News and Notes from Trecastle. (BY Novus HOMO). On Thursday last the half yearly rent audit of Mr Lloyd Dowoas was held at the Three Horse Shoes Inn, when an excellent repast was laid out by Mr James Parry and his daughter Miss A. Parry. A large number of the tenants were present, and a most enjoyable time was spent. The usual toasts were duly honoured, including those of the genial landlord and the tenants. The latter found a spokesman in Mr Thomas Williams, of Pendre Forge, who represents the fourth generation of a family of blacksmiths at the above- named Forge on the Lloyd Downes estate. The landlord was represented at the audit by his brother, who also aots as agent to the estate. Several songs were given by tenants and others and greatly enlivened the proceedings. Much interest is being taken in the forthcoming marriage of Mr Albert Davies, Glynneath, and Miss Daisy Hughes, of Skewen, a relative of the Rev D. H. Williams, the popular pastor of the Tynewydd C.M. Chapel, which is to take place at the C.M. Chapel, Trecastle, on Boxing Day. A report of the ceremony will be given next week. Quite unique in the history of Trecastle will be the passing of the Christmas holidays without an eisteddfod or a concert. One hopes to see such gatherings revived here ere another Christmas comes. No comparisons, odious. or otherwise, will daunt the progressive inhabitants of this locality in their efforts to get road improvements. We do not compare our ills and wants with those of any other district, but strive to secure a fair return to the already heavily burdened taxpayer for his rates, a fair access to his or her dwelling place, with a well-made permanent roadway.
BRONLLYS. THE SCHOOL.—The scholars of Bron!lys Day School "broke up" for the Xmas Holidays last Friday afternoon. Prizes for regular attend- ance were given to those children who haj, under the scheme of the Brecon Education Committee, merited them. Mrs Payne Evans, of Bronllys Castle, presented the prizes and to t each winner spoke a few words of con,ratuli tion and hope for fusnre success. A short concert preceded the distribution, the children giving several choruses and action songa which merited the pleasure given to and acknowledged ) by those who were present. After the distri- bution of prizes and a very hearty round of applause as a token of thanks to Mrs Evans, who was accompanied by Miss Ryan. The children enjoyed games till dusk, and than on leaving for home were presented with crackers, oranges, cake and sweets, having thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. The prize winners were—1st prize, Ronald Gutteridge; 2nd priz?, Pryce Hope, Mary Green, Ernest HODe, Cissie Parry; 3rd prize, Algy Price, Jessie Jones, Percy Hope, Mary Bowen, Violet Evans. Alice Parry and Gertie Bowen. The School re- assembles on January 6th,
AGRICULTURAL INSTRUCTION IN BRECONSHIRE. Advanced a Stage. A meeting of the Higher Education Committee for the county was held at Brecon on Friday, the Hon. R. C. Devereux presiding. Prof. Bryner Jones, the agricultural adviser for Wales, attended to explain the plan for utilising the proposed grants for what is generally called farm institute education, and to plead for the co-operation of the committee. His address showed, what was not at all clear before, that Breconshire would be able to benefit without going in for the erection of costly buildings. Explaining the present situation to the com- mittee, Prof. Bryner Jones said there were two conditions necessary to secure assistance from the funds at the disposal of the Development Com- missioners—(1) the Education Authority in each county must appoint an agricultural committee, and (2) no grant would be paid out of the farm institute fund except in respect to additional expenditure, that was expenditure over and above what was incurred now. The average expenditure on agricultural instruction in Breconshire for the three years ended March, 1912, was £ 147. and that sum would be taken as the standard of past expen- diture. For every penny spent over that sum they would get a very substantial grant. The Agri- cultural Council for Wales made efforts to get still more favourable terms, mainly on the ground of the poverty of the Welsh counties, but the Develop- ment Commissioners would not reconsider their decision. The Welsh Agricultural Council then passed a resolution appealing to the counties for further contributions towards agricultural edu- cation, so that the counties might secure the full benefit of the grant. The work already done in Breconshire, including support of the Aberystwith College, was precisely of the nature of farm institute work. There had been some misunder- standing in this matter. It was not necessary, unless they desired to do so, to go in for a farm institute and staff of their own. It was open to them to contract with the College to do the work for them, and they would g"t the same grants in respect to that as if they built a school. The Chairman Shall we have to make an ad- ditional grant to the College ? Prof. Jones replied in the affirmative, and pro- ceeded to say that if the counties in the College area, including Breconshire, worked as one area through the college they could do this work very much more cheaply than if each county had a scheme of its own, and could have the services of a far bigger staff. Acting on their own they would want a staff of half-a-dozen, but joining in a group of counties they could manage with oue organiser for each county, and the rest of the staff from the College could serve the whole of the area. Breconshire was one of the dass of counties which would have a minimum grant of 67 per cent, of the total expenditure in other words, for every t1 spent in addition to the £ 147 they would get t2. The College would find the staff of lecturers and instructors, and the counties would have a voice in the appointments through their representatives on the Agricultural Committee of tue College. The County Agricultural Committee would decide at the beginning of the year the nature of their scheme, and it would be for the College to carry it out. A point for consideration was whether Breconshire would join with Radnorshire in having one agricultural organiser for the two counties. Such an organiser would do a certain amount of instructional work himself. He hoped Breconshire would see its way to contribute £ 100 in addition to the £ 147, and thus earn £ 200 in grants, making a total sum for agricultural instruction of t447. Replying to the Chairman and others, the speaker said on that contribution it would be possible for the College to appoint an organiser for Breconshire alone. The salary would be from £200 to t250. Mr Miller proposed a resolution to the effect that in the event of Breconshire joining the seheme the committee were in favour of association with Radnorshire. He believed in that way they would be able to secure more efficient organisation, and one man would be quite capable of doing what was required in the two counties. Mr Owen Price seconded, being of opinion that the united area of Breconshire and Radnorshire would not be too much for one organiser. The arrangement of the grant did not meet thpir views, but í hey must be thankful for small mercies. The motion was carried. The Chairman thanked Prof. Bryner Jones for his lucid explanation of the position. He also remarked that he was sony they had not more members of the Farmers' Union on the committee. (Hear, hear). He thought they were very much concerned in it. (Applau.se). It afterwards transpired that in the year ended March last the county spent about t:200 on agri- cultural education, and that it would only require another £ 50 to make up the amount Prof. Bryner Jones suggested. Eventually Mr Miller proposed, Mr Owen Price seconded, and it was resolved that the committee recommend the County Council to join in the scheme and allow £ 100 per year above the tl47 average.
