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ABERYSTWYTH. I BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—MONDAY. j Present: Mr D Morgan (chairman), the Rev Y A j Penry, the Rev John Davies, Messrs II Hughes, I B E Morgan, T E Salmon, Richard Ed wards, Edwin Morris. Lewis Richards, Thomas Jenkins, W Morris, James Jones, E J Evans, David Lloyd, Richard Jones, Evan Richards, Daniel Morris, David Edwards, John Jones, Thomas James, Richard Davies, and T II Jones; with Mr Hugh Hughes (clerk), and Mr D Davies (assistant clerk). THE CHAIR. It was nearly 11-20 before a quorum of members was present, and it was found necessary to appoint a chairman, Mr B Ellis Morgan being voted to the chair pro. tern. BOARDING-OUT COMMITTEE. The ladies of the Boarding-ont Committee re- ported that all the children were happy, in good health, and their conduct was good. CARMARTHEN ASYLUM. The authorities atCarmarthen Asylum reported II the death at that place of Elizabeth Williams, pauper, on January 12th. MASTER'S RF.PORT. I The Master reported that there were 46 paupers in the House compared with 61 during the corres- ponding period of 1899. Daring the past fortnight 19 vagrants had been relieved as compared with 30 during the corresponding period of last year. Mrs E James, North Parade, sent a number of for the use of the inmates.—On the motion of Mr R Edwards, seconded by Mr Salmon, a vote of thanks was passed to Mss James. OUT-RELIEF. During the past two weeks the following amounts have been paid in out-relisf:—Per Mr T Vaughan, £46 7s to 157 recipients per Mr J J Hughes, £40 2s 5d to 151 recipients; per Mr Joseph Morgan, A COUNTRY MAGISTRATE'S DILEMMA. I Amongst the bills sent in were two for the hire of conveyances and doctor's certificates for the same lunatic. The Rev T A Penry explained that there was a woman residing at Bethel who was supposed to be insane. She was examined by a doctor and a certificate given. Mr Vaughan, relieving officer, procured a conveyance from Bethel to the nearest railway station and the magistrate residing there went along with him. Whilst there the relatives t and neighbours ciamoursd and implored that the woman should be left to go home and given another trial. Under the 1 circumstances the magistrate consented and the woman was allowed to return. But now the cost of the conveyance had to be paid for as well as the doctor's fee for certifying. About six weeks afterwards the woman became bad again and it was evident to all that she must be taken down. So the doctor had to go up and certify and a conveyance had to in obtained and so they would see that double the expense had been incurred in respect to this par- ticular case. There was no questien about the payment for the bills had been paid, but he thought the magistrate at this place ought to be able to make up his mind what to do before going to all this expense and not submit to the clamour of per- sons who did not understand the nature of the case and who were carried away by their feelings with- out knowledge or judgment.—Mr Salmon Was it the parents?—Rev T A Penry Xo, relatives.—Mr Salmon Cannot we make them pay the costs in- curred ?—Rev T A Penry: That is the point.—Mr W Morris Who was the magistrate'?—Rev T A Penry: Mr James, Ffynon Howe'il.—Mr B E Morgan did not think the magistrate was to blame. —Rev T A Penry There was the doctor's certifi- cate that the woman was insane.— Mr B E Morgan: Probably the magistrate certified.—Rev T A Penry Xo, he was persuaded by the people not to do so.— Mr BE Morgan The relatives ought to pay the extra cost. But if they are poor it is rather rough upon them.—Mr Vaughan (relieving officer) sa;d the people were poor and on the first day that they went the woman seemed to bo better. It was on the application of the relatives that he went to take her away in the first case.—On the motion of Mr Edwards, it was agreed to pay the bills and the Board expressed the hope that the officers would bo careful in dealing with these cases. THE INFLUENZA SCOURAGE. Mr Rd Edwards said that there was so much sickness in the district that he was afraid some of those on the books were sufferiug. He did not think they were doing as much as they might. Coulo they not give the relieving officer some power to help the sick poor to get some nourishment.—Mr Salmon presumed that tbe officers had that power in urgent cases. He would like to know if tber" were any cases of people suffering. If there were any it was the duty of Mr Edwards to inform the Board.—Mr Edwards: I don't know of any case which lean put my hand on; it is only my im- pression.—The Rev T A Penry: But that is the regular thing; it is allowed.—The Chairman also stated that this was the course usually adopted and the Clerk added that in fact the overseers could give the order in cases of urgency.—Mr Vaughan said that there were only three paupers in his district ill with influenza, ar.d they had had their relief increased during the past month. WHAT A MAX CAN LIVE ON. An old man, too ill to appear personally before the Board, applied through the Aberystwyth re- lieving officer for out-relief. Some years ago he bad been injured and had never made a proper recovery.—Mr E J Evans understood that the man was in receipt of 3s lOd per week as a pension.— The Rev T A Penry But you are not going to penalise a man for that.—Mr Salmon That's not the way to eucourage friendly societies. This old man broke his leg and it has never been set pro- perly.—Mr Hugh Hughes: Mr Bircham distinctly said on his last visit that the Guardians should not let such a fact weigh against an applicant. We ought to encourage those who help themselves.— Mr James Jones thought if the man was getting 38 lOd per week it was enough for him to live on (cries of "Oh —Mr Salmon Better send them up to Tyllwyn.—Mr Hughes You can't call that living; it is mere existence.—The case was de- ferred until the next; meeting. A HIT OF A BRKEZE. Mr R Edwards brought forward a matter which cropped up at the close of the last meeting of the Board, when Mr Penry in answer to a question by Mr E J Evans respecting certain remarks made by Mr Penry at a meeting previous to that said that he was willing to make an explanation to the Chair- man or the Clerk, and ho now desired to know if Mr Penry had forwarded that explanation so that the Board should be satisfied.— [The remark re- ferred to was one in which Mr Penry said that letters had been written interfering with the officials at the House.]—Rev T A Penry I do not know what right Mr Edwards has to call attention to the matter. There was no reporter here. I do not see what right ho has to call upon me to do anything. I made an offer and it was not accepted at the time. I am not going to renew it.