TUWYN. NEW VICARAGE.-Plans of the new vicarage at Llanegryn, prepared by Messrs Hjpkiss and Bassett, the well-known ecclesiastical architects, have been approved. The site of the vicarage is a beautiful one. It commands a full view of the vale of the Dysynni from the Birds' Rock to the sa. VISITORS.—The town is really as full as it can hold of visitors, the computed number of whom is 2,000 Hundreds have come and gone away unable to find a resting place. Towyn is fastly resuming respectabte proportions. Duriug these weeks the population, including volunteers, camp followers, visitors, and residents number close on 10000. One gratifying fact in connection with this large number of people is the ample supply of water to be found in the Rhydyronen V alley, but it becomes clearer every day that additional water mains will have to be supplied in a very short time. VOLUNTEERS.—The volunteers have come and the mighty host has spread its big camp on the plain below Neptune Hall. There are about six thousand men. It is difficult to say how this fine body of men would behave in the faces of an invad- ing army, but it is fair to assume that they would frignt the enemy with as much courage as they fought the elements on Friday and Saturday nights list. There was a high easb wind, blowing the dust and gravel in clouds; the nights were dark and really stormy, bur. in spite of the darkness, the du-t and dangers, the volunteers piraled the streets and the roads and sang merrily in the midst of all the adversity. On Sunday afternoon there was a very welcome downfall of rain which laid the dust and softened to a certain extent the hot parts of the ground. REMARKABLE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE.—There lives at Aberdovey aa exemplary police constable whose chiidren have mariethe following remarkable attendances at school without a break. One child has attended four years, another three years, an- other two year, and another one year. P.C. Price has other children who have distinguished them- selve* in the scholastic line. One if not male has entered the teaching profession. The example which these children set to others is c-rtainly worthy of imitation. Mr Jones, registrar, has a child who has attended school for five years with- out a break. There are other children at the Board School, Aberdovey, who have attended school some for three, some for two. and some for one year without a break. Good attendance is not the only distinguishing feature of the children at this school for five of them took scholarships at the recent examination at the Towyn County School. PETTY SESSIONS. FRIDAY, ACGCST 4TH.—Be- fore Humphrey Davies, Esq., in the chair Marmaduke Lewis, H. Haydn Jones, J. Chidlaw Roberts. El"q rs. Drunk in Charge.—Owen Owen, labourer. Pen- prys, Glandovey, was charged by P.C. Thomas Parry with having been drunk in charge of a horse on the Corris and Machynlleth road on July 24th. —Defendant wrote admitting the cffduce and reo gretting his inability to attenj. —The Bench im- posed a fine of 10s and costs. Obstructing a Railway Guard.—Richard Row- lands, Ratgoed, Aberllefenny, qusrryman, was charged by J. R. Dix, general manager of the Corris Railway Company, with having on July 7th obstructed and impeded David Fred Price, guard, whilst in the execution of his duty on the Corris Railway. Defendant was also charged wit h hav- ing assaulted Price.—Defendant admitted b )th charges and expesserl regret. — Mr Dix said he did not wish to be hard upon defenda t. He was de- sirous tht the practice of obstructing the em- ployees of th* Company should be stopped. — De- fendant was fined Is in resp'ct of each case with the costs, the total fine amounting tc £1 7s 6d. Husband and Wife.—An application was mule by Thomas, 72, Aberfan-road, Merthyr Vale, that the order made agaiust him cn May oth, 1S99, to contribute 12s 6d, per week towards the main- tenance of Mary Jane Thomas, Upper Villaee, Bryncrug, his wife should be altered, varied, or dis- charged, on the ground that since the making of theorder his means had altered, and that prior to the making of the order Mary Jane Thomas had been guilfv of adultery,—Mr W. R. Jones, on behalf of Mr W. P. Owen solicitor. Abfrystwvth, whore- presents Mrs Thomas, applied for adjournment, a letter being read from applicant consenting to adjournment. The application was granted. Alleged Assault.—Elizabeth Jones, 9. National- street, Tow yn, charg-d her husband, John Jones, with having assaulted her on August 1st.—Neither party appeared and the case was struck out. Tran.rer of Licencc.. -Application was made by Mr John Lloyd of Garthyngharad Inn, Llwyn- gwril. for the transfer of the licence to Mr Abra- ham Foulkes, the present occupier. Vaccination. —Mr Arthur Fowler, golf profes- sional. Aberdovey, applied for a certificate dispens- ing with the vaccination of his child on account of the weak state of the child's health.—The Clerk You need not come here at all if the child is weakly. You must get a medical certificate.—Mr Chidlaw Roberts You have no conscientious scruples?—No, sir.—The Bench advised applicant to secure a medical certificilte. The Volunteer8.-Applh:a.t on was made for occa- sional licences for the canteen of the volunteers for the following week —Superintendent Jones said he had no objection, but he should like the authorities to know that the police objected co drink being served to outsiders. A lot of trouble had been caused as the result of outsiders being served at the canteen of the last brigades.—Mr Chidlaw Roberts I think the licences have been abused.—The other magistrates concurred, and in granting the appli- cation they expressed a hope that no drink would be served to outsiders. furniture on the Highway.—Superintendent Jones said he would like to have the advice of the Bench in regard to a esse of obstruction on the Abergynolwyn and Talyllyn road. The highway waa obstructed by a quantity-of furniture, the pro- perty of Robert Griffith, Efailydris, who had been recently ejected from bhe house he occupied. Numerous complaints had been made about the obstruction anrt one horse shied at the furniture and ran away.—Mr W. R. Jones, on behalf of Mr Owen, solicitor, the representative of Griffith, re- minded Superintendent Jones that there was no charge against Griffith.—Superintendent .Jones said he Was aware of that fact. He did not want to take proceedings if the obstruction was otherwise removed. Something would have to be done. If Griffith continued to break the law, he wou'd have to take out a warrant.—Mr Jones said he was in a position to say that Griffith would remove his effects in a day or two.—Superintendent Jones I hope they will be removed, otherwise we must take proceeding*. DROWNING FATALITY. On Thursday evening, a visitor named Mr Watson Smith, staying at Bryntegid, Towyn, was drowned whilst bathing in the sea. It appears that he made the mistake of bathing some hundreds of yards from the recognised bathing place and it is presumed that he was seized with cramp. Mr Smith, who came from Whalley Range, Manchester, and was a junior cashier in the Union Bank, York street, Manchester, was the son of Mr Smith, the late manager of the Bradford District Bank, left Man- chester a fortnight ago to spend his holidays at Towyn, in company with Mr Ellison, manager of a branch of the Union Bank. On Thursday last both gentlemen went for a cycle ride to Talyllyn. They returned to Towyn about half-past two in the after- noon, and, after allowing himself sufficient time to get cool after his hot ride, Mr Smith decided to go and bathe. He left the house about half-past four and when he did not return to dinner, Mr Ellison grew anxious and went in search of him. Just as he reached the beach two of the volunteers who were encamped at Towyn were engaged pulling a body out of the shallow water, and to his great pain he recognised it as that of his companion. The body was conveyed by the volunteers oa their stretcher to the mortuary. Mr Ellison communi. eated with the friends of the deceased, and his father, who lives at Southport, left for Towyn on Friday night in company with his daughter. An inquest was held on Saturday afternoon by R. O. Jones, Esq., Festiniog, deputy coroner, and a jury consisting of Mr J. Maethlon James, fore- man, the Rev Humphrey Williams, the Rev R. W. Jones, the Rev J. Pickering, the Rev J. Griffith, Messrs J. Whittaker, Hugh Evans, Morris Jones, D. C. Jones, W. O. Ellis. J. E. Edwards, Richard Roberts.—The first witness was Alfred Ellison, the friend of deceased, who identified the body and said the age of deceased was thirty-four. They returned from their bicycle ride about quarter to four and deceased went out to bathe three quarters- of-an-hour later.—Herbert Howell, Ellesmere, a boy at the volunteer camp, gave evidence to the effect that in company with another lad he walked along the beach on Thursday evening when be noticed something in the water. He and his com- panion thought it was a mat at first. On finding it was a body, they summoned assistance. The body waa about fifteen to twenty yards from shore.— Colon" Sergeant George Alldrift of the Volunteer Brigade gave evidence as to the conveyance of the 1 body of deceased by Sergeant Fox and he to the mortuary in the camp stretcher.—P S. Ellis Morris said when he arriver1 on the scene he found Dr Davies, Denbigh, who is staying with the Volunteer Brigade, trying to restore animation, but without success.—The jury returned a verdict of accidental death and passed a vote of sympathy with de- ceased's parents. Deceased's father, who was pre- sent, acknowledged the vote. —
