CORRESPONDENCE 611ZWe do not hold ourselves responsible for the opinions m of our correspondents.] LLANTWIT VARDRE SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION. To the, Editor of the Chronicle. Mr Editor,—Please to allow these few lines to Bop-I Pear IN the CHRONICLE this week. :—In writing the article signed Kate- ?„v^et" I had no intention but the interest of the +1 and to reduce the school rates. When writing ,article I was under the impression to at the u°ol rates had been raised from 4d to 7d in the £ but a. ter that I nnd that it was from 2d to 3d 10 the t, Dot from 4d to 7d in the £ as stated, therefore, a e calculation bearing on that must be wrong. Con- 3eqnently, the progress of the schools must be good, the Board have carried out their work ecouomi- j y> and are satisfactory and worthy of the con- gee of the ratepayers. ^EXPLANATION.—When compARINS THE different onools I have no motive but to find what school was f. t i nearest to be Belf-maifl<;ained. When I said ~yaQtwit Mixed are highly satisfactory, and Graig Treforest Boys not so well." I founded my f *tepient on the Inspector s Report (which can be una) in the report of a meeting of the Llantwit vJ^dre School Board held after the last examination, iu I mean by 18s Per child, was for every child in schools. The Rev. A. Van. den Heuval said at *ue above meeting that 868 children were then on the reKlsters of the schools. Give 268 'or the infants. Ahat will be 600 for the four other schools. Dividing the grants between that number I believe that I am Hot low. Hoping this will be satisfactory to ell it lI1&y concern. RATEPAYER. LLANTWIT FARDRE SCHOOL BOARD. To the Editor of the Chronicle. Dear Sir,-Will yon kindly allow me in contradic- tion of Ratepayer's assertion to state briefly that «ne average grant earned last year by my department 2™ *1 0s 9<J and not 18s, and that Her Majesty's Inspector classed our school as "Excellent." Faithfully yours, „ JOSEPH DAVIES. Boys' School. FOOTBALL.—PENYGRAIG v. UPPER RHONDDA. To the Editor of the Chronicle. Sir,-Ill your last week's issue there appeared a teP.ort of a football matih between the above teams, ?*hich is a disgrace to the Penygraig team for report- it in such an ungentlemanly way, but there it is, *jj*ybody that is acquainted with them know that 'hey are only keeping their reputation up. _^In the first place they say that they were dlayiag VPper Rhondda, while they knew at the same time 'at their fixture was with the Treorky team; it is that there were a few from Treherbert and Jfstrad playing with Trecrky, so as to make the fifteen up, but that don't prove that they were playing upper Rhondda, because all the teams in the Valley Oeat them separately. Every match they have played with Treherbert ever since football commenced in the *aUey, they have been beaten most scandalously, and likewise with the Ystrad team; the last time Ystrad played them at Penygraig the former beat them with only eleven men, while Penygraig were in their strength, cap men included in their team. They also say that the home team played a very lough game,and continually playing off-side, especially H. Brace. That only shows their ignorance of the game, and as for H. Brace, he knows more of the fame and is a better player than any three in the 'enygraig team. The reason why Randall, &c., left the field was because they saw that they were getting a good licking,and having too much work to keep the home team from continually crossing the line, and not through being hurt as they said. There was not single person hnrt all through the game. They also got the face to say they were victorious. I don't like to call nasty names on a young team, but I hope this will do them good, and learn them to re- port their next match honestly for once in their life. The true state of the game was, at the call of time, -AND I defy one of them to say different-Treorky one Soal, 4 tries, and several touches down to one try.— 'hanking you for inserting the above. I am, A LOOKER-ON.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. "We regret to be obliged to hold for a week a number of communications, many of them of importance, and we hope our correspondents will consider the exigencies of space and be patient.
