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IABERDOVEY REGATTA AND RACES.
ABERDOVEY REGATTA AND RACES. The annual Races and Regatta took place at Aberdovey, on Wednesday and Thursday last, amidst a crowded throng of spectators attracted to Aberdovey by the alluring bill of fare for the occa- sion. We are happy to say that the weather, which in the early part of Wednesday morning was threat- ening, turned out remarkably fine, and a very splen- did autumnal day succeeded to a cloudy morning. The arrangements being under the efficient manage- ment of W. W. E. Wynne, of Peniarth, Esq. and Alfred Stephens, of Aberystwith, Esq. our readers may be satisfied of the manner in which every thing at all connected with the sports of the meeting was conducted. Precisely at twelve o'clock the REGATTA commenced with the first Match, which was for SAILING BOATiJ belonging to any Port. Three boats to start, or no race. Fore-and-aft sails only to be used.-The following boats were entered to compete for this match :— Captain John Ellis's The Fly. Captain Owen Owens's Eme-i prize. Mr. Humphrey Thomas' —————. The start took place at a spot in the River oppo- site the Rock point, from whence they were to sail to a boat moored about a mile down the river, and after rounding this boat, to return to the starting point making a distance of about two miles. Immediately after starting, the Fly shewed her superiority as a sailing vessel. She took the lead, rounded the boat first, and came in a Winner, leaving her competitors many boat lengths a-stern. THE SECOND MATCH for GIGS of four oars each, three boats to start, or no race, did not fill. A Match next took place for ROWING BOATS belonging to Vessels in the River, or for any Boats not coming under the class of Gigs. Three boats to start, or no race. The start to take place at the same point as that at which the sailing boats started, and to row round the same boat, and return. The fol- lowing started to contend in this match Captain Owen Owens's Enterprize. Captain James's Aid. Mr. Evan Evans's Victoria. This was a well contested match: at starting, Enter- prise took the lead, Victoria and the Aid lying together about two boat lengths astern of her. The Enterprize maintained her position to the boat, lowed round it first, and an exceedingly interesting race borne took place, the Enter- prise landing home first by two boat lengths. The AMATEURS' MATCH between Gentlemen, Visitors and Residents of Aberdovey and the neighbourhood, took place in four oared boats. Charles Jeffreys, Esq., George Jeffreys, Esq., Edward Jeffreys, Esq., and Croker, Esq., manned the Victoria; and three Oxonians and a Jack tar were the crew of the Enterprize. The Victoria's inentookthe lead at starting, were never headed, and won easily. The crew of the Enterprize not perservering in the contest when they saw their chance was out. The distance rowed in this match was not quite so great asjn the preceding matches. This terminated the aquatic amusements, which, altogether, passed off in a spirited manner. The RACE COURSE was now the scene of sport and about half past two o'clock a vast concourse of people assembled to witness the various contests an- nounced to take place on the turf. The Course, though somewhat heavy, is really a very good one, and it was in excellent order. The running com- menced with a PONY RACE for all Ponies, not 13 hands high. No race, unless three start. Heats, about three quarters of a mile. The following: started: Mr. Powell's br. Mountain Lass, (a lad) 1. 1. Mr. Evan Roberts's g. Victoria, (Buckle) 2. dr. Mr. W. Hughes's b. Jenny Jones 3. dr. Dr. Lloyd's br. 4. dr. The first heat was well contested, but Mountain Lass was allowed to walk ovei- foi-the second. A LADIES' PURSE for the beaten Ponies. Three to start, or no race. Heats, about three quarters of a mile. Mr. Evan Roberts's gr. Victoria, (Buckle) 1. 1. Mr. Hughes's b. Jenny Jones bolted. Dr. Lloyd's br. bolted. Victoria, having it all her own way, cantered in very coolly. For the Arabian Plate, the Aberdovey favorite Old Crop" proved the victor; and POLE CLIMBING, SACK RUNNING, and a variety of other attractions, which afforded many a hearty laugh at the ludicrous incidents to the assembled multitude, concluded the sports of the day. After the Races, a large party of Gentlemen dined at the Stewards' Ordinary; and the dinner and wines of mine host of the Corbet Arms, gave great satisfaction. The Ball in the evening under the patronage of Mrs. Wynne, and Mrs. Alfred Stephens, was numerously and very fashionably attended. The dancing was kept up with a degree of spirit seldom equalled, and the company did not separate until a late hour. On the second day, Thursday, September 10th, A HANDSOME SILVER SNUFF Box, the gift of Mr. Lionel Lemon, to be run for by Ponies not exceeding 13 hands and a half, was won in two heats by Mr. Hughes's Jenny Jones, (Brodie, jun.) beating two others- A variety of other races and sports con- cluded the Meeting at Aberdovey, for 1840, which passed off in a very admirable and first rate style.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 12, 1849.
