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ABiiiKYSTYVYlH RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL, MONDAY, SEP- TEMBER 5TH.—Present Mr Charles Davies, Llanychaiarn, chairman, presiding Mr J. R. James, Peithyll, vice chairman Messrs J. B. Morgan, Glanfraed A. Miller, L'anhadsrn Richard James, Brynllys E. J. Evans, Llan- gwyryfon John J; n. Llaurliystyd John Morgan, Talybont Evan Lewis, Llanrhystyd Thomas Jenkins, Cyfoethybrenin James Jones, Llanbadarn Lower Diniel Morris. Lliniltr Evan Simon, Uwcrayndre aad Hugh Hughes, clerk. Wages Sheet.—It wis stated that Mr Richard Jenkins had decline i to sign the wages ook for his district, but it was agreed to pass the account 80 as not to keep the woikmsn out of their money. Complaint .—Mr J. R. James complained that the road channels near bij p!.>ce had not been cleared whereas the work was done in other places, but the Surveyor said the work had been done and that Mr James had been carting there himself.Mr James did not think the worK had been properly done. Llangicyryjbn. — A. letter was read from Mr D. Evans, Penbryn, Llangwvryfon, asking to h* allowed to make a give and take line from Mr Daniel Benjamin's gate to Minffordd by means of which the road would be widenel three or four feet.—It waa agreed to permit 1;11p Mr J. B. Morgan suggesting with approval that the roadway should be sixteen feet with a stone depot. Application —Th° Clerk to Henllys Parish Coun- cil (Mr James Williams) wrote asking that the Dis- trict Council should take over the road leading from Brynllys to Bryngoleu instead of the road from Brynllys to Berth. They Eiiso asked the District Council to keep four gates on and in time they hoped to be able to do with fewer.—As the Parish Council had net carried out the conditions of the District Councd, it was resolved not to comp,y with the request, the letter being allowed to lie on the table. A Main Road Wanted.— A letter was read from the County Clerk (Mr Fryer) saying that the County Council refused to declare the highway leading from Maesnewydd to Llantihangel S:ation a main road until the Council had evidence that the work required to be done by the Rural Council in the year 1890 hid been completed. The condi- tion then laid down was that certain parts of the road should be widened. That, however, had not been done.—It was stated that Sir Pryse Pryse declined to give the land for the widening of the road.—On toe proposition of Mr J B Morgan, it was resolved to ask Messrs E. J. Evans, James Jones, and John Morgan to visit the place and re- port to the next meeting. Medical Officii Rel'ort,Reports by Dr James and Dr Hughes (who ha,i been formally re- appointed) were read. Dr James reported on Adt- goch-y-mynydd, Cerrigmawr-y-Winllan, Pantgarw, and Troedrhiwfedwen-uchaf and Isa and stated that structural repairs were required. Letters were received from a landlord saying the work would be attended to and it was stated that Cerrigmawr-y- Winllan would be rebuilt next spring and that a little repair would enable the tenants to tide over another winter in the houses. Doldau Drainage. —-The Chairman of Uwchayn- dre and of Isayndre attended the meeting with reference to a statement made by the Inspector to the effect that they nad ins-riieted him to do drain- age work at Doldau.-The Clt;rk read a letter signed by Mr John Roberts, Lluest, chairman of Uwch- ayndre Parish Council, and Mr Thomas W. Edwards, Gogerddan Arms, chairman o: Isayndre Council, saying that at the June meeting the Inspector said he received instructions from the two chairmen of the parish councils to make an open drain through Doldau. They denied it alto- gether and explained that on the 10th February they received verbal notice from Mr Simon, district councillor for Uwch lyndre, that a meeting was t > be held that night cf the two district councillors and the two chairmen of tne parish councils to confer with the Inspector on the best way of flush- ing the drain leading from Pwllhobi to Doldau. The two district councillors were absent. They suggested that the be-t way would ba to construct a drain from tr.e Ftillbrooiv to the main dram le»d ing from Penvgraig to pwllhobi. No me tion was made of draining Doldau -it all.—Tne Inspector said he supposed there was a misunderstanding in the matter,—Mr Miller .said he was ask-ed to attend, but he slid he could not, but would agree with any thing that was decided by the meeting.-In reply to the Chairman, it was st tted that the drain was not now in working order an,i the Inspector said it was not yet finished, he waiting sleepers to mike bridges with.—It was su^geste 1 that the Inspecto- should immediately compl-te tne wo: k. — Mr Miller, however, thought chat tile further field w.s about, two feet higher than the drain and that water could never be made to run uphill. He suggested that the water course should b? cleared, and eventually it was agreed to s-e if steps could not be taken to have the place piped. <'ountad Out..—Tne Inspector reported that he had visited certain p'aces. but Mr J.-B. pointed cut that there was no quoni.rj' and th- proceedings came to a a ecd TOWN COUNCIL, TVKsmv, ■ TKmBEX 6TIi.— Present Counctdor J hn Jenki-ss, mayor, pre- siding Aldermen Peter Joti-s, W. H. Palmer, and Captain Dou-ji'.ton Councillors R -bert Doughton, ex-mayor C. M. Wi liams, K >ber Peake, E. P. V,-ynnp. Wm. Thomas, tJ. Crcydon Marks, and Evan Hugo James Messrs Charles Massey, acting town clerk Roes Jones, borough surveyor and H. L. Evans, borough accouut- ant. WITHOUT I-RF.TD: Mr PEMBERTOV, Great Parkgate-slr-et. attended the Council neiug with reference to a pirtic-) erected by him in front of his house and siid he had been asked by his solicitor to attend and dis- cuss the grievance between the Corporation and himself. He wanted to know, in trie fir-t place, why he was singled out, if there was any grievance. He under :tood that that meeting was without pre- judice. (A laugh.) Would the Council kindly in- form him what the grievance was? He di I no understand the point, lit cause he had not con- sciously otfendel against the Corpo ation. He asked Mr Hopkins, builder, whether there wss any- thing wrong in simply taking the glass out and putting up the ornament en1 Mr Hopkins t Id him therewasnowrocigiLii". I: was not a portico ] which bad a roof to it, but an crt'am n'. Mr C. M. WILLIAMS and Captain D.'UMHTOV said the matter had been r-furred to the Public NV,) k Committee with pe-mi-sion to Mr Pemb-rton to attend, and the CLERK added that Mr Pemb rton had been so informed, but there had lven some mis- understanding on Mr Pcmberto-j's s dici nt's part as to the day of meeting Mr PEMBERTON— Mr Owen informed 111" that the mistake is on your side. It was the Council and not the Ccnmiittee. The mistake is on your side, as usual. Mr PEAKE—Oh, as usual. Mr PEMBERTON* got up again to xplain Ids as usual," but Alderman PETER .JONES said that Mr Pemberton was there on suff-minc^ only while he (Mr Jones) was a m-,mb?r. the muter ha 1 been referred to the Public Works Committee and must first of all be considered by the Committee. The CLERK said he would communicate the date of the meeting to Mr Pemberton and Mr PEMBERTON having said he meant nothing wrong by as usual, only there had been "simply a slip" before, the matter dropped. CORRESPONDENCE. The Wednesdays United Football Club asked for a football field on Plas Crag adjoining Mr Pope's, but the Council thought it too wet and did not grant the application. Mr William Kprltage asked for a vacant place for a smithy in Portland-road, but the Council let the letter lie on the table, Mr J. R. JAMES, grocer, applied FOR the sites ot two houses in Smithtield-road and the Clerk was directed to place tne application on the next agenda. POSTAL SERVICE. The CLERK stated that the Town Clerk some time ago wrote relative to a better postal service and had received the following reply 19th August. Sir, -In Mr Sdton's absence, I beg to acknowledge the rece'pt of your letter of the 16th August respecting the night mail service to Aber- ystwyth. A slight acceleration in the running of the train from "Welshpool ha* recently been effected, but I regret to say that the Department has up to the pres-nt, been u; ab'e t) effect any malerial im- provement in the service. The question, however, will not be lost sight of." Captain DOCGHTOK said—I tiliok the time has really now arrived when we should insist on some- thing being done to remedy the ex sting state of things with reference to the postal service. We have been begging year after year for more than ten years for reform, but all we get is a polite promise to look into the matter and the business is shelved. I think the practical way of dealing with the qaestion will be to consult our Welsh members and wheu they know how we have been and are being treated, they will do as the Irish members did when they some years ago tackle I the Post Office authorities and never save them any peace until the nnguificant service, enjoyed by even the poor western districts of Ireland, was