BARMOUTH EXCURSION.—On Monday a large excursion arrived from Leicester. PREACHING.—At the Wesleyan Chapel on Sun- day the Kev William H. Parr, Cardiff, officiated, and at Christ Church the Rev R. Roberts, Bala, preac ied. AC:IDENT.—Oa Monday, a lady visitor from Reading staying at Tanyfron, whilst climbing up Panorama Walk, slipped, fell, and fractured her ankle. Assistance was summoned and she was conveyed on an ambulance stretcher to her lodgings and attended to by Dr Williams. A MISHAP.—About mid-day on Tuesday, on her return from Penmaenpool, the steam launch, The Jubi'eby some means or other came into con- tact with a skiff owned by Mr Thomas Garneit which, it is stated, was moored near the Quay. The boat was considerably damaged. ENTERTAINMENT.—On Saturday evening there was a large attendance at the Assembly Rooms to hear Mr F. J. Nettlefold and the renowned Miss Kate Vaughan, supported by popular artistes from leading London theatres, in their entertainment entitled Mirth and Fun As could be surmised the performance wa excellent. DEVELOPMENT OF THE JUNCTION.—The new houses at Barmouth Junction are now under roof. The refreshment rooms have been completed and are now open. The tramway to the Vegla has also ben fiuisned and the trams ara running this week. The waterworks are being rapidly proceeded with, a considerable portion of the piping have already been laid down. POSTAL DELIVERY.—During the week letters have been brought to the town via Machynlleth instead of via Afonwen, and although it was pre- sumed that tnis would mean a great improve- ment in the postal delivery, such improvement cannot be recorded. In fact the delivery is as bad as ever. A correspondent inquires wnether arrangements could not be made with the Great Western Railway Company to bring letters via Dolgelley. The mail arrives at the lat'er place a", about half past six in the morning and he ventures to think that the distance between Dol- gelley and Barm JUth. ten miles, could be covered by vehicles in such time as would enable the letters to be delivered in the town considerably earlier than they are delivered at the present time. The Urban Dis- trict Council have exerted themselves greatly ti effect an improvement and it is to be hoped that the members will not, rest until their eff irts have been rewarded with an appreciable amount of success. FORTHCOMING SALE OF PROPERTIES.—Next Mon- day at half-pa^t one Messrs W. Dew and Son, auctioneers, of Bangor and Llandudno, will dfer for sale at the M .sonic Hall, Barmouth, the fully- licensed freehold premises known as the White Horse Inn, Hirlech, one of the oldest public-houses in the town, with seven acres of accommodation land attached. Afterward Messrs Dew and Son will put up for sale portio of the Gornant Estate, situate in Dyffryn, comprising freehold farms, houses, and building sites also the freehold up- land farms known as Cae Mab Seifijn Uchaf and Isaf, with extensive mountain rights, compris- ing in their entirety about 540 acres of land, situ- ate opposite Penmaenpool also three cottages situate in Park-road, Barmouth. In each of the four sales Mr J. Charles Hughes, Dolgelley, acts as solicitor. On Monday, September 11th, Messrs Grimley and Son, Birmingham, io conjunction with Messrs Dew and Son, will offer for sale the beautiful freehold estate of the late Mr John Abraham at Barmouth consisting of thirty two lots, including freehold marine residences, newly- hui!t retail shops, buildiag land, farms, etc. Further particulars may be obtained ou reference to our adver ising columns. THE WEATHER. — Throughout last week the weather was excessively warm and there were signs of an approaching thunderstorm. On Friday morning the storm expected passed over the town. About half-past ten there were vivid flashes of lightning and heavy clapi of thunder, followed by rain, which came down in torrents for several hours. Fortunately the rain caused no damage, which speaks well fir the work done by th" Urban District Council towards preventing overflows of rain water penetrating kitchen cellars. On Satur- day the weather was beautifully fine and it con- tinued so until Sunday evening when there was a short but heavy fall of rain. On Monday, although it rained almost through >ut the day at Abery&t- wyth and there was thunder and lighning for some hours, Brrmouth was singularly. free in this respect. Except for one or two'slight showers the weather was ideal which was fortunate, having regard to the fact that the annual sports were being held in the town. The weather continued to be favourable on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the reul that visitors wera able to indulge largely in excursions to places of interest in the district. VISITORS.—Up to last week visitors arrived in the town very slowly despite the beautiful weather prevailing. On Friday and Saturday, however, there was a great influx of holiday seekers, with the result that those who arrived by the late trains on Saturday experienced great difficulty in securing accommodation. But tilings were not quite as baJ as they were at Aberystwyth, where visitors had to return to their honls for want of acommoda- tion. Curiously the bakers of Barmouth were not prepared for the army of pleasure seekers, for early on Saturday evening no bread could be purchased for love or money. The butchers later on found themselves in a. similar situation and consequently the grocers auti Italian warehousemen profited thereby, theie being a heavy demand for tinned Illeats. Throughout Saturday and Sunday, the bakers and butchers were busily eugaged in getting ready supplies for Monday. On Sunday after the services the streets and parade were thickly lined with people, the roads being almost impassable. Had tne weather not been all that could be desired this week things w uld have Deen far from pleasant for the visitors, there being practically no kind of amusements provided for them in the town. COUNTY SCHOOL.—The ordinary meeting of the Managers of the Intermediate School was held on Monday, when there were: present; Mr W. J. Morris (chairman) presiding, Alderman Lewis Lewis (vice-chairman), Mrs Gwynoro Davies, Dr Charles Williams, Dr Arthur Hughes, the Rev D. Evan., and the Rev Z. Mather, Messrs E. D. Jones (head- master) and John Lloyd (clerk).—The Finance Committee recommended payment of a second instalment of £ 150 to the contractors of the new- school buildings and of £3U to the Architect and the rec >mmendation was adopted. — During a con- versation it was stated that the financial position. as far as the buildings were concerned was now very satisfactory.—Thirty applications were received for the post of assistant mistress at a salary of £70 a year and Mitj Agnes S -insbury, Trowbridge, was appointed. Miss Sdnsbury has been educated at the Cambridge Training College for secondary teachers, where she gained first-class honour1 in practical teaching.—Collectors were appointed to gather promised subscriptions and the members hoped that the promisees would pay the instalments due without delay.—A vote of thanks was accorded Dr D. A. Hughfs and the Headmaster for their valuable services in connection with the ceremony of laying the foundation stones.—The result of the examination for entrance scholarships, conducted by Mr David Thomas, H.M.I., was received. There were twenty-two candidates from the elementary schools for the four scholarships offered and the successful candidates were Master W. H. A. Carroll and Master John Thomas of Har- lech and Miss Owen Prys Hughes and Mis3 Nellie Griffith of Barmouth.—The Managers resolved to grant one bursary and authorised the Clerk to invite applications.—It was also decided to award four inside scholarships at the next meeting.—It was stated, amid applarse, that two pupils from the school—Miss Sarah Parry, daughter of Mr John Puriv, Marine-parade, Barmouth, and Mr Edmund Griffith, son of Mr John Griffith, Gwynfryn, near ¡ Llaobedr-had passed the matriculation examina- tion at the University of Wales, the former being placed in the first division and the latter in the second divisioo. OBITUARY.