NOTES AND COMMENTS. The London Gazette states that the Order of November 21st last declaring the area comprising the petty sessional division of Upper Geneu'rglyn, Cardiganshire, to be a swine fever infected area is revoked, the revocation being dated the 15th inst. Festiniog has an excellent Surveyor in Mr. Alltwen Williams. Mr. Williams has lately mooted several important improve- ment schemes, and if he gets the support and encouragement he merits he will sooa make another place of the city of slates. •ni -*■ ■niimmwim The agitation for a better poatal service along the Coast i alre-uly bearing fruit. Barmouth leads,—ancf the Mayor, the Rev. Gwynoro Da vies, and Mr. Hugh Evans are to be congratulated upon their successful intelTiew with the Postmaster General. Immediate improvements are promised. Intense heat prevailed over the country generally at the beginning of the week. At Bisley Camp on Monday several volunteers were overpowered while on the firing point. One competitor was taken to hospital, and died in the afternoon. Several cyclists also succumbed to the effect of the heat. The Peace Conference, which will pro- bably adjourn towards the end of the month, will have sufficiently justified its existence by the completion of the elaborate scheme of mediation and arbitration which has now been referred to the consideration of the Governments represented. The scheme pro- vides for mediation before war, either by one Power or by two severally acting as the friends of one or other disputant. In acknowledging the receipt of a resolution on the Leasehold Enfranchise- ment Bill passed at the Welsh Wesleyan Assembly, at Machynlleth last month, Mr. Owen M. Edwards, M.P., writes:—"Lease- hold enfranchisement, as the resolution of your Assembly says, is a very important question, especially to us in Merionethshire. ] need only say that I pay the keenest attention to what is being done. We shall soon see, I hope, which is the better— leasehold enfranchisement in the ordinary sense or the buying up of leases by the local authorities." Mr. R. W. Perks, M.P., speaking at Cambridge, said that the history of the present Parliament — which was a priest- ridden Parliament — amply proved the accuracy of his previous declarations that upon educational and ecclesiastical issues the Irish members were the natural allies, not of the Liberal party nor of Radical Noncon- formity, but of the Tories and Anglicans. It wa& as well to look facts in the face, and when their respective opinions could not be reconciled it was far better to recognise the situation frankly and to arrange themselves in opposite camps. The newspapers state that the Cheshire strawberry harvest is now in full swing. The villages of Holt and Faindon, where upwards of a thousand acres of land are under cultivation, have been invaded by an army quite 800 strong, consisting of men, women, and children, who will for the next month be busily employed in gathering strawberries. Although the season is quite three weeks later than last year, there is an excellent crop. Thousands of sieves of strawberries are being forwarded daily to Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester. The strawberry could be cultivated with profit in Cardiganshire and Merionethshire. The plants are cheap and easy of propaga- tion, and the fruit would find a ready market at the watering places along the coast. The Earl of Lisburne has kindly promised to honour the forthcoming meeting of the North Cardiganshire Teachers' Association with his presence. A large attendance of teachers and others interested in Education is anticipated. At the morning meeting Dr. Macnamara and Mr. Waddington wilt address the members of the National Union of Teachers, on The Teachers' Super- annuation Act," The N.U.T. Examination Board," and Mr. Robson's Half-time Act," and at the afternoon meeting, which will bo presided over by Principal Roberts, the same speakers will address a meeting of Educa- tionists on The Problem of Elementary Education in Wales." Sir George Kekewich paid a warm tribute to the memory of the late Mr. T. E. ELLIS, in his address at the Education Ex- hibition at Cardiff the other day. The cause of education in Wales, said Sir George, has lost a staunch and an eminently practical friend, and he a personal friend of