—Mr E J Evans Who had the right ? Of course you said that it was not one, so I thought that I had no right to accept any offer made by you. I was given to understand outside the Board that it was Mr Edwards who was the guilty party, and I told him so. I can name the gentleman who told me; in fact he is here present to-day. I think a person in Mr Penry's position should not be allowed to make such statements without proving them or with- drawing them. I say it was Mr Edwards that Mr Penry pointed out. — Hev T A Penry I am willing to stand to everything I said at the Board meeting. You should not listen to tittle-tattle outside.—Mr E J Evans It was suggested that a member of the Board was working with the paupers and telling them not to do what the Master told them. I say I that Mr Penry ought to withdraw or to prove that Mr Edwards had been guilty of undue in- fluence — of cruelty towards the men inside The Rev T A Penry Mr Evans is drawing upon his imagination. Did I mention any member ? — Mr Evans: Yes, you said a member.—The Rev T A Penry 1 did not. I said there were persons who were doing such and such a thing. Ail I stand by is simply this—the ground upon which they base their claim. What right have these gentlemen upon the basis of what I said to demand anything of me ?—Mr Edwards I have been accused outside by certain members that I am the person who wrote letters to Mr Penry, and it is only right for me to have it cleared. The Rev T A Penry: I never said anything of the kind !— Mr Edwards: I am asking upon that ground I whether I am guilty.—The Rev T A Penry When did I say that there were letters written to me Mr E J Evans asked Mr James Jones what he had got to say.—Mr Jones Nothing !—Mr Evans Did you not tell me ori the sheet that Mr Edwards was the person ?—Mr Jones No I never told you.— Ir Evans rose and left Lis chair ia disgust, aud the members joined in a hearty laugh.—The incident then closed. TOWN COUN CIL.—TUE SDA Y. Present: Councillor C M Williams (Mayor), Councillor D C Roberts (ex-Mayor), Aldermen Peter Jones and Captain Doughton; Councillors It Peake, G Croydon Marks, E P Wynne, T E Salmon, R J Jones, J Hopkins, and R Doughton with Mr A J Hughes (town clerk), Mr C Massey (assistant clerk), Dr A Thomas (medical officer), Mr H L Evans (accountant), and Mr Rtes Jones (surveyor). FOR THE DEFENCE 07 THE COUNTRY. Lieut. W Stephens, RA., who pressed for an early reply, wrote as follows:—Sir,—With reference to previous correspondence relative to the placing i of additional guns on the Castle Grounds, I have tne honour to request you will be so good as to inform me whether the Town Council still adheres to its previous decision not to approve of the pro- posed arrangement. I am to point out that no other point exists at all suitable for the placing of the modern 9 inch guns in question, and that to be debarred from dialling with snch guns would be seriously detrimental to the thorough efficiency of this (Cardigan Artillery) regiment.— Councillor Peake moved that the letter ae handed over to the Public Works Committee. — Councillor Salmon: It is a most important application, and worthy of the consideration of the whole Council.—Alderman Doughton The Town Clerk will be able to decide that question once for all. The law states plainly that you cannot firo guns ovei a road. \Yhor:"the Promenade goes round the Castle you cannot fire over it.—Councillor Salmon I know you are opposed to it, hut this is a new Council and we must take the matter into our serious consideration.—Upon the suggestion of the Mayor it was agreed to put it on the agenda for the next meeting of the Council. THE NEW PROMENADE. In reply to a request sent in by Mr T Mortimer. Green 011 behalf of tbe Coilege autboritimJ the Public Works Committee were asked to meet the Council of the College on Friday to consider the position of the College with regard to the proposed new Promenade. MUNICIPAL OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION. A letter from this association was referred to the General Purposes Committee.—The Council agreed that the Town Clerk should be nominated as a can- didate for a seat on the Council of this body. LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOAHD INQUIRY. The Town Clerk formally notified the Council that a Local Government Board Inquiry had been held so that it would appear on the minutes.—The Mayor thought this was a good thing as previous inquiries had been overlooked.— Councillor Salmon inquired how long it would be ere they received the Board's report.—The Mayor: I hope very shortly it was urged upon the Inspector to seud a, report as soon as possible. I have every reason to believe that there will be no delay upon their part. EXTENSION OF THE MAIN SEWER. Councillor R T Jones moved and Councillor B Doughton seconded the adoption of the following report of a committee meeting of the whole Coun- cil, held on Januarv 9th The plans prepared by the borough surveyor for the extension of the main sewer were approved of, and the borough surveyor was authorised to obtain assistance for the copying and completing of tho same. The town clerk was instructed to communicate with the Local Govern- ment Board, forthwith, with a view to expediting the holding of a. public inquiry in the matter of the application for the consent of the Local Govern- ment Board to the borrowing of £2,900 for the carrying out of the extension of tho main sewer. The borough surveyor was instructed to advertise in the Contract Journal for tenders for oast-iron pipes, the same to be delivered within three months from date. The town clerk was instructed to communicate with the Board of Trade with a view to obtaining: their sanction to the laying of pipes in the harbour."—The report was adopted, the Town Clerk, in reply to Councillor Salmon, stating that the most suitable paper had been se- lected for advertising. PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE'S REPORT. Alderman Peter Jones presented the report of this committee, which stated that the Medical Officer had presented his quarterly report, and that the Council request the committee to oonsider the need of erecting an isolation hospital.—Councillor Salmon complained that the report of the Medical Offieer was not. circulated amongst the members of tho Council. Ho did not see why members of the Council, who were not members of the Publio Works Committee, should be compelled to go down to the Corporation offices in order to read the report. Ho believed that on the last occasion, that he referred to the matter the Council agreed that it should be printed on the agenda.—Dr Thomas said that the Local Government Board were willing that the annual report, should be printed, and they would accept a copy of it as their report.