—The death took place on Wednesday evening in last week, after a long and painful ill- ness, of Mr David Williams, Brynymor, at the age of seventy-five. Deceased had been subject to affections of the heart for some years and the im- mediate cause of death was syncope. Barmouth has lost in Mr Williams- one of its most honest, upright, and truly religious inhabitants. In re- ligion he was a Nonconformist, being a member of Caersalem Chapel. He was one of the oldest mem- bers having joined the cause nearly sixty years ago.' He was a scholar at the Sunday School for over seventy years and he had acted in the capacity of teacher for fifty-five years. For forty- four years he held the position of precentor at the Chapel and for forty years he discharged i,he duties of deacon. He was, in fact," one of the pillars" of Caersalem Chapel, and the members re- ceived the news of his death with profound grief, which was shared by the members of other causes, who respected the integrity and fidelity of de- ceased. Being endowed with a good voice and passionately fond of singing, Mr Williams devoted much of his leisure time in the instruction of the young people of the town in vocal music. The singing at Caersalem Chapel, which is reckoned to be second to no Methodist chapel in the county, testifies in a marked manner to the thoroughness of the training given by him. A few years ago he was presented by the congregation with a purse of money in acknowledgment ot the indebtedness of the members for his labour in the cause. Being of genial and kind disposition, he made friends everywhere He was fond of children, children were fond of him, with the result that he wieldd great influence for good over them. What made him popular with all classes was his readiness and willingness to render all the assistance in his power towards good objects, no matter whether they were related to church or chapel. In politics he was a thorough Liberal, but he took no active part in political work. The funeral which was arranged for Saturday, took place on Friday. Although the change must have considerably affected the attend- ance, yet the cortege was by far the largest seen in Barmouth for many years. There were relatives. friends, and acquaintances for miles around present and the genuine grief exhibited bore evidence of the esteem and love entertained for the departed. ¡ At the house the Rev J. Gwynoro Davies, pastor of Caersalem Chapel, and the Rev Ernest Jones Christ Church. officiated. As the cortege p.-o- ceeded to the Cemetery, the favourite hymns of the deceased were sung with deep feeling by the Caer- salem Choir, under the conductorship of Messrs Rees Joues and T. Martin Williams. At the grave the Rev Dd. Evans, M.A.. assisted Mr Davies and Mr Jones in conducting the service. On Sun- day evening a memorial service was held at Caer- salem Chapel. The members of Park Chapel attended the service which was most impressive. At the clcse of the service an after meeting was held when touching references to the life and character of the deceased were made by the ministers pI esent, including the Rw Wm. Rees, nephew of deceased, and the deacons of the chapel. There were crowded attendances at the service and the after meeting. ATHLETIC FESTIVAL. On Monday afternoon the fifth annual amateur athletic festival was held on the Recreation Grounds at Barmouth in the presence of a fair con- course of people. A grand stand had been erected, but. it is doubtful whether there were sufficient tickets issued for it to pay for the cost of erection, The Regimental Band ot the O. Company First Volunteer Bit alion Royal Welsh Fusiliers had been engaged and played a few tunes about the town and on the grounds. The afternoon was fine until the sports were nearly over at six o'clock. when afringe of a thundercloud which had drenched Towyn gave Barmouth also a sprinkling. The festival had been well arranged, but in athletic estivals as well as in other matters the best laid s-chemes of men and mice gang aft agley." There was considerably too much bicycle. Some of the bicycle races contained as many as four heats and some of the heats were only run by a couple of cyclists who at a start were assured a place in the final. Towards the end of the festival there were prolonged intervals between the rases which un- duly prolonged the festival and wearied the spec- tators. The:.?, however, aie matters which can easily be remedied in future festivals. If remedied the festival will live lonb and provide a day's pleas- urable and innocent recreation. The officials were -President, Lord Henry Var,e Tempest vice-presidents, Major T. W. Best, Col. Mainwaring. Major T. A. Wynne Edwards judges, Messrs E. Wilkin, C. E. J. Owen, J. M. nmlley Co!. W. Gorden Patchett, Dr H. J. Lloyd, (for horse trotting), President, Vice presidents, Dr Alfred O. Davies; starters, Messrs Godfrey C. Isaacs, C. E. Munro Edwards, R. Jones, Major C. A. Corder umpires, Messrs C. B. Townsend, A.. E. Bull, Dr O. Tiafford Owen lap scorers, M essrs Tnomas Piggott, T. A. Bull, H. Parsons tinv keepers, Messrs R. Williams, L. Nanney Will'ams, J A. Rowlands; clerks of the course, Messrs Edmund Buckley, Douglas Thornycroft. W. W. Morris, J. M. Edwards, D. Oswald Davies, R. \7. Joms, H. E. >Villiarns, J. Williams handicappers, Messrs H. P. Ellis, Liverpool, official licensed handicapper N.C U G. W. Kinman; hon. treasurer, Mr D. E. Davies. Mr John Jones, Bryn- teg, filled the office of hon. sscretary with ability and success. The following were the events — TWO-MILE BICYCLE RACE, HANDICAP (cpen)— There were four entries for this race, but G. LI. Williams (Barmouth), Ted Parry (Carnarvon), and D. G. Williams (Towy.i) alone competed in the first heat. The cyclists waited upon one another until the last lap. when W.iJliams put his wheel ahead and won easily, though Parry made an effort to keep up the pace. Williams secured first place and Parry second. The first heat was done in seven minutes. In the second heat, A. E. Adams (Ruabon), W. G. C. Jones (Llanidloes), A. M. Phillips (Liscard), R. G. Williams(Penmaenmawr), and O. Griffith (Barmouth) competed. Phillips, Williams, and Griffith kept together in the van and Adams and Jones played second fiddle in the rear. In the last lap, Williams forged ahead and won with about half-a-dozen yards to spare Phillips coming second about an equal distance in front of O. Griffith. Time occupied, six-and-a-half minutes. The third heat was more exciting. There were various changes of position and the time occupied was 5i minutes. The competitors were H. P. Smith, Liverpool J. Nixon, Llandrindod W. J. Penny, Festiniog. and J. H. Rees, Llandrindod, At first Penny led, closely waited upon by Nixon and Rees. Nixon, who was nearly all muscle, got into first position, was then relegated to second position, but ultimately put himself at the he&d and maintained it to the end. Rees took creditable second place. The final heat was also run in 5% minutes. G. H. Williams, Barmouth Ted Parry. Carnarvon A. M. Phillips, Liscard; H. P. Smitn. Liverpool; J. Nixon, Llandrindod, and R. G. Williams, Penmaenmawr, competed. Williams Gf Barmouth said he was fouled at one of the corners aud gave out. There were various changes of position and the race was an exciting one. Nixon played well for first posi- tion, but eventually had to succumb to Rees of Llandrindod, who rode well, as did also Williams of Penmaenmawr, who came in second. Williams, it was said, is holder of the Aberystwyth cup for the first year. Penmaenmawr, who came in second. Williams, it was said, is holder of the Aberystwyth cup for the first year. ONE MILE FLAT HANDICAP (open)—This race was to have been run in two heats and a final, but wa3 run in one heat. The competitors were Tommy Griffiths, Llanrwst; Joseph A. Lewis, Towyn; Tommy Parry, Carnarvon John Jones, Barmouth J. Milton Adams, Barmouth, and Wm. Flanigan, Barmouth. Tommy Griffiths, Llanrwst, came in first and John Jones, Barmouth, second. HALF-MILE RACE—Five competed in this race—J. Parker. Barmouth T. Griffith, Llanrwst; W. F. Drury, London T. Parry, Carnarvon. Drury came in first and Parry second. HALF MILE NOVICE BICYCLE RACE (Scratch).— This race was run in two heats and a final. In the first heat G. D. Williams came in first T. J. Williams, Ruthin, second and E. M. Evans, Bar- mouth, third. In the second heat Harry P. Smith, Liscard, and Owen Griffith, Barmouth, being in the final as a matter of course, rode leisurely over the course; and in the final G. D. Williams, Owen Griffith, H. Percy Smith (Liscard), and T. J. W illiams competed. The time occupied in the final race was 3 minutes. In the first lap G. D. Williams led, followed by Owen Griffith. In the third lap Owen Griffith got into first place, which he well maintained to the end, though it was stoutly contested by Dale Williams. The first prize was taken by Owen Griffith and the second by Dale Williams. ONE MILK BICYCLE RACE (open scratch).— Challenge cup, to be won twice in succetsion or three times in all; second prize, tilver medal: — fbhl race was run in four heati and a final. In the first heat, G. LI. Williams was first and Owen Griffiths second in the second, A. E. Adams and Ted Parry ran over the ground in the third heat, A. M. Phillips and J. Nixon did ditto and in the fourth heat, YV. J. Penny,. R. G. Williams, and W. J. C. Jones made an excellent race, Williams coming in firat and W. J. C. Jones second. In the final race eight started. Nixon fell soon after starting and went out. The men kept fairly well together over the greater portion of the course. G. LI. Williams, Barmouth, led for a considerable dis- tance, but was eventually relegated to third posi- tion. R. G. Williams moved out of the ruck and came in first at 2-54 minutes, followed very closely by Phillips of Liscard the others following close in ne I 100 YARDS FLAT RACE HANDICAP (open, for two prizes).