SOUTH CARDIGANSHIRE Monthly Meeting at Penuwch. Penuwch is a comparative term Anglicised, it means higher peak." Starting from Llangeitho, to the North, a traveller's general strength, and especially his chest, undergo a severe test, thanks to the hill he has to ascend. The road resembles a stair, for, from Llangeitho to Pen Cilcert, it is a series of connected steps. A part of the road rises almost perpendicularly, then comes a small dis- tance of flat ground; this repeated gives one un- consciously the idea of a stair. About Pen Cilcert the pilgrims of old, returning homewards from Llangeitho, were wont to halt. Here prayers were offered and praises sung to Him who had revealed Himself unto them that day in the Communion Service. Perhaps, too, the hill had so fatigued them that the well about that spot invited a stop- page. But working against gravity was not yet over, ere they ascended a peak higher even than that of Cilcert. Hence the name Penuwch-a peak higher than Pen Cilcert. The present in- habitants cannot, with much propriety, boast of their ancestors, for they were merely a class of shepherds or herdsmen, attracted thither from other neighbourhoods by the Commins where their flocks might graze free of all charges. Gradually, the new comer would build a hut—a hafod un nos "-and enclose a piece of land, which he, if not interfered with, would eventually claim as his own property. This accounts for the large number of landowners in the neighbourhood at the present day. The ancestors of the present generation were not a whit better off in moral ideals and spiritual enlightenment than they were in worldly possessions, although in close proximity to Llangeitho. It is recorded that even Daniel Rowlands' powerful ministry failed to reform them. The shepherds on a Sunday were accustomed to congregate with packs of cards, quantities of beer, and, in its season, an inviting football. The first part of the day's proceedings was devoted to play then there followed the usual quenching of thirst by means of strong drink. The day, however, ter- minated invariably in a good number of cruel fights." In 1808. some few friends from Llan- geitho established a Sunday School in the house of one Nathaniel Hugh. A few years' labour of love among the shepherds proved successful, so that necessity arose for a schoolroom, which was built at a place called Pentre Du. In 1839 a -chapel was constructed, its dimensions being- nine feet by five, although a recognized church was not constituted until the year 1844. In 1867 the building went through a course of renovation and extension, and at a later period .again, the edifice became too small. At present the chapel with its schoolroom, graveyard, &c., all freehold-is a credit to the neighbourhood, and, although the present generation cannot boast in high blood, or educated progenitors, the ancestors- were they allowed to return to their old abodes, would feel proud of their descendents. It was thither a large number of Methodist ministers and deacons journeyed on the 14th inst., to hold what is generally known as Monthly Meeting. The secretary Rev (D. A. Jones) read the minutes of the last meeting, which were duly confirmed. Messrs. Peter Williams, Tregaron, and David Morgan, Pont saeson, were appointed to audit the books of the local church, who, later on, presented their report, testifying that all the accounts were kept accurately and in good order, although the average contributions of members towards the ministry were far from being satisfactory. The Tregaron District Meeting reported that a number of persons had been appointed trustees on the property of the Connexion at Gogoian. The report was accepted and the Monthly Meeting added the names of the Revs. Morgan Evans, Howell Lloyd, D. A. Jones, John Owen, Rhys Morgan and David Jones on the condition that the Schoolroom be insured without delay. The Lampeter District Meeting on behalf of the Church at Bwlchyllan, asked permission to lease the schoolroom to the Nantcwnlle School Board for 99 years, which was granted, the Rev. John Owen and D. A. Jones to sign the deed on behalf of the Monthly Meeting. The Rev. John Evans reported that the friends at Hermon were about to establish a Connexional Temperance Society provided they were supplied with books. Mr. W. Thomas, New Quay, replied that he would furnish them with the necessary documents. This gentleman has liberally supplied every church in South Cardiganshire with the same. Mr. W. Thomas informed the meeting that Mr. W. Evans, B.A., who was recently been ap- pointed Head Master of the New Quay Grammar School, who also is a recognised preacher in the Connexion, was prepared to accept pulpit engage- ments on Sundays. Letters were read (1) from Mr. Elias Jones, resigning his post of treasurer to Drysorfa Sirol. His resignation was accepted with deep regret. (2) from AL fr. David Davies, Llandy- feiliog, acknowledging with gratitude the vote of sympathy passed with him and Mrs. Davies in their illness in the last meeting. (3) From the Rev. Evan Evans, Pennant, who had just been de- livered from the very jaws of death. (4) From Mr, D. W. Evans, Solicitor, Cardiff. acknowledging the resolution passed re Cardiff Eisteddfod and strong drinks. (5) From the Rev. O. Hughes, Amlwch, and others, who appealed for subscriptions towards the erection of a statue of John Elias in Anglesea. (6) From the book agent (Rev. D. O'Brien Owen), who stated that the Monthly Meeting might appoint a county agent, provided it became responsible for all debts that might be possibly incurred. The New Quay District Meeting had given a notice of motion, that henceforth the local church where a Quarterly Association be held, should have no claim on the surplus money in the fund."—The Secretary said that the motion coincided with the existing rule. Whereupon it was resolved to remind the churches of the rule.-The Tregaron District Meeting proposed (1) That annual visita- tions be made to the churches. (2) That a young preacher be appointed to open the discussion in the society. The-latter was carried nem. con., but an amendment to (1), viz., "that visitations be made every two years," was carried.—The Revs. John Evans. D. A. Jones, E. Jones (Llanon), J. Jenkins, E. Morris, and J. Thickens were asked to prepare a list of subjects for next year's visit. The last named gentleman to be convener.—References were made to the late Mr. John Davies, Bethania; Mrs. Simon Davies, Twrgwyn; Mr. Griffiths, Cil- gerran; and Mr. John Griffiths, Goppa. The Secretary was instructed to send a letter of condolence to their respective families.—The following persons were appointed to represent the Monthly Meeting on the Trevecca College Com- mitteee, the Revs. John Evans. Joseph Jenkins, E. Morris, and Mr. James James, J.P.—It was resolved that a message be sent to the August Association, That the Trevecca College Committee be con- stituted of representatives only." The Rev. J. Thickens and Mr. John Rowlands, Llangeithio, to take charge of the resolution.—Messrs. W. Thomas, New Quay, and Mr. James James, J.P., reported that their efforts to wipe off the debt on the Drysorfa Sirol were, so far, successful. Having complained of the lukewarmness of some deacons, the two gentlemen urged the meeting to liberality and appeal for a sum of £ 1,000.—The Rev. John Efftljn Jones, on behalf of Penuwch Church, appealed to the meeting to accept P,10 in lieu of the old standing debt of Llg 10s.—This was agreed to, on the condition that their dues to the Monthly Meeting be paid annually without fail from hence. —Mr. John Rowlands, Llangeitho, read the report of the Sunday School Committee (which appeared in the Welsh Gazette.")—This was accepted.—The Rev. D. A. Jones read the proposals of the Trevecca Education Committee, and a prolonged discussion ensued. The above Committee suggested among other things that an Educational Board be constituted for bouth Wales, to consist of twelve memoers, three of whom would retire annually, but would be -eligible for reappointment, and the Professors at Trevecca College to be "ex-officio" members in addition. An amendment was carried to the following efrect: That the Educational Board should consist of twentyfour members, appointed by the Monthly Meetings,—three to represent each Monthly Meetings of 5,000 communicants and above; two to represent each Monthly Meeting under 5,000; and that the Principal and Vice Principal should be ex-officio in addition. The Committee proposed the following resolution:— "Every candidate submitted by his Monthly Meeting for ordination shall (besides conforming with the regulation already in force) have received a certificate from the Educational Board stating that he has gone through a proper course of education in accordance with regulations. This was rejected by a large majority. All the other proposals were agreed to. The Rev. H. Lloyd read the report of the Drysorfa Sirol Committee, recom- mending that the Rev. W. Lewis, Neuadd, should take charge of Cross Inn Church. That Peniel should receive Z5, Hermon, £ 10, Tanybryn P,10 towards the ministry. That the Rev. E. Morris and Mr. W. Thomas be appointed to visit the weak churches. The report was accepted. The next Monthly Meeting will be held at Llechryd, July 26 and 27. Mr. Thomas Grey Davies, Aberlleurig, was appointed to open the discussion on Zechariah iv. 6. Preaching services were held on Wednesday evening, and Thursday, in which the Revs. John Cynddylan Jones, D.D., Joseph Jenkins. John Thickens, and Evan Morris took part.
