Breconshire County War Fund. The Hon. Treasury begs to acknowledge the following :— £ s. d. Hon. Mabel Bailey 5 0 0 Mrs Gilbert 6 a 0 Collections Abercrave, St. David's Church 2 15 7 Bwlcb Church 0 7 2 Cathedine Charch 0 6 0 L Crickhoweli, St. Elmund's Chordb. 5 12 3 Llanbedr Church.2 4 0 Llandilo'rfan and Llanfihangel- Nantbran Church 3 10 0 Llangenny Church 3 2 6 Llaogorse Churob 3 5 7 Llansantfiraed Church 2 4 0 Trallong Church.500 Tretower Congregational Church 0 16 3 Oefn and Vaynor subscription 0 11 0 Total to date £6,894 8 8
Brecon Notabilities in 1854. To the Editor of the County Times. SIR,-Recently in looking through some old papers of my father's (the late Rees Owen Jones), I came across a document giving the Magistracy, Mayor and Members of the Cor- poration of Brecon, together with the borough officials, dated November 9th, 1854, and as the relatives of some of those named are still with you, I thought that the information, though 61 years old, would Dot be without interest to your readers and therefore ask the favour of your kindly finding room for the same in your issue. The list is as follows BOROUGH OF BRECON. Justices of the Peace of the said Borough.— John Powell, Esq., James Prosser Snead, Esq., John Evans, Esq., Thomas Williams, Esq., Thomas Protbero Price, Esq. Mordecai Jones, Esq., Mayor. John Jones, Esq., James Prosser Snead, Esq., Walter Maybery, Esq, David Thomas, Esq., Aldermen. Col. John Lloyd Vaughan Watkins, M.P., John Parry deWinton, Esq., Henry Maybery, Esq., Evan Thomas, Esq., John Powell, Esq., Thomas Williams, wine merchant, James Williams, surgeon, Mordecai Jones, coal merchant, Peter Hodges, ironmonger, Richard Fryer, innkeeper, George Rees Bevan, atttorney at law, William Thomas, grocer and chandler, Councillors of the said borough. Mr James Brynant, toll collector. Joseph Stephens, superintendent of police and gaolkeeper. Thomas Watkins, Samuel Powell, Evan Jones, police constables. John Burra and John Seaton, sergeants at mace. Rees Owen Jones, hallkeeper, Benjamin Farmer, town crier and process server. Yours truly. The Cottage, J. W. JONES, Sandpit Lane, St. Albans, September, 1915.
LLYSWEN. Colonel Coates, Headquarters WeGfcern Command, Chester, paifl a surprise visit of inspection to the Hon. Mrs Morgan's Military Home Hospital on Thureday last and expresntd his satisfaction with tbe arrangements made for the patients.
Marriage of Captain Yigars. A wedding of much interest to Breconshire was solemnised on Thursday last at St Matthew's Church, Twigwortb, Gloucester, between Captain Frank Henry Vigars, 2/lst Brecknockshire Battaliou, South Wales Borderers, son of Mr J. H. Vigars, formerly manager of the N.P. Bank, Brecon, and Mrs Vigars, Wintetboorne," Budleigh, SaltertoD, Devon, and Miss Susie Laurina May Lewis, daughter of the late Mr A. H. Lewis and Mrs Lewis, Gloucester. The ceremony was performed by the Rev A. H. Cheesman, The bride, who was given away by her mother, wore a navy blue travelling costume, and was attended by her sister, Miss Pattie- Lewis, who acted as bridesmaid. The grooms- man was Lieutenant Lewis, of the 5b Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Subsequently Captain and Mrs Vigars left for Sooth Devon where the honeymoon is being spent. Tbe presents were numerous and costly.