—J. A. Lewis, Towyn J. W. Drury, Lon- don; David Lewis, Towyn; Owen Owen, Dol- gelle and D. Livingstone Joues, Llanrwst, took pare in this race. The ground was gone over, but owing to a defective start, the race was again run when Livingstone Jones came in first and J. A. Lewis second. OBSTACLE RACE.—In this race the obstacle con- sisted in having to paste a pictorial placard after running round the course. The first to complete the job after two heats was J. A. Lewis, Towyn J. Jones, Barmouth, eecond and J. M. Adams, Barmouth, third. During the contest amusement was caused by one of the competitors upsetting the pails of paste belonging to the others and running on with all their placards. IGH JuMP.—There were but two competitors in this event though four had entered In the end Robert Davies, Barmouth, won easily, Ronald Gibson, Aberystwyth, taking second place. LOCAL ONE MILE BICYCLE RACE.—Three com- petitors entered for this racL-Samuel Oavies, Dyffryn; John Richardson, Barmouth; and K. j d-18' rmoutk- Williams gave out early and Richards won easily, Davies taking second prize. The tug of war was won by J.H.'s" team. lr J. H. Davies, Barmouth, took the prize for the beat trotter under saddle, Mr Evans, Dyffryn, tak- ing second. Mr Evans, Egryn, took first for the fastest trotter and Mr Davies, Barmouth, second. At the close of the festival, the prizes were distri- buted by Mrs Best and Mrs Buckley, and in the evening a concert was given by the Royal Magnets.
CARDIGANSHIRE LIBERAL ASSOCIATION. MR VAUGHAN DAVIES, M.P., ON HIS RUMOURED RETIREMENT. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The annual meeting of the Cardiganshire Liberal Association was held at the Brondeifi Chapel Schoolroom, Lampeter, on Thursday (yesterday) afternoon. Mr D. Tivy Jones, mayor of Lampeter, presided and there was a good attendance of dele- gates, with Messrs John Evans, Aberystwvth, and T. Harries, Llechryd, secretaries. Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P., was also present.
ADDRESS BY THE CHAIRMAN. The CHAIRMAN said he had not expected to he called upon to address the meeting. His address, if anything, he supposed, should be retrospective, but he was afraid that there was not very much to look back to. He felt that they had left undone things which they ought to have done, but a for the second part of the confession, he was afraid they were guiltless, that was, he 'did not think there was anything they had done which they ought not to have done. (Laughter.) Still he did net think there was cause tor despondency. In that stronghold of Liberalism he feared that their weakness was that they were too confident and realised too well that they could do anything in a rush so that they left everything until the last moment. (Hear, hear.) Now, that was not quite a satisfactory state of things. They ought to look more to their organisation and to the ways and m-ans of putting their finances in a better position. (Hear, hear). He was sure they all were glad to see their honourable member present. They had not been 100 highly favoured in this respect in previous years—he was not referring to their present member only. He was sure they were all anxious to hear what Mr Davies had to ssy after his hard work in London. (Applause.) THE RUMOUR OF RETIRED E.V T. MR VAUGHAN DAYIES SPEAK. Mr VAUGHAN DAVIKS was then rolled upon and was received with applause. He said if thev would allow him he wrouid make some remarks with the view of clearing up a matter which was not only of importance to him, but to them as Liberals of Cardiganshire. (Hear, hear.) Last April he was struck down by a very severe illness—influenzi —so severe indeed that for some days the doctors did not think he would live to come back amongst them. At that time the editor and proprietor of a paper in North Cardiganshire thought it right to strike at him through his paper. He thought they would admit, he thought even the Conservatives of Cardiganshire would admit, that this was not the period for any honest or honourable man to hit at another man—(Mr C. M. WILLIAMS: "Shame")— in his paper. He said it was his (Mr Davies') intention to retire from the representation of this county. When he first heard of this he treated it with contempt, as he had always treated every word this person had said of him- (hear, hear)—but he afterwards heard that the statement had got hold of the people of Cardiganshire and that they thought there was some truth in it He thought then he was bound in honour to them to let them know there was no truth in it. (Cheers.) He had communicated, at least he had received letters from persons in several parts of the county, asking him whether it was true, some of which w-re cuuehed in terms very gratifying to him. The writers said they hoped it was not true. Well he (the speaker) took the only course he could, that was he communicated wi'h the county through newspapers, and on the 26th a letter he had written to a gen- tleman in Lampeter appeared in the South Wales Daily News word for word as he had written it. I read—" It is not my intention to retire from the representation of Cirdiganstire until those who sent me there wish me to do so." (Cheers.) He re-echoed this statement on the present occasion. (Cheers.) Well, when he got out of danger, he came down here for a change of air and he was told at Aherystwyth what very much startled him. It was that a circular had been sent out to the Tory party communicaiing to them that what had appeared in the newspapers- and the letters were sent under his (Mr Davies's) authority—was really not true and that there was going to be a bye-election. (Laughter.) Naturally he felt very much annoyed and he thought that they as Liberals cou'd demand that the Tory party should fight them fairly and honest'y—(cheers)—they only ask-d for a fair fight to see which of them would win. (Laughter.) He (the speaker) was deter- mined to get to the bottom of this, and he told a friend of his he would lika to see this circular and this gentleman Fent him one. The next day he left for London and the morning after by post he received a frantic letter from the same gentleman I telling him for God's sake to send back the cir- cular. (Loud laughter.) He was reading the letter in the Post Office outside the House ot Com. mons when a telegraph boy came up to him I with a t ileeram which read, Send that circular back (Laughter.) It turned out, as far as he could gather, that the Conservatives held a meeting at Lampster, he did not know who was and who was not in it, and he did not care— (laughter)—bat he supposed that the Conservatives were so ashamed of it that they wished to get every c rcular back. lie hai there a true copy of the circular which he would read with the excep- tion of the name of the man it was written to which he declined to disclose. The circular was signed by a geDtleman whose name he was sure they would be surprised to hear. It was written from 2. Manila-road, Clifton, Bristol. It was on April 26th that the letter appeared in the public press stating that he was not going to retire and the circular was dated the 17th May. It read Dear sir,—I beg to notify you that there will be a meeting of the Cardiganshire Conservative Association Executive Committee at Lampeter at eleven a.m. on Friday, June 2nd, and as matters of great importance v ill be brought before the Com- mittee, may I ask you to make an effort to attend." It was signed by Mr Charles Lloyd. As they knew, there were certain people in Cardiganshire who, if they put their names to a letter or circular, were taken no notice of, but there were others who were bound to be taken notice of if they put their namei to anything of that kind. Mr Charles Lloyd was in such a position. (Hear, hear.) He was a geutleman known to most of them and a gentleman, he might safely say, than whom no one in the county had been treated with more considera- non by the Liberals of the county among whom he lived, and he thought a gentleman like Mr Lloyd should have been very careful indeed before issuing a circular of that kind. One of the items on the agenda was consider the impending bye-eleetion. Now that meant that he (the speaker) was to die or to resign. Be was no)-dead. (Laughter.) His letter clearly stated that he did not intend resigning and therefore he main- tained that the first part of the agenda was ne ther honourable nor honest. (Hear, hear.) The next item was to discuss question of candidate," He would refer to that matter later. The question he asked himself was this. Why should he resign for since he had represented Cardigan hire he cculd safely say ibat no member in the House of Com- mons had been treated with greater courtesy and consideration than he had been treaced by them (Cheers.) He had had no letter, no postcards' written to him, such as he saw dozens of other members receive, threatening them if thev did not vote this way or the other wav fOhppr. He believed the truth of it was that