ABERYSTWYTH TOWN COUNCIL. PROMENADE EXTENSION SCHEME. The fortnightly meeting of the Aberystwyth Town Council was held on Tuesday. Present: The Mayor (Mr. D. C. Roberts) presiding, Aldermen Peter Jones, W. H. Palmer, and T. Doughton, Councillors J. P. Thomas, Croydon Marks. C. M. Williams, T. E. Salmon, E. H. James, John Jenkins, and E. T. Wynne, with the Town Clerk (Mr. A. J. Hughes), the Surveyor (Mr. Rees Jones), and the Deputy Clerk (Mr. C. Massey). CORPORATION FINANCES. The Town Clerk read the following statement, which was signed by Councillor Peake (mayor's auditor), Mr. John Thomas (elective auditor), and Mr. E. J. Evans (elected auditor):—"We have examined the Corporation accounts for the year ending March 25th, 1899. The different depart- ments show satisfactory balances with the exception of the expenditure of the harbour department, which still shows a yearly deficit. The water department shows a phenomenal surplus over expenditure. The" sinking funds in all the departments have been attended to. The books are accurately and systematically kept, and vouchers produced for all expenditure. We found the accountant's office in an orderly and business-like state." Councillor Williams asked what the outstanding amount uncollected on the rentals was, and sug- gested that it might be included in the report. The Mayor: We had better ask our accontant to produce the figures at the next meeting. ARRIVAL OF TRAINS. The Town Clerk produced the return giving the arrival of trains on the Cambrian, which was re- ferred to the General Purposes Committee. Councillor Williams said that he presumed it would be sent to Mr. Denniss. The Town Clerk Yes. MISS LEWIS' CLAIM. The Town Clerk intimated that lie had received a letter from Miss Lewis, Llanon, stating that she would send particulars of claim in time for the next meeting. WELSH INDUSTRIES' EXHIBITION. The Town Clerk read a letter from Mr. Glvn Davies, secretary to the above, conveying the warmest thanks of the Executive Committee for gift of £5 so considerately made to them by the Council towards the exhibition funds. Mr. J. C. Harford, added Mr. Davies, on behalf of Mrs. Harford, desired to express appreciation of the gift. COMMITTEE REPORTS. The Public Works Committee recommended that the application of the Horticultural Society for the loan of the toll house for a change box on the 16th inst. be granted.—Carried. There was no report from the Finance Committee A meeting was convened for the 8th inst., but the chairman only attended, and as no quorum was formed, the bills were not passed and no instruc- tions were given to convene another meeting until the ordinary meeting of the 24th inst. The Har- bour Committee recommended with reference to the application of Messrs. M. H. Davies & Sons for a lease of a piece of land on Rofawr for the erec- tion of stores, that a lease for 21 years be granted at £1 4s per foot frontage per annum for a period of. 23 years.—Carried. HACKNEY CARRIAGES. The General Purposes Committee reported as follows :—Your Committee having received a report from the Inspector of Hackney Carriages that of late there has been an improvement in the conduct of drivers of hackney carriages, and l'iithat the proprietors appeared to wish to avoid cause of complaint, your Committee, while recognising the fact that serious complaints have been made both against drivers and proprietors of hackney carriages for breaches of the bye-laws and that if the causes of complaints are not removed drastic measures will have to be adopted, recommend that having regard to the lateness of the season it is not desirable to alter existing arrangements, but that the Inspector of Hackney Carriages be instructed to keep a strict watch and to report upon any com- plaints that may arise, and that at the end of the season the question of a re-arrangement of cab stands, the rescinding of the permission now given during certain hours to place carriages for hire on the Marine Terrace, as well as the provision of additional cab stands, be considered by your Com- mittee and reported to the Council. Your Committee instructed the Inspector to call upon all drivers of hackney carriages to avoid Terrace Road in going on and off the Marine Terrace stand unless such carriages are proceeding with passengers on their journey. The report was adopted. FIRE BRIGADE. The Fire Brigade Committee recommended:— That Mr. Rees Jones be asked to undertake the captaincy and formation of a new brigade; the purchase of 600 feet of hose at a cost not to exceed R,55 and that the members of the old Fire Brigade who rendered service at the Mill Street fire be paid. Councillor Salmon, in moving the adoption of the report said that it was not the intention of Mr Rees Jones to hold the post permanently, but to depute the duties to someone else as soon as he brought the brigade into a state of efficiency. Alderman Doughton seconded.—Carried. Councillor Williams said he was glad to find that the committee now recommended payment to the old members of the brigade who rendered very good assistance at the fire. PROMENADE EXTENSION" SCHEME. Alderman Palmer had Ithe following resolution on the agenda :-That the Town Clerk be instructed to renew the application made in the year 1895 to the Local Government Board for their sanction to the-borrowing of the loan required for the purpose of carrying out the proposed extension of the promenade round the Castle, and that the Board be urged to hold the necessary inquiry, and to expedite matters as much as possible inasmuch as the exist- ing promenade is wholly inadequate for the town. In moving it, Alderman Palmer said they had all heard a good deal about it during the past six or seven years. He thought they were all agreed that the time had now come when the scheme must be proceeded with. Anyone who visited the promenade or the castle grounds last Sunday must have been convinced that it was time the promenade was extended. Very few words from him would suffice, as be had talked so much about this ever since the year he was Mayor, and it had been before the Council, who bad recommended it. The plans werr, drawn up aid the scheme sent to the Local Government Board, and the reason that they did proceed with the work in 1895 was that they were backward with their loans, but thanks to the Committee that had been very nearly remedied, and as they had just heard they were now in a splendid position financially. They were able to go on with the scheme and he thought the inquiry should be held at once, as there were other matters which could be inquired into at the same time. He hoped, even if they could not carry the whole scheme out at once, that they would begin it during the coming winter or early in the spring, so that the visitors might see that Aberystwyth was once more doing something to make herself known, and was the first watering place in Wales. Aberystwyth had been called the Brighton of Wales, but a gentlemen said to him recently that it must far exceed Brighton, because people who visited Brighton and afterwards came to Aberyst- wyth said that Brighton lacked what Aberystwyth had, the beautiful scenery at the back. They had the promenade at Brighton, but Aberystwyth was going to have its promenade, and it had the scenery which no other place could have. He could picture to himself the time when the promenade, extending round the Castle, would join the South Marine Terrace, delightful with the electric light and banks of evergreen growing up on the sides, and with shelters for the people: and he hoped to see it extended to the other end, with beautiful trees and shrubs, and there the band stand should be, and there the people should congregate of an evening, and in the early winter it would be crowded with visitors. They lacked these visitors now, but when they could rest there in their chairs under the shelter of trees, and under the shelter of the castle whenjthere was a strong southerly wind, Aberystwyth would be a a place for invalids which no place in England could equal. They might call the South Coast what they liked, but the West Coast was the best because the climate was more equal all the year round. The townspeople would be only too pleased when they saw what the Council was doing to attract the visitors from the Midlands and the North and South. He knew of people who came from all parts of the world to Aberystwyth. An American gentleman told him the other day that the reason why he came to Aberystwyth was that a lady who had been there said to him, "Whenever you go to England, mind you go to see Aberyst- wyth," and he said that Aberystwyth was more talked of in America than any other place in England. He also said there were a lot of people in America bearing the same names as those in Wales,—there were Hughes' and Joneses, and Williamses. Councillor Williams. There are no Palmers there (laughter). Alderman Palmer: Very likely not in some parts, but there are plenty of Palmers (laughter). Proceeding he said they were all agreed that some: thing might be done. The rates were such that no one could grumble, because all the inhabitants had been doing well this summer, aud they would only be too pleased to see the work commenced. Councillor Marks remarked that what had passed through Alderman Palmer's wind, must have passed through the mind of every one of them. It was only a matter of convenience as to who should bring the matter forward. No visitor would feel disposed to say that the Council had got as far as they ought to have got in the accommodation of visitors in the front. So far as he could see from statistics he kept. it was the best season they had had for some time, and people might feel inclined to relax their efforts. But