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MEKIONiiTH QUARTER SESSIONS.
MEKIONiiTH QUARTER SESSIONS. A UNIQUE RECORD. The Trinity Quarter Sessions for the county of Merioneth were held at the County Hall, Dolgelley, on Tuesday before A. Osmond Williams, Esq., deputy chairman, in the chair Thomas Edwards, Edward Griffiths, Edward Jone3, R. Prys Owen, Charles Williams, John Williams, Ellis Wilkin, 0. Slaney Wynne. J Leigh Taylor,Esqrs., Dr J. E Jones, Dr Edward Joaes, and Major G. F. Scott. There were also in attendance Mr Robert Jones, clerk ci the peace. Major Best, chief constable, and J. Charles Hughes, Esq., under-sheriff. ACKNOWLEDGMENT FROM MR POPE, Q C. The following letter was received from Mr Samuol Pope, Q.C., formerly deputy chairman of Quarter Sessions:—" April 10th I am in receipt of reso- lution passed hy the Merioneth Court of Quarter Sessions on April 4th. I beg to thank the Court most cordially for its friendly terms and to assur • my colleagues that as I felt the position of deputy chairman to be one of great honour I retired from it with the greatest reluctance, cherishing the kindliest recollections of the indulgence and courtesy I have always received from every member of the Bench. IIRAND JrRy. The following were sworn on the grand jury — Mr Ellis Push Jones, Llwyodu, Llanaber (:oreman); Messrs Griffith Davies, Tonfanau Evans, Hengau, Corris; John UOYII Evans) Hendrecoed- isaf David Evan Hughes. Old Post Office shop, Dolgelley John Jones, Cildydd, Talyllyn Wil- liam Jones, Garthgallt, Llanaber Edward Lewis, Glanywern, Llanegryn Edward Owen. Tymawr, Towyn; Evan Owen, Fronheulog, Talyllyn Ellis Roberts. Tyglas Thomas Rowlands, Llettyganol David Tudor, Glanmachlas, Llanegryn Cadwalidr Williams, Tyddyn-y-pandy, Llanaber Howell Williams, Tyullwyn. NO PRISONERS. The Clerk announced that he had received a certificate from the Carnarvon gaol saying that there were no prisoners f jr trial. THE CHARGE. The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, addressing the grand jury said he must first of all express the regret, wnich he had no doubt all present felt at the unavoidable absence of their worthy chairmati, Mr W. R. M. Wynne, the lord lieutenant, from whom he had re ceived a letter apologising to the Court for his ab- sence. He had a most pleasant duty to perform that day. It was to congratulate thegrand jury, the pol- ice, and all persons connected with the Court, on the remarkable immunity from crime in the county. At the last three courts of quarter sessions in suc- cession there had been no cases for trial. This had never taken place before in Merionethshire. He firmly believed there was no county in the kingdom with such a record It was a record which tney might all feel justly proud of. He did not know to whom the credit was due—whether the citizens were becoming more and more law-abiding or whether the .police under the command of their worthy chief constable were becoming more vigil- ant, although vigilance had always been a marked characteristic of the Merioneth police. He ex- tremely regretted that the gentlemen consist- ing the grand jury should be summoned to attend a court at which there was no business to transact, and he earnestly hoped that their legislators would sooner or later find some means for them to escape this unnecessary attendance. It was ex- tremely hard on the farmers to have to attend caseless courts especially during the harvest, as was the case in the present instance. He had re- ceived a copy of the Chief Constable's quarterly report, which showed that there were forty-five cases less this quarter compared with the corres- ponding quarter of last year and twenty-two more cases as compared with the last quarter. The decrease was in the following offences :—Common assault, 7 drunkenness, 16 vagrancy, 13 and keeping dogs without licenses, S total, 4-L There was an increase ot five persons in the number arrested for simply larceny as compared with the corresponding quarter of last year. He would like to bring to the attention of the Court a letter which he had received from Mr E. Parry Jones, governor of Ruthin Pri.son, with regard to the Prisoner*' Aid Society. The objects d the Society were to aid destitute and deserving prisoners on their discharge with money, food, clothing, railway fares, &c.. and to endeavour tr help them to obtiin employment and assist them in any other way which commended itaelf to the discretion of the Prison Management Committee, It appeared to him (Mr Jones) a mockery after discharging a prisoner who had served a sentence to tell him to lead an honest life. It was not sufficient to punish prisoner*, hut e:f >rts ought to be taken to make be't;r men and wompo of them when they were released. He (the Deputy Chairman) thought the Society worthy of patronage. The CHIEF CONSTABLE stated that the Court already subscribed to the Society. WHITE GLOVES. The grand jury having been discharged, the L NDER-SHERIFF (Mr J. C. Hughes) on behalf of Mr R. E. LI. Richards, the high sheriff, asked the Deputy Chairman to accept a pair of white gloves. The Sheriff had also asked him to offer his con- gratulations on the appointment of Mr Williams as deputy chairman, and had expressed the hope that he would preside on many occasions in the future over maiden courts. The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN having accepted the gloves and tendered his acknowledgment, the Court rose.'
ST DAVIDS COLLEGE.
ST DAVIDS COLLEGE. ANNUAL DEGREE DAY. SPEECHES BY THE WELSH BISHOPS. On Tuesday degrees of B.A. wtre conferred upon graduates of St David's Co. lege, Lampeter, after the June examinations. There was a large attend ante from all parts of Wales, including the Bishops of Llandaff, St Asaph. St David's, and Bangor, as well as prominent educationists connected with the Principality. At eleven o'clock the Town Hall was filled by a brilliant assembly to witness the conferring of degrees. A procession was marshalled at the College and with apparitor at its head marched through the main street of the town to the Town Hall. Instead of occupying the woolsack, the bishops occupied the bench and were supported by the notables present, The Principal of the College (the Rev LI. J. M. Bebb, M A.), took his seat in the body of the hall and with the assistance of Professor Robert Williams and Professer Wade, conferred the degrees, the ceremony being per- formed as usual in the Latin language. The other parts of the hall were occupied by the guests of the day. The Principal opened the congregation in Latin and called upon the Rev F. W. Spurling, the ex- aminer in classics and theology, to read the general report of the examiners. The Rey F. W. Spurling, M.A., the examiner, then read the report upon the results of the ex, amination held in June, 1899, as follows :—In the third year no candidates presented themselves for honours except in classics On this subject W. J. Gravell was very good and is placed in the first class the other obtains a second class. For the ordinary degree, one only out of fourteen failed in the examination. S'me very good work was done, especially upon the Old Testament andSt.Augustine; and there was very little poor work on any subject. Of six candidates who applied for the licence in divinity, three failed the work of one, R. R. Hughes, was very good indeed. 10 moderations, Honours, theology, the work corresponded to the promise of last year. Although one only, B. Parsons, could be placed in the first class, and the remaining three in the third, each of the latter in some papers reached a standard considerably higher. For honours in science, the work of one candidate, W. J. Thomas, was very good ia all the papers and of special excellence in chemistry, magnetism, and electricity. Another candidate obtained a third class; tne third failed to satisfy the examiners. The papers for ordinary modera- tions compare unfavourably with the work of last year. As many as six out of fifteen failed to pass. The answers Oil the Prayer Book and on the New Testament were disappointing and did not show any marked development, except in two instances. In the classical prepared work the harder Greek author was better known than the easier Latin historian. In the lait -r subject three candidates failed badly and the general level of answers was low in the former the translation was, as a rule, done well, while questions on the subject matter produced creditable answers from a fair proportion of the caulud¡lt2S. Upon the whole list, the sub- jects which seemed to have been prepared best and studied most intelligently were English literature and the Greek au trior. For responsious it may be remarked that a large number of candidates pre- sented themselves and that an unusual proportion of these offered honour subjects. In theology, one very promising candidate. J. R. Edwards, did good work on all the papers. Although no second class was awarded, one candidate would have ob- tained this distinction if hn work in Hebrew had been better. Only one candidate showed any satis- factory knowledge of the elements of Hebrew. The examiners feel themselves