THE NORTH CARDIGAN- shire Temperance Union. For several years past it has been the custom of the above organization to hold an annual demonstration in Aberystwyth in the month of June. The Union was formed about nine years ago, in order to unite the Temperance forces in the northern part of the county, and weld them into one. This it has succeeded in doing fairly well, and a good deal of persevering hard work has been done in the face of much passive inertia to rouse the churches of the district, especially among the various Nonconformist bodies, to feel their responsibility in imparting sound temperance teaching both to the young and the adult members of their congregations. Various forms of propa- ganda have been made use of, and the conferences held in different parts of the country, as well as at the annual meetings, have been most stimulating and instructive. The work of actively opposing the granting of new licences, and the renewal of some old ones, has been successfully accomplished and that with gratifying results in various parts of the district. Mr. Thomas Owen, of the County School, who has acted as general secretary for the society from its commencement, has privately done more than any other single individual for the welfare of the society, and its present position is due to this untiring efforts on its behalf, The society has also found a warm advocate in Mr. Daniel Thomas, who has acted as financial secre- tary for the past t bree years. This year the annual meetings of the Union were held at Aberystwyth on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., in St. Paul's Chapel, Great Darkgate-street, the first public meeting was held, with Mr. H. L. Evans, the genial Borough Accountant, as chairman. Ad- dresses were given by the Rev. W. Parri Huws, B.D., Congregational Minister, Dolgelley, and the Rev. John Hughes, Wesleyan Minister, Bangor, two effective and powerful speakers. At 10.30 on Wednesday morning, the Annual Conference was held in the Welsh Congregational Chapel, Baker-street, over which Mr. David Jones, Llanafan, the president of the Union for the past year, presided. After a characteristic speech from the chairman, who is a faithful and stalwart veteran in the temperance cause, very interesting papers were read on three aspects of the Temper- ance Movement on its political side. The first by the Rev. H. Evans, Baptist Minister, Penrhyncoch, on General or National Prohibition, as exempli- fied in America in the States of Maine, Kansas, &c. The second by Mr. T. A. Levi, B.A., the son of one of the staunchest temperance advocates in the Principality, on Municipalisation of the Liquor Traffic," in which an outline was presented of the new scheme propounded by Messrs. Rowntree and Sherwell, in their important volume recently published on The Temperance Problem and Social Reform." Their scheme is a modifica- tion of what is generally known as the Gothenburg system. Their main proposals are the municipal management or direction of the liquor traffic, in order to secure the elimination of private profit, accompanied by various safeguards to prevent the municipality or locality being corrupted by the profits of the traffic. They propose to destroy the publican interest in the traffic, and to place it on an unselfish basis by relegating its management to municipal communities, and they anticipate great and lasting results from the change. The pro- posals have created wide-spread interest in various quarters, but so far it is doubtful whether they have much chance of being heartily supported by the Temperance Organisations of the country. The third paper dealt with the Direct Veto," as the form of local option for the prohibition and diminu- tion of the liquor traffic, which is generally sup- ported by the great majority of temperance men in our country, and this was read by Mr. D. O. Edwards, Talybont, who is at present a ministerial student at the University College of Wales. An animated discussion followed, and great interest was aroused among the large number of delegates present from town and country. Hearty thanks were accorded to the openers, and after short addresses from the Revs. W. P. Huws and J. Hughes (Glanystwyth), and Messrs. W. Pearson and H. J. Williams, Four Crosses, who both repre- sented the United Kingdom Alliance, the officers and executive committee of the Union were elected. The vice-president, the Rev. J. Humphreys, Wes- leyan minister, Aberystwyth, was unanimously elected President of the Union for the ensuing year, and the treasurer and secretaries were re- elected. At two o'clock a public meeting for adults was held in Shiloh Chapel, presided over by the Rev. T. Williams, B.A., Baptist minister, Aber- ystwyth, and addressed by the gentlemen already referred to. At the same time, in Tabernacle Chapel, the children's meeting took place. The large chapel was filled with the juvenile members of the Bands of Hope of the town and district, and the sight was both hopeful and inspiring. Mr. R. C. Adams, C.M., Penllwyn, catechised the children in the Pwnc Dirwestol," prepared by the Rev. T. Levi, and the responses were prompt and effective. The singing also of the various songs and tunes from the programme prepared for the purpose was very good, and helped to give variety and life to the proceedings. Meanwhile the procassion was being organised in the Smithfield, and at 4 p.m. the various contin- gents from the various societies of the town and district, with banners flying and headed by the Town Band, paraded the principal streets, going through Chalybeate-street, Great Darkgate-street, Pier-street, Marine-terrace, Terrace-road, and dis- persing in North Parade. The effect was in many ways striking, and though 'possibly the procession was not quite so numerously attended by adults as in some years gone by, still it was strong and effective, and speaks well of the zeal and earnest- ness of the many Temperance workers in the dis- trict. In the evening at 6.30 another large and well- attended public meeting was held in the Taber- nacle Chapel, presided over by the new president, the Rev. J. Humphreys, Aberystwyth, and very able and stimulating addresses were delivered by the same speakers which were heartily enjoyed:and appreciated by the vast audience present. Votes of thanks were heartily given to the chairman and speakers, and to all those who assisted in mak- ing the demonstration a success.
BALA. PICNIC.-On Friday last a party from Bala went on a picnic to Caereini Lake where they spent a very enjoyable day. One of the poets, who was a member of the party, a chaired and crowned bard to boot, could not refrain from giving expression to the beauties of the Lake. The following was his bardic effusion •.— Oer unig yw Llyn Caereini—a gwyw Pan fo'r gauaf drosti Ond braf yn yr haf yw hi A dedwyddyd dod iddi." SCHOLASTIC.—We are glad to understand that Mr. D. Miall Edwards, B.A., formerly a pupil of Mr. Evans at the Bala Grammar School, afterwards a student at the North Wales University College and the Bala-Bangor Independent College, has been awarded the Mill Hill prize which is annually given at Mansfield, Oxford, for the best results in the College Examination of the year. FRIENDLY SOCIFTY.-Tlie Bala Female Independent Friendly Society held their anniversary on Tuesday last. They formed into procession and marched from the C.M. Chapel through the principal streets pre- ceded by the Llandderfel Brass Band and by the Medical Officer (Dr. Williams) and his assistant (Dr. White Jones). They presented a very pleasing appearance. An excellent tea was prepared at the Victoria Hall by Hon, Lady Members. The society is in a very flourishing condition. The number on roll at the end of the year was 371. During the past year L44 19s. 6d. had been granted to the sick and L15 towards burials. The total balance in hand 31st December, 1898, was E347 4s. 3d. Mr. W. E. Jones acts as treasurer and Mr. J. T. Jones, 32, Tegid-street, is the secretary, both rendering excellent service. CYMANFA HoT,r.-The above meeting in connection with the C.M. Churches of Penllyn was held at Llan- dderfel on Wednesdav. the 13th inst. Mr. R. Thomas. Llandderfel, presided. Rev. J. Howell Hughes, Bala, catechised the assembly in the 8th chapter of the" Hyfforddwr." The reverend gentleman proved himself master of his work, and the answers to the questions asked were good and complete. At the close Professor Williams gave an instructive address, in which he referred to the benefits accruing from meetings of this nature. Among other things he ad- vised them to learn to give their replies in the fewest possible words, to adopt multum in parvo as their aim. Upon the motion of Rev, J. J. Williams, seconded by Messrs Evan Davies, Bala. and R. Evans, Crynierth, it was decided to ask Mr. Hughes to pre- pare a series of questions on the 9th chapter. Rev. Owen Ellis, Llanuwchllyd, and Mr. W. D. Owen, Liverpool, also took part in the meetings. Strangers were entertained by Llandderfel friends at the Board School there. The only successful competitor in East Merioneth in the chief Sunday School Con- nexional examination was Mr. D. C. Jones, and the usual certificate was awarded to him. THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE.—The appointments of Rev. J. Puleston Jones as Lecturer on Hellenistic Greek and Rev E 0 Davies as Lecturer on Dogmatics, have now been confirmed, and they will undertake the duties of office in September next.—The terminal examinations are now on. The College breaks up on the 6th July, when the distribution of prizes will take place. The annual address will this year be delivered by Dr. Joseph Roberts, of New York. EXCURSIO:-< W e understand that the C. M. Sunday-school trip will this year be made to Pwllheli Thursday the 29th inst. is the day elected.
