ABERYSTWYTH TOWN COUNCIL. MORE "LIVELY INTERLUDES." The fortnightly meeting of the Aberystwyth Town Council was held on Tuesday, when there were present:-Coiincillor Jenkins (ex-mayor) in the chair, Aldermen Roberts, Peter Jones, W. H. Palmer, T. Doughton, Councillors Peake, C. M. Williams, Isaac Hopkins, T. E. Salmon, E. J. James, R. J. Jones, and Croydon Marks, with the Town Clerk (Mr. Arthur J. Hughes), the Borough Accountant (Mr. H. L. Evans), the Borough Sur- veyor (Mr. Rees Jones), and the Deputy Clerk (Mr. C. Massey.) STILL AT IT. The Town Clerk having read the minutes of the last meeting— < Councillor Peake drew attention to the minute concerning the report of the Finance Committee which stated that the,, report was adopted, me words as amended," he said should be inserted. Councillor Williams: Why not state also that the Council decided to pay compensation to Mr. Hopkins to the extent of £ 60. (Cries of '• No, no.") Councillor Salmon: That's a most unfair re- mark. We didn't give Mr. Hopkins one cent. The terms given were the terms previously agreed to on condition that he did certain things. Councillor Williams: The terms given here. Councillor Salmon I tell you we haven't given him one half-penny. Alderman Jones said that they were now only discussing the minutes. There was a certain resolution moved and a certain amendment, and the record they asked for was what was actually be- fore the meeting, not the remarks that were made by any individual member. Councillor Williams I was quite in order after voting against giving £60 to Mr. Hopkins. Councillor Salmon There wasn't one. You are misleading the public. Councillor Williams: Happily tlio public under- stands the matter very well. Councillor Salmon You don't know the public, onlv a certain clique. Councillor Williams I know the public as well as you. Councillor Salmon I know them as well as you, I have been as long in the town as you. Councilior Williams But not the same class. Councillor Salmon: I know a better class than vou. Councillor Williams: Nothing of the kind, Mr. Salmon. Councillor Salmon I do. Councillor Williams: I don't want to argue with you. Councillor Salmon Dont argue then. Councillor Marks: Lend these gentlemen a couple of swords (laughter). Councillor Jones said that when the resolution was put as to whether Mr. Hopkins should have the lease granted to him or not Mr. James did not vote. Councillor Peake then moved, and Alderman Palmer seconded that the minutes be signed. Carried. Councillor Williams: (to the chairman. Councillor Jenkins): I am sorry, Mr. Ex-Mayor, it is your turn to sign these minutes. Councillor Jones Why these remarks i What have they to do with the minutes ? Councillor Williams They have a good deal to do with them. Councillor Salmon; It's only a feeling of animosity. Councillor Williams There's no animosity at all. It is you that's got the feeling of animosity, Councillor Salmon: I don't carry animosity like some people do. COUNCIL'S FINANCES Councillor Peake said that as Mayor's Auditor for the year he might be permitted to state that the audit had been made during the past week, and they would all be pleased to know now, before a further report was submitted, that they found their balances to the good in the bank for the first time in every account with the exception of the Harbour Account (hear, hear). NEW HOUSES. A letter was read from Mr. John Jones, 14, Gray's Inn Road. applying for permission to build two houses (on the land which the Council had already granted to him) with 18 feet frontage in place of 20 feet. The houses he said would be built entirely of brick, consequently the walls would not be so wide as if built with stone and the rooms would not be much less spacious than they would with a 20 feet stone built house. He did not intend build- ing as high as the adjoining houses, but similar to those built by Mr. Pierce, as they would be easier for ietting. The matter was referred, to com- mittee. A WATER MOTOR. Mr. John Morgan, 10, Terrace-road, wrote stating, with reference to the complaint made respecting the vibiration caused by his water motor, that he had taken steps to remedy the cause of the griev- ance, and if necessary, further steps would be taken. Councillor Williams remarked that the Surveyor should see that the matter was being attended to as the residents in Railway-terrace had suffered for some weeks. The Surveyor replied that he could not give more attention to the matter than lie had already given. Mr. Morgan stated that he had done all he .could to remedy the grievance. Councillor Salmon said the water came like a flood" every week. Councillor Williams And it is as dark as ink. We ought not to allow the whole street to be black with water every Wednesday. We ought to stop it. The Surveyor said Mr. Morgan might be given notice that the supply would be discontinued at a certain time. Councillor Williams: I understand from Mr. Morgan that he found some leakage. Councillor Peake moved that the matter be referred to the Public Works Commitee for in- vestigation. Councillor Jones seconded.—Carried. CORPORATION FUNDS. A letter was read from the Secretary to the St. John's Lodge of Oddfellows, Gloucester Hall, Bow Street asking if the Society could invest E200 in the Corporation Funds, they having now £ 400 in- vested with the Corporation. TRADESMEN AND THE TOWN BAND. A letter was read from Mr. Jack Edwards, the bandmaster, stating that the Town Band had been asked to play at the Flower Show on the evening of August 16th, and asking for the Council's per- mission. Councillor Jones moved, and Councillor Peake seconded, that the request be granted. Alderman Doughton drew attention to the pro- gramme of music issued by the band every evening, and asked how the band was allowed to advertise some special tradesman ? He thought this matter should be seen to. The Council ought to allow something towards the expense of printing pro- grammes, instead of allowing one tradesman to advertise his goods. It was no use referring it to the General Purposes Committee, as he did not know when they would sit, and the season would soon be over. They ought to do something now. Councillor Peake I see no harm in it. Alderman Doughton: It is harm when one tradesman is allowed to advertise, and the town pays for the band. Councillor Peake: The town does not pay the expense. Alderman Doughton: The town pays the band, who have the monopoly. Alderman Palmer said when he was chairman of the Committee, and they engaged a band, they always gave the bandmaster the privilege of issuing his programme, and as a rule he went round the town and canvassed for advertisements for it, but during the last year or two the band had not issued any programme whatever. Mr. Edwards spoke to him about it, and it appeared that Mr. Rea went to him, and asked him if he could supply him with a programme, which he would publish free of cost. He believed that Mr. Edwards now felt that be had made a mistake, and that the matter should be considered by the General Purposes Committee. He did not think the Council were in a position to stop him doing what lie had, especially if be was under any agreement with Mr. Rea. Alderman Doughton, holding up a programme, 11 h I said it was beaded" This programme is printed for and distributed only by Rea's Stores." If he went round the town and obtained advertisements from different tradesmen he would say nothing .against it, but here was an advertisement for one firm only, There were other tradesmen in the same trade, and he did not think this was fair. The Council paid the band, who had the monopoly, and surely it was not right to allow a certain person to advertise, because it was a loss to others. He said without fear or favour that it should be put a stop to at once, before the General Purposes Committee met. Councillor Williams said that there was con- siderable dissatisfaction in the town in regard to fthis business of handing the monopoly over to one person. Others would like to have the same opportunity- He had tried to see Mr. Wynne, the chairman of the Committee, but found he was from home, otherwise lie would have called a meeting. The thing was for the Council themselves to have a small programme printed every day, as the band was paid by the town. The cost would be very, small, and they could insert anything relating to y 11 1-1 the town at the back of it. There was considerable feeling among tradespeople in the town in reference to this matter in fact some had gone so far as to threaten that the Corporation would be surcharged. Alderman Palmer moved that the matter be referred to the General Purposes Committee. If they went so far as to print the programme every day it would cost them about £20 during the season. Councillor Williams Nothing of the kind. Alderman Palmer said if the bandsmen went round and asked for advertisements people would