justified in award- ing an agrotat to one candidate who was prevented by illness from completing his examination. For I honours in classics there were four candidates, two are placed in the second class and two in the third. One might have gained a first class had he given more time to the preparation of some of the set books and subjects. For honours in history there were six candidates and the general level of their work was decidedly high. Two, T. C. Phillipland J. C. Rundle, obtain a first class, one a second, three a third. Of the last three one did good work on all but one subject. The papers of T. C. Phillips on English and Roman history 1 are worthy of special recommendation. Of four candidates for honours in science one obtained a second class, the remaining three are placed in the third. The weakest work was iu mechanics, where the candidates appear to have relied too much upon their recollection of formula, and the algebra work was incomplete and marred by in- accuracy. Upon the other hand, the answers on trigonometry were very good. For ordinary re- sponsions the work was as usual unequal. Out of eighteen candidates six failed, but four were placed in the first class and four in the second. The two nest candidates did work of great promise. For part A there were six candidates as compared with ten last year only one attained the s:andard of the second class. Out of eighteen first year biennials, a many as five obtained a first class and four a second class. Six failed, but upon the whole the work in this department showed a great improvement on that done in previous years. The examiners have had occasion in forffter years to draw attention tl the unnecessary prolixity of many of the answers and to the lack of intelligence shown in the failure to grasp the question really set Thpy are glad to recogniz" in the present ex- arninatii n a marked improvement in this respect. (Cheers.) The PRINCIPAL then said—It has been the custom hef re degrees are conferred on this occasion to give those who are interested in St. David's College some account of the past year. I purpose to tr.c nti»n nratof all some details in connection with what I may call the internal history of the Coljege. We have admitted since last October forty-nine sudents, as compared with thirty-seven and thirty- f <ur in the two preceding years This is an abnormally-large number and as comparatively few are taking their degree on this occasion, we expect that the number of students in residence next year will be larger than at present. There was ground for believing that the quality, as well as the numbers of those who came to the College this year was above the average, aud the results of the pre- sent examination have justified that anticipation. Among the biennial students especially the number of first c asses is very high. At the pr.sent time some thirty per cent, of our stud en is are taking the honours course either in theology, classics, mathematics, history, or science, and though all these subjects are not represented among the honour students in each year, yet in all we have students whose work has reached a high standard and give promise of good work yet to come. It is satisfactory to be able to add that of those candi datesforthe final examination for the B.A.degree not one of chose who have been in residence during the past year has failed to satisfy the examiners. That important side of the College life which is bound up with clubs and societies has, I believe, flourished during the past year. I hope that an increasing number of our students will realize the value of regular phytical exercise and will throw themselves heartily into those games especially which effect the corporate life of the College. (Cheers.) I am very glad also to be able to report a year entirely free from disciplinary trouble of any kind. Com- pliance with regulations such as a college imposes can not be of course anything like a full and adequate test of the tone of an institution. But unless I am much mistaken, and I do not think I am, our students as a body will respond to and justify the confidence which I shall always wish to place iu them. (Applause.) I am deeply thankful after a year's residence here to be able to speak in this way and I am sure there are many who will be glad that it is possible to speak so hopefully not only about the intellectual, but also about the moral and religious atmosphere of the place. (Hear, hear.) Amongst the personnel of the staff, there are sundry changes which affect the management and teaching arrangements of the College. After holding the office of senior bursar for some years Professor Scott—(cheers)—has resigned that position. The College Board has already placed on record its sense of the very great services he has rendered in connection with the finance of the College and I am glad to have the opportunity of making this public reference to them. (Cheers.) In taking over from him the office which he has held, I venture to hope that a somewhat prolonged period of a very neces- sary retrenchment may be followed now by a time of .equally necessary expenditure. (Cheers.) The expense of education has increased rather than diminished in receut years and I shall venture to make an appeal for funds to which I shall look, I am sure not in vain, fur a generous reapouse amongst all who have the welfare of the College at hart. Our mathematical lecturer (Mr E. E. Roberts) has left us for work elsewhere after a short stay among us and his place has been taken by his brother (Mr W. M. Roberts), also a scholar of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, who has already won the junior university mathematical scholarship, and, we hope, may win t'.e senior. The College is to be sincerely congratulated on the succession of d's tinguis'ned mathematicians it has attracted for some years pist, all of them being in the very fr nt [ rank of younger Oxford mathematicians. We have also to regret the very great loss to the teach ng staff of the College caused by the appointment o Mr Camber Williams to the pot. of canon missiomr in the diocese oi St. David's. His foremost thought has, I believe, always been to try and make as efficient as possible in every way those of our students who are looking forward to working us clergy in Wales. Though I cannot but cougra u late the diocese on the choice which the Bishop made, I feel that the gain of the diocese involves a very real loss to the College. (Hear, hear.) Tne position of the College School was a year ag. a very pressing difficulty on fiuancial grounds. This schuol is of very great value to the tiwn and neighbourhood and its main eoance is of very gr at importance to the College. I am glad to say ti at there has been a very generous response,to my ap peal for support. A certain amount has alrea j y been spent, and much more must be spent in t e coming vacation to equip the school in such a way that the staff may be helped as much as possible m their caching. All those who can speak from exp-rience of the boys who pass from the school into the College know very w ell the excellent re- sul's which the school teaching produces. Toe numbers of boys have risen considerably during the pas; year and I hope we may see further subst mtial increase. (Cheers.) Of what I may a¡1 the external history of the College tfcere is little to re- cord. We have had continued evidence from time to time in the ecclesiastical appointments thit Lampeter men are doing good service to the Church, not only in Wales, but also in different parts of England. Three times during the year and in three different dioceses, Lampeter students have been placed first in the bishops' examination, and I may perhaps say from my experience of examinations in the diocese of St. Asaph, that the work done compared in no sense unfavourably with similar work done in an English diocese. At Oxford four of our affiliated students hold substantial scholar- ships or exhibitions. One of these has been gained during tha past year by MrD. J. James of St. John's College. We hope that some of them may appear high in the class lists next year. It will be of interest to the old members of the College to mention that a new edition of the calendar is in preparation and will appear before the end of the year. I con- clude my review of the year by calling attention to three points of general interest the first affects the system of affiliation by which students of certain colleges, of which ours is one, are allowed to take a degree at Oxford or Cambridge with a shorter term of residence than is required of other students. A change has been made in the regula- tions at Oxford which we have accepted for the present in the hope that the concession may be a substantial help to those who wish to obtain an Oxford degree. It is now possible for a man to go on after two years' residence here and take an Oxford degree after only two years' residence there. Tne second change is connected with the D.D. degree. The conditions under which that exami- nation is held will be completely changed after 1900; with the object of securing that they