Death of the Rev. M. Powell Williams. The death took place at Llansantffraed Rectory, on Friday evening, of the Rev. Powell Williams, rector of the parish, at the age of 71 years. Deceased was born atMaescarnog.Cray, and his father was at one time rector of Cilcwm, Llandovery. fie received his ed-,cation at Llandovery and subsequently at the University College, Durham, was ordained deacon m 1865 and priest in 1866. He was appointed to the curacy of St. James's, Uath. in 18G5, but in the following year went to Bredenbury, Herefordshire, where be was curate until 1868. Then he acted as curate at Oyster- mouth, from whence he went to Talgarth, in 1870. In 1872 he was appointed rector of L'tinsantffraed, where he has laboured assidu- ously for the last 41 years. He was married to Miss Watkins, Tyruched, Glasbury, and had a family of one son and three daughters. His son died in the South African War. Of a most amiable disposition, Mr Williams had a wide circle of friends of all classes, and in the district in which be lived he will be greatly missed. He was a member of the B econ Board of Guardians and Rural Council for many years.
BUILTH SPA CUP—SEMI-FINAL Garth Y. Wyeside Swifts. I Played at Garth on Saturday. The Swifts won the toss and played up the field. Shortly after the start Cyril Evans scored for the home team. At half-time the score was Garth one goal, Swifts nil. During the second half the visitors were more aggressive. Both teams lost several oppor- tunities to score, and Garth were on several occasions the victims of ill-luck. Final score :— Wyeside Swifts three goals, Garth one goal. Mr Corsham, Builth Road, was referee.
——— ———— Too Much Farmers' Union." Another letter from Mi Ernest Jonts on this subject is unavoidably held over owing to early publishing for Christmas.
Cefn Coed Territorials' Prize Distribution. At the Drill Hall, Cefn Coed, on Thursday, the distribution of Christmas and other prizes to officers and men of "G" Company, Breck- uckshire Territorial Battalion, took place. Lieut E H Mopgrove, the popular officer iu command, presided, and was supported by the Adjutant, CapL Llovd, who presented the prizes, Sergeant-Mapr Griffiths (Brecon), Li-ot W J Canton, C.I-Sffgts G Simons and Price Hughes. The visitors included Col J J Jones (retired), Capt. D Cope Harris and Capt. H H Soothey, both of the Merthyr Detach- m'ont, 5b Welsh Regiment, the Rev J Davies, Rector of Vaynor, Mr Dixon Walker, Mr Roger Vaagban, J.P., and Col Sargt W Etllcran, of the Ritij Brigade, just arrived home from India, where he was one of the guard of honour on the occasion of the visit of the King and Queen, and who has been appointed instructor at Winchester. Altogether there was a record attendance. Lieut. Musgrove, in opening the proceedings said the Company was the best in Breconshire, the largest m Camp, and their behaviour excel- lent. He hoped this year to make up the full strength only 15 Wc:e required to get that 'I cumber. The battalion bad distinguished themselves by wioning the Marathon Cup this year, two of the team being of "G" Company. Tuey were 2nd in prizes for fighting. Capt DC Harris, iu proposing "Breckockshire BaUaiiuL,"8ttid the wen wereexceedingly fortu- nate in their officers. Their Commander, Lord Glanusk, was a fine man, an all round soldier, aud one of the finest Colonels in the British Empire. (Cheers). The Adjutant, in responding, gave a brief retrospect of the year's work. They had won the Marathon cup and he would like to annex the cuo which was to be presented for football. There were cries of "Rugby" and "Soccer" upon the intimation that it was not yet decided which code would be played. The battalion were very proud of their excellent band, who were performing so splendidly that evening uuder Bandmaster Cunnington. The toast of "The donors and visitors" was proposed by Lieut W J Canton, and Col-Sergt. Halloran responded. Mr Roger Vaughan proposed the health of The Chairman," and on the call of Lieut Musgrove the company drank in silence to the memory of the late Captain Harold V Jones. During the evening an excellent entertainment was given by favourite artistes.
SENNYBRIDGE. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. To Devynock Pttty Sessions ou Thursday (Col. Stuart Mor- gan in the cbair), David Jones, Pt-nyrynys Cottage, Cray, summo^d tor b,ing drank and disorderly at Sennybridge on November 28th, sent a letter elating thai be could not appear because he could not afford to lose a day. He pleaded guilty aud said hs would do hi best uot to be summoned again and would pay his fine on Saturday.—The Clerk: He seems to arrange it very well, sir. (LiOghter). Evid- enae was giveu by P.S. Davies, who also put in a number of previous convictions. Defendant was fined £1 including costs.—Thomas E ias, Sennybridge, was summoned in reepect of a similar offence.—Mr Lewis W. H. Jones, solicitor, Brecon, appeared for defendant, and admitted tha offencs.—P.S. Davies stated the case, and added that defendant was last before the Bench in March, 1911. Defendant was fined fl including costs. FARMERS' UNION MEETING.—On Friday evening, under the auspices of the Sennybridge and Dis- trict branch of the Brecon and Radnor Farmers' Union, a lecture was given by Mr J Hugh Mattison, B.Sc., upon the "Principles of manuring." The attendance was not very large, although the subject was one of considerable importance to agriculturists. The chair was taken by Mr D W Price. Nantyrharn. Mr Mattison said there was nothing better than farmyard manure where there was plenty of it, but where the supply was limited then they mast resort to the use of artificial manures. All soils were not alike, and this made the subject of manuring a very comph- j cated one. There were four things which plants required in the soil, viz., nitrogen, potash, phosphates and lime; while one or more of these requirements might be present in a sufficient quantity in some soils, there would be a deficiency in others, and this deficiency must be supplied by the use of an artificial manure. Mr Mattison gave a very interesting description of how the various artificial manures now used are made, the action of lime upon the soil, he difference in the needs of clayey and gravelly soils, as well as the action of the artificial manures upon grass lands and root crops. At the close of the lecture many questions were asked and satisfactorily aaswe;ej by the lecturer, to whom a hearty vote of thanks was accorded. The chairman was also thanked for presiding. Mr Mattison is an agent of the Chilian Nitrate Company, and he is wishful to obtain the use of three or four plots of land in the district for experimental work. He will be at Sennybridge again'early in January, when he will be pleased to furnish full details of the proposed experimental plots, probably at the next meeting of the branch on the 5th Jan.
