LLANBADARN FAWR. NEW CHURCHYARD.—The entrance gate to the new parish church yard is now almost completed and is a very creditable piece of work. MINISTERIAL.—The Rev. Griffith Parry preached at Utica a few Sundays ago. He will spend a few weeks in the States, and has commenced his journey in Pensylvania. PETTY SESSIONS, THURSDAY, June 29th.— Before J. G. W. Bonsall, in the chair; Captain Hughes Bonsall, Captain Nicholas Bray, Dr. Morgan, B. Ellis Morgan, and David Thomas, Esqrs. CHARGE OF ASSAULT. Mr. W. R. Jones, on behalf of Mr. W. P. Owen, solicitor, Aberystwyth, applied for the withdrawal of the case in which James Michael, Royal Oak, Goginan, was charged by Margaret Jones, miner's wife, with assault. It was stated that the case would be taken to the County Court, as a question of title was involved. The Bench consented to withdrawal on payment of costs. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. David Evans, Pontrhydybeddau, blacksmith, was charged by Superintendant Phillips with having been drunk and disorderly at Goginan on the 27th. —P.C. Evan Powell said defendant was turned out of the Miner's Arms about half-past nine in the evening, Defendant was very drunk.—Defen- dant did not appear, and, having been previously convicted, was fined P.2 and costs. DRUNKENNESS. David Matthew, Penllwyn, weaver, was charged by Superintendant Phillips with having been drunk at Penllwyn on June 12th.-Defendant appeared and admitted the offence.-Fined 5s. and costs. FURIOUS DRIVING. Lewis Thomas Davies, Poplar-row, Aberystwyth, bottler, was charged with having furiously driven a carriage drawn by one horse at Llanbadarn.— Fined kZ and costs. CHARGE OF STEALING: CASE DISMISSED. Evan Davies, Tymelin, Cwmrheidol, miner, was charged by Superintendent Phillips with having stolen a wooden plank of the value of 2s 2d from Caegynon Mine, Cwmrheidol, property of the Caegynon Mining Company, on May 20th.—Mr. A. J. Hughes, solicitor, appeared for defendant.— John Jones, Caegynon Farm, farmer, said he was caretaker of the mine and he had an inventory of all the articles and machinery in the mine. He missed a wooden plank from the mine on May 20th. Later on he found that the plank had been utilised in making a door to a shed belonging to defendant. The door was produced, and witness indentified the timber by nail marks and knots,—In cross-examina- tion, defendant said he knew the marks of every article in the mine.—Mr. Hughes (perusing the inventory which defendant had produced) said: There are landers outside. What are the marks on them ?—Witness: I cannot say now.—In continued cross-xamination, he said the plank had been lying attached to pieces of wood on the ground for fifteen months. Trams run over it and there was water underneath.—Mr. Hughes produced the plank and asked whether there were marks on the timber in- dicating that it had been on the ground for fifteen months. It was quite rough and there were no in- dications that persons had been walking over it for a few days let alone fifteen months.—Witness But the plank was not used for weeks at a time.- Replying to the Bench, defendant said he had lost things from the mine before.—In further reply to Mr. Hughes, witness said as far as he knew defen- dant was of good character, he had heard nothing against him. He never examined the door before going to the police. Immediately he saw the door he came to the conclusion that it was made of the stolen timber. He would have to suffer the loss if the person who had taken the timber was not dis- covered.—P,C. Thomas Davies said in company of P.C. Evan Powell he went to the mine and measured the place where the missing plank had lain. They next proceeded to Tymelyn and searched the premises and ultimately found the door attached to a shed. Witness said the nail marks on the wood correspond in distance with those on the plank. In cross-examination, witness said he had shown the marks to Jones who had not told wit- ness of marks on the plank.—Mr. "Hughes said this was more of a Sherlock Holmes case than anything else. There was really no evidence. Defendant had bought a lot of timber some years ago. It was therefore nothing strange to have nail marks on timber bought second hand, as the defendant had done. He pointed out that the timber consisting the door wore a fresh appearance compared with the pieces of wood on which the missing plank rested. The pieces of wood were worn out and soiled. Defendant then gave evidence as to having bought a lot of timber some years ago from Mr. Evan Williams. The timber consisting the door was a portion of that bought from Mr. Evan Williams. Mr. Williams purchased the timber from Gwaithcoch Mine. He had planks similiar to the one comprising the door at home at the .present time.—Supt. Phillips: Why did you not produce such planks ?—Defendant: I did not think it necessary.—David Powell. Ffrwd-ddu, farmer, said he built the shed to which the door was at- tached to defendant. The timber comprising the shed was bought from Mr. Evan Williams who' had purchased it from Gwaithcoch. The timber in the door (produced) was similar to the timber comprising the shed.—Mr. Hughes said the charge was based on certain nail marks. He asked them not only to dismiss the case, but to say there was not a stain on defendant's character.—The Bench deliberated for about a minute and dismissed the case, the Chairman saying that the defendant left the Court without a stain on his character.
ABERYSTWYTH TOWN COUNCIL. At the fortnightly meeting of the above Council held at the Town Hall on Tuesday, the mayor (Mr. D. C. Roberts) presided, and there were present:—Alder- man Doughton, Councillors Croydon Marks, J. P. Thomas, Isaac Hopkins, T. E. Salmon, R. J. Jones, C. M. Williams, E. H. Wynne, with the Town Clerk (Mr. Arthur J. Hughes), and the Borough Surveyor, (Mr. Rees Jones). OYSTERS ON THE PROMENADE. The Town Clerk stated that the man who, last year, was charged with selling oysters on the parade, desired the Council to reconsider their decision and allow him to vend oysters on the parade or on the beach. He told the man that he did not think theCoun- cil would entertain the application. The Mayor: If he makes an application we can refer it to the Public Works Committee. Councillor Marks: That is not necessary as we have already decided not to allow him to sell. Councillor Thomas urged that they ought to con- sider the interests of the public to whom it might be a convenience to have oysters sold on the parade. The Town Clerk mentioned that the Council, last year, were influenced because there was a serious doubt as to whether the oysters were fit for consumption. Alderman Doughton said the best way to study the interests of the public was not to allow it, and he moved that the Council adhere to their former de- cision. Councillor Wynne seconded. Carried. NAME PLATES WANTED. The Town Clerk read a letter from Mr. Edward Edwards, Caradog-road, calling attention to the in- convenience caused by the name of that road not having been put up, and asking that the matter should be attended to. Councillor Jones moved that the letter be referred to the Public Works Committee. Councillor Williams pointed out that until the road was handed over to the Corporation it was not their duty to put up name plates. There were two or three other roads as to which similar complaints were being made, but they had not been handed over. The Town Clerk was directed to reply accordingly. A TIMELY LETTER. The following letter was read from the hon. sees. of the Aberystwyth Footpath Society (Mr. Daniel Thomas and Mr. J. Barclay Jenkins):—We beg to call the attention of your Council to the unsatisfactory state of some of the paths within the borough, and to call your special attention to the path leading to Brynmawr and Cwm Woods, which we consider most dangerous, and calls for immediate attention. The Pendinas path improvements have not been completed. Seats were arranged for to be placed on convenient spots, but hitherto the much-needed improvement has not been carried out. In view of the season which is now running it would confer a boon on the walking public to have these seats placed without further delay. We would also call your attention to the footpath out- side the borough viz. the one leading from Brynllwyd to Clarach. The path has been blocked by the Aber- ystwyth Improvement Company, who have erected high wires across a portion of it. The Society has communicated with Mr. Croydon Marks, calling his attention to the same, but as yet no reply has been received to our communication. We wish the Council to take steps to have the both re-opened to the public. Councillor Thomas moved and Councillor Hopkins seconded that the letter be referred to the Public Works Committee. Councillor Wiliams remarked that he was under the impression that the whole of the work of placing seats had been completed long ago, until he saw one the secretaries of the Society. They decided to place them twelve months ago, upon the Town Clerk hear- ing from the owners. The Borough Surveyor said the stiles were put in order at the time. Councillor Marks When this land was purchased from the present owner we were protected with regard to that particular path—or alleged path. Councillor Williams: But the public did'nt lose their right. I have been over it scores of times during the past 20 years. I don't think anybody blames the Improvement Committee, Mr. Marks. Councillor Marks: No. Councillor Williams At the same time we ought to do all we can to protect public rights. The letter was referred to the Public Works