shall be more in accord with those which obtain elsewhere for the same degree. Thirdly, I wish to call attention to the arrangements which have been made for a week of theological lectures to the clergy, to be given here in September. It is hoped that such gathering here, as elsewhere, will stimulate theo- logical study amongst the clergy and also attract old Lampeter men and others here for a pleasant week and so make the College more useful to the Church in Wales. We are fortunate in having secured on this the first occasion three such lecturers as Dr Gibson, Leeds, Dr Robertson, King's College, and Canon Bernard, Salisbury. (Ap- plause.) I cannot close my report without a few words of a personal character. As I look back, I must express my sincere gratitude for the reception which has been given us at Lampeter, and also, I think I may add, in other parts of Wales. I look forwaid hopefully, may confidently, to the future. I know that differences of opinion must arise which will affect cot only details of arrangement, but also more serious questions of principle. But such differences are inseparable from, are even essential to, progress. I only hope that they may be ex- pressed fairly and be based on a just, full, an 1 sympathetic consideration of facts. I have no educational programme to produce, for in educa- tional matters I am somewhat of an opportunist and not unwilling to make experiments where pos- sible, provided it be recognised that they are ex- periments. (Hear, hear.) But I hope it may be our aim toturnoutmen from Lampeter who will give fair and impartial consideration to the opinions of others, but who will not be afraid to think for themselves and who will be able to express their opinions temperately and effectively. (Hear, hear.) I conclude by an appeal to old members of the College, both those who are leaving it now and those who have left it in days gone by, many of whom we are glad to welcome here to-day. I ask them to co-operate heartily with us here in helping forward to the best of their power the welfare of an institution to which I feel sure they will re- cognise their own debt and for which they can, if they will, do so much. (Applause.) Degrees were then conferred in the following order :— B.D.—Rev Benjamin Davies, B.A., Plymouth Rev George Griffith Williams, L.D., vicar ot Ely, Cardiff. Theological certificate (supplemental) T. F. Fisher, B.A., Ammanford. B.A. DEGREE.—Honours, classics Class 1—W. J. Gravell, Kidwelly. Class 2—W.H. Davies, Lledrod. Ordinary, Class 1—M. S. Davies, Ponty- pool T. R. Jpnes, Pontrhydyfeu R. J. B. Mor- gan, Dolgelley. Class 2-G. Abel, Lampeter J. Alban, Lampeter D. Evans, Llanddewibrefi F. A. Flynn, Ashford John Jones, Lampeter Tom Jones, Lampeter J. E. Phillips, Lampeter J. R. D. Williams, Tregaron. Class 3—T. J. Davies, Gartheli L. W. Williams, Llandovery. LICENCE DIVINITY.—Class 1R. R. Hughes, Ruabon. Class 2—Owen Hughes, Penrhosgarnedd. Class 3—Henry Evans, Pembrey. MODERATIONS.—Honours, theology Ciass 1—B. Parsons, Salisbury. Class 2—D. L. Davies, New- castle Etnlyn S. J. Evans, Barry William Evans, St Clears. Science Class 1-\Y. J. Thomas, Llauarthney. Class 3—David Jones, Gartheli. Urdinary Cass 1—T. D. Lloyd, Lampeter. Class 2—H. C. Da vies, Llanwrda A. Griffith, South- port. Class 3—D. J. Arthur, Carmarthen E. P. Davies, Cenarth Joshua Davies, Llangybi G. R. Jones, Llaufihangel R.C. A. E. Lloyd, Lampeter; J. D. Thom 's, Portardulais—Theological certificate (specialists) Class 3—T. Felix, Llanybyther D. Jones, Gartheli. RESPONSIONS.—Honours (theology) Class 1- J. R. Edwards, Wattstow n. Class :3-H. B. Fair clough, Mir field D. H. Pierce, Holywell; M. H. Ridgway, Altrinclum. Aegrotat: W. W. Griffith, Neath Abbey. Classics: Class 2—J. T. Lewis, Llanon, Cardiganshire; J. W. Stewart, Silian. Class -T. A. Harries, Aber^wili; E. R. T. Scott, Birmingham. History Class 1—T. C. Phillips, Morristou J. C'. Rundle, Swansea. Class 2—J. b'. A- Thorna", Lampeter. Class V. Davies, Llanybyther G. A. Green, Llywel J. W. Lloyd, Llanpumpsaiut. Science Class 2—T. J. Lloyd. Llanarthney. Class 3—J. G. Deighton, Applehy I). R. Evans, Llanon, Cardiganshire J. Goodrich, Llwynypia. Ordinary Class 1—J. H. Davies, Newcastle Emlyn John Hughes, Pwllhvli D. H. Jones. Felindre D. J. B. Lewis, Morristou. Class 2—T. L. Evans, Abergwynfi D. F. Hughes, Waen- fawr, Carnarvonshire Robert Jones, Abergele J. E. Rowlands, Ystrad Meurig. Class 3- \Y. T. Brien, Llansamlet; D. R. James, Lampeter A. S. Jones, Ammanford Daoiel Jones, Aberdare. Part A. Class 2—T. L. Bell, Lampeter College School. Class 3—D. J. Evans, Aberayron County School Evan James, Pencader County School E. D. Thomas and E. D. A. Williams, Lampeter College School. FIRST YEAR BIENNIALS.—Clas* 1-Thos. Davies, Dowlais; H. W. Heaviside, Milford Haveo J. R James, Cwmamman; H. Lunt, Pwllheli; Gwilym Roberts, Cardiff. Class 2—E. D. Henry, Dafen t'dward Jones, Ammanford Gilbert Williams, Aberavon Hugh Williams, Llangefni. Cla-s 3— 0. R. Owen, Pwllheli Thomas Williams, Cefn- coed. Satisfied the examiners—John Abel, Lun- peter. PRIZES.—Theology—B. Parsons. Classics—W. J. Gravell. Science—W. J. Thomas. Hlstory-T. C. Phillips. Hebrew (Ollivant)—B. Parsons. The examiners were—For the B.D. degree The Rev Edward George King, D.D., and the Rev Herbert Ryle, D.D., Cambridge and the Rev Robert Lawrence Ottley, M.A., Oxford. For the B.A. decree and the licence in divinity The Rev E. M. Walker, M.A., Oxford (classics) the Rev Joseph Lloyd, B. D., vicar of Llanpumpsaint (Welsh); the Rev J. F. Bethune Baker, M.A., Cambridge (theology) the Rev F. W. Spurling, M.A., Oxford (classics and theology); Mr J. G. Leatham, M.A., Cambridge (mathematics); Mr Sidney Skinner, M.A., Cambridge (science); and MrG. H. Wakeling, M.A., Oxford (modern history and English) The congregation was then prorogued. THE LUNCHEON. At one o'clock, the guests and College staff taf down to luncheon in the Hall. of St. David's Col- lege School. The following accepted invitations The Lord Lieutenant of Cardiganshire (Colonel Davies Evans) and Mrs Davies Evans the High Sheriff of Cardiganshire (Mr James Jones, Swansea); the Bishop of St. David's and Mrs Owen the Bishop of Llandaff, the Bishop of St. Asaph, and the Bishop of Bangor Sir Robert A. Cunliffe, Wrexham Mrs and the Misses Lewes, Llanlear Mr J. C. Harford, Falcondale Mrs and the Misses Harford, Blaise Castle; Major, Mrs, and the Misses Lewes, Tygiyn Aerou Mr and Mrs Inglis Jones, Derry Orm nd Mr and Mrs Waddingha1^, Hafod Mr J. E. Rogers, Abermeurig Mr, Mrs, and Miss Davies, Fruodvale Miss Lloyd, Pontllwni; Captain Jones Paay, Tyllwyd Mr T. H. R. Hughes. Neuaddfawr; Dr and Mrs Ryle, president of Queen's College, Cambridge; Dr Lock, warden of Keble Colleyf. Oxf I d Principal of Brasenose Col- Mrs Roberts, University •, A "C stwyth Principal Reichel, U • v I-itl C'li-g" tOr Noith Wales, Bangor; Mr A. G Legur i, clief ins-p-ctor of Welsh schools; ;\11 T Dar.ingto Ab n stwyth, and Mr L. J. R. '-tiTs, lhyl. MI p d'rs of schools the Mayor H< d Mayoress or ur (Mr and lls Tivy Junes); Archiie e II K-van, Hay; Archdeacon E in aides, Briog II Archdeacon Lewis, Golden Gr..e; the I). n Mrs Jones, Lampeter; J K. Buckley, Llai.vUU' G. Brown, principal of ('m i in i rtli«-n rrainn. Uolbge; E Williams and \V11nams, Nant< w die Joshua Davies, Van- i. R. Davie- a ,,1 Davies, Llauddewi- i T C. Edmund* ;ind Edmunds, Trefilan I 1: '.v.and*. J. M. Gritfithsand Mrs i ir tiiuh", A'r <\K." D. Lewis and Mrs Lewis, l'ei «.aritg D. ;\1" ii au l Mn Morris, Silian; J. Morris and M<-i\is, Llanvbyoher Mrs and Miss Evans. Taliesm House; Dr Griffiths, Lam- pe er Mr, Mrs, and Mi-s Fowden, Lampeter Miss Haukes Price, Mr Bankes Price, Doldreme-nt; Mr and Mrs' 1". Llnyd, Derry House; Mrs and Miss Atttrbury Thomas, Millbank 1\1, and Mrs D. Joues, Old Bank Mr and Mrs R. Evans. Pontfaen House Mr J. Martin Jones, L. aud P. Bank Mrs Freeman, DawFish Mrs Jones and Mr A. R.I. Jones, Werndriw Lodge Mrs J. E. Phillips, Benin R«v E. Evans and Mrs Evans.'Lampeter the Headmasters of Ystrad Meurig (Rv John Jones), County School Aberystwyth (Mr D. amud); Llandyssul (Mr and Mrs Lewis), and Tgaroo the Revs J. Herbert, Llanllawddog R. H. Jones, Wiston T. Davies, Gartheli H. Morris, Ab-ravon J. N. Evans, Llangybi R. Lloyd Jones, Deiry Ormond J. Evans, Llanarthal J. Thomas, Godre'rgr.»ig; T. Jones and Mrs Jones, Eglwyswrw J. Lewi, Llaufallteg D. Richards, Llandyesilio- gogo N. Thomas, Llanbadarn D. D. Evans and Mrs Evans, Llandyfriog S. W. Jenkins, Oxwich J. Lloyd and Mrs Lloyd, Llanpumpsaint; D. ¡ Davies, Mardy E. P. Jones, Moylegrove T. W. Longfield, High Halstow A. A. Matthews, Bhen avon J. G. Mathias and Mrs Mathias, Kilvey and Miss Mathias, Newcastle Emlyn D Morgan, Pontardnlais M. Griffiths and Mrs Griffiths, Llan- crwys W. Howell, Garthtrengy W. A. Lloyd, Taliaria; T. M. Morgan and Mrs Morgan, New- church W. W. Edwards, St. Marks, Swansea W. I J. Evans, Lampeter D. R. Evans, Brymbo; A. 0 Evans, Connahs Quay W. G. William* and Mrs Williams, Lampeter; T. Jones. Llanddewibrefi J. Jenkins, Llanpumpsaint; R. Jones, Llaofachreth J. LI. Williams, Llanguicke; J. R. Thomas, Car- digan