Hunting Fixtures. Brecon Hint.—Friday, 26.ii, at Glyncelyn, at 11, bstakiast 10, farmel is cordially iuvitei I' Thursday. Jan lsi, at Castle Hotel, 11-15; Saturday, 3rd, at Bittcubryntch, 11.15. <J H aeWinton, M.F.H.
TERRITORIALS' PRIZE DISTRIBUTION. The distribution of the Christmas Shootiag prizes to the Talgarth Terr if rials took place in the Rocbe Memorial Drill H !1 co Saturday evening. Capt D. Jones presided o- r a aooj muster, which included se• vr old members of the Company who had piuti the National Reserve. Before the distribution took pure Col Sergt- last. C. Greeu addressed the n-i c and 6a: "i ho would like to see more of tbc-ai taking &.à.Q- tage of the boxing t^iovt _■<, Iadian clabs, dumbeils and bayonet OD lou<» winter nights. He woula &l-o like .0 get a | Dumber of recruits at the b.L.ng of the New Yea,r and ho wccld want p?fnri *■ ^'jailers and scouts before nexi camp. Capt. Jones iben distributed the prizes as follows:— Bag. C Price 89 points, Ccrpl. J Haghes 87, Sergt. Dr'inr. F T Morgan 85, D A Williams 83. Sergt. J Martin 81. Lce.-Cpl. L Griffiths 80, Pte. C Woodman 80. S-M.C. P Jones 72, Pte. D C Davies 71, Cpl. W T Davies 71, Cpt. C Jones 67, Pte. W E Shelton 66, Pte. E Cartwrigbt 65, Pte. R R Webb 61, Pte. W Morgan 59, Pte. W H Joac-s 56. Pte L Hum- phries 55, Ptp M M Jonts 55. Fte. B Williams 52, Sergt. G B Jones 52. Pte. C J Davies 51, Pte. D Jones 45, Bug. H Weale 41. Pte. K Vaughan 38, Lee Cpl. J H Smith 35, Pte. W G Davids 31, Pis. E L-wis 30, Pte. T V Davies 25, Pee. J Prosser 2--t. P.e. G Wilson 19 Pte Llcyd 19, Ptp F J Price 10. Col.-Sg'. Roliu- ROD, Sergt. M Redrdon, Cpl. W Powe!1. Cpl. W Bevan, Cpl. B Curtis, Ptes. J Evans, C Evans. B French, S Hackeit, G Hughe?. M Jon^e D H Morgan, W Morgan, S L Millard. P Perrv,' A Powell, A Watkins, D Watkins. W Willtams. Coi.-Sergtaut Instructor Green, proposed r, vote of thanks to ttie donors of priz S. which was seconded by F. T. Morgan, and coupled with the names of Cans' D. J onelõi and Dr. H. Williams. Capt. Jones thanked the men for (tc work they did in camp, but said thi, cniesg they got more recrnus and t'Ch: a larger Company to camp-as Talgarth ustd to dJ, aud ht coulii see no reason why they cool i not do it glair,- he was afraid their c., would be elsewhere. This he would t; eorrr to see, and be hoped each man would try to induc-3 on or more cf- his friends to join. H was to inform tbe Company thc-y now h t thjir full compiement of officers Dr. H. William" also s-r.ake at;,3 a, joa.ed for more recruits. Sergt Percy Jones and Sgt. G. B. Jones speke of Ihe encouragement they in collecting prizes. Sgt.-Drummer F T. Morgan said be believed in compulsory tr<iirioy man would l! have to do his share and not shirk his doty.
Brecon Territorials' Christmas Gathering. The annual distribution of Christmas prizes in connection with A Company, Brecknock- shire Battalion Territorial Force, took place on Saturday night last, at the Drill Hall, when a smoking oo-.oert was held. The chair was occupied by Capt. J- Price, officer commanding the company, supported by the Mayor (Coun. Evan Morgan), Gapt and Adjt. A. M. Lloyd, Major D. W. E. Thomas, Lieut. T. P. Thomas, Lieut. Gilbert Thomas, Lieut. Bridge, Lieut D. Jones, Major W. T. Isaac, the Rev. T. Gwyn Thomas, Alderman E. A. Wright, Councillors Best and Rich, Mr LeBrocq. Dr. E. R. Evans, and Mi J. V. Rees. In proposing the toast of The Donors of Prizes," Capt. Price assured the donors that the men of "A" Company deeply appreciated their kindness in presenting such valuable prizes. (Applause). The Mayor respouded, and dealt with the important part which the Territorial Force took in the constitution of the Army. The Rev. Gwyn Thomas also responded. Although be (Mr Thomas) was only a small donor be hoped to continue as long as he had the opportunity, because he believed in the Territorials. (Applause). Mr Best proposed The Regiment," and coupled with it the name of Capt. Lloyd. A dompany formed part of a battalion which bad gained for itself great credit. (Cheers). He remembered when Colonel Conway Lloyd was their colonel and Capt. Lloyd's father their adjutant, and it was a pleasure to see Capt. Lloyd following in his father's footsteps. (Ap- plause). They had also the very best colonel they CQI1!d have. (Lo, d applause). Mr Best referred to Lord Glanusk's successful efforts in securing a Territorial Battalion for Breconshire itself, instead of being linked to another county. Whether compulsory service came or not, those who had already served their King and country in the Territorial Force could look back with pride that they had not shirked their duty. (Applause). Capt. Lloyd, in replying, said they had a most successful and pleasant camp in the summer; and the men behaved themselves admirably. Where they would go next year he could not say, but Lord Glanosk was doing his beat to per, them a camp in a desirable spot. He was glad to think that two of "A" Company were members of the team that won the Marathon race in camp. With regard to the atrength of the Battalion be regretted to say that roughly they wer- about 300 short, bat be hoped that that ootLber would be made op. Col-Sgt W Morgan submitted the toast of the "Captain and Company and referred to the great kindness of Captain Price and the interest which the ladies of Morganwg took in the company. Cq.pf. Price and SergeIHlt:\l"ji' Griffiths briefly responded. The Iiluyoi ti.:a presented f' large uumber of prizes. The winners -<of h( Cor porn'-ion prizes were—Sergt Alf Willises Pt>" [) Wil- liams, Sergt F James, Corpl J Hudson. Corpl T Rees, Sergt Prosser, Pte E J Jones, Pta J Jones, Corpl F Wahers, and P J T Evw. The prize for the best recruit was give a to Pte Thorooqhgood, Territorial efficiency medals were given to Sorgt F James, Pe F KuOA'ta and Pto J Jones. Daring the evening snugs, recitations, etc., were given by Mr E Evans, Mr Roy Parry, Staff-Sprgt Wbittaker, Pte J T Evans, Lce. Corpl G Hardwitke, Mr W T Jones, Col-Sergt T Harries, and Mr A W Hawkes.
