LLANGEITHO. SCHOOL TREAT.—The children attending the Board School were generously treated to cake, etc., at the Jubilee Hall on Friday afternoon. About 150 children partook heartily of the good things provided by the kind ladies who presided at the tables and whose names are below :—Mrs. Lloyd, Penforial; Mrs. Rowlands, Cwrt Farm; Mrs. Green, Cilcert; Mrs. Jenkins, Gwynfil Shop; Miss Davies, Birch Hill; Miss Morgan, Post Office; Miss Morgan Chapel House; Miss Williams, Tynwern. A very hearty vote of thanks was passed to the ladies for the treat, the children emphasising it with loud, and prolonged cheers. The usual concert was not held, it being unavoidably postponed for a few weeks to a more favourable time. ANOTHER TREAT .-A treat of another kind; very much rarer in Llangeitho and of a higher order, is looked forward to on Thursday night, the 21st instant, when the Rev. Elfed Lewis is going to. deliver his popular lecture on Diwygwyr y Mynyddoedd." One treat suggests another. Would- it not be possible to induce the lecturer to give us,, a sermon Friday evening ? There is a general an strong desire to hear him preach and would, it npt be a fitting climax to our treats ? I am sure that, a large and appreciative audience woyil$;EU/tenfL„
ABERYSTWYTH TOWN COUNCIL. At the fortnightly meeting of the above Council oil Tuesday there were present: The Mayor (Mr. D. C. Roberts) in the chair, Aldermen Peter Jones, David Roberts, T, Doughton, Councillors Croydon Marks. C. M. Williams, T. E. Salmon, J. P. Thomas, Isaac Hopkins, John Jenkins, R. Doughton, and R. Peake, with the Town Clerk (Mr. A. J. Hughes), the Borough Accountant (Mr. H. L. Evans), the Borough Surveyor (Mr. Rees Jones), and the Deputy Clerk (Mr. C. Massey). MR. HOPKINS' LEASE. Councillor Williams alluding to the entry in the minutes respecting Mr. Hopkins' lease pointed out that the fact that the Council agreed that a certain period should be given for the carrying out of repairs had not been recorded. It was agreed to insert the following addition, Repairs to be carried out within 18 months from the date of the agreement." FOOTBALL. A letter, addressed to the Mayor, was read from Mr. John O. Evans, 60, Terrace-road, as follows :— Seeing that no steps have been taken towards making the field at the end of Plascrug into a recreation ground, I, on behalf of the Wednesday United Football Club, beg to apply for the use of that field for the season of six months. We were allowed the use of it during the last season for i22 10s."—Referred to the Finance Committee. MR. HARRY COLLINS. 'I'he following letter was read from Mr. Harry Collins, 29, Northgate street, Proprietor and Manager, Aberystwyth Minstrels,—"I beg most respectfully to ask you to renew my permit for next season if you think I have served you faith- fully for the last season. I hope you will give my application your best consideration."—Referred to the General Purposes Committee. A MUSICAL TREAT." A letter, addressed to the Surveyor, was read from Mr. H. Studt, dated from Neath, stating tha he would be pleased if the Council could see their way clear to accept his offer of six guineas for the use of the Smithfield during the forthcoming November fairs, as he intended on this occasion to bring a first class machine which had not been to Aberystwyth before, also an entirely new musical instrument, which he was sure would prove a great musical treat and be thoroughly enjoyed by all (laughter). Their expenses, he added, would on this occasion be a great deal more than before. The Surveyor said the Markets Committee con- sidered the matter in August last and agreed to terms seven guineas—but Mr. Studt had been writing continually since asking for a reduction. Alderman Doughton said the amount paid last year was two guineas. Councillor Salmon said there were great com- plaints made la>t year by ratepayers as to the injury done to their business, and the letting of the Smithfield at a nominal amount was certainly detrimental to the tradesmen of the town. Alderman Jones moved that the matter he re- ferred to the Markets Committee with power to arrange terms.- Carried. RENEWAL OF LEASES. The following letter was read from Mr. H. Bickerstaff, on behalf of Messrs G. and W. Morton, 12, Great Darkgate street:—"To A. J. Hughes, Esq., Town Clerk.—Dear Sir,—We applied for a renewal of the lease of the premises in Terrace road last May and wrote again with reference to it in August. We have heard nothing of our application although other applications have been sanctioned by the Finance Committee since ours was made. The premises will be vacant next week and we wanted to get the building operations finished be- fore next season as the street is narrow and we -don't want to inl erfere with the business of those who will naturally be incommoded by the work. We have done all we know of that is to be done and should be glad to know whether there is any- thing else that is required to enable the application to be dealtwith forthwith." Councillor Williams said this matter had ap- peared on the agenda, but as no tracing was sent in. the building could not be visited. Once a matter of this kind was on the agenda the Finance Committee were always anxious not to delay it. and as soon as they visited premises they presented their report. In proof of that something like 65 or 70 applications had been made since last November and terms in respect thereto recommended. Alderman Donghton: When an application is made for the renewal of leases or for anything that's required from this Council, is it not customary to nend a reply in writing to the applicant stating the Council's decision ? If not, how were the appli- cants to know what bad been done ? He knew of several who had made such applications and who only saw the results in the local papers. If it was not already the rule he would move a resolu- tion to the effect that the Town Clerk send a reply in each instance. The Mayor The Town Clerk does write now. Alderman Doughton: Then why should this letter come in asking if a decision has been come to The Mayor: Mr. Williams has explained that until a tracing was handed in to the committee they could not proceed further. Alderman Doughton Suppose the house Mr. Bickerstaff refers to is a house that requires no re- pairs or anything of the sort. The Mayor: But there must be a tracing-the ground plan—even then. This has been the cus- tom for many years. Alderman Doughton: Do the ratepayers under- stand that ? I never understood it. and I've been on the Council six years. Councillor Williams said that 18 months ago a resolution was passed to the effect that immediately the Committee's recommendation with regard to a lease bad been adopted by the Council the Town Clerk should write to the applicant. That had always been complied with. He asked three after the last meeting if they had heard from the Town Clerk and they said they had. Alderman Doughton: There's Mr. Gibson's house in Terrace-road—Mr. John Williams' shop now—whatever decision the Council has arrived at lie has never had a reply. Why ? If there is a resolution on our books why can't he get a reply ? I don't mention him moie than anybody else. Councillor Williams: What is the resolution? We hear a great many things. Alderman Doughton: It was decided at this Council that application should be made to the Local Government Board, but they would not interfere, and the Council passed a resolution by a majority of one. How was Mr. Gibson supposed to know that ? He had not heard. Councillor Williams: All the terms in connection with that particular lease were cancelled at the time. Mr. Peake: No. Councillor Williams: Yes, at the end of the resolution there was a paragraph to this effect, that the Town Clerk should write to the Local Govern- ment Board asking their opinion on the matter. Every resolution in regard to that lease was eallcèUed by that resolution (" No, no.") He would appeal to the Town Clerk to read it now. Alderman Doughton: But I mean the decision of this Council. Councillor Marks: What are we discussing? Are we discussing Mr. Gibson's lease ? Alderman Doughton: No. I say that a reply ought to be sent in each case, otherwise it is not business at all. The Town Clerk said Mr. Bickerstaff was evi- dently not aware that a tracing was required. At any rate he would let him know what the require- ment was. The Mayor thought it was desirable that the applicants should be informed that before