GWYL LAFUR 1 Y CHWARELWYR. 1 •#> MR. 0. M. EDWARDS ON THE TRIUMPH OF LABOUR. The annual labour festival of the North Wales quarrymen was held this year at Blaenau Festiniog Monday. As special trains were run from various directions, a great many people were at- tracted to the place; but, unfortunately, the weather was very unfavourable, there being a heavy fall of rain throughout the day. In the morninsr, at 10-30, a conference was held. This being over, a procession was formed at 1-30, con- sisting of a large number of quarrymen. and headed by four different bands, namely Nantlle, Oakley, Festiniog, and Penmachno bands. Then a public meeting was held at 2-30, at the Assembly-rooms, where, owing to the absence of Mr. Lloyd George, M.P., the chair was taken by Mr. Thomas, the President of the North Wales Quarrymen's Union. At the opening of the meeting, Mr. Daniel read a telegram from Mr. Lloyd-George, M.P., who, wiring from Aberystwyth, stated that he regretted he could not reach Festiniog in time for the meet- ing. Mr. T. W. Thomas then took the chair in the place of the member for the Carnarvon boroughs, and the meeting was opened by the fervent singing by the immense audience of the hymn tune, "Aber- ystwyth." The Chairman then moved the following resolu- tion That we, the quarrymen of North Wales, desire to express our deep sorrow at the death of Mr. Thomas Ellis, M.P., who had been appointed president of our annual demonstration this year, and also to express our thankful appreciation of the devotion of his life and energies to the work of elevating the masses of Wales, and that the heart- felt sympathy of the meeting be forwarded to his family-" Mr. Richard Griffith seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously the audience rising in a body. At the same time an overflow meeting was held in the lower room, under the presidency of the Rev. D. Pugh, Wesleyan minister, Festiniog, who is an enthusiastic Socialist. Several important resolutions were passed at the meetings, which dealt with the law of workmen's compensation, the national federation of workmen, and old age pen- sions. The principal speakers were Mr. W. Abraham, M.P. (Mabon), the workmen's champion, and Mr. O. M. Edwards, the M.P. for Merioneth- shire. The former spoke eloquently and effectu- ally, and his speech was warmly received. Hi. Owen M. Edwards, who was received with great enthusiasm, dealt with the question of com- bination. He pointed out that workmen had a perfectly legal right to combine, that it was not a privilege or a favour, but a right, and that it was expected of them that they should combine. The difference between the end of the century and its beginning was that, whereas at the beginning of the century a combination of two workmen was an offence punishable by law by their masters, with- out any right of appeal; now, at the end of the cetntury they had had the right to combine, and could make any use of that right they liked. That law was really based on the consciences of the people, the Royal Commission having reported that it was not right to make criminal by law that which was in itself innocent; for example, the combination of workmen. Proceeding, Mr. Edwards said that one great element of success in com- bination was the character of the leaders (hear, hear), quoting with approval the splendid portrait of a typical leader to be found in Mr. W. J. Parry's book, Quarries and Quarrymen," the person there described being the late Mr. Robert Parry, of Bethesda, the Union's first chairman. Mr. Edwards also emphasised the fact that combination was worthless without loyalty to the leaders on the part of the men. He was one of the labourers of Merioneth (cheers). But he wornd rather have all his fellow-labourers travel under another cen- tury of oppression than have them free and com- fortable, having betrayed their leaders (cheers). That was not a political meeting, and he did not intend making a political speech (laughter), but he would desire to refer for a moment to the great leader of Merionethshire working men, the late Mr Thos. Ellis. If he (Mr. Edwards) were asked wherein lay all Mr. Ellis's influence and power he would say that it was to be found in the fact that all their late member's actions were based upon principle. Mr Ellis's motto was, Stick to your principles if the heavens fall, and whatever be- comes of party interests" (applause). Let them follow the noble example their late member had set them. Time was when the expression "gentle- man and fool" were almost synonymous (laughter), but Mr. R. J. Derfel had rendered his countrymen a service by reminding them that it was no longer so. Those who held the capital of his country and other countries were men possessed of the keenest intelligence, and it would be mad- ness for working men to think otherwise- He was of opinion that if in the future there should be another war between labour and capital, the public must have its say in the matter, for the interests of the public were touched, and they suffered quite as much as those of the parties to such a struggle. He also believed in greatly strengthening the pro- visions of the Conciliation Act, by embodying in it some of the features of Mr. Bryce's Conciliation Bill. He would like to remind them that success in the matter of combination depended largely upon the holding of high ideals. They should fight not for their own interests only, but for the interests of their children, and for the future in- terests of labour. The march of labour would not stop because their leaders had to step out of the ranks. Labour in its progress would march past Tom Ellis's grave as it would pass by the graves of other leaders, but it would never stop till it reached the final temple of justice and of peace (loud ap- plause). Proceeding, Mr. Edwards pointed out the necessity of protecting the children, and said that if Providence ever honoured him with the power of defending any class of his fellow-beings he would use that power for the defence of children under five or six years of age. Referring to a statement made by Sir John Gorst, describing a boy under six years of age earning 3s. 6d. per week by carrying bricks, Mr. Edwards quoted the ex- ample of lolo Morganwg, who denied himself the use of sugar because it was the outcome of the labour of slaves, and asserted that he (Mr. Ed- wards) would rather live under the shelter of a mountain hedge than in a house of bricks produced by the labour of children (loud applause).
The Welsh Colony in Patagonia. The Times Buenos Ayres correspondent tele- graphs that President Roca, in his message to the Argentine Congress, praises the work of the Welsh Colony in Patagonia. Referring to the adminis- tration of justice throughout Argentina, the Presi- dent says it has fallen into such discredit that better guarantees for life and property are abso- lutely demanded. Next week we shall publish an interesting article on Little Wales beyond the Sea," specially written for the WELSH GAZETTE, by a native of the Welsh Colony in Patagonia.
