a letter from a gentleman complaining of the conduct of the police who ask the name and address of the driver of a motor-car, and stating that if a motorist re- fuses to stop when he sees a police constable hold up his hand, this gives the police no right to demand from the registered owner the driver's name atid address. If this gentle- man's contention is right, it seems to show how ill-adapted are the provisions of the Act to protect the public. Daily experience shows that the facilities afforded to the public for putting a stop to reckless driving on the highways, and for punishing persons guilty of such conduct, and for obtaining redress in cases of injury, arc wholly inadequate. No general register of cars is kept, but the Council of every County and of every County Borough has to keep a local register. Even this local register is not open to the public, and a person can only obtain a copy of the entries relating to any specified car on payment of one shilling, "if" he show that he has a reasonable cause for re- quiring it. Many ot the public roads can no longer be used by pedestrians, especially by old persons or children, by riders and drivers of horses, or by bicyclists without incurring serious risks from the drivers of motor-cars and motor- cycles, to say nothing of the concomitant evils —dust, noise, and smell. Are the general public content to be driven off the highways without remonstrance for the benefit of a comparatively small number of persons who ignore their rights ? Those who are forming this League are not actuated by any unreasoning antipathy to motor-cars as such, nor do they imagine that motorists can be suppressed by legislation. At the same time they think that there is a serious risk of motorists, or certain classes of motorists, obtaining more than their fair share of the use and enjoyment of roads which were intended for, and are maintained at the cost of, all classes of the public, and this without any corresponding advantage to the community. It is felt that this risk can only be obviated by combined action. "Motor- cars have come to stay" is frequently said, as though that fact demonstrated the futility of any objection to the serious evils arising from the mode in which they are at present too frequently used. On the other hand, it is because they recognise the fact "that they have come to stay," that the promoters of this League think it worth while to take some pains to regulate their employment, and to prevent their becoming a permanent nuisance It is proposed to hold a meeting in London in the late Autumn to discuss the formation of a League and to appoint a Committee. Due notice oi the meeting will be given, and it is hoped that all who sympathise with the ob- jects of the League will attend. Mr W. L. L. Bell, 4, Harcourt Buildings, Temple, E.C., has kindly consented to act as Hon. Secre- tary."
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Welsh Presbyterians. CONFERENCE AT PWLLHELI. Favoured with ideal weather the 14th annual conference of the Presbyterian Church of Wales was opened at Pwllheli on Tuesday afternoon, with a meeting of the Executive Committee, under the chairmanship of the Rev E. Parry, Newtown. It was resolved that a resolution should be drafted in favour of the Lloyd George policy on the education revolt and submitted to the meeting of representatives on Wednesday. The delegates were formally received and entertained to tea, and later addresses were delivered by the Rev Henry Rees and Mr Robyns Owen on behalf of the Free Church Council, by the Rev John Jones on behalf of the Pwllheli Calvinistic Methodist Churches by Mr Maurice Jones on behalf of the rwll- heli Presbyterian Church, and by the Rev D. Roberts on behalf of the South Carnarvon Monthly meeting. Mr Augustus Lewis, the president-elect, in the enforced absence of the president (Rev D. Lloyd Jones, Llan- dinam), acknowledged. He said this was the first time in the history of the conference where it had met as it were under the aegis of the monthly meeting. It was a good omen, for it indicated that the monthly meeting now recognised the conference as an integral force in the furtherance of connexional aims and interests (applause). A vote of thanks for the reception was proposed by Mr William Evans, Liverpool, seconded by Mr John Owen Chester. At the first meeting of the representatives held afterwards the business transacted was routine 'n character. The opening service of the conference which followed was presided over by the Rev E. Myrddin Rees, Pwllheli. The public service at night held at the spacious Salem Chapel drew an immense congregation. The prea- cher was the Rev James Travis, of Chester, the ex-president of the National Free Church Council, who took as his text Acts ii., 4. He treated on the Pentecost, what it has meant to the churches in all ages, and what it should mean to the present age. On Monday night Welsh sermons were de- livered at Penmount to a crowded congrega- tion by the Revs D. Williams, Cardiff and J. Morgan Jones, Merthyr. THE NEW PRESIDENT. Mr Augustus Lewis, Manchester, who now succeeds to the presidency, is better known as of Swansea, where from 1885 to 1903 he resi- ded, filling for many years the responsible office of H.M. chef inspector of factories for Wales and Monmouthshire. A 'native of Pontypridd-where his brother, the equally well-known Alderman Richard Lewis, J.P., still resides—Mr Lewis in younger days took keen interest in music, and was member of the South Wales Choral Union, which, under the baton of Caradog, distinguished itself in 1871 and 1872 at the Crystal Palace. In 1874 he married Miss Randell, daughter of Mr John Randell, Llanelly, and sister of Mr Dd. Randell, formerly M.P. for Gower, and it was while at Llanelly that he first began to take an interest in connexional affairs. At Swansea many years ago, Mr Lewis was elected deacon at the Argyle Church, and when subsequently he transferred his membership to the Alex- andra-road Church the communicants there conferred a like honour upon him. He was one of the few who helped to form the pre- sent English Presbytery for Glamorgan, and was elected to the moderatorship of that body in 1901. The offices he has held both in the Presbytery and in the conference are many and important.