Com- mittee. THE MAIL DELIVERY OF LETTERS. The Town Clerk read the following letter, dated June 28th, from Mr. C. S. Denniss, manager of the Cambrian Railway:—"Dear Sir,—Referring to your letter of April 22nd, I have pleasure in informing you that arrangements have now been made with the Post Office authorities for the morning mail to arrive at Aberystwyth at 6.40 instead of 6.55 a.m., as at present, and for the evening mail to leave your town at 6.25 p.m. instead of 6, commencing on July 1st. But for the difficulties in the train service between London and Welshpool there would have been an earlier arrival of the morning mail and we propose continuing the negotiations in the hope that a further improvement may very shortly take place, and you may be sure that this point will be followed up energetically." Alderman Doughton said it was an easy thing to give the times; the thing was to have the trains punctual—6.40 often meant eight o'clock. Councillor Williams suggested that the Town Clerk should reply urging that the mail should arrive at the time stated. It was no use having 6.40 on the time table, when the mail arrived sometimes as late as 7.30'and 7.45. Serious complaints were made by visitors every summer owing to the late delivery of letters. The company had made slight improvements in the stated time, but the question was whether they were going to arrive punctually. They had a young man who recorded the arrival of the trains; he should also take the arrival of the mail. At the same time there was the question of postal facilities to consider. If they wanted additional postmen they should write to the postal authorities at once. Councillor Salmon said the letters should be sorted before hand. That would save a good deal of time. Councillor Jones said this suggestion had been made more than once from the Council, but there was some difficulty in the way. It was rather premature to make any remarks on Mr. Denniss'letter let them give him an opportunity to see whether there would be improvements. The Mayor There would be no harm if we kept a record of the times of the arrival of the trains. Last year it was no credit to any company. We have only the interests of the town at heart, and we may call Mr. Denniss' attention to this grievance. Councillor Williams moved that the Town Clerk be instructed to write to the postal authorities stating that now there had been an improvement in the time of the mail, they should make an effort to bring aboutan earlier delivery of letters by increasing the number of postmen, or by some other arrangements. Councillor Thomas said they had allowed two separate things to drift into the discussion. He thought they should ask the postal authorities: to put on extra postmen, but with regard to the late arrival of trains, there was so much work to be done in the busy season" that the railway people ex- perienced great difficulty in keeping the trains punctual. It was a most desirable thing if it could be done, as visitors were continually complaining. Alderman Doughton said that the postal authorities could not do more than they did at present. If the trains arrived punctually, the letters would be de- livered in ample time before any trains left in the morning. In the end the Town Clerk was instructed to write to the Postal Authorities as suggested. OVERCROWDING OF PLEASURE BOATS. Councillor Thomas drew attention to the question of the overcrowding of pleasure boats. Now was the time, he said, when they should consider the question whether the pleasure boats let out on hire on the beach were not at times overcrowded. Last week his attention had been several times drawn to the fact that some of the boats were overcrowded, and the disaster at Pwllheli ought to be sufficient to warn them to take measures for the safety of the public. He thought there should be stricter inspection. He did not know whether there was an Inspector. Councillor Jones Yes, there is an Inspector. Councillor Thomas Then why don't you make it known- Councillor Jones It is his duty to see that there is no overcrowding. Can the overcrowding be proved ? Councillor Wynne said he would call the attention of the Inspector to the complaint, although he (Mr. Wynne) had not heard any complaints. The In- spector had had strict orders with regard to over- crowding, and all the boats had a number on them. Alderman Doughton said that every precaution had been taken by the Council with regard to the boating. It was impossible for anybody to do more than what they had done. The boats were properly inspected. The Inspector was appointed by the Council. He was a stranger, and did not belong to the town, and inspected every boat, large and small, in the harbour and on the beach. He condemned irregularities and made suggestions, and the Harbour Master, as a Corporation official, saw that they were .carried out. Then he gave the boatman a certificate, which he had to take to the Chief Constable before he got his licence. The number of people each boat .could carry was marked on the outside. The boats that used to carry 11 had been reduced to five, and those that used to carry seven to three. He repeated that the Council could not do more than what they had done. Councillor Thomas said that he was much obliged to Captain Doughton for his explanation. What he said was doubtless perfectly true, but his point was that it must have been without the knowledge of the Inspector that many boats were overcrowded, as they were last week, and on occasions when there were excursions. He was not going to blame the Inspector. He could not always be on the beach, and could not notice every boat that went out. He had other duties to perform; and it was during the time that he was not on the beach that the overcrowding took place, which might result some day in a fearful disaster. The Mayor remarked that he was sure they all felt the importance of the matter mentioned by Mr. Thomas, and he was equally sure the Council would do all it possibly could to prevent such a disaster as occurred at Pwllheli. As Captain Doughton had stated, however, the Council had taken every step possible in the matter. Mr. Thomas might inform the Inspector of the cases of overcrowding that had come under his notice, so that he might take proceedings. Perhaps it would be desirable that they as a Council should draw the attention of the Inspector and the boatmen to the importance of exercising the greatest care. Councillor Thomas I think that will be sufficient for the time being. The Mayor If what you say is correct it is a very serious matter. Councillor Thomas; It is ~uite correct. Alderman Doughton Can you point out a particlar case ? Councillor Thomas I don't think it would be wise to do so now. The Mayor's suggestion will meet the case. Councillor Wynne said that it would be better if these complaints were made to the Committee, so that they might investigate them at once. A case was reported to him the other day. A lady and gentleman went out in a boat, and were nearly swamped on the rocks. He made inquiries of the Inspector, and it turned out that it was a private boat lent to the gentleman, and not a hired boat. Alderman Doughton: You are not allowed to lend your boat to private people, unless there is a certifi- cated boatman in charge of it. Councillor Williams pointed out that the police had had nothing to do with the licenses for some years. The whole thing was in the hands of the Inspector and the Corporation officials. It was decided to write to the Inspector and the boatmen as suggested by the Mayor. PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE. This committee reported as follows :—An applica- tion was received from the Aberystwyth Rural District Council for permission to connect the water supply to private houses at Llanbadarn Fawr. Your committee recommend that no connection be allowed except those included in their scheme, which was sanctioned by the Council and approved of by the Local Government Board, and the Borough Surveyor was instructed to cut off any private supply made forthwith.—Mr. D. J. Lewis waited on your com- mittee respecting the drainage of his house in Great Darkgate-street. The Borough Surveyor was in- structed to report on the matter. Alderman Doughton moved the adoption of the report. The Surveyor said that he had carried out the com- mittee's instructions with regard to the water supply. Councillor Thomas thought the importance of the case demanded a fuller consideration than the com- mittee gave to it. The supply, as they knew, had been leased to the people for 21 years, and he con- sidered that the application made on their behalf by the Clerk to the Aberystwyth Rural District Conncil, was strictly in accordance with the terms of the lease. There might not have been given them a direct per- mission to connect with the main, but there was an implied understanding to that effect, so that it was not a case of defying the Council. He suggested that the matter should be referred back to the committee for further consideration. Councillor Salmon For what purpose ? Councillor Thomas The important purpose of sup- plying Llanbadarn with water. Alderman Doughton What they require now is outside the scheme. You must have another inquiry before you can do this. Councillor Jones said the committee must have fully considered the matter, or they would not have presented the report they had. They had no power to give further concessions if they had, the matter should be reconsidered by the committee. The Mayor pointed out that it was perfectly open for the people of Llanbadarn to make application