ARTHOG. TEMPERANCE.—On Saturday evening the monthly meeting of the Temperance Society was held at the Board School, under the presidency of Mr. Cadwaladt Roberts (junior), Ynysgyffylog. A valuable nd exhaustive paper was read by Miss Catherine Row- lands, The Terrace, Arthog (of Barmoutn County School), on "The effects of alcohol on the human body." A general discussion followed, in which Messrs. H. P. Roberts, Morgan Williams, Thomas Lewis, William Lewis, the Rev. Gwilym Thomas, and the Chairman took part. Mr. Hugh Pugh Roberts followed with an able paper on "Temperance on its relation to politics." Mr. Thomas Lewis also gave a song. As this was the last meeting of the Session, Messrs. Morgan Williams and Thomas Lewis were appointed delegates to the Annual Conference of the Merioneth Temperance Association, which will be held during the summer months. The Session has been a very successful one, and a good number of young people have attended all the meetings during the winter. AOCIDEKT.—On Saturday, Mrs. Caradog Evans, Dol- gelley, met with a painful accident at this station. The platform being wet and slippery, she slipped and sprained her ankle. She was taken to her parents' house, Glanywem, in a trap, and, although she is making satisfactory progress, her recovery will take some time. DEATH.—We regret to announce the death of Mrs. John Owen Jones, Sea View, Friog, at the age of 71, which took place on Sunda- morning, April 23rd. The circumstance had an "exceptionally pathetic aspect, as, when Mrs. Jones was taken ill, her hus- band was also taken ill at Anglesey, and was unable to return until the Friday preceding Mrs. Jones's death. Mrs. Jones was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, Panteinion, and was a descendant of an old Welsh respected family. She was of an irreproach- able Christian character, and was greatly respected in the neighbourhood. She had to bear hard troubles during her lifetime, having buried all her children- three after growing up. The daughter was buried at 21. One of the others, a doctor, died after getting up a good practice in Anglesey. The third, a popular and respectaqle young man, died in America, leaving a widow and two children to grieve their loss. Mrs. Jones died as she had lived, full of confidence. She was^interred at Llwyngwril churchyard on the fol- lowing Friday, when the Rev. E. Vaughan Hum- phreys, Llwyngwril, officiated at the house, Sfid the fter. J. Edwin Davies, Arthog, at the grave, J
LLANGEITHO. TELEGRAPH.—The Llangeitho Telegraph Office will be connected with that of Tregaron by means of a wire running along existing poles from Tre- garon Post Offices to the Manchester and Milford Railway bridge near Trecefel and thence to Llan- geitho, along poles which will have to be erected on the side of the main road. An official has marked out the spots for poles, which are now being deposited in their places. Alterations also have been planned in the Llangeitho Post Office, so that the increase work may be expeditiously performed. NEW PREMISES.—Mr. Evan Evans's bootmaking and mending establishment, popularly known as Offis y Boot," has been removed to a new, better lighted, and more conveniently-fitted workshop, attached to his own dwelling, the Glovers' House. His new I Offis' is neither so centrally, nor so promi- nently situated as the previous one, being to a rertain extent hidden from view. Many passers oy will miss the cheering ray of his bright lamp consuming midnight oil, the merry outburst of laughter which, coming from the workshop, rang through the village square after the recital of some mirth-stirring tale, and the loud shouts of applause punctuating each period of an eloquent address delivered in the Offis." To enjoy these in future, one must quit the square and enter the workshop. But, wherever the office may be, it will not lose its attractiveness; it will continue to 'draw'; questions relating to the welfare of the community will still be discussed with a breadth, vigour, and freedom that can leave nothing to be desired, and its influ- ence will ever be felt in local affairs. PARISH COUNCIL FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF GWYNFIL.—The first meeting of the Parish Coun- cil, which consists of seven members, was held in the Llangeitho Board School, April the 17th. The members present having signed the declaration accepting office, the Council proceeded to business. Mr. John Davies, London House, was chosen chair- man, Mr. Thomas Jenkins, Coedmawrisaf, vice chairman; Mr. David Williams, Aeron View, treasurer; and Mr. Edward Jones, Tymelyn, clerk. The members of the Council who have been for- tunate enough to escape office, are Messrs. Samuel Evans, Llygadydyffryn, and Evan Evans, Glovers' House. Messrs. Griffith Griffiths, Tynrhos, and Edward Jones, Tymelyn, were appointed overseers of the poor. Ml". David Jenkins, Derlwyn Fawr, was appointed/collector of rates for the above township, having as his sureties Messrs. Thomas Lloyd, Penbrynrhyg, and Samuel Evans, Llygad-y- dyffryn. A precept of P,4 was drawn to meet the current expenses of the Council. A vacancy having arisen in the Council, Mr. Thomas Jones Davies, Birch Hill, was elected to fill it. The second meeting of the Council was held April the 28th. Mr. Thomas Jones Davies expressed his willing- ness to become a parish councillor and signed the declaration to that effect. Attention was drawn to the unsatisfactory condition of some of the village drains and also refuse heaps that mar the beauty and endanger the health of the place. It was resolved to make complaints to the proper authorities and get these evils remedied.
MACHYNLLETH. INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL.—At a meeting of the Intermediate School Governors held at the school on Friday last—Present Mr. Rd. Rees in the chair, Mrs. Davies, Mrs. Jones, Rev. Josiah Jones, Dr. Edwards, Dr. Davies, Mr. W. M. Jones, Mr. J. Rowlands, clerk.—Mr. Jones, Dr. A. O. Davies, and Mr. Edward Rees were re-appointed co-optative governors.—The appointment of vice chairman was deferred to next meeting.—The Clerk submitted a statement of Lhe building fund and it was re- solved that all outstanding accounts be got in at once.—It was resolved to order dumb bells and draw- ing models as per requisition of Headmaster.—The obtaining and planting of shrubs and flowers in front of the school was referred to the Manage- ment Committee and Mrs. Davies and Mrs. Jones were added to the Committee.—A bursary of R,3 was granted to Rd. Jones, Llanbrynmair, towards his railway fares.—The Management Committee was delegated to get the necessary work done to have a recreation field put in order.—The annual accounts for the year ended 31st March were sub- mitted and Messrs. Rd. Owen, W. M. Jones, and J. Thomas were appointed to audit same.—At the recommendation of the Finance Committee, bills to the amount of £27 13s. Id. were. passed for payment. THE ORDER OF DRUIDS.—The annual report of this friendly society has just made its appearance and the local lodge (Owen Glyndwr) shows that very satisfactory progress has been made, and there seems a bright future in store. The local lodge has paid over £70 in sick pay, but the Treas- urer has a substantial balance in hand. The total number of members is 130, but this number is increased every evening of the lodge meeting. The numerical strength and capital of the district, which comprises in all seven Lodges, is as follows:—Adult members, 1,536; capital, P,7,395 5s. 10id.; juvenile members, 213; capital, 9,391 6s. 9d. It is to the local officers and committees, who devote considerable time and attention to its matters, thatxthis success is due. THE LATE REV. WILLIAM PERKINS, PENNAL. -On Sunday evening, the 23rd of April, at seven o'clock, a month to the very day and hour after the death of his wife, the Rev. William Perkins, Independent minister, of Pennal and Aberdovey, died in his sixty-fourth year of his age, after thirty years of active service in the ministry. Mr. Perkins had been suffering for the last twelve months, and after the death of his wife grew rapidly worse. On Thursday last a large concourse of attached friends, far and near, including many of his ministerial brethren, assembled for his funeral when he was laid to rest in the New Cemetery, Pennal, in the same grave as his beloved wife. The arrangements were entrusted to the Rev. Josiah Jones, of Machynlleth, who, at the house, called upon the Rev. J. Davies, Bethesda, to read a portion of Scripture, and the Rev. G. Parry, of Llanbadarn, to engage in prayer. After this, the cortege proceeded to the chapel where the departed had officiated so long. There the Rev. J. M. Williams, of Towyn, introduced the service and, after a" few introductory remarks from the Rev. Josiah Jones, the following brethren delivered short, but suitable addresses :-Revs. Z. Mather, of Barmouth; J. C. Jones, Llanfyllin; Isaac Cynfal Jones, Llanelltyd; Robert Owen, Pennal; H. Pari Huws, Dolgelley. Following this impressive service, the procession was formed and marched to the burial place where the Rev. E. Wnion Evans, of Derwenlas, read a portion of Scripture, and the Rev. E. Morris, Dyffryn, offered a fervent and pathetic prayer. The assembled people departed lamenting very deeply their much respected friend and brother and in deep sympathy with the four children who, within a month, have lost both father and mother.