Central Welsh Board. SPECIAL MEETINGS OF THE EXECU- TIVE AT SHREWSBURY. On Saturday a special meeting of the executive committee of the Central Welsh Board was held at the Raven Hotel, Shrews- bury. Mr A. C. Humphreys-Owen, M.P., presided, and there were also present: Pro- fessor Anwyl (vice-chairman), the Rev A. Davies, D.D., Miss Collin (Cardiff). Alderman E. Thomas (Cardiff), Mr Tom John (vice- president of the National Union of Teachers), Principal T. F. Roberts (Aberystwith), Prin- cipal Rhys (Oxford), Mr P. Pepnant Pennant, Mr Charles Lloyd, Professor Foster Watson, Mr W Dodrl. W. H. I^obinson, and Mr W. C. Griffiths (oocretary). The main business of the meeting was the consideration of alternative schemes sent in by the schools working under the Welsh Education Act. On the consideration of a proposed amended scheme to the county of Glamorgan inter- mediate and technical education scheme, it was resolved to substitute the clause having reference to the appointment of head tea- chers by the following :— The headmaster of the school shall be a gradute of a university in the United Kingdom or the British possessions, and his name and that of the headmistress of the school shall be on the teachers' register. The chief-inspector's gold medal for the year 1904 was awarded Hugh H. Thomas, Wrexham County School for boys. It was resolved that the following, whose names are given in alphabetical order, should .receive honourable mention: John Ainsworth Dale, Cardiff New School for boys; Hilda Craig Harding, Howell's Schools, Llandaff; John Owen Hughes, Bala County School for boys Herbert Edwin Jones, Towyn County school; Percy James Leonard, Newport Intermediate School for boys; and John Herne Sanders, Cardiff Intermediate School for boys.—The report for the year 1904 of the Incorporated Association of Headmasters was received and considered.—Mr W. G. Dodd (Llangollen) was appointed a member of the financial com- mittee of the board.—The following were appointed representatives of the Central Welsh Board to attend a conference on the training of teachers convened by the Univer- sity of Wales and the Central Welsh Board, to be held at Shrewsbury on November 10:— Mr J. Humphreys Davies, Rev Aaron Davies, D.D., Mr A. C. Humphreys-Owen, M.P., Dr G. Griffiths, Alderman E. Thomas, Coun- cillor R. Martin, Professor Anwyl, Mr P. Williams, Mr Mansel Franklen, Mr O. H. Jones, ..ir Henry Haydn Jones, Mrs, A. C. Humphreys-Owen, Councillor F. J. Beavan, Mrs M. B. Williams, Mr D. C. Roberts, Prin- cipal Ll. J. M. Bebb, M.A., and Principal J. Rhys, M.A., LL.D.