A SMART WEDDING. On Wednesday week the marriage was solemnised between Miss Theresa Davies, the eldest daughter of Captain Davies. the popular dockmaster of Barry, and Mr. W. Williams, of :the firm of Messrs. Jenkins and Williams, ship- owners, Cardiff. The ceremony was performed at the Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Christmas J. Lewis, who was assisted by the Rev. R. J. Rees, the bridesmaids being Miss Frida Davies (sister), Miss Nesta Davies, London (cousin), Miss A. G. Roberts, and Miss M. Thomas, Bethesda (nieces of the bride- groom), while Master Hugo Davies and Miss Gaynor Lewis acted as pages. Mr. W. Lloyd Roberts, Bethesda, cousin of the bridegroom, acted as best man, the bride being given away by her father (Capt- R. Davies). The bridegroom, attended by the best man, entered the church about 11.20, and about five minutes afterwards the wedding party began to arrive, some of the foremost among these being Mr W. Davies (a member of the London County Council) and Mrs. Davies the brothers of the bride and also her aunts and uncles. Subsequently Mrs. Davies arrived with the pretty bridesmaids, and looked exceedingly well in a chic dress of royal blue silk' and she was quickly followed by the bride, leaning on the arm of her father, her train being borne by the boy and girl pages. At the close the wedding march was played by Mr Roberts, organist of Glanogwen Church, and the newly-wedded couple, on reaching the doorway, were greeted with showers of confetti and rice. Detonators on the railway and the boom of distant cannon at the docks also signalised the happy event. Breakfast was partaken of at the residence of the bride's father. Capt. Davies and Miss Theressa Davies, being very popular at Barry, as well as at Borth, their native place, a large number of presents were received from those places especially. THE RECEPTION. In the afternoon a reception was held at High- mead, to which the following guests were invited:— Dr and Mrs Jones, Borth Miss Norris, Borth; Mr and Mrs Davies, London; Miss Davies, London; Mr D. Davies, Mr D. R. Davies, and Mr H. W. Davies, London; Misses Williams, Manchester; Mr and Mrs Lloyd, Borth; Rev and Mrs Christmas J. Lewis, Barry'; Rev and Mrs R. J. Rees, Cardiff; Mr and Mrs Williams, Bethesda; Miss Williams, Beth- esda; Mr W. Lloyd Roberts, Port Dinorwic; Mr J. Roberts, Mrs Davies, Mrs Thonus, and Mrs Pritchard, Bethesda; Miss Owen, Port Dinorwic; Captain and Mrs Owen, Cardiff; Mr Roberts, Portmadoc Mr and Mrs Lusty, Mr and Mrs Bug- den, Mr and Miss Bell, Mr and Mrs D. Sibbering Jones, Miss Orchard, Alderman and Mrs J. C. Meggitt, Captain, Mrs and Miss Murrell, Mr and Mrs Jackson, Mr and Mrs Vincent, Captain and Mrs H. Murrell, Mr, Mrs and Miss Lowden, Mr and Mrs Downing Mr and Mrs. J. Hosgood. Mr and Mrs Edgar Jones, Mr and Mrs R. Evans, Dr and Mrs Powell, Mr and Mrs Hopkins, Mr and Mrs W. P. Phillips, Mr and Mrs H. Roberts (St. Fagan's), Mr and Mrs Davies, Dr. Neale, Mr and Mrs Mien, Mr and Mrs D. Roberts, Mr and Mrs Waddell, Mr and Mrs D. Edwards, Captain and Mrs D. Lewis, Captain and Mrs M. Jones, Captain and Mrs Evans, Captain and Mrs. Lloyd, Mr and Mrs R. Duncan (Rhoose), Mr and Mrs R. T. Duncan (Dinas Powis), Mr and Mrs T. G. Duncan, Mr and Mrs H. Thrower, Captain and Mrs W. J. Jenkins (Dinas Powis), Mr and Mrs S. A. Williams, Mr and Mrs W. B. Williams (Penarth), Mr and Mrs W. Graham (Rockliffe, Barry Island), Mr and Mrs Harris, Mr and Mrs Thomas (The Pharmacy), Mr and Mrs Rees, Miss Pearce, Mr and Mrs. T. P. Thomas, Mr and Mrs Felix Williams, Mr and Mrs Hullin, Mr. and Mrs J. Lloyd, Miss Edith Jones, Mr and Mrs E. Hughes, Captain and Mrs. D. Jenkins, Mr J. Austin Jenkins and Miss Tegwen Davies, Cardiff; Professor and Mrs Powel, Mr and Mrs. H. Radcliffe, Mr, Mrs and Miss Hughes, Dr and Mrs J. Hugh Rees, Mr and Mrs. Travis, and Dr. and Mrs Parry, Penarth. LIST OF PRESENTS. Bridegroom to bride, diamond and sapphire brooch and diamond and sapphire bangle bride to bride- groom, diamond ring bridegroom to bridemaids, turquoise and pearl initialled heart pendant and chains; bridegroom to bride's mother, diamond and ruby bangle; bridegroom to best man," diamond scarfpin bridegroom to bride's father, gold sleeve links; bridegroom to pages, pearl brooch and pin bridegroom to groomsmen, diamond and sapphire scarfpins and gold sleeve links brides father, cheque and piano brides mother, house linen and drawing room suite Masters H. and S. Davies (brothers), silver pickle stand Miss Freda Davies (sister of bride), silver-backed mirror Master Hugo Davies (brother of bride), flower epergne; Mr. and Mrs. Williams (uncle and aunt of bridegroom), cruet stand Mr. and Mrs Pritchard, satin down quilt; Mr and Mrs Davies, cases of silver, mustard, pepper, and salt cellars and spoons; Mr and Mrs R. Roberts, silver-mounted oak-tray Mr W. Lloyd Roberts silver afternoon tea service; Mr J. Roberts, satin down quilt; Mrs Roberts, eounterpane; Miss A. G. Roberts, satin down quilt; Mr and Mrs Thomas, afternoon tea service and stand; Miss M. Thomas, case of salt cellars; Mr and Mrs Davies, (London), silver cake basket; Mrs Artier, bedroom ware; presentation by the Dockmaster's staff of a case containing 79 pieces of silver spoons and forks, also a silver tray, beautifully engraved; presentation from the Barry pilots of silver tea and coffee service Mrs. Jones, gold brooch with pearl pendant; Miss Norris, jewellery case presentation to the bride by her Sunday School class, Morocco Bible, with illustrations presentation to bridegroom by his Sunday School class, Morocco-bound Psalm and hymn book; the Rev and Mrs C. J. Lewis, two crayon drawings; Miss G. Lewis, table centre; Dr and Mrs Parry, hall bracket and brushes; Mr and Mrs Downing, bon-bon dish; Miss Lloyd, cushion; Misses N. and T. Williams, d'oyles; Mrs Evans (Borth), tea cosy Mrs Jenkins (Borth), chair back Mr and Mrs Harries, flower pot; Mr and Mrs W. B. Williams, Worcester desert dishes; Captain Evans, case of fish knives and forks; Mrs T. Jones, biscuit barrel; Mr and Mrs D. W. Roberts, salad bowl: Mr and Mrs John, case of fish carvers; Mr and Mrs Jacob Hughes, silver fruit bowl; Mr and Mrs. Lowden, Indian filigree inkstand and candlesticks; Mrs Hughes, case of silver salt cellars; Misses Pearce, pair of pictures; Mr and Mrs J. Lloyd, satin down quilt; Mr and Mrs W. Thomas, silver bread fork Mr and Mrs James, silver and pearl butter knife Misses Gladys and Gwen James, silver salt spoons; Mrs Phillips and Miss James, butter dish and knife; Mr and Mrs J. Williams, pair of ornaments; Mr and Mrs Evan Hughes, silver entree dish; Captain and Mrs D. and H. Rees, set of bedroom ware; Mr. and Mrs. H. Davies, hand-worked mat; Miss Edwards, mat; Miss Morgan, set of jugs Mrs Richards, set of jugs; Miss Benjamin, three old- fashioned plates; Miss Owen, china fruit dish Miss Davies, cups and saucers; Mr and Mrs W. P. Phillips, silver mustard pot; Mrs Williams, silver hot water jug; Mr and Mrs Thomas, case of silver fish carvers; Captain and Mrs Owen, complete set of glasses with sugar bowls; Misses M. and D. Owen, desert carafe and tumblers Mr J. A. Jenkins, china desert dish; Mr and Mrs Hughes, silver-mounted carver stands; Master Hughes, old-fashioned jug; Dr. Powell, silver sovereign case; Mr and Mrs S. Griffiths, silver-mounted flower stand; Mrs Jones, gentleman's dressing case; Madame Elias (Paris) Lyons' black lace scarf; Miss Jones (Paris), Lyons' cream lace scarf; Mrs Thomas, satin-worked side- board cloth; Mr. W. Davies, silver hair-pin box; Mrs R. James, silver hot water jug; Captain and Mrs Hugh James, silver sugar basin and cream jug; Captain and Mrs Williams, silver castor sugar basin and sifter; Mrs Thomas, silver breakfast cruet; Captain and Mrs Lewis, silver revolving tureen Miss Owen, silver sardine dish; Captain and Mrs Jones, (the Island), silver castor sugar basin and sifter; Mrs S. A. Williams, silver kettle and spirit lamp; Mrs Jones, jam dish Captain and Mrs J. H. James, silver cheese stand; Miss Nellie Evans,; preserve stand and spoons; Mrs James, hot water jug; Captain and Mrs D. Jeneins, salad bowl and cake basket cake stand Mrs Hopkins and family, silver-mounted oak salad bowl; Captain and Mrs Jones, case of silver salt-cellars; Mr F. D. James, dinner gong Mr J. W. Lloyd, case of silver-mounted