TOWYN. THE TEMPERANCE LODCEE. — A competitive meeting was held on Friday evening when prizes were awarded for essays, letters, reading, writing, See. The proceeds were handed to the funds of the Grand Lodge which is to be held here this month. THE VOLUNTEERS.—On Saturday, the volun- teers turned out for inspection before Ad- jutant Walker. They left the Drill Hall at 6 p.m., and it was intended for the inspection to be held at the Recreation Ground, but, owing to the rain during the day, they were marched on to the sands in front of the Parade, headed by the Jubilee Volun- teer Band, where Capt. Walker inspected them. It is understood the Captain was highly pleased at the smart and !ean appearance of the Company. On Monday, t jey marched down to the sands for judging: lstances. Great praisa is due to the work ,tain Kirkby is doing on behalf of the Com- pany. It has been arrayed through his instru- ment itvthat the shooting range is to be on Penllyn Mar GENERAL REMARKS.—All watering places cater for visitors in the way of providing good roads for cycling, and Towyn needs improvements in this direction. The road leading from Towyn to the Parade has been raised, gravel, stones, kc., having been carted on it and left in such a rough state that cycling is an impossibilty and carting sand and gravel a difficulty. Councillors make use of the side walks for cycling and the general cycling fraternity, after having been given a good example, may ride the footpaths. Going round the Prom., the next bad part is by the Drefnewydd railway bridge. Could not the Council get a steam roller, so that the roads could be put in thorough order for the season. Will not someone of the cycling friends calla public meeting to see what can be done with the formation of a cycling club. There are dozens of cyclists who are most ready to join a club. Pleasant runs could be arranged to the different places of interests in the neighbourhood.
ABERAYMOM. THE COUNTY SCHOOL.—The County School re- opened this week (Tuesday) with a well-nigh new staff of teachers; Miss Evans, the second mistress, being the only link connecting the present with the past. The three newly-appointed tutors enter upon their work enthusiastically, although under unfavourable circumstances. They find the man- agers divided and divisible. A CLERGYMAN'S INTERMENT.—Last week the remains of the Rev. J. Alban were laid to rest at Hen Fynyw Churchyard. Mr. Alban, who attained his 56th birthday on the day preceding his death, had been a curate of the Church of England in various places in Glamorganshire, but had to resign eighteen months ago owing to ill-health. LOOKING Up.-Five candidates connected with the Tabernacle (C.M.) sat in the Connexional ex- amination last week. The subjects examined in were St. Mark's Gospel and the Work of the Holy Spirit. Examiners Rev. Thos. Rees, D.D., and D. Roberts, Rhiw Festiniog. New J.P'S.—The newly-appointed J.P's. of the Urban and District Councils were overwhelmed last Wednesday with disappointment. There were important cases to be tried at the Petty Sessions, and the newlies doubtless anticipated naught save pleasant experiences on their first appearance in the character of administrators of justice, but a sufficient number of "dii majorum gentium" did not turn up to swear them in and to initiate them into the mysteries of bench-thinking and judicial reasoning. Proceedings were thus delayed until Mr. ^Timothy, of New Quay, who was wired for, arrived. All's well that ends well." A PUBLIC NEED.—The incommodiousness of the Town Hall for occasional public meetings, such as concerts, etc., is proverbial. Its size and capacity are totally inadequate to meet the requirements of the town. Why does not a syndicate take the matter up ? A snug zinc building would undoubt- edly pay. Where are our enterprising, speculating, commercial, and public men ? THE CYCLING CLUB.—A general meeting of cyclists was held at the Assembly-rooms on the 29th ult. There were present, among others:— Messrs. Denham Evans (chairman), P. C. Thomas, J. D. Jenkins, J. Hughes Davies, David Evans, John Jones, D. P. James, Rev. J. Thickens, and the Misses Jenkins, A. E. Jones, and Nancy Jones.— Mr. Denham Evans was voted to the chair, and Messrs. Daniel Thomas and David Evans were ap- pointed joint secretaries. A sub-committee, con- sisting of the officers of the club, was appointed to make all arrangements re club runs, etc., for the coming season. First run, Thursday afternoon, May 4th. Destination, Talsarn. NONAGENARIAN DEMISE.—Last Friday Mr. La vis Lewis, of Sychbant, Aberayron, died at his re iidence. Mr. Lewis was 92 years of age. He v, as buried yesterday at Hen Fynyw Churchyard. "AERON ASSOCIATION OF ANGLERS." The meeting which was convened a week ago under the above name, by Mr. Denham Evans, solicitor, and of which Mr. A. C. Sterrv, Monachdy, is chair- man, has accomplished its object, viz., the pur- chasing of the rights of walking over the lands adjoining the river, outside the Fishery Board's district. Land licences are now granted to anglers to fish up the river as far as the Llanayron estate, at the KiiiHil erge of one shilling. m AjATE MR. DAVID HARRIS.—The members of Peniel Congregational Chapel have a movement on foot to get up subscriptions to place a monu- ment on the grave of the late Mr. David Harries, who was for over forty years a faithful deacon, of the church worshipping at Peniel. ELECTION OF SECRETARY.—On Sunday evening last, Mr. David Davies, of 9 Water-street, was elected secretary of the Peniel Congregational Ch) r tl.by a majority of 67. The secretaryship her me vacant on Mr. Gwynne Jones, B.A., leaving for Llandilo, having been appointed headmaster of th Llandilo Intermediate School. PETTY SESSIONS.—WEDNESDAY. Councillors David Evans, Red Lion, and Thos. Davies, Compton House, took the necessary oath as magistrates for the petty sessional division and county, both being elected chairmen of the Aber- ayron Urban District and Aberayron Rural District respectively. David Jones, farmer, Bryn, Aberayron, was fined 5s. and costs for assaulting John Smith, a tramping labourer. John Jenkins, labourer, Rhosfach, Llanfihangel Ystrad, was charged by John Thomas, water bailiff, Lampeter, for fishing in the river Granell, at Capel St. Silin, without a licence. Defendant' was fined 5s., including costs. John Davies, Penwernfach, Llanychaeron, was fined 2s. 6d., including costs, for neglecting to send his daughter to school. An order was made against the following de- fendants to send their children to school:—John Jones, Tyllwvd, Penant; John Evans, Tancnwc, Llanbadarn, Trefeglwys; Daniel Evans, black- smith, Bethania; and a case brought by Thomas A. Lloyd, attendance officer, against Thos.Thomas, Wernddu, for not sending his daughter to school was dismissed.
TREGARON. MONTHLY MARKET.—The monthly market was held on Tuesday. There were a large number of dealers, and the cattle field was well filled with stock of various kinds. Thirty Lruck loads of cattle were sent away. Prices were fairly good on the whole. COUXTY SCHOOL.—A meeting of Governors was held on Wednesday. April 26th Mr. W. Jones, Ffoshalog, in the chair. Arrangements were made for the opening ceremony of the School, which is to take place on May 26th. Members of the County Governing Body, the elementary teachers of the district; also the clergy and ministers of all denominations were invited, Mr. William Jones, who very kindly bears all the expenses, also invites the children, and their parents and friends to a luncheon. The Headmaster reported that there were eight new pupils in the School this term.