their application could be considered by the Finance Committee they must send a tracing. Councillor Williams said that six or eight months ago a resolution was passed that the Borough Ac- countant, on seeing an application for a renewal, should have a book and state that before the .application would be considered it would be .necessary to send a tracing. Councillor Peake said he certainly disagreed with the remark made by Mr. Williams, with re- gard to Mr. Gibson's lease. There was no can- celling of the conditions given, it only remained in abeyance for the decision of the Local Govern- ment Board. Councillor Williams: No, certainly not. Alderman Peter Jones said that an application was made by Mr. Gibson and he was entitled to a reply, whether they refused it or not. They ought to do this as a matter of business. They had not given the reply yet, nor had the Finance Committee recommended" them to. Therefore he suggested that this should be considered at the next meeting, He moved that the matter be referred to the Finance Committee. This was agreed to, and the Town Clerk was instructed to produce the resolutions passed relative to the matter. Councillor Thomas suggested that the application made by Mr. Davies in respect to 13, Thespian street, should be considered at the same time. AN ERROR. Councillor Hopkins called attention to the last report of the Council meeting in the "Welsh -)oT I "ar;ette," in which Mr. C. M. Williams was made to say that he protested against the granting of the lease to Mr. Hopkins on the ground that it robbed the ratepayers of £60 a year," and asked Mr. Williams if that was correct. Councillor Williams replied that what he did say was that 1110 terms given by the Council in his opinion robbed the ratepayers of £ 60. A DANGEROUS HILL. Mr. W. A. Northey, 21, Cambrian street, wrote asking for permission to put up a danger board on the road just above the sharp hill leading into Trefechan. They were doubilcss aware he said of the great number of cyclists visiting the town, and of the risk incurred in coming down the hill to Trefcchan.The Cyclist's Touring Club was prepared to defray cost of erection. The application was granted. FIREHOSE. The Fire Committee reported that four tenders were received for the supply of 600 feet of rubber- lined canvas hose, and they recommended that the tender of Messrs. McGregor, Dundee, at the price £ 54 12s Od be accepted.—Carried. DR. J-FAK RIES'S SCHEME. The Finance Committee reported that Dr. Harries attended the last meeting and explained what land, viz., 2a. 3r. 23p., he asked the Council to lease to him for the purpose of making a lake, &c. The committee recommended that a lease for 75 years of the piece of land be granted for the purposes required, the terms and conditions to be settled by a committee of the whole Council. The committee also recommend that Dr. Harries be allowed the right to erect a bridge across the river so as to afford an entrance to the said piece of land. Councillor Peake said lie could not move the adoption of this until the matter had been further considered. It was considered bv a very small committee, and he thought it would be wise to have it referred back, and discussed by a committee of the whole Council, so that the scheme might be fully gone into. It was an important matter and deserved the attention of every Councillor, and by discussing it together they could arrive at a con- clusion much quicker. Councillor Williams seconded.—Carried. Councillor Salmon urged that the meeting should be held during the present week so that a report might be presented to the next Council meeting. Councillor Peake: The Surveyor is leaving to-morrow, and won't be back until next week. Alderman Jones said there were two or three questions that deserved serious consideration. The first was with regard to their legal position. They had not the power of granting a lease for a longer period than 31 years, unless there were buildings to be erected of a value equal to that of the land. Whether there were any buildings to be erected here he did not know but it would be misleading to Dr. Harries, and they would be placing them- selves in an invidious position by granting a lease for a longer period than they were legally able to do. There was another question—whether the limit of the waterway during the floods by the erection of an embankment on the other side would not seriously militate against the lower part of the town by raising the height of the water on the site between that and the railway. These were very important questions and serious in their consequences, and it was well that they should ponder over them before coming to a definite con- clusion. He personally had repeatedly mentioned the possibility of having a lake there. He thought then after forming a lake they mitrht chansre thp bed of the river and accelerate its speed, then the waterway might be made less by straightening .the river a little bit above that. Councillor Peake: This is only part and parcel of a larger scheme. Councillor Williams suggested that the meeting should be held on Saturday. b Alderman Doughton that's a left-handed day. Let's have it to night. Conncillor R. Doughton It's dark at seven to- night (laughter). Alderman Doughton: What's the darkness got to do with it? There's the electric light there. The Mayor said this was an important matter and it would not be wise to rush it. If the meet- ing were deferred until the return of the surveyor they could not present a report to the next meeting of the Council, but they could hold a special meet- ilig. Eventually it was agreed that the Mayor should y I call a meeting as soon as the surveyor returns. BACON CURING PREMISES. The General Purposes Committee reported that they had received a letter from Mr. J. C. Russell of the M. and M. Railway, and regretted that they could not see their way to the insertion of the words, such consent not to be withheld from a reasonable cause in the lease to be granted to the Company, and recommended that the Council adhere to their previous resolution. —They also recommended to order the payment of £ 400 to the School Board being the amount of pre- cept incurred by the Board.—Carried. PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE. The report of this Committee dealt almost ex- clusively with plans, a list of which, together with the recommendations in regard thereto appeared in our last issue. RENEWALS OF LEASES. The following applications had been received for renewals of leases :—Mr. T. Evans, of 76, Cambrian Street. Mr. Isaac Hopkins, of yard, at corner of South Road and Custom-house Street, and Messrs. Green and Colquhoun, of 5, Terrace Road.— Referred to the General Purposes Committee. The Town Clerk pointed out that it would simplify matters and secure a systematic treat- ment of applications if they were all addressed to him officially. COURTS AND ALLEYS. The Surveyor, alluding to the proposed improve- ments to be carried out in courts and allies, said he had some plans ready, viz., for Cambrian Cottages, Trinity Court, Britannia Court, and Chalybeate Court. The Lotal estimated expenditure was £ 200. Councillor Williams moved that they be placed on the next agenda.—Carried. CONSTITUTION HILL LICENSE.