—Coun- cillor Marks Is there any rpason why it shoald not be made public ?—Councillor Salmon But I only ask it for the councillors themselves.—The Mayor: The report is always on the table, and the Press generally publish it pretty fully.—Coun- cillor Wynne I hope that the Public Works Committee will press upon the Inspector the need of action in respect to the troughings and downpipes.—It was agreed that the report of the medical officer should in future La p,inted.- Alderman Doughton booed that the mayor would answer Mr with respect to the pipes.—The Mayor The inspector was told that he was to take proceedings.—Councillor Salmon Is it part of his duty ?—The Mayor Yes, he understands it aB such, and we expect him to doifc thoroughly.—The Mayor also caJ1ed the attention of the Publio Works Com. mittee to the disgraceful state of the streets on the Castle grounds and the urgent need of the erection of some kind of railing. AlJ kinds of things were thrown upon the site now open, and it was dis- graceful.—Councillor Jones: Mr Wynne and I called attention to it the other day. It seems to be getting worse.—Councillor Salmon I only hope that the Public Lights Committee will take steps to light up the Castle grounds during the summer months. HARBOUR DUES. Councillor R J Jones, chairman of the Harbour Committee, moved alreport of the committee re- commending the Council to increase the due on h1ende ore from twopence to feurpence per ton. The committee also recommended that a complete revision of the dues should take place. In Septem- ber, 1885, the due upon lead ore was Is per ton, and on blende ore 6d per ton. Owing to the poor trade and the depressed condition of the markets the due on lead was rednced to sixpence and on blende to twopence. At that time blende was selling at £2 10s to £3, now lead was selling at £9 to £10 per ton and blende £7 to £,3. It was said that 6,000 tons of ore would be shipped per annum in future years, and this at twopence per ton would mean an increased revenue of £50. It was the unanimous wish of the Committee to recommend sixpence, but the Act did not permit of them going beyond the sum of fourpence. It would be no hardship to anyone because the workmen were in receipt of the same wages and lead was JE4 per ton better, which sum went into the pockets of the Company. He found that setts were charged the same due as blende ore although there was a difference in the value, whilst the difference bet ween the due on cement and blende was vary great, the dne on cement being Is 6d per ton. The £50 thus derived would be of great help to the Council.—■ Councillor Marks seconded.— Alderman Doughton was opposed to such a step. The Company referred to had just started two mines and they had spent between £20,000 and £30,000 on machinery. He pointed out that it was possible that the Company would ship their ore from Swansea for Antwerp which they could do cheaper. (Oh, no). Well he would show them. From Crosswood station (M. and M.R.) to Aber- ystwyth the rate was 2s per ton, oartage from station to harbour Is, storage 6d, loading into ship another 6d, harbour dues 4d, freight to Antwerp 9s, total 13,¡ 4d. On the other hand the Company could get it down to Swansea from Crosswood for 8s 6J per ton, dock dues 2d (if loaded at harbour d less), freight 5s 6d per ton, total 14s 2jd. The difference was lOd in favour of Aberystwyth but there would be a great deal of waste at Aberystwyth. They could not get ships to come to A beryst wy th without paying fancy prices. If they were going to increase the due they would lose it altogether. If tho Harbour Com- mittee had the line alongside the wharf made workable tho town would get the benefit of it and sixpence per ton toll. He moved that it be de- ferred.—Councillor D C Roberts said that he was not going to second the amendment because he held the stores and would not vote. He quite agreed with what had been stated by Councillor Jones, but Councillor Jonas did not seem to look at the matter in the same way as Alderman Doughton. He for his part was afraid this increase would prevent tho Company senditig the ore.—Alderman Jones believed that they were all desirous of in- creasing the revenue of the harbour, which to their sorrow had been a serious drain upon the town. But he hardly thought that it would be prudent that they should make that increase. They had had some difficulty in retaining the traffic, and now there were signs of improvement in the mining industry he thought that it would be well to defer that proposal until at any rate the line of railway was completed. If they could see that 5,000 or 6,000 tons of ore coming down they would certainly bo justified in proceeding with the railway. At present it seemed to show a wanting sympathy with the Company. He did not think that the markets bore the roseate view placed upon them by Mr Jones.—Councillor Jones I have had my figures on good authority.—Alderman Jones Blende has gone down but lead ore is steady.—Councillor Hopkins said that the price of blende was four times more than what it was when they charged 4d per ton due years ago.— Councillor Salmon supported the report of the Committee. He knew that this Mining Company had been trying to get other shipping lines to compete with tho" Countess of Lisburne Steamships Company but they were obliged to come back to Aberystwyth and they were doing justice to the ratepayers by putting on 2d more per ton. The Company were making a profit of £5 per ton and when the rate was reduced they were only making 20s per ton.—Councillor Jones said no 0118 bad greater sympathy with mining interests than be had and be would not move now in a direction to impede prosperity. Councillor Roberts had said that he took a different view to Captain Doughton, but he might say that he had had his figures npon good authority.—Councillor Roberts: I did not dis- pute the correctness of your figures.—Councillor Jones: You simply said that I did not take tho same view.—Councillor Roberts: Yes, in your remarks.— Councillor Jones I took every possible viaw of the matter. It. seems that this Company has made every effort to have this traffic sent, by some other route. Is it right now that we shouid give them an advantage? We have no need to thank them for this traffic. According to the figures of Capt Doughtot and himself it, would bo cheaper to send it through this harbour by 10-lrd per ton.—Alderman Doughton I stated that 106-d was not sufficient to cover wa¡¡tage.-Counci¡¡"r Jones contended that they were perfectly justi- fied in asking for the increase and remarked that they were now receiving £ 200 per year. less in harbour dues than they ought to be receiving. The steamer was taking 200 tons that morning, but a company making a profit of JE5 on every ton and sending 6,000 ton a year could afford £50 more for the harbour dues It was a great deal to the ratepayers of tho town to have £50 mora to come in towards the harbour fund.