LAMPETER. OBITUARY.—It is with regret that we announce the death of Mrs. Elizabeth James, wife of Mr. James, of Haverfordwest. The sad event took place on Friday, the 28th ultimo, at the abode of her brother-in-law Mr. David Oliver, mason, Green- field, of this town, after a prolonged and painful illness. The funeral took place yesterday (Wed- nesday) when a large number of friends assembled to pay their last tributes to the deceased. The Rev. Evan Evans, Zoar, officiated at the house, and the interment took place at Dihewid, where the Rev. R. Williams, vicar, officiated. TEMPERANCE. The weekly meeting of the Church of England Temperance Society was held on Monday last in the lower schoolroom. A most enjoyable evening was spent and the following programme gone through :-Address by Mr. John Davies, St. Thomas street f song by Miss Emily Davies, Vicarage; song by. Mr. Jones Parry, Cax- ton Hall; recitation. Miss Het Evans, Mount Walk; song, Master David Thomas Davies, Station-ter- race reading, Mr. D. J. Bowen; address, Rev. W. J. Evans, senior curate; song, Mr. Edward Edwards, Eurfaen Hall; recitation, Mrs. Mejicks, Temple-terrace; song, Miss Mag Jones, the Vicar- age; address, Councillor John Joshua Davies, Pound; address, Mr. David Lloyd, Bryn. PETTY SESSIONS. The monthly sessions were held at the Town Hall on Friday last before John Fowden, D. T. Jones, W. J. Jones and J. C. Harford, Esqrs. FISHING CASES. James Thomas, water bailiff, on beha.f of the Teify Board of Conservators charged John Hopkins, Court Farm, Llanwenog, with fishing without a licence. Mr. H. W. Howell appeared for the complainant. James Thomas, the complainant, stated that he saw defendant fishing with rod and line on the river Cledlyn about 2.30 p.m. on the 10th April. He went up to defendant and on asking him if he possessed a license the defendant answered that he had not. Defendant sworn said that on the 7th of March he had given 2s. 6d. to the postman with obstructions to obtain a license for nim and that the postman in mistake hau taketi UUú tne licence on the 10th March in the name of Evan Hopkins h is brother who was a cripple. William Evans, of Court Farm, was called by de- fendant to prove that Evan Hopkins could only get about on two crutches, and that he was never in the habit of fishing. The case was dismissed. David Jones, of Llwyngroes, Llanwenog, mason, was also summoned by James Thomas for fishing without a license in Raber Mill brook near Llan- wnen, on the 31st March last. Complainant stated that on March 31st (Good Friday) he saw defendant fishing with a rod and line in Raber Mill stream where it runs into the Teify. Defendant on being charged said that he was not fishing but only playing in the water with a rod and line. Defendant sworn said that he took a rod from the bank side and tied a little bit of gut about a yard long. He played with this in the river for a little and went away when the water bailiff came up to him. Fined 10s. including costs. USING NIGHT LINES. Evan Davies, of Harford-row, Lampeter, labourer was summoned by James Thomas, water bailiff, for illagal fishing with night lines. Mr. H. W. Howell, solicitor, who appeared for complainant in the previous cases appeared for complainant in this case, and Mr. Daniel Watkins, solicitor, defendant. Complainant stated that on the 6th April last about 7.15 p.m., he saw defendant and another on the river side at Velindre meadow. He concealed himself behind a tree and sew defendant put out three night lines, the splash of the third he heard as it was right opposite him. He then left his hiding place crossed the bridge and came to them, and accused them of putting down night lines which they denied and defendant remarked that he (witness) was too late, that he had seen him coming and that he had pulled them up again. Cross-examined: Witness was on the opposite side of the river about two fields off when he first saw them, and when concealed behind the tree was only about 50 yards from them. He stayed there about 15 minutes. After coming to the men he looked for night lines but faLed to find any. For the defence defendant stated on the eve of the 6th ult. he went with one James Lewis to fish in the Teify a little above the Tannery for which both of them had licenses. He did not admit to the water bailiff that he had put night lines down. When complainant came up and accused them of having put down night lines defendant denied and told him he must be dreaming." James Lewis. Bwlchffin, Pencarreg, labourer, stated that he accompanied defendant as already stated and they began fishing on Velindre meadow. Defendant was never more than 5 yards away during the time and only fished with rod and line. Defendant could not have put put down night lines without witness seeing him. Fined 10s. and costs.
BALA. SCHOLASTIC.—Mr. John Roberts, a scholar at the Bala Intermediate County School, has been elected to a classical exhibition at Jesus College, Oxford. CONCERT.—On Friday evening jast a very suc- cessful concert was held at the Victoria Hall, in aid of the National School Funds, when the fol- lowing programme was gone through :—Song and chorus, John Brown," school children; recita- tion, "Making Calls," Gladys Smithies; drill, Flag Drill," school children; nursery rhymes, school children pianoforte song and dance, four girls; drill, "Fan Drill," twenty girls; song (in costume), Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau," twelve girls; recitation, Going on an Errand," Roderick Phil- ] lips; song, Sleep, Dolly, Darling," ten girls; recitation, My Dead Dolly," Edith Price; drill, Tambourine Drill," twelve girls; song and chorus, Topsy, Turvy, Song," nine boys and girls; song Bid Me Discourse," Miss Mary Langdon; song, Laughing Song," Mr. Stekestone; recitation, Santa Claus," Miss Ivy Simpson; song, The Willow Pattern Plate," Mr. J. D. Bulcock; song, Happy, Young Heart," Miss Mary 7-angdon; song, Mr. Stekestone; recitation," Stage struck," Miss Ivy Simpson; song, Give Him the Mocm," Mr. J. D. Bulcock; finale, "God Save the Queen." As will be observed, the first part of the programme was sustained by school children, who were all dressed in white, presented a very charming appear- ance on the stage. The able manner in which they rendered their various exercises and parts speaks well for the didactic capabilities of their teachers. The piano was an indispensable adjunct to the exercises, and Miss Ruby Wylde, one of the young scholars, acquitted herself well as accompanist. The second part of the programme was in the hands of several ladies and gentlemen from Liverpool. The programme provided by them was, no doubt, a treat, and the audience manifested their appreciation in the usual manner. At the close a vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Owen, White Lion Hotel, to whom was entrusted the task of getting up the second part of the pro- gramme, and to the kind friends from Liverpool who had so cheerfully responded to his invitation' ECCLESIASTICAL.—On Sunday last, at the Inde-. pendent Chapel, the pastor (Rev. T. T. Phillips, B.D.), made special reference to the Cromwell Tercentary and gave a graphic history of his work and of the Puritans with whom his name is indissolubly allied. The sermon was based on Hebrews ii. 38. At the C.M. Chapel, the Rev. J. Howell Hughes, the pastor, delivered an eloquent sermon dealing with Sunday school work and the benefits which have accrued therefrom. CRICKET CLUB.—A meeting of enthusiasts of cricket was held at the Victoria Hall on Tuesday last, Dr. Williams presiding, when it was unani- mously decided to form a. cricket club in Bala. The following officers were appointed, viz. :-Cap- tain, Dr. White Jones; sub-captain, Mr. John Jones, Tegid-street; treasurer, Mr. J. Parry Evans, N.P. Bank; secretary, Mr. H. E. Parry. N.P. Bank, in addition to an executive committee. Several gentlemen were appointed to interview Mr. R. Kenrick Price on the subject of a field and a meeting will be held this week to receive their report. THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE.—The usual meeting of the College Missionary Union was held on Monday evening under the presidency of Mr. Owen Evans, when an interesting paper was read by Mr. J. T. Jones, B.A., upon Brittany." Mr. W. H. Lewis (Liverpool), one of the students, has received an unanimous invitation to undertake the pastorate of the church at Johnstown, Ruabon. We are glad glad to understand that Principal Edwards con- tinues to make rapid progress towards recovery.
