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NEWTOWN. YEOMANRY CONCERT.—On Monday evening the members of the Imperial Yeomanry held a smoking concert at the Public Hall and a very enjoyable time was spent by the men and their friends. CHURCH PARADE.—On Sunday morning a large number of the local Imperial Yeomanry attended the Parish Church for Divine Service. Parading at 10-30 at the Armoury they formed fours and proceeded in remarkably good order down Broad- street, presenting a very smart appearance, being ail dressed in khaki. The return march was equally ivell executed, and the men were discharged by the Post Office. Captain Yerney was in com- mand. TREORKY CHOIR. On Wednesday evening the Newtown people had a rare musical treat when the Treorky male voice choir to the number of about 30 gave a grand concert at the Public Hall to a large and appreciative audience. The singing was throughout of a very high order, the soloists on each occasion being clamourously recalled. The part songs and choruses evinced a volume, com- mand of voice, and perfect and almost automatical understanding between conductor and choir, and a marvellous inflexion of vocal powers rarely met with. The audience was delighted with the pro- gramme throughout. R. W. W. RECREATION SOCIETY. On Friday evening of last week the annual meeting of the above was held at the society's rooms, Kerry-road, Colonel Pryce-Jones, M.P., presiding over a good attendance. The financial and sectional reports had been read by the hon. secretary, Mr J M Jones, which were considered very satisfactory on the whole. The c; icket section had not done so well as last year, but the football section had done better. The library section was well patronised, whilst the Entertainment Committee bad handed over the sum of £ 32 to the local War Fund. It was decided that the new committee be recom- mended to specially consider the sectional reports. After Mr R D Jones and Mr Wm Roberts were re- elected auditors, Nir Meredith, hon. secretary, submitted a suggestion from the committee fur consideration. He said that the Committee thought that a kind of death club or insurance might be arranged in connection with the Society which would make it a real and practical benefit to the members in times of need. For instance a member paying 3d a month his or her relatives might receive S3 at death and so on according to the subscription. He considered that sums now expended on departments not so universally patronised might be utilised towards this laudable object. A lecturer could be engaged to give them full particulars iu regard to life insurance etc The suggestion of Mr Meredith found favour with the members present, and it was unanimously decided that the new Council be asked to take the matter into special and early consideration. Votes of thanks to the patron, Sir Pryce Pry ce-Jones, the president, Colonel Pryce-Jones, and vice-presidents Messrs W E and A W Pryce-Jones were unani- mously accorded. A very hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the officials of the Society, Mi- Meredith, hon treasurer; Mr J M Jones, hon see; and Mr Cleeton, assistant hon sec, through the harmonious work and energetic efforts of whom the success of the Society has been mainly due. The proceedings then terminated. A FATAL ACCIDENT.—On Monday morning an inquest was held at the Montgomeryshire Infirmary, before Mr R Williams, Coroner, and a jury, of whom Mr W Cooke was foreman, into the circum- stance of the death of Anne Pugh, an old woman from Mochdre, who died as the result of injuries received by being knocked down and run over by a trap on Saturday.—Sarah Owen, Refel, Mochdre, deposed that deceased was her sister, and they lived together. She went to Newtown on Saturday morning. She was not deaf, but nearly blind with the right eye.—Mrs Hugh Lewis, of Glauhafren, said she was driving a dog-cart from Newtown on Saturday, about 12-30. Mrs Watkins sat beside her and the coachman sat behind. Near the top of Park-street there were a coal cart and donkey cart, both on the right side of the road. The donkey cart led by deceased was going in the same direction as herself. She saw there was sufficient room to pass on the left but not on the right, and therefore kept to the left. Mrs Pugh then started to pull to the left and witness called on her to move or get out of the way. She paid no attention and drew the donkey more into the road. It was impossible to pull up in time to prevent an accident. In a moment the old woman was knocked down and the right wheel passed over her. She pulled up as soon as possible and went into the house to which Mrs Pugh was carried. She then went for Dr Palmer. The mare was a quiet one and difficult to hold when excited.