in another form, but under the present arrangements the recommendation of the Committee was the only proper one. Councillor Thomas said that at present those people who used a little water had to pay for those who used a large quantity. The matter ought not to be delayed. It was the intention of the Llanbadarn people to put meters, so that these large consumers should be made to pay. It was a shame that poor people should pay for large consumers. Councillor Hopkins: We had the opinion of the Town Clerk that we could not go further than we did. Alderman Doughton And the very point that Mr. Thomas has raised was discussed. It is useless to discuss it further. The Mayor we should have to make new arrange- ments with them. The Town Clerk, asked his opinion, said the application was outside the terms upon which the original grant of water supply was made; and the Committee decided that, until that was set aside, they could not consider the matter. Councillor Thomas,, thereupon, withdrew his motion, and the discussion dropped. HARBOUR COMMITTEE. The Committee reported:—(a) Explosive Acts: Your Committee on the report of the Harbour Master, and of the Town Clerk being satisfied that a breach of the bye-laws under the Explosives Acts, 1875, was committed by the master of the s.s. "Marmion," belonging to Noble's Explosives Co., Limited, in reference to the circumstances attending the landing of certain explosives in the Aberystwyth Harbour on the 26th May last, recommend that the Company be written to by the Town Clerk, calling their attention to this breach, and requiring them to explain why the bye-laws were disregarded, and in the absence of a satisfactory explanation and undertaking by the Company that the offence shall not be repeated, the Council to decide what steps should be taken to prevent a recurrence of the acts complained of.-An application was received from the Western Sea Fishery Board asking permission to place notices at different places under the Harbour Authority pro- hibiting the catching of shell fish under regulation size. Your Committee recommend that the applica- tion be granted. The report was adopted. FINAXCE COMMITTEE. The Finance Committee's report was as follows :— (b.) To orderthe payment of half-year's annuities on the sum of R,15,594 18s. 4d., amounting to L188 8s. 9d. less income tax. (c.) A letter was read from the general manager of the M. and M. Railway Company making application for a lease of premises adjoining their railway, now used by Messrs. James and Co., as bottling stores. Your committee recommend the granting of a lease for a term of 14 years from 12th May last, terminable at the end of the seventh year by six months' notice on either side, at a yearly rent of ZzO for the first two years of the term and an annual rent of L25 for the remainder of the term, with permission to the company to make the altera- tions and additions to the buildings shown on the plan submitted, to be approved of by the Borough Surveyor, the company undertaking, at the expiration of the term, to restore if required the premises to their original condition to the satisfaction of the Borough Surveyor, (d.) Preparation of leases and agreements. Your committee have for some time past had under consideration the question of reducing the charges to lessees in respect of corporation leases and agreements for leases, and the Town Clerk has been seen upon the matter with the result that be has stated he is prepared to perform the whole of the professional work involved in the preparation and completion of agreements for leases, and of the leases and counterparts, for an inclusive fee of two guineas, provided the Council return to the practice which was in force whilst a solicitor was appointed by the corporation, and follow the course which your committee believe is that which is adopted by all other Municipal Corporations and owners of large estates situate locally or elsewhere, viz., of roquiring such documents to be prepared by the lessors' solicitors. Inasmuch as lessees would secure a very substantial reduction by this arrange- ment which your committee have been enabled to make with the Town Clerk, your committee recom- mend that in future the Town Clerk, as lessors' solicitor, shall prepare all agreements for leases and leases and counterparts for an inclusive fee of two guineas, which fee your committee consider a very reasonable one having regard to the work and respon- sibility involved. Lessees will, of course, as hitherto reasonable one having regard to the work and respon- sibility involved. Lessees will, of course, as hitherto be required to pay the out of pocket expenses for stamp duty, &c., in addition to the fee of two guineas, and that all previous resolutions be rescinded. stamp duty, &c., in addition to the fee of two guineas, and that all previous resolutions be rescinded. Councillor Williams moved that paragraph "c" be referred back to the Committee, and the Manager of the M. & M. Railway Co. wished to place some new facts before them.—Carried. Councillor Williams proceeded to deal with" d," pointing out that the practice now recommended obtained in the case of other Corporations and large estates, and it was only reasonable that it should be the same at Aberystwyth. He thought the Committee might congratulate the lessees of the town upon this special charge, as all parties would benefit directly from the reduced fee. Councillor Thomas remarked that though he con- sidered the plan a good one, they ought not to bind lessees in this way, and that they ought to have a free hand to go to another solicitor if they chose. Two heads were better than one. Councillor Marks said the thing was to get the work into the hands of a professional man who was used to it, and who, therefore, was most likely to do it properly. The Committee's recommendation was adopted. TOWN CLERK'S SALARY. The following report of the Special Committee appointed to draw up a list of the duties of the Town Clerk, and the revision of his salary, was presented A meeting of the Sub-Finance Committee ap- pointed to draw up a list of the duties of the Town Clerk and the revision of his salary met at the Cor- poration Offices on June 24th, 1899. Present: Mr. D. C. Roberts (Mayor); Councillors R. J. Jones and C. M. Williams (chairman). Your Committee, after very careful consideration, recommend that the following be the duties of the Town Clerk, the same, when approved of by the Council, to be entered on the minutes :-(1) That the Town Clerk shall attend all meetings of the Council, keep minutes of the pro- ceedings, and record therein the names of those present; read over the minutes of the last meeting and submit the same to the Mayor or Chairman, as the case may be, for signature, and read all corres- pondence received by him since the previous meeting. (2) He shall prepare and deliver, or cause to be de- livered, all summonses of the meetings of the Council, and shall include in all such summonses a statement of all business to be transacted thereat, so far as the same may be known; also to include therein, or annex thereto, a copy of every report of committees intended to be laid before the Council. (3) He shall peruse and conduct all correspondence of the Council according to their directions, and preserve the same, as well as all letters, orders, or minute books, papers and documents belonging to the Council, and keep copies of all letters sent by him. (4) He shall com- municate to the several officers and persons em- ployed by the Council all orders and directions of the Council, and report to the Council any neglect or failure therein which comes to his knowledge. (5) He shall communicate to all applicants for leases and renewal of leases, immediately after the Council meeting, the terms upon which the Council have agreed to grant such leases or renewal of leases. (6) He shall give all necessary notices of and attend all elections of councillors, auditors, &c., and advise the presiding and returning officers at such elections. (7) He shall give all necessary notices of the annual revision of the List of Burgesses, and to make out any other list that may be required by law. (8) He shall prepare all notices to be given by the Council, and see that the same are duly served or delivered (save such as are required to be prepared or served by any other officer). (9) He shall cause to be pub- lished all necessary notices and advertisements re- lating to the business of the Council, and shall pre- pare and transmit all reports or returns (parliamentary or otherwise) as to any question or matter connected with, or relating to, the administration of any Act or Acts of Parliament affecting the Council as a Munici- pal Corporation, Urban District Council, and Burial Board. (10) He shall give notice and attend all public and other meetings within the Borough con- vened by the Mayor, in his official capacity, in pur- suance of a requisition or otherwise. He shall also attend any local inquiry held by the Local Govern- ment Board, or by any other Government Department. (11) He shall attend all meetings of the Finance Committee and Public Works Committee, and also to attend other Committees when requested to do so by the Chairman of such Committee. (12) He shall advise the Council and Committees on all matters coming officially before them and shall perform all duties from time to time cast upon him by statute. (13) He shall prepare all deeds, bonds, covenants, and agreements entered into by, with or on behalf of the Council, and shall conduct all prosecutions at Petty or Special