say, "I'll give you a sovereign," but as soon as they saw one person advertising and willlng to spend £ 20, then they found fault. The programme would cost E20 for the season. He was doing it with the hope of getting some custom. Mr. Edwards found it difficult to get the tradespeople to advertise, and now the tradespeople were complaining because they saw somebody else more energetic than themselves. There was always a difficulty in getting tradesmen to advertise. He remembered how it had been with the Pier band, but as soon as they saw someone else doing something then they began to shout (hear, hear). Councillor Peake said this was out of pourt altogether so far as the Council was concerned. The programme was distributed by Mr. Rea him- self. He did not suppose Mr. Rea would refuse to give any programme at any time. These people were quite at liberty to distribute what they liked, and what right had the Council to interfere ? The bandmaster could give the items of the programme daily to any tradesman who liked to ask him. Mr. Rea was quite within his right in publishing the programme. Councillor Williams Mr. Edwards' duty was to bring the matter before the General Purposes Com- mittee. Councillor Peake. I say no. Councillor Williams I have a right to my own opinion. Councillor Peake: You are getting worse and worse every Council meeting. It's narrow. Councillor Williams It is not. Councillor Peake It is narrow. I beg to differ from you. Councillor Salmon did not see why the matter should be referred to the General Purposes Com- mittee. The programme had been published in previous years by Mr. Rowc, who used to go round to get advertisements from different tradespeople, so as to have a good programme. But this year no ratepayer—and not even the Council--had been approached with reference to the issuing of the programme. It had been given to one individual, without any one being asked anything. He did not blame the man, but he blamed the bandmaster, who had not given a fair opportunity to the other tradesmen, who were trying to benefit from visitors. The bandmaster was to blame for giving a monopoly to one man, and not giving a fair chance to others. Alderman Peter Jones said that when Mr. Rowe had control of the Town Band, the matter was left entirely in his own hands. He (Mr. Jones) did not remember it ever coming before the Committee. An arrangement was then effected in which possibly some half-a-dozen people joined rather than one, and a programme was presented every evening, so that visitors might know what the music might be. In this case Mr. Rea had gone to the expense of giving that information to the visitors and the inhabitants, and he (Mr. Jones) did not see why any one should take umbrage at all, that it was in any way a reflection upon the bandmaster that he should have gladly accepted an offer made rather than be annoyed in being asked for information on this particular subject. Possibly it might be a source of revenue—he did not know there was such a gold mine in the business before (laughter)—possibly there were scores of trades- men willing to take advantage of this opportunity. If so there could be no harm in the Committee trying to elicit to what extent the liberality of the advertising people would go in the matter (laughter). He, therefore, seconded Alderman Palmer's motion to refer the matter to the General Purposes Committee with power to act. Councillor Marks said that he was a member of the committee, and he did not want to go over the trouble that he had. If the committee were going to try their 'prentice hands in going round the town searching for advertisements, he would tell them what happened to him, as he had had two or three years experience of the advertising public of Aberystwyth. They would not get enough advertisements to pay for the printing of the pro- gramme. He had been trying to get them this year, but he had not yet got out a programme —which he wouli distribute free-because he could not get sufficient advertisements to pay for the printing (laughter.) He did not feel disposed to print a programme and give it away for nothing. Therefore if they referred the matter to the General Purposes Committee in the hope that they were going to get something, they were starting on a track which they would be glad to give up. Councillor Peake: I move that the matter be allowed to drop altogether-that nothing be done. Alderman Doughton said Mr. Marks' remarks were quite uncalled for. It was not his intention to say that the Town Council wore going to benefit from the advertisements that would appear in the programme. What he said was that the band was engaged by the town, and they had the monopoly, consequently the least thing the Bandmaster could do, was to consult either with the General Pur- poses Committee or with the Council, before giving the preference to one tradesman to the injury of others. Councillor Peake: Mr. Edwards has nothing at all to do with it. Alderman Doughton: It is he who has all to do with it. He is the one that we look to. He is the one that we have engaged, and we have nothing to do with anybody else. He is account- able to us. Councillor Peake I am quite entitled to ask Mr. Edwards for the programme, and I can do what I like. Alderman Dougbton If I live, I'll see that he does not get the monopoly for advertising. Councillor Peake: You can't, you'll do your best you mean. Alderman Doughton: I'll do my best Councillor Peake Say that then. Alderman Palmer's motion to the matter be referred to the General Purposes Committee was then carried by 7 to 4. Councillor Marks said, he would print the programmes himself now." Alderman Doughton made a remark to the effect that the Committee would not meet. Councillor Jones said it was very unfair for any member to cast reflections on the Chairman of any Committee. Alderman Doughton had been Chair- man of the Harbour Committee for three years. Whenever Mr. Wynne had any business for which to convene a meeting, he always did so. It was a very wrong thing for any member of the Council in the absence of another member to cast reflections. Alderman Doughton: I must explain that. There is not a Public Works Committee on the Monday night, but what there is a Harbour Com- mittee. Mr. Jones is not a member of the Harbour Committee, but since I have been a member of the Council a Harbour Committee has been called on the Monday evening. Councillor Jones :—That has nothing to do with the General Purposes Committee. You say they don't meet and don't do their duty. I say they do. Alderman Doughton: When you've finished Councillor Jones: Oh! you are always on your legs. Alderman Doughton denied having cast a reflection on any one. What he meant was that the season would soon be over and asked when the Committee was likely to sit. Everybody under- stood his meaning except Mr. Jones. Councillor Jones: It is very ambiguous, if this is the way you express yourself. MR. HOPKINS' LEASE AGAIN. The following letter, addressed to the Mayor, was read from Miss Lewis, Llanon;—"To the members of the Council. I appeal against the injustice done to me at the last meeting of the Aberystwyth Council by granting compensation to Mr. Hopkins in respect of my property to which I am entitled. I herewith put in my claim for com- pensation. I also ask the Council upon what terms they will grant me a renewal of the lease of nos. 12, 14, and Court House, Penmaesglas Road. Mr. Hopkins disclaimed compensation on Saturday, the 4th day of last March." Alderman Peter Jones moved that Miss Lewis' application for a renewal of lease be placed on the agenda for the next meeting of the Council. Councillor Jones seconded. Councillor Williams: But there is also a claim for compensation. Councillor Peake: This has nothing to do with it. Alderman Jones I suggest if there is any claim that it should be placed in such a manner as to be intelligible to us (hear, hear). We ought to be told the amount of the claim and the grounds upon which it is made; otherwise it would be absurd to put it down on the agenda. Councillor Williams I suppose Miss Lewis can easily make this claim. Alderman Jones: Possibly she can. It is not very clear to-day. I can't make any suggestion as to it owing to the insufficiency of the statement. The Town Clerk suggested that he should write Miss Lewis, and ask her to elaborate her claim so as to make it quite clear what she meant, and then the matter could be put on the agenda for the next meeting. The Town Clerk was instructed accordingly, and Alderman Jones' motion was agreed to. Z, HOW THE TRAINS ARRIVE. The Town Clerk presented a return of the arrivals of trains during the past month. On July 1st there was one train 40 minutes late, another 35 minutes, and a third 30 minutes. Councillor Peake asked if lie had the times of arrival at Welshpool, and the Town Clerk replied in the negative. Alderman Palmer: I think