D. Thomas, Llanybyther; Mr D. F. Lloyd, Lampeter W. G. P. Symonds, Oxford W. D. J. Jones, Lampeter T. Jenkins, Borth J. H. Roberts, Penybont F. J. Francis, Carmarthen and others. After luncheon, the PRINCIPAL, who presided, proposed the royal toasts and said the boy in the fable had to let go some of the nuts in order to get a smaller handful out of a jar so, having a great many nuts in the form of speakers that day not nuts to crack, he was glad to say—and anxious to pull them all out, he hoped that none of the speeches would be lengthy. (Laughter and hear] hear.) TT Sir RonERT CCN-LIFFE, proposing the toast of the V isitor of the College" (the Bishop of St David's),i said as he came from North Wales he could remind the company that North Walians knew what manner of man his Lordship was. He would not 1 say that they grudged him to South Wales when he left North Wales, but they lost him with very 1 grtat regret. But, as they knew, the cream came 1 to the top and by a sort of natural prerogative Dean Owen found himself bishop of St David's and head of that great and important ( diocese. (Cheers.) He need not tell them 1 as it was a matter of common knowledge' that in the short period of his episcopate the 1 Bishop had won for himself not only the respect and 1 admiration, but the cordial good will of both clersv and laity. (Hear, hear.) It must be to him a matter of the deepest interest to return to that College and to hear so favourable a report, on the t whole, of the doings of the College. It was not an I exaggeration to say that the future of the Church in Wales, which had its own special difficulties was £ largely bound up with the future of Lampeter College, (Cheers.) If the high water mark of Lampeter College was what they all hoped and t believed it would be then he ventured to say that ( the Church in Wales would occupy about the same place. (Hear, heart.) If they could imagine such a misfortune as that tne Lampeter College should fall I from the position itnow held instead of rising as ( they confidently believed it would rise. higher and higher, then he ventured to say that the fortunes ( of the Church would sink with it, because it ( depended so'largcly upon the men who left Lam- t peter with holy orders whether or no the Church of s the Anglican communion and the Church in Wales ( was presented to the people of Wates in the wav 1 they all desired. (Applause.) ) The VISITOR (the Bishop of St. David's), who was received with cheers, responding, said he had found the proposer very sensible of the difficulties and a responsibilities of the office he had the honour to c hold and he was, further, aware that the office of 11 visitor of that College had a special responsibility r of its own. When he mentioned the learned men who held the office before him, he felt that there c was only one qualification he could with any great confidence cliitn for himself and that was a verv warm and thorough interest in the welfare of St t David's College. (Cheers.) He took that interest t on personal grounds and also on grounds of 11 principle. He could never forget that he spent c eleven very happy years within the College and standing in that School Hall, none of them, he c thought, would care to forget the great and 1 generous man whom he always considered as the 3econd founder of Lampeter—the Bishop of Chester. (Cheers.) He desired to echo what Sir Robert Cunliffe said as to the immense importance 0& St. k David's College to the welfare of the Church in Wates. No one who knew the country would doubt the truth of that statement—that the future of the Church in Wales for good or evil—for good they all most humbly trusted—was bound up very closely indeed—more closely indeed than many of them'realized—with the future of St. David's Col- lege. (Hear, hear ) There were many questions and problems in front of them as Churchpeople and he ventured to think that none was greater or more far reaching in importance than the proper supply of the future clergy. (Cheers.) He was glad to see that the laity in that diocese, as well as in other dioceses, but to speak more particularly of St. David's because he was personally concerned in it-the laity of that diocese last year showed by the way they supported the diocesan fund how anxious they were to do what they could to pro- vide more adequate maintenance for the Christian ministry aud he would take the opportunity of saying to his reverend brethren, the clergy present, that a parish clergymanlcould hardly do a more im- portant service to the Church than by looking out Lr really qualified men to seek holy orders— qualified not only in head, but still more in heart. (Heiir hear, and cheers.) He had a great belief in overcoming evil with good and theonly way to keep the standard from going down was to determine to rise it up, and he thought the clergy in the different parish* s if they only realised the importance of the matter might solve the difficulty very quietly and very efficiently. (Cheers.) To pass 00 to bther things, he was sure they were all delighted to hear that morning not only the measured aud favourable report of the examiners, out also the sound—if he might characterize it by one epithet—report of the Principal. That was the first time for Principal Bebb to take the chair on a degree day and he should like to express on his own and others' behalf great thankfulness for his pr. s< nee at Lampeter. (Applause.) All who read toe report would be convinced that they had in Principal Bebb not only what he was—one of the most distinguished of English scholars—but one who was capibl" of taking an all-round and wise view of the situation of the College. (Applause.) he need not tell gentlemen who had taken their degrees, but he might mention it for the sake of others, that in going about the country as he (the Bishop) did he heard a great deal necessarily about the College and he had heard in many quarters, and nothing to the contrary, very warm expression of the sympathetic kindness of the Principal towards Welsh students. (Cheers.) As Principal Bebb had the misfortune to be an Eng- lishman in Wales—(laughter)—he thought he might be permitted to make public that secret. (Renewed laughter, and hear, hear.) Before sit- ting down, he wished to endorse what the Priocipal said about his in ent ons. He did not put it very plainly —no doubt they would hear more shortly- but the Principal intended making an appeal to the friends of the College to support that insti- tutio. The Church in Wales was justified in re- posing in Mr Bebb (the fullest confidence as prin- c pal of Lampeter. In these days when there were anxious questions before the Church—more, p-rhaps, in England than in Wales, and to say that he thought meant saying a very great deal— it was no use tor Church people in Wales to say that they had full confidence in the Priocipal and in the College unless they did what they could to express that confidence in some practical way, though he was aware that there was in other dioceses as well as in St- David's many objects of t ieir own requiring money. Nevertheless, he noped that when the time came for the Principal to make his appeal, all in the four dioceses, now happily represented on the Council of the College, would stand shoulder to shoulder and do whatever they were told was necessary for the welfare of the College. (Applause.) Mr INGLIS JONES, Derry Ormond, proposed the "Health of the Bishops and Clergy of Wales," observing that it was a source of gratification to the College to have encouragement and personal support from the dignitaries lof the Church. (Cheers.) The Bishop of LLANDAFF, acknowledging the toast, said he could not express the feeling of relief he felt at listeninc to the clapping of hands which occurred in recognition of the toast. When he saw the toast on the list he thought that the Principal had been somewhat rash iu inserting a rather risky toast in present circumstances and at the present time—(laughter)—for the company were aware that a large section of the laity whose opinions were represented in the public press. ere of opinion that the subjects of the' toast which bad been so cordially drunk were not much wcrthyof the reception which had been given to that to-ist. The'clergy were condemned as law breakers and the bishops were condemned most of them as tolerant of the law-breaking and some of them as encouragers of it. In those circumstances, then, it was a great relief to him to hear that toast so well received. (Laughter.) Might he say that he thought that the public press had taken an exaggerated view of the evil and, he also thought, had done scant justice to those who had to deal with the trouble. (Hear, hear.) He had then done with the disagree- able part of his speech and would come at onC2 to a very agreeable part and that was one which referred to Lampeter College. He had visited the College on many previous occasions and on each occasion he had gone away gratified, refreshed, and thank- ful, because he had seen at ail times a steady growth iu the tfficiency of the College, and also a st-ady growth in its popularity. That