War War War Obtain at once the most interesting and wonderful book published. THE EAGLES AND THE CARCASE. [Fortelling the Doom of the Kaiser—BY THETA.] The aim of this publication is to show the sacred origin of the war, its gigantic issues and the glorious destiny of the English-speaking race. It shows that we are now in process of fulfilment of the third of Christ's "Signs" given to His disciples regarding His coming. Tlte first was the destruc- tion of Jerusalem. The second was the appear- ance of false Christs deceiving the Elect. The third was the greatest Tribulation that the world has ever seen or will see. This war surpasses the horrors of the Middle Ages, "the Hell of Dante pales beside that of the Kaiser." This is the gathering of the "Eagles" and the carcase is that of the sick man of Europe, Turkey in the Apocal- yptic vision of the Great Armageddon the three "unclean spirits" the dragon, the beast and the false prophet or teacher, are Austria, Turkey and Germany. In Israel the authoress sees the Anglo- Saxon. the little nation that "should become a thousand and a small one a strong nation." In the prophecy of Isaiah it is seen that when men are in the worst state of blindness Israel would be found, having been sustained all these years by God, the wealth of the Gentiles pouring into her treasuries, the paths of the sea leading up to her, the colonies bringing in their gold and silver to her in ships from afar, the sons of strangers build- ing up her walls, and the East supplying her with camels and dromedaries. In the prophecy of Esdras the Son is said to be revealed at the time of the great war. England is to possess the "gates of her enemies," the Jews are to return to Palestine under British protectorate. Israel and Judah are to be reunited. Egypt is to be revived, freed from the tyranny of the Turk. The highway between Egypt and Assyria will be Palestine and Israel will make "a third with Egypt and Assyria." The Stone of Jacob is in Westminster, the Ark of the Covenant in Ireland. The day is at hand. A very luminous interpretation of Scripture prophecy in relation to the great crisis. The above can be obtained of all Newsagents and Booksellers and at Railway Bookstalls or direot from the Publishers, Morgan, Son & Co., Ltd., 88, Chancery Lane, London, W.C., for 2s 6d nett or three copies 7s, six copies 13s 6d, twelve copies 24s carriage paid.
PTE FRED DAVIES, OF HAY. t AiSoulh Wa!es Borderer who writes cheerful letters from hospital though he has lost a leg. t See Hay news. a
HAY. ] a ACCIDRNT AT CUSOP. Whilst assisting his men to erect a scaffold at Brynmelyn, Cusop, a few d&ys ago, Mr Ernest B'lker. builder, fell a some distance to the ground, fracturing several t ribs and bruising biwself very badly. We are I pleatied to hear he is progressing favoarably. His ABODE FIXED FOR A TIME.—At a special t Police Court on Monday—before Mr J. Williams- Vaughan (chairman), and Mr J. Morgan.—David e Roberts, of no fixed abode, was charged with be- t ing disorderly and refusing to quit the Three Tuns g Inn, Hay, on the Ilth inst., and further with being drunk in Broad Street later the same day. Defen- dant, who admitted both offences, was fined £ 2 in the first case and 10s in the second and was com- mitted to gaol for one month and 7 days res- § pectively in default of payment, both terms to run concurrently. t BAPTIST CHURCH.—The school anniversary in t connection with the Hay Baptist Church was held on Sunday last. The preacher was the Rev. Llewelyn John. At the afternoon service musical 8 items were rendered by the scholars. ] PARISH CHURCH.—The services at the Parish Church on Sunday last were taken by the Rev Latimer Davies, Oystermouth. DEATH OF MRS SCOTT.-We regret to announce he death of Mrs Scott, youngest sister of Mr E. D. Davies, H, Broad St. Deceased was 36 years of age and leaves four young children. The inter- I ment took place on Saturday afternoon last at the ( Hay cemetery, the Rev. E. W. Stredder officiating. ( At the service in the Parish Church the hymns "Nearer my God to thee'' and "Peace, perfect peace" were sung, the singing being led by the choristers. The organist (Mr T. P. West, Mus. t Bac.), played "0 rest in the Lord" as the mourners ( left the church for the cemetery. The coffin was covered with floral tributes and much respect and sympathy was shown. LIFE IN EGYPT.—Private George Williams, of the Motor Transport Service, and chauffeur to Col. í Garnons Williams, of Waunderwen, is in Egypt. I Writing to his wife on August 23rd he says he is enjoying excellent health. The early mornings are lovely and the nights are beautiful with moonlight; the days are all alike, nice but < hot, and it scarcely ever rains. They get very nice ) services at the church and the Church Army tent in the camp. The natives, he says, dress very ] funnily and at first one can hardly tell men from women as the men wear a loose sort of garment I and baggy trousers of some sort. Very little is I needed in the way of clothes. They sleep in tents on the sand so that everything gets dirty and its a I job to keep clean, but "its alright so long as you I shave every day and keep your hair cut." SHELLS DROPPING ROUND HIM. — Private F. I Williams, of the 1st Herefords (r.F.), in writing from the Dardanelles to his parents, Mr and Mrs < T. Williams, of 28 Castle St., says that at the time < of writing (Aug. 24th) they had been in the ( trenches a fortnight. As he wrote the shells were dropping around him. I PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH. —The Rev. James Watkins made a special visit to Hay in connection I with the Primitive Methodist Church on Tuesday last when he preachsd in the afternoon, and in the evening delivered a popular lecture entitled "The most unpopular things in the world." WOUNDED. -Private Fred Davies, of the 2nd Battalion, S.W.B.. and son of Mr and Mrs John Davies, of Garibaldi Terrace, had his right leg shattered in a night charge on Aug. 20th, which necessitated its amputation. He is lying in Alexandria Hospital and has written a cheerful letter to his parents.—Private H. J. Jones, of the 2nd Battalion, S. W.B., grandson of MrChas. Jones, of Heolydwr, is on sick leave. He was wounded at the Dardanelles in the left hand.