great beauty of character. Mr. Ellis was one of the frankest, most open, and most natural of men. Deceit was a vice utterly foreign to his nature, and he was the last man who would ever dream of taking an unfair ad- vantage of any human being. He had seen certain despicable references to his friend since his death, and he felt he must bear public testimony to his noble qualities. Terrible news has recently come to hand from Klondvke. Mr. Edgar Phillips, who has just returned, told a representative of The Sun," that the horrors of penetrating that unknown country far to the north in search of gold are unprintable in their details. Hunger was the most brutalizing thing he ever knew, said Phillips. Sometimes they had a delusion, and saw banquets of the most exquisite food spread amidst lovely sur- roundings, When they woke to the bitter truth again they were mad for food. One man, a native of Cornwall, gave him the following terrible confession as he died :— Five of us left home together to gold-mine. We got hung up in the bad season, but managed to keep our heads up for a few days. Our leather straps were the last things we eat to keep life in us. Then one died. 'Long Tommy,' we called him, he came from somewhere in the depths of Gloucester in England. He came out in '97, I think. Well, his death saved the rest of us. We agreed it should be like that, which- ever died first." This shocking story of suffering, starvation, death, and cannibalism carries its own moral. Most people will learn with satisfaction, that the Inland Revenue authorities now compel the owners of toy pistols, or guns, to take out an ordinary licence to carry fire- arms. This fact has come out at the Strat- ford Police-court, where a lad was summoned for carrying such a weapon without a licence.. In this particular case the pistol had "gone off" accidentally in the street, with the result that another lad was shot in the head, and had to go to the hospital to have the bullet extracted. Having regard to the- small boys who carry them, these so-called, toy weapons are much more dangerous than, the real article. At the Anglesey Assizes before Mr.. Justice Kennedy and a jury the Aethwy- Rural District Council sought an injunction against Colonel Bulkeley Price to restrain. him from wrongfully obstructing a certain footpath in the parish of Llandegfan. The- defence was that the path was not a, public one, but a private one for the convenience of tenants. It was admitted that on Colonel Price finding out for the first time that there was a claim that it was a public way, he took down two or three stiles in order to prevent the miscellantoous public from going that way. The whole question for the jury was whether, there being a way there, was that way a farm way, or accommodation way for the convenience of the tenants, or whether it was a. way which had been thrown open to the public at large. After a pro- longed hearing the jury retained a verdict in favour of the plaintiffs; and judgment was. given accordingly, with costs.
— Business Notices. SAIE OF HJGH-CLASS LEATHER GOODS. GREAT REDUCTION IN PRICE. LADIES' AND GENTS' PURSES. CARD, WRITING, & LETTER CASES. WALLETS, AND POCKET BOOKS, LADIES' HANDBAGS, &c. L A T EST DES I G N S. ALL GOODS MASKED IN PLAIN FIGURES GYDE, PHOTOGRAPHER, PIEll STREET. MRs. J. W. THOMAS, THE M I L L I N E R Y E S T A B L I SII M EN T, 1 DARKGATf; ST., ABERYSTWYTH. SliMMEE GOODS. LATESTSTYLES. GREATEST VARIETY WEDDING AND MOURNING ORDERS PROMPTLY ATTENDED TO. A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESTABLISHMENT has been recently opened on the Premises. Photographs ot' all kinds taken on the shortest notice. BUY YOUR MEDICINES FROM THOMAS, CASH CHEMIST 20, (illEAT DARK-GATE STREET, AND BRANCH ESTABLISHMENT- (j;), TERRACE ROAD, ABERYSTWYTH. BORTH. SUMMER HOLIDAYS. SEASIDE RESORT. BORTH HAS one of the FINEST BEACHES on the Welsh Coast, and the SAFE and PLEASAXT BATHING is a great attraction. The GOLF LINKS of 18 holes are well arranged, and attract nlayers. SALMON FISHING can be had on the Dovey, and the less ambitious can fish the modest Lei ry for trout, by obtaining the courteous permission of Sir Pryse-Pryse, But CRORISTS will find hilly but, on the whole, good roads, and many pleasant RUN,- can be from Bortii to Aberystwyth 8, to Devil's