ABERCRAVE. TsMroRARY SCHOOL TO BE PROVIDED.—At a Ipscial meeting of the Breconshire County C nncil on Friday the need for the provision of Ac ae temporary additional school accommodation at Abercrave was discussed. Mr Idria Davies moved that a temporary building to accommodate 100 children be purchased and erected, to relieve the overcrowding at the Abercrave Council School, and pointed out that such a building could be used elsewhere on future occasions to relieve over- crowding, which was likely to occur at several places. The accommodation at Abercrave Schools was for 184 children, and there were 268 names on the books, the conditions being a serious menace to the health of the teachers and children. Mr J. E. Moore-Gwyn seconded the motion, re- marking that it was a very urgent case, and it would be economy to get a building which could be used elsewhere.—The County Surveyor (Mr C. W. Best) said he had recommended that a Doecker building be purchased because the Local Government Board would grant a loan for a period of from 15 to 25 years. The estimated ooat of such a building for 100 children with cloakroom and teacher's room, heating and fur- nishing was CGOO. A cheaper building would meet the purpose. A corrugated iron building might be erected for Y.300, but there would be a loss of probably X100 on taking it down and re- erecting ir, and he doubted very much whether they would get a loan.—The motion was carried, it was also decided to apply for a loan, and to authorise the Tenders Sub-Committee to obtain tenders and accept one. ABBRCHAVE BRIDGE IMPROVEMENT.— County Council! J E --Gwyn, David Powell, Capt W i'.kirjK, Aid M W Morgan, Mr H F W Harries (clerk), and Mr Best met a committee of the Yr!traàgYl!1:B Council hero on Wednes- day week, iu reft-fencf to the improvement of the approach and widening and strengthening of the Abt-rcravt- Bii.igc. The party were entertained to lunch by Mr J E Moore-Gwyn I at Abe.?cr&ve Mr DR Morgan reported to the Ystradgyolais Council on Thursday that a gch< riH- Lad been agreed to, und tb, Sab-Commiotee offured to contribute £ 250. The Cau-rjil appro v eel of the project on these lines. LOCAL COLLIERIES RECORD OUTPUT.-Since the Idf)¡ua'iorlJ;\l Colliery has been taken over by the Abercrave Collieries Company the work. ing arrangements at the colliery have been re- vised, and the result will no doubt prove beneficial to the majority of workmen. Last Friday the combined output of the Inter- nationa! and AUerccive Collieries was nearly one thousand which is a record figure for the two pits belonging to the Company.
YSTRADGYNLAIS. DISTRICT COUNCIL. At a meeting of the District Council on Thursday, a letter from Mr G Tudor (Col. Gongh's solicitor) was received, stating that as the ground landlord the colonel was anxious to improve the Water street property, and thought the whole of the con. demned buildings should come down. His interest in the property was very small, and Mr Tudor wished to know if the Council would give compensation to the lessee if he could arrange for the surrender of the lease.-iNIr W Walters remarked that now they had the oppor. tunity the Council should take action and not blame landlords in future.—It was decided that the closing order should be followed by a demo- lition order if necessary.—By six votes to three it was decided to drop the Council offices scheme. —The Medical Officer stated that application from Glamorganshire for removals to a con- sumption sauatuiium were being deal:, with more expeditiously than in the Ystradk'ynlais area. It was ti, ei,led to write to Lbe Welsh Insurance Commissioners and the National Memorial Association.