thev had found out they could trust him to represent them in the House of Commons. Then why should he resign ? If every member taken ill was to resign at the end of a session, very soon there would not be a single member left, because the work that they had to go through in the House of Commons very often affected their health. He had spoken to a great many Conservatives since the Lampeter meeting and he was bound in justice to them to say that everyone of them said they were very much annoyed that such a thing should have been done in their names. Some had even promised him a vote at the next election. He told them he hoped he would not want their votes. (Laughter.) Well that was his position. As he said before, he would say again, he had not the slightest intention to retire from the representation of that county until he was perfectly certain that the majority of the Liberals of the county wished him to do so. (Cheers.) Then he would do it and when he did resign, each one would know as soon as the other and there would be no need of holding private meetings to dnd candidates. (Cheers.) lie had every confidence that if they had to find" candidate to morrow they would soon find one whom they would rally round. As to a Conservative candidate, he could not conceive of anybody who would fight Cardiganshire when he had to face the Tithe Bill if nothing else—(laughter and hear, hear)—and he was perfectly certain that although at the last election they were not consolidated—there were great maay men, and they had a perfect right to their opinion, who did not trust him—next time the Liberals would fight together as well as they had ever fought in the past. (Hear, hear.) Suppose they were not united, did they think that the Noncon- formists of Cardiganshire would E-endback a Con- servative representative to the House of Commons to prove that they appreciated the Tithe Bill. ("No.") Proceeding, the hon. gentleman referred to the doles which the present Government had made to landlords, to the voluntary schools (owing, to the intolerable strain that Mr Balfour com- plained of, the result being an enormous reduction in the a.mount of voluntary contributions), and lastly to the clergy, the total amount taken by the Government from one section of the community and handed over to the other being £ 3,262,000. ("Shame.") He had been calculating and'had found that the average amount which the parson would receive under this Tithe Bill was 2s 4|d per head. He had also found out that the average amount per head doled by boards of guar- dians to paupers in that country was 2i per head, so they had the Government actually placing the clergy of their Church in the same position as the paupers of that county. (Laughter.) As a Churchman, he was disgusted with it. He would advise Mr Charles Lloyd in- stead of sending these circulars round to send a circular telling the Churchwople of Cardiganshire that their clergy had been placed on the same level as pampers and he (the speaker) for one would sub- scribe towards paying the rates of the clergy— (laughter) for he admitted that the clergy were barily pud. It was a disgrace to the Chuich that they were so. (Hear, hear.) There were many other subjects which he knew they would like to hear abou; and which were of great interest to Car- diganshire, such as the Food and Drugs Ac. They must remember that in Cardiganshire they had only one member, who had to look after the agricultural inceicst and that of the towns which did not always go to- gether. He always endeavoured to do what was best for the county generally, and on party qucs- tious he always followed that very excellent leader, Sir H. Campbell Bannerman. (Applause.) He might say that it would be pprfectly easy for any- one to find out how he voted at every division (hear, hear) and as long as he represented them in Parliament he would never be ashamed of any vote he gave. Having referred to the hard work which had to stand-on the occasion of a division on the Tithe Bill he had put in seventeen hours in the Honse-the speaker said nothing would ever prevent him from bting in his place, except illhealth, to watch over their interests and those of Wales generally. He very grateful indeed to those gentlemen who wrote to him during hi-i illness to express their kindly feolings and the feel- ings of the different districts. He "could only tell the Tories of Cardiganshire that when the time came, it might be soon or long, they would find him perftctly ready for them with a united Liberal' party at his back. (Cheers.) The Rev 1< MORRIS, Aber.teron, iroved that thai meeting was. pleased tint their member was amongst them "0 well and hearty and that they thereby recorded their confidence in him in spite of these circulars. (Hear, hear.) Mr JAMES JAMES and Mr JENKIN JENKINS seconded the proposition which was carriod unani- mously. Acknowledging the vote, M DAVIES thanked the members very deeply for their renewalof confidence. The vote woold complexly take away the effects of the rough knocks which he had received during the past months at the hands of persons outside the Association. It gave him very great pleasure to perform the hard work, and he must admit that it was hard work, in connection with the office of member for Cardiganshire. As long as he had the honour to represent the county nothing would be wanting on his part to further the interests of the electors nationally and locally. (Hear, hear.) Since he had been their member there was hardly any district in the county for which he had not been called upon to render some service or other, and he was very glad indeed of the opportunity of rendering such services. (Applause.) Having a thorough acquaintance with every part of the county and with almost all the electors, he had been able to do the work he was called upon to do much more easily thin had that work fallen on the shoulders of a stranger. He received hundreds of letters from the tlectors and he made it a point of answering each and every letter it was possible for him to answer. However he could not answer such lettprs as started with Tuesday" on the top and ended with "Yours truly. John Jones." It was impossible for him to know which John Jones of Cardiganshire had sent the letter. There were so many John Jones's. (Laughter.) Mr Davies afterward read the letter, which did not bear the address of the writer, asking tor some pocket money his aunt having recently died without making provision of that nature. (Laughter.) If perscns had net received replies to th-ir letters they could depend upon it that it was not due to any negligence on his part, but to the fact that the writers had omitted to include their addresses. He had received several Iftters from persons asking him to supply them with permits to enter the strangers' gallery iu the House of Commons. It always gave him pleasure „tu supply the necessary permit-1, but he could not do so unless the applicants provided him with the means of finding where they lived. He mentioned these facts because he feared some persons might have thought he neglected rr-plying to their letters. He once more thanked them from his heJrt for their kind expression and in conclusion he might say that he had never felt in better health tnan he felt at that moment. (Loud applause.) LETTER FROM MR TRIC'S^OCKE. The following letter was received from Mr W. O. Bi'igstocke, Parcygors, Bonoath :— lilaennant, Au. 1st, 1899. Dear Sir,—! am sorry that I cannot attend the meeting of the Cardiganshire Liberal Assoriat;on on the 10th instant, hut my doctors advise me not to attend meetings of an exciting kind, and political meetings in Cardiganshire are apt to be somewhat vol- canic, but 1 should like to write a few lines on tbe present position of Liberalism. I do not think we siioutd bind ourselves to any specific measures, it is not the duty of au OppositiGn to ÙO 0;0. but we should nse every effort to pro- mote cohesion and unanimity amongst ourselves, and I must sincerely hope, especially as the matter rests a good deal with ourselves, that the time is not far distant when we shall again be victorious, and sufficiently strong to rely entirely on the support of ouv friends, and be quite independent of the Irish vote, for much ?s I admire the brilliancy and strategic ability of many of the Irish members, they set us a bad example of want of common action, nor do I consider that their ecclesiastical and educational policy is in accordance with true Liberalism. There is one subject with which we are specially in- terested and to which I propose referring very briefly— elementary education in VVales. In spite of our tall talk- ing aDd hone5t interest whieh we take in the question, we come out very badly in the educational statistics in the percentage for attendance our place is bad, and in educational expenditure we are at the bottom of the lit. Referring to the district around me, I think the meagre attendance is attributable partly to the want of vigilance of the school attendance officers, and still more to the mistaken leniency of the magistracy in imposing inadequate tines in instances of persistent non-attendance. The inadequate