I CENTRAL WELSH BOARD ANNUL EXAMINATION, 1915. Following are the lists of successes of pupils of the Brecon County Schools ip the last Central Welsh Board examination:— Brecon Girls' County School. HONOURS CERTIFICATE. Evelyn Deris Thomas: English language and literature, history, additiooal mathematics. HIGHER CERTIFICATE. Olive Ada Mary Ferris: English language aud literature, history, French (with conver- sational power), Latin (senior etage). Mabel Anetba Haywood English language and literature, history, French (with converse tional power). D.iiiiL,y Frances Mary Jenkins English lan- guage and literature, history, French (with conversational power). SENIOR CERTIFICATE. Sarah Miriam Bate, English language and literature, history, mathematics, Latin, French (with oonvcrsatioual power), *botany. Margaret Jane James: English language and literature (higher stage), history, aritbemetio, mathematics, Latin, cWelsu, botany. Charlotte Elizabeth Gwenllian Lewis: English language and literature, history, Oaritilmetic, mathematics, Latin, French (with conversational power), botany. Rachel Florence Morgan English language and literature, history, arithmetic, matbe- matics, Latin, French, botany. Agnes Sybil Price: English language and literature, history, aritbmetio, Welsh, Botany. Grace Annie Pagb English language and literature, history, arithmetic, mathematics, *botany. Olive Edith Tyler English language and literature, history, arhbmetio, mathematics, Latin, French (with conversational power), botany. Gwladys Emma Elizabeth Warner: English language and literature, history, arithmetic, mathematics, botany. Gladys Ella Winter English language and literature, history, arithmetio, botany, geo- graphy, needlework and cotting-out, cookery. JUNIOR CERTIFICATE. Marjorie Both Adcook: Scripture, English language &nd literature, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, F-ench (with conversa- tional power), botany, geography, ^drawing. Mary Constance Isaac: Soripture, arith- metic, mathematics, botany, drawing, needle- work and cutting-out, cookery (senior stage). Mariel Blanche Jones: *Scripture, EnglieU language and literature, history, botany, geo- graphy, drawing. Catherine May Morgan Soripture, English language and literature, *iri;hmetic, mathe- matics, Latin, French (with conversational power), botany, drawing. Gladys May Morgan: '^Scripture, English language and literature, history, mathematics, Latin, ebotany, geography, drawing. Hilda Morgan Scripture, English language and literature, history, arithmetic, mathe- matics, botany, geography, drawing, needle- work and outting-out (aeniot stage), cookery (senior stage). Margaret Mary Parry "Scripture, English language and literature, history, *arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French (with conversa- tional power), *botany, geography, drawing. Stella Constance Prioe .Scripture, English language and literatore, history, arithmetic, mathematics, sLatin, French (with conversa- tional power), botany, geography, drawing. Elizabeth Olweo Rees: Scripture, English language and literature, history, arithmetic, mathematics, botany, geography, drawing. Martha Rees: "Scripture, English langaage and literature, Welsh, botany, drawing, needle- work aad cutting-out, cookery (senior stage). Frances Evelyn Blodwen Thomas: .Scrip- ture, English language and literature, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, botany, geo- graphy, drawing. Maida Florence Williams: Scripture, Eng- lish language and literature, arithmetic, mathe- matics, botany, geography, needlework and cutting-out, cookery (senior stage). "Indicates distinction. Brecon Boys' County Sohool. HONOURS CERTDTICATB, Arthur Robert Howat: history (with distinc- tion), additional mathematics. HIGHER CERTIFICATE. Walter Evans: history, Latin, and addi- tional mathematics. Hugh Thomas Isaac: history, Latin, and additional mathematios. William Henry Ernest Pcttifor: history, Latin, additional matheme I ics, and Greek. Cyril John Powell: L ,tory, Latin, and additional mathematics. SENIOR CERTIFICATE. Wilfred Gwyn PAshton English language and literature, history, arithmetic (with dis- tinction), elementary mathematics (senior), Latin and chemistry. Daniel Evans English language and litera. ture, history, arithmetic (with distinction), elementary mathematics, senior (with dis- tinction), Latin, Welsh, geography and geology. Alfred William Games: English language and literature, history, arithmetio, elementary mathematics (senior), Latin, chemistry, geo- graphy and geology. Thomas Brenig Williams English language and literature, history, arithmetic, elementary mathematics (ssnior), geography. Wm. Frederick Powell Williams: history, arithmetic, elementary mathematics (senior), Latin, and chemistry. SUPPLEMENTARY CERTIFICATE. Harold Gordon Samuel: history. JUNIOR CBRTIFICATE. John Elwyn Davies: English language and literature, history, arithmetic (with distinc- tion), elementary mathematics, junior (with distinction), Welsh, chemistry, geography, and agriculture. Harold Solivan Evans English language, and literature, history, arithmetic (with dis- tinotion), elementary mathematics, junior (with distinction), chemistry, geography, and agriculture. Thomas John Hargest: English language and literature, history, arithmetic, elementary mathematics (junior), geography, and agri- culture. William Havard: English language and literature, history, chemistry, geography, and agriculture. Pryce Hamer Jones English language and literature, history, arithmetic, elementary mathematics (junior), geography, and agri- culture. Brynmor Leslie Poweli: English language and literature, arithmetic, elementary mathe- matics (janior), Welsb, geography, and agriculture. Howell John Thomas: English language aad literature, history, arithmetic, elementary mathematics, junior (with distinction), Welsh (with distinction), obemistry, geography, and. agriculture. ( David WelsteAd Williams: English language and literature, history, arithmetic, elementary mathematics (junior), chemistry, and geo- graphy.