the railway people are doing it as well as possible. Alderman Jones: There has been a marked this year. The Town Clerk here stated that he had just received a letter from Mr. Denniss, who said I have pleasure in stating for the information of your Council that arrangements have now been made for the morning mail to be further accelerated half-an-hour, but owing to the arrangements of other Companies, this alteration cannot take effect until October 1st, but there is reason to hope that it will then be a permanent improyement." The reading of the letter was marked by general expressions of approval on the part of the members. The Town Clerk stated that at the last meeting of the Council a resolution was passed to the effect that lie should forward the returns to the manager every fortnight. Councillor Peake: That's quite an unnecessary instruction. Tliev know every arrin-al. Councillor Marks agreed. Councillor Williams But having passed a resolu- tion we cannot rescind it without notice. Councillor Peake I move that you delay it till the next meeting. Councillor Williams f strongly object to that. Having unanimously passed a resolution at the last meeting it is out of order for any member to say "leave it. No wonder our resolutions are dis- regarded. I thought the Town Clerk would forward this return without bringing it even before the Council. Now certain people dont like it. (To the Chairman) I ask for your ruling. Councillor Salmon There's no harm. Councillor Williams We said it was to be sent every fortnight. Here's a fortnight up. Councillor Peake Oh well, let it be sent. It's only a waste of time. Alderman Jones: It might be satisfactory to know that the time recorded here is the same as that recorded by the officials. NORTHGATE POST OFFICE. A letter was read from Mr. John Evans, solicitor, on behalf of Mrs Hughes, applying for a modifica- tion of the terms for the renewal of her lease given by the Council on 18th of January last, by extending the period for doing the work laid down in the conditions from May 12th, 1900, to May 12th, 1901. The illness and death of the late Captain Hughes, and the difficulty of making a suitable temporary provision for the post office had greatly interfered with Mrs. Hughes' plans. The terms appeared from their (the Council's) letter to have been granted in Captain Hughes' name.. The premises were the property of Mrs. Hughes, and her late husband had no interest in them. He would feel obliged, therefore, if they would kindly have the mistake corrected. PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE. This Committee reported—Mr. David Evans and Captain Evans submitted plans of two houses pro- posed to be erected by them in Cambrian-street, and same were approved of. Mr. John Jones sub- mitted plans of Nos. 16 and 17, Northgate-street; these also were approved of subject to the Borough Surveyor being satisfied that the basement and area in front are properly constructed. The state of the footpaths generally was considered by your Committee, and it was decided that the Town Clerk should accompany the Chairman and Borough Surveyor to inspect the Parish Map at Llanbadarn for the Committee's guidance in reporting on the matter to the Council. The Borough Surveyor was alse instructed to put the Ropewalk hill footpath in proper state of repair. The report was adopted. Councillor Williams said steps ^should be taken to place six scab in l'enclinas. < HARBOUR COMMITTEE. The Harbour Committee reported that they had considered the application of Messrs. M. H. Davis & Sons for a lease of a piece of land on Rofawr for the erection of a shed 23 yards in length, and the matter was deferred in order that Messrs. Davis & Sons might be consulted and further information obtained. Alderman Roberts stated that Mr. Davies had been seen, and did not withdraw his application. He hoped that would be a source of revenue to the Harbour—from £25 to £ 30. Alderman Doughton said that it might be advisable to have a space between the North end of the present Steamers Warehouse, and the spot upon which Mr. Davis desired to build a shed, for the purpose of loading and unloading cargoes. The matter was referred back to the committee. TENDERS. Three tenders had been recommended for print- ing 200 copies of abstract of accounts for the year ended 31st March last, and that of the Welsh Gazette Priiiter-es-R6 10s—was accepted. FINANCE COMMITTEE. The Finance Committee recommended that the Borough Accountant be instructed to order a suit for the Bellman on the same terms as last year from Mr. Thomas Hall, tailor, Terrace-road. That a donation of P,5 be made towards the funds of the Welsh Industries Exhibition to be held in Aber- ystwyth on the 6th and 7th September next. That the Mayor be authorised to affix the Corporate Seal to an agreement for a yearly tenancy of a piece of ground situate on the "Castle" to Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for War at an annual rent of Is. The report was adopted. J. FIRE BRIGADE. The Town Clerk read a letter from the Chief Constable (Mr. Howell Evans) with reference to the Council's request that he should undertake the captaincy and formation of a new Fire Brigade at Aberystwyth, stating that the Joint Committee had met and passed a resolution to the effect that they did not think it advisable that he should perform any duties for any particular part of the County, other than the duties of his office. He was, therefore, unable to undertake the duties which the Council had unanimously requested him to undertake. Councillor Salmon I suppose the members of the Joint Police Committee would have no objec- tion to the use of our Five Brigade in different districts outside Aberystwyth in case of fire Councillor Jones moved that the matter be referred to the Brigade Committee with power to act.—Carried. THE MARKET. A letter was read from Mr. John Thomas and Mr. George Gardiner, Stallholders, asking what the rules were with reference to the hours of opening and closing the market, and stating that for the past few days they had been deprived of light at a certain hour. Councillor Jones moved that this be referred to the Markets Committee. Councillor Peake With the suggestion that the gas should be supplied by meter to each stall and every stallholder to pay for his own gas. Councillor Salmon said the stallholders paid tolls and they should have a proper light. Councillor Peake "here are some which use the gas for three or four hours and the others use none, and yet they have to pay the same. Councillor James said some of them burnt more gas than they paid for their stalls. The Town Clerk said the complaint was made because one stallholder took it upon himself to put out the light. He suggested that this should be put in the hands of the market caretaker. The Surveyor said the market was really made for the butchers, and it was desirable in their interests that the light should ba put out early, because of the meat. Alderman Jones thought these complaints might be sent in the first instance to the Committee. Councillor Jones said the Markets Committee should decide once and for all when the market should be opened and closed, as at present there seemed to be a good deal of doubt among stall- holders, and each one should be notified. It was agreed to refer the matter to the Markets Committee. SMALL ROUND ABOUT." Messrs. Enoch Edwards and Lewis Jones wrote asking for permssion to place on the beach a small roundabout for children to occupy only 10 square feet." Councillor Williams thought there was quite enough on the beach now, and the other members expressed the same opinion.
Cardiganshire Main Roads Committee. A meeting of the North Cardiganshire Main Roads Committee was held at Aberystwyth on Monday, Mr. David Jenkins presiding. A dis- cussion took place concerning the state of the Devil's Bridge, and it was resolved to recommend that a new iron bridge be constructed over the present stone bridge which is to be left standing so as not to disfigure the place, the estimated cost being £ 1,600. The plans and estimate will be placed before the County Council at their meeting on the 17th inst. It was also decided to recom- mend that one third of the cost of a bridge over the Clettwr to be erected by the Aberystwyth Rural District Councilbe contributed. The cost is £ 94 10s., and of this Mrs. Basil Jones has promised to contribute £15. The question of protecting the road at Borth from the inroads of the sea was dis- cussed. Mr. Lloyd (the Surveyor) laid before the Committee a plan for constructing a line of paling, about. 65 yards in length, to run parallel with tbe main road, and a cross groyne to run seaward at right angles to it. It was resolved, before coming to any final decision, to submit the plans to the Borth Defence Committee, to ascertain the views of Mr. Case, their engineer, an expert in sea defence work.