carvers Dr. and Mrs J. Hugh Rees, silver-scented bottle; Miss Mor- gan, silver salt-cellars; Mrs Davies, biscuit barrel; Mrs Richards, teapot; Captain and Mrs J. Jenkins, silver-mounted flower epergnes Mrs and Miss Jones, card stand Dr. Jones, buffalo horn tea-caddy, inlaid with ivory; Mrs Williams, silver-mounted cake knife; Mr and Mrs D. Edwards, silver sugar basin and shovel; Mrs Farmer and Mrs Hughes, preserve stand; Mrs Morris, table cloth; Mr and Mrs Felix Williams, black ebony horse-shoe shaped hall stand with brushes Mr Jones and Miss Wood, silver-mounted china castor sugar basin and sifter; Miss J. WilLiams, tea spoons Mr and Mrs Edgar Jodes, picture Mr nnd Mrs H. C. Roberts, silver toast-rack Mr and Mrs J. E. Rees, silver stand for sugar, cream, and fruit; Mr and Mrs T. P. Thomas, Worcester vase Mr and Mrs Jones, silver butter-dish; Mr and Mrs James, silver egg-stand; Miss Williams, butter dish Mrs John, cucumber dish; Mrs Jones, butter dish Capt. and Mrs Lloyd, cheque; Mrs Evans, pin-cushion Mrs Jones, picture Mr and Mrs E. Holms, silver egg-stand and two pictures; Mr and Mrs Travis, silver salad bowl; Mr and Mrs Morgan, toast rack; Mr and Mrs Phillips, two old plates; Mrs Davies, Plasdinam, case of silver fruit spoons and sifter; Professor and Mrs Powell, silver butter and biscuit stand; the Misses Mein, silver bread fork in case; Mrs Hughes, Borth, silver jam stand; Mrs Davies, London, flower stand Mrs Dvncan, Rhoose, fancy- lamp Mr Richards, Barry Island, a Bible Capt. and Mrs Francis, Borth, silver biscuit basket; Capt. and Mrs Jones, C-errigcarrenaUf silver service rings; Mr and Mrs T. S. Duncan, silver salt-cellar Mr and Mrs Rees, Barry, fruit plate with silver flower stand; a presentation of standard works to Mr Williams by his fellow-members in voun people's class.
WESTERN SEA FISHERIES. Quarterly meeting held ot Barmouth on Tuesday. Present Mr. H. Bonsall (chairman), Dr. Charles Williams, Messrs Lewis Lewis: John Evans, Owen Jones, Ephiram Wood, A. H. Owen, David Breeze (assistant clerk), R. Jones, Richard Davies and Ll. Pritchard (bailiffs). AUDIT. The accounts of the committee for the year ending 31st of March 1899 had been audited by Mr. Adams and found satisfactory. FINANCE COMMITTEE. The following bills were recommended for payment. Audit stamps, L2; R. Shaw and Son, stationer, £115s. Od stamps during last quarter, £13s. 7d; sundries 12s. Clerk to pay bailiffs JS60. FINANCIAL STATEMENT. Balance due to Treasurer on the 31st May 1899, per audited account Llg Os lid, Clerk R,16 2s. Od; cheques passed last quarter and not cashed prior to audit C60 and JE24 Is 5d; precepts payable 30th April 1899, £ 130 1st of July 1890 £ 130. AMALGAMATION. The Clerk reported that he had attended the Sea Fisheries Conference in London, and had had an opportunity of discussing the question of amalgama- tion with the Board of Trade, but that there was in his estimation no chance of passing the bill this year. The Lancashire Sea Fisheries Joint Com- mittee wrote enclosing a copy of the draft of the order uniting the Lancashire and Western Sea Fishery Districts itnd requesting the Clerk to allow the same to be for inspection in his office at Port- madoc for 28 days. MUSSEL BEDS AT CONWAY. fit Mr. John Evans (Barmouth) gave notice that he would move at the next ordinary meeting of the committee that the bye-law adopted at the last meet- mg prohibiting trawling on mussel beds at Conway be rescinded. BAILIFFS' REPORTS. The Chairman read his report on the Fishery Officers' report s- "The condition of the fishery during last quarter indicates that the work of this Com- mittee is beginning to show good results and there is a steady and continual improvement all round. The advents of haddock in large numbers in the northern district is noticeable and the quality of herri ngs should also improve. I see no reason why a fish- curing industry might not be set up. Large catches of soles and other fiat fish have also been taken and lobsters are reported in greater quantities all over the coast. On the other hand, owing to some occult reason, crabs arc not so plentiful and the difficultv of preventing the catching of immature crabs is a matter that requires attention, and I would suggest that the Police authorities should be communicated with in order that our Bailiffs may be assisted to carry out our Bye-laws. Line-fishing is favourably reported on and the cockle industry has been prosperous in certain portions of the district. Trawlers, too, have done well and our regulations are fairly-well observed, there being only one case pending with Regard to a steam trawler sighted within the limits off New Quay. Altogether, I have to report steady and satisfactory progress all over the district. On the motion of Mr. Lewis Lewis, seconded by Mr. Ephraim Wood, it was resolved to apply to the several Police authorities, as suggested by the Chairman.
DYFFRYN ARDUDWY. HOREB CHAPEL.—Sermons, which were much ap- preciated, were delivered last Sunday at the above chapel to large congregations by the Rev. Evan Jones, Carnarvon. The rev. gentleman was for several years previous to his removal to Carnarvon pastor of the Calvinistic Methodist Church in the neighbour- hood, and still retains a sacred place in the hearts of all that knew him. The members of Horeb Sunday School intends having a trip next week to Llan- bedwog. Arrangements are being made with Mr. Solomon Andrews and Son for conveyances by tram- road from Pwllheli to Llanbedwog, and for meals supplied at the place of destination. PAKISH COUNCIL.-The first meeting of the new Parish Council was held at the Board School-room on Thursday evening. Present: Messrs. J. R. Jones, William Lewis, David Jones, Edward Lloyd, M. G. Williams, W. T. Williams, Robert Jones, John Pugh, and David Thomas.—Mr. J. Jones (Pentremawr) was elected chairman, and Mr. William Lewis (Brynteg) vice-chairman. Mr. Richard Jones (Tyddyndu) was elected clerk.—A precept for £5 to defray committee expenses was made. The Clerk was instructed to write to the Dolgolley Rural District Council request- ing the said council to let the chairman of the Parish Council know when the surveyor would visit Dyffryn in order to gauge the water flowing from the Brony- foel spring, from whence it is proposed to supply the village.
West Ardudwy. CHURCH OF ENGLAND LITERARY MEETING.—Held at Dyffryn on Saturday. President: Rev. D. R. Lewis, rector of Llanenddwyn conductor, Mr. R. Jones- Morris, Talysarnau; adjudicator of music, Mr. J. E. Jones, organist, Maentwrog; treasurer, Miss C. Richards, Llanfair Isaf; secretary, Mr. Griffith R. Williams, Caegwyn, Llanfair. In the afternoon meeting the principal prizes were awarded as follows —Recitations, Miss Mary Hughes (Llanfair) and Mr. G. R. Williams (Llanfair); essay, "The History of Joseph," Mr. William Williams (Llanfair); solo, "Belmont," Miss Lizzie Jane Price (Harlech); duet to a boy and girl, a brother and sister from Wern (Llanfair); the children's choir, "Arglwydd Iesu'r Bugail mwyn," Harlech and Llanfair Choir.—In the evening meeting-Solo soprano, "Lost Chord," Miss Thomas (Llanfair) solo tenor, Hoff Wlad fy Nghenedigaeth," Mr. E. M. Evans, Post Office, Bar- mouth paper knife, Mr. David Richards, Post Office, Dyffryn; pair of ladies' black wool knitted gloves, Miss Margaret Roberts, Talysarnau; chant (Jones) from "Cantate Domino," Harlech Choir; duet, Y Ddeilen ar yr Afon," a party from Harlech; lady's stockings, Mrs. Jane Jones, Fachwen, Dyffryn; tunes, Darrell and Deerhurst, Dyffryn Choir; essay (ladies), "History of Hannah, Ruth, and Lydia," Miss Thomas (Llanfair), and Miss Parry Jones (Har- lech); butter spoon, Mr David Richards (Dyffryn) triad, "Duw bydd Drugarog," a party from Harlech; solo bass, "Y milwr Clwyfedig," Mr Sam Davies (Dyffryn), and Mr David Evans (Portmadoc) equal; money box (oak), Mrs Davies (Llanfair); essay, "The Order of Confirmation, and the best means of keeping those that have been confirmed in the Com- munion of the Church," Mr. G. R. Williams (Llan- fair); a copy of "Deerhurst" in the old notation, Miss Thomas (Llanfair); anthem, "Nac Ofna di ddaear," Dyffryn Choir; first essay, "Dylanwad yr Ysgol Sul, a'r ffordd oreu i'w dwyn yn mlaen," Mr George B. Jones, King's Mill, Dyffryn. The meetings were well attended, and the competitions keen.