Sessions. (14) He shall perform all legal work required bv the Council, and no charge for the'same shall be made, except conveyancing business, parliamentary work or obtaining provisional orders, prosecutions at assizes or quarter or general sessions. (15) He shall perform all duties whatsoever apper- taining to the office of the Town Clerk, Clerk to the Urban District Council and Barial Board, and shall observe and execute all orders and directions of the Council applicable to such offices. Your Committee having revised and defined the duties of the Town Clerk, subject to the approval of the Council, have very carefully considered the question of the re- adjustment of his salary. Mr. A. J. Hughes has held the office for nearly nineteen years, and although his duties have enormously increased for many years past his salary has remained at the original amount. Euquiries having been made as to the salaries paid to town clerks in numerous other boroughs, your Committee find that the salary paid to Mr. Hughes is greatly below the average paid by those boroughs. In arriving at a decision, your Committee having re- gard to the duties connected with the Burial Board hitherto performed by Mr. Hughes as Clerk to that Board, have been transferred to the Borough Account- ant's department, and that the separate salary of iE20 per annum payable to Mr. Hughes has ceased to be paid since September last, and they would also refer the Council to the duties of the Town Clerk as defined in the report of the Committee, and it will be seen that considerable work hitherto done by the Town Clerk for which he has been paid in additon to his salary will (subject to the exceptions in Clause 14) in future be done by the Town Clerk and will be in- cluded in his duties, and the extra payments made in the past will not in future have to be made. Your Committee unanimously recommend that having regard to the considerable changes and additions made in the duties which the Town Clerk will in future have to perform, his salary be fixed at L180 per annum as and from the 1st of January, 1899. Councillor Williams, in moving the adoption of the Committee's recommendation, remarked that they went very carefully into the whole question, and he believed they had included everything imaginable in the list of duties. It was also a duty imposed on the Committee of considering the question of rising the salary. The Town Clerk, as such, only received a salary of L100, the duties he performed outside that office being paid for separately. They had ascertained the salaries paid in 53 Boroughs, and found that the average salary paid was exactly the same as the Committee now recommended to the Council, viz. £ 180. That must be veiy satisfactory to the Council. Mr Hughes received £ 20 for acting as Clerk to the Burial Board. That had been discontinued, and the Town Clerk, though entitled to compenation, made no claim of any kind. The grounds upon which they had arrived at the figure (£180) were fully set forth. It did not amount so much to an increase of salary or to a readjustment, although there was a sl;ght in- crease on the total salary he had been receiving, it must be very satisfactory both to the Council and the Town Clerk to find that the salary in future would cover all the duties-that there would be no extra payments of any kind. The Town Clerk would only benefit to a very slight extent by the new arrange- ment. Councillor Jones seconded the adoption of the report. Councillor Hopkins said that he thought the Com- mittee had been appointed for the purpose of in- creasing the Town Clerk's salary. (Councillor Marks: Hear, hear). But he gathered from Mr. Williams' speech that there was no increase at all. Councillor Williams There is an increase, but not a very big one. Councillor Hopkins Don't you think if you were appointed to increase the salary, you should make it something respectable-gentlemanly like—(laugh- ter)—and not a few pounds ? Can't you propose a round number-say L200 ? For my part I like to pay every man honourably for his work-the little I do pay. If I thought I could get a seconder I'd propose an amendment that the salary be L20"r that it be L220 (a laugh and hear, hear). Councillor Marks I second that. As a professional mat., if you want a professional man to do his work properly you must let him feel that the time he is devoting to you he is not being robbed of more lucrative work. You expect a professional man to carry out all these duties you set forth.—I don't remember seeing such a long list prepared by local laymen for a legal man-for Z3 10s Od a week, such a salary as you would pay a skilled clerk I second Mr. Hopkins motion that it be 200 guineas. Alderman Doughton After Mr Williams' explana- tion I was first going to get up,and propose 200 guineas, but Mr. Hopkins was quicker than I (laughter). I support the amendment. The differ- ence between L180 and what the Town Clerk had before is only about 415. That's the only addition Councillor Williams replied that the committee had considered the matter very fully. They were equally as anxious to pay the Town Clerk honourably as the mover and seconder of the amendment, but they went thoroughly into all the facts, and considered that E180 would be a very fair salary, having regard to all the work, and especially to the fact that they had returns from 53 boroughs, showing an average salary of £ 180, In some of these boroughs the Town Clerk performed all the legal work and the committee were very careful in arriving at the figure recommended which they considered adequate, and they also desired to propose a salary that would be unanimously agreed to by the Council, and accptable to the ratepayers. The ratepayers were very keen in reference to vary great increases in salaries. They went into matters very carefully and fully. No one was more anxious to see Mr. Hughes well paid than he (Mr. Williams), and if a little later on they found that further duties were added to his work, he had no doubt, but what the committee would be glad to consider the question of a further increase. He added that he had had a con- versation with Mr. Hughes himself and must adhere to the report. The Town Clerk remarked that he felt the delicacy of his position. He was extremely grateful to the gentlemen who proposed the amendment, but he should very much prefer-unless it were the un- animous opinion of the Council-to accept the recommendation of the Finance Committee, who, he knew, had gone into the matter most thoroughly and carefully, and devoted a great deal of time and pains in arriving at what they considered to be a proper figure. They were better able to judge, no doubt, than he was, and he would ask that the amendment might not be put under the circumstances. Councillor Marks: If the Chairman of the Com- mittee says that he can't accept our amendment I won't demand a division. I am looking at the matter as a professional man. I am quite sure Mr. Hughes every time he devotes his attention to the work of this Council is really losing money. For 19 years he has been doing this work, and now you propose an increase of £ 15. I should not think of offering one of my clerks such a slight increase even after three ye irs service. Councillor Williams: I don't know that the increase amounts to exactly Z15. The Mayor said that he was one of the Committee who went very carefully into the matter. Everyone of them was very anxious and ready to acknowledge Mr. Hughes' services and the way he had performed his duties since he had been Town Clerk. As Mayor, this year and previously, he had reason to acknow- ledge his great kindness and great assistance to the Council. The Town Clerk might feel sure, therefore, that the Committee was anxious to acknowledge his services in the way of salary to the full extent, and they felt that a salary of L180 was a reasonable sum at the present time, and he trusted the Council would accept the recommendation of the Committee. Of course, at any future time they might reconsider it It would be better now to have a unanimous vote than go to a division on a matter of this kind. Councillor Jones said that seeing the feeling of the majority of the Council, ^perhaps later on the salary might be reconsidered. The Committee had decided on the salary of 9180 after careful discussion, the principal consideration that influenced them being that it would be received with unanimity by the ratepayers generally, whereas, if the increase was greater, it might not be favourably received by them, and seeing that the Town Clerk was prepared to accept the L180-and he knew the whole of the circumstances-he thought it would be only proper that the amendment should be withdrawn. There were many things to be considered-such as the services rendered by Mr Hughes outside the office- and the Committee had considered them. They had an ideal Town Clerk in every way; he was very competent to carry out his duties, and always willing to render any assistance. He (Mr. Jones) felt that they were not giving him a very great increase, but as he was prepared to accept it, in a very generous manner, perhaps a little later on the Council might consider the question of another advance. Alderman Doughton said that he did not believe Z180 was equivalent to what the Town Clerk received before. He (Mr. Doughton) was in a very delicate position now, after Mr. Hughes had made an appeal to them. If Mr. Hughes had been silent he should have been glad (laughter), but now it could not be unanimous. He would not, however, withdraw what he had said. He would stick to the 200 guineas. The