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CWM AMMAN. THE Rev J. C. Rees, L.T.S.C., the popular pastor or Bethesda Baptist Chapel, Glan- amman, has just published a sacred cantata entitled "John the Baptist." The cantata, which may be had in both notations, is a musical composition of a high order. It has English and Welsh words. It comprises 13 choruses, 2 bass solos, 1 soprano solo, 3 tenor solos, 1 contralto solo, and 1 trio. The can- tata is well adapted for Sunday School and other choirs, and it is a matter of gratifica- tion to think that the cantata will be in full rehearsal shorty by a choir from this place. It may be performed with or without costume The impersonations are: John the Baptist, Esaiah, Zacharias, Elizabeth, Herod, Herodias, Salome, John the Disciple, Angels, etc. Mr Rees has on several occasions en- ricked the musical world with anthems and solos, but this is his first venture in a work of this magnitude, and he deserves every support and encouragement. The choruses and solos are exceeuingly taking, and there is no doubt but that the work will become very popular. The author dedicates his work to Dr H. nees, J.P., Glangarnant, in token of profound respect for his generosity and sympathy towards all causes—both social and religious -in the Amman Valley.
A Llapelly Woman's Offence at Carmarthen. THEFT OF BUTTER AND FOWLS. At Lintic-Ily Police Court on Monday the case in which Mary Be van, Railway ^place, Llanelly, was charged with stealing butter and fowls was resumed. At the hearing on Thursday, Benjamin Evans, Llanybyther, deposed to having lest at Carmarthen Station a quantity of batter and fowls, which he subsequently identified at Llanelly. P.C Rees said ho arrested defendant upon her arrival at Llanelly Station in the U a.m. train on Thursday. ai d on being charged she aid, I did not steal." The Town Hall was crowded on Monday when the case was resumed. A second charge was preferred by the (neat Wrstern Railway against Bevan for the theft of a towel, value 6d. Mr T. R. Ludford appeared to prosecute on behalf of the company. Thomas Jones, foreman porter at Carmarthen Station, said defendant came to him at the station on WednEsday night, and asked permission to stay there for the night He took her into the office, where she remained all nillht. He noticed a basket in her possession, but did not know its contents until the morning, when the towel fell off. It con- tained butter and fowls. Defendant left at 8.29 a.m. His suspicions were aroused when Evans complained of having lost one of his baskets, which he had left at the station the previous evening, but the police did not arrive in time to arrest the defendant. In defence Bevan said she purchased the butter from an unknown man at the Carmar- then Station for 5?. The Bench imposed a fine of iC I in the first case and 5s in the second.
Indignant Schoolmasters. OBJECr TO DOING POLICEMAN'S WORK. Considerable discussion has been caused in educational circlets by remarkable sentences recently pronounced by the Cheater magistrates. A small boy was caught stealing rruit from a magistrate's orchard. He was brought before the Bench, and ordered to receive a good thrashing by the master of hia school in the presence of a policeman. School- masters are indignant that the duties of the police should be delegated to them in this extraordinary manner. It is pointed out that the Chester magis- trates were acting illegally i.i ordering corporal punishment for the offence, as a fruit stealer is only legally eligible for a whipping when he has stolen already gathered fruit. If he steals the fruit ont of a garden before it is gathered he may be fined, but not whipped.