secured. Further, when we consider that tll- distanc; from London to Aberystwyth is but 2:)0 miles, yet it takes about ten h-urs to perform, whilst to Holy- head, which is thirty-five miles greater dis'ance, it takes four hours less time. Letters are not delivered at Aberystwyth before nine o'clock during the summer months, c frequently visitors, tradesmen, and other?, are put to great inconvenience owing to the non- delivery of letters before the departure cf the morning trains and it appears that the delivery is the same now as it WAS five years ago. You may remember that up to 1S93 the Cambrian Railway received £ 5,500 for carrying the mails, bat in 1S94 the annual payment was increased to 1:13,500, at which figure it still remains. Ther. fore tne Cam- brian has b-pn forttiiiate enough to fnJ)Y an in- creise of £8,000 per annum through, I presume, the agitation brought on by this Council, yet Aber- ystwyth and district are left ut in the cold. Let- ters posted in London the previous evening are de livered even in Cork, 510 miles distant, about three j hours later only than in Aberystwyth, whicn is but half the distance from London. Deputations and correspondence have been merely waste of time and money hitherto. We should now adopt another method and I hope we shall be unanimous in agree- ing to the following resolution Resolved that in ismuch as all attempts have by this Council to s-cure a better postal service for Aberystwyth and district failed, the time has arrived when it is necessary to bring the matter before Parliament, and with that object a committee be appointed to prepare a statement of facts and that the Welsh fTlP:ilh,>f3 be tsked to take toe matter up with the above obj-ct." Tne MAYOR, in an undertone, asked Mr C. M. Wdliams, who was sitting near by, if it was not a matter that should be put on the. aenlla. and Mr WILLIAMS paying it was, the MAYOR said out to the Council—Would it not be better to pnt the subject on the agenda f r tie next meeting ? Captain DocugTON—Well, I see that Mr C. M. Williams ha, told you to do that but there we have been for years turning on the same pivot. We are swinging from one point to another and gaining nothing. I' it is better to have it in Mr Williams's name, let it he lone tf at way. Mr C. M WILLIAMS—I did not suggest to the' Mayor that it should be put on tne agenda. Th = Mayor merelv mentioned to me that it should be put on and there is nofbing to lose^hy the delay. Parliament is prorogued and the Welsh members are not together in London. Cap'ain UorGHTON—Why delay ? We have been dal yins with tll subject long enough. I am surprised to at the Mayor ii guided by his right hand supporter. Mr C. M. WILLIAMS—He was not guided, Captain DOCGHTON—He was, sir. You told him. I SlW you. Mr C. M. WILLIAMS—That is untrue like many other s atements you make. The MAYOR—No, it is not untrue. I asked Mr Williams if it was not better to put it on the agpfina. Mr C. M. WILLIAMS—Have some regard for the truth. truth. Cap'ain DOCGFITON (to the Mayor)—You are guided by somebody near you always. The MAYOR—No. HACKNEY CARRIAGES. Mr David Jones, Buildings, wrote complaining that Inspect~r Morgan prevented his leiving the stand on the Marine-t- rrace to go about the town whereas he had an engagement to go t a place in Little D rkea e-street and the people were now thr-atening him with proceedings for not coming. The matter was referred to the General Purposes Committee. PUBLIC LIGHTS. Mr PEAKE brought up the report of the Public Lights Committee which recommended the pay ment of f35 1 7 4d for gas for the quarter. The Committee also reported that tenders were received from 'he Electric Company and the Gas Company and the Committee recommended that an agre-nient should b entered into between the Corporation and the Electric Light Company for a period of two years, to commence on October 1st, 189S, for the supply of electric current and mdntenance of twenty-eight arc lights at JE17 17s per lamp por annum. The question of incandescent gas lighiing was also considered and the Committee recommended that the Surveyor should erect two lamps of eight candle power for testing purposes in a most convenient position. The Gas Company's tender was also fully con- sidered and the matter deferred panding the testing of the incandescent lighting. In moving the adoption of the report, Mr PEAKF. aid that Mr Preece r.'commended the payment of 1:16, but the Committee agreed to pay fl7 17s for two years. In the meantime matters might develop. Mr WYNNE seconded the adoption of the report. In rep'y to Alderman Palmer, Mr PEAKE said the Corporation agreed to pay JE17 17s for the twenty- eight lamps ith five per cent for maintenance. Capt DOCUIITON said a gas lamp had been fitted up in Great Darkgate-street which would cost £2 10j per annum only. If six or seven of those lampi were pliced ia a street would not that street be better lighted than by one arc lamp. the lighting radius of wtsioh v\a< very small indeed, particularly in North-parade and Portland street which were shaded by t, ees ? In reply to Alderman Palmer, Mr PEAKE said the Gas Company's tinder was also considered s well as their proposal to put up lamps of 300, 200, and 100 candle power. Of course those lights en- tailed the use of the incandescent mantle and it would he noticed by the report that th Surveyor was directed to experimeot. The arc lighting w.s separate and distiuot. The Own had twenty-eijiut lamps supplied by the C InJpany at high pressure and the Committee felt the easiest way wmld be to (leal with the arc system fit1-)!, and then tit y could deal with incan le-cent lighting afterwards. The Committee had qutita.ious fur both. Captain DOCldIT,) said that twenty-eight arc lamp-i at £17 17s cune to £ 500 a year roughly. Mr PEAKE added that the lighting of the town at present, c o-t fSOO a year. Mr WM, THOMAS said tha' Captain Poughton's remarks were worthy of consideration. Tne town nad t lamps of 2,000 candle po.ver T'I'Jn¡:n,}' What it was actually he aid not kno v. No doubt that had weighed with the Com- mittee in fixing npni :.n agreement for a short peri M! only. Iu the meanwhile the matter could oe considerr d whether it would not be advisable to have- more Ityhts of a lower can "lie power Ciptaiu Dt)[-(;IlION said the town could have 196 gas lamps of 300 candle p lwer for the price paid for the twenty-eight (re lamps. Mr Pu Kb: said bet. re the Council entered into A contract with the Gas Company he should like to hat e r.lie mantles-testrd, for his present opinion was that toe mantles were not su.table for public light- ing at Aberystwyth and never would be. He had an incandescent ligh: in B to-street and the mantle la-ted nine days only and then there was no light. Capta n Don;UTON said t-.at lump w: s only a ghost of a light. Hie one in Great Darkga.e -treet was a new patent. Mr PTOUCO said he was agent for th incandescent light for three years and ought to know. He moved that Captain Doughton should attend the next meeting ot the Commute?. Captrtin DOT-CHITON saying that would be a waste of time, the motion to adopt •.he rep rt was adopted, Mr Marks not voting. Mr PEAKE thOllghr, ith regard to a statement made iu toe pit picss, ;t was a i, ion up n the Comndt Notice bad been t.tk,ii of the rather in«-tl'*etive supply of t-1 ctr e cuavnt daring the pa-t months and things had been remedied. Witn regard to the suggestion made by a cir ain pe;so.i, certain things had been dooe a-id the 1 got wan n<.w f"r bttter than it had b en too so.m time. With regard to »ho statement by 'he pit lie press that such a-d such was the time when comment ought to be made—when the Committee were con- sidering the nvvt-r of i-lectiic lighting—and that complai ti ought to bo made. Compla'uts w re made and the Committee vvere not so sh tt-sighted a ihe press took them t) 1)2. GENERAL IU*R!