BARMOUTH. THE Thermometer registered 011 Tuesday 83 degrees n the shade. GENEROSITY.—It is said that Mr. Evan Thomas, Hafod-v-brvn, Llanbedr, has contributed £ 1000 to- wards the Welsh Methodist Centenary Fund. THE EI.LIS MEMORIAL.—Barmouth and Dyffryn have nearly completed their collections. The Secre- tary of the district, Mr. J. Henry Richards, states that lie has not yet heard from Arthog and Bontddu. SpoRTs.-Thc annual sports which are to be held on the Recreation Ground on Monday next, promise to be more popular than ever. Entries are more numerous than formerly, particularly for the Cycling Challenge Cap, value £ 10 10s. The Denbigh Volun- teer Band, 35 in number, will be in attendance. CONCERT.—A grand concert was held last evening (Wednesday) at the Assembly Rooms, in aid of the the local Branch of St. John Ambulance Associa- tion. The following were the artistes Miss Kitty Hughes (soprano), Mr E. M. Evans (tenor) the Royal Magnets, Mr. F. Turner (violinist), Mr. Fred Poulton (solo cornet), Mr. Carl Manntein (flautist), Mr. William Allen (baritone), Mr. William Woodward (vocalist), and Messrs. Park and Bowden (refined comedians). URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. Special Meeting, Tuesday, August 1st. Present Rev. J. Gwynoro Davies (chairman), Messrs. Hugh Evans, Owen Williams, Richard Roberts, Captain Richards, John Richards, Robert Williams, William Owen, Edward Williams, H. Wynne Williams, and O. W. Morris, with Mr. William George (clerk), Mr. O. Jones (assistant clerk), and Mr. J. Adams, Sur- veyor. lIHSS cOBBE'S GENEROSITY. The Chairman said that the kind offer made bv Miss Cobbe to Barmouth was known to all, as it had appeared in the papers. He thought it was an ex- cellent and a very generous offer, and he felt sure the Council would do all in their power to make it pos- sible for Miss Cobbe to present her library to Bar- mouth. He considered Barmouth fortunate, and that a slice of luck had fallen to it. There were hundreds of places in Wales which would be willing and eager to do everything in their power to get a building for such a unique collection of valuable books as Miss Cobbe was so generous in offering to Barmouth. When he saw the letter written by Miss Cobbe to the paper, he called a special meeting-of the members of the Council last Friday, and it was unani- mously passed that he should communicate with Miss Cobbe, thanking her, and intimatingthe Council's desire to meet her wishes on every point. He was also asked to communicate with Mr. Dennis, the General Manager of the Cambrian Railway. He therefore communicated with both, and on Wednesday he received a letter from Miss Cobbe, which was to the effect that she was pleased to receive the Council's letter, and to find that her proposal to present her library to Barmouth was acceptable to them. She much hoped that one or other of the two plots which were mentioned would be available. The plot near the town side would be preferable, but if they could not have one of the two sites, she hoped another would be found suitable. The nearer it was to the station, and in a central position, the better it would be. He (the Chairman) had hoped that by this meet- ing there would be an answer from the Cambrian Railway. He wrote to Mr. Dennis on Saturday, asking him to kindly let him know at an early date when he could arrange an interview, and pointing- out to him the kind offer made by Miss Cobbe. He (the Chairman) thought nothing could be done until they heard from the Cambrian Railway Company. Some two years ago, when a gentleman who takes a very keen interest in Barmouth, made a similar offer. Mr. Dennis could not then see his way clear to grant certain concessions, but now, he hoped, Mr. Dennis would think otherwise when this generous offer was made. He thought it would be a calamity if this offer were left to slip away, but he felt confident the Council would not ailow it to slip. He had great faith in the Cambrian Railway, and Mr. Dennis had, up to the present, done everything in his power to accede to the wishes of the Council. Mr. John Richards said lie thought that nothing could be done until they heard from the Cambrian Railway Company. The Chairman said he wrote to Mr. Dennis on Saturday, asking if he could arrange an interview early this week. Captain Richards asked whether anything could be done in the event of no arrangement being come to with the Cambrian Railway. Mr. H. Evans thought it was the Council's duty to do everything in their power to show their apprecia- tion of Miss Cobbe's generosity. They should jump at the offer. Miss Cobbe was ready to present Bar- mouth with a valuable collection of books—and valuable they were, undoubtedly—and he thought it was an honour for Barmouth, and he, for himself was most thankful. The Clerk thought that a small committee should be appointed who should see and confer with Miss Cobbe and Mr. Dennis. This was finally decided, and the following were appointed :-Rev. J. Gwynoro Davies, Messrs. Hugh Evans, Wynne Williams, and R. Williams. COMMUNICATION FROM CAMBRIAN RAILWAY. It was expected that a communication would have been in the hands of the Council by this meeting in answer to Mr. Gwynoro Davies' letter. But as yet no reply had come, and therefore no definite arrange- ment could be arrived at with regard to the two plots of land suitable for the erection of a building to accommodate Miss Cobbe's books. It was explained that Mr. Dennis had met with an accident on Saturdav, when going from the station at Oswestry, and no doubt that was the cause of the delay. The Chairman proposed a vote of sympathy with Mr. Dennis, which was unanimously carried. POSTAL FACILITIES. The Chairman brought forward the result of the interview with the Postmaster General as to the postal arrangements of Barmouth. It will be remem- bered that Mr. Lloyd George, M.P., had used his in- fluence in this matter, and was successful in arrange- ing an interview with the Postmaster General, and as a result, the mails for the two months of August and September would arrive at Barmouth at 7 o'clock, and the delivery of the letters would finish at 8.30., which was most satisfactory. After that he (the chairman), received a communication from Mr. Dennis, to the effect that from October 1st, the L. &N.W.R. would accelerate the morning train by 20 minutes, making it possible for the mails from Machynlleth to arrive at Barmouth at 20 minutes to 7. He hoped this arrangement would work satisfac- torily. But if the trains only arrived at 7 they would be no better off than they are at the present time. He told Mr. Dennis that the Council were pleased at the arrangement, but if it did not work they had nothing to do but to fall back on the safest route, viz. via Dolgelley. The mail arrives there at 6.30 every morning. The G,W.R. are quite prepared to run that train at 5.33, and if the Cambrian Railway are not prepared to run that connection, the G.W.R. would be willing to run a coach at 5.30 If they found in October that the train in Machynlleth did not arrive in time, they would resort to this arrangement. The mails arrived in Barmouth this morning (Tues- day) at ten past eight, instead of seven, which did not augur well for the new arrangements made by the Cambrian Railway for the months of August and September. To-day was the first day of those ar- rangements, and the fact that the trains were so late on the first day was not very'encouraging. Captain Richards proposed that a letter be sent to the Cambrian Railway Company, asking for the reason of such a serious delay. The great complaint was with visitors. They were delayed at Machyn- lleth, aud sometimes were compelled to wait there for an hour or more. This would do harm to Bar- mouth. The Chairman seconded, and it was passed. SURPLUS LAND. The Chairman said the present time was a very favourable time for Barmouth. Everybody believed in Barmouth. In a month or two there would be a sale of land there. He therefore thought that the Council could not do better than sell a bit of land near the foreshore. It would bring in a good sum of money to meet the liabilities of the Council. He pro- posed that a piece of land should be entered into the market, and he hoped they would realize a good sum by it. Captain Richards was of the same opinion as the chairman, and said it would be a good thing to do away with it. The Rev. J. Gwynoro Davies proposed that the matter be placed on the agenda for the next ordinary meeting, as the members would by that time have had an opportunity of considering it.—This was passed. Mr. W. Wynne Williams proposed that boards be put up, marked "On Sale," and if no one came to buy the land, it would be sold by auction in the ordinary way.—This was also passed. CARTING REFUSE. A letter was read from Mr. William Jones, Lion Hotel, who was last year the contractor for the removal of refuse. This year the contract has been let to Mr. Edward Williams. Mr. Jones had written to the Council twice previously, but hadreceived no answer. He asked why the Council, when he was the con- tractor, blamed him for not carting regularly, but now the same thing occurred, when the Council took no notice of the matter. The Chairman said that all refuse ought to be cleared every morning. This the present contractor did not do, and sometimes he even let it remain for a day. The agreement was plain enough. Mr. William Owen said that the matter had been brought forward before. It had been passed that all refuse should be cleared every morning, and if this was not done the contractor was breaking the agree- ment. He thought the Surveyor should see that it was cleared. Mr. H. Evans said that some time ago a deputation had seen the contractor, who promised to cart aU refuse every morning. Mr. E. Williams proposed that a notice be sent to the contractor, pointing out to him that he was breaking the agreement. Captain Richards seconded, and it was passed.