The Bethesda Pension Fund. To the Editor of the Carmarthen Weekly Reporter. DEAR SiR,-We ventuue to ask space in your columus for an urgent appeal on behalf of the aged Penrhyn quarrymen who were not re-engaged at the conclusion of the late dispute. Some have been disabled for work by serious accidents. Others were employed 50 or 60 years at the quarry, and are no longer able to work. The Club to which they Eubscribed during that time has, unfortunately ceased to exist owing to the dispute, and these men to day, after leading laborious and thrifty lives, find themselves faced by destitution in their old age. Many of them have children who are able to contribute to their support, and for these we are making no provision, but some, alas, have no means whatever, and unless they are to die in the workhouse, effort which is now being made to help them must be speedily augmentedr We give herewith the details of a case which illustrates the position in which these veterans of industry find themselves placed. We may add that every case has been verified by personal inquiry on the spot. We have asked the Welsh Free Churches to make collections for these men, and we hope that we shall meet with a generous response but as a considerable fund will be necessary to make pro- vision for these most urgent cases, we venture to appeal for help through your columns also to tell those who sympathised with the Bethesda Quarry- men in their heroic struggle. Suhsciiptions should be Rent to the Treasurer, Mr John Kealey, The Daily News, London, E.C. It is proposed that the money when raised shall be vested in local trustees. The following is the case to which reference is made above John Roberts, 66, Carneddi Road, Bethesda. I am 82 years of age. and my wife is living I worked at the Penrhyn Quarries for about 71 years I was a member of the Quarry Benefit Sick Club for all these years, and also of another Club. Both are now gone. The former because I have been tefnsed re-admittance, and the latter, because it became bankrupt. The strike commenced in October, and I was kept at the Quarry till January 10th following, With o'bpra I was told to go home as there v nothing tor us to do, but that we should b- summoned t ack to work, but have not to this aay received any reply. I am a member of the Quarrymen's Union. I pay 7s. rent per month. I try to sell tea, but so many being at it. and from inability to walk on account of old age, I earn but very little. My wife does a little knitting. I am very poor, and my prospects are very dark. I cannot help going into debt, and this grieves me very much. I had a little money once, but I have lost all. (Signed) JOHN ROBERTS. Yours faithfully, E. H. PICKERSGILL (Chairman). (Signed) JOHN KEALEY (Treasurer). G. SHEBIDAN JONES (Secretary)
Highway Robbery in Pembroke- shire. CYCLIST ATTACKED: MACHINE AND MONEY STOLEN. During the early hours on Monday morning a young men named Fred Collins, a groom in the employ of Dr Price, Clynderwen, was returning home after visiting some friends. At a lonely part of the road near Llavhaden village he was walking with his bicycle down a steep hill, when three men accosted him cud asked for a match. He at once stopped to oblige them, and while he was taking the match from the box he was attacked and robbed of t2 15s. and also his bicycle, valued 1;8. Information was duly given to the police at Clyn- derwen, and quickly the Clarbeson-road police also were informed. Later the bicycle was found in a field near Wiston. The matter has caueed considerable excitement throughout the district,
Wales Club for London. On Monday evening at the Hotel Provence, W., a meeting of the Joint Committee of Welsh Societies in London wa& held for the purpose of finally considering the report to be presented as to Ihe establishment of a Club House for Wales in the Metropolis. Dr Sydenham Jones presided. Two schemes had been considered—(1) to take over the Junior Army and Navy Club at a cost of some £ 6f,000 and an expenditure of several thousand a year, and (2) a more moderate scheme. The former scheme, though admirable, it was felt invdved too great an outlay to make it practicable at present. For the more moderate scheme a list of 27 more or les* suitable premises were available. These were reduced to seven, situated at Albemarle-street, Dover-street, Old Burlington-street, and Margaret street (near Bond-st. tube station). The last-named were deemed the most suitable. It was decided to recommend the formation of a club at one or other of these premises. This could be done with a membership of 500 nnd a vearlv suOscriotion of C2 2s for town and-Et 1¡,j for country members. The committee also resolved to reconmend that stes a be taken to ascertain what support would be accor- ded the project (a) from the 13 Welsh Counties (b) the Welsh County Clubs in London (c) noblemen and other gentlemen connected with Wales (d) Metropolitan Welsh literary, musical, charitable, and athletic societiep. Further, it was decided to call a meeting of Welshmen in London in order to explain the scheme and secure preliminary sub- scriberl3 of X5 each, j61 paid up.
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LL A iN G AIN. SCHOOL TREAT.—The scholars of the Llangain Council School received their annual treat last Friday, the 16th inst., through the continued generosity of Mrs Morris, Coombe, and Mrs Reid, Carmarthen. After doing full justice to the tea and other good things provided, epoits were held in the Vitarage field. which wa-i kindly lent for the occasion. The children afterwards returned to the Rchcolroom, where a few songs were rendertd, ai d at the end hearty votes of thanks were given to Mr8 Moiris and Mis lleid for their great kind- ness. Before dispersing each child received a bun and some sweets.