—In reply to Councillor Marks, Alderman Doughton said that last year 700 tons of ore was sent away.—A vote was taken when three voted for deferring it, and six in favour with the report which was carried.—The Council then went into committee to consider the plans for the new Town Hall. PETTY SESSIONS. At these sessions on Wednesday held before Messrs C M Williams (mayor). J Morgan, T Griffiths, R J Jones, and Isaac Hopkins, David Williams, boatman, was charged with having been drunk and disorderly on January 13th.-M.r W P Owen appeared for the defence.— Supt Phillips ■ I was not aware until late last night that the caso was to be contested. In that case I apply for an adjournment in order that I can summon my wit- nesses.—Mr Owen I (have been served with a summons as.far back as January 13. When the police take out a summons one assumes they aro ready to prove their case. The defendant is here and his witnesses are here. Those persons who ask for favours must pay for them.—Supt Phillips: I was not aware until eleven o'clock last night.— Mr Owen That does not matter, you ought to be pre- pared. I am perfectly ready to go into the case. I must say it is rather a novelty to ask for an adjournment. I will not say any more I strongly oppose the application.—Superintendent Phillips: I must summon my witnesses.—Mr R J Jones: You ought to be prepared with your case.— Supt Phillips: But I was not aware until this morning that the caso was to be contested.—Mr R J Jones: But I don't see why you should take that view of it.—The Mayor said that they had decided to go on with the case.—P.O. John Jenkins then stated that at 2.45 a.m. on Saturday he heard a row in Queen's Road, and found the defendant shouting, cursing and swearing, and using obscene language. Witness spoke to defendant who said that he had been drinking whisky and offered witness a glass which he said he had in the house. Afterwards the defendant went home.— For the defence John Lewis, who resided with defendant, said that on the morning in question, the defendant came in at ten o'clock, and he was left asleep on the sofa when witness went. to bed. Between two and three o'clock he heard the defendant calling out for matches and caudle. He got up and gave Williams the candle and matches. The police- constable then rushed in, and taking hold of defen- dant by the throat, demanded that he should come out. He heard the constable asking Williams to show him the life-boat, but the defendant refused. On Saturday the police-constable came with a summons, and asked witness if he was David Williams. — Cross-examined by Supt Phillips Was thsre any row in your house? No.— Now be careful in your answer.— Not that I am aware of.—Then if other witnesses come forward and say so they will tell lies ?—Mr John Morgan Ask the question and don't worry the man with these remarks. The man is on his oath. —Mr Owen said this was his case for the defence, and having regard to the evidence of Lewis he asked for a dismissal.—The Mayor said the Bench were agreed to dismiss the case in order for Supt Phillips to bring witnesses.—Mr Owen And for me.— The Mayor: Yes.—Mr R J Jones: You have had private witnesses and it is only fair to the police to have private witnesses.—Mr Owen But his case is closed and it is irregular to hear a case piecemeal. — The Mayor I do not desire an adjournment. I don't want the case adjourned.—Mr Owen I ask you to give the defendant the benefit of the doubt.—The Mayor The decision of the majority of the Bench is in favour of dismissal (applause). Personally, I entirely disagree with it.—Mr John Morgan I don't think a remark of that kind should fall from the lips of anyone in the chair.—The Mayor The chairman has a perfect right to make such remarks and it is wholly irregular and in fact unbusiness- like to make the comments you have made.—Mr John Morgan Very likely Some others are very much about the same.—-The Mayor We don't want ar:y wrangle on the Benoh.—Mr Morgan: I don't think we do; we ought to keep up dignity.—The Mayor: You don't. You should remember that you are here iu an official capacity and to keep up the dignity of the Bench and not make unnecessary comments.—Mr Morgan And you.—The incident then closed.
ABERDOVEY. BUILDING.—The Rev W M Roberts, M.A., is building a new residential villa on the hit! side overlooking the bay and the Cardiganshire hills. The contract has been let to Messrs Jones, Hugbes, and Edwards, contractors, Towyn. FORMATION OF A VOLUNTEER COMPANY On Thursday evening a public meeting was held to promote the formation of a Volunteer Company of the 5th Batt. South Wales Borderers in the town. The Rev W M Roberts, M.A., who is tho leading spirit in the matter, and is an old Volunteer himself, was voted to the chair. He was supported by Captain Edward Kirkby, Llanfendigaid, com- manding the Towyn Company, and Mr J M Howell, Craigydon. Other prominent townsmen who take keen interest in tho movement are Dr Irvine Bonner, Captain Enoch Lewis, Mr E L Rowlands, Mr J Morris, Mr John Evans, Mr Z Jones, and Mr Pestin Williams. The two latter gentlemen acted as secretaries of the meeting and received the names of those who enrolled themselves as members.—The Chairman having delivered a brief address, he called upon Capt Kirkby to explain the regulations and the duties, which he did in a very lucid manner. Afterwards the names were taken, and 35 persons expressed themselves willing to join. Since then nine more names have been added, so that the total number now enrolled is44. Tho appearance, physique, and character of the tutsii is all that could be desired, a largo proportion of them being total abstainers. rrhere is a healthy public opinion in the town in regard to volunteering. Aberdovey is one of the most patriotic little towns in the kingdom, and it may not be not out of place to say that the town is exceedingly well posted up in war news. A large number of boys have also given in their names with the object of establishing a Drum and Fife Band in connection with the com- pany. It is now hoped the movement will be succesfully carried through. It is probable that the company will be atliliated with the Towyn com- pany. Mr J M Howell has been offered by Col. Pryco-Jones, M.P., a commision, but he has not yet decided whether he will accept it. It is hoped, however, that Mr Howell will see his way to com- maud the company. LITERARY INSTITUTE ANNUAL MEETING. The above was held on Friday evening when Mr John Edwards, Ivy House, occupied the chair. Tho Treasurer (Mr W Jones Hughes) road the annual balance sheet which showed that the receipts for tho year were £75 8s 6d, an increase on the previous year of .Ell 16s 3d. The total expendi- ture was £83 13s 6d (including £16 6s 4d the adverse balance of the previous year). "leaving a balance of £8 5s duo to the bank at the close of 1399.