Bridge 13, Machynlleth 12, a circular run TO T dybont, Taliesin, and Ynyslas of 10 miles. IV? late Dr. Thring, Headmaster of Uppingham School, wrote :—" I lived at Borth a whob with my School, from March, 1876, and have visited it summer after summer with n v family since. I consider the climate the best I have ever known, fresh in summer and mild in winter, without being relaxing, and the place in all respects delightful to lovers of sea and country." Hotels. BR YNAWElT PRIVATE HOTEL, Llandrindod Wells 7VV0 minutes' walk from the Railway Station, Pump House, or Rock House Mineral Springs). ACCOMMODATION FOR SEVENTV VISITORS. Thi"- Private Hotel is situated on one of the highest sites in Llandrindod Wells, commanding an unmter- mi it ed Ti"%v of "Ye Old'1 Druid Circle," Temple Gardens, and the surrounding country. Built with all modem improvements and perfect sanitary arrangements. Centrally situated. Handsome Dmmg and Drawing ^oms Private Sitting Rooms (en suite). Smoking, riting and Billiard Rooms. Tennis, Croquet, owlA"'Gre-n Fine South aso- Electric Light throughout. All diet arrangements under the special TOwr'vi'»ion°and advice of Dr. Boweii Davis. Personal superintendence. Terms on application. MR. MRS. JEFFREY JONES, PROPRIETORS. HOTEL W KSTM INSTER. lIIGH-CLAss FAMILY, COMMERCIAL, AND BOARDIXG ESTABLISHMEXT, C T C HEADQUARTERS. Three minutes' walk from Station, Beach and Castle Grounds. SpViviidLy Furnished Throughout. Table D'Hote Daily at 1.50 p.m. Electric Light. Tariff Moderate. L. G. PARRY, Proprietress. THYQUEEN'S HOTEL, ABERYSTWYTH. Table D'Hote, 7.30. Boarding Terms from 3 Guineas per Week, or 12s. 6d. per day. rUHIS Hotel is replete with every modern appliance, and contains Coffee and Dining Rooms, Ladies 1 Drawing Roomf Recreation Room, Library, Billiard, and Smoking Rooms, and about one hundred Bedrooms. Having a frontege of 150 feet, all the Public and Private Sitting Rooms face the sea and are Light s by Electricity. R p^LMER, Proprietor. BELLE VUE HOTEL, ABERYSTWYTH. (Facing the Sea and close to the Pier.) Is one of the most reasonable and comfortable Family and Commercial Hotels in Wales. TABLE D'Hote, 6-30. Boarding Terms from Guineas per week, or 9s. per day. 'Bus meets all Trains. JL Tarirf on Application to the Manageress. W. H. PALMER, Proprietor. LION ROYAL HOTEL, f ABERYSTWYTH. THIS -rnroved and newly-furnished Hotel, centrally situated, affords every accommodation to Visitors. Contains upwards of Fifty Bedrooms. Spacious Coffee, Commercial and Dimng Rooms, Smoking fto.SI.IS, and Two Billiard Tables" Large Ball and Banqueting Hall. POSTING IN ATTITDEPARTMENTS. BRAKES, WAGONETTES, LANDAUS, VICTORIAS, &c. SPECIAL TERMS TO FAMILIES DURING THE WINTER SEASON. BOARDING, INCLUSIVE, FROM £2 12s. 6d. THE HOTEL OMNIBUSES MEET ALL TRAINS. RUFUS WILLIAMS, PROPRIETOR. WHITE HORSE HOTEL, ABERYSTWYTH. CLOSE TO SEA AND RAILWAY STATION. TERMS MODERATE. Proprietress: M. A. REA. WATERLOO II OT E L, ABERYSTWYTH, High-Ola s Family and Commercial Private Hotel and Boarding Establishment, Sh .at^d in the best part of the Town, facing the Sea, recently much enlarged and re-furnished, being now one of the Largest and Most Comfortable Hotels on the Welsh Coast. PERFECT SANITARY ARRANGEMENTS. EVERY MODERN COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE. BATHS, BILLIARDS, and ELECTRIC LIGHT. PRIVATE SITTING ROOMS. J INCLUSIVE BO Alt!) TERMSlTlOM £ 2:2:0 PER WEEK. BUS MEETS ALL TRAINS. A. E. & A. MORRIS, Proprietresses. TERMINUS HOTEL, ABERYSTWYTH. THr Hotel is i*>w under new management. It is situate close to the Station and is the most convenient Hotel in Town for Travellers and others. It has recently been enlarged and is now replete witfe every modern coHvwiience and is lighted throughout with the Electric Light. T. E. SALMON, PKtrelrriR, (J W A L I A HOTEL, Ltd., LLANDRINDOD WELLS. /HUE of the Llandrindod "GVVALIA is the well-known "GWALIA" OF UPPER WOBURN PLACE _l LONDON. It was started 1889; by the season of the following year, extensive additions had to be ,nJ" to meet a rapid increasing business these extensions have culminated in tho NEW PREMISES, whioh was opeued last year (July 27th, 1833,) The si-uation of the "GWALIA" is unrivalled. Beautiful outlook, commanding the finest views K sib c, perfect South-W est aspect., close