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Merthyr Bakers' Association

. 1 Merthyr Education Authority's]…

The Tragedy of Woman's Life.


. Property Sale at Dowlais.

. Oddfellowship at Dowlais.




A Blue Andalusian Hen.

Aberdare Architect's Motor…


•. ! Aberdarc Bankruptcy Court.



o Cymmrodorion Society.


o Cymmrodorion Society. LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN THE OLDEN TIMES. The last of the winter meetings arranged by the above Sociaty was held on Friday evening at the Higher Standard School, Gadiys. In the unavoidabie absence of the president (Rev. J. Morgan), the chair was occupied by the vice- president (Mr. D. M. Richards). Mr John Davies, attendancs officer, Tre- cynon, read an excellent paper on the "Local Government of Aberdare in the Olden Times." After a brief referencs to the government of the districts in the basin of the Taff and Cynon in Norman times, Mr. Davies dealt with the introduction of the Poor-law system, the Aber- dare Parish being placed in the Merthyr Union, which was formed in 1836. The parish of Aber- ^are was represented on the first Board of Guardians by Messrs. Phillip Taylor, Hirwain Rowland Fothergill. and Richard Williams, of Pantygerddinen. He ajso gave the names of the relieving officers in those early days, and passed on to deal with the management of the county roads under the old turnpike trusts. In this connection, Mr. Daviss gave some interesting extracts from the evidence given bv Mr. W. Wayne, the treasurer of the Aberdare Trust-- which extended from Craig Evan Leyshon gate at Abercynon, then known as the Basin and Navigat:on, to Rhigos, with the roads crossing over the mountain to Merthyr—before the Com- missioners who were appointed to enquire into the state of the management, etc., of the turn- ptke roads in the Principality shortly after the "Rebecca Riots." Leaving these aspects of the question, Mr. Davies dealt with the state of the parish directly before the formation of the first Local Board of Health, and gave reports of the vestrv meetings which led to the enquiry or dored by the Government into the question. There was a mass of interesting matter in th report of the Inspector of the Board of Health who sat on that occasion, the witnesses includ- ing Mr. R. H. Rhys, Rev. Dr. Price. Dr. Wat- kyn Rhys, and Dr. D. Davies, the only one still iY ^r" ^avies then dealt with the election of the first Local Board of Health and the sub- sequent formation of the Burial Board, and tho various improvements carried out in the district by the Local Government Board. Interesting addresses on the subject of the papei- were delivered by Mr. John Davies, 1fr. John Jones, Mr. Davies, Mr. H. Lloyd, Rev, Dewi Williams, and the-Chairman. It was an. nounced that, th? committee were arranging a series of outings to various placcs of interest in the district during the comng summer, when bjief papers will probably be road on the places visited.



Miners of East Glamoryan.

i The Bag Mystery at Bargoed.