—On the motion of Capt Edwards, seconded by Mr D Hughes, the balance sheet was adopted and ordered to be printed in the annual report. On the motion of Mr W J Eves, seconded by Mr Gwilym Williams, a vote of thanks was passed to the two auditors. Mr Eves assured the meeting that the auditors had been most careful in going through the recounts and they as officials specially thanked them for the great trouble they had taken. —Captain Edwards, librarian, then read the follow- ing repor t :—Books added to the library during 1899: Scott and Dickens' novels, 44; other novels, 43; books cf travel, &c, 20; books presented by Miss Norgate on leaving Aberdovey, 41 books presented by Miss Marsh, 2; presented by Mr Hughes Jones, 1; total, 156. Monthly issues of books to members January 93, February 78, March 87, April 53. May 53, June 42, Juiy 89, August 303, September 206, October 187, November 62, Decem- ber 79; total 1,333; being an increase of.519 on the previous year. The comparatively large number of books issued in August and September shows bow the library is appreciated by visitors. Money spent during the year on the library :—New books, £10 2s binding old books, £2 Os lOd new book total, £17 3s lOd.—Mr John Owen, Celtic House, proposed a hearty vote of thanks to the president, vice-presidents, officials, and com- mittee, which was seconded by Mr Z Jones aud carried with acclamation. The meeting then elected the following officers for 1900: President, Mr J Corbett, Ynysymaengwyn; vice-presidents, Messrs J M Howell, M L Lewis. J.P., J Hughes Jones, J.P., W Jones, C.C., Peter Gotto, J 3 Rawson, J L Evans, Arnold Evans, C H Brampton, C H Allcock, M.A., the Rev J Rowlands, M.A., and Dr Irvine Bonner. Committee: Messrs G Williams, W J he. W J Hughes, J Edwards, Capt Edwards, W D Evans, E L Rowlands, II Griffith, R Davies, Capt J Evans, J D Hughes, and P C Price. The committee were elected by ballot, Mr F Williams, Board School, and Mr Z Jones, National School, acting as tellers.—On the motion of Mr W J Hughes seconded by Mr W Jones, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the following for services rendered during the year in connection with the institute:— Capt Edwards, Capt Nicholas, Capt Lewis, Mrs Green, caretaker, and to donors of books, magazines, and newspapers.—Mr J Owen called attention to the taxes paid last year, and thought that a reading room ought to be exempt, like churches and chapels, —On the motion of Mr W J Hughes, it was resolved to petition the Assessment Committee on the matter through Mr W Jones, the Aberdovey Gnardian. The amount of rates paid last year was £2 8 5d.-On the motion of Mr W Jones, it was decided to alter the time of opening the Institute from 10'to 8 a.m. The offer of trees for the yard and Church Times were referred to the new com- mittee. On the motion of Mr W D Evansa vote of thanks was passed to the'Chairman and the meeting terminated.—At a committee- meeting held after- wards, Mr J Edwards was re-elected chairman, Mr W J Hughes treasurer; Capt Edwards and Mr J S Rawson librarians, Mr G Williams and Mr W J Eves secretaries.—All the papers were passed, and it was decided to accept the Church Times.
MACHYNLLETH. THE agents for the sale of the COUNTY TIMES are Messrs T Parsons & Sons, Burcombe House, and Messrs W II Smith & Son, Railway Bookstall. THE WAR.—The excitement here is as keen as £ ver, and feeling runs very high as to the probable I ending of the war, the expense, and the period of its termination. Some of the local Volunteers have had orders to leave on Saturday. This brings tho war very near to our own doors aud homes. INFLUENZA.—This ugly visitor is visiting almost every house in the town. Seldom, if ever, has there been such a large number of people ill at I the same time in the town. The doctors are kept busy day and night endeavouring to check its I advance. COFKTY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL.—This school re- opened on Tuesday. The. number has increased, there being 80 pupils. The staff is also increased, the new assistant master being Mr E T Evans, B. -V., late of Llangefni County School, Anglesey, and of the University College of Wales. Mr Roberts still gives lessons in shorthand. The new Sergeant- Instructor of the Volunteers gives the pupils lessons in drill. The school ground is tiearing completion, and when finished will be a very nice plot of green. The cricket pitch next season should bo second to none, and ought to be as level as a billiard table. The new labnratory has been roofed, and wi1J ere Jong- be ready for use. The roomA are large, airy, welt-ventllated, and the windows are exceptionally large. The school library is also increasing, and the scholars avail themselves to the full of the opportunities they have of reading good books. The football elevens of the school are now practising on the Rectory field. This field is kindly fent to the hoys by the Rev Canon Trevor until the school field is ready. Several matches have been arranged—home and away—with neighbouring County Schools, a full report of which will duly appear in our columns. WELSH LITERARY SOCIETY.—A Society of a high literary order and merit is on foot in the town. One of the objects is tc create a taste for reading good Welsh Literature, and to discuss matters of National interest, in the way of antiquities—local and otherwiRe-old manuscripts, Xational Institu- tions, such aa Eistoddfodan, &c., the Biographies of Eminent Welshmen, &0. The Society is purely Welsh, although discussion may be carried on in English by a member who may particularly desire to express himself in English rather than iu Welsh. It is called Cvmdeithas Gymreigyddion Cyfeiliog," and has for its motto Fy iaith, Fy Ngwlad, a Fy ghened1." The Officers are as follows President, Mr John Rowlands, solicitor; vice-prasiderit, Rev D T Hughes, Morfa; treasurer, Mr Henry Lewis, Tower recorders, Rev E W Evans (Wnion), and Dr E Davies-Rees (ApGwyddon) members of committee, Rev D H Hughes, and Mr Evan Jones, B.A., B.Sc. Papers are read by Professors of the University of Wales, and by well-known Anti- quarians, Bards, and literary experts, and discussion follows each paper, five minutes being-allowed each member. On Wednesday eVéning an able paper was read by the Rev E W Evans (Wnion) on the Gorsedd Farddol." The previous paper read was by Professor Lewis, M.A., of Aberystwyth College, on The Education and Mental Development of the Welsh Labouring Class," a highly instructive and interesting paper.