people who advertised found that as soon as they dropped advertising their receipts fell. That had been the case with Medicine Companies, and it was the same in the case of watering places. Every place was pushing nowadays; there was competition everywhere; and Aberystwyth must continue to advertise itself. What "had they at Aberystwyth that other places had not ? They had everything that would satisfy the desires of every class. In Black- pool they had only a stretch of sand with noisy amusements in Rhyl they might get a glimpse of the sea if they got there in time (laughter). In Llandudno they had scenery nearly equal to that at Aberystwyth, but they had there a promenade three times the length and twice the width, and they were still extending it. At Aberystwyth there was only one possible thing for them to do. They must make the front by carrying it round to the South Terrace and on to he other side. Many people came there every year, who went away and advertised it, the train service was improving, and all the visitors would say that the great drawback was the promenade. People who paid rates might say this was unnecessary, forgetting that the more they spent the more people they attracted. If they increased the rates towards the promenade they would bring in more people. The two previous weaks they had to drive people away to Bortli, but last night he was told they could not take more at the hotel at Borth, so they had to be sent else- where. The people who were sent away might tell their friends, It's no use your going to Aber- ystwyth, they can't accommodate you there." They must show people that they were moving. They wanted them from all parts, and of all tastes and conditions. They wanted high class people who suited Mr. Palmer, and some of all kinds. In Weston-Super-Mare they had the Madeira Cove, a sheltered place in the corner of a rock, where people congregated, and which made it a winter resort. They had under Constitution Hill a spot that would make a better Madeira Cove than existed anywhere in England. It was admirably sheltered, and when the wind blew that way they could have a similar shelter at the other end of the Terrace. The advantages they had at Aber- ystwyth were not sufficiently known they did not use them. Although the rates might be slightly increased it would be the wisest expenditure they had ever undertaken, and it would return to those who invested in it far more than they put out, whilst the increased convenience would be uni- versally appreciated. He seconded the resolution. The Town Clerk said with regard to the previous application to the Local Government Board for a loan, the resolution of the Council, together with the plans and detailed estimates of the cost of the proposed work, were forwarded on June 25th, 1895, and the Local Government Board, after considera- tion, stated they were not prepared to entertain the application until the arrangements for the repayment of the existing debts had been placed on a satisfactory footing. After that there was a public inquiry by a "Local Government Board Inspector, with the result that the Provisional Order with regard to sinking funds was repealed, and an extended time given. The whole of the arrears had been provided for at the present date and the balance on these "arrears would be wiped, off in the course of seven years, from then. He added that he had just written to the Local Government Board asking when an inquiry could be held, assuming Alderman Palmer's resolution was passed, but he had only had a formal acknow- ledgment of the letter. Conncillor Marks; What was the estimate then? Alderman Doughton: £ 10,000. Alderman Palmer: I hope we shall ask for enough. In a recent work we found we hadn't enough. You can ask for as much as you like. Alderman Jones: It must be based on an estimate. The Town Clerk: There are several other matters-such as the question of extending the Town Hall-to be inquired into at the same time. Councillor Marks: This application should not be merged with others, which can wait better than this. Alderman Palmer suggested that the plan should be publicly exhibited, as some people seemed to think the scheme bad dropped through. Replying to Councillor Williams, who asked what would be the increased cost of carrying out the work now as compared with the estimate of 1895, the Surveyor said the price of cement had increased 30 per cent., and as the price of labour and material had also increased, he roughly estimated the cost now P,12,700, as against £ 10,000. in 1895, Councillor Williams said that having regard to the lapse of four-and-a-half years since the matter was discussed and agreed upon by the Council, and to the great increase in the estimated cost, and especially having regard to the fact that there were five members on the Council now who were not on it in 1885, he thought this question, which was of the greatest importance to the welfare of Aberyst- wyth, ought to be well considered by the whole Council. It was only right that the new members should have an opportunity of perusing the plans and of going carefully into the whole scheme. He had been an ardent advocate of all improvements possible with a view of making Aberystwyth, the leading watering place, not only in Wales, but in England as well, and he was in favour of the scheme in 1895. At that time there was a glowing prospect of having immediately a greatly reduced rate, and one of the strong arguments of Mr. Peter Jones then in minimising the proposed expenditure was the great revenue that would accrue from the sand on the beach, which he said would be between £ 400 and £ 500, and which, according to the estimate then presented, would practically pay the interest and annual repayments of the loan. They knew that source of revenue had disappeared for some time, and greatly to their advantage, when they considered the state of the beach at the present time. Since then many of them had opportunities of consulting a large number of the ratepayers. It was no use mincing matters, all were not agreed upon the scheme. In fact there was considerable dissension with regard to the carrying out of this very big scheme, and before they did anything they ought to refer the whole matter to a com- mittee of the whole Council, so that the new members might go fully inio it. If they agreed to commence the scheme, he thought a ratepayers' meeting should be called to see whether the town approved of it. His opinion was that it would approve; at any rate they would approve of a great part of the scheme, they might not agree to the whole of it. There was no mention of ex- tending the scheme to a point at Craiglas, which they carried in 1895, and it would be well to consider this at the same time. He thought it would be greatly to their advantage before launching into any further big schemes if they were to complete what they had already in hand. They had a great many things in hand that had been hanging on for many years. Take the workmen's dwelling scheme, it was almost impossible to get that finished, there was always some obstacle or other. Then there was the paving of the streets, and of the courts and alleys. There was no matter that needed more immediate atten- tion than the improvements of the courts and alleys of the town where the poor people had to live. These matters [ought to be completed before they entered on more works. The Surveyor could not attend to everything, he had now far more than he could do the proof of that was the delay there was in carrying out the scheme they had in hand. Why add another scheme ? He believed in effect- ing this improvement when the convenient time arrived, but let them attend to the other matter first, tnen they could go into this scheme and carry it out without any delay. He moved that the matter be referred to a committee of the whole Council. Alderman Doughton supported Alderman Palmer's resolution. He said there had been some talk on street corners of the town here, there and every- where that this scheme was going to cost E50,000 or £ 60,000. The Surveyor's estimate in 1895 was Z10,000, and the Surveyor was never far wrong in his figures, but the price of cement bad gone up from 36s 6d to 53s. a ton, and labour was then very much cheaper; consequently the scheme would cost he took it close upon £ 13,000. Talking about the Brighton of Wales, he would not have it as the Brighton of Wales Brighton was nowhere (laughter). They only got muddy water from the Thames there; the same might be said of Weston, Blackpool and Llandudno; but at Aberystwyth they got the ozone coming right in from the Atlantic, and there was no other place in the Kingdom like it. All the seats on the Terrace we1- full every evening, and they could walk for hours without having a seat, so that they had not got proper accommodation for visitors. They must spend money if they wanted improvements. He did not believe in throwing the matter back. A bird in the hand was worth two in the bush; let them strike at it now. As for extending it to Craiglas, that was not their property, and why should they improve other people's property ? The Castle was crumbling away, and they would have to go to some expense or they would lose it altogether. • If they had to dig down and have a concrete foundation Z13,000 would not cover it, but they had a rocky foundation right from the Promenade to the Castle, and there was only a little patch this side of South Terrace on which they would have to use concrete. They had their own quarry and appliances, and everthing was ready. Could they not get the College people to have a space between the Pier and Castle Grounds, formed in as an aquarium ? They had a nursery in the agricultural