to Park and Mineral Springs—Saline, Sulphure, and Chalybeate. He?.,t':r,;r apparatus, good supply of Radiators on balconies and corridors. ELECTRIC LIGHT. PASSENGERS' LIFT. BILLIARD TABLE. EDWARD JENKINS, Manager. AND "GWALIA" UPPER WOBURN PLACE, LONDON. Business Notices. — ——— STEPHEN VAUGHAN DAYIES, CORS, FLOlJR, AND plwnsIOx J^J^ERCHANT, LAMPETER. THE Finest Te Man Brith that can be procured for Is. 4d. per lb. Sole Proprietor of the Tea Brith JL Stephen Is. lOd. with its marvellous, flavour and Superb Quality, has sprung with a bound into the highest in public flavour. HAREORD SQUARE, LAMPETER. I WALTER DAYIES Is now making a Grand Display of the LATEST NOVELTIES — IN Mantles, Capes, Jackets, Mackintosh Cloaks, Furs, Costumes, etc., PLAIN AND FANCY DRESS FABRICS. P.S. Goods not in Stock procured at Shortest Notice by Parcels arriving daily from London and other centre QAMBRIAN SHOE FACTOItY, IT AMPETER. DAVIEITBROS: BOOTS AND SHOES ARE POPULAR IN ALL TOWNS, WHY ? Because they FIT well! Because they WEAR well! Because they SELL well Come and see the new Stock of SUMMER BOOTS and SHOES. EVERY BOOT SOLD GUARANTEED. 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Special attention given to Badged and Crested Ware Services Matched, no matter where purchased. Goods Lent out on Hire. AN EXPERIENCED PACKER KEPT. Inspection invited and your patronage respectfully solicited IF YOU WANT GOOD, RELIABLE FURNITURE AT A LOW PRICE. GO TO DAVID ELLIS AND SONS, FURNISHERS, 6, CHALYBEATE STREET, ABERYSTWYTH, R. SAYCELL, EISH, GAME, AND POULTRY DEALER, I GREAT DARKGATE STREET, ABERYSTWYTH. HORNER'S CLOTTED CREAM AND CREAM CHEESE, FRESH DAILY. SOLE AGENT FOR Palethorpe's celebrated Cambridge Sausages in the district TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS :—"SAYCELL, ABERYSTWYTH." TELEPHONE:—No. 6. H. W. GRIFFITH, BOOT AND SHOE WAREHOUSE, 7, COLLEGE GREEN, TOWYN, MER. Agent for the noted K and Cinderella Boots. E. L. ROWLANDS, FAMILY AND GENERAL GROCER, LIVERPOOL HOUSE, ABERDOYEY. Choice Selection of General Provisions and Italian Goods, etc., always in Stock. J. GWILYM EYANS, FAMILY GROCER AND PROVISION MERCHANT, THE STORES, HIGH STREET & STATION ROAD, TOWYN. NOTED HOUSE FOR TEA. BEST IN THE MARKET FOR ITS STRENGTH, PURITY, AND FLAVOUR. R. MORGAN, PHARMACEUTICAL & DISPENSING CHEMIST. gg IJI EBRACE ROAD, BERYSTWYTH. All Drugs and Chemicals of GUARANTEED PURITY. PRESCRIPTIONS CAREFULLY DISPENSED AT LOWEST POSSIBLE PRICES FOR CASH. Fruit Saline in 6d. and Is. Bottle. Citrate of Magnesia in 6d. the very best quality, Is. size, 9d. Pure Lemon Squash, specially prepared for us, in 9d. and Is. 3d. bottles (twice the 9d. size). A large assortment of Toilet Requisites at the lowest prices for CASH. ESTABLISHED 1850. OWEN AND SONS, pARIS HOCSE, II Ar 13, N°RTH PARADE, ABERYSTWYTH. COMPLETE OUTFITTERS. NEW GOODS FOR SPRING AND SUMMER. LADIES' HIGH-CLASS TAILORING (PRIVATE FITTING ROOMS). NEW SUITINGS, COATINGS, TROUSERINGS, BREECHES MATERIALS, &c., &c. SOLE AGENTS t-OK DH. JAEGER'S SANITARY WOOLLEN SYSTEM. SOLE AGEXTS FOK WELCH MARGETSON'S SHIRTS, COLLARS, NECKWEAR, &a. NEW WATERPROOFS, DRESS BASKETS, TRUNKS, &c. OWEN AND SONS. NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS. CERETICO, LLA-NO.N. -Please write on one side of the paper only. ABERDOVEY.—Will deal with it later on. The present time is inopportune. Write to the Railway authorities. They will surely give the matter immediate attention. TOWYN.—No, we haven't forgotten the first appearance of your local paper and the delightful somersaults of the oracle. BALA RATEPAYER.—The question is un- doubtedly urgent, and should. receive immediate attention. TOWXSIAX.- \V ould not Penparce make an admirable place for a holiday? If you go, be sure to publish it to the world. Who knows ? You may be the hub of the universe, and your removal from one part to another might considerably disturb its equilibrium.