LLANIDLOES. WAR FUND.— A meeting of the General Com- mittee to consider the disposal of the War Relief Fuud formed in the town was held in the Public Rooms on Monday afternoon. The Mayor (Mr E Davies) presided. After a long discussion it was decided to postpone the consideration of the matter to see how other local funds are distributed. The Mayor stated that several persons in the town were now receiving through him relief from the County Fund, and an opinion was expressed that the Llan- idloes Fund should be transmitted to that quarter. The fund now amounts to £89, but with £7 10s already collected at Llangurig and promised sub- scriptions it is expected to exceed £100. AT THE FRONT.—Mr W Shepton, formsrly of High street, Llanidloes, who was employed on the railway at Norvals Pont when the war broke out, and wasobliged to escape from the Boers leav- ing his belongings behind, in a letter written home on Wednesday, from Naauwpoort where Gen- eral French is operating, states that on Christmas Day they had to fish the Boers out of the river who had stones tied around their necks to keep them down. The stench was something awful. He along with others had to keep following soldiers to bury the dead, and they had to undergo many hardships. It was terrible to see tho men coming in with their legs and arms off. THEFT OF £5 AT TIIEFEGLWYS. At the Llanidloes Police Court on Wednesday, before Messrs Edward Davies (Mayor) and Daniel Davies, Owen Jones, a tramping clock-cleaner, was brought up in custody charged with stealing a purse containing the sum of £4 19s 6d, the pro- perty of Thomas Swancott, Old Vicarage, Trefeg- lwys. Inspector Lake conducted th" case on behalf of the police.—Thomas Swancott said on Wednesday the 10th inst, about 8 in the evening he was at the Red Lion Hotel, Trefeglwvs, and called for two glasses of ale, and gave £1 for the drink. He received 19s 9d change. He put 19s 6d in his purse, and the other 3d in his pocket. He thought he put the purse in his pocket, but he did not happen to look if he had done so until Friday night when he found he had lost it. William Edwards, David Mills, John Edwards, and the prisoner were present at that Inn. When he found his loss be went home and asked his mother if she bad seen it on the room, and she said "no." The purse container) £4 10s. in gold and 9s. 6d. in silver. On Saturday last, the 13th inst., he gave information to the police. He did not see the prisoner handle the purse.—David Mills, Tal- garth Farm, said on Wednesday, the 10th, he was at the Red Lion from 8 to 10 in the evening. W Edwards, J Edwards, T Swancott and the prisoner were there. He went out and returned in a few minutes to find the prisoner in his seat. One of the company asked him (Mdls) what was that on the chair. He took hold of it and found it to be a purse. It was made of wash leather. On being asked no one owned it, and he then put the purse on the table. The prisoner, a fow minutes after- wards, asked him if he (Mil's) owned the purse and he replied no." Prisoner then put the purse in his pocket. He did not see what the purse contained, but believed from the rattle that there was a lot of money in it. Prisoner shortly afterwards went out. Later on ho saw him coming out of the other inn, and go in the direc- tion of Llauidloes. The purse, when found, was on the chair 011 which Swancott sat, and 1JO OIW sat on it after he left.—Evidenco having been given by Wm Edwards, Talgarth Mill; and John Josiah Jones, the landlord of the Red Lion Thomas Rowlands, watchmaker, Long Bridge street, Llan- id1oes, said on Thursday, the 11th inst., prisoner called at his shop at 10 in the morning, and asked if he had some cheap old watches to sell. He told prisoner that ho had no old ones, but had some cheap new ones. Prisoner purchased one at the price of 6s 6d. The watch produced was that purchased. Prisoner tendered him half-a-sovereign and in return received 3s 61 change. In prisoner's hand he also saw two or three sovereigns.—P.C. Rees, Trefeglwvs, deposed to arresting prisoner at Brecon on the previous day (Tuesday). In his possession prisoner had two watches, two Albert chains, six spectacles in case and three without, two eye glasses, and £1 2s in silver and 2d in copper. On the way from Brecon prisoner on being charged with the offence replied" That one of the young fellows in the company at the Red Lion gave him the purse. He put it in his pocket thinking it was a Tobacco pouch. He then went out, and on examination found it contained money. The purso and money fell to the ground, and all he could find was £2 in gold and two or three shillings in silver. He failed to find the purse and on going back to the public to inform the landlord there was money in the purse, no one was in the house. He may have gone into tho wiong house, there being two iu the village. He then wem in the direction of Llaridloes and slept in a farm buiidiug that night. He admitted buying the watches at Llauidloes and Builth." On the charge being read over prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to one calendar month's imprisonment with hard labour.
LLANGURIG. GENEROUS GIFTS TO THE VILLAGE. — In the autumn of 1887 the late Colonel Lloyd-Verney, Clochfaen, learned that this village was ill supplied with water. Early in the following year he set about to remedy this unsatisfactory con- dition. He withyhe late agent of the estate drew up a scheme and let the contract to Mr Marpole, Llanidloes. This afforded an abundant supply of water at all times except during the long drought. that prevailed during the last few summers. With characteristic generosity Mrs Lloyd-Verney resolved to increase the supply by erecting at another source a. tank of large capacity. This has been done, and it is intended that the Vicarage and the houses at the lower end of the village should be supplied from this new source, while the houses at the opposite end should be supplied as hitherto from the old source. About the central part of the village Mrs Lloyd-Verney has put up a memorial fountain which is for the use of the public. It is colossal in size and pretey ill dusign, and the materials of which it is built are the best. All the work was donu by contract: Mr J T Hum- phreys, Llanidloes, did the masonry, and Mr George, Montgomery, the plumbing. The people of the village very highly appreciate this generous work." Tho design for the fountain was mainly the work of Mr Addie, the agent, who has evolved a struc- ture that will last long after every other building in the parish shall have crumbled away. The following inscription is engraved in gilt letters on the polished granite tablet placed on the fountain" Colonel George Hope Lloyd-Verney, the first water supply in 1883, to the village of Llangurig. This has been extended and completed by Mrs Lloyd-Verney in 1899, as a memorial of her husband's work." He sondeth the springs into the rivers which rati among the hills." Psalm civ., verse 10.