funds arise a greatdeal from want of system and mismanagement in country school boards there is often a very loose system of finance, which could easily be remedied by most system- atic supervision. The areas are also much too small, and money which should be devoted to education is dribbled away amongst an unnecessary staff of officers, whose duties are often but nominal. OJ the splendid efficiency of the Scotch parish schools I can bear personal testi- mony they are first-rate. There is, however, another iufluence which in my opinion hampers the cause of elementary education in our country. It is the narrow sectarianism which is the curse and bane of Wales. No one is more strongly opposed to denominational teaching in public schools than I am, and I do not think that any general rule can be laid down, but surely in Protestant Wales in the greater majority of cases a system might be adopted which would offend the prejudices of no one and spare the feeling3 of many right thinking people who consider pure secular teaching as absolutely godless. As to voluntary schools, I hope ere lon they will. become things of the past often they are but voluntary in name, the bulk of the money coming from public sources, and I most earnestly impress upon Liberals who may reside in parishes where voluntary schools exist to insist upon a proper and fair representation on the committee of management, which too often consists entirely of Angli- cans. the Nonconformists being absolutely unrepre- sented. With apologies for the length of this letter and with all good wishes for the success of Liberalism, yours faithfully, W. O. BRIGSTOCKE. The Secretaries, Caid'gansh're Liberal Associ?i.:on. The REV J. A. MOREIS, Aberystwyth, supposed it was understood that the memlers of the Associa- tion did not agree with 1',11 the sentiments of Mr Brigstocke, especially with those sentiments relat- ing to education in Wales. He should not like it to be thought outside that the expretsions contained in the letter were the expressions of the Associa- tions. MV JOHN EVANS (secretary)—I shall merely state in the minutes that a letter was received. The PRESIDENT—Exactly. We are not committed to the sentiments contained in the letter in any way. ELECTION OF PRESIDENT. The Association proceeded to appoint a president in the place of Mr D. livy Jones, it being usual to make changes in this appointment annually. The SECRETARY (Mr Evans) said the Association generally cnose a president from amongst the vice- presidents. Last year the vice-president for the Lampeter district was selected, previous to last year Aberayron was favoured, and before that Tre- garon and Newcastle Emlyu district. This year it was the turn of Aberystwyth or Cardigan. Alderman C. M. WILLIAMS, Aberystwyth, thought it was the turn of Cardigan district. There had not been a president horn that district for many years. The SECRETARY—Yes, in 1892, when Mr Brig. SuocLe was president. The Rev J. A. MoRMS, Aberystwyth, proposed that Mr Evan Richards. Penuwch, the vice-presi- dent for the Aberystwyth district, should ba elected president for the ensuing year. Mr JENKIN JENKINS seconded the proposition which was carried unanimously. ELECTION OF VICE-PRESIDENTS. It was resolved on the motion of Alderman C. M. VyiL^AuS that Mr James James, Ffynonhoweil, Should be elected vice-president for the Aberyst- wyth district in place of Mr Richards. Before proceeding with the appointment of the five other vice-presidents. Alderman C. M1. WILLIAMS spoke 03 the need of appointing to the posts men who could be relied upon to do what thy were supposed to do as vice-presidents. The obJcc5 of appointing vice-presidents was to ensure union there should be a person who nnn t lauuence and one who could be depended t he DA ° • H,oney towards the maintenance of Z?oa- (Applause.) The members must fn nnFif; ^B0M w ^acl done nothing or next of vicengpresideutshe To d^ »dvi.aMe to i some am1?D^sfc fc'le vice-presidents there were some who would be elad to Bee other mellbars elected to theIr posts. The Association present time. The LiW^partv4^11 •4. A 'oerai party was never more s united in the county than it wa8 at the present j time. (Applause ) At the last election there was large number of Liberals who remained more or i less passive in their attitude towards Mr Vaughan < Davies, but the fidelity of Mr Davies had turned 5 tnem round almost to a maa and they were now as enthusiastic as were the most staunch of MrDavies's supporters at the elec- tion. (Applause.) After four years'experience of Mr Davies, they had found that they could not have a more faithful representative at the House of Commons. He wr.s one of the mos" hard-working of the 'Velsh members. He (Mr Williams) knew from personal experience that when Mr Davies ought to have been in his bed he went to the House in order to record his vote in an important division. (Hutr. hear.) Moreover, he had kept in close contact with the electors. Some electors at first thought Mr Davies would not be a sufficient Radical, but he proved himself one of the most Radical of Welsh Radical members. (Applause.) He was also the most regular attend- ant at divisions. In inspecting the lists, he (Mr W illiams) found that Mr Davies headed the lists on almoT every occasion. They had just heard from Mr Davits, who almost broke down when he spoke, how when he was lying ill in bed and not expected to recover, he had been cruelly attacked. But they all knew that he had served them faith- fully and had made an excellent member. (Ap- plause.) That there was life and vitality in the Association was clear when they bore in mind that despite the harvest time a large number of members had attended that day. Those people had sacrifice"; valuable time in order to show the deep iotciost they took in Liberalism and in the wllrk of Liberals in Cardiganshire. Concluding, Mr YV illiams said it was easy to collect money amongst the Liberals of Cardiganshire if they had the proper men to do the work. He had no diffi- culty s-ome ago in collec'.ing in the Aberyst- wyth district somethmg like £60 although he was no' called upon to collect more than £25. Let them appoiut as vice-presidents men who would work and not men who might subscribe say £5 them- sehes. The man who subscribed ]13. himself might collect more than the man who subscribed jE5 in- cluding his own subscription. If they had good vica-presidenls, re-appoint them if they had not, remove tiicin. (Hear, hear.) The following were appointed vice-presidents for the live remaining districts, several changes being made :—Mr Jenkin Jenkins, for the Aberayron dis- trict Sir J. Emlyn Jones, Penuwch, for the Tre- garon district Mr David Davies, Tyncoed, Cellan, for the Lampeter district Mr Davies, Gilfaeh- ronw, for the Newcastle Emlyn district and the Rev John YY'illiams for the Cardigan district. ELECTION OF TREASURER. Mr Vraughan Davies was unanimously re-elected treasurer tj the As-ociation for the ensuing year. ELECTION OF SECRETARIES. Mr John il.ane, solicitor. Aberystwyth, was re- elected secretary for the northern division of the county and Mr Thomas Harries, Llechryd, Cardi- gan, was re-elected secretary for the southern divi- bion. WELSH LIBERAL COUNCIL. The following were appointed to attend the meet. ing of the Welsh National Liberal Council as delegates, a member from each of the ix unions in the county being appointed :— The newly-elected President Mr John Evans and Mr Thomas Harries, secretaries; Messrs C. M. Williams, Robert Peake, D. C. Roberts, and the "1.ev J. A. Morris of Abe.ystwyth the Rev E. Morris, Messrs Morgan Evans, J. T. Evans, and J. C. Jones (Llanarth) of Aberayron Thomas Davies (Pantyheudy Hall), J. E. Joues, Mr Davies (Wern. druid), and the Rev J. Bowen (Bont) of Tregaron; Mr C. M. Williams, Aberystwyth the Rev E. Morrris, Aberayron Mr John Rowlands, Tyn- dolau, Tregaron Mr D. Tivy Jones, Lampeter Mr John Thomas, Rhydlewis, Newcastle Emlyn and the Rev John Williams, Cardigan. Mr JENKIN JENKINS proposed that Mr Brigstocke should be appointed and said if Mr Brigstocke did not attend, he would send a letter. (Laughter.) The proposition was not carried. THE XATIONAI, CONVENTION. Before proceeding to appoint twenty-six delegates to attend the Welsh National Liberal Convention to he held at Swansea on August 29th, Mr C. M. WILLIAM* impressed upon the Association the need of appointing persons who would attend as ques- tions of vital importance would be discussed. The following were appointed :—Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P., Mr Evan Bichards, the Rev R. Cribyn Jones, the Rev E. Evans and Mr D. Tivy Jones of Lmpetet"; the Rev — Thomas (Green- bank), Mr William James, Dr Evan Lloyd, and Mr Evan Davies of Newcastle Emlyn. and the Rev John Williams D. S. Jones (Castell Maelgwyu), and Mr W. O. Brigstocke of Cardigan. CLERICAL TITHE RATE DILL. Mr JAMES JAMES, Ffynon Howell, referred to this Bill recently passed by Parliament and said the Association ought to protest strongly against the measure. It was one of the most unjust Billa ever passed, aud the Government had hastened its death by passing it, (Laughter and