day he had more cause to be thankful than ever at the results he had witnessed and the reports he had heard. He had never heard a more satisfactory report by the examiners from the elder universities to test the knowledge of the students and he did not think he had ever seen a more enthusiastic or larger gathering of the friends of the College than on that occasion. Therefore, in respect of efficiency and popularity, he thought the institution had reached what Sir Robert Cunliffe had called high water mark. (Applause.) He quite agreed with his brother of St. David's in feeling that the interests aud welfare of the Welsh Church almost entirely depended upon the quality of St. David's College, Lampeter; and if they would allow him to give them the experience of sixteen years of an episcopate in Wales he was ab'e to tell them that in the ordination examinations he had held during those years, which was a test of efficiency in the branch of knowledge which was especially required in a clergyman, he had foun.d a steady growth and, what was far better, he had found a steady growth in the high character of the clergy who had gone out to.w.»rk in the diocese of Glandaff, (Cheers ) For those reasons he went to Lampeter tha.t day as be should go away with a truly grateful heart. (Cneers.) He looked forward to the future of Lampeter College with full'hope and confidence that the future improvement of the College would be rapid and marked because, in the first place, one of the great difficulties of Lampeter College in the past had been the imperfect preparation of the students who entered the College on account of the deficiency in elementary and inter- mediate education in Wales. (Cheers.) That deficiency was lessening every day, and as the schools improved so he was sure the students who went to Lampeter to finish their education would come better prepared and so be able to distinguish themselves still more than they had done in the recent examinations. (Cheers.) His Lordship concluded by welcoming Principal and Mrs Bebb to Lampeter, hoping that the compan- ionship of Welshmen and Welsh-women and their other environments at Lampeter would be so pleasant that they would never wish to leave. (Loud cheers.) The B shop of ST AsAPH, also responding, con- gratulated the College on the appointment of Prin- cipal Bebb and assured him that though Bangor aud St Asaph were far removed from Lampeter their interest in the welfare and prosperity of St David's College was not less keen than that felt by those living immediately under the shadow of the College. He had seen many changes in the College, and he was not one of those who cared very much for the compliments cf shallow optimism, but he thought it was a hard fact that during the last twenty-five years the College had made very solid progress. He felt sure that under the principal-hip of Mr Bebb the College would take no detriment, and that the same pro- gress which marked the past would be continued. The Bishop of Llandaff had referred to the crisis in the Church and his (the speaker's) little nut was this. There were, as they knew, some changes proposed some years ago with regard to the posi- tion of the Church in Wales which alarmed them all, but that change was averted by the loyalty of their English brethren in a very large measure. It seemed to him, bearing in mind that in politics the unexpected always happened, there was still danger that that loyalty, largely by events to which he need not specifically refer, might be less j potent if similar changes were proposed in the im- mediate future, and, therefore, they had better be on their guard and see that their work was thoroughly well done, and that made the position j of Lampeter College all the more important, ) (Hear, hear.) The great and important duty of the bishops in Wales at the present time was to select men, not merely marked out by intellectual equipment, but by character and devotion, and he hoped that the supply from Lampeter would be large in those two qualifications. (Hear, hear.) 1 Dr. RYLE then rose to propose the toast of < W elsh Education and said a friend of his during an examination was once asked to write an essay on the British constitution. As, however, he was I allowed but ten minutes in which to write it. he t replied that if he was to write a long essay he had no ] time and that if he were to write a short essay his ( description would be inadequate, and that therefore he preferred to write none. (Laughter.) He was in a similar position in dealing with Welsh educa- ( tion that afternoon.. (Laughter.) He was pleased [ to return to the scene of his former principalship ( and to note the continued growth in the prosperity t of the College. He was quite sure that the enthus- S iasm that lay in the breasts of Lampeter men had t only to be appealed to to be made a. great power of usefulness for the Church and in the interests of i Welsh education, for after all Lampeter College was closely mixed up with the latter movement. E (Hear, hear.) St. David's College had always walked in front of the march of progress of educa- tion in Wales. The foundation of university colleges in Wales corresponded to what was the legitimate demand and aspiration of the Principality, and St. David's College, Lam- peter, a university college founded seventy years ago.anticipated what had been the intellectual requirements of the people of Wales; and they owed it to the foresight and wisdom of a predecessor of Bishop Owen that the College was established upon the principle that seemed best to them old fogies who lived at Oxford and Cambridge, the residential principle. (Cheers) The education which young men derived from one another was to be compared very closely and on the whole very favourably with the education which they derived from their learned seniors. However much the seniors desired to pass on their knowledge, or wisdom, or examination skill to their juniors, the truths that were presented to young students in meeting together in their own rooms, in talking over their own difficulties, in com- paring the subject of teaching and the subjects of education, the abtruseness of one teacher and the superficiality of another—(laughter)—were far more educative of the and character; and in that way he believed that a resi- dential college contributed as much to the cause of education as any other body founded for that purpose and in that way he c'aimed for good old Lampeter College that the residential system was a factor in Welsh education which Wales could not well do without. (Cheers) Owing to the foresight ot another predecessor, the Bishop of Chester, there was also founded in immediate con- nection with the College an intermediate school. The intermediate education of Wales was a pro- blem when he was principal at Lampeter which had not been solved, nor had the problem of the university for Wales. Both problems had now been well, wisely, moderately, and considerately treated and solved and St. David's College re- mained in the position of strength and prosperity which it occupied before those questions were solved politically and he was quite sure that as long as the residential system was maintained, and please God it would be maintained in that place, and as long as that intermediate school was maintained in close connection with the College, the great factors of usefulness in the cause of Welsh education supplied in those places would be abundantly satisfied. As an Eng- lishman looking at Lampeter from Oxford and! Cambridge, he recognized in Lampeter the true solution of some of the great problems of education (Hear, hear.) Rut side by side with St David's College now stood, and he congratulated the Welsh people upon the fact, the Welsh University. There had been erected for the cause of higher education in Wales that which the people desired which had been granted to their right longings for the higher education of the country. Ia the A B C of the university colleges in Wales, they might reco<*niz? Aberystwyth and Bangor and Cardiff, and he" felt it a proud position to speak that day a9 one who was connected by office with the Welsh Univer- sity. They had done him the honour of asking him to take part in the examination for the B D. degree just as Lampeter had invited him to take part in the examination for the B.D. degtee at Lampeter and he could imagine a gentleman who represented the Press going to him after that meet- ing and asking him for his impression of the com- parative education of the two institutions, and would not that gentleman be very glad of an answer? (Laughter.) In some things, however, curiosity must be restrained. (Renewed laughter.) Principal REICHEL, responding to the toast, said the President of Queen's College had referred to university and intermediate education; but he thought Wales also had reason to congratulate her- self on the zeal which had been shown in the cause of education as exemplified in the establishment of Bangor College and in the subscription during the past four years of at least £15,000 for intermediate schools in Carnarvonshire which amount would shortly total