—PROTEST. Councillor Williams moved-" That this Council, firmly believing that the granting of a license for the sale of intoxicating liquors at Constitution Hill will be injurious to the best interests of the town of Aberystwyth and will seriously tend to endanger its reputation as a desirable educational centre, prays the Magistrates for the Division of Lower Geueu'rglyn not to grant the same." He remarked that he regretted that the occasion had again arisen for him to place this resolution on the agenda. He, along with many others had hoped that they would not have heard any more of the application after 1897 when it was refused by the Llanbadarn magistrates. Many of them hoped then that the very strong feeling shewn then throughout the whole town, and the district as well, against the granting of a licence for the hill, would have been sufficient to induce the Company not to apply for it again. The reasons adduced then against granting it were in force now to a greater extent than in 1897. This was the third attempt. On the first occasion a petition was signed by nearly all the ratepayers (no, no). He had no feeling against the Company; he was doing this more in their interest than any- thing else. On the second occasion there were resolutions passed by all the places of worship. in town. A very large deputation attended before the magistrates, and made a strong appeal to them in the interests of Aberystwyth not to grant the license. There was also a very strong feeling shewn against it on the part of the College authorities. The majority of the people in the town felt very strongly that the granting of this license would be injurious to the best interests of Aberyst- wyth as a health resort. Even those who believed in a license thought this was not the place where the license ought to be. When the Company applied for a license for a new Hotel there was very little opposition in the town. That showed that there was no particular feeli-ng against the license if situated in a spot where it would not be likely to cause much injury. Let them imagine for a moment what the effect of a license on the Hill must be. He sincerely hoped the magistrates would refuse the application again as he was con- vinced that the granting of a license would not only be injurious to Aberystwyth itself, but also to the Company. The hill was a splendid place where parents could send their sons and daughters knowing that there were no temptations to drink. There were also a large number of students sent to Aberystwyth because of the high moral state of the town—because there were no places here like there were in big centres where young people could be led astray. If a license were granted it would prejudice the success of the town and the College. A large number of parents would say, "There's a spot on the hill just outside the borough where our children will be tempted to go astray." Having regard to all these facts he moved the resolution. Councillor Doughton said he would second the resolution without any hesitation. If the license was granted he believed it would be a source of great evil. As Mr. Williams had said if there were strong reasons before there were much stronger reasons now. Close by a large number of buildings had been erected and were let at high rents, and they ought to protest against the license for the sake of the people living in these houses. The new hostel, which had cost thousands, was also close to the hill, and people from a distance sent their children there. A license for the hill would be the ruination of that hostel. Indeed he thought it would endanger the College. It would be a great attraction at times, young people would go up there merely for the sake of the drink. They knew facilities for drink bad been very injurious all over the Kingdom. When grocers licenses were granted many went there because they would not be seen. It would do the town a great deal of injury, and they ought to oppose it by every means in their power. Once granted it would be difficult to remove it. Suppose in 10 years it became a crying evil, and the town was up in arms against its being there, they would have to pay a large sum before they could stop it. They did not wish to dictate to the Magistrates, but only to give them their opinion on the matter, and no doubt they would receive it in that light. Councillor Marks said he thought he could give as strong a support to the resolution as either Mr. Williams or Mr. Doughton if he were to be catering for people who had simply his own tastes, but he would consider that extremely narrow. The Mayor called Councillor Marks' attention to the fact that he could not speak without the consent of the Council. Councillor Marks: I propose not to vote. I thought 1 had a right to speak. The Mayor: No, the custom has-always been to allow a member to speak, but he has no right to do so. Councillor Marks: Then I went ask. Councillor Peake: Certainly I think he might be allowed to speak. The Mayor: He will do so with the consent of the Council then. Councillor Marks: No, I make no application. Councillor Hopkins: There's nothing against- him to speak on this question. This is not a question of business on the Council. The Mayor I wont discuss my ruling with any member, please. I take it that Mr. Marks is in- terested in this. Therefore I drew his attention to the section of the Act. Councillor Peake said he must enter his protest against Mr. Williams' resolution, as he did two years ago. In the first place it was impertinence on the part of the Council to approach a body of Magistrates of the calibre of those sitting at Llan- badarn. If they were not in a position to judge for themselves he was sure there was no member of that Council who could afford to instruct them. Mr. Williams said that two years ago there was,, furore caused in the town with regard to this application, and that a large majority of the ratepayers were against it. The majority of the ratepayers were decidedly not against it. The result of the next election proved that the majority were in favour of the enterprise of the Company. Every member who voted in favour of the petitition to the Magistrates was defeated at the next election. The member who stayed away when the question came before the Council was defeated, and his worthy friend Mr. Hopkins who abstained from voting was defeated (laughter). On the other hand Mr. Marks and himself who were in favour of the license were returned. Mr. Williams might look at that in ancther way, but it was remarkable that three out of the four members who were on the Council when this very resolution came on and voted for it were defeated. The majority of the inhabitants were in favour of the Company having all the privileges they could get. To go back five years what would Aberystwyth have been but, for the enterprise of this Company? It had spent about £ 200,000 in their midst. Where would Aberystwyth have been but for this Company? The property of Aberystwyth to-day showed what it had done. Things were at a stand- still five years ago. It was not the College that kept the town. The sooner the College authorities understood that the better. They could afford to give opportunites to every capitalist in the kingdom. Let them come there and spend their money. Why should our little world govern people that came to help the town, as this Company had done and as ottier companies mignt no in iuiuie. He are too Conservative (proceeded Mr. Peake), We may call ourselves Liberals and Radicals. We want everything bound up in our little world. Let them all come (laughter) and spend as much money as they possibly could bring. It was not their busi- to dictate to this Company. He did not suppose Mr. Williams had had a glass of beer in his life (laughter). Thousands of visitors had said to him that it was a shame they could not get refresh- ments on the Hill. They were going outside their duty by interfering in this matter, and the Council would have shown its better side by remaining silent. With regard to Mr, Doughton's argument respecting the hostel, the Hill was closed while the hostel was opened, and when the lady students. were here and the college was opened. With regard to the value of property wherever there were licensed houses property became more valu- able (laughter). Councillor Williams: Quite the contrary. Councillor Peake No, sir. Councillor Salmon said he had more facilities than a good many members for ascertaining the wants of visitors, and the great complaint among thousands when returning from the Hill was that there were no refreshments to be had there. A great many visitors took large quantities of spirits with them. No end of bottles had been carried up there by excursionists this season, which was more detrimental than a glass of beer. He had had an "occasional license twice for the Hill this season, and those who came and had a bottle of Bass, or a glass of whiskey highly appreciated it, and went away saying that it was a great attraction to visitors. Mr. Williams had failed to make out that it would be injurious to the town, because when the first application was made to the magistrates they granted it, but it was refused confirmation at Quarter Sessions after a resolution had been passed against it by the Council. When the November election came round the ratepayers unanimously rejected the members who voted for that resolu- tion. tion. Councillor Williams Will you name the candi- dates? Councillor Salmon: There was Mr. Ellis and Mr. T. W. Powell; and outsiders were elected-not the nominees of any Club. The majority of the people were in favour of granting the license. Of