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WELSHPOOL. TOWN COUNCIL.—THURSDAY. Present: The Mayor (Mr W. F. Addie) in the chair, Aldermen Morris, Rogers and Harrison, Councillors E. O. Jones, D. Jones, T. S. Pryce, C. T. Pugh, R. P. Jones, R. Jones and D. Richards, with Mr E. Jones (town clerk), Dr Marston (medical officer), Messrs G. Snook (surveyor), T. A. Basnett (collector), and A. E. Breeze (town clerk's office). REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. SANITARY. A meeting of this committee was held on the 21st Hit, Alderman Howell being in the chair. A letter Was read from the agent to the Powis Estate, offer- ing, on the part of Lord Powis, to tal-'e down the house and all the buildings at the Sylfaen .tlillfrom Lady-Day next, if the Corporation would agree to Pay Y,10 par annum, forthe same period as at present the materials to belong to Lord Powis, and a proper agreement to be entered into at the cost of the Corporation. The committee considering that the pollution of the water supply was of a serious nature therefore recommended that the above terms be accepted, provided that in the future occupation of the farm the stream should be protected from contamination by cattle. The Surveyor's report to the Committee was read, and as to the waste of water at breweries he was in- structed to ascertain the cost of meter and the Amount of cost the brewers would be willing to pay. The Committee instructed the Surveyor to further curtail the time of supply from 5-30 p.m. to 8 a.m. Thev recommended that the question of farther filter beds be taken into consideration by the Council.—Councillor E. O. Jones asked in regard to the Sy lfaen property that it would be necessary to take the buildingsjdown, seeing that it would cost a considerable amount of money and might result without any practical benefit.-Alderixian Rogers as under the impression that the object of the Committee was that no animals might be kept there so that the danger of pollution might be Removed.—Councillor T. S. Pryce remarked that bltt they had to complain of was that certain tenants had acted very stupidly. The Council !night accept the terms so as to make what they could of it.—Councillor E. 0. Jones submitted that Lord Powis should allow the building to remain subject to the contract of the Corporation as to any Pollution taking place. He moved that this matter £ e referred bac to the committee.- Alderman ~°°gers seconded the motion which was carried.— .j-uraing to the question of the brewers using water cooiiug purposes, Alderman Rogers asked, in T*evsr of the scarcity of water, if it was right for the £ ewers to so use the water. He did not think •hat such use was ever contemplated by the council.— The Surveyor stated that during the day, bre wers had the full force of water for three or I hours.—Councillor T. S. Pryce It runs the hoi,, time the water is on.—Councillor E. 0. Jones "ought it important that the supply should be patched. He was sorry to find that the Sylfaen I ool yielded no water. If the supply was getting less, it ought to be curtailed and the made usf> of.— Alderman Harrison thought at they were mixing up two matters, both of very rious consequence, and of equal importance. The was in regard to the brewers, whether they on the rateable value of the house, or there any special charge in their case.- j, .Collector Yes 15s a year.—Aldorman Harrison plied that that could not correspond with the <r^8te of water that took place. This was a serious "elltion and measures should be taken to enforce Pellaities.-The Surveyor They claim it as a right part of their brewing business to run the water ;i|Sht and day. -Alderman Harrison remarked that sooner the Council faced the matter the bettor. -Alderman Rogers stated that this matter had ctoppc,(t up at their last meeting, and the Surveyor tTas asked if anybody had the privilege of running Water during prohibited hours, but it had not been reported, and such was the cast?. It *as not right the water should be turned off in tue places and not in others. As for the brewers anting it night and day, that was a farce.— ~°tincillor T. S. Pryce found that water had been Sinuously tnrned on. On Tuesday night the *ater was turned on at 8 o'clock and there were "eral taps running at full force when people had f°ne to bed. Proceeding, Mr Pryce gave an ^stance in which water had been turned on during I"rl)llibite(i hours, at a certain place in the town by e of the surveyor's men, who was now summoned ,° the Council Chamber, and on* being questioned the Mayor, admitted his fault. The Council aving deliberated in private, the man was re- ^led, aud informed by the Mayor that if the ^ence was repeated he would be summarily dis- used.—Continuing the discussion, Alderman ^r^risou said that whether it wag a fact or not water had been turned off in the town, it ^6en turtied on for special brewers.— We b rvoyor Not to my knowledge. — Alderman Harrison 1 have reason to believe that that was so. ^After further discussion it was decided, on the potion of Ald. rman Harrison, seconded by Coun- Oillor C. T. Pugh, that the water should be turned 0,1 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., 4734 that handbills to this effect should be printed. j^"It was resolved to call a special meeting of the °Uncil to consider the question of filter beds. FINANCE. This committee met on the 31st ult. under the ^airmanship of Alderman W. A. Rogers. A bill lOs 6d for putting up flags on the Town Hall t?ving come before the committee, they considered o at their own men should do the work and the should have the care and custody of the Rs. Tenders for printing for the ensuing year laid before the committee by Messrs Salter tp Rowlands and Messrs R. and M. Owen, and the 0f the former, being the lower, was recom- t,^ded for acceptance.