MACHYNLLETH. OBITUARY.—We regret to record the death of Mr. Edward Jones, tailor and draper, Stafford House, of this town, which took place ;Wednesday, June 14th. Mr. Jones had been ailing for some time, and bore all cheerfully, when the end came to all worldly ills. The funeral took place in the Nonconformist Cemetery of this town, Saturday June 17th. The chief mourners were deceased's wife, four daughters, and two sons, Mrs. Jones, Llangunllo Rectory, Mr. William Jones, tailor, brother of deceased, Messrs. Ellis and Owen, Dol- gelley, Mr. Jones, district auditor, Swansea, Ed. M. Jones, Machynlleth, nephews, and the Misses Ellis, nieces of deceased. The Rev. T. Roberts, Siloh, Aberystwyth, conducted the services at the house, and the Rev. Darley Davies, Machynlleth, conducted the funeral service at the grave. The funeral was a large and representative one. The deceased was a faithful member of the Wesleyan Chapel, and had lived all his days at Machynlleth. He leaves a widow and six children to mourn, the loss of a faithful husband and a kind father. Wreaths were seat from Mrs. Jones, Llangynllo, Rectory, wife and children, Sackville Phelps, Esq., Mr. and Mrs. Owen, Blue Bell, Misses Polly Leeke and Lizzie Evans. Deceased was born May 16th, 1832. URBAN COUNCIL. An extraordinary meeting of the Council was held on Tuesday. Present: Mr. W. M. Jones (chairman), Messrs. J. Thomas, H. Lewis, T. Par- ) sons, J. Pugh, G. W. Griffith, D. Smith, R. Rees, J. M. Breeze, R. Gillart, Edward Rees, and Richard Owen; Mr. J. Jones, Surveyor, and Mr. J. Row- lands. Clerk. It was resolved to extend the water main by means of a 3in. pipe along the new street in Pentre- c;1 rhedyn-street. The Clerk submitted an estimate of the expend- iture for the year ending 31st March, 1900, amoun- ting to E921 lls. lid., made up as follows:— Sewerage, E,54 3s.; Highways and Street Works, E251 6s. 8d.; Public Lighting, £ 75; Town Clock, P,3 15s.; Waterworks Maintenance, P,80 14s.; Public Libraries Act, £29 10s. 8d.~ Public Office and Furniture, 15; Salaries, £ 117; Establishment charges, £ 43; Election, 915; Contingencies, £ 50 Repayment, of loans and interest, k358 7s. 7d.; Total, £ 1096 5s. lid. Received:—Water Rents, £ 15; Moiety of Salaries, £ 20; Surplus of General District Rate, P,136 14s.; total, R,921 lls. lid. The assessable value is iE5,392 os. Id. It was resolved to levy a rate of 3s. 6d. in the Z, to be payable by two instalments, viz., July and October. Two applications were received for the appoint- ment of Collector of General District Rates, and Mr. D. Davies Williams was appointed at a re- muneration of 2 per cent. on amount collected. Mr. Williams submitted names of his sureties, which the Council accepted. The consideration of a sewage disposal scheme was taken in Committee, and it was ultimately re- solved to defer the matter for a fortnight, and to take it as the first item on the agenda. There was no other matter of interest.
BARMOUTH. CouNTy SCHOOL.—The new buildings are making satisfactory progress, and the architect, Mr. J. E. Evans, is much pleased with the work done. The contractor is Mr. Owen Owens, Barmouth. VIVISECTION.—The annual meeting of the North Wales Anti-Vivisection Society, will be held at the Masonic Hall, on Friday afternoon. Amongst those who have promised to deliver addresses are Mrs. Price, Rhiwlas. and Miss Gwyneth Vaughan, lion. sec. of the Women's Liberal Association. Miss Cobbe, Hengwrt, will preside. A GRAND CONCERT—On Thursday evening a grand concert in connection with the Baptist Church was held at the Assembly Rooms, promoted by the Rev. Arberth Evans, Mr. Joseph Thomas and Mr. Recs Jones. Conductor, Mr. Lloyd Jones. Liverpool. The following artistes took part :—Miss Wade, R.A.M. (London), Miss Bessie Jones, (of the lt)yal Welsh Choir, Liverpool), Gutyn Eifiion, Miss Mary Williams (Barmouth), Miss Jennie Jones (Barmouth), and the Barmouth Choral Union. Accompanists, Mr. David Jones, Epworth Villa (Barmouth), and Miss Wade. PETTY SESSIONS—FRIDAY. Before Dr. Charles Williams (chairman), Rev. J. Gwynoro Davies, Messrs. Morris Davies, W. J. Morris, Lewis Lewis, Ellis Wilkins, and John Evans. DRVKK AND DISORDERLY.—Robert Williams, Gib- raltar-terrace, was charged by P.S. Williams with having been drunk and disorderly on the 20th of May. Fined 5s. and 9s. 6d. costs. USING FOUL LANGUAGE.—Margaret Hughes, Gib- raltar-terrace, was charged by P.S. Williams, with clsing bad language on the 20th of May. Fined, 5s., md 9s. 6d. costs. REFUSING TO QUIT.-Henrv Parsons, Half-way Inn, Bontddu, charged Peter Jones, Ty'nygroes-fach, near Dolgelley, with refusing to quit licensecd premises, Half-way Inn, on the 10th inst. Fined 5s, and 9s 6d costs. THE EDUCATION ACT.-Several parents had been summoned for breach of the Education Act by not sending their children regularly to school. Mr. John Lloyd, (clerk), prosecuted on behalf of the School Board. Some were fined 2s 6d, and other cases were dismissed with a caution. TRANSFERS.—David Davies, Beach-road, applied for a transfer of the licence of Henblas from David Pugh to himself. Mr. David Breeze, Portmadoc, repre- sented David Pugh. Mr. Guthin Jones, Dolgelley, called the attention of the Bench to an irregularity in the application and it was deferred for a month. Mr. W. G. Pybus applied on behalf of Messsrs. Ind, Coope, Co., for a transfer of the licence of Crown Inn, to Mr. Woodhouse. Owing to an irregu- larity in the noticelgiven, this case was also deferred. Ministers of various denominations were present in Court prepared to object to the transfers applied for. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL—TrESDAY. Present Mr. Hugh Evans (in the chair), Captain Richards, Messrs. John Richards, D. E. Davies, Edward Williams, William Owen, Richard Roberts, A. H. Williams, Robert Williams, and O. W. Morris, Mr. W. George (clerk), Mr. John Adams (surveyor), and Mr. David Owen (rate-collector). CORRESPONDENCE. Miss Cobbe,Hengwrt wrote in reply to an application from the Council to supply a drinking fountain in the immediate neighbourhood of the drinking trough al- ready supplied by her, saying she did not approve of a fountain for horses and donkeys and another for human beings being so close to each other, and sugg- gested the one now applied for should be placed in the railway station. The matter was referred to the Works Committee. A letter was read from Mr. J. H. Richards, secre- tary of the Ratepayers' Union, enclosing the following resolutions passed by the committee. 1. That the Committee respectfully urge the District Council to definitely ascertain their position with regard to law costs, and to deal with the same as far as possible in open council in order that the ratepayers may be able to form a correct estimate of them. 2. Resolved that the Committee disapproves of the outlay of money upon the construction of the wall marking the boun- dary between David Davies' property and the parade and also calls attention to the unsatisfactory state of some of the roads at the present time. The Clerk was instructed to reply enclosing resolutions previously passed by the Council respecting the matters referred to. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. Town Improvement Committee-licences recommend that the Boating Inspector and Inspector of Hackney Carriages be directed to examine all requisitions for new licences and report to the Committee. HOTEL OMNIBUSES, KC. It was recommended that the Clerk communicate with the town authorities of Aberystwyth, Colwyn Bay, and Llandudno, as to whether their bye-laws were applicable to hotel omnibuses, &c.—Footpaths Recommended that the committee, accompanied by the Surveyor, inspect all the footpaths within the district.—On the motion of Mr. D. E. Davies, se- conded by Mr. William Owen, the report was adopted. GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Town Refuse The Surveyor was directed to send the lime to Garddaniel, which he had been requested to purchase.—Water Supply (other than domestic) The Clerk was directed to request the return of the agreements which had been sent for signatures to various persons using water for purposes other than domestic.