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PWLLHELI. HARVESTING.—Farmers are just now busy har- vesting their hay. Good crops are reported gener- ally. SUCCESS.—Dr John Ellis Griffith, eldest son of Mr Ellis Griffith of the "Ship, has just passed and fully qualified in London as L.R C.P., M.R.C S., and L.S A. CONGREGATIONAL.—The new English Congrega- tional Church in Cardiff i-oad has been completed and the holding of services there has been com- menced. OBlTFARY.-The deaths took place on Saturday night, within an hour of each other, of Mrs Catherine Roberts of Abererch-road and Mrs Pr Itchari, Ivy House, Pwllheli. The former leaves a husband and nine children, mostly young, and the latter a husband and three grown up children. ALA-ROAD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.—Miss M. E. Jones, Eifl. Temperance Hotel, sang a solo at the I evening service in this church on Sunday evening last. It has been arranged by the pastor, the Rev I t E. Myrddin Rees, to have a solo sung at every Sun- day evening service throughout the season. TOWN COUNCIL.—The Town Council depute! Mr G. Cornelius Roberts, The Maes, to go to Ireland to purchase two horses for the purpose of drawing the tram cars along the South-beach embankment tram line. The animals were purchased and boxed to Chwilog Station last week. I SEAWEED.—There is an accumulation of seaweed in the Harbour just now and the smell therefrom is neither pleasant nor agreeable. The Town Council gave instructions some time ago that the harbour was to be kept free from similar accumulat'ons. TRIPS.—Two good trains of excursionists from Nantlle, Festiniog, Penrhyndeudraeth, and Min- ffordd, numbering about 1,600, arrived here on Mon day last. The day was fine and the trippers, who spent their time in the town and went to Llan- bedrog by Messrs S. Andrews and Son's trams, re- turning highly delighted with their outing. SACRED CONCERT.—A sacred concert, the first of a series to be held every Sunday evening through- out the summer season, was held last Sunday night (after the usual Sunday services were over in all the places of worship) in the West-end Assembly Room by the Male Voice Choir of the Y.M.A. The hall was fairly full. A silver collection was nnde. THE PWLLBELI DISASTER. INQUEST AND VERDICT. At the Pwllheli Police Court, on Monday, Dr Hunter Hughes held an inquiry into the cause of the deaths of twelve persons who lost their lives in the bay opposite South Beach, on the 1st July. Superintendent Jones said that the inhabitants of South-beach showed every kindness and readi- ness in providing hot-water bottles and blankets. Every effort was made by Drs Samuel Griffiths (Pwllheli), William Thomas (Nevin), and Rees to restore animation. William Jones Roberts, William Peters, R Williams, Robert Thomas, John Jones, John Hughes, and others gave evi- dence. The Coroner, in summing up, said it was quite clear to him that the boat was a new and strong one. The owner was an experienced hand. The boat was brought from Portmadoc to Pwllheli ever the bay, which was enough to prove that it Was a good boat An experienced boatman had said the boat would easily carry from eight to nine adults. The aggregate weight in it on the fatal day would not come up to the weight of nine adults, as most of those on board were children, some of them very young. The boat started properly from the beach, John Hughes assisting in getting through the surf and afterwards sitting on the bow of the boat with his hands over the side to halauc-3 her. In about forty minutes the weather changed and became boisterous. A little sea came over the side of the boat and one of the children got terrified and called out to John Hughes. His father, John Hughes, jumped over the boatman and the next seat and went into the stern. Robert Thomas called on him in the name of God to keep quiet, but the boat capsized. The accident would not have happened had it not been for the conduct of the unfortunate John Hughes. It was not surprising that an accident happened under such circumstances. It would have been safer not to have gone so far into the bay, but the boat was safe enough for the place barring acci- dents and if all kept their seats. It was swamped through John Hughes changing his seat when the boat was on the point of returning. All the people on the beach rendered every possihie heit, It was an absolute lie that Peters called for help and that no one gave any assistance. It was a reflection up- on the good name of the Pwllheli people who did all they could on the occasion. The Coroner then referred to the bylaws and said that what the Local Government Board had were only optional and wculd not be of any benefit for a place like that. If the parliamentary representatives of the Council and borough took the matter up statutory powers might be got again on the line of the clause that was in the Pwllheli Corporation Improvement Bill, 1897. The boatman agreed to take nine persons into the boat, but they kidnapped three others there, thus casting responsibility upon themselves as to the accident. The Coroner did not think that they could find anyone legally responsible for the accident. There should be a mortuary in the town. It was most objectionable to take bodies to a private house. The jury found that the deceased met their deaths by accident, which was caused by a sadden change of weather bringing on a cross sea, and aggravated by John Hughes moving from the bow of the boat to the stern against the orders ef the boatman. The Council should erect a mortuary in the place and the Council should again apply for statutory powers to regulate pleasure boats, &c.

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