Aberystwyth Recreation Ground. [SPECIAL FOR THE" WELSH GAZETTE."] BY J. C. REA. At the annual banquets of the different* athletic clubs, and on most occasions where the welfare of the town is publicly discussed, the necessity1 of a Recreation Ground has been admitted unanimn.^K Still weseem to be lamentably slow in acquirine-it and the reason of this is not hard to find; foralthough we are unanimous in admitting the need there is an absolute want of unanimity in our endeavour to obtain it, and until those closely interested in the matter attempt to grapple the question in a businesslike way, we in Aberystwyth will continue to envy those athletes in other towns, who enjoy the advantages such a ground affords, while the thousands of visitors who patronize us in the summer, will continue to be disappointed in expecting to find here what every summer resort of any pretence in the Kingdom possesses. The Aberystwyth Cycling Club have for years past organised Athletic Sports for each August Bank Holiday, and the profits resulting have been carefully laid aside tow Fds the cost of providing a Recreation Ground. They have now reached a very respectable sum, and the committee decided to put the idea In motion. They applied to the Town Council about two months ago, to let them a part of the Corporation property on the Plascrug Flats, and no doubt in the usual course of Town Council business, the application will at least receive their consideration. In the meantime what can be done? All the different athletic bodies of the town should unite and back up in every way the application now' before the Council, because this application is a perfectly unselfish one, and is simply an honest endeavour to get the thin end of the wedge well in. If the Council grant us what we ask, then the real work will begin. e must seek the experience of one of the many engineers qualified to carry out the scheme, and ascertain the probable cost. Then the money must be found, and there should not be much difficulty in finding it. for, apart from the fact that we live in an athletic age, when the recreation which we propose to make possible here is advocated and upheld by the heads of our different churches and by all our great public men, the venture if carried out, will, I feel certain, more than repay those who care to invest their money in it. The ground when obtained must be well en- closed and include a grass centre about 120 yards long by 90 broad, surrounded by a cinder or cement cycling track. 3-f I or 3* laps to the' mile, and also a pavilion and stand. 2 The management of the ground would be in the hands of an Execu- tive Committee, who be able to treat with the different athletic clubs in their respective sosons. The centre grass patch would be moie than large enough for football. and realising the fact that the support given to our Town team has been the best accorded to any Association club in Wales, we can safely relv on the winter game play ing for itself. As to summer pastimes the prospects are equally promising. Immediately after April is out the grass would require but little attention to give us an excellent cricket pitch and at least twenty tennis courts. W hat income we could expect from cricket it would be difficult to prophesy, for our club has during the last few years been worked most successfully under great disadvantages, and possesses a substantial balance at tho bank. Regarding tennis, I look to this as being chiefly the "visitors' item," and what our town has suffered in the past from the want of a Public Lawn Tennis Ground will never be known until such a ground is provided, and its benefits from every point of view acknowledged. W e can obtain some idea of the demand for Tennis Courts in summer by noting the number of. enthusiasts who are brave enough to inhale and digest, on a hot summer day, all that is offered them by the gas works, refuse heap, candle works, tan house and slaughter house, and arrive gasping for a breath of fresh air, on the College Ground (considerately opened to the public during the summer vacation). Even then many return with- out playing a ball, for the court, after the wear and tear of the College season affords little or no pleasure to those accustomed to play on a properly laid green-sward: yet in spite of all these disadvantages the College Committee are able each year to show an income from visitors of about £ 15. What then could be done, with an inviting ground, well found courts for the more active, comfortable seats and rests in the shade for parents and friends, with a refreshing cup of tea within call for all who play, and watch the best and most sociable of our summer pastimes. Lastly we must consider the claims for a cycling track. In arranging holidays cyclists consider the possibilities of enjoying their favourite exercise. Our roads are too hilly for many an enthusiast, who would therefore have to leave his bike at home, or go elsewhere, and would pro- bably choose tlw la tter alternative. Butthetrackat the end of our already popular Plascrugride, would be like Plascrug without end. With a track we could claim a fair share of the Welsh Championship meetings, and this alone would bring to the notice of thousands who follow them the many natural beauties by which we are surrounded. It would also give the aspiring youth of the town an opportunity of qualifying for competition in the many meetings in England and Wales for the valuable prizes offered, and also of emulating Michael, the Lintons, and other well-known Welsh- men who have made their mark in the cycling world.
SHIPPING NEWS. » Of Local Interest. S.S. Venus on passage to Port Said. S.S. Glantivy loading at Rosario. S.S. Feliciana loading at Diamente River Plate. S.S. Glanhafren loading at Pensacola for Greenock. S.S. Glenvech loading at Pensacola for Hamburg. Isle of Anglesey left Newport May 2nd for Barce- lona. Isle of Caldy at Maryport. Isle of Ramsey leaving Barcelona to-day (May 2nd) for Constantinople for orders. ABERYSTWYTH. ARRIVALS.—April 28th, schooner Flying Fish, Ahier, from London. ar,,o of cement for White, Aberyst- wyth A mil 30th, s.s. Countess of Lisburne, Jenkins, general careo from Liverpool. SAILTMO.—pru zdtn, scnooner Volunteer, Rees, in ballast for Liverpool. NEW QUAY. ARRIVALS.-AV,il 28th, Dandy, Thomas and Sonsfc Jones, from Swansea with cargo of culm April 28th, Dandy, Cadwgan, Dav'es, from Dublin, with cargo of manure. ABERAYRON. SAILINGS.—April 28th, Dandy Regina, Russan, in ballast for Portmadoc April 28th, Dandy Cadwgan, Davies, in ballast for Liverpool. ABERDOVEY. ARRIVALS.—April 29th, schooner Mary Ashbnrner, Hughos, loading slates for Aberdeen; April 29th, schooner, Sarah Davies, Williams, loading slates for Aberdovey; April 30th, s.s. Telephono, Lewis, dis- charging general cargo from Liverpool; April 30tb, schooner Patra, Ellis, discharging cargo of timber from Prederickstaad for Jones, Newtowr.. Another cargo of timber is duly expected to arrive from Copen- hagen for Roberts, Dolgelley. SAILIN(',S.- April 28th, s.s. Fluor, Crawford, in ballast for Cardiff; May 1st, s.s. Telephone,. Lewis, for Liverpool, calling at Barmouth to discharge balance of general cargo.
Birtbs, marriages and Deatbs. MARRIAGES. J'Amps--Li;wys. -April 28th, at the Registry Office, Aberystwyth, before the Registrar, Rev. W. Jones, Mr. John James, farmer, Penlone, Llanrhystyd Haminiog, to Miss Jane Lewis, Llanbadarn, Tref- eglwys, DEATHS. 27th April, at Tycrwn, Llanbadarn Lower, Thomas Edwards, master mariner, aged 53 years. 28th April, at Moor-lane, Aberystwyth, Jane Cole, widow of John Cole, mariner, aged 60 years. 30th April, at Llanbadarn, Anne Edwards, aged 66 years. 1st May, at Cambrian-street, Aberystwyth, Maud Mary, daughter of Richard Jones, house-painter, aged 8 months. 2nd Mav, at Prospect-street, Aberystwyth, Llewelyn, son of Evan Roberts, Wine Vaults, aged 11 months. Printed and Published by the Proprietor, GEORGE REES, at the WELSH GAZETTE Printeries, Bridge-street, Aberystwyth, in the County of Cardigan, Thursday, May 4th, 18S9.