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t NEWS FROM INDIA. Breconshire Corporal's Interesting Letter. I We have received the following interesting letter from Corporal Cyril C. Phillips, of the *0th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, now Rationed in India Sir,—Perhaps you would like to hear from a lareconsliiro man who is serving with the 10th battalion Middlesex Regiment in India. When a lad I had the honour of being a member of the 2nd Cadet Corps. S.W.B., but the location of tOY work in civil life made me throw in my lot \Vl!h the "Die Bards" instead of with the t4 pallant 24 li." Our bat taiiorl formed part of the transport tfa»t conveyed fresh troops to Aden and Bombay November, those who disembarked at the latter place being now garrisoned in various Indian cantonments. Our boat, the R.M.S George," reached Aden mid-day 23rd ^ovtmber. On the 25th November the "Sydney" arrived, and she received a rousing cheer from the troops, and a salute of guns from the Aden garrison. We left Aden 20th November, and reached Bombay 1st December.! I have mentioned this because tbe Beeconshireg, of course you know, disembarked at Aden. After a three days' troop-train ride, we reached Calcutta 4th December. The 2nd Battalion &ojal Fusiliers, whom we relieved, left Fort William, Calcutta, in less than a week after our Arrival there. The 16th Rajputs bave been garrisoning Fort Wiiliam in conjunction with our regiment. They 8re good F-oldier. although they do not appear to have the precision of the British troops. After "retreat" tht-ir amusement is to sit, or father squat, in circles inside their bungalows, nd sing weird Indian seugs that sound uncanny 10 the still Indian night. From a distance one hears the torn tem. Then one thinks of the Mutiny, and how the tom-tom, monotonously, deliberately beaten, was the heralding of that e'1ent. In Calcutta city, one sees all kihds of Indian nationalities-the lethargic, timid Bengali, the fearless Patban, the dignified Sikh, and the Soldierly, modest Rajput. The wealth of the pity is amazing. Ordinary purchases are effected In a large, well-ventilated area called the Bazaar, which is something like Brecon market on a large scale. There ate no fixed prices, and one toust positively haggle with the vendors until One has brought down the firstly named price of the article to a modest rate. Shopping is a long businePB. The best way to make a purchase Quickly is to be decisive and then affect to "walk j *way. One is soon accommodated by adopting this method. Usually, goods are worth one. third the price demanded. What strikes one Xllost is the immense wealth confined in a space QQclosed by prosaic wooden shanties called "shops." However, the European buildings are Magnificent. The poorer native quarters cater to the lower tastes of all nationalities. ( It is well-known in Calcutta that the Biaden considered it possible to bombard the city, but as a spy informed the German Govern. b taent of the existence of Gin. guns at Chingri | hal outpost that easily outranged the f fimden's guns, the attempt was abandoned. jt The ''Emden's" captain, ever a sport," sent a J* Wireless to Fort William to the effect that | oe was no mug to advance up the Hugbli, or B Something to that effect, and that the people of K Calcutta could consider themselves safe. My B °wn Company was at Chingri Khai in January. Often we made excursions into the native I t Ullages, and we were given presents of cocoa- ttttts and bananas. These people love English. 1nade cigarettes. The women were always kept \Veil to the rear on these occasions, as if the charms of the troops (sic) would make them 1Infaithful. We undertook our musketry test at Jafferpur February. The heat of the sun's rays on our bkcks, while we were in the prone" position, -.al! terrific, and the glare made difficult the Visibility of the objects. While here, jackal footing was the chief amusement of the troops night-time. One would lie in a hollow with OOrvice rifle, and wait until their silhouettes Sx 1tould appear on well defined ridges. These jamais make a fearful howl, and sentries who them for the first time confessed, on dis- counting guard, to being startled. Kite hawks ould often swoop down on one's rations while In one's hand, and carry them off. They are L daring birds. Sometimes one saw f' *be almost perfect skeleton of a bullock picked the bone in a few