department down at Plascrug if they were experimenting there, why not here? Councillor Salmon seconded Mr. Williams' amendment. The Council, he said, bad passed resolutions to carry out improvements in other parts of the town besides the Terrace, and these should be attended to first, especially workmen's dwellings. He was sure the cost would far exceed £ 12,000, and it would not increase the accommoda- tion for visitors, but only the parading. No one had said by how much the rate would be increased. Alderman Doughton We shall have 30 years to pay it back. That means Z500 or Z600 per annum or a four-penny or five-penny rate. Councillor Thomas, supporting the amendment said the Town Council had several schemes involving a large expenditure in hand—about £ 30,000, including this scheme-and they would be nearer the mark if they said this scheme was going to cost E40,000 (laughter and hear, hear). People outside the Council were quite able to form an opinion as to what the cost would be. He hoped they would not enter on this gigantic scheme without careful consideration. The Surveyor, replying to Councillor Marks, said the lower end of the Promenade wall was done by contract. Councillor Marks: Has Mr. Rees Jones ever made such an egregious blunder as indicated by Mr. Thomas— £ 40,000 for P,13,000 (laughter) ? Councillor Thomas The actual cost of building the wall behind the Hostel was double the Sur- veyor's estimate. The Surveyor explained that he estimated for a dwarf wall, but it was decided to build one twice as high. The Mayor In common fairness to Mr. Jones I think in all the big works he has undertaken on our behalf be has always done well (hear, hear). Councillor Williams pointed out that the ex- penditure on schemes at present in hand, apart from workmen's dwellings, amounted to E21,000, equally to an eleven penny or a shilling rate. It was well that the ratepayers should know what they were doing. Alderman Jones agreed that it was well the rate- payers should be made acquainted with their financial position when they incurred this responsibility, and it would be well for them to be reminded of the state of things that existed in 1880. In the year 1879-80 they applied for borrowing powers to carry out the Plynlymon scheme. The rateable value then was E23,000. Before the close of the present year the rateable value would probably be IZ33,000, so that their financial position, as far as their borrowing powers were concerned, was E20,000 in excess of that period. Councillor Williams What did you say it was ? Alderman Jones £ 23,000. I haven't the cut- tings (laughter). Councillor Williams Apart from the cuttings I don't see how you make it- Alderman Jones If you only wait for my ex- planation. We can borrow double our rateable value, Councillor Williams: Mr. Williams knows that. Alderman Jones, proceeding, said that the borrowing powers of the town were therefore £ 20.000 more now than in 1880. Since that time they had repaid some £ 14,000, so that practically their rateable value was z234,000 better than it was at that time. In addition to that they had repaid other loans, so that practically their borrowing powers were P-40,000 better. The estate of the Corporation then brought in about Z600, at present it brought in £ 2,000, and this capitalized would represent a very formidable sum indeed. That water scheme had proved the greatest boon Aber- ystwyth ever had it established a reputation for the town, and they had to-day one of the finest supplies in the country. Councillor Williams: What were the rates in 1879 ? Alderman Jones I am not a kind of encyclo- paedia on this subject. Broadly speaking the rates during the first six or seven years after carrying out that scheme were as heavy as, if not heavier, than they have ever been since. With regard to the advantage of carrying out this extension project they were so palpable and self-evident that there could not be a doubt on the subject. The Castle grounds were about the most valuable property that the Corporation had, but it had been gradually crumbling away-it was now only two-thirds of what it was 40 years ago— and it behoved them to put it in such a state of perservation as to withstand the inroads of the sea. Something must be done for that object and that only. In addition to that they knew the insufficiency of accommodation on the promenade at the present time. It was their duty to make things as pleasurable as possible for visitors; they would attain that object to a great extent by in- creasing the accommodation on the sea board. It was now 800 or 900 yards long; by carrying out this scheme they would add another 1,200 yards, thus increasing the accommodation for visitors and giving them a fine view. It would be a wise expenditure on this ground alone, but in addition it would be well to have a means of communication between the two parts of the town. If they took the objects separately they would be justified in the outlay, but when they took them collectively they would see the outlay was a wise one. The great drawback of Aberystwyth was that they had not sheltered positions for certain winds, but there were spots. They must increase the accommodation at Aberystwyth if they wanted to cope with the increased numbers that came there. It had been said that they were neglecting other parts of the town, but in improving the Terrace they were benefiting the town generally. Aberystwyth was also a Collegiate town, the number of people who came here who had their children educated here was surprising, and there was a possibility of establishing there an Aquarium for which Govern- ment grants had been made to Scotland, and he believed there was one in Dover and one or two on the Irish Coast; and if the accommodation were afforded here he had no doubt that important department could be worked in connection with the Aberystwyth College, as one or two of the College authorities had told him. With regard to the question of rates they must throw the sprat if they wanted to catch the mackerel. Their financial position was never so sound as now. The Water Department was now more than self- supporting and was repaying the outlay; and he believed they might have some in hand so that they might be able to transfer P-1,300 or £1,500, so that they would not feel any extra charge on the rates because of the increase in the rateable value and the lowered amount they had to pay on loans; and in addition to this they were all hopeful that Aberystwyth had not yet seen the highest position that it wonld occupy as a watering place. Councillor Williams said the balance in hand on the water fund was taken into account every year so that that would not go to reduce the rate. Alderman Jones It is increasing. The interest is getting less and less. You had to pay P,200 every two years under the Provisional Order, but that ceased this year. That meant £ 200 less this year as regarded loans than the two previous years. When this scheme had been carried out- say two years hence-they would be in such a position that the repayment of the loans would be no greater than now. But he anticipated an in- creased rateable value still, it might be P,40,000 in two or three years. New houses were springing up, and occupied, and they were talking about increas- ing their area. Alluding to the Surveyor be said the cost of carrying out the drainage extension scheme was eight or ten per. cent. under the estimate, and was remarkably well done. Mr. Bees Jones' figures were always to be relied on, and the local and practical knowledge that he possessed enabled him to prepare an estimate better than any other person. Alderman Doughton said if it had not been for the drawing to pay other rates the £ 20,000.for the Plynlymmori scheme would have been already repaid. It had been reduced to £2000. Councillor Wynne said it was not a new scheme, and when the plan was shown in 1895 opinion was in favour of it, and he thought the same feeling existed in the town now. A Worcestershire lady recently wrote to him asking if there were shelters on the Terrace as in most places now shelters were provided, and visitors expected to see improvements going on to meet their comfort and requirements. He did not suppose the work would be carried out all at once, but in instalments. On the amendment being put it was lost by six to three, Councillors Williams, Salmon and Thomas voting for it. Alderman Palmer's resolution was then carried. TOWN BAKD PROGRAMME. Councillor Salmon said that a large number of tradesmen were under the impression that they could publish a band programme in the same way as Mr. Rea, but it appeared that Mr. Edwards accord- ing to his own statement, had given Mr. Rea the sole monopoly, and had promised him that he would give it to no other tradesman. Mr. Edwards had done this on his own responsibility. He was an official of the Corporation, and it was moat unfair that one official should go and give a monopoly to any tradesman. Councillor Williams said there ought to be a report from the General Purposes Committee. Councillor Wynne said the Committee discussed the matter for an hour and a half, and it was arranged that Councillor Peake should interview Mr. Rea, but Mr. Rea said it had nothing to do with the Committee. He said it had been an enterprise on his part, and he did not think he would receive enough benefit to meet the expense. DANGER. The Town Clerk drew attention to the bathing carried on at a dangerous spot on the north end of the gentlemen's bathing place, and he suggested that a warning be put up. Alderman Doughton said it was a very dangerous spot. Alderman Jones moved that the matter be referred to the General Purposes Committee with power to act.—Carried.