RHONDDA DISTRICT OF MINERS. At the monthly meeting of the Rhondda Steam Coal Delegates, on Monday, Mr W. Abraham, M.P., delivered an address upon the programme of the Trades Union Congress, and urged that working Ininers ought io be allowed to become sub-inspectors pf mines, without managers' certificates. A resolution J* favour of that view, and appointing Mr Abraham •o represent his district on the Committee appointed Å draw up amendments to the Mines' Regulation Act was passed.
Utilisation of the Welsh Language at Ystrad Higher Grade. _^}Vhile Miss Monteagle, head teacher at the Ystrad f^gber Grade, was testing-the knowledge of her elass 3-n the principal Capes of Scotland, the name of llcban Ness came prominent before the class, and Of them being a Welsh little girl, placed her hand "Vs^^d at stretch, thinking the question to be EnJP. Bacbgen Neis," said I know what it is in AA»OE a "Nice Boy." It would be well for the gu^iation for regular teaching of the Wesh Lan- right Schools to know that a step in the of the haB been made by the lady in charge Higher GradeSchool.
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BREACH. OF COLLIERY RULES AT PONTY- PRIDD. PROSECUTION BY THE HOME OFFICE. At Pontypridd polioe court on Wednesday (be. fore Mr Ignatius Williams, Stipendiary Magis- trate), Thomas Mvyberry, fireman, was charged with violation of the rules.—Mr VI Simons, in- stnoted by Mr Randall, deputy colliery inspector the dis'.rict, attended to prosecute on behalf of the Treasury, and Mr Simons, Merthyr, for the defence.—Mr V. Simons said the summonses were taken out for breach of the 76th and 84th Rules. -E. W. Randall said he inspected the Maratime Colliery on the 16th December last. In Thomas Hutchins' stall he found gas 2ft. thick for 12 yards. The men were there at the time. The etall must have been full of gas. In Berry's Road there was gas in the face, the place was crossed off. On going round he found the men sitting on the road. way, and they said they were waiting for the gas to be removed. Morgan Morgan's road was full of gas. This was. crossed off, and the men were com- ing in as he went there. It was in a dangerous state. The gas could not have been there long. In Gomer John's ro ld there was gas 1 ft 9ins thick ,for two yards. In Wm. James' stall found cross tim- bers 5 yards from the face. Outside the timber 20 paces or more found gas. Nothing to prevent any- one going there—Cross-examined by Mr Rees: Noticed the waste that supplied air to Hutchins place. There was a fall in the waste which inter- fered with the cm rent air. If there was no fall the gas might have been cleared off, but he could not say that. The men told him the foreman had been there and told them to keep their lamps down. Hutchings went in to fetch his olothes, without his clothes, after he told the manager to withdraw. He found Mayberry (Mr V. Simons here withdrew evidence about Berry's Road) in Morgan's place, the men were just withdrawing. The airway in Morg-in Morgan's heading was a miserable hole scraped over the fall. That was not the fireman's fault. I recommended a new airway to be driven i>here. Coming to the old stall off Gomer John's Road. There was gas there. It had not been crossed off. There was nobody working there at the time. I should think they were stowing rub- bish there. Wm. Jones's stall had been crossed off about 5 yards from the face-it had not been crossed off at the entrance. Mr Rbys asked why he visited the place at all— was it in consequence of receiving an anonvmoas letter ? Mr Randall: No. Mr V. Simons objected to the question. By Mr Rhj s t Supposing a man had wilfully and purposely rbmoved the brattioe in Wm. Jones's stall there would have been an accnmmulatioa of gas.. By Mr Simons: The manager was with him when he visited the place, and no complaint was made to him as to the wilful or wicked removal of the brattice. Mr. Rhys asked the Stipendiary not to give judg- ment in this case until after hearing the other cases. The Stipendiary said he did not understand the matter well enough to give judgment at once. He would bear the oases. Daniel O'Leary proved that there was a fall in Morgan Morgan's airway, and that he cleared it on the night of the 16th. It was all right on the night of the 15th. Thomab Hutchings remembered Mayberry coming to his place on the morniag of the 16tb. There W&S no gas in his stall, to his knowledge, when he began to work. After he had been there some time, and an hour after Mayberry had gone away be smelled gas. The fall in the airway that brought the gas must have taken place sdmetime after he went there. Henry Adams and Richard Miller, airway-men, having given evidence Morgan Morgan said Mayberry stopped him on the morning of the day in question, remarking that he thought something had happened in the airway. This was about nine o'clock. Was coming up from the straight when the inspector came between twelve and one o'clock. They turned out of the way of a driver. Had been sitting down in the works during the morning. Patrick Hayes said: O'Leary came to him on the morning of the 16th and said he must clear the place for the men. Witness said if be thought there was gas there he would make himself scarce. (Langhter.) Gas was tested for, but he savj none, and he watohed the lamp, and Wbtched himself. (Langhter.) William Jones said that between ten and eleven Mayberry came to his stall, said there was gas there, cleared him out and had cross timbers put up. Cross-examined by Mr. V. Simons: Could not say how far from the faoe the cross timbers were. David Thomas, manager of the oolliery, said this place was ventilated by a brattice door. Did not notice the brattice in Wm. Jones's stall when he and Mr Randall passed through. When returning he noticed it was gone. He drew Mr Randall's at- tention to it. By the Stipendiary The brattice was replaced, and the place was clear now. Cross-examined: Put his hand on the timber and said this is the cause of the accumulation of gas." Mr W. Simons said he had no evidence to offer, except that of the manager, to prove what Mr Randall had said. The Stipendiary said he would reserve his de- cision, as he wished to read over the notes taken of the evidence. In regard to the summonses against the mana- ger and the agent, Mr W. Simons thought it would be well to postpone the hearing until after the decision had been given in the other case. The Stipendiary Yes, as there m-ty be no oase against them if this man ;a acquitted of blame. Mr V. Simons: Possibly; except as to the air- ways. The oase was then formally adjourned for a fortnight. A. good deal of local interest was taken in the case, and the court was crowded daring the hearing.
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Rhondda Police Intelligence. MONDA-r.-Before Mr Ignatius Williams; Stipen- diary Magistrate, and Mr Blandy Jenkins. TRESPASS AT TREHERBERT.—Edward Claverhouse and Henry Claverhoase were charged with this offence.-P.C. Miall said on the 17th of January he visited Ynysfeio lands from complaints he had re- ceived. He saw defendants with a dog, which was working among the bushes. They each carried a gun, and were standing in a position to fire. Asked them if they had permission. They said they had been there several times before and had never been interfered with. At his request they left, but they went on to the land in another pert.-Evan Thomas said he knew Henry Claverhouse. He had seen him often on the land and warned him that he had no business there. Mr Treharne had the sole right of shooting there.—Mr Treharne said he has the land for shooting. He never gave them permission to shoot there.—Fined 20s each. DRUNK, &C., AT TpEORKY.—Thomas George was charged with being drunk and assaulting William Owen, tailor.—Prosecutor said defendant was in the Cardiff Arms Tuesday night at half-past five, in the bar. He wanted to fight everybody in the bar. Some persons tried to persuade him to go home. A brewer's man took him out to the door, and he (wit- ness) went to him o try to get him to go home. He then struck him, breaking the rim of his hat.—P.C. Hurford said the last witness made a complaint to him, and he went to the Cardiff Arms and found de- fendant outside noisy. He refused to give his name. He was very drunk.—Defendant was also charged by P.C. Demaid with being drunk at eleven o'clock on the 23rd January, at Blaenycwm, and using bad language.—Fined 15s for the assault and 10s for the drunkenness. DRUNK AND FIGHTING AT YSTaAD.-David Bvans was charged by Sergt. Menhinnick with this offence. —The Sergeant said he was called to the Woedfield Hotel and found defendant fighting and drunk. He assisted the landlord to put him out.-P.C. Reeves said he saw defendant outside the hotel drunk and cursing and swearing. Defendant said he did not taste a drop that evening. Defendant was fined in November, 15s., and in January last 10s.—Superinten- dent Matthews said he believed all the landlords in the neighbourhood would say defendant is a terror to them.—Fined 15s, or 14 days' imprisonment. A SIMILAR OFFENCE AT YSTRAD.-David Jones was charged with being drunk and riotous.-P.C. Reeves proved the charge.—Fined 5s. SURETIES AT TVLORSTOWN.—Elizabeth Carter was charged with using threats.—Mrs Ross said she went to drive her fowls away, as she heard defen- dant threatened to kill them. Defendant then went at her like a mad woman. She said she would pull her inside out. She is afraid of defendant.—Martha Evans said she heard the threat made.—Emily Ross, daughter of complainant, corroborated.-P-C- Wil- liams said defendant is a very violent woman and uses filthy language. He had had a great many com- plaints abeut her.—To find two sureties in £5 each to keep the peace for six months and to pay the costs, 20s. STEALING COAL AT TREORKY.—John Wise was charged with this offence.—P.C. Hurford said about a quarter past nve on the 29th of January he saw de- fendant leaving the yard of the Tylacoch Colliery with a lump of coal on his shoulders. Asked him if he had had permission. He said he took it off the tip. It weighed 54lbs.—Dismissed.