\)SK> C j\DIITTE r Mr WYNNE proposed and Mr PEAKE '-econded the adoption of the report of the General Purposes Committee which recommended that the existing agreement with Mr Collins should be adhered to. The CLERK said that Mr Collins wrote desiring to renew the agreement and that matter was referred to the Committee. HARBOUR. Captain DOUGHTON brought up the report of the Harbour Committee which recommended a new mooring chain on St David's Wharf and the re- storation of other moorings and the report was adopted. PUBLIC WORKS. Alderman PETER JONES brought up the report of the Committee which recommended the approval of a p'an tf dwelling house proposed to be treat d a: Caeygog by Mr Jenkin Jones, Boxth, the plans to be subject to certain alterations. FINANCE. Mr C. M. Williams brought up the report of the Finance Committee which recommended that Mr D. C. Roberts, having applied for renewal of le:ts of Tref,!clnn prop rty, that the Town Clerk write to him for terms on which he would surrender to the Corporation the thld adjoining the timber yard on receipt of which the Committee would be in a position to consider terms for the renewal of the lease of the timber yard. The Committee having consul red Mr Thomas Jones's letter in regard to his s»wp t in Tanycap, recommended that he should be offered £ 35 without prejudice. The Cor- porat:on offices being inconveniently small, the Committee instructed the Surveyor to prepare plan and estimate f. r enlarging the sime. The Committee also recommended tnat budding sites situate between Plascrug Walk and Holy Trinity Church should be ottered by auction on Tuesday, 20th S ptember, at twelve and that no extension of time be allowed the Rev J. A. Jenkins for build- ing in Cambrian-street. Agreements for leaser, &c., were approved for David Evans, Portland- road; Mr T. E. Salmon, Railway-terrace; Mr J. D. Belham, South-road Mr J. Morris, 15, Terrace- road Mrs M. J. Davie- S. Peumaesg!as-road and Mtss Clarke, 18, Queen's-road. Alderman PETER -JON FS said there were three or four legal questions to he considered in connection with the pit aud before voting on it or discus- sing its merits, he should like to have the Town Cleik's opinion, but he was absent. He therefore suggested that it should be deferred. Mr C. M, WILLIAMS agreed, but on sitting down made a sound as if about to mike a reunrk He. however, did not say a word. Alderman PETER JONES (who was at the other end of the table) did not know whether the re- porters caught the marginal note and li,ped that if Mr Williams had anything personal to say with regard to his conduct he would sy it out. Mr C. M. WILLIAMS said he certainly should do so, but on that occasion he had said nothing. H3 did not know that he was in the habit of making margin '.1 notes. On the question of spending money 01 adding to the Corporation Offices, Ctptain DOUGHTON thought it inadvisable when it had already been decided to I rebuild the Town Hall and to remove the Corpora- tion Offices into the new building. Mr C. M. WILLIAMS said that some time would I elapse before tne Town Hall was built and some- I thing was required to be done at once to the Cor- poration offices. The Borough Accountant had a room seven feet wide only and the room in which the commirtees met w,s n't fit to stay in for any length of time. It would always be necssary to have offices in Smithfield. Tne estimated cost would be f,120 or £ 130 only. Mr WILLIAM THOMAS thought it wuld b? a wa-te of money. If members of the committees would give over smoking tne atmosphere wouH be better. The matter having been referrel to the Public Works Committee, it wa, agreed to hold a com- mittee of the whole Council to arrange details for thp -ale "f sites by aucti n. Tne other portions of t ie report were adopted. TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION. Th" National Telephone Company app'ied for tIrlllis'ion 't'Ó Hectpoles' iu different parts of the to" n to enabl- the Company to open an exchange, the tenancy to be terminable upon a six month-' notice on either side, but on the proposition of Alderman PETER JONES, it was agreed to direct the To-vn Clerk to ascjrtiin the Council's position in view of the r-cellt Parliamentary Committee's report. ANOTHER HITCH. The CLERK having said there was a number of tenders for the erection of tw-dve workmen's dwellings, Cap-ain DOUGHTON wished to know, before t'e tendpi s were "p-med, if sites had been decided upon; if so, where ? Mr C. M. WILLIAMS-aid tn" Council had decided upon the site-, b-tween Smithfield and tvie Rheidol; an! the Surveyor put the plan on the table. Mr WM. THOMAS asked if the Council was go ng to accept the lowest tender as a basis upon whic-i th-y were going to proceed or open the Lnddr. and then throw them to the wind. Mr C. M. WILLIAMS said the tenders we-e merely provisional and moved that they shcu'd be con- sidered in committee or tne wnoie council. i Mr WM. THOMAS olj-cted to Committee and t said they should be opened in op 11 Council. Mr lARK., said that no council in the kingdom were putting up houses such as the Aberystwytn Corporation contemplated, Tney were too large and could not be erected for what the Council pro I 03ed spending on the pr, j-c-. A seventeen-f o frontage was given and six rooms. He thought it would be better to give a smaller frontage and so bring the tenders within reasonable limit. The MAYOR thought that the Council ought to have decilecl upon the size of the house before putting people to the trouble of tendering. | MrC M. WILLIAMS sai that when the Council 8 aoreed to borrow £ 3.300, it was esti'oa'ed that each h use would co t from E150 to £160. Mr MARKS said that could not be done with the s'z1 of house specified. Mr C. M. WILLIAMS said the Surveyor had pre- pared plaos on that basis. Mr MARKS-And the Com nit-ee has fixed a seventeen feet frontage. Mr C. M. WILLIAMS said that some members wanted a wider froi tage than that. Mr MARKS moved that the tenders' should be opened. Alderman PETER JO-, Es explained that the object of getting tenders was to be able to go before t e L cal Government Board Commissioner and say they had a pract-cti contractor who was prepared to carry the Corporation's scheme out. He there- fore moved that the tenders should be opened. Mr ROBERT DOUGHTOX seconded the proposal and it was agreed t The tenders were as follows :—Mr David Pierce, E245 each house Mr William Jones, William- street, 93 420 for the twelve houses and 9-2S5 each hou-e. Mr Jones also tendered separately for the foundations. Messrs John Jones and Son, Grey's Inn-lane, 93,550 for the twelve Messr- David William- aod Co., Prospect-street, D327 each house and E2,7124 for the twelve Messrs Owen Brothers, £ 257 each hou-e Messrs Belham, £2,781 for twelve houses; Mr E. E. Jenkins, Minymor, South- terrace, f3,410 and Mr David Williams, Bilston House, Llanbaiarn, £24-0 each house. On the proposition of Mr MARKS, the Surveyor declared that his c-st-iiiate was E252 4s 4d for each house. Alderman PALMER then said that the hous's p o-. posed to be built were not Workmen's cottages. The SURVEYOR said it must be considered that the site was a most expensive one for dwellings of tha sort-. Mr WILLIAM TwnIAs-Or any other sort. The SURVEYOR ea d there would have to be concr-te foundations. The houses also vtere a larger size than they ought to be for artizans' dwelling. Mr MARKS moved that the, Surveyor shoulJ be instructed to prepare plan of Houses of four rooms and a scullery instead of a house of six ro^ms. Mr PEAKE sccmded tie proposition, seeing,that thp tenders wre too high. Mr C. M. WILLIAMS -l1gg sted that a mating of the whole Council should be held to consider the size d nouse to be built. Urdortunato'y, the plans had not he"!) much considered and toe Council, without much consideration, had fixed upon houses costing 1250. Having regard to what had been done by other authorities, he thought a cipitid house could be got fur 1:150 or £ 160. In some towns houses we e put up for £ 125. Captain DOUGHTON said the Council wa" now as far ahead as ttiey were tine years ago. Thy had 11eci(lcd upon th- most expensive place in the town and ho was of opinion that it was not; fit for house. Whv not build at the back of South-terrace or on the site al), ut to be let by auction ? The Council w o dd then swe 1:60 or £70 on foundation alone. Mr lVT. THOMAS seconded Mr C. M. Williams's proposition, but hoped ths Council. would not go to the i.ther»ixtreme and put up a Uncle Tom's c.biu or a house tha, Jack buiit. Ho should protest against a frontage of less than sixteen feet. The SURVEYOR said he had prepare 1 a plan for a house of s-xt,en f et and was then rold to prepare a plan of a house of seventeen feet frontage. The class of house to be put up for an artizan was two 100ms above, two rooms below, -in ) a scullery. A'denmn PALMER said if the Council put up houses such as was at first proposed tney would have two fam lies living in one houae asd so per- petuate the existing state of things. I I'a th n agreed to refer the mitter to a com- mutes of the whole Council, the Mayor to be con- vent r Tne Council debated a matter in Committee for a shor. time and then separated. ANNUAL BREWSTER SESSIOX.S, FRIDAY. SEPT. 2NO. — Before John Jenkins, Esq mayor Griffith Will am*, Robert Doughton, Thomas Hugh Jones, John Morgan, E P Wynne, Isaac Hopkdis, R. J. Jon-s, John Lewis, and E lwai-d Evaus, Esqrs. Riutfitrcd of Licence*.—Superintend nt Pnili;ps re- ported that the public-houses in the horough com prised 25 seven-day licences, 27 six-day licences, 4 grccers' licences, and one wine licen e, heing at the rate of one public-house to 129 persons inclusive of one wine and grocer's licence. The Sunday Clcs ing Act halbem generally well observed and the pub'ic-houses had been fairly well conducted. No proceedings had been taken against any public- house. During the year 201 persons had been summoned and apprehended for drunkenness, of whom eighty-six had been convicted, being a de- crease of ten as compared with 1897. Thirteen occasional licenses and twenty-four extensions of time had been granted during the year. —The Chief Constable having no objection, all the licenses were renewed.- The last Wednesday in September was fixed for the adjourned sessions.