some £18,000. That sum represented a ninepenny rate and was contributed mainly by the middle and lower classes. (Cheers ) Much had been done, but much more remained to be done. Zeal had been shown, but not always according to knowledge. They had much to teach the public which had so liberally suppirted the cause in the past. They had to teacn the public that schools were in which faculties should be trained and not places wherein students should be crammed for examina- tions, They had also to teach the public that the schools were not places where pupils could receive a finished educatiou in syc months or even in twelve months. (Hear, hear,) 'J hey likewise had to see that the schools were not so worked as to crowd al) the talent of the country into what were called the literary professions. If religion was what they all believed it to be, that which appealed to the best side of imn's nature, then clearly the training of those who were to be ministers of religion must be the highest fcimof training. (Cheers.) An eminent historian had said that the enemy of the Church was ignorance. That was profoundly true. They might also say that the greatest enemy of Christianity was an uneducated ministry in an educated community. (Hear.) He believed that that institution of St. David's College would be so conducted that from it would go forth a succession of men imbued with true religion and sound learn- ing for the service of Gcd and the spiritual instruc- tion of their country. (Applause.) Mr LEWARD, chief inspector of schools, also responded and said a map was in course of prepara- tion showing the positions of intermediate schools in Wales and he thought that when Englishmen saw how Wales was covered with a network of schools they would recognize how very thorough was the V elsh education system. Touching on what he called a thorny subject, he observed that Wales had tackled the education of the sexes in a very successful way, whereas if the company read the parliamentary debates they would see that that question caused great difficulty in high places. The subject had been inadequately treated at Oxford and Cambridge and he did not know what the Principal of Lampeter would do if a, timid knock came to the door of the College asking for the admission of a woman student—(laughter)—but no doubt in course of time the position would have to be yielded. The PRINCIPAL of Brasenose College proposed the health of "The Examiners," remarking that when he heard the words "moderations" and "respon sions" in the College that morning he thought of Oxford but when he found that Lampeter had honours in responsions, he thought that Lampeter must be superior to Oxford. (Laughter.) The other day he was talking to one of the examiners of the College, who remarked that he was very much struck with the extraordinary accuracy with which a certaia subject was got up. In fact, he said the examinees knew it better than he did him- self. (Laughter.) The Rev E. M. WALKER responding, said his three years' experience of the College showed him that Lampeter possessed the power of attraction. Not only had the College done well, but the examiners were convinced that the College was going to do much better. There was a large pro- portion of honours men in responsions. The real test of teaching was the work done by the ordinary men, but the best chance for the future of the College lay in the honours students. Those were the men who would raise the intellectual level and introduce a spirit of earnest work. The proportion of honours men in the first year was remarkable and the work done was still more remarkable. (Cheers.) The examiner referring to modern history, said he did not believe such work could be done by men in their first year. It wa3 as good work as that done by the majority of men at Oxford at the end of the third jear. (Cheers.) He himself saw part of the work and certainly some of the papers were most remarkable. (Cheers.) Venturing to give a word of advice, he could not help feeling that the future of the College was bound up with the future of the school, (Hear, hear.) He took it that the College had another work to do in addition to training ministers for the Welsh Church. It had a hardly- fess important tas-k before it—the task of setting before the people of Wales what true education should be—the difference between true and false aducation, the sound and the sophistical systems— [hear, hear)—and if it was todo its work it must have 1 good proportion of properly trained students. [Cheery.) The Bishop of BANGOR proposing The College," that St. David's College was just as if a nagician with a wonderful lamp had transported a JOllege from Oxford and placed it in the midst of tYales. (Laughter.) When the Principal said he lesired to send out men able to think for themselves ind yet to give due weight to the opinions of others, le (the speaker) thought that that was just the ;hing wanted in an educational institution. Men vere too apt to take their opinions from others and lot do as Bishop Batler advised—just take the facts md draw your own conclusions. (Hear, hear.) o one who loved his country could but take an nterest in Lampeter, for upon those who went out rom Lampeter would depend to a large extent the tighest welfare of the country. (Hear.) His ordRhip concluded by welcoming Principal Bebb .nd congratulating the College on his becoming principal. The PRINCIPAL was received with cheers as he ose to respond. He observed that he need not ay how very grateful he was for what had. been aid regarding him. He hoped to be able to do omething to justify He was certainly en- ouraged by that gathering. He never was so iroud of himself as a fisherman than he was hat day, for it was no small feat to have landed at .Lampeter such big fish as four Welsh bishops. Laughter and cheers.) He hoped that their iresence was a sign that they intended to give that earty and undivided support to the work of the :ollege without which the College could j ot expect success. (Cheers.) He was rateful to friends present, some of hem from remote parts of Wales. He was pecially glad to welcome the principals of two of he Welsh University colleges—Principal Reichel j nd Principal Roberts of Aberystwyth. (Cheers.) i Ie believed there would also have been present 1 epresentatives of intermediate education had it 1 ot been for examinations. They had at least three j representatives of primary education, so there was present a number of those interested in Welsh education in all its grades. (Applause.) The Visitor had referred to some elucidatory remarks he (the Principal) might make regarding expenditure. He was inclined to hope that the College might do something to break the record of Carnarvonshire and perhaps that company would ask, How are you going to spend it ?" He could easily mention many ways in which they could sink a certain amount of money in that College in what he considered neces- saries without any of it appearing above the sur- face, but if it would be below the surface it would make a vey satisfactory foundation on which to build the future of the College. (Hear, hear.) That school hall had a pleasing appear- ance, but there were other parts of the school of which he was not so proud. There was one argu- ment which seemed to him to be conclusive as to the need of money for the College. At the present time the College was training more than double the number of students it trained thirty years ago with possibly less endowment, whereas, by the simple rule of three, the College ought to have more than twice as much endowment. That would require the raising of a big sum, but he was quite convinced that the College should have more money if it was to do its work properly. (Hear, hear.) He was not going to make comparisons between Oxford and Lampeter, but he might tay that as far as the course of work for ordinary students was concerned the course at Lampeter for the ordinary pass man was, to he on the safe side, quite as much as, though he thought more, than the course which was gone through by the ordinary Oxford pass man. (Applause.) As to the way in which the work was done, it would be impertinence for him to interfere with the work of the examiners with which he was very well content. (Cheers.) But apart from money and apart from men, what he earnestly desired was increased confidence on the part of those who were outside the College in the possibilities of the career which was before the College. At any rate, he hoped that the old graduates of the College who were really proud of it would show in a practical way their confidence in the institution and do what they could to help it. (Applause.) The company then separated.
HAKLECH. DISTRICT NURSING ASSOCIATION.—A meeting of the Harlech District Nursing Association was held at the Town Hall on Wednesday last, presided over by Mrs Dr..Tones, Penygarth. TheCommittee were pleased to find Nurse Lewis was amongst those invited by the Secretary of theQueen's Jubilee Nurse Association to present herself at Kensington Palace next month, when medals and badges will be distributed by H.R.H. Princess Louise.