Mayor: I only want Mr. fHopkins withdrawal. Alderman Doughton It can't be a unanimous vote. Councillor Hopkins I am not willing to withdraw my amendment and the seconder can't without get- ting my permission. Councillor Marks I really think Mr. Hopkins will consult the interests he has at heart best by with- drawing it. I withdraw as seconder. The Mayor: Does any one else second it ? Alderman Doughton: I will. Councillor Salmon said that it was the feeling of the committee that the salary should be increased. The increase amounted to about £15. Seeing that the majority were not satisfied with the recommendation it would be only fair that the matter should be referred back to the committee for the purpose of considering a further increase in accordance with the wishes of members, in order that they might have a unanimous vgte. Two hundred guineas would be a small salary, having regard to the duties the Town Clerk had to perform, and the way he had carried them out for 19 years, during which time he had not had one halfpenny increase. The work was twice or three times more than it used to be. The Town Clerk made another appeal to Mr. Hopkins to withdraw his amendment. He was exceed- ingly grateful at the time. Mr. Hopkins, however, refused to withdraw, and the mayor put the amendment, for which only the proposer and seconder (Councillor Hopkins ond Alder- man Doughton) voted. Councillor Hopkins I second Mr. Salmon's amend- ment now. Councillor Marks: I think this is:most deplorable, the way you are going on now. SZS The Mayor then put the Committee's recommenda- tion. which was carried nem. con.: '=='W FIRE BRIGADE. MJZ The Fire Brigade Committee recommended that the Chief Constable be asked to accept the captaincy and undertake the formation of a new Brigade. The Committee also recommend the payment of a sum of £1 8s. for the services of the men at the Mill Street Are. Councillor Salmon said that the Committee were unanimously of the opinion that the most suitable person to undertake the duties of forming a Brigade was the Chief Constable, and a more capable man could not be found. They all knew his qualifications and ability. He moved, therefore, that the first recommendation of the Committee be adopted. Councillor Jones seconded.—Carried unanimously. Gouncillor Williams said that he had been told that three or four members of the old Brigade rendered very good service at the fire, and they felt grieved because no payment was proposed to them. It would be a gracious thing on the part of the Committee to recommend a small payment to them. The rules allowed payment to any outsider. Councillor Salmon said that the report of the meeting of the Committee in the newspapers would show the reason why payment was not recommended to them. There were 50 or 60 volunteers who assisted, and it was impossible to pick out those who should be paid. The Snrveyor told them they could not do justice by naming a few and leaving out others, and the Cem- mittee passed a vote of thanks to them. Councillor Williams: As a vote of thanks was passed to these men they should be paid the same as the others. I move that the four members of the late Brigade who rendered assistance be paid. The Surveyor: The names submitted to me whom I didn't see on the spot at all. I noticed some members of the Old Brigade hard at work. Councillor Jones It is not usual for Mr. Williams to move amendments to a committee's proposals. He is himself very anxious that his own proposals should be carried without amendments. I am sur- prised that he should move this amendment, knowing that the facts were against him. We found there was a difficulty in giving these men payments because they were so numerous. The whole of the public helped. I was glad to find that some members of the Old Brigade rendered service. Alderman Doughton, alluding to Mr. Salmon's remark as to the report of the committee meeting in the local papers, said that they could not rely on them. Why, for instance, was the vote of censure passed by the council on the proprietor of the "Cambrian News not reported ? The Mayor Order, order; we can't go into that. Alderman Doughton I say we can't rely on the reports in the local papers. Perhaps, Mr. Mayor, you do not like it, but I am right. The Mayor Order, please. Alderman Williams The three members of the Old Brigade who assisted say there is a prejudice against them, and that these payments are wilfully kept back. ("No, no "). i take it they are entitled to payment if they rendered good service. The Mayor suggested that the committee should re-consider the matter. Councillor Salmon: Excellent service was also rendered by the cleaners of the t. and M. Railway. I say nothing against the Old Brigade. We know what they did, but there are others entitled to pay- ment. It was very unfair to move an amendment in favour of these four men, who had been told off for this special duty in case of emergency. I agree in referring it back. Councillor Thomas seconded that the matter be referred back to the committee.—Carried Councillor Jones, pursuant to notice, moved "That a committee of the whole Council be held at the earliest possible date at the Harbour to consider and report upon what steps should be taken with a view to the extension of the main sewer." Mr. Jones said that he did not wish to make any comments, as he did not desire to excite a discussion, since the Council would have ample opportunities to discuss it again. Councillor Hopkins I second this with pleasure. I was the proposer in 1892, and you (Mr. Jones) the seconder (laughter), and I should like to know what steps have been taken in the meantime-from 1892 to 1899. The Council have been sleeping above the head of the sewer, and haven't done anything (laughter). Councillor Jones You'll make them sleep again if you discuss the question (laughter). Councillor Hopkins It is time for the Council to take it in hand. Councillor Williams: After all the delay Mr. Hop- kins is looking exceedingly well (laughter). Alderman Doughton said this matter was brought before the Public Works Committee in 1893 and gone into carefully. Three schemes were brought forward, if he remembered a right, and carefully studied, and the Committee instructed the Surveyor to prepare a plan of the contemplated extension of the sewer, and also an estimate of the cost to see which of the three schemes would be best. Had those instructions been carried out ? If they had been there was no need for the resolution at present in this form. The Sur- veyor's report should be produced before the Council and discussed. The Surveyor The Committee gave me instruc- tions to do certain work which was carried out. Alderman Doughton The certain work was the extension of the main sewer to its proper form. The outlet used to be above the bridge. The Surveyor No, no, that was done 12 years ago. Alderman Doughton: You remember the heavy gale when the whole of that sewer was smashed up. We then decided to consider these three schemes, and the Surveyor was instructed to give an estimate of the cost. The Mayor: That is a matter that will be con- sidered by the Committee. Councillor Jones' motion was then put and carried. It was resolved that the Committee meet on Satur- day afternoon. Councillor Hopkins remarked that if the Council did not take the matter in hand now, he would write to the proper authorities (laughter). CAMBRIAN STREET. Councillor Salmon called attention to the dilapidated state of the footjpaths in Cambrain- street, and the Surveyor was instructed to see to the matter.
LLANON. To ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.—A correspond- ent writes: This is an age of travelling, and last week it fell to my lot to visit this pleasantly situted village with a Sunday School Trip. During my few hours' stay at the place I was struck by three things peculiar to the place, viz., the hap- hazard way the houses have been built, a novelty in connection with a Reading Room, and the water supply of the little village by the Church. The Reading Room Committee have, I presume, struck upon a novel idea of procuring an iron table the other side of the road from the Reading Room. This iron table, safe from the impressions of the carver's knife is supplied with daily papers so that he who runs may read," I presume. This is a novelty indeed, which may well be copied before it be patented. As I went down to see the very ancient Church Tower, I saw the people of the village close by fetching water for domestic use. The well is a small hole in the bed of the river or brook running by. Looking round one can see that there is no danger of the well getting dry, and that the water of the said well must be extra nourishing; for a few dozen yards above is the village graveyard with its drains riverwards. I could also see that the farm refuse (and things perhaps more noxious), is washed down past the well from the village and valley above. Would not the District Council undertake to give the people of Llanon a treat by letting them see through a microscope the denizens of that well whose kind they daily send down the narrow way on the way to their stomachs. Is this the condition of sanitation in the 19th century? I remember hearing a Member of Parliament for our County some years ago relating his experience when young, how the brown loaf swarmed with maggots, and how the poor people then had the choice of bread and meat in a convenient form," but I think the water supplied to this village must even beat that precious brown loaf. The Sanitary Authorities must be.a generous body of men. Is there no remedy ?