TOWYN IORE BUILDII;G.-It is understood. that some more villa residences «are to be built on the land between the Cambrian Railway Station and the seashore. This will be a great acquisition, as villa residences of moderate size, at reasonable rents, appear to be in demand. MERIONETHSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SHOW.—The out, ook of this show, which is to be held at Towvu on September 14th, is simply brilliant, especial!y in draught horses and black cattle. The show has always done well at Towyn and there is every probability that it will do better this year than ever. Mr Roberts, the general secretary, and the local Committee are working with a will and the Towyn people will certainly rise to the occasion and do their part. Given fine weather, the Towyn how will be worth seeing. DYSYNNI V ALLIY DRAINAGE COMMISSIONERS. A meeting of the Commissioners was held on Fri- day, September 2nd, present Messrs John Roberts (in the chair), R. Gillart, Pryse Hughes, Eran Jones, Hugh Richards, Huirphrey Williams, David Evans (derk), Jones (acting clerk), and. Owen Jones (surveyor). This is the meeting at which the Commissioners are annually elected and the following were elected for the ensuing year Misers W. R. M. Wynne, Penia, th JohnCorbett, Ynysmaengwyn H. H. Shuker, Tvmawr; Richard Gillart Pryse Hughes John Roberts, Pertedd- naat; Hugh Evans, Penowern Evan Evans, Gesail; J. Tudor, Glanmachlas.—Mr DanielDauiel, Pautyueuadd, wrote expressing his regret at his inability through ill-health to attend the meeting of the Commissioners and suggested that Mr Haydn Jones should be nominated in his stead. -The nom- ination was unanimously agreed to.—Mr W. R. M. Wynne was elected chairman of the Board.— The ordinary business of the Board was then pro- ceeded with and the accounts were examined and ordered to be paid. DRIVING FEAT.—One of the mosi; romantic and picturesque, but almost impassable roads in the district, istheone leading from Pantyron, near Cwrt, Pennftl, to Rhydyronen. Visitors well acquainted with the neighbourhood sometimes cross that way and enjoy, in fine weather, a very rare treat indeed, but up to a few weeks ago the feat of driving over this road was never known to have been accom- plished, but Mr Joseph Carter, the enterprtsing proprietor of the St. Cadvan's livery stables, under- took and performed the difficult task. For a couple of miles from Pantyron the road is very steep and is crossed ac frequent intervals by mountain torrents rushing at great velocity down ravines. The;e had to be crossed amidst the deafeniog sound of the rushing wa'ters. Some parts of the road have a very boggy appearance, but the bottom is souLd s nevertheless. Other parts are simply ledges of rock, slippery and untven. Mr Carter neverthe- less drove.his sure-footed team through and over all, difficulties th< ugh the passengers had to walk 1 more than half the way. Going up the hill was 1 one difficulty, descending the other side was an .equally difficalt task, but all was successfully ac. comp'ished au'l the passengers were very much pleaied aud delighted. This road would un doub'°dly be a sonl ce of try great attraction tw the district generdly if put in a little better re- pair. Ic is now principally used for: driving stock to the fai-s at M-ic ynl eth and sheep to the mountains and is goid enough for the purpose, so t'i--t expeu icare incurred would be for the benefit of, visitors to the w hole d'srrict. It would, there- for, app-tar fair that in the event of the road being lvp .ired all the district should contribute towards the cost.
BAUMOUTH. REGATTA.—A regatta will be held at Aberyst- wy th on Friday. September 16th. Amongst the items in the programme, which will be a most attractive one, wi 1 be a second-class sailing race taking in b it-s fiorn Bmnouth and Aberdovey. Ttw first prize is 1:5 5s. second prize, JE1 and th id pnz1, 10s. The commodore will be M,r Vaughan Davies, M. P. SALE OF FREEHOLD PROPERTY.—On Saturday M-ssrs Dew and S m offered several lots of free- hold prop-rties, including gold and copper works and building land for Site, at the Masonic Hall. The lots were deposed of as follows :—Stentir, neir Minffordd June ion, withdrawn ac E760 Tymawr. Mallwyd, withdrawn £ 940; Vl.iesyclaw dd, Llanaber, sold to John Lewis, tenant, £ S00 Figre and Clogau Gold and Copper Works sold t) Mining Improvement Company for E300 Fridd, Llawluch, allotment, sold to Mr G. E. Will ams for£]5! Llwynon, withdrawn at t.1,200 Major Oorcler s banding sites in irons 01 -tie Marine terrace withdrawn at £ 3,600.
DEATH OF ELLIS JONES.
DEATH OF ELLIS JONES. ALLEGED MANSLAUGHTER. Considerable stir was caused in the town on Sun- lay evening by the nswi that Ellis Jones, driver, j, Maiue-I .rrdC, had rlied. It will be remembered hat on Tuesday week another driver employed Atth JOOd; at the Lion Hotel, named Ralph Klaydes, was charged with having committed rievols b Jdily harm to the former on August 18th toil ws remanded, being released on bail. On ecdving toe news of the death, P.S. Williams obtained a warrant for the arrest of Blaydes which tie effected at his residence, Plasbach, Dyffryn, ibout eight o'clock and Blaydes was brought to the Police Station and locked up. INQUEST. The inquest touching the death of Ellis Jones, 7, Marine-tcirace, aged forty-six, was held at the Police Station oa Mm lay afternoon by Mr W. R. Davies, corouer, and a jury composed of the following John Evan.,4, foreman 0.. W. Morris, Evan Richards, Thomas Martin Williams, John Gladstone Robert;, Roberc Lewis, Lewis Owen Evans, Hugh Evan Will ams, Dd. Ellis Davies, John Pryce lones, H. Wynn WiUiam", W. O. Williams, Wm. Jones, ard Benjamin Wiilidms. The Coroner intimated that he only intended calling foi ii-ial evidence of identification of the body of the dec a?ed and adjourn the inquest till 10 30 m. uext 'day. The jury having viewed the boly, P.S. Williams was called and pave evidence identifying the body is that of Ellis Jones. He further stated that he had taken Ralph Blaydes, driver, Piasbach, bytfryn, into custody on the charge of having caused the death of deceased. The inquest wa-j then adjourned. TUESDAY'S PROCEEDINGS. ACCUSED COMMITTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER. TIl iuquest was resumed on Tuesday morning at tne Police Station. Caief Ci nstable Major Best and Superintendent Jones weie in attendance. Ralph B aydes was brought into Court in the cus- tody of P.S. Wiil-ams. Mr R. Guthrie Jones, Dolgelley, watched the proceedings on behalf of the police and Mr G. W. Pybu3 on behalf of the Ocean Insurance Company, with whom deceased's life was insured against ac- cident'. John Roberts, Silcam, driver, was the fir.3t wit ness called. He said he knew the deceased, Ellis Jones, aud.Ralph Blaydes. He (witness) had the charge of the SL ibles of the Lion Hotel and these two men were employed as drivers there. He re- membered going in o the yard on August ISth and seeing deceased on the grouud. Blaydes was stand- ing beside him. D.-cea-ed a tempted to rise and he (witness.) as-isted him. Ralph Blaydes then struck deceased. Deceased did not fall this time, but witness released his hold of him and Blaydes a^ain struck hiin. Deceased fell down, striking his head against the pavenieut. A stranger appeared and he and the latter lifted him up. Blaydes did not aft:rwa:ds stiik-j him. Deceased was conscious and WJS able to speak. There was a cut on the back of his head which bled profusely. Deceased sat iu tie yard for a shott time before Dr Lloyd clime. Could not say what had occurred between deceased aud BlaycUs. Neither of them told him at tne time what had happened. He could not say where Blaydes struck deceased. He did not see dtcaserl strike Blaydos nor do anything to him. The Coroner Were there words between them? — I know they did not agree very well. Yes; but on this occasion did you hear any words between them -Xo, I did not take any notice. You (lid not hear dec^sed threaten Blqydes ?- No. \Ya3 deceased sober?—I cannot say. It is likely that both had had some drink. TLat was not my question. Could you see the effect of drink on him?—I did not notice anything wrong. \Yitness. when pressed by the Coroner, would sAy neitner one thing nor the otner and the Coroner said if he thongnt witness was trying to conceal what lie knew in any way he would send him to gad. Witness siid deceased did nothing to muke him think there was anything out of place. The Coroner Do you say you cannot say whether he was under the influence of drink or not or that yell will not say —I cannot s',y. Witness w¡¡s then aslied whether Blaydes was in drink and began to be,itate, whereupon the Coroner said if witness did not answer the ques- tions t) him straightforwardly he was liable to be sent t) gaol Would he say the SAme as he siid of deceased, that he a'i unable to say whe'herhe was iu driuk or not ? Witness Yes. Continuing his evidence, witness said both the in^u had been out that day, but eadi in different directions. This affair happened about seven in the evening. By jurymen: The chir-a banes driven by the men ca ne back about six. He (witness^ was back- and-foiv in tne yard between six aud seven. Tbe Cil Oil, C Did you ask Ellis Jones how much drink he had had at all ?—No, there was no talk about it at all. Mr John Evaus Did you tell Blaydes not to strike decsased ?