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BRECON. ALL kinds of Insurances effected. Agent for several first-class Companies.—Williams, Accoun- tant, Insurance and General Agent, Sennybridge, and 6, Bulwark, Brecon. For all kinds of English and Foreign Fruits, ready-spiced Pickling Vinegar go to WOODS, Cast e street. CYCLES. CYCLES.—We have a large range of new models from Y,4 17s 6d to 915 15s. Sole agents for the Raleigh, James and Sun- beam. An inspection of our stock is solicited. —Meredith and Sons, Brecon. IT IS DELICIOUS. That is what our customers say. SWEETHOG BACON has a flavour all its own, It is something choice. It has to be tasted to be fully appreciated. Sweethog the breakfast table delicacy-Ten-pence per lb. Obtainable I only at MORRIS'S 17. Bridge street. DON'T buy your Christmas Fruit until you have seen ours.—We have # magnificent assort- ment bought early, and bought well, See our window note the unbeatable quality, and all at cut prices.-MORRIS, 17, Bridge street. ROSALINE CREAM produces Soft, White, Hands and a Lovely Complexioil. Bottles Is, 6d and 2s, only of Charles and Gwillim,Pharmacists, Brecon. MEREDITH & SONS are sole agents for the celebrated" Tubular" and "Tor" Cream I' Separators. All machines sent out on free trial.-S, High Street, Brecon. SEB tbJ entirely new dlBIgn8 in Ties, cleverly figured with huntsmen, robins, & &0. The right things for this season.—Watts. STORY BooKs, Children's Picture Books, j Poets (in leather bindings), suitable for I Christmas gifts. Writing Cases, Inkstands, I Fountain Pens, Calendars and Christmas j Cards, Christmas Annuals, &c., at T. JONES', S.P.U.K. Depot, Bulwark, Brecon. CHRISTMAS 1913—Meredith and Sons, Stores, Brecon, are now offering Choice New Currants, Riis/us, Suhanas selected from the finest importations, and have secured some of the beat fiuit in the market thoroughly clean a,d sound. STILTON CEiBBsN.-Meredith and Sons have just secured a dairy of excellent Stiltons in perfect condition, which they are offering at a low prioo. Half cheese supplied. The Stores, Brecon. London Book Parcels daily. Books ordered every evening. No delay.—A. Hughes k Son, Booksellers. OUR WINDOWS, this week, give you some idea of the endless variety of high-class goods we Stock suitable for Xmas Presents.—A. Hughes and Son, Booksellers and Stationers. COME early and select your Xmas Presents at Ewart Wise's Toilet Depot, High Street. Dressing Cases, Fancy Combs, Perfumes, Ebony Brush and Manicure Sets, Shaving Requisites, &c., &c. MESSRS JOHN WILLIAMS AND Co. Showroom now open. Special show of XMAS CRACKERS and NOVELTIES. Many lines greatly reduced, to clear. WELLINGTON HOTEL BALL ROOM, BRECON. —Reid and Co's Great 6d BAZAAR is now open at above address. 25,000 articles at ONE PRICE, 6id. Be in time for the bargains. Open each day 930 a m. to 9 p.m. Goods delivered free to any part of the town. FOR TIEADACHICS, rheumatism, sciatica and ail nerve pains—PAX TABLETS seem to act splendidly, 6d. boxen Local agents, CHARLES AND GWILLIM, Medical Hall, Brecon. FOOTBALL.-On Saturday afternoon Brecon Athletic defeated the Church Lads' Brigade by three goals to one. During the match J Hill, Maendu street, was accidentally kicked just above the right eye and had to be treated by a doctor. MEN'S MEETING.—On Sunday afternoon the Rev E B Smith, late organising secretary of the C.E.M.S. Society for South Wales and West of England, preached to a large gathering at the men's service held in connection with the C.E.M.S. at St. Mary's Church. BIBLE CLAss.-Eiast Sunday afternoon prizes were distributed to the members of Mr C J E Large's Bible Class by the Rev A E Donaldson. Over 40 prizes were presented. DEATH OF A RESERVIST.—The death took place on Wednesday of last week of Mr Walter Rees Davies, Cemetery road, at, the age of 28 years. The deceased was a reservist of the Welsh Fusiliers. The funeral took place on Monday and was attended by some of the N.C. officers of the 24th Regiment who also sent a wreath. DIPHTHERIA. —We understand that the borough isolation hospital was to have been closed on Monday, as the last patient suffering from diphtheria had been discharged; but unfortunately two more cases of diphtheria were reported and had to be taken to the hospital on Monday. SOCIAL EVENING.—On Wednesday night last week a number of the bachelors of the Bethel (C.M.) Yonng People's Guild gave a social," and it attracted a fair attendance. Those who had charge of the arrangements were Messrs Llewelyn Williams, Robert L"wi' Geoffrey Price, Vernon Hughes, Ivor Morgan, J Rees, and the pastor, the Rev. Tudor Jones and they managed to make themselves more generally useful than men usually do. During the evening a song was given by Miss Franois (encored), and » pianoforte solo by Master Frank Morgan, and games and other amuse- ments were indulged in. Mr Lewis Lewis, Llanfaes. gave selections on the gramophone. THE XMAs HOLIDAYS.—On Friday Christ College aud all the secondary and elementary school in iu the borough broke up for the Xmas holidays. BRECON MOUNT STREET COUNCIL SCHOOLS.— The usual breaking up concerts took place on Friday afternoon last. Long and varied pro. grammes were in both departments. The yoang artistes did their work remarkably well and thoroughly interested and entertained their f; llow pupils. Before dismissing the infants th" Ho'\d Mistress, Mrs Fiaher, bad the pleasure of presenting to Mrs Gosling on behalf of the children and staff, a handsome electro pi "ted •; gg stand, (supplied by Mr Mayall, Brecon). Mrs Gosling has been a faithful and loyal member of the staff for 12 years, and her departure, owing to her mar- riage, is mocJ regretted by her oolleaguaa and pupils. SOCIAL GATHERING.—A social tea and enter- tainraeat wfre held at Glamorganshire Street Chanel on Wednesday afternoon aud evening the 17th inefc. The tea was given by Mrs R E Havard Williams, aud there was a large atten- dance. The following presided at the tables: Mrs Havard Williams, Mrs Weaver Price, Miss C Williams, Miss B Phillips, Miss E M Price, an" Vhss G Price, l'uet the eaiorer being Miss Davies, Gceen Dragon, at the entertainmsut subsequently, over which the Rev T Gwyn Tuouias presided, thH following contributed to ti)e programme which had been prepared by Misses Williams aud Phillips: pianoforte solos, Misses Jenkins and Phyllis W Lee reoications, Miss Eirene Lewis, md Master Hermann Lewis, and MiftS Tyrrell; reading Rev T Gwvn Thomv.s song, Miss G Price, Miss Powell, Ca^dryssu, Miss Evelyn Bond, and Mr Oscar Watkins; pianoforte duet, Misses Herbert. There were also several interesting competi- tions, and a vry enjoyable evauing. was spent. JUNIOR CLASS AT THE COUNTY SCHOOLS.— At a mating of the County Higher Education Cumiuittw ou Ftniay it was reported that the Board of Education wish, I) to know if the Education Aniihor.tty had any objection to the junior form at the Brecon County School for Girls ana after HUfUtJ discussion it was decided to reply that the Committee approved the form. A CONSISTENT SCORER.— By inadvertence we la -t week deprived W Palk of the crodit of one of the goals scored by Brecon Juniors in the Builtb Wells Spa Cap match played on thelOih inRt. Palk has scored in every match he has playi J. with the Juniors this season, his record being 10 matches, 13 t'oals.