MANAFON. NATIONAL SCHOOL.—Tho annual children's enter- tainment and distribution of prizes, which had been unavoidably postponed, took place in the School- room on Wednesday. The room was filled with a large and appreciative audience, thero being about 200 parents, friends and children The chair was taken at seven o'clock by the Rev L W Davies, rector, who said that the school was in a prosperous condition, having again earned the highest possible Government grants. They were a few pounds in debt at the end of the school year, September 30th, but this was a good fault as it enabled the managers to appeal to the generosity of subscribers. With reference to subscribers, the Rector said that only one of the parents gave anything towards the sup- port of the school. This should not. be. He would ba glad to have more subscriptions however small. The entertainment consisted of the following songs, recitations, and dialogues by the children:—Carol, "When Christ was born"; address, Chairman; prologue, Mary J Roberts; recitation, Welcome," seven little girls; song," Sleighing"; recitation, The slave's draam," Alice Fotilkes"; carol," A child this day is born"; recitation, The owl and the pussy cat," Catherine Benneit; recitations, "A child's gifts" aud "The Christmas tree," Lena Davies and Fanny Evans song, "Stand by your country"; recitation, "We are seven," May James recitation, Two little simpletons," Myfanwy Jones; song, "Hurrah for England"; recitations, "Little mischief," "The little wheels sermon," The wandering boy," three little boys recitation, Excelsior," Beatrice Andrews; song, "Rule Britannia" ;recitation, "Llewellyn and his dog," Thomas Andrews; Welsh recitation, "Ni wrthodir neb a ddaw," Margaret A Davies; dumb bell drill by the boys; flower girls, by 12 girls; dialogue, Costers," Moses Roberts and David H Davies; recitation, "When I'm a man." six bovs; distribution of príes; God save the Queeu. The baskets for the flower girls were kindly given by Miss Hounsfield, and tastefully filled with flowers by Mrs Creed. The prizes were distributed by Mrs Hounsfield, Glyn C6gen. A pleasant evening was closed by a vote of thanks to the Chairman, and also to the Master (Mr H C Creed) for the trouble he had taken in training the children. Prizes were given by the following ladies and gentlemen :—Mrs Hounsfield, (Glyn C6gen), Miss Williams, Miss H Williams, Mr Williams, (Henllys), Mrs Creed and Dr Davies.
MALLWYD. WAR FUND.—The amount collected at the Parish Church on Queen's Sunday," was £10 lis 8d, a very substantial sum for a small country place. The rector, the Rev T Thomas, is very ill, a heavy attack of influenza having weakened him very much.
UWCHYGABREG. WAR FUND.—Collected in the Mission Church on Sunday 5s 2d. Appropriate sermons were preached by Mr T R Williams, lay deacon, who is doing very good work here. CHOIR TREAT.—In commemoration of the happy event of the marriage of Miss Mary Campbell of Bryullwydwyn Hall to Mr Beck of Huntingdon, a treat was given by Mrs Beck, and Miss Mabel Campbell to the Church choir, and school children. All the arrangements were left in the hands of Mrs Trevor, Rectory, and Mr T R Williams, Pant- glas, and everything wont off well. The school had been tastefully decorated by Miss Williams, Pantglas, and Miss Jones, Penrhiew. The follow- ing ladies assisted at the tables:—Mrs Williams, Miss Williams, Mrs Anu Jones, Blaenpant, Mrs Jones, Penrhiew; Miss Griffitb, Miss Morgan, Mrs Owen. At 3 o'clock 34 children sat down to a splendid tea, aud at 6 30 the adults had an enjoyable meal. Grace was said by Mr Williams, lay deacon in charge of the Church. When the tables were cleared Mr Williams addressed ail assembled in a capital ypeech. He referred to the kindness of Mrs Trevor (Rectory) in comingamongst them anJ superintend- ing everything so well and happily. Mrs Trevor was well knüwll as a first.c1ass organiser, and no bazaar or concert could get on very well without her. Three hearty cheers were given for Mrs Trevor. Mr Williams then thanked Mrs Beck and Miss Campbell for their kindness. He was sure that they wished Mrs Beck and her husband a long and a happy life, and that God would bless their home. Three cheers were given heartily, and after- wards the building rang with lusty cheers for Mr Williams, who is respected very highly by all in the parish. Mr Williams thanked them all for their kind expression of thanks. Oranges, cakes, and sweets were afterwards distributed to each child, and all went home happy and contented. Mr Row- lands, late of Brynllwydwyn, also addressed she gathering.
LLANGYNIEW. PARISZ COUNCIL.— A meeting was held on Tues- day presided over by Mr H Farr Jones. The county rate basis was submitted but no objections were made.—Mr Daniel Thomas reported that the footbridge near Tynrhos was now complete. A cheque was drawn to defray the expenses of the same.—Nothing had been received from Meifod in reference to the well near Pont Shop. The application of the Clerk to the Lieutenancy for assistance towards the County War Fund was deferred to the next meeting.—The Clerk was directed to draw the attention of the District Council to a water course near the School.—The Parish Councils Tenure Act, 1899 was considered a satisfactory improvement. Messrs W Owen and T Griffiths were deputed to inspect Forge Mill footpath and report to the next meeting.
POOL QUAY. H. M. INSPECTOR'S REPORT.—This school con- tinues to be taught with tact, sympathy, and in- telligence. Drawing is at piesent the weakest subject of instruction and should receive special attention during the coming year."
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The report that President Kruger peremptorily ordered the last attack on Ladysmith, and suggest- ed putting the Free State men iu the most danger- ous places, is confirmed on good authority.