—Yes. The CL roner; And he struck him after that ?- Yes. Jacob Davies, Doctor's buildings, gardener, said he was in the Lion Hotel yard on August 18th about seven o'clock. He saw deceased and Ralph Blaydes there, He saw Blaydes strike deceased who fell down. Deceased got up and went up to Ralph, who said "Shut your mouth and let me alone." Deceased was not in a fighting attitude. Ralph Blaydes struck him again. Deceased received the first blow on his chest and the second on lii, face. With the second blow deceased fell with his head against the pavement. Between the first and the second blow, John Roberts caught hold of deceased. A good deal of blood ran from a wound on the back of deceased's head. A cyclist came forward and, with John Roberts, raised deceased from the ground. Tne cyclist "aid to Blaydes "You have killed the man." He only saw two blows struck. Mr J. G. Roberts Did deceased provoke Blaydes to strike him ?—No. The Coroner Deceased did not put himself into a fighting attitude ?—No. Was Ellis Jones sober or drunk ?-He had had drink. Was he sober?—No. Was Blaydes drunk ?-He had some drink, but he was better than deceased. Deceased was more under the influence of drink. Blaydes being asked whether he had any ques- tions to ask, asked John Roberts whether he saw deceased trying to prevent him from taking a mare out. Witness said he saw deceased stopping Blaydes from taking one of the four horses wnich were under his charge. Blaydes wanted to take the horse out in the bus. This would be about ten minutes to seven. The Coroner It was from this that the quarrel arose ?—Yes, but I did not see more than this, as I went to put the harness on another horse. Blaydes (to witness); You had given orders that I should have this horse ?—Yes. The Coroner Until deceased objected ?—Yes. Bhydes: Did you hear me tell Ellis Jones to be quiet ? Witness replied that he had some time before this. Further pressed by the Coroner, witness eaid he heard Blaydes tell deceased to be silent. Blaydes Did you hear me tell him that I did not want to bother with him ? Witness I did not listen to what either of you said. I did not want to hear you quarrel. Blaydes ask-d witness whether he (Blaydes) had not gone out of deceased's way one night to avoid a quarrel. Witness said the men were often quarrelling. Tne Coroner Well, did you hear either of them threatening the other ?-No, I did not listen to what they were saying. Blaydes Did you hear him threaten to hold my head in the tub of water ?-No. Blaydes Did you here me tell you that he had said so ?-No. Blaydes then asked the same question to the second witness, who replied in the negative. Edward Evans, Sdoam-btiildiogs, a driver of cart", stated that he was in the yard when this affair happened. He tsaw Blaydes strike deceased. He (witness) was at the time c-Trying wat^r for the horses. Deceased fell to toe ground. John Roberts assisted him to his feet and Blaydes again struck deceased in the face causing him to fall on his back. John Roberts and another 11m raided him off the ground. B ith m 11 were the in- fluence of drink. Deceased did uot attempt to strike Blaydes. Mr J. G. Roberts Row many ti nes did you see Blaydes strike him ?—Twice. I reply to the Coroner, witness siid he did not see anything in Blaydes's hand. Dr Hugh James Lloyd, Barmouth, said he was called to deceased shortly after seven on August ISth and saw him in the yard of the Ba k Lion. Deceased was sitting down in the coach shed. He was bleeding from a wound at the back of the head. It was on the right side of the back of tile head. It wis a lacerated vertical wound, abonc an inch in length. The appearance was con-istent with the statement that it was caused by deceased falling and striking his head against the side of the pave- ment. He dressed the wound at toe yard and m about half-an-hour 01 so deceased was brought into his surgery bleeding considerably. He dres-ei the wound again and treated d»c ased. He attended deceased up to the time of his death on Sundav. Deceased died about seven o'clock ou Sunday, at 7, Marine-terrace. Detth occurred from sep'ic meningitis which occurred in consequence of the wound in the h-ad. Erysipelas had se* in but had suciumbed to treatment and deceased recovered from that. The distant cause of death was the wound in the head, which affected the hrain. hde a post-mortem examination by directim of the .Coroner on the pre-ious evening, in company wito Dr Hugh Jones. He was present when deceased's dying depositions wu-e taken. Deceased knew at the time he was in danger of death. Did not remember the details of the statement. Heard him say that Blaydes struck him till he fell and that the wound was caused in toat way. When he visited deceased in the Lion, he was part'y stunned and he (witness) could not s.Ly whether he was drunk. Asked him how much cknk he had had and he replied that he hd had thre glasses of of beer while out for the day. Ellis Jones was a healthy subject. He (witness) had never attended him for anything serious. Dr Hugh Jones, Dolgelley, state 1 that he made a post-mortem examination of deceased's body. There were traces of decomposition 'n certain parts of the body. Apart from the br.inrhe prin- cipal organs were structurally healthy, but were all more or less iu a state of conges- tion. The vortex and the membraoe of the brain were in a state of infi .mmation, particularly the posterior portion which c responded with the wound. The wound was at th back of tne head and was a lacerated wound an inch long and al- most vercical. There was no fracture of the skull, but a collection of pus was found under the scalp three inches below and to ths right of the wound. The cause of death undoubtedly was septic menin- gitis arising from a septic cause. He could not swear absolutely to it, but his opinion was that it arose from the absorptiou of septic poisoning in connection with the wound on the head, inasmuch as after careful search he coald fi id nothing which would account for the s-pt c condition of be brain except that wound. Of course, it was possible that a scratch might have giveu ri-e to this, but after careful search they did not find one. He was fortified in his opinion that the wound was the cause by the presence of the small quantity of pus at the spot mentioned. The Coroner then summed up and having epito- mised the evidence given, said it was perfectly clear that if the death of Ellis Jones arose out of th wound on the heal no words which the latter might have made use of nor any provocation in words or otherwise would justify Blaydes in strik- ing him. It was char also that when dea'h was caused by a blow delivered in a figr.t, toe person who administered the b'ow was guity of the offence of manslailgilter. If Blaydes La i used an instrument—and the question was asked whether that was so-it would have been his (the Coroner's) duty to ask them to commit him for a still more serious crime. Howevtr, that hart not been sug- gested. In conclusion, he sa d it would be the duty of the petry jury at the as.7, to s -tisfy themselves after the cross-exam mat ion ot t ie medical men as to whether death was brought on by the blow and it wa< not their duty that day t make an exhaustive i-nqu ry into tnat. After a short deliberation in private, the jury returned a verdict to the fleet that Ellis Jones died from blood-poisoning arising from a wound on the head and that this was caused by Ralph Blaydes without intention to kill him. Blaydes was then committed for tritl at the Ruthin Assizes upon a charge i f manslaughter, the Coroner stating that in view of toe st- of the case and the flct that t'le assizes would be held at the end of the month, he did not feel justi- fied in allowing itn bail. The funeral of Ellis Jon-3 o,k place 011 Tuesday afternoon and was largely attended. Tne inter- 'ment was at Llanaber Churchyard. D?ceased leaves a wife and four children v.,itli whom gr at sympathy is felt in their Pad bereavement On Wednesday the accused was brought before' W. -J. Morris, Esq., on the charge of mans'aughter. —Mr Guthrie Jon-s, solicitor, Dol*«'-ley, acted for the police and Mr R. Joues Griffith, solicitor, Dolgelley, watched the ca-e 011 behalf i»f the accused. —The evidence at the inquest was gone through.— P.S. Williams said he arrested accused at DyffVyu on Sunday evening on.the charge of manslaughter. Accused sa d he had nothing to say in addition to wh-.t he had said b;fo-c when he arrested him on tbe ïth lor inflicting grievous bodily harm to Ellis Jones. The accused's, statement then wts He (meaning Ellis Jones) had threatened me and said he would put my [¡parI in the water tun. I will half kill you in two minutes I was taking one of too horses out of the s'ahle when Ellis prevented me for a time. I then g've him a push and he fell down." He served i he accus d with a notice on the 29th th it! the depositions of Ellis Jones would be taken that afternoon'at three o'clock. He explained to him that he could bj present if he wished in p I'on or by someone else, but he ;I;¡id he would raln/T )io-. Accused through his solicitor pleaded not gni ty aud re3«r7ed his defence.—He was forimliy com- mitted to take his trM on the < h r e cf mai- slaugbt-r at the assizes fir the comity of Merioneth to be held at Raihin.—Bad was refused.