TOWN HALL, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th.-After the attention of the Mayor and Magistrates had been occupied for upwards of an hour, in hearing com- plaints against sundry Vagrants, who, no doubt, had been driven from their haunts by the Rural Police of other Counties the time of the Court was farther taken up by hearing an assault case. Mary Evans, the keeper of one of those receptacles for profligates which are to be found at Trefechan, called Lodging houses, charged William Rice, son of David Rice of poetic fame, with having assaulted her by striking her a blow on the side of her head, accusing her of having killed his cat, and threatening to stab her pig in return. A number of witnesses of divers shades, as well as grades, gave their evidence for and against the accused, and a good deal of mutual recrimination took place between the father of the accused, (the poet aforesaid,) and the complainant, who charged the poet with a continued series of vexatious annoy- ances the only answer however which the bard con- descended to give to the accusations against him, was the very emphatic declaration His all sophis- try I" The Mayor dismissed the complaint, desiring the Police Constables to give immediate information of all disturbances occurring in any of these Lodging houses, as the Court was determined to suppress them. Tuesday, September 8th, 1840, At an adjourned Meeting of the Commissioners, held this day at the Town Hall, Aberystwith, present John Hughes, (Mayor,) Edward Locke, Horatio Hughes, John Jones Atwood, Robert Edward and John Teale. JOHN HUGHES, ESQ. (Mayor,) Chairman. The Report of the Committee appointed on the 21st of July last, to enquire as to the financial state of the Commissioners' affairs having been read. Resolved, That the same be taken into consideration at the General Meeting, to be held on the first, Tuesday in the Month of October next. The following is a copy of the Report above men- tioned. To the Commissioners for the Improvement of the Town of Aberystwith. Gentlemen, We, the undersigned, having, at a Meeting of the Commissioners held on the 21st of July last, been appointed a Committee to consider and report as to the financial state of the Commissioners, with a view of effecting, if possible, a reduction in the annual expenditure, and having taken the subject into consi- deration, and been assisted in our investigation thereof by the Clerk and Surveyor, now respectfully beg to submit to you this our report. We have minutely examined into the several items of the Account of the Income and Expenditure of the Commissioners, for the year ending the 30th of June, 1840, and regret to see that the present Income is, even with strict economy, insufficient to defray the necessary Expenditure. We will therefore proceed to draw the attention of the Commissioners to the following items of Expenditure, which we think may be severally so far reduced as to effect, in the whole, an annual saving of nearly X50. In the first place, we have to request the attention of the Commissioners to the considerable amount of Expenditure incurred, during the last and previous years, in the repairs done to the Reservoir, and beg to state it to be our opinion that effectual means should be forthwith taken, to prevent the leakage of water, as it appears to us that, by a small immediate outlay, such annual Expenditure may be altogether avoided. c;1 The next subject which we more particularly request attention to, is, the rents now payable for the Commissioners' yard, and for the stable and cart-house amounting together to £14 Os. Od. per annum. We are given to understand that buildings, the cost of the erection of which would not exceed X80, would suf- fice for all the purposes of the Commissioners; and we therefore recommend them to apply to the Corpo- ration for the grant of a suitable piece of ground for such purpose, and which we have no doubt may be obtained at a nominal rent. By this means, assuming that the Commissioners are obliged to borrow the £ 80 at the interest of £5 per cent per annum, there will be still an annual saving of £ 10. It appears to us that it is part of the duty of the Turncocks to keep the springs, drains, and water- courses clean, and in repair and we therefore recom- mend that they be in future ordered to do so, whereby an annual saving of about E 10 will be effected. We observe, in the last year's Statement of Account the sum of £ 4 17s. 3d. is charged for wooden plugs for the water pipes. This appears to us to be rather a large sum, and therefore beg to suggest that the Commissioners should enter into a contract for the supply of the requisite number of plugs, by which means some saving may we think be effected. We have endeavoured to ascertain the probable Amount of the Income and expenditure for the cur- rent year, ending the 30th of June, 1841, and the following is the result. INCOME. £ d. Rents and Rates (the Rate being one ofl £ 0 Is. 6d. in the pound 1000 0 0 Manure 15 0 0 Relit of Fish Market 50 0 A mount payable by Turnpike Trust 5 0 0 Corporation towards public lights • 100 0 0 Rent of Site of additional Reservoir 4 0 0 Battling Machines 1 2 0 Coal Vaults on Terrace 1 6 0 Fines 1 0 0 £ 1132 8 0 EXPENDITURE. Repairing Streets and keep of Horse, &c. ]77 0 0 Interest to Exchequer Office 160 0 o Fifth annual instalment to ditto 200 0 0 Interest to other Mortgagees 115 0 0 Interest say on XIOOO to be boi,rowedto paydebts 50 0 0 Rents 14 0 0 Lighting public lamps 300 0 0 Moiety of repairing lamps 2 0 0 Painting lamp pillars 4 0 0 Iron castings 2 0 0 Leaden pipes and ferrules 10 0 0 Wooden plugs 2 0 0 Stamps 500 Salaries to turncocks and other officers 135 0 0 Treasurer's charges 9 0 0 Incidentals 20 0 0 X1205 0 0 By this statement, the Commissioners will perceive that there will be a deficiency of Income, amounting to above X70, even assuming that the Commissioners effect a reduction in the Expenditure for repairs of the reservoir, and for the wooden plugs. Under these circumstances, we conceive it will be absolutely neces- sary that the present improvement rate of XO Is. 6d. should be increased to XO Is. 9d. in the pound, as it is a matter of the most serious importance to the In- terests of every Inhabitant, as well as to the Mort- gagees, that the Commissioners should not involve themselves in any greater liabilities then those now ex- isting, and in order to clear off all floating Debts not already secured by Mortgage, we think it advisable that the Commissioners should borrow on the security of the rates, &c. such sum (not exceeding XIOOO) as may be deemed necessary for that purpose. EDWARD LOCKE EDWARD EVANS JOHN EVANS JOHN JONES ATWOOD ROBERT EDWARD JOSEPH ROBERTS. Aberystwith, September 1st, 1840.