—Estimate of new rate sewerage, £40; water supply, £ 50 maid roads, 4210; other roads, P,50 scavenging and collecting house-refuse, C225 public lighting, R140 total, Z715, against R837 last year. With regard to repairs and improvements in respect of public footpaths, the committee was of of opinion that the sum of L5 might be sufficient, but this could not be definitely arranged, as the Town Improvement Committee had not yet completed its inspection of the footpaths within the district.— Mr. Edward Williams questioned the Surveyor as to the basis of his estimates, and the Surveyor replied he had not his papers with him in that meeting, but he had laid his calculations before the committee.— Mr. H. H. Williams The committee must have been satisfied.-The Chairman We went through them all.—Mr. E. Williams Take the item of £ 210 for expenditure in the main roads. How is this sum made up ?-The Surveyor I gave the committee all details. I have not known tne surveyor catechised in this manner before in open council.—Mr. E. Williams I propose deferring sanctioning this report till we get further explanation.—Mr. D. E. Davies Why object to the sum of L715 to-day after having passed the sum of E837 last year without any talk.— Captain Richards proposed/Mr. D. E. Davies seconded, and it was passed, that they adopt the estimates as basis for further consideration by a committee of the whole council.—Bath House: It was recommended that Mr. Meredith Evans be charged for water p supplied at the rate of £3 per annum.—Mineral Waterworks Recommended that a charge of Z3 per annum be made for water supplied to Mr. Thomas Jones' Mineral Waterworks, the charge to include the water supplied for the house.—John H. Davies Recommended that the sum of £3 be charged per annum for water supplied to Mr. J. H. Davies to work his engine and for the use of the house.— Christ Church Recommended that the sum of 25s. per annum be charged for water supplied to work the organ at Christ Church and for domestic purposes.— Mr. E. Williams --On what basis is Christ Church charged 25s.-The Surveyor Mr. J. Gladstone Roberts told me he considered 15s. sufficient, reckoning the number of hymns sung and and tunes played. The committee decided upon 25s. including water used otherwise than for organ pur- poses. Mr. E. Williams: It is evidently only guess work. Churches and Chapels :-It was recommended a uniform charge of 5s. per annum be made for water used at the following churches and chapels in the town, used for domestic purposes. -St David's Church, Caersalem Chapel, Wesleyan Chapel, English and Welsh Congregational Chapels, St. Tudwal's Church, Park Road Chapel. Tne question of water supplied to John's Church was left in abeyance. Llanaber School Board: Recommended that the Llanaber School Board be charged the sum of £12 per annum for water supply to the Board Schools, Barmouth for the last two years, and that the same charge be made for the future. Mr. John Hughes, Printer, Recommended that Z2 per annum be charged for water supplied to Mr. Hughes's Printing Office. S.S. Telephone and Jubilee £ 1 per annum. Cambrian Railways Company —A letter was received from Mr. C. S. Denniss on the matter of the water supplied for the use of the Com- pany at Barmouth Railway Station; recommended that the Council adhere to the resolution already passed to charge 6d per 1,000 gallons for the water which is now being used at Barmouth Station. Mr. Denniss wrote offering 5d per 1,000 gallons for the use of locomotives up to a million, and 4d for all over a million, hoping the water now used would be in- cluded. On the motion of Mr. J, Richards, seconded by Capt. Richards, it was resolved to accept the terms offered provided the Railway Company take water at the rate of two million gallons. Cambrian Rail- ways Company Houses :— Recommended that the Company be charged for water supplied for the use of five houses at the rate of 5s. per annum for each house. Cattle pan :—The Surveyor was instructed to report upon tne matter of the water supplied to the cattle pen on the Cambrian Railway Company's premises at Barmouth. Turbine Generating Electricity Recommended the sum of £2 per annum be charged for water supplied for the purpose of generating elec- tricity atBrynmynacli. New Houses :-As to water supplied to Mr. Bishop for building purposes, the sur- veyor was instructed to see Mr. Bishop on the matter and report to the committee. Arrears of rates -This matter was left in the hands of the Finance Com- mittee. Surveyor's Report:—I visited the house occupied by Evan Pugli, Park-road. The great draw- back to this house is that there is no air space at the back of either the ground floor or the first floor, which is the living floor, and also that it has no w. c. accommodation in sufficiently close proximity. With respect to the matter of fixing a pressure guage on the pipes that supply the engine at St. John's Church, I have written to Mr. Thomas Roberts, as requested and have had a reply. I have also seen the Rector on the subject who promises to give every facility. I am now waiting your instruction to secure a pressure guage. I want your permission to lay a new service at the Anchor and Ada House. New pipes have been laid inside by the owner. I have visited the public paths accompanied by some of the members of the Town Improvement Committee. Four or five stiles require repairs. We found also three wicket gates requiring latches. Something should be done to im- prove the path leading from the main road to the beach under Culvert Mill. I want your permission to procure about 14 yards of chain to sling the buoy at the end of the out-fall sewerage. The slip at the entrance to the parade is not in a satisfactory state and it is recommended that a more graduated slip should be constructed. I have, on the instructions of the General Purposes Committee commenced improv- ing it. I have obtained 2 tenders for granite shipping, 1 for gravel from Glasdir Mine, and the ott>r fo: granite from Minffordd Quarry. Glasdir 4s. 3a pc ton, and Minflordd 4s. 6d. I beg also to call) au] attention to several of the lamps at the north end v0: the town. A number of them should be replaced by new ones, as they are gone past repairing. I want also, gentlemen, to bring before you a somewhat personal matter. I desire a clear understanding with you all, for I believe it is tj our common interest to work amicably together. You are aware that our most worthy chairman, in giving me admonition on my re-appointment, gave me what I call imperative instructions not to take orders from any individual member or from any committee until confirmed by the Council. I took that to be my Magna Chart for the future. In less than a month orders were given me by a committee with instructions to carry them into effect forthwith. They should have them attended to at once, and they were. What I require is that I shall not be buffeted by any member for carrying out the wishes of a committee, and use the chairman's imperative instructions against me, and prove me a disobedient servant. You see I am placed on the horns of a dilemma, for I cannot possibly obey two sets of instructions that do not run parallel. I should like to steer clear of the Scylla of committees on one hand, without being wrecked in the Charybdes of the whole Council on the other. I have no doubt but that the primary object of both Committees and Council is how best to serve the highest interest of the town. I beg to say that that is and has been my highest and noblest ambition.— The report was unanimously adopted. -Tenders The tender of Mr. Robert Griffith, Vulcan Villa, was aceepted for a cable chain 14 yards long.—The tender of the Glasdir Mine Company was accepted for two trucks of gravel.—The report of the sub-committee appointed to visit town refuse, and also Mr. E. Williams, Garddansel, respecting it, together with the report of the Medical Officcr of Health on the same matter, were referred to the Sanitary Com- mittee.