BALA. EXAMINATION SUCCESS —The friends of Bertie, second son of Mr Owen, formerly manager of the Lampeter and Bala branches of the N. P. Bank, will be pleased to hear that in an examination last week at Cambridge he obtained first class, the highest possible. FISHING.—Mr J. Cleworth on Saturday last caught a very fine pike in the lake which weighed nineteen pounds and was forty-one inches long. We understand that Mr Cleworth has sent the fish to be stuffed. In addition to the above, he caught another pike and several nice trout. PREACHING.—The pulpit at the C.M. Chapel last Sunday was occupied by the well-known bard, Iolo Caernarvon. At the Independent Chapel, the Rev J. Parry Hughes of Dolgelley preacned. The two reverend gentlemen delivered very eloquent sermons which were greatly appreciated. OTTER HUNTING.—OQ Thursday last, Mr Buck- ley's hounds visited this district. The meet was at Tynadol bridge at three a.m., and the party hunted up the river Tryweryn. Close to Frongoch an otter was found and a splendid hunt ensued, ending in a kill. On Saturday last, the hounds were out again this time starting from Bodwenni. They hunted the river Dee up and a fine otter was killed. LLANFOR SCHOOL BOARD.—The monthly meet- ing of this Beard was held last Saturday, under the presidency of Mr W. T. Rowlands, chairman of the Board.—The reports of the head teachers for the month were read and instructions were given to the Attendance Officer to visit several parties with reference to the non-attendance of their children at school.—The appointment of head- master for Celyn School was deferred for a week.— The reports from H.M. Inspector were read. FESTIVAL.—The Girls' Friendly Sjciety in con- nection with Christ Church, held the annual festival on Thursday afternoon of last week. At two p.m., the members assembled at Christ Church, where an excellent sermon was delivered by the rec'.or, the Rev. L. D. Jenkins, B.A. After the service, the members processed towards the lake, where they were conveyed to Llangower in boats and in a steamer, while other" drove there in brakes. At this place a sumptuous repast was partaken of and games, &c., were played. Although the weather was not very propitious, the members returned having thoroughly enjoyed their outing. The hoo. secretary of the Society is Miss Williams. 44, High- etreet, and grat praise is due to her and the o'her ladies for their kindness in taking such interest iu the movement. SCHOOL REPORTS.—The annual report for Bala Board School for the year ended 30th April, 1S99, has just been received and is as follows Mixed sohool The teaching is vigorous and considering the lenghtened closure of the school in consequence of a serious outbreak of epidemic sickness in the town, it appears to be very successful in its results. It is to be regretted that the Board has not taken serious steps to remedy the unsatisfactory condi- tions under which the teachers labour in the pre- sent old-fashioned and ill-lighted premises.—In- fants' school Considering the ill effect of epidemic diseases upon the attendance, the instruction is in a creditably-advanced state. The higher grants were received for every subject, the grant 011 total average attendance in the mixed school being 20s 6d per child and in the infants' school 17s per child the total amount of grant received being 3d The above reports, and the fact that the higher grants were received for every subject, speak very highly of the excellent manner Mr J. LL Owen, the headmaster, and his staff have worked during the year.—Pare Board School, headmaster, Mr John Davies This little school has suffered considerably owing to several changes of teachers in the course of the year. The results of the examination are consequently unevea, but reach a fair standard on the whole. Expression in the reading and recitation, spelling and mental arithmetic are the least satisfactory portions of the work. The present Master has worked hard and has already secured improvement in the written arithmetic and in the handwriting of the lower classes. The attendance is not nearly what it should be (being only about sixty-four per cent. for the year) and steps should be taken by the School Board to bring about an improvement in this re- spect. PETTY SESSIONS, SATURDAY, JUNE 24.—Before E. G. Jones, Esq. (in the chair) Col. Evans- Lloyd, Roger Hughes, John Parry, Evan Jones, John Williams, and R. W. Roberts, Esqrs. Drunkenness-—Inspector Morgan charged Abra- ham Lewis of Pentre with having been drunk and disorderly in High-street on the 10th of June. Defendant did not appear. Inspector Morgan proved the offence and a fine of 5s. and costs was imposed.—P.C. J. M. Jones charged John Lowe with having been drunk aud riotous in High street, on the 10th of June. Defendant appeared and pleaded guilty. The Bench inflicted a fine of 5S. and costs. Assault.—Margaret Roberts of Ivy-cottage, Llanfor, summoned David Williams, Llanfor, for assaulting her on tho 12th of June. Complainant said that she saw the defendant on the 12th of June about seven p. m., near his house. She was pilssing, and the defendant's child called her names. She went to her garden and remained there for about ten minutes. She came into the road and passed defendant's house. The defendant met her and said he would like to have a few words with her, and she replied that she did not wish to speak to him and that he was not worth speaking to. He then took hold of her arm and used bad language handled her roughly, and told her to go to her house or he would put his fist into her. He then gave her a blow with his fist in the back and he followed her to the gate of her house, when she told him that he had better stop where he was as he had done quite enough already.-In reply to the defendant, the compliant said that his little girl called her names, that he had struck her on her back, and that he had taken hold of her arm and shoulder. She did not call him a scamp.-For the defence, Jane Jones of Llanfor Slid that the defendant put his hand on plaintiffs shoulder and asked to be allowed to have a few words with her. The plaintiff turned round and said No, I will not speak to you, you dirty scamp." -The defendant was bound over for three months in the sum of £1 to keep the peace and ordered to pay the costs. ^on-attendance at School.—David Hughes, Ar*n- iane John Jones, Morris-court, and Morris Wil- liams, Arenig-court were summoned at the instance v! u it ar^ Jones, school attendance officer, on behalf of the Llanycil and Bala United District School Board, for not sending their children to school. Mr Jones proved the offence and the beuch made an order for attendance in each case.