TREGARON. THE HARVEST.—The farmers in this district are busy at the hay harvest. They express satis- faction at the crop which is exceptionally good. SHEEP SHEARING.—This annual mountain work has commenced this week. Many youngsters of both sexes have gone up as usual to enjoy them- selves, and we hope that fine weather will prevail so as to get this important mountain business to a satisfactory end. MONTHLY MARKET.- The monthly market was held on Tuesday. The field was fairly full of cattle of all descriptions. Cows with calves fetched good prices on the whole, especially those of a superior quality. Yearling and other cattle not so brisk as last fair. Sixteen cattle trucks were sent away to various directions. INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL.—The ordinary meeting of the school was held on Thursday. There were present Mr. Thomas (presiding chairman), Mrs. Lloyd, Mrs. Evans, and Mr. Rees Jones. A letter from the Chairman (Mr. William Jones) was read expressing regret at his inability to attend owing to indisposition. Cheques amounting to Z348 were drawn in payment of salaries and various accounts AN INNOVATION.—Our townsfolk were startled in the early morning one day last week at the shrill cries of one of our neighbours in the streets. Conjectures were rife in every quarter and rumours gained currency that something unusual and un- expected had happened, and so forsooth there had. On the inhabitants rushing to the windows to enquire into the why and wherefore, they found to their unbounded astonishment that the voiee that cried through the startled air emerged from the lusty lungs of a worthy son of the milkpail, who had with keen business instinct determined to ply his trade in a manner to which the peaceful citizens of Tregaron were unaccustomed. CHORAL FIESTIVAL.-Wednesday, the 28th insta, was distinguished at Tregaron by one of the most successful musical meetings held for some years past. Circumstances were decidedly unfavourable the weather was wet and there was some thunder about. Those who attended the gathering met together at Bwlch Gwynt-a somewhat unsuitable name for a Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, but one which has become endeared by old associations. There a rehearsal took place at 10 a.m., followed by a full meeting an hour later. The chairman of the morning assembly assembly was the Rev. D. A. Jones (Llangeitho) who gave a short and stirring address on music, with special reference to the functions and privileges of choirs. The following hymns were rendered:—"Llawenhawn yn yr Iesu," Cartref dedwydd fry," Ymdeithgan ddirwestol," "Wele fi yn dyfod." Considerable, taste was shown in the selection of tunes. The afternoon meeting was convened at 2 p.m., Mr. David Jones (Llwyn Gog) in the chair). Among the items were: Disgleiria foreu wawr" (to the tune Tyndal "), "0 Salem I fy anwyl gartrefie" (Eirinwg), Sanctaidd, Sanctaidd, Sanctaidd, Dduw Hollalluog," sung to the only music which can be appropriately wedded to its noble words, we mean, of course, Nicaea," Mor ddedwydd yw y rhai, trwy ffydd" (Abergele), "Gwyn a gwridog yw fy Arglwydd (Regent Square), Aed swn efengyl bur ar led" (Aeron), Llawn o ofid, llawn o wae" (Atonement), Pe buasai fil o fydoedd" (Abertawe). The examiner in tonic sol-fa expressed his gratification that Tregaron had presented so many candidates capable of holding their own in a contest. Many places- with greater reputations had not shown up so well. The evening meeting was presided over by the Rev. Emlyn Jones (Penuwch), the ensuing pieces afforded satisfaction to those present:—" Cof am y cyfiawn lesu (Talybont), Am fod fy Iesu'n fyw" (Palestina), Er uched yw y bryniau fry (Barns- field), "Duw mawr y rhyfeddodau maith" (St. Catherine), "Deued pechaduriaid truain" (Bavaria), Pa le dechreuaf ganu ") (Rutherford), Graig yr oesoedd, cuddia fi" (Wells). Choirs attended the solemn festival from Pontrhydfendigaid, Llan- ddewi-brefi, Blaenpenal, Bronnant, Lampeter, Tre- garon, Bwlchyllan, Yspytty, Swyddffynnon, Berth, Abermeurig, Penuwch, and Nantcwnlle. The conductor was Mr. John Thomas, of Llanwyrtyd, who did his work admirably. The singing was improved on last year, as we have already hinted; much remains to be done, however-lack of life being the chief fault. No personal distinctions can be made where all sang so well, especially as the custom of massing choirs renders judgment a difficult task. Collections were not taken, though in such a crowded chapel they would doubtless have been very successful. Among those present were:—Rev. Rhys Morgan, Llanddewi-brefi (who offered up the closing prayer at 6.45 p.m.); Rev. David Rees, Bronnant; Rev. John Owen, Blaen- penal; and Mr. Daniel Jones, Nantdderwen. Space forbids further names, but it should be said that hearty thanks were due, and were cordially awarded, to Miss Annie Foulkes, R.A.M., R.C.M., the well-known lady teacher at the Intermediate School, and to Miss Davies, Pantybeudy Hall, Llangeitho, who between them shared the instru- mental music. The new organ behaved well, and on the whole we pronounce the meeting to have been a distinct success.
ABERAYRON. THE CLUB.—The Cycling Club had arranged to visit Aberystwyth last Saturday. This the weather permitted not. THE STOR-Al.-The stormy weather of last week de- prived Mr. David Davies, Cefngwrthafarnuchaf, of a mare and her young. Both were insured. SuccEss.-Mr. D. J: Evans, Mydroilyn, one of the County School pupils, has been successful in passing the entrance examination to Lampeter College. OTHERS' AMBITIONS.—This year a number of pupils will sit for the Central Board certificate at the County Schools for the first time. We wish them success. REV. D. R. WILLIAMS.—Aberystwyth is dependent on Aberayron. The Rev. D. R. Williams is a native of this town. All his old friends here earnestly desire that his labours at Salem will be covered with suc- cess. UNFORTUNATE.—Three "votaries of the wheel" cycled to Cardigan last week. Bad weather prevents them from returning homewards. What if it con- tinue to be wet for six months? Evidently, the "bike" has its disadvantages. A NEW RESIDENT. Aberayron, thanks to Mr. J hn Richard Evans, boot manufacturer can boast that it has a Frenchman residing within its bounds. The three nationalities, represented in the workshop, will not, we hope, participate of the spirit of rivalry and jealousy that is prevalent in higher quarters. SALMON.—The flood on Sunday caused a number of salmons to go up the river, Crowds of eager spectators were on each side of the river by the wooden bridge. Some fish averaging from 10 to 30 pounds were seen. A CURIOUS GREYHOUND.—Information was received at Aberayron on Sunday that some gipsies had stolen a greyhound from Llettysais, Tregaron. P.C. Thomas proceeded to a gipsy camp, near Cross Inn. and tound a young dog there, which Agnes Smith, a daughter of Ishmael, claimed as hers. She and the dog were forthwith marched off to the Aberayron Lock-up, and accommodated with a bed under slated roof. On Monday morning she was brought up to the magistrates' office, before Mr. Thomas Davies to answer why she had stolen the greyhound. But to the astonishment of all the dog in her possession was a "cross between a terrier and a sheep dog—"dis- missed." Query Could not the Chief Constable add a chapter to his book on natural history-giving photos of different breeds of dogs, &c. "PICTURESQUE ABERAYRON."