—Dr I Palmer described the condition in which he found Mrs Pugh. She was unconscious and died in about 20 minutes without regaining consciousness. He had since examined the body and found four- ribs on the right and two on the left fractured, and tho breast bone was pressed forward. It appeared that the ribs had penetrated the lungs. The im-adiate cause of death was shock and the difficulty to breathe caused by the injuries to the chest wall by the fractured ribs.—Mrs Watkins said that Mrs Pugh was quite an arm's length from the donkey. If she stood still or close to the donkey the accident might not have happened.—John Davies, coachman, said he heard Mrs Lewis shout- ing, and he turned round just as the dog-cart passed over Mrs Pugh.—Robert Jones, Mumford's court, said he was bringing a loaded coal-cart from the station yard. He saw Mrs Lewis drivicg up Park street. Just as Mrs Itewis got up to Mrs Pugh and the donkey-cart. Mrs Pugh was on the right, and began to draw to the proper side, the step of the dog-cart knocked her down, the right wheal passing over her.—After considering the evidence the jury returned a verdict of. Accidental Death. The funeral of the deceased took place on Wednesday. INTERMEDIATE GOVERNORS. A Meeting of the County School Governors was beld on Thursday, The Chairman, Mr Hugh Lewis, presiding. There were also present, Mrs T Mark Taylor, (vice-chair), Mrs|Williams, Mrs P Wilson Jones, The Revs T E Williams, and Elias Jones, Messrs W F Cooke, R S Lloyd, W Scott-Owen, D hamer, John Humphreys, with the Assistant Clerk, Mr C E Churchill. SCHOLARSHIP'S COMMITTEE. The above committee reported that they had met and awarded the two vacant scholarships on the boys side to Maldwyn Morgan, aid Bertie Morris, the two boys next oil the list of marks at the recent scholarship examination. With regard to the Chief Inspector's note on the excess in the number of Eoholarships in the Girl's School they recommended that, as great care was taken by the committee in the calculation of the number of available scholar- ships, the clerk be instructed to write to the Chief Inspector with a view of ascertaining what bad led him to the conclusion that the number awarded was in excess of that provided-for by the schema. -Ti,e report was adopted on the motion of Mr D Lloyd, and seconded by Mrs Taylor. VENTILATION. The Building Committee recommended that the attention of the architect be drawn to the lack of ventilation in the classrooips.-The suggestion was approved of. FINANCIAL. Bills amounting to X45 lls lid were, on the re- commendation of the Finance Committee, passed for payment. TENDERS FOR STATIONERY. Two tenders for the supply of books and stationery for the year 1900 were received-one from Messrs Park and Sons and the other Messrs Phillips.-Ilr Cooke said he was not at all satisfied with the manner in which the Governors distributed their contracts for stationery. He did not think all the tradesmen in the town had an equal chance of competing, and he would much prefer to see the old School Board system which gave the work in turn to three firms, adopted by them.—Mr Lloyd said each of three tradesmen had been asked to give estimates, and he saw no reason for inter- fering with the present system. He moved that the lowest tender, that of Messrs Park and Sons, be accepted.—The Rev Elias Jones seconded, and it was agreed to. THE CARETAKER'S HOUSE. The Sale of Work Committee reoommended that the erection of the caretaker's house be proceeded with as soon as sufficient funds were available for the purpose. They advised that the construction of a hall be deferred for the present, and that the Rev T E Williams and Mr Lloyd be appointed a committee to interview the persons whose sub- scriptions had r.ot been paid, with a view to fuducing them to maintain their payments.—The report was adopted, on the motion of the Chair- man, seconded by the Rev T E Williams. THE LATE SIR HENRY TATE. Mrs Agnes E Robinson, Aberhafesp Hall, wrote thanking the Governors for the vote of condolence they had passed with her in the death of her father, the late Sir Henry Tate. It was a great privilege to have had such a father. She would be very pleased to subscribe or to do anything in her power to help the Newtown County School if the Gover- nors would inform her in what direction help was most needed.