LAMPETER. SUNDAY SCHOOL TRip.This is the season of excursions and trips, and such was the demand on the railway company during the past week not a single day was available on which the authorities could accept an offer for an excursion no matter how great the guarantee. The Unitarian Sunday Schools of the district had practically decided to form an excursion sometime during the week, and were naturally somewhat disappointed when the reply from the headquarters came to the effect that the Company were fully engaged throughout the week. The promoters of the idea, however, were not to be daunted by this reply and they decided to take advantage of the return fares offered by the authorities on Wednesdays. Wed- nesday, the 9th inst, was considered a convenient dayforan outing and although very many interested in thctriphadgone up to Aberystwyth a week before and to the sports held there on the previous day never- theless so la rge a crowd of excursionists was anticipa- ted by the railway officials that fearing the demand would be too great on their own resources, sent for an extra supply of carriages from the G.W.R, Com- pany. With this additional supply accommodation there was a natural increase of comfort and conven- iences and all seemed to have to taken full ad- vantage of and enjoyed the pleasant journey, the fine day and the bracing sea breeze. TENNIS.—On Thursday of last week the Lam- peter and Aberystwyth Town teams met at Lam- peter for a tennis contest. This is the second match that has been undertaken by the town inde- pendent of College aid in the way of players. The first was played at Aberystwyth in splendid weather on Thursday following the visit of the "renowned 1824" to Aberayron, and pleasant as the weather then was our Tennis men were favoured on Thursday last again with quite as ideal a day. Aberystwyth was repre- sented by 6 men, 4 of whom were visitors, and Lampeter had to muster the same number of local men to meet them. The Aberystwyth representa- tives were Messrs. Scholes, Raine. Morcom, Morgan, Wooley, and Cadvan Jones, while Messrs. Strand Jones, Jack Jenkins, W. S. Jones, Joseph James, D. F. Lloyd, and the Rev. Glynfab Williams played for Lampeter. The results were as follows:— Singles, Scholes v Strand Jones, 7-5, 6-3.; Raine v Jenkins, 1-6, 2-6; Morcom v Williams, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1; Morgan v W. S- Jones, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1; Wooley v James, 6-0. 12-10,: Cadvan Jones v Lloyd, 7-6, 4.6, 3-0. Doubles :—Morgan & Morcom v Strand Jones & Williams, 5-6, 4-6; Scholes & Cadvan Jones v Jenkins &«W. S. Jones, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1; Wooley & Raine v Llovd & James, 6-1, 6-2. making a total for Aberystwyth of 118 games to 83 for Lampeter. Though our men were beaten, neverthe- less an unprejudiced onlooker would certainly say that their stand was a very creditable one, par- ticularly so when considering the numerous disadvantages under which the team had laboured, as is generally known they had no courts they could call their own on which to practice, and further the field of selection of players was very limited during the past week, inasmuch as some of the best players happened to be away enjoying a respite from the ordinary duties of life. The team had to do without the valuable aid which we feel certain, Principal Bebb and Professor Williams would have gladly afforded had they been at home. The match was played on the College Courts, and the heartiest thanks are due. not merely from the players, but also from those who wish to foster athletic interest in the town, to Principal Bebb for his kindness in lending us the Courts for the occasion. No great athletic progress however can be expected until a practice field be obtained. Would that some one of our landed proprietors or one of their tenants were to see his way clear to offer the town a convenient field, or even a portion of a field for a reasonable rent. The little practice the team had, was on Mr. Frank Lloyd's and Dr. Davies' private courts, and we firmly believe that we only voice the feeling of all concerned when we say that our deepest gratitute is due to these gentlemen for the whole heartedness with which they accepted, and from the very start supported the idea of a contest. During the afternoon, refreshments provided by Miss Herbert, were par- taken of, and thoroughly enjoyed. The Aberyst- wyth team left with an expression of their appreciation of the welcome they had received, and the kindness with which they had been treated. The next venture in connection with tennis in the 1 town, will probably be a match between single and married. Such an undertaking would be interes- ting in more ways than one. AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.—A committee meeting of this Society was held at the Royal Oak Hotel, Lampeter, on Friday, the 11th inst., when there were present: Messrs. T. H. R. Hughes, Neuadd- fawr, presiding; Timothy Davies, Brongest; D. j Jones, Old Bank, treasurer; D. Davies, Velindre; j L. Davies, Gellv; John Rees, Dolgwmissa; Samuel j Davies, Coedpark; J. M. Jones, L. and P. Bank; j Daniel Watkins, Solicitor; S. H. Evans Auctioneer; D. P. Davies, Veterinary Surgeon; B. J. Evans, Llanfairfach; D, D. Jones, Cwmmawr; Evan Evans, Maesmynach; J. Jenkins, Blaenplwyf; John Evans, Maespwll; Thomas Jones, Caerfoel; Daniel Jenkins, Pentrefelin; Wm. Jones, Penllwyn, and David Evans, Old Bank, Secretary. It was decided to adopt the system of single judging at the next show, to be held on the 29th September next. Judges and stewards in different classes | were appointed. Resolved that the show be I advertised in the Welsh Gazette in addition to the I papers where it is usually advertised. The names j of Messrs. T. H. R. Hughes, J. M. Jones, and j Daniel Watkins, were added to the Committee for | making arrangements for the admission to the j Show Yard. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—A meeting of this board was held at the Boardroom, on Friday, the 11th instant, Mr. David Davies, Velindre, in the chair. The number of inmates in the house is 18 as compared with 12 of the corresponding week of last year.—The outrelief for the past fortnight per David Parry was £ 36 10s. 6d. to 149 paupers, and per David Evans iZ38 7s. 3d. to 137 paupers.— Vagrants during the fortnight 15. Corresponding week last year 39. Decrease 24.-The Master reported that Margaret Davies, an inmate, was on j the 29th ultimo removed to the Carmarthen j Asylum.—That Ellen Jane Davies, the wife of John J Davies, of Esgercrwys, in the parish of Llany- I crwys, and her two children, were admitted into 1 the house on the 10th instant, under an order of | David Parry, relieving officer. In this case the | clerk was instructed to cause a summons to be | issued against John Davies, of Esgercrwys, farmer, to shew cause why an order of maintenance should not be made upon him for the support of his wife and children who are now inmates of the Lampeter workhouse. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.—This meeting was held after the Board of Guardians with Mr. James Jones (Caerau), Vice-chairman presiding.—It was decided that the Committee of the Council appointed to see to the carrying out of the erection of Rhydnis bridge should meet at Coedlanaufach, on the 24th inst., at 3 p.m., to open the tenders.— The question of the amount to be paid for stone breaking was adjourned to the next meeting and the Inspector's ort was read and considered. LLANYBYTHER URAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.—A meeting of this Council was also held, with Mr. David Davies in the chair.—The report of Mr. Morgan W. Davies, engineer, of Swansea, as to Pencarreg and Llanybyther water supply was read, and the consideration of the matter was adjourned to the next meeting. Mr. Davies in his report estimates that the cost of the two schemes will be as follows:—Pencarreg District Water Scheme, £ 754 5s. 2d.; and the Llanybvther District Water Supply, £ 79118s- 4d.