LLWYNGWKIL. ACCIDENT TO A CYCLIST.—On Sunday afternoon last two young quarrymen from Abergynolwyn were riding down the steep hill between here and Friog. One proceeded safely, but the other, Ieuan Roberts, lost control over his machine and ran into a heap of stones on the roadside. He sustained terrible iu- juries, the most serious being a compound fracture of the skull. He was taken into the house of Mr John Thomas, Friog, who immediately mounted a machine to summon Dr J. O. Williams, Barmouth, who was OIl the spot in three quarters-of-an-hour from the time of the accident. The poor fellow's injuries, however, were so shocking that Dr. H. P. Rowlands was summoned and both medical men were with him till a late hour. But little hopes I are entertained of his recovery. j
TKEGAKON. SHEEP FAIR.—The last fair of the year was held en Tuesday, June 27th, and proved to be the smallest of the season. The number of sheep brought in was far below the average. They were soon cleared at good prices. SCHOLASTIC.—Among the successful candidates at the recent examination at St. David's College, Lampeter, i Mr J. R. Dewi Williams, son of the late Dcwi Williams, clerk of the Guardians, who obtained the ordinary B.A. degree in the second class. Among the first year biennials is Mr Gwilym Roberts who passed in the first class. He was headmaster of the Tregaron National School for yaars previous to entering St. David's College last year. ¡ SHEEP SHEARING —The sheep shearing season on the Tregaron mountains will commence before the end of the present week. Dolgoch as usual takes the lead all Friday, June 30th, with Nant- stalvven comine second on Monday morning, July 3rd. All the other places follow in their turns. They have to keep good order, fcr they render each other every assis'anc-during this most important mountaineers' harvest season. It is a thousand pities that Cardiganshire has no wool markets. It is to he hoped v\ ool fairs will soon be established at a central place within the county. OBITUARY.—On Saturday, June 24th, news reached the town of the death at Mardy, Glamor- ganshire, of an old and highly-respected resident of Iregaron, Mr William Jones, late Blaenplwyf and Doldre. His remains were brought to Tre- garon on Tnurtday and were interred at the C.M. Chapel burial ground where M" and Mrs Jones had already buried tf ree little children. Mr Jones was in the prime of life, being only fifty-three years of age. He leaves a widow and several children in deep sorrow.—On Monday evening, June 26th, at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr T. W. Jones, stationma-ter, Tregarou, Mrs Evans, late of Llany- byther, died very suddenly. Although she had resided in the town for some years, Mrs Evans was unknown to the of the inhabitants as had she only very seldom been seen about. By those who had the pleasure of knowing her. she was highly esteemed. She was the mother of the Rev D. Wynne Evans, Congregational minister, late of Llanelly and now cf Chester. The remains were taken by the first train on Thursday morn- ing, June 29th, to Llanybyther for interment. She was seventy-seven years of age. CYMANFA G A F. The Calviniatic Methodist churches of Glanau Teifi ac Aeron" held their annual choral festival again this year at Tregiron C.M. Chapel. The churches represented were the following :—Tregaron, Llangeitho, Pontrhydfen- fendigdid, L landdewi Brefi, Blaenpennal, Penuwch, Lampeter, Bwlchyllati Bronant, Abermeurig, Swyddffynon, Llwynpiod, Berth, Ysbytty Ystwyth, Soar, Caradog, Maesffynon, Blaencaron, and Hermon. This was the twenty-fourth annual festival held since its establishment and the con- ductor this year was the veteran Mr John Thomas of Llanwrtyd. At ten a, m a cymanfa'r plant was held, presided over by the Rev D. A. Jones, Llan- geitho, when the following children's choruses were rendered:—" Llawenhawn yn yr Iesu," "Cenwch i Dduw" Rwy'n Hoffi Dweyd alll lesu," "Cartref Dedwydd Fry," "Ymdeithgan Ddirwestol," and "Franconia." The next meeting was commenced at one o'clock and was presided over by Mr D. Jones, Llwyngog. The following congregational tunes and anthem were sung ;—Tyndal, Eirinwg, Nicaea, Abergell, Regent-square, Aeron, Atone- ment, Abertawe, and Fel y Brefa'rHydd." The evening meeting commenced at five under the pre- sidency of the Rev J. Emlyn Jones, Pen- uwch, and the programme ran as follows :—Taly- bjnt, Palestina, Barnsfied, St Catherine, Bavaria, Rutherford, Wells, and the anthem "Pan Lesmeirio fy Nghalon" (Bradbury). The attendance was smail compared with the tremendous crush of recent years, yet the spacious chapel was well filled. The singing was very good. Mr Thomas conducted the festival throughout in good form. The weather was unpropitious..A tremendous thunderstorm raged over the district throughout the day. Miss Annie Foulkes. R.A.M., presided at the organ and Miss Davies, Pantybeudy Hall. at the piano throughout the day. PETTY SESSIONS, TUESDAY, JUNE 27TH.—Before D. J. Williams, Esq. (in the chair), John Jones, Dr Lloyd, Evan Davies and David Davies, Esqrs. Drunkenness. —Griffith Griffiths, Glanygors, Caron Lower, farmer, was charged with having been drunk and disorderly at Tregaron on June 20th.— Supt. Phillips proved the case against defend- ant who admitted the offence.—The Bench imposed a. fine of 10s. and costs. A7o Licences.—John Morgans, Pwllswyddog, Caron Lower, labourer, was charged with keeping a dog without a licence.—P.C, Evaos said he visited the, p aee and saw a dog outside the house and asked defendants wife wno appeared to show the licence for keeping the dog, but she said she bad none. She then she would take one out at once, and had siuce obtained one. They fined de- fendant Is.—Thomas Morris, Bronwydd, Caron Lower, eheep dealer, was brought up on a similar charge.—Supt. Phillips said defendant had sirfce taken out a licence.—Defendant was fined Is. Assincf.viorgan V. Price, Llandewibrefi, lanourer, was charged with havingassaulted Thomas Jones, Llanddewibrefi, 011 June 7th.—Complainant said he was watching a fight and asked if there was no one there who would stop it when defendant rushed at him and struck bun in the face. He afterwards found the blow had fractured his jaw bone.—The Bench ordered defendant, who did not appear, to pay JE2 and costs, or iu default twenty- one days. Fighting.—T0hnFrancb Davies, Llanddewibrefi, shoemaker, and David Evans, Gogoyan Mill Llanddewibrefi, miller, were"charged with fighting and obstructing the highway on 7th June. John Davies's mother appeared as her son was unable to. She said she did not know the reason why they fought. It must have been a small matter among themselves. They were close companions. P.C. Dd. Davies said he saw a crowd of people on the highway and went to find the reason. He saw Dd. Evans holding John Davies down on the ground. He told Dd. Evans to let him alone when he an- swered If you look after him," which he promised to do. He then took John Davies to the back of a public house to bathe his face which was covered with blood and asked him the reason why they fought when he said Dd. Evans struck him for no- thing whatever.—David Evans said he was stand- ing talking to some friends when John Davies struck him and knocked him over a mound and was proceeding to kick him when a friend interfered and took hold of him, but directly he got up he got away and made for him again. He had to look after himself and brought John Davies to the ground when P.C. Dd Davies appeared. When asked if they had quarreled, he answered that they had had a slight tiffin a public house, but hethought it had ended there. They were each fined 5s. and costs. N on-Attendances.—Lizzie Jones, Glanant, Gwnnwa Upper, was charged by Thomas Edwards, school attendance officer, with having neglected to send her child to school.—Defendant said her husband was dead and that the child was working because of that. A fine of Is was imposed.—William Jones, Cwmcedin, Gwnnws Upper, was charged by the school attendance officer with neglecting to send his child to school.—Defendant said he had re- ceived no notice as to the child's attendance, but had sent the child regularly since he was Spoken to about it and would do so in future. Defendant was fined Is.-Anne Ree", Cefnmeurig, Gwnnws Upper, was charged with employing a boy who ought to be in school. Defendant said she did not know she was transgressing the law or would not have employed the lad. John Jones, Talwrynbont, Gwnnys the boy's father, was charged with allowing his son to be employed while he ought to be in Echool.-1he school attendance officer said the parent had been given an opportunity of letting tne boy go in for a half-time certificate but had not taken advantage of it. Both defendants were fined Is- Morgan Morgana, Bont Mill, Gwnnws Upper, was charged with not sending his child to school. Defendant's wife appeared who said she had seven children and could not send them to school as often as she would like to, but would try and send them regu- lary in the future. Defendant was fined Is.—James Herbert, Tynewydd, Ffairhos G wnows, was charged with neglecting to send his children to school.—De- fendant said he had done so since he was spoken to and would do so in future, — Fined Is. Condolence.—A vote of condolence was passed by the Bench with Dr Morgan, Foufrhydygroes in his great bereavement in the loss of his daughter.
A bazaar in Penbvyn Hall, Bangor, cam to a sudden finish in panic the other evening. A youth who was trying to get a free view fell through the glass roof, carrying with him the fragments of a huge pane. Tumbling oaffc., he alighted on his feet in the lap of a woman who was seated and then ran out of the building but slightly injured. The woman was seriously hurt, two girls and a man were badly cut by glass, and another girl had the top of her head smashed in and may not recover. A conference of representatives of various educa- tional bodies in the district was held at Llan- gollen on Saturday, under the presidency of Mr James Darlington, chairman of the governors of the Intermediate School. The meeting was called to consider the possibility of devising a scheme by which pupil teachers should have the advantage of receiving a part of their education at the county school. Mr Olley, head master of the Intermediate School at Llangollen, explained the scheme in opera- tion at Festiniog and other places, whereby pupil teachers were enabled to attend the county school tor the first two years of their apprenticeship. A discussion followed, in which most of those present took part, as to the propriety of adopting a similar scheme in the Llaugollen district, and it was finally decided to appoint a committee to put into shape the recommendations of the conference and forward them to the authorities concerned, with a request for their observations. The scheme, when formu- lated, is to be submitted for consideration at a, future meeting.