LLYSWEN. RENT AUDIT.—The half-yearly rent audit of the Llangoed Estate was held at the Griffin Inn. Mr James Gumer, Glasbury, the agent, attended on behalf of the owner, Mr H. A. Chriaty, of Llangoed Castle, who has greatly improved the property. 1 County Times" Fixture List. Wednesday, Deo. 26tb.-Parisb Social, Llandefaelog School. Wednesday, December 31st.—Dance, Parish Hall, Brecon, 8 p.m.; Children's Concert, Llwyn Madoc School, Beulah, 7 p.m. Thursday, January 1st.—Eisteddfod, Penuel Chapel, Bwlcb, 2.30 and 6.45. Friday, January 2nd.—Education Buildings and Staffing and Salaries Committees. Taesday, January 6tb.-Brecousbire Quarter Sessions. January 7th,1914.—Eisteddfod io connection with Usk Lodge, R.A.O.B., in Town Hall, Breoon. Monday, January 12th.—Education Finance Committee. Friday, January 16th.-Standitig Joint and Main Roads Committees. Monday, January 19tb.-County Finance Committee. Friday, January 23rd.-County Education Authority. Friday, January 30tb.-County Council. Entertainments, public meetings, etc., which are advertised in the "Breoon County Times," will be notified under the above beading without further charge. Similar notices of other events will be accepted at advertisement rates.
MARKETS GUIDE. Trade and Prices. TALGABTH CHRISTMAS MARKET, MONDAY.—There was a fall supply and prices ruled:—Eggs 8 for la, butter la 3d and Is 4d per lb, dressed fowls lOd per lb, ducks IOd per lb, geese 9d per lb, turkeys Is per lb, rabbits 9d each. HAY, Xmas (live poultry) Thursday.—Large market and prices good—chickens (live) 5s, (dressed) 4 6j to 6s 6d, fowls (live) 5s to 6s. ducks (live) 6s to 7s, (dressed) Is per lb., geeso (live) 6Jd per lb., turkeys (live) lOd lb., pigeons 4d to 6d each, rabbits 9d to 101 each, batter Is 2d to Is 3d per lb., eggs 8 for Is. BRECON, General, Friday.—There was a small supply owing to the proximity of the great Xmas market. Prices, butter Is 2d to Is 3d per lb., eggs 6 for Is, chickens 5s 6d to 6s 6d per couple, ducks 6s to 7s per couple, geese 10d per lb, turkey Is per lb., apples Is per quarter, pork, sparerib lOd per lb., mouse lid per lb., rabbits 6d to 9d each. BRECON, Christmas Poultry. Early on Monday afternoon some hundreds of turkeys and geese were for sale in the Brecon Market Hall, although Tuesday had been fixed for the market. The prices asked were :—Turkeys, Is 3d per lb geese, Is per lb and fowls, 8s per couple. But the general rates of sale were Is l!d per Ib for turkeys, lid for geese, and 7s 2 per couple for fowls.
Cefn Girl's Betrayal. A story of a shattered romance and the flight to, Canada of an intended bridegroom was rdaiied at Cefn Petty S asions Court on Thursday, when Elizabeth Jamas, who gave her age as nineteen, but looked considerably younger, summoned David Gatehouse in respect of her male child. Mr F P Charles appeared for the complainant. The girl said she and Gatehouse had been walking out together for some time, aud in September Gatehouse promised to marry her. Complainant's father, in the witness-box, told the court that on discovering bis daughter's condition ha sent for Gatehouse, and the latter admitted his responsibility. He did n,)t wan5 to marry the girl, as ha W,H only seventeen years old, and earned C24 p-r year. Afteir farther parleying, witness wrote to the boy's father, and the latter agreed to his son marry- ing the girl. However, the wedding did not take place, and the next they beard was that Gatehouse had left the district for Canada. The Benoh made an order for 3s. per week until the child is sixteen, and the usual costs.
TALYBONT. FOOTBALL.-The visitors at Talybont on Saturday afternoon were Llangattock, who came with an unbeaten record. In the early period of the game Odell's smart clearanoes at back earned the appiause of the crowd. The homesters n!timately worked tbe ball to the other end and forced a corner, which bore no fruit. Morris, the home rígb wiug, sent in a fiue shot, .vhich WM safely manipulated. The homo forwards agaiu attacked, led by Neil, who opened the scoring with a fast low shot. Half- lim e-Talybont 1, Llangattock nil. Iu tbe "t-coiid half some bmjvrt passing between Neil, Edwards and Parry ended in th latter scoring with a shot that gv the goalkeeper no chance. Tbo visillorf4 still had plenty of fight in them and were soon rewarded— Leonard scoring from a scramble. Exciting play ensued, aud thanks to Odtdl and Whit- .aker, the home defence managed to hold out. Talybont thus winuing a good game by 2 ¡ to 1. Talybjut —James Odtll, Whit- taker Cross, Watkins, Evans D Watkins, Parry, Neil, Edwards and Morris.