I Teify Board of Conservators. The quarterly meetie Tify Board of Con- ) servators on Friday, waa presided over by Itev. Alban Alban. C',]. La-.vis, in accordance with notice given, moved that the head water bailiff should have the power of selection and control of water bailiffs, that only the head baliff should have an ellowance for a bicycle, and that no bailiff should directly or indirectly, be connected with any other business. Mr D. Evans seconded, and the motion was carried. The head water baliff reported that the total amount of salmon sent away during the season of 1904, was 23 tons, 5 cwts, 3 qtr, 8 lbs Cardigan contributing 16 tons, 16cwt Iqr, and D, S. Hagstrom ar.d Evan Harris, two water bailifra wrote, stating that they were given to understand that certain charges had been made against them at the last meeting, and that without any intimation being given them, they were tried, found guilty. and sentenced to banishment from their homes, Mr. Thomas proposed that they be allowed 7s 6d a week, but it was decided to bring the question on at the next meeting.
Life Saving Globe. A device for saving life at sea was submitted by its inventor, Captain Donvig. to the Navy Depart- ment at Washington. It consists of a metal globe with water ballast, and accommodation for sixteen people, who enter by a manhole. By means of this device the inventor claims that shipwreck becomes, if not an actual pleasure, at least absolutely safe. No matter how great the suction caused by a sinking vessel, the globe bobs up serenely. The seats encircling the interior of the globe are built over lockers, which contain stores of food. Captain Donvig considers that his invention can be more easily launched than a lifeboat, that it occupies less room, and is infinitely safer. He says it will float for a year in the roughest weather, providing the manhole be kept shut. People do not object to potted air and darkness when the weather is rough. The equipment includes flags and rockets for signals of distress.
NEWCASTLE EMLYN. A VIOLENT HAWKER.-P.C. Richard Davies, Newcastle Emlyn, charged Peter Winter, a travell- ing hawker, with being drunk and disorderly at Newcastle Emlyn on the 10th inet.. Defendant was fined 10s and costs. The same complainant charged the same defendant with assaulting him on the same date. Complainant said that at 11.30 p.m. he heard a scream from a woman in the fair field, and he went there and saw defendant and two men struggling, the latter trying to prevent defendant from beating his wife. Defendant came to him in a fighting manner and struck him on the chest. Defendant was fined X2 and costs.
TENBY. AN ADDITIONAL SENTENCE.—George Edward Davies, with several aliases, who is new under- going a term of imprisonment at Carmarthen, was brought up under Home Office orders ar d charged with obtaining lIs, by false pretences from Sister Lloyd, matron of Tenby Cottage Hospital. Prisoner, who now said his real name was George Clark, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to two months' hard labour, to commence at the expira- tion of his preseat term.
WHITLAND. MARKETS, Friday.—There was a gaod attend- ance and supply of butter in casks and pound rolls. Butter in casks realifed from 9td to lOd p?r lb., whilst butter in pound rolls varied from 10-id to lid per lb. Eggs, J2 to 14 for Is. live fowls, 48 6d to 5s per couple dressed poultry, 8id to 9d per Ib rabbits, 8d each beef, 8d to 9d mutton 8d to 9d veal and pork, 6d to 7d per pork.
LLANGATIIEN. LLANGATHEN AND DISTRICT BAND OF HOPE UNION,- A.. meeting of the Llangathen Section of the above Union was helsl at the Llanpathen Council School on the 2nd inst., when a programme consisting of an a ddress and a demonstration, songs recitations and dialogues was gone through. The credit, for the excellent manner the various items of the programme were rendered, is entirely due to Miss Nicholl.Aberglasney,through whose strenuous and untiring efforts and zeal the unprecedented success of the Band of Hope in this district is mainly due. Mr Nat Williams, Olandulais Mansion, delivered a very eloquent, able ..and practical Welsh address, which was much apprecia- ted by an interested audience, while the seientific manner in which Col. May hew demonstrated and compared the value of the constituents of a gallon of Milk and a like quantity of Beer, actually con- vinced our friends, the enemy, thai such facts and proofs are indeed very stubborn things. The follow- ing items were the favourite ones :—Dialogue, Example," Miss D. Allard, and Mr H. Paull The Greengrocer's Shop The Surgeon and Dentist" action songs, "Our Night Out and The Policeman." The meeting terminated with the usual vote of thanks and the singing of the National Anthem. On the 16th inst. a grand con- cert. consisting of addresses, songs, duetts, dialogues, and recitations was given by the mem- bers of the different sections of this Union, at the above-named Schoolroom, which had been taste- fully decorated with plants and temperance mottoes, through the kindness and interest of Col. and Mrs Nlayh-w, Aberglasney Mansion. Colonel Mayhew (pre-ident of the union) prcsided. The liev E. Lloyd (vicar of Llansadwrn), and the Rev W. Davies (1), Llandilo, delivered most eloquent, powerful, and practical addresses in English and Welsh respectively. Though the room contained a crowded audience, yet the addresses were most attentively listoned to and were greatly apprecia- ted. Appended is the programme.Chorus, The Fall of Bacchus," solo, O rest in the Lord," Miss S. Morris Eaglish address, Rsv E. Lloyd solo, Arm, arm. ye brave," Mr D. Davies Welsh address, Rev W. Davies solo, Anchored Mr J. A. Davies dialogue, Messrs Gwyrme ard Morgan; chorus, The Little Church," Male Voice Choir, conducted by Mr D. Davies. An interval took place here to give an opportunity to persons desirous of signing the pledge. Dialogue, "Euample," Miss D. Allard and It. Paull solo, The Diver," Miss Mary Griffiths duett, Y Glowr n'r Chwarchwr," Messrs Ambrose and Rees solo, "Yr Esgyd ar y Waith," Miss Davies; recitation. "The Two Glasses Mr Willie Lewis solo, Ciiufa Llwyn-On," Mr William Rees; action song, Our Night out," School Girls so!o, I Bugail Hafod y Cwrn," Mr J. Ambrose duett, Wnen we were boys together," Messrs J. A. Davies and M. Griffiths action song, The Police- man," Station B >ys chorus, I Ddringo Phin- limmon." Male Voice Choir. A most hear:y vote ot thanks to the speakers and to those who had taken part and to Miss Nicholl, and Miss Bowen Davies, accompanists, which were proposed by Col. Mayhew, was carried with ccclaramation. A vote of thanks to the president, proposed by Mr W. T. Morgan, and seconded by the Rev E, Lloyd, and the singing of the National Amthem, by Mr James Ambrose, terminated a most interesting and instructive meeting.
BURRY PORT. KiLLED IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.—Early Monday morning a cablegram announced the death at Ladysmith, British Columbia, of Mr Harry Edmonds, late accountant at Elliott's Metal Co., Burry Pert, who left about 15 months ago to take part in some important mining development. It appears Mr Edmonds met his death on Sunday by being run over by a locomotive.
PQNTARDAWE. WEDDING.—On Thursday, September 15th, a pretty wedding was solemnized at the Tabernacle Church, Pontardawe, when the Rev T. J. Morgan, English Congregational minister, Ystaly.era, was married to Misri Rachel Griffiths, Bradford House, daughter of the late much-respected Mr Frederick Griffiths, draper, Ystalyfera. The officiating ministers were the Revs lien Davies, Pantteg; H. Seiriol Williams, Tabernacle; and J. Prit- chard, Wesleyan minister. The bride was accompanied by her sister, Miss Ada Griffiths, as bridesmaid, while the Rev E. Griffith Davies Abertillery, acted as best man. The presents were costly and numerous, and after breakfast the happy pair left for London, where the honeymoon will be spent.
LLANSADWRN. DEATH.—With extreme regret we are this week called upon to chronicle the death of an esteemed resident of Llansadwrn, in the de- parture of Mr Evan Evans, of Tanlan Farm. He died at the early age of 43 years after an illness which he bore for a considerable time, though he was not laid aside from his duties, only for a short time. Mr ID vans was well- known, -aving lived at Tanlan for many years and latterly as tenant. He was a steady, industrious young man, a genial companion and neighbour beloved by all. The funeral took place on Monday, the place of interment being Taiiaris Church graveyard. The ser- vices on the occasion were taken by the Rev D. Bowen, ITermon, in the house, and Rev Alban Lloyd. Incumbent of Taliaris, and the ixev J. navies. Vicar of Talley in the Church and at the grave side. "Bydd myrdd o ry- feddoclau" was effectively sung ere his remains were committed to earth at Taliaris. He I leaves a widow and one child with whom the greatest sympathy is felt, and with the sorrowing relatives who have lost in Mr Evans a willing helper and a loved friend.