CORRIS. DEATH IN AMERICA.—Goronwy Roberts, the "only son and child of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Roberts (Llew Dulas) dierl in his 19th year on the 6th of July after a long a painful illness. He was born at Corris and emigrated to Ameriea with his parents when only two years old, and lived with them at Granville, Washington, where he followed the i business of a draper.
Towyn County School. Five pupils of this school were prese-atcd at the recent Matriculation Examination of the London University. Of this number four were placed in the first division, viz., Lizzie Wynne Richards, Abcr- dovey; Taliesin Edwards, Corris; Edward Jones, Upper Corris and David James Roberts, Towyn. This result will compare most favourably with that of any County School i. the Principality, indeed, a pass list of 80 per cent. of the number of pupils pre- sented. and all in the first division, is almost unique. The following results of the Science Examinations are to hand:—Magnetism and Electricity: John Mornant Hughes, Beddgelert, and William Roberts, Bryncrug, both secure a first division in the ad- vanced stage. Mechanics John (Mornant Hughes and William Hughes, 2nd class advanced stage D. James Roberts, Towyn, 1st class elementary stage. Heat: John Mornant Hughes, and William Roberts 2nd class advanced stage. Every pupil presented in science subjects has been successrul. The school continues to do very advanced work. All the pupils who have matriculated intend to return to school to prepare for the Inter B.A., or B.Sc., Examinations of the London University to be held next July, and for College Scholarship Examinations.
TOWYN. MERIONETHSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.— A meeting of the local branch of this society was held at the Corbet Arms Hotel, on Friday, July 28th. The attendance was small. Mr. H. Pughe, Penbryn was voted to the chair. The main business of the meeting was the selection of collectors for the district. The following were appointed-Towyn: Messrs. H. Pughe, Penybryn, and Jones, Hendy. and H. Evans, Escuan. Llan- fihangel: Messrs. H. Vaughan, Caerberllan, and Evans, Gwastadfryn. Abergynohvvn Mes-rs. H. Ellis, and H. M. Roberts. Pennal: Mr. J. Parry, Esgairweddau. Aberdovev: Mr. W. Thomas, Ty- newydd. Llwyngwril: Messrs. Harold Kirkby. Parry, Hendre, and H. Thomas, Rhoslefain. Llanegryn: Messrs. R. Roberts. Rhydygarnedd and D. Tudor, Glanmaches. Bryncrug: Mr. Kirkbv, Gwyddelfynydd, and J. Roberts, Junr, Perfeddnant. Corris: Mr. Michael Jones. VOLUNTEERS.—Final preparations erenow being made for the reception of the Shropshire and Herefordshire Volunteers, who will form a Brigade Camp of 6,000 on Penllyn Marsh. All the con- tingents will have arrived between Saturday and Monday next. It was stated in last week's issue of the "Gazette" that the Worcester and Warwick would again visit Towyn. These (Artillery) will not encamp in Towyn this year. The Camping Ground of these Battalions is Sandilands, where the new sea wall and promenade is now being erected. PRESEXTATIOx.-The members of the English Presbyterian Church have decided to present the Rev. J. D. Evans, their late pastor, with a handsome study desk and an illuminated address on his departure from Towyn. For this a good sum has been subscribed by the members of the church and a few well-wishers, and such readiness on their part to act on the suggestion proves how Mr. Evans' services have been appreciated. The date of the presentation has not yet been fixed. NEPTUNE HALL.—This large building which has for so many years been empty and deserted. but at the same time an object of great interest to visitors and others, is undergoing thorough repair and painting. A large number of men are at work, and the arrangements are to be completed by August 4th, on which date, it is rumoured, the house will be occupied. ACCIDENT.—Considering the many new buildings and residences which have been built of late at Towyn, scaffold and other accidents have been exceptionally rare. What might have been a serious accident though befell a workman named Evan Jones in the employ of Mr. R. Price Morgan on the extension of Idris Villas where six new villas are being erected. Jones was carrying a bag of cement, when stepping on a plank it tilted and knocked him severely, He was sent home in a cart, but is progressing favourably. THE SEASON :—Except in the remote valleys of the Dysynny where the hay harvest is generally late. The crop on the extensive marshes to the north and south of the town is being steadily gathered in. The weather is all that could be desired for ingathering—and the surrounding country is at its best. Another fortnight or so corn the August gold of earth" will be in the hands of the reaper. On Penllyn and Maesllefrith fields it is already in fine trim for the sickle, pods and stems appear to be of excellent quality. The trees have fully garbed their foilage and the out- look is charming. Waltonians find ample scope and rare facilities are at hand for throwing the fly in lake, river or streamlets, and fish is abundant, A gentleman noticed a remarkable occurrence at the mouth of the Dysynni, a few days ago. A peregrine falcon was seen crossing the estuary with what seemed to be a rabbit in its claws, but probably finding its burden too heavy it dropped its victim into the stream where it found a watery grave. POLICE COURT.—John Evans, a tailor, was summoned for being drunk and incapable. He was found by P.C, Lloyd in a helpless condition in High-street, and the officer had to carry him bodily to the cell. He was subsequently brought before Mr. Haydn Jones, and fined 5s. including costs, John Evans hails from Rhydyronen, Ashford. not in Kent but near Towyn, and had arrived here from Brecon.* ENGLISH SERVICES for visitors were commenced at the Baptist and Wesleyan Chapels, at the former Principal Roberts, of Aberystwyth, officiated and preached, and at the latter, the Rev. Mr. Taylor, of Newtown, preached to a good congregation. The services at the English Presbyterian Chapel are well patronized by English visitors, and so are the Parish Church, St. Cadvan's and St. Mathew's, Bryncrug. The organist of the Parish Church for this month is Mr. W. R. Edwards, C.M., of Anglesey. Mr. Edwards is a native of Towyn, and is a son of the late noted townsman, Mr. David Edwards, printer and publisher, and of Mrs. Edwards, Corbet-square. OBITUARY.—We regret to announce the some- what sudden death of Mr. Esau Jones, late of Bryngoleu, High-street, at the age of 78. Deceased was for many years a well-known farmer, and resided at Brynglas. He was always reliable on agricultural topics, and his sound judgment and knowledge was often in acquisition. He was for many years class leader at Saron Chapel, Bryncrug, and subsequently for thirty years deacon of Towyn Indepedent Chapel, and a presentation was made to him some time ago for his faithful services. Mr. Jones married the widow of the late Mr. Maurice Jones, chemist, Towyn, and mother of the late Mr. M. Howell Jones, of Victoline" fame, Towyn. The remains were interred on Wednesday in St. Cadvan's Churchyard, in the burial place of his children and first wife. He leaves one son, John, who is now in the United States, also two sisters Miss Jones, Frankwell-street (with whom he resided), Mrs. Williams, China Shop, Towyn, and one brother, Mr. Edward Jones.