—Mr W H Tate, Exchange Buildings, Liverpool, also wrote expressing his appreciation of the Governors' sympathy. APPLICATIONS FOR BURSARIES. Applications for bursaries weie received from Mrs E Ford, Unicorn Hotel, Caersws; Mr T Morris, Penybryn, Mochdre, and from Mr W Davies, Brook Cottage, Kerry.—The Clerk was directed to write informing the applicants that thpre was not at pre- sent sufficient money in hand to justify the Gover- nors in granting any more bursaries. WELCOME. The Chairman, on behalf of the Governors, ex- tended a hearty welcome to Mr G H Ellison and Mr John Humphreys, the newly-elected representa- tives of the Urban District Council in place of Mr Richard Williams and Mr John Hughes. He felt confident that the new members would take a warm interest in the work of the school. HEADMASTER'S ANNUAL REPORT. The Headmaster, Mr A S Tetly, presented his report on the work of the school during 1899. The year, he said, had been marked by less incident and change than the preceding one. Then they had only just entered into the Dew school buildings; now they had quite settled down in them and were carrying on the work with that comfort and regularity so needful to ensure success. On the 9th of March Mr Owen Owen, Chief Inspector of the Central Welsh Board, paid his yearly visit to the school. In July the oral examination of the lower forms and the general oral examination in French was undertaken by Mr E II Henley, M.A., and Miss L E Walter, B.So., conducted au examination in practical chemistry. The examination of the Central Welsh Board in all subjects on the curriculum took place by means of written papers. The only examination for scholarships was conducted by the headmaster of the Llanidloes County School. Mr Horsfall Turner. The remarks of the Chief Inspector on the dis- cipline and organisation of the school were eminently satisfactory, and his expression of appre- ciation of the methods of teaching adopted by the staff was very Encouraging. His concluding sentence, On every hand there was hard work and enthusiasm," was noteworthy. Every boy in tho school was now required to spend at least four hours a week in the laboratory or the workshop, and t his rule was productive of excellent results. Turning to the subject of languages, Mr Tetley ex. pressed a conviction that for all, except a small number of boys, Latin must be erased from the time table of the school. There was no room for it. A modern language would supply most of the men- tal training that was the chief value of Latin, and would, at the same time, serve a more practical purpose. All the lessons in French were now based upon the conversational method which pro- duced very effective results. In the course of time he hoped to introduce German in the same man- ner. For young boys German was far easier than French and was also, he thought, as useful if not more so. Mathematios, scienoe, and modern lan- guages must be the chief subjects for other teach- ing. All the boys took shorthand and nearly all book-keeping, but, as far as his experience went, these subjects were of little educational value. Shorthand, be would almost say, had none,and a boy could much more readily gain facility in the writing of it after leaving school. The school games had been carried on vigorously during the year, greatly to the benefit of the boys. The numbers in the school had been:-Spriug term, 53; summer, 53; Winter, 55. Of these, an average proportion of two-fifths came from rural parishes of the school district. During the year there had been a change in the staff, Mr Ware, who had been first assistant master since May 1896, had rpsigned in July to to take up a post at Cardiff. His place had been filled by Mr N Davies, B. Sc. In conclusion, on behalf of the staff, whom he thanked fo.r their loyal co-opertation, he wished to express his indebted- ness to the Governors for the sympathy and sup- port, they had extended to him in his work. -The Chairman said he thaught the report very satisfactory.—The Rev T E Williams proposed that the report be printed, and copies sent to the Charity Commissioners, the County Governing Body and the Central Welsh Board.—Mrs Taylor in seconding, said she thought that, as girls in these days so often entered commercial life, book-keeping would be a desirable addition to the curriculum on the girl's side of the school.—Mr Scott Owen could not quite see the necessity of having the report printed. In his opinion, it would suffice to send those interested copies of the local papers in which it would donbtless be published.—After further discussion the motion was put to the meeting aud carried. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.