TREGARON. The holiday season in Tregaron has been good so far, visitors coming from many parts to enjoy the mountain air and scenery. In consequence lodgings are, and have been, more scarce than usual. The weather has been favourable, and the country out- ings much appreciated. Shooting haft commenced as usual; the birds are plump, well flavoured, and well sized. PARISH COUNCIL.—At a meeting of the Parish Council, held on Friday, it was resolved to apply for the sanction of the Parish Meeting to procure the sum of P,30 for the purpose of lighting the town. A committee was also appointed to carry out the necessary repairs and improvements to Pontpren Derlwyn. THE PROPOSED WATER SUPPLY.—We are glad that steps are being taken to provide the town with a better supply of water. It is badly wanted, and it is to be hoped the local authority will carry the matter to a successful issue now that they have taken the question up in earnest. Last Saturday Mr. J. Arthur Jones, of Aberystwyth, accompanied by the members of the Council, visited the two proposed sources of supply, viz., Berwyn Lake and the springs on Pencefn lands. Mr. Jones will shortly submit a full report to the Council, but it is said that he cannot come to any satisfactory con- clusion about the springs until they be properly gauged, and in order to do this their outlets must be cleared, so as to give the water a definite chan- nel. He was very favourably impressed with the Lake. There was no question here as to a suffi- cient supply; but the quality is not considered equal to that of the springs, and there is also an engineering difficulty with respect to the outlet.
LLEDROD. OPENING OF A NEW CHAPEL.—The Calvinistic Methodist Chapel was reopened On Wednesday after having been thoroughly repaired and renovated. As restored the sacred edifice presents a far more pleasing appearance than it formerly did. The architect, Mr. J. Arthur Jones, of Aber- ystwyth, and the builders, Messrs. Davies and Williams, have all done their respective parts in a creditable manner. The building, as stated in a former issue of this paper, has been completely modernised. The seats are now arranged in a central block with two side rows and two aisles. The woodwork is of pitch pine, varnished.
BARMOUTH. A GOODS TRAIN ON FIRE.-As the mornin! goods train from Machynlleth to Pwllheli was pro ceeding :on Saturday morning near Llwyngwril" spark from the engine fell on the nearest truck which 'caused its contents to ignite. The trncl contained various consignments for shopkeeper. along the line, and its contents were destroyed. g FIRE.—A destructive fire occurred on Saturday evening at Paris House, a millinery establishnieir belonging to Mrs. W. O. Williams, through the ga: jet in the window coming in contact with the articles exhibited. The three plate-glass pane; were destroyed, and great damage done to the con. tents of the shop. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL, The ordinary monthly meeting of the above [ Council was held on Tuesday. In the absence of the Chairman (Rev. Gwynoro Davies), Mr. Hugli Evans was voted to the chair. The other member present were:—Messrs. Edward Williams, D. E. Davies, Robert Williams, John Richards. O. W. Morris, H. Wynne Williams, Owen Williams. Richard Roberts, with Dr. Arthur Hughes (Medical Officer), Mr. Owen Jones (Assistant Clerk), and the Rate Collector. MINUTES. The minutes of the last Ordinary and Special Meetings were read and confirmed. Mr. 0. W. Morris inquired if the agreement with the Cambrian Railway had been completed. The Chairman said that the agreement was not yet to hand. o Mr. O. W. Morris asked if, the notice board, im- plying that the bit of land near the foreshore was to be sold, had been put up. If the Council intended selling the land, the board should be put up at once. I It was explained that the board had not yet been put up. It had been made the day after the order was issued, but it could not be painted. Mr. Hugh Evans thought it desirable that a small 1 9 committee should be appointed to see to the matter. He therefore proposed that Messrs. H. Wynne Williams and O. W. Morris be appointed. Mr. Owen Williams proposed that the Chairman and Mr. Richard Roberts should be appointed, which was ultimately carried. CORRESPONDENCE. The Clerk read a letter which he had received from Mr. Denniss, the General Manager of the Cambrian Railway, in answer to a complaint which had been brought by the inhabitants of Porkington- terrace, on account of the smoke from the engines of the company. Mr. Denniss' letter was to the effect that the matter should receive attention, with a view to the abatement of the nuisance. Mr. John Richards said that he was not satisfied with the answer to the complaint. It might happen that a long time would elapse before the Company would abate the nuisance. He therefore proposed, and it was finally decided, that a letter be written to the Cambrian Railway Company intimating that the smoke was no better than it was before. PETITION FROM HENDREMYNACH. A petition, signed by a large number of residents in the Hendremynach district, was received by the Clerk, and read out. The petition was to the effect that the Council should give immediate attention to the urgent necessity of providing that part of the town with the requisite modern drainage, by an early extension of the main sewer from a point near Brynymynach towards Alltfawr; also to supply another gas lamp beyond Plasmynach Gate. Some of the signatories were among the largest ratepayers, and as such were entitled to a fair share of the sanitary work. On the proposition of Mr. John Richards, seconded by Mr. Hugh Evans, the matter was referred to committee. Mr. O. W. Morris thought the Council should acknowledge the receipt, of- the petition. He proposed that the Clerk should write to them to say that the matter was under consideration, and that they would hear fu .ther from the Council. This was passed. THE "ROSAL MAGNETS." A letter had been received from the "Royal Magnets," who complained that they were being subjected to opposition on the Marine Terrace. An agreement had been signed that, in considera- tion of them paying P.10 to the Council, they should have the monopoly of performing in Barmouth. There were now others singing on the Marine Terrace, and they therefore wished the Council to use their authority and put a stop to it. Mr. J. Richards informed the Council that the opposition complained of was the" Cor Bach," who sing on the Terrace and make collections. The Royal Magnets" had a Concert the other day, and the Cor Bach sang a short distance from them, and this made a material difference in the collection which the Magnets" made. He thought the Council should not take L10 from them if the" Magnets could not have the place for themselves. Mr. Owen Williams said they had the authority to stop the Cor Bach from singing. Mr. Edward Williams said th" the Magnets in their letter did not refer specifically to any one, and he proposed that the Council should first have an interview with the Magnets," and learn what their