course the temperance societies were against it, because they were biassed and pledged to oppose any license for the sale of intoxicating drinks. Mr. Williams said parents sent their children here because of the high moral standing of the town but he was not aware that in Aberystwyth there was one public-house to every 129 inhabitants, whereas in very large towns there wajs only one to every 300 or 400. That showed that those who sent their children here did not send them because intoxicating drinks were detrimental to their general welfare, because there were more public- houses here than in other places. They sent them here because there were plenty of public-houses (much laughter). Yes, they could take it that way-they sent them here because there were plenty of public-houses (laughter). Mn Williams said they sent them here because it was a great temperance town. Councillor Williams: No, I didn't say that. Councillor Salmon But that is what you meent. Councillor Hopkins said he was not going to vote for or against a license, but he protested against the Council interfering with the Llan- badarn Magistrates. Would they like the latter to interfere with them in town ? He did not think they would like it, or listen to what they said. Let the Magistrates have a free hand. They knew what was best to do, and they would do it in spite of everything. Councillor Salmon The Council contemplate an extension of the Borough, and no doubt in a short time Constitution Hill will be within the Borough, so that this will come before us. It' is immaterial therefore to go and petition the magistrates now. The Mayor: That is a reason why we should express an opinion if it is going to be in the Borough. Alderman Jones said one fact bad been overlooked by the preceding speakers, and that was that the majority and minority reports of the Licensing Commission were agreed as to the inadvisability of granting new licenses in any instance. It was well not to overlook the unanimous-recommendation of a Commission that represented.every section. He did not think it unreasonable that the Council should express an opinion on the subject. He took exception on a previous occasion to an expression of opinion on the judgment given by the Magistrates at Llanbadarn, but. that was a very different thing to approaching them with an expression of opinion before they had exercised that judgment. This was a question that no doubt very seriously affected Aberystwyth, prejudicially or beneficially, and he thought it was only fair and reasonable that the representative body of the town should express an opinion on it. With the knowledge that he possessed of the Magistrates of Llanbadarn, he felt sure they would pay con- siderable deference to an expression of opinion l'o from such a representative body. The reasons against granting the license were the same now as in 1897, and they bad an additional reason in the recommendation of the Licensing Commission. With this knowledge it would not be well for them to do other than pass this resolution, seeing that their own opinions were identical with what they were on a previous occasion. Alderman Doughton supported the resolution being firmly of opinion that a lieense for thf bill would be injurious to the visitors and the in- habitants. Last time there were protests from all sections in the town excepting the- Governing Body of the College. The excuse they had was that the majority of the Governing Body were away at the time. He mentioned this now so that they might have their eyes open in time, and pass a resolution before September 28th. Mr. Peake said it would be impertinence to dictate to them. It was no dictation whatever. It was only showing them the feeling of the Council. It was quite wrong to say that candidates had been defeated because they opposed this license. That election was fought on Work or no work," and he did not think the granting of the license would get the working people of Aberystwyth work for the remainder of their days. But that was the cause of the defeat. Banners were taken round the town with Bourne and Grant—work or no work." At this stage Councillor Jenkins left, and Coun- cillor Williams informed Alderman Doughton that members wished to go away by train. Alderman Doughton; Let them go, I'll have my say. Proceeding, be asked where was the police supervision ? The force had as much as it could do in town, and it would be an expense for the County to have half a dozen additional policemen there to guard the place and try to keep the people sober. If they were drunk they would be tumbling over the hill and they would want a mortuary at the bottom (laughter). Councillor Thomas said that he was heartily in support of Mr. Williams' resolution. It would be no great hardship for any one requiring a bottle of Bass on the hill to take it up with him. Councillor Marks asked to be allowed to speak, and permission having been granted, he stated that in making the application it was proposed toask the magistrates to limit the license to three months—(July—September)—and how was that going to affect prejudicially the students stopping in the town. With regard to the control of the license they proposed to have certain regulations whereby people should not be supplied more than once. He had had not one but many applications from excursionists in regard to this matter. Mr. Pryce Jones' people from Newtown, on the occasion of an excursion, wrote and said if thev could annlv for an occasional license themselves and supply the place it would be a great convenience. He had had similar applications from Bradford, Birming- ham, &c. If they were determined that only one set of opinions were going to govern this town the sooner they let that be known to those spending money here the better. If only the tenets of any particular party were to be maintained by those who visited the place then they must restrict very materially any desire for the extension of Aberystwyth. The beauty of the place was such that all tastes and fancies could be satisfied those who wanted the hills, the sea, or the drives, could get them; but it was suggested now that although they had these varied attractions there was one thing visitors would not have—"You shall not have in a place visited more than any other place by every visitor to Aberystwyth,—you snail not have tnere the refreshments wmcn you require because we don't take it ourselves." He could not conceive anything narrower than to impose this upon certain people. He was practically a teetotaler himself, but if a guest came to his house he did not desire that he should take what lie (Mr. Marks) took. He did not smoke, but he kept cigars for his friends They had this fact to deal with—that there had been spent at Aber- ystwyth large sums of money, and he had been the cause of the money being spent in a large measure, and it became his duty to consider what they would like done his own opinions had to go to the ground. If he were to consider what he should do he should probably make a great sweep with regard to many public houses in the town. His clients wished to do tlmt, which- the Bishon of Chester and others desired to do without the slightest injury to any person. In order to test the question two 1 'C3nses had'' been held on the Hill. The only person who was in the least degree affected with intoxica- ting liquor was a man who obtained it before he went on the hill and whom be had ordered off. People brought their bottles up there and it was a great nuisance. If they knew they could get a glass of beer there there would be no trouble and not the slightest misuse. With regard to the mortuary question he did not know whether it was proposed to get one on the pier to keep the people from fall- ing off the pier. If there was a dangerous place it certainly was the place where the people could fall into the water, but had anyone known a single individual on the pier the worse for being able to get t rie reiresmnents ne yot- mere i ±nev courieu. they invited anybody to render any assistance to the preservation- of order if he thought and if his clients thought- Alderman Doughton This is pecuniary interest, nothing else. The Mayor We have given Mr. Marks permission to speak.. Councillor Marks I am talking-to Aberystwyth, I wat returned to the Council immediately after an application to the license had been made. He tested the question. If the ratepayers of Aberyst- wyth disproved of the