WALES IN PARLIAMENT. THE CLERGY DOLES BILL. THE miserable Bill for giving petty doles to the Clergy has passed its second reading in the House of Commons, but it has been severely handled in its progress up to the present stage. It is hardly possible to believe that any sane person, whether Radical or Tory, could doubt that it deserved rough treatment. It is a Bill introduced like an after-thought, no mention having been made of it in the Queen's Speech, and it is a Bill for the relief of the Clergy, who some of us think, are relieved enough already. From the moment of the Bill's entering upon its course in the Commons, it has been smitten hip and thigh, and been attacked stock, lock, and barrel. Prominent in the attack have been a band of Welsh Members of whom Wales is justly proud. This is not the first Ecclesiastical Bill on which some Welsh Members have pounded. A few years ago a small band of them set upon a Church Bill with such effect that they quite pulverised and demolished it. History has again repeated itself. A Clergy Relief Bill is stealthily brought into Parliament, and Welsh Members attack it with a strategy and force which is quite astonishing. Wales is proud of its representatives in Parliament, but never before has it been prouder of them than at the present moment. In the present struggle a few in the vanguard are, asthe Scotch say, 'pre-eminently outstanding.' Mr. D. A. THOMAS has performed his part like a veteran warrior, and Mr. SAMUEL EVAXS' unflagging energy and watchful- ness has been the admiration of all beholders. Mr. LLOYD GEORGE, always keen and always scenting battle, like the patriarch's war-horse, has enhanced his reputation, high though it already was. Mr. HUMPHREYS-OWEN has never done better work in Parliament than his stand last week against the Dole Bill. Sir W. HARCOURT has levelled his Achillean blows at it, and never before, as we think, have his darts been directed against any Bill more effect- ively or more justly. IABON denounced the Bill in vigorous tones, hurling at it in the heat of the fray, Welsh quotations. Mr. HERBERT LEWIS is another of the stalwart band of Welsh Members who pointed out the injustice of the Bill by arguments which could not be gainsaid. Mr. HERBERT LEWIS proposed the exclusion of Wales from the scope of the Bill, urging the injustice of compelling the Principality, which was Nonconformist to the core, to contribute anything to this miserable dole to an alien Clergy. Many Tories, those of them who have not been constrained into silence, have spoken against the Bill. The Radicals have naturally fallen on it with tooth and nail. But the lion's share of the opposition to the Bill has come from the Welsh representatives whom we have named above. Their labour, though for the moment unsuccessful, will not go unrewarded. Wales will not be forgetful of the service they have. done to the cause of justice. We say more—the eyes of the United Kingdom have been upon them, and have followed them with unmingled interest and admiration. On all hands it is acknowledged that they have rendered magnificent service to Noncon- formity. It seems to us, judging from the experience of the last few years, that the Welsh Members have a special aptitude for amending, discussing, and debating Ecclesiastical bills. The facility with which they riddle a bill or draft amendments is marvellous. No sooner is a bill which savours of Clericalism or Sacerdotalism even so much as breathed in the House than the Welsh Members are up in arms and once the bill is printed, they are prepared at a few hours' notice to supply several pages of amendments. We have watched the conduct of the "Welsh Contingent" on the Dole Bill with much satisfaction, and we say again that we are proud of the stalwarts. They are worthy to rank with the foremost of the Imperial Guard," and though the gag has for a time triumphed over argument, and the closure tyrannised over freedom of debate, we are confident that the magnificent stand made by the little band of Welsh Members at the present juncture will be looked upon as a Thermopylae; the recollection of which the Nonconformists of the whole country will not willingly let die.
INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS. A WISE POLICY. ONE of the questions which received a great amount of attention, and which was the cause of considerable difference of opinion a few years ago, was the policy of founding a large or small number of Intermediate Schools in Wales. On the one hand it was argued that a few schools, well equipped, would do far better work than a large number of schools not as well equipped, that one school each for counties like Cardigan and Merioneth was quite sufficient, that it was a shortsighted" and foolish policy to think of Establishing three or four or five schools in the same county. These views were held even in a town brought so closely into touch with Welsh Education as the town of Aberystwyth. On the other hand, the more strenuous supporters of Intermediate Education, the people who had worked for it night and day, and had spared no pains to study the problem in all its bearings, held that if Intermediate Education was to benefit Wales it must do so by the establishment of a large number of schools; the schools must be brought to the pupils rather than the pupils sent long distances to the schools. The latter policy prevailed, and it is interesting now that nearly all the Intermediate Schools are in full swing, to note the results. The first thing that attracts our attention is, that in some of the remotest schools the number of pupils is very large and far beyond what we would have expected. To take an instance TREGARON School has 75 pupils. The population of the whole district which TREGARON School feeds is not 8,000, therefore nearly one per cent. of all the inhabitants of the district attend the school. If this proportion held for the whole of Wales, we should probably have 20,000 children in our Intermediate Schools instead of 7,000 or 8,000. Of the 75 children at TREGAROX, probably not twenty would have attended a school at Aberystwyth, had there been no other school in the County, because the expenses of lodgings and board would have been greater, as quite one-half of the TREGARON children are within easy reach of their homes. Another result of the establish- ment of numerous small schools is well illustrated in the case of Towyx. On universal testimony the Towyx School appears to be the most successful of all the Welsh Intermediate Schools. Had the advocates of the" few and well equipped schools had their way, there would have been no school at TOWYN. It is also well known that one of the largest and best equipped" schools had one of the worst reports at the last examination. This proves that it does not follow that a school which has a large endowment, and a highly qualified staff is necessarily the best school. Better results are, as a rule, obtained in schools where there is close contact between the masters and the boys individually, a state of things impossible in a large school. We have shortly stated our own arguments in favour of the policy adopted by the Charity Commissioners in founding a large number of schools, and we affirm that as a con- sequence a large number of children who would never have had a chance of Higher Education have, under the present system, received such a chance and secondly, we believe that small schools are as a rule more efficient than large schools. It is interesting to note from the report, recently issued by the Charity Commissioners what their view is, and we append the following extract for the benefit of our readers. In paragraph 25 of the 44th report we referred to the principle adopted in schemes under the Welsh Intermediate Education Act, of bringing the county school to the pupil rather than leaving the pupil to find his way to the nearest of a selected number of Educational centres and we express the view that the existence of the small schools, which are the natural outcome of the adoption of that principle, and which are necessarily more costly than the larger schools, can only be justified by their efficiency and suitability. It is satisfactory to see from the Examination Reports the successful results achieved by small schools (e.g. the schools in the County of Montgomery) and to find that good work is being done by children who, if they had been left to find their way to a more distant educational centre, would probably not be receiving the education which the Act was intended to prvoide for the inhabitants of the Principality and Monmouthshire, or would be receiving it at the cost of inconvenience to themselves and their parents. The general impression left by the Inspec- tion and Examination of 1898 Is one full of encouragement for the future. In all departments of work there is a note of activity, of judicious experiment, of alertness in adopting improved methods, and of a corresponding advance in the standard of attainment."