hours by large vultures. These birds, popularly called "adjutants," on Account of their long legs and martial bearing, 1 protected by law. and a large fine is imposed I *°r interference with them. They are the I Avengers of Bengal. Of course, kite hawks are not of the vulture species. Periodically, detachments are sent to Jalapa- b&r, near Darjeeling, which is, as you well know, a civilian and military health station. Every tidier of the Calcutta garrison?comes here for short spell. It is from Jalapabar I am Siting. (When we left Calcutta, the heat was koist and oppressive. But it was not allowed to interfere with our work. Scarcely bad 1te paraded ten minutes when the tunics of Sheers and men alike were visibly soaked. slept naked, and many were the 8leeplel!s nights we had through the heat and the torments of mosquitoes. I have I lIeen poor lads in the section of the barrack tOOIn under my control dip their sheets in Jjater and wrap them round their bodies when lbey have been suffering from prickly heat-) q To come back to Jalapahar. This depot is IOQO feet above sea level, according to a vJ^Sistered altitude marked on a stone near here. .*» hen we reached to about 800 feet above sea ?vel, on the mountain railroad, the odour of pUtumn—the odour of dead grass and fallen l«aves—made itself felt. The air was moist, we thought of England. Upwards and Jj^yond the green mountain sides, where are r°Ued white chalets, rise the great Himalayan whose snow-capped summits resemble lry8tals in the fresh morning sunlight. Mount j'erest, 50 miles distant, can be seen on a rje*r day. The principal inhabitants here are ur.has, Thibetans, Baluchistan travellers, and j. sprinkling of Kashmirites. The Gurkhas are IlVely and obliging, and they love the British )N0OP8. A Gurkha company has charge of j ettnan prisoners of war here. A Gurkha 1, PerbapEi, the only native soldier with whom a tltlsher will freely fraternize and he is the OHly native soldier who is allowed to use a J ,a[lteen. The girls are merry and coquettish, d they are a relief to the timid, face-covering maidens. Tbe corporals in charge of h?°galow8 here are responsible that rifles are P'^Cfcd under mattresses (cocoanut fibre filled ties) after "Retreat." Each man also heeps with his bayonet under his pillow. 141able guards are posted at First Post." The pusoon has now reached Jalapahar, and it harder than I have ever seen it rain in j*j ales. Wh\Je we snugly lie under regimental ,aGketi?, we can hear the water thumping down 11 the flat roof, and when rouse" sounds we wbv we were not flooded out during the 0l8ht. J 6 accordance with the Indian military Astern, a garrison or detachment lives in widely Parated buildings, called bungalows. Drinking *er is preserved in tanks during the inter- jt.jV8o°D seasons. Railway time is peculiar in iui* and is reckoned throughout 24 hours a.d o £ through 12 hours. For example, is called 13 hours 30 5 o'clock is called hours. Caste system, and a lack of ele- a knowledge of it, must give rise to many i8'0? situation8 on the arrival of fresh troops ^0j^D<3ia. A regimental native cook will not a broom, because he is not of the "sweeper" and a barber will look upon the kindly of bread as an insult. Many vexations firBt caused our chaps in charge of native parties owing to tbe caste system, and at first appeared insubordination was simply a conscientious refusal to break caste." Mail day is the red-letter day of the week. We have come to regard soldiering as a fine vocation, and we despise the civilian who is not in the position to be hungry enough to enjoy potatoes and tough Indian bullock after a morning's fatigue duties or mancauvres. "Cook house" is still the best bugle-call of the day. But the weird, Haunting notes of first and last posts sum up all the memories of a soldier's day. They somehow seem to lull the soldier to sleep, just the same as the singing of a mother rocking her child's cradle, puts the infant into slumber. I shall miss First and Last Post when we disband. Lights are never wholly extinguished in Indian cantonments for obvious reasons. We follow news of our brave comrades in France and elsewhere with interest, and we envy their luck. None are distinguishing them- selves more than the three Welsh regiments, I am glad to observe. Wishing your paper, that I receive weekly, continued euccess,-I remain, yours sincerely, CYRIL C. PHILLIPS, Corporal.