steps that were taken then by the initiative of his friends they would not have considered he was worthy of their confidence. Hav- ing been sent in he gave them an answer that they proposed to do nothing on the hill that anyone would do but had the interests of the place at heart. His clients spent more money in Aberyst- wyth than people imagined, and they wanted to to spend more. At that moment there was a Board meeting being held in London to discuss certain contemplated developments; but if they were to be told that Aberystwyth was a place to be controlled by temperance people on narrow lines how could they expect them to invest their money here? They desired to make it a place second to none, but it would not be done if the place was going to be governed by any one sect holding particular tenets. Nothing would be done on the hill which would offend any taste or hurt any person, and that being so although a teetotaller he was very strongly in favour of the application for this license;. The Mayor said he wished to protest against one remark made by Councillor Marks, that Aberyst- wyth would be governed by temperance people on narrow lines. He was not a teetotaller himself, but lie had voted before and he certainly intended to vote to-day in favour of the resolution, and that not because he objected to licenses—he thought there were occasions where. it was reasonable that licenses should be granted—but he did not think this was a case in which it would be wise that a license should be granted. Mr. Alderman Jones had called their attention to another great question, the question of licenses generally. That was a matter worthy of their consideration. Councillor Peake: Does that apply to places of amusement or licensed houses? Alderman Jones New licenses. The Mayor added that he fully supported the resolution. He should like it to be understood that this was not a question of temperance, but a question of what they considered to be to the advantage to the town". Alderman Doughton If these concerns are not paying concerns we ought to have done away with them long ago. Councillor Williams said he must protest very loudly agaihst the remark made by Mr. Marks that they took a narrow view of the question. It was unfair to the town ia&-a. whole and to, those who supported the resolution to say that they took the view that he attributed to them. They had given the Company every possible support in the initiating and developing of every scheme that the town con- sidered to its interest, and to say there was no more capital to be spent if the town was to be governed by "these narrow sections," it was dishonourable to ilir. Marks, and it was not true. Councillor Marks: I said what I believed. I won't have it said that I speak what I know to be untrue. Councillor Williams said the Llanbadarn magis- trates had been. deeply grateful for the opinion of an authoritative body representing the ratepayers, who knew what was in the interests of the town. Several of the magistrates said that the Council were the best judges of what was best for the town, and that they were grateful to them for coming to a conclusion- The resolution was then put, and carried by six to two. For: The Mayor, Aldermen Doughton and Jones, Councillors J. P. Thomas, C. M. Williams, and R. Doughton. Against: Councillors Peake and Salmon. The others did not vote. It was resolved to send a copy of the resolution to the Chairman and Clerk of the Llanbadarn Benchi Councillor Marks suggested that the number of members- present should also be sent.
ABERGWILI. SAD DEATH OF AN OCTOGENABIAN.—Mr. T. Walters, coroner for West Carmarthenshire, on Friday, held an inquest on the body of Elizabeth Jones, a widow, aged 85 years, late of Danycapel Cottage, Rhydygaeau. It transpired that the old lady was returning home about four o'clock in a donkey cart, and happened to be near the railway tunnel at Abergwili when a locomotive engine was passing. The donkey frightened by the noise, bolted up the road, and deceased losing control of the reins, fell over and was struck by the shafts. The accident was witnessed by several persons, who rushed to the deceased's assistance, but death intervened in a few hours, the shock being so severe for a person of such an advanced age.
LLANDDEWI BREFI. TE PARTI.-Darfu i lawer o gyfeillion nos Sadwrn diweddaf gyfarfod i gydlawnenhau wrth ben cwpanaido de yn Fcstri Capel y Methodistiaid. Daeth ynghyd amryw o'r gymydogaeth ag ereill o brif drefydd Cymru, a chlywais eu bod wedi cael gwledd ragoral gan y boneddigesau caredig, Misses Francis a Miss Jones. Y METHODISTIAID.-Ychydyg ddyddiau yn ol darfu i foneddwr, enw yr hwn nis gallwn gyhoeddi am ei fod yn caru gwneuthwr ei elusen yn y dirgel, anrhegu yr enwad uchod a r rhodd haelionus a lOOp. er cynorthwyo i dalu y ddyled sydd yn aros ar y meddianau yn y lie. Nid oes yn aros bellach ond 200p. heb eu talu a llawn fwriedir clirio yr oil tua dechreu y flwyddyn nesaf, a chael diwrnod o jwbili i ghoeddu yr oil or eiddo yn ddiddyled, ac hefyd i gael gwledd gan rai o oreuon yr enwad i bregethu ar yr achlystir, Nid oes ond rhyw 26 o fiynyddoedd er pan adeiladwyd y capel presenol yr hwn sydd cael ei gydnabod yn un o'r capelau goreu yn Sir Aberteifi. Rhyw ddwy flynedd yn ol yr adeiladwyd ty capel prydferth gan yr un pobl, 'nghyd ag ysgoldy dymunol mewn He o'r enw Brynmeinog, ag yn bresenol y maent yn adeiladu Ysgoldy yn Gogoyan. Ac heb fod yn hir disgwyliwn gweled ysgoldy arall etto 'nghymydog- aeth Abercarfan, gan nad pwy sydd wedi bod yn ddiog yn y chwarter canrif ddiweddaf. Fe welir yn amlwg nag ydyw y Methodistiaid yn Llanddewi Brefi wedi bod felly.
MACHYNLLETH. INDUSTRIAL.—At the Welsh Industries Exhibi- tion of Montgomeryshire, held last week at Welshpool, Mr. William Pugh, Manufacturer, of this town won the 1st prize for fine tweed, 2nd for fine yarn, 2nd for course yarn, and 3rd for rough I tweed. One piece of rough tweed was bought | by Lady Powis, and another by the Mayor of 'J Welshpool.
DOLGELLEY. THE FISHERY CASE. We understand that notices of appeal have been served in the case of Bailey v. Carpenter, in which Mr. H. F. Carpenter was fined a week ago into £ 2 and costs for fishing private waters. THE LITERARY SOCIETY.—The programme of the C.M. Literary Society has been completed and it promises well for a very successful season. Lectures are expected by Prof. E. Anwyl and Prof. Edward Edwards, Aberystwyth; Mr. D. Jones, Board School, Harlech; J. M. Edwards, B.A., Barmouth; Revs. Evan Roberts, John Williams, B.A., and R. Morris. M.A.. Doleellev: E. Griffith. Esq., J.P., Dolgelley; and Mr. W. G. Jones, Dolgelley. Numerous other interesting subjects will be debated upon by the members. With such an energetic secretary as Mr. T. G. Ellis. the season will undoubtedly be a very successful one. THE COUNTY SCHOOL. A meeting of the Governors of the County School was held on Monday afternoon, Dr. Edward Jones presiding. There were also present Mrs. Jones Parry, N. and S. Wales Bank; Rev. J. Williams, B.A., Messrs. Edward Griffith, R. W. Williams, W. Hughes, and E. W. Evans (governors), Mr. Clendoii (headmaster), and Mr. W. Lloyd (assistant clerk). The headmaster gave a report of the examination for scholarships in which nine from the town and two from the rural district ;a' Four scholarships were awarded: two to candidates from the rural district and two to the candidates from the town. The two success- ful candidates from the rural district were Howell R Griffith, Board School, Brithdir (who held the first place in the examination), and Thomas Griffith, New Mill (the sixth). The two from the town were J. H. Humphreys, son of John Humphreys, joiner, Springfield-street (the second oa list), and Harry James, son of Rev. T. Palmer Jones (the third)—both pupils to the Boys Board School, Dolgelley. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The fortnightly meeting of the Council was held on Tuesday evening last, when there were present:— Mr. J. Meyrick Jones, J.P., chairman, Mr. E. Wynne Williams, vice-chairman Messrs, 'immas Parry, John Edwards, John Jones, Ellis Williams, J. Edward Jones, R. Richards, Edward Williams E. W. Evans Dr. John Jones (members), Mr. Richard Barnett, assistant clerk; Mr. William Jones, surveyor; and Mr. E. R. Jones, rate collector. ARRAV liOAD. A communication was read from Mr. Chidlaw Roberts, informing the Council that he had given instructions as to erecting a flushing tank in connec- tion with the new houses in Arran Road. SKINNER'S ARMS. A letter was read from Mr. Gough informing the Council that lie would visit the town on Wednesday evening or Thursday to confer with the Council as to the plans of Skinners Arms, and the Council's pro- posal to buy part of the land for widening the street. Messrs. Richard Richards, John Edwards, Edward Williams, and John Jones were appointed to meet Mr. Gough. It was decided to write to Mr. David Meredith to ask him to get as many promises as possible before the committee met. LIGHTING. The Clerk informed the Council that he had com- municated with Mr. Woodford in respect to having a better light in the square and before the various places of worship, but had received no reply. The Chairman remarked that there was a splendid light in front of Bethel chapel, and it would be well to get such a good light in front of all the places of worship. Mr. Thomas Parry jocularly remarked that the lamp referred to was in front of a member's house which guaranteed it being good. The Chairman (jocularly) For fear there would be some roaring, eh ? (laughter). CLEARING THK BED OF THE RIVER. The Surveyor reported that they had commenced the work of clearing the bed of the river Wnion, and 120 loads had been carried out and placed on the em- bankment in Cae Marian. He had seen Mr. Rowland Jones, one of the trustees of the money which had been collected towards making alterations for pre- venting the flooding of the town, and he had promised to grant the money in hand if the work be completed. Mr. R. Richards said that the Committee appointed to meet the trustees should bring a report. The con- vener should call the committee. Mr. Edward Williams said that one of the trustees had been away and the committee could not have met. Later Mr. Williams proposed that Mr. Richards be appointed convener, which was agreed to. FFYNON FLASVCHA. The Surveyor reported that they had been in- specting this well, but felt afraid to tamper with it for fear of losing it altogether. It was decided that the Surveyor, together with the Street Committee, should bring a report on what would be the cost of certain alterations to be done at that place, and also to Ffynon Dafydd and another spring near Brony- gader. Mr. R. Richards asked if Ffynon Dafydd was free from contamination, and the Surveyor replied that it was, and Mr. Edward Williams said that it had been used before sanitation or contamination was dreamt of. NEW PLANS. Mr. Edward Griffiths, J.P., Springfield, attended to present plan of alterations at Mount Pleasant. The alterations were to be made on the old foundations, and strictly speaking lie did not believe it necessary according to the bye-laws to present plans, but he wished to do so. The Surveyor said that the plans were satisfactory as far as lie saw. Mr. Griffiths then left, but before leaving jocularly remarked Every success to you. I never saw the Council looking so well. The Chairman-Well, good night to you, Mr. Griffiths (loud laugther in which Mr. Griffiths joined). It was decided that the Street Committee should visit the place and report. HOUSE, TO HOUSE INSPECTION. The Surveyor said that he intended making a house to house inspection. He had commenced the work several times before, but the Council had got tired of it, and lie would wish to know before commencing this time whether to visit and report on all houses or report only on the worst places in the town. He knew there were- many houses in the town, whose conveniences were disgraceful. The Chairman believed it would be better to report on the worst places. Mr. E. Williams believed it would be well for him to commence where lie finished before. In the end it was decided that the Surveyor should report on the worst cases first. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. The Medical Officer (Dr. Edward Jones) reported that the district continued entirely free from any infectious or contagious disease. The general health was in a most satisfactory state, and there was but very little illness of any kind in the town. The Chairman said that lie was pleased with the report, and he was also glad to see that in the County Council report contained a most satisfactory report on Dolgelley. He hoped that Dolgelley would continue to hold such a good position in regards the health of the district. THE LAW SUIT CLERK'S BILL OF COST. The Finance Committee had met to tnke the clerk's bill of costs into consideration, but although thay felt that some of the items were high and con- tained some items that ought not to be in at all, still the committee could not make any report on it. Mr. Davies Left it entirely to the Council whether he and the Council should send representatives to the taxing. Dr. John Jones said they ought to have a written rpnort on it. If the bill was handed to the Clerk of the Peace he would not be able to know the Council's objections without some report. In answer to a question by Mr. John Edwards, the Assistant Clerk replied that the total amount of the bill was L350, out of which the Clerk had paid out of pocket £150, and the sum of aC96 was due to the London Agents. Some of the members remarking that some of the items were very high, Mr. J. E. Jones remarked- "That's how it is, if you go to law you must pay." Mr. E. W. Evans said he felt that it was rather too late to talk. Perhaps it would be well for them to engage a solicitor, but if they did they would have to send two or three members with him. It was seldom that in the case of costs the client engaged a solicitor to appear at the taxing, and he did not know whether it was advisable. He would wish the whole Council to go over the bill first so that all the members would be under the same responsibility. Mr. Richard Richards questioned whether it was advisable to engage a solicitor. If they succeeded to take £5 off perhaps it would cost them f £ 6. He thought it would be better to go over the bill with. Mr. Davies, and come to some agreement. The Clerk said that Mr. Davies ought to have the bill taxed. He did not want to have more than was due to him. Mr. Edward Williams proposed that a special meeting of the whole Board be- convened to consider the bill, and if after that they thought it would be. advisable to enage a solicitor, they could do so. Dr. John Jones seconded. Mr. John Edwards proposed that two members of the Council should be appointed to go over the bit and present a report. After some further discussion it was decided,: to send the bill to the Clerk of the Peace to be taxed, but that two members of the Council should consider it first and report to the Council, and Messrs. John Edwards and Edward Williams were appointed to do so. A cheque for £50 on account was given to Mr. Davies. REDUCING THE EXPENSE. The Finance Committee recommended doihg with two men instead of three for the winter so as to reduce the expense. Mr. Edward Williams said iie was sorry to go against the report of the Committee, but he felt if three men were necessary in the summer, un- doubtedly three were needed in the winter before the roads could be kept in a satisfactory state. He personally felt they kept too few a number to keep the roads in the state they should be. It would be false economy to endeavour to cut the expenses In this way. The ratepayers would not complain on the amount of the rate if they saw effectual work done. Mr. John Edwards, and Dr. John Jones also ex- pressed their disapproval with the idea of doing with two men. instead of three. The Chairman expressed his gratification at the excellent state the town was kept. It was very clean in comparison to some of 1 he towns he had visited, and Dolgelley was certainly to be complimented, and referred t.