DOLGELLEY. GENEROUS OFFER.—In order to clear the debt that still remains on Bethel Chapel, Mr. John Edwards, Coedcymer, has offered to add 10 per cent. to what- ever the church will be able to collect towards defraying the debt, besides contributing in the gene- ral collection. It is to be hoped that the debt will soon be entirely wiped off. EXCURSION. The arrangements for the annual ex- cursion have now been completed, and the Church of England, the Calvinistic Methodists, and the Wes- leyan Sunday Schools are uniting for the trip, which will take place next Wednesday, the 28th, to Rhyl and Denbigh, and it is likely, if the weather will be favourable, that a great number will take advantage of the trip. PASTORAL.—It has given great satisfaction to the C.M. churches at Llanfachreth and Carmel to learn that their pastor, the Rev. E. Trevor Evans, has re- fused the tempting and pressing invitation which he received to undertake the pastoral duties at Cysegr, Carnarvonshire. The acceptance would have many advantages, and the members of the two churches now under the care of Mr. Evans, feel grateful to him for deciding in their favour. He is very popular amongst the members, especially the young people, and has been very successful during the time he has been in the church. PREACHING.—At the Welsh Congregational Chapel on Sunday evening a vote was taken on the advisa- bility of holding a preaching meeting in connection with the church at the end of the summer, as has been the custom these last years, and a large majority voted in favour of it. & J CRICKET.—Last Saturday the Dolgelley Cricket Club, in a match against Llanychan Cricket Club, acquitted itself in a way quite worthy of its ancient traditions as a stiff lot to beat Llan- ychan going in first scored 61, and then Dolgelley following, succeeded in knocking up 143 runs. Llan- ychan, in their second innings, scored 40 runs, and so Dolgelley won by an innings and 42 runs. For Dol- gelley Mr. Furlong, with his usual skill and tact, scored 31; John Humphreys and Bill Jones, both old veterans, scored respectively 22 and 14, and 23 cam e from the bat of Mr. J. A. Jones, a very promising young player. Robert Williams was very deadly with the ball, and so was Mr. E. C. Owen, and a brilliant piece of fielding by Mr. J. A. Jones was very much admired. MILITARY REVIEW.—On Monday, the 4th Battalion of the R. W.F. were inspected at the camp by Colonel Creak who attended in place of General Swayne. The result was very satisfactory, and reflected great credit on the officers and company. A large number of the townspeople witnessed the review. In the course of the review, one of the men was kicked by a horse and received much injury, but is progressing favourably under the care of Dr. Hugh Jones. MILITIA ENTERTAINMENTS.—During the past week the men of the 4th Battalion R.W.F. were again provided for by the Ladies' Reception Committee. Refreshments were served under the superintendence of Mrs. D. Thomas, Glyndwr-street. Entertainments were provided each evening under the superintendence of the following:—Thursday, Mrs. Dr. Jones and Miss Jones, Cae'rffynon, and Misses Millard. Friday, Mrs. Griffith, Brynadda. Saturday, Mrs. Clarke, Bodlondeb. Monday, Mrs. Jones-Parry. Tuesday, Mrs. John Richards and Mrs. E. Wynne Williams. Wednesday, Mrs. Cleaver, Staylittle. On Sunday, portion of the battalion attended divine service at the Wesleyan chapel where the Rev. Peter Jones officiated. The bulk attended special service at St. Mary's Church at 12 o'clock when the Rev. Mr. Watts, Henfaes, officiated. In the evening a miscel- laneous programme was arranged for the benefit of the men at the Public Rooms by the Women's Temperance Association. PETTY SESSIONS. On Tuesday, June 20th, before Mr. C. E. Munro Edwards (in the chair), and Mr. J. Meyrick Jones. A FARMER CHARGED WITH BEING DRUNK IN CHARGE OF A HORSE. Robert Griffith, farmer, Tynygerddi, Rhydymain, was charged with being drunk in charge of a horse and trap .Mr. R. Guthrie Jones prosecuted on behalf of the police, and Mr. William George, Criccieth, defended. Mr. Guthrie Jones, having opened the case, he called P.C. Richard Owen, who stated that he was standing in Queen-street on the 15th. Saw Richard Griffith in Lion-street about 6.2 p.m. He was drunk. John Roberts, ex-P.C., and Mr. W. R. Williams, Lombard-street, were standing with him. Saw defendant getting into trap, and drive away. Went round Ship, and met trap in Bridge-street. I asked defendant to give the reins to J. Humphreys, who sat by his side. Defendant refused, saying he would take action for assault. Went up to trap. Persuaded him to give reins to John Humphreys, but he refused. P.C. Davies went into the trap. Horse was taken out; then defendant came out of trap, 4Lnd in coming out he nearly fell. In walking he made false steps. When served with summons defendant said he had had some drink, but that witness provoked him. Cross-examined: Saw defendant drunk before he got into trap. Did not prevent him. John Roberts, ex-P.C. Saw defendant. Observed that he would have some difficulty injgetting into the trap as he was so drunk. W. R. Williams, Lombard-street, said he saw defendant when talking with P.C. Owen. Took special notice of defendant at the time. In his opinion he was drunk. P.C. D. R Davies: Saw defendant on the 15th. Saw defendant drunk in trap. Defendant refused to come out of trap until they commenced to take horse out. Saw defendant afterwards walking up the Bridge arm-in-arm with Walters. Cross-examined He was walking the street after- wards without help, but evidently in drink. P.C, Benjamin Evans Saw P.C. Owen taking hold of defendant's horse. P.C. Owen asked defendant to give the reins to J. Humphreys. He refused. When he refused, P.C. Owen took charge of trap. Cross-examined Defendant was not noisy, and was not using bad language. John Roberts, Barmouth Saw defendant at bottom of Bridge. He was driving. Would not allow others to take charge of trap. He nearly fell in coming down from trap. He was staggering in walking. I think he was unfit to take charge of horse and trap, Cross-examined Cannot give opinion as to height of trap. Private Walter Edwards Defendant was struggling in coming out of trap. In his opinion he was not capable o flooking after horse and trap. Private R. L. Lewis corroborated last witness. Defendant was not fit to take charge of horse. George Rowe, Ship Hotel Saw defendant. Think he was drunk. Mr. George, in speaking for defendant, said it was all due to the evidence of P.C. Owen. Thomas Morris, servant at Commerce House Defendant was driving all right. He passed another trap opposite Stag. At the bridge P.C. Owen came to take hold of horse. After the trouble was over witness drove defendant home. John Humphreys, joiner: Was with defendant on night in question by shop in Dion-street. Defendant got into trap all right and drove all right. He was sober. Cross-examined Defendant drove slowly towards bridge. P.C. Owen came up near bank. He (Hum- phreys) asked to give reins to me. Did so not because R. Griffith was drunk, but because we wanted to get on. Cadwaladr Williams, Conrtnerce House Saw defendant several times. He was quite sober. I put mare in trap and took it to front of shop. If he did not bslieve he was sober he would not have given him the horse and trap. J. Griffiths, Commerce House, said the defendant was his father. Saw his father 5.30 on day in question. He was sober. The trap belonged to him. Thomas Morris was his stable boy. Rd. Hughes was called but did not answer. Thomas Davies, Lion-street Saw defendant day in question at the bridge about six o'clock. Police had stopped him. Saw talking going on and defendant getting out of trap. He was sober, saw him walk back sober at the time. Took special notice of R. Griffith. H (Owens) was standing on peripetj Mr. Hughes, Springfield-street: Saw defendant on evening in question. He was walking towards the street and back again. To; the best of his belief be was sober. J. B. Mee The defendant came to his shop on that day. Paid for fish usual way. Saw P.C. Owen taking the mare out of trap. The magistrates retired, and when they returned chairman said evidence was conflicting, but they believed prosecution. -They fined defendant 10s and costs.
LLANGEITHO. ULTRA-AEROX CHORAL FESTIVAL.—The choirs be- longing to this association are eight in number, viz., Tregaron, Llanddewi, Blaenpenal, Llangeitho, Capel Bettws, Gartheli, Nancwnlle, and Trefilan. This year's festival was held at St. Caron's Church, Tregaron. The day was gloriously fine, and each church had sent up a very representative band of ijigers. Early Thursday morning, June 15, a large Trirtian of conveyances leaded with singers from their wv Tot- Vw Passed through our village on AT, l h n Feflval at Tregaron. The conductor (Mi. John Davies, London House, Llangeitho) lias rsSbl°ish,f/Cr° f^ption,, mied this office since the S estlVa1'. H(' has laboured N J ear HI preparing the various choirs and has performed his engagements and conducted rehearsals, notwith- standing the inclement weather of the last winter and spring. The Rev. — Jones, Trelech, preached very e»c<juem, sermons during the day. This festival can be !■:>ken back upon -,vit ii pride, being one of the best-it not the best-held since the beginuino- The elements contributing to its success were a glorious day, a full and well-trained choir, a good programme an experienced conductor, and a most eloquent preacher. It must be very gratifying to Mr. Davies to see his labours crowned with success, and a strong inducement to work in the future, LLANGKITHO CHOIR.—A choir has been formed for competition at the coming Pontrhvdfendigajd Eis- teddiud. The trustees of the Jubilee Hall have undertaken to defray the expenses of the choir's trip to Hout, and Mr. Davies, London House (wiw success- fully led tne choir at Llanddewi Good Friday), and Mr. E\ an Morgan (Dolaeron), who won the Pr-' nLS male voice party at the same eisteddfod, have promised to present each member of the choir with a shilling entrance ticket. Such generosity is unparalleled in the history of the choir. Mr. Davies. Hafod, Nancwnlle, has kindly undertaken the training of a section in his district, where there are good and enthusiastic musicians. GEITIIO PARISH COUNCIL.-Tiiis council is now complete, having at its last meeting chosen the ex- councillor Mr. Thomas Thomas, Xantmelyn, to fill the vacant seat. Being in Ffynongeitlio, a messenger was sent to Mr. Thomas informing him of his elee tion, and inviting him to meet his brother coun- cillors. After considerable pressure lie was induced to accompany the messenger to the council chamber close by, where he had spent so many delightful evenings last year. Here he was evidently overcome by old recollections, and unable to muster enough courage to tear himself away from the scene of his former triumphs, he went boldly forward and signed the roll of membership.