DYFFRYN. SCHOOL BOARD.—The first meeting of the new board was held on Friday evening. Present Messrs M, G. Williams, Gwilym Ardudwy, R. J. Williams, R. Jones, R, Evans, R. Pugh, L. Evans, Richard Cadwalwadr, and David Jones, clerk. Mr. Lewis Evans. was elected chairman of the Boarb, and Robt. Jones, yice-chairman. It was resolved to write and ask the Department for permission to appoint an Ex- P.T., a mistress at Cwmnantal School as so very few attend. It would be a great saveing in the rates. Some members doubted whether it was worth while keeping the school open.
LLWYNGWRIL. LLANGELYNIN SCHOOL BOARD.—The ordinary monthly meeting of this Board was held on Satur- day. the 29th July last, under the presidency of Mr. Thomas Griffith, Llwyngwril. There were also present Mr. Owen Jones, Arthog, and Mr. J. O. Jones, Friog. The evening schools annual reports were read from which it appeared that all the schools were in an efficient state. It was observed that the attendance of scholars at the schools was remarkably low. After some discussion Mr. Owen Jones gave notice that at the next meeting he would move that the Education Department be petitioned to make the attendance of children under 15 years of age at evening schools compul- sory.—A letter was read from the Education De- partment stating that the National School at Llwyngwril had been removed from the list of schools in receipt of parliamentary grants, which of course means that the School has been closed for good. The Board were highly gratified by this communication, because it will considerably strengthen the Board School and will enable the Board to claim a grant under article 105 of the code. A letter was read from Mr. Thomas Lewis, jun., Arthog, resigning the office of governor of the Intermediate School at Barmouth. It may be mentioned that Mr. Lewis resigned in consequence of his having removed from Arthog to Altringham. His resignation was accepted with regret and with thanks for his valuable services. On the motion of Mr. J. O. Jones, seconded by the Chairman, Mr. William Lewis, Glanywern, Arthog, brother of Mr. T. Lewis, was appointed governor in his stead. It was stated that Mr. Thomas Arthur Lewis. Arthog, had successfully passed the P.T. Examination (second year). The, application of Miss Maggie Roberts, assistant mistress at Arthog Board School, was further adjourned pending the receipt of the annual report. The following were voted for to act as Governors of the University Court of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, viz., Mr. T. Darlington, M.A., H.M.I., Rev. Gwynoro Davies, J.P., iiarmoutli Rev. John Williams, B.A., Dolgelley, and Mr. E. D. Jones, M.A.; headmaster of the Barmouth County School.
PONTRHYDFENDIGAID. EISTEDDFOD.—On Wednesday, July 26th, a very successful Eistedofod was held at Bent. The trustees of the C. M. Chapel had kindly lent their building for the purpose, and the committee, of which the Hev. John Bowen was chairman, with Messrs. Evan Hughes, Butter Hall, and John Llewelyn Davies as secretaries, is to be con- gratulàted upon its effortts to make the meeting a success. Mr. Joseph Jones, New Abbey, acted as treasurer, with Mr. David Williams, Abbey School, as clerk. The committee did its best, to advertise the event, and the Manchester and Milford Railway ran cheap trains for the day. The first meeting- was timed for 12 o'clock, and the second meeting at 4 p.m., allowing an interval of one hour between the two meetings. Such an arrangement had a very pleasing effect and tended much to make the meetings orderly and acceptable. Before 12 p.m. vehicles conveying heavy loads of passengers besan to pour into the village from all directions, and it was soon evident that a large gathering would come together. The fact that four choirs competed for the chief prize created more than usual interest in the proceedings, especially since one of the choirs, viz., Llanddewi and Tregaron United was conducted by the veteran, Mr. Tom Glyndwr Richards, of Pontycymmer and Mountain Ash renown, and who ran second at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod with his Mountain Ash Male Party. Some' dissatisfaction was expressed because local leaders found themselves pitted against such a veteran, but there was nothing I in the rules preventing the engagement of professional conductors, and the performance of choirs under leaders of high standing should advance the musical task of others. Mr. Edward Evans, J.P., Aberystwyth, was president of the first meeting. Mr. Evans takes great interest in Bont matters, and is always ready with his purse and influence to support all objects towards the advancement of the place. As county councillor for the Strata Florida Division, and chairman of the Gwnnws Upper Parish Council he keeps him- self in touch with his native neighbourhood. Mr. John Rees, C.M., Bont, conducted the proceedings, and first called on the Rev. John Bowen to give an address of welcome to the eisteddfodic visitors in which he dwelt on a brief account of these festivals. The Conductor invited the bards to pour forth the eloquence of their muse, but none replied. The Rev. John Meurig Jones, of Epping, Essex, late Canadian Missionary, had sent four verses congratulatory to the eisteddfod, which the Con- ductor read to the meeting, before calling on the President to deliver his address. Mr. Evans followed, and, though a little nervous at the start, he made a commendable speech, dealing with the good which accrued from such meetings and men- tioning the names of eisteddfodic heroes of the district and their achievements. The programme was then proceeded with, and though the names sent in as competitors on various items were numerous, many did not answer to the nom de plumes" when called upon by the Secretary and Conductor. The choirs had so absorbed their energies on the chief prize glee, that no time appears to have been within their grasp to train for other items on the programme. The following is a list of subjects and prize winners. Unawd, Paid am gadael i," for boys under 16 years of age, Master Daniel Davies, Bont. Adroddiad Yr Elephant Gwyn." for children under 16, Mary Davies and Evan Hopkins, Berth. Soprano solo. Peidiwch gofyn i mi ganu" Mary Davies, Llangeitho, and Hannah Edwards, Lam- peter. Pryddest goffadwriaethol i'r diweddar Barch Lewis Evans, M.A., Ystradmeurig. The prize of one guinea was given by the Rev John Jones, late Canadian Missionary, and out of three competitors the Rev John Jones, M.A., Ystrad- meurig. who adjudicated, declared "Edmygydd" who turned out to be "Berthonian" Berth to be the winner. For the" Dclau Englyn i Bellebyr Pontrhydfendigaid Ceitho." Part song, "Y Rhosynau" E. D. Lloyd, Festiniog, the Ysbytty Party only appeared on the stage and were declared worthy of the prize. Next came a five minutes speech on "Effeithiau Anghysonden plant yn yr ysgolion dydddiol." Two competed, Mr. Evan Edwards, Llanafan. The last item on the pro- gramme of the first meeting was the rendering of Molwch yr Arglwydd" by choirs not under 30 in number. Only Llangeitho Choir, under Mr. Ed. Jones, C.M. competed, and it was declared worthy of the prize. The conductor announced that since several had entered for the bass solo contest a preliminary test would be made in the interval between the two meetings, for the committee was bent on going through the programme in time for visitors to catch the evening trains. The second meeting was presided over by Dr. John Morgan, who gave a very interesting and useful address on hygiene. As the doctor is a fluent speaker his j speech was aptly listened to and appreciated. The J first competition was '• Yr Eneth ddall" for girls I under sixteen years of age. Best Mary j Elizabeth Dudlyke, Swyddffynon. For the best J treatise on Electricity," one who styled himself J Tregaronian was the winner, but did not answer to j his name. Tenor solo, Y Cardotvn," Dan Davies, j Tyngraig. Adroddiad, Y Dymestl Olaf," Miss j Morgan, Hafodnewycld, Ysbytty. Duett. Y Bardd J a'r Cerddor," Messrs. D. T. Davies and D. Davies, j Bont. Best Wit," Mr. W. Jones, Cefngaer. Bass j solo, Mr. D. H, Evans, London. Then followed the j chief choral competition, Ar don o flaen gwynt- j oedd," choirs not less than 40 in number. Four j choirs competed in the following order:—(1) Cor j Undebol Llanddewi Brefi, conductor T. Glyndwr I Richards. (2) Cor Llangeitho, conductor Edward J Jones, C.M. (3) Cor Trisant, conductor William J Bonnor. (4) Cor Ysbytty, conductor John Ishmael. j Much interest was taken in this contest, and the J choirs showed that much labour had been devoted J to the training. It was a good competition, but J Mr. J. T. Rees, Mus. Bac., who adjudicated, j declared after noting his remarks on the several j renderings, that the first choir was the best, and the prize of P.10 was awarded it. The conductor announced that at the next annual Eisteddfod a prize of £ 2 2s. would be given by the Rev. John Meurig Jones for the best essay on 0 The Principals of 1 stradmeurig School from Edward Richard to Lewis Evans," also that Ystumtuen Eisteddfod was to be held on August 4th, and Ysbytty Eisteddfod on August 18th, when and where a hearty welcome would be accorded all visitors. Mr. D. Evans. London, sang the Eisteddfod song in the first meeting, and Mr. D. Evans, C.M., Aberdare Junction in the second. The adjudicators, Mr. J. T. Rees, and Rev. Glynfab Williams, Lampeter, did their work expeditiously and gave universal satis- faction. and we understand the committee has a very fair surplus fund in hand.