<> a town he had visited lately which was in a very bad state, and especially the river that ran by it. Mr. J. E. Jones: A] i, yes, the Manchester ship canal too The Surveyor also expressed his strong disapproval of the plan suggested, whilst in time past they had on an average 6 or 7 through the winter months. He washed also to report what Inspector Fawcett had said as to the roads when he visited the town. He said the roads were kept in an excsllent condition. Mr. E. W. Evans said he ollitp "0"1"11 n-Jt-L th" "1- ,1. speakers' but still he felt that something must be done as the precept was too siiialt,for the estimate. Those that were strongest in their cry that evening against reducing the expense by doing with one man less were the loudest in their cry against getting a rate according to the Clerk's estimate. Mr. Edwards had said that the estimates- had not been discussed at all, but that a rate of 6d was made without discussion. He wished to say that was in- oorrect. The estimate had been under consideration and several items were reduced. Mr. Edwards' statement as to this was entirely incorrect. Mr. J. Edwards said the estimate had been pre- sented, but that no discussion had been on it. He had referred to one item. The Chairman and Mr. Thomas Parry said-they bad looked over it carefully. Mr. J. Edwards said the estimate was presented, but he said no discussion took place on it. Mr. E. W. Evans said there had been a discussion on it, The estimate was studied by all the members on ins side of the table, and he called attention to several items. Ir. J Edwards: Yes, but where did the discussion take place ? Mr. Thomas Parry In the Council, of course. Mr. J. Edwards said there had been several pro- posals as to the amount of rate, but no discussion took place on the estimate. Mr. E. Evans said that Mr. Edwards was making a mistake, and he would find it some day. Mr. J. Edwards :ame one item that was under consideration. Mr. Thomas Parrv: There was an item of P,80 I said could be taken off, and which was taken off. It was also said then that Mr. Chidlaw Roberts's new houses would be occupied which would bring further I revenue. Dr. John Jones said they were quite out of order. The question before them was whether the recom- mendation of the committee would be confirmed. Mr. J. Edwards said that his word was alwavs disputed in the Council, and he wished to know if the Clerk had any minute to the effect that there had been a discussion. The Clerk replied that he would not be likelv to make such a minute. It was then decided as an amendment the report that the Surveyor be asked to keep the expense as low as possible during the coming months. Mr. J. E. Jones then remarked that—"A stitch in time saves nine." The Finance Committee further recommended that nothing should be ordered without the sanction of the Council which the Council agreed to. Mr. E. W. Evans hoped that resolution was taken seriously. Dr. J. Jones Of course it is. Mr. Evans: Yes, but many resolutions have been passed which have not been carried out. THE LOAN. The question of loan was adjourned till the next meeting. TI?EASUREP, S SALARY. Mr. Thomas Parry gave a notice of motion that the treasurer's salary would be fixed at L18. THE ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME. At the desire of the members Mr. Thomas Parrv deferred his proposal as to taking into consideration the desirability of promoting a scheme of electric lighting for the district. THE ENQUIRY.—A PROTEST.—STRONG WORDS. Mr. Edward Williams had given notice of motion to call attention to the proceedings of inquiry recently held into the application for the extension of the district. Mr. Williams, in the course of his remarks, said that he was sorry to have to bring this matter forward as it reflected discredit on some of the members of the Couecil. Every member of the Council ought to remember that it was impossible to serve two nfasters. He was referring to the case of Mr. Edwards. Mr. Edwards Yes, make free use of my name. If you have anything to refer to me, refer to me by name. Mr. Williams What I wish to point out is that it is entirely unworthy and inconsistent in any member of the Council to discuss the opinion and resolution of the Council against the interest of that Council. He personally did not have any part in the first proposal of the Council as to the extension, but when he became a member of the Council he held that he was bound to hold up the resolutions of the Council and its interest. There had been a lot of miscon- struing what they had passed. The resolutions of the Council were used as a handle against the extension of the boundary. Mr. Edwards, in his evidence, had said that the Council was divided as to the desirability of having a sanitary arrangement to the north end of the town, and that there was no project for that effect before the Council. When as a matter of fact Mr. Edwards had been for a long time hand in hand with Mr. Mills on the matter. Mr. Edwards had also said that there was no mention in the Council as to extending the outlet of the sewer, whilst Mr. Edwaids had been with the whole Council visiting the place, and had agreed with it that it was to be done. He had one rather serious charge against Mr. Edwards. They all agreed that no officer or member of the Council should make use of any document belonging to the Council against the Council. In the inquiry Mr. Edwards had presented the original report of the Medical Officer for 1896,: and had used it against the Council. He wished to give it as food for reflection to Mr. Edwards, whether it was worthy of one that pretended to serve the ratepayers to use such a document as a handle to put the Council out of court. Mr. Edwards also said at the Inquiry that although the Clerk's estimate was a rate of 3s. 5d. in the Z, a rate of 2s 6d. in the £ was made without looking over the estimate, whilst, as they had pre- viously heard that night, most lof the members had been giving serious attention to the estimate. He asked whether it was compatible, in any member or officer of a Council, to use a document or argument of the Council against the Council. It was entirely wrong-—he would not use a stronger word—it was not right towards the ratepayers, it was not right to- wards the Council, it was not right towards Mr. Ed- wards, that it should be done. They ought to be able to trust their fellow-members that they would be acting honourably towards the Council. Mr. E. W. Evans asked the Clerk how the docu- ment had gone into Mr. Edwards' hands, and whether the Clerk thought it was right for Mr. Edwards to have it in his possession. Mr. Barnett said he gave the loan of the report to Mr. Edwards as a member of the Council, as he was anxious to give every information to every member of the Council. Mr. E. W. Evans And the report was not re- turned ? Mr. Barnett: No. Mr. E. W. Evans further wished to ask one ques- tion. It had been stated in the Inquiry that a post- card, together with a certain statement, had been sent to the members of the Extension Committee. Was this a fact ? Mr. Barnett said he was afraid that Mr. Edwards' memory failed him in this. Mr. E. W. Evans said it had been stated by Mr. Edwards that the post-card and the statement had been sent by post to the members. He did not get one, and he wished to know if anyone else had re- ceived one. The Clerk Nobody had it. It was not sent with. the notice, but the figures came under the considera- tion of the committee. Mr. Edwards I never raid it had. The Clerk said his impression was that Mr. Edwards said it or was taken to say it at the inquiry. Mr. E. W. Evans: It is not impression at all. lIe did say it. Mr. Edwards said that what he wished to impress was that a rate of 2s 6d was when the Clerk made aa estimate for 38 5d, and not a single item had been changed in the estimate. Mr. T. Parry That's a question. Mr. J. Edwards No, it is a fact. Not an item was changed, A rate of 2s 6d was made without ohang- ing a singte- item. Messrs E. W. Evans and E. Williams No, no.. Mr. Jt. Edwards then went on with his explanations and his,semarks said that he was. sorry he had been fighting against this project alone, and he had been pefectly honest in his proceedings. He had been ruled out of order when advocating his views in the Council,, and then he had to resort to newspapers. He had;not done anything shyly. It had been said that he vstts- in favour of the extension at the- commence- ment, whilst as a matter of fact he had expressed that he voted in order to get a committee to report. This was thrown in his face continually—even on Mr. 