FESTINIOG. OBITUARV.—On Sit. jr lay list the death took place at Tanygrisiau of Miss Morris, the only daughter of Mr W. W. Morris, Pits C'-vmrrthin, manager t) the New Rhosydd Slate Qoa.ry. Miss Morris was highly respected in the neighb mr- hood and was a faithfir. member of the C.M Churc h She had been ailing for a longtime and durinsr la-t winter had resided at Bournemouth to recoup her health. The news of her death wa? received with regret by a large circle of friends and much sympathy is expressed with her father in his bereavement. ASSAULT ON A MAGISTRATE.—On Thursday last, before Mr William Davies and other magistrates, a man named Hugh Rowlands, a quarryman resid- ing at Fair-view, Blaenati Festiniog, was charged with assaulting Mr J. Parry Jones, a magistrate for the county of Merioneth, on Saturday night, the 27th of August.—Mr Parry Jones, who appeared in Court with his head bandaged, said jhat he was going towards home through High-street on the night in question, and when opposite the M-drion I Vaults he saw a crowd, through which hepenetrated, andfound that the accused and another man had been fightiug. He tried to part them bat the accused followed him across the road and struck him on the head with his fist. He lost his hat and umbrella in the scuffle, and for a time he was unconscious from thre blow.—Corroborative evidence having been given, the Chairman sa d that the assault was Iluit, uncalled for. Mr Parry Jones had gone into the crowd with the best intentions, his object being to pacify the combatants, but the acJscd had ungrate- fully struck his benefactor. Prisoner must go to gaol for fourteen days with hard labour.
MR T. E. ELLIS AND THE LIBERAL…
MR T. E. ELLIS AND THE LIBERAL ELECTORS. A meeting of the Executive Committee of the Merioneth Liberal Association was held at Bar mouth on Friday, Dr Edward Jones presiding. 'Mr T. E. Ellis, M.I-. was present by invitation.' It was arranged to present Mr Ellis with.the plate subscribed for on the occasion of his marriage by the Liberal electors of the county as a token of their appreciation of his services at the annual meeting of the Merioneth Liberal Association to be held at Towyn in the latter end of September.
LLANILAR. ANNUAL BREWSTER SESSIONS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2D.-Bdore Vaughan Davies, Esq. (in the chair), E. A. L. Powell, Griffith Jones, and T. J. Waddingham, E.-qrs. Licensing.—The Superintendent submitted his annual report which waa &s follows :—u J have the honour to submit for your inspection my annual report of the public-houses for the Upper liar Petty Sessional Division,lwhich comprises seven seven-day licences and one six-day licence-eight in ail, being, according to the last census, at the rate of one public-house to each 794 of the inhabitants. I annex a tabulated statement showing the number of persons summoned and apprehended for drunkenness, which shows a decrease of four on the previous year. There are two public-houses le-s in the division this year than last year-the occupiers of the Lisburne Arms, Llanfihangel, and Gorsfach, Llanhadarn Lower, not taking out licences in the year 1897. The Sunday Closing Act has been well observed. One occasional licence was granted during the year at d no extension of time."
LLANRHYSTYD. PROPERTY SALE.-At the Black Lion Hotel, Llanrhyst} d, on Wednesday, Mr J. E. James, auctioneer, Aberystwyth offered for sale by auction the freehold property known as "Scyborfach," comprising 14 acres au-i 27 prorch. s of arable and pasture land, together with the farmhouse and out- buildings. The property, which is situate in the village of Pennant, about a mile from Cross Inn Prwt Office, nas sold to Mr J, lin Morgan, Po&t Office, Cross Inn, for £ 490.
CAMBRIAN RAII-WAYS. -Approximate return of traffic receipts for the week ending September 4th, 1898; Miles open, 250. Passengers, parcels, &c., E4,693 merchandisp, minerals, and live stock. £ 2,732; total for the week, f:7,425 aggrelae from commencement of half-year, 971,888. Actual traffic receipts for the corresponding week last year: Miles open, 250. Passengers, parcels, &c., 94,294 merchandise, minerals, and live stock, £ 2.511 total for the week. £ 6,805; aggre- gate from commencement of half year, 969,264. Increase for the week; Passengers, parcels, &c., £399 merchandise, minerals, and live stock, £221 total for the week, F.620 aggregate from com- mencement of half-year, 9-. Decrease for the week Passengers, parcels, &c., 9 mer- chandise, minerals, and live stock, ;C- total for the week, :C- aggregate from commencement of half-year, 9-. Aggregate increase Passengers, parcels, &c., £1,097: in e rehand ise, minerals, and live stock, £ 1,527; total for the week, ;C- aggregate from commencement of half-year, £ 2,624. Aggre- gate decrease Passengers, parcels, &c., ;C- merchandise, minerals, and live stock, £- total for week, E- aggregate from commencement of half-year, £ —.