—The Mayor stated that g location of the rates seemed to be in a very tisfactory state. The inner district rate which as made every August had, generally, not been ''ected until much after that date, but this year been collected much earlier, £ 350^ out of heing already in hand. The Council would o P^ly be asked to order the general district rate; was much earlier than before.—The report was OPted, on the motion of Alderman Rogers. HIGHWAY. Meeting of this Committee took place on the Alderman Harrison occupying the chair, j, Jle Surveyor's report to the Committee was tuh anc^ was recommended that a measuring be provided for the use of the Surveyor in vfasuring stone on the highway.- -Mr. T. S. Pryce forward the state of the stiles on the foot- jj1. from near the railway station to the Leighton fo/ g"e, and the Sur",eyor was instructed to serve rftial notice on the owners of property.—Adopted ttie proposition of Alderman Harrison. COLLECTOR'S REPORT. A,Ir. T. A. Basnett, collector, reported that there out-standing on the general district rate a sum c 9s 0^d that of the inner district rate he had ected £134 12s 8fI, there being outstanding 4S £ 2 2s 9d being outstanding on the ater rate.—The seal of the Council having been mxed to the o-eneral district rate, the meeting Eluded. PIiIZE DISTRIBUTION AT THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL. annual prize distribution took place on erl0osd;lv afvornoon) July 29th, in the presence of JL^mber of parents and friends. Mi Hiles, in his fl7°rt, Said that the school continued in a very '^•ishing condition, and as a result of the years siTl Could show a good list of successes without a failure (cheers). These successes .ncluded flree Cambridge Local Examination Certificates, which important examinations three candidates h*rti entered. One of these passes was with "ours, viz., F. E. Anderson, who passed in English ^>ge and literature,: composition, arithmetic, r*tlnS, dictation, religions knowledge, history, French, Latin, algebra, euchd and P wing. w DavieSi w]loss pass was accepted L*w Society in lieu of their preliminary mination, passed in the same subjects with the £ Option of drawing. F. C. Williams passed^ in arjS18h language and literature, composition, hist tic> dictation, religious knowledge, f0r 01 Seography, and algebra. As the pa»si« ay, 1 lis examination throughout the count the„)ged 33 2 ><i honours and 73'4 for all passes, abov see that their results were very muca Pit, average (applause). In examination xor jvai an 8 shorthand an advanced certificate was i'!vior, ari(L three elementary certiii- For a Y A. p, Breeze, A. Thomas, and C. N. Powell. CoHpwn Open scholartdiip at Bangor Theological first ^1° ^^veu hy Alderman Cory, one pupil gained Bebl? aiCe anc^ the scholarship. This candidate, G. lists' a a CEUTle °nt second in his College Class gained lastly, another pupil, G. II. Hatton, Iti c a,n aPPointment in the Civil service (cheers). in^' hc raust thank the donors of Tho's K°V sf>ecial subjects, and he trusted that this v 8 Wh° had uot ^cen snccessfui iu g'air'n» ^vould ar !? revoards would not be discouraged but Strlv } a,ttended the, lard and strive always until success Setfon T^eir efforts. Before proceeding to the eotpr^S Part °f the afternoon's business they had an he w«a^mejat programme to submit, after which lei),,| d cal1 on Mr J. W. Selbv, F.R.G.S., to be and r°noT1^h to distribute the prizes and certificates (che«^ 'fVe them a few words of seasonable advice hvoui' r''le followins ]irogrammc was then gone a,*<lie and received with evident pleasure by the nce, ^some of the items being ^excellently I rendered :—Song and chorus, German student's farewell French recitation, T. W. Davies song, Richard L. Davies; recitation, A. C. Thomson; French reading, F. E. Anderson; song and chorus, Syd Hiles, E. Fildes, and J. Edwards reading, W. E. Johnson. Mr Selby then distributed the school prizes as follows :—Form V I. 1st prize (given by Mr Pugh, of Birmingham), F. E. Anderson 2nd prize, T. W. Davies; 3rd prize, F. C. Williams. Form V. A. E. J. Davies (after a close competi- tion with F. Fildes). Form IV.: R. L. Davies and H. J. Davies (equal), S. White, and G. Hiles, Junior Forms: G. S. B. Hiles and H. Bushell. Special Subject Prizes Miss Corrie's Arithmetic Prize, F. Fildes. Earl of Powis's Mathematics Prize, H. B. Hiles. Major Pryce-Jones's Short- hand Prize, C. N. Powell. Mr M. Powell's Writing Prize, G. L. Davies. The Vicar's Scripture Prize, A. C. Thomson.