Budd-Gyngherdd Mr. Thomas Jenkins (Llew HaYOd.) Mr. Gol.,—Gwelir wrth yr hysbysleni amrywliw a phrydforth sydd yn orogi ar hyd y parwydydd ao yn ffe estri masnachdai Pontypridd a Chwm Rhondda, fod oyngherdd glasurol ao uwchraddol i gael ei ohynal ar yr lleg o'r mis hwn, sef Nos Ian nesaf yn Siloam, Gyfeillon, addoldy newydd a phrydferth y Trefnyddion Calfiuaidd, er bndd y brawd T. Jenkins (Llew Havod). Gwelir hysbysiad am y gy»gherdd mewn colofn arall o'r CHRONICLE. Credwn nad oes achcs 08isio profi teilyngdod y brawd Jenkins o'r budd-gyngherdd hon, oblegid mae ei barodrwydd bob alØser y gelwir am ei wasanaeth i wasaoaetbu mewn oyfarfodydd cyhoeddus perthynol i'r Iforiaid ac undebau ereill ac achosion mewn modd cyffredinol, a hyny y rhan fynychaf, yn rhad ao am ddim yr hyn Çlebygwn sydd ddigon i profi fod y brawd yn wir deilwng o gyngherdd boblogaidd ao anrhydeddus; felly frodyr Iforaidi, Coedwigwyr, Odyddion, Alfrediaid a'r Hen Gymry, a brodyr perthynol i'r enwadan crefyddol, dowch yn Uttoedd i Siloam Nos Ian nesaf, a chewoh wledd gerddorol o'r iawn ryw, oblegyd mae yn amlwg oddiwrth yr hysbysleni y bydd y program yn un ohwaethus iawn. Cymerir y gadair gan y parchus a'r enwog gyfreithiwr, Mr Walser H. Morgan, Pontypridd. IFORYDD SKLOG.
THE CRAWFORD-DILKE DIVORCE CASE. Wednesday next has been fixed for the trial of the divorce suit, Crawford v. Crawford and Dilke.