The Government Land Valuation. To the Editor of the County Times. Sir,—AB divers statements, varying in man- essential particulars, as to the completion of the valuation have recently appeared in tbA Press, may I be allowed to state briefly what I understand to be the actual facts. In towns and suburbs a large percentage of the provisional valuations have been made and served, but it does not follow that these valua- tions have been finally settled. As a fact, the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 17th August, 1914, notified the Land Union that in the case of all provisional valuations served within 60 days prior to mobilisation, or served after that date, the period within which objections i may be lodged is extended indefinitely until further notice. Apart from this, thousands of the valuations served prior to and unaffected by this conces- sion are under objection and likely to remain so pending final decisions of the Courts on questions of law. With regard to agricultural land (the greater area of the country) the valuation in the present state of the law must remain at a standstill until fresh legislation is introduced. In these circumstances, the release of the bulk of the temporary staff of the Valuation Department for enlistment or national work is a natural corollary, and one to which the Land Union attaches no political significance. I am Sir, Your obedient servant, C. H. KENDERDINE, Secretary of the St. Stephen's House, Land Union. Westminster. London, S.W., September 10th, 1915.
Lord Glanusk's Hymn. To the Editor of the County Times. SIR,—I notice it is stated in your last issue that Mr Gibson, the respected schoolmaster at Llanbedr, has composed' a tune for Lord Glanusk's War Hymn, at the suggestion of Mr Beckwitb. It may interest some to know that Lord Glanuek himself suggested that a tuno should be written for the bywo by the Vicar of Tretower. This I know haa beer, done and copies will be on sale in a very few days. All profits will be banded over to the County War Fund. Yours, etc. Sept. 11th. SORIBE.
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DEATH OF MR. GWYNNE VAGHAN. C.C. Great Loss to Builth Wells. We regret to announce the death of Mr A. Gwynne Vaugban, C.C., which took place late on Monday evening at his residence, the Hafod, Builth Wells. The deceased gent had been a prominent and popular figure in Mid-Wales for nearly 40 years aud will be greatly missed For some time he had been confined to the house in a critical condition, wiih no hope of recovery, and this end was not unexpected. Mr Alfred Gwynne Vaugh3n was the fifth son of the late Mr Henry Vaughan, of Cyng- hordy, near Llandovery, and was educated at Christ College, Brecon. On the maternal side he descended from the Vaughans of Llanfillo, Breconshire, and therefore could claim the line- age of the famous poet, Henry Vaughan the Silurist. On leaving school he was articled to the late Mr Bishop, of Llandovery, and when quite a young man be settled at Builth and be gan to build up an extensive practice as a solicitor. Soon after bis arrival at Builth he became clerk to the Cefnllys Justices, which office be held up to the time of his death and for up- wards of fifteen years he had also acted as clerk to the Colwyn (Radnorshire) Bench of Magis- trates. He was under-sheriff for the County of Radnor during the shrievalty of lvk J. Williams- Vaughan, of the Skreen, Erwood. In February, 1907, he was appointed clerk to the Rhayader Petty Sessional Division, so that there are three justices' clerkshipsin Radnorshire vacant through bis death. For years be was clerk to the Com- missioners of Taxes for Builth and Colwyn Divisions. Early in 1910 he took over the Rhayader practice of Mr Edward Wood, Clerk of the Peace for the County of Radnor, and was appointed Registrar of the County Courts at Rbayader and Llandrindod Wells, in succession to Mr Wood. For upwards of 21 years he was clerk to the old Cregrina School Board, and his love for children aud education made him deeply interested in all school work. He was one of the trustees of the Builth Endowed School and afterwards one of the managers of the Builth Council School. He took an active part in the erection of the Builth County School and was from the beginning a member of the Governing Body. He was a Conservative and a Churchman and served the office of vicar's warden at St. Mary's several times, the last as lately as two years ago. He was chairman of the local branch of the Breconsbire Conservative Association, but whilst his political convictions were strong he was so kind and genial by nature that it was im- possible for opponents to quarrel with him. Mr Gwynne-Vaughan represented Builth on the Breconshire County Council and Education Authority for over twenty years, having been first elected in March, 1895. He had many a t' contest for his seat, but owing to his charming personality he always secured support from some of those who differed with him in politics and religious views and therefore always gained a good majority. He was a member of the committee of the Builth Wells Cottage Hospital and there was hardly anything carried on in the town without his support. He served on the old Local Board and also on the Builth Wells Urban District Council, and was one of the most active members of the Builth Improve- ments Committee. I Every branch of sport received his support. For years he played Rugby football with the Builth team and also cricket for the town, and he was fond of shooting and fishing. He was an authority on the birds of the district and no- one in Mid Wales has done more to preserve our rare British birds. He frequently lectured on birds at Builth and other places in Mid Wales and he also appeared before the Ornithological Society in London on one or two occasions. He was president of the Builth Wells Naturalists' Society and acted as the Society's guide on more than one interesting excursion. He took active part in the formation of the Social Club at Builth Wells and bad been re-appointed president of the club year after year. Deceased was also a member of the Builth Wells Lodge of Freemasons and had been its worshipful master. This almost bare recital of his activities is sufficient to show that Builth Wells has lost its leader in social and public affairs, a leader who was loved and trusted. The county has also lost a useful public servant, and his place will be hard to fill. The funeral (a public one) will take place to- morrow (Friday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock, at St. Mary's Church, Builth Wells.