OOLGELLKV. PENDREF CIfAPEL.-Oti Friday evening last Miss Rees (Cranogwen) delivered a strong sermon to a crowded congregation. Mi s Rees was assisted by Miss Phi Hips, Newcastle Emlyn, who sang several solo" NANNAU FLOWER Snow.-Thp annual show was held a: Nannau Gr »und3 last Wednesday when 3. large number of interesting exhibits were made. In addit on to the usual exhibits of vegetables, fl iwers, ard farm produce, there was a good dis- p'ay of home mdostrie- includ ng knitted shawls, fan;y ueedle work, carving, &c. Ttie beautiful grounds and puk of Nautiau wre thrown open to the public through the generosity of Mr and Mrs V ugnan. At the close of the show, Mrs Vanghan presented the prizes to the successful competitors. Mrs Vauihan worked very hard to make th° show so great a success. After the distribution ofpr;z". daucing was indulged in on the lawn, music being snptdied hy Llanfachreth Brass Band. Mr John F. Jones. Garden0, made an efficient secretary. SCHOOL BOARD.-T.iie ordinary meeting of this Poard was held on Thursday, Mr William Hughes in the chair.—Tne firs; matter under discussion was that passed in the last meeting, to reward those children who present themselves best during the year.—Mr John Price opposed the resolution because he was against the prizes being provided out of tie rates and gave Ui);ic of motion to rescind the rso;utio[J.- The matter of the water pipes to the B-ithdir School was left in the hands of Mr John Price.—Tne Attendance Officer com- plained that there were many young boys loafing about the town and abseuting themselves trom school.—It was agreed to send the usual notices before tik'ng proceedings.—A letter was read from Mr O. O. Roberts, "headmaster of the boys' depig- ment, in which he said that the Board had misled him as to backward pup,ls.-It was decided that the Visiting Committee should see Mr Roberts on 1 this matter.—The question of teaching staffs in the various schools was next taken.—Miss Roheit3, 1 1! .L- _J:&1-- _1_ neanmistress or tne girts department, complained of her existing staff and said she required more assistance so as to Cftrry on the work f-ff-cfually.— Miss Pritchard, headmistress of the infants' depart- ment, said that owing to the removal of Miss Lizzie Owen, her pupil teacher, to the girls' department, her staff was inadequate. — It was mpntioned that the Inspector had remarked on his last visit that the t-aching r-tatf in the Infants'School was rather young.—It was decided that Miss Pritchard should retain the services of Miss Lizzie Owen.- Robert Jones was appointed monitor to Brithdir School for a fortnight on trial—It was passed that the two young girls who applied tor monitorship should undergo an examination and that the best, should be appointed to the Dolgelley Girl's Depart- ment, Mr Williams, Bnthdir, to examine.—It was resolved to advertise for n assistant to the same school.—Miss Roberts, assistant teacher, Brithdir Schod, applied for an increase of salary which was adjourned for a moiuh, URBAN DISTRICT. COUNCIL, TUESDAY, SEP TEMBKR 6TH.—Present Mr Meyrick Jones (mayor) presiding, Messrs E. Wynne Williams., John Kdwards, Griffith Owen, E. W. Evans, D. Meredith, T. Parry, Edward Williams, Richard Richar Is, R. Mills, Dr John .Jones, Messrs R. Birnect (acting clerk), W. Jones (inspector), and E. R. Jones (collector). THE TESTING OF GAS. The C'erk stated that replies had been receivpd from Carnarvon aud Bangor to the Council's enquiries respecting the use of photometers. The Bmgor letter stated that the photometer used by them w.ts a jet photometer. This instrument, was not recognised for legal purposes and the only in- strument which would be of use in a dispute was a bar photometer. Tne jet photometer cost them £ 25, but the other would cost £ 90. The jet instru- ment could easily h- read by a handy man. but the bar photometer required a skilled person. The Carnarvon reply was also read by the Clfrk, stating that a jet photome er was in u-" there and worked satisfaciordy. It cost £ 10.—The following letter was received from Mr Woodford :I see by the repor- in the Cumbrian News of the last meeting of the District Council there exis's a misapprehen- sion on some points which it's well should be clear d up. First, as to governor bllrntl" regulating the supply. Mr E. W. Evans stigmatises them as a sham and states that the five feet per hour con- tracted for will not be obtained. I should like to know on what grouni, be bases his assertion. I have told the Committee that the govertior-i sr1 carefully tested a id measured accurately and it is open tl Mr E ans or any other member of the Council to have any one of the burners tak- n from toe lamps and sent a vav to bp testei. If this via*. Hone instead or making w.ld .-litem nts it would. [ venture to say, be m' t-e> prac''cable. As to the photom-ter, it is a mistake to say I would not con- s"nt to the Council providing one of the cheaper kind. A stitement of this kind in print looks very fidiculous as everyone must koo-v fat I have not the power to prevent the Coun oil obta ning it. Nn doul): the mislike arose out of a q-ies ion put to me at your Committee meeting as to whether t: e authorities recognised any -t ment, to which I rep'ied in tiie nog-itive. 1 slio dd j ba very glad if the Councd were to procnr-- j a photometer and have more than once offered to assist them in procuring one." Mr E. W. Evans said the words he ns-d were five burners and not "five feet"' a« lie wa« re ported to have said. What he sahl was that a fivp burner on a -smaller governor wis a rne-f ehaoi un-1 he adhered to that. — Dr .Jone* It makes all the diffei-pnee in the world. — Mr K-ans said Mr Wooiford's remark was ba=erl upon this mis ake. I He ,ill a iiiiiyib, r five i)tiriiet- tocro was a sinaller goverii-r --Tt was de- cided, on the suggestion of Mr E. that Mr Evans's explanation should bes-ntto Mr Wo id- .ford.—Tne Council then discussed the question of purchasing a photometer. — Mr E. W. Evans thought that one which would do for Carnarvon should certainly do for Dolge l^v.—Mr J. E l^ar !s said the Council were almost, unanimous la,t time that if one could be obtamed for pounds they should purchase it and, as the dirf reuee was only smail, he proposed that they should procure one f.-r L-IO.-A-ir E. W. Evans seconded tll" proposition aud it was agreed to. — Mr Edward Will ams and other members mentioned places which r-quir d Lighting and the Lighting Committee was instruct- ti tf-, vi-it the spots mentioned. REPAIRING OF A PRIDCE. The Surveyor called attention to t;le fad th,t the County Council some time ago had decide i that he should prepare a plan of tli- necessary alt-ration to the Bontfawr bridge and send copies t 1 the County Surveyor and the E igineer of the G. W. P.a lwoy and ti-a- the County Sur-ey<v should then bring in an < stimne of toe cost of the .-dteroti m. He (the Surveyor) had don- w'-a- he was r.-quired to do, but the County Surveyor Iv-id not done Irs part.—It was decided, on the pr p nation < f Mr T. Parry, to write to the County Surveyor ca'ling his attention tj the matter. ISO LIS TERRAOK. A letter was read from Mr Rich ml Willi\ina asking the Council to defer for a fortnight the question of the removal of the enclosures in fi- -rit of his houses in Inglis-terrdca.—Mr Richard Edwards said if the Councd wtre not going to deal with that street as they dealt with other streets he would close it up.—Mr Ed. Williams said he under- stood Mr Williams's object was to come to an understanding as to whether cattle were to be allowed to go over the pavement. He (Mr Ed. Williams) certainly thought that should be stopped.—Mr Parry said he saw a cow go right in- to the passage of one of the hous°s there and pro- posed that they should give Mr Williams the fort- night h° asked for.—The .Mayor did not see that they could go back on their previous resolution and it was agreed to open the tenders for carrying out the work/—This was done and: the tender of Mr Jonathan Smith fcrf21 5s Dd, being the lowest, was accepted. THE CCTTIXG UP OF .-STREETS. Tha Surveyor presented a list of persons who re- quested to be supplied with water and said the Company wanted permission to cut up the streets in order to Jay the pipes. —Mr Edward Williams was in favour of everyone being; supplied with water who wanted it, but thought the GasConipany and Water Company after cutting up the streets should be required to place the s'reets in the same condition as they were before.—The Acing Clerk said the Gas Company had signed an agreement to that effect, but the Water Company had not.—The application was granted on condition that the Com- pany placed the streets in proper order after them. STORE ACCOUNT. Mr Griffith Owen asked what had become of the resolution passed by the Council on his proposition some time ago as to the storage of the property of the Council and the keeping of a proper stock ac- count and so on. The resolution was pis9td and nothing more was heard of it.-The Surveyor said a committee had been appointed to go into the matter, but had not reportecl.-The Clerk read a letter from the Auditor containing suggestions as to the keeping of a proper order book and stores ac- count.—Mr Griffith Owen said his resolutic n was to the same effect and proposed that a committee should be appointed to draw out a scheme.—Dr .John Jones seconded the propositus, suggesting the names of Messrs Griffith Owen, Richard Richards, and the Chairman on the committee.— This was agreed upon. .SCAVENGING. Mr Griffith Owen complained that tbe scaveng- ing was being neglectert owing to tne Council only providing one scavenger to do work which was hitherto done by two men and a br,y.