LLANTWIT YARDRE SCHOOL BOARD. The last monthly meeting of this Board prior to the election took place on Tuesday, when there were present: Mr J. Richards (In the chair), Messrs J. Roberts, D. Rosser, T. Morgan, D. Bryant, and D. Leysbon (vice-chairman).—The clerk (Mr H. S. Davies) read the report of the Board's work which appears in another column, and it was decided to ad- vertise it in the local papers.-ldr Bryant asked how the Board had lost grant for the Graig School.—Mr Rosser Because it earned more than it was entitled to. In Ystradyfodwg we had X250 earned and lost in the same way. It is a credit to ns.-Mr Bryant Then it is a credit to the school.—Mr Rosser: Cer- tainly.—The Clerk (alluding to the letter which re- cently appeared in the oh)-otzicle) And a credit to the Board that, you are not extravagant, Mr Roberts And we are said to be spending thousands you know.—The Clerk There was only £ 900 received from the whole parish.—Mr Rosser: But people will scribble to the papers when they know nothing at all about it.—Mr Bryant: What is the difference be- tween this school and Llantwit Vardre School ?-The Clerk: There is nothing at all in that. A man must be very ignorant indeed of Parish matters to write about it in that way.—The Vice-chairman believed they could compliment themselves upon the way they had done their work. The change in the system of attendance officership had been beneficial because the present officer devoted the whole of his time to his work. And as chairman of the School Attendance Committee, be (the speaker)had discharged his duties conscientiously. (Hear, hear.) He alluded to the Board's success in obtaining for half the plot of land they bought as much as they paid for the whole, which was very satisfactory.—The Chairman said they were indebted to the Clerk for the manner in which he had discharged his duties. He then proceeded to bear out the Vice-Chairman's remarks as to the work of the Board. He moved the publication of the reports and accounts as advertise- ments and in pamphlet form. Mr. Roberts agreed, and said the only reason for the withholding of the report had been the question of expense, and now they found it was a very small matter, so he thought it should. be pabliehed.—Mr. Rosser said some people fancied the Board was reckless, and he agreed that it would be well to publish the repert and accounts as proposed.—Mr. Leyshon remarked that some people thought the Board had acted unfairly towards the Catholic School in opposing the grant, but he pointed out that the Board simply had the interest of the ratepayers at heart. When they thought there was sufficient accommodation in the Board Schools they opposed it, but when they found out that that was insufficient they withdrew their opposition to the grant, although they' might, if they liked, have added to their own school buildings instead.—The Chairman and Mr. Roberts concurred. —This being the last meeting of the Board, Mr. Rosser moved a vote of thanks to the Chairman and Vioe-Chairman, which was seconded by Mr. Roberts and agreed to, and both those gentlemen replied in suitable terms.
I Pontypridd Markets, Fairs and Town Hall Company. I NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING of this Company will be held at the Company's Offices, Old Post Office Chambers, Pontypridd, on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 1886, at 3 p.m., when the usual business of an Ordinary General Meeting, including the receiving of the Directors' Report and Aecounts, the consideration of the Remuneration to be paid to the Directors, &c., will be transacted. At the close of the above meeting an EXTRAOR- DINARY GENERAL MEETING will be held at the same place to consider the advisability of rescind- ing the following resolution passed at an Extraor- dinary General Meeting held at the Vestry-hall, Pontypridd, on the 5th day of June, 1884, viz., That the number of the Directors of the Company be reduced to Five and the number necessary to form a quorum be reduced to three." H. S. DAVIES, Secretary to the Company. Pontypridd, Feb. 4th, 1886.