proper grievance was. Mr. H. Wynne Williams: We should do our best, what is their grievance. Mr. O. W. Morris thought the Council should enforce their authority. The Magnets came to Barmouth in Whit-week, and in the early part of the summer, when there were very few people here, they had the place to themselves. But now, when there were so many visitors, and in fact, the only month in which they could expect to reap a good harvest, they had opposition. He thought that the Council should enforce their authority and take steps at once. They were entitled to the Council's protection. If they waited for an interview with the Magnets," time would have passed, and the season would be drawing to a close. He, therefore, proposed that the Cor Bach should be at once prohibited from singing on the Marine Terrace. Mr. O. Williams seconded. Mr. H. Wynne Williams thought that the Ser- geant should put a stop to it. Mr. D. E. Davies thought it best to send a letter to the leader of the Cor Bach asking them to dis- continue their singing. Mr. O. W. Morris said he was willing to with- draw his proposition if the Council would have an interview with the -1 magnets to-day or to-morrow. It was finally passed that the Council should have an interview with them that afternoon. Ac- cordingly some members of the Magnets were sent for, and the Council went on to other business until they should make their appearance. After a a short time two Magnets presented themselves, and they verbally re-iterated their grievance. After their tale of woe had finished, and they had made their exit, another warm discussion took place. It seems that the Cor Bach" had been singing on the Marine Terrace for some time, and had been there almost every night, and had been making collections. Mr. John Richards said that the Council should carry out their agreement with the Magnets." It was their duty. He thought it wras not right for their ground to be trespassed upon. He proposed that the Sergeant should put a stop to the singing, and see that the Magnets were receiving fair play. Mr. Richard Roberts proposed that the Chairman should first ask the -1 Cor Bach" to stop, and if they did not, the Sergeant should see to it. Mr. D. E. Davies seconded. Mr. J. Richards said the Council had the power to stop it, and ought to stop it. The Council have an officer to put a stop to such things and he should stop them. Mr. R. Roberts questioned the right of the Council to prevent singing on the Marine terrace. Mr. D. E. Davies thought the Clerk should write to the leader of the Cor Bach requesting them to discontinue their singing, and explain to them that the Magnets" had the monopoly of perform- ing in Barmouth. It. was finally passed that Mr. Hugh Evans (the Chairman) should see the leader of the Cor Bach' and ask him to dlsoontinue tM) singing. MIXED BATHING. A letter had been received from Father Wilcox, who requested the Council to see that the bye-laws with regard to bathing should be carried out. It was a disgrace the way things were going on now. The gentlemen's bathing vans should be some distance from the ladies' vans. Many visitors, who had regard for decency, would not visit Barmouth again, if the present state of affairs would keep on. He said it was scandalous. Mr. O. W. Morris said that the Bye-laws Com- mittee had been down to the shore at the beginning of the season to fix the distance between the gentlemen's vans and the ladies'. The distance had been fixed at 100 yards. He proposed that the Surveyor should see that this distance was kept. Mr. Edward Williams seconded, and it was passed. BRYNYMYNACH. V A letter was read from Mr. Richardson. Bryny- mynach, who wished for a supply of water to drive his dynamo, and wanted to know the price charged by the Council for the water. !Mr. D. E. Davies said this had been before the Council before, and it had been passed that Mr. Richardson should pay Z2 per annum for the water. There had been a rumour that the main had been tampered with. He questioned whether there would be enough water to supply them. If there was enough water to supply Barmouth and [ Brynmynach, it was only right Mr. Richardson r should have it. On the proposition of Mr. Owen Williams, seconded by Mr. O. W. Morris, the matter was | referred to the Water Committee. REPORT OF GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Present: Messrs. Owen Williams, John Richards. ? Richard Roberts, with the Assistant Clerk and the Surveyor. A letter was read from Mr. E. Pug he a and others, applying to the Council to make a cab- stand on the Marine Terrace. This letter was laid v on the table.—A letter was read from Mr. George H. Peers on the subject of the water supply at the Marine Gardens. It is recommended that a reply r be sent stating that the matter is having attention. r —The Collector made a verbal report as to the 5 progress made with the collection of miscellaneous 3 accounts.—With regard to the water supply for St. John's Church it is recommended that the Surveyor arrange with the authorities to test the water pipes from the road to the Church.—A letter was read from Mr. Griffith Roberts stating that he could not do the work of the retaining wall at Llvndu for the snm which had been agreed upon. It is recom- mended that the matter should be referred to the [ Surveyor to arrange with the parties, but the t Council should not contribute more towards the work than the sum already specified. namely £ 4 2s. 6d. On the motion of Mr. O. W. Morris, seconded by Mr. H. Wynne Williams, the adoption of the above report was decided upon. Mr. H. Wynne Williams proposed that small posters be printed inviting tenders for the work at Llvndu. Mr. O. W. Morris seconded, and it was unani- mously carried. REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE. A meeting of the Finance was to have been held on 11th August, but as there were not sufficient members present to form a quorum, the business was deferred. Only one member was present, viz., Mr. Hugh Evans. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor submitted his report at the General Purposes Committee. That Committee, after hear- ing his report, recommended the placing of a new lamp at Park road, near the Gas Co's premises. As to the laying of pipes and the erection of a cattle trough at Lleclieiddwr, it is recommended that the work be let by contract, and that tenders be invited5 As to that part of the report referring to the insufficiency of space for vehicles at the entrance from the Railway station to Marine Terrace, it is recommended that the matter be brought under the notice of the Cumbrian Railway Company. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. The Medical Officer submitted his monthly and special reports:—" The roadway at Greenhill has been opened, and some of the drain pipes found smashed. These have been replaced, but there is still a considerable flow of water, and I am afraid that other pipes higher up are also broken, and that the roadway must be opened for a considerable distance. I would, however, suggest that this should be left till after the season is over, and that means be taken to abate the nuisance pro tem." His report had been submitted to the General Purposes Committee and adopted, as was also his special report which was as follows:—I have visited jthe house occupied by Evan |Pugli. This house is situated in Park-read, and is above a stable. Access to it is gained from the main street by a flight of steps. The house is inhabited bv eight persons, namely father, mother, and six children. There is a large living room about 8 yards long. and 5 yards broad. There are two windows both of which open. There is a sink in the room which discharges into a gully-trap in the stable. It would have been betterif this gully- trap had been outside. The bedroom on this floor is a room' about 5 feet square, with a window which opens. The other bedroom is a large attic, very lofty, and contains two beds. The amount of space provided in barracks is 600 feet per head; in common lodging-house, 300, while the education department requires only 100. I should say that each individual in this house has at least 800 feet per head. The closet is outside the house. It has, however, no window as required by the bye-laws, but it is well ventilated by spaces between the bricks." The General Purposes Committee recommended that the owner of this house which was formerly a bakehouse, but now used as a dwelling house should submit plans. RATE COLLECTOR'S REPORT. The Rate collector submitted his monthly re- port. The arrears now were only £ 22. Mr, D, E- Davies said that the fact of there being only P-22 in arrears reflected great credit on the Collector, and proved how thoroughly his work has been performed. THE AUDIT. Mr. E. Pughe Jones, the assistant district auditor' submitted his report, for the year ended 31st March, 1899. At such audit lie disallowed the following sums, namely £61 Is Id. interest on overdraft, £20 5s 2d. charges in connection with the opening of the water 'works, and P,57 8s 8d, the amount charged in the Treasurer's account without authority. He reported that the Surveyor did not, as required by the general order for ac- counts, kept a stores account during the year, and he was not present at the audit to explain the omission. He recommended that in future the Surveyor should produce at each meeting of the Council this account duly made up. With regard to the stores account not being kept by the Surveyor, the Board had written to the Council stating that they had received from Mr. Pughe Jones his report of the audit' who had informed them of this ommission on the part of the Surveyor. The Local Government Board request that they may be furnished with the obser- vation of the Council on this matter. Further, the Local Government Board gathered from the auditor's report that the order cheque book had been kept by the Surveyor. The Board stated that in their opinion it is undesirable that the book, through the medium of which orders for materials are given, should be kept by the officers who would have to account for the consumption of these materials. Mr. D. E, Davies asked if there was no stock book kept. He thought there was. However, be thought there ought to be. Mr. O. W. Morris also thought a stores account should be kept by the Surveyor. Mr. H. Evans (chairman) said that the Auditor had warned him three years ago. Mr. O. W. Morris proposed that the matter be left for the present, as the Surveyor was not at the meeting, and that they should wait until they had an opportunity of seeing the Surveyor. This was passed. It was explained that Mr. Adams had been called away about 2 o'clock, as his son had met with a serious accident. He was working at Mr. Northwood's new house, Fronolew, and fell from a scaffolding to the ground, a distance of some feet, and had broken two of his ribs.
DOLGELLEY. SUCCESS.—Mr. William C. Wordsworjh has suc- ceeded in gaining his Intermediate Arts (London) Degree with 1st class honours in classics, and that in consequence of his being the only student who passed in 1st Division Greek he has been awarded an ex- hibition of £40. MILITARY.—Considerable feeling has been expressed in the town owing to the bustle attending the train which conveyed the Volunteers to and from Towyn. It is felt desirable that steps should be taken to pre- vent such a disturbance of the calm and peacefulness of the sabbath in Wales. VISITORS.-The lodging houses of the town and dis- trict are at present full and the class of visitors appears to be better than usual. NATIONAL SCHOOLS.— In St. Mary's Church last Sunday morning the Rector of Denbigh (Rev. Daniel Davies, M,A., preached an English sermon and the Vicar of Brithdir (Rev. T. Ll. Williams, B.A,) in the evening in Welsh. Collections during these services were made towards the National School.
TOWYN. VISITORS. -There- has never been such a large num- ber of visitors at this place as during the past week. The whole town was quite thronged. CONTRACTS.—Mr. Robert Richards, of Pensarn, secured all the contracts for each battalion of the Volunteers in camp at Towyn for the supply of coal, firewood, bricks and lime. It is said that all the con- tracts have never been given to one dealer before. THE COUNTY SCHOOL.—The following are additional results of successes to hand ;—Practical chemistry, advanced stage—Taliesin Edwards, Corris, and Wm. Roberts, Bryncrug, second class. Theoretical chemis- try. advanced stage—William Roberts, Bryncrug, and D. J. Roberts, Towyn, first class Hnmphrey Hughes, Corris, and Taliesin Edwards, second class. These were all that were presented. Being an organized Science School it does not present students in the Elementary Stage, and, moreover, it would multiply the exams, which are even now too many. The other result is a brilliant one. Two boys were sent in for the London Inter. B.Sc. Examination, and both are through in the first division. The successful pupils are J. Mornant Hughes, Beddgelert, and William Roberts, Brynglas.
CORWEN. CRICKET.—On Saturday, August 12th, the Corwen Cricket Club, which is yet in its infancy, having only been formed this season, journeyed down to Ruabon to play the team of that place. The Corwen team was defeated, Ruabon scoring 65, and Corwen 21. MONTHLY FAIR.—On Tuesday the monthly fair was held. Like the last fair, not many farmers were present, although there were plenty of dealers. This no doubt may be attributed to the harvest, now in full swing. The demand was fairly great for all animals, and good prices were given. EDUCATIONAL.—Although Corwen does not yet possess a Science and Art School, the youths of the town are not to be debarred from trying the different examinaitons of the South Kensington Department. Reports recently come to hand show the following results :—Freehand, Elementary Stage, Second Class -John Ellis Edwards, John Meirion Owen, Henry Roberts. Model Drawing, Elementary Stage. Second Class--John Meirion Owen, John EHis Edwards, Henrv Roberts. Mathematics, First Stage, First Class—Henry Roberts. Physiography, Advanced Stage, Second Class-J. J. Dicker. Elementary Stage, First Class-Henry Roberts.