hear, hear.) The Rev J. A. MORRIS said the Association ought to pass a vote of censure against the Government, who had behaved ahamfully in this instance as it had done in the case of Voluntary Schools Bill. It appeared to do nothing but assut its friends the Church of England Party. (Hear, hear.) Mr JAMES thereupon moved a vote of censure which was seconded by the Rev J. A. MORRIS and carried unanimously. THE TRANSVAAL. Mr J. EMLYN JONES, Penuwch, proposed that the Association should protest agaiust the bellicose attitude of the British Government towards the Transvaal Republic. Matters were looking very black at present and he did not see the necessity of adopting warlike proceedings when it was un- necessary to do so. To his mind the Boers were only struggling for independence in the same way as the Welsh would fight against persecution. Mr JOHN JENKINS seconded the proposition, which was can ied without opposition, a num- ber of members remaing neutral. TIIE LATIJ r. R EL US. The Rev J. A. MOECIS moved a vo-e of condol- ence with the wife and p the l. te Mr T. E. E"i M.P. Hi de..th wa ;a Although youn0' whel deu,lh o^e-.uook hitr he hd done great and noble work. The Rev E. Mo^s. uhe iroJon which carried. FINANCIAL POSITION. The Ai reo'ved iito comiriLee to make ar.anyeu'e'ii for the cwlJcc/ion of money lor the lHoii.e maniteuance of the Ai o -i It wn announced, amid app'aiue, th M la j the Ar. "joci.tuion wa absolui^y iVee from deb„, a ihing which had not ( place for fdilY ye,i.1 before. Twelve months to laso Apri1 there wai a debt of about £230. VOTE OF THANKS. On the moion of Mr ROCERT PEAKE, Abe.yBt- wyth, seconded by Mr EEARNE of Aberystwyth, a vote of thanks was accorded Mr Tivy Jones for pre-.idin^, and the kiuter having acknowVdged, the meeting tirminated.
Dy'TEt/TEO.—So.ne end )i ,ppily, but end m.viJ.rje. WIVUCT:, did you ever ee the puj\oDer at the ia. ?" ypT;, that's whe.e I got p.cquiitiued }-j!P." yon low a good for uervous persons, Siirpktm ?' "No, what I w^-ut to find is a good t-jnic for peop'e who IKVVP to live with them." LLtle Johnny "Mfa Talkc,pdown paid a compliment to me to-day." Mother Diu bile rc.lly! no de-iying th.;t woinaa has sense. What did she 8.y?" Little Johnny: She I'}d she didn't see how you c .me to have such a nice JiLUe boy as I w" The Village Lo^'cia i.—" At ain't no use these youngsters a-trylng to get over me with their book- laining. Rare lot", o' they larrsat school! When they triei to make me believe that Columbus discovered America, wot I se3 is thi^—'ow could 'e 1 iu were America if he'd never seen it before?" A gentleman spendir^ the first few days of the Nee Year at a Scottish village not ~.d for its golf links, asked one of the cuddies if he got much work to do m the winter time. sir, D<.I. replied tn caddie. If it's no sea it's frost if it's no frost it s sna if it's neither ana nor frost it's rain if it's no rain it's wind. and if it's a fine day it's the Sawbath ?"
It isn't necessary to make a fool of yourself every time you have an opportunity, but there a e people who even manufacture opportunities. Baggir (to lady who is a long Ume getting a copper out of her purse): "Hurry up, ma'am; L've lost several customers while you've been "oilingover them pennies." it is that the Czar is about to abdicate and ia consequence of this M. Delcasse, the French foreign minister, has gone to St. Petersburg to endeavour to dissuade him from this action. Another report is to the effect that M. Delcasse's mission is to form a union of European Powers ?3:>,inst Great Britain and the United Statc3. While a large number of visitors were bathing at Mullion, Cornwall, on Monday, a lad got into difficulties. Mrs Pachell, from Birmingham, swam to his rescue and kept him afloat until a gentleman ca.ne to their help. A boat was launched and tbe lady was got on board in an unconscious condition, d all effortT to restore animation proved un- availing. .J. ,od Curzon's frontier policy, which has re- ceived the sanction of the Secretary of State will restore to the regular army in India a large number of troops hitherto quartered at fortified posts, while the tribes will be enlisted in defence of their own country. It is hoped that they will be conciliated by the measures to be adapted, ind that quietude will be established along the [ndian frontier, A record case of childbirth occurred at Bletchley, Iler Fenny Stratford, last week, where a widow ?ave birth in a lodging-house to six children. Dr. Nicholson attended. They were five months child- ren and were all stillborn. Dr. Nicholson embalmed the bodies and sent them to the Anatomical Museum, London. The poor woman was sub- sequently removed to the union infirmary at. Fenny Stratford.
HOUSE OF LORD THURSDAY. The House adhered to the amendments to the Dublin Corporation Bill excluding several townships from the proposed extension of the present limits of that city. Lord Tweedmouth appealed to their lordships not to insist upon their amendments in the interests of good municipal government and of the fair and equal treatment of the inhabitants of Ireland, but only six members supported him, and the House stuck to its previously-expressed views by a majority of 4S. The Lord Chancellor, in mov- ing an address to the Crown in favour of the ap- pointment of another Chancery judge, said he hoped to introduce a Bill next session to enable a pris- oner who pleaded guilty to be sentenced at once in- stead of keepiog him in prisou till the assizes. The address was agreed to. HOUSE OF COMMONS, THURSDAY. Mr Brookfield expressed a desire to know the "precise processor arrangement by which it had been decided to erect a stitue to Oliver Cromwell within the grounds of Westminster Palace. Before Mr Akers-Douglas had satisfied him on this point, Mr W. Johnston interjected a reference to the idiotic opposit;ou whicn the proposal had met with—a phase which the Speak-r declared was out of order. Mr Healy sought to find out the name of the donor of the statue, but Mr Akers-L)ouglas said he was not in a position to divulge it. The most interesting information elicited during ques tioo time was a statement by Mr Longas tothe stea-iy decrease in rahié s its practical extinction, in —and the promise thit tie muzzling order would shortly be withdrawn from the Midland and West Riding areas, and, at a later dat", from Lancashire and the metropolis. This was contingent, however, upon no further cases occurring. The House sub- sequently went into committee of supply and pro- ceeded to dispose of the outstanding vutes. HOUSE OF COMMONS, FRIDAY. The proceedings in neither House on Friday pre- sented any features of special interest, tne busineffl done being mainly of the routine character which belongs to the closing dlYs of a session. Mr Balfour, questioned by Mr Harry Foster, declined to give any pledge to introduce a bill to enable the bishop* to pas sentence of deprivation upon disobedient clergymen in a shorter period than was prescribed by the" Public Worship Kegulation Act. 1S74. After considering report of supply, the House rose soon after ten o'clock. HOUSE OF COMMONS, MONDAY. Mr Chamberlain informed Sir E. Ashmead- Bartlett that until the proposal for a joint c >mm ttHe had been accepted by the South African R-public he was unable to make a statement lid to the com- position of the Committee. Mr Balfour agroed with Mr Channing that there was a good deal of Htigatioa in connect on with the Workmen's Com- psueation Act, bat was not aware of any facts necessitating at present the bringing in of any amending measure. On second reading of the Apptopriation B 11, a number of diverse topics were raised by lr C. Dillce, Sir C. Beresford, lr_H3Z -n, lr Heddtrwick, and others. In reply, Mr Brodricksaid he thought they might look forward in many parts of the world to good results from friendly co-operation with Germany. As regards the question of the open doer" in China, the Government ftill tonk their stand on the provifionsof the Treaty of Tientsio and the open door remained open. Mr Chamberlain remark-d that he had nothing to add to cr withdraw from his statement of last Friday week in respect of the South Afr can situation. HOUSE OF COMMONS, TUESDAY. Mr Herbert Roberts asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether lie was aware of the great interest taken by the Welsh speaking population of Welsh in the recently pub- lished reporc of the Royal Commission on the liquer licensing laws, and whether he would au- thorise a translation of the report into the Welsh language, era translation of those portions of the report which contain the recommendatirns with certain additional necessary matter impartially se- lected. Sir M. W nite-Ridley, in reply, s.id I have seen the coairmau of the Commission and after con- sidering the matter carefully I am afraid I must say I cannot see my way to adopt/ng the suggestion of the hon member. I do not think that a portion only of ther-pirt couli mefully be translated, nor would any portion he satisfactory with- out the evidense, and to tfanstate the whole would involve an fxpeDc which I should not feel justified in asking the Treasury to allow.