ABERYSTWYTH. ABERYSTWYTH. WORKMEN'S [DWELLINGS. — The workmen's dwellings, which are being erected at the back of South-terrace, are approaching completion, and will soon be ready. MA.I. COMPANY.—Mr. Frank Bennett, who has severed his connection with the Improvement Society, left town on Friday. He is succeeded by Mr. Atkins, of London. MUSICAL.—Mr. T. Amos Jones, R.A.M., Silver and Bronze Medalists of the Crystal Palace Con- certs, will shortly take up his residence at Aber- ystwyth. BOOTS AND SHOES.—The annual clearance sale of boots and shoes at Mr. Edwin Peters, 51, Great Dark Great-street, is now on. He offers a large stock of gents', ladies', and children's boots and shoes of every variety, at reduced prices. ST. MICHAEL'S AND ALL ANGEL'S CHURCH.— The Band of the Cardigan Militia, under Trumpet- Sergeant Wright, R.A., played selections of music at the morning service at St. Michael's and All Angel's on Sunday. SCIENCE AND ART.—The annual examinations in connection with the South Kensington Science and Art Department were held during the week. The classes in the various subjects have been well attended, and it is expected that the candidates will acquit themselves creditably. APPOINTMENT.—Mr. Geo. Soall, New Inn, has been appointed Secretary to the National Associa- tion of Master Plasters. He will take up his new duties at Bradford on Monday next. Considerable interest attaches to the appointment in view of the present strike in the trade. SALES OF FURNITURE.—On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, Messrs. Daniel, Son, and Meredith, auctioneers and valuers, Aberystwyth and Towyn, held an important sale of household furniture, at their Sale Rooms, Queen's-road, Aberystwyth.—On Friday last Mr. Daniel, of the firm of Messrs. Daniel, Son, and Meredith, held a very successful sale of household furniture, at 4, Brynhyfryd, Aberdovey. There was a large com- pany, and excellent prices were realized.—On Wednesday and Thursday next Messrs. Daniel, Son, and Meredith will hold an important sale ot furniture and other effects at their Aberystwyth Sale Rooms, as per our advertising columns. THE MILITIA.-Towaxds the end of last week a large number of the old hands were to be seen patrolling tne town, but the bulk came in on Mon. day by a special train from the Rhondda. They left for South Hook on Tuesday morning, where they camp for six weeks. The march to the station was headed by Oom Paul," followed by the Band. A large crowd congregated about the station to see the departure of the Regiment, and to wish them a happy time. Colonel Lloyd, C.B., will be in command. ACCIDENT.—While Mr. David Michael was ex- amining a defect in the roof of the organ gallery of Saint Paul's Chapel, on Monday evening, he missed his footing when stepping from a ladder on to the building. Failing to regain his hold, he fell on to the hard floor underneath, and suffered con- siderable injury. He endeavoured to walk home, but was obliged, after proceeding a short distance, to procure assistance. Dr. Beddoes is in attend- ance, and, although, he will be unable to reumes work for some time, Mr. Michael is progressing as favourable as can be expected. AN USEFUL INVENTION.—The doors ot one ot the :L & M. carriages have just been fitted with improved locks and fastenings, the invention of Mr. H. McKay, the Company's locomotive foreman. The apparatus is applied with handles to open and close the door, both from the inside and outside. When the handle is shut, the door is securely locked, and cannot possibly open of its own accord, nor by accident, or by vibration, Its object is to ensure more certain action, combined with simplicity, and greater security. This it attains with complete success, and there is no doubt the invention will become a popular one, as it renders it impossible for accidents to occur through children playing with the handles and other causes, which so often prove fatal. Messrs. Williams & Metcalfe, the makers, are to be con- gratulated on the neat appearance of the appli- ance, which should prove of considerable value in the future. ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE.—A meeting of this Committee was held at the New Market Hall on Monday, there being present Messrs. W. A. Miller (in the chair), James Jones, J. J. James, W. Morris, E. Lewis, Charles Davies, R. Edwards, T. Powell, J. E. James, and R. Jenkins, with Mr. Hugh Hughes, clerk.—It was proposed by Mr. J. Jones, seconded by Mr. R. Jenkins, and unanimously agreed that Mr. W. A. Miller be appointed chairman for the ensuing year.—Mr. Richard Edwards proposed, and Mr. R. Jenkins seconded, that Mr G. Fossett Roberts be appointed vice-chairman. It was pro- posed, as an amendment, by Mr. J. J. James, seconded by Mr. J. Jones, that Mr. J. E. James be vice-chairman. Three voted for the amendment, and three for the proposition, and the Chairman gave his casting vote for Mr. Roberts, who was declared elected.—Supplementary valuation lists were put in by the Overseers of the Townships of Vaenor Lower and Llanfihangel Lower, which were considered, and provisionally approved. MR. LLOYD-GEORGE AT ABERYSTWYTH.—Mr. Lloyd-George, M.P.. who has been on a visit to Aberystwyth attended divine service on Sunday evening, at the Welsh Baptist Chapel, and at the close of the service, on being asked to speak, gave a short address, in which he first humoursly re- marked that as the advisability of Sunday news- papers was much commented upon in the press, he doubted if it would be wise for a politician to make Sunday speeches. Commending the officers of that church, and the parents for their activity in teaching Welsh to their children, he stated that he had previously a tear that Aberystwytn, Doing such a fashionable place, might be in danger of losing its Welsh character, but he was glad it was not so in that church, at any rate. He admired an Englishman, but had no sympathy with Welshmen who aped the English, if you are a Welshman be a thorough and true Welshman. He then referred to the debt that Wales, as a nation, owed to Non- conformity, remarking that in many parts of England and Wales, wherever you found Noncon- formity weak, there also morality and religion were at a low ebb. He commended the various different weekly meetings and societies held in that chapel, believing that a Christian Church should be a centre of social intercourse, and as it were a kind of a club. Passing on to the Ritualistic crisis, he denounced the Ritualistic tendencies in the Anglican Church, remarking that when once you started on the path of Romeward, it was very difficult to stop. He always felt that it was often very difficult to make up his mind to undertake a long journey, but having started you do not care whether you go a hundred or a couple of hundred miles.
