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BALA. PRAYER MEETING. On each evening of the first week of the New Year the Nonconformist chapels held their annual services of prayer. SICKNESS. I The epidemic of influenza has visited here in earnest. Throughout the district a great num- ber have been subjected to it. In several homes whole families have at one and the same time suffered. It is gratifying, however, to know that the sickness is of a mild form. SUCCESS. We are glad to understand that the second son of the Rev.William Hughes, Llanuwehllyn, recently succeeded ia gaining the Vaughan Scholarship, enabling him to secure a course of instruction at Oxford. He was formerly a pupil of Mr. Evans at the County School, and is now at Llandovery College. SUCCESS. We are pleased to understand that Mr. David Roger Rowlands, son of Mr. David Rowlands, glazier, successfully passed the Minor Examina- tion of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Mr. Rowlands was an old pupil of Mr. Evans at the County School, and served his apprenticeship with Mr. J. Williams, chemist, Bala. THE WAR. H. M. Nightingale has applied and has been accepted into the ranks of the Denbighshire corps of the Imperial Yeomanry. Another of our townsmen is already at the front, namely, Private T. Peake, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, one of the employees of Bala Post Office. The papers are eagerly scanned every day for news from the front, especially is this noticeable on the arrival of the evening papers, when Mr. Edwards' establishment is crowded to excess. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. We regret that we inadvertently omitted the following fromfour report:—'The Master re- ported that the inmates thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas dinner, and tendered their warmest thanks to the Guardians. The follow- ing ladies and gentlemen presented the inmates with oranges, cakes, tea and sugar, tobacco, books, and pictures :—Mrs. Parry, Miss Parry, Mrs. Moses Roberts, Messrs. J. Parry and Co., Colonel and Mrs. Burton, Mr. J. R. Jones (Clerk), Mr. E. G. Jones and Miss Jones (Fron- dderw), and Mr. Edwards (stationer).' MONTHLY MEETING. The East Merioneth Monthly Meeting was held at Bala this week. The various committees met onlMonday evening; and on Tuesday con- ferences were held, in which matters pertaining to the connexion, were submitted and discussed. A deputation, consisting of the Revs. G. Ellis, M.A. (Bootle), J. Owen (Mold), and Mr. W. Thomas (Bootle), brought forward the Cen- tenary Fund before the meeting. The addresses delivered were much appreciated, and it was unanimously resolved to do all in the power of the churches to further this object. Sermons were delivered on Tuesday evening and Wed- nesday by the Revs. J. Owen (Mold), J. Wil- liams (Princes Road), and others. TREAT. On Wednesday last Mrs. Price, Rhiwlas, treated the inmates of the Bala Workhouse to a sumptuous dinner. Unfortunately, Mrs. Price was unable personally to be present, being confined to the house through illness. She was represented by Mr. E. Watkins, the estate agent. After dinner the following gifts were distributed on behalf oi the giver of the teast by Mr. E. watkins:—Iwo ounces of tobacco and two handkerchiefs to each of the men to the women, quarter of a pound of tea, one pound of sugar, and a shawl each, and scarfs and caps to the children. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded by the inmates to the generous donor. In the week preceding Christ- mas thr, Rhiwlas family, according to their wont, distributed a large quantity of flannel to the poor of the town and neighbourhood. The gift was much appreciated.