BERTH, Tregaron. CHEESE-MAKING.—The second term of lessons in the art of cheese-making commenced on Monday the 20th inst., when the following young ladies were enrolled as pupils for the term, viz., Miss Williams, Pontargamddwr; Miss Jones, Tyaberth (Berth); Miss Davies, Birch Hill (Llangeitho); Miss Jones and Miss Hird, Bronwaunllwyd Miss Jones, Ffos; Miss Jones, Berthddu and Miss Dudlyke, Penlan Cottage (Swyddffynon). On Tuesday the 27th, Mr. Parry, of the U.C.W.. Aberystwyth, examined the pupils of the first term at Pontargamddwr, when they all answered the questions in a most satisfactory manner, but the result is not known yet. Besides giving lessons in the art of cheese- making, Miss Darrell has brought a cream separator with her, to teach her pupils how to use it properly, the care that should be taken in using it, and the advantages of the separator. If people would be convinced of the advantages of the separator, no farmer would be without one. It requires less place in dairy than pans, ripening of cream is brought under better control, it saves time in skimming, the cream and milk both sweeter and cleaner, and a larger yield of butter, &c. I heard some people say that these lessons will never be of any practical value to the young ladies, because they take too much time, etc., about their work. The old saying is whatever is worth doing is worth doing well," and isn't it better to do a few things carefully, precisely as they should be done, than to do ten times as many in a loose, haphazard, and slovenly way. SUCCESS.—At the recent Eisteddfod held at Pontrhydfendigaid, Ben Davies (Berthonian) suc- ceeded in winning the prize offered by I- loan Meurig," late Canadian Missionary, for the best Pryddest" of no less than 150 lines to the late Lewis Evans, M.A., Ystradmeurig. This is not the first time that Ben has taken the palm for poetry, stanzas, etc.
TREGARON. MONTHLY MARKET.—The monthly market was held on Tuesday in fine weather, and the cattle field was well filled "with cattle of various kinds and qualities. Prices ruled generally high young store stock of the neighbourhood fetching good prices. SAI.K.—On Tuesday afternoon Mr. D. L. Jones, auctioneer, offered for sale at the Talbot Hotel the well known farm called Wenallt, Llangeitho. It was put up in 4 lots. Lots 1 and 2, consisting of the farm house and land were sold for L2,610, to Mr D. L. Davies, 7, Bryn-terrace, Swansea, and Lots 3 and 4 consisting of the wood and the adjoining land were withdrawn. INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL.—The summer session of the school terminated on Friday last. Most of the pupils dulv assembled in the big hall, and were met by the staff. The Headmaster, Mr. G. T. Lewis, B.A., gave a stirring address, he was followed by the Head- mistress, Miss J. G. H. Jones, 15. A., who, in a few simple and kindly words, told those present of the 1 labour and anxiety of the year, and of the pleasure with which all members of the staff had worked for them. Mr. Waterhouse added some happy remarks, and the meeting came to a close with H Hen Wlad fy Nhadau," and hearty cheers for school, staff, and pupils. JiOivxlD Oi- GL-ARDIANS.—TUESDAY. PresentMessrs. Hugh Herbert. chairman Darid V» jliiams,^ Bettws Leiki; I). J. Williams, Caron Lower; Lvan Lloyd, Biaenpennal Daniel Lodwick Gartheli; Peter Davies, Llangeitho J. Owen, Llan- badarn E. tA ans, Lledrod Lower; William Rees, Goiwjdti, P. Davies, Gorwydd; Richard Jones, Caron L]»;>er: Jeiikin Lloyd, clerk; Rees Rowlands, relieving officer, and M. Morgan, workhouse master. STATISTICS. Out-docr relief per Mr. Rees Rowlands, relieving officer, week ending 25th Julv, £ 24 0s 3d corres^ ponding last year, £ 20 8s. 6d. week ending- August 1st, amount £20 9s. 6a; corresponding last year, r Number of inmates week ending 25th July, 26, corresponding last year 29; week ending 1st August the same. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed.—Several out-door paupers attended before Guardians, and asked for an increased relief. All the cases were adjourned for consideration.—Dr Morgan Pontrhydygroes, called the attention of the Guardians to a certain pauper, who, he stated, was not fit to be alone, and should be removed to safe keepino- He stated that tiie person was verv old, and unable to eo aboull.Ilr. Rees Rowlands gave a like statement.- On the proposal ot Mr. D. Davies, seconded bv Mr D. J. llhams. it was agreed that Mr. Rees Rowlands and the Guardian for the district should make en- quiries, and report thereon. No business of importance was transacted. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. An adjourned meeting of the District Council was held on Tuesday when there were present: Messrs Dd. Davies (chairman), D. J. Williams, Evan Llovd Hugh Herbert, Peter Davies, John Owens, liev. T. R. Morgan, Dl. Lodwick, Wm. Rees, R. Jones, Evan Evans, Dd. Williams and J. Lloyd (clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed. PENPROMPREN BRIDGE. 0 Mr. D. Davies chairman stated that the committee had visited the above bridge, and that they had resolved to invite tenders for a bridge. Three tenders had already come to hand before the last meeting but owing to some alterations in the plans they decided to withdraw same and return them to the senders. TEE R> A RON "WATKR SUPPI. Y. A letter was received from Mr. J. A. Jones, Aber- yst\) th, stating he would arrange for an early in- spection of the proposed sources of supyly at Peiicefn and Berwyn Lake. It was proposed that the Surveyor should prepare a rough estimate of the cost for the next meeting. The Surveyor and Inspector were in- structed to accompany Mr. Jones to the lake. On the proposition of Mr. E. Lloyd seconded by Mr. E. Evans it was agreed that the committee already appointed should also attend with the above. This concluded the business of the meeting.