- The Sur- veyor stated that henceforward he would be able to spare two men for the work. DRAINAGE OF THE TOWN. Mr Mills, in accordance with notice of motion, proposed that an engineer be engaged to inspect and report upon the drainage of the town with a view to an extension of the system of sewerage. In doing so, Mr Mills said the matter had been thoroughly gone into before and the facts of the case were well known. Lately plans of thirty-two new houses bad been presented which it was proposed building and it did not seem as if they could provide them with proper drainage.—Mr T. Parry said he should like to know first of all what had become Ic)f the appli- cation for the extension of the district ? -Dr John Jones said the Committee would report to the County Council at its next meeting.—Mr E. W. Evans agreed with Mr Mills as to the desirability of d'ing what he suggested, but he thought they should leave the matter until the decision of the County Council was received. If the extension was granted, the new district which would be taken in ought to have a voice in the matter. He quite sympathised with Mr Mills's motion.-Mr Edward Williams expressed the same view.—Mr John Edwards felt that an injury was being done to the 11 wn by continually bringing that matter up and eprci'Ung the impression thit thtre was some- t'1ing radically wro.g with the drainage of the to,i,ii. He maintained that if the small drains throughout t ie town were attended to and treated in the same way as they ha 1 treated Smithfield- Ian", Dolgel ey would have a system of sewerage which would bear comparison with that of any other town. The town was being continually held up a being worse than other towns and described in the newspapers—he did not blame them- as a (lealh trap. H- agreed that it was objectionable that drains should I empty into the r ver, but had their Inspector or Medical Officer ever reported a case of infectious disease as being due to this. He protested .that those maters soouldbe continually brought up like that in a crude manner without the merits of the case being gen into. It was against the interests of the town. Let toem not confound the drainage question with the pollution (Jf the river. Was there any reason to believe that the river would not be polluted uuder the new sys;em ?—Dr John Jones eaid 110 doubt the pr-position made by Mr Mills would hive to be faced and a new system provided, hut he b lieved with Mr Evans that it would be better to wait until they received the decision of Comity Council in regard to the extension of the boundary. He agreed with Mr Edwards that the main drains were satisfactory and that it was two or toree of the snuller which were bad. He did 1) not think it was necessary to engage an engineer as Mr Mills suggested, but that the Inspector would be quibd capab.e ot reporting on the matter.—Mr Mills said l e had not brought forward the facts which Mr John E Swards ask^d fi r because tiey were so bad. Mr Edwards was oppo-ed to the truth if -Mr Edwards I call upon Mr Mills .—The Mayor: You must »it.idraw that Mr Mills.—Mr Mills: All right. I m^ant that .—Mr John Edwards I call upon Mr Milis to withdraw that remark if he is a (gentleman.-—Mr Mills I will withdraw it, because I mpant this—that if reports are to be tiken as facts your (Mr Edwards') discourse w».s quit? the other side. The Surveyor reported from top to bottom. — Toe Surveyor On drains discharged.—Mr John Edwards My statement was this that we had not received a single report fr un the Medica1 Olfic- r attributing any infectious disease of any kind to the fact that drains are dis- charged into the river.—Mr Mills Certainly not. What was t he last report ? 1 base my proposition on the sanitary condition uf tiie river. All places from the Workhouse down to Dr Williams's School, drain iiit, the -iver—Frondirion, the Union Work- house, the Board School, the Intermediate School the Slaugh 1 er-house, all drain into the river. 1 bass my proportion on this fact. I do not go round idJJut. I base my assertions on facts as tney stand in the s ghc of the inhabitants of the town, and of the Council. Where are the facts disclosed at the inquiry ? -Tne Acting Clerk: The Inspector .epoited upon drains discharging into the river and the :\1. dical Officer said it would be advisable to provide main3.—The Surveyor I enumerated the places draining into the river and I made the suggestion that all drains coming into me di iti-ict ought to he under the control of the Council -1r Mills What I say is this that you report- d upon the eondi ion ——.—The Surveyor I reported a? to the direction in which they came in and m idn that suggestion. — Mr Mills It is my conviction that it is necessary that steps should be taken at once. The Council will not appear honoura be ia the eyts of the people until they carry it out It owes this duty to the public. W hat I wait is that the district should have a proper main drain. I do not care whether we have an engineer to do the work or whether Mr ■Jones dot-s it.Air Johu Edwards Is it to the inter st« of the town to rase a question of this kind when you caonot say for a moment that the pr sent f tate of things is injurious to the health of til- town ? There are many other matters which ou,lht to r(-ee;ve the immediate attention of the Councl which have been unattended to for years. I object as much as anybody to the pollution of tne 1 iver, but I deny the urgency of the question ;,t t'ie tiiiie aud say there are plenty of tile" Ilicgs hicii are in greater need of attention. — MrE. W. Eva is said Mr Edwards said they only brought that question forward with the in tui tion cf harming the town.—Mr Edwards said he nevfi 111 nut t hat. — >Ir Evans said he was wil- ling to go by Mr Edwards's own words as they were utt red by him. He said they were working ag-iiust the intcre ts of the town and wanted to ke-p people away from there. To his mind nothing could bs iii re injurious to the best interests of ths town than the facts mentioned. Mr EJ i,-y coui wards riid tir y could not t.ace a single death as d ie to Lht Li. speech no forth-. Mr^EduarJs: I said we had not got a single re- tort. I do not q;test:ou tiie sincerity or the good i. tentiocs of Mr Mills or anybody else. I simply state tint in the course younretakingyouaredoinf anihjm-y to the to.vn and s a representative ? — Mr What do yousay—that Dr Jones has not report-d V Do yon expcl him to state that this cilild died ill consequ-nce of a bad drain here or a had drain there? The M-dical Officer has st t"<i 11st an inspection of the drainage is abso- lutely necessary beto--e the town is put into a sani- tarv condition. -Ihe Mayor end seme members calli-g for ordrr, Mr E. W. Evans said if they wanted to; stop a discussion let them do so at the ^egimiing and not after speeches on one side had men made. Proceeding, tie said what Mr Edwards says in eflVct is this we must do n (thing until we obtain a report from the Mtdical OfiL-rr stating that someone has died in consequence of this state of things. Dees Mr E Jwards .say it does not injure the town that the drains of the School and the Workhouse empty into th-s river.— Mr Edwards May I reply to this ?—Mr Evans Yes. Take the other side of Kfondinou. Will you (Mr Edwards) take any gentlemen who stays here to-morrow to these spots and then ask him aftjr what he has seen whether be considers this place a safe place to stop at'! Let do that Ltii(I liii owli man. It is all very well_ to tay the riv. r is not polluted. I am not talking about the river. I do not c ire whether it is p dinted or no*. Whit I say is that we must gt-t P' °Per system of drainage Seme time ago Mr s^dwards himself proposed that the Medical Officer -rid Inspector should present a report. That p-e.«enM and now he says we have no facts to go upon. It is all very well We shall have another^ report for Mr Edwards and in six months he wiil again ask for facts. Let him choose his man and start at the houses which pay the 1,rget rates and see where they drain into and then ask him if he considers that this neighbour- hood is saf, afu',t- what he sees.—Mr Thos. Parry proposed that the matter be adjourned for six weeks lor the decision of the County Council.- Mr Ed. Williams seconded the proposition.—Mr Jno. Edwards, replying to Mr E. W. Evans, said I said in my first statement I hoped the Council would not confound two questions, that is, the badness of the system of sewerage and the pollution of the river. I admitted the latter and objected to it as much as possible and now Mr Evans invites me to take a man to see this. I know all this, but is this the only danger we have to deal with ? It is a fact that we have not had a single report from our Medical Officer during the years I have been a member of this Council calling our atten- tion to the fact that this is injurious to the health of the town. He has done so in regard to many other places. My contntiou is that it is unreasonable to jump at these big things and neglect little things nearer at hand.—Mr Mills said he was going to adhere to his proposition and Mr Evans said if that was so he would second it. -Mr Wynne Williams supported Mr Mills's pro- position on the ground that it would settle the question in dispute as to what was the sanitary state of the town once for all.—Six voted for the amendment to postpone the matter and four for Mr Mills's proposition. NOTICE OF MOTION. Mr John Jones gave notice that he would move at the next meeting that the Council should take into consideration the advisability of making ap- plication to the County Council for an order directing that all the members of the Council should retire together on the fifteenth day of April every three years.