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CARDIGANSHIRE JOINT POLICE COMMITTEE. The quarterly meeting of Cardiganshire Joint Police Committee was held at Lampeter on Thurs- eL day. There wera present: Mr Morgan Evans, chairman Messrs D C Roberts aud C M Williams, Aberystwyth; Nicholas Bray, Goginan Ed Jones, Elgar; Major Price Lewes, the Rev J 1 Griffiths, and Mr J M Howell, Aberayron; Messrs John Fowden; Evan Richards, Penuwch; David Davies, Felindre Lieutenant Evans, Llandvssul; Messrs J Powell, Blaenwern H C Fryer, clerk; Howell Evans, chief constable and W Davies, surveyor. SALE OF DRINK TO CHILDREN. A petition was read from Aberystwyth against selling intoxicating drink to children.—It was re- solved that the Chief Constable request publicans to discontinue the practice in the common interests of morality and good government. CHIEF CONSTABLE'S REPORT. The Chief Constable reported as follows:- Gentlemen,—I have the honour to report for your information that the present state of the Force is as follows One chief constable, one deputy chief constable, one superintendent, five sergeants, and thirty-two constables. I append a copy of the allocation return, which shows the present dispo- sition of the Foroe; also a return showing the num- ber of persons summoned and apprehended, nature of crime and how dealt with, for the quarter end- ing 31st ultimo, together with a return showing the distribution of cases proceeded with under" the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Acts within the several petty sessional divisions for the same period. The total number of persons proceeded against during the year was 1,173, which shows an increase of eighty-two as compared with the corresponding year (1898). I append a return showing the num- ber of officers and constables in each class, as well as their pay; also a return of constables doing extra duties, with allowances for the same. On the 22nd October last I promoted P.C.'s Lewis Davies, 21, to the rank and pay of a merit class constable; Richard Jones, 11, to tHat of a first- clasg constable; and Charles Charman, 30, to that of a second-clasfi constable. On the 20th November last P.C. Thomas L Rowlands, 13, was promoted to the rank and pay of a second-class constable. About five p.m. on Saturday, the 25th October last, a young i pony attached to a milk cart, belonging to a man V named James Stephens, was left unattended to near I Messrs Stead and Simpson's boot shop in Great i- Darkgate Street, Aberystwyth. Just at that time the Lion Hotel 'bus was coming down the street and by its noise the pony bolted away at a terrific rate down the stre,-t. Near the London and Pro- I vincial Bank in North Parade happened to be P.C. f John Jenkins, 23, who pluckiJy rushed at the i animal's head, and while endeavouring to check its progress he was thrown some yards away and had a narrow escape of being run over. Fortunately, however, he succeeded in reducing the speed of the pony and diverting its course and it was easily stopped a few yards further on. The plucky action of the constable was highly appreciated, as it was done at considerable risk, and some of the onlookers spoke to me of his conduct in high terms. The streets were rather full of people at the time and 1 i the action of the constable, I have no doubt, averted some serious accidents. Under the Act 22 and 23 Vict. C 32, S 24, and Sec. 24 of the Police Act, 1890, f you are empowered to grant gratuities to con- stables for courageous acts, and although P.C. John Jenkins, 23, did not actually succeed in bringing the animal to a standstill, he nevertheless ran a great risk, and I have therefore pleasure in recommending him to your kind consideration. The time has again come for supplying constables. with new clothing and I therefore beg to apply for permission to advertise for tenders in the usual I way. As the contract should be given out before your next meeting, I hope you will appoint a committee with power to open and accept tenders as is usually done. I visited all the police stations during the quarter and am of opinion that the I police stations at Aberayron and Aberystwyth f should now be painted. I also beg to state that neither the wall nor shed at the bottom of the <. garden at the Cardigan Police Station (referred to in my report of the 7th July last) have yet been repaired. With those exceptions, I found every- i thing in order. Eleven occasional licences I and ten extensions of time were granted 1 during the quarter. The Chief Constable's I report was adopted. With regard to Talybont Sessions room, it was resolved to ask the magia- ? trates to meet on Saturdays instead of on Thurs- days, whereby they would obtain the continued j use of the schoolroom, as magistrates' meetings would not then interfere with school work. The appointment of an extra policeman was agreed to, Mr D C Roberts observing that he did not think an extra man was wanted, but the Homo Office was able to force the Standing Joint Committee to make the appointment. It must be understood, however, that the extra man would meet the demand of the Home Office in regard to New Quay. Aberayron Council was granted the use of the County Hall for the purposes of a public library conditional on making good all damage. One week's extra pay was granted to P.C. John Jenkins (23) for stopping a runaway horse in North Parade. Thy Chief Constable was requested to proceed against persons leaving horses on the streets with- out any person in charge. OCCASIONAL LICENCES. Mr J M Howell, Aberayron, called attention to the action of Mr Thomas Griffiths, Aberyst- wyth, in signing, out of court, occasional licences for masonic banquets contrary to the resolu- tion of Quarter Sessions and the Standing Joint Police Committee. Some months ago Mr Griffiths had been asked to conform with the resolution and he (Mr Howell) wished to know if any reply had been received. The Clerk (Mr H C Fryer) replied that he wrote pretty strongly to Mr Griffiths and received no reply of any sort or kind.—Mr J M Howell then moved that the Clerk should write and ask Mr T Griffiths to conform with the usage of the county magistrates. —Mr Williams said the Lord Lieutenant was opposed to the granting of licences or extensions out of sessions.—Mr Morgan Evans (chairman) said it prevented uniformity, for Mr David Thomas bad granted an occasional licence out of sessions for a fair and the booth to which it was granted was kept open one hour after the others had been closed. —Mr D C Roberts did not think Mr Thomas Griffiths was altogether to blame. The licence was probably left to the last minute and Mr T Griffiths probably thought it would be hard not to sign it. He thought. the landlord ought to be asked to see to it in future that application was made in good time at the sessions.— Mr J M Howell said the county magistrates had loyally conformed to the resolution, and if they saw the intelligent leaders of tho county at Aberystwyth disregarding it, they would do the same. He therefore pro- posed that Mr T Griffiths bo asked to conform. —Mr Edward Jones seconded the proposal and it was agreed to.