DOLGELLEY. AUDIT.—During this week Mr. J. F. Adams attends at the County Hall, Dolgelley, for the purpose of auditing the Merioneth County Council Accounts. HONOURS.—In the list of West Merioneth C. M. Sunday School Examination we are pleased to find that the first prize in the fourth standard (under 12) goes to Miss May Jones, of the English Chapel of this town. SUNDAY SCHOOL FESTIVAL.—The annual Sunday School Festival of the Baptists of the district was held at Portmadoc on Monday, when a great number from this town were present, returning to town with a special train, arriving a few minutes before ten,1 PRIMROSE LEAGUE.—On Thursday, the 27th, the Idris Habitation of the Primrose League held their Annual Meeting of Members at the Assembly Rooms. Mrs. O. S. Wynne, the Ruling Councillor, lpresiding. The Officers and Executive Council were appointed, and votes of thanks to Officers for their services during the past year were passed. After the business meeting a Public Meeting was held, at which a Lec- ture entitled "The British Empire" was given by Mr. J. R. S. Furlong, illustrated by a Liine-Light Lantern manipulated by Mr. H. Parry Jones. Col. Patchett, of Shrewsbury, addressed the meeting, touching upon current politics and the good work of the Primrose League. Glees were sung at intervals by Mrs. Wynne's (Dolrhyd) Glee Party. The meeting was well attended and was presided over by Mr. O. S. Wynne. A GARDENER'S DETERMINED SUICIDE.—On Friday morning a shocking affair took place in Dolgelley, which cast a gloom over the whole town. Between ten and eleven the news circulated through the town and neighbourhood that Hngh Jones, a gardener liv- ing at Upperfield Street, had attempted suicide by cutting his throat with a gardener's knife. He had for the last few weeks been depressed, owing to being in a weak state of health, and maybe because he was out of work. As his condition was gradually getting worse, arrangements were being made to re- move him and put him under restraint. On Fri- day morning, both husband and wife had arranged to pay a visit to some relations who live about five miles from town. They were preparing to start, when the wife happcned to turn to do some house- hold duty, and when she turned her face on him he had taken his knife out, and was hacking his throat with it. She sprang at him, and strove to force the knife from him. She battled with him for some time, and shouted loudly for help, and after a few minutes had elapsed, some neighbours came in and succeeded in overpowering him, he having got weak from the loss of blood. Dr. Edward Jones was in- stantly called, who, when he arrived, found that he had cut through all the tissues of the neck, including the windpipe, which was completely severed. Dr. Jones spared no effort to save life, but with no suc- cess, and after living through the day and part of the night he died between two and three on Saturday morning. Hugh Jones had during his life borne an irreproachable character, and was a member of Salem Chapel. He was for some years a gardener with Mr. Findlay at Abergwynant, and was also at the Glyn, and was well-respected. He leaves a widow and three daughters to mourn for him, and great sym- pathy is manifested with them in their trouble. Mr. R. O. Jones, Blaenau Festiniog, deputy coroner for Merionethshire, held an inquest on the body at the Shire Hall, Dolgelley. On their return, Mrs. Jones, the widow, was called, who testifiod to the facts given above. Dr. Edward Jones then stated no was called to Hugh Jones at 9-30 on Friday. He found his throat cut. It was clear from the injuries that he had committed suicide. The jury returned a ver- dict of "Suicide while temporarily insane," and [ex- pressed their sympathy with the widow and children. CRICKET CLUB ANNUAL DINNER. On Friday evening, the'28th inst., the Annual Dinner of the Dolgelley Cricket Club was held at the Golden Lion Royal Hotel. The dinner was well served under the management of Mr. C. T. Dunham, and was presided over by Mr. C. E. J, Owen, the captain of the Club, the vice-chair being occupied by Capt. Bailey, Tanyllan. They were supported by Messrs. J. R. S. Furlong (hon. sec.), T. P. Jones-Parry, Dr. Hugh Jones, Messrs. R. Jones Griffith, T- H. Roberts, Dan Williams, Dr. Richards, H. R. Lloyd, W. E. Jelf Clarke, G. O. Williams, W. Harvey Jones, E. C. Owen, Geo. Rowe, Edward Griffiths, Pryce Evans, Evans, National Schools, O. O. Roberts, Llew Meirion, Henry R. Jones, M. W. Griffith, R. Williams, Argoed, John Griffith, The Hon. Mr. Bailey, Messrs. Edmund Buckley, D. Oswald Davies, Lewis Williams, Edgar Richards, A. Clendon, J. Chidlaw Roberts, David Owen, Capt. Flower, Messrs. J. Ed- ward Jones, Robert Jones, George White, and others. The toasts of "The Queen," and "The Prince of Wales and rest of the Royal Family were given by the President and drunk with musical honours. "The Army and Navy and Reserve Forces" was proposed by Mr. Chidlaw Roberts, who remarked that the Army was" grand," the Navy "First-class," and the Reserve Forces "Champion of the Ring," and responded to by Capt. Bailey. "The Dolgelley Cricket Club" by Mr. O. O. Roberts in a forcible speech, Mr. Roberts dwelt on the advantages of athletics, and warmly commended the indefatigable energies of Mr. Furlong, the popular Secretary of the Club, and to whose unwearied efforts the success of the Club is mainly due. The balance sheet of the current year was a proof of the great care and atten- tion bestowed by Mr. Furlong on the Club. The Captain, Mr. C. E. J. Owen, and Mr. Furlong, both gentlemen being cordially received, responded to this toast. The Captain reviewed the achievements of the Club during the past season, and expressed the hope that its record in the forthcoming season would surpass the already brilliant results of the past. Mr. Furlong acknowledged in suitable terms the compliments paid him, and returned his thanks for the universal support he had received in the past, and promised to continue in office, and to do his utmost in the present as lie had done in the past. "The Kindred Clubs of the Town" was proposed in a humourous speech by Mr. W. Harvey Jones, who said that the Cricket Club had always been on terms of the friendliest relations with all the cluhs of the town. The Hockey and Football Clubs drew their playing materials from the fountain head-the Cricket Club. The Rowing Club he would call the Athletic Old Age Pension Club their bat and ball days were over, they had now to play with less active but more elastic implements. He remarked that a lady who could hold her own on the Hockey field would surely make a splendid household wife, as it develops in her the power of active endurance, which under ordinary conditions would not have been brought into full play. Mr. E. Buckley responded on behalf of the Hockey Club Mr. Clendon, the Rowing Club and Mr. Jelf Clarke, the Football Club. Dr. Richards proposed "The Visitors," and Mr. W. R. Hall responded. "The President and Vice-President" was given by Mr. David Owen, who eulogized the noble qualities of these gentlemen. During the evening songs were rendered by Messrs. Meirion Davies, Jelf Clarke, and Llew Meirion, the magnificent singing of Mr. Meirion Davies being especially appreciated by the company. God Save the Queen" terminated a very pleasant evening. SPECIAL PETTY SESSIONS. TUESDAY, May 2nd.—Before Dr. Edward Jones (chairman), R.'Wynne Williams, Esq,, J. Meyrick Jones, Esq. THE CHARGE AGAINST THE POSTMASTER. William Jones, Postmaster, Aberangell, was brought up on remand on the charge of stealing a letter con- taining 18s. worth of stamps. Mr. R. Jones Griffith, who appeared for defendant, said he had received a communication from Mr. Arthur Hughes. Aberystwyth, who prosecuted, stating that he was not prepared to go on with the case, and asking for further adjournment. The defendant was then bound over to appear the following Tuesday, on the same sureties as before. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The ordinary meeting of the Urban District Coun- cil was held at the County Hall on Tuesday, May 2nd, when there were present-Messrs. J. Meyrick Jones, J.P. (chairman), R, Richards, Ellis Williams, Thomas Parry, John Jones, E. Wynne Williams, J. E. Jones, Edward Williams, E. W. Evans, John Edwards. Mr. Oswald Davies (assistant clerk), Mr. W. Jones, sur- veyor. COMMUNICATIONS. Mr. J. H. Davies wrote on behalf of his sister, Mrs. Thomas Ellis, acknowledging the vote of sympathy expressed with her at the previous meeting. OLD ACCOUNTS. Mr. R. Richards inquired whether all the money due from parties as portion of expense in erecting parapets had been collected. The Chairman said that the matter would be in- quired into, but at present the Clerk and the Assistant Clerk were ill and were not able to attend to see to it. WIDENING SMITHFIBLD STREET. The Surveyor informed the Council that he had prepared the tracing of the Ordnance, but suggested the plan in the property of the Council should be lent, which was agreed to. Mr. Thomas Parry inquired how far they had gone with this matter. He believed that it started with the idea of erecting a Free Library. Now it was the question of widening of the street. The Chairman said that it was the question of widening of the street, and there was a strong feeling in the town in favour of doing so. Mr. R. Richards concurred. Mr. Thomas Parry asked if the Council intended widening the street and erecting a library on the re- maining plot. Mr..E W. Evans said that it was intended pur- chasing the plot for the purpose of widening the street, and the other matter would come after CLEARING STONES FROM THE RIVER. It was stated that no report was to be presented on this subject. Mr. J. Evans had been asked per- mission to put the stones in the Green for a while, and there the matter dropped. Mr. Edward Williams enquired where was the Committee ? Why had it not done work ? It ap- peared to him that a committee was a public burial ground for every good work. The Surveyor said that Mr. John Evans intended appearing before the Council. Mr. E. Wynne Williams suggested postponing the matter until Mr. John Evans attended, which was agreed to. Mr. J. Evans attended later when he informed the Council that they would have to consult the tn stees of the Green, and he would come afterwards. RAISE OF WAGE. Thomas Roberts, the one appointed ganger of the workmen, appealed for a rise in his wage from 18s. to 20s. a week, as he had more responsibility now. Mr. E. Wynne Williams proposed it be granted, which was seconded by Ir, Ellis Williams. Mr. R. Richards said it would not be fair to Francis Goodwin, who was ganger before. He respected Thomas Roberts, he was a good workman, but his wage with the rise and the extra for night work would be about 22s. all through the year. The matter was put to vote and passed. TUBERCULOSIS. Mr. John Edwards informed the Council that the report on this matter was not ready to be presented. OUR REPORT OF LAST COUNCIL. Mr. John Edwards before proceeding further with the agenda wished to refer to a certain matter. His attention had been called to a report of the Council which appeared in a paper, he believed it was called the "Aberystwyth Gazette." A Member "The Welsh Gazette," Mr. Edwards. Mr. Edwards (looking at a copy of paper); Oh yes. He then said that the report was in connection with the election of vice-chairman. As the members were aware, that in the question of electing a vice- chairman he had remarked that he was against electing vice-chairmen at all on principle. Then Mr. Edwards read a portion of our report, which states that Mr. Edwards said that he would never vote for Mr. Wynne Williams as chairman. He (Mr Edwards) never said that, and the members knew it. He only wished to make the correction. [We sincerely regret that we made the mistake]. Mr. Edward Williams said that he was surprised that Mr. Edwards took any notice of it. Mr. Edwards said he only wished'to make the cor- rection. Mr. Edward Williams said that they were not re- sponsible for the report of the "Welsh Gazette." Mr. Edwards He thought it was and he had a right to make it. Mr. Williams Yes, but we are not the censors of the "Welsh Gazette." The Chairman then remarked that it was right that Mr, Edwards should have a chance to correct the report. And he wished the press to be more careful in future. Mr. E. W. Evans said if they were going to censure the press he hoped the members would not interfere with the press in their report. Mr Edwards said he hoped it had no reference to him. He never interfered. Mr. Evans said he knew he had, and mentioned a certain newspaper. Mr. Edwards said he had been asked te make a report for that newspaper in reporters absence and he had complied. He wished to know whether Mr. E. W. Evans had anything to do with that report in the Welsh Gazette." Mr. Evans I never saw it until printed. THE SLAUGHTER XOUSB. For about the twentieth time the Council spent a long time discussing their favourite topic, viz., the slaughter house. The Council at a previous meet g had resolved to let the slaughter house to Messrs. Evans, Jones and Jones, on a lease for R17 10s. per annum-they to be responsible for any nuisance occurring. Mr. John Evans now appeared before the Council on behalf of the three, stating that they would not take it on leas(-. and were not willing to be re- sponsible for nuisance occurring. They were willing to pay iCl5 a year for the next three years for the use they would make of it, the Council to be responsible for nuisance, and t ) receive the tolls charged on other users. A general discussion followed, in the course of which about half a dozen different projects were sug- gested by the members. At last some members sug- gested that the matter be postponed till the next meeting, when the question was put to vote whether it be decided that night or not, and it unanimously agreed to settle it. Some of the members believed the present site unsuitable, and that it would be advisable to sell it and build on another site, whilst others believed that wwild put the Council into unnecessary expenditure, the present building having cost about £800. They would probably have to sell it for about E300, and maybe spend another £800 on another building. After further discussion the question was put to vote whether they should aeeept the conditions put down by Mr. John Evan3, wnen Messrs. J. Edwards, Thos. Parry, Jonn Jones, E. W. Evans, E. Wynne Williams, J. E. Jones, and R. Richards in favour, and Messrs. Chairman, Edward Williams, Ellis Williams, voted against. WO&XMBN'S WAOBS. According to a notice of motion, Mr. R. Richards proposed that the workmen of the Council be paid by cheque. He said that it wCNId clear a let of unpleas- ant things. He then made some ^remark as to the Surveyor stating that the average wage of the work- men amounted to Zl a week, and that the workmen said it was only 19s. The Surveyor said that what he stated was that it came to about iCl, and he found now it came to 19s. 6d. He then explained how he paid the workmen, advancing his own money to pay them to wait the next meeting of the Council. The Finance Committee would have to make some arrangement for that, if Mr. Richards' motion was accepted. But he did not like the insinuation made by Mr. Richards, and would like if the Council would clear the matter up. Mr. Richards had told him per- sonally that he liked to give him (the surveyor) an occasional slap. Mr. R. Richards (hotly): I told you! Never such thing. The Surveyor: Mr. Richards did tell me, and I think it is too bad he is allowed to do this. Some hot words then passed between the Surveyor and Mr. Richards. Mr. E. W. Evans said he was not going to second Mr. Richards' speech-he would have been glad if Mr. Richards had left his speech at home. But he believed in paying everything in cheques. He had nothing to say or hint as to the Surveyor, and had never any complaint, but he believed that when the finance of the Council was brought to order, the cheque book of the Council would show every pay- ment. He would. like the Finance Committee to inquire into the question. But if it was necessary to express an opinion on it that night, he would second Mr. Richards. Mr. Thomas Parry proposed that it should be con- sidered by the Finance Committee. Dr. John Jones seconded. Mr. R. Richards If you want to kill it send it there. It was agreed to defer the matter "to the Finance Committee. NAME PLATES. The Surveyor then informed the Council the name plates for streets had been delivered, and wished further instructions. It was decided to refer the matter to the Streets Committee, Dr. John Jones re- marking that they wanted them put up before the summer. PRINTING ANNUAL REPORT. Mr. E. W. Evans, according to a notice of motion, proposed tnat an Annual Report be printed of the Receipts and Expenditure of the Council, and Medi- cal Officer's Report. He would make no remarks unless it was desired, as they had been talking before. Mr. Edward Williams seconded, and it was passed unanimously. Dr. John Jones proposed that Messrs. E. W. Evans and Thomas Parry should arrange report, which was agreed to. FAIR DAYS—THE BOOTHS. A letter was "read from three inhabitants of the town complaining that they had been obliged to shift their booths at the last fair, and wished to know why. Dr. John Jones said the booths were far better as they were previously than the order they were last fair, and he proposed that they should be allowed to be fixed as before. Mr. Thomas Parry seconded. Mr. J. Edwards said he believed they were far better the last fair. It allowed more room in front of the shops in Eldon Row, and more room to pass up and down the street. It was decided to allow the booths as before. THB ASSIZE. Mr. John Edwards said that there was a project of abolishing the Assize at Dolgelley. and it would mean a loss to the town. He wished the Council to make some efiort to prevent it. Mr. Thomas Parry seconded, and said it would be advisable to send a resolution to that effect to the new member for Merioneth—Mr. O. M. Edwards- which was agreed to. OBSTRUCTION. When the members were leaving, Mr. R. Richards said he wished to know who was the responsible per- son for the removal of obstruction from the streets. Someone answered that it was the police. Mr. Richards then made some remark as to the Surveyor, and hot words again passed, and the meeting ter- minated with that scene, nearly all the members having left.