—THURSDAY. Present: Mr A S Cooke, (Chairman,) presiding, Mr Edward Jones, (New Road, Tice-Chairman), Messrs John Humphreys, G H Ellison, Richard Brown, Wm Stokes, Samuel Powell, Evan Ashton, W"i Pry* John Richard Lewis, and Edward Jones, (Severn Place,) with the assistant clerk, Mr C E Churchill, and the surveyor Mr R W Davies. THE REPAIR OF THE STREETS. The Streets Committee reported that they had carefully examined the question of tha repair of the streets and the refusal of the County Council to contribute towards the same. They were taking steps in the matter and hoped shortly to present a report to the Council. RAILWAY COMMUNICATION. The Vice-Chairman again raised the question of the unsatisfactory railway communication between Newtown and the neighbouring towns. He thought it was a very serious matter that people who left Newtown at 7 a.m. should have to wait an hour or an hour aad a half before they could get on to Shrewsbury. Formerly it was possible to start from Shrewsbury by the 8-17 a.m. train and reach Newtown by 10 o'clock; now they bad to leave Shrewsbury at 6 a.m. He proposed that a com- mittee be appointed by the Council to call a public meeting a> debate upon the subject with a view to inducing the companies to establish a more satis- factory system.—Mr John Green seconded, and it was unanimously carried, the following bo ap- pointed as the committee:—The Chairman, Vice- Chairman, and Messrs J Humphreys, W Stokes, and G H Ellison. MUNICIPAL OFFICERS: PROPOSED SUPERANNUATION. A circular letter was read from the hon sec of the Municipal Officers Association, enclosing copy of a draft bill to be presented in Parliament with the object of establishing a scheme of superann na- tion for Officers in the employ of local authorities. The Council were asked to join in the petition.—A committee, consisting of Messrs S Powell, G H Ellison, and R Lewis, was appointed to consider the matter. THE NIGHT MAILS. The Postmaster of Newtown wrote that the Council's request for an extension of the time for posting at night had been forwarded to the proper quarters where it would be fully considered. COUNTY RATE. A copy of the proposed basis or standard of county rate, to be submitted to the County Council, was forwarded by Mr G D Harrison. Any objec- tions the Council might entertain were to be sent to him before the 11th of February.—Laid on the table. REPORTS. Payments of bills and wages to the amount of X721 Is 9d were passed on the recommendation of the Finance Corn m ittee.-Tije Treasurer reported that he had received zE503 lls lOd on account of general district rate, and had now a balance in hand of zE82 9s.—The collector, Mr G Trow, had banked during January on the general district rate zC341 15s lOd, district fund X8 8s and water accoant £153 8s. The totals up to date were: General district rate, C2,204 4s; district fund X159 13s; and water account £ 362 17s 8d. INFLUENZA AND MUMPS. The Medical Officer of Health, Dr Palmer, re- ported there had been a good deal of influenza and mumps during the past month and some of the elementary schools had been closed in consequence. He was glad to say that there had been no cases of notifiable infections disease. He had no detailed report to present on the health of the town during the past year as he bad been unable to draw one up owing to pressure of professional work. He must really urge UDon the Council to consider and act upon his last annnal report which, as far as ho could learn, had been laid on the table. LOSS ON THE ALLOTMENTS. In view of the fact that during the past ten years the annual loss on the allotments was £ 1 4s Od, the Council decided to raise the rents 5 per cent, which represents an increase of 6d or 7d on the annual average rentals. THE STATE OF NEW ROAD. The Surveyor said the New road was in a verv bad condition and likely to remain so unless a good coat of metalling were laid down.—The Vice- chairman said the disgraceful state in which the New road undoubtedly was could be attributed mainly to the overflow of water from the coal yards, from Brynaire lane, and from the timber yards connected with the station. Of course, the reason why the road had not been repaired was because they bad been unable to get an answer from the County Council to their ap- plication for a grant on the ground that it was a main road.—Mr Ashtnn characterised tho road as a disgrace to the community.—Mr Hum- phreys moved that the Surveyor be instructed to take the necessary steps to put the road in a satis- factory state.—Mr Pryce seconded.