ABERAYRON. SILOAM.—One of the County School pupils preached at Siloam Baptist Chapel on Sunday evenin". REV. COJIPTON DAVIES.—Last Saturday, "the Lord Bishop of Llandaff collated the Rev. W. Compton Davies, the son of our genial postmaster, to the vicarage'of Mynydd Islwyn, Monmouthshire. THE CLUB.—On Thursday, the 15th inst., the Cycling Club visited Llangeitho, starting at 2 p.m. from the Royal Feathers Hotel and returning on the same day. Next Saturday, weather permitting, Cardigan will be visited. The club is, on the whole nourishing. CYMANFA BWNC. — The congregational schools of the district,held their annual Gymanfa Bwnc at Peniel, Aberayron, on Thursday tlie 15th. inst, The first meeting commenced at 10 a. in., when Neuadd- lwyd school was catechized by the Rev. Evan Evans of Lampeter, and Mydroilyn school by the Rev J. T. Parry, Cilccnin. In the afternoon the Ravs J. M. Prydderch, Llanarth, and J. Evans, Capel-y-Wig catechized LIWYll Celyn and Aberayron respectively. The Rev. Mr. Evans also catechized the Peniel children in the Rhodd Mam. Each school rendered an anthem Neuaddlwydd, "O Father whose Almight y Power, "in Welsh: Mydroilyn, "Comrades Llwyn- celyn, "Enald cu and Aberayron "Hvnodyw duw yn Judah." from the Caniedydd cynulleidfaol. The two meetings were well attended, both the pynciau and the singing being of a high order. In the evening powerful and practical sermons were preached by the Revs J. E. Evans, and J. M. Prydderch. AN ANNUAL PICNIC.—The Girls' Friendly Societies of Lampeter and Aberayron met in this town on Wcdnesday the 14st. inst. The Aberayron brancla paraded the town according to arrangement, an accident on the road having prevented the Lampeter branch from joining at the specified time. Both branches werc L ultimately addressed at the Holy Trinity Church. I. lie Lampeter girls seemed to have enjoyed their outing. THE BRITISH SCHOOL.—From all we can glean the average attendance at our British Schools is above that of Wales taken as a whole, being somewhere if anything, above 80 per cent. Therefore we escape a lash that many a gentleman of note takes in his hand nowadays to scourge the Welsh people. But in the matter of staffing, we escape not. Here one finds children experimented upon by apprentices with a vengeance. We blame not the apprentices, they do their best no doubt, but we condemn the system. A School of 130 average has to put up with a headmaster, who is certainly certified and one ex- pupil teacher who takes the infants supplemented by a number of apprentices. We pity the master who has to work under such conditions. OUR GRANTS.—Occasionally we give a turn to the British School, and sure enough it is a spectacle almost as bad as the National. We pity the master and mistress, and above all the children, who in a few years will be expected to hold their own against such tremendous odds in the world. Before entering the school, one's eyes gaze upon a wall that continually threatens to topple over, which, we presume, is supposed to be an object. lesson to the children in statistics. Then, within, the benches and the desks seem as though catpenters. were non-existent; the walls and ceiling whitelimed —all of one colour to suggest, perhaps, the vast rich- ness of variety in nature then the walls almost bare. All, we presume, to develop the asthetic tastes of children. Yet, the managers expect the staff to work up the children to a pitch that will demand the highest grants, at least some of them do. Has it ever dawned upon them that Inspectors take surroundings and apparatus into consideration ? The more intelligent of them, we are sure, realize the situation. We are glad, however, that a few new desks have found their way thither at last. We sing with unction, God save the Queen," and, from our heart we say. "Long may she reign," but would it be inappropriate to sing "God save our children," educationally. DRAINAGE.—The system of drainage at Aberayron I is perfect. Did the Surveyor witness the state of the streets on Sunday nioriiinllr ? The Urban Couneil play hide and seek with the ratepayers. When water is asked for, then the en-erpopular idea of a slaughter house will impress itself on a Councillor's mind. All improvements will, for a period, be slaughtered on the alter of a slaughterhouse. Push in your claim for drainage, and suddenly there flashes the electric light. In despair, then ask for the slaughterhouse. No." says the Councillor, we must get water and drainage first of all." So are the ratepayers hood- winked. "Tune round." THE PROPOSED NEW PILLAR Box,—Some of the Urban Councillors appear to conjecture that they sit on the Conncil in their own interest. We gruge not, if a Councillor is vigilant as to his own interest as a ratepayer. In that case, the good of the one is the good of the others, but when one is voted in to the Council to plead for a pillar box near his own house etc., we say Hands off." 1 AN AGREEMENT.—Two elderly gentlemen on the Councill cannot very well draw together. In the estimation of one, the other lacks gantlemanliness— a grave defect; this other has an equally low estimate of the one's business capacities. But, mark, the two agree to a shilling rate, or according to the revised version, the two agree to deprive the town of all improvements. OUR LOGICIANS.—Example No. 1: Improvements will draw visitors (major premises), improvements mean high rates (minor premises), therefore, we go in for low rates (conclusion). Example No. 2: A shilling rate means paying interest to the bank, but I know what paying interest to the bank is, therefore I go in for a shilling rate. Example No. 3 Improve- ments mean high rates, high rates will endanger my seat, therefore I oppose improvements. We are not responsible for the reasoning, whether it is accurate or otherwise, according to the recognised canons of logic. We only record what wTe heard by the town clock. EARLY CLOSING.—The drapers generally observe the custom that has almost become a rule in town. Rival ironmongers too, ore unblemished in this re- spect, that is, their establisements are closed some- where in the neighbourhood of 8 p.m. The grocers may take the hint. There are greengrocers and grocers that are open.
TREGARON. CHORAL FESTIVAL.—On Wednesday, the 14th inst, Tregaron once more presented an animated appearance, from the number of traps and other vehicles bringing visitors to the annual Choral Festival held in St. Caron's Church. The order of proceedings was as follows:—10 a.m., rehearsal at the National School; 11-30, morning service, preacher, the Vicar of Trelech, Pembroke; 2-30 p.m., service, intoned by the Rev. Mr. Edmunds, of Trefylan, addresses on Music by Rev. Mr. Worth- ington, Llangeitho, and the Yicar of Trelech; 6 p.m., evening service, intoned by Rev. E. Jones, Llanddewibrefi, preacher, the Yicar of Trelech. All services were well attended, and an offertory was taken at the close of each. The churches represented were Tregaron, Llanddewibrefi, Garth- eli, Trefylan, Nantcwnlle, Llangeitho, and Blaen- pennal. The conductor was Mr. John Davies, Llangeitho. Improvements might be suggested in the organisation of this Festival, which, with care and patience may readily take a high place. The choirs as a rule showed lack of energy, but all things considered performed their part in a manner satisfactory to themselves and their auditors. SHEEP MARKET.—The fair on Tuesday was held in wet weather. The rain improved prices, a great number being sold at advanced prices. It would be a great benefit to the farmers of the district, and also the dealers, if a proper field could be obtained and a number of suitable pens set up. and also to establish a wool fair for the benefit of the mountain sheep farmers and far-eri of the neighbourhood.
TOWYN. VOLUNTEERS.—Captain Walker visited Towyn last week, and inspected the local company in the various evolutions of the drill. SALIi OF FunNITUIIE.-On Friday, at the Assembly, rooms, Towyn, Messrs. Daniel, Son and Meredith- auctioneers and valuers, held a most successful sale of furniture, the property of Rev. J. D. Evans. FOR ArLD LANG SYNE.—A movement is on foot to make a presentation to Mr. John Jones, the late post- master. Mr. Jones was in the service for over thirty years, and it is felt that such a long term of office deserves recognition. THE SEASON.—The season has opened splendidly at this rising watering-place. Visitors are coming in daily. The weather has been exceedingly favourable and the country just now is at its best. Apartments are taken up eagerly, and the Marine-parade is weU patronized, most of the houses being already quiw. full.