Llanwrtyd Wells Notes [BY "JUNGLE WALLAH."] Private R H Morgan, son of Mr Tom Morgan, late of Dolgoy, and now of Cwmirfon Cottage, has been wounded in Gallipoli. In one month Miss Jessie Williams, Sunny Bank, bas sent for our wounded soldiers 960 eggs from Llanwrtyd. Last week 198 eggs were received and 123 6d cash. At the Police Court on Thursday last before Mr Nathaniel Evans, William Probert, shep- berd, Tavaramywydd, Llangammarob, was fined 10s for drunkenness at Llanwrtyd Wells, on the 14tb of August. P.S. Edwards proved the oase. Llanwrtyd has not been without its dis- tinguished visitors during the season. Daring last week Sir Charles Phillips and Mr T P ] O'Connor paid a visit to the Dolecoed Hotel and here they met Mr Tom Williams, M.P. for Gower. Arm in arm through the Park the hon. member for Gower escorted the eminent journalist to the Pump House, and afterwards they visited the sulphur baths attached to the hotel. Mr O'Connor was highly delighted with the surroundings and the position generally, but expressed bia surprise that such a delightful spot was not more largely patronised for rest by our hard working men of note. Incidentally be mentioned the name of the Minister of Munitions (Mr Lloyd George). The town folk of Llanwrtyd, as well as a large majority of our visitors, will be sorry to lose the presence of Mi&s Lizzie Phillips, of Maenclochog, Pein. Miss Phillips has been coming to Llanwrtyd for the past 11 years, having been engaged as season waitress at the Viotoria Wells Pump HOQe during that period. At a very sucoessful ccDoert held in the Pavilion on Friday evening last she was the recipient of a silver-plated tea and coffee service, subscribed for by the visitors in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with her duties at the Pump House and in oommemoration of her forth- coming marriage. There were some 300 persons present. Mr Davies, Glais," Swansea, did duty as chairman, and Miss Powell, of Cardiff, presided at the piano. Mr Thomas Davies, J.P., Cilwaunydd, Newcastle Emlyn, made the presentation; and in so doing sl>Íd it. was on behalf of the visitors and MM Pdiry Lloyd that the present was made to mark their appreciation of the t-xcellent qualities displayed by their friend Miss Phillips during the eleven seasons she bad been amongst them. They bad all found her most kind and willing to render any small service needful. It was the wish of them all that all happiness would attend her marriage. Miss Pbillipp, in accepting the gift, made reference to the kindness extended to ber by Mrs Penry Lloyd and the visitors at Victoria Wells. She felt very sorry to sever her con. nection with Llanwrtyd and tendered her moat hearty (hanks to them all,
BRECON'S REGISTER. 130 Towns Represented by Visitors. Tip Town Clerk (Mr G. Hyatt Williams) pi.esfnted the following interesting report to thy Brecon To lill Council on Tuesday with regard to the compilation of the National Register in the borongb :— I beg to report that the national re»ist?r for tbia borough has been oompleted, with the exception of. arranging the female form* ini;o their alphabetical order, find which is not required until the end of the month. That the work was finished before the time given for completion by the Registrar General waa entirely dtse to the ready response to my appeal for voluntary help and the able way the work was done. Acting as enumerator and afterwards deliverilJg tbe oertificates of regiatartion, I had, For the Strnefc Electoral Division, Mr R W Phillip?, Mrs G T Jones, Mrs Mask and Miss Garlick. St. Jobn'f?, Mr Percy H Williams, Mrs Colston Williams, Miss L Meredith and Miss Heins. St. Mary's, Mra Valentino Rees, Mrs Jones (Tredura), Miso Jane Downes, Miss Morgan (Mount Pleasant), and Miss Laara Prioe. Wattou, Mrs Weaver Price, Mrs Phillips (Ty Brynllys), Mra Walter Best, and Miss Gladys Morris. St. David's, Mr Wm Martin, Mr T Roy Parry, and Mr Beverley Jones. The coding of both the male and female forms was done by Mrs Ree, Mrs Price, and Mrs Colston Williams and the making out of the certificates (which was done at the same time) by Miss Garlick, Miss Meredith, Miss Gladys Morris, Miss LBoara Price, Miss Morgan aud Miss Heins. Mrs Maybery Best and Miss Jane Downes acted as examiners and Mrs David Thomas and Mrs John Meredith assisted in sorting the forms into their occupational groups. The whole of this work was completed by the 24th August and the certificates banded over to the enumerators for delivery. Most of these ladies also assisted me in making ont the pink forms which, on receiving instructions from the Registrar General, were handed over to the Commanding Officer in Brecon on the 7tb inst., and the tabular statement of the male forms was sent to the Registrar General on the 8b inst. Copies of the occupation group coded under No 26 had also to be made for the Labour Exchange. The work was considerably increased owing toitsAeing Bank Holidav time. There were visitors in Brecon