ABERAYRON. POLICE INSPECTION.—Last week Capt. Parry. H.M. Government inspector of police inspected the Aberayron district of the Cardiganshire Con- stabulary. and also inspected the police station, and found everything in good order. SHAflEs.-Shares are below par at Aherayron. Witness—The Square Field Shares are selling at the rate of five or six per, cent. C CHURCH NEWS.—Last Sunday, the pulpit of the Peniel Congregational Chapel was occupied by Mr. E. Price Evans, who preached two excellent sermons. Mr. Evans was an old student of Mr. Gwyn Jones at the Grammar School. A;ISITOR,A]-.era vroii has never been better off in number of visitors. Among the old natives we have noticed Mr. Jenkin Davies, who has spent nearly forty years in that little village called London. Mr. Davies is a brother of Mr. T. Compton Davies, J.P. THE lADIE" Cf-ioip.-TI)e, appearances of the Ladies Choir are like the visits of angels •« few and far between." Last Thursday evening, the Ladies came out once more having been in exile from Christmastide. Saturday morning, the fair ones, bent on immortality, decided to have their photos taken. We, as townspeople, are proud of our girls. ECHOES.—Compton seems to be the boss of the whole show these days. The general musical committee have elected him their president. It was lie that held the reins last Thursday evening Where is ? Echo asks again in vain. & THE CLOTH.—A respected minister in our town fell from his bicycle last week, near Pencarreo- Farm. we heard. Our friend may do well to attach a lamp to his bike and scorch less. He bore the marks of his fall on Sunday, but his tongue was all right, that is the main point after all. THE CLOCK.—The old town clock looks funny- a clock minus a face. Of course now is the appropriate time to remedy the defects of the old and respected time-pointer, while visitors are here. This done, the Urban Council will have another ten months' holiday. EVENING CONCERT.—On Thursday evening 27th inst, a grand concert was held at the Town Hall, the proceeds of which was devoted to wipe off the debt of the town piano (which was purchased some time ago). The chair was taken at 7.30 by Mr. Thomas Davies, J.P., Compton." The evening's programme was as follows: pianoforte solo by Miss M. Davies Seren Unig," The United Glee Party (under the conductorship of Mr. David Davies, Castell Green) solo, Y bwthyn ar y traeth," Miss Davies, Tanyfron Villa; duett, Excelsior." Messrs. J. R. Davies and J. D. Jenkins. Then followed a spirited rendering of •' Llwvnon," by a party conducted by Mrs. T. Z. Jones; 0 na byddaÏn haf o hyd, Mr. J. R. Davies; "Lead, kindly light," Mr. J. D. Jenkins, who on being encored sang The Diver": The Little Church," The Male Voice Party, under the conductorship of Mr. J. R- Davies violin solo, Ye Banks and Braes," Mr. Emrys Williams solo, Morning," Miss Agnes Davies, who as usual was recalled, and sang Y fam a'i baban"; "Wyr Philistia," The Male Voice Party Love, could I only tell thee," Mr. Pennant James Home far away." by the Misses Davies, Tanyfron Villa; Yr Haf," The Ladies Party; Datod Mae Rhwvmau Caethiwed." The United Glee Party finale, God Save the Queen." PICNIC.—On Friday last the children attending the Peniel Congregational Chapel were entertained with a picnic on Bank Clogfryn. There was a long parade from the vestry to the field of enjoyment. Fine weather favoured the outing, and an enjoyable afternoon was spent. After tea was over the juveniles indulged themselves in racing, jumping, &c., being awarded prizes of sweets and toys. Much praise is due to the ladies who so willingly rendered their services. Mr. John Davies, 4, Albert street (superintendent) carried out his duties admirably. ATHLETIC SPoRTs.The second series of the season were held last Wednesday, July 27th inst., on the Company's track. A good gate was made. The Lampeter Brass Band played selections of music. The following were the events:—Two mile bicycle race (confined to members of the Aberayron New Quay, Llanon, and Lampeter Cycling Clubs), 1, J. O. Davies, Neuaddlwryd, Aberayron; 2, J. D. Thomas, Post Office, Llanon; the winner of this race ran foul with Mr. Hughes, Llanon House, by passing him on the inside of the track. One mile bicycle race (confined to members of the Aberyaron Cycling Club), 1, Mr. J. D. Jenkins, Feathers Hotel; 2, J. O. Davies, Neuadd- lwyd; 3, John Morgan Evans, 1, Alban Square. Three mile open handicap bicycle race, 1. William Rees, Llantrisant, from scratch 2, L. T. Evans, Pontypridd, handicapped 50 yards; 3, Jenkin is 0 Lewis, Penrhiw. One lap slow race, 1, J. D. Thomas, Llanon; 2, J. 0. Davies, Neuaddlwyd. One mile bicycle race, for boys under 15 years of age, 1, W. H. Evans, Talsarn: 2, J. D. Thomas, Llanon. One mile one-leg bicycle race, 1, William Rees, LIantrissant; 2, J. Lewis, Penrhiw. The sports of the season were held yesterday, when a silver challenge cup, value £10, was offered, full report will appear next week. PETTY SESSIONS.—WEDNESDAY. Before Ma jor Price Lewes (in the chair), Rev. J. M. Griffiths. Morgan Evans and David Evans, DRUNKENNESS.—Sergt. Davies charged David Edwards with being drunk and disorderly at Aber- ayron. Fined 7s. 6d. and costs. Sergt. D. Davies charged William Thomas with being drunk and disorderly. Fined 7s. 6d. and costs. P.C. Thomas Jones, New Quay, charged Thos. Evans with being drunk at New Quay on the 13th inst. Defendant was fined 5s. and costs. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.—Amos Daly was charged by Sergt. Davies with ill treating his horse by beating it, the back of the horse being covered with marks. Fined ZI and costs. A GUI, CASE.—David Williams charged John Davies with firing a gun on the highway, thereby endangering his life. Defendant admitted the offence. Case was dismissed and costs remitted. BREACH OF CONTRACT.—Rees Lewis, Hafod Fawr, Llanbadarn, Trefeglwys, claimed £10. damages from William Lewis Richards, of London, for that he being a workman and having entered into contract of service with him and wrongfully quitted plaintiff's employment on the 20th day of June, 1899. Mr. D. Pennant James appeared for the defence. Plaintiff was awarded £ 2 10s. damages. NON-PAYMENT OF POOR RATES.—The over- seers of the poor of the parish of Cilcennin, charged E. Morgan with not paying his rates. Case was adjourned till next sessions.
FESTINIOG. PROGRESS.—The electric light was installed in the Yotty and Bowydd Quarries last week. SUCCESS.—Mr. Edward Owen, a former pupil at the Intermediate School, has come out at the top of the- recent successes at the Didsbury Wesleyan College Examinations. PERSONAL.—The numerous friends of Mr. J, Parry Jones, J.P., the Bank, will regret to learn that he is still unwell, and has to remain at Llandudno, where, it is to be hoped, he will make satisfactory pro- gress- RECOGNITION.—Nurse Alice, from this town was among those who had the honour to receive a certi- ficate of merit from the Prince of Wales in London the other day. FATAL ACCIDENT.—On Tuesday of last week a youth of 14-, sop. of Mr. John Roberts, Bethesda- terrace, met with his death in a painful manner. It appears that the horse took fright and bolted, and the unfortunate boy got between it and the wall in High- (street, where he was so severely injured, that he suc-> cumbed shortly after.