Llantwit Fardre School Board. The close of the Fifth Triennial per of this Board is a convenient opportunity for reviewing its work for the last three years. The number of Board meetings and of Committee meetings held during the term, and number of atten- dances made by each member are as follows :— Number of Meetings of the Board 39 Do. Committee Meetings 41 Total 80 Board Com- Totaj Meetings. mittees. 0 James Richards, Chairman 33 37 70 David Leyshon, Vice-Chairman 36 36 72 Daniel Bryant 38 34 72 David Bvans 31 32 63 Thomas Morgan 38 37 75 James Roberts 33 33 66 David Rosser 21 18 39 School Accommodation :-When the present Board came to office, they found that sufficient school accommodation had been provided for every child in the parish between the ages of three and thirteen. But a rapid increase in population has taken place at Pontypridd during the last year or two, and the Managers of the Catholic School in the Wood Road, Treforest, in making another application to have their School placed on the list of Schools entitled to receive Parliamentary Grants in aid-made a state- ment, that owing to the increase in population the Board Schools did not now supply the parish with sufficient school accommodation. In order to test the accuracy of this Statement the Board ordered their Attendance Officer to make a census of the children of school age in the parish the result of which was as follows:— Number of children between the ages of 3 years and 5 years 379 Do. 5 do. 7 309 Do. 7 do. 13 do. 786 1474 Deduct number of children not likely to attend Public Elementary Schools 70 1404 School accommodation in Board Schools 1310 Deficiency of School Accommodation 94 Under these circumstances, seeing that more school accommodation was necessary, the Board withdrew their opposition to the placing of the Catholic School upon the list of Schools to receive Annual Grants. School Attenda?zce :-Their predecessors in office had for the purpose of enforcing School Attendance, divided the parish into three districts, and appointed an officer for each District at a salary of X15 per annum. These officers commenced their duties in July previous to this board coming into office but the attendance for the month of January, 1883, the month prior to the election of this board—was far from satisfactory as is evidenced by the following figures:- School Attendance January, 1883. No. Average Per. on Books. Attendance, cntge of avge. to No. on bks Bdys' and Girls' Schools 709 513.2 72.38 Infants' Schools 324 178. 54.9 1033 691.2 66.9 But the Board did not consider it advisable to make any change at that time, as there had not really been sufficient time to prove whether the plan was a good one or not. But in November, 1884, although there had been a considerable improvement, especially in one district (Llantwit) the Board were not satisfied that the attendance was as large as it ought to be. They, therefore, decided to make a change, and to have one officer for the whole of the parish, and that he should devote all his time to the duties of his office. Mr Stephen Davies, of Station- terrace, Ponty- pridd, was appointed at a salary of £ 60 per annum, and commenced his duties in January, 1885. The result fully justifies the action of the Board in the matter as the following figures will show Attendance in January, 1884. Prctge.-of No. on books. Avge. avge. to the No. on bks. Boys' and Girls' Schools.. 722 531*1 734 Infants' School 338 200*4 60' Totals 1060 731-5 69" Attendance in January, 1885. Boys' and Girls' Schools.. 758' 623* 82-19 Infants' Schools 399 250'3 62-73 Totals. 1157 873*3 75-4 Increase.. 97 141.8 6*4 Of course, some of this increased attendance must be attributed to increased population, ut the large increase in the ratio of average attendance to the number on the books must, in fairness, be attributed to the vigilance and energy of the attendance officer. The increase in the annual grants resulting from this increased attendance calculated at only 17s per head on the average attendance would amount to £ 119 17s. Od. This a substantial gain to the Ratepayers, in addition to the great gain that will ensue to the children in better education through more regular attendance. The Board have now also, in order to further improve the attendance, decided to offer prizes for regular attendance at school, in the hope that this will stimulate both children and parents to co-operate with the Board in making at- tendance at school as regular as it is possible to have it. School Management.