on the Sunday representing over 180 different towns, from the North of Yorkshire to the Sooth of England. All foreign forms left in Brecon had to be for- warded to their proper towns, while all Brecon people away on that day bad to be entered in a separate register. This register was copied for me by Mrs Colston Williams (bear, bear), and is good copy for half the clerks in Brecon. The Committee of the Council to which was delegated the dnty of seeing that the Act was carried out did the work of checking the enumerators' nooks with the forms and sorting out all the foreign forms. With the exception of stationery, printing, and advertising, the whole work bas been done withont any charge upon the rates or Government." Alderman Wright said he was sure they were indebted to the ladies and gentlemen named for the report, as well as the Town Clerk, for the manner in which they bad carried out the Registration work, and he pro. posed a hearty vote of thanks to the workers. Alderman Williams seconded, adding that the work bad been carried out in a satisfactory manner. Alderman Powell, supporting, said that in smaller towns than Brecon the work had involved expenditure. Miss Morgan said the work in her district had been carried out admirably. The Mayor endorsed the remarks of the previous speakers, and said be bad received a letter with reference to canvassing all those on the register who were of military age with a view to their join- ing the army, or ascertaining their reasons for not enlisting. He did not think they could do anything in that matter until they heard from the War Office. Aid. Powell; When did you get the letter ? The Mayor Since the last meeting. Ald. Powell said personally he was a com- pulsory service man. The matter then dropped. 1
CORPL. DOWNES'S EXPLOIT. I Vanishes with Brecon Motor Cyole. 00 Monday welk there arrived in Brecon a very smart looking young fellow, apparently about 20 years of acre, dressed in khaki and wearing motor goggles (wbjch, it was afterwards remembered, covered the badge on his cap), who put up at the Wellington Hotel. He gave his name as Corp1. Downes and impressed all who talked with him with the idea that he was of good birth and superior education. He had a bright open countenance, engaging manners and wavy black hair brushed back over his forehead in true" knot" style. He stayed at the Wellington Hotel until Wednesday, made him. self very agreeable, and it was noticed that I amongst his accomplishments was that of piano playing: he spent some time in entertaining himself in the drawing room in this way. He stated that he had been at the front for some months, during which time he had 'knocked up four motor bicycles, and he wanted to purchase another to take with bim when he returned. But he told his story modestly, there was no. thine of "swank" about him, and &1! who met him believed what he said without question. He even conversed with some officers who bad business at the 11 Wellington," and gave them the impression of sincerity. In pursuing his enquiries for a motor bicycle Corpl. Downes got in touch with several motor cyclists in the town and first tried a machine belonging to Lieut. Gwynne Powell. He was seen riding on this along the Watton road at a very fast pace, and was pulled up by < I Is wo military officer, to whom be spoke the only word unbecoming to a gentleman be was kaown to use in Brecon. He was instantly asked if he I was aware who addressed him, and on this his nanner changed. Liter ton Wednesday after- I joon) he bad a" trial trip" on a nearly new Etudge Multi belonging to Mr. Thomas, of the London and Provincial Bank, purchased a short I :ime ago for about 160. That triai trip has I )een indefinitely prolonged. Some time after I le had gone a telegram was received by Mr. rhomas from Abergavfinny stating that Downes I lad been stopped by a puncture, but would be I )ack in the course of a couple of hours. This prevented any suspicion being entertained for 1 ome hours, and it was not until night time that i he owner of the bicycle became really alarmed md gave information to the police. Here it nay be added that the gallant rider forgot to 1 )ay his hotel bill. t Corpl. Downes left behind him an attache t :ase which proved to contain a shirt, an over-all, md a new pair of grey flannel trousers and a [ lumber of empty envelopes with the address of i Berkhamsted hotel on them. To several people whose acquaintance he j node at Brecon whilst engaged in his motor g :ycle dealing," Corpl. Downes is said to have mparted the information that he was a cousin i >f the Downes's, of Bank House, Ledbury, and £ he statement helped to inspire confidence, t being known that the name and address were :orrect. It is now understood, however, that ] fr. Downes, of Ledbury, de.nies all knowledge j f the visitor to Brecon. The Breconshire Police are making every g lossible effort to trace the vanished corporal, [ ,nd a warrant is out for his apprehension. 1 -———— (