ALLEGED FORGERY AT CRICKHOWELL. Extraordinary Cheque Story. At Crickhowell Police Court on Friday last— before Mr A H Miers, Colonel J R Parkinson, Messrs R G James and W G James—Thomas Brown (25), of Crickhoweil, labourer, was charged with forging and uttering a banker's cheque for £ 5, purporting to have been signed by Mrs Curteis, wife of Major-general R L H Curteis, of Glanyrafon, Crickhowell. The prosecution was taken up by the National Provincial Bank, Ltd., for whom Mr T Vaughan appeared, and the accused was defended by Mr D G Harris. William Harold Cowman, accountant at the Crickhowell branch of the National Provincial Bank, said the accused came to the bank on the 8th inst. and presented a cheque for Z5, pur- porting to be signed by "Mary Curteis," payable to himself. Not liking the look of the cheque, witness asked defendant if Mrs Curteis signed it and he replied "Yes." Further asked if he saw her write it oat, defendant said she gave it to him, he did not know who wrote it. Witness had suspicions, and a fellow clerk having traced the cheque number in the register, he reported the matter to Mr Price, the manager. Mr Price asked defendant whose writing was on the cheque, and he again said that Mrs Curteis bad given it him. Subsequently Mr Price sent Mr Prichard with defendant to get Mrs Curteis to confirm the cheque by singing it again. Defendant had no account at the bank. David Thomas Prichard, clerk in the Bank, said the cheque presented by Brown was one of a book which bad been issued to Ralph Brothers. Wit- ness accompanied Brown to Glanyrafon and car- ried the cheque. When they got to within 50 yards of Glanyrafon, Brown said, Will you show me the cheque." He held the cheque in his two hands, and Brown snatched it, leaving the tiny piece produced in his hand. Brown refused to return the cheque, and held up his fist in witness's face, threatened him, and said "dare tell Mrs Curteis." Witness then went back to the bank and reported the occurrence to Mr Price. Mrs Curteis said the accused had been employed on the Glanyrafon estate for some years. She did not give him a cheque for X5 or any other sum. Frederick Ralph, of Crickhowell, butcher, said that on the 6th inst, accused asked for a blank cheque. He said he had a running account of e40 in the bank. Witness let him have a cheque. Colin Thomas Hudson, landlord of the Cam- brian Hotel, Crickhowell, said Brown to tried get a blank cheque from him on the 1st mat., saying he was going to get married in a fortnight's time, and wanted to bay some furniture. Defendant was committed to take his trial at the Assizes, and bail was allowed and forthcoming, the accused in t40 and two sureties of 420 each.
-ye. 7t, grant HAY. Begs to announce that his Stock is now replete with all the LATEST NOVELTIES IN Leather and Fancy Goods, Electro-plate & Hall-marked Silver Goods, CHINA AND ORNAMENTS, TOYS, DOLLS, GAMES, &c. The Collection of Christmas and New Year Cards, Private Greeting Cards, Calendars etc., is now complete. An early Inspection wil! be esteemed a favour. Brecon County and Borough Savings Bank. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the ANNUAL MEETING of the Trustees and Managers will be held at the SAVINGS BANK, BRECON on MONDAY, JANUARY 5th, 1914, at 12 o'clock noon, for the purpose of receiving the Annual Statement of Accounts, Electing Additional Managers, and other Business. By order, WM. A. WRIGHT, Savings Bank, Brecon, Actuary. Dec. 22nd, 1913.
Mid-Wales League. Hay Y. Brecon Sports Club. Builth Wells were advertised to play Hay Town I on Saturday last, but by arrangement Brecon Sports Club took their place. Brecon won the toss and played with their backs to the sun. The first goal was scored by J. Davies from a fine centre by Harold Knight, the home goalkeeper ) with the sun in his eyes, being considerably hand- dicapped. Half-time came with the score Brecon one, Hay nil. The play had been very even and continued so. I Harold Knight got in a well-judged corner kick which Cook cleared, but a second one again well taken by Knight was headed pass the home custodian. The game ended in favour of Brecon by two goals to nil. The Hay forwards were good individually but lacked combination and delayed shooting a de- partment in which the visitors excelled. Both sets of halves were strong and the Hay veteran backs were a tower of strength to their side. The Brecon backs were in fine form and were hard to beat.
Newbridge-on-Wye Y. Llanfaes Brigade. Played at Newbridge-on-Wye on Saturday, j This was the first time for Mr J. Venables Llewelyn to turn out with the home team. The game was in charge of Mr Penry Jones, Llan- drindod Wells. Early on the visitors became dangerous and Webb scored. The homesters made several good attempts at equalising matters, but without avail. Half-time: Llanfaes Brigade one goal. Newbridge-on-Wye nil. During the second half the game greatly improved The visitors scored another goal through Evans and the homesters also scored one point. Llanfaes Brigade two goals, Newbridge-on-Wye one goal.
Brecon Depot Y. Brecon Satur- days. I This match was played on Saturday on the Depot Ground and was a fairly good game. The Depot were slightly better in their forward work and were successful in getting through twice to the Saturday's one. Final: Depot 2 goals Saturdays 1 goal.
—• Rugby. The annual match between past and present students of Christ College, Brecon, took place on Friday afternoon in fine weatbec. The Past did not field such a strong team as usual, but the Present were at full strength. The teams were :-P -it W R Thomas; J M 0 Evans, W L Hos ins, Cooper, and R D G Munns C Rich anc Richards J V Rees, T R Davies, Hunter, T F Thomas, J S Jenkin?, J B Cryer, V Coppa^ and P Hughes. Present Yendoll; H B Davies, A B Price, W H Morgan, and J Gibbon Baker Jones and J Evans; D L Jones, H Jones, D C Thomas, W S R Thomas, H S Davies, E T Simms, Pritchard, and D H Davies. The Rev. A E Donaldson had charge of the game. In the first half the Present were greatly superior both in their scrum work and runs, aud soon A B Price scored an unconverted try, which was closely followed by a splendid drop goal by the same player. The Past strove bard to reduce the lead, but failed to make headway owing to the good tackling of de young three- quarters. J V Rees was a prominent forward for the Past, and W L Hoskins was an equally good three quarter. Gibbon made a gooJ run and secured a try which D H Davies converted, and the latter player shortly afterwards per- formed a similar office with an excellent try by H B Davies. Munns, for the Old B reconians, got through the closing stages of the first half, but the place kick failed. On resuming the Oid Boys had hard luck several times in getting through, but the dogged play of the Present three quarters frustrated ali their efforts. A B Price and H B Davies added tries for the Present, after brilliant individual work, but neither was converted. Just before time J V Rees scored a penalty oaJ for the Past. Final score Present 23 points. Past 8
GWENDDWR. AGRICULTURE.—There has been almost a record growth of root crops in this district, exceeding all expectations. Mr Jones, Tyrcanvas, has an ex- cellent crop of turnips, one of which measured 42 inches around and weighed 22 lbs and has been exhibited at the 3hop of Mr Stephens, Erwood, who supplied the seed. Twelve from the same drill measured 454 inches around and weighed 216 Ibs or an average of 18 lbs each. These were not entered for competition at the ploughing match. THE SCHOOL.—On Friday last the Day School ''broke up" for the Christmas holidays. Un- fortunately Miss Forgan, who has been head- mistress for about five years, now severs her connection with the school, much to the regret of both parents and scholars. To the latter she has baen exceptionally kind and we understand thai the scholars, their parents and friends intend marking their appreciation of Miss Forgan's kmdness and good services by making a presen- tttion. Miss Forgan will rest for a time for the benefit of her health. FARMERS' ONION.—We understand that the Erwood Branch of the Farmers' Union are con- sidering the advisability of taking over the Smith's shop at Crickadam, which is at, present vacant.