—The Board are also pleased to be able to repert a great improvement in the effi- ciency of the schools during the last three years. In the examination which took place in May, 1883, five schools earned the Good merit grant, and three the Fair merit grant, but not one the Ex. cellent." In May, 1884, two schools were classed Excellent," and the other six Good;" and in May, 1885, five schools were classed Excellent" and three Good." The grants earned in each year were as follows:— £ s. d. Grant per head s. d. 1833 Total Grant 6&1 3 6 including Infts. 17 7$ 1884 do. 730 1 9 do. 19 Q\ 1885 do. 792 16 11 do. 19 4J A deduction of dE23 9s 9d was made from the grant in 1885 on the ground that the Board had not spent sufficient upon the maintenance of the Graig Schools. Master'# Dwdhng-hou.se..—When the Board came to office they found arrangements had been made for the erection of a master's dwelling-house at the Graig Schools and these arrangements were carried out by the Board. The land for the house wa purchased from the Lords of the Treasury for the sum of d6200. After the house was erected the Board were enabled to Sell the surplus land (a strip fronting Court House Street) for the same amount as was originally paid by the Board for the whole, viz., £ 200, thus securing for the parish the site of a house with a large garden free of cost, except the cost of conveyance. The 92W received for the land has been paid to the Public Works Loan Board in reduction of Loan. ( The following statement will show the Receipts and Expenditure of the Board for the Three Tears ended 29fch September last:—
RECEIPTS. I School From I Fees, Rating Sale of | Borrowed. Grants. Books sold, Authority. Land. TOTAL. &c. æ s. d. X s. d. £ 13. d X s. d. £ a. d. X s. d I Year ended Sept. 29, 1883 600 0 0 655 18 8 823 4 7,1390 0 0 2969 3 3 „ 1884 0 0 0 735 12 9 308 12 101050 0 0 200 0 02294 5 7 „ „ 1885. 0 0 0 772 1 9 323 13 7 900 0 0 1995 15 4 -I- Total 600 0 0 2163 13 2 955 11 03340 0 0 200 0 0 1 7259 4 2 I EXPENDITURE. — I In purchase Expenses Fuel, Light Balance of land and of Repayment Books, Cleaning, Balance in due to I erection of Adminis- of Loan Salaries of Apparatus, Bents, Treaearer's Treasurer Master's tration, in- aud Teachers. and Bates, hauda TOTAL. let October house at eluding Interest. Stationery. Insurance, Sept. 30th, 1882. Graig. Election &o. 1886. I expenses. I -¡ | £ s. d. J8 «. d.; £ B d. £ s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d.j £ s. d. £ i. d. £ «. d. Year ended 30th! I j September, 1883. 111 2 1 617 18 6160 6 7j 887 2 01176 18 6 134 6 3144 18 7t 2732 12 7 I 1884 124 14 11 440 12 01270 0 3 111 1 2156 5 11 I 2102 14 3 1885. 103 15 8 440 15 61369 4 7 109 3 41274. 6 11 126 11 42423 17 4 To- Is Ill 2 J 617 18 6888 17 2*1268 9 63816 3 4 354 10 9 575 11 126 11 47259 4 2 The £ 600 was borrowed for the purchase of the site for, and the erection of, the master's house, and JE200 of the borrowed money was repaid when the portion of the land was sold. The sum of -645 15s 1H elec- tion expenses are incladed in the EI60 6s 71c1, expenses of administration in 1883. The rate in 1883 was 6id in the pound; 1884, 5d in the pound, and ia 1885, 4gd in the pound. H. S. DAVIES, Clerk to the Board. Pontypridd, Feb. 2nd, 1886.
LATEST TELEGRAMS. THURSDAY EVENING. OUR FOREIGN RELATIONS. The Central News Agengy says an agree.. ment has been entered iato between England and the Sultan of Tobore by which the latter under- takes not to negociate with any Foreign State without the consent of the British Government.
LORD ROSEBERRr AT THE FOREIGN OFFICE. Lord Roaeberry's appointment to the Foreign Office creates satisfaction in the City.
MR LOWTHER AND THE ATTORNEY- GENERAL. It is stated that Mr James Lowther will oppoae Mr Charles Rnssell, Q.C., when he seeks re-electiea for South Hackney on his appoiatment as Attorney-General.
The Lords met this (Thursday) afternoon and ad- journed till Monday. In the House of Commons Parties changed sides, and writs for the seats of those appointed ministers were issued except for Newcastle. The House then adjourned until 3 o'clock on Saturday. An informal Conference which included Mr Glad* stone, Earl Spencer, Sir W. V. Harcourt, and Lord R. Grosvenor took place this (Thursday) afternoon. Lord Dundonald was to-day elected a Scotch Bene* sentative Peer.
PONTYPRIDD CHRISTMAS MARKET PROCEEDS. The Subscriptions to the Pontypridd Christuma Market Prize Show (including £5 5s from the Chamber of Trade) amounted to 222 159, and the entry fees to 43 17s 3d, maklug a total of £ 26 128 3d. This amount was expended as followw: Prizes, £ 18 17s 5d. Advertising, printing, 4c., J56 9S 9d; leaving a balance of £ 1 6s iu HAND, tot be carried forward to next year's show.