—Mr Green said the upper part of the New Road was in a fairly good state of repair.—Mr Edward Jones (Severn Place) remarked that there appeared to be some misunderstanding between their Council and the County Council in regard to the road. The late County Surveyor did not include it in the list of roads that were main. This was a most extraordinary thing, and he would most strongly advise the Council not to go to the expense of re- pair until it was definitely settled as to whether it was a main road or not. There was no doubt the road was worn out and, if it was to be made a good job of, would have to be re-mettaled with Penstrowed or some other kiud of stone. As an amendment he proposed that the question of repair be deferred until their exact position with the County Council had been ascertained.—Mr Ellison seconded.—After further discussion the amendment was carried. THE CEMETERY. During the month the nnnfber of funerals was one. Since the 31st March there had been 24, and since the opening of the cemetery 502. The fees during the month had amounted to X4 7s, and since the 31st of March to C51 7s. THE SHEEP PENS WILL THE COUNCIL TAKE THEM OVER? Pursuant to notice, Mr R Lewis moved the fol- lowing resolution That it is just and expedient that the Council take over the sheep pens and con- stitute the proceeds the property of the Council." Continuing, Mr Lewis said it was a most important matter, and he had heard that a profit of S100 per annum might be made if his motion were adopted. He asked for a small committee to investigate the question and see how far the Market Clauses Act would affect it.-Mr Ellison, in seconding the ap- pointment of a committee, said he felt keenly interested in the scheme.-The following members were then nominated :-The Chairman, Messrs E Jones (Severn Place), S Powell, G H Ellison, R Bowen, and R Lewis. THE PROVISION OF A WEIGHBRIDGE. Mr Lewis, in proposing that the Council provide a weighbridge for the benefit of the markets in the town, said that at present there was no means in Newtown of weighing live animals. Even Llanfair had a weighbridge and he was sure Newtown would not willingly own the superiority of Llanfair in any respect. The bridge should be erected near the railway station, and would, no doubt, pay its way if it did not, then it would, like many other things, have to be supplemented from the rates. The present system which obtained in Newtown of selling animals was a very fine thing for the buyer but a serious matter for the seller.—Mr Ellison seconded the proposition.— Ultimately the same committee as in the former motion were deputed to consider the question. THE PARISH DOCUMENTS. Yet another matter did Mr Lewis bring up for discussion. This time it was That application be made tc the custodians of the Parish Documents for Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn to transfer the same to the Council." Mr Lewis, enlarging upon his proposition, said if they adopted it they would only be following the precedent of Llanerfyl Parish Council which had made application to the County Council and obtained their desire. He supposed to be in accoid with the rules of red tape," they must go about the matter in the same way as Llanerfyl. The Vice-Chairman seconded. Mr Ellison said he would like to feel sure that the documents really belonged to the Council, before they made any such application.— Mr Lewis was convinced that the Council had a right to apply for them.—The Chairman Appoint a committee to discuss the question.—Mr Lewis did not see the necessity for a committee. The County Council having established a precedent in the case of Llanerfyl would be bound to grant them the same privilege.-Fitially the motion was carried and the Clerk was directed to make the needful applica- tions. A QUESTION OF RATE. The Vice-chairman said that some time ago the rateable value of the Cambrian Railways was greatly enhanced, but in the opinion of the Finance Committee it had been apportioned in a very un- fair manner to Newtown, and he moved that they as a Council, enter a protest with the Assessment Committee of the Caersws Union objecting to the way in which the rateable value of the Cambrian Railway Co had been divided. It made a very serious difference to the Newtown rates.-I,lr Lewis seconded.—Mr Ellison considered that the Assess- ment Committee at Caersws had acted with scant courtesy to the Council. They should have heard both sides before they took the responsibility of revising the order of things in such an arbitrary manner.—Mr Humphreys agreed with Mr Ellison. -The proposition was then put and unanimously agreed to.