DEVELOPMENT OF FAIRBOURNE. OPENING OF A NEW PAVILION. It has been stated that if the facilities for travelling from English centres of population to the west coast of Wales were improved so as to render a journey, say, from Birmingham to Bar mouth, a matter of four hours, West Wales would become the playground of England and that every hamlet on the seaside would soon become a flourish- ing watering place. Whether a consumma- tion is likely to be attained in the near future is open to much doubt, but even with the present railway facilities any place pleasantly situated, having beautiful surroundings, and, above all, a good beJch, has only to be brought to the notice of the large masses of English people who are ever on the look out for likely spots f r spending their summer holidays in order to attain a large measure of success Such a place is Fairbourne, which lips just opposite Barmouth on the south side of the Mawddach. The laying Jut of the Und at this place for the purposes of building was commenced a few years ago, when the foundation was laid of what is intended to he a large seaside resort. Since then Fairbourne has been steadily developing. Several housei have been built and during the Jay the place is visited by large numbers of people from Barmouth and elsewhere. The journey from Barmouth can be made by rail, but the pteasantest mode of reaching Fairbourne from the former town is to cross the river by ferry and then go by the trams of the estate over a sandy tract about a mile in length along the sea shore. One of the pleasantest feature of Fairbourne is its beach, which consists of a long stretch of hard sand. The shore inclines to the sea very gradually so that the bathing is quite safe. Looking back to the sea a splendid view of the estuary can be obtained, o that the scenery is all that could be desired. Given, then, all these attractions the re- maining necessities of a watering place are good sanitary arrangements, a railway station, and postal and telegraphic facilities. All these have been provided. The drainage has been carefully planned, the method of sewage disposal being by application to land after precipitation. If necessary provision for lacterial filtration is to be made later on. By this method the beach is kept free, there being no discharge to the sea which is found so objectionable in some watering places. The pntire management of the estate is in the hands of Mr Cotworth, though Mr McDougall, the owner, is frequently on the spot. The number of residents demanded that some pro- vision should be made for entertainment and social functions and recently Mr McDougall ordered a pavilion to be erected. This was done and on Saturday, the building was formally opened, a holi- day being given to all the men on the estate. The pavilion, which is made to seat about 250, is a hand- some stone building situated at a convenient dis- tance from the Station. It is to be used for hold- ing entertainments and arrangements have been made with the English Congregational Union for the holding of English services in it at eleven in the morning and six in the evening every Sunday. In the afternoon the trams were kept busily employed in bringing the workmen to the pavilion where they were entertained to an excellent meat tea. Each man was allowed to bring his wife or a friend and altogether about a hundred sat down at the tables which had been laid out under the superintendence of Mrs Cots- worth. Mr McDougall presided and had as guests the Rev and Mrs Mather, Barmouth. The tables were presided over by Mrs Cotsworth, Mrs George Stephens, Mrs E Stephens, Mrs Keegan, and Mrs D. Jones. After tea was over all adjourned to the adjoining field where sports were indulged in, and i tug of war took place between the plasterers and the joiners of the estate in which the former were notorious. A presentation then took place, Mr Charles H. Cotsworth, son of Mr Cotsworth, the nanager, presented with a mahogany writing leak by the workmen of the estate on the occasion )f his coming-of-age. Mr George Stephens form- ally made the presentation amidst cheers. Mr Cotsworth, receiving the gift, said it came as a ;reat surprise to him. He was very thankful to hem. That desk would always be a reminder o him of the happy days he had spent in North iYales with his fellow workmen. He thanked them nost heartily and hoped that thev would spend nany more such happy as they nad spent that lay together in that place, (Cheers.) In the even- ng a concert was held at which the following pro- ;ramme was gone through Song, The Sailor's trave," Mr E. M. Evans chorus, Soldiers' Chorus," Male Voice Party song, 0 Thou that el lest good Tidings," r H. Lewis address by the chairman song, Pwy sydd eisiau Papyr ewydd," Mr W. Edwards part song, y wtbyn ar y Bryn," Male Voice party banjo olo, "Park Ciescent March," Mr J. Keegan. luett, Flow, Gently Deva," Messrs Humphreys: horua, Comrades Song of Hope," Male Voice 'arty; song, Miss E. E. Griffiths; pianoforte duett, < Royal Mail Galop," Messrs C. and R. Cotsworth ong, Llam y Cariadau," Mr E. M. Evans part one' Awn i ben y Wyddfa Fawr," Male Voice 'arty mouth organ solo, «' Hen Ffon fy Nain," faster Bobby Jones song, The Village Black- mitb" Mr W. Edwards chorus, On the Ram- ,arts'" Male Voice Party finale, God save the >ueen After the concert some dancing took place od a merry time was spent.
The opening of the new building of the first Baptist Church at Columbus, Ohio, which took place on Tuesday week,has attracted considerable at- tention because of the internal arrangements which, as far as a place of worship is concerned, are unique, for the Church is planned exactly like a theatre, There are private boxes with curtains, while the choir and instrumentalists, numbering about forty, ait before the stage in the place usually occupied by the orchestra. The pulpit or preacher's plat- form is in the form of a scage. The body of the church is fitted with foyer seats like a theatre. There are also rooms for checking hate, cloaks, and umbrellas.
MONTGOMERYSHIRE LIBERALS. A meeting of the Montgomeryshire Central Liberal Association was held at the Congrega- tional Schoolroom, Welshpool, on Monday after- noon, Mr Humphreys Owen, M P., in the chair. Sixteen delegates were appointed to attend the Welsh National Convention which will probably be held at the end of August. Sir James Joicey, M.P., was unanimously elected vice-president of the association. It was decided that the annual meeting of the association be held in Newtown some time in the autumn, the president (Mr Hum- phreys-Owen) to fix a date to secure the attendance if possible of Sir James Jokey. Replying to a vote of thanks, Mr Humphreys-Owen severely criticised the Clerical Tithes Bill. Referring to the Trans- vaal criiis, Mr Owen said that the Jingoes were doing their utmost to force this country into war. Immigrants into the Transvaal, hesaid, were hardly as well governed as they might be, bnt their griev- ances were not such as to warrant a ca.sus belli. The Liberal party, or at all events Welsh Liberals, would not lend themselves to the carrying out of any such iniquitous policy as that of war with the Transvaal ♦