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UNSEASONABLE SALMON. Smart Breconshire Constable. At the Brecon Police Court on Monday- before the Mayor (Mr Evan Morgan), Alier- maa E A Wright, Messrs James Morgan and C J E Large.—Evan Vanghan, 18, St. Michael Street, Brecon, smith, who did not appear, was summoned by Major H V Phillips, superinten- dent waterbailiff, for having «even unseasonable EMlmon in his possession on Dec. 1st. Mr H F W Harries prosecuted on behalf of the Usk Board of Conservatois, and said defendant and a man named Kettle, who was at one time a master of tb" Workhouse, took a box to the I Railway Station on the 1st inst. to b taken on tb, Neath and Brecon 8-20 train and it was labled for Seven Sisters. At Colbren it was noticed by P.C. D. H. E3wa.:ds, who also saw defendant get out of the train. Defendant assisted the porter to put the box in the Neatb train, but when asked by the Constable if the box belonged to him he replied in the negative. When the train was about to start P.C. Edwards jumped into tbs goard's van and kept obser- vation on the box. At Sev< n Sisters Vaughan went to the guard and asked what the constab'e was inquiring about the box for, but when be saw P.C. Edwards be went away. Later the box was found to contain seven salmon, which weighed 114 lbs. with the box. The Beech fioed Vaughan f5 and £11236-1 costs.
TALGARTH. I PRESENTATION.—The presentation to Mr Jenkin Evans, Great House, Talgarth, of a solid oak writing desk, by his agricultural and other friends on the occasion of his marriage, was made at the Committee Room, Bell Hotel, on Monday night, and will be fully reported in our next issue. COUNCIL INFANTS' ScnooL.-On Friday afternoon the attendance prizes and prizes given by Mias Sutton (headmistress) were distributed at the InfantE' School. Interest was added to the ) occasion by the provision of a Christmas tree, nearly 14ft. high, loaded with presents. Mr John Parry (chairman of the managers) presided, and others present were the Revs. Papworth, Price, Richards and Jones, and Messrs David Evans, David Jones, Jenkin Evans, W Jones. W V Pagh (managers'), G Weale clerk) and A G Phillips (attendance officer). After a programme of action songs, recitations, etc., had been performed by the infants in a way which reflected great credit on Miss Sutton and the staff, Mr Parry distributed the attendance prizes as follows :-Class l-Maod Price 98-2 per cent., Myra Davies 97 6, Dorie Leighton 96 4, Willie Woodman 9S 5, Robert Evans 98-2, Idwal Jones 97-6. Class 2-Eira Willis 97-3, Bessie Evans 967, Kate Smout 94-3, Pagh Evans 97-9, Hubert Parry 94-9. GwiJlym Powell 91-6, Trevor Woodman 90-4. Class 3— Phyllis Williams 94, Annie Williams 94'3, Agnes Harper 94 6, Edmund Evans 92-2, Willie Masfcell 93-7, Basil Leighton 90-4, Convil Hughes 94-6. Babies' class—Basil Evans 90'7, Edna Thomas 94. "Santa Claas" then distributed the prizes from the tree, each infant receiving a gift. Mr Parry presented each child on leaving with an orange and packet of sweets. FOOTBALL.-A match was played on Saturday Lt' NelcD the Taigartn team and Talgarth W.-dne• • yB. Sgt-Inst. C. Gruen had obarge of the game. The p);iy for some time was of a give and take character. At length from a meTee in frout of goal C. Price scored with a rasper. There wa- ,) fnrtrur scoriag betire half-time. 10 the s iv-od half, aftet a com- bined effort amongst the forwards. L. Humphreys scored unmoer two for th. seniors. A. Williaci^ scored t jr the Wednesdays and soon after J^nkin^ scored Talgarth? third goal. Tb; fa; al ror- was Tai(^art,:i (hre, Wednesdays one. StiNDAT SCHOOL TREAT.—On Saturday afternoon the children of the Church Sunday school, up- wards of 80 in number, were entertained to tea in the Church Hall by Mr George Weale, the superin- tendent, and friends, and prizes were also given. A number of ladies asaisted Mr Weale in decorating the room and covering a large Xmas tree with presents. On assembling the children received oranges and sweets and had games before and after tea. Later the prizes were distributed by "Santa Clans." Amongst tke ladies who assisted were Mrs H Williams. Miss June Williams, Mrs F J Jayne. Mrs Common, Miss Sutton, Mrs J Mills, Mrs C Thomas. Mrs Weale, Mrs Fred Evans, Miss Goodwia, Miss M Lewis, Mrs Bruce, Miss Ryan, Mrs P Thomas, and the Rev. Papworth (curate-in-charge).
PENYCAE. PARISH MEETING. Ou the 17th inst. a parish meeting was held at the Penycae School. Mr Thomas Jones (chairman of Parish Council), presided ever a large attendance. The meeting had been arranged to feceire the report of a committee a to providing P,'ayc..e and district with a supply of water also to consider the proposed Abercrave to Cefnbyrle new road- The committee recommended that a trial be made on Xantygwared Farm, near Craigynoe Castle, to ascertain the quantity of water there, and failing enougb water to meet the needs of the district at Nantyg ware, they further recom- mended that the Giuigwenws Springs be utilised. After an an'mated discussion the report of the committee was adopted, and the Clerk was instructed to as* Aid. W M Morgan and Mr Eliphaz W Morgan. Tym:i Aber- crave, for permission to rnak.- a t- -it on j Nantvgwared Farm. The meeting decided to j support itie proposed now roax i'he estimates cost of the said road is over | PETITION THE LOCAL Government Do,, ad.— We are given to nn rat and th.i thp residents of Penycae and di-.net have decide 1 to sand a petition to the L"J'Il Government Boaid ao. less they are provided with a supply of watee ) before next summer.