—At last the long- expected "guide has appeared bearing the signifi- cant and suggestive title, "Picturesque Aberayron." Mr. David Mathias, the publisher, deserves the highest commendations for the admirable taste he has shewn in the "get up" of the booklet, and, above all things, go-a-headedness and efforts to advertise the town notwithstanding that he is a comparative stranger in our midst. We have read the Picturesque with enthusiastic interest, and conclude that a stranger, after perusing it, must needs have a fair conception of what Aberayron can yield him, in the way of beautiful sceneries, accommodation &c. The publisher we presume, felt that the original work of Miss Lewis the reputed authoress of the guide was inadequate; hence the articles contributed by Messrs Gwynne Jones, B.A., Charles Nathan B.Sc., J. M. Howell and the Rev J. M, Griffiths. There are inserted, too, five letters from the same number of gentlemen who have "derived undoubted benefit from their annual visits to the town." Miss Lewes has taken the standpoint of a churchwoman, and one might almost think that Nonconformity is a second or third rate power in the neighbourhood. Coming to Trinity Church, the authoress informs the visitor, in what year that edifice was re-built; and gives, further, an imaginative description of a very beautiful chancel," of a large and powerful organ with twenty stops." We have resided for some years in the town, but confess we must, that we have not as yet heard the sound of an organ emanating from Holy Trinity. Contrast the references to Trinity with the notices on the Noncon- formist Chapels of the town. HenFynywagaincomes in for a touch of her brush. Ffosyffin, a spot decidedly interesting to Nonconformist Wales, is not even mentioned; proceed further to Llandewi, the chapel there is not recognized, whilst the church comes in for a paragraph. Visitors to, and passing through Llanon are reminded of the ancient chapel built to St. Non. No reference is made to the Cal- vinistic and Congregational Chapels. The reader finds similar omissions throughout the original part of the guide. Even Neuaddlwyd has been totally ignored by Miss Lewes. Antiquity might be pleaded in favour of Hen Fynyw and Llandewi, but this does not apply to Trinity. Mr. Gwynne Jones and Mr. Howell have done their part in a very satisfactory manner. Mr Nathan, too, notwithstanding grandiloquence and verbosity, deserves the gratitude of every cyclist visitor. As an example of Mr. Nathan's style, the following will suffice :—" We feel confident that all votaries of the wheel, save our mercurial friend, known in vulgar but expressive parlance by the epithet, 'scorcher,' will find the district quite enchanting for the practice of their pet pastime." It would not be inappro- priate, perhaps, to call the publisher's attention to some omissions. In the summer, visitors may indulge somewhat in boating at Aberayron, but, unhappily, this possibility is not suggested to the reader. The possibility of an occasional bathe would not terrify the majority of human beings, but, apart from a casual allusion in the letter of Mr. Jones, Lampeter, this delightful intelligence is not com- municated to the reader. We notice other omissions. such as that on page 27 re railway communication. Does not an omnibus leave Aberayron for Lampeter between 1 and2 (p.m.) ? Despite the few blemishes we have noted "Picturesque Aberayron" reflects credit on the publisher. We should mention, further, that the tradesmen of the town have supported Mr. Mathias well. The booklet is much brightened up by some of the advertisements and illustrations. MUSICAL FESTIVAL COMMITTEE.—On Thursday, the 29th ultimo, at Pennant, the following persons, repre- senting the various churches in the Aberayron dis- trict, met to make arrangements for the Musical Festival of 1900, viz., Messrs. M. Howell, John Rob- erts (secretary), William Williams, David Williams, Jonn Williams, John R. Evans, David Davies, and Miss Nancy Jones, Aberayron Messrs. S. E. Davies, John Williams, David Jones, John Michael, Aber- arth John Jones and David Davies, Bethania John Thomas, John Davies, John Thomas and J. Davies, C.M. Llanon; David Rees, C.M. Pennant; John Williams, Pontsaeson John Evans, Penrhiw James James, J.P., Edward Stephens, William Stephens, Llewelyn Humphreys, C.M., and John W. Edwards, Rhiwbwys. The minutes of the last Committee were read and confirmed.—The following hymn-tunes were selected :-Eirinwg, Darowain, Aberdar, Joyful, James Street, Wesley, Wagner, Wilton Square, Engedi, Nefoedd, Berlin (395), Dolwar, Berlin (12) Gorphwysfa, St. Hildebert, Gwahoddiad. Anthems: Anthem Goffadwriaethol i Thomas Gee (Jenkins), and" Dyddiau dyn sydd fel glaswelltyn" (Emlll Evans). Chant No. 35. — Proposed by Mr. John Jones, Bethania, and seconded by Mr. David Rees, that the Aberarth and Aberayron representatives be appointed a sub-committee to select tunes for juve- niles, and that any person desiring to have a favorite tune of his inserted in the programme, should com- municate with the Secretary (Mr. John Roberts) not later than the 5th inst.—By way of celebrating the incoming of the next century, it was proposed by Mr. James James, J.P., and seconded by Mr. J. Davies, C.M., Llanon, that the Aberayron and New Quay districts should join, on the condition that the festival be held at Aberayron.—Messrs. D. Rees, Pennant, J. Davies, Llanon, S. E. Davies, John Williams, D. Jones, Aberarth, J. M. Howell, John Roberts, J. R. Evans, and John Williams, Aberayron, were appointed to confer with the same number of delegates from the New Quay district.—Mr. David Jenkins, Mus. Bac., Aberystwyth, had the majority of votes for the conductorship, and was appointed.— On the supposition that the Festival will be held at Aberayron, Messrs. J. James and J. M. Howell, and the Rev. E. Jones, Llanon, were appointed to preside during the day.—Proposed by Mr. James James, J.P. seconded by Mr. D. Davies, Aberayron, that the con- tribution of each church towards the Festival be ten shillings.—Mr. John Roberts was chosen to act as proof-reader.—This terminated the proceedings. PETTY SESSIONS, 'WEDNESDAY.—Before Major Price Lewis (in the chair), Rev. J. M. Griffiths, Mr. Thomas Davies, and Mr. William James. DOG WITHOUT A LICENCE.—Thomas Cruckshank, supervisor of Inland Revenue, Aberystwyth, charged Jane Thomas, Llwyncellyn, Cilcennin, with keeping a dog without a licence. Mr. W. P. Owen, Aberyst- wyth, represented the complainant. The defence was that the dog was kept and used for farm purposes. Fined 10s., to include costs. TRANSFER OF LICENCE.—Mr. Isaac Jones was granted the transfer of the "Ship on Launch" licence from Mrs. Mary Evans, the late tenant.
ABERDOVEY. To VISITORS.-Do you want to know where to bny your Drapery Goods, Pure Drugs, and High Class Groceries ? If so, whilst at Aberdovey, consult the Aberdovey tradesmen's advertisements in the Welsh Gazette." It will pay you. PERSONAL.—Mr. W. D. Evans, hair-dresser, of Cam- briar4House and Cycle Store, has been appointed sole agent at Aberdovey for the Welsh Gazette." All advertisement and news entrusted will have im- mediate attention. Mr. I. T. LLOYD, M.P.S., Chemist, is just now issuing (gratis) a very neat business card, giving the Aberdovey Tide Tables for the summer months, and other useful information for residents and visitors. NARROW ESCAPE.—Whilst Captain John Bell, the the cheery ferryman, was moving his boat on Friday night, his feet, by some unaccountable means, got entangled in the ropes, with the result that the gall- ant captain was precipated head over heels in the water, and was in immediate danger of being carried out by the strong tide underneath the lower stage. The mate of "Ellen Beatrice heard a cry and a splash, and immediately made for the spot, and found Mr. Bell holding on to the stage. he very soon pulled him out of danger. We are pleased to state that Mr. Bell is none the worse after the unpleasant experience. SHIPPING. -The schooner. Sarah Davies," arrived in port on Sunday from Dublin after having exper- ienced rough weather in the channels. The sea was running mountains high on the bar when the vessel arrived in the afternoon. Captain John Williams de- cided to cross the bar and make for the harbour, he accomplished his taskwith credit,and had not the vessel been in his experienced hands the tale might have been different. The steamer "Telephone arrived on Mondav evening being a day later through stress of i weather in coming from Liverpool. :i'. LITERARY INSTITUTE.—A comuiittee meeting was held on Friday night. Present: J.Ii.j», Edwards (presiding), Mr. W. Jones Hughes (treasurer), Mr. G Williams and Mr W. J. Eves (Secretaries), Messrs. David Hughes, R. F. Williams, J. D. Hughes' John Evans, E. L. Rowlands, Richard Davies, Capt- ains John Edwards and John Evans. Minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Several billof were presented and ordered to be paid. At the last meeting the committee instructed the secretary to- forward to Mr. Dennis, manager of the Cambrian Railway, a resolution passed at a committee meet- ing calling upon a company to provide a new station for Aberdovey. and something worthy of the town. On Friday night, the Secretary read Mr. Dennis's reply to the effect that the present accommodation at Aberdovey was now under the director's considera- tion. It is to be hoped that the directors will soon act and not keep on considering the question. One of the Aberdovey members has for years brought the question on at the District Councils, "and similar resolutions have been forwarded at the head quarters* still the answer is, "The directors are considering tlie matter. Date of the annual concert in aid of the Institution was fixed for the last week in August. It was decided to have a new cupboard to keep the new books that have recently been added to the library.