ABERAYRON. THE MCNACHTY ESTATK A correspondent writes to say that he hopes the Urban District Council will continue to call the attention of the trustees- cr managers of tlii* estate to the deplorable conditions of things at Aberayron, and that the members will not rest on their oars until they get the improvements clone. REGATTA.—On Wednesday, Sili inst., a success- ful regatta was held here under distinguished patronage. Both sides of the Pier were well lined with a good crowd of spectat ors. The events com- menced punctually at 10.30 a.m. The first item on the programme being a pair-oared race, open to all comers. The Maggie," under the coxwainship of Mr. James Williams, taking the lead by a good distance, while the Nellie came in to claim its second. Event No; 2 was a pair-oared race for colliers. The "Maggie" again appearing in the front, pulled by two sturdy colliers, while the little Nellie" again claimed second. An exciting race for ladies followed. The first prize being awarded to the Lass of Aeron," manned by the Misses Evans, Red Lion, and M. A. Davies, 2. Quay Parade. The Hero appearing secondly. Scull- ing race for boys under 16 years of age: 1. Henry Loyn 2, Tom Evans, 2, Regent-street Swimming race: 1, Charlie Hughes, Park View: 2, John Thomas Jones. Belle Vue-terrace. Live duck hunt: A pair were let free, one caught by Mr. William James Davies, London House, and the other by Mr. Dan Hughes, of Lampeter. Greazy boom, prize, a leg of mutton," carried away by a Visitor." The duties of hon. sees. were carried out by Messrs. Hughes Davies, Llanon Road, and J. D. Jenkins, Feathers Hotel. ATHLETIC SPORTS.-These sports were held in the afternoon of the same day. The weather being glorious. The attendance was very large. The gates were thrown open at 1.30, and at two o'clock the sports commenced. Event No. 1 being- a bicycle race confined to boys under 16 years of age 1. J. D. Thomas, Post Office, Llanon; 2, Edgar Walters, Treorcky. Event No. 2. one n.ile ladies bicycle race: 1. Mrs. John Davies, of London: 2, Miss Lewis, Mydroilyn. Mr. Davies, Gelly, Lam- peter. added half-a-crown to the prize of the first. For the best cycle club turn out only Aberayron Club contested, and were considered worthy of the prize-a siTv^plated bugle. For the most comic dressed cyclist, four competed, and, indeed, were all for the most comic. The prize, however, was divided between them, being Messrs. A. D. Price. D. M. Davies, Evans of Llandovery, and Miss Alice Jones. Two mile open handicap bicycle race; the final heat was arranged thus-J. Francis. Porth, 1st. scratch; W. M. Hughes, Pontardulais, 2nd, 50 yards; J. O. Davies, 3rd, 80yards. Egg and spoon race on cycles on the grass: 1st, J. D, Thomas, Post Office, Llanon; all others either running foul or falling their eggs. One mile open handicap bicycle race: 1st, Moses Williams. Glanamman; 2nd, J. Francis, Porth 3rd, J. D. Thomas, Llanon. Bobbing for apple, prize, box of cigars, won by J. M. Evans, 1, Alban Square. The Lampeter Brass Band played selections of music during the afternoon. Horse Jumping and Washing I z, Competitions were held yesterday, a full account will appear next week,
LLANILAR. PITY FOR THE CHILDREN,—A month ago it was decided to give the members of the Chapel Sunday Schools their annual outing, the only thing left undecided was the place to go to, and it is undecided still. THE GLANADAL RETAINING WALL.—An in- teresting fact concerning this' much talked of wall is that it was built by the late Mr. Evan Edwards, when he was in his 81st year. He was the last of the famous Llanilar masons of that name. ANOTHER BRIDGE IN DANGER.—The bridge spanning the river Mad at Rhodmad, if not immediately seen to. will at the next flood go the way of the Llanilar one, as the soft rock (clay slate), which forms the foundation of the bridge is being rapidly worn away, and a portion of the bridge is already undermined. Wake up, County Council', or wlioevei- are the responsible authority. IN THE TRAIL OF THE STORM.—A walk (and a very pleasant one it is), between the upper and lower reaches of the Adal will reveal more than anything the nature and magnitude of the late storm and flood which produced such havoc a week ago. The indentations noticeable along the banks evidence the extirpation of large trees and the displacement of huge boulders. The large boulder stone, near Pistyll Gwanllyd, which weighs nearly three tons, has been carried some distance down stream. The bed of the river from this point to within two or three hundred yards of the village is on the bare rock, and it is after leaving its rocky bed that the river seems to have gambolled in chaotic frolic and mischief. Its channel here is completely altered, and the tiny stream last Tuesday sneakes round boulders, trees, and debris, as if uncertain of its course. The haystack in Cae Felin, belonging to Mrs. Annie James, bears traces of having had a narrow escape from being launched into the avaricious maw of its mighty torrent. TRAFFIC RESUMED, COMPLAINTS RAMPANT.— Late on Friday evening, the temporary bridge was completed so far as to enable vehicular traffic to be resumed. The work was superintended by the County Surveyor. It is computed that the structure will cost about tl,70, and loud and deep are the complaints as to this unnecessary expense. It is said that the bye road leading from the Post Office past Brynilar and Whitehall and thence along the new churchyard to the Station-road could be made thoroughly passable on '.a very small outlay. In fact, the road is passable now, the only point where it would require a little attention would be at the ford, and for about 50 yards along the left bank of the river Adal. The villagers complain that neither Mr. Loxdale or Mr. Parry, the two largest landlords was consulted in the matter. Neither was Dr. Hughes, who above any one is conversant with the needs of the district, nor any of the tradesmen about. If this is true, all that can be said is, that the Committee were very short-sighted. The least they could have done would have been to confer with these gentlemen. Since the breakdown, the traffic has been ably handled by P.C. Thomas in his usual firm but courteous manner. Those who had perforce to make use of the Station and Glanrafon roads gave vent to bitter complaints about the state of the railway crossing close to the Station, more especially that part where the road leads along the river siding, and wanted to know why the old and proper crossing was not repaired, and not left in its present dangerous condition. IN THE MIDST OF LIFE. "-Consternation is hardly the term to express the profound feeling of the village, when the news of the sudden and unexpected death of Mr. John Lloyd was received on Sunday afternoon. People gasped, and at first were incredulous, but by degrees they began to realize the awful truth. Mrs. Edwards had brought the comforting news Saturday evening that her son-in-law was much better, and was gradually recovering, and this report was confirmed by Mr. Rowland Morgan on Sunday morning, and this made it all the harder to credit the sad news. Wide and deep is the sympathy felt for Mrs. Lloyd in this her sore trial and terrible loss.
MACHYNLLETH. POLICE INSPECTION.—The local police force under the command of Sergeant Hamer were on Saturday inspected by the Deputy Chief Constable. CRICKET.—A match was played on Saturday on the Machynlleth ground between Aberdovey visitors and the town team. The game, being very tight, resulted in a win for the visitors. THE STREETS.—Water connections are being put in, and the Streets are cut up, and mounds of earth and stones to the height of 5 or 6 inches are left, which makes it dangerous for pedestrians, horses and bicycles. Fll-,H.The pools in the Dovey are full of fish, but anglers find difficulty in getting them to move. Several large fish, however, have been caught. The water is very low, and the anglers are anxiously waiting for fresh water. EXCURSIONS.—On Thursday last, being a general holiday in the town, the members of the Vane Hall Sunday School bad their annual trip to- Aberystwyth. The day was beautifully fine and the Railway Company charging only Is., between 700 and 800 tickets were issued. On the same day a large number of the townspeople went down to Towyn to see the Volunteer Review. COMING OF AGE.—A Committee was held on Tuesday night in connection with the coming of age of Lord Castlereagh. The meeting was pre- sided over by Canon Trevor. It was proposed ta present his Lordship with a portrait of his grand- mother, the Marchioness (D.) of Londonderry. A few who did not quite agree that the presentation should take this form, suggested that a Bardic Oak Chair in addition to the portrait should be presented. The presentation, however, will be deferred to the next spring, when Lord Castlereagh is expected here. LORD CASTLEREAGH.—Vissount'Castlereagh has made very satisfactory progress, Among others, the Prince and Princess of Wales have inquired anxiously after the patient. Replying to a deputa- tion Lord Londonderry said his son's horse bolted with him, and, becoming entangled in some high wire netting used to prevent the depredations of foxes among pheasants, threw him heavily The recovery of Lord Castlereagh having been more rapid than was at first anticipated, the ball which was postponed on account of his riding accident will be held on Thursday evening at Wynyard Park. There will be 1,200 guests, mostly from the, county of Durham.