'Guthrie Jones's brief at the Inquiry. Mr. Thomas Banry had stated at the County Council Inquiry that he had done so. Mr. Thomas Parry: No. no, I simply asked the 1 Chairman if he would put the question to you. I Mr. Edwards (looking amongst his papers for newspaper report) I have the report here. Mr. Thomas Parry: Never mind we have forgiven you long ago (laughter). Mr. J. Edwards then proceeded, and said that it had been stated that he was in. favour of the exten- sion previous to the time he was appointed clerk to the Parish Council.. He was, made clerk of the Parish Council in 1894, whilst the question of exten- sion came on in 1895, so that his vote was given a year after being elected clerk to the Parish Council It has been said that I am, against the interest of the town. I have gone into the case more fully than most of my opponents. He (Mr. Edwards) then turned to a paper that lie had in front of him and commenced reading. Mr. E. W. Evans: What is that you have Mr. Edwards ? Mr. Edwards You shall know when I finish. Mr. E. W. Evans said he rose to a point of order. He wanted to know if they were allowed to bring letters which appeared in'the "Dydd" and other reports into the question Mr. J. Edwards I have been charged of being against the interests of the town, and I am going to, prove otherwise. He then proceeded to say that the extension would mean a loss ofE26 10s. to the town in his belief. Mr. T. Parry If it will be a loss to the town, why did the Parish Council object to it. Mr, R. Richards Its like Dreyfu^' case (laughter). The Chairman appealul t Lat Mr. Edwards shoull have fair-play to go on. Mi. J. Lu said lit: wouiu elemanu it. He then proceeded to say that it was said that it would be pecuniary advantage to Lim to prevent the ex' t'nsion whilst it would not affecr liim an. What if he had suggest d the Same a0' 1 'd' who, gave evidclIce at the COIIIIiltL,!e ap pomted to take the matter into consideration dehberateh- kept the ratei>a\s in the dark as to the liabilities involved in the extension, ..nd mislead- them. Mr. EdwaF.is then rend ihe Gmm.iuee'u report, which saiu that wer& necessary at the time the ri-poii was presumed. Mr. then proceeded to read a statement of" liabilities, which sa.iJ h:><! twn Committee. un' .u. 1. "J vu, Mr. E. Evans: Where did vou get thai, Mr*, Edwards? Mr. John Edwards (sharply) Will you be silent r At.L. U.hvans said thai idr. Eu wards had iirst> said that the committee withheld intorjuaLioji and mislead the ratepayers, and the next moment read this list which he said wu r rt aio com- mittee. He wished to know wiiere lir Edwards found it Mr. Edwards I had it in the hook. The Clerk. It came into the consideration of the committee but not sanctioned, and therefore it is not, authorised. Mr, Thomas Parry here jocularly remarked that. they should adjourn till ten o'clock, so that cney should have supper. Some of the members expressed that they wished to go home. Mr. Edwards said he wished to be as brief as possible. Mr. E.. Evans said all they would ask of him was an apology for exceeding his right as member of the Council in Having one of tne Council's documents in his posession. Mr. J. Edwards said fhai the report was in his posession until the morning of the inquiry. Tiie re- port had been presented to the Council and entered in the mmutes. Mr. E. Williams^; Xo, no, Mr. Id wards. Mr. Edwards said it had la ell published in the newspapers and therefore was 1 ubiic property. Mr. E. Vi illiajn, making some remarks, said that it 'would be as well to leave il. Mr. J. Edwards said he had not so far given the care of his honour to Llew Aieirion, and he was going to make an explanation. The Chairman 0 ves. take vo.:r ime. Mr. r.dv-.ii-dK. It's only early yet. "We will listen to you even if we are here till midnight (laughter). Mr. Edwards, proceeding, said that the extension would mean great responsibility ana great expense to prepare a complete system of drainage, and it was then- duty to do it if the extension was granted. Mr. Edwards fillished by expressing tnat lie all along had acted fair and open, and had acted on his conviction of what would he tli, best to the ratepayers. During Mr. Edwards's explanation three r lour of the members left the room, -iii-i when Mr. Edwards finished, the remainder appeared quite reauv to follow. 1 Mr. R. Richards expressed a wi.sh that the subject be considered at a future meeting. Dr. Jones: Zvo, no (and some of the mem)-ere amongst whom were Mr. Edward Williams) we have had quite enough of it. It is a great mistake to try to whitewash ourselves, we only get blacker.
BALA PENLLYX RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.— SATURDAY-. Present .r Mr. L. J. Davies, J.P. (chairman) Mr- It Thomas (vice-chairman); Mrs. Price; Messrs. Evan Jones. J.P.; J. Lloyd Jones J. J. Edwards W. Richards; E. M. Roberts H. Davjes; J. Rob- erts E. Evans R. Hughes R. Jones; J. R. Jones (clerk); J. Edwards (surveyor]. A REFUSAL. The Clerk read a communication from the Merioneth County Council informing this Council that they could not entertain their application for contribution towards maintaining Llanwddyn-road from Bala, and the old Turnpike-road through Waen-y-Bala. Several members complained, and urged that the Llanwddyn case certainly was on the same grounds as the contribution of £ 200 promised, towards the approaches of the proposed new bridge over the Dee at Corwen. The matter was allowed to drop for a while. LLAXDDERFEL WATER SUPPLY. Mr. R. Lloyd Jones, Architect, Bala, presented a report as to cost and the best mode of supplying water from Brynmelyn source. A report was slso read of an interview with Sir Henry B. Robertson. A long discussion followed on the same lines as previously reported. Ultimately the following were appointed as committee, Chairman, Vice- chairman, Messrs. Evan Jones. W. Richards, and R. Davies, to consider the best scheme, financially and otherwise, to be submitted finally to the Council, and, that the Parish be consulted on the same before it be finally adopted. Sir Henry promised every possible support to a complete scheme, provided that the owners at Llan be prepared to contribute their due share. TYDDYN'RONHN. Messrs. R. Hughes and R. Jones recommended that a quarter of a mile of this road at Llanuwch- llyn be taken over by the Council. This was adopt-cd. WORKMEN"^ WAGES. Mr. R. Haghes called attention to the fact that two workmen had left owing to the refusal of the Council to accede to their application for increase of wages, and he believed that the oldest workmen should be treated on better terms than newcomers. The following were appointed to report on the subject:—Messrs. R. Hughes, J. Ll. Jewaes, L. J. Parry, J. Roberts, and R. Thomas.. LLANUWCJiLLYN CEMETERY. The Pasish Council reported, in reply to Rev. W- Hughes,.Yicar, applied that a portion of the new cemetery be consecrated, thai they were of the opinion it would be preferable to adhere to the vote of the Parish Meeting that the cemetery be free and un- denominational. The chairman and clerk explained that the great objection to consecratioa were the legal obligations included in the same. A precept for £ 2D0 was signed for costs already incurred on the cemetery. GOOD XKWS Dr.. Williams, 3Lsdical Officer, reported the District free from infectious diseases, and that the general health was. very good. ROADS. The Surveyor reported that the following roads were repaired during last month, Blaenlliw, Nantddu, Gistfaea, Pontfaen. Hirnant. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.:— SATUBDAT. Present: Mr. Evan Jones (chairman), Miss Parry (vice-chairman), Mrs. Price, Mrs. Parry. Messrs. L. J. Davies, R. Thomas, D. Roberts, R. Jbnes, R. Davies, R. Hughes, J. Roberts, J, J. Edwards, W. Richards. K Jones, G.Roberts, and J., Ji. Jones (clerk). FIAE. In Treasurers hands,, Z371 9s. 2il. Releiving Officer, £13 5s. lOd. During the past fortnight E31 3s. Od. were expended in out-relief to 137 < paupers, being a decrease of £ 1 17s. 6d. in money. ,20 in number, on the corresponding period last year. OBCULARS. The Local Government Board confirmed the use of N. tc S. W. Bank fr-om the cfeeqnes used by tbe Board.—Tlio same Board informed that no confir- mation be needed in. future to the appointment to several minor offices. A letter from Wigan Guardians re Assistant Overseer in Urban District was allowed to be laid on the table.—St Asaph Guardians wrote asking the Board to agree with their resolution protesting against the passing of the Titha Rent Charge (Rate) Bill. It was decided that its considerartion be deferred until the next. meeting. THE HOUSE. Mm. Parry and Miss Parry reported that they found the House-well cared for. The Master said the number in the House last week was 21 and that 23 vagrants were relieved during the fort- night. TENDERS. The following were selected Coal, Mrs. Gwen Roberts; milk, Mr. E. Watkins; shoes, Mr. Moses Roberts; bread aud grocery, R. Roberts and Go. Meirion House6