MACHYNLLETH. GRAIG CHAPEL.—On Sunday last, Messrs. J. O. Williams, Builder, David Smith, and G. Williams, Ex Police Officer, were appointed deacons at the Graig Independent Chapel. NEW JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.—Richard Rees, Paris House, Dr. Davies, and Mr. G. W. Griffiths, Mount Pleasant, were last week made Justices of the Peace. INNOVATION.—On Sunday evening, a solo was given at the English Presbyterian Chapel, by Miss Francis Lewis, this being the first of the kind. Several local artistes will take part again. A oTuitm.-A great storm occurred here last week but very little damage is reported from the district. PERSONAL.—In the Papur Pawb" for this week is a photo and sketch of Mr. J. O. Williams Builder. UNITED CHOIR.—Great preparations are being made by the above choir towards competing in the Second Chief Choral at the National Eisteddfod at Cardiff. URBAN DISTICT COUNCIL—TUESDAY.—Present: • Mr. W. M. Jones (chairman), I Lord Henry Vane- Tempest, Mr. John Thomas, G. W. Griffiths, John. Pugh, Dd Smith, R. Gillart, R. Rees, J. M. Breeze, Rd. Owen, Henry Lewis and T. Parsons, with Mr. J. Rowlands, clerk; Dr. Davies, medical officer; and Mr. J. Jones, Inspector and surveyor.—The question of sewage disposal was first considered in com- mittee, and after a long discussion it was iresolved to ask Mr. Kirby and Son to meet the Council to confer as the proposed scheme.—The Clerk was directed to call a meeting in a fortnight if that day was suitable to the engineers.—It was resolved to pay Messrs Kirkby £ 70 in full discharge of their claim in respect of the water works.—The reports of the Streets Committee and the Sanitary Com- mittee were read and adopted.—The Inspector was directed to close the cesspools in Maengwyn-street, and to procure traps to replace the open gratings. —Mr. G. W. Griffiths called attention to the open ditch running through his field, and said he under- stood than an agreement was entered into some years ago between Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Bart., and the Sanitary Authority, whereby the authority undertook to fence the field so as to keep cattle and sheep from getting in. He (Mr. Griffiths) now asked the Council to do this, and said he should require compensation for any refuse thrown on the land when cleaning the ditch.—The Clerk was directed to obtain a copy of the agreement, and the matter was referred to the Sanitary Committee for consideration and report. The Surveyor was directed to procure a qantity of kerb stones to lay down in Maengwyn street.— It was resolved to charge Is. per quarter for water for urinals.—The question of a public slaughter-house was again brought forward.—The Surveyor submitted a plan of the proposed alterations, and he was directed to proceed with the work as soon as the lease had been executed.
TOWYN. SALE OF WORK-On Friday and Saturday a- successful Sale of Work was held in the Assembly Room in aid of the Baptist Chapel Building Fund. A sum of £50 was realized. A SINGULAR ACCIDENT befell a youth, a visitor at Towyn, named Derwent Cotterill. He, with others, was playing cricket, when by some means he slipped against the bat and dislocated his elbow. OBITUARY.—Much sympathy is felt with Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Jones, Caethle Farm, at the some- what sudden death of their child Margaret Ellen, at the early age of 4 years. The interment took place at the Cemetery on Friday the 30th ult. The Revs. J. H. Symond and J. D. Evans, officiated. IMPROVEMENTS.—It is a relief to see the broad drives and side walks on the Corbett Building- Estate being now weeded, scraped, and cleaned. The fine residences being erected for Mr. Shuker by Mr. Morris James, opposite Llewelyn-road, are approaching completion. EXCURSION.—A special train on the Talyllyn Railway brought a large number of holiday folks from Abergynolwyn last Saturday, July 1st. Being a non-working day at the Quarry many took the adaantage of joining the St. David's Sunday school annual trip. Portmadoc was the place selected this year. Unfortunately the weather- turned out very wet towards evening. HAY CUTTING.—Round about Towyn hay ripens comparatively early, and in spite of the heavy showers many fields have been cut and cleared. The gardens suffered greatly from the drought, but have sprung up well since the rain. The potato crop, too, in this district is expected to be good, as through the dry weather the plants have kept in good health and have grown sturdily. ST. DAVID'S CHURCH.—The annual preaching services in connection with St. David's Church were held on the 27th and 28th June. At all services the church was well filled. The preachers were Rev. Canon Davies (Dyfrig) vicar of Pwllheli, and the Rev. J. D. James, Chester. The singing here is most hearty, and the District Church, which is a branch of the old Parish Church of Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, is well maintained, under the pastorate of its present incumbent. CHURCH NEWS.—The additional English services on Sundays for the months of July, August, and September, are already well attended. The Non- conformists also have facilities for English visitors, and obtain the services of special preachers. The unsightly Hearse-house, now not used, and attached to the South porch entrance to the churchyard, is still an eyesore. It is said that a sum of over £150 is required to pull down the dilapidated fabrics and replace them by iron gates, &c. It was. intended to widen the street at this spot, but the project fell through. THE VOLUNTEERS.—The F Company are busily preparing and are on the tip-toe of expectation for the 15th inst.. when they will leave for Porthcawl, a sea-side place near Neath. The armoury has improved in its external appearance, and none too soon. The magazine is now erected in front of it in what used to be the court of the Old Chapel in Brook-street. BROOK STREET.—It is to be regretted that the con- templated erection of Workmen's cottages in this street was not carried out. The street leads to Pendre station of the Talyllyn Railway, and thousands pass here in the season. It is to be hoped that this Railway Company will see their way to prevent boys and girls from the neigh- bouring Board School to climb the wall of the bridge on the Aberdovey Road. Small boys can with ease climb the walls, as was the case last week, when one fell over and broke his leg. Had he fallen on to the line the result would have been serious, if not fatal. OBITUARY.—We regret to record the death also of Mrs. Roose, who died on the 27th, and was buried at St. Cadvan's Churchyard on the 30th ult., when the Rev. R. Davies, curate, officiated at the house, church, and grave. The deceased was one oCa respected old Towyn family, and the last few years of her life had resided with her brother Mr. David Jones, Corbett Square. She kept a successful school in her young days at Plas Edwards, but subsequently after her marriage migrated to London. Mrs. Roose is survived by three sons, John, a printer; Eugene, an optician in London; and Alfred, who served his time in the Life Guards. and saw brilliant service in Egypt. Mr. Roose, the father was a noted artist, and many of his works may be seen in private horses in Towyn. One is a well-known painting of Captain Wynne at the Balaclava Charge," now in the possession of Mr. W. William Jones, late of Brgn House, Town. It is a handsomely framed picture of 5 ft. by 3 ft. Others of his works are of high standard. COUNTY SCHOOL.—A meeting of the Governors was held at the School on Saturday afternoon. Present: Mr. H. Haydn Jones (chairman), Mrs. Rowlands, Mrs. Roberts, Messrs. J. MaethloR James. Meyrick Roberts, J. Hughes Jones, H. W. Griffith, Humphrey Williams, Rev. Robert Jones, with Mr. Thomas Jones, Headmaster, and Mr. E. J. Evans, Clerk.—The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirnied--A post-card was received from Mr. Wynne, in which he expressed regret at being unable to attend.—It was decided to sell the hay on the boys' playground to John Morris for 10s, and that a bill of 12s. be paid to John Morris for work done.—The next business was the selection- of assistant master at the school. The two can- didates selected at the previous meeting, viz., Mr. Derry Evans, U.C.W., Aberystwyth, and Mr. Rees Williams, Pwllheli, were in attendance. After a little discussion, and both applicants having been interviwed, it was unanimously decided that Mr. Derry Evans be appointed. This terminated the. meeting.