- Rev A. Lewis, in giving the Scripture prize, gave some good advice to the boys, and spoke of the importance and necessity of a religious education. Mr ¡";ELBY then addressed the boys as follows I have listened with the greatest pleasure to the report of the Principal as to the condition of the schools, and I am very glad to hear that it is so flourishing. I especially wish to congratulate you on your success in the Cambridge Local Examina- tion. Of course the few remarks I have to make are addressed especially to the boys whom I am delighted to have the pleasure of meeting. First, a word or two about the prizes I have had the honour of handing to you. I am told at times that the feelings of emulation and 'ambition connected with prizes are blamable because they arouse rivalry and jealousy and many things besides. Don't you believe it. Many of my rivals have been among my greatest friends and will agree with me that generous emulation and rivalry an absolutely necessary in a boy if he is to make his way in the world. Now with regard to your studies. I often find that boys are apt to regard their studies as an end rather than a means, and to forget that educa- tion is not the machine but the whetstone that prepares the machine for the work of life. The object of education is to teach us to concentrate our thoughts. A boy who can really concentrate his thoughts for five minutes has attained a great step in life. The entire object of your reading is to unable you to concentrate your thoughts, to focus them upon one object with- out their being distracted by other objects. It is not ability, but it is will that makes all the differeuc-e in a boy. If you want to read a book to the best advantage first read a chapter or a portion of a chapter if it is very long, then think it care- fully over and write down as much as you can remember of it. I daresay you will find that it is very little at first, but don't let that discourage you. Go to the chapters again and fill up the gaps bv learning what you find yon have forgotten, until you have got the substance of the whole chapter in your miud. Take each chapter in this way until you have mastered the whole book; not, cf course, verbatim et literatim, but until you have made the substance of the book your own. By that means each succeeding book you read will be- come part of the furniture of the mind, and the study you havo devoted to it will make it as a great writer has said a possession for ever." I do not mean to say that this ought to be done with every book. Bacon has said that some books are to be tasted, some swallowed, and some few to bo tasted and chewed. I only refer to the last. Then I should like to say a word or two on what is often very much neglected-tho cultivation of the imagination. The cultivation of the reason is, of course, most essential; but, however, powerful the reason may be, it is the imagination that makes great men, the enthusiasts, the leaders of their fellow-men, the heroes, and the rnartyre. I advise you then to cultivate the imagination by reading good poetry and learning it by heart. I shall not attempt to advise you as to the best authors. You may take it as a rule that those whom the world honours are the greatest and the best, and I urge you, while your minds are plastic, to store them with the best poetry and hymns. If you do so, you will find them a comfort during the whole of your life, for many a sleepless hour will be made painless by the repitition of some hymn or poetical extract, and many doubt- ful and troublesome thoughts driven away. Pure and good poetry should form the ground-work of in the recollection of every lad. Our English litera- ture is a beautiful garden, from which floweis may be gathered at will; but, I am sorry to say that, like all other gardens, it contains many weeds, and these I beg you to avoid, for ennobling and exalting as pare literature is, there is nothing more debasing than impure literature. Now a word about success in life. The essential quality for this is perseverance. As I said before it is will and not ability that makes a man. We often hoar people complain of their "want of lnck irt life.Not many of us are born with silver spoons in oar mouths, but whether or not, we all have to olimb the ladder of life. Don't look foi "luck"J my lads, but put a "p" before it and call it pluck and then you will flnd that vou have found out the secret of real honest and honourable success in life (cheers). Go in for accuiacy whatever you do. Accuracy is a very simple thing but it is of tho itiost vital importance. Ability, however great, cannot atone for inaccuracy. Then you must never neglect any fair, honest opportunity of getting 011, however humble it may be. Nobody ever knows whether what they under- take is going to be. a success or not, and the wisest course, therefore, is to make the best of every opportunity. Never shirk a disagreeable duty. Remember the old saw If I were a cobler, I'd make it my pride The best of all coblers' to be, If I were a tinker, no tinker beside, Should mend an old kettle like me. perhaps you think I am saying hard words and putting before you a disagreeable course of life, but it is not so. I can assure you that the happiest man is the one who is able to thoroughly interest himself in his work, and feel happy in it, whatever it may be. I have been speaking of human success, but do not think that because I have omitted any reference to religion that I do not regard it as of supreme importance. Rev Mr Lewis has already spoken on this subject, and 1 fnlly endorse all be has said In conclusion let me congratulate you on your success in the cricket field. I have no time to speak about the importance of physcial education, but, in order to show my appreciation of its value, I shall be pleased to give a prize in the form of a bat to the boy who has the highest batting average in your season's matches (loud applause). Mr Hiles announced that this prize would go to H B Hiles with an a verage of 35. The proceedings terminated with the National Anthem (solo and chorus), and cheers were given for the masters, Mr Selby, and the prize donors. The school will re-assemble on September 14th.